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Your Whims Wednesday #493 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:

Spiced Carrot and Ginger Soup by Claire Justine
 How To Make Spiced Carrot And Ginger Soup
 
2021 Calendar Printable by Organized Dream
Free 2021 Calendar Printable
 
Blanket with Pom Poms by Howling At The Moon
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DIY Sofa Table by Penny's Vintage Home

 
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Your Whims Wednesday #492 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:

DIY Hand Warmers with Pattern by Hello Sewing

hands holding a diy hand warmer in a star shape

 
Champagne Margaritas by The Kitchen is my Playground
Champagne Margaritas image
 
2020 Dumpster Fire Crochet Project by Sew Crafty Crochet

 
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My Girlish Whims Book Club #30

Well happy almost New Years my friends - here comes my last post of 2020 and WHAT A YEAR it has been! Even though this year has been a bit sucky overall in terms of the global pandemic, I am always a positive person and like to focus on the good things that have happened.  In 2020 I got to visit a few of my favorite places on earth: Nashville, The Finger Lakes, Nantucket, and Chincoteague Island.  I got to transition to working fully from home which cut out my long commuting times and allowed me to spend more time with my hubby.  I got a promotion at work and had my best sales year ever, rekindled my jewelry making hobby and started crafting a lot more, stopped tracking macros and started eating intuitively and stopped obsessing about my diet & weight, drank a lot of good wine, chose to move my body constantly even when the gyms closed, celebrated my one year wedding anniversary with my husband, and bought a new home together! 2020 has been a lot of things but it's still been a good one over here.


And of course as always - I did my fair share of reading in 2020! I will have read 34 books this year which is surprisingly a lot less than normal for me....BUT considering I read 3 of the first Outlander books this year which are all close to 1,000 pages each, I'm still quite content with this reading level! Before I get into my reviews for my most recent book reviews since my last set, I thought I would do a quick review of my top 5 favorites books I read in 2020! This is the first time I've done this since doing these book review round-ups but I figured this would be a good time to start!

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NUMBER 5: The Outsider (original review in this post). I will say: number 5 for me was a hard decision between The Nightingale and this book but ultimately....this was the first Stephen King book I've ever read and there is a reason he is a famous author.  The character development, writing, and mystery just drew me in completely and I REALLY need to make a point to read another one of his novels in 2021!!!

NUMBER 4: The Silent Patient (original review in this post). If you are looking for a great psychological thriller, this one fits the bill! There are a lot of books in this genre that don't live up to the hype, but this one did FOR SURE for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. 
 
 
 
NUMBER 3: Daisy Jones & The Six (original review in this post). This book had sex, love, and rock and roll: what more could you want? Well, how about some really deep character development and a story line that felt so real I had to google the book because I really thought the band was real? This book literally gave me goose bumps at one point and I really really (really really) enjoyed reading it.


NUMBER 2: The Guest List (original review in this post). I'm kind of surprised I have this one listed as my number 2 book (to be fair it was hard deciding which of number 2 or 3 should have been number 2!!)   I don't think anything about this book was astounding or the most original ever - but when I think back about which book I really ENJOYED reading most this year, this one hands down comes top of mind.  You can critique plot or writing style or character development as much as you'd like but ultimately - reading is a hobby for me and something I do to relax and have fun.  This book kept me intrigued, curious, and I really enjoyed this new release this year.  It had good mystery and I enjoyed the eerie location and modern setting.  I would totally re-read this one again which I do NOT say often.
 

 
NUMBER 1: Outlander (original review in this post). Well: here we are.  I'm a bit late to the game on this series but let me tell you: it's worth the length, it's better than the TV show, it's simply put a semi-modern day classic.  Claire and Jamie's love story is...everything.  It's a historical fiction novel but it's never boring or dull: it's a romance novel but always tasteful and has just the right amount of *ahem* heat to it, it packs so much action and adventure and emotion into one book so no wonder it's so long.  I loved every character, hated every enemy, wanted to weep and cry tears of joy at so different parts of this novel.  A+++ to this book, this series, I am so glad I have so many more to keep reading!

And now: while none of the books I read recently made my top 5 list - two of them were really enjoyable! Here's my recap:

This Time Next Year

By Sophie Cousens. Synopsis from Amazon:
 
Their lives began together, but their worlds couldn't be more different. After thirty years of missed connections, they're about to meet again...

Minnie Cooper knows two things with certainty: that her New Year's birthday is unlucky, and that it's all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she's never met. Their mothers gave birth to them at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year's Day, but Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990--and the name Minnie was meant to have, as well. With luck like that, it's no wonder each of her birthdays has been more of a disaster than the one before.

When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year's party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. The gorgeous, charming business owner truly seems to have it all--while Minnie's on the brink of losing her pie-making company and her home. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more?
 
A moving, joyful love story, This Time Next Year explores the way fate leads us to the people we least expect--no matter what the odds.
 

This was a cute read, especially fitting for around the holidays and New Years.  I wouldn't call this a romance novel, and it was not really laugh out loud funny, but it was still a heartfelt coming of age story with a bit of a long winded romance story tied in.  Some of the coincidences in this book were way too unrealistic, but there was a fun group of characters that made you smile often throughout the novel.  You couldn't help but feel bad for poor Minnie Cooper (yes, that's unfortunately her name) when she constantly has the worst luck every year on her birthday, but you also cannot help falling in love with her and rooting for her throughout the story.  If you want a book that's not overly original but will still make you smile and provide an easy and rom/com feel - this would be a good pick for you.

Your Whims Wednesday #491 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:

Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Bombs by The House on Silverado

 

 DIY Rustic Scrap Wood Snowmen by Drugstore Divas

Turn scrap wood and paint into this adorable DIY Rustic Scrap Wood Snowman. Get the tutorial on www.drugstoredivas.net.

Canal Houses Tealight Holder by Howling at The Moon
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Yoda Mint Hot Chocolate from Honey Bears and Syndey Beans
 
 
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Your Whims Wednesday #490 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:

 

How to Make Festive Ribbon Christmas Trees by Satsuma Designs

How To Make Festive Holiday Ribbon Trees From Upcycled Materials. This easy diy video shows you how to turn found objects and bin scraps into fun holiday decor. #upcycle #foundobjects #craftsforkids #holidaydecor #holidaydecorating

 
Cranberry Orange Christmas Cookies by Lou Lou Girls
 
Christmas Tree Bobble Stitch Pillow by Annemarie's Haakblog
 
White Christmas Tree Pretzels by Butter with a Side of Bread
Easy White Christmas Tree Pretzel candy recipe
 
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Now... onto this weeks party!