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Your Whims Wednesday #424 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Pumpkin Soap by Clean and Scentsible
These quick and easy DIY pumpkin soaps are so cute and the perfect addition to your fall decor. They work great as cute little hostess gifts too! #falldecor #pumpkin

Kids Bento Box Lunch by Claire's World
Simple Fall Centerpiece by Dabbling & Decorating


Easy & Trendy Home Sign by Chas' Crazy Creations
I love the Target Dollar Section and I found a chalkboard and a "Home" garland for just a couple dollars. I turned them into a trendy home sign!

Crème fraîche Bundt Cake with Crème fraîche Icing by Big Green House
Creme Fraiche Bundt Cake with Creme Fraiche Icing: Big Green House #cremefraiche #cake #icing #bundtcake

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My Girlish Whims Book Club #20

It hasn't been very long since my last book review but I spent 9 days of August down in Chincoteague, Virginia so I had a little extra time while on vacation to get some reading done! This was my fifth time visiting Chincoteague Island (my fiancé's family vacations there every year, and just bought a little spot down there this year too!) and every time I go I fall more and more in love with the island.  I mean, when you can catch sunrises like this off of the bay every morning, how could you NOT love it???


The beach is actually located on a national, protected seashore and on the drive over to the beach you can normally catch wild horses roaming the woodlands! It's so quaint and serene and the beaches are great as well - they are the perfect little spot to catch some rays.

Even if you are not a beach person, there's plenty of other activities to enjoy on the water.  Boating and fishing and water sports are huge down here.  I liked going along for the sunset fishing trips on Will's family boat: you won't ever catch me with a fishing pole in my hand, but the bay and the quiet rocking boat gave some beautiful backdrops to do some reading on while the others were fishing.

And speaking of having great views for reading...I certainly had plenty during this trip! I got to read in a hammock, on a floating dock on the bay, at the beach, and on the deck of our home that overlooked the bay and beautiful skyline.

On some vacations I love to GO-GO-GO and explore new places, try new things, get out and about and live it up! Chincoteague is not really that kind of island though: everything moves a little slower and it's definetly the place to visit if you just want to slow down and relax and enjoy some nature and maybe some good books along the way :) Here's the list of the books that I read on vacation, and since the last time I rounded up my reviews!


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Ask Again, Yes

By Mary Beth Keane. Synopsis from Amazon:

How much can a family forgive?
A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, the daily intimacies of marriage, and the power of forgiveness.
Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. What happens behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the explosive events to come.

Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart. One shocking night their loyalties are divided, and their bond will be tested again and again over the next 40 years. Luminous, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story, while haunted by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.

I have mixed thoughts on this book.  I thought the quality of writing was excellent, the character development superb, the conflicts challenging and thought provoking, but even with all that, I can’t insist that I loved it.  I did enjoy getting to follow the story of so many different characters through the book – you really got to know each character well and it was nice seeing the different views of each one.  This was a bit of a longer read, and it covered a lot of plot and time – starting from when Lena and Anne were only pregnant with Kate and Peter and the story focused on them and their relationship with their spouses, all the way through to Kate and Peter being born and growing up and then eventually the story transitions to mostly focusing on their life.  I think the thing that got me about this book was how many hard and depressing topics are in it.  It covers mental illness, alcoholism, loneliness, family/friendship divides, affairs, illness and recovery, and more.  While all those conflicts were very well written and plotted out, it was still a lot of muck to read through.  I guess I just wish there were a few more happy moments in the book instead of constant conflict.  Regardless, I give a lot of props to the author for a well written story, but know going into it that this will not be the most light-hearted read.

Your Whims Wednesday #423 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Apple Cider Fall Tray by Clean and Scentsible
Pretty apple cider beverage bar with a chalkboard sign and decorated with coppers and neutrals.

Thrifted Frames & Jar Upcycle by Simply Beautiful by Angela


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins by Delightful E Made
The perfect healthy muffin recipe that happens to taste amazing! These delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins are loaded with protein and fiber, making them a great choice as a quick breakfast or healthy snack.

Polish Pancakes by Cooking with Ewa


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Your Whims Wednesday #422 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Peach Chicken and Caramelized Onion Salad by Lou Lou Girls


Easy Chalkboard Welcome Sign by Chas' Crazy Creations
Here's the displayed Easy Chalkboard Welcome Sign

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte by Busy Being Jennifer
This Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe is heavenly! If you're a die hard PSL lover, like I am, this recipe is for you!

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by Delightful E Made
Loaded with juicy blueberries and topped with a brown sugar-oatmeal crumble, these Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are a delicious breakfast bar recipe.  Great to enjoy fresh out of the pan, or wrap up and freezer, these blueberry oatmeal bars are fantastic.

Paint Pouring Art Method by Abbotts At Home
Make your own stunning art for less than $20 with this pretty DIY Paint Pouring Wall Art Idea & Tutorial. I love this DIY Art Project, guys! Anyone can do this. #AbbottsAtHome #WallArt #PaintPouring #PouringPaint #AcrylicPaint #DIYDecor

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Your Whims Wednesday #421 {And Features}


Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Pantry Turned Mudroom Nook by Simply Beautiful by Angela


Hawaiian Blue Mocktail by 3 Boys and a Dog
Virgin Blue Hawaiian drink non alcoholic recipe

Home Sweet Farmhouse Pillow by Busy Being Jennifer
http://shophomespunhappiness.com/products/17600591-hand-stitched-farmhouse-pillow

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie by Mommy Evolution
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