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Your Whims Wednesday #453 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:
Almond Butter Blondies by Effortlessly Sophisticated
almond butter blondies candida vegan keto paleo

Double Knotted Crochet Triple Strand Necklace by Eye Love Knots


DIY Bunny Chocolate Bar Craft by Drugstore Divas
This DIY Bunny Chocolate Bar Craft is the perfect addition to your Easter baskets. Make them with mini or regular-sized chocolate bars. Find out how on www.drugstoredivas.net.

Easy Smoker Deviled Eggs by That Guy Who Grills
These Easy Smoked Deviled Eggs are the perfect way to change up a holiday dinner classic! Just an extra step makes these taste amazing and perfect!

How to Easily Make a Sideboard from a Kitchen Cabinet by She's Crafty Crafty
How to easily Make a Sideboard or Buffet from a kitchen cabinet

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Your Whims Wednesday #452 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Faux Boxwood Wreath by Fresh Vintage by Lisa S


Pretzel Hugs by Kippi At Home
Easter and Spring Pretzel bites

Sweet Potato Soup by Lou Lou Girls

Robin Egg Cheesecake Cups by Mama of Many Blessings


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Your Whims Wednesday #451 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Baking Soda Easter Eggs by The DIY Dreamer
Baking Soda Easter Eggs - Easter Crafts

Repurposed House Keys by Life Away from The Office Chair


DIY Easter Egg Candle Holders by DIY Vibes
easter egg candle holders on tray with plant and ceramic bunny

How to Decorate Flower Cookies by Bird's Party
How To Decorate Flower Cookies The Easy Way! - pretty delicious and easy to make decorated cookies for your spring parties, or to give as gifts or party favors! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #cookies #cookirecipe #flowercookies #flowersugarcookie #springcookies #flowercookie

Chicken Gyros by Lou Lou Girls

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My Girlish Whims Book Club #24

I'm back to share my latest reads with you including the book I just read while traveling to and from Nashville for a fun little trip! I've posted about some past trips to Nashville here and even gave a mini trip round up on a past book review post as well.  Nashville and The Finger Lakes in New York are two of my favorite long weekend trips to go on, and I had a great time on my most recent trip per usual!

This was my fourth trip to Nashville but my first time getting to stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.  My husband had a conference there for work, so I flew in late Friday night to meet up with him.  He had to work on Saturday but I had a great time exploring the resort by myself.  If you are ever in Nashville and have a chance to stay here even just one night, it is so worth it! The resort is HUGE and it has tons of beautiful botanical gardens that you can walk through inside the hotel including beautiful waterfalls. There are tons of restaurants and bars in the resort and lots of shops too - I had a fun time wandering around the gardens and then doing some shopping Saturday morning before hitting up the hotel gym to get my workout on. 


There is also an indoor water park at the resort! I didn't really feel like floating down the lazy river by myself, but I did find that they have an adults only infinity pool in the upper portion of the resort which turned out to be such a fun spot to hang out at.  There was a pool bar where I grabbed a fruity pineapple drink at (yes, I bought that drink just for that cup so I could take a picture with it - lol) and even though it was kind of chilly outside, the infinity pool was inside a solarium so I enjoyed relaxing and soaking up the sunshine and catching up on some reading (sneak peak at one of the books I read recently!)

After my husband was done his work conference Saturday I managed to pull myself away from the pool and we moved to an Air BnB in 12 South neighborhood for the rest of our stay.  This was our second time staying in this area and I really think it's the perfect area to stay in Nashville! It's only about a 10-15 minute uber ride to downtown, but 12 South itself is very walkable with lots to do as well.  It's a more quiet residential area but it still has cute coffee shops, the most amazing 1,000 layer donuts from 5 Daughters Bakery, and lots of bars, restaurants and shops as well. 

The rest of our trip was spent doing the things we love in Nashville: heading downtown to listen to good country music and to grab some drinks at the honky tonks and roof top bars, eating hot chicken and mac and cheese, and venturing out into the country for an afternoon at Arrington Vineyard.  Lots of fun packed into a long weekend and officially one book started on the flight down, and finished on the flight back!

Here's what I've been reading since my last round up:


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An Unwanted Guest

By Shari Lapena. Synopsis from Amazon:
A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away

It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in and try to make the best of it.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm--and one another.

 I was excited to see another book out from Shari Lapena because I really loooooved The Couple Next Door  and also enjoyed A Stranger in the House so I was pumped to read another thriller by this author.  I also was excited about it because the story-line is essentially very similar to Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery And Then There Were None. While I enjoyed this book, I think anytime you go into it expecting a mystery of the likes of Agatha Freaking Christie, you will be slightly disappointed.  The thing that bugged me with this book was that it was very hard for you as the reader to figure out who done it. I don't think there were enough clues for us to logistically have been able to decipher who the murderer was which was slightly frustrating to me.  Regardless, I still liked the eerie setting, the cast of characters, and following the storyline from multiple points of view because it really kept the book moving quickly.  I started this book on Sunday morning and finished it Friday night all while working full time, working out daily for an hour plus, commuting 1.5 hours daily, and keeping a small social life ;) so it was overall still a quick and enjoyable read for me, and probably my favorite of the books that I read during this roundup. However, if you haven't: reading the original And Then There Were None is still a necessity before you ever consider picking this one up!

Your Whims Wednesday #450 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!


Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Crochet a Faux Macrame Mirror by Jessica James
faux macrame mirror free crochet pattern

Baileys Irish Cream Brownies by The House on Silverado


Free Springtime Watercolor Printable by Southern Sunflowersspring watercolor free printable

LUCK Faux Marquee Letters by She's Crafty
LUCK faux marquee letters - St Patrick's Day vignette | St Patrick's Day home decor

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