In Review - September
I got a text from a girlfriend of mine the other day that said she loved the book The Last Thing He Told Me and that she really appreciated me mentioning it in my Stretch Marks article from August. So, we now know of at least ONE person who is currently reading these articles and giving a hoot! Yay, me!
We have now entered the month of October, which means in three short months many of us will be crying because the PlayStation Santa was supposed to bring little Timmy is stuck on a ship in the middle of the ocean. But that’s okay! Because I am going to give you a list of some of my favorite things from the month of September and no, they won’t make little Timmy happier than a PlayStation but they will help you.
And really, you, my lovelies, are all I care about. So without further ado…
What I’m Watching…
Well, I did it. I finally broke down and watched the show that exactly 27,000 of you all recommended to me. I wasn’t going to do it! I was going to stick to my guns and not watch it because
a) I normally don’t like to jump on bandwagons. Y’all know me and you know I’m not a big jumper.
b) The lead guy was not the least bit cute to me so why get sucked into something if I don’t find the leading man attractive.
c) I was told it was “durty.” Not dirty with an “i.” But durty with a “u.” And trust me durty durty is much dirtier than a dirty dirty. You know what I mean? And why would I want to watch something durty? I am a woman of taste and class and substance. I read my Bible. I know all the words to How Great Thou Art. Why would I want to maybe not go to Heaven?
But then I accidentally watched all of it in one weekend.
My lovelies, hear the words that I so rarely let fly out of my mouth: I. Was. Wrong.
a) If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, why haven’t you? This show is funny and romantic and spicy and every time they go to a ball and dance the orchestra is playing an Ed Sheeran or Justin Bieber song, which is the most awesome thing ever!!
b) The lead guy is not cute; the kid who bags your groceries is cute. The Duke is not bagging anyone’s groceries, I’m here to tell ya. Unless “bagging your groceries” means something dirty; then yes, he be bagging groceries all day.
c) Is it wrong that I actually said to David, “There isn’t near enough sex in Bridgerton for me!” Is that weird? I mean there was a lot of sexy times, don’t get me wrong, but I could have used a little more. Just to make sure, ya know, that the editing and lighting were on point – that’s all I mean.
What else I’m watching:
Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu (Nicole Kidman is weird. Michael Shannon is odd. Melissa McCarthy is awesome.)
And Clickbait on Netflix (I love a good twist ending and this has it. Check this one out! But expect to want to punch that blond headed sister in the nose, she is so annoying.)
What I’m Reading…
I have two membership groups: The Radke Family membership and H.O.W Workshop (formerly called Burn Your Boats). We just finished up a book club where the two groups come together to study one book together. We plan on covering some chick lit, some mystery, a little true crime and some humor, but our first choice was AMAZING.
Breaking Free from Body Shame by Jess Connelly is a terrific book for anyone who wants to break the curse of caring more about what your body looks like than what it does for you. Do you look at your body and constantly try and make it good? Or do you look at your body – just the way it is – and say “this body is good”? Because guess what? It is! It is already good.
I promise you that this is one book you will not be disappointed that you bought and read. Or you can get it on Audible and listen to Jess read it to you, herself. She is a dear friend, a gifted writer and a strong believer in the fact that are bodies are not something we need to get “beach ready” but are, instead, bodies destined for freedom from shame. I concur!
What else I’m Reading: The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell (This is now my fourth book from Lisa Jewell. I am a huge fan! Her books can be dark sometimes, but she knows how to write a mystery thriller like no one else. I’m over halfway through this one and I’m hooked.)
What I’m Cooking…
If you’ve followed me for very long then you know I’m a big fan of Hello Fresh. Truthfully, I feel like Hello Fresh has come a heck of a long way since they first started. Years ago they were really healthy meals with little family appeal, but that has really changed. I’m not only a promotional partner with the company – I’m also a fan. And meals like the one I’m about to tell you about are the reason why.
Rocco is an awful eater. I take responsibility for this. I coddled and spoiled him and made him only eat what he wanted rather than what was on the plate. It’s on me! I did this! His wife is going to want to kill me, I know. (Follow me for more parenting tips.) But Hello Fresh has meals that even Rocco will eat; like this Arthur Avenue Pork Sausage and Pepper Hero Sandwich. I have attached the recipe here. Rocco said it tasted like a pizza sandwich and he wasn’t wrong! There was not one bite left from my family; we ate every last morsel of this meal. It was delicious and easy. And I’m not even advertising for them right now. No promo code, no money back guarantee. Just me, a mom of two, trying to help a busy family (like yours) out. This will make everyone happy and if your family is like mine – that hardly ever happens. So click the hyperlink and make it one night this week. Enjoy!