Good morning. It’s been a busy but good  week. We got back in town Monday from our weekend in Kiawah Island and I’m leaving again this afternoon for a girls weekend. This is the second time ever (at least since having kids), that I’ve been away from my husband and kids and I’m not sure if I’ll know what to do with myself. I’m looking forward to truly relaxing with this book, interesting conversations, laughter and sleep. My short time away will be nice and come Sunday I will be ready to reunite with my people. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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I ordered this bathing suit last weekend before our trip. I wasn’t expecting too much especially considering the price but oh my goodness it far exceeded my expectations. The quality is nice and it’s very flattering on.

This paleo dinner is comfort food at its finest

This salad looks unbelievably delicious.

I’m a huge fan of Jamie Ivey so I was excited to finally read her book, If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free.We can all learn a thing or two about vulnerability from Jamie and this is her story of how she’s found freedom from her past. The past doesn’t define who we are and this book is a testament of that as Jamie shares her heart on every page. The book is written in a very casual manner, much like talking with a friend around a table, just like her podcast, The Happy Hour.

I also read Educated which we discussed in our book club earlier this week. It’s an incredibly well written book and like my friend quoted, “it’s difficult to read, impossible to put down.” Tara’s writing is very formal and the stories are so hard to imagine. The author grew up in a survivalist family in Idaho. She had no education due to her father’s mistrust of public schools and her family didn’t believe in modern medicine. Instead, her mother was an herbalist and midwife and several very serious injuries were left untreated. This book made for a very interesting book club conversation and it’s receiving major buzz for good reason.