Henrietta Red- Nashville

If you’re looking for an awesome brunch spot in Nashville, check out Henrietta Red! Super cute, posh interior matches it’s delicious menu!

I ordered the Kimchi Farro bowl and we got a monkey bread for the table. Everything was delicious and I definitely recommend checking it out!

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Still Me- Jojo Moyes

YES LOUISA CLARK! Wow, I loved this final book in the Me before You Trilogy… at least I think it’s the final book…

I read the sequel to Me Before You, and I liked it- but didn’t love it the way I loved this third book. The story finds Louisa Clark in New York City as an assistant to the wife of a millionaire. The book is fun, relate-able, and as I was reading I could picture this book translating into a beautiful big screen movie. My favorite parts about it were the flashbacks to Will and how well they tied into the story now and matched with the first book. The story follows Louisa trying to make it in New York and understand the life of a socialite, but also keeps us close to who she is with her attachment to her boyfriend in England.

I love rooting for this character and I love the end of story take away to the book. Figuring out who you are is such an important lesson for girls as they grow up- especially in a world where we are all surrounded with a million different things telling us who we should be.

Read this book- and if you haven’t read Me Before You, start there first.

Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri

Yes, you need to buy this book for the women in your life! Written as a letter to the unknown future first female president, the book offers a look at how far we’ve come as women, but also how far we have to go. The stories and insight from a woman who worked on the first female presidential campaign and how it never came to fruition are eye opening, heartbreaking and reflective all at the same time.

Great gift for a recent college grad or really, anyone who wants a little girl power in their life. Really enjoyed the inside look!

Budget Bridesmaid box

Check out my budget friendly DIY Bridesmaid proposal box I created!

With a little planning, it’s easy to create a sweet gift on a budget!

I started with the DIY Champagne bottle that I explain how to make here! These come in a 4pack, so helps to cut down on individual cost.

I used a 50% off coupon to get the “Will you be my Bridesmaid” cards for around $2.50 for the box of cards and then also picked up a clearance mini flower bundle for 99 cents! I added a bath bomb, which I found in a package of 12 at target and then created the shirts with an iron on bridesmaid transfer purchased through Amazon!

The cute box itself was purchased at Joann’s end of season clearance sale for $4.99!

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a Bridesmaid proposal or even buy a pricy gift box online! With a little planning and shopping you can totally DIY!

Proper Bagel- Nashville

Ummm… drool alert!

I don’t know why it took me so long to discover Proper Bagel, but if you have the chance- put it on your “must eat there” list.

Literally every delicious combination you can dream up is possible! And they have some delicious sweet treats too! I got their salmon avocado toast- pictured below!

Alternate Side- Anna Quindlen

Ugh… I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t get into it. I kept waiting for more and it never came.

With that being said, the writing is great- I just wasn’t interested in this particular story line. This is the description that made me interested in reading the novel:

“The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood—and a seemingly happy marriage—are exposed by an unexpected act of violence in this provocative new novel…”

Although, true- I found the entire book to be rather anti-climatic and not provocative. I could see myself liking this novel more in years to come, but for now- it just didn’t hold my interest.

Orlando’s Best Sushi

If you’re looking for the best sushi in Orlando, look no further than the downtown Thornton Park restaurant, Shari.

Not only is everything On Shari’s menu delicious, they have an absolutely killer happy hour with some of their best rolls going for $5-6!! I love good sushi and I love a great deal!

DIY Glitter champagne bottles

I wanted to share a super easy DIY project I recently completed, especially since I am not a DIY person!

I took these mini champagne bottles and made them nice and sparkly to gift to my bridesmaids!

Here’s how to do it in 5 easy steps:

1) Tape the top of the champagne bottles so you don’t get any glitter on the top label.

2) Spray the bottle down with adhesive spray glue. I used Elmer’s spray adhesive craft glue.

3) Sprinkle glitter on top of adhesive section of the bottle. Repeat for opposite side and also layer spray and glitter on any sections that look sparse.

4) Remove tape from top of bottle

5) ENJOY!!

Flight- Memphis

I’m super disappointed at myself for doing such a bad job on these pictures, but if you’re looking for a place to grab dinner in Memphis, Flight is where you want to go!

The concept is super cool! Similar to how you can order a wine flight or beer flight, you can actually order your entree as a flight- so you can try different things! I loved the concept because I was able to try 3 different small plates instead of picking just one entree! (It’s also a great way to order dessert with less guilt!)

The thing about Winning

Ten years ago I was a first year business owner- a cheer gym owner – and coach of a team that had a very losing season.

They didn’t just lose, they came in LAST every single competition we went to… Like dead last. But finally, at the VERY last event of the entire season, they got their first and only win. And here’s the thing- at the time, I really thought that win was what made me (and them) successful.

Ten years later, what I know for sure is this: the win was never the success. The success was the people that stuck by my side loss after loss. It’s easy to stand next to someone when they cross the finish line, but what you want is the people who cheer you on when you lag behind in the race. ✨

The Secrets she Keeps- Michael Robotham

This book is a great read! It follows two characters leading two very different lives- one of which seems to take too much of an interest in the other character through a voyeuristic perspective. Agatha and Meghan both live in a ritzy London suburb- but Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store and Meghan has an elegant lifestyle that appears to be perfect as Agatha watches her from a far.

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

I love the back and forth writing style that the author uses, each chapter shifts back and forth between the two main characters of the book- which allows the reader to be able to see the story unfold from each character’s perspective!

The story really builds and definitely does not disappoint! Although, I was surprised in a way how the big conclusion played out (don’t want to spoil), it almost seemed too simple. Would’ve loved for the ending exchange to be a bit more dramatic. Overall, really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it!