The countdown for our vacation is officially on! I received my first dose of the vaccine on Thursday evening, and in another three weeks I will have by second dose. I previously shared on social media how excited I was to finally have both appointments set (and felt like I’d entered the ultimate giveaway!) I know I’ll feel even more relieved after the second dose because that’s when you’re fully protected against the virus, but having the first dose out of the way also comes with a great sense of relief as well.
In other news… This coming week I have the first of several exciting interviews that I hope to share here on the blog over the next few months. It’s a brand that’s new to me and you already know by now how much I love sharing about female founded brands. So make sure you’re following along via email so you don’t miss a single post!
What I’m Reading…
Workaholic, career-obsessed Francesca is fiercely independent and successful in all areas of her life except one: family. She struggles to make time for her relationship with her teenage daughter, Allegra, and the two have become practically strangers to each other. When Allegra hangs out with a new crowd and is arrested for drug possession, Francesca gives in to her mother’s wish that they take one epic summer vacation to trace their family roots in Italy. She just never expected to face a choice that might change the course of her life. . .
Allegra wants to make her grandmother happy, but she hates the idea of forced time with her mother and vows to fight every step of the ridiculous tour, until a young man on the verge of priesthood begins to show her the power of acceptance, healing, and the heartbreaking complications of love.
Sophia knows her girls are in trouble. A summer filled with the possibility for change is what they all desperately need. Among the ruins of ancient Rome, the small churches of Assisi, and the rolling hills of Tuscany, Sophia hopes to show her girls that the bonds of family are everything, and to remind them that they can always lean on one another, before it’s too late.
Interview with Author Jennifer Probst coming soon
What I’m Watching…
The VaULT (iTunes)
“Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) and Famke Janssen (X-Men) star in this action-packed thriller following a high-risk heist. A team of master thieves plan to break into a impenetrable vault to steal the legendary lost treasure lost inside.”
If you are a fan of brilliant heist movies that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you’re going to want to see this one!
The Everyday Parisian shares about her Perfect Day in Paris.
Try out this Easy Homemade Strawberry Cake from Boxwood Avenue.
Planning a getaway sometime soon? Here are a few of my favorite vacation-wear options from Lulu’s that are budget friendly! (Mustard Yellow Wrap Dress, Red Floral Wrap Maxi Dress, and this Button Back Dress is perfect for brunch or as a coverup!)
Learn more about Dry Brushing over on Camille Styles.
For spring and summer (and for all things spa) I love a good waffle robe (Parachute Home), also this Classic Bathrobe (also from Parachute Home) is a Terry option for those of you who tend to run a bit on the cold side like I do. You’ll feel like you’re wrapped up in a cloud in this Alpaca Boucle Throw while you spend the evening getting tucked into your favorite book.
I have really been enjoying Blackberries lately and this No Bake Blackberry Cheesecake from Curly Girl Kitchen looks delish!
Planning on spending some time poolside? Check out this post from Stacie Flinner.
This recipe for Rosemary, Parmesan and Ham Scones from Baker by Nature was just made for Sunday Brunch!
I love all the shades of blue in Ballard Designs Spring Collection. Some of my favorites are the: Grace Open Shelf Side Table, Blue Tropics Art, Canopy Stripe Cornflower Fabric, and the Jesse Printed Jute Floral Rug in Cornflower.
Ready for a delicious One-Pot Dinner? This Chicken Meatball recipe from Joy the Baker is definitely something you’ll want to try out!