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Winc Wine

Nothing pairs better with a good book than a glass of wine.

Okay, this could be argued depending on what time of day it is. Steaming coffee in hand is usually the way to go in the morning.

However, picture this: unwinding after a long day at work with a page-turner, rose lavender bath salts in the tub, and a heavenly glass of wine.

Personally, my wine tastes started with the $6.99 bottles of wine from Aldis. (Which doesn’t actually sound that bad after finding out Aldi’s Rose was voted best in the world!)

Recently I’ve started trying different kinds of wine. My favorites are the dry reds, but sometimes I bring home sweet whites for my husband to try too.


I stumbled across, a way to try different wines delivered straight to the doorstep.

The bottles start at $13 and if you get 4+ bottles, shipping is free. They can mix and match the wine based on your preferences, or you can pick the bottles yourself.

Now I don’t know about you, but jumping from my $6.99 Aldi’s bottles to $13 was questionable. I wasn’t sure it was worth it.

But I decided to try it out this past month. I received a $20 coupon. If you divide that by 4 bottles, they came out to be $8 per bottle!

You can ask my husband: I was beyond excited to get my first delivery! I ordered on a Monday and the order came on a Friday.

The only crappy part was that a person over 21 years had to sign for the package. I missed the delivery on the Friday but was able to sign for it on Saturday. (If that wasn’t an option for me, I could have picked it up from the delivery company.)

All four of my bottles were wonderful and I will definitely be ordering from again!

Want to try Winc?

This is not a sponsored post! But I do have a referral coupon for you!

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What type of wine do you prefer? Do you like sticking to one brand or trying different kinds? Let me know if you try Winc and enjoyed $20 off!

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My Winc Order & how you can save too

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August 2017 Reading Wrap-Ups and Links

August 2017 Wrap-Up and Links

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Reading Wrap-Up

I have to say, I had a pretty good reading month. I read a total of 5 books (4 of which I posted reviews for).

Two books from this month received five-stars!!

  1. The first one was The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Claire. IT WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK! Dystopian world. Forbidden love. Real characters. What more do I have to say? Purchase now –> Amazon • Barnes and Noble

The Divinity Bureau

2. My second 5-star book was The Glass Castle. This isn’t my first time reading it; the second time was just as good as the first! Buy now –>  Amazon • Barnes and Noble

3. I also finallyyyyy finished When Dimple Met Rishi. The cover was just calling me to read it this whole summer (it was on my 2017 Summer Reading List). This was very much your cute YA contemporary. Buy now –>  Amazon • Barnes and Noble

4. Last but not least, I got to picking up a classic this year. I chose The Handmaid’s Tale due to the recent release of the Hulu series of the same name. I was very surprised how easy it was to get through – but I was not prepared for the cliffhanger! Buy now –>  Amazon • Barnes and Noble

What are you reading??

Links I love

NEVER Run Out Of Books To Read – I may be talking to the wrong crowd here, but have you ever hit a reading slump and weren’t sure what to do?

Check out some sources I personally use so I always have a good book to read next! –> Read about them here.


A Book You Don’t Want To Admit You’re Dying To Read – Have you ever read a book you were embarrassed to pull out in public?

**raises hand**

If I’m reading a romance book, it is probably best I read it on my phone. Even sometimes I’m hesitant to pull out self-development books in public in case I seem too prudish.

What books don’t you want to admit you’re dying to read? I’d love to know!


That’s all folks.

That is all I have for you for the month of August! But before you leave, please sign up for my mailing list! You’ll get notifications of new reviews and obsessions.

And, as always, let me know what you’re reading, what you’d like me to review, and connect with me on the socials!

NEVER Run Out Of Books To Read

Have you ever thought, “What book should I read next?”

Don’t have time to scan the New Releases at the bookstore or library?

None of your books on goodreads to-read shelf look appealing?

I’ve got the solution for you:

Book Bloggers!


Book Bloggers?

Yes, there are blogs out there that just talk about good books.

(I’m not just talking about my own – there are so many bloggers out there!)

Nobody has enough time to go through all the books coming out now-a-days. Why don’t you let other people do that for you!

You know that friend that you always go to for that delicious recipe she made last week? Or that other friend that keeps you up to-date on the celeb gossip?

Yea, these book bloggers could be THAT friend.

You’ll always know what book to pick up next that is going to hit the spot.

They’ll for sure know what book to read next.


Who To Follow

I’ve started my community on Goodreads. So we’ll start there:

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things – follow on Goodreads
    • I found Brittney on goodreads because she reads and reviews just about everything I would.  We’d definitely would be friends in real life.
    • Interests: Matcha tea, Hand Lettering, Being outdoors and surrounded by trees, Reading until I fall asleep
    • Genres: fantasy, historical fiction
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram


  • Chelsea Humphrey  – follow on Goodreads
    • Chelsea also reads and reviews just about everything I would. She also shares what her and her kids are reading!
    • Interests: Reading (clearly), Roller Coasters, Traveling, Fitness
    • Genres: Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense and YA fiction
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram


  • Anas Attic Book Blog  – follow on Goodreads

    • Anas Attic Book Blog is your go-to for romance and erotica. Looking for one for 99 cents? She’s got you covered as well.
    • Interests:  Books, music and her kids
    • Genres: romantica, contemporary romance, erotic romance, chick lit, some paranormal
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram


There are also book reviewers I found via YouTube, such as:

  • Merphy Napier – follow on YouTube
    • Releases videos every Tuesday and Saturday! Want to fan girl with someone? This is your girl. (On top of her regular book videos, I’m following her journey of discovering classic books!)
    • Also side note, she just published her own book, Perfection.
    • Genres: Fiction, classics, fantasy
    • Goodreads profile
    • Youtube


  • gabbyreads – follow on YouTube
    • Gabby releases multiple videos a week and you can’t help but smile right along with her. She is also quite active on goodreads.
    • Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller
    • Goodreads profile
    • YouTube


could go on and on about other book bloggers / bookstagrammers / goodreads reviewers.

The list is always expanding.

But these ladies are ones I know I can rely on to get me out of that reading slump.

NEVER Run Out Of Books To Read

Do you know of other people who you rely on for book suggestions? Let me know in the comments!

July Reading Wrap-Up and Links

Hello all!

It’s me again and it is the end of July…

July 2017 Reading Wrap-Up and Links

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Reading Wrap-Up

So it doesn’t look like I published many blog posts this month. That is because I didn’t.

Because summer.

I did read lots of books I promise! Just didn’t have a block of time to write down my thoughts.

  • The one review I did publish was Rethinking Positive Thinking. But it wasn’t so much of a review as a book discussion. Check out the video and post where I break down why I wasn’t much of a fan of the book, and other books I recommend instead. Do you agree?
  • This month I did re-read two of my childhood books, though, and wrote little mini-reviews on goodreads about my nostalgia. The two books included The Luxe and The It Girl. Anybody else enjoy these as kids?
  • I did read many many good books this month, some of which include Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Glass Castle. Reviews to come!
  • July also seemed to be the month of good #libraryhauls. I go in to return a book or pick up a hold, and get sucked into the new releases stacks. I’m not the only one, right? Check out my instagram to see my hauls – like here and here. Many that is why I’m not making much of a dent in my 2017 Summer Reading List.

Anyway, many reviews to come – I promise!

Links I Love

  • The Entrepreneur Epidemic – published a well-worded and spot-on blog post about the #girlboss wave that seems to taking over. I am all about the entrepreneurship mindset and workethic, but I absolutely agree it is NOT for everybody. Thoughts?
  • published the 7 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries. These are beautiful! If you travel to any of these places, I’d love to see your pictures. (I personally don’t travel very often and am very contempt with the small local libraries and bookstores.)
  • My last month’s wrap-up included my excitement for The Glass Castle coming to the big screen. (I did re-read the book and the review is going to be hard to write.) published a wonderful post about Jeanette Walls’ struggle with talking about her past (before the book). After the book was published Jeanette found people to be empathic and the necessary wish for the movie to really impact people. Ugh I’m so excited!

What are you reading???

June Reading Wrap-Up and Links

Hi again.

June is over and we are officially into Summer (although we haven’t had much summer weather where I’m at…lots of rain).

Let’s get into it…

Fourth of July is around the corner. If you are looking for a good read, check out my recently published 2017 Summer Reading List of books that just released.

Links I Love

    • First of all, I’m a big fan of Myleik Teele, founder of curlBOX and one of my favorite podcasts. She’s not one to read lots of fiction, but I recently spotted her rave on twitter about one of my favorite books The Mothers. (my review can be found here.) Love it!
    • If you don’t know this already, I get many of my books from the library. If they are extra special to me, I may purchase them. I currently just have tell my money to go towards other things than much as I wish to buy them all and support all the hardworking and wonderfully brilliant authors. Buuuuut, says checking out a book from the library is one way to support an author! Go me 🙂 Check out their article to see 13 Ways To Support An Author Without Spending A Dime. How many do you do?
    • Speaking of libraries, a 2016 Pew Research survey found, “Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.” Whoo hoo! Sorry, that gets me pretty pumped.
    • Have you seen the hit musical Hamilton? Did you know the audio book got won as audiobook of the year in the 2017 Audio Awards?! I don’t have the audio book, but I do have the physical book of Hamilton which I will be tackling next month.
  • Last link I’ll share with you this month is a podcast that I subscribe to called Creative Introvert. I’m going to share it here because I think it is safe to assume at least some of you reading this are either creative, introverted, or both, and want to always have motivation to do what you want. I recently listened to an episode called Make Your Own Motivation (The Introverted Way) and thought it was pretty good! Let me know what you think!

Reading Wrap-Up

    • I didn’t have an outstanding reading month. It was just okay. (I had a great month last month, including The Mothers and A Court of Thorns and Roses). I don’t like talking about books I don’t like, but I had quite a few these past few weeks that I published a video, quickly whisking through which ones I didn’t enjoy and why.
  • Last but not least, I finally published my 2017 Summer Reading List, including young adult, contemporary romance, and fiction books that have recently released (or will be in the next few weeks). These will be perfect to take on car rides, to the beach, and anything else I could be doing this summer! So excited. Let me know what you are planning to read!!


As always, let me know what you want to see here! Talk to you later!

May 2017 Reading Wrap-Up and Links

May was good to me! How about you??

Not only did May contain Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend, but also my birthday and my mother’s birthday. I had lot of time with family and lots of time in the car (thank goodness I don’t get carsick reading). There was some good weather and some bad weather – but all weather is good reading weather, right?

Below are some links I found and loved this past month, as well as my favorite / least favorite reads of this past month.

Links I Love

  • People Who Read Are Nicer, Study Finds: It is no secret that studies show that people who read has an impact on their emotional intelligence. But I love that this link was shared in a book discussion group on Facebook prefaced as, “This explains why everyone is so kind and generous.” 🙂
  • The Glass Castle Trailer: The trailer for Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle is now out! I will definitely be rereading this book before the movie comes out! How about you?
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: I actually got a request to read The Handmaid’s Tale. This has been getting lots of attention due to the newly released movie. I struggle with getting through classics but I think it is a worthy challenge for next month!
  • 50 Inspiring Quote from 5 Levels of Leadership: Ahh, John Maxwell. 5 Levels of Leadership is a book you should read over and over again. But if you only have a few minutes, this is a great article with quotes straight from the book!

On The Blog

Wow, what a great reading month! (You can click on the links to read the full reviews!)

I have lots of exciting books to dive into next month! What are you reading??

May 2017 Wrap-Up and Links

Leave a comment below and let me know what you’d like to see!

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April 2017 Reading Wrap-Up and Links

I think I’ve got it!

Alright guys! If you have been following these for a while you know I’ve been struggling to name these monthly updates. I wanted to share my latest obsessions, online links, and a reading wrap-up. I’ve tried Daily Growth and Expanding My Mind, neither of which sounded quite right. I also thought Links I Love or Monthly Update.

What do you guys think of Reading Wrap-Up and Links? It seems to fit.


Links I Love

  • Do Your Kids A Favor: Take Them To The Library – I love ScarryMommy’s blog post, reminiscing of her times at the library and why her kids had library cards before they could even read. I grew up in the country and lived pretty far from the library. But I have a feeling my kids will also have a card before Kindergarten.
  • How I Slowed The Flood Of Library Holds – Teresa Preston on Book Riot figured out how to space out her holds so she doesn’t get them all at one time! Brilliant! I utilize the hold feature quite a bit and I tend to put a handful on my hold list at a time. I will have to figure out if my library system has a “suspend hold” feature. Does yours?

On The Blog

  • 6 Funny Celebrity Books from 2016 – Looking for a laugh from a celebrity you love? I made a list of books published in 2016 from celebrities: from Amy Schumer to Anna Kendrick.
  • Out of that list, my favorite would have to be Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast As I Can. You can read my full review of her book here. A close second would have to be Mara Wilson’s Where Am I Now?. Full review here.
  • I’ve added a new “connect with me” picture here on my blog, which you can see on the right side if on desktop and on the bottom if you’re on mobile. There is also an updated picture on my About Me page, as well as new pictures some of my socials like my Instagram page and Pinterest. My brother took the pictures – isn’t he pretty talented!?

I’m looking forward to the month of May!

Got a cool link for me? How about a book you’d like reviewed? Or some suggestions for your next read? Leave a comment on any post!

You can also connect with me on my social profiles. I love hearing from you there as well!


Expanding The Mind March 2017

Hello all!

Confession: I haven’t made much progress since last month’s post deciding what I want to call this monthly update. I wanted to share what I have been into lately, add value with some links from across the web, and keep learning of thing you guys want to see more from me.

So what do I title this?

Expanding The Mind? This is what I am titling it for me, but it doesn’t really seem to fit what I am trying to say.

Monthly Update? Too boring and general.

Links I Love? Too narrow. Plus, I don’t want to copy what Modern Miss Darcy does with her updates. (Ironically, my first link is one I read about on one of her post 🙂 Thanks Ann!)

Anyway, while I mull it over, here are my links:

  • The Money Habit Blog – I wish I remembered how I stumbled upon this wonderful blog. The Money Habit is about….well, money. It is written by J.P. who retired at the age of 28. I’m sure I’ll be linking to some of her specific posts in the future because they are absolutely spot on.

Updates on my blog:

  • My favorite book I’ve read this month is Small Little Things by Jodi Picoult. You can read my full review here.
    • I also did a nonfiction book haul video! You can check out the post with the video here. And if you want to subscribe to my YouTube, you can here. Thanks for your support!

That is all from me for now!

Let me know your thoughts on what you want to see or what you really loved. Comment on a post or message me on social. Thanks!

Expanding The Mind March 31st 2017


Expand The Mind

Welcome to Expanding My Mind, episode 3.

I love sharing what I’ve been reading. I also love sharing what I’ve found around the web.

Here are a few links I love:

  • I’ve been thinking a lot about waking up in the morning to get more things done while others are still sleeping. And to really make that time work for me. Here is a link I stumbled upon from Duct Tape Marketing about daily rituals:
  • Recently I attended a Women’s Conference put on by my local Chamber of Commerce. One speaker was Kristen Brown who I really enjoyed. For what it is worth, here is the link to her free podcast:
  • Lastly, this Ted Talk was a suggestion on my YouTube homepage. Another one of my focuses lately is reaching out to more people (because it’s all about who you know, right). Sometimes I think we forget that the internet is not the only way we can contact someone; we can actually say Hi to anybody we see. The high introvert in me is screaming NOOOO but this speaker actually makes it quite simple:

That is all for now! Let me know in the comments if you’ve found anything cool recently!

Want to check out my first and second installment of my links? You can check them out here:

Daily Growth January 28th 2017