- These Lisa Frank costumes are AWESOME.
- As I get older, I can relate to these illustrations more and more.
- Outfits I adore: 1, 2, 3.
- Mindy Kaling is the best.
- If you love see the leaves change, check this map out.
- How falling in love is like owning a dog.
- Though I love the show, I totally agree with these 8 times the Gilmore Girls were the worst.
- If you enjoy scary movie marathons, check this list out.
- Number 6 is why I now have a grudge against Martha Stewart.
- If you thought California was expensive now, check it out in 1849.
- The truth about life with cats.
- Weddings I love: 1, 2, 3.
- 11 home libraries and the people who read in them.
- 5 strategies for surviving a hectic life.
- Why you should stop calling yourself lucky.
- How to whiten your teeth naturally.
- I hope to visit these museums..and maybe stay at some of these hotels along the way.
- I loved this post about living life, but blogging sometimes, too.
- Did you hear about the rare coin a 10-year-old found?
- 25 things to do this fall.
- Outfits I adore: 1, 2, 3.
- How to peel and cut a butternut squash.
- Weddings I love: 1, 2, 3.
- What to cook when you don’t feel like cooking anything.
- I am tempted to try making this static lines woven rug.
- Happiness mantras.
- Recipes I want to try: eggs pizzaiola, chipotle apple sweet potato salad, blackened broccoli pasta with charred lemon and goat cheese, sausage and pepper stuffed spaghetti squash, autumn cobb salad, Mexican tomato and chickpea tortilla soup, flourless pumpkin chocolate chip bars, sriracha ranch chicken, and slow roasted halibut with cherry tomatoes and shallots.
- Five ways to organize your digital life.
- Ideas on what to get from the farmer’s market this season.
- Can’t pick a color for your next mani? Get your nail horoscope.
- I love this mint green kitchen.
- This letter from Joe Biden and the story that follows is beautiful.
- Ever wondered how an American Girl character is born?
- Twenty-nine of the most iconic summer movies.
- I really do love tall ships.
- Congrats to Misty Copeland!
- I adore the idea of a day devoted to dogs.
- Fifteen beautiful and exotic beaches. I want to go to there.
- Outfits I love: 1, 2, 3.
- Weddings I like: 1, 2, 3.
- Recipes I want to make: spicy Brazilian burrito bowl, honey roasted plums with thyme and olive oil, bacon blue potato salad with soft boiled eggs, cherry-strawberry chia seed food with vanilla bean coconut whipped cream, sundried tomato caprese turkey burgers, Arnold Palmer popsicles, grilled shrimp with sweet or spicy mustard sauce, and fresh peach margaritas.
Title: The American Heriess
Author: Daisy Goodwin
Book Number: 2 out of 75 (as part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days journey)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ (One star = couldn’t finish; two stars = didn’t like; three stars = enjoyable; four stars = great read; five stars = fantastic)
Summary: At the turn of the century, Cora Cash is the only child in the one of the richest families in America. Despite their beautiful homes and extravagant parties, her mother is not satisfied. She is determined to become part of society’s most elite, and will do whatever she can to ensure Cora enters into a marriage that will raise their family’s status from one of new fortune to unquestionable superiority. To Mrs. Cash, that means packing up her daughter, traveling to Europe, and looking for an appropriate suitor among nobility. Much to the surprise of society both in England and America, Cora Cash finds herself marrying not just any nobleman, but the Duke of Wareham. After a whirlwind proposal and wedding, Cora struggles not only to navigate the subtleties and secrets of English society, but of her new husband. After a lifetime of money dictating her choices and how people treat her, Cora must dig deep within herself to find out who she truly is and what she wants her life to be.
Thoughts: This book has gotten rave reviews, and it is about the intricacies of high society of both America and England in the late 1800s. If there are two things I’m a fan of, it’s good books and history, so I figured this book was perfect for me. I have to say, I was a little disappointed, but it was probably because my expectations were so high. The book is pretty long, and at times can feel a little slow. In other words, for most of the novel, I didn’t really have a lot of trouble finding a place to stop and put the book down for a bit – until the last 100 pages or so. By the end, the story had really picked up. All the events and tension building throughout the book come to a head and set off an intense chain of events leading to a dramatic conclusion.
I was a little taken aback by the way the book ended. It first it felt a little abrupt, but I realized it was because I had been reading this lengthy book for so long that I had become committed to the story and wanted (or maybe just expected) it to continue. I think it was also because the title of the book, and the fact that it was told from mostly Cora’s point of view (as well as that of her mother and maid), made me believe the book was supposed to be about Cora’s life. However, in truth the book is more centered on marriage – the reasons why people enter into marriage, how those reasons and the past affect the marriage, how marriage changes people, and the choices and sacrifices marriage requires. As a newlywed, I found this theme of the novel the most intriguing – despite the fact that my modern marriage took place after four years of dating someone from my native country, not a foreign nobleman I only knew for a couple weeks. The American Heiress was a wonderful novel, but because of the length and sometimes dragging of this book, I would recommend it only if the time period and gossipy, romantic elements strongly appeal to you.
Have you read The American Heiress? What did you think? If you’re a fan of historical fiction, are there any other books you’d recommend?
Sunset in Columbus last weekend
- This house in D.C. is simply beautiful.
- I also enjoyed this house tour of U.S. Army Captain Katie del Castillo’s D.C. apartment (If you can’t tell, I love D.C.!).
- This new site to help you find your wish list items on sale seems pretty awesome.
- How Chinese New Year works.
- I’m adding this book to my to-read list. And this one.
- Loving these weddings: 1, 2, 3.
- This casual side braid style is definitely one I want to try.
- I’m loving the news that Elizabeth Banks is directing Pitch Perfect 2!
- Why you can’t take photos inside the Sistine Chapel.
- I am not okay with J.K. Rowling’s reflections on who Hermione should have married!
- What it means to boil water…a must-read.
- Here’s some trivia you should know. Just in case.
- Recipes I’d love to make: Super Bowl pom pom cupcakes, cranberry walnut chocolate chunk cookies, quinoa pizza bites, smoky kale Caesar salad, classic lemon bars, and almond crusted salmon.
I’m not sorry.
I’m not sorry I love learning so much that I listen to history podcasts and share facts from them at weddings. I’m not sorry I think education is a misunderstood career and I know what I’m talking about when I discuss it. I’m not sorry I am obsessed with the Cleveland Indians and get passionate when I talk about them. I’m not sorry I choose to look on the bright side and approach challenges in life from a positive perspective. I’m not sorry I’d rather be proven wrong than be proven right. I’m not sorry I like beer and that drink my coffee black. I’m not sorry that my dog is my best friend or that I take and share lots of photos of her. I’m not sorry about my values and beliefs. I’m not sorry I enjoy cheesy books, Top 40 music, or Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I’m not sorry I forgive too easily. I’m not sorry I love my hometown and college. I’m not sorry that most the time I’d rather spend a night in rather than out. I’m not sorry I act honestly when I have the option to do otherwise. I’m not sorry I prioritize safety, spending time with my husband, or doing right by my students. I’m not sorry I’ve never done drugs and I’m not sorry my wedding was untraditional. I’m not sorry for my tattoos, my student loans, or my anxiety. I’m not sorry about my early bedtime, my sense of humor, or my singing voice.
I’m not sorry about being me.
Photo above: sunset over the Target parking lot. Beauty in the simplest of places!
- I will never be able to see enough of the NSYNC reunion.
- The best time of the year to buy electronics, furniture, and more
- I loved seeing one of my favorite bloggers featured on the Glitter Guide! And the women of Georgetown Cupcakes on The Everygirl!
- This list of 25 things to know at 25 is amazing.
- This old map of Washington, D.C., shows the Lincoln Memorial would have been underwater!
- I’m excited for this new series on Tulips & Flight Suits!
- These Zoya shades are definitely on my wish list.
- I was surprised by this list of songs written by Carole King.
- Check out these photos of the Beatles in the U.S. in 1964.
- Pit bulls are my favorite.
- Be sure to read this amazing article about work-life balance.
- Recipes I want to try: salmon omelet, peach coconut almond meal muffins, peach, chicken, and gorgonzola balsamic quesadillas with arugula pesto, and cheesy zucchini enchiladas.
- Daniel and I were married in a small, beautiful and perfect ceremony on July 20th, 2013, and then celebrated with an intimate formal reception. I’ll share a link to our professional photos when they are available on our photographer’s site!
- We went on a mini-moon around Ohio during which we attended minor league baseball games, shopped, went to the movies, ate a lot of delicious food, and visited our alma mater.
- We had an amazing picnic reception with our extended family and friends on July 27th. Again, I’ll share a link to our professional photos when they are available on our photographer’s site!
- Back to work and everyday life as newlyweds and we’re loving it!
What I am…
- Reading: City Girl, Country Vet by Cathy Woodman (not my favorite so far but still enjoying it!) and Truman by David McCullough (loving this, just soooo long!)
- Watching (TV): Dan & I binge-watched Community earlier this summer and loved it! Now I’m catching up on last season of Parks & Recreation.
- Watching (movie): On our minimoon, Dan and I saw Pacific Rim, World War Z, and Despicable Me 2. Pacific Rim was all-around entertaining (loved the music!), World War Z totally freaked me out but was awesome, and while I did not enjoy Despicable Me 2 as much as the original, it was cute and funny.
- Listening to: The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles (beautiful and chill but boosts my mood), The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake (JT can do no wrong), and Pioneer by The Band Perry (my favorite new music purchase of the year!)
- Doing for fitness: I recently officially became a Tone It Up! member. I had been following the community along from a distance for awhile, and finally decided to take the plunge. After the wedding, things slowed down tremendously and I feel so much more settled and content. I began walking 2-4 miles everyday and eating less processed foods in smaller portions. My anxiety has been much easier to manage and I’ve felt much more positive. Tone It Up! (TIU) is all about eating clean and exercising regularly, so it just felt right for me at this time. I’ll keep you updated on my journey! Loving it so far!
- Posting: I have a fitness Twitter account I have shared on this blog before, but I changed my username recently from @getfitgetstrong to @kcdaily_fit. In addition to my personal Instagram @beagleandbear (which I am a bit obsessed with), I created a fitness Instagram @beagleandbear_fit for my TIU check-ins and to connect with the TIU community more. Feel free to follow me!
- Loving: my new running shoes and feeling better running than in the past, the last few weeks of relaxing summer, longs walks with Madison and listening to my favorite podcast, cooking different rice bowl variations, the Cleveland Indians (despite their recent – now broken – losing streak), the approach of a fresh school year, and new pieces of furniture and decor here and there that are making our apartment truly look and feel like home.
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- 26 ways to have an awesome weekend
Have a wonderful weekend, my dears : )
- I will miss Cedar Point’s Disaster Transport but I’m excited that its destruction was used for charity. And I can’t wait to see what they build next!
- This Disneyworld security guard is just awesome! So are these ridiculous Disney memes (though for different reasons!).
- Need some motivation? Workout secrets and tips from Olympic athletes.
- Speaking of inspiration from the Olympics, here’s some cool nail art and Instagram and Twitter pictures from this year’s Olympic swimmers.
- These five little-known facts about Marilyn Monroe are fascinating.
- Some of these top ten pet names for 2012 are just weird. Others are pretty creative!
- Love these lessons learned from a friend.
- How to get back on budget after a bump in the road.
- Apartment Therapy’s top house tours of the week.
- Having a rough time? Here are some healthy ways to relax.