Friday Favorites | Long Weekend Ahead

Happy Friday! I thought it would never get here. It was a busy week and just three more weeks until my busy season at work is over. It will be nice to enjoy the long weekend though my plans have changed and more than likely I will bring my laptop home I do plan on getting a lot of projects done that I have had to push off lately. It’s also the last early release Friday! 

Let’s get to it, shall we?! 

 

Favorite Quote/Truth: I can’t help sharing my love of a good book. 

 

Yup, this has happened to me on several occasions. 

Favorite Recipe: I am going to make a version of this for a special person this weekend. Might add some chocolate and buterscotch sauce. 

Heavenly Banana Pudding recipe! This no bake pudding is so incredible and easy to make! It's as good as the old fashioned pudding made from scratch!

Favorite Hair Inspiration: Love those curls. 

Favorite DIY: This would be a great place to store extra bedding and double as a seating area. 

 

the hardest button to button a diy tufted storage ottoman, painted furniture, storage ideas, reupholster, DIY diamond tufted storage ottoman

Favorite Funnies:

 

 

If it starts to cool off I might actually start cooking again. 

 

When you open the oven to check your chicken

Linking up with Natasha for 5 on Friday.

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Just A Little Kiss | Book Tour | Review | Excerpt | Giveaway

Just A Little Kiss is the third book in this series by Renita Pizzitola, I also read Just A Little Crush and  Just A Little Flirt.  I wasn’t going to turn down the third book since I wanted to know what happened to Mason. 

 I was contacted by the publisher to get a free copy of the third book in the series as well as to do a book stop I jumped at the chance. The publisher was also kind enough to host a giveaway for Flirt and Loveswept mugs and multiple eBooks. Checkout the giveaway at the end of the post. Hope you give this book a chance, I know I’ve found a new author I enjoy. 

 

 

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My Review: Felicity has felt like she is going to be stuck in the small town fishing community she grew up in forever. She wants to move out but she is not really sure what she wants to do with her life, since her breakup with her ex. She only dates Summer Boys because she doesn’t want anyone holding her into staying in town. 

Mason is in town for the summer to help his Uncle with the fishing season after he injured his shoulder. He is not a fan of boats or getting up early so this just might be a challenge. Felicity appears to be his new neighbor and helps him with a family remedy, making Mason think that it just might be worthy sticking around for the rest of the summer. 

The two hit it off and have quick and fun banter. Mason pushes Felicity to dream of the future and make her dreams a reality. Felicity helps Mason get over the girl he once thought he was in love with, and seeing a possible future together. I really liked how these two complimented each other, went through real life struggles of finding oneself and moving towards a dream. 

 

Excerpt: 

“Hey, there.”

I spun at the sound of a girl’s voice. Not overly loud but way too chipper for—what time was it? Two, maybe three in the morning? Who the hell was even up at this time, besides me?

I squinted, trying to make out the approaching figure. “Hey, uh . . . I didn’t realize anyone else was out here.”

Her silhouette slowly came into view on the neighboring boat. She tucked her hair behind her ear but it did nothing to tame the waves tumbling over her shoulders. And it hit me . . . I knew that hair. I knew that body. Hell, I’d even memorized the face to go with it. God knows I’d spent enough time staring at it this afternoon. I cleared my throat then said, “You’re—”

“Colby’s friend.” Her words came out too quick, almost nervous, then she added, “And from the restaurant.”

Yep, I knew exactly who she was, and I’d also committed her name to memory in hopes of getting just this chance. “Felicity,” I said.

It was too dark to make out the subtle features of her face, but I was pretty sure a smile appeared, which almost helped me forget about my stomach being so wrecked.

What was she doing out here? Not that I minded the surprise visit, but it was the middle of the night, so did that mean . . . “Do you live out here? On a boat?”

“Yeah.” She shifted and tucked her hair back in another failed attempt to manage a curl. The slight shift brought her into better view under the pier lighting. And it was confirmed. Her lips were curved into a sweet smile.

I felt my own mouth twitch up, mirroring her expression, despite the headache from hell and my lingering desire to jump overboard.

“This is my family’s boat.” She semi-shrugged, “But sleeping on the water takes some getting used to.”

I shook my head, convinced I wasn’t cut out for life on the water. “Not sure I ever will. I’m ready to crash in my car at this point. The worst part is I’m supposed to be up in a few hours to head out there.” I nodded toward the ocean.

She glanced at the water then back at me. “I couldn’t sleep either . . . I was out here and, well . . . I hope you don’t mind the intrusion.” She stammered over her words then lifted her hand that was holding something. A bottle? “I have this old family recipe for motion sickness,” she went on. “It really helps if you want to give it a try.”

She probably thought I was such a wuss for not being able to handle a night on the water but, hell, I wasn’t too proud to accept whatever cure I could find. “I’ll try anything.”

She smiled. “Hang on, I’ll walk it over.”

“I can grab it.” I climbed over the boat railing then stepped onto the wooden pier separating us and forced my feet to steady. Going from rocking to firm land actually made me feel worse.

I took a deep breath then walked the few steps across the pier to her boat, trying to find my bearings again. The phantom rocking slowly subsided, and I relaxed a bit.

“Here you go.” She handed me a small glass bottle.

“What do I do with it?” I held it in the light of the pier. Oil sloshed around the sidewall.

“You rub a little behind your ears.” She gestured to the soft spot right above her jaw, and my gaze tracked her finger then slowly drifted down her neck.

I could think of a few other ways to take my mind off motion sickness. Of course, none of those would help with the fact that I needed to be ready to work in a few hours. Fuck. And with that little reality check, I twisted the cap off the vial and sniffed the contents. It was minty but also kind of sweet. “Smells good. What’s in it? Or is it a secret recipe?”

She smiled. “It’s lavender, peppermint and some other stuff I can’t remember.”

“And I put it on like this?” I capped the bottle with my index finger, flipped it upside down then rubbed the oil behind my ear. “Or are you totally screwing with me?” I teased. “Because this does smell a bit like perfume, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the guys put you up to this.”

With a laugh, she shook her head. “I promise it’s to help. But I wouldn’t put it past those guys to mess with the newbie, so keep your guard up.”

I recapped the bottle and reached to hand it back.

“Keep it. You’ll need it out there.”

“Thanks.” I sighed at the reminder. “Can’t really pretend I’m excited about that. How long before it works?”

“Not long. Of course, it’s better if you use it as a preventative, so you may want to put it on again before you head out.”

I shoved the bottle into the pocket of my shorts. “I have no idea why I agreed to this. I’m going to get eaten alive out there,” I muttered, more to myself than anything else.

“Is this your first time working on a charter boat?”

I glanced back at her. “Uh, I’ve been deep-sea fishing twice in my life. Last time was three years ago. I have no clue what I’m doing.”

“Well . . . it’s nice of you to help your uncle.”

Help my uncle. Yeah. That made my reasons seem much less personal and a whole lot more selfless, although . . . “After tomorrow, he may decide I’m not much help.”

Felicity smiled. “It won’t be that bad. The crew’s friendly, and I’m sure they’ll appreciate the help either way.”

I fought back a grin. “So are you always this nice? Because we both know I’m a liability out there.”

“It’s all the waitressing, I guess.”

She was killing me with that smile. And maybe it was mind over matter, but my nausea also seemed to be subsiding, and the headache was more of a dull pressure along my forehead. Now if only I had something to look forward to after my first day of work . . . “If I survive out there, maybe you can join me in a celebratory drink.”

“You’ll survive.”

“So is that a yes?”

She paused, her lips parted slightly as if I’d completely caught her off guard with my invitation. So I asked again, “Join me for a drink?”

“Um . . . sure.”

I cocked a grin, happy to have gotten at least one shot at her, and patted my pocket as I backed across the pier. “Thanks for the family remedy.” I hopped over the railing of my boat. “And if the guys don’t throw me overboard, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

She turned, but paused and glanced back. “Hey, Mason?”

“Yeah.”

“How long are you in town?”

“Six weeks.”

“It’ll be nice having a neighbor for the summer.”

 

 

Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo

Goodreads Link to the series: Book LinkSeries Link

Author Info: 

Renita Pizzitola
Renita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult fantasy. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.

 

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Birthday Hangover

Well this weekend was a whirlwind. It was nothing I expected and a little crazy for my taste but it was a good time. My Mom ended up surprising me by flying in for my birthday with my great-niece so I ended up going to my Brother’s house for dinner on Saturday night and staying over. On my actual birthday my extended family came over to his house for a BBQ/reunion. Then Sunday night I got together with the girls and it was exactly what I needed after a long day.

None of my chores, cleaning or prep got done so that will have to wait. I am exhausted and ate like crap so this week will be a detox for sure. So here is a big photo dump.

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Maddie was the baby whisperer. Relaxing night with Daddy watching a movie. Yes, the dog has a princess necklace on. Corrina calls it bedazzling the dog. 

 

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I am seriously worried when this one gets her license because she has a need for speed!! Do you see the little one with her hand on the back arm rest, yeah straight chillin’. My birthday cheesecake. 

 

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I was blown away from all the sweet presents I got from some pretty awesome friends. Everyday was a fun mail day. Thank you to MeeMee, Steph, Lauren, Heather, my bestie from work. I can’t thank you all enough. 

Seamus Sightings

 

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How was your weekend? 

 

Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston.

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Friday Favorites | Birthday Weekend

Happy Friday! I don’t want to brag or anything but it’s my birthday weekend and it’s also early release Friday. It’s like my work is shutting down in honor of my birthday. No? Maybe? Definitely. Haha! 

I am going to keep it short and sweet because work has been crazy so lots to do! Enjoy the weekend! 

 

Favorite Quote: Easier said than done, but worth it! 

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Favorite Recipe: This is non-alcoholic but you could always add some Rum or Vodka to kick it up. 

 

Watermelon Layer Drink - Such a cute, summery drink! Would be great for a watermelon themed party or BBQ.
 

Favorite DIY: I am not sure if I will get to it this weekend but I want to re-do my coffee table. I love that it has a drawer but it isn’t wide enough. My laptop is usually on it and that takes up all the useable space, it also has this unfinished finish. I plan on adding a new top  and possible painting the legs a distressed white color. 

 

Rustic Farmhouse Coffee Table DIY by Rachel Schultz   Ooo that's smart!   Ooo that's smart. I can see doing this to a kitchen table too. Light bulb!
Favorite Recent Purchase: I recently scored this one from Jane.com, and there are a few left so go get you one. It also comes in a red plaid and a navy plaid color option, and at $26.99 it’s a steal. 

Favorite Funnies: As if I didn’t feel bad enough about getting older..

Any fun plans for the weekend? 
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Birthday Shopping List under $30

My birthday is just 3 days away. I am excited that it falls on the weekend and I get to celebrate with my best friend and second Mom. We are headed to Cheesecake Factory and some low-carb cheesecake will be had for sure.

Something you may not know about me is that I hate to shop. I mean I love buying things don’t get me wrong, but I hate the act of shopping. I would love things to just magically appear in my home, which is part of the reason why I love online shopping. With that being said I made a list of some of the things I would want for my birthday, and they are all under $30.00. Thanks to Steph for mentioning the BookWorm Boutique, it has the best book mugs, prints and shirts. 

 

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Bedtime Mug // 99 Problems Mug // Library Print //

Sailboat Sculpture // Dog Statue //

Elf Matte Lipstick in Wine // Elf blush in Berry Merry //

 

 

 

What would be on your birthday shopping list? 

 

Side note: The whole time writing this post I had the song “You say it’s your birthday, it’s by birthday too” by the Beatles stuck in my head. 

 

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