Friday Favorites | Office Inspiration

Happy Friday!! I am so glad for this weekend so I can get some more rest, but it is going to be a hectic one so not sure any rest will actually happen. I am going to try and get another hike in on Saturday after some shopping for birthday presents, then on Sunday is another birthday party, this time for my nephew. Hopefully I can fit in a nap or two somewhere. So let’s get to it. 


Favorite Quote: Cheer Up Buttercup, it’s all sunshine today! 

Inspirational life quotes

Favorite Recipe: Can coffee really get any better? I think so. 

Caramel Brulee Coffee - Make a coffeehouse-style drink at home in just minutes! Coffee, milk, caramel sauce and a touch of brown sugar come together to make a sweet coffee treat! |


Favorite Office Inspiration: I have plans to build a new desk for my office/craft room and I am looking for inspiration on keeping it organized. This one is taking first place so far. 

Desk Accessories


Favorite Home Inspiration: If only I had a library like this one. Swoon! 

A floor-to-ceiling bookcase in the barn holds a collection of vintage children's books on this<br />
farm with storybook charm.


Favorite Funnies:



I am such a nerd I giggled for like 5 minutes at this one. Sometimes I do laugh too hard at my own jokes. 


Linking up with Amanda

Meet At The Barre

 Also linking up with Natasha for 5 on Friday.







I have been a little absent due to being sick. I was trying to fend it off but it kicked my butt. I ended up leaving work after an hour on Tuesday with chills, a headache and I felt really light headed. I took my laptop home so I ended up working a bit in between 4 different naps. Wednesday wasn’t much better so I guess my body just really needed the rest. Time to get back into the swing of things. So here is some of what I have been doing lately. 


Reading: This was an advanced copy I got from NetGalley and I am only 15% in but so far it is H.O.T. Protective Alpha MMA fighter, yes please. Click on the picture for the Goodreads summary.

Thinking: I need to get back on my workout routine. 

Wishing: The snow would finally melt. That my mini-vacation was tomorrow. 

Watching: I know it’s just silly reality TV but I am addicted to this show. I watched the first season too. 


Wearing: My Old Navy foldover jersey pajama pants and three sweaters. I’m still cold!! Can’t find a picture online. 

Wanting: To start my 4000 footer mountains hikes. 



ferncroft road whiteface passaconway from road

Mt. Whiteface, New Hampshire 4,019 feet in elevation – 11.4 miles

Loving: Seamus! Of course. He has been keeping me company while sick and while he has back issues and doesn’t like to be patted he gives lots of puppy kisses. 

Needing: Lots and lots of sleep. So with that I leave you, so I can go to bed!

Happy Friday Eve! 
What are you doing currently?


Birthdays and Hiking

Happy Monday. It was a very full weekend. I think I might be coming down with something but I am trying to fight it off. I have been chugging orange juice to try and help.  

It was a full weekend though and I finally got to go hiking!! It is making me even more excited for the snow to melt since the hiking was a little slow going. I even fell into a snow drift that was melted in the middle and it went to about mid thigh. I just got back up and kept going though. 

 I Did


When I woke up on Saturday it was snowing, and I was so disappointed. I really wanted to go hiking since I wasn’t feeling well last week. So I watched Wild instead. It was even more powerful than the book, which I don’t say often. 


I went to the Mall to get my niece a swimsuit she wanted at the Justice store. I was in and out in 15 minutes. I have a serious hatred of malls so this was a big win! 

After getting home I finished reading my book, and then took a nap. Once I woke up I saw that the snow in the driveway was gone so I decided to go hiking. It was so perfect, a little hard with the snow, but also exactly what I needed. 

I spent the rest of the night watching a few episodes of The Fall. So creepy but good. I also started a new book called Come Home


Sunday was my nieces birthday party. It was held at the Children’s Museum. They were having a blast and there were a few floors so it kept them busy and entertained.  



Seamus Sightings



How was your weekend? 

Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston.


Friday Favorites |

Happy Friday! This week has been crazy busy at work and it is only going to get busier. There is a light at the end of the tunnel though so I just need to hold on for 3 more weeks. My niece’s birthday is this weekend, so the party is on Sunday. I am seeing possible snow on Saturday but if it can hold off I am going to try and hike again!! Fingers crossed. 


Favorite outfit: This is also a link for ways to spice up your work wardrobe. 


black work outfit

Favorite Quote: Let it Go!!!! 

Favorite Purchase: Old lady status over here. I got so excited over buying this new vacuum. Considering I broke my toe after carrying a vacuum down the stairs this lightweight version is perfect. I was able to clean the whole bottom floor of my house in 15-20 minutes. 

BISSELL Bagless Canister Vacuum

Favorite DIY: A backyard scrabble game?! So fun! It seems a little labor intensive but would last for years so might be worth it. 

Outdoor Scrabble - Lots of fun with friends | Game Night | Neighbors and friends party | Neighborhood

Favorite Funnies:

Funny Memes About Women 2 -





Top 25 Funny Animals Photos and Memes | Quotes and Humor
What are you up to this weekend? 
Linking up with Amanda

Meet At The Barre

 Also linking up with Natasha for 5 on Friday.






Go Where The Waves Take You

Being from New England I have always lived within 30-45 minutes from the Ocean. I am a nature girl to my core, from hiking the mountains in New Hampshire, the Lobster towns of Maine, to the shores of Cape Cod. Being able to wake up to the sound of the waves, seeing the sun rise and reading a good book is my idea of a perfect day. 

 When I was asked if I would like to review Joanne DeMaio’s follow up to Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans I jumped at the chance. You can read my review of the first book here. **NOTE: I received a free Advanced copy of the book, in return for an honest review. I am opinionated, I tell it like it is, all opinions are my own. 


Goodreads: During two August weeks, denim designer Maris Carrington and coastal architect Jason Barlow prepare for their much-anticipated wedding. Guests arrive early, turning keys in charming cottage doors to begin their New England summer escape. The wedding is a reason for old friends to gather again; to meet in their shabby beach hangout and get the jukebox cranking; to walk that weathered boardwalk beneath a starry sky; to breathe the sweet salt air. “Cures what ails you,” one of the friends, Neil, always said long before his life was sadly claimed. But his legacy was not.

When Maris discovers Neil’s long-lost journal, its passages reveal a heartbreaking secret. Can truths be found within its timeworn pages? Can this leather-bound journal unite the friends as their lives begin to fray? A bittersweet family reunion, a surprising encounter from a devastating accident, a shocking confession leaving one marriage shattered–all will test the once close-knit circle. Suddenly this safe haven on the tranquil Connecticut shoreline churns with emotional turmoil, threatening even the beach wedding just days before it is to happen.

Yet like a silver cap on a breaking wave, love and friendship wash ashore with hope, ever shimmering, in The Denim Blue Sea.


My Thoughts: Picking up just about a year after the first book ended we catch back up with the characters of Stony Point. Maris the denim designer is in the midst of planning her wedding while trying to create new denim designs. She is inspired by the waves of the ocean, and the breaks in the waves. 

Her fiance Jason struggled in the first book to move forward after losing his brother in the same accident that took his leg. Walks on the beach and talking into the ocean with the hopes of his brother answering helped him stay connected. Finding his brothers lost journal is important, so he can continue his brother’s vision in the restoration business they started together.

My favorite couple from the last book Lauren and Kyle return with their relationship stronger than ever, but secrets shared and found in the journal have the power to destroy what they have worked so hard to repair.

This book makes you feel like you are at the beach, that you could be friends with this group. It reinforces that good friends and family are all that matter. It reminds you that people are flawed and they make mistakes, but they try. It left me in tears and touched my heart. This is a feel good happily ever after that leaves you dreaming for a vacation on the beach. 


Insider Inspiration from Joanne: This photo is a favorite of mine, capturing a blue-sky summer day on the boardwalk at Connecticut’s Point O’ Woods Beach. This gem of a beach inspires my fictional seaside setting of Stony Point. But even more than that, I based The Denim Blue Sea wedding reception scene on this very stretch of boardwalk. It seemed the perfect place for old friends to gather and toast a future filled with vast possibility.


Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Her fifth novel, The Denim Blue Sea, was recently published. Currently at work on her next book, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut. To learn more about the author, visit She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page and on Twitter

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