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A Few Things For Summer

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I have to say the off the shoulders one piece is one of the most flattering swimsuits trends. 
Giant heart towels are a must.
A summer long book club, starting with And We're Off...
Because straw hats and purses are not popular at all this summer season :) Even if you're not spending your summer at the Hamptons, you can at least feel like you are!
Comfy and cute sandals
Always, always choose Quay, my sister officially converted me.

Weekend Wrap Up...

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summer uniform = keds...  chill mode.  still working on adding to the apartment...  need more girl nights. enjoying the last few hours of the extended weekend.
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Friday Morning

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Hey readers, what are your plans for the three day weekend? I'm looking forward to watching the remake of Dirty Dancing even though all the reviews are pretty negative. I'll probably end up watching both the remake and the original because it's just the perfect way to start the season. My coworkers and I are recording our third bookish podcast, where we discuss books that our readers choose for us. This week we're reading and discussing Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman. And lastly, my brother and his wife are driving down from the bay area to hang out for the holiday weekend. It will be filled with barbecues and lots of relaxing by the pool. How are you? What have you been up too? Have an excellent weekend!!

Coastlines, Lake and Rivers to Check Out
Day Plans
Being Well-Connected
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this week's favorites...

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When I think back on the summers of my childhood, the most vivid memories were the three months I'd spent in Maine. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to be able to live three thousand miles away from home and experience a real New England summer. Now that triple digits are upon us, all I can think about are those white sandy beaches and lighthouses for days. What was your favorite summer vacation? 
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The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said

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Now that summer is here, (it's already well into 100 degrees where I live and it's not even June) I'm so excited to bring back my seasonal series but this time, there's a little twist. Some ideas and activities will be inexpensive and easy to try but others maybe a bit more challenging. So I hope you'll participate. I spent the last year relaxing and enjoying that fact that I am no longer in school. But, I have to say I actually miss having homework, I'm weird, I know. Join me and maybe challenge yourself as I plan to find a little bit of balance this year.  
This first week is all about exercising my brain; when was the last time you memorized something?! In the third grade, every couple weeks we had to memorize and recite a passage from the bible. My third grade teacher was known to be strict (she was really awesome at the same time), homework included reading assignments in which we had read the same story three times, until we learned how to pronounce ever…

Summer Night Routine

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My sister started opening the front door in the evenings a few months ago and now it's one thing I look forward to when I get off work and head home. We'll keep it open practically until we're ready for bed.
Actually make dinner and get in the habit of making sweets from scratch.
Take a relaxing bath, soak in some bubbles and wear my favorite masks.
Watch a few inspirational videos and save some words of wisdom
I've gotten really into art journaling.
I also plan on working on more diy projects.  
Settle in and maybe fall asleep to reading or watching a favorite film.

I'll do some variation of Vinyasa yoga right before I hit the sheets. 
How do you spend your summer evenings when you get off work? 

My Travel Food Diary

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Before I even got on the plane, I knew exactly what I wanted to eat while traveling abroad. The foodie in me wanted to make this trip a true dining experience, although I knew it wasn't going to be that way considering who I was traveling with. This is not to out my my sister but she is one of the pickiest people on the planet when it comes to food. I mean she doesn't like cheese and we were heading to the cheese capital of the world. When it comes to food, she's comfortable with her same five favorite meals while I live for trying new things (as long as I don't know what it is before I actually eat it). I had the trip of a lifetime but in my mind I'm already planning another trip abroad but with my boyfriend, because with him it will be all about the food and beer. 
Day 1-9: When we got to Paris, I was mostly concerned with crepes and baguettes. Unfortunately the beginning of the trip started with severe anxiety which turned into stomachaches and headaches. I was …

Weekend Wrap Up...

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rosé all day.  new recipes and lots of sweets...  pleats and scallops kind of girl.  sunday game days with old and new friends... this week's favorites.
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Quote of the Day

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"A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected."
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Friday Morning

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Good Morning!!! So this whole waking up at five in the morning hasn't really gone away. The past few days I've been lying in bed hoping to go back to sleep but I end up reading, which is a good thing because I've gone through a couple books in the last two weeks. With the summer festivities around the corner and gearing up for the annual Summer Reading Program, I'm excited and slightly overwhelmed. I know it's going to be a fun summer but honestly, I was not ready to come home from Europe. I'm already thinking of a few more trips, hopefully the east coast in the fall! What are your plans for the weekend? I have a few do it yourself projects waiting to happen at home I also plan to do a serious deep clean of the apartment. Have an excellent weekend and see you next week :)
How to Make Friends At Work
 Master of None
 If Seinfeld Was In the Midwest

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this week's favorites...

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Since it's practically summer and nostalgia hits me hard this time of year, I'm channeling the 80s this week in my movie selection. What is your favorite 80s flick? 
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Top 5

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When it comes to wine, I am a "Rosé All Day" kind of girl. At a reasonable price these five choices still taste oh so good. At only $15, Whispering Angel is ranked some of the best rosé out there. And if you're a Sugarfina fan, then you know they're infamous gummies are infused with a little Whispering Angel. Now that summer is just around the corner, what's your favorite pink wine? 
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The Working Girl

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A Peek Into My Profession:

How would you explain the role of librarianship today?  Being a librarian is so much more than what people think. It's such an antiquated term that people forget it's still an important job. The organization and management of information and data has never been more significant than now. In just the last two years the amount of data that has been created surpasses the entire previous history of the human race. Who do you think catalogues, stores and organizes all that information?  So, whether you're a librarian for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Lincoln Center, Google or the the head librarian of some small town public library in Maine, being a librarian today is one of the most demanding jobs!!

The Modern Librarian
  I wish I had the luxury to read all day but sadly I don't; your assumption of a frumpy old maid reading and shushing people out the door, is super old! The job is constantly evolving and whoever told you libraries are …

Life Lately

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If there was one article of clothing I was impressed by on my trip, it was the coats everyone was wearing. Since the French are impeccable when it comes to fashion, I was ecstatic when I found my very own. It wasn't necessarily camel color, it was olive green. And it certainly didn't break the bank but I was happy with my purchase. A huge thank you to my dear friend Mags for taking us to the market in Notting Hill.  Next time can you work on getting at home in Notting Hill?
If there was one stop I was over the moon about it was getting to explore Shakespeare and Co while staying in Paris. After reading the history about the bookstore, I wanted to spend the rest of my life in the infamous little book nook. As soon as my books were stamped, I felt like the luckiest girl in Paris!
Almost a month ago, a friend and coworker introduced me to this podcast about a son reading his father's new work of fiction, an erotic novel. The podcast is dedicated to reading chapter with a few…

Two Week Wrap Up...

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Last fall my sister excitedly decided she was going on vacation in the spring and when she told me she was going to Europe, I was envious. I didn't want to intrude because I knew she was going to visit a friend from college but secretly I wanted to tag along. And then miraculously (and because we're freakishly close), she asked me to go. At first, I jumped at the offer but realistically, I didn't think I could afford it so I initially said no. After saving what I could and my parents encouraging me to go, I decided to take a break from work and jet set across the Atlantic. It was nerve wrecking to say the least, I hadn't taken a vacation in at least seven years. After college and exhaustively searching for a job, I dove head first into my first real job and was overly studious in grad-school. And not to say I don't love my work because I do, but I never took a break (including many lunch breaks) and I burned myself out pretty quickly. Leaving work was going to be …

Friday Morning

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Good Morning and Happy May, my readers!!! Well I'm back in the states and even though I'm feeling great after my vacation, jet-lag has seemed to follow me through the entire week. Not that it's a bad thing to wake up at four a.m. but wanting to fall asleep when I open the door after work, I can't be doing that every day. I don't have too many plans other than to finish putting things away and get  back into my work and home routine, I'm gearing up for our Summer Reading Program which is starting up next month. What have you been up too these past couple weeks? What are you plans for the weekend? Have a good one and see you next week :)
What Makes Great Writing
Skills You Didn't Learn in College
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this week's favorites...

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It's National Bike Month, head out for a picnic in the park or just go for a long ride with friends or your partner. Before it starts to get too hot, get out and enjoy these last few days of Spring. What's making you happy this week?
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