Monday, July 10, 2017

Odds and Ends

Happy Monday! How is it almost the middle of July already?!?! Here is a roundup of happenings this last month.

Have you tried the S'mores Frappuccino yet? We walked over to Starbucks one day during work and I decided to try it. I was pleasantly surprised.
Jeff & I stopped by a fast food spot that just opened in Middleton called Cafe Zupas.  Looking at their website, this is their only location in Wisconsin.
We both did the 'Try 2 Combo.' Even Jeff liked it and he is pretty picky.  We will definitely go back. I would say it is most similar to Panera Bread (but fresher if that makes sense). Oh and you also get a chocolate covered strawberry with your food!

We had make your own strawberry shortcakes at work. Notice we had to get both whip cream and cool whip since there was a debate going on which is better.
I'm always on the hunt for a GREAT mascara. Here are the ones I have used recently. I just bought the Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes and honestly I'm not that impressed. For me, it looks clumpy & takes a long time to remove the mascara. I have heard good things about this one and even the Ulta employe recommeneded it, but I was really disappointed. I definitely won't purchase it again and I wish they had a trial-size or sample I could have purchased to test it out before committed to a >$20 mascara purchase.   Out of the below, IT Superhero has been my favorite.
We always make smoothies around the NBA Finals. I don't know why, but that has been our tradition the last few years. Jeff is the BEST smoothie maker and he even makes it in just the Magic Bullet.
Over the 4th of July weekend, my parents came over and we had lunch. Mom made my favorite Chinese salad.

 We bought a patio umbrella this summer. Trying to have Valley Ho vibes on our deck. 

Lately, I have been craving real Smore's. Maybe it was that Frappuccino from Starbucks?! Anyway, we don't have a fire pit and didn't want to deal with the grill, so we just made them in the oven and they actually turned out pretty well. 
 Hope you have a great week ahead!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Annual Work Brewers Game

I have been trying to catch up on posts the last few days since I have been off for the holiday. I finished writing all my book reports if you are interested below.

I also had the 5th Annual Work Brewers game last week. This year there was 17 of us which has been the biggest yet!
    Mimosa's and last minute work on the drive to Milwaukee.
These were the original group that went to the first Brewer group so they had to take a picture.
 Group shot! So fun tailgating.
Brewers win!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Even more books I want to share! 
We Are Okay:  Maybe I am in the minority on this, but I did not like this book very much. I thought the story was slow and didn't have much of a plot either. 1 star

The Kind Worth Killing: This was a work club book and it was so fast paced and twisty. Constant unexpected twist and turns! The ending though, come on!  As soon as I finished, I had to read the discussion board on Goodreads on theories of that ending (don't want to give it away).  I highly recommend this for all who like a good suspense novel. 4.5 stars

Breathe, Annie, Breath:  Annie is training for a marathon in honor of her boyfriend that recently died.  He was training to run the same marathon before he died in a car accident. The only problem Annie hates running. This one was meh.  2 stars

Pushing the Limits: The story is about 2 teens who each have their own problems and tragedies in their life. Echo gets assigned to tutor Noah. They don't like each other at first, but unite against their counselor. 3 stars

Rich People Problems: Great ending book to this triology! I highly recommend reading these right after another because there are SO many characters to remember and follow. 4.5 stars

Come to Me Quietly: Aleena has loved her brother's best friend since she was little. She hasn't seen him for 6 years and then he walks back into her life. There is a 2nd book, but I probably won't read it anytime soon.  3 stars

Archer's Voice: What a great non-typical love story and refreshingly different! It was worth the read and wonderfully written.  4 stars

Always and Forever Lara Jean: Perfect ending to this triology. You have to read this adorable series!  4 stars

The Edge of Never:  First, how perfect is that french braid on the cover?!  Cam is tired of her life, so she hops on a Greyhound bus with no real destination. She meets Andrew who happens so sit behind her. They decide to go on a road trip together. The rest of the book is their adventure together and the big secret is revealed about Andrew. I'm glad there was an epilogue.  3.5 stars

Spring 2017 Part 1 here
Spring 2017 Part 2 here

Monday, July 3, 2017


Here are more books I have read the last few months. 
Mister O: This romantic comedy was a fun read. Also it was told from the man's POV so that was refreshing. 3 stars

Shug: This book was more geared toward junior high than YA. Perfect for a 12 year old.  2 stars

Alex, Approximately: This is a good summer teen novel if you are in the mood for that. I saw somewhere it described as the YA version of 'You Got Mail.'  Bailey is always chatting with a boy, Alex, online about classic movies. She ends up moving to the same city as him and also ends up getting a job at the same museum as Alex.   3 stars

My (not so) Perfect LifeThis was an easy and fluffy read. It makes you think about social media in real life. 3.5 stars

The Arrangement: I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.  4 stars

Falling:  This book follows the story of Emma who moves to the suburbs after quitting her NYC job and meets Dominic, her landlord and father of a 6 year old named Jesse.  I mostly enjoyed it, but then boom that ending... was not expecting that at all. Falling follows the story of Emma, a retired NYC banker that moves to the suburbs to rest and also follow her dreams, there she meets Dominic, her landlord and the father or an adorable 6 year old named Jesse3.5 stars

My Kind of Crazy: This story is about a high-school boy who accidentally sets fire while trying to ask a girl to prom. The girl across the street saw everything and they become friends. 3 stars

Letters to the Lost: This was one of the better YA's I read recently. Juliet lost her mother suddenly and leaves letters to her at her grave. Declan is ordered by the court to do community service, which he chooses to do at the same cemetery.  He finds her letters and decides to write back. 4 stars

Unteachable: I thought it would be like Slammed since it was a similar storyline, but I never could get into it. I almost DNF, but I did power through it.  1 star

I think I am pretty late reading this series. I have seen it everywhere and finally got around to it. Tragic past & insta love = New Adult
Falling follows the story of Emma, a retired NYC banker that moves to the suburbs to rest and also follow her dreams, there she meets Dominic, her landlord and the father or an adorable 6 year old named Jesse

I read these this triology the airplane of my flights. I really liked the first two books, but though the third was a little forced. If you like the 'To All the Boys I Loved' series, it gives you the same vibes. Perfect beach reads.

Part 1 here

Sunday, July 2, 2017


I can't believe I haven't done a book report since March. I have read a TON of books since then so let's get started.
By Your Side: Classic Kasie West book. Cute, sweet & easy YA read. 3.5 stars

On Second Thought: This was my 2nd book by Kristan Higgins and I really enjoyed it! It is about 2 sisters who are dealing with loss.  It was very real but also funny & a little bit of romance too- great story! 4 stars

Wallbanger Funny and enjoyable story. I also read the 2nd book in the series right after. 3 stars

Flat-Out Love: This one was very unrealistic and would never happen in real life, but I still somehow liked it. 3.5 stars

Big Little Lies: I LOVED this book. I also loved the HBO series. Go read it!  4.5 stars

Leave Your Mark I'm not quite sure why I decided to pick this book up. I couldn't relate to much of the book because it related more on PR topics.  1 star

The Couple Next Door: This was a work bookclub choice and I loved this suspense/thriller! It wasn't my typical book but so glad I read it because it was crazy good and couldn't stop reading.  It is about a couple who baby is kidnapped.  I never saw the twist coming at all! 4.5 stars

Close Enough to TouchI would say this is the adult version of Everything, Everything. The main character is allergic to human contact, but ends up liking someone she meets. 3.25 stars

Idol: This is about a rockstar lands up at a farm in the middle of nowhere and falls in love with a girl. I liked the first half of the book much more than the 2nd half. There were some parts that bugged me and seemed like it came out of nowhere.  Overall it was okay but didn't blow me away.  3 stars

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


After the Tom Petty concert we got back to our hotel around midnight. We had an early flight the next morning to Phoenix.

After we arrived we went straight to In & Out for an early lunch.
After lunch we drove to Scottsdale and checked into our hotel. Jeff & I LOVE this place. We have stayed here for the last 3 times we have come to town.
We headed straight to the big pool after we got settled in our room. 

After laying by the pool all afternoon, we walked to dinner to one of our favorite places.

Jeff golfed every day we were in Arizona. I joined him on one of the days. We played ASU's course.

After golf, we had lunch at Postino. We tried a new location in Tempe. They have the best fresh lemonade and paninis!
We had lots and lots of pool time. I got a lot of reading in!
We also ate at all our favorite places in between our pool time including Cooperstown
and OF COURSE our absolutely favorite Chuckbox
We also visited our old apartment in Phoenix.  It looks pretty much the same except they changed the name of it.

Still the same grills.

We got to see my cousin Amy and her family for dinner one night.

Oh we had more pool time and drinks!

Our last dinner was Grimaldi's. We switched up locations.

As always we had such a nice relaxing time! Hopefully this can be a yearly tradition!