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Ways to make this the Best. Summer. Ever!

26 Jun

Have a great summer!

xoxo,

T.

Hello Summer!

23 Jun

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Best. Summer. Ever.  Let’s have a good time!  Make that a Great time!!

xoxo,

T.

 

 

 

And You Get a Book…

19 Jun

And You get a book…And You get a book…And You get a book…And You get a book.

Or a book… One of my summer reading books, that is.  Based on the little “contest” I held on Friday, based on comments I received on Friday’s post, I chose 5 winners, based on the first five comments on my post.

Congratulations to the following five lucky blog followers who win their choice from my Top 11 Summer Reads:

  1. Carol S.
  2. Lee Z.
  3. Jane O.
  4. Rita P.
  5. Megan R.

Please reach out to me and let me know which book you like.  Give me your Top 3, as someone before you, may have chosen your top choice. You can re-read Friday’s blog to refresh your memory…It’s all about the views. 😉

Honorable Mention goes to:

Carolyn M. and Linda Z.  I will send them the book of My choice. 🙂

I know, I know…Best. Monday. Ever!

xoxo,

T.

 

 

My Summer Reading List

16 Jun

Summer is upon us and for me that means gathering books for my summer reading list.  Be it at the Beach, Vacation, Home or on my Deck…I have Big Plans to rifle through many books this summer.

1. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham.  Loved Gilmore Girls and loved Parenthood.  Reading Talking as fast as I can now.

2. Teammate, My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages by David Ross.  You can never get too much Cubs winning the World Series!

3. Giftology by John Ruhlin.  I love this book. Haven’t yet finished it, because I’m not quite ready for it to be over.  This book is a must-read if you give gifts.  This book will be its’ own blog.

4. The Beach House by Jane Green – I love beach houses and love Jane Green.

5. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella – Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors!

6. After You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes – I loved the movie, Me Before You, about the book by Jojo Moyes… I hope to read all of her books.

7.  Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – I’ve read this book twice and plan on reading it for a third time.  It’s about Morrie Schwartz, who had an impactful impression on the author, Mitch Albom.  Morrie has ALS.  Enough said.

8. The life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo – I skim this book often and will continue to skim it, to  get more organizing ideas.

9. One plus one, by Jojo Moyes – Another Jojo book!

10. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – I have had this book for at least 3 years and looking forward to reading it.

11.  All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr – Two of my favorite friends have told me this is one of their all-time favorite books.  It’s been on my nightstand waiting to be read.  I shall do that this summer.

 

More Beach Reads/Suggestions

 

After you is also on my list and in my stock on my coffee table.  What Alice Forgot is now on my Wish List!

I’m a big Emily Giffin fan.  Also Erin Hilderbrand.

Speaking of BookBub…I have signed up for free or big discounted ebooks.  I get a daily email and never pay more than $2.99 for a book.  My Kindle is quite filled!

Everyone who comments on this post, by 10pm Saturday, will be entered to win the book of their choice from My Summer Reading List. Five commenters will be chosen at random.  I will gift it to them, in hopes they will pay it forward and gift it to someone else, so they can enjoy the book as well. Don’t you love Fridays? :). Winners will be announced Monday morning. Don’t you love Mondays?

That I am!  Happy reading!

 

xoxo,

T.

 

And What a Summer it Was!

12 Sep

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It seems like just yesterday I had the entire summer ahead of me.  It was middle of May and I was waiting for Patrick’s arrival home from his first year at Miami University. To me, that was going to be the beginning of summer. So much to look forward to!  Family. Friends. Fun!  It was going to be the beginning of the Best. Summer. Ever!

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Now, I am looking back in the rear view mirror at Summer.  Where did summer go?  Where did my great abs in 30-days go?  Here is just a small sampling of my summer.  And what a Summer it was!!

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Several fun jaunts to the race track…We even had days which we won.  One day we were winning even though we were betting on the wrong race for three races!  #Winning #OnlyUs

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Games of Uno and Uno Attack.  Probably played over 100 games. 🙂  Truly, one of my very favorite memories of summer.  Reverse, reverse!  Skip, skip, skip to my Lou!  You had to be there.  I’m looking forward to Patrick coming home to play some more. #RockStarLife

Quick trip to Cancun – ‘Twas a quick business trip, but had fun, fun, fun.  Eat, drink and be Terry!

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It was a summer of Lilly Pulitzer dresses… and not just by me! Mary was on the same bandwagon.

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Fun trip to West Palm Beach, where I was treated like a Rock Star thanks to my friend, PMH!  Nothing like having a car pick you up at the airport with a bottle of Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay chilling in the car.  Fabulous way to start a fabulous weekend!

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Hanging with friends.  Old and new!

Got to meet my new style idol, India Hicks!  She is just about the coolest person ever… and in trying to remain “cool”, I  chose not to have my picture taken with her. Hindsight being 20/20… we know I’m not that cool.  Should have gotten that picture!  I want to be her when I grow up!

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Noodling around in a pool more times than I can count on one hand!! Probably one of my favorite summer activities. Enjoyed Bloody Mary’s each time.  It was 5:00 somewhere.  Or 11AM! 🙂  It’s important to note that bouncing around a pool on a noodle, does not accumulate steps on your Fitbit tracker. #WhoKnew?

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Cubs game with my #SoleSister.  It’s our year!!  I’m speaking of the Cubs.  It’s always Tracy and my year.  Always.

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Late Summer trip to San Diego

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Always one of my favorite vacation pictures.  Morning coffee with a view.

 

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Vacation on the balcony. I’ve come to realize that asking servers to take one’s picture can cause a bit of consternation with the server. #Selfie

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Styling at the pool. #IHStyle

Awesome day of day-drinking in Laguna Beach with B and B (using initials to protect the innocent).  Nothing better, btw. Plus, I got to try out my Spanish! For the record, I don’t speak Spanish.  🙂

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One of my favorite views from one of my favorite places with four of my favorite people!  Seriously, what could be better than enjoying a Vodka/Lemonade, eating a seafood salad and looking at this view? Nothing, nothing could be better. Well maybe if the lemonade was Pink lemonade, that would have been better. 😉

The Movie Gleason.  Saw it twice in two days.  Would have made it three if it was playing near me the 3rd day. If you haven’t seen the movie, I urge you to do so.

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Got to meet Steve and Michel Gleason.  Truly one of the highlights of my summer

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Great, great, great summer with kids.

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We were also introduced to our new obsession… The Seafood Tower at Ruth’s Chris.  Totally fabulous!  Clealry, this wasn’t our first dirty martini.  Of the summer.  Or of the night.  We were already accustomed to those.  Cheers!

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Patrick got a new car and Mer and I got manicures.  #WinWin

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This was during the James Taylor concert at Wrigley Field!  Whenever I see your smiling face. 🙂

I also went to see Adele.  Hello!  And last concert of the summer, but certainly not least, I saw Train at Ravinia.  We stood the entire concert.  The entire concert.  Best. Concert. Ever.  Three concerts. One summer.  Not too bad.

 

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And a boy says goodbye to his dog. Sad dog.  Sad mom.  Sad boy?  Not so much. 🙂

Song of the Day:  This’ll Be My Year, by Train

No more
Countin’ down the hours
No more
Wishin’ you were here
I stopped believin’,
Although Journey told me ‘don’t’
Before I call it a day,
Maybe this’ll be my year

And at the end of the day… It was the Best. Summer. Ever!  It was Not the best Bears game ever, btw.   I’m always surprised when they lose.  Always surprised.  Let’s hope there aren’t many more surprises in store for me this football season.

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And everything will work out, just the way it’s supposed to!  For that, I am certain!

xoxo,

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Best Quotes About Summer

5 Aug

 

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I cannot believe we are in the last month of summer.  And yes, I’m aware that summer “officially” ends in September (typically around my birthday as a matter of fact), but with kids already heading back to college, I see summer flashing before my eyes.  It makes me very, very sad, as I know that Patrick, Mary and their friends and are in the process of moving back to school. And some very special young adults are heading to college for the first time.  Sniff, sniff!  It’s been a great summer and I still have 2 fun trips planned (FL and SoCal) but I know when those are in the bag, at least in my eyes (and in my house) summer is almost over.

Thank you Town and Country Magazine for putting the spring…I mean, summer in my step with introducing these summer quotes.

Best Summer Quotes

Quotes about summer

1. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”- F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


2. “Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.” – Nora Ephron

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3. “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen

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4. “The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” -Wallace Stevens

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5. “Do what we can, summer will have its flies.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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6. “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James

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7. ” If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe…” -Evelyn Waugh

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8. ” Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” -John Lubbock

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9. “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” -Charles Bowden

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10. “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” – L.M. Montgomery

 

Tonight is the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics.  What’s the most ridiculous thing about the 2016 Summer Olympics, is they should be in Chicago!  Not Rio!  #EpicFail!

My all-time favorite olympic moment.  I’ve posted this before and I will post it again.  #DressedToAT.  #TeamTerry

Here is a video of Derek Redmond, running the 400M in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.  I remember watching this “live” when it happened and knowing that I would remember this for the rest of my life.  Or 14 years later.

 

Happy Birthday Nancy!  Happy Birthday Matthew!  Happy Graduation party Christopher!

Enjoy your summer.  Enjoy every day.  Have a great weekend!

xoxo,

T.

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I would.  I really, really would.

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So very wrong.

To The Maxi

18 Jul

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I’m not referring to my pup, Maxie…but my new summer clothing obsession…the Maxi Dress!  You can find them at Target, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdales and just about any clothing store.  Now is a great time to find them, on sale!

In the 1940s, stylish socialites and the hottest Hollywood starlets wore brightly colored dresses with long, full-tiered skirts. Designers drew inspiration for these so-called patio, or squaw, dresses from traditional Native American and Southwestern designs. Though the patio dress soon fell out of fashion, this ankle-grazing dress style was revived during the 1960s when women from all walks of life embraced the colorful, free-flowing maxi dress. Unfortunately, by the late ’70s, these long, billowing dresses had once again been relegated to the clearance racks.

After the sky-high hemlines of the early 21st century, the maxi dress gained a whole new generation of fans, as women everywhere sought out a comfortable, low-key alternative to the mini-skirts and impossibly short shorts of the period. However, the maxi dress is no longer the voluminous mound of polyester it was in the 1970s. Today’s designers rely on cotton and other fine fabrics, which keep the wearer feeling cool and breezy, even on the hottest summer days. Modern maxi dresses also offer a much more flattering fit, with plenty of styles to accentuate any figure.

Source:  How Stuff Works

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Source:  Gurl.com

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I have been actively searching for this dress and shall consider myself extremely happy when I find it, or one very similar.

 

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With a cardigan.  Another staple of mine!

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My absolute favorite…the Maxi Dress with a Denim Jacket!

 

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Speaking of a maxi dress with a denim jacket… I wore this ensemble last week at the Adele concert, which could have been called, “A Conversation with Adele”. Great concert though, but she was a bit, shall we say, chatty!

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I love to wear flip-flops with my maxi dress or wedge sandals.

Song of the Day:  You Don’t Want Me Anymore, by Steel Breeze.

Undecided
Don’t know where to go
Don’t know what I’m gonna do, whoa
Uninvited, I’m knockin’ at your door
Have I’ve the right to call on you, whoa

 

While I spent the better part of last Thursday evening tweaking this blog and finding more pictures of maxi dresses I love, I did contemplate skipping the scheduling of this blog (yes, I schedule them, as I don’t tend to rise at 6AM on Fridays).  With yet another terrorist attack in Paris, I thought this may not be the most timely post. So this post which was supposed to be posted last Friday, is getting a Monday post instead.

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My new favorite movie:  Life of Pets.  If you are a pet owner, it’s a must-see.  Which, they are no doubt, counting on.  Fabulous movie! A couple on the way out of the movie said to me and the kids, “we are heading to the shelter”.  🙂  I sure hope that was true!

Peace.

xoxo,

T.

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