Just booking it…

When the tv shows wrap up for the spring, the days get longer, and commitments get somewhat slower, it becomes the perfect time to snuggle up with the pup and read a good book.

Here are my latest reads, what I thought, and where to find them…

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

51+Wav-RDNL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Terri Blackstock is one of my long-time favorite authors. I love her take on Christian fiction, because it always has a hint of intrigue and mystery. In her latest, Casey Cox is on the run – and under suspicion of having murdered one of her best friends. Dylan Roberts is hired to help the police find her and arrest her. But somewhere along the way, Dylan starts to doubt that Casey is guilty…

 

Step by Step by Candace Calvertcover72349-mediumThis was a fun read. Fast-paced and with fun, wholesome characters at the same time. Right now, the Kindle version is available for just $4.99 on Amazon. A fun, romantic, uplifting read, Step By Step was a new favorite. Candace Calvert expertly weaved her story together, showing us Taylor’s struggle and ultimately, how she would fall in love again. Can’t wait to read more. Tyndall House books are always a win!

Very Like a Queen by Martin Lake

jacket.aspxI’m a sucker for historical fiction, especially for some of the lesser-known characters. Martin Lake’s novel was the perfect fit for that, as it imagines King Henry VIII’s mistress Alice Petherton’s life at court. She’s already seen the downfall of three of Henry’s wives, and she would like to escape her time at court with her own head still in tact. Fun read, with lots of court intrigue. The talent Lake shows in weaving Petherton’s tale in with the well-known stories of the time is fantastic. The Kindle version is $6.49 on Amazon.

The Marriage Contract by Katee Robertcover65563-medium

This was a fun read! Family drama, the mob, romance… it’s all there.The characters were well-developed and realistic. The plot was fun – not always predictable, which can be hard! I’d love to read more from this series! Definitely recommend.

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An unconventional Disney day…

If you’ve been around me for any time at all, you know I’m a Disney nut. I married a Disney nut. We will forever be Disney nuts. We have come to terms with our nuttiness.

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But right now, it has been a year since our last Disney trip. I’m missing the happiest place on earth. And after a hectic holiday season and a few trying weeks, when a long weekend popped up, I made my pitch. “Honey, please? I just. I just want to go to Disney. Let’s get in the car after work tomorrow and go.”

Y’all. Darling husband? He laughed at me. Yes, he wanted to go too. But it’s not in the budget and that was that.

So he asked me something instead. He asked me to give him one of my three days that weekend, morning to night. Keep my schedule and to do list clear. So I did. And it was one of the most fun days we could have had.

Brett planned an at-home Disney day for me.

IMG_6202He sent me off to start the day at Pure Barre to get a workout in, since “We would have walked 10 miles for a workout at Disney World.” On the way home, he told me to go pick up my favorite drink to get as we walk down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. I snagged a skinny Mocha Light Frappuccino from Starbucks and headed home. I found a Disney banner hung and a scavenger hunt waiting that led me to a new pair of ears.

We went to a Mexican restaurant for lunch, saw the new Star Wars movie in theaters, and then went home for an afternoon showing of Aladdin. To finish the evening, we pretended we were in Epcot at Le Cellier and cooked steak and poutine. It was perfect.

I’m still missing Disney World. But thanks to a vey precious man, I’m not missing it quite as much as I was before. I think we should do it once a month – or at least once per season.

Here’s to Disney days – wherever they are.

You and me together…

“You and me, together, we could do anything, baby”

Now, I’ve never been a Dave Matthews Band nut. But Brett has loved them for as long as I’ve known him. He’s seen four or five DMB concerts – but none in the 10+ years we have been dating or married. Years ago, he said “That’s something I’d really love to do with you one day.”

Fast forward YEARS, and we finally got the chance. On June 3, we had a fabulous date night with dinner and Dave, thanks to our awesome Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. It was a night neither one of us will forget.

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He was so excited. It was adorable. And he had heard Emmylou Harris would be there. He had never heard “Long Black Veil” live – and you should have seen the smile on his face when that was one of the songs she performed.

It was a gorgeous night. And after hearing “You and Me” live, I’ve got a favorite DMB song too.

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We “Let It Go” alright…

So a couple of weeks ago, we hopped into the car with our BFFs and headed off to Arendale. Well, it was more like the BJCC arena, but you get the picture.

It was one seriously awesome afternoon of all my favorite things and people.

To kick things off, we lunched at Cantina Laredo in Birmingham’s Uptown. Y’all. Best. Mexican. Ever.

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With that food and drink, can you tell we were happy? I’m also the only one who didn’t dress in theme…

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I needed a pick me up after that delicious – but heavy – lunch… and guess what fab coffee shop was right across the street? I got an Octane fix!

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The actual show, Disney’s Frozen on Ice, was awesome. I don’t think any of us quit smiling the entire time we were there. Well, maybe when some little kids sword wouldn’t stop strobe-light-flashing at us… that wasn’t much fun. But we got over it.

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Aside from the ice castle being built in the picture about during “Let It Go” – my favorite part was watching Sven and Olaf skate. It was just hilarious.

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It’s been the summer of entertainment so far. I’ll be back with more soon! Here’s to fun times with favorites until then!