Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Reading + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

It seems that every summer I have these grand plans of reading tons of books...and that really usually only happens while we're on our beach vacation.  In fact, I finished five books within five days, ha!  And in the month we've been home, I've only read about five pages of a book (but I'm working on changing that!)

I highly recommend all of the books I read on vacation...they're all different genres, so there's something for everybody!  My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space and Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? are both written by the mother-daughter pair of Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella.  The books are compilations of their essays that appear in the Inquirer, and they. are. hilarious.  Seriously, I was laughing through both books!

The Girl On The Train, on the other hand, is more of a thriller.  If you liked Gone Girl, you'll probably like this book!  But be warned, you don't really understand it until the end.  So don't get discouraged at the beginning when you don't really understand what's going on.

Reached is the third book in Ally Condie's Matched trilogy.  If you liked Hunger Games or any other dystopian fiction books, you might like the Matched trilogy.  They're quick reads, and you don't have to think too much, perfect for the beach!

The last book I read was The Astronaut Wives Club.  The author, Lily Koppel was at BookCon, so we we were able to meet her and pick up a signed copy of the book.  It had been on my book shelf since then, in the beginning of May.  Once the TV series came on, and I started watching it, I knew I wanted to read the book before I watched any more episodes of the show.  Overall, I liked the book...but now I'm curious as to how the show is going to go!

Interested in winning a $100 amazon gift card to pick up some summer reads for yourself?  Check out the rafflecopter below for a giveaway through my friend Kate's blog!

You must live in the USA and be 18 or older. A winner will be picked within 48 hours, they will be emailed, and they will have 48 hours to respond to that email to claim their prize. Don't lie about your entries; if your entry is false, you will be disqualified.

What books would you pick up at a $100 amazon gift card?


Monday, July 27, 2015

Explore Lancaster: Fox Meadows Creamery

Upon returning home to Lancaster County, I've sort of been on the hunt for any and all ice cream shops.  It all started with finding Penny's Ice Cream Truck downtown that serves my favorite (or at that time it was my favorite...) creamery's ice cream that recently had to shut down their retail location.  However, I had heard about an all new creamery that opened about fifteen minutes from home, and I've been dying to check it out for a couple weeks.  Just ask my parents, every few days I brought up the idea of going to Fox Meadows.

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I. Love. Ice. Cream. Cake is okay, cookies are fine, pie..ehhh, but ice cream? Yes. Please.

Fox Meadows Creamery had so many unique flavors when we visited...such as chocolate sriracha, honeyed lavender, salted pretzel caramel, nutella, and chocolate-covered applewood bacon.  Luckily, the offer a sampler platter of 4 mini scoops, which I'm definitely going to take advantage of next time!  This time, I settled for one scoop of birthday cake and one scoop of nutella.

As if the flavors weren't enough enticement, all of their flavors have no artificial flavors, artificial colors, corn syrup, or high fructose corn you can sort of feel like you're making a good choice in the realm of ice cream!

If you're ever in the Lancaster area, I would 100% recommend Fox Meadows Creamery.  The scoops were generous, and the prices were more than fair.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Photo Diary: A Day in Cape May

Cape May, New Jersey
July 7, 2015

If you follow me on instagram, you probably already know that we spent last week down the shore.  We rent a house on the bay side of Cape May with perks such as empty beaches, and up until June 28th, you were allowed to bring dogs on the beach.  After a long morning/afternoon in the sun, my mom, sister, and I usually liked heading into "downtown" Cape May to do a little shopping or eating.

Unfortunately, now we're back to the real world and work, but I'm savoring the moments of vacation through this photos...take me back down the shore!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Golden Hour

When you're at the beach, and you have a beach themed Lilly dress, it's like there's some kind of unwritten rule that you have to wait for the golden hour and take pics....right?  Oh, and this dress is called the Mills it was like Lilly P was begging me to buy it since it's my last name and all?

(Alice couldn't help but join in...she tried her paw at modeling on the jetty last night!)


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July, y'all!

Happy 4th of July, y'all!  
Hope you're able to spend some time in the sun, dig your toes in the sand, and relax!