Happy Weekend!

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Woo hoo!  TGIF my friends!  For the first time in a what feels like a long time I have NOTHING to do.  My husband is taking our daughter up to the Catskills with his family so I am – wait for it – HOME ALONE! 

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I should note that I am Home Alone in a middle-aged, Mom-type way though, so my time will entail cleaning (gag), laundry and a run to Target or two.  

Today, I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della for a Friday Favorites post.  Let’s jump right into it:

1.  Jimmy Kimmel.  He is the BEST.  Not only is he funny but I love his morals.  He was so right with what he had to say about Cecil the Lion.  â€œWhy are you shooting a lion in the first place? I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun?”  Get ’em Jimmy!

2.  Tufted Headboards.  I am pretty much OBSESSED with tufted headboards and mirrored nightstands so this picture from Pinterest is making me feel the need to re-do my bedroom in a MAJOR way.  There are so many DIY tutorials on how to make a fabulous headboard inexpensively, too.

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3.  Jenny McCarthy.  Her hair is AMAZING.  I don’t think I could pull it off personally but I am majorly in love with it.

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 4.  No Pain No Champagne.  I promised myself I would cool it on the workout items for a bit but next month this will be mine!

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5.  Share The Love Link Up.  I am hosting a link up on Tuesday, August 4th!  Chances are you already know that because I have been trying to publicize it like crazy.  I must admit that I am terrified that no one else will participate and it will only be a sad picture of myself on that linky tool.  (It did not help that Bloglovin’ screwed up the sharing of my post about it two days in a row! #bloggerproblems)  I love so many blogs that I am having a hard time choosing which post to feature!  I do hope you will join me in sharing the love!

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 Okay loves, I hope you all have a nice weekend!  Enjoy the Summer days!  Fall will be here soon!

“Share the Love” Link Up!

Good morning and happy hump day!  I am so excited to share with you an idea that has been floating around in my brain for a while.  One of the reasons I started A Little Glitter was the fact that I love to read blogs.  Each day I put up a post to share with the World but I also have a Bloglovin’ account myself and I follow many, many blogs.  I cant wait to log in each morning and check out my feed.  Sometimes, I am so blown away by a post I’ve read that I want to give the author a pat on the back for it.  That is how I was inspired to create the “SHARE THE LOVE” LINK UP!  

This is a link party that I will be hosting on the first Tuesday of each month.  It is a chance for you to share a link to another blogger’s post that you read and loved.  It can be any old thing that they put up and you found inspiring (a recipe, DIY tutorial, book review, etc).  This will be a great way to get to know other bloggers, expand our own circles and put a little good energy out into the World.

This is the first link party I have ever considered throwing and I am going to try very hard not to screw it up (so please bear with me).  I created a little button that you can grab below.  I hope that you will join in on Tuesday, August 4th to SHARE THE LOVE

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Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge Check-In!

 

So, I am a little late on my check-in since I was on hiatus on the 21st but I AM participating in the challenge and have been doing my reading like a good girl.  I am a reader by nature but this challenge is helping me to be more intentional about what and when I am reading and I love that!  Here is my progress so far:

* A YA book (mandatory!) ~ Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

This book was okay.  It is a YA book so it is a little different than Sophie Kinsella’s usual writing style.  The characters were younger kids and I could not really relate to them.  I did not love it as much as some of her other books.  My personal favorite by her is Remember Me?  If you haven’t read that yet you definitely should!

* Non US Author  (mandatory!) ~ Woman With a Secret by Sophie Hannah

* A book that was recommended by a blogger  (mandatory!) ~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (recommended by Kristen)

* A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more ~ The Carrier by Sophie Hannah

* A book with a kickass female character ~ Divergent by Veronica Roth

* A book that is or will be a movie (or TV show) ~ The Martian by Andy Weir   UPDATE – I have decided to read Paper Towns by John Green instead.  I keep seeing the commercial for the movie and I think it looks great.

* A book written by a comedian or celebrity ~ The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

* A book with a one word title ~ You by Caroline Kepnes 

* A suspenseful book – a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge ~ The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (recommended by every blogger I know)

Okay, so TGOTT…I know that EVERYONE and their Mother loved this book but I was ehhhh about it.  I didnt hate it but I was not obsessed with it.  I think that Sophie Hannah or Gillian Flynn do a better job at creating suspense.

* A book about Summer, with Summer in the title ~ Summer Secrets by Jane Green

Geez, as I am writing these reviews I am realizing that I have felt lukewarm about all the books I have read so far during this challenge.  Unfortunately, Summer Secrets was no exception.  It was good but I was not obsessed with it.  They style reminded me very much of Saving Grace and I didn’t really find myself relating too much to the main character.  I was not emotionally invested in her.  It could have ended with her falling off a bridge at the end and I would not have cared.  

I am pretty much done with Divergent though and I really love it.  Even though I have seen the movie the book doesn’t feel too repetitive.  

Next I am going to read Paper Towns.  

Where are you guys in the challenge?  Have you discovered any new authors or any books that you recommend?

Thankful

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Hey Everyone!  Today is my first day back from last week’s blogging sabbatical.  I appreciate you all bearing with me during my time off.  It has been sad with my Mom being sick and I find myself in a funk for the most part.  When things are glum I like to remind myself that there are ALWAYS things to be thankful for.  If I am especially depressed I even make a mental list of ten things (both big and small).  They run the gamut from my daughter’s health to Sunshine to my new Influenster box.  It helps me to readjust my focus to the light instead of dwelling on the darkness.

Another thing that has been a lifesaver is having my bestie in NYC for the Summer.  We have been going on adventures whenever possible.  I am so thankful to have her here.  She listens to me talk about my Mom and is sympathetic but we don’t spend all day focusing on it.  I get it out and then we move on.   My Mom has been making progress but for now is still on a ventilator in the ICU.  I am not sure what is going to happen with her health in the future but I am trying to be positive.  I mentioned in a past post that we have been estranged for years and this illness has brought us a lot closer.  If nothing else I am happy that I have been able to forgive her and we have made some happy memories together that I will have regardless of what the future holds.  

I wanted to also thank my guest posters for their help this past week!  One of my favorite parts of blogging is the friendships I have formed both online and in person.  I never thought that I would have “blog friends” and I appreciate you guys so much!  

You can visit them at:

NadineLife by Nadine Lynn

B and MThe Sequin Notebook

KateGreen Fashionista

LindsayPink and Fabulous

AmandaKids and Cabernet

Kids and Cabernet – Guest Post

Good morning!  Today the lovely Amanda from Kids and Cabernet is filling in for me.  I always love to read her posts since I know NOTHING about wine.  I learn so much from her!  Thank you Amanda!

Hi A Little Glitter Readers!  My name is Amanda, and I blog at Kids and Cabernet.  You can find me posting a little about everything fashion, home decor, being a stay-at-home mom and wine.  I’m SO excited to be here for Pamela,  I love her blog and sense of humor so much.

As I mentioned I love wine, like I usually have a glass or two in the evenings or with dinner.  Being on one income though, we don’t really splurge on expensive wines – although I have expensive taste in wines.  So today I wanted to tell you about wines that are great bargains – all under $15 that easily taste like $20 bottles. 

 

Kirkland’s 2014 Pinot Grigio  – I’m obsessed with this wine and I always pick up a bottle (or two) when I’m in Costco, for $5.99 you really can’t go wrong with this wine.  It’s crisp, light and tastes like a white wine blend – so good!  Costco’s Kirkland brand wines are some of my favorites – you’re guaranteed to get a good bang for your buck!

 

 Riondo Prosecco – For those of you who enjoy a good bubbly this prosecco is on point.  It’s fruity (but not too sweet) and light.  I like to pair it with mixed berries – such a fun summer drink!

 

Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon – As much as I like whites, red wines are my favorites.  It doesn’t matter the season, I’ll always drink a glass of red wine. This wine is full bodied and slightly smokey – basically my favorite type of flavors all corked in one bottle!

 

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Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon – This wine is SO good, it has a deep red/purple color and is so savory.  I’ve served this to guests and they rave about how much they love it.  It’s slightly sweet but not too sweet and very smooth.  One of my favorites!

What are your favorite inexpensive wines?

Thank you Pamela for having me and allowing me to talk about one of my favorite subjects 😉

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