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Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

 I started reading Big Little Lies months ago but quickly lost interest.  This book (like The Husband’s Secret) is told from the alternating perspectives of three different women.  When I first started reading it, I found it difficult keep up with who everyone was.  There were so many different names being thrown around that I would find myself referring back to previous chapters.  I finally got fed up and just stopped reading altogether.

The other day I decided to give it another shot because I absolutely adored What Alice Forgot so I knew Liane had the ability tell a good story.   I am actually really glad I did.  Once I was able to learn the names of the characters and get a handle on everyone’s situations and the supporting characters in each I started to really enjoy Big Little Lies.  

The book is about three suburban Moms – Celeste, Jane and Madeline.  Their children are all in the same Kindergarten class and the story starts on their way to orientation.  I found the parts about some of the crazier Moms (and the school politics in general) to be both funny and relatable.  Any one with a child has dealt with a version of these people at some point.

Once I got in to the book I couldn’t put it down.  There were certain parts of the plot that I felt really invested in and I read non-stop to find out how it all ended.  I enjoyed this one and I would definitely recommend it.  I would urge anyone interested in reading it to stick with it.  It can be a bit confusing at first but If you do you are bound to get sucked in.

Has anyone else read Big Little Lies?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Weekending {+ A GIVEAWAY!}

Good morning!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I am linking up with Biana today for Weekending.  Let’s just jump right in…
 
The weather on Saturday was AMAZZZZZZING!  It was nearly 80 degrees and I got to wear a new maxi dress!  I feel like the awful Winter weather may FINALLY be behind us.
 
 I started Saturday by having  brunch with a girlfriend.  We have been trying to meet up at least once a month and this was our second time.  I feel like it is so rejuvenating to spend time with friends and talk over some yummy food.  We sat there for a good two and a half hours.  Great times.  Also, my food was fab!  Check out this deliciousness…
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After brunch, I took this cute face to a gymnastics birthday party.  (Someone is entering the tween zone and not wanting their Mom to take photos of them, so said Mother is forced to whip out their phone and snap one like a ninja.)
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After that we went home and barbequed for the first time this season and ate outside!  Yay for dining al fresco!
 
Sunday I slept in and then realized that the Lily Pulitzer for Target was going on.  I hopped in the car with the help of Taylor (my trusty shopping assistant) and hightailed it over there.  BTW – Does anyone else park like this or am I the only crazy one?  Bwahaha!  I cant stand the thought of someone’s car door striking my baby so I leave it in outer space.  I also convince myself that it is good exercise.
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Once inside we realized that pretty much everything good had been snatched up (including all women’s clothing).  However, I did manage to snag these beautiful headbands, a bathing suit for T and a few dresses for my friend’s baby (so it wasn’t a total loss).
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Afterwards we went to lunch to celebrate my nephew’s birthday and then I went to get my nails done and my hair blown out.  Sunday grooming is my fave.  I have never heard of this brand of polish before but I am OBSESSED with their colors!  I got the pink on the far right (in the gel version) and it looks gorgeous on.
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Afterwards I brought home some sushi and we ended the night watching Big Bang reruns.  All in all a wonderful weekend.
 
To start this week off right I am teaming up with some of my blogger besties to bring you the chance to win a $200 gift card to Lululemon!  
You can enter below for  chance to win!  Good luck!  xo
 
 
 

Happy Friday!

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  Good morning loves!  Happy Friday!  I am all settled back in from vacation and I have some fabulous things coming up next week on ALG (so keep an eye out).  Spring has finally sprung in NYC and I cant wait for this weekend.  I am having brunch with a girlfriend and planning on spending as much time as possible outside!

Today I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della for Friday Faves.  Let’s get to it…

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1.  Mustard Herb Crusted Chicken Cutlets.  I mentioned the other day that I am cutting back on the fatty foods after totally pigging out in Long Island.  We are a HUGE chicken cutlet family and I think this recipe from Skinnytaste will make for a perfect dinner one night this weekend.  It seems tasty but less fattening that the original version where I fry the cutlets in oil.  I will report back next week on verdict.

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2.  Kate Spade New York – Amrosi Place – Teela Clutch.  This is THE PERFECT SUMMER CLUTCH.  I can picture myself wearing it with everything.  So adorable!

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3.  Steve Madden Zsaza Sandals.  I actually saw these in the store (they are so much more sparkly and pretty in person – the picture does them no justice) and loved them so much I bought them in silver and black.  Sorry hubby!

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4.  RHONY.  I stopped watching all reality shows for a while.  I began to feel like it was producer-scripted, edited drama and I was over it.  I dont deal with people in my real life that are dramatic so why would I choose to spend my free time (which I dont have a huge amount of) viewing some dumb cat-fights about things that have nothing to do with me?  Then, Bethenny Frankel came back and now all bets are OFF!  Yay!  I watched the first two episodes last night and even though there was a little drama I totally got sucked in to the story line and I am going to keep watching this season.  

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5.  Giuliana Rancic – Going Off Script.  I love Giuliana and Bill.  I think she is so funny and fabulous.  I just downloaded this and cant wait to dig in!

I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!  See you on Monday for weekending!  xo

Long Island Recap!

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I want to start this post by giving a huge e-hug to the gals at The Sequin Notebook and Pink & Fabulous for guest posting for me last week!  As you may know, I was away for a few days.  I went out to Long Island to hang with my girls and see my family.  That is where I am originally from and a few times a year I take a trip out there.   They are JAM PACKED with fun activities, laughter and delicious food.  I try to squeeze in visits with as many friends/family members as I can and I always leave with a full heart and a full stomach.  

(Sidenote – Don’t expect any recipes on this website for a while, as I am on a total shame diet right now.  I may have eaten a few boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, Entenmann’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cadbury Eggs.  Water and salad is all the exists to me right now.)

When we make the trip out there Taylor and I always stay with my bestie and her family.  Her kids are T’s best friends and we all have a blast.  Some of the highlights from my trip included:

Paint Nite.  We got our Bob Ross on with a few of our girls and afterwards visited a local bar where I managed to convince them to display my masterpiece!  #famous.

Shopping.  Whenever I am out there I always make time to visit the Riverhead Outlets.  Their stores range from Pottery Barn to Bebe and I bought a lot of wonderful things.  I always drive out so that I can haul my purchases home.  I learned that the hard way when I was having a nervous breakdown once over the MOST PERFECT MIRROR EVER and had planned to take the Long Island Railroad home.  It worked out fine in the end – Billy drove the two hours out to pick me up instead.  That mirror now hangs over our bed.

Dave & Busters.  I don’t know if you guys have one of these near you but our kids are OBSESSED.  It is always the number one thing to do on Taylor’s list for our trip.  This time the girls won so many tickets that they couldn’t even spend them all in the store so we saved some for next time.

Grooming.  Tiff loves to groom as much as I do (if not more) so we spent some time pampering ourselves.  We got spray tans and got our hair and makeup done.  It was bliss.

Tiff’s Bridal Sprinkle.  On my last night there, all the girls threw Tiff a bridal sprinkle.  She and her hubby are celebrating their ten year wedding anniversary with a vow renewal in the Bahamas later this month, so we thought it would be nice to have a dinner to celebrate.  We got dressed up and went out to a fun restaurant where we presented her with naughty gag gifts, bridal attire that we had her wear (like a sash, veil, tiara and caricature glass) and laughed our butts off.  We went dancing afterwards as well.  It was the perfect conclusion to a really fun trip!

Since coming home on Sunday I have been bogged down with work at my real job.  I apologize for being MIA on Monday and Tuesday but I am back now and I have some fun posts lined up!  Have I missed anything epic this week?

Happy Fri-Yay!

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Hey guys!  Happy Friday!  I am not linking up since I am still in Long Island hanging with my bestie but I wanted to take a moment to wish you a fabulous weekend!  If you want to follow along  with our shenanigans via Instagram you can find me HERE.  Otherwise, I will post a little vacation review on Monday.  xo