February Books

Hi Guys!

Today I would normally share what we are reading in February, but since i’m about to give birth any day now, i don’t think we will be doing much reading in February. So today i’m going to share some books that are on my wish list instead…

I’m mostly into fiction books, and i also love a good mystery. So if that’s not your thing, this list might not be for you.

The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher

Have you ever been wrong about someone?

Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch.

Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore.

Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…

She shouldn’t get involved.

She really shouldn’t.

But this could be her chance to make a few things right.

Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.

From the wickedly dark mind of bestselling author Tarryn Fisher, The Wrong Family is a taut new thriller that’s riddled with twists in all the right places.”

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

“Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?

With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?”

Unspeakable Things by Jess Lourey

“Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.

All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.

One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.”

Waiting For The Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton –

“Cadie Kessler has spent decades trying to cover up one truth. One moment. But deep down, didn’t she always know her secret would surface?

An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela Garcia brings Cadie, now a forestry researcher, back to her childhood home. There, Cadie and Daniela are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie’s memory then all her other years combined.

Now grown up, bound by long-held oaths, and faced with truths she does not wish to see, Cadie must decide what she is willing to sacrifice to protect the people and the forest she loves, as drought, foreclosures, and wildfire spark tensions between displaced migrant farm workers and locals.

Waiting for the Night Song is a love song to the natural beauty around us, a call to fight for what we believe in, and a reminder that the truth will always rise.”

The Guest List by Lucy Foley –

“The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?”

Those are just some of the books on my wish list. Have you read any of them?

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Home Birth Supplies

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing all the home birth supplies i have been gathering over the past several weeks.

My midwife gave me a list of everything needed for my home birth, so all these things were on that list. *I will try to link as many things as possible, to make it easier for you to find in case you are also having a home birth.*

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide
  2. Cookie Sheets (2 of them, large size)
  3. Medium Sized Bowls (2 of them)
  4. Large Garbage Bags (2 of them)
  5. Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags (2 of them)
  6. Laundry Basket
  7. Rapid Read Digital Thermometer
  8. Flashlight
  9. Witch Hazel Frozen Pads
  10. Ibuprofen
  11. Shower Curtains (2 of them)
  12. Birth Pool Liner
  13. Arnica Tablets
  14. Bach’s Rescue Remedy Tincture
  15. AfterEase Tincture
  16. Small Fish Net
  17. Herbal Sitz Bath
  18. Dark Colored Sheets (2 sets of them)
  19. Towels (6) and Wash Cloths (8)
  20. Cotton Receiving Blankets (10)
  21. In His Hands Birth Kit – My midwife has a special custom birth kit on this site.

Some items i already had on hand, like the laundry basket for example. Other items i had never even heard of before, like Arnica Tablets for example.

Getting ready for this home birth has definitely been an experience. I can’t wait until baby is born, so i can share how my first ever home birth & natural birth went. As i’m sure it’s going to be an incredible experience.

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37 Weeks Pregnant {Baby #6 Update}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing an update on baby #6.

Last week my midwife came out to my house to get a feel of the space we will be birthing in and also to check that i’ve gathered all my home birth supplies.

While she was here, she did my regular checkup and everything is looking great with baby & me.

At my 34 week checkup i was measuring 2 weeks ahead (36 weeks), but at my 36 week checkup i was measuring right at 36 weeks.

As far as symptoms go, i’ve been having more and more contractions. I’ve also been having a lot of morning sickness, which i’ve never experienced 3rd trimester morning sickness before with any of my other pregnancies. It’s also been harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

That’s about it for this update, not much else to share. I will now be doing weekly updates until baby is born, so be sure to check back next week to see how things are going.

Super Bowl Foods

Hi Guys!

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, i thought i would share some of my favorite Super Bowl foods.

Wings – You can’t even think of Super Bowl foods, without thinking wings! They are a true classic Super Bowl food. I just buy a bag of the frozen buffalo wings and cook them as directed on the package. Then i serve them with ranch & celery.

Lil’ Smokies – These are such a crowd pleaser, even my 6 year old LOVES these. They are so easy to make too. Dump a package of lil’ smokies into a saucepan (or crockpot) and cover with BBQ sauce. Cook until warmed through and then serve. Easy Peasy and Yummy!

Pizza – It’s fun to make homemade pizzas, we have even made individual pizzas before for Super Bowl. The kids love to make their own pizzas.

Ribs – Another classic game day food! I love to slowly cook mine in the oven and serve them with; coleslaw, rolls, and corn.

The next 2 Super Bowl Foods are new for me this year, but they are really good.

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip – Only 5 ingredients and so convenient that you make it in the crockpot. You can get the recipe HERE.

Bacon & Ranch Cheese Ball – Another 5 ingredient recipe and it’s also low carb, if you are doing the whole low carb/keto thing. You can get the recipe HERE.

What’s your favorite Super Bowl food?

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