A taste of meal planning with Hello Fresh

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If you’ve surfed the Internet, opened a magazine, or turned on the TV lately, chances are you’ve seen an ad for a meal delivery service. The latest in the wave of subscription boxes, meal delivery boxes like Hello Fresh, Home Chef, and Blue Apron are popping up to offer takeout-weary consumers an option to create healthy, gourmet-level dishes at home, with no shopping or fancy meal prep required.

I got a chance to try Hello Fresh last month and of course you know I have thoughts! So let’s get into a summary of how the subscription works, what I got, and what I thought overall.

Even Ezio was excited to get a taste of my Hello Fresh order!

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Music Monday: For Cova

I thought I’d post this four-part suite this month. It’s from a CD I owned a looooooong time ago, when I was just a kid. But for some reason it’s stuck in my head all these years since, and remains one of my favorite orchestral suites of all time. I’ll post the other three parts as the month goes on.

April 2017 Julep Maven unboxing + GIVEAWAY!

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Check out my April 2017 Julep box and don't forget to enter my giveaway so you can snag some Julep polish of your own!

It feels like forever since I shared a Julep box here on the blog! Well, actually it’s been about six months…but that’s still a long time! I skipped a few boxes this winter and actually haven’t been polishing much in general because my nails have been in bad shape. But now they’re healthy again, and I had some Jules to use toward a monthly box, so I thought I’d treat myself to some new polish! Check out everything I got in my April 2017 Julep box, and make sure you enter my giveaway to win some Julep polish of your own!

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Top Ten Tuesday: books I just had to devour in one sitting

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s time for another weekly round of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week we’re dishing on single-sitting reads: books you read in one go or could theoretically blast through in a single session. There are several books I just had to devour in one sitting, because they were just too good to put down! In no particular order, here are some of the books I just had to devour in one sitting…

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. I scoffed at all the hype around this book until I actually picked it up, and realized I couldn’t put it down again. The plot gets more and more twisted right up until the very last page. Many other books have bragged in their blurbs that they are similar to this but I have yet to find a worthy rival.

The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney. This book sucks you right in with the dual narratives of Emma and Jane, two women renting a beautiful but odd house from an equally intriguing architect…who may or may not be a murderer.

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. This was my introduction to the world of dystopian YA and I couldn’t put it down. I admit that I wasn’t as enamored with the latter books in the series but this remains one of my favorite YA series to date.

The Mothers, by Brit Bennett. I went through a bit of a reading slump this year and this was one of the books I picked up this spring that shook me out of it. It’s hard to believe this novel is a debut—the prose is so rich and the characters so well drawn, it seems like something a more seasoned author would produce.

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, by Fredrik Backman, This is a very short book, a novella really. But that’s okay, because you’ll want to read it multiple times. It’s an incredibly moving portrait of a man slowly losing his battle with Alzheimers, recounting the memories he still has and mourning the loss of those that are fading away. There’s so much emotion packed into such simple sentences. I bawled my eyes out reading this one.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I just had to devour in one sitting

Any of the Inspector Erlendur novels by Arnaldur Indridason. This is one of my favorite crime series, hailing all the way from Iceland. The books are short, just under 300 pages apiece, so they’re very easy to binge-read.

The Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie. I favor Marple over Poirot but enjoy both of these series—and again, since the books are only two or three hundred pages, they’re perfect for an afternoon of non-stop reading.

The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell. This book just sucked me in with the shifting narratives from the very first page. I thought the ending was a little odd but otherwise I loved this book. The switch in voice through was mesmerizing.

The Pretty Little Liars series, by Sara  Shepard. So sue me—these were absolute trash. But they were also super addicting, in the way junk food is. I actually would say that only the first eight books in the series deserve that status, though; the series came back with eight more books after the original mystery was solved and they weren’t nearly as compelling.

Inferno, by Dan Brown. A thriller that was impossible to put down! I think this is probably one of those books that required me to get up and make a pot of coffee so I could finish it, since it is on the longer side. But it was worth any lost sleep!

So…if you’re looking for a new book to devour in one sitting, those are just a few of my suggestions! Do you gulp down your books or read them slowly? Sometimes I’ll tell myself that I’ll pace a book, but then I just can’t resist racing through it!

Top Ten Tuesday: my spring 2017 TBR list

Top Ten TuesdayHappy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! This week we’re writing up our top spring TBR lists, and while I have tons and tons of books waiting to be read, these are ten that I’m especially eager to read. Hop over to The Broke and the Bookish to link up your own list, and let me know: what’s at the top of your TBR this spring? (And if we’re not already friends on Goodreads, leave me your profile link, too!)

In no particular order on my spring 2017 TBR list: A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Choksha // A Curious Beginning, by Deanna Raybourn // The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden // Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel // The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers // The Girls, by Emma Cline // To Capture What We Cannot Keep, by Beatrice Colin // The Map of Chaos, by Felix J. Palma // One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez // Britt-Marie Was Here, by Frederik Backman

Top Tten Tuesday: my spring 2017 TBR list

Music Monday: Danza del Altiplano

Has anyone else been watching The OA? I’m not sure what to think of it—it’s definitely very odd—but I have been enjoying the widely ranging musical choices that make up the soundtrack. This guitar piece reminds me a lot of something from Leo Kottke, another very talented guitar player.