If you watch my Instagram stories, you probably already know that one of my resolutions for 2019 is to read 25 books this year (which, frankly, would be a good 15 more books than I read in 2018…). There was once a time when I easily read anywhere from one to three books a week, every week, but those days were before I had kids and it became harder to find time and, more importantly, energy to read books anymore, and I defaulted to reading magazine and newspaper articles, blogs, and social media vents (almost exclusively on a screen).
Every year I make a resolution to read more, but I think this is the first time I gave myself a number of books for the year — and a pretty ambitious one considering my current baseline. And so, I started with a short book (and in full disclosure, I started in the final days on 2018), with the novel, His Favorites. And, oh, it was such a good book to start with! At under 150 pages, it is, indeed, petite, but every page packs such a punch, and the writing is so beautiful. I don’t think it was purposeful, but the theme is very in keeping with hashtag MeToo, and also made me want to make a secondary resolution to read only female authors this year. I didn’t register that the second book I picked up to read was written by a man, but I quickly discovered that he’s a gay man, so I guess that makes it ok. So: 25 books this year — only women and gay men authors! (Any recommendations?)
Ladies and gentlemen, I have found the perfect sock and its name is Bombas. My whole family — Drew and the kids and I — are sold. They are crazy comfy, warm, supportive, and if you happen to have kids with sensitivity issues (or if you have them yourself) for whom seams are the enemy, you may be pleasantly surprised with how drama-free your mornings are about to become with Bombas. Trust. (PS If you follow the links, you’ll get 25% off your first order. And I’ll get two free pairs of socks, which will make me happy!)
Pairing my most comfortable socks with my most comfortable boots ever this winter has been amazing. Finally, finally, after several years, I have found the perfect (for me) flat, black, ankle boot. Every step is like a dream (really!). Ooh, and the boots are still on mega sale. Yay!
I requested and received these joggers for Christmas, and I am so glad I did! They were on sale at Anthropologie and are since sold out there, and they’re nearly sold out on the brand’s online shop, despite being full-priced (i.e. expensive for some freakin’ sweatpants but still worth it). So, if you’re in the market for some insanely soft, cozy, comfy joggers for all your lounge-around time during the chilly months, these fit the bill. They take hygge to the next level (even Drew wishes he had a pair!). I’m keeping my eyes on the rose-colored ones in hopes the stock will be replenished (and, fingers crossed, maybe even marked down a bit!).
There are a lot of things I like about our home — the light that floods the top floor, our deck, the central air (when it works…), but probably my very favorite thing in the whole place is the great big soaking tub in our master bathroom. It’s been practically life-changing – for me and for Drew (who was never a bath person until we moved in, and now he loves baths as much as I do). Spending a big chunk of my childhood in Japan, I remember visiting Japanese bath houses a handful of times as a kid, and the visceral memory of it lingers to this day. In an effort to introduce Drew to the sensation, and to recreate a sort of mini Japanese bath house in our own bathroom, I gifted Drew with these Japanese bath salts that I’d heard were amazing. I helped myself to a packet one evening, and I can confirm: the bath salts are legit! I had to buy myself my own box, and now it’s a religious experience drawing a hot steamy Japanese bath house bath for myself a few evenings a week. If you’re looking for a Japanese hot spring spa experience – and, really, you should be — treat yo’self with a box of these salts (unless, of course, a trip to Japan is in the cards for you, in which case, you should still get some of these salts and see if I’m right about how well it mimics the real thing!).
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