Monthly Archives: October 2016

A weekend warrior’s dream book!

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When I was growing up I watched my Mom menu plan and prep ahead and it wasn’t until recently that I realized that her method of meal planning had stuck with me. She is what we would refer to as a “weekend warrior”: planning meals in advance and doing a lot of prep on the weekends to pull together weeknight meals quickly and easily. A New Way to Dinner: A playbook of recipes and strategies for the week ahead by Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs is the weekend warriors dream book. The book gives all the steps and instructions on making a meal plan and grocery list ahead so that you can spend several hours on the weekend preparing recipes that you’ll use throughout the week. I love when books have a section on what to keep on hand and this book’s list (on page 7) includes many of my staple ingredients (think avocado, good cheese, sausage and many tantalizing others) so I knew right away that the meals would fit well with the way my family normally eats. The book provides a glance at the week ahead with recipe lists, a description of how they come together including brown bag lunches, game plans and grocery lists. I love that the book takes some of the recipes and reuses them later in the week in a different way without much extra effort. This book is exactly what every weekend warrior needs! I am going to be gifting this book a LOT this holiday season. Now that dinner is figured out and gift shopping is done I guess I’ll have some time to watch Game of Thrones. Everyone needs more time to watch Game of Thrones!

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Book Review: A Curated Closet

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After pinning about 4o pins on Pinterest on creating the perfect wardrobe (and only using two of them) I came across The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees. This book is exactly what I need to get my wardrobe in shape! The 10 item wardrobe concept has been very appealing to me but I have never tried to get there because it seemed so overwhelming to go from a gazillion items in my wardrobe (not that I wear them, or love them all) down to 10. Curating my closet is exactly what I need to do. Rees walks through the ins and outs of realistically creating a wardrobe for your lifestyle and gives strategies and exercises after each step is explained. Even if you are not sure if you want the book, buy it for the Closet Detox flow chart. It is amazing! I am so excited to get started curating my wardrobe and figure out what to keep, mend, give away and…shop for!

I was provided a copy of this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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