I must admit that I purchased this book (I actually listened to it on Audible) based solely on my obsession with Gilmore girls. I’ve always adored Gilmore girls and would watch it after school on ABC Family growing up. However, when Netflix released all of it’s seasons, I had the opportunity to re-watch it from the start. Turns out, I hadn’t seen close to half, haha.
Back to the book.
What I Loved
This book covers Lauren Graham’s adventure in being cast as the iconic Lorelai Gilmore, learning to talk literally as fast as she could, the process of Amy and Dan Palladino leaving the show, the unexpected finale, doing Parenthood and then….it happened, the Gilmore girls revival. Her style of storytelling really captivates. She also adds tidbits of her life including her relationship with her parents, dealing with relationships in Hollywood, etc.
I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone but I will say that the book is very Gilmore girls focused, it’s perfect for any fan of the show.
What I Didn’t Love
Honestly, I loved it all.
5 out of 5 Coffee cups
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely, but only if you’re a Gilmore girls fan.
Hello everyone, I hope you’re having an amazing Saturday. Today, we went grocery shopping following a meal plan. It felt great; I fell off the meal planning bandwagon a couple of weeks ago and it took a while to get back on a track. This isn’t 100% low carb or 100% homemade…or paleo, or keto, or vegan. It’s what works for us right now in this season. We try to eat as homemade and as healthy as possible but also not stress out too much if we decide to get take-out twice a month; or like it happened two weeks ago, three times in a week.
The following menu plan is for dinners only. Breakfasts we do the basics: oatmeal, eggs, toast, sandwiches or cereal. Since it’s still just the two of us, for lunch we do either leftovers or greens with a veggie burger (you’ll see that we got a box of Dr. Prager’s from Costco in the haul video) or bean salad.
Most of these recipes we follow completely, but some I work with what I have and try to make them lighter by using non-fat Greek yogurt in place of heavy cream, sour cream, mayonnaise, etc or using light butter.
Hello everyone, I feel like it’s been forever and a day since I wrote on my beloved blog. Life just gets so busy sometimes, and all of a sudden, months have gone by.
This is just a quick little update on everything that is going on and some future plans I have for this blog (looking for feedback). Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, I post almost daily and love interacting with you guys.
What’s been going on?
We spent our 1st year anniversary weekend at a charming bed and breakfast in Weston, Vermont. I had never spent much time in VT, except driving to/from Canada, but my husband grew up spending most winters there and he always spoke wonders about it. I was absolutely memorized by southern Vermont, the simplicity of life, how sweet the people are and their overall pace of life. We did nothing but relax for a full weekend, it was lovely. We stayed at The Inn at Weston and we highly recommend it, Bob and Linda, the owners/innkeepers made us feel like family.
We’re moving within our same building to a 2 bedroom corner apartment on a higher floor (better views) at the end of May. It’s much, much sooner than anticipated but we’re very excited.
Still not finished with my dissertation *sigh*. Working on it!
My best friend is moving to York, PA, a 5 hour drive from Hartford, a lot of mini road trips are coming our way, haha.
We’re using the snowball method to eliminate some of my debt (thankfully, just 1 credit card) before I have to start paying off my student loan at the end of the year.
Plans for the Blog/YT Channel
Book reviews (homemaking/cooking/life/etc.) on the blog and YT channel.
3 more giveaways.
Apartment tour (once we move)
Any ideas are welcomed, I love getting you guys’ feedback.
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
Homemaking is the act of making a house a home. In our household, it is our understanding that it is both of our’s responsibility to upkeep our home and make sure we have the best ambiance. My husband is great at helping me keep up with cleaning, he’s usually the one who does laundry and at least 2 times a week he makes dinner. However, when it comes to those extra little details that make a house a home, I’m the one in charge.
These things are by no means necessities nor priorities, they’re just little details that give our home a little extra flair. P.S. I am not being sponsored by any of these websites.
Monogramed Flower Vase – I love having fresh flowers in our house, though I fall out of habit every so often, I’m making it my goal to at least get fresh flowers once a month. My favorite vase is this one from Mark & Graham; we got it with a monogramed gold “P”.
Candles – I’ve always loved candles, but my mother is very sensitive to smells so I never had them in my room growing up. In our home, I make it a “sort-of priority” to have candles in our kitchen, living room and bathroom. I love cleaning the kitchen at the end of the day and lighting a candle. Also, my husband and I love taking a shower with the light turned off and only a candle flickering to really make shower time a relaxing one before bed. My absolute favorite candles are from Yankee Candle . My favorite scents are: Mistletoe (Christmas time), Sage and Citrus, Mediterranean Breeze and Catching Rays. I know Yankee Candle is expensive, but they’re well worth it. Their scent never goes away unlike other name brand candles.
Essential Oil Diffuser – I purchased this on a limb when we first relocated to Connecticut, now my husband sets it up on his own. We sleep so much better when we diffuse a few drops of lavender oil. I purchased this diffuser from Amazon and I’m quite content with it. I may look into purchasing a set of two equal ones if and when we move to a bigger apartment.
Family Sign – Family established signs are all the rave now on Etsy and Pinterest, and I don’t mind. I love how this little sign instantly made our rental apartment feel like home as well as see in writing that we are now a family. I mean, of course we knew that without the sign but….oh you know what I mean. We purchased ours from this seller on Etsy, I custom ordered it for the wood to be painted white.
Kitchen Towels/Oven Mitt Set – We have a small kitchen, which is also very sleek and modern. AKA, it’s plain and white. Since this is a rental, we can’t really do much with it so I purchased a set of blue stripe towels to add some color, I hung an oven mitt and pot holder with Command hooks and purchased blue placemats. I purchased our accessories at Williams-Sonoma. This is the towel set, oven mitt set and placemats.
What are some of your favorite homemaking accessories?
My husband and I absolutely adore Trader Joe’s. If you’ve seen any of my grocery haul videos you’ll know this. The prices are fantastic, it’s smaller than most grocery chains and they carry a great variety of organic foods as well as cool specialty products. However, after 5+ months of grocery shopping almost exclusively at Trader Joe’s, the honeymoon is over and I realize that not all of their products make my lists. Here are the 5 I really, really, really don’t like.
Unexpected Cheddar Cheese – The texture is too crumbly and it’s excessively salty. The “hints” of Parmesan are very strong and quite frankly unappetizing for us.
Tomato-Basil Sauce – The $1.99 price is what has lured me in every time. Frankly, it’s just too bland. I end up adding so many spices that I might as well just make it from scratch, which essentially defeats the purpose of store-bought. I’ll be going back to Bertolli jarred sauces, which you can usually find good sales on at Target.
Pre-Made “Fresh” Pizza Dough – Maybe I just don’t know how to work this but it’s a pain to get this dough to stretch through. I’ve tried adding some cornmeal to make it stick less and it doesn’t help at all. Not re-purchasing.
Hatch Valley Salsa – I purchased this after seeing great reviews on YouTube. I can’t say I hated it….I can’t say I liked it either. However this is listed because of hubby. He absolutely despised both the taste and, more specifically, the texture. It’s very slime-y.
Frozen Mini Croissants – These were a “Oh hey look…cool” purchase. Not a part of the menu plan nor of our usual “extras” at TJ. The main reason these are on this is the inconvenience of having to get them out the night before to proof and then bake in the morning.
Are there any Trader Joe’s products you don’t like?
2016 will always be bittersweet to me. Though some things were great, like getting married and “settling down” in Connecticut with my husband and our fur-baby, I am looking forward to 2017. For the longest time it seemed like this year would never arrive. I remember my first enrollment for graduate school in 2012 when I though “I can’t believe I’m doing this and I can’t believe it will take 5 years, I wonder what 2017 will be like?”.
*insert fast forward noise here* Anyways, this year I didn’t make any resolutions. Instead, I have chosen a word. I realize it’s common and not terribly unique but it’s the word I need this year. Ready? The word is: PEACE.
Suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder it’s common for me to overthink and ruminate about worst-case scenarios. As I grow (mentally of course) I want to improve myself and actively work towards reducing my anxiety and increasing my inner peace. This of course is easier said than done.
Here is where I know I need peace this year:
Peace in trusting the uncertainty.
Peace in applying to post-doctoral fellowship programs.
Peace in knowing that if it doesn’t happen, it is not a reflection of myself and I can still be a great professional.
Peace in myself for being almost done with one of my biggest goals, my doctorate degree.
Peace in knowing that as much as I love and adore my family, I am also happy with some distance between us.
Peace in our home as we reach and pass our 1 year married anniversary.
Peace in loving myself (it’s okay to need self-care, it’s okay to some days struggle to eat).
Peace in myself so I may let go of exterior negativity.
“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” – Henri Nouwen
Can you believe there’s only a few days left in 2016? How is this even possible?
I’m supposed to be working right now but it’s snowing outside and being snuggled up in bed with my second cup of late night coffee is so much better. Next week we’re going back to Puerto Rico to spend Christmas with our families and I know I’ll be disconnected for a few days so I thought I’d do this post now.
Throughout my life I’ve had many forms of online spaces to express myself, from MySpace (#old #Tom) to tumbler and countless blogs that only survived a few weeks, and I have always made this post.
I know that when I’m older and have children, I’ll mention 2016 frequently. It was the year of the biggest changes in my life, very joyous occasions and also a presidential election that frankly has me terrified of what’s to come.
Here’s the best of what happened every month:
January – Finished all doctoral internship interviews, man, what a relief that was. Met my good friend Rachel in an interview in Houston, TX (where she is doing her internship). Rachel is one of those people that after a few hours we felt like we had known each other for a really long time. She’s been there for me ever since, to celebrate good things and to offer wise words and support in more difficult moments.
February – Received the e-mail I had been waiting for….I had matched for internship at my number one ranked site, which also happened to be accredited by the American Psychological Association (#goals).
March – After 9 years dating and a four year engagement….J and I got married! We moved in to our very first apartment. Realized I had no idea what to do in a house, began reading many homemaking blogs, fell in love with the concept of homemaking.
April – We went on our honeymoon! We kept it low-key and budget-friendly and did Walt Disney World and Savannah, GA. In Savannah we stayed at a fancy hotel (you know, the kind where the give you big fuzzy robes and slippers) and it was wonderful, haha. Also, my husband met my aunts who live in Florida and loved them as much as I do.
May – I believe that around this time is when CoffeeAddictHomemaker was born. This blog has give me the opportunity to express myself (I miss my therapist….) and connect with others who are also in their homemaking journeys. I’ve connected with many awesome ladies specifically through Instagram and I’m thankful to each person who reads my blog or comments on photos, etc.
June – I defended/approved my dissertation proposal! This was an intense milestone. I had been researching Autism Spectrum Disorder for my original dissertation and had all of the material for my lit review ready to go. I then changed to Eating Disorders (no regrets as I am extremely passionate about this subject) in February and had to start from the beginning.
July – Said goodbye to our first apartment and hello to the second one. Bought our one-way tickets to Connecticut. Spent as much time with our families as we could; gave some of the longest hugs and said some of the saddest “see you soon” ever.
August – Moved from Puerto Rico to Connecticut. Was able to spend a month being at home full-time. I miss it every single day. Bought our first car together! Met the most amazing lady at the airport who has now turned into my Connecticut mother (her words). Her and her family has made the transition and adjustment much more bearable.
September – Began my internship! Travelled to Québec, Canada with my husband and best friend. Turned 26!
October -Hmmm, I think the biggest thing was that my vacation time was approved and we purchased our tickets to go to PR for Christmas.
November – Went to NYC for the first time. Spent Thanksgiving with one of the other intern’s family which was spectacular. — The election happened, we do not speak of this.
December – Going home for Christmas!!!! I’ll be back in CT for the New Year.
What are some of your biggest memories from 2016?
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year 2017!
Hey everyone, I can’t believe this week we’re heading into December. What a year this has been! After amazing Thanksgiving meals and having eaten a few too many sweets within the last weeks, I worked really hard to make this meal plan as healthy as possible. Keep in mind, there are carbs in this meal plan, as I believe in moderation it’s perfectly fine. My focus is more salads and less fat (including EVOO).
As always, lunches are usually leftovers or some sort of soup or quinoa dish. Also, I don’t plan for breakfast. We usually do yogurt, eggs or oatmeal. I actually purchased blueberries to make oatmeal this week as it’s been a while since we’ve had it for breakfast.
If you’ve noticed a pattern, I love SkinnyTaste (Gina Homolka’s blog) absolutely all recipes are amazing and simple. I always go to SkinnyTaste when I want light but flavorful recipes. I had the pleasure of meeting Gina in Puerto Rico and she is sensational. I also have her two cookbooks.
Also, we don’t always follow the meal order to a tee. Sometimes if we feel like something else we’ll switch the order around. It just serves as a guide to know what meals we can make with what we have. I also always have ingredients for a few simple back-up meals such as quinoa chili, vegan “chicken” soup, pasta with simple marinara sauce or lo-mein.
What are some of your favorite food blogs and cookbooks?
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Links are provided to direct you to original recipes.
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