If you are looking for a quick, at-home workout that will get your heart rate up, I've got one right here for ya!
This novel exceeded my expectations, and is historical fiction at it's best. I am always drawn to America's dirty little secrets, and here we have North Carolina's eugenics program in the 1960's. Chamberlain does an excellent job focusing in on one specific family and the impact this program has on their lives.
The main character, Jane, follows her heart to become a social worker against her husbands wishes (and later demands) to be a housewife and baby maker. She soon learns that this job requires more than just providing help to needy families.
Diane Chamberlain won me over with this book!
Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart
After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.
When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed. She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients' lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband. But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed. Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.
Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy. Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?
We so enjoyed this easy week night meal in the crockpot. It is super healthy and paleo-friendly as well. This made enough for lunch leftovers too, which is always a plus!
- 1 pork loin
- sweet potato - cut into bite size chunks
- favorite veggie mix - we used broccoli/carrots/water chestnuts/carrots
- favorite seasoning - garlic, onion powder, pepper
Put all together in crockpot - with pork loin on the bottom - and cook on low for 8 hours
What a whirlwind the last few days have been.. we moved from our temporary condo into our newly built home! The move to Texas has been so adventurous for us, but we were happy to bunker down this weekend and start unpacking for a fresh start in our new home.
However, our workouts can't take a back seat, so we did some HIIT circuit workouts plus some running.
This is one of the HIIT workouts we did:
It definitely got my heart rate up and got me a good sweat before going back to my unpacking!
I have a couple striped dresses that have been staples for me this summer, and so I like to style them different ways each time I wear them. I thought I would share with you my most recent outfit using the same dress I posted about HERE.
I just love how versatile black and white stripes are. There are so many different ways to wear them!
Short Sleeve Striped Dress (see another photo of me wearing it HERE)
"C" Initial Pendant Necklace
Kate Spade bag
Suede Back Booties
What is your favorite way to rock stripes?
I have been reminded too much lately that summer is coming to a close. UGH I am such a summer gal, and I don't want it to end. Apparently, here in Texas, it will be warm well into fall and winter - and that makes me oh so happy!
Here are some fun summer ideas to cross off the list before fall hits:
Derived from Brighton the Day
What is on your summer to do list?
Well, I'm not sure if hats really ever left, but for me they did. Don't get me wrong though, I will always rock the baseball cap style to cover up dirty hair. My hat phases come and go, but recently it is back - and in full force. I think this time it is going to stay awhile - I can't wait to style outfits to go with these hats!
The first 2 hats below are ones that I recently picked up from Nordstrom (both were from the #NSale)! The next 3 are ones I got from Dottie Couture. The first one will be perfect for my upcoming vacation!
I have also included a couple more that I've had my eye on. Not that I need anymore, but ya know, it's always fun to look! All the neutrals please!
I am thinking of doing a post to share a few things I will be packing for my upcoming vacation to Hawaii, so you might see that come through in a few days or so. We are so excited!
Tell me your favorite way to rock a hat!
Last week we celebrated my birthday! Josh had so many wonderful things planned for me, such as a surprise spa day, a beautiful new Kate Spade bag, and a delicious seafood dinner at a local spot. What a wonderful day it was!
This is the dress I chose to wear for my birthday dinner. You guys know about my floral addiction, so this style should be no surprise to you. However, the choker tie at the neckline is definitely something new to me - I kinda dig it though!
This is another great fall transition dress. Florals ftw! Although, everyone seems so ready for fall to be here, and I'm trying to hang onto to summer for dear life!
What about you guys - favorite season?
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