the sparkly life: 18 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Friday, February 15, 2019

18 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

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Yesterday was my birthday! (Yep, my birthday is on Valentine's Day. I have a lifetime of mixed feelings about that fact, and you can read more about them here.) My day was really good! I got a blowout, did a Pilates session, went to a school talent show with my daughter, ate at a yummy Italian restaurant/pasta shop called Pasta Dal Cuore, and received one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. My husband and kids surprised me with a song about me (!) written by a professional songwriter. And the song is really good! (Kind of Beatles-y.) You can read more about it--and listen to a clip of the song--here.

This weekend, my kids actually have a four-day weekend for Presidents' Day! I actually have a lot of work to do, so I'll be busy with that, and the kids are going skiing one of the days, so I may tag along. Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you make it a great one. Here's a few fun links to check out in the meantime...

• I've been making good on my resolution to read more and have been doing a lot of reading so far in 2019. Pretty much everything I've read so far this year has been great, so I have a couple of book recommendations for you! First is The Nightingale. It's been on my reading list forever, so I don't know why it's taken me so long to get to, but I'm so glad I finally did. I think this is one of my favorite books I have ever read. I was absolutely bawling in the end (rare for me with a book). Highly, highly recommend.  

• Next, I read Before We Were Yours, which is a fictional take on a true--and truly unbelievable--story. For decades, there was an adoption agency in Tennessee that would literally kidnap poor children and babies from their parents and then adopt them out to wealthy familes. Most of the families were, of course, never reunited. It's so sad and very hard to imagine that this actually took place, but it did. This story tells the fictional story of four sisters who were kidnapped from their birth parents and adopted out to different familes. Sad, but I loved it. 

• After those two books, I needed something LIGHTER (!), so I read The Rule of One, which is a dystopian YA novel that takes place in the future when the U.S. has adopted a one-child policy. (Okay, that doesn't exactly sound light. LOL!) The main character is actually a twin, but because of the "rule of one," the twins must pretend to be one person. It works out for years--until they are discovered and have to go on the run. It was a quick, easy read, but totally gripping; I didn't want to put it down. The sequel comes out in May, and I've already preordered it!

• J.Crew is having a 40 percent off sale now through the weekend! Use code YESPLEASE. I have my eye on this drapey shirt, this colorblock swinsuit, this leopard trench coat, and this eyelet top.

• I've been wanting this cute "Love Your Mother" (Earth) hoodie, but it's been out of stock forever. Just saw that it's back, so I grabbed one!

• My friend (and fellow beauty editor) Heather and her husband started a cookie company, Halfsies Cookie Compan, and the cookies are so good. But you have to act fast if you want to try them. They post on Instagram when a limited batch goes on sale, and then you have to scramble to nab some. I was lucky enough to grab some from the very first batch they put up for sale, and omg--they are SO good. The peanut butter is my favorite. Yum! 

• I need to make Landyn's salmon with macadamia nut pesto noodles. Looks so yummy and healthy!

• I may just break out this amazing Lion Face Pancake for my kids this weekend. It's super impressive, but actually looks really easy!

• I was the "helping parent" in my son's kindergarten classroom earlier this week, and we made these fruit-cup love bugs as the activity. I think they're so adorable, and the kids loved making them.

• This ponytail is soooo gorgeous.

• If you have $1000 to spare and you want to be the coolest mom ever, buy this. (And then invite my kids over for a playdate!)

• This made me laugh: Ulta releases line of shitty hair ties to give to your cheap friends.

• Revlon just relaunched their website and it looks amazing. Fun fact: I wrote some of the content on there (!), including stuff like this.

• Totally want to make these red velvet thumbprint cookies (they have cream cheese frosting!).

• A woman has Alzheimer's--and her husband has a girlfriend. I was ready to crucify this man before I read this story/watched the video, but afterwards, my feelings about the situation were much more complicated. It's s a very interesting read and definitely makes you think.

• Thank you to Sarah Silverman for calling out her gross ultrasound technician. 

And in case you missed it, I...

• Shared the best books of 2018.

• Listed 30 surprising things about me. (Like I was once on a reality-TV dating show...!)

Have a great weekend!


20 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

So much goodness all in one place. I can't wait to start clicking on all the awesome stuff.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

What some awesome things to check out! I am going to have a look through those books you have recommend and yay for a sale!

Alli Smith said...

I finished reading Before We Were Yours a few weeks ago and it was an excellent book. I loved it too. I see a lot of cool things you mentioned that I want to check out.

Karen said...

Happy belated birthday! What a great list of things to click! I guess I'd better get started!

Unknown said...

I am so impressed by all the research you had to do for this post. I think we have to be considerate of our elders and respectful if they get ill.

Melissa Chapman said...

I am so impressed by all the research you had to do for this post. I think we have to be considerate of our elders and respectful if they get ill.

Jeannette said...

It looks like there's a lot of things that I need to click on today. My problem is is I click on one thing and I go down a rabbit hole and find five other things that I want to look at LOL.

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Going to have to do some clicking around it looks like. Will see what I find

AiringMyLaundry said...

I love reading! I'll have to check out these books for sure. I did read The Nightingale and liked it. Happy Belated Birthday!

Terri Steffes said...

I clicked on the gross ultrasound technician and I got an article about a man dating while his wife had alzheimers. Was that right? LOL, you know what I like to read now!

Glenda said...

I song about you how fun and the restaurant sounds like a place I would have understood. In the meantime Happy Valentines to you and I don't think having a Birthday on a Holiday would be fun.

Tasheena Womack said...

So many great links to click on. I can't wait to check out some of these sales. Thanks for sharing!

Justin Race said...

Salmon with macadamia nut pesto noodles caught my eye. Definitely going to check that out.

The Super Mom Life said...

I'm so jealous of all of your reading time. I keep saying I'm going to read at night and I get too busy.

Ricci Ellis said...

I love reading and The Nightengale is one of my absolute favorite books! It is so dang good!!!

chubskulit said...

I would love to read that "Before We Were Yours" book. I remember Nightingale from my English subject back in college.

Lisa Favre said...

The Halfsies Cookies Company is so much fun! Now my mouth is totally watering.

Kim Croisant said...

What a very impressive list you have here. Good luck with it all.

Beth said...

Both of those books sound interesting. I used to be an avid reader, but stopped several years ago. However, I just finished one book and started another, and I'm enjoying the habit of reading again.

Lauren B said...

Have you been hacking my book club's page?? We did Before We Were Yours a few months ago and have the Nightingale this month. I was also bawling at the end of the Nightingale! I'll be going through your 2018 list to find some ideas for our next few months. Only half our group liked the Dinner List, the other half hated it! Can't win them all I guess. Please keep up the book recommendations! (And the clothes and cosmetics recommendations, of course.)

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