It has been a hot July, though we've had a lot of beautiful blooming trees, thunderstorms, and cool nights perfect for catching fireflies.
Also, lately... a beach trip to Pensacola, Florida. This is a great beach for us. It's only 6 hours away and a beautiful area. So much fun to be had!!!!:)
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
I thought it would be cliche to read the story of the famous Fixer Upper stars, but it turns out their story is fantastic. Chip Gaines was sorta a hero around town, helping homeless, mentoring young kids, and generously employing college kids. Turns out they do not only seem nice, they're legit Christian people with a really amazing story to tell. 5 stars!
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I had extremely mixed feelings about this book. If the premise isn't a reflection of L.A. culture, I don't know what is. A woman with seven husbands, who doesn't love a single one of them. There are plot twists from the beginning, that continue to the end. She keeps the reader guessing. It's an easy read with plenty of drama. I didn't expect the emphasis on race, but that ended up being a highlight for me. :) She brings to light the emptiness of spotlight culture, but it's deeper than that.
The reviews rave about this book being heartfelt, but that's not why I was interested in reading to the end. Rather, the drama and the star-worthy writing which reflects the shallow LA culture kept me interested. The let-down in this book, however, lies with her desire to be culturally relevant and instead hitting some really clangy desperate-to-be-politically-correct notes instead.
Wuthering Heights-- by Emily Bronte~ review to come!
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (reread!)
Young and Hungry
This is such a great example of how the marriage vows are a total joke in our culture. If you want to see what American culture gets **Wrong** check this show out (on Netflix).
The Office (American version)
I do recognize that the subject matter here is the problem with dirty jokes. I have to take what I can get.... and at least Steve Carell is actually funny.
The kids have been into Tom and Jerry recently, so watching this cat movie as a family was a nice change. Starring Kevin Spacey and some others.
The Descendants 2
Apparently Disney is trying to show that you can fight evil with evil (the descendants of Disney's famous villains). Hmm... not sure that's a valid premise, but the dancing in water scene was a hit with my girls.
For Years, I Felt Guilty For Not Liking the Hook-up Culture @ Verily
I am loving Oui Fresh, the newly updated (or is it new?) shop from A Beautiful Mess! Check out this t-shirt!
I got very few hits this month, mainly because I have let link-ups go.
A Few (Some) Thoughts on Parenting
Why Covenant Theology Matters (And Why Catholics *Should* Take Note(s))
The Life-Changing Marriage Advice That Really Works
"Am I mad? Else wise the world is mad and I the tortured same trapped within it."
-from the Dappled Things Cafe Press store
I do have some very exciting news to share, though. I am going to be a regular contributor and book reviewer for Dappled Things, starting this Fall. I can't wait to update you on that.
Cheers and Cheerio!
linking up with Leigh Kramer