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Five on Friday: A Link-up!

  Helloooo Friday!! I wish I had a more clever intro for this post but am lacking in the creativity department this week. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have 5 great things to share! Shall we get down to it?


– ONE – I think one of the best things about this week was the fact that I am already down 4 pounds from my salt-free diet. I’ve never been able to lose weight before without starving myself so this came as a surprise. Well I have to be honest, kicking salt has realllly limited the foods I can eat so I guess I kind of am starving myself to an extent. I’ve been eating lots of plain oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, a medley of black beans, rice, avocado, onion and tomato for lunch, fresh fruits and veggies for snacks, salads for dinner and Greek yogurt popsicles for dessert. Plus I’ve been putting in my time at the gym each day. So hopefully some of those LBs aren’t just water weight!

– TWO – You may remember my splurge on Benefit’s they’re real Mascara I wrote about {here}. Although I absolutely love the product, it’s just too expensive for daily use. So I am saving it for the weekends and going back to the old faithful Maybelline Great Lash. Lucky for me, I scored several tubes at Ulta for $1.99/each this week!

– THREE – I owe so many of you a huge “thank you” for posting your
favorite summer reads. And because it would only be fair to share, I’ve
compiled all of the recommendations below in case you need a new book to
dig into too:


End of Normal
by Stephanie Madoff Mack.

Ten Best Days of My Life
by Aldena Halpern

by J. Courtney Sullivan

Fault in Our Stars
by John Green 

Is the New Black
by Piper Kerman

the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini

I Go Again
by Jen Lancaster

Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

Before You
by Jojo Moyes

by R.J. Palacio

Kitchen House
by Kathleen Grissom

In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg

Rapp Series
by Vince Flynn

Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

at Home
by Gretchen Rubin

by Shauna Niequest

by Shauna Niequest

Other Boelyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory

by Veronica Roth

Higgins Clark

by Kimberly McCreight

I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

of Wonder
by Ann Patchett

Hanging Out Without Me?
by Mindy Kaling

by Curtis Sittenfeld

Kay Andrews

Dorothea Benton Frank books

by Curtis Sittenfeld

by J. Courtney Sullivan

Plum Series
by Janet Evanovich

by Lisa Genova

Rich Asians
by Kevin Kwan

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

*Recommended more than once


– FOUR – I thought I’d showcase a few of my most favorite office supplies. Can you tell I love color? The brightness doesn’t stop at just my supplies, I keep my whole office colorful. Hey, if I am going to spend 8 hours a day in one spot it should be bright and pretty! You can find other posts about my office decor {here} and {here}!

  – FIVE – I am totally obsessed with my polka dot planner {from Target, of course}. Maybe it’s because August is definitely panning out to be the best month yet this year – two vacations, an engagement, a trip home and big changes for the hubby {his law firm was acquired by a larger firm in town – so proud}!

 Wanna join  Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is…

1.)  Write  your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.)  Share the logo above on your blog and link back.
3.)  Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!

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Friday 30th of August 2013

Thanks for the book list, I'm always looking for new books to read!! And congratulations for you diet! I can't wait to get back to work and find my rythm because I ate so much this summer!!!Anyone can do five on friday? I love reading your blog!!