What I’ve Been Reading

Today I thought I’d share some of the books that I’ve read over the last little while.

The Girl You Left Behind

I’m a huge fan of Jojo Moyes’ writing, so I expected to really like The Girl You Left Behind (affiliate link). It follows the story of a woman who works in France during the German occupation, and the fine line of working against the Germans while also staying safe. If you’re a fan of WWII historical fiction I would really recommend it.

The Third Wife

Lisa Jewell is another author that I enjoy reading. I find her thrillers hard to put down, and “one more chapter” turns into another 100 pages. Whoops. The Third Wife was just as good as her other ones. The Third Wife (affiliate link) keeps you guessing about what’s going on. It’s the perfect book to take on vacation with you and get lost in it while sitting on the beach.

The Night She Disappeared

This is the latest book by Lisa Jewell. The Night She Disappeared (affiliate link) follows the disappearance of a single mom. Her mom searches desperately to figure out what happened to her, as her disappearance is out of character for her. The book is set in a small English town as well as in a boarding school in that town. Being Canadian, it’s always fun to read about different stories set in different places.

The Beach Club

It’s not summer without an Elin Hilderbrand book. Just like all of her other books, this one is also a great beach read. It pulls you in right from the beginning and is easy to read and keeps you entertained. The Beach Club (affiliate link) follows the lives of the people who work at a beach club on Nantucket.

The Curse of Oak Island

The tv show Oak Island has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years. While I’m doubtful that they’ll ever find anything on Oak Island, let alone treasure, it’s still fun to watch. I decided to finally read the book (affiliate link). I’m about half way through and I’m learning a lot. The tv show shares bits and pieces of the history, but the book takes a deep dive into it. There’s so much that’s hard to prove and therefore it’s tempting to want to believe it. If you’re a fan of the show I highly recommend the book.

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Friday Favorites

I’m sharing a few of my favorite things in today’s post.

Has this week flown by for anyone else? Monday was a stat holiday here in Canada due to Easter. I’m blaming it on the four day week. As much as I enjoy the long weekends throughout the year, they always throw off my days. I haven’t shared a Friday Favorites post on the blog in awhile, so I thought today would be the perfect time.

Bulldog artwork

I’ve met lots of dogs in my boyfriend’s neighborhood thanks to taking his bulldog, Winston for walks. One of Winston’s oldest friends is Pablo. I’m pretty sure they met while they were still puppies. Pablo’s owner let my boyfriend know on Instagram that she had a piece of artwork that reminded her of Winston, and wanted to know if he or I would want it. As soon as my boyfriend passed on the message I told him yes. I picked it up from her and Pablo last weekend and I’ve found that perfect spot for it.

Egg rolls from Costco

My dad was at Costco a few weeks ago when he sent me a photo of these egg rolls asking if I would eat them. I sent him back a text saying “yes!” I finally got around to trying them this week, and they were really good. I cooked them in the oven and they turned out nice and crispy on the outside for the most part. I think next time I make them I’ll try them in the air fryer to see if I can get that deep fried consistency even closer. They were quite a bit bigger than I was expecting, so one or two is plenty as a side dish to an entree.

Spring flowers

We’ve gotten a bunch of snow in Calgary the last two weeks. So far we’ve gotten double the amount of snow that we typically get in April. When I put together the grocery order on Monday I decided to add some flowers to it. They’re now sitting on my desk looking pretty. They’re a good reminder that even though it might be cold and snowy outside, spring is coming.

I don’t have anything exciting planned for the weekend. I’ll probably spend some time with my boyfriend and Winston. Have a great weekend!

Easter Workout

Today I’m sharing an Easter themed workout.

Hello there blog readers! It’s been a hot minute since I last posted on the blog. I’m looking forward to this weekend and sitting down to an Easter dinner with my dad and brother. My dad is making a ham and we’ll also have all of the usual side dishes – potatoes, stuffing, and green beans. I’m in charge of dessert and will be making strawberry lemon bars. I haven’t made them in years so they’ll be extra tasty.

You’ll do each exercise for 30 seconds followed by a 30 second rest and to transition to the next exercise. Start at the top of the list of exercises and work your way down. Once you’ve completed the bicep curls, rest for as long as you need before starting over from the top. Complete three times though for a full workout. If you’re looking for a few pieces of equipment to use at home, I like these dumbbells (affiliate link) and this yoga mat (affiliate link). In terms of picking a dumbbell to use, use one that allows your muscles to get tired by the last rep, but still maintain good form. If your form starts to go then it’s time to move to a lighter weight. Here are the exercises:

  • Bodyweight squat
  • Lateral raises
  • Skaters
  • Jumping jacks
  • Bicep curls
  • Bicycle crunches
  • High knees
  • Bench hops
  • Bicep curls

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As always, check with your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout as needed for you. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog – I really appreciate it!

30 Minute At Home Workout

In today’s post I’m sharing an all new 30 minute at home workout.

Welcome to a brand new week. I had a pretty relaxing weekend and I’m starting out the week feeling good. I spent some time with my family on Sunday and ended up getting caught up in a library book. I hope you all had a great weekend too. Today I’m sharing a workout on the blog. It’s the perfect workout to do if you’re short on time. You don’t have to go to the gym and it’s only 30 minutes long. If you end up doing this workout, be sure to tag me on Instagram with a workout selfie. I’d love to hear what you thought about it.

In terms of equipment you’ll need a pair or two of dumbbells and a yoga mat if you’re working out on a hard surface. I really like these dumbbells from Amazon (affiliate link) I love my Manduka yoga mat (affiliate link). For the dumbbells you’ll want to make sure that the weight you’re using is challenging but also allows you to complete all reps with correct form.

You’ll do 30 seconds of work followed by 30 seconds of rest and transition time to prepare for the next exercise on the list. Complete the circuit 3 times through for a full 30 minute workout.

  • Dumbbell squat
  • Chest press
  • Alternating lunges
  • Overhead press
  • Plank
  • Skaters
  • Bicep curls
  • Clam shells
  • Tricep dips
  • Crunches

If you’re looking for a different kind of workout or something specific, check out my workout page. I have all the workouts I’ve shared on GFF categorized over there so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

As always, check with your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout as needed for yourself.

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Winter Outfit Ideas

Today I’m sharing some cute winter outfit ideas.

Winter here in Calgary is all about staying warm. In fact, we’re getting some more snow as I type this. Winter seems to drag on forever, and even in March and April we can get big dumps of snow and cold temperatures. The challenge can sometimes be to still look put together when more layers are needed to keep warm. I’m hoping that some of the pieces I’m sharing today will give you some inspiration.

I love cables – whether they’re on sweaters, hats, or mittens. They add a little something to knitted clothes. I’m all about the layers during the winter months too. Putting on a t shirt under a blazer, sweater, or long sleeve button down adds an extra layer of warmth. Blue is one of my favorite colors to wear, so it’s no surprise that so many blue pieces made it into this post. During the winter I like to pair it with cream and black.

It can be a challenge to find cute winter boots, but I really like the two options I’ve shared here. I own the bean boots and absolutely love them. I have the flannel lined ones and they’re perfect for snowy days and provide some extra warmth.

Shop the items I’ve included in this post (plus a few more) by clicking the images below. They’re all affiliate links.

If you’re looking for more outfit ideas then be sure to follow me over on Instagram. I share more outfits over there than I do on the blog. Hopefully I’ve given you some winter outfit ideas and you can add a few extra pieces to keep yourself warm over the cold winter months.

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