What I Read in September

In today’s blog post I’m sharing what I read this month. Interested in finding out what I’m reading in real time? Follow me on Instagram.

An open book and a pair of reading classes are laying on a white sheet with sun shining on them. Over top is a circle graphic that reads "what I read in September".

Winter Solstice

While there’s still a few months before Christmas arrives, I finished reading the fourth and final book in the Winter Street series by Elin Hilderbrand. Winter Solstice (affiliate link) wraps up the story of one family in Nantucket. Each book picks up with the family during Christmas over the course of several years. If you enjoy Elin’s writing, I would recommend these books. She’s so good at creating characters that I want to read about.

The Children on the Hill

I’m a huge fan of Jennifer McMahon’s book, and I really enjoyed reading this one too. The Children on the Hill (affiliate link) takes place on the grounds of a psychiatric hospital. Three teens/kids are the main characters – a brother, a sister, and a mysterious new girl who comes to live with them and their grandmother, who also works at the hospital. There are lots of twists and turns throughout the book as the three kids learn the truth about themselves and each other. This was one of those books that was hard to put down. I highly recommend it if you like psychological thrillers.

The Summer Place

I’ve liked everything that I’ve read from Jennifer Weiner, and I’m happy to say that this one was great too. The Summer Place (affiliate link) is a book about family. It takes place a year into the pandemic, which I actually enjoyed. Our world has changed so much in the last two and a half years, it was nice to see that reflected in The Summer Place. There are lots of connections between the members of the extended family which finally become clear at the end of the book.

The House Across the Lake

Riley Sager is another author that I really like. I’ve read all of his previous books, so when this one was released I knew that I had to read it too. The House Across the Lake (affiliate link) takes place exactly where you think it would – on a lake. There are only a few houses on this secluded late in New England, one of which is owned by an up and coming tech CEO and his model wife. The house across the lake from theirs is owned by the family of a Broadway actress who has been sent there to get her life together. Between getting fired from her last show because of her drinking to embarrassing herself with the paparazzi, her mom wants her to figure her life out before she gets anymore unflattering headlines written about herself. I definitely didn’t see the end coming with this one!

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Weekend: Brownie Day Camp + Relaxing

Today I’m sharing a recap of my weekend.

Friday

Friday night I prepared for Brownie day camp on Saturday. While I don’t volunteer with Brownies, I did volunteer to help out at their day camp. Another set of hands is never a bad thing with seven and eight year-olds. I did the campfire portion of the day with another guider, so I had to get together all of my fire starting stuff that I thought the Brownies would be interested in. The last time I had it all out was back in July, so it took awhile to get it all in one box again.

I also watched Four Brothers. I was in need of some quality time on the couch and it was the perfect movie to watch. It didn’t require too much thought and there was enough action to keep me interested.

Brownie day camp campsite, with leaves on the ground and the sun shining through a tree.

Saturday

I arrived bright and early at camp (we’re so lucky to have a great Girl Guide owned camp just 30 minutes away from Calgary) to help set up. It was the perfect fall day to spend time outdoors. While it was a bit chilly in the morning, by the afternoon it had warmed up enough to to take my fleece off. The girls made and then went through an obstacle course, made fairies, learned about fires, cooked hot dogs and smores over the fire, went on a fairy walk with the fairies they’d made, and generally had a lot of fun. While there were a few tears over the course of the day, all the Brownies went home with smiles on their faces.

A large fire ring with a fire in it and hot dogs being cooked.

I was exhausted when I got home just before five. I had absolutely no energy to cook, so I’m grateful that there was a sheet pan dinner waiting for me. It was an Octoberfest themed meal, so we had brats, roasted red cabbage, and roasted potatoes. It was delicious.

Sunday

I slept in and ended up getting up late. It felt so good though. I had gotten in 15,000 steps the day before so apparently I needed some extra sleep. I spent Sunday relaxing and getting ready for the week. I’m currently reading Anna Karenina (affiliate link) and The Family Remains (affiliate link), so I was able to read a bit from both of them. The weather is perfect right now to sit in the backyard and read.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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Upper Body Workout

Today I’m sharing an upper body workout.

Happy hump day! It’s definitely feeling like fall here in Calgary. On Monday we had a quintessential fall day. It was cool and rainy. All I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket and a good book. I haven’t shared a workout on Get Fit Fiona in awhile, so I figured today would be the perfect time to do it. You can do this workout at the gym or at home, since you only need a pair of dumbbells to complete it.

Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, followed by a 30 second rest. Start with the overhead press and work your way down the list of exercises. Once you’ve completed it one time through, rest as needed before starting back at the top again. Complete 4 times through for a full workout. If you do this workout be sure to tag me in your workout selfie on Instagram. If you’re looking for a different kind of workout, be sure to check out my workout page. I have all of the workouts that I’ve shared on Get Fit Fiona categorized over there so it’s easy to find exactly what you want.

  • Overhead press
  • Bicep curl
  • Pushup
  • Bent over row
  • Tricep kickback
  • Chest press

This is a workout that can easily be done at home if you don’t have access to a gym. If you’re looking for some dumbbells for at home workouts, I like these ones (affiliate link) from Amazon. If you’re starting from scratch with home workout equipment, I would suggest getting two pairs of dumbbells – a lighter one for upper body exercises and a heavier pair for lower body moves.

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Always check with your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout for you.

Fall 2022 Accessories

Today I’m sharing some fall 2022 accessories. There’s so many cute things this year!

I hope you all had a nice weekend! I spent my Saturday afternoon with a friend walking by the river. Then I spent Sunday with my boyfriend. Not an exciting weekend, but I enjoyed it. The weather was perfect for being outside. Not too hot, but also not cold and blustery – the perfect sweet spot.

Fall is my favorite season. I’m all about the cooler temperatures, afternoons spent on the couch with a blanket and a good book, and the leaves changing colors. Thanksgiving is also my favorite holiday, so I have that to look forward to as well. I was one of those kids (even in elementary school) who got excited about going back to school after the summer was over. Having a new teacher, seeing friends again, and new school supplies was always much fun.

Transitioning from shorts and t-shirts into cozy layers and darker colors make me love autumn even more. My accessory picks for right now include lots of classic pieces in gold and tortoiseshell. They’re pieces that will go with lots of different outfits, which is perfect because I’m always looking for things that are versatile. Golds, browns, and blues are some of my go to colors anyways, so I made sure to include lots of those colors in this post. Be sure to follow my on Instagram where I share more of my outfits and what I’m wearing.

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One more thing for any fellow Canadians reading – last week I bought some pajamas from La Vie en Rose. They were having another buy one get 2 free sale that I took advantage of. If you’re needing some warmer pajamas as we head into cooler weather, be sure to check out the sale. Shipping was super fast and I got my order in 48 hours. I was super impressed!

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What I’ve Read Lately

In today’s post I’m sharing some of the books that I’ve read lately.

I’m always interested to hear about what other people are reading. I’ve found some amazing authors that I’ve really enjoyed by having them recommended to me. That’s part of why I like sharing the books that I’ve enjoyed reading on the blog. I frequently share what I’m reading in real time over on Instagram, so be sure to follow me over there if you enjoy these kinds of posts.

The Night She Disappeared

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Jewell’s for a few months now and I was pretty sure that I would like The Night She Disappeared (affiliate link). The book follows the story of a young woman who has been missing for a year and her mom who is searching for her. There’s also a boarding school in the small English village with a new headmaster. His wife has started to receive clues about the missing young woman. I loved how Lisa connected the two storylines as well as incorporating the like of the missing woman in the lead up to her disappearance.

The Curse of Oak Island

I’ve shared before that The Curse of Oak Island show is a guilty pleasure for me. I watch it knowing that they’re not going to find anything substantial – I mean if they did find treasure it would be all over the news. While the show does go into a bit of the history of Oak Island, the book (affiliate link) by Randall Sullivan goes into a lot more detail. It was fun to learn about why the various theories could be true, but at the same time there’s no proof for any of them. If you’re a fan of the show and would like to learn more about the history of the theories of Oak Island, I would recommend reading The Curse of Oak Island.

Always

Just like Lisa Jewell, I’m a big fan of Sarah Jio’s as well. Always is one of her books that I haven’t read yet, so when I saw it on the shelf at the library, I decided to check it out. Always (affiliate link) goes between two timelines. The past features the main character and the guy she was dating at the time. They ended up breaking up and she thought he had left town. She was devastated. The present time features her and her new fiancĂ©. They’re having dinner at a fancy restaurant downtown and as they leave the restaurant, she sees her old boyfriend begging on the sidewalk. She’s understandably shocked and before she can say or do anything, they leave. The book chronicles the former relationship and how the main character tries to track him down as someone who is homeless.

Since part of the book is set in the 90’s and two of the characters were in the music industry, there’s lots of references to bands that were popular at the time. I really enjoyed that part because I listened to a lot of the music and artists who were mentioned.

Winter Street series

I’m about half way through the last book of the Winter Street series by Elin Hilderbrand. The series contains 4 books, the first of which is Winter Street (affiliate link). The Winter Street books follow the lives of a family on Nantucket who own an inn. I love the way Elin Hilderbrand creates her characters, and the ones in these books were right up there with some of my favorites. I wrote these books off for awhile because they were all so short, but I’m so glad that I decided to give them a try. If you’re a fan of Elin’s writing, I would highly recommend this series.

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