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    Happy Halloween! This week has kinda been different in that there have been no recipes posts but it’s a nice breather, right? They’ll be back next week and you’ll want to get your bellies all ready for them!

    I’m probably one of the very few but I despise Halloween. I hate dressing up and I just don’t like anything scary. I’m also superstitious so this whole holiday just isn’t fun for me. Fun fact: I once was dragged to a haunted house and a guy jumped out at me and I punched him. True story. I didn’t even feel bad about it, haha


    I’m back on the reading train! I sometimes devour too many books at once and then I get the characters all confused. Then the plots all get intertwined and I’m like whaaat? So yeah, taking a break from reading different genres of books are good! Lately, I’m totally into the Cinderella love stories and difficult girls with beyond amazing men who stick around and love them for all time. Yeah, so basically, I’m into super cheeseball books right now.

    What She Left Behind is opposite of cheeseball love story though. It’s from the same author that wrote The Plum Tree (that I absolutely loved – story about the Holocaust – review here). This story goes between present and past with two different characters. I think it takes a skill to be able to do this gracefully and without confusion. The author definitely knew how to intertwine the stories together and eventually have them come together at the end as one whole story. So in 1929, Clara Cartwright’s parents sent her to a mental institution because they wanted to keep her away from her ‘lower-class’ boyfriend. They convinced the psych ward that she was crazy. In present time, Izzy’s mother fatally shot her father and Izzy is in foster care. Her foster parents are part of a museum project and is going through an old asylum’s records and abandoned stuff. This is how Izzy & Clara’s lives intertwine as Izzy goes through records and digs deeper into Clara’s past but you’re also reading Clara’s ‘present’ as she takes you through the brutal realities of insane asylums. It’s so good – you have to read it!

    Unlit Star – total cheeseball romantic novel but I fell for all of it. Ate it up. Rivers used to be this star athlete then he gets into an accident and it spirals him into a dark world where he shuts himself out. Delilah (Del) comes into his life and she’s like the sunlight to his darkness and their relationship just blooms and takes both of them through a journey neither thought would happen. I know I totally made that sound uber cheesy and probably making you want to barf but it’s such a sweet novel. It starts out kinda slow but don’t stop, please. Keep going. It gets so so good and at the end, holy mother of tears. They would not stop. If you want a good cry – you’ll want to read this!


    Tay Swift’s new album. I can’t stop listening to it. Every time she has a new album, I tell myself I’m not going to get it and I’ll just listen to her singles on YouTube. I eventually cave that same day and download it all haha..she definitely went way more pop and has influences of Lorde throughout the album but I still love it and it still makes me want to jump around and dance.


    I recently jumped on the essential oils train thanks to my friend, Erin. This might be a fad and all hyped up but ever since I’ve started incorporating a more holistic lifestyle purely due to my rheumatoid arthritis and trying to keep it at bay, I’ve actually seen a difference. I’ll probably have a whole blog post on this later in the future. I just ordered my starter kit so I want to really know the nitty gritty before I fill you all in. There’s SO much to learn and it’s really all fascinating from everything I’ve read so far. Are you into essential oils and how long have you been using them and which kind are you with (I’m with Young Living but I’ve heard of doTerra too)? Have you noticed any difference and/or benefit?

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  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    I’m glad that I am not the only one that doesn’t really like Halloween! I never dress up, I hate haunted houses and really hate Halloween decorations. Have a great weekend, Julie!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    im interested to hear more on those essential oils…

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I haven’t had a desire to dress up in ages but I just go along with Halloween for the sake of the kids. Otherwise I’d go to the movies and ignore it all ;)

  • Linda | Brunch with joy says:

    I hear you – I’d rather spend money on kitchen utensils vs. costume that I can only wear once a year. It’s always nice reading your posts, Julie, though no recipes involved. :)

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says:

    Oh my gosh, I love that you punched somebody in a haunted house, hahahaha! Good instincts ;) That top photo is gorgeous!!

  • Debie Grace says:

    I also don’t wear costumes for halloween. Im just at home most of the time! Hehehehe the books seems interesting! I will put them in my tbr list. :)

  • Gaby says:

    Great list! I can’t believe you punched him, TOO FUNNY!!!

  • Carrie says:

    Like you I despise Halloween. I also happen to absolutely love Young Living oils and your blog :)

  • Carrie says:

    You might want to give this a look :)

    • Julie says:

      bookmarking this – thank you SO much, Carrie!!!

  • Kate says:

    I’m absolutely the same way about Taylor Swift – she was all over the late night shows in the UK and also when I was in Chicago this past week, and her songs are just so damn catchy! That album is coming my way!

  • Becky says:

    Hi Julie! I just finished reading “What She Left Behind” based on your recommendation and I oved it! I wish we were friends in real life so we could grab coffee and talk all about it! :) Love your blog – keep the great recipes coming! Can’t wait for your cookbook!

    • Julie says:

      Yay! That book is one of my favorites :) I still think about it from time to time. I’m glad you got the opportunity to enjoy it too :) I really wish I could grab coffee with my online friends and readers to talk about books! How fun would that be? Maybe I should start an online virtual book club :) xoxo

  • Sue says:

    This sunset picture is gorgeous! Can you tell me where it came from? I am a huge fan of dock pictures and would love to find this and frame it! Thanks!

    • Julie says:

      If you click the link right below the photo that says (via), it takes you right to where I found it.

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