Paperback Posse | June’s Virtual Book Club Pick: The Vacationers

Paperback Posse June | virtual book club pick The VacationersWe have a winner!

June’s virtual book club pick is Emma Straub’s The Vacationers (note: the paperback is coming out on June 2nd!).

I have a little secret. Promise not to get your panties in a twist? I read this one already.

I kept hearing about it last summer when I was in the middle of trying desperately to get back into reading. My little people and freelance work and trying to be a human made my once-beloved past time seem kind of impossible. But I decided I would slowly dip my toes back in the reading pool.

This book sucked me in and erased any thoughts of a slow, leisurely immersion. I loved that it was light and perfect for a beach read—which is essential when you’re trying to squeeze in a chapter here and there around everyone else’s schedule and before you can no longer keep your eyes open at night. I also loved that the observations in it dug a whole lot deeper than you expect a beach read to do.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, this book is absolutely perfect for a book club with a description like ours:

A virtual book club for busy ladies looking to fit reading in. Sometimes they finish the book, sometimes they don’t. Either way, we still have fun.

Our Facebook group is where the real fun happens, so make sure to request to join and I’ll add you! We’re an incredibly laid back bunch. I think you’ll like us.

Own Your Shit

Own Your Shit: Myrtle by Carrie Hilgert

Dear Friends,

Own your shit. There’s a certain amount of power that comes from wearing what you are proudly and not apologizing for it—that last part is the bit I have trouble with. My speech is generally laced with sorries for things I have no business being sorry for.

The weather’s turning shitty? Sorry.
You walked into the door and scraped your elbow? Sorry.
Stuck in traffic? Sorry.
You don’t like the sound of children’s laughter? Sorry.

Only I’m not sorry about any of these things. Do I feel bad that you may be disappointed and/or perturbed about something that’s going on? Sure. But I don’t need to take on your shit and make it my own. I don’t have to apologize. Continue reading

Good Samaritan Saturday | Shop for a Cause: Foster LA

“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” —Aesop

In hopes of talking less and doing more when it comes to helping others, I’ve decided to start a series I’m calling Good Samaritan Saturday. Each Saturday morning, I’ll post a little something you can do to start your weekend out with positive vibes by helping to lift someone else up…

Shop for a cause: Foster LA Mother of Dragons shirt

My husband was not nearly as amused by this shirt as he should have been. I’m a little upset about it actually.

For anyone who doesn’t fall under the major dork category that we do, this shirt references a kick ass queen in Game of Thrones… who also happens to be the mother of a few dragons. More importantly though, all of the proceeds of the Mother of Dragons shirt (which is available in a few different styles and designed by Drew Barrymore) goes to helping foster kids in LA get employment opportunities.

A shirt that caters to both my nerdiness and a good cause? I’m all over it.

Paperback Posse | June Book Club Vote

Paperback Posse virtual book club June voteIt’s been awhile since I’ve had my shit together enough to put together an actual post on the titles for our monthly Paperback Posse vote. For those of you not in our Facebook group, our virtual book club is still running strong—even if it’s tucked away from the rest of the universe. 😉

I think it’s helpful to do posts on the books that are up for a vote so that all of the information is in one place and you don’t have to go clicking all over the internets trying to figure out which book sounds the best to you. Agreed?

This month, I tried to give a wide range in style to try and keep everyone happy. Here are June’s choices… Continue reading

Ten Bathing Suits for All Body Types

I had a totally magical moment this spring. One of those moments that just blow your mind and completely shake your perspective.

I wore a bikini (important note: not a tankini) and NOTHING HAPPENED.

The world did not implode. People did not point and stare and laugh. In fact, no one noticed a shift in the universe at all. It was just a normal day. You would have never known that it had been ten years since any patch of my torso saw the light of day. You would have never known that it took an extraordinary amount of courage to take off my cover up and chase my kids around the water park.

You know why? Because I’m the only one who ever cared about any of it.

The amount of time we spend tied up in knots about what our bodies might look like and what people might think of them is straight up crazy. Nine times out of ten we’re our own worst critic. Most of the time, women are too busy worrying about their own bodies to give yours a second thought. And men? They’re too busy noticing the good bits to care much about the minor flaws.

And most importantly, if they do take notice, who the hell cares? What does some random stranger’s negativity have to do with your life anyway? Who wants to take on the potential negative thoughts of a whole word full of people? I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I don’t. I don’t have the energy to care what randos at the beach might have to say or think about my body. They don’t have to live in it. And I’d much rather run around making a wild fool of myself with my giggling girls than sit on the sidelines completely covered in fear of the opinions of people who mean nothing to me.

Of course, the key here is wearing something you feel comfortable in—without constantly pulling and tugging and rearranging. Luckily for me, high-waisted bottoms are all the rage right now and they just so happen to work for my body type… and hide the stretch marks that make me all self conscious.

I rounded up ten fabulous swimsuits for all body types in hopes of helping you find something that will make you feel good. Promise me that you’ll give it a try this summer.

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