friday favorites

friday favorites

  • I can’t for the life of me remember if I shared these before, but if I have it’s totally worth seeing again. Delighted Momma’s 4-ingredient no bake brownie bites are my FAVORITE healthy snack right now. They tackle my need for chocolate and are so easy to make. Now I just need to try rolling them in shredded coconut.
  • I can’t get enough of these skinny fleece pants from Old Navy. If it was acceptable I would absolutely wear them all day every day.
  • This hilarious (dishwasher safe!) DIY glitter mug is yet another reason I need an electronic cutting machine. I want one so bad. Only I think I want the Silhouette which, of course, is the more expensive one. If you have an opinion in the Silhouette vs. Cricut debate, please let loose in the comments!
  • I’m a little gift wrap obsessed and these corn starch gift tags are a cute way to get the kids involved—and a way to keep them busy on a snow day.

And now for this month’s virtual book club vote!

virtual book club vote for december | paperback posse

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (352 pages, not available in paperback)

I’m not going to lie. This book was not originally on my Book Club list. It was absolutely on my Must Read list, but since so many people have already started and/or finished it and since it’s brand spanking new I thought I’d skip it.

But then we had a little discussion over in our Facebook group about how heavy Mother, Mother is and how much everyone is looking forward to reading something lighter. Amy Poehler seems like the perfect person to deliver that to us.

From the book description: “Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend,” “Plain Girl Versus the Demon” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All” Yes Please will make you think as much as it will make you laugh. Honest, personal, real, and righteous,Yes Please is full of words to live by.”

It may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for something light and fun (especially during the crazy month of December), this might be it.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (352 pages)

Bernadette Fox is a sour, opinionated, MacArthur-winning, former architect turned agoraphobic shit stirrer. Notorious to many, her character is softened by her relationship with her 15-year-old daughter, Bee.

Bernadette goes missing after Bee excelled in school and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. In the midst of planning said vacation, Bernadette also fell victim to an internet scam and got caught up in an escalating fight with a neighbor that leads her husband to try and get her psychiatric help.

Through police and FBI reports, school documents, emails, and commentary by Bee—who is using it all to try to find out what happened to her mother—Semple creates what has been described as a “screwball comedy” with a “warm heart.”

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld (448 pages)

Compared to Catcher in the Rye again and again, Sittenfeld’s debut novel, is both a coming-of-age story and a dissection of class, race, and gender.

A scholarship student from the Midwest dropped off at a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts, Lee constantly feels like an outsider and is both drawn to and repelled by other loners. By the time she’s a senior, Lee has created a hard-won place for herself. But when her behavior takes a self-destructive and highly public turn, her carefully crafted identity is shattered.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by BJ Novak (288 pages)

You might know BJ Novak as Ryan Howard on The Office or Mindy Kaling’s BFF in real life, but he’s also a pretty great writer. The girls and I are obsessed with his kids book, The Book with No Pictures, and this one sounds pretty great too.

Filled with stories ranging from a boy who wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes—only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family—to the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it to a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life, this one seems varied and fun.

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In case you missed it:

  • I talked about the seriously bizarre search terms people have used to find my blog.
  • I also talked a little about gratitude and depression and linked to a guest post I wrote about the things I’m thankful for.
  • I interviewed another bad ass Girl Boss. This time it was Tamar from Nest Pretty Things—a gorgeous handmade jewelry and accessories shop.
  • I’m making it my mission to spread a whole lot of hope and joy this holiday season with my #HelpDeliverHope fundraiser for Hope’s Door.

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.