Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley March 25, 2017

I spent yesterday planning out my summer, booking a few camps for the kids and making reservations for a few short trips I’m taking. This week I took my 11 year old son to see Alton Brown’s Eat Your Science show in San Francisco, it was hilarious and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan! We thoroughly enjoyed it and Alton just announced many more dates across the country.

This weekend I’m moving all the furniture out of the master bedroom since the flooring guys are coming on Wednesday to install new hardwood floors upstairs (yay!) to replace the old carpet. I’ve been waiting to do this for years, and at last it’s happening! I can’t wait until they’re done since I’ll be giving my master bedroom decor an update too. I’ll share the final results here of course!

Favorite links from the week:


Sign me up for a stay in this French Riviera seaside escape.

Love the textures and simple design of this farmhouse style home.

Wow, stunning windows and amazing indoor/outdoor flow in this house.

So sweet: nursery nook in a closet.

Cheap and chic: DIY PVC pipe desk organizer.

Bravo Target: real women in swimwear.

Cost breakdown for a weekend in these 25 European cities.

Origins of swear words – beware, language :)

All the trees in the United States.

Agreed! Beautiful spring palette color trends.

Favorite Book Quotes?

By Kate Riley March 23, 2017

It’s been a lazy spring break for us here. While many friends are out of town, some away on tropical vacations (I wish!) I’ve been sitting at home doing a lot of nothing. :) It feels good, especially since I’ll be traveling abroad next month. I’m off to Scandinavia for 12 days with a friend, and I can’t wait to explore those countries.

I used to read 1-2 books a month for leisure, but I noticed in the past year that had fallen off significantly as I absorbed most information online. Too much.

For the past three mornings I’ve been waking up early and reading a book that I’ve been meaning to read for years. Three people mentioned this book to me in the past month so I took it as a sign and put it at the top of my list. I wasn’t disappointed. I loved reading this book this week with my morning coffee while everyone else slept upstairs.

Have you read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho? So many friends of mine had read it so I wanted to join the club. There are several famous quotes from the book, but this is a popular one, and a new favorite:



I love that. So simple and so true, and I needed to be reminded of it. What about you? Do you have an all time favorite quote from a book? I’d love to read yours :)