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Last year we took a mini family vacation at the end of summer. We really just needed a few days just for the four of us to just kind of chill out and regroup before school started. So, we took a weekend trip to Amelia Island. It's the perfect distance from us (2 hours!) to feel like we're on vacation but not so far that the kids hate the car ride.

And, we loved it so much that we decided to do it again this year. We're always traveling to visit family but these summer get-aways are just for us. 


Both of the kids are in school this year. It's nuts!


We're (well, really, me) trying to get back on track with meal planning. With school back in session for both kids and therapy appts and ballet and everything else life has to offer, our weeks are about to get busy again.

And, I am a much nicer person with the evening rolls around and I've got dinner plans!


We're kid-free this week! I'm missing them like absolutely crazy. Their little faces and hugs and the pitter-patter of their feet down the stairs. But, since they are gone, we're going to eat the foods that the kids don't like. Tacos + quiet dinners? Count me in!


Another mid-week meal plan coming at you. Summer time is eating my schedule alive! But, I'm kind of okay with that. I feel summer vacation slipping through my fingers and we're almost out of time. Schedules and routines will find their time again soon enough. For now, it's all about fun and yummy food!


We flew to New York last month for a family wedding and, of course, we had to squeeze in all the adventures that we could!

M's younger sister got married in Long Island and the kids and I were in the wedding. We decided to fly into New York a few days before the wedding and stay a few days after so we could have more time with his family.


I don't know what it is about summer books. Is it the classic nostalgic summer qualities that they hit spot on? The sprawling, beach houses on the shore. The ocean side drama. Long nights under a star-lit sky. Fried fish baskets and icy, cold treats all around. I don't even like fish, but in a summer book? Throw me a basket! 

Summer just holds all of the quintessential elements. Red checkered picnic blankets. Wedges of watermelon and all the cold salads. Baseball games and vacations to the shore. I love that even if I can't capture all of these moments in our actual summer, the books I read can.

But, like any other season, I need some dark drama thrown in the mix. Something to read at night until my eyes can't stay open anymore. Something so intriguing that I can't put it down. 

So, I give to you, my top 6 books for this summer. All of which are on my library holds list. Again, can we just thank modern technology for how far beloved libraries have come? I will never not be in love with public libraries.