Book Club
Favorite Cookbooks

Favorite Cookbooks


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Every Last Crumb: If you are a fan of indulgent meals and sweet treats, but need to stay clear of certain allergens, this is the cookbook for you. From tortillas to biscuits to cupcakes to chili & grilled cheese, this makes a paleo approach to eating a lot more fun. Warning: not macro-friendly.

Practical Paleo: Diane Sanfillipo’s cookbook is so much more than just recipes. She walks you through topics such as gut health, transitioning to a Paleo approach, and how common health disorders can be managed through eliminating certain foods. She also includes meal plans in addition to the recipes. Neither of us follows a strict Paleo approach these days, but still love these cookbooks.

It’s All Good: This cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow is a little more comprehensive and grain-heavy. It does include her personal story about nutrition and how it changed her life. We tend to pull vegetable dishes or “sides” from this cookbook.

Flavors of the Southern Coast: This is our newest addition, and we found ourselves drooling over many of the pictures. We picked this up keeping Lent in mind, because we both fast from meat on Friday and are always looking for seafood recipes. We are pretty sure these recipes will remain on rotation well past Lent.

Lauren: January Favorites

Lauren: January Favorites


As January comes to a close, here are some of the things I have found myself LOVING all month long.

IMG_0396.jpgFresh flowers: We were gifted this stunning vase as a wedding gift, and I have not let it go empty since we received it. I have been finding roses at an amazing price at Trader Joe’s. This combo of pink and white may have been my favorite so far.

BaubleBar everything. Choosing which color for these tassel earrings might have been one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in a while. I may be adding more to my collection soon.

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I also picked up this adorable Bauble of the Day, and I can’t wait for these to arrive!

Adidas Superstars: My Nike Metcons have gotten a little ratty from all the use, so I wanted some comfortable athletic shoes to wear that look a little more polished. These run BIG…so big that the sweet people at Nordstrom sent me upstairs to the kids’ section. I bought mine in a kids 3.5 for reference. I love how comfortable they are–I’ve even paired them with jeans, colored denim, or leggings for work. They  make running back and forth to the copy machine a lot easier!



Concealer: Obviously I bought this in the shade “very fair”. Usually, I can find the shade I need easily just by choosing the lightest one. So far, this one seems to have the correct undertones to brighten my undereyes while concealing dark circles. I don’t know if it’ll be able to top the Kat Von D Lock-it concealer, but we’ll see!



What? More Bauble Bar? Yes. I think these Flouro Crispin Drops are the cutest statement earrings, even though my husband thinks they look ridiculous.


These Metcon 3s are SO.COOL. I’m unashamedly jealous of Zach’s brand new Metcons, and now I think I need my own. How does someone even choose what color combo?


Book 6 of the Penn Cage Series is available on March 21 of this year, and I’m already counting down the days. I mentioned this series in an earlier post. I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on this next installment. It’s titled Mississippi Blood, and it’s available for pre-order now.



Lauren: Favorite Reads of 2016

Hello everyone!

Ever since I was younger, I’ve had a hard time putting books down. At the beginning of 2016, I set the goal of reading 52 books in one year–one for each week. Although it mostly ended up as binge reading over the summer and Christmas break, I achieved my goal on December 31, 2016! Here are some of my favorites.


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Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley: This book had me shamelessly crying on a plane. I’ve followed Emily Ley on Instagram for ages now, so I was eager to read her book. Even though she is a wife, mother, and business owner (and I am only 1/3 of those), her book resonated with me. What an amazing beautiful reminder of self-worth and true values in life. I will definitely be referencing this book often in 2017.

The Penn Cage series by Chris Iles THESE. BOOKS. A few members of my former book club recommended this series many times until I finally caved and downloaded them on my iPad. Talk about gripping. Can’t decide which genre you want? These books have the perfect dose of mystery, romance, politics, and history. Natchez Burning was my favorite of the series.

The Woman in Cabin 10 & In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware: These two are page-turning mysteries. I basically inhaled these two, trying to figure out the culprit of each novel. I’m not going to lie, I ended up leaving my apartment early for work one day, because I was so freaked out reading it alone!

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger: I’ve read all of her books and enjoyed each one. In my opinion, these fall under the “beach read” category. Other notables by Lauren Weisberger: The Devil Wears Prada & Revenge Wears Prada.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin: This best-seller focuses on the relationship between Truman Capote and his close friend Babe Paley. It topped the best-seller list, highlighting the scandal and gossip in New York in the 1950s. After reading this book, I became fascinated with Truman Capote and immediately read In Cold Blood.

I keep track of each book that I read, so I am more than happy to share the complete list or any recommendations. I like to think my 52 books span nearly each and every genre.

Happy reading!



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  • This energy bowl from @soulbowlz in Fairhope hit the SPOT for breakfast earlier this week. Spinach + kale + acai blend + pineapple + whey + delicious toppings 🍴
  • We knocked out a sunrise workout on the Fairhope pier this morning, and it was so pretty to be next to the water. 🌊☀️
Lauren's: -50 lunges
-3 rounds: 5 push-ups + 5 step-ups
-15-10-5-5-10-15 bench dips + air squats -repeat 2-4X
10 rounds:
-20 push-ups -25 dips
  • Do y'all take a daily probiotic? I'm curious to know! Taking these gummies daily has been an easy addition to my routine, because they taste like candy. This serving of 4 billion live cultures is less than the recommended daily amount, BUT it serves as a supplement to other dietary probiotics that can come from sources like yogurt & kombucha. I'm so glad @influenster sent me this complimentary product to try out.
  • We picked up some peach marinated chicken from the @central_market taste of the south festival & paired it with roasted okra and white rice for a tasty & well-rounded dinner plate. Not pictured: @apothicwine rosé.
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