My Recent Reads

If you’ve been reading my posts for any length of time, chances are you already know I LOVE to READ! I also love discussing books I’ve read. So here’s a few books I’ve read recently and LOVED!!! I have recently hit a book jackpot or so it seems.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)

So 2018 has been the year of Karlee being addicted to the Outlander series by Diana Galbaldon. These are big books that you won’t be able to put down. It’s historical fiction that will have you emotionally attached to characters. A Breath of Snow and Ashes was the 6th book in this series and I’ll go ahead and tell ya I’m dreading the day I’ve completed the entire series. WHAT. WILL. I. DO. WITH. LIFE??

Before We Were Yours

Wow, this one was good! Before We Were Yours  by Lisa Wingate is another amazing historical fiction. I was mid book and called my Nonna to let her know to add this book to her MUST READ LIST! My Nonna is from Memphis, Tennessee and part of the setting of this book is in Memphis 1930’s.. That’s before Nonna’s time but I still thought she would think it was interesting. Before We Were Yours will pull your heartstrings, y’all.

The Last Time I Lied

I really like a good phycological thriller that will keep you guessing. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager was my Summer beach read.. Ha, a little dark for a beach read but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This novel had me guessing until the end!

Girl Wash Your Face

This was my other beach read! Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is absolutely life changing. I found this book to be really motivational. Especially as an entrepreneur, it gave me a nice little motivational kick. Seconds after finishing this book, I jumped on Amazon  and ordered it for my sister.

Alright, those are some of my recent reads that I actually enjoyed!! If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Week Vibes

Yesterday we spent all morning and early afternoon picking for Classic Cottage Co. then I took a MUCH needed LONG nap. Meanwhile Aaron worked on recording some new tunes. Btw, can’t wait for y’all to hear what he’s about to release!!

Other Highlights

• I finished one of the most beautiful dresser & chest sets.

• One of my most favorite brands reached out to partner together.. more on that coming soon!

• I got behind on laundry (Yep, it happens even for those of us without children) and chose to not feel guilty about it.

• Just learned spaghetti sq

Week Vibes

Happy Sunday! The Summer is flying by. In fact, Aaron and I just booked a quick Summer getaway a few hours ago!! Yesssssss!!

June was good to us. After my sister left town last Sunday, I had the Monday blues. So I threw myself into work and reading books as hard as I could to get my mind off missing my sisters. I was determined to end June with a big bang business wise & it paid off. Classic Cottage ended June strong.

Other Highlights

• Aaron made good progress on our powder room downstairs.

• I finished one of the best books I’ve read in the past year. It’s called Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. The story captivated me and I 100% recommend it. & Click here to order your copy.

World Market is having an awesome 4th of July Sale.

• We tried an awesome new hash brown breakfast casserole. Click here to check it out.

• Been loving this comfy crop top around the house.

• Aaron wrote a new song.

•We’re addicted to the Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

• Click here to see what else I’ve been reading.

My Keurig Days Are Over

Never thought I’d say it but my Keurig days are indeed over. Keurig is one of the rmain reasons I began drinking coffee. My mom bought me a Keurig for Christmas 2013. She said it was from my “hot chocolate”.. One thing led to another, then I began dating Mr. Coffee Lover and now I can’t live without it.

T H E    T A S T E

It began with Aaron. He no longer liked the taste on Keurig coffee. A year later, I started noticing a plastic-y taste. I much preferred coffee from a restaurant or coffee shop. It just tasted so much better.

T H E    M O N E Y

Between the two of us it was nothing to use 4 k-cups a day. You don’t really realize how much that adds to your grocery bill.

T H E    P L A S T I C

Hot water and plastic make me feel like I’m drinking chemicals.

T H E    B U G

Even though we spray our house regularly, the occasional bug still wanders in. One morning, I opened the top of my Keurig to insert the k-cup & there was a black bug in the top where the K-cup goes. Yep. Worse part, the bug crawled into the Keurig to where I couldn’t get it. After this, I no longer used my Keurig.

T H E   C L E A N I N G

Which brings me to my next point, how clean can we truly get it?

M Y   S O L L U T I O N

I bought a kettle and dripper to make pour over. It takes a little extra time but the coffee taste MUCH better! It’s also saving on my weekly grocery bill. I can clean/rinse out the dripper daily. I have a new routine. I heat up the kettle as I’m unloading my dishwasher in the morning then just pour the hot water over my favorite blend.

I’m going to link the kettle and dripper I bought. If you’re wanting something faster I’m also going to link some more options.

Kettle – Click HERE

Dripper – Click HERE

Another Dripper – Click HERE (This one is a little slower)

French Press – Click HERE

Chemex Coffeemaker – Click HERE