Chicago, Hammock Reading, Garage Sale, Little Free Libraries, Currently Reading, Library Love

Chicago, Hammock Reading, Garage Sale, Little Free Libraries, Currently Reading, Library Love


I’ve been a bit MIA on my blog lately because life has been buuuuusy 🙂 I’m hoping to get back to regularly posting on here ASAP!

So what have I been up to? So much!


My husband and I spent 24 hours together (without our children!) in downtown Chicago and it was AMAZING. We took a stunning boat ride, shopped on Michigan Avenue, ate a romantic dinner, stayed in a GORGEOUS hotel room, and so much more. I absolutely loved every second and him and I had the very best time together.

Jon and I ❤️

Most beautiful city ❤️
View from our gorgeous hotel room on Michigan Avenue
Nighttime view from our amazing hotel room
If you know me in real life, you know my obsession with my last name. I collect anything that says “SHARE” and seeing it hanging on a massive banner at Watertower Place made me so happy! Felt like a personal welcome, lol ❤️

And of course, I woke up early the following morning to get a bit of reading in before the day began. Always to best way to begin the day, especially while on vacation! I’ll have a full review of this book (The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend By Katarina Bivald) posted soon 🙂

Lazy, Hammock Reading

Now that we are back home, I’ve been doing lots of reading on our hammock!

Garage Sale and Little Free Libraries

I had my annual garage sale this past weekend and I LOVED IT. Hands down one of my favorite traditions and I SO missed not doing it last year due to Covid.

Giving away books for free was such a fun experience. People were so THANKFUL and it truly made my heart so happy.

Once the sale was over, I was still left with TONS of books. What better way to share books than to put them in Little Free Libraries? I drove around and filled 3 different Little Free Libraries with both adult and childrens titles. It felt so great to do this! I hope all of those books eventually will find happy homes 🙂 If you have never donated to a Little Free Library, I highly encourage you to do so. Such a wonderful way to share books.

The 3 Little Free Libraries that I stuffed with my books:

Currently Reading

I haven’t really been blogging but I most definitely HAVE been reading! I’m currently reading The Mothers {Genevieve Gannon} . I’ll have a full review posted as soon as I finish!

Goodreads Synopsis of The Mothers {Genevieve Gannon}:

Grace and Dan Arden are in their forties and have been on the IVF treadmill since the day they got married. Six attempts have yielded no results, and with each failure a little piece of their hope dies.

Priya Laghari and her husband Nick Archer are being treated at the same fertility clinic, and while they don’t face the same time pressure as the Ardens, the younger couple have their own problems.

On the same day that Priya is booked for her next IVF cycle, Grace goes in for her final, last-chance embryo transfer. Two weeks later, both women get their results.

A year on, angry and heartbroken, one of the women learns her embryo was implanted in the other’s uterus and must make a devastating choice: live a childless life knowing her son is being raised by strangers or seek custody of a baby who has been nurtured and loved by another couple. 

Library Love

Last week, I received the most lovely piece of mail from my favorite local library (the same library where I was a total celebrity Library Hero):

How sweet is that?! Thank you so much, Indian Trails!

Speaking of Indian Trails, they have officially rolled out their Summer Library Adventure! Click HERE to learn more about this wonderful summer reading opportunity and to access registration information.

I actually stopped by Indian Trails today…

…and picked up these 3 books (2 for me and 1 for my daughter. She’s been on pins and needles waiting on the newest Baby-sitters Club book to be released)!

Thanks for letting me share a bit of my personal life with you today! I’ll be back later this week with a review of an AMAZING, MUST READ book!

What have you been up to recently? What are you currently reading?





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7 thoughts on “Chicago, Hammock Reading, Garage Sale, Little Free Libraries, Currently Reading, Library Love

  1. Such a fun and happy post! I haven’t done a whole day/overnight in Chicago with my husband since our 10 year anniversary in 2014. (Of course living in another state doesn’t help matters, but we did go to Miami for our 15th anniversary.)
    I read Readers of Broken Wheel a long time ago. It was cute. I’ll be interested in hearing your thoughts.
    I love the pride flag LFL. So much fun! Awesome about donating so many books. I sometimes put books in LFLs, but I also have a shelf on my porch for people to take books for keeping. I also love that you had some BSC books. So cute that your daughter is into them. My daughter loved the TV show, but hasn’t been motivated to read the books. She has a bunch of them though (the old school ones).
    Our library is opening next week! Can’t wait! And very cool about the note and button from yours.
    I think I’ve written a whole novel here! 🙂


    1. You are overdue for a Chicago trip! Yes our whole town has been decorated for Pride…BG had a pride parade over the weekend! I love that you have a shelf on your porch for books. Do a lot of people come? My daughter LOVES the Baby-Sitters graphic novels but refuses to read the old school ones which breaks my heart a bit but I’m so happy she’s reading 🙂 The TV show was AWESOME, so well done. So happy to hear about your library reopening, you must be so excited!


      1. I saw pics of the BG Pride parade and heard all the controversy about the flag. I think they finally put it up in the village, if I’m not mistaken.
        People come for books every now and then. If I announce it in one of our community FB groups, I tend to see an uptick.
        I hope our girls will want to read the regular BSC books someday. My daughter loves graphic novels too. Has yours read the Phoebe and her Unicorn series? I hope the BSC TV series will have a second season.
        My first outing with my daughter for summer break is to go to the library. 🙂
        Have a great weekend!


      2. Yes there was so much controversy over that flag…the village finally did put it up!!! My daughter has not read that series but I will now be looking into it for her ASAP! Thank you!


  2. Chicago’s skyline cannot be beat! Glad you got to visit with our gorgeous weather! Thnx for the idea of driving around to donate to different Little Free Libraries! I just finished the sample of The Mothers. (Patti.. Lisa Schmuler friend from Chicago)


    1. Hi Patti!
      Agreed…most beautiful skyline in the world. Yes, donating to Little Free Libraries is the BEST! A perfect way to share books with others. Please tell Lisa I say hello and give her a big hug from me!


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