Friday Favorites - Summer 2021

July 16, 2021

Hello blog friends.

Summer seems to be flying by so fast and I can't believe it's already the middle of the summer.   

I have my Friday Favorites and what I'm loving lately.  

I loved In The Heights on HBO Max and watched it with my husband and daughter.  The singing and dancing are amazing and I loved this story.

My daughter recommended we watch Soul on Disney +.  I'm glad we watched this movie as it was funny and sad at the same time and we both liked it.

I'm looking forward to when Clifford the Big Red Dog movie comes out.  I used to watch this cartoon with my daughter when she was little.  Some of the scenes in the movie take place in the city.  I watched the preview and it looks like a cute movie.

I just finished reading the book, The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin.  

August 1939:  London prepares for war as Hitler's forces sweep across Europe.  Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and drawn curtains that she finds on her arrival are not what she expected.  And she certainly never imagined she'd wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.  Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, Grace discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed-a force that triumphs over even the darkest nights of war.

I enjoyed reading this historical fiction book.  It's about friendship, love, and how Grace finds a love for reading books all set during wartime in London.  

I enjoyed reading the book The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi.  The Secret Keeper is book two of the series.  I look forward to continuing with this story and this is on my to-be-read book list.  

I read 28 Summers and the book - The Sixth Wedding is the continuation of the story from 28 Summers.  I look forward to adding this to my to-be-read book list.

What book are you reading now?

I've wanted to try out beauty products from The Ordinary for a while.  I ordered The Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA cream.  I ordered 1 fl. oz size and it's only $5.80.  It's the perfect size cream for traveling.  I like how this cream soaks right into my skin.

I decided to try out this eye serum Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG.  This serum is perfect for applying in the am and pm.  I bought the 1 fl. oz size for only $6.70.   

Have you tried any The Ordinary products?

One evening my daughter made for us Bay Breeze drinks.  We used cranberry-flavored Vodka and a splash of pineapple juice with ice cubes.  This was delicious tasting and the perfect summer drink.

Recently my husband and I went to the beach.  It was such a beautiful day for the beach but unfortunately, the water is still a little too cold for swimming.  The water here doesn't warm up until August.  Have you been to the beach yet?

I hope you have a happy Friday and weekend.

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  1. Bay Breeze drinks sound absolutely wonderful for the summer! I really want to watch the Heights even if I have to watch it by myself, lol! Have a great weekend my friend!

    1. We love summer drinks and I hope you get to see the Heights. Thanks for the visit and i hope you have a nice week Andrea.

  2. That cocktail sounds yummy! I'm reading The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett right now. I think I'd like that bookshop book! The water is too cold for me right now too. I love Ordinary products. I just started using the caffeine serum around my eyes. I like it. Most of my skincare is from The Ordinary! I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Happy Friday, Julie! I'd like to be sitting on the beach, drinking a Bay Breeze, and reading one of those books!

  4. Happy Friday Julie. I would love to visit the beach. Your summer reads sound great. So glad you are enjoying the summer. xoxo Kris

  5. I just finished The Soulmate Equation yesterday; it was so cute!

    1. The Soulmate Equation sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the blog visit and enjoy the week Joanne.

  6. You are right the Summer is flying by Julie far too quickly for my liking. I like the look of all your favourites, I love the look of the Last Bookshop in London, I've put it onto my reading list. Have a great Sunday. xx

  7. Hi Julie - I just finished The Last Bookshop in London and loved it! Glad you had a good time at the beach. Even if the water is cold it is so relaxing to hear the waves and walk on the shore. Enjoy the rest of summer and thanks for the other book suggestions!

    1. Yes Ann, the bookshop book was good. I love going to beach and I'm looking forward to swimming in the water. Thanks for the blog visit and I hope you are enjoying the summer.

  8. Thank you for the movies/books recommendations Julie!

  9. Hello Julie,

    Those books are interesting. Thank you for the recommendation. Have a great week ahead.

  10. I didn’t know that The Heights was already on HBO Max. I’m glad that you enjoyed it, and the other movies. You’ve been busy reading, too, Julie. I’m reading Women of the Bible, by Shannon Bream and the Bible in a Year with Fr. Mike Schmitz. No, I haven’t been to the beach, just the pool! Happy Summer!

  11. Wonderful choices Julie. I usually use audio books. Visiting the beach is so relaxing. Thanks for the cocktail; recipe. I am always looking for something different to try.

  12. We loved Soul on Disney plus too! We try pick a different movie from there or Netflix for our family movie night on the weekend! :) It's good you were able to get so much reading done.

    I haven't tried that serum from the Ordinary but I have enjoyed the other serums I've tried - I really didn't like that moisturiser though - just so thick and hard to use I found. Not a fan of that but love the moisturising serum!

    Hope you had a good weekend! It was a great one here, busy Saturday with volunteering but a relaxing Sunday :)

  13. I've heard so much about In The Heights, can't wait to see it. I liked Soul as well.


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