Category : Living

There’s a lot to be said for making Sunday a family day. After your busy week and, let’s be honest, your even busier weekend, it’s nice to know that on Sundays, you can come together as a family to reconnect, have some downtime and simply enjoy each other’s company while leaving the hustle and bustle behind.

For many families, connecting on a Sunday means watching football! There’s nothing like cheering on your favorite team on a Sunday to get the entire family in on the fun, right? From holding your breath on that oh-so-close touchdown pass to biting your tongues as the ref makes (another) questionable call to comforting each other when your team just doesn’t seem to have it together this week, football on Sundays brings families together.

Football-loving families know that besides having the game on blast, the other must-have for a successful Football Sunday is great food. Sure, you could order pizza… again. But, adding a new recipe to the mix for the game each week is much more fun and it adds to that quality Sunday family time together, too!

The folks at Farm Rich are providing some awesome Game Day Snack Hacks that will keep your family fed from now until Super Bowl Sunday! You can see this week’s recipe and all of the recipes on the Farm Rich website.

Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Poppers

Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Poppers

Super simple and quick to make using the Farm Rich Boneless Buffalo Bites as a starting point, their Buffalo Chicken Parmesan Poppers will become a most-requested Sunday Football snack!

What’s your family’s favorite football snack?

This is a sponsored blog. While the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Farm Rich to review this product.


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When breast tenderness interferes with your life

My daughter thinks I’m a runner. Though many of my runs feel more like trudging along a path than gracefully gliding like a gazelle, I love that she sees me like that. I said yes immediately when she decided she wanted to train for a race with me. One of her favorite parts about trying a new thing is finding the perfect outfit to wear while doing it, and she dug through my running clothes to find something that coordinated with hers.

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Her nose wrinkled as she saw me pull on not one, but two, sports bras — items definitely not included in her ideal running look. She’s seen me put on bras — and sports bras — countless times, but generally I’m only wearing one. I didn’t want to get into details about how the days surrounding my period involve breast tenderness that borders on painful and calls for double support, so there’s absolutely no movement on my chest.


Violet® Iodine helps women feel more comfortable

Thanks to a new supplement, women — like me! — who suffer from breast discomfort can find some relief. A simple pill, taken once daily, can make a huge difference in the way your breasts feel — and it promotes optimal breast health. Violet isn’t a drug — it’s an iodine supplement regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can be purchased without a prescription.

Violet can help women who experience breast tenderness, whether it’s due to monthly hormone cycles or fibrocystic breasts — a clinical term for dense or lumpy breast tissue. Violet iodine is a daily iodine supplement clinically demonstrated to alleviate the most common symptoms of cyclic mastalgia and fibrocystic breast condition (FBC), including swelling, tenderness, aches and heaviness.

Iodine supplements

Find deals on Violet — and try it for yourself

Violet differs from other iodine supplements, because the tablets are made with a unique, patented formulation that blends two iodine ingredients in a non-hormonal formulation. These two forms of iodine combine in the stomach to form molecular iodine. Molecular iodine is a form of iodine that has been clinically demonstrated to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual breast discomfort and to help restore the natural, healthy balance of breast cells. Unlike taking over-the-counter medications for pain, Violet helps combat the cause of the pain instead of just masking it. You can find Violet for 30% off at select retailers:

  • CVS – in select stores (does not apply online)
  • The Vitamin Shoppe – online and in store
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Do you experience monthly breast discomfort?


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Homemade Caramel Apple Pops

When you think of fall desserts, few desserts are more synonymous with the season than caramel apples. The pairing of tart, crisp apples and sweet, sticky caramel make for such a delicious combination!

While we love nothing more than a good caramel apple, sometimes our eyes get the best of us with all those fun toppings and we want to sample a little bit of everything… or, sometimes, the whole thing is a little large (even for our sweet tooth!) and we leave a good bit of it behind. The solution? Homemade caramel apple pops that bring the best of caramel apples into a bite-sized pop that’s easy to eat… and to dip in all of your favorite toppings!

Fall Recipes: Caramel Apple Pops with Homemade Caramel

Homemade caramel apple pops

Serves 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

2-3 Apples, the crispier the better
Homemade salted caramel dip (Click for the recipe!)
Variety of toppings, crushed to be easily sprinkled and dipped
Wilton Lollipop Sticks
Parchment paper

How to make homemade caramel apple pops

1. Slice each apple into six wedges. You want each slice to be big enough to go on a stick!
2. Insert a lollipop stick into the end of each apple slice. Make sure it’s in far enough.
3. Keep the pre-made caramel sauce warm and dip each slice into the caramel, coating the top half. It’s best to do the slices one-by-one so that the caramel doesn’t harden too quickly.
4. Immediately dip or roll each caramel coated slice into your favorite toppings.
5. Let cool on parchment paper until no longer sticky to touch.

Caramel Apple Pops with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Serve and enjoy!

What topping will you try first on your caramel apple pops?
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Taco Night Must-Haves: Old El Paso Tortilla Taco BoatsTaco Night is a big deal at our house and we tend to go all out for the occasion. Tacos were the go-to food for me through both my pregnancies and our kids now love them as much as we do. The great thing about Taco Night is you can make it as plain or fancy as you want. I love getting creative and mixing fancy ingredients into tacos like adobo chicken, fresh fish, cilantro lime rice, peach/mango salsa, jalapeno slaw or pickled red onions. But there’s nothing I love more than a traditional beef taco, with iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and homemade guacamole… with a giant margarita on the side, of course.

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A house divided: Hard tacos vs. soft tacos

My husband and I don’t argue about many food-related things, but we do adamantly disagree over which is better — crunchy or soft tortilla shells. I’m a fan of the traditional hard shells and he loves a good soft shell, both based on the fact that each of us thinks the other type of shell is too messy. I want to eat my tacos one-handed and I have a hard time keeping the end of a giant soft shell closed without using both hands and getting food all over. He has a hard time getting all the toppings he wants shoved into a crunchy shell without breaking it or spilling all over the place. Enter the perfect solution… Old El Paso’s Mini Soft Tortilla Taco Boats.

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Taco boats are a family favorites

These little soft shell boats are the perfect size to hold with one-hand and keep all your taco toppings safely contained within the confines of the boat, making them the easiest, tastiest, cleanest way to eat a taco. They have a flat bottom, making them easy to fill to the brim and are sturdy enough to hold quite a bit, but still soft and delicious. We were both really impressed with how much taco goodness these little boats could hold and how easy they were to eat without losing all our toppings or having sauce drip down your arms.

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Even the kids loved stuffing their little boats full of taco meat, cheese and guacamole (because heaven forbid a vegetable finds it’s way into their taco). The boats were easy enough for my preschooler to fill all by himself and small enough for his little hands to hold. It was so much fun watching him pick out his ingredients and he loved that he got to eat a taco “just like daddy.”

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Win a year’s supply of Old El Paso Mini Taco Boats

What does Taco Night look like at your house?  Share your Taco Night photos on TwitterInstagram, or posting on Old El Paso’s Facebook wall using #TacoBoatSweepstakes, and you could win a year’s supply of Taco Boats from Old El Paso! Don’t forget to tag @OldElPaso and use the #TacoBoatSweepstakes hashtag. Visit for more details!

This post was sponsored by Old El Paso. All taco-loving opinions are my own.

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How Dress for Success helps women

At Savvy Sassy Moms, we know how you dress can affect your mood, your confidence and the way you carry yourself as you walk into a room. Well-fitting, situation-appropriate clothes can provide the kind of inner confidence that allows you to stand taller in your shoes — even if you’re so nervous you’re shaking in them.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Listen to three powerful stories about the power a job holds in a woman’s life.

While clothes are an important part of Dress for Success, the organization does more than help women look like they’re ready for success. Networking and career development tools are the other cogs that work together to help women find their career footing, build their confidence and provide for their families.

Dress for Success
Vanity Fair and the fantastic BOGOGO

We can’t resist a bargain, and Buy One, Get One deals always turn our heads. The Vanity Fair partnership with Dress for Success takes the BOGO concept and adds a level of social good with “give one.”

Vanity Fair Lingerie supports the women of Dress for Success as they kick off their Buy One, Get One, Give One (BOGOGO) promotion this week! Vanity Fair believes a bra can change a life, so during BOGOGO events, shoppers will have the opportunity to buy any Vanity Fair bra at regular price, receive one Vanity Fair bra for free and in turn, Vanity Fair will donate one bra to Dress for Success.

Dress for Success and Vanity Fair

In addition to providing a bra to a woman — talk about a literal and figurative foundation for feeling good at a job interview! — shoppers have the opportunity to write a personalized bit of advice that will be passed along with the donation.

Writing the advice cards makes this event truly special. Watching the Dress for Success video drove home how personally women are affected by the program, and I can imagine the individual notes written on inspiration cards give an extra boost when getting ready to go to an interview. Connecting with and supporting other women helps build the network needed to create opportunities for career success — one note card at a time.

Support Vanity Fair and Dress for Success at a BOGOGO event near you

We love that you can find Vanity Fair bras at a variety of national and regional department stores. Getting to a BOGOGO event won’t be hard this fall, because they’re spread out over about six weeks at all different stores. Check out your lingerie drawer, stock up during this promotion and follow the #WomenWhoDo hashtag to see the power of supporting other women in reaching for their dreams.

  • Kohl’sSept. 24 – Oct. 3, 2015
  • JCPenneyOct. 7 – Oct. 12, 2015
  • SearsOct. 11 – Oct. 17, 2015
  • Macy’sOct. 14 – Oct. 18, 2015
  • BeallsOct. 18 – Oct. 24, 2015
  • Boscov’sOct. 25 – Oct. 31, 2015
  • BelkNov. 1 – Nov. 8, 2015
What advice would you give women interviewing for a career-changing position?
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Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Dip

Fall is officially here! And with the arrival of the fall season comes our favorite part… fall baking! Fall has so many fun flavors and recipes to work with that once that cool crisp air rolls in we become baking machines. One of our favorite fall recipes is this super easy Salted Caramel Dip. It is the perfect combo of salty and sweet, and let’s not mention the amazing smell it lends to your home as it cooks! With only four ingredients and less than 10-minutes in total bake time, the Salted Caramel Dip is easily a busy mom’s favorite.

How to Make Salted Caramel Dip

Easy homemade salted caramel dip

1 Cup granulated sugar
8 Tbsp. butter
3/4 Cup heavy cream
3/4 tsp. sea salt

Homemade Salted Caramel Dip

1. Measure all ingredients and have them ready near the stove for easy access.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium to high heat, add the sugar. Stir continuously for approximately 5-minutes with a spoon or whisk to prevent burning. The sugar will melt to a copper-colored liquid. Make sure their aren’t any lumps before proceeding.
3. Remove from heat. Add butter, stirring until combined.
4. Place back on medium heat. Add cream and salt.
5. Stir until all ingredients are well combined, then let simmer for a few minutes.

(Note: Salted Caramel Dip can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately one month. Reheat upon serving.)

Now, drizzle Salted Caramel Dip on everything from apples to cakes to ice cream… or just eat  it straight from the spoon!

Fall Hostess Gift: Salted Caramel Dip

The perfect (sweet!) fall gift

As a bonus, the Salted Caramel Dip makes for a great gift! Surprise a neighbor, include as a shower gift, or say thank you to a teacher simply by putting the dip in a cute mason jar (we used an 8 oz. Ball jar), combine with an apple and wrap in packaging of your choice (we used Wilton Favor Kits combined with ribbon). Attach with this fun printable (download available here) and you have an easy fall gift that everyone will be sure to love!

Happy Fall Free Printable

What is your favorite fall recipe?
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Artisan products promote global awareness

Monthly subscription boxes pop up all the time, and we love the way the boxes introduce new products and ideas we would never have found on our own. GlobeIn offers a subscription box filled with products crafted by artisans that include handmade details you’ll love — with a social message you’ll support. Feel good about pampering yourself with artisan products focused on beautiful, distinct products from around the world.


Watsi and GlobeIn bring you Wellness

We had the opportunity to try the September GlobeIn Artisan Box. GlobeIn partnered with Watsi for the Wellness Box, which was curated with the welcome idea that wellness encompasses physical and mental health, as well as a social connection to those around you. The Wellness Box contains four fabulous products.

  • A GlobeIn Palm Leaf Basket — Made by Dona Martina Garcia and her group of eight artisan basket weavers outside of Oaxaca City, Mexico
  • Blessing Bag — Upcycled from discarded plastic water sachets in Accra, Ghana through ABAN’s Women’s Empowerment Program, which trains women in skills like sewing and fashion design.
  • Eye Pillow — Women from the Shipibo tribe in Peru dye handwoven cotton in mahogany bark and painted using a piece of bamboo dipped in the juice of the huito berry.
  • Baobab Powder — The women of the Atacora Fair Partnership Co-op in Benin produce the nutrition supplement from the baobab tree fruit, which is packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, probiotics and calcium.

Artisan made eye pillow


Relaxation in a small package

Playing favorites doesn’t seem fair, especially when each part of the Wellness Box is fabulous in its own right. However, as summer dwindled to a close and ushered in the chaos of back-to-school, the Eye Pillow became a must-have for quiet moments of relaxation. Scented with lavender, it calmed my senses and soothed my screen-strained eyes. The Baobab Powder is a welcome addition to our morning smoothies, and I keep finding the Blessing Bag in my daughter’s room — though I keep taking it back.

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The beauty of the Wellness Box

Curated in partnership with Watsi, the Wellness Box works to extend wellness beyond those receiving the boxes and the artisans producing the included products. 50% of the proceeds from the Wellness Boxes will go to Watsi, a non-profit that funds medical treatments in under-served countries. Watsi connects medical patients with donors via the web, something with a huge impact in low-income countries, where relatively small amounts of money can provide life-changing care.


On the GlobeIn horizon

You can still order the GlobeIn Wellness box — use the code SAVVY to receive 25% off your first month’s box with a purchase of 3- and 6-month subscriptions — but September orders must be placed by September 15 to receive the Watsi-partnered box. Orders placed after that date will begin receiving October’s box, and we can’t wait to see this one in person!


photo credit: GlobeIn

GlobeIn invites you to get Cozy

October’s theme is Cozy, which is perfect as we begin to look toward fall. Even if the weather hasn’t yet shifted to cooler days, there’s something comforting about knowing fall is just around the corner. Your products arrive in a GlobeIn Signature Handwoven basket, which will quickly become one of your favorite places to stow your belongings. The beautiful mug will be perfect for hot cocoa — Divine Cocoa powder included — and the soft blue of the scarf will help you transition to your fall wardrobe.

Remember, you can try the GlobeIn Artisan Box with the code SAVVY to receive 25% off your first month’s box with a purchase of 3- and 6-month subscriptions.
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Fruity Cocktails for Hot August Nights
Take advantage of local flavors for summer cocktails

Fresh, seasonal fruit is one of the most fabulous parts of summer. Use your best farmer’s market finds to add a burst of flavor to your cocktails to cool you down on these end-of-summer hot August nights. Summer cocktails make the most of fruity recipes and frozen drinks. These recipes can turn any gathering into a party!

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Cocktails filled with fruity flavors

Sarah Hearts crafts a tasty cocktail with her Grapefruit Mint Granita Punch. Not only is this fruit cocktail refreshing and filled with citrus flavor, the color is gorgeous. It’s perfect for a brunch or afternoon party, when your guests can sip it in the sun.

Boysenberry Mojitos from The Devil Wears Parsley take a classic cocktail and add a fruity twist one doesn’t often find in cocktail recipes. The boysenberries can be replaced by any summer berry, but why would you want to do that when these are so delicious just as they are?

Cooks with Cocktails knows the only thing better than a delicious, fruity cocktail is a fruity cocktail that adds ice cream to the mix. The Raspberry Vodka Sparkling Wine Float needs to immediately go on your must-try list before the end of summer. With ice cream involved, you can consider it dessert, too!

The Drink Blog takes the quintessential souther summer fruit — the juicy peach — and puts its flavor to work in the Peach Lime Rickey. The fizzy cocktail works perfectly for days when you want something refreshing, bubbly, and not overly sweet or syrupy.

If you prefer your cocktails a little more savory than sweet, definitely try the Grilled Pineapple-Jalapeno Summer Cocktail from Chili Pepper Madness. Flavored vodka and rum mean this cocktail packs quite the punch, so proceed with caution and enjoy the flavor kick from the fresh jalapeno.

Chef Savvy mixes up the Mixed Berry Mojito in less than five minutes. The rum-based cocktail takes advantage of the abundance of summer berries, muddled together to create a cool beverage bursting with flavor. If you love mojitos, she has other variations to try, too.

Refreshing frozen cocktails

Maya from Treats and Eats describes the Strawberry Margarita Granita as part half cocktail and half dessert — a combination that sounds just about perfect to us! You can change the ingredients to make this frozen treat non-alcoholic, which makes it a fun option for a party where you’ll be serving kids or friends who prefer not to drink alcohol.

A Pineapple Margarita from Foxy Folksy helps cool off the summer heat. The frozen cocktail is adapted from the classic margarita and uses the fresh flavors of summer blended together for a sweet, icy concoction.

In It 4 the Long Run offers a Frozen Paloma that’s a truly refreshing frozen cocktail made with a burst of citrus flavor. It pairs perfectly with Mexican food, so serve it with your favorite guacamole and chips and enjoy the warmth of the summer evenings.

Busy Mommy knows sometimes you don’t have to leave the lemonade stands to the little ones. The Spiked Pink Lemonade Frozen Fruit Cups are a special summer treat for your pool party guests. With a little prep work, you can freeze these the night before — they’ll be slushy in no time if you’re outside in the sunshine.

No summer cocktail list would be complete without a watermelon-based beverage. The Tequila Lime Watermelon Ice Shots from Czech In the Kitchen make the most of summer’s iconic fruit. Whether you’re using watermelon you have left over from a summer barbecue or buying it specifically for these icy treats, you won’t be disappointed.

Please share your favorite fruity cocktail with us!
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Campfire meals make eating outdoors fun

11 Campfire Meals & Desserts

Roasting hot dogs is a traditional campfire favorite, but there are ways to add variety to your campfire meals. From s’mores with a twist to toasted sandwiches, cooking over a campfire can produce fun meals sure to please kids and adults.

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Campfire dinners for your hungry campers

Easy Campfire Pizza from The Culinary Camper is so simple even the most novice camping chefs can create it. With tips about how much charcoal to use and how to make sure all the ingredients make it safely to the campsite, the recipe will quickly become a camping favorite. Check out The Culinary Camper for even more delicious camping recipes.

The Gunny Sack offers a Grilled Margherita Sandwich as your next must-have camping treat. The sandwich combines some of summer’s tastiest flavors — fresh basil and tomatoes are to-die-for — and presents them in a camping-friendly way. You won’t regret adding this sandwich to your camping meal rotation.

Grilled meat often rules the camping menu, but the Cilantro Lime Pulled Pork from Foods Of Our Lives is something a little different to prepare the next time you go camping. The greatest thing about this recipe is its versatility. Even picky campers will find a favorite way to eat this easily-prepared meal.

You don’t have to forego cheesy nachos just because you’re camping. Cooking with Janica knows nachos are a crowd pleaser, and the Campfire Pizza Nachos definitely need to make an appearance at your campfire by the time summer ends. Kids can help put the nacho toppings on the chips, giving them an opportunity to participate in meal prep for a camping dinner they’ll love.

Campfire side dishes

Campfire food doesn’t have to be monotonous. Try the Middle Eastern Spiced Campfire Chickpeas from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. While chickpeas might not seem like traditional camping food, they’re a fantastic, meatless alternative that shine when cooked over wood. You can make your own spice mix — included at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary — and use it for any variety of meals.

Olga’s Flavor Factory knows classic side dishes can be even better on the grill, like Grilled Baked Potatoes. Campers can choose and customize their own toppings before letting the potatoes cook. After they’re assembled, these do best when left to cook on their own, which means more time for campfire stories!

S’mores with a twist

Not all s’mores need to be a decadent dessert. The Big Man’s World offers Campfire S’mores Granola for a healthier twist on the gooey classic. The granola can be grilled or roasted over a campfire, so it can be pre-made before your camping trip or put together when everyone else is roasting marshmallows on a stick.

Sweet Peas & Saffron combines flavor favorites in Grilled Caramel Bacon S’mores. The salty, sweet combination is unbeatable almost anytime, but the warm, toasted marshmallow elevates the flavor combination to another level. Make them on a barbecue or make them over the campfire, but definitely try this version of s’mores before summer ends.

The Grilled Banana Boat S’mores at Create-Celebrate-Explore are the most adorable version of s’mores you’ll make this year. Heavy on the fruit, with a little bit of sweetness sprinkled on top, they’re a campfire treat you won’t mind serving to your little ones after a long day of camping.

Sweet campfire desserts

Bakes in Slippers has a warm Apple Crunch that makes every campfire meal end sweetly. Don’t forget your cast iron skillet for this one, and you’ll be amazed at how simple it can be to bake while camping.

Easy Baked Camping Apples from The Cookie Writer are a delicious, fruity dessert with simple preparation and even simpler clean-up. Tossing these apples atop a campfire can’t get much easier, and the recipe can be easily adapted to make them vegan-friendly.

What are your favorite campfire meals?
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The best beach reads are a perfect summer treat

Best books to read on the beach

Beach reading takes on a different meaning when you have little ones to chase after at the beach. The days of completely losing yourself in your favorite beach read won’t be recreated for another couple of years — unless you have someone with you to watch the kids. Moms need books that move quickly, make you smile, and are easy to pick up and put down without losing your place in the plot. Toss one of our best beach reads in your bag this summer and grab it in between snack sessions and sandcastle beach reads

The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke explores what would happen if you could literally use your Facebook statuses to change your life (Barnes & Noble, $11). The night of her rehearsal dinner, Kate’s fiancé, Max, breaks the news that he’s leaving her to be with her friend and co-worker. As Kate takes to her favorite social media platform to cope, she notices her world starts to mirror what she posts online. While trying to show her friends what’s happening, Kate notices changes, but every attempt to get back together with Max is foiled. Soon, she begins to ask herself if she truly wants the life she’s trying to shape one Facebook status at a time.

best beach reads

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave follows Georgia Ford, the daughter of California winemakers, as her perfect life begins to unravel in front of her eyes (Barnes & Noble, $17). Georgia’s life is filled with almost as many secrets as there are grapes in a bottle of wine — 800, as referenced by the title of the novel — and each of them threaten the relationships surrounding her. From a blistering truth about her fiancé to the inner workings of her parents’ marriage, Georgia is faced with how to move forward without sacrificing everything that’s been important to her in the past. This is the perfect read with a glass of wine — plastic if you’re actually at the beach while reading.

best beach reads

Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin generated considerable buzz for the jaw-dropping details revealed in Martin’s memoir about life on the Upper East Side (Barnes & Noble, $16). Tales of “wife bonuses” and cutthroat social maneuverings were fantastic enough to be true and entertaining enough to be fiction. Using a sociologist’s perspective, Martin, a Ph.D. “studied” the women living in one of America’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Later, the buzz turned to curiosity as fact-checking revealed some of the holes in Martin’s memoir seemed to be stitched with thread from her imagination. Either way, this is a part of society you’ll love to goggle over while digging your feet in the sand.

best beach reads

Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin chronicles Jess Dunne’s climb toward fame in America’s west coast city of dreams — Hollywood (Barnes & Noble, $19). Jess thought she had no use for her estranged mother, but the failed actress might hold the key to a career upgrade for Jess. She bounces from barista to personal assistant for a film composer, where her cooking catches the eye of an almost-A-list actress. Climbing up another rung in the Hollywood status ladder is the only thing on Jess’s mind, until her mother’s secrets threaten to unseat everything she’s gained.

best beach reads

The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis shows how the chips in family traditions can threaten to splinter relationships (Barnes & Noble, $12). The Herington sisters are looking forward to a relaxing summer at their family’s Cape Cod beach house, and each of them has her own reasons for needing to recharge and reconnect with her family. Nothing’s the same as it was in the past, and when their mother decides to make a surprise visit with her new boyfriend, tension rises. Their father’s never gotten over their divorce, and old and new heartbreaks lurk on the shores of Cape Cod for the whole family.

best beach reads

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume blends nostalgia and unparalleled storytelling into this highly anticipated novel (Barnes & Noble, $17). The queen of coming-of-age young adult novels, Blume crafts a tale spanning three generations. The story begins in 1987, when Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown and begins to remember the worst year of her life. In 1952, air travel was new, exotic and filled with promise — until planes started dropping out of the sky. With her deft touch for poignant reality, Blume’s tale explores how each generation deals with technological change, how loss shapes families and how life, always, goes on.


What are you reading this summer?
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