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GapKids meets kate spade new york and Jack Spade

In a kids’ style collaboration that is a dream come true for fashionable moms, GapKids has teamed up with kate spade new york and Jack Spade for a Holiday 2014 collection that is full of bright colors, whimsical prints and cheeky sayings. But, if you want in on this, you’ll need to mark your calendars… and mark them fast. The collection will only be available for a short time — in select GapKids stores and online at Gap.com — from October 30 through November 14, 2014.

Here’s a sneak peek at a handful of our favorites from what GapKids and kate spade new york have been working on. We’ll update this post with even more favorites when the collection goes live on October 30! Stay tuned!

GapKids + Jack Spade: What’s hot for boys

GapKids and kate spade new york

The boys’ collection from GapKids and kate spade new york teams up with their mens’ brand, Jack Spade, and goes far beyond just holiday looks. We love these cool, easy, fun picks from the line that our boys can wear all year round.

GapKids + kate spade new york: What’s hot for girls

GapKids and kate spade new york for girls

The girls’ collection from GapKids and kate spade new york leans much farther into the Land of Holiday, with dressier pieces that scream to be worn at your family’s upcoming holiday bashes. If you’re a fan of kate spade new york for your own closet, these looks for girls will easily compliment your look.

 What do you think about the GapKids and kate spade collaboration?

 

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Chili makes your fall a little warmer

Chili is the ultimate fall food. Whether you’re simmering it in the crockpot for dinner after a busy day or throwing it together for a football tailgate, finding your signature chili recipe makes meal planning and entertaining easier. We’ve rounded up different versions of the fall favorite and know you will find the best chili recipe for your family. 

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Chili recipes bursting with fall flavor

From Calculus to Cupcakes has the perfect equation for a vegetarian chili bursting with flavor. Her Pumpkin chili has an adorable presentation, and the pumpkin provides a rich texture for this meatless chili.

Slow cooker pumpkin, turkey, kale chili from Recipe Runner combines the quintessential fall flavor with the hearty, healthy veggie powerhouse. Turkey adds a boost of protein to the chili, making it a complete meal for even your hungriest eaters.

Add a little sweetness to your chili this fall with Easy sweet potato apple turkey chili. Oh, Sweet Basil used a baked sweet potato as inspiration for this hearty fall soup, and the recipe is sure to please.

Vegan and vegetarian chili recipes

Eggplants take center stage in this Aromatic vegan chili from Sprouting Healthy Habits. The fresh ingredients are hearty, but healthy, so you’ll feel absolutely no guilt about having a second helping of this chili.

This meatless chili takes advantage of a favorite fall vegetable — the sweet potato. With a 7-hour cook time, Lexi’s Clean Kitchen’s Slow cooker sweet potato chili can be prepped at night and ready in the morning or prepped in the morning and ready for dinner.

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Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin Turkey Kale Chili
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Vegan Chili
Sweet Potato Chili
BBQ Chicken Chili
Green Chili with Chicken
Creamy White Chicken Chili
Chicken Ratatouille Chili
Chili Con Carne
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Chicken chili recipes

A sweet twist makes BBQ Chicken chili a slightly new take on a favorite fall recipe. The recipe from Skinny Taste definitely needs to make its way into your chili rotation — and we love that Gina’s recipes include nutritional information!

You only need one pot for this delicious Green chili with chicken from Kim’s Healthy Eats. The green chills add a bit of a kick, and the lime brings a fresh flavor to this chili.

Creamy white chicken chili is filled with favorite foods that even picky eaters will love. The recipe, from Whole and Heavenly Oven, is a creamy, welcoming comfort food for fall — and who doesn’t love a recipe that includes avocado?

Perchance to Cook has a chili recipe for clean eating enthusiasts. Her Shredded chicken ratatouille chili is gluten-free, paleo-friendly and all sorts of flavorful. Squash adds a fall twist to this healthy chili recipe.

Classic chili recipes

The Chili con carne from Kitchen Sanctuary is the perfect chili recipe for Saturday tailgates and football Sundays. It’s the type of recipe that tastes even better the next day, when all the flavors have really fused, which means you can prep it the night before and enjoy every minute of your party. If you’re headed to the game, check out these athletic-inspired fall fashions.

When you’re looking for a comfort food, most of us don’t go much farther than our moms’ kitchens. With this recipe from NeighborFood, you can get a taste of her mom’s kitchen with Mom’s Green Bean Chili.

Now that you have dinner planned, browse our fall fashion favorites.

Keep up with these fabulous food bloggers on social media

1. From Calculus to Cupcakes , 2. Recipe Runner, 3. Oh, Sweet Basil , 4. Sprouting Healthy Habits, 5. Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, 6. Skinny Taste, 7. Kim’s Healthy Eats, 8. Whole and Heavenly Oven, 9. Perchance to Cook, 10. Kitchen Sanctuary, 11. NeighborFood

Do you prefer chili in the slow cooker or on the stove?

 

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Five Fabulous Handbags under $100 Savvy Sassy Moms

Adding a new purse to your collection is the easiest way to update your wardrobe and these inexpensive black handbags under $100 are some of the most fashionable right now. Hitting on all of our favorite trends — from bucket bags to a hint of fringe to studded details — we’re having a hard time deciding on which one to take home with us for fall!

From MANGO handbags, we’re loving their mix of classic and trendy handbags under $100, including their Studded Bucket Bag, which is a fun and funky way to change-up your typical black handbag and add something fresh to your collection. If you’re looking for more of a staple, take a peek at their Pebbled Tote Bag. It’s on the higher end of these price points, but its shape and the ability to switch back-and-forth between a tote bag and a shoulder bag make it worth every penny. Lastly, we can’t miss chatting about MANGO’s Zip Shopper Bag. This is the handbag for the moms who carry everything under the sun in their purse!

Another one of our favorite sites to grab handbags under $100, Sole Society is home to these two sassy, inexpensive black purses. If you don’t already have a purse like the Marlena Vegan Foldover Clutch in your closet, this one is a must-have. It’s simple, and chic, and big enough to hold more than just your credit card… and, it’s also available in red! On the other hand, the most trendy black handbag of the bunch is Sole Society’s Maxine Fringe Crossbody Bag. At just over $50, they’ve taken out all of the stops on this purse, using a classic bag as a base, then adding fringe and scallops and even a touch of suede. This is not your mama’s purse!

1. Pebbled Tote Bag, MANGO, $90
2. Marlena Vegan Foldover Clutch, Sole Society, $40
3. Maxine Fringe Crossbody Bag, Sole Society, $55
4. Studded Bucket Bag, MANGO, $80
5. Zip Shopper Bag, MANGO, $70

Which black handbag is your style?
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Athletic Inspired Fashions Score Big Off the Field

Athletic inspired fashion looks fabulous this fall. From banded-cuff pants that feel as cozy as sweats (but look perfect with heels), to mesh inserts on tops, the best touches from gym wear are popping up on outfits decidedly dressier than the treadmill. We love luxe terry tops, varsity jackets, perforated leather sneaks, dressed-up headbands and purses that evoke slouchy sport bags. Here are 9 athletic fashion all stars for fall.

1. Glam Joggers with Side Stripe $17 ASOS

2. Vans Perforated Leather Slip-Ons $60 J. Crew 

3. Jordan Banded Pant $60 Stylemint

4. Color-Blocked Fleece Baseball Jacket $40 Old Navy

5. Double Headband $10 ASOS 

6. Stella McCartney for adidas Yoga Sweatshirt $110 adidas

7. Serevina Carry-All $60 Athleta

8. Oak Power Tank $110 Revolve Clothing

9. Pretty Gritty Jock Shirt $30 Under Armour 

Which athletic inspired fashions for fall are YOUR fav?
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The fall season is upon and us and boots are once again in the spotlight as we return to wearing our jeans, leggings and perhaps a maxi skirt here and there. This year there are three boot styles for fall that are catching the most attention — ankle boots,/booties, knee-high boots and lace-up boots. I had a blast searching for the most happenin’ ones for this season and there really are SO many styles to choose from!

One way to narrow it down is to think about what you like as “extras” on your boots. This fall many of the styles come with either buckles, straps, cut-outs or laces (and occasionally more than one of those!). Lace-up boots are definitely back in! The heel that is making the most noise (get it, making the most noise?) is the chunky, stacked heel. And no matter which texture you like, there is something for everyone as well — suede, textured leather, smooth or weathered.
boot styles for fall

1. Madewell, The Perrie Boot – $228
2. Madden Girl Mistley Stone Lace Up Boot – $70 (side note: these boots do NOT have to be laced every time since there is a zipper in the back. How awesome is that?)
3. Crown Vintage Wendy Bootie – $80
4. Steve Madden P Kamby Boot – $100
5. Anthropologie Latigo Peace Boot- $160
6. Fergalicious bootie – $47
7. Target Mossimo Jessica Suede Strappy Boot – $50
8. Payless Tanner Lace-Up Boot- $40
9. Crown Vintage Louvina Boot – $140

Here I am wearing my new pair of Jessica Simpson ankle boots. I just love the color, the buckles and the price was great too ($60 at T.J. Maxx)
boot styles for fall

Which style of boots do you want to add to your collection?

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10 Leopard Finds with Class and Sass

Forget all your preconceived notions about leopard print fashion. This pattern is a classic and can be totally classy…when used sparingly. A single leopard accessory or clothing piece will add interest and beauty to a neutral outfit, and it pulls together blacks and browns like nothing else. Here are 10 leopard finds for fall and beyond that will make your ensembles soar and roar.

1. Sleeveless Dress $26 Zara

2. Leopard Print Converse All-Star Lo $55 Journeys

3. Leopard Print Reading Glasses $6 Forever 21

4. Winter Simba Printed Skirt $40 French Connection 

5. Leopard Jaquard Jacket $169 Ann Taylor

6. Steve Madden Galleryl Pump $100 Piperlime

7. Leopard Print Crewneck Sweater $78 C.Wonder

8. Merona Leopard Print Skinny Belt $15 Target

9. Pieces Asymmetric Leopard Print Clutch $23 ASOS 

10. Kate Spade Leopard Ikat Phone Case $40 ShopBop

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The Fall fashion season is in full swing and I love seeing all the colors that are trending, I like to update my wardrobe with a little something from each trend. I always like to update my undergarments a little bit as well, I just can’t resist new bras and underwear that go so well with Fall clothing. Vanity Fair Lingerie has a variety of bras that fit every shape and size but their designs are right on trend for Fall too. I love the classic warm fall colors but I also love the sleek sophisticated silver, grey and blues tones that have been popping up this Fall.

So here are three fashionable looks for your week ahead!  I’ve paired them with a Vanity Fair Bra – because they really are the most comfortable bras ever!

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Momday Mornings

For those grey mornings when getting out of bed might be a little more difficult, Moms can throwon this casual outfit and be in style for the morning drop off. Metallics seem to lighten things up a bit or add a little bit of shine to your day. Leggings and cozy boots are a must for chilly fall days and for winter getaways. We also like this easy grey tote for for the everyday mom on the go. Vanity Fair’s Beautiful Benefits Zoned-In Support Full Figure Bra in Tiffany Silver is not only gorgeous but is a wire free bra that has age defying lift and gives full support for all day comfort, when you are running those errands.

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Board Meeting

For the Mom that has to attend a board meeting, meet a client for dinner or attend a special event this shade of blue makes a powerful statement!  Blue is one of the hottest colors for Fall and it looks so sophisticated and classy when you pair it with black. This blue is definitely a classic jewel tone and it’s one of my favorite colors for a manicure and pedicure. We paired this look with the Vanity Fair Smooth Breathable Comfort Full Figure Underwire Bra which has light airy pads for breathable comfort, has a simple sophisticated style while still giving full support.

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Casual Friday

I like charcoal grey because it’s not as dark as black but can be be very sexy or very casual depending on how you wear it. Chunky knit sweaters and wedge ankle boots are both hot trends for Fall and dark grey nails seem to be the perfect match. Skinny jeans in different washes of grey are also still on trend from last year and when you mix them with a white t-shirt, grey scarf or cardigan it’s simple, casual and cool. We love the Full Coverage Body Shine Floral Underwire Bra from Vanity Fair for this look because it’s sweet and sassy at the same time.

What colors are you loving for Fall? Do you change up your undergarments depending on the season?
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Slow cooker recipes for kids make dinner prep simple

Slow cooker recipes don’t have to be bland. As extracurricular activities start and dinner-prep time turns into driving time, these eleven slow cooker recipes for kids will find a place onto your weekly meal plans. With fresh ingredients and a little planning ahead, your slow cooker will help get a kid-friendly meal on the table no matter how busy your evening might seem. While you’re planning meals, check out these five fabulous freezer meals — easy and homemade is every mom’s favorite combination! Slow cooker recipes

Slow cooker comfort food

Macaroni and cheese is a perennial kid favorite, and the version found at Spicy Southern Kitchen adds a punch of flavor adults will love, too. The Slow Cooker Bacon Mac and Cheese is cheesy, delicious and comforting after a long, busy day. Breakfast for dinner is a quick way to put a healthy meal in front of your family, and making it in the slow cooker saves even more time. Your kids will love the Slow Cooker Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole from All Day I Dream About Food.

Super slow cooker soup recipes

If your family loves Mexican food, don’t miss the Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup from Your Cup of Cake. You can adjust spices and toppings to personalize this delicious recipe to your family’s tastes. Chili is a slow cooker favorite, but chili powder can often be too spicy for children’s tastes. The Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Soup from This Gal Cooks is a lot like chili, without the heat of chili powder, so it’s full of flavor instead of heat. Blue Crab Martini offers Fresh Tomato Soup in a Crock Pot, and it will make your kitchen smell amazing. Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants, and this soup is healthy as well as delicious. Try one of these ten — yes, ten! — amazing grilled cheese sandwich recipes to pair with the tomato soup.

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Bacon Mac and Cheese
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup
Slow Cooker Tex Mex Soup
Crock Pot Tomato Soup
Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken
French Dip Slow Cooker Recipe
quinoa chicken broccoli and cheese
Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala
asian chicken crock pot
Crockpot Carnitas

Tried and true slow cooker favorites

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken from The Magical Slow Cooker combines the sweetness of pineapple with just a bit of spiciness. You can serve alone or over rice for a complete meal. Using your slow cooker for sandwich fillings is a fantastic way to transition to fall dinners. The Slow Cooker French Dips from Dixie Chik Cooks are a rich, flavorful meal. Quinoa is a wonderful addition to any meal, with the protein-packed grain taking rice’s role in many recipes. The Slow Cooker Chicken, Broccoli, and Quinoa Casserole from A Zesty Bite is packed with nutrition and comfort flavors.

Add ethnic flavors to your slow cooker recipes

Tikka Masala is an Indian dish that tastes a little different depending on the cook. The Wanderlust Kitchen’s version uses fat-free yogurt to lighten up the recipe just a bit for an easy-prep and Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala. Crock Pot Asian Chicken from Fit Foodie Finds is a tangy chicken recipe that provides a bunch of flavor in a simple recipe. The Stir Fried Sesame Pea Pods aren’t cooked in the crock pot, but they only take a few minutes and are the perfect way to add fresh vegetables to your meal. If taco night is a favorite in your home, add the Crock Pot Carnitas from Eat. Drink. Love. to your meal rotation. With minimal prep and maximum flavor, the carnitas can be used for tacos, nachos, or salads.

Kid-friendly slow cooker recipes

For even more ideas, follow these food bloggers on social media 1. Spicy Southern Kitchen 2. All Day I Dream About Food 3. Your Cup of Cake 4. This Gal Cooks 5. Blue Crab Martini 6. The Magical Slow Cooker 7. Dixie Chik Cooks 8. A Zesty Bite 9. The Wanderlust Kitchen 10. Fit Foodie Finds 11. Eat. Drink. Love. slow cooker meals for kids

Bonus tip for quick kids’ meals

One of the toughest parts about crafting a quick kids’ meal is getting it warm enough to eat without making it too hot for sensitive mouths. Slow cooker recipes are definitely warm when they come out of the pot, but even on the “warm” setting, kids might find the food too hot. Try the COOLIT bowl to make sure your pre-planned meal isn’t stalled while you’re waiting for your child’s serving to cool (The COOLIT, $10). Store the COOLIT bowl in the freezer, and the food will be ready to eat in less than a minute. Bonus for savvy moms: the bowl is BPA-free and phthalate-free.

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When that catalog comes in the mail, or when that ultra-cool style blogger shows her #OOTD, it totally strikes: The J. Crew Envy Attack. But which are the items we can actually afford and we will truly wear day after day?

We’ve got your back.

Here are our top 10 picks from J Crew for fall 2014. We have kept them accessible, affordable and versatile, but also unique and beautiful…just like you.

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1. Toothpick Japanese Selvedge Jean

In a sea of premium denim choices, this special edition of the J. Crew Toothpick stands out. Super lean and slightly cropped to show off your shoes, it is made from authentic selvedge denim (the highest quality of denim craftsmanship) woven on looms from Japan.

$158 at J. Crew

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2. Keating Boy Blazer

The absolutely, positively most perfectly flattering blazer. Throw it on and look instantly French and chic. We love the classic navy, but it also comes in black, camel and kelly green.

$88-$107 at J. Crew Factory

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3. Tipped Ponte Dress

Deep currant/burgundy/oxblood (aka dark red, no matter what you call it) is superduper hot this fall, especially in dresses. The A-line cut will look fab on every body type, and its simplicity allows you to wear it for work, evening or play.

$50-59 at J. Crew Factory

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4. Four Square Scarf

A polished and professional look are easily attainable when you tie on this graphic silk scarf. It is also the perfect accompaniment to a simple tee and jeans.

$69 at J. Crew

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5. Suede D’Orsay Pumps

The d’Orsay was big this spring and is still going strong in fall. It is a seriously sexy shoe, with a heel height you can wear all day. Oh, and J. Crew’s Factory line now offers an affordable alternative to the d’Orsay on the main J. Crew site. Prayers? Answered.

$77 at J. Crew Factory

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6. Classic Fedora with Grosgrain Ribbon

When temps drop, skip that ratty knit cap and upgrade to this menswear-inspired fedora. Be sure to pre-order before they are all gone.

$58 at J. Crew

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7. Cropped Sweatshirt

The color white is white hot this fall and winter, and the luxe sweatshirt trend is still going strong. The architectural cut of this one makes it look like you spent a fortune.

$65 at J. Crew

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8. Trapeze Pendant Necklace

All the It Girls are swapping their chunky statement collars for cool pendant necklaces. This crystal and brass number looks simultaneously vintage and modern.

$22 at J. Crew Factory

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9. Leather Envelope Clutch

“Look at it, I bet you wishing you could clutch that.” Yes, this leather clutch purse is just the way we like it.

$47 at J. Crew Factory

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10. Side Slit Tunic

Obsessed with achieving the perfect half, full, back and front tucks with your tops? This crazy-cool side slit tunic gives you on-point styling and loads of options.

$45 at J. Crew

Which of these 10 J. Crew picks is YOUR favorite?

 

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This is Where I Leave You is a book club hit

With an all-star cast, the movie version of This is Where I Leave You is a must-see movie this fall — we’d watch Tina Fey in anything! Before seeing the movie, gather your girls together for a book club discussion about Jonathan Tropper’s novel. Family dysfunction runs through the character relationships in This is Where I Leave You, giving your book club a lot to discuss — one of the five best tips for a book club.

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Why read This is Where I Leave You?

Relationships are at the heart of This is Where I Leave You, both between parents and their children and between the grown siblings in the story. The intelligent humor in Tropper’s book is a backdrop for important discussions about the lifelong journey of being a parent and the responsibilities parents have to their children — and vice versa. This is Where I Leave You isn’t a women’s fiction novel, which tend to be popular book club picks, but it’s a book that moms will enjoy. The book club kit we received contained notebooks, which I thought was a fabulous idea. It’s a great way to stay organized with thoughts and questions while reading, especially if your book club shares copies of books or uses library books that don’t allow for scribbling notes in the margins!
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This is Where I Leave You discussion questions

Even though some of the best book club discussions are the ones that arise naturally when you and your friends begin talking about the way the book connected to your real life experiences, it always helps to begin with book club questions. Some months I have the time to write my own questions — it’s the middle school language arts teacher in me! — but other months I use the publishers’ resources. Jonathan Tropper’s author page has fabulous reading guides for each of his books, and we used the This is Where I Leave You reading guide to begin our discussion.

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One of our favorite questions concerned the matriarch of the Altman family, because of our own experiences dealing with the wealth of parenting “advice” available via the Internet, books, and family advice givers.

Discuss Judd’s mother and her relationship with each of her children. Do you think that Hillary Foxman was truly a bad mother? Was there any real irony in her being a child-rearing guru? What was your opinion of her character?

- from the This is Where I Leave You reading guide

A September version of girls’ night in

I’ve been a part of several book clubs, and September is always a tough month for moms to engage in book club discussions. With kids going back to school and trying to figure out this year’s extracurricular schedule, moms are still unsure about availability and whether or not they’ll be able to finish the book in the carpool lane. Back to school month means relating to this promo image for This is Where I Leave You, but it also means knowing my similarly-frazzled friends could use a night out to discuss something other than homework struggles and how to get kids to eat more than a quarter of their lunches.

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I kept the menu basic, since we were meeting after our kids’  bedtimes: wine, coffee, tea, chocolate, and cheese. Having friends over is a perfect reminder that our homes don’t have to be perfect to be welcoming. A carafe of decaffeinated coffee — not everyone likes to stay up until all hours of the night like I do — and some kid-crafted mugs can be just as inviting as meticulously planned place settings.

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Next stop: This is Where I Leave You, the movie

Some readers prefer not to see movies made from their favorite books, but I love seeing someone’s visual representation of what I’ve read. I might not always agree with the way a movie’s adapted, but that can simply lead to another discussion! I believe This is Where I Leave You will live up to the trailers — the casting is fabulous — and I can’t wait to see it when it arrives in theaters September 19th. If your book club enjoys the idea of movie-book combos, check out these other suggestions for taking your book club to the movies.

Do you enjoy book to movie adaptations?
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