Friday Favourites: Books I've Got to Have

Hello Lovely,

Now that it's officially summer, everyone is looking for a good book or two to read. I definitely don't read as much as I used to, but lately there have been some books that really caught my eye. I love the idea of coffee table books and it's even better when those books are actually filled with fun things to do, like recipes and DIYs. So I've compiled a list of 6 books I've got to get before the summer is over.

1. Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

Can we all just pause for a moment and praise the genius that is Joanna Gaines? I got hooked on her and her husband Chip after being forced to watch Fixer Upper with my mum. Now I'm obsessed with all things related to farmhouse living. When I found out about her book, it skyrocketed to the top of my list for must have books!

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
By Chrissy Teigen, Adeena Sussman

2. Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

Some people call Chrissy Teigen a mean girl. I just think she's hilarious. And after this tweet:

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I knew I had to buy her recipe book! For years, she’s been collecting, cooking, and Instagramming her favorite recipes, and here they are: from breakfast all day to John’s famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to her mom’s Thai classics. I know her new cookbook will soon be available so I want to get the first one and start a collection!

3. Cakes by Melissa: Life Is What You Bake It

I found out about Melissa when I watched my first episode of The Kitchen on Food Network. I think it was the birthday episode and I was absolutely blown away by easy she made everything look. That inspired me to try my own tie dye cake and it actually wasn't so bad. Cakes by Melissa is a mouthwatering collection of easy and imaginative cakes from the creative force behind the delicious bite-size cupcake brand Baked by Melissa. I'm hoping this book would help me to become a better cake decorator.

4. Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts

It's Martha Fucking Stewart. Need I say any more????? Organized by topic from A to Z, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts contains complete instructions and brief histories for more than 30 techniques, detailed descriptions of the necessary tools and materials, and easy-to-copy templates.

5. 50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful, Ordinary Life: Practical Lessons in Pencil and Paper (Flow)

I've seriously been trying to get back into drawing, but never quite knew where to start or what I want to draw. So I think this book would be the perfect inspiration as it includes step by step instructions on how to draw a whimsically curated list of the things we see and interact with every day: a bouquet of flowers, a watering can, a cat, mittens, favorite plants and vegetables, a cup and saucer, a kitchen table, fruit wrappers, a seagull, a dress collar, an apple tree.

6. A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy DIY Projects to Add a Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room

I'm obsessed with anything farmhouse related and a book that's basically a live version of Pinterest sounds like a good idea to me. The projects require minimal effort, yet add instant charm to any room. I like a lot of the projects in the book but I wish that they all had photos attached because I'm a visual person and won't make anything if I don't have an idea of what it's supposed to look like.

Are you digging any of these books? What's on your summer reading list? Share your favourites  or anything you're excited to read in the summer section below.

The Sweets & Sips eBook is Here!

Hello Lovely,

Today I am so happy to release my new eBook! It's taken months of preparation. I had so much fun putting this together, and thinking of fun and new recipes to share with you guys! All of the sweets are brand new and never before seen, with two new drink recipes and four oldies but goodies.

This book is meant to inspire you to take ordinary desserts and make something worthy of sharing with others for bakers of all levels. You are free to substitute for all dietary needs and of course double or even triple the recipe depending on your audience size. Don’t be afraid to add your own flair too. With 12 recipes (6 sweets and 6 sips), I hope this book lights that creative spark within you. Let Life By Olivia be your VIP Pass to the latest beauty and fashion trends with quick and easy recipes that shine and satisfy. Because life could use a personal touch.

If you want your free copy, you only have three days to get it free before it goes on sale on Amazon for $2.99! So all you have to do to get your free copy is enter your email address below and we'll send it right over! That's it! But you've only got three days to do so! So as of Thursday (Thanksgiving) you'll have to get it from Amazon. Act fast! You don't want to miss out on this deal. Unless you want to buy it, I won't discourage you from doing that!

 

 

 

Letter From Olivia: Give Thanks November

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe that Fall is almost over? It seems like only yesterday I was swapping out flip flops for boots. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful chill front these past two weeks (wasn’t quite a cold front, but at least we weren’t subjected to 85 degree and up weather). I love cold weather and often joke that I was probably born in the wrong country because I cannot tolerate heat. But no matter what, I will always be grateful for my home.

Isn’t that what November is for? Taking time out to remember and give thanks for the little things in life we often take for granted? Well that’s what you can expect from us at Life By Olivia this month. All month long, we are going to share things we are grateful for, big and small. You can expect more quick tips on the Facebook Page from Mechelle.  We’re also going to share ways you can show your gratitude with free recipes, crafts and printables to help you celebrate the holidays in style. Afraid you’ll indulge too much at Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t worry, we’re also sharing fitness tips that you can do anytime, anywhere all month long, starting next week.

Last but not least, this month we are sharing our gratitude for you the readers. I’ve been putting together an eBook of my favourite recipes, some of which you’ve never seen before, called Sweets & Sips to be released on Friday November 18, 2016. These recipes are sure to impress while you indulge. AND if you sign up right now to pre-request our FREE eBook, we are going to send you a FREE copy of our Thanksgiving Wine Bottle Labels for you to jazz up your bottle at your next dinner. Don’t be scared if you start to see Christmas stuff towards the end of month. We’re really excited for Christmas! I can’t wait to show you all of the festive things that are in store for the rest of the month.

What would you love to see on LifeByOlivia.net in November?

Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

XoX,

 

After You: Book Club Begins Monday January 18!

After You Book Club for January

Hosted by Life By Olivia

Click on photo to download your free copy of this novel!

Click on photo to download your free copy of this novel!

Last night I finished reading the prequel to this book, Me Before You and I was in tears! I picked it up because it was on a list of books to read before you die. It is so well written and really made me feel connected with each of the characters. If you would like to read the first book before we start the second, download your free copy here and STOP READING THIS POST because I'm about to share the synopsis from Goodreads and it contains MAJOR SPOILERS!


How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.
 

If you would like to join in, you’re welcome to do so!  It will be great to share our ideas and reactions every week. On Sunday's we'll gather on my Facebook page to discuss the assigned readings and our predictions for what we think will happen the following week. If reading more was on your list of resolutions, now is the perfect time to start! Here’s the schedule of what we’re reading and when, but if you can’t stick to that, no problem, you can always catch up later or move on if we're going too slow. It's a short book so we should be able to finish in four weeks or less.

Week 1: Chapters 1 - 7

Week 2: Chapters 8 - 15

Week 3: Chapters 16 - 22

Week 4: Chapters 23- 30

Very excited to start reading soon!  Are you joining us?

Thanks for reading,

Olivia