What We Can Learn From Williams Syndrome

The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness by Jennifer Latson The only exposure I’ve ever had to Williams Syndrome was an episode of Law and Order: SVU. A child witnesses her mother’s murder, and it is her savant-like qualities that help the detectives solve the case. Since then, the illness…

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

I enjoy reading books where the scenery and landscape act as characters in and of themselves. Anyone who has ever read Joan Didion can appreciate the richness of a backdrop in California: the smell of sunblock after a day of lounging by the pool, long dresses flowing in the wind with long hair to match….

Paula Hawkins- Into the Water

I absolutely loved Girl on the Train, and read it while I was still living in Chicago (sadly, on the bus, not on the train…which would’ve been way cooler). I loved the film adaptation that came out last year, and I was itching with the rest of the world to pick up Hawkins’s newest book, Into…

Food 52- Mighty Salads

I’ll never forget the first time I made salad dressing from scratch. I was working at Wellness Place, a magical non-profit filled with superheroes who supported cancer survivors. As a program manager, I wanted to do a program focusing on healthy eating around the holidays (nutrition was always a big draw, plus I wanted an excuse…

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I love a good mystery thriller. Within a week (or less), you find yourself down a rabbit hole of twists and turns- engaged way more than if you were binge-watching a similar show on Netflix. Lily is a newly married defense attorney-described as both solicitor and barrister in the book (maintaining the British nuances in…

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

I always love seeing the difference between the hardcover and paperback book covers (when it changes). The above image is for the paperback version of June (with a Didion-esque ladies in cat eye sunglasses), whereas the below image is the hardcover version: There is a great deal of money invested in book covers, because the…

So Fresh and So Clean!

I am always eager to try new hair products, especially if the company is making an effort to reduce testing on animals!  The L’Oreal Ever Fresh line is an anti-dandruff scalp system of shampoo, conditioner, and a brand new hair scrub. This brunette struggles with dandruff in the dry Chicagoland winters, and for someone who…

A Different Kind of “elf” on the Shelf

Greetings all! Some of you may have seen my Influenster account on Instagram. Influenster is an online review program. First you create a social media profile, then products are sent to your home directly based on the strength of the profile you create. Then you follow through with the reviews for the products sent- easy!…

Holiday Wish List

Hello folks, I’m slowly but surely getting back to blogging! I’m no longer the book columnist for McHenry County Magazine, and I am excited to take a break. Who knows what other writing opportunities might be in store? I miss the practice of writing for fun, so I thought I would start with some cute…

Andie Mitchell- Inspiration for Healthy Eating

Eating can be a struggle for any American woman. Do I eat like the fast food ads tell me to-with abandon and without consequence? Or do I eat like the covers of magazines tell me to- with heavy restriction and a low weight as an end goal? No gluten, no carbs, no sugar, no fat,…

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston

My poor fiancé. Every time we’ve played a couple’s game, the (surprisingly) only complaint he has is my tendency to collect paper clutter. Personal growth can stare you right in the face. If the person I am about to marry is this quick to identify an area of growth for me, I’m going to jump right…

Spinster by Kate Bolick

Back in April 2015, I was about to suspend my gym membership for a few months. Every summer, I push myself to head outdoors for any physical activity, both for the Midwestern-deprived Vitamin D I so desperately needed, and to get as close to nature as possible. (The Lakefront trail isn’t a bad place to…