Monthly Rewind: May 2017

May recap


And just like that May is over. Boy, did it go by fast!! And wow June is the last full month before this baby comes!



 reading in bed picture



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1. I had my baby shower: It was so great celebrating baby girl with family and friends! We were absolutely spoiled. And the baby got TONS of books to start her library. (Also super obsessed with the dress I got for the shower…it says it’s maternity but doesn’t seem maternity like other dresses I have. Definitely will wear this after!! The brand honestly has so many cute maxi dresses..but they seem to go in and out of stock.)

My seeeeesters

2. Will and I saw some bands we’ve been dying to see — We saw Fitz & the Tantrums, Bastille, Empire of the Sun, The 1975 and Kings of Leon. It was a great day and I survived even though by the time we got home at midnight my pregnant butt was dying.

3. Had some not so fun pregnancy things: I’ve been having terrible hip and pelvic pain the past couple weeks and it’s been really not fun especially at night. I have a hard time turning over to the other side or getting out of bed. AND, to top things off, yesterday Finn saw a chipmunk when we were heading out the door of the house and pulled me so hard that I started to fall over and twisted weirdly and then lost the leash and Finn TOOK OFF. I tried running after him and screamed his name after he chased the chipmunk TOWARDS THE ROAD. Luckily the chipmunk must of escaped and he came running back to me. So needless to say I can barely walk right now and I have no idea what I did to myself but it HURTS. Had to take off today.  BUT here’s a bump picture (34 weeks as of this Tuesday) to make up for me complaining:

4. Had our first BBQ of the season at my sister’s house: I had been craving grilled burgers and BBQ chicken and so I looked very forward to this meal. Hadn’t seen the kids in a while so that was nice!

 5. I got to hang out with my girlfriends more than I thought I would: The 5 of us have been BUSY (one just had a baby, 2 are buying/bought houses, 3 of us are pregnant) and I thought last month was going to be our last hangout with ALL of us for a while but we were able to get together for lunch over the holiday weekend and it made me so happy. I realize how much better my life is when we all get to hang out. I love our daily texts but face time with them is so key for me.




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !



1. Torches — X Ambassadors

2. Everyone Lost Somebody — Bleachers

3. Free Animal — Foreign Air

4. If Before I Wake — The Districts

5. Run — Vallis Alps

6. Tomorrow — James Hersey




Check out the rest of my May playlist for more of what I was listening to this month!



I read 6 books this month so I’m only going to pick 2 TOP faves which is SO hard because I read really amazing books this month.

1. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy — Oh how I loved this one! Definitely my fave of all Julie’s books thus far!

2. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry: This came out a couple years ago and I decided to audiobook it. Totally did not want to get out of my car EVER.





My letter to Emery Lord re: her latest book The Names They Gave Us


“For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.” — Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (loved this book so hard!!!)





1. Ultimate Beach Read Guide For 2017: Seriously, hold on to your wallets!

2. If We Were Having Coffee: Honestly these are my favorite posts to do and catch up with you all!

3. What To Get Your Book-Loving Mom For Mother’s Day: A list of books and some other bookish gifts!

4. Currently: It was fun to do something new on the blog to get my brain going!

5. When A Book Hits So Close To Home: Woo boy this book just hit me!



My latest What I’ve Been Reading post — I’ll be honest..I’ve been putting them off because 1) I feel like anything resembling a book review gets ignored and 2) I can’t figure out if I want to stick with these posts and completely get rid of my longer book talks that focus on one book.



1. Instagram Created A Monster: Interesting read! I’ve felt rather meh about Instagram for my book account lately personally.

2. Loaded Kimchi Fries: I NEED THESE NOW.

3. Better Probably Takes Less Time Than You Think: I am so guilty of this in some ways! Like with the dishwasher. IT LITERALLY WILL TAKE ME 2 SECONDS TO DO IT.

4. How To Change Careers:  Lots of good tidbits in here that I want to save for later. I feel discouraged being 31 and wanting to start a new career (what I don’t know) but this gave me hope.

5. Grilled Chicken Bruschetta:  YUM.



1. 100% Pure’s BB cream AND their amazing eye cream: Both are life-changers for me! The BB cream makes my face look nice and when I want a little more coverage I just put my Alima Pure powder lightly on top of it. The face cream? I can defnitely say that my under eyes look way better than before. I always hated buying eye creams because they never worked but this one is great!


2. Yasso’s frozen greek yogurt blackberry chip bars:– OHHHH these have been the perfect after dinner snack for me that doesn’t involve me eating a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s. I literally cannot make myself say no to pregnancy cravings that are of the dessert variety.


3. Harry Styles new album: I will be honestly…I would bop around to One Direction occasionally but I would never say I was like a FAN of the band as I don’t listen to a ton of pop. I am OBSESSED with Harry Styles new album — love the songs Sign of the Times, Sweet Creature and Kiwi most of all.


 1. BBQ baby shower + a housewarming party: Two of my bffs are having parties and I’m excited!
2. Childbirthing class: Okayyy I don’t know that I’m really looking FORWARD to it but sort of? June is the last full month before this baby comes!!!
3. Pool days: Our pool is finally open and I can’t wait to float in it and feel weightless because this belly is brutal. Plus honestly it will be nice to enjoy these last quiet moments to read poolside before the baby comes.


mr12I’m curious, because of a post I wrote about a book that hit close home to me, what book has hit close home to you?




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Yay for your baby shower being awesome!! Can’t wait to see her in all the cute clothes! And I’m definitely going to have to check out that dress link where you got your dress, because it’s so cute (and agreed it doesn’t look maternity, so yay for that since not pregnant lol).
    Girl, you have the right to complain!! I would’ve been so mad if I had a dog and he did that to me!
    Your nieces are getting so big!!
    I love your quote of the month!!
    You gotta try Ben & Jerry’s fro-yo!! I loveeee their version of cherry garcia for it. And it’s slightly healthier 😉
    “Sweet Creature” is SO good!! Harry was always my favorite crush wise AND voice wise when I was a fan of 1D, so the fact he’s gone solo is GLORIOUS. Gimme all the Harry haha.
    “Girl Against the Universe” kind of hit close to home for me… but that’s mostly because she had really bad anxiety and OCD and such… and I deal with that too (not the same way she does/or for the same reasons, so).
    Not a new obsession… but the tv show Lucifer. IT’S JUST SO GREAT.
    Best books I read lastmonth? ” A Court of Wings and Fury” by: SJM and really enjoying the Creepy Hollow series by Rachel Morgan!
    A book that I read in April that you might like though (set in Scotland!!) is “Lake of Destiny” by: Martina Boone!

    • Yes these dresses are awesome! They have some that are basically the same style as what I got but either are just two colors (no floral) or striped! I want to buy all of them haha. I’ve been trying to buy dresses that don’t scream maternity because I want to wear them after.

      I haven’t tried B&J froyo yet! Will have to try it!

      LOVED Girl Against the Universe <3

      Will def check out Lake of Destiny!! THanks!

  2. I’ve just finished reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and The Wonder by Emma Donoghue and loved both.

  3. Weightlessness sounds perfect for you at the moment, if you’re experiencing all sorts of pain. Hope the pool is as blissful as you need it to be!