June Reading List

Can you believe it’s June already?! In my eyes that means it’s summer time. And with summer ahead, I want to challenge myself to read more. Here’s whats on tap for this month.

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain – I just started this book today and I’m excited to dive in more! This book was recommended by sister who loved it, so I have high hopes.

Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis – You know I’m a sucker for a good personal development book. I like to read a chapter every morning just to do start the day in the right space. It’s something new I’ve started to do, but I can definitely start to see the difference it makes in my day to day life. I’m a follower and fan of Rachel Hollis, so I wanted to hear Dave’s perspective about the world of self help.

Fierce Free Fire – The Guide to Being Glorious You by Jen Hatmaker – I only recently discovered Jen Hatmaker even though she’s been around the block for quite some time. I’m eager to start this one!

Where The Crawdads Sings by Delia Owens – This book has made waves thanks to Reese Witherspoon’s book club. I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to get my hands on it, but when I saw it pop up on major sale on Amazon, I decided to grab it.

I’m excited for June and the summer months ahead. I’m looking forward to appreciating the small things while our country continues to go through these hardships as of late.

Stay safe everyone. XO.

Friday Feels

Happy Friday everyone! Can we still say that with everything going on? My county officially established a Stay at Home Order on Thursday, which quite honestly, is what we’ve all been doing anyway. However, parks are now closed, most people should be working from home now, and there’s not a heck of a whole lot to do. But I’m trying to have a positive outlook and not let the stress get to me. Now is the time to relax, slow down, and enjoy what we can.

What I’m reading this week:

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod – This book is so popular and now I’m starting to realize why. I’m only a couple chapters in but boy am I hooked.

How To Stop Feeling Like Shit by Andrea Owen – Admittedly I bought this book on a whim because Amazon told me to. Is that a sign I buy too many “self-help” books? LOL

Lately I am trying to develop a more healthy morning routine (hence The Miracle Morning) and one of my personal goals is to read more personal development books. It may be corny to some, but trust me…there is a whole community out there that loves these types of books and for good reason. They make you think, give helpful tips and tools to live a more fulfilling life, etc.

My favorite snack of the moment! Cut up an apple and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top. So tasty and satisfies my sweet tooth. Apparently apples curb your hunger as well, so having this in the the afternoon holds me over til dinner.

Since we are all cooped up inside, below are a couple of YouTube channels that provide great (free) online workouts. Put on the sneaks and get moving!

Leslie Sansone (Walk at Home) https://www.youtube.com/user/walkathomemedia

Up to the BEat Fit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3wm6Rex4kcvOVpqxNHeA

Tone It Up https://www.youtube.com/user/ToneItUpcom

Obviously this weekend will be low key. The forecast is set to be in the 80s(!) so a lot of walks around the neighborhood will definitely be had. I’ve got a new puzzle to start (my new hobby), a few magazines to dive into, and some Netflix to binge.

I hope everyone continues to be safe!

 

Book Review (Round 2)

 

I’m back! Instead of giving you some long-winded excuse-filled post about where I’ve been and why I ghosted this blog, I’m just going to dive in. Cool? Cool.

Today I’m bringing you another round of book reviews. As it’s no surprise, I love reading and have quite the collection building up. Full disclosure here – I read these three books a couple months ago and I just happened to find them in a drawer recently. I really enjoyed all three, so I figured I would jot these down for you.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

You guys, this book will suck you right in. This is a fast-paced suspenseful novel that will keep you on your toes and will leave you wanting more. In this book, you follow along Thursday (the narrator) and her life being married to a polygamist. She knows NOTHING about the other two wives, until one day it all changes. I truly don’t want to give anymore details because it’s just so good. It’s not what you expect and neither is Thursday. This book does touch on mature issues/situations if that bothers you.  *Trigger warning: domestic abuse, miscarriage, mental health issues*

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

I will admit that it took a little while for me to get into this book. I don’t know if I was just too tired by the time I opened it or what but it finally picked up for me a few chapters in. In this novel we meet Paul Strom who seemingly has it all. Married to the beautiful Mia, has a big perfect house, two healthy boys, and a great career. He’s planned a lovely romantic getaway for himself and Mia at their lake house and has promised her the “best day ever”. You quickly find out that Paul’s life isn’t so perfect and his marriage most certainly is not.  Even with the slow start, I would still recommend this book.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

This book has been floating around for quite some time and I’m not surprised. It’s a real page turner and I’m all here for it. You will start to read this and make assumptions galore. You’ll think you’re reading about a jealous ex-wife and this is some crazy wicked love triangle. DO NOT ASSUME. It’s chilling and dark and so much more. Highly recommend!

During this crazy time we’re all living in right now, there’s something comforting about having a glass of wine, getting cozy and picking up a good book to read. I know we are all stressed and afraid of the unknown, so why not escape the real world for a bit?

Stay safe!

Friday Feels

Hey! We made it through another week friends! For me, this week dragged a tiny bit, but I think that the darker nights and colder mornings are just getting to me. I’m craving that warmer weather, and hell, I’m not even a summer person.

I figured in light of me re-starting this blog, I would introduce some new series. Posts where it would become a weekly regular. And of course we’re going to start with Friday, because…FRIDAY. So with that being said, I’d like to add “Friday Feels” to that list. Basically jotting down quick snip-its from the week and sharing what I’m feeling. There could be five things, there could be twenty (highly unlikely, but you know what I mean).

Let’s get started, shall we?

Restarting “Sara’s Savory Style”

Quick backstory here: I originally started this blog about six years ago, with a notion that I was going to become this big-wig blogger and document all the things and be this influencer that could quit her day job. Um, Sara. WAKE THE F* UP. To give myself some credit, I was young(ish) and blogs were the cool thing then. For a while I was pretty good, but ultimately it just started to fizzle out. I felt myself becoming inauthentic and it just wasn’t fun. Fast forward to today, where I’ve been living in a new state for almost 3 years and I work full-time from home. But it wasn’t until recently that I was having dinner with my boyfriend, and we stumbled upon the topic of hobbies. You see, he’s a total video-gamer and I am not. Not one bit. The best I can do is kick your ass in Mario Kart, and then I’m calling it a night. But David on the other hand is a complete pro. Has the whole duel desktop setup and special chair kind of pro. So on top of him doing his video game thing, he also works a hell of a whole lot (CAD engineering) and goes to school. Which, when I see it in writing…damn, my guy is a go-getter. But for me, I like to do things, but I wouldn’t say I have a “passion”. Yeah I like to cook, read, and write, but where can I throw them all in one pot and stir them all together? Enter, this blog. So here we are! Revamping Sara’s Savory Style and giving it a good-all college try. Is that the expression? Lord knows I never finished college.

LIIFT4 (Beachbody Program)

Have ya’ll ever heard of Beachbody? I’m sure your first reaction is “of course! It’s that scam where people can become a coach and you get that nasty shake stuff”. And I’m here to tell you… you are not wrong. Is it complete bullshit that anyone can call themselves a “coach”? Yes. Is it annoying to see girls on Instagram posting their workouts every day and saying “if I have the time, so do you!” Yes KAREN, it is annoying. But… you can make Shakeology taste pretty darn good. Truth? I drink it. I add some almond milk, throw in a banana, and blend that shit up. I do not use water because I’m no monster. And I do not “shake it” because I have taste buds. If you make it like my little concoction, it ain’t half bad. It’s definitely on the healthier side as far as “protein shakes” but it can be annoying when you have to physically make it everyday. #firstworldproblems So, I’ve since cancelled it but have a supply for another two months to finish. Damn subscriptions.

With all that being said, I do love their workout programs. I’ve done a few of them and I’m currently doing the LIIFT 4 one. At first I was a little skeptical of how I’d like it. But just call me Arnold Schwarzenegger because turns out I love weightlifting. This program blends weight training (using dumbbells) with HIT cardio and it’s a total sweat session. So if you’re looking to skip the gym and try at-home workouts, I would recommend Beachbody On Demand. You can simply pay for just the workouts (not to mention, it’s one flat fee for TONS upon TONS of programs). In true transparency, it’s about $100 bucks for year. In comparison, Orangetheory is over a $100 a month.

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta (Recipe Fail) 

Sounds delicious right? It’s easy cause it’s in the crockpot, right? WRONG. It wasn’t until the step where I had to add the pasta, where things went wrong. So so wrong. It became thick, chunky, and heavy. Am I subconsciously describing myself? LOL. But yes, it was okay and you could eat it but it certainly didn’t come out the way I intended. I was picturing say, spaghetti with your basic tomato sauce, but switch it for a creamy buffalo sauce. Tasty right? I’m going to attempt it again, without cooking the noodles in the crockpot. Here’s my plan: make the chicken/sauce combo in the crockpot, cook the noodles (using macaroni instead of fettuccine) separate, and then combine the two. If it turns out the way I envision, I’ll share the recipe fo sho.

No set plans for this weekend for me. Tonight will consist of me eating gluten-free pizza (hey Udi’s) and watching Life After Lockup. If you know what show that is, then you’re my person! Let’s be friends. David mentioned making chili on Saturday night, which I won’t lie, is a major highlight for me. But in my defense, who doesn’t love chili?!

Hope you enjoyed this first edition of Friday Feels, which turns out, wasn’t quite as short as I intended. Oops. Anyway, have a lovely weekend and I hope you continue to check back in and see what other shenanigans I get into.

 

 

 

Book Review (Round 1)

I would say that I’ve always enjoyed reading, but it wasn’t until my twenties where I could really dive into a book and get lost. I figured since I read quite a bit, it would be fun to give a quick review of each. Of course everybody’s interests and likes differ, but I always find it helpful if someone recommends a book or not. So let’s get started with this round!

1. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

I honestly wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with this book! This suspenseful thriller had me ROOTING for the murderer. The plot of the novel is a pretty basic concept; is the perfect couple, Jack and Grace Angel really perfect? Not quite. I won’t spoil it or give anything away, but just know… you will feel all the emotions with this one. Sadness, frustration, anger, eagerness, disgust towards the two main characters in this book. Each chapter is either “present” tense or “past” but I had no issues following the narrative. This was a fairly quick read too. Highly recommend!

 

2. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

This novel is about a 15 year old girl, Ellie Mack, who disappears out of nowhere. Ten years later, Laurel, Ellie’s mother, continues to have hope and not think the worst. One day Laurel meets a charming man, Lloyd and they hit it off right away. Soon after she meets his 9 year old daughter, Poppy, who is the splitting image of Ellie. Questions start to arise and you’ll be hooked from there. This was a little slow for me in the beginning, but after a couple of chapters, I couldn’t put it down.

 

3. The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

I honestly don’t know how I found this book, but I’m glad I did. This was a rather quick read, but that’s because I couldn’t put it down! One night, Tessa comes home and finds a little boy in her kitchen. However, she doesn’t have any children (anymore). I don’t want to reveal more because it’s just that good. It’s an intense thriller with a twist that you won’t see coming and will make you have trust issues.

I’ve already started a new book which I’m really excited about, so another round will come back in no-time!

XO,

Friday’s Five

It’s my intention to religiously post about five things every Friday. (Hence the name, DUH.) Originally I was thinking five things that made me smile or happy throughout the week, but then realized that “hell, maybe I won’t always have five things to list?” So I decided to keep it simple and easy and basically list whatever comes to mind. IT’S MY BLOG AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT TO, DO WHAT I WANT TO. (Did you read that in the tune of “it’s my party and I’ll cry if  I want to?” because that’s what I was shooting for.) In any case, here we go.

Five books I’m reading this month!

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My Favorite Podcasts

It seems no matter where you are, you always see people with headphones on. It could be walking down the street, at the gym, in the store, at the coffee shop. Ever wonder what they are listening to? Well if you’re a weirdo like me, then you do. Aside from Spotify and Amazon music, I’m usually listening to some sort of podcast. And with thousands and thousands of them, you can essentially find a podcast about anything.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to!

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