Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 10.27.17

Are you gearing up for any Halloween parties this weekend?  Or chilling on the couch and relaxing?  Can you even believe we roll into November next week??  This year is rapidly rolling to a close, isn’t it?  Let’s get on with this week’s Friday 5+1!  This post contains some affiliate links.

Silent Child

Silent Child is s a suspense/thriller/mystery all wrapped into one book.  It got me from the first chapter, and when I thought I had it all figured out, it twisted around again.  Here is a description from Amazon:

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son’s red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year – a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life. She’s married, pregnant, and in control again…until Aiden returns.

Too traumatised to speak, he raises endless questions and answers none. Where has he been? What happened to him on that rainy afternoon? And now that he’s back, whom can he trust?

At Audible we love listening to crime books. But every so often one comes along that we think is truly special. An Amazon Kindle number one best-seller, Sarah A. Denzil’s Silent Child is taking Audible HQ by storm. In an Audible Exclusive production, Joanne Froggatt (Mrs Bates, Downton Abbey) delivers a powerhouse performance that will keep you gripped until the very last second.

I didn’t realize it was “Mrs. Bates” from Downton Abbey who did the narration in the Audible version of this book – I knew I recognized that voice!  Her narration was perfect, and made the book that much easier on the ears.

Friday 5+1 Evolution of Style - Good Read

Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup

October is Instant Pot month over at Pinch of Yum, and I made this amazingly delicious Wild Rice Soup last night.  Oh. my. goodness.  So good.  I even added chicken to it – divine.  Highly recommend.  So yummy.


I will admit that I got stumbled upon their story of the loss of their sweet baby boy Afton, who was born at 23 weeks, and I was completely swept away – mostly because Lindsay was so eloquent in her heartfelt writing.  So beautifully done, which is why I think I cried so much – you felt their pain and loss so personally.  If you read their story, make sure you have a box of Kleenex.


This Pretty Modern Farmhouse

So, this house is being built nearby.  I drive by it daily, and it always catches my eye, even though we have no plans on moving.  It’s set to be a model home, so you can bet that I’m going to be taking a tour once it’s open.  Do you have a house like this in your area?  One that you admire on a regular basis?

Modern Farmhouse

Master Kitchen Design

Do you follow Master Kitchen Design on Instagram?  This gorgeous kitchen caught my eye – a stunner!

Master Kitchen Design

Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone

I spotted Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone on Amazon, and it made me laugh.  Might have to get this book for my oldest for Christmas – a fun one for someone who just left the nest or is leaving soon.

Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone

My +1 for the week:  People waiting for close parking spots vs. parking in an open spot and walking a few feet

Have you ever had a cart full of groceries and an impatient driver waiting for you to hurry up and load your car, so they can take your parking spot?  Even though there is an open spot (or several for that matter), right down the row?  This makes me CRAZY.  Would it kill you to use your legs and walk into the store, instead of glaring at me to hurry up and make it snappy?  FYI, I’m slowing things down a bit because you’re glaring at me…  You could be parked and already in the store by now if you had taken that open spot instead of using all of your energy giving me the stink eye.

Anyone else?

Have a fantastic weekend!!







  • Reply
    Cassie Bustamante
    October 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    another book that sounds fab! thanks for the rec!

  • Reply
    October 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

    After you get in your car, be sure and send out those text messages (just left the store, I’m on my way, etc.) before you move, I mean you can’t text & drive!

  • Reply
    October 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I gave the Do Your Laundry book as graduation gifts with gift card tucked inside to many of my kids’ friends. They will sometimes pick up our copy and read while binge watching TV. I’m hoping something might get through!

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    November 4, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Just wanted to let you know the back story on the kitchen you admired that Master Kitchen Design posted. They failed to mention it was not their work and they were accepting compliments like it was their own design.They did not give credit to my son and his partner’s company, Sticks and Bricks Development. The designer is Melissa Mullard and the cabinet company is Crabtree Design House. The beautiful home is in Paradise Valley, AZ. It is a shame when another company is taking credit for someone else’s beautiful work. Maybe Master Kitchen is not one to follow!?! Just thought you should know…

    • Reply
      November 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Well that’s awful Kathryn – thank you for letting me know. As someone who shares on social media, I know the feeling of having something swiped and claimed as your own. Do you have links you can share with me for all of them, so I can give credit appropriately? I will swipe out the photo too, as I want the credit to be given to the right people!

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