Friday Recap - Everything That's Going On

Hey everyone. I have all kinds of exciting news and things I want to share with you, so I decided to do a weekly recap to keep you up to date. (This post does contain some affiliate links.)

First off, my new memoir THIS IS NOT MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE, will be released on June 7, 2016 by Picador! I can't wait and I hope you are as excited as I am about this. Here is the cover, designed by the amazing Henry Sene Yee. Check out his beautiful Instagram here.

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Then I took a selfie that came out pretty well, so it is officially my new bio photo. That lipstick color is Revlon Fire and Ice. I bought it on a whim at the drugstore and ended up loving it even though it's really bright.

This week I am listening to Beach House's new song Somewhere Tonight.

After that, I made this yummy Mexican Zucchini and it was delicious.

I am almost finished reading Jenny Lawson's memoir Furiously Happy and am enjoying it very much. I was particularly moved by a poignant scene where Lawson, alone in a hotel with bleeding feet, in the middle of a terrible anxiety attack, walks the winter streets of New York City in the snow.

As soon as I finish, I am going to read Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter, and Me, a memoir by Lorilee Craker. I am really excited about this because Anne was my favorite childhood heroine. Amazon describes the book like this: "A charming and heartwarming true story for anyone who has ever longed for a place to belong. “Anne of Green Gables,” My Daughter, and Me is a witty romp through the classic novel; a visit to the magical shores of Prince Edward Island; and a poignant personal tale of love, faith, and loss."


Last night I learned how to roast perfect pumpkin seeds. The secret is to let them dry overnight, then oil them and roast at 300 degrees for 45 minutes.

I read this article "A Mother Alone in Target" by Katie Smith and swore she had been following me around.

My daughter turned 5 on Monday, and this week we have been researching booster seats. She is ready to make the transition and we want to be safe. Any advice? This article had some good tips.

Mary Widdicks makes some excellent points in the Washington Post about why she lets her kids talk to strangers. I loved this because I feel the exact same way. My extroverted daughter loves talking to everyone and I don't want her scared of the world. Here is Mary's Facebook.

I wrote an essay for Babble about the upside to sick days. You can find it here, along with all of my other Babble articles. I have a few more articles and essays forthcoming which I will let you know about on my Facebook page as soon as they are posted (please like if you haven't already).

This weekend we have a lot of Halloween fun planned. Tomorrow I am going to a Halloween party and I will be bringing this eggplant caponata. On Sunday I will be visiting Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens with a friend. This is a must see for anyone visiting South Florida.

I plan on doing a recap every Friday (or as often as possible), so if you have anything you think I might like or think I should share, please email me at or message me on Facebook and I will be happy to check it out. Have a good weekend and Happy Halloween!