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So many reached out and told me that they loved our first volume of Super Mom’s favorite things, so I decided to make it a monthly series! Depending on what’s going on in our family, I may even switch up the categories a bit. Anyhoo… here are my favorites for the month.
I know I love a book series when I finish two books in just a few weeks. This series by Sara Blaedel was so easy to read! Just when I thought I had an understanding of each character and who they were, the ending totally threw me for a loop. I love those types of books! As soon as I was done, I rushed to google the third book and I couldn’t find anything anywhere! Luckily, I tweeted the author, Sara Blaedel and she answered back pretty quickly (I love when an author cares enough to respond to a fan)! So since the third book won’t be released for another 4 months, I have plenty of time to read her other series (I’ve already started on the first book). We’ll talk about that next month!
Her Father’s Secret by Sara Blaedel is the second book in a series.
“Crime-writer superstar Sara Blaedel’s great skill is in weaving a heartbreaking social history into an edge-of-your-chair thriller.” –Oprah.com
I’m taking you back guys… back to the year 2000. Back to one of my favorite movies of all time, Brokedown Palace with Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale. After finding the DVD in a drawer last week, I couldn’t wait to watch it one more time. This makes 3,459 maybe? If you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend it! I’m not sure what’s better, the story line or the ending. Both are phenomenal.
Brokedown Palace Staring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale
In this riveting thriller, Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale star as two best friends whose dream vacation becomes a nightmare. Alice (Danes) is impulsive and reckless; Darlene (Beckinsale) is more reserved. But when each falls for the same mysterious man, both girls throw caution to the wind, and in one instant, their lives are changed forever. Now in a foreign land, they must prove their innocence before it’s too late. Bill Pullman co-stars in this “compelling” tale of self-discovery and the ultimate sacrifice for a friend!
Full disclosure… I wasn’t planning on getting Disney+. I made the decision early on that we just didn’t need another reason to sit in front of the tv… but the peer pressure and all of the social posts got to me, and considering it was only a few dollars more a month, I caved. And honestly, it’s the best few dollars a month I’ve spent. Basically every Disney movie and show are there for you to watch whenever you want!
An unexpected gem is Kristen Bell’s new series, Encore! So freaking good! It’s everything you want in a series… laughter, reunions, personal stories and so many tears. Imagine going back to high school years and years later and reuniting with the cast of your high school musical. Fun, right? Well, how about performing it again, as adults?! Yep… it’s basically amazing.
Encore! Produced by Kristen Bell and Will Gluck
Encore! is an American reality web television series hosted and executive produced by Kristen Bell and Will Gluck. The series premiered with a pilot on December 10, 2017, and officially premiered on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. The series reunites the cast members of a high school musical to recreate their performance years after they originally performed.
Ok, if you love a good mystery, I found another podcast that not only has an unbelievable story, but also has a perfect ending. Room 20!
Room 20 hosted by Joanne Faryon
The sign above his hospital bed called him Sixty-Six Garage. For more than 15 years, he would lay there unidentified and unconscious. Or so, everyone believed. From LA Times Studios and the team that brought you “Dirty John” and “Man in the Window,” comes “Room 20,” a story about the search for a man’s identity and the truth about his accident. Investigative reporter Joanne Faryon’s two-year journey is filled with twists and turns. Now, she’ll finally reveal who Garage really is. But one important question remained for her upon this discovery: has Garage been conscious this entire time? This series was produced by L.A. Times Studios with support from Neon Hum Media. The Los Angeles Times newsroom was not involved in the creation of the podcast.
Favorite New Find
Ok… here’s the story. Super Dad and I were waiting in line at Homegoods and were headed to the school to pick up the girls. He grabbed a bag of Artisan Tropic Cassava Strips and said he wanted to bring a snack for the girls. We wound up opening them as soon as we got into the car because we were starving. I took one, just to taste and WOW! Before we knew it, the entire bag was GONE. Nothing left for the girls. Oops!
Artisan Tropic Cassava Strips with Sea Salt
When I realized the bag was empty, I asked Super Dad, jokingly, if they list crack as one of the ingredients… he actually turned the bag around and starting reading the ingredients…lol. Dead. Clearly there is no crack in them, but I’m telling you, they are crazy addictive. You can’t eat just one. They are super thin and lightly seasoned with sea salt. They are better than any chips I’ve ever eaten. I highly recommend that you locate a store near you and grab yourself a bag (or a few). We are considering buying them in bulk, but I’m afraid we’ll go through all 12 packs way too quickly.
Well, that’s it. My current favorite things. What did you think? Is there another category you’d like me to add next month?
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