Wonder Women


Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs comes out this October but I was able to snag a copy in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.

This book! I breezed through it during the weekend. Thoroughly engaging – think “textbook meets Tumblr” as the author notes in the acknowledgements section. Emily and I have been reading up on badass women in history because she’s a gal and I’m a gal and it’s important to learn about women in history so she knows she truly can do anything she wants to no matter what or whom tells her no.

This book does not disappoint. What was disappointing; however, was my lack of knowledge of these women prior to reading the book. Well, I knew of maybe 3 of the women discussed in the book before. But that’s the point especially since so many men took the ideas and innovations from many women and made it theirs (double helix anyone?).

When I requested this title, I had no idea it was written by the same author as The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. My friend Kayla sent me a copy and it’s sitting on my desk and I can’t wait to dive in!


RIP Goblet #2

This post was in my drafts from 5 years ago….which is funny because I broke Goblet #3 about 3 weeks ago when it went sailing off my side table and took the Arnold Palmer drink with it!

When I was living at college many years ago, I bought a set of water goblets that looked like these:

They came in a set of four and I drank everything from water to iced tea to something fruity and alcoholic. They are my favorite glasses. In 2001, I lost 1 when I dropped it off the 3rd floor balcony of an apartment building. I may or may not have been drinking sombreros out of them.  And I may or may not have been slightly intoxicated and knocked it off the balcony.

Just two weeks ago, glass #2 broke in my kitchen sink. I had piled another glass inside it to carry it from another room, set it in my sink and it must have somehow broken when I wasn’t looking. My husband just saw a bunch of glass in our kitchen sink. :(

I can still find them at a certain box store but I haven’t bought more simply because these have history. That’s weird, isn’t it?

Favorite Books Read of 2016…so far

Long time no blog! I’m in the process of creating a new web space for myself but I wanted to write about some books I’ve read so far in 2016 and my favorites. I love me some Goodreads so head there to friend me so I can follow what you’re reading and add to my ever growing list of to-read books. Isn’t it funny how having a list a mile long of books you want to read is comforting but if you have a list a mile long of chores you need to do it’s daunting?

To keep up with my goal of 45 books this year, click here. I listen to audio books on my work commute or when I’m washing dishes and I always have a book I’m reading loaded on my Kindle. I love the OverDrive app for borrowing e-books and audio books! My library is quite small so sometimes I am on long wait lists for things on the app but it’s worth it. I will list a few of my favorite audio books and ebooks I’ve read this year. For this post, we’ll stick with audio books. I’ll do another post in the next week of ebooks.

Aviators Wife

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

I’ve never been one to read historical fiction but after listening to All the Light We Cannot See, I’ve been hooked. The Aviator’s Wife is a story of Charles Lindbergh’s wife Anne Morrow told from her perspective. We all know about Lindbergh’s flights and the tragedy with their first son but I learned a lot about Lindbergh’s beliefs in Eugenics and that he had a bunch of other kids with other women (!!). Previously, I also had no knowledge that Ms. Morrow was the first female licensed pilot. Melanie Benjamin did a great job of weaving true events with fiction and I really enjoyed listening to the story.


Husband Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This is my third Liane Moriarty book and I’ve loved them all. This story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  Celia discovers a letter her husband wrote to her only to be opened upon his death. He revealed a deep, dark secret in the letter and the characters in the story are all woven around this secret. It’s definitely a great summer or beach read as it is fast paced.

Connecticut Girls Pint Out: Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Tasting at Inishmor

I love craft beer. It’s a fun hobby that I share with my husband. We love to go to breweries and do tastings and seek out new brews. One day, I found Connecticut Girls Pint Out on Facebook and started following them. Recently, we stumbled on their booth at the Thread City Hop Fest and found out they were doing an event super close to where I live. My friend Ashley and I decided to attend that event seeing how neither of us had a night out in forever and it sounded awesome.

The Captain Lawrence Brewing Co Small Plates and beer at Inishmor was awesome! I’m so glad we went. Alex, the owner of Inishmor, put together a yummy menu of small bites to pair with three FULL SIZED pours of Captain Lawrence beers. Here’s the menu:


My favorite beer of the night was Sun Block. Immediately after my first sip, I told Ashley that I tasted coconut. Sure enough, Marcus from the brewery explained all the hops used to make this seasonal and mentioned a coconut flavor! It’s really a great beer for summer and I love finding new, refreshing beers for hot summer days.

It was great to meet other ladies, near and far in Connecticut who love beer as much as I do. At one point in the night we were whipping out photos of our kids – furbabies and human babies! I had a really great time (I won some swag!) and I even signed up for the next event – a homebrew class where we’ll make our own IPA and get to come back in three weeks to bottle and take home a six-pack.


If you’re a lady into brews, I highly suggest checking out your local chapter of Girls Pint Out. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to make new friends!

Allure Beauty Thrills 2015


Two of my favorite things are: A good bargain, and fun beauty products. Allure magazine curates a beauty box each year and I’ve tried in the past to snag one to no avail. These puppies sell out quickly because they are such a great value. Somehow I was able to order one this year and it arrived last week. I’ve tried a bunch of the products out so far so I thought I’d give a little review. This is not sponsored in any way.

The box was $44.95 plus shipping and it’s all full size, drugstore beauty products.

(This post probably seems a bit out of place after my last post about getting rid of excess stuff. What can I say, I’m a walking contradiction? Ha! But really, these are all products I would use so I thought why not. )

Aloxxi – Lightweight Sculpting Wax. I used this once so far. I like it ok, it does provide texture to my hair (I cut it pretty short recently so I like adding it to the ends for something extra). Not sure if I’d purchase it again.

BIC – Soleil Glow Razor. I gave this to my mom since I just stocked up on razors at Target.

Biore – Charcoal Pore Minimizer.  Used this once so far and I loved how it made my face feel afterwards. I’m planning to use this twice a week – my pores are large and can get clogged easily and I think this will help.

Cetaphil – Intensive Moisturizing Cream. I already love Cetaphil and use their cleanser daily in the shower. This moisturizer worked well on my feet after spending the weekend gardening.

Dickinson’s – Original Witch Hazel Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths. What a mouthful that was! I used this cloth once so far. I don’t think I’ll use it often as I don’t like using Witch Hazel. It dries my face out. Also, you can’t use these cloths on eye makeup so really, what’s the point?

Clear Scalp & Hair – Active Damage resist Ultra-Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner. I used both and I already liked the Clear brand. I can’t use the conditioner at every wash because it seems to dry my hair out.

Colgate Optic White – Express White Toothpaste. This claims to get your teeth whiter in 3 days and I think it’s true. I feel like my teeth are a bit whiter which is helpful since I drink coffee daily. Not sure I’d repurchase though.

Colgate Optic White – Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. I’ve only used the pen once so far so not sure how I feel yet. I really didn’t like the application though, but I like that you can just put it on and go about your day.

Derma E – Anti-wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser and the Retinyl Palmitate Creme. I really like the cleanser. It gets off my makeup and my face feels great after. I’ve been using the creme at night and my face feels a lot smoother so that’s a plus.

Dove – Advanced Care Antiperspirant/Deodorant with NutriumMoisture and the go fresh Revitalize Body Wash. I haven’t used either yet since I mostly use more natural deodorants but I’ll keep this for the days that I work out as I think it’s stronger than the natural deodorants. I’ll try the body wash when i’m done using the other wash that came in the box.

Jergens – Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse – Deep Bronze. I’m excited to try this to even out legs but I’m nervous since it’s darker than I would normally try.

John Frieda – Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir. I’ll probably give this to a friend since I just bought a (more expensive) oil for my hair.

MD Complete – Even Tone & Texture Accelerator. I’ve used this a couple of times and I think it’s ok. It is hydrating but I’m not sure I am noticing more even skin.

Not Your Mother’s – Clean Freak Cleansing Conditioner. Haven’t tried this yet, but I do love Not Your Mother’s brand.

Physician’s Formula – Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit. I was greatly intrigued by this since three step, fiber mascara is all the rage lately. And actually, this was the reason I bought the box since I knew this mascara alone is about $13 at the drugstore. I wore this during the weekend and gardened with this on and I have to stay, it never smudged or flaked and lasted all day.

Ponds – Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream. I already gave this to my mom. I do not like the smell of Ponds creams.

Revlon – PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash and Ultra HD Lipstick. I like the lid color of the Eye Art kit, but the sparkles? Nope. Won’t buy this again. And the lipstick is a color that does not go with my skin tone so maybe I’ll give that away too.

Secret – Outlast Clear Gel. I’ve actually been using this on days I’ve been gardening and doing yard work and it’s worked really, really well! Lasts all day.

Suave Professionals – Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Weightless Blow Dry Spray and Sea Mineral Infusion Exfoliating Body Wash and Visible Glow Self-Tanning Body Lotion. I’ve used the Blow Dry Spray once since I don’t blow dry my hair often. It was ok – didn’t really feel like it did a whole lot. I really like the exfoliating wash. The scent is not overpowering at all. I think I’ll try the tanning lotion next.

Phew! What is that, 25 products for $45? Not shabby. It also came with a booklet explaining each product.


What do you think? Want me to give you a heads up when this is available again next year?

The Magic of Getting Rid of Sh#$

I love podcasts. Love, love, love them! I listen to them on my commute to work, on walks, when I’m cleaning up or cooking dinner. One of my recent favorites is Atomic Moms which is two moms who talk honestly and openly about balancing it all. A recent episode I listened to “Life Changing Magic”  talked about that book. The one that is invading all of blogs and twitter. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. That one. I hadn’t heard of that book until I listened to the podcast. The funny thing is, after I listened to the podcast, I read Ashley’s reviews of the book and now I really want to read it!

The podcast inspired me with stories of getting rid of stuff that doesn’t bring you joy. Clothes, books, nick knacks, gifts from other people you don’t have use for, etc. I went home that afternoon and went to my closet and got rid of the clothes that I haven’t worn or that I have worn recently and I never feel happy wearing them. Soon my car looked like this:

clutter bags

Two full bags of clothes to drop off at Salvation Army and I have another bag of clothes to bring to the consignment shop. After I was done, I had tons of hangers left and I had space on my closet shelves. My closet is now paired down to things I truly wear and it’s so much easier to not only put away my laundry each week, but getting dressed in the morning is a breeze.

Sure, I used to purge my closet a couple of times a year before. I tried the whole “if you haven’t worn it in a year, toss it!” saying. Oftentimes I found myself still hanging on to things and talking myself into keeping clothing I never ended up wearing. This time, I was more honest with myself and just threw pieces of clothing into my bags and truly let them go.

It’s been a few weeks since I did this and….I don’t miss any of it. There’s not a single piece of clothing I regret tossing. It’s freeing.

I still have to tackle the rest of my house, but little by little we will get there.

In Which I Complain About Snow and Other Updates

Hi! Long time no…write. If you live in New England or watch the news, I’m sure you know how much snow and bad weather we’ve gotten the past few months. This winter was terrible and it affected me in ways that weather hadn’t affected me before. I was moody, feeling blah and just had a lack of motivation. Being stuck inside and having to endure snowstorm after endless snowstorm just gave me and my family cabin fever. We are just finally starting to see all that snow melting and finding that, yes, we do indeed have a lawn!

What’s cute in December is not cute in late March. Winter is a Stage 5 Clinger.

A photo posted by tangiblehope (@tangiblehope) on Mar 28, 2015 at 4:55pm PDT

So that’s sort of why I took a blogging break. During that time, I picked up a new hobby! I started loom knitting. Knitting was always something I wish I took up when I was younger and even had various knitters in my life try to teach me, but I couldn’t get the hang of it. I read Jen Lancaster’s book and it inspired me. With a 50% off coupon in hand, I went to Michaels and picked up some looms and yarn and knit my first scarf! I was so impressed with myself and have since knit cowls and scarves and hats and headbands. Being stuck inside most of winter was a good excuse to sit on the couch, binge Downton Abbey and knit. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to finish a piece, especially if it’s a gift for someone.

[insert knitting project]

We’ve also planned a couple of summer vacations! We are going to Canada to meet up with some great friends for a few days. This meant that we had to get passports (yeah, I haven’t left the country much!). It’s still weird to me that you need a passport to go to Canada but c’est la vie. Like my French, eh? We’re also going back to Disney World, which may be our last trip as a family of three. Nope, not pregnant, nor are we trying. But we’ve always had a desire to have one more child. With the cost of daycare it’s hard to afford two children in daycare at once. That would seriously be another mortgage payment. So we are trying to time it so that Emily will be starting Kindergarten.

During this time of waiting to start trying (I’ve learned a lot about patience!), I’ve been focusing on getting my eating habits and myself in shape. I gained some winter weight and finally faced the music as I saw my weight creep up. My motivation at the time was to be able to fit into the pretty bathing suits I bought last summer that I loved but they were already a size smaller than my usual size, and with my winter weight gain there was no way in hell they would fit me again. I logged back into myfitnesspal and started hitting the gym again. I also found a great app for strength training at home which I’ll have to write a post about! In the 3 weeks since I started this, I’ve lost close to 4 lbs but most importantly, I feel so much better!

So what’s new with you? I’m hoping to pop back in here this week with a couple of DIY projects we’ve done around the house lately, so look out for that!