Links for Your Weekend

Happy Friday! What are you up to this Thanksgiving weekend? The five of us (plus two dogs) are headed to the lake for a  change of scenery. I’m taking along some reading, this puzzle, and the ingredients for taco soup.

As I sometimes do on weekends, I’m sharing with you some things I’ve found interesting or entertaining from around the web.

Note: This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. More details here.

Jenny Steffens Hobick has opened a gorgeous new shop in Westwood Hills, KS. Kansas City friends, you might want to add this to your places to visit. If you’re not in KC, the photo tour of the shop is so beautiful, it’s worth checking out and you can order online as well.

Patsy has one of the most beautiful Instagram accounts I know of and she does Christmas like no one else. She’s definitely one to follow.

Holiday shopping tip: I’ve always been a big online shopper but never more so than this year. When shopping online, I use cashback sites to save a little more on my purchases. My favorite sites are Mr. Rebates and Rakuten (formerly Ebates). Rakuten has a great deal going on right now. When you sign up (it’s free) and spend $40 by shopping through their links (once you click through to the store, the shopping experience is exactly the same as it otherwise would be) you get a $40 bonus. (Full disclosure: if you sign up using my referral link, I get the bonus too.) This offer is good through the end of the year. I’ve used both of these sites for years and have received hundreds of dollars in cash back, so if you have any questions about how they work I’m happy to share my experience.

Kindle Deals

Here are some notable books that are Kindle Deals at the time I’m writing this.

Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott. I loved this book. Anne considers these to be the three essential prayers and I’m hard-pressed to think of anything that doesn’t fit into one of these categories. Anne writes with humor and wisdom. I always have lots of ah-ha moments when reading anything by her.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. If you like historical fiction, this is one to get. My book club read this and really liked it. It generated a lot of discussion. From the publisher: A female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. I’m not much of a true-crime reader but I made an exception for this book, which is as much about the author’s efforts to track down the killer as it is about the crimes themselves. I was completely riveted by both stories.

I hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

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  1. Hi Julie,

    I enjoy your blog, especially your notes about KC.
    I visit KC very often and had a chance to explore West Bottoms, Brookside, and the obvious places like River Market, the Plaza and Westport. Can you recommend any cute/interesting nooks and crannies similar to Westwood Hills and Crestwood please?

    Enjoy the season

    1. Hi there! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog.

      Regarding places like Westwood Hills and Crestwood…it depends on what you like about those. The charm? The shopping? There are the Fairway Shops on Shawnee Mission Parkway, the Prairie Village Shops at 72nd and Mission Rd., and Corinth Square at 83rd and Mission Rd. It sounds like you’ve been to the Brookside shops, but there is a store a little east of there called J’Adore that you might enjoy. North of downtown are the Briarcliff shops where Nell Hills is located. There are some antique stores on 43rd St. just east of State Line. And I love Pryde’s in Westport.

      I hope that helps! Thanks for reading!


  2. Thank you Julie! You gave me plenty of new places to visit.

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