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Hahah-this felt like a very familiar Friday morning! Are you open to reading sad but beautiful, sweeping, generational family drama books on vacation? I LOVED Hello, Beautiful by Anne Napolitano. Or on the nonfiction side, Mary Louise Kelly’s memoir, It.Goes.So.Fast., about her son’s last year if high school has some beautiful reflections on writing, career, motherhood...and also made me cry. I don’t have any lighthearted recs 🤣 But it seems like everyone loves Happy Place, the new Emily Henry book! (I’m hoping to be off the library waitlist by Halloween.) Have a great vacation!!

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For your beach read...have you read Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld yet? It's good! I don't like romances or rom-coms but I'd call this a "thinking woman's chick lit" haha.

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Jun 17, 2023Liked by Ashlee Gadd

Books I loved for vacation reads: Jessie Q Sutano's Four Auntie's series, The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles, and, interestingly, Trevor Noah's memoir Born a Crime.

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Does the invisible sunscreen smell like sunscreen? I just bought some cetaphil and it smells like sunscreen 🙈

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Jun 17, 2023Liked by Ashlee Gadd

Oh man now you got me teary eyed once I read your piece and the line "middle school is going to be great" 🤍

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Oh this was wonderful and just what my brain could handle of Day 5 of summer vacation. And ooooh - so many new products and special things to look into!

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Jun 17, 2023Liked by Ashlee Gadd

Your working mom/camp shout out literally made me LOL. The struggle is real. I refused to leave for vacation a few hours earlier because I had shelled out so much money for this one camp and darn it my kids were gonna enjoy every bit of it! 🤣

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Jun 17, 2023Liked by Ashlee Gadd

I think you’d love this book as a beach read!

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

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Jun 17, 2023Liked by Ashlee Gadd

Costco for TP! Buying it in bulk helps me keep up with it.

A lady’s guide to fortune hunting

The magnificent lives of Marjorie Post

Any of Katherine Centers books.

Have all been good reads lately!

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I can very much relate to frequently running out of toilet paper and forgetting basically everything. I don’t know if they have Who Gives A Crap in the US, but they are a game changer. They deliver a massive box of toilet rolls to your door. And it’s all wrapped in paper and gives money to sanitation in developing companies blah blah but the best bit is it is dropped off super fast and you can put it on subscription.

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So glad a mom I admire so much also goes to the store many times a week. I can never remember everything in one trip 🤣

Do you think it’s wrong to get your book in every format? (Asking for a friend who already owns it on kindle AND print lol.)

Thanks for the links!!!!

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This week I had my parents visiting and I realized too little too late that we had ZERO rolls of TP so you are not alone. I loved all your summer recs! Going to try the serum, texture spray, and wide leg pants 😘

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Living an hour from town has forced me to not forget about TP. But I've learned the hard way! ;) I just found out today that the author of "Nora Goes Off Script" has a new book out and I cannot wait to read it!

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I as well also cannot figure out to adult. 🙋🏻‍♀️ My husband and I just had a conversation today about how as kids we thought our parents had it all figured out and now that we’re the parents, we know they were just making it up as they go like we are now. I forgot two whole zoom meeting in a row last week so clearly I’m winning right now.

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Cereal always tastes better at night! This I believe. Love reading your link roundups — like texts from a friend! Happy summer. The bottom half of my newsletter always holds my latest recs for what I’m cooking/loving/reading/listening to, and my latest one has some good ones for summer! You can check it out here. https://kathryndave.substack.com/p/kicking-the-bucket

To those, I’d add:

-this cocktail for summer nights or poolside https://www.diffordsguide.com/cocktails/recipe/530/army-and-navy (orgeat was my discovery of summer 2022!)

-this incredibly flattering tank for $8!! https://www.target.com/p/women-39-s-ribbed-tank-top-a-new-day-8482-olive-s/-/A-82488867?ref=tgt_adv_xsp&AFID=google&fndsrc=tgtao&DFA=71700000086349400&CPNG=PLA_Women%2BShopping_Traffic_Local_Traffic%7CWomen_Ecomm_AA&adgroup=SC_Women_Local&LID=700000001170770pgs&LNM=PRODUCT_GROUP&network=g&device=m&location=9060223&targetid=pla-896010377188&gbraid=0AAAAAD-5dfaIudvQO5t1zSLFNtJHu8rPK&gclid=CjwKCAjwkLCkBhA9EiwAka9QRhKZuimInAP1kJrOwaUUV3oB1W3sZMUV2vKow8AT_FPQ7rBPnbNNGxoCD_kQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

-Sorrow and Bliss for a beach read that’s both funny and achingly relatable. Sorrow and Bliss: A Novel: Mason, Meg: 9780063049598: Amazon.com: Books

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Nora Goes off Script is a easy breezy summer rom com. It hits all the right notes with enough twists that it feels fresh and satisfying.

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