a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken November 11, 2015 // Phoenix, Arizona

We have been to the Desert Botanical Gardens twice now, and both times Raffa has loved it. It is really beautiful there.

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a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken November 6, 2015 // Scottsdale, Arizona

The fountains at Scottsdale Quarter kept Raffa busy for a long while. Despite temperatures in the 60s and in the shade, he didn't mind (literally) getting his feet wet - soaked actually.

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a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken October 7, 2015 // Denver, Colorado

photo taken October 20, 2015 // Denver, Colorado

photo taken October 21, 2015 // Phoenix, Arizona

photo taken November 1, 2015 // Phoenix, Arizona

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Finished Reading // The Expats

Note: This post is part of a blog book club and is a post about my feelings and opinions in regards to this book. Read more about the blog book club and why I read this book here. This post was written after I read the book and therefor contains SPOILERS, so don't read this post if you aren't finished with the book!

Overall Thoughts

This book was lent to me by a friend. I told her about some of the Moriarty books I had read, and she thought I might like this one, too. She was right. It was different than Liane Moriarty's mysteries but similar too. I totally loved the espionage theme of this book, as well as that it was a more light-hearted mystery (versus a murder mystery which would be heavy). This book was nothing ground-breaking or amazing, but it was a quick, fun, easy read. I read lots of negative reviews of it online, but I enjoyed it. I think some reviewers take reviewing too seriously and also over analyze a book. I read for entertainment and this book fit the bill. That said, it was so quick and easy, I don't have a ton to say about it.

Opinion on Characters

I didn't have super strong opinions on the characters in this book one way or the other. I liked Kate. I didn't particularly relate to her a whole lot, but liked her nonetheless. Dexter was likable, too. I was sincerely hoping he wasn't a bad guy, so I was glad when it turns out he was not. Julia and Bill were in consequential to me. Julia was a little annoying. Bill seemed like a jerk. But I just did not care about them too much.

Rating the Book

To sum up my feelings about various aspects of this book, I offer the following ratings...

Scale 1 - 10 with 10 being the best

Plot/Story // 7
Pace // 7
Length // 8
Characters // 8
Ending // 8
Overall // 7.5

Would I recommend this book to a friend? Yes. One of the quicker, easier reads - would be perfect for a quick vacation read.

If you read The Expats too, 

I would love to hear your thoughts! Please share your opinion of the book in the comments below and let's get a little discussion going.

Next Up

And, watch for the next book announcement soon!

Fall Fashion Picks

The weather has cooled down considerably here in Denver over the past week ... today we have highs in the low 60s and it is overcast, making it TOTALLY feel like fall. I always put off shopping for the season until it is actually that season. It is tempting to start shopping all the fall fashion in late July and August, but I force myself to wait until the weather actually turns. For me, that ensures that I will actually LOVE and wear what I purchase (when I pre-purchase, I tend to not care for the stuff I bought by the time the weather actually turns).

Not surprisingly, my picks for fall include lots of DENIM, tees, and flannels. I am on the hunt for a good quality faux leather jacket, too. And a new pair of boots.

Here are my picks for fall...

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a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken October 3, 2015 // Erie, Colorado

This years pumpkin patch experience was awesome. Raffa was talking about going to the pumpkin patch all week previous, specifically, " I am going to eat my pumpkin."

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a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015

photo taken September 22, 2015 // Denver, Colorado

Raffa loves "macaroonies."

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