There is something about a lovely stack of books that is just oh so appealing. With a fresh stack of books on my desk I can’t help but smile. Spring is finally here and I am going to introduce some lovely, colorful and blooming (literally) books that you absolutely need on your Spring reading list! Excited to share my Spring reading list with you, plus a little somethin’ somethin’ at the end. <3
Rach & Charlie grew up.
I am elated to announce that Rach & Charlie is now The R|S Edit. In the recent months I really stood back and took a look at my blog, my brand and what I want to be.
Rach & Charlie was created when I created Charlie Knolls. Charlie Knolls was my pen name. I no longer need a pen name because I am comfortable enough to be my authentic self. Charlie Knolls is still a part of me; however, I no longer feel the need to sign off on things as Charlie.
The R|S Edit is going to encompass all things that I love, including more personal posts. I think it is really important to experience life as authentically as possible, and that is what I aim to do here. Of course there will still be beauty, food and travel posts, because that is what I love. I want to continue to share everything I love with you and I hope you are here to stay.
Cheers to a new beginning, y’all
Oh, Dark Matter. Where to even begin. Honestly though, this book was wild. At one point I was actually saying out loud ‘dude…what!’ while death gripping my hair at the scalp. It was going to be one of those books.
Created in the dark and beautifully dramatic mind of Blake Crouch, Dark Matter is a thrilling and brilliant science fiction novel that explores the duality of multi-verses. It is a fast paced roller coaster through worlds that manifest from your thoughts and emotions, your ‘what if’s’ and unknown paths. And in turn, unknowingly, creating nightmarish worlds that pull you away from your reality. You are taken on a wild ride, whipped through many Chicago-esque landscapes while you follow Jason’s desperate attempts to reconnect with his universe.
But, let’s take it back for a second before things get to that ‘Oh Damn’ moment (and let me tell you, they start right away).
Jason. Average middle aged dude. Beautiful family. Living a ‘normal’ life. I use normal loosely because Jason ‘1’ does live a normal life, until the 32 other Jason’s show up. Never the less! Jason is a college physics professor living in the ‘burbs of Chicago. In his mind, a very average life. In his wife, Daniella’s eyes, a very average life. This story plays on the idea of the what if’s and the forks in the road. Well, what if I decided to not have a kid. What if I decided to turn left rather than right. Jason learns how dangerous it is to think that way.
Hold up. You see how this book is literally an ‘at the edge of your seat’ book? Not yet? Just wait…
Last week, I turned a quarter of a century. Now, by all means, this does not mean I am a life hacking genius (even if I would like to think so). I have, however, learned a few things along this short road of life. These are handed down from other people, which have been shaped and molded to fit into my unique being. I like to call them my ‘mantras,’ but really they should be on everyones mental daily checklist. If these are not part of your daily gratitude log that you should me mentally ticking off, please, let them be reminders. I know some days these things are not easy… trust me, I know. Sometimes you feel like you have to drag yourself out of bed, and no amount of coffee is going to make you a decent person for the day. But, I must say, by following these mantras daily, these hard, dragging days are few and far between.
These are not groundbreaking; it is nothing we do not already know. They are just so important that I think reiterating them as an adult is something relevant. They were important when we were young, and they are going to continue to be important as adulthood continues. I challenge you to sit back and reflect with me on these, as it is something all of us can continue to learn from.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. So many fun festivities happen during the autumn months, that it is hard not to get excited! From pumpkin patches and spiced lattes, to a *very* full tummy on Thanksgiving, what is not to love about autumn? I love being out doors in the cool and crisp weather, but there is something about a hot apple cider, a fireplace, piles of cozy blankets, and a good book that is just all too appealing. Books make me happy and I love sharing my to read lists. Here are my current, and autumn reads.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
What a perfect read for this time of the year. Of course I needed to add in some horror! I have been wanting to read this, year after year, when my group reads it for our October pick, but I never got around to it. This year, I finally got it and I cant wait to finish it.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This has been on my to read list for a while. So many people have told me I need to pick this up and read it. Well, I finally did! I cannot wait to dive in deeper. I love books where you can place yourself into the character, and really actually learn something about yourself as well.
Podcasts are all the rage. There are endless lists of podcasts that talk about any topic you can dream of. It is safe to safe that I am a Podcast junkie. I listen to them when I workout, when I am working, driving, walking… basically, whenever I have time.
Without any further delay, below are my current top favorite podcasts!
We live in a world where we are constantly go-go-going, and we never stop. A factor of this feeling of a never ending cycle is stress, and it plays a huge factor in our daily life. Most of the time, we don’t really realize how it is negatively affecting our body and mind.
I wanted to share with you my ways of ‘de-stressing’ myself (+ some helpful apps, since… there is an app for that!)
As Summer comes to an end, so does our love and obsession for tropical… everything. Before the Summer light fades, and the leaves begin to fall, I have a quick and easy recipe you must try!
It is a really simple and fun dish. I mean, look how Instagram and Facebook worthy it is.
This dish is made to feed four (+ tons of leftovers, but minus the super cute pineapple bowls).
I remember going to the Drive-In Movie Theater as a little kid and the excitement I would get was unreal. My family and neighbors would pack into the cars and head down the street to one of the last standing drive-ins, The Westminster Hi-Way 39 Drive-In. What a time it was to be alive. To see classics and new favorites on the big, glowing screen was something magical. Unfortunately, drive-in movie theaters are few and far between, but those of us that were lucky enough to experience them have nothing but the fondest of memories.
Thanks to Hotel Irvine, I was brought back to my childhood this past weekend. Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel in Orange County, is hosting a summer series: Movie Nights in the Backyard. This weekend, I ditched the couch, and chose a cozy blanket under the stars.