New & Notable Mentions 3/18/23

This week on New & Notable Mentions 3/18/23…

7 Ways To Elevate Your Farmhouse Decor For 2023

Six Easy Ways To Refresh Your Home For Spring:

DIY Washing Machine Cleaner

How to Create a Cottage Style Seasonal Refresh

Shiplap & Shells

Aging in Place: Steps You Can Take Now To Prepare

How To Make A Felted Easter Egg:

How To Fight Fungus Gnats In House Plants Without Chemicals

DIY Carrot Wreath:

How to Make a Moss Topiary – Easy Spring DIY

How To Sew Easter Napkins:

How To Make Candles

Chicken In White Wine Sauce

The Cozy Cook

When Is Letting A Friendship Go the Right Thing to Do?

Cheesy Garlic Bread

What Happens If You Eat Bananas Every Day

Ina Garten’s Chocolate Cake

The Darby Reveal: A Tribute to Oscar (A Must Read From Blogger Liz Fourez At Love Grows Wild)

Hello Beautiful

From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward comes a poignant and engrossing family story that asks: Can love make a broken person whole?

William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him—so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him.

With Julia comes her family, as she and her three sisters are inseparable: Sylvie, the family’s dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book; Cecelia is a free-spirited artist; and Emeline patiently takes care of them all. With the Padavanos, William experiences a newfound contentment; every moment in their house is filled with loving chaos.

But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters’ unshakeable devotion to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?

An exquisite homage to Louisa May Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women, Hello Beautiful is a profoundly moving portrait of what is possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.

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The Sister Effect

Beloved bestselling author Susan Mallery brings readers an emotional, witty, and heartfelt story that explores the nuances of a broken family’s complex emotions as they strive to become whole in this uplifting story of human frailty and resilience.

Finley McGowan is determined that the niece she’s raising will always feel loved and wanted. Unlike how she felt after her mom left to pursue a dream of stardom, and when the grandfather who was left to raise them abandoned her and her sister, Sloane, when they needed him most.

Finley reacted to her chaotic childhood by walking the straight and narrow—nose down, work hard, follow the rules. Sloane went the other way.

Now Sloane is back, as beautiful and as damaged as ever…and she wants a relationship with her daughter. She says she’s changed, but Finley’s heart has been burned once too often for her to trust easily.

But is her reluctance to forgive really about Sloane or worry over losing what she loves the most? With the help of a man who knows all too well how messy families can be, Finley will learn there’s joy in surrendering and peace in letting go.

The Reader’s Digest Book Club: Your New Favorite Book Awaits

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  1. I have made felted eggs but felted the egg before decorating it and they didn’t hold up well. I see these start with a styrofoam egg, I’m going to have to try that. Love the quote at the end about forgiving yourself and moving on – just what I needed today.

  2. Oh how I love that kitchen with all the green! (On the Shiplap and Shells blog.) And that chicken in wine sauce recipe looks amazing. I pinned it and plan on making it this coming week. Hello Beautiful is supposed to be a very good book. I have it on hold at the library.

    Happy weekend!

  3. Thanks, Brenda for all these really lovely goodies. I especially love the country cottage with the greens,soft turquoise,and natural wood. And the felted eggs! And the books! Lots of treasures to explore here.

  4. Very interesting New and Notables. I have never even given a thought about cleaning my washing machine! Its quite new so maybe I can delay that for another few months.
    Love all the decorating ideas for Spring.
    More books to add to my list.

    Thanks Brenda

  5. The article about a friendship ending was interesting. The article about the benefits of eating bananas was interesting too. “Six Ways to Refresh” your home for spring also helpful; I didn’t think about my house plants, although spring isn’t quite here yet. Good advice and a reminder to give them a spring uplift too.

  6. Goodness, gracious!!! These are some fabulous links you’re sharing today. So many of these things speak directly to me. Now, which one should I tackle first? Will it be the felted eggs? Or maybe the cheesy bread? I’m not sure but I think I’ll make a list until I try them all! Thank You!

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