Play it Right & Treat Yo’ Self Thursday {link-up #57}

I’ve been struggling with how to handle Treat Yo’ Self Thursday lately. My posting has been quite inconsistent and I hate that it gets in the way of this link up (that I LOVE). So I’ve decided that even if I don’t have new content that week, I’ll share something that I love every Thursday and you can count on TYSY being here for you to share your links and discover new bloggers.

This week’s treat: Play It Right | Sylvan Esso

Treat Yo’ Self Thursday!

Welcome to the 57th Treat Yo Self Thursday!

How to Treat Yo’ Self:

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Recent Reads

Treasure Tromp Book Club
Time to cross off one of my 30 by 30 goals (reading 30 non-school or work-related books). That may not seem like a lot, but finding time to read for fun can be difficult as a Ph.D. student. You can see the full list of 30 books here. Below are some books that I’ve managed to read in the last few weeks and four more that I can’t wait to finish.

Recent Reads

The Night Circus | I have been meaning to read this book for a long time. Once I finally picked up the book, I couldn’t put it down! I love books that fall within the magical realism genre and was not disappointed with this book. Rating: 4.5/5
Yes Please | Amy is my spirit animal. While this was not my favorite celebrity memoir (that goes to Mindy Kaling), I loved everything about this book and have so much respect for Amy. Rating: 3.5/5
Me Before You | Probably my favorite recent read. Without giving too much away, this book takes a hard look at life and death while redefining the definition of a happy ending. I cried about 4 times while reading this book. Highly recommended (and a great read for book clubs)! Rating: 5/5
The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2) | I love a good whodunnit, and this book delivered. Not only was this book easier to get into than the first in the series (The Cuckcoo’s Calling), I also enjoyed it more. Overall, it is a quick read that is great for those of us that like to solve a mystery. Rating: 4/5

Current Reads

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Future Reads

The Martian by Andy Weir
Neverwhere by Neil Gainman

I also want to introduce you to one amazing blogger, Mary:

Mary | Eat Drink & Be Mary

Eat Drink Be MaryI’m Mary, the girl behind, Eat Drink & Be Mary. I’m a girl in her twenties who recently graduated college, and am now learning to love long distance. A coffee loving, DIY crafting, recipe trying, legging wearing, Instagram obsessed, aspiring teacher and Christian. You can often find me raving about a recipe I recently tried, essentials every girl needs in her closet, or sharing LDR date night ideas.

1 Adventure for 2015: I’m getting married in August and moving states. It’ll be the biggest adventure I’ve been on yet.

2 Posts You Need To Read: 1) 5 resources every bride-to-be should be using  2) How to: a fashion blog post.

3 Words to Describe Eat Drink & Be Maryeating ,drinking and (being) me

Treat yo’ self, Mary! Take some “me” time; iced latte, bagels and trips to Target included. Possibly a bubble bath as well.

1. What is the inspiration behind your blog and what can readers expect to find?
I started my blog because I wanted a place to share pictures.  Now it’s grown to be a space when I can share my day-to-day adventures.  From recipes to fitness to wedding talk, there’s a little bit of everything, for everyone.
2. Where are you located and what should I do there if I visit?
I’m the mountains of NC, the perfect place to go skiing, and where people from ALL over come to look at the leafs in the fall.  Aka: God’s Country.
3. Tell us more about how wedding planning is going!
It’s pretty unbelievable that we’re finally putting an end to this long distance relationship!  A lot of people say wedding planning is stressful but so far I’m having the time of my life.  We’ll see how I feel about that a couple more months though…
4. Tell us something that you’re proud of.
Cooking is something I’ve never mastered (the other day I learned how to cook a hot dog), and on our THIRD snow day last week — Hello, Cabin Fever! — I made homemade pizza.  I may or may not have done a happy dance in celebration of my culinary success. ;)
5. What is 1 thing you don’t leave the house without?
My iphone.  If I can’t update my social media accounts with what flavor latte I got, did it even really happen?  ;)  I did survive two weeks without my phone around Christmas this year thanks to a stupid update bug; talk about a miracle!
6. One thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I don’t like chocolate.  I know, I know so un-American of me.  But I just can’t stand the taste or the smell of it.  Yet, I bake chocolate treats for friends and family all the time.

Connect with Mary: blog | bloglovin‘ | twitter | facebook | pinterest | instagram
what have you read lately?

Weekly Treasures, Currently

weekly treasures, currently


loving. the fact that we bought our wedding rings yesterday!
smelling. the Elevation blend from Doterra diffused throughout the house. it smells to happy in here!
writing. a paper for my doctorate portfolio. super exciting.
reading. The Farm. I just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Book 2).
watching. All of Chicago Fire. I just started watching and I’m obsessed.
craving. pesto on everything
listening. Kendrick Lamar, duh.
obsessing. see two above.
wishing. that spring wouldn’t make me so sneezy.
needing. well I needed new trail / hiking shoes but I can check that off the list because I just bought some fancy ones from Solomon / REI.
wanting. a shoulder massage.
trying. to learn how to play the ukulele.
eating. vegan foodies … most of the time.
drinking. lemon water in the morning.
feeling. a bit sore from a yoga session #hurtssogood!
hoping. that I can go on a hike sometime soon. my body needs a little nature time.
clicking. on the links below.

Weekly Reads

I would love to go dogsledding through Abisko National Park!
101 things to do in Los Angeles.
How to pack for 11 days in only a carry-on.
How to use Shanghai’s metro system.
Get me to Joshua Tree!
5 beginner meditations to help relaxation and sleep.
Simple yoga sequence.
A yoga sequence to spring clean your mind and body.
How to manage stress in 76 seconds.
3 simple, natural DIY acne treatments. I do the second one almost every day!
5 amazing superfoods.
7 wedding makeup rules that every bride needs to know.
How to buy alcohol for a wedding.
Will having the same career goals hurt a marriage?

Fairly Recent (ha!) Posts

Wedding stationery made easy
10 things to do in London
My love for Death Cab
Your blog worth.
Travel wish list!
6 podcasts you need to hear
5 essential oils for daily use
Hiking San Diego: Big Laguna Trail
Kauai travel guide