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Welcome to Volume 2 of Weekend Reads! So so happy the weekend is finally here! Woot woot! Who’s with me? I’ve rounded up lots of great reads to get you in that weekend mindset! 

1| Planning on hitting the beach or pool this weekend? In case you missed it, earlier this week I posted my favorite beach bag essentials.  You can read all about it here.

2| Need something to read?  I’m currently reading this book and learning all about balanced living which is what I’m always striving to do and really struggle with.

3| Need a low-calorie refreshing summer cocktail recipe?  Check this one out here.

4| Looking to refresh your outdoor space, but don’t want to break the bank?  Shop here and here for some amazing deals on outdoor furniture and accessories.

5| Looking for some great recipes for the summer? Well, look no further Whole Foods Market has all kinds of great ideas from lunch to dinner.

6| I’m getting super excited for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that starts on July 20th, but if you have a rewards card you get early access on July 12th.  Not sure how to sign up for rewards?  Just head over here and go to Anniversary Sale Early Access where they will explain everything you need to know about this amazing sale.  In the meantime, check out the new fall beauty collection by CHANEL here.

7| Need some summer day date ideas?  Check out this summer bucket list.

8| Here is a list of all the movies coming out this summer.

9| Planning on having a few gatherings this summer? You can find  some great ideas for summer parties here.

10| Last but not least I’m super excited to share with you a Summer Playlist I’ve compiled on Spotify.  This is the first of many to come, so be sure to follow my Spotify account Cottage-Bound to be the first in the know!



I’m off tomorrow and I’m totally wanting to get some things done around the house cause it’s been so crazy around here, but I’m also hoping for a little downtime to relax cause we’ve been all a go!  What are your plans for the weekend? Do you want more playlists like these?  Please let me know about both in the comments below!

Cheers-  Ashley Nicole

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  • Cold days like these make me want to cozy up with a warm blanket and look through sunny photos of past vacations while day dreaming up our next adventure together. 
Last year, my husband and I visited St. John and The British Virgin Islands and we had such an amazing time that I decided  to surprise him by capturing our favorite vacation moments with a custom photo book. 
Luckily, @google photos just launched a new photo book feature so I decided to try it out and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to create. It literally took minutes to put it together! 
If you have an anniversary, birthday, or “just because” dates coming up I would definitely recommend adding your own personal touch with one of these keepsakes! 
#googlephotos #photobooks #googlepartner #ad
  • Just a smudge.... Have you ever used sage/smudge sticks to clear out negative energy? I know it sounds crazy but I absolutely swear by this method!!! Sometimes you just need a smudge, ya know?! P.S. you can now shop my looks and decor via @liketoknow.it 
#smudgesticks #wellness #purifying #positivevibes #uohome
  • Finally got out and about after being sick for the last few days and found the most delicious tile pattern on the way to my car. This was someone’s walkway leading up to their home (don’t mind if I do). So glad no one was there 🤫 but I had to share because it was the perfect reminder that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places. I hope your day was filled with beauty loves! ✨

P.S. You can now shop my looks over @liketoknow.it 🤗 Simply screen shot the photo and follow me in the #liketoknowit app!
  • Really looking forward to the weekend and a little sunshine because it’s been raining here non-stop! ☔️ I’ve def gotten my money’s worth out of my @hunterboots this week, but now I’m ready for a change 👢
  • Does anyone feel weird when the new year starts mid week? It’s kind of like when you’re at the crossing between 2 states with one foot on both sides.... I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m working on moving forward but I’m also having to look back on things in order to get there. Does this make sense? #newyearnewbeginnings #makeitcount #wrapitup
  • Welcoming 2019 with open arms! Last night Jamie (my husband) and I spent a nice quiet evening at home. I made Hoppin John, Collard Greens, Corn Bread, and Pork Chops. We ended the night watching the ball drop from bed and slept in for the first time since I can’t remember when. It was perfect! Just exactly what we needed to rejuvenate ourselves for the 1st day of the year. Today we took down all the Christmas decor and talked about some things we’d like to do/change in our home this year with a fresh new perspective. Lots of ideas sparking over here! Looking forward to new beginnings and new projects! Hope y’all had an amazing New Year’s! 
#newbeginnings #2019hereicome #newyearnewgoals
  • Cheers to the weekend! 🥂Currently contemplating whether I should take down our Christmas decor or leave it up til New Year’s Day. What are your thoughts on this? I need some advice 🙃

#weekendmood #cocktailsofinstagram #flashesofdelight
  • Taking in all of nature’s beauty and gathering a bundle to take home as an everyday reminder that life and beauty can be found in the simplest ways if we just look for it. 
#lifeisbeautiful #natureisbeautiful #lovethelittlethings

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