1 In Nesting

Nesting

Nesting

The first “Nesting” of 2022. So get a cup of your favorite warm beverage and cozy up.

Alexa told me this morning it’s 9 degrees, yikes!

We’re 8 days into 2022 and it feels like we’re getting off to a rough start if I’m being honest. This year I didn’t really have the energy to make resolutions or choose a word. This year my intentions are just to read more books, keep my family healthy and be a better mom and wife. And I’m perfectly ok with that.

 

My 2022 Vibe

my 2022 vibe

 

Speaking of books, I made a list of 22 books I want to read in 2022. You can see them all here. Because there’s nothing better than getting lost in a book.

For breakfast this morning I’m making banana bread french toast. My homemade banana bread is a favorite and super easy to make. Also, with the pandemic, are we going to go back to making homemade bread again? Here’s the recipe.

Nesting - my homemade banana bread

We woke up to snow yesterday. Thinking of maybe taking the kids sledding this weekend. How cute is this inflatable tobaggan?

Another fun thing we like to do when we get fresh snow is make snow ice cream. We’ve been making it for a few years now. Click here for the recipe.

snow ice cream

This week I started watching “Yellowjackets” on Showtime. It tells the story of a high school girl’s soccer team that’s stranded when their plane crashes and their lives 25 years later as people want to know about what truly happened. I just started episode 7 and it’s getting pretty creepy!

We also rented Sing 2 for our Friday Pizza Picnic. It is sooo cute and I’m obsessed with the soundtrack! My favorite is the new version of “I Say a Little Prayer For You” by Tori Kelley and Pharrell. You can hear it here.

In case you missed it, this week I re-opened my Etsy shop now that the holidays are over. If you’re looking for a customized gift or personalized piece of decor, go and take a look. I’d love to create something for you!

ourtinynestbynicolle etsy shop

 

Stay tuned next week for some fun stuff! I’ve got a winter giveaway, and the start of Valentine’s day ideas!

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22 Books to Read in 2022

22 books to read in 2022

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One of my goals for 2022 is to read more. I think between the pandemic and the cluster that was the past few years, I’m ready to just immerse myself in some good books and escape for awhile. Below I’m sharing 22 books to read in 2022. A mix of thrillers, romance, new releases and old.

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22 Books to Read in 2022

Winter in Paradise – Elin Hildebrand is one of my top favorite authors. Instead of her usual Nantucket based story, this one takes place around New Year’s in St. John’s. The perfect escape from snowy weather.

22 books to read in 2022 - winter in paradise

The Maid – This one was just released! 25 year old Molly works as a maid. She struggles in social situations and is a bit quirky. One day she finds a wealthy man dead in his bed. The story is described as a cozy, heartwarming read.

22 books to read in 2022 - the maid

Ugly Love  – a girl meets an airplane pilot, he’s looking to have fun, no strings attached. There’s two rules to their arrangement – don’t ask about the past and don’t expect a future. And then things get ugly.

22 books to read in 2022 - ugly love

Joan is Okay – to be released on January 18th. About a Chinese American ICU doctor in New York City faced with a worldly health crisis. Kinda similar to our pandemic situation right now.

22 books to read in 2022 - joan is okay

The Last House on the Street – available January 11th. A woman and her husband are in the process of building their dream home when he dies tragically in an accident. One day an older woman shows up and tells the grieving widow she shouldn’t move in. A thriller that weaves in history and social injustice.

22 books to read in 2022 - the last house on the street

The Golden Couple – what seems like a perfect couple is shaken by an affair. They head to a well renowned marriage counselor who doesn’t play by the rules and there’s many suspenseful twists.

22 books to read in 2022 - the golden couple

Life Flight – An EMS helicoptor who thrives on high stress situations is carrying a critical patient when she is forced to land on a mountain due to a raging storm with a serial killer on the lose. If you’re the high adrenaline type, this sounds right up your alley!

22 books to read in 2022 - life flight

The Midwife’s Secret – 2 missing girls and a midwife who is accused of their disappearances and the death of a mother in childbirth.

22 books to read in 2022 - the midwife's secret

People We Meet On Vacation – friends turned lovers go on a vacation together for a second chance romance. This book was a 2021 GoodReads Choice Winner.

22 books to read in 2022 - people we meet on vacaton

Long Bright River – two sisters raised in Philadelphia during an opioid crisis. One turns to the streets looking for her next fix, the other becomes a police officer in the same neighborhood until one of the sisters disappears during a string of murders.

22 books to read in 2022 - long bright river

Reminders of Him – coming Jan 18th. Another Colleen Hoover read. A woman is released from prison and is trying to reunite with her four year old daughter. A local bar owner proves to be the link between connecting her with their daughter. In true CoHo form, this sounds like a super emotional, gripping romance.

22 books to read in 2022 - reminders of him

Greenwich Park – this one is coming January 25th. The reviews say it’s a story about impending motherhood, friendship and secrets.

22 books to read in 2022 - greenwich park

Local Woman Missing – This was voted “Best Book of the Month” for thrillers by Amazon. A woman and her daughter go missing and eventually the case goes cold. Years later, the daughter resurfaces and everyone wants to know what happened.

22 books to read in 2022 - local woman missing

East Coast Girls – this one has mixed reviews but the storyline sounds really good to me. A story of 4 best friends who vacation in Montauk until a tragedy occurs. Years later they decide to reconnect for one more vacation together.

22 books to read in 2022 - east coast girls

The Drowning Kind – If you’re looking for a spooky, supernatural book this is it. A woman finds her sister has drowned in a pool. It goes deeper to reveal that the pool apparently has a history of a dark past.

22 books to read in 2022 - the drowning kind

The First Wife – the reviews say this is perfect if you liked “Big Little Lies” and “The Couple Next Door”. A woman goes to spend some time at the beach with her friend. One night, she is woken up by the sound of a scream.

22 books to read in 2022 - the first wife

The Islanders – this would be a great summer read as it takes place in Block Island, one of my favorite places. Three women who are on Block Island meet and their lives become intertwined.

22 books to read in 2022 - the islanders

 

7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – I have been wanting to read this one for awhile! The reviews say it’s full of Old Hollywood glamour as Evelyn Hugo tells her story of love, overcoming adversity and sexism.

22 books to read in 2022- the seven husbands of evelyn hugo

Wish You Were Here – one of the latest books from Jodi Picoult and very present day as it’s about a woman who just about has it all and then a pandemic hits.

22 books to read in 2022 - wish you were here

The Love Hypothesis – A contemporary romance. A PhD student who doesn’t believe in romantic relationships until the subject of her eye is a young hot professor.

22 books to read in 2022 - the love hypothesis

The Book of Cold Cases – Expected March 15th. If you’re a lover of true crime this is for you! The main character works at a doctor’s office during the day however her tragic past has spurred her passion as a true crime blogger. She begins to interview a woman who is acquitted of murder, meeting at her mansion regularly when she feels she may be getting manipulated.

22 books to read in 2022 - the book of cold cases

The Lying Club – Expected March 22nd. They say this will be your new obsession if you loved “Big Little Lies” and “Little Fires Everywhere”. Takes place in an elite private school in Colorado, with tension between moms and daughters, the haves and have nots.

22 books to read in 2022 - the lying club

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Top 10 Reader Purchases from 2021

Reader's Top 10 Purchases from 2021
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Kicking off the new year with your Top 10 Reader Purchases from 2021. I love going through at the end of the year and seeing what your most popular buys were. And there was some really good finds this year! From loungewear, to appliances and decor, here are your Top 10 Reader Purchases from 2021.

Top 10 Reader Purchases from 2021

(in no particular order)

 

Frother – this has been the most life changing purchase for me and for many of you as well. I’m kind of embarassed the obsession I have with this thing! This is tied with the Bissel Steam Shot (keep scrolling below) as the top purchase of 2021!

Coffee frother

Tula Glow and Get It Eye Balm – Perfect pick me up to cool and brighten your under eyes. This is a best seller for a reason! And use my code OURTINYNEST for 15% off your first purchase! You can see all of my Tula Favorites here.

Top 10 Reader Purchases of 2021 - Tula Glow and Get it Eye Balm

Target Cardigan – Looks super cute over jeans, leggings, joggers. And super soft too!

Target flannel cardigan

Coffee Pot – Have you ever seen a more beautiful coffee pot? I have not.

Beautiful touchscreen coffee pot

Amazon Tie Dyed Loungewear – I have this set in a few colors and my sisters and mom have as well! Soooo comfortable and many of you love this set too.

Your Top 10 Reader Purchases of 2021 tie dye loungewear

Bissel Steam Shot – naturally sanitize all those hard to reach surfaces and corners in your home. I’ve used it for grout, inside the oven, microwave, shower doors, you name it!

bissell steamshot

Beroy Spin Shorts – if you are an avid cycler or maybe you’re just starting out, these will save your booty and crotch area from that painful bike seat. Makes your ride much more enjoyable!

Your Top 10 Reader Purchases of 2021 - Beroy Padded Bike Shorts

Pillow case cover – This was the most popular and my favorite because it’s so versatile with every season. You can see all of my favorites here.

Amazon Pillow Case Cover Top 10 Reader Purchases from 2021

Hat – Super cute, lightweight, easily packable, and comes in different colors too!

Best of Amazon womens sun hat

Shower Curtain – Clean, classic and just the right amount of ruffle. This has been purchased every month from my bathroom update.

amazon ruffle shower curtain

Looking forward to bring you more of my favorites in 2022!

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0 In New Years

6 Fun New Years Ideas at Home

7 Fun New Years Ideas at Home

I was never really one to go out on New Year’s Eve. Even before kids I would much rather stay home in my pajamas, get some takeout and watch the ball drop from my couch. Now I’m lucky if I can make it til midnight. Below I’m sharing 6 fun ideas for your New Years at home! There’s mocktails, slime and a free printable and more!

Here are 6 fun Ideas to Ring in the New Year at Home

 

1.) Have a smorgasboard- instead of a fancy dinner, do a bunch of appetizers. To me it feels more indulgent to have an array of picky foods. Set up a grazing table or a big charcuterie board. We also will do fondue and a few things from Chinese takeout.

 

2.) Do a Champagne Saber This may seem a little bougee and you may only use it once a year, but how fun?? And you can get one right on Amazon, who knew?

 

3.) Festive mocktails – apple cider and gummy bears, milk and cookies, the sky is the limit! Here are a few of my favorites we’ve done. Click for this fun cotton candy drink. Or make milk and cookies fun by dipping the rims of glasses into marshmallow fluff and then sprinkles!

New Years Eve Mocktails Cookies and Milk Toast

 

4.) Make a vision board or write out your intentions. – I have been doing this for a few years now. I usually pick a word for the year and then right out all of the things that I want to accomplish or manifest. I keep it visible right on a board in my office and look at it daily. It’s amazing the goals and things that I’ve been able to cross off.

 

5.) Make Disco Slime – Sure it’s a little messy but the kids loved it! Check out the easy directions below:

New Years Disco Glitter Slime

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup glue
  • 1 1/2 tbsp contact solution
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • water
  • glitter

Directions:

  1. In a bowl mix together glue and contact solution.
  2. Sprinkle in baking soda and a few splashes of water. (I didn’t measure the water but add more if you want your slime to be more stretchy.)
  3. Sprinkle in glitter and mix together.
  4. The slime solution will start out really sticky at first but the more you mix it will come together.
  5. Add some contact solution to your hands before working the slime so that it doesn’t stick as much. The more you play with it it will become less sticky.
  6. I usually store in an airtight container for a few days.

 

6.) Annual Recap with the kids – I have been doing this for a few years now and it’s fun to see the kid’s responses over the years.  Click to download my free printable New Years Recap

2021 in review - free printable kids New Years interview

 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year!

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