Recent Reads // vol. 3

Recent Reads is a series to me to feature five books I’ve read (or experienced) recently along with my verdicts.

This particular group was a win: Four of these five books were selections for my 2018 Reading Challenge, and all five were solid choices. However, I would not necessarily recommend reading these five books in succession since the themes are so heavy. I didn’t plan it that way, and I need a break. I’ve planned for my next few book choices to be more lighthearted and uplifting.

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5 Fun Instagram #Hashtags to Follow // vol. 3

Instagram is my preferred method of social media. It’s fun; it’s visual; it’s a digital scrapbook; it’s a great source for inspiration.

Instagram recently allowed users to follow #hashtags, too! (It’s about time!) Here are a few fun #hashtags to follow if you’re looking for some added flair in your feed. And, if you’d like, you can follow me @emilypainesmith.

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Visiting Northern Italy: Milan City Guide

Visiting Northern Italy

Chris and I had always dreamed of visiting Italy, so we decided to make the most of our week and visit as many cities as we could while still enjoying each destination. We flew into and out of Milan, which made it easy to plan our train travel to other northern Italian cities.

It was a wonderful week — we wouldn’t have changed a thing. We can’t wait to go back!

So here are some notes about traveling to and in Italy, including a Milan city guide. I hope you enjoy!

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