Book Review: The Rumor

by Elin Hilderbrand

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.
And rumor has it...
...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision;
...that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;
...that Grace's husband, successful island real estate developer "Fast Eddie" Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;
...that the storybook romance between Madeline's son, Brick, and Grace's daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.
As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.

I read this book in the time it took me to fly to Lake Tahoe and back! It was a great and easy read. Just the kind I like to read on a plane. I am not a fan of books about cheating but I had to finish to read about the other stories that were going on in the book. Hilderbrand is a great author and I would love to read more of her book as long as they don't involve a cheating storyline. She really is a great author to read!


At the end of April, I took a little weekend trip to celebrate my friend Jaclyn's birthday. We spent the weekend with some college friends in Lake Tahoe celebrating her 30th birthday.

On Friday, Emily and I flew to Lake Tahoe. It was a early and long travel day (I have a fresh knee injury and she is pregnant) but we made the most of it. We met two other friends at the airport and drove to meet the other girls at Lake Tahoe. We spent the rest of the afternoon taking pictures at scenic locations. After we drove around the majority of the lake, we did a little shopping and had pizza at a really great place! We then finally settled in to our rental home. Emily and I had almost been awake for a full day. But it was great to spend time with our friends.

Sic 'Em Bears!

The next day we had a great breakfast at a quaint local joint and it was delicious! After we ate, we got on a large paddle boat and took a tour of Lake Tahoe. It was a fun way to see the beautiful area. 

We then took some time to rest and play games before heading out to a fancy dinner to celebrate the birthday girl. We ate at the top of a casino so after dinner some of the girls did a bit of gambling.

The last day was a breakfast in with the girls and then another long day of traveling. My poor ankle was the size of a baseball at the end of all the traveling, on account of my injury.

Love Lake Tahoe and can't wait to make another trip to go back and visit.

eggs, eggs, and more eggs

We had a busy Easter weekend, Seth is now a egg hunting and dying pro! It was great to spend time with family and teach Seth about Jesus and the story of Easter.

My friend Emily set up an Easter mini session day so we went to get some pictures of our precious boy.

Here is how the rest of our Easter went... really busy and a lot of fun!

Things all homeowners need to know: HVAC inspections

As a homeowner, when your AC or heating goes out, that can be a scary thing. AC systems are not cheap to replace.

As a realtor, I have learned that many people do not preform routine maintenance on their HVAC system and therefore sometimes when it comes time to sell or buy, things can get a little overwhelming when an inspection is done. Or the buyer ends up having to buy a brand new system not even a year after purchasing.

Here in Texas we use our AC systems a lot. My husband, who has worked in HVAC for 13 years, says AC systems only last for 10 years or less if they are not taken care of properly.

When my buyers are looking to buy a home, I suggest, along with getting a general home inspection, to get a HVAC inspection from a licensed contractor.

Here are some tips for extending the life of your AC system:
  • begin getting regular AC inspections. Most HVAC companies, like my husband's, offer yearly maintenance programs. These programs usually consist of two inspections, one in the spring and one in the fall.
  • change your AC filters on a regular basis. If you have pets living inside, this should be done at least once a month. With restricted air flow, it can cause the system to overwork and damage the AC equipment.
This is what happens when you don't change your filter. Your coil gets dirty and you are breathing in unhealthy air.
  • vacuum or clean off your return grills at least twice a year.
  • if your condenser (outside unit) is surrounded by trees or plants, keep the branches trimmed so they do not block air flow.
  • If not already installed, install a programmable thermostat that way you aren't using your system when you aren't at home.
To prepare for selling in the future, keep accurate records of maintenance and repairs completed on your system so you can produce these to potential buyers.

Keeping a heating and air conditioning system healthy and clean can help your system last many more years than the average. AND can save you a lot of money in the future!

If you are purchasing a home, take an extra step and get a HVAC inspection!

Things all homeowners need to know series

Being a Real Estate Agent, owning an AC company with my husband, and growing up with my parents owning a home building business, I've learned a lot about being a homeowner. Of course, I learned the most after buying a home on my own. Wanting to share my experiences and knowledge, I am starting a series about all the things homeowners need to know (anyone want to guest post??). 

Be on the lookout for some fun and educational posts!

Easton's first birthday party

My nephew turned 1!! Can't believe he is already one year old, that went by so fast. We celebrated with a family gathering at my brother and sister-in-law's house. It was fun to celebrate with everyone!!

Seth wanted to help out... sorry for the blurry pic