In which it's smelling like a spa up in here

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My mom is obsessed with essential oils. When we traveled together to market earlier this year, she faithfully filled her diffuser each night, both illuminating our hotel room and allowing it to smell aggressively like a spa. 

I kind of hated it. But here's the thing: I also think it worked. Market is stressful, but each night, I had no trouble falling asleep (thank you, lavender), and my headaches were kept at bay with a swipe or two of peppermint. 

Per usual, my mother, obviously, was correct in her obsession. Even if her genie lamp made the oddest addition to our Atlanta hotel room. 

So if you're like me and an essential oils skeptic -- or, if you're like my mom, and an essential oils apologist -- we've got an event for you. In two weeks, we're hosting Young Living rep Kimberly Alderman for an Essential Oils Workshop. Kimberly will walk you through the different uses and benefits of essential oils, plus you'll leave with a copy of The Portable Essential Oils reference guide. As a bonus, Kimberly will lead participants in a guided meditation designed to help you stress less. Basically, this is the workshop you need before fall starts and your calendar starts giving you heart palpitations. 

Tickets are available now, so mark your calendars for Friday, September 8, at 7 p.m. I'd love to see you there! 

Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $30 and include a copy of The Portable Essential Oils
Register online or in-store



Don't let our holiday window displays next week cause you panic: It's just Southern Livingmagazine coming to town! On Wednesday, our shop will be decorated for Southern Living's story on Downtown Thomasville's Victorian Christmas, and we'd love your help celebrating. Here's what you can expect in the shop next Wednesday:  

Our first-ever book swap! Bring a wrapped-for-the-holidays, gently used book of your choice to exchange with another shopper. 

Iced hot chocolate and peppermint sticks to get you in the holiday spirit. 

Christmas music, cookies, and a lot of air conditioning. 

Come help us celebrate this fun opportunity next week!

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It seems like I blinked, and suddenly August was almost over. Don't miss out on all the fun offerings at The Bookshelf as we ease into fall, including a visit from author Cassandra King (Pat Conroy's wife) and our first-ever Literary Luncheon. 

Dot Journaling Workshop - Thursday, 8/24, 7 p.m. - SOLD OUT!
One Cork featuring Cassandra King - Thursday, 9/7, 5-7 p.m. - Free!
Essential Oils 101 - Friday, 9/8, 7 p.m. - Ticket required
Signing with Donna Brown - Saturday, 9/9, 2-4 p.m. - Free!
Fall Literary Luncheon - Thursday, 9/21, 12 p.m. - Ticket required
+ Stitches and Stories, Thursday, 9/21, 6 p.m. - Free!
Annie's Subscription Social - Tuesday, 9/26, 7 p.m. - Ticket required

And one more thing... I'm partnering with Dara Barwick (from Dara Barwick Consulting) and Emily McKenna (from You're Maker) to host a day-long seminar for women entrepreneurs, by women entrepreneurs. We'd love if you joined us!

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Of Mess and Moxie certainly qualifies as religious nonfiction; Jen Hatmaker is relatively famous in evangelical circles, and many of the essays in this collection are about church and life in faith. But if you're not particularly religious, I wouldn't let those descriptions prevent you from diving into this one. Jen is both funny and poignant; her wisdom is applicable outside the boundaries of faith, and her snarky commentary on everything from Netflix to parenting to home decor is much-needed.

Jen is a breath of fresh air; she's both self-depricating and thoughtful, and I think Of Mess and Moxie is her best book yet. 

This week, Chris and I tackled the idea of "book flights" -- which three books should be read together, almost like a mini-syllabus. To make things interesting, we added a twist: We each picked three complementary books, then added a movie to mix things up. You won't be wondering what to read -- or watch -- next. Listen to this week's episode hereor wherever you get your podcasts.