June Favorites

While I decided to call this post and corresponding video my “June” favorites, these are really products that I’ve been loving for a few months! It just seemed a bit late in the year to be naming it a “Spring” favorites, even though I was loving these products all towards the end of the spring.

My Favorites

Maybelline FitMe Loose Finishing Powder: https://goo.gl/aRNG1s

Physicians Formula #instaready Setting Spray: https://goo.gl/qNVN45

Alamar Cosmetics Palette: https://goo.gl/YGf9X4

Garnier SkinActive Hydrating Moisturizer: https://goo.gl/FZ4NdZ

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: https://goo.gl/Ds7V7h

Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion: https://goo.gl/UEvvCe

Planner: https://goo.gl/rsUrr1

Papermate Flair Pens: https://goo.gl/ah1f9d

I go over these products in lots of detail in the video at the end of this post. Make sure you check it out to see WHY these products are so awesome in my opinion!

What were your favorites for the month of June?

June Books

This month was CRAZY. Mostly I was just trying to survive until the end of the school year, so I didn’t get a whole lot of reading done. However, one of these books I read in two days (yay summer vacation) so I’m pretty impressed with myself for that.

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The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch

Susan Branch is one of my favorite authors. She writes mostly lifestyle and cookbooks, but she has also written three books about her life. These are my favorite, and I read two of them this month. The Fairy Tale Girl is the first book which details her 20s into her 30s when she lived in California, got married, and then divorced. Her books are homemade – they are written in her own handwriting and she has painted illustrations as well. I think her books are just beautiful!

Martha’s Vineyard: Isle of Dreams by Susan Branch

This is Susan’s second book about her life in which she up and moves from California to Martha’s Vineyard and buys a house by herself. It also follows her as she writes her first book and has it published. Susan Branch also writes a wonderful blog that you can find here if you are interested!

Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley

This was a book that I randomly picked out at the library because I thought the cover was cute. Then I ended up reading it in just two days! This was mostly because I started it on June 29 and had to finish it by June 30 for it to count for my June books. But I did it! This book is about sisters living in opposite ends of the world who decide to start writing letters and mailing them back and forth talking about their respective lives. Then, the letters accidentally get published and the whole world knows about their secrets! A fun and easy read!

What books did you read this month?

Meal Planning

Now that I’m home all day every day, I’ve started planning healthy meals ahead of time. This way I can shop at the beginning of the week , get exactly what I need, and not eat the same thing or go out for every single meal. I highly recommend trying this if you are anything like me! It’s actually easier to be lazy this way because everything is already done!

Here is this week’s meal plan – mostly just the meals for me, but a few for both my boyfriend and I as well.

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It’s important to keep your weekly schedule in mind. For example, Wednesday is the Fourth of July so we will probably hang out with friends instead of eating at home. Over the weekend, we are going to a picnic, so I planned on bringing pasta salad for that, but I didn’t plan other meals since we’ll probably be eating a lot at the picnic.

I find my meal planner here, but find one that works for you and your schedule! I found mine by searching “meal planner printable” on Pinterest. Super easy.

If I can meal plan and be organized, so can you! Let me know, do you meal plan? If so, how do you organize yours? Enjoy!

Welcome Back and Empties

Now that I’m on summer vacation, I’m hoping that posting here and on my YouTube channel will become more of a regular thing again! To kick it off, I filmed a video that I’ve been meaning to film for months – all of my empties and my review on them!

This is quite a long video so make sure you have a snack before you get started! Enjoy!

May Books

Another month, another book post! I might not have posted anything since my last book post, but at least I get this post up every month.

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The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

This was a book that I’ve had on my shelf for a few months but didn’t get around to reading it until now. I’ve read quite a few Picoult books, but I think this one might be my favorite that I’ve read so far. This book had 3 different story lines going at the same time – the story that’s happening in the present, her grandmother re-living her life in a Nazi concentration camp, and a fiction story that her grandmother wrote. I love reading fiction from World War 2 and this story was told so beautifully!

1984 by George Orwell

This book has been on my “To be read” list for years. I never read it in school, but I always hear that it was one of the good ones that people had to read in high school. This month’s theme for the Buzzfeed book club was dystopian novels. Basically my favorite genre. This was the book I picked first to read since I had read so many of the other dystopian books that were suggested. It was just okay. it is kind of a cool concept for a dystopian story, but I just really didn’t end up loving this book.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This dystopian book, on the other hand, I loved! If you like video games at all, I feel like you have to read this book! Most of the story takes place in an immersive video game. Video games are not my thing at all, but I thought this story was awesome. it had it all- a dystopian society, romance, friendship, and so many other great things. Highly recommend!

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a few years ago, before this second book had come out. I liked that book, but I think I liked this second one even better! It was a pretty fast paced story. This was a book that I listened to on the way to work, and it’s a story that is great for listening to!

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

This book was meh at best. It’s written by the mom in Gilmore Girls and it’s actually been on my TBR list for years. It’s just a typical chick-lit book, which I usually like, but this one just seemed a little too dated for me to relate to. I mean, she carried her filofax around with her. What even is that? Not a fabulous book.

And those are the books that I read this month! What did you read this month?

April Books

This month, I got quite a lot of reading done! As the month ended it finally started to get warm and I love reading outside on my porch.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah

Buzzfeed’s Pageturner book club’s theme this month was “memoirs.” I love reading memoirs of comedians I love like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. This book is relatively new and it was awesome! Although his life wasn’t easy, they way he writes is still funny at times. Definitely recommend!

A Fine Romance by Susan Branch

I’ve already read this book before, but I love how relaxing it is to read and what a beautiful book it is. It just makes me want to go to the English countryside and sit somewhere with a cup of tea. She does beautiful watercolor paintings in the book, as well as writes the words in her own handwriting.

Blowing my Cover:My life as a CIA spy by Lindsay Moran

My mom recommended this book for me to read and I was not disappointed! My friend and I always wanted to be spies growing up and we would try to secretly pass notes to each other in the halls at school. We definitely glorified what it would actually be like to be a spy.

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

I am obsessed with my pet snails, as you probably already know so reading a whole book about a snail is pretty much my dream come true. This book made me appreciate my snails even more, if that’s possible. If you love small creatures such as snails, you will find this book adorable!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivaldi

I mostly picked this book on CD out because I liked the color of it. It’s a nice, peaceful read that makes you appreciate living in a small town like the one in the story. Not to give too much away, it’s also a bit of a love story.

I feel like I read very peaceful books this month. What did you read this month?

April Boxycharm Try-On

I LOVE the Boxycharm box this month – I wasn’t disappointed by a single product!

How Boxycharm Works:

Boxycharm is $21 per month. This price includes all the products as well as shipping charges. Inside your box you get 4 or 5 full size products and a paper describing what each product it and how much it would usually cost. All boxes are worth AT LEAST $100. Mine was definitely over that this month.

My Box this Month:

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Face Mask: This tiny little bottle costs $47 usually! Quite a deal considering I only paid $21 for this whole box. I have yet to try this out, but I’m planning to tonight. It’s just so expensive I feel like I should save it!

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Liquid: I’ve never actually owned a liquid highlighter before so I was excited to try this out! While it definitely isn’t a blinding highlight, it does have a nice glow and can be built up or added to with powder highlight. i might even try mixing this in with my foundation.

The BrowGal Eyebrow Gel: This is pretty average eyebrow gel that I used after I had already filled in my brows. I’m looking forward to trying this out on a no-makeup makeup day!

Adesse Hi Definition Liquid Lipstick: I was thinking this would be more of a matte finish, but it definitely isn’t. It’s comparable to ColourPop ultra satin lips, maybe with even more gloss. I love the color I got!

ColourPop My Little Pony Eyeshadow Palette: This is too cute! Not only do I love the packaging of this, but I love the eyeshadow product inside! I’ve only used ColourPop single shadows, but the ones in the palette seemed high quality as well!

If you’d like to see a more in depth review of the products this month, as well as see me try them on, make sure you check out my video!

Friday Food | Cheesy Tater Tots

I’m just going to come right out and say this – this was not very good. I’m not sure if I made it wrong or if I just don’t like the dish itself, but it sounded like something I would love! I mean cheese and tater tots – what’s not to love!?

I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t like my new dish this week, but oh well you can’t win them all. I originally found the recipe on Pinterest here. I followed the recipe pretty well except I used turkey sausage instead of pork and almond milk instead of cream. This may have been when things went terribly wrong.

I’m not going to bother giving you my version of the recipe since mine turned out so bad. If you want to give it a go, follow the recipe from the above link. And please let me know if your is actually good! Here are some pictures of the cheesy tot making process.

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Hoping for a better meal for next week’s Friday food!

Day in the Life | Lazy Sunday

I woke up pretttty late this Sunday, but hey, it’s my weekend!

10:00 am (okay it was really more like 11:00) – Breakfast

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For breakfast I made some delicious cinnamon rolls. These are the kind that come in the little tube and you just have to separate, bake, and ice them. I also needed some fresh coffee beans ground up. I usually do this once a week so the beans are mostly fresh, but I don’t have to get out the grinder every day. This particular bag from Starbucks is so good!

12:00 – General Clean Up

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Sundays are my cleaning days (see my blog post on that here) but since I’ve been home all week and keeping up with the chores for once, there wasn’t a whole lot of cleaning to do. I did, however, finally get around to cleaning out the snail home. It looks so much better! Mostly I just tidied up and then took a shower myself.

1:00 – Lunch

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My boyfriend is obsessed with cast iron pans. Like truly obsessed. Everything he makes, he makes in it. For lunch, he made a homemade pizza in it and it turned out delicious! We just bought the dough from the grocery store so it didn’t take much time at all to make.

2:00 – Laze around

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For most of the rest of the day I just laid around reading and watching tv. I also took some adorable photos of my dog (see above).

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My boyfriend and I also re-potted some house plants that have been growing!

And that’s pretty much my exciting day! What did you do this weekend?

Fun Spring Makeup Tutorial

Ever have those days where you see some colorful eyeshadows and you just HAVE to make a look with them? No? Just me? Oh well, that’s basically what happened here. I’m not as keen on the blue inner corners as I thought I would be, but I wouldn’t have known until I tried! Let me know what you think and what your fun makeup ideas for spring are!