Usborne Books and More

I’ve recently become a consultant with Usborne books! I fell in love after attending an online party. I decided to host my own party and now I’m a consultant! So far, I’m loving it. All of the books that I have received have been such nice quality. Even though I don’t have any kids of my own, I love the books for my kindergarten class. I even enjoy some of the YA books for myself!

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I definitely recommend checking out Usborne. Not only do they have great fiction and non-fiction books for kids, they have unique book styles such as flashlight books, painting books, and so much more! Check out this link to see all of the books we offer and place an order!

If you find that you really love the books or the company you can host your own online party. This is a great way to get FREE books and connect with friends. Hosting a party is easy, you just have to find people like you interested in books!

I’ll be writing lots more posts about Usborne but for now, I’d just like to mention that if you host a party within the next month, you will get double your hostess rewards! And it’s not too late to order books for Christmas – they just have to be submitted by December 12.

If you would like to host an easy party for your friends, let me know! I would love to be your book lady! Just leave a comment that you are interested and I will contact you to get started!

My link to shop for books:  z6646.myubam.com 

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November Kindergarten Crate

I’ve recently gotten into subscription boxes (I know I’m a little late) and the first one I ordered was Kindergarten Crate! This subscription box is $40 a month and automatically renews. If you order for multiple months, then the price per month decreases.

I got my box at the end of October and it was themed for November and Thanksgiving. Included in this month’s box was:

  • Wooden Story Blocks
  • Ticonderoga Golf Pencils
  • Word Strips
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • “The Thankful Book” and lesson to go along

If you want to get the box for next month, you can find that here.

I made a video that goes into detail about this month’s box. Make sure to check it out and let me know if this is something you would like to see again!

Get Ready With Me – Wearable Fall Makeup

I know everyone has been posting dark, dramatic makeup looks for fall (myself included), but I understand that the style isn’t for everyone. I wanted to create a more muted, everyday look with neutral colors that everyone can wear! Here is the look I created!

What I’m Wearing:

NYX Angel Veil Primer

BareMinerals BarePro Foundation in Aspen

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair

RCMA No Color Powder

Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Taupe

Benefit Hula bronzer

Wet n Wild Blush in Mellow Wine

ColourPop Highlight in Smokin’ Whistles

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

NYC Liquid Liner

Marc Jacobs Liner Pencil

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Paint in Spicy Blush

Mario Badescu Facia Spray with Aloe, herbs, and Rosewater

Apartment Wall Decorations

We moved into our new apartment about 5 months ago and just a few weekends ago we finally put up some of our wall decorations! For the most part, all this required was some wire and nails – we were just lazy for 5 months apparently. Here is what we have up so far, broken down by room.

Living Room

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Kitchen and Dining Area

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Den and Stairs

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What are some things that you have on your walls?

Meet Mila | Puppy Update

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Guess what? We got a puppy! Her name is Mila and she is around 6 months old. She is a mix between a black lab and a chow, although we mostly see the black lab in her.

We got her 7 weeks ago from a woman on Facebook who was giving her away. Actually, we got her on the first day of school, so that was very stressful for me – new kindergarteners and a new puppy all on the same day!

We started working on training her right away, since she was so young. her previous owners must have worked a little bit with her because she was house-trained fairly easily. She has also mastered sit and shake and goes right in her crate when it’s mealtime.

Speaking of mealtime she eats a cup of food twice a day (with lots of treats in between). We have been giving her the “I and love and you” dog food which you can find here. We like switching up the flavors when we buy a new bag, but she seems to love it all.

Thankfully, Mila has always slept through the night while she’s been with us. She enjoys sleeping at the end of the bed and occasionally she will be a little cuddly.

I also filmed a video for my YouTube channel so make sure you check that out! It includes a little more information on her including a vet update. I hope to be doing more updates on her as she grows!

Moscow Mule Recipe

Are you looking for a refreshing drink? Look no further than the Moscow mule! I love making these on warm days, and I also love the cute cups they come in. Here’s how to make your own version of this popular drink at home!

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Here are all the ingredients you will need (chair and flowers optional, but a definite plus).

  • cup of ice
  • 1 ginger beer (these come in different flavors and I enjoy the raspberry ginger one)
  • 1/2 shot of vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 or 2 slices of lime

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I fill the cup about 3/4 of the way full of ice and then pour in a whole ginger beer. I’ll leave links to all these products at the end.

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Next, I pour in the vodka. I’m not quite sure why this needs to be included, but all the recipes I’ve ever looked at had it in there, so I figured why not?! I added about half a shot, but I didn’t really measure it, just a guess and pour.

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The lime juice comes next and again, I didn’t really measure it, but it was about a tablespoon. You can add more or less depending on how much you like the taste of lime. I’m not a huge fan, but this didn’t make the lime taste overwhelming.

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For the finishing touch, I added a lime to the drink and as a decoration on the outside. Once I get towards the end of my drink, I like to squeeze one of these to add to the flavor.

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Now all that’s left to do is enjoy your drink! Let me know if you make Moscow mules with a different variation, I’m always looking to try something new!

Get to Know Me

I am constantly trying to grow my YouTube channel as well as my blog. As I result, I am trying to help my current subscribers and potential subscribers get to know me better. This was a fun tag that I found on a blog called rootreport. You can find it here! Some of the questions were different from typical questions I’ve seen in other tags, and it was fun to film! Enjoy learning a bit more about me!

After you check out my video, make sure to go to the original blog where I found this to find the questions!

Autumn Home Haul

I recently went to Target and picked up a few bits and pieces of fall decorations for around the house.  Most of the items I picked up were under $20 and all of it was affordable. Let me know if you have any other fun decoration ideas.

Products Mentioned:

Target Sunflower Wreath: http://bit.ly/2wYLJJ5

Leaf Bunting: http://bit.ly/2zbcB9D

Autumn Sign: Sorry I couldn’t find this!

Snickers: http://bit.ly/2gmiixT

Felted Pumpkins: hhttp://bit.ly/2gkBBaJ

Pumpkin Bowl: http://bit.ly/2yqmtPv

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Ceramic Pumpkins: Oops couldn’t find those either…

How I Unwind

Making time to relax and unwind is important for everyone. Now that I’m on summer vacation, I have lots of time to relax, but it is also important to make time for this when work and life is crazy!

I’ve compiled a list of ideas and things that I do to relax. I’ve tried to include things from all seasons, but a lot of my ideas are still summer and good-weather related. Please use these ideas for yourself!

While I love working on my blog and getting myself prepared for school, I find that because I am working from home, I can’t leave my place of work and separate myself from it. Because of this, I have decided that my “work day” ends around 4:00 pm. I shut off my computer, check my email less, and sit and relax on the couch. I strongly recommend picking a time to be done with work if you also work from home. There are a number of activities that I then choose from to help myself relax and unwind!

  • Read a book – I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series, and yes its just as good the hundredth time.
  • Watch a movie – since movies are longer than tv shows, I prefer this when I am relaxing, but a tv show would suffice!
  • Watch your favorite YouTubers – especially check out my channel!
  • Have a glass of wine – chilled white wine is especially perfect for summer.
  • Sit outside on your lawn or porch – put your feet up and just enjoy!
  • Use a face mask – do this while reading outside!
  • Draw or color – I love the adult coloring books.
  • Write in a journal – I especially like to make “done” lists, things I’ve accomplished that day.
  • Take a walk – I am dog sitting right now and I find it so relaxing to just walk around with him for a while.
  • Take a shower or bath – a bath is clearly ideal but I only have a shower in my apartment.
  • Listen to music – even if you wouldn’t consider it relaxing music.

Of course, there are lots of different ways for different people to relax and this is just a short list of ideas. Please leave more in the comments so everyone can relax and unwind!