Evening Routine Vlog

I love watching other people’s vlogs. There’s just something about seeing what other people do in their day-to-day lives that intrigues me. With that being said, I’m trying to get into vlogging more (or at least doing more “My Day” type blog posts). This post and video was a way to get my toes wet. I filmed it while no one else was around and I only did it for a short amount of time. Still, I did it! Hopefully there will be more to come!

In the video, I am making dinner which I mention is a blog post already. You can find my sausage and veggies recipe here.

If you’d like to see what I get up to in the evenings after work, check out my video here!

What does your evening routine look like?

March Kindergarten Crate

Back again today with March’s kindergarten crate! Instead of a video on my YouTube channel, I thought I would just do a blog post – since my channel is lifestyle and beauty focused. Not kid focused. Anyway, here it is!


I’ll start with the obvious…I love that there is something Pete the Cat themed!! My kids are just starting to get into word families too so it’s perfect timing! The activity for the month is also related to word families and CVC words. It’s based off the book “Splat the Cat.” There were also some Dr. Seuss stickies, number word dice, pointers, googlie eyes for reading, and some sea salt caramel popcorn!

I already have plans for the number word dice, stickies, and pointers so I’m excited to bring this box into school!


If you want to check out Kindergarten Crate for yourself, you can find it here!

February Books

Not a bad quantity of books for such a short month! I also listened to two audiobooks. I know that it’s controversial – Did I actually read them? Well I’ve decided to count them!


The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

I’ve loved Meg Cabot ever since reading “Princess Diaries” back in the day. This was a pretty typical chick lit book except that it was written in a mixture of emails, texts, or diary entries. I found that confusing and tiring at first, but I started to get used to it. I’ll keep reading her books as long as she keeps writing them!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I read one of Ness’ books for a YA literature class a few years ago that I loved, so when I saw this in the YA section of the library I decided to pick it up. This book was ironically funny. In the beginning of each chapter there would be a paragraph explaining the demons that were taking over the town. It was very dramatic. Then, the rest of the chapter was about regular teenagers living in the town not really associated with anything the demons were doing. I liked it!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engel

This was the book I chose for the Buzzfeed Pageturners book of the month. The theme was books that were turned into movies. Since this is coming out soon and I’ve heard so many good things about, I ordered it from the library. I accidentally ordered the trilogy, but only read the first book which is actually called “A Wrinkle in Time.” I loved this book! Perfect parts sci-fi and dystopian.

Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

This book was shockingly accurate to the 2016 election even though it used fictional characters. The author says she couldn’t have predicted that well if she tried! I liked this book because it was about fictional politics, but from the perspective of a journalist on a morning show.

I also listened to Unqualified by Anna Faris and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.



January Books

Last month’s books came out late in the month, so I’m making up for that by posting my January books early!


I only read two full books this month, so I’m pretty disappointed in myself. I started a new book, but I couldn’t get into it and gave it up to start a new book. I didn’t include that one because I haven’t finished it yet.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The theme of Buzzfeed’s book club for January was “books that you can read in one sitting.” Although I didn’t actually read this book in one sitting, it was relatively short. I’ve read Neil Gaiman before and his books tend to be on the strange side. This book was no exception. I wasn’t really sure where the book was going. Is it real or in the kid’s imagination? Who knows! That being said, I did enjoy this book! It definitely makes me want to read more of his books!

Turtles all the Way Down by John Green

I’ve read most of Green’s books and I know people love them, but they just seem almost too cheesy for me. There I said it. This book was ehh at best. I really liked the way mental illness was portrayed, as I think not many books can do that accurately and appropriately. However, I just thought the book was boring.

Overall, not a great start to my year of reading, but I’m enjoying the book I’m currently reading and I hope I’ll be reading lots more in February! What did you read this month?

December Books

Here we are, halfway through January, and I am finally writing about the books I read in December! I actually do have a good excuse for my lateness, though, I had to re-order one of them from the library and wait for it to come back in, so there!


The first book that I read in December was Can You Keep a Secret by one of my all-time favorite authors Sophie Kinsella. She writes light, easy to read books that usually focus on a female character in her 20s. Being a female in my 20s, this appeals to me quite a bit! Honestly, I read this so long ago that I can hardly remember what it was about, except that it was about a girl who “accidentally” told all her secrets to her boss. Of course at the time, she didn’t know he was her boss. Then they end up dating and he doesn’t like to tell secrets so she is mad that he already knows all of hers. It’s just a fun, silly read!

The second book was I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. My mom recommended this book to me because it’s by the same author who wrote 101 Dalmatians. I liked this book, but it took me a while to get into it because there’s very little excitement or drama. It was the type of book that you want to read curled up by the fire drinking tea on a winter night. A very peaceful book.

The last book was my favorite of the month. It was My Life in France by Julia Child. I’ve had this book for a while and just randomly picked it up to read. She has such a fun personality in the book and she writes with so much detail, I was amazed she could remember so much about her early life! All the food she mentions sounds delicious, and I definitely ate too much while I was reading this book!

I love going back and looking at the previous posts I’ve done about the books I read. It’s a good way to keep track of how much I am reading! What did you read during the month of December?



January Kindergarten Crate

Are you a kindergarten/preschool/first grade teacher? Are you a parent? Do you like kids? If any of these are true for you, then you definitely need to subscribe to Kindergarten Crate!

This is my third month receiving this subscription box and it is definitely my favorite so far! The penguin theme is just so cute!

Included in this month’s box is:

  • “Penguin and Pinecone” book
  • Penguin Craft
  • Penguin mini notebook
  • Penguin stickers
  • Crayola White Chalk
  • Blue Construction paper
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Tempera paint markers
  • Dark chocolate pretzels
  • Puzzle pieces with writing lines

Wow, we got so much this month! As a reminder, this box is $40 a month, but is less if you purchase more than one month at a time.

If you would like to subscribe go HERE!

A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging

I’ve had this blog for over a year (although I wish I was more active) and while I am by no means a professional blogger, I have picked up some tips and tricks along the way. This is a different post than what I normally do, let me know if you like this sort of thing!


This is a guide for someone who already has a blog (self-hosted or not) and is looking for ways to blog more or become more organized with their blogposts. I consider blogging to be a hobby of mine, it’s definitely not a job for me. However, I really do enjoy blogging just for fun!

If you’re like me and you like blogging as a fun hobby, then you probably are somewhat irregular with blog posts and/or your blog might be lacking a little jazz. I get in “moods” where I love blogging and making YouTube videos and then I might disappear for a few weeks. But that’s okay – I’m not really trying to make any money from this! You also might have posted a blog post or two that wasn’t “professional” looking and wished you could have done something better.

I can’t just write a blog post off the top of my head (usually). Even though I still consider myself a blogging beginner, I’ve developed a way to plan my blogposts so that when I do post, I am proud of the content I have created!

I’ve created this (FREE) blogpost planner that I use whenever I am writing a blogpost. It really helps me focus on what I’m trying to accomplish. This might seem like a lot of “work” for a hobby, but I actually enjoy the planning process – and I bet some of you out there do too!

If you’re a beginning blogger or a hobby blogger, check out this planner to organize your blog!

Download your blogpost planner here!

Goals for 2018

With 2017 coming to a close in just a few hours, I thought I would write my goals down for 2018 as a way to make myself more accountable. I’d also love to know what your goals are! Is 2018 going to be your year!? I hope so!


My Personal Goals:

  1. Work out more (the goal everyone else has) – This is not original by any means but I really would like to try to workout more. I’ve already started this by getting a skiing season pass. Let me tell you, I was SORE after my first night skiing! I would feel accomplished if I skied (or played kickball etc.) once a week, and then one other day of the week went to the gym or did an at-home workout.
  2. Spend less money on food – I got into a bad habit of eating out or ordering out this past year. Not only is this less healthy, but it’s become expensive. I could be saving more money or spending it on other things (makeup…).This is a goal that I’ll have to work on with my boyfriend as well.

My Blogging/YouTube Goals:


  1. Post one blog post a week for each of my three categories (life, beauty, and food). That’s 3 blog posts a week! I never even considered the fact that I could post once a week in each category until someone suggested it in a blogging group on Facebook. It seems so obvious! To help myself plan out my posts I will be using a planner that I created. It will be available for FREE on tomorrow’s post!
  2. Post a video on my YouTube channel (Here) once a week. I’m not going to restrict myself to a certain day of the week (for example every Monday) for posting, but I think that once a week is a goal I can accomplish.

My Usborne Books and More Goal:


  1. Host a party at least once a month. I don’t expect this to be a ludicrous side hustle and I’m not putting in enough work to make it one. However, I enjoy the books and the company and I like hosting parties so I will continue to make this a regular goal in 2018.

And that’s it! I think it’s important to be reasonable about the number of goals you set for yourself. Too many and you’ll just get overwhelmed. Too few and you won’t be motivated. This seems like a good amount for me and I am hopeful that I will reach these goals! What are your goals for 2018?

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!


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