July Books

Wow, I read a lot this month! My family and I were on vacation in Florida for almost 2 weeks and they have an AMAZING library there. Of course, we took full advantage of it and took out lots of books and movies, some of which were even read or watched! Here’s what I read last month (in the order that I read them).

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Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

I picked this book up from a “summer reads” section at my library. I actually had a little trouble getting through this book because it was so summery and cheesy. However, I persisted, but it was my least favorite book I read this month.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Need I say more? I re-read these every summer and it’s something that I really look forward to. I know everything about the books, but they are so comfortable for me and remind me of reading them for the first time when I was a kid. Forever my favorites!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Why has it taken me so long to get around to reading this!? I honestly had no idea what it was about and it is such an interesting read! It’s definitely one of those books that you can’t put down! I don’t want to give too much away, but it is basically a cast of strong female characters and it involves a murder. Love this!

Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Hardly a month goes by that I don’t read a book by Sophie Kinsella, so I’m sure you already know about my love for her. I think is the third (maybe fourth?) book in the “Shopaholic” series. These are just easy, fun reads if you like some good chick-lit.

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by David Colbert

In continuance of my obsession with Harry Potter, I read this “not authorized by J.K. Rowling” book. Basically, this book just talks about the backgrounds of various creatures and characters/names that Rowling uses in her books. I thought this book would be a lot more exciting that it actually was, but it was interesting.

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

I’ve only recently started watching “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” within the past few years, but like everyone else, I am obsessed and appalled by the show. This book is an expose of what really happens on the show, behind the cameras and lights. Basically, there is a lot of alcohol and manipulation. This was definitely an interesting read if you watch the show!

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

This is a graphic novel that was recommended to me by my Mom. I really didn’t know much about Dahmer, as it happened either before I was born of when I was a baby. Of course, I’ve heard of him and what he had done, but this book is so interesting as it details his life before. It seems like a cartoon since it is a graphic novel, but in the back of the book are sources from every single event that was talked about in the book. Disturbing, but a great read.

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

I’ll admit that I was a pretty big “Twilight” fan back in the day. I also really enjoyed her other book “The Host.” I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t read this book or laugh at it because of the author but I loved this book! It has love, murder, and a brilliant female lead character. I highly recommend giving this book a fair chance!

Peanuts Treasury by Charles M. Schulz

This book is a collection of Peanuts cartoons! I love reading books like this while I’m eating breakfast, because I don’t have to concentrate as hard and I can eat and read at the same time. And the Peanuts cartoons are so heartwarming and familiar to everyone!

Whew, that was quite the list! What did you read this month?

 

July Boxycharm Try-On

I know this is coming a little late for July, but I was on vacation and didn’t get to open my box of Boxycharm goodies until I got home!

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:

Farmacy Bright On Vitamin C Mask: I still haven’t tried this product out…I know I keep meaning to! I’ve just been taking my makeup off and going right to bed without using a face mask, but hopefully tonight I will finally try this out! Until then, I can’t give you a review except to say that this product is usually expensive!

Chella Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Cream: This is the perfect eyebrow product to travel with! Unfortunately, I just got back from my vacation. If you really like to fill in your brows and do it quickly, this is a great product. I’m not sure it’s going to replace my current eyebrow products, but it’s something I’ll keep for the future.

Note Luminous Silk Compact Blusher: I LOVE the shade that came this month – I actually don’t have any other blush like it! It’s a beautiful peach shade and it is pretty pigmented so be careful about that. Awesome product!

Crown Fuego Eyeshadow Palette: We’ve gotten lots of Crown products in past boxes, but I think this is my favorite of their products yet! The colors in this palette are beautiful and the pans are huge! Loving this so far!

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara: This was my least favorite product in the box. It just didn’t put enough product on my eyelashes and I like a LOT of mascara! However, I did really like it for my lower lashes so I’ll be using it for that!

That’s it for the box this month! Did you love any of the products? Make sure you check out my video trying them on!

What I Ate Wednesday – July 11, 2018

After my meal plan post (find that here) I decided to start mixing in some more “What I Ate Wednesdays” so you can see if I really am following along and keeping up on my meal planning! Here’s what I ate one day this week.

Breakfast

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For breakfast I always have to have coffee – the darker the better, but I do add almond milk and sugar. I’ve also been trying to get better at drinking lots of water so I always fill up a water bottle as soon as I get up in the morning. On this day I also had a little cup of cinnamon applesauce as well as a NutriGrain Cinnamon Crumb Cake, which I’ve been loving for breakfast on the go!

Lunch

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For lunch I had leftover Cheesy pasta bake (recipe here) that I sprinkled with fresh Italian parsley. I also had more water and I found half a can of Coke in the fridge (yes it was very flat) that I finished up.

Snack

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For an afternoon snack, I try to either have a fruit or vegetable. Today I had carrots dipped in ranch dressing. Easy and delicious!

Dinner

Okay guys, I am so mad at myself because my boyfriend made the most delicious dinner, but I was so hungry that I didn’t even think about taking a picture until I was cleaning up dinner. I’ll try to describe what we had, but just know it’s amazing and a weekly staple for us. We had breaded chicken (coated in egg and then bread crumbs with salt and pepper) with green beans, and I also had plain noodles with butter, because a meal without pasta just seems silly to me! This is one of our favorite meals and it’s pretty cheap and easy to make as well! Hopefully sometime I’ll remember to take a picture of it!

What have you been eating this week?

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?

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!

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?

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!

March Books

Considering what a long month March is, I really didn’t read as many books as I wanted to. Oh well, there’s always April!

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The Shining by Stephen King

“The Shining” is one of my favorite movies of all time so I was excited to FINALLY read the book. It was different from the movie, but not extremely different as I thought it was going to be. Obviously, this is a scary book at times so I wouldn’t recommend reading it at night along. Just some advice.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

For March, the Buzzfeed bookclub theme was to read immigrant fiction. I’ll admit, I was not too excited by the theme this month, but I ended up loving this book! I literally just googled “good immigrant fiction” and this was one of the first books that popped up. I guess other people must like it as well!

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea’s friends, family, and other victims

This was a book that I listened to on my ride to work and home. I love Chelsea Handler’s other books and this was no exception! Each chapter was written by one of her friends and they were also the ones to read the story for the audiobook. Very funny!

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Another audiobook that I listened to in the car. I love Sophie Kinsella and her chick-lit stories. If that seems like your type of book I would recommend checking out all of her books!

What did you read in March?

Target and Walmart Haul

I’m finally back! March was quite the busy, tiring month, but now that I am on Spring break for a week I am excited to start posting again and also getting things ready for future posts.

I also wanted to post a video to my YouTube channel so I filmed a haul that I really did a while ago. I just rounded everything that I bought back up again so I could show you! Most of the stuff (especially the clothes) were on sale and I’ve already worn and tried most items.

Enjoy the video!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This was the first time that I have baked something other than boxed brownies in my oven in my apartment (at least desert-wise)! Go me!

I really tried to use as few bowls and utensils as I could, and clean as I went along so the whole process was so much better when it was the end and I just got to eat the cookies and not have to clean. Highly recommend trying this out.

This recipe is originally from Toll House. My family has been making this specific recipe for years and it is the best! You can find the original recipe here.

Toll House Recipe with Camille’s Twist

You will need:

 

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (which is 2 sticks) of butter
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (I miiiight have put a little more than this) of chocolate chips

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Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Mix (Use a beater if you have it – I don’t) butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  4. Add eggs to butter mixture and mix well.
  5. Stir in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes (less time if you like them a bit undercooked like I do!)
  8. Let them cool or you will regret it.
  9. Eat.

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Let me know if you try this recipe out and how it goes! Enjoy!