August BoxyCharm

It feels like I just posted a BoxyCharm video (which I did, you can find it here) so I decided to just do a blog post for it this month, instead of a video and a blog post.

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:

IMG_1845.JPGWander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks: I’ve only tried one other brand of eye masks, but oh my gosh I loved these! I would recommend laying down while you wear these so they don’t slip down your face, but my under eyes felt amazing and fresh after I used this. And the box comes with three! I wasn’t thrilled with the last Wander Beauty item we got in our month, but these are awesome!

Laura Lee Los Angeles Party Animal Palette: This is just an everyday casual palette…just kidding! These colors are so bright and fun. I can’t wait to come up with an eye look for this palette. MaybeI’ll do an upcoming tutorial on it if it turns out decent! I love seeing a beauty influencers brand in the box.

House of Lashes: I’m not a huge lash-wearer, but I do have a few big events coming up that I probably will want to wear lashes for! I’ve heard such great reviews on the House of Lashes lashes, so I’m excited to try these out!

Adesse Nail Treatment- Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil: I’ve never used a nail oil before, so this definitely intrigues me. I thought once I put it on my nails that it would dry down, but it stays oily for a long time. Next time I try it, Ill try it while I don’t have to use my hands for anything, like while I’m watching TV. I think I’ll like this and I’m excited to use it more!

Smashbox Lipstick: My understanding is that there were a few different options of lipsticks and shades that went out from Smashbox in this month’s box. I love the bright pink color I received! Hopefully you found something in your box that you liked!

Bang Beauty Chocolate Gel Eyeliner: I’ve been getting back into wearing winged eyeliner everyday so I was excited to see this in the box! Since it’s brown, I think it’s better for everyday wear since it’s much more muted than a black liner. I’m still looking for the perfect brush to use with it, though.

What did you get in your box this month?

Thrift Shop Haul

If you’re anything like me, you love a good deal! I love going thrift shopping (que Macklemore’s song) and finding great treasures. When my family was on vacation recently, we spent a lot of time going to different thrift stores and consignment stores. You never know what you’re going to find!

In this video, I show you all the different clothes and shoes I got. Let me know what you’ve gotten in recent thrift shop hauls!

What I Ate Wednesday – August 8, 2018

Breakfast

I totally forgot to take a picture of my breakfast! I documented this on a Monday that my boyfriend had decided to go into work late so I wasn’t thinking and forgot! Anyway, I had cottage cheese, a banana, and a coffee. I’m sure you know what all of those things look like anyway!

Lunch

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Not sure why this came out so blurry…I had a salad with HOME-GROWN tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and white balsamic dressing. This might look like a lot of dressing, but I mixed it in. I also had a spinach wrap with tuna and corn inside. This has been one of my quick and easy go-to lunches lately!

Snack

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I went grocery shopping before my afternoon snack and I picked up a graze box (find them here) – the not too spicy veggie protein. I love this box specifically because it’s crunchy and salty like chips, but I feel like it’s healthy and fills me up. I also had celery with cream cheese – a childhood staple and still a great snack!

Dinner

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I was by myself for dinner so I decided to make one of my favorite dinners – pasta with pesto sauce. I also mix in a little olive oil with the sauce (which I just buy in a jar usually). It’s so good and I usually eat way too much of it!

Well, that’s it for today! I might have snack of ice cream soon and I’ll definitely have a cup of green tea tonight since I’ve been loving that for the past few days. What did you eat today?

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?

 

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?

Pupdate ~ Mila

The last time I gave you an update on my doggie Mila was December of last year! Boy have we missed a lot!

Mila’s birthday was predicted to be in March. We aren’t totally sure because we got her for free and she didn’t come with any papers. So she is now 1 year and 4 months old. I don’t know if you can consider that to even be a puppy anymore! Of course, in our hearts she’ll always be our puppy/baby.

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Mila is still the same crazy pup you know and love. She is at her highest energy right when we get home or when ever anyone comes to visit. She seems to be super smart, but one time I went to the bathroom and came out acting like I hadn’t seen her all day and she got just as excited as if I had been gone all day. Other than those times, she is pretty low-maintenance and calm. She gets herself in “moods” sometimes and will try to tear apart her bed or throw some toys around the room.

Now that I am home all day with her, I’ve noticed that she pretty much just lays around being lazy all day. We go for a few walks a day, but otherwise she just finds a spot in the same room as me and curls up. She loves laying on the bed and watching everything out the window. However, if she sees a dog outside, she will go nuts. She has ripped sheets with her nails because she gets herself so worked up when she sees a dog.

Speaking of ripping sheets, we still have not been successful at cutting her nails. Everyone has tried, but no one can do it. We took her to PetsMart and they couldn’t do it because she was flailing around too much. I took her to the vet and even two techs could only cut 3 nails. We’ve mostly given up because her nails stay relatively short since we take walks on pavement.

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Mila is still eating one cup of I and Love and You dog food twice a day (find it here). We’ve tried different flavors, but they seem to upset her stomach so we have been sticking with the Red Meat Medley lately.

Basically, we’re still very much in love with our Mila and she is the perfect dog for us right now!

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?

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?