July Faves

Hello! I’ve got some new faves to share! I can’t believe it is the end of July – and life still isn’t back to normal…but at least we have some cool products to distract us with…?

Ok, here they are!

First off, this amazing all-in-one palette! This is the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Gorgeous Glowing Beauty. This palette has three eye colors, a bronzer, two blush colors, and a highlight. This has everything you need to get the prettiest glow. Charlotte Tilbury’s products never disappoint.

A few more makeup products – this Pacifica lip gloss in Beach Kiss. This is the prettiest rose gold gloss that is so shimmery! It’s not sticky and it lasts. Love the color!

This brown gel pencil eyeliner from Maybelline is so smooth and STAYS. I love this even more than my beloved UD Demolition pencil. I use this on my lashline and tight line, and it just looks more natural and softer than using a black liner. It is actually really difficult to remove, but makeup remover takes it off. Love it.

Here are some swatches:

You know I had to include a nail color!

This is Essie Model Citizen, the perfect hot pink creme color! So summery and pretty! Love the Gel Couture line. Opaque in just two coats.

Next, a jewelry cleaner, because this thing is SO COOL. It’s like one of those twist up brush tip lip glosses. You twist it up, wet it, and brush it all over your jewelry. I use this on my wedding ring and it makes it look like when the jeweler cleans it!

Lastly, a bubble bath, because we all need some SELF-CARE.

I love this Dr. Teals Foaming Bath, but had never tried this scent. It smells sweet with the almond oil and is so moisturizing. It also makes a ton of bubbles!

So, that is it for the faves! What have you been loving this month?

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Reading Wrap Up | May

Hello! I am here with some reading recommendations this morning! The books this month are all thrillers, (my fave!) so I hope you like them and please leave your recommendations in the comments for me!

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

This book is about a woman named Cass, who is driving late at night, in the rain, and through the woods. She passes by a stopped car and sees a woman inside who just stares at her. Later after arriving home, she hears that the woman she saw in the car has been murdered. She doesn’t want to tell her husband, because he didn’t want her taking that way home in the first place. She cannot stop thinking about the woman, and weird things start happening, she feels like she is being watched and also loses her memory.

This book totally surprised me at the end with its twist and I really love the books from this author. They are always suspenseful and good.

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

This book was a little bit disturbing, but nothing I couldn’t handle (and I’m a baby). This book is about a 16 year old girl named Summer who is kidnapped. She is blindfolded and taken into a cellar where she finds several other girls. The cellar is like a home, completely furnished and the other girls are nice to her. The man who kidnapped them refers to them as his flowers and wants everything that they do to be perfect, and Summer wonders why they aren’t trying to escape.

This book like I said is disturbing, but it was really interesting to me and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

This book is a classic murder mystery, there is a dead body found at the beginning and the characters are all creepy. A new family has moved into a new neighborhood, a headmaster of a school, his wife, and their son who loves to stare at the neighbors. The street is the type where everyone knows everyone, and everyone watches each other. The story goes between a lot of characters and a lot of point of views to help you to solve the mystery.

Lisa Jewell is one of my favorite authors and I’ve read a lot from her. This book was like the others, a thriller with a twist at the end. I really liked how the police transcripts were included in the story and also the ending took me a minute to figure out, but was very good!

That’s it for this month’s book recs! Leave some in the comments for me!!!

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Easter | Traditions + Basket Ideas

Hello! This Sunday is already Easter, and even though we won’t be able to go visit with our families like we normally do, we are still planning a fun Easter celebration.

When the girls get up in the morning, they open up their baskets, and I usually make a fun breakfast for them, like cinnamon rolls with pastel colored icing, or waffles with sprinkles inside.

This Easter, since we have time, I will be making my Baked Donuts. Instead of using nutmeg and cinnamon, and dipping them into cinnamon sugar like I did here, I will be making a pastel colored glaze out of powdered sugar and milk to go over the top of them. Here’s the recipe.

We always do an Easter egg hunt for them, putting little chocolates, stickers, erasers, stamps, coins, dollar bills…just anything we can fit into the little plastic eggs. We hide them in the front and back yards, and they love to run around and find them. We have about 75 eggs.

I also do a “mystery egg” for each of them, where I give little clues like a word jumble or a riddle. This is like a scavenger hunt that leads to toy or fun surprise.

Here are the clues I have for this year! Feel free to use them for your kids! I cannot take credit for them, I found them online.

I will cut each of these out and hide them. I tape the first clue to their basket. Keep in mind that the last clue is where you will hide the surprise.

At the end of the mystery egg hunt, I have a big surprise for them. I got them each one of these LOL dolls that they have REALLY been wanting. They’re going to flip when they see these.

We are also planning to barbecue and dye these little plastic eggs I found (since it’s hard to find REAL eggs to dye).

Now onto the baskets! I always go overboard, but my little princesses deserve it. They are my sweet girls!

Here’s what I got them this year.

I got them each these books that teach you how to draw things. Both girls love to draw, so they will love these. Ashley will get the Cute Stuff one and Allie will get the Animal one.

Next, I got them each a chapter book. Phoebe and Her Unicorn for Ashley, Candy Fairies for Allie.

Next, just some little notepads. They love to put these in their bags or take them into the car so that they have something to do.

Next, a new toothbrush. The girls love to get a new one, so I thought they would like these since they are OBSESSED with LOL dolls. These have timers too so they help with brushing long enough.

Next, a chocolate bunny for each of them.

And some more little candies.

So, that is pretty much it for what we will be doing for Easter this year!

What traditions do you do with your family?

thanks for reading, and Happy Easter!

xx

A Day In My Life | Homeschooling, Cookies, Chili, and Chalk

Hi everyone! Today I am doing a day in the life blog. I thought it would be fun to show you what we do everyday! I previously did a Homeschool Routine and Schedule post, but since then, our routine has changed! The school has been sending assignments, and they also have to video chat with their teacher every morning.

So, a little bit about my family – I have two girls, Allie, 8, and Ashley, 5. My husband is still going to work these days, so it’s just me and the girls everyday.

Let’s get on with our day!

7:30 Wake up and COFFEE!

This particular day I was up before the girls, so I had a bit of quiet time while I enjoyed my coffee. I use the Starbucks Blonde Roast and their Caramel Macchiato creamer.

8:00 The girls woke up around 8, so I made them cinnamon toast, and they had some berries and yogurt to go with it.

While they were eating, I made my bed, cleaned up a little bit, and threw a load of laundry in the washer.

I make my bed, and all of the beds, every morning. I like to keep a clean and tidy house.

After breakfast, the girls brushed their teeth, got dressed, and brushed their hair.

9:00

At 9:00, Ashley has to get on Google Meet with her Kindergarten class for their morning meeting to go over the assignments.

While she was doing that, I gave our dog Mollie a bath. She is a 10 year old maltese. She lives inside the house, so a bath every week is a must! I also brush her.

She doesn’t like it, though.

After I bathed and brushed her, it was back to her chair to look out the window at the cows!

9:30

By this time, Ashley was done with her morning meeting with her class. Now it is Allie’s turn for her meeting at 9:30 with her third grade class.

While she was on her chat, I took a quick shower and got ready for the day.

10:00

I planned on making chili for dinner that night, so I had to get that going in the crockpot. Here is the recipe if you want to make it!

At 10:00, the girls start doing their assignments for the day. They both have Reading/Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, and GT assignments.

We turned our table in the dining room into a school table, since the one in the playroom wasn’t big enough. Who uses a formal dining room anyway?

12:00

School usually takes a few hours, so we have lunch right after they’re done.

My girls LOVE avocado toast, so we had that.

I spread some avocado on toasted bread, and topped it with a little garlic salt and some turkey. They also had some cherry tomatoes and carrots to go with it.

I also had avocado toast and veggies, but I like mine with the Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. So good.

1:00

It was such a pretty day outside, so the girls rode their scooters, jumped on the trampoline, and we did a little activity using painters tape and sidewalk chalk.

These came out really cool and kept them busy for awhile!

2:30

We came back inside around 2:30 and wanted to make some frosted sugar cookies, so we made them into Easter shapes and decorated them. Delish. I posted the recipe for these last week, so check it out here if you want to make them!

3:30

They usually have an afternoon snack at this time, so I made them a smoothie and they had some goldfish crackers to go with it.

I used frozen bananas, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, and milk to make the smoothie. They love it.

For me, an iced coffee. I’m dragging at this point!

Recipe for my Starbucks Vanilla Latte here!

4:00

This is free time for the girls. They usually play board games, barbies, LOL dolls, or color during this time.

I usually use this time for chores, so I folded the laundry, unloaded the dishwasher, and cleaned the toilets and bathrooms. If I don’t have any chores to do, I will work on my blog, read, or play with the girls.

5:30

I start making dinner at this time, so since the crockpot was making the chili, all I had to do was make some cornbread to go with it!

The girls love to help me make dinner and set the table.

6:15

Dinner is ready! Can’t wait to eat it!

After dinner we usually have family movie or game night, and the girls love to have a “sleepover” in their playroom.

So that is it for our day! It isn’t extremely eventful because we can’t go anywhere, but we try to keep busy.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoyed this day in the life blog!

thanks for reading!

xx

Top 5 | Home Products From Amazon

Hello! I’m gonna bet that you love Amazon. Pretty much everyone I know uses Amazon and loves it! I like to find things on Amazon that are cheaper than I’d find in store, but still good quality. Today I am sharing my TOP 5 favorite home purchases from the website.

1. PILLOW COVERS

Pillows are one of those things that are like, weirdly expensive (like pistachios and beef jerky). Instead of replacing some old gray pillows that I had, I purchased these fluffy and soft ivory pillow covers, and they are so nice, and go perfect with my decor. They come in a 2 pack for $12.99.

2. THROW BLANKETS

These blankets are my fave! I have two pink, a cream color, and a gray color. I drape a cream and a pink over our couch in the living room, a gray over our bed, and then a pink one on my Mollie’s chair. How cute was she on her 10th bday? 🙂 The blankets wash and dry nicely, are so soft, and cheap! I think they’re pretty. They are around $15, depending on the size you want.

3. WALL SCONCES

Next are some mason jar wall sconces that I purchased for our bedroom. These are just what I was looking for, and they were WAY cheaper on Amazon. They are wooden on the back and the jar is glass. They have faux little flowers and also twinkle lights inside the jars so they can light up. We live in the country, so I was going for a sort-of rustic glam for our house, and these fit the bill! They were around $20 for the pair.

4. SOAP DISPENSER

Yes, I just love mason jars as decor, and this bronze soap dispenser matched perfectly in my little half bath. It is really nice quality, and I like to keep Mrs. Meyers Lilac hand soap inside. It was 13.99.

5. FLORAL ESSENTIAL OILS

I love floral scents for my house, and I have a few diffusers that I like to use. This pack of essential oils comes with six floral scents that are SO GOOD. I already used up the jasmine scent. They smell up my whole house, and my favorites are the rose and lilac. They are only $15.95 for the set!

Ok, so that is all for my favorite home products from Amazon! Have you read my Top 5 Kitchen Products From Amazon yet? Go and check it out!

Thanks for reading!

xx

*this post was NOT sponsored by Amazon*