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

Reading Wrap Up | MARCH

Hello my little book clubbies! I finished up my books for March. I didn’t have as much time to read as I normally do…ahem, HOMESCHOOL, but I still managed to read three.

Here are my spoiler-free reviews for them!

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

This book was really good. It was about two grown brothers who live on big sprawling properties in the outback. They find their third brother dead near an old stockman’s grave landmark. The whole book is them trying to figure out what happened to him, and what was going wrong in his life. There are some twists and turns along the way.

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

If you are a fan of Desperate Housewives or anything by Liane Moriarty, you will love this book! This is about three families who live in the same neighborhood, and this new woman moves in, who is single and doesn’t have children. The other women are fascinated with her and feel like she doesn’t fit in. Why would she pick their perfect little family neighborhood? Soon the women start spilling their secrets to her, and yeah, it’s pretty crazy and juicy!

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

This was my least fave of the month. I normally really like this author, but this book was a bore. A man moves to a new town and is forging an identity to become a new coach and teacher at a school. He picks certain students and people at the school to befriend and needs to use them for a secret plan. The plan was just kind of dumb…? I don’t know, it was pretty predictable and slow, and the ending I definitely saw coming (and I’m not good at predicting endings!). It just fell flat.

So, that’s it for my March reads!

What have you been reading lately? I need some recommendations!

xx amy

Reading Wrap Up | February

It’s almost the end of February, which means it’s time for some book reviews. I read 4 books this month, and I have some really good ones to share with you!

Before She Knew Him By Peter Swanson

This book was recommended to me by my friend Heather, who knows I love a good thriller with a twist! This book did not disappoint. A girl named Hen and her husband move into a new house and go to meet their new neighbors. At their house, she sees a trophy with a name on it that she recognizes from researching a murder case that she used to be obsessed with. Something about her new neighbor seems off to her, and she wants to get to the bottom of it. This book was so good and had a big twist at the end! Loved it.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

I have read a few books by this author, so this one looked really good. This is about a lady who gets a missing child flyer in her mailbox, and she can’t stop thinking about it because the child in the photo looks exactly like her adopted son. She doesn’t know what to do about it- if she should find out if her son is this boy in the picture, or if she should just throw it away and forget it. She thinks about what would happen if he isn’t legally her son and what would happen if she found out the truth. This book was really good. As a mom, the story was kind of heart wrenching at times, and of course, there was a big twist at the end!

The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I was on the waitlist FOR EVER for this book at the library, so I was so excited to finally read it. This was about a woman, Lo, that is aboard a cruise ship for work, and hears (and thinks she sees) something terrible happen to the girl in the cabin next door to hers. All of the passengers on board are accounted for, and no one knows who was in that room, except Lo, who was the only one who saw her. This book was good, I was expecting kind of a big ending or maybe a twist, but it was predictable and just not that great to me.

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

I LOVE Colleen Hoover’s books and have read a bunch of them. This one is fairly new, so I was eager to read it. This one was really good, I could see it being made into a movie. It is about a mother who suddenly loses her husband in a car accident. She has a sixteen year old daughter to raise who she doesn’t get along too well with, so after the accident, things are not good between them. She starts to question the accident, and finds out about the secrets her husband was keeping from her.

That’s all for the reading wrap up! More book reviews to come next month!

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