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*

Top 5 | Books of 2019

Hello and Happy New Year! This year I have started reviewing books, which is something I had never done in my 6 years of blogging. It seemed to have a good response, and it turns out I’m not alone in my love of reading!

So, a little about the type of books I like – I love thrillers and mysteries, as you will see, and I love a good surprise ending. I don’t like violence in the books I read, so if anything gets too gory or graphic I usually just don’t finish the book. That being said, the books on this list are all suspenseful and mystery type reads. I also love to read historical fiction and sci-fi as long as it’s not too weird. I try to check out all of my books from my local library (it’s free), but sometimes they don’t have the new books, so I’ll either buy them or read them on my iPad.

Alright, this was really hard, but I’ve chosen 5! They’re all thrillers. Surprise, surprise.

5. I Found You By Lisa Jewell

I discovered Lisa Jewell this year and I’ve read a few of her books, but this one is my favorite of hers. I just got her new one, The Family Upstairs for Christmas, so I’m excited to read that.

I Found You is about a single mother living on the beach in a small home with her family. One day, she sees a man sitting out on the beach in the rain with no jacket. He’s been there awhile and she goes up to him and finds out that he has no idea who he is or how he got there. The story then switches to a younger lady who’s husband has gone missing, and when she goes to the police, they tell her the man she is talking about doesn’t exist.

This story will keep you guessing and has a shocking reveal at the end. So many secrets and twists. Love this one.

4. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I had never read anything from this author before, but this book came recommended at the library, so I decided to try it out. This is a sci-fi book, and very good. I got about a quarter of the way in and felt kind of lost, but I stuck with it and it was INSANE.

A man named Jason is walking home one night and is kidnapped, only the person kidnapping him sounds so familiar. He is taken to what looks like a hospital, strapped down and with tons of doctors and people around. Once he escapes, he finds out that his life never existed, or has it? His wife isn’t his wife, his house not his house…and he doesn’t know how to get the life that he once knew back.

So good you guys. The ending was crazy.

3. The Woman in The Window by A.J. Finn

This book was at the top of the list for best thrillers, so I had to check it out. I also just found out that they are making it into a movie, and the previews look awesome and just like the book! Can’t wait to see it.

The book is about a lady named Anna Fox who is housebound due to mental illness. She drinks a lot of wine, and spies on her neighbors all day. One day, she sees something awful happen in one of her neighbors houses. Was she drunk, hallucinating, or did it really happen?

Nothing is what it seems. HUGE twist at the end and kind of reminded me of Gone Girl.

2. Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

I’ve read all of the B.A. Paris books (all thrillers) and this one is by far the best!

This book is about a young couple, Finn and Layla, and the book begins with them stopping at a rest stop late at night. Finn needs to use the restroom, so Layla stays in the car. When he returns, she’s gone, and not found. A few years later, he is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen, but never loves her as much as he loved Layla. After they get engaged, weird things start happening, like a phone call from someone claiming they have seen Layla, and some long lost items that were Layla’s start to turn up. Finn believes that Layla may still be alive and tries to find her.

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and is full of twists. The ending was the biggest twist ever for me, and one that I didn’t see coming!

1. Verity by Colleen Hoover

I’ve read my fair share of Colleen Hoover books, and they are usually love stories, but this one is a shocking thriller with so many twists! This is the type of book that you just cannot stop thinking about it after you read it.

Verity Crawford is a bestselling, award winning writer. A tragic accident leaves her unable to write and finish the book series that she has been working on. Her husband hires a young writer, Lowen Ashleigh, to finish the series. Lowen spends days and nights at their home researching and going through all of Verity’s notes and outlines. She comes across a shocking manuscript, with secrets that would devastate Verity’s husband. As Lowen and Jeremy eventually fall in love, she wonders if she should show him or if she should keep all of the secrets to herself.

This book is crazy. I was like “what did I just read?!” after I finished it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. That’s how you know it’s good.

Ok, so that’s the top 5! Stay tuned for more book reviews coming this year, and please share your book recommendations with me!

xx amy

Reading Wrap Up | December

Hello! So far, in 2019, I have read 37 books! I am a total bookworm, and reading is my favorite hobby to do in my spare time. I like to keep track of my books on the Goodreads App. Follow me here! I love to get recommendations for new books to read. Here are my December picks!

One Day In December by Josie Silver

So, this book was very appropriate for December! This is a love story with a few twists! It is about love at first sight; a girl named Laurie sees a man while on a bus on a snowy December day, their eyes meet, and they both feel a connection. Unable to forget him, she spends a year trying to find him. During a Christmas party, her best friend introduces him to Laurie as her new boyfriend.

I don’t want to give anything away, but this is a really light and fun read.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

This book was highly recommended to me, and was the first Lisa Jewell book I had ever read. This is a psychological thriller, which I totally love. It is about a 15 year old girl who vanishes, and the mother refuses to stop looking for her. In time, the mother meets a man with a young daughter who strongly resembles her missing daughter.

This book is emotional, but also dark and thrilling. I did not see the ending coming at all! You know I love a good twist.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This is a science fiction novel, and unlike any other book I’ve ever read before. This is about a man named Jason who lives a normal life with his wife and son. One day on his way home from work, he is kidnapped and taken, and he knows that the kidnapper is someone familiar. When he wakes up, he is in a lab, and learns that his life is not really what it seems.

This book is INSANE. I didn’t see this ending coming at all, and truthfully, it’s was crazy and a little bit scary! After I read it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. It was definitely one of my top five books I read all year.

What books have you been loving?

Thanks for reading! xx

September Reading Wrap Up!

Today I am sharing a few of the books I read this month – I’ll be honest, I am obsessed with reading and read way more than three books a month, but these three were my favorites.

First up, a Colleen Hoover book. I really have been loving her books lately, they are usually love stories with a mystery or a bit of a twist. Sometimes a big twist!

This one is called It Ends With Us.

This is a powerful read about a girl who falls in love with a homeless boy while in high school. Their relationship ends and years later she runs into him whilst engaged to another man. This isn’t the typical love triangle and has some surprises and twists along the way.

Next up is a historical fiction novel called The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

This book is set in the 1940’s, and uses the perspectives of two different characters, Eve, a woman who worked as a spy during the war, and Charlie, a young, pregnant girl who is searching to find her lost cousin who vanished during the war. Eve’s story as a spy is fascinating and Charlie’s story is interesting as she is pregnant and will stop at nothing to find her lost cousin. The shocking ending pulls both of their stories together. It’s really good.

Last, a book by Chevy Stevens, called Never Let You Go.

This book is a suspenseful mystery about a girl named Lindsey who escapes from her abusive husband and now lives a new life with her daughter. Years later, her ex-husband is released from prison and she fears will come looking for her. When he moves to the same town, she blames him for her home being broken into, and she feels as though she is being watched. She doesn’t know if it is someone else, or if it is him, even though he tells her he has changed.

That’s it for my reading wrap up!

Do you have any books that you would recommend?

Thanks for reading!

xx amy

LET’S BUDGET |Spending Spreadsheet

Hello! Today we are talking about SAVING money and budgeting! Yay!

We are a one income family, and have been for 9 years. Even though my husband makes the money, it is my job to manage it. I pay the bills, I budget, I save, and let’s face it, I’m the one doing the swiping. He’s at work all day.

I create a SPENDING SPREADSHEET each month, and it’s changed my life!

A spending spreadsheet is basically just writing it down every time you make a purchase. You will be SHOOK at how much you are actually spending. The month is half over, and I’m still in the first column. You should have seen this when I first started doing it. I was in the second column by day 10. Swipe, swipe, swipe.

First, make your key according to what categories you spend. Bills like mortgage, phone, water, electric, etc. come out of our bank account. This is for our credit card. Every time I actually make a purchase, it goes here.

Gas – I use orange for this – I document both my husband’s and my gas purchases.

Bills – these are things that are necessary items that I have to purchase. Things like school pictures, prescriptions, lunch money, things like that. That’s yellow. The non-negotiables.

Groceries – I try to spend $100 or less on groceries each week. This goes in blue.

So, seeing a lot of orange, yellow, and blue on your spreadsheet is ok.

We don’t want a lot of green and pink.

Food – fast food or eating out goes in green.

Fun/Other – this is unnecessary spending; things that you don’t need. Amazon, Target…you know what I mean. Goes in pink.

Here’s ours for September so far.

As you can see, I’m not perfect! I went ham at target on the first of the month, and we have definitely eaten out a lot.

This spreadsheet just makes me way more aware of what I was spending. At the end of the month, add up the green and pink. You will be shocked, and you will think twice before you swipey swipey.

I hope this is helpful to you!

Let me know if you want more budgeting tips!

Thanks for reading 🙂

xx