EAT | 5 Ingredient S’mores Fudge

Hello! One of the most popular summertime desserts is S’mores. How can you go wrong with chocolate, grahams, and marshmallows? Today I am switching up the way S’mores are usually made and will show you my super quick and easy 5 ingredient S’MORES FUDGE.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 crumbled graham crackers

First off, grab an 8×8 baking pan and line it with foil and coconut oil spray.

Next, combine your chocolate chips and condensed milk into a saucepan on low heat and cook until melted. Make sure to keep stirring so it doesn’t burn.

Once melted, remove from heat and let cool.

After cooled, gently fold in your grahams and marshmallows.

Spread into your baking dish.

Refrigerate for one hour, and then cut into squares.

This fudge is so rich and delicious, and my girls and husband both love it! It is the epitome of summertime!

I hope you like it too!

xx amy

August Reading Wrap Up

Do you guys love to read? I have loved to read ever since I was little. The first books I ever remember reading on my own were the Babysitter’s Club Little Sister books, which my 8 year old is now reading- we have a whole box of them; my mom saved them. I love reading so much, I even majored in English Literature in college. Getting lost in a book is one of my favorite things to do.

My favorite types of books to read are mysteries, psychological thrillers, and I also like reading historical fiction. I love books with a twist or a strong message at the end. I LIVE for a good twist.

Today I’ll be reviewing some really good books that I’ve finished recently. I have a library very close to me, so I prefer checking books out versus buying them- but sometimes they don’t have all of the current books that I want. I also love to keep track of books I have read and want to read on the app Goodreads. You can read reviews and leave reviews, and it’s a really good resource if you need help finding a book. You can also follow people and see what they’re reading.

I read at least 3 books a month, sometimes more. I enjoy reading more than TV or movies, so I usually read when I have free time at night after the girls go to bed.

Here are the books I’ve picked out to review today.

So, I just checked my app, and I’ve read 22 books so far this year. My favorite so far this year is this one. I read it in January but I still wanted to mention it.

This was the first book I had ever read by this author, and I loved it so much, I read the other two that she has written.

So, 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. She’s never seen again. 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 turning 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! It was a really suspenseful read.

Colleen Hoover is an author I really love. She has a lot of books, and most of them are love stories. They always seem to have some kind of twist or surprise at the end that is interesting.

This book is about a girl named Fallon, who is preparing to move across the country to begin a new life after being burned badly at her home in a fire. She is having lunch with her Dad when she randomly meets this guy, Ben, and they really hit it off. Since she is moving away, they agree to meet every year on November 9th, the day that they met. They live their separate lives, but always come back to each other on that day. Ben starts writing a novel about Fallon and her life, and when Fallon finally reads it after falling in love with him, she finds out a shocking surprise.

A huge twist at the end, one that kind of made me mad to be honest! You won’t be able to put this one down.

The last one to review is by Shari Lapena, and this style is very similar to B.A. Paris. This is also a very suspenseful mystery.

Anne and Marco seem to have the perfect marriage and life. They have a baby, Cora, who they leave in the house one night while they go to their next-door neighbors house for a dinner party. They check on the baby every so often throughout the night, but the baby is nowhere to be found when they return home for the night. The police point immediately to the parents but Anne claims to know nothing, and she suspects the neighbors.

This novel is full of deception and suspense, and of course a huge twist at the end!

Well, that’s it for my reading wrap up! Let me know if you like these kind of posts and if you can recommend a good book! 🙂

xx amy

August Beauty Faves

Hello! I am so happy to be doing a beauty faves post today! Summer is almost over, but where I live in Texas we will have summer for another month! It currently says 96 degrees in my car right now as I type this in the parent pickup line. 🙂

Today I am going to be sharing my faves that I have been using nonstop in August. I have everything from hair care to makeup, so let’s get started!

First off, I want to talk about this body cream from Sol De Janeiro. This is a very popular cream called the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. I’ll be honest, I only bought this for the smell. It smells amazing. It’s a warm vanilla scent that reminds me of a tropical beach vacation. It is a VERY strong smell, and the smell lingers for me until I wash it off the next day. I wouldn’t use this daily, just because the scent is so strong, but a trip to the pool, beach, or something like that-it’s perfect. It is extremely moisturizing, and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy at all. It is also supposed to firm and smooth the skin over time. I really like this. Just go smell it.

Next, is a perfume. I am not big into perfume, in fact, I only have ONE (gasp) and it’s Chanel Coco De Mademoiselle. I have worn it for years and it’s just been my go-to. I really love floral scents and not much of anything else. I like to just smell like flowers, so this Replica Flower Market is perfect. This smells exactly like when you stick your face into a bouquet of roses to smell them. Exactly. And who doesn’t want to smell like that?! I bought the travel size because I wasn’t going to shell out $126 for the full size when I didn’t even know if I was going to like it. But, I’m definitely going to when this runs out! I also like that it’s an actual spray instead of a rollerball.

I am all about drugstore shampoo and conditioner (to me, it’s the styling products that matter), and I love this Dove Creme Conditioner Concentrated Moisture. This is probably the 6th tube I have used up, and it’s really nice. It’s a thick conditioner that feels like a mask. It smoothes and makes my hair super soft, and Dove hair products always smell really good. I get this at Walmart for like 5 bucks.

I have a few makeup items, first off, the best bronzer of life, my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soieil Matte Bronzer. I would be a ghost without this stuff. I’m on my third compact because I just won’t even try anything else. The milk chocolate color is perfect for my fair skin, it’s matte, not orange-y and it smells like CHOCOLATE. The best.

Next is this ADORABLE Winky Lux lippie. This is the Confetti Balm, and it came in a set with a Mini Disco Kitten Gloss in Hustle (which is my fave also) and a cute little kitten pouch. I LOVE Winky Lux. So, this lip balm is clear with glitter inside. It is so pretty and I love the sleek silver packaging. It looks clear, but once you apply it, it changes to a pink shade. It’s kind of like a tinted balm. It smells like vanilla and keeps my lips soft.

I mean, look at it.

Here are the bronzer and lip balm swatched.

My last fave is a nail color, and surprise, surprise, it’s Essie. The color is Go Ginza and it’s a very light lavender.

I’ve just been doing neutrals on my nails lately, and this lavender color is so light, that I consider it to be a neutral. It goes with everything, and just looks chic. It’s a great alternative to white or light pink.

So that’s all the faves for the month!

What beauty products have you been using this month?

Thanks for reading xx

New Blog Name | Back to School Lunch and Snack Ideas!

Hello! Welcome to my new (ish) blog! I recently changed the name from Amy’s Beauty Diary to its new name, The Hustlin’ Homemaker. I did this because I want to create content that is not just exclusive to beauty. While I love doing beauty posts, I want to be able to post about anything, whether it be kids, home, books – things that I think you guys would be interested in! So, thanks for sticking w me 🙂 I also created a new Instagram page, so give me a follow at @thehustlinhomemaker! I’ll be posting on there a lot. 🙂

Alright, so let’s get on with today’s post.

My two girls just went back to school- today, just as I type this. My older daughter, Allie, has started 3rd grade, and my baby, Ashley, has just started kindergarten. While I am sad and will miss them, I am so proud of them and will always cherish these past years of them being with me. I haven’t been without a kid for about 8 years, so it’s a big change for me as well.

Anyway, this post is about school lunch! My girls love to bring their lunch, and also like to buy their lunch at school. I have a lot of ideas that I am excited to share with you all!

First off, their lunchboxes. These came with their backpacks as matching sets. I like the shape of these because they can fit the lunch containers perfectly.

I have two types of lunch containers, these bigger ones with 3 compartments and then the smaller ones with four compartments that look like the containers Lunchables come in. I love to use these because they save money and reduce waste- and I can actually see how much of their lunch they eat.

Here are some examples of what I pack in them.

A Lunchables type meal with pepperoni, cheese and crackers, blueberry skewers, celery, some goldfish crackers, and an Oreo for dessert.

A unicorn shaped pb&j, some strawberries, carrots, some vanilla yogurt that i put a few sprinkles on, and a rice krispy treat.

A turkey and cheese sandwich on a Hawaiian roll, some cherry tomatoes, strawberry applesauce, wheat thins, and a pink sugar cookie.

Here I have a ham and cheese sandwich on a crescent roll, some pineapple, pretzel sticks, an oatmeal raisin granola bar, and some Barbie fruit snacks. 🙂

The little containers are what I use for Ashley, as she can’t eat as much as Allie.

Some string cheese and crackers, a hard boiled egg, carrots, and some blueberries.

And lastly, we have some turkey and cheese roll ups, strawberries, a granola bar, and some goldfish crackers.

The biggest tip for lunch making is just to do it the night before so you don’t have to rush in the morning. It really doesn’t take long at all.

Some other things I like to use for their lunches are these little Thermos Jars.

You can pretty much pack anything in these, mac and cheese, soup, spaghetti, chicken and rice…any leftovers, and it keeps it hot in the lunchbox, even if there’s an ice pack inside.

Also, the Thermos cups. These are so durable and keep their water cold all day. We have a bunch of these.

These silicone baking cups and toothpicks add a little bit of a colorful touch and just something extra that I know makes the girls happy to eat their lunch. Also, cutting a sandwich out with a cookie cutter is really fun for them- we’ve got a drawer just for cookie cutters.

I got these super cute Lunch Notes for them just to put inside their lunch. These are thick cardstock and have cute little sayings and pictures on them, and there is space to write something. They will love these.

Lastly, just a few snack ideas. I made these cinnamon roll apples for them for the first day of school- they were super easy!

Make up some cinnamon rolls, and wait until they’re completely cooled.

Add some red food coloring to your icing. Count out 8 pretzel sticks for the stems, and cut up some sour candy belts to make the leaves. It’s ok if they’re not perfect; all leaves are different!

I leveled the cinnamon rolls to make them flat, and then iced them and stuck the pretzel and the leaf into the top.

How cute are these?!

Super quick and easy! I made them the night before the first day of school.

The next idea is a little pencil wafer cookie. Just cut the top of some sugar wafers into a point.

Add icing to the top and bottom, and add a mini chocolate chip to the top.

These are such a cute afternoon snack! I gave these to the girls when they got home from school, and they loved them.

I hope you liked these ideas and will try them! Thanks for reading!

xx amy

BEST OF BEAUTY | 2018

Hello! Today I am posting my absolute favorite- the BEST BEAUTY PRODUCTS of 2018. I have discovered some great ones this year, and I can’t wait to share them! I know that I haven’t blogged much lately, but I hope to change that in 2019. 🙂 Let’s get on to the faves.

Let’s start off with haircare.

I have rediscovered the Organix haircare brand and I love it so. I use the Tea Tree and Mint Shampoo (my husband does as well). We love it because it feels super minty and tingly, and really leaves our hair feeling clean. I also really love the Coconut Milk Conditioner. It is very luxurious and feels so soft on my hair. I usually go with drugstore shampoo and conditioners, and these are really nice for the price.

Skincare

I have used this Ole Henriksen Nurture Me moisturizer all year and I really love it. It smells like a creamsicle, it’s lightweight, doesn’t feel greasy, and it does such a great job of moisturizing. I use this every morning before makeup. It wouldn’t be a best of beauty post if I didn’t mention the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. This is a toner spray that is so nice and refreshing. I use this all the time, especially when it is hot outside. It smells like a spa and feels sooo luxurious.

Nails

For nails, I have still been loving the Essie Gel Couture. Matter of Fiction and Last Nightie are my favorite colors. Matter of Fiction is a super almost white pink color that is so perfect with any outfit. Last Nightie is a tan/pink nude shade with a subtle shimmer. These polishes do not budge with the topcoat. Also, this year I have discovered the Nails Inc Duos from Sephora. Great price and BEAUTIFUL colors. I love these, and I want THEM ALL. I have the Holler-graphic Duo, The Unicorn Duo, and the Future is Fairy Duo.

Ok, let’s get on with the makeup.

This is the Bare Minerals Bare PRO. This is a pressed powder foundation that I LOVE, and I wear the color Aspen 04. I started this compact in January of 2018, and it is now December and I’m almost out. I have used this pretty much every single day of the year. It’s lightweight, has buildable coverage, doesn’t break me out, and gives me a luminous look. I will be starting my new compact soon!

For concealer, I literally only have one in my house. It’s the Tarte Shape Tape in the color Light. I use this underneath my eyes, and NOTHING compares. It covers my dark circles, lasts all day, and looks natural. Ride or die right hurr.

For bronzer, I love Too Faced. As you can see, the Milk Chocolate Soleil has been well loved, and a new one for me this year was the Unicorn Bronzer. The Milk Chocolate is matte, and lighter than the Unicorn, while the Unicorn gives a little bit of a sheen and is darker. Love this one for the summer. I’m trying to save the Unicorn though, so I only use the top part. 🙂

For mascara, there’s only one I’ve used this year- the YSL Babydoll mascara. I believe this is my fifth tube I’ve bought just this year. It is just perfect. It’s super black, holds a curl, and doesn’t flake. LOVE.

The life changing lip product that I have used all year is this Fenty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow. I know they have come out with a few new shades, but this one is the OG. It is so perfect. Such a pretty rosy gold shade, it’s not sticky, has just the right amount of shimmer, and it smells heavenly and fruity. They call it the “universal lip luminizer” because it supposed to look great on everyone.

So that’s it for the faves! They were good, right? 🙂 Hope you all have a Happy New Year, and thanks for sticking with me!

Here are all of my previous BEST OF BEAUTY posts:

BEST OF BEAUTY 2017

BEST OF BEAUTY 2016

BEST OF BEAUTY 2015

BEST OF BEAUTY 2014

BEST OF BEAUTY 2013

xx amy