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

MAC Creme Cup Lipstick Dupe!

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Hi Guys! Hope you are having a good weekend! Today’s post is another MAC lipstick dupe! Creme Cup is one of MAC’s best selling lipsticks. It goes with all skintones, and is a nude-pink color. The formula of this lipstick is a Cremesheen, which is really shiny and moisturizing on the lips.

I was going through my lipsticks and I saw this Maybelline Color Whisper in Lust For Blush, and it reminded me of my coveted MAC Creme Cup, so I decided to give it the ol’ swatcheroo.

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20130629-122841.jpgCreme Cup on top, Lust For Blush on bottom.

They are pretty darn close! On the lips, they look exactly the same. The Lust For Blush is shinier and more sheer than Creme Cup.

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Here they are on my lips, Creme Cup is on my top lip, Lust For Blush is on the bottom. It doesn’t really look like I have lipstick on, because these lipsticks pretty much match my natural lip color exactly! But, they do give me some sheen, which I love.

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The best part? Creme Cup is $15 at MAC, and you can find Lust For Blush pretty much at any drugstore. I paid around $6 at Walgreens! What a deal!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post, and thanks for reading!

What’s In My Bag?

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What’s In My Bag? posts are my favorite types of posts to read! Why do I like seeing what other people carry around with them? I don’t know, I just do. Here’s what’s in mine!

The bag that I am currently carrying is the Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo in the color Blush. I purchased it last year from Zappos, but I know they carry them at Nordstrom too.

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Wallet – This wallet is the Kate Spade Mikas Pond Stacy Wallet in the color Vivid Snapdragon. Obviously, I love the color. I love anything hot pink! This wallet is perfect for holding all of my cards, receipts, and coupons.
Sunglasses – These are black cat-eye sunglasses from F21. They are a bit oversized and I think they look retro chic! And they were like $3!
Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens – These are little blotting papers for when ya face gets shiny.
Kenra Volume Spray – I love this hairspray, it doesn’t leave your hair crunchy, and it smells really good. I keep a little bottle in my bag with me because I love me some big ol Texas hair!
Kleenex Pocket Packs – I have a 2 year old. Enough said.
Big Red, Trident, and Tic Tacs – Apparently I have a bad breath phobia/complex.
Car Keys – because I need to go places…
Kellogs Fruity Snacks – I always keep a treat for Allison in my bag, these are her favorite!
L’occitane En Provence Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette – This is my favorite perfume besides Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle. The name means Peony flower, and it smells just like fresh peonies. I love it, and the rollerball is perfect to toss in your bag.
Makeup Bag – This makeup bag was free from Clinique, and it is the perfect size to fit all of my makeup neccessities.

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In my makeup bag – MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NW20, Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me, NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Tea Rose, Chanel Glossimer Lipgloss in Mirage, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose’, Burts Bees original chapstick, MAC lipsticks in See Sheer and Sweetie, and a Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes eyeliner in Black. I like to have options when it comes to lipcolor!

So what’s in your bag?