Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 2014 Favorites

Hello my beautiful friends! :)

This month for my favorites we have a pretty decent list, so sit back and enjoy!

Category #1: Beauty

Beautiful Day Triple Moisture Body Cream by Bath and Body Works
I bought this back in March after I received a gift card for Bath and Body Works. I have used it here and there, but since it has been warmer out, I have loved it even more. I am not sure why it worked like that, but it did. It is a rich, happy smell. Reminds me of a fragrant flower meadow. I also have the body wash and body spray.

Beautiful Day Fine Fragrance Mist by Bath and Body Works
This is the body spray I mentioned above. It is a lighter smelling version of the body cream. It just makes me happy when I wear it. I wish it lasted a little longer, but it does better than other body sprays I have used before.

Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish

Wine and Forever
This is a beautiful, dark wine color. It was a good polish too, lasted about 2 weeks which is longer than most polishes last on my nails.
Green with Envy
This is a fantastic mint green color. I have like 5 or 6 other mint colored polishes and I have to admit this one is my favorite color wise and that this was a great nail polish in general.

Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish

Blue Crushin'
This is a turquoise/teal dark green/blue. I love it! The polish itself is great, good coverage and a strong pigment.
This is a pink/peach type color. I am loving it!

Category #2: Books

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
Hold Still by Nina Lacour
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Category #3: T.V. Shows

Cedar Cove on the Hallmark Channel
I watched season 1 on Netflix though and soon I will catch up on season 2. This is a good show, I really enjoy it. I am a fan of Lifetime movies though and this kind of has that feel to it.

Breaking Bad
My boyfriend and I have been watching this on Netflix. Neither of us had ever seen it and even though it is over now we wanted to check it out. It is a really good show, now I know why everyone raved about it.

Category #4:Website

I have loved this site for a long time, but I have really been watching it a lot lately! I wish they updated daily like other sites so that we could be caught up on seasons quicker, but I am watching a lot of shows I had never thought I would even like.

Category #5: You Tuber

Her blog channel is Here and her beauty channel is here.
She doesn't hide her self behind all the make-up and stuff. She may dress up and get all dolled up, but she also goes without make-up and in her lounging clothes and talks about her anxiety and the arguments her and her and boyfriend have. I like when people can be real like that.

Category# 6: Author

Angie Martin
I originally started talking with her because I won a giveaway she was putting on. But, soon we realized that she grew up in the city I live in and it went from there, now we talk about once a week or so. She is great and her books are too. I am excited to finish Conduit by her.

Here is the video that goes with this blog....

Have a great end of the week! :)

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July 2014 Book Haul

Hi everyone! :)

Well, this is a short month on books, I only have 2.

Book #1: Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
I loved The Nanny Diaries, so of course I had to pick this one up when I saw it at my favorite 2nd book store.

Nan returns to New York City after 10 years away. Discover how she--and the city--has changed in her absence.

Book #2: Pieces of Me by Carrigan Richards
I won this in a giveaway. It sounds quite good. I can't wait to read it. :)

One second. Seventeen-year-old Corinne has everything. Her life. Family. Friends. Boyfriend. But in that one second, she loses it all. Now she's left with harrowing nightmares. Hallucinations. And panic attacks that seem to come out of nowhere. She tries everything to take the pain away, but there's only one option she sees as a true way out. When Corinne is sent to live in a psychiatric institution, she doesn't want to talk. It's pointless. They can't help her. But slowly Corinne opens up and wants to remember what it's like to be happy so she begins reliving her past life to her doctor. She knows she can't live in the past, but she sees no future and is faced with the hardest decision of her life.

Here is the video that goes with this post.

Have a great week! :)

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July|2014: Wrap-up

Hello Everyone! :)

It is the time of the month again! No no, not THAT time... I mean time for all my Wrap-ups, TBR's, Hauls, and Favorites! Aren't you excited now? LOL!

So, I only read 4 books. So, this will be a short one. Let's get started!

I started the month out reading In Honor by Jessi Kirby. This was a great book! The content was sad and also heart-warming. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the contemporary genre or even people looking to try something different. It is a wonderful read.

Honor receives her brother's last letter from Iraq 3 days after learning that he died and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. It's contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and her brother, Finn's celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.
Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn's last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn's best friend since 3rd grade and his polar opposite. She hasn't seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn... and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage hat makes sense only because it doesn't. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and to honor Finn--but when shocking more than one shocking truth are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

After that I started on Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour. I am now a super fan of Nina Lacour! She really gave these characters their own distinct voices! Read her books, trust me. She writes about relevant social issues and her content is completely relatable. Here is my review of this book.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Then, I read Hold Still by Nina Lacour. This book was very sad but beautifully written. She really captured the heartache and loss of the pain character. It was so gut-wrenching picturing her going through the tragedy. I will have a review up soon.

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid—and Caitlin herself.

Lastly, I finished The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson at the end of the month. This is still incredibly relevant even 10 years later. She depicts how it can feel to be a teenager with a secret and how it feels when people find out and they start to shun you. I will have a review soon.

What happens when your two best friends fall in love...with each other?
"Their friendship went so far back, it bordered on the Biblical -- in the beginning, there was Nina and Avery and Mel." So says high school senior Nina Bermudez about herself and her two best friends, nicknamed "The Bermudez Triangle" by a jealous wannabe back on Nina's eleventh birthday. But the threesome faces their first separation when Nina goes away the summer before their senior year. And in ten short weeks, everything changes.
Nina returns home bursting with stories about Steve, the quirky yet adorable eco-warrior she fell for hard while away. But when she asks her best friends about their summer romances, an awkward silence follows.
Nina soon learns the shocking truth when she sees Mel and Avery...kissing. Their friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge. But it's only the beginning of a sometimes painful, sometimes funny, always gripping journey as three girls discover who they are and what they really want.

Check out the video that goes with this blog post.

Have a great rest of your week! :)

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Bout of Books #11: 08/18 - 08/24

Hi everyone! :)

In May I joined my very first read-a-thon and Bout of Books was the one. It was a great experience. I am glad I finally took to the plunge and had some fun with it. Well, it is close to time again for Bout of Books, from August 18th to the 24th, Bout of Books #11 will be in full swing. I will have a TBR list for that in a post later on.

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Amanda and Kelly are fantastic and really make sure the read-a-thon is fun and easy going. I am glad I get to join in the excitement once again.

Come join us if you can, I promise it is a good time. :)

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High Summer Read-a-Thon Day 6 and 7: Wrap-up

Hi everyone! :)

So, I guess I didn't end up reading much this weekend, I felt like I read more than I actually did, lol.

I also didn't finish The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. I so bad wanted to, cause it is a good book thus far. I just didn't find myself having enough time.

Saturday, I read: 36 pages
Sunday, I read: 38 pages

Total for all of the High Summer Read-a-Thon is 223 pages.

This was a good run of 2 read-a-thons combined. I wish I could have had a bit more time to read, but maybe the next one I will.

Have a great week everyone! :)

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

High Summer Read-a-Thon Day 5: Progress

Hey Everyone! :)

Well, I had another very long day, so I didn't get to read too much. My boyfriend is out of town this weekend and my niece is more interested in watching tv than she is me, so I think I will have more time to myself over the next 2 days. lol. We will see.

I read 20 pages in The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. I am absolutely loving this book! I just wish I could find time to read more of it at a time! lol

That brings the total for the High Summer Read-a-thon, so far to: 149 pages. I'd like to reach at least 300 by Sunday night, so wish me luck! lol.

Have a great Saturday! :)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Day 9 & 10 (Wrap-up) and High Summer Day 3 & 4 Read-a-Thons: Progress

Hi everyone! :)

I finally was able to read a bit more yesterday, though I am not totally sure how cause I was so busy running around and getting my niece enrolled in school and getting her clarinet fixed and guitar bought, I swear we passed out super early. It was just a long day.
So this was the last day of Wicked Wildfire. I liked the 10 day long read-a-thon. I plan to do this one again.

On Wednesday I only read 10 pages in total.
But, I was about to read a total of 69 pages on Thursday! YAY! lol

I am still reading The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. It just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to get though it. I hope I can in the next day or so.

So at the end of the #wwreadathon I read a total of: 744 pages
Not too bad, could have been better, but I enjoyed myself and that is what matters in the end. :)

At the end of Day 3 of the #hsreadathon I read a totally of : 129 pages
Not too bad, I have 4 more days to get some more reading done though. :)

That's it for today! Have a great weekend and look for more posts in the coming days! :)

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Day 9 and High Summer Day 2 Read-a-Thons: Progress

Hi everyone! :)

Yesterday, I was in a minor wreck (Not my fault, so 20 year old wasn't watching where she was back up, ugh), so I wasn't able to read too much.

I am still reading The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. Which I am hoping to finish today or at least get close to. I read 34 pages yesterday though.

So we are at a total of 665 pages for Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon.
And a total of 50 for High Summer Read-a-Thon.

Ok, off to read now!

Have a great rest of the week! :)

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon Day 8 and High Summer Read-a-Thon Day 1: Progress

Hi Everyone! :)

Today was the first day of my couple of days of doing both read-a-thon's at once. I have to admit I dropped the ball though. I had a very crazy day, so I only read 16 pages in total. But, I hope to step it up this week though.

So, 16 pages in The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. This book is turning out to be quite good. I am excited for the rest of it!

For Wicked Wildfire I am at 631 pages.
For High Summer I am at 16 pages.

If I remember right, I read quite a bit more towards the end of my last read-a-thon, so maybe I will do that again this time. Keep coming back for more updates!

Also, a quick update: I MIGHT be getting to do a challenge in the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon from August 18th - 24th. I will update more when the time comes.

Thank you for reading. I am glad you are here! :)
Have a great Tuesday! :)

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Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon Day 6 & 7: Progress

Hi everyone! :)

Well, I didn't get a ton of reading done this weekend.

I read a total of 3 whole pages on Saturday. I had an all day event that prevented me from reading, ugh.
Those 3 pages were me starting The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson.

Then on Sunday I read 45 pages.

26 of those pages were from The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson.

The other 19 pages were from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
The reason for the switch was only because I was on the phone with a friend who was having a hard time and wanted me to tell her a story, but I am no good with spur of the moment story making up, so I grabbed the book nearest to me at that moment and it happened to be The Fault in Our Stars because was planning to pick it up next.

So, I read a total of 615 pages with in 7 days! :)

I like both books so far. I hope to get more reading done Monday, plus I star the 2nd Read-a-Thon I am doing this month! lol

Have a great week! :)

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour: Review

Hi Everyone! :)

Well, as you can tell I am reviewing Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour. I have to say, I quite loved this book!


A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

I loved how it had such a busy L.A. vibe to it and how you saw their maturity and their lack there of. For only being 18 they seemed to have a good mix of both, nowadays that is hard to come by. Emi and Charlotte really seemed to know what they wanted out of life and could still openly talk about their own character flaws which is a trait most older adults don't even have.

Nina Lacour's writing style was spot on! She captured the true essence of what this book was all about.

I love how the main character, Emi, is a lesbian and no one makes a big fuss about it. No one in her life cares, so it isn't the important aspect of the book.

The other topic that isn't in the forefront and is only mentioned once is that she is 1/4 black. It isn't made a main topic at all. To be totally honest, I didn't even know until it was mentioned.

The story behind this book is good too. Not all of it but a lot of what happens, can happen to many teenagers. It is sad and should never have to happen, but unfortunately the world has a million flaws.

Trust me when I say, read this book! It is very good!

Have a wonderful week! :)
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon Day 5: Progress

Hello Everyone! :)

Well, I didn't do too bad. Here is my progress for day 5:

I finished up Hold Still by Nina Lacour. It was very sad and a wonderful book by her. I will be reviewing this one very soon.
I read the last 58 pages of it.

So we are sitting at 557 pages in total at the halfway point for this read-a-thon! :)

Have a great rest of your weekend! :)
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