Friday, March 9, 2018

Five for Friday

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Cup of Tea Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and BYBMG!

1. My mom bought a new sewing machine a few months back, and since then she has been doing quite a bit of sewing. My mom bought this kit from a quilt shop and put it together for me. I thought it turned out really cute! All of the stuff on top had to be sewn by hand, so it was quite a project. But I really like it!
2. I haven't bought any Halo Top ice cream in a while since it's normally kind of expensive, but it was on sale this past week so I picked up a couple pints. I got the cookie dough, which we already like, and I thought I would try the peanut butter cup as well. While it doesn't actually have peanut butter cups in it, it's more of a chocolate ice cream with swirls of peanut butter. Anyways, it is really good!
3. One of the things I worked on this past week was updating my recipes page over on the sidebar. I tried to make it easier to find things and I think it turned out okay!

4. I rarely buy candy, but these dumb things are just too good!
5. In case you missed it, I shared a review of my February Ipsy glam bag on Monday!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, March 5, 2018

February Ipsy Glam Bag Review

TRUST FUND BEAUTY Nail Polish in Wine O'Clock: The color was okay. Not my favorite but I didn't dislike it either. I applied a white coat first, then two coats of this (like the directions said to do.) and it still didn't look that great. It just looked kind of streaky. It took forever to dry. I applied, waited a respectable length of time, then applied the top coat, and while applying the top coat it messed up the polish which annoyed me. Not even 24 hours after applying I already had massive chips in the polish. Needless to say, I am not a fan.
OFRA COSMETICS Liquid Lipstick in ipsy Unzipped: I quite liked this liquid lipstick! I typically don't care for liquid lipsticks as they can tend to be super drying, but that didn't seem to be the case. It was slightly drying, but not uncomfortably so. I also really liked the color. Overall a nice product.
-417 Hand Moisturizer: This was okay. I didn't care for the scent. I don't think it's exactly scented per se, it's just the combination of ingredients that make up the scent (if that makes sense.) Otherwise it was fairly moisturizing.
BEAUTE BASICS Eyeshadow in Lavish: As you can see my eyeshadow came pretty cracked, so I was disappointed about that. The color is fine. Not my favorite but not something I won't use either.
NAKED COSMETICS Vanilla Creme Lip Scrub: Big NO on this one. It's supposed to be vanilla, but to me it smells like petroleum jelly (which for the record, is not listed as an ingredient but it really tastes and smells like it.) I don't even detect vanilla at all. There also really isn't any sort of exfoliant in it. It just doesn't do anything except feel oily and gross on my lips. This is one product that is going right into the garbage!
This was just an okay bag. I really only liked the liquid lipstick, and the rest of the products were either items I really hated or just okay. Overall this was a bit of a disappointing bag.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Five for Friday

Hello and welcome to my Five for Friday! I am linking up with Cup of Tea Bright on a BudgetDella Devoted, and BYBMG!

1. Target has their Easter stuff out now so I picked up a couple of things while my mom and I were there earlier this week. All three were from the Dollar Spot. My mom and I don't really have very much Easter stuff, so it was nice to be able to find a few little things that were inexpensive!
2. I also really needed some new workout clothes, so I was happy to find several things at Target! I got these leggings (in store they were on clearance for $20), these pants, and this sweatshirt. They're all really comfortable and look great!

3. My mom has been buying a bunch of these puzzles and they are so fun. I got started on this one and I don't know what happened, but I couldn't stop. Haha. I kept coming back to it and had it done in like 5 days. They're fun because it's like a bunch of little puzzles within a big puzzle.
4. This was something I had to document. I actually got my inbox down to zero! I don't even remember the last time I had no emails!
5. In case you missed it, on Monday I shared a review of a great book I received!
Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin Book Review

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin
From back cover:
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service, who pieces together reconnaissance photography with holiday snapshots of France-including those of her family's summer home-in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day. 

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love.

I've read all of Sarah Sundin's books and enjoyed them, so I knew I was going to like this one too! This one was especially interesting to me because the book leads up to D-Day. My family was able to visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial back in 2015, so having visited Normandy and Omaha beach, it really put the story into perspective and I could easily visualize the setting.

You can really tell the author knows what she is talking about in terms of historical details. She keeps just enough in there to keep it interesting and real, but not so much that it reads like a history book.

I liked both characters. I thought they were both well written and you really got to know them and their personalities. I liked Wyatt and Dorothy's relationship (For the most part. Dorothy's naiveté annoyed me at times!). It wasn't too cheesy and there was just enough tension to keep you interested and wondering if/how they would end up together. 

I did get a bit annoyed with Dorothy's almost obsession with Lawrence. I get the whole love triangle thing, but he was so arrogant and such a player I just could not figure out what she saw in him. 

There were several storylines going on throughout the book that were all interesting and woven together well. There was even a plot twist at the end that I didn't expect. 

Overall I thought this was a good read and I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

I received an e-book copy of this book from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

If I Live by Terri Blackstock Book Review

If I Live by Terri Blackstock
From back cover:
Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprint escalates, and she's running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough.

Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan's life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both of their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they know. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?

This book does need to be read in order, starting with If I Run. (Here is a link to the whole series.)

I thought the characters were well developed and believable, although I could have done with a little more personality from Casey. I just didn't feel like we really got to know her as much as I would have liked. 

Even the villain was really well written. Which honestly is very rare to find in a book! 

I really like that this series is written in alternating first person point-of-view. That is so rare to find in and it's just something I enjoy. I like being able to get inside the characters heads and kind of feel what they feel.

I thought this book was really well done and the action kept up until the very end. There were still moments up until the end where I was wondering how it was going to all come together. And come together nicely it did! All the pieces fit nicely in place and I didn't feel like it was rushed or anything was left out.

I guess my only negative feedback to the whole series was the fact that I had to wait an entire year between each book, but now that they are all released that's not an issue! Part of me thinks this series could have been condensed down to one book, as I don't really like it when the main plot line goes over multiple books, but there was different story lines within the main story that kept it interesting.

Overall a really well written series that I would definitely recommend!

If I Live releases March 6, 2018. I received an e-book copy of this book from NetGalley and Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an honest review.