Tuesday, February 21, 2017

reading list // vol. 2

As if I haven't talked about this enough on here, I have another reading list for you! Since deciding to make reading more often one of my 2017 goals, my book list has been getting longer and longer with each passing day. Literally. I have a window open that has eleven tabs of titles I want to read. I just finished a book yesterday {it took me forever to get through} and am ready to get started on the next!

If you saw my last reading list, then you know that I love a good psychological thriller. But a person can only read so many of those before starting to freak themselves out at night. Seriously. I was starting to have nightmares.

So while this reading list has a few thrillers, I've picked books that are a bit lighter and won't have you thinking scary thoughts at night.

reading list, books, book recommendations
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly // Until I Met Her by Natalie Barelli // The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close // Sugar by Kimberly Stuart // The Lost Girls by Heather Young // The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot // My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella // After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid // The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy // The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Please let me know if you've read any of these or plan to add them to your own reading list. Is there anything that you think I should add to this? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

skincare favorites

I had a bit of a dry skin issue at the end of January and beginning of February. While I've tried really hard to take better of my skin, sometimes these break outs just happen.

If you haven't seen me talk about it in the past, I have eczema and have been dealing with it my entire life. And that's not an exaggeration - a few days after I was born, I already had eczema rashes on my face. I've gone through periods where my skin looks amazing, but I've also had months where my skin is so dry, covered in rashes, and inflamed. My skin is so sensitive and reacts to so many different things so I have to stay away from scratchy fabrics {no one wants to deal with those anyway} and anything with a fragrance. I'm so careful about reading the labels to see what clothes are made of and the list of ingredients on makeup and skincare. Hey, you can never be too careful!

Since I've just recently figured out what was causing my latest outbreak and my skin is finally looking better, I thought I would share my favorite skincare products that I've been using over the past year. I honestly really love these products and can attest that they work. Sometimes I'll think that my skin is finally looking better so I can try something else, only to realize that I should just stick to what works. You can find the full list of products on my YouTube channel! And I would love it if you would subscribe while you're there!

If you have any products that you think I should try, please let me know!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

books to read

books to read book recommendations what I'm reading

I've mentioned it before, but my reading habit fell to the wayside in 2016. I tried really hard to get back into it last fall, something that didn't really happen until my vacation at the end of the year. I read 6 books in seven days! And that just put me on a roll. 

One of my goals for the year is to keep this going and read more. I'm pushing for 25 books this year, which I really hope I exceed. I have quite a long list of titles that I'd like to get through {I'll be sharing next week}, and that gave me the idea to share some of the ones that I've loved recently!

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda // This book was a standout for me on vacation. Nicolette Farrell returns home to North Carolina, a place she hasn't been since her best friend Corinne disappeared a decade ago, to take care of her father's personal business. While she's home, she runs into all of her old friends and ex-boyfriend, all of whom were suspects then, including Nicolette herself. And now they're in the center of a new investigation when another girl goes missing - a girl who not only has ties to this whole group but Corinne, too. It's told backwards, so you'll start two weeks after the second disappearance and end on the first day.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena // Ann and Marco Conti return home from a dinner party next door to discover that their baby is missing. The supposed "perfect couple" now find themselves rushing to find their baby girl while desperately trying to keep secrets under wraps - secrets that could destroy their reputation, secrets they were keeping from everyone, including each other. There was a twist towards the end that I wasn't expecting and completely through me for a loop!

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner // This book was a page-turner and one that I couldn't put down. I stayed up so late reading this that getting up for work the next day was rough. Since her diving accident, Kyra Winthrop can only remember the tiniest bits and pieces of the last few years of her life. She and her husband, Jacob, live on an island where everyone seems to know their life, but she can't recall anything about them. Then, she starts having visions of a marriage that is less than ideal and another man who seems very familiar and needs to piece everything together before these memories are taken from her again.

Dreamology by Lucy Keating // The best way to describe this book is sweet. So sweet and so cute! It's lighthearted and easy, something I desperately needed after all the mysteries and thrillers I've read. Alice has been dreaming of Max for as long as she can remember. That's all he is, the guy of her dreams because Max doesn't actually exist. But then Alice and her dad move to Boston and she learns that Max is real. He's real and sitting in her class and nothing like the guy she's dreamed of. When the line between dreams and reality starts to blur, Max and Alice have to figure out whether or not dreaming of one another is worth it.

I've got my next book lined up, but I would really love to know what you're reading. Have you read any books lately that you would recommend?

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