Where Have I Been? Summer Update

I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately and I’m truly sorry. I had big plans for this blog over the summer but it all went pretty shit very quickly.Fortunately, most of it has been fun and good things, some of it has been less on the first side.

First, starting all the way back in February I had begun to feel constant pain in my abdomen. I attempted to go to doctors, without much success on what it might be.Finally, I asked my doctor for an Ultrasound and it was in July we discovered that I had about a dime-sized ovarian cyst on my left side. I have been struggling with being motivated and getting things done, since I’m in very bad pain most of the time and so far there is nothing they can do for it. For anyone who has been through this, how did you get through it??

For the rest for the summer we have been hosting friends and family back to back. Everyone wasn’t kidding when they said they would be all coming in the summer (nobody wants to come during the winter months). So I have been crazy busy and having blast spending time with love ones. But it didn’t leave much time to dedicate here.

And while all of this was going on, our laptop lost the ability to connect to the internet and it has taken us a month to find an adapter that actually works! It was so frustrating to have so many ideas for this blog, but unable to get on here and write them. Now that it’s fixed I hope to post here more regularity.

So what can you expect now? Hopefully, a lot more content! you have already noticed an uptick on posts here. I have a few ideas for future posts and so many more to catch up on. My plan it to publish twice a week and I’m looking forward to being active here again. I’ve miss y’all so much!

Please comment below with posts and ideas you would to see here! I would some suggestions­čÖé

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The Cozy Life Book Review 

The Cozy Life is a cute, short book about the concept/feeling of hygge and how to bring it into your life.

Note: I’m NOT sponsored to write this review, I just really loved this bookÔŁĄ

I found out about hygge through a random news article my sister-in -law posted to Facebook a few weeks ago. I fell in love with the idea and immediately began researching it online. One of the first things I found was this book, and since the price was amazing ($4!) I bought and devoured it in only a couple hours!

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Via Goodreads

What I loved most about this book was how many personal touches it has and that it allows you to fully immerse yourself in it. The author is a woman who was born and Denmark and then moved to Vancouver when she was 5 years old. After having something similar to a quarter life crisis, she noticed she felt like something was missing, so she decided to bring hygge into her life again. She tells you personal stories and even includes a story from her father about hygge. It makes it feel like you are sitting down with a good friend while reading.

I also love how she goes above just explaining hygge and telling you about it, but she also shows you ways to bring it into your own life. She leaves pages blank to fill out with your feelings, loves, and ideas. She also gives you traditional Danish recipes to use, which was a favorite for me because I love trying foods from different countries and cultures. She also gives you tips and a list of little everyday ways to feel hygge, which is very helpful.

I could tell a lot of love went into writing it, from the cute little pictures through out to the amazing personal stories. It’s been a while since I’ve read book that has made me smile and feel a happiness while reading it, but that’s exactly how I felt while reading. If you’re interested in hygge or finding a coziness and happiness with yourself and home, please give this book try!

After reading this, I’m now looking forward to the cold Michigan fall and winter because I can do some of things mentioned in this amazing book. So if you’re ready for fall, grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte or tea, a blanket, and cuddle up with The Cozy Life.

I hope you enjoyed this! Have you heard of hygge before? It’s such a sweet, warm concept­čÖé

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The Acrylic Painter Book Review*

I was lucky enough to grow up with an amazing and very creative grandmother. When I was a teenager she began to paint as a side job and would create custom paintings for clients. I have always been a creative person and was kind enough to nurture my talents and taught me some painting techniques in her studio. I was pretty decent and loved painting but as I got older I had less time to do so plus had settled on the thought that I wouldn’t make money with it so eventually I stopped. Then very recently I began to think about painting on the side to make some money myself, like my grandma had done in the past. About a month ago I created a test painting and was surprised to see that I hadn’t lost all of my creativity and skills. However, I know that to continue on a semi-regular basis I need to really brush up on my understanding of acrylic painting.

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So I was very excited when I came across this book, talk about perfect timing! When this arrived in the mail I immediately ripped it open and began to look through all the pages. There is so much information packed into it, and I learned a lot that I didn’t learn when I was younger. This is also perfect for someone who had never picked up a paint brush before. The author begins by showing you all the equipment that’s out there what what works best for the aesthetics that you want to achieve. Then it goes into the different types of painting and how to achieve different looks and how to take care of your painting once you are finished. There are also a lot of beautiful photos through out to help you along the way and also inspire your imagination.

I would completely recommend this for anyone just begging to use acrylics or for those who want to expand on their knowledge on the medium. It was a lot of fun to learn about the the different techniques and tips to create beautiful paintings. I will continue to use this as a go to as I begin painting more to improve myself.

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Do you paint as well? Whats you’re favorite medium to create with? Do you continue to read books on art to brush up your skills? Let me know in the comments!

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*I received a review copy of this book through Blogging For Books in return for a HONEST review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in the post are my own.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme and Powder*

I was bouncing off the walls when I learned that I was receiving the Kat Von D Voxbox through Influesnter. I love Kat Von D’s makeup products and already use several of them including her Trooper eyeliner and Studded lipsticks. I also have her Lock-It foundation, which I reviewed already and you can find it here. So I was curious to see how I would feel about the new Lock-It Concealer Cremes and her Powder. The box also included two brushes, which are fantastic!

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The Lock-It Concealer Cremes are new and are a different formula than the original ones. I found them to be exactly as I expected, which is both good and bad.

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They have a very thick consistency, which is perfect for those who like full coverage makeup. Another plus is that it is more creamy and less drying than I found her foundation to be. It’s great for covering blemishes and skin discolorations. However, it was too thick for using under the eyes. It gets into lines and also wears a bit patchy there. Overall, I think it’s a great concealer, but it’s not meant for under the eyes.

The Setting Powder was a huge surprise, I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do.

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I have always used the NYC powder to set my makeup because I figured the all setting powders are the same and that it wasn’t something I needed to spend a lot of money on. However, this one has changed my mind. I’m still not sure if I’ll fork up the money for this when I’m out, but I can truly tell a difference. The powder does not look cakey or powdery at all after application. It absorbs all the oil and keeps my makeup in place all day. It just looks so natural on my skin, I’m not worried about it looking bad when I go out.

The brushes were a nice touch and are very high quality.

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I received the Lock-It Edge Concealer brush and the Lock-It Setting Powder Brush. Both brushes have the softest bristles I have ever felt! They feel amazing on my skin while using them. However, I’m not huge fan of the concealer brush. I just find that it doesn’t blend as well as my beauty blender and therefore have no reason to use. But the setting brush is wonderful. It picks up just the right amount of product and blends the powder out perfectly.

I love Kat Von D Beauty products, they are always well made and have products and shades that are difficult to find. I enjoyed all the products I received, but it you are looking to buy yourself, I wouldn’t recommended the concealer brush. I don’t think it’s worth the money, but everything else was lovely.

So my question for you is: What do you think about Kat Von D beauty and these products? Which is your favorite or do you plan on getting next?

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*I received these goodies through an Influenster Voxbox. Influenster is a program that allows anyone to join and receive items for review.

June Favorites


Swim Suit

I bought this cute two piece at Target

Wine and Canvas

This was so much fun! I went with a group of friends and I can wait to go back to do it again!

crest whitening strips

I have very sensitive teeth so i was scared to whiten my teeth. However, years of coffee drinking was really beginning to stain my teeth so I decided to give it a go. And these were so gentle they didn’t hurt my teeth at all! And it really worked! The directions say to use everyday for a week. But i just put one on when I feel like my teeth are getting yellow.

Captain America Civil War

It completely lived up to my expectations! It was funny, but also full of action.

Gwen Stefani Eye shadow Palette


I’ve pretty much been using this for about 3 months straight. The colors are so natural that they are great for everyday wear. And they go on super buttery and blend really well.

Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Collection

I was a little weary to put charcoal in my hair, but I really enjoyed this collection. I used the shampoo and conditioner in a little over 1 month because it was the only one I would reach for. It felt like it was really cleansing my hair and getting all the gross stuff out, which feels extra good when you go to the beach all the time.

Marc Jacobs Glow Stick


I love, love, love this highlighter! It’s a cream highlighter that is supposed to look good on all skin tones. I especially love the gold sparkle it has, it makes me look so good in the sunlight. It also blends right into the skin and make you look dewy naturally.

NYX Soft Creme Matte lipstick in Milan

This is such a pretty color. It does layer a little funny, but the color is so nice I can look over that.

And I Darken by Kiersten White


I have been in a bit of a book slump lately. Even good books I can’t be bothered to pick up. However, I couldn’t put this one down! It’s a fiction take on Vlad the Impaler and as an extra twist the author made Vlad into a woman! It’s one the best books I’ve read in awhile and is not in my top 5 favorite books of all time. The story was so rich and the characters so well developed that i didn’t want it to end. Luckily it’s the first of a saga so there will be more!

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I have tried to watch this month ago but didn’t like it so I stopped after episode one. Then I kept hearing about it and everyone was raving about it so I picked it up again. I’m so happy that I gave it another chance because it was so much better the second time. It’s so funny and I love how they sneak a lot of the jokes into little details that people might miss so you really have to pay attention. I binged in 3 days and now I’m so sad I have to wait for the next season.

*Disclaimer: I received the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick and the book And I Darken for review purposes.

Tell me some of your June Favorites! Am I missing out on anything?

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All The Light We Cannot See Book Review

Wow, this was such an incredibly heavy book. I wasn’t prepared for all the emotions I was going to experience throughout reading it. World War II is a dark and complex subject as it is and it is made even more so by the use of the POV of children.

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Source: Goodreads

530 Pages

Published May 6th 2014

This book lulled me in with a false sense of security. The chapters were short and easy to read. There was a slight whimsy to the narrative and the happiness(or at least comfort) of the children made me feel like this may not be the extremely depressing book everyone was talking about. But nope, as the story went on it got more and more real. Although sad, the story was amazing and took the reader to so many places and emotions. I felt like a wreck after finishing this book, but in a good way.

This has to be one of the most developed stories I’ve read in a long time. The two narratives were great in that they allowed the reader to see the war from two very unique perspectives. It was also interesting to read through the point of view of a blind girl. I thought it was very well done and made it unlike anything I’ve read before. This book showed the horrors of WWII but also added some special moments to show how strong people can be in the worse of times. Even though this was dark and wasn’t afraid to push you to the edge, it also gave me hope. And I think that was the point, that people can do extraordinary things in times were many were forced into hiding and conformity. There was also a bit of fantasy mixed in which added some lightness to the story, but also left me a bit confused.

I will admit I didn’t like the end, it was a little too depressing for my taste and left me feeling like I didn’t get closure on the characters. It wasn’t the wrap up that I was hoping and expecting for. But, unfortunately in real life we don’t get the happy ending and that is true for fictional ones as well.

This is a very popular book, so if you’ve read this please let me know what you thought of it.

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*Now while I did receive a review copy of this book it expired before I read it so I actually bought this book as well and that’s the book this review is based on.

The Curse of the Bruel Coven Book Review*

I love all things New Orleans, Witches, and Vampires. So when I read the blurb of this book I was hooked immediately. It had everything I could want in a book and I was so excited to begin reading, or so I thought.

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Published June 3rd 2016

This book is pretty short and easy to read quickly. It’s about a girl named Vivienne who had recently lost her mother. While goig trough pictures, she finds one of her and a woman who looks just like her. She discovers she’s adopted and goes looking for her birth mother, who lives in New Orleans. Instead she finds herself entangled in fight between covens…oh and her mother has been kidnapped by a vampire.

I really wanted to love this book, but I found the writing lackluster and the story was rushed. Everything happens so fast, it took me out of the story. There are also a lot of characters and they get introduced so quickly I had a hard time remembering who was who.

However, I did like it overall. It captures the feeling of New Orleans and the atmosphere was on point. Also, I truly enjoyed the journal/dream sequences. The romance and history was well written and I would read as quickly as I could through the chapters waiting for another one of the sequences.

It is a series, and while it didn’t absolutely blow me out of the water like I had hoped, I will read the next book because this one ended in a way that I’m excited to find out what happens next.

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*I received a review copy this book in return for a honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.