Monday, June 24, 2013

First Weekend of Summer!!

It was the first weekend of Summer and boy was it HOTT here in Florida!!!

I had lots of things to do, but I was still able to get two books read. I know I posted the two I was reading, and no I didn't finish either of them, lol. Sea of Tranquility was a borrowed book I was supposed to start and I didn't get that one started before she was ready to trade for another. Instead I read The Edge of Never (LOVED) and the second book in the Slammed Series Point of Retreat (meh, it wasn't as good as the first) so I'm anxious to see how the third one is.

Boomer got his second Bark Box and he loved it. Summer themed of course with freeze-dried burgers and it even had non-alcoholic dog beer! *smh*

I'm reading Just Remember to Breathe right now (which I've been reading since Thursday). I haven't hit that OMG-I-can't-put-it-down point yet but I haven't given it a chance either.

Friday, work wasn't bad AT ALL! Friday night, I met J at Starbucks to read since she's also trying to cram books in before Book Bash, lol! We were the quiet girls in the corner with our nose(s) in a book.

Stayed up sooooo late finishing The Edge of Never and then on Saturday mom and I headed to a local craft fair and farmer's market. Fun times, but so hot. Then we met up with church friends at the food truck rally and it was even hotter! I developed a terrible headache from the heat, boo! Food was good, but our fav food truck wasn't there :( Saturday night was spent finishing up preparations for a Recipe Night with the church ladies. We gather everyone interested at my parents house and scrapbook 10 or so recipes. This time it was desserts, so I'm all sugared out for a while.

Sunday was cleaning house for the Recipe night and the ladies had a blast! We're already planning for our next one in the Fall which will be crockpot themed! What's your favorite crockpot recipe?

1. I took a screen shot of when I finished since I literally started and finished it that night!
2. They were GIVING AWAY dog food. So of course I took some for Boomer to try!
3. This bookstore was down where the craft fair was and I've been so book crazed that I had to stop in!
4. Mom and I at the Farmers Market!
5. I made some goodies for the Recipe night! Lots of processed food but I'm working on that.
6. Food truck was okay.
7. Food truck rally street shot and I played with the Mystic App!
8. Boomer and his Bark Box :)
9. Several of the pages the ladies worked on at Recipe Night!

How did you spend your first weekend of Summer?

I'm getting my hair highlighted Tuesday, even though I told myself I wouldn't since I'm hoping to donate it but I want something different! Ugh! So, I'm trying to decide if I should add in dark/red, dark/honey or red/honey highlights...thoughts? Send me pics!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Reading Frenzy = Preparing for #bookbash

Dear Friends,

I hope you won't be too sad to see only book related posts, squeeing and heartfail mixed into the next two weeks. I'm heading to Book Bash at the end of the month and am getting my share of books read before then so I know more than just a few of the authors, KWIM?! There may be a bit of neglect going on since I'll have my nose buried in a book or my iPad depending on which book I'm reading at the time.

I recently finished Colleen Hoover's Slammed, the first in a series of three out right now and I'm telling you if you haven't read it, it's a MUST. Like go download it right now so we can be even better friends. I'm not a reviewer, because I just can't get the words out to tell you how awesome a book is without handing it to you with a big smile on my face!

Also, are you on Goodreads? I'm trying to update that, slowly since I have a lot of books I've read that I don't have on there. I'm a bad Goodreads user, but I'm trying to be better. Let's be friends, okay?!

Since I'm trying to prolong my Slammed high, I'm not reading Point of Retreat until this weekend. Instead, these are the two books I'm reading. One on my phone and the other is a physical book I borrowed from a friend.

Look for an awesome giveaway the first week of July!!

What new books are you reading? Have you already experienced Slammed and I'm just late to the party?

Linking up with Lisette and Catalyn for #JustBecause!

Just Because

Monday, June 17, 2013

Fun, Family Weekend

Morning Lovelies!

I hope you had a grand weekend and Happy Father's Day to all the special daddies out there!

I had a very busy weekend, and surprisingly it was all about the family!

1. Quick trip over the Skyway Bridge to Sarasota with mom.
2. Trader Joes! My customary selfie with the sign in the background.
3. Friday night was the Rays vs. Royals game and we lost. :(
4. Roasting a pig in a Chinese box with the church family. Had such a great time!
5. One of the guys made bacon chocolate chip cookies that were oh so tasty!
6. I made a video review of my Influenster TastyKake Kandy Bar Kake (I hate spelling those with a 'K'!)
7. Got a mani with my BirchBox Wanderlust Mod in Manhattan color and another Color Club Flamingo polish I purchased recently.
8. Selfie with my dad I took a couple weeks ago when we went to lunch! I hadn't posted it to Instagram yet so it went on there this weekend.
9. Part of his gift was a recycled tire, toiletry bag.

I'm not looking forward to a five day week...the weekends spoil me!

I did find out my friend and I got two tickets to BOOK BASH at the end of the month in Orlando, so I'll be posting about that more!! I can't wait to meet so many authors and get some of my books signed. See any authors on this list that you've read?! Tell me because I've only read a handful of books from them and I need to stock up!

I DL'd a few books this weekend, but the first up on my TBR list is: Good Vibrations by S. L. Scott.

I'll let you know how it goes. :) But seriously, if you've read an author on that list and have a book you loved, please let me know!

Peace out yo (I don't know why I always want to say things like that, lol) and may your Monday be over soon!

Did you have a good weekend? How did you spend this June weekend?

Linking up with Sami!!!

P.S. I've seen some new followers, so please say hello!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Social: Pet Peeves

Linking up with Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social.

1. What is your biggest driving pet peeve?
People who don't know what they're doing! Stopping when they don't have a stop sign and the other person does. Yielding for traffic in other lanes when they HAVE THEIR OWN LANE! Slowing down at every street because they haven't invested in mapquest, a GPS or use the one on their phone and they don't know where they're going.

2. Biggest Blogging pet peeve?
That I have to post an idea as soon as I think about it or find out about it because I've seen someone else do it faster than me and then I'd be labeled a copy cat if I posted it too.

3. Biggest general pet peeve?
Chewing, swallowing, anything that has to do with another person's mouth when I'm not also being equally obnoxious!

4. What is your most irrational fear?
Scary movies, I mean come on…there isn't going to be a girl coming out of my TV but for the life of me I just cannot watch a ridiculously scary movie like that without nightmares!

5. 3 celebrities you’d want to have dinner with?
Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Debra Messing - Sometimes I like to think if I'd been born sooner I might be JFK and Marilyn's love child since I have an obsession with both of them! However, I look nothing like either. :(

What are some of your biggest pet peeves?!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Over - Starbucks' Pick of the Week

Hello Pretties!

I stopped in at Starbucks this morning and instead of going through the drive-thru because the line was too long, I actually parked and went inside.

I was in a hurry, obvs!

Whenever I go inside I always like to see what they have for their Pick of the Week and this week it was a photo app!! *happy dance*

Over is similar to the A Beautiful Mess App that has been all the rage the last few weeks.

You know I immediately DL'd it, and got busy! There are actually quite a few options in this app. Normally $.99, so IDK if I would pay for it, but it was totally work the $0 I put into it :) Below are just a couple of photos I tried to show with the fonts, color and stamps you can use.

Tip: If you have the Starbucks App on your iPhone, you can go to your Messages section and it'll show you the free app, song, etc of the week. I don't see this one in there yet though, so it may have just come out.

You should definitely see what they've done with some of their photos on the Over website. I really need to leave "white" space on my photos more. I always crop so close.

So I went and found a pic I did have some white space in.

This is just one of several freebies I've picked up from Starbucks over the years. Thanks Starbucks!

Do you have a fav photo editing app?

Today is my FRIDAY, so I'm linking up with Lisette and Catalyn for #JustBecause!

Just Because

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lazy, Celebratory Weekend!

Happy Monday! I know you're not supposed to be this chipper on a Monday morning but I had such a relaxing weekend I feel a little bit better about taking on this week than I normally do on a Monday!

Now that my craziness has shown itself this morning, let's talk about the weekend that was.

Friday ended up being a crazy day at work and I was soooooo ready for the weekend to get started. I sent off a package for my friend that had her mustache baby boy bash this past weekend, so I got her some cute things and made her some thank you cards!

Friday night I had the house to myself which was wonderful! I worked out with a friend and then we completely ruined our hard work with some Smokey Bones! Although I only ate half my meal, so I think that's pretty good!

Saturday was a whole lot of NOTHING! I didn't leave the house, except to go get the mail. Lounged by the pool and read an entire book! Yes, all 550+ pages in one day. *sigh* I love reading!

If you haven't read any of Shannon Stacey's books and you like contemporary romance, these are just such sweet, easy reads. I love them! I read the first three over a year ago and just hadn't gotten around to reading the last three that came out. There's more detail than fade to black which is different from her other Kowalski books, so just keep that in mind if you take up my recommendation and read them.

Sunday was church, then helping a friend move. Followed up by birthday celebrations for the brother! He turned 20 yesterday, so my parents no longer have any teenagers! Speaking of my parents...they celebrated 32 years Thursday, so Happy Anniversary to them!

I hope you celebrated Nation Donut Day on Friday like I did! Just in case you didn't know, June 10th is National Iced Tea day! Do you take yours sweet or unsweetened?

Linking up with Sami!!!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Social: Get to Know

How did you come up with your blog name?
I love a happy ending, don't really like to watch or read fiction without them. Who am I kidding I'm not a fan of real life if it doesn't have a happy ending, but I know that's not realistic. Anyway, I believe everybody has their own little happy life and the term HEA always makes me smile. So, this is my little slice of HEA!

What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Getting to see what's on everyone's mind. I love learning new things and seeing a different perspective to something I already know too!

What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now cant live without?
Ummm, I don't know if there's one thing I can't live without.

Facebook or Twitter? and why?
Twitter! It drives me crazy when I go to a blog and can't immediately find their twitter link. I think it's the easiest way to follow a bunch of people and not feel like a loser for missing something because people are on at different times and it'd be almost impossible to be on it all the time! *nods*

If one celeb read your blog who would you want it to be?
I don't keep up with a lot of celebrities, but I remember reading Bethany Joy Galeotti's blog years ago and I think it'd be cool if she stumbled upon mine. Or maybe Gossip Girl even though she's fictional!

What is something you want people to know about your blog?
It's something I like doing, but it's not the only thing. I don't get to spend any time at work blogging or tweeting, only on breaks or lunch so what little time I have I try to divide among many things and I don't always have time to put together a post. So, when I post something I've invested wisely!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Work Friday is So Yesterday!

So, it's way too late in the day but I'm just glad my work day is finally over!

Since we work half staff on Friday (my Friday off is next week, yay!) it's usually pretty crazy, but today had a few things happen to make it even crazier.

1. I woke up and thought it was Saturday. That's never a good way to start the day.
2. It's the end of month closing and we should have been done by now but aren't due to one girl being out sick.
3. Said girl called out sick, again, on a half staff day when she had lots to do and I'm her back up!
4. Well I got my package mailed off, lol so that's good!
5. I broke my ban on sweets this month to enjoy a Manager's Special from Dunkin Donuts to celebrate National Donut Day!!! I also tried a DD Iced Mocha Latte (with a coupon!) and it's nothing compared to Starbucks. Sorry if you're a DD fan I just can't compare.

Some good things coming up for me this parents are celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary! So they're out of town which means I have the house to myself!! Hollaaah! Lots of benefits to living at home but I hardly ever have the place to myself, so that's exciting!

I'm headed to work out with a friend because I definitely only did one day this week so far and that's just not good.

I don't really have much else planned. I'm thinking I might do the farmer's market tomorrow but don't hold me to that. I may just end up being lazy by the pool all day, ha!

What do you have planned this weekend? Anything I should be envious of? There's a country concert in the Bay area that I wish I was attending but I don't really have a person to always go with to like everything. The other day I was thinking I needed a sugar daddy. He can go with me places, pay and maybe I won't even have to work!

You know I'm linking up with good ol' Whitney for #backthatazzup!

My song this week makes me think of high school? I think that's when this song came out. I miss her!

So Yesterday by Hilary Duff on Grooveshark

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Truth: Experiencing Hard Times and Being Thankful

So the prompt for this one was -

What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

For me, being laid off wins.

You see, I moved 1200 miles from where I lived right after college graduation. That's tough and even toughter since I did it at the beginning of the bad job market around July 2008. After looking and applying, going on interviews, etc I finally found a job making a good post college wage but, I was only able to keep it for SIX months.

I was 23, had just moved with my parents to the land of sunshine, but had absolutely no pull in the work field. I was unemployed for NINE long months before I finally found a full time job, willing to hire me. It would take me two more years of being in this dead end job, barely making above minimum wage before I tried again and found something that I can see myself doing for the next ____ so many years.

It wasn't like I didn't have work or something to do during those nine months, I just didn't have something permanent. Luckily during that time I had found the Twilight fandom and was spending a lot of my time writing and doing graphics. Something to keep me busy and productive instead of just being lazy watching TV all day.

I did have a couple temp jobs for a month or so that helped me pay some of my bills and also took part time classes for web design while I was out of work since the art school I went to only offered ONE web design class. I took it, obviously but was also focusing on all my studio classes so I didn't get as much out of it as I did when I went back and focused on only web.

Off topic, oops.

Luckily I was financially able to handle this period of my life. I had yet to move out, so I did not have to support myself. This is probably one of the reasons I've been so hesitant to move out. At the time I was laid off I had been looking for an apartment and was so thankful I hadn't gotten very far in the process.

I also had just received my tax return and the company gave me an extra paycheck so I was set for at least a little while financially. Then when I started taking classes I was able to use the loan money to also offset my living expenses.

I know a lot people have experienced harder times than me, so I always feel incredibly blessed even when I think I'm having a hard time.

I took this photo on a walk this past week, palm trees always make me smile.

It took me a while to feel like my life was finally going somewhere after this setback, but I love where I'm at now. Of course it could be better, but I definitely believe I'm at exactly the right place in my life right now!

What are you thankful for today? What's been your hardest time?

Almost the weekend, so I'm linking up with Lisette and Catalyn for #JustBecause!

Just Because

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

DIY: Makeup Brush Cleaner #SPDLinkUp

Hi Friends -

Welcome to my first Pinterest inspired DIY post!

So, after seeing Kristen and Jessica with their easy, DIY tutorials that I wanted to try; I thought I'd do a little of my own!

I've always worn foundation, with the exception of maybe a few months when I worked some place you didn't have to look nice and makeup was one of the first things to go.

Now, I wear makeup on an almost daily basis to hide my adult acne flaws...grrr! About five years ago I invested in a foundation brush, and I've never looked back. I was always a finger applicator before. Anybody else?

I use the Clinique Foundation Brush, retails for $32.50 and that's about average for Department Store brands from what I've seen.

Since I use my foundation brush daily I have invested in their brush cleaner a few times, which is $14. Boo. Who wants to spend that on a cleaner when you don't have to?

When I wash all my other brushes (not as often as I should) I use a mixture of warm water, vinegar and dish soap. It gets them nice and clean, but for the foundation brush you want a little extra protection from bacteria since it's a wet applicator.

To get started, you'll need to gather the following materials. Who knows, you might even have some of these just laying around your house like I did!

1 Cups Distilled Water (I just used filtered)
1/4 Cup Isopropyl Alcohol The Higher the alcohol content, the cleaner the brushes. I used 70% because that's what I had on hand, next time I'll get a higher percent.
1.5 tsp Dish washing Liquid
1.5 tsp Clear Shampoo
I used a sample from one of my Monthly Subscription Boxes, you can't tell but it IS clear.
1 Tbsp Leave-In Conditioning Spray also from one of my Monthly Subscription Boxes
2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil (I used Melaleuca Oil, again something I already had) This adds a little more antibacterial protection.
The beauty of this recipe is you just dump all the ingredients together and voila!

You just combine all the ingredients in a container (bowl, glass) and if you use something easy to pour, you'll be able to transfer it to your storage container with ease!

Since I only have one 8 oz bottle, I cut everything down in half from the original post and switched up a few other things as well. I found the original pin here.

Now, I'm going to be honest and tell you I got a little crazy thinking it should be pink. *SMH*

Next time I won't add pink food coloring, but the Clinique Brush Cleaner is a light pink so I thought it'd be okay. I have used it a few times and it hasn't changed my brush at all, so I don't feel as dumb!

Now, to clean my brush I just spray it a few times on each side and then rinse it under running water while rubbing the brush between my fingers.

That's it!

Do you use a makeup brush cleaner?

If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

Linking up with Katie and Stephanie for Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Guest Post on @SlateClean: Never a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

Hey Gorgeous Readers!

I'm over on Another Clean Slate today, guest posting with my friend Kate and talking about my love-hate relationship with weddings!

Tomorrow I'll be posting my first Pinterest DIY on the blog and it's in the makeup genre. See you then!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Disney, Burlesque...what a weekend!

Oh Monday...why do you have to come every week?! You always get me down when I've just come off the best weekend ever!!!

So, this past weekend was one for the books. Seriously. I had Friday off, woohoo! I spent the day park hopping with friends. Meeting characters as an adult, without my parents, and drinking margaritas at Epcot. Fun times all around, except when I got a headache from not eating while drinking and trying to ride roller coasters, lol. Fun, not so much.

Saturday was beach day with a friend and some good seafood. Yum! Then I went with a friend to a live Burlesque show and it was soooo good! I love the movie, and it was very much what I imagine being in the movie would have been like, except without all the celebrities. It poured all night, but luckily didn't hinder the show other than a late start! I'll have a separate post to share what good pictures I was able to get later this week.

Sunday was much-a-do-about-nothing around here. I finally got around to making my Makeup Brush Remover solution, since I ran out of my Clinique stuff and I spent time in the pool. Not much, but just enough!

1. Photo op in a phone booth!
2. My favorite part was the Lion King Show at Animal Kingdom. First time seeing it!
3. Meeting Mickey, being all cute and I can't believe I made this pose.
4. Frenchy's Yum!
5. Apparently you can buy ad space on a boat that drives down the coastline?
6. The Girlie Show, thoroughly entertaining.
7. I got my pampered chef show stuff in and finally had time to distribute it on Sunday!
8. Pool times are good times.
9. The before shot of my almost empty bottle...come back Wednesday for the Pinterst linkup I'll be doing!

How was your weekend? Did you get rain? I thought for sure it was going to rain while we were at the beach!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday Social: Summer

Linking up with Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social.

1. What is your favorite social media outlet?
Instagram. I also love it because it feeds into twitter, since that's also a fav of mine!

2. Do you subscribe to any daily new reads? If so, which ones?

3. What is your favorite magazine to have by the pool?
So many! Cosmo, Glamour, Women's Health, Whole Living, etc.

4. What is your favorite summertime song?
Tim McGraw Something Like That or Kenny Chesney Summertime!
Something Like That by Tim McGraw on Grooveshark Summertime by Kenny Chesney on Grooveshark
5. What is the best summer concert you've been to? Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen and Tim McGraw - Brothers of the Sun, 2012!
Do you have a favorite summer song I should be listening to? I obviously need help with daily reads, lol!