Summer Reading list


I am not what you would call an intellectual reader. I absolutely love to read but I do it for fun. I am not one of those people that read all of these sophisticated and enlightened books about politics and philosophy so that later I can have passionate discussions with my friends and co-workers. 

No, I'm more of a read strictly for enjoyment and entertainment kind of gal. 

Reading is my escape from the stresses of life. 

There is nothing better than getting lost in a good book. The best books are the kind, that when they are over, you end feeling sad you don't get to hang out in their world any longer. Like you made a friend and now they are gone and although you are sad it's over you are so happy you got to know them for a bit. Sappy I know, but I get very connected to my books. Maybe that's why I love reading so much. 

I am also one of those readers that likes to read books that correspond with the seasons? Does anyone else do this? Call me crazy but I just can't read a book set in a winter cabin in Vermont when I am lounging on the beach. In the summer, I need a summer beach read. 
Very cliche and unoriginal I know. 

This summer I have already read quite a few good books so I thought I would pass on my favorites. I am currently reading Emily Giffins The One and Only. I love her. Everything she has ever written is so good and this one is living up to my expectations so far. 

Here are a few others I have read and loved. 




                                          






Happy Reading!!!



Product Discovery- Miss Magna mascara

I am going to be doing product discovery posts periodically just to pass on things I have found that I am loving. Recently I discovered a YouTube Channel done by Casey Holmes. She is super popular so you may have already heard of her. I never had so when I stumbled across her channel, I was hooked. She has tons of really great makeup and skincare tips. I don't tend to wear as much makeup as she does so some of her looks are not practical for me but she has lots of product reviews and introduces you to things you may never have heard of. I highly recommend subscribing to her channel. Especially if you are a product junkie like me. 

In one of her tutorials she talks about this L'oreal mascara called Miss Magna. 

I am always on the hunt for some good mascara and the cheaper the better. Mascara is one of those things I hate paying a ton of money for. I immediately went out to buy it but could not find it anywhere! After searching online, I found that it had been released abroad first and wasn't coming to the US until summer. 

However...

As I was doing my weekly browse of all the Target aisles last week, I happily discovered that it is here!  And I loooove it. It is seriously my new favorite product. I have terribly thin and short eyelashes and this mascara makes them so long and thick without clumping. The best part is you can layer a ton of it on without getting the spider eye effect. For all of you lacking in the eyelash department, I highly recommend getting some. You won't be disappointed. Also check out Casey Holmes on YouTube for a ton of great makeup advice!



Before 
(see how short and stubby they are!!)


After




Stars and Stripes


I love the 4th of July. I love the Family togetherness, the food, the fireworks, the parades and of course the stripes (they are pretty much my favorite thing to wear). But most of all I love this country and celebrating our freedom and the history that made this wonderful country, pretty much tops my list of favorite things. 

We kicked off the day with a small town parade.





Complete with our very own Uncle Sam…


After the exceptionally hot parade, we jumped in the pool to cool off. This was baby Bear's first time swimming. Since he loves water I knew he would love the pool.


And he did. He turned into a little flipper and splashed up a storm. 


We ended the day with some delicious food and time well spent with family.

 It was pretty much the perfect day. 



Bear ate some leaves...


We ate some watermelon and dessert, among other things. I still feel stuffed from all of the eating. It was the best. 


Recipe for these delicious triple berry lemon cookie cups can be found here

Throughout the day, all I could think about was how lucky I am to live in this wonderful country with such an amazing family to celebrate it with. 




Valentines Day ready



Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft, Tank: Nordstrom, Pants: Ruche- sold out (similar here & here), 
Shoes: Gianni Bini- Old (similar here), Necklace: TJ Maxx


Lately my wardrobe consists mostly of leggings and flats, a far cry from sequin pants and heels. I have always been a wear-heels-everyday kind of girl so my new life of being a stay at home mom is taking some getting used to. Sadly it is no longer practical to wear the things I once did. So whenever there is a special occasion, I jump at the chance to go all out. Valentines day is just such an occasion and what better way to celebrate love than with some pink sequin pants? Like I said before, J and I don't really make a big deal out of this holiday, but you can be sure I will be dressed in these sparkly beauties no matter what we do. I could not resist them and I think every girl should own a pair. 


Valentines Day Wish List





I put together a little wish list of some things I am wishing for at the moment. J and I never really go all out for Valentines Day. He is not a fan of the holiday (is any man really?). I usually drop a few hints of small things I want and most years he delivers. 

So here are my hints for this year ;-). 

Valentines Day is a week away. Just enough time to place a last minute order online. 







Product Discovery- Naturopathica

Naturopathica- Oat Cleansing Polish


I recently discovered a skin care line called Naturopathica. Because I have terrible skin, I am always looking for good products. When I discovered this company, I decided to give it a try. There are several things I want to test but I choose to start with their Oat Cleansing polish.  I absolutely loved it! My skin has not felt this soft in a very long time. I promptly threw out my old face wash and now it is all I use. It seriously made my skin so smooth and best of all it did not make me break out (which is pretty much a miracle in my world). Next on my list to try is the Lavender Honey Balancing Mist. Things from this company are a little pricey but in my opinion well worth the price based on the results I got. I just wanted to pass this discovery along. Hope you like it as much as I do!  



**This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

My Super Bowl attire sans jersey








Jacket: J.Crew (on sale in stores), Shirt: Madewell, Skirt: Madewell, Hat: J.Crew (on Sale in stores), 
Shoes: H&M, Bracelet: J.Crew



Since I'm not really a sporty kind of girl, this is my version of a super bowl outfit. Who needs a jersey when you can just as easily sport your colors with a little Madewell and J.Crew. Truth be told, I am actually not much of a football fan either but I do like the Broncos (much to my husbands chagrin- he is a Cowboys fan) so I figured I had better find a way to represent. So there you have it, my Broncos attire for tomorrows game, most of which I probably won't even watch! Regardless, it's still fun to have a party and celebrate such a deep rooted American tradition. I love the togetherness any kind of tradition brings and of course I love the food. 

Hope you all have a great game day. 

To those of you who take football seriously, may the odds be ever in your favor ;-). 







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