What I Read: November 2022

What I Read: November 2022

Better late than never seems to be my theme these days. This time of year always feels so hectic and I’m torn between wanting to mark everything off my to-do list and wanting to just quit, lay back, and relax until the new year. For the moment, I’m working through my checklist, which includes today’s blog post.

This month’s reads included:
-Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
-The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
-Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton
-In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
-The Stroke of Winter by Wendy Webb

Let’s get into the reviews!

My 4 Favorite MasterClass Courses (So Far!)

My 4 Favorite MasterClass Courses (So Far!)

I think learning is my hobby. Books, podcasts, documentaries… you name it, I’m interested. So as someone that spent a long time researching MasterClass and trying to decide if it was worth the cost, I wanted to share a quick list of some of my favorite courses I’ve taken after making the plunge. (You may notice there’s a bit of a theme surrounding writing though I am currently trying to expand out to other topics and have some exciting ones on my to watch list!)

What I Read: October 2022

What I Read: October 2022

With Halloween now behind us, am I the only one feeling the urge to suddenly flip the switch for all things Christmas? I usually love the fall season, but this year, I feel ready to move on to the next thing. I haven’t actually pulled out my Christmas decorations just yet, but I get closer everyday. Now, if it could cool off just a little bit…

Back to the reason you’re all here- in October I read five books and despite my plans to read more horror this fall, that didn’t happen:
-Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
-Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
-Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak
-Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
-The Cage by Bonnie Kistler

Let’s get into the reviews!

BEAUTY REVIEW: Aldi’s Lacura Face Care H2O Advance Aqua Gel

BEAUTY REVIEW: Aldi’s Lacura Face Care H2O Advance Aqua Gel

It seems like Aldi has been shaking things up lately.

One of my favorite cleansers, the Lacura Face Care Hydrating Facial Cleanser, has disappeared from the shelves (at least at the store near me) and new products are popping. That includes the Lacura Face Care H2O Advance Aqua Gel with Hyaluronic Acid, which I couldn’t resist giving a try.

What I Read: September 2022

What I Read: September 2022

I’m not really sure what happened, but this was one of my slowest months of reading in a long time. For some reason, it truly felt like the month of September flew by. I remember being excited about fall almost being here and, now suddenly, I’ve flipped the calendar over to October. Time is weird.

This month’s reads included a 50-50 split of fiction and non-fiction with the list featuring:

-Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier
-The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart
-The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
-The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Nuun Sport Hydration Tablet Flavor Reviews

Nuun Sport Hydration Tablet Flavor Reviews

Running in the summer is tough.

Running in Florida is tough.

Running in the summer in Florida is nearly impossible.

But I’m determined to gain some running ground, so I decided to get serious about hydration and electrolytes post-runs. After trying out samples of a few different products on the market, I decided to take the leap and ordered a variety pack of Nuun Sport from Amazon featuring six flavors: Tri-Berry, Grape, Tropical, Fruit Punch, Strawberry Lemonade, and Lemon Lime.

While I find all to be drinkable, I wanted to share my rankings of the flavors (with hopes of trying out more in the future).

How to Write a Book in 6 Months

How to Write a Book in 6 Months

I’ve wanted to write a book for… pretty much my whole life.

But I would start an idea and then just give up. One time I even got to 25,000 words and then called it quits. So, after watching several different Masterclasses on writing, I felt inspired to give it another try. However, this time, I came up with a real strategy. I was not going to just wing it. Here are the steps I followed to finally complete a 80, 416 word manuscript.

What I Read: August 2022

What I Read: August 2022

August was… an interesting month for me. I was a sick for bit. I started a new challenge that could take me the next five years to complete. I celebrated a milestone birthday. Oh, and I finished writing my first book. (Future post on that coming soon!) It also in a way marked the closing of summer and the start of fall- even though the temperatures don’t reflect that quite yet. So, to say it was a month of change would be an understatement.

In terms of books (which is what you’re really here for), I read 7 books in August featuring both non-fiction and fiction:
-Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi
-Fear Is My Homeboy by Judi Holler
-Can’t Look Away by Carla Lovering
-Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen
-The It Girl by Ruth Ware
-The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

Let’s get into the reviews!

BEAUTY REVIEW: Derma E Acne Oil-Control Matte Moisturizer

BEAUTY REVIEW: Derma E Acne Oil-Control Matte Moisturizer

I don’t know if it’s stress or sweating a lot because it’s summer, but I have been having the worst breakouts lately. So, I did what anyone in my situation would do: I mindlessly wandered the aisles of Ulta Beauty in search of a solution.

I left with far more than what I came in for (read my post about splurging… ), but I also found a moisturizer I feel has been helping keep my breakouts in check. Enter Derma E Acne Oil-Control Matte Moisturizer.

What I Read: July 2022

What I Read: July 2022

I feel like summer has flown by.

One minute I was talking about beach reads and eagerly anticipating my vacation and now I’m already checking Bath and Body Works collection of fall candles (my favorite, Pumpkin Bonfire, is already in stock!) and considering Halloween costume ideas. Time is strange.

July proved to be a slower month of reading for me and didn’t feature any non-fiction, but it did include several newer releases.

The list includes:
-The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager
-They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman
-The Power by Naomi Alderman
-One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose
-Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Let’s get into the reviews!