Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
"A year changes you a lot."

Goal: Think about everything you've accomplished over the past year. Think about how different you are from a year ago. Make a plan for this year and how you can make a change for the better.
XoXO,
Lori

Monday, January 9, 2017

January Beauty Wishlist

Hello Lovelies!
I've been trying to come up with some new blog post ideas and I know that I really want to add in some more beauty related posts. So I think I want to start doing a monthly beauty wishlist. I want to share with you some of the new products that I'm loving and lusting over!

So here's what I'm loving this month!
I actually tested the moisturizer last month while I was in Sephora and I can't quit thinking about it! It smelled so GOOD and a little goes a long way, I could smell it on the back of my hand for hours! I like this little set because it has a lip balm and my lips are always chapped no matter what. I'm definitely ordering this next payday if I have enough money!

While we were in Ulta my best friend showed me this and I tested it on the back of my hand and fell in love! It's so soft and I really wanna buy some and see how it does with my foundation! If I don't like it I'll give her the rest. I've only tried a face primer once before, but it was a drugstore primer and it failed to impress.

This is one of those palettes where I thought it was pretty online, but when I saw it in store I fell in love. I have a birthday coming up, so one can dream, and I'm dreaming of this palette!

I love a good neutral palette and the colors in this one are so pretty and it looks like it would be easy to travel with.

I really need to invest in more face products, I don't own any highlight or contour products, but I really want to learn. I feel like the colors in this palette would be perfect for me!

I've actually tried a sample of this mask and I love it. I do think the name is a little misleading though, because if you wanted to you could use this as a normal moisturizer. I even wore this under makeup and loved the way it felt. I definitely want to buy the full size because during the winter my combo/oily skin tends to get dry on my upper cheeks.

The only Too Faced product I've used is their mascara, I haven't tried any off their eye-shadows, but this one is really pretty.

I have a sample of this and I'm in love!

What's on your beauty wishlist? Anything you think I would like? What products do you recommend for contouring beginners?
Let me know below!
XoXo,

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
"If you're asked to take a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat, just get on."
-Sheryl Sandberg

Goal: Take a risk, say yes, and see where it takes you!
XoXO,
Lori

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Links to Love

Hello Lovelies!
We're six days in to the new year and I'm still going strong on my new year goals! It has actually been a pretty good week. I'm finally starting to feel better after my injection and I've went back to work. It's been a little rough trying to get my strength back and getting back into a routine at work after five days off.

Thursday was better than Wednesday and thankfully I was off yesterday and today, so it gives me a couple extra days to rest.

Here's this week's Links to Love!



That's all for this week, come back tomorrow for some weekly inspiration!
What links are you loving this week?
XoXo,
Lori

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Review: Beth Andrews - About That Night

Hello Lovelies!
Today I will be reviewing 'About That Night' by Beth Andrews, copy received from Netgalley via Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

'About That Night' is a contemporary novel, it is 384 pages long and it took me about four hours to read. It is available at Amazon (Kindle) $6.49, and Barnes &Noble (NOOKBook) $6.49.



About The Book

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 384 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin Superromance

Release Date: June 2, 2015




Book Synopsis
One night....and a whole lotta trouble!

When it comes to men, Ivy Rutherford never loses her cool. Ever. Then she meets wealthy, green-eyed cowboy, C.J. Bartasavich and desire burns out of control. Yeehaw. So for one night, Ivy will indulge in a passion neither of them will forget...and walk away without a backward glance.

Except now Ivy's pregnant. And even worse, now C.J. has come to her hometown of Shady Grove determined to get to know her and be part of their baby's life -- even if she's convinced their attraction is purely physical. Because Ivy can't let herself rely on a sexy cowboy.... or worse yet, fall in love with one.

What did I think? 5 Stars

Like: The chemistry!
Dislike: Nothing!

Would I recommend it?
Most definitely yes! I really loved this book, I had so much fun reading it. Beth Andrews really knows how to create chemistry between two characters, I laughed, cried, and wanted to scream while reading this book and that doesn't happen often.

This books deals with trust, mistakes, and second chances, I think the sub-plot with Gracie and Luke was a perfect addition and words cannot explain how much I loved reading this book!

So far I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but I definitely plan on it when I get some extra money to spend, I want to read more about this dysfunctional family!

Thank you Harlequin via Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!

Will you be buying this book? Let me know below!
XoXo,
Lori
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Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Goals + Word of the Year

Hello Lovelies!
Let's be honest 2016 was a terrible year, so many shocks and surprises, so many deaths, especially in the last week. I'm glad it's a new year and hopefully things start looking up and getting better! Today I'm going to share with you my word of the year, goals, and some things I want to do this year!

I did really good with my 2016 goals , and I'm hoping that I can accomplish just as much in 2017! Let's get started!
Word of the Year: Recovery
My main goal for the year is recovery. 2016 was a hard year for me health wise, and I really want to spend this year recovering and taking care of my health. Towards the end of 2016 I had so many injuries and complications from procedures and I'm just now starting to heal.

I finished physical therapy for my lower back in November, I just came out of  a boot for my foot last week, and then Friday I had another injection for my back. Thankfully so far I haven't had any complications from this one. The injection I had in July is what started a downhill spiral for me, it's the reason I had to go to physical therapy and during that time I also fell down a flight of stairs. I've also been dealing with neck pain and dizziness from my fall!

I think that pretty much sums up how crappy the last few months have been and why I'm looking forward to a new year! So here's to recovery and here is the rest of my goals!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year + Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
I hope you all have a wonderful year and may all your dreams come true! I'm gonna stick with my blogging schedule and do my weekly inspiration today, and I'll share my Goals for 2017 tomorrow!
"Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy."

Going in to the new year I'm choosing to have a new mindset, I'm trying to focus on the good things and not stress over the bad things. It's actually been really peaceful the past few days, I just hope when I go back to work Wednesday, I don't get stressed.

Goal of the week: I'll talk more about it tomorrow, but my word of the year and my main goal is Recovery!

That's all for today, don't forget to check back tomorrow for my Goals for 2017!
XoXo,
Lori

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Links to Love + Top 4 Posts of 2016

Hello Lovelies!
This was supposed to go up yesterday, but it was a long day. It started out with only 5 hours of sleep (the most sleep I've got all week)! I started out at my family doctor and I was supposed to go get blood work after that, but I didn't have time, so I'll be doing that next week!

I was late getting called back, which put me behind schedule leaving for my doctors appointment in Nashville!!! I was already anxious about getting my injection, since the last one didn't go so well, so of course my blood pressure was a little high all day.

I was really worried cause if you're more than 15 minutes late you have to reschedule your appointment and we live almost two hours away from Nashville. (Yes, it's ridiculous that I have to drive two hours for a injection that takes less than 15 minutes!) Somehow we managed to make it to the doctor with 5 minutes to spare! (Thank you, God.)

Overall, it really wasn't a bad trip, I love going to Nashville, I just wish we weren't so rushed and I could have enjoyed it a little more. So I'm off work for another four days to recover and I'm hoping I can spend it planning content for the new year!

Also, some good news from yesterday, I've lost 8 pounds since I saw the doctor in November! I had no idea but I'm really happy about it!

Here's this week's Links to Love!
Instagram is one of my most ignored social media channels, I always forget about it. Maybe this hashtag cheat sheet will help me step up my game, I suck at hashtags, so wish me good luck!

Sadly I'll be in bed all weekend, but I can still look at all the cute NYE dresses, right? Next year I'm thinking either Nashville or Florida for NYE, if I can get time off work!

10 Signs you are a Mature Adult
I got 2 out of 10!

Standing Core Workout
I definitely want to give this a try in a few weeks when I'm feeling better!


Writing My Story's Best Blog Posts of 2016
Things That Annoy Me: Driving



Well, Goodbye 2016! I hope you all have a good night, be safe, enjoy, and get ready for 2017!
 Are you ready for 2017? Let me know below!
XoXO,

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Book Review - In A Killer's Sights

Hello Lovelies!
Today I will be reviewing 'In A Killer's Sights' by Sandra Robbins, copy received from Netgalley via Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

'In A Killer's Sights' is a romantic suspense novel, it is 288 pages long and it took me about three hours to read. It is available at Amazon (Kindle) for $4.99, and Barnes & Noble (NOOK Book) for $4.99.


About The Book

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 288 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: July 5, 2016



Book Synopsis
When Gwen Harwell witnesses someone dumping a body into the Tennessee river, she knows she's the killer's new target. Far from home on a work assignment, she isn't sure where to turn-especially when her ex-husband appears. Five years ago, Dean Harwell's burdens from his police work tore their marriage apart. But now he says he's changed. He's working as a rancher; he's put his problems behind him. And he's committed to keeping her safe until the killer is caught. With their troubled past, trusting him with her life is hard enough. Can she trust him with the truth about the child he doesn't know about?

What did I think?

Like: Didn't wanna put it down.
Dislike:Nothing.

Would I recommend it?
I like how Gwen and Dean were able to work through their differences and find forgiveness. I really liked the ending, the killer ended up being exactly who I thought it was and I love a good happy ending.

Honestly it's been a few months since I read this book so it's kind of hard for me to give an in depth review cause I've read so many books since then. But I do remember loving this book and wanting to read more from this series!

Overall, I loved this book and I definitely plan on continuing to read this series!

Thank you Harlequin via Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
Will you be buying this book? Let me know below!
XoXo,
Lori
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Goals Update

Hello Lovelies!
Looking back at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year, I think I did really good! I accomplished more than I thought I would. 2016 in some ways was better than 2015, and in some ways worse. But overall, I think it was a pretty good year!

I still can't believe the year is over and we're getting ready to start a new one!
This is how my goals went in 2016!

Blog Related
- Reach 100 blog followers. (I'm at 62 followers, I think at the beginning of the year I had 45)
-Comment on other blogs more.
-Post more. Get back to a normal blogging schedule. (Working on it)
-Clean up everything, blog content, blog design, social media profiles, EVERYTHING!
-Increase Social Media Reach
-Read More ARCs, request less.

School Related
-Study more.
-Start college. (Sadly didn't happen, no money = no college)
-Work extra hard in Math.
-Stop being so antisocial and make friends!

Health Related
-Lose 60 pounds or more. (Down 7 pounds, shit happened!)
-Be in a size 10 by the end of the year (Still at an 18)
-Cut back on desserts
-Worry less and live in the moment.

 Here's a few more things I wanted to do this year!

Things I Want to Do:
-Open a savings account. (Bahahaha, nope!)
-Buy a new laptop
-Read 30 books. (Made it to 14!)
-Meet with an Army Recruiter. (Never gonna happen, I have too many health issues)
-Buy my blog URL. (maybe next year?)
-Buy a pair of high heels. (My foot is in a boot brace, I don't think I need to add heels!)
-Closet clean out party!
-Budget better!
-Backup my photos more often!
-Redecorate my room.
-Diversify my blog.
-Buy a really nice bag.
-Be more present and social online.
-Kick  my snooze button addiction.
-Live more than I work.
-Be Happy (I'm working on it!)

I think this is the first year I've actually made a pretty good dent in my goals. I'm excited to see how next year goes!

How did you do with your goals? Are you ready for a new year?
XoXo,
Lori