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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sweet

Once again, cookbooks are calling to me. And what could be sweeter than a cookbook about sweets? The Food Network Magazine has this new book titled SWEET. And sweet it is! While it was the cupcake chapter that drew me in (Tea Cakes with Earl Grey Icing, Mint Patty Cakes, Cranberry Cupcakes!!!) it was the pictures that I fell in love with. I love, love, love a cookbook with pictures. Every single recipe includes a picture of the finished project and it makes me want to try everything in this book. While, without pictures, some of the recipes would have sounded blah, the finished product looks delicious!

This cookbook includes the simple (yet how delicious do those chocolate chip cookies look?!) to fancy, to holiday. I can literally just open up at a random spot and see a recipe I want to try.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things

A few things that I am loving this week:
Bath & Body Works Bourbon Butterscotch candle. Oh my goodness! This smells like butterscotch pudding to me and makes my whole house smell so yummy! This is totally a new favorite scent.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I'm only half way through this book but am loving it. The writing, the character, the thoughts, the storyline. I really hope this author writes more books in the future!

Rainy days. We are finally getting some rain and hearing the rumbles of thunder and the rain hitting the windowpane is music to my ears. I opened the windows, even though it's sticky and humid, just to be able to hear the splashing of cars driving by and the raindrops splattering on the sidewalk.

Friday, August 22, 2014

September PopSugar Must Have Spoiler

There is already a spoiler for the September PopSugar Must Have box! This beautiful scarf, with a $125 value!
I received a scarf (a different brand) in last fall's PopSugar box and love, love, love it! My sister even tried talking me into giving it to her because it is so soft and warm and lovely. I'm so excited that I resubscribed (after taking the summer off from this box) because this scarf looks awesome...and it's just one of the many items that will be in the box!

Plus, for new subscribers, you can use the code MUSTHAVEMOM for $10 off your first box, making it just $29.95! I'm thinking this will be a great box you won't want to miss out on!

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Let's All Be Brave

I have seen this book reviewed on several blogs this summer so I was thrilled to get the chance to read it. I've never heard of Annie F. Downs or read her blog but the reviews were all great and a book about courage has to be awesome, right?

I just couldn't get into this book. I tried, I really did, but I didn't like it. 

First of all, this book is about courage, yet the most courageous thing the author did was move overseas (then back again a few months later) and then a few hours away from her parents and cried every time she left from a visit. I didn't feel a vibe of courage from her throughout the book at all.

Second, the author and I are of the same age (actually, she's a year older) but I felt as though I was reading a book written by a teenager. The writing is not bad at all, but the season that she is in is a completely different one then my own. Maybe that's it...I feel this is a book written more for a teenager (her other books are) than an adult, married woman raising her own family.

I'd recommend this book to my younger sisters, but not to people my own age. I was actually surprised at all the wonderful reviews, so maybe I'm really the oddball out and the only one who doesn't connect with this book at all.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Phone Case of the Month

For $10 a month you can get a new case for your phone delivered to your door with Phone Case of the Month! What I like best about this box is that the cases are limited to 200 of the same artwork, so it's a fairly original case that you will be holding in your hands. There are several varieties that will be sent out so you never know what your case will be, even if you have seen spoilers! 

I was thrilled when I pulled this month out of the bag! A fox and a little bird on a branch? Perfect for me! It looks even cooler in person. You also get a little treat each month, which happened to be a piece of bubble gum. :) This is such a fun subscription and I love switching up my phone design each month!

You can get your first case for just $5 by going through this link

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August IPSY Bag Review

My IPSY is here! The theme for August is "Beauty Schooled" and I'm always happy to see the bright pink mailer in my mailbox!
There are usually 15-20 different items each month and your bag will contain 4-5 of those based on your profile answers. Your "glambag" will update on the 10th of each month so you can peek in your account to see what your bag contains (and the other items that others are getting that month), or you can wait for it to arrive and be surprised. I never can wait!
This month my bag contained:

*Absolute You're the Balm (Green Apple) This stuff smells amazing! Love it...now I want to try all the scents!

*Urban Decay Perversion mascara. I've never been disappointed with an Urban Decay product yet!

*Dr. Brandt Pores No More pore refiner. I loved the Dr. Brandt scrub I received a few months ago so am excited to try this product out.


*Lord & Berry eyeliner. Not terribly exciting but I will use it.

*Coastal Scents Forever Blush samples. The colors should work for me.

*A cute little bag. A little too cute for my tastes so I will be handing this over to Becca to use for her pencils!

IPSY is just $10 a month which includes 4-5 makeup items (sometimes full size, often generous sample sized) and a fun makeup bag. The value is often high and this is one of my favorite subscription boxes. Think Christmas gifts for those items you can't use...this would also be a fun subscription for teens or college students.

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