Drink (via Divas Can Cook)
Wall Art (via A Beautiful Mess)
Sweet Treat: (via Moms Best Network)
Floral Chandelier (via Ali Express)
Mom’s Necklace (via Personalized jewelry for moms)
Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.
Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.
But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.
As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself―her―is suddenly in danger of slipping away.
The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.
2 books in 1 week!!!! It’s been a slow week at work so I’ve had a lot of time to read read read! I’ve been loving it! I am a huge fan of Cupcake Wars so I was super excited to read this book. I was a little disappointed though, it couldn’t been such a great book, but it just lacked… something. Maybe there should have been more interaction between the main characters? There was a lot of lack of communication which if were included would have moved the story along nicely. It was a super fast read and the story had a lot of potential of being a great book, but in the end it was just… blah!
Being that this will be my 4th child I’ve learned that there are so many baby products that are just a total waste of money. It’s so easy to walk through Babies R Us and see all the cool products and splurge because “it’s going to make life so much easier”. But truthfully a lot of what I bought in the past was used a couple of times and forgotten about. It ended up just sitting there taking up space. With my first pregnancy I went crazy with the cribs and the cute sheets and bumper sets, and those huge swings with all the lights and vibration and sounds. Then I did the same when I got pregnant with my second child. But when I got pregnant with my daughter (my 3rd) I simplified things big time.
Diaper Genie– I bought this when I had my second son and let me tell you… my room stunk! I like to use diaper sacks instead. I like that I can take them to an outside bin where it wont stink up the house. They even have cute little sack holders that you can take along with you, very convenient when you visit someone else’s house and need to dispose of your dirty diaper.
Stuffed Animals– These things have become such a peeve in my life. I feel like they hold so much dust and germs.
A crib & changing table– They’re so bulky and expensive. I love pack and play playpen/ bassinets. They are much more convenient to move from room to room and even travel with.
Wipe Warmer– This might be beneficial if you live in cold parts, but here in Hawaii there really was no need.
Bottle Warmers– I don’t breastfeed, I would love to but with every pregnancy I’ve had complications so… I really have no need for bottle warmers. With formula milk I can easy carry a thermos and formula.
Over the top swings– Way too big. I love the convenience of a swing and all of my kids loved being in the swing, but fancy schmancy accessories are unnecessary. My kids loved their little travel fold up swings just the same.
Play gym– This just took up room and sat there for the longest time.
Big bulky bath tubs– I can’t stand how much room these tubs take up. I prefer a bath sling. They’re so compact and easy to store.
Well there you have it! This is just my opinion and hey if you have the money and space to buy all these fancy things… go for it!
MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….
I enjoyed this book. It was a super fast read, I think it took me all about 5 hours. I do have to warn you that it’s a major cliff hanger in the end so plan to continue on with the series if you start it. I’d recommend this for an older teen for sure, it’s very much written from a that type of point of view, so I think that teens can relate a little more. However, there are some steamy situations so… keep that in mind. I haven’t read a Fae book in a while so it was nice change. The real action happened at the end of the book and the author did a really good job of making you want to buy the second book and read on, which is exactly what I’m going to do today. I’ll keep you all updated on weather or not its worth continuing on with this series or not :)
Lately my skin has been a mess. Even though it’s super humid here on the islands, my face has been really dry. I normally use Makeup Forever’s HD foundation in Desert (123) and recently find it feeling very heavy and dry and even looking a bit cakey :( I’ve never tried the Face and Body foundation before because I tend to go for a bit more coverage than this can provide. However, I decided to give it a go because I really needed a change. I ended up buying the shade C5 and it is a perfect match to both my skin and MUFE’s 123. I’ve been using this product for the last 3 days and I’m absolutely loving it. It’s super light on my skin which feels noticeably great compared to other foundations. It provides a sheer coverage but it’s buildable and with 2 applications it gave me the coverage that I liked. Here are some of my pro’s and con’s…
Lightweight. It’s been really nice with this hot weather we’ve been having.
Water-based. It leaves a nice dewy finish, I thought I’d look oily but that’s not the case at all, it leaves a very natural finish.
Coverage is buildable. Like I mentioned, it takes me 2 applications to achieve the coverage I need, but one application definitely provides enough coverage for those who don’t need too much.
A little goes a long way. Because of the water base consistency the product goes on so smoothly and applies nicely. It doesn’t dry up in the middle of application.
Using your fingers. This has been the biggest downfall for me because I love using a brush to apply my foundation. With this product you’ll find yourself wasting too much product by applying it with a brush. Your fingers are your best bet.
Longevity. I recommend using a setting powder with this product. I still use my NARS Light reflecting setting powder and it’s worked great.
So there you have it! I highly recommend this product.
This weekend was the last baseball games for both Kuha’o and Téa so I have no idea what our Saturdays are going to be like for a while. Probably very lazy! After so many weekends of hustle and bustle and park hopping we finally get to catch up on all of our shows and some much needed R&R on my part. I’ve been feeling burnt out lately, so I’m looking forward to Saturdays in bed just vegging the day away. Maybe I’ll even be able to get some reading in. I haven’t read a good book in a while.
Up until last month I hadn’t gained any weight during this pregnancy. I think it was because I’ve been soooo busy on the weekends running around from baseball games to football games and have just been getting a lot of exercise. I also don’t get home from work til about 9pm and end up skipping dinner almost 3 days a week. But yesterday at my doctor’s appointment I found out that in just this last month I gained a whopping 6 lbs. probably due to the amount of Ice cream that I’ve been consuming. It’s been so hot and cold treats feel so satisfying these days. I had to giggle a little because just the night before I was telling Kahele that I actually feel the weight that I’ve put on. I’m trying to be careful not to gain too much weight this pregnancy because I was a little overweight when finding out I was pregnant and I don’t want to have a hard time trying to lose the weight after baby is born. But this month I plan to be very careful about my sugar intake because at my next doctors appt. I’ll be taking my glucose test. With my daughter I had gestational diabetes and I do not want that again!
In other (great) news….
My sister called me with the best news! So, I’ve written about my brother-in-law and his cancer battle over the last couple of years. Well about a month ago he flew to California to City of Hope for his stem cell operation. Any whoo…. He is recovering amazingly!!! My sister will be flying up on Thursday to be with him and was planning on being up there until around the 22nd (when they thought they’d be able to come home), but great news… he’s doing so good that they’re letting him come home next week Tuesday. They’re going to keep it a secret from my nieces and surprise them on Tuesday! How exciting is that?! My nieces haven’t seen their father in over a month and they think it’s going to be about another month. I cannot wait to witness it