February Monthly Layout

I can’t believe it’s already the third of February! I’ll fully admit that I am late on posting this and honestly it’s because I’ve just been lazy. I’ve had photos taken for a while now for this post, along with others that I have planned, but every time I should be drafting a post I watch Netflix instead. Let’s blame it on the winter weather, even though it’s more like spring here currently.

When I started planning this month I didn’t have a lot on the calendar and I only knew that I wanted to stick with a Valentine’s Day theme. Since finishing my decorating and taking pictures life has become a little more chaotic (in a good way) and my month is starting to fill up. Here is my layout for February along with a card from the dollar spot in Target that I turned into a dashboard for the month. I finally got a working laminator and was super excited to make a dashboard and cover for this month.

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Book to Big Screen Review * The 5th Wave

If you guys remember my Books to Big Screen 2016 post you know that I was hoping to read all the books before I saw the movie. Well The 5th Wave came out yesterday and we went to go see it after work.

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I had finished the book a couple weeks prior so I was really excited to see how it translated over to the big screen. It seemed like a lot of the people in the theatre had read the book also as they were very excited when certain things happened in the movie.

I really liked the way they began the movie explaining all the waves and showing what happened. Small things were left out, but I didn’t think they were crucial to the story so I let it go. Also some things changed, but again not a huge deal for the beginning of the movie. What really bothered me is that they didn’t really delve into the characters so you never really felt connected to them. I understand for time purposes that they can’t go into detail as much as the book, but I felt like so much of the relationship between Cassie and Evan was left out and really if you hadn’t read the book you wouldn’t understand how close they really became. The movie made it seem like Cassie was at Evan’s house for 2 days. Another relationship that wasn’t really explored in the movie was between Zombie (Ben) and Ringer.

Another thing that was completely left out of the movie that I felt like was a very important part of the books was how the Others used a green orb to decimate an area and basically erase it off the map. This was never mentioned once in the movie, while in the book they use it on the camp Cassie was staying at and then it’s used to destroy the base where the Others have been training the kids for the 5th wave.

Also Zombie tied up Nugget (Sammy) so that he couldn’t go on the mission because he was afraid he would die, but in the book it is decided that he is too young to join them on the mission and would be moved to a different squad to train for a couple more years. I understand they did this in the movie to show how much Zombie cared for Nugget since that relationship also wasn’t fully shown in the movie, but for someone who didn’t read the books it seems ridiculous because it seems like Nugget and Teacup are around the same age and it just doesn’t make sense. Matt actually said to me after the movie that he thought it was messed up that he would only try to save Nugget and didn’t care about Teacup.

All in all the movie was a good movie, but a lot was changed or left out from the book. I always say this after seeing a movie that has been adapted from a book, but do yourself a favor and read the book first, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re someone who simply doesn’t care about reading a book before the movie (or ever) then I would definitely say that you could see this movie and fully enjoy it.

UPDATED Hair Care Holy Grail

I figured it was time to update the products that I use in my hair since I last posted this my hair has been fire engine red, pink, purple, eggplant and now brown transitioning to some kind of blonde?! I am happy to say that some of my holy grail products have stood the test of time and I still use religiously while I have added a few key products to processed/damaged hair. My hair has thankfully been very healthy throughout all the colors, but the last time I went to the hair salon we tried to bleach the red out of my hair to no avail and my hair just ended up damaged and much darker than we hoped. I bought some products at the salon that my hair dresser recommended, but I also received a package from Hask a couple days before and I was so happy because it has been a total life saver!

Hair Care Holy Grail
  1. Hask Macadamia oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Moisturizing Shine Oil: These products have seriously brought life back to my hair after even just one use! I love the shine oil for after I’m done styling my hair and bringing my dead ends back to life. The fact that these products are so reasonably priced makes life even better.
  2. Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil: Last year I bought this jar not knowing what exactly I was going to do with it but I knew Pinterest had some great ideas. Well my hair was the driest it’s ever been during the winter so I decided to take the oil and slather it all over my hair. I wrap my pillow in a towel and sleep with my hair in a bun and then wash it out in the morning. I am very generous with the amount I use, but I have very thick hair, people who have thin hair should use it sparingly as I have heard some people say it was hard to wash out. I do this once or twice a week.
  3. It’s a 10 with Keratin spray: I’ve actually used the original forever and absolutely love this stuff and use it every time before styling my hair. With the extra damage my hair has taken I figured the keratin would be better, plus it smells amazing!
  4. Not your Mothers Dry Shampoo: I will be the first to admit I am lazy and NEVER want to wash my hair in the morning before work (mainly because it would take forever to dry) This spray helps me get an extra day or 2 out of my hair. When it comes to color treated hair it’s best not to wash it as often so this is a lifesaver for me.
  5. Goody Quikstyle Paddle Brush: This brush is made with microfiber that absorbs the water in your hair. It cut my drying time down to almost half of what it use to be. The only thing I would have to say about this brush is that I think it stops working after a while and you have to buy a new one.
  6. Amika Ceramic Straightener: This is not the first straightener I would have picked, but I received it as a gift 8 years ago. This straightener works perfectly and is the longest lasting straightener I have ever had! I was always buying new ones after a year or two, but this one has stood the test of time as well as many travels where it was thrown around quite a bit.

 

I hope this helped answer some questions, but please let me know if you have any other questions! And please follow me on Instagram to see some of my great (and no so great) hair days! Also let me know what products you use in your hair that you swear by!

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January Planner Setup

For a long time I’ve been obsessed with planners. When I was in college I used to make my own and then after I used to ask for an Erin Condren for Christmas every year. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I’ve been  getting more into decorating my planner layouts and I figured with the start of 2016 I would start sharing my monthly layouts.

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I now use a Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas which uses the arc system and I absolutely love that I can pull the pages out to decorate and then snap them back in. It also makes it super easy to add in pages as well. The Happy Planner is extremely similar to the Erin Condren but significantly cheaper. I was able to get mine for about $15 from Hobby Lobby using their 40% off coupon.

I used washi tape I got from Target and Dollar Tree to decorate along with some stickers from Michael’s and a Winter Wonderland paper pack I got on clearance after Christmas. I also decided this year that I’m going to print the covers of the books that I read to try and keep track of them.

I hope you guys like this post and I would love to see your layouts as well!

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2016 Reading List

I always try to read as many books as possible during the year although I will admit in past years I have slacked. This coming year there are tons of books being turned into movies and I am one of those people who HAS to read the books before I see the movie. Below is the list of books I hope to read in 2016 before they I see them on the big screen. Some of them don’t have release dates yet, but I added them to the list anyways. You can follow along with my progress on Goodreads. What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?

542592How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

Overview: New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann

Release: February 12, 2016

 

 

16101128.jpgThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Overview:Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother.

Starring:  Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber

Release: January 22, 2016

 

 

 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Overview: Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.

Starring:  Lily James, Lena Headey, Charles Dance

Release: February 5, 2016

 

 

 

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Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Overview: A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she’s taking care of.

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman

Release: March 4, 2016

 

 

 

17788401Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Overview: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction.

Starring: TBA

Release: TBA

 

 

17878931Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Overview: The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

Starring: TBA

Release: TBA

 

 

10798416.jpgThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith

Overview: Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father’s second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Robert Sheehan

Release: TBA

 

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Christmas DIY * Glitter Bulbs

I can’t believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow! This month has completely flown by. I’m really sad this series is coming to end, but I am so happy to have done it and it has completely kicked my butt into creating content in advance again. This last DIY is my absolute favorite and I actually didn’t think I was going to be able to do it until I stumbled upon the lightbulbs on clearance because my AC Moore was going out of business.

Glitter Bulbs

Supplies

  • Light bulbs
  • Metal ornament hooks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glitter to match paint colors
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Acrylic sealant

First use your jewelry pliers to attach your ornament hook around the top of the lightbulb. Then one by one paint a lightbulb and pour the corresponding glitter all over before the paint dries. I would recommend doing this over some newspaper as you will have lots of fall off glitter and can reuse it on the next bulb. I created little holes in a cardboard box to let the bulbs dry. Once the paint and glitter dry you can spray with the acrylic sealant and again wait for them to dry. Once completely dry no glitter should fall off and you can hang them on your tree.

I am so obsessed with this DIY that I made 24 and I actually wanted to go back and buy more, but time just wouldn’t allow. If you can only do one of the crafts that I’ve posted I would have to say let it be this one.

I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas!

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Christmas DIY * Scrabble Ornament

Wednesday is here and it’s time to share another super fun and easy Christmas DIY! I can’t believe we only have one more DIY before Christmas is here, this month and series has seriously flown by.

DIY Scrabble Ornament

Supplies

  • scrabble tiles, you can get these at Hobby Lobby but I would suggest ordering them on Amazon as you can get way more for less money
  • hot glue gun or craft glue
  • ribbon
  • snow tek
  • cardboard or paper plate (optional)

First layout what you would like your ornament to say. I opted to make some as gifts for my friends using their names and for our tree I chose Let it Snow because to me Christmas and snow go hand in hand. Optionally you can use cardboard or a paper plate to glue your letters to, I didn’t do this but it’s up to you. Once you glue your letters together you can apply the snow tek, once the first layer is dry you can continue to layer it on until you get the desired effect. Use the glue to create a loop with your ribbon and glue onto the back of your letters.

I can’t wait to share my last DIY with you guys before Christmas, I hope you are loving this series as much as I am and are making your own Christmas ornaments as well. Until next week!

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