2017 Most Anticipated New Releases

Last year I posted about books that were being turned into movies that I was excited about, but this year I’m much more excited to just to get new books to read. During my research I didn’t see a whole lot of books that were being turned into movies for 2017 so I figured this would be a better list. Plus this year I ended reading an all-time high of 70 books! I hope to keep the streak going in 2017 with these new releases.

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Frostblood by Elly Blake coming out January 10, 2017 is the debut novel for Blake and I actually received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley. I could not put this book down and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great YA to kick off your reading in 2017. This book hasn’t even come out yet and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next in the series.

 

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas coming out May 2, 2017 is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I just finished the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury, and was blown away at how good this series is. Sarah J. Maas is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors as I’m also catching up on her Throne of Glass series.

 

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han coming out May 2, 2017 is the third book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. The first book in the series was our book club choice for April of this past year and typically I don’t love these kind of books, but this series is adorable and I’m so happy that Han decided to write a third book for it.

 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth coming out January 17, 2017 is a new sci-fi book that sounds like everything I loved from Roth in the Divergent series. While I have heard some not so good things about this book on BookTube, I’m willing to give this book a chance solely based on the fact that I loved the Divergent series.

 

30226723Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard coming out February 7, 2017 is the third book in the Red Queen series which I absolutely loved. I actually broke my own rule with this series and bought the kindle books instead of waiting for them to become available at the library so I know I will more than likely have this book day one.

 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller coming out February 28, 2017. This is the debut novel from Tricia Levenseller and I am really intrigued by the description of this book. When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who’s going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it’s down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

 

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer coming out April 11, 2017 is the first book in a duology darker retelling of Sleeping Beauty with two heroines. I absolutely love retellings and this one sounds so interesting. Aurora has a half-sister, Isabelle, who is trying to find Aurora’s prince to wake her from her sleep and save the two kingdoms.

 

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh coming out May 16, 2017 sounds somewhat like a Mulan retelling and has me very interested.

 

 

 

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige coming out March 14, 2017 is the final book in the Dorothy Must Die series which I devoured at the beginning of last year. The concept of this series is that Dorothy has gone mad with power and has destroyed Oz and our main character Amy must take her down. Can you tell I really like retellings?

I’m sure there are more books coming out in 2017 that will have me excited, but for now these are the top ones on my list. Since I had such a successful reading year in 2016 I’m hoping I can get to reading all the new releases on my list in 2017.

December Disney Dare

I meant to post this way sooner then today but honestly completely forgot until today. So there are still 20 days in this month to participate and I’m going to try my hardest to watch as many as I can! I’ll be honest there are some Disney movies that I’ve never seen for one reason or another and I’m hoping with this challenge that I can cross a few of those off my list. I’m lucky to have a husband that tolerates the never ending Disney moviethon. I’m currently watching Beauty and the Beast so what better time than now to post.

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The Dates: Runs from December 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016

The Dare: To watch as many Disney / Pixar animated films as possible!

The Details: This is a low-key challenge for all the Disney lovers out there so you can feel free to set your own goal or aim for one of our tiers:

1 – 4 films – Moana (Newbie Disney Fan)

5 – 8 films – Aurora (Rather be Sleeping Disney Fan)

9 – 12 films – Stitch (Crazy for Disney Fan)

13 – 16 – Ariel (Disney Film Hoarding Fan)

17 – 20 films – Rapunzel (Diligent Disney Fan)

21+ films – Snow White (Ultimate Disney Fan)

The Deal: Films that qualify for this challenge encompass all of the animated Disney and Pixar films.  Live action films and Marvel films do not count for this challenge.

Look out for my recap post on January 1st to see how many I’ve watched, I’ll be honest I’m hoping to at least get to Stitch! You can also join in on the fun on twitter and instagram by using #disneydare.

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Winter Candle Dupes

Apparently I only like to blog during the holidays! Sorry for the long absence, but I do have some holiday themed posts coming your way this month and who knows what will happen after that. Today I wanted to kick off the month of December with everyone’s favorite…candles! As much as I love candles I have been extremely hesitant to spend the money on Bath and Body Works this year and have been looking for cheaper alternatives that are just as good. Just like last years fall favorites, Walmart has once again stolen the show. Their 3 wick candles are by far the best of the “cheap” candles you can find. Their candles are only $4.95, you cannot beat that price!

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Spreading Holiday Cheer smells like all the sweet candy in the world. I am absolutely obsessed with this one and have been burning it none stop. I may even go back and get a couple more to stock up. The scents used in this candle are citrus, berry and ginger.

Ice Skating in the Park reminds me so much of a scent from B&BW a couple years ago and this is a good one to pick up because it’s not just holiday themed and you can burn it well after the holidays have ended. This one actually reminds me of the smell when walking into a country Christmas store that I’ve visited with my mom. The scents used in this candle are spearmint, peppermint and evergreen.

Winter Sleigh Ride is another one that isn’t technically holiday themed, but all I can think of is Christmas songs when I say the name of this one. I feel like this one smells like a Christmas tree, but not as strong as most tree candles are. The scents used in this one are woods, balsam and pine.

There were a ton more to choose from, but I tried to control myself. I would say run to your nearest Walmart and pick up some cheap candles! I found mine in the holiday section instead of with the candles.

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Fall Favorites

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. The changing of the weather, the colors changing on the trees, snuggling under blankets and watching Halloween movies. Basically I love being a basic white girl, no shame in my game! Before I jet off to Disney to enjoy Halloween at the most magical place on earth I figured I would share my fall favorites with you guys.

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First I have these amazing pumpkin wine glasses that I made myself for super cheap, I’m talking dollar tree here people! I’ve gone to a couple paint nights over the past year and absolutely love them, so when I got an email that they were doing wine glasses now I was super excited, but then I saw the price tag of $45 a person and quickly figured out that I could totally make these on my own. So my sister and I painted pumpkin wine glasses while watching the best halloween movie of all time Hocus Pocus. If you guys want to see a tutorial on these wine glasses let me know as I am planning on making different ones for each holiday!

During fall I love lighting fall scented candles all over my house to make it smell even more festive, usually I get bath and body works candles but I’ve been feeling pretty cheap lately and I actually found these candles at Walmart for $4.99. The best part is that they smell AH-MAZING. This is actually the second round of candles in these scents because I’ve already burned through the first ones I bought and I just needed more.

Fall clearly calls for a dark lip and nail and my 2 current favorites are Revlon Bold Sangria and NARS Cruella. I actually got the NARS for free from Sephora for my birthday so make sure you are signed up for their rewards and you can snag it for yourself. Revlon Bold Sangria is a great color for fall because unlike some other colors that I’ve tried it’s not so dark that it looks black on your nails, this comes out as a great deep purple on your nails that I am absolutely obsessed with. (Not pictured is my close second favorite of OPI Black Cherry Chutney.)

The number one fall favorite/must have trend that continues from last year is the blanket scarf. I grabbed mine last year from Target while they were having a sale on their scarfs and I think I paid around $10-15 for mine plus I didn’t have to wait for shipping. There are tons of boutiques that sell these scarfs online and they are great for layering and making an outfit of jeans and a tshirt really pop. I want to buy one in every different color scheme out there.

I hope you guys have a great Halloween and I can’t wait to share my Disney experience with you guys!

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In the Kitchen – S’mores Fudge

Ever since saying that I was coming back I haven’t been able to work on the blog at all! Of course the charger for my laptop would break as soon as I decide to come back & I’ve been working crazy hours at work and haven’t been able to bring it in to get fixed.

The weekend of my birthday we went to Boston for the dessert expo and I was super excited because the website made it seem amazing, plus it touted the world’s largest s’mores bar. In my head I was picturing macarons, cupcakes and all kinds of toppings I could include on my s’mores. Unfortunately it took us longer to drive there then it did to walk around the expo. And the s’mores bar had one bowl of graham crackers and chocolate. We also paid for valet parking so we were really disappointed, we were hoping to turn the day around and go over to lawn on D which was right outside the expo but it was closed for the day for a private event. We weren’t the only people disappointed in the expo and I would advise anyone thinking of going next year to steer clear as it was a total waste of money and time.

Even though we were disappointed in the s’mores bar at the expo I do have a great s’mores fudge recipe to share that is perfect for anyone who can’t sit around a campfire roasting their marshmallows to perfection.

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Ingredients

  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate chips 1 bag
  • White chocolate chips 1 bag
  • Sweetened condensed milk 14 ounce can
  • Marshmallow Fluff ½ cup
  • Vanilla extract ½ teaspoon

Directions

  1. First line your pyrex dish with wax paper and then put down the sheets of graham crackers, this will be your base.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in small saucepan, once melted add half the sweetened condensed milk as well as the vanilla.
  3. Once chocolate is smooth, pour over the graham cracker crust.
  4. Next melt the white chocolate chips, once melted add the rest of the sweetened condensed milk and the marshmallow fluff.
  5. Once this is smooth pour over the hardened chocolate layer.
  6. Let this set in the fridge overnight and then cut into pieces for everyone to enjoy!

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Back into the Swing of Things

It’s been a little over a year since I last posted here, and my how life has changed! I never intended to leave the blogging world, but then life happens and you get so caught up in it that you forget to sit down and post it all. To write down everything that has happened since I last posted would take forever so I’m going to give you a quick recap:

  • moved into my new house
  • got divorced
  • sold my new house
  • started living my life for me
  • started dating a great guy
  • got a new apartment

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Obviously that’s a lot for a little over a year, but somehow I’ve managed to survive and even live a better life than before. I’ve missed blogging terribly and have even had several people ask me when I was going to start posting again, but the timing never felt right. I made a promise to myself that I would only do things that I really wanted to do and that I really enjoyed so I decided that I would only come back to blogging when it felt right to me.

The other day I got an email from a fairly well known yogurt company asking me to create a blog post using their yogurt in one of my recipes and it made me realize that I needed to get back to what I love doing. On top of that I hadn’t really been baking or crafting since I moved, but then recently I started getting back into the things I loved and that I normally posted about. This, combined with the email from the company, and the constant support from my followers really pushed me to come back to blogging.

So bare with me while I get back into the swing of things, and while I spruce up the blog! I’m so glad to be back and thank everyone that waited for me to come back and also checked on while I was away.

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Humpday Confessions

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I confess that we move Friday and I am still packing!

Also I have not been to crossfit since Saturday because I have been crazy trying to finish packing and I am seriously just so exhausted by everything going on that I feel like I haven’t slept in months.

I am getting a little sad to be leaving, we’ve been here for 5 years and put a lot into the house.

But I am super excited to be in my house and do whatever I want!

I confess that I was a little bit excited to be home while it was still light out so I could record a little house tour of our current house before we move out. It’s probably much smaller than you’d expect, but somehow we made it work.