Hi friends! I am SO EXCITED to share the books that I read in the month of April because I read some absolutely
FABULOUS books that I just fell in love with! I’m chatting about these in the order that I read them, so grab
a cup of coffee and go ahead and open up your Goodreads pages on a separate tab because you’re going
to want to add a few of these to your summer reading list!

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The first book I read this month was the sequel to Transcend by Jewel E. Ann. Y’all, this duology is one of the most unique
storylines I’ve ever read. It’s about a girl who becomes a nanny to a newborn baby whose mother died in childbirth.
When she meets the father of the baby, she immediately has all these memories of him, even though she has never
met him before. Seriously y’all, I FLEW through this series! I HIGHLY recommend this one. Just be sure you don’t
start reading it when you have a lot going on in life because you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else!

Rating: 5 STARS

Starry Eyes

The second book I read this month was Jenn Bennett’s newest release, Starry Eyes. I fell in love with Jenn
Bennett’s books last year when Alex Approximately came out. That book renewed my love for Young Adult
books, so I was very excited about Starry Eyes. I really liked this one. I didn’t like it as much as Alex Approximately,
but I still really enjoyed it. It’s about a girl who has had a falling out with her best friend when they decided to try and
see if they could be more than friends. The two characters end up going on a camping trip together and get lost
in the woods. I loved the storyline in this one!

Rating: 4 STARS

All the Beautiful Lies

I have been anxiously awaiting Peter Swanson’s newest thriller, All the Beautiful Lies, since I found out about
this new title last year. Y’all know Peter Swanson is one of my favorite thriller writers (His book, The Kind Worth
Killing, is my favorite thriller.) All the Beautiful Lies was absolutely WONDERFUL! Y’all, this is one of my new
favorite thrillers. It was fast paced and shocking and the last page will leave you speechless! I highly recommend
this one if you love thrillers.

Rating: 5 STARS


After reading Peter Swanson’s newest thriller, I needed a change in genres, so I decided to try out this general
fiction book by Sarah Jio. It’s about a girl who is engaged to the perfect guy and as they are leaving a restaurant
one night, she runs into a homeless person on the sidewalk and realizes it is her ex boyfriend (aka the love of her
life.) I really wanted to like this one, but oh my goodness I really didn’t like it. I only gave it 2 stars because I felt
like it was so cheesy and far fetched. I didn’t like any of the characters. I was so glad to finish this one.

Rating: 2 STARS

The Neighbors

As of right now, The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon is my favorite book of 2018. I cannot recommend
this one enough. Y’all I LIVED this book! I felt like I was right there with the characters and found myself screaming/
sympathizing with them. It. is. so. good.
This one is about a girl who is involved in a car wreck that kills her beloved brother. Because she feels so much guilt
, she breaks up with her boyfriend and moves away and actually marries the guy who rescues her from the
car crash. Years later, the girl and guy have married and the house next door comes up for sale. When the
new owners move in,she realizes it is her old boyfriend that she still loves and has never gotten over. I may have
finished this one weeks ago, but I still vividly remember it! You must try this one!!!

Rating: 5 STARS

The Wild Robot Escapes

Okay, this one is different than my normal reads, but I LOVED The Wild Robot and so do my kids in class. I had to read The Wild Robot Escapes for work, but it was a happy assignment because I LOVED it! If you teach 5th-8th grade or if you have middle grade age children, you have to check out Peter Brown’s Robot series. You will fall in love with Roz!

Rating: 5 STARS

An American Marriage

Our April pick for our #lalalifebookclub was An American Marriage and oh boy. I’m glad I read this one,
but I’m also glad it’s over. I filmed an Insta story and included it on my highlights if you want to know
my detailed thoughts on this one, but y’all I realllllly didn’t like one character and it just ruined the entire
book for me. I did like certain aspects of this book, but overall, I was glad to move onto something else.

Rating: 3 STARS (the writing was incredible, so I added an extra star. If we were going off of enjoyment
alone, I would lean more to 2 stars)

Winner Take All

I had never heard of this book, but the cover caught my eye in the bookstore, so I decided to check it out.
I love a good hate to love storyline and this one delievered! Now, I did only give it 3 stars because it did
drag a bit in the middle and I felt like one theme, although it was important, was shoved in the reader’s
face a bit too much, but overall I really enjoyed it!

Rating: 3 STARS

Love and Other Words

Okay, I always get really excited about a new Christina Lauren book because it’s just so exciting to
find a new favorite romance book. I haven’t had much luck with Christina Lauren books in the past. I really
didn’t like Dating You/Hating You and Roomies was just okay, but y’all, Love and Other Words is one of my
new favorite romance books of ALL TIME. In fact, I would say this one is probably my second favorite book
of the year. Friends, this is the sweetest story about a girl and boy who fell in love when they were 11 years
old. I absolutely loved this one. It makes up for the bad thought/feels I had with the previous two books I read
from CL. :)

Rating: 5 STARS

Okay, so that’s what I read and loved in April. I want to hear what YOU read and loved (or didn’t love)
this month. Let us know! :) :)

Friends, guess who is finally out of her reading slump! Oh man, I have been struggling on the reading front here lately, but this month completely changed that. In January and February I read a combined 7 books and in March alone I read that many books. And what's even better is the fact that I enjoyed all 7 of them! I cannot wait to share these reads with y'all, so let's dive in!

Indecent by Corinne Sullivan

I started the month reading Indecent by Corinne Sullivan. This was a story about a new teacher who gets a job as a teacher's aide at a boarding school. I'm all about boarding school books, so I quickly downloaded this one and I was so invested in this storyline. The main character made SO many bad choices and I spent a large portion of the book screaming at her, but I really enjoyed it!

Synopsis: A new teacher gets a job at a boarding school and starts a relationship with a student. 

Rating: 4 STARS

Surprise Me by SophieKinsella

The next book I read in March was the March book pick for our #lalalifebookclub. It was Sophie Kinsella's newest book Surprise Me. Sadly I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. I still liked it, but I was hoping for that trademark Sophie Kinsella humor and this one was much more serious than I wanted. Be sure and check out the comments here and here to see what everyone else thought. 

Synopsis: A man and woman have been married for 10 years and when they go to their yearly checkup, the doctor tells them they will live another 68 years. They freak out and start to try and spice up their marriage. In the process of this, they discover things that they didn't know about each other...and not all of it is good. 

Rating: 3 STARS

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

My March Book of the Month book finally arrived and I started reading it immediately. Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser is being compared to Big Little Lies and I can see the comparison, but sadly I didn't love it as much as BLL. I did enjoy this one though. Just like with the Sophie Kinsella book, I was hoping for more of the humor that Big Little Lies has (even though the subject matter in both books is incredibly serious, I like the way BLL portrayed it better)

Synopsis: This one follows the lives of several different women who live in a close neighborhood. One woman disappears with her two kids and story follows the mystery of what happened.

Rating: 3 STARS

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

Sunburn is a book I discovered through those Goodreads ads. Sometimes I purchase books from those ads and they let me down, but this one was SO good! I had never read anything from this author, but I loved her writing. I couldn't put this one down. Loved it!

Synopsis: A woman and man meet in a town that both are just passing through one summer. They start a relationship, but neither are being honest about their intentions.

Rating: 4 STARS

Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

Young Adult used to be my go to genre, but then I started having bad luck with the stories and now I'm a bit hesitant to pick up YA books. For some reason, this one caught my eye at the bookstore and I started reading it. I loved this one! It was such a cute, light hearted read. I love a good friends to lovers story and this is one I highly recommend!

Synopsis: A senior in high school starts giving a ride to his neighbor, a girl who he has known his whole life and whose mom is best friends with her mom. The girl used to have a crush on the guy, but then he became popular and she didn't. It follows their senior year of high school and how they reconnect.

Rating: 5 STARS

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

You know how sometimes you just keep hearing about certain books? This one was one that I have been seeing and hearing about for the longest time, so when it was finally released, I immediately bought it. All the buzz surrounding this one is so well deserved. Y'all, this is one of my newest favorite thrillers of all time! I loved this one and cannot say enough good things about it. You will love all the twists in this one! I was shocked until the very last page. LOVED it!

Synopsis: A woman is in a coma, but she can hear everything that is going on around her. The story goes back and forth between her in the coma, a week before the accident that leaves her in a coma, and a diary from her childhood.

Rating: 5 STARS

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan
Y'all know romance is my very favorite genre of all, but I have been in a MAJOR romance books slump since last year. A girl at Barnes and Noble told me about this one and said it was her newest favorite book and she convinced me to read it even though it sounded like something I wouldn't like. I'm really glad she convinced me to try it out though! It was a lot more serious than I like my romance books to be and it was MAJORLY cheesy, but even so I really liked this story. It is R rated, so be warned. And really cheesy. But the story itself was so interesting and addicting.

Synopsis: This is the story of a girl who comes to a new town after her dad is murdered and she meets the town recluse who cannot speak and they fall in love.

Rating: 3.5 STARS (the cheesy-ness affected my rating, but I still really enjoyed this one!)

Transcend by Jewel E.Ann

Technically I finished this last book early Sunday morning of April 1st, but I'm going to count it as part of March's books because I would have finished it last night if I hadn't fallen asleep.Y'all.This book. I read Jewel E. Ann's other book When Life Happens last summer after a friend recommended it to me and I wasn't in love with it. When Goodreads notified me that the author had a new book out, I wasn't dying to read it. Then I saw the cover. I'm not usually one for shirtless guys on the cover, but this guy looks like John Kennedy, Jr, so I became VERY interested in this one. I read it in a day. ONE day. This is book one in a duology and the second book comes out April 9th.I immediately requested an ARC from the publisher as soon as I finished this one because I don't know if I can wait 9 days. Oh my goodness, this book is SOOOOOO good! It's completely unique and I have NO idea what's going to happen in book 2. I'm so nervous!

Synopsis: A girl takes a job as a nanny to a recently widowed single father. The girl discovers that she has memories of the man when he was younger, but she has never met him before. 

Rating: 5 STARS

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Hi friends! Several of y'all have asked for some house updates, so I thought I would share with y'all today. I'm still in the earrrrrrrrly stages of building my house. I'm talking earrrrrrrly stages. So far, I have a driveway pipe. Yep, I told you. Early stages! :)

My next step is to clear the land, but all this rain is making this step difficult. Hopefully this will get accomplished within the next few weeks. Fingers crossed. 

I've met with my contractor and gone over a few plans. I'm 95% sure of which plan I'm going with and I thought I would share it with y'all and show my thoughts on everything. I love absolutely everything about this house, but I'm so worried about it not looking like I think it will when it's actually constructed. The only picture that is online is this computer generated image, so it's a little hard to tell what the actual house would look like. I've been searching for similarly built houses to get an idea. I even marked off the dimensions on the land so I could get an idea of how big the house would be. I really wish I could see a house in person (or even a picture) that looked like this one. One contractor took me to a house that I was looking at prior to this two story one and I was very surprised at how small it felt compared to what I had in my mind. I really want to be sure of what it's going to be like before being absolutely certain that this is the house for me. I just love everything about it, but I so wish there were more images online! 

You can't really tell in the exterior picture, but there is a front porch. I posted this as a choice on an Instagram story poll a few days ago and so many of y'all messaged me about this one not having a front porch to decorate because y'all know I love to decorate a porch! :) Don't worry! There is one! 

Oh my goodness gracious, I am so glad it's Friday! Y'all, this week has been anything but "normal" and I need this 3 day weekend coming up to recuperate and regroup!

We had a surprise day off on Monday due to ice (I live in Alabama, which I realize is not the most winter equipped state, so yes, we do have ice days!) You would think having one day off this week would make the week go by faster, but I think it had the opposite affect! It's felt like the week has lasted forever. I didn't go to sleep on Monday night until well after midnight due to the national championship and then I had a workshop on Wednesday, so it's just been one of those weeks where there is a lot going on and you can't get much done!

While this week might have been extremely busy and stressful, I did FINALLY close on my land!!! Yay! (Insert dancing girl emoji times 100!) Y'all, I am so excited to start the process of building my house. I know it's going to be SO incredibly stressful, but I am so excited! I've been pinning like crazy and I cannot wait to actually start the construction process. I'm sure it'll just fly by and I'll be in my new house in no time! ;)

I've somehow rediscovered The Vampire Diaries and the obsession is real, friends! I originally watched the first four seasons and then never caught up. I've decided to start over from the beginning because I can't remember a thing and try and watch the whole series. I'm still in the middle of season one, but how fun is Damon? I was always a fan of his and not Stephen's. There was just something about Stephen I didn't like. 

So I did a poll while I was grocery shopping (because I HATE grocery shopping and this makes it a little more bearable/fun!) I was shocked that almost 30% of y'all advised me to be good and NOT splurge on this ice cream. And then I bought it and understood exactly what y'all were trying to tell me. Y'all this ice cream should be outlawed because I'm pretty sure I ate all 6 chocolate ice cream cups in 2 days. I don't think I've ever eaten chocolate ice cream that was as good as this! 

And the unhealthy eating continued with ramen noodles and...

top // leggings // shoes 

the best and most unhealthy pizza in the world. It definitely wasn't my best week as far as food was concerned. I can't wait to go to the grocery store and buy some food that will make me feel better because I have felt awful this week after eating all this junk! Sometimes a week of really unhealthy eating is just what you need to kick your butt into gear!

Loving this color and formula!

The Golden Globes were on Sunday night and I loved every minute of it! I just love award season and it was especially exciting seeing all the support for the Times Up movement. I wore black to show my support! 

How great was Oprah's speech?? Oh my goodness! I've never been a huge fan of Oprah until now. She is so inspiring!

Did you check out my travel post from Monday that featured this pretty pink tote? I'm not much of a traveler, but I'm hoping to change that in 2018! 

And then this happened. What in the world. Alabama wasn't even suppose to make it to the playoffs after we lost to Auburn and then by some miracle we got in. And then we beat Clemson. And then we WON! 

The game didn't go off until 11:30 because it went into overtime and then I was wide awake so I didn't fall asleep until way after midnight. Needless to say, Tuesday was ROUGH! 

R.S. Grey released the cover to her newest book that comes out in February and I can't wait to read it! If you have Kindle Unlimited, you have to check out RS Grey's romance books. They are such fun quick reads! You can check them all out here!

I attempted to read the newest John Green book this week. It wasn't successful. More to come in my January book review. Have you read this one? What did you think?

I'm currently reading this and having better luck! It's a cute story of a girl who comes to LA to make it as an actress. You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here. Friend me on Goodreads here.  

I also attempted this one this week and didn't have any luck with it either. Such a shame too because the cover is so pretty! Maybe someone else will have better luck than I did with this one! You can check out the synopsis here


Also obsessed. 

So that was a bit of my week! I'd love to hear/read your favorites from your week! :) 
Happy weekend! 

shirt // cardigan // necklace // necklace // earrings // bracelet // Erimish bracelets (mixed from several different collections // tote (mine is called "Left Bank") // watch

Friends, I am not a traveler. I'm the type of person that stresses out about a vacation. As much as the vacation itself is fun, all the preparation that comes with it is just so stressful, not to mention the aftermath of unpacking and sorting everything once you get home. Plus, I'm a HUGE homebody, so anytime I go on vacation, I can't help but think of all the fun things I could be doing around my house. I've decided this is something I want to change though. This year, I want to actually make traveling a priority. 

Because I'm such a homebody, I haven't been to many places, but I have a list of places I want to travel to and I thought it would be fun to share those places with y'all today. :)

Charleston, South Carolina
When I think of Charleston, I think of Rainbow Row.  How gorgeous are these brightly colored houses? I think it would be the perfect place to visit in the springtime. 

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is one of those places that I want to visit in the fall or winter. I know next to nothing about this place, but for some reason it's always been one of those cities I'd like to visit. I just imagine they have all these neat stores and coffee shops mixed in with some fabulous shopping!

The Hamptons
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in some part of the Hamptons. Montauk, South Hampton, Sag Harbor. I'd love to visit any of the towns that make up The Hamptons. Remember the few episodes of Gossip Girl that were filmed there? Ah! Weren't they all just gorgeous??  Summer is my favorite and I think experiencing the Hamptons during the sunny, warm months would be just heavenly!

New York City
Touristy, I know! But, NYC is somewhere I definitely want to visit during the winter months. I would LOVE to visit the Upper East Side, the public library, Central Park, the Plaza Hotel, and Serendipity. Seeing a broadway show is an absolute must, because y'all know I LOVE musicals! Oddly enough, I have no desire to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, or any other well known landmarks. Go figure!

For a long time, Hawaii was my number one most desired place to visit in the world. A friend and I were even planning a trip right after college. Then as I was planning, I realized the flight was 5 hours over water. And I'm terrified of water. When you look at a map, it looks like Hawaii is right off the coast of California, but nope! I don't know if I'll ever work up enough nerve to travel to this place, but it sure is on my list! 

So I may not have any definite travel plans just yet, but I do have some super cute travel accessories to use when I do! I am loving this Jon Hart Designs tote. It's called the "Left Bank" and I have it in the color "Rose", which is actually a new color that the company just launched this month! The color on the site doesn't do it justice. It's a gorgeous light pink that is so eye catching and feminine! 
As you can see, you can even get your bag monogrammed for a classic look. If you've never looked at all the bags Jon Hart Designs carry, you have to check it out! They carry everything from bigger luggage pieces to small cosmetic bags. All the pieces come in a variety of colors and styles. I cannot wait to actually use mine to travel! :)

So, now that you've read where I want to go, I'd love to hear from you! Where do you want to travel in 2018? Have you ever been to any of my travel place wish list? Or are you a homebody like me that never goes anywhere! 

Thank you to Jon Hart for sponsoring today's post!

Happy Friday! Sadly, Christmas break is over for me and it's back to reality! We do get to start these two days back to school with a 3 hour delay, so it's not exactly back to reality....more like an ease into it! LOL I'll take it! 

I'm always up for a snow day or school delay! I love my job, but there is nothing better than thinking you have to go to work and then realizing you don't! We had a three hour delay yesterday morning too and this is how I spent it:

Eating pancakes and catching up on Monday night's episode of The Bachelor. I hate when the national championship playoff is on Monday nights! I had to record The Bachelor because I was too busy watching Alabama kill Clemson in the semi-playoff game. Next stop: the national championship!

I started a new bible study this week and I'm really enjoying it so far! I'm using this book, which puts the bible in an easy to read format. :)

Sparkly vans? Yes, please! I LOVE these shoes and they are surprisingly comfy! 

I have a few beauty favorites that I've really been loving this week!

I washed my foundation brush earlier this week and just had to share on Instagram with y'all. So many of y'all replied raving about this brush too! It's simply the best thing to apply your foundation with. Love!

Ya'll. I am 31 years old and I can quite certainly say I've never taken my picture with no makeup on, much less post one on the internet for all the world to see, but this exfoliating facial mask is worth all the makeup free selfies! Santa knew what he was doing when he brought me this. I have tried MANY face masks, but this one is now my absolute favorite. It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and fresh. I use it 2-3 a week and I am obsessed! Seriously, y'all I cannot say enough good things about this one.

I've also got two book favorites to share with y'all!

I finished an ARC of The Wife Between Us that St. Martin's Press sent me and I loved it! It's a thriller that keeps you guessing. I did figure out the main twist early on, but that didn't spoil the rest of the story for me. I did have two issues with this one so it wasn't a full 5 star read for me, but overall I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it!

I'm also finished with Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell and oh my goodness gracious! I am LOVING this one! It's about a woman whose 15 year old daughter goes missing and is never found. Years later she meets a man and falls in love and when she goes to meet his daughter, she looks exactly like HER daughter that went missing. It is fabulous!!! It comes out in April, but I ordered the UK edition on Amazon because I just couldn't wait. 

Filming videos for my new Youtube channel took up a large part of my week, but I'm determined to overcome my fear of talking to a camera in 2018! You can subscribe to my Youtube channel here. Right now it only has two videos on it and both are about books, but I hope to eventually include some beauty favorites as well! Teacher friends, you can subscribe to my teaching channel here

I had the hardest time getting started because my SD card kept filling up and not working! Thankfully I asked y'all for help on Instagram and your suggestions worked! I just love the internet sometimes :)

After all that trouble with the SD card, I finally got the video filmed, edited, and uploaded! You can watch my top ten favorite thrillers here. :)

Strawberries, grapes, and spinach. The only "salad" I'll ever come close to eating! LOL #pickyeater

I'll leave you with a picture of a happy teacher with her coffee and three hour delay. :) 

Happy Friday, friends! :)


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