House construction has *finally* started, y'all! I can already tell this whole process is going to be a test of patience! LOL I am so incredibly excited for each step- as probably evidenced by my almost daily Instagram updates. :) I'm planning on doing a weekly update here on the blog so I can look back and remember this exciting time and also so I can share with y'all! If you want to see the house plan I finally decided on, click here

Here's what happened this past week-the first week!

I picked out my brick color-the first detail I've had to go and pick out, which was exciting and nerve wracking at the same time! Originally, my house plan had brick on the foundation and rock on the side of the house at the garage and on the porch columns. I've always had second thoughts about this, but when I went to pick out the brick, I couldn't find any rock that I just loved. I immediately chose the brick I wanted, but I was having trouble deciding on a rock. I talked with the contractor and we decided to do only brick instead of the combination of both. I'm really excited about this now! I picked out this brick with the white mortar. 

I'm now trying to decide on exterior colors. I'm doing vertical vinyl on the front and sides, with shakes on the gables and on the back porch. I want gray, but I can't decide on a darker gray or a lighter shade. In my mind the house has always been gray, but I just get so nervous about actually finalizing the color, you know?? 

At the beginning of the week, we set up the temporary power pole. This was the very first thing that happened at the land in preparation for starting the house and I was so so excited about this! I always go by the land on my way to work and when I saw the pole up, I squealed!

They got the batter boards up and marked off the layout of the foundation around Tuesday, and when I saw it, I'm not going to lie, I was really worried! I called the contractor and told him I had no idea how he was going to fit all the rooms that are on the first floor in what looks like a little space, but he assured me it would work. He said it always looks really small when you are at this part, but once the floors and walls are up, it starts to feel like the actual size. I'm absolutely horrible in math, so I'm really unsure of measurements and sizing, so I'm trusting him that it will work! :) 

The next step that was completed this week was the pouring of the foundation! It's starting to feel real!

And finally the cement blocks were delivered. We are ready to start building next week! 

Happy weekend, friends!
I'm back with my June book reviews, the last catch up book review post! Whew! 
Let's throw it back to the beginning of the summer and what I read during those long, carefree days of lounging outside and not worrying about work!
I read seven books and enjoyed most of them. Let's get started. :)

**Edit. After I wrote this post, I realized that almost all of these books were books by authors I have already read and loved. I didn't realize this fact at the time, but apparently June was my month of reading my favorite author's newest releases. :)

From Twinkle with Love Sandhya Menon
I've really gotten away from young adult books even though this used to be my favorite "genre." Last year I read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and loved it, so I was eagerly anticipating her newest release, From Twinkle with Love. Both books are just light hearted contemporaries with a good message and some romance mixed in. I loved this one, but not as much as Dimple.

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
I was thrilled to receieve an ARC of Robyn Harding's newest book Her Pretty Face. I read The Party back in December and absolutely LOVED it, and this one is soooo good too! It's a thriller about two friends who are hiding secrets from each is a murderer!  If you loved Big Little Lies, you'll like this one too!

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Y'all know I'm forever on the hunt for the next Hating Game (my favorite romance) and with all the hype surrounding The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, I had high hopes that this one was going to be it. I really liked it, but it wasn't The Hating Game level. It was a bit too heavy in a certain element (if you've read it, you know what I mean!), but it was still a cute story that I recommend. 

Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle
We read Kimberly Belle's thriller The Marriage Lie last summer, so I was anxiously awaiting her newest read, Three Days Missing. I liked this one, but not nearly as much as The Marriage Lie. This one is about a little boy who goes missing on an overnight field trip in the woods. 

Bring Me Back by BA Paris
BA Paris is one of my favorite thriller writers, I was knew I had to read his newest one, Bring Me Back. I LOVED this one, but I know a lot of people aren't that impressed with it. I thought it was written really well though! If you haven't read anything by BA Paris, I recommend Behind Closed Doors first!

One Small Thing by Erin Watt
And then the last book I read in June was Erin's Watt's newest release One Small Thing. Erin Watt's book from last year When It's Real was my favorite book of 2017, so I had high high hopes for this one, but I just didn't love it. In fact, I had no clue what it was about now that three months have passed since reading it. That should tell you something! It just wasn't the book for me, but please please check out When It's Real. So so good!

Okay, so y'all know from August's Book Review post, that I'm playing catch up and even though it's already September, I'm still talking about what I read in July, but I read two of my top five favs of 2018 two months ago, I wanted to be sure and share everything with y'all!  

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
My second favorite book of the year. Emily Giffin is one of those authors that I always read, but I've been sadly disappointed with her last two books (The One and Only and First Comes Love.) I was really nervous about this one, and then when I read it, I was shocked at how much I fell in love with it! 
It follows several different characters and their perspective and role in a certain event. I don't want to give away anything else because I think it's better to go into this one not knowing a lot of what it's about. It deals with such a current and relevant topic and is done so brilliantly. I love it.

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Mindy Mejia's newest (it's now currently available!) book and I really enjoyed it. It deals with the wildness and a son and father who go missing on a camping trip and years later the son returns without the father. I LOVED Mindy Mehjia's first novel Everything You Want Me to Be, so I was super excited about this one, but I didn't love it near as much.
Thanks, Simon and Schuster for sending a copy my way!

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

I read another ARC back in July and this one was Lauren Layne's newest book in her Wolves of Wall Street series. Y'all know by now that LL is my go to romance author and this book didn't disappoint! I think I enjoyed it more than book #1 in this series. There's nothing like a good romance read, is there??

All the Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
And then I read my third favorite of the year. Normally when I read a book, it's one that I've been hearing about or seeing everywhere, but that isn't the case with this book. I first discovered this one through Books and LaLa's Youtube channel. Y'all. This book. I was shocked at how much I LOVED All the Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth. It's a boarding school story about a girl who is trying to become a member of this secret society at school. It's a mix of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars and I loved every single second of it.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover came out with a new book in July and there's no way I wasn't going to read it. Sadly I didn't love it, but I do think lots of people will! Is it just me or have her books gotten a lot more serious lately? I mean, they've always had a serious undertone to them, but the last two I read have just been too much for me. I was in the mood for a light, peppy read after this one.

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

And the last book I read in July was an ARC of Christina Lauren's newest book, Josh and Hazel's Guide. I've not been the biggest CL fan until I read Love and Other Words back in the Spring and loved it. This one sounded like it would remind me of The Hating Game (my all time favorite romance story.) I loved Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. If you're looking for a funny, light hearted love story, definitely try this one! You will love!

Happy September, friends! It's been so so long since I've done a proper monthly book review post,  and I'm so sorry! I'm back with some August book reviews and then later this week I'll be posting reviews for June and July, so get ready! :)

August is usually my busiest month and because of that I normally don't get a lot of reading done, but that didn't happen this time. I read 8 books this past month and enjoyed most of them! Let's recap my reading month. :)

Colleen Hoover's newest book came out in July, so I immediately grabbed a copy and started reading it. I finished it on August 1st, so even though I started reading this one in July, I'm including it in August's wrap up since that's when I finished it.

I won't say this one didn't hold my attention. It definitely did. It was one that I could not put down and I was constantly thinking about it when I wasn't reading it, but I just didn't really enjoy it. I don't want to go into what it was about because I think that's spoiling the book, but the topic just wasn't for me. I think I am in the minority on this one because so many people are loving it. It just wasn't for me. It had the serious tone that It Ends With Us had and I felt the same way about it. It left me wanting to read a happy, peppy book next.

Rating: 3 STARS

I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC of Christina Lauren's newest from Gallery books and I squealed when it arrived in my mail. Y'all, this book was the BEST! I have never had much luck with Christina Lauren books until I read Love and Other Words back in the spring and I fell in love with it. I had high hopes that JAHGTND was going to be like it and it was! This was just a feel good sweet little love story about two friends that are trying their best to date other people and not to fall in love with each other. I smiled the entire time I was reading this one. Highly highly recommend!

The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown

I'm a sucker for a good "lost memory" story, so I knew I had to pick up Karma's Brown's latest book. I really enjoyed this one even though it wasn't as entertaining or light hearted as I had hoped. I still enjoyed What Alice Knew by Liane Morarity more, although I did really like this one!

Rating: 3.75 STARS

If you've been following my reading habits for a while now, you'll know I love a good romance story and R.S. Grey is one of my go to authors when I need a light and easy love story. Her newest release is my absolute favorite of hers! If you love romance books, definitely try RS Grey. Her books are free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Rating: 5 STARS

The Simple Wild by KA Tucker

KA Tucker is an author that I always look forward to reading. She writes such entertaining, can put down books and this one was no exception. In fact, it's probably my favorite book of hers. It's about a city girl who goes to Alaska to be with her father when he becomes sick. 

Rating: 4.5 STARS

Blind Kiss by Renee Carolino

Oh man, Renee Carlino is an author that I either LOVE or HATE, so I was really nervous going into her new book, Blind Kiss, but y'all, this one is my new FAVORITE RC book! I did have some issues with the ending that prevented it from being a 5 star read for me, but I still loved it and highly recommend it!

Rating: 4 STARS

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

I finished my August reading with a book that has been on my TBR for months and I LOVED it! The Cheerleaders is a YA thriller about a group of cheerleaders who all die within a few weeks and then 5 years later the sister of one of the girls starts to question everything...

Rating: 4 STARS

Okay, that's what I read in August! What did you read? Have you read any of these? I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)


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