Trying to Conceive Encouragement

I love books and natural beauty, but God wanted me to use this platform for something else this post. To encourage His children. So if you’re needing encouragement in your time of conception, keep reading my dears.

Have you been checking your cervix obsessively? Overanalyzing every twinge your body is having? Cooing at every single baby you see? Eyeing those onsies? You may be like me and many other women that are trying to conceive or in the baby community, TTC.

Over the last year I’ve come across many acronyms, TTC, AF, BFP. That’s Aunt Flow and Big Fat Positive if you didn’t know. It’s so easy to get caught up in your basel body temperature, ovulating or the dreaded two week wait. Your body is telling you, “Have a baby” but it just won’t cooperate for whatever reason. Well I’ve got good news for you!

Timing

I believe that God has perfect timing. Which means He’s never late and never early. Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 2 tells us “to everything is a season and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.” So that means we cannot rush God. I believe that if we do that, we are setting ourselves up for failure and a whole lot of stress. Not only is stress not good for our physical bodies (or our future babies), but it means we aren’t trusting in the Lord. And really do you honestly believe you can rush The Creator?

Trusting

Which brings me to my next scripture of encouragement. Proverbs 3:5-7. I had to get this one out the other day because I’ve been anxiously googling every symptom or question that my body is giving. This proverb tells us to “lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all our heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” That’s exactly what I was trying to do. Rely on my own understanding of what’s going on. But the very next verse, verse 6,  tells me that “in all my ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain my path“. Acknowledge him in this process and He’ll guide you.

While you wait

So you may be asking “What am I supposed to do?” Well for starters you can pray. The world has convinced people that prayer is the last resort. Like that’s the absolute last thing we should do if everything doesn’t work out our way. My thought is no way! Don’t leave it as the last thing, pray now! We get to talk to the Most High God. That my friends ain’t no small thing. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us “not to fret or have anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God“. What a powerful scripture! We can let him know what we want. He doesn’t want to withhold any good thing from you (Psalm 84:11). The next verse says that if we will thank Him and make our wants known to Him, “His peace will mount guard over our heart“.

Give Thanks

We can also continue to thank Him for all of the things we already have. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to “Thank God in everything…for this is the will of God“. When you start confessing out loud your thanks to Father God, you start to see how good He is and you increase your joy. You won’t have time to fret about having to wait another month to try again because you’ll be so busy thanking Him for everything He’s given you already. So when you start to have those thoughts of Why God?, When God?, or Will it ever happen for us God?, just open up your mouth and give Him praise. Thank Him for that sexy husband He’s given you and the time He’s giving you to prepare to become an excellent mama. Thank Him for everything He’s blessed you with.

Help Others

Another thing you can do while you’re waiting on the Creator of all life to bless you with that bundle of joy, is help someone else in their time of need. It could mean something like volunteering your time or money. It could also mean praying over someone else. You could encourage someone else with these same scriptures I’m sharing with you. It could be someone as close as your hubby or family member all the way to a stranger you meet. Proverbs 11:25 tells us “the liberal person shall be enriched and he who waters shall himself be watered”. If you give and take care of others, God will in turn take care of you.

The Giver of All Life

Now I have to put a disclaimer in here. These are amazing scriptures and promises that God has made to us. It doesn’t do any good to know about these scriptures and not know the one who made you and will form that baby in your womb(Psalm 139:13). So if you’re feeling prompted to know this loving God, read Romans 10:9. “Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”. The world may have you believe that you have to do some elaborate prayer or bountiful works to be saved, but that verse very clearly tells us just how simple it is. Don’t go through this process alone, when His joy and peace is waiting right on the other side of that prayer.

Hopefully these scriptures I’ve shared with you have encouraged you to trust in the Lord and wait on Him patiently. I sure needed to hear it. I know it can be difficult when you want something so badly, but cheer up buttercup and cast your cares because He cares for you watchfully and affectionately (1 Peter 5:7).

Some other scriptures to meditate on are John 14:1, Psalm 73:28, Psalm 37:4 and Jeremiah 17:7. Remember He loves you and wants the best for you. God bless and enjoy making those babies!

Must Reads from March 2017

March Madness Must Reads

March was a dreary month here in Seattle. A few spots of sunshine, but mostly rain and cold. So I had quite a few opportunities to read this month and I was fortunate to find some really amazing books. You know the kind…they leave you with a massive book hangover and you‘re itching for that next fix? Well if you’re looking for your next fix, here are my March Madness Must Reads.

***There are Affiliate links included above the descriptions. I do get a small portion if you choose to purchase through the link. Even if you don’t purchase through my link, it will also allow you to read the synopsis of the books and check out info on all of the talented authors.***

Twice Burned by Emily Goodwin


I mentioned book one, Hot Mess, of the Love is messy duet in my February post. I hadn’t read it by the time this month rolled around. It left the readers on quite a cliffhanger. It’s unusual for Emily to have a cliffhanger and Hot Mess was so good, I was able to overlook that fact. Something you don’t have to do now that both books are available.

Twice Burned picks back up where book one left off. Luke and Lexi trying to get their stuff together and it taking much longer than I would have liked. They have an intense chemistry and you can tell they are just right for one another. Now they just have to drop some baggage. Can they do it is the question. This was such a fun read and there were many times I laughed out loud. Humor and drama are two of Emily Goodwin’s strong suits. I highly recommend this duet.

Currently available free through Kindle Unlimited:)

 

Silenced by Leddy Harper

Leddy is fast becoming one of my favorite author’s. Her stories are so real and unique and you feel as if you’re going to walk out of your door and run into the characters. She has the ability to build their personalities, flaws and all, in a way that make you understand them and their motives so well. I was so intrigued by the synopsis. I just knew that I had to read it and that I would love it.

Rylee and Killian meet as children and are able to create a bond that transcends time. I’ve always liked dual POVs because you get a glimpse into both characters thoughts. Rylee is the balm to Killian’s soul and she is able to get him to almost completely open up after a really tragic event in his young life leaves him silenced. Rylee and Killian are  meant to be together, yet it takes a while for them to get there. There are some twists and turns, suspense, and surprises along the way. This story is filled with emotion. I highly recommend this book.

Currently available for free through Kindle Unlimited:)

 

Dear Agony: A Novel by Georgia Cates

With a title like Dear Agony, it gives you a not so small clue that you’re going to be in your feelings all throughout this book. And ain’t that the truth because I definitely shed a few tears reading Rose and Bastien’s story. I read Georgia’s Beauty Series a few years ago, so I knew the writing would be on pointe. She has an almost poetic writing style. You feel the characters just as much as picturing them.

Rose is plucked out of obscurity, with some very painful baggage to haul around, by her adopted “fairy godmother” and things are never the same again. She’s given a second chance at life and the ability to reinvent herself. Through this process Rose becomes the companion to Bastien, who carries around some baggage himself. Including a secret that could make it difficult for this story to be a happily ever after. I’ll stop there and say this is worth the tears you may cry and the time you will lose in Rose and Bastien’s world.

Available free through Kindle Unlimited:)

 

Afterglow: An Apocalypse Romance by Maria Monroe

As you can tell by the title, it’s an Apocalypse Romance. So if you’re not into that, I would stop reading here because the rest of this month’s books are End of World stories as well. Now that I have that small disclaimer out of the way, let me tell you what a boss lady Nina is.

Nina’s grandmother is the prepared lady that taught her all she knows and how to really survive in a world like the one Maria has created in Afterglow. She taught her how to defend herself and how to shoot a gun. Obvious necessities in an environment full of chaos. No help from the government, family far away, and civil unrest are a few of the obstacles Nina has to overcome. She’s able to do that partially because of Creed, her parent’s sexy, former military neighbor. The circumstances they find themselves in, force them to cut through the typical relationship bullsh*t that comes along with finding a partner. The pretenses and walls are mostly obliterated because survival is at the forefront of the mind. This allows them to see just how great a team they make.

I have been reading more and more End of the World as we know it books, or as Preppers say Shit Hits the Fan books. This one is great. It shows a glimpse of what could and probably would happen should the social order that we’re living in suddenly collapse. Not that it will necessarily happen, but reading about it opens your mind to some things you would definitely have to think about if it does.

Available free through Kindle Unlimited:)

 

Until the End of the World Series by Sarah Lyons Fleming

This a definitely a case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The cover art isn’t anything to write home about. But the story inside… oh man! This series had me wanting to take my iPad everywhere and read as much as possible. I gobbled the entire series up in a couple of days. Laundry, food, and dishes be damned! I just could not put these books down. Apocalypse books are all I’ve wanted to read lately and there are a lot of bad ones out there. But this series is definitely not one of them.

If you want a kick a** and take names kind of heroine, well Cassie is for you. Not the Lara Croft kind of woman, but the smart, inventive and crafty kind of heroine. Although, physically she can hold her own too. There are a huge amount of secondary characters for you to fall in love with. They are all so multi dimensional and make the story speed forward. You feel the panic, the sense of community, the confusion, and the will to survive from every single word Sarah writes. She almost writes as if she’s been in the situations before, which of course she hasn’t. But what a talent she has!

There are three books and a novella that tell most of the story. She has a second series, The City Series, that tells about a few of the other characters mentioned in Until the End of the World. And of course, I read the first of that one too. I can’t say enough good things about the Until the End of the World series, so please just trust that I know my apocalyptic stories and just read them. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll have a new favorite author too!

Until the End of the World Book 1 is available free right now and the novella So Long, Lollipops is free through Kindle Unlimited:)

 

**Just a quick aside. I mention whether the books are available from free through Kindle Unlimited. I am not affiliated with this program, but I know sometimes that can make it an easy choice to “borrow” the book through Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited has supported my massive reading habit for a much healthier price tag. So it’s a great value if you do want to look into it.

 

Have you read any of the books above? Did you love them too? Have any that you would add to my March Madness list? Comment down below or find me on Goodreads and become my fellow book junkie:)

Shrink Pores Permanently

How to shrink your pores permanently!


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Everyone has pores. So what’s the difference between those whose pores you can see and those you whose pores you can’t see? The size. Sometimes it’s hereditary and sometimes it’s how we treat our skin. Want to learn how you can shrink your pores? Keep reading!

Clay has been used throughout history to heal different skin issues. According to an article in the US National Institutes of Medicine, using healing clay can be traced back to Aristotle. I’ll link the article at the end so you can read up on some more of the research going on with different clays, including healing clays and how they can be advantageous to healing your skin. Reading (slowly I might add) all of the scientific big words, had me even more intrigued and excited to do something that humans have been doing for hundreds of years. Healing my skin using bentonite clay.

I was able to achieve this by putting my skin through Veronica Gorgeois’s Bootcamp. While searching through Youtube a few years ago, I found her video on reducing blackheads and large pores permanently. After watching the video, I was so excited to try it out. She even breaks it down by skin type and she’s also an esthetician. She suggested doing a bootcamp using bentonite clay to help shrink your pores permanently.

I jumped on that because mama wanted smaller pores! Doing the bootcamp definitely visibly improved the look and feel of my skin. Her bootcamp for your skin suggests using Aztec Healing Clay or Bentonite clay and your toner or water. A container from my local health food store cost about $7. I use apple cider vinegar because I have oily skin and it suggests using it on the Aztec Healing Clay directions. I can say with complete honesty and confidence that using this mask has made one of the biggest differences in my skin care game.

*****Veronica says to do her Skincare Bootcamp as tolerated. That means to back off the frequency of use if you notice your skin becoming too dry, irritated, or it hurts or burns.*****

How to make it:

Oily Skin

1. Start with clean, slightly damp or dry skin. I tend to do this just after a shower and having just washed my face.

2. Add 1/2 tablespoon of Aztec Healing Clay and 1/2 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar into a plastic or glass mixing bowl. You can also use your own toner if you’d prefer.

3. Mix both together until the consistency is smooth. Think yogurt consistency. If it’s too thick add just a bit more ACV or toner.

4. Use a foundation brush to spread on your face in a thin layer. I’ve used my fingers but a brush is so much easier.

5. Let it almost dry and then wash off with warm water and/or a washcloth. Between 5 to 10 minutes. It’s pretty uncomfortable if you let it dry completely.

5. Tone a moisturize as usual.

Sensitive Skin

1. Start with clean, slightly damp or dry skin. I tend to do this just after a shower and having just washed my face. 

2. Add 1 teaspoon of Aztec Healing Clay and 1 teaspoon of water or your toner into a plastic or glass mixing bowl. You can also use rose water as well.

3. Mix both together until the consistency is smooth. Think a yogurt consistency. If it’s too thick add just a bit more liquid.

4.  Use a foundation brush to spread on your face in a thin layer. If you’re super sensitive, only place it on the areas where your pores are most visible.

5. Let it almost dry (5-10 minutes) and then wash off with warm water and/or a washcloth. Don’t leave it on too long, it may irritate your sensitive skin.

6. Tone and moisturize as usual.

Combination Skin

1. Begin with clean, slightly damp or dry skin. I tend to use the mask just after getting out of the shower and having just washed my face.

2. Add 1 teaspoon of Aztec Healing Clay and 1 teaspoon of your choice of liquid (Apple Cider Vinegar, Water, Rose Water) into a plastic or glass bowl.

3. Mix both together until the consistency is smooth. Think a yogurt consistency. If it’s too thick add just a bit more liquid.

4. Use a foundation brush to spread on your face in a thin layer. Put it only on your problem areas (t-zone, breakouts, large pores, etc.)

5. Let it almost dry and rinse off with warm water and/or a wash cloth. Don’t leave it too long, it can be irritating to your skin.

6. Tone and moisturize as usual.

 

Some fun add-ins:

I’ve been using the basic mask for several years now and have started added ingredients to pump up the skin benefits.

  • Veronica mentions using raw or Manuka Honey. I’ve never tried it, but I love using honey for other masks so I can imagine the great benefits.
  • Essential oils. I’ve added about 2-3 drops of Tea Tree oil or Lavender oil and have had great results. You don’t have to add as much liquid when you use essential oils.
  • Activated Charcoal. I’ve added a capsule to the clay and just a little extra liquid. The combo has worked great. Here’s a link to my Charcoal Peel off mask is you want to try a feel off blackhead mask.
  • Veronica mentions using your toner as the liquid. I’ve used an ACV toner for a while now, but you can use your own toner. If you want to try my ACV toner recipe click here. I’ve been adding green tea instead of water and it has been so amazing for my skin.

As with anything that you want to see results from, you have to be consistent. After the initial 2 week bootcamp, use the mask a few times a week to keep up your results.

 

 

*****Veronica says to do her Skincare Bootcamp as tolerated. That means to back off the frequency of use if you notice your skin becoming too dry, irritated, or it hurts or burns.*****

 

Leave me a comment below or on my other social media pages and let me know if you add anything else to your clay mask or if you had great results with the bootcamp to shrink your pores like I did.

 

Veronica’s Video if you want to watch it:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs75J0v-RwA

Farah Dhukai’s video. If you need a better visual of how to make the mask and what it should look like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL-lh43OyCw

The article I mentioned at the beginning about clays.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2904249/

February Must Reads-ReadingWahine

February Reads…for the lover in you!

This post contains affiliate links. If you don’t want to purchase through my link, there is an unaffiliated link below each mini review of the book. Enjoy<3

 

I read many books this month, but below are the February reads that made me stay up late reading and laugh out loud or sigh because I got a new book boyfriend. These are the books you absolutely should pick up that I read in the month of February. Bon appetit babes!

 

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Fake Fiance by Ilsa Madden-Mills

I will admit I was a little jaded as I began reading this book. I mean come on…how many fake finance books are there out there? I thought this story had been told already and what was the point. But it had great reviews so I took a deep breath and dove right in.

However, from the first page, I was sucked in by Ilsa’s writing. She has a way with words and made me want to turn the pages as quickly as possible. Sunny and Max are the cutest couple. They remind you of those first few months of being in love and how high you feel all the time. The backstory from both of their lives made them likable and I was able to look passed the over used storyline. Fake Fiance has a bit of suspense and a whole lot of heat between Sunny and Max. Also, the secondary characters are amazing. If you’re tired of the same old fake marriage/fiance book, don’t count this one out. It’s also a kindle unlimited so even more incentive to give it a go.

Read the synopsis and purchase it here:

https://www.amazon.com/Fake-Fiancée-Ilsa-Madden-Mills-ebook/dp/B01N192F1J

 

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Rise by Dylan Allen


Reading the synopsis made me want to read this book fiercely. I saw the cover art as it was being pushed on social media and the beautiful woman on the cover had me intrigued. Being a woman of color, I love reading books about women and men that look like me. Especially if they are mixed race such as myself, like Addie and Simon are.

The emotion bleeds from the pages. I was completely pulled in by Dylan’s words and I felt what they felt. The pain, frustration, and love. Simon and Addie had such chemistry and the heat came off the pages. They are the epitome of angst and passion. There’s some frustrating moments in this story that took me back to some of the injustices I’ve faced over the years. But Simon and Addie give you hope and there’s not a lot more you can ask for from a hero and heroine. I highly recommend this if you want a break from the cookie cutter romances. Also a kindle unlimited book.

Read the synopsis and purchase it here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VVQPK9J

 

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Open House by TC Matson


Riley and Brian aren’t married but have been together for over a decade. I’m always curious about those couples…the ones that stay together and don’t make the commitment. Maybe it’s my southern girl roots or my Christian faith, but it boggles my mind that people will make the commitment to stay together but not get married. In the case of Riley and Brian from Open House, my question is answered. Something about the situation drew me to the book, and I’m so glad I read it.

You could feel the frustration and loneliness leaping off of the pages from Riley. There were many times I wanted to take her aside and say “Just do it afraid, girl!” I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but after the stress, frustration and loneliness comes passion, acceptation, and love. Trenton is a new book boyfriend just in case you need a new one. A definite must read and kindle unlimited!

Read the synopsis and purchase here:

https://www.amazon.com/Open-House-TC-Matson-ebook/dp/B01MTD9937

 

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Empires and Kings (Mafia Series Book 1) by A.C. Bextor


This book is definitely a darker read. In case you couldn’t tell from the synopsis or the cover art. The first few pages are pretty graphic and set the tone for the story. I also want to point out that it’s part of a series. It doesn’t end on a serious cliff hanger, but the story is far from over.

Klara and Vlad have an unusual relationship. She’s been living in his home with his family, but not as a prisoner or the help. He feels responsible for her because he’s the reason she is parentless. They have a hot and cold, high intensity relationship that full of emotion and passion. The story is written from different perspectives, which I happen to like because it answers questions for the reader and allows a glimpse into other characters thoughts. I’m so excited for the other installments of this series. If you don’t mind an unfinished story and enjoy a walk on the dark side every once in a while, I highly recommend Empires and Kings. It’s also a Kindle Unlimited read.

Read the synopsis and purchase here:

https://www.amazon.com/Empires-Kings-Mafia-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01MZA0MS5

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Scars and Tats by Kristi Pelton 


I’ve only read one other of Kristi’s novels and to be honest, it was kind of forgettable. I remember reading it and liking the plot, but I don’t remember much else. It was the opposite for Scars and Tats.

This book was pretty intense from the beginning and had a unique storyline. Kristi’s writing abilities have you feeling all that the characters feel right along with them. Mela’s desperation, fear and frustration is evident in every word and action she takes. Jackson seems to have an ulterior motive from the beginning, but he looks so sexy while you’re trying to figure it out. There is a lot of angst with a dash of suspense and a ton of passion between Mela and Jackson. If that sounds like a good time to you, I would definitely read Scars and Tats if I were you. In addition this is a Kindle Unlimited book.

Read the synopsis and purchase here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WD8D274/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

 

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I’ll Be the One by Hazel James


Most noteworthy this month was I’ll Be the One. When I read the synopsis I was intrigued. It made me a little wary because it was about high school students and those always toe the line for me. I feel weird reading about sexual situations between high school students. They were definitely of age when anything happened, so no worries there.

This was one of those book hangovers that makes you think of it frequently. All I can say is this story from the writing, to the humor, and suspense, to the chemistry between the Rachel and James was phenomenal. I can’t say enough good things about this book. You will definitely need tissues by the end, let me warn you now. I’m almost at a loss as to how to describe just how great this book was. Please just take my advice and read this amazing story about love and loss. It’s a Kindle Unlimited as well.

Read the synopsis and purchase here:

https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Be-One-Hazel-James-ebook/dp/B01EBJ33QI

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Hot Mess (Love is Messy Duet) by Emily Goodwin


Yes you read that correctly, this is a duet my friends. Never fear, because by the time you read this the second book, Twice Burned has been released. I usually do not like to read duets or series because I hate cliffhangers or cliffies as Lexi the editor says. Lexi is the heroine and she has to be one of the most endearing characters I’ve read. She’s not perfect and she is like the books says, a hot mess. Even though she’s not a badass, she is most definitely strong and you cheer her on.

Luke is her knight in shining armor and just like Lexi he’s a hot mess. I love that about this book though. They’re not perfect and it makes you relate to them even more. Another author I’m a fan of, Tracy Ward says she write relationships and not romances and I totally feel that’s what Emily did with this book. I’m a huge fan of Emily and she hit it out of the park with this couple, so I’ll forgive her for making this a duet and making me wait to see what happens with Lexi and Luke. Another Kindle Unlimited read for you this month.

Read the synopsis and purchase here:

https://www.amazon.com/Mess-Love-Messy-Duet-Book-ebook/dp/B01N5T8ZE2

 

There you go loves, 7 February reads for the lover in you. Click here to check out last months great reads and get yourself a new book boyfriend! Comment down below if you would add any other releases to this list. Thanks for reading. Until next month, a hui hou!

 

 

January 2017 Books You Won't Put Down

Unforgettable, unputdownable books of January

With this new year came many new things. Some were more depressing than others and sometimes you need a break for your own sanity. If you’re looking for that break in the form of reading, well I have some unforgettable, unputdownable books from January that will give your mind the break it so desperately needs. Let’s dive in shall we…

***If you’re here from my Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter you will find I made a little booboo and said 8 books when really it’s 7. Sorry about that…I need a nap;/***

Sinner’s Creed by Kim Jones

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First of all, for some reason I’ve been having an intense craving to devour Motorcycle Club Romances. I’m not sure where it came from, but I’ve been searching for new ones through most of the month. Kindle sent me a recover of Saving Dallas by Kim Jones. It made me remember how great the series was. If you haven’t read it, do it now! I searched the Kindle store for more Kim Jones and stumbled across Sinner’s Creed. It had great reviews, so I dove right in. OMG!!!!

All I can say is I wasn’t ready for the massive book hangover this story left me with. Granted I was getting ready to start my period, I ugly cried through the end of Dirk and Saylor’s story. I mean I haven’t cried that hard in a long time over characters. The love between the two is indescribable, but I will try my best. Definitely the story of two halves of one soul. I couldn’t get enough of them and I can say with absolute certainty it was one of the best books I’ve ever read. Everything was perfect for this story and that is saying a lot because I read hundreds of books a year. If you’re looking for an epic, all consuming, tragic love story well I would read Sinner’s Creed if I were you.

https://www.amazon.com/Sinners-Creed-Novel-ebook/dp/B011IVWOV2

Blackwood by Celia Aaron

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Pam Godwin mentioned this book in one of her tweets and I absolutely had to read it. She’s an amazing author and my thinking is, if she likes it, it must be good. I read it and was hooked from page one ya’ll. You can tell from the cover and synopsis that it’s going to be a darker read, but I didn’t let that deter me. I was ready for heat and suspense and really got it with Garrett and Elise. The mystery and suspense almost ends too soon, but you’re left with a sense of completion at the end of the book.

Most noteworthy, the heat of the truth of what Garrett is up to in the woods. Its scandalous to say the least. No spoilers here, you’ll just have to read it yourself. Celia does warn you at the beginning of the book, but I said before I was in the mood for darkness this month. The scenes between he and Elise are pretty intense. Actually all of the scenes are pretty intense and cloaked in mystery and shadows. If you like a dark romance with a lot of suspense and mystery sprinkled in, Blackwood is definitely for you.

https://www.amazon.com/Blackwood-Celia-Aaron-ebook/dp/B01NAR6YXC

Dawn of Eve by Pam Godwin

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As I mentioned above, I’m a Pam Godwin fan, hence my love for Dawn of Eve. All of her books are dark romances. I guess the lack of sunlight in the PNW had me wanting to read darker books this month. When I first read Dead of Eve, the story stuck with me. I mean I felt like I had to tell everyone I talked to about this amazing Dystopian Romance with a kick booty herione. Fast forward to book two and I felt like I had been punched in the stomach with how it ended. Finishing the trilogy wasn’t even a question. Pam sent me an advanced copy and I flew through the pages. I was surprised my eyes could move so fast.

I had to find out how Eve’s daughter, Dawn, would save the world. Would she be as fierce as her mother? I can say she is. It was the perfect amount of suspense, mystery, and steam. Salem and Dawn were explosive together and Pam knows how to make you feel, see and taste their pain, grief and anguish so well. I absolutely went cross eyed reading until the early hours of the morning because I just physically could not put down this book. I would recommend reading the first two books, but you won’t be completely lost if you pick this one up and read it first.

https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Eve-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01M4K631Y/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Fidelity by Aleatha Romig

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If you’ve snooped around my blog, you know that I’m a huge Aleatha Romig fan. And I mean huge! I cannot say enough about her amazing ability as a writer. She’s cunning and creative and has this uncanny ability to pull you into her stories and weave these immaculate tales like no other. The twists and turns in her writing will literally have your head spinning, but you have a grin on your face the entire time. If suspense is your thing, I highly highly highly recommend her writing. The characters in all of her books are well thought out and complex.

Fidelity, which by the way is not about cheating, is book 5 in a 5 book series. I’m pretty sure I’ve waited a better part of a year for the completion of the Infidelity Series. Luckily it’s all out so you won’t have the anguish that I had to finish Nox and Charlie’s story. The only thing that left me disappointed is that it had to end. Every question and injustice is answered and in such an epic way. Nox and Charlie finally get their happily ever after, but it takes doubt, questions, injustice, blood, sweat, and tears to get there. The Infidelity Series is one that I cannot stress enough that you have to read. Your t.b.r. list just got a little bit longer. You’re welcome.

https://www.amazon.com/Fidelity-Infidelity-Book-Aleatha-Romig-ebook/dp/B01K2R52GM

The Perfect Life by Erin Noelle

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This is not a new release but something told me to read it this month and I’m so glad I did. I don’t know why, but the first time I read the synopsis, I thought it would be boring. Erin Noelle is one of my favorite authors, so I’m ashamed to say it took me so long. I’m so glad I finally gave it a chance because the story totally has you saying “whoooooaaaa” out loud. The first few pages are a little ominous and they totally make you want to keep reading.

There are a few clues as to what the big secret is, and it makes you question how many celebrities and sports stars are actually living this same lifestyle. While reading, you’re definitely waiting for the other shoe to drop and it causes such major nail biting and anxiety. No need to worry though. There’s some heat in them pages. She also has a knack for weaving humor into her stories so be prepared to laugh out loud at some of the conversations. Erin makes you want to keep reading Monroe, Colin, and Oliver’s story until the very end.

https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Life-Erin-Noelle-ebook/dp/B018W4GP68/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1486593236&sr=1-1&keywords=the+perfect+life+by+erin+noelle

 

Vicious by LJ Shen

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I was hesitant to read this book because I noticed that it was a part 1 of a series and there’s nothing I hate more than a cliffhanger. But, no need to worry, there is no cliffhanger, just dirty, sexy, vicious goodness. The pace and dual pov of the book is perfect for this story. It is exactly what the title suggests, vicious. It really is a page turner and it makes you even more excited to learn that there will be other stories in the series.

Emilia and Vicious’s story and relationship is perfectly described as there’s a thin line between love and hate. Throughout the book you can understand why. Angst and a little bit of suspense are exactly what I love to read and the reason it’s so well rated on Amazon. Their passion for one another almost makes you want to start an argument with your husband just so you can kiss and make up.

https://www.amazon.com/Vicious-Sinners-Saint-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01NCQOPFD/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1486593337&sr=1-1&keywords=vicious+lj+shen

For Life by LE Chamberlin

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Finally, last but not least is For Life. It just so happens that I love stories about married couples. It’s comforting and inspiring to read about others’ struggles with something as monumental and beautiful as marriage. Frustration, love and all of the millions of other emotions that go along with being married, make you root for Cassie and Grady. So when I saw that For Life was a second chance story between a divorced couple, I had to read it.

Cassie and Grady make you sigh out loud when you read of their budding high school romance and gasp in frustration at how it all fell apart. You definitely feel their struggle to understand one another and get over their past. The passion between the two is enviable and heart warming. Also, reading For Life leaves you with an intense warm feeling of completeness and makes you want to hold your hubby that much tighter to ensure you never have to feel the loss of his presence.

https://www.amazon.com/Life-Reclaimed-Hearts-Book-ebook/dp/B01418R7T8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1486593539&sr=1-1&keywords=for+life+le+chamberlin

 

 

So, if you’ve read any of the above books and they were as unforgettable and unputdownable as they were for me, let me know. What was your favorite book. Any that you read in January that’d you’d recommend? Tell me down below.

 

Review of Dawn of Eve

Review of ARC- Dawn of Eve

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Dawn of Eve (Trilogy of Eve Book 3) by Pam Godwin

I am so excited that it’s finally here! I binge read my arc of Dawn of Eve in one day and finished it at 2 o’clock in the morning. It is an unforgettable and unputdownable finish to the amazing Trilogy of Eve. Find out what happens in the dark, sexy finale to the Trilogy of Eve.

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis:

Dawn is the prophesied daughter of Eve. Eve sacrificed her life to give birth to the daughter that would save the world from the catastrophic plague that was released 20 years ago. It was released to create a master race, in turn destroying humans and their way of life. Eve’s blood cured the few existing women left in the world and allowed them to go about replenishing the world’s population. It also protected her guardians from death. Her pregnancy with Dawn eliminated the aphids that were originally plaguing the earth, but there were still hybrids that bit and raped the remaining women, turning their children into blood thirsty hybrids as well.

Dawn is supposed to save the human race, but she has no clue how she is going to do that. She’s been raised and trained by her fathers, the saviors and guardians of her mother, Eve. They taught her not only her purpose and how to fight, but they shared their memories of her courageous mother. While trying to figure out how to fulfill the prophesy, she is thrown into a cell that contains a mysterious man that calls out to her body and soul. She doesn’t know whether she can trust him, but she knows her body craves him. She feels he is the answer to how she will save the world. The intense connection they share may just be her downfall and prevent her from saving humanity. Or it could be the answer to how she will save it.

My thoughts ya’ll:

First I’d just like to say, I have the coolest job ever! Getting an advanced reading copy of Dawn of Eve and getting to review it even sooner than most of Pam’s fans is such an incredible honor and opportunity.

OMG!!! or should I say OMEve? I have been waiting for the completion of this trilogy for years ya’ll. Years! When I first picked up Dead of Eve, it was the second book I had read from Pam Godwin and she quickly became one of my top five authors. Dead of Eve left me with a book hangover that I just didn’t know how to get rid of it. It took forever for the Blood of Eve to come out and Pam Godwin blew me away and broke my heart all in the same book. I cannot say enough about her ability to write a story. You absolutely cannot put it down. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to like Dawn because her being alive meant Eve wasn’t there. She was one of my favorite heroines. Strong, confident, courageous and brave.

I shouldn’t have been worried though. Dawn completed the trilogy and made you love her while she did it. Dawn of Eve was amazing and definitely steamy. It is dark read in case you didn’t recognize it from the cover. The love scenes between Dawn and Salem were out of this world hot. I couldn’t get enough. I loved that her dads were still so much a part of the story, but this was definitely Dawn’s book. Even though there is a happy ending, Pam plays on your emotions. There were some scenes the got my blood pressure up, my heartbeat out of control and my eyes tearing from the heartbreak. It was suspenseful throughout and such a unique and intriguing story that it left me with a book hangover that penetrated my dreams…literally.

My Review:

As I said before I waited a long time for the completion of this series. Pam’s writing was just the right pace…fast and full of suspense, sexiness, intrigue, mystery and even a little humor. I was guessing how it would end as well as getting a mental workout from the twists and turns she threw at me. Well written scenes gives you a crystal clear picture of what is happening. Dawn is well developed and whether she believes it or not, she’s just as kick ass as her mama. Pam wrote an awesome heroine and did such an outstanding job of describing her thoughts, strengths and weaknesses. You were right there with her in her turmoil and learning to trust and let go with Salem.

Get ready because you will have a new book boyfriend by the end of this book. Salem is alpha af and super hot! Pam definitely throws a ton of curveballs when it comes to his character. He has his flaws, but you can’t help but have the same magnetic pull to his aggressive and bossy nature. The love story between he and Dawn is heart melting and passionate. There are some great moments of humor and a whole lot of mystery and intrigue. He also knows how to break a heart! I was literally gasping for air because I could feel my heart shattering from his betrayal right along with Dawn. I won’t go into what he did, but let’s just say, “Damn! That was cold!”

The reason I rated Dawn of Eve a 4.5 out of 5 is because I felt the ending was a bit of an anti-climax, almost rushed. Dead of Eve and Blood of Eve ended so epically and on cliffhangers. Eve dies leaving you with a broken heart. Although it was written beautifully, I guess I just expected a little more drama before Dawn saves mankind. Do not get me wrong though. The story is wrapped up perfectly and you have a massive sense of completion and satisfaction with the outcome. I guess I just didn’t want it to end.

Why you should read it:

If you are a fan of epic and passionate loves stories with a kick ass and strong heroine, Dawn of Eve is for you. It has passion, sexiness, and a though provokingly unique and unforgettable storyline. It keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat the entire time you read it. Dawn of Eve is sexy, dark, and will give you a huge book hangover. You’ll want to read all of Pam’s books after this epic conclusion. I promise you the yoyo of emotions you get from reading this story is totally worth it.

About the Author:

Pam is in my top five authors. She brings her characters to life and make you want to binge read to find out what happens to them. She’s a New York Times Best Seller and the author of not only the Trilogy of Eve, but the Deliver Series and one of my favorites Dirty Ties. She lives in the midwest with her family and you can tell she loves dark romances because she writes them so well. Some of her scenes can be graphic, so if you’re squeamish, maybe have your dog nearby as you read. But you will regret it if you don’t. She hooks you from the first line and you won’t want to put any of them down. Head over to website to learn more about her at www.pamgodwin.com. You can also stalk her on social media.

www.facebook.com/pamgodwinbooks

www.twitter.com/pamgodwinbooks

www.pinterest.com/pamgodwinauthor

www.instagram.com/pamgodwinauthor

www.bookbub.com/authors/pam-godwin

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TRILOGY OF EVE
Heart of Eve (intro): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4M8XIE (FREE)
Dead of Eve (#1): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009V3V2X6
Blood of Eve (#2): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017AL87Z6
Dawn of Eve (#3): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4K631Y

 

Go one click the entire series and tell me I was not lying! Also, let me know your favorite scene.

 

November 2016 Books to stay warm in winter

Books to read from November 2016

If you’re looking for the best romance books to read from November, look no further. I read quite a few because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Eat and read, what better way to spend Thanksgiving if you can’t be near family? I just got more and more excited with every book I read because I haven’t read this many 4 and 5 star books in a row in a really long time. Chasing a book hangover is hard work, but I did the leg work for you my friend. These are the best romance books to read from November 2016.

 

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Heat Wave by Karina Halle

Heat Wave is set in Kauai. Not my Maui nei but it made me miss the islands none the less. This book made me want to go out and seize the day while reading it. It made me want to dance naked in the rain, hold my face up to the sun, and slow dance with my husband in the street. Yes…it gave me all the feels.

I know it’s called Heat Wave and don’t get me wrong ,those love scenes were quite steamy, but the timeless love between Logan and Ronnie made me smile and sigh out loud many times throughout the book. They hate each other at first, but you know what they say…there’s a thin line between love and hate.

Karina has such a way with words and has the ability to pull the reader in. With all of her books really, but this one was close to my heart because of the islands. I do miss the chickens taking themselves for walks. Heat Wave is a 5 star read and will keep you warm during these cold winter nights.

 

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Dirty by Belle Aurora

Where do I begin? Just looking at the cover art gives you a clear indication of the darkness of this book. When I finished Raw, I just coached myself into believing I was okay with the semi cliffhanger and went about my business. Some books just don’t end with happily ever afters and I felt it was a lesson I had to teach myself. Lo and behold Dirty comes out and I almost couldn’t believe it. I would get to read the conclusion of Lexi and Twitch’s story…or so I thought.

They are mentioned and Twitch does have a major role in this book, but it is all about Julius and Alejandra. I thought I would hate not knowing the conclusion of Lexi and Twitch, but I found my self anxious and rooting for Julius and Alejandra. Big ol’ dark handsome stoic man and a petite little woman make the cutest couples. Not that I would call their story cute at all. It is full of pain, intrigue, and suspense. There’s always a spark of hope there though. Will they get that happily ever after or not?

Be prepared if you’re a fan of this series because there is one more book coming out. Once you finish Dirty, you’ll know why.

 

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Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

This is one of those books I debated on whether to get. Not sure why because I love Penelope Douglas. I guess I like to think I’m a rebel and so many people were raving about it on social media, I thought I’d prove them wrong. Yes I know, my thoughts are a little on the crazy side. I’m so glad I finally broke down and read the synopsis. Color me intrigued. I also tend to like books where the cover art is different. I’ve found that they are typically some of the best books I’ve read because what’s inside is always bangin.

I can say with complete and absolute certainty that Punk 57 is one of those bangin books you guys! It’s such a unique story. I was a little squeamish about the characters being in high school. I’m not a perv ya’ll promise. But both characters were of age. The suspense and drama is overshadowed by the intense connection between Misha and Ryen. The writing keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Fair warning though, not only will you love this book, but you’ll find yourself responding out loud several times.

 

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Too Late by C. Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the author that brought us the Hopeless Series. Those books make you cry like a baby and are just amazingly beautiful storytelling. Too Late is nothing like those stories. Still amazingly beautiful storytelling, but a whole lot of dirt, pain and grit tossed in there too. Hence the reason she wrote under the pen name C. Hoover.

Sloan is in quite a dangerous and precarious position. She lives with Asa, her boyfriend of two years. He also happens to do some unsavory things such as cheat on his girlfriend, deal drugs, and use them. His obsession with her may cost her her life. I loved the angst and suspense of this story. It had me wanting to read as quickly as my eyes could take me.

I love when authors write the story from several points of view. It feels much more complete and satisfying. It’s a dark read, but you’ll rate it a 5 out of 5 too. A Great book to read if you want a break from the drama of your own life.

 

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Black and White Flowers by Rachel Robinson

I’m not sure who her source is, but Rachel Robinson seems to really know her Navy SEAL’s. Her stories are always so real. She wrote Crazy Good, Set in Stone, and Time and Space. All amazing stories about SEAL’s and their women. She has the ability to make you feel their love, joy, and pain.

Black and White Flowers has so many little twists and gems of plot twists, that you are on the edge of your seat the entire book. There’s one or two major plat twists that had my mouth hanging open. Such a great story. You’ll gasp out loud many times, believe me. You think because of the cover it’s going to be a flowery feel good romance, but this one doesn’t just have heart, but angst, suspense, intrigue, and a whole lot of love.

 

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Resuscitate Me by Leddy Harper

This month just happened to be a month where I found amazing book after amazing book. Of course they’re all from authors I’m already of fan of. But when you know what you like, what can you do? I’ve only read one other book from this author, but I remember being on the edge of my seat and suffering from a book hang over like no other, so I just had to read Resuscitate Me. Also, the cover art was on point. Look at it!

Kara is visiting her sister in law/ best friend over her summer break from teaching kindergarten. She falls head first into Carter… literally. They have a fleeting summer romance that ends in an unexpectedly epic way. It’s not over yet…although I won’t tell you how because you’ve just gotta read this yourself. Just know, it’s a little frustrating, a little steamy, a little heart breaking, and whole lot worth it.

 

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Lead Me Into Temptation by Eve Rabi

This woman knows how to write ya’ll! Her books only seem to get better the more and more she writes too. This is book seven in her Girl on Fire Series. It’s more like one continuous book that focuses on different characters rather than mentioning former characters in their own separate stories like many series do. This book focuses on the super devious Scarlett. She’s the woman that you wish someone was smart enough to put out of her psychopathic misery.

As the title and cover suggest, she leads yet another man into her web of lies and deceit. Except this time she crosses so far over the line, she’ll never see it again. She seduces a minister into forsaking his marriage vows as well as his vows to God. I’m positive he’s not the first, but that woman is evil. You can’t help but want to know her story. Just shows the amazing ability that Eve has to write a villain that the reader loves to hate. You feel like she’s beating you over the head with Scarlett’s ability to get away with everything. It does end on a cliff hanger, so get ready for it. Read the entire series, you won’t regret it and you’ll become a fan of Eve and fiend for her new releases just like I do.

 

I hope you love and enjoy reading these books to read from November 2016. Let me know if you read any of them too or you recommend any others I didn’t mention on this list.

DIY Honey Facewash

Honey Face Wash for Acne

Honey is amazing for your skin. It’s been used for thousands of years all around the world for healing and medicinal purposes. It’s anti-bacterial, has anti fungal properties, moisturizes, and has antioxidants. That makes it perfect to use in a honey face wash for acne. I’ve been playing with this recipe for a few weeks now and I’ve finally perfected it. So if you want to find out how to hydrate your skin and clear acne, keep reading.

Ingredients:

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3 tbsp Honey (raw unfiltered or manuka, either will work)

1 tbsp Castile soap (any scent, I used Dr. Bronner’s brand Lavender)

1 tbsp water (cooled off boiled or distilled)

1/2 tsp of jojoba oil (you can use grapeseed or almond oil as well)

20 drops of lavender and tea tree oil essential oils

How to make it:

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1.  Pour the 3 tablespoons of honey into your container. It is thick so I used a chopstick to help push it through quicker.

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2. Add your tablespoon of Castile Soap. I only had peppermint, but I’ve made it with lavender as well.

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3. Add your 1/2 teaspoon of Jojoba oil.

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4. Add your 20 drops each of Lavender Essential Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil. You can also use Frankincense essential oil, but I can’t stand the smell so I chose not to use it.

5. Add the tablespoon of water. I used boiled water that had cooled, but you can also use distilled water if you have it.

 

As you can see from the picture above, the honey takes a while to drain all the way through. Once everything is added together, swirl it until everything is combined. It will look like this if you use a dark manuka honey like me.

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How to use:

Wet your face with warm water and pour a nickel to quarter sized amount into the palm of your hand.  Lather it a little and work into your skin for at least one minute. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a toner. I use this recipe. Pat your skin dry with a paper towel or clean hand towel and moisturize.

The results:

The combination has been working to clear my skin of acne. I’ve noticed my skin is softer, more hydrated, and smoother. Aloe vera can also be added to the face wash to moisturize and kill acne bacteria even more. Down below are a few sites that I used to help make my decision to make my face wash. They also helped to make my choices for which ingredients to use.

https://draxe.com/homemade-honey-face-wash-clear-skin/

https://draxe.com/tea-tree-oil-uses-benefits/

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tea/treeoil.htm

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/aloevera

I hope this recipe helps clear your skin just as much as it’s been helping with mine. If you added other ingredients let me know below.

 

October 2016 Unputdownable Books

Most Unputdownable books of October 2016

 

These are the 5 Most Unputdownable books of October 2016. They are in no particular order as to my rating. Only the order in which I read them. Now get ready because they were damn good this month!

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What Happens After by Portia Moore

This woman is so talented! What Happens After is a spin off story from her series If I Break. You know the other woman? Well this is her story. As a married woman, I just didn’t want to like her. She almost completely destroyed a family and set her friend on a path that can’t be reversed. But Portia has such a way with words, that I ended up rooting for her by the end of the book. The words practically bleed off of the page. You can feel the character’s grief, confusion, and self doubt. You don’t have to read the series to like this book, but I highly recommend picking up any of Portia’s work here. She is a bomb writer and her love stories give you the greatest book hangovers.

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…Or Something (Ronacks Motorcycle Club) by Debra Kayn

Look at that cover! Just looking at that gorgeous blond bearded beast makes you want to read it. But I read it because Debra knows her MC romances. I’ve been a fan since I’ve read her Moroad Motorcycle Club series. There’s always a  great intensity to her writing and she makes me swoon with her alphas. Bree is a vivacious redhead that rides into the MC life with Battery at the age of 16. Get your mind outta the gutter. There’s no underaged nookie. He does groom her to be his woman all while trying to keep her safe. They have a passionate connection that makes your heart melt. He takes such good care of her even though he is the ultimate alpha while doing it. If you want an intense and suspenseful motorcycle romance, definitely check out …Or Something.

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Mega Balls by Erin Noelle

You cannot tell me you’ve never imagined what you’d do if you ever won the lottery. It’s a fantasy of a lot of people. Well in Megaballs, Finley has won the lottery. Her ticket was payment for a meal from a sexy stranger. Now, she, her sister and her niece travel the country looking for him. I’m a long time of fan of Erin. She’s written some of my favorite romances and she reminded me why I love her work with Mega Balls. I have to say it was one of her funnier books. Like laugh out loud funny. Her sister and niece were hilarious. If you want to live vicariously through Finley and her millionaire status, check out Megaballs.

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Into The Light by Aleatha Romig

So I kind of cheated with this one. It came out in June, but I read it in the month of October along with the second novel. Ooooh man. Aleatha can have your eyes crossing, ears ringing and heart pounding like no other. She is by far my favorite author. I’ve never read something of hers that I didn’t like.

This book is about Sara. She wakes up with no memory of anything. Not her past or even what she looks like. Everything that happens begins to ring alarms in her head from the moment she opens her eyes, but her husband is there to calm her. Only she doesn’t remember him and he tells her there will be corrections for not doing as he says. The twists and turns are head spinning. Her specialty is writing from several points of view. This book is amazing, but it ends on a cliffhanger.

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Away From the Dark by Aleatha Romig

Which is why I had to read Away From the Dark. It’s the continuation of Sara’s story. It has so many small details and twists, that I had to reread some parts several times. The twists and turns of this story made me gasp out loud. Have you ever read a book so good, your eyes can’t read the words fast enough? Well that’s what these two stories did to me. I stayed up until 2:30 am to finish it. It gave me a wicked book hangover. But I’m not complaining. I’m hoping there’s a third book to come. If you love suspense, intrigue, and some mystery with your romances these two books are definitely for you. You WILL NOT be disappointed by Aleatha’s work. I promise you.

 

Did you read any of these? Are there any other books you’d add to this list? Let me know down below if we could be book besties.

Effective Acne Treatments

10 Most Effective Acne Treatments

I’ve compiled a list of the 10 most effective acne treatments. We’ve all been there. You wake up in the morning in a good mood, go to the bathroom, look and mirror and boom! There’s a little monster on your face. Or if you’re like me she start to feel a small painful bump that grows into another facial feature by next day. Pimples, zits, blemishes..no matter what you call them, they are annoying, confidence crushing little bumps of evil. These are a few ways you can combat them back into submission and gain back your beautiful skin. I’ve also included my research. Not only do they work for me, but it’s backed up by science;)

Natural fixes:

Honey.

That’s raw unfiltered honey to you my friend. Or you can try it’s even more powerful cousin, Manuka honey. Use it on your entire face because of it’s ability to brighten and retain moisture. If you’re not feeling all that honey, just spot treating will get you there as well. Dab some on your little friend and place a bandaid over it so you can sleep in it. After a night or two, not only will it be smaller or completely gone, but it won’t be leaving such a dark spot behind.

https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

Garlic.

You’re asking garlic? Yes garlic my friend. Garlic has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties making it a great weapon against those pesky blemishes. I take a clove and slice a small sliver off. Then I score it to get the juices going (where the good stuff is) and rub it back and forth over my blemish. I’ll warn you now, it does sting. But what’s that saying “beauty is painful”?

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/garlic

Onion

Another stinky but nutrient rich food. It contains sulfur which is the great stuff in the juice of an onion that helps with acne. You can squeeze out the juice and put it on a cotton pad to spot treat. Or you can just go for it and rub a slice of it on your problem area or areas.

http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=2248

Apple cider vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar just happens to be one of my favorite things to keep in my house because it has so many uses. I use it internally as well as externally. I use it as part of my homemade toner to keep the oils in control as well as prevention of acne. It can also be used as a spot treatment. Just use a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and spot treat your blemishes.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150915105208.htm

Tea tree oil

It is a mighty weapon against blemishes. It does not smell good, but it makes up for it in antiseptic powers. I put a drop or two on a q-tip or cotton ball and hold it over my blemish for a minute or so. I’ve done this for a day or two and have seen significant shrinkage or complete disappearance of a zit.

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/tea/treeoil.htm

https://draxe.com/tea-tree-oil-uses-benefits/

https://www.dandruffdeconstructed.com/best-tea-tree-shampoo/

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has been used for 1,000’s years and for good reason. It is amazing for skin. It can help with burns, psoriasis, and of course acne. We had 3 or 4 big aloe plants in our yard as a kid and whenever we got sunburn, we used it to soothe the sting. I use the actual gel from the plant, but you can also buy it from the store in a bottle or tube. Because of it’s antioxidant properties, it’s great to put on the skin any way. I use it in a mask with honey to help calm the painful pimples I get, especially around that time of the month. From my research, it seems it would be even more powerful if consumed.

https://draxe.com/aloe-vera-benefits/

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/aloevera

Sea Salt

Ever been to the beach and the next day your acne is beginning to dry out and peel? That’s because of the salt water. It dries up the blemish. It has so many amazing health benefits besides being able to use it for acne. Make sure you’re using Himalayan Salt or a another high quality sea salt for all of the benefits.

There are so many ways to sooth and get rid of acne using sea salt. You can go to the beach or drop some in boiling water on the stove and give your self a steam facial. It can also be used as an exfoliation scrub with an oil such as Grape seed or jojoba. You can also use the warm salt water on your face directly using a washcloth.

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/other/health-benefits-of-sea-salt.html

 

Over the counter fixes:

Having started my natural living journey only a few years ago, I still have some acne fixes that work without being natural.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels

These things are absolutely amazing. I’ve been using them for over 6 years now and I’m continually amazed at the results they provide. They are expensive, but they work honey! These little miracle pads are cruelty free too. So not natural but a great alternative. They have salicylic acid and a lot of other great ingredients that significantly shrink blemishes as well as exfoliate and brighten skin.

http://drdennisgross.com/skincare/product-type/peels/ab-face-ex-str-30-jar.html

Benzoyl Peroxide

This stuff is amazing for helping to clear the skin. I tend not to use it too often because it can irritate the skin because of its strength. I use it as a spot treatment as well as a leave on  layer before my moisturizer. It clears by killing bacteria on the face. I use the Paula’s Choice brand because it’s cruelty free.

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1344/benzoyl-peroxide-topical/details

http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/skin-care-categories/targeted-solutions/_/Clear-Regular-Strength-Daily-Skin-Clearing-Treatment/

Salicylic Acid

You’ve probably heard about salicylic acid before. It’s a beta hydro acid with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. If you walk down any beauty aisle you will see a ton of products with salicylic acid. They even put it into primers and foundation now. You will most likely find this in products as opposed to finding it in a bottle by itself. The most common place is in face washes or toners. It can be effective when used with other acne fighting products such as in the alpha beta peel by Dr.Dennis Gross.

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/salicylic_acid#section=Top

 

I hope this gives you some different ways to conquer your acne. Do you have any other remedies that you swear by to clear blemishes? Well share the wealth my friend and let me know down below!