Review of Everything Leads to You

A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

Since I am home on maternity leave with the new little man, I have been looking for easy, contemporary reads. I don't get a ton of reading in, but since my bedtime has been a little earlier, I have been using it to help me calm down to sleep. I loved the cover of Everything Leads to You so I thought I would give it a chance.
  • I enjoyed the setting and the movie influence. I have always wondered what it would be like to work on a movie set and I think this book had a great look at what it would be like to design a room in a movie. I have taken to really looking at the setting in all the shows and movies (especially since I have lots of Netflix right now lol)
  • The characters were interesting. I think they could have been a bit more developed, but for the most part they stood pretty well on their own. Ironically I really enjoyed Emi's brother and he wasn't really in the story much.
  • Emi's relationship with her ex was a bit annoying, but I do remember being young and stupid and not getting over someone who is bad for me. The wisdom that I have now lol.
  • Ava's story was interesting - I liked the mystery unfolding, but as you can see in a gripe, I wish that it was more developed.
  • I loved Charlotte and how dedicated she was to Emi. She was an amazing best friend.


  • I wanted to know so much more about Clyde Jones and the whole story. I thought that the whole history was really interesting, but I felt like it was kinda glossed over. I know that it wasn't the main part of the story, but it was what really interested me.
  • I felt like the book just ended. It totally snuck up on me and I was left with a blah feeling.

Review of Unexpected Everything

 Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

I kept seeing The Unexpected Everything all over Instagram, so I figured I had to get my hands on it. I have been re-reading Harry Potter for the last few months and needed a little more lighthearted contemporary read as a diversion.

  • The political scandal wasn't typical for what we see on tv and in real life. I don't know why this stuck with me so much, but it just seems like when there is a political scandal, it is always the same thing and is poor decisions on the politicians demeanor.
  • Andie was interesting. She was multi-dimensional and was a well-written character. Morgan Matson is really good at writing characters.
  • I really like the friendships Matson creates. She does a great job showing the real side, that it is not always rosey and perfect.
  • I liked the romance, it was imperfect, bumbled and a bit messy - but that makes it real and as perfect as it can be.
  • I love books that actually show a relationship with parents. I am not sure if that is because I am a 30-something reading YA with a different perspective, but family and a parental relationship is so important. I love seeing it grow and I love when adults admit that they were wrong.

  • No real gripes. There were a few times that the book was a little slow for me, but it was a nice, easy read.

My Favorite Drugstore Makeup

For quite some, I thought that I had to use high quality makeup because drugstore stuff was just not as good, didn't wear as long or would cause breakouts. In high school I did find that I was breaking out, but I am not sure if it was just the foundation I was using or maybe my more "mature" skin is handling products better.

After watching reviews and scoping it out at the store, I found a few drugstore products I have been really impressed with, especially for the price! Everything s under $10!

Foundation - Loreal Tru Match Foundation $7.59

NYX Contour Duo  $9

Wet & Wild Highlighter (I'll Have A Cosmo) $5.99
NYC Eyeshadow Palette $6.99

Covergirl LashBlast Super Sizer Fibers Mascara $5.99
Rimmel Born This Way Eyebrow Duo $3.99

Maybelline Vivid Matte Lipstick (Nude Flush) $6.99

What are your favorite drugstore makeup products? Anything I NEED to try?

Current Obsession - YouTube Makeup/Beauty Videos

I have always loved makeup and have always felt like I am not very educated on how to put it on properly. These girls out there are AMAZING and put on makeup like pros! I just want to have a little fun and cover up those "trouble" areas. I have especially started to up my game with getting ready in the morning because my new position at the bank includes meeting with customers, do I definitely want to represent myself a little more put together than I sometimes did when I was completely behind the scenes. Plus, makeup is fun!

Check out these vloggers and definitely let me know who I need to be watching!

Cookbook Review - Cravings

I received the Cravings cookbook by Chrissy Teigen in my April Popsugar Must Have box. To be completely honest, I thought it would be tasty, but healthy recipes. It was not. They were full of all the good stuff I normally shy away from like sticks of butter and whole milk. I still couldn't pass up trying out the recipes. They looked amazing and the photography of the book was so well done.

My husband loves weekend breakfasts, so I decide to try the Sausage Gravy and Biscuits recipe. I knew that I was not going to tackle homemade biscuits, so I cut down the time with refrigerator biscuits! The gravy delicious and not too tedious to make. At the beginning I was a little scared, but it thickened up and was tasty!

Don't Starve Together

I wanted to share Don't Starve Together today - it is such a fun computer game and I love the graphics.

Don't Starve Together is the new multi-player addition. The game is all about survival. You gather supplies and try to survive the night and darkness. Now you get to play with friends! Honestly, I just started the game and have only been able to survive a few nights, but it is fun. It is challenging, but there are lots of videos out there to help with game play. I am really excited to actually play with someone else and learn more. The game has been compared to Minecraft, but more on just the survival side, rather than the creative side. I haven't played Minecraft so I can't really compare.

The game is actually pretty cheap - you can get both Don't Starve and Don't Stare Together, plus two expansion backs for only $14 on Steam.  If you decide to play, let me know! I would love to play together! My Steam screen name is Missie1457.

Review of The Lies We Tell

It's 1974 in suburban Maryland, and Martie Wheeler is consumed by anxiety. Her father has just dropped dead from a heart attack, two girls have disappeared from the local mall, and President Nixon has turned out to be the liar of the century.

When her mother moves the family to Milwaukee, Martie becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to the missing girls while her depressed older sister, Blaire, befriends a strange artist known as "the witch."

While trying to survive her new life on the shores of moody Lake Michigan, Martie learns of a dark family secret that threatens to upend her world altogether.

 I haven't read a Netgalley book in a while, so I was excited to get my hands on The Lies We Tell. It sounds interesting - a little mystery in a unique time in history.

  • I loved the time period. I don't think I have read a book that was based in the 70s in a long time. It was fun to have the Nixon administration and Watergate woven into the story. 
  • I have gone through some of the things that Martie experienced, definitely not in the same way, but I think that it helped me relate to her story. 
  • The characters in the book were interesting - they were realistic and there were times that you wanted to hate them and then the next minute you loved them.
  • I didn't love the writing. I felt like it was a little juvenile.  As interesting as the characters were, they weren't fully developed. It felt like a debut, I am not sure if it was or not, but there was potential for more good works. 
  • I almost wish that Blaire was the main character, rather than Martie. I just did not connect to Martie as much.
  • The mother drove me insane. I hated how she acted and the way she kept secrets.