What I’m reading, watching, listening to: November 2017

I used to do these posts as a recap of all the books I’d read the month prior. These days I’m still reading books, but I’m also spending more time watching TV and movies and listening to new music. Therefore, I thought it only fitting I update this monthly roundup accordingly! Here are some of the things I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to lately (including a playlist for November 2017!).

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Old ends and new beginnings

Old ends and new beginnings

I posted this quote on my Instagram almost two years ago, at the start of 2016. 2015 had been a very rough year for me, the latest in a string of ups and downs that had left me physically and emotionally battered. I was extremely unhappy with my life but with the start of a new year, I was determined to change everything for the better. I had big plans for new beginnings in my career, my relationships, and my fitness goals. 2016 was going to be my year. I was going to OWN THIS!

Boy, was I in for a rude shock.

2016 turned out to be the year my life fell apart in every way. None of it was truly sudden; looking back with honesty, everything that happened was a long time in coming and some of it was much needed. But it didn’t feel like it at the time. By the end of the year I was absolutely miserable in my job, I was broke, my house was flooded, my marriage had dissolved, and one of my best friends was no longer speaking to me. Stress was making it difficult to stay healthy and so I pretty much felt like garbage 24/7. I thought I had had some all-time lows before, but this was the worst. For the first time in my adult life I didn’t even decorate for Christmas. As the year ended and 2017 rolled around, the last thing I felt like doing was posting positive quotes; I had been dealt so many blows at once that I didn’t see how I was supposed to put my life back together and get to a better place, and I was too overwhelmed to even think positively.

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Review: Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara (review and pics!)

Guys! I finally tried that $5 false lash effect mascara that the inter-webs was going crazy over. You’ve probably seen the posts going around about the Redditor who found a $5 drugstore mascara that offers false lash-like volume and drama. It sounds too good to be true, but considering that it’s only the price of a pumpkin spice latte, and considering I’m a huge sucker for good mascara, I had to pick up a tube and try it! Read on for my thoughts and before & after pics! Read More

How to host an affordable holiday party (even though you’re broke)

How to host an affordable holiday party (even though you're broke)

We’re all broke. Whether you’re paying off student loans, juggling a crowd of kids, or a new homeowner (*raises hand*), there are plenty of reasons for twenty- and thirty-somethings to be cash-strapped. Now that the holidays are here we’d love to host a get-together or two, but who has the money for food, decor and entertainment when we’re swamped with tuition, bills, and unexpected expenses?

Luckily, you can still host an affordable holiday party even though you’re not overflowing with funds. Here are four tips to help you plan a fun evening without spending a ton of cash.

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