December 31, 2014

things that made me swoon in December...

things that made me swoon in December |
I took a break from regular posting last month (and a little bit this month, too!), so I missed last month's "swoonage" post. But I ended up discovering a few fantastic things this month that I couldn't help but share. I've been keeping a list in my head, and if I don't buckle down and write this post, it will soon be lost in the abyss. Are you with me, ladies? (And gentlemen?) Okay, then. Let's do this thing.

1. Overdrive app — This app is a total game changer. You're able to connect your library account to this app and listen to audiobooks and read ebooks for free. Absolutely free! Hallelujah! Most books I've had to request, because there are limits on how many people can be reading/listening to each book at one time, but I'm sure the wait time depends on your own library's selection. So far I've listened to My Story (as mentioned below!) and Unplanned, both of which are fantastic as audiobooks. On that note, I'm definitely open for recommendations on what to listen to next!

2. Grey's Anatomy, season 10 — So, this past season was basically just one big ugly cry. Which is why I choose to watch this show absolutely alone. (It isn't pretty.) Still, there were so many incredible storylines, which made me glad I continue watching this show, year after year. (I always have to wait until the latest season is added to Netflix in order to binge-watch. Don't spoil season 11 for me, please and thank you.)

3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler — Although some of the subjects in this book are not my jam (drug usage, casual sex, cursing, teased bangs, etc.), memoirs written by past SNL cast members certainly are. This book reminded me a lot of Bossypants, in the best way possible. Self-depreciating, charming, totally weird for a moment or two, and a quick, entertaining read that keeps you laughing.

4. Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo — A while ago, I was able to get a bunch of Tresemme's dry shampoo for less than a dollar each (couponing, ahoy!), but I wished I had realized before purchasing them that this brand just doesn't work well with my hair. It shows up on my roots too much, and just doesn't work as well as my good ol' Suave. For a while, I couldn't find the kind I liked at the store (I'm guessing they were redesigning packaging or something?) but when I came across the new kind, I snatched some up right away. (Again, thanks to coupons, I got them for .75 per can!) I can easily get to 4th day hair with this dry shampoo, so if you're a scrub like me, rejoice!

5. bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara — It only took me 30 years (granted, 13 of which I was not actively searching) but I have finally found the holy grail of mascara. I love it so much that the price tag of around $18 doesn't even scare me. (If you know anything about me, this is kind of a big deal.) My sister gifted me an awesome set of bareMinerals products this month, and this mascara was included, forever changing my life (or lashes). The small brush helps the mascara go on so smoothly and clump-free, and they make my lashes look crazy-long. Even though I have deep-set eyes, there are no smudges at all by the end of the day, and it washes off easily with soap and water. The search is over, folks. This mascara is a winner!

6. My Story by Elizabeth Smart — I listened to this as an audiobook, and the story is absolutely riveting. I think I finished the entire thing in just a few days. Hearing the book read by the author made it even more captivating, and I was left feeling so inspired by Elizabeth's level of faith and humility after living through 9 months of nightmarish conditions and treatment. I feel like this book should have made me lose faith in humanity based on the subject matter alone, but there was something about how she wove in so much light and peace into her story that made the book not too heavy. It is truly inspiring, how one girl can overcome such dreadful circumstances and not let them define her.

What had you swooning this past month (or two)?

— Further reading: What made me swoon two years ago.

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  1. I've been keeping a list of memoirs to read. Amy Poehler's was already on there, but I'm adding Elizabeth Smart's now. I was always fascinated/appalled by her story! I'd love to hear it in her own words. Her recovery - & the strength & poise she's shown publicly - has been really incredible.

  2. Are you on GoodReads? I always love your book suggestions!

    1. I'm not on GoodReads, and I have no idea why! So many people have recommended it to me, so maybe it's time for me to do it. :)


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