Obsessed Much: Book Club Edition

Book Club Review

As part of my 101 in 1,001 list, I wanted to read one book a week for an entire month. I’ve always been an avid reader, but in recent years, reading has kind of lost its spark with me. Of course, while I’m on vacation it’s super easy to finish that page turner I’ve had on my reading list for months, but it’s a little harder to commit to daily reading during the busy week or setting aside an entire day to a good read instead of going shopping, grabbing lunch with your bff and finally stopping by the grocery store because you forgot it was your turn to cook dinner tonight. Yes, I know I’m making reading out to seem like a chore, which is how I felt before I challenged myself to read 4 books in 4 weeks. It was only after finishing the first book on my list that I remembered how fun it is to insert yourself in a new setting with new characters and try to figure out where the heck this story is going to go!
To make my goal a little easier on the wallet, I joined my local library and got to work putting books on hold, sifting through ebooks that were available for download and of course asking my sorority little sister for a list of all her favorites. By the end of four weeks, I ended up reading “Before I Go to Sleep” by S. J. Watson, “Where They Found Her” by Kimberley McCreight, “Read Bottom Up” by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham and “Second Life” by S. J. Watson.
Before I Go to Sleep

Before I Go to Sleep
Can you imagine waking up each morning not remembering the last 20 years of your life? I finished this 400+ page novel in less than 6 hours of dedicated reading – yes, I was hooked. It’s seriously such a great page turner—I knew there had to be a twist (there always is) but I didn’t know exactly what the twist was until the very end. It’s the perfect book to pick up before a weekend trip. It kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out the truth…

Where They Found Her
Where They Found Her
I’m giving you fair warning on this one- be prepared to meet almost every character in the first hour and be prepared to be confused on their relationships or even lack of relationships until almost the very end. Long story short, the body of a newly born infant is found in the woods near a prestigious university in NJ. Follow along through three different points of view to discover exactly what happened to said baby and uncover many other secrets from this small college town. There were just enough twists to keep me interested, but not too many that I was completely lost. “Where They Found Her” is an easy read, even easier audiobook listen, I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes these type of creepy mystery novels.

Read Bottom Up

Read Bottom Up
Literally the perfect easy beach read for the summer. It took me less than 2 hours to finish this novel without a dull moment in sight. The story details the trials and tribulations of dating in the modern world, from awkward texts and emails with your potential beau to the side conversations with your besties you know are happening but prefer to ignore in real life dating. I found myself agreeing with almost every line that came out of Madeline’s head and understanding how men, like Elliot, might think women are a little nuts. Definitely worth the read, if you’re looking for something entertaining and light hearted.

Second Life
Second Life
I’m a wee bit torn on how I feel about this novel. There were parts I loved and could not go to sleep without finishing the chapter, but other parts were slow and confusing, and then the last page left me a bit shocked, to say the least. I’d say it’s worth a read if you like thriller mystery novels, but it definitely didn’t leave me wanting more like Watson’s first novel “Before I Go to Sleep.” On to the novel deets: after finding out that her sister has been murdered, the main character, Julia vows to find her killer. Her story chronicles just how far she will go to find said killer without realizing just how much she will have to give up to do so…

Obsessed Much: Perfect Make-up Organization Solution

Perfect Make-up Organization Solution

If you’re anything like me, you like everything to look clean and organized and have its place. Some people may call this OCD, but I prefer to think of it as being perfectly decluttered. I have been searching high and low the for the absolute perfect make-up organizer {I even put it on my 101 in 1,001 list to motivate myself to find a solution}. Ever since I moved {mind you, it’s been over a year now} and lost the bathroom counter space that used to house my makeup and makeup brush collection, I’ve been toying with different make-up storage options.

Perfect Make-up Organization Solution

I tried the minimalist approach – putting everything I use daily in a small make-up pouch and leaving the rest in “long term” storage. The worst part about this option was that my makeup containers were getting gross from the residual powder from the brushes in the same bag. And all the makeup I forgot I had is now dunzo. So option #1 led to a lot of wasted make-up that had to be sent to the circular filing cabinet aka the trash can. And I learned a valuable lesson, if I can’t see it, I won’t remember I have it and therefore, I won’t use it or I’ll end up buying something I already have. So I knew my perfect organizational solution had to have a lot of visibility into all the nooks and crannies.

Perfect Make-up Organization Solution

I happened to find this particular organizer at my local Marshall’s for $19.99, but there are always a ton of these on Flash Sale websites nearly weekly. I love that it has simple drawers so I can stack all my eye make-up together and open squares on top for brush organization and easy access to my favorite lipsticks and perfume before I step out the door.

What are your must haves when it comes to organization?

101 in 1,001

After seeing a few bloggers compile these 101 in 1,001 lists, I decided it was time for me to come up with my own list of 101 goals. I love how these are fun reminders of things I want to challenge myself to do in the next 2 and 3/4 years. I always find myself coming up with things I want or need to do, but this will keep my accountable and I’m not going to lie, I love checking things off a list ;]

101 in 1,001

101 in 1,001

Start Date: June 1st, 2015

Finish: February 26th, 2018

{ 31 complete, 70 to go! }

Personal

1. Start a daily moisturizing routine – July 1st, 2015 started using Roc Retinol Night Cream and Clinique Moisture Surge

2. And keep it up…

3. Go to church every Sunday for 2 months

4. Find a church to join

5. Work out every day for 1 month

6. Try a barre class

7. Take a knife skills class –  December 9, 2015

8. Find somewhere I can regularly volunteer

9. Take a cupcake decorating class

10. Unsubscribe from junk e-mail blasts – August 2nd, 2015with the help of unroll.me 

11. Run 3 5k’s

12. Give up diet soda for 30 days – completed November 9, 2015

13. Read 1 book a week for 1 month – August 6th, 2015 deets here

14. Floss twice a day for two weeks – July 18th, 2015

15. And keep it up…

16. Vote in a non-presidential election

Professional

17. Complete my RGA Project

18. Take a SQL class

19. Get a promotion – Promoted to Accounting Manager on September 8, 2015

20. Go on a business trip – Del Rey, CA June 8th, 2015

21. Complete the month end reporting package without a single error August 2015 Package

BB&B

22. Register Bake, Broil & Blog as my web domain – June 12th, 2015

23. Redesign the site, so that recipes are easier to read // print

24. Blog about my grocery shopping template

25. Have 300 instagram followers

26. Blog 5 holiday recipes 1 week before the actual holiday {1,2,3,4,5}

27. Find recipes for my favorite recipes growing up and replicate them

28. Make a soufflé

29. Take a cooking class

30. Learn how to pipe frosting designs

31. Cook the perfect steak

Family & Friends

32. Take my grandmother out to a meal just because – November 28, 2015

33. Go to tea at the Peninsula hotel

34. Go on a hike with girlfriends

35. Host a holiday dinner –  Friendsgiving 2015 November 22, 2015

36. Print out all my blog recipes and organize in a recipe book

37. Host a fun gift exchange

38. Have a spa day with my mom

39. Try out a book club with girlfriends

40. Send flowers to someone just because

41. Host a “Find Food” dinner for my frands – June 11th, 2015 (hosted a bake your own pizza party)

42. Take a flower arranging class with girlfriends

43. Host a brunch at home

Los Angeles

44. Try 5 “famous” food trucks

45. And blog about it…

46. Go stand-up paddle boarding

47. Have a staycation – Marina Del Rey 8.28.15

48. Watch a movie in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

49. Attend to a concert at the Greek

50. Go wine tasting in Malibu (more than 1 winery)

51. Attend a country concert at the Hollywood Bowl

52. Go to Six Flags Magic Mountain – Annual Passholder as of 2.13.2016

53. Visit Greystone Mansion & Park

54. Go to 3 Diners, Drive Ins & Dives restaurants

55. And blog about it…

56. Take a trip to Catalina Island

Travel

57. Go to Europe

58. Go wine tasting – Paso Robles December 12, 2015

59. Visit the Four Corners

60. Go to the Hamptons – 09.18-20.15

61. Take a tropical vacation

62. Attend an away 49ers game

63. Visit the Landmark winery

64. Go somewhere without cell phone reception for at least 48 hours – Onion Valley Campground 7.13-15.15

Fun

65. Snail mail birthday cards to 10 of my closest friends and family

66. Spend the day poolside with good company

67. Go skiing – Park City January 14-19thm 2016

68. Go to the San Diego Zoo – Visited October 31, 2015

69. Subscribe to my 3 favorite magazines

70. Watch all the {original} Star Wars movies – December 16, 2015 in preparation for the new one!

71. Splurge on a day of personal shopping

72. Make Breakfast in Bed

73. Take a mental health day

74. Learn how to do a push-up {properly}

75. Make copy-cat Reese’s

76. Watch FRIENDS from beginning to end – completed October 2015

77. Eat at a Michelin Star restaurant – The Publican, Chicago September 27, 2015

78. Have a personal training session {might not turn out too fun}

79. Attend a progressive dinner party

80. Take the Myers Briggs personality test – ENTJ 09.11.15

81. Leave a 100% tip for great service

82. Send 5 “just because” letters

83. Go on a brewery tour

84. Walk 10,000 steps every day for two weeks

85. Take a paint & wine class – March 31, 2016 insta proof here.

86. Finish this list! June 1st, 2015

Invest

87. Save $10 for every goal accomplished

88. Invest in Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots

89. Buy stock in a company {not just through my 401k}

90. Create a budget and stick to it – In Progress

91. Start a rainy day fund – September 25, 2015

DIY/ Organization

92. Create {& maintain} a Christmas card list

93. Make & send a Christmas card

94. Take a calligraphy class

95. Do 5 DIY Projects

96. And blog about it…

97. Find the perfect make-up organization solution – July 1st, 2015 {details here}

98. Clean out my closet {for real} – in progress

99. Plant a Garden – June 1st, 2015

100. Create a print using gold foil

101. Make a new list