Book Review / The Disappearances

 the disappearances sarah bain murphy


Every seven years something disappears the remote town of Sterling: people's reflections, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream. Aila realizes that her mother may be to blame for the curse. But some mysteries are buried very deep and some secrets want to stay hidden - and one young woman's desire to uncover the truth may not be enough to save the people of Sterling from the past.

The blurb on the back of the book made me feel that this novel was about Aila snooping to find her mothers secrets, little did I know the depth of this story would go way further than I expected.

It is the year 1942 when Ailas mother passes away and her father is drafted into the war. Subsequently, her brother and her are sent to Sterling, their mothers hometown, to stay with a close friend. They soon learn of the peculiarities of the little town, things seem to disappear and no one knows why. 

The way history is pulled into the story is phenomenal and unpredictable. I believe that this is what made me enjoy the book so much, bringing real things into fiction is what I love. Emily Bain Murphy did a wonderful job of keeping things a mystery, throwing you a little of track. The small amount of romance that is produced also leaves you with a small bit of lingering giddiness. I was pleasantly surprised of how much I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in YA fiction.

This Weekend

This weekend seemed way too short, especially since I had to wake up extra early on Saturday to work. I mostly had a lazy weekend but started cleaning out our closet to paint it Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, when I started painted I realized how bad the paint smelled. It was leftover paint from when we painted out living room but I used it after that to paint the guest room closet. I had to stop painting because the smell was so bad and took over the entire house. 


Has this ever happened to you? I didn't think paint could go bad but there is something definitely wrong with this gallon. I haven't opened the white (also leftover) for the trim because I expect it is the same. 

I was pretty bummed and then started feeling ill on Sunday so I guess my painting adventure will continue next weekend. 


Oh I was thinking of painting a pattern on the back wall of the closet, any ideas?


Jamieep / Youtube

Hey guys! With things slowing down with school I have been able to accomplish some of the things I've been wanting to do for a while. Organizing the house is one of them! I think that proper organization is important for feeling relaxed in your home. Some of our things have gotten a bit out of control so I decided to take a spur of the moment trip to Ikea last weekend to buy some budget friendly boxes to help me minimalize.

Another thing I've been wanting to do for a super long time is create a youtube channel to vlog and post various videos about things I enjoy. Well, I posted my first video this week and I was quite nervous about it, I still am nervous about it actually. I can't shake the embarrassed feeling even though I LOVE watching other peoples vlogs. I'm sure everyone who has started a youtube channel has gone through the period of uncertainty. If anyone has any tips or tricks to fighting this, let me know!

Here it is!

So Sorry / Single Vision

I cannot believe how long of a time it's been since I last posted. Things have been hectic due to an accelerated American history class that required a lot of my time, but now I only have one paper left and it's back to my normal studies.

Which means back to a normal blogging regime! 
So last time we spoke at the end of July, I had lots of ideas brewing they were put on hold. Now, with my newly energized fall burst of energy I can continue to do those things and more, but for this post I want to share an experience during I had during the break at Single Vision.

Single Vision is a wildlife refuge about an hour outside of Gainesville, Fl. They take in animals that were unwanted by owners or zoos. I was able to do the interactive experience and it was wonderful seeing all the animals up close. It was definitely an experience I will never forget and will probably go back and do sometime soon! 

 fennec fox
 mountain lion

Home Decor I'm Begging For

I've mostly got all the home decor I need. As in, not much more will fit in our house but that does not stop the wanting. Here are some gems I've found with a broad variety to them. I found it hard just not to list a million outdoor and various planters for indoors as well. Can you really have too many though?

 anthropologie lace siding bird house
 urban outfitters roxy splattered mini watering can
 urban outfitters magical thinking crescent hanging planter
 anthropologie rattan plant stand
 anthropologie aux bois planter set
 anthropologie perasima dinnerware collection
 west elm matte black flatware set
 urban outfitters velvet pillows
 urban outfitters faux fur pillows
 ikea sinnerlig pendant

Skin Care / Face

 Skin care routine

Over the years my skin didn't get much love. I never even washed it with soap because I was so scared to get a blemish. I've recently dove into the world of makeup and become very into it, kind of obsessed. All the beauty gurus say to splurge on the skin care, that it's very important in making your make up look the best. I've tried out a few different things so far but this is what I'm using now.

When I wake up I use Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. This stuff smells so good and awakening. It immediately makes my skin feel cool and depuffs. It uses ginseng and coffee bean to aid with hydration. 

At night, I generally use Urban Decay Makeup Meltdown with some Shisedo Cotton Pads and it takes off the most waterproof of makeup with ease. It tends to a greasy feel even though it is oil free so after, I cleanse my face at night with Formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward, it is gentle enough to use every day without drying out my skin. If I'm feeling extra lazy I just use Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes and their Eye Make Up Remover Pads. These leave no residue so I don't feel the need to rinse my face after, which is awesome!

After washing my face at night I like to use BareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Emulsion to add back in some of the moisture taken out with the cleanser. At first, I thought the smell of this emulsion was kind of weird, but now I really like it. It sinks into the skin so easily and makes your face feel hydrated. After that I use Aveda's Tulasāra Wedding Masque Eye Overnight. This stuff has helped my under eyes become much brighter. It has a hefty price tag for such a small product but I really like it! When I got the No7 Fanominal Lash Serum I was pretty skeptical of it working since it's only $10. I really feel like I see a difference in the thickness of my lashes though! The length has only improved slightly but I'm fairly sure it takes a while for that to improve drastically. Over all, I totally think it's worth the $10.

By this time all my prior moisturizing has soaked in and the final touch before bed is the BareMinerals Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream. This just gives me the extra moisture I need over night so my skin isn't a desert in the morning.

If you have dry skin these things might help in your routine, I hope they do!

Books I've read in June

I don't know what it is about this summer but I've been reading a lot. Maybe it's because if I have to get in my oven of a car with no air conditioning in this Florida heat without absolutely having to I might just die.

Anyways, the first books of the month I read are The Magicians Trilogy.

 the magicians

After watching the first two seasons of the new SyFy series I was hooked and wanting more. The characters in these stories are relatable and the sarcastic humor is great. Although, the books and tv series are quite different, I kind of like it that way. It gives you more time with the lovable characters that you wouldn't have otherwise. The stories basically have the same outcome but with a little bit of a different way of getting there. 

Quentin is a high school student about to head to college when he suddenly ends up at magicians school called Brakebills. His long time obsession of the fictional books (which I wish were real) Fillory and Further tend to be true although with some darker secrets. There are villians, love, lots of tests, and the end of magic. Very dramatic stuff here.

These books are fairly short and easy to read. If you haven't read them or watched the show, I highly suggest you do. There are basically a book of The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter put together.

 annihilation jeff vandermeer

Another series I have started is the Southern Reach Trilogy. I downloaded these books years ago and just started reading them. I was surprised at how different to the description I remember reading that they are.  When I first started I assumed these would be an apocalyptic novel kind of like Divergent where the characters find out what is really going on. That theory was partly true but I wasn't expecting to feel the thrill of a jump scare about to happen at any moment. I think I read this book in around three days because I just needed to know what was around the corner. The spookiness was overwhelming and I just needed to understand. 

This book is in the perspective of a biologist the goes into Area X as part of an exploration team. It is written in a journaling perspective which makes it feel like you were there. Area X is unexplained except that we know of the different environments living in such close quarters as well as that there is an invisible border that has unknown origin to keep people out. 

 auhority jeff vandermeer

Authority is the second book in the trilogy and I am still reading it but I thought I'd explain what I know from it her as well and next month hopefully I will know the entire outcome. 

This book is in the perspective of the southern reach director. I like how this gives you a whole different look into what Area X is and that no one is really in control of it, or themselves. Not as spooky, but still equally as eerie, I'm excited to reach the end where the director will hopefully round out the theories I have or maybe not because I've still got one more book to go!

 jen sincero

This is also an in "process of reading" book. I tend to not be able to read non fiction as easily. I have to flip back and forth if I want to actually process the book. I have reading this off and on for about a month. It's a fairly short book and it has been a real inspiring read so far. 

Jen Sincero has a great humor which keeps me more engrossed. This is actually the furthest I've read into a "self-help" book because most of them are really boring and I can't handle it. She puts things into perspective and does it in a funny relatable way.

I hope I gave you some insight on what to read this summer! I will keep you updated on my books of choice!


Five Things I'm Trying Not To Buy This Week

Browsing the internet leisurely comes really hard for me because I end up wanting SO many things. I'm starting to compartmentalize the needs from the wants which makes it a lot easier but I still have that nagging thought "I'm going to regret not buying that."

Here are some things I wish I could buy right now but have decided I shouldn't take the hit just yet. 

 not without my coffee

This shirt from is the perfect graphic tee. I've been eyeing this for a while now with it's perfect coloring to the cute saying (that is totally accurate) and writing this now is making it harder to not take the plunge....

 anthropology romper

Next, is this romper from Anthropologie. With it's pretty hefty price tag, it's a little easier  to hold off on this one. The colors are absolutely perfect and the linen would make the Florida heat easy breezy. The cut also seems very flattering and who doesn't love an all in one outfit?

 new darlings free people

I first saw these pants on a blog post from New Darlings and my jaw literally dropped. The shape of them, the color of them, the material, 100%, good job Free People.

 smart plant tracker

These last two things are going to be a little different than the previous. This Smart Plant Tracker caught my eye on Urban Outfitters. In my plant post I let you guys know that I'm a little prone to overwatering the little guys. This little gadget seems like it would be great for me!

 west elm chandelier 

Now, lastly is this gorgeous light fixture from West Elm. Our kitchen...well it's just a disaster. It needs some hard work and love for sure. Although, recently bulbs have slowly started going out in the worst light fixture that happens to call our kitchen it's home. This is a sign to me that it needs to get taken out! Of course you can replace the bulbs easy peasy, but nope lets get a new light please!!

Inspiration Weekly

This is the start of a new weekly series that I will post every Friday. Lots of inspiration I have found throughout the week to keep me going. Most of the time that I am on the computer I will be browsing pinterest and that gets me in the mood to make everything perfect around me. Although, I often get disappointed in myself because I never accomplish everything that I want to in a day.

I have been reading Jen Sincero's You Are A Badass and I've learned to give myself a limited amount of goals a day so I can feel accomplished when I get ready to lay down and go to sleep at night. Writing a to do list or making a list of reminders on my phone has significantly improved my mood towards getting things done. Instead of being overwhelmed by a massive weekly list, I write down 3-5 small tasks that I know I can accomplish with the allotted time I have around other responsibilities (work, pets, dinner, etc.). Now, I can be proud of myself at the end of the day instead of beating myself up over not getting enough tasks done.

 pink peonies

Peonies are everyone and their mothers favorite flower, including mine, so when I see a million picture telling me to go to trader joes to get some I happily oblige and buy more than I probably need.

 geometric vines
 indoor garden

Yes, I am obsessed with plants right now, let's move along....

 gallery wall

Something I want really bad right now is a gallery wall around our tv. Although, ours is mounted over our fireplace so it won't be as much of a statement of this one, I love how the space was used here. A++.

 i get so excited when I think about making things

Pretty sure I get more excited thinking about making things then I actually do about making things.

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Indoor Plants

I've been really into gardening lately. Fixing up our front yard has been a long process and it still needs some more time but I feel pretty happy driving up to our house now. The grass is definitely the slowest portion of the process so I decided to keep my inspiration going by bringing some plants inside. 

I'll start off by saying my record of keeping indoor plants alive isn't the best and recently one of my beloved Pothos, that I've had for 2.5 years bit the dust for some odd reason. I'm assuming my need to water things if look even a little bit off was the culprit. Over-watering is always my downfall. 

Now That I've invested in some new little guys I'm going to try my hardest to nurse them to their full potential. I even bought a tester succulent to see how well I can manage my bad tendency to over-water, that is the true test to see if I can do it. The other plants are labeled as the "easy to grow" but I honestly didn't even know that when picking them out. I just thought they were nice looking and for low-light so that meant let's do this. 

 easy indoor house plants

Now, on the opposite side of over-watering aren't these plant filled bathrooms dreamy? Apparently, even if you don't have windows fluorescent bulbs will do the trick. I'm planning on this being my next venture in the plant world but first I have to fix up some of the not so great aspects of our bathrooms. 

 plants in bathroom
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I am Jamie, currently living in Florida with a lovely man, three kitties, and a little mouse. This blog will many different things, because well I enjoy many different things. I have wanted to make this space for a very long time. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading!