Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Love.Haight relationship: Baby Haight

I stopped blogging in June. I didn't really post on instagram all summer long, and there is one really easy explanation for that. I've been sicker than I've been in my whole life. All for this:
We are over the moon excited to be parents. We've always known this was what we wanted; I just wanted to finish my Master's first, and get some teaching under my belt. Baby will be here January/February of 2018 and we simply can't wait. 

But pregnancy was HARD. Harder than I ever anticipated. Morning sickness was more like all day sickness from week 5 to 18. The only word I can think to describe it is desperation. I desperately hoped and prayed for my health to come back. Friends said week 12, then week 14, then week 16, and none of those weeks were better. I didn't know what to do. I was no longer living a normal life. Blogging was beyond out of the question. Eventually I did feel better (week 18) and could stop taking the anti-nausea medicine that helped me not to barf all day long. 

I know that some women struggle with infertility and would have done anything to be in my position. But in my extensive research trying to see what I could do to feel better I ran across some of those moms who had struggled with infertility who felt much the same way I did. Who were dealing with nausea and vomiting at the peak I was, and had immense guilt over how much they hated being pregnant. Recently I watched a little series called, "I love my baby, but I hate pregnancy." It made me feel so much better to know I was not alone. Being miserable has nothing to do with the love you have for the life inside you. 

I already love my baby more than I can say. But those 13 weeks were the hardest thing I've ever done. and that is OKAY.

Happy Wednesday, y'all. <3 div="">

Monday, September 4, 2017

Recent Beauty Tries

I've picked up a couple of new beauty finds over the last couple of weeks (ahem* months) and thought I should share.
In the top left is Casey Holmes' Spotlight palette of highlighters. I really love this product! 
The top right are Tarte Tarteist Metallic Eyeshadows, and they are amazing!! I love the color payoff and they are nearly foil eyeshadows. I picked Poker Face and Grind. At 14 bucks a pop, they aren't drugstore cheap, but they are great to hit a free shipping while still getting a great product.


Then I took advantage of some of Ulta's great deals. This was a buy 2 get 2 free, and they have this promo running right now! These eyeshadow primers are very good. I think they work as well as Urban Decay. And for 12 dollars a piece (with freebies!) they are about half the price. 

My two freebies were the brush cleaning mitt and cleanser 
This Mary Kay charcoal face mask was a nice treat from a Mary Kay consultant I know. It dried nicely on the skin and I loved how smooth it made my face afterward. Do some damage on great skincare on her site HERE.

Have you tried anything you like lately?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer Reads Book Reviews

Oh boy. It's been a looooong time since my last post. But don't worry... This post will make up for my absence. Because- BOOKS.

(FYI- Many of these books I read before their publishing dates thanks to NetGalley. Check it out if you love books and wouldn't mind reviewing them.)

Out Now:

1. The Breakdown - BA Paris
I'm starting to become obsessed with this author. This book is another page turning thriller like her previous book, Behind Closed Doors. A woman drives past a car on a rainy night. She feels incredibly guilty for not helping, but she's scared and decides it isn't worth the risk. The next day, she discovers there was a woman in the car at the time, and she turned up murdered by the next morning. The character starts to think the killer is after her too. As she tries to keep her facts straight in a mind that seems to be turning against her, the book keeps you guessing from the beginning and becomes truly chilling as the plot is revealed. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone for a day of great reading. Because, yes, I read the whole thing in one day because I couldn't put it down.

Recommend- Duh. Go get it now!

2. Watch Me Disappear - Janelle Brown
This story follows a husband and a daughter who are reeling from the news that their wife/mother went on a hiking trip and never returned. Is she dead? Did she run? If so- why? The story slowly unravels the family's history, letting the reader begin to make their own assumptions about what happened. The author does a great job of making the story as fresh and surprising as she can, though the overall plot idea is fairly common. Overall the writing is great, but the plot wasn't gripping enough to make it a favorite.

Recommend- Maybe- If you enjoy mystery plots

3. Cicada Summer - Maureen Leurck
This novel follows a young, recently divorced, mother who flips houses for a living. I am obsessed with HGTV so of course I was hooked based on that alone. Alex sees a beautiful old house near the lake and wants to return it to its former glory. The theme of the story is definitely second chances. The characters have to take risks, forgive, face the past, brave the future, and trust that most things can be fixed. I really loved this touching novel, and felt the characters were really relatable. The plot moved quickly along without needing the recent trends of mystery, intrigue, or crime.

Recommend- Yes- it's a great summer read!

4. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
This is certainly a classic- and one I never thought I would read. But boy I'm glad I did. The love story actually surprised me with how invested I was in the characters. It started a bit slow (hey its an old book) but it was certainly worth sticking with.

Recommend- Yes!

5. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
This is another classic that I am so glad I finally read. Everyone has heard of it, knows the author and the story, etc. However actually reading the novel gave the story some magic. I definitely found myself rooting for Elizabeth and Darcy and totally understand why the word pride had to be in the title.

Recommend- Yes!

Novels coming soon!! 

6. Working Fire- Emily Bleeker (Publishing Date: August 29)
This novel follows two sisters, M (Amelia) and L (Ellie). The book is told in a very cool and unique way. First you have Ellie's account that starts at the "end"- when she as a paramedic is called to her sister's home and finds Amelia and her husband shot in her home it continues as L waits to see if Amelia will make it. Amelia's account starts from the true beginning. As the novel progresses, the two narratives meet in the middle and fill in all the missing pieces of information. Overall I liked the novel a lot. The very, very end really bugs me. I didn't like it- it didn't seem to fit- and yet it has made me really think about family, relationships, trust etc. 
Recommend- Yes- Look for it August 29th

7. My Image of You- Melanie Moreland (Publishing Date: September 19)
This is a modern day romance with classic twists. A famous photographer falls in love with the nurse that helps him after an accident, but the happy fun-loving woman he knows doesn't exist inside her family. As he struggles to find a way to make her his, her family blocks him in unexpected ways. There is both language and mature intimate scenes in the novel- so it is definitely only for adults.

Recommend- Only for mature audiences who love romance novels

8. Little Broken Things- Nicole Baart (Publishing Date: November 21st)

Being a Minnesota girl myself, I fell deeply in love with the lake setting of this fast paced novel. The book is based around a seemingly cliche family: mom, deceased father, son, and two daughters. Personality clashes and life in general had torn the family apart. But one day the older sister, Nora, tells her little sister Quinn, she has something for her. It turns out to be a little girl that Quinn is asked to give shelter to without being given any information. It becomes quickly obvious that the little girl is in danger, and they realize that they may all be. The twisty plot sucks you in and doesn't let go. I never wanted to put the book down. The ending may surprise you, and you'll find yourself making judgements on whether the characters did the right thing... or not.

Recommend- Definitely

Thanks for reading! Hope you found some great books to add to your "to-read" list.
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