The 10 Best Halloween Activities For Little Ones

I LOVE halloween. To me it is the perfect time for being a girl. We get to dress up, play in makeup, get our hair all done; so ok sometimes we don’t go as princesses and do the whole glam thing. But it is still the only time we, as adults, get to play dress up, leave the house, and have it be socially acceptable. How fun is that?

And while I love it, my girls get even more excited. We may start halloween stuff as soon as it is October. Maybe not full on rocking the costume and trick or treating on October 1st. But in small ways; maybe a few coloring sheets here and there, a halloween themed bingo round for our site words, maybe a Halloween themed craft here and there. Now I am not actually admitting that we are one of those families that get into the holiday well before we should. Just wanting to share our favorite activities:

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These are in no particular order. Click the picture to go straight to the blog that has them, or the link below to go to the Pinterest link. Both are super easy so pick what is easiest for you.

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These are some of our favorite activities this season. Most of them are pretty easy and very inexpensive to do; and I bet that you have most of the supplies already on hand. What are your favorite activities? Let me know, as we are excited to add some new crafts to our rotation.

Ipsy October Review

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription. When you sign up, they have you fill out a survey informing them of your preferences. Then every month, they send you a pretty pink present, full of five to six samples; ranging from makeup, to nail care, to skin care, to hair care, and other fun items. These are not your normal foil packet samples, these are mini sized products to full size products. Some bags you will love everything in them and some you may have an item or two that your thrilled with. Ipsy is my favorite beauty subscription for one main reason; it comes with a re-usable makeup bag. It is only $10 a month, so even an off month is well worth it and you are getting your monies worth.

This was by far the best Ipsy bag that I have gotten. I know it seems like I say that a lot, but they are getting much much better. Maybe because the holidays are approaching, so the samples that they are getting are much better; or because you rate your samples when you get a bag so they pick better items for you. Who knows, but I really like this trend and hope that they keep getting better.

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This month, in my bag:

  • Rogue By Rihanna- Sells for $45.00 Full Size
    • Normally I am not huge on getting perfumes. I have what I like, and I don’t like mixing up my scents. This one though is a very nice size (half of a full size bottle), and it smells…. sexy, for lack of a better word. It has notes of suede, musk, amber, and a hint of vanilla. Not my normal scent, but very nice. It is pretty strong and lasts for a long time.
  • Lip Gloss by StarLooks- Sells for $12.00 Full Size
    • The color of this was amazing. It is a light pinky mauve color, and applies the color it shows. However, it is way to sticky for me to wear. My lips end up sticking together. My daughters though, had no issue with the stickiness and love it.
  • MakeUp Removing Wipes by Skyn Iceland- Sells for $15.00 Full Size
    • I did not like these. They irritated my skin, and stung a bit when using them. On the flip side, they did work really well. And removed all my makeup.
  • Mineralized Baked Eyeshadow by Jesse’s Girl- Sells for $3.00 Full Size
    • This was a full size sample (love when that happens). The color is a silvery taupe. It was just a very light shimmer when I first started using it, and was about to hand off to the girls to play with, when I broke through the top layer. Now it is a great silver color. Stay patient with it, and it will pay off.
  • Protein BB Hair Cream by Ecru- Sells for $12.00 Full Size
    • This was another full size product. It is AMAZING. After getting out of the shower apply this to wet/clean hair. Then blow dry and style like normal. It made my hair so soft, fuller, manageable and took care of all of the frizzy ends that I have from coloring my hair. Even my hubby noticed how great my hair looked. Then as a side note, I was able to even have a great second day hair day. This never happens, my thin/fine/oily hair needs to be blow dried every day or it is an oily flat mess. But not when I use this. While it is a small package, it will last a long time.

Then we have the reusable makeup bag. I normally LOVE the bags, they just come in so handy. This bag was just not my cup of tea. HOWEVER, Belle saw it the moment I pulled it out of my package and fell in love with it. It is a shiny blue-green tiled bag. She takes it everywhere, her toys fit perfect in it. She was over the moon when I let her have it.

If you account for the sizes that I got, this bag was worth about $30.00. Pretty good value this month. How about you guys, do you have any subscription services that you love? Would this be something that you would be willing try? What would Ipsy need to do to get your business?

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Last Time Co-Hosting- Wordless Wednesday

OMG! I can’t believe that this is my last week to Co-Host. It has just flown by. This was an amazing month, there have been so many amazing blog linking up. Please make sure you are following all my wonderful Co-Hostess. While I won’t be Co-Hosting any more, I’m not going anywhere. You will still find me linking up every week, and checking out what all you all have been up to.

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Fashion Friday- How To Wear Boots

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It is boot season!!! Personally, I wear boots year around. My cowboy (or should I say cowgirl) boots are out and about no matter the time of year. But fall seems like when the rest of the country pulls out and dusts off their boots. Whether they are thigh high boots or ankle boots, suede or leather, heeled or flat; there are several rules to follow to make your boots look great. Keep in mind that these are just my “rules” and rules are made to be broken. If you wear boots differently then I have listed here, leave me a comment and let me know how you rock the boots this season.

  1. Wear Boots with Jeans
    • Skinny Jeans There is no argument that a great pair of skinny jeans tucked into a pair of jeans is a classic look. It is pretty simple for everyone to pull off too.
    • Boot Cut Jeans There is a reason that these are called boot cut. They are designed to give you enough room to wear outside your boots. Don’t try to tuck them in, it always looks odd.
  2. Layer Your Boots with Cute Socks
    • Once the weather gets a bit cooler, it is nice to wear some thicker socks in your boots. Well the good news is, you don’t have to worry about hiding them in your boots. If you are wearing some fun socks, let them show. Pull them up over your skinny jeans (Or tights/leggings) and let about an inch or two show out the tops of your boots.
  3. Wear Your Boots with Skirts
    • Looking for a way to make the look a bit more girlie, then you can always pair them with a skirt. Both a pencil and an a-line look great with boots. You can keep your legs bare or if it is a bit chilly pair it with tights or leggings; just be sure to keep the color solid.
    • Just be sure to keep them the skirt at your knee or slightly above; to avoid any touching, weird skin showing issues.
  4. Wear Your Boots with Dresses
    • Want to make it even more girlie and feminine? Then pair your boots with a dress. Everything from simple cotton dresses, to lace, to red carpet can be paired with boots. Same as a skirt, have the hem hit your knee or slightly above it. Or unlike a skirt, you can wear a full length dress and still be able to pull off the boots. And again you can wear the dress with or without leggings/tights.
  5. Wear Your Boots to Weddings
    • Not if you are a guest, even to a country wedding, boots are not appropriate to attend a wedding. HOWEVER, if you are the bride of a country wedding, there is nothing better than a great pair of cowboy boots under that big beautiful dress. And your bridesmaids will love you for letting them rock a par of comfy boots, as opposed to horribly uncomfortable heels on the grass.

Something to keep in mind is that if you are wearing your boots to be shown, it adds a lot of bulkiness to your outfit. Counter act this by adding some bulky up to draw the eye back to your face, away from your feet. You can do this simply with a chunky necklace or a scarf.

No matter how you choose to wear your boots, there is not a wrong way to rock the boots.

 

Top 10 Uses of Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree Oil has been one of those products that I hear so much about; how amazing it is, that you can use it for just about anything, that it is good for you, and so on. But to be totally honest, it completely intimidates me. How can one product be an answer to everything? Well let me tell you, it can.

I received a bottle of 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil from Apothecary Extracts, to help me over come this intimidation. Along with the bottle, I got an e-book with recipes for 53 everyday uses of Tea Tree Oil. I was completely overwhelmed, there are a ton of uses for this product. Things that I have never ever thought to use this for, there are recipes for. After taking a much needed breath, and literally walked away from all the information, I was able to get it in my head that this was an amazing product.

Here were my Top 10 Uses For Tea Tree Oil:

  • Skin Care-
    1. Facial Toner-
      • What You Need
        • 1/4 Cup of Witch Hazel
        • 7 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • 3 Drops of Jasmine Oil
        • 1 Cup of Room Temperature Green Tea
      • To Use-
        • Steep tea until cooled to room temperature, mix in Witch Hazel and oils. Shake well and store in sealable jar. Apply small amount to cotton ball and apply to clean face.
    2. Sweet Banana Scrub-
      • What You Need-
        • 1 Over Ripe Banana
        • 1/3 Cup Stone Ground Oats
        • 1/4 tsp. Tea Tree Oil
      • To Use-
        • Mash banana until no longer lumpy. Add in oats and oil, mix well. Apply to body, scrub with a circular motion and rinse off.
    3. Silky Smooth Lip Scrub-
      • What You Need-
        • Superfine Sugar
        • 5 Drops of Olive Oil
        • 9 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • 2 Drops of Peppermint Oil
      • To Use-
        • Mix all together until a paste forms. Apply to lips with fingers in a circular motion, then rinse off.
  • Hair Care-
    1. Cradle Cap Treatment-
      • What You Need-
        • 5 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • 1/2 Cup Almond Oil
        • Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
      • To Use-
        • Mix oil together and rub onto scalp
        • Use shampoo and wash out the oil
    2. Detangling Tea Tree Conditioner
      • What You Need-
        • 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
        • I Cup Distilled Water
      • To Use-
        • Mix all together and spray onto clean damp hair.
  • First Aid Uses- 
    1. Soothing Autumn Balm-
      • What You Need
        • 2 Ounces of Beeswax
        • 2 Cups of Avocado Oil
        • 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • 10 Drops of Geranium Oil
      • To use-
        • Melt Avocado oil and beeswax in a double boiler. Remove from heat and mix in oils before storing in a clean jar.
    2. Soak for Sore Muscles
      • What You Need-
        • 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • Epson Salt
        • Bath of hot water
      • To Use-
        • Mix all into a tub of water and soak for as long as you want
  • Aromatherapy Uses-
    1. Bye Bye Anxiety Bath-
      • What You Need-
        • 7 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • 7 Drops of Bergamot Oil
        • 6 Drops of Sandalwood Oil
        • 2 Ounce of Jojoba Oil
      • To Use-
        • Store in dark jar, and pour about 1/4 ounce in running water when you need to relax.
    2. Sleepy Time Diffuser-
      • What You Need-
        • 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • 5 Drops of Bergamot Oil
        • 10 Drops of Chamomile Oil
        • 8 Thin Bamboo Rods
        • 1 Cup of Water
      • To Use-
        • Pour water and oil into jar, let bamboo rods soak for 10-15 minutes
    3. TGIF Diffuser
      • What You Need-
        • 10 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
        • 5 Drops of Geranium Oil
        • 3 Drops of Frankincense Oil
        • 2 Drops of Orange Oil
      • To Use-
        • Mix all oils together and place a few drops of mixture in the bowl of a diffuser with one tablespoon of water. Light candle and let burn until there is no more scent being expelled.

So these are my Top 10 Uses. Did I miss any? What are your favorite uses for Tea Tree Oil?

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9 Must Try ASAP Pumpkin Recipes

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I love me some pumpkin!! In fact, I do tend to a go a bit crazy this time of year on the pumpkin stuff. And not your traditional pumpkin pie or Starbucks pumpkin lattes; but real pumpkin food with just about all meals. It is a great thing that my poor family likes pumpkin, maybe not as much as I do, but they don’t complain about my crazy obsession with this amazing food.

Mix that small addiction with Pinterest and you get a lot of really great ideas. So here is my list of “9 Must Try ASAP” pumpkin recipes. (They are in a random order)

 

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1) Pumpkin Chili
This is one of my favorites, and my family absolutely LOVES it. Plus it is so unbelievably easy to make. We do add ground turkey to it though. Typically we put it over Fritos, I know everyone that we tell that rolls their eyes. But try it, it really does make chili so much better.
Found on Pinterest here

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2) Gooey Pumpkin Cake
Is there anything not to love about pumpkin and cake? Then make it yummy, warm and gooey; it is just perfection. My mom always said growing up ice cream fixed everything, well then this is the answer to world peace. It is a dessert that everything thinks is homemade and took lots of time. But it is easy easy!! SSHH it will be our secret.
Found on Pinterest here

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3) Pumpkin Fudge
Fudge is without a doubt my favorite holiday snack/treat/dessert/whatever you wanna call it. And I have been known to down pounds of this stuff all by my pretty little self in a single sitting. I have zero will power, and even if I had some it would just be to eat more of it. So when I found a recipe for a pumpkin version, I both love it and hate it. There goes all the weight I lost this summer (but hey, we lose the weight in summer so we can indulge with all the winter treats….right?).
Found on Pinterest here

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4) Pumpkin French Toast
French Toast is my girls favorite morning breakfast. And while I like it just fine, it gets a little boring. This is such an easy twist to this loved classic. And the nice thing is, the pumpkin has such a sweet, strong flavor, that it eliminates the need for any syrup.
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Found on Pinterest here

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5) Pumpkin Shake
Does anything else have to be said about this amazing concoction? But to make it that much better, it is actually a weight watcher recipe. You don’t have to feel all that guilty of enjoying this treat, more then once.
Found on Pinterest here

 

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6) Pumpkin Rice Crispy Treats
These little treats rank right up there with fudge. I tend to make these late at night, then eat them all before the kids get up. All that is left is the empty box of Rice Krispie and the pot on the stove. These were another great twist. They were so yummy that I even saved a little bit for the kids to try. They gobbled them right up.
Found on Pinterest here

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7) Pumpkin Chocolate Truffles
These were a bit harder for me to make. I ended up with a huge mess and lots of frustration. There may have been a bottle of wine involved when I gave up. HOWEVER, seeing the look of ecstasy on my hubby’s face when he tried the few that made it to completion, made all the trouble so worth it. So while I won’t make them often, I know the trouble will be worth it.
Found on Pinterest here

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8) Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cake
Yes I have a thing for sweets and cakes. But this time of year is all about the sweets. Along with pumpkin I have a thing for salted caramel, so this mixing the two of them, is simply wonderful. This cake has it all, salty/sweet mix, pumpkin, caramel, all baked into a yummy cake. If you are a caramel and a pumpkin fan, then you need to whip this up ASAP.
Found on Pinterest here

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9) Pumpkin Butter
Everyone raves about great apple butter, but if you ask me, it doesn’t hold a candle to pumpkin. And this is simple, through it in the crock pot the night before and have yummy pumpkin butter in the morning. But a word to the wise, make small batches.
Found on Pinterest here

And because I love you all so much, and during the fall season, we must never forget,

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10) No Bake Pumpkin Pie
While I am not a huge fan of pumpkin pie, this one looks light and perfect. While it is not made from scratch, it looks like something easy to whip up on your way to a holiday party or family dinner.
Found on Pinterest here

Did I miss any? What are your favorite pumpkin recipes this season? Please tell me there are some other pumpkin fanatics out there.

 

Wordless Wednesday PARTY!!!!

I am so excited for another week of Wordless Wednesday!! Anyone else ready to party? I have LOVED seeing what you all have been up to every week, and can’t wait for another week to check it all out.
Over here, it seems like I have been doing book review after book review. But, honestly, I completely ADORE it!! My hubby calls me the bookworm. I always have at least two books going on, and my Kindle is always in my purse. It is as important as my keys, when I leave the house. So when I was able to grab a few books, I totally jumped all over it. Hopefully, you all don’t mind a little detour from the normal makeup, fashion, beauty blog. A beautiful mind makes a beautiful person, after all.
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∇ The Apple Street Cottage Tree Removal || Ann is busy after retiring renovating and making changes to her little cottage, this week they were busy removing trees, wow what a process she shares. Shes looking for ideas if you would like to share with her on landscaping, stop by and see the process in tree removal.
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B is 4 Blogspot || Dollar Tree’s Halloween decorations and crafting items that her and family received as part of a review to use to decorate for Halloween. The box contained 40 items, stop by to visit and see what they created for Halloween Decorating
Our Features This Week Include Autumn and Halloween ~ We Hope That You Will Enjoy!!Unusal Pumpkins from Plumper Perfect and Me

Plum Perfect Paper Covered Pumpkins ||  As I visit and see the talent of other bloggers I just love to share their work. And Gail over at Plum Perfect and Me has created these unusual feature with decoupage using paper napkins with Modpodge. I think they are very nice.
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How to Make Fabric Pumpkins || Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom || Super cute pumpkins!
Button Pumpkin Door Sign created by Little Miss Celebration
Button Pumpkin Door Sign || Little Miss Celebration || This pumpkin is fun and bright and if you have tons of buttons it’s a great way to display them all!
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Sensory Pumpkins || A Little Pinch of Perfect ||  Katie and her kids created these cute sensory pumpkins, they are really cute and were a great way for her to get her kids involved and to learn sensory skills.

A little autumn here and there from Lovely Livings
A Little Autumn Here and There || Lovely Livings || LuAnn has created a lovely vignette from a terrarium with pumpkins and dressed it up further with sunflowers and faux colorful leaves. She has the arrangement spilling out on the table to make the look more interesting. I love it!!!
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Enchanting Halloween Lanterns made with Mason Jars || Adventure In A Box || Liska created these Mason Jars using Krylon spray paint, stencils and markers. How many other holidays can you think of to use this idea?

apple pie cheesecake ginger snap trifle Created by Shaken Together Life

Apple Pie Cheesecake Ginger Snap Trifle || Shaken Together Life || Don’t worry – these are super easy! First, you’ll need to whip up no bake cheesecake filling and then just layer ginger snaps and apple pie filling … YUM!!

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Mason Jar Halloween Gifts || Shaken Together Life || Wouldn’t these Halloween mason jar gifts be so cute left on a coworker’s desk? Or snuck onto a neighbor’s porch? Or given as favors for any Halloween get together? They may just be my perfect excuse to munch on those mellowcreme pumpkins!!

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The Basement.. Robbie’s Rite Of Passage

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Are you looking for a great tween/early teen book? Are your kids looking to step into the unknown world of thriller or suspense books? Do you need a great book to read this Halloween season? Then this would be the book that needs to be at the top of your to read list.

This book came at just the perfect time; not only is it close to Halloween, it is my girls fall break, and it is close to my daughters Tink birthday. Over here in the Ryan home, we are big on Halloween. Mostly cutesy side of it, with little ones in the home it is hard to get to scary. I thought that with Tink getting a bit older, she would enjoy something a little bit of a scare. Reading something to get her imagination going a bit.

That is the understatement of the century. My daughter, who LOVES bed time and sleep, I would catch up late at night reading with a flashlight under her covers. I could just not get her to put the book down. She dove right into this book, and loved it right from page one. Tink was thrilled that the book just jumps right into a story, right into what is going on. It grabbed her attention and never let it go.

From the back of the book:

“A kid should not be aware of his own heartbeat, he thought.

Robbie is an ordinary boy in the city who struggles with the desire to prove himself to his friends, his enemies, and himself. When Robbie’s father, a stubborn man, is determined to teach his son through tough love, witnesses Robbie being bullied, he forces Robbie to face his fears. Robbie is then sentenced to a frightening challenge- staying in the basement for a single night. But what lies in the dark recesses of the basement? Will Robbie make it out alive and well? Will the urban legend about the terrifying creatures that hide in the dark basement prove to be true? And more importantly, will Robbie prove to his friends and his father that he is brave enough to take on the challenge?

The Basement is a tale of angst, teamwork, and solutions, treasure hunts and adventure, and facing fears. It is a focus on the small world of one group of preteens and the very real and wondrous world they face.”

All of the characters are very relatable. Everyone from the father (everyone has someone in their life that they are always trying to impress), to Robbie (at one point we just wanted to prove ourselves), to all the side characters. Even though the author does not lay a ton of background information about them, they become relatable. They become important, not just to the  story but to you.

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What is your favorite book? Do your kids enjoy this type of thriller/suspense type books? At what age did you start to let them read them?

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 Bernaydn favorite post from the link up last week from Written Reality

I loved this post because I never had this soup and it sounds and looks so tasty, a perfect soup recipe for fall season.  It looks like a great homemade meal for the family that everyone can enjoy.

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DIY-Pumpkin-Decor

Easy DIY Pumpkin Craft With Mason Jar Lids! by Surviving the Stores

 painted tin can pumpkin craft

Painted Junky Pumpkins by Twelve0eight

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{4×4 post striped & polka dot pumpkins} by Simply+Kierste

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DIY Pumpkin Mason Jars by The 36th Avenue

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Big Little Lies.. September BirchBoxBookClub

Big Little Lies

This book was an amazing read. All the little twists and turns lead up to one that you will never see coming. I can normally predict the ending of a book, and this one had me completely blind sided.

The back of the book states:

“Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads. Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She is funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest. (How is that possible?) And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?)

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twins? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”

Big Little Lies starts a bit slow, I won’t lie (big or little). She does a wonderful job laying out each character; how they relate to each other; how they relate to their families, how the allies come around. You truly love all the characters, you care about each of them for all different reasons. You can relate to them; you are them or one of your best friends are them.

Once you get to the meat of the story you want the main characters to come out, alive and innocent, at the end of the book. The books speed never really picks up, however, you are so invested in the people in the story that you just can’t put it down. There is this need that develops, that you have to find out what happens next.

Then the ending hits you like a truck load of bricks. I promise that you won’t see it coming. It completely blind sides you. This was one of those rare books that was able to surprise me. Then I was actually sad to say goodbye to these women that I grew to truly care about.

If you are going to be reading one book this month, I would highly recommend this one. Click below for more information:

Big Little Lies