Top 5 Books I’ve Read in 2015


I know. I know. We aren’t even done with 2015 but I’ve been reading like a mad woman and I thought I’d share some of my literary loves. This month I’ve been in a bit of a slump. My sister and I are reading Harry Potter and ohmigoodnesssss…these books never end! I’m on Book #3 and honestly? I’m over it. I’m trying to push myself to read it but between my irritation with that and pregnancy fatigue, I’m just taking a little step away from reading right now. Don’t worry, I’ll be back. And hopefully I reach my goal of 52 books before the end of 2015. That said, the following books have changed my world this year. 

The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
This author is becoming one of my favorites because I fall in love with everything he writes. The Kite Runner is so imaginative and emotional that I found myself really connecting with the characters and the things that they went through. It’s a quick read and it’s a book that you’ll be a little bit sad over once it ends.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Add Chimamanda has one of my favorite authors of ALL time. I feel smarter just by reading her material because she makes me head to the dictionary to look up words she uses. If you enjoy books about race and culture, especially as it relates to Africans living abroad, you will LOVE this book.
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Happy Prime Day!

Amazon Prime

Today’s the day, babes! I don’t even know why I’m so excited about this. I’m not even THAT much of an online shopper. Amazon and I have a close relationship, though. And then Amazon Prime came alone and swept me off my feet. FREE 2-day shipping? Okay, who wouldn’t like that? I’ve even gotten packages on a Sunday. During the holiday season. In the middle of blizzard.

Okay, I’m jiving. There aren’t any blizzards in Florida, but still…Amazon Prime is so so impressive. Today is their version of Black Friday except it’s exclusive to Amazon Prime members ONLY! And if you’re all like “Oh naw, girl. I’m not spending $99 a year on Prime…”  they are giving you a free trial so that you test the waters before you jump in. How you’ll hate all of the benefits is beyond me, but hey…I’m not judging. If you do decide to do some shopping today, I’d love to see what you scooped up.

I’ve got some recommendations in the Clumps Trunk, of course but I’d love to see what you have your eyes on. My wishlist is below and I’m hoping that at least some of these items will go on sale before the end of the day! 

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The Most Interesting Toothbrush Award Goes To The FOREO ISSA

I love a techie toothbrush, y’all. I mean yeah, I’ll take it back to the old school days and use a traditional one but when I got the opportunity to test drive the FOREO ISSA toothbrush, my eyes freaking lit up. I had been swooning over that sexy toothbrush since I first heard about it.

FOREO Issa toothbrush

Yes, I swoon over toothbrushes. Don’t be judging me, girl. Dental care is a serious thing and when a revolutionary one hits the market, you’re just a wee bit interested, right? It doesn’t take a rocket science or beauty blogger to take a glance at this toothbrush to know that it ain’t like a traditional electric toothbrush. I’ve been using one of the latter for years with very good results and few complaints. 

FOREO Issa packaging

Yes, I’ve got to change the brush head every 3 months and yessss, the brush heads are a bit pricey, but whatever. That comes with the territory, right? Or at least it USED to. The ISSA is taking things to another level by providing features in a toothbrush that we just haven’t seen before.

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3 Mascara Questions For You!

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask


Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Check out these hot posts circulating internets. 

My Newest Addiction – Laura shares her favorite item from MAC Giambattista Valli and it probably isn’t what you think!

Nouveau Cheap – There’s about to be a new player in the dollar store game, but will this new national chain bring us some new budget-beauty options? Here’s what we know so far.

Prime Beauty – has a love hangover from the new Too Faced Love Flush blush and it’s grrreat!

Phyrra – Have a special event coming up? I’ve got my Summer Wedding Guest Makeup tutorial to share. You’ll look radiant!

we heart this – want to see the look you can cook up with the MAC Cool Neutral palette? We think you kinda do…

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Celebrating Summer (and other occasions) with a Coke

​Man, lemme tell doesn’t even feel like summer JUST started. Remember, I’m in Florida. We are summer. We complain when it gets lower than 70 degrees outside and we complain when it’s hotter than 90 degrees outside. Yet we chose this life.Summer means spending more time outside soaking up Vitamin D (safely, of course) and spending time with friends and family. For the record, I did very little working out to prepare for this summer but whatever. You will still find me in a pool or beach somewhere; pudgy tummy and all. 
Summer also means celebrating Esposo’s birthday! 

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Save More with Groupon Coupons!

You know me, girls. I’m always trying to save you a buck or two. This sponsored post comes to you from Groupon and I’m working together with them to show off something new that they’re doing.  Groupon Coupons!

Groupon Coupons

Have you heard of this? Already a HUGE fan of Groupon, I recently stumbled upon their coupons and shoot, man. I’m bummed out that I didn’t know about them earlier. Did y’all know and just now tell me? If you’re like me, you probably do a ton of research for coupons and discount codes before you shop online, right? I mean, you should. Add Groupon Coupons to that list. Not only do they have coupons from online retailers that you’re probably already shopping from (think Kohls, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s) but you’ll get a huuuuuuge list of various coupons that each retailer has available. 

Take Target for example…

Target Groupon Coupon

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The Clumps Trunk Is Open For Business!

Clumps Trunk

Apparently, you people (and by people, I mean the entire world) like to buy things online. It’s true, isn’t it? I mean…who actually RUNS to the store these days? When you’ve got Amazon Prime, waiting an extra 2 days for whatever you need is actually a pretty good idea. Especially since they deliver on Sundays.

How is that even possible? I can’t get a paycheck on Sunday but I’ll get my Amazon Prime thangs? Mmm. Okay. Well, in honor of #AmazonEverythang, I’ve created my own little Amazon store. I’ve so cleverly named it The Clumps Trunk. In my trunk are items that I’ve personally purchased and LOVE. I’ve got the trunk separated in many different categories.

  • Makeup Thangs
  • Nail Polish Life
  • Books I Love
  • Natural Hair Faves
  • Skincare
  • Baby/Toddler Life
  • In the Kitchen
  • Tech
  • Fitness
  • Books Featuring Brown Kids

I’ve also got some recipes coming up and all of the ingredients that I will be listing can be purchased from Amazon. How cool is that? The Clumps Trunk will always be around and it’s open 24/7. And yep, it’s loaded with affiliate links which means if you buy something, I get some pennies. But you were going to buy it anyway, right? See! We all win. 😎

This is why I love y’all. But before I go, check out some of my picks from each category. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Ready To Break Up with Your Makeup?

Break up with your makeupI have a love/hate relationship with my skin. Which I know sounds awful, but hear me out for a minute. Good skin isn’t just a physical thing, it can also be very emotional. When my skin looks good, I feel good. I’m more confident. I tend to smile more and I love using makeup to highlight areas on my skin. But when I’m going through a breakout, I can’t say I’m as confident. I’ve been known to avoid social events simply because I had one too many pimples. It sounds shallow but I know many ladies can relate. Healthy skincare matters. A lot! Lately, I’ve been keeping it simple. You know, nothing too advanced or extraordinary. For a beauty blogger, my routine is actually pretty boring…

  • Cleanse
  • Moisturize
  • Nightly massage
  • Daily lip treatments

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