April Favorites & One Very Not-Favorite

April is one of those months that likes to keep me on my toes. Sometimes good things happen. Other years, not so good things happen.

This is one of those not-so good years. I'll get to that, but first the good stuff.

First favorite? The If I Stay trailer. The book is one of my all-time favorites. My little darling kitty Mia? She's named after the protagonist. I know I'll ugly cry in the theater, but I can't wait.

 I've wanted a Kitchen Aid mixer since before I really cooked. I thought about putting one on my wedding registry, but at the time I could barely turn the oven on. When I saw an unbeatable deal for the mixer on QVC, I had to get it. Best life decision ever!

 My skin has been doing all kinds of crazy things this month. It's normally oily, but now it's flaky and irritated. Maybe it's all that stress. This Aveeno Ultra-calming cleanser has helped calm things down a bit.

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repair Oil This stuff is magic in a bottle. It is INSANELY expensive. But thanks to a Sephora VIB sale and some birthday cash, I treated myself to a bottle. Luckily you really don't need much, just a few drops a day. 

Deborah Lippman Nail Laquer in Mermaid's Dream. Deborah Lippman polishes are a splurge for me. I tend to buy them only in those Christmas and Birthday months. I've had my eye on this polish for awhile (I've never seen a color like it!) so I had to grab it.


We just finished the first season of Orphan Black. Bring on season two!

If you're a fan of British mysteries, you must watch The Bletchley Circle. The first season is only three episodes and is on Netflix. I believe season 2 is airing now or just finished airing on PBS. 


Hard Time by Cara McKenna Oh my word does Ms. McKenna know how to write a great story! Her stories aren't for the faint of heart. Heroes tend to be a bit rough around the edges. Heroines have their own baggage. But damn, are her books a ride. She's become an auto-buy author for me.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge What an epic, tortured romance this book is. If you love YA fantasy, you must pick up this book right away.

I ended this month with a very not favorite thing. My dear boy Quincy had been ill for awhile. We took him to the vet last week. Upped his meds. Everything was fine for a few days. Then things took a sharp, downward turn. 

On April 28th (which is also my birthday, unfortunately) our sweet boy went to the great Rainbow Bridge. Losing him only nine months after losing my other best pal, Charlie, has, for lack of a better word, sucked. 

But I think when bad things happen, it shows you who you truly are as a person. My husband and I came home and cried. Then we decided to keep our original plans and go to Richmond for a day of shopping and a nice lunch out. 

It helped take our minds off things. The wound is still fresh. Q was our best boy. Always wanting to be near us. He will be impossible to replace.

So glad April is finally over! Hopefully May will be a better month.