Remember how I planned to do monthly favorites posts this year? I'm still doing that, but since I only had one or two favorites in February, I decided to put my February and March favorites into the same post.
Back in mid-February, I read the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor on the recommendation of Megan Duke (who loves the series so much she has one of the the quotes as a tattoo). I was blown away! I tend to stay away from Paranormal YA, simply because a lot of authors put too much emphasis on the supernatural aspects of their characters, without bothering to create a realistic setting for the story. Daughter of Smoke & Bone doesn't have this problem. Everything about it pulled me in from the beginning, and it has everything you could want from a good series: 3-dimensional characters, romance (but not so much as to overpower the message of the story), character development, humor, and yes, loss. 5/5 stars!
My next favorite is something I'm really excited about - my healthy 3 ingredient chocolate bites! They're delicious, especially with strawberries, they only take about 5 minutes to make, and they're super healthy! Bonus: you can make as many or as few as you like. Full recipe coming soon.
I'm a big Disney fan, and when I finally got around to watching Big Hero 6 with my favorite kiddo, I loved it. There was plenty of action, but also some really emotional moments that had me tearing up. I'm a baby; at one point Mackenzie reached over, patted my shoulder, and said "It's not that sad, Lainey. Baymax comes back". It's a great movie, whether you watch it with kids or by yourself.
A few weeks ago, in an effort to cut down on the number of toxins I willingly put in my body, I purged all of my makeup. All of it. Everything that had a rating higher than a two on the EWG Skin Deep Database was either chucked into the trash bin or passed on to one of my friends. As you can imagine, that left me in need of some new, all natural makeup. After doing some research, I decided to take a chance and buy the Southern Belle Cream Foundation, Concealer, and Mineral Powder Foundation (plus some samples) from Cowgirl Dirt. All of their products are completely natural, and they're great! Since I've started using Cowgirl Dirt instead of my chemical laden products, my skin has cleared up drastically, and I need far less makeup.
(hey, short hair!)
My last favorite is this Stripe It Lucky Skirt from Modcloth. I snagged this last month on sale for $20, and since then I've started wearing it with everything. I like that I can dress it up with heels and a blazer, or dress it down with Converse and a henley, plus it's adorable without being too preppy!
What have you fallen in love with this month? Let me know in the comments.