5 Facts About Me!

There’s been a tag circling around on Instagram called “5 facts about me” and I thought that since I did it on my IG account that I would do it here as well and elaborate a little bit more about each one!

 

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My favorite color is and always has been purple! The color that I can’t stand the most is pink. Honestly it’s just too girly of a color. Yes I realize that I am a girl. But that does not mean that I have to like the color pink!

 

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My boyfriend and I have known each other since kindergarten, but we just started dating this past October. We started talking in July and we have officially been together for almost 3 months (it will be 3 months on February 14th). Honestly I couldn’t be happier. He’s the best thing that has ever walked into my life and I am very grateful to have him in my life. I wouldn’t change a single thing except for that we could’ve reconnected sooner. But God had a plan for both of us, and honestly he walked into my life at exactly the right time. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the two of us.

 

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I asked for and received a ukulele for Christmas so I could try to learn to play it just for the heck of it. Though I haven’t learned anything yet I am practicing and I enjoy it very much! Sometimes you just need to find something new to be passionate about. I’ve always loved music and this was something I wanted to try!

 

My favorite shows are Grey’s Anatomy, This Is Us and Friends! I have seen every episode of each of these.
Grey’s Anatomy and Friends I have seen every episode at least a dozen times and I could watch them over and over again. They never get old honestly.
I’ve seen every episode of This Is Us and though I love the show and I enjoy it very much, I cannot watch those episodes more than once. I cry like a baby each and every episode. Not that I’m saying that the other two shows don’t make me cry because they do. But this one really makes me cry, like ugly cry.

 

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Lastly, my faith. My faith is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. I was born and raised a Catholic and my faith and beliefs in God have gotten me thorough some really tough times. Without it I wouldn’t be half of the person that I am.

 

If you haven’t done this tag then I tag you to do it (on your blog or IG, or both! Your pick!!) I look forward to reading them!

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Favorite Fitness Apps and Why

Happy Friday Friends!!

Today I thought that I would share with you some of my favorite fitness apps and why I enjoy them so much. These of course are in no particular order.

 

1.C25K

If you are not a runner and would like to be this is the best place to start! Honestly it helped me so much. It starts you out with running for only a minute and then walking for 90 seconds. You continue this pattern over I believe a 30 minute time period. Honestly it works great and if you’re already a runner then it does a good job at helping you mix up your running routine. I’ve also used it to help me increase my speed a little.

2.Fitbit

I have the Fitbit Blaze and I of course love the Fitbit app for obvious reasons! I don’t think that I need to get too into this one!

 

3.Beachbody On Demand

I’ve been doing a lot of Beachbody programs recently which means that having my Beachbody on Demand (BBOD) app on my phone comes in handy! I enjoy being able to do my workout somewhere else if I didn’t have a chance to do it at home!

 

4.MyFitness Pal

I will be honest I don’t use this one anymore BUT it’s not because I don’t like the app! I just am doing a program and have been tracking my food differently. I find it when I count calories that I actually do worse. Probably because I start to stress about every little thing that I’m eating and I do not like doing that!

 

Are you a fitness person?? Do you have any fitness apps that are your absolute favorite? If so what are they?? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

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WonderlandiansBooks Book Tag!

Happy Wednesday Friends!! So as I was glancing through some of the amazing blogs that I follow I came across this tag from WonderlandiansBooks and I just had to do it!! (If you click the link it will take you to the original post! Give this wonderful lady some love by commenting and reading her tag post! I know I really enjoyed it!) So I thought I would give it a shot and answer the questions as well!

 

1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?
I do actually! Which makes me really sad because I love reading and honestly as much as I’ve tried to enjoy audio books I just can’t stay focused! Now I can read a quick text message or something like that but to sit and read a book in a car that’s moving (especially if it’s a hilly or bumpy ride…) no way!

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Hmm that’s a great question. Out of the authors that I have read so far I would say that the author that sticks out to me the most is probably say that I especially felt that Amy Gentry (particularly in her book Good As Gone). Click the link to find my review on that! In this book in particular she jumps in her story line and even though I thought this would drive me insane it didn’t! It helped to tell the story and it made me appreciate it a little more.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Okay, I’ve read both and I’ve seen the movies for both. So with that being said I would have to say Harry Potter all the way. I enjoyed every book and would (and do plan to this summer actually) read them all again. However, it took me forever to complete the Twilight saga.

Don’t get my wrong I loved the first book in the Twilight Saga, and I will forever be #TeamJacob but I will say that Breaking Dawn took me forever to get through. I just didn’t enjoy the story line anymore. It got to a point where it was just too much.

I know this shouldn’t be a deciding factor because movies are not the book but I also could not stand Kristen Stewart as Bella. I know this may not be the most popular opinion but it’s how I feel. I felt like her emotionlessness in her acting really didn’t do the movie any justice. Which is probably why I fell a certain way about the books now. I had this high expectation (shame on me) and when it didn’t live up to it, I just gave up.

I will say that I loved J.K Rowling’s writing style very much and immediately fell in love with the characters. I especially connected with Hermione. I feel like when you can connect with a character or multiple characters in a story then you are more likely to enjoy it.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
I do not. I carry an over the shoulder bag. It has books (2 currently), my laptop, folders and papers for work.

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes, actually I do. Especially when they’re new. Judge me it’s fine!

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
Both, doesn’t bother me either way!

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
Twilight. Now that I think about it honesty. I mean….maybe that’s just me but, I really didn’t connect with it and like I said earlier I just couldn’t get through the last book and now that I think about it the poor writing is probably why.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I would say that my favorite memory of books from my childhood would include “Is your momma a llama”, my parents told me that I used to make them read it to me all the time!

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?
I believe it is The Grownup by Gillian Flynn. It’s less than 100 pages I believe.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
I believe one of the Harry Potter Books. If not it’s The Trespasser by Tana French.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I am not a writer other than my blog. However I have considered writing before.

12. When did you get into reading?
I always loved reading but I really gained a passion for it in 7th grade after reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

13. What is your favourite classic book?
To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch 22, The Outsiders, Fahrenheit 451, The Catcher in the Rye

14. In school what was your best subject?

Science and English.
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?
I would probably give it a second chance because I feel like that would be the universes was of telling me I need to give it a second chance.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Hmmm.. that’s a good question. I would say the Kite Runner but I feel like those might be more popular now that the movies are out.

17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?
Forgetting to pre-write or pre-plan and realizing the night before it’s supposed to go up that I haven’t written it and scrambling to get it done in a decent amount of time so I can go to bed.

18. What is your favorite word?
I don’t think that I have ever been asked that question before. I’m not sure I have a favorite word.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
I am a nerd 100%. Maybe a little bit of a dork too!

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Vampires all the way. Though I haven’t read any Vampire series that I really loved (yet), Vampire Diaries (the show) was my jam!

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Angels. I don’t know what a shapeshifter is. Maybe I should though.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves. #TeamJacob (honestly the only good thing about Twilight. Unpopular opinion I know).

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Zombies! Honestly because I am obsessed with The Walking Dead.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
I tend to gravitate towards novels with Love Triangles in them.

25. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Both! I love my romance books but sometimes action or suspense is great too!

 

This was so much fun to do! If you complete this please tag WonderlandiansBooks ! If you haven’t already you should check out her blog! It’s great!

 

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Teacher Memes

Friends! We all know that we deserve a good laugh every once in a while right?!? Well I compiled some of my favorite teacher memes and thought that I would share them with all of you! Happy Monday!

 

 

coffee

I mean this doesn’t exist but I think it should…anyone else??? Especially on a Monday morning!

 

you is teacher

I mean….true. Just a week or so ago I spent $40 alone just in the Dollar Spot at Target…the DOLLAR spot! That’s crazy! But the Dollar Spot is irresistible….am I right?

 

 

Winter BreakThis was also me last week after having Monday off for MLK Day and then having a snow day Tuesday and Wednesday and then working Thursday and then a Teacher Work Day on Friday….I mean…what day is it? What time is it? Where am I? hahah

 

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I mean this really couldn’t be more accurate. I think they find it enjoyable to test us like this.

 

summer break

Well I mean it is nice to have summers off….but we really don’t get summers off. With professional development and worrying and planning for the following school year. If you have kids of your own…add that into the mix and you definitely don’t get a summer break!

 

Stay in your seat

Oh my best friend just got up to get a tissue…I suddenly also need a tissue! Susie needs a tissue, Jimmy needs a tissue….NO! It’s not a party at the tissue box or the trash can!

 

Sick Kids

Or the kid that said they puked before they got to school yet mom and dad insist that he/she is fine. NO! You are infecting me and my entire room and the rest of the school. Please stay home! I love you and I want you to learn but I do not want to nor can I afford to be ill!

 

Seating Chart

I mean really does this even need an explanation? No it doesn’t. We’ve all been there.

 

Mental Break down

Or throw a kid out the window….or accidentally cuss. Just breathe and count to 10…or 100. Whichever helps.

 

Line leader

This one is one of my favorites. Especially with the little ones because there’s always that one kid that just needs to be first or it’s the end of the world!

 

Giving Directions

My favorite line when this happens, “Please pay attention next time, and ask a friend/neighbor that was listening” they love when I say that! (Please note the sarcasm!)

 

Cold

This is how I feel when one student gets sick…one gets it, we’re all getting it. That’s when the airborne and the Lysol come out hard! No sickness for me!

 

Bleeding Dying

This is my favorite line. I mean seriously sometimes I feel like I have the whole class at my desk or at my hip for the smallest thing! Billy looked at me funny. Susie is playing with her crayon box. JUST SIT DOWN! Unless you or your neighbor is on fire, bleeding or dying please sit so I can teach! Sometimes I humor them and let them tell me whatever it is, but sometimes I just can’t!

 

Bathroom

Yeah no. Not happening. You only want to go because your friend did I’m sure.

 

Assembly

Or for those of us who teach at a Catholic School….church. I hate when I can’t get a kids attention and I have to climb through rows of kids like a crazy person to get them to knock it off when they know better!

 

Well friends I hope that these gave you a laugh on this Monday! I hope you have an amazing week!

What is your favorite teacher meme?? Drop it in the comments below!

 

**Also please note I got these off of Pinterest and do not know who the original owners are but none of these are my photos and I not taking credit for them**

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I’m Starting Another BB Program!

Well by the time you’re reading this I am on day 5 of this new program. You’re probably sitting there thinking well what program is it???

80 day obsession

80 days of workouts.

80 days of eating healthy.

80 days of awesome results!

 

If you’re looking for an amazing total body transformation program this is it! However the focus is primarily on glute and core training…I mean who doesn’t want better abs and a nicer butt???

80 day obsession is an effective, step-by-step program that focuses on building and shaping a curvy butt while simultaneously shrinking your waist. 80 days of obsessive focus on your health and fitness and nutrition.

Is it going to be intense? Oh yes! The workouts range anywhere from 45-60 minutes and sometimes focus on one particular area. This week our schedule looked like this:

Monday: Total Body Core (60 minutes)
Tuesday: Booty (60 minutes)
Wednesday: Cardio Core (40 minutes)
Thursday: AAA (Arms, Abs and A**) (49 minutes)
Friday: Legs (46 minutes)
Saturday: Cardio Flow (31 minutes)
Sunday: Roll and Release (19 minutes)

I’m sitting here writing this on Tuesday after completing the Booty workout and let me tell you I can feel the burn! The first phase follows this same schedule except the times change a little bit.

I am very excited to continue with this program and to see the results. Let me just say that even after ONE week I can already FEEL a difference!

I know this is short BUT stay tuned for updates coming up throughout the next 80 (75 now!) days!!

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Choose Kind…

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‘My name is August. I won’t describe to you what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie’s parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder, is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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Sitting here literally minutes after finishing the book I am still in tears. Coincidentally enough as I finished the book and posted it on my IG story, a fellow teacher friend replies and says to me “there’s a story on ABC right now about The Wonder Boy” and of course I had to turn it on. I’m sitting here yet again in tears because this little kid says to the news lady after she asks them if any of them were nervous about meeting Nathaniel:

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And I am sobbing uncontrollably! But anyways! Let’s get back to the review because I could talk for hours about how that little comment gave me chills and how I wish that more kids thought that way. But we’ll get back to that later.

Wonder is one of those books that makes you really think. It makes you want to go and hug everyone you see. Personally I wanted to go into the book and hug Auggie and his family. I wanted to hurt some people at times too and then I wanted to hug some of those same people for the amazing things that they in turn did for Auggie. If you have not yet read this book, if you do and you come back and tell me it doesn’t make you look at the world a little differently…I’m doing to tell you to read it again.

I can honestly say that reading this book has changed me. I wish that this book had been around when I was growing up. Now granted I can honestly say that I was lucky and that I had a good childhood. I went to a small private Catholic school and bullying was not tolerated. We also had such a small class and we had all been in the same class since preschool or kindergarten so we were honestly like family. There was no teasing. I got lucky. Now being a teacher…I see that some kids are not that lucky, and kids can be down right mean.

Being a kid in today’s world can be terrifying. If you felt that way when you were growing up I can promise you that you will appreciate Auggies story. Even if you didn’t experience that (I didn’t) you will appreciate it. Just make sure that as you’re reading it…you’re really reading it. Let it all sink in as you read the words.

Imagine how terrifying it would be, as a 10-year old, to enter a new school…let alone a school for the first time. That is what Auggie had to deal with. As if that isn’t enough, he also has a severe facial deformity that can….stop strangers in their tracks. This right here is going to make all of the usual trials and tribulations of a fifth grader even more heightened and intense.

This well written story about growing up highlights Auggies smart and funny personality that wins over the hearts of many (including the readers). Mostly Auggie’s smart and funny personality captured the heart of his Middle-School Director…Mr. Tushman.

When Auggie first met Mr. Tushman he did not want to be attending school. He was very apprehensive about this new journey he was about to embark on, but Mr. Tushman ensured him that he would make sure that his first year in school, would be a good one.

We follow Auggie through a year that is full of ups and downs. Despite Auggie’s positive attitude through it all, this story is not an easy one to read. If you tend to get emotional I suggest having some tissues ready. My emotions ranged from crying hysterically to laughter, to anger. Not all kids are nice. –> That kills me. Some kids have a tendency to put up a front when adults are around and as soon as no one is looking…they show their true colors. As if kids weren’t mean enough sometimes….even some of the adults are just cruel.

Though the book is primarily written from the perspective of Auggie, we get to hear from a few other characters POV as well. We hear from six different characters throughout the course of this story and I loved hearing from each of them. I felt that each voice played an important role in Auggie’s story, giving us a direct view into Auggie’s beautiful soul.

 

I will not include any spoilers. But I will say that as I approached the end of the book, like I said earlier, I found myself crying uncontrollably. Now you’re probably thinking – great something bad happens and no one wants to deal with that. But you’re wrong! They were tears of joy. The message that comes from reading this book is one that everyone can deserve to hear. This story will break your heart…but it should also inspire you.

Despite all that Auggie has been through I personally feel that he has more courage, heart and determination to get through life than most of us ever will. I personally think that the big take away message can be summed up in a few words…

“Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you”….The Golden Rule.

I personally love that this book is geared towards children of this age because honestly this is a rough time for them. They are changing, their bodies are changing they want to be cool but sometimes they want to do the right thing. I feel like making this a priority read for students of this age group (10-12 year olds) we will begin to see a shift in how our kids act. I hope that any child that reads this (anyone that reads this really) is left with a better understanding about the importance of being considerate towards others and empathetic towards others as well.

 

Now that I feel like I have rambled enough…I have but one more thing to say…

No matter where you go, what you do or what people say to you or how they treat you always remember….

 

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My All Time Favorite Planner

 

For the past 3 years I have owned a KitLife Planner…and once you see the inside of it I’m sure you will know why!

 

First let’s just start off with the cover…the normal cover itself is honestly just amazing and I love it! But KitLife stepped up their game (not like they needed to or anything!) and added in Clip Covers!! Let me tell you I had one heck of a time choosing a clip cover!! They are all literally amazing!

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This is what the cover looks like without the clip cover on it. I mean isn’t it just stunning? The color is not showing up very well on camera (bad lighting I know I’m sorry!) But it is like a pale blue (almost a sky blue color) with white writing and beautiful detailing. I love it so much! I got it with the silver coil!

Now lets go on to what it looks like with the clip cover!!!!

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Lets just talk about this clip cover for a second! One…it’s purple, your girls favorite color! And I just love the Bible verse on the front! I feel like this year is a year that I have so many big plans for myself and I felt that this fit perfectly! They had so many different options I honestly almost ordered two…but I couldn’t decide on a second one! Maybe later in the year I will order myself another one and switch it out! We shall see!

Now let’s take a look at the inside because this is what I love most about this planner!

By the way I don’t think I mentioned it, I got the weekly planner with the teacher extension and I love it!

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This is probably one of my favorite features of this planner! Not only does it have little motivational quotes and sayings but it also has what they call the Quarterly Check-In! So every quarter you can answer the questions and kind of check in with yourself. Are you taking the time out to do the things you wanted to do? Are you taking care of yourself? I love this!!

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Before the start of each month you get a page that looks like this. I love taking a minute or two to really read through all of this because it gives you some amazing tips and tricks on things to do for yourself throughout the month! It has some really great tips and tricks on it and I really enjoy this amazing page!

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Of course you get a monthly calendar page! Yes my planner is color coordinated. If I didn’t do this I wouldn’t be able to keep my life straight!

 

Of course you get daily pages as well. Each day has a special motivational quote on it as well. I really love that added touch! You have a HUGE open space to add whatever you want at the very top. For me this is were I put special events (birthdays or parties or special things for work, even lesson plans). In the bottom left hand corner you have a Schedule from 6am – 8pm to write specific things – again another thing I love! This is where I write my daily class schedule, when I teach at the gym and my daily personal workouts. Yes I schedule my workouts! If you don’t….give it a try. I promise it makes a difference. Then next to that you have “The Big 3” –> what are the 3 things you must accomplish today? Write them here and check them off when they are done! You have a “wellness” section – this is where I like to write if had a good day with my health and fitness, if I drank all of my water things like that. And the last box is a Gratitude box which I love! What were you grateful for that day? Write it down. I like to treat my planner like its a journal. I can look back and see how the year has changed and how I have changed over the year. On the Saturday and Sunday page there is no time schedule or the other additions, it just has Saturday and Sunday and then a “Peek at the Week” which is fine by me! I tend to not do too much on the weekends so it’s not necessary to have all that extra space or stuff to worry about! And I love the Peek at the Week! I can write super important things that are coming up in the next week because ya girl is forgetful!

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Raise your hand if you love to color and doodle….if you didn’t raise your hand I think you’re lying to yourself! This is probably one of my favorite things about this planner (how many times have I said that?!?). Doodle break! Every once in a while throughout this planner you find a page like this that you can color on, write a special quote, or just doodle or do whatever you want. We’re adults sure but guess what, we need to take care of us and sometimes taking a minute (or 20) to color and just relax is exactly what we need and we don’t always think to take the time for stuff like that. I love that this planner reminds me to do that for myself!

 

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Have you ever said to yourself…I’m going to make a list and start my shopping for the Holidays early….yeah me too! Do I do that? Not usually…but this planner does help to remind me! Do I use this page…yes I do! I make my list and I try to remember to start early but…life happens. But it’s the thought that counts right?!?!? I try!

 

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The teacher part!!! This is at the back of the book and is the cutest thing ever!!! I just love it! Here are some pictures of what the rest of it looks like!

 

I really can’t say enough how much I just love this planner! I am obsessed with it! If you want one for yourself go to the  KitLife website and then you can use this link to earn 50 points towards your purchase! (No this post is not sponsored, they just offer an awesome rewards program that allows you to earn money off of your purchases when you sign up for the rewards program…who doesn’t want to save some $$$ ???)

Do you have a favorite planner?? What is it?? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!

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{ Book Blogger Hop } January 12th – 18th


Book Blogger Hop

 

 

Hello there blog friends!! Welcome to my first ever Book Blogger Hop! I am super excited and I hope that you are too! I found this via one of my Book Blogger groups on facebook thanks to Ginger Mom Reads (be sure to check out her blog too it’s awesome!).

This amazing Book Blogger Hop is hosted by the amazing Billy from Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and I am very excited to be hopping on this fun train!!

But anyways a little bit about this Book Blogger Hop. Here’s what happens. There’s a question selected for each week that we can answer for you guys and if you click the link at the top of this post you can find links to even more book bloggers who have answered the same question. It’s pretty cool! So I figured every once in a while I would add an extra post in and share with you a Book Blogger Hop! So here’s my first one!

This weeks question comes from Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer 

 

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Here my friends is my answer! Now my TBR list is honestly like a mile long so….I’m only going to give you a few!

1.Wonder by RJ Palacio (**I just finished this one! Come back Wednesday for my full review!)
2. Ballardvale Blues by Rachel Veznaian
3. How to be a BAWSE by Lilly Singh (I’m re-reading this one!)
4. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
5. Chemistry by Weike Wang
6. As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

 

Let me know what you think of this extra post in the comments below! I probably won’t do this very often BUT I thought it would be fun to do every once in a while! While you’re at it let me know what titles YOU are excited to read this year!

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Me Time Tag 2018

1. What do you watch or read during your me time? reading clipart

If I am reading something it’s whatever book I am currently reading. If I decide to watch something I usually start with my YouTube videos that I need to catch up on and then I will switch it over to Netflix and watch whatever show I am currently binging. Unless it’s football season…then the answer is always, I repeat always football!

2. What do you wear during your me time?

Whatever makes me comfy! Sometimes some warm pj’s, but usually a pair of shorts and a t-shirt so that I can snuggle up under a nice blanket!

3. What are your favorite me time beauty products?

Occasionally a face mask. Usually the one by Mary Kay, sometimes a sheet mask. It depends on my mood!

 4. Current favorite nail polish…

Hmmm….good question because I change my nail polish every week and I usually don’t wear the same color back to back!

5. What do you eat or drink during Me Time?

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A hot cup of tea or coffee, sometimes wine 🙂

6. Current favorite candle.

Purple Sands.

7. Do you ever have outdoor me time?

summertime

In the summer all the time! I love laying in the sun with a good book. I could literally spend all day out there!

8. Would you ever go see a movie alone?

Probably not. If I’m going to see a movie I want to experience it with someone.

9. Favorite online shop?

Currently Zulily.

 10. Favorite Me Time music?

Country or whatever my favorite song is at the moment. So right now it would be Out Loud and Satellite by Gabbie Hanna (she’s a youtuber if you don’t know who she is check her out and listen to her music because she is FIRE!)

11. How would you spend a kid free day?

Well I don’t have any kids of my own BUT I am a teacher so my “kid free” days are spend usually thinking about how I can better assist my kiddos.

12. What else do you do during Me Time?

Naps take all the naps!

Me time is so important for your mental and physical health! Here are some things that “me time” can help with…

-Reboots your brain
-Helps you unwind
-Improves your concentration
-Makes us more productive
-Gives your room for self-discovery
-Allows time for deep thinking and reflection
-Aids in problem solving
-Enhances our relationships

Day in and day out we deal with stress between work and home life that occasionally we need some time to unwind and just do what makes us happy.

What is your favorite “me time” activity? Or if you have a blog and want to do this tag please feel free! I would love to read your responses!

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Lucky by Alice Sebold

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In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit – as she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and confidence to help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved”.

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This is what I remember”…the first line of Lucky. This disturbing yet well written novel is the memoir of Alice Sebold’s rape and the aftermath of it. Just like her novel The Lovely Bones (see my review by following this link) the first line sucks you in, gets you hooked. It’s the kind of first line that demands that you continue to read. I mean if I didn’t I would constantly be wondering….what do you remember? About what? What happened? There are so many questions that flood through my head after reading a line like that. Bravo to Miss Sebold for being an impeccable writer. Each word after these first very important words, are a testament to how brave Sebold is and how amazing of a writer she is, each page following those first five words are an act of courage.

Even before her actual first words of this amazing memoir, Sebold leaves an even bigger impression on us with her title…think about it for a minute…Lucky. It’s a memoir about how she was raped and beaten…nearly to death….remember i said nearly. So is her title supposed to be ironic? Somewhat humorous? Personally I think it’s her way of telling the truth. Think about it, she could have died. Her attacker could have beaten her to death, he could have done worse to her. It had happened before. She say that in her brief prologue:

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Lucky was published in 1999 and as you can imagine there came great backlash with the book. As did her New York Times bestseller, The Lovely Bones. In all honesty it’s hard these days to find people who can say kind words about these books. Eight years later and it has become all too easy to pretend that this book didn’t have an impact on us or that it didn’t touch us in some type of way.

Unlike some memoirs, Sebold did a nice job making sure that she kept hers from seeming commercialized. Everyone has a story, and everyone is entitled to tell that story sure but sometimes it’s done for the wrong reason. Sebold’s memoir served as a form of therapy almost for her. As you read you can hear the intensity in the words yet she continues to write…especially about such a private thing.

Her writing in both Lucky and The Lovely Bones were an even exchange between clinical and almost poetic. Her writing alternates between short and simple sentences and novelistic phrases when it seems appropriate and it makes for a great read. For example, as she describes the awful scene of her rape, you wouldn’t expect it to be poetic or novelistic, and it’s not. She gets straight to the point. She writes nothing but the facts, exactly as the happened. Her detail in these moments is so precise, you want to look away but you also want to continue to read…to have written this any other way, would have been an injustice. At the same time, however, it seems as though you almost shouldn’t be reading it…like you were snooping in your sisters room and found her diary and starting reading it only to this horrific story, one you know you shouldn’t be reading but yet you still are and want to know more. And in an instant, just like that Sebold is able to switch gears.

After her description of the horrific scene that changed her life forever, Sebold’s story changes direction. She begins to tell the story of how she was going to come to grips with that moment and how she would attempt to put her life back together. We follow Sebold through her times of shame, alienation and the inevitable trial of her rapist. Even though she could have spiraled down a rabbit hole with all of these feelings (and to be honest I wouldn’t blame her one bit), she managed to pull herself out of it, she fought against being a victim and she fought for and with herself.

I read Lucky after I read The Lovely Bones. I had never read anything like either of these books and to be honest when I did begin reading them I wasn’t 100% sure that I was going to be able to make it through them. They’re a heavy read, they’re an emotional read, and I remember feeling angry and sad and all of the other feelings one might feel when reading something like this.

I have never experienced what Sebold did, but I do know people who have and I’ve seen them do the same thing she did. They pulled themselves out of the hole that they could have easily fallen into and they pulled themselves up and each day they make the choice to move on with their lives. I commend them for that, I admire their courage, I admire Sebold’s courag. I admire her courage for being able to pull herself out of that hole and I admire her even more for being able to write about it and share it with the world.

Have you read Lucky or The Lovely Bones? If you have what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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