Friday, September 23, 2016

Five on Friday --> September 23, 2016

1. Blogging Rut

I have neglected my poor blog the past month and I'm very sorry about that. I'm going to start posting more often. While I have been reading blogs, I've been slacking on commenting and I must stop this as well.

2. Country Music Festival

The past two years the area where I live has thrown a big Country music festival and next year, one of the headliners is my favorite singer of all time, Kenny Chesney. I'm starting to save money for tickets because I definitely want to attend this concert. I've seen Kenny Chesney in concert three times and he always puts on an amazing & incredible show!

3. Fall TV

This week, many shows started back (or premiered) for the start of the Fall TV schedule. I'm excited for a few new shows & the return of my favorites. Here is what I will be watching/DVRing:

Returning Shows:
Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Law & Order: SVU, The Vampire Diaries, Nashville, Survivor, Grey's Anatomy, Blue Bloods, Quantico, Secrets & Lies, Shades of Blue, The Originals, Criminal Minds, Younger, Dancing With The Stars, Scream Queens, 

New Shows Premiering:
Pitch, This Is Us, Chicago Justice, Kevin Can Wait, Notorious, American Housewife

4. 7 years with Davey Eli

On Monday, the 26th, it will be 7 years that I've had my fur baby, Davey Eli. He is seriously the sweetest cat ever and loves to snuggle, play with his toys, and nap a lot. I'm so thankful and blessed to have him in my life.

5. Planner Meetup

This Sunday, I am attending a planner meetup with my friend Colleen. We are taking a little road trip to get there and I'm so excited to spend the day with Colleen and see my friends at the meetup and have a great time.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. What TV shows are you looking forward to this Fall?

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Reading... I've been catching up on lots of blog posts that I've missed between my Summer job, going to NY to visit family, and having surgery.

Watching... The current seasons of Pretty Little Liars & The Fosters. I also started recording Chesapeake Shores which is a new series on the Hallmark Channel. I'm also watching re-runs of Baywatch. My mom and I are watching Army Wives from the beginning on Netflix and we are currently in the middle of season 5.

Excited... for the start of a new school year. I love the school I work at (part-time) and I would love to find a full time job at this school. I love the students I work with, the staff, and the environment.

Feeling... that time is flying by so quickly. It feels like the year just started but we're already half-way through August.

Wanting... to get my Erin Condren 2017 Life Planner & accessories review up this weekend as I didn't get it done this week.

Loving... my family, being an aunt, my job

Thursday, August 11, 2016


Reading: I haven't started a new book yet. I've been so invested in the Olympics (I watch swimming, gymnastics, diving) and catching up on blog & Youtube videos that I have slacked on my reading. I did recently catch up on reading all of the magazines I had collected over the last few months. I'm definitely not going to be hitting my Goodreads Challenge Goal of reading 75 books this year. That goal was a little too high though considering I read 50 books last year.

Listening/Watching: All of the Olympic coverage regarding swimming, gymnastics, and diving! Whenever I watch swimming in the Olympics, it brings back memories of the years I was on the swim team at my local pool in the Summer. I hated getting up early but when I got in the pool I always had the best times. One of my favorite parts of practice was when the coaches would let us get in the diving end of the pool the last twenty minutes of practice and would make us tread water and we could talk to our team-mates all we wanted. It was so much fun.
Besides the Olympics, I'm watching the current seasons of Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Scream. I'm also catching up on the last 7 episodes of The Originals that aired in the Spring and watching old episodes of Baywatch. And as always, I'm always watching the Mets games.

Feeling: I'm feeling very blessed to have the amazing relationship that I have with my mom. She is my best friend and I'm her biggest fan!

Wanting: To get my blog post reviewing the 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner and the accessories I purchased done by next week!

Excited... To see my local planner girls at the meetup we have this weekend!

Loving... That my nephew N, Facetimed me yesterday and we had a good time talking and laughing together!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016


Feeling... Grateful. I had surgery last week to fix a severely deviated septum and I'm so grateful and relieved that it went well and that the recovery went pretty well too. I had a few days of pain and discomfort and a little sickness from the antibiotics but I'm feeling much better. Aside from the antibiotics making me tired and the fact that I can't blow my nose yet (hoping that the doctor says I can do this soon when I go to my follow up appointment tomorrow), I'm feeling really great.

Reading... I just finished reading "Falling" by Jane Green. I really enjoyed this book except I wasn't that crazy about the ending. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Watching... The current seasons of Scream, The Fosters, Pretty Little Liars, UnReal as well as NY Mets games. My mom and I are still watching Army Wives on Netflix. We're almost done with season 4 which is when we started watching the show when it was originally airing.

Needing... To clean & re-organize my room

Wanting... For time to slow down. I can't believe it's already August! It feels like yesterday we were celebrating Christmas & the holiday season.

Excited... For the Olympics to start tomorrow! I just made a schedule so that I remember to record it when the gymnastics, swimming, and diving events are on.

Loving... That I recently spent a week in NY spending quality time with my family. I got to see my nephews J & N play baseball, see my niece O in a play she was in, see my nephew M in a play he was in and spend lots of quality time with my nieces, nephews, & siblings. My mom and I went to NY together on this trip to visit so it was really fun and great to have her with us!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Books Read in July

Here are the books I read in July:

1. Summer Days & Summer Nights -Mulitiple Authors
(started in June, finished in July)
3.5 out of 5 stars
This is a short story anthology about Summer love. Last Winter, the editor of this book, Stephanie Perkins, came out with a Holiday short story anthology. While I didn't think the Summer edition was as good as the Holiday one, I still really enjoyed it.

2. The Unexpected Everything -Morgan Matson
4 out of 5 stars
Morgan Matson is one of my current favorite Young Adult authors and this novel is her latest release. Just like all of her other books, I really enjoyed this novel. My favorite novel of hers is Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and that was the first book I read of hers.

3. The Summer I Turned Pretty -Jenny Han
3 out of 5 stars
This was the first novel in a trilogy by Jenny Han. One of my favorite things about this series aside from the story line was the setting of the novel.

4. It's Not Summer Without You -Jenny Han
3 out of 5 stars

5. We'll Always Have Summer -Jenny Han
4 out of 5 stars

6. Among The Wicked -Linda Castillo
5 out of 5 stars
This is the eighth novel in the Kate Burkholder series, an Amish mystery series, which is one of my all time favorite book series'. The novels are centered around Kate Burkholder, the Chief of Police in a mostly Amish community. Kate has an unique perspective as she is formerly Amish. I wholeheartedly recommend this series if you love a good mystery!

7. First Comes Love -Emily Giffin
5 out of 5 stars
Yet another fabulous new novel by an author that I love dearly. I'm not great at writing book reviews without giving too much away but I will say that I really enjoyed this novel and read it very quickly.

What books did you read in July?

Friday, July 29, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: July Edition

A little late on this post but I love this link-up.

1. What We're Eating This Week:

Sunday: Fish tacos
Monday: Chicken & beet salad
Tuesday: Pasta
Wednesday: I honestly don't remember
Thursday: Chicken, corn, sweet potato
Friday: Pasta

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Spending quality time with my family in NY last week

3. What I'm Loving...

My family, being an aunt, reading

4. What I've Been Up To...

I had surgery yesterday on my nose and it went well. The next few days I will just be taking it easy and relaxing. Prior to my surgery, I was in NY for a week visiting my family & spending quality time with them.

5. What I'm Dreading...


6. What I'm Working On...

Nothing, really.

7. What I'm Excited About...

The Olympics

8. What I'm Watching/Reading:

Watching: Summer TV shows, old episodes of Baywatch, Mets games
Reading: I just finished reading First Comes Love by Emily Giffin & I am starting Falling by Jane Green next.

9. What I'm Listening To...

Right now, I'm listening to a Hallmark movie called Midnight Masquerade.

10. What I'm Wearing...


11. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Relaxing & taking it easy

12. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

The Olympics

13. What Else Is New...

Nothing much, else.

14. What Was My Favorite Part About Summer...

Spending a week in NY visiting my family, and spending quality time with my mom.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Feeling... Excited for my trip to NY. I'm so eager to spend some much needed quality time with my family, especially my nieces & nephews and siblings.

Reading... "It's Not Summer Without You" by Jenny Han, lots of blog posts, and my magazines that I subscribe to.

Watching... The current seasons of The Bachelorette, The Real Housewives of New Jersey (I'm not a fan of the other cities, but I love the New Jersey one),  Scream, UnReal, Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, Celebrity Family Feud, and a few other shows. Right now, it's the All Star Break for the Mets and their last game was on Sunday. Their next game is on Friday night. I'm also watching old episodes of Baywatch on the POP channel. I always loved that show (even when I was younger) because there was always so many hot guys on that show. LOL. On Netflix, my mom and I are watching Army Wives from the beginning. We are currently in the middle of season 4. I also started to watch Bloodline on Netflix which I'm loving. I'm in the middle of the 6th episode of the first season and am planning on doing a major catch up of seasons 1 & 2 while I'm recovering from surgery.

Thinking About... My upcoming surgery. I'm very nervous and I'm just hoping that the surgery and recovery go well.

Wanting... The books and two CD's I ordered from Amazon to arrive. I also really want to see The Secret Life Of Pets. I've always loved kid movies and it doesn't matter how old I get, I know I always will.

Hoping... To attend my monthly local planner meetup but it's a few days after my surgery so I'm not sure if I will be up to it. I'm going to try and make it though.

Excited... To see my family in NY and for the planner meetup I'm attending this weekend

Loving... Spending quality time with my mom, being an aunt, planning in my Erin Condren Life Planner, watching old episodes of Baywatch