Sunday, June 3, 2018

Books Read in March, April, & May...

Like I said in my previous post, it's hard for me to post during the week.  Sometimes I put off posting on the weekends too, which is why I have a books read post for you today for the past 3 months.

Books Read in March:

1. Surprise Me -Sophie Kinsella (4 stars)


I love Sophie Kinsella's novels. She is one of my favorite authors and I enjoyed this book just as much as the rest of her novels.

2. What She Knew -Gilly Macmillan (3 stars)



This was a mystery book and while it wasn't my favorite novel, I still enjoyed it.

3. Becoming Ellen -Shari Shattuck (4 stars)



I read Invisible Ellen last year and I knew I had to read this second novel as I enjoyed the first one a lot. If you've ever felt like the odd one out, I highly recommend adding both of these novels to your to be read list.

4. Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) - Sarah Mlynowski (3 stars)


Even though I'm 31, I still enjoy reading young adult novels and I really enjoyed this novel!


Books Read in April:

1. Chaos, Desire, and a Kick-Ass Cupcake -Kyra Davis (3 stars)



This is the 7th novel in the Sophie Katz Murder Mystery series. These books are funny and entertaining and I enjoy them very much.

2. The Woman In The Window -A.J. Finn (4 stars)



This is a great new mystery book and I enjoyed it a lot. If you enjoy reading mysteries then I definitely recommend this book!

3. Girl, Wash Your Face -Rachel Hollis (3 stars)



I love reading self-help/inspirational/inspiring stories and I really enjoyed this book from Rachel Hollis. I wanted to read this book after reading a bunch of blogs that recommended it.

4. Choosing Hope -Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis (5 stars)


As an educator, I felt it imperative to read this novel. Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis was a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School when the tragic shooting happened there in 2012. She saved her entire first grade class by hiding herself and her fifteen 6 & 7 year old first grade students by piling them in to a single-occupancy bathroom. Her story and message of hope and faith and compassion is so inspiring and I recommend this book to everyone!

Books Read in May:

1. I Heart Forever -Lindsey Kelk (3 stars)



Lindsey Kelk is one of my favorite authors. This is the 7th novel in her I Heart series and it was such a great read. I read this book on a plane ride to and from (well I finished it 25 minutes into my flight home) my planner conference trip. It was very enjoyable and held my attention!

2. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo -Amy Schumer (1 star)


I really had high hopes that I would love this book a lot because I like Amy Schumer but I could barely make it through this book. Some chapters were interesting and held my attention, but most chapters, I just wanted to skip. Like I said, I really thought I was going to enjoy this book a lot but it just didn't happen.

3. A Simplified Life -Emily Ley (3 stars)


I love Emily Ley and her brand. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the Go Wild Planner Conference this year and she's such an amazing person. I find her to be an inspiration to me and I really loved her first book (Grace, Not Perfection) and I loved this book as well. I recommend them both!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

What's Up Wednesday: May Edition

 


As much as I would like to blog during the week, my days are really busy at work (I'm a pre-school teacher) and at night, I'm beyond exhausted. I love doing blog link-ups but my posts will have to wait until the weekend.

What We're Eating This Week:
Monday: Cheesburger, veggies, French fries
Tuesday: Ribs, potatoes, veggies
Wednesday: Steak, veggies, potatoes, salad
Thursday: Quesadillas, chips & salsa
Friday: Salad with chicken
Saturday & Sunday: Not sure

What I'm Reminiscing About...

Growing up, during the Summer, we always spent a week at a lake that was about 4 hours from where we lived. Some of my favorite moments have been made at that lake. Lately, I've been thinking about all of the fun times and memories made there and I've been wanting to go back so badly. However, I don't live in that state anymore, and I will only be going back to visit for a week this Summer so I won't be able to go back. I'm hoping next Summer to take two weeks off of work during the Summer and to spend a few days at the lake.



^Pictures from last trip to the Lake a few years back.^

What I'm Loving...

My job! I mentioned above that I'm a pre-school teacher. I work in the 2 1/2 year old room and I love it. The days can be long and I'm often beyond exhausted at the end of the day but I absolutely love what I do.

Credit: Pinterest

What I've Been Up To...

In the beginning of May, I attended my second Go Wild Planner Conference. This year it took place in Austin, Texas and it was such an amazing experience. I absolutely love seeing my planner friends and getting to spend time with them, especially the friends I talk to a lot online but don't get to see in person often. At my job, we celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week and I was not expecting anything at all from my students and I was blown away with the sweet cards, flowers, and gifts I received. On Mother's Day, I got to spoil my favorite person ever, my mom, who is my absolute best friend. I brought her a blouse she had been wanting and I treated her to brunch. At work, we celebrated our grand re-opening because our company name changed. I had family come visit this past week. I wasn't able to take time off work but I was able to spend a little time with my nephews M (6) & A (1 1/2) at night.


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What I'm Dreading:

The hot Summer months ahead. I love the Summer but I have lived in the South now for almost 15 years and I'm still not used to the ridiculously hot and humid here they have here. I get hot really easily and I hate the feeling of being hot.

What I'm Working On...

Trying to doing a deep clean of my room.

What I'm Excited About...

A big planner meet up happening next month, my dad coming to visit me next weekend, and an upcoming trip back home to NY to visit family.

Credit: Pinterest

What I'm Watching/Reading:

Watching: Total Bellas, The Bachelorette, Chrisley Knows Best, Good Witch, Mets baseball, and Netflix.

Reading: I'm currently reading A Discovery of Hope by T.I. Lowe.


What I'm Listening To...

At work, lots of Kidz Bop. At home, lots of country music, Ed Sheeran, & James Bay.

What I'm Wearing...

The same thing as always... shirts/tank tops, jeans/shorts.

What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Lots of relaxing, trying to catch up on some blog posts, and cleaning my room.

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

My niece A turns 9, two planner meet ups, a visit from my dad, the start of Summer, and the 5 year anniversary of having my cat Pumpkin!

Credit: Pinterest

What Else Is New...

I think I covered everything!

Credit: This Website

Saturday, May 26, 2018

TBB Asks: May Entertainment Edition


1. Comedy or Drama?

I enjoy both but I prefer a drama.

2. Fiction or Non-Fiction?

As an avid reader, I do enjoy both but my heart belongs to ficition.

3. Movies in Theater or At Home?

Again, I enjoy both but if it's a movie I really want to see, I definitely want to see it in the theater.

4. Musical or Play?

I love both musicals and plays but I would say I prefer musicals more.

5. Which Meal of The Day is Your Favorite To Eat Out?

I love to eat breakfast out but don't get to do it too often, so I would say dinner.

6. Favorite Book Ever Read?

Wow, this is a tough one. I would have to say the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo.

7. Game Night: Yes or No?

Yes.

8. Favorite Outside Game To Play?

I don't play outside games to often anymore but as a kid, I absolutely loved man hunt.

9. Favorite TV Series Ever?

Dawson's Creek is my all time favorite. Other series' that were other favorites are: Rookie Blue, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, One Tree Hill, 7th Heaven, Beverly Hills 90210, Third Watch.

10. Sitcoms Growing Up or Sitcoms of Today?

Definitely, sitcoms growing up!

11. Miniature Golf or Bowling?

I enjoy both but if I had to choose one, it would be bowling.

12. Favorite Movie Theater Candy?

Sour Jacks.

13. How do you like your popcorn?

Butter and salt.

14. 3D Movies with the Glasses: Yes or No?

No, because I wear glasses for distance and I don't like having to wear the glasses on top of them.

15. Favorite Genre of Books To Read?

Chick-lit/fiction.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

What's Up Wednesday: April Edition



1. What We're Eating This Week...

Monday: Yogurt parfait with vanilla yogurt, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, and granola
Tuesday: Mac & Cheese, Cucumbers
Wednesday: Pizza Night
and I'm not sure about the rest of the week.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

With my second Go Wild Planner Conference coming up next week, I'm reminiscing about my first Planner Conference last year in Nashville, TN!





^I met the amazing Shay Shull from the Blog, Mix & Match Mama! My favorite blogger! Shay was so sweet and so awesome. It was such an honor to meet her.^

^I met the one and only Erin Condren! She is so down to earth and the absolute sweetest!^

3. What I'm Loving...

I recently started working in the 2B room at work (2 1/2-3 year olds) and I'm loving my new room and the other teacher I work with!

Credit: This Twitter

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

Working and relaxing on my off days. I recently had lunch and went to Hobby Lobby with my friend Lisa this past weekend.


5. What I'm Dreading...

All of the pollen and my reactions to it: red, watery eyes and sneezing!

6. What I'm Working On...

Nothing at the moment.

7. What I'm Excited About...

My second Go Wild Planner Conference which is next week!

8. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Watching: Regular TV shows, lots of Mets games, Philadelphia 76er's playoff basketball games, and Netflix.
Reading: I just started reading The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.

9. What I'm Listening To...

James Bay, Ed Sheeran, Kenny Chesney, Julianne Hough and I've been listening to the song The Middle by Zedd & Marren Morris on repeat! I love that song!

10. What I'm Wearing...

Shirts, shorts/pants.

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

Packing for my trip, cleaning, and relaxing.

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

Go Wild Planner Conference, Mother's Day, Local planner meet up, family visit, niece M's birthday.

13. What Else Is New...

I think I covered everything.

Bonus Question:

What's your favorite Mother's Day gift to give?

I love to buy my mom something she's really been wanting. This year I'm giving her a really pretty blouse she wanted and taking her out to brunch on Mother's Day.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

What's Up Wednesday? on a Thursday...



1. What I'm Eating This Week...

Monday: Chicken, potatoes, veggies
Tuesday: Zaxby's
Wednesday: Fish, quinoa, carrots & cucumber stickers with ranch dressing
Thursday: Not sure
Friday: Not sure
Saturday: Probably out to eat with family
Sunday: Family dinner for Easter

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

My trips to Turks & Caicos in 2012 & 2017. I wish I was swimming in the beautiful Caribbean ocean as we speak. #myhappyplace



3. What I'm Loving...

That baseball season is finally here! Hip Hip Hooray for Opening Day! Let's Go Mets!



4. What I've Been Up To:

I celebrated St. Patrick's Day with my mom, step-dad, and Grandma. We had a yummy dinner of corn beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and Irish Soda bread and we had a delicious desert of cupcakes and red & green Jello. I attended two planner meet ups this month, including one in which I got to see some of my planner besties who I don't get to see very often and we celebrated my friend N at her baby shower!

Credit: Heather Stilufsen 


5. What I'm Dreading...

Being in constant pain everyday because of my RA.

6. What I'm Working On...

Nothing much at the moment.

7. What I'm Excited About...

I have family visiting this coming week and I'm super excited to spend time with them. I won't be able to spend much time with them during the week as I have to work but Saturday and Sunday will be filled with lots of family and auntie time! Also, I'm super excited that today is the opening day for Major League Baseball. Let's Go Mets!

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8. What I'm Watching/Reading:

Watching: All of my regular TV shows and Bloodline and Fuller House on Netflix. And as of today, lots of baseball.
Reading: I'm currently reading Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski.

9. What I'm Listening To...

I'm listening to lots of James Bay & Ed Sheeran.

10. What I'm Wearing...

A mix of long and short sleeved shirts (the weather has been wacky here) and pants/jeans.

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

Spending lots of quality family/auntie time with my family that is visiting!




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

My sister C's birthday, my friend L's birthday, Easter, family visiting, a planner meet up and lots of baseball watching!



13. What Else Is New...

I think I covered everything.

Bonus Question:

What's Your Favorite Easter Tradition?

Growing up, we always had an Easter egg hunt and we had Easter dinner together as a family.


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