Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2016 Book Survey

Well since we're almost half-way through the year, I decided I should finally post my 2016 Book Survey! 😁

Credit: This Site

Just A Note: These past two years (2016 & 2017), I have been so behind on so many things including reading. I'm hoping to rectify that and other things I've gotten behind on due to various things including lots of sickness, two surgeries, and a busy schedule the last few months.

2016 Book Survey:

1. Currently Reading?

My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

2. Your Book Goal of 2016?

75, I think?

3. How many books read in 2016?

41. I had started the year off good but after my first surgery in the Summer, my reading amount went downhill.

4. Fiction/Non-fiction ratio?


5. Male/Female authors?


6. Favorite Book(s) Read?

Among The Wicked (Book #8 in the Kate Burkholder series) by Linda Castillo, Me Before You -Jojo Moyes, After You -Jojo Moyes, Amazin' Again -Greg W. Prince, One True Loves -Taylor Jenkins Reid

7. Least Favorite(s)?

Everybody Rise -Stephanie Clifford, Room -Emma Donoghue

8. Longest Title?

A Parcel For Anna Browne -Miranda Dickinson

9. Shortest Title?

A few books I read, had one word titles.

10. How Many Re-Reads?


11. How many audio books?


12. How many of this year's books were library books?


13. Favorite cover of a book you read?

Amazin' Again -Greg W. Prince

14. Most Disappointing Book?

Room by Emma Donoghue. I liked the movie but I didn't find the book to be as interesting as the movie which normally, for me, is the opposite. I usually like the book more than the movie.

15. Book that had the greatest impact on you?

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

16. Book you wouldn't recommend to your worst enemy?

I don't have one.

17. 2016 read you recommend the most?

Among The Wicked by Linda Castillo, which is the 8th book in the Kate Burkholder series. U recommend the entire series as it is one of my favorite book series'. I also recommend One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: April Edition

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

Monday: Pasta & Meatballs
Tuesday: Chick Fil A
and I'm not sure about the rest of the week

Credit: This Site

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

The amazing experience I had attending the Go Wild Planner Conference with so many amazing and inspiring ladies, including Erin Condren & her amazing team, and my favorite blogger, Shay Shull of Mix & Match Mama Blog!

3. What I'm Loving...

Being a part of the most amazing community... the planner community. I have met so many amazing women through this community and it has changed my life forever in the most positive way!

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

Traveling to and from Nashville, TN for the Go Wild Conference, spending quality time with my mom, substituting in the classrooms, and trying to organize my room.

5. What I'm Dreading...

Deep cleaning my room and organizing it!

6. What I'm Working On...

Getting back into blogging and making Youtube videos.

7. What I'm Excited About...

I'm really excited that the 2018 Erin Condren Life Planner launches next week! This will be my 8th one!

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

Watching: Regular TV shows, NY Mets baseball games, LA Clippers playoff games, and NY Rangers playoff games!
Reading: I've been slacking really bad in the reading department so far this year. I'm still reading My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella.

9. What I'm Listening To...

Lots of country music: Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw and I've also been listening to Shawn Mendes a lot too!

10. What I'm Wearing...

New clothes from Torrid!

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

Hanging out with some of my local planner friends, unpacking & organizing from the conference, spending time with my mom, watching the NY Mets baseball games.

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

Celebrating my Mom on Mother's Day!


13. What Else Is New...

I think I covered everything!

Bonus Question:

What is your favorite Spring/Summer shoe?

I usually wear sneakers/Keds all of the time. For Summer time, I also like wearing sandals/flip flops but I can't wear them a ton or my feet (I have bad arches) start to hurt.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: March Edition

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

1. Monday: I honestly don't remember what we had.
Tuesday: Steak, Corn, Tater Tots
Wednesday: Salad & Sandwiches

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

The amazing time I had on my trip to Turks & Caicos at the end of February/beginning of March.

3. What I'm Loving...

The planner community.

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

March has been a really busy but fun month! I was in Turks & Caicos for the first 3 1/2 days of March, I substituted a lot, I attended two planner meet ups. At one of the meet ups, we had a baby shower for one of our friends who is pregnant with her first child! This month, my nephew J, turned 11. 

5. What I'm Working On...

Trying to catch up on everything, including: deep-cleaning my room, catching up on blog posts & Youtube videos, making a schedule for my blog posts, organizing a ton of things, etc.

6. What I'm Excited About...

I'm so excited that I'm substituing more! I absolutely love working with children and it's definitely my passion. Seeing children learn, challenge themselves, work hard, and have fun is such a wonderful feeling and to be a part of that is so amazing and rewarding!

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

Another area where I am behind. I have a ton of shows to catch up on and I have definitely not read as much as I've wanted to, so far this year.

Watching: Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice and all of my other TV shows. Starting Monday, baseball is back and I'm so excited!
Reading: I'm currently in the middle of My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella.

8. What I'm Listening To...

Shawn Mendes, Oscar Issac, Kenny Chesney

9. What I'm Wearing...

The regular staples... shirts, dress pants, jeans, etc.

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

I'm planning on doing some more cleaning in my room on Saturday and then just relaxing and on Sunday, I'm hanging out with my friend, Lisa.

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

I have so many fun things happening next month, including a week off from work for Spring Break and my sister C, BIL A, niece A, and nephew M are coming to visit that week! I'm so very excited to see them and spend quality time with them. I will be attending a huge planner conference in Nashville, TN with friends of mine which I'm really excited for. I'm also super excited to go to Nashville for the first time. I'm also really looking forward to the start of baseball season on Monday, celebrating World Autism Day on Sunday, and celebrating Easter on the 16th.

Bonus Question: What is your favorite Spring thing to wear?

I would have to say bright colors, even though I wear them all year round. I also love capri pants!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: January Edition

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

Monday, we had pasta & meatballs and Tuesday night we had leftovers. I'm not sure about the rest of the week though.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Honestly? Nothing at the moment which is a rarity for me.

3. What I'm Loving...

That I'm 3 lbs. away from my first weight loss goal! Since November, I've lost 27 lbs. I'm snacking less, writing down everything that I eat and drink during the day, taking a lot of walks, cutting back on portion sizes, and choosing better food options.

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

I'm still trying to get all of my energy back and feel 100% after having my tonsils out a month ago. I also have been continuing to substitute.

5. What I'm Dreading...

Nothing at the moment.

6. What I'm Working On...

I'm trying to get all caught up on reading blogs and blog posts that I want to make. I also have some Periscope videos to make as well as a Youtube video.

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

Watching: All of my regular TV shows
Reading: I'm still reading Christmas books and I need to get my butt in gear because I'm still on the book that I started at the beginning of the month. I've been slacking on reading.

8. What I'm Listening To...

Matthew Morrison, Kenny Chesney, Andy Grammer, Kate Voegele

9. What I'm Wearing...

Shirts/sweaters, jeans/pants. When I'm home, I'm always in pajamas or lounge clothes.

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

I have two planner meet ups that I will be attending this weekend and I'm very much looking forward to those.

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

My nephew M turns 13!, and my brother & Grandma both have birthdays as well. My fur baby, Davey Eli turns 9. I will be going to Turks & Caicos for a week. I'm also looking forward to Valentine's Day (I love holidays!).

12. What Else Is New...

I'm going to a huge planner conference in April this year with some planner friends of mine and I can't wait. I'm so excited to meet new friends and partake in all of the festivites. I'm also really excited about the location (I will talk more about it soon) because it's a place I've always wanted to go to and explore.

Bonus Question This Month:

Who Is Your All Time Favorite Bachelor?

I'm choosing two because I can't pick just one (lol):
1) Sean Lowe
2) Ben Higgins

And just for fun: my favorite Bachelorettes are Jojo Fletcher & Trista Sutter.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Five on Friday on a Saturday.... First post of 2017

First off, Happy New Year! I can't believe this is my first blog post of 2017. One of my goals for 2017 is to start to blog more!

1. End of December: Surgery, Christmas, My 30th Birthday

The end of December was such a blur. On the 20th, I had my tonsils out and the surgery went well but the recovery was so very painful and honestly took a lot longer than I thought it would. It's been a month and I still don't have all of my energy back but my throat is feeling much better. Christmas was very low-key this year. Since I had surgery, I didn't go back to NY to visit family. My mom, step-dad, grandma and I celebrated Christmas at our house but honestly I mostly laid in bed and watched Christmas movies. On New Year's Eve, I turned 30. I still wasn't feeling well so I just went to Target and Office Max/Depot with my mom and then came home. Normally, we spend the day out shopping, going to the movies, and going out to eat but I definitely was not up for that this year. I did get to Facetime with my family in NY a few times during the Christmas break and my birthday. I am so thankful for technology because it allows me to be able to "see" my family in NY much more than I would be able to without it.

Credit: This Blog

2. 2017 Goals & Resolutions

+ Find a full time job working with children.
+ Substitute as much as possible. I really enjoy being in the classroom!
+ Continue to get healthy & lose weight. Between November-today, I've lose 26 lbs. and I'm hoping to lose even more and continue to get healthy.
+ Use my Erin Condren wellness journals to track my health & weight loss goals.
+ Start blogging more, as well as commenting more on blogs that I read.

Credit: This Site

3. Girl with Autism sings Hallelujah

 Listening to this beautiful girl sing this beautiful song brought tears to my eyes. I was so moved throughout the whole song. This is a very inspirational video!

4. La La Land with Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone

I recently saw this movie and it's amazing. I've always loved Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone and thought they were terrific but this movie just blew me away. They were so incredible and amazing. The music was out of this world fantastic. I was so happy from the start of the movie to the end. I would definitely recommend this movie with two thumbs way up!! Have you seen this movie? If so, what were your thoughts?

Credit: This Site

5. Emma Stone's Golden Globes Dress

Speaking of Emma Stone, the dress she wore to the 2017 Golden Globes was so very beautiful. Emma Stone is truly beautiful and she has great taste in the gowns she chooses for award shows. This dress is so beautiful and I love that she paid homage to the movie La La Land aka The City of Stars by wearing a dress with stars on it.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday... December Edition

This link-up was for Wednesday and I'm way late to it but I still wanted to do it. I had surgery on Tuesday and the recovery has been very slow and very painful.

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

Monday: Meatball Subs
Tuesday: Surgery Day (nothing for dinner)
Wednesday & Thursday: Scrambled Egg for dinner
Friday: Applesauce & Jello
Saturday: Farina
Sunday: Mashed potatoes

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Christmases throughout the years

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

3. What I'm Loving...

That my mom is the best mom, best friend, and best nurse in the world. She has taken such good care of me throughout my surgery & my very slow recovery.

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

4. What I'm Dreading...

Up until the day of my surgery (December 20th), I was dreading my surgery. 6 days post-op I'm still dreading the almost constant pain.

5. What I'm Working On...

A list of blog and Livejournal posts that I want to make the rest of this year.

6. What I'm Excited About...

That my surgery is beyond me and that hopefully I start to get better & better each day. I'm also excited about my birthday on Saturday. All month long, I was excited for Christmas & the holiday season!

Credit: This Blog

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

Watching: All of the Christmas movies! I still have a lot left to watch (on my DVR and the ones I own on DVD).
Reading: The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

8. What I'm Listening To...

Non-stop Christmas music!

9. What I'm Wearing...

Lots of pajamas and comfy clothes.

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

Depending on how I'm feeling, I might go out on my birthday to some stores with my mom but honestly I'm not sure if I will be up for it. If not, I will just be relaxing and spending quality time with my mom at home on my birthday and hopefully I will be able to Facetime with my family in NY as well.

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

Hopefully I will be 100% healed and feeling back to normal. I'm also excited for two planner meet ups that I will be attending. I'm very much looking forward to spending time with my friends!

Credit: This Site

12. What Else Is New...

This month, my niece/God-daughter O, celebrated her 11th birthday. On the 16th, it was the 10 year anniversary of the day I met David Wright. On the 17th, it was 5 years ago that I graduated from college. On the 31st, I will be turning 30 years old.

Bonus Question This Month: 
What's your favorite memory from 2016?

I can't pick just one so here's a few:

+ all of the time I spent with my mom. She is my best friend and we always have the best times together!
+ the time I got to spend back in NY visiting my family. Sadly, I did not get to spend much time in NY this year.
+ I started substituting in the classrooms and I absolutely love it. I hope to do a lot more of it in 2017.
+ Meeting so many wonderful friends through the planner community.
+ Winter Planner-Land event with my friends

Friday, November 25, 2016

Five on Friday: November 25, 2016

1. Thanksgiving Blessings

I hope you all had a wonderful, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving day with your family & friends! I'm so very thankful for my family, having my mom as my mom & best friend, being an aunt, the planner community and the amazing friends I've met through it, the health of my family, friends, and myself, and my wonderful job working with children. Working with children is my passion and my dream job and I'm so thankful that I have the opportunity to do so.

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2. Welcome, nephew A

On Sunday, I became an aunt for the 10th time. Being an aunt is truly the best blessing. I have 7 nephews and 3 nieces whom I love, treasure, and adore. They are my pride and joy and I'm so very blessed to be their aunt and to have them in my life.


3. Balayage Hair

I really want to do this to my hair. I've really only cut my hair, straightened it professional and had Keratin treatments done to my hair in my (almost 30) years of living. I really want to change it up a bit and I saw this on Instagram one day.
This is what it looks like:
Credit: Pinterest

4. Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

I've been so excited for this to come out on Netflix and today is the day. I haven't seen every single episode of Gilmore Girls (it's on my to watch list to watch it from the beginning-end in order) but I've seen a lot of episodes and I love the relationship between the mother and daughter.


5. Quotes & Funnies


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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!