Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: July Edition

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

Monday: Sausage & peppers
Tuesday: Chips & salsa (I'm keeping it real... lol)

and I'm not sure about the rest of the week

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Summer memories made with my nieces & nephews and my family. I'm also still reminiscing about my trips to the lake every Summer growing up and how it was always one of the absolute best weeks of Summer vacation!

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3. What I'm Loving...

This past weekend, I got together with my planner friends and we had a meet up. It's so much fun getting together to chat and plan with good friends. I also got to meet one of my best friend's new baby boy!

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

Last week was my sixth and final week of physical therapy for my hip bursitis. For fun, I've been spending time with my mom (when she's not working). I've also been doing a lot of reading and planning. I'm also trying to catch up on my Bloglovin' feed and Youtube videos.

5. What I'm Dreading...

The problems I'm having with falling asleep and staying asleep. I had a sleep study done earlier this year and apparently I don't get REM sleep, which is the deep sleep that makes you feel rested.

^I saw this on Pinterest and it made me laugh.^

6. What I'm Working On...

Upcoming blog posts. I'm trying to get back into a routine with starting to post more.

7. What I'm Excited About...

On Monday, I found out that I won a really big planner related giveaway and I'm so excited about it!

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

Watching: As always, I'm watching lots of Mets games. I'm also watching Nashville, The Fosters, the new show on Freeform: The Bold Type, Date My Dad, The Bachelorette. I just finished binge watching the last season of Total Divas. It's a show about the women super stars in the WWE (professional wrestling). I don't watch wrestling anymore but I watched it for many years and I love watching the show Total Divas and Total Bellas (a spin off of Total Divas which focuses on Brie & Nikki Bella, the Bella twins, and their families).
Reading: I will be posting my July Book Post on Monday! I read a lot of great books this month!

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10. What I'm Listening To...

Right now, I'm listening to the Nashville cast on Spotify.

11. What I'm Wearing...

Lots of comfy clothes... pajama shorts/pants, t-shirts.

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

As of right now, I don't have any plans except watching the Mets baseball games.

13. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

My trip to NY to see family!!!

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14. What Else Is New...

Earlier this month, I had some fun times hanging out with two of my best friends. On Saturday, my friend Lisa and I went out to eat and did some planning together. It was really fun and we have plans to do it again one of these days. Then on Sunday, I went out to lunch with my friend Naomi, her husband, and son. It was really nice getting to catch up with her since I don't get to see her as often as I would like. On the 17th, my nephew N, turned 9 years old! On July 23, it was National Auntie's Day!

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Bonus Question:

What's Your Favorite Thing About Summer?

I usually take at least one trip to see my family in NY. Also, it's baseball season and you know I love baseball.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Reading Is Dreaming With Open Eyes...

Since I was a little girl, reading has always been my one of my favorite things to do. I was always obsessed with going to the library and to book store. When I was younger, reading, helped me get through a lot of things and for that I will always love and be grateful to reading.


 When I became a little older, I would walk up to our local neighborhood library with an empty backpack and spend hours there browsing through books and picking which ones I wanted to take home. After I checked out with one of my most prized possessions at the time (my very own library card!), I would put a quarter in the pay phone and call my mom to tell her I was ready to come home. I couldn't walk home because the empty backpack I brought with me, was now filled to the brim with treasures: my mountain of new (and old favorite) books to read.

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This year, from January until the end of the school in early June, I wasn't able to do a lot of reading because I was very busy with a variety of things. This Summer, I've been able to read more often and it's been so wonderful.

I have read 14 books so far this year and I loved all of the them except for one.

1. It's A Wonderful Life  by Julia Williams
^Great holiday themed novel by an author I love.^

2. The Girl Before -J.P. Delaney
^A great mystery/thrilled I read while on vacation in Turks & Caicos. I'm very excited for next year when he releases his second book!^

3. My (Not So) Perfect Life -Sophie Kinsella
^The latest novel from one of my all time favorite authors. It really gets you thinking about social media and it's impact. I'm so excited for her next book which is coming out in February of 2018. I've read all of her books, including the ones she's written under the name Madeline Wickham.^

4. We Were On A Break -Lindsey Kelk
^Another great book from an author I love. She is coming out with the 7th book in the I Heart series in September! I have read all of her novels.^

5. Shaken -Tim Tebow
^This book was absolutely amazing and it seriously gave me so much inspiration and joy. I highlighted a ton of things in this book because I am going to write it all down in one of my inspiration notebooks. I also love that he's playing in the minor leagues for the New York Mets! I also have his first book that he wrote on my list of books to read.^

6. Girl Online: Going Solo (Book 3 in the Girl Online series) -Zoe Sugg
^I love these novels by Zoe Sugg aka Youtube personality Zoella. They are fun Young Adult novels (I read and love a lot of different types of novels including Young Adult) and interesting reads.^

7. Invisible Ellen -Shari Shattuck
^I found this at a local book store for less than $8 and I thought it looked interesting. This book definitely spoke to me and I enjoyed it so much. After I finished reading it, I found out that there is a sequel to the book called Becoming Ellen and I can't wait to read that book!^

8. Something In Between -Melissa De La Cruz
^Another interesting YA novel from an author I love.^

9. Dash & Lily's Book of Dares -Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
^A YA novel told in the perspectives of both Dash & Lily (the two  main characters) with each chapter being written by Dash and the next chapter by Lily throughout the whole novel. I think that's such an interesting way to tell a story in a novel.^

10. Once & For All -Sarah Dessen
^This book is definitely one my list of my all time favorite novels. Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors. I started reading her books when I was in middle school and to this day she is still one of my favorite authors. I have read and loved all of her books, including this one. It was such an interesting, heart felt, and captivating story.^

11. Fireworks -Katie Cotugno
^Another great YA novel. I've read all three of Katie Cotugno's books and I have loved them all, including this one!^

12. The Moon & More -Sarah Dessen
^Another amazing novel from Sarah Dessen!^

13. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist -Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
^These authors have 4 novels that they have written together and after reading the first one, I decided that I wanted to read them all. However, I was really disappointed with this novel. I thought I would enjoy it much more than I did considering that I loved the first novel I read by them.^

14. The Arrangement -Sarah Dunn
^I just finished this book this morning and I really liked it. This is the first book by the author that I read and I added her other two books to my (ever growing) list of books to read.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Do you have any book recommendations for me?

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