Fall a e s t h e t i c s

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Fall is here.

WHOO HooOOO!

I’ve never done an aesthetic post before, so creating these photos were kind of exciting for me, not gonna lie.

-Side-note- As I am writing this, I’ve got christmas music playing (comment down below if you are a Kenny G fan 😉 😉 ), I’ve got my black coffee, there are soft lil’ fairy lights strung in my living room, AND it is raining outside. I mean, could it get more aesthetic?? Well, my cat could be curled up on my lap but she decided to sit on the hardwood floor

*Back to the intro* *kinda*

When I was editing this, I found a pumpkin crumble muffin thing (SQUIRREL) and BOY did they look good so my mom and I decided to bake them!

Here is the link: pumpkin muffin things

(Edit: We made them and they were glorious)

OKok, it is time for me to stop gibbering on about muffins and for YOU to feast your eyes upon fall a e s t h e t i c s!

(My mom hates it when the letters are spaced out. love yoouu <3)


sweater weather

This was I think my favorite to create ❤ It gave me an excuse to look at sweaters and socks……

a night in

I need that dog. Stat.

growing green

This was an interesting arrangement to create. I wanted to level off the orange with another color (lol green) and I think it turned out okay?

halloween

This is halloween, this is halloween HaLlOweN HaLLoWeEN aHAa HAhaA

camping trip

I asked my mom what one of her favorite fall things were, and fall camping popped into her head. Here you go dearest mother ❤

beige dreams

I am in LOVE with this one!! Ugh I love the paleness off it all, the quote, the coffee, the tree….<3 SWOON


All right folks, this concludes today’s aesthetics. Hope you enjoyed!

Go crunch some leaves under your feet 😉

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Answering Your Assumptions | Part 1 |

Hello beautiful human.

Welcome or welcome BACK to my blog ❤

How has your week been? Are you prepping for school? Are you excited for school? What is your favorite subject?

….anyways

A couple days ago, I asked you your assumptions about me. (You can read that HERE) Today, I present to you part 1 of the 2 part series that includes your questions and my answers!

Ready? Let’s jump right into this rain puddle!

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| You follow trends

I follow them, yes. I enjoy seeing what the world likes to do in its free time.

Do I partake in all of them? Nah. There is no way you’d see me in a tube top with itty-bitty-skinny straps in the summer! (Or any season really) A majority of the trends I follow are slang words.

However, I did get into the slime trend pretty hard…

| You like rock music

This is true! I don’t like the screaming metal kind, just a mellow or 70’s or 80’s rock will please me 😉

Some of my favs are:

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  2. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
  3. American Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

| You like animals

YEAH I DO

If you asked me what my favorite animal was, I’d honestly give you the whole animal kingdom.

Except snakes. And spiders. And angler fish.

| You wear glasses

Yes I do! I need them to see or else everything looks like this hot mess:

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And just so you know, that photo is purposely blurry. Don’t strain your eyes too hard 😉

| You like the country more than the city

Yesssssssss I LOVE the country so much more ❤ I appreciate the city and enjoy going there once in a while, but I could never live in the concrete jungle for my whole life 😉

| You are a neat freak

I would love to be a neat freak.

However.

I am a very messy human. I like the idea of being clean but it just doesn’t work for me. *Le sigh*

| You play the guitar

No, but that would be lovely! Twin plays the guitar, so she plays enough for the both of us. I’m backup vocals and by vocals I mean wailing swan.

| You are very sarcastic

Me? Sarcastic? yEs

lol yes I am sarcastic and probably sometimes too much so. You’ll have to blame my mother and grandmother for that personalilty trait.

| What is the last book you read?

The last book I read was called “On The Come Up” by Angie Thomas. A very good read, I must say.

| You love sweaters

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YES YES YES WE STAN A GOOD SWEATER.

Yes, I indeed DO love sweaters ❤ ❤ If I could (And if my mother allowed) I would make my whole wardrobe a sweater!

If you uh, want any birthday present ideas….you now know what to get me…

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| I feel like you’re one of those people who can’t pick a favorite season because there amazing things about each and every one of them

Yes I most certainly am!!

Spring is filled with green and growth, the smell of wet dirt and sunshine.

Summer is full of swimming, road trips, laying in the hot sun, and fresh food.

Fall is filled with crispy leaves, SWEATERS, hot drinks, and bonfires.

Winter is filled with soft snow, (my birthday hehe) christmas time, fire in the fireplaces, and curling up with a good book and music.

| You want to go vegan (or you are)

I’ve honestly always thought it would be a fun and healthy challenge/experiment for myself, but I think going GF & DF are enough for now 😉

So the answer is no, I am not vegan but maybe in the future I might give that lifestyle a try?

lol funny story though…

My cousin is a diehard vegan (no pun intended. Is that a pun? Saying die? I’ll just stop now) and I would go over to her house and just wonder with innocent confusion why my cousin was not eating meat!

I eventually figured out why and was temporarily traumatized by the thought of eating a chicken. So, when I was maybe 12 or 13, I went vegetarian for about 2 months before realizing that I wanted to be a farmer that would grow meat animals.

You can’t exactly be vegan and own that type a farm, now can you?

Plus, ya girl missed her burgers 😉


This concludes part 1 of the series! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hey, if you have more assumptions or questions for me that you didn’t get to ask, there is still time to shoot me an email before the next post comes out!

My inbox is open 24/7 lol

Have a lovely day! Go hug a tree 😀

What Do You Assume?

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What’s poppin’ peeps? I’ve been gone camping and missed the blogging game.

Now that I have gained access to wi-fi again, I’ve decided to delve back into all the hip trends and cool things.

Thus, this post was born.


There has been this trend floating around where people (bloggers and such) ask their friends (or if they are daring, strangers) what their assumptions are about said blogger or such.

Yes, I am late to the game.

No, I do not care.

Yes, I think it will be fun (If people decide to participate)

*MOVING ON*

Down below I have graciously provided you with a link to my contact form that allows YOU to enter you questions and/or assumptions for ME to read your questions/assumptions.

Your questions/ assumptions can range from “You are a tall person” to “Why did you choose the name of your blog?” to “How many pets do you have?” to “I bet you are a competitive person.”

In the next post (once all the questions are in) I will respond to your questions/assumptions with my best capability.

I PROMISE I will not reveal who said what and if you don’t trust me enough, you can put a fake name on the contact form. The name is just to make sure you are not indeed a robot trying to take over my world.

Have fun assuming and asking me things 😀

HERE IS THE CONTACT FORM

The Sunshine Blogger II

WOW.

LOOK AT THAT.

I’VE BEEN TAGGED AGAIN.

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Isa, darling Isa, has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger award. Down below are the rules. Let the GAMES BEGIN!

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Rules of the tag:

-Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

THANK YOU ISA ❤ ❤

-Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

(Working on it…)

-Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

(11?!?)

-List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

(See thumbnail)

Ready? Leggo.

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Fellow TATBILB fans shall only receive this reference.

-What song gives you the most feels?

Oh gosh. EVERY song gives me different feels in different ways.

But if I had to pick only one, I would pick Everglow by Coldplay.

-What’s the dumbest song you’ve ever heard?

Well, there are alot…

However, the first one that comes to my mind is the 1812 Ofarture from that ridiculous Captain Underpants movie.

And to answer your next question, NO I have NOT watched it! It popped up on my Spotify feed for some odd reason.

-What’s a lie that you believed for a long time? (i.e. carrots make you have night vision.)

You see, I am of the oldest set of children in my family and was the guinea pig for my parents to lie too. I was told that both Santa AND the Tooth Fairy were in fact very real and up until the ripe age of 9 when my eyes were opened to the real world.

I mean, those are two pretty classic lies, so pardon me if you expected more.

Twin says that she never knew that during musicals or plays, the orchestra pit was up above us, in the balcony and not in the pit under the stage. Now she knows why it’s called “The Pit” because it’s…well….underground so to speak.

-What’s your least favorite day of the week and why?

Well, when I first read this, I thought it said FAVORITE DAY not LEAST FAVORITE so I had written this long paragraph as to why my favorite day is my favorite day and-

Nevermind, let’s continue.

My least favorite day of the week would probably be….. none.

I have so many things that I like to do on certain days with certain people and I can’t pick my least favorite. It is impossible!

-What’s a tag you really want to do but nobody nominates you for?

Well, I’m not sure.

I’ve recently gotten back into writing, so maybe a writing inspired one? I don’t keep track of tags… Am I a bad blogger??

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-What do you hate about your blog?

Gosh, hate is a strong word.

I don’t know if I passionately hate something about my blog, but I do know that I wish I did better about posting on a regular basis.

Does that count?

OH I KNOW

I’m not exactly tech smart when it comes to website building and such (which is why I sent for the help of syd lol) but I wish I could figure out how to make a separate page for separate posts that I want to have separate from my normal posts.

Make sense? (If you are smart, hit me up in the comments 😉 )

-What do you love about your blog?

I love how much it has made people happy 🙂 I’ve also had people tell me I have a very aesthetically pleasing blog, so that makes me happy that I’ve made THEM happy.

-What’s your biggest accomplishment?

Ooh, I’ve had a couple in my short life. Can I pick more than one? (I’ll just say one to stick to the question like a good rule follower)

One of my top choices would be learning about myself and what I love doing and having that knowledge of what makes me happy and molding it into my career one day.

–What’s your MBTI personality type?

On Isa’s blog, she put the link to the quiz on her post, but to save your poor fingers from exercising a little bit, I’ll insert it HERE

I did this quiz a while ago, but I forgot all of everything that I learned. Here are my new results:

I am an…………..ENFP!

Some of my strengths are: Being curious – When it comes to new ideas, Campaigners aren’t interested in brooding – they want to go out and experience things, and don’t hesitate to step out of their comfort zones to do so. Campaigners are imaginative and open-minded, seeing all things as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life. Some of my strengths are:

Very Popular and Friendly – All this adaptability and spontaneity comes together to form a person who is approachable, interesting and exciting, with a cooperative and altruistic spirit and friendly, empathetic disposition. Campaigners get along with pretty much everyone, and their circles of friends stretch far and wide.

Excellent Communicators – It’s a good thing that Campaigners have such strong people skills, or they’d never express these ideas. Campaigners enjoy both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, which are just two sides of the same coin for them, and are adept at steering conversations towards their desired subjects in ways that feel completely natural and unforced.

Some of my weaknesses are:

Poor Practical Skills – When it comes to conceiving ideas and starting projects, especially involving other people, Campaigners have exceptional talent. Unfortunately their skill with upkeep, administration, and follow-through on those projects struggles. Without more hands-on people to help push day-to-day things along, Campaigners’ ideas are likely to remain just that – ideas.

Overthink Things – Campaigners don’t take things at face value – they look for underlying motives in even the simplest things. It’s not uncommon for Campaigners to lose a bit of sleep asking themselves why someone did what they did, what it might mean, and what to do about it.

Get Stressed Easily – All this overthinking isn’t just for their own benefit – Campaigners, especially Turbulent ones, are very sensitive, and care deeply about others’ feelings. A consequence of their popularity is that others often look to them for guidance and help, which takes time, and it’s easy to see why Campaigners sometimes get overwhelmed, especially when they can’t say yes to every request.

I need to stop typing right now or else this blog post will be wayyyy too long! (If I do a post on my MBTI personality type, would you like it? I might do it anyways…)

-What’s your enneagram number?

My number is 2 AKA “The Helper”

I’d give you a little blurb on what that means but it was kind of a big chunk of information and I don’t know if you would want to read the whole page lol.

-What are your plugs? (plug plug plug!)

So at first I didn’t know what a plug was (thank you dear Isa) and I shall now reveal them:

Pinterest

vsco

aaaand then I have my blog but I’m pretty sure you know where that is 😉


And that wraps up this here post! I will post down below the nominees and questions for this tag 😉 I hope you have a wonderful day and you eat at least one vegetable.

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Maya

Evelyn

Joy AKA Dekreel

Melody

Zara

AK

Isabel

Gracie

Caitlin

Azure

Eleanor

You reading this post


AAANNNDDD HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS FOR YOU CHOSEN HUMANS:

-What are three of your favorite songs and why?

-What is a quote that has impacted your life?

-If you had a pet snake (yes a snake) what would you name it?

-What is your favorite fiction and non fiction book?

-If you were a color, which color would you be? (Post a reference photo)

-Peanuts or cashews?

-What does summer mean to you?

-Favorite Disney movie?

Barefoot or shoes?

-What is your favorite photo on your camera roll?

-Describe MY blog in three words.

-Describe YOUR blog in three words.

Happy christmas!! ❤

My Morning Routine (Whoooo!)

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Fancy seeing you here.

On my blog.

To which you subscribed.

GUYS LET ME JUST SAY THANK YOU because DItR has 80 followers!!

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That’s close to 100 humans if I did my math correctly.

So that’s all I had to say ❤ 🙂

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Lies!

I have more to say. (which isn’t very much but still you can suck up another 3 seconds and listen)

Marching band and 4-H has been the reason I have not posted in such a while. It will continue to take over my life until the end of this month (But like, in a good way) so don’t expect any posts from me until the beginning of August.

Sorry to all who hate reading sappy apologies about how their life was busy and they couldn’t do this or couldn’t do that well GUESS. WHAT.

I’m human.

Now, on to the post you clicked on to read!


MY MORNING ROUTINE

Now, I’m not one for school updates but I AM one for routines.

I don’t really know why but I think it’s a fun and interesting way to express yourself, because every morning routine I’ve read (I’ve read a lot lol) are all unique and different.

So now it’s my turn.

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I recently switched rooms with my sister and for the first time in literally 16 years I have my own room, which is very exciting for me!

Since having my own room, (now Mother, I know it’s been like four seconds, but bear with me) I’ve sort of started getting into a better routine.

(It also helps that I recently read a book based around making habits and it’s a very good book and has helped me get my mornings a bit less chaotic. You’ll hear about the book more later on, don’t fret)


I wake up around 6:45-7:00 AM.

And the first thing I do is open my curtain to experience the glorious morning sunshine. If it isn’t pouring rain, I’ll open my window for a minute and kind of wake up my insides with fresh air.

Next I make my bed.

This is the one thing since changing my morning routine that has impacted me most.

I’m sure that in one point in your life, your mother or father or grandma or grandpa has told you that “making your bed will start your day off right!”

And you being stubborn said “NO” because who wants to listen to wise adults who know what they’re talking about? Not 10 year old me, that’s for sure.

My point here is that making my bed literally 5 minutes after I wake up is one of my favorite parts of my day! (Yes, you have permission to call me a nerd.)

I drink a f a t bottle of water.

I recently encountered my first ever week of band camp and during that week of literally hours of physical movement, I drank probably 2,000 gallons of water.

*Disclaimer I didn’t really drink 2,000 gallons of water*

Band camp has since ended, but I still drink a good four or five 17oz bottles of water a day. I’ve noticed how out of whack I feel if I don’t drink a lot of water, so I try to always have my water bottle with me.

Mint has taken over my garden, so I’ve taken to putting a couple sprigs of it into my water bottle when I go outside.

I’ll also (if I’m in the mood) boil a cup of tea for myself because I love tea.

I check my social life.

As I am sipping my liquids, I check my email, Facebook, and blog, and see how the world held up while I was sleeping.

I’m a fairly boring person so there isn’t much to do during this part of my morning.

E X E R C I S E

As I mentioned in my recent post, I’ve gotten into a lil’ bit of exercise.

I’m not talking about 10 mile runs back and forth, just something to get my heart pumping and blood flowing.

I like to do this in the morning, around 7:30-8:00 depending on my schedule that day. Doing exercise in the morning boosts endorphins and always (for me anyways) makes my day go good 😀

If you are ever interested in what exercise I specifically do, ask or comment and maybe I’ll do a post on it or something.

Breakfast of champions

Ahh breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

In the past, I used to gravitate towards either a bowl of cereal, bagels and cream cheese, or leftovers from last night 😛

However, since going gluten free and dairy free, I’ve enjoyed making smoothies, coconut yogurt with fruit and granola, or GF oatmeal with bananas + peanut butter + and chia seeds.

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Me looking at my breakfast

It’s very yummy…

Time to get dressed!

Or what I do 75% of the time, stay in my shorts and t-shirt until I have to go out in public haha.

Hey, no judgement is allowed.

It’s a comfortable and acceptable outfit for sitting on the couch and doing school 😉

If I DO have to go out into the real world, I’ll throw on a pair of jeans, a shirt, and if it is a bit chilly out, I’ll put on my favorite Michigan State sweatshirt.

Onto school and/or activities

Most days I will have some school to do, music to practice, and people to hang out with 😀

Since it is actually summer, most kids( who aren’t homeschooled) are out of school and are swimming in the lakes, going to the skate park, or doing whatever kids do these days… I still have some school but for the most part I’m free.

I like to spend my days longboarding, playing with my chickens, writing, reading, and spending time with my family and friends 🙂 Lots of friends.

I also have weekly marching band practices and parades that keep us all busy!

Plus I just came back from participating in my local fair. I am pooped but I had SO MUCH FUN and made SO MANY FRIENDS.


I think that completes my morning routine!

Now, like most people my schedule and life changes on the daily, but these things are what I try to do each day.

I hope you have a WONDERFUL day and drink TONS of water! ❤

A La Cat Cafe & Books

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I’m back.

Wow, okay that seems just a tad formal and boring. Let me rephrase that:

HI EVERYONE I MISSED YOU SO MUCH AND THE BLOGGING UNIVERSE AND ALL OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED AND OH BY GOLLY GEORGE (speaking of George, did you hear about wee little Archie??) HOW EXCITING TO BE BACK.

I mean, by the time I get to posting this, Archie will be old news, but hey I tried.

*promptly falls back into seat*

I thought that since I apparently disappear and reappear every once in a while, we could do a ‘lil chat and talk about things, hmm?

But this is not going to be your normal “lets get to know one another and sing kumbaya around the campfire” post (I mean, to some extent. Don’t get your hopes up that high just yet.)

We will be having a little rainy day-coffee and tea-books and fluffy cats-fairy lights- whatever your rainy day aesthetic is, kind of chat.

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See, I saw Miss Hannah over at The Striped Plaid do something similar (well, I say similar, but she’s the one who kind of started it). She has these lovely little “Green Tea Chats”, as she likes to call them. Basically she talks about her life or whatever she is enjoying in life or WHATEVER her heart desires.

I really enjoy reading them, plus looking at the cute photos is a bonus, so I thought WHY NOT?

So here we are.

And here we begin.


(a little instruction and/or guidance if you’ve never been to a powwow like this before)

I’ll have 2-3 photos of either food or drinks or books or windows that I will give you. You can mix and match and make up your own little cozy room. Sound good?

WINDOWS/SCENE

autumn tones — chloe. Rain Mood Ambiance City Scape City Rain Window Raindrops Rain Photography
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A Hallow Tale on Instagram: “Rainy days 🎃🍂🌧”
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Rainy Day
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CATS

[ P I N T E R E S T ] : queennbitch♕
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What a cute baby Sphynx cat! Although a "hairless" breed, they actually can have a very fine hair coat and care must be taken to ensure good skin health :) #SphynxCat #sphynxcatscare
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Are you better suited to a fluffy, pampered princess or a rough and tumble tomcat?
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LIBRARY

The Messy Nessy Chic Holiday Book List
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Beautiful, beautiful shot of the library at Greyfield Inn by Jamie Beck
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And finally, this INCREDIBLE loft library that deserves every interior decorating award known to man.
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DRINKS

Let’s get comfy in cashmere! Wenn die Tage wieder kühler werden, dann heißt es wrap me up, aber bitte nur in der schönsten coat couture.  Just stiched und in spun in luxe – ganz nach deinem Geschmack? Im Herbst gilt für alle essienistas: „all eyes on nude(s)“!
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This is the BEST hot chocolate! Perfectly chocolatey, deliciously rich and creamy, and it has just the right amount of sweetness. A staple recipe!
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ACCESSORIES

These hanging fairy lights bedroom ideas are perfect for your windows. #fairylights #stringlights #hanginglights
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Make your space chill with these awesome ideas. *Invest in at least one ridiculously luxe blanket for your bed.
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record storage and display
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OKAY

Take your pick. My choices are: 3, 2, 2, 2, & 3

PLEASE TELL ME YOUR CHOICES I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU CHOOSE !

Alright.

Do you have your warm drink? Are you curled up with your cat? How about that rain pitter-pattering on the windowsill? All good?

Let us begin the chat 😀


SCHOOL

See, a lot of people like to do a little recap about how their school is going, how exams went, what test they are studying for…

Personally I don’t like reading about this subject because who on this earth wants to think of school when you are reading an amazing and perfectly beautiful blog with such wonderful things to say? *cough cough* No arrogance or bragging there *cough cough*

BUT if you are ever so curious, everything is fine. Math is still asking for me to solve their problems. Science is fine. I learned about how exclusive and absoLUTELY RUDE the other planets are to Pluto. I learned about fun little electronics and all that jazz. Everything else is fine, thanks for asking, though. 😛

HOBBIES

Let’s see… Since our last conversation I have picked up a couple new hobbies: Bullet journaling (prepare yourself for some sick layouts, ladies and gents), learning how to bake with gluten and dairy free food (it’s tricky, y’all but I’ve carved a path for those unwilling to take the long journey. PRO TIP: Don’t ask me to make angel food cake that is DF and GF), drinking green and matcha tea (UGH SO GOOD), exercising (I’m not gonna run a marathon or anything, but I think its good and fun to have a good sweat here and there, ride your bike around town, am I right? Just gross? That’s fine).

BOOKISH THINGS

I have reorganized my bookcases about 5 times because I’m never satisfied with how it looks. (picky much?)

I read “Compact Farming”, “The Happiness Project”, “Atomic Habits” “The Crimes of Grindlewald Play Script” (which will be discussed in great detail and excitement later) and some random chicken books.

What do I want to read? Well I would like to read a shelf or two of my bookcase, but of course I say that and then I will never do so, so WHO knows what’s going to happen?

What are you reading? Got any sugges-SPEAKING OF BOOKS OH MY HEAVENS I FORGOT TO ANNOUNCE THE NEXT BOOK WE ARE READING FOR THE BOOK CLUB.

sorry.

HERE IS THE BOOK WE ARE READING: “THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

I recently bought this book at the store and have just been admiring it and then I thought that it would be a good one for our club 🙂

It seems that some of you guys aren’t able to access the book in the amount of time I’ve recently given you, so I’ll have it be every other month. Sound good? That way you all will have a chance to hopefully get your hands on it.

And since this post is so late, you’ll have extra time anyways 😉

LIFE

So not much has happened in the last couple of weeks while I’ve been absent. I just helped teach kids about agriculture at my local fairgrounds, so that was like the highlight of my month. ❤

I learned a bible verse in ASL (American Sign Language).

I am currently obsessed with farmer’s markets.

I’m working on a secret project that you will all be able to see in a little while 😉 😉 Stayed tuned.


I think this wraps up our first cafe trip, what do you think? I had fun writing this post and I HOPE you enjoyed reading it 😀

What are some of your new hobbies? What have you read lately? Got any BOILING tea??

The A-Z’s of Me

Honestly, I’m disappointed in myself.

I haven’t posted in a WEEK AND (more than) A HALF.

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actual footage of my looking at the calendar in shock

I had a blog post ready to go but it experienced some difficulties so that’s out the door.

I wanted to but didn’t want to do the classic “April wrap up/hello May” because it just floats around so much. (no shade to those who do it though. I enjoy reading them just not posting them 😉 )

And then I found a blog post prompt floating around my Pinterest feed called “The A-Z list of Getting to Know Me” so I thought why not put my spin on it?

I think this is a tag, but I haven’t seen it on the blogs that I follow so hey if I am a genius and created a new tag rock on me.

Actually, thinking about it Eleanor over at Pointe To Christ did a form of this post with dancing! Never mind I am not a genius.

Shall we begin? *aggressively nods head*


A stands for baby A. I am the older twin between me and Twin. 3 minutes older to be exact 😉

B stands for Buff Orpington. My pet chicken, Marmalade, is of this breed.

C is for cello. Last fall I briefly played the cello for about 4 months before I had to stop. It is also my favorite string instrument.

D is for dog. My family had a pet dog which we lovingly named Booger. Booger was a peekapoo and lived to be the ripe old age of 17.

E stands for Emma, which is Twin’s real name. (yes, she gave her permission to reveal her real name)

F stands for funny, a word lots of people use to describe me

G is for Gordon Ramsay. My role model since age 5. JUST KIDDING. But he is pretty funny to watch.

H is for Hufflepuff, my Hogwart’s house.

I is for ice cream. My favorite flavor of ice cream is brownie batter.

J stands for jewelry. I love fixing and creating my own jewelry.

K is for “The Kissing Hand” book I read as a child. It’s one of the books that I remember so vividly.

L is for “Lightning Thief”. It was one of the first “big” chapter books I’ve read.

M is for mayonnaise. I DESPISE MaYOnNaiSe

N is for Niffler, my favorite magical creature from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

O is for orange, my least favorite color. (sorry orange lovers)

P is for pickle. I loooove me a good pickle. Give me spicy, sweet, sour, or salty. I’ll eat ’em all!

Q is for quarter. I used to collect quarters but lost the enjoyment in collecting them. I got bored of looking at the money and not spending it! lol go young me… *eyeroll*

R is for rodents. I had an obsession with them as a child. (I still do, but it’s chilled down extremely)

S is for Survivor. My whole family has watched all 38 seasons and even own the board game.

T is for Tana. In our family we name our double chins. Tana is the name of mine. My mother’s is Jackie and Twin’s is Tammi.

U is for nothing because I can’t think of anything….

V is for nothing because I can’t think of anything. Again.

W is for wildlife. I love being outside and drawing the creatures and plants that dwell outdoors.

X is for xylophone. I can rock the ABCs and Mary Had a Little Lamb on the rainbow colored xylophone we have 😉

Y is for Yoko, my egg name.

Z is for zany patterns. Man, if you knew me as a child, I had the most…interesting clothing choices. Stripes, plaids, and polka dots were definitely combined into the same outfit. Oh, don’t forget the cowgirl boots and fleece winter hat!


This concludes today’s post on learning our ABC’s! Hope you enjoy and I will see you next time! (hopefully it won’t be a week long until we meet again…heheh)

Do you have any ideas for the letters “U” and “V”?

*Yeet*

Book Club Meeting!

Greetings, Humans.

Today is the day for our second annual DITR book club meeting!

happy how i met your mother GIF

I know, I know! it’s so very hard to contain your excitement, but try and sit still so you are able to finish reading!

Let’s just jump right into the post, shall we? (And because I don’t want to do a long intro for this long post)


*Spoiler alert*

If you haven’t read “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” before, I would advise you to not read this post as I will have the synopsis and basic plot of the book posted below.

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“Be honest. Remember, honesty is everything. Without it, we can never move foward. We can never have productive discussions. So be honest”


Tahereh Mafi, A Very Large Expanse of Sea

The book is set in 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She expects it. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So her solution is that she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations and anger in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two completely opposite worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

However, the more Shirin feels like she has to protect Ocean from herself, the more she finds herself falling for him. Ocean is constantly saying that he doesn’t care about what the people will think or say or do, but Shirin knows what the people will do if they see a Muslim girl holding hands with the popular boy, and Shirin wants to protect him from that.

Eventually, Shirin starts letting her guard down and lets Ocean into her world slowly and on her terms. They make sure to never hold hands or hug or anything out in public. They talk only when necessary during classes, and when school lets out, no waving good bye. Shirin is totally fine with this arrangement, but for Ocean it is mentally exhausting.

Towards the end of the book, and after many fights with both Ocean, Shirin, the teachers, and peers, Ocean and Shirin end up together. This time with no rules and regulations. They spend a happy couple months together before Shirin’s parents tell her that they are moving again. Shirin’s biggest regret was not letting Ocean into her life earlier, but she was glad that they were able to spend a couple months together, full of happiness and contentment.

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This book is now one of my all time favorites! I am so happy my mother got this book for me 🙂

There is a fair amount of swearing, but I brushed through it. For those who are more wary of swearing, I would advise you either don’t read it or have someone else read it to you, but bleep out the swearing.

I enjoyed that Shirin had breakdancing as a hobby. It was different than the more common hobbies characters in books usually have. (At least to my knowledge)

I really love reading books about tough subjects that happen in our world. Each book is it’s own perspective and has different sides than the next book on the shelf. I want to gobble them all up at the same time!

This is the author, Tahereh Mafi.

Some thoughts and comments I had:

I do wish there was less swearing. I personally think the book would be fine without some of the *cough cough* choice words the author chose. On the other hand, the swearing was a part of Shirin’s personality so I feel conflicted.

Tahereh had multiple characters in her books and she let us readers get to know them each in their own way, which I really loved. Sometimes authors will focus on one, maybe two main characters, which is totally fine don’t get me wrong. Tahereh’s character’s all even each other out in the way where there wasn’t too much of this person and that person, but enough where it was a good conversation as a whole book.

Here's Why 'A Very Large Expanse of Sea' Is the Most Important Book of Fall

One of my favorite things about the book was learning about a different culture. In the book, Tahereh talked about the food her family eats, as well as some of the traditions people of her ethnic background have. She also sets some of the book during Ramadan, which is a month of fasting from dawn to dusk to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. She described things well and gave good detail on which was which and what was what.

Another thing I liked was the sarcastic humor that Tahereh wrote in! Shirin (the main character) always had a snarky comeback to those teasing her and overall I found her to be a very relatable and funny teenage character.

Life lesson/s from the book:

I think the biggest thing we could all take away from this wonderful book is to not judge on another based on religious or race backgrounds. Let’s say that you could see someone on the streets or in town that is of a different background than yours may be. You shouldn’t judge their whole personality based on the color of their skin or what clothes they are wearing. For all you know, they could be the funniest comedian you would ever meet! They might be a great singer who has the most wonderful voice you have ever heard. You never know until you talk to them and stop looking at mere appearances.

The other one I thought of is to take time to talk to and be with your friends. Remember what happened to Ocean and Shirin? They were too nervous or scared to go through with their friendship and in the end didn’t have much time together. Take time to make new friends, have good talks with your old friends, go on adventures with your whoever friends. Love your friends, y’all.


ALRIGHTY FOLKS, YOUR TURN:

what was your favorite part?

What did you like least or best about the book?

What was something you took away from the story?

Would you read this book again?

Please tell me your opinion, I’d love to hear it 🙂 If you have a suggestion for the next or next book after that, let me know!

I hope you enjoyed reading both “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” and this blog post as much as I did!

The One Where She Procrastinated Too Much…

Greetings, Humans.

Back for another round of me talking I see?

Glad to have you 😀

Before we begin, I would like to apologize for not posting for an absurd amount of time. (At least, what is an absurd amount of time for me, anyways…)

I really should make a schedule or something, shouldn’t I? How do you keep track of posting? Do you have a special calendar that you use? Tell me all your secrets!

While you are contemplating telling me all your secrets, let me finish up this intro and get into the wonderful post I have planned for you 🙂


ON TODAY’S EPISODE OF “THE BLOGGING GAMES”, THE BLOGGING LEPRECHAUNS HAVE GIVEN US THIS QUESTION:

What goal are you working towards?

Ooh, I must be in the leprechauns’ good graces for them to give me such a lovely question! (And by leprechauns I mean Maggie)

So what goal AM I working towards? Well, that’s a (kind of) long list, my friend.

  • Memorizing marching band music
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Working with my chickens/4-H practice
  • Reading books for the next year of school
  • Showing God’s love to people
  • Keeping my room clean for more than 4 seconds
  • Researching college majors and credits (just for funsies)

Of course I have more goals to work towards, but to write them all down would be slightly time consuming so I wrote down all the most recent/larger goals.

Yes, I do know that I have my hands full, but that’s the way I like it! Plus all my goals are (mostly) fun to practice, work, and look towards.


Stay tuned until next time!

(P.S. have you finished reading “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” ?

A Quick Reminder…

So ever since I chose to participate in Maggie’s blogging challenge, the blogging part of my brain has been occupied with that and only that, nothing else. This includes the BOOK CLUB MEETING THAT I FORGOT ABOUT.

Yesterday, we were supposed to be chatting about the book called “A Very Large Expanse of Sea”, which is a phenomenal book. I have had a busier week than most times so I’m sorry for the delay 😦

I will be pushing the date back for April 20 so if any of you have NOT read the book yet, now is your chance to hurry up and do so. (but no pressure)

Kapeesh?

Alright, have a good day! Make good choices! Drink lots of water! Read some books! *cough cough*