Day in the Life | Lazy Sunday

I woke up pretttty late this Sunday, but hey, it’s my weekend!

10:00 am (okay it was really more like 11:00) – Breakfast

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For breakfast I made some delicious cinnamon rolls. These are the kind that come in the little tube and you just have to separate, bake, and ice them. I also needed some fresh coffee beans ground up. I usually do this once a week so the beans are mostly fresh, but I don’t have to get out the grinder every day. This particular bag from Starbucks is so good!

12:00 – General Clean Up

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Sundays are my cleaning days (see my blog post on that here) but since I’ve been home all week and keeping up with the chores for once, there wasn’t a whole lot of cleaning to do. I did, however, finally get around to cleaning out the snail home. It looks so much better! Mostly I just tidied up and then took a shower myself.

1:00 – Lunch

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My boyfriend is obsessed with cast iron pans. Like truly obsessed. Everything he makes, he makes in it. For lunch, he made a homemade pizza in it and it turned out delicious! We just bought the dough from the grocery store so it didn’t take much time at all to make.

2:00 – Laze around

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For most of the rest of the day I just laid around reading and watching tv. I also took some adorable photos of my dog (see above).

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My boyfriend and I also re-potted some house plants that have been growing!

And that’s pretty much my exciting day! What did you do this weekend?

March Books

Considering what a long month March is, I really didn’t read as many books as I wanted to. Oh well, there’s always April!

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The Shining by Stephen King

“The Shining” is one of my favorite movies of all time so I was excited to FINALLY read the book. It was different from the movie, but not extremely different as I thought it was going to be. Obviously, this is a scary book at times so I wouldn’t recommend reading it at night along. Just some advice.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

For March, the Buzzfeed bookclub theme was to read immigrant fiction. I’ll admit, I was not too excited by the theme this month, but I ended up loving this book! I literally just googled “good immigrant fiction” and this was one of the first books that popped up. I guess other people must like it as well!

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea’s friends, family, and other victims

This was a book that I listened to on my ride to work and home. I love Chelsea Handler’s other books and this was no exception! Each chapter was written by one of her friends and they were also the ones to read the story for the audiobook. Very funny!

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Another audiobook that I listened to in the car. I love Sophie Kinsella and her chick-lit stories. If that seems like your type of book I would recommend checking out all of her books!

What did you read in March?

Evening Routine Vlog

I love watching other people’s vlogs. There’s just something about seeing what other people do in their day-to-day lives that intrigues me. With that being said, I’m trying to get into vlogging more (or at least doing more “My Day” type blog posts). This post and video was a way to get my toes wet. I filmed it while no one else was around and I only did it for a short amount of time. Still, I did it! Hopefully there will be more to come!

In the video, I am making dinner which I mention is a blog post already. You can find my sausage and veggies recipe here.

If you’d like to see what I get up to in the evenings after work, check out my video here!

What does your evening routine look like?

March Kindergarten Crate

Back again today with March’s kindergarten crate! Instead of a video on my YouTube channel, I thought I would just do a blog post – since my channel is lifestyle and beauty focused. Not kid focused. Anyway, here it is!

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I’ll start with the obvious…I love that there is something Pete the Cat themed!! My kids are just starting to get into word families too so it’s perfect timing! The activity for the month is also related to word families and CVC words. It’s based off the book “Splat the Cat.” There were also some Dr. Seuss stickies, number word dice, pointers, googlie eyes for reading, and some sea salt caramel popcorn!

I already have plans for the number word dice, stickies, and pointers so I’m excited to bring this box into school!

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If you want to check out Kindergarten Crate for yourself, you can find it here!

February Books

Not a bad quantity of books for such a short month! I also listened to two audiobooks. I know that it’s controversial – Did I actually read them? Well I’ve decided to count them!

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The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

I’ve loved Meg Cabot ever since reading “Princess Diaries” back in the day. This was a pretty typical chick lit book except that it was written in a mixture of emails, texts, or diary entries. I found that confusing and tiring at first, but I started to get used to it. I’ll keep reading her books as long as she keeps writing them!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I read one of Ness’ books for a YA literature class a few years ago that I loved, so when I saw this in the YA section of the library I decided to pick it up. This book was ironically funny. In the beginning of each chapter there would be a paragraph explaining the demons that were taking over the town. It was very dramatic. Then, the rest of the chapter was about regular teenagers living in the town not really associated with anything the demons were doing. I liked it!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engel

This was the book I chose for the Buzzfeed Pageturners book of the month. The theme was books that were turned into movies. Since this is coming out soon and I’ve heard so many good things about, I ordered it from the library. I accidentally ordered the trilogy, but only read the first book which is actually called “A Wrinkle in Time.” I loved this book! Perfect parts sci-fi and dystopian.

Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

This book was shockingly accurate to the 2016 election even though it used fictional characters. The author says she couldn’t have predicted that well if she tried! I liked this book because it was about fictional politics, but from the perspective of a journalist on a morning show.

I also listened to Unqualified by Anna Faris and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

 

 

January Books

Last month’s books came out late in the month, so I’m making up for that by posting my January books early!

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I only read two full books this month, so I’m pretty disappointed in myself. I started a new book, but I couldn’t get into it and gave it up to start a new book. I didn’t include that one because I haven’t finished it yet.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The theme of Buzzfeed’s book club for January was “books that you can read in one sitting.” Although I didn’t actually read this book in one sitting, it was relatively short. I’ve read Neil Gaiman before and his books tend to be on the strange side. This book was no exception. I wasn’t really sure where the book was going. Is it real or in the kid’s imagination? Who knows! That being said, I did enjoy this book! It definitely makes me want to read more of his books!

Turtles all the Way Down by John Green

I’ve read most of Green’s books and I know people love them, but they just seem almost too cheesy for me. There I said it. This book was ehh at best. I really liked the way mental illness was portrayed, as I think not many books can do that accurately and appropriately. However, I just thought the book was boring.

Overall, not a great start to my year of reading, but I’m enjoying the book I’m currently reading and I hope I’ll be reading lots more in February! What did you read this month?

December Books

Here we are, halfway through January, and I am finally writing about the books I read in December! I actually do have a good excuse for my lateness, though, I had to re-order one of them from the library and wait for it to come back in, so there!

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The first book that I read in December was Can You Keep a Secret by one of my all-time favorite authors Sophie Kinsella. She writes light, easy to read books that usually focus on a female character in her 20s. Being a female in my 20s, this appeals to me quite a bit! Honestly, I read this so long ago that I can hardly remember what it was about, except that it was about a girl who “accidentally” told all her secrets to her boss. Of course at the time, she didn’t know he was her boss. Then they end up dating and he doesn’t like to tell secrets so she is mad that he already knows all of hers. It’s just a fun, silly read!

The second book was I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. My mom recommended this book to me because it’s by the same author who wrote 101 Dalmatians. I liked this book, but it took me a while to get into it because there’s very little excitement or drama. It was the type of book that you want to read curled up by the fire drinking tea on a winter night. A very peaceful book.

The last book was my favorite of the month. It was My Life in France by Julia Child. I’ve had this book for a while and just randomly picked it up to read. She has such a fun personality in the book and she writes with so much detail, I was amazed she could remember so much about her early life! All the food she mentions sounds delicious, and I definitely ate too much while I was reading this book!

I love going back and looking at the previous posts I’ve done about the books I read. It’s a good way to keep track of how much I am reading! What did you read during the month of December?

 

 

January Kindergarten Crate

Are you a kindergarten/preschool/first grade teacher? Are you a parent? Do you like kids? If any of these are true for you, then you definitely need to subscribe to Kindergarten Crate!

This is my third month receiving this subscription box and it is definitely my favorite so far! The penguin theme is just so cute!

Included in this month’s box is:

  • “Penguin and Pinecone” book
  • Penguin Craft
  • Penguin mini notebook
  • Penguin stickers
  • Crayola White Chalk
  • Blue Construction paper
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Tempera paint markers
  • Dark chocolate pretzels
  • Puzzle pieces with writing lines

Wow, we got so much this month! As a reminder, this box is $40 a month, but is less if you purchase more than one month at a time.

If you would like to subscribe go HERE!

A Beginner’s Guide to Blogging

I’ve had this blog for over a year (although I wish I was more active) and while I am by no means a professional blogger, I have picked up some tips and tricks along the way. This is a different post than what I normally do, let me know if you like this sort of thing!

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This is a guide for someone who already has a blog (self-hosted or not) and is looking for ways to blog more or become more organized with their blogposts. I consider blogging to be a hobby of mine, it’s definitely not a job for me. However, I really do enjoy blogging just for fun!

If you’re like me and you like blogging as a fun hobby, then you probably are somewhat irregular with blog posts and/or your blog might be lacking a little jazz. I get in “moods” where I love blogging and making YouTube videos and then I might disappear for a few weeks. But that’s okay – I’m not really trying to make any money from this! You also might have posted a blog post or two that wasn’t “professional” looking and wished you could have done something better.

I can’t just write a blog post off the top of my head (usually). Even though I still consider myself a blogging beginner, I’ve developed a way to plan my blogposts so that when I do post, I am proud of the content I have created!

I’ve created this (FREE) blogpost planner that I use whenever I am writing a blogpost. It really helps me focus on what I’m trying to accomplish. This might seem like a lot of “work” for a hobby, but I actually enjoy the planning process – and I bet some of you out there do too!

If you’re a beginning blogger or a hobby blogger, check out this planner to organize your blog!

Download your blogpost planner here!