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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far. I am so stinkin' busy I feel like my blog has taken a back seat, which is okay. I do miss sharing everything with y'all though, and have some great posts planned coming up.

Currently I am finishing out my two weeks at my second job and I am so excited to solely focus on just the one I am passionate about. I am also trying to finish up this super hard summer biology class I am taking, ugh. My half marathon training has officially started as well, so I am trying to stay committed to my training plan through runDisney so that I am well prepared come race day in November. I am exhausted just sharing all of that. I have been keeping up with my reading though, and have some GREAT books to share at the end of this month with you. If you want to keep updated with me, the best way to do it would be on Instagram here. Come chat with me!

With that said, my sister and I went to the Loft Outlet a few weeks ago and I picked up several really cute tops that I just had to share with you. The first one I am sharing with you today, is just precious. Living in Florida, I am always looking for tops with breathable material and as little of it as possible (while still being appropriate to wear everywhere of course, haha) and this top is so nice. It is breezy and light without being see through or feeling cheap. You need it girl! The Loft Outlet has such great prices for the quality of clothing, and it truly is a dangerous place for me come payday! (:

You can shop my top here for under $27!!

(The whole entire time we were taking these photos, we didn't realize the strings in the back weren't tied, haha! It looks even cuter when it is.)

Isn't it cute? I hope you have a great rest of your week, I will talk to you very soon!

xoxo
Happy Thursday everyone! Can y'all believe that June is almost over? I really can't. It has flown by! Between working two jobs and taking a harder summer class, I still managed to take time to read seven good books. I loved reading a variety of diverse books this month and hope you find some great recommendations.



Educated: A Memoir by: Tara Westover
Oh my word, y'all this book hooked me from the very beginning. It is crazy to think people live this way. Tara Westover was born to a family of survivalist Mormons in the mountains of Idaho and didn't step foot into a school until she was 17. Her family didn't believe in hospitals, schools, or many modern amenities. She suffered different forms of physical and verbal abuse. This was gripping, inspiring, awfully sad, and beautifully written. I really recommend!

5 Stars


From Twinkle, with Love by: Sandhya Menon
I was super excited to buy this book when it came out because last month I really loved this authors book When Dimple Met Rishi. I love how light and fun her books are while educating readers on Indian families and cultures. This is a sweet story about a teenage girl who dream of being a film maker. Throw in a love triangle she is involved in the boy of her dreams and his dorky twin brother and I am SOLD. It was quick, cute, and I recommend.

4 Stars!


American Panda by: Gloria Chao
I expected this book to be a lot like the previous book I read. I thought it would be quick, light, and cute. This book surprised me however because the cheesy love story wasn't the main focus. I LOVED the emphasis on the culture and expectations of Chinese Americans. This book did such a great job on shedding light on the struggle of being born in America to parents from another country and the pressure that accompanies it. I really recommend this one also.

4 Stars!


The Sun Is Also a Star by: Nicola Yoon
I hate to say I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It too contained very diverse characters but I feel that the story didn't really do the cultures and characters justice. It fell short for me. I will say though that the audio book was great because they had two different people reading it. This helped me visualize the story even more. Overall, the audio book did a great job with a story that I really didn't care for. I don't recommend.

2 Stars


The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz by: Denis Avey
WOW this book is amazing. This is the true story of Denis Avey who was captured and placed in a POW camp right by Auschwitz. His story of the camps and trading places with two prisoners of Auschwitz are truly incredible and awful. It doesn't matter how many books I read on WWII and these terrible torture camps, it still always shocks me and rattles me a little to think about how inhumane their treatment was. I will say that the first half of this book was boring. There were over 50 pages describing a battle in the dessert and it was just dry (no pun intended). I am a total history and war junkie and find books solely on war interesting (nerd alert nerd alert) but it dragged on a little too long. Overall however, this book is great though and I would really recommend it.

4 Stars


Starry Eyes by: Jenn Bennett
This is another YA Fiction book that I picked up because I liked a previous title from this author. I gave Bennett's book Alex Approximately 3.5 stars and thought it was pretty cute but had some technical problems with it. What is weird is that I want to like her books SO much, but they always fall a TIINNY bit short. I was hooked, related to the main characters need to plan for everything, and found it a relatively quick read, but didn't like the love interest which kind of ruined the whole book for me. Anyways, it was cute but not my favorite.

3 stars


The Book Whisperer by: Donalyn Miller
I just finished reading this book and LOVED it. This book is written by a lady who has taught reading for years and has such a great outlook on inspiring life long readers. Her research and ideas are so inspiring and I can't wait to apply her methods to my own classroom. If you want to inspire your students to love reading, or struggle to teach reading, you NEED this one!

5 Stars!


Currently Reading:
The Wonder by: Emma Donoghue
I am reading this book right now and it is off to a great start. I picked it up mainly because I thought Emma Donoghue's book Room was phenomenal. I will update you how it is when I finish!


What are you reading? Have you read any good books this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Talk to you very soon!

xoxo
Happy Friday y'all! I hope you are all having a great start to your weekend tonight. I have not been feeling to hot today for some reason but thought it was about time I got up a blog post recapping some of my recent favorite things. These are my favorite types of posts to read so if you have any variety of a "Friday Favorites" post up, link it below, I would love to read it.


So there is a lot going on for me right now and possibly a lot of upcoming change, which I am never comfortable with. I have finally though got the courage to step outside my comfort zone, and we shall see how it works out. I will keep you updated with all that's coming up!

Now on to the FAVS!!

One // Koozies
I love these cute 'best friend' koozies from Bea & Louise Boutique! They are just adorable and my bestie/ mom and I had to drink a coke together using them. :)


I am in love with this website! I have 20/20 vision so I definitely didn't need to spend money on eye glasses but I bought some anyways. First of all, their customer service is TOP NOTCH. I love a company that is easy to communicate with and quick to respond. I missed a buy one get one sale by a day and when I contacted them if they would pretty please let me take advantage of it, the responded immediately that they would be happy to send me an additional pair for free. WHAT?? I love good people. 

Today, they are actually having another buy one get one sale too, so take advantage y'all!

So on this site you can purchase the frames (which are SO cheap and SUCH nice quality) and add your subscription. You can also add UV protection, and screen protection if you look at screens for a long time. There are hundreds of options to choose from so have fun browsing!

I will be sharing on my Instagram tomorrow the two pairs I have with pictures so you can see what those frames look like on me!


I found these slides at Target y'all for 12$!!!! They are so cute and come in a ton of different colors! I think they may also be having a sale right now on sandals so hurry quick. They don't provide a lot of comfort but they aren't painful either.


Four // Riley Rose

How cute is this store my mom and I discovered while at the mall the other day? They have really cute makeup brands that aren't sold at typical beauty stores along with cute gift items such as stationary, socks, face masks, candles, bath bombs, candy, etc... Basically, it's my new FAVORITE place ever!


Five // Thriftbooks!
I have talked about this site plenty here, but I wanted to reiterate how much I adore it. I find so many books that are in great condition for as little as 3$. Plus, when you spend at least 10$ (which lets be honest is pretty easy to do) you get free shipping. You can also use my link here for a 15% off coupon for your order. Hurry though, the coupon expires in 14 days!! I love me some good summer reading!


Well I hope y'all enjoyed this post! I will talk to you again next week!

xoxo
It is almost June y'all, which means it is time to share all the books I read this past month! I normally have a lot more free time to read in May because of classes coming to an end, but I am taking summer classes this year, and they started right away (ugh). I did still manage to squeeze in some good books this month sand loved several of them!


Sometimes I Lie by: Alice Feeney
Not going to lie, I love a good thriller. I love something creepy, mysterious, and a story that makes me think. I haven't however had the best of luck finding a great psychological thriller because they are usually a little too rated-R for my taste. This book sadly, was the same way. I actually found the book to be extremely exciting and great up until the very end where things got a little gory and gross. I wouldn't recommend! :(

Rate: 2 Stars


When Dimple Met Rishi by: Sadhya Menon
After that last thriller being such a disappointment I decided to pick up a young adult book that I have heard a lot of great things about. I am pretty much the last person to pick this up because it was super popular about a year ago, but I am so glad I got around to it. I love when YA novels incorporate a different culture and family heritage into a story and this book did a fantastic job at that. 

This book is about a girl named Dimple who comes from a strict Indian household but is determined to defy her parents. She is determined to put off her arranged marriage and go to school for web development instead. However, she is conflicted when she accidently meets the young man, Rishi, who she is supposed to marry, and really likes him. I loved this book!

Rate: 4 stars!


Alex, Approximately by: Jenn Bennet
Since I was on such a young adult kick I thought I would read another big hit from last year. This book was also SO adorable. It has been a while since I really enjoyed YA books this much, but I have to say this month was so fun! I really enjoyed this book too, although I will say there was a lot of details and characters thrown in. I feel that the author could have done away with some of the characters in order to give more detail on others, but that could be my own opinion.

There is so much going on in this book that I will leave it to you to read the description on Amazon but it was truly adorable. Although I didn't prefer the storyline at times, I really liked the love interest and how the character developed his story. 

Rate: 3.5 Stars!


Morning Meetings in Special Education Classrooms by: Felicia Durden
If you aren't a Special Education Major or Teacher than this book will not be of any worth to you but if you are, you need it. I found this SO helpful in planning for my first years of teaching. After observing and interning in Special Education classrooms and settings, I have witnessed the importance of morning meetings for students with special needs.

This book has 101 different great ideas and techniques that I can't wait to use! As you can tell from all the sticky notes, I will be referencing this book a TON!

Rate: 5 Stars!!


There you have it folks! I loved this laid back month of reading but can't wait to dive into some more intense books in the month of June! What books have you been loving? Let me know!

xoxo
Happy Monday everyone! I just had to share my favorite smoothie recipe with you today. This recipe is not one of those super healthy smoothies but I am including two different recipe options. The first recipe is a more filling and richer smoothie that will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth. The second smoothie has far less calories, sneaks a few veggies in, but still has the great taste.


Recipe #1:

1 Frozen Banana
1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter
1/2 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
About 2 Cups of Almond Milk


Recipe #2

1 Frozen Banana
2 Tablespoons of Chocolate PB2
A Handful of Spinach
About 2 Cups of Almond Milk


There you have two different ways to make a delicious and sweet smoothie! Have a great day y 'all!

xoxo
Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are enjoying your week so far. I sure am loving this whole summer thing. I feel so free of school work (except one class) and love having more time to spend with sweet friends.

Speaking of sweet friends, I had so much fun last week having an ice cream date with my bestie Lauren! 

How cute are all these pom-poms and tassels? I am clearly in love with them. Before our ice cream date, I literally bought 4 pairs of statement earrings and a lot of things with pom-poms. Now that it is summer, I just want to shop all the time! I am loving all the trends and cute clothes, shoes, and accessories I am seeing everywhere. Someone hide my wallet!!


I just love when you happen to be driving with a friend and find the COOLEST wall mural! There are little bits of magic all over Florida, and I LOVE it!


We had only a little fun! haha ;)


These Target dollar spot sunglasses looked so ridiculous on, but I couldn't help getting them! Best 3$ I have ever spent! LOL

Similar Shirt // Shorts //

I LOVE the trends right now surrounding fun colorful clutches for summer. I love all things pompoms and tassels so bring it on. Here are some of my favorite finds, and none of them are too expensive!

https://www.reddressboutique.com/collections/clutches/products/requesting-the-tropics-tan-clutchhttps://www.francescas.com/product/rainbow-pom-pom-straw-clutch.do
https://shopmmrr.com/collections/womens/products/mud-pie-color-pop-jute-casehttps://shopmmrr.com/collections/womens/products/spring-pom-pom-clutch

I hope y'all have a sweet (haha) rest of your week! Talk to you on Friday!

xoxo
Happy Monday everyone! This has been a busy week with both school and work but it was also a really fun weekend celebrating my sweet momma. I just love her!

Even though not having much of a summer stinks, it helps when you like the classes you are taking. I am currently taking a class that is all about how to incorporate literature, health, and the arts into lessons in elementary schools and it is really interesting. I love classes where I learn information I will definitely keep for when I am teaching. Have I mentioned that I love what I am studying? Special Ed is the bees knees y'all. So as of right now, summer classes are okay. It will be a different story when I start Biology here in a few weeks. :(  So there is a little summer class update. Are you taking summer classes? Do you like them?

How cute is this outfit? I am known to shop at the same two boutiques for my clothes always, but I noticed my wardrobe pieces were starting to favor one another and I was wanted a few outfits that are just simple but wardrobe staples. Low and behold, as I am grazing through the mall, LOFT had a big sign that read "40% off entire order"!! So I went a little crazy. I repeat, entire order. These pieces are such high quality, I would pay full price for them!

Blouse // Shorts 

I hope y'all have a great start to your week! I will talk to you again on Wednesday!

xoxo
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