December 08, 2014

A Poem by July: A Man I Knew

Hello guysssss! So this is just going to be a quick post for y'all tonight because I still have to do my homework! 
Anyway, in my English class at school, we're working on a writing unit, and today we had to look at a whole bunch of different poem titles, pick one, and without reading the poem that goes with it, write our own poem based on the title. I chose the title "A Man I Knew" and I just thought I'd share it's rough draft with you! Please note that I am extremely inexperienced in poetry, and this hasn't been through much revision, so give me a little grace :)
Here goes nothing. 

A Man I Knew


my mind often wanders to the strong, yet equally soft man I knew
the taste of him tickles my lips
the familiar smell of cinnamon reminds my nose of him
I remember how his rough hands against mine felt like sandpaper on already smoothed wood
my ears still hear the sound of his voice, humming to himself as he worked on his truck
and my legs still remember how they hung off of the rusty truck’s tailgate
I can still see him
the way his eyes looked into mine on those starry nights gazing up at the heavens with him
both of us lying side by side on dusty blankets in the bed of the truck
my heart still remembers the unexplainable joy I felt when he asked me to marry him
and when I said yes and he embraced me in his strong arms
but my heart still hurts for him, the man I used to know
the day before the wedding I got the call saying he had been killed in a car accident
was like a black muddy pit impossible to climb out of
but he died doing what he loved

joyriding along those country roads in his grandpa’s old truck like a graceful racer

Feel free to give me some feedback: what I did well, and what I could have done better. I would love to hear what you think!

Mischief Managed,
Julllllllyyyyy

November 20, 2014

Top 5 Fictional Places I Would Like To Visit!

Helllooo everyone! This wonderful Thursday is my second snow day of the week, meaning that I've had two unplanned days off of school already because of the weather, and that gives me plenty of time to blog! Yay!

So this post idea has been sitting in my drafts for quite some time, and now I've finally gotten time to actually write it up. As you can probably see from the title, I'm gonna share my top five fictional destinations, and then at the end, I'm going to tag a few others to share their top five. I'm just gonna take a generic post idea and turn it into a tag!

Let's get started!


1. Hogwarts. Not only would I like to visit Hogwarts, I also want to attend school there and enjoy occasional trips to Hogsmeade during the snowy months. I mean, why wouldn't you want to go there? There's warm butterbeer at Three Broomsticks, delicious sweets at Honeydukes, and great shopping at Zonko's Joke Shop.

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2. Belle's Library. I love books. Can we just let the picture speak for itself? This is any book lover's dream library.

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3. Narnia. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was one of my favorite childhood books. The world of Narnia seems so majestic, and that's probably because the light and breathtaking-ness of Azlan fills the whole land. The nature is so beautiful, from mountains (hiking trip!), to hills, to plains, to winters, to summers, springs and falls. Plus, I want to meet Mr. Tumnus, Reepicheep and the Beavers.

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4. Concord Massachusetts with the "Mother Daughter Book Club." How cool would it be to discuss the latest novels with Emma, talk about pets with Jess, let Megan design my winter banquet dress, and go to a Boston Bruins vs. Redwings hockey game with Cassidy? Not to mention riding in the Delany's sleigh while snacking on some of Mrs. Sloanes brownies and hot cocoa on the way to a meeting at Megan's house. I'm so attached to so many characters in that series. There is an endless list of those I would have to meet! Becca, Stewart, Zack, Gigi, Mrs. Bergson, Darcy, Simon, Tristan, Mr. Hawthorne, and so many more....
*note- The city of Concord is not fictional, but the MDBC is, so I thought it would be ok to include it in this post :)

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5. A party hosted by Jay Gatsby. I read The Great Gatsby last spring, and I thought that the parties sounded absolutely horrifying and extraordinarily stunning at the same time. It's just one of those social events that you have to experience at least once in your life! Plus, I especially love the fashion of the time as seen in the movie, and it would give me an excuse to dress up like someone from the 1920's without looking completely insane for once ;)

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And now, I will tag some of my fellow bloggers to do the same! 
The nominees:

There we have it! Also, if I didn't nominate you this time but you still want to do the "tag," go right ahead and do it!
I hope y'all have a great day.
Mischief Managed,
July

November 06, 2014

And the "Worst Blogger in the Blogosphere" Award Goes To.... + a Video

Why, hello there everyone! First of all, let me start off by saying, I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH AND I FEEL TERRIBLE THAT I'VE BEEN GONE FOR NEARLY A MONTH AND A HALF WITHOUT ANY EXPLANATION! Please, please forgive me! Of all the times that I've randomly disappeared, this is probably the one that made me miss talking to y'all the most. But I'm back!! Hopefully I won't abandon my blog again any time soon, but feel free to send me threatening emails me if I do.

Anyway, you're probably all wondering why I've been gone so long, and I have two things to tell you.

#1. My job.
#2. Robotics.

I'm hoping to give you a vlog sometime in the near future just updating you on what has been going on in my life in the past couple months, but to be honest, I just haven't had time for much lately besides school, work, and homework. I don't even have time to squeeze NaNo in this year *sad face*
For now, I'm just going to give you a extremely quick rundown of what's been happening.
I finally have gotten into the swing of my job and I'm really liking it and the people I work with. The other night, I went downtown with some work friends and we all just hung out, got ice cream together, and talked about the most random things. If you can get a job, do it because you'll meet so many more people! Not to mention the good paycheck :)
Also, for the past two weekends, I've gone to offseason robotics events which have taken up a lot of my time because one of them was a girls event in Detroit where the girls on the team get to do everything themselves. As you can imagine, we had to practice a lot for that..... haaha. It was super fun though and I really enjoyed myself!

And now, because I haven't been here for so long, I actually made a video for you to watch to make up for my absence :) It was supposed to go up on my second blog, but I decided to put it here instead for you to watch because I know that not all of you follow Seana and I's blog. If you want to check the blog out, click HERE!

So a little disclaimer on the video before you watch it...
I didn't realize my mask was falling crookedly on my face until I watched it back, so don't judge me haha.
Also, this is the first time I've revealed my physical appearance this much to you guys, and to be honest, it isn't an easy thing to do, so please just understand that I am a person with flaws just like you :) I hope you like my video and let me know if you want to see more videos of me on this blog in the future!


Mischief Managed,
July

September 15, 2014

5 Worst Love Lessons From Disney Movies

Hey y'all! You all know that I love Disney (you can see the extent of how much I love Disney HERE), so when I saw that Seventeen wrote an on-line article about the worst Disney love lessons, I really wanted to take a peak. I did, and I totally agree about these. Check them out, what do you think? And are there any more that you can think of?

Let's go.

*Everything below this point including word-blurbs, pictures, and GIFs are from Seventeen Magazine's website. In other words, I did not write this, I'm only sharing it with you from the source

We know there are some great love lessons we can learn from our favorite Disney movies, but there are some pretty bad ones, too. Here are five times your fave fairytales got it all wrong. 

1. You have to trick a guy to fall in love with you. 
In the The Little Mermaid, Ursula may be the villain, but Ariel is the one who's willing to do anything to get Eric to fall in love with her, even if it means tricking him and leaving her family and friends behind to become a human. Sure, she almost lost everything, but in the end, she still left everyone who loved her behind and traded up for nice digs, a cute prince, and a killer pair of legs. 




2. You should sacrifice everything for love.
Pocahontas risked everything for a random guy she met in the woods, only for him to leave her to sail back home in the end. Moral of the story: When you’ve got great animal friends and a talking tree who has your back, you don't need to a guy, especially one who is scared to tell his friends about you. 




3. The perf guy will change your whole life. 
Instead of standing up to her step-mother and evil step-sisters, Cinderella slaved away while she waited for mice, a fairy godmother, and a prince to rescue her. Okay, cleaning up after your whole family sounds pretty miserable, but the prince wasn't exactly the ultimate catch. He danced with Cinderella all night and still couldn't remember what she looked like?! And who's to say if that glass slipper never popped off her step-sister's foot, he wouldn't have married her instead? Come on—a little bit of dirt doesn't completely change your face!  




4. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince. 
Determined to start her own restaurant regardless of money issues or where she came from,  Tiana in the Princess and the Frog seemed like she was the first real power girl princess. But then she almost lost it all because someone told her if she kissed a frog, he’d turn into a prince and give her the money she needed for her business. She didn’t need a guy to save her, and seriously, can we lose that frog cliche already? Kissing a frog isn't the way to find a prince, and finding a prince won't solve all your problems. You don't need to wait for any guy to create your own amazing life!




5. You should lie around and wait for your true love to rescue you. 
Snow White was stuck in the woods living in fear, and the only thing that could save her was “true love” and a kiss from a special prince charming. Seriously? Couldn't she have started a new life somewhere far away from the evil queen? Or better yet, just not have taken food from a stranger? 



*Credits to --- http://www.seventeen.com/entertainment/reviews/disney-movies-bad-love-advice?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1442_83877059


Ok, now it's me again to say one last thing....
Mischief managed!
-July

September 08, 2014

Tubesday: Featuring Miranda and Colleen

Hey y'all! Today's Tubesday is of Miranda (Miranda Sings) and Colleen (PhychoSoprano) singing Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I literally could not handle this video. By the end I was laughing so hard I could barely see, so I highly recommend watching it. 
Just so you know Colleen is singing Belle's part. She is a very talented actress and singer despite her Miranda-ness.

Note* for those of you who have never heard of either person, they are actually the same person. Miranda is a character who Colleen plays on YouTube that wears too much lipstick, doesn't spell very well, and has a ton of boyfriends including Joey Graceffa, Ricky Dillon, Tyler Oakley, and her uncle. Miranda does tutorials, music videos, collaborations, challenges, vlogs, and other great stuff. I'm sorry if you don't find her funny (some people don't) but I think she's hilarious! 
Happy Tubesday!



Mischief Managed.
July

September 04, 2014

Summer Reading Roundup - 2014

Hello! This past summer has been full of reading for me, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts on books that I enjoyed. I can't include everything I've read because that would be way to long, and you guys don't want to read through it all, but I tried to add almost all of the ones that I recorded on here. If you have any questions about any of the books I read, or have other book suggestions for me, please leave a comment down below! Let's get started. 


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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, 4.5 thieving crews out of 5

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage - Allomancy, a magic of the metals. (Source)


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and honestly could not tell where the plot was heading. If you like fantasy/dystopian/magic books, you should definitely read this! It was probably one of my favorite books that I read this summer, and I liked it so much that I went out and bought the rest of the series. Ooops.










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Panic by Lauren Oliver, 3 cash prizes out of 5


Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. (Source)

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would and I think it was because the synopsis did not match up to what the book really was. If you're stuck for books to read, you could give this one a try, but don't go out of your way to read it. 




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Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick, 4.5 pen pals out of 5
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Pies and Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick, 4 pie sales out of 5

*I am not going to share the synopsis of these books because they are the third and fourth in "The Mother Daughter Book Club" series and I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who haven't read the first two*



I decided to reread this series when it was announced that a 7th book would come out. There was originally supposed to only be four (I think) but two have been added, soon to be a third. I am a little beyond the age level for these book, but I think they were a great addition to the first two and worth reading. Plus, I can never be too old to revisit the MDBC girls and the warm fuzzy feelings these books give me. 




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Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher, 3 disturbing stories of 5

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers. (Source)

I was extremely disappointed with this book because of it's mature content. I do think it has a great lesson on how one person's action can create a huge chain reaction that has the power to completely change someone else's life, but you can also get that theme other places besides this book. I recommend skipping this book and searching elsewhere for more on actions and consequences.






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Heart to Heart by Lurlene McDaniel, 4 miracle operations out of 5 


Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver's license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating way—when Elowyn's life-giving donor wishes are about to be honored.
Arabeth St. Clair has not had the luck to have a best friend. Due to her diseased heart, she's led a sheltered life. When Arabeth is sixteen, she and her mother receive the call that will change their lives—but they don't know to whom they should be forever grateful.
 When the worlds of these three girls and their families intersect, lives are changed in ways never imagined. Most especially, it is Kassey who sees things differently, for she can keep alive the memory of her dear friend by sharing the renewed life of another teenage girl, while helping to ease the pain of the two families involved and coming to terms with her own. (Source)


This book was beautifully written, and shows how unbelievable the connections between an organ donor and the person who receives the organs are. It was a super short book, and totally worth my time. If you're into realistic fiction books, give Heart to Heart a shot. I'm sure you'll like it.



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Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans, 3.5 holiday miracles of 5


The Christmas season is supposed to be full of joy, but not for Mark Smart. Life had dealt him one blow after another until one snowy November night, when he finds a beautiful young woman who will change his life forever. Macy Wood has little memory of her birth parents, and memories she'd rather forget of her adopted home. A Christmas ornament inscribed with the word "Noel" is the only clue to the little sister she only vaguely remembers, a clue that will send her and Mark on a journey to reclaim her past, and her family. (Source)
I started reading this book when my mom insisted that I give it a try, and surprisingly (with it being an adult book and all) I really liked it. It has a great story of redemption and forgiveness, and that's not even mentioning the sweet love story to go along with it :)





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The Lying Game by Sara Shepard, 2.5 long-lost sisters out of 5

I had a life anyone would kill for.
Then someone did.
The worst part of being dead is that there's nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It's enough to kill a girl all over again. But I'm about to get something no one else does--an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma's desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me--to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she's the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move? (Source)

I was desperate to read something and this was my only option at the time, but interestingly enough, I liked this book more than I thought I would. I kind of suspected it would be dumb and predictable, but for me, it was the exact opposite. It isn't a book to write home about, but it had me captivated until the end. Sadly, it took me until the end to realize that it isn't just a one and done book. It's a big series and I still don't know the answer to the mystery (which is so frustrating because I don't have time to read the rest!) Just be aware that there is some mature content added in if you want to begin a journey with these books.





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The Giver by Lois Lowry, 4 long-lost histories out of 5



Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. (Source)

The Giver is great. If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for!? It's a classic, plus its movie recently came out and is in theaters now. I saw the movie a few days ago and I loved it. There were a few differences from the book that I was skeptical of at first, but somehow they worked for the movie and I almost liked the movie better than the book. Nonetheless, I suggest reading the book before you head to the theater!


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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell , 3.5 forbidden relationships out of 5


Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. (Source)


I read this book soon after it first came out. I got it from my library without even reading the summary because I had heard that it was an absolute must-read for teens. If I had read the summary, I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but I did, so I decided to give it a try anyway and soon discovered that it contained extremely mature content throughout most of the book. Somehow, it left a overall good impression on me, because I read it for the second time this summer. I could not figure out why I had liked it so much the first time until I reached the end. I fell head-over-heals for the end of this book because it was so perplexing and thought-provoking. The author lets you decide the fates of the two characters, which I totally love, but also completely hate because there is no real answer. After reading it the second time, I really want to tell you that you need to read it, but alas, I can not recommend picking it up because of all the offensive mature content.



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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, 4 secret wolf packs of 5
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Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, 3.5 dangerously hot fevers out of 5

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. (Source)

*I only included they synopsis for the first book*

These two books are part of "The Wolves of Mercy Falls" series. I read the first two before, but never finished with the third, so I decided to re-read this summer. Both kept me involved with the story the whole time and I loved learning about the characters relationships with each other. There are some unnecessary scenes thrown in that made me uncomfortable, but most of them are brief and I can look past them and still see the great plot. I have third book, Forever, on hold at the library, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!



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Divergent by Veronica Roth, 4.5 corrupt factions out of 5

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her. (Source)


So, I know read this book wayyyy after its prime, but that was on purpose. There was so much hype about the series and about the Divergent movie that came out, and I didn't want to expect too much of it and then totally hate it (sorta like my experience with TFIOS). I stayed away from everything concerning this book, so I knew almost nothing about the plot before I picked it up. I loved it. I started and finished it within a couple days because I could barely put it down. I have the second in the series on hold at the library and I'm dying to see Divergent's movie. On a more negative side though, I thought parts of it were a little predictable (do you know what parts I mean?), and that most characters did what was expected of them in most situations. One of my favorite things though, was that it was set in Chicago and when they mentioned locations (such as Michigan Ave., Navy Pier, The Bean, etc.), I could be like "Oh hey, I've been there! I know exactly what they're talking about."  If you were waiting to read just like I was, go ahead and start it now. You won't be disappointed. 


That is all for now! Thanks to those of you who took the time to read my post and comment. Just as a reminder, if you have any questions or if you want to give me a book recommendation, leave a comment below. Also, I'm curious as to what you've been reading and enjoying lately, so I guess you can comment about that too, haha. Have a great rest of your day!

Mischief Managed.
July

August 31, 2014

Status Update: Employed

Hi y'all! So, I have officially joined the rankings of those with jobs. I am not going to be a bum anymore as my brother likes to say. Shocking, I know.



I applied for a job in a pretty classy restaurant on the sixth floor of a building overlooking Lake Michigan. It's a very, very nice place and I know several people who have worked there before me and loved it.
Since it's owned by a senior living facility, all of the diners are regulars and after a while, I will know all of them by name and vise-versa. The best part of that is the relationships I'll eventually make (I love talking to and meeting new people), and when I graduate high school, there is a scholarship ceremony where all of the elderly give money to the students that had been their waiters and waitresses for so many years. That is an awesome, and very generous deal if I do say so myself.



When I got the call offering me the job, I was shocked and excited. For one thing, it was the first and only place I applied at. For me to get a job after only filling out one application is pretty sweet because I know it can be extremely difficult for kids my age to get employment.



I haven't started yet, but I should begin training soon after I turn in my work permit (which will be Tuesday). I just wanted to let y'all know about my new job because it will soon be taking a pretty important roll in my life, and I wanted to ease your minds that there still will be new blog posts! Don't worry, I'm not going to abandon you guys in place of working.
That's all I have for you today, but look for a Summer Reading Roundup post coming this Thursday! I'm super excited to share all of the books I've read with you and my brief thoughts on them, so feel free to check that out later this week.
Also, I added a new page to my blog called Disney Collection. You can visit that by finding it on the far right side of the bar above this post, or you can click HERE for a more direct route.

Thanks so much for reading, love you all so much!
Mischief Managed.
July

August 25, 2014

Back to School Q & A

My concert was amazing *squeals* I'm going to try to upload photos and maybe videos sometime in the near future, but no promises. I'm not exactly sure how I can get a video from Facebook onto blogger, so anyone have suggestions?
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Well, now that I've gotten that out of the way, hello everyone! My school starts this week *sadface* and I'm so not ready for summer to be over. Who's with me? This summer has been full of some awesome memories including some insane road trips, great robotics competitions, petting zoo fiascoes, and much, much more.
It seems crazy that it's already the time of year that we all have to pack up our school bags and charge full-speed-ahead into some type of learning institution, but alas, we can't seem to slow it's coming. I'm sure some of you have already been in class for a while now, but for those of you who haven't, I'm going to do a Back to School Q & A. Comment a question you might have and I'll do my best to respond in the comment box :)
If you don't have questions, go ahead and read the comments anyway, and maybe you'll get some great advice to a question you'd never think of yourself. Also, feel free to chime in with your own advice to the questions, because as they say, the more the merrier!

Here is my words of wisdom to each class.

Freshman-- Do not take classes as a joke! Your grades and GPA this year DO matter and they will affect you in the future, so do your best.

Sophomores-- Just because you're not in the freshman status anymore doesn't mean that you need a significant other in your life... Be yourself, and most importantly, know that you don't need a boyfriend/girlfriend to make you "cool."

Juniors-- Keep plowing ahead, and don't give up! You're almost seniors.

Seniors-- Enjoy your last year of school because this will be one of the last times that everybody in your class will all be together. Don't get too caught up in all the "college stuff" or in your job that you miss all the great memory making experiences with your friends.

Have a great school year!
July

August 16, 2014

July's Shopping Spoils (And Partial Birthday Haul!)

Hello my dearest readers! I have to admit, this post is scheduled because today is the day that I am going to see One Direction and Five Seconds of Summer in concert *Hurrah*, and I won't have time to write a post as I'll be preparing myself physically and mentally for the event. Now, I'm not as big a fan of the band as I once was, but I still like them and I know this is a once and a lifetime opportunity, so I'M GOING AND NO ONE CAN STOP ME. 

I've already got my outfit picked out (which you can see the upper half of farther below), and I have a few things in the queuing area, prepared to be placed in my purse to go along as well, such as glow sticks, snacks, water, a poster that says "CAN I HAVE A HUG," and several things for the boys to sign just in case a miracle happens and I meet them lol. 

Anyway, I've been shopping a lot lately (well I've gotten this stuff over the course of 4 months), so I'm just going to share with you a few of the things I've splurged on. The items are categorized by types (1. B&B Works Haul, 2. Jewelry Haul, 3. Clothes Haul, 3.5 Concert Attire, 4. Colorado Haul, 5. Ceramics Haul, and 6. Books, Movies, and Music Haul), and you only have to look at the categories that interest you. There will be little reviews of each product!
Let's get started then, shall we?

1. Bath & Body Works Haul

Pomegranate and Lemon body lotion-- $5.00
I quite liked the lemony scent in the store, but when I took it home and started using it, I realized that it was a lot stronger than I bargained for. It was almost headache giving. That being said, it moisturizes my skin decently. I think I have to reapply this more often than other lotions I have, but it makes my skin feel fairly good. I probably won't repurchase this lotion however. 

Morocco Orchid & Pink Amber perfume-- $8.00
I bought this mini perfume 75% off, so it only costed me $2.00 which is pretty good considering that it comes in glass packaging (as opposed to the bigger versions of this scent which are plastic). I love the smell, which is crisp and pleasant to the nose, but I'm a little afraid to use it because the bottle is so small. I would never buy this exact product at $8.00 again because of it's size, so if I wanted to buy the scent again, I would go for the next size up because it costs less, at only $6.00 and I get a ton more. 

Spearmint Supreme lip moisturizer-- $8.00
I was so excited when I went into Bath & Body and saw the lip products on sale. They are NEVER on sale, and believe me, I have checked many a time. I believe I got this one for around $3.00. I am a fan of the store's moisturizing lip products because they do a good job at restoring and making your lips feel good again after they've been dry. The only complaint I have is that the lip shine is sticky, and then if I go outside in the wind, my hair tends to get caught up in it. Ick. I probably won't be buying this again for a long time because of it's expensive normal price, and how I have to be cautious when wearing it so my hair doesn't get gross. 

2. Jewelry Haul

LoveCulture-- $7.95
For a while, I'd wanted a statement necklace, but many of them that I was seeing in stores were too big for me. That was true until I saw this one. If you scale it with my thumb, you can see that the size of it isn't too big or gaudy, so it's perfect for my taste, plus it includes matching earrings. I haven't worn it yet, so I can't tell you much about how I like it, but I can tell you that I got it for 30% off and actually paid around $5.50 for it instead of $7.95. I'm really excited to try this one out! 

LoveCulture-- $5.95
This was also 30% off, so I paid a little more than $4.00 for it. I like the look of this necklace, but when I wear it, the pendent often rests uncentered on my neck from my normal daily movements. Therefore, if I could go back in time and unbuy it, I probably would. I'm just glad it wasn't too expensive!

Deb-- $8.00
As trend in this post, I actually got this necklace on sale ;) It was 50% off, you do the math. I absolutely love it. It's not too adultish, but not too little-girlish either. The quality is wonderful, the gold color is beautiful, it's lightweight, and the chain is adjustable so I can have whatever length I want. I obviously won't buy this again because I already have it, but I would buy this for a friend in a heartbeat. 


3. Clothes Haul 

Vanity Fair-- $12.00
I bought this on an outlet mall in Michigan City run with my aunt earlier this summer. Sadly I haven't gotten a chance to wear it yet because I'm still searching for the perfect shirt to pair it with. I was drawn to this skirt because the fabric is very soft, comfortable, and breathable, and it isn't one of those skirts that you feel you have to sit still in all day. I would buy another like this if I had the chance!

Vanity Fair-- $18.00
Sorry about my closet guys, but this was also purchased on a Michigan City outlet mall run. I like this a lot, but thankfully it has a slip underneath because it is a see through skirt. I actually wear black shorts with it because sometimes the slip won't fall back in place when I stand up, and I just want to be cautious haha. Other than that, I'm glad I bought it.

TJ Maxx-- $12.00
Flower print is really "in" right now, so I bought this shirt. It doesn't overdo the trend, but it has enough that it's noticeable. 

Hot Topic-- $24.00
$24 is WAY to expensive for a shirt, but I couldn't not buy this tank top. It's colors are beautiful, and look at the back... Just look at that. I love Beauty and the Beast way to much to pass this up. 

Hot Topic-- $22.00
Guess how much I paid for this on clearance! If you guessed $3.95, you are right. Yup, you heard me, $3.95, originally $22.00. I don't like this one as much as the Beauty and the Beast one, but I still love wearing it.

3.5. Concert Attire!

JC Penney-- $18
I chose this to wear to the 1D concert because it's a blue-out, meaning everyone is going to wear blue, and this was the only thing I could find suitable to wear. It has small rhine-stones on the front, and an open(ish) back so hopefully I won't get too hot. Do you guys like it? Oh, wow I'm excited :D

4. Colorado Haul

Some random downtown shop-- $12.00
This sweatshirt isn't much to look at, but it still documents my travels and  is extremely warm and fuzzy inside. It's honestly perfect for nights around a bonfire with my friends! These types of sweatshirts are pretty generic, so you can find one similar (with the name of your destination) pretty much wherever you go! I recommend purchasing this type rather than a fancier one, because it's cheaper, and basic (just in case your style completely changes, it's likely you'll still wear this). 

Some random downtown shop-- $14.00
When I found this owl purse, I knew right away that I would buy it. In the trinket shop there were plenty of other options as well, such as cats, monkeys, dogs, and even different colored owls, but this little guy caught my attention and held it! It isn't super big, but it fits exactly what I need it to when I go out with friends. The first time I wore it the strap broke, so I need to get to repairing that, but it's great otherwise.

5. Ceramics Haul



Thrift/Charity Shop-- $0.50
My mom and I went to a thrift shop whilst looking for some things for my brother's dorm room, and I found this cute little mug just sitting there waiting to be picked up. So, I bought it partly because it was cute, and partly because it said England on the bottom. At the moment, I am storing a few of my loose beauty things in it, and it's doing it's job wonderfully! 



Thrift/Charity Shop-- $0.50 
I found this teacup on the same thrift run as I found the mug, and fell in love with the intricate flowery design with gold accents. It does a wonderful job holding spare jewelry that I haven't had the time to put away, such as my bracelet, locket, earrings, and a few rings. It does have a few little chips in it, but hey.... for $0.50 I'm doing great. 

Pier 1 Imports-- $15.00
Pier 1 has great home decorating products, furniture, and kitchen things. When I saw this elephant teapot, I instantly fell in love because I have a little elephant mug that it would go perfectly with. I just couldn't pass up purchasing the little guy! My only complaint is that he is a little hard to wash on the inside because my fingers don't fit. Other than that, I love him! 
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6. Books, Movies, and Music Haul
Mistborn Trilogy-- $10.00
I bought this used on Ebay because at Barnes and Noble, I would have been paying over $20.00 for it. I would highly recommend the series.
Cars-- birthday :)
Cars is my second favorite Disney movie, right after Lady and the Tramp and Beauty and the Beast because it has a great message, and is just all around cute. If you haven't seen it, I recommend going out and renting it with some friends because it's totally worth your time!
Rio-- birthday :)
Rio is a cute movie that I enjoyed. It takes place mainly in Rio De Janeiro during a festival called Carnival, and does a great job of showing Brazilian culture. It is about birds, but there are enough human characters that you don't feel starved of them.
Wreck-It Ralph-- birthday :)
I haven't seen Wreck-It-Ralph yet, but I've heard that it's great!
The Little Rascals-- birthday :)
Little Rascals is just a classic. If you haven't seen it at least once in your lifetime, you're missing out!
Frozen-- $12.00 at Costco
I bought this a while back on sale at Costco. Frozen only came out this past November, but it's basically a treasure already. If you haven't watched this yet, you must be living under a rock because everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has seen Frozen. I highly recommend it.
X by Ed Sheeran-- birthday :)
You probably know that I'm a huge fan of Ed Sheeran by now if you're a regular reader of my blog. I love his music but some of his songs have some negative/inappropriate undertones to them. I recommend listening to Ed, but you really have to be careful when listening because not every song is appropriate for everyone. 


I know that was long, but thanks to those of you who stuck with this post the whole way.
Would you like to see more hauls (shorter ones) on this blog? Let me know if you like this type of post. Love you all!
-July

*sorry about the picture quality.... my life is a struggle