Hometown Hangouts

Have you ever heard of Eventbite? Well it's pretty cool. It allows you to manage eventssell tickets and make events an easier experience! They help me to find events locally so today, I wanted to share one of my favorite local events with you!

So one of my favorite things is going out to the Magnolia "Ladies and Gent's Night Out". It's the last Friday of every month and my friend and I try to go every time it's up. There's a bunch of food trucks that sell anything from lobster to fried ice cream. I have yet to try the fried ice cream but I'm definitely going to next time! It's pretty awesome. They also have live music which is always a good idea.

My favorite place on Magnolia is Romancing the Bean. It's got amazing coffee and delicious pastries! My sister and I discovered this place last year and are obsesses with it, especially their chai lattes!

Without further ado, here are the pics from the event!


Romancing the Bean is a super cool, super cute place to chill, read, write, or hang out with friends. Also how cool is that truck? There a few "store" trucks, that have some pretty cool things.




In addition to have really good coffee Romancing the Bean also has a  little shop area that has some cool things.


 This food truck is amazing! It's so cute and the cupcakes are beyond amazing!! 




Cover Reveal: Once Upon a University

Book: Once Upon A Time University
Author: Savannah Ostler
Fantasy, fiction, YA, teen, clean teen fairytales, adventure, romance

The Basics:The enchanting sequel to “Happily Ever After High School”

After graduating Happily Ever High, eighteen year old Albany French was living the perfect fairy tale. She had her very own fairy godmother, a delightfully eccentric grandmother, and her boyfriend was her dream knight in shining armor.

At first, it seemed like a flawless freshman year for her at Once Upon A Time University. The campus was magical and enchanted, her classes were extraordinary, and she made surprising new friends.

A chain of unsettling events followed by a twist of fate sends Albany spinning. She is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life- one that could potentially break her heart. The perfect happily ever after was still within Albany’s grasp… or so she thought.

My name is Savannah Ostler, but you can call me Savvy. I LOVE fairy tales. No, let me rephrase that. I live and breathe fairy tales.
I’m a dreamer born and raised in a small town, and moved to the big city of Los Angeles to follow my creative ambitions. I’ve loved every minute of my journey, even if it wasn’t always easy. Having always had a passion for writing, acting, and singing, living in Los Angeles was the step that I had to take in order to pay full tribute to my dreams.

Living in the city of opportunity has opened a lot of doors for me in the span of four years- including acting in commercials, singing at world-famous concert venues around Hollywood, acting in feature films, stage productions, producing a series of short films, and having the opportunity to work on famous studio lots, including Warner Bros. studios, Culver City studios, Paramount studios, and my own personal favorite, Walt Disney studios. Being a performer allows me the flexibility of creating my own schedule, giving me plenty of time to dedicate to my writing- which in the span of just living in LA, I have added writing two full length novels, five original feature screenplays, ten short screenplays, Over two dozen poems, fifteen original songs, and a notebook full of ideas.

My career in LA has definitely been a blast, and I have loved every second of it. That being said, I would have to say that my most treasured and note-worthy adventure here in southern California was meeting my husband Steve. I had always been the kind of hopeless romantic who had believed in the magic of true love and destiny- and finding my soul mate from southern California only affirmed that belief. Steve was born and raised in southern California and had lived in the golden state all his life. To think that I probably wouldn’t have met him had I not followed my dreams to Los Angeles attests my belief in destiny, true love, and real life fairy tales. We had our perfect fairy tale, Cinderella-inspired wedding in an enchanted setting, a perfect Cinderella-worthy dress and tiara, my perfect prince, and we rode away in a horse-driven Cinderella coach. Since we are both Disney nerds, we happily were off to Disneyworld for a royal honeymoon.

Needless to say, I had more than enough inspiration for my fairy tale fantasy series, “Happily Ever After High School”, and now “Once Upon A Time University”. I wanted to create a world were fairy tales were not just make believe- a world where they were thrown into the mix with real modern life. I wanted to spark the love of fairy tales and imagination in my readers while also making them believe that true love might actually be not exclusive to fairy tales. The entire series stemmed from this idea.  
Next, came my main character, Albany. I wanted to come up with a unique name that you don’t hear everyday, and I wanted it to somehow be a little personal to me. Since I am named after a city, I looked up different city names across the US, and Albany stuck out to me.

Albany is definitely not your typical eighteen year old. She is independent, determined, unique, creative, and definitely a day dreamer. She absolutely has always hated traditional public schools, because she feels like she doesn’t belong there. Albany doesn’t really have many friends, but the friends that she does make she keeps for life.
Despite being labeled as an “outcast”, Albany finds contentment in her books- especially fairy tales.

I love the character of Albany, because I can definitely relate to her. In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret… She is pretty much me at eighteen years old. She is a dreamer, she is optimistic, she is bright, she hates math, and she is not afraid to create her own path and get what she wants in life.

This isn’t to say that Albany doesn’t have her fair share of character flaws. Believe me, she has just as many flaws as the typical teenage girl. She is a mess, she can never keep her room clean- or anything for that matter. She is extremely stubborn and has a very witty and sarcastic sense of humor that can sometimes come off as cold if not understood. For those who don’t know Albany, her stubbornness can has the potential to get irritating. In reality, she just likes to stick to her gut and is not afraid to diverge from the herd. In fact, that’s what she does best. She’s a girl who knows what she wants, and she won’t give up until she gets it.

Writing Once Upon A Time University was a blast from the very beginning. I really let myself get inside Albany’s head and put myself in her shoes. Being so similar to the character, it was second nature for me. While writing and editing, I would often times recite Albany’s dialogue aloud to see how it sounds. The majority of the time, I probably looked like a crazy person talking to myself. But hey, it was totally fun and helped my process. I also listened to a ton of music while writing the novel. I created a playlist of the key songs I listened to over and over again while writing. These are songs that Albany would totally rock out too as well. We definitely share the same taste in music. Yes, the list is kind of all over the place as far as music genres are concerned, but that’s just how we like it ;)

I so hope you enjoy reading the second installment of the enchanted series as much as I enjoyed writing it!

May all of your fairy tale wishes come true, 
Savvy

Tidbit About The Author!

Savannah Ostler was born in Alpine, Utah. Since childhood, she has enjoyed many forms of the arts. It was from her love of performing that she decided to attend East Hollywood High, a school in Salt Lake City dedicated to film, television, and writing.
In addition to acting for both stage and film, Savannah is also a singer, having released several original pop singles, and performing at well known venues in Hollywood such as The House Of Blues, and the Roxy theater.

Although Savannah is incredibly diverse with her talents, her first love is, and has always been writing. She has been writing ever since she learned how to read and write. She enjoys many different forms of writing: poetry, lyrics, fiction, and screenplays. To date, Miss Ostler has written hundreds of original poems, six original songs produced and performed by Savannah herself, hundreds of lyrics not yet produced, over a dozen produced short films, five feature film screenplays, two television pilots, and of course, her first novel Happily Ever After High School.

Savannah has always been a day dreamer and a true kid at heart. When she is not buried in her writing projects, she can be found at Disneyland, living out all of her fairy tale dreams.

She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Steve and their two mixed Chihuahua pups.

Where You can Find her!

Blog


Twitter: @SavannahOstler



Life At The Moment + Recipe


So I'm back in school. I've survived my first week and i'm about to start my second. My classes are hard and I'm honestly a little scared of them. I'm going to do my best and learn to be okay with that. If school wasn't enough, I have college apps to worry about to. In other words i'm going to be really busy most of the time. My stress level is going to be at an all time high but I just have to remember to breath. Breath and just do what I have to do. At this point in time my priority is going to have to be my college apps. Unfortunately that doesn't leave a lot of time for the things I do love to do.

I'm not going to be blogging as often and when I do it's probably going to be sporadic. I'll try and post on Saturdays for now, but I might throw a Motivation Monday, or a Whatever Friday, or something here and there. I'm really sorry about this, I know it sucks and that it's annoying. Anyway, I figured I owed y'all an explanation as to why my blog is going to be a little cray at the moment.

To all my people who started school already, we can do this, we can survive this year. We are strong and awesome. It's as simple as that. To everybody else who hasn't started school, good luck, don't be afraid, you got this!

Now for the fun part! Since school often requires us to stay up late and lose precious hours of sleep, caffeine is something of a necessity. So I thought I would share a recipe I found for some awesome coffee! (if you're not a coffee person, green tea is a good alternative)

Caramel Macchiato Frappuccino  

Ingredients

¾ cup fresh espresso or double strength coffee, use a caramel flavor if you can find it
¾ cup milk (soy, rice, low fat, 2%, whole, etc)
3 tbls Torani Caramel syrup
pinch of xanthan gum (about 1/16 tsp)
2 cups ice

Instructions

In a large blender, add warm coffee and xanthan gum and process on slow speed for about 30 seconds. (The warm coffee helps to completely blend in the xanthan gum.)
Add milk and caramel syrup and blend for about 15 seconds just to combine. Finally, add in ice and blend on high power until ice is completely crushed and blended into coffee mixture.
Pour into a large cup and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce if desired.


Enjoy! Happy Studying! Or just staying up late!




Style Saturday: My Fashion Wishlist


So I just finished my first week of school yesterday. Let me just say that this semester is going to be crazy busy. My classes, I found out, and expected are going to be a lot of work! But other than the drowning in homework thing, school's been pretty cool. Anyways I figured I would do a fun little style post that's sponsored by Dresslink. They have a lot of cute clothes that are really inexpensive. So without further ado, here's my wishlist!

I know a lot of these are summary but it's still super hot out where I love. Just the other week it reached over 100 degrees. We don't really get "autumn" here, unfortunately. But it does get a little chilly, Hope you liked my wishlist!

What's on your wishlist?



Back To School Outfits



I've been obsessed with watching back to school videos and getting fashion inspiration. I thought I would do the same today. After all, today is the last day of my Back to School series! Crazy I know. I go back to school this next Monday. I cannot even begin to explain just how NOT ready I am. But life's going to happen whether your ready or not. So without further ado here is some style inspiration for your lovely Saturday.

Back To School Series:
Day One:Back to School: Books and Movies
Day Two: Mixtape Monday + Organization
Day Three: Student Survival Guide
Day Four: Goals For the 2015 School Year
Day Five: Cute Hair Styles
Day Six: Open Letter To Students


If you want to dress up but not look like you're trying too hard this is the perfect outfit for you. The high waisted trousers give off a chic look and the crop top and shoes dress it down.
You can never go wrong with a dress for the first day. You can dress it up, or down, like I did.It's still pretty hot out where I live, so I probably wouldn't wear the socks, so feel free to modify to fit your dress code and weather situation.



I like dressing up for school. A skirt and loose tee is a great way to look cute but feel really comfortable!



Dear Students,

I'm not ready.


I am in no way ready for school to start. I'm sure you all feel the same way. I'm sure we're all still recovering from last year, I know I am. I'm not ready for the stress, anxiety, tears, frustrations this year will bring.

Sometimes I think that all the bad stuff outweigh the good parts of school, but then I'll hang out with my friends and we'll have a great time, then I think maybe it isn't so bad. High school is not going to be the best four years of your life. Most likely anyway.

High school is going to feel more like an audition for college. It's going to feel like too much all at once. I know that that's how it felt for me. I know its scary. I'm still scared. I am absolutely terrified of my senior year of high school. I'm scared about not getting into the "right" college. I'm scared about messing up in the last home stretch. I'm scared that maybe everything I've done isn't enough. I think the last part scares me the most.So to my fellow seniors, we can do this, we can survive it. We're almost done. We've had a 100% survival rate so far. College apps, crazy schedules, friend drama, it's all survivable. I have to remind myself of that. So I'm reminding you of that. Because sometimes all we need is someone to tell us that we can. And trust me you can do this. Don't let stats get you down, don't let grades make you feel like your less of a person. You are you. That can't be defined with numbers and grades. My advice to you, and myself, is that you are in charge of your life so take control and steer yourself where you want to go. Don't let someone tell you that you can't do something. Don't let people tear you down, or try and tell you what you should do. At the end of the day your the one who has to live with the life you create, so create an awesome one. Don't apologize for making choices that make you happy and will help keep you happy for years to come.

 Maybe you're scared about starting high school, maybe you're scared about taking your first AP class, maybe you're scared about making new friends, maybe you're scared about not fitting in, maybe you're scared of disappointing someone. Let me tell you right now that no matter what your anxious about, you'll survive it. It might suck for a really long time.But that doesn't mean you won't survive, you will and you will go on to better things. If you stay organized, you can survive AP classes. If you work your butt off, you will get the grades you deserve. If you put yourself out there, chances are you will meet people who are like you. Don't be angry or sad if you don't find people at first or if you can't find a "real group" of friends. You'll find your people eventually. Try some new things, you might be surprised at where your happiest. That's the other thing, surround yourself with good people.

You'll need good friends, not flaky unreliable people, in your corner. If you don't fit in because your "weird" or "nerdy", fuck everybody else. You just need to be yourself and happy in your skin. High school sucks, its terrible, but don't let the people and the place force you to change. The things people might think are "uncool" now, are the eccentricities someone else with think are awesome, are the things that will make you stand out. After all who wants to be boring carbon copy, leading a boring, vanilla life? Not me. If there's one thing I wish I could have told myself as a freshman is that "You will survive and be okay. Maybe even better than okay". So i'll tell you guys that. Somewhere down the line you'll realize that you turned out okay and that your life will turn out okay too.

Mental illness is a thing that a lot of people struggle with. I can't count how many people have talked to be about depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc. They were all afraid to talk about it and I hate that they felt so afraid to talk about it because of the stigma attached to it. Mental illness is a disease. Not something to run away from, or pretend doesn't exist. From my experience music is a great help when things suck and when they don't. It's okay to have bad days, and sometimes your going to have more bad days than good ones. It sucks but remember that the sun at some point will come out and because you've survived dark nights, scary nights, lonely nights, you will appreciate the sun. Talk to someone if you can, and if you don't have someone, talk to me. If not there are plenty of online resources that will help you out: 7 Cups of TeaIMAlive.

School will most likely get crazy. The people in it are little bit bonkers. And that's okay. But this year I want all of you to take care of yourselves and remember to make yourselves a priority amidst all the chaos. I know I'm going to make more of an effort to do that this year. I always start these open letters with an idea of what I want to say but then I write them and the just end up being mini rambles. As per usual this is also all over the place, but I really want to wish you guys luck this year.

Here's what I've learned from surviving three years of the crazy jungle that is high school
  • It's not worth it to be "cool"
  • Don't apologize for who you are but accept when you are in the wrong.
  • Don't be afraid to make mistakes and try new things. 
  • Put the work into school. It's your ticket out and your key to open doors to places you want to go. 
  • Education is one thing that no one will be able to take away from you. Take advantage of your classes and learn as much as humanly possible. 
  • Playlists will be the soundtrack of your experiences. 
  • Being alone is not a bad thing. It's important to know how to be alone. 

Remember that some days are going to suck, but hold on to the ones that are amazing. Pay attention to the moments you feel on top of the world. Those are the ones that count. Remember and enjoy the little things because those small details can make your memories and life all the more richer. Keep in mind that education is important even if you decide not to go to college ( and if you do want to go to college it's helpful to start looking into the application process early).


Here's to us. Here's to a new school year. Lets be awesome and kick ass this school year.


Stay Gold,

Cute Back To School Hair Styles


Because I have back to school on the brain I of course started to think about the first day and how I would look on the first day. I was planning to actually have a hair tutorial up today, but alas yesterday was a little bit too hectic. Hopefully I'll be able to have a hairstyle tutorial up at some point. Anyways I thought that if I couldn't share my own hairstyle I could show y'all my favorite hairstyles/ tutorials.

Updos:

For when you want to where your hair down (or mostly down):

Half Up- Half Down:

Braids:



Goals for the 2015 School Year


So I've been thinking a lot about school. I've been thinking about how crazy my life gets, how crazy I get. Then I get really, really nervous. While I'm super psyched to start my senior year i'm plagued by my fears and anxieties. Then I decided that I needed to stop being so scared about what tomorrow was going to bring and just enjoy today. I needed to learn to let go and just breath. There are a lot of things I need to work on this school year.That got me thinking, why not just start a list of goals and things to improve or change this school year. Here are my goals for this school year.


  1. Stop being so apologetic and just be fearlessly me. I'm a shy person and that is probably never really going to change but I don't have to be sorry about the way I am. I'm proud of who I am, I'm the first to fangirl over Harry Potter and freak out over my latest OTP. But I feel like I need to take that confidence and bring it to a bigger scale. I need to be unafraid to be myself in a world that asks me to be small and quiet. I am tired of making myself smaller for other people, toning myself down because I'm afraid of being too much. So this year I'm done trying to cater to others and just be loud and crazy (if I feel like it)
  2. Talk to people more. It's not going to kill me to strike a conversation with someone in class. It's not going to be the end of the world if someone doesn't like me. I'm going to try and talk to people more, try and make some new friends while I'm it. Though as a shy girl, i'm probably going to take baby steps with this. 
  3. Take care of myself more. Lately I've talked a lot about practicing self care, about putting yourself first. I'm the first to admit that I tend to want to take care of other people before myself. I know that I have a bad habit of putting school ahead of my own needs. I'm a work in progress and while I am taking care of myself I know I could be doing a much better job at it.
  4. Get grades I'm happy with. Every year I set the bar high. I want straight A's and I'm going to work my butt of to get them but if the best I can do is a B i'm going to be happy with that. Over the past year I've learned that we are more than the value we assign to a red mark on a test. I've learned to be okay with the best I can do instead of beating myself up because I'm not good enough. 
    • This includes AP tests and SAT scores. 
  5. Wear outfits I feel great in. This means different things to different people. For me it means putting in extra effort into outfits. I've made this goal every year since freshman year and I think I've done a pretty good job at fulfilling this goal. This year is going to be no exception
  6. Volunteer more. All of my high school life has been spent pouring my heart and soul into my school work. That doesn't leave a lot for volunteering so I want to make more of an effort this year.
  7. Drive. I'm 17 and I still don't have my licence. I need to get on it!
  8. Make an effort to hang out with my friends.This is it. This is my last year of high school I want to be sure I make a ton of memories with my friends. I want to spend my time laughing with them, planning out prom together, freaking out over college apps with them. 
  9. Finish college apps two weeks before they are due. I just need to be sure that everything is the best it can be. That means finishing early so I can fix any last mistakes and I don't have to be worries about my application not going in.
  10. Stay organized!!! I always start off the year really organized and I usually falter a quarter of the way in. I want to make it more of a permanent thing. So I decided to start a bullet journal because I've heard great things about the system. So here goes nothing! (click here to find out more about bullet journal)
  11. Make more time for the things I love. Sometimes school gets in the way of me doing things for fun. So I want to make more of an effort to write and read and dance and taking pictures. I want to have time to watch 3 movies in a row and binge watch my latest obsession on netflix. 

What are your goals for this year?  Let me know in the comments below!

Go Check out the rest of my back to school series so far!

Student Survival Guide


School can be the source of a lot of stress, anxiety, and other not so pleasant emotions. School can become crazy and that craziness can be a defining part of your life as a student. Since I am a senior this year I figured I know a thing or two about dealing with all the crazy. So here are some tips and tricks to help you survive school, maybe even thrive. Today I'm going to talk about tests, friends, orginization and other random stuff.

Back To School Series:
Day One:Back to School: Books and Movies
Day Two: Mixtape Monday + Organization
Day Three: Student Survival Guide
Day Four: Goals For the 2015 School Year
Day Five: Cute Hair Styles
Day Six: Open Letter To Students

Random Tips:

  • Don't try and be cool and fit in. It's not worth it. Just be you and find people you can be you around. That "cool" circle is not as awesome as it seems. 
  • Makes lots and lots of playlists! Trust me it's cathartic and helpful. Plus they're awesome when you do have to work late. 
  • Dress in what makes you feel comfortable and happy. 
    • For me that means dressing up, wearing skirts and dresses and all that jazz. If you feel like you look good, you'll feel good. What you wear affects how you act. 
  • Takes a lot of pictures. Trust me when you feel nostalgic you'll want to look through some pics.
  • Say yes to going out with friends. Even if you don't feel like going out, it usually ends up being worth it. 
  • Follow some Studyblrs on tumblr (if you have one). They post a lot of helpful things plus it's motivating to see other people get so intense about studying! Plus they have lots of stuff to help you get orginized. 
  • Always have perfume and deordorant handy. Trust me this is just a necessity.
  • Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. A lot of the memories that make me smile or laugh started because I decided to ignore my shyness and anxiety and just go for it. 
  • Youtube has a lot of tutorials for everything you need. Use 'em.
    • Crash Course is crazy helpful!
    • You can often find power points or outlines for textbooks here. I find them really helpful!
  • Don't join a billion clubs because you think it looks good for colleges. 
    • Join a select few that you feel the most passionate about.,
    • Maybe even start one.
  • Always have a person you can talk to.
    • I can not stress how important this is. There are going to be days that suck so much thats it's impossible to bear it all on your own.
    • It can be a friend, a sibling, a parent, or a therpist. It's important to have someone to listen to you vent and offer some advice without being judgemental
  • Priotoize your health first,then your relationships, then school. 
  • How to be a Happier Person
  • Let's talk about health
    • This post has some meditation stuff for those of us with anxiety! It's super helpful!
  • Have lazy days.
    • These are vital for mental health. It's important to set aside time for yourself.
    • Reward yourself after a test or at the end of a project or just because.
    • Watch some movies, read a book, eat some brownies, bake some cookies, stay in your P.J's all day,

Mixtape Monday: Back to School Playlist + Organization



It's day two of my Back to School series and I'm super excited about today's post. As you guys know I LOVE creating playlist for things. I figured that we would all need a little pick me up once school starts to ease the parting blow of saying goodbye to summer. I also thought I would create a little checklist for y'all to help get you guys organized for back to school!

Things To Get Done Before School Starts:

  • Clean out your closet. Time to take inventory of what you have so you know what you need. This gives you the opportunity to change your style, if you want to, or just get rid of some old things. ( There will be an OOTD inspiration post)
    • Make a list of what you think you need. If you're not sure where to start try shopping just the basics: Jeans, short/skirts, and printed and solid tops. When buying things try to think of outfits you can make with the item you're buying. If you can think of ways you can pair with clothes you already have or bought then it's a good investment, if you can't, then maybe it's not for you. 
  • Make Pinterest boards!
    • You can make one for clothes to help give you some guidance.
    • You can make inspirational posts to help you when school gets tough
    • Follow me here: Perks of Reading
  • Clean your room. It will make you so much happier to do homework in a clean environment instead of a cluttered mess
    • Throw out unnecessary papers and things from last year and make room for the new school year. 
    • Clean your make-up brushes. Trust me it'll be worth it when the first day comes!
  • Go school supply shopping. 
    • Make a list of what you need. Make sure you you've gone through what you already have first. Basics: Backpack, pencil pouch, pencils, pens, highlighters, post its, glue, folders, binder,planner/bullet journal. (I will be posting an updated School Essentials this week, but here's last years: XXX)
  • Finish up any Summer assignments!
    • It's always good to finish summer reading or homework at least four days before school starts so you can review before you start the first day. Plus I don't want to be reading the day before school, I want to be watching netflix and treasuring my last few moments as a free person. 
  • Enjoy the last few days of summer
    • Say yes to hanging out with friends.
    • Watch netflix all day.
    • Read a book or two :)
That's it for today!! Tomorrow's post is a student survival guide post!!

Back To School Series:
Day One:Back to School: Books and Movies
Day Two: Mixtape Monday + Organization
Day Three: Student Survival Guide
Day Four: Goals For the 2015 School Year
Day Five: Cute Hair Styles
Day Six: Open Letter To Students


Back To School: Movies and Books


So it's that time of year. Some of us still have summer left. Some of us are going back to school this month. I'm part of the latter group unfortunately. I still have vocab to do and books to read and it's crazy to think that this is my last week of summer. But I thought that this week would be a great time to do a back to school list. I will be posting every day this week. I'll do some survival tips, a playlist, OOTD inspiration, and other stuff. I think this is going to be really fun!! So to kick off the series here are some books and movies that deal with school stuff.

Books: I actually have to read some books for school so I don't have too much time left to read but I will definitely try to squeeze some of these in
  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. High school sucks and I think this book captures the hardships you face in school. It's hard to make friends, it's hard to be a teen preparing for tomorrow, it's hard to be in love. It's an amazing story that just needs to be read. 
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Because it's a story about an awkward, nerdy girl, trying to survive college. You will most likely identify with her at some point of the book. 
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. I don't really have a reason for this, it's just an awesome book!
  4. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling. Let's just pretend for a moment we're all going to Hogwarts and that we all have magical powers.
  5. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. Because who doesn't need a cute love story?
Movies:I'm probably going to watch these and rewatch some marvel films. 
  1. Mean Girls. Because come on, it's Mean Girls. 
  2. LOL. Yes I actually really like the Miley Cyrus movie. I'm not sure why, but I love this movie and I watched it last year before I started school. 
  3. Clueless. It's hilarious! I love everything about this movie!! I actually watched this because a friend told me too, and I loved it!
  4. Grease. It's a classic! Who doesn't want to sing along to  "Your The One That I Want"
  5. Harry Potter Movies. Its your last chance to have a Harry Potter Marathon! I suggest you start now!!

Waiting on Wednesday #8

Release Date: September 1, 2015
Book: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Number of Pages:320
The Basics:This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world.

When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
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Why do I want to read it?

This just sounds like it's going to break my heart. But it also seems like a book worth getting your heart broken over. I love contemporary novels because you get to see different parts of life, through different eyes. You get to see someone else's reality. For me the fact that it's based in reality adds to the story. This seems amazing and I can not wait to read it!!

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Motivational Monday #8


"It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see"- Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You. I finished this movie about an hour ago and by the time this goes up even longer. But I can't seem to get it out of my head. This movie is littered with life lessons and little tidbits that show the gory parts of life. I love movies and books that can make me feel things. This is one of those movies, so if you haven't seen this film yet, you should!!!

I love this quote so much. Throughout the movie there are different pieces of each character you didn't expect to see. It's nice to see that people are more than what they put off. People always talk about not judging a book by it's cover, and this quote is the reason why. The parts of people you see aren't always whats real. Take the internet version of what you see. People can come across happy, good, shallow, vain. But meeting them in person you can tell they are more than the pixels that made up their selfie. Or maybe it's just meeting someone at a glance. People are all in different stages of their life on their own journeys. Chances are you might meet someone whose going through a rough patch. I'm not saying that anyone's story justifies being a jerk, but I think it;s important to remember that maybe, just maybe there's something more to that person than just being a jerk.

People are so much more complex than people like to think. There are the simplicities of life, but people tend to make even those complicated. And there's nothing wrong with complicated, it's just complicated and messy, but that's life. In the film the main character is struggling to move past his need to plan and have the perfect life.He begins to see there are more to people than what he initially thought. He see's new sides to his family members and accepts those darker or just newer parts of them What you see isn't everything a person is. It's a glimpse into their life, not who they are. I think it's important to keep in mind that people are complicated and have different sides to them and just because we see one part doesn't mean we know everything about that person.

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Happy Monday!

Lets Talk About Health


I have this habit of wanting to take care of others and forgetting to take care of myself. I forget that I need people to listen to me vent about life, I forget that I need to make sure I eat well. I forget that I need to be active. I forget that my health is my own hands. It's up to me to make sure i'm okay and take care of myself. There are plenty of ways you can empower yourself to take charge of your life and body and it starts with you making sure that you're taking care of yourself.

That being said I want to say Happy National Girlfriend Day!!!




I decided to write up a post in celebration of today of ways to take care of your body and mind so that you can do you and be happy. It's important to remember that our health is in our health and it's vital that we make time to have check ups, go to the doctor. I am in charge of my body and what goes into it, what happens to it, and how I use it. I want to empower you to remember that your body is yours and you gotta take care of yourself because you matter! This world is bonkers and cray, things are bound to get hard but don't forget to make yourself and your health a priority! So as women in a crazy world lets stand together and take care of our bodies, minds, and work towards be happy! Now without further ado here are a few health stuff I thought I would share today.


  • Eating healthy isn't about restricting your diet or limiting yourself. It's about eating things that are good for you and even some things that aren't so good for you. It's about finding a balance. Here are some recipes i've been LOVING lately!
    • Take some time and make yourself a pizza! You can add all the veggies yourself and make sure the sauce, cheese, and bread is natural, organic or whatever you like. I like these recipes: Veggie Grilled Pizza , Pan Pizza
    • Smoothies are a great way to incorporate fruit into your diet and maybe even sneak in some veggies. I usually use plain yogurt, some orange juice, and the fruit of my choice to make my smoothies. But here are a couple that seem delish! Blackberry Green Smoothie, Peach Pie Smoothie
  • The next little tidbit is exercise. Now I'm pretty bad at actually being an active person but I try and I think we should all give it a go. There's no need to go all crazy and become a fitness guru when it's not your thing.
    • What's important is that you find small moments to be active. So go walk your dog. Take a stroll at the park and bring some books to read! Maybe play with some younger family members.
    • If you, like me, find it hard to get motivated, get together with some friends and take a Zumba class, or try some yoga, or just hit the gym. And if taking classes is too much, youtube is a pretty great resource! I like X HIT and Yoga With Adriene 
  • Okay my last tip, life advice for today, is to make sure to take care of your mind too. Practice self care. Take time to just destress, whether that means watching some T.V or reading a book. Take time to relax and not worry about life for a few moments. 
    • You can try some mediations or deep breathing exercises to help calm you down and relax you. These are great if you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks: Guided Meditations
Okay so here a few more resources you might want to check out from Oscar, health insurance company. They actually created this infographic which is pretty cool if I do say so myself( if I do say so myself, if I do say so myself). They provide health insurance in New York and New Jersey. They help encourage an empower people to take care of themselves and encourage them to be proactive about their health. 

Stay Gold, 

 
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