Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reading Wednesday: Batter Up by Robyn Neely

If you couldn't guess by my last book review, I'm going through a phase where I enjoy reading sweets-based romance. Here's another adorable one.

This book follows a woman who lives an ordinary life as a baker in a quaint small town. There's nothing super unique about her, except for one thing: she can cast a spell (in cake batter, of course) that shows the name of a man's true love. Every week she hosts "Batter Up" night at her bakery, and never fails to draw a local crowd. Then comes along an attractive news reporter who wants to "break" the story of her spell and ruin the life she's made so far.

This book was a fun, predictable romance with a magical sweet-tooth twist.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Songs for August 2016

It's a little bit late, but here are thirty songs for August! A mix of thirty-one random, but awesome songs that I've either discovered or re-discovered recently. Enjoy!

I can't guarantee that all of the songs are "clean", especially since not all of them are in English...

My favorite song is on the 20th, since it's my birthday. :D


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Any songs I should know about and maybe add to September's music calendar?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Olympic Party!

So we did have a party for the Olympic opening ceremony and it was a ton of fun! Here's what we served:


Savory set of Olympic rings

Sweet set of olympic rings

Pao de queijo

The Teddy olympics!
Swimming

Beach volleyball


Rowing

The spread!

The Olympic Torch cocktail

Do you do anything special for the Olympics? I'd love to hear about it!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reading Wednesday: Corporate Husband by Beverly Farr

Lately I've been going through a kick where I love super-predictable, definitely-a-chick-lit romance novels. And today I'm going to share with you my latest read, a book called Corporate Husband by Beverly Farr. It's the first in her "Love and Chocolate" series, and falls into the genre of "marriage of convenience" romance.

The book centers around a woman named Louis who is the CEO of a chocolate company. She fears that the company will fall apart after the death of the founder, her grandfather, if she doesn't inherit a large portion of the shares. Unfortunately, her grandfather is sexist and although she excels at CEO, she doesn't stand much of a chance of inheriting without a guy by her side. Enter Justin, a fellow chocolate company employee, who agrees to marry her until her grandfather passes away and she inherits the company.

This book was, although predictable, incredibly adorable and just what I wanted to read. If you're in the mood for a warm and fuzzy chick-lit romance, with a touch of chocolate, I would recommend this book. :)


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Olympic Party?

So my roommate and I just had the best idea every... host an Olympic party for the opening ceremony two weeks from now! I can't guarantee it will happen, but we have a Pinterest board going, and so far, this seems to be the (very tentative) plan:

Food
1 savory set of rings
Blue - Corn chips?
Yellow - Cheese and crackers
Black - Olives
Green - Celery, cucumbers, Snap peas
Red - cherry tomatoes, ham

1 sweet set of rings
Blue - Blueberries
Yellow - Pineapple
Black - Oreos, Blackberries, Chocolate
Green - Grapes
Red - Strawberries, Watermelon

Some pin-spiration


Brazilian cheesy bread
Pao de Quejo, since the Olympics are taking place in Brazil this year.

An adult "house" drink for the night
Most likely, the Olympic torch cocktail

Ridiculously cute Olympic activity food (I think these are hilarious)
Barbells
Swimming Teddy Grahams
Rowers
Beach volleyball Teddys





Decorations
Mostly paper chains, because they're fun to make and a great throw-back to elementary school.

Entertainment
Possibly do trivia, or something else we can use for our own "Olympics"

Any other ideas? Hopefully you'll see a "success" post in a couple of weeks! :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Learning French!

My sister and I are trying to learn new languages, one of which is French! I've been poking around to find ways to build my French vocabulary (which is, as of right now, pretty much non-existent). So far, here is what I've found:

Duolingo
If you've ever tried to learn a language, chances are you've heard about this app. But I love it so much I'm going to share it with you anyways. :) Basically, it's an app that guides you through mini-lessons towards learning a language. You can choose how many lessons you want to aim for a day (each lesson takes 5-10 minutes), and the lessons include reading, writing, speaking, and listening portions, but all mixed in. It honestly feels like a game, which just makes it so much better. You can also switch between multiple language if you have dreams of being a polyglot.

This is what the app looks like.

Each of the icons repesents a section of lessons. You can see there are 7 "food" lessons and I haven't done any of them. The gold color on the top three indicate that I have finished all of the lessons and that I'm up-to-date on them. After a while, they lose their gold status, to remind me that I still need to practice stuff I already know.

Miraculous Ladybug
This is honestly the show that made me want to learn French in the first place. It is an adorable and awesome cartoon that you definitely need to give a chance. Even if you're not interested in it to learn French, I suggest watching the French version with English subtitles, because the English subtitles are far better than the English dubs.


Pop Music
Today I've been dabbling a little into French pop music, thanks mostly to this blog article that I found. So far, my favorite artist is Frero Delavega, and my favorite song is Le Chant des Sirenes, which I've linked below.


So that's what I've got so far! What do you like to do when learning a new language?

Monday, March 21, 2016

New Years Resolutions

I know what you're thinking - "why is she writing about New Years resolutions in March??" Because this year, I'm actually doing stuff towards my resolutions, and I wanted to share. I've learned new things and I'll have follow-up posts throughout the year to share. Hopefully this will allow you to learn new things and provide motivation to do new things yourself. And for me I will hopefully be able to look back and the end of the year and see how I've grown.

Overall, my New Years resolution was to be better at "adulting." As a twenty-something year old, I feel like I still don't quite have it down. I broke my resolutions into general categories. (You could also do this by role, eg. aunt, daughter, professional, daughter of God, etc.)

Cooking
Cleaning
Budgeting/Finances
Excersize
Hiking (which sort of falls into the other category)
Familial roles (aunt, sister, daughter)
Beauty
Planning ahead
Volunteering
Blogging
Crafting
Reading
Furthering Education

As you can see... there's a lot. But the goal isn't to do everything at once, and I'm not going to be disappointed in myself if nothing happens. Because I know people often give New Years resolutions a bad rap, but if the worst that can happen is nothing and the best that can happen is you become a better person... it certainly can't hurt.

So far, I've been improving about one of these areas a month. I want these to be permanent, part-of-my-life changes, so even if I don't master "adulting" in one year, I know I'll be better at the end than when I started.

Anyone have advice for me? In any of the above areas? School definitely doesn't prepare you for this!

Oh! And I'm going to try to start posting regularly, on Mondays and Thursdays. Hopefully for real this time. :P

Look! It's me! All bundled up in Washington D.C. :)


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