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:

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)
Swimming Teddy Grahams
Beach volleyball Teddys

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

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:

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?

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