When I was student teaching and other members of my cohort asked me if I knew what I was doing.
Last week planning in this planner featuring new pens and washi
It’s VBS week!!! I LIVE for Vacation Bible School. Too me it’s practically like a holiday week in my mind even though it’s a lot of work. Today was decoration day and spent 6 hours decorating the church to fit our theme. So because of this obviously I needed to make my theme around VBS. I used a lot of purple washi tape because I will be leading the Purple Icicles (4 year olds) this week. I also included the bible buddies of each day at the bottom of the page to add some fun decorations. I think I’ll also try to write each day my favorite activity that we did that day, the bible point, or the bible story. I am so excited for this week and the experience I will get by working with 4 year olds all week.
Just in case you need some inspiration for the 4th of July tomorrow here are 3 outfits that I think are nice and casual.
khaki shorts (similar to)and blue star tank (I found the top at Papaya a few years ago). I typically pair this outfit with the red tank top in the 2nd outfit because the back of the tank top is sheer.
This last one is always my go-to outfit because I love this tank top and really only get the chance to wear it once a year.
Happy 4th Everyone!
This week I read Looking for Alaska by John Green. I really enjoyed the first half of the book watching the characters build relationships with each other. Especially since the main character was someone who started out having zero friends with little desire to gain anyways. The book is divided into two parts, before and after. I loved the before and hated the after. Not because the writing changed or anything I just didn’t like the way the story line went. Initially I thought that it was going to take a turn in a similar direction as Paper Towns does (I haven’t read the book yet but I was basing this off on the trailer for the movie). In the end I think the overall theme was expressed well and was challenging to think about.
Today was my first day working at camp. I’m exhausted but really enjoyed my day. This week I’ve got a group of 10 rising 4th graders for the week. They seem great but it is really different from working with the same kids for three years and already knowing them and their parents. I’m happy that this is a short week just with everything I’ve done the past week I know I’ll be ready for a serious break by Friday (even though I’ll work Saturday). I tried to make my planner red white and blue as best I could for the Fourth of July.
Tomorrow I am taking the Praxis II for Elementary Education Content Knowledge. `I’ actually made up a study plan for the past month essentially and essentially kept up with it which I was really happy about and hopefully it will help me tomorrow when I’m taking the test. Honestly I ended up over scheduling myself this week with camp and work training resulting in two thirteen hour days back to back. I am absolutely exhausted and am really glad my test isn’t in the morning tomorrow so I’ll be able to sleep in a bit. But because of all I’ve done the past three days I have not even remotely had the time to study (leaving the house at 7:30am not getting home till 9:30pm). Even though I haven’t done much studying this week I still feel pretty good about where I’m at. I feel super confident for math and reading but science and social studies will be challenging. This is only because there is so much to know when it comes to science and social studies so it will truly depend on what questions they ask. Wish me luck!
I’ve been really looking forward to reading this book since I got it at the book fair and even for months before that since I read the summary of the book. I’ll be honest though and say that while I was excited I initially anticipated it to be pretty creepy which made me a bit nervous to read. So I had read just the beginning bit before Wednesday and then I babysat for one of my favorite families and the oldest girl (12 years old) said that she had read the book and really enjoyed it. So I figured if she could read it then I would be ok. I loved it and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel when I go back to the book fair.
Something I really enjoyed about the book was how the author took these images and created a narrative around them. The images themselves are fairly creepy and make me curious about what the histories of the photos themselves are and how some of them came into existence.
By finishing this book I have completed my goal of reading three books this month with 9 days to spare. Next up is Looking for Alaska by John Green
this week marks the end of the freedom I have for the summer. This week is going to be terribly busy but I am
eager because I’ve been bored not having much to do these past couple of
weeks. However this week I kind of go overboard. Two days this week I have 12 hour days
between volunteering and work training plus it is my last week to study for the
Praxis II (more on that later this week).
The theme I picked for the week is kind of based around the bug stickers
because four days this week I am volunteering at an outdoor camp that my
church/place I’ve worked the past three summers holds for rising 4th
through 7th graders. I’m not
sure which age group I’ll be with but I know the kids in each age group except
rising 4th (minus a girl I babysit for). One of the interns said that they thought I was
in the rising 4th grade group so I’m excited to work with some new
kids. I actually wasn’t going to help
since I wasn’t interning but they allowed 83 kids to register for camp when we
typically take 50. I’m super excited for
my brother is graduating from High School so I’ll keep my post pretty
short. Check out my outfit and jewelry
for the day. Congratulations to any high school graduates out there!
Dress from Delia’s and cardigan from Old Navy
Shoes from Rack Room Shoes
This week I read the book Night by Elie Wiesel. This book is one that I’ve been interested in reading since the 8th grade. I’ve always been fascinated by the Holocaust and when I was younger I bought a lot of historical fiction that was based around that time. One of my favorites was a book called Anne Frank and Me by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld. This book was different from the others that I have read mostly because it was based around the story of a boy experiencing the holocaust instead of a girl.
The book is a really easy read and a really powerful memoir.
I’ve been watching more and more planner videos on YouTube this past week and I’ve decided that I want to try decorating my planner this week. So I went to Michaels and bought some washi tape and stickers and decorated this week. I may have gone a little overboard on the washi but I really liked all the colors and wanted to use it all. I enjoy having something to do with the lower part of my planner that I’m not totally using right now. All the video’s I’ve been watching use the Erin Condren planner so what I’m doing is a little different but I’m enjoying it. I can’t wait to start trying this with my Kate Spade Planner in August.
Sing You Home was a very difficult book to read but it was because it was so well written. The book addresses many hot button issues including homosexuality and when does life begin and Jodi Picoult did an amazing job giving the reader the option to hear both sides of the argument. The book is written from three different perspectives and you can identify the different perspectives because at the beginning of their sections the character’s name is at the top and then the font also changes to match whose perspective is talking.
When I wrote my intro post on the book I mentioned that the book came with songs that you are supposed to listen to before each chapter/section and I was really excited to connect the music and the story. I don’t think I got as much of it as I could have in the beginning until about halfway through because it took till about halfway through for me to make the connection that I could listen to these songs and make predictions for what was going to happen in the chapter. I think my favorite song was Where You Are which was the 9th song in the book. I think the songs enhanced the reading experience for me but if music isn’t something that you make connections with or you don’t have access to a computer/internet to download the songs as you read, you can read the entire book without the songs impacting your understanding of the book.
I would recommend reading the book as long as you’re ok with the strong opinions towards the issues that the characters bring up. And even though I found it really difficult to get through the last chapter made me really happy.
I haven’t gotten a chance to finish up Sing You Home quite yet but I should have it finished by Friday. So instead I’m going to switch the post I planned for Friday with my book review.
I’ve done some shopping over the past week and I thought I’d share what I got. I’ve also used some of the products over the past week so I’m also going to include some of my thoughts on them
The camp I’m working at this summer has a dress code that prohibits jeans and since I wear jeans a lot that drastically diminished what I could wear. I did some research and was between the chino shorts from J. Crew and shorts from Old Navy. I decided to go with the J. Crew shorts because when you buy them from J. Crew Factory they are about the same price and are better quality. I got 5 pairs and am really happy with them.
I have super sensitive skin and one of the only face products I can use without worrying about having an allergic reaction is Physicians Formula. They recently came out with the Argan Oil collection and after seeing Eleventh Gorgeous’ Get Ready With Me 1 Brand Tutorial I really wanted to try out some of the products they used. I picked up the Argan Wear Renew BB Cream in Light/Medium and the Argan Wear Bronzer in Bronze
I also picked up a Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Hydrangea from Target. This color is super different from the ones that I usually go for but I loved the look of it with a black t-shirt and the California Poppy Chinos.
Here’s a swatches of the products I bought. You can’t see the bronzer or the BB cream but they both show up great on my skin. I would love it if the BB cream was available in a shade darker but when I use the bronzer and some blush it works. I will say though that my face gets pretty greasy by the end of the day. The next time I wear it I’m going to try powdering throughout the day and see if it helps.
got a new nail polish from Essie’s Spring 2015 collection called Garden
Variety. I put it on and
found it to be much thicker than I expected it to be which made it pretty hard
to apply on both my fingers and toes. I’ve
been wearing it for five days and it’s worn pretty well with minimal chipping.
I also picked up a new travel size and full size dry shampoo cause who doesn’t need more of that? A replacement daytime moisturizer, and the biore Charcoal pore strips.
Finally my new planner!
I know I said I was going to get another planner from Plum Paper but I ended up getting a planner from Kate Spade . I’m really excited for August so I can start using this planner!
This week I moved out of the apartment that I have lived in for my junior and senior years in college. It’s crazy that I have lived there for two years and really loved the apartment (not so much the people in it but that’s for another post). I think the highlight of the apartment was the fact that I got my own bathroom which was something that I’ve never had before. The apartment I will be living in for Fall semester I’ll be sharing a bathroom with another girl but it will be fine cause it’s only for 3 ½ months.
I drive a tiny car so moving everything out at once was not going to be possible. Instead last Friday I packed up as much as I could in my car and brought that stuff home. Also can I just say that I have so much stuff and I don’t even know why. Then over the weekend I found places for all of those things as best I could. Just to go back to the apartment on Tuesday with my Dad’s car and pack up the rest of the stuff and do it all over again. I spent all day yesterday unpacking and putting away everything all over again. I think I did a pretty decent job but now my room feels a little crowded.
Moving tip? pack your hanging clothes in trash bags on the hangers! it makes them so much easier to unpack when you get to your destination and really how does one pack hangers anyways?
Here are some pictures from when I first moved in August 2013 and what my room looked like w.hen I moved out June 2015.
This week I started reading Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. I was drawn to this book because the main character is a music therapist and I love music and think the idea of music therapy is really awesome. I also read a book by Jodi Picoult last year and really enjoyed it plus my roommate loves her books so I was excited to get a new one at the book fair.
Since Zoe (the main character) is a music therapist music is obviously an important part of novel. Jodi Picoult actually collaborated with Ellen Wilbur to create songs that goes a long with different parts of Zoe’s life. The songs are available online for free and there are indicators throughout the book which tracks belong where. This allows the reader to listen to the song where Picoult thinks that it will enhance the book the most.
I’ve only read one chapter/section so far and its already terribly sad but I’m excited to see where it goes (hopefully in a happier direction). I’m really eager to see how the musical tracks enhance the reading experience.
It’s a new month and now we’re about halfway through the year which I think is totally crazy. A lot is happening this month, I’m officially moving out of the apartment (I brought my first load home last Friday hence the lack of post, sorry about that), I end one job and start a new job as well as a volunteer position and I will be taking the Praxis II. I’m excited for the new opportunities and adventures that will be this summer.
I have been doing the Blogilates Beginners 2.0 calendar for the past three weeks and while I still had one week to go before finishing the calendar I decided that I wanted to start the June calendar from the beginning. So I printed it out and washi taped it onto the tab page of the month of June. On the other side where there is space for notes I decided to write out this month’s goals.
This week doesn’t have too much going on minus finishing moving out of my apartment. I’m only working one day this week meaning that I will be moving out a little earlier than I anticipated so tomorrow evening and Wednesday will consist of packing up the majority of what I own and thoroughly cleaning the room instead of having three days to do it. Once I move out and move back home I will then have the new and just as challenging task of taking everything and finding a new place for it my room.
Happy June everyone!
This week I read Water
for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I saw
the movie around the time when it came out in 2011 (
was it really 2011 it seems
like such a long time ago when did I get so old?) and have wanted to read the
book since then but never got around to it.
I really enjoyed the book and the way the author wrote. It’s set during the depression and I really enjoyed the language and different phrases that the people from the circus used. I never read a book particularly like this mostly because I tend to stick to dystopians. Marlena was probably my favorite character and even Kinko grew on me over time. The book flowed really well, it never seemed to have any dull points although I will say that I preferred Jacob’s flashbacks to the circus over his present life stories. And I particularly loved the ending and what happened to Jacob.
After a relaxing long weekend I’m looking
forward to what may be a slightly busy week.
There isn’t too much on my calendar right now because I’m only working
two days this week (which I’m super disappointed in but hopefully the 3 early releases
next week will help boost my paycheck) and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to
specifically be studying for the Praxis but once I figure it out I’ll write it
in. I’ll also spend a lot of time
packing up my room this week or at least starting to. On Friday I’m going home for the first time
in five weeks and I’m so looking forward to that and seeing friends at home. I
will be bringing home a bunch of stuff from my room before switching cars so I can
use the larger one to bring home the rest of my stuff (who knew you could
accumulate so much stuff over 2 years at college). I hope everyone has enjoyed their memorial
day and have been able to take the time to be thankful for the men and women
who have dedicated their lives to serving our country.
Today I thought I would just share some pictures I’ve taken on the hikes I’ve been on this week. I’m not a huge nature person but I’ve been on two hikes this week and have really enjoyed spending some time in nature. Even though it is May the temperature has been cool enough that I don’t feel totally overheated and like I’m going to pass out. Even so I’m always super tired afterwards and I don’t think I’m doing a great job easing my body into this whole thing. Anyways here are my pictures. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.
a look at the river that runs into the waterfall
This is the closest we got to the waterfall but you can hike an extra mile down to the fall if you want. We just didn’t have the time for it.
the Wild Turkey Bird thing we saw on our way up the mountain.
The overlook at the end of our hike
This was hike number two of the week and the view from the end of it
I attempted a panorama but it didn’t turn out too great.
I have been watching Hannah Hart on YouTube for probably a few years now. Out of Grace, Hannah and Mamrie she was the first person I began watching. I love her puns and her outlook on life and especially how she uses her popularity to spread good into the world. I was really excited to find out that she was coming out with a book and I think it really encompasses who she is and the hartosexual community as a whole.
Hannah’s book is filled with anecdotes and life lessons through cooking. It is essentially her videos in book form. My favorite sections are the long introductions to each part because I really like reading the narrative sections of the book over the recipes. I think that is because I’m a picky eater so most of the recipes (even though I know are supposed to be kind of gross unique in general) don’t look appealing to me. I’ve read two parts so far and will probably finish it up over the summer maybe in between other books I am working on.
I officially completed my first week of the Blogilates Beginners Calendar 2.0 and overall was able to eat healthier. There were plans to also go on a hike but that didn’t work out since my friend I was supposed to go with wasn’t feeling great. Overall for a first full week of summer I think it went pretty well. I got to relax a lot and now this week I’ll be ready to be productive.
week I hope to continue eating healthy and also complete the second week of the
beginner’s calendar. I am also going to start
studying for the Praxis II this week. I’ve
already done a practice test for social studies and kind of did a full practice
test for all the subjects and overall did pretty poorly on them so I’m going to
use this week as a chance to complete all the practice subtests and then review
them at the end of week. Then I’ll
figure out how I want to study for the exam overall. I also have been invited to my friends cabin
for the weekend since her family will be down there. I might go for the day over overnight but
probably not the whole weekend
introvert problems. I hope that everyone has a
super productive week!
Near my school there is a book fair that is open every other month and sells books and super cheap prices. The books they sell vary in type and there are so many to choose from. Currently I just buy books for myself, however once I have my own classroom I know that I will use the book fair to stock up on books for my classroom library (It’s crazy to think that reality is like 15 months away). Here’s what I got.
For Alaska by John Green
Home by Jodi Picoult
Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell
Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Chicken Soup for the College Soul by
Various Authors $14.95
Love by Julie Zine Coleman
New Story by Jan Silvious
10-Second Rule by Clare De Graaf
Set Free to
Live Free by Saundra Dalton Smith
Total spent: 38.50 Total spent if I had paid full price $137.80
I’m most excited to read is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children however it looks pretty creepy so I’ll probably wait until I’m back home to start it.
I know last week I said that I was going to read Hannah Hart’s Book My Drunk Kitchen but I had a babysitting job last night and I felt like that wasn’t super appropriate to bring along with me. Instead I took a book my roommate lent me called Every Day. It’s a really easy read. In about 4 hours I have managed to read 252 pages between last night after the kid I was watching had been put to bed and the time I spent hammocking today.
The main character of the book is a 16 year old who has spent their entire life waking up every day in the body of someone new. They have access to their host’s memories but other than that they have complete control. At midnight they move to a new host and repeat the cycle again. They are never placed in the same body twice. This has all been fine until the main character (who self identifies as A which just makes me think of Pretty Little Liars) falls in love with the girlfriend of the host one day. A few days later while trying to get in touch with her A makes a mistake and leaves traces behind so the host of that day realizes that someone else was in control and declares to the world that he was possessed by the devil.
I have about 70 pages left which I’m probably going to finish reading tonight after I make this post and I’m excited to see if A and Rihannon (the girlfriend of the host) find a way to be together or if it will all fall apart as well as how A will deal with the boy who realizes that something different happened that one day My favorite quote from the book so far has been “Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen” (p.56). Overall I love how this book demonstrates that even though you may be the same age as someone else (A is only ever in hosts of the same age) you can live completely different lives and struggle with completely different things.
I’ve seen a lot online recently with glam planning where people serious decorate their planners with washi tape and stickers to make their planner all pretty but I prefer to simply use colors for each topic that I’m documenting. During the school year I’m very particular and have certain colors for each class and corresponding highlighters so I can mark when I have completed a task. The planner I have is the Student Planner from Plum Paper on Etsy and I do plan on repurchasing from them just not this particular planner.
Here is a picture of an empty planner page
And here is a picture of a filled week from October.
I really like the way that there is a place for a to-do list within the planner as well as another place to record any quizzes or tests that you have that week. I also used that area to make note of projects that were due. Essentially anything that was more than homework went there. Now in case you can’t tell from the picture the majority of my classes in the fall were once a week and in the spring all my classes only occurred once a week. This meant that having all this space designated for a specific class was not really necessary. It wasn’t really practical and ended up wasting a lot of space that I would have used had I had multiple classes in a day and the same class multiple times over a week. For next year I plan on buying their Regular Planner with the horizontal weekly spread option. This will give me plenty of space to make a to-do list on the left where I can write down homework and any other things I have to do. Then on the right they have the days of the week where I can write down when I have class and other events that I have to go to on the calendar part of the page. They have a bunch of other options for spreads as well along with one that looks very similar to the Erin Condren Planners but these are a little less than 50% of the price. The only thing that I wish was different was how big they are. The planner I used last year was 8 ½ in by 11 in. This one is only 7 ½ in by 9 in.
Anyways here is what my current week looks like. The first block is for work since that is what the rest of my day will revolve around. Then I’ve planned what I want to post on the blog this week. I am starting to work out as of this week so I have a section for working out where I wrote down each video from the Blogilaties Beginners 2.0 calendar and because of that I want to also keep track of what I’m eating so I’ve used the last three sections to document my intake. The next section I titled events but that may not be the best title. We’ll see if I come up with anything better next week. I don’t have anything written there currently but I do have plans to go to some wineries this week and a book fair I just don’t know the exact days
Today marks the first day of summer for me. I took my last finals yesterday which were really just performance exams that essentially we have been preparing for all semester and were just applying the knowledge we already had. It was much better than the finals that I know the rest of the world is probably working hard on this week. This summer I want to try blogging more. I always say that I’m going to do it and then I get distracted or busy so here’s hoping that with an entire summer ahead of me I can get into a routine that I might be able to keep once classes start at the end of August.
My goal is to post three original posts a week. Monday will be an over look at my week through my planner and possibly a to-do list if I’ve written one out for the week. I want to read more this summer for fun and for faith so Wednesday will be a summary of what I’m reading that week and what I think about it. The books may take longer than a week to finish but I’ll write on what I’ve gotten to since the last update. Finally Friday will probably be a fun Friday kind of thing. I’m interested in clothes and makeup so it might be something like that and other weeks it might be an overview of what I did that week if I think it was extra fun. Hopefully this gives me a little more of a purpose to my summer outside of work.