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Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Fundraiser

Let's be honest, the last thing I want to think about is going back to work and even though I've been begging August to just hold off for a few more weeks it still showed it's bright sunny face this morning and told me to deal with it. So I guess I'm going to have to. A little something that is helping me ease back into the thought of rejoining the working world is this awesome fundraiser my sister is doing. She is a Thirty-One consultant and is hosting a Back to School Fundraiser. It's a nice little way to give back to the schools and students in need as they dread ending their summers as much as the rest of us.

The fundraiser is simple, I'll even break it into steps for you:

1. Click on this link: https://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/productdetail.aspx?prod=4221
2. Purchase a Cinch Sac in any color you want!
3. Click the box to have it sent to the host. (my sister)
4. If you have a specific school you would like it donated to leave her a message here. Now your job is done!
4. She will fill it with school supplies and donate it to the school of your choice.
5. The schools will give the backpacks filled with supplies to their students in need.

The fundraiser is running until August 15th so that she has time to fill them and get them to the schools in time for their welcome nights and before students start. Her goal is to have 7 Cinch Sac's donated per day. If you don't have a specific school in mind but would like to help out students in need I very conveniently happen to be a teacher and know many students who could use the help. :) If you don't specify a school she will be donating them to my school and my aunt's school who also has many students in need of backpacks and school supplies. So, let's help her reach her goal and help out our local schools!

Thank you for taking the time to check this out. Now go enjoy the remainder of your summer! :)

Oh and P.S. I have a Cinch Sac that I use when I go biking and I love it!

Monday, July 28, 2014

They're Here!

Remember when I told you that I had finally ordered some new glasses after 6+ years? Well they came today and I love them! I wasn't sure about the pair with the larger frame but they are actually my favorite of the two. Oh, and BONUS..I can see!!! I'd say that was a well spent $33, makes me want to go order 10 more pairs. Seriously, if you need glasses or prescription sun glasses check out Zenni Optical, you can't go wrong.

P.S. Check out that awesome fishtail braid. I was channeling my inner 10 year old today. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kicking last summer's butt

Someone commented the other day on a photo I posted of me kayaking that my summer this year seems a lot more fun than last year. For a second I thought "did my summer suck last year?" then I remembered we spent the whole summer dealing with the stupid tree that fell on our house. Don't ask how I could have forgotten that but when I started thinking about it, this summer has been much more fun and about 9,000 times less stressful! The biggest difference is obviously that I can live in my house without the fear of water pouring in it and use my deck without it being taken up by tarps. We have been able to do more this summer. We've been to outdoor concerts, food truck fairs, new restaurants, happy hours with friends, and have spent more time enjoying our city and all it has to offer.

But, at the same time summer is summer and there are many things that are making repeat appearances.
Like bike rides... Last summer being in my house really wasn't an option so I spent lots of time exploring and getting lost on all the bike trails. I will never forget my 6 mile turned 20 mile bike ride. The only difference this year is that I don't (or hardly ever) get lost anymore and instead I actually plan for the 20 mile rides.

Hanging out with these two...

They're a staple in my summer diet. Last year was parks, walks, beaches, and shopping, and sleepovers and this year is more of the same with water parks added in. There is one a few blocks up the road that I never knew was there. Score!

And these two...

We walk, rest, play fetch for hours on end, nap, run, hide in the flowers, and just enjoy being outside all day every day same as last year.

Reading...another must the summer list. As you know from my 100 books in 2014 posts I've been reading a lot this summer, more than last but still some things never change. For example this always seems to make it's appearance at least once a summer.

So all in all I'd say my summer is going well and it's not over yet! Now I'm going to go knock on some wood and hope that there are no natural disasters in my near future.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seeing is believing

or at the very least helpful....same same. I am proud to announce that I can see! After waiting it out for 4+ years I was finally forced to go to the eye doctor due to an eye infection. I guess that's what happens when you procrastinate and order 2 week wear contacts from the UK (no current prescription needed :)) and wear them for 6+ months before changing them. Ooops. My prescription was over 6 years old and I could see well enough so I dealt with it. Now, after multiple trips to the eye doctor I have a new glasses and contact prescription and it really does make a huge difference! The most exciting part?? Nope, not the being able to see part it's being able to get rid of these ancient beauties.

I'm surprised they even still have lenses in them. They've been slept on, dropped, stepped on, chewed on (by Charlie, not me), bent and bent back and they're still holding up six years later. So I guess all in all they've been good glasses, besides the fact that I can't really see out of them. But this morning I ordered new ones. YAY!! My sister told me about this site Zenni Optical where she gets her glasses super cheap so I checked it out. Holy bananas she wasn't kidding! I ordered to pairs of glasses for $33 total! I kind of feel like I'm stealing. There were a crazy number of options and I didn't really know where to start so I just ordered two pair and when they get here I'll see what I think of the shape. I did the whole upload your picture and virtually try them on thing but that always looks strange and I figure I've spent $33 on a lot more pointless things so what the heck. Anyways, when I find a good deal I feel like the nice thing to do is share, so there you are my seeing challenged friends. Order away.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I'm a professional

Professional what? Reader. I wish I could get paid to read all day long every day. With breaks for snacks in between. I'm so good at it (reading and snacking) that I should just make a living out of it. Since last week when I graced you with my e-presence I have finished 7 more books.

I finished all the books and short stories in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. I really enjoyed this series! If you liked The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner series you will enjoy this one as well. I also recommend the short stories that go with the series because they give a good insight into the other characters.

When I finished that series Monday morning I started First Love by James Patterson. It's pretty similar to The Fault in Our Stars but I think I enjoyed it a little more actually. It wasn't the best book I've ever read but I obviously liked it enough if I read it in a day and a half. I have a pile of others to read but I'm starting to run low, I need more suggestions.

In other news, I'm also going to be a professional cake/cookie/cupcake decorator soon (don't be jealous). I'm taking a cake decorating class with a few friends for fun once a week and we've had 3 classes so far with our last class next week. So next week is when I'll be a professional...I'll be taking requests after that. :) It's been a little bit stressful due to having to actually bake the things to decorate and baking isn't really my thing and we're making frosting from scratch, not bought out of a container like I normally do but it's been fun. If you're ever bored take a random class and learn something new, it will be worth your time!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I can't stop reading.

Hey! How was your 4th? Hopefully relaxing! Jim had the week off so we spent it doing a whole bunch of random stuff. We did some touristy things around MN that we've never done, went to a move (How To Train Your Dragon 2...Loved it!), spent time with friends, test drove hundred of cars because we're down to one and looking for a new one, and spent time relaxing. Oh and I got Jim out on his bike a few times with me which I always love because he has a sense of direction so I got to learn all kinds of new paths and he even showed me the fast way to get to the beach that's apparently always been really close I just never took the close way to get there. :) It was a good week. I also finished another 6 books that I thought I'd share in case anyone's looking for some good summer reading. I'm up to 31...getting closer to 100!

After reading Gone Girl and not being able to put it down I needed to read another one of Gillian Flynn's books so I started with Dark Places and devoured it about a day and a half then moved on to Sharp Objects and only put that down to eat and sleep. She is an awesome writer and I can't stop reading until I know the end. If you're okay with a little bit of dark and crazy in your life you need to read her books.

I finally read The Fault In Our Stars and I enjoyed it but it wasn't my favorite. I still want to see the movie though.

Then I read the sweetest story The One and Only Ivan, a story about a silverback named Ivan who lives in a mall zoo/circus type place and the friendship he makes with the other animals that live with him. It's a great story about real friendship. Every 4th grader should read it...and 27 year old.

I tried to check out Janet Evanovich's newest book in the Stephanie Plum series Top Secret Twenty-One but there was a waiting period at the library of 98 days so I just bought it and read it the same day. That series will never get old to me. Even though her love life never changes, she has the same job and the characters do the same things I love them, all 21 of them. They make me laugh out loud every time and there is something to be said for that.

Then I didn't know what to read next and I'm not sure how I even discovered Delirium by Lauren Oliver but I loved it. I just finished it today and didn't know when I started that it's a trilogy and has mini books in-between from other character's points of view. So now I know what I'll be reading next.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

100 in 2014 Update

I thought I'd share a little update on my goal to read 100 books in 2014. I'm a quarter of the way done. I'm keeping track of each book I read on a Pinterest board so I don't forget any (feel free to follow). I think I'm going to make my goal since my prime reading time is summer and I've only been off a week and a half and I've already read 6 books.

Yesterday I read Fly A Little Higher by Laura Sobiech. It's the story of her son Zach Sobiech and his battle with cancer. He was a nephew of my friend and she recommended the book to me a while ago. Every time I remembered to look for it when I was at the store it was always sold out so I put in on my wait list to check out the ebook and yesterday it was finally available!! I sat down around 1 to start it and read until the end with tears streaming down my face. Laura did a great job telling their story and the impact Zach made on so many lives. I would highly recommend you all read this, just make sure you have tissues near by.

Tuesday I finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I know I'm behind the times and it seems like everyone has already read this one but Oh My God! can we say crazy pants? This book was a bit disturbing but I could not put it down! I literally read all day Tuesday until I finished it. This author has a wild imagination and her characters are crazy (like mental illness should be locked up kind of crazy) but I got sucked right in so pat yourself on the back Mrs. Flynn, job well done.

Last week I read Because of Mr. Terupt and Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea. These are young adult books and the story is told by students in an elementary class about their year with their teacher Mr. Terupt and how he brings the class together. These were such sweet books with great lessons. After I finished Because of Mr. Terupt I immediately checked out the next, started it, and finished it the next day.

Last week I also read Jemima J by Jane Green. It's about a lady named Jemima, her love life and struggle with her weight. This was a fast and entertaining read, I very much enjoyed Jemima.

I'm continuing on my journey to read the Pretty Little Liars series. I have finished up to book 5. It's not a bad series but they haven't sucked me in to a point where I can't put them down. I think it's because it takes sooo long (like multiple books) to get any answers. I'm not that patient of a reader, I like answers. I am however addicted to the tv series which really doesn't follow the books at all.

Now I can't decide what to read next. Usually every summer I re-read the Harry Potter series, because it's like spending a week with your best friends and who doesn't want to do that? I even have a brand new set still in the box calling my name (my original books are actually falling apart) so I may just have to crack that baby open and go down memory lane. I'm dying to read The Fault In Our Stars and the newest Janet Evanovich book Top Secret Twenty-One which just came out last week. I also have a full list of recommendations that I want to get through this summer I just don't know where to go next. I'll be sure to keep you posted. 

Any recommendations? 
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