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2018 Planner Life

2018 Planner Life

One of the things I’ve struggled with, especially since starting the blog but definitely BEFORE I had one too, is finding and successfully using a planner for an entire year. I’ve tried soooo many brands, methods, and styles, but essentially none of them stick. I’ve tried separating my three lives (blog, work, and personal) into separate ones, as well as combining them all together. Seriously… nothing works. Here’s list of posts about planners of yesteryear, in case you think any of my misery may help you. Planner-Related Struggle Bus My Planners/Organizational Series Lauren Lately ft. Do It All Planner Five on Fridays ft. Day Designer Five on Fridays ft. Happy Planner and Reading Notebook Book Bag with my Erin Condren and Foxy Dori Planners Reading Notebooks/Foxy Dori After all this trial and error, I’m here yet again to share my newest planner acquisitions that started in December of last year. So far so good and my fingers are crossed! Personal, blog, and work: Plum Paper Planner Details: Base model is $32, plus you can include extra page add-ons for around $2+ (this is for the 7×9 size) Attraction: I wanted to make sure the cover really suited me and they had plenty of options! They also had a million ways to customize it through choosing the layout and adding sooo many extra pages/sections to the planner. I like to-do lists and bill trackers, plus having the morning/afternoon/night layout. They’re incredibly similar to the Erin Condren planners and cost about $20 less. Cute […]

If We Were Having Coffee…

If We Were Having Coffee…

I LOVE reading personal posts from other bloggers and seeing Jamie’s “If We Were Having Coffee” feature take off is so fun. Laura and Lindsey also have some great spin-offs of this feature too. I was very tempted to also make mine margarita-related (like Lindsey) but coffee is so ingrained in my daily life that it just makes sense to keep it. If you’re not familiar, it basically involves a fake little conversation about what’s been happening in our lives lately. Read on to see what’s been happening lately and feel free to chat back in the comments! If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I’m currently participating in Bout of Books and hope to make some good progress this week! I binge-read multiple books over the weekend and will start off the readathon with A TAXONOMY OF LOVE today. I’m off to a great start this year (especially because I started and finished two books yesterday!). What are you currently reading and/or listening to? If we were having coffee… I’d say that I’ve felt super energized by reading again now that my 2017 ban of reading between Christmas and NYE is over. I reached my goal of 150 books on the 26th and didn’t want to finish the year on an random number (I would have had to push to 155 books if I was going to keep reading), so I just stopped for the rest of the year. It felt weird to not read; I ended up binge-watching some […]

Favorite Things of 2017

Posted January 4, 2018 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 9 Comments
Favorite Things of 2017

Everyone is doing some amazing 2017 wrap-ups and I decided that I couldn’t resist. I finally saw Andi’s new Favorite Things feature this week and it was the last straw to inspire this post. I don’t plan on making it monthly like her, because lord knows I already have two monthly wrap-ups that kind of already share this, but I thought it would be fun to round out a “best of 2017” list for me. I won’t be including actual books, but I will definitely be featuring book-related things. I took a scroll back through my Lauren Lately posts to see what was a fave each month. Lush Dark Angels Cleanser | I started to get a little bored of my face cleanser, so I went over to Lush to see what might work better. I really enjoy this charcoal cleanser for my oily skin! I’ve noticed that it takes longer for my face to get oily each day, which is usually my #1 concern. The only issue is that it’s hard to completely wash off in the shower (or in general) because it’s black. However… Spongeables Charcoal Face Sponge | …this sponge does the trick! I like that it has a coarse side and a soft/smooth side. I rub the coarse side to exfoliate a little bit and make sure the cleanser is all gone, then I use the smooth side to finish it off. I think this pairs well with the cleanser overall in making my skin feel really smooth. […]

2017 End of Year and Statistics Surveys

Posted December 30, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 6 Comments
2017 End of Year and Statistics Surveys

Happy end of the year! How is it possible?! Honestly this was one of the craziest, busiest, weirdest, and best years of my life. As you know from years past, I hate filling these out unless my year is completely done. I’ve managed to finish my reading a bit early and then pause until the New Year. I loved filling out Jamie’s survey in 2014, 2015, and 2016. This is the 7th time she’s hosted this survey and it’s so fun to see what everyone chooses for the categories. Last year, I didn’t allow myself any duplicates. I’m going to try to keep them to a minimum for this survey, but it feels impossible. I’ll need to have a few. To learn more about it and see a blank set of questions, check here! It was so fun to reread my answers for last year, since I copied that survey here to clean out and fill out. Number of Books You Read: 150 Number of Re-Reads: 16 | Number of DNFs: 7 Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary 1. Best Book You Read In 2017? Totally cheating and adding multiple categories! (Not including rereads.) See a full list of my “best reads” of the year (5 stars and 4.5 stars) here if you’re curious.       Best of the best: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Best contemporary: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord Best non-contemporary: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Best adult fiction: The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison Best 2017 debut […]

Tis the Season! | Holiday Plans & TBR 2017

Posted November 24, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 11 Comments
Tis the Season! | Holiday Plans & TBR 2017

As usual, I’m overly excited to bring you my reading plan for the holidays! I also have a bunch of other fun things to include, because maybe you know by now how much I love the Christmas season. I wanted to post this early enough to share the Book Buddies book we’re reading for December (because I’m starting it soon) and the other movies or shows I plan to binge ASAP. I started listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween, so I usually don’t care about “after Thanksgiving I can be excited for Christmas” stuff…. but I thought this would be a good time to share. At the bottom of the post, you’ll find ALL of the recent years’ holiday posts, which includes book reviews, discussions, holiday guest posts, Christmassy tags, and lists of my favorite books or tropes. I haven’t done a recap yet in these “intro” posts so if you’re looking for immediate recommendations to add to your TBR this year, check those posts out! I will be using the same review format as last year, including the cheer-o-meter and holiday graphics to show which are mentioned in the book! I’m a big fan of these graphics and review information, so hopefully no one is sick of seeing them quite yet 😉 As you can see, I have a decent amount of options here! Of course there could be some more that pop up and my TBRs are never set in stone. I wanted to include a few […]

Currently [11/21/17]

Posted November 22, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 0 Comments
Currently [11/21/17]

I’ve done a few Currently posts on the blog before but never really loved how they came out or the categories I chose. We’ll see how I do these going forward, but I’m drawing from Jamie’s recent Currently list of topics right now (with a few changes/additions)! Thanks girl 😘  Also yes I realize this is posted on 11/22 but the answers to the questions are from 11/21. Currently reading: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather and Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter. I haven’t been doing a great job of reading lately for various reasons but I’ll be back ahead on my GR goal once I finally finish these two! Currently listening to on audiobook: I’m in the process of finishing The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin for book club. I probably won’t start up another one until we’re home again for Christmastime and I have a commute again. I just don’t make the time to listen as much anymore! Currently listening to: Podcasts take up the majority of my listening time, in the shower or walking around the grocery store. I’m also definitely in the middle of my Christmas music binge! Currently eating: Nothing at the moment but we’re having an office lunch sometime soon. Currently in the process of figuring out where we want to order from. Currently drinking: Odwalla Caramel Apple Cider smoothie thing. I grabbed a couple of these at the store yesterday for workday snacks and this one is interesting. I can definitely taste the […]

My Favorite Documentaries

Posted November 10, 2017 / Media, Personal / Information / Etc. / 1 Comment
My Favorite Documentaries

Chris and I try to watch a lot of documentaries whenever the mood strikes, because it’s definitely a genre I have to be REALLY in the mood for. I’ve seen quite a few over the years so I’m sure that some slipped my mind, but these are the top six that I’ve enjoyed – a few more recently and some from my college days.    My Scientology Movie Anything involving Scientology will make it onto my watch list. I’m fascinated by this religion because it seems too crazy to be true. There are so many issues ingrained in this “cult,” from physical abuse from higher-ups to not allowing people to see family members. I can’t imagine getting sucked into something like this and I love hearing stories of people escaping. This movie was definitely an interesting look into the religion. The creator pretty much stopped at nothing to get interviews and try to figure out what the deal is with Scientology. Related recommendation: Leah Remini’s show about Scientology. Fascinating stuff! Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine I’ve always been a fan of Jackass, Viva La Bam, and everyone associated with both shows. They’re crazy and stupid but always entertaining for me. I was obsessed with Bam Margera when I was younger and loved watching him skateboard. Enter my boyfriend, a skateboarder, and I’ve started paying even more attention to these people and skateboarding. It’s a fascinating hobby and culture. This documentary dives into Big Brother magazine, which was one […]

Fall-Themed Q&A

Posted October 26, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 3 Comments
Fall-Themed Q&A

I saw this tag on Grace’s blog and then Madalyn’s, so I decided it was a sign to give it a go. This Q&A is hosted by The Blended Blog. Favorite fall sweet treat? I’ve tried making apple crisp two times and it came out horribly. I mean, it obviously tasted good, but the top was more like goop instead of crisp? Not sure what the problem is. I don’t actually love apple pie or even apple crisp too much, but I always feel the need to indulge in that one during the fall. My favorite sweet treat would probably be pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake though. Red, yellow, or green apples? I’m a fan of McIntosh apples the most, because they’re little and sweet. I don’t mind green apples or sometimes yellow apples if the mood strikes. I’m definitely not a fan of Red Delicious. Is anyone? Yuck. I’m also down with Pink Lady, Fuji, and Gala for sure. Favorite fall sport to play? I don’t play sports, but my favorite fall sport to watch is obviously football. I like to go for hikes and ride bikes in the fall because the weather is cooler, I don’t sweat as much, and the foliage in the northeast is gorgeous. Those count as sports, right? Best drink for fall? Hmmm, I think this is covered later in the survey so I’ll avoid the PSL question for now. I LOVE apple cider. So much. I feel like a fraud if I only have one gallon throughout the season, so […]

More Podcast Recommendations: True Crime

Posted October 23, 2017 / Media, Personal / Information / Etc. / 4 Comments
More Podcast Recommendations: True Crime

In follow-up to my other podcast recommendation post, I wanted to share a few more that I’ve been enjoying. It’s not going to be as detailed as my last one because they’re all still ongoing; I don’t want to rate them without actually completing them. Unconcluded What it’s about: Jennifer Kesse disappeared from her Orlando home in 2006. There is very little evidence, except some security footage of a hooded man and the fact that her car was left in a nearby apartment building lot. Why I love it: The production definitely gets better as the podcast goes on, so don’t let the first episode or two deter you. The case is really interesting here because there is some evidence, but not enough to draw any major conclusions. I love that it’s a real-time podcast, so they’re investigating as we listen. Most of the others have been produced AFTER they fact-checked everything. In this case, we get ALL the same information as the hosts. It feels like you’re really helping with figuring things out. A few people have come forward and been interviewed throughout because they feel like they may have seen Jennifer. I hope there’s a resolution to this one, like Up and Vanished, because they’re working hard to gather the facts and spread the word. The Fall Line What it’s about: Twins Dannette and Jeannette Millbrook disappeared from Augusta, GA in 1990. They were sent out by their mom to borrow money from their uncle and were last seen at a convenience store. […]

Updates on Scribd

Posted October 20, 2017 / Personal / Information / Etc. / 2 Comments
Updates on Scribd

I talked a loooong time ago about how much I was loving Scribd. At the time, they offered unlimited books and ebooks each month for only $8.99. Since then, they’ve (understandably) had to adjust their cost structure. It’s hard to offer so many books that people want to read (i.e. bestsellers, new releases, etc.) and keep a low price like that. I had a feeling that it wasn’t sustainable, but still felt a little cheated when they announced their switch. I had paused and cancelled my membership a couple of times since then just because I found I wasn’t using it as much as I should. There are so many great books on Hoopla that I didn’t really need Scribd. However, I’ve recently had a resurgence in using Scribd over the last couple of months and have to say, their new model is still worth it. For about the same price each month, you get a specific number of ebook and audiobook credits. On top of that, there’s a large selection of freebies that don’t count toward your monthly credit. They’re called “Scribd Selects” and have some pretty good books in there. So, because of all this, I wanted to chat a bit about the newer version of Scribd, how I use it, and why I think it’s worth it. This post was not sponsored or anything, but if I’ve convinced you and you sign up using this link, I do get some credit on my account! Quick Details and Pricing Cost: […]