Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays + A Giveaway

Good Morning everyone, I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I wish you all a nothing but the best, and I hope you are always surrounded with lots of love!!!

I still can't believe Christmas Day is here. Was it just me or did the year pass by, super fast?? 

Well today is a an extra special day to me. It's my Birthday!!! Wooo!! I'm turning 24, and yes I'm excited, but then I realize that it's another year and I still haven't checked some things off my bucket list. 

So I have a proposition, my blogger friends. I'm making a list.
 25 things to do before 25 26 (my 24 year and my 25 year).
Please help. Plus, since it is Christmas I'm giving away one of my scarves and $10 giftcard to Starbucks (one winner). 
So enter the Rafflecopter giveway below. :) and leave an idea for the 25 things I should do before my 25 year is up. :) 
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

My Go-To Meal {The Girl Between The Lines}

I just, like now, found about this wonderful link up hosted over at A Beautiful Exchange and The Albrechts Blog called The Girl Between the Lines. It's a pretty amazing link-up, where we get to know each other a little bit better. Each week the ladies have a different topic. 
Girl Between the Lines Link up

This Week: What is Your Go-To Meal?
I'm such a foodie and I love so many dishes. But I think my go-to meal would be Chicken Salad, or as my family calls it "Ensalada de Navidad" aka "Christmas Salad." (perfect timing right?)

It's probably one of the easiest thing to make. 
Chicken Salad
Mayonaise (about 4 spoonsful, or desired)
Sour Cream (about 1 spoonful)
Mixed Vegetables (fresh or canned) 
Salt (to taste)

- Boil your chicken until nice and tender
- Shred your chicken and mix in your mixed vegetables. 
- Add the mayo and sour cream and mix everything together. 

See the easiest thing ever. I also used to add cooked pasta, also very yummy. So people add olives, tomatoes, and other vegetables, which I think would be delish as well. 

Here is a little history about this dish. So i mentioned that my family calls it "Christmas Salad." Why, you may ask? Well the first reason is because it apparently looks like Christmas. The mayo and the chicken makes the "snow" and the mixed vegetables with the peas, and corn, and carrots, make up the tree and the ornaments. Uhhhhh.. I don't know, okay? I don't know. (Smh) I think our parents would just tell us this when we were younger so that we will eat it.. hahah. 

The second reason, and I think the one that touched me the most, was just explained last week. When I asked my aunt, why it was called Ensalada de Navidad. She told us that back when they were younger and living in Mexico, they didn't have much money, and a delicacy like chicken and even mayo was not affordable. But when Christmas time rolled around, they would eat this yummy Chicken Salad, so the name Ensalada de Navidad stuck. 

When I was away at college. I remember me and my roomies would always make this salad, because it was so fast. We would add the pasta so that it could last us longer. And believe me we survived off one batch of Chicken Salad for a little bit more than a week. 

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bout of Books 9.0 {I'm in}

Bout of Books is back!!!!
I participated back in August for my first time, and I loved it. 
I feel like for being a newbie, and rusty on book reading due to school I did a pretty okay job. 
This time I would like to read more!! :) So join me. 

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Have you ever participated in a Read-a-thon? Will you be participating in this one?
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Wish List to Myself.

Christmas is only a week away!!! Woot!!!
I love the holiday season because it's full of happiness and family time. :) 
It's also the season of gift giving. I'm one of those people that enjoy's gift giving way, way more than receiving gifts. Is that weird? Lol. I don't like to ask for things. Or write wish lists. lol. 
But here is a wish list for myself. I think I've worked hard this year, maybe I'll spoil myself with a little something. And hopefully this will give you all an idea of some gifts for your special girls in your life. :) 
  1. Beyonce Visual Album!!! Who does not love Queen Bey?? Her surprise album did not come at a more perfect time than the holidays. :) 
  2. Jewelry stand. I need one of these, but not for my jewelry but more nailpolishes. I have a similar one, where I do have my nail polishes, but my nail polish seem to be growing at a high rate and they have taken over my shelf, and I'm in dire need for one of these. Maybe I'll make it myself. {Make it yourself at Snap!} 
  3. I'm pretty obsessed with Candles!! Any kind!! They are so relaxing, and I think I perfect gift. 
  4. Jewelry. What girl doesn't love jewelry? Another perfect gift. {Source}
  5. Scarves. Another obsession of mine. Scarves can be worn in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. You know you will be wearing it year long. {Source
  6. Lipsticks, have become another obsession of mine this year. I wear some almost everyday, and I'm on the journey to expand my collection. Every lady needs lipstick to make them feel even more sexy.  {source}
  7. Vera Wang perfume. My perfume. I love it. {Source}
What are you buying yourself this holiday season?
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Five Little Grins!!

The holidays are such a busy time for me. But I love them!!! My favorite time of the year. :) 
 5 Little Grins

In the spirit of Christmas being only 10 days away, I'll be linking up to these ladies' Five Little Grins link up.

1) Christmas in 9 days away!! My Birthday is 9 days away!! Excited!! I'm just planning to chill and relax. :)
2) Secret Santa! We did a secret Santa exchange with my cousins. It should be fun. :) I'm not looking forward to the craziness of Christmas shopping lol. 
3) Momma. I've been spending more time with mom lately. and I love that. :) 
4) Beyonce, Beyonce,  Beyonce.  
I'm waiting for this album for Christmas.. hehe.. and I've only listened to the previews, and this one is one of my favorites. 

5) This quote! I've been stressing out a bit, job hunting and not finding anything. But when I saw this quote on Pinterest, it helped me to realize that everything will be okay. 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

LovelyAdri on Etsy {Ruffle Scarves}

Ahh again I'm so sorry for being a bit M.I.A this last weeks. 

I hope all your Thanksgiving Weekend was amazing, and you got to spend it around family, friends, love and some yummy food. :) 

I'm grateful for you, my readers. Thanks for tuning in. :) 

It's December. My Favorite Month!!!! My Birthday Month, wooot woot. 

Anyways. It's a small post for today. I promise to get back on my A game when it comes to my posting. 

Chilly weather is upon us, and Winter is right around the corner, I decided to start making some more of these cute ruffle scarves. Last January-February, I learned how to make them, and I sold a couple of them. But when hot days rolled around, it was too hot to wear them. 

But Winter is almost here, and that means the Holidays are coming too. The joy of giving, my favorite season. I thought it would be a perfect time to set up an ETSY shop!! wooot!!

I was hesitant to do it. I've been eyeing Etsy for a while, but I finally decided to open a shop. And I'm so excited. so we will see how it goes.  

So if you have a certain someone who would love these, come on over. They are great for gifts. Light-weight but warm. A great addition to your wardrobe. :) and they come in different colors. 

Now through December 20, enter THOUGHTSADRI for free shipping. :) 

visit my Etsy shop. here

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Book Thief {A Book Review}

Title: The Book thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Knopf Books 
Release Date: March 14, 2006
Summary: from Goodreads
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that will be in movie theaters on November 15, 2013, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time 

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”  - The Book Thief
 My Take:
Have you ever finished a book, and after you closed that last page, you didn't know how you were going to recuperate? Like a book hungover? This book did that to me. 

I found myself not able to put this book down. I thought it was brilliant. The way that Markus Zusak wrote it was amazing. For me the book was heart warming and heart wrenching. I went through a rollercoaster of emotions. 

This little girl, Liesel went through so much in her childhood. And a lot of people went through so much in that world. It's crazy to imagine that Nazi Germany happened less than 80 years ago. All that pain, hurt, death, I can't even wrap my head around it. 

In the years of turmoil, this little girl kept it together, and kept her family together, kept her whole street together. I loved how that fascination of words and books created such a strong bond with her Papa. Reading and stealing those books was what kept Max alive. And eventually she spread that fascination throughout some of the people living on her street. The words she read kept them sane in a world where bombings came down and had seconds to find shelter. 

The basement became a part of Liesel life. She learned to read there. Her bond with her Papa grew there. Secrets were made there. She made a best friend there. She wrote her story there. 

I loved reading this book. I love that the narrator was death itself. My heart stopped everytime there heart stopped. Liesel became like my friend, and Rudy too. At times I wanted to go back in time and just try to rescue those people living in that cruel world. 

A must-read. 
I'm excited to watch the movie soon!!

Looking for more reviews, check out my reviews here: Book Thoughts

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Monday, November 25, 2013

"Story of My Life" {Five Little Grins}

 5 Little Grins

It's been a while since I made one of these!! Here are the five little things that are making me smile.

1) It's Thanksgiving Week!!!! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. Not only because of the yummy food, but just being with family.

2) Talking about favorite days of the year!! My birthday is in exactly a MONTH!!! WOOOO hoooo!!!

3) This little angel. My little niece is precious! In love with her!!!

4) I'm not a crazy One Direction fan, but I love love this song.

5) Anybody else saw Catching Fire?? and thought it was amazing? I did! I went with my cousins to the premiere!! And I loved that we did!!

What is making you smile lately? Did you watch Catching Fire, what did you think?
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Literary Junkies {November}

Hi ya'll I'm back!!! Lots of things have been happening, and I just needed a little break, to reflect on myself and some events that have happened recently!! But I'm glad to be back!! :)

Let's start of with LITERARY JUNKIES link -up!
Pink Heels Pink Truck

Visit Taylor at Pink Heels Pink Truck or Lesley at By the Porchlight or Jen at I like big books!

1) What are you currently reading? Tell us about it!
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

"Weary of her storybook, one "without pictures or conversations," the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground--to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature. 

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat--each more eccentric than the last--could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll. 

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children's literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up. 

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children's world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal--real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination" - from Goodreads

I have always wanted to read this book. I'm not sure why I never read it as a child, and I felt like I was missing something because I didn't. So when I finally got my hands on it I was so excited to be transported to Wonderland. And although it is a wonderful piece of literature, and Wonderland is a weird, and magical place, I'm confused half of the time. I'm almost done, so I'm hoping I somehow a lightbulb gets turned on, and everything becomes clear. hahah. I like it, though. 

2) How many books have you read this year? Do you set goals for yourself? 
The last 4 years were filled with all-nighters and textbooks, so I have no time for reading for fun. But since graduating (last December) I wanted to get back to reading for fun, so this year I did set a goal for myself. I set my goal at 20 books this, so I'm almost there, I've read 18 books so far!!! :) For next year, I think I will be setting my goal to at least 24 (2 books per month, is do-able right?) and hoping for 30. :)

3) What do you think are the best and worst book-to-movie/TV show adaptation?
I love this question, because I love when books get turned into movies or TV shows. I'm the kind of person that needs to read the book before I see the movie. Of course it has its disadvantages because I form my own world in my head while reading, and sometimes its not the same when I see the movies. hahah. 
My best and worst? hmmmm. now that's the hard question. 
sources: {1} {2}
Right now I'm obsessed with The Hunger Games. I loved the first movie, I loved the first book. I just finished re-reading the second book, just in time for the premiere of the movie on Friday, which I'm so excited about. I really hope that the new movie is as good as the book. :) 
The Notebook, favorite book and movie!!! I think it stayed pretty close to the book, except for the ending. I must admit, although I cry every time, I loved how the movie ended!!
P.S I love you!!! I like the movie, but the BOOK IS WAY BETTER!!!!!! When the movie first came out, I was disappointed, because I loved the book so much.
The Help is another one of my favorite movie/book adaptations!! 
Game of Thrones, is one of my favorite shows! My brother was the one that got me into it! I've read the first book, and I couldn't believe how close to the book the show is!! 
Gossip Girl, I was obsessed with the books in middle school and high school, I bought all the books!! When it was announced that it was going to turn into a show, I was so excited. But I realized that it was not quite the same as the book I accepted them to be two different entities.

4) What's the first line of your favorite book? 
Too many fave books!!! ahhh

"We slept in what had once been the gymnasium." - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

5) What's your favorite quote from a book? The Night Circus
Sources: {1} {2}

What are you currently reading? What are your favorite quotes? Best and worst book adaptations?
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Berkeley, you da best!!! {The Thankful Project}

November 3 & 4: A Place and An Experience

I'm writing these two prompts together, because they go hand in hand. Essentially they are one in the same, but one wouldn't have happen if the other didn't exist.

I'm extremely thankful to have had the experience of going to college. As I've mention before, my college experience was not a walk in the park. I don't think no ones is, unless you are extremely smart. The first year was the hardest. I was so homesick at Berkeley that I wanted to dropout and come back home. Keep in mind it's only 1hr 15 mins on plane, and 6 hours in a car. With the help of my family and my friends they pushed me to finish the semester, and then finish the first year, and even finish the second year.

Berkeley, has a stigma. Definetely good, a top public school of the nation. But to me, it just meant more pressure. I was far from a brainiac, I struggled a lot in my classes, but I'm grateful to have meet classmates who were struggling like me, who would want to study together.

My second year, I got involved in this amazing organization called Hermanas Unidas. It was a support system that was available to the women of Berkeley to gives us support and resources to help us succeed. It a student led organization. Joining that organization was the best decision I made at Berkeley. Through Hermanas Unidas I met some amazing women, that I now call my best friends. And the best part was that, in 1994 the Berkeley chapter was the very first chapter of Hermanas Unidas Inc. When I first joined Hermanas I think there were about 11 chapters along California, now 19 years later there are 19 chapters!! In my third and fourth year I became part of the board for my chapter. The best experience!!

Berkeley has shaped me to the person I am today. It has seen me come out from my shell, become a little bit more confident, helped me speak up for what I believed in (still trying). Berkeley has seen the good times, and the really bad times. But if I had the chance to do it over, I would, because those experiences at Berkeley made me who I am. I met my best friends, and I grew personally, mentally, and psychologically.

 Thank you Berkeley!!!!!

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Monday, November 4, 2013

10 Things I'm Thankful For and That Keep Me Smiling!!

Shooting two birds with one stone. I just had to two both of them this week. So I'm meshing these two link-ups together, because I loved them so much.
This week's theme is 10 Things That I'm Thankful For and That Keep Me Smiling
 5 Little Grins

 My Family. I love them! They are always supportive and loving. and they always know how to have fun.
My Momma!! I don't know where I would be without her.
My Friends!!! They bring me coffee when I'm handicapped!! :) Send me letters and care packages via snail mail! Have brunch, and dinners together. Another part of my life that I wouldn't know where I would be without them.
 For my munchkins!! My nieces and nephews, and having the chance to spend time with them now, after being away at college for their first years. Some of the best motivation anyone can have.
I'm thankful that I finally finished school this year.
And that although it's a part-time I was able to find a job right away, doing something that I enjoy.
Seeing both set of grandparents this year! They are so far away, but I'm so glad that I was able to see them. And although some were sick, I'm grateful that they are doing so much better.
Yummy food, clothes on my back, and a cozy roof over my head.
Books!! I don't know what I would do without the ability to get transported by books.
Blogging! I'm thankful that I decided to start my blog again. And although I'm still a small space, I'm grateful for everyone who has read a post, left comments, decided to follow me, and who have showed me some love, and those who I've become friends with!! Thank you!!!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Role As A Teacher {The Thankful Project}

Check out Chasing Happy for all the prompts for The Thankful Project

November 2: A Role You've Played
If you ask my mom she can tell you that I always wanted to be a teacher. She tells me that I have patience something that according to her she does not. But yes, for as long as I can remember I've always wanted to work with kids. I believe education is the most important thing someone can have. Although my dream goals have changed and varied along the years, being a teacher has always stayed at the back of mind. 

It was my senior year of college. I was freaking out because I was going to graduate in less than a year, and I still didn't have a job experience. I searched online at our work study and found this amazing company called Jumpstart. The program worked with preschools/headstart throughout the nation to help the kiddies be ready for kindergarten. Their mission was to  provide early education centers with core values, and corp members to help prepare the children to succeed when they enter elementary school. 

The rest of my team, and the amazing teachers!!
It was the best experience I have had in my life. As a team of 5 members, we came up with session plans that involved reading groups, circle time, center time, and other areas. It was the closest I was to being a teacher. And I loved it. The kids were the sweetest, and each morning we went they already knew what was ahead. 

I'm grateful for the role of teacher I got the chance of playing through Jumpstart, because it was through this experience that I fell in love with teaching even more.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

The Thankful Project {Day 1: A Person}

It's November. Is it just me or has time flown by this year? My favorite months of the whole year are November and December.

November is a month of being thankful, love and family. December is the month of more gratefulness, love, and family.

Most times I'm hard on myself, for not accomplishing things I planned to, or not taking some paths I should have, or this or that. And sometimes I take things for granted. But when Thanksgiving comes around, and I just look around the circle that me and my family make to give thanks before eating, I realize about all the things I should be grateful for.

So this month, I will participating along with Kenzie at Chasing Happy for her Thankful Project, read more here. Each day up until Thanksgiving, we write about something we are thankful for. Visit her page for the prompts.

November 1: A Person
I have a lot of people to be thankful for. Amazing people surround me, and I'm so glad that they are a part of my life. Please believe me when I say, if I didn't have the people that I do, I don't think I would be here. I know I don't tell me enough, or at all, how important they are in my life, but I am really grateful for them, every single one, parents, grandparents, best friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends. 

But the one person I am the most thankful for is my mom. I'm the only girl, so I'm both of a mommy's girl and a daddy's girl. But I think I'm closer to my mom. She did, and does a lot for us. When we were younger, she would go volunteer at our school, even when she was stuck helping the struggling kids, and let me say she has no patience with kids that are not her own. lol. She's told us that she was frustrated when she would go volunteering. 

She helped us with homework to the best of her ability. And she always put us first. She took us to our baseball practices and softball games. She dances to the beat of her own music. But seriously she does, when I was younger I would be embarrassed but now I've learned to appreciate her. :) 

She's my amazing, beautiful, smart, strong SUPER MAMI!! I don't know what I would do without her. or who I would be. or where I would be. She's helped me in the darkest days and nights in college. And I know she will always love me and my brothers and my dad unconditionally. And I will always love her. 

These words do not do justice to how incredibly grateful I am to have a mom like the one that I do. I love you, mom!! 
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Smiles for Another Week {Five Little Grins}

 5 Little Grins

Thank you, lord for another week. :) Here are some of the little things that made me smile.

1) Bike Riding! Me and my cousin went cruising on our bikes to the beach. It was part of our healthy exercising plan. We decided to start Insanity together, for motivation!
2) Pumpkin Patch!! My first time at the Pumpkin Patch, and we took our niece and nephew with us. The kiddies got to feed the animals and ride the horses. Read more here.

3) Crochet and Knitting. I love it because it helps me destress, and I love making things for other people. I made this cute little elephant. I call her Eva the Elephant. I made this cute little plush toy for my cousin's niece. It came out so cute!!! #handmade
4) Last Monday I went to take a Spanish Bilingual Test for a job. I speak Spanish, my parents were both born in Mexico, so I grew up speaking both Spanish and English. But I was so nervous for my test!! They tested me on Written, Reading and Speaking. The Reading part was hard because I had to translate an english paragrah and read it in Spanish. But I PASSED, I WAS sooo EXCITED!! lol.

5) CARA BOX!! I signed up to be part of the Cara Box exchange swap over at Wifessionals!! :) And this week, my Cara Box came!! Brianna at Endlessly Beloved, is the amazing partner that sent over my care package all the way from Arizona!. Read more here!! :)

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Olive Kitteridge {A Book Review}

Title: Olive Kitteridge
Author: Elizabeth Strout
Publisher: Random  House
Release Date: March 25, 2008
Summary: from Goodreads
In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge.

At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love. 

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. 

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires 

"Had they known at these moments to be quietly joyful? Most likely not. People mostly did not know enough when they were living life that they were living it."
My Take:
Hmm. i think I'm in the middle with this book. I love stories that are somehow interwoven, and I felt that Elizabeth Strout did a good job at interweaving all the stories together. There are thirteen different stories in this book that fit into each other. The one thing that they all have in common is Olive Kitteridge.

Olive is this "larger-than-life" woman, who has no filter. I must be honest from the very first chapter, I knew I wouldn't like Olive. She was rude, and made some rude comments. She was kind of a bitch. As the book progress, i began to warm up to her, although she wasn't my favorite character. At the end she was still a bitch. But  I felt bad for her, her son, and her husband. 

The book takes place in a small town in Maine. It seems everyone knows each other. Olive was a school teacher, and in some of the stories, they mention Olive as being their teacher. Throughout the 13 stories, we see the importance that Olive has on the people in this community. Somehow this bitchy, mean, harsh, strong woman, has taught these people something about love, has given advice, has given them some wisdom. 

The thirteen short stories  gives us a a tiny glimpse of the characters life. The stories deal with marriage, death, loneliness, suicide, eating disorders, parenthood, adultery, sickness, stealing. Everything that happens in real life, happened to this small town. I liked the fact that somehow, whether Olive was physically there, or if the characters remember something she said during class, Olive was present and helping them out in her  own way. 

So I was fifty-fifty. I didn't like the main character all that much, but I did like how not knowing she was able to play a huge influence, like save someone's life. 

My Rating: 3/5
Looking for more reviews, check out my reviews here: Book Thoughts

Have you read "Olive Kitteridge"? What are your thoughts?
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Friday, October 25, 2013

"Fall" in Love with the Season {Cara Box Reveal}

In late August, as I started getting a little bit more in my blogging, I started following all these amazing blogs!! One of the blogs that I came upon was Wifessionals, Kaitlyn blogs all about her marriage, and now her new baby girl. I love her blog.

Kaitlyn has this exchange/swap called the Cara Box Exchange! Read more about it here. It's kinda like pen pals. We get paired up with two partners. We exchange emails, and get to know each other for a month and a half. I send one of my partners a Cara Box and the my other partner sends me a Cara Box.

I had a blast getting to know my partners! They are amazing, intelligent, hardworking young ladies!! I'm so happy that I was paired up with them!! Go check them out at their blogs, Brianna at Endlessly Beloved and Jessica at Leopurrd. 

This exchange's theme was "Fall" in Love with the Season!! All about fall!!

Brianna was the partner that sent me my Cara Box!! and I absolutely loved it!! If you haven't checked out her blog, go go go!!

I'm so excited to reveal what Brianna sent me!! I think she did more than she had to, and I'm extremely grateful!! Thank you, Brianna!!
She sent a pretty dark blue nail polish that didn't survive the trip. :/ but it made a cool design on the little pumpkin. lol

I think she got tired of me saying how obsessed I am with Pumpkin Spice Lattes!! lol. She hit it right on with my very own PSL coffee tumbler, and a tiny pumpkin (I still don't know if it's real or not) and a handmade Pumpkin Recipe Book (pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin cookies). Mouth water!! I was so happy when I got these Mason Jars, aren't they so cute!!! One of them is painted orange and the other has a page of Great Expectations, with a hard cut out, and a tea light!!!
What!?!? A skein of yarn!! Yes!! And the colors are amazing, a girl can never have too many balls of yarn!! The scarf is so pretty!!!! and this cute little frame is my fave, I already have it up!! :) I hope she knows that whenever she visits California, she'll have a friend here!! :)

Here are a few things I learned about Brianna:

  • Brianna is this pretty, amazing girl who lives in Arizona! She has an amazing Air Force Man as a boyfriend, who she is obsessed with, and I'm sure he is obsessed with her too!! They are the cutest!! 
  • She goes to school, and is scheduled to graduate a year early. She is one smart cookie!!
  • Talking about cookies she loves cookies!! Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter are her fave!
  • She is a country music girl at heart!! Don't believe me? Read here.
  • During the fall, she loves Thanksgiving, the cooler weather, darker nail polishes, and warmer clothes!! Read her 10 favorite Things - Fall Edition blog post. 
  • She does not like Pumpkin Spice Lattes!!! Instead she'll have a Chai Latte
  • She is obsessed with One Tree Hill (OTH soulmates!!)
  • She loves Mason Jars!!

I'm still not quite done with Jessica's box, but stay tuned, for her reveal post!!
Here's a few things I learned about Jessica visit her at leopurrd

  • She's obsessed with Pretty Little Liars, like me!!! 
  • She also loves to bake!!! 
  • She lives in sunny Florida, but she is very much into skincare, so "sun is the enemy"
  • Jessica met her boyfriend online and are very much in love <3 font="">
  • She is in love with the French, and would love to travel to Paris one day. :) 
  • Fall is one of her favorite seasons, and the thing she loves the most is the clothes. Boots, scarves, layers!! 
  • Tennessee is the place where she wants to retire to!
  • Jessica is about to graduate in December!! Good Luck girly!! You are almost finished!! :) 

If you want to participate in the next Cara Box Exchange visit Wifessionals! The next Sign-up is December 2nd.
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