Lacemade Clothing Review

Recently I purchased two skirts from Lacemade. It was my first time ordering from Lacemade after I saw an ad for the Princess Cynthia skirt on Pinterest.

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Book Review: I Loved You In Another Life

I was pleasantly surprised with spring this past week, and the lovely weather that comes it. I grabbed my bike for the first time in two snow filled months and headed for the library. I picked up two books, "I loved You In Another Life" and " A Curse for True Love". I read I Loved You In Another Life between yesterday and today, and I was caught completely unaware. It's the type of book that I loved so much I'll have to buy my own copy to have at home. I was in the mood for romance since Valentine's Day is this coming Wednesday, and this book was filled with it. I usually don't like the bouncing around time periods, but this book did it beautifully. The characters stole my heart, not just Evan and Shosh, but Will and the parents, and the friends did too. What I loved the most was the facts that were scattered throughout the book. My favorite was the part that talked about how people used to think birds migrated to the moon. If you haven't read the book, this will make sense once you read it. I also loved one part that talked about how the word "blue" didn't appear in language until some centuries ago. These things made me think and realize that the world we exist in today did not always look the way it does., it's been in the making since the beginning. Reading the book gave me the feeling of a slow rainy morning, and a phrase in it inspired the title of one of my poems. I've actually decided to share some of my poetry here in my blog, more on that in an upcoming post. The book also had poetry in it, and songs. All of this added to the experience, which surprised me because I tend to disconnect if the characters sing and the lyrics are in the book. There was something about the writing that made it work. The ending was not what I expected, and I find it heartbreaking that it ends the same way it did lifetimes ago. This book made me wonder what the possibilities of finding a love that lasts are. 

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To Change or Not to Change Majors

This has been a question that has haunted me since picking my college major in high school. As you might know, I am an Elementary Education major. There are days when I'm convinced that I made the right choice, and others when I question why I didn't major in a career that is less people related. I'm an introvert by nature, so having to go in an out of classrooms to fulfill my clinical hours really threw me off at first. I've questioned whether I'm good enough to be a teacher, who are some of the most important people in kids' lives, especially when they're small. Every time, I reach the same conclusion. I would love to be a teacher; I'm just freaking out because field work is new to me. I know that other students reach college and declare they are undecided. Still others change majors multiple times. Some simply do two years of community college and take some time to figure out what they want to do for the rest of their life. And that little phrase is the real problem. The rest of your life. It makes it sound like you'll be stuck doing the wrong thing for the rest of your life if you graduate with a degree that isn't uour perfect fit. It's scary to think about that way. And the reality is, it doesn't have to be like that. I would love to be a teacher, and if I had to do it until I'm 65 and retiring, I know I would enjoy. However, I have other personal projects I would like to work on as well. I love writing, so I hope to one day publish my books, or start my own fashion line. There's also the possibility of going back to school to become something else if I truly feel the need to. I think that the best thing to do is realize that you are never stuck. You never will be stuck. And you will learn as long as you're open to learning, regardless of the path you choose. 

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Christmas Season: The Meaning of Christmas

My favorite months are October, November, and December. They are months filled with birthdays, Thanksgiving, and of course Christmas. I love the delicious foods, the Christmas decorations, and all the family time we get to enjoy since everyone is off from school and work. It's a time when I really don't care about the daily stresses, and I can even ignore the university finals that are looming. I'm blessed in many ways, and the biggest blessing is that I have so many people to be with this season. I know that this is not the case for everyone, the holidays can be very lonely for some. Regardless of everything, it's important to remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. It's all because of Jesus. As Catholics, we are familiar with the Nativity story. Virgin Mary and Joseph were unable to find lodging, and our Saviour was born and placed in a humble manger. Merry Christmas :)

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Anne Shirley's Book Series Review

I want to start by saying that each book in this series deserves an in depth review of its own. I also want to say that I will be writing a review for each book soon. However, this review is necessary to straighten out my major thoughts and feelings on the series as a whole. I absolutely adore Anne of Green Gables. I've read it over and over again, and for the longest time, I thought it was a standalone book. I love the magic of it, the dreamlike feeling there is to it, and it is one of the books in which I would love to live in. I've always seen myself in Anne and her capacity for imagination and dreaming. If we met, we'd be kindred spirits. She is feminine, daydreams, clumsy, funny, romantic, and she loves with all her heart. I share all those qualities, and to this day she remains one of the characters that most resembles me. In a way that is what scares me after having read the entire series. Throughout the series, there are scenes where life is altered forever. In Anne's life, this starts with Matthew's death. She had been dreaming about her future and all the bright possibilities it held, and there is a passage that says something along the lines of this being the last time Anne dreams in that way before the terrible grief Matthew's death brings. When Anne miscarries, she once again changes and grieves deeply. Later, in Rilla of Ingleside, there is a lot of emphasis on how the night of the party (before the war is announced) is the last one where they were untouched by the horrors of war. There is one passage in particular in one of the books that says "the lads who were to fight, and perhaps fall, on the fields of France and Flanders, Gallipoli and Palestine, were still roguish schoolboys with a fair life in prospect before them: the girls whose hearts were to be wrung were yet fair little maidens a-star with hopes and dreams" in the Rainbow Valley book. This to me, is the most haunting line I've ever read in a book in my life. I got literal chills as I read this quote to my sister. In all these instances in the books, there is a before and an after. In the before, there are girlish dreams, hopes, and fancies. There is innocence and beauty, and so much to hope for. In the after, there is grief, sadness to overcome, and they are changed. They mature and grow and take a new perspective on life. In my current phase of life, I am in the Before. I am young, a dreamer, a hopeless romantic, with a love for dresses and pretty things. I have my parents and my siblings, university, and so many possibilities open to me. I am scared of what life might hold for me, especially since I see myself in Anne. I might be reading too much into the series, but I can't help but notice that real life works like that too. There are currently two wars that I keep seeing on the news (one in Ukraine, the other in Israel), and at one point, the soldiers in them were children. The women living with terror were young girls once too. Knowing that life can take tragic and unexpected turns makes me nervous. Nothing lasts forever, which is why kindness matters so much. We can only help, support, and love one another, regardless of what happens. 

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The Cruel Prince Book Review *spoilers*

I am happy to say that despite the fall semester being in full swing, I've got time on my hands to read, sketch, and other hobbies. This past week I picked up the Cruel Prince by Holly Black from my local library, and I am in love. Cardan has my heart. I'm a fan of fairytales, fairytale retellings, and fae books too. I love the magic, the whimsical feeling to the world. This book has it all. Jude is a strong character, and her twin, Taryn, is a hypocrite (I say this after reading Wicked King). The way Holly Black writes is the perfect balance between describing too much and too little. There are characters, like Madoc, who you can't bring yourself to hate, despite the horrible things they've done. I've never come across villains that are "not all bad" as convincingly as Madoc is. Vivienne is a cinnamon roll, falling in love with a mortal and wanting to take care of her sisters. She is the opposite of Jude, who wants to belong in Faerie but isn't fae. Vivi wants to belong in the human world, but she's not human. Heather, her girlfriend, makes me curious. I want to eventually get her point of view, because she's got a gf who won't tell her much about herself or her family, but she still moves in with her. Also, I love that she has pink hair and is a fellow artist. Cardan, a High Prince, captured my attention from the start. He's cruel, stylish, and hates Jude. I want to see his heart softened as the series goes on, because I'm sure there's more to him than we know. So far, I think he's hilarious with always being in a bad mood. Jude is a firecracker if I've ever seen one. She's traumatized, angry, scared, violent, and power hungry. She kills, fights, threatens, and never stops exploding. I don't think I've come across a character with so much pent up anger as her. I want to see her heal and free herself from her trauma. I want to see her realize that all she wants is a safe home, surrounded by people who love her, and that no crown, power, or forced acceptance from the fae can give her happiness. I'm intrigued by this book series, and I can't wait to read more. 

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College, Autumn, and Other Things

The fall semester has officially started, and I'm only a couple weeks in. I'm happy to say that I love how things are going this semester, everything from my schedule to my professors, homework, and extracurriculars has been amazing so far. I have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the rest of the week I'm off. I like it this way because I'm able to do readings and homework on my days off, and I have time to plan my outfits and actually enjoy my days on campus. I'm also taking a guitar class, which, if I learn well, is going to give me a skill and hobby that will last me the rest of my life. The instructor is patient and compared to my past electric bass instructor, more productive. Walking around campus with my guitar for two classes before I have my guitar lesson made me a bit self-conscious at first since I don't like to draw attention to myself, but all I've gotten have been questions about my guitar and encouragement from professors and classmates. I still would prefer not to carry around a guitar along with my backpack, but it is what it is and it's all more than worth it. Thankfully, this semester I won't be having so much homework. There is a project or essay here or there, but it's mostly readings that I have to do. I'm also going to start completing observation hours at a school, which has me terrified and excited at the same time. I'll probably make a whole other post (or posts) about my feelings on that and how it goes as the semester goes on. I'm definitely stepping out of my comfort zone this semester with guitar lessons, observation hours, and some personal life things with my family. I know this is one of the periods of my life I'll look back on as a period of visible growth and change, and I'm glad to know that I'm handling everything well. Managing life day by day and not letting myself be overwhelmed is a lot easier to me now that I know that everything literally passes, like my middle school social studies teacher always said, "this too, shall pass". Autumn is such a beautiful time, and I know that summer is not officially over yet, but the leaves are starting to change colors. The days aren't hot anymore, and in the early mornings when I ride my bike the air is cool and there is dew on the grass. Autumn is my favorite season, and I hope this one brings many more good experiences with it. So far, it has been perfect despite the imperfections. 

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Forever After All Book Review *spoilers*

Hello again! In this post I will be reviewing the book Forever After All by Catharina Maura. I copied and pasted the book's description from Goodreads below so that you can get an idea of what it's about if you haven't read it already. 

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The Perfect Marriage Book Review *spoilers*

So I've been reading plenty this summer, and I've just finished The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose and Forever After All by Catharina Maura. I plan on writing book review for both of these books and a couple of the others I've read, but these are the freshest in my mind. I don't usually read murder mysteries, I tend to go more for fairytale retellings, YA books, and classics. The only other murder mystery I read was In Cold Blood for school. This book caught my attention because I can't imagine the wife of a cheating husband wanting to defend him on a trial for murdering his mistress.

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Practicing Gratefulness

We live in a society that constantly pushes the next new thing on us. If you open Pinterest, Instagram, or any other app, you will be flooded with images of clothes, shoes, home decor, and other things that you don't need but would love to have. At school and work we see countless people who seem like they have everything we want, and every store you walk into tries to convince you to buy more than what you went in for. I know that for myself, clothes is a weak point. I love clothes, shoes, and even accessories, and I fall easily into the trap of seeing what Pinterest shows me, what other girls are wearing, and wanting more myself. The good thing is that I love deals, so unless I find clothes at great prices, I won't let myself buy it. There still is the problem though of feeling unsatisfied with what we already have. I am writing from my point of view, a young college girl with a home, family, more clothes and shoes than I need. I have instruments, arts supplies, a laptop for school, and a washer and dryer at home. I can't ask God for more because He has provided everything I need and more. I know that I am blesses, so why is it that as humans we always want more?

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