For the month of March, I am participating in Fabulous Finds by Tiffany’s 31 Day Blog Challenge. Today’s prompt: What’s on your iPod?
There is a lot on my iPod. I listen to several different genres of music. I make playlists and then listen to them ad nausem. I get on kicks where all I listen to is a particular album. Still, there are certain songs I listen to more than others, mainly for comfort or because I am pretending to perform. It also summarizes the type of music I enjoy most pretty decently, though of course some things are missing. These are the top 25 most played songs on my iPod:
Hey, guys! Are you enjoying the 31 Day Blog Challenge? Is anyone else doing it, too? Today’s prompt is favorite movies you never get sick of watching. I am a BIG movie fan and a total sucker for $5 DVD deals (so much so, in fact, that I have had to create a DVD wish list I keep on my phone and only allow myself to buy deals from the list!). That being said, here are some of the movies I enjoy the most or have had the habit of watching over and over.
Anything Disney or Pixar, but particularly Aladdin
Review: I greatly enjoy chick lit, and as of late, have become hooked on mysteries, as well. I recently discovered the chick lit-style “Death and Taxes” series by Diane Kelly, which are mysteries about Dallas resident Tara Holloway, a special agent with the IRS who loves gardening, tax law, the second amendment, and manicures. I got the first book, Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure, on a whim from a Kindle Daily Deal, and I’m super glad I did! It was a little cheesy and romance novel-like at times, but it was also hilarious, kept me guessing, and entertained and inspired me with excellent portrayals of strong women. Kelly doesn’t shy away from giving plenty of detail as to what rules and regulations the white collar crimes are violating, but explains the financial concepts in readable and engaging terms. Tara is an extremely likable character, a heroine you can root for without reservation: intelligent and quirky, responsible yet daring, and tough but girly. Each of the supporting characters are well-developed and entertaining, including Tara’s love interest. I wanted to buy the second novel immediately after finishing the first, but I managed to restrain myself by using the purchase as motivation for achieving some goals. I am definitely looking forward sitting down sometime soon with Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte and some Starbucks of my own!
Have you ever read the Death and Taxes series? Are you interested in it? What books have you read and loved recently?
Monday evening I fell ill and was sick all day Tuesday. This morning I’m still not feeling my best, but I’m definitely doing much better, thanks to a (safe) combination of medication and other little comforts, such as:
Hello everyone! How are you? Do you have big plans for this weekend?
I’m working all weekend, and relaxing at my house when I’m not at work. While relaxing, I read a blog post by Carly about cute notebooks from Target. The post reminded me of my planner, which I’ve briefly mentioned my love for before and inspired me to share some more about the designer from whom I purchased it.
A few months ago I searched Etsy and found Sarah Pinto (who also has her own website). Her planners are cute, made on recycled paper and printed with eco-friendly ink, and are the perfect size to stash in a purse. They have a monthly calendar of the year at the beginning, followed by weekly spreads complete with space for notes and to-do lists.
Her products are affordable and ship quickly, but that’s not the most appealing reason to buy. On top of being cute, functional, and eco- and wallet-friendly, they support a great cause. Pinto’s youngest son was born with a heart defect and has had several procedures and surgeries. A portion of Pinto’s profits are donated to Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. If you’re in school and need an academic planner for the upcoming academic year, want to send a postcard to a friend, or need a notebook to jot ideas down in, I highly recommend you check out Sarah Pinto. Cute products that serve your purpose while also paying it forward? What else could you want?!
I love the Fourth of July. It’s pretty much everything that’s awesome in life: beautiful summer weather, family picnics full of laughter and good food, swimming all day long, honoring the military, celebrating with parades and fireworks, watching holiday-appropriate movies, etc. At least, that’s how I have always spent my Fourth of July. Being the history nerd I am, I also love to imagine what that day was like in 1776. It got me thinking – what other major events in U.S. history have occurred on July 4th? Do any other countries share our Independence Day?Here’s what I found:
1802: U.S. Military Academy officially opens (West Point)
1803: The Louisiana Purchase is made public
1826: Former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die
1827: Slavery is abolished in New York
1831: Former President James Monroe dies; “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” is first sung in Boston
1845: Texas Congress votes for annexation to the U.S.
1861: During a special session of Congress, President Abraham Lincoln requests 400,000 troops
1861: John Brown leads an attempted raid on the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia
1863: Confederates withdraw from Gettysburg and surrender Vicksburg
1884: The Statue of Liberty is presented to the U.S. in Paris
1892: Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, causing there to be 367 days in the year 1892 for the U.S., including two Monday, July 4ths
1895: Katherine Lee Bates publishes the song “America the Beautiful”
1906: Ethiopia is granted independence from Great Britain, France, and Italy
1913: President Woodrow Wilson speaks to American Civil War veterans (Union and Confederate) at the Great Reunion of 1913
1946: The Philippines is granted independence from U.S.
1950: President Harry S. Truman signs Public Law 600 (which authorizes Puerto Rico to draft its own constitution)
1956: Independence National Historical Park is created in Philadelphia
1959: A 49th star is added to the U.S. flag to represent the state of Alaska
1960: A 50th star is added to the U.S. flag to represent the state of Hawaii
1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act
2004: The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid (NYC)
2009: The Statue of the Liberty’s crown reopens to the public after being closed for eight years