Tuesday Ten

Tuesday Ten: Farewell to Summer

I know Fall isn’t technically here according to the calendar, but for me Labor Day weekend signals the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall. I love this time of year, and this transition is my favorite, probably because I just can’t get enough of Summer and Fall!

Honestly, this summer was one for the record books. While I had a lot going on (more on my whole story later), I enjoyed myself in a way I haven’t in a really long time. I spent so much time with my family and friends, and it was so necessary and so good for my soul.

So for today’s Tuesday Ten I’m going to share ten of my favorite summer memories with y’all! And believe me, there are WAY more than ten, but I just wanted to share some of my favs :)

farewell to summer1. When your boyfriend tells you, after an amazing lazy day in the lake, to get ready for dinner, but where we’re going is a surprise, you get ready as fast as you can and sprint to the car! But first you take a selfie. If you ever have the chance, definitely check out the Twisted Rooster! Tim and I are fans for life

2. We go to at least one West Michigan Whitecaps game a year, and I absolutely love them! There’s not a bad seat in the stadium, they have awesome food, and a frozen strawberry daiquiri is always on the menu. Plus, we usually catch a game with fireworks after.

3. Seeing Book of Mormon with my best friend Melissa was a blast. If you’re ever looking to go to a Broadway show PLEASE check out the Wharton Center. I’m biased and obsessed due to working for the Wharton Center Student Marketing Organization and seeing so many shows (Broadway shows, for $25 per ticket) while I was at MSU. Find an MSU student to buy tickets for you. Seriously. It’s just $25 per ticket. And Book of Mormon. Oh lawdy. It was hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. Don’t go if you’re easily offended or easily made uncomfortable by off color jokes (it’s from the creators of South Park), but this is a show I would go see again. And I’d bring Tim. Because he would enjoy it.

4. Fourth of July weekend was the bomb.com yo. Seriously. My biffle Kaitlyn, my baby sister came and brought two new friends to introduce to all of us, SO MUCH delish food. Volleyball, wave running, so many fireworks. It was amazing. And I spent it with some of my absolutely favorite people.

5. Y’all I had the most amazing weekend with these girls. My soul sisters for real. #UABforlife I honestly don’t know what I would have done without these three the past three years. Kaitlyn, Rikki, Steph, if you’re reading this- I hope you know how much I love you.

6. Oh my goodness. The dinners my dad makes. He’s a grillmaster and I loved eating dinner with him and my mom whenever I was home this summer. His fajitas were one of my absolute favorite meals!

7. There is nothing in the world like the feeling of being in Spartan Stadium. Especially for the first game. I get teary eyed. No joke. Sorry not sorry. I love Spartan football, and the atmosphere is out of this world. I’m SO EXCITED for this season! Tim and I are so ready!

8. Cindy came to visit from Arizona! Seriously so much fun. When I talked in my previous post about being blessed because of all the wonderful people Tim has brought into my life? Well Cindy and her incredible family are some of those people. This woman will make you laugh like no other. Also, if you want me to pick you up from the airport whenever I make a pretty cool sign.

9. My baby sister turned 21! Way more on that here, of course, but I’m so proud of her. Twenty one and her senior year of college. Is there a better time? I’ve been there. There really isn’t.

10. Jenna and Richie got married!! Team UAB had the BEST TIME. I really can’t put into words how amazing the people are that UAB brought into my life. But that’s a story for another day : )

I hope you had an absolutely fabulous summer! I’d love to hear about some of your favorite summer memories!

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Tuesday Ten: Some Favorite Books

Today’s Tuesday Ten is all about one of my absolute favorite things: BOOKS! I have read hundreds and hundreds, and actually started keeping a list on all the books I’ve read/want to read in fall 2011. I’ve been a bookworm since I was little, library day being my favorite day in elementary school, reading ahead when books were assigned in class. I get giddy and go crazy in bookstores. I spend hours at the library. And bless the Canton Public Library for not limiting the number of books you can check out at once! Without further ado… Ten of my favorite books! (And FYI, no rhyme or reason or genre specifically, just ten I would read over and over again, and most of them I have!)

Book 1 illustration

Gah. I’m giddy again just looking at them all!

1. The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts is one of my favorites and I know it’s technically three books, but since it’s a series I’m just counting it as one :) I love love love happy ever afters! The series starts with The Next Always, followed by The Last Boyfriend and ends with The Perfect Hope. Small town romances. Pittah-pattah (that’s my heart beating with happiness)

2. Murder, treason, ballgowns and boys. Need I say more? Maybe a little bit. The Season by Sarah MacLean is one of my go to favorites. I bring the hardcover with me on pretty much every vacation. This is where I fell in love with Sarah MacLean and her romances. She’s brilliant! I couldn’t get enough of Pride & Prejudice and was looking for another regency era novel to love. It’s a match made in heaven.

3. And on that note, my favorite Jane Austen novel ever, Pride & Prejudice. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” And so it begins.

4. Who wouldn’t want to go to a school for spies, disguised as an elite boarding school? Ever since I picked up I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter I’ve been dying to be a Gallagher Girl. I devoured this series. I know it’s technically young adult, but who cares. It’s fun and exciting!

5. Oh, Audrey. What an icon. And what an iconic movie. I loved this behind the scenes look at what really went into making Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and learned a lot about Audrey I didn’t know before. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson was a treat. “But in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, all of a sudden—because it was Audrey who was doing it—living alone, going out, looking fabulous and getting a little drunk didn’t look so bad anymore.”

6. If You Have to Cry Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone was one of those books that I just happened to find on a trip to the library and I’m so happy I did. Learning about the hardcore woman I was introduced to on The Hills and seeing her softer side and learning about her struggles was so interesting. Highly recommend it.

7. Oh Mindy Kaling, let’s just be best friends already, mmmmkay? Witty and charming is definitely how I would describe this book. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) is fantastic. Go pick it up now!

8. Modern day Sense & Sensibility. Jane Austen lovers, check out The Dashwood Sisters Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton!

9. Another young adult novel, I fell in love with Bloomability by Sharon Creech sometime in elementary or middle school. I think I ordered it or picked it up at a book fair. Oh I loved those. Looking at the bloomability of a situation is definitely something we should all get on board with.

10. Oh my lanta. Duchess Kate. Let’s go to brunch and you can just talk in your fabulous accent and I’ll linger on your every word because you’re living a real life fairy tale and your wedding was a dream. I hope you bring lots of photos and have lots of funny stories about baby George. Reading this story about William and Kate each growing up then meeting each other and falling in love at University, well it’s pretty great. We already know I love love. And I know, not everyone is nearly as obsessed with the royal family as I am, or even likes them. But this is one of the best biographies I’ve read. If you’re a fan of the royal family, or just a fan of two people finding love, pick up William and Kate: A Royal Love Story by Christopher Andersen.

So there it is. Ten of my favorite books. And there are OH SO MANY MORE on the list! Do you have any favorites? I love recommendations :)

Tuesday Ten: Agendas & Notebooks

I am “that girl” who would get excited when August came around because YAY new school supplies! But most importantly, YAY for a new agenda! I would spend at least an hour at Target in front of the planners, agendas and calendars trying to decide what I wanted. There were always so many options! And now here we are, into the first full week of August, and for many of us that means time for a new agenda! I start my new job in two weeks (!!!!) and I’ll be taking some classes this fall semester, so a new agenda is definitely necessary. I’ve put together ten agendas and notebooks that I definitely want! Now the problem I’m having is picking just one!! Maybe y’all can help me choose :)

Agenda illustration

1. This Kate Spade bookshelf agenda is definitely up there on my list! I’m a mad book lover, and a lover of all things Kate Spade, so this really seems like a match made in organizational heaven!

2. This Kate Spade black and white stripe agenda is classic Kate Spade, and I adore it

3. Somebody PRETTY PLEASE gift me this Kate Spade Emma spiral notebook! It made my Jane Austen loving heart go pittah-pattuh!

4. The Whitney English Day Designer is a planner I’ve had my eye on since I first learned about it earlier this year. The August agendas are sold out, but the January agendas will be debuting soon!

5. This Rifle Paper Co. weekly desk planner would look adorable on any desk, don’t you think?

6. Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner is another one of my favs and Emily is a woman I’ve been following on social media for a couple of years now. Check out her website, I love her outlook on simplifying and focusing on what matters most.

7. How fab is this Sugar Paper LA cabana stripe notebook! Gold foil? Yes please!

8. May Designs is a company that’s new to me and I SO wish I would have known about it through my years at MSU! You can customize pretty much ANYTHING- notebooks, planners, journals, the list goes on! Pictured is the agenda I designed with my pattern and monogram choice. Seriously, obsessed, and from now until Sunday, August 10 take 40% off everything on their website! Check out their website here and start customizing! The customization I did can be found here.

9. Oh Lilly, your fun patterns really get me. This large Trippin and Sippin agenda is one of my favorite patterns!

10. More Lilly, of course :) This large Lilly Lovers agenda speaks right to my pink lovin heart :)

So there we have it, 10 of my favorite agendas and notebooks for this new season that’s starting soon! When I narrow down my choice and finally choose one I’ll let you know :)  Do you have any favorite ways to stay organized? Can you help me with the Kate Spade vs. Lilly Pulitzer debate? :)