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Friday, June 24, 2016

My New Planner from Michael's


I had a 40% off coupon to Michael's the other day and decided to buy The Happy Planner!  I've wanted one for a while after admiring all of the Plan With Me videos on youtube.  This one doesn't start until the first week of July so I still have another week but I marked in my work schedule for next week.

Have any planner tips?  Let me know!

Take care,
Marian

P.S.  I was looking on Youtube for some inspiration and these are some interesting videos I found on The Happy Planner.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

10 Youtube Channels I Love!


Watching videos on Youtube is one of my favorite ways to unwind.  The videos are often the perfect length for watching while I multi-task on other activities (like drafting or writing in my bullet jurnal or doodling) and they provide me with a lot of good information and inspiration.

Below, I've listed a few of my favorites along with explanations of why I like them.  Maybe you'll find them interesting too! Or if you have any recommendations of your own, let me know in the comments.

1. Boho Berry 

Follow her blog, follow her on snapchat, follow her on instagram, follow her on youtube.  Kara's bullet journal pages and her drawings are really inspiring!  I aspire to keep an organized and creative bullet journal just like she does.

2. NerdzRL

I've been following Cassandra for a couple of years now and her life vlogs are my absolute favorite. She videos about her life, her career (as a stuntwoman), her aspirations, her dreams.  She's a hard worker and I love seeing how far she's come over the years.

3. Life with Lina

I found Lina thanks to her planning videos.  While I do like her planning videos, I really like to watch her life vlogs.  Her recipes are interesting and she inspires me to eat healthier with all of the good food she concocts.  I also like getting to hear about her etsy shop.

4. Paige Poppe

I like Paige's videos because she lives a cool lifestyle and talks about her art, planning, and other cool things.

5. Now This Is Living

Shannon and Cammie are two of my favorites.  I'm not sure how I heard about them.  Basically, they are a lesbian couple who met on tumblr and are really cute and make cute videos. haha

6. Peruse Project Vlogs

Peruse Project is a book review vlog but I like to watch her vlogs on her second channel.  I love lifestyle videos and blogs so I guess that's why this one appeals to me.

7. Read by Zoe

I love Zoe's book reviews and last month (or I guess 2 months ago) I liked hearing her talk about her Camp NaNoWriMo ambitions.

8. TheCoffeeMonsterzCo

I love her videos!  Her bullet journal pages are so cute and her illustrations are adorable.

9. Jenny Bravo

Jenny is an indie author and she makes videos about books and writing that complement her blog really well.  I find her very inspiring.

10. Kristin A. Kiefer

Kristen is the brain behind She's Novel and her videos on writing complement her blog as well.  All her videos are very informative.

Take care,
Marian

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

5 Things to Know About: Choosing You by Allie Everhart

5 Things to Know About:  Choosing You by Allie Everhart

1.  This is a book that I randomly purchased for my kindle because I thought the cover was cute.  But really, isn't it?  I know it's bad to judge books by their covers but sometimes I just can't resist.

2.  This is the story of Jade, an eighteen year old girl who has overcome a rough home life, graduated valedictorian of her high school class, and has received a prestigious scholarship to go to college at an East Coast University.  She doesn't drink (because her mother was addicted to pills and alcohol) but does her best to make friends and be a typical college student.

3.  On the day that Jade moves in to her dormitory she and Ryan (who is like a brother to her) meet Garret, a pretty boy swimmer who is completely unlike any guy who she's ever spent time with.  He's rich, a serious athlete, and she's sure that he's used to getting whatever he wants.  Or is he?  She denies his advances at first but the two settle into a comfortable friendship.  She reminds him constantly that they are "just friends".  But as the two get to know each other better and better and Garret's wealthy parents get involved, will the two be able to still see each other?

4.  I thought Allie did a really good job pacing this novel.  The development of Jake and Garret's "friendship" moves at just the right pace to make it ridiculous.  I do think the two of them are kidding each other at some points but in a realistic way where you're like, "Ahhhh young love!" haha.

5.  Let's be real here.  There is a pretty serious cliffhanger at the end of this book and I am so so curious to find out what happens next.  The Jade series is a long one and I can't wait to keep reading and find out what happens to Jade and Garret.

Take care,
Marian

Saturday, June 18, 2016

25 Sentences Starting with the Word Blue


I saw this writing prompt on Pinterest the other day and it left me feeling inspired.  I haven't been focusing on my Daily Writing as much as I should be lately but I'm trying to make up for it with little writing projects here and there.

I challenged myself to write 25 sentences that start with the word blue, and here they are!

1.  Blue skies are what the weatherman is calling for today.
2.  Blue shirts or red shirts -- which team do you want to be on?
3.  Blue is the only way to feel after losing her so quickly.
4.  Blue teeth are what this cotton candy is giving me.
5.  Blue used to be my favorite color, but now it's green.
6.  Blueberry muffins is one of her favorite breakfast treats.
7.  Blue water and white sands are the only think I'm expecting on this vacation.
8.  Blueberry pie is the one thing that you can always expect for my Mom to bake for the 4th of July picnic at Crossnan Park.
9.  "Blue eyes is not exactly what I'm looking for in a woman."  He says disgustedly.  "But I can't say I'm not a fan, either."
10.  Blue is the color of my soul, or at least my heart.
11.  Blue skies are overrated -- I think I prefer the gray and rainy days.
12.  Blue is the color of saphires.
13.  Blue has such a negative connotation.  Remember bleu cheese?
14.  Blueberry scones were one of the most popular items on the buffet line, and because of that, he's hated them ever since.
15.  Blue eyes and brown hair was one of his biggest attractions.
16.  Blue as the ocean, that's what his eyes reminded me of.  I know that's corny.  But it's the truth.
17.  Blue.  The rain fell from the sky in a steady rhythm and I'm not sure that I ever felt more sad in my life.
18.  Blue as the coldness of the ocean.  I'm not sure I ever want to feel those temperatures again.
19. Blue is the color of my school.  I have to make sure I wear that color at the pep rally.
20. Blue skies aren't as pretty as they seem.  In my opinion, they always lead to storms.
21. "Blue looks good on you.  You should really wear it more often."
22. "Blue car.  Look for the blue car.  Everything will be fine once you get in and the driver starts driving."
23.  Blue.  That's exactly how I feel right now.
24.  Blue is the only way to feel.  I don't know how to feel any otherwise.  Will you listen to my sad tale?
25.  Blue raspberry is my favorite flavor of slushy.  I always look for it when I'm at Sheetz.

Take care,
Marian

P.S.  I wrote some of these after a few drinks so I'll look over them and revise them in the morning on 6/18/16.  Haha!  You'll just have to bear with me. :)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quietly Written Goes Digital!

Selling on etsy has been a hobby of mine for a couple of years.  I started out with stationery, moved on to zines, and now I've even created 2 digital products that are available for instant download.


What does that mean?  It means that over the weekend I created two digital downloads to sell in my etsy shop.  One is a resource sheet with tips and sites to check out for snail mail enthusiasts and pen pals.  The other is a monthly tracking sheet.  I've been looking for a good way to stay on top of my monthly goals and I thought others might appreciate it too.

To find out more, check out my shop.

Take care,
Marian

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

5 Things to Know About: Island Girls (And Boys)

Island Girls (And Boys) by Rachel Hawthorne is one of the used books that I picked up at the Franklin & Marshall used book sale. To see more of my book haul click here!

1.  Island Girls (And Boys) is the story of 3 friends (Jen, Amy, and Chelsea) who recently graduated from high school.  They go to and island to live in Jen's grandparents beach house for the summer while they work at a coastal campground.  They learn that living with your best friends isn't all it's cracked up to be.  Some of them even find love!

2.  I've read a lot of Rachel Hawthorne books and they're basically just light teen romances.  However, that's not to say they aren't filled with hard-hitting drama.  Because they are!  While there's the obvious theme of summer romance, the girls must also learn how to grow up before college and get used to living on their own, without their parents to help them.

3.  Speaking of hitting, I'm surprise that Jen didn't wind up slapping her friend Chelsea halfway through the book.  That girl got on my nerves. haha  If I had to rank the main characters I would say that Amy was my favorite, Jen was my second favorite, and Chelsea could be eaten by a shark for all I cared.

4.  I think Amy was my favorite character because of her quirks.  She likes to take in stray animals (and stray guys) because she has a big heart and hates to see other people suffering.  I thought that was a funny character flaw (or perk?) and wish that the other girls had paid more attention to her during the course of the book.

5.  I liked reading about their summer jobs and about life on the campground.  My full time job is in the hospitality profession and I related to some of the goofy customers that Jen had to deal with. haha

All in all this is a fun summer read and I recommend it if you're looking for something summer-y.  I spent quite a bit of time reading it while I was tanning in my backyard.

Take care,
Marian

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Poetry Zine: Spilling Over


As some of you readers of my blog may have noticed, during April I participated in National Poetry Writing Month.

The quality of my poems are not all the greatest but I am pretty happy to say that I completed the challenge.  I wrote 30 poems in 30 days (and posted them on my blog).  To celebrate completely the challenge I combined them all into a zine, which I've titled Spilling Over.

I'm calling it that because I didn't follow any of the prompts that were suggested to us.  I just wrote whatever I felt like writing, letting all of my thoughts and feelings and ideas spill out of me.  If you'd like to read my poems all in one place, you can purchase a copy here.

Take care,
Marian