What’s in my backpack?

I have officially survived 15 days in school…

Just barely! I’m exhausted and my brain is totally fried, but I’m hanging in there.

My schedule is pretty stinking crazy this year, so I always have to be prepared. Packing and organizing is an essential part of my life now.

All dramatics aside, today I’m going to be sharing “What’s in my Backpack” in light of back to school. I’ve seen this trend going around especially on the Youtube platform, so even though I’m really late to this trend (honestly Saege we aren’t surprised) I’m going to do it anyway. >:)

This is my backpack. I’m not exactly sure what brand it is, but I do know that I got it from Target. I really love that it has so many pockets and compartments so I can keep all of my textbooks and supplies organized.

This first pocket doesn’t have anything in it at the moment. It’s too small for me to put anything in it, but if I do I’ll usually put a little snack in there.

In this second front pouch I keep my index card organizer and earbuds. In my index card organizer I store all of my vocabulary study words and science definitions.

On the other side there’s another small pouch where I put my wallet.

(A brief interruption from a very sleepy doggo.)

You may resume.

Above these three smaller pouches there’s another small pocket where I keep my colored pencils, sticky notes, and a book. Right now I’m reading Beowulf for my Literature reading.

Behind this pouch there is a bigger space where I keep my binders, notebooks, and ruler.

In the final pouch I keep my textbooks and pencil case. These aren’t all of my textbooks in my backpack, but I wasn’t able to fit them all in the picture.

I hope you enjoyed this tour through my back pack! Let me know what you keep in your backpack in the comments below!

Until next time!

My favorite bookish friendships!

Get ready for a post full of squealing, flailing, and gifs.

I could name a long list of bookish friendships I adore, but today I’m going to be listing my all-time favorites. In my opinion, bookish friendships strengthen our real-life friendships and teach us how to build long-lasting relationships and memories.

Before I start gushing, let’s get onto the flailing. 😉

The Golden Trio

Did you honestly think I wasn’t going to mention this fluffy trio? I honestly feel like I’ve grown up with these characters (kinda true). I’ve always admired how close they are and how they always come back together like magnets despite the trials they face. Gosh I sound so mushy.

I MEAN JUST LOOK AT THE PRECIOUS LITTLE BEANS! Momma Saege is so proud. :’)

The Black Swan Gang

This friend group is definitely a close second to the Golden Trio. I love these character’s hilarious banter throughout the books. They’re always challenging each other to be better and as the series goes on you can really see how closely they are connected and how each of them have changed for the better through their relationships.

I love how different each character’s personality is and how it perfectly balances the group. Let’s just take a quick look at each character’s personality:

Sophie: The leader of the group who doesn’t understand the extent of how powerful she is.

Keefe: The prankster of the group. Doesn’t take anything seriously (most of the time.)

Fitz: The love interest with anger issues.

Dex: The underrated genius.

Biana: The not-so delicate flower who can kick your butt.

Tam: The emo with a soft side.

Linh: The peaceful one.

The Olympian Three

It’s hard to explain why I’m so drawn to this group. There’s nothing particularly special about it, but maybe it’s because they have such history together? I dunno, but this gif is going to be forever in my heart XD.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know down below what some of your favorite bookish friend groups are!

Until next time,


My Fall Skincare Routine (Morning and Evening!!)

I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for awhile now!

I’ve been trying to figure out little ways I could squeeze it into my schedule , and I thought what better time than back to school season, when everyone’s getting back into a routine.

This time I’m going to be a “fall edition” although my skincare routine essentially stays the same, I just use different products sometimes.

So without further ado…

*disclaimer*

This post is not sponsored. Any opinions made on the products mentioned are simply my own.

Morning Routine

The first thing I do in my routine is cleanse my face. I have two different cleansers, so I use this Pacifica Pineapple Cleanser in the morning, and the other you will see later in this post. I really like this cleanser because its fit for oily skin like mine and helps to reduce the oil build-up in my pores.

After cleansing my face, I moisturize with this First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I have combination skin so my T zone and chin is very oily, but my cheeks are very dry. I’ve found that this moisturizer has helped to balance both aspects of my skin.

Every tells me I put my moisturizer on weirdly, so I thought I’d see if anyone else does this. I take my moisturizer and put dots of it on my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin with my finger and then massage it in rather than rubbing it in my hands and smearing it on. Anyone else do this or is that just me? XD

Once I’m moisturized I use the Pacifica Slay Oil spritz. I spray a little bit all over my face and it helps to keep my face less oily throughout the day! Sometimes I spray my face again if I find my face getting greasy again, but usually I don’t have to.

Evening Routine

For my evening cleanser I use the St. Ive’s Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub. I just started using this recently so I haven’t seen any immediate changes, but it has a nice cooling and exfoliating effect.

After I cleanse I exfoliate my face with this homemade scrub my sister made for me! I usually only use this 2-3 times a week and I’ve laid back on using it since my new cleanser has some exfoliating beads in it. I can’t remember what all is in the scrub but I do recall that she used coconut oil, sugar, and peppermint oil. This scrub always leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft, so I really enjoy using it!

I do this step usually on the weekends, but occasionally on days that I’ve sweat a lot. I use two different masks interchangeably: Fomo Jelly Mask by Lush and Queen Helene’s Mint Julip Clay Mask. I’ve pretty much used up all of the Fomo mask, but I really like the use of rose in the mask. It really helps to lessen the redness in my face and smells so so good!!

As you can tell from the picture above, the Mint Julip mask looks really old and disgusting, but it’s lasted me a long time and I like how it helps reduce my pores especially on my nose.

I moisturize before this step, but I’ve already explained my process so I don’t feel the need to reiterate things. Lastly, I put a little bit of this Clean and Clear Acne Spot Treatment on any problem spots on my face. I’ve been using this for awhile now and quite honestly I haven’t been that impressed with it. It hasn’t had any effect on any acne spots I may have and I’ve found it actually makes it worse sometimes. :/

Thankfully God blessed me with skin that isn’t very prone to break-outs or acne, so I don’t really need to use this step.

a brief interruption from alien Saege 😉

Before I end this post I wanted to share a few Bible verses related to self-care and beauty. I feel like a lot of teenage girls these days go through skincare routines to try to “perfect” their faces or try to look a certain way. Now, I’m not saying skincare is a bad thing, because it’s definitely not! God want us to take care of our bodies because they are temples of the Holy Spirit, so taking good care of your skin is a way of glorifying Him. It’s all in the right mindset!

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV)

“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:4 NIV)

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2 NIV)

Until next time!

What do you do for your skincare routine?

Do you have a product recommendation?

World Building Expectations + 3 Book series with Great World Building!

I personally find world building to be the key essential of a good book.

Especially when reading the first book in a series, I look for a deeply crafted world with dimension and a unique style. I should feel like I am actually in that world and want to live there.

Today I’m going to be discussing the main things I look for in good world building, as well as give y’all some examples of books I believe fit those standards.

Let’s get to it!

1. A Deep History

When I look for a deep history in a book, I want a descriptive background of the world itself. I want to hear about the founding, events that shaped the world and it’s connection to the characters. This is especially important in fictional worlds, because it shouldn’t be exactly like the real-life world.

An example of good deep history would be in The Hunger Games. Throughout the series it describes how Panem was founded, and how the development of the Hunger Games affected its citizens. It also showed how destroyed and weakened the world had become as a result of the founding of Panem and the consequences for past retaliation.

2. Thoroughly designed or researched culture.

The culture in a world is what essentially makes it unique. This can be described by holidays, food, traditions, style, and more, it’s all in the creativity of it. When I read a book, I want to read about a culture that is unique and extraordinary. Whether the culture is restricted and controlled or free and unrestrained, it should be recognizable and should stand out from other cultures.

For example, in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, the world is very restrained and controlled. The factions themselves are all very diverse and have different cultures, which makes the world very differed and unique. The Dauntless faction is very militarily advanced and focuses more on physical advancement than cultural advancement. The Erudite faction is very focused on education and knowledge. The Abnegation faction is focused on caring for others and neglects self-vanity. The Candor faction is focused on honor and honesty and the Amity faction focuses on kindness and growth.

As you can see from the above example, the world’s focus and drive is what directs its culture.

3. Easy to understand

Simply, nobody wants to read a book that’s world is built like a riddle. Sometimes a simple world makes the best story.

For example The Mysterious Benedict Society is based in a modern world. There’s no complicated world building and the series is based more on story-line and problem solving.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a book with a good weaving of world building, but sometimes the simplest world sets the scene for a great story.

4. Has significant landmarks

A world should always have a significant landmark for readers to remember it by. Just the the U.S. has the Statue of Liberty, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, and Egypt has the pyramids, they all remind us of those places.

For example in the Harry Potter series Hogwarts is a significant landmark. If you have read the series, the mention of this name will immediately remind you of the books.

3 Example Books

The five books I felt meet these standards are as follows:

The Keeper of the Lost Cities Series

I honestly mention this series in every bookish post I do, but there’s an unending amount of great things I can say about it! I feel like Shannon Messenger has met all of the standards that I look for in world building. The Lost Cities have a deep history that not only connects to the characters, but is also explained throughout the series. Throughout the series the main character, Sophie, discovers all of the new cultural aspects of the elvish world such as the different holidays, food, and agriculture. Although the series has an unending amount of entertaining twists, the world building is easy to understand! Lastly, the Lost Cities have many significant land marks such as Everglen, Foxfire Academy, and Havenfield.

The Hunger Games Series

As mentioned above I felt like The Hunger Games series had a unique and deep historical background. I loved how each District had different styles which brought together a colorful culture to Panem, yet each District had their own struggles and rebellions. The world building was easy to understand and wasn’t over-complicated as well as had significant landmarks such as District 12, The Capitol, and Panem itself.

Harry Potter Series

How can I not mention Harry Potter, the mother to all world building? I don’t feel like I need to explain why I think the world building is fantastic because if you’ve read the series, you’ll know. 😉

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me in the comments what you look for in world building and what books/book series you feel has amazing world building! Also comment down below a few books you feel don’t have great world building. I’d love to chat and hear all of your opinions!

Until next time!