DIY Back to School Emergency Kit + Sunshine Blogger Award!

It’s that sad time of the year…

Time to put away our swimsuits, summer TBRs, and late nights and exchange them for backpacks, textbooks, and early mornings.

The school year can be crazy and life can hit you out of nowhere. Today I’ll be showing you have you can make a DIY mini emergency kit to carry with you this school season.

I got the inspiration to make this post after I got into a little mishap about a month ago (you can click >HERE< to hear about that interesting story XD). I was completely unprepared and had nothing with me to take care of the situation. After doing some thinking and prepping for back-to-school blog posts, the pieces clicked together and this post was born. I personally think this is something anyone of any age should carry with them at all time. And now’s a great time to make your own kit while shopping for school supplies for the fall/winter.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

  • A small container (like a pencil case or small makeup bag)
  • Bandages
  • Sterile Wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Tissues
  • Mini deodorant
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins or hair pins
  • Money (about $5-$10)
  • Feminine products (if necessary)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Emergency contacts card
  • Insurance card (if necessary)

For my personal kit, I used a small pencil case. To help ease space I placed my flat supplies on the bottom (tissues, pads, bandages, gauze, sterile wipes, etc.). On top of that I put the antibiotic ointment, hand sanitizer, deodorant, tweezers, nail clippers, hair ties, bobby pins, etc.

When composing your emergency contact card, keep in mind the person’s typical availability and likeliness to pick up the phone right away. When it comes to an emergency, every second counts. On one side of my card I wrote down family contacts (parents, guardian, grandparents, etc.) and on the other side I wrote down 911 emergency contacts (doctor, dentist, fire department, police, etc.)

Most of these supplies can be found at your local drug or discount stores, so it stays within a budget.

I hope you and enjoyed this post! Hopefully it was helpful and gave you inspiration to create your own emergency kit! Have a safe school year!


















Hold up. Did you think that was it?

A few weeks ago I was nominated by Megan @ A Barefoot Gal for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I knew this was going to be a bit of a shorter post, so I decided to pair it with the tag!

Thank you so much, Megan, for nominating me! I really appreciate it! Make sure to check out her blog, if you haven’t already!

Shall we get onto the tag?


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  2. List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  5. Ask the nominees 11 new questions.
  1. What other country would you pick to visit, and which one would you pick to live in? Why? 

I would visit Germany, because I’m trying to learn German and my grandparents lived in Germany for a few years, so it would be cool to get to visit where they lived. On the other hand, I would live somewhere in the U.K. (probably the London countryside) because it just seems like a pleasant place to live.

2. What was your first favorite color? 

PINK. I was so obsessed with pink when I was younger. Probably because I had this massive (okay maybe it wasn’t massive, but to 5-year-old me it was.) collection of Barbies. Ahh the memories.. 🙂

3. Which of the seasons’ smells would you miss the most if you lost your sense of smell?

Winter! I absolutely love winter scents (especially during Christmas!!). Man, I hope I never lose my sense of smell. I would miss my mom’s sugar cookie scented candles way too much.

4. Do you prefer asking or answering questions?

Asking for sure (you can ask my mom. I ask at least a thousand questions a day and it drives her crazy XD). I feel like you learn a lot more in life, by asking people questions and being genuinely curious.

5. Would you rather go to the moon or the country in question #1?

I would never want to go to the moon, so definitely either Germany or London. When I was younger, I had a dream that I went to the moon and it was the most frightening experience I ever went through (in my dreams I should say). Ever since then, the thought of going to the moon has scared me.

6. What is one mainstream popular thing that you really don’t like?

There is a trend going around (especially on YouTube) where people transform themselves into a “Vsco girl”. Apparently they transform themselves into these girls that use the Vsco app. I dunno, I just think it’s a bit stereotypical.

7. Chess or checkers?

I’m gonna go with chess (even though I’m terrible at it). I play it all the time with my friends at my co-op and I’m starting to get better at it, although I definitely have a long way to go.

8. If you started a business, what would it be?

I’ve always tossed around the idea of owning a business when I get older. If I did own one, it would probably have something to do with fashion or writing or I would open a cafe or bakery with my sister.

9. What school subject are you the best at?

Even though I hate it, I’m probably the best at math. *sigh*

10. Are you often bored? (This questions was inspired by my brother saying “I’m bored bored bored bored BORED!” as he often does Sunday afternoons. Thanks, Jeff.)

Thanks for the question, Jeff! XD

Yes, I definitely bore easily. I have to be constantly doing something!

11. What topic would you feel most confident giving advice on?

Probably anxiety. I went through it a lot when I was younger (mainly separation anxiety) and I still go through different forms of anxiety, but I love getting to talk to others about their anxiety and give them advice, because I wish I had been given the same advice when I was younger.

Wow are we already done with the questions?

~My Nominations~

Clara @ Clara’s Comfy Corner

Kayla @ thebooklovingbeaut

Tess @ Steeplechase

AK @ TheJunebugblog

May @ Forever and Everly

Emmie @ Diary of a Daydreamer

Mya @ Life From Behind a Camera

Enni @ On the Wings of a Dream

Mary Elizabeth @ Middle Mary (I believe she is currently on hiatus, but I still decided to nominate her because she’s such a lovely blogger!)

Annie @ Blossoms and Bullet Journals

Clara @ Clara-and-co

~My Questions~

  1. What is your dream job?
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  3. What era of history would you want to travel back in time to for a day?
  4. Who has been the greatest (positive) influence in your life?
  5. If you could do anything on your birthday (and I mean ANYTHING) what would you do?
  6. You’re stuck on an island and you have one of the three following choice items with you to survive: an axe, matches, or rope. Which did you choose and why?
  7. What is one thing about yourself that you love?
  8. Where is your ideal quiet place for alone time?
  9. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in public?
  10. Would you rather never read another book, or never watch another movie/tv show?
  11. What is a bad habit you have/had?

What do you put in your emergency kit?

When do you start school?

Guest Interview // ft. Olivia @ Purely Olivia!!

Y’all I’m so excited for this post.

I’ve been wanting to do a blogger collab for a long time. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Olivia from Purely Olivia ! She is so so sweet and such a pleasure to work with! *flails*

I could write a whole post on how wonderful she is, but I’m sure those of you who are familiar with her blog already know that. Anyways, let’s get onto the interview! 🙂

1) To start, tell us a bit about you and your blog.

Hi! First of all, I wanted to say thank you so much to Saege for having me on her blog. This is so kind of her and it’s truly an honor (and very exciting) to be here! My name is Olivia, and I blog over at Purely Olivia. A few key characteristics that I feel like are very telling about my personality are that I’m a Hufflepuff, a Christian, an INFJ, an avid reader and a dancer. You can, without fail, find me obsessing over Harry Potter or at dance class or rewatching my favorite episodes of Friends.

My blog is a book blog, and it lets me share my passion for books (mainly YA) with the world! I do talk about other topics, mostly during my monthly recaps, but books are the main focus of Purely Olivia and I love that so much. Fangirling with other people about books truly is one of my favorite things in the world!

2) When did you start your blog and what was your inspiration to do so?

I started my blog in August of 2016- it’s crazy that this month is the three year blogoversary of me writing up posts for this blog. I’m a little emotional about it. Purely Olivia isn’t actually my first blog, though! I began blogging on a different site back in 2014, and this site shall remain unnamed because no one, and I mean no one, wants to unearth those posts that I wrote five years ago now. 😉

I’d say I was inspired to start Purely Olivia because I wanted to become serious about blogging! My old blog was simply for fun, and while I still do blog for fun, I was ready for more interaction and to start a blog that had a more focused niche. I also wanted to switch over to WordPress from a different platform. All of those reasons combined together and made my decision to start Purely Olivia easy and exciting.

3) What’s your favorite type of post to write?

Oh, that would have to be any kind of discussion post! Whether it’s a bookish topic or a blogging topic, I always have the best time writing out both sides of the coin, exploring the issue deeper, and then talking about it with everyone in the comments. I always learn something new from discussion posts and gain new perspectives and insights, and it’s truly such a great experience.

4) What has been your favorite book review you’ve written so far?

As is a semi-popular opinion among book bloggers, I don’t actually love writing reviews. While I adore screaming about a book that I love, and I’m always hoping to give recommendations to everyone in the community, I find book reviews hard to write (how am I to express my thoughts when my real thoughts are an incoherent stream of “ilovethisbooksomuchandyoushouldreadit?”) and therefore I tend to not write them that often.

However, all that to say, my favorite would have to be my review of A Six of Crows! This book was really hyped up for me and I ended up loving it with my whole heart, so I had no shortage of things to say about it. I also loved that a lot of people had their own thoughts to add, and it made it my favorite review so far.

5) Do you have any tips for balancing avid reading and everyday life?

Balancing life and reading can be really difficult, but it’s necessary for us bookworms! Although life happens, and you should never feel bad or inadequate for not reading. We’ve all been there. My best advice is to find moments where you can read, and take advantage of those. I end up reading in a lot of…strange moments. Brushing my teeth, eating a snack, in the five minutes when you’re ready to leave for *insert location* but the rest of your family isn’t yet. 

You can also create a routine of reading at a certain time each day. For me, the easiest time is right before bed. It’s a nice way to wind down and relax before sleeping, and it doesn’t interfere with school, homework, or other activities. Also, it’s great because it means you won’t be looking at a screen right before you sleep, and I’ve heard that it’s better and easier to fall asleep if you don’t do that!

6) What is one book you would recommend to anyone?

I have to be my typical Olivia self here and recommend Harry Potter. I know, I know, this is such a typical answer- but I truly feel like Harry Potter is perfect for people of all ages, reading preferences, and life situations! *steps off of Harry Potter soap box*

7) Do you have any blogging advice for new book bloggers?

I (and many, many other bloggers) have written multiple posts about new blogging advice, so my first tip would be to utilize those posts because there are literally thousands out there. If not millions. Some other quick pieces of advice that I really wish I would have known are:

  • Interaction is key
  • Don’t stress over stats
  • The blogging community is here to help and encourage you, and it’s a wonderful place
  • Either find your niche or figure out if you don’t want a niche
  • Give it time- everyone’s growth is different
  • Be yourself and have fun with it because I had to be cliche at least a little bit, okay

8) Who is your favorite Harry Potter character and why?

I didn’t know I could hate and love a question so much at the same time. Just kidding- I actually do have a favorite Harry Potter character, although I do love so many that if you asked for my secondary favorites, there would be a very long list coming your way. 😉

My favorite character is Harry Potter himself! I have written a whole post about why I love him, but to keep it brief, I feel like he’s way too underrated. Harry is genuinely such a kind, compassionate, and loyal character. He makes incredible sacrifices, he loves his friends and his found family fiercely, and throughout all the hardships he faces, he continues to be a realistic and relatable character. I couldn’t love him more, and he deserves so much appreciation!

9) What has been the most emotional book you’ve read so far?

Wow, I’ve read a lot of emotional books, especially in recent months. I know whatever book I say, I’ll look back at this post and think “oh no, I really cried hard in this one” or “this one hit me harder, though.” Despite there being way too many books I could say here, I’m going to say Anger is a Gift. I only just finished this book, so part of the reason I picked it is because the emotion is so fresh in my mind! This novel is unbelievably powerful and I really can’t talk about it’s emotional parts without spoiling anything, but let’s just say I felt true pain and loss and emotion while reading this story. It wasn’t easy to swallow, but it was incredible, and made me feel all the feels and more. I really do recommend it!

10) Have you ever met any of your favorite authors? If so, who and what was the experience like? If not, who would you like to meet?

Sadly, no. I have met a few authors, but they weren’t my favorites? Not that I didn’t like them, it was just that they happened to come to my local bookstores, so I went and met them despite not having read their books. I would love to meet J.K. Rowling (that’s my pipe dream right there, we all know that will not be happening) just because she’s the mind that created my most favorite thing. To talk to her would be…phenomenal.
I would also like to meet Adam Silvera, Robin Roe, Paula Stokes, Rick Riordan, Chris Colfer, and the list goes on! Those are all slightly more attainable, though it’s still a stretch that I’ll be able to meet them. One can dream, though.

11) When you aren’t blogging or reading, how do you spend your time?

Honestly, if I’m not doing either of those things, I’m either at school, at dance, or doing homework. That is genuinely how I spend 100% of my time during the school year! It’s a crazy busy schedule, and it has its downsides, but I love it. Besides the homework part, obviously. 

During the summer (which I am currently in, yay) I spend my free time watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, and scrolling through Pinterest- because my Harry Potter Pinterest board is always in need of more pins, right?!

12) On your About page you mentioned you are a dancer. How long have you been in dance?

I think the amount of times I mentioned dance in this interview speaks to the importance dance holds in my life. XD I’ve been in dance for nearly fourteen years now!

13) What’s your favorite thing about dance?

I have two equally favorite parts about dance, so I’m going to cheat a bit on this question and give two responses. 😉

️First of all, I love the feeling I get when I’m dancing. Anyone who’s passionate about something can definitely relate to the feeling of pure exhilaration and love and freedom that comes along with doing what you enjoy the most! I get this feeling especially when I’m performing, and as an introvert, I love that I have something that lets me show my heart to people around me.

My other favorite part is the friendships I have made because of dance. I’ve found my best friends due to dancing, and they make it all worth it. All the long rehearsals, the choreography we just can’t get, the times my teachers get angry or irritated, the days where I don’t feel good enough- my friends are there, and even if I’m not “feeling” the dance vibes that day, I want to go to dance just so I can see my best friends.

14)  To wrap up, where do you see your blog in 5 years? (classic interview question XD) 

Oh, I love this question! My big hope for my blog is that it’s still bringing me joy and being a little slice of the Internet with book recommendations and one too many gifs about Harry Potter.

I do think my life will be very different than it is now in 5 years, so I don’t know how easy it will be to keep my blog as consistent as it has been lately, but I do know that I’m passionate about blogging and I cannot see myself ever stopping or leaving Purely Olivia, at least not for a much longer time.

Thank you so much, Olivia, for being a part of this post and being a guest on my blog! I really enjoyed getting to collaborate with you and get to know you better. 🙂

I hope y’all enjoyed this post as much as I did!

Until next time,

What’s your favorite blogger collab you’ve read?

What are five facts about yourself? I’d love to chat and get to know you!

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer {Spoiler-Proof!}

I had been eyeing this book for a long time At first, I had been slightly apprehensive, because it honestly hadn’t seemed like a book within my comfort zone. After reading some reviews, I decided, just go for it already.

So, as you can tell by the title, today I’ll be reviewing Cinder and sharing my thoughts on this book. Without further ado, let’s get started.


This review is not sponsored and is merely my own opinion. Any excerpts of the book are credited to the author.

Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Page count: 400 pages

Genre: Sci-Fi/YA/Fantasy

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

(Summary via Goodreads)

This book has been on my TBR list for quite some time. Despite my initial apprehensions, I wasn’t disappointed!

The atmosphere had a dark, mysterious air about it that had me at the edge of my seat wondering, “What’s next?!?!”.

I loved the connections between this retelling and the original, and the utter differences. For instance, Cinderella as a cyborg?! Contrasting to the original, Cinder had a great relationship with one of her step-sisters, however her relationship with the other wasn’t so great. Cinder’s stepmother, Adri, was as unfair as Cinderella’s stepmother, but as the story continued I was able to see some reasoning behind her bitterness.

The character development, however had me feeling more or less lost. My only complaints about Cinder’s development was that there wasn’t any description of her appearance other than her mechanic guise and cyborg anatomy. I really couldn’t imagine what she fully looked like, and as a visual person I felt that there was a missing piece in the story. Otherwise, I loved Cinder’s sarcasm, humor and overall personality. It added a special dimension to her development and kept me laughing within the darkening environment of the plot.

I personally felt satisfied by the relationships throughout the book, although many reviews I had read felt the book lacked in that area.

  • Peony and Cinder– The sisterly love between Cinder and her stepsister, Peony, left me feeling warm and fuzzy. I thought it was such a refreshing aspect to the retelling, contrasting with the original.
  • Iko and Cinder– Can I just take a moment to express how much I love Iko? I love her sassy personality and love for fashion, despite being a lower-class android. The partner-in-crime relationship between this lovable robot and cyborg gives me so many Sherlock Holmes vibes!
  • Prince Kai and Cinder– For someone who isn’t a fan of major romance, I thought this relationship was well balanced and not overwhelming. I felt like Kai was a lot more relatable than the prince from the original. However, I did think the relationship between the two was a bit rushed and would’ve liked to see it a bit more paced.

At some points I felt the plot slowed and lacked, but it certainly picked up quickly as the story went on. There were quite a few plot twists, but I quite honestly saw them coming. Nevertheless, they were still entertaining!

I truly enjoyed this book, but because of a few set backs I’ll be giving it…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan on reading on in this series! I hope you enjoyed this review! Hopefully it helped you decided whether or not you’d like to read this book (I definitely recommend reading it!! :).

If you’ve already read Cinder, let me know what your opinion was about it! I’d love to chat with you!

Until next time!

Have you read any fairytale retellings?

What’s your favorite fairytale?

July Recap + August TBR

Hello there! Welcome back!

I’ve decided, at the end of each month, I’ll be doing a recap of my life and of this blog for that month. It’ll be a great way to get to know each other better and reflect on all the happy memories of this blog. Without further ado, let’s get started!

This month, this blog has accumulated:

  • 38 visitors

Thank you for the support! I’m always filled with joy whenever I see a new comment or like and I love getting to know each of you! Long story short, THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY IS FABULOUS! XD

The Liebster Award

June Recap + July TBR

Here’s What “DD” Really Means |Reblog|

everyone has a story to tell |Reblog|

Making the Most of Your Money Book Shopping

10 Feel-Good Books for Summer

Quite honestly, I think this is the most books I’ve completely read in a month, this year! I’m really proud that I finally buckled down and just read. I read some of the books on my TBR for this month, but I also switched out some of the books for others. Here are the books I read:

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien

The War Within by Cecelia Schmidt

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Hint: I’ll be doing a book review on a few of these books. Can you guess which ones?

My goal is to finish some of my books from last month’s TBR and read a few off my TBR list.

The Giver by Louis Lowry

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Flashback by Shannon Messenger

I’m super excited to read these books (a lot of them have been on my TBR for awhile). Let’s see how I do!

  • I participated in the Summer Bored Games! I had such a great time doing all of the crazy challenges. The friendly competition was quite entertaining and everyone was so kind and supportive of each other. You can click the following links to check out all of the SBG posts for this month: Wk 1, Wk 2, Wk 3, Wk 4. The Results will be posted on all of the hosts’ blogs on July 29th, so be sure to check it out!
  • My family and I went to the pool quite a lot this month! Most times it was just a spontaneous 2-3 hour trip, but it was the perfect amount of time for swimming. I never get tired of the pool!
  • We also went bowling and rollerskating this month. I haven’t bowled for years, and it definitely showed (although I was pretty proud of my two strikes). In the end, my dad ended up winning (he claims he’s no good at bowling, but his score proved otherwise XD). As for rollerskating, it was quite the experience. We went on a day that was super packed, so that in itself had me anxious. There were a lot of experienced skaters, but man were they reckless. I almost ran into multiple children trying to dodge them (and my skates weren’t very good so that didn’t help Dx). But, hey, I didn’t break anything so that’s a plus!
  • My sister and I volunteered at our local library this month! We mainly worked the sign-up desk for the reading program and helped with the teen sessions. It was so much fun! I got to work with some friends that I don’t see very often and it was a blast. As a perk of the summer reading program I got to pick out a few books to keep! I was able to acquire Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer as well has the first book in her newest graphic novel series, Wires and Nerves. I’m so excited to read them!

I hope you enjoyed reading this recap! I had a lot of fun this month, and I hope you have too!

Until next time,

What books did you read this month?

What was your favorite thing you did this month?

Do you have a TBR for August?

10 Feel Good Books For Summer

Hello there!

Books throw us through a loop of crazy emotions ranging from exhilaration to anger, to fear, to peacefulness. I don’t know about you, but my favorite thing to do in the summer is curl up on a porch swing or under a tree and read a book that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Today I’m going to be sharing 10 feel-good books for the summertime, so you too can curl up and enjoy!

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society {by Trenton Lee Stewart} I read this book awhile ago as a recommendation by a friend. The entire theme was so fluffy and cute, and don’t get me started on the crime fighting friend group (!!!).
  • The Penderwicks {by Jeanne Birdsall} Surprisingly, this was picked out by my mom! I was having a hard time finding a book at the library, so my mom chose this for me. I loved the book so so much (and continued to read the rest of the series, though I haven’t read The Penderwicks At Last so no spoilers XD)! The book presented pure sibling love and loyalty and is the perfect summertime read!
  • The Penderwicks At Point Mouette {by Jeanne Birdsall} Ahh yet another summer-themed novel following the adventures of the lovely Penderwick sisters!
  • The Percy Jackson series {by Rick Riordan} Okay maybe it’s my attachment to the characters, but I always feel right at home when I’m reading this series! I actually just finished the series this month *happy tears*. I’ll hopefully be moving onto the Heroes of Olympus series soon!
  • Bud, not Buddy {by Christopher Paul Curtis} I first read this book in middle school, and every time I see it on my shelf it reminds me of the wonderful days I would spend delved within the pages. The main character (Bud. NOT Buddy. See what I did there? XD) has such a humorous and entertaining personality and spunk, that I can’t help laughing every time I read it!
  • Walk Two Moons {by Sharon Creech} I’ve loved this book since I first read it in 3rd grade. It has the perfect mixture of raw heartbreak and heart warming humor, as well a splash of adventure (the perfect recipe for a summer evening)!
  • Counting by 7s {by Holly Goldberg Sloan} This book is so emotional, and has such a beautiful, touching theme. It teaches a valuable lesson that family doesn’t always come from genetics, but from love!
  • The War that Saved my Life {by Kimberly Bradley} My favorite era was during World War 2, so naturally I was drawn to this book. A lot of historical fiction based on this time period really focuses on how the war tore families and lives apart, so I loved that this book focused on how the war changed lives for the better. I haven’t read it in awhile so I’m definitely planning on re-reading it this summer.
  • The Green Ember {by S.D. Smith} I bought this book at a homeschool convention last spring. I really enjoyed it! I loved the all of the fluffy relationships and the overall adventurous concept. Now every time I see a rabbit in my back yard I’ll be wondering if they’re after the Green Ember XD.
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon {by Kelly Barnhill} When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be a dark fantasy. Boy was I wrong! This book was centered around love and sacrifice and smashed stereotypes of “judging a book by its cover”. I definitely recommend reading if you haven’t already!

Now it’s your turn! Comment down below 10 books that make you feel good; I’d love to chat!

Until next time!

Making the Most of Your Money Bookshopping

Hello there!

If you’re a bookworm like me, you know there’s always a book on your mind that you must get your hands on. I bet you’re thinking about it right now.

It’s easy to cave into our desires by buying the very first thing we see. But is that really the best way to spend your money? These following tips will require some patience, my friends, but I promise they will help you save some big $$$.


I am not sponsoring any businesses or products that may be mentioned in this post. This is solely based upon my personal experience and opinion.

Here’s where it may be useful to have a TBR list. A To Be Read list is so so helpful with keeping track of books you want to read in the future. You can write the list in a notebook, keep a log on a computer using a document software, or even use an app! There are TONS of apps for book logging, but my current favorite would have to be Goodreads. Goodreads has different sections where you can log books you’ve read, want to read, and are currently reading. You can even set reading goals and Goodreads will suggest books to you based upon the books you’ve liked and read. I definitely recommend checking out the app; it’s sure saved me a lot of heartache!

When you know exactly what you’re looking for, quite often you’ll make more bang for you’re buck.

Like I mentioned previously, patience will definitely be key to saving your money. Don’t just go for the very first price you see. You may find a cheaper price later for the same quality book.

For example: My local bookstore has an in-store and online shopping location. The prices at the in-store are usually more expensive than those at the online store. So, most often my family will go to the store to scope out what we would like to get and buy them online once we get home.

This goes hand-in-hand with the last section. Set aside the first price you find and look at multiple other online stores or in-store book shops. I personally prefer online book shopping because I tend to get better deals, but it’s all your choice.

The word “free” is always so enticing, but there is almost always a catch. Some common catches include making you subscribe to something (paid or free) or making you pay a large shipping fee. Make sure to look into all of the information and even check out some reviews to dodge these catches.

Thrift stores are officially my new best friend! I have found so so many amazing deals on good quality books. Online thrift stores especially. The main online store I purchase through is Thrift Books. I’ve found that they have a very wide variety of books and their products have always come in excellent condition and as described. One feature I really enjoy is the wide selection of book qualities under each title, ranging from acceptable to new. They also sell a variety of paperbacks, hard covers, and even library bindings! I would definitely recommend checking them out!

I hope this post helped you save some money so you can buy your whole TBR list! If you haven’t already, go enter your book review requests >HERE<. The poll will be closing July 20th!

Until next time!

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everyone has a story to tell.

YIPPEE! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Diary of a Daydreamer! Make sure to check out Emmie’s giveaway and blog tour for the launch of her new blog! 🙂

Diary of a Daydreamer

Hi, I’m Emmie, and welcome to Diary of a Daydreamer.

I can’t believe I’m finally writing those words. After months of planning, designing, organizing, emailing, writing, creating, I can finally show this blog to the world.

Like I said before, I’m Emmie – it’s not my real name, but I’ve been blogging for so long that I actually answer to Emmie. 😂 By the way, I’ve had my blog American Girl World since I was nine and Standing Firm In My Faith since I was ten! Blogging has absolutely changed my life. I don’t know where I would be without it. (P.S. You can learn more about me here!)

Ever since I started American Girl World, I wanted a personal blog where I could share my thoughts, dreams, tips, advice, stories, art, creativity, and more. But I was waiting and waiting – for the right time, the right name…

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Here’s What “DD” Really Means | I’m Launching A Lifestyle Blog!

Congrats on your new blog, Emmie!

This Site Has Moved!

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It took months and months of planning. Writing. Designing. Brainstorming. Organizing. Changing. Creating. And now, DD is ready for the world to see.

But what does DD even mean? What’s this secret project, anyways? Well, you’re about to find out.

But first, here’s what DD doesn’t mean. 😂 (Awesome guesses on the survey, guys!)

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“I think that DD means uuuuuuuuuuum………*thinks for 10 minutes* something?”

“Nope 😝 maybe a new doll? I have no idea”

“No earthly idea lol”

“Either a book or an impressive video.”

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You’re releasing one of your books??? Nooo idea. XD

“DD… does it have Doll as one of the words?”

“Hmm, another doll??”

“You’re going to publish a book?”

“Videos of your dolls dressed as tap-dancing rainbow llamas? (no idea)”

(I’m 99% sure that last one…

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June Recap + July TBR

Hello sunshines! How are you doing?

A lot has happened this June! It was the perfect blend of busy and leisurely (in my opinion). You know that feeling your have during a busy season, like you can’t wait to get through to the light at the end of the tunnel (in this case summer break). As soon as you reach a break, at first it feels amazing to just do nothing, but after awhile you begin to get bored and feel like you should be doing something. That’s exactly how I feel right now! The beginning of June was so busy, I feel like I still should be that occupied.

Geez, I’m getting way off track. Let’s get onto the post before I start rambling again XD!

This month this blog has accumulated 36 views, 25 visitors, 8 likes, and 14 comments.

I just wanted to say thank you for the support and love! I also want to apologize for the lack of blog posts this month. I don’t want to make excuses. July will definitely be more active! 🙂

I’m honestly pretty disappointed at the amount of reading I did this month. It wasn’t that I didn’t have time to read (there’s always time to read!), I didn’t feel inspired to read. Which is odd for me because most times you’ll find me with my nose in a book.

I kinda bounced all over the place, reading bits and pieces of multiple books, so the lone book I read was The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. I really enjoyed this book! I always find Rick Riordan’s humor entertaining. Perhaps I’ll do a book review on some of his books soon!

This month my goal is to finish reading five books. Most of these books I’ve already started (as previously mentioned) or have read portions of.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Flashback by Shannon Messenger

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

  • The first week of June was SO hectic. My dance studio put on two shows in one weekend (With much of the props and costumes needing to be made the week of. Show biz, am I right?). It was super stressful and nerve-racking, but I’m so thankful I got to participate. The girls from my company really bonded that weekend, as friends and sisters in Christ!
  • The day before the show I performed in a piano recital. I performed Dance of the Knights by Sergey Prokofiev (I have no clue how to pronounce the guy’s name XD) and a trio to 500-Year-Old Melody with my best friend and my sister. I was pretty nervous, especially since we were performing on a big fancy stage, but as soon as I started playing, my nerves washed away and I just enjoyed the moment. ( I also almost tripped UP the stairs on the trio, but we’ll just pretend that didn’t happen.)
  • It was a last minute decision, but I decided to take a life-guarding course. One of my summer goals (you can check out the whole list >HERE<) is to get a job. My mom had suggested I take the course, since I had done swim team a few years ago and am comfortable in water, but quite honestly I was scared. I thought it was out of my skill set and would be way too hard. After talking to a friend who has already taken the course, I decided to give it a shot. After all, what could be the worst thing to happen? Fail the course and get a refund? Turns out, the course wasn’t nearly as hard as I made it seem in my head. I really enjoyed the course and even made a few friends along the way! Lesson learned: Just go for it!
  • I FINISHED GEOMETRY!! WOOHOO! Man, I thought I hated Algebra.. I’m just glad I didn’t fail the class. XD
  • Here’s where June got interesting.. Let me give you some background. I am LITERALLY the clumsiest person in the world. I’m that person that trips up the steps rather than down, has broken multiple bones (3 breaks on the same arm to be exact), and gets injured when I’m literally not doing anything dangerous. *wraps self in bubble-wrap* So this past week my family and our neighbors went to the drive-in theater to see Toy Story 4 (I definitely recommend seeing if you haven’t already). Have you ever gone to those older drive-in theaters with the playground under the screen for kids to play on before the movie? Well all of the kids from our group decided to try out the merry-go-round because why not? In hindsight, the red flags about this thing was obvious. It just screamed “Injuries Welcome!”. It was old as dirt, had hardly any space for a child, much less a teenager, to hang on tight and had a huge mud filled moat surrounding it, making it hard to get on. As I was getting onto this death trap the kids started yelling “Faster! Faster!” making it hard to hear anything.When the merry-go-round got going, unfortunately, I wasn’t on all the way. I tried yelling to my neighbor, who was pushing the ride, but he couldn’t hear me over the screaming of little children. So as the ride started picking up speed, dumb dumb me decides to lean back over the ground holding onto the safety bar. And guess who landed right in the mud moat? Your girl: Saege Edevane. Heh… I had mud going from my shoulder blade to the back of my ankles. My neighbors were super sweet about the whole fiasco and actually ran to the store to grab me some fresh clothes. I wasn’t as concerned about the mud (well let’s just say this isn’t the first time I’ve been coated in mud, but that’s another story for another time) as I was the pain in my back. Turns out I got ( a lovely token of my stupidity) a nice abrasion going across the left side of my back and a scrape on my knee. The funniest part is after the incident, my back (which was the worst of my injuries) hurt wayyy less than the tiny scrape on my knee. I think I’m gonna stick with gentle activities for awhile (oh who am I kidding??).

I hope you enjoyed this recap! I relished getting to look back on all the good things God has done for me this month. What are some memorable moments you had this month?

Until next time!

P.S. I’ve opened a Typeform poll for book review suggestions in August. The poll will be open until July 20th, so make sure to send in your suggestions before then! There is no limit to how many suggestions you give! Click >HERE< to take the poll!


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The Liebster Award

Hello there! How is everyone’s summer going so far?

I was nominated by the lovely Arabella from Sparks of Ara for the Liebster Award! Thank you SO SO much! Definitely go check out her blog if you haven’t already! 🙂

Let’s get to it, shall we?


  1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. Display the award.
  3. Answer the eleven questions that the person who nominated you provided.
  4. Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate eleven other bloggers.
  6. Ask eleven questions of your choice for your nominees to answer.

-The Questions-

Who is your favorite Marvel superhero and why?

Gee, this is a hard question. I’d have to say it’s a tie between Loki and Spider-Man (AKA Peter Parker. AKA Tom Holland. AKA HE’S MINE LADIES. BACK UP.) Spider-Man because he’s so relatable (and because he’s a precious bean). Loki because I find his mischief hilarious. XD

What Hogwarts house are you in and why?

I’m in Ravenclaw most likely because I’m pretty studious. haha yeah right

If you could spend one day hanging out with one character in a book you’re writing or wrote (or for those of you who aren’t writers, a book you’ve read), who would it be and why?

I’m gonna go with a character from a book I’ve read because I find them more interesting than my own characters. I would have to choose Keefe from KOTLC because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE GREAT GULON INCIDENT. ahem

Out of all the superpowers out there, which one would you want to have? And why?

Argh this is hardddd. I’m gonna say invisibility because then I could pull some pretty epic pranks on my family. >:)

What inspired you to start your blog?

I originally started my first blog a few years ago as part of my schooling, but took a break for a few years because I didn’t really enjoy it. I started blogging again this year after doing more research to prepare myself as well as reading some blogs that inspired me to start a clean slate on blogging. Some of the blogs that inspired me to start blogging again were Clara & CO, Charis Rae, A Barefoot Gal, A Farm Girl’s Life, and Anika Walkes. Some of you may not know me, but I wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration!

What is a book or book series that you would recommend to anyone?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

If you could go into your own world that you wrote or are writing (or for non-writers, a world you read), where would you go to first and why?

I would go to the world of Keeper of the Lost Cities and the first place I’d visit would be Foxfire. totally haven’t been daydreaming about this

What food do you absolutely LOVE the most, and what food do you loathe to the ends of the earth?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE cheese and sushi. I LOATHE stuffing. NO THANK YOU.

Which of the four seasons (summer, spring, fall, winter) is your favorite and why?

Either summer or winter! Both because of all the fun activities that go on! Swimming, bike rides, going to the beach, and tree climbing in the summer. Ice skating, CHRISTMAS, snowball fights, and hot chocolate during the winter.

What is the biggest goal you have in life right now?

Stay alive. Get through high school and start saving for college.

What is the one thing you love doing most in life?

Spending time with my family and puppy and reading. 🙂

-Eleven Random Facts-

  1. I’ve been homeschooled my entire life. and yes I have friends and have been out of the house and get up early.
  2. I have a weird obsession with stationery.
  3. I love photography.
  4. I own one adorable black lab pup.
  5. I’m trying to convince my family that we need a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel for our next dog.
  6. I love strawberry rhubarb fry pies. if anyone wants to donate some to me, i won’t be opposed
  7. I’m a total clutz.
  8. I’ve broken three bones and have been in 4+ casts.
  9. I’ve been in 4+ sports.
  10. I’m running out of facts.
  11. I still sleep with stuffed animals. 😉


To those I nominate for this tag, please do not feel obliged to do this tag.

(I wanted to nominate bloggers I hadn’t before, so I didn’t have eleven to nominate. If I didn’t tag you, feel free to participate! I’d love to see your posts. 🙂 )

Hannah @ The Striped Plaid

Emmie @ American Girl World

Olivia @ Purely Olivia

Clara @ Clara & Co

Genni, Menni, and Enni @ Yes, We’re Insane

-My Questions-

If you could go back in time, what era would you go to?

Your house is on fire. What are the first three items you would take with you?

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If you could meet any person from the present, who would it be?

What is your favorite thing about summer?

How would you describe your style?

What is your fondest memory?

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose?

You can only read two books the rest of your life. Which do you choose?

What is your favorite quote?

Thank you again Arabella for nominating me for this tag! This was loads of fun! 🙂

Until next time!