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October Faves

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The Flash

The Flash on CW 

I’ve never been a big fan of DC in general, but one of my friends recommended this to me a few months ago and I watched the first episode but never continued. Over the past few weeks I’ve finished off Season 1 and it is really addicting. Grant Gustin is a cutie and I love all the supporting cast as well. While I don’t necessarily think the plot is that strong and the CGI can be cringey, the cast really keep this show going. It also features Carlos Valdes who was originally apart of Starkid, so I feel like I need to support it. Season 1 was wild and I haven’t started the next season but I have really enjoyed this.

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August Faves!

it’s that time again folks, here’s what i have been loving and my favorites of august!

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Ducktales

I don’t remember watching Ducktales when I was a kid, but living with three Disney-obsessed roommates screaming about David Tennant being Scrooge, I knew that it was on my list. The first episode just recently aired which I linked above and we LOVED it. The theme song is obviously the best part, but I love the animation style, and storyline. It even inspired me to watch some of the older episodes. I’m really excited for this new season to begin.

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June Faves

Movies/Television

A Monster Calls 
A Monster Calls

This movie is based off of the graphic novel by Patrick Ness which I read a few years ago and sobbed over. The book is a beautiful story following a young boy living alone with his mother diagnosed with cancer and coming to terms with the eventuality of her death. He is an imaginative boy and at 12:07 everynight, a monster (risen from the Yew tree outside) greets Conor to tell him 3 stories before Conor must tell him his own. The movie follows the book completely from what I can remember. I started crying about halfway through this film and didn’t stop until it was over. The music, animation, and acting was absolutely beautiful and heartwrenching and you MUST watch it.

The Great British Bakeoff 

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For something a bit more lighthearted, Celine and I have been watching The Great British Bakeoff over the last few months and just recently started Season 3. It’s a hilarious baking competition set in the UK with some super loveable hosts and competitors. I never really enjoyed Food Network or cooking much at all until we started watching this show. The competitiveness between bakers is much more relaxed and everyone is super supportive of each other which makes this show so enjoyable. Every episode you get to see three new bakes and I feel like we’ve learned a lot! We have even made some of recipes from the show! Unfortunately for the newer season we found out they have moved channels and only one of the judges will be returning so we won’t be watching further seasons.

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Deep Work

Deep Work: Notes on Focus

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I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted about a book that I had read and taken notes on. I had this book by Cal Newport on order from the library for probably…2 months before I ever ended up getting it because the waitlist for it was SO long. But once it arrived at my door, I had sat down and read it within 2 days.

I decided I wanted to take notes on this one immediately for this blog, simply because it’s right up my alley and that even from the title I felt that it was blasphemous to NOT read it with a critical eye. Before we begin, I picked this book up because of a podcast I listened to from College Info Geek.

You can find that particular Podcast HERE.

Thomas also had an interview with Cal way back in episode 35 which I listened to long ago which you can find HERE.

Overview

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There was a lot of great info in this book, but the beginning really dives into what Deep Work actually is. I took a few notes here as an overview of what was to come.

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Currently Reading + Birthday

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It’s true, I grew another year older this January but I definitely celebrated in style! My mom came to visit and I got to spend the entire day with her and Hillary. We opened Magic Kingdom with their new welcome show and closed out the night at Tusker House at Animal Kingdom before calling it an early night. So much more fun than laying on the couch all day like all my previous birthdays.

This year I was so thankful to have moved to Orlando, worked at Mousegear, move in with my best friends, and then FINALLY get to transfer to my favorite role: Photopass. I cannot explain how much fun I’ve had over the last year learning how to become a full adult. There is not a better place to grow old than the most magical place on earth.

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My Favorite Books of 2016

the year of the library

Since I moved in February, my book-buying habit has been on hold somewhat. From January to May I didn’t really access our local library because it seemed far as a CP and I had brought my own books with me that I had wanted to finish, but I somehow managed to still read a lot.

After we moved into our new apartment in May of this year, we all visited the library about 10 minutes away and found out that our materials COULD be delivered to our door at our new home. While we were going to get a library card anyway since figuring out where the Library actually was, having things delivered to our apartment sealed the deal. And our addiction to the library kind of went downhill from there. At times we would open our front door and be greeted by 8-10 packages between the four of us.

In addition, I had moved all my books from home down to Florida and it made it quite clear that I had at least 50 books and counting. That didn’t really stop me from buying books after changing roles at Disney and feeling like  I had more time.

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October TBR (Late)

in which i attempt to buy no books

So, since all of my roommates and I are headed to Disneyland in the middle of this month, it’s imperative for me to spend as little money as possible. Unfortunately, that means that I have to somehow keep myself from buying any new books, thus the library and my own collection will prevail this month.

I usually don’t do TBRs, just because I work full-time and I never really know what book I’m going to pick up next until the time comes. However, I have checked out a few from the library and borrowed some from my friends, which are going to need to be returned at some point

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I’ve read every other Shadowhunter novel by Cassandra Clare, except the first one in her latest series. It was so long that I didn’t even want to think about taking it on until my roommate started pushing me so she could have someone to talk to about it. It’s nearly 700 pages and I’m about 400 pages through so far. Overall it’s a bit slow paced and I’m not 100% sure that I’m really that attached to the characters, but Cassandra Clare’s writing is so easy to get through and I love her world-building. I’ve been working on this one for a couple weeks and hope to get it done by next week.

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Makeup Book Tag

Before I begin, I watched this video by Dana over at The Book Hoarder which inspired me to make this post since I love books AND I love makeup. Imagine! You should definitely sub to Dana’s channel, I love her vlogs.

Makeup Book Tag

I’m going to list each part of the tag, the makeup I use, and the book that goes with it. I’ll try and let you know what is and isn’t cruelty free as I am also transitioning all my products over as well. I forgot a few products in the first photo but I have added them on at the end. This is also a before picture of the makeup that I use. Overall, this took about an hour to photograph, but in reality it only takes me 10 minutes or less to do my makeup. I also don’t use all of this on a daily basis. Below I also didn’t have a tag for my pre-makeup. But I use Simple SPF Moisturizer ($10) on days I’m going to be outside for long periods, like work. Simple doesn’t test on animals where not required by law. I also try and use Yes to Grapefruit Eye Cream ($15.99) every morning and night. Yes to products are cruelty free.

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Adulthood and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad paycheck

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Whether you’re fresh out of college, well into your first year as an adult, living at home with your parents, or finally out on your own the one thing we all struggle with is our personal finances. There are about a million different tv shows,  books, and websites out there all giving you different advice on what to do with your money. But which one is actually right?

I don’t know the answer to that one either, but as a post-grad myself I thought I’d share a few of my favorite sites and tips for saving money now that you’re paying (most) of your own bills and (unfortunately) student loans. First thing is first: nothing in this is definitive nor is it going to make sense for everyone. You can never look at David Ramsey or Suze Orman and take their advice religiously because everyone’s experiences and situations are different. That goes for anything in this post or any of these sites that I’m going to list. Find what is easiest for you and make it work for your situation.

Where I Came From (College) & Where I’m Going

To add some background to this post, I’m about 7 months out of college. I moved from my home in Kansas all the way down to Sunny Orlando and currently work at Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts Part-Time. I live in a 3 bedroom apartment with 4 of my friends just a couple miles outside of property and suffice to say, pay all of my own bills and expenses. Before I lived at home and commuted to my University and worked as a Part-Time Librarian. Right now I’m mostly living the Full-Time (despite being PT) life, so most days just consists of work. I also have zero debt, which I will discuss below. However, that means I won’t be discussing paying off debt because my experience is limited.

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BOOK UNHAUL (August)

I almost never get rid of my books unless I absolutely despise them, but my shelves are starting to get a little full. If I get rid of just a handful, that makes more room for me to buy more and that’s always important.

Disney Wars

James B. Stewart

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I bought this book a few years ago before I started working at Disney. I never got very far, mostly because it was so dense and dry. That’s not to say I don’t still love reading books about the company and Walt himself, just that I’m not sure this one interests me as much now that I actually work here. It’s mostly focused on Michael Eisner and Roy Disney and was published in 2006. Quite a bit has happened since then and while it’s important to know your history, I’m just never going to start this one.

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