happy mothers day!+ floral photoshoot

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Happy Mothers day! If your a mom reading this, then you ARE AMAZING. And Mom, if you are reading this ( i dunno if you go through my blog posts or anything ) YOUR AMAZING AND THE BEST MOM EVER!!

Yesterday we took our Mom to the botanical gardens as an early mothers day gift. I was able to take some photos and I thought I would share them with you guys!

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Isn’t this so pretty?

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Weren’t those photos so pretty? What’s your favorite picture? What’s your favorite flower?

Happy Mothers Day!

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how to read more

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so glad you are here. If you didn’t know, I am a HUGE book lover and I love to read. This year, I have already read 50 books so far, which is kind of a lot! So in today’s post, I wanted to share my tips on how to read more books!

But before we get started I want to share some exciting news, My Friend, Jo from The lens and The hard drive and rebranding her blog and starting a new one!

Unfortunately, I was too busy to join her blog tour, but I recommend looking out for the blog tour posts because they look really interesting!

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1.use Goodreads!

Goodreads is a really great way to not only track the books you have read but also find new books. Goodreads is a little bit outdated, but I really love using it. I always find new books that I have never heard of and I can see what some of my friends are reading

2. Read different age-ranged books.

I think that it can be easy to get caught up in being too old to read certain books, but honestly your never too old to read a book. Just because you are a young adult, doesn’t mean you can’t read picture books. Just because you are a teen doesn’t mean you can read children’s chapter books. Sometimes when I don’t feel like reading a long and deep book, I read a book aimed for a younger person, because its easier to read than other books.

3. Try e-books

Now I am not a huge fan of ebooks but they are really great if you’re on the go. It’s great because you can have multiple books to read without having to take your books everywhere.

4. Audio Books

Audiobooks are awesome because you can listen to them almost all the time. On your way to work, while you’re doing school, while you’re working out, while you’re just going for a walk or anything else. Dramatized AudioBooks are really fun because they are filled with sound effects and interesting voices.

5. ReRead books

Rereading books counts just as much as reading a book you have never read before. I really like rereading books that meant a lot to me during my childhood and see what it means to me now. I also recommend reading books that you didn’t like before. Maybe now you can relate more to it, or it might make more sense.

6. Have fun

Reading doesn’t have to be boring. Make sure to read something that you like every once in a while and try to pick something fun and exciting to read!

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How do you read more? What books do you like to read? Recent Reads?

Happy reading!

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Shouting at the Rain Blog Tour

Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web, I am super excited because I am apart of penguin’s Shouting at The Rain Blog tour! I cannot wait to share this wonderful book with you all!

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Shouting at The Rain

Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Publisher: Penguin Middle Grade

Publication date: May 7th, 2019

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree comes a compelling story about perspective and learning to love the family you have.

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Book Description

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree comes a compelling story about perspective and learning to love the family you have.

Delsie loves tracking the weather–lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She’s always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she’s looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a “regular family.” Delsie observes other changes in the air, too–the most painful being a friend who’s outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he’s endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.

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Author Bios

Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the author of New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree and Bank Street Best Book One for the Murphys. She’s a former teacher and holds writers retreats for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.

Before I start the review, I just want to thank Penguin for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book!

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The Review

disclaimer: I received a physical copy from the publishers for free. This has in no way influenced my review. Everything that I am stating is my honest opinion.

I really loved this book! It is one of the most well written middle-grade books I have read! Hunt expresses feelings and emotions so vividly and it is so amazing.

One of the first things I loved about this book was the cover and the title. I am usually someone who judges a book by a cover and this cover is exceptional. It’s so beautiful and poetic. The colors on the cover match perfectly and look amazing. The art is really pretty and I think it really relates to the book.

I also was really shocked while reading this book because I wasn’t expecting it to be this great! Writing a book from a Middle-Graders perspective can be really hard because they are no longer kids but they also aren’t quite yet full-fledged teenagers.  Especially if its a contemporary book. Most middle-grade books I have read have been huge disappointments, so it was refreshing to finally find a contemporary Middle-Grade book that represents its characters the right way.

Around the middle-grade age range, kids go through lots of changes and feelings, and sometimes books don’t represent it in the best way, it’s either a stereotypical ‘tween’ whos moody and has a bad attitude or a kid with no feelings at all, But Hunt finds the perfect in-between and its really awesome to see that.

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Delsie: Delsie is a sweet girl that is obsessed with tracking weather, going barefoot and making fairy houses with her best friend. But then her bestie decides to stop being friends with Des to fit in with another girl. We live in a society where girls (and boys, but especially girls) feel like they need to ‘grow up’ so fast. And by growing up they don’t mean physically, but looking grown up and feeling like they should have a right to do more “grown-up” things. Like dating and stuff. I love Delsie because she doesn’t let her friends change her and make her ‘grow up’ instead, she stays true to herself and her personality. 

I also love that Delsie lives with her Grandma. I never really see that in modern books and It’s really interesting and probably nice for kids that live with there grandparents. In the beginning, Delsie feels like an orphan and wishes she had a real family, but in the end, she realizes that she has all the family she needs, her grandmother, her caring neighbors, and her new found friends, and even though her family may be different, she still is loved.

Ronan: Ronan, a well-known trouble maker in Cape Cod, also is somewhat orphaned, His mom left and he is now struggling to adapt to living without her. When Delsie’s friends ditch her, Ronan helps Del and becomes her friend.

I really love Romans personality and how he overcomes being judged in the past and becomes a new person who is not always causing trouble.

Amiee: Amiee is Delsie’s theatre obsessed friend who just got cast as Annie in her theatre’s play, which causes her to not be around for Delsie that much. With her bubbly personality, she always finds a way to cheer someone up.

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Honestly, there wasn’t really anything I didn’t like!

I love the characters and would love to have a sequel which is set in the same town with the same characters but the main character is like a different person from the town.

Final Thoughts

This was a unique and incredibly written book and I am so happy I had the chance to read it!

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I was able to make a mood board for the book!

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I love how this turned out! It’s so cute!

Thanks for reading! Make sure that you check out this incredible book!

Bye for now,

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how to learn a language faster

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! So if you didn’t know, I LOVE LANGUAGES. I am trying to learn French, Japanese, Korean and Swahili. I have only gotten far in French so far. So in today’s post, I wanted to share some tips on how to learn a language faster.

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One of my favorite ways to learn new languages is to use duolingo! Duolingo is a free app and website that helps you learn languages. I use this a lot and It really helps!

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Duolingo is fun and engaging and I really recommend it for anyone who wants to learn a new language Let’s move on to the tips!

  1. Study the language every day. Find little ways to use the words of your chosen language each day
    • Language learning is based on repetition — repeating something into your brain over and over again until you remember it. If you break too long between study sessions, you are much more prone to forget what you learned last time and you will waste valuable study time going back over what you’ve already learned.
    • You can cut down on this wasted time by studying every day. There are no miraculous short cuts when it comes to language learning — you just need to commit.
  2. Watch, listen, read and write in your chosen language. Immersing yourself in a language means doing all of the activities you would normally do in your native tongue, through your new language — whether that’s reading, writing or listening.

This is one of my favorite ways to learn languages because you don’t really have to do much work, you just listen or read.

  • Possibly the easiest thing you can do is watch television shows or movies in the language you are trying to learn. Try to avoid subtitles, as you will tend to rely on them. To make things easier, try to watch shows or movies whose plots you are already familiar with — like kids’ cartoons or dubbed versions of English movies — knowing the context will help you to decipher the meanings of words and phrases.
  • You should also attempt to read and write in your new language. Get a newspaper or magazine and attempt to read one article a day — looking up any words you don’t understand in your dictionary. You should also try to write a few simple things in your new language –whether it’s a pretend postcard or a shopping list.
  • Download podcasts or tune in to radio stations in your new language. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the language while you’re on the go. Not only does this help with your listening comprehension, but it also allows you to hear the correct pronunciation of common words and phrases.
  • Listening to songs in different languages is fun too!

 

3. Learn the alphabet of the language you are learning, if necessary. It will make it significantly easier for you and you will be able to read and pronounce words, which will help you memorize them with greater ease. Plus, it is better for you to be sounding the words out rather than looking at the romanization for the words.

4. Have fun! The most important part about learning a language is having fun and enjoying it! Try to use your skills to communicate with others online or have a penpal that speaks the language your learning!

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I hope these tips helped you! thanks for reading!

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Are you learning any languages? What languages do you speak?

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five feet apart book review// feat. laughter, tears, and fluff

two kids, chilling in a hospital, five feet apart so they won’t dieee

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Welcome to my itsy bitsy corner of the web! Today I am going to be reviewing this amazing book called Five Feet Apart.

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Five Feet Apart

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Genre: Contemporary, YA, Romance, Illness

*triggers: death, some language, mental illness, illness, sadness*

Published November 20th, 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

“…Don’t think about what you’ve lost. Think of how much you have to gain. Live, Stella.”

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This book broke me. It whipped my back in half and shattered my heart. I was expecting a happy ending and I got a sad one. This book made me cry, and not many books do that.

The story is about a girl named Stella and a boy named Will that has a condition called Cystic fibrosis (CF)

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause the CFTR protein to become dysfunctional.
People with CF have to be at least six feet apart from other CFers or they could catch the bacteria and die. But of course, Stella and Will fall in love, which leads to a lot of distress for the readers.
Since the movie came out I decided to read it! It’s such an amazing book and I really recommend it for anyone who wants a sweet and sad read.

⭐Meet the Characters⭐

Stella: Stella is a smol and adorable girl who has CF. She is very positive and makes no second thoughts about taking her medicine and doing her treatments. She makes vlogs to help her stay content with her not so exciting life. All that changes when Will comes along.

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(ISNT SHE ADORABLE??)

Will: Will is an edgy risk-taking artsy boyo that might as well wear a trenchcoat. He doesn’t care at all about taking his medicine or doing his treatments. He’d rather just die instead of living in the constant pain of his illness, but when he meets Stella everything changes.

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Poe: Even though Poe is a background character, he still is a pretty great character. Sadly his story ends near the end of the book (my poor boy.) Poe is one of Stella’s CF friends. He and Stella are like siblings.

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“but it’s his smile that catches my eye more than anything else. It’s lopsided and charming, and it has magnetic warmth to it.”

⭐things I loved⭐

⭐I loved the writing style. It really seemed like it was a real teenager and it didn’t seem forced or stereotypical. I really felt like I could feel all the characters feelings.

⭐I adore the cover! It’s so beautiful the way the flowers form lungs. I JUST LOVE IT!

⭐will and Stella: they were just so adorable. It makes me so sad that they couldn’t be together. :C

⭐ Abby: Abby is Stella’s sister and she is so sweet *spoiler*  s h e  di e s

⭐ literally almost everything
⭐ will: aka cole sprouse ( in the movie)

⭐things I didn’t love⭐

⭐ the sad ending

⭐ poes thead (read backward if you want to find out the spoiler)

⭐ the sadness

⭐Some people said that it didn’t truly show what CF is and I can understand that it’s not that accurate

⭐ how the authors killed me with their writing

⭐literally almost nothing

⭐final thoughts⭐

this is an adorable book about two kids chilling in a hospital five feet apart so they won’t die. It’s beautiful and amazing. Even though the ending is sad, it’s still a great book.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a soft and adorable book.

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Have you read Five Feet Apart? Have you watched Five feet apart? Would you rather own Cole Sprouse or This book?

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