summer bucket list 2019

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! Summer is coming! And I am so excited! In today’s post, I am going to be sharing my Summer Bucket list!

Let’s get started!

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grow my audience: I want to grow my audience more and stay more consistent on my blog and my socials

☆Make summer themed lifestyle posts: I want to make more summer lifestyle posts. If you have any ideas, comment down below!

Host blogging activity: I have always wanted to do this! Hopefully this summer I can 😀

☆ Start my blog design business! (I’m starting it sometime in June)

☆ Start Youtube Channel: I have always wanted to do this, Hopefully, it will be live sometime in August!

☆ Post three times a week: I want to make my blog exciting and have new posts more frequently

☆ Post more photography: A lot of people like my photography, so I am going to try to post more of it.

summer goals reading

☆ Read Less: I actually want to read less this summer. Last summer I read 50 books, but this summer I only want to read 25. I want to spend more time outside and with my friends and family, instead of chilling in my room and spending the whole day reading.

☆Read more nonfiction: I read way too much fiction. Fiction is amazing, but I also want to develop more skills this summer and learn more. So I am going to try to read at least 10 nonfiction books.

☆Get ahead of my TBR list: There are so many books that I haven’t read that I really want to read. This summer I want to read some of those books.

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☆ Draft the rest of my novel: I wrote a bit of my novel during Camp Nano and I really want to finish it. I love the story so much and I hope that it can become published. I plan to work on it a little bit this summer.

☆ Write every day: I started a diary a while back and I want to finish it and start writing every day again.

☆ Write more poetry: I love writing poetry, but I haven’t really had a lot of time for it. I want to work on it this summer.

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☆ Study More: In the fall I am going into high school and I want to make sure that I study during the summer so I won’t forget everything I learned before.

☆ Practice Math: Math is not my best friend, so I want to do some math warm-ups every day.

☆Sign up for college classes: I got accepted into two colleges’ College Credit Plus program, so I want to spend some time picking out the classes I want to take in fall.

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☆ Get my nails painted: I got a nail salon certificate for Christmas and thought it would be perfect to use in the summer. I’m thinking about painting them yellow, or white.

☆ Take some morning runs: I want to start running every morning, and exercising a bit more.

☆ Make some money: I am saving up for a Mac, and new camera and an Ipad Pro. I want to start some buisness and make some money during the summer to go towards my savings and so I can have some extra cash.

☆ Volunteer: I really want to volunteer at the library or the animal shelter. I think it will be a fun way to help support organizations I love.

☆ Spend more time with friends: I have a lot of great friends, but sometimes I don’t always get to spend time with them, because of everyone’s schedules. I hope to spend more time with them and develop deeper friendships with them

☆ Go thrifting: I have found some really cute clothes and local thrift shops and I hope to go there again with one of my friends that are obsessed with vintage clothing.

☆ Learn More French: I love french, and I want to really take some time to learn it.

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☆Practice more piano: I love the piano, and now that I am a worship leader in my youth group, I want to be the best pianist I can be.

☆Practice Clarinet: I love clarinet and I want to practice it so I can do well when I go into the intermediate group.

☆ Write songs: I love singing and songwriting and I really want to write a song.

☆ Use my uke: I don’t always use my ukelele and I want to use it more this summer.

☆ Learn some French songs: I think this will be a fun way to practice French.

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☆ Go to the movies: A lot of great movies are coming out and it would be really fun to go to the movie theatre to see them.

☆ See a musical: I love musicals and I would love to see one!

☆Go to the beach or swimming: I would really love to go to the pool or the beach.

☆ Go to the funfest: Our city has a fun festival every summer and I would love to go with one of my friends.

☆ Get boba tea: I love Boba and I really would love to get some.

I hope you all enjoyed my Summer Bucket List! I hope this post inspires you to have a fun summer!

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What’s on your summer bucket list?

What movies are you excited about?

Do you want to have a retro summer like me?

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we all scream for ice cream

Why hello there! Happy (late) Memorial Day!

Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! Recently I went to Mitchell’s ice cream and went on a little tour! I thought it would be cool to share some pictures of it!

(Also I am sorry that I haven’t been posting recently. I am in a little blogging block so if this post seems stiffer than usual that’s probably why :D)

lets get started

 

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There are a lot of Mitchells locations in Ohio, but for the tour, we went to the Ohio City location. It originally was a movie theatre so it still has this little sign! I thought it was really cute the way it said now serving!

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I really loved the design of the shop. It had this really cute industrial and minimalist aesthetic.

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Then they showed us how they made the ice cream and behind the scenes in the factory. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of good pictures of this part.

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After the tour, we got some ice cream! I tried out a new flavor; Lavender honey. It was amazing! It tasted almost like vanilla but like lavender? I don’t even know how you taste lavender but it was delicious!

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Yum!

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Mitchell’s is one of my favorite ice cream shops! I recommend trying them out if you need something yummy to cool you down on a hot summer day. But beware, sometimes their lines are so long it goes around the whole store!

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What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? What’s your favorite ice cream shop? What’s your favorite summer treat?

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chatty post-spring band concert

Why hello there! Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I’m sorry I haven’t been too active on here and my socials. I have been really busy because last night was my bands spring concert!

This post is going to be a little different from my other posts. No graphics or anything really, just me talking about life and the concert and stuff. I didn’t really get to take any pictures so hopefully, it’s not too boring. 😀

so grab some popcorn or a snack and read the post!!

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✧post concert✧

before the concert, we all went to a room to put our instruments together, warm up and make sure all our notes were okay. I play clarinet so It took me a little longer than some of the other kids to put together my instrument.

So there are three groups;

Beginners

Intermediate

and Advanced.

I’m in the Beginner group but in the fall I will be moving into the Intermediate group.

In my group, there are about 9 kids? Two Clarinets, (including me) Three Sax’s,(my brother) Three low bras, a trumpet (my lil brother) and yeet that’s all.

I’m kind of friends with everyone in the group, but my closest friends are Gaby and Gaby.

Yes, they have the same name. We were going to call one Brie and the Other Gaby but Its just really hard for me to keep track of names so I call both of them Gaby.

I am also close with Claire, she’s my fellow Clarinetist, we are the only clarinets. She’s a little younger than me and really sweet.

Then my brothers of course.

I’m not really friends with the low brass cliche that much, but one of the guys is my secret twin because we are born on the same day and the same year and we are both the exact same age, so YEET.

Yeah I dunno why I keep saying yeet so much, I just love it!

SO after that, we formed a line to walk onto the stage thingy, I guess I was the leader of the group which meant I had to lead everyone onto the stage which was terrifying.

The beginner band went first.

Even though this wasn’t my first band concert, I was very nervous because this time we had to stand up for solos and bow, meaning that the stand would no longer be able to hide my face and keep me anonymous so that no one had to know that I, Ava was the girl who kept squeaking on her clarinet.

Also sorry for this post being messy, I just really wanted to keep it simple and “chatty”

✧during the concert✧

So we all sat down, adjusted our stands (aka positioned the stands so that no one could see our faces)

The first song we played was called Buglers Dream, Its an Olympic anthem and sounds really pretty.

Then we had the first set of solos.

I did a solo which I was very worried about because it had a kind of difficult note in it.

I don’t even remember how it went because I think I played it too fast. oOf

Then we played engines of change, its a really cool song.

Then there was another set of solos, including the woodwind solo, (which I was apart of)

It was an adaptation of Erie Canal, which is actually a song I used to sing when I was little.

I HAVE A MULE her NAME IS SAL 15 miles DOWN THE ERIE CANAL.

Of course, it sounded way better than five-year-old me trying to sing

Then we finished with the song Bandroom Boogie. I felt really happy because everything sounded mostly good. We were playing real songs. Last year we played simple songs like Twinkle Twinkle and Mary Had a Little Lamb. I was so proud of myself because I had improved so much and I had overcome so big struggles I had with the clarinet.

Then the Intermediate and the Advanced played their songs and they sounded really awesome. Plus they had flutes and percussion so everything sounded more… magical?

then it ended,

✧after the concert✧

After the concert, there were some snacks and cookies and drinks out. My friends and I all congratulated each other and made vine references. I dropped my cookies. Twice.

YOU ALMOST MADE ME DROP MY CROISSANT *cookie*

IT was all fun and jolly. After a half hour of eating, talking about vines (and tom holland my precious spidey boi) we left.

The concert went really well, and it shows me that hard work and pushing through really has a great outcome.

My little clarinet has taught me so much these past few months and I love it a lot.

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Thank you so much for reading my little chatty post, If you liked it please tell me, I think I would like to do this again. It’s so relaxing just typing up my thoughts and not worrying about making a “perfect and professional’ blog post.

✧do you guys play any instruments?✧ have you ever been in a concert? what’s your favorite instrument?✧

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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!

lets get started

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!

lets get started

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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