Friday ID File: July 22. (via )

Friday ID File: July 22. 1. via Kristen Buckingham Interior Design 2. via Flourish Design + Style 3. via Meadowtree 4. via Apartment Therapy 5. image source unknown 6. via Lonny Mag 7. via Apartment Therapy 8. via Desire To Inspire 9. via HGTV 10. via Coco + Kelley … Read More


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One Upon A Marigold Book Review

Just recently I found myself abruptly preparing for a four-hour each way bus ride, and so I reached for my sister in panic. “I need a book!” She responded by chucking me a novel off of our shared bookshelf she herself had much enjoyed in only 6th grade (being only a 16-year old herself). I doubted I would really enjoy a story written for the sixth grade audience, but I checked it out anyway. The read entitled “Once Upon A Marigold” by Jean Ferris struck me immediately with its cover: fun and simple with a blue messenger-bird in one corner opposite a red marigold in the other corner adorned with a bright yellow crown. At the bottom of the page, a playful font reads:  “part comedy, part love story, part everything-but-the-kitchen-sink”. What the heck does everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mean? Oh well, I figured I would soon find out. I thanked my sister and headed off with what I summed up to be a quick, and simple story.

Well… I’m here to report that my expectations of this novel were met and well exceeded! The story was indeed very delightful, and speedy at that! The tale that I had completed in only a few days takes place in a magical realm home to trolls, fairies, woodland creatures, crystal caves, unfit princesses, evil Queens, and heroic adventure. It captured my imagination and took my on a journey I was well in need of: to a magical place very different from our own world where life is much simpler, and creativity reigns. It was also worthwhile to find myself taking in life lessons intended for a young person, but applicable to any age such as: the value of filling one’s time with any little type of progress because it is always worthwhile, the importance of seizing every opportunity to do what you want most, or how the outward facade can be extremely deceiving, and in essence very insignificant to life.

The only negative feedback that i have about the story is due, I’m afraid, to that fact that it is in essence a fairy-tale. I found some parts of the ending a bit too outrageously unbelievable that it kind-of took me out of the story itself because I was so taken aback by what was happening. Oh well! It is, after all, made for young readers with endless imaginations.

Otherwise, the story was absolutely enjoyable from beginning to end. The short chapters make for a real page-turner easily, and the sweet humor mixed throughout ensures for a light-hearted feel even in the most dramatic of situations. To escape the drags of everyday life here on earth, pick up “Once Upon A Marigold” for a refreshing change of pace and an inspiring adventure!

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Blog Post Number One

So I’ve had my blog site for about four days now and I have yet to post or write anything interesting. It’s not that I don’t spend my summer days pondering over unimportant, random information, and it’s not that I don’t like to write, or that I don’t like sharing what I’ve written. What I’ve realized is that it may just be the nervousness and intimidation that surrounds making one’s first blog entry for the whole world to see. What if I don’t make a point with what I say? What if the writing is amateur and boring? How much do I divulge about my own life? And finally… WHAT DO I WRITE??
I’ve decided to solve this problem with a little mentality shift: WHO CARES??? The point of blogging is to share what you write with other people who love to write and to explore on the internet. It’s about putting yourself out there even if it’s not that well written, and even if there’s not a great response. It’s about devoting a little time each day to doing something you enjoy whilst connecting with other people. What you write is for YOUR own enjoyment primarily, which is why there is no need to be afraid of it, or the responses of others. It’s not as if someone will confront you face-to-face to belittle your post. The worst that may happen is someone will give you a negative comment and voila!: DELETE!
Write for peace of mind, write for the benefit of you, write ANYTHING. If I just did, anybody can!

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