August Twentieth, Two-Thousand Seventeen

August Twentieth, Two-Thousand Seventeen

Hi there, guys! I hope you’re all having a beautiful day. πŸ™‚ It has been a while since I did one of these life update/happenings posts, so that’s what I’ll be sharing today!

This afternoon, I went out with my mom and little siblings to go to our favorite mall, which is called Sugarloaf Mills! It had been years since we went, so I’m very happy we got to go back today.

Just like we did at Zoo Atlanta a couple months ago, my mom went around with Samuel and Elizabeth while Joshua and I went off together. I love having these types of outings with him, and today was great!

First, we browsed around Booksβ€’Aβ€’Million, which is the first store you come to from where we parked, then we headed to the back of the mall. We passed by this awesome larger-than-life Batman, and we had to take a selfie with it!

We also took a picture with Deadpool (which you can see to Joshua’s right), but I accidentally cut off the figure’s head in the pic! πŸ˜‚β€οΈ

Once we were finished there (which was a music store, by the way), we went to Dave&Busters (a huge arcade) for Joshua to enjoy playing some games.

I followed him around and experimented with pictures, as I didn’t feel like spending money on arcade games today!

The picture above is of him playing one of his favorite games there. It’s a robot shooting game, so it wasn’t too graphic haha!

We looked around the prize shop, where he got some candy with the tickets he earned, and I got excited when I saw this pillow. Made me think of you, Beyoutiful!

With that, we headed back out to the mall.

We ended up passing by a store I forgot was there, called Earthbound. They have beautiful clothes, notebooks, room decor, etc. from all over the world, and I love looking around there! Many of the things were out of my buying range, but I didn’t mind. However …


When I found the section with things made in Guatemala, it was meant to be!! Both of these worry doll packages (which I’ll show you in a moment) were affordable and I’m so happy I got them!


GUYS!! I love them so much! πŸ˜‚πŸ’•πŸ’• I’ve been eyeing Guatemalan worry dolls for months on Etsy, and what do you know, the Lord provided a little gift for me today. xx

Now, let’s talk about the wonderful food Joshua and I got:D

He and I both love pretzels (I love ’em more), and Auntie Anne’s has some of the best!! I got the sugar bites, and he got the pretzel hot dog bites.

Once we finished our treat, we walked over to my favorite thing to do at the mall – mini car racing!

Call me immatureπŸ‘ΆπŸΌ but this race track is super fun – and affordable!!! I even won first place today which was AWESOME since I was the only girl racing πŸ˜‚πŸ’–πŸ’πŸΌ

We passed by Mom, Sam and Elizabeth after we left the racing place, so we talked to them for a few minutes. After discussing where we’d meet a little later in the afternoon, Joshua and I went to a store with lots of cool things from China – including katanas (pictured above), which J loved looking at haha!!

With that done, we went to the last store for the day, which was Bass Pro Shops. It was our first time there and MAN, was it huge!! Joshua loved looking around at the guns, bows, fishing poles … and I loved looking at these signs!

It’s so accurate, it hurts! πŸ˜‚

So you’ll have to tell me what YOU’VE been up to today, guys! Anything awesome or fun? Relaxing, even? (That’s the best type of weekend honestly haha) Definitely let me know in the comments below! πŸ’š Thanks for reading!

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The Chattahoochee River | Travel Series 1

The Chattahoochee River | Travel Series 1

Hello everyone! How are all of you today? xx Thank you so much for coming by my very first travel post! πŸ’š I’m excited to get to share it with you because I absolutely love traveling, and getting to research the places I’ve visited, as well as write about my experiences while visiting them, is a lot of fun!!!

My first feature will be about the Chattahoochee River, as you could see by the title. πŸ˜‚ My family and I went back on the 4th of July, but I’ve decided to do a feature on it now, lol! Enjoy reading! xx

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A Bit About The River

The Chattahoochee makes up the southern half of the Alabama and Georgia border, and is about 430 miles long. It is one of the three major Georgian rivers that are part of the Apalachicola Basin, a large drainage basin in southeastern Georgia.

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About My Experience

On the 4th of July, I went to Duluth, GA with my family. We had initially planned to visit a historic train museum, but when I found out that we weren’t too far from the Chattahoochee River, one of the most popular rivers in our state, we decided to go there, instead!

There are several places across Georgia where you can visit this river, as it is over 400 miles long (!), and the nearest visiting place to us was Medlock Bridge.

I don’t know if I ever even saw the bridge … ? lol it didn’t really matter, as we just wanted to get a good view of the river. πŸ˜‚

We were all excited to get there – especially me, Samuel and Elizabeth.

I think the reason they were smiling was because they could see their cute reflections in the selfie camera, haha!

The main area where you could go down to the river’s edge was a paved ramp for easy boat access, so we all walked down there together.

I got some pretty good pictures from the end of the ramp – I had fun finding the best angles. 😊

While on the way there, and especially as we went down to the bank, I kept singing the chorus of Jordan Feliz’s song, ‘The River.’ LOL “We’re going down to the river…”

Elizabeth enjoyed sitting in the stroller and watching the peaceful waters! She’s such a sweetheart. x

To the right of the boat ramp was the beginning of a mile-long trail. It was pretty shaded and dense due to the summer foliage of trees and bushes, but it was wide enough for a stroller and for all of us to walk through without branches hitting our heads.

The trail was pretty close to the river, so we kept catching glimpses of it through the trees. I took advantage of this and stopped a few times for more pictures.

Elizabeth had fun being outside and looking around the forest. I had to keep watching to make sure her little legs weren’t getting bitten by mosquitoes, though. Speaking of bugs, the time of year that we walked down those trails (summer) was NOT a good idea … Joshua and my mom came home with chigger bites. We all got our fair share of mosquito bites, too. That is why I prefer exploring nature in autumn. πŸ‚πŸŒΎπŸ

Now, back to the river.

Isn’t it pretty? I loved getting to visit it!

The plaid shirt Samuel wore for the 4th was so cute! He’s always cute in plaid:)

Me and Samuel posing by a cool tree. I was wearing my patriotic shirt that I’ve had for a few years, and I’ve also given you guys a rare sighting of the birthmark on my right thigh. (LOL now you won’t be able to focus on anything else πŸ˜†)

This here pic is of Samuel running from a bear.

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Hahaha kidding!!! We only have bears in the mountains of northern Georgia, and even they are only black bears, which is one of the non-vicious types of bears. πŸ˜‚

We passed by this sign when we left the trail. It just had some regulations and trail information, but I thought I’d share it with you, anyway. πŸ˜‚

Here’s one more view of the trail we trekked:

So that’s it for my first travel post! I enjoyed writing it, and I especially enjoyed getting to visit the Chattahoochee River for the first time. 😊

Where have YOU recently explored in your city/state?

Thank you for reading, guys!

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What I’m Reading | August 2017

What I’m Reading | August 2017

Ahh hello there, everyone! xx I hope that your day has been beautiful so far. πŸ™‚ I have something exciting in store for you guys tomorrow, so make sure you stay tuned for that! For today’s post, however, I’m going to go over what I’ve been up to in the wonderful world of books!

I have been doing a lot of reading recently, mainly for the A-to-Z Reading Challenge I’m doing right now, and that has been such an awesome experience! It has encouraged me to read books I wouldn’t normally read, and that has been so nice, as I thoroughly enjoyed every book I’ve read for the challenge so far. (I did have to put the challenge on pause a couple different times because I’d get a book for the next letter and then find out I didn’t like it, but that was alright, lol!)

In this post, I’m going to go over what I recently read, what I’m currently reading, what I want to read next, what I’d love to read again, and what I want to read at some point! I hope that you enjoy reading (haha). If you’re interested in doing a post like this yourself, or if you’ve already done one like it, let me know in the comments below! I love knowing what books others are reading. πŸ™‚ ❀

What I’m Reading | August 2017

Books I Recently Finished:

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, the third book in the Harry Potter series.
  • The Island of Heavenly Daze by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt, a delightful novel about the citizens of a tiny seaside town in Maine.
  • John’s Story: The Last Eyewitness by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, a retelling of how the apostle John wrote the book of John in the Bible.

Books I’m Currently Reading:

  • King John by William Shakespeare, a not-very-well-known play by the Bard on the life of King John.
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare, his best-known tragedy, longest play, and my favorite work of Shakespeare!

Books I Want to Read Next:

  • Living with Passion and Purpose by Elizabeth George, a study of the Biblical book of Luke.
  • Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle, a coffeehouse mystery.
  • Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle, another coffeehouse mystery.
  • I, Jane by Diane Haeger, the fictional story of the rival of Anne Boleyn.
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, a play by the Bard that I don’t know much about yet.

Books I’d Love to Read Again:

  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater, a childhood favorite.
  • Waggit’s Tale by Peter Howe, another childhood favorite.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, my favorite classic novel.
  • A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin, one of my favorite historical fiction novels.
  • A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George, a helpful guide to life that I haven’t read in a long time.

Books I Want to Read Soon:

  • Grace in Autumn by Lori Copeland and Angela Hunt, the second novel in the Heavenly Daze series.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, the fourth book in the Harry Potter series.
  • A Daughter’s Inheritance by Tracie Peterson, a novel I came across on Goodreads that I thought looked cool.
  • Poirot and Me by David Suchet, an awesome memoir I have yet to finish reading.
  • The Princetta by Anne-Laure Bondoux, an interesting-looking novel translated from French that I’ll be reading for the letter ‘P’ in my reading challenge.

Thank you so much for reading, guys!! Have you read or do you want to read any of the books I mentioned? πŸ’šπŸ“š also, make sure you let me know in the comments below:

What have YOU been reading lately?

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