Celebrating March – An Overview

Celebrating March – An Overview

Hello there, and Happy Friday to you! ❤ I hope you’re doing well 🙂 In this post, I will be looking back on how I spent the month of March, which I have to say was truly enjoyable as a whole! I accomplished many of the tasks that were on my to-do list for the month (which I’ll share below!), experienced some fun things with my family, and I also got back into blogging this month. I can’t wait to tell you about all of it!

How was your March? I really hope it was a good month for you, and also that you’re looking forward to April as much as I am! 🙂 Let me know in the comments below: what did you love about March? And what are you excited about in April? I’d love to know! Now I’m happy to give you today’s post. I hope you like reading it!


March’s To-Do List:
Checking Things Off

  • watch some more movies. I’m very happy to say that I did this one! I usually don’t get around to watching new films, but I was able to in March because we bought different family films online and found other good movies at second-hand stores that we all enjoyed. My favorite of the month would have to be Jack, which Robin Williams is in, because it was SO good!
  • continue to organize digital photos. I didn’t take as many photos as I would have thought I would in March, haha – and that’s actually a very good thing! I found myself living in the moment more these past few weeks, which means my camera wasn’t always out (: Because of this, my pictures folder is still quite organized, which makes me happy.
  • read (at least!) one book. Because it was on my list, I did end up reading, but I only got around to my minimum requirement! In March, I read one cozy mystery on my mom’s tablet, which I ended up really enjoying – it’s called Alice In Murderland (the actual book is lighthearted, not matching the title whatsoever) by Samantha Silver. It was fun, witty, and I had no idea throughout the book who the culprit was! If you like mysteries, I definitely recommend this one. ❤

  • master my favorite settings on my camera. Because of different circumstances with my family, as well as uneven priorities, I did not work on my camera very much this past month. However, this is one of my main goals for April, so I will be carrying it over into next month’s list!
  • finish the Spanish courses on Memrise. As it turns out, the last level on this Spanish course is much more difficult than I was anticipating! haha because of this, I’m giving myself more time, since I don’t want to overload my brain with funny says en español xD
  • try a few new recipes. I did end up baking and cooking some throughout the month, using recipes I tried at different points last year, but I didn’t try anything new! I’ll be browsing Pinterest again soon to hopefully find some good new things to try.
  • eat healthily and stay fit. Uhh I’ll give a yes and no on this one, hah! I wasn’t fully consistent because I did better and worse (it depended on the day) when it comes to what/how much I want to eat, as well as my daily activity level. It’s still something I’m working on, from overcoming a growing sugar addiction to being willing to exercise every day. I might write a post on this sometime in April – would you want me to?
  • keep up with reading blogs. I did a pretty good job with this in March, which I’m really happy about! Staying up-to-date with talking to bloggers whose blogs I love the most is important to me, so I’m glad I could do that this month.
  • slowly go through possessions that don’t matter to me anymore. It has definitely been a long process, and I’ve made sure before getting rid of anything that it will benefit me more to not have those things. A lot of decision-making has gone into this, but I am so happy with the progress I’m making! I’m thinking about writing a series sometime soon about simplifying life ❤
  • continue interacting more with my brothers. There were different games we enjoyed playing together in March, but nothing too solid, if that makes sense. We only end up being interested in a game or activity at the same time for a short period of time, and then we have to find something else to do together, haha! I’m still thinking and praying about other things we could do together.
  • have less screen time. I don’t know if I accomplished this one or not … well, I know I did the evenings I dedicated to reading some of the books I have! However, it’s still something I’m working on because I need to start choosing more screen-free activities to fill my time.
  • help my mom around the house. My brother and I have recently been helping our mom out more with housework, which I know has really helped her ❤ However, I’m still in the process of getting into a routine so that I can easily remember my new duties 🙂 The reason I’m still working on this is because I didn’t realize until now just how much my mom does for our family! It’s a lot to handle even when it’s divided between three people (my mom, brother, and me), so not only am I happy to help out as much as I can, but I also salute her for being able to do all that she does for us! ❤ ❤ ❤
  • stay focused on completing schoolwork. This was a priority most of the weekdays (as it should be!), but due to the cold that has recently been going around our house, I have a bit to catch up on. It was nice to focus on helping everyone get well again and forfeit a bit of schoolwork, but I’ll definitely get back to work in the weeks to come!
  • get a haircut. I was happily able to do this on the first of March! My mom cuts my dad’s and brothers’ hair whenever they need it, which I think is awesome, and since I just needed a simple trim, she was able to take a few inches off my hair. I can’t tell you what a relief it is for my head to not be as heavy as it was (my hair is SO thick!), and even though the length hasn’t ended up being the easiest to style lol, I’m very happy with how it turned out.
  • write a few blog posts a week. I did this one! Woohoo! It has been so nice to be active once again in the blogging community. ❤

Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you enjoyed it – as you saw, I really did enjoy my March. 🙂 Aside from the sickness that has plagued us this past week, we all enjoyed ourselves! I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us this April.

I’d love to know in the comments below:

How was YOUR March?

Happy weekend!

— Maggie

10 Reasons Why I Love The ‘Poirot’ TV Show

10 Reasons Why I Love The ‘Poirot’ TV Show

Hello there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday 🙂 ❤ Today, I am sharing with you the next addition to my Positive Reviews series! (That’s its unofficial name, yet it’s what I categorize all of my rave review posts under haha)

While thinking about which movie or book I could highlight next, I realized that until now, I’ve fully neglected my favorite TV show! That may be because I binge-watched it a few years ago, thus I haven’t watched it recently, but this fantastic series will always have a special place in my heart. In this post, I have come up with 10 reasons why I love the ‘Poirot’ TV show!

If you also love this TV series, I’d be happy to chat with you about it in the comments below! Now, let’s see why I’ve personally enjoyed this show so much. ❤ Happy reading!


10 Reasons Why I Love
The ‘Poirot’ TV Show

1. It has genuine characters. The four main actors who appear in most of the episodes (Suchet, Fraser, Moran, and Jackson) are phenomenal. I can’t get over how well they took on the personalities of their roles! Pauline Moran, the woman who plays Miss Lemon, even helped bring her character to life by making her more likeable in a subtle way. The original Miss Lemon in the stories was curt and distant, and since the show producers decided to include her in more of the first episodes, it was smart of them to make her character easier to relate to. The three men, who play Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), and Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) respectively, all did wonderful jobs of appearing and acting just like their roles are portrayed in the books, which I think is so cool. They’re all fun to watch, which keeps viewers wishing them well in every case they take on!

2. Suchet’s dedication to the role. After reading a bit of the autobiography ‘Poirot and Me,’ which David Suchet wrote, which focused on his role in this show, I was further able to see just how passionate he was about being true to Hercule Poirot’s character, without making him look ridiculous. Other actors who have attempted to be Poirot in other movie adaptions could not even come close to preforming as well as David Suchet did as Poirot. Don’t get me wrong, these men I’m mentioning who played Poirot (such as Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, even Kenneth Branagh) were wonderful detectives in their own right – all three did great jobs! – but it wasn’t possible for them to achieve the greatness that Suchet did in the role of Hercule Poirot.

3. The score. Have you ever had the pleasure of listening to the opening theme of Poirot? Oh my gosh, this instrumental – I honestly find myself grinning any time I hear it. It represents the show so well, as does all of the background music carrying every episode – the show is worth watching just for this reason.

4. The actors themselves. This is a fun story I have to tell! When I first joined Twitter back in 2016, I was obsessed with the show at the time, so I decided to follow the actors there. Three out of the four of them had accounts (Philip Jackson didn’t, which was so disappointing haha), and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what they tweeted about. I’ve always been rather adventurous in contacting famous people online, so I took the plunge and asked the three of them questions in different tweets – and Hugh Fraser (Captain Hastings) and Pauline Moran (Miss Lemon) responded to me! I even ended up talking to Hugh Fraser a couple more times after that, since I was so interactive on his tweets, which was absolutely awesome. I just wanted to share that to say that many famous people really are genuine, and that most love hearing from fans!

5. The various settings of each episode. Some shows will stick to one central location, but since Poirot and Hastings travel around their country for cases, viewers are able to see them at work in many different settings! Sometimes, they take a train or go by airplane to a specific location to work, and other episodes featured them staying with people they knew, and then a case would end up happening while they were there. (Which I’ve always thought was such a funny ‘coincidence,’ haha) The best part about the diversity of location, however, is the fact that they brought the 1920’s to life in all of the props and costumes they were willing to buy! You really feel like you’re there 🙂

Hastings has a car like this in a few episodes!

6. The depth of each mystery. After watching a good bit of the show, I read a few of the short stories as well, and I have yet to be more impressed by a mystery writer than I have Agatha Christie. She was a genius!! No matter who I think could have done it, she has proved me wrong every time – well, Poirot has. 😉 The revelation at the end of each story and episode has me absolutely amazed, because even though Poirot makes it very clear how evident it is who the murderer/culprit was, I’ll never be that studious and thorough!

7. The director’s ability to incorporate minor characters into the storyline. I mentioned a few reasons ago that Hastings, Lemon, and Japp show up in the episodes with Poirot, which is awesome because they were included in many of the short stories. The first three seasons of the show feature all four of them, but in the later seasons with extended episodes, they show up less. However, it’s still nice to see so much of them in the short stories-turned episodes!

8. The overall mood. I’ve tried out watching other shows of a similar category, and I haven’t yet found one that I enjoy more than Poirot. That’s alright, though, as I hope to always love this show! But I’ve noticed that other mystery/suspense shows are too dark, serious, even dull in some cases, compared to Poirot, which has been disappointing. That just shows that I think they did a great job with it!

9. The main characters’ banter. Honestly, Poirot and Hastings make some of the best jokes, especially when they’re exchanging quips back and forth! Poirot knows that he’s at a higher intelligence level than Hastings, but it’s something they both acknowledge and accept, haha – I like that they show these differences between the characters, without having Poirot annoyed at Hastings or Japp. The occasional humorous moment in the episodes are among my favorite scenes of the whole show!

10. The detailed endings of each episode. When Poirot gathers together the suspects, victims, those he worked with on the case, and the murderer, he reveals how he solved it, who it was, and how they did it. It’s amazing. You have to see one of these scenes for yourself if you haven’t already!


If you’ve never seen this show before, I hope my review of Poirot has convinced you to do so! I highly recommend it to everyone, even those who may shy away from more frightening movies and shows like I do. The only scenes I try not to watch are the reenactments of the murders, which aren’t even that horrible to begin with.

Thank you so much for reading! ❤

Let me know in the comments below:

Have YOU watched Poirot?

Happy Tuesday! I hope you have a beautiful day.

— Maggie

7 Reasons Why I’m Loving ‘Too Small To Ignore’

7 Reasons Why I’m Loving ‘Too Small To Ignore’

Hi there, and Happy Tuesday to you! ❤ In yesterday’s post, I shared some of the things I recently purchased at one of my favorite thrift stores, which you can see for yourself here! For today’s post, I’d like to share a more in-depth reason for why one of the books I got, called ‘Too Small To Ignore,’ is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

I usually find myself giving books a high rating, not because it was an extremely well-written book, specifically – my ratings and reviews revolve around what the book taught me, how it made me feel, and the impact on me. That’s what defines a good book for me! And it has been a good while since I found a book that was able to affect me so deeply, and I know that this was the Lord’s doing. 🙂 It blesses me so much when He uses other resources to speak to my heart!

Before I begin, I’d like to share a bit about me: I’m the oldest sister of five kids (there are three girls and two boys), and since Samuel was about four years old (he’s 6 now), the Lord has been teaching me to love children. Being a nurturing, loving older sister is something I’m constantly working on, a work of art He is consistently pursing within me. As well as this, I also have a heart for other children (especially Guatemalan children!), and since I read the first few pages of ‘Too Small To Ignore,‘ the Lord has made it real to me how important it is to Him that I love children as He does.

Whether I’m caring for my younger siblings, or working with children around the world, and one day having little ones of my own – He is teaching me to love them as He does, and I find that absolutely beautiful. ❤

So, as you can tell by the title of this post, I am sharing with you today the seven reasons why I’m loving ‘Too Small To Ignore.’ It is a beautiful book, and at only a third of the way through it, I eagerly anticipate reading what the rest of its chapters beholds.

Let’s get right into this!


7 Reasons Why I’m Loving
‘Too Small To Ignore’

1. Its subtitle. These seven words remind me of the part in the 10th chapter of Mark when Jesus brings that group of children, one by one, up onto His lap and invokes a blessing upon them. This book stresses the importance of how great the love of our Lord is for the least among us, and why they truly matter the most!

2. The real love the author feels for children. The reader can see it in how Dr. Wess Stafford speaks of his childhood friends, his own children, and the countless others he has had the pleasure of being with – it is absolutely contagious!

3. The awareness it brings to readers just how much children matter. For years, I have known of how tenderly Jesus cared for the children His apostles thought would bother Him. It turned out that those men keeping the young ones back was what ended up bothering Him! Throughout my adolescent years, and into adulthood, as well, my love for children has gotten so much stronger – especially with the birth of my three youngest siblings – and I can’t wait to work with children on the mission field one day, too.

4. The author’s focus and his call to us to ‘rise up and teach the next generation.’ He stresses the importance of including young ones in our lives now, and of not waiting until their childhood is over to teach them the great work they can do for the kingdom of God. Just as Jesus said in Mark 10:14,

” … Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

5. Learning of the importance to teach young ones about the Lord. In this book, Stafford shared the staggering statistic that 9 out of 10 Christians accept Jesus into their heart before the age of 18.

If an individual is not open to knowing Him past this age, there is only a 23% chance that he or she ever will.

This is one of the biggest reasons why the Lord has such a huge heart for children – it is the time in their lives when, if given the opportunity to learn of Him, will be open to accepting Jesus into their hearts.

This fact gives me even greater reason to love little ones – it is the most important time in their lives to be told about the Lord!

6. The author’s tips and words of advice. Stafford has such a unique, sound way of encouraging others to love kids, and this aspect of the book especially has been helpful to me. I desire to be the best big sister and encouragement to young ones that I can be!

7. His encouragement to those of us with/around children to do right by them. He mentions in one chapter that uplifting a child through praise and attention just once can impact their entire lives!!! Words and actions make or break a person, and the positive influence of others is extremely important to little individuals. One smile, one statement of praise … that encouragement could stay with them for a very long time to come.

 


Thank you sooo much for reading!

I hope that you may be convinced not only to check out this book for yourself, but also to simply be more open to loving little ones … for to such belong the kingdom of the Lord. ❤ ❤ ❤

— Maggie