June 2018 Desk Tour

June 2018 Desk Tour

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day! ❤ This post is one that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time now. I had to get everything just right to do so – and believe me, that took weeks, haha! Today I present to you my summer ’18 desk tour!

Before I get into sharing the pictures and giving you the full tour, however, I have a very exciting announcement to make.

I’m hosting my first giveaway!

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My Focuses For The Summer

My Focuses For The Summer

Hi there! Happy Friday to you! ❤ I hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂 As the days have grown warmer here in Georgia, I have gradually began thinking more and more about how I’d like to spend the summer months. Living in the South means that our summer lasts usually from early May to late September, haha, so you can imagine why I absolutely love October!

Since I usually tend to spend the most time indoors in our hotter months (the humidity kills me lol), I am coming up with ways to spend this time wisely. Sitting around and blogging the whole summer away is tempting, but would definitely not be the smartest way to spend my time, haha! Because of this, I have come up with a list of several, productive things I want to do over the following months.

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Summer OOTD – Pink Hues/Casual

Summer OOTD – Pink Hues/Casual

Hi there!! Happy Thursday to you! ❤ I have a very exciting post to share with you today 🙂 The last ‘outfit of the day’ post I did was back in November, haha, because I absolutely love fall fashion! However, I have been putting together some outfits lately for the warmer months that I’d love to post about on my blog, as well.

Today’s outfit is a beautiful combination of my favorite newest additions to my wardrobe! Bonus points for it being something I can wear on the hottest day in Georgia, haha 🙂 It has light colors, is fashionable, and can be worn most of the places I go! I hope you enjoy today’s post! ❤

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Thoughtful Tuesday | Little Life Updates

Thoughtful Tuesday | Little Life Updates

Hello everyone! Ahh I’m so excited and happy to be back! How have all of you been? I’ve been absolutely fantastic. 💖💚

It was so strange to be away from WordPress for two full weeks. Well, alright I take that back; I haven’t been responding to comments or commenting on others’ posts, but I have been stalking the Reader just a wee bit. 😂 There were a few afternoons where I found myself bored (unnecessarily; I had plenty of things I could have been doing lol), and could not resist. However, it was pure torture to wait to comment until I was back to posting! So here I am, back to the blogging world today, about a week early. Why is that, you may ask?

There are two reasons: I was more than ready to be back to interacting with you guys, and I start 12th grade next week. I’ll have a lot to juggle with schooling and blogging if I were to start both in the same week!! So, upon my mom’s suggestion, I am back seven days early, which I’m very joyful about. I can’t wait to catch up with all of you! I’m also looking forward to some of the new subjects I’ll be studying for my senior year.

On that note, I must say that I can’t believe I only have two semesters left until I’m done homeschooling. 😱 That fact is SO exciting and kind of scary to me, too! Am I ready to adult yet?? lol I’ll turn eighteen next April!! Only time will tell, I suppose.

Back to my blogging break: I accomplished so many things!! It could not have gone more smoothly or beautifully. I’ll be sure to write more about that in detail in my monthly wrap-up post at the beginning of next month! To sum it up, I got back into reading more books, which makes me incredibly happy because I love reading, but it’s hard for me to make time for it nowadays. I decided on what changes I want to make in my typical blogging schedule; things are going to be more laid-back than they have been for the past few months. 🙂 I started cooking more; I’ve made a few new lunch dishes for me and my brother, and they turned out so well! I’ve been exercising more and doing yoga, which has been wonderful; I love getting fit and knowing that I’m making the right choices health-wise! I feel rejuvenated and 100% recharged, just like I hoped I would. I’m happy to be back to blogging, and I’m a much happier person in real life, too. ❤

When it comes to blogging, my motto at the moment is to blog comfortably – I’ve been pressing myself for blogging inspiration for too long! I’ll be posting when I’m inspired to and only then, writing standalone posts as they come to me and adding to series as I feel like it. Haha, that probably sounds like what I already was or should have been doing, but it isn’t. From now on, that will change.

Some of you may be wondering how my Mayan story is coming along, and I will say that it’s a nice work-in-progress. I have one book to finish reading on ancient Mayan history, then I’ll set out to write some scene ideas I have down. Because I write in short bursts of inspiration, it takes me longer to formulate stories than I’d like, but such is life. I am planning to share what I come up with here on my blog!

In the next week or two, I’ll be catching up on all the posts I’ve missed, responding to comments, and also finding new blogs to follow! That’s something I’ve missed doing these past couple of months; I didn’t have much time to reach out to new bloggers. That will change starting now. I’m really looking forward to meeting new blogging friends! 😊

My summer is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t make me sad in the least. I had a great time on my break, and the weeks before that were enjoyable, too.

I’d love to chat with you in the comments!!

What have YOU been up to lately?

I hope that you are all having a blessed week so far!

Your Summer Memories | Exploring New Places by Apoorva

Your Summer Memories | Exploring New Places by Apoorva

Hey guys! This is part eight of the summer memories series. ❤

Today, I have a fun story to share with all of you that my blogging friend Apoorva sent me! I really enjoyed it; it made me excited to go out and explore new places myself. 😊

I hope you guys like it!

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Exploring New Places

Each year in my summer vacation we plan to visit some other country, so it’s new culture, new people and more! ‘Each year, a country’ has become our slogan!

I love traveling and it has become my best hobby ever! We started this since 2014, when we visited Thailand; later in 2015 it was China; and finally in 2016 it was Kenya (Africa).

I look forward of visiting new people each year and it gives me an amazing feeling that ‘I’m one with the world’ and that I don’t belong to a certain culture or country.

I still have to figure out for this vacation which country I’m gonna step into and enjoy! It’s just one world and one life, so let’s live it with harmony!

Thank you Maggie for letting me share my summer memories! ❤️

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Aw you’re welcome, Apoorva! I’m happy that you got to be part of this series. 💖

How about you? What are your summer memories? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Thursday, guys xx

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | My Mexico Vacation by Pamela

Your Summer Memories | My Mexico Vacation by Pamela

Hi, guys! This is part seven of the summer memories series. x

How is your day going? I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 For us here in the US, we’re celebrating the 4th of July – or, as I enjoy calling it, Independence Day!

The story I have to share with you today is a great way to celebrate this very patriotic holiday. It may not be based in the same country, haha, but it’s still a delightful read nonetheless! My great friend Pamela, who blogs over at Starring Pamela, has shared a recount of her trip to Mexico last summer to visit her family and check out all that Mexico City (as well as the surrounding cities) had to offer! ❤ I hope you enjoy!

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My Mexico Vacation

My favorite summer memory is my Mexico vacation I took last summer.

I hadn’t seen Mexico in ten years. My parents are from Mexico and they used to take my sister and I every other year when we were younger. But the last time I went had been after 5 years and the only reason we went was because my mom’s mother had passed away suddenly, so we flew in for the funeral. Therefore my last memories of the country were very sad and I wanted to go back to find happier ones.

Since then, there were other reasons as to why I couldn’t go. I was either in school, or there were financial reasons, and later on my parents were worried about our safety. For awhile I wasn’t really interested in going as well. My mom would go ever few years to see her dad, and I had my own stuff going on. As I got older I really wanted to see the people that were so important to my parents, their families, and see a few sights in Mexico as well!

Somehow I managed to get a whole week and a half off at work to go with my mom when she went. I couldn’t believe it, even as we boarded the plane! My mom didn’t tell her dad or my dad’s family that I was going. She only tends to give her family a few days notice when she’s visiting so everyone thought it was just her arriving. Her dad was in Mexico City when we arrived and he was so surprised when he heard my mom was flying in and even more surprised to see me!

Right away we saw a small zoo located a block away from my aunt’s house where we were staying and then I found out that we were heading out to go on a surprise trip to Acapulco!

My city and country trip suddenly included a beach vacation as well! I can’t tell you how long it had been since I’d had a proper beach trip! Once we returned we went to Morelia, which is another city in Mexico where my dad lived while he was in school.

Then we went to the village where my parent’s are from I saw family members I hadn’t seen in years! We stay at my dad’s family home when we’re in the village and they were so excited to see me! Also I sneakily fed the cat that my grandfather hated that lived in his yard. (Sorry gramps.)

I also saw sights I’ve dreamed of seeing for a long time. I finally saw the pyramids of Teotihuacan, Frida Kahlo’s house, some places where my mom grew up and lived (including a few of her schools throughout Mexico City), and the Zocalo (where they filmed the opening bit of the 007 movie Spectre). It was a magnificent trip and I’m so happy to have those memories to look back on with my mom.

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Your story was so enjoyable and heartwarming to read, Pamela!! ❤ I am so happy that you got to have a beautiful experience in Mexico with your family, so that you had the chance to make positive memories there. 🙂

I borrowed all of the pictures I used from Pamela’s four-part Mexico series on her blog (which she gave a hashtag – #PamelaInMexico. I love it!!). If you’re interested in checking out those posts for yourself, start with part one, which you can find here! I loved getting to follow along on your trip to Mexico, Pamela!

Also guys, if you’re interested in sharing your summer memories with me, I’d love to read them! You can share them in the comments below, or email me if you’d like your own post. xx

Happy Tuesday, guys!

— Maggie

Your Summer Memories | Abroad in Fuerteventura by Amelia

Your Summer Memories | Abroad in Fuerteventura by Amelia

Hi guys, and happy July! This is part six of the summer memories series. 🙂

Today, I get to share a wonderful story with you that my blogging friend Amelia sent me about her first trip abroad – to Fuerteventura! After reading her memory, which I really enjoyed, you can check out the research I did on that beautiful island, if you’d like to learn more about it. ❤ Enjoy!

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Abroad in Fuerteventura

My summer memory for your summer memories post is my first holiday abroad I went on with my family.

We went to Fuerteventura and I can just vividly remember spending every day either on the beach, in the pool or checking out everything Fuerteventura had to offer.

It was really exciting for me and my sister since it was the first proper holiday we had abroad and I enjoyed every minute of it.

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About Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is a beautiful getaway island which is part of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic ocean, off the coast of Africa, although it politically belongs to Spain. Its literal name translation is “strong fortune,” but it has also been called “strong winds” and “great adventure.” They have museums, festivals, concerts, many beaches and pools, charity galas, and so many more things to visit and do while you’re there. Fuerteventura has an agreeable climate year-round and is a frequent tourist attraction, often referred to as the island of the eternal spring. ❤

[ Top picture and information about the island from Wikipedia. ]

Happy Sunday, everyone! Let us know in the comments below what YOUR favorite summer memories are! 🙂

— Maggie

Hello, July! | Goals Met and Still Chasing After

Hello, July! | Goals Met and Still Chasing After

Hi guys! How are you doing today? I’d like to wish all of you a very happy and joyful July 1st!! It really feels like summer is here now for us in the southern United States; the temperatures are rising, random storms keep sweeping through, I’m very relieved when I can feel the AC blowing into the room or our van … haha, summer has definitely arrived!

As you may have already seen, I posted this week’s Spotlight Saturday this morning, and I wanted to do this bonus post along with it to go over the ‘now’ blogging goals that I mentioned during the May blogging challenge to see how many of them I reached, and how many of them I’d still like to reach. Haha I have no idea what the percentage of completion will be!

Blogging Goals from May

  • reach 400 followers. (Yes!! Thank you all so much!)
  • get to 3,000 all-time comments. (Yes! WOOT)
  • reach 10,000 all-time blog views. (Yep! Isn’t that crazy??)
  • finish up with the blogging challenge and get back to regularly scheduled posting (haha). (Yeah, and I quite enjoyed how normal my blogging month of June was!)
  • get my drafts in order. (Pretty much, yeah. I’m thankful to have more posts to work on over time and not be starting new drafts over time anymore)
  • do a better job of planning upcoming posts. (Yes! This is usually on a week to week basis, as I mentioned yesterday,
  • check out all of the new posts in my Reader daily. (Oh goodness, I have been failing on this one. But you have my word, I will and slowly am getting better about staying up to date on all of your awesome blog posts, guys.)
  • find a few new blogs a day to read and comment on daily or every other day. (That always ends up being a harder venture than one would expect, so I can’t say that I can check this one off. But I do try.)
  • write more posts on blogging tips, my blogging experience, etc. (Yes, I actually have, but I haven’t posted them yet! Sometime soon!)
  • interview a total of 10 different bloggers. (Well, I posted my ninth this morning, so not quite yet lol)
  • write more posts on earth-friendly topics. (Not yet but I need to!)
  • share a total of 15 different treats that I’ve tried, with pictures and the recipe. (Yes! I posted my 17th one this past Thursday!)
  • share some short stories and/or chapters of stories that I’ve written. (*sighs* Not any time recently. I’ve been putting all of my writing energy into blogging this year, and that hasn’t left much room for creative writing, unfortunately.)

I’m so happy right now! I got way more things done blogging-wise than I thought I had, lol. And as for the ‘later’ blogging goals list on that same post, I haven’t completed any of them (which is perfectly fine, as they’re all a bit of a stretch to reach in a month and a half, haha), so I won’t bother copying the list to this post, as well.

And now, to end out this post looking to the future and not the past, here is my list of July goals!

Goals for July

Blogging:

  • keep a nice post schedule in order (as the inspiration comes).
  • continue to bake and post recipes weekly.
  • interview more awesome bloggers.
  • go back to posting inspirational posts on Sundays.
  • organize behind-the-scenes stuff (pictures, drafts, etc)

Real Life:

  • continue to avidly learn the piano keyboard.
  • watch more piano lessons and tutorials on YouTube.
  • keep up with Spanish on Memrise.
  • focus on being patient, thoughtful, and attentive. (Read more about that here.) ❤

Thank you so much for reading, everyone! I hope that you have a beautiful day!

How about you?

What are YOUR July blogging / real life goals?

— Maggie