Friday, September 19, 2014

X Recap

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Hey guys!  Long time no see(/chat/read/write?)!

Tuesday I went to the Ed Sheeran concert I've been talking about since April.  It was absolutely incredible.  Rudimental (a band from South Africa) opened and they were great.  I'd never heard of them before and I'm glad I got to because I've had them on repeat all day.

and now for a photo dump

Friday, September 12, 2014

Faves From Ed Sheeran

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In early celebration of getting to go to the Ed Sheeran concert on Tuesday (and complete lack of inspiration) today I'm sharing my all time favorites.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Attachments Review

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Attachments

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So. Good.

I read this at every moment I had and was completely hooked the entire time. I love the concept of telling half a story through emails exchanged between coworkers. I found I felt like I knew Jennifer and Beth more than I did Lincoln.

I actually enjoyed this more than Fangirl + Eleanor & Park which I didn't anticipate at all seeing as it's not YA.


Characters
This book featured 3 main characters: Jennifer and Beth, whom you learn about mainly through their e-mails back and forth, and Lincoln. The characters are all very strong and 3 dimensional. There's evident character development from the beginning to the end with all three mains. Jennifer decides to make a huge change in her life, one she was dreading at the beginning, but she later decides she would really like. Beth moves on from her current relationship that's gone dry. Lincoln finally moves out and moves on.

Plot
Both predictable and unpredictable, the plot was great. There was a definite climax as well as rising action leading up to it. There weren't any slow or incredibly boring sections- the whole thing really kept me captivated.

Overall I really enjoyed this novel and can't wait to read Landlines


Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY Thursday: Recycled Bank

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So, I've taken up the "hobby" of changing trash into cash!  All I use are old pop bottles (or juice cartons), duct tape, and scissors.  So, today I'm going to tell you how to do this, too!

Step 1.
Take your recyclable of choice and cut off the top so it is perfectly rectangular, square, or even cylindrical.

Step 2.
Start covering with duct tape of choice until fully covered, even the top where the hole is.

Step 3.
Cut a money-sized slit in the top, to make it a bank.  You're done!  The finished product should look like one of these:


-Katie

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Eight Education Essentials

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I started school again yesterday.  My independent work took me maybe 3 hours.  It's kind of annoying having nothing to do once I'm finished, but I'm sure I'll be a lot busier and far more stressed out once dance starts.  But, for now I'll spend my down time cleaning and reading.

Today, I want to share with you my top 8 needs for back to school.




Like a pen, but erasable & doesn't wind up smearing all over your hand.  Not having to deal with pencil sharpening is definitely a plus as well.




I can use this app to organize my assignments, get reminders about due dates & class times, and keep track of test dates.  It's great to have everything in one place.


These are my ultimate pen crush.  They write so smoothly and the fun colors are great for note taking!


I. Love. This.  I use it all the time- my walls are practically covered in it.  I love edging pages in notebooks with it or using it to create tabs.  Great for organization and extremely cute.




These are great for marking pages in text books as well as notebooks.  I'll definitely be using these when we read The Great Gatsby later this semester.


These confused me a lot at first.  They still kind of confuse me.  I first discovered them in drivers' ed, but now I love them.  I'm not a huge fan of capping highlighters since I'll probably just need it again in 30 seconds, but these never dry out so I don't have to worry.

7. Wall Calendar
These are great.  A dry erase one is best, but anyone will work.  While it's nice to have calendars on your phone and computer, sometimes actually seeing it helps.


I can barely last an hour with my hair down.  It doesn't matter how long I spend straightening it, I always get annoyed with it in the way and I need to pull it up.  I always like to keep one of these hair ties on my wrist for those situations.  The plus?  They look cute as a bracelet too!

-Cassi

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cassi's September Goals

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Hey guys!  I hope you had a nice holiday.  Mine was pretty uneventful, but I enjoyed my last day before school started.  I have an actual plan this month, so I really believe we will be posting regularly this month.  Too bad it can't count for school.

August Goals

1. Post more often!  I was supposed to start that this month, but with drivers’ ed daily I’ve had absolutely zero motivation.  HAHAHA nope.  This didn't happen at all.  It's going to happen this month for sure, though.

2. Drink more water.  My face is breaking out really bad and it had been clear throughout July.  Although there are many factors that have changed, I’m hoping this will help.  I have been drinking more water, but that doesn't really mean much since I spent most of July on Arnold Palmers.

3. Start my prep work for school.  Scantron opens soon for me and I can start getting organized so the beginning of September won’t be as stressful.  Yup- I finished both scantrons and got everything clean and organized so I have space to do my school work.

4. Stretch and continue my ab workouts.  July was great with 8 hours of dance, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks, but I’ve kind of taken a break.  It was nice, but it’s a good idea to get back into shape for when classes begin again.  I have had absolutely zero motivation to do this.  I stretched probably twice.

September Goals

1. DRINK MORE WATER.  Definitely continuing this one.  I'll aim for 6 glasses a day to start and move toward 8 as it become attainable.  I need to be especially careful once dance starts so I don't get dehydrated.

2. Abs abs abs.  Continue my daily ab workouts once I complete my school work.  Gotta get that 6 pack.

3. Stay on track.  Make sure I am on track for all my course work daily as well as all the blog stuff.  Being ahead would be best.

-Cassi

Monday, September 1, 2014

August Photo Recap

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Read & Saw TFIOS for a Third Time


Read More. . .

Saw Guys & Dolls at St. Norbert's College

Decided I needed more books, unnecessarily large ones too.


Got through drivers' ed

Beach time with the bird

Escanaba eh?

Got this awesome bow from Flyover Press



Fire the last night in GB

Cleaned & threw out around 100 magazines



Hung out at our old marina

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Kaitlyn

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Katie,

Happy Birthday!  You're growing into such an independent young woman and I'm so glad I've got to be so close with you through this.  I hope your day is lovely.

Cassi 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Home Sweet? Home

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Monday we drove back home and it still seems so weird to me that we're no longer on the boat.  While I'm completely ensconced here, I still feel like something is missing.

Last year I made a post about how I felt about leaving the boat to go home, but I feel this year has been so much harder because of all the lovely people I got to meet.  Some I will definitely be seeing again, but many will be going their own ways and I probably won't get to hear from them ever again.

This summer really was a great experience for me and I'm definitely sad it's over.  It does make me that much more excited for what's in store for next year, although I know we won't get to meet nearly as many people since we'll be traveling so much.

Moving home was a big push for me to get a lot done, though too.  For example, my room has been a huge mess for probably around 3 years.  Kind of crazy and definitely not great especially since I do my school work here.  But, the past few days I've spent cleaning and it looks great and is far more comfortable.

I do honestly apologize for all the craziness going on around here, I swear we will be back to posting regularly here soon.  I know I say that pretty much every post, but I do mean it!  Thanks for sticking with us through this crazy summer.

For now I'll leave you with some pictures of the lovely Green Bay.


















-Cassi

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Little Britches Review

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Little Britches by Ralph Moody (Goodreads)

Published 1950

I loved this book.  I'm generally not a fan of autobiographies, but I honestly didn't know it was one until I sat down to write this.  The independence displayed by an 8 year-old as well as all his adventures are so interesting to read about.

Characters:
The characters are well-rounded and extremely complex.  Other than his younger siblings, they're all complementary and crucial to the story.

Writing Style:
At some points, this story was really slow and it took me a while to get through.  Since it's an autobiography, I feel there wasn't really a climax, but instead many short stories together with their own climaxes.

General Comments:
Although I felt some parts were slow moving, I did enjoy this book and am definitely looking into reading the sequels.

Rating:
4/5

-Cassi

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recent Reads

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I've done a lot of reading during the past 3 weeks.  About 14 books to be more exact- the weather has just been so crappy.  It also helps that we've befriended one of the dock hands here and she just keeps loaning me books.

I figured today I could give you quick reviews, since I haven't written a book review in forever.

Warning: Crazy long

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Flyover Press Review

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*PRODUCT PROVIDED BY FLYOVER PRESS FOR REVIEW ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN*
The requirements I have for really, really liking a brand is being local, handmade, and cruelty free.  It's extremely uncommon, however, to find a company that meets all these requirements.

Flyover Press meets all of the relevant requirements, so you can imagine my surprise when I came across them.  A Midwest company selling hand made products that are also extremely cute and affordable?  Yup.  Totally real.

I was sent a Tailgate Bow for review & was not disappointed.  Although it was sewn slightly uneven, the bow isn't flimsy and you can tell it wasn't made cheaply.  It's also way cute and I definitely foresee it appearing a lot in my future outfits!



They also sent a sticker with the bow that absolutely made my day (Katie and I have a teensy obsession with stickers) and now I just have to decide where to place it.


Some of my other favorite products include the Gettin' Naut-y Sweatshirt.  It features 5 flags nautical flags (Mike-India-Delta-Whiskey-Echo-Sierra-Tango) spelling out Midwest.  I think it would be great for chillier evenings out here on the boat.

I'm also a fan of the Heartland Tank Top that features all 12 Midwest states forming a heart.  Totally patriotic!

Overall I love the company and will definitely be ordering some more products!

-Cassi

*PRODUCT PROVIDED FOR REVIEW ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MINE*

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cassi's August Goals

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I haven’t done monthly goals in what feels like forever, though I’m sure it hasn’t been that long.  So in my normal fashion, I’ve decided to make them half way through the month.

My August Goals:

1. Post more often!  I was supposed to start that this month, but with drivers’ ed daily I’ve had absolutely zero motivation.

2. Drink more water.  My face is breaking out really bad and it had been clear throughout July.  Although there are many factors that have changed, I’m hoping this will help.

3. Start my prep work for school.  Scantron opens soon for me and I can start getting organized so the beginning of September won’t be as stressful.

4. Stretch and continue my ab workouts.  July was great with 8 hours of dance, 4 days a week, for 4 weeks, but I’ve kind of taken a break.  It was nice, but it’s a good idea to get back into shape for when classes begin again.

What do you want to accomplish in August?


-Cassi

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Goals

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My August goals are to start writing more blog posts, have more fun than ever, and think of a lot of giveaway ideas for this blog.  Oh, and get an awesome guinea pig & have a great birthday.  Those are my August goals.

♥ Kaitlyn