There’s A Little Turkey In All Of Us

Hey Everyone,

Happy Monday, I know Mondays are typically nothing to be excited but I still hope you all had a great day!

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in America and you we can officially let the Holiday season begin! Just like most of the world, The holidays are always my favorite time of the year. The magic is everywhere people literally sing in the streets!

The best part about this time of the year is that you get to spend it with family and friends and the people who mean the most to you!

To me, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because you get to express your love and thankfulness for each other! Its a time to reflect on the year and think about who and what you are thankful for. It’s not all about Turkey even though who could resist that much food!

Usually, I would post something like this on the actual holiday but for me, it was one of those Mondays I needed a little bit of optimism and thoughtfulness! Since this post is early I hope you all take the next few days to think about who and what you are thankful for!

For example:

I am thankful for every single one of my followers and readers, not only do I feel your love and support on a daily basis but you have become such good friends! Regardless of if we have ever met or ever will meet you all have become a huge part of my life! I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

XOXO,

Michelle

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Dress sizes can’t define, don’t let the world decide what’s beautiful

Hello Everyone,

I want to thank you all for the overwhelming amount of E-mails I received after my last post! They were all filled with kindness and love; I really have missed you all!!

Today I am writing to you all because of one email I got in particular! I received a very emotional and heartfelt letter from a high school sophomore.

She told me that she has always been struggling with her weight but has always considered herself to be beautiful! Until high school when people began to pick on her because of her size. She goes on to tell me that these girls have not only been embarrassing her but also have started to change how she sees herself and views her own body.

While reading this Email, I was almost in tears; no one should feel this way about themselves, and when these feelings are caused by the cruelty and ignorance of others, it is just so sad and it breaks my heart!

Now I can say that you shouldn’t listen to the cruel words of others, and only you can define how you feel about yourself, but in reality, this is almost impossible to do! Our peers play such a big part in our everyday life that it is so hard to ignore their opinions.

The best advice I can give someone in this position is to be strong, understand that you are beautiful and understand that there is a cruelty in this world that is not fair. Be the bigger person and don’t forget to put yourself first! Love yourself, know your worth and beauty, and truly love yourselves!

 

Love you all,

Michelle

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Hello World

Hello Everyone,

I must apologize for my extended absence! I must say I have been a very busy girl, most recently I have started grad school!

I was offered a full assistantship! Allowing me to go to school as well as get a great experience of working as a Teaching Assistant, enabling me to teach classes, and do some real world hands on research!

I just finished my first week, and so far I have no complaints, it is so nice being back to school.

Me and Tyler also through a celebration of our marriage, a second reception! As many of you know our wedding ceremony was planned ver quickly and even though it was fantastic it was very nice to have a bigger party that all our friends and family could attend!

It’s been a crazy and fun summer!

I am hoping to get back to you all more regularly; I am going to make an honest effort! I miss all of my web friends! Let me know if there is anything you want me to touch upon in the next few days!

Talk to you all soon!

Lots of love,

Michelle

 

Happy Birthday Mr. SHAKESPEARE

Hello Everyone,
I hope you didn’t let those Monday Blues get to you today! Tyler and I had a great day together celebrating our three years together! It’s insane to believe that we just started dating three years ago and now we are married with a cat lol!!!!

Well today I want to wish a very influential man a Happy Birthday! Today is William Shakespeare’s Birthday. He gave the world so many beautiful plays and stories.

As a lover of writing, I have always loved reading his works.  His words are timeless and beautiful.  His stories are gripping and mesmerizing. He was a true genius!

He change the course of literature through his masterpieces.   I believe the literature we read today would be so different if we had not known his genius! He paved the way for so many other stories.

Even 400 years since we lost him, his stories still inspire people to write. Mr. Shakespeare is much more then an author; he is an author, a poet, a hero, a legend, and an inspiration!

So cheers to you Mr. Shakespeare…  The Bard of Avon… Happy Birthday… and Thank you!!!

Love you all,
Michelle

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A Night In With Audrey Hepburn

Hello Everyone,
Hope you haven’t let the Monday blues get you down!

Today I wanted to do a quick book review! As many of you know I have been reading “A Night In With Audrey Hepburn” by Lucy Holliday!

I have to admit that my love for Audrey Hepburn was what first caught my attention. But when I started to read it there is so much I love about this book!

I brought it on my trip to Disney and started reading it on the plane.  It was amazing how quickly the time goes when you are invested in the book you are reading!!

The story follows an actress, Libbey Lomax. After a bad day she goes home to watch a classic movie, Breakfast At Tiffany’s. But to her surprise the beautiful, sophisticated, and glamorous Audrey Hepburn pops out of the TV to help Libbey!

What girl wouldn’t want to get advice from the most iconic and glamorous woman the world has ever known?

This book is hilarious and charming! A book every woman should pick up. It’s light hearted and great for a chuckle! I don’t want to give too much away but this was definitely one of my favorite books I’ve read this year!

I hope you all pick it up, but trust me you’ll have a hard time putting it back down!

Love you all,
Michelle

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What’s in my husband’s carryon? (Guest Post)

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well! In preparation for our honeymoon trip to Disney, we’re packing our carry-ons! Michelle did hers already, and she asked me if I wanted to do mine so I thought I would!

I travel a bit lighter than Michelle in most cases, but there are still some essentials that I need to take on the plane with me (In my lovely Marvel backpack).

First, I have my book to keep me entertained while on the plane. This is an absolute essential because more often than not you can find me reading! Currently, I’m reading Battle for Honor: Rebirth. I’ll recommend this to anyone who has a taste for fantasy books, it’s extremely well written and one of my favorite books so far!

Along with my book, I have my electronics. I have a phone charger because I never know when I’m going to need to charge my phone. I also have my Disney wristband so I don’t have to carry a credit card or anything else with me in the park. I’ve always liked this because i have a terrible habit of leaving things somewhere and forgetting where I leave them. I also have my Apple headphones for music, and just in case I don’t have an outlet to charge my phone I have my portable charger made by DYNEX! This thing works awesome and has saved my butt more times than i can count when I’m traveling for for work.

I have my sunglasses By Kreed so I’m not blinded by the sun, and some tissues Star Wars just in case!

But that’s what’s in my carry-on! Like I said, I don’t usually need much = but these are what I consider essential when traveling!

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What’s In My Carry On

Hello Everyone,

I have 5 days until I leave for Disney! As you might be able to tell I am so excited to be starting this adventure. Not only is this our spring break trip but our honeymoon! We went on a weekend trip to Connecticut right after our wedding so that we could save the money and find a time to go to Disney.
Well now it is less then a week away and am getting all gitty just thinking about the morning we leave!
Today I packed my carry on filled with all the things I will try to entertain myself with. So here is what is in my Darth Vader carry on:

  • My hot pink HP laptop (so I can keep up with all of you)
  • Yes cucumber face wipes (always need to refresh after a day of travel)
  • My Vera Bradley wallet (it is the perfect size to keep everything you need for travel)
  • A mini hair brush by precision beauty (great quality and perfect size)
  • My notebook and calendar book (work on ideas for the blog, of course!)
  • A new pair of Skullcandy headphones (the only headphones I use)
  • My favorite YBF lipstick (Check them out, I love the shade pumpkin spice)
  • Star Wars tissues (to go with my Vader bag, of course)
  • Iphone charger (can’t travel with out power)
  • A fun pair of sunglasses (designed by Merona)
  • The book A night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday ( loving it so far, book review after the vacation)
  • Of course my Disney Magic Band so we can jump straight to the magic when we land in Orlando

Love you all,

Michelle

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Hello everyone today I want to talk to you about something that has been a huge part of my childhood! HARRY POTTER! It’s the story of the boy who lived, growing up orphaned after his parent’s death Harry lived with his aunt uncle and spoiled cousin! Just as he begins to give up hope of a life of happiness when he discovers something magical. “You are a wizard, Harry” Then begins the adventure of a lifetime.

An adventure filled with friendship, struggles, fear, and magic. This book series helped so many people grow up and gave us all hope that good really does triumph over evil. Helped us realize that a good friend can be your most valuable and that things are not always what they seem.

These books really did help raise me, although I never got my Hogwarts letter on my 11th birthday I still believe in magic and friendship. The Harry Potter series opened my world to reading and fantasy, to this day fantasy books are my first choice. Because of this love for Harry Potter, I have found books like the  Battle for Honor Series (Gates and Rebirth).

It is amazing how a single book can change the course of a person life.

Well known on to some exciting news!

J.K. Rowling has announced the 8th Harry Potter book release date!

JULY 31ST 2016!

 

The 8th Harry Potter book is called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It jumps forward 19 years; I can’t wait to know what Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione are up to.  JK Rowling is a fantastic author and this time with the help of Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, it is sure to be another classic but why take my word.  Let’s allow Mr. Ollivander to describe it “But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you.”

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy, he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Well, mean less to say but my copy is pre-ordered!

While you wait for this new installment of Harry Potter, make sure you check out the Battle For Honor Series! (Gates and Rebirth)

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Rebirth

As you all know, I LOVE the Battle For Honor book series! I talked a lot about Gates in the past, but RJ Brousseau has done it again with the Sequel!

The sequel is called Rebirth! I am a strong believer that originals are usually the best but in this case, RJ Brousseau has stepped up to that challenge and wrote a sequel that has surpassed all my expectations! I honestly believe that Rebirth is even better then Gates.

Many of you had read Gates and Rebirth takes place right where we left off. Make sure you pick up Rebirth to learn even more about your favorite characters, as this book goes more in depth about each one of them.

A few of my favorite parts of this book are the way that RJ Brousseau approaches necromancers and vampires! He does not approach these in the typical cookie cutter fashion. He doesn’t fall into the typical stereotypes that come along with necromancers and vampires! The book introduces a new race and different classes that we have not seen before. Some of the elves are becoming unhappy with the way things are and just who is the shadow knight?

I do not want to give too much information away so that you are just as surprised as I was with all the unexpected twists and turns. I truly recommend picking up this fast paced book. Rebirth has a theme of never abandoning hope even through all the deception and betrayal. I think this is a great message for all of you because hope should never be lost.

Below is a synopsis of Rebirth as well as links to amazon for both Rebirth and the original Gates. I am anxiously awaiting the third installment of Battle For Honor!

The winds whip over the hallowed lands of Agora, as all they have ever known is now changing, everything sacred has been shattered and crushed to dust.  It has been six years since the dwarf capital Brinstone Gates fell to the invading elf army, but to many, it has been a lifetime.  Things haven’t been this bleak since the Great War oppression washed over the lands many generations ago.

The dwarfs have been allowed to establish a temporary home in MorBlanc, alongside the humans, yet they continue to be persecuted by both known and unknown forces.  Thorel is king and desperately tries to keep his people safe, while struggling with everyday politics.  Eagan, a former member of the human royal court, is now the sitting queen for the dwarfs, yet exactly where do her loyalties lie?  Thorel’s inner circle continues to support the king, although allegiances will be tested.

The elves prosper since their conquest, however life is now very different from before, and not everyone is happy.  Kenric is wrestling with his inner demons, unable to comprehend why he suffers as he rises to ultimate power.  He continues to remain obsessed with his plans to completely wipe out every dwarf, even as a larger goal is in his sights.  Celeste no longer speaks with the goddess, instead she longs for more power, and freedom from her ever distant husband.  Allies become enemies and alliances never before imaged surface, while the elves consolidate power, tightening their grip around the world’s throat.

The humans are growing tired of sharing their home.  Their troubled king, Travis, tries to find a way to deal with the public outcry over his decision to aid the dwarfs, all the while feeling his power slipping away.  The humans, as well as all the other non-elf races, are feeling isolated, and fear they may be the next on the elf king’s agenda.

The savior that descended amongst the dwarf people died by a single arrow, and with that, almost all hope died with him.  The avatars are once again dispatched to the physical plane, but this time without guidance.  Along with these heroes, a new evil is unleashed upon the world, known only as the shadow knight.

Magic is even more powerful, and more unstable.  Those that are able to control the energies are now able to accomplish great feats, or are consumed by the very powers they crave.  Witness the discovery of new races and lands, and watch the vampire clans unite to form an independent nation.

How does Thorel, the reluctant king of the dwarfs, respond to these new threats?  Who else will stand up against the elf conquest?

Click on the books below to be directed to the link!!  

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Hope Dies Last

Hello all you beautiful people!

Today has been a day filled with Dawson’s Creek, which is just a typical Saturday in my house. I sit down with a Diet coke and a bag of chips and mindlessly watch the screen that is just overflowing with 90’s teen angst. Okay so confession time I am absolutely in love with all of these fictional characters, if my friends are busy I turn on Dawson’s creek where I know all of my friends from the creek will be there smiling even though they are going through the absolute most dramatic and life-altering experiences that any teenager would go through, just 10 times more dramatic. But during this marathon I was indulging in I heard my favorite quote “hope dies last”. I always forget that this quote is in this show which just gives me even more reasons to love the show.

I am not sure why this quote is my favorite I think it’s because even though it sounds sorrowful it rings with optimism. It is one of those quotes that can be interpreted differently by each reader. I take it as everything could be going wrong but you maintain your hope! It’s like watching a sad movie you know the wife is sick but you keep on hoping that their love will miraculously heal her and they will walk off into the sunset holding hands as the screen fades to black, and you know that everything will be okay. But the majority of the time these types of movies don’t end like this. It doesn’t seem to matter to us we still keep this hope.

I think this is a very good lesson in the real world too. Did you all know that JK Rowling (the writer of Harry Potter) was a welfare mom who wrote the Harry Potter novels in here spare time, even though she got turned down from published after publisher, who said she will never make any money off of these books, she maintained hope that she would one day get her big break. Well, her hope paid off and now she is one of the wealthiest women in the UK. This can happen to you too!! All you have to do is follow your dreams and keep your hope.

No matter how many people tell you you can’t, remember that you can. Things may seem far off or even impossible, but you can do whatever you set you heart and mind on. I believe in all of you but most importantly you need to believe in you too. The first step to completing any goal is to believe that you can complete and accomplish the goal. So when you decide what it is you want to accomplish, believe you can and then do it!!

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