Monday, September 28, 2015

EC Planner Weekly: Kate Spade Theme

This week I was feeling a girly theme with some lovely illustrated images of stylish ladies....thus my Kate Spade inspired theme.  I really like this layout, but  in retrospect, I wish I had a left a little more space for last minute things that pop up throughout the week.

-Rachael xo

Monday, September 21, 2015

Song of the Week

For the past few days I've been using one song in particular to get me pumped up and ready for the day...especially bright and early in the morning.  I love the beat and the rhythm of the words but I also love love love the opening line: "I can move mountains, I can work a miracle."  Just the inspiration I need as I head into my second week of my new job!

You were dancing while you listened, weren't you??

Thanks for reading!
-Rachael xo

Sunday, September 20, 2015

EC Planner Weekly: Sept 21- 27

This week's theme revolves around two fall colors I love together: burnt orange and plum!  Besides the red, pink, and orange washi along the bottom and the yellow motivational sticker in the top left corner, I created, modified, printed all this week's stickers myself.  Bring on fall!

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Thanks for reading!
- Rachael xo

Monday, September 14, 2015

Song of the Week

I heard this week's song as the background to a fan-made "preview" of what 50 Shades of Grey would've looked like with Charlie Hunnam as CG that I happened to stumble upon while browsing an article about Sons of Anarchy.  After finding myself humming the song to myself a few days later, I looked up the song online and discovered that it dates all the way back to Etta James!  Below I've included two versions I'm loving of the song "Damn Your Eyes".   The first by the Etta James, the second my Alex Clare.  Let me know in the comments which version you prefer!  Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!
-Rachael xo

Sunday, September 13, 2015

EC Planner Weekly: Books/Library Theme

In honor of my first day as a librarian tomorrow (dream job many years in the making...), I decided to go with a books theme.  I'm excited to use this theme to keep reminding me how lucky I am to have finally made it to my dream job as I'm sure I'll encounter some stressful hiccups as I transition into my new role.  While overall, I liked last week's layout better, I am excited to have created my own layout this week that is unique to me!

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Thanks for reading!
-Rachael xo

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Finished Series I Need to Finish

Today's Top Ten Tuesday is my list of series that have been completely published through to the last book, but I haven't caught up yet!  I will include only series in which I've at least read the first book to begin the series.  In no particular order:

1.  Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

     I just couldn't get into this series when it was
     super popular.  The hype kinda turned me off
     actually.  Now that every single person isn't
     carrying around a copy of HP to read, I finally
     picked up Book 1 a few years ago and though
     "mehh".  So I wasn't psyched to move on.
      Last year, though, I was convinced to give it
      another try, so I read Book 1 again and this  
      time I loved it!  Now I am working on
     collecting and reading the entire series!

2.  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
   At this point I've read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them.
   It has just been lack of time and too many good read that have prevented
   me from finishing this series.  I now own all five books at this point and
   hope to marathon the entire series this summer!

3.  The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

I had a difficult time getting into a new show called True Blood several years back, until I discovered Alexander Skarsgard! It wasn't until after I was into the show that I found out it started as a series with weird covers I'd been seeing at the library for years!  Regardless, I started collecting the copies at library books sales and now own them all.  At this point, I've read the first two books, but have gotten them mixed up with the show.  I plan to start from the beginning again and maybe do a year long (one/two book a month) marathon to get through these!

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I have read the first two books in the this series and plan to read the third and FOURth (see what I did there?) soon, definitely before the movies come out.  I have been dragging my feet with #3 a bit since the ending was spoiled for me.

5. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I have read the first two books twice and I set to read the third installment this month to finish the series before the last movie comes out!

6. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

One of my students last year INSISTED I get started with this series, so I read the first and bought the rest at HPB.  So I'm ready to go, just need to find the time to pick them up!  Anyone know if they are going to continue the series as movies?

7.  Matched by Ally Condie

I started this series with Book 1 and just didn't read the second two.  So, I picked up Book 1 again and re-read and have still not picked up the second two.  I'm not sure why, I actually liked this series.  I will finish it...eventually!

8. Hannibal Lecture

I read Red Dragon last year because I fell in love with the TV show and plan to read this series for sure.  Very interesting.  I think I own all but the last book at this point.  Perhaps I'll pick up Silence of the Lambs in October for a spooky read!

9.  The Maze Runner

I've only read The Maze Runner so far, but I'm hoping to read Scorch Trials before the movie comes out!  I already own the series (seems to be a reacquiring theme!) and hope to finish the entire series soon!

10.  Dexter

The last book in the book series was just published
over the summer so I hope to collect and read this
entire series over the next few years.  I have read the first book and picked that up because I was a huge fan of the show.
I'm hoping the book has a much more gratifying ending than the TV series did!

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Thanks for reading,
-Rachael xo

Monday, September 7, 2015

Song of the Week - Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart

I went to see a friend and co-worker playing at a local coffee shop last weekend and they closed with this song.  Since then, I've not been able to get it out of my head.  Enjoy!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

EC Planner Weekly

I broke down, dished out the money and got an Erin Condren planner this year...and I LOVE IT!  I spend way to much time and money decorating it with stickers, but you gotta learn to enjoy the little things, right?  It took me away to get the swing of decorating my planner and keeping it functional, but I finally getting closer to what I want.  I have watched hours of Plan with Me videos online and, though I'm not ready to make my own videos, I do hope to start sharing my weekly layouts in this new weekly post!  Here are the last several weeks I've done and this week's!

First published picture of weekly layout:  Before and After.  8/10-8/16.

First week back to school.  8/17-8/23

Last week of Green/Yellow Theme of August.  8/24 - 8/30

First week of Green/Purple Theme in August.  8/31-9/6
THIS WEEK's!  First week I departed from the monthly color scheme!  9/7-9/6

I'm excited to share my weekly layouts with you here on my blog!!  Which one has been your favorite so far??

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Thanks for reading!
-Rachael xo

Re Readathon TBR

I am once again participating in the Re-Readthon!  This readathon is about reading all your favorite reads and enjoying them all over again!  It runs from Monday Sept 7 to Sunday Sept 20.  Check out my TBR video for my list of books to pull from over this readathon!

What are your favorite books to re-read?

Thanks for reading!
-Rachael xo

Friday, September 4, 2015

August Wrap up and September TBR

I read a total of 14 books in August.  I'm pretty pleased with this amount because the lead up to school starting and after school started were both hectic times.  BookTubeAThon was in August, though and that did help!  Check out my Wrap up video to hear about 13 of those books.  (Totally left out Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee -- which I gave 2/5 stars).  This video also includes my September hopefuls!


What was your favorite book from August?  What do you plan to read in September?

Thanks for reading!
-Rachael xo