My Travels in Nashville, TN!! // ft. lots of history, taylor swift fangirling, & murals

I love traveling.

My love for traveling isn’t something I talk about often on my blog because a) I don’t travel consistently and b) I don’t usually post about things besides books. But today I’m excited to be interrupting my regularly scheduled bookish programming to bring to you my very first travel-related post! I guess I could try to tie in books to this post, but yeah, that wouldn’t work. 

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In July, I was lucky enough to be able to take a road trip with my parents to the great city of Nashville, Tennessee. We went for the purpose of touring colleges, but in the two and a half days we spent there, ended up hearing a lot of great music, seeing the sights, and eating a lot of good food.

I tried to take as many pictures as possible because I knew I wanted to document our trip in a blog post! All the pictures in this post were taken by my not so professional phone camera unless otherwise specified. 😉

Without further ado, let’s go to Nashville!

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The Levels Of Being Obsessed With Harry Potter // from impartial to in love, how obsessed are you??

So, I’m obsessed with Harry Potter.

I’ve definitely lost track of how many times I’ve said this. Somewhere in the range of, I don’t know, a billion? It’s pretty much a guarantee that you’re going to find Harry Potter gifs, references, and fangirling on my blog. All of this obsessing got me thinking- how do you measure one’s obsession with Harry Potter?

Obviously, there’s not a spectrum out there that can tell you exactly how obsessed with something you are, and as far as I know, there isn’t a Harry Potter-specific one. So, me being me, I have no choice but to create this spectrum myself!

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The spark of inspiration for this post came to me one night when I was about to fall asleep. I was so scared I would forget all about it that I got up from my semi-asleep state and wrote it down right away. That shows you how dedicated I am to Harry Potter. In today’s post, I’m going to list the levels (1-10) of being obsessed with Harry Potter. They start off mellow and Muggle-esque and then proceed to more obsessive waters.

This is all in good fun, and the purpose of this post isn’t to call anyone out, besides myself of course, because we all know I’m level 100 obsessed and it’s getting out of hand! So without further ado, let’s see how obsessed you are with Harry Potter.⚡️

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August Recap // ft. school and stress, but also taylor swift and stranger things!!

I have a love-hate relationship with August 2019.

Part of me loves it, because it has some summer memories attached to it, there are new Taylor Swift songs to obsess over, and I started watching a show that I now love. But the other half of me only associates this month with school starting, and that’s where the hate part comes in.

August was an odd month filled with a strange mixture of good and bad, so much so that I honestly can’t decide if I liked this month and am sad to see it go or if I disliked it and am glad it won’t be around for another year.

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From somewhat reading, to somewhat blogging, to somewhat having summer vacation, to somewhat starting back at school, to somewhat confusing myself at this moment, August was interesting. Let’s recap it, shall we?

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5 Reasons to Read Classics // ft. recommendations & me trying to make you all grandmas like me!!

I really, really like classics.

Despite the fact that they aren’t the most popular of books in the book community, I can’t help but love them, and I realized that I don’t spend enough time shouting from the rooftops just how amazing they are.

Enter this post, where I’m going to be sharing five reasons to read classics! My hope is that I can convince you all to pick up at least one classic, maybe even one from the list of my favorites at the end of this post. I also want this post to show you that reading classics isn’t just for older people! Although I do embrace the grandma spirit inside of me.

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Before I get fully into the post, I just wanted to apologize for my lack of activity on the blogosphere lately. I started back at school and dance and I’m much busier than I thought I would be! I have so many comments to respond to and posts to read from all of you, and I’m so sorry that I’m not getting around to it as quick as I want to.

I feel like I’ll just make things worse if I don’t stay on my schedule, so I’m writing this post even though I’m still very behind on my blog hopping and comments. Thank you all for your patience! I can’t wait to hopefully give you all the love you deserve soon.♥

That aside, I seriously do love classics, and I’m going to do all I can to share the love with all of you today! Let’s get started.

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What I Love About School // ft. balance, learning, & school of positivity blog tour!!

It’s so easy for me to only think negatively about school.

After all, at first glance, there’s a lot to complain about. Homework, studying, exams, a lack of free time- these are things I often find myself dreading these things and generally wishing they would fall into a black hole. Or a Vanishing Cabinet and end up far, far away. But today I’m focusing on the positive aspects of school!

I think it’s very important to go into things you’re feeling worried or stressed for with a positive outlook. At least in my experience, if I’m dreading something and I consistently think about or talk about the negative aspects of it, then I start to dread it even more. The only way for me to escape this vicious cycle is to be optimistic!

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That’s why when Annie reached out to me and Abigail and asked us if we’d be interested in collabing with her to talk about the things we loved about school, I got so excited. Not only would I be able to work with fellow bloggers I admire, but I could spread some school-related positivity to myself and hopefully to others as well.

Each of us are talking on our blogs about things we love about school (we wrote all our lists independently, but there might be some overlap) and the posts came out in a sort of marathon, with both of them posting in the last two days.

Please make sure to go check out Annie’s post and Abigail’s post! They’re both such wonderful bloggers and people, and it was an honor to work with them on this. Also, Abigail made the graphic for us, and it’s amazing! And now, without further ado, let’s get into the things I love about school!

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Purely Olivia is 3 Years Old!! // ft. take my blog survey (!!), memory lane, & other celebrations

Today is Purely Olivia’s third birthday.

It makes my heart so happy to type those words. Three whole years!! It may not seem like a lot, but I’m genuinely so happy and proud that my little blog has lasted that long (it’s practically all grown up by now), and I’m looking forward to celebrating it in today’s post.

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In honor of this momentous occasion, I have a few exciting things up my sleeve. First of all, I’ve created a blog survey! I haven’t done one of these in over a year and a half (and my blog has changed drastically since then), so I’m hyped for that. I’m also going to be taking a look back over the years and most definitely getting a little sappy.

I don’t know if I’m the only blogger who feels this way maybe I’m just weird, but in some ways, my blog is like my child, or at least a really good friend, and I’m just feeling really sentimental and excited about Purely Olivia’s birthday right now.

Without further ado, let’s get into the birthday celebrations!

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An Update on My Summer Bucket List // ft. my playlist, watching the marvel movies, & lots of reading!!

Sadly, summer has come to close for me.

It hurt me to write those words (even though I can’t pretend I’m not excited for fall), but they’re true. My new dance season started this week, I go back to school this Thursday, and those are the signs that summer 2019 has truly ended.

For the sake of holding myself accountable for what I did and didn’t accomplish this summer, and also just to have fun, I decided to go back and reread my summer bucket list post from June. This was originally a collab with Annie, and it was a great way to start off the summer! Except now it’s time to see just how drastically I failed (or achieved) my goals.

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Part of me is sad when I look back on my post from June because I was so full of excitement for summer when I wrote it, but the other part of me knows that summer happened, it was amazing, but now it’s inevitably time for it to end.

Without further dramatics, let’s get into the post!

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I Should Read That Book Tag // ft. seven books I desperately want & need to read!!

As a blogger, I feel like I spend most of my time saying “I should read that book.”

Every time I read a book review or book recommendations post, I leave a comment talking about how much I want to read whatever books were talked about in the post and my TBR gets larger and larger.

Even though I’m stuck in a perpetual state of “too many books, too little time,” I wouldn’t have it any other way. Hearing about new books and deciding I want to read them is one of my favorite parts about blogging! It’s enhanced my reading experiences so much. All that to say, though, it makes for a hefty TBR.

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When the lovely and kind Elizabeth from Red Gal Musings (please go check out her amazing blog if you haven’t already! it’s one of my favorites) tagged me for the I Should Read That Book Tag, I was so excited because this gives me a chance to talk about a lot of the books on my TBR. I just really love rambling about books.

Maybe doing this post will inspire me to clean out my TBR a little? It’s scary. I definitely hope it reminds me of some of the great books out there that I still haven’t gotten around to!

Without further ado, onto the tag.

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July Recap // ft. lots of traveling, riverdale, & I made a cake for harry potter!!

July happened way too fast.

I know this is such a typical thing to say, but I genuinely can’t believe (and don’t want to believe) that it’s August. The month when school starts. The month when dance starts. The month that seemed really, really far away until I woke up and realized it’s here.

If you couldn’t tell, I have mixed feelings about August. On one hand, I do like fall and I’m eager to get back to dancing, but part of me isn’t ready to trade the freedom I had in summer for homework and studying. But this post isn’t about me wishing summer could start over again, it’s about recapping my July!

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July was a quintessential summer month. I did a lot of reading and blogging, went on a short trip, spent a lot of time with my family and friends, and overall enjoyed not having to adhere to a specific schedule!

It was slow and fast and lovely all at the same time, so without further ado, let’s get to the post. 😉

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately // ft. mini reviews & YA recommendations!!

I’m back at it again with the mini reviews.

This summer has basically been one massive reading and blogging marathon for me, and I’ve been slacking on my reviews lately, so it’s no surprise that today’s post features lots of mini reviews. Shh, no, I’m not scared of full reviews at all. I read all these books in June, but I still can’t wait to scream about them today!

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Much to everyone’s shock, especially my own, this post will not only have YA contemporaries in it but also a fantasy novel! I know, the day that I don’t post solely about contemporaries deserves to become some sort of holiday. Or it should at least have a plaque in its honor because this is monumental.

I’m looking forward to talking about all the good books I’ve been reading lately, so without more nonsense rambling, besides this important reminder to go vote in the 2019 Book Blogger awards, let’s get into the reviews!

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