3 “Spooky” Books for October

Hi friends! Today I am writing a post on some of my favorite books totally on a whim. I recently have been reading books for fun more, which is fantastic, because I never seem to be reading books as much as I want. And because Halloween is just in a few short days, I thought I would share some of my favorite fiction books!

 

  1. The Witches of New York

I was so glad that I found this book at one of those little libraries a few months ago. Despite the fact that I had been reading it for a long time, when I finished it earlier this week, I was surprised by how easy of a read I had been. The book centers around New York in 1880 and little tea shop owned by Adeline Thom and Eleanor St. Clair, the mysterious owners. I assume that this book is very easy to read in the span of a few days, but I read it over the course of a few months and had no trouble picking it after not having read it for awhile.

2. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories

I’ve had this book for awhile now, but it would seem odd if I left it off the list of spooky books! Someone bought this for me awhile back when I was super obsessed with the BBC Sherlock series( I still sort of am…) and I loved being able to connect the book to the show. As itself, of course, the book is a classic and I hope that one day I am able to finish all of the stories! For now, I will continue slowly making my way through them. 🙂

3. Clockwork Angel 

Cassandra Clare’s book series are some of my favorites. Her first series, the Mortal Instruments Series, focuses on a group called the Shadowhunters in the current time period. The Infernal Devices, on the other hand, are all set in Victorian England. It wouldn’t be too hard to start reading the Infernal Devices without reading the Mortal Instruments Series, but I think it will be more enjoyable to read if you have read all of them 🙂 The Clockwork Angel is the first in the Infernal Devices Series.

Hope y’all enjoyed my not-so-spooky book favorites and have a happy and safe Halloween!

XOXO

Minnie

 

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Back-To-School Essential: Evian Facial Spray

Disclaimer: These samples were sent to me by Evian to review as a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% mine. 🙂

 

Hi friends! This post is one of the first in my back-to-school series, so be sure to comment or directly email me if you have any suggestions for blog posts you would like to see! I have seen some posts on time management, note taking, organization, and school outfit ideas that I would love to write for y’all so expect some of those coming soon! I love the back-to-school season, buying school supplies is one of my favorite things to do in the fall. This year I started using the Evian facial spray to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. It is in small spray bottle which makes it perfect to fit into a pencil case or purse for on the go hydration. Not only is it fun to use, the spray has multiple uses-from misting your hair to keep stray hairs in place, to reviving the color in your makeup throughout the day. I am also looking forward to using this spray while I am traveling in the next few weeks.

Be sure to check out Evian Spray!

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Yellow and A Sunny Photo Shoot

Hi friends! Someone recently told me that Summer Break is over half-way over and it honestly feels like it just started. There are just some things that scream Summer: the smell of sunscreen, ice cream that starts melting RIGHT after it’s been scooped, and the color yellow. Any shade of yellow- whether it be a pale, lemonade color, to a florescent highlighter yellow, seems to represent Summer so well. My friends Grace, who takes gorgeous photos, snapped some beautiful pics of me in a yellow top with vintage sunniest, and I absolutely adore the photos. It was the most perfect day to take pictures, with hardly any clouds, a perfect Summer day.

Enjoy 🙂

 

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What’s in My Library Bag

Hi friends! I have been wanting to do a blog post on some books that are pretty amazing. Some of these are books that I have read recently, while some are old favorites. Be sure to stick around and skim this post for next read 😉

If you are looking for a Fantasy book…

The cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty

This book is on my list of top 5 books that I have ever read. I just this week finished the third in the series, which is A tangle of gold, but The cracks in the Kingdom is my favorite. Essentially, it’s a combination between a fantasy world called Cello, and the “real world” that we live in. It’s incredible the detail that Moriarty goes into to describe Cello.

If you are looking for a book involving history(or art)…

Strapless by Deborah Davis

Strapless is a book that made me go from simplify appreciating John Singer Sargent’s art, to searching the website of my nearest art museum to see if they had any of his art. The book is about the infamous Madame X portrait, the women in the painting, Sargent himself, and a few other key characters who happen to be in a few artworks as well. This is a great book to take on vacation, due to it’s short length and light, yet intriguing plot.

If you are looking for a good classic…

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

I am so glad that I have come to a point in my education where I find many of the books that we read in school interesting. This book was a choice for a project in school, and after hearing a friend sing it’s praises, I read it. The book takes place in Savannah, Georgia( it will totally make you want to visit there, by the way) and discusses how a conservative culture in the book deals with certain events or facts that they believe to be the truth.

 

 

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Spring Updates and Cute Plants

Hi friends! I apologize for the lack of posts recently. Honestly, Midterms have been crazy and studying for them has taken so much time out of my schedule. But I am back and ready to start talking about all things Spring! I typically don’t love Spring, it is usually my least favorite season. But this year, seeing all the cute spring trends and thinking about Spring Break has really gotten me excited! It is the start of a new year: which I am anxious to dive into and experience. I most looking forward to the amazing classes that I signed up for next school year, and traveling to a couple new places! Something that I did a few weeks ago that I have been wanting to try for awhile is get some indoor plants! I went over to Lowe’s and picked out three tiny little succulent and cacti. I love how low maintenance they are and I hope to pick up a few more soon.

Grafted Moon Cactus

This vibrant cactus caught my eye at the store! It came in pink, red and yellow-but I think the pink is most popular, as there were only a couple left, and then recently when I went back to Lowe’s they were totally sold out! I would like to get another one in yellow.

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Assorted Succulents

For only $6 I got this cute dish with gravel and three different types of succulents in it. P.S. Since taking this photo, the grafted moon cactus has been repotted into a real pot.

Thank y’all so much for reading!

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

 

 

 

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Galentine’s Day Snaps

Hi friends! Today I am sooooo excited to show you some pictures from a little Valentine’s Day party that I had with some of my friends and give you a couple tips if you decide to have one too! As you will notice, I get a lot of my recipes and ideas from Pinterest, so be sure to follow me on there to stay updated with my current favorites 🙂

Food

Because my friends were super sweet and they all brought some goodies, I just made a few snacks. We made this delicious pink hot chocolate(it’s pink! how cool) which I have made in the past for other events. My mom also whipped up this yummy artichoke dip that is super yummy with tortilla chips. Of course, we had tons of cookies and candy, because it wouldn’t be Galentine’s Day without sugar 😉

Décor

I wasn’t super into decorating that much for this little event, but I still found some lovely décor for really really really good deals! I got a cute light pink and gold sign from the Target dollar section and this light up garland for the mantle. We also put out candy hearts and pink m and m’s.

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Overall we had a lot of fun and I’m really glad that we could have a fun little event!

I hope that you enjoyed reading today’s post! Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

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Sandcloud Towels

Hi friends! Today I am sharing some really exciting news- I recently became a brand ambassador for the company Sandcloud! You have probably heard of them or seen some of their gorgeous, hand-made towels on Instagram before. Their motto is ‘save the fishes’ and 10% of all their sales go towards supporting marine life. Although they are mostly known for their patterned towels, they also sell a variety of accessories like rose-gold necklaces, water bottles, and t-shirts. I recently purchased a gorgeous patterned towel and I cannot wait to use it! For 25% off your whole order, use the code meredithfa25.

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20 things that make me oh so happy

Hi friends! I am blogging to you on New Year’s Eve and thought that it would be a great day to post my 20 things that make me oh so happy post. I was tagged to do this by one of my FAVORITE bloggers, Anne, whose blog I have been reading since before I even decided to start my own blog. I had lots of fun writing this, and thinking about my favorite things has really been great and will help me start off the year on a positive note!

1.Discovering new museums or visiting some of my favorites

NSU Art Museum(left)

The Art Institute of Chicago(right)

2.Photo shoots with my friends

3.Swim meets where I get to cheer on my school 🙂

4.My Chihuahua, Chipper

5.Chicago

I’m sure that y’all already know by now that I am very, very, very obsessed with Chicago.Lol. Also, my mom took this photo earlier this year and I have it printed out by my desk… isn’t it gorgeous?

6.Coffee shops

 

I think everyone agrees that coffee shops are where the most work gets done 😉

7.Pretty Stationary

I’m lookin’ at you Rifle Paper Co.

8.When you finally get a book from the library that you have been waiting weeks to get

9.Brunch

10.Grocery Stores that have EVERYTHING

I understand that this is a weird one… but this store has a brunch restaurant and a blow out bar within the store!

11.Christmastime in the city

Not gonna lie to myself…I totally mean Chicago and only Chicago when I say ‘the city.’

12.Sitting in bed with my fairy lights on, watching Netflix or browsing Pinterest

13.Fresh flowers

My favorites are peonies(the state flower of Indiana-woot woot!), lilies, and sunflowers.

14.Adventures of any size

15.Finding really cute clothes at goodwill or a thrift store that are super cheap

16.My favorite book, A Separate Peace

I read a lot of books, so for me to say that it’s my favorite is crazy 😉 so glad that I read it this year.

17.Baking

Cookies, cupcakes, cakes… anything that is sweet.

18.Nature hikes

19.Bodies of water

Pools, the ocean… mostly the ocean 😉

20.Lazy mornings with coffee and donuts

Thank you so much for reading! Can’t wait to see what 2017 has to hold for Inthelifeofminnie.

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Tips for Studying for Finals

Hi friends! I hope you are a having a relaxing Sunday! Although my Sunday has been productive, I wouldn’t say that it is relaxing. As Winter Break quickly approaches, so does Final Exams. I had a few requests to write a post on how to study for, prepare, and just generally not stress over finals.

1. Plan out what you will need to study

One of the hardest parts about studying for big tests, especially finals, is that you are sometimes missing notes, worksheets, or handouts that you need to study. The best way to avoid this is to look at your study guide and go through homework, notes, and worksheets, so that you will have all the materials you need to study. I will write down all of the materials I need and check off if I have them. If I don’t, then I need to check on my school’s website, ask a friend, email the teacher, or ask the teacher during class. Here is an example of my AP United States History sheet with all the resources I need.

2. Find a way to study that works for you

Something that my parents love to tell me is that I need to study SMARTER, not HARDER. Once you find a way of studying that works for you, don’t waste your time doing something else. I personally find that I remember information the most by rewriting notes, studying in small groups, and watching educational videos like Crash course. I used to spend hours making Quigley sets in hopes that I would use them to study, but I would forget that I had made the sets and never study them! Now I just write them on notecards and study them whenever I have time, which is a lot more helpful.

3. Set breaks for yourself

It is so so so important that you allow yourself times to rest while you are studying. One of the worst things that you can do is try and finish a packet in 3 hours with now breaks, because you will inevitably get distracted and bored. I try and work for an hour and then take a 15 minute break.

Good luck on you final exams!

XOXO

Minnie

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Chicago Christmas Adventures

Hi friends! How has your holiday season been going? Mine has been soooo busy already, but super fun and festive. Last weekend I went to Chicago to go to the German Holiday Market, look at all of the Christmas window displays, and do a little shopping.

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We took the train into the city which is always good because then you don’t have to worry about traffic.

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After we got off the train, we walked to where the Market is, and it was so so cool. There were lots of different vendors selling German pastries, pretzels, and crêpes. Every year the market designs a different collectible mug that you can buy for $7 that comes with hot cider! It is really cute and now I use it to store my paint pens 🙂 Aside from the food, there are a variety of shops that sell everything from gorgeous, delicate ornaments, to handmade scarves. One of the vendors sells hand-carved wooden nativity scenes and everyone was fascinated by them. It was really neat to try some of the traditional German foods and just look around.

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I can’t go to Chicago without going to Macy’s-especially at Christmas time! As usual, Macy’s had beautiful window displays and the interior was decorated just as nice.

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I’m not even sure how I ended up at the Art Institute, we were going to go to another museum, but somehow ended up here(not that I’m complaining.) The most stunning artwork that I saw on my visit there was this Neapolitan Crèche. It was like the most ornate nativity scene I had ever seen. It has over 200 figures in it, and even though it is owned by the Art Institute, it is so fragile that it can only be on view for a few weeks a year.

That’s all of my post for today, thanks!

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