A Bucket List: 35 Books to Read Before You Die

35 Books to Read Before You Die

I’m late in posting this, but happy International Book Day! 

Have you ever gotten a new book and SMELLED the pages?? Every time, I feel like Rory Gilmore! This is specifically the reason I DON’T have an e-reader!


I’ve been wanting to create a reading list for some time now. And I’ve finally found the time to do it! These are 35 novels and pieces of literature that I desperately want to read before I die. I will be updating this list as I read each one, and I’ll write a review post about it and link to it at the corresponding list item. 

  • The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Lord Of The Ring Trilogy J.R.R. Tolkien
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  • The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Pere
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  • Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  •  The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Brothers Grimm Stories 
  • From Russia, With Love by Ian Fleming
  • For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming
  • Diamonds are Forever by Ian Fleming
  • The Girl’s Book of Glamour. A Guide to Being A Goddess
  • 50 Things Every Lady Should Know by Kay West, John Bridges, and Bryan Curtis
  • The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay
  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
  • Little Infamies: Stories by Panos Karnezis 
  • The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

One day, I will have my dream house. And within that dream house, there will be rooms. One of those rooms will be my dream library. I will have one of those sliding ladders and I will feel like Belle.


ah, some day! Thanks for reading!



Friday Favs #3

A DIY for green thumbs and a flawless Temple shot are amongst the things on my list of weekly favs!

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TGIF!  I work this weekend, so my weekend doesn’t start until Monday. (at least I get a Monday off though! Silver lining.) Anyways, I’m super excited to show you my favorites of the week. A DIY for green thumbs and a flawless Temple shot are amongst the things on my list of weekly favs! Curious yet? Read on!

Favorite Flatlay:

Lizzie’s  feed itself is cozy and warm, but I particularly love how accurately relaxing curling up with a good book can be!


Favorite Travel Picture:

I’m loving this picture of the temples in Mandalay by Charlotte! I’m so glad I came across this picture, because it’s definitely on my bucket list now! 



Favorite Wardrobe:

From the colors to the outfits to the layout, this wardrobe is goals af.


Favorite Cake:

This cake by Bisou Cakes is gorgeous and precious. I want to go to Neta’s 90th birthday party! Happy Birthday, Neta!


Favorite DIY:

Who needs Netflix when you have a DIY of gorgeous plants in an old TV to look at everyday? Seriously, this is so creative and inspiring. I’m in love with this project!


Favorite Happy Picture:

Kristina’s feed is clean, airy, and bright. And I’m so glad I came across this beautiful picture of hers. Her love of her family shines through her feed and captions. 


What’s your favorite thing I’ve shared today?

Let me know below!

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5 Things You Should Be Doing To Maximize Productivity

Learn all about the five things you should be doing to maximize productivity.

Have you ever known you need to be more productive, but didn’t know where to start?

You just know in your gut that term paper due next week is more important than watching the latest episode of OITNB (okay, maybe you don’t. But it is) and yet you still can’t find it in you to turn off Netflix and start your to do list.

That was me. It still is me sometimes.  

I used to be the worst at keeping organized and on track. I’ll be sitting here, working on my blog- oooh look! My pinterest roundup is ready!-

See what I mean?

It sucks.

So, I’m going to tell you what you can do to become more productive without your to-do list consuming your entire life, ultimately improving results in less time!


How you can be more productive

Download the TimeTree app- This calendar app is literally a life saver! Available on IOS and Android, TimeTree allows you to assign different task categories to colors so you have a general idea of what the day has in store for you!

It also allows you to choose when to get notified for the task at hand. For example, I choose to get notified for appointments 1 day, 1 hour, and 30 minutes before so I don’t forget when to leave.  

Another thing I love about TimeTree is that you can create more than one calendar and share it with family and friends to collaborate schedules. Here’s a few snapshots so you get the idea.

Read The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy. This book is GREAT if you’re looking for inspiration on getting crap done through time management!

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Create a morning routine- I’m sure you read or hear this all the time, but that’s because it’s true! You can read about my morning routine and how it’s helped me with anxiety, stress and productivity here. And there’s a page for creating a routine in my free workbook.

Use the Time Batching worksheet from Holly Casto! This worksheet gives you a list of categories with sample tasks that you can put into days of the week and times of the day. I find this to be super helpful since there’s always so much I have to do.

Get my FREE productivity workbook. The Staying On Track Workbook allows you to stay accountable by having you write down your goals, prioritize your tasks, create a routine, and comes with a monthly and weekly calendar!

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These are my favorite ways to keep myself productive! I hope these work for you, too!

How do you manage to keep yourself productive? Leave a comment below!

P.S. Don’t forget to grab my FREE productivity workbook to start kicking procrastination’s ass!  




Friday Favs #2

TGIF! I’m so ready for the weekend. Ezra and I have the weekend off together, so who knows what we’ll get in to! Anyways, I’m super excited to show you my favorites of the week. A summery vase and pretty blue hues are a few things listed here! Curious yet? Read on to learn more about me!

Favorite Summer Party:

Ashley and Jenn threw a party in Palm Springs! Isn’t this Pineapple vase just perfect?! We can’t forget Mary, A.K.A. the super talented photographer that took these photos!  I wish I could have been at this party it looks like it was tons of fun!

Another fun thing to do with pineapples for parties: paint the crown in pretty bright colors!

Favorite Travel Picture:

I’m loving this picture of Saint Basil’s Cathedral with the ever-so-adorable Jayde striking a pose in front of it! Everything about this picture is whimsical and stunning. Although all of her pictures are beautiful, this one is my absolute favorite so far! Moscow has always been on my bucket list, and I can’t wait for the day I visit.


Favorite Space:

Mixtures of deep blue hues and white add some depth to this stylish living room by Kelli.


Favorite Ensembles:

Stripes are soooo in this year! I’m loving this striped jumpsuit from Elise Store. Britt has a great discount code, too! (head over to her Instagram and find this stellar picture to get it)


Favorite Feed:

Kate’s Instagram  is filled with tons of fun, bright shots of her and her travels. She’s incredibly beautiful, funny and a talented blogger! 

What’s your favorite thing I’ve shared today?

Let me know below!





Friday Favs

Hey hey hey its friyay! I’m super excited about this new weekly theme, Friday Favs! Here I’ll talk about my favorites of the week. From dresses to hues and travel pics to fellow bloggers. If you want to know anything about me at all, you’ll read these posts! Don’t forget to comment what you loved on my lists!

Favorite dress

Giada Meoni wears this beautiful ensemble from Chi Chi Clothing and slays! 💁🏼‍♀️ She’s so naturally beautiful and this gorgeous dress sends her look over the edge (in the best way!)


Favorite space

Heather’s nursery itself can give you baby fever! I mean, look how perfect it is! I especially love how the simplicity of the changing cushion on the dresser doubles- so you can use it just as a dresser later on when they stop wearing diapers! Super savings!

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Favorite treat

This No Bake Summer Berry Lasagna is a perfect treat for all US themed holidays. I know 4th July is over, but a lot of parties are over the weekend, right? Find the recipehere


Fav Bucket List item

Okay, exploring and riding a camel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt sounds amazingggg. Look how pretty this camel is! This photographer, Египет Пляж is great! Find his work by clicking the link!

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Favorite Color Scheme:

I’ve been totally crushing on blushy hues lately.

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Favorite feed:

Natalie’s Instagram feed is a refreshing amount of real. She talks about all things lifestyle, features meal prep, workouts, and DIY in her stories, and on top of that, she raises two boys! The amount of love that radiates from her feed is an inspiration. You can find her blog here!

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Here’s my weekly favs for June 6, 2018!! I hope you’ve enjoyed the read. Comment your thoughts below and let’s connect!



Rise and Shine With Anxiety and Stress: My Morning Routine

Hey pretty! If your life is anything like mine, it’s chaotic. It’s overwhelming, it’s exhausting, but sometimes it can be fun! I can’t stand sitting around all day. My life at home, my job, my dog, and my husband all keep me busy and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I may like it, BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t get stressed or that I don’t need some “me” time.


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