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Summer Reading List

Pile of old books.

Pile of old books. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a kid I always participated in our local library’s summer reading program.  It was always a fun way to spend the summer, along with long days in the pool.  I always looked forward to the stickers and prizes I got when I finished another title.  I remember one year I had a theme — only mystery books!  Even then I was pretty organized, I guess.  Summer reading has a special place in my heart and now that summer is coming to an end — I figured I’d share a few books that I’ve yet to read, want to read and am currently reading.  What’s on your list?
Here’s what I’m currently reading:
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  • Entwined with You by Sylvia Day: Entwined with You is the final book in the “racy” Crossfire series.

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How To: Writing a Packing List

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I always make a brand new packing list for every trip. Some people keep a template of items they use often but for me I like to start from scratch and really customize my list.  Having the list helps to make my trip less stressful.

Here’s my packing list making technique:

1. Write an Itinerary: Let’s say we’re going somewhere warm from Friday to Monday. We are arriving late on Friday and then Saturday and Sunday will be carbon copies of each other. Breakfast, Beach, Snack, Lunch, Beach, Snack, Dinner. Fabulous!  When you make your list think of all the activities you might be doing.  If you’re museum hopping — you won’t want to forget your camera and comfy shoes. Read more

Crafty Book Uses Lists to Learn about You

Declaration of You

I’m not a particularly crafty person, but enjoyed the creative, artistic aspects of The Declaration of You, written by creativity experts and fellow bloggers Jessica Swift and Michelle Ward.

As the title claims, this book is all about embracing every aspect of your personality and openly acknowledging all your positive attributes. The best part is, this book uses lists to help get you there!

The Declaration of You is divided into 8 different sections, each devoted to a differently-themed declaration. As the authors explain the importance of each declaration, they prompt their readers to develop lists about themselves, such as “Things I Might Want to Try.”

True to their creative ways, Jessica and Michelle include a craft project in each of the sections, but don’t get scared off! These projects are simple and fun. The first project is even a vision board — much like the one I make every New Year.

Through crafts and lists alike, The Declaration of You encourages its readers to begin some self-reflection and discover new aspects of themselves. If you want to hear more, check out their website and begin your declaration. Who knows what you might find?