BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 5/24/15 -- 5/30/15

Not much has been happening on the home front this week, but that's all about to change.  After all, what is a summer without a bit of hectic planning, anyway?

For right now, I've been enjoying the absence of a schedule.  During the school year everything is pretty regimented, but now I can make my own schedule.  This schedule may consist of reading and practicing my music for next year's concerts, but I'm enjoying it nevertheless.

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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
The fashion blog that's the apple of my eye:  Yep, It's Prep.
The blog that makes excellent reading material:  Evergreen and Ivy.

THE SUMMER DRESS

It swings.  It floats about as you walk.  It draws attention from everyone because of its adorable color and detailing.  It's the perfect summer dress.

From maxis to shifts, summer dresses are some of my favorites.  There's something so elegant yet carefree about them.  Plus, the summer months are the perfect time to pull out the crazy prints and bright whites you were afraid to wear during the colder parts of the year.

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 5/17/15 -- 5/23/15

Goodbye freshman year.  Hello summer.

My last day was Monday, and it was the perfect time to spend time with friends.  It was also graduation day for the seniors, so the day was definitely bittersweet.

My schedule for these first days of sun was quite simple:  sleep in (seven in the morning is quite late for me), read, work on ACT prep, read over old notes, watch old movies, attempt some exercising, and figure out what in the world to do with myself.  This schedule may sound tedious, but I'm happiest when I'm getting work done.


Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
An in-depth review of the best ACT Prep books (and when you should use them).
A gallery showcasing why peonies have become the flower of summer.

FRESHMAN LESSONS

My freshman year of high school wasn't anything like I expected--it wasn't necessarily good or bad. I'm surprised at how quickly it passed by.  I blinked twice on the first day and suddenly it was March.

I cannot believe how much can be crammed into ten months.  I've learned many things, not all of which are pertaining to the ACT.  This year taught me some life lessons, too--and I'm grateful for that.

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1. We're all going through adjustment periods.
We all remember the first days of middle school and puberty, which many of us refer to as "the most awkward stages of our lives."  Freshman year is like a repeat of that stage (minus the odd bodily developments);  everyone's back in the same boat, and everyone's just trying to adjust to the new environment.

2. Be open to change.
This new environment may be a bit different than the old middle school habitat you were accustomed to. Moving into high school usually means moving in with all of the upperclassmen and teachers that you've never met--and that isn't a bad thing.  Change can be good, if you're willing to take advantage of it.

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY CUPCAKES

Baking is one of my favorite hobbies, especially because it satisfies my sweet tooth.  My mom and I have a growing cupcake delivery system;  sometimes we'll bake as many as three batches a week.

We brought these flower cupcakes to a church fundraiser a while back, and they were absolutely beautiful--so beautiful that everyone was afraid to disturb them!

From garden parties to baby showers to birthdays, these cupcakes will be a knockout (a delicious one, at that)!

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Cupcakes (written by the geniuses behind Hello, Cupcake!)
1 box of regular cake mix
1 cup of buttermilk (in place of the water called for on the box)
Vegetable oil (amount called for on the box)
4 large eggs (in place of the amount called for on the box)

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 5/10/15 -- 5/16/15

There went the last full week of my freshman year.

It wasn't the most fulfilling week, especially since we did absolutely nothing.  This week was meant to be a time for working on exam reviews, but since yours truly exempted her exams, I ended up switching back and forth between Quizlet, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and flash cards during class.

Let's just say that I like to be productive at all times--this was no exception.  The cleaning out of school supplies will begin shortly, as I get ready to be a sophomore.  How quickly life can change!

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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Just a few reasons why Wicked should be the next thing you sit down and watch.
If musicals aren't your speed, then watch a killer Audrey Hepburn mystery.

WHY MY MOM DESERVES HER OWN DAY

My mom is pretty amazing at being a mother (although I'm a bit biased).

I have no idea what kind of monster I'd be if she'd never been there to pull me through all of the bad times.  I also have no idea what kind of horrendous baker I'd be if she'd never pulled me aside and showed me how it was done.

The concept of Mother's Day is one of my favorites because we're being able to honor mothers of every generation, for being the best at what they do--and because of those little quirks that each mom has that makes them more unique.  My mom's definitely not your average housewife...

Madsie is a bit young for most of these, maybe next year. (And this little one looks so much like my girl!)

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She sings.  She sings a lot.
Even if she has a sore throat, my mom's bound to be singing.  From arias to seventies music to Ariana Grande, she knows it all.  It's nice to have that extra bit of cheer in the household;  plus, it's pretty entertaining to join in!

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 5/3/15 -- 5/9/15

What word sums up every event that happened this week?  Exciting.

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Figuring out I get to take my online classes?  Pretty exciting.

OUTFIT: SPRING EMBROIDERY

I love embroidery, so I'm glad that it's become a trend this spring.  I also love Old Navy, so I'm glad that the shop's started carrying boatloads of embroidered apparel.  Match made in Heaven?

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