6 Things I Love to Do on the Weekends [REPOST]

A/N~Hey y’all! It’s Q’Zion! My goodness, was this Friday busy for me. But thank God that I have a three-day weekend since the 5th of September is Labor Day! Anyway, because tonight is the start of the weekend for me, I though I’d repost this list of things that I like to do to make the most of the end of each week. I hope you all enjoy it! ♡

Let’s face it–we all sigh with relief when we go home and/or get finished with work on a Friday. We have a whole 2 days ahead of us to relax and enjoy our weekend. Personally, I’m a HUGE FAN of my weekends, and I do as much work as I can throughout the week to make the most of every Saturday and Sunday. And since the weekend is coming up, I thought it’d be a cool idea to share some of the ways that I like to spend my short vacations. So what are we waiting for? Let’s get into it! 

⒈ Go to a Library ♡

Okay, so this one may be a little obvious since most of my followers know how much I love to read. However, reading is one of my favorite activities to do on a weekend. I have a whole 48 hours to start a new book or maybe even finish one that I’ve been procrastinating, for some time. Don’t you just love that feeling when you sat down and finished a book that you haven’t picked up in a while? I sure do!

 Binge My Favorite TV Show 

Throughout the week, it’s easy to forget about some of my favorite TV shows, or simply replace watching them with schoolwork, family time, and the occasional naps. When the weekend comes along, I usually spend a couple hours catching up on the new seasons of the shows that I love. And if a new movie just came out on Disney+, it’s not a surprise if we have a family movie night, too.

⒊ Go to Church ♡

One of the perfect ways to start my week and be refreshed before school starts on Monday is fellowshipping and learning the Word in the House of God. Praise and worship, seeing my family and friends, and socializing with other believers is always a blessing and one of the best parts of my week. It makes me feel happier and closer to God when I listen to His Word.

 Fun in the Sun at the Beach or Pool 

Due to COVID-19, it seriously has been a while since I’ve went to the beach or the pool. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that I love changing into my bathing suit and having some fun in the sun. Since spring is here, and summer is not too far from now, it’s the perfect time of year to hit the beach and go for a swim.

 Bake a New Recipe ♡

Although I don’t get in the kitchen often (at least not to cook or bake) Friday nights and weekends are the perfect opportunity to learn a new recipe and spend time with Goodmommy. For me, cooking can be so relaxing and satisfying. The fact that you can whip up some ingredients, place it in the oven, and take it out to see a masterpiece is always super rewarding. Especially when you get to eat your creation, when your all done.

 Have a Picnic ♡

Is it just me, or does this remind you of that one scene from Tom and Jerry? LOL 🍓🍉🌭🥤

Honestly, I’ve only been to a picnic once in my life, as far as I can recall. But I must say that I love to eat in nice weather, especially in a screened-in patio or on a balcony. You get to admire the sunshine while eating your lunch. Picnicking seems to be pretty similar and great for spring time. Especially on a weekend!


Weekends are a time for us to take a break from work and school and focus on family and the hobbies that we love the most. Therefore, we might as well make the most of every second. Hopefully, this list gave you some inspiration for how you can spend your short vacation.

What are some of your favorite ways to spend the weekends? Feel free to comment down below.

Have a beautiful weekend, everybody! God bless you all, and I will catch you next time! Peace in! ♡

Paperback vs. Hardcover Books: Where Do I Stand? ♡

What’s up, my fabulous followers! This is Princess Q (a.k.a. Q’Zion) and welcome to my blog! ♡

Now, to all of my fellow book fanatics, there’s really no such thing as a bad way to read a good book. From audiobooks, to hardcovers, there are so many different ways to read! And while all bookworms love a good story, we each have our own preferences for how we like to read. One of the largest debates among the bookworm community is the simple question: Are paperback or hardcover books better?

Although it may seem silly to most people, a majority of bookworms have a preference between the two. Honestly, I have both paperback and hardcover books in my collection, and as long as I have a book that I can hold, I’m a happy camper! But I thought it’d be cool if I had a little discussion about what I like about each, and whether or not I have a true preference between the two. Let’s go!

Paperbacks

I think we can all agree that paperbacks are probably the most convenient when compared to hardcovers. They’re cheaper, lighter, easier to transport while traveling, and they take up less space, which is super helpful for those of us who have hundreds of books in our collection.

I have to admit that if I put a book in my purse to take with me while I go out, it’s most likely going to be a paperback. They just have this classic “homey” feeling when holding them in my hands; and since I love to read while getting comfy in my bead or on the couch, that is a huge bonus!

Hardcovers

Whenever I get a hardcover book, the one thing that I can think is “fancy.” If you’re someone who highly values the aesthetic of your bookshelf, these are probably the way to go. Hardcover books last longer, are harder to stain due to dust jackets–or those little thick wrappers that wrap around the cover–and make for a much more luxurious reading experience.

It would be a lie for me to say that I don’t love all of my hardcover books. Not only is the cover art absolutely gorgeous, but they are also so nice to look at on a shelf. Although, when I’m reading them they are a lot heavier to hold, which isn’t the best as someone who likes to be comfortable while reading. And even though I adore dust jackets for their function and how they look, I almost always end up setting them to the side while I read. Despite these few drawbacks, I can’t deny that the fact that hardcover books are so gorgeous makes up for them.


Okay, so I know that you guys are still waiting for me to answer the question. Which type of book do I like the most: paperbacks or hardcovers? But to be honest with you, I’d have to say neither. At the end of the day, they both have their pros and cons. As long as it’s a good book–and preferably one that I can physically hold–I couldn’t be happier.

Well, I’ve already told you all where I stand in the paperback vs. hardcover debate. But what about you? Do you prefer paperbacks, hardcover, eBooks, or audiobooks? In fact, do you have a preference at all? I would love to hear from all my fellow bookworms in the comments!

Have an awesome rest of your week, everybody! God bless you all, and I will catch you later! Peace in! ♡

Who’s Ready for Highschool? | How to Get Prepared — Reblog

A/N~ Happy Saturday, everyone! Let. me. tell. you. Today was a busy day, for me. Still, I decided to reblog this super fun post of mine to help out 8th and 9th graders to prepare for high school, since most schools are already/almost back in session. I hope you all enjoy it!

When you’re in 8th grade, it can be a lot to think about your future. It’s the last year of middle school, a.k.a. the time in your life where you start thinking about college and what career you want to pursue, all while trying to find out more about yourself and how you are changing. I know that it can seem like a lot sometimes. However, as a soon-to-be-freshman myself, I’m here to tell you that everything will be okay! We just need to get prepared. And here’s how!

1.) Make Sure You Have a Consistent Schedule to Better Suit the Upcoming Changes ~ Highschool is nothing to be afraid of. Still, it’s a new chapter of our lives that requires preparation. And that means a schedule that will better suit the changes. In high school we will have new classes, teachers, peers, schools and our grades begin setting deeper footprints. This means that we need to make sure that we have routines that will give us plenty of time to stay productive during weekdays.

2.) Pay Attention to Academic Areas that Need Improving ~ Most of us have at least one favorite subject. And along with that, there might be some subjects that you feel like you could improve in. Now is the time to put those feelings into action. If we go through the process of getting more comfortable with the subjects that we need help in, we are setting ourselves up for success in the future and in life.

3.) Maintain Good Study Habits ~ One of the biggest differences in high school vs. middle school is the amount of work. High school is when we really start to prepare for our future, so why not start early? Maintaining positive and stable study habits will help prepare us for what’s to come, making the load lighter when high school is in session.

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4.) Ask For Help If (and When) You Need It ~ At one point or another, we’ve all had to ask for help, whether it was from God, a parent, a teacher, a friend, or even our communities. And if there’s any stage in our lives that we need to ask for help, it’s probably now. New stages can be exciting, but for others they can be nerve-wracking. So, whenever you need a helping hand to lay on your shoulder during this time of transition, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Asking for assistance is a skill that we will need to use in all stages of our journeys as people and individuals.

5.) Create an Organized Workspace ~ While study habits are important, the only way that we can study effectively is if we have a constant place to do so. When you come home from school (or when you do your work if you’re homeschooled, like me) it makes it much easier to focus when you have an effective study space to get the job done.

6.) Get Your Priorities in Check ~ Prioritizing what we find the most important in our lives is crucial to preparing for grade 9. Peer pressure is just about everywhere in most public schools, so make sure that you are in check with what and whom you should spend your time. High school is all about preparing for adulthood, and while we still have time left before then, making priorities are a must for another successful school year!

7.) Relax~We Got This! ~ No matter what, remember that as long as you give it your all, you’ve got it together! You are capable. You are smart. You will succeed. You are getting better every day. You got this! Don’t forget to say these things to yourself whenever you need some words of encouragement. We can’t overlook mental health! <33


This guide for How to Prepare for Highschool was such a blast to create! I’m super excited for what high school has in store for me, and I hope that now you are, too. Don’t forget that with effort, the willingness to ask for help, positive affirmation, and academic preparation, high school will be smooth-sailing. All we need to do (besides these tips) is relax and enjoy what’s soon to come!

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Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Peace in! ✨

My First Summer Field Trip

Hello, everybody! My name is Q’Zion and welcome to my blog! ♡

About a week ago, I mentioned in a post that while me and my Goodmommy—my grandmother and guardian—had done many fun things in a variety of fun places, this summer, we hadn’t done anything super extravagant.

To kick off the second half of summer, me and Goodmommy had been discussing some fun places that we could go. After checking amusement parks off the list, we ended up settling on a fun visit to MOSI, also known as the Museum of Science & Industry. Considering that it had been years since I took a field trip there in elementary school, and Goodmommy had never been, we were both super excited to go together.

As always, we had such a blast…and took A LOT of photos! Today I will be sharing some of the highlights of our visit. Let’s go!


First off, we’ve got to acknowledge these outfits. Me and Goodmommy decided to wear matching tank tops with shorts, which was perfect for the summer. We also got a few compliments, at the museum. But I can’t say that I was surprised; we did look super cute!

The first thing we did once we bought our tickets is look around as we walked all the way to the back. We eventually stopped to look at these gorgeous pieces of artwork that were meant to be optical illusions. It’s amazing how an image and our brains can work together to make an image move or to see a certain shape in what may look like a blob at first glance.

The images reminded me of a lesson about Illusions that I had for Visual Art, last school year. In fact, I recognized some of them from that lesson.

After taking a look at the art, it was time to head outside, again. Why, you ask? Well, Goodmommy had allowed me to do the Sky Trail Ropes Course, which is a 36-foot high structure including over 30 different obstacle courses. I had saw it online, and I already knew that I’d want to give it a try!

After one of the staff members helped me put on my harness, we went over some safety rules, and my harness was “clipped in” to the ceiling of the large building-like obstacle, I was ready to go!

If I had to describe the rope course in just a few words, I’d pick thrilling, memorable, and slightly terrifying for those who are afraid of heights LOL. It almost made me feel like how I did in elementary school when I would climb the monkey bars on my school’s playground. Except this time it was much higher up, and the harness made it much safer as a result.

Me being someone who loves things that bring you up in the air, I thoroughly enjoyed the obstacle course. In fact, it’s probably the part of our tip that I enjoyed the most. Plus, Goodmommy did a fantastic job at photographing and recording me while I was up there, as you can see.

Once the course was done and we walked back inside, we stumbled upon this short section called “Slippery Science” which was apparently a bridge between science and hockey.

I sat down to play this really fun game to test your reflexes. Once you pressed start, you had to wait for the player to strike the puck and press the “Stop” button as soon as you saw moment. I think playing Roblox on mobile devices everyday has definitely helped me sharpen my reflexes.

After that, our field trip to MOSI was almost done. But we decided to check out this dinosaur-themed room–filled with a bunch of models of a few of the many species of dinosaurs from millions of years ago–before we left.

The first thing we played with was this interactive quiz game filled with multiple choice questions about dinosaurs, such as what a person would do if a T-Rex saw them and what event caused dinosaurs to become extinct. The best way that I can describe it was a fun pop quiz. Me and Goodmommy had a lot of fun guessing the answers. That was definitely a really nice detail that they added into the room to get your brain moving.

But that pleasant surprise wasn’t the highlight of the room. Just after, we looked at all of the gorgous models of ancient dinosaurs. I really loved how they all moved and made sound. There was even a description of the species right in front of each sculpture. Honestly, they made it look like each dino was looking at you, which was another nice touch to the room. Me being an art lover, I couldn’t help but wonder what they were made out of.

All in all, visiting this historical room was the perfect way to end this field trip.


As I’m quite sure you can tell, me and Goodmoommy had an amazing time on our trip to MOSI. I can’t help but be thankful to God that we were able to go. And it makes me even happier to be able to share the special moments of today with you all.

LET’S CHAT~Have you ever been to MOSI or another museum like it? If so, did you enjoy it?

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you next time! ♡

7-Eleven Day – A Day for FREE Slurpees

Hey, everyone! Happy Monday! ♡

All throughout the summer of this year, I’ve been writing a lot about how we can beat the heat. And one of the most fun ways to do just that is, you guessed it, eating and drinking. I’ve already given a few examples of some of my favorite desserts to eat and drink in the summer: ice cream, milkshakes, and fruit smoothies. But there is one particular option that I’ve failed to mention; slurpees!

Also known as slushies, slurpees are drinks made out of tiny ice crystals and flavored with a sweet, fruity, syrup. It’s kind of like the hybrid of a snow cone and a smoothie. This common cool beverage is a summer favorite in many western countries.

You may be wondering how slurpees could be relevant to today. Let me explain. In the United States, July 11 is considered National Free Slurpee Day. Why, you ask? Well, one of the most popular convenience convenience stores, 7-Eleven, celebrated its 95th anniversary today! And as a special treat for their loyal customers, they decided to give out free small slurpees from July 1-11.

Me and Goodmommy were originally going to stop by after we completed some of our weekly errands to get one for ourselves, but then we found out that this year 7-Eleven put an unexpected twist on this seemingly irresistible deal: the only way that you could redeem a free slurpee is to download the 7-Rewards app.

When me and Goodmommy found out about that small detail, we were like … yeah, no. But she did say that she could take me to Wawa—another example of a gas station convenience store that sells groceries, snacks, and a variety of beverages—to get one of their smoothies, instead. So, that’s something that we may be doing in the near future.

If any of you are fans of 7-Eleven, I hope you enjoyed a free slurpee of your own. But even if you aren’t, make sure to get yourself a little something this summer. After all, we could all use a cool, sweet treat once in a while.

LET’S CHAT~Have you ever heard of and/or tasted a slurpee? If so, did you like it? And if not, have you ever tasted anything similar?

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! See you next time! Peace in! ♡

Video Post + Voice Reveal — My UPDATED Rainbow Loom Collection ♡

What’s up, everybody! I hope everyone is doing fantabulous, today. ♡

About a week and a half ago, I explained how I had recently reignited my passion for looming. And in the process, I showed you some of my “happy foods” or miniature food made completely out of rubber bands. Since then, my collection has almost tripled in size, so I thought I would show you all what I have made within the last week.

But a plain photo would be a little bit of a boring presentation, don’t you think? My followers deserve nothing but the best, so today I filmed a YouTube video sharing my collection with you all one by one. And now that I think about it, I guess you’ll be able to hear what my voice sounds like for the first time, too! It’s like a double surprise!

I hope you all enjoy seeing each of my happy creations as much as I enjoy making them!

LET’S CHAT~Which of my happy foods do you like the best (visually)? Also, would you like to see more video posts, in the future?

Thank y’all so much for watching! God bless you and I will “see” you all again soon! ♡

Go-to gospel songs that are always on my playlist ♡

Disclaimer: I DO NOT own the rights to ANY of these songs, nor to I have any permissions to them. They belong to their rightful owners.

Hello, beautiful people! Happy fantabulous Friday!

Earlier this afternoon, me and Goodmommy completed a lot of household errands together. And while in our SUV, we played some of our favorite gospel songs. To me no genre compares to how I feel when I listen to music of my Heavenly Father.

Gospel music makes me feel optimistic, light, and increases my faith in God. And the feeling is different from that of any other musical experience. It’s almost like a weight off of my chest–especially when I’ve had a really busy day.

After our gospel binge, I was inspired to share some of my favorite songs on my ‘Gospel 💜’ playlist–as well as an explanation for what they are about and what I enjoy about them. Hopefully, this beautiful music will reside with you just as much as it did me. Enjoy!

You’re Bigger by Jekalyn Carr

As far as I’m concerned, Jekalyn Carr is an example of a young, talented, yet underrated artist in the gospel industry. This song of hers is about how God is bigger than the size of the universe, all of life’s problems, the disasters of the world, and what the world has to offer us. The theme of this song hits me so hard, as it helps me remember that no matter what I face in life, God is bigger than that. And He has already won the battle for me and ALL people love Him.

Close to You by BeBe and CeCe Winans

Happy. That’s the only feeling that I can describe when I listen to this song; pure bliss. Exactly as the title states, it’s about how amazing of a father God truly is, and how that makes us—followers of Christ—want to know Him, spend more time with Him, and get closer to Him. I have played this song on repeat for over 100 times in my lifetime. And do I regret it? Not one bit! Brother and sister duo CeCe and BeBe Winans sound super good together, and really help bring this cheery song to life.

I never lost my praise by Tramaine Hawkins

The truth is, life is not always easy. There are a number of bumps in the road, and many of them are completely out of our control. At times like this, we need to praise the Lord just as much as we would when everything is good, fine, and peachy. This song is a much-needed reminder of just that. Even when we loose family, friends, blessings, opportunities, and other materialistic things, we should never loose our ability to pray and praise the Lord. When we trust in Him, anything is possible.

Put it on the Altar by Jessica Reedy

I feel like this is also a song that anyone could put on a workout or positive vibe playlist, because its so upbeat that me and Goodmommy can’t help but dance every time we listen to it. When we put things on the altar, or pray to God to deliver us from a situation, He always has an answer to our prayer. We are never alone, thanks to Him. If you are looking for an inspirational song that you can dance to, then this is a great option for you.

Something Out of Nothing by Jessica Reedy

One of the qualities that I love most about the Lord is that He sees the best in us, even when we can’t see the good in ourselves. Despite what we do–and the mistakes that we all make–He always looks at our hearts. This is a second song by amazing artist Jessica Reedy about how God sees a masterpiece in us. This song is super emotional and has gotten close to bringing me to tears. The message is so powerful that it can minister to anyone, regardless of their current circumstance, and I appreciate that greatly. God can deliver us from ourselves when we maintain our faith, even when we can’t understand why. He’s just good like that.

I can only imagine by Tamela Mann

Those of us who have salvation in Jesus Christ can only imagine what Heaven will be like when our time comes. The Bible is one of our only sources of description of the true Promised Land. But how will we feel? What will we do? Will we cry happy tears or stand silently in awe? There are so many unknowns for how amazing the moment that we enter the Kingdom of God will be, and this gorgeous melody covers many of them. Tamela Mann truly has such a unique, powerful voice. For years, this has been one of my favorite songs of all time–and it still is to this day.

Mercy Said No by CeCe Winans

Life is full of tight spots; those times where we are super close to hitting rock bottom. ‘Mercy Said No’ explains that it’s at these moments that God’s mercy says no, and He helps us rise again. CeCe Winans truly has an anointed tone, and that has made her one of my favorite gospel artists for as long as I can remember. This being one of my first gospel songs, it will always be super close to my heart.


What we feed our spirits and minds on a daily basis are extremely important, not just as followers of Christ, but also as human beings. And one of the best ways that I get closer to God is by listening to gospel music. I truly hope that you all enjoyed reading about and listening to each of these songs. It truly was a pleasure to share them with you guys.

LET’S CHAT~Have you ever listened to any of these songs before today? If not, do you have any song recommendations for me?–they can be gospel and/or clean motivational songs. Thanks, y’all! ♡

Have a blessed day, everybody! See you later! ✨

A prayer for the victims of the Texas School Shooting … 💖

Hello, everybody! I hope you all are having a beautiful day or night!

At this point, almost everybody has heard about the tragedy of the Robb Elementary School shooting. While I usually don’t discuss events like this on my blog, I wanted to do my part in spreading awareness about gun violence and share my condolences to every person who was involved, as well as their loved ones.

Honestly, I wish that this hadn’t happened, as a majority of the people who have seen this news have. Each victim, whether a student or adult, had much more life to live, and none of them were deserving of this evil deed.

I understand that we cannot do anything to rectify the past, or the lives of every soul who has descended as a result of this event, but I would like to say a short prayer for everyone who was and is being affected.


Dear God,

Thank You for hearing from me today, as always. As You know, many families and children were hurt in the recent massacre. Although this might not take away the pain that the victims are currently feeling, I would like to bring my requests to you for a much brighter future in this world.

Please give the loved ones of the children and teachers–as well as the still-surviving victims, themselves–who were harmed by this school shooting a feeling of inner peace. Even in their state of grief, I pray that you will wrap your arms around them and give them hope for a better future. Please don’t let them use this event as a reason to give up, but please let it set a flame for them to do what they can to prevent others from experiencing what they did. Turn their grief into a drive to make the world a better place.

The truth is, some people in this world are crazy. And while some of them are mentally ill, others are filled with so much hate that they feel as though they need to hurt others the same way they are hurt. I pray that you will create peace in this world, where the government will stop worrying about power, but the safety of the citizens who they govern. I pray for gun safety laws so that families who drop their children off to school won’t have to worry that they won’t see them again.

Please let schools take their students’ and teachers’ safety as a top priority. Set a bubble of protection around every school as they put physical boarders in place to prevent history from repeating itself once again. Comfort the children and parents who are grieving and walking on eggshells. The surviving victims who had to witness the last moments of their classmates and teachers. Help them get the help that they need, so that they may see it as a testimony that You kept them here. Thank You Lord for preventing outcomes worse than what they were.

Please let this be a wake up call to everyone around the world, that life and world peace is more important than power. I bind up the spirit of greediness and pride. I pray that every person aware of this awful deed will have a spirit of compassion. Let this event be a large step in a safer nation, where the government, cops, and all those who should be protecting us to approve laws that ensure the safety, justice, and equality of ALL people. Please make this world better. Because we can’t do it without You.

Thanks again for listening and answering our humble prayers.

In Jesus’ name, Amen ♡


Hopefully, this event that will last in history will make a positive difference in our nation and our world. While I am sorry that this ever occurred, I am grateful that I can use my online platforms as a way to spread awareness about the issue of gun violence. I hope that this has inspired you to pray for all of those who were involved, not only earlier this week, but for decades before it.

LET’S CHAT~Feel free to share your thoughts, prayers, and condolences for the families in the chat. Just remember to keep it family appropriate please. Thanks! ♡

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! See you next time! 💖

A day at the bookstore + book haul | Go Out With Me #4

Hey, everybody! Happy wonderful Wednesday! ♡

You guys probably already know that I’ve been wanting to go to a bookstore for the LONGEST of time. However, on most days Goodmommy had to work, I was too tired, or we just felt like staying at home (since we’re major homebodies lol.)

But since Goodmommy didn’t have to work today and we were already out of the house so that I could complete my last end of the year test, Goodmommy figured that it would be the perfect day to stop by–and I completely agreed.

As soon as we stepped inside, I was absolutely in awe…it felt like I was in a book paradise. What I really like about Barnes and Nobles is their variety in the selections. They have all genres that vary from classic Fiction to Romance, Sci-Fi, Manga, Autobiographies, Graphic Novels and more! Seriously though, you name a genre, I’m 98.5% sure that they’ve got it!

I really loved how much they had to accommodate all types of readers, regardless of their preferred genre or age. At some point, it can be hard to choose the actual book that you want with so many choices. But hey, I’m not complaining.

What made me even more excited is that they had so much more inventory than just books. There were also a wide collection of board games and jigsaw puzzles. Since I absolutely adore solving puzzles, I was extremely tempted to get one for myself. But I held off from it…for today, at least.

Pretty close by was this section called “Book Annex” which seemed to be a lot of notebooks, journals, or “daily devotion” books about prayer, sermons, or self care. Me and Goodmommy both really liked this section, and I ended up purchasing one for each of us, since I was able to afford it with my gift card. I’ll show you which two those were at the end.

And get this, they even had a buttload of art supplies, from pencils, to pens–both for calligraphy and basic notetaking–to paints. As an artist, seeing all the beautiful supplies on the shelves got me really excited.

Eventually we went into the “Young Readers Section” just to see what they had in that decent-sized section of the bookstore. I was pleasantly surprised to be met with many of the books that had a substantial part in shaping my love for reading, including Junie B. Jones, Amelia Bedelia, Magic Treehouse, Nancy Clancy, etc. Overall, I got a lot of elementary school nostalgia.

Although I really enjoyed seeing some of my favorite childhood characters, I eventually went into the more age-appropriate section of chapter books and graphic novels. Overall, I found so many great reads–some of which I already have in my collection.

I honestly think that there were so many great books that I didn’t look at today, but this was an absolutely stellar–and very well anticipated–trip to Barnes and Nobles, and I am so thankful to God, and to Goodmommy, for allowing us to look around and have some fun together. Hopefully we’ll be able to come again once or twice throughout summer break.

Oh, and you know that I had to take a picture of my outfit, one we got home. Selfies are always mandatory.

Okay, so I obviously didn’t want to leave you guys hanging. It’s time to show you what I actually bought. Considering that it’s been a little while since I added some more literature to my large collection, I am extremely blessed to be able to purchase these for me and my Goodmommy to enjoy. Let’s get into the haul!

I don’t know if I ever gave you all an update, but I read Little Women in December, and I absolutely loved it! Therefore, as soon as I saw the names Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy on the cover of this graphic novel, I knew that I had to have it. I really appreciated the added diversity. It’s basically a modernized version of the original novel, and so far it looks really awesome!
You guys know that I’m a huge lover of MG (middle grade) fantasy novels. The beautiful art on this cover (and the description) both looked really promising. Right after I checked the online reviews–which were filled with positive feedback–I decided to give this chapter book a try. And I’m super glad I did. From the short excerpt I read, it seems like such a fun adventure that I can’t wait to dive into! Get ready for some upcoming book reviews.
I’m a very huge fan of writing, both digitally and on paper. So, I ended up choosing this simple purple journal with this minimalistic–but super cute–cover art. I did say that I wanted to begin journaling, this summer, so I’m quite sure this will help me check that off of my bucket list.
Finally, here is the journal that I got for Goodmommy. And I’m super glad that I was able to, since not only does she do so much for me, but this book has her name all over it! Each two pages have different sections for notetaking during church sermons. It has a section to list the speaker, the main points of the teaching, your takeaways, a prayer, and what you are grateful for, with several Bible verses sprinkled in between. If there was more than one of these at the bookstore, I may have gotten one for myself. But, I know that this one was meant for Goodmommy.

As you can tell by this post, me and Goodmommy had such an awesome time, today. I’m super excited to make many more everlasting memories with my family over the next couple months; I know that much fun is up ahead. I truly am very blessed.

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! See you next time! ♡

26 Simple Things that Make Me Happy ♡

Happy Saturday everyone! ♡

Everyday of our lives may not go exactly how we expected. But even when this happens, there tends to be some of the small things–the everyday gems that some can take for granted–that never fail to put a smile on your face. Believe it or not, it’s the little things in life that can make the most memorable, joyful, and brightest days of all. Here’s some of my everyday gems that never cease to make me happy.

1. Laughing with the ones I love.

2. The soothing sound of rain. It’s perfect for naps.

3. An unexpected hug.

4. Art. Whether I’m making it or viewing someone else’s it always makes me happy.

5. Matching my entire outfit. From my jewelry, to my socks, to my hair.

6. Hot chocolate. Especially on a cold or rainy afternoon.

7. Reading the Bible in the morning–there’s no better way to start my day.

8. Spending time with Goodmommy (a.k.a. my grandmother). She’s my best friend.

9. My betta fish, Peace; he’s like the baby of the house.

10. Singing. I can be a little shy when it comes to doing it in front of others, but I still love it.

11. A hot, long bath, particularly after a really busy day.

12. Binging my judge shows–and cooking competitions, too.

13. Helping and inspiring others.

14. Milkshakes.

15. Staying up late on the weekends.

16. Seeing people be kind to one another, regardless of their differences.

17. Taking naps

18. Roller coasters, even though I haven’t rode one in FOREVER due to COVID.

19. Organization. If you can’t already tell, I’m a perfectionist ;).

20. Writing and blogging.

21. Good music.

22. Chocolate. Boy, do I love chocolate.

23. Reading novels on the couch in my living room.

24. Rainbows, but especially when they are super vibrant.

25. The feeling of being early.

26. Pop Tarts–strawberry is my favorite.


Believe it or not, thankful people are some of the happiest people in the world. I truly hope that this was a reminder to you all that it’s important that we never take the little things in life for granted. Making a list of the things that make you smile is a great way to practice being thankful for all of life’s small (but valuable) treasures.

LET’S CHAT~What are the top 5 things that make you feel happy?

Have a beautiful and blessed day everybody! God bless you all and I’ll see you next time! ♡