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2023 Reading Roundup!

The 2023 season comes to an end. So out comes the yearly book round-up!

I started strong, I even had monthly genre themes, and then I went rogue. Though, I somehow managed to juuuuust get through 45 books before January 1. I was losing hope at the end with my dwindling reading habits but surprised myself the last few weeks. 

Without further ado, here is what I read: the highlights, the lows, and the best overall. 

You can find full reviews of January HERE and the next few months HERE

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Thoughts When Choosing a College

College can be scary, and choosing a college can be even more so because there seems to be a lot at stake. A million thoughts come to mind at just the word. 

“What college should I choose?”  “What if I choose wrong?”  “How am I supposed to know what will be right for me?” 

Sound familiar?

I know. I’ve been there. Choosing a college can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you know what you should be factoring into your decision.

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Follow My Fork Day

In honor of my Tio’s birthday I thought it would be a perfect day to discuss the latest San Diego Follow My Fork day!  If you are new to the blog, my uncle runs an Instagram account called Follow.My.Fork (which you can find here) where he posts all about the really yummy food he eats, mostly around his home in San Diego. He always takes me and my brother on food outings and this last one was my belated birthday gift.

We always do at least a 3 course outing and this was no exception.

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Welcome to Downton | Celebrate with Me

“Life is a game, where the player must appear ridiculous.” – Violet Crawley

Or as close to it as you can get in Southern California, which is apparently in Pasadena.

I turned 24 this weekend. A very strange feeling as I told my cousin, I still feel like it was just yesterday we were playing Hide the Wii remotes on my 13th birthday but here we are. My mother likes to say I have Peter Pan syndrome so the past few years of birthdays realizing I am, in fact, growing up have been very bittersweet.

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes

When Halloween sneaks up on you and you realize that you have yet to figure out a costume. No need to panic. Shop your closet. There are a ton of costumes you can put together if you just get a little creative.

So step right up and I will show you how I shop my own closet to put together 5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes. 

Pooh Bear

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2023 Book Challenge- January Reviews

A new year has begun and so has my yearly Book Challenges. My goal this year is 45 books. I’ve felt that I’ve been spending so much time doing unnecessary things in between work like watching youtube and scrolling when I could be reading so I’m working on filling that time with reading instead.

With the end of January, I am off to a promising start but the problem is, I have very few books on my To-be Read List. In need of recommendations, STAT! Please flood my messages with books you think I need to read and I will add them to the list for this year 🙂 

5 Books read within the first four weeks of 2023. Here is how they were:

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Dublin eats, shops, and sights

In part 2 of the Ireland Diaries, we find ourselves in the heart of Dublin for the sights and eateries of the city. 

Temple Bar

The Temple Bar area is filled with things to do, from nightlife (or so I’ve heard, I am a grandma and go to bed early ;p) to delicious food and shopping. The main Temple Bar building is beautiful with hundreds of string lights, especially at night. The Temple Bar Trading Company has great Ireland souvenirs for all the people in your life. They had some great postcards which I got for my uncles and they had other cool things like shamrock seeds and lots of shamrock-shaped jewelry. 

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles the sequel. A movie about a girl, her grandparents, and a global pandemic shutting down international transportation just at the end of the girls first trip abroad.

Here is the plot twist. It isn’t a movie. It is real life. I am that girl. Those are my grandparents, and that was my trip. 

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