It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post! I’m glad to be here this Friday to share some of the things I’ve been loving lately! There’s no better time than summer break to focus more on the blog, so that’s what I’m doing. There will be many more lifestyle posts in the weeks to come, so get excited!
Favorite #1: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
I have been listening to this soundtrack nonstop for the past month, and I’ve memorized half the songs even though I’ve only seen the movie once. I’m actually listening to the soundtrack right now, as I write this post! I also like to blast the music from my laptop while I cook recipes (but only if I’m home alone).
Musicals normally aren’t my thing, but I made an exception for this one because it’s AWESOME! Have you seen The Greatest Showman? If you haven’t, you’re missing out!
Favorite #2: Summer Reading
I love reading, but I barely had time during the school year. Now that school’s out, I read in my spare time (as opposed to not having free time at all, ha ha). Since I had to take Summer PE for three weeks, I had a LOT of extra time to read. I ripped through three books, and I’m on my fourth right now. First, I finished The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson, a dystopian sci-fi book that I started in April and put down during finals season. ); Sci-fi normally isn’t my thing, but my dad asked me to read it & I’m so glad he did! It was actually really good, but a little hard to understand at times (it had to do with nanotechnology, a subject I’m not exactly familiar with).
Then, I read The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, which was my summer reading for AP Research (part of the AP Capstone program). This book was incredible!! I read it in just under a week, and it definitely inspired me to re-consider medical professions and the field of immunology/cancer research etc. I would highly recommend it.
Finally, I read Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. This was a slim read, and it only took me two days to get through. It was good, but I liked the other two better. Now, I’m reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (it’s my summer reading for AP English).
p.s. Here’s an article from Song of Style about 10 Books That Should Be On Your Summer Bucket List!
Favorite #3: Recipes I Want To Make
First up, I want to make this Blackberry Cacao Ice Cream from PaleOMG! I had some delicious blackberry sorbet over the weekend, and now I’m obsessed! Maybe I’ll make my own version for the blog . . . we’ll see. For now, I’m content to drool over Juli’s gorgeous ice cream.
We have a German exchange student with us right now, and she saw some blog photos the other day while I was working on my newsletter. She told me she wanted to make the Matcha Frappuccinos and the Brownie-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from my blog!
Favorite #4: Lululemon
I went to Lululemon and actually bought something for the first time last weekend! This was a monumental experience for me, because my parents don’t pay for everything I want . . . so I bought my own stuff! Although it can be frustrating to pay for my own “luxuries” (i.e. overpriced Lululemon clothes) while other kids my own age don’t, I know it’s healthy in the long run. I’m really learning the value of money, ha ha!
I went to Lululemon with my friends from work, and I bought a yoga block and a headband. I’m so excited to use these items, and I’m even more excited to use the bag! But yeah . . . I didn’t buy any clothes. Maybe next time, I’ll drop $100 on a pair of leggings . . . I’ve heard that they last for years, so I think they’d be a worthy investment.
Favorite #5: Organization, Articles, & My New Notebook!
Two of my favorite articles from the past week:
From Runner’s World: How Tuning In To Your Five Senses Can Transform Your Running Experience
From MyDomaine: 9 Life-Changing Documentaries on Amazon Prime
Finally, I recieved my new Leuchtturm 1917 journal in the mail the other day! This is the color “Emerald,” and I think it’s gorgeous! I’m so excited to start setting this one up. I’ll share my bullet journaling adventures on Instagram Stories, so be sure to follow along!
Thanks for reading! See you next week!