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Saturday Happy

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When my mom passed along the news that someone from our hometown (a very small farming community) was an Amazon top selling author, I  had to do some serious research. Turns out she she went to high school with my brother and I know of her parents. I couldn't help but get the book immediately, check it out for myself and get in correspondence with her as soon as possible. What's making you happy this week?
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Friday Showings

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Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, sold! What If looks like a fun, cheeky, light hearted and a feel good romantic comedy. Anything with Zoe Kazan, I pretty much love so I'm a little psyched about this film. I'm so in need of good rom-com, suggestions?

Friday Mornings

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Good Mornings readers, how has your week been? I've been keeping my lips sealed about some big news and until my start date became official I didn't want to blurt out that I've taken on a new job. I've been working part time for a little over two years at a local library as a librarian assistant and I've finally made the move to accept a full time position as school is winding down. My new job is a big step up and that much closer to becoming a Children's Librarian. Now if you remember I started my gig at my current job as a volunteer three years ago, so the feelings of leaving is very bittersweet. I have nothing but wonderful memories, friends for life and a team I'm going to miss very much. But I'm also really excited for more responsibility, bigger projects and a whole new team of friends and workers. With that said, I'm off to enjoy a couple days off, celebrate and work one more weekend while taking in all the greatness that this job has given …

this week's favorites...

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Hoping the heat begins to die down over the weekend and Fall comes early this year, I'm already thinking about autumn appropriate clothes like wool sweaters and pea-coats, Essie's Wicked polish and boots. I'm thinking about the goals and Fall to-do's for this season, creating book lists and big decisions for the future. Make sure to treat yourself to a little something like a bouquet of flowers to brighten your home and mood over the weekend.
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Blast From the Past

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When it was time to go back to school, I could not wait to hit up Target and go shopping for school supplies with my mom. That meant gel pens, stickers, brand new crayons and Lisa Frank everything. It meant personalizing my backpack with stickers, freaking out over the newest technology of the 90s the Giga-Pets and a Spice Girls lunchbox. What were some of your favorite back to school shopping items? 
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Back to School

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Being the nerd I am and jumping at the excitement for back to school shopping, returning to the classroom was never an issue growing up. My sister and I marveled at the smallest things like Lisa Frank stickers and folders, bouquets of newly sharpened pencils and glitter crayons. I couldn't wait to get one of my mother's infamous little napkin notes come lunch time. In middle school I started watching shows like Gilmore Girls over and over (as well as the movies Dead Poet Society and The Emperor's Club) and I often dreamed of going to schools reminiscent of Saint Andrews, where The Dead Poet Society was filmed in Delaware. Walking down a winding sidewalk in the middle of campus on a brisk fall day surrounded by beautifully bricked buildings, what a dream. What is your favorite part of going back to school? Getting new clothes, new shoes, a new lunchbox or certain type of markers, checking out all the new books you'll get at school? 
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Teen Vogue

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When it came to style icons during my childhood, it pretty much was 100% Mary-Kate and Ashley. Then middle school hit and it was all about being cool and looking like a million bucks, Mary-Kate and Ashley's look had matured and I loved everything about their fashion growing up. But I also loved Jodi Lyn O'Keefe's wardrobe in She's All That. Around high school and the beginning of Young Adult Reality TV, Lauren Conrad set the stage and still influences how I define my own sense of fashion. Who were your favorite icons growing up?  
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Cher Horowitz and Her Closet

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In elementary school my fashion choices revolved around the happy face and peace signs. When I went to middle school short crop tops, high waist denim and plaid were my go to favorites. Then I saw Clueless and fashion changed forever. Shorts skirts, platforms, knee-high stockings, red and skin tight dresses, silk blouses, plaid everything and that closet! Cher Horowitz was was my fashion guru in middle school and still is. What are some of your 90s favorite fashion pieces?    
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Game On

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My family never hosted or put on games nights but we were certainly into them. My sister and I loved to quiz each other with our Brain Quest cards, Clue and Operation were definitely two of my favorites and Guess Who was always picked first when we were in the mood to play a game. What were some of your favorite board games growing up?
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Back to the Basics

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These days parents have so much pressure to put their kids in a million things like ballet classes, violin lessons, tutoring/test prep one on one sessions, karate class, Girl Scouts, summer school, volunteering at the library and dog shelter, so they can put the list of accomplishments to that much dreaded and upcoming college application. And if they are not studying, practicing an instrument or meeting up for a play date they are most likely glued to some kind of screen. What about good old fashion going into the backyard climbing the trees and playing with your siblings. Not exactly a smart idea but my sister and I use to spend hours (jumping on the trampoline, dancing to music and being silly) climbing the tree in our backyard and poke at the bat living inside hollow hole high in the tree. Get outside and imagine, pretend you're the queen of the world :)  
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Quote of the Day

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"Oh no, to live...to live will be an awfully bid adventure." -Robing Williams as Peter Banning
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Weekend Wrap Up

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ready to get in shape and get fit.  after walk breaks include a stop for pitaya smoothies.  a day at the mineral baths with girlfriends.  my beautiful desert life, blue skies and all.  get moving with colorful and fun shoes. saturday mornings include a quick napping sesh.
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Saturday Happy

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Over the last few weeks my family decided everyone needed to get with it and join the Fitbit world. And have we, it's gotten so intense that my brother originally set the bar with walking twelve thousand steps a day. Then I decided I needed to beat my dad's daily steps and keep upping my own goals. The other day, I went so far as to walking over twenty-one thousand steps, people literally think I'm insane. There was no way I could let my mom come close to beating my steps. I have not yet gotten past the obsession stage and even when I do, I will keep working at staying between eleven to twelve thousands steps a day. When it comes down to it, I feel fantastic and full of energy. So what's making you happy?   
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Friday Showings

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A personal favorite, a classic and perhaps the greatest movie of the nineties, this is one of the most influential films for young girls of my generation. Clueless will forever hold a special place in my heart. Cher Horowitz, you were my fashion icon in middle school and I still want your closet and clothes matching computer program!! If you haven't seen this movie, do yourself a favor and get it!!!!  

Friday Mornings

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Hello my wonderful readers how are you doing and feeling this weekend? This has been a quite a week! A week full of emotion, inspiration and excitement with a side of too much energy. With good and big news just around the corner, I'm looking forward to a fun and relaxing weekend with the girls. I've had so much energy and been quite hyper lately. I've set the bar with a major competition going on with my family, we have a serious Fitbit challenge happening right now and it's getting intense. With a day trip to the spa and hanging out with girlfriends, this weekend is already off to a great start. What are you up to, whatever your plans have a fantastic few days and we'll see each other Monday :)
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this week's favorites...

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This week has been full of happiness, celebrations, relaxing a bit and treating myself. Any good, positive and mood lifting news to share this Friday morning? Feel free to share anything that is making you particularly happy this weekend :)
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Suzy's Zoo

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Anyone who knows me well can tell you that I love everything about Suzy's Zoo and the talented illustrator who brought Suzy and her friends to life, Suzy Spafford. Everything from cards, calendars, coloring books, dolls and young reader books, I own it all. For all my friends and family who expect a card from me whether it's for a birthday, anniversary or for feeling better, they know a Suzy Zoo card is coming their way. This past March at my brother's wedding, in addition to the card my guy and I gave, I just had to send the new couple the cutest Suzy Zoo wedding card I found. So when he opened the card and gift, my parents and he laughed. My boyfriend and sister-in-law were trying to figure out what was so funny, they were later informed of my small obsession with this brand.    
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Dixie Chicks and 98 Degrees

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Some of my favorite albums and artists of the 90s, what's on your nostalgic music playlist? So many sleepovers were dedicated to dancing all night, working on dance routines and practicing over and over and putting on performances for friends and families. What are some of your fondest memories with blasting the tunes during your childhood? (images via amazon)

Boy Band Craze

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It's that time of year where nostalgia hits me most, so I'm happy to bring back the Memory Lane Series. I'm seriously excited to talk about childhood memories of the decade you grew up in. Being a 90s baby, I grew up listening to a lot of pop. Until I found my love for boy bands and creating dance routines to Britney Spears songs with friends, I was the younger sister who would always sneak into my brother's room to see what he was listening too. At a young age, I have to admit I loved Rap music. With my brother in high school while I was entering middle school most of my music taste I owe to him. Memorizing lyrics to Nate Dogg, Nas, Dr. Dreand Outkastas a fifth grader was not exactly something my parents were proud of but my curiosity for my brothers older life and cool music taste was everything I wanted as a young teen.
Then boy bands became the thing in middle school. The hotties that made up Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, LFO and NSNYC covered the walls of every gi…