Junie B. Jones: A Menace or a Mentor?

A little glitter can turn your whole day around.Barbara Park Growing up, I was fortunate to have strong female figures and encouraging male figures in my life, all pushing me to be the best version of myself. Books are my place of happiness, for they create worlds where I can interact with loud outspoken characters … Continue reading Junie B. Jones: A Menace or a Mentor?

The Memory Behind Bullet Journaling

I originally wrote this article for Arts Help. You can find the original publication HERE Bullet journaling has been available for decades; however, it was not until the last few years that it became a widespread trend. Geared towards those who are more on the creative side, bullet journals lend themselves to a custom organization … Continue reading The Memory Behind Bullet Journaling

Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!

A cookie originally made to last a long time and soak up wine...sounds good to me! In the U.S. this traditional Italian hard cookie is referred to as biscotti; whereas in many regions in Italy it is called cantucci. Biscotti comes from a small city in the Tuscan region of Italy called Prato. The cookie--cantucci … Continue reading Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!

Little Women

About 13 years ago, on my 10th birthday, I opened my first copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It was the full length--465 pages. I will admit, I read the first half of the book at least 5 times through until reading the entire book. Like a high school sweet heart I fell … Continue reading Little Women

Review of “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle

A memoir about star crossed lovers, self discovery, and family love, Untamed by Glennon Doyle is a book for posterity. It is a memoir that should be used as a tool for empowerment and encouragement for all women. Doyle's memoir was published early in 2020 right before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, but that … Continue reading Review of “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle

Review of “Outlawed” by Anna North

Published on January 5, 2021, Outlawed is a recent celebrity in the book world. However, Anna North is not new to writing. North has three published novels including Outlawed, is currently a senior reporter at Vox, and previously worked as an editor and writer at the New York Times, Salon, Buzzfeed, and Jezebel. Head to … Continue reading Review of “Outlawed” by Anna North

My Favorite Anthology

"And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see: or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read."Alice Walker February is Black History Month. This is a month dedicated to celebrating black excellence! Many bloggers, … Continue reading My Favorite Anthology

The Giver of Stars

Powerful, historical, and intentional. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a novel that made me gasp, cry, and feel hopeful. Published in 2019, the historical fiction novel is one everyone should read. Outstanding examples of feminism, heartwarming character development, and meticulous intentionality behind every word written are just three reasons why "The Giver … Continue reading The Giver of Stars

Wuthering Heights

“I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.”― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights Life can be long, messy, emotionally and physically exhausting, especially during a pandemic and great social injustice. Remember to take even just five minutes to yourself each day. Do something that brings you a bit of joy. For me, this comes … Continue reading Wuthering Heights