My top 10 TV shows

Netflix is life and I have spent many hours binge watching “my shows”.

  1. Friends (10 seasons; Netflix)

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2. Gilmore Girls (7 seasons; Netflix)

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3. Big Bang Theory (10 seasons; CBS)

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4. Shameless (7 seasons; Showtime & Netflix)

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5. How I Met Your Mother (9 seasons; Netflix)

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6. Sons of Anarchy (7 seasons; Netflix)

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7. 2 Broke Girls (6 seasons; CBS)

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8. The 100 (4 seasons; The CW & Netflix)

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9. Pretty Little Liars (7 seasons; Freeform & Netflix)

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10. Orange Is The New Black (4 seasons; Netflix)

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I think I will always be waiting for a Friends reunion. I love all of these shows and all of them I can/have watched multiple times. A good binge watching session is something I live for.

Thanks for reading as always and I would comments, suggestions, and any new ideas anyone has to offer.

Kels

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Hacksaw Ridge

poster01Title: Hacksaw Ridge

Release Date: November 2, 2016

Rating: 8/10

Overview/plot: Follow Desmond T. Doss as he joins the Military as a conscientious Objector during World War 2. In Okinawa (the bloodiest battle of WW2) he never fired a shot and saved 75 men. He was the first conscientious objector to ever get the congressional medal of honor.

My thoughts: Being a history buff I loved that this is based off a true story, and I think Mel Gibson did a great job directing it. I am blown away by Andrew Garfield and Vince Vaughn in this movie. It is hard for me to see Andrew Garfield as this character because my favorite movie of his is Spider Man and Vince Vaughn playing in a war movie was difficult also. Both actors did a great job in their roles. It was very gory which I think portrayed this battle very well. My only problem with this movie is that I have noticed that it is not totally accurate. I think that is because Doss died in 2006 before this was going to be made into a movie. Other then that I think this was fantastic and I could watch it over and over again and feel the same way.

My favorite Quotes: There are two quotes that really stuck with me after watching this movie.

  1. “their animals” (this is in reference to the Japanese as the second wave of men gear up to go to Hacksaw Ridge)
  2. “please lord help me get one more” (this is what Doss was telling himself while he was on the ridge alone saving people)

Thanks for reading my movie review. I would love comments and suggestions (movies, books, tv shows, topics) as always.

Kels

 

 

 

 

The Magicians

thAs much as I love movies and books I also love a good TV show. I’ve watched hours upon hours of Netflix since I tend to pick shows that have a healthy number of season (5 or more). This TV show review is a show I would not have pick on my own but it turned out to be totally awesome.

Show: The Magicians

Rating: 5/5

Show overview: Follow Quentin Coldwater as he learns the magic he read about as a kid is not just fiction. He attends a secret university (for magicians) called Brakebills where he and his new “friends” discover that the magical world from their favorite childhood books is very real. The dark magic they find poses a danger not only to the magical world but also to the non magical world they also live in.

My awesome friend Scott told me about this show. I will admit I was a bit skeptical at first but then one night my mom talked me into watching the first episode. After watching episode one I was totally hooked. I then proceeded to finish the season in one day. This show is the perfect mix between Harry Potter (college style) and Narnia. I normally don’t like fantasy but this show has me forever hooked. This show is based of a trilogy by Lev Grossman and I currently debating if I want to check into reading the books.

The Magicians is currently airing season two on SYFY. It plays Wednesday nights at 9/8c. Season one can be found on Netflix and I would highly recommend this show to all.

Thanks for reading as always. I would love any comments or suggestions.

Kels

Life lessons from animated movies

I’m truly a little kid at heart. I love to watch any and all animated movies. Here are some of my favorite animated movies and one life lesson that you can find in each.

Zootopia: don’t judge a book (or animal) by the cover

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Tangled: Step out of your comfort zone

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Frozen: family is important and forever

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Lilo & Stitch: look out for family (pets to)

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Wall-e: with love anything is possible

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Finding Nemo: teamwork and of course JUST KEEP SWIMMING

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Finding Dory: home is where family is/ differences shouldn’t define us

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Monsters Inc: not all people are good

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Monsters University: Friendship

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The Little Mermaid: follow your dreams

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Wreck it Ralph: don’t give up

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UP: adventure is out there, go find it.

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Big Hero 6: Believe in yourself

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Thanks for reading. I would love comments and suggestions!

Kels

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day

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I recently finished reading a really fantastic book. Perfect for kids, parents, and educators of all levels.

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day (By: John David Anderson)

Rating: 4.5/5

Book overview: Have you ever had a favorite teacher? Have you ever had a really bad teacher? Well in a world with all kinds of teachers Tropher, Brand, and Steve won’t let Ms. Bixby leave without the perfect goodbye. These boys all connected with her in their own special way. Follow these boys as they go on a crazy adventure to ensure their last day with their beloved teacher is one they will never forget.

My thoughts: My mom was the one who told me about this book and being an education major I bought it on Amazon that same day (thank heavens for 2-day shipping). After reading this book I really hope I am this loved by my future students someday.While reading this book I smiled, cried, laughed, and everything in between. I learned that being a good teacher is not always just what you teach your students in the classroom. All of the other stuff like being a good person, being there for them in the hard times, standing up for them, and always making sure they know their best is good enough. This book is not just for kids but also for educators and parents.

My note to educators: In the world with all different kinds of teachers I encourage you to strive to be a teacher that is one of a kind and truly different then the others (not always easy). Try new things (even if they fail), let your students have their own voice, be open, be understanding, and most importantly connect with your students in some way.

My favorite quote: “Its not the last day that matters most. It’s the ones in between, the ones you get the chance to look back on. They’re the carnation days. They may not stand out the most at first but they stay with you the longest.” I choose this quote because at the end of the book the boys realized it wasn’t the final day they spent with Ms. Bixby that really mattered. They wanted a chance to show her how much she really means to them and how much she changed their lives forever.

I would recommend this book to anyone (even thought it is written for elementary aged kids). It was a quick read and can teach something to all that take the time to read it.

Thanks for reading. I would love comments and suggestions as always.

Kels

 

My top 10 movies

Picking just 10 movies to put at the top of my list was way harder than I thought it would be. But I narrowed it down.

  1. The Breakfast Club (1985)

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The day an athlete, a basket base, a princess, a brain, and a criminal spent the say in Saturday detention and learned more about themselves then they ever thought possible.

2. Twister (1996)

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Rabbit is good rabbit is wise.

3. Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (2009)

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I praise the lort for all Tyler Perry movies but this one makes me laugh nonstop.

4. Freedom Writers (2007)

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This movie is what inspired me to want to become an inner city teacher. Highly recommended but the book is way better.

5. Mean Girls (2004)

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This movie is so fetch and always will be.

6. She’s the man (2006)

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Does he have your number? 1-800- Biotch?

7. Bring it on (2000)

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Spirit fingers are a bigggg deal in the cheerleading world.

8. Brides Maids (2011)

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I’m ready to PAAAARRRRTTTYYY.

9. Pitch Perfect (2012)

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I’m a big fan of horizontal running its aca-awesome.

10.  The Impossible (2013)

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Movie of love, family, faith, determination, and doing the impossible. This is a wonderful true story that will have you in tears.

Well there you have it folks my top 10 favorite movies. Thanks for reading!

Kels

Surprise I’m Back

22c6cdee1f4dfab3162b792c920366daGuess who’s back? If you guessed the real slim shady you’d be wrong. Well hello there old friend it is good to see you again. I am going to take another stab at this whole blog thing because I now have a lot of extra free time.

So I think I should update you all on what is new in my life.

  1. I officially graduated from Butler Community College with my Associates degree in Secondary Education. Yay me.
  2. I am going to further my education at Emporia State University where I am going to major in Secondary Education with an concentration in social studies/history.
  3. I am still totally awesome.

There is not much new stuff going on in my life and I am okay with that. I do have some fun adventures coming up this year, and I am so beyond excited for them.

  1. I am going to Vegas in May with my wonderful boyfriend Justin.
  2. I am going to China in May with my adventurous parents.
  3. I turn 21 in July.
  4. I am going to the Dominican Republic with my family in July.

With the new year always comes new things. I am excited to see where 2017 takes me.

I am going to try and have a new blog post up every Wednesday and will post more if I find the time. Thanks for reading and I would greatly appreciate any feedback!

Kels

 

Tiny home living 

Hey yall I know I have been gone for a few weeks and I want to apologize for that. Midterms are finally upon us and I have been studying my booty off. 
I am sure most of you have heard of tiny homes as they have become more and more popular in the past couple of years. Well I am here to tell you that I do live in a tiny home and it is beyond amazing and it is totally doable. Living in a tiny home has made me down size my clothing, my furniture, and learn to live with less.

Storage is one of the biggest problems I have run into but I have found a few things that work. Baskets, baskets, and more baskets. Baskets have become like my best friend and something I use to store almost everything in my home. They keep things together, make the house look nicer and cleaner, and can add some color, if you buy colorful baskets of course. Another thing I use are Sterilite containers. You can buy them at Walmart for less then 20 bucks and some as low as 10 bucks. You can use the top like a nightstand or an end table, plus it doubles as a storage device.

A few things I really like about living in a tiny home are that I do not have to clean as often, I do not have much clutter, and it feels more home like. I love to clean but I also love not to clean so living in a tiny home I have less space to clean so I only need to really clean maybe once a week. Having less space means I have less space to clutter. To me I have a very homey home. In a regular home everything is so spread out and far away, but in a tiny home everything is close together.


Yes I am not going to lie living in a tiny home is not easy and it is not meant for everyone. But as for me I am totally in love with it. I am always trying to find new things to do in my home and I am always changing some of the things I do. I constantly find new ways to store things, new decore ideas, and I even come up with some on my own, but that is not very often because this thing called Pinterest exist which helps a lot.

Tiny homes are very affordable, in style, and are great for newly weds. I highly recommend looking into tiny homes on either Pinterest or simply just Google it. There are many different types of tiny homes but I hope a look into mine will make you see that it really is doable.

Thanks for reading as always. If you have any tips for things to try in my tiny home please let me know I am always looking for new ideas!
Kels

Tech(not)logy

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Hello those of the 21st century. I am here to inform you that there is such a thing as TOO MUCH TECHNOLOGY. Like woah crazy, right? Saying this seems kind of weird for me since I own an IPhone, apple watch, laptop, and an IPad. But without out a doubt I still think our society is becoming way to dependent on technology. 12 year olds have smart phones, 7 year olds have tablets, and adults have everything under the sun.

All too often I see kids missing out on time with loved ones, I see parents miss out on important mile stones in their kids lives, and I see people die from texting and driving. There are so many other things kids and adults could be doing that does not involve technology. Choose how you spend your time and choose wisely.

Adults just like kids need to step away from technology and do the hands on activities with their kids, get house work done, or even read a book. This constant need for the next new thing is getting way out of hand. Family dinner should be about spending time and talking with family not sitting at the table with your nose shoved into your IPhone or IPad. Adults are just as bad if not worse then children when it comes to technology.

Technology is a wonderful and has done some pretty amazing things, but it is ruining our since of communication and how we act around others. There is a time and place for technology and that time is NOT all the time. Spend time with your family, go outside, read a new book, or simply clean the house.

Adults need monitored just as much as children do when it comes to technology. I am not saying technology is bad or that we should not have it, I am just simply saying that we as humans rely too heavily on it. I personally feel kids should only be allowed 1 hour a night spent on technology, the other time should be spent reading, coloring, building, or playing a board game. Adults need to learn to just simply put it away, there is house work to be done or you have kids you could be playing with. Time spent on technology is wasted time. Limit yourself and you will be much happier.

We live in a forever evolving world and I love that but we waste too much of our time looking a computer, phone, or tablet screen. Our time could and should be better spent. So my challenge for all my readers is to limit the amount of time you spend on technology. Give yourself an hour or two a night and that is it.

Thanks for reading as always. I am always open to comments and suggestions.
Kels

Oh the places you will go

bilboIn my book life is one big giant adventure, and what we do during that adventure defines who we are. I urge every person college student or not to travel while you can. I love to travel even it is only a few hours away I get so excited, kind of like a little kid on Christmas. I have been to a large portion of our 50 states, Washington D.C, Spain, Portugal, France, and a couple other places over seas. Traveling is something that I have a passion for, and I plan to keep that passion alive.

Here is some advice I have for people that want to travel or have been wanting to see what our wonderful world has to offer:

1. It does not matter where you go just make it happen. You could be going just one state over or be flying half way across the world but MAKE IT HAPPEN. Take weekends, holiday breaks, spring and summer break and travel. For a while stop buying things you don’t need, save a little, and travel. There are even trips that you can set up a payment plan for.  It will always be worth it to say that you got to see the Eiffel Tower lit up at night, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

2. Take a million pictures. Doesn’t matter where you go but always take pictures. It is so much easier to explain what something is, or what happen when you have a picture to go with it. Pictures really are worth a thousand words. Taking pictures will help you remember a time line of your vacation and will capture the beauty of the places you went. And will be something you cherish for the rest of your life.

3. Along with taking pictures, journal everything. Your feelings, where you went, what you saw, what you ate, how you got there, and every other little detail you want to remember. This is awesome because it is a physical keep sake that you will have forever. Every trip needs to be remembered and it needs to be remembered well. And doing this is not only for your sake, but those around you too.

4. Don’t be afraid to try new foods. I cannot stress this enough. You may never get the chance to travel to some of these places ever again. The food there is authentic, so step out on a limb and try it. And this coming from a very picky eater just ask my mom or boyfriend they can tell ya. I will never forget the time I tried authentic couscous with lamb meat in Morocco because, my mom had been trying to get me to eat couscous for a while and I refused to try it. Everybody loves food so try what other places have to offer.

5. My final tip is to not miss out on something because you are tried. If you do an organized trip there is always going to be down time, or free time. Do not spend that time sitting around on your phone or sleeping. Go explore, find your own adventures, meet native people, or simply just walk around and take it all in. If you are going to be paying the money to go on a trip do everything you can do and see all that you can see.

Traveling is so important and helps us better understand our world and the many cultures we have. There are so many beautiful places to see, and amazing people to meet. So take a little time, and a little money and go on an adventure. Currently on my calendar I have a trip to New York City over spring break, a trip to Florida in the summer, and want to book a trip to London. I am making it happen.

So stay tuned for post about my upcoming trips.

Thanks for reading as always.
Kels