Where Have I Been? | A Life Update

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Random Quote of the Day: “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It has definitely been…a while. I can’t even remember what was the last thing I posted, lol. Anyways, I’m just going to cut right into the information and give you guys the run down of the where, when, how, why of my life since September.

Since September I have not had the will power to get up, plan out posts, and actually type them out. As you may have suspected, school has been kicking my tiny butt. If I had free time (unlikely), I was sleeping or watching Netflix. Nothing in me wanted to get up and put effort into my days if I didn’t NEED to.

➡ SEPTEMBER

Nothing much happened in September — this month always goes by so fast and I think it may be due to the angst that I have since my birthday is the last day of that month. In fact, the only fun that came out of September was my birthday. Instead of posting a haul, I’m just gonna show you guys what I got.

I visited HALF PRICED BOOKS and DICK BLICK ART MATERIALS to celebrate my birthday. Here’s the quick haul of the books:

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➡ OCTOBER

Just like September, October hasn’t been treating me TOO well either.

  • I bought John/Hank Green tickets for their Tour surrounding John Green’s newest novel release, Turtles All the Way Down. I’m going to the San Francisco show on October 31st if anyone else is attending!
  • I’m still working everyday after school from about 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. I know it’s not A LOT of hours, but working with kids straight after school does take a toll on me.
  • As many of you may have heard, my city in Northern California has been under some natural disaster business. From the beginning of this week, there has been a ton of wildfires (AKA Atlas Fires) around my area. I went to school on Tuesday, but the sky was horrendous and the air quality was horrible. School was cancelled this entire week as the fires have not been contained. I haven’t seen many people talking about it on social media unless they live in the area which is odd. People are losing their lives, their homes, etc.. But anyways, my family and I are safe for now. If anyone would like to donate or help out, feel free to donate HERE, or use Google to look up different sources.

Besides these odd happenings, my life has been pretty dull. School has been taking over and it’s only going to get more busy. College Applications are coming up in November so that should be fun. If anyone has any tips to get through Apps, definitely let me know!

I haven’t been reading unless it’s for school. Right now, we just finished I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and now we are studying Sylvia Plath and her poetry. Let’s just say I’m not a fan of poetry every day, lol.

I’m not going to make any promises and say that I’m going to try and post because honestly, I don’t have time. I definitely miss blogging and the community, but I haven’t been active on Twitter or Instagram, either.

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So that’s about it! Again, I do miss you guys and I will try and check in here and there. I probably won’t be completely active again until after November since the stress will be semi-decreased.

💬 But what about YOU guys? How are you? Did you hear about the wildfires in California? What have you been reading?? Chat with me in the comments!

Thanks for reading & I’ll see you next time…

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MY FAVORITE MONTH | September BWWU

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Random Quote of the Day: “Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” – David Lloyd George 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It is my favorite month of the year simply because it’s my birthday month! Even though this month has been pretty busy I am looking forward to the end of the month! Do you have a birthday in September? ✨

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  • MY ETSY SHOP HAS LAUNCHED!! If you haven’t seen my spam on Twitter or Instagram lately, A SKETCH OF JESS is now LIVE and ready for you! I’ve gotten several forms of support from family and friends already and it is JUST the beginning! Check out my shop HERE and possibly give it a LIKE? 🎉
  • I’M SELLING CLOTHES, BOOKS, & PAINTINGS ON MERCARI! Mercari is a marketplace app to sell your items easily! If you wanna see what I’m selling for fairly cheap, check out my Shop with my username ‘Jesalin Belk’.
  • I STARTED MY NEW JOB! I’m currently working at my local elementary school at an after school program with 1st-5th graders! They are such sweethearts and I am very pleased so far with it!

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Which Cover Wednesday [#34]

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Random Quote of the Day: “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 It’s been a while since I’ve posted a WCW! Let’s just skip to the debate 😉

THE MEMORY BOOK BY LARA AVERY

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Both are actually really stunning so this is definitely a hard decision. I love the creativity for the SECOND cover, so I think I’m picking that one! Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the first cover!

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Top Ten Tuesday [#43]

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Random Quote of the Day: “A mind too active is no mind at all.” – Theodore Roethke

Hello sunshines!🔆 It is no longer Monday which means that the week is 4 days from being OVER! For this week’s TTT post, were are chatting it up about TOP TEN NOVELS THAT HAD ALL THE HYPE!

Disclaimer: these are novels that I remember having hype since I’ve started blogging

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

LADY MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare

CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi

A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir

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Graze | A FREE Box for YOU!

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Random Quote of the Day: “We can only learn to love by loving.” – Iris Murdoch 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I am back, back, back, again with ANOTHER food subscription box! However, this time I have TWO codes for any of you guys to use to get yourself a FREE box! Stay tuned until the end of this post to get the code (:

Today I am featuring GRAZE. GRAZE is snacking reinvented.

“Graze was started by seven friends sick of chips and candy, who wanted a better way to snack. We quit our jobs and camped out in a friend’s spare room for months and after a lot of hard work, graze.com was born – snacks that show off the tasty side of health and are delivered directly to you. From pure fruit, to wholesome treats and dips & dippers – our huge variety (100 snacks with millions of graze box combinations) means there’s always something different to try so you’ll never be left standing at the vending machine feeling glum again!”

I was able to get this GRAZE box for FREE! Lucky for you I have a code that you can use to get a free box! However, let’s take a look at what I got:

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First Book Haul of the Year?!

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Random Quote of the Day: “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 Can you believe that this is my FIRST Book Haul of 2017?! I’ve accumulated a few books here and there but I finally have enough to post an ACTUAL Haul! I am so excited to share what books I’ve received/purchased thus far, so let’s get started!

SENT FOR REVIEW

  • GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zetner
  • MIRROR ME by Tara St. Pierre

SENT VIA UPPERCASE (and then some)

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  • DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray
  • WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS by Julia Walton
  • SONG OF THE CURRENT by Sarah Tolcser

* of course I got other Uppercase Box books but these are the more recent ones

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Nature Box | Food For Your Tummy!

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Random Quote of the Day: “Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” – Arthur Rubinstein 

Hello sunshines! 🔆 I am back with an awesome FOOD subscription box unboxing + review! If you don’t remember, I’ve actually unboxed NATURE BOX before earlier when my blog was just a fetus. Since then I’ve ventured back into NATURE BOX for their free box — you just pay for $4.65 shipping! Anyways, let’s get into all the deets:

Image result for naturebox logoNATURE BOX is a subscription plan that delivers a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients – with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.

I’m going to be honest — their site is a little hard to follow when it comes to subscribing or becoming a member, but from what I understand you only pay $5 a month? Also, you can purchase individual items without being subscribed which is pretty cool.

As I’ve mentioned I got this box just by paying for shipping ($4.95)! The only down side to this is that I didn’t get to choose which snacks I wanted in my box. Let’s see what was inside:

  • Salt & Vinegar Veggie Chips
  • Kung Pao Pretzels
  • Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies
  • Crunchy BBQ Twists

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