Wild at Heart

Hey everyone! Today’s post is a super exciting one for me. Recently I was given a copy of the book Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker, in return for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. Note that there are spoilers for the first book in this post! 

Let me start by saying that I read my first K.A. Tucker book last year and became an instant fan of hers. The first book of hers that I read was The Simple Wild, which just happens to be the first book in this series. If you have not read The Simple Wild I highly suggest you do. For those who have not read it here is a quick recap of the story.

The first book is about a girl, Calla Fletcher, who lives in Toronto. She lives with her mom and step dad and at the time is estranged from her father and has been for a number of years. However, one night she gets a call from her father’s friend Agnes. Agnes tells Calla that her dad has cancer and it may be a good time to come see him. Calla struggles with this at first but ultimately decides to go to see her father in Alaska. Wren Fletcher runs Alaska Wild, a business that charters out airplanes. As Calla is in Alaska she not only builds a relationship with her father she also becomes close to Agnes and Agnes’s daughter,Mable, who are close friends and neighbors of Wren. One relationship Calla does not build on quickly is the one with Jonah, one of the bush pilots for her dad’s company. This book is a hate to love romance so in the end Jonah and Calla do fall in love,however Calla does go back home to Toronto.

After finishing this book I couldn’t wait for Wild at Heart to come out. Wild at Heart picks up with Calla leaving Toronto for Alaska so that her and Jonah can be together again. Throughout the book Calla tries to fit in with her Alaska neighbors and struggles to find her place in this new area. In this book we are introduced to new characters such as Toby, who in the beginning is Calla’s only friend. We are also introduced to Toby’s mother, Muriel, a headstrong woman. Through the book Muriel tries to turn Calla into the “perfect” Alaskan woman who can tend a garden and shoot a rifle. I loved getting to know these new characters but the character that really stuck out was Roy, Calla’s grumpy neighbor. As I was reading I kept wanting to know more and more about Roy’s past.

        What I love about not only Wild at Heart  but K.A. Tucker’s books in general is the way the characters are written. They are written so well that as you are reading you feel every emotion they are. They really bring the story to life. As I was reading this book I felt everything Calla did from the jealousy when Marie, the beautiful Alaskan vet, would talk to Jonah to the fear of when she saw the bear coming up on Mable in the truck. K.A. Tucker and her writing really got me connected to this storyline. I can’t recommend this book enough! It is a must read and in my opinion is the best book of 2020.  I am crossing my fingers that there will be more books in this series because I am not ready to see Calla and Jonah’s journey end.

        If you’ve read The Simple Wild who was your favorite character and who are you looking forward to seeing in Wild at Heart? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Links to buy The Simple Wild:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Wild-Novel-K-Tucker-ebook/dp/B075RJJY6W/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?keywords=the+simple+wild&qid=1582327122&sprefix=the+simple&sr=8-2

Apple Books:https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewBook?id=1329476506

Nook: https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-simple-wild-ka-tucker/1127208808?ean=9781501133459

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-simple-wild

Links to buy Wild at Heart:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/386OOcv

Amazon Worldwide: mybook.to/WildAtHeartKAT

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2FO3v7Y

Nook: http://bit.ly/2NjTgMU

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2FK74fl

Nanny Diary- New Job

Hey everyone! It has been some time since I last posted. I am hoping to post more though. Today I want to talk about a new job I have.

At the end of last year I started working for a company that works with developmental disabilities. Through this company I began to work with a family that has a few little boys. Since beginning to work for this family I have learned a lot! I have learned to be more patient with the children and also how to have thicker skin.

Moving forward things will get crazy. I am planning on working with this family more. Then in the Fall I have enrolled in online classes through NAU. With all that being said I am hoping to start posting on here weekly. Moving forward I can’t wait to share more with you guys!

-A

Textbook Study Tips

Hi everyone! Recently I have been studying like crazy and it has been hard to post all the time.  With all that studying came the inspiration for this post. Today I am going to share how I use my textbooks to study. Keep in mind that I do buy all of my books oppose to renting them. If you are renting your textbooks some of these tips may not work for you!

The first thing I use when reading my textbook are highlighters. While reading I use different color highlighters to mark vocabulary terms, definitions, examples of the vocabulary or key words, and any other information I think is important. This makes it easy to spot any important information.  The colors I use are; pink for the section titles, blue for vocabulary/key words, orange for examples of vocabulary/key words, and yellow for any other important information.

The next thing that I use is bookmarks. I like to place a bookmark in every chapter that I read. I do this until I have a test. This helps with studying because I can see what chapters will be on the test. Placing bookmarks in each chapter also help so that I can get to each chapter faster and not have to flip through all of the different pages. I highly recommend using bookmarks because it will make your life so much easier! To see what bookmarks I am currently using take a look at my last post where I talk about my favorite bookmarks.

The last thing that I use is post it notes. I use the post it notes to write thoughts and questions down and stick them on the different pages. Sometimes I will just use a pen and write in the margins but post it notes are also great to use!

These are just a few of the ways that I study. I want to know what you do to study. Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Moxie and Might

Hey everyone! Today I want to tell you about one of my new favorite Etsy shops.  I was introduced to Moxie and Might a few months ago and have been obsessed since. It is all I can do to not buy everything!

Moxie and Might has quite a bit of different hand made things. Some of the things that you can find on this shop are hand lettered bookmarks, embroidery pieces, and prints. The shop owner is so talented and does amazing work! While she offers different products I really want to focus on the bookmarks. Moxie and Might bookmarks are all hand lettered and most have references to different shows and podcasts.  Some of the themes are; Harry Potter, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, My Favorite Murder, the Office, and Game of Thrones. While these are the ones that are shown on the Etsy page custom orders are also available!  The bookmarks are all laminated and are really holding up! Each bookmark sells for $4 each.

I recently ordered a custom order with quotes from How to Get Away with Murder. They are such great bookmarks and everything I had hoped for. I am currently using all of them. As a college student I am reading textbooks all the time and to add to that the tests cover multiple chapters. That is where these bookmarks come in! I have all these bookmarks placed in the different chapters in each section, and it makes studying so much easier!

I will definitely be buying from Moxie and Might again! Go check out the shop on Etsy and the shop Instagram! These bookmarks are wonderful and you will not want to pass them up. What quote would you want put on a bookmark? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/MoxieandMight

Instagram: www.instagram.com/Moxie.and.Might

Nanny Diary- Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Hi everyone! October is spina bifida awareness month. In honor of this I thought it would be great time to write about my experience with it.

The first time I was introduced to spina bifida happened a little over a year ago. It was at that time I became a nanny to a baby who has spina bifida. I continued to watch her for the year and still watch her from time to time. It was during that year that I learned a lot about spina bifida and everything it entails. I learned about the different equipment used and all the therapies that are needed.

During my time working with baby I learned a lot and I gained a lot. Even to this day I still get excited each time she hits a major milestone. In fact, I wrote this post while this little girl was sleeping. She had spent the night crawling around and pulling herself into the bath with her sisters! Of course, all of this was done with a huge smile on her face.

Working with this child was so great and it really opened my eyes to spina bifida and other developmental disabilities. It really got me interested in developmental disabilities and I plan to continue my work as a nanny in the field of developmental disabilities!

-A

*Picture from the Spina Bifida Association website.

Fall Tag

Hey everyone! Fall is just getting started where I live so I thought it would be the perfect time to do the Fall Favorites tag. Read on to see what my fall favorites are!

What is your favorite fall candle?

I don’t have a specific candle that I like for fall. However, I really like Bath and Body Works candles so it would probably be one from there!

What is your favorite drink?

I love the black peach tea from Dutch Brothers!

What is your favorite fall clothing trend?

I love boots! I would wear them all year if the weather was right. My current favorites are from Target and are from the Mossimo Supply Co brand. They are black combat type boots and I can wear them with a dress or jeans!

What is your favorite movie to watch in the fall?

I like Hocus Pocus, but Young Frankenstein is also great!

What Fall television show are you looking forward to?

I watch a lot of TV shows, but I was really looking forward to Chicago Fire. Shows by Shonda Rhimes were on my watch list too!

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

I only eat two things on Thanksgiving, and they are rolls and cheesy onions. So good!

What was your favorite Halloween costume?

I liked a lot of my Halloween costumes through the years, but I think the one that deserved more praise was when I was 8 or 9.  I dressed as Raggedy Ann and my dad dress up as Raggedy Andy.

Football, yay or nay?

Yay! I actually know a lot more about football than people think. My favorite NFL team is the Cardinals and my favorite college team is the Longhorns.

I hope you enjoyed this tag and I would love to see what your answers are to these questions! You can answer as many as you want in the comments below!

-A

Stay Hydrated

Hey everyone! It has been extremely hot out and I am really seeing how important it is to drink water. Those of you who know me know I do not drink water, even though I have at least 100 water bottles and cups. Well I recently added to my cup collection and they really help me to drink more water. Keep reading to see what cups I use to get the daily suggested water I need!

The first cup is my Yeti. I have the 30 ounce cup and it is amazing! I use it up until it is in dire need of being washed. If I am being honest it should have been washed a few days ago. What I love about this cup is that it keeps my water cold for a super long time. This is also great because instead of trying to guess if I drank enough water I can just fill my cup twice throughout the day and know that I drank enough. I love the Yeti cups so much that I ordered two more which I am super excited to get!

The second cup that I am obsessed with is a glass mason jar from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. This cup is 32 ounces which is wonderful! Just like the Yeti I can fill the cup twice and get my daily recommended water. Another thing I love is that the lids are colorful with different patterns. I really love The Pioneer Woman’s line, and not just because we share the same name…Ann Marie, because you also can purchase more lids and straws. You can change up the look of your cup every day!

These are just two of the cups I own but they are the ones I use regularly. I highly recommend both cups! They both have great designs but they also help to meet daily water goals. What is your go to cup or water bottle? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

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Nanny Diary- Burned Out

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you the chaotic and busy week I had, and  by the title I am sure you can tell it ended in me being burned out and not feeling to great.

This past week I took on extra hours at work so I was working full time. I also told another family I would do daycare drop off and pick up/bedtime routine. It was very exhausting and I was rushing between the daycare and my job. Even after getting home I did not get to relax like I had hoped. I would begin to do homework and post my blog post for that day. It was not until this morning I realized I was burned out and really needed a break!

Even though I had a crazy week it was also very eye opening and helped me to realize I could make some changes so that I do not get overwhelmed in the coming month when I have to balance a full time job and going to school full time. The biggest thing I realized I could do is do one assignment a day and not all of them on one day. This would not only help me have a less stressful week but I also would do better in school because I am giving my attention to one lesson instead of three. The second thing that I learned is that I am able to schedule my posts to post to my blog by itself. This will make it so that I am not rushing to type and format posts.

At the moment I am working on homework and rushing to type this post. However, I do look forward to trying these new ideas this week and hopefully will be able to relax a little bit! What do you do to ease your work load? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Binge Worthy Shows

Hey everyone! With school being out for the summer I have been watching quite a few shows. These are a few of the shows I have been binging!

  1. How to Get Away with Murder: This is one of my new favorite shows! It is one of the many shows that Shonda Rhimes has created, and much like her other shows it does not disappoint! I could not stop watching this show and ended up finishing the last three seasons in two weeks. How to Get Away with Murder really built the characters story. My favorite person in the show is Laurel and look forward to seeing where her storyline goes in the coming season. You can watch How to Get Away with Murder on Netflix.

 

  1. Black-ish: This is quickly becoming my favorite show. It is so funny and I am almost through all the available seasons. My favorite character is Diane. She has a dark side, but it is hilarious at the same time. I highly recommend this show if you like sitcoms. You can watch Black-ish on Hulu!

 

  1. Westworld: With Westworld I was unsure if I would like it, but I really enjoyed it! I originally started watching it because James Marsden is in it and I am glad I did. After the first episode I was hooked! I finished 2 seasons in one week it is so good. Westworld can be viewed on HBO.

These are just three of the shows I have watched and loved. What is your favorite binge worthy show? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Back to School Crafts

Hey everyone! The beginning of school is around the corner and for some already started this past week. Today I am going to tell you about two back to school crafts “A” and I made. They were both super easy to do!

The first thing we made was a chalkboard notebook. For this project you will need: a notebook, paintbrushes and chalkboard paint. “A” and I used chalkboard paint we bought from Michaels, in the color Onyx. To create this notebook you will paint 2 to 3 coats of paint on the notebook cover. In between each coat you should wait 2 hours before painting the next layer. For best results add a clear protective coat to the cover. Another tip for the best possible results is to allow the notebook to dry completely for 24 hours before writing on it with chalk.

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The second project is a lava pen. For this project you need: glitter, oil, water, a ballpoint pen, a hot glue gun, and a dropper.  The first step is to take the pen out. After that, use the hot glue gun to glue the top of the pen lid and the bottom of both the inner and outer pen. Next use the dropper to add oil and water into the pen. The last step is to add glitter and put the pen back in. This project took a total of 5 minutes and it was such a huge hit with “A”.

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These were such fun projects to do! Have you done any back to school crafts? Let me know in the comments below!

-A