Why We Should NEVER Ban Books

I live in Dallas, TX. In Dallas there is a suburb of sorts called Highland Park or Park Cities because it also encompasses University Park. Yesterday morning I came across an article that really upset me. This article talked about how the high school was banning books such as Song of Solomon, Siddhartha, The Art of Racing in the Rain just to name a few. Here is the article.

Parents got together and decided that this was a good idea because GOD FORBID there be a sex scene or a scene in a book that discusses sex. When I was in high school in AP English we read, The Handmaids Tale. That at the time was the most scandalous book I had ever read. Did it make me into a sex fiend? No. Did it make me anything but more intelligent and more able to understand struggles people go through? Yes.

We also read a book in that same AP English class called Fahrenheit 451. A book about a world where books are banned. I feel when we start doing things such as banning books in high school classes we are just going more towards a world where books are banned. I understand parents think some violent shows, movies and video games are bad for kids to watch and as a parent I think that is their right to protect their children from that. But classic novels? Really? Great works of Fiction, Non Fiction and Poetry? We are going to start banning this? If that is the case we may as well live in a world like Fahrenheit 451.

This article not only made me upset but it made me sad. It made me sad for the students who will never read these books because as bad as it sounds some of my favorite books are books I was forced to read in high school. Books like The Great Gatsby, The Handmaids Tale, Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath. All books that had some sort of life lesson in it. Things like poverty, murder, mental illness, rape. These are things that happen in life. You can’t shield people from the reality of the world forever.

I guess this is just what I think. I am not a parent. Maybe I can’t stand on this one because of that. But I am someone who loves books. I have always loved books. I do not want to live in a world where books are banned.

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What is your take on the subject?

My Weekend Via Instagram

I’m never ready for Mondays lately. Maybe it’s because our weekends have been super busy prepping for the wedding and trying very hard to “relax.” Well none of that happened…at least the relaxing part.

Well here is my weekend via Instagram which if you are not following me you should :)

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Friday we got a new Wedding gift! Hello brand new vitamix we love you.

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Saturday we were a house divided football wise but we still love each other :)

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Brunch with Ally and Ted at Braedwinners….all the coffee

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Got some wedding gifts from my Grandparents and Aunt and Uncle….My grandparents went a little crazy(in a good way) at Crate and Barrel. Hello Kitchenaid Mixer :)

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Andrew wasn’t feeling well Saturday so I got a little crafty and made a new Fall Wreath for our door. Will have the DIY tutorial up later this week!

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Our super cute Fall decked out Front Porch

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Sunday my mom gave us the most amazing gift ever! All of our wedding invites for various parties and the Holiday card we sent right before we got engaged! Seriously AMAZING GIFT! Go momma!

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Andrew had a bad migraine and was still not feeling well Sunday night so I watched some Downton Abbey and had oatmeal for dinner. Yeah it was that kind of night.

 

Other notes of the weekend: Had a nice breakfast with my dad Sunday morning. Our last just us breakfast before the wedding. It was very emotional but it was wonderful! Love my family!

Also Andrew’s good friend Amaan who is a groomsmen in our wedding came over to hang out for a bit this weekend since we were not really up to leaving much. I feel bad cause I put him to work helping me reorganize our kitchen :) Love you buddy!

All in all my weekend was a great weekend. Wish Andrew felt better and hopefully he does today!

 

What was the most fun thing you did this weekend?

Sunday Social

Guys this has been quite the week! I am not ready for the weekend to end waaaahhhhh!

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This Weeks Questions:

1. What is your favorite part of Fall? Oh gosh where to begin??? The clothes, layers, fires in the fireplace, candles, hot coffee, football, decorating

2. Do you have anything special planned for Fall? Well I am getting married this Fall :)

3. What is Fall like in your area? It starts to get pretty cold near Halloween and before that it’s pretty mild so it’s not bad.

4. What is your favorite Football team to cheer for(college or professional)? Texas A&M Aggies and Dallas Cowboys

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5. Do you decorate for Fall? Show us pics!!!

Here are some. I also decorated our porch but I haven’t taken pics yet!

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Next Weeks Questions:

1. What is your favorite magazine to read?
2. What is the best thing you’ve seen online lately?
3. Who is your favorite celebrity to follow on Instagram or Twitter?
4. Is there one article of clothing no matter what the season you can’t help but love?
5. Do you prefer email or snail mail?

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Friday Favorites

Oh gosh Friday why did you take so long to get here?

I think I ask this all the time but lord, I’m exhausted and it’s not even mid day Thurs as I write that.

So onto my Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites

 

1. Naps: So with my conditions POTS, Orthostatic Hypotension, EDS I am supposed to sleep when I am tired. One main factor of this is I do not sleep well at night. The good thing about me napping is I can nap almost immediately. This week with the concussion and everything else naps have been a favorite. I am not lying.

2. Tumblers Full of Cold Water: Nothing like ice cold Smart Water in a pretty tumbler to make a girl happy. I think it’s important to drink a lot of water and I have talked about my tips for drinking water in another post. Read it, it’s important. 

3. Taking Leaps: I am loving seeing people signing up for my online course and I really think as a blogger regardless of how long you’ve been blogging or even a small business owner you will benefit greatly from this. I highly suggest checking it out and signing up. The first two classes are both filling up fast so don’t wait! Just take the leap!

4. Sassy Lip Gloss: Hey when I need a mood brightener sassy lip gloss is the way to do it. These are my current favorites.

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5. Bunny Grahams: I am a big stress eater. Sometimes I am a stress non eater. This week I have been stress eating and I opted for bunny grahams which are about as healthy as cookies can get. Seriously I love them. I highly suggest going to pick up a box or 12.

 

What are some of your Friday Favorites?

The Makeup Worth Splurging On

I am one of those makeup lovers that either goes crazy at Target or Crazy at Neimans. I love me some drugstore makeup but I will say I do have some pricey makeup in my collection. I have shared my inexpensive makeup finds before. So today I want to share with you what I consider to be the makeup worth splurging on. You know there is some stuff out there worth splurging on and this is the stuff. TRUST ME!

Splurge Worthy Makeup

 

1. Butter London Nail Polish: To be fair I think most nail polish is overpriced. I mean it’s nail polish people! But I do love Butter London. I go to a nail salon that happens to have Butter London and I usually gravitate towards this raspberry color in the Fall for my toes. It is perfection. Yes it’s worth the money!

2. Dior Show Mascara: Oh lord. My love for this will never die. It makes my eyelashes look amazing. I will say there are drugstore  mascaras that will get the job done as well but if you were to splurge on a mascara please spurge on this one.

3. Dior Lipgloss: One of my favorite splurge purchases that I thought I would kick myself for at the time is this lipgloss. I have two a great coral color and a dark red. They are amazing, non sticky and last a long time. Basically all I look for in lip gloss. The price tag is a little hefty but you will love it.

4. This Chanel Eye Palate: I hate spending a ton of money on eyeshadow because I do not wear it super often but I bought this palate and I love it!!! It has great colors that contrast each other so well. I know you could buy a naked palate and get twice as much but still I love these colors. They look great with that Dior mascara!

5. Makeup Forever HD Foundation: One of my favorite foundations. I love this so much. It’s very light and creamy and perfect for sensitive skin. TO DIE FOR.

6. NARS blush: Really any of them. I have about 8. I wish I was not so addicted but lets face it these are the best blushes around. Spend your money and pick yourself up some NARS.

7. Bare Minerals Highlighter: I love a great brightening highlighter. I have found great inexpensive ones but I love this one for days when my face just needs a little something extra. I highly suggest picking this up!

 

What is your favorite makeup worth splurging on? 

Wedding Wednesday: 3.5 weeks

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Oh lord you guys I have 3.5 weeks till my wedding! This may be my last or one of my last Wedding Wednesday posts. Scary to think we’ve been engaged for 9 months! WHAT?! How did that happen already? We got our bands, marriage license and Andrews tux done in one day 2 weeks ago. Then of course there was my wreck. During all of this we’ve been helping my mom move, Andrew’s parents have been building a new house and this year my dad renovated and moved into a new condo. Yeah we couldn’t have more going on if we tried.

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(yes I look a hot mess)

I am starting to make a honeymoon packing list so if you have any ideas or links to share with me please do. 9 days in Hawaii for us so that’s a lot to pack!

We have our final walkthrough tomorrow at our venue. Then next week I have my final dress fitting. Crazy to think all these things are FINAL appointments. I went from thinking it would never get here to trying to enjoy every last second of being engaged. We have been watching lots of movies together, and soaking up all of the downtime we can.

When we get back from our honeymoon we both have a lot of traveling through the end of the year into next year.

Not sure when life will slow down for us. But it’s good and we love it. I have loved my time engaged to Andrew and I am so looking forward to wife life.

What were you doing the last few weeks of your engagement?  

So I got a Concussion

This past Saturday morning I woke up early because Andrew and I were planning to spend the day helping my sweet momma move into her new adorable condo. We spent the morning watching the movers, loading cars, and drinking tons of coffee.

Around 3ish Andrew went with the movers back to our place because I had been storing 2 chairs at my moms and now they are at our place. The same time he went to do that I went to get everyone lunch down the street. I was maybe 5 minutes away from my moms when I got in a car accident. I do not remember the accident happening or anything before it meaning the last thing I remember is leaving my moms. They call this retrograde amnesia. I banged my head hard on the steering wheel, the seatbelt dug into my stomach and I banged my knee on the steering column. I immediately looked for my purse which had flown to the floor to get my cell out of it. I called 911 and my mom. My mom called Andrew who wasn’t far away and then she came to the scene as well. They medics tested me out and said I was OK but if I started to feel worse to to the ER. I felt fine at the time because of all the adrenaline but I was super upset.

I drove my car back to my moms and learned on the way part of the wheel was screwed up so it’s not drivable. Thanks dad for working for Toyota and making this part easy! Also we have amazing car insurance so yay.

After helping my mom for a little bit I started to get a bad headache and feel super nauseous. Andrew called his dad and brother who are both neurologists and they suggested I go to the emergency room. My dad called his friend/cancer doctor who made sure we didn’t have to wait at the hospital. After 5 hours of having a terrible male nurse who basically tortured me with an IV, CT scans of my head, spine and abdomen and a little bit of blood loss later I was discharged with a concussion, swelled disks in my neck and bruising.

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The pic above is right after the accident.

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The pic above is during triage at the ER. I was considered a Fall Risk ….bracelets are fun….not

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The last picture is me yesterday resting on the couch. I am not suppose to do much for a few days other than sleep and well sleep more. I probably shouldn’t be writing this post because of the computer but the brightness is super low.

I appreciate everyones calls, texts, emails, comments, and well wishes. I am lucky because it could have been worse. No one else was hurt in the accident either.

I am especially thankful for my Andrew who sat by my side at the hospital all night and held my hand as I cried and cried in pain and also has been the best caretaker ever since it happen. My parents, Andrews family and my friends have all been wonderful as well. Sending me funny videos, sweet texts and bringing yummy food.

I should feel pretty sore for a week or two and hopefully the giant goose egg on my head goes away soon.

Hopefully tomorrow’s post is much happier!

Phew. Back to resting.

Sunday Social

Hey friends so this Sunday I am probably sleeping all day after helping my mom move yesterday phew!

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This Weeks Questions:

1. Favorite Scent: Pumpkin Spice Yankee Candles

2. Favorite Food: Andrews homemade pizza. He makes the dough and sauce from scratch

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3. Favorite Sound: Rain. I love the sound of rain.

4. Favorite Picture currently on your phone: This collage of favorite memories

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5. Best memory of the year so far: Oh gosh anything wedding related: Our engagement party, my shower, bachelorette party! All of it!

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Next Weeks Questions:

1. What is your favorite part of Fall?
2. Do you have anything special planned for Fall?
3. What is Fall like in your area?
4. What is your favorite Football team to cheer for(college or professional)?
5. Do you decorate for Fall? Show us pics!!!

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