September Favorites!

If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a junior at Central Michigan University! I post book, lifestyle and college-related posts and would love it if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! Follow my Instagram here!

September was full of ups and downs and really was a jam-packed month in general, here are some my favorite things from September!

Highs:

  •  Getting assigned to lead an Alternative Winter Break focused around the social justice issue of ending animal exploitation!
  • Developing new friendships and getting to know new people!

Lows:

  • I ended up smashing my finger and breaking it this past week and it was really tough to deal with by myself.
  • Feeling lost, alone and homesick at times and not knowing how to deal with it.

Now let’s get into some of my favorite things!

Beauty/Fashion:

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I bought this product on a whim and ended up absolutely loving it! I use this in my everyday makeup routine to provide a little bit of cover which makes me feel that much more confident and ready to take on the day! Even though it is full coverage it is lightweight and does not look cakey at all!

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I finally caved and bought these “basic” shoes and I fully understand why everyone loves them! They take a casual outfit and makes it look that much more put together! They are super comfortable and my feet never hurt after walking around campus in them every day!

 

Media:

One of my favorite college lifestyle youtbers Abby Asselin finally started a podcast and I could not be happier! Gen Z Girl Podcast is all about inspiration in doing what you love and being who you are and Abby is the perfect person to talk about that! Go check it out, trust me you will not regret it!

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This month I have really been into Billie Eilish, 5 Seconds of Summer and much more! I make a new playlist every month as a fresh start to make sure I am switching up what I am into! I also started a feels like fall playlist which is chill and fall vibes music, you can give that a listen here! As always you can follow me on Spotify to keep up with what I am listening to! @karlaa.smith

This has been one of my favorite shows for a long time! I absolutely love the drama and storyline of the entire cast and how everything is portrayed and put together! If you are looking for a new show I would definitely recommend this one!

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One of my favorite things about fall is fall scents and this candle is absolutely perfect for fall! It has such a rustic scent that makes my room smell amazing, and it lingers even when im not burning it! I got this candle for my birthday and it is for sure amazing!

This has been an absolute lifesaver because I have been so busy I often do not want to cook at the end of a long day. But this is so easy to make, all it takes is 5 minutes and you are good to go! I usually throw in some chicken and I will have enough for dinner the next day as well!

 

 

Those are some of my favorite things from September! I hope you enjoyed, as always keep up with me on my links listed below!

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How I Stay Organized in College!

If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a junior at Central Michigan University! I post book, lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! Follow my Instagram here!

This post was highly requested so I figured I might as well do it! These methods of organization have been getting me through college for the past 2 years and work for me! Of course, everyone is different so these are some ways I stay organized in college!

  • Google Calendar

So Below I have included a screenshot of what my current google calendar looks like to give you a visual! Each week I go through and put in all the different events I have in my calendar, giving each different area their own color.

I have found that color coding is really what makes this method effective because it allows me to look at everything at a glance in order to see how busy I am going to be during the week and what is keeping me the busiest.

As you can see to the right is my google tasks bar, I use google tasks to put in all my homework, grocery items and anything else I need to do or get during the week to make sure I am on top of everything and getting them done when they need to be!

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  • Physical Planner

I recently, in the past year have adapted a physical planner in addition to my digital one. This is super helpful because when I don’t have my phone or laptop out I can quickly jot in something. I keep both systems because that is what works best for me!

I of course color code everything in my physical planner as well, my brain works best when I have things separated by color and it makes things way easier to remember! Something I love being able to do is physically check something off after I have done it, it makes me feel productive and reminds me that I did the thing I am checking off so I never have to second guess if I did it or not.

The planner I have is the Blue Sky weekly/monthly planner and it is from target! You can check it out here!

 

  • General TipsInput everything from your syllabi in as soon as you get them. This includes assignments, exams, and presentations to ensure you are staying on top of things. It also allows you to map out your busy weeks to prepare accordingly!
    • Trial and Error: See what works best for you! Test out different online calendars like Ical, google calendar, outlook calendar, etc to see what you are most comfortable with! Try out different physical planner spreads, like monthly, weekly and even daily!
    • Have fun with it! Get super creative and make it something you look forward to doing in order to keep your motivation and productivity going!

So that is how I stay organized in college, as always if you have questions or want to see more of my content follow me on instagram @ liveitwithkarla

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What Classes I’m Taking Fall 2019!

If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a junior at Central Michigan University! I post book, lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! Follow my Instagram here!

So I do this post pretty much every semester so I figured I would continue to do it! I will be a junior this year and I am majoring in Health Administration with a minor in Leadership. I will be taking a total of 15 credit hours which is what I have always taken! So here are the classes I am taking Fall 2019!

  • LDR 302: Field Experience in Leadership (3 credits)

So I honestly have no idea what to expect with this class, I know we are required to complete a certain amount of hours in an approved leadership position throughout the semester but other than that I have no idea what to expect. This class only meets once a week for fifty minutes so I am hoping it is not too hard of a class!

  • HSC 544: Biostatistics (3 credits)

I know this is going to be my hardest course this semester. I have not done any kind of math since my freshman year of college, and the last time I did statistics was my senior year of high school. I did very well in my AP stats class though to I’m hoping I will be able to remember the basics and do well in the class!

  • HSC 572: Legal Aspects of Health Service Organizations (3 credits)

I am super excited about the class because I will be able to learn more about the healthcare system and the way it runs! One struggle I have been facing is figuring out what I really want to do with my degree because I can do so many different things. So I am hoping this class will give me a little insight as to what I want to do in the future!

  • GEO 105: Physical Geography: Online (3 credits)

Unfortunately, my college requires we take core courses in order to graduate, and this is one of them. I try to do the majority of these classes online just because I don’t have any motivation to go to the class when it is in person. I am hoping this class will be an easy A and give me the credit I need but we will see!

  • SOC 323: Racism and Inequality: Online (3 credits)

While this is another core requirement I am actually super excited to take this class! With that is going on in the US right now I think it is super important that we be educated on the issue of racism and inequality. So I can’t wait to see what this class has to offer!

So those are the courses I am taking this fall, I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things!

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Advice for College Freshman!

If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a junior at Central Michigan University! I post book, lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! Follow my Instagram here!

Now that I am going into my junior year of college id say I am pretty reputable when it comes to giving advice to an upcoming freshman! Here are some things I wish I would have known before college:

  • Your high school friend group will not be the same.

I think this is such a harsh reality of going away to college but it is very true and everyone I’ve talked to says the exact same thing. Your friends will try and make a pact that you will always be friends no matter what but honestly, college is likely to break all of that up real quick. It’s hard, some friends may go out of state, some will be on the other side of the state and you won’t get to see them every day like when in highschool so yes, your friendships will suffer!

But fear not, this is a healthy process and it is not something you should obsess or stress over! Check-in on your friends every now and then and hang out over breaks or on the stray weekend you both are home, effort is the key factor in maintaining your old friendships when going to college and you will find out real quick that not everyone will put in the same amount of effort you will!

  • No one cares what you wear.

I was the freshman who dressed up for classes every day, and I can tell you that ended real quick. One of the best things about college is nobody cares what the next person is doing, so wear sweats to class, don’t do your makeup, or dress to the nine and beat your face, nobody cares either way. Don’t think people are going to like you better because of the way you are dressed, because chances are they don’t care.

  • Don’t overpack, you won’t use half of the things you think you need to bring.

Oh, how I wish someone would tell me not to bring my entire wardrobe, because let’s face it I wore the same things nearly every week. Yea decor is cute and all but there is only so much you can do to spruce up a dorm room so don’t go overboard because at the end of it all you are going to be the one packing it and hauling it away. You don’t need a thousand pairs of shoes, some sneakers, rain/snow boots, a pair of booties and one formal option will be more than enough! If you have a second thought on bringing something while packing, toss it to the side and leave it at home.

  • It’s okay to sit alone, people do it all the time.

Don’t worry about sitting alone at dinner or at the library, no one cares and I promise no one will think you are a ‘loser’. I was always so scared to go anywhere by myself but you’d be surprised how little alone time you get, especially while living in the dorms so take this time to plug in some headphones and watch some youtube videos, read a book or catch up on some work!

  • Make at least one friend in every class and get their number the first day.

Having friends in classes is one of the most important things to take advantage of! Miss a class, text them and ask for the notes, or meet up to study or do an assignment you both are struggling with. Unfortunately, in college, there will be times where a professor will tell you to pair up, and rather then panic and look around the room desperately you will already have someone to work with!

  • You’re broke, quit spending money.

College will bring you to depths of brokedom you have never reached before. I found myself contemplating buying simple things like Slurpees or going out to eat on lunch simply because I knew I didn’t have the money to. So drop the Starbucks habit, you won’t be able to afford it, find cheaper alternatives to things you love to eat or do!

  • Have fun!!!!!

This is the most important on the list when in college it can be so hard to sit back and relax and actually enjoy yourself. Don’t get too upset if you fail a test, someone else in the class surely did too, don’t get caught up in petty drama, learn that saying no is just as important as saying yes. College is going to bring you so many opportunities and situations you thought you would never encounter, so get out there and join a club or pick up a new hobby, say hi to someone in your hall or ask someone in your class to get dinner! College is what you make it and at the end of it all, you don’t want to have any regrets.

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My Current To Be Read List!

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So lately I have been taking trips to the library as well as buying books I have been dying to read! Recently on Prime Day I made a couple book purchases I have been wanting to read forever! So here is my current to be read list!

Turtles All the Way Down

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Synopsis: 

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Genre: Domestic Fiction

Little Fires Everywhere

Synopsis:

 In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

The Unhoneymooners

Genre: Romance & Humourous Fiction

Synopsis:

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amelia, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of…lucky.With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a fun and charming romance that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Synopsis: 

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

The Hate U Give

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Everlife

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: 

At seventeen years old, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood had to make the ultimate choice—where to live after she died. Loyalty to her selected realm has not wavered…until now.

As the Everlife descends into darkness, a single truth becomes clear: Troika and Myriad must unite at long last—or perish. In order to bring sworn enemies together, Ten must enter forbidden territory and destroy the powerful Prince of Ravens. But there’s only one way inside—bonding with Killian Flynn, the deadly rival who sets her blood aflame.

When betrayal leads to the edge of utter defeat, Ten and Killian will have to rebuild trust from the ashes of their hearts. Victory seems impossible, the odds stacked against them. In the end, how far will they be willing to go for the sake of their realms and the Everlife?

Watching You

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

Synopsis:

You’re back home after four years working abroad, new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now, you’re crashing in your big brother’s spare room.

That’s when you meet the man next door. He’s the head teacher at the local school. Twice your age. Extraordinarily attractive.

You find yourself watching him. All the time. But you never dreamed that your innocent crush might become a deadly obsession.

Or that someone is watching you.

In Lisa Jewell’s latest “bone-chilling suspense” (People), no one is who they seem—and everyone has something to hide. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Ruth Ware, Watching You will keep you guessing as “Jewell teases out her twisty plot at just the right pace” (Booklist, starred review) until the startling revelations on the very last page.

I Almost Forgot About You

Genre: Romance

Synopsis: 

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life—great friends, family, and successful career—aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile.
 
Big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan.

Zac and Mia

Genre: Fiction

Synopsis: 

“When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices. The Truth About Alice: A Novel

Genre: Fiction

Synopsis:

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.

Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice-and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

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So there is my current to be read list! I hope you enjoyed, make sure to follow me on my instagram where I post all my book reviews @liveitwithkarla, or click the link below!

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Summer Weekend Morning Routine!

I recently decided to re-start my entire Instagram and focus it towards book and lifestyle blogging so be sure to check it out here and give it a follow! 

This post was requested on my Instagram and now that we are pretty much halfway through summer I thought it would be the perfect time to do it! For those of you who don’t know I work as a nanny during the week! I work Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm, this is my second summer nannying for the same family and I can honestly say I love my job!

With that being said I do spend my weekends in a more relaxing manner and take the time to unwind and really just do things that I want to do but might not have time to do during the weekend! So here is my typical summer weekend morning routine!

8:00-9:30am: Wake up

  • Because I am so used to being up at 6:00am during the weekdays, I naturally wake up earlier on the weekends than I did before! I don’t set alarms or plan to go to bed at a certain time, I kind of just listen to my body and go to sleep and wake up when I feel its time!

10:00-11:00am: Social media, youtube, journal, ect.

  • This is the time in the morning where I allow myself to just lay in bed and catch up on everything, whether that be scrolling through all my social media or watching all the videos in my subscription box! I also take this time to journal, I journal every day and reflect on the day prior by writing what I did, how I was feeling, as well as my low-light and high-light of the day. Journaling really just allows me to get all my thoughts out on paper and it also allows me to look back on the days and see just how I spent my summer! In addition, I will make to-do lists for the day and write down any blog post ideas or any books I want to read!

11:00am: Get ready

  • So once I am done journaling or catching up on social media I will get ready for the day. This consists of washing my face, brushing my teeth, doing my hair and makeup and getting dressed for the day! On days when I am going to the gym I simply skip out on doing my makeup and will get dressed for the gym! I ALWAYS make sure to apply some sort of SPF to my face, regardless of what I am doing that day it is so important to apply sunscreen to prevent damage to my skin.

11:30am-whenever:

  • This is the part of my morning where I will either head out to the gym as I said, or take the time to sit down and read my current book or write! Right now I am reading ‘The Outsider’ by Stephen King, which is a very long book so it will take me longer to read than normal. If I do not read I will sit down and write, lately I have been writing an adult fantasy book just as a passion project of mine so I usually try to write 1,000 words or a chapter a day!

 

So there is my typical summer weekend morning routine! If you enjoyed this and want to see a summer night routine comment and let me know!

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Book Review: Then She Was Gone

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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Start Date: June 25, 2019

Finish Date: June 26, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense and Domestic Fiction 

Synopsis:

“Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter.

She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.

And then she was gone. Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.

Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl.”

My Review:

★★★★★

This book was an absolutely amazing read! It’s complex plot and plot twists really left me on edge throughout the entire book. This is by far one of the best murder mystery books I have read in a long time, it was unpredictable and by the end, I was very shocked at how everything turned out!

I was able to connect and really picture every character in this book which is not easy to do as a reader sometimes. Finishing the book in a day can be attributed to how addictive and suspenseful the book itself was, at the end of every chapter I was left wanting to keep reading to find out just what was going to happen.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants a nailbiting story that will leave you second guessing pretty much everything! In the end, it will all come together and that alone makes the book so amazing and well thought out! Definitely one of my favorite books of the entire year so far!

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