Summer Thunderstorms

I’ve been a little on edge today. When that happens, I love to settle in on the couch and do a little writing or maybe even watch some romantic comedies with a cup of tea and some cookies. So, I baked some cookies, poured myself some soothing tea, watched a romantic movie, and a thunderstorm broke out.

I love summer storms! I love hearing the rain hitting the leaves, the light rumbling of the thunder, and the birds chirping back and forth. It’s so relaxing to me…unless the power goes out and the thunder is scary loud. Even though today was rough, it ended on a high note and I feel very blessed to be alive in this world. God’s creation is truly beautiful and inspirational!

Do you like summer thunderstorms?

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You can check out my Instagram stories for some videos of the storm (@adancerforjesus).

Until next time friends,

Amanda

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Bandstand On Screen

Bandstand was a Broadway show that opened in March of 2017 and closed in September. Here is the official description of the show:

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They came home to a new America. They made the music that inspired the nation.

1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation’s next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes! Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home.

I was so disappointed when I found out that the show had closed just a week before I decided to purchase Broadway tickets. Thankfully, they decided to put Bandstand on the big screen for two days.

So, yesterday, we went to the show in Ocean City and I can’t tell you how excited I was. I had been looking forward to seeing this show for months now and it certainly didn’t disappoint me. In fact, it was 10 times better than I thought it would be!

The story was wonderful and was definitely an incredibly moving experience. I’ve always been a huge (mega) fan of Laura Osnes so I was so excited to finally see her in a Broadway show that wasn’t a bootleg video on YouTube (lol). I only recently became aware of Corey Cott so I wasn’t sure what his performance would be like.

Let me just tell you, he did AMAZING! His performance was so believable and incredibly moving. I would definitely purchase this show if they end up putting it on DVD. I also wish that I could go again, if only it weren’t showing so far away from where I live.

If you have the chance, I recommend that you consider going to see it. It’s a wonderful way to learn what veterans went through after World War II or even any war for that matter. It gives you an up-close insight into their struggles coming back and trying to readjust to normal life. The show also makes a spectacular point as to why we need to care for our veterans and continue to support them as they learn to readjust. They have done so much for us and our country and they deserve to be taken care of.

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The jazz is entertaining and very catchy, the songs are beautiful and fun, the actors are incredible, and the story is perfect. Overall, I had such a wonderful night! Please go see this show!

Maybe when Bandstand goes on tour, I’ll purchase a ticket to a show ;). I loved it so much!

Have you seen Bandstand on Screen?

What are your thoughts?

Have a wonderful day friends,

Amanda

The Process of Finding New Instagram Poses

I have been trying to come up with new poses for Instagram. With my business and the blogs, I have to keep up appearances on social media as much as possible. As much as I love getting my picture taken, I am not a natural when it comes to posing. Here are just a few of my favorites.

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As For The Real Poses

As you can see, I favor princess poses and dance poses. I have my own style and that seems to be the way I go :).

What is your favorite Instagram pose?

Do you have any suggestions for some new poses that I should try?

Until next time friends,

Amanda

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” – Jane Austen

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Have you ever read a book that was so wonderful that you were sad when it was over? I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me. As an adult, I feel like I appreciate books a hundred times more than I did in middle and high school. They can be such a great way to learn about history and the world. I’ve never been interested in books that were written specifically for teens and young adults as I saw them as watered-down and not helpful to the young mind.

My mom always encouraged us to read books that helped us learn while still providing wonderful entertainment. Because of this, I have fallen in love with historical fiction. I love learning about the history of different countries and seeing how far we’ve come. Some of my favorite books include The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Ben Hur, Jane Eyre, and The Great Gatsby, to name a few.

Today, I wanted to share one book in particular with you and the reasons behind why I love it so very much. This book is Anne of Green Gables. I could talk for hours about how much I adore this beautiful piece of literature! Here are just a few reasons why it’s number one on my list of favorites.

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  1. Anne teaches us how to use our imaginations. She has a unique ability to see the beauty in everything around her, which is something we should focus on a little more in our world today.
  2. Marilla, Matthew, and Anne show us what it’s like to care for one another. They are constantly taking care of friends and neighbors by sharing what they have whether it be time, love, or food. 🙂
  3. Anne teaches those she meets to come outside of their comfort zones. She managed to help Matthew talk more, put Rachel in her place and be more understanding, and even teach Diana what it was like to use her imagination and have more fun. Anne became a dear friend that everyone in Avonlea and beyond, cherished.
  4. Though she was not treated particularly well as a child, Anne never let that get her down. This is where I strongly disagree and abhor the new Anne with an E series. Anne never entered into a “dark” place and was never depressed or angry (unless Rachel Lynde said something unseemly about her). Anne was always a positive light in P.E.I. and didn’t let others bring her down.
  5. Anne is smart and grows up to be a beautiful, strong, confident, and passionate woman. She finds joy in learning and never passes up an opportunity to learn more.
  6. I love the faith element of these books! I love how much it helps Anne grow into the person she finally becomes. Marilla makes a point of teaching Anne faith and what it is like to trust in God and His plan. Unfortunately, the movies don’t show this beautiful part of the books.
  7. Finally, I love the fact that the book also teaches forgiveness. Anne couldn’t hold on to her anger and resentment for long. She noticed that it started to turn her into something she didn’t want to be. Eventually, Anne realized that it was better to forgive than to be angry with that person for long. Remember, she is positive and doesn’t let anything get in the way of her being happy.

There are many other reasons why I love this book, however, I think you should read it for yourselves to really understand. In fact, if you like the first book, you will love the rest of them! The series includes:

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Anne of Avonlea

Anne of the Island

Anne of Windy Poplars

Anne’s House of Dreams

Anne of Ingleside

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I hope that you find time to read a good book today! What is your favorite book?

Until next time friends,

Amanda

My Summer Morning Routine

I’ve decided that I should probably come up with a regular routine to stick to for the summer. I already have a pretty foolproof routine that seems to work for me but with summer around the corner, I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit. Today I’m sharing what I already do and how I’m going to change it up to keep my life peaceful and tech-limited.

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The Moment I Wake Up-

  • I usually check my emails, Instagram, and Twitter to see if I have any important notices. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes as I usually find something really interesting and get lost in whatever I am enthralled with. (Instagram is my downfall)

How Will This Change?

  • My hope is that every morning once I wake up, I will open my Bible (not the app, the actual book) and read a chapter. I’m not sure which book I will start with but I’m excited to get back into God’s Word.

Out of Bed-

  • Once I hop out of bed, I usually brush my hair and head downstairs. Pretty simple.

How Will This Change?

  • As I’m brushing my hair and getting ready to head downstairs, I would like to spend time just talking to God. Allowing the verses that I read to really sink in and just talk to my Heavenly Father about the day ahead, finding my peace.

Breakfast Time-

  • I am the breakfast girl. Which is funny because I’m not usually a morning person. For breakfast, I’ll follow a menu plan that my mom and I have created the week before. Our favorite breakfast choices include pancakes, scones, French omelets, and chai oatmeal.

This won’t really change because I will probably always be the breakfast girl :). However, I’m starting a detox of lemon water every morning. I’ve noticed that I have more energy when I keep it up so that will be a great addition to my morning routine.

After Breakfast-

  • I hang around, maybe take a shower and get ready for the day or I’ll just sit down and start working.

How Will This Change?

  • I want to be more productive. My goal is to head back upstairs, tidy up my bedroom, wash my face, assess what goals need to get done that day and get dressed. When I start writing, I usually don’t get up for a while because my brain works nonstop. Having a morning of preparing myself and my space properly will help me work more efficiently.

I’m very much looking forward to implementing these changes as I know it will help me feel more energized and connecting to my Heavenly Father.

What is your morning routine like?

Do you want to change anything about the way it is?

I hope that you have enjoyed this post and I look forward to getting more acquainted throughout the Spring and Summer! Keep checking back every Tuesday and Thursday for regular updates. Have a beautiful day!

Until next time friends,

Amanda

Summer Bucket List

Every summer I try to make a bucket list that I hope to accomplish. There are so many wonderful things that I want to do this summer and today I would like to share some of them with you.

Read a lot of books

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Dress up and make a fancy dinner

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Make a berry and meringue parfait

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Pineapple cupcakes

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Homemade gelato

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Learn how to do fun lettering

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S’mores ice cream cake

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Have a water balloon fight

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Experiment with beautiful hairstyles

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Fly a kite

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Have a picnic

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Make snowcones

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Run around in the rain

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Go to a farmer’s market

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Bike at the beach

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Watch an outdoor movie

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Stargaze with a telescope

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Bird watching

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Is there something you are looking forward to doing this summer? What is one thing on your summer bucket list?

Until next time friends,

Amanda