Back to School 2015: Planners & Bags


EmilyLey Simplified Planner

August is better than January when it comes to planners for several reasons —

  • You get a second start at the “new year”
  • The best planners start in August!

I’ve done reviews of a few of my favorite planners here. I’m currently using the Emily Ley Simplified Planner, but have used the Erin Condren Life Planner and the Lilly Pulitzer Academic Planner in the past.

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Back to School 2015: Clothing


One of my favorite parts of going back to school was always picking out an outfit for the first day. Now that I am a school librarian, some of the fun has worn off but I still get the urge to put together outfits to make a great first impression. Rather than stop at one outfit, I thought I’d try to mix and match my wardrobe into enough outfits for the first month of the school year (and by then it will be time to add in some fall clothes)!

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The Playlist: Back to School

Last week I shared the items I thought were important for back to school but I forgot the most important one — music! During the first week of classes it can be hard to get out of bed and off to class. I find it’s easier to leave my warm sheets if I have a fun playlist ready to go. For me this means a few new songs, a little Disney and a lot of 90s pop. Check out my playlist after the jump.

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Book Review: City of Women by David R. Gillham

City of Women by David R. Gillham

Published August 7, 2012

Mode read: ARC

Summary:  City of Women is set in Germany during the Second World War and tells the story of a young woman whose circumstances suddenly make it impossible to ignore Hitler’s mission. Sigrid appears to be the perfect Aryan woman, working for the cause and attending Party meetings, but when she begins an affair with an undercover Jew and meets a reckless girl with a death wish she becomes a link in the chain to move Jews out of the country.

Bechdel Test?: The title couldn’t be more appropriate. Filled with anecdotes of powerful women, there are many opportunities for them to discuss politics, religion, family life, and their innermost thoughts. My favorite scenes were when Gillham showed us the ways that the “city of women” learned to function independent of men — developing a new currency, language, and way of doing things.

Rating: 4/5

I positively adored this book! Sorry if I seem to be gushing but I was so pleasantly surprised by this novel. War novels, even when they leave out a great deal of the combat, have never been my thing. I find long descriptions of battle tedious. However this portrayal of life on the ground, of what happens for everyone not on the front lines was exactly what I wanted.

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