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Sweet Surprises: Sister Gift Edition

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Sweet Surprises: Sister Gift Edition

Hello! This past week, I paid a visit to my sister and darling nieces at their place. Everything basically sucks and is crazy for yours truly right now but seeing my favorite lil ladies and big sister always puts a smile on my face. It’s hard not to smile when your nieces are literally the cutest people on planet Earth! Hanging out with all of them was a gift enough so I definitely wasn’t expecting this sweet surprise that my sister got for me:

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For those of you who don’t know, I am pretty much obsessed with Neil Gaiman and I consider everything that he does a masterpiece. Aside from Sandman, Coraline is one of my all time favorite books and I love the movie and graphic novel adaptation. My sister, Kristen, is well aware of this and when she saw the necklace with the key and seeing stone during some online shopping, she added it to her cart. It’s funny, because I actually just screenshotted something similar on my phone a few weeks ago – talk about sister telepathy!

During such trying times, it was so nice to receive a gift that I knew made my sister immediately think of me. It was such a thoughtful and much needed surprise and I was so flattered by it! I can’t wait to wear my new necklace as well as finally get Johnny to watch the movie with me because he fell asleep during our last viewing lol. Coraline is a perfect spooky season movie and, even though it’s November, Johnny and I are still in the Halloween spirit every day. 😀

If you haven’t seen or read Coraline before, then I can’t recommend it enough. While it’s a great book and flick for teens, I daresay that it’s even better for adults. Thanks again to my big sis for such a sweet gift! ❤

What is your favorite work by Neil Gaiman? Have you received any sweet surprises lately? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

PS: Be sure to tune in tomorrow for an OOTD shoot of my Halloween costume!

A Letter To A Friend

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A Letter To A Friend

Hello all and happy Friday! I had a long day in Columbus yesterday for work but it was definitely worth it! Stay tuned for the Monday Update to hear more on that. ANYWAYS, If there’s one thing that Lil Red loves, it’s letting close friends borrow books from my extensive collection. What I love the most though, is when I find a book that I think one of my friends would respond really well to and personally give it to them with a hand written message explaining why the book reminded me of them. Recently a very dear friend of mine had to go away for a spell so I made a special care package just for her with books and of course, a letter. This very well may be one of my favorite things that I ever wrote, so I thought that I would share it with all of you. Take a look:

Hello, you. I brought you some of my favorite books and I hope you find as much comfort in their pages as I do. You’ll meet girls who are brave like Coraline and Liesel. You’ll come to fall in love with a boy who never grows up and a Little Prince from a planet far away from here. In The Little Prince, the fox teaches the little boy a lesson: “One sees clearly with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” Well, I see you so clearly in my heart and eyes, for that matter, and I think it’s important for you to know what I see.

I see a beautiful young woman who is working so hard to better herself and I admire you very much for it. G.K. Chesterton states that “fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. You have a big obstacle to face during your time away but I trust that you will be able to beat it and come out victorious on the other end. Please treat my books with care because they hold some of my dearest friends but don’t be afraid to let them help you on the way. All my love, Sarah

I dunno, I kinda liked it! 😉 I always enjoy sharing my personal writings with my readers so I figured “why not”, especially because I like this letter a whole lot – and maybe it might just help one of you! I hope you’re all having a great day and I’ll talk to you all soon! Until then, what is your favorite book? What book inspires you when you need encouragement? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

PS: The books that I referenced in my letter were in order: Coraline, The Book Thief, Peter Pan, and The Little Prince – all of which are some of my favorites!

Best Friend Shout Out!!!

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Best Friend Shout Out!!!

Heyyyyyy everyone and TGIF! So yesterday I was having a really rough day and the last thing that I wanted was to be at home with all of the people causing me a lot of stress. So I asked my trusty best friend Kate if she wanted to hang out, but unfortunately she had class. BUT she offered for me to come stay at her apartment while she was gone which I happily agreed to. I packed up my copy of Coraline to read and was on my way to her place within three minutes – that’s how much I wanted to get out of the house. Once I got there I curled up in a blanket on Kate’s couch and started to tell my sob story and almost instantly started crying. Kate was on tissue patrol, bless her soul, and was up from her chair, ran to the bathroom, and returned with a box of tissues in under thirty seconds. It was really impressive. After some quality cuddling and advice from my soul mate, I was already feeling better. Kate was then off to class, leaving me in her living quarters for an hour and a half or so. I opened up Coraline, which I’ve read countless times but never have a problem rereading and devoured one hundred pages by the time Kate returned. While I was reading I couldn’t stop thinking about how good it felt to be in a nice, quiet apartment with no distractions. No screaming, no yelling, no crying, no nothing. It was AMAZING. I seriously can’t remember the last time that I had peace and quiet while reading – my bedroom at home is right above from the kitchen and living room so all of the noises travel to my room and I can hear everything perfectly. There’s legitimately no escaping the blaring of a TV or raised voices in my house. It’s absolutely miserable. Now that I know how nice it is to have a quiet spot to just curl up and open a book it makes me sad that I don’t have it…but Kate has told me countless times that I’m always more than welcome to stay at her place whenever I need, and I think I’m going to start taking her up on that. Once Kate got home we decided to do a little shopping, so we drove to Target (our favorite!) to browse and to pick up some white girl essentials that Kate needed – AKA a coffee pot, black leggings, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Our night ended with a trip to Taco Bell, but for the first time in my entire life I didn’t order anything to eat. I’ve been so stressed and miserable lately that I can’t bring myself to stomach anything. I feel hungry and full at the same time, but when I think about eating it makes me nauseous. But I couldn’t NOT get something, so I ordered a Baja Blast Freeze as a treat since I never order anything to drink when I go to TBell. On our way back to Kate’s apartment we saw a raccoon without a tail wandering around the streets and laughed about nothing and everything and for a while I couldn’t even remember why I was upset in the first place. I went back home feeling much better than I did before, and I am SO thankful that I have such an amazing best friend who’s always willing to help a bitch out in her time of need. So this ones for you, Kate! I love you!

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^^^^We clearly love the black and white filter when we take pictures!!

I hope all of you are having a fabulous Friday! What’s going on this weekend? Any fun plans? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah