Books I read in 2017 – Covers


Daily Planner and Journal – 09.02.2018 “Smelly, Paranoid, Stormy, Hairy and Cold + Love You Jack Pearson Edition”

It’s Friday everyone!!

You happy? Hope so.

You know I’m only half mean girl, right? But the truth is: I’m on the bus and someone really smells. Not sweaty, more homelessy. It’s making it hard for me to breathe. I refuse to breathe through my mouth because if I don’t want to smell it, I certainly don’t want to eat it. I’m probably going to hell. I hope it’s clean there.

Oh, I just got a sign. The driver decided to turn on the heating. I’m not making this up, you guys. There’s hot air coming from the vents. Just what we needed in this crowded, smelly bus.

Moving on…

We’ve finally watched This is Us. Rui loves the show as much as I do but he was not too impressed with the Super Bowl episode. I wish I could discuss this and not spoil it. I loved the episode. I cried a lot. Let’s leave it at that.

It’s the just the best show. If you aren’t watching it you’re 100% missing out, both on the show and the endless changes of conversation with the rest of the world, since everyone is talking about it.

By the way, doesn’t Mandy Moore have this beautiful good person smile? In every single picture.

I’m finally off that awful bus, thankfully. Yes, I’m working. I’m with a student. I do blog while they’re doing their exercises. Or I read or pretend to update my schedule. I think it’s DEAD CREAPY to stare at them from across the table when they’re working. They get 100% my full attention when I’m helping them, teaching, explaining, answering questions, but I give them some “privacy” while doing their worksheets or writing.

I remember sitting across from a teacher countless times and some of them would look at me while I was working (or worse, taking a test) and I would get paranoid: “Why are they looking? Can they read what I’m writing? Can teachers read upside down? (WE CAN) Is she looking because I’m doing something wrong? Does she think I’m stupid? Maybe I shouldn’t write this, she’ll judge me”.

So, you see. The paranoid student became a paranoid teacher, who doesn’t like to stare. I’m not as discreet if we’re working as a group because I look around at everybody.

Did you experience such issues as a student?

Remember I told you I had to work on about 1500 beauty product descriptions for a website. I’m lucky I can write because, apparently, I cannot read. It’s 1000 actually. I didn’t work too much yesterday so I’m still at about 320, I think. Thankfully, it’s work I like to do. I was hoping to work this morning but I took my pills too late last night and I slept in (and still feel very snoozy). I think I’m working a little tonight. Or maybe I’ll leave it because it’s Friday night and work on Saturday and Sunday. I’m hoping to be done by Sunday, that would be great.

If you (not so) secretly follow the Kardashians (which Rui always uses against me) you probably now by now that Kylie Jenner had given birth and that she named her daughter Stormi. I mean, when I first saw it I thought it was cute because I thought it was short for something. Nope. It’s her name. Okay, it’s kind of nice that her parents like butterflies and that butterfly effect shit about causing a storm but I don’t know. I like candy and I’m not naming my first born “Skittle”. I guess I’d like it better if it were spelled “Stormy” or “Stormee”. I’m not feeling the final “I”. Just needed to discuss this with someone, obviously not Rui 🙄

I’ve began reading this book – which means I’ve got it, opened the first page and haven’t touched it yet. The app is new too, for my non-kindle ebooks that I get somewhere online.

Are you familiar with this tittle or author? I picked it randomly and have no idea what to expect or what’s it even about.

It’s Carnival here on Tuesday, which means people get costumes, get drunk, there’s parades and parties and such. It’s similar to Halloween but scarier because there are a bunch of dudes that decide to dress up as women so you see way too many manly, hairy legs in skirts.

I haven’t celebrated since 11th grade since my girlfriends and I dressed up as FBI agents. I’ll probably get back at it once I have kids and dress them up as little bees and such.


At least we get Monday and Tuesday off. I get Wednesday too (Rui doesn’t) but I need to get to work in the morning for this tutoring session for a student who needs extra help.

I’m sitting at my classroom with my colleague and exactly two students. Everyone else is either gone already or not coming. It’s usually like this before a holiday.

It’s freezing and it’s going to rain but that doesn’t seem to stop the parades or party goers.

Yes, it’s cold for us. And it gets way colder at night.

It’s taken me 3 hours to write this post.

I would love to hear about your past costumes!!


Daily Planner and Journal – 05.02.2018: Trying to bring it back (about 8 hours late) + weekend

Good afternoon guys,

How are you facing Monday?

It’s a hard one right?

  • Hangover from drinking while watching Super Bowl?
  • Depressed because of THAT This is Us episode?
  • Shocked/ecstatic because Kylie Jenner has given birth?
  • All of the above?


May your coffee be strong and your chocolate be plenty.

I’m actually fine. I don’t care for the Super Bowl, I haven’t watched THAT episode yet (Lord help me) and I’ve been googling “Kylie Jenner pregnant” every day since September, waiting for news so I’m pretty satisfied. I’m not joking about the google part.

I really want to go back to my early morning planning and before bed journaling and update on how my day went and how I tackled my to-do list. I know you guys enjoy it and I feel more organized when I do so.

I would like the planning to be published at about 8 a.m and the update to go up at about 8 p.m. it would be nice to have somewhat of a schedule. I hope I can pull it off.

About the weekend: I did nothing. I was expecting it so I am fine with it. I needed a break. For real.

I have this huge freelance writing project to finish until the end of the week so I’m working on that.

I’m so much better than last week, thankfully.

See you soon, guys.


Blogger Talk – Let’s Share Experiences


  1. Have you ever thought about deleting your blog?
  2. How many people do you follow? How many blogs do you read/comment each day?
  3. Do you have blogger bff’s? Do you guys talk outside of the blogging/WordPress community?

My answers:

1. I’ve been thinking about it lately, that’s actually why I’m asking.

2. I have know idea. I follow a bunch of people but I haven’t been reading or commenting at all for the last several months, which is very strange for someone who used to read everyone every single day and comment on everything.

3. I do. I have 4 blogging bff’s and we talk a lot and have become quite intimate and inseparable last year. I feel they are the best thing that’s happened to me through my blog. I do love my blog, but I would delete it in a heartbeat if I had to just so I could keep them. They’re just some of my favorite people and best friends and I love them. I don’t think they’re less important because we’ve met online or because we’ve never met in person. They’re mine just the same.

How about you? I’d love to read your answers.



Pink For Days 6 – Month Anniversary

Hello everyone,

I can’t believe I started this blog half a year ago. It’s very stranger for me, as someone who used to have a habit of starting things and not finishing them. I had tried to have a blog more than once before, but I would always give up. I don’t know what happened on January 24th, 2017 but I started this blog and it stuck. I fell in love. It became of part of me. It changed me in ways that are hard for me to believe. We’ve had our ups and downs together, me and my little blog, but we’re still here, standing strong and still very much in love. This blog is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It came to fill hole a that nothing else could. I’m a different person than I was 6 months ago, for sure. I owe it to my blog and to this amazing community that I’m now a part of. You mean so much to me. You are my friends, some of you are my best friends and all of you support me in whatever I’m going through, whatever decision I make, whatever I might need. For that love and support, I thank you. All of you.

You have made this special day possible.

Wishing so much love and with a happy heart,


Perfect Party Series #8: Lee

It’s time to introduce you to my soul sister Lee, who blogs at Golden Pink Journal. We first bonded over our blog names, because of the word “pink”. We’ve bonded over many other things since and that’s why we call ourselves soul sisters. We have so much in common. A similar childhood, similar ways of thinking, similar problems happening at the same time. Lee is one of the few blogger friends I exchange emails with. We’re just that close. I love her personality and I feel like I’ve known her for a long time. I also have the privilege of being the only one in our blogging family who knows her first name, because sisters just have to. (Am I still the only one, honey?)

Do you know her? She’s quite popular so I’m sure you do. If not, I would love if you took a moment of your time to go over to her blog and get to know her better. She’s so worth it. She blogs about many different subjects and has quite a few series going on. She’s a writer and she gifts us with a new short story every saturday.


What do you think about her new header image? I’m in love with it. The pink, the font, the color scheme, just perfect! Also, the words have everything to do with her. She’s inspiring, loving and creative.

She’s a cat mom to Izabelle, a gorgeous kitten she has recently adopted. I mean, just look at her:


She’s also mom to two Guinea pigs, I wish I remembered their names. They have a YouTube channel, though, so you can check on them.

Lee writes poetry too, having a whole category dedicated to it.

Here’s one of my favorites:

Letter To My Mother Away

Mother you’re away still 

I’ve never been able to celebrate with you for Mother’s Day,

or any other occasion.

Every year I watch all the other sons and daughters with their mothers

I tell my aunt Happy Mother’s Day! But it’s just not the same…

She has her own children 

Like you have your own

But you left yours to be all alone

High off life without me

It couldn’t have been easy 

But it was harder being low and sober 

You needed it but you didn’t need 

Me as a baby, and the thought of you leaving

The pain makes me queasy

And I blame you for many things

The root of my pain 

But I never hated you

I still love you 

Even when I barely know you

It’s such a shame

How do you even remember me?

You told me you didn’t remember my little brothers name

But I still love you

I was still happy I could be there with you for a moment 

and you were okay

It felt like a miracle 

I was in the hospital only months before from that car crash

Then there I was 

Walking through hospital doors 

To meet you alive

Smiling and laughing 

Giving me advice for the first time

Promising we’d keep in touch this time for the second time 

It was the best day of my life

I thought I’d finally have you in my life

And I did for a while

Then Mother’s Day came around

You were no where to be found…

Mother away

It’s been about 2 years since then

I haven’t heard from you since

But I’ve been told you’ve been seen and you’ve been asking about me

Is it true?

But if you really wanted me 

I know you could find me 

just like I found you

Still I love you

And I have hope

Broken hope 

That has not died

And If it’s not too late

When you come around

(Please don’t wait 

to come around)

I’ll be by your side 

This poet was written to her mom, in a post where she talks about their story and her relationship with her mom:

Every day, I look forward to her Today’s to-do, where she shares her list of tasks for the day and updates us on her progress. You know I love lists, so this might be my favorite series of hers. I love to know how she spends her days and if you share any tasks for a given day.

Fun Friday is another series of hers, posting something fun and different every Friday.

My personal favorites:

Fun Friday #10: Playlist Edition

Fun Friday #7

Fun Friday #6: “Meet Izabelle/Izellah?”

Fun Friday #4

As I’ve told you before, she has a series called Short Story Saturday:

Short Story Saturday: Izabelle’s Edition

Short Story Saturday! “My 1st love/heartbreak”

Short Story Saturday: The Beauty in Lyric

There’s so much more to her blog. I hope you go over there and check a few of her posts, maybe give her a follow? I would be really happy if you did.

I’d like to finish with her answers to my Perfect Party Series questions:

What was your favorite thing about my party?

It was so unique! I’m actually upset that I made it a little late but apparently not too late – The party lasted 3 days!! So I was able to still make an appearance and some new blogging friends:)

Did you get any new followers or views because of the party?

I did get a few and I followed a few💕

Did you make any friends?

I did💕

Dear Lee,

I have nothing but love for you, my sister. We have so much in common and I feel so lucky to have met you. We’re both damaged but strong, aren’t we? I admire you so much and I love being able to follow your journey. I’m always here for you, you know that.



Perfect Party Series #6 – Ella May Garrett

This Monday I’m featuring dear blogger and friend Ella May Garrett. Do you like Mondays, dear Ella? I bet you do, just like everyone.

Do you know Ella?

First of all, I need to say I feel in love with her name as soon as I met her. Ella May might be the cutest, girliest, classiest, most princess like name ever. I would name one of my future girls Ella or May or Ella May in a heartbeat.

Secondly, I mean, this girl named her blog after herself. That’s brilliant. What’s your blog name? Ella May Garrett. She’s like Madonna but with three names.

Thirdly, this girl is absolutely gorgeous. There’s a photo of her that reminds me so much of the girl in my Syoss shampoo bottle, with her long, silky beautiful hair.

20 points if you go over to her Instagram and find out which photo I’m talking about.

(Not you, Ella, contest is not open to you)

So, have I made her blush enough? I can’t look at a beautiful woman and not tell her so. It’s my girls having girls backs rule number 1.

Next, we should all look at her header image. Very simple, classy and so beautiful. Who needs more than that? I love it.


She has recently reached 800 followers!! Congratulations, Ella. It’s no surprise for me that 1000 is so close for her, her blog is really good.


She writes about a variety of topics and there’s something for everyone. She’s 20 and she’s a student. She studies English Literature and Philosophy. I’m an English lit girl, so we definitely have something in common. She’s also a cat lady. Yep, she has 3 cats! She’s the sweetest person and she writes beautifully. She has just written an amazing, thought-provoking post for my blog, where she talks about how much of a struggle it is for us women to handle clothes sizes and how that might affect our self-esteem and mood, if we let it.

I’m sorry I’m linking up to my blog, but I think you should read her post. Ella, I would love if you would re-blog this post because it’s just so well-written and it’s true and familiar for so many of us.

Guest Post Sunday – “Clothes Sizes” by Ella May Garrett

As a student, she has written this amazing series called “The Student Diaries” where she tells us how to or how she handles different situations a student might come across. There’s three parts to the series and I do hope she keeps this up and writes about her experiences as a student and shares more tips with us.

I Went Through Clearing | The Student Diaries #1

How To Handle A Bad Mark | The Student Diaries #2

How To Revise For Exams | The Student Diaries #3

Ella was diagnosed with depression last year and this is something I can relate to, so I couldn’t do this post without sharing her most recent update.

My Mental Health Update


If you would like to get to know her better (and you definitely should) there’s a Q&A where she discusses different topics.

My First Q&A Part I – University and Travel

My First Q&A Part II – Ambitions, University and Blogging

Before I finish, I would like to leave you with my personal favorite posts:

My Dream Home

She does have great taste, just look at it:


A Day In The Life

Because you know how much I love this type of post and can’t get enough of knowing what my friends are up to. I’m just nosy, can’t help it.

There so much more I could say about Ella, but I think it’s better if you go over to her blog, check her posts, and see for yourself how wonderful she is.

Dear Ella,

I really hope you like this post and that it’s a good enough reflection of the smart, beautiful and kind person you are. I’m really happy to have met you and to be able to follow your life journey through your amazing blog. Lots of love and a big hug.


Exciting New Project – Bumblebee Magazine

Remember when I told you I had a new and exciting project that was still a secret but that I would be able to talk about it soon? Well, you can stop wondering. The day has come.

First of all, I need to start by telling you about our amazing CEO or Chief Editor. She calls herself “The girl on the go” (can I call you by your name, dear boss?) and blogs over at This all started because she had a dream. She wanted to start an online magazine, and so she reached out to people in this post: Of course I had to be a part of this, immediately offering my services for whatever they might be needed. Some other amazing bloggers did the same and that is how this team was created. It’s with great pleasure to introduce you to the other members:












Along with our Queen Bee.

 This is our amazing logo:


And these are our rules:

🐝 From today June 1st until June 30th, we will be accepting submissions.

🐝Everyone is welcome, blogger or not. You can invite your friends to submit their work, if you know someone who would like to participate.

🐝Your work must be new (never published elsewhere, not even on your personal blog) and original. We will make sure all articles are compliant with those rules.

🐝Abusive or offensive content will not be tolerated. We reserve ourselves the right to refuse an article if we believe it to be offensive or discriminative in any way.

🐝To submit your work, all you have to do is sent it to either one of this email addresses (or both, if you prefer): (Queen Bee) (me)

🐝 We accept the following categories:

  • Travelogue
  •  Book Reviews
  •  Short stories
  • Essays
  • Fiction/non fiction piece of writing
  • Poems
  • Facts/Tips
  • Photography
  • Interviews
  • Daily News
  • Fashion articles/Beauty/make up
  • Movies/shows/Music
  • Food and recipes

To finish, you’re welcome to watch our presentation video:

Thank you so much for reading.

And let the bees guide you home!


Perfect Party Series #4 Dippy-Dotty Girl

Do you know Dippy-Dotty girl? She blogs over at:

Her real name is Arundhati. She’s from India. I call her Cathy, it’s my nickname for her ever since we met. It’s not that I don’t like her name, it’s just so I don’t misspell it. It’s our private joke. She’s the funniest person you’ll ever meet. She used to live in Northampton but now homegirl is moving to NEW YORK. Are you jealous yet? I’m sure her travelling diary will get even more excited now. I can’t wait for all the New York posts.

She wrote a post about her move:

Northampton to New York

She’s married to Adi, and they make a very cute couple together.


Just look at them… I love them as a couple.

She mostly writes about her trips and she always goes to the nicest places with the most breathtaking views. She hikes a little, unless it’s too close to water or bugs. Mostly, she eats. Especially popcorn, her meal of choice. She has them all the time and feels no shame about it. She eats as much as an athlete, or so she tells me. She’s still tiny, though. Worry not.

She’s an amazing writer and an avid reader. A fellow English major. We share many favorites in terms of books. She’s also my pen pal. Oh yeah. I love getting her mail. She’s the sweetest, most supportive friend. What you don’t know and she doesn’t know is that she is my favorite blogging friend. I feel really close to her and would love to meet her one day. I think we have an amazing connection and a very similar sense of humor, although she’s much more ladylike than I am. I’m a truck driver comparing to her, when it comes to sick/dark jokes and swearing.

I’m not that into travelling posts, to be completely honest. What attracts me is her writing, her beautiful personality, her sense of humor. I just love you, my dear Cathy. You’re an amazing friend.

(Is it me or this post is a little more sentimental than the others? She’s just one of my favorite people ever and I’m actually sad she is moving so far away)

My favorite posts:

On not meeting Demelza in Poldark country – I mean, I love Poldark. And I got a postcard with a miner eating a pastry that I initially thought to be a raw sweet potato. Long story.

Catalogue for the Dandy Traveller – Just a good, funny post with great pictures.

Friends for days tag – Doing my tag. Makes me so proud. This is how she describes me:

“Cheila has a wicked sense of humour and blogs about her life, the stars of which are her dog Rosa and her partner Rui. She is also battling depression. This is her attempt at giving new blogs some lovin’ and old blogs an extra dose of it. ”

Wicked sense of humor? Have no idea what she means!

Tuktuk – About her late beloved dog. Such an emotional post. She even shares a beautiful poem:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

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He was the cutest dog

Something that could totally happen to me: She almost lost her flight to NY. Oh, dear.

On almost not making it

It’s a sign, love. You should not move so far away from me!!

You also need to check her lovely about page:

About me

Before I finish this post, I have to share her answers to my questions.

Tell us about yourself.

The moment you say that, I freeze. Hmm let me think. I am just a girl waiting for the perfect cupcake to fall into her lap. No wait, I am just a girl waiting for a big dog to dress up, cuddle and annoy. I give up! Would a writer with a variety of alter egos suffice?

(It will darling, don’t worry. You forgot to mention the popcorn)

What was your favorite thing about my party?

Cheila, the banter and all those cupcakes, aah. Rosa too. I do not want sweet teenagers to go sulk in a corner. And then no one puts Rosa in a corner.

(She mentions cupcakes all the time. Do you think she has a problem? She loves Rosa, though)

Did you get any new followers or views because of the party?

I think so. Definitely one (don’t you go sniggering now!)

(Not too bad!)

Did you make any friends?

One lives in hope.

(hahaha she’s just too much)

Dearest girl, I hope you have the time of your life in New York. Just don’t pull a Carrie Bradshaw and walk the city in your underwear. Let’s keep some dignity. I hope you find the best popcorn ever and a million cupcakes to try. Seriously, I hope you are happy there. You and Adi, of course. Don’t be a stranger.

Love you, beautiful girl.