Books

Book Review: An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

It’s 2003 and the United States has declared war on Iraq following the September 11th attacks two years earlier on the World Trade Center in New York City. Shadi, who is already navigating strained friendships, family tragedies and existing as a Muslim in a post-9/11 society, now has to deal with raids at her Mosque, racism at her school and worries about becoming the victim of a hate crime. Even though she’s American, people don’t […]

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Murals

The Great Jiffy Lube Mural Hunt!

This post is in collaboration with Jiffy Lube of Indiana. Did you know that eighteen Jiffy Lube locations in central Indiana are also home to beautiful public art? Since 2016, the company has been featuring Indiana artists and their work on the sides of their buildings through a partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. More are planned and the project is expanding to other locations around the state. I’ve teamed up with Jiffy Lube […]

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Travel

Traveling Solo at Universal Orlando

On our last day in Orlando, I decided to skip going to Disney with the rest of the family and bought a ticket to Universal Studios so I could go back to Hogwarts again. I first visited this park three years ago with my mom – we just had one day there and spent most of the time in the Harry Potter part of the park, but I loved Wizarding World and couldn’t wait to […]

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Travel

Why You Only Need a Half Day in Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also their most quiet and relaxing park. If you need a down day during your vacation – this is the park to chill at. We saved it for last (well, my last day – I went to Universal our last day and my travel companions went back to Magic Kingdom) and it was so quiet that we rode everything in an hour! Which is why, unless the lines at Pandora are […]

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Music

Top 25 Favorite Hanson Songs

Updated (2021)! It’s been five years since I compiled this list and some of the links were broken, a few new songs have come out and I decided to re-work it a little bit. I don’t know when the new album will come out (hopefully this year), so it may get revised again. Back in 2016, Hanson asked fan club members to select their Top 25 favorite songs in honor of the 20th anniversary (and […]

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Travel

Is Hollywood Studios the BEST park at Disney World?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Hollywood Studios is Disney’s best park at the moment. Yes, Magic Kingdom is the classic park that everyone HAS to visit, Epcot has the culture and food, but Hollywood Studios has the best theming and more “grown-up” rides. I’ve only visited this park twice – once when it was MGM and I was a kid and remember nothing that was there. Then again […]

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