Swirls of Life

Life is a swirl…

On This Day in History – December 6

On December 6, 1865 the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. The amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime.

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Song of the Month: Breath of Heaven

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This month’s featured song is Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant. Listen below!

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National Chocolate Day

Today is National Chocolate Day in the United States!

Chocolate comes from a bean called Theobroma cacao. The word “chocolate” itself comes from the Spanish, and it stems from the Aztec word xocolatl, which means “bitter water.” The Aztecs pounded the cacao beans and drank them without adding any sugar, and they thought the beans came from the gods. Indeed, Theobroma means “food of the gods.”

What’s your favorite kind of chocolate? Milk chocolate is mine.

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Universal Childrens Day

Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 by the United Nations and is celebrated on November 20th every year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

See more on how you can participate in Universal Children’s Day: by clicking here

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Book of the Month

 

This month’s book is Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot.

Summary: For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity: living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend, Michael, managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course, Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal “oui.” But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: her grandmother has leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom.

 

Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a stomach. Can Mia prove to everyone–especially herself–that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

Royal Wedding was one of the first proper adult (instead of young adult) fiction books I read and it did not disappoint. I read the original Princess Diaries series when I was in high school so it was cool to see Mia all grown up.

Rating: 9/10

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Quote of the Month

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“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

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On This Day in History – November 8

On November 8, 1972 the Home Box Office (HBO) launched. It’s the oldest paid TV channel in the US.

Do you have a favorite TV channel?

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Song of the Month: You Don’t Know

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This month’s featured song is You Don’t Know by Kierra Kiki Sheard. Listen below!

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My Biggest Crochet Project

One of my hobbies is crocheting. Usually I make easy things like hats and scarfs, but I’ve been looking for a brown cardigan forever! I’m tired of going to different stores so I found a pattern online and am crocheting one myself. This is what it looks like so far.

I’m almost done. All I have to do is finish this sleeve, make another, and attach them. When it’s finished I’ll update this post with the result. Stay tuned.

Update 11/29/18: I finally finished it! You’re probably wondering why it took me a month to update this post. Well, it’s because I was working on crocheting other things and this cardigan took A LOT more adjusting than I originally thought. After I finished making it and attached everything together I realized it was too long (it came down to my knees – basically a sweater dress). Crocheting is super easy to take out if you’re starting from the very last stitch you did, but since the base was the first section I crocheted there was no way I was going to start all over again. I learned undoing stitches from the bottom is extremely tedious. Especially since I wanted to save as much yarn as possible. Meaning I couldn’t just cut a straight line where I wanted it to stop. Thankfully, one of my friends gave me the idea to hem it which I did and then took out the row above instead of taking out 5+ rows. I still have to take them out eventually when I want to use the leftover yarn to make something else, but the cardigan is finally done now! 🎉

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I Got a New(ish) Phone

A few years ago I posted about getting my first smartphone (you can read about that here) and yesterday my new one came in the mail! It’s actually the same modal as my old one, but a different color and way more space.

This one has 64GB the other had 16GB. Let me tell you it’s been a serious struggle the past few months. I had to delete a lot of photos, apps, texts, etc. and would still have problems like apps crashing and texts disappearing. The best part was it was only $170 on eBay because it’s refurbished. Pink is my favorite color so I love the rose gold finish. 🙂

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