Top 5 Nonfiction Books of 2016

As an avid reader, I love finding new books to read, and I like to go through and recount what my favorite books were at the end of each year and why. Today, I though I'd share a few of my favorites that I read this past year, from the nonfiction category. Enjoy!

Get Lost by Dannah Gresh
An amazing, amazing book! One of my top 3 favorite books of all time. A must-read for EVERY Christian teen girl.

Jesus Freaks by DC Talk
Convicting stories of real-life Christians- both now and then, old and young, rich and poor- who gave their all for Christ.

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
A book that every teen should read! Written by two teens, it offers real-life encouragement for young people today seeking to live above the world's standards.

Hearts of Fire by Voice of the Martyrs 
Another collection of stories featuring eight brave women who dedicated their lives to serving Jesus Christ, no matter what.

Lies Yong Woman Believe by Dannah Gresh and Nancy Leigh DeMoss
I'm pretty sure that no girl could come away from this book without learning something from it! 

So there you have it- my top 5 favorite nonfiction books of 2016! I hope that you'll give these books a try, if you haven't already read them, and that you'll enjoy them as much as I have!

Have you read any of these? What's your top 3 favorite books from 2016? Comment below, and thanks for reading! 


Things I Would Not Want To Live Without

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Today I have a rather hard assignment. I have to list three things that are luxuries that I would not want to live without. So here we go. 

1. Cameras

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Yeah, I know you don't really have to have cameras in this world, but I am SO happy to have mine. Taking photos is pretty much my favorite thing in the world other then writing so far as hobby's go. 

2. Laptops 

Seriously, I can write on them, listen to music, post on my blog, view all my photos and communicate with my friends. It just doesn't get much better then that. I love having a laptop to use. Such as the one I am typing this post on. ;D

3. Chapstick

Yeah, this one seems rather silly, doesn't it? But I love chapstick. I use it a lot and trying out new brands is super fun. This year a friend of mine got me my first thing of EOS chapstick and I LOVE it. 

So, what are some of your favorite luxury's? 


My Favorite Place For Vacation

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Well, one of my favorite vacations I ever went on was to Colorado. I have not had the pleasure of going back yet, but I will be soon. 
The mountains are so relaxing, and the views unbeatable. True, I was seven last time I went, so I was not able to really appreciate a lot of it, but it was still awesome. Living in Texas does not give me many opportunity's to see mountains, so they are incredible to me. 
Though to me, getting out anywhere, seeing new things, and visiting new places is awesome. Getting out gives me a new perspective on what I left behind and makes me eager to get back to it so I can fully appreciate it like I never have before.

What is your favorite place to vacation? 


Life Hacks

Hiii guys it's Ellie. BTW, 11 days until Christmas. WHAAAT?!? I'm so excited.
So..I'm talking about my favorite life hacks.
This one is obviously super helpful. Funny story, just this week I got a new pair of jeans. After a couple times wearing the jeans I wanted to take them back cause they were to small. Unfortunately, I accidently got a mysterious grass stain on it. So, now I can't take them back. lol the life of a kid I guess. ;P
 This sounds kinda weird, don't really know if it's true, but it just sounds funny.
 This sounds impossible, but it would be SO COOL if this was real. I might try it out.
 Okay, this works. Well I think. When we were at six flags this year, that's all me and my dad were doing. hey, it felt good. lol

 THIS IS SO COOL. I checked it out, and it's really true. SO COOL.
I tried this, and it worked. I love this hack because those weird looking sandwiches do not look good.
This is also another cool one.

So there you are! Hope these are as helpful as they were for me.

Thanks for reading!

bouncing in to say bye,
                                bernie (or Ellie)


My Morning Routine

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My morning changes a lot, but here is how it typically looks: 

7:30: I get up and get dressed. 

7:40: I make my bed, then I read in my bible.

8:00: I feed the dog and then I do my workout program 

8:30: I eat a breakfast typically of watermelon while checking my email, and all social medias.

9:00: once I'm done catching up on reading blog posts and what everyone else is doing, I write my own blog posts and long emails. 

9:30: this is when I typically have my reading time. Or I write letters. I read till lunch. 

And that is my morning routine, whats yours? 


5 Health Tips

Hey guys!!
It's Ellie!!
Today I'm here to talk about my health tips.
Although I'm not an expert on this subject, I thought I'd just share my opinion on some tips!!

1. Drink Water.
Yes, Emily already said this, but I just to say it again!! It's super important to drink water. I know I always want to drink sugary drinks other than plain old water, but it's important that you drink water. I usually drink it right after I work out or when I'm really hot. Just sit down, take a breather, and drink some water.

2. Stretch
Now this is a little bit of a sports health tip, but really I think it's super important to stretch even if you aren't doing a sport. Stretching helps you become more flexible and fit.

3. Exercise.
From running to get doing 15 pushups a day it's important to exercise at least I little bit a day. Exercising helps you become stronger which is important. You don't have to have a six pack. You're muscles don't have to be giant and muscular. You just need to exercise at least a little bit. :)

4. Eat a good breakfast.
I always like breakfast to be my good healthy meal. Sometimes I don't always eat a big lunch so it's important to have a big breakfast to help you take on the day!! It doesn't have to be the healthiest meal ever. It just at least has to be something big to help you have energy for the day!! And not a lot of sugar either.

5. Make goals for yourself.
This helps you accomplish these tips to make you healthier. Making goals for what I think will push me and help me become stronger really helps. Whenever I make a goal, I'm so determined I hardly ever do less than that goal. Goals are very helpful. Don't make them impossible, but don't make them super easy. Just make your goal to where you think that would challenge you. And then do it!!

I hope these tips help you!! I really enjoyed doing this post.
Thanks for reading!!

And if you ever need a motivational workout buddy. Or a person to do goals with. I'm here. I'd love to do it with you!! So give me a holler in the comments! It'd make my day!!

bouncing in to say bye,
                                                           Ellie or Bernie (it's my nickname) :P



Ok personally, I love Halloween. It is one of my all time favroite hallidays. I get to dress up and I get candy for free. Like is there anything better in life????

This year I decided to be a vampire princess. The only thing that I did for my costume was paint my nails with glow in the dark nail polish, put on the dress, put on some makeup, and add a couple of fake tattoos to my neck. Nothing too flashy 

This year for once we actually started at my house. Usually my family goes to one of our friends houses. 3 families came over and after having a dinner of hotdogs we set of trick or treating. 

I had a lot of fun with my friend and I would say I got a good amount of candy. Not to much but not a small amount either. 

What did you guys do for Halloween? What did you dress up as? Watch any scary movies?