Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Books of January

Its almost the end of January and I read a TON of books! I thought it would be fun to share bits and pieces of my thoughts on them :)

Fangirl, By: Rainbow Rowell 

Where She Went, By: Gayle Forman ( sequel to If I Stay )

Wicked Lovely, By: Melissa Marr

Ink Exchange, By: Melissa Marr ( second in the Wicked Lovely Series )

They were all amazing books and well written. 

My favorite out of the ones I read was:

Where She Went. 

I would almost say it was better than its prequel, If I Stay. I loved the way it went into how it changed her life and how she dealt with the pain of losing her family. It was much better written than the first one and made me feel more connected with the main characters; bringing me closer to them and their story.

My least favorite of the January reads :


It wasn't terrible. I did like how it showed this girl and her sister being pulled apart and how hard that can be and how it effects us as we grow older. It was well written and brought me into the story well. Although it was very slow paced and different. It wasn't bad but not my favorite. Not one I would keep on my bookshelf forever.

Now, as we go into Feb - these are my personal reading goals--

One classic

One scary book

A trilogy

A re-told fairy tale

I hope everybody has had a great beginning to 2015 !

Read. Laugh. Love. 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

How To Be The Favorite Babysitter:

I had a favorite babysitter as a child: Aunt Rachel. She was my favorite for many reasons! I loved whenever she came over because I knew it would be tons of fun!!  Since then, I model my babysitting from her example.

And heres how -

(1) I Always (ALWAYS) have exciting fun game ideas. Whether its building a space ship (tent with blankets and chairs) or fighting aliens, pretending we are camping in the woods while looking out for bears and monsters. I try to be the kind of babysitter a kid actually LOOKS FORWARD to coming over because they know it means fun.

(2) I try to be their friend while also being their babysitter. This can sometimes be difficult when a child throws a tantrum. But. You are the one left in charge. The parents trust you to take care of their children so you still must make sure you abide by the rules the parents want their children to follow.

(3) I care about their opinion. Listen to what they want to play and actually take it into account. They will respect you and appreciate it when you listen to their feelings and show you care. Make sure everybody is okay with the game/movie/ you will be playing. If you are babysitting more then one child at a time, try to take turns with who gets to pick out what.

These are just a few ways to become a favorite babysitter. Stay tuned for more.

And don't forget : always be full of imagination and fun! 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

My First Interview: Charlotte

Hey everybody,

I am so excited to bring you Charlotte who volunteered to be my first interview. Welcome to this adventure :)

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I am a bit of a neat freak. I am pretty nice. A good friend. I am nor tomboy or girly girl I am a little bit of both; kind of in the middle.

2.  What are your pet peeves?

People who be dumb on purpose to be funny. Silly popping noises. People messing with there eyes, thats so gross. 

3. What are your hobbies?

Cross stitching and I collect bugs. I love reading too but I don't know if that is considered a hobby. 

4. As you go to Public School what are the pros and cons of school in your opinion?

My pros would be: seeing my friends and the bus can sometimes be fun. 

The cons: Bullies. Homework and sometimes my teachers can be a bit mean. 

5. What are your fears?

Heights. Crazy roller coasters but thats because of the heights. Big spiders. Wild snakes. Clowns and creepy dolls.

6. Who inspires you?

My mom and dad. Some of my teachers. Also some TV characters like Doctor Who and Merlin inspire me.

7.  What are some of your favorite books?

Diary Of The Wimpy Kid is one of my favorite. I also love authors like Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson their books are amazing. 

8. Your favorite movies?

Guardians Of The Galaxy was awesome and so funny. The Lego Movie and Castaway are also some of my favorites. 

9. Share a little about being a big sister.

It's awesome being able to teach Chloe stuff and because I am older I take care of my sister. But as I get older it can be hard because she wants to play stuff I don't really want to play. I do get babysitting practice. Although sometimes I get blamed for stuff she does because I am older. But I do love my little sister. 

10. Do you believe in God?

No I don't. Although I do believe when you die your spirt is still alive in some way. I also believe in Evolution not in God creating us. 

11. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Veterinarian because I love animals. I am good with them and I want to help them. 

12. Do you believe all things are possible?

Most things are possible but not all. Like flying or shooting fire out of your hands. Although I don't believe it is wrong to believe everything is possible. 

Now some fun questions :)

1. Oreos or Birthday cake?

Thats a hard one but Oreos.

2. Sweet or Savory?


3. Paint or Pencils?

Defiantly Pencils. 


Thank you Charlotte for sharing a bit of your life with us :)


Thursday, January 8, 2015

So You Might Be Wondering.....

So you might be wondering, "what is Cayla's blog all about?"

My mom and I sat down at one of our favorite coffee shops and talked about this question....

She asked me, "What do you want to write about? What do you want to share with the world?"

We walked though what I wanted my blog to look like. What I wanted my blog it be about. We figured out what I love writing about most:

Photography: Photography will be one thing I will be using in almost every post (if not all of them).

Babysitting: I love babysitting and want to share the tips and tricks I have figured out along the way. I will do posts about what I have learned. I will talk about many things (ups and downs) that come with the job. As an example : how do you deal with a child who constantly throws tantrums or what to do when sibling rivalry causes trouble. These are things every babysitter will want to have.

How Teens View The World: I will be posting interviews with some of my friends asking them about: what they want to be when they grow up, what they struggle with most, and more questions.

Me: I will also post about myself. This is a Sincerely, Cayla letter to you all anyhow. I will write about what its like being a homeschooled teen girl. I will write about my journaling/morning pages and some other topics :).

Books: I will end each month by sharing all the books I have read. I will write a short review of each book and talk about which were my favorite, the ones I didn't like so much and the ones you all MUST read :)

I hope everybody had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!