Being Happy Never Goes Out of Style

Being Happy Never Goes Out of Style

Read With Me : Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Happy Friday Loves!!
As you may or may not know I love reading! I'm not sure if this still happens in elementary schools but almost monthly we'd have a book fair and reading marathons in school back in my day. It was something I always excelled in and was a great outlet for my imagination to wander in all directions.  This reading habit was something my parents strongly encouraged and admired my dedication to finishing my current read in just a few days time.  Their basement is full of boxes of all the books I've ever read in my life.  I want to have a large library wall in my dream home one day {with a sliding ladder - I'm secretly hoping to be Belle lol}.  

I still remember I was in the sixth grade, a brand new middle school with a larger than life library (which I'm sure is just average size if I were to visit it now) where I came across my very first Harry Potter book. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!  

From then on every time a new book was released my dad would pick up a copy on his way home from work for me and I'd be done with the book in just a couple days and then mop around the house from #harrypotterwithdrawals.  And here I am almost 17 years after reading my very first Harry Potter book, suffering Harry Potter withdrawals again.  It's almost like that show you just binge watched on Netflix and don't know what to do with yourself now that its over.  You almost think about the characters as if they were your family members...  ( I just went through this with Orange is the New Black) Wondering what the future holds but this has been me (me and a million other people) waiting to know what happens to Harry Potter! 

In no way am I book critic with any credentials but here's my honest take on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1 and Part 2.  The real reason the Harry Potter saga was one of my all time favorite reads was because JK Rowling writes extremely well but leaves so so much room for your imagination to run free.  

Secret Confession : I've never watched any of the Harry Potter movies.  One of my best friends forced me to watch the Harry Potter movie and I turned it off 7 minutes in.  I just couldn't have any of it.  I'm a firm believer that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie - because frankly no one can depict what my imagination can.  Coming back to the subject matter ...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part1 and Part2

Things I Liked :
Reading this book brought back so many memories! The authors do a great job of tying in something or the other from previous books.  It's almost comforting to be in the world of magic again.  
Without any spoilers - I love that the book brings us back to Harry's childhood and how the old characters tie in with the new.

Things I didn't Like :( 
I was expecting the 8th book and this definitely was NOT it.  The book was written for a play and has been published in a play manuscript but leaves me wanting JK Rowling's intense passion for detail.  There is a lot more room for your imagination to do its job but the script seems very non-detailed at some points.  Too much happens in too short of a "book" but really it's just not THE Harry Potter series novel I was looking forward to.

Overall Verdict :
It wasn't love but it did hit the right notes, bringing back all the characters I'd grew up with.  Would have been a perfect 10 if JK Rowling just sat down and wrote this play into a novel. 

I've been really sick this past week or so giving me tons of extra time to read (but really it's Harry Potter - I would have made time).  Reading was honestly a hobby I was obsessed with throughout my life but once college hit - the amount of time I spent reading rapidly declined.  My husband, really is not fond of reading but back in college bought me a Kindle to help save some room on my bookshelves.  I have a ton of books on my Kindle and go through them relatively quickly but I always find myself longing for that "book smell" (book worms you know what I'm talking about).  

I've been wanting to start a book club with the girls where I'd host but everyone's schedules (including mine) are just so  busy it's been a nightmare coordinating a convenient time.  Let's start a virtual book club right here.  Will you Read With Me?  Help me pick our first read... 

The rules are simple - we'll pick at the start of every month and at the end of the month - we'll have a discussion on our thoughts at the end of the month!  Send me a snap / direct message on Instagram / or leave a comment down below.

Happy Weekend || Til Next Time Loves
xo || Happiness Never Goes Out of Style || xo

21 Day Fix - Update

I actually started writing this post on day 10 of 21.  Unfortunately, right before I was ready to post it - I started feeling terribly sick... So yes... I'm really sad to say that I wasn't able to get through my first round of the 21 Day fix.  So there are no before and after pictures or numbers for me to share with you... but I would like to share my week 1 experience for those interested... Once I'm no longer coughing up my lungs I plan on starting another round of the 21 day fix.
Let me start out by restating (from my previous post) that the containers do not by any way decrease the amount of food you can consume (at least for me) it just cuts you off of all the bad carbs - I actually struggled with meeting my daily protein requirement and found myself too full to eat at some points through out the day.

Here is my meal plan from the first week : { I'm posting this after the fact because I knew I'd change things around to add some new flavors through out the week and that I honestly would not be able to consume everything I planned out}

Note : The last Snack column was questionable because I kept it for days I thought I'd feel hungry but I really just munched on fruit after my workouts or used the fruit to replace dessert. 
BTWs - did you know cherries are supposed to be great for muscle soreness? { So terribly sad summer is almost coming to an end - dear mangoes and cherries you will be missed </3 }

If you follow me on snap-chat you'd know I was busy with three wedding events and will be again this weekend (hoping I'm feeling better). Last weekend, I tried to eat before arriving to the events because if you've ever been to a desi (Indian/Pakistani/Bengali) wedding you'd there really no such thing as a "healthy/lighter portion option" I had a couple pieces of the tandoori chicken served as appetizers as my dinner.  Since I didn't eat all of my alloted containers - Saturday night I split a piece of wedding cake with my hubby as my cheat meal. Totally worth it!
Although I stopped a third or so of the way through due to a terrible throat infection - I felt like a whole new person the entire week.  I had muscle soreness that made it impossible to sit and stand but it was so worth it because I knew it was working and I was hopeful to see results.  The workouts are only 30 minutes but they really kick your butt.  I can't wait to get started again. 
I didn't let myself step on a scale so I 'm not sure if there was really any actual weight loss but I felt lighter, less bloated, and my clothes did fit looser than they did before I started the program. I apologize for not having a drastic before and after picture for y'all but I hope to get back on the program and show you guys just that!  Keep me in your prayers for a quick recovery.  Being sick during the summer is the absolute worst.  

xo || Happiness Never Goes Out of Style || xo