12 Favorite Blog Posts

12 Favorite Blog Posts

I recently celebrated 1 year of blogging here at Aduke Schulist, and while I sort of let the year slip by without doing as much as I wanted, I still marvel at the progress I made here. I am always so humbled that even 1 person finds interest in my writing, let alone all of you who faithfully read and comment – us bloggers live for comments – on Aduke Schulist.

In celebration of the past 12 months, I wanted to first share with you my 12 favorite blog posts from the past year.

12 Favorite Blog Posts by Aduke Schulist

1. Get Down Downtown 2016 – Outdoor Festival

One of my first posts on this new blog covered a yearly event called Get Down Downtown. Coincidentally that same event is coming up soon, so be on the lookout for this years coverage.
Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

2. Day Out at the Outlets of Little Rock

I enjoyed a girls day out with fellow blogging friend Tiffany while we shopped and learned about some of the great deals being offered by stores in the Outlets of Little Rock Shopping Mall (I still want those shoes! Why have I not bought them yet?!)

We had good food, good fun, and good memories. I can’t tell you how many times I have been back, but even the kids enjoy it.

Outlets of Little Rock

3. We are… ADOPTING! – Single Mom Adoption

We announced we are adopting. Since then, so much has changed, but not the desire to adopt. I have been putting off updating regarding the process, because there isn’t a whole lot to update at this time, but know that we are STILL planning on adopting! The time line has just been pushed back a bit while I hammer out some details.

4. Stand Still. Stay Strong. Have a VOICE.

It’s hard for me to stand up for myself and to speak my mind, but for 2017 I chose VOICE as my word of the year. With every decision I make, I am reminded of this word and what it means to me to have a say in my life.

I have noticed that I am a much stronger person because of this. I am not as easily intimidated. It has taken a lot of work, and is still a work in progress, but the progress is what’s important.

5. Fertility Awareness Method Explained and Tracking for Health

I gotta admit, I cringed myself when writing this post about the Fertility Awareness Method. Not because I don’t believe in it, but I was nervous of the reactions I would get. It still baffles me that some women are so ignorant about their own bodies. I was once one of them! Learning about my body and it’s functions has empowered me.

Ovulatory Cycle using Kindara for Fertility Awareness Method - Natural Birth Control

6. Mommy Med Spa Day – A Day Of Pampering and Pedicures

I joined Tiffany again for a day of pampering provided by the Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa, Arkansas’s first med spa. That is a day I would love to re-live. Everything about the Spa was so relaxing, and my pedicure lasted for weeks!

Getting My Pedicure On At Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa in Little Rock

7. 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair

Things got a little hairy when I shared 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair.

Woman with Armpit Hair - Natural Body Hair

I was surprised at how supportive some of the comments were. I was really expecting to be bombarded with how gross it is.

8. Boy Scout Camp & Disabilities

Both of my boys are in Boy Scouts, and this Summer, they both attended their first week long Boy Scout camp. Because of Losh’s disabilities and his need for assistance, I had to attend with him.
Boy Scout Camp - Camp Rockefeller - 2017

We had so much fun. I had hesitations with going, but looking back, it was a blast. I even learned how to tie a few knots myself.

9. 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

My love of reading was shared when I posted about the 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge. Because of it, I found a few new favorite authors. This year, I did not participate in a reading challenge.

10. Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome

My kids mean everything to me, and while parenting them alone is a challenge, there is so much to love. I shared some of my favorite things in Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome.

11. Before You Get 4-H Chickens

My desire to raise chickens for eggs was somewhat fulfilled last year when we raised our first flock of baby chicks.

4-h-chickens-walking-in-food

Spoiler: most of them died, and we ultimately didn’t get a single egg, but learned a lot and are patiently awaiting an egg from our second flock of chickens.

12. Hashimoto’s and Dietary Changes

Sharing my health journey began when I learned that I had Hashimoto’s and started taking medication to treat it. I posted about how I am making dietary changes to help keep this in check…

Thyroid Medication for Hashimoto's Levothyroxine

It’s hard y’all! I’m still struggling with removing gluten from my diet, but have drastically reduced my intake. I don’t notice any difference yet.

So, there you have it.. my 12 favorite posts from the last 12 months. I hope you took the time to view a few of these as you were making your way down the list. Tell me below in the comments…

Which one of these was your favorite?

Best Reads Of 2016

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In 2016 I set a goal to read 60 books. I figured at 1-3 books per week it was totally doable.  I forgot the fact that I read somewhat fast. I completed 197% of my goal. That’s 118 books. Nearly double my goal. Oops!

Here are some of my best reads of 2016 in no particular order

Best Reads of 2016 by Aduke Schulist

Joe Pickett Series by C.J. Box

I judge books by their covers and when I picked up the third book in the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box, I was intrigued. Joe Pickett is a game warden who lives in Wyoming with his family. This series follows him as he investigates different crimes that have been committed in his area. I ended up getting hooked on this series and read every single one that I could get my hands on. I hear there is a new one and I can’t wait to read it.

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

When it is your turn to be called, will you be ready? Nessa, the protagonist of The Call trains along with her classmates for the inevitable; to be called. She only has 3 minutes to save her life and herself from the Sidhe. Will she survive? I can picture this book being made into a movie. I passed it onto Kaia when I was done, and he loved it.

The Nice Girl Syndrome by Beverly Engel

I tend to be a pushover, so this book spoke to me and what I wish to become. While I haven’t been in an abusive romantic relationship, I have been emotionally and mentally abused and I feel like I am constantly being manipulated. This book helped me find out why and learn more about myself in the process. I definitely learned some tips on how to stand up for myself.

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brook

The Bunker Diary is another one I passed onto Kaia when completed. I have never been one to read the ending before I get there, and this book made me want to. Instead, I read non-stop and finished it in one-sitting. It was addicting! I was not expecting the ending. It’s one that you must read yourself.

13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff

Want to know what really happened during the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack? Read this book! The inside knowledge and details given from those who were there answer so many questions surrounding the attack.

Five by Ursula Archer

This book has a treasure hunt with a twist. When a lady is found murdered with coordinates tattooed on her feet, Detective Beatrice Kaspary begins a mad rush trying to find all the body parts to complete the “cache” and find the killer. I liked that Five contained geocaching, but it was a little gruesome.

This completes my best reads of 2016. As you can see, I have a pretty eclectic taste in books. Have you read any from this list?

What were some of your favorite books from 2016? 

2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved reading. If there was a reading challenge, I was in on it. I have fond memories of going to the library with my family, checking out books, and spending countless hours reading in my bedroom along with my sister. While my sister went on to be an author, I just continue reading in my bedroom and checking out multiple books from the library.

Around the end of 2015 I started keeping track of the books I read on Goodreads. I have missed a few along the way, but for the most part, they are all there. When 2016 rolled around, I decided to participate in the 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge. The idea was to explore some styles of writing that I may not otherwise read on my own and push myself to read MORE.

2016 Reading Challenge

 

So, I printed out the list, taped it to the inside of my pantry and have been ticking off each category that I’ve finished. I chose to only count a book one time even if it falls under multiple categories. I thought it would be fun to share with you what I have been reading to complete the challenge.

Below is the challenge along with the book I’ve read to complete it followed by the categories I still have to go.

Completed Books:

YA Bestseller
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Book you haven’t read since high school
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine (multiple ones)
The Boxcar Children
Book set in your home state
Fade by A.K. Morgen
A book set in Europe
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A book that’s under 150 pages
Our Search for Happiness by M. Russell Ballard
A New York Times bestseller
Joe Picket series by C.J. Box
Book that’s becoming a movie this year
13 Hours: Story of Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff
Book recommended by someone you just met
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
A self-improvement book
The Nice Girl Syndrome by Beverly Engel
A book you can finish in a day
The Detour by S.A. Bodeen
A book written by a celebrity
Eat & Run by Scott Jureck
A political memoir
Zero Footprint by Simon Chase
Book at least 100 years older than you
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A book that’s more than 600 pages 
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
A book recommended by a family member
Sempre by J.M. Darhower
Graphic novel
The Gunslinger: The Battle of Tull by Robin Furth
A book that’s published in 2016
Stricken by A.K. Morgen
A book that takes place during Summer
Open Season by C.J. Box
A book and its prequel
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
A murder mystery
The Price of Innocence by Lisa Black
A book written by a comedian
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
A dystopian novel
Winterkill by Kate A Boorman
A book with a blue cover
Bird Moon Lake by Kevin Henkes
A book of poetry
Street Poems by Robert Froman
The first book you see in a bookstore
Need by Joelle Charbonneau
A book from the library
Close To The Bone by Lisa Black
An autobiography
The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer
A book that takes place on an island
Ferocity by Kayla & Preston Dean

Books To Read:

Book based on a Fairy Tale
National Book Award winner
A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy
Book about a road trip
A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
A satirical book
A classic from the 20th century
A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
Book from Oprah’s Book Club
Science-fiction novel
Book translated to English
A romance set in the future

If you have any suggestions for titles for the incomplete list, please leave them in the comments! I’d love to try and finish this reading challenge in 2016.