Spruce Up Your Lemonade This Summer!

Hey everyone!

It’s been awhile. Yesterday was my last day of school, so now my schedule will be very freed up and mostly dedicated to blog-posting! I am going to miss being in school over the summer. It was like my safe-haven where I could put my creativity and passion for education all into my work. I’m going to miss all of my friends and our weird yet comforting humor. I’m really going to miss all my teachers. English was absolutely my FAVORITE class. It was really the only class I went into wearing a smile on my face every single day. It was the class that encouraged me to start The Legally Brunette Blog, where I met some of my closest friends, and it was the only class where I felt safe and accepted to share every side to me, even the sides of myself that I’m still discovering. It’s only been a few hours since the end of the year, but I already miss it! This summer, I will be doing a lot of traveling, exploring, and most importantly, writing!

So far summer has kicked off with a problem that I needed to solve (as most summers do). Here’s the backstory: My family has been visiting for the past few days all the way from the Caribbean! Living in a cold, bitter climate in the winter, and scorching heat waves in the summer makes my diet much more varied. I noticed, sitting on the drinks/snacks table was a drink that included water and fresh fruit. Let me just say, the taste of sweet citrus mixed with the tartness of lip-pursing lemons do not provide a cool summer refresher. I just couldn’t stand seeing my family members do the classic: give a fake-enough smile covering up your thoughts on the abysmal flavor sprawling down your throat. So I decided to take action, and create a new twist on regular summer lemonade with my cousin/fellow protester. I hope you enjoy this new Tumblr-esque, Insta-worthy Not Your Average Lemonade! 

 

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Brunette’s Book Club: Taking Flight (Not Exclusive To Brunette’s!)

Hi everyone!

I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting in awhile, my schedule has just been so busy! But part of that business has been due to all of my book reading! A few weeks ago, I finished the book, Taking Flight, by Michaela DePrince. Now, you may recognize the author, Michaela DePrince, who is a star ballerina. She also appeared in the documentary, First Position. This book has such a powerful message about how, (I know this is about to sound cheesy. But!) dreams really can come true. Lauren's Pictures 003Lauren's Pictures 004Lauren's Pictures 002

It just goes to show, living in a world, in 2016 where there is unfortunately still a lot of racism, sexism and violence, people can really accomplish the unthinkable. Michaela started out as a war orphan in Sierra Leone. Those kids are considered lucky if they are adopted, never mind being adopted to an American family. The chances of Michaela living were slim, but she made it. I’ve always believed that things happen for a reason, and this story goes above and beyond to prove that. People like Michaela who defy the odds teach lessons. After I read a great book like that, I think to myself: I am so glad I read that book. It really made rethink… But I am lucky enough to have grown up in a family where possibilities for my future are endless. I think people who think building a wall between countries, or discriminating against people who are different from them are the people who need to read this book the most. I have had an upbringing where it was instilled in me that a woman should never be underestimated. Fierce women have always been apart of my life, and I hope to be considered a fierce and powerful woman one day. Not everyone has that. I was also taught equality of all races, religions and sexuality. I have a rainbow of family members. Gay/Straight. Black/White. Jewish/Christian/Muslim etc. But what do you think of when you picture a ballerina? This book envelops you into a world that you thought was all pirouettes and perfectly pointed toes. What you thought is anything but. Dancers don’t get anywhere without going through excruciating amounts of pain. You also get an inside glance at how the rigidity and demanding amounts of pressure mothers can put on their children can be detrimental to a childhood. I wish I could give this 10 stars, it was so good! Comment down below if you are a dancer and what type of dance you do, if you have read this book and what you thought, or anything that has been on your mind lately. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did! Talk to you soon!!

Remember, this is a community of friendship and trust. If you decide to be a part of this journey on The Legally Brunette Blog, you have to be willing to trust, listen, care, grow, and not be afraid to show your silly side!!

Au Revoir!

-The Legally Brunette

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