Travel Bucket List

Hey guys! Today I’ll be sharing my recent travel bucket list! I’ve done a couple in the past, however, in those I would look up different countries and list whichever ones I thought were cool… But today I’ll be sharing 5 places I would really love to go to! So let’s get started!

All of these photos are from Unsplash! I usually use my own pictures, however I wanted to use these pictures!

Also, obviously we can’t really travel right now, but I would love to go to these places in the future! Just as soon as I get a passport…

top view photography of city during daytime

SPAIN

I would love to visit Spain! I am currently learning Spanish on Duolingo which made me really want to visit Spain. I’ve been doing a lot of research on Spain and from the pictures at least, I’ve just been dreaming to visit!

lavender field

FRANCE

I would just love to visit France! The food, the culture, the languages, everything! I am also learning French so going to France would be fun! I’d love to visit Paris or maybe somewhere in the country nearby too!

seashore during golden hour

Hawaii

Although this is in the United States, I seriously would LOVE to visit Hawaii! The beaches would be lovely, as well as the volcanoes and national parks would be nice to visit to! I would also actually consider moving to Hawaii someday! Probably not, since I live in New England and need cold weather in winter, haha!

buddha statue during daytime

INDIA

My best friend is from India, and so I have heard a lot about Indian culture and it makes me just really excited and hopeful to visit one day! I’ve seen so many pictures that just inspire me and there are so many parts of India I would love to see (doubt I’ll see them all though!).

bird's-eye view photo of city near ocean

NORWAY

I have no idea how I got so obsessed with Norway, but I’m glad I did! Doesn’t this picture look #goals? I would love to travel to Norway and see the Northern Lights and visit the sea!

pontoon boat with bridge as background photo

This is just a picture from New England, where I live! I love living in New England since it’s so pretty any time of year (especially fall)!

I hope you all enjoyed learning a little bit about where I would love to visit!

Have you ever visited any of these places? Where is your dream place to visit?

~ Arabella

The Outstanding Blogger Award

Hey guys! I’ve been nominated for the Outstanding Blogger Award by Esther from Esther’s Nook! Her blog is amazing I would definitely recommend checking it out.

The Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (Make sure to check out the original award post here!)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

The Questions

How would you describe your dream room?

My dream room would have light blue walls, a grey rug, white furniture (white bed, nightstand, etc), light blue comforter, some grey decals, and a lava lamp! Don’t know if that is too specific haha.

What’s your dream car?

I don’t have one really! Maybe a Tesla? I don’t know much about cars…

Do you want to go to college?

Yes!! I’ve already started thinking about this despite still having a couple years to decide… I would like to go in my state or somewhere nearby. Maybe major in nursing, education, business, or genetics!

What are four words that describe your personality?

Hmm… introvert bubbling with ideas?

I really do not know.

Would you rather live in the country or city?

This is really tough since I love the suburbs! But probably city because there would be a lot of fun things around that you might not necessarily get in the country! But I would love to live in either.

What are three foods that you strongly dislike?

I love this question! Peanut butter, bananas, and either cottage cheese or blue cheese! I’m not that picky but I have about like 8 foods that I strongly dislike!

If you could dine with one person from history, who would you choose?

Maybe a family member from the past because I would love to learn about family history!

Nominees

Kaelyn

Amber

Girl Online

Erin

And anyone else who would like to do it!!

Questions for the Nominees

  1. What is your favorite type of chocolate (dark, milk, white, etc)
  2. Would you rather visit Japan or Mexico?
  3. Would you like to have kids when you’re older? If so, how many?
  4. What is your favorite book?
  5. Have you ever been to Disney World?
  6. What is your favorite movie?
  7. Do you prefer fruits or vegetables?

I hope you all have enjoyed learning a bit more about me. Anyone who would like to do the tag is welcome to!!

Also, if you have read Keeper of the Lost Cities, are you team Keefe or Fitz? I’m Keefe allllll the way!

~ Arabella

An Introduction | I’m Back!

Hello! I’m (hopefully) officially back for good! Since I haven’t consistently blogged recently, I decided to do an introduction for any new followers to get to know me, and if you’ve been following a while, maybe you’ll learn some new facts about me!

Yes, this is the picture on my sidebar!

I’m Arabella, a teen blogger at Sparks of Ara! I have been blogging for about 3 years now.

I’m obsessed with dark chocolate, (but really any chocolate is fine by me!) and hate peanut butter to an extreme.

I am an ISFJ, though I have taken the test many times and gotten different results. However, the most recent one was ISFJ, so I’ll stick with that!

I’m also an enneagram type 9, though as well I’ve gotten multiple results (3, 4, and 7)

Anyways, when I’m older I want to be a nurse, geneticist/biologist, a business owner, or teacher!

My favorite colors are teal, turquoise, any and all shades of blue, and purple!

On Sparks of Ara, I will mainly be posting lifestyle content, with some fashion/decor and photography within!

A little backstory:

Sparks of Ara started off as Anything in the Wonderful Life, which ended pretty quickly. I ended up starting posting again a few months later in late 2017, and I actually ended up sticking with it.

I changed the blogs name to Thoughts of a Fangirl, and eventually Sparks of Ara.

If you would like to read some very cringy posts from over 3 years ago including a review for a book that I had just started at the time… click here. Which I wouldn’t reccomend, but go ahead!

My first blog post was literally just this:

This is my very first blog post! Yay! So, this may be short, cause I don’t know what to say in my first blog post! I have a few other blogs, not on wordpress. They are just about writing. OK… go to the about me page to get more info about me!

Anyways, fast forward 3 years and here we are! My posts and blog design have improved tremendously, which is amazing!

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! I’m super excited to be back and posting!

I’ll be posting once a week on Fridays for now! That may change if I find something that works better!

Also, I’m super sorry for not replying to any comments! I’ll try to start and catch up with them.

I’d love to hear from you and how you have been doing!! Also, what do you think of my design?

~ Arabella

100 FOLLOWERS! *CUE THE CONNFITTI* (PLUS Keeper Of The Lost Cities GIVEAWAY)

Hey guys!!!! Check out Mary’s giveaway! And be sure to say congrats for 100 followers to her!!

𝕄𝕚𝕕𝕕𝕝𝕖 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕪

(Also, in honor of this momentoUs occasion, I prefer this to be read on the actual blog. memary145.wordpress.com)

As you can tell by that *amazingly long* title, I now have 100 followers.

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I have been anticipating this like, all year. (All 4 Months guys. xD) And like I promised, a 100 follower giveaway will now appear before your very eyes! But first, I have a coUple of stats for all 100 of you!

Posts: 110 (I thought I had more… Weird.)

Views:  1,010 (why Universe why.)

CoUntries:

2020-03-31 The all time stats for USA is 8,284

Comments: 895 (Boi lets get to 900 xD)

SHOUT OUTS!

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Kaelyn! She is such an amazing blogger y’all. She is just so amazing and I can’t imagine blogging without her! YAY KAELYN!  *HUGS!*

https://kaelynslife.wordpress.com/

Arabella! She is such a creative blogger who is also one of my best blogging friends! She’s so awesome! She…

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the mystery blogger award

Hey guys! Hopefully I am back for good! Thank you so much to everyone who took my survey, it means so much! If you have not taken it yet, you can find it here.

Thank you to the lovely Maya who nominated me for the mystery blogger award!

RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (This award was created by Okoto Enigma.)
  4. Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs. (I decided to link to each of my nominees’ most recent posts instead.)
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

Questions & Answers

  • Have you ever watched a movie adaptation that was better than its book counterpart? If so, what was it, and why was it better?

I haven’t watched many movie adaptions, to be honest. I really liked the Harry Potter movies but that was a few years ago haha so I’m not really sure. Speaking of movie adaptions, I feel like Keeper of the Lost Cities really needs one! I’d watch it right away!

  • What is your least favorite color to wear, and why?

Either orange or brown. I like the color orange in general, but could never imagine actually wearing it… and my least favorite color is brown so I would never wear anything that had brown on it.

  • What is your favorite restaurant?

Ooh, this is tough! Either Panera or Bertuccis!

  • What is your favorite quote from a nonfiction book?

Hmm, I don’t really read nonfiction, not even in school haha! Unless you count my textbooks. Sorry!!! Well, I researched Eleanor Roosevelt last year, and used some books for that. Here’s a quote that was likely in one of those books that I really like! (well, two, XD)

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”

Both are Eleanor Roosevelt quotes, but… hopefully they count?

  • Have you been to Disneyland and/or Disney World? If yes, did you enjoy it? If not, do you want to?

Never been to Disneyland, but have been to Disney World about 5 times? I love it there!!!! I guess I’ll share my favorite rides at each park just cause why not?

Magic Kingdom: seven dwarfs mine train, big thunder mountain, people mover, peter pan, it’s a small world, the list could go on!

Epcot: test track, frozen ever after, soarin’.

Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro safari, expedition everest, flight of passage

Hollywood Studios: slinky dog dash

3 Things About Me:

  • A couple of my favorite girl names are Aria, Violet, Hailey, Ruby, Emma/Gemma, and Julia/Juliana, and some boy names I love are Jude, Lucas, Owen, and Liam
  • I’ve watched Frozen 2 twice (my favorite song was into the unknown)
  • When I grow up, I definitely want to be a mom, but also maybe a teacher, doctor (probably pediatrician), interior designer, photographer, or geneticist/biologist!

Nominees

Emmie @ Diary of a Daydreamer

Laura @ Lula Boo

Bayance @ Bayance

& anyone who wants to do it!

If you guys don’t do tags or have already done it, or are too busy don’t feel the need to do it.

My ‘Best’ Post…

My Travel Bucket List

This one was super fun to write and post!

Questions for Nominees…

  1. What are your top girl and boy names?
  2. If you could speak, read, and write any language fluently, what language would you choose?
  3. What are your thoughts on peanut butter?
  4. Do you prefer ice cream in a cup or cone?
  5. Favorite meal food?

Some Last Things…

So, I was going to come back in April, but with school closing for a week I think I’ll have time to come back now, with posts hopefully once a week!

I have a design idea in mind but want to see what you think of it. I was thinking a yellow/white sunflower summery/springy theme? Let me know what you think!

So I should be coming back soon! Sorry for the lack of photos… I want to wait until I have a design set!

Thanks for reading this unedited post!! XD Sorry… shouldn’t have said that…

~ Arabella

Quick Survey

Hey guys! I am revamping my blog and would love it if you could answer a few questions on a survey here!

This will really help in deciding some things for my blog- expect a lot of exciting things coming soon! I’m hoping to come back sometime in March or April, depending on how busy I am and when I’m fully ready to come back!

~ Arabella

Happy Sixth (WHAT) Birthday, A Barefoot Gal! (ft. Favorite Posts, Fond Memories, and a Rather Yellow Giveaway)

Hey guys, check out Megan’s blogiversary and giveaway post!

A Barefoot Gal

It’s so satisfying, somehow, to make lengthy titles.

Anyway hi! How are you today?

Get ready, because today’s post is a very exciting one! 🙂 My blog is SIX years old as of Thursday, the 20th! My goodness that seems old.

But it also does seem like I’ve been blogging for a while (it’s getting closeish to half of my life!), and it has been so much fun! Just some quick stats for those of you who enjoy them… This is kind of an odd tradition, now that I think about it, but who am I to break it? XD


Followers: 1,722

Posts: 590. (Good night! Oof remember when I used to post every day? Yeah sorry about that. The quality was considerably lacking in several of those posts.)

Views: 124,000+

Visitors: 29,000+

Total words written: 211,437 (so basically if I compiled all my posts into a book it’d…

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My Travel Bucket List | 7 Places I’d Love To Visit

Hey there! I hope you are having a great year so far! Today I am going to be sharing 7 places I’d love to visit, and this is all from my head. I am not going to be looking up places to visit or whatever.

I’m super excited to share these with you guys! Hopefully, someday in the future I will be able to visit all these places & more. I’m hoping that when I’m older, I’ll have the chance to travel a lot!

Just to let you know, none of these are my photos. They were all found from Unsplash.

gray concrete road between tall buildings at daytime

France

I would honestly love to go to France! I am learning French and it would be fun to speak it there! France just looks so amazing and I’m obsessed with all things France so it would be fun to visit!

architectural photography of mosque

India

My best friend is from India, so I have learned a lot about India. I think it would be cool to visit, like Mumbai, even though I do not speak Hindi or any other language, though I do believe that many people speak English, so… anyways, I think it would be fun!

silhouette photo volcanoes during golden hour

Indonesia

My best friend and I did a research project in 6th grade and got Indonesia. It was so fun learning about Indonesia, which makes me want to go there so badly! Also, rice. Who doesn’t like rice??? my sister

aerial photo of city during golden hour

Canada

So I have flown over Canada, live like 6 hours from Canada, have step cousins in Canada, but have NEVER been there? I really want to go there! There’s so much I could do and see! I’d love visiting the cities, and Nova Scotia. Though I need to get a passport first… XD

aerial photography of houses and dome building near sea at golden hour

Croatia

Soooo, let me explain. My best friend and I are writing a book and one of the main characters is from Croatia. So I decided to research Croatia a bit, and found that it was really interesting! I’d love to visit Croatia, along with Greece, and visit all the beaches, cities, and churches!

red and white wooden house in front of body of water

Norway

I think it was last year when I started getting interested in Norway. I’d love to visit the cities, and especially see Aurora Borealis! I’ve seen pictures and it looks stunning, so seeing it for myself and taking pictures would be amazing!

approaching red train across mountains

Switzerland

Lastly, I would love to visit Switzerland! The mountains would be gorgeous to see. All the pictures on Google look AMAZING, and I know I should not rely on Google for things but ya know, just look at the pictures and you’ll see why I want to visit Switzerland.


So, that’s my list of top 7 places I’d love to visit! Of course, I’d love to visit all of the countries in the world, but these are my top 7!

Where would you like to visit? Have you been to/live in any of the countries on my list? I’d love to chat!