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Items That I Love Buying At Dollar Tree

Hey XO Gang!

I’m Shabria if you’re new to my blog and if you’re one of my day 1 readers, thank you for returning!

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you my favorite items to buy at dollar tree. If you don’t what dollar tree is, it’s a store that sells items for only $1. If you live in a different country, there’s probably a store that somewhat similar to dollar tree. I really love shopping at dollar tree because everything’s $1 and they have nice quality items as well, for me, some of the items are a hit or miss but I do like trying out new things. And if I like it, I will continue to buy it and if I don’t like it, I just stop buying it.

So, here’s my favorite items to buy at dollar tree…

Body Washes

Skin Care Products [ facial washes, facial scrub pads, facial masks, and facial wipes]

Nail Care Products [ nail polishes, nail kit, nail polish remover, press on nails & glue, and nail art]

Mugs

Food [snacks, drinks, gum, candy, and desserts]

Seasonal Decorations

Wall Art

Candle Holders

Satin Pillowcases

Cleaning Gloves

Microfiber Towels

iPhone Cases

Arts & Crafts [colorful paper, washi tapes, stickers, and glitter]

Organization Bins

Notebooks

Yearly Planners

Paperback Books

Artificial Flowers

Greeting Cards

Party Supplies

And, that’s what I love buying at dollar tree. I really enjoy shopping at dollar tree, it always puts a smile on my face. If you haven’t already, go and check out a dollar tree store near you in your area or if you live in different country, go to dollar store that’s similar to dollar tree. I also record dollar tree hauls on my channel as well, if you want to subscribe to my channel just search Ms. Shabria Gxo.

Thank you for reading and much love! XO Shabria

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January Books I Read 📚

Hey, XO Gang!

If you’re new to my blog, I’m Shabria. And, if you’re not new, thank you for returning *virtual hugs*.

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you on the books that I read last month in January. I finished reading only 2 books; I only read between 2-3 books per month that way I won’t get overwhelmed by having a huge TBR stack (TBR means To Be Read). I apologize in advance for not having pictures of the book covers on this post because I don’t have enough media storage on my account.

I purchased these 2 ebooks from iBooks and both of them are free. The first book that I finished reading was Worth Billions by Lexy Timms. Worth Billions is book 1 of 3 of the trilogy but the other 2 books from that trilogy are priced at $3.99. I haven’t purchased book 2 and 3 yet but I will soon. The story of Worth Billions is about 2 characters — Grayson and Michelle. Grayson came back to Stillsville, Illinois after his godfather, Anton passed away and wanted Grayson to take over his estate and Michelle used to work for Anton when she was younger. The book does have mature content and language that isn’t suitable for underage readers or readers who don’t like NSFW/smutty books. This was my first time reading a book from Lexy Timms, other readers that I’m following on Instagram or subscribed to on Youtube had their opinions about a few of the author Lexy Timms but my opinions: I did enjoy reading this book from Lexy Timms and I will definitely read more from her in the future.

And last book that I read was, The Billionaire’s Kiss (VOLUME 1: a Billionaire Alpha Romance) by Olivia Thorne. This book was about 2 characters — an IT computer hacker named Eve and an billionaire architect named Grant — the story starts off both of them meeting at a Gala and they ending up having sex behind a hidden wall. And after that, they started their WILD adventure together. Some parts of the story are funny and some parts are very steamy, so if you’re not interested in NSFW/Smutty stories, then this book isn’t for you. The difference between the book I was reading than the book that everyone else was reading, I was reading the longer version of The Billionaire’s Kiss, it has 4 parts — The Billionaire’s Kiss, Touch, Caress, and Passion and it does end with huge cliffhanger where you have to buy part 5 called The Billionaire’s Redemption and that’s $4.99. This was also my first time reading from Olivia Thorne and I really did enjoy reading it and I loved her style of writing, she did made me giggle in a few parts that were funny to me and I will definitely read more books from Olivia Thorne in the future as well.

So, those were the books that I read in January and I will continue to do this through out the year.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog, much love. XO Shabria

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Finding Employment with a Learning Disability | My Experience

Hey, XO Gang! If you’re new to my blog, I’m Shabria and if you’re one of my day one readers, thanks for returning!

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you my job hunting journey while having a learning disability. Now, in the past on m blog, I’ve done a few posts about my unemployment blues but I never talked about my learning disability on my blog until last year.

If you would like to know what are my learning disabilities, they’re dyscalculia and auditory processing disorder, I also have poor reading and verbal comprehension skills and poor memory; I was diagnosed when I was in kindergarten of 1998.

My first job was working at Goodwill during the summer of 2010, I just graduated from high school and it was apart of school program for students with disabilities that want to work. The program lasted for a month, I started in June and ended in July; I learned how to provide customer service, took inventory of the items, create displays, and organized racks and selves. The only thing I had difficulty with was register operation and money counting, due to my dyscalculia I have a hard time counting loose change but I’m pretty good on counting cash. I took and failed the register assessment test twice and I thought that was sign being a cashier wasn’t for me LOL.

After I completed my school work program in July 2010, I was very eager to find another job because I thought now I have some new job experience to put on job resume, I can work and get hired now. Well, I thought wrong LOL, it’s been 9 years now and I haven’t been called for a interview yet; I would submit job applications either online and in person and not get call for a interview. I would call them on doing a check in and they would say the same thing, “We don’t have your job application on file” (when I JUST submit my application in about 3 days ago) and I also feel like the hiring manager looks at my job application and deletes it or throws it away in the trash. I understand that there’s other people who applied for that certain job and they’re waiting for that same thing as I am: an interview and getting hired. So, until then I’m working from home and making money as I go — either bi-weekly/monthly or on the spot. Yes, I still applied for jobs but I don’t get hopes all high when it comes to job hunting. Finding a job is my goal year round and I hope everyone finds their dream job or career as well.

Thank you for reading my blog post about my job finding with a learning disability. Much love, XO Shabria.

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Things I Dislike about My Learning Disabilities

Hey, XO Gang. If you are new to my blog, I’m Shabria and if you are one of my day 1 readers, thank you for returning!

On today’s blog post, I want to share with you on the things I dislike about having a learning disability, from general, what I deal with my LD, and so forth. If you like to know what are my learning disabilities, they’re auditory processing disorder and dyscalculia and I was diagnosed when I was kindergarten of 1997.

So, here are the things I dislike:

-Not calculating prices on top of my head when I’m shopping.

-Not comprehending well to directions or instructions verbally.

-Having difficult time on keeping up with other students academically.

-Not being academically driven.

-Being called ‘retarded’ or ‘retard’ when walking out of special education classrooms.

-Having difficult time on counting loose change in public.

-Asking someone to repeat themselves.

-VERY terrible in math.

-Having difficulty telling time in analog clock.

-Having difficulty hearing and talking people in loud, noisy environments.

-VERY annoyed being told that I don’t “look” like I have a learning disability after telling certain people.

-Difficult time on mispronouncing words due to speech impediment.

-Can’t find employment that suitable to my disabilities.

Well, those are the things that I dislike about having a learning disability. Maybe you relate to my list or not. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, I really do appreciate it. Much love, XO Gang.

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💖 My 2018 Recap and 2019 Goals 💖

Hey, XO Gang I’m Shabria! If you’re new to my blog, welcome! And if you aren’t, thank you for returning!

Okay, I took a small break from blogging to give my blog and other social media platforms a little makeover for the new year. And also I gave you a new name, your new name is XO Gang and I thought it was cute.

In 2018 for me, it was okay year but I did overcame my personal and social media goals and I would like to share with you my 2018 recap and 2019 goals.

In 2018…

  • I drank water and cranberry juice.
  • Read 5 books
  • Fixed my old laptop
  • Getting better with my photography
  • Lost -5 lbs (wasn’t really trying to)
  • Not having a panic attack or hyperventilate in public
  • Accepting and loving my body type
  • I met new people (both online & IRL)
  • Now two years natural (relaxed to natural since April 2015)
  • Protecting my hair in braids
  • Reach 56 followers on my blog
  • Reach 880 subscribers on my Youtube
  • Reach 1,400 followers on my Twitter
  • Reach 3,300 followers on my IG
  • I talked about my LD (Learning Disability)

I’m so proud of myself! And now, I would like to share with you my 2019 goals.

My 2019 Goals..

  • Talk more about my LD (Learning Disability)
  • Enroll 1 or 2 online courses
  • Meditate and journal more
  • Create and maintain a daily routine
  • Learn calligraphy and sign language
  • Get back into making jewelry
  • Be more confident
  • I will forgive myself for past mistakes
  • I will be kind to myself
  • Get over my fear of both dogs and cats
  • Practice self love, care, and respect
  • Grow a booty
  • Not being afraid of my natural hair (4b/4c)
  • Read 10-15 books
  • Search and apply for entry level or temp jobs
  • Study to get my drivers license
  • Declutter and sell
  • Make a schedule with my blog and social media outlets
  • Be more comfortable with my videos and posts
  • Gain 100 followers on my blog and FB like page, 900 subscribers on my youtube channel, 1,500 followers on my twitter, and 4,000 on my IG.
  • Engage more with my audience
  • Get better with video and thumbnail editing
  • Remember to take a break

So, that’s my 2019 goals and 2018 recap. I’m very proud of myself in 2018 and I know I will reach my goals in 2019.

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Merry Christmas | Blogmas Day 25 🎄

Hey, my loved ones.

I’m Shabria if you are new to my blog. And if you are not, thank you for returning!

Either if you had to work, didn’t travel for holidays, not really fond of the holidays, or whatever reason it is I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. And happy new year as well. Thank you so much for enjoying my blogmas this year, this was my first time participating in blogmas and I really had fun. I really do appreciate you for enjoying, reading, and liking each of my posts.

Much love and happy holidays! Take care XO Shabria

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My Christmas Eve Traditions | Blogmas Day 24 🎄

Hey, my loved ones.

I’m Shabria, if you are new to my blog. And if you are not, thank you for returning!

Merry Christmas Eve to everyone who celebrates Christmas, if you don’t Happy Holidays or happy Monday to you.

I want to share with you my Christmas Eve traditions, we probably have the same traditions or not.

On Christmas Eve morning, I like to stay in and watch Christmas movies and tv specials while eating my Christmas breakfast. I eat my usual, apple and cinnamon oatmeal and for my drink is chamomile tea with honey. After when I’m done eating breakfast, I just rest in bed until the afternoon. During afternoon, I take an afternoon shower and put on comfy pajamas and Christmas socks that I buy from Target Bullseye Playground/Dollar Spot for $1 and watch more Christmas movies either on Netflix or Hulu and this lasts all night, honestly I like to watch Christmas movies past midnight. I also like to drink hot cocoa from my Christmas mug from dollar tree while I’m watching Christmas movies and cuddling up with my fuzzy blanket.

Sometimes, on Christmas Eve, I would bake Christmas sugar cookies or chocolate brownies but I didn’t have to energy to bake anything this year and look at my neighbors’ Christmas lights. My family and I don’t have a big Christmas Eve or Day dinner unless my grandmother is in town. This year, both of my parents and younger sister are working on Christmas Day, so I’m going alone for a few hours but I’m going to blast my Christmas music playlist and watch more Christmas movies.

So, that was my Christmas Eve traditions.

Thank you for reading blogmas day 24. Much love and happy holidays, XO Shabria.

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My Little Christmas Rant *Oh Boy* | Blogmas Day 23 🎄

Hey, my loved ones.

I’m Shabria, if you are new to my blog. And if you aren’t new, thank you for returning!

On this blogmas post, I really want to get something off my chest and yes, this is a Christmas rant. To the people who don’t celebrate the holidays at all, due to their religion, they found out about the truth of these holidays, it’s a waste of money, or whatever reason it is; mind your business on how other people celebrate these holidays — both over the top or not. Like, I just found out that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th from my Instagram explore feed and my thoughts on that was “okay, I guess was taught differently about that.” Am I confused? No, not really but I’m going to keep that information to myself from my family because they probably don’t want to hear that LOL.

Also, I kept seeing these posts on my Instagram explore feed about “Pagan Holidays”, I really don’t know what does pagan means, even if I google it I still don’t know what it means because I have poor comprehending skills due to my learning disabilities. What I am trying to say is just mind your business to people who does celebrate holidays, if you don’t celebrate any of these holidays then don’t shame the ones who do celebrate them. It’s really annoying of the people who don’t celebrate the holidays, talking down on the people who do celebrate the holidays like don’t be an a*shole. Oh my gosh, that felt so good to get that off my chest and out of my mind.

I appreciate you for reading this post!

Much love and happy holidays XO Shabria

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Christmas Books to Read for Kids | Blogmas Day 21 🎄

Hey, my loved ones.

It’s day 21 of Blogmas, I’m Shabria if you are new to my blog. And if you are not, thank you for returning!

On today’s blogmas post, I would like to share with you some cute Christmas books you can read your kids during the Christmastime. You found these books anywhere — both physical and/or on ebook.

I’m going to start with Christmas books for kids:

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz | Celebrate Christmas with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this gorgeous retelling of the beloved Christmas special! Christmas is almost here, which means ice-skating, Christmas carols, and sparkly lights everywhere–even on Snoopy’s doghouse! Everyone is enjoying the holiday celebrations except Charlie Brown. Can the Peanuts gang help Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas?

The Nutcracker In Harlem by T.E. McMorrow and James Ransome | This jazz-inspired reinvention of The Nutcracker is a worthy tribute to the dreamlike wonder and magic of the Christmas season. In this original retelling, set in New York City during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, one little girl finds her voice as a musician thanks to her enchanting adventures with a magical toy. This quintessential holiday tale is brought to vivid life by debut picture book author T. E. McMorrow and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator James Ransome. An author’s note at the end provides additional information about the history of the Harlem Renaissance, and about the author’s inspiration for this musical retelling.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss | The ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic–no holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville!

The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola | In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside. This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl’s unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Beloved Newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett | Little Teeka thought she had to be firm with the reindeer to get them ready for Santa’s important flight, but when her bossy yelling only got their antlers tangled up, she knew she had to try something different.

Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera | Auntie Claus is just another eccentric New Yorker–or is she? Young Sophie has often wondered about her unusual great-aunt, Auntie Claus. She lives in penthouse 25C at the Bing Cherry Hotel and is so curioso! After all, Auntie Claus serves Christmas cookies all year long and her tree is always the best-decorated in the city. And then there’s her annual “business trip,” right around the holidays. This year Sophie is determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus’s mysterious ways. Put on your mittens and bundle up for an adventure beyond your wildest dreams. Ho, ho, ho!

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg | A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole…Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout.

Christmas in the Manger by Nola Buck and Felicia Bond | The classic Christmas story, a joy to share with young children. The gentle beauty of the story of the first Christmas is now available as a board book. With a simple, lyrical text and radiant artwork, this book is perfect for the youngest child to be a part of the wonder of the Nativity. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers have all embraced this telling. Don’t miss this beautiful little book from the acclaimed team of Nola Buck and Felicia Bond.

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto and Ed Martinez | Christmas Eve started out so perfectly for Maria. Snow had fallen and the streets glittered. Maria’s favorite cousins were coming over and she got to help make the tamales for Christmas dinner. It was almost too good to be true when her mother left the kitchen for a moment and Maria got to try on her beautiful diamond ring… This is the story of a treasure thought to be lost in a batch of tamales; of a desperate and funny attempt by Maria and her cousins to eat their way out of trouble; and the warm way a family pulls together to make it a perfect Christmas after all.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson | Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids. Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way. This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.

Okay, those were some Christmas books for kids. I really hope that find these books for your little ones.

Thank you for reading day 21 of Blogmas!

Much love and happy holidays, XO Shabria