Summertime and the reading’s easy…

Written by: Taylor

A good book is like a good vacation. Whether getting swept away in a story or slipping away to a different state of mind, books offer the opportunity to lose or find yourself, relax, and return. Summer vacation warmly invites this kind of adventure.

By the time May was underway, both Kristen and I had reads we were eager to get to. So I asked for recommendations, checked my book shelf, placed a couple Amazon orders, and drafted a plan. I am very aware of the fulfillment I find in making and achieving goals, which keeps me motivated in my reading and makes the whole thing that much better. (Of course, it’s still summer, so I was sure to give myself permission to bend the rules when needed). As I cracked the first cover, I penciled in “finish book” on my calendar 2 weeks out.

I’ve successfully checked off two books so far:

I intermittently picked up and put back down a couple other titles until coming upon the next worthwhile read. I’m currently enjoying a book recommended by mine and Kristen’s dearly beloved manager, Emily Gallentine:

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Alongside our personal reading pleasures, Kristen and I were inspired by Emily to begin a book club based on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. As we flip through the pages while sipping lattes with our female friends, we’ll be sure to share our thoughts here, as well!

Looking for a recommendation? This was Kristen’s first read of the season, and one of my favorites:


“I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things,” so I’ll tell you that I was enthralled by The Fault in Our Stars. “I fell in love [with this book] the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” Hazel and Augustus are introduced to love and living while grappling with the fact that “there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars.” It’s also brimming with wonderful one-liners, and, yes, I also crammed three of them in here.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

-Dr. Suess


A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Cookies Taste Better

Written by: Kristen / Pictures by: Taylor

Last Friday, Taylor and I packed our weekend bags and headed up north to the Raney Residence (aka Mocha Bed & Breakfast). Something you should know about Taylor and I is that we both L.O.V.E. dessert. For example, last Thursday night, at 9:45 p.m., we drove over to Chick-fil-a at a desperately fast speed to get cookie sundaes. Running, we barely made it past the worker wiping down the front doors before the restaurant closed at 10:00 p.m. Embarrassing, yes. But, so worth it in order to get our cookie fix.

So, back to our diva weekend at the Raney Residence. Out of all the things we were looking forward to doing, we were most looking forward to baking. We took to Pinterest for some edible inspirations, and that’s when we came upon a recipe for chocolate chip salted caramel cookie bars that we could not pass out on. Imagine a layer of salted gooey caramel sandwiched between two layers of amazing chocolate chip cookie dough. The recipe is simple and oh so delicious. We served it up right out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


In addition to these heavenly cookie bars, we also baked my mom’s famous Super Cookies. It’s a recipe my mom has used since as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved baking, and I hope to post more of my favorite recipes soon!

Dear Diary

Welcome to our blog #divadiaries! Our names are Kristen Raney and Taylor Roy. We are both Juniors at Point Loma Nazarene University and roommates in San Diego, CA. Our shared passion to live creatively, adventurously, and faithfully brought us together and inspired us to create #divadiaries. Here’s a little more about us:

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About Kristen: “I am 19 years old and grew up in Lake Forest, CA. I am currently living in San Diego and working for PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute. I am living in a cozy dorm on the beach with my fellow diva, Tay, and wonderful friend, Hillary. In this blog, I am hoping to share with you people, books, and adventures that inspire me.”

3 Words to describe Kristen (according to Taylor): “Genuine. Purposeful. Hilarious!”

About Taylor: “I hail from the North: Folsom, California, and have spent the last couple years way down in San Diego, attending Point Loma Nazarene University, where I study Graphic Design. I like to have cookies, a camera, and my krew close by. The divas find extraordinary in the ordinary, and I’m looking forward to sharing our fun and findings along the way.”

3 Words to describe Taylor (according to Kristen): “Thoughtful, Creative, Enthusiastic.”

Thanks for visiting our blog! We are excited to share with you ❤