Ivy Miranda


     Well Hello, 
       I'm a homeschooled graduate...but I can't play any musical instruments, I've never been in a national spelling bee, I've never endured a science fair, I prefer reading Lemony Snicket over Jane Austen and C.S. Lewis over Louisa May Alcott, I only go to homeschooling conventions to shop, I didn't learn how to read at 2 years old, I hit my roof in math in the 2nd grade, I didn't graduate at 14 (17 actually), and I never had to wear homemade clothes.

     Proud graduate of Paul D. Camp Community College-Class of 2016! Majored in English and history and earned a Certificate in Liberal Arts and Applied Sciences.

     I've spent most of my life taking care of children in church nurseries, daycares and private nannying. Most times it was great other times not so great. I spent six lousy months as a waitress to get out of childcare and realized I was better at making the rules than taking the rules.

      Now working as an I-Zone attendant at the YMCA.

      Basically, I'm back in the childcare business.


Name: Ivy Miranda Spargur

Birthday: November 23, 1990

Birthplace: Norfolk, VA

Siblings: Four sisters and four brothers (and I'm slap bang in the middle of the boys)

Pets: 5 cats. Kizzy, Scamp, Oliver, Thor and Hobbs

School: Homeschooled from K-12.
Graduate of Paul D. Camp Community College-Class of 2016.

Eclectic fandom lover: Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Game of Thrones, Grantchester, 24, Leverage, Robin Hood (BBC), Smallville, Gilmore Girls, Merlin (BBC), The Vampire Diaries, Harry Potter, Foyle's War, Arrow,  Supernatural, The Originals, Avengers, Star Wars, The Musketeers 


Color: Yellow

Animals: Otters, bluebirds

Dessert: Brownies, ice cream

Drink: Glaceau Vitamin Water, lemonade

Not a Swan, The Last Midwife, Caddie Woodlawn, Harry Potter series (favorite books - The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban), The Chronicles of Narnia (favorite books - The Magician's Nephew and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Anne of Green Gables, Ivanhoe, The Three Musketeers, Ishmael, The Devil's Arithmetic, Ann Rinaldi fiction, Julie and anything relating to history, royalty or art!


Musical Artists: Sarah Brightman, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Allison Kraus, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Hillsong, Nicole C. Mullen, Twila Paris, Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace.


Actors: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, James McAvoy

Actresses: Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway

First celebrity crush: Christian Bale

Genres: romance, drama, biography, comedy, documentary, indie.

Proud Ravenclaw!

     I love reading and watching movies/shows which normally lead to reviews for both. I still love going to the movie theater! And I tend to get terribly sucked into television programming, usually British Drama (Poldark, Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife, etc.) and I feel no shame. I will admit that I tend to be pretty competitive when it comes to movie reviews...

     For years I've battled my weight (nothing too extreme), but my health wasn't good. So, I took the initiative and started to carefully monitor my eating and has reaped some wonderful benefits! Believe it's possible! I also love the gym and working out is stress relieving for me. 

     I live out in the country and consider myself a country girl, but certainly not a nature girl. Meaning, no camping. At all! Reading underneath my family's Bradford pear trees is absolute heaven.

And Barnes & Noble.

That's heaven too!

After meeting online 12 years ago, 
my friend and I finally met (quite accidentally) in Washington D.C.

Before I Die...

1. Meet my best friend

2. Travel to India

3. Travel to Switzerland and find my family's history

4. Celebrate Christmas in Germany

5. Buy one Chanel item 

6. Design a wedding gown

7. Visit the Paris Opera House and the Moulin Rouge

9. Walk through a vineyard and watch how wine is made

10. Learn horseback riding

11. Learn archery

12. Go to the Vatican Library, the oldest library in the world

13. Write and publish a novel

14. Attend a Broadway show

15. Climb the Excalibur, the tallest rock wall in the world

16. Travel to Norway and learn about its mythology

17. Buy Parisian perfume

18. Check out a book from The Library of Congress

19. Write and publish a children's book

20. Go on a cruise

21. Make a glass ornament/artifact

22.  Visit Oxford University

23. Walk through the Metropolitan Museum of Art

24. Eat traditional made bouillabaisse

25.  Go bungee jumping

26. Go skydiving

27. Do floral arrangements for a wedding

28. Learn how to make sushi

29. Buy a Swarovski accessory

30. Watch a sunrise on the beach

31. Learn to swim

32. Swim with dolphins

33. Visit Highclere Castle

34. Learn ballroom dancing

35. Attend a masquerade ball

36. Learn to make art journals

37. Have my own Bath & Bodywork line in VA Soaps & Scents

38. Cook the Thanksgiving meal for my family by myself

39. Teach math or English to a class for a day

40. Learn how to speak French

41. Go to Chincoteague

42. Make my own lampwork jewelry

43. Go on a mission's trip

44. Learn to knit and/or crochet

45. Write a fanfiction series

46. Attend the Carnival of Venice


  1. Hi! :) I LOVE YOUR BLOG. <3 It seems we have a lot of the same interests. <3 (I love Tolkien, and I love Les Mis, and I LOOOOVE Downton. And I like Jane Foster.) Anyway! Awesome.

  2. I love Downton Abbey! Thank you for becoming a "member" of my Downton Abbey fan blog!
    And thank you for becoming a follower of my main blog, 'Wonderland Creek'- I'm truly delighted to find another D A fan!

  3. Hi, thank you very much for your comment on my Harry Potter post! I like your blog, so I'll be following with Bloglovin'! :)


  4. Hi! I found your blog through Sarah's (How to Watch a Movie), and…I think I'm really going to like it. Gilmore Girls…Call the Midwife…BBC Robin Hood…Lord of the Rings…yes indeedy:D

  5. Hi Ivy, I was searching and I came on your lovely blog!
    I love Downton Abbey, Robin Hood BBC and Call the Midwife!


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