Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday's Blog is Full of Thanks

Once again I am consistently inconsistent. At least some things never change! This week I am thankful for:

1) Pinterest - as always. What did we do before Pinterest? How much time did we spend pouring through articles and crappy websites looking for the one recipe or piece of information we were looking for? Better question though - is Pinterest making us lazy?

2) Coffee/Tea - always. Always always always. The time of year for Pumpkin Spice creamer has come to a close and I admit I'm more sad than anyone should be. There's always creme brulee creamer, and that makes me happy, too.

3) Refocusing - Last week my sister called me screaming. I mean, screaming - I was holding the phone 5 inches away from my head and I could still hear her clear as day. She messed up her tax form when she started at her new job and now has to pay in over $500. As she ranted and raved like a woman possessed, something she said struck home with me. She said she didn't understand why no one had ever taught her this. She can pythagorean the hell out of that theorum, but ask her to fill out a tax document or balance a checkbook and she's lost. That's why I started doing this, though. This little blog was not supposed to be filled with beauty products and reviews, it was supposed to be filled with those most basic life skills that no one ever teaches us girls when we're younger. Because of my sister and her financial tragedy, I am now refocused and ready to take on the world.

4) Remembering I am a writer - I downloaded an ebook from NoiseTrade.com (go check it out, seriously), who have recently started doing books. The first page made me take a hard look at myself. When I was in middle school, I wrote children's books for my little sister (notice she's a central player in my life). When I was in high school I started writing chapter books, usually about girls living on horse farms because that was my interest, but my friends always loved my latest installments. Then I graduated. I journaled, of course, to vent my frustrations. Then each of my boyfriends took it upon themselves to read my journals, so I stopped. Since then I write papers. I write proposals. I write emails, text messages, and a few blog posts. Somewhere along the line, I forgot that I AM A WRITER. Just because I don't get paid for it doesn't mean I'm not one. This book reminded me of that (I'll review when I'm done with it).

5) Remembering to write in my own voice - I responded to a peer's discussion post last week and realize that I sound like a textbook when I write. How boring is that? I'm committing myself to writing in my own voice from now on. Facts can still be conveyed by a quirky blonde, and they probably sound more interesting.

We all know I hate New Year's Resolutions, but I think if I had to say something about mine in a meet and greet it would probably be either #3, 4, or 5. I prefer to call them goals and opportunities for growth, but these are the things I want to work on in the next 12 months. Or 10 - whatever. For 2014. We'll go with that.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Monday's Blog is Full of Thanks

If you've been following my Vlogmas series, then you know I've had a terrible month. It's times like this that, as much as I hate to admit it, I actually have trouble being thankful for the little things in my life. When it feels like the whole world is collapsing around you the best thing you can do is count your blessings. Let's be real though - when it feels like everything good is coming down in your life it's hard to remember that you have blessings. This isn't just a "first world problem". This is a serious problem, and one that is fairly common. We all experience a sense of hopelessness from time to time, and it is completely normal. Just remember that it will get better, and there is absolutely no shame is going to see a therapist. Most companies have an employee assistant plan (EAP) that will give you 3 - 5 free visits per year and they're usually handled by an outside company so your employer will never know.

It took me the entire week to come up with my list for today's blog, but I finally managed to get one together!

1) My new velcro drink coozie from PersonalizationMall.com - it's pink and has rhinestones and has my name on it. I wrap it around my water bottles to keep them from freezing my fingers and dripping all over the table.

2) My new metal water bottle from PersonalizationMall.com - I bought a white bottle with polka dots and my name on it. Plastic water bottles are great, but they tend to grow bacteria and get scuzzy.

3) Christmas decorations - My whole house is Christmas-y right now, and I love it.

4) Trips to St Augustine - I live about an hour and a half from the beach. St. Augustine has their entire town decorated with Christmas lights, and I had planned to go with my boyfriend. Since I no longer have one of those and my best friend knew how much I wanted to go, she piled me into her truck yesterday and took me to see the lights and to do a ghost tour. The lights were gorgeous, and the ghost tour was super creepy!

5) Vlomas - I'm having trouble keeping up with vlogging everyday, but it is a great exercise and giving me some great practice at making vlogs.

*This post was NOT sponsored by PersonalizationMall.com. I bought a Groupon several months ago and had planned to use it for a gift for my boyfriend. When it became obvious I didn't have to buy him anything, I bought myself a present for Christmas.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday's Blog is Full of Thanks


It's been a while. I've told you guys I am consistently inconsistent, and this is a perfect example. Since it's Monday, let's pick back up with a blog full of thanks!

1) Banana chips - I've been obsessed with them lately, even to the point that I'm figuring out how to make them myself since the ones you buy from the store are fried. That adds dozens of extra calories that you don't need.

2) Pumpkin Spice Coffee creamer - Yes, I am a pumpkin spice fanatic. I admit it.

3) Pumpkin Spice K-cups - Again, pumpkin spice fanatic. Maybe I should find a support group. There has to be one on Facebook, right?

4) How I Met Your Mother on Netflix - I'm in the middle of writing my final research paper for my Social Psychology class, and the 21 minute episodes are perfect for quick study breaks.

5) I'm having trouble pinpointing a 5th thing for today. There's so much, and some things I've already listed - my boyfriend for keeping me sane while I was cooking for Thanksgiving, my puppy for the early morning snuggles right before the alarm goes off, my new laptop that I got just for school and work. There's a lot to be thankful for!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday's Blog is Full of Thanks

It's Monday here on the blog, and this is the day we stop to be thankful for the little things in life. Monday is usually a terrible day for everyone. It's hard getting back into the swing of things after having two or three days off, but stopping for a minute to remember the things in your life that make you happy can lighten the tone of the day.

My five for the week:

1) Appliances - the other day I was washing dishes, doing laundry, and making dinner at the same time. Modern technology is a great thing!

2) Days off - this week I had a problem with my allergies and because of that my eye was inflamed. I took Friday off to go get it checked out. Itchy inflamed eye aside it was great to be able to sleep in for an hour and make breakfast and spend the rest of the day relaxing while I waited on the doctor to call me (I got put on "the list").

3) Movie marathons - the boy and I had one last night and it was the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday night.

4) My split coffee table - I have two parsons tables in my living room that I normally have pushed together to make one large table, but when there are multiple people in my living room they can be separated and moved where ever they are needed. It makes my life so much easier.

5) Purse sized notebooks - I've been writing blog ideas, video ideas, and to-do lists like a madwoman this weekend so it's been great having a notebook in my purse at all times.

What are your five for this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 2013 Birchbox Unbox



It's my favorite day of the month - the day my Birchbox gets here!! This month's theme is Power Plays, so Birchbox is focusing on products that do more than one thing at a time like prep and protect or moisturize and repair. They have also paired up with the USA show Suits. I've never seen the show so I can't personally promote it.

This month I received:

No 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect

Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream

Birchbox Bobby Pins

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Get Naked

La Fresh Instant Body Smoother

As always, I will try the products over the course of the month and review them at the end of it! If you want your own Birchbox, go to http://birch.ly/11D27Z1

What did you get in your box? Do you subscribe to any other box services? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, July 12, 2013

June 2013 Birchbox Review



Wow I failed on getting this video done! Better late than never, right? My camera did decide to freeze up while I was reviewing the Color Club Wanderlust Collection nail polish which was unfortunate. I will tell you that I did not like it. It peeled off after only 3 days, and that was with a base coat and a top coat.

If you would like to get your own Birchbox, you can sign up at http://birch.ly/11D27Z1