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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Little stupid things

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Don't let the little things break your happiness. You deserve more.


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Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 goals + vision board


As 2014 comes to a close, goals for the next year seem to be on everyone's mind. It seems like every year I write out all these visions and goals and I start out ready to go, and then the next thing I know it's December and I've barely moved. 

I'm doing it differently in 2015. Making a consistent and conscious effort in all aspects of my goals is the most important thing I can do this year.

Blog goals

1//  Give my facebook page some love. Out of all the social media platforms, my blog's facebook page is definitely the most neglected. Poor little 'book.

2//  Advertise sponsorship packages + sponsor more blogs. I feel like my sponsorship packages are just kinda hanging out there and I never do anything to advertise them. On the flip side, I'd like to sponsor more of my favorite blogs this year.

3//  Get more creative with taking my own photos. I'll often spend forever thinking of ways to take my own photos for a post, but sometimes I give up and end up on unsplash. {Like with the photo above....} Original photos are rad. I should use them more.

4// Be more present and active in wonderful communities like The Peony Project and #FireworkPeople. Communities are one of the best parts of blogging, and when you find good ones you shouldn't let them go. Kinda like people.

Life goals

1// Daily devotional. This year I have been reading through Demi Lovato's book Staying Strong and while it's not exactly a devotional, it's still allowed me to reflect and be present. I got the Jesus Calling devotional for Christmas, and I'm excited to start it.

2// Take more photos. I've said I need to start taking more pictures for the longest time, and then I never do. I now have an instant camera and I refuse to let that thing go to waste. Life is a work of art that's worth being documented. 

3// Finish that {almost} novel that I never talk about. Yeah. I have one of those. 

4// Fall in love with myself. Because it's about time.


2015 is the year..... I turn the big 2-1. 
2015 is the year..... I see my favorite girl on the planet again.
2015 is the year..... for new ventures. 
2015 is the year..... to live life beautifully.

Tell me your goals for the coming year!


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Thursday, December 25, 2014

And to all a good night.


Merry Christmas! I hope your homes are full of laughter and your hearts are full of joy and Jesus.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Possibility

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See the possibility in everything.
Think loudly.
Dream even louder.
Do everything.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

My holy grail of lipsticks


I'm always on the hunt for good lipsticks. Rimmel is one of my favorite brands and Zoella has talked about Kate Moss 107 a lot. It's a darker berry color that's perfect for this time of year, so obviously I needed it.

I had been looking for it for awhile, but they always seemed to be out of it until I went to Target and there it was, staring me in the face. I'm pretty sure the Hallelujah chorus could've been playing because that's what it feels like everytime I put this lipstick on. Seriously.  

I don't know if I'll even need another lipstick for a really long time. I never thought I'd say that.


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The best songs of 2014

If I'm being totally honest, 2014 wasn't a super great year in music. I think there were more songs I couldn't stand than ones I fell in love with. {For a complete list of the horrors, check out Helene's post}

Luckily, not all of it was bad. In fact, some of it was pretty dang good. So without further ado, here are my picks for the best songs of the year, listed in no particular order because I just can't make those kinds of musical decisions.
The Best Songs Of 2014

10// Ain't It Fun- Paramore
I went through a serious Paramore phase a few years ago, but I hadn't really been following them for a while. And then they came out with new music and all was well. Best lyric: "It's easy to ignore trouble when you're living in a bubble." Ain't that the truth.

9// Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran could sing items from a grocery list and I'd swoon. This was one of my favorites from his X album and I'm really glad it got released as a single. Best lyric: "I'm thinking 'bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways, maybe it's all part of a plan." He's so good at the words thing.

8// Pretty Hurts- Beyonce
This has got to be one of Bey's most underrated songs. It didn't really get the attention that Drunk In Love or Surfboard did, and it should have. Best lyric: "Perfection is a disease of a nation." Because it really is.

7// Rather Be- Clean Bandit
I'd never heard of these people before, but this song has such a good beat to it and it's really feel-good. Best lyric: "Know with all of your heart you can't shake me."

6// Latch- Disclosure & Sam Smith
I love everything about this song. The electronic feel, the lyrics, Sam Smith's voice.... all of it. Best lyric: "I think we're close enough, I wanna lock in your love." 

5// Try- Colbie Caillat
This song is so beautifully done. Best lyric: "Don't you like you? Cause I like you." So important.

4// Stay With Me- Sam Smith
Stay With Me by Sam Smith on Grooveshark
I'm sayin' it again, his voice is everything. Such a powerful ballad that had me yelling the words for weeks. That still happens, actually. Best lyric: "You can lay with me so it doesn't hurt." Actually Sam, that line does hurt, thank you very much.

3// Fireproof- One Direction

The song is good. Like, really good. Best lyric: "Nobody saves me baby the way you do." Aw.

2// Yellow Flicker Beat- Lorde
Yellow Flicker Beat by Va - www.musicasparabaixar.org on Grooveshark
I could go on about Lorde for hours. She's incredible. Best lyric: "I'm a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm."

1// Shake It Off,  Blank Space, and the entirety of 1989.
#1 didn't happen on purpose I promise.

Best lyric: "It's like I got this music in my mind sayin' it's gonna be alright."

Best lyric: "Cause darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream."

I guess 2014 wasn't horrible for music. I'm ready to see what 2015 has for us...

What songs are on your best {or worst} list?

*Linking up with Helene today!


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All the things

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You can do all the things you've ever wanted to do. Choose to be fearless with your life. You'll only regret the things you end up not doing. 

So do it all. All the things. 

You can make it beautiful. 


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Traditions


Christmas and traditions seem to go hand in hand. The best thing about them is that even the same things can be unique to each person. Here are some of my favorite family traditions that I plan to carry on....

Looking at lights on Christmas Eve. We've done this every year since I can remember, driving around with Christmas music on and looking at all the pretty lights.

Cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I don't even know this one got started, but every year my mom makes them. So good!

Watching Friends on Christmas Eve. This one I started a few years ago with myself.... The One With The Routine was on tv on Christmas Eve and now I have to watch it. 

#Blogmas14


Does your family have any Christmas traditions? 


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

All I want for Christmas

Christmas wishes




There's officially two weeks until Christmas and if you're like, totally stumped on what to get me, here's a guide straight from me. Ya know, for convenience and stuff.

1// Maybelline The Nudes Palette. Pretty shadows? Maybelline? Yes please.

2// Lily Collins' eyebrows. No explanation needed.

3// Incredible Things perfume. Because my girl. And because it does indeed smell incredible. 

4// Target. Gift cards are fine. But if you wanna just get me the whole store........

What's on your wishlist?

#Blogmas14



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Song of the week Wednesday

Helene in Between Song of the Week Wednesday


At the end of every year DJ Earworm comes out with this mashup called United States of Pop, which showcases 25 of the biggest hits from the year.

I'm tootally diggin' the 2014 one. It all flows together so well and kind of tells a story of its own.



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

That's Christmas to me


Christmas has been my favorite holiday ever since I was little. I'm somehow enamored with the whole thing, the lights, the music, the pretty things. There's so much more to it than that, however.

It's a time for new beginnings.
It's a time for giving.
It's a time for Jesus.
It's a time for love.


What does Christmas mean to you?


#Blogmas14



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Monday, December 8, 2014

Currently


Reading: I'd like to say Happy To Be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs, but I haven't had time to really read lately! So really, I've just been reading other blogs... 

Doing: All the retail things and blog stuff. Also, making sure Stevie doesn't set the house on fire. I'm not sure how dogs could do that, but she would totally be the one to make it happen. 

Listening: 1989. Christmas music. Spotify. Repeat.

Thinking about: The fact that it's almost Christmas and I really can't wait. Also, I could really use some pizza. {As I write this at 12:15 am.} 

Watching: Gilmore Girls. What else? The PLL Christmas special comes on tomorrow, so I'll definitely be on that. I've also missed a few weeks of New Girl, so I'm trying to get caught up.

Loving: My new blog planner from Heart & Arrow Design. It's so pretty!

So, what are you up to?

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas cheer playlist

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I've compiled a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas songs of new and old for you. So cozy up by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa in hand and jam away.



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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SOTWW

Helene in Between Song of the Week Wednesday


This week's song is Speeding by LIGHTS. I first discovered her on spotify and I've been obsessed ever since! 

Speeding by LIGHTS on Grooveshark



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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Currently craving: Lauren Conrad edition

Currenly craving.. LC



I love all things Lauren Conrad, and at times I wish I could just buy every item in every one of her collections ever. A girl can dream, right? These pieces are what I'll be running towards on my next {non-work} trip to Kohl's!

What are your favorite LC pieces?


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Monday, December 1, 2014

November favorites


I didn't have the time to film a favorites video for November, but I thought I'd still share some products with you. So here's what I was loving in this last month....

1// Maybelline Color Sensational in 425 Plum Paradise: I actually found this color while looking for a Rimmel one that I had no luck finding. I was desperate for a good dark color and this one is perfect. 

2// Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream: My mom let me borrow her cream because my hands have been super dry lately and I've found that this stuff is amazing. It's helped tremendously with my hands. I think I'm going to have to buy a bottle for myself!

3//  Home Accents Monogrammed Wristlet: This was given to me as a bridesmaid gift from my cousin. I absolutely love it! It can be used as a wristlet, a cosmetics bag, anything really. And I'm a sucker for anything monogrammed. 

4// Puffs Softpack: Basically my best friend right now because allergies. Ew.

What are your November favorites?
Also, happy December! Let the gingerbread everything and Christmas countdowns begin. 


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

That list everyone's making

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We all seem to be sharing what we're thankful for, so here's some cool things that make me smile.

+ I'm thankful for leggings. They're only the most comfy pants ever and once you wear them as pants there's just no going back. Is the sorry not sorry hashtag still alive? #sorrynotsorry

+ I'm thankful for those pretty little liars keeping my Tuesdays interesting and highly confusing. When they're in season, anyway. When's that winter premiere again??

+ I'm thankful for that Starbucks life. Actually, that any-kinda-coffee-that-isn't-decaf life. Because of it, I can function like an actual person.

+ I'm thankful for all the Stevie pup kisses. Even the really wet ones.

+ I'm thankful for Taylor Swift. Because who even am I if I don't throw that one in?

+ I'm thankful for yummy candles and Christmas music.

+ I'm thankful for those Gilmore girls, who have given me much knowledge on sarcasm and pop culture over the years. Really. 

+ I'm thankful for pizza. Always there for me, always supportive.

+ I'm thankful for cheesy Lifetime movies that are sometimes good but I still can't quite take seriously. You keep doin' you, though.

+ And I'm thankful for you. Thanks for commenting and reading and generally being rad people.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all. If you need me, I'll be here, eating all the things and yelling at the Cowboys to do the thing. #eaglessuck


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The one with all the Friends Thanksgiving episodes


The best things about Thanksgiving? Food, football, and the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends, of course. So I've a created a comprehensive, in-depth look at each episode and ranked them accordingly, just for you.

You like how I sounded all technical? 

10// The One With Rachel's Other Sister, season nine: If I had it my way, none of the episodes would be ranked last, but that would be confusing. In season nine's episode, Rachel's other sister Amy comes to visit and wants to take care of Emma if Ross and Rachel die. Also, Chandler breaks Monica's plates. Yikes.  Perfectly quotable moments in this one, although it's not on my top list.
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9// The One With the Rumor, season eight: AKA The One With Brad Pitt, who's character Will comes to Thanksgiving dinner, and it's revealed that he was in an "I Hate Rachel Green" club with Ross in high school. My personal favorite quote from this one is "Here come the meat sweats."
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8// The One With Chandler In a Box, season four: This is the one after Chandler kisses Joey's girlfriend Kathy, and the only way Joey will forgive him is by spending Thanksgiving dinner in a box. Memorable quote: "Airhole! Airhole!"
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7// The One With the List, season two: Season two is the only one without an actual Thanksgiving episode, and I did some digging for reasons why but I couldn't find a definitive one. There are mentions of the holiday, however, as Monica makes "mockolate" to have at dinner. Extra points for all the Ross and Rachel fluff.
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6// The One With the Late Thanksgiving, season ten: Phoebe enters Emma into a baby beauty pageant and she and Rachel end up being late for dinner. Actually, everyone ends up being late except for Monica and Chandler, who {like always} are hosting, and they feel unappreciated and decide to lock everyone out. This is the last Thanksgiving episode ever which gets lots of sentimental points. 
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5// The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs, season seven: This season is one of my favorites, so extra points for that. When Phoebe's babysitting a neighbor's dog and tries to bring him to dinner, it's revealed that Chandler hates dogs. The gang also plays "Chandler's Dumb States Game," which I would love to play one of these days, thank you very much. Favorite quote? "It's moo."
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4// The One Where Underdog Gets Away, season one: Ah, the one where it all began. Everyone's Thanksgiving plans are ruined, and they all end up at Monica's. Also, the Underdog float gets away at the parade. Obviously. This one really sets the tone for the rest of the Thanksgiving episodes. Also, "Potatoes are ruined, potatoes are ruined, potatoes are ruined."
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3// The One With the Thanksgiving Flashbacks, season five: This one is full of Thanksgivings past, including Monica trying to fake seduce Chandler back when he was in college. Every flashback is great. My favorite quote is definitely "There's a toe in my kitchen."
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2// The One Where Ross Got High, season six: This one is full of secrets being revealed and gross desserts. And every minute of it is hilarious. "Hurricane Gloria didn't break the porch swing, Monica did!"
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 1// The One With the Football, season three: By far my favorite Thanksgiving episode of the Thanksgiving episodes. Maybe it's because it's centered around football, I'm not really sure. What I do know is it's twenty two minutes of pure genius. Rachel goes long, Monica and Ross vie for the Gellar Cup, and the girls wonder if there's a league for football. Basically, it's all classic Friends shenanigans that deserves to be re-watched year after year. 
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Happy almost Thanksgiving!

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