Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: January Edition


1. What We're Eating This Week...

Sunday: Stuffed peppers, mashed potatoes, & broccoli
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Sausage, french fries, broccoli

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

My trip to Turks & Caicos that I took in February of 2012


3. What I'm Loving...

My family, being an aunt, spending time with my mom, watching my favorite TV shows, reading

4. What I've Been Up To...

I've registered for substitute and special education workshops so that I can work as a sub and a para pro in the school system.

5. What I'm Dreading...

Nothing that I can think of

6. What I'm Excited About...

Attending my second planner meet up this weekend

7. What I'm Watching/Reading

Watching: New seasons of shows --> Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, The Bachelor, Total Divas, Just Jillian
Reading: One Wish in Manhattan -Mandy Baggot (I'm still working my way through some Christmas novels)

8. What I'm Listening To...

Finding Neverland OBC Recording Soundtrack

9. What I'm Wearing...

Long sleeve tops & jeans

10. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Attending my second planner meetup, getting some things done around my room, and relaxing

11. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

Birthdays: One of my nephew's, my brother, my Grandma, and my fur baby Davey Eli all have birthdays next month. I'm also looking forward to Valentine's Day and the three day weekend for President's Day.

12. What Else Is New...

I've started making more videos for my Youtube channel and I'm having fun with that.
Link to channel: My Channel

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Pop Sugar Must Have Box: January 2016

I love reading and watching videos about subscription boxes. I subscribe to Pop Sugar Must Have Box. This is my third year receiving Pop Sugar Must Have box. The box has allowed me to find new brands and products that I've never heard of that I love. This year, in addition to writing a blog post about each month's box, I'm also going to be filming an un-boxing video for my Youtube channel.

January 2016 Unboxing Video:

Here is what I received in my box this month:

^What Inspired January's box^

^Information card^

Pehr Designs Pebble Speck Bin
Retails for: $40
I absolutely love this bin! It's such a cute design. The fabric is so sturdy and durable and it's a wonderful sized bin, not too huge but not too small either. It's the perfect size. I'm going to use this bin to store some of my planner supplies! This is my favorite product from this month's box!

Patchology FlashMasque Trio
Retails for: $20
From information card: "These fast-acting facial sheets will revitalize, hydrate, and illuminate your skin in just five minutes, and better yet, there's no rinsing required." These facial sheets look really great and I'm very interested to try them.

Project 7, INC Summer Snow Sugar Free Gum
Retails for: $1.99
I've seen this brand in Target and have always wanted to try it but haven't. This gum tastes just like a snow cone. My favorite thing about the Project 7 company is that proceeds from every seventh pack purchased go toward anti bullying efforts in the United States. I think this is amazing and I will definitely buy this gum in the future knowing that proceeds go to such a great cause. I'm not sure about all of the other flavors out there but I know I've see a birthday cake flavor at Target before.

Blue Sky Designer Weekly Planner
Retails for: $15.99
I'm a huge Erin Condren fan and I'm a devoted fan of her Life Planners. With that being said, I'm going to use this planner to keep track of my weight loss, my exercise/steps/miles, and the foods I eat during the day.

Not Soap, Radio Bath & Shower Gel Gift Set
Retails for: $22
I love shower gels as I use them every day and I'm always excited to try new brands. This set is so cute with the sayings on each of the bottles. 5 bottles are included in this set and I'm really excited to try each one!

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Retails for: $18.99
From information card: "New York Times bestselling author and expert cleaning consultant Marie Kondo teaches us how to spark joy in our lives through tidying up. This illustrated manual uses her signature KonMari method to help you stay organized in the New Year." I love books and reading is one of my favorite things to do. However, I'm more of a novel person. I also love to read sports books/novels and biographies of celebrities and athletes. This was the only product in this months box that I didn't like. If my mom wants this book, I'm going to give it to her and if she doesn't, I'm going to put it up for trade on the My Subscription Addiction swap site.

Special Extra:

ChapStick Total Hydration 100% Natural Soothing Vanilla
Retails for: $2.99
This is a new item from the ChapStick company and I'm excited to give it a try.

I really loved and enjoyed this months box. The only product I don't like is the book. I love when Pop Sugar sends books as long as their novels so if a novel had been included, this box would've been the best. However, with that being said, the rest of the box was amazing and I especially love the bin and the body gels!

If you're interested in subscribing to Pop Sugar Must Have Box, I have a referral link available for you.With my referral link and a code I have for you, you can get $5 off your first box. If anyone is interested, leave me a comment and I will get back to you!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Five on Friday --> January 22, 2016


1. Etsy Sticker Shops Haul Video

I recently made my first purchases on Etsy from sticker shops for my Erin Condren Life Planner. I did a haul video and put it up on my Youtube channel.



2. Weight Loss Update

As of January 20th, I've lost 10 lbs! I'm so proud of myself. I still struggle because I have a huge love of sweets but I'm eating more fruit and veggies and snacking less. Besides my morning iced coffee, I'm mostly drinking water. I've also been taking lots of walks. On my next pay day, I want to purchase a FitBit Zip to keep track of my steps. Right now, I'm using my phone but I don't always carry it on me and obviously it won't track my steps unless it's on me or in my purse that I'm carrying or my pocket.

Credit: This Website

3. Past Week in my Erin Condren planner


4. Finding Neverland OBC Soundtrack

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I saw Finding Neverland on Broadway in December and I'm still obsessed with the soundtrack! The musical was beyond phenomenal and amazing and if you ever have the opportunity to see it, I recommend it 150%. Matthew Morrison and the entire cast were absolutely incredible. I saw the play almost a month ago and I still think about it often. I've seen Grease, Rent, Sweet Charity, Beauty & The Beast, and Annie on Broadway and this musical is my favorite. Before I saw Finding Neverland, Rent was my favorite and now it's my second favorite.



5. Quotes

Credit: This Tumblr

Credit: This Site

Credit: This Site

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Five on Friday


Side-Note: I wrote this post on Thursday thinking it was Friday.

1. Rest peacefully, Aunt Barbara

My Aunt Barbara passed away last weekend after battling a long illness. She was my mom's best friend and I've called her and her husband aunt & uncle my whole life. The world will be shining a little less brighter without her in it. Rest peacefully, Aunt Barbara.

2. Golden Globes Fashion

Here are my choices for best dressed at the Golden Globes.

Jenna Dewan Tatum
Credit: E!

Leslie Mann
Credit: E!

Queen Latifah
Credit: E!

Viola Davis
Credit: E!

Jennifer Lopez
Credit: US Magazine

3. New Books

I recently ordered some new books and I can't wait to read them all.

Dancing Through Life -Candance Cameron Bure (birthday present from Mom)
A Parcel For Anna Browne -Miranda Dickinson (I purchased)
Make A Christmas Wish -Julia Williams (I purchased)
The Wild One -Gemma Burgess (used a gift card I got for my birthday)
A Girl's Best Friend -Lindsey Kelk (used a gift card I got for my birthday)

Credit: Pinterest

4. Planner Pages From Past Week

For some reason, these pages didn't photograph well.


That's all I've got for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Currently...

Reading: Christmas At Lilac Cottage -Holly Martin (yes, I'm still reading Christmas novels.)

Listening: Lots of Matthew Morrison, the Finding Neverland OBC soundtrack, and Adele's new album

Watching: Tonight I will be watching the season premiere of Pretty Little Liars!

Wearing: My normal look: shirts/jeans/sneakers.

Eating/Drinking: Iced coffee

Feeling: Sad. My beloved Aunt Barbara (she was my mom's best friend and I have called her Aunt my whole life) passed away this weekend after being sick for a long time. I'm so thankful she's not in any more pain but the world is shining a little less brighter without her here.

Wanting: My aunt's family, my mom, and her friends to be comforted in their time of need.

Loving: my family

Grateful For: My family and their health. 

Excited About: My second planner meet up later this month

 Buying: Groceries

Saturday, January 9, 2016

My Goals For The Year

1. Get Healthy
Right now, I’m down 7 lbs. from when I started a few months ago. I really have kicked it into gear starting the first of this year though. I’ve been making & eating salad for lunch every day,  eating more fruit, snacking less, and walking more.


2. Find a Full Time Job
I love my job that I have right now but I really want to find a full time job. I love working with kids. I love bringing joy to the kids every day and they give me so much joy in return. I really hope that I can find a full time job working with children. I'm taking the substitute workshop in February and after I take that class, I can take the special education workshop class.


3. Blog More/Comment on More Blogs
I love blogging but a lot of times I have no idea what to write about. I want to find more topics to blog about. If any of you reading this have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments! I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and I want to get better at commenting on them.

4. Attend as many Planner Meet Ups as I can
I love planning in my Erin Condren Life Planner and a few months ago I joined a Facebook group that is all about planning but it’s for the state I live in. I attended my first planner meet up in December and I had the best time. I’m going to another one at the end of this month and I’m very excited about it.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Five on Friday


1. Pandora Ring

With Christmas & birthday money, I treated myself to this beautiful Pandora ring. I saw it at a store in December and I knew that I wanted to buy it so I decided to use my Christmas/birthday money to do so. It's so beautiful and I love it so much!

2. Getting Healthy

This has been on my mind for a while. I want to get healthy and lose some weight. So far, this year, I've lost a total of 2 pounds and near the end of last year, I lost 5 pounds so I'm down 7 lbs. I've been eating salads for lunch everyday, lots more fruit, cutting down on snacking, and walking more.

^Salad with chicken, cucumbers, olives, croutons, and dressing^

3. Planner Pages

Here are some of my recent planner pages:


4. #Influenster #TryDry Spray from #Target

This week, I received two deodorants to review from the Target TryDry Spray Voxbox from Influenster. I received this box complimentary for testing purposes. They sent me Dove Men's Care and Dove for Women. The women's deodorant they sent me, has been my go to deodorant for the past few months. I love that it goes on easily and is super dry as soon as I spray it on. The scent is also very nice. This is my favorite deodorant that I've ever tried. I gave the Dove Men's Care deodorant to my step-dad and he enjoyed his as well.


5. Quotes

Here are a few pins on Pinterest that I've found. I love finding quotes on there!

Credit: This Site


Credit: This Site

Thursday, January 7, 2016

December Happy/Loved List

 + Niece O’s birthday

+ Trip home to see my family (20th-30th)

+ Quality time with my family in NY

+ The Holiday season: Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve

+ Celebrating my birthday with my mom

+ Seeing one of my favorite actors/singers perform on Broadway in Finding Neverland (photo and/or video)

+ Family party at my aunt’s house

+ Early birthday dinner at my favorite restaurant in NY

+ 9 year anniversary of meeting David Wright

+ Planner meet up (my first one!)

+ Received my December Pop Sugar Box

+ Made Etsy purchases

+ Read some great books

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2015 Book Survey

Currently reading?
Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses -Jenny Hale

Your book goal of 2015?
65


How many books read in 2015?
68


Fiction/Non-fiction ratio?
65/3

Male/Female authors?

6/62

Favorite book(s) read?

After The Storm -Linda Castillo, The Girl On The Train -Paula Hawkins, and Maybe In Another Life -Taylor Jenkins Reid

Least favorite(s)?

Her -Harriet Lane & Dear Committee Members -Julie Schumacher

Longest Title?

P.S. I Still Love You -Jenny Han and In One Year And Out The Other -Multiple Authors

Shortest Title?

A bunch of books I read had one word titles.

How many re-reads?

1

How many audio books?

0

How many of this year's books were from the library?

21

Favorite cover of a book you read?

I'll Take New York -Miranda Dickinson

Most Disappointing Book?

Her -Harriet Lane

Book that had the greatest impact on you?

Fat Girl Walking -Brittany Gibbons

Book you wouldn't recommend to your worst enemy?

Her -Harriet Lane

2015 read you recommend the most?

It's a tie between After The Storm by Linda Castillo & The Girl On The Train -Paula Hawkins.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New York Trip Recap

I had a wonderful time in New York. Here are some fun things I did while I was there:

+ Lots of quality family time

+ Giving my nieces & nephews their Christmas gifts in person

+ Saw Finding Neverland on Broadway starring Matthew Morrison! It was so phenomenal.

+ Family part at my aunt's house
^Excited to see my aunt/uncles/cousin^

+ Quality time with my aunt's dog, Maggie

+ Sleepovers with my nieces & nephews

+ Dinner at my favorite restaurant with my dad

My trip to NY was wonderful. The last photo I'll leave you with is one of me wearing my nephew's hat on Christmas.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Five On Friday --> On A Saturday: 1/2/16


1. Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope 2016 is an amazing year filled with love, health, joy, peace, and happiness!

Credit: This Website

2. Finding Neverland on Broadway

While I was in NY, my dad took my sister K, BIL M, nephew M, niece O, his girlfriend, and I to see Finding Neverland on Broadway. The musical starred one of my favorite actors/singers, Matthew Morrison. The musical was absolutely amazing and phenomenal! We all enjoyed it so very much.


Credit: Broadway.com

3. My 29th Birthday

On New Year's Eve, I turned 29. I spent the day with my mom. We ate at Moe's and we shopped at Kohl's, Office Depot, Marshall's, and Target. At night, we watched the DVD of my nephew M in a play he was. He is so very talented and I'm incredibly proud of him! We then watched the Rockin' Eve program on TV and watched the ball drop to welcome in the new year! It was a wonderful day.

Credit: This Blog

4. Fuller House trailer

The trailer for the new Full House spinoff came out in December and I teared up watching it. I'm so excited to watch this show!


That's all I've got for today! I hope you all enjoy your first weekend of the new year!