January Favorites

I don’t know about you guys but January is my least favorite month. It’s boring. It’s cold. There’s no holidays. School. Work. Nothing fun happens. Well at least not over here. I’m not kidding I was a click away from buying a plane ticket to the Bahamas for a good week there.

That is why I decided to go through and find what I liked about January. My favorite things, reads, makeup, tv show etc. So, here is a lil sneak peak into my favorite things in the month of January.

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  1. You Are A Bad*** – How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

I usually don’t read, not going to lie. But, my friends bought me this book for my birthday (because apparently I doubt my greatness?) So far, I’m enjoying it. I’m a slow reader so I’m only about 10 pages in, but those 10 pages pulled me in, so it’s gotta be good! I use it more as a journal instead of a book, because I like to underline things and mark up the pages.

 

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2. Tombow Dual Brush Pens

This kind of stuff makes me so excited. I got these for Christmas and if you’ve seen my Instagram stories and what not, this is what I use in them. (Also used to create the header for this post.) They create that calligraphy look that I love love love. (BTW – I started this lil thing where you can get a FREE handmade card by me – cute for Valentines Day and stuff. So check it out!)

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3. One Line A Day Journal

I always liked the idea of journaling, seems fun right? But, I did not like the idea of writing a ton. (Seems weird to say since I own a blog? Sometimes I don’t even understand my logic.) This lil journal is my new favorite thing. Instead of writing a full page about your day, it only allows you to write 1-3 lines per day. Basically just to state what you did, where you went etc. It is also really cool because each page has a different day, but for 5 years! So, once you get past your first year, you go back to January 1st and can see what you were doing last year on that day. I think it will be really cool to see how much will change in the next 5 years.

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4. Neutrogena – Hydro Boost – Water Gel

I’m also not really into trying new makeup, which is also weird because I have 2 makeup/skincare items in this blog. Once I find something I like, I usually stick with it. Which is why I am talking about this miracle worker. My skin gets super dry in the winter, as does anyone’s. And I struggle to find a good moisturizer that doesn’t leave my skin shinny. But, this does the trick. I put it on my beauty blender when I’m apply foundation and concealer, so that it doesn’t go on cakey and at the same time is getting rid of the dry skin. (Also, do you see a color theme going on here?)

5. I Love Nude Eyeshadow Collection – Color Story by SE

AGAIN, not super into makeup, but sometimes I have to look like I am not 12 years old at work, sooo. (I also couldn’t find anywhere you could purchase this.) I believe I got it at TJMAXX, so I am assuming it was super cheap, but the colors are perfect. I use it everyday which is why it belongs in my January favorites.

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6. Ellia by Homedics Rise Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

(Again with the color theme, I did not plan this.) I got this for Christmas as well. My mom is really into the essential oils, so she bought me one. This diffuser that I have has a color changing light on it and it also plays really soft music, which I love. I usually use it when I go to bed, I put 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of cedar wood in it and I swear to God I am knocked out 5 minutes after I hit the pillow. I am really good at overthinking things, which usually happens at night, and it just eliminated those midnights when I am starring at the ceiling contemplating my life. (Thank God.)

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7. Grey’s Anatomy

You know I couldn’t go without sharing my favorite Thursday night plans. Greys Anatomy came back 2 weeks ago and this season is just. Ugh. I love this show. Thursdays just aren’t Thursdays without Greys Anatomy. AND. Last episode they announced the firefighter spin-off with one of the Greys characters. It’s called Station 19, and you can bet I’ll be watching that as well.

So, there ya have it, my favorite things throughout the month of January. If you liked this post, and want me to do them every month comment or like! And, if you have any questions about anything let me know.

BTW – yes there is a SONG OF THE WEEK coming tonight, so stay tuned.

~L

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Top 10 Songs of 2017

62 days. According to Spotify that’s how much time I spent listening to music this year. 62 STRAIGHT DAYS. And I wouldn’t take back any second of it.

2017 was a great year for music. I listened to so many albums on repeat including, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett and Drake White. I spent a majority of my year going to concerts and experiencing my favorite artists live. Music is a big part of my life as you can tell from my weekly posts, spreading the word about my favorite songs. I am never NOT listening to music or humming a song or belting out the lyrics to a jam that’s stuck in my head (Whether I have a great voice or not. Most likely not.) So therefore I felt the need to recap my favorite songs that made this year memorable. The songs that bring back some of the best memories I had this year. Every song in this list explains a little bit about every moment, feeling, and story that I experienced this year.

I wouldn’t take one moment of this year back. That’s for sure. And you’ll see why heading towards this weekend. Stay tuned in a couple of days for my 2017 Highlight Video. I am really excited about this years and can’t wait to share it.

But, for now here are 10 songs that made my 2017.

10. Dance – Rascal Flatts – (Back To Us)

This is not a single off of Rascal Flatts most recent record, Back To Us, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it became one. This song kinda describes me. I am terrible at dancing but I kinda, really don’t care. This song makes you want to dance there is no doubt. I enjoyed the entire record Back To Us, but this is my favorite. It starts off with a verse that is guaranteed to get stuck in your head and then bursts into the chorus that makes you want to start a flash mob.

9. Good Company – Jake Owen – (American Love)

I was always in good company in 2017. Surrounded by good friends, family and friends that turned into family. This song has a little reggae vibe to it and makes you want to live in the music video. It reminds me of beach days and days at the lake filled with all my favorite people. And I am pretty sure I had this song stuck in my head for 99% of 2017.

8. Rich – Maren Morris – (Hero)

Okay let’s be honest. I want to be Maren Morris. I’d also be hella rich. And if you don’t understand why, listen to the song. I am not really sure what’s up with me and these girl power songs. But, heck. I like ’em. Not much more to explain. Pretty much explains how I feel about this year. Yep.

7. My Girl – Dylan Scott – (Dylan Scott)

Love love love this song and Dylan Scott. Such an adorable song. (I just went from 100 to 0 real fast.) I like to pretend that a guy could actually sing this to me one day. (Jokes on me.) I can dream though right? Anyway, this song just brings back the memory of when I went to Faster Horses Festival over the summer. Dylan Scott was playing at the Next From Nashville tent and it was so packed, I couldn’t even see him. But, when he started to play this song everyone flipped. I couldn’t see or hear him but definitely a top moment of my year. I’ll post the video below.

6. Road Trippin’ – Dan+Shay – (Obsessed)

I did a lot of road trippin’ in 2017. It’s probably my favorite thing in the entire world. Being in the car with your best friends, with the windows down and the radio turned all the way up. I live for that. Dan + Shay’s album, “Obsessed” came out last year but this song is such a good song to put on when you are cruising down the highway. This summer was the first little trip my friends and I took by ourselves. We went up to Northern Michigan and went to the beach, and discovered a cool lighthouse on Lake Huron we climbed to the top of. This song reminds me of this lil adventure and I can’t wait for more in 2018.

5. Story – Drake White – (Spark)

Drake White has been my favorite artist of 2017. No doubts. This song is definitely on the bluegrass side. (As are most of his songs) And boy do I love it. His voice is raspy and raw and I think he would fall under the definition of “talented.” This song talks about how everybody is just living their own story. How everybody has their ups and downs but we are all living in the same world. You have to listen to the lyrics because I promise they will hit home. (Watch out for Drake White making another appearance below.)

4. In Case You Didn’t Know – Brett Young – (Brett Young)

This song makes me a little emotional not going to lie. It was a part of my year in a small way. A lil advice to ya if you are struggling with telling someone how you feel. Just tell them. Because if you wait too long, it might be too late. I’m going to move on to the next song now…

3. Unforgettable – Thomas Rhett – (Life Changes)

Can’t tell you how many times I have listened to this song this year. So much to the point where my friends and I planned a lil adventure on the 14th of October. (We’re cool. I know.) This is another song we scream on car rides. I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve yelled the beginning of this song without taking a breathe. (I call it a talent of mine.) And I challenge you to it.

2. Castaway – Brett Eldredge – (Brett Eldredge)

Oh boy. I won’t get started on this song. Falls a lil close to my heart. You’ll just have to listen.

  1. Makin’ Me Look Good Again – Drake White – (Spark)

This song. Didn’t even hesitate marking it as my #1 song for this year. Every time it came on the radio, it was known as MY song. I hope you understand why he landed twice on my list. And yes, a lot of my songs are songs you have to scream the lyrics to, but this one especially. You should have seen me when I heard him play this live. But seriously, THIS SONG! It is usually really hard for me to pick favorite songs, this one won by a long shot. I hope I blessed your ears with a lil Drake White to end your 2017. (You didn’t know he was everything you needed, did you?)

Thanks for checkin’ out my 2017 story through my top 10 songs. I hope I opened up a lil door for you to check out some new artists. (I’m getting all sentimental now thinking about all the amazing music that came out this year.) I should probably end it here.

Stay tuned in the next couple days for when I post my 2017 Highlight Video.

~L

 

 

#GivingTuesday

Hi. It’s Tuesday. But, not just any Tuesday. It’s Giving Tuesday. You’ve probably seen the hashtag all over social media. #GivingTuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a day that begins the season of giving. It highlights the purpose of giving to other people and supporting charities and causes. There are so many causes you can donate to and volunteer at, it is hard to choose.

Sometimes I feel that it’s hard to find a way to really give to the community or the world, without being scammed or knowing where that money is going. That is why I want to share with you THE SHOP FORWARD.

The Shop Forward is a website that sells clothing and other accessories to support causes. Here is a list of causes they support:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

American Red Cross

Building Homes for Heroes

City of Hope

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

TEEM Haiti

White Heart Foundation

Capital Area Food Bank

Andy Roddick Foundation

Musicians on Call

i’mMe

Brandon Burlsworth Foundation

Harvest107

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50 Legs

Jeremiah Program

Refuge Ranch

Wreaths Across America

Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Heifer International

Crosspoint Church

Austin Pets Alive

MusiCares

UNICEF

Alzheimer’s Association

Agape Children’s Ministry

They also have items where the proceeds go to funds for the victims of Las Vegas and Texas.

A while ago I ordered this crewneck that goes to fund the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. A tragedy that affected people and a community close to my heart.

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What a way to donate to causes that mean so much to you, all while wearing cute and comfy clothing at the same time.

When you order the apparel, the donation is already added on to your order, but you also get the option to donate more at the checkout.

I understand that sometimes it can be hard to find a way to help people and organizations around the world when you, as a person, seem so small. But, little donations like this really do help.

So, on this crazy, busy #GivingTuesday…please think about spending 10 minutes of your time checking out and maybe purchasing something from this awesome website. I promise you won’t regret it. Plus, you’ll have a cute, comfy sweatshirt to curl up in if you donate.

GIVE. GIVE. GIVE.

Happy Tuesday y’all.

~L