October 2015 Favorites!!

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Hello friends!

I haven’t done a monthly favorites in a long time, but I’ve had quite a few things I’ve really enjoyed this month and wanted to share them with you, so I decided to do a favorites post!

My new friend Roo on Instagram (Go follow her! She does epic makeup looks and loves tea!) recommended Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea by Harney & Sons and I have been obsessed with it since it arrived. If you ever loved red hot candies as a kid (or if you are like me, I still love them) this tea is like drinking the candy in liquid form. I add a splash of almond milk and it’s just amazing.

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This month I finally ordered some goodies from ColourPop and found two items that have made their way into my 5 minute/everyday face. Hanky Panky eyeshadow and Lumiere lip pencil. I love them both!

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Our family is starting to explore Essential Oils for various reasons and after a TON of personal research, my favorite companies are Edens Garden and Plant Therapy. I will be doing a full post on which oils we are using and why, but my two favorite oils this month are Sunshine Spice and Good Night.

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Sunshine Spice is a blend of the following oils:  Balsam, Camphor, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) and Sweet Orange. I add it to Fractionated Coconut Oil put in a perfume roller ball and have been wearing it as a perfume. It is a very uplifting and a great fall scent!

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Good Night is a blend of Chamomile, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Lavender, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram and Ylang Ylang. We are a family of insomniacs. Liam has trouble sleeping (which is typical for some ASD kids) which throws my sleep schedule off as well. We blend this with Fractionated Coconut Oil in a roller ball and apply it to Liam’s feet and the back of his neck and it has made such a difference! I also use it on myself (I apply it to my feet and my wrists) and while it doesn’t help me fall asleep, I do feel it helps me to stay sleeping longer.

One of the nail polishes I have been obsessed with this month is Zoya’s Cinnamon. I am terrible with nail polish, so if I am taking the time to use it, I am really and truly obsessed. It’s really a perfect fall color.

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Finally, I want to talk about Supernatural Season 11 because, HOLY CRAP!!

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You’d think after 11 seasons, there wouldn’t be anything new that this show could do, but Supernatural is kicking butt and just churning out great television. Specifically, the recent episode Baby, which takes place from the Impala’s point of view. It has moved into one of my absolute favorite episodes. I don’t want to post spoilers because it’s a very new episode, but it was just an amazing episode full of brother moments.

Well, that’s about it for this favorites post, what have you been obsessed with this past month?

Thanks for reading!

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Non Beauty Favorites

Hello my friends!

When I first started reviewing products I did a Monthly Favorites post, but that quickly started to feel like a burden of having to purchase, try and desperately find something I could call my favorite for that month, so I dropped the series. I am not going to start up with monthly favorites, but I do want to start doing favorite posts approximately every 3-4 months.

With that said, what I have for you today is random items I have been OBSESSED with since my last favorite post.  This post will only contain non beauty items, but future favorites posts will be a mix of everything. Are you guys ready to get started? Okay, here we go!

First up is The Hillywood Show.

If you have a fandom, chances are they have done an EXCELLENT parody based on it. Supernatural, Doctor Who, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries and a ton more! I also love their behind the scenes videos they release after each parody. If you want to be truly sucked into a YouTube wormhole search for Supernatural/Doctor Who/etc Reaction Videos. Fans always film their first watch of the parodies because Hillywood pick the best reaction for a prize. Check these out:

(Spoilers for Supernatural through mid Season 10 and for all of Tennant’s time as The Doctor)

Each Parody from Hilly and Hannah is amazing and I could easily list them all as favorites, but then this post would be super long!

Up next is the Fox Comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Now, I have seen gifs on Tumblr of this show and they always seemed amusing, but how did I not know that this show is insanely laugh out loud funny! Trent and I have been getting caught up on Hulu and it is amazing. If you were a fan of Scrubs and haven’t started this show go to Hulu right now and get busy!

Finally, here are the books that I have been loving:

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Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans. She is the writer for one of my favorite faith based blogs. Every time I have read something on her blog or in one of her two other books, I feel myself saying “Yes, me too. Finally!!” Highly recommend!

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Live From New York: The Complete Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live This is a LONG book, but I think they interviewed everyone still alive who had anything to do with SNL. Nobody pulls any punches and it’s fascinating to read what each person in one of the many feuds/firings etc felt about their situation. If you are an SNL fan and love to get behind the scenes info, check this out!

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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) Jenny’s first memoir (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened) made me cry from laughing the first time I read it and I still laugh a lot the times I have reread it. I’m not sure why I thought reading Furiously Happy in the parent pickup line at Liam’s school would be a good idea because I was laughing so hard, I was gasping loudly for air and had to put the book down, so no one thought I was crazy. If you are an introvert, have anxiety issues or have dealt with mental illness/depression you need to read her books. It’s nice to read about someone with some of the same anxieties I have and recognize bits of myself.

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The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I actually just finished this book and plan to start the KonMari Method next week. The way Marie has her categories laid out is so simple and makes so much sense! Now, there are some cultural differences, she advises thanking each item for their service or lesson they taught you when you get rid of it and I’m not likely to do that, but I love the idea of touching each item in the category you are working on to see if they “spark joy” for you. I plan on doing a post reviewing the book and the KonMari Method after I have finished working through everything, or I may possibly do several update posts as I make progress, I’m not sure yet.

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Echo Prophecy by Lindsey Fairleigh Okay, so was anyone else obsessed with Ancient Egypt and archeology as a kid? I sure was! This is the first novel in a trilogy that deals with modern day archeologists, Immortal Egyptians, time travel and some romance. There is a short novella that has been released that comes after Echo Prophecy and the second novel in the trilogy has also been released (I’m about to start it), the final book hasn’t been released yet, but I’m hoping soon. Echo Prophecy was a very fast/easy read and I can’t wait to finish this trilogy. If you are looking for something fun to read, try this series!

Okay guys, that is all of my non beauty favorites, what did you think? See anything you like? Have any recommendations for things I should add to my long list of “stuff to try”?

Thanks so much for reading!

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Calling all Supernatural and Doctor Who Fans!

If you are a Supernatural or Doctor Who Fan you need to check out the HillyWood YouTube Channel.

They are two sisters who do parodies of movies and tv shows. They released their Supernatural Parody a week or so ago and it is amazing. Check it out:

Spoilers for up to Season 10 of Supernatural!


and also check out the Doctor Who Time Warp video:

Spoilers for all of the 10th Doctor!

I’m so glad I had a great friend to send me the Supernatural Parody so I could find this channel.

What did you think?

2014 Favorites: Entertainment

Hello my friends! It’s that time of year where all the bloggers are putting out their “Best of 2014” lists and I am no exception! I have split my Favorites into two posts. This post will be about my favorite books, cd and tv shows. I will also be posting a makeup/skincare favorites post!

Let’s get started!

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Faith Unraveled by Rachel Held Evans I follow Rachel’s blog and her twitter account because I really identify and agree with her views on religion and faith.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff This book focuses not on the myth that Cleopatra was a bombshell who slept her way into power via Rome, but on the fact that she was actually very intelligent and made whatever decisions were necessary to protect herself and her country. Great read!

Blood Will Tell by Kyra Cornelius Kramer This book presents a fascinating theory that the abrupt shift in Henry VIII’s personality was due to him being Kell Positive and having McLeod Syndrome. If you are interested in the Tudor Era of history, I would highly recommend reading this book!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler If you loved Bossypants by Tina Fey or are a Parks and Recreation fan you need to read this book.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson Jenny Lawson’s (aka the Bloggess) memoir is just as funny as her blog. I have read this several times now and still laugh out loud.

1989 by Taylor Swift: I have been keeping my love for this cd quiet, but I no longer care if everyone knows of my love for this fun album!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been BLOWING MY MIND with its awesomeness.  If you haven’t watched it yet, Season One is available on Netflix. It was a little slow going at first because they were waiting on the CA Winter Soldier reveal, but once that happened it jumped into gear and hasn’t slowed down. We are currently on a hiatus in Season 2 (until freaking MARCH) so you have time to get caught up!

Arrow This show is currently in Season 3 and is still jaw droppingly amazing. Seasons 1 & 2 are on Netflix and if you haven’t tried this show, you need to get busy!

Well, that is all for this years Entertainment Favorites! What did you think of my choices? Do you have any Entertainment Favorites I should check out?

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday: Arrow Season 1

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I am starting a new series called Fan Girl Friday (FGF).  Each Friday, I will do a blog post about something I am really enjoying (obsessed with) at the moment.  It could be a tv show, movie, book, music, other blogs.  Pretty much anything and everything that is consuming my thoughts.

For our first FGF, I want to talk to you about season one of Arrow and by talk I mean ramble incoherently! There are plenty of people who post in depth meta/analysis of their favorite tv shows, but sadly I am not one of them, I just want to talk about the awesomeness.  My friends are sick of me describing how awesome this show is (they don’t watch), so I thought I would ramble to the internet.

Are you watching this show?? Why isn’t season 2 out on Netflix yet? I realize they just finished season 2 this year and the dvd’s aren’t even available for purchase yet, but don’t come at me with logic like that!! I NEED TO SEE SEASON TWO!!

Spoilers for Season 1 below:

My favorite character is Felicity Smoak.  She is my spirit animal.

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I was very surprised by how much I loved this show. I really wish I had caught this from the beginning as it is really hard to avoid spoilers online!

I really need Oliver and Felicity to stop making googly eyes at each other and start making genius archer babies.  Like right now! I know some people who ‘ship “Olicity” (Oliver/Felicity together) can’t stand Laurel Lance’s character, but I really like her.  Maybe that will change as I get caught up.

Also, this show has had guest appearances by Alex Kingston and John Barrowman. How could I not love any show that has River Song and Captain Jack??

Do you watch Arrow?  If you do, tell me why you love it in the comment section below!! Let me know what you think I should feature on future FGF posts!

Thanks for reading!

 

Doctor Who

This is going to be a post of nerdiness/fangirling!

So I don’t know how I have managed to live my 34 years without the awesomeness that is Dr. Who.  I just finished up the first thirteen episodes with Christopher Eccleston.  Loved it!  Can’t wait to keep going!  I hope I like the new Doctor!

Also, we just got my parent’s Wii and have Netflix hooked up so I can now watch on a tv and not just my laptop.  Yay technology!