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21 MOMENTS FROM MY 20TH YEAR OF LIFE

21 MOMENTS FROM MY 20TH YEAR OF LIFE

Today is my 21st birthday.

My 16-year-old self is screaming inside from excitement. My 21-year-old self isn’t necessarily screaming like the 16-year-old, but she is still pretty ecstatic.

21 Years Old.

How did this happen? Where has the time gone?

Don’t get me wrong, the last 21 years have been great, overall. They’ve been filled with so many good memories, bad memories, mistakes, and milestones. I’m proud of who I’ve become and I’m excited to see what the age 21 will bring me (and I’m not just talking about the Whiskey).

I didn’t plan on doing a post for my 21st birthday… I didn’t even really think about it until the other day and then I just wanted to, so I did ūüėõ

Since I’ve been focusing a lot lately on Self-Reflection, I decided to take the time to reflect on the past year as a 20-year-old.

21 Moments from my 20th Year of Life 

 

Kicked it Off with a 20th Birthday Party

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Met Steve-O

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Was a Candy Corn Witch

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Got Theo

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Went to Chuckie Cheese for the First Time

Left the Library I was working at for almost 2 years

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Transferred to Online School and Moved Out of Madison

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Started Dreaming With Love

Moved into a house… with a YARD

Panic!

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Made Adorable Easter Food

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Trained Theo to go Outside on his Chain

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Planted my First Ever Flowers

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Almost got Hit by a Tornado (First Time)

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Got Indie

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Played in a Summer Volleyball League

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Went on a Kayaking Trip with my entire family

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Participated in Water Fights

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Took Indie Kayaking (he hated it)

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Got my own  Radio Show

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Rock Rally 2017

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

 

I’ve been blessed with these amazing memories and the even more amazing people I get to share them with. 20 was great, but I have a feeling 21 will be even better!

<3 Manda Mae

 

 

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April 2017 Monthly Favorites

April 2017 Monthly Favorites

April was a good month for discovering new monthly favorites! The month didn’t go as planned what so ever and it was a very busy and crazy month. My April 2017 monthly favorites will show you just how crazy of a month it was. Mostly due to being sick basically the ENTIRE month. Along with that I finished up my 3rd year of college and had an extremely busy month at work.

If you want to hear more about how the month of April went, keep your eyes out for my April Monthly Recap! It will be a good one this month. Plus you will get a sneak peek on some major changes happening with Dreaming With Love!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my April 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my March Monthly Favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

APRIL 2017 MONTHLY FAVORITES

YOUTUBERS

I have been watching videos from NateWantsToBattle for a few years now. Recently I have been watching them a lot more again. I am a pretty big nerd and his pokemon parodies are some of my favorite songs to jam out to in the car. If you are into video games or enjoy fantastic music then I highly recommend NateWantsToBattle! He just came out with his first album and he is SO talented! Plus he puts SO much hard work into all of his content!

Sarah’s channel popped up in my recommended a few months ago and since I have become obsessed. When I first found her channel it was largely about minimalism and veganism so it isn’t the typical type of channel I like to watch. Yet I did anyways.

Since then she has been focusing more on inspirational messages and tips on how to follow and conquer your dreams. She is so inspiring and I absolutely LOVE her positive attitude! Watching her videos brighten up my mood instantly!

I may be a little biased because she is from Wisconsin, but she is seriously so great!

PlantBasedMatt is Sarah’s husband and he has a similar outlook on life as her. His channel is mainly about veganism, which I have grown more and more interested in since watching them. He only recently started his channel and I LOVE seeing how quickly he is improving in front of the camera!

If you are interested in veganism or living a healthier life then I HIGHLY recommend PlantBasedMatt!

Oh my gosh! This girl gives me so much happiness! She is the sweetest human being ever and makes the CUTEST art projects!

Honestly though she is so incredibly talented! I also love that she will ALWAYS tell it how it is and ALWAYS tell us the honest truth. Her videos are so much fun to watch and I recommend them to anyone who needs a little cheering up!

APPS

  • Google Photos

Google Photos has been a HUGE life saver for me! I have decided to try a little on my Instagram so my memory on my phone has been filling up FAST. Google Photos is a way for me to have the photos and videos on my phone AND computer without taking up extra memory space! I love it so much!

And having access to my photos on any device QUICKLY and EASILY has been amazing! HIGHLY recommend!

  • Risk

I’m sure most of you know about the board game Risk. Well they made it into an app and it now takes up a lot of my time.

  • Musical.ly

Yes I know, I’m super late on this one. I had the app when it was first popular, but deleted it soon after. Now I’m obsessed!

It’s so much fun watching and getting inspiration from other’s videos. && I have a blast making fun videos of me and my kitties. Haha!

  • Burrito Bison

I was SO excited about this one! I used to play this game on the computer and now it’s an app. YAY! More ways for me to procrastinate….

Haha but honestly this is a fantastic game. One game of it doesn’t take long to play so it’s one of the better apps to procrastinate on.

TV SHOWS

  • Weeds

This was recommended to me by one of my friends and I have been loving it. I LOVE that it has a female lead. The show keeps you in suspense sometimes and overall has a good story-line.

  • 13 Reasons Why

I hopped on this bandwagon late and I’m about half way through the season… Still not sure how I feel about it. I already know how it ends because some JERK spoiled it for me. I think the concept for the show is really good, but I’m indifferent about how they went about some of the stuff. But I am going to continue watching and I’ll let you know my final thoughts.

  • Grey’s Anatomy

Yes I know this has been in my past couple of favorites posts, but guess what?? It’s in my April 2017 monthly favorites too!

Still one of my favorite shows even though half of the cast is dead or gone.

FOOD

  • Peeps

What is an April 2017 monthly favorites post without including peeps?

Don’t judge me. Yes I am one of the few people on the planet that likes peeps. So when Easter comes around each year I get more than one person should have.

This year I also incorporated them into an Easter Dessert!

  • Apples

My two food favorites this month are completely opposite.. Haha! I have really been loving apples for a snack though! Most of this month I have been cutting up an apple and bringing it with me after lunch to snack on at work. They taste great, they are healthy for you, and they are VERY affordable! What’s not to like?

BEAUTY PRODUCTS

  • Renpure Originals Coconut Water Mist

I ran out of leave-in conditioner in the beginning of April and when I went to buy the same stuff I have been loving and using for months, the store was all out. So I took a risk and bought this leave-in treatment from Renpure Originals. Now I LOVE it! It smells great, leaves my hair smooth and soft, and removes the tangles so well! Plus it was very inexpensive!

  • OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener

If you read my April monthly goals then you know I am trying to stop biting my nails, it is such a NASTY habit. My mom gave me a bottle of the nail envy nail strengthener from OPI and it has been helping a ton! Having it on my nails not only strengthens them, but also reminds me to NOT bite my nails!

If your nails are weaker than you want, this stuff works miracles!

  • Tarte Maracuja Oil

Still LOVING this oil! Still have the same tiny bottle that I first received. I wrote an entire review on it HERE if you wanna know more about it!

WEBSITES

I’ve loved pinterest for years now. However, this month I have been spending a ton of time on it again. It’s literally the best! So I just HAD to include it in my April 2017 monthly favorites.

I’m sure most of you already know what it is, but for those who don’t it is basically a visual search engine. I get all of my best ideas on every topic from Pinterest! I’d love it if you all checked out my Pinterest profile && leave a link to your pinterest in the comments so I can check out your profile as well!

This site is AWESOME and I know there are other sites similar, but this is my most favorite. Basically it just has every color scheme ever and you can even create your own! You can search for them with certain colors or keywords and I just love it! There is something so calming about seeing beautiful color schemes! && it makes it much easier to create beautiful graphics!

OTHER (LIFESTYLE)

  • DayQuil + NyQuil

If you follow me on twitter then you know I’ve been sick the majority of April. DayQuil and NyQuil were my best friends for a couple of weeks so I had to include them.

  • Rice Pack

I don’t think I’ve ever used my rice pack as much as I did this month. It has been such a BLESSING to have! The sickness has made my entire body sore and the rice pack has helped so much! If you don’t have one, go get one OR they are SUPER easy to make if you know basic sewing.

  • Cough Drops

My sickness passed, but the terrible and annoying cough is STILL here. Cough drops and water are the only things that help. Hoping it goes away soon!

  • Thankful Thursdays

This month I started a new series called Thankful Thursdays and just posted week 4 yesterday! I have been LOVING this series because it has been holding me accountable to really take a step back and be thankful for the little things in life. Now I don’t know if you all are enjoying it or not, but it has been helping me a ton. Check it out and I highly recommend for everyone to do something similar!

Too often in life we only look at everything going bad instead of all of the things going right. They are so easy to overlook, but we need to be reminded of all the things in life to be thankful for!

 

I hope you enjoyed my April 2017 Monthly Favorites! Let me know what things you have been loving in the month of April as well!

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March 2017 Monthly Favorites

March 2017 Monthly Favorites

Time for my March 2017 Monthly Favorites! How in the world is it almost April already??¬† I seriously can’t even believe it, but I am SO ready for Spring and Summer! I made my Spring Wish List awhile back and just recently made my summer bucket list! Living in Wisconsin, I have been over winter since the day it started. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of winter and snow, but the cold can leave now. Plus I hate the transition period from winter to spring because EVERYTHING is muddy and wet. Yuck!

It’s okay though! March was a great month! I moved (almost done unpacking) and am finally feeling like I’m getting back into a good routine. Here’s to hoping April will be a good month! Make sure to start it off right with some AWESOME APRIL FOOLS PRANK IDEAS! I am SO excited for April Fools this year!

Sorry about the long intro, but NOW lets continue with my March 2017 Monthly Favorites!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my March 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my February Monthly Favorites as well!

 

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

March 2017 Monthly Favorites

YOUTUBERS

I’ve been watching A LOT of youtube lately because I realized how much creativity and inspiration it gives me. Something about watching youtube videos makes my creative side start going crazy and I love it! My favorite people who I’ve been watching this month are:

If you have been reading my monthly favorites for a while then you know that I have been loving Hayley Paige for such a long time. She is a new mom and also has a ton of recipes and fashion videos. She also has a blog that I LOVE! 

I discovered LaurDIY through MissRemiAshten and I have been loving her videos! As you can tell by her name, she has a ton of super awesome DIY videos. She also has a lot of life hacks and they are all super useful. Plus she has such an amazing personality!

LoveMeg is a mom of two, a SAHM with a firefighter husband, and such a genuine person! She has a ton of cleaning and organization videos, which I LOVE. Her videos are helpful and inspiring and I have been loving watching them.

I know, I know. I am so late with this one, but I recently started watching TheGabbieShow videos and I’m obsessed. She is so real in all of her videos and is hilarious!

APPS

  • Balloon Tower Defense Battles

A HUGE throwback to my childhood! I used to play the normal Bloon Tower Defense games on the computer all the time. I found the battle version on the app store and have been playing it way too much. Haha

  • AllRecipies

If you enjoy cooking or you just want ideas for meals then I highly recommend this app. It is like a pinterest just for recipes. You can save recipes to different boards to look back on later. It is so useful and I find myself on it all the time getting ideas for new meals.

  • Spending Tracker

I have a really hard time keeping a budget, but I’m getting better at it! This app is a life saver and is perfect for someone like me who struggles to stick to a budget. The app is super simple and you just add your income and expenses as they come. You can set up expenses at a future date and the app shows your current balance along with a breakdown of each category!

FOOD

  • Breakfast Foods

I have honestly just been loving breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, and everything breakfast related. I’m not sure why, but I decided to make a post with my 3 favorite super quick, easy, AND healthy breakfast ideas!

  • Smoothies

I LOVE SMOOTHIES! enough said.

  • Soup

Soup is probably my favorite food. This month I made homemade chili, homemade potato soup, and homemade chicken dumpling. I love them all so much! I don’t make a lot of soups during the summer because that’s kind of weird in the hot months. So I decided to make them now while I have a good chance still.

So dramatic.

QUOTES

I have been reading and loving so many quotes this month! I have been feeling a little discouraged in life and quotes help me get refocused on my dreams and goals. I’d love to hear what your favorite quotes are!

  • “All our dreams will come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ¬†– Walt Disney

Disney quotes are incredible and so encouraging! I made a post of my 10 favorite motivational Disney quotes! I love reading them when I am feeling defeated.

  • “One day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

I LOVE this quote SO MUCH! For all of the women reading, you are amazing (men you are amazing too, but I’m talking to the women right now). So women, you are amazing and powerful and are more than capable of following your dreams and succeeding beyond your expectations! If you want more inspiration, check out my Quotes for Queens!

  • “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

You can’t have goals and dreams and then barely do anything to reach them. It will take a lot of hard work, but it will be worth it! I have similar quotes on my Fitspirational post and they are especially perfect for those of you needing inspiration for a healthier life!

  • “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I read this quote the other day and I LOVE IT! Doing things outside of your comfort zone can be awkward and intimidating, but I promise that it will be totally worth it in the end! It will help you grow as a person and open your mind to new things!

CANDLE SCENTS

I know this is kind of¬†a weird category to have, but I finally got my candles out of storage (and bought some new ones) after 2 months. I LOVE having candles all over the house so this month I have been going crazy with them. So I decided to add it as a category on my monthly favorites. Judge Me. I don’t care <3

  • Sweet Pea¬†

This is one of my all time favorite smell¬†and it’s PERFECT for Spring!¬†

  • Fresh Linen

Yes I know this is weird. Clean laundry, fresh linen, you can’t tell me they don’t smell super good!

MAKEUP

  • Tarte Maracuja Oil

I love this so much I made an entire post about it. It’s so worth checking out, so CLICK HERE quick!

TV SHOWS

  • Grey’s Anatomy

One of my favorite shows ever. Don’t recommend watching… SPOILER:

everyone dies.

  • Supernatural

Such a good show! My boyfriend and I started watching it and we are obsessed! He keeps watching it without me though…

  • The Voice

Loving this season so far! Happy Gwen is back, but I loved Miley too.

 

I hope you enjoyed my March 2017 Monthly Favorites! Let me know what things you have been loving in the month of March as well!

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10 Things I Can’t Live Without

10 Things I Can’t Live Without

The other day I was thinking about how many things I “need” in my life. When I don’t have these 10 things, it’s obviously not the end of the world. However, it does make me sad and often times gives me a little anxiety. I like things a certain way and I have certain routines I like to follow. These items play a special role in my life, but I technically would be able to live without them, I guess.

I (Kinda) Can’t Live Without:

1. Coffee

The only way I could be okay without ever having coffee again is if I just replaced it with tea. Don’t get me wrong though, I love coffee way more. I’m not dependent on it and I don’t have it every single day. However, it is a really comforting thing for me to have my coffee in the morning!

2. Slippers

I never used to wear slippers, I didn’t even own any except when I was really young. This past Christmas my brother got me a pair of slippers and I have fallen in love! My feet are literally always cold so I don’t know why I never thought of it before. Now I almost always have my slippers on when I am at home. I put them on first thing in the morning and don’t take them off unless I need to shower or leave. If you don’t have slippers, go get yourself some!

3. Mascara

Pretty self-explanatory. Even on my “no makeup days,” I almost always put on mascara. It takes barely any time and little to no skill, but it greatly transforms your look! I used to never wear mascara, but once I started to I fell in love.

4. Bubble Baths

This is another thing I fell in love with somewhat recently. I didn’t start taking bubble baths until my sophomore year of college when I was living in my first apartment. Now I take them as much as I can! I love having all sorts of smelly stuff and the bath itself is so relaxing. Light a candle, get a good book or watch a movie on your laptop, and just relax! However, I still find baths gross because you are literally laying in your own filth. So I always take a shower after as well. I know, I know… that’s wasting a lot of water, but its my treat to myself!

5. Youtube

Youtube.is.Life. I can spend all day watching youtube videos. I love everything about the platform and all of the amazing creators.

6. Cereal

My guilty pleasure. I rarely eat cereal for breakfast, but it is the perfect midnight snack! By perfect I mean unhealthy, easy, and delicious.

7. Lotion

Living in Wisconsin (dry winters) lotion is a must! I use it even when it isn’t the dry season. Everyday. Hands, legs, face, everywhere. Always moisturize!

8. Chapstick

Same thing as lotion. I HATE dry lips. I almost always have a chapstick in my pocket. Plus one in my car, my purse, at work, coat pocket, and multiple places in my house.

9. Sweatshirt

I am always cold. I also always want to be able to be comfortable. By this I mean that I don’t wear sweatshirts everywhere all the time, but I like to always have one with just in case. One of the worst things for me is wanting to feel comfy and relax, but not having comfy clothes to change into. It’s tragic.

10. My Kitties

My two kittens are literally my world. I got Rex last year in April and he just turned one in the beginning of January. He is a big baby, but I love him. I then got Theo in October and he will turn one in the end of August. He is a little trouble maker, but can be a HUGE sweetheart. Rex and Theo are BEST FRIENDS! They play together, make messes together, cuddle together, and help clean each other. I’ve never seen two cats like each other so much and it melts my heart.

Sorry about the rambling, I love my kitties. I am always taking the best pictures of those two and plan on sharing them soon on my instagram @DreamingWithLuv (possibly making their own instagram)!

 

What are some of the things in your life that you {kinda} can’t live without?

10 Things I Can't Live Without

 

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This or That Tag {Beauty Edition}

This or That Tag {Beauty Edition}

Tags are some of my favorite posts to read! So I am doing the This OR That Tag Beauty Edition! I would love to see all of your choices so I tag all of you! Let me know which ones you choose and if you would like me to do anymore “This or That Tag”s!

‚Üí Makeup

Blush or Bronzer

If you’d ask me a year ago I would’ve easily said blush. Now it’s definitely bronzer!

Lipgloss or Lipstick

Again I would have said lipgloss about a year ago. Now I definitely have to say lipstick!

Eyeliner or Mascara

MASCARA. No competition.

Foundation or Concealer

If I had to pick one it would be foundation, but they are the perfect duo!

Neutral or Color Eye shadow

I love me some color eye shadow, but I wear neutrals way more often!

Pressed or Loose Eye Shadows

Pressed. Always pressed.

Brushes or Sponges

I love both! It just depends on what I am applying.

‚Üí Nails

O.P.I or China Glaze

China Glaze

Long or Short

I prefer short over long, but a medium length is my ideal.

Acrylic or Natural

Natural! I also have been loving gel though!

Bright or Dark

Depends on the season

Flower or No Flower

No flower for me.

‚Üí Body

Perfume or Body Splash

Perfume

Lotion or Body Butter

Lotion unless my skin is really dry, then body butter.

Body Wash or Soap

Body Wash!

LUSH or Other Bath Company

I LOVE LUSH, but Bath and Body Works still remains my favorite.

‚Üí Fashion

Jeans or Sweat pants

Leggings.

Long Sleeve or Short

Once again it depends on the season.

Dresses or Skirts

I tend to wear dresses more often, but I love both.

Stripes or Plaid

Plaid

Flip flops or Sandals

Sandals!

Scarves or Hats

I love hats, but I wear scarves more.

Studs or Dangle Earrings

Studs on a daily basis

Necklaces or Bracelets

I love both, but wear necklaces more often.

Heels or Flats

Depends on the outfit. I wear flats more, but love my heels!

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots

Riding Boots!

Jacket or Hoodie

Hoodies are more comfortable, but jackets are more stylish.

Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe

Love them both. Love Charlotte Russe more.

‚Üí Hair

Curly or Straight

Curly

Bun or Ponytail

Bun

Bobby pins or Butterfly clips

Definitely bobby pins

Hair spray or Gel

Hair spray for sure

Long or Short

Longgggggg

Light or Dark

I prefer dark on myself

Side sweep bangs or Full bangs

Side sweep if any, for myself.

Up or Down

Down!

‚Üí Random

Rain or Shine

I LOVE rain!

Summer or Winter

Summer. I hate the cold.

Fall or Spring

Fall is by far my favorite season!

Chocolate or Vanilla

I’m a chocolate kind of girl!

East coast or West coast

Never been to either, but I always dream of the west coast!

Leave some of your answers in the comments below OR if you do the This OR That Tag Beauty Edition, leave the link down below!

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Monthly Favorites {February 2017}

Monthly Favorites {February 2017}

I know February is a short month, but it still went by really fast! It was a great month, but I am ready for Spring! I just made my Spring Wish List¬†because this weather is amazing! I know we still have some winter left, but I’m sooo over it. So here we are, my February 2017 Monthly Favorites!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my February 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my January 2017 favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Makeup

I didn’t branch out with my use of different makeup very much this month. I’ve been really busy and just haven’t had the time to experiment. However, I have been LOVING two products that I got from my January Ipsy!

Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer: My favorite primer to this day! It has an amazing consistency that feels light and hydrating. It absorbs into my skin quickly and does an incredible job keeping my makeup in place all day long. I also tried it as an eye primer, which failed, but it’s a great face primer. Highly recommend!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination¬†Anti-Aging Concealer: The only thing I’m sad about with this product is that I only got a sample size and it’s almost gone. I’ve been savoring it, but I think I am¬†going to have to get a full size. I struggle with dark circles and this stuff makes my under eyes look so awake and bright!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

I didn’t spend as much time this month watching Youtube because like I said, I had a very busy month. However, when I had time I was obsessing over these three a lot in February!

Zoella: I’ve loved her from the first video of her’s I saw. She is so genuine and comes off as a huge sweetheart. She is hilarious and very entertaining to watch. Her and Alfie are the cutest and I love their content! The one complaint I have is that her videos are always so long. Some people love that, but I always have so many videos that I want to watch. So I don’t want to spend a half an hour on one video, but its worth it for Zoella

PointlessBlogVlogs: Alfie’s vlogging ability is SO GOOD! He is hilarious, inspiring, and always honest with his viewers. I’ve also been loving his game challenge because him and Zoella are currently playing Sims together!

Hayley Paige: This isn’t anything new. I have been loving Hayley Paige on youtube and her blog. She is a new mom and makes really honest and cute videos! Her and her husband are so amazing and inspiring.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Apps

MyFitnessPal: This is a calorie counter/exercise tracker. You enter how much water you’ve drank, what you eat for each meal/snack, and any exercise you do through out the day. I’ve used this app in the past multiple times and I love it every time, but I can never stick to it. It always makes me more aware of what I am putting into my body on a daily basis, which I love!

AllRecipes: I recently discovered this app and fell in love! It is like a Pinterest just for recipes! You can even enter what ingredients you have and it will find you recipe options. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes to cook/bake.

Pokemon Go: They just released Gen 2 so of course I have been playing a lot! It’s still too cold to go for walks while I play, but I am looking forward to that day.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Food

I haven’t been loving any specific recipes this month because once again (last time I swear) I haven’t had a lot of extra time so I haven’t been cooking much. With that said, I have been loving oatmeal, yogurt parfait, and fruit of all kinds. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges, apples, and kiwis! YUM!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows

SO MANY GOOD TV SHOWS ARE BACK ON!

The 100: Obsessed since I’ve seen the first episode. The season this year so far isn’t the best, but I have high hopes! I love the story, characters, everything. Seriously go watch this show.

Scandal: I started watching Scandal my senior year of high school. I’m currently behind a season because last year I had a class Thursday nights and I just didn’t keep up with it. Now my mom is watching it so I’m trying to catch up right now. If you are interested in politics or government at all then you will love this show. Olivia Pope is a badass!

Grey’s Anatomy: This show is everything. I started binge watching my freshman year of college and I finished all of the seasons way too fast. Most of my favorite characters are no longer on the show, but I still love it. The characters are amazing and there is always something huge happening!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Movies

Finding Dory: I finally saw this movie (because it’s on Netflix already!) and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. Finding Nemo was one of my favorites so I had high expectations for Finding Dory. Pixar did a fantastic job.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

No matter how serious life gets, you will constantly need those people you can be completely stupid with.

If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.

 

Let me know what you have been loving for the month of February 2017!

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Monthly Favorites {January 2017}

Monthly Favorites {January 2017}

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my January 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, hair care, skin care, outfits, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my December 2016 favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Makeup

Banana Setting Powder by Bella Pierre:¬†I received this powder a few months ago in Ipsy and I love it! It is by far my favorite powder ever and I need to start searching for ones that are similar. It does everything I want and more. I wasn’t sure if I would like the loose powder, but I definitely do!

Mini Highlight Stick by Trestique:¬†This is the perfect highlighter if you’re looking for a more natural look. I wear it on a daily basis to work and love it. It has such a beautiful glow, but isn’t anything too dramatic.

The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara by Maybelline:¬†I have a love/hate with this mascara. I love it when I first apply it and you can easily add more coats. However, it does not last very long at all. I am reapplying it multiple times throughout the day and have been getting irritated lately. I’m just not sure if it is worth it, but for the month of January it has been my go to everyday!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows

I haven’t been watching very much tv this month (which is weird for me).¬†But a ton of my favorites are staring up within the next few weeks and I am so excited!

Troll Hunters:¬†I discovered this show on Netflix and I am so sad that there is only one season! It is an animated children’s show, but I really enjoy it. I normally put it on at night before I go to sleep.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia:¬†This has been a favorite for awhile. I used to watch it all the time then took a break. Now I guess I’m back to watching it all the time again. I hated it at first, but now I’m obsessed. Highly recommend you give it a chance with an open mind!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Food

Sadly there has been a lot going on this month and I wasn’t able to cook very often. I hope that will change in February!

Yogurt: This one is simple, but has been such a life saver! I love yogurt and its perfect for a quick breakfast or even for one on the go! Plus its healthy and delicious! Strawberry is by far my favorite flavor!

Chicken Alfredo: I think I finally found a recipe that I love!! Chicken Alfredo is one of my favorites so I have tried many different variations before I found my favorite! Let me know if you would like me to do a post on my favorite recipe for it!

Sunflower Seeds: I have been addicted to these again this month! My boyfriend and I eat them instead of popcorn or chips. Its a little bit of a healthier option. But we end up eating so many at a time haha! Personally I just like the normal salted kind.

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Podcasts

NPR Politics: This has been my favorite podcast for over a year now and has helped me keep up-to-date on all of the crazy things happening in politics. I highly recommend it and I listen to it all the time!

CodeSwitch: This podcast is also made by NPR and it is so amazing! It is so eye opening and informing and I wish I would have found it sooner. I recommend it to everyone especially if you are interested in learning more about race and identity!

Stuff Mom Never Told You: This podcast always entertains me and teaches me something new! I wish I would’ve found this wayyyy earlier, but glad I did now! It is the perfect podcast for feminists or really anyone interested in gender today in America. They have podcasts on so many topics surrounding women. Plus the two women who make it are hilarious, intelligent, and honest!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

Hayley Paige:¬†I have been obsessed with Hayley Paige since I discovered her in November. Her videos are so genuine and I absolutely love it. She recently had her first child so many of her videos have been about pregnancy and newborns. I’m not planning on having children anytime soon, but I still enjoy her videos and I’m not entirely sure why. Highly recommend her!

Sarah Nourse: Sarah is an American who now lives in Berlin with her Swedish (this could be wrong) husband. They are living a minimal lifestyle and are the most positive and inspiring people I have found on youtube. Their challenge is all about going for your dreams and your goals no matter what! It motivates me every time I watch one of their videos!

LoveMeg: LoveMeg is a mom of two living in the south. She seems like such a sweetheart and she is literal #momgoals! She has a lot of cleaning and organization videos and I am obsessed!

Julien Solomita:¬†I discovered Julien through Jenna Marbles awhile ago, but just started recently watching him often. He is a EXCELLENT vlogger and I typically don’t follow just vloggers. He is hilarious and has AMAZING skills when it comes to filmmaking. #filmmakinggoals

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Skin/Hair Care

Tarte Maracuja Oil: I received this in my December 2016 Ipsy and I have loved it ever since! It has a bit of a weird smell so I use it at night before I go to bed. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth. I barely use any each time so it will last me quite awhile, but I will be sad when it is gone. It may have to be one I repurchase.

The Perfect Lip Scrub:¬†I wrote an entire post on this super easy DIY lip scrub and you need it in your life! It’s perfect during the winter when the air is so dry (at least where I live). It leaves your lips feeling so smooth and soft! Just do it!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Apps

Duolingo:¬†This has been a favorite of mine for quite awhile and will continue to be. It allows me to keep myself practicing Spanish when I’m not taking a class for it. Highly recommend it as a supplement to learning a language!

All Recipies:¬†This app is so amazing and I didn’t realize it existed. You are able to save recipes and it has been a lifesaver. When I don’t know what to make I just scroll through some of my favorite recipes on there!

Bloglovin’: Why didn’t someone tell me about Bloglovin’ sooner?!? I am constantly on this app reading new posts and discovering new bloggers!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do” ¬† ¬† This quote helped me a ton this past month. I have so many amazing plans for later in the year, but right now I have to continue hustling in order to make them possible.

Earlier in the month I posted “17 Quotes to Help you Start your Day” and here are a few of my favorite out of those!

“Wake up. Kick Ass. Be Kind. Repeat.”

“All things are possible with coffee and mascara.”

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”

“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it all.”

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Blogs

Daily Dose of Darling: Also known as Hayley Paige Blogs. Her content is so useful and relatable. She is so talented at what she does and is such a genuine person (from what I can tell).

Amy Lynn Andrews: I just recently discovered her and have already learned so much! She has so many posts on blogging and social media. She has a ton of experience and some amazing advice. I barely know her and already have so much trust in her opinion!

Believe in a Budget: Her name says everything you need to know. If you want tips on budgeting and all things money, follow her blog!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Video Games

Skyrim: This game is so addicting! I normally don’t have time to play, but this month I have been putting aside time for it (maybe a little too much). Honestly I could play this game all day long.

Clash of Clans:¬†I played this game a lot over the summer and then didn’t play for months. I started playing again a few weeks ago and have been addicted again. I play it for a little bit everyday and I have a ton of friends play too which makes it 10x better. (BTW its an app!)

 

I’d love to hear what some of your January 2017 Monthly Favorites are!

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Monthly Favorites {December 2016}

Monthly Favorites {December 2016}

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. I will talk about my December 2016 Monthly Favorites of makeup, hair care, skin care, outfits, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Music

This month I’ve pretty much been exclusively listening to Christmas music.

  • Glee Christmas
  • Pentatonix (My all time favorite for Christmas Music)¬†https://www.youtube.com/user/PTXofficial
  • Any Christmas Movie tunes

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

I love discovering new youtubers and in December I found several that I have since become obsessed with!

  • Hayley Paige – She is a beauty/fashion blogger and youtuber and is also a new mom! Her videos are so genuine and she is so enjoyable to watch!
  • Kayln Nicholson – She is also a beauty/fashion/lifestyle youtuber. She is a vegan and lives a very healthy lifestyle and almost always has such a positive outlook on life. She is literal goals and I love all of her videos!
  • MissRemiAshten – Remi is a lifestyle youtuber living in LA and I can’t believe it took me this long to discover her channel. She is hilarious and such a sweetheart. Her vlogs are especially something I love watching!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Blogs

December was an extremely busy month for me so I didn’t spend very much time reading blogs. However Hayley Paige has a blog and I have been obsessed with it!

  • www.dailydoseofdarling.com This blog is created by Hayley Paige and I love reading her posts. The aesthetic of her website is so feminine and calming! She usually has posts about fashion and beauty, but as a recent new mom she now has many posts surrounding little Annabelle as well. I highly recommend checking out her blog!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Apps

I am always looking for new apps to entertain me or make my life easier! Besides the obvious (social media) here are my favorite new apps that I discovered in December!

  • Amateur Surgeon 4 – This game is hilarious and fun! Its kind of¬†like a strategy game, but doesn’t involve very much thinking. The games are short so it doesn’t require a lot of time commitment. It also isn’t a game that expects you to log on multiple times a day (I try to avoid those as they tend to take over my life).
  • Duolingo – I started learning Spanish through college and Duolingo has been such a huge help! It gives me extra practice and I am able to compete with my friends as well. They have a ton of different languages on there! I don’t recommend it by itself to learn a language, but it is a great additional tool.
  • Quizlet – This is a site where you can create flashcards! It has been a huge help to me through out college and I recommend it to everyone in school. They also have an app so you can practice on the go while you have a little downtime.
  • Pocket Points – I also recommend this app to everyone in college! While you are in class, turn this app on, and lock your phone. You earn points for being off of your phone during class time. You can then use the points to get huge discounts at select stores (online and local) and sometimes even free products!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Makeup Products

  • Maybelline Baby Skin¬†Instant Pore Eraser – I have been loving this affordable primer from Maybelline! I have mainly oily skin and large pores and this does such a good job!
  • Naked Palette – A little bit of a throwback, but I have been using this palette on a daily basis this month! Loving the colors!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Skin/Hair Care

  • Cetaphil Lotion – This lotion is so affordable and does such a great job. I used to use it and stopped for a while. Started using it again recently and I don’t know why I ever stopped!
  • Not Your Mother’s Leave in Conditioner – I have tried to many leave in conditioners and this is my favorite so far! It leaves my hair feeling so soft and smells amazing!
  • Organix Moroccan Oil – This oil is inexpensive and lasts forever! It has done absolute wonders for my hair and split ends, especially during the dry winter!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Food/Drinks

  • Egg, Ham, and Cheese on Toast – This has been a go to for me in the morning. Easy, quick, and pretty healthy!
  • Homemade Chili – I love soup and homemade chili is perfect in the winter time! I found a recipe I love, let me know if you would like me to share it with you!
  • Easy Berry Smoothie (Recipe coming soon) – I LOVE smoothies, especially if they are cheap and easy to make. I often don’t have time for breakfast so this is perfect for on the go!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

  • “Find something that makes you happy and use it to make others happy!” – This quote has been one of my favorites for the last couple years, but it continued to pop up in my mind a lot during December while I made some tough decisions. I try to live by this quote everyday!
  • Matthew 6:34 ” Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – I made a lot of life changing decisions this month and many caused a lot of unknown for my future. When I read this verse, it makes me feel so much better.

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Podcasts

  • NPR Politics – NPR helped me stay sane through out this crazy election. They kept me informed on all of the new things happening and they were easy and fun to listen to. HIGHLY recommend them!
  • Grownups read things they wrote as kids – This is the funniest podcast I have found so far! Constantly laughing out loud while I listen to this.

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows & Movies

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – This show was hard for me to watch at first, but now I love it. It is weird and sometimes insulting, but I like watching it when I want a laugh.
  • Gilmore Girls – I finally started watching this series and I’m obsessed! It’s the perfect show to have on in the background while I do a little work.
  • Once Upon A Time – This show is so good! It’s definitely one that you need to pay attention to so I only put it on when I’m not doing anything else. I love it!

What were some of your December 2016 Monthly Favorites?

 

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