Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster award, which is the first one I’ve been nominated for since I started this blog. Thanks, Misabella!

The rules:
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
4. Ask 11 new questions for them to answer.

My questions from Misabella:
1. If you had to live on one food, what would it be?
Blue crabs.

2. Name your best feature?
My eyes.

3. Do you believe in horoscopes?
To an extent. I don’t pay attention to the day by day horoscopes, but I do think many of the traits assigned with certain zodiacs are accurate. Most of the Scorpio traits fit me, with the exception of a few. I’ve also noticed I tend to be opposites with most Leo’s.

4. What was the last book you read?
I actually haven’t read a book in a long time, although I do need to get back into it. The last book I read was “Lucy in the Sky” by Anonymous.

5. Movies or books?
I’m a more visual person, so I actually prefer movies.

6. What are 5 words to describe yourself?
Introverted, quiet, loyal, passionate, lazy.

7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people rudely touch me to get my attention. When I was in school, I used to hate when teachers would come back and double tap me on the back to get me to slide my chair in so they could get by. Just say something! Don’t tap me! Likewise, I was in the grocery store recently and I did not realize I was in the way of another woman. Instead of saying, “Excuse me, can I slide through?”, she tapped me (hard, I might add) on the back and never even said a word to me as she pushed through.

8. What is a fun fact about yourself that few people know?
I’m not sure if this is something that few people know, but I really like to type and actually find it kind of fun.

9. What are you wearing as you type this?
Blue jeans, black flip flops, and a black and white tribal design shirt.

10. If you could abolish one law, what would it be?
I would make certain drugs, like LSD and MDMA legal. When taken responsibly, they are actually known to have therapeutic effects.

11. What is your favorite song at the moment?
Galantis – “Hunter”

My nominees:
1. Brandy
2. Kelsey
3. Sophia
4. Jane
5. Kemi
6. Jennifer
7. Alanna
8. Nancy
9. Gellie
10. Amy
11. Kim

Here are my questions for you:
1. What is your zodiac sign, and which zodiac sign do you think you are the most and least compatible with?

2. Would you rather live on the lake or on the beach?

3. How many states and/or countries have you been to?

4. Where is your favorite vacation spot?

5. Are you an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between?

6. How would you describe your style?

7. What is your favorite shade(s) of lipstick to wear?

8. Do you prefer blush or bronzer?

9. Are there any beauty brands that you absolutely love?

10. What is the last album that you listened to?

11. What was the last concert you went to?

13 Great Things About Maryland

I was born and raised in Maryland, so I would like to share some of the things I love about my home state.

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1. We have Blue Crabs.
No other crab compares to the tastiness of a blue crab. Dungeness crab? Snow crab? King crab? Not even close. Blue crabs are literally my favorite thing to eat on this Earth.

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2. We’re the Old Line Bay state.
Maryland is the Old Line state, but they should just call it the Old Bay state instead because we sure do love our Old Bay. We put it on all our seafood for excellent flavor, and even put it on tons of other food like chicken, potato chips, cheese curls, popcorn, and mac and cheese. If you’ve never had it, you don’t know what you’re missing out on.

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3. We’re America in Miniature.
Maryland is often called America in miniature because we have cities, farmland, mountains, and beaches all in one state. Plus, we have the change of seasons and all the different weather that comes with it.

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4. We have the best state flag.
You can’t deny how gorgeous our state flag is. Plus, Marylanders rock this awesome design on clothing, bathing suits, towels, etc.

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5. Edgar Allan Poe.
This great author of one of my favorite poems, “The Raven”, died here. He’s buried in Baltimore. It’s actually how our football team, the Ravens, got their name.

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6. We have pride.
We’re probably the most prideful state there is. As I mentioned above, we wear our flag on our clothes, our cars, or even our body (in the form of a tattoo). There’s even a meme that says “I just want somebody to love me as much as people from Maryland love being from Maryland.”

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7. Star-Spangled Banner.
What became the national anthem of the United States was written by Francis Scott Key who was from Maryland. He wrote it during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. He was inspired by the American flag that was waving at Fort McHenry.

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8. Ocean City.
Ocean City, MD is a popular beach vacation spot that pretty much everyone in Maryland has been to at one point or another. Lots of memories are made here.

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9. Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
In order to get to Ocean City from where I live, you have to cross the Bay Bridge. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Some people are fearful of this bridge, but others like myself are eager to go across it. Especially if it means you’re only two hours from Ocean City.

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10. Inner Harbor.
Not only does the Inner Harbor in Baltimore have great views, but it also houses the Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium. I always loved going to the Science Center in Baltimore when I was a kid. It’s both fun and educational. They have many different exhibits and an IMAX theater. The National Aquarium is a great place to visit if you love catching a glimpse of marine life.

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11. The Blair Witch Project.
Do you remember the horror flick, “The Blair Witch Project”, which came out in 1999? They filmed in the little town of Burkittsville, MD. It’s only half hour from where I live, and I’ve been there several times. It’s a quiet and quaint little town. One of the things I love about it is that one of the roads is still made of stone instead of blacktop. It really feels like you step back in time.

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12. The C&O Canal.
The canal is 184 miles long, from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The towpath alongside the canal is a terrific spot for walking, jogging, or bicycling. I like to ride my bike here.

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13. Sideling Hill.
This is actually located in three states. West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It makes for a scenic drive as you are literally driving through a mountain.

Florida Vacation

I got back from Florida yesterday morning, but I was too tired to write out a post because I was exhausted and didn’t get that much sleep while I was away. I slept great last night, now that I’m back home in my own bed.

I went with my mom and aunt, and my grandma lives there so we stayed with her. We were in Daytona Beach and surrounding areas such as Ormond Beach, New Smyrna, Port Orange, and Ponce Inlet. We flew out of Maryland on Monday morning and got to Florida in the afternoon. It started pouring down raining after we left the airport, but the rain eventually subsided. We went to Ponce Inlet to check out the Ponce de Leon lighthouse. Originally I wanted to go up in the lighthouse and take some photos out of the windows, but since it was wet and cloudy and I was tired, I decided not to do that.

July Glam Bag

AYKQ7353I just got back from vacationing in Florida, so I’m exhausted. I’ve been awake since 3:15 am this morning because I had an hour drive to the airport and an early flight back home. I’m going to make a post about my trip in a day or so when I gain some energy back. I just wanted to do a quick post since it’s been a little while since my last one.

I’ve been a subscriber to Ipsy for a little over a year now. It’s fun seeing what products are selected for you each month and getting a chance to try some new things. I got my July bag a couple weeks ago, but I just haven’t gotten around to posting about it yet. I think each month I will share what I got in my bag and my thoughts on it.

Here are my thoughts on this month’s Ipsy bag.

Gender Reveal & Birthday Fun

The only time I was home the entire weekend was to sleep, and I was at work all day today, so I’m just getting around to making this post. I’ve been feeling pretty tired and lazy. I’m very much an introvert, so constantly being around people the last few days has me feeling drained. I’ve also only gotten about half the sleep I usually do, so I need to catch up on that as well.

On Saturday I had to wake up early and go to my cousin’s house an hour and a half away for her gender reveal party. I think I was almost as excited as her and her husband to find out the sex. We had to wear blue or pink depending on what we thought. I had this really deep feeling that it was going to be a boy, so I wore blue.

Five Favorites on Friday

Okay, it’s past midnight here, so it’s technically Saturday. However, I consider it Friday until I actually go to sleep and wake up the next day. Plus, I just thought of this idea. I don’t know if I’ll do it every Friday yet, or just every once in a while. We’ll see.

This Friday’s favorites will be musical. Here is a list of five songs that I’ve been absolutely loving lately. It was really hard just picking five. You can check out the embedded videos in the ‘continue reading’ tag if you’re interested.

  • Kesha – “Praying” (Pop Ballad)
  • Massive Vibes – “Burn the Stars” (Trap)
  • Zeds Dead and Charlotte OC – “Symphony” (Dubstep)
  • Zella Day – “Compass (Vanic Remix)” (Trap)
  • Code: Pandorum – “Jason” (Dubstep)

C&O Canal Fun!

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I finally got to take my bike to the C&O Canal yesterday. I’ve still been unable to find a bike rack that works with my car, so I have to rely on my mom to put my bike in her SUV and take me places. She dropped me off and then went shopping. I got to ride up and down the towpath for two hours, stopping to take pictures along the way. I had a blast! I would like to go riding there every single weekend, but factors (like weather and other plans) might keep that from happening. I definitely want to go as often as I can though.

It’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing to put in some earphones, go cruising in nature, and feel the nice breeze blowing against you. I have to say, my bum is super sore today though from the hard bike seat. It’s totally worth it.

I don’t recall seeing a chance of rain yesterday, but suddenly while riding the clouds turned dark and the wind really picked up. I turned around and started to head back when I felt my phone vibrating. I took my earphones out to answer it, and it was my mom telling me that bad weather was coming so she was on her way to get me and would be there within five minutes. In a hurry to beat the weather, I completely forgot about my earphones and just started pedaling really fast to make it back in time. I made it all the way off the towpath and to the parking lot when suddenly my earphones that had been dangling got caught in my bike. They got completely wrapped up, and after untangling them from the bike I saw that wires had gotten ripped out. I put them back in my ears, expecting the worse, and sure enough they no longer worked. I was so mad and upset with myself! I had to go out today and buy a new pair. I only really like the Apple earpods, so it cost me $30. I’m definitely going to try to be more careful with this pair.