Five Faves on Friday #6: Wax Melts

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit obsessed with wax melts. I’m constantly burning them, which makes my room smell amazing. This weeks Five Favorites on Friday will feature some of my favorite scents from one of my favorite shops on Etsy, House Warming Wax Melts. Not only are the scents amazing, but she decorates each of her wax melts, which makes them even more awesome. Plus, they’re super affordable at only $3.50 a pack. (The seller only ships within the United States though).

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Hippie Chick
This is an Earthy scent. The best way to describe it is that it smells similar to incense. I believe this one is my favorite out of all of them. The smell is incredibly calming for me.

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Scramblin’ Spiders
Despite the name and decoration, this is a very light scent. It reminds me of freshly washed laundry or being at a spa.

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Circus Magic
This wax melt is the perfect level of sweet without being too overbearing. It’s a perfect blend of cotton candy and apples.

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Coconut Rose
If you love the smell of coconut, and you love the smell of roses, then you will love this. It’s the perfect blend of both.

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Fruity Pebbles
This literally smells just like the cereal. If you’re a fruity pebbles fan, you will love it.

The Evolution of Blogging & Social Media

I was very active in the blog scene back in the mid-2000’s. I gave up blogging for many years, and I just recently came back two months ago. In these two months, I’ve noticed some differences in the blogging community. Particularly in how social media plays a role.

One of the reasons I gave up blogging was the rise of social media sites. I joined Twitter back in 2007, and once that started taking off, I began blogging less and less. It became easier and more convenient to just tweet my opinions or what was going on in my life rather than formulate a well thought out and time-consuming blog post. I did enjoy writing, but I felt like everything I wanted to say was already being said on social media. Why would people want to read my lengthy posts when they could get straight to the point with my 140-character tweets? I also shared all of my photos on Myspace and Facebook (before Instagram came along), so anyone who followed me could just see my pictures there instead of having to visit my blog.  Apparently I wasn’t the only blogger to have this mindset. Many of my blog buddies at the time were doing the same thing. I noticed many of them started blogging less, and some of them eventually gave up their blogs as well. We all followed each other on the different social media sites, so we were all still keeping up to date with each other. Blogging just started to seem pointless.

Sunset Compilation

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One of the little things that makes life worth living for me is a beautiful sunset. When the sky illuminates in gorgeous colors, I completely forget about everything around me. My mind goes into a state of relaxation, and I just focus on the sky.

I would like to share some of the amazing sunsets I’ve gotten to witness over the past couple of years.

Five Faves on Friday #5: TV Shows

This week’s list will consist of five of my favorite television shows. I tend to watch my favorite shows more than I watch movies. You really get to know the people/characters, which generally triggers a deeper connection to it than a movie.

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Beverly Hills, 90210
I was only going on two years old when this show premiered in 1990, so I was a little young during its initial run to watch it. I began watching it in 2004 when I was a freshman in high school and was instantly hooked. It has sort of become a bed time ritual to watch this show at night and fall asleep to. My favorite characters are Valerie (played by Tiffani Thiessen) and Brenda (played by Shannen Doherty). My favorite seasons are season 4 and season 6. I did not like Kelly and Dylan together at all, and if you ask me the age old question, Brandon or Dylan? Definitely Brandon.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I still remember when the very first episode premiered on March 10, 1997. I was eight years old at the time, and I always loved horror movies as a kid, so this show seemed right up my alley. As the first episode was airing, I was immediately hooked. I don’t know if any show could ever mean as much to me as this show does. I literally grew up watching it. From a child, to a teenager, and now I still watch as an adult. Whenever I was sick or going through a tough time, I would put on Buffy to watch and it helped me get through it. Season 2 is my absolute favorite. I love Buffy and Angel and their whole storyline. Spike and Buffy were disgusting together in the last seasons.

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The Challenge
I’ve been watching this show since I was in high school, so it’s been over a decade now, but the show is even older than that. It premiered in 1998 (then called Real World/Road Rules Challenge), and it’s currently airing its 30th season. I believe the first season I tuned in was The Duel in 2006. I’m not a huge reality TV person, but this is one reality show that I am completely obsessed with. Every time a new season comes on, I get so hyped. I love how a lot of the same cast members return, but you also get new people coming in to keep it fresh. My current favorite competitors are Cara Maria (pictured above left), Jenna, and Kailah. I also like Laurel (above right), but I hate when she’s rude to Cara.

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Charmed
Another excellent show from the 90’s. Although this show wasn’t quite as good as Buffy, and I don’t particularly care for the last couple seasons, it’s still one of my favorites. I like to binge this one a lot too. Prue is my favorite character, and I like the first 3 seasons the best. Although I do like Paige as well. I’m still kind of bummed that Phoebe and Cole didn’t end up together. (Mainly because Julian McMahon went on to do Nip/Tuck, which is another show I like as well, so I get that).

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One Tree Hill
This is my favorite teen drama show after Beverly Hills, 90210. Even when some characters ended up leaving, I still liked the new characters. I thought the show always stayed interesting. Of course there were some far fetched storylines, but they were still entertaining. Brooke (Sophia Bush) is my favorite character on the show. If you ask me if I prefer Lucas or Nathan, I pick Nathan. He was a complete jerk at the beginning of season one, but he really redeems himself and turns into an amazing guy. I can only dream of having a relationship like Naley (Nathan and Haley) one day.

What It’s Like To Be An Only Child

As an only child, I would like to share some of my thoughts and experiences about what it has been like. It certainly has its advantages and disadvantages.

Pros:

  • I never had to deal with sibling rivalry growing up. I fought enough with my mother, so it was nice not having to worry about bickering with anyone else.
  • I never had to share my room, my clothes, or my toys with anyone else.
  • I never had to worry about who was the favorite among my parent’s because I was their one and only.
  • As the only one, my parents attention was always focused on me.
  • When I had sleepovers, my friends and I could enjoy ourselves without worrying about a sibling crashing the party.
  • I didn’t have to worry about competing with anyone growing up, whether it be grades or other achievements.
  • I got to have the house to myself a lot. As an introvert, the quiet alone time was very much appreciated.

Cons:

  • I don’t get to experience that special bond that many siblings seem to have.
  • I’ll never get to be an Aunt, unless I get married to someone with siblings. Even then, I won’t be biologically related.
  • I never had someone that could stick up for me, particularly when I was heavily bullied in school. My friends had abandoned me and joined the bullies, and I was on my own.
  • When my parents get sick, I will have the sole responsibility of taking care of them.
  • When my parents die, I don’t have siblings that I can lean on for support. Likewise, I’ll likely be left to pay for and plan funeral/burial arrangements.
  • I’m the only person who can give my mom a grandchild. Granted the decision to have children is solely up to me, but I know that she really wants to be a grandmother. I’m starting to worry it’s never going to happen, since I’m almost 29 and still single. I know I’ve still got time, but the thought that it might not be something that happens has crossed my mind. I had to see the sadness in my mother’s face when her fourth and final sibling announced that she was going to be a grandmother this year. My mom is the only one left, and it must be hard on her watching it happen for everyone else around her. It’s a big burden for me to carry just knowing that.
  • To this day, I still don’t like to share. I blame that on never having to share growing up. I’ve been called stingy more than once, and it’s true.
  • Some people think that if you’re an only child, you’re spoiled and have everything handed to you on a silver platter. That’s never been the case for me at all. Quite the contrary. In fact, one of the reasons my parents only had one child was because that was all they could afford.

August Glam Bag

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Here are my thoughts on this months Ipsy Glam Bag.

The bag itself: This month Ipsy was sending out three different bags instead of just one. I was curious as to which one I would get, and they actually sent me the one I liked the best. The other two said Peace Love Lipstick and Wild & Free. Although I would have been fine with any of them, but I just liked the purple and pink gradient color of this bag best.

AURORA Concealer (in shade Pale Ecru): Not a fan of this concealer at all. I tried using it on blemishes as well as dark circles under my eye. It provided very little coverage. It seemed to become somewhat translucent as it dried.

Crown Brush: This is a nice brush, but I already have a very similar one, so I didn’t really need it. I’ve been using it to apply highlighter.

theBALM Eyeshadow (in shade Kuwakaribisha): This is a very pale shade, which basically blends in with my skin, so I can’t use it as an eyeshadow. It works okay as a highlighter, but I already have multiple highlighters in this same shade.

EYEKO Black Magic Mascara: This mascara is okay. I didn’t really find anything special about it. I’ve used better mascara’s that made my lashes look longer and thicker.

Vitamasques Face Food Yoghurt Masks (Strawberry and Kiwi Fruit): I love these! I love face masks in general, but I thought these were nice. It has a nice fruity smell without being too strong, and I really liked the yogurt-like texture. It felt soothing on my skin, and my face felt smooth and hydrated after rinsing it off.

Overall: Ipsy definitely let me down this month. The only products I was excited to try was the face masks. Everything else I could have done without. When looking at the August product selection that they were choosing from, there were many other items I would have loved to have received. Hopefully I will enjoy next months bag more.

 

Liebster Award #2

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I was nominated for my second Liebster award by the lovely Maroon. Thanks!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)