Five Faves on Friday #9: Songs

I’m going to take it back to what I did in my first FFOF, and list some of my current favorite songs. I plan to do this every so often since there are always new songs I’m loving at the moment. Here are five songs I’m loving right now.

  1. Marilyn Manson – “We Know Where You Fucking Live” (Rock)
  2. Taylor Swift – “Ready For It” (Pop)
  3. Jana Kramer – “I’ve Done Love” (Country)
  4. Omnimar – “Out Of My Life” (Industrial)
  5. Hollywood Undead – “California Dreaming” (Rap Rock)

Five Faves on Friday #8: Essential Oils

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Some people seem to think that roll-on essential oils are like perfumes. That is not the case. In fact, I really only smell the oils for a very short time after applying them, and then I can’t smell them anymore. They actually work by penetrating your skin. You apply them to pulse points, such as your wrist, temples, neck, and even the bottoms of your feet. Since pure essential oils are really strong and are not supposed to be put on your skin, they are diluted with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil), which you can rub on your skin. Your body then absorbs the natural oils which can have physical and mental benefits.

There are the skeptics who think that essential oils are pointless, but I personally like them and think they have benefited me by using them. Of course, they’re not a miracle cure by any means, but I think they can be helpful to an extent. Below are five of my favorite blends I like to use, all purchased from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Mythic Mist.

Five Faves on Friday #7: Food

One of my favorite things in this world is eating delicious food. This is hard to pick just five things, but here are some of my five favorite foods. (All photos are mine).

Blue Crabs
Being from Maryland, it’s no surprise that blue crabs are my favorite food. My mom ate them all the time when she was pregnant with me, and I’ve been eating them since I was a little toddler. It’s really enjoyable to sit outside on a nice day and just pick and eat crabs for hours. The Old Bay seasoning makes them truly great.

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Tacos
I love all kinds of tacos. Crunchy shell, soft shell, beef, chicken, shrimp, or fish. They’re all delicious to me. I’m especially fond of street style tacos with cilantro and onion.

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Pizza
I don’t always feel the greatest after eating pizza. It tends to sometimes leave me feeling yucky, but I just can’t resist it. I love ham and pineapple pizza, and I also love to get heavily topped pizza’s with ham, italian sausage, salami, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and jalapeños.

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Buffalo Wings
I love hot buffalo wings. I feel like aside from the yummy taste, they’re also fun to eat. I especially like them with celery (and carrots too) and blue cheese dressing on the side.

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Subs
I like different kinds of subs from different places, but my favorite is the Italian sub from a local shop here called Turtle’s. (The wings pictured above are also from Turtle’s). The rolls are super soft and fresh, and the lettuce is specially seasoned which provides a unique and delicious taste like no other.

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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.

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.

Five Faves on Friday #4: Books

This weeks Five Favorites on Friday is going to feature five of my favorite books that I really enjoyed reading.

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Go Ask Alice
This is my favorite book of all time. It takes place in the 1970’s, and is in the form of a diary. It documents a girl’s life as she experiments with drugs and runs away from home.

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Crank
Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors, and I have a lot of her books. She writes in verse, so it takes some time to get used to, but her stories really end up sucking you in. Crank is the first of several books that follows character Kristina’s descent into Crystal Meth addiction. It was inspired by the author’s own daughter. “Glass” is the second book, which I also love, followed by “Fallout”.

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Burned
This is another book by Ellen Hopkins that I was really sucked into. It is the story of Pattyn, a teenager, who grew up in a strict Mormon household. She longs to break free and gain the freedom to become her own person. She goes to live with her Aunt, where she meets a boy named Ethan. They soon fall in love, but this relationship becomes a big problem when Pattyn’s father finds out about it. I won’t go into anymore detail, but I will say that this book is a sad one.

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Lucy in the Sky
This is basically a modernized version of Go Ask Alice. It’s also in diary format, and it takes place in modern day. While I definitely enjoyed Go Ask Alice more, I still really liked this book as well.

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The Hunger Games
I read this book before the movie was released, and I was super sucked into the story. Suzanne Collins has a good way of writing that makes it easy to follow the story and anticipate what’s going to happen next.

Five Faves on Friday #3: Remakes

Since I did sequels last week, I thought it would be fun to list some of my favorite remakes this week.

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Dawn of the Dead
I actually very much prefer this remake to the original. The zombie makeup is more terrifying, and I like that the zombies can be fast moving, as opposed to moving slow. My favorite scene in the remake is during the beginning when things are just starting to happen. The little zombie girl was super creepy, and I like when Sarah Polley’s character escapes the house and then you see the complete chaos that is taking place all around.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This movie has a good cast. I like Jessica Biel and Eric Balfour in the leads. Everyone who was cast in the killer family was excellent too. Especially R. Lee Ermey. He’s brutal, terrifying, and absolutely perfect for this film. I actually found him to be scarier than Leatherface. I also love that the colors are desaturated in this movie. It just adds even more grittiness to the film.

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Halloween
Many people love Rob Zombie’s films, and there are many people who despise them. Halloween is probably the most controversial, since the original is a classic. Some people thought he butchered the movie and hated how he made Michael more human. Personally, I like that. The real monsters in this world are human, and it’s usually a combination of both nature and nurture that turns them into what they are. I really liked the look of Michael in this film. He’s huge, and the way he slams people around while killing them is brutal. I also like the dirty and torn look of his mask.

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The Last House on the Left
This is definitely one of those remakes that is very well done. Some people might find this movie difficult to watch though. This film is very violent, and not just in a gory way. It’s also psychologically terrifying, since events in this film can and do happen in real life. The rape scene is especially disturbing, but it plays a big part in the family wanting to get revenge on their daughters attackers.

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The Hitcher
This is a great psychological horror film. Even though I think this movie is really good, it’s not one I can watch very often because of how real and terrifying Sean Bean is as John Ryder. The way he mentally tortures his victims before killing them is quite scary. He was definitely perfect for the role. I’m also a huge fan of Sophia Bush, and I love her in this movie. I thought she was badass. One of the other things I like about this remake is how visually appealing it is. The colors and scenery are pretty, despite all the terrible things happening.