As you can probably tell by the title... It's my birthday! *throws confetti and balloons in the air* I know 20 isn't a monumental year but I am pretty proud that I have made it another year. Plus that means only 364 days until Vegas for my 21st birthday with my best friends (Felicia and Kelsey).
Although today is my actual birthday, I was lucky enough to have a party planned for me this past Saturday by Felicia (seriously... You rock best friend). So I got to celebrate (and open gifts) a little bit early. We had a crazy time attempting yoga poses and playing Heads Up as well as staying up until 1ish, but it was definitely worth looking like a zombie the next day at work. Plus all the food was homemade by Felicia (except obviously the fruit and cake), so it was definitely special because she took the time to do all this.. Apparently this has been in the works for about a month! *cue shocked face*
My actual birthday (today) was a little more mellow. I, unfortunately, had class so I had to head to Spanish in the early afternoon to turn in a paper and sit an hour in a classroom before I could fully enjoy my day. The rest of my day consisted of me sitting at home and working on my final essays for my last classes. I know the fun life of a college student right? But I was able to get more done than I thought I would have been able to so yay for not having plans.
That night, I headed over to my dad's house and spent some time with them and my younger siblings just hanging out. My little brother gave me his Stitch doll to take home with me. (Cue the heartfelt 'awwwwwwww'). They got me some mini Bundt cakes that were so delicious, and then my dad reheated some quesadilla they had made the night before that rocked! I wish I had been there to take photos for a recipe post but hopefully I can recreate them soon. After his wife got home, we just watched TV to end the night while I attempted to get more homework done.
All in all, even though I didn't do anything extravagant to celebrate, it was still a nice way to ring in my 20th year. A huge thank you to everyone's wishes and gifts(:
This past week was intense and the week coming up is going to be even more insane as I prepare for finals and a bunch of other stuff dealing with school. Luckily though, my week had some very high points and it ended okay.
Without further ado...
Yep... There are my happies from this past week. My favorite by far is definitely the surprise party thrown by my best friend. Plus her video she put together that was perfect.
This next week will sure put a test onto my patience and organization skills but I am ready to tackle the week ahead with these under my belt.
BRING IT ON COLLEGE!
This past week has been a whirlwind with a bunch of stuff being due and a storm knocking out my power for a couple of days. But I did find small happies each day during the week. So without further ado, I present you my happies.
What were your happies from this past week?(:
This past 4 months, I've been apart of a site called Influenster. The site basically asks you questions and if they think you suit one of their campaigns, they'll email you and send you a box of fun stuff you test and review.
Recently I got an email from them informing me that I got selected for their Campus VoxBox. I was pretty excited (and still am to be honest!). And this past weekend, it arrived! Unfortunately, I had to leave for work right away but when I got home, you can bet your sweet biscuits that I drove to Felicia's house and set up my camera and filmed my unboxing video! You can see that lovely piece of work here.
Now that I've unboxed it, and have had the chance to try all the amazing goodies, I've decided to review the products (& candy) I received. And possibly where you can snatch up these lovelies as well.
Okay, so the first items that caught my attention was the 2 forms of candy they sent in the box. Sour Punch Straws and Sour Punchies. The reason they caught my attention was because they were pieces of candy! And everything else is beauty and skincare products. But I can see why they're in this voxbox. When I'm studying for finals or any kind of test in general, I always find myself trying not to fall asleep. With this candy, it is sour so it wakes you up a little. It is definitely perfect for a college student. Felicia and I actually opened the bag on screen and tasted it.
The next item is one I'm pretty excited to use. It is Jergen's Natural Glow Instant Sun Tanning Mousse. I am as pale as pale can be so this sunless tanner is perfect for me when I can't quite get to the pool or beach. (I also captured me using this for the first time in a video which I upload after my unboxing video... Or as an addition to that). It was really easy to use, but I would have liked to known that when I did it, that I didn't get all my legs or arms. When it dries, it dries very light so you don't know how it looks until the next day or a couple hours after. But it was an easy fix so the next morning, I just moussed up the spots I missed, and now I look semi-tan.
I love L'Oreal Pair hair products. They are just simply amazing, so when I found out the box came with a sample size of their Advanced Straight System shampoo, pre-conditioner and conditioner, I was beyond excited. Anything that will help keep my hair straight in the Texas humidity is a huge plus. And this product works beyond expectations. After two and a half days, my hair is still working it.
Now as girls know: washing your face before the day and after you take your make-up off is increasingly important so you don't get uncontrollable acne or blemishes. But as a teenager, who didn't really care for all that girly stuff, I didn't abide by that rule and just wiped my make-up off before. And now I am paying for it. I get bad breakouts on my chin, to the right side of my cheek a bit and on my forehead. I actually had a really good face mask that worked wonders but, sadly, that ran out and it is only available in stores and we don't have that particular store in Corpus. So I've been looking for something to use, and I have heard nothing but good things about St. Ives products. I am also, though, very hesitant to try new things, but after I tried their Blemish Control Apricot Scrub, I am leaning to trying more new stuff. The texture reminds me of a face mask, and it smells delicious. I am so excited to keep using it!
My last item in my VoxBox is something I am now using daily. It is the Softlips Cube. It comes in three different flavors and I got the mint, which is addicting. It is a lip balm that looks elegant with it's cube casing and it is not expensive either. You can pick it up at Target or any other local drug store.
Most of these products you can pick up at any local drug store or gas station (for the candy). All the products I received were amazing and I am so glad I got introduced to new brands that I never would have thought about trying.
Until next time lovelies,
Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*
I was recently inspired by Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter and my best friend because they do their "mini happies" daily on Facebook, but I didn't just want to do daily happies, I wanted to take their idea and do weekly happies. So without further ado, here are my weekly happies from this past week.
I realized that doing this I have a lot to be thankful involving my life, and although sometimes I do need to take a step back and reevaluate my life and self, these are helping me see exactly who I am and where I belong.
So now I am challenging all of you lovelies! What are your happies? What helps you get through the week?
Until next time loves!
As you guys can probably tell by the title, this post is going to be a tad bit... sad.
Now I have always thought cancer sucked but recently, and more personal, it has gone from a little thought in the back of my mind to (semi) front and center. It sucks horrendously when you get told that someone close to you has cancer. You feel like a hole has began to start in your heart and you just want to cry. You can't even begin to imagine how the person feels.
I can remember when I got told they had cancer. My heart broke. What if something happens and I lose them forever? I bawled when my dog died, how am I going to react if they die!? Deep down, I know that they found in early enough to do something about it, and they were going to. They got the best doctor and surgeon, got through radiation and chemo, but to see them so weak... And I couldn't do anything about it. That doesn't sit well with me. I need to help people if they are hurt and injured. I can't just sit by and not do anything. But that's that what I had to do. I had to sit on the sidelines and wait...
Everything went down and they got the results back... The cancer was defeated. They fought cancer and won. Knowing that was a huge relief, and I thought that was it. I wouldn't have to feel that way ever again. They would get check-ups but they were positive.
Then it happened again to someone else I cared for... And I felt like I was in this cycle all over again. Although their case is slightly different and was caught a little bit earlier, it still brings on the same onslaught of tears and pain. But when asked, they say they feel fine, and okay... I know they are just trying to be strong but hearing that is a little bit of relief. They aren't in pain and everything is being checked on over and over again. They'll get through surgery and then we'll be able to tell if what they have is extreme enough to warrant chemo or not.
I know I shouldn't think the worst, but there is always a part of you that grieves already as though you have already lost. Because as humans, death is so natural and such a common occurrence, that that's where our souls go. And we need to change that.
It sucks that even the healthiest person can get sick, and there isn't really anything you can do to prevent it but if worst comes to worst, we need to take a stand. There are so many people out there who have cancer or have family members or friends that have it, and at that moment when you get that kind of news, you realize two things. 1) How alone you can be and 2) How many people care for you to the end of the Earth. We need to not focus on the bad things, but the good things. That we have medicine that can cure it. That we have family members and friends who would gladly give bone marrow if a match and you need it. That we have people who will wait at the hospital with you the entire time; who will hold your hand when you need strength; who will let you cry on their shoulders when you need to; and who will be your rock.
I can only write from one viewpoint. I don't know what it is like to have cancer or to have had cancer. I do know what it's like to be close to someone who has and has had it. So I encourage all of you my lovely readers, if you're going through a tough time, whether it be cancer or some other sickness, find a friend. Because sometimes all we need is that one person to hold onto to make it feel like we are not drowning.
Starting this blog was a huge (semi) decision for me. I knew if I was gonna make something out of this, I would have to keep up with it and not slack. But to even begin, I would have to do research... which basically consisted of me going through some of my favorite blogs and reading about how they started and such.
For this post, I wanted to highlight my top 3 favorite blogs. The ones that have been an inspiration to me. Y'all have been introduced to all of them already in past posts, here and here. But I wanted to take it a step further and dedicate a post to them.
My first favorite: The A List by Alyssa Campanella. This blog was formally known as Jumpers and Jasmine but has recently gone through a face-lift and is even more swankier than last. The site just hit it's first birthday this past January and the writer behind it decided she has grown as well and wanted a more personal touch. (You can read about the reason more in one of her first posts on the site Welcome to The A List). Now about the writer, Alyssa Campanella is a former Miss USA (2011) and has had a career in modeling until she decided to commit to her blog full time. She has a stellar fashion sense, her travel logs make me green with envy, and I patiently await her beauty tips. Ms. Campanella was probably my biggest inspiration when it came to starting a blog. I knew it was going to be hard and tough but I also knew it would be worth it. Even now, she is still a huge inspiration to me and I have her site bookmarked on my computer.
Next one of my favorites would be Sprinkle of Glitter by Louise Pentland. Yes, she's a YouTuber and while I love (LOVE) her channel, I absolutely adore her blog maybe a tad bit more. Sometimes reading her posts is easier and quicker than watching her videos for me. While her blog ranges from everything from fashion to cooking to lifestyle and doesn't a clear niche, it is still really fun to read. She recently went on a trip to Disney (a.k.a. my heaven) and her blog posts (ft. her baby girl) are extremely cute and informative. She definitely treats her readers as a part of her family.
The last blogger I want to mention is Zoella by Zoe Sugg. (Also a YouTuber). While she hasn't posted anything recently, I've been going back and reading older posts because sometimes they are still relevant to today. She is a beauty guru (just like her best friend, Louise) and I definitely take her advice to mind regarding clothing, and beauty. Plus I have a kinship with her because she suffers from anxiety just like me. She has become a role model because of how far she as gotten even with that and she doesn't let that stop her from doing something she loves.
These 3 lovely ladies have become women I look up to and admire. They don't like being regarded to as heroes but they are most definitely something special to not only me but also a huge amount of others.
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."