#BLOGTOBER Day 13- A Fall Memory

Growing up, I was a really big Barbie fan. I loved buying them and playing with them. I loved picking out their outfits and brushing their hair. I had tons of them! And every Halloween or Holiday they would release a new seasonal Barbie. I wasn’t one much for collectibles, because I actually liked to play with my dolls. 

I remember when I was younger I used to take trips with my Aunt and my Mom, upstate to visit my cousin in college. 

It was a long drive so my Mom let me skip school on a Friday and we drove up early and shopped with my cousin for stuff she needed. We just spent the whole day with her. 

Those were always such fun days.

But this one time, I remember, while we were shopping, I saw a Halloween Barbie, that I really wanted. 

My parents never raised us to expect that we’d get everything we wanted or everything we asked for. But my mom made an exception and, ended up letting me get the Barbie. I was so excited that I opened it up right away and played with her the whole car ride home. It was always the best feeling, opening a new Barbie. 

Til this day I remember what the doll looked like and because of the internet…I can show you just exactly which one it was. 

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I remember thinking she was dressed so cool. I loved her sparkly, glitter dress and she had on these cool black ankle boots. Her lipstick was a nice orange, to match her orange studs. And how cool is that flame detailing at the bottom of the dress. She also came with a trick or treat bag. 😉 She was just super fun. I really hope my niece is a Barbie fan when she gets a big older!  I have all of mine packed away, I need someone to share them with. 

There was just something about playing with Barbies. It was like my own early form of story telling. I could name them, give them personalities, create plots, dress them according to their style. It was a blast, and these dolls could be anything they wanted to be. If you ask me, Barbies are an incredible tool for a child’s imagination. It certainly was for mine.

Signed, 

Barbie Girl 😉 

P.S. Just in case you didn’t know, Barbie has a YouTube Channel…

*I do not own any images, videos, songs/lyrics used.*

-<3-

 

 

 

Great Wolf Lodge Family Trip 2016

This past Sunday into Monday I went away to Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos with my family. It’s basically this huge indoor waterpark with a hotel attached.

Anyone who knows me, knows staying in a cabin has been a dream of mine ever since I’ve seen countless tv shows write in that storyline. #TheCabinEpisode.

This place was a modernized, city girl’s version of “roughing it.” A fake cabin if you will, but so totally amazing. There was so much to do in such a short amount of time. There was the waterpark equipped with a wave pool, a hot tub, a kiddie pool, a lily pad obstacle course, and not to mention all the slides! And they have a bar and food area in the park as well.

There was also a pool outdoors, and a crazy rope course (but none of us touched that! haha.)

Indoors could get pretty hot because they keep the temperature at 85 degrees, so it was nice to have that option of going outdoors to cool off. We also rented a cabana the second day within the waterpark which was a nice base place to go back to, we were able to keep our phones and cameras much more handy that way. #ELECTRONICSANDWATERDONTMIX

Inside the hotel there were so many other attractions too; cosmic bowling, mini golf, build a bear, magiquest (a type of virtual hunt that went through each floor), story time, dance party, arcade, a princess treatment for little girls, oh and a marshmallow roasting! There was so much, and we didn’t even get to it all. But I have to say that for only having two days there, we crammed in quite a lot.

And it was a blast! Mind you we were a group of 16! Me and my family, my aunt and all her kids and their kids. So the cousin count was high! The trip was exhausting and I am so tried and achy and still trying to recover- but making memories with my family is priceless and it was all worth it.

Here are some pictures from my trip!

 

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I won 1,000 tickets on my first try!

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Breakfast at the Loose Moose got an A+ for sure.

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These little wolves came to give everybody a wake up call!

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Family Selfie ❤

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This little one had been counting down the days…”WE GO WATERPARK….ALL TOGETHER!”

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They are known for their delicious Pina Coladas, but I thought this Pineapple Agave Margarita was better! #drinkspoolsidewithmom

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Bowling is still so much fun!

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Getting the princess treatment. “I Fabulous.” Yes you are!

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What a crew…table for 16 please.

Pictures of our room! (we got upgraded to a loft) #fancy 😉

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Pictures from the waterpark!

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What I won with my tickets! I was short a few and the nice clerk girl gave me the prize I wanted anyway. Needless to say that smile is REAL! #BIGKID

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One of the workers told me he’s never seen someone win 1,000 on this game. #BOSS 😉

So there you have it, a little blog about my family trip. I don’t often get to go on vacation so this was really special to me and I wanted to document it and have it as a keepsake.

I vlogged the whole trip too and my brother took a bunch of Go pro footage in the water park, so there will be a massive family vlog coming soon! Stay Tuned! 😀

*All pictures are my own*

-<3-

Happy Birthday Justin Timberlake!

BLOG UPDATE-

So I was trying to slowly make Sundays my third upload day but I kinda fell short yesterday. I wanted to post something yesterday in honor of Justin Timberlake’s 35th Birthday, because I mean what kind of fangirl would I be if I didn’t. And since he’s not on tour or putting out an album, my fangirl posts have been lacking. But I got distracted the whole day, and then Grease: Live was on and I was hooked for 3 hours. By the time I started on my post, my internet and my computer decided to act up and I was trying to post before midnight but it just was an ongoing issue. So end result it was a failed mission. I am not going to rule out making Sundays my third post day, but I’m just going to see if it’s feasible. I’ll test the waters a bit this month. We’ll use February as a trial month for that and see how things go. Any way I’m still posting the Justin Tribute today (which was meant for Sunday,) but I will also be posting a review of Grease: Live a little later on, as an official Monday post. It’s going to take some time, because I have a lot of thoughts going on in my head about that one! Spoiler Alert: I am currently listening to the original movie’s soundtrack because my obsession with Grease has ignited. Anyway enough rambling…

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Justin Timberlake has been my longest running obsession. I support him in basically everything he does, creatively. He is a true talent. [insert my cheesy instagram post]

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***Some of my favorite JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE moments.***

Videos/Cinematography

Cry Me A River

What Goes Around…Comes Around

Mirrors

Tearin’ Up My Heart

 God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You

Gone

Songs/Lyrics

Lovestoned

Take Back The Night

You Got It On

I Want You Back

This I Promise You

Do Your Thing

Comedy skits

Movie scenes

Performances/Covers

Strawberry Bubblegum

Let the Groove Get In

Losing My Way

Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)

Photo-shoots/Posters/Fashion

I had these posters hanging on my wall!

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 Happiest of Birthdays JT.

Thanks for the memories!

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Cheers to many more.

-<3-

*I do not take credit for any JT images, videos, clips, songs, etc. used in this blog.*

2015 Memory Jar Review

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2015 was difficult for me, for some personal reasons, but it was also a year of growth for me. And the more growth I see in myself, the more I am sure I will see being reflected on this blog. Last year for 2015 I started a memory jar, I had seen the idea floating around online and it seemed like something that would be right up my alley. I’m the girl who takes too many pictures. I’m the girl who yells at those who don’t want to take pictures with my famous saying; “Hey, we’re making memories!” I’m the girl who used to spend her middle school years scrapbooking. You can sense a theme, I’m sure.

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2015, thanks for the memories.

So on New Year’s Day as I sat down to read through all my 2015 memories from my memory jar (pictured above,) I was pleasantly surprised by how much I feel I have grown as a person. From the girl who graduated college about 3 years ago, who has had an ongoing battle with anxiety and breaking into the work world, to the girl who has begun to round a corner this year. And I am thrilled. I may have a long ways to go in finding my career and in other aspects of my life, but my hope for 2016 is to keep this going and to keep growing and learning new things about myself. Learning what I am capable of and to always strive for more, strive to better myself and become a well-rounded person overall.

***Listen as you read: REVIVAL by Selena Gomez (oddly enough this is the song I gravitated toward playing as I edited this. Coincidence? I think not. I got you SelGo. 😉

It’s important to reflect on all the good things you do have, rather than to dwell on all the things you don’t have or all the bad things that happened.

So I bring you

*My 2015 Highlights* (in no particular order.)

The biggest change I have made is taking measures to help deal with my anxiety issues and remaining grounded in difficult life situations, and understanding that feeling emotion is okay and so is showing emotion. I’m not going to dive into specifics, but I have seen an improvement in myself.

Looking at my religious faith with stronger eyes than I used to and attending church more freely. I say this not because I used to be forced to go, because I wasn’t. But I use the world freely because I feel a stronger connection to God, because my outlook on life is slowly maturing in understanding. I realize that I will question him sometimes, when things feel really bad but still trust in him and still understand that the gospel readings are there to show insight. And in some way or another they will relate to your life and can help guide you.

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Photo By: Robert DeSantos Jr.

My 2015 started the same way my 2016 started; with a New Year’s Day dinner with my family. (2016 we even added a game night, we had a blast and laughed a ton!)

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My god daughter has created her own nickname for me, and it stuck. To her I am “Shem.”

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The year also started off with a reunion dinner with some old friends!

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My brother got engaged! (Yes I was in attendance, I was in charge of the photos as I snapped through shaking hands/legs and happy tears!)

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My future sister in law asked me to be a bridesmaid, and we found her wedding dress! (Yes I was also in attendance, I was in charge of capturing the experience for my brother to watch later on down the line.)

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I got back into video for a short bit, as I directed, edited and shot a yoga video for my cousin’s holistic class. It came out pretty awesome and her presentation was a hit because of it!

michelle leigh writes turned 2!-READ POST

I re-decorated my own room.

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– Joy Williams ❤

Took mom to brunch for Mother’s Day!

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I went on a few job interviews, some went better than others, and some job opportunities were a lesson learned.

I got an intern position at a local newspaper and have been there for a few months. Although it’s newswriting, I am learning to be in a work environment, and part of a team. I am also learning to deal with new situations that aren’t exactly in my comfort zone. With responsibility comes more independence. Seeing my By-line is always a nice feeling too. 🙂

I saw 50 Shades of Grey with some friends and became slightly obsessed, after reading all three books in a matter of a few weeks, I was eagerly awaiting this film.

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Jesse Lee Soffer (Chicago PD) favorited my tweet. I gotta say my celebrity twitter game was on fire this year. Marina Squerciati (Chicago PD) is like my bestie on twitter for live tweet Wednesdays. She answers me all the time!

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Dressed up in theme on several occasions; my goddaughter’s farm themed birthday party, my cousin’s 80’s themed birthday party, flapper inspired look for my birthday dinner. You guys know I love a good theme.

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My good friend Jenny got engaged and asked me to be her maid of honor!

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Had a mother/daughter date night with my mom and our best friends.

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I’ve noticed I’m writing more, whether its news related for work, or my own creative stories. It’s been more consistent as of late. [SEE: Love Conflicted, A Broken Heart For Christmas, For Old Times’ Sake, What are you doing New Year’s Eve?] I also wrote two short scripts; both horror based; One was an extension of a zombie short I wrote a while back, called “Inhumane” and the other is called “Head Over Heels.”

Between all the upcoming weddings I have been to bridal showcases, and a taste testing, supporting special people in my life, in preparation of their big day.

Glenn survived on The Walking Dead! This was a whirlwind for me, because I am a huge TV junkie and I take my love of characters seriously.

READ POSTS:

The Walking Dead Went Too Far

My Glenn/The Walking Dead Theory

The Glenn Mystery Continues with New Revelations…

Send up Green Balloons for Glenn!

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I found out my best friend is going to be an Aunt! Her brother is my brother’s best friend and we are all really close. At their Fourth of July celebration, they announced the exciting news. Later on she also found out she’s going to be a God mother too! Baby meatball is due soon! Welcome to the godmother club love! So excited for you! ❤

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Gym, Haircuts, Lunch & Shopping day with two of my favorite ladies; my Mom and my Aunt. I was obsessed with my short hair and am considering that once we hit spring, I may have to chop it off again.

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My best friend took me to this really adorable tea place in the city; Alice’s Tea Cup as my birthday gift. You guys know how I love my tea.

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My goddaughter gave me the sweetest, most thoughtful gift for Christmas. A tea mug, a diffuser, an assortment of loose leaf teas, and on the tea mug she drew some art work as it also read “World’s Best Godmother!” I couldn’t imagine getting a more perfect gift, from a more special person. Thank you babe!

I began spending more time with both sides of my family, which is really important to me. Sometimes time gets away from us, and we don’t allow room to spend time with everyone.

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I went to the mermaid parade with my mom and dressed like a mermaid. Can you see how I enjoy dressing up and being weird?

I went out one night for my friend’s birthday to an 80’s club and it was a blast. As you may know I’m not one for bars and clubs. I’m a “let’s watch a movie and eat junk food, stay at home grandma,” but some nights I’ll put the heels on and the makeup and act my age. It’s a rare occurrence, but it was a great time with great music, and great people.

I hosted a Girls Gala for Valentine’s Day.

I won a massive Trader Joe’s basket at a card party! And a few other things too, it was super exciting. Things like that rarely happen to me, but I was on a roll!

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For my family birthday dinner, I had breakfast for dinner. I love breakfast foods!

Bethany Joy Lenz favorited and answered my tweet, and Joy Williams favorited and answered my tweets too! Seriously I’m such a fan of both of these women, so this was like huge for me! Lol.

I survived my first Jury Duty experience. (See you in 8 years mothatruckas!) 😉

Ugly sweaters and t-shirts in honor of my Aunt Mary, this Christmas. Everyone came out and really rallied in remembering a woman who truly made an impact on our lives with her crazy sense of humor.

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Photo By: Robert DeSantos Jr.

Rocked Blue Lips on the very last day of the year- New Year’s Eve. Dare to be different. Turn a few heads.

I’ve learned that I control my social media, my social media doesn’t control me. In other words, I post less frequently than I used to. And I’m ok with that.

Joy Williams’ “Venus” album kind of became my anthem, along with some really good Yoga music. (Helps with traveling anxiety if you’re wondering.) *I recommend- Woman (Oh Mama), Not Good Enough, What a Good Woman Does, and Welcome Home.

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Justin Timberlake became a DAD!

So there you have it. I know some things aren’t huge successes, or are not in direct relation to me, but I’m a believer in making the simple little things shine through. Those little things become the big things, and supporting others in my life means a lot to me too.

Looking back at all my 2015 memories made me realize how much can happen over the course of a year. I think that the idea of starting a memory jar is great, everyone should give it a try! I already started mine! It’s not too late, the new year is just beginning. Who are you going to be? What are you going to do? Where are you going to go? It’s all a mystery. Enjoy it!

Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.

I truly hope 2016 is your best year yet!

-<3-