Thursday, July 31, 2014

My July Playlist! *Birthday Edition*

I'm SO sad July is over!  On the bright side, it's playlist time!  This month's is a bit different from previous playlists.  A few weeks ago I turned 25!  On my actual birthday I went skating with my cousins for adult only night.  We had a blast!  There is something big planned for a birthday party but nobody will tell details!  So, in honor of turning 25 I decided to do 25 songs I listened to growing up.  It was VERY hard to narrow it down but I think I did a good mix.  Prepare yourself to go back to the 90's/early 2000's!  What songs did you listen to growing up?

1. I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys
This song was SO huge!  It was literally EVERYWHERE!  The album came out like a week before my 10th birthday.  None of my friends had it but me.  That year my mom got me a Backstreet Boy birthday cake.  I pretty much died!  I just loved them so much and I still do!  Brian is my favorite and he waved at me TWICE last month at their concert.  Favorite lyric: But we are two worlds apart Can't reach to your heart When you say That I want it that way

2. I Want You Back by *NSYNC
Do you notice a theme already?  I actually discovered *NSYNC before Backstreet Boys but I couldn't just choose one!  This song reminds me of the countless hours spent trying to learn the dance moves.  It was never actually a success though.  I REALLY wish they would do a reunion tour because I'd be all over that.  Fun fact: I actually met Justin Timberlake back in February and it was AMAZING!  You can read about it here.  Favorite lyric: Baby I remember The way you used to look at me and say Promises never last forever I told you not to worry I said that everything will be alright I didn't know than that you were right

3. Back At One by Brian McKnight
This was the love song of my childhood.  The video was SO depressing though!  My older sister and I would lip sync karaoke to it in our bedroom all the time.  It's just a really sweet song.  Of course I understand it better now that I'm older.  I still listen to it.  Favorite lyric: One you're like a dream come true Two just wanna be with you Three girl it's plain to see that your the only one for me Four repeat steps one through three Five make you fall in love with me If ever I believe my work is done then I start Back at One

4. Summer Girls by LFO
This song was my obsession!  It made LFO huge even though the lyrics are SO random!  I honestly have it on my iPod right now.  It's just catchy and fun!  My mom hated rap music so I felt so cool singing this since it was technically pop.  I miss them but sadly the lead singer died a few years ago.  Favorite lyric: New Kids On The Block had a bunch of hits Chinese food makes me sick And I think it's fly when girls stop by for the summer, for the summer I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch I'd take her if I had one wish But she's been gone since that summer

5. Wannabe by Spice Girls
I'm pretty sure every girl from the 90's had the girl power fever.  I totally did!  I had every doll, movie, poster, and pretty much every item they made.  I played this song over and over.  It's SO catchy!  When they did a reunion a few years ago I got so excited!  Sadly I couldn't go but I have high hopes for another in the future.  Favorite lyric: What do you think about that now you know how I feel Say you can handle my love are you for real I won't be hasty I'll give you a try If you really bug me then I'll say goodbye

6. Because Of You by 98 Degrees
I am in love with Nick Lachey.  I thought they were the most underrated boyband of the 90's.  I loved them though.  I had many posters of Nick on my wall.  I was also OBSESSED with the Nick and Jessica reality show that came out while I was in high school.  I own every season!  They actually have a new album out and it's really good!  Go check it out!  Favorite lyric: Honestly could it be you and me Like it was before neither less or more 'Cause when I close my eyes at night I realize that no one else could ever take your place

7. Hey Juliet by LMNT
So I listened to Radio Disney a lot as a kid which is how I discovered this song.  I'm not sure if they have any other songs but this was my jam.  I shared a room with my older sister and she hated this song because I constantly played it.  I still listen to it.  It's catchy and cheesy which I seem to love.  Favorite lyric: Hey Juliet I think you're fine You really blow my mind Maybe someday, you and me can run away I just want you to know I wanna be your Romeo Hey Juliet

8. Say My Name by Destiny's Child
This song made me love Destiny's Child.  I like girl power and this song brought it.  All their songs were girl power which made me love them even more.  I was also in love with the video.  It was so cool and different from other videos at the time.  I'd listen to this every single night on my mix tape I made.  That made me sound very old.  Favorite lyric: Say my name, say my name When no one is around you, Say baby I love you If you ain't runnin' game Say my name, say my name You actin' kinda shady, Ain't callin' me baby Why the sudden change?

9. Macarena by Los del Rio
This was the dance craze of my childhood!  It was EVERYWHERE!  We would always hang out at the roller skating rink pretty much daily.  Every single time this played we would skate while doing the moves.  It probably wasn't very safe but we survived.  It has many memories.  Favorite lyric: Hey Macarena!

10. Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey feat. Jay Z
This was from my favorite album by Mariah Carey.  I got the Rainbow album for Christmas and it is still a favorite.  It was always in my discman.  My sister tried to steal but I caught her every time.  Go check out the album Rainbow, you won't be disappointed.  It's WAY better than her new stuff.  Favorite lyric:  Heartbreaker you've got the best of me But I just keep on comin' back incessantly Oh why did you have to run your game on me I should have known right from the start You'd go and break my heart

11. Hot In Herre by Nelly
Remember when I said my mom hated rap?  Apparently it grew on her because she surprised me with Nelly tickets for my 13th birthday.  It was my very first concert.  It was SO much fun and I even got his autograph!  This song was HUGE that summer.  I still remember every detail of that concert.  Now I'm addicted to concerts!  Favorite lyric: I need you to get up up on the dance floor Give that man what he askin for Cuz I feel like bustin loose and I feel like touchin you And cant nobody stop the juice so baby tell me whats the use

12. He Loves U Not by Dream
Most people probably don't even know who Dream is because they were only around a hot second.  I jumped on the bandwagon.  I loved their album and then somebody stole it from me at camp.  They were a really good group but they just faded amongst all the other groups of that time.  This song was my favorite.  I think they only had one other single which was also good.  Favorite lyric: No chains to unlock So free to do what he wants He's into what he's got He loves me, he loves you not No matter what you do he's never gonna be with you He's into what he's got He loves me he loves you not

13. MMMBop by Hanson
Of course this song made the list.  It is an iconic 90's song!  Surprisingly I wasn't a fan of Hanson.  I just preferred the other boybands.  This song was just everywhere so I loved it.  This is another song that was a big hit at the roller skating rink.  Also nobody really knows the words.  Favorite lyric: So hold on the ones who really care In the end they'll be the only ones there And when you get old and start losing your hair Tell me who will still care Can you tell me who will still care?

14. Oops! ...I Did It Again by Britney Spears
Britney was and still is my idol.  This was the first "risky" video she did and I was obsessed!  I totally wanted a red leather jumpsuit just like her.  Also can we just talk about the dance moves?  They were pretty much perfection and we tried to copy them.  We weren't that good though.  Favorite lyric: Oops!...I did it again I played with your heart, got lost in the game Oh baby, baby Oops!...You think I'm in love That I'm sent from above I'm not that innocent

15. Dirrty by Christina Aguilera
This song was a huge shock for a lot people.  I was a fan from the beginning.  I loved it because it fit her personality better.  She wasn't made to be sweet and innocent.  She really went for it and shed that image and it totally worked.  The video was totally unexpected which I loved even more!  I applaud her.  Favorite lyric: Wanna get rowdy Gonna get a little unruly Get it fired up in a hurry Wanna get dirrty It's about time that I came to start the party Sweat dripping over my body Dancing getting just a little naughty Wanna get dirrty It's about time for my arrival

16. When The Lights Go Out by Five
My cousin and I were totally OBSESSED with this song.  It was always on the radio and back then MTV actually played videos.  I never bought their album or anything but they had a few good songs.  We just felt cool because it was sorta like rapping.  We were a bit nerdy.  Favorite lyric: Baby when the lights go out Every single word cannot express The love and tenderness I'll show you what it's all about Babe I swear you will succumb to me So baby come to me When the lights go out

17. Unpretty by TLC
This song was a pretty big deal for my generation.  Nobody really talked about topics like plastic surgery or eating disorders like they do now.  TLC always went for those kinds of subjects.  The meaning behind the song is still true today.  Nobody should tell or make you change.  Just be your true self.  Favorite lyric: You can buy your hair if it won't grow You can fix your nose if he says so You can buy all the make up That M.A.C. can make But if you can't look inside you Find out who am I too Be in the position to make me feel So damn unpretty

18. With You by Jessica Simpson
I'm a HUGE Jessica Simpson fan.  I buy every product she puts out.  This was my most played album in high school.  Many people think she puts on an act but I went to her concert and she was exactly the same.  I love this song and video because she isn't afraid of making fun of herself.  I'm super sad she got divorced from Nick but I still love both.  Favorite lyric: Cause with you I can let my hair down I can say anything crazy I know you'll catch me right before I hit the ground With nothing but a T-shirt on I never felt so beautiful Baby as I do now Now that I'm with you

19. Back Here by BBMAK
These were the British heart throbs of my childhood.  I was in love with them.  They were just different from other boybands.  They were still pop but they played instruments which others didn't.  None of my friends were as interested but I didn't care.  They had really good songs and were cute.  Favorite lyric: So I told you lies even made you cry Baby I was so wrong  Girl I promise you now my love is true This is where my heart belongs

20. C'est La Vie by B*Witched
This another group my cousin and I loved.  They were a girl group from Ireland and came along after the Spice Girls hype.  I discovered them on a Disney Channel concert series.  I played the album so much that my mom even knew the words.  Also the girls and I in my cabin at camp did our own dance to this song for the talent show.  Favorite lyric: I wanna know just what to do Is it very big is there room for two? I got a house with the windows and doors I'll show you mine if you show me yours

21. Girls & Boys by Good Charlotte
This may be a surprise considering the list so far.  I went through a punk phase in high school.  This was my favorite band by far.  I played their albums all day.  I thought I was so cool and punk.  It passed but I'm still a huge fan.  Favorite lyric: Girls don't like boys Girls like cars and money Boys will laugh at girls when they're not funny And these girls like these boys, like these boys like these girls The girls with the bodies like boys with Ferrari's

22. Miami by Will Smith
Who doesn't love Will Smith?  He always did the best party songs.  I always imagined Miami was exactly like this in real life.  It actually is!  Years after this song came out I went to a camp in Miami.  This song still played regularly on the radio.  I didn't wanna leave!  Hopefully someday I'll go back.  Favorite lyric: Party in the city where the heat is on All night on the beach till the break of dawn Welcome to Miami Buenvenidos a Miami Bouncin in the club where the heat is on All night on the beach till the break of dawn I'm goin to Miami Welcome to Miami

23. Livin' La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
I couldn't make this playlist without including Ricky Martin.  This was another song I played over and over.  My family got so tired of it.  I can't help myself, once I love something I can't stop.  He was just super cute.  Plus this song was very catchy.  I loved all his songs though.  Favorite lyric: Woke up in New York City in a funky cheap hotel She took my heart and she took my money she must've slipped me a sleeping pill She never drinks the water and makes you order French Champagne  Once you've had a taste of her you'll never be the same Yeah she'll make you go insane

24. Aaron's Party by Aaron Carter
I love Aaron Carter!  This song has SO many memories for me.  I'm so glad he is coming back with new music.  I'm also going to his tour this fall and I'm FREAKING out because I get to meet him!  It's going to be awesome!  Maybe he'll even sing to me!  I can dream right?  Fun Fact: He follows me on Twitter!  Favorite lyric: The door bell rings cuz the party's here I'm crankin' up the stereo like it's New Years Walkin' 'round the house like who's Da Man (Nobody can do it like Aaron can)

25. Love Don't Cost A Thing by Jennifer Lopez
This is my favorite J. Lo song.  I'm all about the message behind songs.  This song is all about love being enough.  Men think buying us gifts is the solution to any problem.  In reality, we just want somebody who actually loves us and listens to us.  Plus I just loved the video.  Favorite lyric: When I took a chance Thought you'd understand  Baby credit cards aren't romance So you're tryna buy what's already yours  What I need from is not available in stores  Seen a side of you that I really feel Doing way too much, never keep it real If it doesn't change, gotta hit the road  Now I'm leaving, where's my keys? I've got to go


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

♡Sunkissed Summer TAG!♡

Can you believe Summer is half over?  I'm not ready for it to end!  Instead I found this tag on YouTube and thought I'd do it for you guys.  I want you to answer as well!  If you guys have any other tag suggestions then let me know.  Enjoy!

1. What is your go-to product for a sun kissed summer glow? (bronzer, self tanner, etc.)
I honestly use no tanning products.  I tan VERY easily.  I can be outside 10 minutes and be tan.  When Summer first begins I might burn but then it tans.  I'm pretty lucky because nobody else in my family does.

2. What book would you recommend for a summer read?
I did a post on my Summer reads if you want to check it out.  If I could only recommend one book it would be The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks.  It is my favorite!  It has SO many life lessons but it's also just so captivating.  You can't put it down!

3. What's your signature summer scent this year?
I've talked about this scent WAY too much on this blog.  I can't get enough though!  It's the Pure Seduction Bloom from Victoria's Secret.  It just smells fruity with a little bit of floral.  It's perfect for this time of year.  It's limited edition so go check it out!

4. The sun is shining and it's time to get outside! What's your favorite thing to do?
This may seem weird but I love people watching.  I just go out on my patio and watch.  You never know what you'll see.  I also enjoy just getting lost in my thoughts.  Sometimes I will also take a book out and read.  Pretty much I just love being outside.

5. You're on the boardwalk and your stomach is grumbling. What's your go-to summer beach food?
I actually don't live by the beach but I have visited a few times.  Anything fried is always a good option.  I always go for dip n' dots though.  They are just SO yummy!  My favorite flavor is cookies and cream.  They aren't very filling but it will cool you off.

6. Sunscreen is always important, but it's a MUST in summer! What's your favorite? (Face, body, or both)
I ALWAYS use Banana Boat.  The spray is my favorite kind because you can apply it yourself.  I was using the sport brand but it made me itchy.  This Summer I used the kids brand and so far it works.  I use SPF 70 for my body.  For my face my moisturizer has SPF in it.  I use Olay All Day Moisturizer with SPF 15.

7. After a day in the summer sun and heat, what do you do to cool off?
In all honesty I just sit in the air and relax.  I usually will take a nap because who doesn't love naps?  I can be productive as well.  I will usually update my blog, have a game night, or catch up on my TV shows.  I may also have a slight addiction to Candy Crush.

8. How do you wear your hair in the summer? (down, ponytail, ombre, dip dye, etc.)
You will very rarely see me with my hair down during Summer.  I try to switch it up between a ponytail, a bun, or a braid.  It's just WAY too hot here for anything else.  I did want to ombre my hair but I got nervous.  Maybe eventually I will.

9. Must-have nail polish for summer 2014?
I never get obsessed with nail polish but that has changed.  I borrowed a color from a friend and I've been wearing it every day LITERALLY.  It's a perfect orange/coral/peachy color and it looks AMAZING with a tan.  I do change it up every time by adding glitter or doing one nail a different color.  It's called Fear or Desire by Essie.

10. Sometimes it just feels good to chill out and watch Netflix. What shows/movies do you recommend for summer?
Pretty Little Liars is where it's at right now!  Each episode just keeps getting better and better!  I also highly recommend The Fosters.  As for movies I've been reliving my childhood on Netflix right now.  They have My Girl and The Parent Trap.  Those were movies I watched daily.

11. Do you wear liquid foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer in the summer?
I actually rarely wear any make up.  I just feel like it takes too much time.  If I had to choose though, I'd pick BB cream.  It has so many purposes that it just seems the most logical especially during Summer.

12. It's super bright outside! Do you reach for sunglasses or a hat?
Sunglasses!  I'm an addict.  It's come to the point where I spend more time picking out which sunglasses I want to wear than I do on my actual outfit.

13. What is your summer jam this year?
It's super hard to pick just one!  Last year I was obsessed with only Blurred Lines!  This year just has SO many choices!  The ones I've been playing over and over Rude by MAGIC! and Maps by Maroon 5.  If you want to know all my 2014 jams go check my post!  It's really good!

14. Do you have a summer bucket list? If so, share some things on the list.
I REALLY wanted to go on a road trip this year.  The past few years we've went a few different places.  I just love the feeling of seeing new places.  A road trip is a lot of fun because you can bond and laugh.  I just love it!

15. Bikini, tankini, or one piece? Show us your fave bathing suit this year!
I actually don't have a swimsuit this year.  I just never had any time.  I'm loving the one piece swimsuits this year!  They are just so much classier now days.

16. Summer means heat... and sweat! What's your favorite sweat proof product this year? (Skincare, makeup, anything!)
My favorite sweat proof product is now actually a product.  I use a spray bottle and mist myself when I start feeling hot.  It's very refreshing and you instantly feel cooler.

17. Summer wouldn't be complete without a scoop (or two) of ice cream! If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be?
I've always wanted to invent my own ice cream!  I would do a fruit loop cereal flavor.  I just really love any cereal so that's what I'd want in ice cream form.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Q & A Monday!

Happy Monday!  Why are weekends SO draining?  I'm still worn out!  On Friday I took my nieces to see The Lego Movie at a park.  Then on Saturday I had to stay up until 3:30 AM because my mom and younger sister need picked up from their vacation.  Even though I did nothing yesterday I'm still tired!  How was your weekend?

What’s one of your nicknames? 
What do you prefer to be called?

I don't really have a lot of nicknames.  The only one I have is Jer Bear.  Only my family calls me that though.  A lot of my cousins do and also my mom and sisters do as well.  My grandma hates nicknames so that's why I don't have many.  I don't mind mine though.  Do you have any nicknames?


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Series 2014: What I'm Reading

Welcome back!  Everybody wants a good book to read during the Summer.  Whether it be by the pool, at the beach, or just tanning in the sun.  I am a huge book lover!  I probably have at least 50 books on my list to read.  I just get SO busy that I never have time to actually finish a book.  I made a goal to finish 3 books and so far I've read 2.  So I thought I'd share the books I'm reading right now.  If you want reviews of any of these books let me know.  Also tell me what you've been reading!

I saw everybody talking about this book!  Honestly I'm not a fan of books that every one talks about because I don't like be a follower.  I was at the movie and saw the trailer.  So I broke down and bought it.  I'm LOVING it so far!  Here is the description: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

I am in LOVE with Nicholas Sparks!  I've read pretty much read all his books but this is by far my favorite.  I read this every single summer for some reason.  It's also a movie but trust me the book is SO much better!  Here is the description: Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.  The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels—first love, love between parents and children that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.

The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover.  It's beautiful!  Second, I'm really into dystopian type books right now.  This is a trilogy series as well.  I'm actually on the second book currently but I'm sharing this one so nobody gets confused.  Here is a description: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

I saw this recommended on YouTube a few times and thought it sounded interesting.  So far it really keeps my attention.  I never want to put it down once I start reading it!  It's definitely different than anything I've read.  It really makes you think about life.  Here is the description: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

I like to randomly browse for new books to read even though I have a giant list already.  I saw this cover and loved it!  That's a theme for me apparently.  It's also set during the 1960's which is my favorite era.  It is sorta hard to read due to the little bit of Italian because it's set in Italy.  I've only read one chapter so far but I do like it.  Here is the description: From the moment it opens—on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat—Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising—a story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lärabar Review!

Hey everybody!  Today I have a review for you all!  Lärabar sent me four different bars to try and share my thoughts.  I've always wanted to try them so I'm excited!  First I'll tell you about the company.  Each bar only contains 9 ingredients or less.  There are many flavors available to fit anybody's taste.  It is a fruit and nut bar so if you have any nut allergies be careful.  They are non-gmo, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, kosher, and soy free.  These are much healthier than eating a candy bar.  Make sure you follow all of Lärabar's social media sites FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.  You can also sign up to their free eNewsletter if you want.  Now lets get to the review!

The first bar I tried was Peanut Butter Cookie.  It was the perfect midnight snack!  There are only three ingredients with are peanuts, dates, and sea salt.  It really did taste like a cookie!  I was very impressed.  I really love peanut butter so I wish it had just a little bit more of a stronger presence.  This bar is only 220 calories and 7 grams of protein.  It's much healthier than grabbing an actual cookie!

Bananas are my favorite fruit so I chose to try the Banana Bread bar.  I took my nieces to the park and threw this in my bag in case I got hungry.  Eventually I did so I'm glad I brought it.  It had a strong banana flavor which I loved.  The ingredients are almonds, dates, and unsweetened bananas.  It is a bit tart because the bananas aren't sweet but still really good.  This bar is 230 calories and 6 grams of protein.  It also 12% of the recommended the daily value of potassium.  Try it out!

Apple pie is one of my favorite deserts but I mostly only get it in the fall.  So I was really excited to see they had an apple pie bar.  I actually split this with my grandpa because he is always looking for healthier options.  We loved it!!  It tastes exactly like my grandmas apple pie.  I will be buying more of these for sure!  The ingredients are dates, almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon.  You could really taste the cinnamon which is my favorite.  This bar is 190 calories and 4 grams of protein.  It's so good!

Who doesn't love cookie dough?  That's why I chose to try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar.  I ate this on the way to an appointment since it was in between breakfast and lunch.  I LOVED the chocolate but it didn't taste like cookie dough.  It did taste like a chocolate chip cookie though.  The ingredients are cashews, dates, chocolate chips, and sea salt.  This bar is 210 calories and 4 grams of protein.

Overall I really loved these bars.  You can take them anywhere and they are a perfect portion to fill you up.  I've been telling everybody about them!  I will be trying out other flavors for sure.  Let if you try them!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

♡The Dreams TAG♡

Hello!  I'm sorta obsessed with tag videos on YouTube.  They are a big guilty pleasure for me.  So I have a few lined up to do on here.  If you have any you'd like me to do then please leave suggestions!  You can also answer the questions too!  If you do then tell me so I can see what you guys answered!

What are you currently day dreaming about?
My birthday party!  I know what you're thinking, didn't I already celebrate?  I did but my mom is planning some super secret party.  She won't tell me anything and it is KILLING me.  I have a love/hate relationship with surprises.  I'm terrible at waiting but I always love the result.  I really wanted a 90's party so we'll see.  The only thing I know is glow sticks are involved.  Who can go wrong with the that?

What three items live in your dream wardrobe?
This is easy.  First I want a real pair of UGGS.  I wear my fake ones pretty much all winter.  The real ones are just more comfortable.  Next I want a pair of Keds.  I just am in love with all their designs!  Plus they go with everything.  Lastly I want RayBans.  I am a sunglasses addict!  I've never owned a designer pair though.  I just can't justify it!

Who's your dream celeb look-alike?
I wish I looked like Cher Lloyd.  She can be so rocker with her tattoos but still look girly.  I just love her and her style.  I'm pretty sure I couldn't pull off all the tattoos even though I want to.  Plus I really want an accent.

In your eyes, who's currently "living the dream"?
I wish I was Taylor Swift!  I love everything about her!  Her fashion is always on point.  She designs amazing perfume.  Her songs are perfection for pretty much any situation.  She is completely normal even though she has tons of money.  Plus she dated Harry Styles and her best friend is Ed Sheeran.  Does it get any better than that?

What do you dream of more: love or money?
This is probably a really controversial question but I would choose money.  Then I could travel anywhere.  I'd also build my mom a house.  Plus I could give my grandparents money so my grandpa could retire.  Money can't buy love but I'm really caring so I like helping.  I have all the love I need.

Your dream vacation escape?
This is probably really random but I've always wanted to go to Tahiti.  It's just SO beautiful!  I just love the beach and being in the sun.  I'm also really obsessed with surfing and I heard Tahiti is the best spot.  Obviously I can't surf but I'd still like to watch it live.  I mean this view is amazing right?

Who's your dream YouTuber collab?
I am a YouTube addict!  I love any collaboration that Tyler Oakley does.  I literally laugh the entire video no matter who it is.  I'm so glad he is bringing Auguest back again.  If you missed last years videos go watch now!

Did your childhood dreams ever come true?
Yes!  I got to meet my idol Justin Timberlake!  His music got me through so much growing up.  I'm so glad he agreed to meet me.  It honestly made my life.  I was extremely nervous!  Maybe I can meet him again and have an actual conversation.

If one of your dreams could come true right now, what would it be?
I wish I had tickets to the One Direction tour!  I went last year and had an AMAZING time!  I keep watching videos of this years tour online and I'm sad I have no ticket.  Hopefully I will though!  I can't get enough!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Q & A Monday!

Happy Monday!  Sorry this up late but it's been a crazy day.  Yesterday I took my nieces to a water park all day so I'm still exhausted.  Today I had lunch with my grandpa because my grandma is out of town.  I didn't forget you guys though!  Enjoy!

What’s something you’ve won and how did you win it?

I always win the most random things!  Most of it is from the radio as well.  Of course I can never win a trip to Vegas or backstage passes to Taylor Swift.  I did win a chance to meet Good Charlotte once.  I just randomly entered and then I forgot.  Then I got a call weeks later saying I won!  It was pretty awesome!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Series 2014: My Summer Jams!

We are back on schedule!  Today I'm going to share my Summer playlist.  I make a playlist for every situation.  Summer always has the best songs to choose from.  This playlist is fun and upbeat.  You could listen to it on a road trip, by the pool, or just while you are relaxing in your room.  If you follow my monthly playlist posts you won't be too surprised.  I have to say 5 Seconds Of Summer is the band to look out for.  Exactly a year ago I saw them live when they opened for One Direction.  They've changed SO much and have really found their sound.  Also I highly recommend the Ed Sheeran album.  It is perfection!  I hope you enjoy my playlist.  What are you listening to this Summer?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Series 2014: DIY Inspirational Quote Canvas

Hello everybody!  This week I decided to try out my Pinterest skills.  Not every day is sunny during the summer.  Instead of being bored on a rainy day, why not get crafty.  I told you guys I would be posting this series every Saturday morning.  Well, if you haven't noticed it isn't Saturday.  I had a bit of a mess up and had to start over.  Don't worry I will be back on schedule next week.  I promise!  Send me pictures on Twitter @jerica_89 if you attempt this project.

What You'll Need:
- Blank Canvas
- Different Colored Paint
- Large Paint Brush
- Your Favorite Quote
- Stencils

Step 1:
First you'll need to cover your floor with newspaper.  Since there is paint involved you need to protect your carpet.  You could do this outside if it is nice out.  I got this canvas from my younger sister because she does art projects all the time.  You can buy a bigger canvas though.

Step 2:
Next you'll want to create a background on your canvas.  I chose to do dots but you can do anything.  I just took different colored paint and squirted it directly on the canvas.  This gives it more texture.  I did different size dots as well.  Then sit it aside to dry.

Step 3:
Now you'll need to think of your favorite quote.  It can be inspirational or just something that suits your personality.  Next put your stencils on the canvas.  You'll want to lay it out to make sure everything is even and lined up.  I used stencils that had a slightly sticky back so they won't slide around during the next step.

Step 4:
Using your large paint brush, paint over your entire canvas a solid color.  I chose black because I wanted the dots to pop out more.  Depending on what your background is you can choose any solid color that fits it.  I did two coats of black.  Let it dry overnight.

Step 5:
Peel off your stencils carefully.  Then you are left with this!  I love this quote because music is my life.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Q & A Monday!

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great week.  I hope you all like this series.  Remember you can also answer the question as well.  We can all get to know each other better!  You can even ask me questions if you'd like.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order?

This question is perfect for this week because my birthday is TOMORROW!  I have two sisters.  My older sister is 27.  I'll be 25.  My younger sister is 17.  Growing up I was closer to my older sister.  I didn't want a baby sister because I wanted to stay the baby.  Now I'm closer to my younger sister.  It's weird how that happens.  Of we all fight at times but that's just what sisters do.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

♥Weekly Obsession♥

If you have followed this blog for awhile you may know I love The Sims.  A few weeks ago they announced when The Sims 4 is coming out.  It is finally out September 2!!!!!!  I have been SO excited for this.  The Sims will now have emotions which is brand new.  Every day I search to see if any new news has been announced.  There has been controversy because producers left out toddlers and pools in the base game.  Eventually in the expansions they will most likely be back.  I don't really mind because it will happen eventually.  Sadly when the game comes out I will be in school but I will find a way to play.  It will be awesome!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Series 2014: Breakfast Banana Quinoa Bars

Welcome back!  Sorry this wasn't up on Saturday but the holiday took over my weekend.  Today I'm sharing a recipe that's perfect for Summer.  They are SUPER healthy but they taste really good.  You could make them for a party, as a snack, or even for breakfast.  You can alter the recipe however you see fit based on your taste. Usually the top is coated in chocolate but I was out.  My friend actually made these and I knew I must share them with all of you.  Tweet me pictures if you try it @jerica_89.  Enjoy!

½ c whole wheat flour (or chickpea flour to make gluten free)
1 c cooked quinoa
1 c oats
½ c pecans, chopped
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp chia seeds
⅓ c almond butter
¼ c maple syrup
1 egg
2 mashed bananas
½ tsp vanilla

Combine bananas, vanilla, egg, almond butter and maple syrup in a small bowl and mix well.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir until just mixed.

Spoon into a greased 8x8 pan and bake at 375 for 20 min or until golden brown.

Let cool and cut into 6 bars.

Store in the refrigerator.


Q & A Monday!

Happy Monday!  So I've decided to stop doing Motivational Monday and start a new Monday series.  I discovered a book of questions so I thought why not answer one every week for you!  You guys can answer them too!  It will help us know each other better.  They start off easy but will get more intense.  I hope you guys like this!  Let me know!

Today's Question:
Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube or roll it?
What’s the advantage of your method?

First of all I'm going to be really random and talk about what toothpaste I use.  I am SO obsessed with the Colgate Max Fresh.  It just feels so refreshing because there is actual breath strips in it.  It also whitens your teeth without making them sensitive.  Now back to the question.  I just squeeze the tube until it gets about half gone.  At that point I start rolling it only because I can't waste any.  There is really no advantage.  All my family does it that way.  Also I'm too lazy to shop for actual necessities.  I have no problem buying random things though.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

♥Weekly Obsession♥

Hey guys!  I'm back with a new obsession.  During the Summer, pretty much all my regular TV shows are over.  Since I'm such an addict I try to find new ones to watch.  ABC Family always seems to deliver.  I've been obsessed with their series Chasing Life.  Prepare to grab your tissues because you won't last an entire episode without them.  It is about a girl named April who is 24 and enjoying life.  Suddenly her world is flipped upside down when she finds out she has cancer.  Now her whole life needs readjusted.  I'm SO hooked!  I've even got my mom and sister hooked.  It shows that cancer can happen to anyone at anytime.  If you watch, tell me your thoughts.