Oprah’s not the only one with favorite things. I’ve been putting a list together of my favorites for the summer and I’m not sure why, other than the fact that if I find things that work, I want to tell everyone! ((I’m like Buddy the Elf. I get excited and want to SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS…or the gum drop forest…whatever, it’s all the same!))
1. Pinterest. (http://pinterest.com/lindsay_davis/boards/)
If you’re a girl and you’re not obsessed with Pinterest…WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?! Actually, I should say good for you for not getting sucked into the blackhole that is Pinterest. I’m telling you, once you start, you won’t be able to stop. I have tried numerous experiments from the different “pins” and some of them are awesome. I’ve recently changed my diet and a lot of the ideas I get are from Pinterest. One of my favorites is healthy Pineapple Whip. If you know me at all, I’m a DISNEY FREAK. I love everything about Disney World and Disneyland. I freak out when a new Disney Princess breaks out into the scene. And the food at Disney… GOODNESS GRACIOUS. It’s delicious and amazing. The Pineapple Whip is out of this world, but very much not as healthy as you think. The healthy version I found is 3 ingredients: frozen pineapple chunks, almond milk and honey. Blend it together and you have an instant treat. ((Just so you know…you’ll have to monitor how much you consume…because you’ll want to eat it all…at once… while studying… or for dinner… whatever the occasion, you’ll want to eat it all!)) There are lots of other fun things, so you should give it a try… 🙂
2. Post-it Notes
I’m a freak about note taking. I always have a notepad, or journal with me because I hate forgetting things…like I did today. When it comes to scheduling, or meetings, or just random thoughts, you always need something to write on. I am about to admit something that might even make me more of freak… I carry post-its with me EVERYWHERE. When your mom notices that you’re a bit over the top, it just might be true! Post-its are awesome and they come in multiple sizes and can fit in purses, backpacks, wallets…annnnnnnnd I should stop talking about post-its like they’re my friends.
3. Maybooks (maydesigns.com)
Alright, to follow up my #2 favorite thing, I must talk about the thing that goes along with it… Maybooks are my new obsession! I was given a planner and a journal from a friend for Christmas one year and I instantly fell in love with them. First of all, they are personalized. You can choose if you want initials, your full name, a nickname, or the subject…ANYTHING you want on the cover, can go on the cover. You choose the pattern. And you choose what kind you of maybook you want: a planner, a notebook (3 kinds: lined, graph, or blank), a pregnancy journal, a wedding journal, a baby boy or girl journal, address book, Exercise and calorie journal, budget book, and meal planner… Amazing… and it should be noted that they offer note cards too… ((And they’re really cute!)) The prices for the Maybooks are $20 ($15 for a non-monogrammed Maybook) and for the note cards-$20! What more could you want?! Here’s a picture of mine… It’s always with me… and the compliments I get..it’s worth it. 🙂
4. So You Think You Can Dance (fox.com/dance)
If you’re looking for a reality TV show that is WORTH WATCHING all summer long (don’t worry, summer ain’t over!) it’s So You Think You Can Dance. I have been watching this show since season 1. I’ve loved watching the choreographers develop their craft and watching the new breeds of dancers that bring all they have to the stage. I love this show because I love dance. I grew up studying ballet and french, because my dance teachers taught our classes in french. I was passionate about it and wanted to end up dancing in New York for a ballet and contemporary company. So my love for this show that shoves its dancers in new genres runs very, very deep. This season already has been jammed packed full of RIDICULOUS dances. My favorite dancers are Paul, Tucker, Jenna and Mackenzie. Trust me. My favorite dances are below.
Paul and Mackenzie Hip Hop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC0XO9OD9Yk
Tucker and Jenna Contemporary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgWynBsfmOg
Paul and Mackenzie Contemporary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asv942CLpRw
Tucker and Jenna Broadway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW0JyZh7O8U
5. Flip flops.
I am a shoe snob. In fact, I’ve heard I have too many pairs of shoes. My favorite pair of flip flops right now are from Sanuk. They’re made from recycled yoga mats and they are the most comfortable flip flops on the planet. They also cost about $28 but it’ll be the best $28 you’ll spend. If you’re a fan of cheaper flip flops, you can never go wrong with Old Navy or Target. Just today, I was wearing a pair of beaded flip flops from Target that I purchased last year. All this to say, you really can’t go wrong with flip flops.
6 and 7. NYX Mood Change Lipgloss and Ben Nye Banana Powder
I love my makeup products and enjoy trying new things. I followed the lead of a fellow blogger, who shall remain nameless, and she raved about the Dior Lip Glow gloss. I spent $30. Then, I went to Ulta and there was a “deal” on NYX products. NYX intrigued me with their mood gloss, which is the EXACT SAME as Dior. It was $4.99 and a buy one get one. I bought a pink and deep purple hued gloss. This is when I wish I could go back to the Sephora store and give them back their lipgloss they “sold me on” and get my money back. I spent $4.99 for 2 glosses that WORK 10 TIMES BETTER than the name, fancy brand. Might I suggest it to you to do yourself a favor and go to Ulta and buy yourself some NYX Mood Lip Gloss. My second pick on the makeup section is Ben Nye Banana powder. This is also from the “unnamed blogger” but she got it right on this one. I suffer from “Sweating like a boy in the movie Sandlot” syndrome and my makeup always slides off my face by the middle of the afternoon. This powder is a setting powder and it’s also stage makeup. It’s a powder meant to with stand the lights and terrors of showbiz. So I purchased a bottle and hoped for the best. For $15, this product works! It’s awesome. And the great thing is, you don’t need a lot to set your makeup. Perfect for summer nights out… Order at CameraReadyCosmetics.com… You’ll love it.
I’m an avid fan of country music. It’s what I listen to on my way to work. It’s the perfect pick me up on long drives. It’s heart and all American. You can’t go wrong with country! On my current country playlist: Kasey Musgraves, Music from the show Nashville, Hunter Hayes and Justin Adams. I was listening to my playlist and this song started. “If you don’t got 2 kids by 21, you’re probably gonna die alone, at least that’s what tradition tells you…” THANK YOU KASEY for summing up all the thoughts of single girls in their twenties…ESPECIALLY the ones past 21. I’ve never really thought that I was going to die alone, but I did feel like I was going to be a cat lady if I didn’t get married by 25. Guess what? I’m on my way to 27 and I’m still here and NO CATS! 🙂 Nashville… not only is it on my list of places to visit this year, it’s also one of my shows. I love the music. Looking for downloads? Look up Hey Ho and Telescope by Lennon and Maisy, Fade Into You by Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen and Undermine by Charles Esten and Hayden Panettiere. All catchy and wonderfully good. Hunter “Babyface” Hayes… what can be said about this dude that hasn’t already been said?! He’s amazing. Crazy is so freaking good and I find myself creating harmonies around his wonderfully sweet voice. 🙂 If I could sing with a country boy it’d be between Hunter and my newest fave Justin Adams. First of all, if you don’t know Justin Adams, you should. I will be honest and say I didn’t know who he was until his mom (who attends Foundations Church … HI AMY!) shared a review of his record. I read it. And woke up the next day and purchased the record. And now, I can’t quit listening to it. The lyrics are incredible. My 2 favorites: Miss Me Whiskey (another song I find myself singing harmonies with. If Justin ever reads this, DUDE. I’M REALLY GOOD AT HARMONIES AND AM NOT ENTIRELY SCARED OF SINGING ON THE SPOT. 🙂 The chances of him seeing this is pretty slim, but who knows! 🙂 a wannabe country girl can dream). The second: Shut Up and Kiss Me. I almost hit a car when I first heard this song. It’s catchy, it’s fun and girls, let’s be honest… If a guy who I was dating/married to said this to me, I’d lose every fight. I would. I might not kiss you, but I’d sure as heck lose my train of thought and then laugh and maybe kiss you… Who knows.. But for real, this is AMAZING COUNTRY MUSIC and honestly, Justin Adams is well on his way to a wonderfully amazing career among the greats of country music. And I can’t wait to watch it happen!
Ok… I think the favorites list will end here… Here’s the deal. I will gift a custom Maybook, a Justin Adams record download, and an NYX lipgloss if you share this post and leave some of your favorite things! 🙂 Now… I realize I didn’t word that correctly, so let me rephrase- there will be 3 winners… They will be announced on Thursday, August 1st at 8:00pm. All you have to do-share some of your favorites here and share this post with your friends. 🙂 I LOVE GIVING THINGS AWAY AND CAN’T WAIT TO DO THIS! 🙂