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  1. Sometimes you just need to reevaluate your life.
  2. Sacrifice–not only to better yourself, but the lives around you.
  3. Live a minimalist life.
  4. Let it go.
Playlist

PLAYLIST | AUGUST ’16 & UPDATES!

Playlist | August '16

1.
Marc E. Bassy
Morning

2.
The Head and the Heart
All We Ever Knew

3.
Michael Brun, Louie
All I Ever Wanted

4.
O.A.R.
Follow Me, Follow You

5.
Passenger, Boy & Bear
Shape of Love

6.
The Band Perry
Comeback Kid

7.
Tayler Buono
Something About You

8.
Regina Specktor
Bleeding Heart

9.
Bastille
Fake It

10.
Andy Grammer
Fresh Eyes

11.
The Chainsmokers, Halsey
Closer

12.
Lupe Fiasco
Pick Up the Phone

13.
Grouplove
First

14.
Florida Georgia Line, Ziggy Marley
Life Is A Honeymoon

15.
All Time Low
Missing You

16.
Afrojack, Ty Dolla $ign
Gone

17.
Mac Miller, Anderson Paak
Dang!

18.
Mike Perry, Shy Martin
The Ocean

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This past summer I’ve been enjoying walks with my little family around Old Town Alexandria and getting Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream before walking around the waterfront. That’s the best place for Pokemon Go! Yes, I do play (Go Team Valor!) and currently I’m on the hunt for Magikarps because the evolution struggle is real. Tyler loves the walk because he sees so many people, dogs, and it gets him out of the house.

 

 

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School has been so busy. I haven’t really had time for anything else such as Sunday Scene. My downtime has been playing video games which is something that just relieves my stress. Yep, I’m 30-something and still playing video games. You can find out more about that here. Since fall semester is right around the corner and my work load will double, we’ll see how much time I even have for video games on top of school and my full time job.

 

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Tyler has been doing well as can be. He’s turning 8 this month. I can’t believe my little baby is growing up so fast. It actually scares me that the older he gets the closer I am to losing him. He’s such a sweet boy (when he wants to be). His dad started this new routine of giving him a cookie before bed and now he won’t go to bed unless he gets the cookie first. You win some, you lose some.

 

 

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Playlist

Playlist | July ’16

Playlist | July '16

 

1.
Passion Pit
All I Want

2.
Third Eye Blind
Everything Is Easy

3.
Swim Season
Soldiers

4.
ayokay, Quinn XCII
Kings of Summer

5.
Good Kid
Atlas

6.
Justin Timberlake
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!

7.
The Prize Fighter Inferno
Who Watches The Watchmen?

8.
DNCE
Cake By The Ocean

9.
Vance Joy
Riptide

10.
American Authors
I’m Born To Run

11.
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Summertime Is In Our Hands

12.
Lilly Wood and The Prick
Kokomo

13.
Robin Schulz, Akon
Heatwave

14.
Florida Georgia Line
Cruise

15.
Luke Bryan
What Country Is

16.
Keith Urban
Long Hot Summer

17.
Kygo, Julia Michaels
Carry Me

18.
Hate Drugs
Lovers in the Summer

Don’t forget to grab your FREE SLURPEE today at participating 7-Eleven’s. Relive your youth, no one is judging.

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Tech

Skimm Ahead by theSkimm

Skimm Ahead by theSkimm

I’m sure I’ve mentioned theSkimm a couple times in previous blog posts. I’m terrible when it comes to current events. I have a short attention span and frankly I don’t like the way some media outlets portray the news. However, with that being said, I still want to be kept in the loop.

My friend had introduced me to theSkimm, which was founded by Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin when they left their full-time jobs at NBC to launch the daily newsletter that I’ve read every weekday morning since. The newsletter is a summary of today’s current events, easily digested for my morning commute. Now I can keep up with conversations around the office.

While I love their service, I wondered how they were staying afloat since the newsletter is free. It’s not just one person skimming the news for you but a team. Then I heard that they were coming out with an app, Skimm Ahead. Although the actual newsletter is free, the app is subscription-based.  I was a little apprehensive at first but I will definitely support something that I truly enjoy.

In addition to their daily Skimms, they also have integrated events that works in conjunction with your calendar so you know when the Euro 2016 kicks off (it’s June 10th), Father’s Day reminders, and even important dates like this month is LGBT Pride Month!

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Beauty

Natural Skin Care

Natural Skincare

I’ve tried so many different types of skincare from drugstore brands to department brands. Skincare is not cheap. So I’ll start by telling you a little about my skin. I’ve had acne since I was in my preteens up until now in my 30s. I wish I had beautiful clear skin but the harsh reality is that I don’t. I’ve been left with hyperpigmentation and the occasional breakouts. I have oily combination skin, my t-zone is usually dry and cheeks are fairly oily. There are times were my face is completely reversed. My skin is a rebel and just doesn’t seem tamable. I can’t even recall how many different chemicals (via products) I’ve placed on my skin just to remedy or even cover up an issue.

I’ve recently changed up my diet a little and I started using more natural products. I became more conscious when Tyler would give me kisses on my face and thought about what kind of chemicals he may ingest just from licking me. I know he won’t die from it but it still made me nervous. So I decided to look for natural products with minimal ingredients that would get the job done as well as be environmentally safe at the same time.

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Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner

Alcohol-free toner to balance your skin and prep it for moisture. This is a simple formula that tones your skin and gives you an extra clean feeling without any harsh stinging. The smell is also pleasant.

 

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Apple Cider Vinegar & Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

A natural facial mask that can do wonders for your skin. You mix up raw apple cider vinegar with the Indian Healing Clay and leave it on your face for about half an hour for a deep clean. Both products together create an antimicrobial deep cleansing mask to help with acne.

 

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100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

This eye cream is all-natural and vegan. It smells amazing and is very absorbent. It’s turbo-charged with caffeine from coffee and green tea to provide an instant pick-me-up.

 

 

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Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Bar Soap

I’ve been looking for a simple face soap that doesn’t strip my skin and leave it feeling parched. I came across this bar soap which is gentle enough for daily use. It’s great for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin.

 

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Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil

This is not your traditional cream or gel moisturizer. It’s oil. Let that sink in for a moment. It’s weird right? Why would you want to add more oil to an already oily face? The facial oil contains less fillers instead of being high in water and in effective ingredients.

 

 

I’m still on the search for a good natural sunscreen for my face. Let me know if you run into any!

Disclaimer: This post is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Lifestyle

Organized Closet, Organized Life

Have you ever noticed how the state of your closet is closely related to your outlook on life? No? Maybe it’s just me.

I recently did a purge in my closet. I got rid of clothes I haven’t worn in a year, clothes I can’t fit into and clothes that were an instant-trend that are no longer relative. It’s been a long time coming. Most of what is in my closet is new due to my recent weight gain over the last couple years. Depressing, I know.

I opted for things that I can get multiple wear out of and wouldn’t cringe about wearing a year later.

It’s been a relief to not see my closet overflow with clothes from yesteryear. It was a depressing trip to the closet not being able to find anything to wear in the horde of clothes I owned. It was stressful and led to many bad moods of “waking up on the wrong side of the bed”.

Now it takes me a few minutes. Am I feeling bloated? Maybe I should wear a jacket. Is it warm outside? Maybe a dress! Right now my closet consists of hues of blue and white but I’m going to build up more on that later. I am also getting a lot more long sleeve dress shirts and blouses since I’m trying to dress a little more professionally and not have my tattoos be so visible.

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Another tip that I have is to try the Konmari method. Hey guys, I’m slowly adulting one day at a time!

Playlist

Playlist | June ’16

 

Playlist | June '16

1.
Frenship, Emily Warren
Capsize

2.
Galantis
No Money

3.
Daya
Sit Still, Look Pretty

4.
Matoma, Astrid S
Running Out

5.
American Authors
What We Live For

6.
RAC, Speak
One House

7.
Flume, Tove Lo
Say It (feat. Tove Lo)

8.
Axwell /\ Ingrosso
Thinking About You

9.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Getaway

10.
Broods
Couldn’t Believe

11.
Tom Misch
Watch Me Dance

12.
Jon Bellion
80’s Film

13.
Fyfe
In Colour

14.
BØRNS
It’s You

15.
Alan Walker
Faded

16.
Band of Horses
Solemn Oath

17.
Shura
What’s It Gonna Be?

18.
WILDES
Illuminate

 

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Playlist

Playlist | May ’16

 

Playlist | May '16

1.
LÉON
Tired of Talking

2.
Vacationer
Paradise Waiting

3.
The Strumbella
Spirits

4.
The 1975
Love Me

5.
Fine Times
Rule No.7 (The Half-life)

6.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
High Dive

7.
Julia Nunes
Make Out

8.
Hembree
Can’t Run Forever

9.
Mates of State
Staring Contest

10.
Slaptop
Away

11.
Zedd, Kesha
True Colors

12.
Florence + The Machine, Maccabees
I Love You All the Time (Play It Forward Campaign)

13.
Ingrid Michaelson
Hell No

14.
Young the Giant
Something To Believe In

15.
R3hab, Felix Snow, Madi
Care

16.
Meghan Trainor, Kelli Trainor
Mom

17.
Atmosphere, Grieves
Fireflies

18.
Twin Peaks
Holding Roses

 

Remember when I was so excited about spring? Yeah, it’s been pretty cold here. Well, actually we did have that one week where it was in the 80s.

My first semester is over. It has been a really positive experience but I think that mostly attributes to having such a caring professor who is really involved with his students and want them to succeed. I’m taking some classes for summer which means they will be condensed.

I’ve been MIA, again. I’ve been busy playing video games and networking. S and I have been working on building up a presence on Twitch but it’s still very new. There’s a lot of things I’m trying to take on and still trying to work out a balance. Oh and this month, this is the month I start to get healthy. Like..I’m not very far from 200 lbs. I mean, maybe I’m exaggerating but it’s still pretty close.

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Playlist

Playlist | April ’16

 

Playlist | April '16

1.
Gentlemen Hall
Sail Into The Sun

2.
Imaginary Future
Love Is Beginning

3.
Dylan Gardner
Let’s Get Started

4.
CRUISER
Throw Shade

5.
Grace Mitchell
NoLo

6.
Brick + Mortar
Train

7.
CHVRCHES
Clearest Blue

8.
St. Lucia
Dancinc On Glass

9.
Purity Ring
bodyache

10.
The 1975
The Sound

11.
The Neighbourhood
Cry Baby

12.
Passion Pit
Lifted Up (1985)

13.
Ra Ra Riot
Absolutely

14.
Miniature Tigers
Swimming Pool Blues

15.
Penguin Prison
Show Me the Way

16.
Charlie Puth
One Call Away

17.
Coasts
Oceans

18.
Future Elevators
Machine Maker

19.
Fitz and The Tantrums
HandClap

20.
Lukas Graham
7 Years

21.
The Knocks feat. Walk The Moon
Best For Last

Happy April Fool’s Day! Don’t worry, I don’t have any trickery for you..or do I?

It’s officially Cherry Blossom season! Do you have any plans to head into the city to view them? It’s been pretty windy so I’m not sure what the chances are that they’re still intact but it’s definitely worth a try! I haven’t been out yet myself, I’ve been attacked by allergies and have isolated myself to our apartment. Are there any big updates for us, well I can’t say there are many. I’ve registered for my summer courses and I’m happily trekking along in my art class.

I’ve finally bit the bullet and went out with my brother and got some more clothes and by more clothes I mean clothes that can fit my current body. As you can imagine, I’ve outgrown more than half of my wardrobe and have been bumming it around but I’ve grown tired of that. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice style and professionalism just for comfort. Ok, not that it was a sacrifice it was more of me being lazy and refusing to buy bigger clothes. I’ve learned that I really like Cynthia Rowley dresses and can snag some great ones from the likes of TJ Maxx and Marshals. Also, I still really like Target for simple things like blazers and dresses as well.

So as you know, I pretty much went vegetarian bordering vegan for 4o days and 40 nights. Even though I finally had a steak on Easter, I may extend it through April or at least post about things I’ve found that have been useful if you’re considering making the transition. I’m not fully vegan myself and have been on the fence but have slowly been finding things to consider a lifestyle change.

Here’s to spring finally being here!

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Creative

Getting Artsy with Alexander Calder

We’ve just gotten done with midterms and my professor, who is a creative individual that loves to give back the community, wanted us to write about art installments. I don’t know many artists or even knew where to begin to look for an installment piece let alone an artist. Luckily for me, my answer fell onto my lap; figuratively speaking of course. I had used Artsy on previous occasions within this past year when I had to write papers about artists or works of art and their site catalogs the information and makes it easily accessible.

After reading more in depth about Alexander Calder and connecting with one of his pieces, I was on my way to writing my paper. Who wouldn’t relate to a piece such as Jerusalem Stabile which was intended to serve as a symbol of modernity and hope in Israel?

Alexander Calder also happens to be the inventor of the mobile, so in part, you sort of have him to thank for keeping your baby occupied in their crib.

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