My friend Jared has made me a number of fantastic mixed CDs. This morning on a dreary drive to work, I popped one in to make the ride a bit cheerier. One of my favorites, that I’d never heard before until he introduced me is AJ Rafael’s “We Could Happen.” It’s vulnerable and honest, but it has a happy beat. Something about it reminds me of the butterflies of anticipation when you’re entering new territory with someone you like. It really encapsulates that whole wave of hesitation and uncertainty before you take the jump. It’s a unique tune, and it’s a little sappy, but I like sappy. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen:
So, I’ve refrained from posting every day on here about The Olympics, but if you know me…well, let’s just say you know I’ve been zoned in for the past week in a half on this coverage of Rio 2016. Gymnastics and swimming are my favorite, and man have there been some awesome stories. (Especially now as track and field are under way and we see great shows of sportsmanship and kindness that just make my heart explode.) All that pressure, and high level competition intensity aside – after the final individual event for women’s gymnastics yesterday, Bob Costas had this incredible interview with Simone Biles and Aly Raisman. It honestly might be my favorite interview ever. Anytime I need to laugh I’m going to have go back and rematch it. The girls are just so deliriously happy, the candidness is amazing. The genuine friendship, laughter, and spunky attitudes – you couldn’t make that up if you tried. Happy Hump Day – watch the interview and put a smile on your face!
(I haven’t found a video that will embed in this post yet, so you can watch it directly on the NBC Olympics page here.)
Hi guys, I’m back again with another great product review from my recent Influenster Blossom Vox Box. One of the coolest things I found in the box was a tester bottle of Australian Gold Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. My parents live over at the beach about two hours from Tallahassee, and I’ve visited several times since I’ve received my box. I used the sunscreen for multiple outdoor activities – from laying out just relaxing in a beach chair in front of the gulf, or kayaking out in the bay. I found this sunscreen provided incredible coverage, and my typical problem areas (like my nose, or up around my hairline) didn’t burn or get red as they normally do with sun exposure. I have always been a fan of Australian Gold but I typically go for their SPF 30 bronzer spray. This is the first time I tried one of their lotions. I was really impressed with how easy it is to apply. It’s not streaky and it has a smooth finish and rubs in really easily. The lotion also carries the same incredible scent as their other products – it always reminds me of being ina tropical paradise. It seems to have a hint of coconut. The sunscreen also seemed to hold up well in water exposure whether I was getting splashed with the paddle in the kayak, or going for a dip in the waves at the beach. I definitely reapplied during all of my activities though. Now that I’ve used this product several times, I can definitely say it’s not only one of my favorites from the Influenster box, but also from items in Australian Gold’s line! I will continue to recommend this lotion to friends and family!
(Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes, and all opinions expressed here are my own.)
It’s Friday. FINALLY. That is not an exaggeration. These days have trickled by, and I am trying to remind myself that each one, is new – with it’s own blank canvas before it. Some days that’s a larger task than others. In general, we could all use a fun song this Friday, right? So! What’s more fun than Matt & Kim? That’s right – not much. I’ve got “Let’s Go” for you, today. This isn’t very obscure, it’s not like you might not have ever heard it, but whether it’s new or old to you, give it a listen today.Plus, hello this video is obviously nothing less than awesome in its weird awkward fabulousness. I can’t wait to walk out into the arms of the weekend, myself. I hope you enjoy yours!
“Shouting out of my windows
Cause I don’t care anymore
Said I don’t care
Say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything
Oh, say what you wanna say
Make it mean everything”
OK, it’s a surprise to no one I am sure that I’m on a big Maroon 5 kick right now. I go in phases with stuff. No worries I’m just alternating between them and my hoard of country music at the moment. (Except that because I am a major slacker and failed to keep my Mac software updated Spotify is no longer compilable with my computer until the disc arrives in the mail SO I can’t blare my “country jammms” playlist in the kitchen!) Anyway, my relationship to music has changed somewhat lately. Well, my relationship with life has been different lately. I am in a good place. I’m content. I’m happy. I feel “OK” with the way things are, and all that means I’m a little less (read: a LOT less) high strung, a little less emotional, and I really enjoy listening to music that makes me happy and doesn’t drag me down.
You’d think with a name like “Beautiful Goodbye” this wouldn’t be the case, but I’m telling you it has quite the opposite effect for me. I love to just turn it up (hence the choice for the day,) sun roof open, roll the windows down and belt it out. It’s the final track on Maroon 5’s latest album, Overexposed. If you’re not familiar with this song, (or the album) I definitely recommend you give it a listen. You might think I’m a little crazy because the song doesn’t make me sad, but I promise it’s a good one!
“I count the ways I let you down
On my fingers and toes but I’m running out
Clever words can’t help me now
I grip you tight but you’re slipping out
And I remember your eyes were so bright
When I first met you, so in love that night“