Favorite Nicholas Sparks Movies!

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Wednesday is Valentine’s Day, so if you’re single and don’t want to associate yourself with the day as a whole, I’d be getting your essentials the day before and stay in all day long! Now for those of you who have to work or be around family and/or friends who drive you crazy about the fact that you haven’t met your “soul mate” yet, just breathe and think happy thoughts. I’d still buy one or two bottles of wine for that night just so you’re covered though.

Well, as much as I don’t believe in love at first sight, even though I’m still a sucker for both old school Disney princesses, I have decided that I needed to discuss about my love for Nicholas Spark romance movies. I know, I know!

Before I worked on this post, I decided to put up a poll on both Facebook and Twitter. I figured I’d get a big amount of feedback because I know how much these books and their movies are so lovable, however I didn’t get as many people as I thought I’d get, but everybody seems to enjoy The Notebook and The Best Of Me the most! I’ve decided on four movies to talk about today! I originally had five, but I quickly realized that I’ve actually never finished The Longest Ride. I do remember starting it, but I never made it to the middle of it. I’ll be honest I only wanted to watch it because it had both Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson in it. I adore the two of them. Hopefully one day finish the rest of the film!

4. The Lost Song (2010) – Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kelly Preston, and Greg Kinnear

Since I’m not exactly into romantic movies, I definitely didn’t watch this immediately after it was released on DVD. I think I saw it after I watched both Dear John and The Lucky One since they both appear to have been released the same year! To my brain, it would have been easier to get through them all at once and when you have a younger sister with a boyfriend at the time, you are looking for hopes that you’re going to have soulmate someday soon and I think that’s how it happened!

Unfortunately, I’ve only seen it once because I honestly didn’t like it as much, I thought it reminded me too much of Hannah Montana, since Miley’s character is into music in this movie. Another thing that these movies are good at, is making me cry! And to think, I did this multiple times to myself. Anyways, since only seeing it once or twice, I don’t really remember everything that happened but I am kind of happy that Miley Cyrus met Liam Hemsworth on that movie and that they’ve been together this long! I just find that really sweet!

3. Dear John (2010) Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried

Surprisingly, I have very vivid memories of this movie! I got the idea to do this post because this one was playing on Starz all month long. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to watch it. Like I said, I’m pretty sure Blondie and I actually went out to the movies to see this one, I don’t remember exactly but I think she brought her friends Jayde and Jace, because they all wanted to see it too. They sat next to me while I sunk down in my seat, trying to get through this in one piece. Thankfully we all cried and were pissed off at Amanda Seyfried after it was finished, so I wasn’t too alone in my feelings!

2. The Lucky One (2012) Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner

All right, as we continue on this track, the memories are getting stronger and stronger. I definitely remember this one, although there are times where I get it confused with Charlie St. Cloud too because they both have Zac Efron and the military aspect is in it too. I also thought they both were NS movies, but I literally just found out that it isn’t so I had to leave it off of this list.

I think this one is pretty sexual, compared to the other movies, but since I’ve seen such a limited amount of Nicholas Sparks movies, I can’t necessarily say that the others are about the same even TLR is right up there too!  I did enjoy this more than Dear John though, it didn’t really irritate me as much and it was pretty sweet too, but let’s be honest I could only be saying that because Zac Efron is in it!

1. Safe Haven (2013) Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, Cobie Smulders

This is definitely one of my favorite movies! I didn’t see this theaters like I did with the others, but I think I did that for a reason. Since dealing with the two above and the other romance movies, I think I’ve finally learned that it’s better to watch these movies in the comfort of your own room! My mom got it for me to watch for a night, and I watched it on my laptop and I really enjoyed it. Everything about it was easy to follow, parts of it were hard to watch because this was the same year that my sister was going through her troubles with her ex-boyfriend at the time, so I had to pause through it a couple of times just to get myself time to relax.

The ending has to be my favorite part though, not because the movie was done, but the content that they added in about a certain character. I am a sucker for those moments when they leave you breathless, it doesn’t happened very often so whenever it does, the movie will be embed into my brain for the rest of my life. Of course, I cried that much harder and basically had to tell my mom that she shouldn’t watch (and she never did) but they were genuine and good tears compared to the ugly crying I did for the others!

Are you a fan of the Nicholas Sparks books or films? What is your favorite? 

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Album Review: “Camila” by Camila Cabello

20525195_1322930204483226_4018013353192643903_nCamila Cabello was originally a part of Fifth Harmony. A lot of people were shocked that she left the group, but I wasn’t one of them. After the breakup of One Direction, you start to figure out who would leave first to start on their solo career. For some odd reason, I always thought Camila would go out on her own, mostly because I think she has such a strong voice. You heard her more than you did any of the other girls in the group! Which is what I thought about when Zayn left 1D, he had a very prominent voice. I went through this with both Backstreet Boys and N’Sync in the 2000’s, I mean I know what I’m talking about here!

I have only heard four songs and they’re not even included on the actual album. I was shocked to not see “Crying In The Club” on the list since it was her first real track, back in December 2016 and another one I also enjoy is “OMG” and that features Quavo, it’s actually one of my favorites, but it’s nowhere to be found. I wasn’t too happy about that part, because I mean they are your entrance to the music world as one artist, and if you don’t include them, I think it makes the artist seem they don’t take their early success seriously. They should all be on the album either as the original version or in different forms like acapella, acoustics, or remixes. I don’t know if she intends on releasing a deluxe version of the album yet, but I’m hoping all four tracks they kept off of it will be as part of the bonus tracks.

Anyways, the album starts out with a song called “Never Be The Same” this has been playing on the radio like nonstop lately! I’m not even tried of hearing “Havana” yet and I’ve heard this song a lot more! I like ominous introduction of the song, the low and slow bass-y sound is a good way to start the album. It’s a good love song and despite it being in that theme, it still has a nice beat to dance to. I really like hearing Camila’s voice kind of match the tone of the sound too. Next, there’s “All These Years” and it’s also a ballad, love song. I think it’s a little interesting to start off with two very slow and romantic songs. It brings a different vibe to it! I like the stripped sound of it, you only hear her gentle voice, and an electric guitar. It’s very pretty!

Third is “She Loves Control” and the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the title of this song, I thought it’s going be so sassy! And I was right! Since Camila is half Cuban, she likes to bring that sound and vibe into her music. I think this is mild compared to the next song. It still has that sassy feeling to it that I was looking for, but there’s not much structure to make the song interesting enough. So it’s a bit of a let down for me. After this attempt though, you have “Havana” that features Young Thug and I really love this song! I think the big difference between this song and the previous is the fact that the beat sounds authentic. You get the sense that you’ve transported to Havana, Cuba. It’s very dance-y; I feel the need to the salsa everytime I hear it on the radio. I cannot stop dancing to it! Every part of it is amazing!

And then we have “Inside Out” and at first, you hear this peppy beat. It has a very tropical vibe to it! You will have trouble not dancing to it, but I feel like it’s a weird sounding. I like the lyrics. I don’t have a problem with that, it just sounds weird like the two doesn’t mesh well together. It’s hard to explain what I was thinking about while listening to it. I get like that every once in a while. We move on to “Consequences” and for once I actually spelled it right on the first try! I liked the fact that it’s such a easy going song. Camila has an unique voice and I like it for only having a soft piano and her voice together. It’s very beautiful! And then you have “Real Friends” and I actually liked the lyrics to it first. I can relate to the song right now, and what I really like about it is that it’s not about a specific person like a boyfriend or family member, she’s talking to about a bunch of people that she wants to surround herself with and I bet it gets pretty lonely while working in the entertainment industry.

The eighth track is “Something’s Gotta Give” and it’s another soft, ballad. She’s got a lot of these on here, but I actually like them a lot. I know, I’m even surprised at myself! This is another one where I really love the lyrics, it can kind of go with “Real Friends” in a way. If they were switched around, they would have been an interesting story line. It’s very relatable. Next there’s “In The Dark” this is pretty chill but it’s not bad. For it to be this slow, it kind of has peppy feeling to it. So you instantly feel happy to hear it instead of the other way around. It’s interesting! And then lastly we have “Into It” and I’m glad to say that this is a happy song! Fun and upbeat, which is the perfect way to end this journey I think.

I think as a whole, the album was actually really good! I thought we’d hear more of her Cuban roots on this, especially with the blowup of “Havana” I figured that there would be more songs like that or similar then just the three that we were given back-to-back. I didn’t like that, since she had a lot of ballads on here, there are many spots to put in one of those tracks, but they didn’t. However, it doesn’t change my opinion of it overall, I mean it’s a good first release. I wouldn’t say it’s the best of 2018 so far but we’ll have to see what happens later on in the year and maybe it’ll hit the top ten.

Are you a fan of Camila Cabello? If you listened to her debut album, what were your thoughts about it? Do you have any favorites yet?

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Non-Disney | Nickelodeon

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I think if you’re going to do a Non-Disney movie post, I think it would be an insult to not talk about Nickelodeon. If you were a child of the 80’s or early 90’s, Nickelodeon was the best network for kids. Now if you were born sometime past mid-90’s and into the early 00’s you probably think the same thing about old school Disney. Personally, I will always be #TeamNickelodeon because I have more memories of it, whereas my sister is definitely #TeamDisney but she might be on that side because of her obsession of both High School Musical and Camp Rock movies!

I did discover something while I was researching for this post. I absolutely loved Doug’s 1st Movie as a kid. It came out in 1999 and I was going to put it on this post, but as I was reading online, I found out that the film was done by DISNEY! What the hell?! Maybe that’s one of the reasons why everybody is so divided between these two networks! However, I was not even ten years old when it came out and I’m in my mid-20’s now and I’m just finding this out!

Anywho, let’s move onto the actual list of movies for this post!

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The Rugrats Movie (1998) E.G. Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, and Cheryl Chase

Rugrats has been at the top of my favorites. Since the whole network decided to bring back the older Nickelodeon shows, on a channel called “NickSplat” I can enjoy watching some of my favorites late at night instead of having to wake up somewhat early on the weekends! However, if you want to watch both Rugrats and Hey Arnold, you have to stay up past midnight to watch either one! So either way I’m screwed!

This was my favorite Rugrats film. I did enjoy the one based in Paris, France and I loved the fact that they brought in both Kira and Kimi, but the first one though is both hilarious and sad at the same time. I’m thankful I wasn’t like that when Blondie was born, but at four years old, I think I was ready to have a sibling around me. And there are a lot of good scenes but there’s no other scene more heartbreaking then the one that the gif I used represents.

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Hey, Arnold! The Movie (2002) Spencer Klein, Francesca Marie Smith, and Jamil Walker Smith

Sadly I don’t remember much of what this movie was about, I do know that Arnold and Gerald dress up like Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black and Helga finally snaps and as you can see, kisses Arnold without giving a shit. Other than that, I don’t really know anything else.

A part of me wished I was this considerate to the people around when I was in school; instead I was ambitious and cocky. That’s exactly the best combination I will add! Anyways, I had tried to a blog post sometime last year about some of the life lessons you could learn by watching a couple episodes a night. Arnold cared for the people who was friends and sometimes loathed, he didn’t care about his feelings, he always tried to help them out. I mean, look at stoop kid for crying out loud!

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The Wild Thornberry’s Movie (2002) Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, Jodi Carlisle, and Danielle Harris

This is another film that I don’t remember that much! I did enjoy some of the episodes as a kid, but TWT were like As Told By Ginger, I liked it, but it wasn’t in my top five shows I watched as a young kid. What makes it worse is Splat doesn’t even play these shows or Rocket Power anymore!

It does freak me out that Lacey Chabert was the one who voiced Eliza though! And Danielle Harris is a freaking scream queen now! She’s also the girl who played “Molly” on a couple episodes of Roseanne if the name doesn’t exactly help enough.

What did you love to watch on TV as a kid? And let’s have some fun, were you on Team Nickelodeon or Team Disney? Visit my blog’s Facebook page around 1:30pm EST to answer a poll about my next “Non-Disney” theme!

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Why Basketball?

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There are some days I wish I could go back in time and smack myself upside the head. I’ve been wanting to do it a lot lately, I’m not going to lie! One of the reasons why I want to do this is because I still have memories of being in the kitchen at my grandparent’s house, I’d be watching my papaw just sit silently–or in some cases yelling or cursing at the TV–while he watched a basketball game. The thought of seeing my papaw resting his elbows up on the table, his hands clutched together and face glued to the screen is still so adorable to me. I don’t think he even knew we were there sometimes because he was so into it.

I never once thought I’d be like that. Whenever I was in high school, yes, I did enjoy going to games but I figured since I didn’t know what exactly they were doing, I shouldn’t be counted as a fan.

When it was football season I would parallel park my wheelchair against the wired fence that separated the sidewalk and bleachers to the black track and football yard on the other side. I was smart with my placement. I could see the players, cheerleaders and anybody going up to their seats above. It was the ultimate spot.

In August, everybody would be wearing T-shirts and shorts because of the summer heat, but towards the end of September and throughout October, you wore hoodies and blue jeans to help stay warm from the cold breeze. I would be lying if I didn’t mention, I was in two layers on both upper and lower halves, but I wore only one pair of socks so I could still grip my controller with my foot and a blanket on my lap for good measure. I was determined to never go home early because I was too cold. If everybody else can make it through, so could I.

Whenever it was basketball season, I had another lucky seat. I wouldn’t parallel park to the bleachers per se, but I would get so close that anybody that sat above me would ask me if they could put their bags underneath my chair to protect it. I don’t believe those “court side seats” would ever be handicapped accessible. Why? Well, just because I was by the bleachers doesn’t make it safer. I’ve had basketballs (and volleyballs) thrown in my direction and one or two players have passed me in a very fast pace. No injuries to either party, but still it’s the fear that lives in the depths of my being and I’d never want to experience that again!

However, there was one game that still lives on in my mind. During my Junior year of high school, we had a sectional game at home. I was escorted to the space in between the extra set of bleachers. I was confused because my normal spot wasn’t occupied or anything, but I guess since all four of us in wheelchairs decided to turn out to the game that night that we’d get special seating. For the most part, it wasn’t that bad. I remember taking a lot of pictures with my friends and I sat next to a very nice lady, a grandmother of a basketball player on the other team. Everything was going good until the first quarter started to dwindle down. I knew from experience that when the players chances of scoring was fading, they’ll throw that ball to whatever side they need to, to get that point.

And then a fear came over me.

We were in the worst seating imaginable. We were right behind the damn basket.

Once I made this assessment, I began to freak out mentally and sweat started to appear  down my back from second quarter to the end of the game. By the time my mom came to pick us up later that night, I had my sister take off my varsity jacket that I had on all night and I never felt so relaxed in the cold temperature in my life. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you whether or not we won, but you can’t necessarily blame me.

The last high school game I ever went to was sometime in 2012. One of the bigger reasons why it’s been so long is because I don’t know anybody playing now. I’m also a bit afraid to see the “friends” that I used to hang out with in school, but I think I’m just afraid I’d act like we are fine and no harm done, when that’s far from the truth. So I’ve found an alternative route, and I find it really odd it would show up around the time my papaw passes away.

In November of 2016, I just had this strong feeling to watch a Butler game. Maybe I was missing my papaw or it was papaw who just wanted to watch a basketball game from heaven, who really knows!

I knew there was one on because I had seen it all over Facebook earlier that day but since my dad hadn’t watched a basketball game since the previous season, he was having the toughest time trying to find out what channel this game would be on. It took three people and two TVs to search for it. We never did find the game, but I started scrolling through the sport channels on the guide–something that I never did before I might add–and I ended up finding over four channels that I actually played Butler games. I was even impressed with myself!

I watched the crap ton of college basketball in 2016-17 season. I watched most of the games that appeared on FS1 and I even watched the two out of three games the Bulldogs played against Villanova (and won!). Beating out a #1 team always makes you feel good, for both the player and fans too! I went on to watching March Madness, which was that, absolute madness! I watched more games than I had most of the week. Everyday there was a different game and I basically let it consume me for a while. Even after Butler was done for the season, I continued to watch and was impressed by some of the other teams in the tournament.

When March Madness was over, I was a little crushed.

Now what the hell was going to do?

I had watched basketball for five straight months. I felt empty in a way, and then of course I found the NBA playoffs and then I was fine again!

Since I’ve never watched a professional basketball game before, I didn’t necessarily side with either team. I just went by whatever location they were in. I ended up watching majority of the playoffs and even the final game. I was glad that the Warriors had won, but I was even happier to finally go to bed that night too!

And then I was back to feeling gloomy because now I knew basketball was definitely over.

When August came around though, I don’t think I lasted long when I bravely asked my mom when college basketball started back up! If it wasn’t for Blondie’s wedding, I probably would have asked that question sooner, but I was good I kept it to myself for another month.

What’s crazy though is that instead of obsessing over college basketball this season, I’ve been watching a LOT of the NBA! I was only going to watch Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavilers, and San Antonio Spurs but somehow I started getting into Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Oklahoma City Thunder. I don’t know how that part happened, but I’m not complaining considering I’m starting to learn names on the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets team. Since my birthday landed on a Wednesday last year, my own birthday gift to myself was getting through the two games that played that night, but Christmas was even better as I even watched four out of the five games!

Don’t worry, I’m still watching Butler. I’ve even started watching over college teams. I had only watched one IU game in the 2016-17 season, and I didn’t even watch any of Purdue games, but this year I have seen four of Purdue and I want to say two of Indiana games. I’ve watched a lot of the pre-season games of Duke, Seton Hall, Xavier, and even Villanova too!

What has always bothered me is that I still have quite a bit of people who think I am only watching basketball because I must think somebody on the team is cute. In high school, yes, this was the way I worked, but considering I’m watching over eight teams I don’t think this assumption works for this! Although there is one professional player I do like, but he is not the reason why I have continued to watch his team play, however it is a perk!

I think the main reason why I’ve felt the need to smack myself though is because why didn’t I pay attention more to whenever papaw would explain the different positions and terms. Thank god for my mom as she’s been helping me a bit. I have been trying to really pay attention to the announcers so I think I can safely say I am learning, but I just wish I had done it while my papaw was alive. I think he would still be proud of me anyways!

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Blogs That I Love #24

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It’s crazy to think that I started doing this series in 2014, it feels such a long time ago! This was strictly a Friday special that I would do for some of my favorite blogs to help promote them. Everybody has a favorite blogging niche and mine seem to be more in the advice-lifestyle, food and travel blogs. I really enjoyed doing these posts because I don’t talk to these bloggers a lot, but I enjoy reading their posts every once in a while though. I feel like this is what I can do to as a fellow blogger!

Today all three of the blogs I’ve selected for this post are travel bloggers! I’ve been enjoying their posts for the past couple of months and I thought I’d share some of the reasons why I like them so much and maybe you’ll go over and visit their pages too!

  • Julia Elizabeth Blog – I actually found Julia in early December, so I haven’t been able to follow her a long time, but when I first saw her blog I knew I was going to be hooked! One of the things I love about travel bloggers is that if they already have half of their travel plans mapped out, they’ll list several locations over by their mini bio on the side. I really love the fact that her blog in general is easy to read, I’ve noticed over the years that some people are more focused on the quality of the photographs and they’ll chose to make the font italic and it looks so small. Everything on her blog is easy to follow and she takes amazing pictures! I will say some of my favorites are from the Scandinavia region!
  • HilaryStyle – I found this blog while scrolling through the search browser on WordPress and this rarely happens! The first post I actually read where the ones about graffiti or street art. I think if nobody is writing vulgar things on walls or disrespecting somebody else’s work, I think people should leave it alone and enjoy the expressions. What is interesting is that she has a whole tab dedicated to street art from all over the world! So if you’re into that kind of thing, you should definitely look into those posts!
  • Traveling The World Solo – I think women who do the whole solo backpacking through very rough parts of the world are amazing! Ellen is no different, even though I feel like she’s done more compared to both Hilary and Julia, but I think all three have their own special qualities to make their posts unique. I found Ellen while she was posting about her travels to Egypt, Petra and Jordan. I thought the posts were very informative – she even answered a question about if the area of the pyramids are sort of handicapped accessible. Let’s just say, Egypt will be like Pomepii and stay on my bucket list forever.

Hope everybody enjoyed this post and looked into all three of the bloggers I’ve listed above! Maybe they’ll inspire you to take a trip somewhere!

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