Are There Two Babies?

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Well… I’ve got one heck of a surprise for you today!

You’re all probably thinking by the title of this blog post that I am going to be an aunt of two little babies, but as far as I know, there isn’t a second baby in there, but I do have some interesting news to share with you.

My cousin Kristi is expecting baby number two!

Right now, she’s ten weeks into her pregnancy! And I guess we’re calling this one “peanut” again, since we already have a “nugget” I don’t know why everybody is choosing to give their fetuses foodie nicknames at the moment but I’m not arguing! Especially with two very pregnant women! Anyways, it came as a shock to everyone; maybe even to Kristi the most who we all definitely heard back in November say that she wasn’t going to have another one for “a long time.” And then this was announced on Facebook!

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Speaking of Facebook! Another reason why I wanted to do this post is because originally I was going to talk about the gender reveal party for Blondie and Brandon, but since we had that big snow storm last month, they’ve been a little worried that we’d get a second or third storm in the meantime and nobody would be able to come down or get stuck here, so they ended up cancelling it and decided on announcing the sex of the baby on Facebook. My mom got the idea of putting all of their animals in their bathroom and wrapping the string of the right color balloon on their collars and after the door opens, they run out of there and it reveals the gender! The video itself was a bit chaotic because both Chipper and Gru ran out of there so quickly that you couldn’t really see the balloons at first and then Otis, Samuel and Toni had different colored balloons, so although it was a cute announcement, it had its moments of confusion as well! It was a nice and belated Valentine’s Day gift.

Unfortunately I’m unable to share the video on here! So this is all you’re getting for a while!

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IT’S A BOY!

Considering I was thinking it would be a girl, I was a bit stunned on the fact I was very wrong! Nolan Wayne is going to be his name. They’ve changed it a lot. So I’ve been debating whether or not I wanted to share it on here in case they decide to do it again.

Now we can start buying things that are not white or gray for the little nugget! Trust me, it’s a little harder to find neutral stuff at Walmart or Dollar General. At least for me it is! I am happy that his life will be fill of Legos, trains, cars, sports, muddy clothes, and of course superheros! I’m going to invest on a pair of Avengers sneakers and a Butler University onesie for him! Oh, I’m going to have so much fun spoiling this little guy!

 

I wanted to share some of Blondie’s baby bump pictures on here! The first two I had to edit myself because she didn’t put how many weeks she was on the actual pictures like she’s been doing lately! She’s also not constantly putting them up either. Kristi wasn’t that way either when she was pregnant with Joseph, so I don’t think she’ll do it with the new baby, but since Joe is away she might consider it down the line. If she’s comfortable with sharing any of them on here especially whenever I do a baby shower (that is if she has one!) post for her!

I just thought I’d share some of the exciting news with you all! And considering it’s a Monday and everything, you might need that little bit of happy news! Hope everybody has a wonderful day!

Can you guess what little nugget’s name going to be? Or do you have any name suggestions that go great with big brother Joseph? 

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EP Review: “Born Again” by RAIGN

27072414_10157649396617837_3755914508397942992_nIn 2014, I discovered a bunch of singer-songwriters making music in the alternative genre. I remember that I had three straight days of where I did nothing but look on Spotify for more artists Banks, Zella Day, Laurel, Ruelle and RAIGN. What’s even weird about the four ladies is that I managed to find all of them in one show, as their music was being played on the episodes of The Vampire Diaries! 

For this review, I’ll be discussing RAIGN’s third extended play called “Born Again”. It was released back on January 26th, and I actually didn’t even know about it. I saw a track she released a couple of weeks before called “Believe With Me’ and I figured that if she had released one that more should be coming soon and I was right! Unfortunately, the song is not included on the EP, but we do hear four new tracks so I think that’s a good trade!

So we start with a song that was originally on her first EP, Knocking On Heavens Door that came out in 2015. The track is “Empire Of Our Own” and instead of releasing an acoustic version in which she’s done in the past, this one has a totally different vibe. Since her music is mostly played on trailers to movies and television shows, this was given a cinematic feel to it as it is an orchestra mix. I’ll honestly say that I wasn’t a fan of the original version of the song, I thought it was dull and boring so when I saw this, I thought “well, maybe it’ll make it better!” It does have a very ominous sound, and with Raign’s deep raspy voice, it has more depth to it. I do enjoy the entrance to the chorus at the beginning with those loud bangs of the drums, but as a whole, I’m still not a fan of it. There’s not much that makes special to the others that I’m used to seeing with these certain mixes.

Second song is “One Thing Leads To Another” and this has a fast paced beat to it that I really like, I feel like this one has a lot of possibilities to it. There are high pitched sirens that go off right before the choruses start and to me they sounded like a bunch of trains signaling their coming through. I don’t know that could be just me hearing things. I like the commanding section of the horns though, they add a very strong force to the song. Next we have “The World Is Ours” and even though it’s quieter, you can feel all of the emotions of both Raign’s voice and beat itself. I really like the stripped section, where the sound takes its time to surface with her voice. I think we’re all expecting songs with these types of titles, that they’re supposed to dramatic and heavy, but I think this is a clear example that they don’t have to be!

Lastly we have “This Is The End” and I remember when I saw the title at first, I had to do a double take because Ruelle has a song “This Is The Hunt” and I swore I saw it written like that too, but it was just my eyes playing games with me! I was hoping that it would have that epic sound that she’s used to releasing here lately and I definitely wasn’t disappointed as it went over my expectations. I really like the gentleness of the beat itself, but of course it has this commanding sound with the deep banging of the drums and it sort of has this metallic vibe added by some electric guitars. It has a lot of different elements included on it, but I’m happy to say that they don’t make it so chaotic and overwhelming!

I’m really happy to see Raign get stronger as a cinematic-pop artist. Yes, this title does exist and I’m very happy it does! Considering I don’t like too many of her songs at one time, I’m actually pretty happy with these tracks on this EP. I think with time, she’ll just continue to kill and get better! I’m still hopeful that one day we’ll actually get a full length album as she’s only put out these extended plays plus a few singles here and there, but for now we have this to enjoy!

Are you a fan of RAIGN? Have you listened to her new “Born Again” EP yet? What were your favorites?

Favorite Nicholas Sparks Movies!

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Howdy!

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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Shuffle The Music Tag – Extended

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So today, I originally had another post coming, but I couldn’t find the words to do it, so I scraped it and remembered that my friend Tasha had put this tag on her blog back in late November. I kept thinking about it, and the more that I tried to force myself to discuss the events in the other post, the more I just wanted to do this instead!

I am adding to it though. It says to talk about “the first fifteen songs” in your music library, but I technically have two (iPod and Spotify) and I thought if it wasn’t too much trouble I’d talk about the variety of both libraries of music I tend to listen to everyday! I have decided to start with my iPod songs first and they were taken from my “Recently Played” list  that had over 57 songs where the ones from Spotify were on my “Starred” which consists of 1,441 songs!

Rules for this tag are below:

Mention the creator of the tag and link to their blog.
Thank the person that nominated you for this tag and link to their blog as well!
Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs are) and talk about the first 15 songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc)
Mention the songs as well as the artists
Tag 7 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!

Save Me From Myself by Vertical Horizon

I have always had the problem of falling in love with songs after hearing it on the radio, but the DJ never says what exactly the title of the song or who it’s by; I’ve had this happen way too many times in my life and weirdly enough it happened quite a bit in the years 2006-2011 and yes, this was one of those songs! Unfortunately, I don’t know how I ended up finding it.

Brothers Under The Sun by Bryan Adams

I love soundtracks! In the recent years, I’ve noticed I’m getting more into the orchestral tracks than the actual songs by the artists or bands. If you read my recent non-Disney movie post, you will know about my love about the film Spirit. I discussed about what I thought about Bryan Adams working on the entire soundtrack and a little bit about Hans Zimmer’s work to it too!

A Prophecy Of The Worlds To Fall by Xandria

Ahh, if anybody wants to know what symphonic metal music is, you just need to listen to this song. It’s dramatic and epic! It’s not your average heavy metal music, that’s for sure!

Murder by Within Temptation

People say WT has become more mainstream because they’re finally being played on American rock radio stations. I’m an American and I absolutely love their music! It makes me sad when I see that, because I don’t see the change in the sound of their music. They’re not as heavy as Epica or Xandria, but obviously I don’t care!

Blood by In This Moment

Roughly six months after getting into Linkin Park. I started getting more into Skillet, Hollywood Undead, In This Moment, and Lacuna Coil. So in the beginning of my rock ‘n’ roll phase, these were five bands that really made me open my eyes and I’m happy to say ITM were the first female fronted bands I got into at that time.

Dark Horse by Katy Perry featuring 2Chainz

I only like this song for the bass. That’s all!

Under Control by Ellie Goulding

I love Ellie Goulding’s music. However, I’ve always had a hard time listening to a full album. I didn’t dive into Halcyon until she was about to release the deluxe edition and that’s when I actually listening to her music hardcore!

Here’s To Us by Halestorm

What’s so weird about this song is that it’s the perfect song to play at the end of the night with your friends. That’s the vibe I always get everytime I listen to it!

Dangerous by Within Temptation featuring Howard Jones

I know, I know! I listen to a lot of Within Temptation music. What else is new?!

Going Under by Evanescense

I talk about the year 2009 being my awakening to rock music, when really it was 2002! Evanescene’s first album “Fallen” came out in April and their music was being played while I was in the hospital, so I was hearing “Bring Me To Life” a lot on the radio, but the memory is of that Christmas. I asked for the album from Santa and we were in the living room at my grandparent’s house and I didn’t feel good, but I unwrapped the gift and immediately tossed it back because the cover scared the crap out of me and then I threw up all over my cousin’s brand new shoes!

I Want My Tears Back by Nightwish

Recently my dad was playing around my speaker and this was the last song to play on my iPod, so he got to hear it for the first time. He likes Irish/Celtic sounds just as much as I do, and he noticed the pipes right away and he seemed to like the big jam-like session in the middle of the song. It’s seriously my favorite section of the song, the going back and forth sounds of both the pipes and Eppu on guitars. It’s so awesome!

The Essence Of Silence by Epica

More symphonic metal! I have a big selection of the genre on my iPod by the way, it’s not as big as it is on my Spotify of course but there’s still enough to get weird looks from family members and neighbors who don’t know the genre very well, but I’m always eager to help cure that.

The Haunting by Kamelot featuring Simone Simons

Most of the musicians to come out of this genre are internationally based, most are from The Netherlands, like Epica and Within Temptation, but Germany (Xandria), Finland (Nightwish), Norway and Sweden have a growing numbers of bands to dabble in the symphonic rock/metal. Crazy enough though, the band Kamelot is based out of Florida! Fun fact: The band Epica actually got their name from an album titled “Epica” by Kamelot, it came out in 2003!

Intoxicated by Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil was one of the last bands to enter, but I think they were the first international bands I ever got into, as they’re from Italy! When you think of Italy, or when I think of the country as a whole, I’m thinking of opera–not heavy metal! Over the years, I’ve been finding more and more of a variety of music there.

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By The Grace of God by Katy Perry

I really loved Katy Perry’s “Prism” album a lot! There were a lot of really great songs on it; this one being a favorite of mine for sure! I think it’s raw and very personal to Katy as you can tell she wrote it in the aftermath of her divorce with Russell Brand in 2014. I remember watching her concert DVD “Part Of Me” when it came out on DVD and they didn’t hide that whole section of her life from the cameras and I definitely felt for her when she was going through all of that pain.

One of the things that I like to do also, is think of different perspectives of popular songs. Everybody thinks songs have one meaning and it’s usually whatever the singer or writer’s going through at a certain time in their lives. I don’t believe in that outlook, so whenever I hear or sing it, I tend to look into the rougher times in my life and know that by the grace of God, I’ve somehow gotten through them very well!

The Obsessive Devotion by Epica

Epica is like a season. Spring, summer, fall, and winter. Everybody has a favorite and they usually hate one or two other seasons. For example, I like spring and fall, but can’t stand summer and winter, mostly because I’m usually stuck inside for both seasons for the extreme weather conditions.

The band itself has many, many great albums, but I’ve only liked three of them.  Unfortunately, I can’t explain my reasons for this, I’ve just never been wired to like or listen an entire album before, it’s only in the last five years that I’m learning to do try out different albums and then write out what I like or not liked about it in a form of a review for you guys.

I will admit, this is one of my favorite songs by Epica. It has that perfect balance of soft tones by Simone’s gorgeous voice and orchestra, but it has also turns into this beast and it’s raw and bitter at the same time. It’s just perfect.

Silence by Starkillers featuring Alicia Madison

I will admit, I only like the song because I liked the beat. It’s a dance track, this has always been a problem for me over the years!

Seven Nation Army by Zella Day

Apparently this a cover, originally by Jack White. I didn’t know that until much later, but I really love Zella’s peppy but smooth voice. I actually like this version better!

The Right Song by Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose

Everybody on this track is Dutch. So in other words, it’s the perfect song! And I mean, it’s got Tiesto in it for crying out loud!

WTF (Where They From) by Missy Elliott featuring Pharrell Williams

Don’t ask me why I have this song on my “Starred” list. You have both Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams on a track together, I mean, you know it’s going to sound good!

Words by Daya

I’m still wondering why I like this song so much. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Daya has a great voice and the sound itself is nice too. It’s just a little dull, but yet I choose to keep it on this playlist. I told you all I was weird!

Kiss Me Goodbye by Alexandra Stan

The whole reason why I did Tune Tuesday Worldwide for 2016, was because of both Alexandra Stan and fellow Romanian singer Inna. I just love international music so much!

White Noise (R3hab Remix) by Ella Vos

Okay, I really like this song! I’ve always loved remixes but I actually got into this by another song by Ella. It was played on an episode of The Originals last year and I became a bit obsessed with it and I ended liking her voice a lot so I went through her music profile on Spotify and this happened!

Pass At Me by Timbaland featuring Pitball

Remember what I was saying about Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams? Well, you have both Timbaland and Pitbull in this sucker. I mean, it’s a no brainer that this is going to be great too!

Click Click Boom by Saliva

Out of all the rock and heavy metal songs I have on this playlist, this one was selected. It’s fine though, I actually like the song.

Hey Baby by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo featuring Deb’s Daughter

Truth is, I only like this song because Diplo’s on it. Enough said!

Circus For A Psycho by Skillet

Finally! I love the craziness of this song! It has that circus vibe but it’s a really great rock song too! The “Rise” album was one of my favorites albums by Skillet by the way!

Under The Knife by Icon For Hire

This is a rough song. The lyrics alone are very strong and yet delicate too. I love Icon For Hire and really love the way that Ariel writes the songs and how she shows how passionate she is for the fans. She likes to tell stories in the songs and she makes sure that every theme is relatable in some way, and this should have a trigger warning in the beginning for both people who have and haven’t self-harmed at some point in their lives, but that’s only my opinion. Other than that, the song is really good!

One Night Town by Ingrid Michaelson featuring Mat Kearney

In 2014, I got on a Ingrid Michaelson kick! I really loved her “Lights Out” album a lot. This is one of five favorites! She seems very home-y and comforting but yet has a sassy attitude that reminds me of my own. This is very soft and sweet. I just love it.

Now I have to tag seven other bloggers! 

Kekoas Music Blog 

Louloumuisicblog 

Fierce & Fabulous Revolution

Chasing Destino

EMILYBECCA

The Flower That Blooms 

A Mundane Life

You don’t have to do it, but thought it would be interesting to see your responses if you did anyway! Oh, and I also tag anybody else who wishes to do this too! You don’t have to be an overachiever like myself, but it was very fun to do it! 🙂

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Album Review: “Asking Alexandria” by Asking Alexandria

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Here is my first review of 2018!

I had made a promise to myself that it didn’t matter how long it took me, I would review both Asking Alexandria and G-Eazy’s new albums that came out in mid-December. As much I loved doing the Christmas music reviews, these were the two that I was more excited to talk about on here!

The British band consists of Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddel on guitars, Sam Bettley on bass, and James Cassells plays the drums. In 2016, I reviewed my first AA album, when they released “The Black” with new front singer Denis Stoff. As everybody was freaking out about the departure of Danny Worsnop and don’t get me wrong, I love Danny’s voice but I was embracing the new style that was in front of me, because I didn’t think this next part would happen. Danny is now back in the band and this was their new material for their fans.

So we will start off the album with “Alone In A Room” and it starts off kind of slow before it all awakens in sound. The sound itself was gentle and very mild, but I liked it. Danny’s low and soft voice in this track, it’s the perfect starter I thought. He is known for his way of singing and then switching to the very harsher growls and yells that is metal music. However, I was glad that he kept that side away in this song. Next is their first single, “Into The Fire” and this was what made me happy because it’s everything that I love! It’s heavy, but with a hint of mysterious in the music. Danny sound so powerful and the section towards the end, the bridge is just gorgeous! I love hearing him yell, which is weird to say out loud, but he sounds so strong.

Third is “Hopelessly Hopeful” and for some odd reason, I had the hardest time spelling the title for this one. I liked the strange introduction, but the song as a whole wasn’t one of my favorites. I didn’t like the mellow sound of it, well I take that back. It wasn’t necessarily the beat that really bothered me, it was more of Danny’s voice. I thought his voice was too high pitched for the sound itself. The only time I liked both together was when his voice sounded static in the middle. Another favorite is our next track, “Where Did It Go?” and I will say, I don’t pay attention to lyrics a lot, especially with rock bands, but Danny speaks pretty quickly in the verses and the second verse, he explains the start of the band, the album before he left and the “fourth one” explaining why he left the band as “they needed a room to breathe” and speaking about their future. I thought it was genius. The sound itself gives it that edge too. I’m sure I’ve listened to it over a hundred times when it came out in early November!

And then there’s “Rise Up” and, I felt this was a great heavy track to have after the last one since it was pretty upbeat too. I think the meaning is as inspirational as the previous song. The choruses really pull you in and I feel like it will be on everyone’s workout playlist! Next we have “When The Lights Come On” and when the album came out, I wanted to hear a bit of it, so I put it on shuffle and when this song started playing, I immediately put it on my “Starred” list on Spotify. I’m seriously addicted! The only way to describe the song itself is saying, if you’ve ever been curious about how it feels when your favorite band goes out on stage every night, this is your answer! They did a pretty good job of giving you a taste into their mindset. The sound itself was perfect, it right balance between energetic and in your face.

The seventh track is “Under Denver” and this one is sort of mellow. It’s not a heavy track by any means, it is slower and dare I say? Gentle. I love how this one sounds, it has these electric notes and the static, it’s just different and I like it. I have always went back and forth with the lighter side of rock and roll, because I do love hearing the melodies and the actual  words of the lyrics, but the harsher songs can put me in a better mood no matter what is going on in my life. Next we have another song that has only Danny’s calm voice and an acoustic guitar, with a like drum sequence. It is a called “Vultures” and I feel like it’s the perfect theme for the word, I know that’s weird to say but I got a somber vibe while listening to the song itself and it made me think of actual vultures too. It’s pretty good. After that is “Eve” and we’re back on the ominous train full of loud screams and harsh guitars. I like it, purely for the creepy aspect of it, which sounds about right.

We’re on the last three songs of the album. There’s actually a fourth but it’s the radio edit of “Into The Fire” and that only means that it’s shorter in length, so there’s no point in talking about that one again! So we start it with “I Am One” and we have a true rock and roll sound, although at first I thought it had a bit of a punk feel to it too. It’s soft, but still up in your face though! This wasn’t one of my favorites, but I’ve learned over the years to never really believe in what I initially say, because I’ll just switch anyways! Next we have “Empire” and this is a bit interesting as you can clearly hear Ben Bruce in this track. He’s usually singing in the background anyways, but this one you can hear him really well. You also have rapper Bingx featured in this song too. I’ve never heard of him, so forgive me about that! I thought it was a cool song, it sounded different from what we usually hear from Asking Alexandria, even though it still has the same elements, they just added another singer that raps.  Last one is “Room 138” and it has this echo-y introduction that slowly changed to a fast paced track. You can feel the emotion being put into this song. It’s actually pretty mellow music wise, the only thing that is right in your face is Danny’s angry yells. I like it though.

I am glad the band patched up their issues and came back together, and recorded this album for their fans. I was kind of surprised that I actually liked it, since I was okay with their previous one, I didn’t think I’d be feel like that this was real, but still I’m glad it is. Out of 12 songs, I didn’t like two of them, that’s pretty good I think! It was a nice balance between the perfect go crazy in the most pit and sway back and forth with a lighter songs. It was really good!

Have you heard of Asking Alexandria’s new album? What did you think of it? Let me know!

snowflake

Battling Weight Issues As A Disabled Woman

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I thought this topic was appropriate since everybody has decided on their new year resolutions. Most people put “lose weight” on their lists because it’s something that is important to them and if they’re tired of looking at themselves in a certain way, I believe everybody has the right to do something for themselves, it’s not a selfish decision at all. If they admit that it’s time then they should be able to take the whole twelve months to figure out how to lose the right amount of weight to make them happy!

My weight is another story though.

When I was busy having my surgeries years ago, it did become a bit of a struggle because I was so small. They wanted to bulk me up. I didn’t have to drink those disgusting protein “milkshakes” right away, the gap between my second and last surgery was pretty short, and I was really low on my weight so I think I had to drink two of these drinks a day for a week. Once I was home, I never had to drink another one of those again. However, when I was really sick my doctor recommended PediaSure because again, I would get very skinny because I wasn’t able to keep any food down. I think I tried both the chocolate and vanilla. Surprisingly, I liked the vanilla better! I’m hoping they taste better than what they did in the early 2000’s!

Now that I’m an adult and over 80lbs, I can get pretty down about my weight. I’ve never really had a problem with it though. It wasn’t until after I got out of high school, when I was being left out with my “friends” so I began to blame my weight and on top of that, my disability.

When somebody you love is attempting to lift you up out of bed or into the car and they grunt and grumble with every movement, it can get you down very easily. Every one of my family members has some sort of aliment. What’s interesting is that I don’t have the same strength I used to have before I had my surgeries. I used to be able to get on and off the bed without any help. I can still get myself down and we’ve learned to do pivot transfers which has been very helpful so hardly anybody has to really lift and/or carry me to an area. I think I’m scared of getting any bigger because I don’t want my legs to give out on me.

Now I know, it had nothing to do with my disability, but my weight is still at the forefront of my problems. I am noticing different areas. My waist and what my mom calls them “fat rolls” because I am constantly having issues with my pants, they’ll get twisted and pinch my skin underneath this patch of fat and skin. When you’re not able to untangle them yourself, and when it happens at night where everybody else is sleeping, you feel kind of hopeless. One of my least favorite places is my chin though. I definitely have a double chin and I absolutely hate it.

I’d like to find a balance in my weight, because I don’t want to be under 60 lbs and have a bad immune system. So there are a few things on Pinterest for people with disabilities to do in and out of their chairs and I wanted to include an example for yoga, so you can stay in your chair.

Chair yoga can be great for the disabled, but it's also wonderful for anyone who is not feeling quite up to a more challenging yoga routine that day.

And then of course you have YouTube, where you can visually watch somebody else doing it in front of you and you can make sure what you’re doing is right too. Honestly I think watching them on YT is better anyways, so you can feel comfortable with it, before you actually do it.

This is a four minute workout you can do.

And this one is a little longer workout that I liked too.

If you have a disability, what do you do as far as trying to lose weight? Do you have any good tips that you can share below?

snowflake

Goals for 2018!

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Howdy!

I feel like this week I’ve done are lists for posts! I didn’t necessarily plan on do the one I posted on Tuesday but I figured it would be an easy one to write out so I went for it!

As I mentioned back in that post, I don’t really know what I’m doing blog wise for the entire year, which in a way is okay, but I have become one of those people that I’d like to have an idea and be able to have everything to maybe a create blog post out of it. Since my nana has moved out of her house, the crafts are like a no-go right now. However I do have a few goals for the new year. Some I have actually done before, I don’t know why I ever stopped doing them because they helped me a lot! And then there like one or two that I hope to really commit myself into doing better because I think I will be more relaxed and free to do things without feeling guilty.

Do Research For Novel – So, I think my biggest goal is to do more research for my novel. I’d like to do NaNoWriMo for 2018 again, but I’m still debating whether or not to try my foot at CampNaNo in April and/or July, because I think it would be good to have some more practice beforehand!

I had a lot of missing areas while I was writing the first draft. I need to work on my descriptions of my main characters and explore different locations, I need to find a good place for all of them to live. I’ve had certain places in mind already, but I feel like I would need to learn more about war bunkers. I also need to look into on politics and ways of government (which is going to be difficult!) and weapons too!

Make Time To Do Other Stuff – I am the worst when it comes to doing other things besides blogging (and obviously NaNo). Since blogging itself is my life and I love doing it, I never give myself any free time to read or watch movies during the day. When I went to stay at my mom’s work in October, I read majority of the time I was there and only went on my laptop for an hour maybe four out of the eight days. The only day where I usually don’t do anything is Sunday, because it’s symbolic. If God can have a day off, so can I! However, on the day I wrote this post, it was literally a Sunday! Funny how that works! So I’d like give myself more chances to detox really.

Read 7 Books – I don’t know how I did it, but I ended up reading five books this year! I am happy with myself that I completed my Goodreads Challenge I made up at the start of the year though. I always go on there and look up what other people are reading and how many they’ve selected to read in 12 months. The real bookworms have put over 100 books and by the end of June, they’ve already went over their original amount and continued to get more books to read in the mean time. I admire them a lot!

Although I was very proud, I didn’t think I read majority of them for the fun of it. I think Elizabeth of York, Me Before You and The Da Vinci Code were the only ones that I literally made time to enjoy and weirdly enough I read one at the start, middle, and at the end of the new year, which is kind of cool but that means the other two weren’t as fun. I remember a time when I was a bookworm too, and I was even in high school! I don’t think I read over 10 books when I was Junior though, that year was chaotic enough!

I have decided on seven books for 2018. I’d like to finish the three that I still have on my “currently reading” right now. I was asked to do a review for an author back in August and I feel bad that I haven’t been reading that, but I lost interest in it and eventually went into a reading slump. I know I want to at least get in the middle of The Girl On The Train, before that really drives me nuts! I also want to watch the movie! And the last one is Victoria Aveyard’s second book of the Red Queen series, The Glass Sword. I was so addicted to that series, I mean it is the reason why I’m so hard on myself about my own fight scenes for my novel.  

Write Out Ideas – This is actually something that I’ve been doing lately. My nana gave me a lot of her old and unused notepads when she moved into the nursing home, and I’ve been noticed that I’ve getting close to completing one of them already! I’ve written out so many of my blog post ideas on them, and crossed them out whenever I’ve finished with it. Sadly, I may not get rid of it whenever I do finish it because I’d be too proud of myself to throw it away! Sentimental.

Last April, my mom got me a very late Christmas present as I was wanting a daily planner. She got me one the year before, but I never really used it and mostly not only was it small but heavy for me to lift but I wanted a new one that showed the entire calendar on roughly one page like the big one she uses in the kitchen, but I didn’t necessarily want one exactly like that so she found one for free at the meat market when she and dad went shopping! I actually used it off and on for most of the year. It wasn’t until October that I couldn’t get the digital calendar to pop up on WordPress whenever I wanted to schedule my posts, that I actually started using it more and more. Now it’s full of ideas and the posts I had done for those last three months of the year!

My nana and I got daily planners from my mom’s work, which was very nice! I’ve been scheduling upcoming posts on there and already have a hefty list of Blogmas topics for the end of the year too! I’m also in the early works on coming up with my summer music series, Tune Tuesday Worldwide too! So both of the notepads and planner are coming to good use for me right now.

Look For Three Things – Back in 2014 and parts of 2015, I did this thing where I looked for three good things that happened throughout the day and let that decide whether or not I had a good day.  I don’t know why I even started doing it. I feel like it was an alternative to putting the good moments in a jar. I don’t think I had a jar handy and so I ended up doing it this way and I ended up enjoying it a lot better.

Pick Your Battles – This is another one I wondered why I stopped doing because I think it’s something that I need to be constantly doing throughout the day and night. I can get pretty defensive and lash out to people without any warning. I’ve been bickering with my dad a lot more lately. He can do things to really push my buttons and since I’m of his blood, I’ve learned to continue the cycle and give it right back at him sometimes. So I need to relearn how to keep my mouth shut and move on around him. This will be hardest one to do out of the others!

Create An Affirmation Wall – Once I had a whole space behind my door of different quotes that I thought would help me be chill and mindful. The last goal was part of the affirmations that I had listed on there. I had a stack of unopened, medium, neon colored paper that I got last spring that I could use but I’m running out of space to put things and be able to see them at the same time too. So if I do eventually do this, I’d have to get creative on placement.

Do you have any goals you’d like to do for the new year? Share some with me in the comments below!

snowflake