Why You Should Color

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Hey guys!

If you didn’t know, coloring is becoming a big thing again. It’s not just for children, anyone can do it! I remember once kids hit a certain age, say 12 to 17, they just think they’re “too old” to do things either with their family or anything that would be considered kiddie related. A lot of teenagers would say coloring is a kid thing, which it is, but now that they’ve done a study that coloring reduces stress and anxiety, everybody has an excuse to color! To make thing even better, they have made the books more adult friendly like from the standard butterflies and flowers to swear words.

Back in April, while my family was down for my nana’s birthday, my Aunt Laurie got her a butterfly coloring book and a large box of different colored pencils. I was a bit worried as I knew she has a hard time gripping a hold of certain things between feeling numb and worts on her fingers. I figured she’d do better with markers, but as time went on and the more she did it, the more she liked it. She told me she liked the challenge of coloring in the smaller details on the page. So that made me feel better about that!

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She almost has the whole book finished! She’s got two folders somewhat full of coloring pages that I’ve given her, but she’s already put in a request for the next one! She wants an ocean theme book, as she loves the beach, seashells, etc. My dad and I found a pirate and ocean book at Walmart one afternoon but once I got a good look at the amount of tiny details, I kind of backed out of it. She better be careful, she might get a big stack of different ones for Christmas! And she’s probably need another box of those pencils too while we’re on this subject!

I like the fact that she’s doing it though. I’ve been trying to find ways for her to fill her time than having to rely on her laptop. Ever since papaw died, she’s sort of lost her inspiration to do anything. So I got her into coloring and creative writing now. She visits my Pinterest board of various prompts and now I have found her a writer’s community that publishes different prompts too. She really enjoys them and tries to do two a day if she can. It just gives her a chance to reflect on things and basically sit down and relax too!

Here is a snippet of a prompt she did back in July or August!

Can you imagine picking something that was important that much in your life that you would say what it is and not see what you need all through your life? I have that and it is called GOD. Well to truly have this you must have FAITH. Right? So I will pick this. It can waver but it is always there pulling me back from difficult situations I find myself in various parts of my life. – Dona Glambert

She says she does majority of it in the kitchen after she finishes her supper. When I was staying with her one afternoon, we’d sat up at the kitchen table, sharing the Velveeta box full of colored pencils and doing our pictures. Yes, I have one at her house. I was a little bored and she was coloring so I decided to take one of hers and I’m not anywhere finished with mine, but everytime I go over there, she’s either finishing or starting on a new one!

Do you like coloring? What theme have you enjoyed? 

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Favorite Halloween Candy!

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Howdy!

This post was inspired by a fellow blogger friend of mine, Missamrunaway and her blog post ideas for autumn! We are getting ever so closer to one of my favorite holidays: HALLOWEEN! I’ll be honest I loved Halloween as a kid and I love it as an adult, but hated it as a teenager and that was probably because when you’re a teenager you think you’re too old to dress up and go around your neighborhood asking for candy. When I was 21 though, I snapped right out of that and somehow convinced my mom to let us go around our grandparent’s neighborhood as it’s kind of out in the open. I think my mom kind of got a kick of the fact that her daughters wanted to dress up and go trick or treating again. I was a punky ballerina and Blondie was a witch. We walked around with our cousin Kristi too and we all managed to come home with a fairly good amount of candy for all four of us!

I don’t remember going out a lot, because our Halloweens have always been really cold! One year, we lived out along the road with barely any neighbors and it was also pouring down rain that night too, so our mom came up with this idea. She knew how bad we wanted to have candy, so she decided to take an idea from our Easter traditions like hiding the eggs for us to find, but instead of finding painted eggs we had to find the candy that was hidden in our living room. Surprisingly I enjoyed this a lot better because I was always so shy to go up to somebody’s door and say trick or treat. This only lasted for one year but I thought it was pretty clever for my mom to come up with it.

I’m getting a little off subject.. I happen to like a LOT of different candies. I’m a little bit like my dad in a way because I love a lot more fruity/sour candies like he does, but my true love is basically chocolate! I’m going to list everything from favorite to least favorite.

Nestle’s Crunch Bar
I’ve always loved a good crunch bar. From a young kid, we’d get those lunchables from the store and I always the fact that inside the pizza ones there wa a bite size crunch bar. It was hard as a rock, but it was delicious!

Dum Dum Pops
I love suckers! Especially these types of suckers. When my sister and I were kids and would sit in the backseat while our mom and nana would go to the bank, they’d give us each a sucker! We lived for these days I swear! My favorite flavors are: cherry, watermelon, orange, Club Soda, raspberry, and sour apple!

Creme Savers 

I came across these a long time ago!! I’ve never been a big fan of the flavor strawberry and cream together. However, either they had a commercial with these babies and I decided to go for it, but I think I think somebody else must’ve shared one with me and ever since I was a little obsessed! I’ve tried to get my mom to find them on CVS a few times over the years but I don’t think anybody sells them anymore.

Trolli Sour Gummi Worms
I love both kinds of gummi worms, but I think the sour ones are my ultimate favorite! I remember getting them as part of my birthday present from one of my favorite evening nurses at Shriner’s and I’ve never been able to get them for my birthday, at least I don’t think so!

Smarties
These are another childhood favorite that I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of, they’re soft and suble. They’re weren’t sour or too sweet, just perfect the way they are.

Hershey’s Kisses:
This is another childhood favorite of mine, but I’d rather have the dark chocolate than the milk chocolate. Blame it on my papaw! It’s his fault, he’s the one that converted me. If I remember correctly he’s also the one that introduced us to the Kisses too! I could be wrong though!

Jolly Ranchers
My dad and I are a big of both life savers and jolly ranchers. I think it’s because they’re a little bit more sour and since their rectangle shaped they kind of last a little bit longer too!

Kit Kat
I am such a fan of Kit Kat’s. I the soft crunch of it the most. I don’t really remember how my love for it started but it might have something to do with as kids my mom would steal all of the Reece’s out of our bags before we even got a chance to eat one and Kit Kat’s were the next best thing?

Starburst
This is another favorite between my dad and I. This is also my go-to while we’re at the theaters! My favorite flavors are cherry, raspberry and lemon!

Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups
I do love Reece’s. I can’t have a bunch of them because there’s chance my mother will steal the bag! I love the whole thing of peanut butter and chocolate together, it’s amazing!

Twix
I love Twix, this was another alternative of a Snickers because I can no longer have those. I actually love the cookie underneath chocolate and caramel. I recently tried the peanut butter one and I have to say, the production company ruined the candy bar! It’s disgusting!

York
I’ll be honest, I haven’t had one of these in a long time but they’re still good. This is another favorite flavor combination of mine: chocolate and mint. This one was started my grandparents on my dad’s side.

M&M’s
I like M&M’s, but mostly the mini’s and I recently tried the crispy kind. It’s like they have a mini version of a rice krispy treat inside of them! I think those were better than any other kind! Except maybe the mint ones!

Ferrero Rocher
These are dangerous little beasts! I had these for the first time either last winter or the year before. One of the women my mom works with offered a three pack to us and I decided to take them. She fed me the first two and OMG! It was so amazing! I really like hazelnuts and chocolate together. I really need to get a package of them soon!

Butterfinger Bites
Do they still make these? I remember the late 90’s I was obsessed with these! And then they messed with the recipe and I’ve had a hard time finding that love for them again.

What is your favorite candy as a kid and/or adult?

Album Review: “Revival” by Selena Gomez

11149585_10153174655560975_3486450607504209385_nI actually wasn’t going to do a review per se. In the past couple of months I’ve been losing my will to do album reviews, these EPs are much smaller and they’re a little bit easier to get through, but then I started listening to this album and somehow I started describing each song in a way I would to do in this type of post, so I took that as my hint. I was looking forward to this album when I first heard “Good For You” play on Sirius XM Hits 1. You can’t deny yourself of Selena’s music. I thought that single was a game changer because the lyrics are more mature than some of her older songs. I’ve been wondering when we’d start to see more grown up topics of explicit stuff pop up into our most loved Disney stars. Everybody still think Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato are itty bitty and they’re not anymore. We need to be more accepting of that. My sister and I have grown up with these stars so we shouldn’t be so surprised to hear these types of topics appearing in a line or two. Especially after what Miley Cyrus did last year in her music!

I think using the word “Revival” as the title of the album was a great choice. I don’t usually like having a track as the title because I feel it’s a bit too cliché. As far as the title track, I am a little bit of a fan of this song. It’s got a good pop/electronica  vibe to it but it also seems futuristic too with how every element is placed! It’s different and I like it. The second is called “Kill Em With Kindness” and this starts off a bit soft and as it becomes the chorus, it has this funky sound. I actually like this high-pitched whistle along with this disco like beat. I kind of wish there were more words as far as lyrics go in this one, I feel it’s a little boring that way but if you’re going to “kill them with kindness” maybe there’s a reason why there’s not a lot to it, but it’s not that bad! The third one is a little interesting. I actually love this song. It’s called “Hands To Myself” and she’s talking in a very soft voice. I like the mellow beat, There’s nothing really to it, very pop but it’s unique.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to keep myself contained. Hold out until the release, but then I saw this one and it all went to hell. “Same Old Love” is another favorite of mine. I can already hum to it I like it that much. I think this track sounds kind of elegant vibe to it; classic R&B is what I’m getting out of it. I really need to learn the words now! The next one is “Sober” and I’m really torn because I like the beat better than the lyrics. Maybe it’s because I’ve heard of other songs from artists using breakups in their songs as a way to look back at their “sober” moments. If I could dance like professionally, I would use this song as a backdrop. I don’t have much to say about it, I’m sorry! The sixth song is her first single “Good For You” featuring A$AP Rocky. If you want to read what I thought about this song, click this. I’m not over this song yet! Next up is “Camouflage” and I really like the use of only a piano with her beautiful voice. It’s so beautiful, very proud of her for creating a very real song for people to relate. This next one appeared on Spotify a week before the album came out. I decided to hold out until the whole was released to hear it and I’m glad I did! It’s called “Me & The Rhythm” it’s another funky-R&B track. It doesn’t sound as dance-y as the first two, but it has a subtle soul beat, very difficult to describe again. I didn’t really like this one.

The last two songs are next. The ninth track is “Survivors” and it’s about time we heard something in the electronica genre. It’s not a in your face kind of beat, it’s more chill. I would consider putting it in the House category. I like the beat more than the song itself. I can’t exactly tell what she’s trying to tell us in the actual song. The last one is called “Body Heat” and I love when the first track starts off pretty slow but the last one is very upbeat and fast. I feel it’s an ideal way to end an album. This one is exactly what I like. It’s intense in every sense of the word. It has some mexican influences with the use of a guitar and wicked drums to give it some body. It definitely makes you want to get up and dance! So I love it! I am VERY impressed with this album. I only disliked two songs out of ten tracks. That’s pretty good for me!

Have you listened to Selena Gomez new album yet? What do you like or hate about it?

New Coloring Book!

Howdy!

You guys know that I’ve been really enjoying these fuzzy posters, right?

Well, our neighbor Julie (we all call her “JuJu”) dropped off something at house for me. Both of my parents came into my room while I was listening to music and my dad pulls out this coloring book for adults. A month ago, while the three of us were out shopping at Wal-Mart I almost bought one for my nana mainly because it was ocean themed! This was before we found the motherload of velvet posters and ultimately decided to get those instead. So when this was presented to me I was a bit overjoyed! She even got me some colored pencils. I’m normally a marker girl. They seem to fit better between my toes even though I normally use the thinner ones. The colored pencils she bought are dual-colored pencils. My dad and I didn’t know what that meant so I had to find out for myself. The box was so tightly sealed at the top that I couldn’t get anything to try to open it without destroying the box completely! So I resorted to trying the bottom which actually worked! The pencils don’t have an end, it’s like their glued to each other so you get a different color on both ends! Interesting!

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The coloring book itself is a “natural wonders” theme! Lots of floral, leaves, mushroom, owls, and insect designs. JuJu said she got me the one she liked the most. There’s several pages inside, some of the designs have very thin lines and others have thicker, so as much fun as I’m going to have with it. It seems it might be a little bit of a challenge for me too! Art challenges are pretty fun to do though! Stress worthy, but fun!

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I tried to get pictures of everything and that was such a disaster! I still haven’t figured how to really hold my camera and balance on my butt at the same time. I’ve had to add three more ways to get my photos.

My dad is a very hands on kind of person. He’s worked on different construction sites in his life and before we moved into our house that we live in now, he kind of remodeled it a bit. My sister’s bedroom wasn’t actually there in the beginning!! He built that whole area for her so we didn’t have to share a room. In the past couple of years, he’s done a few other things around our house and neighbors/friend’s houses too!

I’m a pretty crafty person. I will never be trusted around a chainsaw, but I do get some good ideas every now and again. One morning I was awake and I was trying to go back to sleep, but as I was doing that a thought popped into my head. I’ve been trying to find clever ways to get better pictures of things in my room. I’ve got a small room and we keep putting things in it. I’ve been wanting to improve my photography game for some time now and now that I can take pictures by myself I want to try to expand as much as possible. So with that being said, I thought about creating my own backdrop. I have tons of old cardboards from older velvet posters and I’ve never thrown any of them away, small or larger ones. I figured we could reuse them to make this backdrop. Later on that day, I told my dad about the idea and you should have seen the look on his face! And I thought my nana was the only one to give me that look..

I tried to explain to him as best as I could, but in the end he created something close to what I originally wanted. He reused the other cardboards but instead of leaving it white like I wanted he spray painted it silver, which in the end left a small, cute smudge on the top of it. He didn’t have to make it that day, I just thought we’d discuss it a little bit more and then maybe he’d show me a blueprint of what he thought could work but he did this instead and that kind of surprised but I am the same way about doing my blog posts. I only spend an hour or a day “drafting” it and finishing it later on in the evening or the next morning. Now we know it’s a family trait. I left using my dad’s new creation to last and it actually worked a lot better than laying everything flat on the floor! So after spending a good half hour fighting my camera, toes, and a box I finally managed to get some decent pictures of everything without throwing something up against the wall!

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I Don’t Remember The 90’s TV Shows Being So Dirty.

I’ve been watching a lot of reruns of 90’s daytime shows. Most of them either have been on for awhile or some have made their way back on my favorites list again. Take Friends for example. I’ve been a Friends fan for several years, and always love Jennifer Aniston and had a mini crush on Joey. However since Nick At Nite have been playing it now, I couldn’t believe the first I noticed this show was a bit dirty. Not as dirty as Mad About You. I’ve watched over 10 episodes in two weeks and I’m starting to remember ever embrassing question I asked my mom and uncle when I was little. That is really sad for me to realize.

I’ve been watching the reruns of Roseanne and The Nanny and noticed the remarks and plots of certain episodes, but it was like my mind didn’t click until I started watching the other two shows were they were based off of young couples– no offense! When the older couples would do sex remarks or anything it was like it was normal. They’re adults, they are allowed to do that sort of thing. Even though both of those shows were a family based shows too, they weren’t too awful with it either. All four shows were shown on cable network programs and had to be set a certain way or they couldn’t be played. Now nobody cares to be honest with you.