I hope everyone that celebrates Christmas is enjoying their time with family and friends.
I’ve decided that today will be my final ‘Blogmas’ post of the year. Since I will be including two playlist in the couple of weeks, I thought it would be smart to schedule this one a little earlier than normally.
Here are my Top 21 favorite songs I listened to this month! I’ve also included 6 holiday tracks at the bottom of the playlist too.
Expectations by Lauren Jauregui Let It Go (Africanized Cover) by Alex Boye feat. Once Voice Children’s Choir Everything I Need by Skylar Grey Black Butterfly by Leaves’ Eyes Way To Break My Heart by Ed Sheeran & Skrillex Bet’amen Bel Sodfi by Carole Samaha Love Me by Stanaj Post Malone by Sam Feldt featuring RANI Blndside by Icon For Hire Gimme Brain by Travis Barker featuring Lil Wayne & Rick Ross Boomition by Celestina Teeth by 5 Seconds Of Summer Outlaws & Outsiders by Corey Marks featuring Travis Tritt, Ivan Moody, & Mick Mars If We Have Each Other by Alec Benjamin Lose You To Love Me by Selena Gomez Silhouette by Krigare
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy by Lindsey Stirling O Holy Night by Upon Wings *review here Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow by Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra Somewhere In My Memory by John Williams Carols Of The Bells by Lindsey Stirling
If you would like to check out the rest of my December playlist, I have added the Spotify link right below because you know I listen to a lot of music 24/7. Enjoy the tunes!
What were you listening to this December? What is your ultimate holiday song(s)?
Honestly, I wasn’t going to have a blog post for today, because all of my other ideas really take a lot of my time and even though there are essentially three days that I can write everything up, I just didn’t want to rush into anything, but then I saw a tweet that saved the day!
If you have been reading my blog for the last two years, you know how much I love the band Upon Wings. The lead singer, Anne and I have been talking to each other for the last two years now, and she knows how much I love the band’s music. She’s even written a couple of pieces on here in the past! Unfortunately, they haven’t been releasing anything new, but since last Christmas, they’ve sort of started a trend for the festive season. For this Christmas, they’ve decided to do “O Holy Night” and I am going to listen to it for the first time and review it for you.
I’d like to point out that “O Holy Night” is one of my favorites. I am quite picky when it comes to Christmas carols and hymns, so I was a bit hesitant when it came to listen to this. I think I became a fan of the song after I watched Home Alone as a kid, which I’ll let you on a secret. The scene where Kevin goes into the church and listens to the choir sing that exact song is the main reason why I wanted to join choir in school. However, I don’t remember actually performing the song ever…
The beginning of this is so charming and light, as it was mostly Anne’s voice with an acoustic guitar. Once you get towards the chorus, the sound does expand but it doesn’t necessarily stay that way all the way throughout the track. It includes a really nice guitar solo and since I have lost my love of solos in the rock world (yeah, I know!) it was a nice surprise for me. I do believe the main reason why I enjoyed it is because it was just simple. It wasn’t full of thrills and obnoxious.
For me, it was really nice to hear Anne’s beautiful voice again. Even though, I listen to their “You’re My Weapon” every other month, I do miss their music. However, I know they have other responsibilities outside the band so I will be patient like always, but if you are in need of a sweet little tune, this cover might be up your alley! Enjoy.
Have you listened to “O Holy Night” by Upon Wings yet? What were your thoughts about it?
This month has been pretty good. I am definitely feeling the shift in the season where there are less and less new music coming out, but what is totally different from years past is that I am still hopeful that I’ll find really great stuff in the next few weeks!
For the November playlist, I think I will shrink it down to only the Top 10 tracks because a lot of the music I listened to this month was a repeat of the previous blog posts. So, with that being said, I really hope you enjoy the songs below!
Nice To Meet Ya by Niall Horan Don’t Call Me Angel by Ariana Grande. Miley Cryus & Lana Del Rey I Warned Myself by Charlie Puth Contaminated by BANKS Into The Unknown by Idina Menzel & Aurora Bom Bidi Bom by Nick Jonas featuring Nicki Minaj Pray For Me by G-Eazy I Believe by Blessed Union of Souls Me Necessita by CNCO & PRETTYMUCH Control Myself by LL Cool J featuring Jennifer Lopez Fuck, I’m Lonely by Lauv featuring Anne-Marie Higher Love by Kygo with Whitney Houston Born To Rule by Vo Williams & UNSECRET The Chain by Evanescence Con Altura by ROSALIA featuring J Balvin Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi Dear Society by Madison Beer Hate Me by Ellie Goulding featuring Juicy WRLD Stroke by BANKS Who’s That Boy by Demi Lovato featuring DEV
I have been thinking about whether or not I will be doing my annual Christmas reviews this year. I really enjoy finding different ones and ultimately talking about them on here too, but it can be really time consuming! The plus sign though is since I have switched up my weekly schedule for my posts, I think I can create a little theme of holiday albums in the middle of the week? I actually wrote out a list of various Blogmas ideas last year so I think I will have a look at that to see what else I can put on here next month.
Honestly, I think December will be a slightly hectic month as far as blog posts on here! I am really excited but feel like I might end up with a big headache at the start of the year too!
I don’t know about you, but I still love birthdays, especially my own. As much as I really hate being the center the attention for anything, I can make an exception for this occasion. One day of the year for me is a great thing, as long as I don’t let it go to my head too much!
So, for this post I thought I would talk about the things that make me happy. However, I feel I bit off more than I can chew because figuring 28 things at once is a lot when you only have two days to basically get this blog post finished! Originally, I was going to make this longer with pictures for certain things but I figured a link of a post that goes along with it will work even better!
Here are 28 things that make me very happy!
I love spending time with my family! Everybody thinks they’re a comedian and the sole purpose in life is to make you laugh to the point where you have tears coming out of your tears and you feel like you could pee in your pants at the same time, The funny part is that my nephew doesn’t even know he is one yet!
Children are a real weakness for me, but Nolan has become my little buddy. He has a gentle soul and love in his eyes, but has a devilish side too!
Everybody already knows this but I am really into baby names! I have so many notebooks–both digital and coiled wire with paper–of hundreds of names from different countries and spellings! If you’re in need of suggestions for any reason, just let me know!
Something else you might know is that I enjoy blogging a lot. I was never successful at keeping a diary or journal when I was younger because I thought somebody was going to read it… Yeah, this doesn’t make sense to me either!
I love comedy. but I am very strict with it. I really don’t get this generation’s humor. I am just starting to enjoy puns after not understanding it for years! I will talk about my favorite male comedians soon, but you can go ahead and read my top female comediennes though!
Movies are a big thing to me. I like all kinds of different genres, but after some time of basically denying myself of watching romantic films, I am getting back into the groove. My list has increased in the past couple of years.
You know how much I love music! I am actually using the shuffle on Spotify, even though there’s no need for it because I enjoy almost every sort of genre out there. I have been really reliving my childhood days with the tunes I loved listening to back then. So, lately there’s been tons of rap music ranging from the early 1990’s to now!
As much as I hate overthinking, it does have its good points like being able to spot things that most people wouldn’t; the sort of connect the dots concept! This can translate to many different things for me, between the lines of family trees, letters of my family names, and music. I always find that watching Xenia: Warrior Princess and Evanescence’s first album “Fallen” were able to be my starting points into my love of both cinematic and instrumental music. I put them in separate parts because I like the pop-rock cinematic releases like what Tommee Profitt, Hidden Citizens, and Unsecret do, but of course I love Hans Zimmer and James Horner as sometimes I just want something with no words to distract me.
On Tuesday, it was National Cat day so you know I have to squeeze a little spot for our kitties! Even though we have nine cats, I only claim Stormy, Felix and Tavis as my babies. I love them all, but these guys really show me that they love me by staying around if the others are ignoring me!
A second thing that makes me happy about our cats is that I love when they make biscuits and purr against you. It is one thing I miss the most about not being able to sit on the porch with them, because they like to either lay out beside me or right in between my legs and drift off to sleep while I take numerous pictures of them!
Animals in general make me extremely happy! I think watching the Animal Vet shows like Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER and Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet have helped me see that my fear in snakes and even some spiders is dumb. My sister was interested in sharks when she was younger and she saw through the stereotype of the Great Whites, she even made me see them in a different way! Although I on’t see this working on all creatures, more importantly, did you see I said “some” spiders above? There is no way in hell that I will be okay with all of insects but I can never say never though!
There are two things that I enjoy watching at Thanksgiving, one is Gone With The Wind and the other is Westminster dog Show. My parents and I have become a little obsessed with it in the past three years! We all enjoy seeing if our favorite breeds will win their group or the whole thing.
If you were curious which breeds were my favorites, they are: Pit Bulls, Siberian Huskies, Cocker Spaniel, King Charles’ Cavalier Spaniel, and Bernese Mountain.
I am hoping this is the final “animal” section but you never know! Birds actually make very happy. I think they’re all amazing, but I have always been into hawks and Eagles the most. When I was younger, I use to think that parrots and other tropical raptors were annoying, even though they were beautiful. Thankfully, I have changed my outlook on them. Besides watching funny cat videos on YouTube, my second favorite is bird videos!
Let’s talk about something else. Oh, it must be the girly girl in me but I love having flowers in my room. Personally, I have always enjoyed having them but I would be happy with fake ones than real. In the past few months, my mom and I have been displaying lots of roses, sunflowers and daisies. Hopefully by the time spring comes around, I’ll talk her into getting me some cherry blossoms and tulips because those are I love them too! My flower aesthetic board is below for you to check out afterwards!
Despite not liking drawing anymore, I really love painting! Whenever I paint, I feel like I can relax and go at my own pace. I still have the perfectionist mentality sometimes but I am not as bad as I use to be, so I’ll take that!
One thing I think people will probably freak out about, is my love of game shows! I definitely share it among my parents, but I feel like I took it to a whole nother level though because right now I have close to 20 episodes of Jeopardy on the “FUN GAMES” folder that I created several weeks ago! I have thought about talking about this on a future post, would you be interested in it?
Speaking of games, I am watching basketball again. The first Butler game to be televised will be on next Wednesday, which I am so excited but when I saw which NBA team was playing at almost the same time, I felt a bit crushed! This is my third year of watching professional basketball and I have cracked down on the amount of teams this season. I followed Ingram, Ball, and Hart to the New Orleans Pelicans, but I kept the Houston Rockets (even though I’m still unsure of the Harden/Westbrook tag team), Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.
This might scare you a little, but stuffed animals make me happy! I have a stack of “doggies” as Nolan likes to call them, by my window and I still want to get some shelves in my room so I can proud displaying them but more importantly get them out of the boxes in the closet!
On the day I wrote this post, it was the day before Halloween, so I think it’s only right to discuss my love of chocolate! I wouldn’t say I am a chocoholic but I can get some very strong cravings! Are you taking full advantage of the discounted candy at the stores? If you are curious about what kind I enjoy, click here.
I feel like I should have put this when I talked about music, but dancing is a favorite of mine! I must have been a dancer in my past life because I can definitely get down when I want to. After Blondie’s wedding, my dad and I could totally do it again if it wasn’t for our hurting bodies! 😦
There is something that might sound a bit strange coming from me, but I have been loving HGTV like crazy! It started after the announcement was made about the Brady Bunch house transformation. The date I was originally told that special series was to air was wrong but I got interested with Property Brothers: Forever Home and Christina On The Coast at first, but now I have switched to Good Bones as my main favorite! I actually use to make fun of my parents watching countless episodes of Fixer Upper so the fact that I have like four shows that I watch is karma smacking me in the face really hard!
Something that goes along with this is that I love making this, any idea that comes to me is very clear in my head, my only issue is how do I explain it to my parents, especially my dad because he is the one that apparently gave me this trait but the majority of the stuff I want to accomplish are all disability related. I am still trying to figure out how I can get an semi-large office desk either in my room or probably in Nolan’s playroom since he doesn’t really use it as much.
I have grown to appreciate organization and tidiness I guess as I’ve gotten older, but being able to decorate makes me extremely happy because it gets my creative juices flowing, and the more I plan and set things out, I can also turn those things into future blog posts. So everything kind of works together like that sometimes.
Photography is another love, but I think what makes me unique is that I enjoy coming up the set ups for my blog materials than anything else! I have heard of other bloggers and their frustrations over blog photography, you know I can agree with them on some things but for the most part whenever I am in the zone, I am usually very calm with myself. I think this came with the fact that I have to be in this trance so I can keep myself balanced in my wheelchair, because any frustrations I act out, could lead to disaster! I could fall out of my chair because I’m not focusing on my lower half of my body or worse I can get stuck in a weird position and would need help fixing myself. It might seem like a small thing, but I don’t want either one of my parents watching over me or taking the pictures for me so I don’t end up like that again!
Besides my foot writing and disability in general, there is a weird quirk that makes me happy and that is my love of leggings! I have become known for all of my different colors and patterns! I still love my skulls and there is a pair that is my favorite but unfortunately like everything in my closet they’re starting to be tight around my waist which SUCKS because I’ve had them since probably 2010 and I am not ready to part with them! It will seriously be a sad, sad day when it happens! I’m not promising I won’t cry but you never know!
Since we’re talking about fashion, I didn’t think I would say getting clothes for birthdays or Christmas would be something I would look forward to, but I do! The reason for it is, thanks to the fact of doing those outfit of the day (OOTD) posts on here, really changed my outlook on how I see myself. What was suppose to find a way to fall in love with my arms became something bigger for me, and now I actually look forward to dressing up–whether it’s casual or night out, I know I feel comfortable with my body. If you would like to read more about my journey of doing OOTD posts, you can click here.
I have talked about traits that I was given by my dad but I feel like I should mention one I got from my momma. She has ALWAYS loved books! When I was younger, she would hang out in the living room with her feet up while reading silently to herself with the TV blaring in the same room. This was never a favorite thing of mine when I was little, but at the age of 14, I really became interested in it for the first time and after a long break, I am back to enjoying it again! I like both physical and ebooks, but I have realized I read a lot faster because I’m not too worried about the pages flipping on me or not being able to lift it because it’s so heavy! So for my final thing that makes me happy is finding a good book to get lost in, and the one I’ve been reading lately is Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning! You can follow me my progress and check out my other books on my Goodreads profile at the tab bar on the right!
Whew! We are done! So, I actually did it in the way I said I wasn’t going to, because I had no time! Technically, this wasn’t too bad to come up with and I think that was what freaked me out in a way. I love doing lists, but this was a long one, plus I included lots of information because I can never go the easy route apparently! I hope you enjoyed the post! Thank you for the birthday wishes too!
Do you still enjoy your birthday? If not, when did it change for you? Can you name all of the things that make you happy with whatever you’re age is? Here’s some advice before you answer, I think it’s all mind over matter!
This month has been a really good one! A lot has happened, some things were great while others were not, but things have been cooling down lately so that’s a plus!
I have been listening to Spotify again! I recently got a Fire tablet as an early birthday present from a very special person. I have been playing around on it a lot but the first app I installed on it was Spotify, because I was actually very worried it wouldn’t work for me. Luckily it did and I have been really happy to be able to listen to both new and old music again. So, the monthly playlist on there will probably be really long and I’m not sorry about it! However, I am going to keep giving you my Top 20 (okay, so it turned out to be the Top 22) tracks that I loved for October below!
Hate Me by Ellie Goulding featuring Juicy WRLD Shameless by Camila Cambello Swan Song by Dua Lipa Play With Fire by Sam Tinnesz featuring Yacht Money It’s Like That by Mariah Carey Black Widow by Iggy Alazlea featuring Rita Ora Be Without You by Mary J. Blige Graveyard by Halsey Try Again by Aaliyah Motivation by Normani Dark Side by Ty Dolla Sign featuring Kiiara Power Is Power by The Weeknd & SZA featuring Travis Scott Serkland by Leaves’ Eyes Lover by Taylor Swift Back To Life by Hailee Steinfield The Bones by Maren Morris Hurts Like Hell by Madison Beer featuring Offset Someone You Loved by Lewis CapalDi How Much by Brianna Mazzola Que Pena by Maluma featuring J Balvin Reckless by Lacuna Coil Newgrange by Celtic Woman
I really tired my hardest to keep it somewhat short, but once I started remembering all of the songs I’ve been loving on both Spotify and YouTube, it kind of exploded so that’s my best explanation there! If I can, I’ll try to post the actual playlist on my blog’s Facebook later today so if you want to listen or simply look at what I was loving this October, you can!
What were you listening this month? I’d also like to know what is your ultimate favorite Halloween song?
I almost told myself that I could go without this playlist because I really didn’t listen to anything new, but on the actual day I went to work on the post, I mysteriously found twenty songs to fit on the list with the music I did enjoy this month.
I ended up coming down with a little cold last week, so I didn’t listen to a lot of music in the first three days because I had such a headache that any type of noise was the worst! I still have nose problems that will hopefully fade away soon! I want to get back into blogging full time again but the fact that I was able to kick out this post makes me happy!
Here are the Top 20 songs for September!
Hold Up by ddg featuring Queen Naija Shameless by Camila Cabello Survival by Eminem My Type by Saweetie Bitch Of The Year by Krewella I Know You by Skylar Gray Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware The House Of Shame by Lacuna Coil Big Bad Wolf by In This Moment Ring The Alarm by Beyonce Mamacita by Jason Derulo featuring Farruko Motivation by Normani Diva by Beyonce Say My Name by David Guetta featuring Bebe Rexha & J Balvin I Can’t Get Enough by Benny Blanco featuring Tainy, Selena Gomez & J Balvin Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland Control Myself by LL Cool J featuring Jennifer Lopez Hustle by P!nk Good Life by T-Pain & Kanye West Wit Me by T.I. featuring Lil Wayne Dark Side by Ty Dolla $ign featuring Kiiara
Before I go, I wanted to keep this post short and sweet, plus mention that I tried not to include a lot of the songs I put in my summer playlist, but a couple of them did make their way on here too because I really liked them! If you would like to check out that post, you can click here to see if any of your favorites made it on there!
What were you listening to in the month of September?
It is time for a whole new summer playlist! This is usually one of my favorite things to look forward to, because if you know me well enough I have never really liked the season. I mainly like it for the amount of really great music that comes out!
Now I say “usually” because whenever I work on these posts I always get very angry at myself because I never keep track of the music that I’ve enjoyed listening to, for some reason I’m always hoping it’ll still be in my Top 10 or 20 list in my head but it never happens! However, what does keep me in positive spirits is the fact that I continue to publish my monthly playlists on here, so if I do forget a notable song that is like at the very tip of my tongue, there’s a good chance it could be in the other posts… If it’s not, I have to go on YouTube to search the most popular summer anthems of the year, which is what I had to do with this post, so I still feel like I’m forgetting a few but I also didn’t want to go overboard the amount of songs on this list either.
Here are the songs that I liked the most over the past four months now!
Say My Name by David Guetta feat. Bebe Rexha & J Balvin China by Anuel AA feat. Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, Karol G & J Balvin Runaway by Sebastien Yatra feat. Jonas Brothers, Natti Natasha & Daddy Yankee I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber Sucker by Jonas Brothers The Search by NF Me by Taylor Swift feat. Brandon Urie Dancing With A Stranger by Sam Smith & Normani Thinkin Bout You by Ciara Wish Wish by DJ Khaled feat. CardI B & 21 Savage Nightmare by Halsey How Can I Forget by MKTO Last Hurrah by Bebe Rexha Medicine by Jennifer Lopez feat. French Montana If I Can’t Have You by Shawn Mendes Started by Iggy Azalea Never Really Over by Katy Perry Kill This Love by Blackpink Only Want You by Rita Ora Lips on’t Lie by Ally Brooke feat. A Boogie With da Hoodie Mother’s Daughter by Miley Cyrus Easier by 5 Seconds of Summer Banana by Anitta feat. Becky G Rescue Me by OneReuplic Talk by Khalid Glad He’s Gone by Tove Lo Better When You’re Gone by David Guetta, Brooks & Loote Out Of Love by Alessia Cara
Yeah, I know. This is massive but I feel like every single one of them came to me at a specific point in my life. Some were easy to spot and understand while the rest are still a mystery!
I said this in my previous playlist but I have been listening to a lot of raggaeton music lately and was pretty sure that it would cover the entire thing but it didn’t, I was actually very surprised! The only bad thing about doing this post in the middle of the month is that there could be some last minute bangers–I mean, a week after I finished last year’s post, DJ Snake’s “Taki Taki” with Ozuna, Cardi B and Selena Gomez came out and I cannot tell you how pissed off I was for not waiting a little longer, but I’ve learned to live with it.
Now it’s over to you, what do you think were the best summer anthems of 2019?