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Playlist for the Creative Mood!

Music is the number one thing that puts me in a creative mood. There’s nothing better than put on a playlist, and painting to some tunes. Although the tone changes from time to time – I usually listen to upbeat music while I make things. Whether it’s designing some buttons or working on a watercolor. It keeps me attentive to my work, and makes me not think about how much my hand hurts from drawing. 

Everybody has a different taste in music. Some people only listen to Reggea while other might prefer Salsa or Jazz. So everyone has a different playlist that makes them creative. Maybe some people put on classical, so they can feel like a virtuoso. – I don’t know. Everybody is different. I usually prefer to listen to classic rock and modern Alternative Rock. Sometimes pop songs even weasel their way in, depending on my mood.

If you’re more of a TV while you work person, that’s fine! But, if you’ve never tried listening to music while you create, I would suggest trying it! Mood can influence your mood and your art. Inspire you to try something new, or vamp up something old! You never what you might make!

If you’re working on building yourself a playlist to work your magic to – here’s mine! 

  1. “Last Young Renegade” – All Time Low
  2. “Life of the Party” – All Time Low
  3. “Renegades” – X Ambassadors
  4. “Your Love Is My Drug” – Ke$ha
  5. “Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) jackLNDN Remix” – Clean Bandit
  6. “Jet Black Heart” – 5 Seconds of Summer
  7. “Famous Last Words” – My Chemical Romance
  8. “When the Girls Talk Boys” – 5 Seconds of Summer
  9. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor & John Legend
  10. “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” – Bebe Rexha

Maybe my playlist can help to inspire yours. Maybe it can help you find new music to add to yours! – Give it the punch it needs. Hopefully your tunes get you excited to work! 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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Read My Other ‘Playlist’ Posts!

Rainy Day Playlist

2017 Beach Playlist

School Morning Playlist

 

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10 Great Gifts for the Crafty Mama This Holiday Season!

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It seems like she has everything – every pair of scissors, every single pattern in the Simplicity catalog, every color ribbon you could ever dream of. What does one get the crafting mama who has everything?! Trust me – I’ve run into the same dilemma. You’re pacing through Walmart’s craft isle, trying to find the perfect gift – but nothing! Never fret though! Someone somewhere has the perfect gift for the crafting queen in your life! And in this gift guide I’m here to show you just a few things to get her this holiday season!

 

1. Singer Sewing Basket Kit

Sewing boxes no longer just come in white, fake, plastic wicker! There are hundreds of different styles for sewing boxes now a’days, in all sorts of sizes! Every crafty mama needs a sewing box just as rad and stylin’ as she is! So whether she’s into pink or black, there’s a sewing box for everyone!

 

2. Swingline Paper Trimmer

A straight edged paper cutter is something that almost every crafter needs. Whether you’re cutting scrapbook pages, hand making cards, or just making price tags for a craft show. There’s endless uses for paper cutters in the craft room!

3. Desktop Craft Organizer

Storage in the craft room is always an issue in my house, I don’t know about yours. But it doesn’t have to be! With this nifty desk organizer, your crafty mama will have plenty of space to put all of her glitter and bobbins and do-dads. Making plenty of room to get more!

 

4. Half Yard Heaven: Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-over Pieces of Fabric 

Left over fabric just seems like a waste, doesn’t it? But no more! With this cool book, you can make use of the left overs. There are lots of awesome projects bound within these pages. Any sewer would love this – no more wasted money on scraps you can’t use!

 

5. Fiskars 45mm Contour Rotary Cutter

Rotary cutters are a life saver. No more killing your wrist, trying to cut with scissors. (And I personally love Fiskars for any craft tools I need!) If your crafty mama sews a lot, and still uses scissors, definitely look into getting her this. She can use it on fabric, paper, felt, vinyl – anything really. Just don’t forget to get her a cutting mat to go with!

6.  DIY Bath Bomb Kit

After a hard day crafting, everybody needs a break. So why not relax with a bathbomb? And what’s better than making them yourself? As many as you want for way less than you’d pay from the store!

7. Super Crafty Mom T-Shirt

You can also take a different approach, and buy her clothes to show off her skills! Every crafty mama loving boasting about all the cool stuff they create! You can also show how proud you are of her!

8. Material Girl Canvas Tote Bag

Everybody loves a good crafting pun. Especially one related to an old song! Even if you don’t get it, mom probably will! Plus, she can take it on a trip to Joann’s!

9. “I Was Thinking About Crafting Again” Long Sleeve Shirt 

Isn’t crafting always on the mind? What project comes next? What do you need for this one?! Help mom let everyone know what’s going around her head!

10. Crafty Mom T-Shirt

With this simple ‘crafty mom’ design, any mom would love this! Something she can wear to a craft show, out to the store, or while she’s crafting – of course!

 

So in your quest to find that perfect gift for your crafty mama this year, make sure to check out some of these sweet things that she’s sure to love! From that one little tool to replace an old one, to a statement piece in her wardrobe announcing her love of crafting. There’s always a perfect gift for your crafter!


Thanks for reading!

~ Amber

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Playlist to Amp Up Your School Morning!

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School mornings are some of the slowest. Sometimes you just don’t want to go. Sometimes, you don’t have your homework done. Some days it’s just miserable outside and you don’t want to drive. But you know you have to anyway. I have a lot of those mornings. On those days, nothing gets me motivated like music.

Music makes my morning drives go so much faster. Music is my get up and go when the coffee isn’t working. There’s nothing like some tunes on the ride to school. A little singing, a little dancing, a little drumming along while sitting in traffic.

For me, though, I have to have really upbeat songs. Having slowly or soft ones just makes me want to sleep. That’s not good when you’re driving, and don’t want to be out anyway.

This is my School Morning Playlist!

  1. Drugs & Candy – All Time Low

  2. Here’s to Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne

  3. Jet Black Heart – 5 Seconds of Summer

  4. Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

  5. Rhinestone Eyes – Gorillaz

  6. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran

  7. Victorious – Panic! At The Disco

  8. Plastic Promises – Set It Off

  9. Closer  – The Chainsmokers, Halsey

  10. Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION

 

Nothing gets my blood pumping more than music. Although my taste is all over the place, these are songs that I think are fun to rock to. Song that get me up and going on slow school mornings. Hell, these songs get and up to go on non-school mornings. Sometimes, you just need music to help give your a little nudge.

But not everyone has the same taste in music. What’s your favourite get up and go songs? Who is your go-to artist?

Other Playlists:

Rainy Day Tunes

Summer 2017 Beach Playlist

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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School Morning Playlist!

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School mornings are some of the slowest. Sometimes you just don’t want to go. Sometimes, you don’t have your homework done. Some days it’s just miserable outside and you don’t want to drive. But you know you have to anyway. I have a lot of those mornings. On those days, nothing gets me motivated like music.

Music makes my morning drives go so much faster. Music is my get up and go when the coffee isn’t working. There’s nothing like some tunes on the ride to school. A little singing, a little dancing, a little drumming along while sitting in traffic.

For me, though, I have to have really upbeat songs. Having slowly or soft ones just makes me want to sleep. That’s not good when you’re driving, and don’t want to be out anyway.

This is my School Morning Playlist!

  1. Drugs & Candy – All Time Low

  2. Here’s to Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne

  3. Jet Black Heart – 5 Seconds of Summer

  4. Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

  5. Rhinestone Eyes – Gorillaz

  6. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran

  7. Victorious – Panic! At The Disco

  8. Plastic Promises – Set It Off

  9. Closer  – The Chainsmokers, Halsey

  10. Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION

 

Nothing gets my blood pumping more than music. Although my taste is all over the place, these are songs that I think are fun to rock to. Song that get me up and going on slow school mornings. Hell, these songs get and up to go on non-school mornings. Sometimes, you just need music to help give your a little nudge.

But not everyone has the same taste in music. What’s your favourite get up and go songs? Who is your go-to artist?

Other Playlists:

Rainy Day Tunes

Summer 2017 Beach Playlist

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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#DontStayInSchool

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For those of you who just see the title, and think I’m advocating for kids not to go to school. – That is very far from what I’m here for. With this being school month here on the blog, I thought I’d share a video I found a while ago. I think this is a very important video.

 

You can watch it HERE

 

School is full of subjects that kids really don’t need. Or subjects that they don’t need more than the basics of. Why do I need to go all the way to Trig, when basic math is literally all I need? Why do I need to dissect a fish or a baby pig? I know how my cells work, how reproduction is done, what causes cancer and, why the seasons change. Why do I need to learn more?

What is the point of learning these, if they’re not at all applicable to the child’s everyday life?

School doesn’t prepare kids for the real world on any level. People say that parents are supposed to do that. But what if they don’t know how, or what if they’re not around? What about all those people who are orphans, or that their parents are dead and they’re living with another relative?

Home Ec used to be taught as a mandatory class in high school and middle school. My parents say it was one of the most important classes they took. They learned to sew and some of how to cook. I think it’s a tragedy that this was taken out of the curriculum. Kids really need a class like that.

People are going to college unable to clean or cook or budget. Like the video says, we’re not taught how to get jobs or any amount of practical things in school. Kids spend more time there than at home, and at home they’re doing homework. Their parents are just getting home, they don’t want to have to teach their kid to cook after a long day.

We’re taught a bunch of pointless things. But nothing of what we need. I know we need to know history to stop it from repeating (although, by the political climate and current goings on, we’re very much about to). It’s important to learn to read, write, and do math – but is it really necessary to learn more than basics? If you want to go into a field that needs it, sure, knock yourself out. I, though, had no want or need for any extra.

Even in college you have to take “college level” math and such. I get why English is important (although not why all the essays are), so they can make sure that you can read and write on an ‘adult’ level. But more math and science? Why did I have to take Psychology or Biology? I wanted nothing to do with either of those. But I was required to do them anyway.

 

The video better expresses these feelings than I can. It’s definitely worth giving a watch and thinking some about.

 

What do you think of the video?

 

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~ Amber

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Book Sneak Peek!

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Writing a book is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Since I was about 11 (I’m 20 now, if you need to do the math). It’s something I’ve tried, time and time again. A book is something I’ve felt this need to create. I formed story after story in my head. But none, so far, have come through. No story clear, no characters so beloved they needed to be shared.

Until I was a sophomore or junior in high school.

That was when I crafted a 20 page short story. It was full of characters I loved, full of a story I wanted to dive into. But this short story wasn’t book worthy. It was nowhere near publication ready.

So it sat and sat, until I tried to add to it. I tried to add chapters to make it a whole book, add details to make those chapters longer. But it wasn’t what I wanted. The story wasn’t something I loved anymore. Not that version. But I’d crafted characters I wanted, and still need to, share. I’ve come up with a story I have to put out there for the world to read. It might be a while before the entire story is there. It might be a while before the entire book is finished.

But today, I thought I’d share with you the start to that story. The start to the adventure I’ve lived only in my head. One I’ve spent years crafting and trying to perfect. I thought I’d give you a taste of the characters I know so intimately in my head, they’re almost friends.

Today I thought I share with you what that short story evolved into.

Today, I give you a sneak peek of No Words for Laney.


 

(Excerpt from Chapter One: Homecoming)

 

THE RIDE TO THE BEACH GOT LONGER EVERY YEAR. The older my cousins and I got – the more anxious we were to get to the beach – the more the highway seemed to extend. Each stop in the backwoods towns – where we all would spend some time shopping and stretching our legs – seemed like we’d spent eternity and a half.

This year was no exception to that rule – but for a very different reason.

There were intruders to our little summer getaway.

Aunt Kay was ten years older than my mother. Greying and cranky, she was one of the most judgmental ​people I’ve ever met. Her children, Caine and Kent, the two heinous boys I called cousins, were bratty and bullies. – And would also be my housemates for the next two months.

If they turned up murdered, it wasn’t my fault.

We were taking two separate cars – since Aunt Kay didn’t trust Aunt Cass’ driving – from our bungalow in Cincinnati down to Black Rock. Black Rock was the beach town in the south that we’d been spending summers at for as long as I could remember.

Aunt Kay followed us, a bit too close for comfort, the whole way. She kept calling, and Caine kept honking her horn from the back seat. I could see the urge to break-check her in Aunt Cass’ eyes in the rear-view mirror.

When we stopped for lunch somewhere in Maryland, Jenny begged to ditch them. Aunt Cass and Aunt Sophie were all for it. However, my mom was the level headed one – she always had to be the level-headed one. This was the one time I wish she hadn’t been. Mom shook her head, saying that we’d never hear the end of it if we left them behind.

Jenny pouted for all of twenty minutes. And then a song came on the radio, which she and Alexi couldn’t resist singing obnoxiously and dancing to. Alice laughed at them in her own quiet way. I had to watch for Alexi’s flailing arms, since I was in the middle seat, squished between her and Aunt Sophie – like every year. Why Aunt Sophie didn’t sit in the back with Alice and Jenny – her children – I didn’t know.

For a short while, everything seemed normal. It seemed like any other year. There were a few songs everybody got into, the entire car shaking as we danced. Snacks were passed, and spilled, from front to back to front. We itched to get the beach and go surfing. Surprisingly, Black Rock had good waves for an East Coast town.

We got to Black Rock early that night. The sun was low and bright, casting a warm yellow and pink haze over the sun baked buildings. Every year was nostalgic, the anticipation growing as we drove the streets that brought us closer to the house. You could practically see the tension as all of us kids (although we weren’t kids anymore) quieted, and stared intently out the windows.

Alexi rolled down the back window when we were at the only stop light in town, and shouted a ‘hello’ to a group of our friends who were on the corner. The recognition was slow, but then their faces twisted – some into smiles, most into smirks, knowing what was to come now that we were there. My fingers tingled, feet going numb, as I thought about the coming events.

I didn’t have much time to dwell though. The light turned green and Alexi rolled up the window. I knew they wouldn’t be here, not in this part of town. Not right now. The time wasn’t right yet. But a small part of me wished I could see them. Just for a little reassurance. I already knew Alice wanted the same thing – but for an entirely different reason.

The house seemed to smile as we pulled in the drive. The wide, deep, white porch grinning at us. The dark windows gleaming like hopeful eyes out from their balcony glasses, on the second and third story. Groaning when Aunt Kay harshly tore into the driveway next to us. The last time more than one car came along, it was a bad summer.

Caine and Kent leapt out of the car, darting towards the house. They stopped when Aunt Kay yelled them to grab suitcases – they had packed enough for a year. All of us piled out of Aunt Cass’ van, and grabbed our things from the trunk. We were headed towards the house by the time Aunt Kay and the boys managed to get one case out of their Janga tower.

The three spent ten minutes arguing before they joined us. Our group claimed our usual spots. Much to the dismay of Kent and Caine.

“You guys got the best rooms!” they spat, standing stupidly in the hallway with their abundance of bags.

“These are our rooms,” Alexi snapped, pointing to names on the doors; we were all standing in the hallway. Alice and Jenny had already denied their requests for room changes. As well as their request to change the music playing over the speakers, that Jenny had her phone plugged into. “It’s the same every. Year. Don’t think that you being here makes you special. None of us are trading.”

They were about to refute when Aunt Kay called up the steps. “Are you two done unpacking yet? – Well?!”

“No, mom,” spat Caine, still sneering at Alexi.

“Quit yapping,” Aunt Kay snapped, “and get to it.”

“Bitch,” Kent mumbled under his breath, glaring at the staircase.

Caine turned his back to us, knocking his brother’s arm with his elbow. “Let’s go, idiot. Those rooms aren’t that good anyway. They’re painted girly colours.”

Kent grunted out in agreement, then turned and stalked to the rooms down the hall. If the boys had put up that much of a fight with us, I could only imagine how Aunt Kay felt about the spare room in our parents’ wing of the house. Alice and Jenny disappeared back into their respective rooms. Alexi let her glare linger on the door guys’ rooms.

“Lex,” I said, the redhead turned to me, her gaze softening. The look I gave her was all she needed. She dropped her head, nodding, the tension visibly relaxing in her shoulders, as she chuckled softly.

“You’re just like Aunt Lily – you know that, Laney?” Alexi smirked at me, winking before going back into her room, and shutting the door behind her with a soft click.

I stood in the hallway a minute longer, staring at the baby pink, wooden letters screwed to her door, spelling out “ALEXI.” On the next door, “JENNY” was spelled out in mint green. These letters had been on the door since we were children. These rooms had always been ours. Alice’s room was next to mine, across from Jenny’s, her name spelled out in pale blue. Mine finishing the circle in a lilac purple.

It was – strange – standing here at nineteen (my twentieth birthday to come in October). The hall felt smaller now; the blonde wood flooring was now worn and scuffed, softened by 17 years of sandy feet. The two rooms at the end of the hall only ever having been occupied one other summer. Although the wide, glass walled sitting room on the third floor was frequently used.

There were cracks in the paint on the ceiling now. Wear marks on all the door handles. Although I don’t know how, considering we hardly stay inside in the summer. This place held the best memories of my life. I lived for summer, the salt water was my summer oxygen.

We were away from our brothers and fathers. In a different town, with people who didn’t really know us. We’d laughed here, found our first loves here, had our first kisses and heart breaks here. This town – it had so much history to it.

It felt more home than Cincinnati ever did.

I just sighed, going back into my room. I didn’t feel like unpacking. I just wanted to go out and find them. Our Summer Boys – their names were Jack Jones and Darius Wyatt. A duo that gave you a run for your money, when it came to proving true friendships. The two were blood brothers – proven by matching star scars, and tribal-style dragon tattoos, on their wrists. There’d never been such a close set of friends, not that I’d ever seen.

Then again – my best friends were family.


 

This story is near and dear to my heart. It’s been in the back of my mind for years. I’m so glad I’ve finally found a version of it that I love. This is the third time I’ve started it, and I love the direction it’s going in.

Aunt Kay has had many names over the years. Alexi has had many lovers. Until recently, Caine and Kent didn’t exist. And Les the Plastic Pelican has been there for it all. But this story has evolved with me, as I’ve grown as a story teller. I hope to, one day, have this out in publication for everyone.

Maybe it isn’t your cup of tea, and that’s okay! I was inspired to reboot it after reading The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han, and not a lot of people seem to like that. No Words for Laney (the original title, which will be changed in the future) is nothing like that, though I was inspired by Ms Han.

I secretly hope Laney doesn’t end up as whiny as Belly…

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is my forever inspiration. I strive to write a story and a romance half as charming as that! Howl and Sophie are my favourite couple from any series!

I really hope that you all liked the start to No Words for Laney! It’s my book baby, lol

Tell me what you thought in the comments! Would you buy it? What would you change?

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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10 Things to Do on a Sick Day

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I’d planned for a different post today. I’d planned for the last week to go differently, post wise. I meant to post a video Friday, and I’d wanted to do one today. But I’ve been getting caught up since Warped, plus – I caught a cold. Thomas had it first, and then he gave it to me. Probably my own fault, but it’s not the first time we’ve gotten each other sick.

I know it certainly won’t be the last.

So I’ve been a little run down, and I haven’t really felt like doing anything. I have been semi-productive though. I’ve been doing research about blogging, trying to figure out a way to make my stuff better – I’ve read so much I think I might pop from info! (Also, I’ve been looking into a side project.)

I’ve been stressing over my dwindling stats the last two weeks. I know, I have to do more advertising. But also, as I’ve discovered, I’ve essentially gotten to the max of what I can do with a free blog. If I want any more growth, I have to get a site host. Which I’m a little strapped for cash for, right now.

If you want, you can Buy Me a Coffee and help me keep providing you guys with quality posts! It doesn’t cost much, it’s $3 a coffee. As I said in my YouTube video, I love what I do and I want to keep writing for you guys. Anything to help is appreciated!

Anyway, shameless plug over –

 

So being sick the last few days, I’ve had to keep myself occupied. And I haven’t exactly been sitting around reading Chicken Soup for the Soul (are those things even around anymore?). As an only child, I’m used to finding ways to entertain myself. But when you have a sore throat and a killer migraine, you don’t really want to do anything.

But to get you off (or on, depending) your butt, here’s ten things to do on a sick day!

 

 

  1. Play Video Games

 

I know, every millennial has this one on the top of their Sick Day To-Dos. But I think it’s a perfect time to space out, and play that new game you’re hooked on (which, for me, is Moon Hunters on Xbox One, it’s amazing!). Or to play that game you bought, yet haven’t gotten around to play, but you really want to. Or even to play that free game that they were offering, and you only downloaded it because it was free. Sometimes, it’s nice to space, but still have a little input.

 

  1. Play with the Dog

We’ve had Molly a month, and she’s finally calmed down to a tolerable state. She’s not a mindless, biting, jumping energy machine anymore. – At least not as bad, we trained her some. She’s probably destroyed $50 worth of toys, but…She’s still fun to play with, to a certain extent. It’s still kind of weird for me, having a dog I didn’t grow up with. We had our last dog, Jetta, since I was five, she’d been there for a majority of my life. I miss her, and our other dog, Harley. My parents bought him when my mom was pregnant with me. So we were best buds. Having a new puppy now that I’m older is strange. But I still love Molly, as much as a pain as she can be.

 

  1. Research

I spent a lot of time doing this, as I said above. I spent a lot of time finding articles on Pinterest, and around the web. I’m trying to make better content, and also find a way to make some money from this by the time I graduate in the spring. That’s an important thing to me in a ‘I’m deciding what I want from my future” kind of way. Being able to provide you guys with a good experience is also important. So I’m trying to figure out how to do the best with that I can.

 

  1. Read a Book

Reading is always a good time killer. It gives you an escape and let’s you forget you have a cold – until you come up for a cough on page 41. Finally read that book you’ve been meaning to get to. Or finish the one you’ve started, and are dying to find out the ending of. Sometimes, you have to make time for a mental break.

 

  1. Write Something

Writing can come in any form. Whether you’re drafting a book, or jotting down a blog post. Even with some medicine induce brain fog, a sick day is as good of free time as any to write. You can always go back and edit it when you’re not drugged and sleep deprived. How bad could it be, right?

 

  1. Brainstorm

During your delirious state, you never know what you might conjure up. Even if you’re groggy, they say it’s better to write that way. I do 90% of my posts at night, when I’m groggy, even though I’m more of a night owl than an early bird. But brainstorming is a good way to use up some of that free time, and get productive!

 

  1. Binge Watch

I’m pretty sure almost everyone has this at the top of their list.- Sick day or not. Binge watching is a good way to distract yourself from the river of snot leaking out of your face. Or how much pain your stomach is in. Or – anything, really. It can even be mindless background noise for a nap! (Might I suggest giving Shameless a watch?)

 

  1. Have Some Tea

Okay, so you can do this with anyone of these. But I mean, set aside actual tea time. Make a cuppa, sit by a window, and enjoy the view. Whether rain or shine, or somewhere in between. Not one day, or week, or year, or season is like another. And this summer has been especially lovely.

 

  1. Edit Some Photos

Whether stock or photos you’ve taken, this is a good, non-committal sick day activity. You can hone your skills, while getting some work done as well! Or you can try out something new and funky, that maybe nobody but you will see. It also gives you time to play with that new program you haven’t had time for.

 

  1. Watch Some Old Favourites

Nothing is more soothing than putting on an old favourite. Maybe taking nap during it. I’d watched Howl’s Moving Castle a thousand times in a row, if I could! Sometimes, you just need to curl up with a blanket and your favourite movie to help you get over something.

Now, I’m going to do what should be number 11 – go take a nap. I need a little recoop, I haven’t had a real cold in ages, so this is kicking my butt. Maybe I’ll be more than a couch potato today (not very likely)…

 

What do you do on sick days?

Was also wondering if anyone would be interested in guest posting, if I opened them up?

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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[New Video] Warped Tour 2017 Mini-Montage/Vlog!

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Curious as to why no video Monday? This video shows a very small snippet of what I go up to over the weekend! I went to Warped Tour! It was a blast, and I got to see tons of cool people! Plus, I got to spend the weekend hanging out with my friends and boyfriend!

Check it out HERE!

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[New Video] Top 5 Bath&Body Scents!

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In today’s video, we’re talking girly things! That’s right – Bath&Body Works. And all the delicious scents! Not everybody has the same taste in scents. So why don’t you drop by and tell us your favourite?!

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Top 5 Beach Reads!

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There’s just something about the beach that calls for a good book. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it’s something with the warmth of the sun. Or perhaps it’s the sound of the waves. Maybe I’m just a big fat nerd.

Who knows.

But I love to read when I go to the beach. There’s just something about tanning with a book in your hand. But not all books are appropriate for the beach. Some books just don’t feel relaxing enough. Or give off the right kind of vibe for a day at the beach.

What would I recommend then? There’s tons of books out there, and perhaps some are more appropriate than mine. But these are my top five picks for beach reading!

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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This book is at the top of my beach reads! I love this series. I have the Walmart 3-in-1 book, so I read the whole series in one shot! It’s amazing. I think this is at the top, mostly, because it takes place at a beach! The fictional world of Cousins Beach, North Carolina (I think it was Carolina anyway).

It revolves around a girl named Belly, and her annual trip to Cousins beach. Where she spends the summer with moody Conrad and sweet Jeremiah, the Fisher boys. I couldn’t put it down! Although Belly can be whiny, the whole bunch is just a lovable lot that is perfect for your beach day!

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Okay, so this may seem like an odd pick. A classic Jane Austen novel?? But have you seriously ever read Pride and Prejudice? It’s so witty and charming. And the complicated, yet somehow sweet, relationship between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy is delightful.

If you get past the old English, and really delve into the story. It’s just – such a good book. It’s one of my favourites from school. I cannot express how much I adore the story and the characters. And it’s just – it’d be a perfect beach day book!

 

Death by Bikini Series by Linda Gerber

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Looking back, this one seems a little ironic…lol Anyway, this book is – something else. Taking place on a private island resort, it’s full of mystery and deceit. Aphra is such a fun character. And the books are just lovely to read.

This book is another 3-in-1 I picked up some years back. Like, freshman in high school era. So it’s been a while, but I still remember some of it. And it’d be perfect for a day at the beach!

 

The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher Series by Kerry Greenwood

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I cannot express my love for this book and TV show enough! Miss Fisher is an amazing detective series, taking place in 1920s Australia. Phryne is such a lovable character, and her tastes are impeccable. Although she is quite the modern woman for her time, and her methods are a bit unorthodox.

I read this when Thomas and I went to the beach. It gave the perfect vibe, and something about reading by the water added to the experience. The particular book has the first three Phryne Fisher mysteries in it! I highly recommend giving this read, and watching the TV series!

 

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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This is a novel I, quite unfortunately, don’t own. But I read it ages ago, and fell in love with it. This YA book is charming, and I believe a good read for nearly everyone. It gives the perfect beach vibe.

Annabel is trying to be someone she’s not. – The perfect person she plays in commercials. Until she meets Owen, she has unreasonable standards of herself. But Owen tells her to just listen, and music sets her on a whole new path of being.

 

If you have a beach trip coming up, these books are at the top of my recommendations list! Each have the right feel to them. Something you can relax to on the beach. Whether escaping to the Bennet’s estate or 1920s Melbourne, these books will set your beach day right!

What are your favourite beach reads? Have you read any of these? How did you like them?

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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