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September 1, 2020

Month In Review: August 2020

♥ Talking Justin into renting an Airbnb in upstate New York for a couple of day in September.
♥ Spending the day with my parents and Mimi out in eastern Long Island.
♥ Playing video games with Phil and Rob after months of not seeing them.
♥ Helping my sister and Erik in their new home.
♥ Plotting with Day to have a friends weekend in October.
♥ Justin and I taking Mimi to White Post Farm to see the animals.
♥ Celebrating my father's 70th birthday.
♥ Helping Christina arrange her bookshelf by color.
♥ Justin and I going to the Storm King Art Center for the day.
♥ Meeting my sister's coworker's dog Ginger.



High Score (2020)
Hoops (2020 - Present)
Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado (2020)
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll (2014) *
A Bear Names Winnie (2004) *
The Speed Cubers (2020)

"Girls Like Us" by Cristina Alger
"A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeleine L'Engle
"New Kid" by Jerry Craft

* = Movies I've watched for the library's movie discussion group that I host with two of my coworkers

August 31, 2020

September Photo-A-Day

 Here is the photo-a-day Fat Mum Slim made for September 2020...


How To Take Part In September Photo-A-Day:
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

April 29, 2020

What I Bought | Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Edition

As you may or may not know, Sephora has Beauty Insider Sales biannually and this year's Spring Bonus is ending for VIB tonight at midnight and Friday, May 1st for Rouge (Sorry Insiders, your sale ended already). And because I am a makeup junkie who enjoys knowing what other people are purchasing and loving, I thought that I'd share with all of you what I ended up buying from the sale as of thus far. But first here is the breakdown of the discounts from the website...


I am a Rouge (Thank you to coworkers who have me order them stuff), which means that I spend $1,000+ a year and thus I get 20% off during the sale. I also have Sephora FLASH Subscription, aka 2-day shipping (Which I paid $15.00 a year for before hitting Rouge last fall).

Now that I've confirmed that I am a ridiculous makeup addict, here are the goodies that I purchased for myself...


Everything I purchased were products I've never tried before. So I'm excited to play around with some new products later on this week.

Have you picked up anything from the sale? Are you thinking about picking anything up? What tier Beauty Insider are you? Or do you not care about beauty products at all? Lemme know!

April 8, 2020

Trolls World Tour At Home Premiere Party Guide

As you may or may not know, I'm a big fan of the movie Trolls (2016) thanks to Toni's kids forcing me to watch it one day while I was at their house years ago. And because of that, I am way more excited than I probably should be for Trolls World Tour (2020) to be available On Demand this Friday, April 10th.

 
  Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | #TrollsWorldTour

Like, I'm so excited to watch Trolls World Tour on Friday that I'm going to try to get my sister and my cousin (Who are both also very excited for the movie but actually have children to watch it with) to have a Trolls World Tour Zoom party with me.

Thankfully I don't have to do much in terms of trying to figure out what we should do before and after the movie because someone's already done all of that. And because I'm a librarian who loves to share information, I thought I'd share it with all of you in case you're looking to throw a Trolls World Tour party too...

YOUR GUIDE TO A “TROLLS WORLD TOUR” 
WATCH AT HOME PREMIERE PARTY 


First and foremost you need some decor... So grab the kiddies and create some fun DIY Trolls props and decorations that’ll bring your at-home premiere experience to life! Bring out your artistic side by learning how to draw your favorite Trolls with Director Walt Dohrn and Animator Tim Heitz, make your very own Tiny Diamond glasses, or select from several coloring pages to bring color to your big night! If you’re looking for more insporation check out other fun crafty ideas here.


Once everything is decorated you'll need to get your snacks in order. So grab some colorful fruits, veggies, candy treats and of course popcorn for everyone to enjoy! If you have time and really want to rock it out in the kitchen check out these fun recipes that are sure to impress.


After the snacks are all sorted out you need to figure out your outfits (If you've been around for awhile, you know that I love costume parties and themed occassions). Have some fun putting together Trolls-inspired looks for the whole family! There are plenty of characters to choose from including: Poppy, Branch, and new characters like Barb, Tiny Diamond, Tresillo and many others that all represent different genres of music. Glam up from head to toe and for the adventurous, learn how to color your hair Trolls style! Check out all the characters there are to draw inspiration from!

And personally I think this should all be done while rocking out to the Trolls and Trolls World Tour soundtracks, which are both currently available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify (For other listening options click here).


Once you've got everything set up and everyone is dressed, go enjoy the movie! Trolls World Tour will be available On Demand with Spanish-language SAP option through Xfinity and Apple TV and also available on Prime Video, Google Play, Fandango Now and Vudu. For more details go to WatchTrolls.com.


So, what do you think? Are you as pumped as I am to watch Trolls World Tour on Friday? Are you going to throw a Trolls inspired party? Lemme know!

This post was kinda sorta sponsored but not really because I didn't actually get anything to post this and I love Trolls.

April 1, 2020

Month In Review: March 2020


♥ Celebrating my 35th birthday with my family and friends.
♥ Hanging out with Day and Ryan in Brooklyn.
♥ Coffee date with Toni and the kids.
♥ Being able to work from home.
♥ FaceTiming with Mimi almost every night.
♥ My family & friends getting together on Saturday nights for COVIDeo Game Nights.
♥ Playing "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" with Justin and friends online.
♥ Zoom & Skype happy hours with my family and friends.




Dracula (2020 - Present)
True Terror with Robert Englund (2020 - Present)
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020 - Present)

March 31, 2020

My Social Distancing Watch, Read & Listen List

Since the majority of us are at home self quarantining and/or social distancing (If you're an essential employee going into work and braving all of the chaos, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything that you do), I thought I'd throw together a list of the things that I'm hoping to watch, read or listen to while at home trying to help flatten the curve.



What's on your watch, read or listen list? Lemme know!

April Photo-A-Day

Here is the photo-a-day Fat Mum Slim made for April 2020...


This particular month is different than most because there is no list, it's all about gratitude. According to her blog, this month is all "about finding something each day to be grateful for. It can be as simple as fresh air, blue skies, food on your plate, or… toilet paper. Whatever it is, take a photo and share it."

How To Take Part In April Photo-A-Day:
  • Take a photo each day of something you're grateful for.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

March 24, 2020

Stuck In My Head: It's The End Of The World

Because of obvious reasons (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus*) I've got the 1987 classic "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. stuck in my head. And if it isn't already stuck in your head, here you go...


But in all seriousness, I hope you're all safe and healthy as you social distance!

* Here's a link to the World Health Organization's page on that explains why the virus and disease have different names, which I personally found to be interesting.