Activities For Social Distancing

Most of us have a lot of home time ahead of us so I thought I would share some recommendations to get you through the coming days. I work a lot on the computer with freedom to listen to music or watch a show. If that sounds like your current situation, this list is for you. If you’re not able to work right now, hopefully these recommendations will be a welcome distraction from all the chaos. 💕

*Note: This is a lot of information to keep track of so please inform me of any mistakes so I can fix them. Please & thank you!

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💻   A M A Z O N   P R I M E   🍿 

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Dancers & dance enthusiasts, drop everything & watch Dance Academy. As a former dancer, I’ve never related to something more on a “teen struggling in the dance world” level. If you don’t have Prime, visit the Dance Academy YouTube channel & check out their playlists. The movie Dance Academy: The Comeback is on Netflix. 🩰  For a period show centered on royalty, look no further than Victoria; I’ve only seen season 1, but it’s amazing so far. Four seasons of Luther & all 7 seasons of The Mentalist are available for a dose of crime. I myself am planning a rewatch in the near future. Speaking of crime, there are three miniseries based on stories by Agatha Christie: Ordeal by Innocence, The ABC Murders, & The Pale Horse. I have yet to watch any of them, but if the Queen of Crime is your source, how could you go wrong?? If you need some fashion to boost your spirits, Clinton & Stacy are on hand to present the  12th & final season of What Not To Wear.

I’m Watching: I’m currently making my way through Gavin & Stacey and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Season 1. After taking a break, I’m planning on getting back to Downton Abbey & Grimm.

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🦦   A N I M A L S   🦍

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Animal lovers rejoice! You can admire the wildest of God’s creation while quarantined indoors thanks to live webcams. I’m providing links to two aquariums & two zoos in California, my home state. 🇺🇸 Additionally, you can watch live safaris in South Africa thanks to SafariLIVE. 🇿🇦

🐧   Aquarium of the Pacific   🦈

🐠   Monterey Bay Aquarium   🐢 

🐨   San Diego Zoo   🐼

🦍   San Diego Zoo Safari Park   🐅 

🐊   Wild Earth   🦁

You can sit back & watch these live cameras like a TV show or play music & get work done with help from your new critter companions. No matter what you choose, this is educational, relaxing, & great for both kids & adults. 🦉

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📚   B O O K S   📚 

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Mount, Jane. Ideal Bookshelf 822: Agatha Christie. https://www.idealbookshelf.com/products/ideal-bookshelf-822-agatha-christie.

This is a good time for lighthearted reading so I would recommend a trip down memory lane with nostalgic books such as The Baby-Sitters Club series or the Little House on the Prairie series. It might be a bit grim for this particular moment in time, but if you’re feeling brave, pick up the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. If you read the books & still want more from the ASOUE world, watch the amazing show on Netflix. I didn’t read this series until I was an adult, but it is nonetheless an essential comfort read: Harry PotterMy brand new illustrated editions look very tempting right now!

If you’re a bit of a weirdo like me & can read crime/mystery books at any time, I recommend classics like Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew, & Sherlock Holmes. British Library Crime Classics are also fantastic; my favorite so far is “Antidote to Venom” by Freeman Wills Crofts. If you’d prefer modern small town mysteries with a dose of baking, look no further than the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke; you can read one of the books & then use the included cookbook to bake recipes from the story. If you like the TV show Criminal Minds, The Patrick Bowers Files series by Steven James is fantastic.

For something a little more out of this world, I implore you to pick up the Illuminae Files trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I guarantee you will fly through all three books at the speed of light. If you have access, I’ve heard the audiobooks are also incredible. Buckle up & prepare for an edge-of-your-seat journey! 🌙

I’m Reading: I’ve been in a horrible reading slump since the end of 2019 so I’m still making my way through “Capturing the Devil” by Kerri Maniscalso.

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💻   D I S N E Y   P L U S   🍿 

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When I did my 30-day Disney Plus marathon last November, it was fun to plan out themed days so that’s what I recommend you do now. For example, Emperor’s New Groove & Emperor’s New School or Go Figure & Ice Princess or both versions of The Parent Trap1961 & 1998 ). Show some love to specific actors: Aly MichalkaCow Belles, Now You See ItPhil of the Future, & Pixel Perfect ), Brenda SongGet A Clue, Stuck in the SuburbsThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody, & Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior ), Christy Carlson RomanoCadet Kelly, Even Stevens, & Kim Possible ), etc. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention absolute classics like High School Musical & The Cheetah Girls. For more recommendations, use the search bar on the right side of the screen & type “Disney Plus” to see every single movie & TV show I watched during my marathon.

These are my personal favorite movies & shows. My favorite animated movie is Tarzan, followed by Aladdin & Hercules. My favorite princess movies are Mulan, Aladdin, & Pocahontas. My favorite Pixar movies are Monsters, Inc. & Monsters University. My favorite live action movies are Into the Woods, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, & The Moon-SpinnersMy favorite shows are Lizzie McGuire & Kim Possible.

I’m Watching: I’m in the middle of several shows started during my marathon, but the priorities are Lizzie McGuire & the new Disney movies I have yet to watch: Aladdin, Cars 3, Frozen 2, Incredibles 2 ( currently on Netflix ), Mary Poppins Returns ( currently on Netflix ), Ralph Breaks the Internet ( currently on Netflix ), & Toy Story 4.

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🏋🏻‍♀️   F I T N E S S   🤸🏻‍♀️

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I’m not personally in a good relationship with exercise at the moment, but I know that some of you will be wanting ways to be active while staying inside. I can recommend some fantastic people on YouTube who will have you sweating in no time.

Tip: If you or your child owns a hula hoop, use that for a workout. Turn on your favorite movie or TV show & move those hips for 30 minutes or more.

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🧩   G A M E S   🎲

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If you already have a stash of board games in your home, allow me to recommend my family’s favorites: Clue (available as an app, not free), Logo, & Trivial Pursuit (available as an app, free). We don’t own any right now, but my mom & I also love puzzles. Probably should’ve stocked up before the apocalypse happened! 🙈

*NOTE: After a round or two of the game, check out the film Clue (1985) for free on Crackle. It has a cult following for a reason!

If you have coloring books laying around the house, that’s a great way to relax & destress. There’s also free, printable coloring pages online such as this Golden Girls picture. If you don’t have any coloring tools at home, there are free digital options such as Coloring Book For Adults (Apple only), ColorMe (Apple only), Color Therapy (Apple only), & Happy Color ( Android & Apple ).

I haven’t played games on my laptop in a very long time, but I have to recommend the Papa Louie cooking games from Flipline Studios. They’re addicting & perfect for playing while catching up on audiobooks, music, shows, or podcasts. You can work with any kind of food imaginable: Burgeria ( Android & Apple ), Bakeria ( Android & Apple ), Cheeseria ( Android & Apple ), Cupcakeria Android & Apple ), Donuteria ( Android & Apple ), Freezeria ( Android & Apple ), Hot DoggeriaAndroid & Apple ), Pancakeria ( Android & Apple ), Pastaria, Pizzeria ( Android & Apple ), Scooperia ( Android & Apple ), Sushiria, Taco Mia ( Android & Apple ), & Wingeria Android & Apple ).

*Note: The computer games are free, but the app versions are not. 💰

Speaking of apps, my favorite free phone & tablet games are Angry Birds, Babel Word Game, Candy Crush, Fruit Ninja, Mario Kart Tour, Room Escape: 50 Rooms 1 ( Android & Apple ), Scrabble GO ( Android & Apple ), Two Dots, Word Life, Wordscapes ( same concept as Word Life, Android & Apple ), & Word Stacks ( Android & Apple ). I haven’t played this in awhile, but I used to be obsessed with Diner Dash ( Android & Apple ). If you love music, I recently discovered Dot n Beat ( Android & Apple ) & Tiles Hop ( Android & Apple ).

What I’m Playing: I’ve recently become obsessed with the Crossword app ( Android & Apple ). It’s a great way to start or end my day & keep my mind sharp. I’m also considering a Nancy Drew computer game, which I’ve never completed on my own.

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📀   M O V I E S   🍿 

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Obviously everyone’s movie collection looks different so I’m going to provide links to digital stores & streaming services. For romantic comfort films, I immediately turn to:

Anne of Green Gables trilogy ( available for digital purchase on Gazebo )

Jane Austen movies: Northanger Abbey 2007 ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, & PBS Passport )

Persuasion 2007Apple TV $ )

Pride & Prejudice 2005 ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, Google Play $, Hulu, & STARZ )

Sense & Sensibility 1995 & 2008 | 1985 is on Amazon $Apple TV $Google Play $Hulu,  & Showtime2008 is on Apple TV $, Google Play $Hulu & Prime.

North and South 2004 ( Netflix )

Another classic I can’t say no to is Little Women. I haven’t seen the new adaptation yet, but I personally recommend 1949 & 1994. Surprisingly I don’t own either so I have to wait for TV airings.

1949Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

1994Amazon $, Apple TV $Crackle, Google Play $, & Showtime

Speaking of classics & romance, set aside an Audrey Hepburn day for Breakfast at Tiffany’s ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, Google Play $, Hulu, & STARZ ), Funny Face ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $ ), & Roman Holiday ( Amazon $, Apple TV $, Crackle, Google Play $, & Tubi ). Audrey always makes everything seem brighter & better! ☀️

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If you love musical theater, these are some of my favorite musical films (not including animated Disney movies):

ChicagoAmazon $, Apple TV $, Google Play $, & Hulu 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c2bKZMxEQg

Fiddler on the RoofApple TV $Google Play $, & Prime (leaving on 3/31)

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVGNdB6iEeA

Grease Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS9SXH3DfT8

Into the WoodsApple TV $Amazon $, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6t79Nw_6YA

Once Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

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Singin’ in the Rain – Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

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The Greatest ShowmanAmazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

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The Prince of EgyptAmazon $, Apple TV $Google Play $, & Hulu

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The Sound of Music Amazon $Apple TV $Disney Plus, & Google Play $

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – DVD

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Here are a few more that I love but don’t own yet:

Hairspray 2007 Amazon $, Apple TV $, Netflix, & Google Play $

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm2iTP1NaB4

Mary PoppinsAmazon $, Apple TV $, Disney Plus, & Google Play $

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The Music Man 1962 Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

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Since you have so much time on your hands, dive into a favorite franchise:

Harry Potter Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

Indiana Jones – Amazon $, Apple TV $, Google Play $, & Netflix

Lord of the Rings Amazon $, Apple TV, & Google Play $ | Movies 2 & 3 are on Netflix

The Hobbit Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $ | Movies 1 & 3 are on Hulu

Star WarsAmazon $, Apple TV $Disney Plus, & Google Play $ | Rogue One & episodes 2, 3, & 4 are also on Hulu. Solo: A Star Wars Story is also on Netflix.

The Hunger Games Amazon $, Apple TV $, & Google Play $

If you’re wondering where the superheroes are, I have one name for you: Batman. Do me a favor & go watch the Dark Knight trilogy ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $  ). For an extra dose of bat, you can’t go wrong with Batman: The Animated Series ( Apple $, DC Universe, & Google Play $ ). That’s all you need! 🖤🦇🖤

*Note: Batman Begins & The Dark Knight are also on Netflix.

We’ve now come to the end of this long list which could definitely be longer. I suggest we throw caution to the wind & get a little dangerous. 🔥 Here are some crime thrillers that my brother & I are obsessed with: Gone Baby Gone ( Amazon $, Apple $, Google Play $, Hulu, & Starz ), Gone Girl ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $ ), Insomnia ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $ ), Nightcrawler ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $ ), Prisoners ( Amazon $, Apple $, Google Play $, & Hulu ), Se7en ( Amazon $, Apple $, & Google Play $ ), & Zodiac ( Amazon $, Apple $, Crackle, & Google Play $ ). I probably missed one or two, but that’s enough to get you started. 🚔

I’m Watching: I’m seriously considering a Jane Austen marathon. I need some dashing men in my life right about now! 💘

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🎵   M U S I C   🎶 

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I speak fluent Disney so this list could get quite lengthy. I’ll keep it short with just a few favorites. For soundtracks, look no further than Phil Collins ( Apple & Google Play ). Tarzan ( Apple & Google Play ) & Brother Bear ( not available for digital purchase ) are masterpieces, and it’s an absolute travesty if you haven’t listened yet. My number one song is “If I Never Knew You” from PocahontasApple & Google Play ), which was cut from the movie because it didn’t perform well with kids during test screenings. Thankfully it’s now available as a single & extended scene on DVD. Other favorites include “A Whole New World” from Aladdin ( Apple & Google Play ), “God Bless the Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame ( Apple & Google Play ), “Go the Distance” from HerculesApple & Google Play ), “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from Lilo & Stitch ( Apple & Google Play ),“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan ( Apple & Google Play ), “I Wont Say I’m in Love” from Hercules ( Apple & Google Play ), & “Life is a Highway” from Cars ( Apple & Google Play ).

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I’ve been into metal, especially metalcore, since middle school. A lot of bands had to cancel tours due to Coronavirus, & many may not recover from this loss of income. If you have some extra money to give, I suggest seeking out your favorite singers & bands that don’t have a Beyoncé-level following; they’re the artists to support during this time of inactivity. I would personally like to introduce you to my favorite metalcore band Oh Sleeper, based out of Fort Worth, TX. Buy merch & music. Follow their social media accounts & stream their songs. Show them some love! 🖤

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If you love to blast show tunes, my favorite musical albums from broadway & film are Fiddler on the Roof ( Apple & Google Play ), Into the Woods ( Apple & Google Play ), Once ( Apple & Google Play ), The Greatest Showman ( Apple & Google Play ), The Prince of Egypt ( Apple & Google Play ), The Hunchback of Notre Dame ( Apple & Google Play ), Waitress ( Apple & Google Play ), & Wicked ( Apple & Google Play ). I recommend you throw in Once Upon A December” from Anastasia ( Apple & Google ), Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s ( Apple & Google Play ), & “The Trolley Song” from Meet Me in St. Louis ( Apple & Google Play ).

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I find no greater comfort than that of nostalgia. It’s like picking up a favorite blanket from childhood & snuggling with it. My throwback playlist on Spotify is a personal favorite of mine. Allow me to throw out a choice group of jams: “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton ( Apple & Google Play ), “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney ( Apple & Google Play ), “Be Good To Me” by Ashley Tisdale ( Apple & Google Play ), “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne ( Apple & Google Play ), “Everywhere” by Michelle Branch ( Apple & Google Play ), “I Could Get Used To This” by Everlife ( Apple & Google Play ), “Leave (Get Out)” by JoJo ( Apple & Google Play ), “Rush” by Aly & AJ ( Apple & Google Play ), “Spinnin’ Around” by Jump5 ( Apple & Google Play ), & “There’s Gotta Be More To Life” by Stacie Orrico ( Apple & Google Play ).

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Amidst the chaos, take time to be still, close your eyes, & seek God. There are so many songs I could recommend, but I’ll stick with a choice few that always put my heart at ease:

“Cry Out To Jesus” by Third Day ( Apple & Google Play )

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary, and love for the broken heart. And there is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing. He’ll meet you wherever you are. Cry out to Jesus!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmVxRl5bc4Y

“How He Loves” by David Crowder Band ( Apple & Google Play )

He is jealous for me. Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy. When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory. And I realize just how beautiful You are and how great Your affections are for me.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCunuL58odQ

“Living Hope” by Phil Wickham ( Apple & Google Play )

Then came the morning that sealed the promise. Your buried body began to breathe. Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion declared the grave has no claim on me. Jesus, Yours is the victory!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-1fwZtKJSM

“Lord I Need You” by Matt Maher ( Apple & Google Play )

Lord I come, I confess. Bowing here I find my rest. Without You I fall apart. You’re the One that guides my heart. Lord I need You, oh I need You. Every hour I need You.

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“Simplicity” by Rend Collective ( Apple & Google Play )

I come with my broken song to You the Perfect One, to worship You in spirit and truth. Only You. Give me a childlike heart. Lead me to where You are ’cause I’m coming back to my first love. Only You.

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“When Loves Sees You” by Mac Powell ( Google Play ) | This song isn’t available anywhere else for digital purchase, but you can still support Mac on Apple Music.

I see what I made in your mother’s womb, and I see the day I fell in love with you. I see your tomorrows, nothing left to chance. I see My Father’s fingerprints. I see your story. I see My name written on every beautiful page. You see the struggle. You see the shame. I see the reason I came.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4DK7arkztw

“You Can Have Me” by Sidewalk Prophets ( Apple & Google Play )

When did love become unmoving? When did love become unconsuming? Forgetting what the world has told me, Father of love You can have me.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzniohIV7ZE

I’m Listening To: According to Spotify, the last song I listened to was “Two Ships” by Oh Sleeper.

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💻   N E T F L I X   🍿 

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Time for yet another long list! I will probably miss a show or two, but there should be something for everybody. The ✔️ indicates that I’ve either finished the show all the way through or just the portion that’s available on Netflix. FYI, I mostly stuck to TV shows because a movie recommendations list would take the rest of my life to curate. Take what you can get! 😉

🇬🇧 British Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Sherlock, The Great British Baking Show ✔️, & The Stranger ✔️

*Note: Sadly Happy Valley & Shetland are no longer available. 😭 I would also recommend Rosemary & Thyme if you can find it. I think all 3 shows are  on BritBox but don’t know if what’s available in the UK is different from the US.

Cartoon Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island ✔️, & What’s New Scooby-Doo? ✔️

Classic The Andy Griffith Show ✔️ & Twin Peaks ✔️ ( season 3 is on Showtime )

Comedy – I recommend comedians John MulaneyKevin Hart, & Sebastian Maniscalco. I promise you’ll be in pain from all the laughter! 😂

🇫🇷 French Black Spot ✔️ & La Mante ✔️

Binge & Then Binge Again Breaking Bad + El Camino ✔️, Gilmore Girls + Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life ✔️, Parks & Recreation, & The Office ✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️

Netflix Originals Stranger Things, The Witcher ✔️, Unbelievable ✔️, & You ✔️

🇪🇸 Spanish Cable Girls, El Barco ✔️, Gran Hotel ✔️, High Seas ✔️, Morocco: Love in Times of War, The Invisible Guest ✔️, & Velvet + Velvet Colección

*Note: I also like Isabel, Los Hombres de Paco,  The Time in Between, & Un Paso Adelante, all shows I have yet to complete. Sadly I can’t recommend any place to watch them because they’ve all moved since I started. If you live in Europe, you might have better luck.

True Crime Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes ✔️, Evil Genius ✔️, The Keepers ✔️, & The Staircase ✔️

I’m Watching: I’m taking a brief break from Criminal Minds & making my way, once again, through Heartland. I read the books in middle school & have been a fan of the show for basically the same amount of time. 🐴 💕

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Instead of listing a bunch of YouTubers, I’m going to share what I turn to when I’m feeling sad: Laughter! My go-to sources are bloopers from Friends, The Office, & Whose Line Is It AnywayMark Ferris & Zoe Sugg‘s funniest moments, Holly & Phillip on This Morning, & The Carol Burnett Show.

There are so many bloopers I could share, but it wouldn’t feel right not focusing on Lisa Kudrow‘s laugh. If you make it all the way through this video without smiling, you’re dead inside. 💀

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcVvllNmu4Y

Dinner Party is one of my favorite episodes, & the bloopers might be even funnier, specifically the TV scene at 4:56. ⬇️

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrqQFD6ak6E

I swear Drew Carey’s laugh clears acne! Chip & Colin & Drew & Jeff & Ryan & Wayne . . . I love all of them! 💕

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrXm2U8dfOo

These two are a force to be reckoned with. Every time they spend time together, I count the seconds until their vlogs are uploaded. It’s hard to pick a favorite moment, but 35:29 is definitely at the top.

*Note: The best two channels for Ferris/Sugg content, aside from their own channels of course, are Funny Montages & YouTuber Moments.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCwZdoNH7rI

I only recently discovered the hilarious duo that is Holly Willoughby & Phillip Schofield on This Morning. It is impossible to choose one favorite moment so I chose a classic:

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHuLy0DT_84&t=49s

It doesn’t get much better than Harvey Korman & Tim Conway. This sketch is a classic! Harvey’s accent when he says “Daffy Duck” never fails to makes me laugh out loud. 😂

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3rCOwLwb5s

I’m Watching: It should come as no surprise that I’ve been watching Mark & Zoe‘s funniest moments while working on my laptop. Can’t stop, won’t stop!

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If you’ve made it all the way to the end, you deserve a medal for your treacherous journey. 🏅 Even though that was a lot of information to process, I hope you’ve gained some ideas to make social distancing a little easier to bear. Stay inside, & stay safe everybody! 💕

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Just Want To Say Hello

I haven’t written a personal note to all of you in awhile. Coronavirus, specifically COVID-19, has everybody on edge so now seems like a good time. I love living like a hermit & barely leaving the house so let me know if you need any tips. 😂 Jokes aside, this situation shouldn’t be taken lightly. The spread of the virus is serious cause for concern. The first thing you can do is not panic. Think logically! Don’t buy a warehouse of supplies that could be shared with your entire city or maybe even state. Buy things you’ll actually need for your household & be on your merry way. Treat this like the flu season. Wash your hands with soap for 20-30 seconds. If you have to make a necessary trip out of the house, touch as few public surfaces as possible & sanitize your hands. Cough & sneeze into the crook of your arm. Drink water & take your vitamins. Get a good night’s sleep (hard for us Night Owls, I know!). Going back to the beginning, the immediate thing to do is NOT panic. That will affect how you react to the situation, & now is not the time to be reckless. Panic will also cause stress which will affect your immune system. I know it feels overwhelming because the whole world is going into quarantine, but focus on the little corner you call home. Evaluate with a clear mind & go from there. I think we could all use a break from the apocalypse so I’m going to end with a hilarious video from Trey Kennedy about germaphobes. Get cozy & laugh as loud as you want to! 💕

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izYn6GeAeD0

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Disney+ Marathon Day 4 | November 15

8am – Rise & shine! 🌞

8:20am – Getting ready for work + Lizzie McGuire 💄 

S1E1 – Rumors

Still remember the entire theme song. Nailed it! 🎶

S1E2 – Picture Day

9:20am – Driving to work + Lizzie McGuire 🚗 

S1E3 – When Moms Attack

10am – Work 🛍 

3:30pm – Driving home from work + Lizzie McGuire 🚗 

S1E4 – Pool Party

I am Lizzie, Lizzie is me. Drama! 😂

4pm – Dinner + Lizzie McGuire 🍗 

S1E5 – I’ve Got Rhythmic

4:30pm – Blogging + Lizzie McGuire 💻 

S1E6 – Jack of All Trades

S1E7 – Here Comes Aaron Carter

S1E8 – Misadventures of Babysitting

S1E9 – Election

I always forget that Sara Paxton cameoed as Holly, the former class president. 😯

S1E10 – I Do, I Don’t

S1E11 – Bad Girl McGuire

I accidentally watched an extra episode. Oops! ☺️

8:30pm – Blogging + The Lizzie McGuire Movie 💻 

Um . . . Can we talk about Paolo’s lame attempt to convince Lizzie that music just flows out of him?? A lame “La la la la” That’s it. That’s literally it. I can’t with him. 😂

Final thoughts for the day: Because of work, today wasn’t jam-packed with Disney+ activity. However, I still managed to have a wonderful LIZZIE MCGUIRE DAY. I watched 11 episodes & the movie. Basically I lived my best life. See you tomorrow for day 5! 💋

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Three Generations

Vivianita Grace, Mona Lisa, & Lauren Michele

Happy Mother’s Day! First of all, how cute are we?!? Grandma Vivian in her purple sweater, my mama with picture-perfect makeup, and me with big blue eyes. A trio of 90s beauties! My grandma and mom’s relationship the last years of her life is something I will never forget. She lived with us for a period of time, and even when she wasn’t there, we were over at her house every Thursday. The one thing I will forever remember as though it were yesterday is the joy. I was constantly walking into a room and finding the two of them doubled over from laughter. It is overwhelmingly emotional thinking of how blessed I am to have seen that. They walked through a lot of hardship to get to that point, but for most of my early childhood I was privileged to have both a grandma and a mom who loved Jesus. Even though she’s gone now, I know my grandma is in Heaven, healthier than ever. I hope that in some way she knows that my mom & I have carried on the legacy of joy, always laughing. This special day is for moms & grandmas, but I want to give a special *internet hug* to all the people who are celebrating without their mothers today. ♥️

“Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”  

– Proverbs 31: 25-30

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Aquaman Review

I’m starting the new year with a review of Aquaman, my family’s 2018 Christmas movie. Even though I’m a “DC Girl For Life,” I still have the ability to be constuctively critical. In short, I loved this movie. In depth, there are a few things that bothered me:

  1. Some of the camera angles & shots took me out of the movie. The beach training scene between Arthur and Vulko involved back and forth shots of both characters straight on. It felt odd and a bit too melodramatic. In the Italy scene with Arthur & Mera, the atmosphere dramatically changed to a cheesy rom-com and felt out of place in an adventurous superhero movie.

2. Speaking of the rom-com scene, that brings us to the terrible soundtrack. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I specifically dislike the songs from the Black Manta costume creation scene (“It’s No Good,” Depeche Mode), the Italy rom-com scene (“She’s A Mystery To Me,” Roy Orbison), and the infamous Pitbull cover of Toto’s “Africa.” I should clarify that those first two songs aren’t bad; they just felt out of place. The Pitbull song is the one I hate with a vengeance, with or without the movie. All that being said, the score is amazing, and I really like the end credits song “Everything I Need” by Skylar Grey which fits right in with the tone of the movie’s finale.

Let’s end with two MAJOR positives:

  1. I  teared up twice: once during the title sequence from pure, unadulterated joy & again when Arthur Curry is proclaimed king of Atlantis because FINALLY we have the Aquaman we deserve on the big screen.

2. My dad loved the movie! You definitely won’t understand why that is such a big deal so let me provide some clarity. He enjoys movies like Darkest Hour and The Post. Superhero blockbusters are usually a little too weird & rarely impress him as great films. I 100% expected him to either fall asleep or walk out of the theater unimpressed. Shock of all shocks, he stayed awake the whole time and loved both cast and plot. 😱

I can understand why length was an issue for some people. Right before the finale, it started to feel like the story was being stretched out . . . and then BAM! It ended with an E P I C fight; I teared up; and all was forgotten and forgiven. Lastly, I want to give the cast & crew a round of applause. Director James Wan brought Atlantis to life which is no small feat considering you can’t actually film an entire movie underwater. There wasn’t even one weak link in the cast; I was impressed with every single performance, and I can’t wait to see more.

This is a DC film I can stand behind, and I think my fellow fans should do the same. Moving forward, we need to focus on the positive & support the parts of our cinematic universe that we love. Things can only get better from here because the casts & crews are experimenting, learning, and growing. So what if DC is darker and/or weirder?! At least we’re daring to be different!

GO.  SEE.  AQUAMAN.  🌊

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Reflecting on 25 Years of Life

This isn’t going to be easy for me to write so while I take a few deep breaths, please listen to this song (or at least part of it):

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFeJkfB4xKo

“This is a story that I have never told. I gotta get this off my chest to let it go. I need to take back the light inside you stole.”

A few years ago I choreographed a dance routine to “Warrior” for a talent show. I hadn’t danced in awhile so it wasn’t my best performance ever, but something inside me needed an outlet. After I finished, I had to run to the bathroom because I was shaking so bad & sobbing. I’m not open about things in my past because I don’t think it’s something the public needs to know. However, if you are someone who is still healing, you are not alone. Middle school and high school were hell for me, but college was even worse. I suffered for so long and then turned around and made my precious family suffer because of my anger. I was angry at myself for being weak & at God for abandoning me. I hope my mom doesn’t mind me sharing this, but she has told me that she thought she would lose me in college because I was so close to the edge without caring. There is no sugar coating this: I wanted to die.

Tomorrow I turn 25 years old. The broken little girl in middle school didn’t think she would make it this far. The angry college student didn’t want to make it this far. God brought me this far, and He isn’t done yet.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”  – Psalm 40:1-3

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I’m a Terrible Blogger

Six months without a word. Boy do I have a real gift for consistent blogging! 😂 I have a couple of good reasons so bear with me while I make excuses. Number one, I had a two-month work project. Adulting at its finest! Number two, I’ve been going through a creative slump. I can only maintain two blogs & a YouTube channel for so long before I need a break from one or more outlets.

As you can tell from the photo above, I have moved on from the spookiest month of the year because CHRISTMASTIME IS HERE!!🎄 My Christmas playlist has been on since yesterday, and I just drank my first peppermint mocha frappuccino of the season. I am feeling very merry and bright, although my feelings are subject to change after work tonight. 🙄 I let you down in 2018 as a blogger, but I’m going to try and make it up to you during the holiday season. I’m still in retail (UGH) so stay tuned for a roller coaster of emotions. Can’t wait! 🤪

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Dry Brush Kit | Minamul

I tried dry brushing for the first time last year, and the following is my review posted on amazon.com:

⚠ Disclaimer: Minamul contacted me to review their product, and I chose to do so because I was genuinely interested. This is an unpaid & honest review.

📝 Note: I have yet to use the konjac sponge therefore I have no thoughts regarding that product.

Information – There is a helpful chart that demonstrates what directions to brush in; it also has instructions for using the konjac sponge. Other than that, there is no information on what each brush is for or the benefits of dry brushing. I had to do outside research to fill in those gaps. It would be beneficial for the company and convenient for the customers if that information was provided in the bundle.

Brushes – I have sensitive skin, and the brushes, surprisingly, did not cause any irritation. With even pressure, you should feel a tingling sensation, not pain.

Side Effect – Not long into the process, I developed a painful breakout on my legs, specifically my thighs, which forced me to stop dry brushing below the waist. Because this product is meant to clean out the body, I don’t fault the company in any way. I just want future customers to be aware.

Results – After each dry brushing session, my skin felt softer and rejuvenated, and my mood was calm and relaxed. Even though the breakout on my legs was painful, it proved that the dry brushes work efficiently to clean out the body. It’s difficult to define the results because most of what is expected to happen is internal, not external. However, what I experienced is enough to know that these products are effective.

My main issue with this product has to do with the lack of educational information. Also, I am less likely to make another purchase from Minamul because I don’t need the entire bundle again, just some of the individual products. However, I assume that over time they will expand their product line so I will definitely be checking for updates. Overall, I think this bundle is great quality and perfect for first-time dry brushers.

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New Name, Same Blog

My eagle-eyed followers might’ve noticed a big change on my blog, but allow me to make an official announcement for those who missed it. I started this blog in the midst of my poet phase of life, but it’s been awhile since I transitioned to lifestyle content. I’ve wanted to change the name for years but hesitated due to the cost. Last week I decided to take the plunge & couldn’t be happier with my decision. This blog has officially changed from laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com to laurenmichelelifestyle.com. Thank you so much for faithfully following my blog! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for my little corner of the internet.

• 🎨 • My art blog also has a new name ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ laurenmicheleartblog.com • 🎨 •

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