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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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! 💕

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I saw “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” last night.  I could gut the movie and critique it piece by minuscule piece, but that is not what I’m going to do.  Let me lay it out plain, simple, & to the point.  If you are incapable of reveling in gloom, loud noises, knock-down, drag-out fights, & a mash-up of iconic comic book imagery, this is not the movie for you.  You have been warned!

* Note: Beware!!  I did not intentionally mention SPOILERS, but there may be some mentioned by accident.

My love and respect for Christopher Nolan’s trilogy had me on high alert when plans for this movie surfaced.  I was upset and nervous about a new Batman because he is the man, the hero of all heroes in my eyes.  Christian Bale killed it as the “Dark Knight.”  Even though Ben Affleck is a fantastic actor, I was nervous because I HATE change.  I should have known better than to doubt.  The movie pulled me in with a Hulk-like grasp and didn’t let go until the closing credits (sorry for the Marvel reference).   The visuals were well done; they created a believable environment of equal parts gloom and chaos, appropriate for this particular story.  The acting confirmed smart casting choices.  Each time a familiar face appeared onscreen, I was overwhelmed by childlike excitement.  I’m still iffy on “The Flash.”  I love the character but don’t know much about actor Ezra Miller, and the suit could easily become cheesy.  I am trying to keep an open mind until I see him in a full scene/movie.  Director Zack Snyder deserves acknowledgement.  By default he takes any and all blame and goes down with the ship.  However, he is an amazing director and does not deserve the criticism he’s receiving.

I went in with doubts and tentative expectations, and yet I have nothing substantially negative to say.  Why did I enjoy it so much?  I let go of my thoughts and enjoyed the movie for what it was.  Was it perfect?  No.  A lot of content was stuffed into 151 minutes.  However, DC fans have waited a long time for a live action version of the Justice League.  I believe a sense of urgency drove the filmmaking process.  I refuse to ruin this moment of triumph in the DC Universe.  The films will only get bigger and better from here so why waste breath on complaints.  Instead, let’s all enjoy the mental picture of a 22 year old woman (me) tearing up from pure, nerdy joy in the movie theater.  You’re welcome. ;)

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Batman & Superman Inspired Art – Dark Knight | Man of Steel

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Summer Essentials 2015

These are my must-haves for Summer 2015.  Watch the Youtube version here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYeTuY_DPJs – or continue reading.  Click the names of each product to get more information.  :)

*** I apologize in advance for the weird spacing!  I’m having technical problems with my blog but doing my best to fix them.

Sunscreen Spray

 

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Spray

Sunscreen spray takes less time to apply than sunscreen lotion but is just as effective.  Coppertone offers sprays ranging from SPF 30 to 100.

– Swimsuit –

Roxy Moroccan Beach Tiki Tri Tankini Top

Roxy Moroccan Beach Tiki Tri Tankini Top
Roxy Classic 2" Boardshort
I apologize for the bad quality.  I couldn’t find a better picture!
iPod
  Purple iPod nano 5th Generation
This is a 5th generation iPod Nano in purple.
– Books –
"Bookplate Special" by Lorna Barrett
This is what I am currently reading.  It is the third book in the Booktown Mysteries series by author Lorna Barrett.
Sunglasses
Black Wayfarer Sunglasses
My sunglasses look exactly like these except for the Ray Ban logo; they don’t have any logo on the temples..  I bought them at Nordstrom Rack and took them home in a Lacoste case, but I vaguely remember that the Lacoste cases were all they had left.  Therefore, my sunglasses could very well not be Lacoste.
Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer
I use this as a moisturizer before applying makeup during the Spring and Summer seasons to give my skin extra color.  I use “Medium to Tan” to expedite the tanning process.
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara
I have used this mascara since my relationship with makeup started back in junior high, and I do not plan on stopping anytime soon.  LOVE!
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Custom Bronzer, The Bombshell Bronzer, "Blondes"
I wear this as a highlighter on top of my Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer.
Evian Facial Spray
I use this to cool down my skin, but it is also an inexpensive alternative to expensive makeup-setting sprays.
– Lip Balm –
EOS Smooth Spere Lip Balm, "Sweet Mint"
Rose Salve
I own way more lip balm than I need, but these two are my favorites.  EOS is great for day-to-day use, and Rose Salve is great for extremely chapped lips.
Starbucks
Starbucks
When the sun comes out, nothing beats the heat quite like a Starbucks frappuccino or iced coffee.  Can I get an amen??
Hey you, sunshine.  Bring on the heat!!  I.  Am.  Ready.
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Best Friend Tag

If you follow my Youtube channel, you know that me and my best friend Gabby did the Best friend Tag.  We had so much fun talking and reminiscing.  I ended up having to edit the video into four parts.  For your viewing pleasure, I am linking all the videos in this blog post for convenience.  Enjoy!

– Part 1 –

Veggietales, Dress up, Wolf Pack, Dream Jobs, Makeup, and Golden Girls

Best Friend Tag 1_Collage

– Part 2 –

Europe, Codewords, Bathroom Karaoke, Fears, and Weather

Best Friend Tag 2_Collage

– Part 3 –

Showtunes and Heavy Metal, Youtube, Shoes, Twinzies, Spongebob Squarepants, Pet Bugs, and Death by Fire

Best Friend Tag 3_Collage

– Part 4 –

Movie Genres, Middle Earth Allegiance, Calamari, Tattoos, and Too Much TV

Best Friend Tag 4_Collage

If you and your best friend(s) would like to do this tag, here are the questions:

1. How and when did you meet?

2. What’s your favorite memory together?

3. Describe each other in one word.

4. What’s your dream job?

5. What’s your favorite makeup brand?

6. What is something that annoys you about the other person?

7. If you could go anywhere in the world together, where would it be and why?

8. Favorite inside joke?

9.  Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?

10. Favorite season?

11. Favorite song?

12. What’s it like being friends with someone who is obsessed with Youtube?

13. Heels or flats?

14. Pants or dresses?

15. Favorite animal?

16. If your house was burning down, and your family was sure to be okay, what would you save and why?

17. Comedy, horror, or chick flick?

18. Blackberry or iPhone?

19. Favorite movie?

20. What is something weird that you eat?

21. Do you guys have anything matching?

22. What’s your favorite TV show?

– Source: http://www.wattpad.com/34825305-best-friend-tag-questions

– Some of these questions are meant for girls but can easily be changed for boys.

” Best friends are people you don’t need to talk to every single day.  You don’t need to talk to each other for weeks, but when you do, it’s as if you didn’t even stop talking.”  – Unknown

Treasure your best friend(s) readers!!

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Spring/Summer Fashion Haul 2015

This is a SUPERSIZED Spring and Summer fashion haul consisting of apparel from Kohls, Target, TJ Maxx, and V-Luxury.  If you prefer not to look at pictures, you can watch my Youtube version: https://youtu.be/IqMxHfWv0sA

If you would like to look at pictures, proceed.  :)

– ANNA Pointy Toe T Strap Ballet Flats –

ANNA Pointy Toe T Strap Ballet Flats

http://www.v-luxury.com/womens-shoes/flats/anna-womens-40-kylie-flats-19723.html#prettyPhoto

– Meredith Zipper Wedge Sandals –

Meredith Zipper Wedge Sandals

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-meredith-zipper-wedge-sandals/-/A-16533482

– Lauren Conrad Nude Floral Cutout Heels –

Lauren Conrad Nude Floral Cutout Heels

This shoe is sold out at Kohl’s, but you can find a couple pairs on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-LC-Lauren-Conrad-Womens-Floral-Cutout-High-Heels-/111673566061?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=410681957765&hash=item1a0043636d

Image Source: http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2015/04/chic-peek-my-april-kohls-collection/

– Lauren Conrad Black High Heel Dress Shoes –

Lauren Conrad Black High Heel Dress Shoes

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1905274/lc-lauren-conrad-womens-high-heel-dress-shoes.jsp

– Lauren Conrad Cuffed Skinny Jeans –

Lauren Conrad Cuffed Skinny Jeans

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2062386/lc-lauren-conrad-cuffed-skinny-jeans-womens.jsp

Those heels sure do look familiar!  *Wink Wink*

– Lauren Conrad Shortie Shorts –

Lauren Conrad Shortie Shorts

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2085442/lc-lauren-conrad-jean-shortie-shorts-womens.jsp

– Sonia Kashuk Face Print Weekender –

Sonia Kashuk Face Print Weekender

http://www.target.com/p/sonia-kashuk-face-print-weekender/-/A-16603272#prodSlot=_1_41

– Xhilaration Mixed Print Shift Dress, Black and White –

Xhilaration Mixed Print Shift Dress, Black and White

http://www.target.com/p/mixed-print-shift-dress-xhilaration/-/A-16753227#prodSlot=_1_115

– Xhilaration Double Bow Back Dress, Black –

Xhilaration Double Bow Back Dress, Black

http://www.target.com/p/double-bow-back-dress-black-xhilaration/-/A-16680225

– Xhilaration Open Back Dress –

Xhilaration Open Back Dress

http://www.target.com/p/open-back-dress-xhilaration/-/A-16687553#prodSlot=_2_39

– I bought one other dress, but I cannot find pictures online.  I think it is sold out.  If you would like to see it, you can watch the video on Youtube –

– Mossimo Denim Vest –

Mossimo Denim Vest

http://www.target.com/p/denim-vest-mossimo-supply-co/-/A-17007505#prodSlot=medium_1_4&term=Mossimo+vest

– Mudd Basic V-Neck Tee, Silver Rose Floral –

Mudd Basic V-Neck Tee, Silver Rose Floral

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1945011/mudd-basic-v-neck-tee-juniors.jsp?skuId=400988328651&search=400988328651&submit-search=web-regular

This tee looks casual and cute with the Mossimo denim vest and black skinny jeans.  ;)

– MILLY Ruffled Peasant Blouse, Bougainvillea Combo

MILLY Ruffled Peasant Blouse, Bougainvillea Combo

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2025450/milly-for-designation-ruffled-peasant-blouse-womens.jsp

– Xhilaration Tie Front Utility Shirt –

Xhilaration Tie Front Utility Shirt

http://www.target.com/p/tie-front-utility-shirt-xhilaration/-/A-16831818

– Xhilaration Woven Fashion Vest –

Xhilaration Woven Fashion Vest

http://www.target.com/p/woven-fashion-vest-xhilaration/-/A-16872747

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Target: http://www.target.com/

TJ Maxx: http://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/index.jsp

V-Luxury: http://www.v-luxury.com/

Happy shopping readers!

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April/May 2015 Favorites

The following are my April and May 2015 Favorites.  If you do not want to read, watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf56IwSc6_0

If you want to read, proceed.  :)

– Tall, Decaf, Sugar Free, Iced Caramel Macchiato with Soy Milk, No Whip –

Iced Caramel Macchiato

http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/iced-caramel-macchiato#size=155349&milk=64

An oldie but goodie drink that is cold and refreshing, perfect for the impending summer weather.

– Del Taco Beer Battered Fish Tacos –

Beer Battered Fish Taco

http://www.deltaco.com/menu-tacos.html

An enjoyable and delicious fast-food alternative to gourmet fish tacos.

– Ben & Jerry’s Milk & Cookies Ice Cream –

Milk and Cookies Ice Cream

http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/milk-and-cookies-ice-cream

Vanilla ice cream with a fudge cookie swirl (basically cookies and cream) and CHUNKS of chocolate chip cookies.  Mmm Mmm Good!

– Call The Midwife TV Show –

Call The Midwife

http://www.pbs.org/call-the-midwife/home/

Image Source: http://cluckcluckapp.com/stuff-we-love-call-the-midwife/

If you like time period shows, nursing, midwifery, heartwarming stories, or all of the above, this show is for you.  Me and my mom, a former nurse, are madly in love!

– Haste the Day Album Release Concert –

Haste The Day Album Release Concert

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Phinehas: https://www.facebook.com/Phinehasrock

Haste the Day: https://www.facebook.com/hastetheday

Best concert of my life so far!  If you are into metal, show support for the four bands by visiting their respective websites and giving their music a chance.

– Merona Handbag –

Merona Handbag

http://www.target.com/p/merona-timeless-collection-crossbody-satchel-handbag/-/A-15129448

This roomy handbag has been my constant companion throughout the month of May.  It is not only conveniently big but also easy to pair with outfits.

– Mossimo Denim Vest –

Mossimo Denim Vest

http://www.target.com/p/denim-vest-mossimo-supply-co/-/A-17007505#prodSlot=medium_1_4&term=Mossimo+vest

Thanks to encouragement from my mom, I gave denim vests a chance and have no regrets.  This is a great layering piece for warm weather, and I will venture to say that it will be equally adorable in colder months with long-sleeve tops.

– ANNA Pointy Toe T Strap Ballet Flats –

ANNA Pointy Toe T Strap Ballet Flats

http://www.v-luxury.com/womens-shoes/flats/anna-womens-40-kylie-flats-19723.html#prettyPhoto

These flats are a dream come true!!  The color is beautiful, the shape fits my wide foot like a glove, and there is some cushion on the insole.

– Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask –

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser and Mask

http://www.neutrogena.com/product/clear+pore+cleanser-mask.do

When I turned 21, I started to get light acne.  If you have this same struggle, I highly recommend this product.  It does dry out your skin, but the effects are not drastic.  A little extra moisturizer is all you will need.  However, keep in mind that my results may vary from your own.

– Venice Dolce Berry Body Lotion –

Venice Dolce Berry Body Lotion

This product is no longer sold by Bath and Body Works, but you can find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dbeauty&field-keywords=Venice+Dolce+Berry

I am not a fan of berry scents; they tend to be too strong for my taste.  This lotion is a bit strong and headache-provoking, but the scent lightens when it comes in contact with my skin.  I have been wearing it ALL month.  I am glad I gave it a chance!

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– You’re Such a Budapest OPI Nail Lacquer –

You're Such a Budapest OPI Nail Lacquer

http://opi.com/color/nail-lacquer/you%E2%80%99re-such-budapest#dMgH24EiW4tQbwTS.97

This pale lavender color is gorgeous and so flattering.  It will definitely be on my nails this summer.

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