Endless Bliss | Happy Lifestyle Blog: April 2014

Home Sweet Home In Progress.

Big news here: Jon and I are moving in together! It's a ginormous step in our relationship, and I'm so excited I just want to do some Miley twerking, but I won't cause I can't, and I don't think anyone wants to see me attempt.

Anyway, after months of looking for a place for us (because Jon is still a hour away for now. Boohoo), I stumbled upon this precious duplex in Shreveport, and it's absolutely perfect! Or so I thought.

Let me just say, moving is the most stressful thing I've ever done. You'd think that after moving several times throughout my life (and I mean several), I would have had some things figured out by now, but no. There are so many things that I had to figure out when I was getting this place, i.e. What a notary is. In my defense, why would I have know what a notary is? I've had no reason to get anything notarized in my entire life...until now.

I guess it wouldn't be a true "our first place" story without some bumps in the road, but picture this: Jon isn't moving in until the end of May, and after just a few hours helping me move my stuff and getting a few things fixed and cleaned up, Tiffany was riding solo in her new place. How many disasters could possibly occur? 

1) On Friday, I had scheduled my water to be turned on. The rude lady on the phone said that I needed to be there. That it was an all day appointment, and if I wasn't there, I wouldn't get my water turned on. I took half a day off of work, fell asleep waiting. I get up to pee, thinking that I could just flush the toilet when my water gets turned on, but low and behold, it's already on, and I've wasted my day. No knock on the door to let me know. Nothing. Just a waste of my time.

2) After two hours on the phone with my cable company, I'm told that the person who lived there before me never paid their bills or cut off their service, so I couldn't turn mine on. It would have to wait till Tuesday, and a technician would have to come do some honey things. Fast forward to Sunday, I have some friends come hook up my cable and modem so they would be ready for the technician. They manage to get my internet working, but not cable. Fast forward to Monday, I call the cable company, and it takes this man all of ten minutes to get my cable working. When it's finally on, the sound didn't work, so I had to Google how to fix that. Thanks, Google.

Ghetto rigged cable. This isn't the TV staying in here, but until Jon moves his stuff in, this is what it's going to look like.

3) I know what you're thinking - "Well, Tiffany, if you have internet, then why haven't you been blogging?" (Oh, you weren't thinking that?) My computer decided that it doesn't want to work anymore, and every time I try to click on anything, it just sits there frozen. So there's that. Now I'm forced to blog from my phone. It's the real life struggle.

4) On Saturday, getting three people to look at and attempt to light it, the conclusion is my water heater is missing a part, which means no hot water for Tiffany. At this point, I hadn't showered since Thursday night (judge me), and I was not about to shower in the freezing cold, so I took my musty self to my parents and showered on Sunday. Fast forward to Monday, the maintenance guy gets the heater lit, but by the time I come home after work, it's gone out. He said he's going to order a whole new unit. Fast forward to Tuesday, the maintenance man replaces the hot water unit, but there's a carbon monoxide leak, so he has to go get some replacement parts. It's all fixed now though - yes lawd, hot water.

Brand new water heater!

5) The coil in the oven is broken, so a new part had to be ordered. In the mean time, I can't use the stove or oven so microwave meals and dollar menu only.

6) I ran the dishwasher for the first time, and water was still in it when the cycle was through. Some good news - my friends that managed to get the internet working fixed the dishwasher, so I've got one good thing going. Yay for clean dishes??

I have faith that once these links get worked out, I'll be living in paradise. The first picture shows all of the boxes that I've already emptied, so helloooo progress. Here's some documented progress:

Bathroom. I love the floor tile.

Spare bedroom.

Master bedroom. Our friends gave us the king mattress, so we're still in the market for a box spring and bed frame.

After having to shower at my parents for the first in forever this past week, I finally have hot water, but I'll still be eating McDonald's for all meals (except not really). 


Meet one of my April sponsors, Heather!

I met Heather from My Little Happily Ever After thanks to Two Thirds Hazel, the mastermind behind Blogcation. Heather and I will be rooming together, and after reading all of her blog posts this past month, I just know that we're going to get along fabulously.

I'm a girly girl, but would like to think I'm up for trying most things once; I mean I did live on a farm for eight years! I think the color pink is one of the best parts of this world and I love it when animal prints are "in". The one thing I can't live without would be water, which I drink through my straw cups...everyday! I'm always blogging about the stuff that's important to me, sometimes it's as innocent as the beautiful Florida weather and other times it's the latest New Adult or Romance book I've read.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Getting to meet new people, read their stories and also share my life with others.
What motivates you?
Reading stories, seeing people strive for and achieve their goals.
If you could live a day in the life of anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Marilyn Monroe - she was fabulously tortured, a bad girl and also loved by many. Plus I loved JFK and was a little obsessed with him in middle school after we learned all about him!
What song are you currently obsessed with?

What makes you awesome?
I have an addictive personality, so if I love something it's done all the way. Plus I'm a little blunt with my friends and family, so if I don't like something you'll know it.

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Sharing My Blog with People in Real Life.

Completely irrelevant picture, but isn't Molly adorable?

Lately I've found myself sharing my blog with more people in my life. It all started when an important visitor came to the hotel, and he went around the table asking people what they liked to do. Like I mentioned in my Motivated Monday post, I said that I have a blog. Since then, I've been sharing it randomly with people. In the morning at work, we have these things called "Huddles" where people from different departments share things about the hotel. Last week, we did a little get-to-know-you exercise, and we had to name some facts about ourselves. Again, I mentioned my blog. 

It's not like I was ever embarrassed that I blog. I actually love my blog, and as it continues to grow, I become more and more proud of it. I've created relationships with people that I wouldn't have known otherwise, and I've connected with people that understand things I've gone or am going through. I've also been presented with a lot of opportunities that I couldn't have gotten otherwise. I feel like my blog is helping me grow in ways that I could have only imagined prior.

So why was I so hesitant to share my blog with people in my "real" life? 

Blogs tend to have a lot of negative connotation attached to them. People who don't blog think that bloggers are people who just sit at home in front of their computers all day and write posts to get free stuff or ramble about things that no one cares to read. Yes, I do spend a lot of time in front of a computer, and yes, I know that not all of my posts will appeal to everyone, but I do have a life outside of my blog. I work full-time, I see my family frequently, I have a boyfriend and a social life. There's an actual person behind all of the words that are written on here. My entire life isn't centered around my blog (though certain parts of my life have changed thanks to blogging - in the best way).

A lot of people are obsessed with Pinterest, but what most people don't know is that about 90% of the pins on Pinterest are pulled from blogs all over the internet. Also, Buzzfeed, Thought Catalog and other articles from popular websites that have been circulating the internet and Facebook as of late are written by bloggers. 

Now that I'm starting to become more confident about my blog and the words that I put out there, I'm starting to get excited about telling people about my blog and why I love it so much. It makes me so happy when someone I see in real life says that they read my blog and that they enjoyed reading my posts. I'm excited for the opportunities that I foresee this blog bringing, and I can't wait to bring all of you on the journey with me. Thanks so much for keeping up with and reading my blog. Every view, every comment, every share. It all means so much to me.

Meet one of my April sponsors, Kylea!

I am so excited to have Kylea sponsoring me this month, because soon we will be rooming together for Blogcation! And by soon, I really mean in forever, because it's not until January. I wish it was now!

My name is Kylea (pronounced Ky-Lee). If you guessed it wrong the first time, no worries; like the Gecko being confused for Geico, it happens all the time. I am an Arizona native who loves heat and my fur monster Ghillie. On my blog you will find: sarcasm, my love for all things Despicable Me, the amazing fur creatures that sometimes take over my life, and just about anything topic you can think of. I also enjoy long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and Netflix binges. 

What is your favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging, is the acceptance and support that you get from people that you've never met! It is strange to meet (virtually or in person) new people from across the country or world, and know that you have something in common with them. And when someone is having an off time or really bad day, I have never seen more support and kind words in my life than in a comment stream.  Plus I can jut write my heart out and there is always someone who can relate in one form or another. 

What motivates you?
I will be honest my motivation can be hard to muster up. But it’s the simple things like seeing a picture, or reading a comment that inspire me to come up with new ideas. Once I get an idea stuck, that’s when I am motivated to write about it. 

If you could live a day in the life of anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
My first choice is my dog. I mean that boy lives the life of luxury, and just once I would love to live like him. Have people serve me food, take naps all day, and have a tolerable singing voice, it is such a rough life. But I think I would only want that for a day or two. A week tops! 

What song are you currently obsessed with?
One thing everyone should know, is that I am MIXED with my genre’s. But my one true love is country, and right now I am obsessed with Hunter Hayes Storyline. It is pop country, but it is so catchy! And fantastic to dance to in your car, with the windows down. 

What makes you awesome?
Does everything count as an answer? Haha! I think what makes me awesome, is that I love a little bit of everything. I love to see outside the box, and what is possible, rather than what I may already know. I am accepting of what I don’t know, and am always looking for new things to learn about.  

For more from Kylea, check out her social media links below:
Blog | Bloglovin | Facebook | Twitter

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The Maze Runner {Book Review}.

I've known about The Maze Runner for several years, but I had no idea that it was a series. What pushed me to want to read the book was the preview I saw of the movie when I went to see Divergent. Knowing that a book is going to be turned into a movie pushes me to want to read the book ASAP, and the movie trailer looked so interesting, I wanted to dive into the book right away.

Memorable Quotes
"If you ain't scared...you ain't human."
"Such a display of death - how could it be considered a victory?"
"That's just my way of saying I would've killed you if you'd died."

Book Summary from Goodreads
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

My Thoughts
I was immediately intrigued by the concept of this book. A boy sent to a strange place with no knowledge of his past life other than his name. He doesn't even know his family or his shoe size. It was all so confusing, and the more confused I am, the quicker I have to read so I can figure out what happens and ease my confusion.

No one has any idea how or why they were sent to the Glade or who sent them, but they created a goal for themselves to solve the maze. For two years, these boys have been trying and failing to find a way out via the changing paths of the maze. When Thomas arrives, strange things start to happen. Unexplainable things that the boys have never seen or thought could happen. 

Usually it takes me a little while to start getting annoyed with characters, but I was annoyed with everyone at the beginning of the book. I was frustrated with Thomas because he wouldn't just sit down, shut up and follow protocol. Everyone was telling him to just rest and get some sleep and things would be explained to him the next day, but he insisted on asking a million questions immediately instead of just being patient. (Though if I'm being honest, I probably would have done the same thing, but just reading it about it made me want to tear my hair out.) Alby was just bossy and big-headed throughout the book. I don't think there was ever a part where I just started to like him. Most of the boys in the Glade just really got on my nerves, other than little, innocent Chuck. I adored him throughout the entire book.

I can't say this book every stressed me out like other books. I didn't sympathize with any of the characters because they all seemed like big boys who could take care of themselves. I did, however, breeze through this book because I just had to know what happened and how/if they solved the mystery and clear my confusion. 
I give this book a 4 out of 5. It was full of suspense and surprises, unexpected twists and turns. I would love to know what was going on through the author's head when he was writing this. This book is a series, but I'm not sure the epilogue was enough to make me want to read the book ASAP. I will definitely be reading it in the future though, and I can't wait to see the movie!

For more information about The Maze Runner and author James Dashner, visit his official website, follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook!

View the official movie trailer for The Maze Runner below:

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The New and Improved Endless Bliss!

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How awesome is my new blog design?! 

I've been in the market for a new blog design for quite some time. Since I started my blog, I've been the one tweaking my blog and changing my blog designs. I know little to nothing about HTML, and everything that I do know can be attributed to MySpace. Speaking of MySpace, I stumbled upon this gem of a song on my iPod this past week and sang along. Quite loudly, I might add.

Anyway, Mo from Ollivander Mo is the genius behind my new blog design. I had a couple ideas and a vision for my blog, and she took that vision, ran with it and made it better than what I was picturing in my mind. She was a joy to work with. I had a few changes that I wanted to make, and she didn't even bat an eye. She just ran with it and went above and beyond my expectations. She was super patient with me.

My favorite part of my design? The banner, duh. I think it's so cute. I showed/told her some ideas that I had, and she blew me away with the execution. The banner was changed a few times before I felt 100% comfortable with it, and she didn't complain once about it. I just love that girl. 

And how cute are my buttons?! I'm obsessed with the 300x300 one. She came up with that idea all on her own, and it's way too perfect. 

I really just love every element of my design. It's perfect for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. 

If you're in the market for a new blog design, you should definitely check out my girl, Mo. She's really talented, and she just opened her design shop, Ollivander Mo Designs. Go check it out! You won't regret it!

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Motivated Mondays: Jennifer Lawrence.

I have such a girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence. Ever since she hit the big screen in The Hunger Games, her name has been spread throughout the world. And for good reason. What's not to love about her? She's hilarious, quirky and always honest. She refuses to let fame change her, and that, in and of itself, should be an inspiration to everyone. 

Things JLaw loves that I can totally get down with:
-- Food. The amount of times she's been seeking food while being interviewed is pretty admirable:

-- Getting starstruck (even though she's super famous herself):

-- Shots. This infamous interview quote says it all:

-- The art of the photobomb:

-- Going pants-less: 


-- Justin Timberlake. This is how I know we could be friends.

-- Making awkward faces:

For being so young, Jennifer is so full of wisdom. Yes, she has a bunch of hilarious quotes out there, but she is also full of inspiration:

"Even as far back as when I started acting at 14, I know I've never considered failure."

"If we're regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren't we regulating things like calling people fat?"

"You look how you look. Be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every day to make other people happy? That's just dumb." 

Not to mention, her best friend from her hometown is Andy, a down syndrome sufferer. I loved reading this article about their friendship.

I decided I'm adopting WWJLD as my new life mantra: What Would Jennifer Lawrence Do? 

Okay...I probably won't be doing that, but I just absolutely adore Jennifer, and I definitely think she should be an inspiration to everyone for so many reasons. Happy Monday!

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) {Book Review}.

I had been itching to read this book after finishing Scarlet (and Cinder before that) and of course after meeting her. I just can't believe that this is Marissa Meyer's first series because she is so talented. Holy stress! If I thought the first two books were stressful, this one was even more so. I can't imagine what the last book, Winter, will be like, but I can't wait to find out.

Memorable Quotes
"I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed."

"Maybe there isn't such a thing as fate. Maybe it's just the opportunities we're given, and what we do with them. I'm beginning to think that maybe great, epic romances don't just happen. We have to make them ourselves."

"It always came back to love. More than freedom, more than acceptance - love. True love, like they sang about in the second era. The kind that filled up a person's soul. The kind that lent itself to dramatic gestures and sacrifices. The kind that was irresistible and all-encompassing."

Book Summary from Goodreads

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

My Thoughts
Aside from Harry Potter and Hunger Games, I can't think of any characters that I've just become so invested in. There are a lot of characters to keep up with in this book, but they're all so significant that it isn't hard to keep up with them. Cinder has changed from a timid, confused and lonely girl to someone who is willing to put her life on the line to save the world. There is a ton of character development in all of the main characters in this book, and it's impossible not to fall in love with every single one of them. 

There was no shortage of action in this book. Everything was moving so quickly and so fast-paced. I found myself sitting up and talking to the book (did I really just admit that?) because I was so stressed or confused or in awe. There are a ton of unexpected twists and turns in the best way. All of it is exciting. 

I'm just picturing this beautiful and awesome world that Marissa Meyer created in her mind, and man, can someone please buy the rights to this movie? It would be absolutely brilliant. I would love to see the vision in her mind come to life. 

I love that all of the books in The Lunar Chronicles are based off of Disney characters that I absolutely loved. The introduction of Cress was perfect. At the beginning of the book, I just felt so sad for her - trapped up in her satellite (as opposed to a tower in Rapunzel) just wanting to escape. Then I started getting annoyed by her because I just wanted her to do something, be good for anything. She definitely redeemed herself by the end of the book, giving me another main character to love. Every character is so unique, and it's hard to not love them because they're based off of characters that we all grew up with. 

For those who have read my reviews before, you know I love me some teenage romance in YA novels, and there was no shortage of that in this book. Three potential love stories in one book - yes, please! Though there is some underlying romance in this book, it is, by no means, the main focus of it. The main plot is all about the five of them - Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Wolf and Thorne - trying to overthrow Queen Lavana, but I love the little bits of romance that Marissa throws in there. 

On top of the action and romance, Marissa also threw some humor in there. There is a lot of sarcasm in this book, and I loved it. Not to mention the hilarious cockiness of Thorne and the adorable naivety of Iko. This book made me laugh, smile, get angry, stress. Rollercoaster of emotions to say the least.

Definite 5 out of 5. The best book in the series so far. To everyone who hasn't read this series (which I literally know no one who has), you need to read it now. It's amazing, and once you've finished each book, you'll be wondering why you've been wasting your life doing silly things like eating or breathing. I'm super pumped to see how Marissa Meyer brings Winter (aka Snow White) into the mix and how she brings all four stories together to create an epic ending. No pressure, Marissa! Too bad it doesn't come out till 2015.

For more information on Marissa Meyer and The Lunar Chronicles series, visit her website, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter!

Also, for my fellow lovers of YA novels, check out this Buzzfeed article! Too funny.


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Rainbow Party + BIC® 4-Color™ Pen

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC 4-Color pen for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My love for themed parties stems from my love of Mary-Kate and Ashley. All of their party videos made me want to have "any kind of party - dance party, beach party, birthday party, pool party, sleepover party, homework party..." I just love a good party, and the best ones have themes!

I recently helped throw a surprise rainbow party for a friend, and boy was it a blast! We had rainbow everything - food, decorations, drinks, pinatas. Their house was rainbowed out. So much color everywhere! It looked awesome, if I do say so myself.

The rainbow party was obviously super fun, but you don't need a special occasion to express yourself through color! I'm sure y'all remember those multi-colored pens from back in the day. I used to have at least three of them with a ton of colors on them. The pink one would run out first because obviously pink is the best color (even though it's not technically part of the rainbow, but whatevs).

BIC has an awesome pen that (1) lets me relive my childhood and (2) allows me to be colorful everyday - the BIC® 4-Color™ Pen! It's 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen. How cool is that? All of my fellow OCD organized friends should be excited, because hellooooo color-coded notes! You don't even have to waste all that time picking up and putting down different pens. You can have four colors right at your fingertips. 
I'm sure lots of you like to listen to different types of music when you're in different moods. Now you can write with different colors that coincide with your moods that too!

Feeling proud? Write with the blue pen. Everybody loves blue. Blue cheese, blue skies, blue moon, blue jeans. Blue is everywhere, and he knows it and loves to show it. 

Feeling jealous? Write with green. I mean, green with envy. Green is the forgotten pen color. Not many people choose to write with green, but green is good for so many things - the environment, food, etc.

Feeling flawless? Write with the red pen. Red likes to go around correcting everybody - grammar, spelling, calculations. Red wants everything to be right and parallel.

Feeling forgotten? Write with the black pen. Black is the afterthought. Everyone wants to write with blue, but when blue's not available, black is there to save the day. 

What color are you? I'd say I'm a combination of all four colors. I would like to think I'm blue (da ba dee da ba die) in a humble way, but I know I have some red in me because I love correcting grammar (nerd alert. Judge me). 

Still can't decide which color you are? Watch the videos below for some inspiration:

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You Might Think You Like Spring, But You Could Be Wrong.

During winter, I always long for when spring comes around. I don't like the cold, and I'm always pumped for the sun to start shining again. This past winter, I felt a longing for spring that I had never felt before because the season was extra cold, and I was just done with it. Over it. Even though I'm a December baby, I just really don't like winter.

Now that spring is here, some days, I'm like "Yay! The weather is perfect!" and then other days, I'm like "Okay...can it be summer already?" When I was in school, I wanted summer for a break from school; now I want summer for a break from spring! It's like a never-ending cycle of season hatred. The only season that's got everything going for it is fall.

Why this sudden longing for summer? Because spring sucks. Yeah, I said. Okay, not everything about it sucks, but it's definitely got a lot of downsides.

I hate pollen! My car is blue, and when the pollen attacks it, it looks green and grossly dirty. It's pretty much pointless to even wash my car during spring because the next day it'll just get covered in pollen, and all of the elbow grease would have gone to waste, so I just drive around with a dirty car.

Bird Poo
Adding onto the dirty car comment, the birds are just flying about during the spring, which is awesome in some cases. I've always been fascinated by birds. Not bird-watcher fascinated, but I love when I see a ton of birds flying together. I just think it's so pretty! Until they poop. The parking spots for my apartment are all under trees, meaning that the birds just come take their rests on the trees above my car, and the next day, my car is even more gross. Yuck.

I don't have allergies, but everyone around me seems to. I'm so greatful for my lack of allergies, but it sucks that everyone around me is sneezing, Molly included. She sneezes on my feet all the time, and it's just gross. Poor puppy, but also poor Tiffany.

Rain is only okay in certain circumstances: (1) When I'm inside and have nowhere to go. (2) When it's raining and storming so bad that the power goes out. (3) When it's cleaning all of the pollen off of my car. That's pretty much all that rain is good for. Otherwise, it's annoying. It rains so much in the spring, and I hate it. I hate driving in the rain because I already suck at driving. We don't need to add in the slippery roads and decrease my ability to see. 

Louisiana humidity is absolutely awful. The air is sticky and always makes me feel like I'm sweating. Plus, my hair... Oh, my hair. 

Anytime that I see a mosquito (or any flying insect), it makes me itchy. Doesn't matter if I haven't been stung or bitten, it just makes me itchy. I hate going through swarms of flying gnats and having gross bumps all over me from mosquito bites. I just hate bugs. All of them.

Not everything about spring is horrible. For example, I like:
Spring colors (all the pastels)
Easter candy
When the sun is shining and the weather is actually nice
Wearing floral prints and spring colors
The beginning of crawfish season!!!

Spring does have its redeeming qualities, but I'm ready to skip to summer.

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Motivated Mondays: Musically Inspired

I had a pretty busy weekend filled with lots of writing (and other random things like reading - just finished The Maze Runner - and picking up trash, catching up on TV shows, playing with my puppy, the usual), and I was just feeling so inspired. This past week, we had an important visitor from corporate come visit the hotel, and at lunch, we went around the table and talked a little bit about what we like to do. I said that I have a blog and that I really like to write and hope to publish a book someday.


I don't even know why I said those things. No one in the room had any idea that I blogged or that I wanted to write a book. This was the first time that I mentioned my blog to my superiors, and I was relieved when they didn't judge me. They were actually impressed, and my direct boss even complimented my writing (I take minutes at meetings, and even though it's a completely different style of writing, it was nice to get complimented on something I enjoy doing). 

Talking about my blog and writing a book just really motivated and inspired me to really start focusing on writing my book. I went to the library and got three books filled with awesome book writing tips. 
While planning and doing some outlines for my book, I listened to my "inspired." playlist on Spotify, and I wanted to share some of my favorite songs that really inspired to keep doing what I love.

Whole Wide World by Mindy Gledhill

Little Light by Rachel Platten

Cannonball by Lea Michele

Not There Yet by Eric Hutchinson

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

Check out the rest of the songs on my "inspired." Spotify playlist below:

What songs have been inspiring you lately?

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Coral + High Waisted OOTD.

During our spout of good weather before it started cooling off again and then starting raining, I decided to put together a spring outfit. Since there was a slight breeze, I put on a cardigan. I'm so ready for the constant high-waisted shorts and sandals weather!

Shorts | thrifted
Shirt | Papaya
Necklace | DIY gift from a friend
Cardigan | thrifted
Flats | Target
What are your favorite outfits to wear in spring?
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My Little HEA

Meet one of my April sponsors, Tandi!

I am a SAHM to 2 beautiful children.  I have been married for 2 years.  Live Love Dew is whole & natural skin care, soy candles and more for you and your family! Safe.  Gluten-free, Fragrance-free option available in ALL products, Paraben-free, Alcohol-free, Formaldehyde-free, Vegan-friendly, Preservative-free products.

What is your favorite thing about your business?
My favorite thing about Live Love Dew is our awesome products.  I feel great about not just using them on myself but my kids as well.  I know what I am putting on them and that it won't harm them.

What motivates you?
My husband and kids motivate me.  They are the reason I get out of bed everyday.  They motivate me to be a better person so I can be a better wife and mom.  

If you could live a day in the life of anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
If I could live one day as someone it would be Queen Elizabeth.  I would just play in the jewelry vault the whole time. :)  

What song are you currently obsessed with?
The song I am currently obessed with is Oceans by Hillson United.  It gives me goose bumps everytime I hear it. I can play it over and over again and never get sick of it.

What makes you awesome?
What makes me awesome is my awesome relationship with God!

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