5 Netflix & Hulu Favorites

The best way to spend a Tuesday night? Snacks + Sweats + Comfy pillows + These 5 Shows

1.Freaks & Geeks. (1998-2000)

Overview–¬†It’s the 1980s and at McKinley High, there’s two different groups of teenagers, the Freaks with cool and charismatic Daniel Desario and tomboy Lindsay Weir and the Geeks with Lindsay’s shy younger brother Sam, gentle Bill Haverchuck, and self-proclaimed ladies’ man Neal Schweiber. The show chronicles the normal teen/adolescence problems any teenager goes through including acceptance, drugs, drinking, and bullying.

Fun Fact– James Franco, Jason Segel, & Seth Rogan started their careers in this Judd-Apatow created comedy.

Genre-Comedy, drama

More Reasons To Watch Freaks & Geeks

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2.Parks&Rec.(2009-2015)

Overview-Leslie Knope, a midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn an abandoned construction site into a community park, but what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, governmental red tape and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie’s colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he’s a bureaucrat himself.

Fun Fact-The show was originally titled Public Service

Genre– Comedy

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3.Community.(2009-Present)

Overview– When fast-talking lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) finds his degree has been revoked, he is forced to go back to school at Greendale Community College. Hoping to score points with a pretty coed, he invents a study group and invites her to join it. Imagine his surprise when she’s not the only one who shows up for help with Spanish from the “board-certified tutor” he proclaims himself to be. Though his command of the language is anything but good, the members continue to meet and end up learning a lot about themselves.

Genre-Sit-Com

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4.Jane Eyre.(2011)

Overview-As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. Though she meets with further abuse, she receives an education, and eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Jane and Rochester begin to bond, but his dark moods trouble her. When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers.

Genre-Gothic Fiction, Romance

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5. One Piece.(1997-Present)

Overview-“The series begins with the execution of Gold Roger, a man known as the King of the Pirates. Just before his death, Roger announces that his treasure, the One Piece will be up for the taking, causing the Great Pirate Era to begin. As a result, countless pirates set out to the Grand Line to look for the treasure.
Twenty-two years have passed since Roger’s execution, and Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate inspired by “Red-Haired” Shanks, has since set off on a journey from the East Blue to succeed Roger and find the legendary treasure. He organizes and leads a nine-member crew named the Straw Hat Pirates. Each crew member Luffy encounters eventually become his close friends, including the swordsman Roronoa Zoro, the navigator and thief Nami, the sniper Usopp, the womanizing chef and martial artist Sanji, the doctor and anthropomorphized reindeer Tony Tony Chopper, the archaeologist Nico Robin, the cybernetic shipwright Franky, and the musician skeleton Brook.”

Genre-Anime: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy-Drama

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As always, Thanks for viewing! ūüôā

Lifestyle Blogs- Reality Vs. Pinterest

Six months ago I would have told you I was the happiest, luckiest person in the world.¬†As of late, I’ve been feeling relatively overwhelmed. Between starting a blog, settling down with C, and figuring/planning out my time until college; it’s really taken a toll on me.

After starting the rough 1.0 version of¬†my blog,¬†I soon discovered Pinterest. At first, I thought of Pinterest as a never ending supply of wonderful inspiration from people with same interests and hobbies that I have. But after a few months of habitually looking at perfect, elite, rich bloggers posting fairy tale pictures with sunshiny words far too sweet for reality, I found myself envious and unsatisfied with my own life.¬†And what caught my attention more-so, these picture perfect people were¬†not from the pages of a magazine but regular people just like you and I. So, Why then, despite my hard efforts, does my life not add up to those of other lifestyle bloggers¬†? Why does my hair never cooperate, why is my sink filled with dishes when I clean endlessly, why do I not wake up feeling¬†peppy and ready to take on the day with an overflowing sense of optimism? I’ll tell you a secret. It’s because life isn’t meant to be perfect. The envious Pinterest pictures, the super-mom pep- It’s staged. Designed specifically to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible.¬†Bloggers ARE real people. They work in Real offices, a lot of times with multiple (Real) people.¬†They have Real photography equipment, running their blogs in much the same way as the Real people who write and photograph for magazines do.¬†And you better believe, most of them¬†have a good amount of financial resource. Blogs require investment.

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How To Accept Your Un-Perfect Life. Being an Idealistic person and coming from a very nontraditional family, I decided very young that I wanted to live a traditional life. I day dreamed of fancy clothes, white picket fence houses, super families from the suburbs. I wanted to be a great cook a great hostess. These were my dreams. My ideals.

In reality, I’m a terrible cook, I don’t have tons of money to spend on grand clothes and home furnishings, I can’t do my own hair for anything in the world, and I found that I like to spend more time quietly to myself than hosting or attending social events. And that’s okay. Even though I don’t have the life I always envisioned, I have enough, something more important.¬†God gave me my own unique set of skills, traits, experiences, and blessings that¬†can never be taken from me. And he gave those things to you too! With that in mind, is it really so hard to¬†accept¬†your life of imperfection?

Here are some things you can do when you feel like life is weighing you down:

  • Say no to expectations
  • Write a gratitude list
  • Put the computer/ipad/tablet down, look around you, and start cherishing everything you have.
  • Love yourself- messy hair/frumpy sweatpants and all
  • Love your home- Your favorite decorations and the dirty dishes too (instead of saying your home looks messy, start telling yourself that it looks lived-in)
  • Love your family & all aspects of life- Even on days when you feel groggy¬†and head to the store in Pjs and an un-styled messy bun only to run into your partner’s ex, all decked out in name brand clothes, heels, and flawless makeup. Remember, everyone¬†has weaknesses and everyone has ¬†strengths. Make the best of what you have and be happy( not envious ) of those that are happy in the lives their leading.
  • Remind yourself of the difference between pretty pictures and reality (here are a few good example links) :

http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2014/05/ive-got-your-lifestyle-blog-right-here.html

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/behind-the-scenes-photography/

http://clickitupanotch.com/2014/06/food-photography-behind-the-scenes/

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Stay Inspired, Stay Happy.

As always, thanks for reading. Feedback is much appreciated!

How I Organize My Workouts

I was recently asked by one of my blog readers how I organize my workout¬†routines. I’ve never thought of doing a post on it but¬†I¬†am¬†absolutely thrilled¬†to answer this question. The key to not getting bored quick with workouts is variety. But how, you ask, do you keep up with a variety of different workouts when there is so many to choose from? My answer is this: Evernote. Evernote, if you haven’t heard of it yet, is an app/computer program.
I have downloaded both app & computer versions ( they sync)¬†& it is the best thing that has happened to me digitally.¬†I organize EVERYTHING with Evernote. It’s¬†like my own personal ¬†life database. For now though, I’ll just explain how to use this¬†program for organizing fitness routines. My method is very simple and can be understood in 5 Steps.

  • Step One. Download the app or computer program( I recommend the computer version for maneuverability).
  • Step Two. Create Notebooks for each fitness category: Workouts, Stretches, & Yoga are mine. (You can add others i.e, Strength Training, or anything else that applies)fitness blog post two
  • Step Three. Make Notes in each notebook with the names of each of your workouts or when/what the workout is meant for. Here are some example titles: “Workout Set One”, “Morning Stretch Routine”, “Yoga Poses for Relaxation”, “Week Two Workout”, “Ab Exercises”, etc.
  • Step Four. Either write out your workout & reps or post pictures of the¬†workouts into their correct notes & notebooks.
  • Step Five. You can really add your own organizational style to this method. Play with it as much as you like and then you’re done. The next time you get ready to workout, open up your Evernote, search for the¬†pre-planned exercise routine that best suits your needs or setting, and get to it!

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Tip. You can even link or clip custom Youtube or Pandora Playlists to each workout!

Tip. Coordinate workouts with your calendar or planner.

As Always, thanks for reading. Feedback is appreciated in the comments below!

DIY Laundry Sorter

If you’re anything like me, you understand the dilemma of being stuck somewhere between unmotivated and not having countless dollars to spend on all the things that spark your fancy. Making simple tasks¬†easier or prettier without having to spend too much money or time is just awesome to me. I’ve been on a DIY kick […]