A Little Life Update & A TMI Tag!

I am so, so sorry that it has been so long since my last post! If you follow me on other areas of social media, you might now that the migraines I had been struggling with continued to amplify and I was have sometimes 4-5 migraine days a week. Of course with my migraines, I get all of the classic symptoms: hypersensitivity to light and sound, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision, vertigo,etc. Not a very fun existence at all if you can even call it existing. Black out curtains became my BFF and I honestly began to feel like a vampire!

After a few false starts, it finally seems like we may be getting a better handle on things and the number of migraines has gone way, way down. I have to be careful to not stand up to quickly when taking my new medication or I will pass out (which is always a fun side effect) but thankfully after you hit the floor a few times you learn your lesson :)

With my return to the land of the living, I am so excited to hop back into the swing of things and get this blog cranked up! The perk of being bed bound for awhile is that it does give you some time to think so I’ve got some ideas I am hoping to incorporate! Yay!

As my first post back, I thought I would do something a little different and I recorded my first ever video post! This is called the “TMI Tag” and I answer random questions that hopefully will allow you the chance to get to know me a little bit better and maybe have a laugh or two! It only took me four (ok, five) tries to get it right and we won’t go into the tears that were shed trying to figure out the editing program. I definitely still have a lot of learning to do in order to figure out the whole video and YouTube thing but it is finally done and I am really proud! Until recording this, I didn’t realize how thick my accent is so don’t laugh too hard!

There it is! I hope you guys really enjoyed it and congratulations if you made it through the entire thing! When I decided to do this tag, I had no idea it would take so long! LOL

I would love to hear you guys answer some or all of the questions! If you have a blog (or youtube) and do a post, leave me a link or just answer a few in the comments! Here is the list so you don’t have to take notes :)

1. What are you wearing?
2. Ever been in love?
3. Ever had a terrible breakup?
4. How tall are you?
5. How much do you weigh?
6. Any tattoos?
7. Any piercings?
8. OTP (One True Pairing: what’s your favorite fictional couple)?
9. Favourite show?
10. Favourite bands?
11. Something you miss?
12. Favourite song?
13. How old are you?
14. Zodiac sign?
15. Quality you look for in a partner?
16: Favourite Quote?
17: Favourite actor?
18: Favourite color?
19: Loud music or soft?
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
21: How long does it take you to shower?
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
24: Turn on?
25: Turn off?
26: The reason I joined Youtube/Blogging?
27: Fears?
28: Last thing that made you cry?
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
30: Meaning behind your Youtube/Blogging Name?
31: Last book you read?
32: The book you’re currently reading?
33: Last show you watched?
34: Last person you talked to?
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
36: Favourite food?
37: Place you want to visit?
38: Last place you were?
39: Do you have a crush?
40: Last time you kissed someone?
41: Last time you were insulted?
42: Favourite flavour of sweet?
43: What instruments do you play?
44: Favourite piece of jewelry?
45: Last sport you played?
46: Last song you sang?
47: Favourite chat up line?
48: Have you ever used it?
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
50: Who should answer these questions next?

I just want to end by saying that you guys are absolutely amazing and I can’t put into words how much you guys and this little community means to me! Its such a special little family and I have really, really missed connecting with you and I am definitely excited to jump back in and hopefully chat and hang out! You have to let me know if you liked the video and if you think it would be fun to add them in every now and then!

Love you guys & I’ll talk to you soon!

Five Friday Favorites – August 29th Edition

Five Friday Favorites - A New Kind of Normal

 

I have been trying to come up with some new ideas for A New Kind of Normal and as I’ve been combing through the blogosphere and the land of YouTube, I discovered how much I love Favorites posts or videos. I cannot begin to count how many products/recipes/ideas I have fallen in love with after checking out a favorites post or video by one of my favorite bloggers or YouTubers.

Out of this concept came Five Friday Favorites.

Every Friday I will be sharing my weekly favorites in the following categories: Beauty Product Love, Fashion Find, Gluten-Free Goodness, Pin I’ve Completed, and Most Awesome Blog Post. Of course there is an optional “bonus” favorite because who knows when there may be the need to share a sixth favorite?

Let’s get back in the swing of things and chat about this week’s Five Friday Favorites:

Beauty Product Love

I could not narrow it down to one product this week! I actually have a makeup favorite and 2 hair favorites but its the combo of the two favorites that I love so much so I’m still sticking to the rules. Sort of. I’m pulling out my bonus slots :)

My makeup favorite is actually a brand that I have fallen back in love with, Raving Beauty Cosmetics. I have several of the loose eyeshadow pigments and I love them! They have been sitting in my makeup drawer unused so I decided to pull them back out this week! The very first beauty channel I ever watched on YouTube was GoldieStarling and watching several tutorials using these eyeshadows, I had to give them a try! I have previously posted about her Rocker Eyes tutorial but today I decided to follow the Fall Smokey Eyes tutorial. Loose eyeshadows can be messy but with a good eyeshadow primer and a setting spray, the results are worth it and I love supporting small businesses.

Onto my favorite hair combo of the week! I am in the process of growing out my hair (again!) and I have a lot of hair. My hair is really thick and wavy and while I typically try to tame the waves with a flat iron, I embrace the big and go for a lot of volume and texture. My hair is the thickest at the crown which makes this combo perfect. My two weapons of choice are the Conair All-In-One Comb and the L’Oreal Boost It High Lift Creating Spray. The comb may look a little funny but it is perfect for lifting and styling. After I have finished straightening my hair, I spray the High Lift spray and use the comb to gently tease the roots of my hair in the crown area which helps to counteract the weight of my hair. I love the resulting fullness and texture  so this is definitely a combo I am going to stick with for awhile!

Favorite Hair & Makeup Products

Fashion Find

My fashion find this week is actually a website called ShopMissA.com. The reason that this site is a favorite is that everything on the site is $1. Yes, ladies, you heard me right. One dollar. Miss A is an accessories shop that carries jewelry, hair accessories, and cosmetics. I discovered the site through YouTube and I was pleasantly surprised when I received my first order! I stuck mostly with jewelry and was impressed with the quality. It is a great place to look for more trendy, “disposable” pieces that may not carry from season to season. I tend to have sensitive skin when it comes to jewelry but I have not had any issues with turning colors or irritation. I placed an order this week with some of the new pieces they stocked for the fall! I will definitely post pics on Instagram when it comes in! Definitely check it out and let me know what your favorite pieces are!

Gluten-Free Goodness

I know I happened to post about cookies for my last gluten-free goodness favorite but I’m doing it again! I have always loved Oreos so when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, I went through withdrawals. When I was first diagnosed four years ago, we did not have a lot of gluten-free options locally but thank goodness that has changed! If you were also an Oreo addict in a past gluten-filled life, you need to find the Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme cookies. They are amazing! The Glutino Chocolate Chip cookies are great too if you were a more Chips-ahoy girl. I wonder if we could petition to have them create double-stuffed? :)

Pin I’ve Completed

As I shared yesterday, I am now the mother of a kindergartener and we had our first day of school celebration on Monday! I knew that I wanted to make a sign for Abby to hold for pictures but I also knew that I hate my handwriting so this is where Pinterest stepped in. I discovered these adorable first day of school chalkboard printables by Yellow Bliss Road (which has to be the cutest name ever for a blog) so I sent the sign to Walgreens for printing and put it in a frame! The awesome part is that she has last day of school chalkboard printables too! Awesome!

Five Friday Favorites - Favorite Pin

 

Most Awesome Blog Post

One of my absolute favorite places to find blogging tips and tutorials is Independent Fashion Blogger’s (IFB). Even though I am trying to discover my own style and writing more posts about my favorite beauty and fashion finds, I would not consider myself a fashion blogger. I don’t think you can call yourself a fashion blogger if you get super excited that overalls seem to be coming back in style. Regardless of my niche, IFB is an amazing resource for blogging and tech tips. One of the areas I struggle the most in getting the hang of is SEO (search engine optimization). I know how important SEO is in bringing traffic to your blog and even though I sat in an SEO workshop at the Type A Conference I attended, I still don’t get it. Trying to grasp SEO reminds me of trying to grasp sines and cosines in trigonometry in the 11th grade. There is just a disconnect there but the good news is that IFB posted an amazing post this week that includes 40 (yes, forty) resources as a part of their IFB’s Guide to SEO. The resources are broken down into manageable, bite-size pieces which has helped me get a better grasp on SEO without becoming overstimulated and overwhelmed. If you are SEO-challenged like I am, you will want to check this post out and either Pin it or bookmark it!

 

There are a few of my favorite things for this week! I would love to hear about your favorites so let me know in the comments if you guys would be interested in making this a weekly linkup!

Do you have any favorites this week that I need to check out?