Friday, November 21, 2014

Currently Obsessed

So I've been a bad blogger, but I wanted to share a few things I've currently been obsessed with, sound good?

1. This EOS Holiday Three-Pack
I already love these lip balms and when I ran into Ulta for something and saw them, I bought them on a whim. The flavors are so amazing, probably my favorites out of all of the ones I already owned.

Flavors include:
  • Aloha Hawaii Strawberry Kiwi
  • St Barth's Sunrise Pink Grapefruit
  • Indian Summer Orange Blossom

If you have an addiction to lip balm like I do, you need these!

2. Netflix.

I used to have it a long time ago, but canceled. Now I have it again and I can't stop watching. Right now I've been loving Orange is the New Black I know, apparently I was out of the loop and have been missing out! It's pretty raunchy, but I love the character development and getting to see the story lines/stories for each character. Why does season 3 not come out until June?!?!

I've also been obsessed with re-watching Gilmore girls! I used to love that show when I was younger, and it's so fun being able to go back and re-watch it! I'm on season four now :)

3. Sour gummy... anything!

For some reason, I've been on a sour gummy kick. It started this past summer when I tried some of these Trolli Octopus. Sure they look creepy (kinda like spiders!) but OH MY GOSH THEY TASTE SO GOOD. They're definitely different from the regular sour worms. Trust me if you haven't, you need to try them! I've only been able to find them in certain places, Hobby Lobby being my biggest (and most random) dealer ;)

But seriously. They are addicting and so so good!

4. Red lip and winged eyeliner

I've been inspired by the makeup Taylor wore in her Shake It Off video. While I look nowhere near as gorgeous, I've still been enjoying that makeup look! It's classy and elegant, and surprisingly easy and fast to do.

5. Turning 21!!!

Can I put this on my list? Haha, well I am!
Monday, I turned 21. Yeah, it sucked having such a moments birthday on a Monday, especially since I had to work. Boo being an adult! But I had a great day nonetheless. :D

Hope you enjoyed my list!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Someone Else's Kids

I recently had to read Someone Else's Kids by Torey Hayden for my special education class and write a book report. It really touched me and I wanted to share a little excerpt of what I wrote.

"Lori was her first student and arguably the student in which Hayden had the most
connection. She was in first grade and came into her class originally as a resource student. Lori
was struggling with reading, and after some research, Hayden had learned that Lori experienced
a traumatic brain injury from her abusive father, which left her unable to learn and read on her
age-appropriate developmental level. After being put up for adoption, Lori found a new, loving
family that cared for her and her twin sister, who did not receive as bad of injury as Lori. Shortly
after finding her new home, her adoptive mother died of cancer, leaving the family heartbroken.
Through all her struggles as such a young girl, Lori had the happiest spirit. She was caring and
always bubbly. She could always point out the bright side in any situation. After so much
struggle with her regular teacher and reading, Lori was exhausted in the subject of reading.
Knowing mentally that Lori might never read, it left Hayden with a battle inside herself. She felt
conflicted because of the pressure from the teacher and principal to make her read, and still
having to see first hand the emotional stress it was causing Lori.

That afternoon when Lori ran into her classroom, saying “I brung you something!", it
brought a smile to Hayden's face. Looking at the picture Lori handed her, it was a drawing of a
blue bird with black wings and yellow legs. While it was abstract and not perfect, she could still
tell that the bird was happy. Lori exclaimed to Hayden that it was the best picture she had ever
drawn and that she used her favorite crayons. She explained that she stayed inside the lines and
that it was the best thing she had ever done. Lori then explained that it wasn't as good as a
photograph and no matter how hard she tried, it wasn't perfect. After Hayden reassured her that it
was beautiful just the way it was, Lori corrected her. “No, no, that's not what I'm saying. It isn't
right because that wasn't the way I wanted to draw it. It wasn't perfect, like I wanted it to
be...What I was thinking was that it is perfect. Not the part you see but what's inside you. In my
head, I could see this bird perfect...and that's sort of enough for me to like this picture even
though it isn't really very perfect. Because...I know it could be....Things never really are perfect”
She said “But inside you, you can always see them perfect, if you try. That makes things
beautiful to me.” (154-155).

What Lori said is a very important life lesson that everyone needs to hear at some point in
their lives because often, as human beings, we tend to lack the ability to see things from a
different perspective. When I think about becoming a Special Education Teacher, I want to be
reminded of what sweet Lori had said that day. In all aspects of life, things are not perfect. No
matter how hard you can try, sometimes it just doesn't go the way you wanted. It doesn't always
go your way and it doesn't always turn out the way you planned, but there is beauty in that. There
is beauty in this imperfect world and despite all the negativity, the badness, the pain and the
suffering, there is still beauty. There can still be happiness and joy. Life is still beautiful. All you
have to do is look. And as a teacher, it's my job to find it."

Monday, November 10, 2014

October Ipsy Bag

Okay, I feel like I just did this...oh wait, because I did.
But I figured that if I just did one video per bag it would make the video shorter for you guys.
It's all for you ;)

Anyway, here's what I got this month:

What a glorious thumbnail, no?

No really.

One of my readers suggested that I change up my personality thing on Ipsy's site so maybe my bags will start getting better. It worked! (thanks Lovely) I was pretty happy with my bag this month.

My November bag is already being shipped so I'm sure I'll be back soon with my November bag!