September Favorites, Part 2 – Reading, Writing, Learning

Hi Kind Friends! Today I have a fun video featuring my favorite reading, writing, and learning products from the past month. It’s October 1! Holy crap! Time is flying.

If you missed the first part of this video, check out: September Favorites, Part 1 – Fashion and Home.

I put much more emphasis on my brain the past month so check out in the video below how I trained my brain this September:


Products/Sites/Apps mentioned:

  1. Beethoven on Spotify (My Spotify)
  2. Outlander on Audible (Review)
  3. The Tales of Beedle the Barb
  4. Duolingo in the App Store (Book Haul)
  5. Bonza (recommended by Kristina Horner)
  6. Writing How-tos on omghow
  7. Writing poetry and for my novel

Thank you guys so much for watching!

Have you learned another language at an older age? What tips do you have?

Review: Ageless Derma Camoufleur Concealer

mineral concealer review

Hi Kind Friends!

Today I have a micro review of a cruelty-free mineral concealer that I’ve been using all month. In the above photo I am only wearing the Ageless Derma Camoufleur Concealer (c/o) and the Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiin Smolder.


I’m sorry for only having a stock photo available! Look at what just happened as I was writing up this review and taking pictures:

She is just getting more and more mischievous! Let’s hope she doesn’t figure out how to open it.

This concealer is a nice spongy cream consistency. It’s really thick and applies best with a damp Beauty Blender sponge. It has five color ranges: Wheat, Fair, Ivory, Medium, and Deep. I am using Ivory in the above picture. The color does blend into my skin but I had assumed that the color would be lighter. Next time I’ll go with Fair versus Ivory.

I’d recommend going a shade lower than you’d think you’d need.

What is your current favorite concealer? 

Let’s hope I can find mine before the kitty goes crazy with it!

(I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

The Songs That Have Made The Biggest Impact on My Life

songs to change your life

Hi Kind Friends!

I’m actually not much of a music person. I appreciate music for it’s power and enjoy listening to it on Spotify or the radio but I haven’t really connected with music as a whole since high school. During my teen years all I did was listen to my iPod and try to block out the world.

So now, when I say a song is my favorite – it’s my favorite in the entire world. No passing fads for me. Music has to really speak to my soul to make this list.

Since I’m so selective I thought I’d share with you what songs have made me (literally) break down and cry.

I Was Here by Beyonce


Beyonce, AKA Queen Bey, is famous for so many reasons. But the reason I love this song the most is because in 2012 she supported World Humanitarian Day with a then-little-known song of hers called I Was Here. This song, without a doubt, changed my life direction.

When the above video was released, I cried the first five times I watched it. That is not an exaggeration. Something in me shifted and I immediately wanted to be a better person and started making more small efforts to help the world around me. I can’t say why it hit me so strongly… I honestly don’t know why.

Some posts this video inspired: Spreading Smiles (and Mustaches) | Picking Up Trash | Saving Dogs (I’ve done this a few times and saved several dogs since then) | Yearly Participation in Warn Coats and Warm Hearts

I’m really excited to also be volunteering more this year. My favorite thing to do is volunteer at 5Ks. I’ve emailed a few upcoming races and hope to hear back soon.

Skyscraper by Demi Lovato


When this song came out in 2011, I wasn’t in a great place emotionally. I was having trouble figuring out who I was and where my place was in the world. Everyone goes through those feelings but knowing that didn’t make me feel any better at the time. Hearing this song gave me hope.

Just a Song by My Fair Fiend


This song is a recent favorite, coming out only a few months ago from Callie Croft’s band My Fair Fiend. The premise of the song is what really got to me. As a creative person, I often put how I’m feeling into everything that I do. Can other people see and feel those emotions when they look at my work and my writing? Or do they think my poems are just that, poems? Feeling the pressure of holding everything together while everyone is watching is also a real fear of mine. I really connected emotionally to this song.

So, that’s it. Those are the top three songs that have impacted my life and my perspectives.

Some honorable mentions: Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off anti-bullying message (I wrote a how-to on the topic) and my favorite song in middle school, Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls

What is your favorite song? What makes your heart sing?

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