Food you Should Always Have in your Dorm

Food You Should Always Have in Your Dorm Room |Thoughts&Daisies

From my own personal experience, you don’t notice how much you snack until you go away to college and no longer have your home kitchen to grab food. I find I am most hungry for something to snack on between classes and once I get home from late-night rehearsals, and because of this, I like to make sure my dorm is stocked.  If you are like me and enjoy snacking here is my take on important food items to keep in your dorm.  Continue reading

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Creating Resolutions that Stick + a Look into My Own for 2020

Creating Resolutions that Stick |Thoughts&Daisies

I’m sure I am not alone in feeling completely thrown by the fact it is January 2020. On the third day of January, I wrote 2018 and that is basically how me accepting it is the 3rd week of January is going. At this time of the year, all of the new year resolutions that were created have been given up or are dwindling, and now creating a realistic idea of what goal to give yourself for the year is beginning. 

Speaking from experience I am HORRIBLE at actually keeping my resolutions, and after years of it going wrong after the third day of the new year and proceeding to call it quits I realized something… all of my ‘resolutions’ were grand scale things that were on the complete opposite spectrum of how I had been living. And there lied the problem and why resolutions never tend to stick. 

You see it every year. The new year comes and everyone decides they are going to go to the gym and workout every day. They are going to stop eating out. Stop eating sweets. Stop drinking soda. Get up every day at 7am or 6am or 5am. Stop going to bed late. Go to bed at 10pm. The list goes on and on. The problem isn’t that these are bad things, the problem is we all go into the new year expecting to take these resolutions that are so outside the habits we have created and expect them to change overnight as if the new year has a giant reset button that will take away the months or even years of habits we have instilled.  Continue reading

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The One with the Routine

Happy New Year! 2019, once it got going, went so fast that I honestly can’t tell you where the middle portion of the year went, which is probably why I wrote 2018 as the date 3 days into 2020. In other news, if you are new to the blog, welcome!, and you probably don’t know the love I have of Friends. I watched the whole series for the first time when I was a junior in High School and now that my brother has reached his junior year he watched it, and being us we have taken the love for it a tad bit too far. Meaning it has turned into us quoting Friends all the time and now includes recreating famous scenes from the show. For Thanksgiving, we made Rachel’s English Trifle which you can see HERE

Now if you have never seen Friends or your memory is fuzzy on some episodes, season 6 includes the episode “The One with the Routine,” where our story begins. 

The plot is Joey, Monica and Ross get to be a part of filming “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” and while Joey is busy trying to figure out how to kiss his date on fake midnight, the Geller siblings are doing their best to get on the dance platform so that they get on tv. After a number of failed attempts, they believe that their only option is to bring back their brother/sister routine from elementary school. “We got honorable mention in the brother/sister dance category!”

 And that is just what they do.

“Ross we better stick to the routine; we don’t want to look stupid.”

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My uncle had told us that we should learn this dance and being who we are, we had to do so. The other day at like 10 at night we spent about an hour watching and learning the Routine. We had to make sure we turned our heads at the same moments they did, that our arms were in the same positions and, if I do say so myself, we killed it.

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If you have never seen the Routine you have to Google it and then head over to my Instagram to see the full-length video of us doing it. It is the dorkiest thing I have ever allowed the public to see me doing but it is way too good for it to not be out in the world.

Let me know how you think we did. Happy 2020, don’t be afraid to believe in yourself this year like Monica and Ross believed in their routine. 

 “So, do we really have to ask who’s going up on the platform next?”

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Cover to Cover: A Snapshot of my Year in Books

Cover to Cover: A Snapshot of my Year in Books |Thoughts & DaisiesOne of my absolute favorite things to do is to read. I have loved stories since I was a baby. Even before I could read I would memorize some of my favorite stories that my mom would read me. Every year I set a book challenge for myself to see how many I can read that year. With one full week left of 2019, my total is 42/40. So let’s take a trip down book lane and reminisce on the most memorable from this year. 

For every new book, I read a year I end up probably rereading two or three books. Not because I don’t want to read new books, but because A. I don’t always have money to get new books and B. I like to have a book on me at all times and it is easier to reread a book while I am on the go or in studying because I don’t have to intently focus on what is going on. Plus that way I won’t get sucked in and be late for class or never do my work. Some of the great rereads for this year include…

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Both times I have read this was for a class, first back in eight grade and now this year for my Literature for Adolescents class. Still a good book but not really a favorite of mine.

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I got to present this book for class this semester and even after the fourth read, this book is fantastic. Made by the author of The Book Thief, I can say this book rivals that novel. I can not recommend it enough.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. I know this book is actually part of a series, but I love it so much as a stand-alone that I have yet to get around to the rest of them. It is probably my favorite book and I don’t want to risk being disappointed by the others. Someone let me know if I should read the sequels!   Continue reading

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Wrapping up 2019

Wrapping up 2019 |Thoughts&Daisies

It does NOT in any way shape or form feel like it has been a year since I wrote the Spotify 2018 wrapped. Yet somehow here we are in December of 2019 with only a few weeks left in this DECADE. Since so many of you enjoyed seeing last year’s wrapped post I have brought it back. 

In case you missed last year’s click,>HERE< to read that. 

Comparing this Wrapped to that of 2018, in my top artist spot we have Taylor Swift again. Which I was actually surprised about. I did not think she was the artist I most listened too but she did release a new album this year so that may have helped. Pop has also taken the top genre spot two years in a row,  but that is where the similarities end. Let’s discuss this. 

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Top Artists

1. Taylor Swift. As I mentioned above she was my favorite artist last year as well. Taylor also released her newest album Lover earlier this year which is probably what pushed her back into the top spot this year. Let me know if you want me to write a post with my thoughts about the album.

2. Sabrina Carpenter. Sabrina also released an album this year, Singular Act II. I know for a fact that I listened to this album a ton, I even talked about it in my Summer Sounds post earlier this year. 

3. John Powell. This top artist is kind of a funny story… For those of you who are not familiar with who he is. Powell is responsible for many fabulous movie soundtracks, such as Solo: A Star Wars Story, X-Men: The Last Stand and Knight and Day. The reason he is on this list, however, has to do with the movie franchise he has done music for. A little series called How to Train Your Dragon. The funny part of this comes in here. I am a BIG HTTYD fan. I can quote many a line from the first movie since I’ve seen it so much, but it is on this list because overall you can’t go wrong with songs like “Romantic Flight” and “Forbidden Friendship.” Anyway, my roommate came into the room and saw I had this playing on the Spotify on our TV and asked if I listen to this so much it will end up in my top spots on my wrapped. I, of course, had laughed and told her plainly that I don’t actually listen to it that much… I was just kidding myself and like she said, here it is taking the 3rd spot on my top artists. 

4. Jonas Brothers. In case you have been living under a rock all of 2019 the JoeBros are back. They released their newest album Happiness Begins over the summer and it is everything you could have hoped for in a comeback album.  

5. Maggie Rogers. Someone I follow on Instagram posted about a Maggie Rogers song earlier this year and I decided to see what the hype was about. As you can see I was hooked and she rounds out the top five spots of my artists this year. 

Top Songs

1.Exhale by Sabrina Carpenter

2. Sucker by the Jonas Brothers

3. Pushing 20 by Sabrina Carpenter

4. Sunflower by Post Malone, Swae Lee

5. Poetry by Dead Men by Sara Bareilles

The beginning of my top songs list also accurately follows my top artist to include two by Sabrina Carpenter and the first single released by the Jonas Brothers this year. The next song on the list does not surprise me in the least. After watching Into the Spider-Verse a good four times I was properly hooked on Sunflower. If you haven’t listened to it please go do so right this very second. It has such a nice vibe and is an overall nice song. The last song is my favorite from off of Bareilles’ newest album. So again not surprised it is on here as I listened to it an unhealthy amount of times over the summer when it first came out. These are all good songs but if Pushing 20 had not come out at the beginning of April, just in time for me to listen to it on repeat during my last month of being 19, I don’t think it would have made this list. 

This is just a small portion of the music that was shown in my 2019 Wrapped which added up to a total of almost 31,000 minutes of music or over 500 hours.

Spotify also released the ‘My Decade Wrapped’ let me know in the comments if you would like me to do a post on that!

What music did you listen to a lot this year? Let me know in the comments below and leave me any recommendations for what I should listen to next!

Related posts: What I’ve Been Listening To. Music of the Week.

 

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