Well ya’ll we made it! Monday is a thing of the past for this week and it’s nothing but smooth sailing from here on out right? I’ve got three things to put on your snack and beauty radar this week…all I can say is tasty, tasty and smooth!
I just love a cute little collaboration, don’t you? Speaking of, have you seen the perfect one between Keds and Oasis? Released on Friday, it features four pair of stylish Keds to don with any and all of your favorite summer ensembles. Showing off prints and vibrant hues, whether you’re headed to the beach or weekend brunch you’ll love the options these kicks give you. Shop the entire line at www.oasis-stores.com and tell me what your favorite style is…I’m digging The Style Hunter. Leopard print Keds? Yes please! Other options include the nautical feeling Perfectionist Lace Up, the oh-so-springy English Rose Lace Ups, and the super bright Jetsetter Skaters. The sneaks retail for $77 and available right this very instant:)
Happy Sunday everyone!
OMG you guys, I love April. Isn’t it the best? It’s when we (usually), finally get some warm temps, like open your windows take in the breeze warm, and when everywhere you look, EVERYTHING is starting to blossom, bud and bloom. The “dead” season I politely refer to as March, is gone, and suddenly, everything seems so alive. And everyone is so much happier, right? I passed a million other runners/walkers this morning on my run, and each and every one smiled and said, “Hi,” or, “Good morning.” It’s funny how sunshine and warm temps bring out the best in people, but they totally do.
Anyways, I’m getting sidetracked…the April Beauty Box 5, Bloom, arrived this week, yay!!! Per usual, it was packed with totally usable deluxe samples and full-size products that I can’t wait to try and/or travel with.
What’s the first thing you do when the temperature warms up? Me? I lose my shoes and step outside! I love how the green grass feels on my bare feet…especially with freshly pedicured toes:) Getting to feel the first warm days of spring makes winter *almost* worth it!
So I’ve been thinking recently about standard posts and the fact that, well, I want to have them, lol. When I say “thinking,” I literally mean thinking. Before bed, during runs, in the shower, in the car, when I’m doing my “real” work. Literally. A. Lot. Of. Thinking. One thought that kept coming back to me was the fact that I’ve been through a lot in a short number of years. And yet, everyday, even during the hard ones, there was ALWAYS something that made me smile. Always. Always something that made me feel happy to be here…and always something to give me hope that things were changing. Sometimes said things were frivolous fly-by-night moments, other times they held more significance. But either way, it was during those hard times, that I really noticed how good smiling, and happiness in general, felt.
Anyways, fast forward past all of that…say hello to Too Happy Tuesday. My weekly post on what’s making me smile now, what I’m thankful for regardless of how insignificant to others it may seem. Sometimes, these things might need no explanation, other times, I won’t be able to be vague…like in the case of the above spoon and Pearson’s Mint Patties:)
It’s so hard to be in a bad mood this time of year. I’ve been noticing the teeniest of buds on trees and bushes during my runs and the grass is finally starting to green. In spite of my disdain for the cold temps during winter, I think I hate that weird time in between winter and spring even more. Everything is brown and dreary, even when the sun is shining. But this is the time of year when all you have to do is walk outside to notice the freshness of change in the air. It’s perfect. So perfect that I linger outside longer than necessary to complete projects that are a little less important than the ones I have waiting on me indoors. Work? Ummm…I will, but I noticed a few twigs in the yard I better pick up. Sweep the floors? I’ll get to it, but I really should sweep the sidewalks first. Wash the dishes? I can’t, I need a mental break…the only remedy is a cup of coffee and sunshine. You get the picture:)
This is the time of year when I can really never wait to break out my warm-weather favorites…mainly, sandals and dresses. Two of my favorites are featured below. One a silk cover-up that I’ve actually only ever worn casual over leggings, and the other, my go-to summer sandals. I think I would cry if anything ever happened to them, lol! I found them a few years ago in a cute little boutique when visiting a friend in Pittsburgh. And for those of you wondering how to maximize space in luggage while vacationing this summer, pack a few lightweight cover-ups…a beach essential by day, a casual option for dinner by night.
I don’t really believe that the best products are necessarily the most expensive, and lets face it, all of us want to look remarkably fabulous even if our budget isn’t quite as equally fab. And just about anytime I’m in a Wal-Greens, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. I can’t help but peruse the beauty and/or home areas. Just in case I find something I love. Case in point, everything below:
Fort Wayne, IN – April 1, 2015 – Spring is in full swing, the weather is warming, and April's top 10 songs will bring the heat to your workout as well. This month's picks provide a steady rhythm with most of the mix clocking in between 122 and 130 beats per minute (BPM). Within that range, you'll find chart returns from both Carly Rae Jepsen and Ricky Martin and the latest from Ariana Grande and Andy Grammar.
On the warm-up and cool down fronts, you'll find an upbeat tune from Jason Derulo and a remix from Skrillex and Diplo's Jack Ü side project featuring Missy Elliott. Lastly, while pop and dance hits generally rule the gym, the most popular workout song of the month actually came from Kid Rock. At 132 BPM, the title track from his new album First Kiss is also the fastest song in this month's playlist.
While some months' selections vary wildly, April's favorites make a virtue of their consistency. Along those lines, the mix features plenty of quick tunes, an emphasis on good vibes, and a few surprises to keep things interesting—everything you need to get up and moving.
Here's the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred--the web's most popular workout music blog.
Jason Derulo - Want to Want Me - 115 BPM
Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You - 122 BPM
Ricky Martin - Adios - 128 BPM
Zedd & Selena Gomez - I Want You to Know - 130 BPM
Madonna - Living for Love (Dirty Pop Remix) - 129 BPM
Ariana Grande - One Last Time - 126 BPM
Deorro & Chris Brown - Five More Hours - 128 BPM
Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good. - 123 BPM
Kid Rock - First Kiss - 132 BPM
Jack Ü & Kiesza - Take Ü There (Missy Elliott Remix) - 80 BPM
To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at RunHundred.com. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.