July 2019 Favorites

July 2019 Favorites

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*Warning: this post contains spoilers to Stranger Things. If you want to avoid them, skip to the second paragraph.*

This month simultaneously flew by and dragged on but boy howdy did I jam-pack it with adventures (a little too much as I wrote this post on a flight to Florida). I have so much to share so let’s dive right in.

Stranger Things. I have already given a warning but I’ll do it again. If you haven’t seen season three of Stranger Things, 1) what’s taking you so long? 2) this post may have spoilers whether you care about them or not. I got Netflix for the sole purpose of being able to watch the show when my older brother moved removed a screen from his plan. I don’t regret it because then I also get to watch Friends as many times as I please. Anyways season three was so good and I am glad they waited so long to release it. With the amount of editing they had to do in order to make the show as best as possible, it makes sense. Time for some fan hypothesis: Hopper didn’t die. Most people agree with this but at first, I totally thought he did die and I cried a lot. My manager then helped me realize that we didn’t see a shot of him “exploding” like everyone else in the room or his potential pile of mush that he would have become (which I thought was just to save us from being too emotionally distraught), he just vanished. There was a ladder right next to him that either he could have used to escape or someone else could have used to capture him. After the last episode ended, there was a little extra scene where they were in Russia “picking out” a prisoner to feed to their Demidog and one guard said to another guard “not the American”. Now, this could be Hopper, but it could also be El’s “papa” – he did get arrested but who did the arresting? Overall, I think it was a great season and I cried for a while because of it.

I am almost 100% sure that I mentioned camp and rainbow before but if you are new to my blog I’ll mention it again. I am a majority member (I aged out) of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in Massachusetts. In Mass. we have a summer camp (Rainbow Camp of Mass., RCMA) that any rainbow girl world wide may attend. I was a camper at this camp for three years, a staff member for five years and I was a volunteer in the main house this summer for two weeks, although I’ll be back to visit a few times before I move. RCMA is one of my favorite places to be, which is why I have a tattoo on my left side of the coordinates of the main house. Last summer, my last summer as a staff member, was probably the best summer we had ever had, or at least the best in a long time, and we were all given a light blue, tye-dye sweatshirt for it. I love mine so much and I get so many compliments on it because it looks nice on me and with my skin tone *insert hair flip emoji*. Last week at camp, a member of the main house volunteers wrote each of our names in a pretty lettering font and then another pressed it onto the left sleeve. It is so pretty and now I want to wear this sweatshirt even more… too bad it’s late July and I’m moving to Florida. Then, at the end of the second week of camp this summer, we were all given homemade camp scrunchies with a cute bow on them. Back in 2009-ish, I was trying to bring scrunchies back to which I was told, they are not/should not come back. Well about ten years later look at everyone with scrunchies again… told you so… My scrunchi obsession is not as bad as my mug obsession but let’s just say my scrunchis amount to about 1/3 the number of mugs I have.

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Where the four-leaf clovers growπŸ€ I made this post last year but I just needed to say that I love @rcmainc so much. I was a camper for three years, a staff member for 5 years and a volunteer in the main house for two weeks. I am so bummed out that I can spend my whole summer there but I know that the past several years at camp have helped prepare me in this next chapter of my life. I have made so many friends and memories here. I've helped so many young women in my time as a staff member and have been the role model I always hoped I'd be. Camp may be just in Massachusetts but it is also in my heart a thousand times over. Good luck RCMA I hope you continue to spread the memories and fun for generations to come! πŸ’•πŸŒˆπŸ•πŸ’• β€’ β€’ β€’ #RCMA2019 #smile #friends #love #strongwomen #thefutureisfemale #beyou #followme #spreadlove #spreadkindness #peace #bekind #positivity

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If you read my last post or saw my Instagram, you will know that I found four free tickets to Freaky Friday the Musical in Boston and I went and I had a great time. I won’t go into too much detail because I have already talked about it but I link to the post here if you want a recap. Going to that show made me realize how much I missed going to live performances. When I was little I really discovered musical theater when we borrowed my grandparents’ VHS of Oklahoma! which quickly became and still remains my favorite musical. After that, I went to live performances of Oklahoma!, Les Miserables, Grease, A Christmas Carol, and probably a whole bunch of other musicals that I can’t remember and not including plays either. I watch movies of musicals such as The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, and Shrek the Musical (which isn’t exactly a movie-movie) but it’s just not the same as going to see a live performance in person. Prior to Freaky Friday, the last time I had been to a professional show was about 5 years ago and before that, it had been about eight years. I miss going to the theater and I wish it wasn’t so expensive to go. If you are able to save up the money or have a chance to use a discount or coupon for a show of some kind, I recommend that you do because it’s a good way to support these hard-working people as well as get a good break from looking at a screen all day. You can also make a day out of it depending on the location and time so it’s really just a cool adventure.

While we are on the topic of possible new experiences, ya girl now has two bikinis and she rocks them both! One bikini I got from Aerie back in March when they were having a sale and the other I got a couple of weeks ago at Walmart (my boobs are a bit bigger than I thought they were and you can really tell in the Aerie swimsuit which is part of the reason I got the second one). My Aerie one has a cute blue floral pattern and the bottoms are high-waisted and the top is almost like a sports bra style… I don’t know fashion. It is unfortunately out of stock on the website but this black one is a similar, if not the same, style. My Walmart one is a black high-waisted bottom with a cute crisscross back and the top is a slight mustardy yellow with wide straps, a tie in the back and cute cutout details along the bottom, side, and straps. I wear high waisted bottoms because I feel more comfortable that they won’t slide off when I dive or jump into the pool and because they are super cute. I am also so proud of my self for wearing a bikini because I used to think I could never wear one until I was “skinny enough”. That mindset is now out the window and smashed to pieces because, in the wise words of Cuppy the Good Advice Cupcake, “Every! Body! Is! A! Beach! Body!” I, unfortunately, don’t have any pictures right now but keep an eye out for a body-positive Instagram post in the near future (you can follow me here if you don’t already).

While we’re on the subject of fashion and my lack of knowledge in that category, I got some fake Birkenstock-like sandals from Walmart and I think I found my new favorite shoe. They are so comfortable, more so than a plain flat flipflop or “gladiator-ish sandal”, and I can see my self wearing them and my crocs all day every day if I didn’t like being barefoot so much or if I didn’t have to have a real job. Plus they look great with all of the Hawaiian shirts that I wear. The only downside to the shoes is that you can see how pale my feet are from not getting the chance to be outside as much as I wished I had been. I wore them to the Freaky Friday show for reference as to what they look like.

Let’s keep this fashion train moving I guess and do a slight promo. You may know I am an ambassador for the brand Wholesome Culture but I wouldn’t recommend their products and I would, in fact, remove myself from their program if I didn’t have the same values or thought their products were crap. I also wasn’t going to include this part in my post except that I wore my Spread Kindness eco-tee the day I wrote this and got loads of compliments and people asking me where I got it. For reference, if it helps, I got a white one with black ink in a size large and it’s a little loose but not baggy. If you want it tighter then I’d size down from what you usually wear. Their clothes are a bit pricey but are of good quality and they have sales all the time. They also have a cookbook, hats, reusable straw kits, sports bras, and a reusable cup. To top it off, if you use this link, you’ll get 10% off your overall order.

Last, but certainly not least, my future baby. That’s right I’m gonna be a mom to a beautiful healthy… cat (I’m so single, my friends). My friend, Katy’s cat had two kittens and she is letting/”forcing” me (she wouldn’t take no as answer even though it wasn’t going to be my answer) to have one because she knows how much I love cats, and animals in general, and how much I wanted a kitten. The one I’m getting is a little over a month old at the moment of me writing this post and a black kitten with hints of brownish-red. We think it’s a boy and if we are correct, I am going to name him Ambrose, as in Ambrose Spellman from the Chilling Adventure of Sabrina on Netflix. If we’re wrong, it’ll be called Ember because it’s cute and it’s close enough to Ambrose and it won’t confuse the cat too much. I am so excited that I get this kitten and I can’t wait to have this new buddy with me when I move to Florida.

You can’t tell me that that is not a beautiful cat

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you get to make use of the link to Wholesome Culture and that you’ve expanded your thoughts on trying something new. That’s my goal for these posts. But like I always ask, comment below what your favorite things have been this past month or year so far. I’m moving to a new place and there are so many other new things I would like to try. Share all the things and spread all the kindness. The world could use it right about now.

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