Netflix Picks – January 2018

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be starting a new little series of blog posts where I share my favorite Netflix movies and TV shows. I probably will not do this every month, but we will see how it goes!

I’m starting this series because I always seem to have trouble finding what to watch next on Netflix, and I know a lot of other people have that problem too.

Hopefully this month’s picks will help you start a Netflix – binge this weekend! 😉

  1. Riverdale

I have been watching this show for a couple months now, and I cannot explain how much I love it. The show is based on the murder of high-schooler Jason Blossom. The first season is about a group of teenagers from Riverdale High solving the mystery of Jason’s death. This show is filled with tons of drama, suspense, and still some romance. 10/10 recommend.

2. Gilmore Girls

I’m sure everyone has either heard about or watched The Gilmore Girls at some point in their lives. This show follows single mother, Lorelai Gilmore, and her daughter, Rory Gilmore in their daily lives. If you love sarcasm, hilarious one liners, lots of drama, and COFFEE, then this is the perfect show for you. I’ve honestly watched this entire show 5 times through with my mom. I have a tee shirt and everything. Yeah, it’s pretty serious.

3. Beauty and the Beast

Now, for the only movie on this month’s list, Beauty and the Beast. This is not the original cartoon of Beauty and the Beast, but the live-action remake from Disney. When this title arrived on Netflix I was thrilled. This movie stars Emma Watson, (so you already know it’ll be amazing. Who doesn’t love Emma Watson?!) and actually was just in theaters in 2017. I don’t think I really need to get into the plot of the movie, but the remake is honestly just as amazing as the original, so you have to check this out!

(and as a plus, it’s family appropriate!!) 🙂

Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this little blog post. If you’d like to see this series continue, leave a “like”.

Comment below your January Netflix pick!

-Emma ❤

 

 

 

 

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I’m a Conservative Feminist

I’m a Roman Catholic. Many of you will know this if you know me personally or came from the old blog. I was born and baptised a Catholic and continue to go to mass every Sunday, Holy Day of Obligation, Christmas and Easter.

But I’m also a feminist.

Thousands of people are feminists, but some have a different definition of feminism. My definition of feminism goes like this.

Man and Woman are equal. Genesis 2:21-22, “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh, and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.” God fashioned woman not out of his skull, to be higher than her, nor out of his heel to be lower than her, but out of his rib to be equal. Because of this, I believe woman to be equal to man. I believe a woman should be payed penny to penny equal to a man’s pay. I also believe that a man should be given leave from work to be with his wife and newborn child. Man and woman are equal.

I’m also pro-life. I do not mean this to say that it is OK when a woman is raped and falls pregnant. Rape is wrong and it disgusts and terrifies me at the same time. Abortion is so much worse than adoption. I mean that we don’t need abortion or birth control we need self-control.

“A baby might be in a woman’s body, but they are not a part of the womans body. If they were the mother would die as well.”

Hillary Clinton once asked a little woman she was having lunch with, “Why do you think we haven’t had a female president yet?” “Because she was probably aborted,” Mother Theresa replied.

I am in support of LGBT+. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states (2359) “Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should resolutely approach Christian perfection.” Christian perfection is sainthood. The Catholic church states that lesbians and gays and queers are called to be saints. It doesn’t matter! It also states that “They must be accepted with respect compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination MUST be avoided.” There really just isn’t a question about this for me. This video explains everything I just said and more. Fr. Mike Schmitz is an amazing priest, I had the privilege of meeting him. Please watch this video.

I’m a conservative feminist. I hope you understand that by posting this, I don’t mean to offend anyone this is just me stating my beliefs. If you want to talk comment below and I will gladly carry on a conversation, I simply ask that you are respectful just as I will be with you.

2017 Favorites!

Welcome everyone! It is 2018 the year of change! Everyone says that every new year though, so it’s meaning is somewhat devalued…

I gathered together some of my holy grail favorites that I used all through 2017 and decided to share them with you. Some of them I have already talked about so I will keep those short.

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First is the Aveda Purifying Creme Cleanser. I have raved about this everywhere! It’s very gentle and soothing while also getting the job done. I love using the Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Moisturizer with this because that moisturizer isn’t a heavy-duty moisturizer which, I think, compliments a non-heavy duty cleanser like this one perfectly.

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Next is the BB Seaweed face mask from Lush. I got this in late July. Here in the Midwest, July is hot. The fact that this is a refrigerated face mask is perfect for the hot summer months. It freshens my face and cleans out pores without drying.

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I picked up the Loreal 24 Hour Infallible Total Cover foundation at Target and I love it so much. I did a full face of makeup, which I hardly ever do, ask Emma, and I felt like I had no makeup on at all. This foundation has mastered the weightless feel while maintaining perfect coverage.

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When I first learned how to do my brows, a much-needed process, I knew that I didn’t want my brows to be perfect, mathematical phenomenons. Just natural eyebrows. This EcoTools Eyebrow Duo set is perfect. Simple, cruelty free brushes for an extremely affordable price are somewhat hard to find. I have no complaints with these.

Last is the Biore Facial Scrub. I am obsessed with this! I am just starting my third tube. You don’t need much to feel refreshed; if you were to leave it on your face for five minutes, the cooling effect is incredible. I highly recommend this.

I Started a YouTube?!

Hey everyone! Long time no talk!

I’m finally back with a new blog post after finishing the skincare series!

Today I’m talking to you all about my new YouTube channel!

As some of you may know, I’ve been wanting to start a YouTube for a longggg time, but I never knew what kind of videos I wanted to make and I didn’t feel like I had the confidence most Youtubers had to be on camera.

So this past week (?) or so, I finally decided to start my channel.

I love playing The Sims 4, so I made a gaming channel for that. I’ll be posting mostly CAS (Create a Sim) videos, speed builds, challenges, and eventually Let’s Play series’.

I know this post was super short but I just wanted it announce it to you all.

You can check out my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkjh6j1y2iXuPgx3t-IzrYA

And my latest video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkjh6j1y2iXuPgx3t-IzrYA

As usual, thank you all so much for reading, I’ll see you all next time!

-Emma ❤

An Assessment of 2017

Instead of writing a post about my New Year’s Resolution like I did last year, I’m going to asses my last year.

Last year I powered through a panic attack without my mom. If you have read anything or came from the old blog you will know that my mom is an anchor for me while I’m having panic attacks. I’m leaving for college in about a year and a half, so I have to stop relying on her all the time and learn how to cope by myself. That terrifies me. What made me proud of this moment was that she was in the same building as I was, but I didn’t go to her.

In January, I went on the March for Life with Mother of Divine Grace (my online school, MODG) The night before the March, I went to the dance MODG puts together for the high schoolers. I got an amazing dress, and had a sleepover with 4 friends. We all got ready together and drove to the dance. It was one of the best nights of my life.

If I could travel back in time to New Year’s Eve 2016 and give myself some advice, I would tell myself that it is going to be a hard year. Be prepared for pain but know that growth is going to come of it. On New Year’s Eve, my grandma died. She was French, so we called her Memére. She had cancer but it was so sudden. We knew that she was having trouble breathing, they were constantly draining her lungs, so we knew it wasn’t far off, but when I found out, it felt like elephants were sitting on me. I could barely talk and, even worse, I couldn’t sing. Music always relieves me while I’m grieving, but I couldn’t sin or play piano. Even listening to music was hard. I didn’t know what to do, so I just lived with the grief for a while. It was hard but it went away eventually. Whenever I think about her death for a long period of time, the weight comes back, in fact, I’m feeling it now. January was the hardest month for me, but I have learned from it and moved on.

I decided that I was not going to try and please others anymore. Only myself. By pleasing others, I mean trying to keep others happy at the cost of my mental health. I just started by refusing to move out of someone’s way until they asked me to move. It sounds ridiculous but it started me on this path of putting myself first (in the good, healthy way) I still loving helping people, but I will not do it if my mind or health is put at risk because of it.

I learned two important things this year. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you the ability to create happy experiences. I spent a lot of money on things that won’t benefit me in the long run. Basically, impulse buying all the time. In 2018, I am going to make a conscious effort to save money and only spend it if I need to. Wait for love; even if you don’t get it, the patience you will receive is amazing. This past year I read a book called ‘How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul.’ I learned so many things from this book including what I said above about waiting for love. What I didn’t learn from the book but already new just anchored me into my ways. I feel strong in my standards for dating and boys/men.

In November, I visited Benedictine College. I was so uncomfortable. There was a girl who was walking us to visit the Chair of the Mass Communications major I’m interested in. Mom mentioned to her that we were going to miss the dorm tour so she took us to visit her dorm. She took us into her room, gave us a tour and even opened her closet to me. (They were actually two wall walk-in closets!!) The fact that she was so willing to do this for me just made me feel so good. I was a total stranger, but she did this and I felt completely at ease. She was so kind.

Collette Butler influenced me a lot this year. You probably all know about the Shaytards scandal. I was horrified to find that a man I have looked to as a second father would ever do such a thing to his wife and family. I admire Collette so much for her un-wavering strength and fidelity.

My most important goals for the upcoming year are to save money, eat healthy, and dive even further into strengthening my mental health. This is my last full year at home before going to college and I intend to take full advantage of my parent’s experience. I plan on saving up for a flight to travel by myself and conquer a little bit of my anxiety about being by myself.

Three words that best describe 2017 for me are pain, learning, and growth. As I consider the rest of my life, 100% of what I have learned this year will be useful to me forever

Presents + Christmas in Minnesota

I went to Minnesota this past week for Christmas. It was so cold; wind-chill was -22° Fahrenheit.

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US Bank stadium is massive. Because the Vikings play there, it was designed after a Viking ship. It pretty much dwarfs everything. My dad always tells the story of when we were walking down the street next to it and he stopped and looked up. He just kept looking and looking and finally he saw the top of the building. This picture doesn’t do it justice, you need to see it in person.

We decorated the house for Christmas while we were there. All 15 stockings were hung and the tree was decorated. My aunt hung Christmas lights in the upstairs hall; it looked so magical through her plant.

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On Christmas eve, ten of my aunts, uncles and cousins came over. We had lasagna, bread, and salad for dinner with cookies, banana bread, and coffee for dessert. It was a very filling and satisfying dinner. Church was at 10 P.M. so we went. The music was beautiful. During the candlelight portion, my candles wax dripped onto my hand and pretty much burned me. Wax dripped down my cousins new black leggings. We got home around eleven, said goodbye to my cousins, and went right to sleep because it was a long day.

My parents got me a Conair Lighted Mirror which I am super excited to use. It really lights up your face for prime makeup application and hair removal. They also got me a new set of sheets with woodland creatures on it. My grandma got me a beautiful pink ornament with white details. My sister got me some pretty rose-gold earrings, a face mask (which I already used,) and a makeup brush washing glove. Emma (best friend that she is) got me this super cute mug, Mint Leaf and Bergamot body wash and fuzzy socks. The mug fits perfectly in my hands and holds just the right amount of cocoa. I asked my extended family for money to put into savings, but I’m not photographing that. Thank you so much to my family, I love all my gifts and can’t wait to use them!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Tell me what you got for Christmas or, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, how did you spend time with your family this season?

Kathleen Lucille

My Favorite Christmas YouTubers

Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow is the big day! I hope you get to cozy up with a hot chocolate at some point because even though it is fun, it is a little stressful sometimes, especially if you have people coming over.

One of my favorite things to do after everyone settles down for the night is to get myself a hot drink, whether it be tea or cocoa, and watch the few days of Vlogmas that I probably missed in all the busy-ness. I thought I would share some of my favorite Vlogmas YouTubers. Lets start!

Zoella

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I love Zoella’s videos so much. I can relate so easily to her as well because of my anxiety, and her cozy vibe is so great for a late night YouTube session.

Tanya Burr

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Tanya Burr’s videos are super cozy as well. They are shorter so it’s a little less involved but I love her personality and how caring she is.

My Life as Eva

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So this is kind of a crappy picture, but I love Eva’s vlog channel. She has made me really want to go vegan, mostly for my health but I love that she is trying to make a difference against animal cruelty.

Ellie and Jared

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Ellie and Jared are the sweetest couple with the sweetest family. I love how their family is so important to them. Again, they make very cozy vlogs.

Alex Rainbird Music

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OK. Alex Rainbird Music does the best Indie/Indie-Folk playlists ever. I love them so much. They just let out a Christmas 2017 playlist and I am absolutely obsessed with it. It is perfect for Christmas eve or even just getting work done while listening to music.

Tell me what your favorite YouTubers are! Thanks so much for reading! I will see you next week with one more festive post!

Kathleen

Zoella’s Channel

Tanya Burr’s Channel

My Life as Eva’s Channel

Ellie and Jared’s Channel

Alex Rainbird Music’s Channel

British Christmas Adverts

Christmas is a week away and I’m so excited! We are leaving for Minnesota on Thursday and a ten hour drive sounds like just the thing.

Last year during Blogmas, I wrote a post including some of my favorite British Christmas advertisements. This year, I’m doing that again, with these years adverts. Lets get started!

Sky Cinema Christmas Ad

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Hand Out stills from the new John Lewis Christmas TV advert 2017

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Merry Christmas!

Kathleen Lucille

 

Self-care Night

Welcome to post #4 of the Beautiful Skin Series! I am so excited about this post I have for you all today.

Today we are going to be talking about self-care, not just skin care. I felt like this post was important for the Beautiful Skin Series because having an overall good mental health is (in my opinion) even more important than a healthy-looking exterior… if that makes sense.

1st I am going to share a few quotes I found on Tumblr over the past couple weeks about self-care, or at least my perception of self-care. Then we will talk about our “Self-care Night”.


Every two weeks or so, I like to have this thing called a Self-care night. I challenge every reader to do the same one night this week, even if you feel like you’re “too busy” or “don’t have the time”. It’s worth it, I promise.

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First things first, tonight I decided to take a bath. I’m using a bath bomb from this cute store that’s sort of like Lush that we have in the mall near me, but you can use anything from bath fizzers to bath salts or nothing at all. I’m also going to be lighting this candle from Bath and Body Works (White Barn) called ‘Tis the Season. It smells sooooo good and really sets the calming mood for the bath. I turn off all the lights in my bathroom and turn on some calming music on my bluetooth speaker, but that’s 100% up to you. Whatever makes you feel relaxed.

After my bath, I am using this African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask by Shea Moisture. It is made with Tamarind Extract and Tea Tree Oil, and is made from blemish prone skin, so it will not cause acne (whoop whoop!). I love that this brand is cruelty free, family owned and operated, and uses all natural/organic ingredients to make their masks, so you can feel great about what you are putting on your skin. This was my first time using this mask after I got it in a gift box from Ulta.

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The mask went on super smooth and had a milky texture. I can say with no doubt that this was the best face mask I have ever used, so I highly recommend that you try it out!

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Lastly, I put on some cozy pajamas and decided to watch Spiderman Homecoming with my family. It always relaxes me when I can lay by the Christmas tree and snuggle up with my kitten, Jasper and just watch a movie.

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Here’s a list of some other ideas of things to do before bed:

  • Read a book
  • Write in your journal
  • Read the bible
  • Listen to some music
  • Draw in a sketchbook
  • Play with your pets

Basically just do anything that relaxes you that you might not take the time out to do any other night of the week.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I loved writing it for you all! Let me know in the comments if you decide to follow the challenge and have your own self-care night!

-Emma ❤

 

 

 

 

Product Review (Peter Thomas Roth and More!!) – Kathleen

Hi wonderful readers!!

Today I am taking part in the Beautiful Skin Series! Just recently, I picked up a few products that I am super excited to tell you about. I only have two, but that’s OK because spending a lot of money on skin care isn’t something I can do.

My first product is the Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer. I absolutely love this moisturizer. At $52 it is a little pricy, but you don’t need a lot. I am very picky with my moisturizers and hand creams. I don’t like it when moisturizers are thick and sticky. This hydrating moisturizer is light; cloud cream is the perfect description for it. I use this moisturizer at night-time.

My next product is the First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer. This tinted moisturizer is amazing. Similar to the Peter Thomas Roth Moisturizer, this is very light. It doubles as both a light BB Cream, moisturizer, and primer AND it smells amazing. On a morning when I’m not going anywhere, this helps me feel a little more put together. I use this as my moisturizer in the mornings.

Thank you so much for reading; I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment and tell me what your favorite skin care product is at the moment. I will be back in a week with a new post!

Kathleen Lucille