Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fall 2014 TV Schedule

25 days of Christmas, CMA Country Christmas Show and more will soon be starting with the holidays just around the corner, putting  halt to the regularly scheduled TV shows. Within the past few years, stations have been referring to it as the "fall finale," with the season picking up again in mid-late January. 

And now that the fall finales are coming up within the next couple of weeks, I thought it would be a great time to share which shows I've been watching this season. If you've read some of my past posts you'll know that 1) I'm very organized and 2) I love TV. So why not combine those passions together?

My Fall TV 2014 TV Schedule

I'm really impressed with the new shows I started watching this season (Gotham, How to to Get Away With Murder, Forever, and The Affair) and definitely recommend any one of them if you're looking for a new show to watch. The finale season of The Newsroom will be starting tonight, as well, which is definitely a must watch, especially if it's half as good as the first season. 

Other favorites, like Downton Abbey, True Detective, and  The Following will be starting their seasons in the New Year (yes, I'll  have a Winter/Spring schedule, too), while other shows will be ending, like Sons of Anarchy.

Have a favorite TV show that I need to add to the list? Send recommendations my way!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Invention of Wings

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

"History is not just facts and events. History is also a pain in the heart and we repeat history until we are able to make another's pain in the heart our own." Julius Lester

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There's no hiding that I've always been a fan of historical fiction - always looking for the latest Ann Rinaldi books in the Young Adult section at Borders (another post about that in the future). And after reading a book like The Help, one that empowered me as a woman and a writer, I was looking for another great read, something just as inspirational. So as soon as Kidd's novel hit shelves and I saw it took place in Charleston, I knew I had to read it. Plus, it's was on Oprah's Book Club 2.0 list, which was a great sign.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Repurposing Beach Photos and Notebooks

I always wondered whether I would ever be as crafty as my mother. She's known hand- stamped cards, fun and cute homemade crafts all year-round, and in general, her creativity. When my siblings and I were younger, she served as the homeroom mom, responsible for crafts and treats around the holidays and important events and activities throughout the year. Why I might not have picked up on all of the craftiness, I think I've put my own spin on homemade projects that are easy to do and unique at the same time.

After cleaning out my closet of things I wanted to hold onto, but wasn't sure what do with anymore, such as old spiral and bound floral notebooks and 2013 daily calendar pages with images of beaches all over the world, I decided to re-purpose them. As a writer I'm always in need of a notebook, and I love everything and anything about the beach, so why not combine them?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Summer Shine All Year

Though I refuse to believe that my beautiful summer is almost over as the leaves are turning their fall colors and I whip out the boots and slouchy sweaters, I constantly remind myself the seasons change, whether I like it our not. Since time goes by so quickly these days, I know next summer will be here in the blink of an eye, but that doesn't mean I can't keep summer glow all-year round. 

While I'm not one to tan, I believe you can still look radiant and sun-kissed while using products that are light on the skin and use natural , especially those with those scents of summer. Read more for some of my favorites this season!

eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm - Medicated Tangerine
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Oranges, tangerines, clementines - they're all classic summer fruits that offer that sweet citrus flavor.  So I use eos tangerine lip balm to keep to my lips moisturized with taste of zest. Plus, eos products are not tested on animal, are 95% natural and are packed with anti-oxidant rich vitamin e. 

YesTo Tomatoes Clearing Facial Mask
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I've never used a facial mask before using this one, and I don't think I'd ever try another. You only need to apply a small amount to your face for 5 mins. Wipe away and clean, and your left with radiant skin. I love YesTo products, especially this one. 99% natural, cruelty-free. And it smells amazing, like fresh-picked summer tomatoes! 

Rodan + Fields Enhancement Mineral Peptides
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Whether on a long hike or sunny at the beach, I still want my skin to look it's best and hide redness and flaws, but without the heavy,oily feeling that you often get with foundations and BB creams. That's why I love Rodan + Fields Mineral Peptides - they're lightweight, reduce redness and no not irritate my skin. Plus, mineral peptides have broad spectrum SPF 20, good for both those long summer days out in the sun or on the slopes this winter.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Make Up Removing Wipes
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Though I love wearing colorful eye shadows and eye liners, along with shimmers and light summery-colored blushes, at the end of the day, I want to wipe my face clean of any product. These make-up remover wipes do just that! I never have residue on my face after using these wipes made with soy extract. Not only do they smell great, but they leave my skin glowing afterwards!

Organic Coconut Oil
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From pina coladas to rum punch, coconuts just scream summer to me. But one of my favorite uses of coconuts is applying organic coconut oil as lotion. A little bit goes a long way, my skin has never felt more hydrated! Coconut oil can be found at grocery stores and is much cheaper (and last longer) than regular body lotion. It's also great to keep hair moisturized throughout the summer to keep chlorine and humidity from damaging it. And you essentially smell like a giant coconut, which is a great reminder of summer. Nothing like thinking of palm trees swaying with a cold drink it my hand! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

24 Things to Do While 24

The time has come my friends, another year of neither here nor there, but rather on the cusp of the quarter century. Though I tend to tease my friends who have hit the mark before I have that they are "old", I can't help but feel that now that I am 24, the "old" factor doesn't apply to me. Because I still have way to much to do before I could ever really call myself old or settled or anything that implies my good years are over.

I've read scientific articles that prove people do not reach their full mental growth until 24-years-old. Basically, it takes that long for the brain to process every emotional, physical, and intellectual situation with a mature mind. I've always been an old soul so to speak, but there's no denying that I've done a life time of growing, especially within the past 5-6 years as an individual. So I wonder how on earth could I say that I fully understand my being, when science proves that I am only now a complete adult? 

Since I'm moving on to bigger and better, 24, I've decided to create my own "24 Things to Do While 24."
  1. Learn to Cook - Not by reheating leftovers, but full-fledged meals. Challenge: make everything from scratch.
  2. Tough Mudder. Or Spartan Race. Or a similar obstacle course. 
  3. Finish learning French. I'm almost there. Time to make it resume-worthy.
  4. Anonymously pay for a stranger's dinner. Whether it be for the old guy out to dinner by himself or a group of teeny-boppers (though that might be pushing it). A good deed that will go unnoticed.
  5. Skinny dip.
  6. Go to a star observatory.  
  7. Get a tattoo. This is happening in the fall.
  8. Take myself out. Driving myself to a fancy restaurant. Filet mignon and an expensive bottle of wine. On me. 
  9. Let someone else take me out. Aka, go on a real date. Not a faux date. 
  10. Travel across the country. I now have several friends in California so this is the perfect reason to visit them. 
  11. Create a signature drink. I'll definitely be calling it The Schuster Shot.
  12. Learn to using a sewing machine. I'd like to be able to make my kids' Halloween costumes some day, like my mom did for me.
  13. Go zip lining. 
  14. Start a formal wine collection. I already have a few, but eventually I'd like to have a wine cellar Dennis Quaid has in The Parent Trap
  15. Take a self-defense class. 
  16. Write the first chapter for my novel. No more throwing away "first drafts."
  17. Apply for SURVIVOR. Again
  18. Participate in an intermutural sport. Maybe volleyball. Maybe soccer. Lacrosse or field hockey would be ideal.
  19. Write an op ed for my local newspaper. Or the NYT. Or both. 
  20. Rewatch as many classic animated Disney movies as possible. 
  21. Officially learn to skii. I've took a lesson a couple years ago, but I want to be able to go down the big slopes on my own and make it to Colorado some day. 
  22. Make a difference with Dobby the Therapy Dog. By 25, I want a handful of stories about how my Dobby put smiles on peoples faces. 
  23. Expand my palate. Sushi. Ethiopian. Vietnamese. Can't say I don't like something  I don't try it! 
  24. Play a complete 18 holes of golf. Still at the driving range stage, but I'll get there. 
  25. Skydive. This I want to do the hours right before I turn 25. 
So what does this mean for 25? Well, age is a number and a lot can happen in 365 days, or a lot can not happen. Depends on what you make of it. Having felt pretty accomplished at 23, here's to hoping the same for 24!