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Things I Can’t Get Enough Of Lately V

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A new year means new obsessions. I haven’t done this in a while because I have been all business on the blog lately. Which is fun but that’s not how I am in my day to day life, I’m about business and about fun! You may notice that this edition of things I can’t get enough of lately is high on the entertainment side and that is because I spent a lot of the first month of the year sick and so I was looking for ways to keep myself entertained.

One Day At A Time

One day down of my antibiotics I decided to watch One Day at a Time, Netflix’s modern reboot of the 1970s/1980s sitcom that lasted nine years starting Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips (who makes an appearance in the reboot). I don’t think I’ve ever seen the original, but I will say that I really enjoyed this show. It was funny, and the characters are likable. They did a really good job highlighting real issues like mansplaining, veteran affairs, coming out in a minority household and so much more. It seems like a heavy show, but I think what makes it so likable is how they present these very real situations in a way that is approachable and relatable. Yes, the lead character has issues getting help from Veteran Affairs, and actress Justina Machado does a beautiful job delivering a heartbreaking monolog about it, but you still get to see that these dark moments aren’t all encompassing. The average person just takes things one day at a time. I think it’s a really authentic look into what a lot of average people face.

Scrappy Little Nobody

You know how you meet someone and you hit it off right away? then you discover that they worked at the same store as you, go to the same hair stylist, are also double jointed in their elbows or watch that super obscure web series no one else has heard of, and you just love them even more… that’s what reading Scrappy Little Nobody was like. I knew I loved Anna Kendrick; I knew if ever given a chance we would be the perfect duo of anti-social besties. Then I read her book and love her more than I thought possible. The things she says make you feel like you aren’t a total weirdo and that you will be okay. Also, it’s hilarious!

Talking As Fast As I Can

So I am proudly a part of the O.G. Gilmore Girls crew….excuse me while I get on my “I watched it when it the WB Network was still a thing” soapbox. So as such, I’ve been pretty much open to checking out anything with Lauren Graham or Alexis Bledel (Yes, even Bad Santa). I was so excited about reading this book. I didn’t have a large amount of, “OMG, my life!” moments in this book. I did really enjoy hearing about her life and the way she told it. I found myself laughing and crying. The way she recants her early auditions and days in college. How she talks about finding love and a level of comfort she didn’t know possible with Parenthood costar Peter Krause. The way she describes the days on the Gilmore Girls sets both times. How I had to stop myself from crying like a baby every time she mentioned the late Ed Harmon. Okay, maybe I did have some relatable “in my feelings” moment with this book. Lauren Graham has this way of describing people that make you wish you knew them and felt like you do at the same time, and that is a gift.

The Big Leap

Holy cow! I can’t even think how to put into words how much this book hit me like a ton of bricks. I pretty much listened to the audio version of it in a weekend and then randomly relisten or reread parts of it on Kindle. While it’s called The Big Leap, I think it should be called, Defining and Surpassing Your Upper Limits. Without going too into the psychology behind the book, the idea is we all subconsciously have an amount of happiness or success we think we deserve (this is a limit that normally reflects something that happens during our development) and when we start to get close to it or surpass it, we do something to self-sabotage. (I am giving you a very broad understanding.) The book just showed me how to recognize why I have some of the negative feelings I deal with and also makes me realize why I have trouble in certain areas of my life. I went back and forth about what mindset book I wanted to read and then Mariah Coz recommended it, and it is seriously something I plan to learn more about. I’m about to start reading Conscious Living which is also by Dr. Gay Hendricks.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl


Another book I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying this month is The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. I don’t know where I’ve been because I didn’t discover Issa Rae until a few months ago when on a whim I decided to give her show Insecure on HBO a chance. To be honest I felt an automatic connection with the storyline. While the title character and I live very different lives, there is something refreshing about seeing someone like myself on television. I don’t mean just a “black girl” I mean someone who is educated and not the stereotypes you see on television and film so often or the over correction of the former. But this isn’t a review of the show so I’ll continue, like most books written by actors or comedians you learn about her past and how she got to where she is, her struggles of being the “white” black girl or having people ask, “Can I touch your hair,” are all too relatable. To be totally honest even if you don’t identify yourself as an “awkward black girl,” or even black at all, it’s an amusing book and might be eye opening to some not so socially acceptable things that are somehow still typical behavior.

Journaling

When I was growing up I used to write religiously, I mean I write now (see blog for details lol), but I used to journal almost every night. Even now when I’m dealing with serious emotions, I’ll just start writing out my feelings, but it hasn’t been on a regular basis in a while. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a post I shared about how I was starting a nightly journaling routine. I have an alarm set every night and at the end of the night I write down four things:

  • Something I’m grateful for.
  • Something I want in my life or business.
  • Something I accomplished that day.
  • One goal for the next day.

I try my best to do this every night even when I have a hard time thinking of something. Every Sunday night I read the notes from the entire week. It takes about 5 minutes a night, but it allows me to end the day feeling focused, driven, accomplished and grateful. As someone who named her blog “All The Things I Do,” I believe that every aspect of my life should be celebrated, inspected and guided, so I don’t make myself obligated to only writing about blog or business things.
I’ve written things like, “I’m grateful for my wit,” on a day where I was feeling exceptionally clever. Other days my goal has been as simple as, “Get the laundry done.” It’s not about making a business plan or anything large scale but taking a few minutes to reflect and touch base with myself.

Beaches Reboot

Now before anyone goes on a rant about us silly millennials not knowing the greatness of the original, Beaches has been one of my all time favorite movies since I first saw it on HBO at age 10 and cried my eyes out. Besides my eternal love for Bette Middler, this film was a genuine embodiment of female friendship. Every time my family went anywhere remotely out of town I hoped I’d meet a girl and be lifelong friends… hopefully without one of us getting a horrible illness. That being said I’ll admit for the longest time I thought Barbara Hershey’s character died from exhaustion and I was worried that if my mom worked too hard, she might suffer the same fate… ah to be young again. Anyway, I was nervous to watch the reboot although I am a huge fan of Nia Long and Indina Menzel. I thought they did an excellent job of staying true to the theme of the story while updating it. Indina Menzel did a breathtaking job of covering the original songs that everyone relates to the film like Wind Beneath My Wings and The Glory of Love as well as some great original pieces, like Last Time, which literally brought tears to my eyes… Am I the only one who watches a story or movie and cries in happy parts because you know it’s all about to go to shit? Not going to lie I bought the soundtrack on Google Play.
Open your mind and give it a chance if you haven’t. Don’t go in comparing it to a movie that came out nearly 20 years ago, watch it for a modern story of friendship portrayed by two amazing actresses, one of which is an amazing singer.
My only objection was the story was slightly rushed given the original film was over 2 hours and the made for tv reboot was 2 hours with commercials.

So have you checked out anything on my list? Any new shows or books you love lately?

9 Gift Ideas She Won’t Ask For But Will Love

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I recieved payment to write this post but all opinions are my own. 

Do you have that special lady in your life who does so much for everyone else but never asks for anything in return?
Are you that special lady? I am all about balance, and I know that as go-getters and hard workers often women slip through the cracks and don’t ask for what they want.
I experienced it, “Dia what do you want for Christmas?”
The truth is my most honest answer to this question would probably be, “Sleep” or “Someone to pay some of my bills.” But since I haven’t become friends with Oprah yet I know those are probably off the table. The holidays are a great time to give back, and if you want to tell everyone just to donate to charity in your name, more power to you, but I know a lot of people who would make the donation and still want to get you something tangible.
Or maybe you are just a regular person who knows your kids will get you a spatula or a homemade card and you like the idea of treating yourself to something fun…
Or maybe you aren’t that lovely lady, but you know someone who is, and you want to give her a small show of gratitude. This woman might be your mother (my mom was impossible to shop for growing up, one year she asked for a spatula. This year she upgraded and asked for a kitchen aid mixer…still stuff you use to make things for your family.), it might be your wife, girlfriend, sister, boss, best friend or just the person’s name you drew for the office Secret Santa pool, whoever that lady is I’ve rounded up some great gift ideas from Uncommon Goods to choose from.

Tea To GoTea to Go Infuser Mug
I am a huge tea fan! This infuser travel mug makes it easy to brew coffee on the go. You can add fresh fruit, use tea bags or loose leaf tea. It’s also super cute!

Gift for men this holiday season

Flavor Fusion Water Bottle

Flavor Fusion Water Bottle
So as I mentioned above I am a huge tea fan, part of the reason I got into tea was that I try to avoid drinking soda. To avoid soda I’ve been opened up to trying all kinds of beverages like kombucha, sparkling waters, teas and you guessed it, infused water. I always find it amazing how much of a difference fruit can make to water. I have always been the type of person who drinks a lot of water, but I always feel like infused water is next level, even if it’s just cucumber or lemons. One thing I like about Uncommon Goods is you get to know a little bit about the product’s creators on some of the products. A teenager created this bottle because he wanted to create an alternative to sugary drinks for satisfying his sweet tooth.
This bottle was designed in a way that promotes long-term use and lowers the risk of second-hand flavor or staining.

Wine Cork Candles

Wine Cork Candles

I will admit I am that single girl with three flower vases full of wine corks, so this is right up my decorating alley. I also think that the candle wax droplets has this sexy dark old-timey Dorian Gray feel to them.
Crimson Heart Umbrella

Crimson Heart Umbrella

This umbrella just too adorable! I feel like it’s something Audrey Hepburn would have used in a movie. It’s flirty and fun. Can’t lie with this I’d probably want to burst into a musical number if I had this umbrella.

Holiday gift ideas for women

Warm or Cool Face Mugs

Warm or Cool Face Mugs
These are so freaking cute, I don’t care how old you are. They remind me of Stonehenge but with snacks lol and in fun colors. I can’t be the only person who has to do a juggling act to trying to get their phone, tea, snacks and whatever else to their couch in one trip. This consolidates two of those things.

Aromatherapy Shower Kit

Aromatherapy Shower Kit
I know a lot of people go to a warm bath for relaxation but can I be honest? Sometimes taking a nice relaxing bath requires work, I have to clean my tub deep prior to taking a bath, make sure my bath pillow is inflated and that the water temperature is hot enough that it will stay warm for a while but not so hot it’s like I’m boiling myself for a big tub sized pot of Dia broth. I have back issues as the result of a bad car accident and a bath never relaxes that upper back the way steaming hot water from the shower head does. This kit allows you to enjoy the calming effect of aromatherapy without the work of a bubble bath.

Hand of Buddha Jewelry Stand

Hand of Buddha Jewelry
This beautiful handcrafted stand is the perfect place to house your favorite jewelry when you’re not wearing it. This piece is part of Uncommon Good’s Handmade Designs Partnership; the partnership works with locals in India to not only provide a constant source of income for crafters but provide benefits for the communities as well. You can learn more about that here.

Luxury Herbal Booties 

Luxury Herbal Booties

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like your feet might fall off? Maybe you were showing a visiting friend around all the tourist attractions in your town, perhaps you were visiting every bridal store in the city while your best friend looked for the perfect dress, or maybe you work retail (much love your way), wouldn’t it be great to end that day by treating your feet to some luxury? These Herbal booties are filled with natural herbs that are meant to promote relaxation. They can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer depending on your need. It’s like a mini spa day for your feet!

Which one of these do you think you’d like? What would be a lovely gift for someone to get you, that you wouldn’t get yourself this season? Tell me in the comments.

 

Things I Can’t Get Enough of Lately IV

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I have been in serious launch mode since the end of August (I promise that’s the last time I’ll bring up my new course in this post, The Balance Side Hustle. You know the course that will give you the tools you need to make more time for your side hustle in the next 30 days. That course that will give you tips and instructions for how to make the most out of the time you have to spend on your side hustle, show you how to create a custom schedule to get things done more efficiently by figuring out what your priorities are, what your goals are and what your strengths are.)…Sorry what was I saying…

Oh I’ve been in crazy launch mode and haven’t published a Things I Get Enough of Lately… and let me tell you, I have been having my fill of goodies the past few months.

So let’s just get into all the things I’ve been enjoying lately.

4 Cheese Cheez-It 

I am a big believer in having snacks ready to go. Seriously I have the purse of a soccer mom. I keep snacks in my car and at my desk at all times because you never know when you’ll be hungry.  My coworker hooked me onto these a few weeks ago. You have one and it’s like you just can’t stop.

Cheez-It Reduced Fat White Cheddar Baked Snack Crackers, 11.5 oz

You’re The Worst (FXX)

Full disclosure this show is not for everyone. It is crude, it is slightly raunchy and it is totally my favorite show on T.V. The show is back for it’s 3rd season (and has already been renewed for it’s 4th) on FXX. It follows two dysfunctional people’s untraditional romance. One is a self destructive flake and the other is a rude narcissist. This show had me hooked from it’s first episode in 2014 but the 2nd and 3rd season has really given the actors a chance to shine and has brought real attention to important issues like depression and PTSD in veterans. Because the show is so gritty and honest it has been able to show these issues in a real light. I also really like that unlike other shows they don’t use secondary characters to highlight these issues but main characters and it isn’t something covered in 30 minutes in tied up in a nice bow, oh no, these characters deal with these challenges and even if it improves the problems are still there because depression and PTSD can’t be wrapped up in half an hour.

Easy (Netflix)

I hadn’t heard about this show until one morning I woke up, turned on Netflix and saw it. I had no idea what this show was about but I ended up loving it. Each episode ultimately focuses on one couple and it’s all types of relationships. I loved it because it showed that none of these couples have it easy, love is all about trying and figuring it out as you go sometimes. Even the happiest couples I know have differences or issues.  We’re all human. This is also a show that might be a little raunchy for some. This is a star studded cast, including Orlando Bloom, Dave Franco, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson and the list goes on.

Ted Talks

So I have my headphones on all day at work and I probably only listen to about 30 minutes of music at work a week. I spend the rest of my time listening to webinars, radio theatre, podcasts and speeches. I never really jumped onto the whole Ted Talk train until hearing that Sara Ramirez had one. I went to look for it only to discover it wasn’t available and by the luck of the draw came across Sarah Kay. Then I fell down the YouTube rabbit hole and ended up listening to about an hour of her poetry.

Here are a few more I enjoyed:

Dianna David

Carrie Green  

American Horror Story

I know a lot of people have stopped watching this show but after Lady Gaga’s amazing performance last year I knew I had to come back for more. I love how this season is set up and am sure that it will end with a bang and a big surprise. Also can I just say I adore Cuba Gooding Jr. and I think Ryan Murphy has really given him the chance to take back his career with first The People Vs. O.J. Simpson and now American Horror Story 6.

Revitalized Grey’s Anatomy

Again, I know a lot of people have stopped watching this show and I was sure it would lose me when it killed off one of its major characters 2 seasons ago but the show has finally got some new blood! I don’t want to give too much away but it feels like the show is really back to what it used to be ten years ago.

This Is Us

Tears! So many Tears! If you ever watched Parenthood with Lauren Graham and Peter Krause then you are probably used to bawling your eyes out once a week. My best friend, Mark makes fun of me all the time because I am pretty sure I cried at least once, all 103 episodes of the 6 season series. Not even being dramatic. (If you didn’t watch it, don’t worry it wasn’t this horrible depressing show where you watched kids get bullied and people kick puppies for an hour, sometimes the tears weren’t sad tears but “happy tears” “that’s so sweet tears” or to quote the Backstreet boys, “‘ I want it that way’ tears.”)

Anyway enough about Parenthood. The show started with the premise of 4 different people who all have the same birthday and the different places they are in in their life, then at the end you discover how they are all tied together, and it’s beautifully done.  The cast is just amazing, including Justin Hartley (Young and the Restless, Mistresses), Mandy Moore (Singer, A Walk To Remember, License to Wed), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes, Gilmore Girls) and Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson: True American Crime Story, Army Wives). Break out the tissues and give it a try.

My new Blue Yeti Mic

I love this thing. I’m not going to lie about 40% of the time I go to turn it on, I end up singing half a song into it because it looks so legit, like I’m in the studio or something. I wanted to make a audio version for the email course I launched back in June (As well as have a mic for the above thing I promised not to mention again lol). Turns out a lot of the pros recommend this mic and I see why. If you’re looking for a USB mic, this one gets my vote.

Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water

So I actually received this in my grab bag at #BlogHer16. As some of you may know I am not a makeup girl, not even a little bit. I keep a healthy supply of chapstick in my purse and if I’m feeling really fancy (like twice a year) I might wear mascara.  I’ve been washing my face with the store brand of Noxzema for about 15 years. But I figured why not give it a try, Garnier was nice enough to sponsor BlogHer 16 and be a hook us up with a bunch of products. I love this stuff. I have super sensitive skin so I like that it’s water based. It’s crazy because this whole time I’ve been lathering on the Noxzema then washing it off in the shower, but with the cleansing water, I’ve been using cotton pads and can see the dirt coming off. It’s a little crazy considering I don’t wear base how much dirt comes off sometimes… I’d like to thank Zumba for the gross sweat on my forehead. I love it and while the Noxzema does a good job of keeping my skin clean, I might have to switch to this stuff.

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So tell me, what have you been loving lately?