December 30, 2013

New Year, Time For Resolutions

Well hello there!

I hope everyone had a fantastic and very Merry Christmas! I took some time away from blogging to spend with my family and loved ones, which was much needed. But of course after Christmas we turn our attention to the new year. We make resolutions of how we are going to change our lives over the course of the next 12 months. We set goals, and start creating plans to achieve them. But the honest reality is, most of us don't hold up on these resolutions. We either fall off the bandwagon, give up, or completely forget about what we had promised ourselves. I've pretty much fallen into one of those categories each and every year up to now. This year, I will make good on my promises!

By far the most famous New Year's resolution is to lose weight, and honestly, it's on my list as well. But this year, for the first time, I am not making this my sole priority. Instead I am going to first focus on making myself happy. I have noticed over the past few years that I just don't have the happiness in my life like I used to. I have let so many things wear me down, that I just settle for mediocre. This year, I am done with that sort of thinking. But my happiness also does include my weight. I would like to drop some pounds this year, and be in a better, healthier position this time next year than now.

With that said, I will be posting weight loss blogs twice a month with a weigh in, starting on the 1st and then again in the middle of the month around the 15th.

I will be posting my first weight loss blog on New Years day, so stay tuned for that. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!

December 13, 2013

Tag: 90's Kid

So today I am doing the 90's Kid Tag. I was born in 1988, and grew up in the 90s! Also, I tag everyone reading this. Feel free to copy your answers onto your blog, do a YouTube video, or just leave your answers in the comment section below!

1. Favorite Disney Channel original movie.
I was a huge fan of Aladdin, but I also enjoyed the Little Mermaid too!

2. Favorite music artist.
It was the Spice Girls for sure!

3. Favorite Nickelodeon show

Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, The Angry Beavers, Rockos Modern Life, CatDog, Hey Arnold, Doug, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show.

December 09, 2013

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag: Second Edition

This is the 2nd part of the widely popular Holly Jolly Holiday Tag on YouTube and blogs. I tag everyone who reads this to do it! If you don't have a YouTube channel, or a blog, you can simply reply to this in the comments below with your answers!

1. Do you start your Christmas shopping on Black Friday or wait until the last minute?
- I really don't get into the whole Black Friday thing. I tend to shop anytime in the months leading up to Christmas. I may browse online and check out deals, but that's about it.

2. If you could be in any Christmas movie what would it be?
- National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. That movie cracks me up and is a must see during the holiday season.

3. Which do you like better: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
- I like both, but probably Christmas Day. I enjoy seeing my family.

4. When does your family put up your Christmas tree and who decorates it? 
- Its a tradition to put it up on Thanksgiving. We all take turns decorating it.

5. White lights or colored lights?
- My favorite is white lights. Classic and timeless.

6. Are you guilty of peeking at your presents or do you like the surprise?
- I like the surprise of it, so I'm good and I wait.

7. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or in Santa's Workshop?
- Santa's workshop. If I lived in a gingerbread house I would soon be homeless because I'd eat the entire place! 

8. Tell us your Christmas Eve traditions!
- Have a few snacks, and watch Christmas movies.

9. If you could be under the mistletoe with anyone who would it be?
- Hmmm, probably Brad Paisley.

10. What tops your tree?
- Nothing. 

11. Can you name the 12 days of Christmas?
- Partridge in a pear tree,  2 turtle doves, 3 french hens, 4 calling birds, 5 gold rings... and thats as far as I remember!

12. Have you ever gone Christmas caroling?
- No way, I'd be too embarrassed!

13. Do you countdown to Christmas? If so, how many days are left?
- Not really. But there is 16 days left.

14. What are some foods and treats you can count on having every holiday season?
- My great grandmother makes her famous watergate salad. If you don't know what that is, google it. It is so easy to make, and tastes sooo good! I also enjoy my step-mothers peanut butter balls.

15. How has Christmas kept its magic for you as you've grown older?
- Just being with family, that keeps the magic of the holiday going.

December 08, 2013

Holly Jolly Holiday Tag: First Edition

Here we have it, the first edition of the Holly Jolly Holiday tag that can be found on YouTube and blogs all over! I tag everyone reading to do this tag, whether it be on your own YouTube channel, your blog, or below in the comments! 

1. Favorite Christmas Movie?
- I like the classic Christmas shows like Rudolph and Santa Claus is Coming To Town. But I also love National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

2. Are you on the Naughty list or the Nice list?

- Nice!

3. Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo! (WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE OK)

- Actually my family never took a Christmas card photo.

4. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

- Every year. I live in Maine, it's a guarantee for a white Christmas!

5. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

- Home with my family.

6. Play or Sing your favorite Christmas Song!

- Well since this is a blog I can't, but my favorite song is Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley.

7. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

- Nope.

8. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?

- Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph. 

9. What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?

- We always give one person a gift that is tedious to open. We take a huge box, put a box inside that, and then a box inside that, and so on until it gets to a tiny box filled with candy. 

10. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

- Fake. 

11. Hands down, what's your all-time favorite holiday food and holiday sweet treat?

- Peanut butter balls

12. Be Honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

- Both

13. Show us your tackiest Christmas attire (ex: Ugly Sweater)

- Again, I don't have any. 

14. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
- Some place tropical since I have never experienced a warm Christmas without snow and the cold. 

15. Does your family have a special holiday recipe you like to help make?

- Not really.

16. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably? 

- I'm no pro, but I can hold my own!

17. Most memorable Holiday moment?

- Any time when my family was a complete family. Before all the divorces and death, that took me from a large family, to quite a small one. 

18. What made you realize the truth about Santa?

- My mother told me, on the same day that I found out about sex. I was hit with a double whammy. 

19. Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?

- Not really, I make resolutions all during the year. 

20. What makes the Holidays special for you?

- Being with family!

December 05, 2013

Review: Redbox Instant

Retail Price: = $8 /month

Most of us are familiar with the company Redbox. In case you are left in the dark on this one, Redbox is a company that has machines placed in stores, malls, etc that offer DVD rentals. Think of the old school VHS rentals, but more widely available, and in the form of a vending machine. That's Redbox. 

Today I will be talking about their latest service, Redbox Instant. It is a monthly $8 subscription that lets you stream movies online and thru various other electronics such as smartphones, tablets, gaming systems and smart tv's to name a few. Included in your subscription are 4 monthly DVD credits to redeem at the kiosks at a location near you.