A lot of people may know that I love photography. Taking pictures, looking at pictures others have taken, it all makes me so happy. A little over a year ago I invested in a nicer camera, and had all the intentions of getting to know it in and out. Well things happened and I had to put all that on hold. During my break I picked up my camera again, and the spark was ignitated again. I was out and about clicking away, I even met up with a friend for a mini sneaker shoot. It’s been so much fun taking pictures and editing. With school back in session and it getting dark earlier it’s going to be tricky heading out to shoot, but I’m going to try and do so every other week.
Here’s some of my pictures from the summer. I posted some of these on IG @Xo_MermaidKisses and I made a separate IG account just for my pictures for me to see and keep track. Sort of as a learning tool to see progress. You’re more than welcome to give it a look and follow if you want: @DVA.Frames.
What are your hobbies? Is there something you would like to get into or learn?
It’s been too long, but I won’t apologize. I had to take some time off and just enjoy life. Don’t get me wrong, I missed blogging, and you guys; but after the semester I had I decided to enjoy the summer with my family. Guess what, it was the right thing to do. I don’t believe that blogging should be forced, it should be something that makes you happy (mostly, there are some headaches attached), and content should come naturally. I wasn’t in a space where I could really give it my all, because my mind just wasn’t there. That’s not to say I didn’t think about my blog, or posts; I did and came up with loads of great ideas. I took tons of pictures to go along with the posts too. Now it’s just a matter of editing and posting. I also have video to edit for my YouTube channel, and am thinking of revamping things over there, so be on the lookout for that.
I know being consistent is key when it comes to the “blogging world”, and I really want to be as consistent as possible; however life for me isn’t so consistent. Work is not a regular 9-5, I have school, kids, and other life events. I can’t promise I’ll be here 2x a week, or that I won’t take a break again. What I can promise is to be honest, and try to provide you with some great content, and maybe a laugh or two. With I that being said I’ll be around more, but some rings will be changing here also. I want to share a bit more of my life with everyone, so I’ll be doing some “life updates” from time to time, along with other things I’ll start incorporating.
Thank you to those who have stuck around. I appreciate you all, and can’t wait to start posting more. I’m also slowl trying to catch up on blogs and videos (I’ve been slacking hard!). In the meantime I’m off to enjoy some of the warm summer weather before the cold rolls around.
How was your summer? Did you do you take any special trips, or do anything special? XOXO,
Quick update and a giveaway for a Happy Planner by Me & My Big Ideas.
Hello cupcakes and welcome back. I’m super excited to be running another giveaway on blog. This time it’s for a Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas. I’ve been using planners for awhile now, but this is the first time I’ll be using a Happy Planner. I picked mine up about a month ago, and fell in love. It doesn’t begin until July, but I love the layout already. Plus I can customize the cover, which I did and I’m just too excited.
I’m so so happy with the cover I ordered!!
I started to decorate it already, I couldn’t help myself. I have so many stickers I use from my other planners just calling out to be used.
You may have already caught a glimpse of my planner on my YouTube video. I talked about finishing up my first semester of nursing school, and showed off my planner a bit.
Since I love my planner so much I’ve decided to give one away! Yup just enter below for your chance for your very own Happy Planner, along with some other planner goodies.
I’m sure this planner will be right at home with you!
Just follow the directions down below for your chance to win. Best of luck!
Thanks for stopping by. If for some reason the Rafflecopter isn’t functioning please let me know via Twitter: @XoMermaidKisses or email: Desiree@XoMermaidKisses.com. Unfortunately I had some issues the last time I set one up.
Some of my good things and vibes from the past month.
Hello cupcakes and welcome back to another Sparkly Vibes post. If you remember from my first post I wanted to highlight some of the good things that have been happening. I think it’s a good way to reflect, and be thankful.
Free time with my family. It’s been so nice just being able to spend time with them. I could get use to not having classes. I have to enjoy it before they ramp up in August.
Online friends. Guys you are so awesome, and inspiring! Honestly I can’t believe how supportive you are.
Traveling to NYC. It’s been too long since our last trip. So I was all for going this past weekend.
Mac lobster…. so so good. We went to the Mac Bar in Soho and this was so yummy.
Overwatch, if you been on my SnapChat you’ve seen that I’ve been playing just about everyday. And what is especially nice is that I won my copy from the guys over at Astral Authority.
Twitch: I actually streamed and plan on doing more streaming. It’s been fun not just watching gamers, but people streaming other things like their cosplay process. Check out XoMiaMoore over there, and Imperialgrrl who Mia recommended and I’m glad she did. I’m streaming over at MermaidKisses feel free to add me.
Booking my first cruise. It’s not until 2018, but I’m so excited to be going with my family.
My Happy Planner, guys I think I finally found the right planner for me. I love it so much I’m going to be giving one away later this month. Check back for that.
Lemonade, it’s Bey what else can I say.
Summer, yay!!! I’m all about the beach and warm weather. I have noticed an improvement in my mood ever since the sun started staying out longer.
What are some of the good things that have happened to you? Share your sparkly vibes with me.
Hello cupcakes. Well as you can see my plan of updating once week was a major fail. I’ve managed to post only 1 new video on my You Tube channel which I forgot to mention here, doh!! No worries I’ll post it down below.
So here’s the deal, I love to blog and make videos. It’s an outlet I quite enjoy, but with school it’s just super hard to keep up with. I feel guilty for not being to put out new content, and for not being able to keep up with ohter’s blogs and YT channels. It’s not from lack of trying, every morning I wake up and try to get to at least 3-4 videos or blogs before getting out of bed. However I’m missing out on so much still. This has lead me to start thinking of ways to keep content rolling out while I’m at school, and how I can keep up with other’s things. I enjoy reading about books and movies people liked (or didn’t), I love seeing everyone at Cons, and the latest collectible added to a collection. So I’ve began brainstorming, and mapping things out. I’m hoping to have a better system once my semester starts again in August. In the meantime thank you to those who have stuck it out with me, and check in on my blog/YT channel even though it’s drier than the Sahara right now. I’m almost done this semester, and after May 10th (okay maybe May 11th, I’ll need a day to recuperate after my final), I’ll be free to make updates and create videos.
Also I got the above photo from Helene over on Helene In Between, her site is full of all sorts of blogging tips.
Any and all types to stay organized and on top of making content is welcome and appreciated. How do you organize yourself? How do you just keep up with things in general? I feel like I’m behind on life, not just this blog.
As I sit here looking at the calendar I’m saddened to see that we’re almost done with summer. Living in New Jersey means I experience all the seasons. While I enjoy most of them, except winter (it gets no love from me), summer by far is my favorite. The sun is out longer, you don’t need a coat, and there’s no snow or slush to drive through. Best of all I can be outdoors, which means I can go to the beach!
A few weeks ago I did my 6 on 6 post with a beach theme. I thought it would be nice to share a few more pictured from my trip to Spring Lake. Spring Lake is my favorite beach here in Jersey. There’s no games and shops on the boardwalk, which means no hustle and bustle. It’s perfect to just relax and take in the beauty that is mother nature. If you’re ever in the are and looking for a place to get away and unwind I recommend Spring Lake. You can’t bring coolers on the beach, but everyone just leaves them on the boardwalk and walk to and from to get their snacks and drinks. It isn’t a far walk so it really is no big deal, and you don’t have to worry about anyone taking your stuff. If surfing or boogie boarding is your thing (it’s my family’s fave activity), you can partake in them here.
Perfect skies, perfect water, makes for a perfect day.
The Mermaid in me simply loves the ocean.
The boys are Mermen, they love the beach too!
If you haven’t been to the shore yet this summer Squish says go before it’s too late!
Soon we won’t be able to go and play on the beach. Winter will be here and the cold will set in. In the meantime we plan on going a few more times before summer is over.