Sparkly Vibes

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Hello cupcakes. So as mentioned I begun my nursing program in January, and well it has done a number to me. The stress from school, and constantly feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work that had to get done, coupled along with just everyday life/family factors had me so exhausted in every way possible at times. Halfway through the semester I decided I wanted to do something to help keep me in good spirits, and just remind me that all is not bad (some days this was harder than others). That’s when I decided I wanted to do some kind of gratitude writing. So every week I made it a point to write a “I’m thankful for” entry in my Day One journal. Basically I made a list of things I was grateful for, or things that made me happy. From trivial things like I drank my favorite tea, to more profound things. And guess what, it helped!! Reflecting on good things that are going on in my life helped me get through some of the tougher, “I give up” times.

 

So I have decided to bring that here to my blog, and am calling it Sparkly Vibes. Once a month I’ll make a quick list of all the things that give me sparkly vibes. I think it’s a great way to just stop and appreciate some of the things that may go unnoticed when we’re facing our day to day stressors.

 

Sparkly Vibes:

  • My children: We celebrated a few birthdays recently, and while it always makes my heart ache a bit seeing them grow so fast, it’s also such an amazing thing to witness.
  • My classmates: Guys I have made such great connections with some of my classmates. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them. Our study sessions, and just texts keeping each other motivated helped me through so many bumps.
  • Spring!!!! Flowers, the smell of rain, warmer weather, everything!!
  • Floral prints: I’ve been digging all the beautiful floral prints I’ve been seeing everywhere. So many beautiful colors and patterns.
  • Strong badass women: I’ve been coming across so many strong, beautiful, kick ass ladies both in media and IRL. Everywhere from Beyonce’s Lemonade video (or is it a movie? Either way it’s SO good), to women I have encountered in life. So much uplifting and positivity. I love it!!
  • Banana cupcakes: I had the most moist, fluffy, delicious banana cupcakes. There are no words to explain the yumminess I experienced.
  • Snapchat: I haven’t added many people, and those I have added either know how nuts I am already, or don’t know me and so I don’t care if they judge me. I feel like Snapchat is my outlet to be silly, to dance, vent, and all the other things I feel like doing, and I don’t worry about who’s seeing it. It’s not like FB where all my friends and family are, or IG where I’m just trying to share things that make me happy, or when I think I look cute. It’s just there for me to say and do what I want without overthinking.
  • Hamilton: I don’t think I have to go into the millions of reasons why.

 

While I posted this in the beginning of May, I think from here out I will be posting this towards the end of each month. That way I can kinda recap all the good things from the month. So look for my next Sparkly Vibes post towards the end of June.

What are your Sparkly Vibes of the day? Want to do a link up and share our vibes together, just let me know. What are some of the things that help you get through some of the tougher times in life? Share all your feel goods, I love to hear about what makes others happy. 

 

XOXO,

Desiree

What I Watched: Creed

Hello cupcakes. Today I want to give a quick review for Creed. During the Thanksgiving break I was able to breakaway from studying for a few hours to catch a flick with the Mr. We decided to watch Creed. I know many people were like yeah that’s what we need another “Rocky” movie when they heard about this. I get it, the last couple bombed. However me being the Rocky fan that I am, I was looking froward to see where this movie would go.

I hate doing reviews because I never want to give away too much, but then sometimes I feel like I don’t give enough. First off can I say it wasn’t another “Rocky” movie per say. Yeah Stallone played Balboa, and it had to do with boxing; but it wasn’t about Rocky. It was about Apollo’s son and his coming into himself. It was kind of like a Rocky spinoff. So I don’t think these are spoilers but just in case here’s some of the details. The movie starts off in a juvenile detention center in California, where we meet a young Adonis Creed; Apollo’s son. A woman shows up which we immediately recognize as being Apollo’s wife, and takes Adonis home. We fast forward to present time, and soon find out that Adonis is following in his father’s footsteps, well somewhat. It isn’t so easy for him to find someone who wants to train him, he’s sorta blacklisted. He then picks up and heads out to Philadelphia, where he seeks out Balboa. However what kind of movie would it be if Rocky just agreed to being his trainer? So they have their back and forth before Rocky finally agrees.

So that’s the overall gist of it. Along the way young Creed finds a love interest, battles some inner conflict, and tried to figure out his place in all this.

Why I liked this movie, and you will too: well there are a few reasons. It sticks to the whole sports, overcoming barriers shtick without over doing it. It gives us what we want without making it obvious. I mean after all you came to see Creed, you kinda already know what you’re in store for. Yet it’s so much more than just boxing, even though that plays a big role. It’s also about human connections, and has a way of jabbing you right in the feels here and there (see what I did there? No? ok). It gets a bit corny, and that’s way okay. It’s not overdone, and peppered in nicely. even if you have no clue about boxing you can enjoy this movie. They do a nice job of keeping you in the loop.  Can I just add that the cinematography, which was by Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler), was spot on. Her work behind the lens made it easy to keep up with. And if you do follow boxing you’ll enjoyed the professionals from the boxing world that make cameos in the movie. Another aspect I enjoyed a lot was the music selection made. How many times have you been watching a movie and a song starts to play where you’re like um… no. With Creed I felt like all the music fit, and helped get you in the current mood it was going for.

Overall I really enjoyed the movie. The story was sorta expected; but not in a bad way, yet it also threw a curveball. The acting from all of the cast was great. I really enjoy this side of Stallone more than his usual tough guy roles. He’s funny, in his Balboa way. Michael B. Jordan was spot on, and I look forward to seeing more from him in future roles. A plus for me as a frequent visitor of Philadelphia was the scenery, and being able to recognize the locations. Even if you’ve never visited Philadelphia, I think most people are familiar with the famous “Rocky steps”, which of course had to be included. I give this film a 8 out of 10, and recommend it to everyone even if you’re not a fan of the Rocky franchise.

 

Did you watch Creed? What were your thoughts? Have you watched the first Rocky movie? What movies are you looking forward to watching?

I look forward to being able to catch up and reviewing loads of movies, and shows while on winter break. Shoot me some recommendations.

 

XOXO,

Desiree

What’s in My Schoolbag

Hello cupcakes. I’ve always been fascinated by what’s in my bag videos. It’s fun to see what other people carry, and if any of them have some of the dame things I do. So I decided to do a what’s in my schoolbag video since it is back to school times. I hope everyone enjoys it, and if you would like to see a regular what’s in my bag video let me know and I’ll be happy to do so. As always feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Xoxo

Desiree

How I Won Fast with Fast Play

Hello loves.

Anyone who knows me or follows me knows from time to time I like to partake in the NJ Lottery. It’s so fun to me and I always envision all the fun things I can do if I won some extra cash. So when Blog Meets Brand reached out to me and said they would  give me $15 to try out NJ Lottery’s new play and win game Fast Play game I was all about it.

Fast Play is NJ Lottery’s new instant win game that can be purchased at the lotto terminal, however unlike drawing games you don’t wait for results, you know instantly. There’s no scratching required either like other instant games. You ask for one of the many different games they have such as Bling Bling Bucks ($5 each) or Red Hot Numbers ($1 each) and the ticket is printed for you.

Off I went to my favorite Quick Chek to purchase my tickets. You however can go to any store that sells NJ Lotto tickets such as 7-11 or your neighborhood bodega. If the store has a lottery then you can play there.

My Quick Chek had this Fast Play display which made buying tickets even easier! All I did was look at the different games available and pull the little slip for the ones I wanted. With new games coming out in the new few months these may change or others added to this list.

As you see each game has it’s own little ticket. I then went up to the lotto terminal and handed these slips over to the attendant who then ran them through the machine. How easy is that? No numbers to tell her, no fumbling with names.

Just like that I had my tickets and was ready to see if I won. Depending on the game you choose the tickets are printed differently and instructions on how to win are printed clearly on them. However finding out if you won is easy too. If you’re not sure if your ticket is a winner most lotto terminals have a little green scanner where you can check your tickets at.

Woo! One of my tickets won $7!! I thought it was a winner but wasn’t sure. When I scanned it that’s the message I got. This is so convenient for me since I can be a bit on the shy side sometimes (yes I have a hard time speaking to people at times, can you believe it?), with this I know for sure I won without having to ask anyone.

I then just gave my winning ticket to the attendant and received my cash. All in all it took about 5 minutes for me to purchase and check my tickets. It doesn’t get any easier and faster than that.

Overall I had fun playing the Fast Play games. They’re different from the games I’m used to playing, but different is good. Bling Bling Bucks is my favorite right now, but I’m excited to see what new games are introduced in the future.

Do you like playing any lottery games? If so what’s the most you’ve won. If you play the Fast Play games let me know how your experience went and how much you won. Good luck everyone!

Desiree

Disclaimer:

(1) You must be 18 or older to buy a lottery ticket. The New Jersey Lottery reminds players, it’s only a game…remember to play responsibly. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1800-GAMBLER®.
(2) For more information visit: NJ Lottery 

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This is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed are my own.