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Happy (almost) Fourth of July lovelies! I hope you will be getting out and enjoying some lovely (yes scorchingly) hot summer weather this weekend! I know I will be!
Sometimes in the rush of holiday adventures, it can be easy to forget some important must-haves to help liven up and brighten up your Holiday festivities! No Matter where you’re headed off to this weekend, don’t forget to check this list to make sure you’ve packed up the essentials – because nothing is worse than getting all the way to your destination only to remember you once again forgot your shoes (I’ve actually done this!)
1. The Fireworks! It is the most patriotic day of the year and in some states (like here in Utah :p), it’s the only time of year you can use them! Whether you’re going to the lake, the beach, into the mountains, a posh hotel, or staying home – don’t forget some fun sparklers or some crazy bottle rockets and let loose by getting into the spirit this Fourth of July! Be sure to play safely and don’t let Smoky the Bear down by starting the forest on fire either!
2. The Sun Hat, Sunscreen, and Sunglasses: You’re most likely going to need all of these no matter where you’re going this holiday weekend! Be smart and have fun but also be sure to Protect yourself from the sun while you’re out and about! You don’t want to spend the next couple days back at work unable to move in your office chair thanks to that nice big fat red sunburn you got on your back!
3. The Music! Because no Fourth of July Weekend (or any weekend for that matter!) is complete (or worthwhile) with out it! I’m taking my gorgeous Bongo Bamboo Wood Bluetooth Speaker camping and to the lake with me this weekend! This handy wireless, portable & eco-friendly speaker doesn’t take up much room so it’s easy to pack with my four other bags of clothes (Hey – A Fashion Girl needs choices!) It also comes in a nice linen carrying case to be stored safely and securely while traveling!
I remember the exact moment I fell in love with music and remember exactly the feelings and thoughts it evoked in me. I was a young child of the 80’s, on my way to school. My older brother of 5 years was driving me and listening to popular synth electronic music of the decade – Depechemode’s “Enjoy the Silence.” Ironic as that title was, I found myself engrossed in the tune, beat, lyrics, ALL of it. I remember the power it took over me. I was overcome with excitement, with passion. I remember thinking to myself, “This song is so amazingly good, everyone needs to hear this! It’s awesome! How could someone not totally love this as much as I do?!” From that moment on, I started a passionate love affair with music and I’ve been enjoying the ride ever since!
in fact, as I’m writing this, I’m listening to some Odesza. I find music inspiring and helps me with the creative process, even when it comes to writing! Like pictures, music can evoke powerful feelings, excitement, love, mood, joy, and emotion.
Why do we love music so much? Why is it so powerful and why does it provoke such emotion and passion in many of us? A quick google search brings up tons of blogs, forums, articles on “Why I love music.” The scientific standpoint states that researchers have yet to find the “music” center of the brain, but that pleasure regions of the brain are activated (the same that react to food, sex, and drugs), blood flow rises, falls, and swells in the areas of emotion, arousal, and reward when listening to music (LiveScience.com).
In my personal opinion and from my experience, I think it is because life is lived, experienced, and enjoyed through our five senses. Music speaks to one of them, is a much more powerful way than 95% of the other sounds we hear during a day. Music is melodic, easy on the ears (generally), soothing, and has existed from the beginning of time. In fact, thinking of sounds, I realize music is hands down one of my very favorite sounds, along with hearing the voice of my loved ones, my cat purr, and the sound of water/waves coming off the back of a boat, while racing through the water.
Like sound, vision is also a very powerful sense. Seeing the face and smile of loved ones, pictures that evoke special memories, a beautiful sunset, can all induce those same kind of powerful, passionate, and emotional feelings we get from hearing music.
When combining these powerful forces that speak to the different senses at once, we get… something incredibly beautiful. And powerful!
Warm weather is here and many of us are finally getting back outside to get in some workouts or outdoor activities we’ve missed over the winter months! Ever notice how listening to your favorite energy-pumping music to motivate you to push hard, actually has a downside? The wires! Yep, those annoying headphone wires that seem to always get caught an arm when running!
While I’d love to say I noticed this annoyance on a workout, I didn’t. I was actually cleaning my house which I consider a workout. Hah! My phone (music player) was in the back pocket of my jeans, and I was rigorously mopping the tile floor in the kitchen when my arm kept getting caught up in the wire connecting my headphones to my phone. Ugh! So annoying! I love my music but come on! I actually put the headphones and phone down on the counter until I finished mopping.
Wires suck! But I don’t want to sacrifice sound quality for the convenience of not having them either. Which is actually why I was in heaven when I found these little beauties (and they are too – beautiful!). These completely wireless (No wires at all!!) earbuds deliver premium sound but deliver absolutely no annoyance! Ascend Audio EarBuds come in a cute little magnetic pod that actually charge them and are great for storing when not in use. Yep! No wires even for charging, other than for your pod to the wall outlet!
The weather is warming up and I’ve begun taking my workouts outdoors! I love the fresh air, feeling the sun beat down on me, even while working up a sweat. What I don’t love? That awful wire to my headphones getting all tangled up in my arms as I run, and occasionally getting ripped right out my ear – Causing me to have to stop and pause and fix my ear piece, and even possibly having to plug the cord back into my phone!
Sure there are lots of headphones out there that are wireless so you don’t have this problem, but have you ever noticed how uncomfortable they can be too, pinching the ear? Even worse, some are still loose and the earpieces still fall right out of the ear, especially once you get some movement going.
Luckily I got to try my workout lifesaver- the SmartOmi U8 Bluetooth Running Wireless Sport Headphones. These beauties are soooo incredibly comfortable! They fit into the ear perfectly and snug (so no more falling out!) but they don’t pinch! They feel great! They also have a rubber ear piece to securely place around the ear for extra hold. The rubber is super flexible and stays in place and feels super soft, smooth and comfy on the ear as well. These headphones are so comfortable in fact, I’ve found myself wearing them around my house or while I work for hours on end, even after I’ve finished my workout! They’re perfect to wear for long periods of time!
They don’t look goofy like some other wireless headphones too! They look chic and aren’t so big that they look ridiculous when worn. The sound is amazing too! Clear, crisp, good bass and they’re noise cancelling too. [Read more…]
We’ve all been there before; that feeling like the whole world is weighing on us. Whether your best friend is down in the dumps about a breakup, losing a job, fighting with someone they love or just having a ‘bad’ day, there’s nothing worse than seeing a friend or loved one in pain.
Having a bad case of the blues sucks, but with a few cheer-up tips you can bring your bestie back to their happy self in no time. And the best part? Making them feel better makes you feel good! Happiness and positivity is known to be highly contagious, so it works in everyone’s favor to have some feel-good tips up your sleeves for those bad days.
It’s a proven boost of excitement when you receive a gift sent to you by someone you care about – especially when you’re not expecting it. You don’t have to spend a fortune to turn your bestie’s day around; think small, fun and colorful. A colorful bunch of blooms, a vibrantly fun balloon delivery or a small gift hamper loaded with some goodies is bound to put a smile on their face.
While it’ll definitely be appreciated if you rock up to your friend or loved one’s house with a surprise, sending them something wonderful to their work or home is always exciting. They won’t expect it and it’ll make them smile all day every time they look at your gift. Complete the surprise with a little note of encouragement to remind them you care and are thinking of them
Is there something your bestie has always wanted to do? If it’s local and easy to arrange, surprising them with a new adventure can get them out of the house and out of the dumps quickly. Whether it’s a hike to a new location, a picnic, day spa experience or something that fuels their favorite hobby, it’s amazing how much a change of scenery can boost those endorphins.
Alternatively, cooking your friend or loved one a homemade dinner followed by a movie night can take the pressure off for the evening or find a new restaurant for a few drinks and dinner date to indulge in. One of the best ways to cheer a friend up is by taking them out, so opt for some fresh air or a place with some good memories attached to it for them.
Does your bestie love to paint, write or cook? Getting them back into their creative process can help to channel any negative energy into one that’s more positive and fulfilling. If you know your friend or loved one thrives off accomplishing something creative but hasn’t been feeling motivated to do so, help them get there by arranging an innovative day together.
Consider attending an art class, cooking up a storm together at home or get inspired by an exhibition or live music event. Anything that fuels the creative vibe can bring you and your bestie closer together, while changing the dynamics of her bad day to something happier.
It’s a proven benefit that exercise and music can boost endorphins and make you feel better. And while it’s hard to get energetic on those gloomy days, sometimes it’s the best thing you can do. Encourage your friend with a little gentle motivation or attend a few fun workout classes together that will get you both up, out and moving. For an extra dose of drive and enthusiasm, check out the top workout songs to rock out too you and your friend can listen to together.
If your bestie really isn’t in the mood for exercising, you can still help them boost their endorphins and feel-good vibes by playing some happy tunes. Music is one of the most powerful ways to alter a mood; there’s a scientific reason why you can’t stop grooving to a catchy beat regardless of how many times you’ve heard the track! So, put on your favorite playlist loud and dance around the living room if need be.
Seems pretty basic but physical touch in the form of a big hug from someone you care about can go a long way. There’s something about being embraced that correlates with feeling warm and loved, and this helps to release those feel-good chemicals into our brains. People need human contact and the power of a massive hug between two friends is undeniable. If you’re not the hugging type, simply lending an ear to your bestie and letting them vent can be a powerful feel-good move too.
What do you like to do to cheer up your bestie, family member or loved one on a bad day?
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, an online blogger and copywriter who recommends the gift and delivery service at Boxt.com.au. Boxt are a leading online provider of hampers and other gift ideas and do delivery throughout Australia. Catch Boxt on Facebook or Pinterest for more ideas.