#conquerhatewithlove

Hey everyone, as you all know there was a horrible shooting in a high school in Florida this month and just the thought of it brings me sadness. But through that sadness there must come strength, strength to do something about it. I had the opportunity to team up with an amazing girl named Noel. You all have to go and check out her blog. She started a campaign called #conquerhatewithlove it’s about the shooting so if you want to know more click here. She’s doing a giveaway and the way it works is that for every story people post on Instagram with the hashtag #conquerhatewithlove OR posting on her blog with a link to a blog post, they will get a chance to win a giveaway. So if you’d like to enter I suggest you head on over and read more about it. I have an Etsy shop for those of you who don’t know (post about it is coming soon) and one of my products will be up for the give away this week! It’s all for such a good cause and I hope you all join us and show some support.

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful week!

-Sharlene

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Celebrating Christmas in a LDR

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Unfortunately for us, we’re in a long distance relationship so it’s harder during the holidays since we can’t physically spend it together. But we try to look on the bright side and make the best of what we have. Luckily we live in a time where we can use technology to our advantage.

The smallest things are very important, whether it’s sending a Christmas card, opening Christmas gift while FaceTiming or watching a movie while Skyping. Making any type of effort in seeing each other makes all the difference. I know it gets hard and sad at times but it’s best to look on the bright side of things. Why dwell on the things you can’t change. Instead try to keep yourself occupied, spend some time with your friends and family, enjoy those moments and cherish them. Appreciate the small things in life after all that’s what Christmas is about.

Although we may not get to spend Christmas together this year, we have still hope that next year we will. So if you’re also in a long distance relationship don’t let it get to you, your day will come one day just don’t give up because the best things in life are worth fighting for.

So stay safe, spend time with loved ones and We wish you a very Merry blessed Christmas.

-Sharlene

Christmas Movie List

Just one more week until Christmas! I can’t believe it’s almost here, there’s so much to do and not much time left but no matter how busy I get, I always make time for some Christmas themed movies. During this time of year I look forward to watching all my favorite Christmas movies, just watching them gets me in the Christmassy mood. I usually like to watch them while I’m gift wrapping and baking.

Since it’s almost Christmas I wanted to share a list of some of the movies that I like to watch to get me ready for the big day.

  • Elf
  • The Nightmare before Christmas
  • A Charlie browns Christmas
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • A Christmas story
  • It’s a wonderful life
  • Home alone
  • Jack Frost
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Holiday
  • Scrooged with Bill Murray
  • Love Actually

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies? If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below so we can check them out. =)

Hope you all have a wonderful week filled with laughter and lots of movie watching.

-Sharlene

Motivational Monday #10

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Keeping your Christmas cheer during this time of the year.

Oh, the holidays. The time for joy, cheer, family and happiness. Although it’s a wonderful and beautiful holiday sometimes it can get a bit stressful and overwhelming to find the perfect gift.

During this time of year, my memories consist of always going to the mall with my mom, waiting in long lines, decorating the tree and helping with the gift wrapping and cooking. So I understand how busy people can and lose track of what Christmas is really about.

In order for me to keep my cool and be more joyful this year, I made a short list of some things that you can do to look past the stress and focus more on being cheerful and feeling the Christmas spirit.

1. SHOPPING! Now I’ll admit this is something I do enjoy doing no matter what the occasion is but hey, Christmas only comes around once a year and seeing the look on your loved one with something that you hand-picked for them is priceless.

I know times are tough so sometimes it’s hard to give presents but you don’t always need to go out and buy things. You can always make your gifts if anything they have more meaning. It’s the thought that counts not the price.

2.  Prayer and Reading the Bible – Take some time out of your day to pray and to read the Word. If you’re looking for a bible study, I suggest checking out Proverb 31 Online Bible Studies. All you need is your book.

3.  Listen to some Christmas music!  I love Christmas music, it gets me in such a happy mood. I play it when I’m cleaning, driving, wrapping gifts, cooking and just having it play in the house as background noise gives out a nice ambiance.

4.  DECORATE – Decorating and getting into the spirit of Christmas, making your home look and feel alive can be such a mood booster.

5.  BAKING – This is one of my favorite things to do especially during the holidays. Not only does it make your home smell amazing, you get a delicious homemade treat to enjoy at the end.

Just remember that Christmas is more than just about gifts, decorating and materialistic things. although it’s nice to receive and do those things sometimes we tend to forget about what Christmas really is. Spending time with loved ones and appreciating the true meaning of Christmas is what’s it’s all about.

I hope you all have a cheerful week, take some time to relax and enjoy what this season is about

-Sharlene

Motivational Monday #9

Since my boyfriend came to visit me this week I decided to make another small motivational playlist. This time the music style will be focused on love songs since I’m in a lovey-dovey mood.

I hope you all enjoy the playlist weather you may or may not be in love or in a relationship. I personally always enjoyed love songs, it gets me in such a happy loving mood. (Even when I was single I listened to it.)

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These are just a few songs that I love listening to on repeat, that always makes me think of Josh. I also included our song first in the playlist if you wanted to give it a listen.

  • Wildfire by Seafret
  • Skinny by Pegasus Bridge
  • Forever and Always by Parachute
  • Be My Forever by Christina Perri
  • Never Gonna Let You Down by Colbie Caillat
  • Still Fallin by Hunter Hayes
  • Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur
  • God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton
  • The World Is Ours by Volunteer
  • What Lovers Do by Maroon 5

Also If you have any songs that you would like to share with us please leave us a comment, we’ll look forward to them.

-Sharlene

Motivational #8

Finally, it’s Thanksgiving week! The occasion when you get to spend time with your loved ones, reminisce about life, eat great food and to be thankful for what you have.

I know that the holidays seasons are near and there’s a lot of things going through peoples lives and I get it, life can get busy.

I’ll admit sometimes it’s hard to be thankful and remember to appreciate what we have, instead we tend to look on the negativity that we go through from day to day because it’s what see and feel in the moment. But just remember that there is always something to be grateful for. It may not be the biggest thing that’s on your mind but there’s always something, Being alive for one.

It’s always nice to have some time to yourself where all you do is just think of all the good things you have, how fortunate you are, how good you have it, to appreciate and be grateful for what you have. Because life’s too short to take things for granted and you don’t want to realize it once it’s too late.

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I hope you all have a thankful week and I’ll see you next Monday!

-Sharlene

Motivational #7

It seems like there’s never enough time. Time to do the things you want or time to enjoy the small things in life.

To me the most important thing you can do with time is doing what you love, I know that it’s different for everyone. Some may love spending their time going on adventures and exploring, others may use it to spend time with friends or loved ones and some may enjoy doing smaller things like reading, exercising or staying in. Whatever it may be, the time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Time should be spent the way you want to spend it.

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Another thing is to also appreciate. Knowing the true value of time; grabbing, seizing every opportunity and enjoying every moment of it. Realizing that we don’t have much of it. So taking advantage of whatever time we have left would be considered time well spent. Trying not to put something off until tomorrow for something that you can do today.

I hope you have a great week and I’ll see you next Monday.

-Sharlene