Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Songs

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It's Tuesday, it's December and it is Christmas time!!!

This week I am listing my favorite Christmas Songs. Let me start off with saying there is something so magical and special about Christmas songs am I right!! Christmas songs just give me a sense of peace but also can change my day in an instant. Thanks to my bestie  Nanci, she found me the Christmas station on the radio and now on my drive home from work, after a stressful day, I can unwind a little bit more with the sweet holiday sounds. 

Okay so here we go...

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10. The 12 Days of Christmas the MUPPETS version!! Growing up my mom had the Muppets Christmas carols record and I listened to that over and over, I even tried to find it on CD later on and had some luck, but the version they sing of the 12 days of Christmas always makes me laugh.



9. The 12 Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers. So funny and so true. Especially the parking at the mall lol.



8. White Christmas- Bing Crosby. My little cousin, who is not so little anymore, would only fall asleep to this song and you had to sing it to him. It was the sweetest thing ever and I remember laying on the couch with his little head on my heart singing this too him, while it snowed outside. One of my favorite moments and memories.



7. Where Are You Christmas? Faith Hill. This song is from The Grinch, the newer one with Jim Carrey and I absolutely love it!!



6. Must Be Santa- Mitch Miller. Another one I was brought up on. I was blessed to be raised by my grandparents and they only had a record player, but the best records around, especially at Christmas and we would sit and play this over and over. I can still hear it now...



5. Christmas Without You- Kenny and Dolly 



4. Happy Christmas (War is Over) - John Lennon. This was my Dad's favorite Christmas song and I absolutely love it. "So this is Christmas and what have you done, another year over and a new one just begun."



3. Jingle Bell Rock- I love the beat and the rhythm and it reminds me of just being excited for Christmas as a kid.


2. Santa Claus is Coming To Town-Bruce Springsteen. His voice and the laugh he does in the middle of the song, well you will understand.


1. All I Want for Christmas Is You- Mariah Carey. Her whole Christmas Album is the best of all time, but this song of course tops them all.



I have plenty, plenty more, but what is your favorite???







Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Runner Themed Gifts

Happy Tuesday!!!!



This Tuesday as we are unwinding still from Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, we are gearing up for our Christmas Shopping. Santa should be checking his list at least twice by now, as our lists of gifts are piling. I know I have quite a long one compling already and today we are going to help a bit with those in your life who is a runner. Being a runner myself, this list might just be my wish list also lol. So here are some of my favorite runner themed gifts.

10. A FitBit, Garmin, Polar or Apple Watch. I own a FitBit and a Garmin, I use my FB primarily and seriously I got one last year and it was life changing. I love LOVE it. It keeps me accountable but also tracks my miles and calories for all my activity, you can link your running app to it also and it will transfer to the app and keep track. I love anything that keeps you motivated and the Apple Running Watch, does just that also. It even asks you if we are running today.

9. Clothes. As a runner it is always super motivating to get out there in a cute or new pair of pants or shorts and a new shirt. Wearing a new outfit and showing it off is always fun, but new clothes just makes me feel more confident.

8. Runner's Calendar. I have a runner's calendar that is a page by day one and I love it. It has funny quotes and motivating quotes. Each day  it is something new and I have saved many of the pages to use later on.

7. Bluetooth headphones. Seriously your runner will love these. They are life changing. Freed up from cords and great quality. Research them to find the best one for you.

6. Virtual Runs. I think the gift of a virtual run would not only be motivating, something that you can do together but also a great way to keep running and you get a medal from it. Choose one for kicking off the new year right. I highly recommend GoneForARun.com

5. Running themed jewelry. One thing runners love is showing off some bling and we love to wear it proudly. Milestones Sports Jewelry is a great place to get your runner some super cute bling to help motivate and congratulate each of those milestones they accomplished and want to forever remember.

4. Running Planner. This probably could go in the same as calendar, but a fitness planner is awesome for a runner, especially those who are very visual. Documenting those special runs, not so special, miles for the weeks and months. Something they can use to look back on and even help learn from.

3. Running safety gear. These make awesome stocking stuffers, so as reflective gear, to make sure for those early morning or dark  nights your runner is safe and will be seen by those driving.

2. Medal Holder or Bib Holder. They ran the race and earned the medals, now lets display them. Medal and Bib Holders can be custom or by one predone, but they are so nice and look great with all those unique and special moments.

1. Make it personal. My biggest runners themed gift idea is take a picture of them finishing a race, one that really changed them, one that had the biggest influence on their running, print the picture and frame it, believe me it could be the best gift all year.

Happy Shopping. Make sure to check out my Running Sole Sister Nanci too and see her suggestions.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: What I'm Thankful For...



Happy Thanksgiving Week!! Holy Moly I can't believe that Thanksgiving is in two days!! Two days. I remember at work we were counting down since August and then it is finally here.

So this Top Ten Tuesday Nanci and I are counting down our Top Ten What We Are Thankful For. Which wow narrowing down to Ten is hard, but here we go....

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10. My DM Jen. I am employed by Things Remembered but my District Manager is my Boss, Jen. Jen and I have been working together now for 7 years and I can not even begin to explain how thankful I am for her in my life. She has given me motivation, inspiration and guidance like no other. She is a mentor to me in the store and also in life. I am truly blessed to have her as a boss, and leader but mainly has a huge influence on my life.

9. I am thankful for TR. Yes I am thankful for my job. My job is something I never thought it would be. It is challenging and fun and yes this time of year, it sucks a whole lot because it is busy and customers make me crazy and teammates leave and the hours are long. But in those moments, you really understand team work and drive and leadership and I love that. Plus NOT all customers are nasty.

8. My mom. I am thankful that I have my mom still around. My mom is my biggest supporter and she can by my biggest headache haha. But I love her all the same. She is truly amazing and she is funny and crazy and she makes every day special. I wish she lived closer but it makes our visits even more special.

7. My best friends. I have many friends but my two Best Friends, my ride or die friends per say mean the whole to me,  LeaAnn and Nanci. Lea and I have been best friends for over 20 years and Nanci and I have been friends for the past 2 years. Nanci and I honestly hit it off right away and you would have thought we have been friends forever. I am grateful that have had my same BFF since I was younger. I am truly blessed to have these two women in my life now and forever.

6. Speaking of friends. I am so grateful to have all my friends in my life. Each of my friends bring something special and unique to my life.

5. Running. I am so thankful that I took on this activity. It really has changed my life for the better and it continues to do so.

4. Coffee. I know it seems silly to say that, but come on it is my life saver. Coffee keeps me sane and well balanced.

3. James. James and I have been together for 8 years and yes he drives me crazy and we love really hard. I can not imagine my life without him. He is my best friend and I love him more and more each day and year we are together. I am so thankful for him and being in my life for this crazy life.

2. My Blog. My blog has brought me so much happiness. It has brought me love and escape and a lot of opportunities I never thought I would have from this blog. It allows me to be myself and fun and really connect with people.

1. My Poppy and Family. My Poppy is my lifeline. He is my heart and I love him so much. I am so thankful to have him as my grandfather and the many years we have had together. I can not imagine being brought up by anyone else in my life. He is my biggest role model. My family is combined because I wouldn't be who I am without my family....


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Favorites

Good Tuesday Morning!!!



I missed last weeks Top Ten Tuesday because life is crazy. So I am back on schedule with today's top ten and today we are talking about Thanksgiving.

I love Thanksgiving. I love the tradition, the smells, the food, but I mainly love what Thanksgiving does for family and friends.

Here is my Top Ten Things I love about Thanksgiving.

10. I love running the Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is probably one of my favorite races all year. There are 1000's of people, it is usually chilly and it is 3 miles of fun along a local neighborhood and a great way to kick off the day.

9. Turkey!! Seriously I love turkey and we eat it all day long on Thanksgiving. We usually go to James's grandmas for lunch because they start dinner around 12 and then I put a turkey in the crock pot and let it cook all day so we have left overs all weekend long.

8. Cranberries. I love cranberry sauce on a good piece of turkey and it tastes amazing on a sandwich afterwords too.

7. Black Friday newspaper. I am not a fan of Black Friday, because well I work it all day long BUT i do love the newspaper that comes with it. The paper is huge that day and filled with all the sale flyers, I just love reading through them.

6. CVS Extra Bucks. I know this sounds crazy but on Thanksgiving CVS has the best deals on extra Bucks. I love me some CVS and I use the EB's so I can buy wrapping paper and etc. I like to plan ahead.

5. Stuffing. I mean enough said on that  one. Everyone should love Stuffing lol.

4. A day to be spent with family. Unfortunately my family is in New York, so I don't get to spend the holiday with them but I do get to spend  most of the day with James and his and it is nice to just be with the ones you love.

3. Pumpkin Pie.....yes an excuse to eat it.

2. Macy's Day Parade. I have watched the parade since I was a little girl and I still do. Once I am home from the Turkey Trot, it goes on and I am watching it until Santa Claus comes down the way.

1. It kicks off the holiday season for me. It brings the start of my busiest and profitable time of year, sure it is  long and hard and crazy but it is 4 weeks of non stop fun and I am ready for it begin.

What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving??

Friday, November 11, 2016

Five Friday Fun Facts

Good Friday Morning!!

A couple of weeks ago I posted a post about myself. So I figured once in awhile to give you some fun facts about myself.


5. When I drink from any form of a can, I always take the tab of the can and move it over the mouth part. I have no clue when I started it or why but I do lol.

4. I still sleep with a teddy bear that I have had since I was younger. It is almost the size of me and when I am feeling sick I lash right on to it.

3. When I start a new show or series and I really like it, I become obsessed with it. I research the characters and the actors. I become so involved in the show inside and out.

2. I am an only child and always wanted to be an only child. I never wanted a brother and sister. I was never lonely or felt left out.

1. I don't wash my hair every day. I love when my hair is a little bit dirty. It makes it easy to straighten and style.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday- Excitements of November



Good Morning!

Happy Tuesday and more importantly Happy 1st Day of November.

We literally have two months left of the year and then 2016 is in the past. Holy crap when did that happen!!

November is the start of craziness for me but also there are a lot of fun and little things that go on in November too!! 

So this Top Ten Tuesday, Nanci and I are talking about some of fun and exciting things we have going on this month to kick off today!

10. First up for me is James's Birthday. I love LOVE when loved ones have milestones or events going on and I am able to celebrate it with them. Not sure what we are doing just yet, but of course plan on spoiling him a bit.

9. I am a HUGE Bobby Bones Show fan and the Raging Idiots and Nanci and I are going to see them November 19th, I am soooo excited!!

8. Cooler weather coming through in FL starts this month, hopefully. This morning there was a slight chill in the air, maybe it will last maybe not, but so far so good. It just makes me want to be outside more and run farther.

7. Election time will be here and I am just so ready for it to be over, so I can respect people again on Facebook and sick and tired of hearing the same thing over and over.

6. Hiring for my staff, doesn't seem like a huge thing to get excited for but it means I have more people in the store with me and it sometimes makes my life a little bit easier.

5. Christmas music starts. I work retail and Christmas drives me crazy just because my job is so crazy BUT I love Christmas music. I have many playlists and Pandora stations. And lets throw in some Christmas movies.

4. Back in the Christmas theme, putting up my tree!!!!! I am one of those people who will have my tree up asap, not this week but next week because I work all crazy hours during December, so I want to enjoy it as much as possible.

3. I get my last full weekend off this month and cant wait!! It means a ton to have those back to back days off.

2. I love pumpkin BUT I REALLY LOVE PEPPERMINT TOO. And everything is minty and mixed with chocolate is my favorite.

1. TURKEY TROT. Probably one of my favorite runs ever. Just the best way to kick off the holiday and holiday season.

What are you most excited for???


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Scary Movies

Hello!!

It is Tuesday again and to keep with the upcoming holiday next week, today's Top Ten Tuesday is all about scary movies!!

I love scary movies. I love the thrill and the suspense. I think it is more of the gore and blood but the suspense leading up to it to make it scary for me. James on the other hand, does not like anything scary, but on Halloween we get to watch one scary movie hahaha. Gotta pick a good one this year!




10. Deliverance- This movie is not only scary but disturbing!!! That pig scene, still freaks me out.

9. Exorcist- Geez I remember watching this younger and I was terrified. It is so old school now but when her head spun around and green puke, oh hell no!!!

8. The Shining- YES this movie is all kinds of good and scary and suspenseful. I love the hotel vibe and well Jack is crazy. I had never seen it until a couple of Halloweens ago. I didn't realize how long it was and fell asleep but RED ROOM!!

7. Candyman- Say his name 3 times in the mirror and he will appear. Haunted me forever and STILL many many years later, I still can not look into the mirror when I get up to go to the bathroom at night!

6. The Blair Witch Project-  This was scary because I grew up in the woods, I am from the country and this was my fear. Even though it turned out to be all fake it was still so scary at the time and had me hooked.

5. Sleepaway Camp- This movie is so old but I remember renting it as a kid at the local movie place. The 80's camp and murder was so cheezy but still had that killer suspense feel.

4. Scream- I feel like this movie brought on a whole new generation of scary. The first one was always the best and the babysitting scene made me never want to answer the phone when I was home alone.

3. Halloween- I mean this is a scary movie classic gem!

2. Misery- Kathy Bates did amazing in this movie, AMAZING! She was scary, suspenseful and all kinds of insane. I still turn away with the bed scene and that mans poor legs.

1. The Ring- The scariest part is after this movie people wanted to dress up like her for Halloween. NO! When she crawled out of the T.V., NOPE!!!



What should be the movie I watch this year????