Mixtape Monday: Ain’t It Fun?

I’m super ready and motivated for Monday! Wake up, work out, then off to my busy work day. Whether I’m working out, driving to/from work, or just need to simmer down, music is always a cathartic thing for me—kind of a way to detox. This is especially true for when I get supremely annoyed/angry/frustrated, so dedicate this week’s Mixtape Monday to all the people out there who through their words, actions, or lack there of, put you down and out.

More than once this past week I wanted to say some not very nice, but well deserved things to people who were less than nice to me. However, it’s always better to take a breath, listen to some music, simmer down, and take the high road. Throw on some music in your headphones and dedicate it to everyone who is bothering you and trust me, you’ll feel better.

Consequently, this is also an awesome mix to work out to.

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  • “Ain’t it Fun” – Paramore (Side note: Hayley’s basically telling everyone to grow heck up and get over themselves…and I LOVE it!)
  • “The Sweet Life” – Every Time I Die (Side note: I feel like Keith Buckley wrote this song about (some) Millenials.)
  • “Ignorance” – Paramore
  • “Interlude: Moving On” – Paramore (Side note: Ukulele, a total no-brainer)
  • “Bad Blood” – Ryan Adams (Side note: An awesome cover.)
  • “Surprise, Surprise” – The Starting Line
  • “Outsider” Remix – A Perfect Circle
  • “Hate on Me” – Jill Scott (Side note: Jill Scott’s voice is amaaaazing)
  • “Big Brat” – Phantom Planet (Side note: The song is self explanitory and also features an actor from one of my fav. Wes Anderson movies.)

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Mixtape Monday! Home Sweet Home.

Fall is my favorite season, but there’s something really special about the Spring. Seeing little sprouts in the ground, all the kids playing outside, and preparing my house for warmer seasons makes me so happy.

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Our home. It’s a work in progress.

This past weekend was all about spring cleaning, especially our yard. It was a resolution of mine to put a ton of effort into our home this year in order to get our house just how we want it—the yard, the rooms, everything. I spend a lot of time wishing there were more minutes in the day to work on all of the projects we have in our house. My friends keep telling me there will always be projects and not to rush, but I can’t help it—I want them done, like yesterday.

I spent a lot of time thinking about exactly why I feel this way and I realized that it is because my parents lost my childhood home. It was truly a magical place to live; hyacinths hugging the wrap around porch in the Spring, pocket walls with vintage glass, 125-year-old hardwood floors, the perfect Christmas tree window. No matter how messy life was at the time, the one consistent was my cozy, magical home. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a place that I knew I was going to spend more than a few years in since I was 19. My husband is really the only constant “home” I’ve had in the last 8 years and yes, home can be places or people, after all. ❤

Now, I am exceedingly proud to be a home owner. As a millennial, statistics show that I am technically supposed to be a renter forever. I mean, I know people who have their parents covering some of their rent or their parents helped them generously with a down payment or partial payment on their house. My husband and I bought our house, we saved to cover a heaping chunk that went into our down payment and we are responsible for *every. single. cent.* of our mortgage. We even moved all by ourselves (big mistake, actually, next time we are hiring movers). A lot of my peers can’t say the same thing, I mean, look at my parents! However, while I am proud that we accomplished this huge thing, we have awhile until this place feels like it’s ours.

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In the meantime, while I chronicle our projects on Moxie and Spark, you can enjoy this Mix Tape Monday with my favorite songs about home.

  • Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros – “Home”
  • Mr. Twin Sister – “I Want a House”
  • Ben Gibbard – “You Remind Me of Home”
  • Bright Eyes – “First Day of My Life”
  • Death Cab For Cutie – “You are a Tourist”
  • Something Corporate – “Konstantine”
  • Feist – “Musaboom”

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Anything Could Happen on a Monday

Because who doesn’t need some motivation and music to tackle a Monday? I certainly do…because it’s going to be 6 straight days of 10-12 hour work days.

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I’ve listened to all of these songs at some point in time in the last month, which has been a rollercoaster—from infuriating to amazing and back again. However, music is a cure-all right?

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  1. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
  2. Ophelia – The Lumineers
  3. Rivers and Roads – The Head and the Heart
  4. Home – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
  5. Rolodex Propaganda – At the Drive In
  6. The Outsider – A Perfect Circle
  7. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  8. Upside Down and Inside Out – OK Go
  9. Slow Hands – Interpol
  10. Holiday From Real – Jack’s Mannequin

Also…a little Monday Motivation never hurts, so here’s something to chew on…

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I love this mostly because, C.S. Lewis–and the sentiment is 100% true. All the terrible days, situations, things said about you, cruel chatter, cruel people, superficiality. All the stressful projects, family…everything; leave it behind…dump it.

Be a one man army if you have to…and march on to way better things because they are there. Just keep being you, do generous things, shrug off the BS, show gratitude, give love, and you’ll find that the people and situations that were marching all over you, can’t keep up with YOU anymore because they are far in the distance. Leave the rest to karma and look ahead.

I’m really lucky I have a lot of things that give me a reason to look ahead…and it’s just going to be me and my little wolfpack family. ❤

Happy Monday!

 

 

Vegan Smoothie Bowl & Mixtape Monday!

Most people hate Mondays. I, however, am kind of a fan. Mondays give you the chance to detox from the last week (if it was kind of a bummer), you are rested from the weekend, and no one bothers you from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at work because everyone’s just trying to get through the influx of email that happened over the weekend. As I said though, not everyone is a fan…

IMG_20151207_141158For those who get a total case of the Mondays, I am offering you two pick-me-ups. 1) a recipe for a killer vegan smoothie bowl and 2) a mixtape Monday playlist that will give you the motivation to kick Monday’s ass.

Vegan Smoothie Bowl

The premise of a smoothie bowl seems like perfection: blend your smoothie and sprinkle delicious and nutritious things on top. Though this doesn’t seem super portable, you can toss everything into a mason jar and you’re good to go!

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Indgredients

  • Medium sized ripe banana
  • 1 c. dairy-free milk (I used vanilla almond)
  • A few ice cubes (pro tip: you can nix the ice if you freeze the banana in chunks ahead of time!)
  • 1 heaping tbs. of nut butter
  • organic granola
  • flaxseed
  • fruit

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Directions

The directions are really simple (which is awesome). Place the nut butter, ice cubes, dairy-free milk, and banana in the blender and mix until smooth. Pour in a bowl or mason jar and sprinkle with flax, granola, and fruit—blueberries and strawberries are a delicious addition! This has tons of protein, calcium, folic acid, antioxidants, and heart healthy stuff! Yum.

Mixtape Monday

Music is where I go when I need to get amped up or decompress from something. Tackling a full work day, shaking off a crappy person and their crappy passive aggressive comments, getting over a hurtle, needing motivation. Hence, this play list…take a listen and don’t let ’em get you down–especially on a Monday!

 

 

Why Hello! Nice To Meet You, Here’s A Mixtape!

Let me start by saying, this is not the way I envisioned kicking this thing off, but due to feeling under the weather, my first post will be short and sweet. My name is Lauren and I am here to share all things crafty, cozy, sparkly, and positive, from DIY and craft projects to yummy recipes and pick-me-ups.

My tiny family currently consists of one husband and three pups—I love my little wolf pack! By day, I am a full-time marketing/communications professional at a Museum (which is amazing!), but by night I have dreams of fixing up the dated house we bought, upcycling furniture, creating crafty masterpieces, and more! I am sure we will get to know each other more soon enough, but for now you can read all you need to know about me on my “About Me” page.

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I digress, I had a rough day—but really, all Mondays are, right? I went to bed last night with a tummy bug and couldn’t kick it today. What resulted was a lot of rest, some low-key music, and tea. When I started my college career I was pulling double duty, majoring in Music Industry and Marketing, so naturally I have more music lying around than I know what to do with. I love it all, from classical cello and acoustic guitar to pizzicato and the finger-picking twang of a banjo.

Because I was so down and out today I was inspired by something I’m really looking forward to. My husband, let’s call him Mr. JD (because he’s a lawyer and worked his little butt off for his Juris Doctor), is taking me to see one of my favorite bands in just a few weeks for our anniversary. I have a theory that Ben Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie, should be a front man of a supergroup, if the supergroup was entirely made up of brilliant and creative lyricists/musicians that wear plaid and have had their heart broken one too many times.

As terrible as this sounds, I guess I should be thanking Zooey Deschanel for parting ways with her now ex-husband and current frontman of Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Gibbard. He has admitted a lot of their most recent album, Kintsugi, is inspired by their divorce along with other strong emotional and societal themes. It’s amazing, my favorite track is embedded above. Also, Mr. JD and my song is, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” and we are finally going to hear it live as we celebrate five years of marriage together.

  1. Death Cab For Cutie – “Ghosts of Beverly Drive”
  2. Death Cab For Cutie – “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”
  3. Best Coast – “Feeling Okay”
  4. As Tall As Lions – “Love, Love, Love”
  5. Iron & Wine – “Such Great Heights” – in fact, a Postal Service cover, another one of Ben Gibbard’s projects.

Click here to open the Mixtape Monday playlist.

Enjoy this very mellow, Mixtape Monday y’all.