Thursday, June 28, 2012

Movie Review: Jeff Who Lives At Home

I wanted to see this movie in theaters but never made it. So the other night, I was just relaxing and decided to rent it on my own. I am a big fan of Jason Segel and I like Ed Helms, so I wanted to see it just because of that. At first, the movie was a little odd and I wasn't quite sure where it was going.

It talked a lot about signs (also, yes, the movie "Signs") and fate. Jason Segel's character, Jeff, is 30-years-old and still lives in his mother's basement. In the beginning he smokes pot and talks a lot about signs. He keeps receiving these so-called signs about "Kevin". A wrong number asking for Kevin, a kid named Kevin wearing a jersey that says Kevin, Kevin's Kandy truck, etc. I found this amusing because my boyfriend's name is Kevin. ;)

Intertwined with the story is Pat, Jeff's brother (Ed Helms) who buys a Porsche without his wife's permission and it goes on to show their dysfunctional relationship. It also shares the story of their mother (Susan Sarandon) at her work, receiving messages from a "secret admirer".

Of course at the end, all of these signs and stories come together. I loved the end. It was just the right amount of emotion and left me feeling really good at the end of watching it. I just love that feeling when you watch a movie and feel like you're alive after you watch it.

Definitely recommend this movie! It was nice and short as well - an indie classic.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday!

I love Katy Perry and her new single was no exception! It is of course catchy and dreamy and wonderful. I can't wait to see her new 3D movie. I love this lyric video too! What about you - will you see the movie?

"Wide Awake" - Katy Perry

Monday, June 25, 2012

We Need Each Other, Don't Forget That

First of all, Happy Anniversary to my boy! Yesterday was our 4 year anniversary. We had a wonderful time at the zoo, swimming and I watched him play softball. (Picture of us from the zoo!) xoxo! Now onto my thoughts of the day...

I think as people, human beings, we need each other. Sometimes perhaps just for a short time. Once the time is over, when we no longer need each other, something forces you to split ways.

I always wonder about relationships. As a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, sometimes I wonder why people come in and out of our lives, sometimes suddenly in either direction or for what seems no reason at all.

Perhaps sometimes, we need that friendly face to help us get through an especially tough class. When the class is over, we lose touch because we don't really need each other again after all. Other times, friendships grow and develop and you find you just understand one another so well in that time of your life. Sometimes those friendships stay for decades and other times, you fight or the person suddenly leaves you high and dry and left you wondering why. That person didn't need you anymore or you didn't need them. That shouldn't leave you feeling upset or unfulfilled. Try to look back and remember the good times you had with that person or how you helped each other in that time of your lives.

So cherish the relationships in your life RIGHT NOW. Try not to dwell in your past relationships or worry about future ones. Enjoy the people in your life and treat them well. There is a reason they are there. It might be to teach you something, you might be there to help them, or you might simply be people who just "get" each other and enjoy fun times. Whatever the reason is, they are there for a reason.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Getting Re-Motivated

First of all: don't forget to enter the giveaways! Yes I have two going on!

Well, after my yoga buddy moved in March and my yoga package ended, I just kind of stopped going. I also pretty much stopped working out on a regular basis.

It is now June. How time flies. Weeks become months and I get very used to sitting around watching TV instead of working out. Or letting my work schedule stress me out so I feel like I don't have the time.

So last week I had a surge of motivation. After months of trying to decide which yoga studio I would go to, I finally decided to buy a package at a local studio I liked. Of course I wanted a yoga buddy to help motivate me to go, I knew that if the studio wasn't close, I wouldn't want to go either. I also knew I had to find a time each week to go to class where I couldn't bail. It works out that there is a yoga class on Mondays at noon with a teacher I like. I go to the chiropractor every Monday around the same time that is just down the street from the yoga studio. What excuse do I have if I'm already right there?

I was also excited for June because I have been wanting to go back to Zumba for a while, but the lady I know who teaches didn't have any class times that worked for me. Luckily, she added a few class times for June when I can go! I even enlisted a friend to come with me, so I am definitely excited to go again!

I also bought a Groupon for a studio not too far that teaches Zumba, yoga and other classes that I need to find time to check out. Very excited!

How do you keep yourself motivated?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday!

Sorry for missing last week's Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday! This week's tune is a song I have been obsessed with lately. I'm sure you all know "We Are Young" by fun. but have you heard any other their other songs? They're great! What do you think?

"Some Nights" - fun.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Stop Your Worrying Mind!

 First of all: don't forget to enter the giveaways! Yes I have two going on!

“If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.” – Unknown
I envy those people who seem to breeze through life without a worry or care in the world. Most of these people must be faking it right? I’ve always been a worrier, even when I was a little kid.

Lying in bed at night, my mind often goes to those “perfect scenarios” in life. Houses I’ll never own. Relationships I’ll never have. Spending money that I probably won’t even come close to making. In those quiet hours of the night, you can get so wrapped up in the “what ifs” of life and worry if you’re going in the right direction.

Am in in the right relationship? Do I have the right job? Am I being the best person I can be? Is there something more meaningful I should be doing with my life?

The questions keep surfacing and my mind goes into a frantic state. Have you ever felt the same way?

Worries don’t just come up about the future either. Worrying can spout from anything, even the past.
We worry we didn’t make the right impression. We worry we didn’t say the right thing or wear the right thing or do the right thing. We worry we didn’t ace that interview or even kiss that certain new lover well enough. Worry is a funny thing; it can be about anything. Unfortunately, you can worry about the past, present and future.

Yet, what if we stopped ourselves from worrying and simply enjoyed the life we have? If we stopped focusing on all the things we dislike about our jobs and wonder if it is the right fit and instead, focused on what we love about them. This could be about anything. I bet there is something in your life that you don’t fully enjoy simply because you’re too busy worrying about something related to it.
What if we let what will happen, happen. Trust that everything will work out for the best if we try our best and always strive to be our best selves. Stop the negativity and worry and replace it with laughter and positive thoughts. Here are some tips on squashing those pesky worries:

1. Make a list of things you’re grateful for every night. Before you go to sleep and your mind starts churning, make sure the last things you think about are the happy things in your life and the things you’re grateful for.

2. Wear a rubber band or bracelet and snap it every time you encounter a worry or negative thought. The pain will remind you to squash it and to direct your mind elsewhere.

3. Write down all your worries. Set a specific time each day to write down your worries in different categories such as important or silly. This will help you work through them and even see some worries as extremely ridiculous.

4. Find quotes such as this one: “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia and place it somewhere you’ll see regularly such as your bathroom mirror or desk.

5. Lastly, if your worrying greatly affects your daily life or relationships, seek help. Talking it out with a therapist or even starting with a close friend or family member can help you sort out your feelings.

Remember, everyone encounters worry in their lives. Some more than others, but we can all make the effort to stop these worries and regain control of our minds and happiness.

See the original article I wrote for

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Play Games, Win a DVD!

I've got a new giveaway... but don't forget about the giveaway to win glasses (that one lasts a month!)

Heard of the movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island? It features the adorable Josh Hutcherson (from Hunger Games!), Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vanesssa Hudgens (from High School Musical). If you haven't heard of it, here's a little plot snippet:

Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) finds a hidden signal that he believes will lead him to his long lost grandfather (Michael Caine, Miss Congeniality). With the help of his new step father (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, The Scorpion King), Sean finds a map and starts his adventure which leads him to Kailani (Vanessa Hudgens, High School Musical) and the island of Atlantis! Sean and his friends battle giant bees, killer lizards, a volcano of gold, and electric eels to escape the lost city and make their way home!

Want to win your own copy? Simply play the games on this fun App (below):
  • Activities: Choose Your Own Adventure! Spin the wheel to get your own personalized adventure! Will you brave the wilds of Family Movie Night or map your house and have your own treasure hunt!
  • Quiz: Would You Survive The Mysterious Island!? Are you a Wilderness Warrior or a Timid Trekker? Take the Mysterious Island quiz and find out how you would fare in the outback of Atlantis!
  • Get Social! Tweet with the #Journey2 hashtag to get your audience excited for this family adventure hit!
How to enter the giveaway to win a copy of the movie:
  • Take the Mysterious Island Quiz on the App and post your results in the comment section
  • Comment with your favorite adventure activities from the blog App
  • Hook up with me on Pinterest and pin the activities from this page
  • You must subscribe to my blog to win! 
  •  Giveaway will end 6-18-12, I will randomly select a winner from the comments

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tunes I'm Lovin' Tuesday!

First, don't forget to enter the giveaway!

I was sent an email about this artist, asking me to check out his music. Turns out it is very good... mellow and sweet! Not to mention he's pretty cute. ;)

"Velvet Arms" - Jay Loftus


Monday, June 4, 2012

New Giveaway: Free Eyewear!

The giveaways keep coming! I am excited to announce a new giveaway that will have 2 winners! If you have terrible eyesight like me, this is a great prize. Even if you have 20/20 vision, you can still use this... a pair of free eyewear (glasses or sunglasses). The greatest part is that all of my readers are getting a 30% off coupon - so even if you don't win, you still get a great deal from Firmoo. 

The coupon code is "LAUREN30" which will save you 30% off until June 30th! Enjoy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Here's some information on Firmoo, via their website:

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Firmoo, the online leader in eyewear, stocks a wide range of affordable prescription glasses and sunglasses in cheap price yet high quality. Our eyeglasses frames feature different fashion styles, vary from retro eyeglasses frames to fashion ones, from rimless ones to full-rimmed ones and so forth. These chic yet inexpensive glasses will not only boost your image to a greater level, but also offer you a clear vision.

What We Provide

At Firmoo, the prescription glasses and sunglasses are of various styles and types, so you really need to rack your brain to think it over which style suits you most. We offer Virtual Try-On System that helps you see how you look with glasses or sunglasses provided by Firmoo so as to help you find the right pair for yourself.

What We Promise

All eyewear provided by Firmoo go through strict inspection by our experienced opticians to ensure the quality of frames and the accuracy of lens prescription before shipping. In case you are not satisfied with your eyeglasses, please refer to our Return & Refund policy. We are fully aware that each contented customer is our most worthy investment in promotion.

If you win the giveaway, here are some glasses you can win!

Here are some cute glasses/sunglasses I liked! Which ones do you like?