October Goals & To-Do List

First, a recap of how I did with my goals for September:

September Accomplishments: I tweeted each post at least twice, got more unique visitors than the month before, completed not just one, but 3 goals, from my ‘101 in 1001′ goals list, tried a new recipe (banana bread!) and got 2 new pairs of boots for Fall.

The only goal for September that I did not accomplish was my goal of blogging at least twice a week, UGH!! I only blogged 5 times total, I really need to work on this goal!

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Pumpkin Patch” photo taken by Liz West, found on flickr
 

My October Blog Goals:

  • Post at least twice a week. *
  • Have more unique visits than last month. *
  • Include at least one photo in each blog post.

My Personal Goals for October:

  • Cross another goal off of my ‘101 in 1001‘ list.
  • Do some type of at-home workout once a week.

On My To-Do List:

  • Organize my Pinterest boards.
  • Spend some time doing crafty things!

Do you make yourself monthly goals like this? I’d love to know what some of your goals are!

September Favorites

  • Swagbucks added a new feature where you can earn 3 SBs every 30 minutes just for listening to the radio! Score!
  • My son is back in school; I have so much time! I still get nothing accomplished but whatever!
  • New clothes! New shoes!
  • I finally signed up for Netflix!
  • Orange is the New Black (unfavorite? I finished watching both seasons! boo!)
  • I completed 3 goals from my 101 in 1001 list! woo!
  • Burning candles! I need to get some new ones!
  • We’ve had some beautiful weather these past couple of weeks, it has been so amazing!
  • I got an early invite to start using Spotify in CANADA (how lame is it, that Spotify was non-existent in Canada up until this point? Seriously!)

Google hangouts app on my phone got a new voIP calling feature added that would mean I could use it to make free calls to the USA and Canada which would be AMAZING… only when I tried to use it to make a call to my Mom, I could hear her but she definitely could not hear a word I was saying from my end. FAIL. I’ll try it again at some point in the future, I would love if that feature worked out even better than using Skype!

What were some of your favorite things this past month?

My Top 50 Favorite Movies

One of my “101 in 1001″ goals is to make a list of my 50 favorite movies, so I thought I’d post that list here on the blog for all to see! These movies are in no particular order, by the way!

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  1. The Heat
  2. Clueless
  3. Ace Ventura (series…. I’m a cheater, I know!)
  4. Little Mermaid
  5. The Lion King
  6. Hairspray
  7. Fight Club
  8. Elf
  9. We’re the Millers
  10. P.S. I Love You
  11. The Time Traveler’s Wife
  12. Aladdin
  13. Up
  14. Finding Nemo
  15. August Rush
  16. The Silver Linings Playbook
  17. (500) Days of Summer
  18. Beauty and the Beast
  19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the series of 3 movies from the 90’s yo!)
  20. Mean Girls
  21. Twister
  22. Now & Then
  23. Casper
  24. A Cinderella Story
  25. Talledega Nights
  26. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  27. That Thing You Do
  28. I Love You Phillip Morris
  29. Home Alone (I think the 2nd one is my fave)
  30. The Santa Clause (the whole series is good)
  31. Toy Story (series….)
  32. Kate and Leopold
  33. Dream for an Insomniac
  34. Wayne’s World
  35. Speed
  36. Dude, Where’s My Car?
  37. Mrs. Doubtfire
  38. Ferngully
  39. Troy
  40. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  41. The Illusionist
  42. Alvin and the Chipmunks
  43. Star Trek (series…the new ones)
  44. Pirates of the Caribbean (series)
  45. Rock of Ages
  46. Titanic
  47. A Night at the Museum (series)
  48. Men in Black (series)
  49. Ocean’s Eleven (series)
  50. Forrest Gump

Please let me know if there are any movies you think I might like!!

A Round-Up of Posts About Blogging

I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of bloggers have been writing posts about blogging, have you noticed this as well? I can not look through the popular posts section on bloglovin on any given day without seeing multiple posts about blogging!!

So, if you are in the mood to read about blogging and possibly gain some new knowledge or learn a few new tips about the subject this is a round-up that will be perfect for you!

On to the posts!

Be sure to bookmark this post if you like it, like it <3 Also, make sure to follow me on Twitter @jennblogs as I tweet out links to these sorts of posts all the dang time!

Let me know if you like this sort of post and perhaps I will do another round-up of blogging related posts in the future!

Review: Nescafé Vanilla Cappuccino

I got this box of 8 packets of instant cappuccino mix at a local grocery store and I thought I’d post a quick little review of this product for you guys! I paid $3.99 for a box containing 8 servings, so that’s 50 cents per cup which is kinda meh… but I guess it’s a pretty average cost as far as these things go. Although it’s definitely less than buying 8 k-cups, so that’s a good thing!

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You simply empty a packet of the cappuccino mix into a cup, add boiling water and stir. Easy! And it does get really creamy or foamy on the top, which is nice. As far as the flavor goes, I’m not a cappuccino expert by any means, I felt it was really bland. I would definitely enjoy this product more if it had more flavor to it; I suppose you could try adding some sort of coffee syrup to it, a caramel syrup might be a nice added touch!

The store had 3 different flavors of Nescafé cappuccino available; mocha, regular, and vanilla. As for my own personal opinion, this product does not have enough flavor to suite my tastes, and I will not be repurchasing it in the future.

September Goals & To-Do List

As far as my August goals, I did not actually complete even a single one of them. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa… Although I did do really well at accomplishing my blogging goals before that last week of August when I was out of town, so that’s something! If I would have upped my game a little bit and scheduled a few posts to go live while I was away, then I probably would have accomplished all my blogging goals for the month, so it’s not a complete and total failure!

My September Blog Goals:

  • Post at least twice a week.*
  • Tweet each new post at least 2 different times.*
  • Have more unique visits than last month.

My Personal Goals for September:

  • Complete at least one goal from my ‘101 in 1001′ list.*
  • Try a new recipe or two.*
  • Buy myself a pair of boots for Fall.

On My To-Do List:

  • Display some new photos in the house.*
  • Research and download a video editing program.*
  • Make an effort to leave more comments on blogs I read.
  • Try to attend all of the Monday #bloggersdoitbetter chats on Twitter.
  • Look into using Disqus for my blog commenting system.

* items that were also goals during the previous month.

August Favorites

  • Drinking tea.
  • Discovering new music through Grooveshark: “Bang Bang” by Jessie J | “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor | “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX | “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea
  • Still loving and regularly attending the #bloggersdoitbetter chats on Twitter! (except for the past few ‘cuz I was out of town visiting relatives!)
  • I started watching Orange is the New Black and finished up season 1! I’m currently a few episodes into the second season… no spoilers please!
  • I read “The Good Luck of Right Now” by Matthew Quick (author of The Silver Linings Playbook) and would recommend it if you’re looking for a book to read!

UNfavorites.

  • Dragging my feet and forcing myself to finish reading a book that I didn’t even enjoy… Ugh, I should have just stopped reading it and given it up in favor of reading something better!
  • Cutting back on the iced coffee. I miss it terribly!

I’ll try to get up a post tomorrow about my September goals and a recap of last month’s goals! Cheers!

So Here’s the Thing…

If you ever wondered…

Writing down a list of 100+ blog post ideas does not, and will not, make you a better blogger. Simply having a list of topics to write about, does not make you any more likely to actually sit down and write a new blog post. I am proof of this.

If you are wanting to be a better blogger, first you must be willing to actually BLOG… as in, type words and hit publish. This is an act which requires time and effort on your part and does not just magically happen whenever the thought of blogging happens to cross your mind.

Words of wisdom, my friends.

The Reading Tag

By now, I would think you’d have figured out that I love to read; so when I came across Ashley’s “The Reading Tag” post on her blog, hellonatureblog.com, earlier today I immediately decided that I needed to do this tag on my blog!

Please feel free to do this tag on your blog as well, and if you do, please leave me a link to your post in the comments!

1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?

I usually read while lounging on my bed, although I do occassionally read on the couch, at the kitchen table, or if it’s a nice day I might do some reading outside!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Usually I’m using the little receipt from the library as a bookmark, which is handy to keep around as it reminds me of when the book(s) are due back to the library!

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or certain number of pages?

I prefer to stop reading at the end of a chapter, or at least at the end of a page. There are times when a book is just too good to put down and you sneak in some reading whenever possible, and then in that case you stop reading whenever you happen to get interrupted!

4. Do you eat or drink when reading?

Sometimes, but not usually. It all just depends on how good the book is that I’m currently reading!

5. One book at a time or several at once?

I’m definitely a one book at a time type of reader, I’d get too confused by trying to keep up with multiple books at the same time!

6. Reading at home or everywhere?

Usually at home, but if it’s a good book… everywhere :)

7. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head, for sure.

8. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

I never skip pages, and I avoid reading ahead if at all possible. If the book is that uninteresting, I’d much rather just stop reading it altogether and go find another book to read.

9. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Everything I have been reading lately comes from the library, but I try to keep books in like new condition for as long as possible.

10. Do you write in your books?

No, never. (See answer to #9)

11. What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading “Stir-fry” by Emma Donoghue and I’m finding it a bit difficult to get through.. and I’m only on page 23, sooooo… yeah. =/ I just need to make more time to read it! I did enjoy reading “Room” by the same author, which was the reason that I picked up this current book from the library.

By the way, would you like to become friends with me on Goodreads.com ???????

Current Nail Polish or NOTD

I decided to paint my nails this afternoon before I attended the #bloggersdoitbetter chat on Twitter (I love that chat and highly recommend attending one if you can!), here are my chosen polishes:

NOTD: 8-11-14

I put the black Revlon polish (#780 “Ritzy” if you are curious) on my toenails, and I’m sorry but there will be no picture of that on my blog! Ha! I do feel now that I should have probably chosen a brighter color, but I’ll live with the black polish for a little while anyway.

NOTD: 8-11-2014

And here’s what my finished mani looks like! I used two coats of PRO-FX nail repair as a base (HIGHLY recommend this product, found this HUGE bottle of it for $5 at Wal-Mart!), two coats of Nicole by OPI gumdrops polish in the shade “Blue-Berry Sweet on You” NO top coat, and on the accent nail is two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme wear polish in #220 “Celeb City” and I did apply a top coat on top of that polish, although I did so after taking the photo.

I really enjoy the gumdrops polish, it is textured and so shimmery in the sunlight. I also have it in the pink color and would love to get even more of the colors in that collection!