5 Earrings for Sensitive Ears Under $50

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and jewelry is one of the best gifts to give your Valentine. However, I wanted to talk to talk about a special kind of jewelry that I really love –earrings. For me, it’s sooo hard to find a pair of earrings that fits the bill for me. I need them to be lightweight, and hypo allergenic. And, that can be pricey. That said, I wanted to talk about five pairs of earrings that are less than $50 and don’t hurt your ears as well. It’s the best of both worlds, people.

SV Decker Tusk Earrings: These are my favorite hoops because they are so unique. I have the silver pair, but you can get them in gold vermeil as well. They are comfortable to wear, and they are a funky take on a classic earring. What I love about these earrings in particular is that they are lightweight and don’t bother my ears.

JoJo Loves You Stud Earrings: These are by far my favorite stud earrings. What is cool is that these earrings can come in three different sizes — ultra mini, mini, and cushion cut. And, they range from $20 to $36. I wear the ultra minis that I get from Tickled Pink, and I love them. They can be used for my first and my second hole, but you can get them in a few different sizes and colors. And, if you use this referral link, you can get a few dollars off as well.

Adina’s Jewels Mini Thick Hollow Hoop Earring: I have the thick version of these, and I love them so much. Yes, they are on the pricier end of the spectrum, but they are lightweight and oh so comfortable. They also come in three different colors — rose gold, silver, and regular gold. These are a jewelry staple, but for me, they always seemed too heavy. These do just the trick.

Primrose Star Stud Earrings: These earrings are regularly priced at $25, but honestly Kohl’s has so many sales so you can get them even cheaper. They are made of sterling silver, and they are great for first and second piercings. If you’re looking for great earrings for less, than definitely check out Kohl’s. They are amazing quality.

Pandora Asymmetric Heart Hoops: These are by far my favorite pair of hoops. They are fun, lightweight, and so comfortable to wear. They sit right at the $50 mark, but they are so worth it. And, perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Friday Faves: January 14, 2021

TGIF! It’s going to be an emotional weekend, but I wanted to take the time to share this week’s favorites. There are quite a few favorites, so let’s just get right into them!

Golden Palace: This is the spin off series for the Golden Girls, which was released on Hulu this week. The episodes are only 20 minutes long, so it is really easy to get through the show. It is really funny, and I recommend watching this, especially if you are a fan of the original show.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging Perfector with Retinal and Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen: I love this product. I have actually been using this for a while in the fair color. It’s a light foundation/tinted moisturizer so it’s good for a day when I want to wear a lot of makeup but not a whole lot, and it just blends in so well. And, it’s pretty reasonably priced, which I love about it as well. I actually am ready to repurchase this item, so that says a lot.

Ojo Bracelet by April Soderstorm: I found this bracelet when using a gift card to the Paper Store, and I already want to go back to get the black one. I love this bracelet because I am a huge fan of the evil eye bracelet, and it stacks so well with my other pieces. Furthermore, I also like the concept of the bracelet. It has five hematite beads, which symbolize truth, compassion, contentment, humility, and love. All good things!

Heartstopper Volume Four by Alice Oseman: I love this series. The fourth volume finally came out, and I read it all in one single sitting. It was heartwarming, but it brought tears to my eyes. You can read my review on the book here, but I just had to mention it.

Why It’s Important to Listen to Your Body and Have Rest Days When You’re Working Out

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Rest days are important.

Let me repeat that for the people in the back. Rest days are important. Just as important of listening to our bodies when you need to take a rest day.

In working out, sometimes it’s easy to forget the importance of those things because it’s easy to get wrapped up in progress and not wanting to take a rest day. I am not a trainer, but I am someone who loves working out and maintaining an active lifestyle. In the few apps I’ve used — Ruf, Jillian Micheals, and Sydney Cummings, all them allow the user a rest day or days.

And, there is some scientific evidence that backs this up. According to an article in the Conversation entitled Rest Days are Important for Fitness, the reason for rest days are to ” allow the body’s muscles to recover from any damage they’ve sustained during workouts, and to allow them to grow.” By taking a break, the article states that it will replace carbohydrates stored in the body as well as replace lost fluids.

Furthermore, by not taking a rest day, you open yourself to a higher chance of injury. If your muscles are really sore, then it’s easier to be injured than if you’re not. And, when you’re injured, chances are you’ll be out for a lot longer than a day.

So, if your body is sore, it’s a sign that maybe you should go easier that day. For example, when I have my rest days, I basically go on a stair stepper so I can still remain active but it’s like going for a walk. I also try to make sure that I do some yoga as well, because those really help with resting my muscles.

I propose something for everyone reading this, myself included. I propose that one fitness goal to have is to listen to your body when it’s telling you something, and instead of pushing it to the ultimate edge, let’s just be kind to it.

After all, it’s the only body that you’ll ever get. So, it’s best to treat it right.

Book Review: Heartstopper Volume Four

The Heartstopper graphic novel series by Alice Osman has taken bookstagram and booktube by storm in the last few years. The series, with its fifth book and a future Netflix series on the way, is about Charlie and Nick’s relationship. While it is a cute and heartwarming read, the series has talked about series issues such as mental health and eating disorders, coming out, and bullying.

This volume is no different. In this installment, we have our two main characters Nick and Charlie. Charlie is getting ready to say I love you to Nick. Nick is worried about Charlie, and is looking for him to get help, in addition to trying to come out to his dad. The novel takes us on their journey.

You can read this novel in one sitting, however, I must warn you. You will end up with tears in your eyes like I did.

I believe that this series truly lives up to the hype. I feel like Osman protracted Charlie’s mental illness in a way that not only brought awareness to the issue, but also demonstrated what a healthy relationship should look like in that situation.

I also love the illustrations, the storytelling, and the overall series itself. I devoured this book in one sitting because once you open the book, you are sucked into it.

Overall, I give Heartstopper Volume 4 five out of five stars, and HIGHLY recommend. I also recommend the other books if you haven’t already checked them out.

Friday Faves: January 7, 2022

TGIF everyone! Here in CT we have a snowy start to the weekend, which is always nice. This is the first Friday Faves in a couple of weeks, so this one has quite a few different things of all varieties. So, without further a due, here are this week’s favorites.

Losers With a Dream Podcast: This has quickly becoming one of my favorite podcasts that I’ve added to my regular listens. The hosts are Lisa Lampanelli, Beau McDowell, and Nick Scopoletti. I love this podcast because it just makes you laugh.

Electric Tea Kettle: I am a huge tea drinker, and up until now, I would make my hot water for tea by using my Keurig. However, the water would always be cold really quickly. Since purchasing the electric kettle, I have not had any issues with the water turning colder.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Regan from Peruse Project did a vlog on a reread of Strange the Dreamer, and it inspired me to pick the book up. And, I became obsessed with the book. It is about our main character Lazlo, who sees the city of Weep at a young age. He is convinced that it’s a dream, when it wasn’t. He then meets Sarai, someone who visits dreams at night. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that it was a great book to kick off my reading year.

T Jazelle Bracelets: I have been getting into the T Jazelle brand more and more lately. I have a huge collection that was obtained throughout the last year during sales and QVC specials. I have been wearing them as a method of encouragement, and to bring serenity. My personal favorites are the self love ones, the cape bracelets, and the limited edition snow globe one.

Superstore: Ahh, now it’s time to talk about the TV shows of the week. My fiancé and I found this show while looking for something to watch. It is a comedy that takes place in a Walmart-like store. The writing is similar to shows like the Office and Parks and Recreation. And, we’re already on season two. Guys, we started last week.

One Tree Hill: I finally started a show that was on my TV bucket list for years, and I am obsessed. One Tree Hill is about the Scott brothers, who have the same father and the same passion for basketball. I am four episodes in, and I already can see the hype.

2022/January 2022 Bullet Journal Designs

Welcome to the newest feature on my blog, which is about my bullet journaling journey! As I mentioned in my last post, I want to try to bullet journal more and actually stick to it. So, what better way to do that than to blog about it?

That said, I am not that artistic, but I wanted to give some credit to a few different items. The bullet journal set is from Amazon, and contained the journal, stencils, pens, and stickers. I also got some Clickart markers from Joann. I also printed out this calendar from Lovely Calendar, and got some ideas from AmandaRachLee on YouTube.

2022 Pages:

My 2022 pages are pretty simple. I did the index, my goals for the year, manifestations, a 2022 calendar, and a watch list to keep track of things I want to listen to, read and watch.

January 2022 Pages:

My January pages are pretty simple as well. I did a fun January title page with a calendar of the month with a list of important dates, a page for goals, a page of wishlist, reading tracker, blog stats tracker,and savings tracker. I also did a TBR to keep track of the books that I wanted to read, which is not pictured.

So, those are my pages for this month. I am not artistic when it comes to drawing whatsoever, but I must say that I am proud with how these came out.

2022 Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! I am officially back from my blogging break, and ready to share some of my goals for 2022. Now, I want to preface this post by saying that I am not sharing all of my goals, because some of these are downright personal, such as my financial goals. That said, I want to share some of my goals (at least the ones that I feel comfortable sharing.

Stick to Bullet Journaling: I have been trying to get into bullet journaling since 2020. This year, I purchased one and some markers. I even took some time to research some ideas on YouTube. And, so far, I’ve been doing great. Granted, it’s only day three, but I hope to have created this habit so I can not only keep track of my progress, but also just have something to look back.

Write 2-3 Posts a Week: During the last quarter of the year, I reached blogger burnout. In 2022, I have a few big life things planned, such as beginning to figure out wedding planning as well as getting ready to move from my childhood home. I won’t beat myself up if I miss a week here or there, but I want to make sure I am posting regularly.

Drink More Water: I am working on my fitness a lot more this year, but I don’t think I drink enough water. Which isn’t a good thing. Therefore, my goal is to drink at least 80 to 100 ounces of liquid per day. What helps me is that I do drink 16 ounces of tea a night, but I really want to drink more water.

Read 100 Books: I have been going through on and off reading slumps at the end of 2021, so I want to try to get back into reading more. In 2019 and 2020, I read sooo much (thanks to the pandemic and just my life circumstances), so I want to try to get back into it again.

Have At Least 1-2 Social Events a Month (COVID-19 Pending): One of the things that I am trying to work on is have more social events with my friends. That said, the pandemic might have an effect on this, so we’ll see.

And, those are my goals (well some of them) for 2022! What are your resolutions for this year?

5 Highlights from 2021

Hey everyone! We are taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming (and my mini blogging break) to talk about 2021. It’s been a year folks. I’ve had a year of ups and downs, and as we head into 2022, I have so much to look forward to. But, before the clock strikes midnight tonight, I want to take a moment to honor some of my highlights of 2021:

I Got Engaged:

I think the biggest highlight in 2021 was the change in my relationship status — I got engaged! I haven’t talked about my engagement or wedding planning (or lack thereof) on this blog, but I got engaged on November 25 at a tree lighting, and I couldn’t think of a better way to end the year. It also was a great early Christmas present if you ask me.

I Bought a Car:

In February, I had hit a tree during a snow storm, which was one of the scariest moments of my life. After not having my car for several months, it died in my driveway. I will not post a picture of it, but I purchased a 2021 Subaru Legacy. Thankfully, my previous car was paid off, so I was able to have a huge downpayment.

I Asked My Maids of Honor (and they said yes):

I may not have a date or a venue, but I have two maids of honor. Last week, I asked my two best friends if they wanted to be my maids of honor, and they said yes.

I Reconnected With Some Old Friends and Expanded my Circle a Bit:

Over the past year, I began opening up my circle and reconnected with some old friends that I have lost touch with. I am the type of person who forgets to text her friends sometimes, so this has helped me stay more accountable with staying in touch and making plans so I’m not a hermit.

I Began To Put Myself First:

Last but not least, I began to put my health and myself first. I began Ruf Fitness and have been working out and eating better. I have been trying to set boundaries as well so I can do what I need to do to take care of what’s important to me. And, I am super proud of myself and the steps that I’ve been taking.

Book Review: Always, In December by Emily Stone

Every year, Josie is a Scrooge during the Christmas season. However, there is one tradition that she keeps up every single year — writing a letter to her deceased parents who died tragically when she was a young girl. Fresh off of a breakup and facing job loss, she nearly crashes her bike into Max, a stranger whose flight to New York was delayed. The two spend a few magical days during the Christmas season, only for Max to leave Josie on Boxing Day.

Throughout the course of a year, the two meet in unexpected places and ways — in both England and in New York City. However, something is always keeping them apart.

Okay, so I just finished this book this morning and I have some thoughts. First off, I really loved the character development of Josie. The reader started off by seeing Josie in this crossroads in all of the areas of her life. She was unhappy with her job and was newly single. She also never really took chances, and always opted of the safer option. However, over the course of the book (and thanks to Max), she begins to follow her dreams. She also leaves her small town life and actually explores the world. I loved watching her find herself, which I largely attribute to Max.

Next, let’s talk about Max and Josie’s relationship. I was both frustrated and wishing for a happy ending for the two of them. Something keeps the two from being together. Although it is revealed in the final chapters, there is something that keeps Max from committing to Josie. Throughout the novel, he was thinking about her, and it’s obvious that the two of them really loved each other. In the end, he comes to Josie when she needs him the most, which is something that I really thought would cause them to go into each other’s arms and end up happily ever after.

In some ways, I was right.

This leads me to my final point. I was mentioning that there was something that was keeping Max and Josie apart, and ultimately ended up doing just that. This was hinted at quite a few times, as many characters have asked Max if he told Josie or asked Josie if Max talked to her about something. That something (I won’t reveal what that is), resulted in the ending of the book. As a huge person who believes that honesty is the best policy, I think that he should have just told her in the first place so that it doesn’t come at her out of nowhere. However, despite my frustration, I understood why he did it the way he did.

That said, I really loved this book. I loved it so much that I read the novel in the span of 48 hours. Which has been a rarity these days. I loved the characters, even though I was frustrated with how Max handled the thing that he didn’t tell Josie, and the story was one that honestly brought me to tears when I reached the final pages. This was definitely one of the most beautiful stories that I read this holiday season, and I highly recommend checking this book out if you have the opportunity to. And, even though it is set with a holiday background, I do think that you can read it all year long.

My rating for this book is five out of five stars.

Taking A Walk Through The Festival of Silver Lights

For the month of December, Meriden’s Hubbard Park sparkles with a magical holiday displays that spectators can either take a stroll in or drive through. This is known as the Festival of Silver Lights.

The display, which runs through January 2, features lights on the lake, as well as scattered throughout the park. For further details, you can check out their website here. Furthermore, admission to this display is completely free, so it doesn’t hurt the wallet to visit with the family, and it runs from dusk to dawn.

My fiancé and I took a walk on Sunday, and we were blown away by them. We only drove through last year, so I like it that we were able to get a chance to walk around this time around. Pro tip: bundle up. It was very cold.

Check out my photos here: