Wine Wednesdays: What to Watch 2019

After the heavier posts (although fun as heck!) I’ve written the past few days, I feel like something easy and fun is in order. I hope as well, that you’ll be able to reference this post later on as well, when you need a moment to see what you forgot you wanted to watch!

As you would guess by the title, this is all about what’s coming out this year! Ill break it down by categories, from Movies, standard TV, and Netflix/Hulu/Prime type (exclusives).

Piur yourself a glass, and get ready to make lists!

Let’s start with Movies of 2019:

There are so many live actions coming out this year, from my childhood, and I’m assuming for a lot of yours! If you haven’t watched the original animated versions of them, GO WATCH THEM!!!!

Here’s this year’s animated films:
Lion King

Kids films:
Frozen 2
Lego Movie 2
Toy Story 4
Godzilla: King of the Monsters

More adult films (no not that kind!):
Avengers: End Game
Captain America
IT Chapter 2
John Wick 3
Men in Black: International

Let’s get into TV shall we? This will be stuff more on cable TV, and not readily available (at least new seasons) for those of us who pulled the plug on TV.

I’m most excited for Game of Thrones season 8 to come out. Grant it, babe and I are only on season 6, but we’ll binge watch it here soon.

Here’s some others:
Big Little Lies (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)
Veep (HBO)
Watchmen (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
Homeland (Showtime)
Peaky Blinders (BBC)
Liar (ITV)

Now, for the streaming services’ part. I’ll disclose what platform they’re on, and if they’re movie or show.

The Crown (Netflix, show)
Mindhunter (Netflix, show)
Stranger Things (Netflix, show)
Conversations with a Killer: Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix, show)
Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix, show)
Lionheart (Netflix, movie)
Girl (Netflix, movie)


12 Days of Christmas: 2019 Plans and Goals

Oh boy, are you ready for 2019? I know I am! Especially since it’s now post-Christmas. If you need some last minute inspo for 2019, here’s your chance! From category goals, bucket list, to vibes (including music playlist!), this post has it all!

One of the easiest things you can do, is to set your vibes for the new year, regardless if it’s the actual new year, or if it’s YOUR new year (birthday). Mine is adding 5 too many playlists for each year. I start getting ideas early, based off those artists who release that year, and adding it to a hodge podge playlist, and things that still vibe with me (even older songs from the artists I love), and at the end of the year, I finalize a playlist. I’ll edit or update mid-year or before. If I’m taking a trip, like summer of 2018’s CA trip, I’ll make a trip playlist for that. I have a loose plan (as of writing this) of visiting family again, come fall 2019, so that’ll ensue a playlist, once it’s finalized.

I know a lot of us can’t afford big vacations (myself included….don’t think all the finances are one me….I’m SO grateful for my travels, and not financing it all, since I’m still a retail worker and working my budget out, let alone affording something as simple as a staycation in my area). If you can’t afford all those fancy things you see on insta, or your friends’ timeline, try some local things, either on the weekend, or try a weekend getaway. Try new restaurants. My dad and I tried some Mexican place in the late spring of 2017 and we never turned back!

Need ideas for a digital vision board for 2019? Music list for 2019? Click on each for ideas, and a look into mine. vision board is on Pinterest, and Music is on Google Music. Check out the Spotify version here!

I’m also going to share my planning journey on Instagram! So if you want to join this journey, and see if planning will help you, overall, feel free to join our family there! Follow me here for planning!

Let’s get into the nitty gritty shall we?!

Starting past what I’ve shared already, I’m currently using the Artist of Life goal planner, designed exclusively for 2019 from Aileen Xu of Lavendaire. I’ve used this the last 2 years, and was hesitant about updating it for 2019 but did it anyway. I updated my planner, to the Happy Planner (closest concept to mine) vertical BoHo style, instead of my typical of a standard desk one, and a big monthly style for meal planning.

For 2019, I’ve merged a lot to digital, most for econimical reasons, but in some aspects, it’s nice to have that edit-able aspect for meal planning, if something comes up that I need to move a “free day” around. I do like to add a few days each month for free days, as things can be spontaneous.

I LOVE routine and planning, but with those I love, and sometimes want to make time for (plus with sometimes getting free food), I have to mind and add in fluctuating meal plans especially. Prepping for things like blogging and social media isn’t too rough (depending on day really, and where we’re headed).

I currently have 33 things on my 2019 only bucket list. Most of it is the “grow the f*ck up and manage your budget” list, let alone losing some weight. Most of the weight, is more getting some of the sudden chronic issues under control for myself. In an odd way, it may help my man as well.

You’ll see a lot of the plans and updates, either monthly (foodie Friyays, monthly plans, quarterly updates) on our food/weight journey. Personally, I’d love to get myself to a sustainable 125-130 pounds (which won’t be this year…if I am heavier due to muscle weight, I’m okay, but I don’t want to be above 145 on a bad day.). Babe wants to be lesser than his current, but idk his goals, outside “not feeling sluggish” and “not this weight that I’m at now” type.

Trip wise, there’s some tentative plans I have for 2019. My dad and I have some plans, again this year. My grandparents and I are looking forward to more plans, but not near as drastic as this year’s was. All of it is still very loose, but that’s okay!

I’ll share things by the quarter and the month, throughout the year, which will give some suspense, as well as things to sort itself out.

What are some things you are planning for 2019? I’d love to see what you’re planning! And who knows, maybe you’ll inspire me and my plans!

12 Days of Christmas: Self Care Saturday

Need to recoup from the holidays? Need a breather before the New Years even? Well look no further honey! I got you babe. This will even be good for even after the Holidays. I’ll do another one like this next Saturday, for more general self care ideas, for regularity versus around the holidays. We all know those 2 things can be different things, although they can overlap. 

So let’s get into the Holiday version of Self Care, shall we?

Personally, I’m still working on my self care routine, but in my mind, I see it as something that will always change, but some base things will always be in my “bag”.

Like most people, the holidays can be stressful. My biggest thing is to find even 1-3 things that are cheap and easy for you to do, that will make you feel good. A $1 face mask (or buying a $5 tub of mask that’ll last you a month or two, depending on how often you do face masks), a $3 hair mask, or a good/luxury body wash.

Showers are everything for me. Sure baths are great, and I SO WISH I had a tub to soak in. Soak once a month even, with even some tealights, a glass of wine, and good music (classical is great for this) or a good read, if you have the luxury of a bathtub. Even add a cheap bath bomb from Walmart, Target, or make your own!

You Stuck on the regular with showers like me? No worries! Your girl got you on this. You can still splurge a bit on body cleaning supplies, like a nice body wash (even if it’s just a scent you like from Walmart/Target or Bath and Body Works), a good candle, or wax melt, or diffuser. After, add the face mask, while towel drying. Run some good music, like in the bath, more classical or non lyrical.

The best thing during the holidays, is after the events for the day are done, and you can clean the stress away. It’s odd in a way, but in the same sense, if you mentally visualize the stress going away with the running of the shower on your body, or the melting of it on your bath soaked body, and letting it all go down the drain, it helps.

If you’re short on time, just run your diffuser, wash your face, throw in some dry shampoo and an overnight hair mask, and thrown on a 5 minute face mask, with some good vibe jams.

That little bit of time between Christmas and NYE, make a point to make time about you, or just you and your partner. It can be pizza and Netflix/your favorite shows/reruns. Or do something cute, locally. Do something for you/you and your partner. Make sure to keep in touch with your partner as much as you are with your family/friend/company holiday time.

For additional tips, both holiday and general:
Feel free to say no to some things, and suggest others
Take your time on exploring, while out with family/in laws
Take time for you, even without your partner.
Make memories, not conflict. Go with the flow, and sometimes you can go do something, but tap out early.

Check out next Saturday’s post for more “It’s not holiday season” self care tips, including some I’m wanting to do/implement!

12 Days of Christmas: Creative New Year’s Activities

If you’re at a loss for what to do with your family, friends, or those who are just coming over for New Year’s, or what things you can bring into the good ol’ New Years (themes, projects, family/group/partner activities, and beyond), look no further!

Some ideas are super simple, others are more diverse and party themed. I have things separated for those who have families with kids of various ages, to the singe guy or gal who is riding it solo into 2019.

If you have kids that aren’t going to be staying up until the clock switches from Dec 31st to Jan 1, but you’ll be waking them up, I advise setting things up before that bottle opens herself up, to relieve anxiety and make things easier for your future self.

If you have little ones, I suggest that you go and see your town’s Christmas tree tear down. It may vary from town to town, on when it is, but I can tell you it might be worth it!

There might be a place that is kid friendly, that you can watch the big ball countdown and drop on New Year’s. If you don’t have kids, I’m sure a bar might have it on the screen. Just make sure you have a DD though!

Some good ideas to pass the time (and may keep the kids awake!) would be to play family games, even if you’re not with the kids. Games have a large option to them, and it’s fun regardless if there’s little ones around or not.

Another option is to bake or cook food. This can include the kids, and you can even make adult versions of the food! Make all of those last minute cookies, so that going into the new year, you’ll both be purged of the cookies, and you get a very last minute indulgence.

A great idea, especially when there’s a crowd, is to throw on some music and dance. Just mind where you are, so you don’t break that new TV you got!

What are some of your traditions for new years? Let me know down below!

12 Days of Christmas: Healthy Cold-Weather Recipes

It’s that time of year again. It’s cold, and we all want everything warm, right?! Well good news for ya’ll, I’m making a list and checking it twice for ya’ll.

One of the things we talked about yesterday, is meal planning. You don’t have to go all ham on meal planning, spending all of Sunday meal prepping to meal plan. You can if you want to, but I won’t judge you if you don’t.

What I do, is open a Google Doc and make a table of the month I’m planning for. A Word Doc would do just fine as well for this. From there, I see what I want to make, what I have, and what’s on sale or what coupons I have.

Anyway, you’re probably not here for that, you’re just here for ideas, right?! Right. Well go visit my Pinterest board, of Fall and Winter Healthy Recipes, and Cold weather comfort foods to start! Don’t be ashamed to even look at some of my other boards and pins either!

Some of my go-to’s are anything made in the crock pot or insta pot. I love Chili and tacos this time of year. I’m also really getting into warm dips this year too.

One I can’t wait to try is this BBQ Ranch Chicken dip! This apple butter pork tenderloin is amazing, and it’s great with a beef roast as well!

What are some of your go-to’s in the cold months? Are you going to try any from my list of ’em? Let me know!

12 Days of Christmas: Make 2019 the Best Year Yet

How am I making 2019 the best year for me? Leaving 2018 as 2018. Kidding, but only slightly. Reflect, learn, and move on…very much Thank U, Next vibes.

Want to know how I’m making 2019 the best year she can be? Well read on! And hopefully you can soak up some of the things I’m doing, and use them for yourself!

First off, stay tuned, for on the 31st, I’ll be sharing an in-depth look into what I have planned for 2019! This is just what tips and tricks I have to share, so that come Monday, you could join me some, with how you want to set the tone for 2019, so that 2019 can help you create the year you want her to be.

The first thing to get your year on track to being the best it can be, is to goal set. This is a no-brainer for most. Want to go a step further? Break down your goals, habits, and things you want to do this year, into manageable steps to do each month, or set a deadline for when you want to accomplish them by, outside of December 31st!

Next, you should make or get a habit tracker. If you don’t know of anything you want to track, you can track your weight, some habits (like if you drank ANY water that day, or even find out what habits you do have, like how often you go to Starbucks when you could make the same coffee at home, and save some cash money!)

This next one is a BIG one, especially if you don’t already do it: Budget and track your money! It doesn’t matter if you’re like me, and make 25k a year, or someone who makes 100k a year. It’s a great adult thing to do. Plus, all those goals you just set? Some might take money…even if it’s like me (sneak peak at one of my major goals for 2019!) and you want to lose some of that holiday chub. 

To compliment the last point, start at least planning your meals each month or week. Even if you know you’re going to do your weekly brunch with your girls, then go grocery shopping with your beau, put that sucker in there! You can at least just write down the dinners you’ll be having, and the food for the weekend, and even if you switch up the days you have this thing or that thing, at least you won’t have to worry about what you’re actually eating, when your tired and your stomach’s trying to mate with whales.

The last good bit of advice I have is to set up a monthly review, and ask yourself how you did each month, in progression on your goals. It can be digitally, in a journal, however you want to do it. Some basic questions to ask yourself is:

What did I do this month to get closer to accomplishing ___?
Is ___ a suitable goal for me to keep striving for?
Should I partner up to accomplish ___?
What can I do better to accomplish my goals in the next month? Week? Day?

What are you doing in 2019? Let me know, and make sure to stay tuned for mine on Monday!

12 Days of Christmas: Thanksmas

To kick start this series, in hopes to have it better than how Blogtober went this year, I wanted to start out by sharing what I’m grateful for this season.

One of the biggest things I’m grateful for this year, is all of the amazing experiences I’ve had, mostly in the first half of the year.

I did everything Easter with my dad (Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, all in 4 different churches.), and even though I’m not religious, and not a Christian, I still value my upbringing, and it was interesting to see 4 different churches, and a different style of the church than what I was brought up in. Read about it here.

I had 2 weeks (15 days really,  but 2 were travel) in California, to spend time with my mom’s side of the family, and experience some things. Read about it here.

After that, I got my wisdom teeth out (read about it here) and landed up going to 2 concerts, with 2 different friends (read about that here). That’s where most of it ended, but without setting my eyes on it at the beginning of the year, I wouldn’t have the memories that I do now.

I’m also super grateful for all of you who read my posts, since this would be half pointless if you weren’t here!

I’m so f*ing grateful for my ex…kidding, but only kind of. 

I’m thankful for having a full time job, and benefits. I’m thankful for my boyfriend who puts up with me and my ideas. I’m thankful for my family as well, because god knows where I’d be and what I would’ve done this summer.

What are you thankful for, this Christmas season? I’d love to know!