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YouTubers You Should Follow

youtubers you should follow

Hello again! Are you there? Oh good, I thought I might’ve lost ya. I was supposed to post yesterday but I just couldn’t bring myself to it after the madness that truly was #election2016- I can’t guys. No rant here but man oh man, I’m whirling…Well so I wanted to share something different and upbeat. I hope you like this and leave me a comment down below telling me who your favorite youtubers are and if you have a channel- leave it below! Thanks for reading and I hope you’re holding up with everything going on.

alex denmon

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0zJ7ser8YbveFDxlhLdTGA

  • lifestyle
  • gaming
  • vlogs
  • hauls
  • travel

alishamarie-macbby11

main channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/macbby11

vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF1Q_zp3Eh3nuEHvMbdKkqg

  • hauls
  • lifestyle
  • beauty
  • advice
  • reviews
  • vlogs

mia stammer-mammamiamakeup

main channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MamaMiaMakeup

vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/user/miastammer

  • hauls
  • vlogs
  • lifestyle
  • travel
  • advice
  • beauty

Marissa Lace

https://www.youtube.com/user/MarissaLace

vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5bRT3zUi_Z9UgPm6OwH7pQ

  • hauls
  • vlogs
  • lifestyle
  • travel
  • advice
  • beauty

carrie rad

https://www.youtube.com/user/CarrieRad

  • vlogs
  • beauty
  • lifestyle
  • advice

eleventhgorgeous/teeandess

https://www.youtube.com/user/eleventhgorgeous

TeeandEss: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE0JRUF7J0JC45AOOwinx6A

CheaptoChic: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuqNyjX6gqh92K1kb-OsGMw

  • vlogs
  • reviews
  • beauty
  • makeup
  • travel
  • advice
  • lifestyle

 LeighAnnVlogs

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdgEVQ3S5sBhPs_fwje2Tgg

  • vlogs
  • lifestyle
  • beauty
  • fashion
  • hauls

miss remi ashten/remlife

https://www.youtube.com/user/MissRemiAshten

vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXLnGIevWGWK2dPDcvM5-CA

  • lifestyle
  • vlogs
  • travel
  • sponsored content
  • routines
  • hauls
  • beauty
  • fashion

aspen +parker

https://www.youtube.com/user/HauteVlog

  • vlogs
  • lifestyle
  • fashion
  • beauty
  • travel
  • hauls
  • advice

casey holmes

main channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/itsbl0ndie

vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1BB4CsKykhht_25SQUNLjA

  • beauty
  • vlogs
  •  fashion
  • hauls

I hope you find someone new you love and will watch a bunch. Maybe you’ll learn something new or decide to make a channel yourself.

Toodles! xoxo

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A Day in the Life: Bouncer & Maggie

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Ruh Roh! (hello in dog) I’m Bouncer and this is my rambunctious sister Maggie. We live with our mommy and daddy-maybe you know them? I wanted to tell you what we do all day and show you how much fun we have.

MORNING

First, we wake Mom up by wiggling around in the bed (stepping on her face and hair) and giving her all the kisses. But she doesn’t like it so much because she says our breath stinks. She gets kinda upset because she likes to sleep like we do, we have that in common. We all get up and jump outta bed like big dogs that we think we are. We run and jump and get all excited to get fed breakfast. We are not so patient when it comes to our “puppy food” and we know when you say that! Scarfing our food down in 5 mins or less flat, then we use our chew toys “our lambie” and we chew on him until he falls apart. Then going outside for potty isn’t our favorite thing in the world, sometimes we go and sometimes we just don’t want to. When we have accidents mommy gets real mad and puts us back outside to try again.

AFTERNOON

We play and sometimes we sleep but most of the day is free time and up to us. We follow mom and dad around the house back and forth all day long. Mommy is a blogger– do you know what that is?! Well she’s on that thing a lot and it makes a click-clacky noise, but we don’t mind. Usually she cuddles us under a cozy blanket while she does whatever she does on that computer. She talks to us in a silly voice, loves us and sometimes we get to play with the laser too- we love that piece of light more than the cat. Sometimes we bark too much or we jump all over company but it’s only because we love the attention and we are so friendly and needy.

EVENING

About 5 or 6 o clock, we know it’s time for our next “puppy food time” and boy do we get excited all over again! It’s like we just can’t contain it, we run circles around the house telling mommy exactly what she already knows-that we are hungry. Then we get antsy like a half hour later and mommy let’s us out again, we love to run around and say hi (bark) at the neighbor dogs. Those guys are much bigger than us but we aren’t afraid at all- we can hold our own. We come back in from the rain and get dried off on a towel (that’s our favorite part!). Mommy says DRY OFF! and I know how to do it all by myself, wiggle my butt and scoot all over. I  toss and turn to get all the water off my back and belly. My sister though needs more help doing that. If we were good, we get a cookie and that’s a special thing. We beg mommy and jump around all crazy waiting for them. At night we watch tv and I play more with my sister Maggie, we get hyper and throw all our toys out of the basket, I know how to put them away back in the basket- ya know I’m a smart dog.

This is our typical daily routine but of course it varies if we do anything special like go on walks which we also love. I hope you enjoyed reading about us and our family. Come back soon!

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Fall and Holiday Fashion (under 100$)

This evening I decided to do something I don’t do often on this blog and share some festive fall fashion favorites I found while searching around Polyvore.  I thought it’d be fun and I might also be brave and share a seasonal decor board or even share pictures of how we have already decorated for the Halloween time. Please enjoy and comment to tell me what your favorite outfit I put together is. It’s nothing super fancy and I didn’t include jewelry and hats, accessories etc but I like each one I came up with and I would wear them all for sure!

Fall &Holiday Fashion

 

OUTFIT ONE//

Top: Amazon: Benibos Checkered Shirt -15-20$ depending on size +shipping

Jeans: Hollister Boyfriend Jeans -40$

Shoes: Converse Chuck Taylors (in black) -50$ (although I know Famous Footwear has all kinds of sales, you can get these cheaper! The sale now is saying 10$ off 50$+ so it’s only 40$.) *actually as I typed this I had deals on Avast Safe Price finder for HauteLook at 27$;unisex cream color though, so yeah!*

Total: ~95-100$ (plus shipping)

OUTFIT TWO//

Top: Pumpkin long sleeve pullover-7$+shipping

Jeans: H&M skinny ankle jeans -40$

Shoes: (you could also wear the converse, linked above for this but I found some cute flats I liked as well) Aeropostale Report Milez flat -18$

Total: 65$ (plenty of extra $ leftover for shipping, not even close to 100)

OUTFIT THREE//

Sweater: SheInTurtleneck Chunky Cable Knit Long Sleeve Sweater  -28$+shiping

Top: GAP women’s vintage wash sueded V neck Tee -25$

Jeans: H&M Super Skinny Regular jeans– 20$

Shoes: LuLus Chic Black Flats-17$+shipping

Total: 90-100$(depending on your shipping )

OUTFIT FOUR//

Sweater: GAP Softspun Tunic Knit Top -32$

Top: Long Sleeve Crop Tee Shirt -11$ +shipping

Skirt: Nala Tartan Check Woven Skirt– 24$ + shipping (BooHoo.com)

Shoes: Black “Clemmy” Mary Jane Court shoes -44$ +shipping OR Payless AE Kim Button Mary Jane shoes (cheaper version) -35$

Total: 111$ with higher priced shoes + shipping ) OR  102$ +shipping which I will say is a bit over, but honestly how cute is that outfit. and even then you might be able to find lower cheaper options near you so you don’t have a cost plus shipping fees or coupons!

Well I hope you all really enjoyed this post! I loved creating and finding these outfits and links for you to shop. *NOT SPONSORED AT ALL* Just some friendly wishlist shopping advice, if you’re having trouble thinking of some cute winter-y outfits for where you live. Living in Oregon is chilly and it’s pouring rain here already. I am not wearing tank tops in Cali like some people. I also wanted to share an actual holiday outfit that I’d wear, which isn’t quite this. But I would cover my stomach with a sweater or a regular length shirt and I’d probably wear tights as well.

Happy Fall everyone! Surely let me know down below which of these is your favorite and if you’re gonna buy any of these pieces. Lastly, I hope I helped at least one of you get some new clothing inspiration. For now I’ll be saving these all to my pinterest and lusting for later in the season or for Christmas!

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Why We Don’t Want Kids & Why That’s Okay

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I always wanted kids growing up. I wanted to be married at 21, first kid by 23 and second kid or third kid by 25 or 26. I thought I had planned every step out.It was a priority for me to be a stay at home mom like my mother was. She took care of the house and did it all.  And to think back on it now, I wasn’t very thankful at the time. Now I realize how much it really takes just to live and get on day to day with kids.

kids are expensive

Having children is expensive- like thousands; maybe even a couple hundred thousand over their lifetime. *A birth without complications can be something like $1900 for a vaginal birth and when you’re talking emergency C section or something goes really wrong, your bill could shoot straight up to almost $10,000 (or more).The average in america for the price of an uncomplicated birth is $3500. With vaginal complications you’ll be shelling out an even $6900 as if it were a C-section.*  Even if you have insurance and low co-pays (good coverage etc) you’re gonna pay a lot of money. After that, literally every step of their life you are spending money on them. From birth to the day they leave your house and sometimes longer if they decide to live at home longer or need more help. However it does depend on your provider and type of insurance- I have heard higher claims and lower claims. It’s still a LOT of money.

*based on 2011 study by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project*

you can’t do what you want when you want

Once you have a baby your freedom lessens. I’d say it disappears but that may be unfair to parents who can do-it-all. But the way  you manage your time is never the same. You cannot just get up and go because when you have a kid, the child goes everywhere you go. If you have no babysitter or significant other that can share the responsibility-then date night, study sessions and having any kind of functional social life is near impossible. I like being able to make decisions on a dime and not have to pack a diaper bag or car seat before we take off and go. Not having to second guess my plans or my curfew. Or even calling up a friend for childcare help because I have a final the next morning. I want to be able to go get my hair and nails done when I want without worrying. I’m a slightly selfish person when it comes to material things ok, at least I can admit it. I want to keep my freedom and self reliance. Without kids there isn’t as much planning involved. I just have more wiggle room in general.

I’m selfish (kinda the same thing but not)

I want to do what I want when I want, Period. End of story. I don’t want to have to worry about a child being in the middle of all my plans. It makes everything have another layer of complication. Granted we have two doxies and they are a handful already. And if we ever traveled they’d either A) come with or B) we’d have to arrange a sort of stay for them just like kids. But dogs are still less maintenance than children. People will argue with me over that- I don’t wanna hear the comparisons.

I don’t want to raise a child, I don’t enjoy kids sometimes

I don’t want the responsibility and life long dedication it takes to raise up a kid from infancy to adulthood, 18+years which is now more like 21+ years with general cost of living and more. Schooling is very expensive as well with clothes, supplies and sports. You could go broke with those costs yearly alone. It’s crazy to me that more of this isn’t just covered by the school or somehow funded already. It costs nearly a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child at last estimate. That is a lot of McDonalds. That’s most of a down payment on a house. I mean c’mon people-kids are wonderful but that’s huge. It’s like, You WIN “flip a coin: a kid or a house?” How crazy is that?!

You cannot guarantee your child’s’ attitude and behavior and I wouldn’t want a bratty, horrible kid. I couldn’t tolerate it. I tend to believe things are set in stone. You are supposed to teach your child how to behave and how to function in the world. That’s what parenting is- and I don’t feel like I’d make a good one. I’m still learning myself and failing quite a bit. Once a child is ruined in every capacity- they just are and there’s no going back. And that is then, your fault. I don’t want to ruin a child or a whole life for that matter. That kind of disappointment in the kid and in yourself would stick with you for life.

 

When we were first married, it was constantly “when are you having kids?” “why wait?” “how much money do you have saved?” That was back when we initially wanted kids right away and unbeknownst to anyone- we tried for a short time.  Now that we have flipped the script and decided against kids several years later,  everyone can’t stop and won’t stop pressuring us about when we are having kids. It’s so shameful to think that people pressure others into having kids for the wrong reasons. In the end, it’s my body and our choice as to when and if we have kids.  Besides that, we are trying to be responsible by not jumping into something we aren’t ready for. Shouldn’t people be proud of us for that instead? Financially speaking- we’ve been selfish, careless even because we chose to and that’s no mentality for having a baby. For right now and the foreseeable future, we are happy being a two person, two dog family. They [our dogs] fulfill our lives in ways that couples with kids feel. We have a lot of the same triumphs and similar hardships. Our life is just perfect for us and our fur-kids.

How did you decide you were ready for kids? Did you always want them or did you change your mind along the way? Did you ever get pressured one way or the other? I hear it’s quite common..

Thanks for reading and hopefully relating to my story

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BEST WEEK EVER! 6/25-7/3/16

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Back in like December we planned having one of Sean’s friends, Justin, to come stay with us for a week to hang out and show him the around Portland. He has never been to Oregon so we had a lot to pack in for 8 days. June 25th we had him fly in and we were all so excited for a fun week! We arrived early and had a lovely breakfast at Beaches. Then we learned his flight was delayed and bags were “misplaced”-although they were on the flight and the flight was only delayed due to Obama being in town for a conference.  He easily found us, we grabbed his bags and we were on our way!

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Since we promised all these great outings we got right to it the next day. We all got up bright and early to head off to the Oregon Zoo! We saw the new elephant habitat (that tripled in size) and their new lake outdoor area.  We saw the cheetahs and their habitat, none of us realized that they were so naturally thin in body size. We also really enjoyed the sea lion and the giraffes. I really enjoyed all of it. We did get stuffed animals and tee shirts on our way out as well- Justin had to have a memento to take back with him.  On the way home we stopped by Hawthorne which is a hipster/chill kind of street in the SE Portland area with all kinds of cool shops and restaurants. But we were too tired from the zoo so we didn’t stay long. We walked up and down once and took a different way home.

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The next day we went to the mall to explore, spend a bit of “fun time” and show him some cool stores that had some gaming and nerdy stuff that he’s into. We jumped into Famous Footwear, Game Stop, Hot Topic and Build a Bear.

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After a day of rest, the next place we took him was Darcells, a local famous drag club and show in downtown Portland. It’s a great venue and lots of fun for everyone alike. It’s about an hour long show in which people basically get (drag)ged up on stage and embarrassed. The victim this time- was my very straight husband and not our very not straight friend and it was his birthday too. It was pretty funny! We got lots of pictures and video which you can check out below… get ready!

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The night after we celebrated Sean’s birthday at Dave & Busters, the adult arcade and restaurant. We invited Sean’s parents too so they could come celebrate a little and having dinner together. Each of us enjoyed a drink (or two) and some easy lovely dinner. Sean’s parents have never been there so they checked out the arcade and looked around and then went home so we could play games. A few hours later we had played almost all the games and earned about 11,000+ tickets/points to redeem. He was able to get a giant (2ft or more) Pikachu Pokemon. He was SO excited to get it and bring it home- we still have to ship it back to Kansas. At some point we went to Shirleys Tippy Canoe restaurant. It was on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives show on Food network – the view and the food were incredible! We have gone back since, still amazing and great live music on weekends.

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The last day we took a walk around the lake and saw the Finding Dory movie. We took the dogs with us on the walk and Maggie was so tired by the end of it panting and laying on the cool floor. Bouncer loved the walk and was happy the whole way. We took a few pictures on the way and talked about the differences between Kansas and Oregon. The movie was amazing! It was much more heartfelt and emotional than the first edition but had some parts when Dory was just “being Dory”.  It also touched base on a lot of the prior movie and the details in it. I really enjoyed it and might have gotten teary eyed a few times.

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When we act ually had to take him to the airport to be honest, it was hard because a week with someone new, having all this fun and then to see them fly home and return to “real life” is hard to do. We spent some time, got his ticket printed, checked him into his flight and then we hugged and said goodbye. We miss him a lot but the guys talk frequently and he’ll be planning to come back again next year with his vacation days off. I’m so happy it all worked out and he really enjoyed his first trip to Oregon! Next time…… BEACH!

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