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7 Things I’m Currently Obsessed With

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Holy manole, where did April go!? It feels like just yesterday Connor and I were hopping on our cruise and stuffing our faces with mediocre buffet food. The last half of the month seemed to go by ESPECIALLY fast since I was spending most of it switching my website over to WordPress and digging way down deep into my soul to figure out exactly what I want to do with this little space of mine on the internet.

April was a very reflective and productive month for me, even though most of the things I accomplished aren’t really visible to anyone but me (like having to go back and fix EVERY stinkin’ link & picture on my blog, after switching. Ugh.) But boy oh boy, did the month go by fast. I’m so happy to be in a new month, with the sun finally out and my blogging goals all figured out. I’m honestly SO excited for all the cool stuff I’ll be able to share with you guys soon!

But for now, I want to introduce a new lil’ series I’m adding to the blog. Because there’s nothing I love more than sharing my favorite things with all of you (which is one major reason why I blog!), I’m starting a series called, “Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.”

I’ll be sharing the books, products, clothes, links, and blogs that I’ve been loving lately! Because I’m not always buying new products (pshhh, I wish I could afford that!) and the products I share with you are ones I’m pretty committed to loving for now and months/years to come, there won’t always be product updates… but I’ll make sure to always share some links, books, and blogs I’m loving!

12 THINGS I’M CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH

1. THE HAPPY NEWSPAPER

I came across The Happy Newspaper this past week and instantly fell in LOVE with it. With all the depressing stuff being shown constantly on the news, this newspaper is a breath of fresh air. It’s literally a newspaper with ONLY happy news in it, like, “Trash man builds free library out of 20,000 books found in books,” and “Snow leopard is no longer an endangered species.” SO COOL. I’m obsessed.

2. THE ULTIMATE WORK AT HOME BUNDLE

I’m not usually one to buy ebooks or courses online, but I realized that if I really wanted to go anywhere with my blog/business, I needed some help. And since a lot of blogging courses are around $250-$500, I was so pleased to see that Ultimate Bundles offers a Work at Home Super Bundle full of 50+ of all the best courses, planner pages, and printables for under $50. It’s a FANTASTIC resource to have if you’re wanting to know how you can leverage your blog and earn money from home! It’s $1,521 worth of excellent resources (trust me, they’re not crappy resources) for only $47, so it was a no-brainer purchase for me!

3. THESE YOUTUBERS

I’ve always been a big TV watcher, but lately I’ve actually been more into Youtube than TV shows! Even though I know Youtubers (obviously) edit their content, there’s just something a little more real about their content. And maybe I connect with them more because I’m an entrepreneur, working for myself, as well.

(P.S You know when you say a word out loud and your minds like, “Is that really a word? It doesn’t sound like a word.” Well, I just did that with the word “actresses” and had to look it up to see if it was actually a real word. Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to, haha!)

Zoella: I don’t care that I’m not an 16-year-old girl. Watching Zoella seriously calms me down and simultaneously makes me excited about life in general!

Mr. Kate: The girl kinda annoys me sometimes (and other times I love watching her), but I still find it super interesting and fun to watch!

Morgan Timm: I liked watching Morgan’s channel the moment I started watching it! And then I realized later that Morgan’s an INFJ like me, so it sort of made sense! (Not that I like ALL INFJ’s or like them better than other types… but I think I could just connect to what she was saying really well.) She’s super sweet and genuine and has lots of interesting stuff to talk about!

Clevver Style: These videos give me a headache if I watch them for too long (cause of all the LOUD banter back and forth) but they’re super entertaining and Joselyn and Lilly are HILARIOUS!

4. HERPECIN L

I was going to do a whole list of products I’m loving lately, but this one deserves to stand on its own because it’s been a total life-saver and has become one of my absolute tippy top FAVORITES. I used to get cold sores every few weeks that would completely ruin me for at least a few days at a time. If you’ve had a cold sore before, you know how impossible it is to get anything productive done with that painful stupid ugly thing on your lip! It’s no bueno!

Since I’ve started using Herpecin L, I’ve gotten far less cold sores! With the sun finally coming out, it’s especially important for me to wear it every day so that my lips don’t get sunburnt. Cold sores LOVE sunburnt lips.

When I DO end up getting a cold sore (which although this helps you get them less, you can’t completely prevent getting them), this stuff helps relieve the pain so well! And even if you don’t get cold sores, Herpecin L is just a GREAT chapstick in general. I’ve had to apply chapstick far less since I started using this more frequently because my lips stay moist for long periods of time now.

5. SHEIN CLOTHES

I recently wrote a blog post about how much I love a company called Romwe. Shortly after, I realized that another company called Shein has most of the same super-cute clothes as Romwe, but there are more reviews on their site, which I find helpful. The reviews make it easier to pick clothes that are higher quality and also to pick the right sizes (since a lot of people talk about if the clothes are true to size in their review). That’s the only reason I’m mentioning Shein now, but I love both!

They have the lastest, cutest styles for REALLY inexpensive prices. And they’re actually high-quality products! Like I said in my other post, I really don’t think I’ll be shopping anywhere else cause these prices/styles are IMPOSSIBLE to beat! You can see my personal list of all my favorite products from there right HERE!

(P.S If you’ve ordered from Shein? What’s been your experience? I know some people haven’t had the best experience and other people have had great ones. Let me know in the comments below!)

6. THE AMERICAN MARRIAGE

Roy and Celestial have just begun their lives together. While they’re still newly married and beginning to discover their roles within their shared household, the two find their lives violently interrupted by the criminal justice system. Roy, young and black, is arrested and charged with 12 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit.

A couple months ago, I got The American Marriage from Book of the Month (P.S Book of the Month is one of the best things to ever happen to the world) and I was hooked from the first page. Although I loved this book from start to finish, it definitely put my emotions through the wringer. But honestly, I love those sorts of books, as long as they’re read in moderation.

It’s one of those books that will always stick with me… the story, the lessons I learned, and the impact it had on me. And even though it’s emotional, it’s still got some light-hearted parts, and is very relatable and fun to read. I highly recommend this book to really… anyone! I think anyone who picks this book up would end up raving about it like I am.

7. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THESE LINKS

The Pro’s and Con’s of Dating Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Parents Shouldn’t Spy on Their Kids

25 Reasons Why I’m a Feminist

How to Gain Control of Your Free Time

What to Do When People Don’t Like You

Travel is No Cure for the Mind

How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you now, but please let me know if you like these kinds of posts, what other types of things you want me to share with you on them, and what YOUR favorites are lately! I love hearing about your favorite products/books/etc and giving them a try! You guys are the BEST!

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12 Comments

  • Kellie

    I was just reading this because I try to read everything you post because you’re literally one of my favorite bloggers and I’m so appreciative that you added one of my posts to your favorite links. You’re so stinking sweet! I also can’t wait to checkout SheIn and that awesome bundle for working at home. Favorites blog posts are my favorite blog posts haha!

    May 3, 2018 at 5:46 AM Reply
    • thedetermineddreamer

      Yay! That just made my whole… like, life.. that you said I’m one of your favorite bloggers! That’s so sweet! Your post definitely deserved a spot on the link list. It’s one of my favorite blog posts EVER! I’m also glad that favorite blog posts are your favorite blog posts because I wasn’t sure people would really be interested in hearing about my favorites… so that’s good to know! 🙂

      May 3, 2018 at 9:02 PM Reply
  • Natalie @ A Tiny Traveler Blog

    The Happy Newspaper is so cute! Great list.

    May 3, 2018 at 2:23 PM Reply
    • thedetermineddreamer

      It’s so cute, huh! And thank you so much!

      May 3, 2018 at 9:03 PM Reply
  • Summer

    I love Herpecin, especially in the cooler months – such a help for chapped lips! Also… hope your Shein experience was better than mine. I ordered from them once a year ago and it was the worst experience ever. I actually wrote a whole blog post on it haha. I like Romwe but never order through their site since they’re a sister company to Shein – Romwe has some items on Amazon!

    May 3, 2018 at 4:25 PM Reply
    • thedetermineddreamer

      I’ve ordered a few times and did have great experiences! … But maybe I just got lucky, I don’t know! That’s frustrating that you had a bad experience. And yes, Herpecin is the best! 🙂

      May 3, 2018 at 6:39 PM Reply
  • Keating

    That Happy Newspaper sounds so nice!! I had never heard of it before. And I’m definitely going to check out those Youtubers too. I’ve been obsessed with Youtube lately and definitely need some new people to follow.

    May 3, 2018 at 7:43 PM Reply
    • thedetermineddreamer

      The Happy Newspaper is the cutest thing! And I’m so obsessed with Youtube lately, as well. I probably spend a little too much time watching it lately haha.

      May 3, 2018 at 9:04 PM Reply
  • Tami

    The Happy Newspaper sounds amazing! I definitely need to check it out. 🙂 And I love Herpecin!

    May 3, 2018 at 10:30 PM Reply
  • Jasmine Vargas

    I’ve tried a few clothing items from SheIn but it’s been a hit or miss for me.

    May 3, 2018 at 11:36 PM Reply
  • Beth

    Thanks for the introduction to The Happy Newspaper, happy news is something I think we can all appreciate! I bought some Herpecin for my husband as he is prone to cold sores. Those are some great links to other blogs as well!

    May 4, 2018 at 2:28 AM Reply
  • Denise H

    I love lists posts of favourites because they’re always so fun and positive to read 😊 Also, that Happy Newspaper sounds awesome!

    May 12, 2018 at 2:47 PM Reply
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