4.19.2014

The Country Road Playlist

I'll admit: I'm not the biggest country fan. You won't find me rolling down the windows and crooning to "where the green grass grows". But occasionally I will take part in some country music. However, I'm not the expert. So today you get an expert playlist, the country road playlist, from Kristyn!
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Hey y'all!  I'm Kristyn and I blog over at Carolina Fireflies!  I am so excited to share a little bit of country music with y'all today!  With the weather finally warming up here, I've been driving everywhere with the windows down.  So when Helene offered to let me make a playlist, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite music to belt out when I'm driving down some back country roads.  I hope y'all enjoy!

1. Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan - "This Is How We Roll"



I thought I'd start my list off with these southern hotties!  In addition to loving this song, I love this video.  Luke Bryan can shake it for me anytime he wants.

2.  Billy Currington - "We are Tonight"



This has become one of my new favorites!  This song just makes me think of warm summer nights down at the lake and it makes me want to get the cooler packed now!

3. Brantley Gilbert - "Bottoms Up"



This is another fun song and I love that the video has a little history to it.  Its just the right amount of rowdy and chill.

4. Eli Young Band - "Dust"



This time last year, I was definitely this girl.  This song is fun and empowering.  I love belting this song out as I'm driving down the road.

5. Dierks Bentley - "I Hold On"



I love that the inspiration for this song came from the old truck that he drove across country with his dad in.  What are some of the things you hold on to because of the memories you have with them?

6. Chase Rice - "Ready Set Roll"



This song is just fun!  I love that its a little more rock-y but Chase still has a bit of twang in his voice!  Perfect for a bonfire night!

7. Dustin Lynch - "Where It's At"



This song makes me think of fun summer love.  This single girl hopes she's the girl in this song this summer!

8. Gloriana "Best Night Ever"



I actually just heard this song for the first time last week and knew it would be perfect on this list!

9. Old Crow Medicine Show - "Wagon Wheel"



I had to include my absolute favorite song in this list!  I know Darius Rucker has a new version of this song but the original is still my favorite.  The video is a little different but I kinda, really like it.

10. Brett Eldredge - "Beat of the Music"



And finally I'll end with one of my favorites!  To me, the right music can evoke so much emotion and feeling. So few words can make you feel so much.  I love that this song sort of touches on what music can do to you.

I hope y'all enjoyed my little country take over!  What are some of your favorite songs to listen to when you're driving along with the windows down?  photo signature-24.png

4.18.2014

What I Love About Easter

Easter gets the short end of the stick when it comes to holidays. You don't hear anyone picking Easter as their favorite. We don't spend months and months with decorations for the season. There aren't movies that come out every year dedicated to Easter. But here are some real reasons to get into Easter (besides the whole Jesus raised from the dead thing.)

Candy. Reese's peanut butter eggs are the best kind of candy. You can't get these year round. Only when it's Easter. They're kind of like crack. Oh and Cadbury eggs are alright too.

Clothing. Easter pastels have got to be the best holiday color combo. And we can't forget about Easter bonnets and bows. (Sometimes I wish I could dress like a 6 year old.)

Bunnies. Last year my Mom brought home a blue stuffed Easter bunny that sang "Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail" (please tell me you know this song?) and now I kindly took it from her. Bunnies are freaking precious.

Family time. My family still hunts for Easter eggs and makes dinner together. See, now you can understand why I never want to grow up.

Eggs. If you don't like decorating Easter eggs then you probably aren't a very nice person. My family doesn't dip dye them, we use sharpies and draw designs. Story time: 5 years ago I was mad because Michael basically told me he wasn't proposing until after grad school (lies.) So that day, I drew engagement rings all over my egg. Little did I know, he planned to propose later that day. We still have the egg.

Days off. We could all use a break, am I right?

Lent is over! After 40 days and 40 nights of giving up something you can have it now! So, Sarah, can finally have Starbucks. 

Ok that's all I've got, I'm over here counting down the days until the Fourth of July. 'Merica.


Now, to get you in the Easter spirit, here's a super easy giveaway!
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4.17.2014

Trying To Get Festival Tickets

I might not be the biggest music expert in the world, but I sure do love it. I started my blog with the intention of writing about everything going on I found interesting. But, I couldn't help blogging about my one true love: music. I've always been a passionate music lover. From Elvis, Nsync to Beyonce and now my deep affection for electronic dance music. Music festival season has started, next weekend I'll be attending Euphoria Music festival in Austin and I've already begun the countdown to Tomorrowland.

100s of thousands of sweaty people cramming their way up to the main stage? Sign me up. For some reason I love the thrill of it. The masses of people. The overall feel of excitement in the crowd. The artists feel electrified through the sheer number of people. A music festival is my ultimate happy place.

But there's one problem- getting the tickets. Most popular festivals sell out in mere seconds, which can make it virtually impossible for non-scalpers like us to score tickets. Whether you're trying to go to Belgium for the largest electronic dance music festival in the world or trying to go to a local show that's highly anticipated, you know there's going to be some competition when trying to get your tickets.


Here's what it feels like:

The Weeks Before:
Oh, I can't wait for {insert music festival name}! It's going to be the best time of my life. I am going to have so much fun. I better start working on a flower crown (or concert tee, whatever).

Ticket Sale Announcement:
Ok, I need to text everyone and make sure they have their computer so we can get online at the exact moment tickets go on sale. WHEW!

Day of Ticket Sale:
OMG. I'm so nervous. I hope we can get tickets. If not, I'm gonna hurt someone. It will be fine: BREATHE.

If you don't get tickets:
My life is over. This is so unfair. I hate scalpers. What do I have to look forward to anymore?

If you do get tickets:
I am basically the best thing that ever happened and I am the luckiest person on earth. I now must spread the news on every social media channel there ever was, ever.

Looking to buy from Scalpers:
This is risky but I need it.

Day of the festival, no tickets:
Pretending like it doesn't matter.

Day of the festival If I have tickets:
I am invincible.

Do you ever have a hard time getting tickets?
*This post was originally a guest post I did for Kaliwood, but had to post it now since music festival is in full swing!

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Now I have the pleasure of introducing (although I'm sure most of you already know her) Nicole of Treasure Tromp. This girl is a breath of fresh air and I think I've been reading Treasure Tromp since I started blogging. She just has one of those blogs you connect with.  Her blog is eclectic in that she talks about her travel adventures, her life, and more. I have her tackling the tough questions today:

What's the weirdest travel experience you've had so far? While spending some time in Bali, I tried Kopi Luwak (better known as cat poop coffee). kopi luwak - cat poop coffee Spoiler alert: it was delicious
What customs have you encountered that you could just not deal with? Being a vegetarian always makes traveling a bit difficult. Certain foods are often associated with holidays or cultural events and lot of times those specialty foods include meat. Korea via Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
It can be difficult to politely decline food when it plays an important part in a culture. I will usually try a very small bite to show respect but then try to fill up on something else. Besides that, I recently experience International Women's Day in Cameroon. Women in the country traditionally wear special dresses as part of the celebration. As a visitor to the country, I wasn't familiar with the custom and wasn't able to purchase a dress. I actually had a man yell at me for not wearing the dress that women are suppose to wear that day!  When you travel what do you miss most about home? Although I have a love/hate relationship with California, traveling always makes me feel a little homesick. As silly as it sounds, I miss sleeping in my own bed, hanging out in my backyard, and having a normal routine more than anything else. engagement party You can't leave home without ___? A picture of my great-grandmother, Day Designer planner, and snacks to keep the hanger away. And when I'm traveling I always take these items in my carry-on.
What's one place you want to travel next? One of my big goals is to visit each continent before I turn 30. While Antarctica is a bit of a long shot, the next continent on my list South America. I would love to visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina/Brazil/Paraguay or Machu Picchu in Peru.
 How has traveling affected your relationship? Traveling with my fiancĂ© has not only strengthened our relationship but helped us both to grow as individuals. While I like to travel with a plan / set itinerary, my fiancĂ© prefers spontaneous adventures. He's helped me realize that a little spontaneity while traveling is not only unavoidable but also a lot of fun, and I've helped him see that sometimes a plan can be helpful while traveling. grand canyon What's one of your favorite blog post you've written? It is a toss up between announcing my move to South Africa and when revealed that I had gotten engaged. Treasure Tromp.jpg 2013 was a big year for me!

Check out Nicole's blog, follow her on bloglovin, twitter and facebook!

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