Day 14 of My Favorite Things

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Day 14 of my favorite things is dedicated to movies!

With so many amazing movies having been released recently and so many more on their way to the theaters, it’s no surprise that this would make my list!

Some of my favorite older movies are classics like Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Grease (the original), The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, etc.

You might try to identify with one of the characters in a film and live the events vicariously through that person.  It’s exciting to me!  I often tend to read the books before seeing the film adaptation so I could identify the differences (NOTE: This is a judge free zone haha), but, for some reason, doing this never ruins the actual movie for me. Just like with TV shows, I enjoy escaping life for about 2 hours to watch how certain things play out.

That being said…I can NOT wait for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come out!  The Avengers movie is honestly one of my favorites!  What a cast!  What are some of your favorite movies?  Do you have a favorite actor who you think can do no wrong?  Let me know in the comments!

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Day 13 of My Favorite Things

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Day 13 of my favorite things is dedicated to fan conventions!!

I’ve met some great friends at fan conventions (specifically for The Vampire Diaries).  You may have heard of cons like Comic Con, Walker Stalker, Wizard World, MegaCon, SuperCon, etc., but there are so many others you might not know about!

Being involved with Variety Radio Online, we work closely with EyeCon.  EyeCon puts on many different cons dedicated to certain TV shows, like The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, One Tree Hill and more to come.

Recently, they wrapped up their #ReturntoTreeHill con in Wilmington, NC dedicated to One Tree Hill.  They had tours set up, a party at Tric, concerts, hilarious Q&A panels, meet and greets and an extensive guest list!  The con was given a ton of publicity and, luckily, there will be a second one August 7-9!  Chad Michael Murray (Lucas) and Hilarie Burton (Peyton) have already signed up to attend and more will be announced as August approaches.

There will also be a con for The Vampire Diaries/The Originals on October 9-11 in Atlanta, GA.  Unfortunately this will be the last con for The Vampire Diaries through EyeCon, so make sure to visit their site & get your tickets!  Did I mention that the first guest announced is Joseph Morgan aka Klaus himself??  Well, now you know!!  Joseph Morgan usually doesn’t do cons, aside from Comic Con, so take advantage and meet the mysterious and awesome man!

Either way, whether you’re a fan of these shows, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, Arrow, The Flash, etc. or even just a fan of movies and comic books in general…check out all the different con pages and make your way to one!  You’re guaranteed to have a great time, and you might even be lucky, like me, and meet some amazing friends!

Here are the links to check out EyeCon on social media!  Follow them and let them know which shows you’d like to see a con for:

Website: EyeCon Conventions

Twitter: @EyeCon3000

Facebook: EyeCon Conventions

Day 12 of My Favorite Things

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Day 12 of my favorite things is being dedicated to one of the most visited sites in my search history.

A few years ago, I met a girl named Keisha at a Florida Marlins fan event, and we became really good friends.  We found out that we had more in common than a love for baseball and ended up going to a fan convention for one of our favorite TV shows…The Vampire Diaries.  While there, she introduced me to one of her awesome friends, Raechel, who obviously also loves the show.

About a year ago, I noticed that they were doing on air reviews for popular TV shows on a website called Variety Radio Online, so I asked how they got involved. They introduced me to Amy, who runs the site and that was it! Keisha, Rachel & I now do On Air reviews together for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals ( I also write blogs for those shows), and we each also do other show reviews.

In the year that I’ve been involved with the site, I can’t say I’ve met anyone else in person YET, but I’ve been accepted into this incredible little family and I love it.  Everyone is so helpful and we’ve all become fast friends. I’ve learned so much, and I’m gaining so much experience in the field I’m going to school for. It’s a win/win!

Enough of my rambling! What are you still reading this for?? Go check out Variety Radio Online and their social media sites (links below) and I know you’ll love it as much as I do. Chances are, some of us are reviewing your favorite shows! So go love it and share with the your friends and fellow TV lovers!

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Twitter: @TheVRO

Facebook: Variety Radio Online

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Day 11 of My Favorite Things

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For Day 11 of my favorite things, I’m going with TV shows.

Yes, when we were younger we all heard that too much television rots your brain, but I’m a firm believer that it can stimulate your mind as well!  I mean, when you watch mysteries/thrillers, don’t you find yourself THINKING about what might happen next?  When you watch comedies, don’t you laugh out loud?  Laughing is healthy!

True, I might just be trying to justify the fact that I watch A LOT of TV, especially since I do reviews for certain shows.  But I genuinely find it exciting to transport myself into another world for an hour.  It’s sort of like acting.  As someone who is passionate about writing, I watch my favorite shows and wonder what it might’ve been like in the writer’s room coming up with ideas and character plot lines.

Call me a nerd if you want to, but I look at it as creative energy needing to be released! 🙂

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So, here is a list of my favorite TV shows (past and present) in no particular order:

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The Vampire Diaries

The Originals

The Walking Dead

Game of Thrones

The Following

New Girl

Orange is the New Black

Revenge

One Tree Hill

Don’t forget…at Variety Radio Online, we review a wide variety of TV shows in blog and podcast form. So check out the site and get your binge on!  😉

Twitter: @TheVRO

Facebook: Variety Radio Online

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Day 10 of My Favorite Things

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Day 10 of my favorite things in light of National Siblings Day!

Even though they annoy the crap out of me at times, I have to admit that I have two cool older brothers. One of them cried when I was born because he wanted a little brother, but he wouldn’t know what to do without me! Haha!

We’ve definitely had our share of fights over the years, but we’ve also had a ton of laughs. So here we are a few months ago at a Motley Crue concert at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. My oldest brother has always been a fan of theirs and has never seem them live. I decided to buy tix to their Farewell Tour, and it was the first time the three of us went out alone without our friends joining us. It was a blast and we’re doing it again this September! 🙂

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Day 9 of My Favorite Things

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I’m a day late in posting day 9 of my favorite things, but I had a good reason! Yesterday was my 31st birthday, so I was a little busy lol.

In any case…day 9 of my favorite things is dedicated to my favorite stores!  Two of my favorite stores EVER are Target and Barnes & Noble.

Why, you ask? I mean, because why not??

Target has it all. Cute clothes at reasonable prices, entertainment, home decorating, affordable groceries and a ton of cleaning products and candles.  Really, you can’t go wrong.  I’m all about bargains and getting more for less…not because I have to, but because I find it fun lol.  I recently downloaded Target’s Cartwheel app for the phone and it’s awesome! It allows you to choose 10 items from a list of options and adds those 10 to a barcode.  When you checkout, you just show the cashier your barcode and it deducts the savings rather than having to show hundreds of coupons.

My love for Barnes & Noble is self explanatory! I love books! I love the smell of them, I love the feel of the pages and it’s probably the only time it’s acceptable to judge a book by its cover. I own an iPad and a Nook, but there’s just something about holding an actual book that makes me happy.

Luckily, for my birthday yesterday, I was given giftcards to both, which is what sparked this post!

So download that Cartwheel app and join Barnes & Noble’s annual membership and you’ll discover just why I love these particular stores!

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Day 8 of My Favorite Things

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I’m dedicating day 8 of my favorite things to my favorite place(s)…New Jersey/New York.

I went to visit family last year around this time to celebrate my 30th birthday and had an amazing trip! My niece got to see a pile of snow for the first time, and we missed a snow storm by a few miles.  I’m pretty sure her, my brother and I were the only ones excited when we saw them salting the streets in preparation! haha.

We took a short trip to NYC to show her around for the first time and it was so much fun. It was freezing, and I ended up losing a hat and ONE glove on our travels, but it was all worth it! I could’ve lived without the cab rides that almost gave me multiple anxiety attacks though lmao!

We even got to have my birthday dinner at Justin Timberlake’s restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, Southern Hospitality. If you ever get a chance to eat there…DO IT!! The food is amazing!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from our trip:

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Day 7 of My Favorite Things

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My favorite thing for day 7 of April is CHAPSTICK.

I realize how lame this sounds, but I absolutely can not live without chapstick! Cue the Napoleon Dynamite jokes haha!  No, seriously…

I usually always use regular Avon chapstick, but I recently started using this Raspberry scented lip butter from Nivea, and it’s absolutely amazing.  It smells incredible and it doesn’t feel sticky.

So do yourself a favor and try it!  You’ll thank me later!  🙂

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Day 6 of My Favorite Things

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In light of today being opening day for baseball, I’m brought to another one of my favorite things…watching sports games.  I was born in NJ and grew up as a Yankees fan.  We moved to FL when I was young and I also grew to love the Marlins.

Are you confused by this?  It wouldn’t be the first time! LOL! You are absolutely allowed to like two teams…especially since they’re in different leagues!  So don’t judge!

Being a Marlins fan, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people.  My niece and I went to FanFest a few years ago and met some of my greatest friends. We even kinda became friends with some of the player’s wives, who are absolutely awesome!  One of my favorite people that used to play for us is John Baker.  Talk about an all around great person with an equally great wife and family.  It’s things like that (being a great person) that make you want to follow a player’s career regardless of what team they play for down the road.

Sports and great people…yes, please!

I also love going to basketball and football games, so I’m not leaving anyone out!  There’s just something about being at a game in a packed stadium (well maybe not “packed” for the Marlins unfortunately), that makes the game even more exciting.  Hearing how loud everyone gets and rooting for your team with a bunch of strangers?  Not sure it gets any better than that!

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Day 5 of My Favorite Things

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My post yesterday mentioned that I’d gotten a tattoo of a claddagh and my mother’s maiden name.  This leads me to my next favorite thing…TATTOOS!!

I’m all about self expression and art, so the fact that you can display this on your body is interesting to me.  I have 6 tattoos at the moment, and am actually thinking about my 7th.

It upsets me when I hear about employers judging prospective employees based on whether or not they have tattoos.  I’m about to be 31 years old, I work full time, attend school online, work for an awesome website (Variety Radio Online), I don’t drink or smoke…but I’m tattooed.  Does that make me a horrible person? Uhhh…NO! 🙂

So before judging someone who has tattoos, take a moment to ask what they mean to that person.  My claddagh tattoo with my mother’s maiden name is a constant reminder of how I was raised with amazing grandparents and I wear it proudly!

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Day 4 of My Favorite Things

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For Day 4 of my list of favorite things, I’m going with Writing.

I’ve had a passion for writing ever since I can remember.  It’s a way for me to express myself in a way that words can’t.  Have you ever written a letter to someone that you knew you weren’t going to send?

Writing can be considered a healthy way to vent, and even give your thoughts physical release.

My love for writing has also driven me to choose Journalism as my major at school.  I’m lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to write blog reviews of TV shows for a site called Variety Radio Online as well.

Try it!  Go out and get yourself a journal!  You’ll thank me later!  🙂


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Day 3 of My Favorite Things

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Since I listed my heritage as one of my favorite things yesterday, I thought I’d list something similar today…the claddagh.

A claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given to represent Friendship Loyalty and Love, which are three of the most important qualities a person can have.  The hands represent Friendship, the heart represents Love and the crown represents loyalty.

There have been theories as to what relationship status a person holds depending on how they wear their ring.

According to Irish author Colin Murphy, the way in which a Claddagh ring was worn with the intention of conveying the wearer’s relationship status:

On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love.
On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship.
On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.

I’ve always worn a claddagh ring since I was a little girl and that tradition has passed on to my niece.  When my maternal grandparents passed away within 5 months of each other, I even got a tattoo of a claddagh done on my left wrist on top of their namesake. It’s a way to remember two of the best people I’ve ever known along with something that holds a great message.

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Day 2 of My Favorite Things

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Another one of my favorite things is my heritage.

I’ve been lucky enough to have been born into two very different cultures. My father was born in Havana, Cuba and my mother is of Irish descent.

There are so many things to love about each side!

Celebrating Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) every year with family and friends is definitely a highlight for me.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, having corned beef and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is also a lot of fun!

It’s incredible to think that I have one side of the family who doesn’t speak a word of Spanish, and the other side who can either speak both OR only Spanish.  It’s always a learning experience, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  🙂

Day 1 of My Favorite Things

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In light of this being the first day of my birthday month, I thought I’d list one of my favorite things each day of the month. First up…the actual month of April!

April just seems to be the month when it really starts to feel like Spring. I’m from New Jersey, so I got to experience season changes, which was amazing.

Not to mention the fact that two of my cousins and I were born in the same week in April, so it was always a time where we’d get together to celebrate.

No matter the reason, April is definitely one of my favorite things!   🙂