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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Random Acts of Kindness

Personally, I love doing the smallest, simplest things for people to make their day. My mom loves to do them as well, which is where I've gotten most of my ideas. I just thought that I would share these with all of you so that maybe you could make someones day by doing just one simple thing. Some may cost money, but there are many that don't!

1. Leave a sticky note on a personal belonging just saying simple things such as "You're an awesome person," or "Have a great day! :)" It also makes people smile, especially when they're left wondering who left it. Or, similarly...

2. ...leave one on a bathroom mirror or a mirror in a common place! Even the back of a door (provided you cannot get into trouble by doing so). Simply leaving a note on a girls' bathroom mirror saying "You're beautiful, you don't need this mirror!" is all it takes to make a person's day.

3. This is my mom's specialty so I just thought I would share this with you. This one can get a little more pricey if you do it often, but it's so worth watching the reaction. If you go through a drive-thru, preferably before work/school, not around dinner time unless you want the potential of paying for a full family's meal, ask the person working the register how much the person behind you's meal will cost. If it's in your price range, hand over the money. Then while you're at the next window, you can watch their reaction from a safe distance, and that saves you from interacting with them, if you're concerned about that!

4. Do a favor/small job for someone, and don't accept a payment, in any form. It only takes a little bit of time and it can mean so much to someone else who is maybe having a bad day or their check was smaller than they'd like, etc. It can help someone out monumentally.

5. Write a note or letter to a person that has helped you out. Thank someone. Just think how happy you would be if someone did this for you, a thank-you out of the blue!

6. A little bit similar to the last one, call or write a letter to a parent or parents, or even someone who has been a big part of you life. Parents, coaches, teachers, old bosses, pastors, etc. They've done a lot for you, I'm sure. Tell them you love them. You appreciate them. They're some of your biggest supporters so why not give them a little love too?

7. This one is special to college students/people residing in some apartments, etc. If you live somewhere that there are coin-operated laundry facilities and you happen to have some extra quarters lying around, get the amount needed for one and put them in the machine so someone gets a nice surprise when they go to do their laundry!

Random Acts of Kindness are one of the most simple things you can do to make a big difference in someone elses' life. Make someone smile!
What are some of your favorite RAK's to do?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Four Things

I found this post on Kimberly's site and I loved the idea, so I decided to try it!

Four nicknames:

  1. Brookie: I've had this since I was little. Mostly family. Sometimes friends when they're being annoying.
  2. Barookacka: My friend Alisha & I started adding syllables to everyone's name one day in high school, and a bunch of the nicknames still stuck: mine, Alishasha (Alisha), Jennanana (Jenna), Kaylala (Kayla) Ashaley (Ashley), etc. We're strange.
  3. Fancy Pants: I was over a friend's house one day wearing some bright blue skinny jeans and his dad (he's basically one of us though) looked at my pants and decided my new name was Fancy Pants and that stuck with a few of them. It was also my Twitter name for a very long time.
  4. Brooker Hooker: I am so serious, two of my little cousins started calling me this while I was babysitting one day and I made the mistake of telling one of my friends and they like to tell everyone when they have the chance.

Four Things in My Bag:

  1. Ibuprofen: I occasionally have mom-like traits, like carrying around ibuprofen and tampons and pads with me in case anyone needs any.
  2. Quarters: I have a pocket in my purse specifically for quarters. No pennies, nickels, or dimes. Just quarters. The life of living in an apartment building and having to use laundry mats. 
  3. Movie tickets: I save all of my movie tickets, and as of right now, I probably have somewhere around 30 from the past two years in my purse. On the back of each, I wrote who I saw it with in case I'm wondering stupid things like that.
  4. A gross, disgusting mixture: In one pocket of my purse, I made the mistake of leaving a pop-tart in it... Well, that broke, and there were crumbs everywhere. But I forgot about it. Then some friends and I went one a road trip and stayed in a hotel. We all took the little soaps and whatever. I put the conditioner in my purse... It broke open. It mixed with the pop-tart crumbs and made a disgusting goo that has crumbs in my $150 purse. I still have no idea how to clean that out, so I avoid that pocket at all costs.

Four movies I've watched more than once:

First, I would like to say, oh dear god, I have seen like every movie I've ever seen at least three times. How do I decide?!
  1. All of the Fast & Furious movies: Seriously, the greatest movie series ever. I have a deep love for every one of these movies. I've heard people say it's just some stupid movies about cars and half-naked girls and I absolutely despise that description. They are about family, loyalty, and maybe a liiiittle bit of cars. However, I know literally nothing about cars and I still absolutely adore these movies.
  2. Without A Paddle: If you haven't seen it, do it. Shaggy from the real people version movies of Scooby Doo, a hot guy, and a tiny little awkward guy are all in it, and it makes for a really entertaining movie surrounding a great storyline: three friends go on a camping trip that their now dead friend planned for them before he died. There are so many hilarious parts.
  3. Big Daddy: Early Adam Sandler movie. The best. I used to watch this every night as a kid. My boyfriend and our other roommate and I always make references to this movie while grocery shopping. Microsoft went down three points.
  4. Coyote Ugly: My guilty pleasure movie. Don't judge me for this, it's about a girl who moves to New York to become a songwriter and ends up working in a bar while gaining the confidence to become a singer and it's so great.

Four favorite drinks:

  1. Mountain Dew: Can I use this for all four? Because I drink waaay too much Mountain Dew. 
  2. Blue Kinky: I hate almost all alcohol besides a few and this is one of the only ones I like.
  3. Cherry Coke: The second best pop ever.
  4. Rum Chata: Liquid Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The best.

Four random things I'm thinking about:

  1. How much I love Sundays. My boyfriend has the chance of working any other day of the week, and he switches days around all the time so I never know what days he's actually working or not, but Sundays, his work is closed. It's my favorite day.
  2. What movies to watch when I wake him up. He's napping right now, but when I'm done with this post, I have to wake him up so we can finish our movie day (which, so far, has been a Weeds binge watching day).
  3. How hot our apartment is. Or maybe it's not actually hot and I'm just overheating. Either way, I'm uncomfortable.
  4. I should make brownies.

Four places I've travelled:

  1. San Diego, CA: Seriously the best place ever.
  2. Marquette, MI: I love going up north. It's beautiful. The UP of Michigan is amazing.
  3. Cumberland Falls, KY: Such a beautiful place.
  4. Delaware: It sounds lame, but my mom's work paid for her to have an apartment there because she was working there four days a week, and I went for a week last year and had her super expensive apartment to myself all day. It was heaven.

Four places I've lived:

I didn't move much until the past couple years (lived in the same apartment with my mom from age 6-18), so I'll just do after that.
  1. Great house in Monroe, MI: My mom and I lived in a nice and big house (4 bedrooms for the two of us and our two cats) for about a year, mostly while I was at college, so I wasn't there much but still.
  2. My grandma's in LaSalle, MI: It was a change going from always living in town to living 15 minutes from town in the country with no phone reception. I lived there for about six months (though I literally was not there for three months of that- couch hopping my friends' houses/the occasional night of sleeping in a friend's car or a hotel room besides we had money and wanted to adventure).
  3. A friend's house in Monroe: I moved in with my boyfriend who lived with a friend of ours and our friend's dad for about three months. 
  4. Our new apartment: We moved in here on my birthday (Feb. 14th- yes, Valentines Day). I'm so happy we have an apartment now.

Four TV shows I'm currently watching

  1. Friends: I've loved this show for year but haven't seen every episode so I started it on Netflix and I'm on season five now.
  2. Breakout Kings: My boyfriend and I started this together and it's a really exciting show! I believe we're on season two.
  3. Weeds: My boyfriend and I also started this together (yesterday) and we're on season two now. We have a problem with watching one show a time, we get bored of binge watching.
  4. Orange is the New Black: I finished both season on Netflix last summer, but season three will be out June 12th and I'm so excited!

Four things I'm excited for this year:

  1. Road trip: My boyfriend and another couple we're really good friends with are going on a trip to the other side of Michigan sometime soon!
  2. Hopefully getting a kitten: I love cats and I get to get a ginger kitten once I have a steady paycheck!
  3. A great job: I just recently started a great job, cleaning houses. I only work about one day a week right now, so that's disappointing and I'm not making much money right now, but once I start getting my own houses to clean (because I'm still technically training right now), I'll be working more and I'll have money finally.
  4. OITNB Season Three: Did I say this already? Oops.
I had a lot of fun with this post. If you do it too, leave your link in the comments!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Welcome to my new blog!

Welcome to the first official post of The Brooke Diaries! The Brooke Diaries was previously known as This is Me until my recent name change that came with my brand new blog design!

Take a look around and see all of the changes!

Here's some of the new things:

  • Brand new design! I made my own header and about me link (in my sidebar) and designed the whole page myself.
  • I have a newsletter! It'll be sent out weekly. If you want to join my email list, there is a subscription box in the sidebar just below my about me link. 
  • It's a lot easier to contact me now! Just below my header in my tabs, there is a contact form available.
  • My Twitter and Pinterest accounts are now right in my sidebar for easier access to connect on other sites! Feel free to connect on these sites with me, I'll be happy to follow your blog as well.
  • I'll also be posting more regularly. I've started an editorital calendar to become more consistent with my blog, as well as being more prepared for the future of The Brooke Diaries.
I'm so excited about all of these changes! 

Tell me what you think about my new blog! I would absolutely love to know your opinion on all of the changes! 
What is your favorite & least favorite part of my blog? 
What kind of posts would you like to see more of or less of?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Easy Way to Start Doing Yoga

Have you ever wanted to start doing yoga but weren't sure where to start? Here's some advice on how to start and where to start!
source of yoga photo

About two weeks ago, I decided I wanted to start working out, but I wanted it to be something quiet since I live in an apartment building and something I could do at home. I had seen a friend post about yoga so I decided I'd give it a try. The first video I found, I loved! It was actually perfect because it was for lower backs and my back almost always hurts. It's super easy, it's only 20 minutes, and it's really relaxing! Take a look here:

If you haven't yet, try it out! Let me know in the comments what you think about it!

Later on, I also found a few 30 days yoga challenges. I haven't started any of these, but if you want to, I wanted to include these for you!

I hope you all have fun starting your yoga and let me know if you find any more 30 day challenges and I'll add them to the list!

Let me know if you like these videos and if you decide to keep going with one of the challenges!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Top 5 Most Amazing Recipes I've Found on Pinterest

I love when I find a blog that has a list of a bunch of links to great recipes so I figured- why not share my favorite recipes with all of you- of course, in cool list form with pretty pictures. I've found all of these on Pinterest and I believe most of them are pinned on my own boards, so I encourage you, if you like these recipes, or even aren't a fan of these but want more, to head over to my food board on Pinterest and check it out, and maybe follow me! I'll be sure to check out your Pinterest as well, and maybe follow you too!
**all pictures are from the original post- not my own!

  • Taco Soup: this recipe is actually a vegetarian recipe, but with this, it doesn't even matter that there's no meat in it! It's just that good. I do think it could maybe use a little more spice, but then it might as well be considered chili, but I really do love this recipe, and it's honestly the easiest recipe ever! All you have to do it take six cans and two packets and dump it in a crock pot and let it cook! That's it. I love it.

  • Crock Pot Tacos: this recipe doesn't actually have a link to the recipe- I found it on Pinterest, but the link takes you to a website about home repair. The actual recipe is in the description of the pin (below the picture). It's really simple and easy to make, and it tastes great. I also love that there's no prep for this. 

  • Sweet & Sour Chicken: I absolutely love this recipe! It tastes absolutely amazing and even though it's a bit more time consuming, it's so worth it. I like this more than the sweet and sour chicken from any restaurant and the guys I live with agree! 

  • Brunede Kartofler: I have yet to figure out how to say the name of this, but it's so good! It's potatoes with a caramelized sauce (butter and sugar), and that may not sound good, but it is seriously my favorite recipe for potatoes, and it has so few ingredients that you can make it almost any time!

  • Pepperoni Pasta Bake: this was my first recipe I made off of Pinterest and my roommates and a friend that was over ate so much of it. It's really good. The only thing that I had a problem with was that the noodles were a slightly colder temperature than the rest of the food. My boyfriend also suggested instead of mixing everything and dumping it in, to layer it instead. 

There are my favorite recipes I've found on Pinterest- and I hope you love them!

What are your favorite recipes you've found from Pinterest? Feel free to leave links (as long as they aren't spam!)