Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer TV Marathon's Sure to Entertain

To end this weeks feature THE RIGHT WAY TO AN EPIC SUMMER, here are some of my favorite TV shows, sure they were all cancelled but not for good reason. All had extremely high ratings just not high enough for networks these days. Each of these series are available to stream on either Netflix or Amazon Prime.




Bunheads
This series was created by the gal that introduced us to Gilmore Girls. It's very similar but different because the character is new to town rathe than comfortable like in Gilmore Girls. Unfortunately it only lasted one season but it's so worth watching.

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME






Veronica Mars
I was addicted to this show during the spring. I Had the little intro song for the show constantly playing in my head. A teen girl detective in high school seems a bit far fetched but Kristen Bell makes it 100% believable. Watch this series then when you are devastated that it was canceled you can see how it all worked out and rent the Veronica Mars movie. Be sure to have tissue near by during the second season finale because it's a major tear jerker.
SORRY NO TRAILER :(
                                                                                     AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME




Pushing Daisies
This show is ADORABLE! It's narrated Harry Potter style and visually amazing. Kristen Chenoweth even got an Emmy for her role in this series just after it was cancelled. I just don't get why great shows like this get cancelled even after they win awards and have massive viewers. At least this show gets an ending so you'll feel satisfied at the end but no that it still had possibilities.

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME







THE SECRET CIRCLE
This is based on the books by L.J. Smith, so if you're missing Vampire Diaries this will help. It only lasted one season but it's worth the amount of drama packed into it. A lot of famous faces in this one too. I didn't want to watch this show at first because I was dedicated to Vampire Diaries, after giving it a chance I was so sad it was cancelled.
AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX







Roswell
This show is for all the science fiction junkies. I own this box set and even though it was cancelled after three seasons, the writers were able to close out the show beautifully. Surprisingly I learned this week that the series was based off a teen book series called Roswell High.

AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX & AMAZON PRIME





Kyle XY
Another show for science fiction fans. But don't start predicting Kyle's story just yet. This show surprised me the entire time watching it. The writing was excellent and lasted three seasons until a little show called The Secret Life of an American Teenager came along and won the ratings war. And yeah that's the girl from Thor in the show.

AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX






Daria
La, la, la, la, la is the intro tune to this hilarious animated series that I wish was my text tone. Even though this series was aired back in 1997 it is timeless with it's high level of sarcasm. I love this show to death and think it's perfect for any summer marathon with friends. It reminds me of how me and my best friend are, we are super sarcastic with each other and often whoever sits with us during a convo can't help but laugh at what we consider normal behavior.
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME 

(couldn't find a trailer for this one but enjoy these hilarious quotes)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sounds of Summer


A lot of music to share with you guys, and it looks like it's an all girl summer. What can I say, these are the albums I'm excited for. To share, I have an awesome voice from the past that I missed, a good ol' haunting voice (my favorite kind), something indie and a power house voice I don't think gets enough recognition. Beside each album is a track list for songs available before pre-order and the release dates. Also I've included a summer playlist I've made for myself that I hope you enjoy, it's a good mixture of summer beach sounds and then some, plus a few album selections I think are important stamps for summer. Enjoy!

Chrissie Hynde's new album, Stockholm is out July 10, and is available for pre-order. I HIGHLY recommend Dark Sunglasses. I have always been in love with Chrissie's voice, it's probably the most recognized in the music industry.











Birdy's album, Fire Within was just released and is probably better than her first in my opinion. I love every song so far but Wings will most likely be the most popular. I favor Strange Birds because it's especially haunting, I love it so. I'll even dare to say her voice will be easily recognized like Chrissie's in her successful future.








Little Daylight's album Hello Memory is my indie selection, it's due out for release July 15. I've pre-ordered the album and so far I really like Love Stories even though Overdose seems to be more popular. The album has hope full good vibes of slow and peppy electronic sound for the alternative ear.






Sia's album, 1000 Forms of Fear is out July 8 and is getting a lot of talk. Chandelier is becoming a popular song, it's even been sung on the Voice already, which she was a guest coach for during the first season. I love her big voice and even bought a rap song because she was on the track. Her previous album, We Are Born is awesome. We played it on loop in the bookstore for a while and I NEVER got tired of it. 











These albums are a must and important stamps for summer. The sound is absolute beach pier surfing waves of sweet ice cream. These albums get played OFTEN in my car because they are so much fun to listen to. Best Coast are famous for their love of California and their music always shows it. The Drums first album is far more summer than their second release but still very good. French Films were recommended by a friend and I love her for it. This band has a softer sunny side that I would recommend for road trips. So that's it, be sure to take time to listen to everything including my own personal summer playlist just below. If you have an album you're really excited about or song that you can't stop listening to share it below, I'd love to hear it.



         













Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Crafts to Feed Your Creative Side

It's fay 3 of The Right Way to an Epic Summer! This is the perfect time to do new things, so why not have a list of fun creative crafts to start? Hobbies are great, I should know I have two...no three...maybe? I read (of course), I make things out of duct tape, I crochet, I sew, and make polymer clay jewelry. I love experimenting with my creativity and think it's healthy for the soul to have positive outlets. By doing simple crafts like these you may find even more things you love to do. The crafts I do often help inspire what I want to write next, so I feel the possibilities are truly endless. 

I selected these crafts because they are fun and not intimidating. Some items are useful and some are just pretty things to decorate a room. Click on each video for clear instructions. Have fun!  


FAIRY GLOW JARS

There are a lot of videos for this craft but I went with this one because it isn't so permanent. You can easily use the jar again if you get tired of it. Plus you don't have to buy a jar just to ruin it. Remember to during the day to keep it near sunlight during the day to recharge it for it's best glow. Oh and don't forget craft stores sell different colored fabric paint to get the different glowing hues.



CRAYON ART

This craft is usually done by gluing crayons to the top of the canvas in a rainbow style then blow drying them into a drip like effect. I chose this video because she uses a unique way that I liked and had more possibilities. My tip for this is to use a good ol' 40% off coupon at your local craft store and buy a pack of canvases instead of just one. Because you will want to do more. A pack of 8X10 canvases typically run $9.99 I believe. Plus I'd like to add that this gal is amazing because she posts a new craft every friday. She is incredibly creative and sweet. 




NO SEW T-SHIRT BAGS

I have seen many videos on this craft and the end product was just not that great. This video comes from the source who though up the craft and her book is mentioned in the video. Being a duct taper myself I would only recommend  applying a good clear mailing tape to the overlapping lines on the inside to make the bag last even longer. I clear tape all the wallets I make out of duct tape and they last SUPER LONG because of it.






DIY CUTE BOOKMARKS

These are so easy to make, plus I've spent to much money on pretty bookmarks just to lose them. These are quick simple and great to have if you like to mark favorite passages in a book. I would also advise for this craft to get a hold of a 40% off coupon for a craft store to buy a big bag of buttons if you plan to do a lot of them. The small bags are cheaper and more themed if you're only doing a few. Plus remember the dollar store sells buttons and paperclips.



T-SHIRT BRACELETS

I loved this craft, and it had me asking for old t-shirts a lot. These bracelets are pretty much free to make, unless you want to buy a certain color shirt which you can also find at the dollar or .99 store. I recommend the .99 store always because they just have more stuff to chose from.






MUSIC CRAFTS

I think the pillow below would be great for the memorable concert you went to and want to do something more special than just framing it. You could do this craft with any special event you want to remember. Click the picture for easy instructions. The tips I have are to purchase a small pillow at a craft store or home store if you want to make a bigger pillow and instead make a washable pillow case. If you don't have a sewing machine you can always buy fabric fuse tape super cheap at target, walmart, or any fabric store and iron the fabric close. for more info on how to transfer a photo onto fabric click here.


The second craft is this cool vinyl record bowl. I have seen these for sale at boutique stores on Etsy but why not make your own. The instructions are easy and I know it's probably to early but these would make great christmas gifts for friends, giving you a stress free holiday if you can keep them a secret until then.




Thank you so much for stopping by today. These projects seem really fun and I hope you include and share them with others. Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for my summer music playlist and must have albums this summer to play while you craft. Remember have fun and feed your creativity this summer!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Reading Guide & Tips for Picking the Perfect Book.

Walking into a bookstore can be overwhelming. You are baffled with choices and options galore, not knowing which story to commit to. You may even be a bit nervous to ask someone for help. Whether you buy one book at a time or five books at a time you want to make sure you pick the right book for you. You might be someone who is likes comfort and is real into reading contemporary fiction that resembles real life scenarios or you want to take a risk this summer and read something absolutely different. Here are a few suggestions for you that are both new and older titles that are available at most book stores and libraries. But first some tips on picking out the perfect book for yourself.



When you enter a bookstore and you see tables and displays at the end of bookshelves (end caps) piled with books, these are most likely the popular titles at the moment. They are what's requested most and what everyone is talking about.

Also please don't be afraid to ask an employee for help. They read and see what everyone is asking for, they talk with customers about books so it's pretty definite they will know a great book to recommend if you give them specifics of what you like and don't like in a book. Remember they are passionate readers like yourself.



Remember to talk to people who are looking for books with you. Simply asking, "What's the last book you read?" to someone who shares the same interest can be a great source for something new, and a great way to start a discussion about books.

Your local library is full of fun helpful people as well. They have a passionate staff as well and know of other outlets for you such as reading groups, websites, and sometimes they even do giveaways. I have even received free books in my mailbox because they got extra promotion copies for giveaways.



There are not as many as before but I encourage you to visit a used bookstore as well. You can often find popular titles here that may be 3 to 6 months old at a great price. Someone is always selling or donating their used books to make space for new ones. This is a book store I visit every time I vacation in the summer at Morro Bay. Friendly staff and I get the best treasure hunting experience.













AMPLIFIED
by
TARA KELLY

When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . .








ZERO
by
TOM LEVEEN

For aspiring artist Amanda Walsh, who only half-jokingly goes by the nickname Zero, the summer before college was supposed to be fun—plain and simple. Hanging out with her best friend Jenn, going to clubs, painting, and counting down the days until her escape. But when must-have scholarship money doesn't materialize, and she has a falling out with Jenn that can only be described as majorly awkward, and Zero's parents relationship goes from tense to relentless fighting, her prospects start looking as bleak and surreal as a painting by her idol Salvador Dali. Will life truly imitate art? Will her new, unexpected relationship with a punk skater boy who seems too good to be real and support from the unlikeliest of sources show Zero that she's so much more than a name.




EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU
by
NINA LaCOUR

"I want you to do something with the place. Something epic."
 

After being entrusted with her brother's Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn't sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he's gone. Emi may be a talented young production designer, already beginning to thrive in the competitive film industry, but she still feels like an average teen, floundering when it comes to romance.
 

But when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades’ old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.



ALONG FOR THE RIDE
by SARAH DESSEN

Ever since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night. Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake. And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide. Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. In her trademark blockbuster-style, Sarah Dessen creates a powerful and irresistible story of two people learning how to connect.










CATCH A FALLING STAR
by
KIM CULBERTSON

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.


Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?



Summer is the best time to get into a series, and why not dive into one that is completely available? Here are three great series to read that offer something for everyone. I'll list a few pop culture references that you can associate with each series to help in your choosing. We'll play, If You Like This, Then You Will Definitely Like This. If any of theses titles perk your interest then be sure to click the covers to add them to your Goodreads lists. I'll only include summaries for the books in the series, so there are no spoilers.

PARTIALS SERIES by DAN WELLS



IF YOU LIKE...

Mad Max, Total Recall, The Matrix, The 100, and the Legend Series

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war's origin that she never knew to ask.

Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one's own point of view.

SHATTER ME by TAHEREH MAFI






 IF YOU LIKE...

The Vampire Diaries, X-Men, Delirium Series, Divergent Series, and Hunger Games


I am a monster

I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.


FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH SERIES by CARRIE RYAN



IF YOU LIKE...

The Walking Dead, Warm Bodies, World War Z, The Village, and Vampire Diaries.



In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

Now go out and READ, READ, READ!!!