Monday, May 26, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

Dear Any Of You Who May Read the fault in our stars, don't worry - I'm not a fan of reading spoilers either, so read away - there are none below!

Wow. Okay.  This book.  ... My twitter feed has been overflowing with nothing but love and admiration and retweeted quotes from the book for the past several months. 

"Who is this Augustus Waters???" I would think. 
The name sounded fake - perhaps silly - and definitely not drawing me to read this book about faulted stars. 

I just assumed the book was a bash on astronomy or something. I'm actually not too sure. But I was certain the 313 pages were not for me. It would never be.

Until I gathered enough small info (thanks to a twitter post) that it involved a love story.

:: hmm. takes a second look. ::

"Huh, alright... Maybe this isn't about stars after all? Or maybe it is; just some lovebirds both crazy about constellations.."

I genuinely gave it zero more thought. But you may have already figured that out. 
Nonetheless, I did think about how odd it was that my friends were beginning to become obsessed with this stars story. 
Like, what could seriously be so great about it???




Then. I saw the trailer on a commercial. 



And I was.sucked.into.the.screen.instantaneously. 

Maybe a tad exaggerated - but I didn't want any distractions while watching it. My eyes and my ears were glued. 
I wanted it on repeat or something. 

"Okay - well ... when finals are over - I am gonna try out this book, EVEN THOUGH I WILL BE JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER GIRLS ON MY TWITTER FEED. Laughs." 

And let me just tell you this. I started the book YESTERDAY. 
And can I just be Brooklyn Waters or Brooklyn Augustus Waters or that kind of thing for a day? Because I am in love with a boy in a book, and I AM SO GLAD I HAVE 313 PAGES TO READ ABOUT HIM. 

You could say there has been a complete change of emotions towards the book, and I could just kiss the author, John Green, for writing and publishing such a stinking. darn. good. lovable. story. 

Seriously. I am already dreaaaaaaading the last page. I'm on page 199 right now. AND I JUST WANT TO TELL EVERYONE WHO WAS SKEPTICAL LIKE ME TO FORGET WHAT YOU THINK. GO TO THE STORE. BUY THE BOOK. READ IT. LOVE IT. WATCH THE MOVIE. READ THE BOOK AGAIN. AND COMMENT BELOW HOW MUCH YOU LOOOOOOOOOOOVED IT. 

That is all. 

Enjoy the fault in our stars,

ps. the only person at fault, is the person who thinks this book will be a waste of their time.
it isn't. 
and i already want the fault in our stars 2. so, john green, don't quit writing ever.

Sayanara, Blogging Buddies!
xoxoxoxo

and just for this first and final time -

Brooklyn DeShea Augustus Waters

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Momma, Mum, Madre, Moeder, Ma, Mama, Mom, Madar, Mamma, Majka, Mueter, Mati, Ammee, Moœ, Mai, Matka, Macii ...

Wishing every Mother out there today a 
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
We are thankful for all that you have done, currently do, and will do for us!!!

I hope your day is very special.

Proverbs 31:28

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Love

 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3  <3 <3 

                                                                  LOVE:
                                                 Small word. Big meaning. 

     I could write about dating, courting, and all the sappy boyfriend/girlfriend stuff... But I'll save that for another day... 
     The focus point of this little write-up, titled: LOVE? Mom's. In exactly one week, it will be Mother's Day! I am not a mom (except to my fur-babies), but I have a remarkable mother. Although, i'm sure she would blush and possibly deny my saying so ... it's true. 
     I am just like every other human child - full of making mistakes, losing my temper, getting snappy with my parents, and not always honoring them the way the Bible tells us to. 
     But with love comes forgiveness, and my mom is full of both, equally. It is very inspirational and motivational for me to see ... It makes me want to strive to be more like that ... Like her. Because I'm human,  I let things bother me way too much on occasion, and I think about things longer than I should ... Especially what others' say or do.  And after bottling it in for a while, when I need to let it out – I run to my mom. And she's always there to listen ... To help me ... To give smart advice ... To lead me in the right direction ... To pick me up when I fall. And that is just who she is. Selfless, strong, brave, caring, inspiring, smart, funny, silly, creative, giving, and very loving. Nothing inside of me has ever deserved my mom to be so willing to love me. Growing up, hitting the teenage years, I had some awful moments when I was not pleasant to be around – and I knew it – and she would just look at me. Cry a little. Tell me she understood what I was going through. And then, we would have a heart-to-heart, then both cry, hug each other, I would apologize ... and then we'd go watch a cute movie together, and those are the moments when you realize how  m•u•c•h someone means to you. 
    -- They see all of your flaws, and nothing changes their love for you. It is pure, genuine love. The Lord blessed me very much when he made me her daughter. I can not imagine who I would be, had it not been for her influence. She has helped shape me, mold me, guide me to who I am, writing this today. A girl with an overflowing, thankful heart. 
     On top of struggling knee problems, my mom was diagnosed with lupus my sophomore year of high school. It was really a life changing year for her. She had been in pain month after month, and the answers were not coming. Until sitting down with another new doctor, having tests run yet again, and finally having a one-on-one talk with him... and we discovered what was causing the pain. After she was prescribed with medications to help with the pain caused by lupus, relief was on the way. It took approximately eight to nine weeks before the medicine kicked into her system, but when it did... it made a difference. Although there is still a deep pain that will just be there, sadly, the pain is definitely more subtle than it would be without the medicine! Every day has been different. Monday she may get up ... And feel like she could go run a marathon. Tuesday, she might not be able to get out of bed the entire day. Wednesday, she may have all the energy in the world. It is not something you can know beforehand ... Which makes it a tad hard on planning future events, not knowing how her body will feel. 
     But with all of that being said ... With all of the hurt that comes with lupus, (and now, since about one month or so ago... fibromyalgia, too), all of the random visits to the emergency room, or to urgent care, the countless doctor visits, tests run, days in the bed, fingers tingling and feeling numb ... Although there have been many tears shed, and times where the pain seemed endless ... She has always tried to see the positive side. To realize how much worst things could be ... And she still counts her blessings, through the tears. It's quite amazing to witness. 
     Keep on going strong, Momma! I will forever be your supporter through thick and thin, just as you have been to me everyday since I was born. You've always taken great care of me, and now it's my turn to help care for you. Especially on the days you're in pain, not-so-thanks, but thanks to cruel lupus and fibro. Blah.
As I know there will be days in the future that I am unpleasant and grumpy... I hope you know how much I love you, and am not personally upset, or trying to make things harder. There are just days we are weaker than others.
     Nonetheless, I've grown so much in the past few years, especially this year, thanks to your advice. And thanks to your advice, words of wisdom, and encouragement,  I am braver and stronger than I ever thought possible, all because of you.


I love you, Momma. And I hope this will be one of the most memorable, and sweetest Mother's Day's in all history for you... I hope your day is cheery and full of feeling great! 





You deserve it. 



Forever your little girl and admirer,
xoxo,

Brooklyn DeShea

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Celebrate


 :: Hosting A Spectacular Patio Party ::


Here are a few of my top picks for hosting a great Summer party, right in your back yard!
1• Globe Lights
2• A cool, long table with decor relating to the color scheme
3• A fun popcorn bar with all of the necessities
4• Fresh lemonade in cute glass bottles ( or mason jars )
5• Fun, quirky paper straws
6• Neon matches ( that glow the same color when lit)
7• A s'more's bar 
8• A bonfire to complete #7.
9• Bouquets of balloons near the table, or among the area
10• Although it is not pictured... Guests always love an enjoyable photo booth! Grab a few goofy items to photograph with, (mustaches, hats, etc. ) and snap, snap, snap!

SO. There is 10 things.. and you know me. I could list for days! I guess I will stop with only ten. Before it gets too crazy! : )


NOW, friends! What are YOUR favorite ideas for a Summer Party???
List them below in the Comments!

:: Check Back Tomorrow to See What the Discussion Topic Will Be On ::

Until next time, blog buddies!
xoxo,
Brooklyn DeShea



Friday, May 2, 2014

Date Night?

     For some of you lovely readers, it's not just Friday night - it's date night!

    :: The Top 10 Songs to Play, When Getting Dressed Up for a Date ::

If you're giddy and dancing around your room, so excited and ready for your date to begin, then these songs are just for you:

• Feels So Right by Matt Wertz 

                                                  HOWEVER ...

If you're in the mood for something ... Slower. But still about love... Then hit shuffle on this mix:

• Makin' Plans by Miranda Lambert

••• click on the song you want to hear, and it will direct you to Grooveshark! 


So... 
         What are YOUR favorite l•o•v•e songs??? Leave a comment! I'd love to hear them! 

:: Check back tomorrow to see what the discussion topic will be on!! ::

Until next time, blog buddies!
xoxo
Brooklyn DeShea

Thursday, May 1, 2014

••• 2014 Spring Colors •••

Feeling blue? What about placid blue? Or dazzling blue?

Let's just say ••• 2014 Spring Colors Are Here! •••

The gorgeous color palette for 2014 has finally made its entrance, and it is time for us girls to dress our best in these stunning colors:
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First, we have a fiery "CAYENNE" red! Perfect to match those upcoming hot summer days!

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Secondly, "DAZZLING BLUE" just screams for attention! Whether wearing this cobalt color via shoes, bangles, pants, shorts, shirts, jackets, earrings, or even with nail polish ... You definitely will not be a fly on the wall at any summer event!

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Nothing grabs your eye more than a bright yellow! No other color says HERE I AM better than "FREESIA" ...  You will be catching the eye of many when wearing this stunning color! So pretty... So SUMMER!

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MINT. ME. UP. "HEMLOCK" is subtle and very eye-popping at the same time. Adding a touch of this color, whether in clothing or accessories, is always a good idea!

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Sometimes, we don't need a vibrant color to make a statement! "PALOMA" is sure to turn heads with its simplicity ... What a beautiful dress color this would be at special occasions this year! A must in any closet!

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"RADIANT ORCHID" is eye. candy. It has a beautiful tone that draws you in the second you lay eyes on it! 

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Got a case of the blues... But I mean, the good kind! As every color has a broad range from bold and vibrant to subtle and sweet, "PLACID BLUE" certainly has a subtle sweetness to it! Very appealing... Almost a pale grey with a hint of color... A super attractive, flirty look for 2014!

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Well, friends. We have a bold blue + subtle blue as well as a bold purple... so we might as well include subtle purple, too! "VIOLET TULIP" is one of those perfect colors to cozy up into on lazy Saturdays! 

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To end this amazing, colorful journey we just shared... Let's enjoy the sweet tone of "SAND" because what other way is better to prepare for the beach, than sporting its main color???

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There you have it, folks! Our personal color palette for 2014! 
Don't forget to stock up on these beauties the next time you're out shopping!

:: Check back tomorrow to see what the discussion topic will be on!! ::


OH! And don't forget ... 

Until next time, blog buddies!
xoxo,

Brooklyn DeShea