Aug 28, 2011

to save a life

Hi Ocean Dreamers! I'm back in Utah but only for a short while. My mom and I soon will be on a road trip to see some family members! I'm looking forward to it.

I've been praying and thinking of those of you who may have been affected by Irene. I hope that you are safe and that your area has a fast and speedy pick up and that flooding doesn't take place. I'm glad that the storm did not gain as much as momentum as they thought it would and is it just me or did the media blow this thing out of the water? No pun intended, lol.
This post today is going to be a little deep, but I think it is something that needs to be discussed. So last night I watched a film that really affected me in powerful ways. It was called To Save a Life, and was about a young man in High School and it focused on teen bullying, a hot and heavy topic that has been tackled more lately because of it resulting in teen suicides.
This is exactly what is covered in this film. Teen bullying, teen pregnancy, a friend committing suicide to get attention because he was lonely and made fun of, a new teen who is depressed and the main character has to make a choice about whether he desires to be-friend him and help him choose to live, wonderful relationships dynamics, and a few characters making a profession of faith (it's a Christian based film) and has a great message of kindness and hope for Christians and Non-Christians alike.
What I loved about this film is that it was raw and realistic. It wasn't afraid to cover some intense issues and that way the characters discuss what happens is very real and it doesn't sugar coat anything. I find films like this refreshing and touching.
So what can we do to make sure teen suicides don't happen? Well, if you are a sister or brother and you have younger siblings, be aware of your younger siblings' feelings and reactions, and be sure that you stay updated on what is happening to them at school. I think teens are good at hiding things so sometimes you need to really dig and make they really are okay.
Little acts of kindness can go a long way. Just smiling at someone tells them that you are giving them the time of day and sending them some happiness.
When I was in High School I often felt left out. I wasn't into partying and drinking like some of the other kids, and the result was I had a hard time making friends. I did make a few, but because I felt left out and sometimes alone, it really effected me. I also had one young man in particular bully me verbally, by ridiculing me for being a Christian. I came out of it stronger today (even though it hurt, even through my college years) and I have immense compassion for those who have gone through this hurt and pain.
 Some teens take this to the next level of suicide because when you are young, having friends or just being noticed while your self esteem is developing, is everything. But imagine the lives that can be saved if teens are encouraged to accept others more and loving those who may not be their standard of "cool?" Teens need to realize that it is not all about being cool; there are many types of young adults from all parts of life. An adult who works with teens can also take more time to make sure someone who was bullied is really okay.
It's about caring. It's about compassion. It's about saving a life. I'm going to make a pledge to be more aware of the teens around me, and help the people who are suffering, hurting, and who are in pain before it's too late. Life is fragile and should not ever be taken for granted.

Aug 23, 2011

guest post by Erin - Unsinkable ocean dreams review

Happy Disneyland day Ocean Dreamers! Well, it is for me at least. Today I'm about to venture to the happiest place on earth and then I'll be headed back to UT all in the same day. I know - how can both of those activities coincide?! Well, I was determined to make it work because my pass is going to expire in about a week. So yeah, that's a close call, right?

So while I'm traveling a fabulous book blogger named Erin is going to entertain you with a book she recently read about a young woman's sailing journey on the seas and her review on it! The irony of it all is that I'm also reading a book about a different young woman's {Jessica Watson} attempt to sail around the world, but it's called True Spirit. I certainly admire these woman's strength and perseverance! So enjoy this post - it's all about ocean dreaming!

Unsinkable: A Young Woman’s Courageous Battle on the High Seas was written by Abby Sunderland, the young sailor herself, with additional narration from Lynn Vincent. Vincent is the journalist and U.S. Navy veteran who co-wrote Going Rogue: An American Life with Sarah Palin.
Abby Sunderland was 13 years old when she decided to sail around the world solo, and she was 16 when she actually set out to do so. Those who don’t know anything about Abby may think the idea is ridiculous - how could a 16-year-old girl possibly handle a feat like that? Thinking along those lines wouldn’t be anything unusual; people routinely underestimate the young, especially young women. Joan of Arc was a teenage girl when she led the French army, though. Every teen is different, and most young women care about issues much more pressing than mascara and boyfriends. Abby’s sailing campaign is one more reminder than the era of underestimating the young woman should be long over.

Abigail wasn’t raised in a typical household. She was a sailor from a very young age, when her father took a job as a harbor master. Abby, her older brother Zac (who solo circumnavigated the world when he was 16) and their six younger siblings are home-schooled, and their parents place a strong emphasis on experience learning. Based on voyages she’d been on with her father and brother, and what Zac learned from his solo campaign, Abby knew what she was getting into when she sailed her boat Wild Eyes from her home in Marina del Rey, California.
As Abby got ready to go on her campaign, she faced a lot of media scrutiny. Besides those who said she was too young, there were others who said her parents were pushing her into this for the publicity and the money. Some said her boat was the wrong kind for this campaign, that her equipment was inadequate, that her team didn’t know what they were doing or that it was the wrong time of the year for her to set off. Abby addresses all these criticisms in her own words.

She also talks about how her faith was deepened as a result of her voyage. She wasn’t raised in a particularly religious household, but she did learn that when Zac went on his solo campaign, he came back with a much closer relationship to the divine than he had ever had before. This was Abby’s experience as well. Some of the things she experienced, she feels, were miraculous.
Abby’s campaign, which ended with her being rescued from the middle of the Indian Ocean, was not an easy one. She had problems with several of the boat’s systems, including her engines. At one point, she thought she was going to have to climb the mast to untangle one of her sails, which is one of the most dangerous things a sailor can do on the open ocean. Another night, she woke up to find Wild Eyes had been flipped. She ended up losing her mast, and that was when she knew the voyage was over.

Abby is disappointed she didn’t make it all the way around the world by herself, but she isn’t brokenhearted. She did, after all, manage to travel more than 12,000 miles by herself, proving she is a capable sailor. Perhaps the most inspiring thing about Abby Sunderland is her attitude about the experience. She writes, “In stepping out and trying to achieve great things, the only way I can truly fail is never to try at all.” Abby’s spirit will be a great inspiration to anyone, young or old, who believes in the power to do great things.
About the Reviewer: Erin O’Riordan is an author and the book blogger behind Pagan Spirits, at She received her copy of Unsinkable at no cost through the Amazon Vine program. She receives no other compensation for this review. 

Thanks so much for the review Erin!

Aug 22, 2011

Man Candy Monday: Tyler Blackburn

So I've been wanting to link up to Leeann's Man Candy Monday for forever, but I really wanted to find a yummy man, you know? Besides BK of course, lol.
So as you already from my last post know I'm a bit obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and since my man Caleb is taking a break from a few eppies (will not spoil why) I thought I would feed my withdrawals by posting some yummy pictures of him. After all, he's just, well, nice on the eyes.

Confession: I used to date an Asian guy (not sure what Tyler's ethnicity is) and always have had a thing for scruffy guys with long hair. Funny how you always end up with someone as the polar opposite (my BK is preppy and clean shaven even though I beg him to never shave and only occasionally do I get my wish.) I'm obviously still head over heels in love with my BK!

So back to Tyler and some facts about him:

*He's 25 and is actually from Burbank, CA.

*He plays Caleb in Pretty Little Liars and is head over heels in love with Hanna (played by Ashley Benson.)

*He's got the deepest beautiful and intense eyes! (Okay that is more my fact, lol.)

*Now he's going to be in a six episode webseries called Wendy as one of the main characters named Peter. He also sings (steal my heart!) on this webseries.

*Wendy the webseries begins on September 15th and do you know it's a spin off from Peter and Wendy in Peter Pan? Sounds intriguing. Find out more info on their Facebook page. 

So now it's time for some pictures!!
Supposedly Tyler is dating the gal who plays Jenna in Pretty Little Liars. I'm not a fan of her role in the show!
Tyler took a stand against digital drama (cyber bullying) in this ad.
{From Pretty Little Liars - Hanna and Caleb}
If the image does not link to its source you will find them at Tyler Blackburn Official Fanpage or Tyler Blackburn Fans

So what do you think of Tyler Blackburn? Have you seen him on Pretty Little Liars? I want more of Tyler please! ;)

Aug 16, 2011

Anastasia of Beverly Hills - delicious beauty products

Hello and happy Tuesday! Soon I'll be headed to CA so Tuesday is just fine with me! ;) But today I'm going to be super busy packing away, that is for sure! I hope the beginning of your week is going well!

So I'd like to introduce a new sponsor to you. Their name is Anastasia of Beverly Hills and Anastasia, the creative mind behind all of this beauty, has some amazing beauty products available.

"Anastasia has long been the definitive eye and brow expert for icons such as Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Oprah as well as hip up-and-comers like Diana Agron, Selena Gomez and Kristen Cavalari and has recently expanded into colors that match their superior standards for skincare based cosmetics." - from Anastasia

As mentioned above, this company has recently expanded their makeup line and I'm especially infatuated with their lip gloss. Their bronzer also looks amazing {see above} - I'm always a sucker for bronze colored cheeks. I also love everything that has to do with helping eyebrows and believe me, with my thick eyebrows, I'm excited to try their products in the future. Check out this video for a tutorial.

"Beauty Express" brow-kit instructional video from Anastasia Beverly Hills on Vimeo.

Also, here are some fantastic pictures of what Anastasia has to offer on some celebrities that I adore! Plus, I just realized they are all blonde. Not that I don't like brunette hair, but I just so happen to be a blonde so I can't help but love the lighter locks. ;)
So as you can see I'm currently desiring many of their beauty products and I have some exciting news! Stay tuned because I will be hosting a giveaway for this amazing company! I just love learning about new companies and their lovely beauty products. Anastasia of Beverly Hills is no exception. Might I just add that I love Beverly Hills?! This makes me miss California all the more and I'm so glad that I'll be there soon!

As a reminder: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. 

I'll be traveling on Wednesday so there will be a lovely guest post to entertain you. However, I'll be back to post later this week. Welcome new readers and thanks so much for your comments on my Fantasy Birthday Wish List post! xoxo!

Aug 14, 2011

my fantasy birthday wish list

Happy weekend! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. I am - I took a break today from all of my normal writing for clients and organized my room, went through some magazines, and finished a book.

I can't believe I'm headed to Cali this upcoming week! I can't wait to see my love and a few fabulous friends. Even though this time I'll only be there a week, I'm going to cherish every minute. :)

So my 27th Birthday is coming up on September 23rd. Bleh. 27. Oh well, I still have many fabulous years ahead of me and even though I'm getting into my "later twenties," I honestly don't feel it. I think I've matured in many ways, but I still feel young at heart. In fact - I'm pretty sure I'll still feel young at heart in my 30s and beyond as well. ;) You should too!

Of course there are a number of things I want on my list, but most of them I think are just a little too expensive. Let me elaborate and show you the list of my I wants.

Well, you pretty much all know my obsession with gummy bears. Well, I really want these fancy ear buds in my ears. Am I crazy to want gummy bears in my ears?! Oh, and they are scented. How crazy is that?
Loving absolutely everything by Free People right now. Let me start with this adorable turquoise Intersections in Lace Tee.
Since I'm on my gummy bear rampage, let's throw in some chocolate covered gummies! Yum! They should be from the Sugar Factory because I devoured them up in nano seconds.
I've really have been wanting to try this surf spray. I think it would be great when BK and I head to the beach!
A brooch that I could put in my hair. I'm especially in love with this one and the gorgeous jewels.
A California necklace because my heart, after all, belongs to California and my dreamy beaches.
One of my favorite bloggers came out with a book. Sea of Shoes. Enough said.
A new suitcase, preferably by Jessica Simpson. Currently loving this one.
Really wanting these earthy flats by BCBG.
I know...this list is getting long huh?! Almost done.

Check out this white sapphire ring. I think I have engagement on my mind. Come on BK!!!!!!

By the way, I'm giving kudos to Summer pinning this ring for me because I'm now in love with their site. Check out the sapphire bracelets too. Sigh.
Okay. My birthday fantasy list would not be complete without Juicy Couture. I've always wanted a leather handbag. But...they are just a tad expensive.
Now, if this truly was a fantasy wish list? I'd want a birthday party set up here:
My own personal Candyland set up over looking the ocean or in New York City. Who's coming?

Ohhh, and I'm wearing my new birthday Christian Louboutin shoes with my Betsey Johnson dress. I WISH!
What's on your fantasy birthday wish list?

P.S. Thanks Krysten for inspiring this birthday list way ahead of our birthdays! ;)

Aug 12, 2011

guest post by Classy Career Girl: networking

Happy Friday Ocean Dreamers and thanks for your sweet wishes for my Daddy! We had a wonderful evening celebrating his birthday and going to dinner.

Recently I wrote a guest post for Classy Career Girl (the guest blogger today,) called Fashion Accessories for a Classy Career Girl. I hope you take the time to catch up on my guest post and visit the Classy Career Girl's classy blog! ;) There is always something new to learn about snagging a job or learning how to better improve your work ethic. I'm excited to introduce to you the Classy Career Girl and a fabulous post all about networking because we all need it in this economy! Also, creating life long contacts will certainly help us in our career advancement.

 Networking: How to make a Great First Impression

 Did you know that you only have five seconds to make a first impression when you are introduced to someone?  Here are my five tips to promote yourself and network so that the people you meet will never forget about you.

1.  Have a one-sentence introduction prepared and ready to go.  Usually, when you first meet someone, you may not have time for a long pitch about what you do.  But, you do have time for one sentence that says your name, what you do or what you would like to do.  This will help the other person remember you and give them an idea of what you can help them with or what you are interested in. 
 2.  Networking is about how you can help others, not what others can do for you.  If you think for a second that you should go to dinner with a certain person because they can introduce you to their contacts, you are doomed from the start.  Think instead about what you can offer other people and what knowledge you can provide to them.  When others see how valuable you are to know, they will immediately trust you enough to introduce you to their contacts.
 3.  Look the part before you get it.  Spend some extra time to make sure that you look professional and comfortable.  Do you want to stand out by being the only person with jeans on in the room or the person that looks the best dressed?  

4.  Don't leave home without your business card.  Don't be the person who forgot to bring their business card with them.  The people you meet will never remember you if you don't give them something to remember you by.  Even if you don't have a job, you can make your own business cards.  You can easily search online to find a great business card template and make your own.  The card should say your name, phone number and email address and your current job or the job that you are looking for.
 5.  Know what networking is and what networking is not.  Networking is not about business cards, bothering people, emailing people and waiting for them to reply.  Networking is about building a wide array of connections that can put a face with your name and resume.  These connections are resources for providing guidance, support and employment opportunities for your future success.

Classy Career Girl provides advice to young professionals on how to be classy as they climb the corporate ladder.  Her blog covers topics such as business chic fashion, career motivation, personal development, networking and office etiquette. Connect with her at