Hello everyone! Today is the last day of another wonderful month here on lifewithlilred and I just wanted to thank all of you for spending it with me. I also wanted to give all of you the heads up that a fall themed guest bloggers series is coming up soon. YOU KNOW WHY?! Well, obviously because I love all autumn everything. AND, because I’ll need some extra help around the blog when I move into my apartment at the end of August or early September!!
This is all very exciting and it also means that we’re going to be delving deeper into home decor and how to create your dream space on a budget! Here’s to another fun, fashion, and beauty filled month on lifewithlilred, and I’ll see you all in August! Much love. -Sarah
Hello everyone and happy weekend!! I sure hope that all of you are feeling a lot better than I am today. I am in a bit of a rut so I will be on a lifewithlilred hiatus this weekend. BUT, rest assured that I will be back this Monday to bring you all of the latest and greatest. OR maybe even this afternoon or tomorrow if I feel so inclined – you never know!
Tell me good things. What are you up to this weekend? How do you stay positive during a rough patch? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah
Hello everyone and happy happy New Year!! I hope all of you are having a wonderful time ringing in 2017! I, for one, am so excited to push 2016 aside and begin a fresh new year both in my life and here on lifewithlilred. Despite the excitement and anticipation that comes with entering into a new year, I am pretty bad at celebrating it because I NEVER make New Year’s Resolutions!
Lol, I guess I figure that if I want to do something like exercise more or lose a couple of pounds, I will do it when I feel like it as opposed to feeling obligated to doing it for the new year. Instead, I just try to focus my energy on things like *trying* to be a nice, well rounded person while dedicating myself to things like my work, family, pets, volunteer work, and friends.
But, no matter which way you cut it, I think we all can agree that the new year is a perfect time to make improvements. Whether you’re about to hit the gym or stop binge drinking every Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday the new year is the time to bring about healthy changes and a new perspective in your life. For 2017, I encourage my beloved readers and blogging family to practice kindness to everyone that they encounter to do their share in making the world a somewhat more tolerable place! 🙂
Happy 2017, everyone! Enjoy the rest of the holiday season and your new year’s celebrations and also: BYE 2016, ya bish. What is your New Year’s Resolution for 2017? What was your favorite or least favorite part about 2016 (or both!)? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah
Now, enjoy some new year’s themed music by a few of my faves:
Hiii everyone and TGIF! I don’t know about you guys, but when I’m in the home stretch of finally finishing a beauty product, I get really antsy! I love to try new products so the anticipation of what I will be using next seriously kills me. In the month of February I finished three beauty products – a cleanser, moisturizer, and a shower gel. Frankly, I’m happy to be rid of all of them so let’s say “BYE Felicia” to my February empties as I send them to their new home in the recycling bin:
All of these products lasted me for a good long while which I was quite impressed with. Here’s how all of them fared:
I linked all of my reviews for each product listed above and now it’s time for the real question… Would I use any of these again? Here’s my verdict:
- Neutrogena: Yes
- I Love…: Maybe
- Simple: No
So what products am I using now? I began using a moisturizer from Trader Joe’s that I got as a Christmas gift today and was pleased with my first use. For my shower gel, I’m using SoftSoap’s Sweet Honeysuckle and Orange Peel which smells delicious. And for my face wash, I started a new makeup removing cream cleanser from Garnier today, as well. I wasn’t very impressed with it this morning, so we’ll see how I feel after a few uses. I’ll be reviewing these products soon so be on the lookout! 🙂
So there you have it, my February Finishes! What beauty products did you use up this month? Have you started any new products recently? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah
Helloooo everyone and Happy New Year!!! I’m actually prewriting this, so technically I’m still in 2015! 😉 I’m not really one to post some type of sappy “new year, new me” article so this will just be a brief post to wish all of you an amazing start to 2016. I hope that you succeed at whatever goals or resolutions you made for yourself. I hope that 2016 brings you happiness, laughter, and good health. And I hope all of you have a wonderful time ringing in the new year with your friends and family! TURN UP!!!!
I get to celebrate the new year with my darling beau, Kyle! He made dinner reservations to Gervasi Vineyards, the restaurant that he works at. I’m pretty stoked because even though we’ve been dating for a while, I still haven’t ate there! This will be my first New Year’s Eve where I have a boyfriend to kiss at midnight rather than a bottle of booze! Score!!
Hellooo everyone and TGIF! This week marks the end of my fall semester at Tri-C and I am SO relieved to be done! I took all of my exams within these last few days and passed with flying colors, of course. This semester I took French I, Comparative World Religions, Intro to Civilizations, and Ethics and for the most part really enjoyed all of my classes. After my winter break, I’ll be taking French II, Abnormal Psychology, and Intro to Criminology – but I have an entire month until I have to start thinking about that!
I’m looking forward to having some downtime for once in my life during my winter break but not too much because I’ll be starting my new work opportunity this upcoming Saturday! As I mentioned in my previous post Exciting Announcements, I’ll be taking part in a research project as an interviewer for families effected by developmental disabilities. I’m so excited to get started and the beauty of the project is that I can make my own schedule for it so I can interview people whenever I want during my break. This is great for the days where I feel like lounging on the couch and watching America’s Next Top Model marathons!
I have a lot of friends returning to Ohio for the holidays so my winter break provides me with a lot of much needed catch up time with some of my dear friends. My brother and his wife will be coming home for Christmas. A pal of mine in LA will be returning to the home front AND my beloved best friend in the army, Tyler, will be making an appearance, as well! I’M SO HAPPY!!!
In the last couple of weeks of my fall semester, all I could think about was winter break…But that didn’t stop me from fully enjoying all of my classes! I learned so much in each of my courses and rocked straight A’s for days in all of them. Not only did I excel in my coursework but I also got accepted into two different advertising companies, Wordads and Twistfire Media, which I am SO thrilled about. Everything seems to be falling into place very nicely so with a happy heart, I can say So Long to my Fall Semester!
I hope all of you are having a fantastic start to your weekend! Where are all of my college kids at? Has your winter break started yet? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah
Helloo everyone and a very happy evening to all of you! Alright, guys. No one can say I didn’t try. NO ONE. But, on this ninth episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, “She Wants Revenge”, I am throwing in the towel. I refuse to spend any more time on this season. Therefore, I’m renaming tonight’s episode, “Lil Red’s Farewell”.
Week after week you guys have tuned in for my reviews and opinions on the new episodes of AHS and I am so humbled and appreciate it greatly. However, it doesn’t feel right putting aside an hour for a television show that’s below sub par. During tonight’s new episode, all I could think of was how much I wanted to crawl into bed and crack open Stephen King’s “Cell”, which I began rereading yesterday. I was craving genuine horror as opposed to the soap opera dramatics that AHS has been delivering every week with episodes that have consistently disappointed.
Not only has this season bored me to tears BUT these posts have been boring me as well. Don’t get me wrong, if I was loving the season it would be different – but it’s so hard to crank out similar posts for every episode when nothing exciting is really happening. During Freak Show, I lived for my Wednesday night articles on the new episodes…So you know something is wrong when I dread firing up the ol’ laptop after epis of Hotel!
I gave this season my best shot and the benefit of the doubt for nine weeks, but enough is enough. I now plan on spending my Wednesday nights tucked in with a good book or perhaps watching some old slasher films. I have an insatiable urge to absorb entertainment of quality and Hotel has done nothing to satisfy this. So, that’s that. I bid you farewell, American Horror Story: Hotel because I’m breaking up with you for good this time. Better luck on season six! Now cue the music!
So there you have it, the final post on American Horror Story: Hotel, “Lil Red’s Farewell”. Now if you’ll excuse me, Cell and a midnight snack is calling my name! What are your opinions on this season of AHS? Who has given up on the show? Who is a die hard Hotel fan? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah
PS: Don’t you worry about what I’ll be filling the Thursday and Friday slots on lifewithlilred with! I have some very fun upcoming posts up my sleeve! ❤ 🙂
Whatsupppp everyone and happy Tuesday! I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned how ecstatic I am to be done with my summer classes. I haven’t even bid them farewell with a BYE FELICIA, so it only seems appropriate to close the chapter of my scholarly summer with this post! Let’s do it:
To my summer classes: BYE FELICIA! You won’t be missed!!! Okay, okay that was kind of harsh and I can’t believe I’m saying this – but I actually really enjoyed my summer classes. If you recall, I took Sociology, Social Psychology, and a math course for ten precious summer time weeks. I learned so much from my Soc. and Soc. Psy. classes…not so much in my math class – but what can you do? 😉 The classes that I did like inspired me to consider a Psychology degree after my Associates so that gives me a lot to think about as far as my future goes! I ended both my Soc. and Soc. Psy. courses with a solid ninety-seven percent and because I’m prewriting this post due to my vacation, I’m not sure what I ended up with in math – hopefully with something good!!
I slaved away my entire summer on these fast paced courses that were jam packed with information but I feel surprisingly a-okay about it. Now I’m nine credits closer to my Associate Of Arts degree AND I’m a smarter person because of them! It sounds like a win win situation to me! I feel like every college kid completely dreads summer classes, I know I did. But I’m here to tell you that they really are not that bad. Alright, I lied…The first two or three weeks suck but once you get into the swing of things you’ll be totally fine. Summer classes are a great way to put you on the right track towards getting your degree and I am so glad that I took advantage of them.
I get a wonderful two and a half week break and then I will be back on the Tri-C grind for the fall semester. To kick start my sophomore year, I’ll be taking French, Ethics, Comparative World Religions, and Intro to Civilization. I’m already very excited for all of my classes and all I have to say is: bring it on!
Now that I’ve sent my summer classes on their merry way with a great big adieu, I can finally get on with my day! How is everyone’s week going? Who’s looking forward to the fall semester at their school? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah
Heyyy everyone! I hope that you’re all having a fabulous Thursday night! Today was my last day of classes for the spring semester at Tri-C, and it went okay, I suppose. I’m not feeling too hot about my final exam for my math class. I’ve never taken a big college exam before and I seriously think that I had an anxiety attack during the test. I went into the classroom feeling fine, but as soon as that paper got in front of me…..no beuno. I started working feverishly ASAP, but my head got super foggy, I was sweating like no other (and I’m NOT a sweaty person), I was shaky, and I was drawing a complete blank on everything. We had two hours to complete the test, and by the time my head was thinking relatively clearly again a half hour had already flown by. When I saw that that much time had passed already, my ass got kicked into high gear and I started working like no other. Unfortunately the final hour and a half went by on double time, and I barely finished the test. I mean, I finished – but there were three or so problems that were only half way done at best. I walked out of the classroom feeling like shit, I seriously could have cried. My entire drive home my stomach was in knots and I was cold and clammy all over just from thinking about possibly failing the exam and my class. As soon as I got home I flopped onto my bed, because I felt completely drained…I had no idea that taking an exam could take that much out of me! After I rested a bit and my head defogged, I grabbed a sheet of notebook paper and made a list of all of the things that I know for a fact I did right and all of the things that I know I did wrong on the test. Luckily, the things that I aced nearly tripled the things that I felt uncertain about, so that made me feel a lot better. I won’t find out my final grade until Tuesday, so it’s safe to say that I’ll be freaking out until then. But here’s to hoping that I passed the class, which I will need a C or better to do. Fingers crossed! Despite the rocky math exam, this semester has been awesome! I learned a lot, I made some new friends, and I have some damn good grades to show for all of the hard work that I put into my classes. So here’s some quick pics of me giving the spring semester the boot, with a good old fashioned “BYE FELICIA!”
^^^ Love that black and white filter! And believe it or not, that second picture isn’t filtered at all! That funky light bright lighting came out of nowhere while I was taking some shameless selfies, and I’m so not mad about it! As you can see, I’m totally rocking my new shirt from when I saw The Used in concert, I love it so much it hurts. (You can read all about my concert experience in one of my more recent posts “The Used Concert!!!!”)
Pretty please keep your fingers crossed for me that I managed to pull out a passing grade in my math class! And as always, keep the love coming with your likes, comments, follows, and shares! I’d especially appreciate it if you got the word out about my recent posts “Just So You Know” and “Look Like Lil Red” so I can make some extra closet space in my room! Thanks a million and have a beautiful night! Much love. -Sarah
^^^ That basically sums up my feelings on math right now. -____- MARRY ME JACK WHITE! ❤
So let me ask you guys a question….is there such a thing as being “too” nice? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this in regards to myself, and my answer is a big fat YES. If you guys can’t tell from my posts, I’m a self proclaimed and told by everyone “sweetheart”. I would rather everyone in the room be happy before myself. This is a beautiful thing, and I would rather be walked all over than be a complete bitch. Unfortunately, this is getting me into trouble, because people love taking advantage of the sweet girl. Now don’t get it twisted, I’ll speak my mind and stand up for what I feel is right. I have no problem asserting myself when the time calls for it. My problem lies in giving people who don’t deserve it far too many second chances. As the saying goes, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, go fuck yourself. I used to live by this saying constantly until a few months ago when one of my dumbass exes told me that I hold too many grudges with people. But the million dollar question is: Why wouldn’t I hold grudges against people who hurt me? Nine times out of ten in my life, the people who I give second chances to end up making the same mistake of being awful to me again, so why bother? Don’t think that I throw grudges around lightly, because I don’t. I’m not going to never talk to you again because you told me you hate The White Stripes. But if you repeatedly blow me off, or make me cry, or are just flat out mean, then why would I want to talk to you again? I need to get back into my “one strike you’re out” mentality again, because I’ve been getting fucked over time and time again by all of the people who attempt to weasel their way back into my life after they were in the wrong. All it’s doing is giving me a big headache, and I straight up don’t have the time for negative people in my life anymore. I just can’t do it. I can count the people who have never disappointed me on less than five fingers…but I’m content with that. As a matter of fact, I love that. It’s truly quality over quantity when it comes to my friends, and I wouldn’t trade these finest quality friendships for the world. So why do I feel the need to keep letting people come back for round two of making Sarah feel like shit? I guess because I’m such a people pleaser. I want people to like me. But you know what? That’s okay if they don’t. On my own personal journey to complete self acceptance, I have to learn that I can’t make everyone happy. The most important thing of all is if I’m happy. Taking care of yourself and keeping your own best interests in mind is NOT selfish. Honestly, it’s the best thing that I can be doing for myself right now. So to the people who had fun hurting me in the past and making me feel worthless and not good enough, let me be the first to say: BYE FELICIA!
As I sit here typing this with The Smiths playing in the background, my apple pumpkin candle burning, and sipping on my Diet Cherry 7UP, I’ve never felt so at peace with the decision to bring Operation One Strike You’re Out back in action. (#OSYO!!!!) Lil Red has got no time for negativity and refuses to let anyone stand in the way of her happiness. BOOM!
I hope all of you guys have a beautiful Sunday night and an even better week! Has there ever been a situation in your life where you felt you were being “too” nice? What did you do to handle it? I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah