1. My middle name is Rain. (you could say my mom was a hippie)
2. My top 3 fave bands: Nirvana, The 1975, and The Smiths.
3. My top 3 fave movies: The School of Rock, Juno, and Whip It.
4. I started dance classes when I was 4 and continued into high school, where I was on the cheer team for 2 years.
5. I found my grandpa through an Ancestry DNA test and now have a huge family that I never knew about!
6. I have 5 tattoos and will soon be getting a 6th one for my birthday!
7. My mom says I am addicted to watching The Office. (she is probably right)
8. I have made it a goal to attend at least one concert per month and I'm accomplishing it!
9. If I were bald, I would look EXACTLY like my dad.
10. My star sign is Virgo, moon sign Aquarius.
11. I learned how to ride a dirt bike on my 5th birthday and wish I could ride more often!
12. I have been vegetarian/pescatarian for 5 years and counting, although my family tells me that I was born vegetarian and never had an interest in eating meat to begin with.
13. Half my camera roll is pictures of my cats (wish I was lying).
14. I love to wrap crystals in my free time (check out my twitter if you would like one)!
15. I am 5'10 and get asked very often if I play basketball (nope, I really messed that one up).
16. I am learning to play guitar and loving it!
17. I got pushed off of a table when I was in kindergarten and broke my foot.
18. I got my nose pierced when I was 17 and I was so nervous I almost threw up in the waiting room! (it didn't hurt at all if you were wondering)
19. I LOVE Thai food!
20. I dream of living in a van and traveling the world.
21. I haven't gone a day without coffee in at least a year and I am not sorry about it!
As always, thank you for reading and check out my post from a year ago, where I discussed 20 important things I learned by the age of 20! <3
Hey friends, Happy almost Friday!!
I have never talked about movies on my blog before and figured it was a fun and different topic to discuss this week. I compiled a list of my all-time favorite movies! I tend to like the quirky, Indie, and feel good movies. Comedies, however, are always awesome! Let me know if you love any of these movies too!
1. SCHOOL OF ROCK:
It may come as a surprise to some, but School of Rock is one of my all time favorite movies! I just love Jack Black's humor and the way that he took on his character really is the icing on the cake. This is a hilarious movie for literally ALL ages. If you have yet to see this, give it the chance it deserves!!
2. WHIP IT:
I have no idea how I first came across this movie, but I happen to love Ellen Page and she does an incredible job in this quirky film about a girl who lives in possibly the most boring town ever, and sort of stumbles across roller derby, changing her life forever! What I love most about this movie is how different Bliss (Ellen Page) is than everyone else. She isn't afraid to be herself and go for her dreams, which makes it a super inspiring, yet hilarious movie all at the same time! Drew Barrymore is also in it and actually directed the film, making it even more of a must-see!
While we are on the topic of Ellen Page, I might as well talk about one of the best Indie films ever made! Now I am sure you have heard of this movie and most likely seen it, BUT, in the rare case that you have not... You NEED to watch this asap! It tells the story of a teenage girl who gets pregnant and has to deal with a whole lot of responsibility at a young age. I won't give anything away for those rare people who have not seen this, but if you love indie films or quirky, hilarious movies in general, you need Juno in your life!
4. THE HELP:
"An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis." This is such a touching and incredible movie that shows a small part of our horrible history in America and can inspire people to do what is right, even if it may not be what everyone around them is doing. While it seems like a hard movie to watch, it is filmed in a funny, light-hearted way, while still showcasing the hardships that these women went through.
5. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER:
Based on the amazing 1999 novel by, Stephen Chbosky; This film follows an introverted young man in his first year of high school trying to navigate life and love. It has an amazing soundtrack as well, which is always a plus! If you are a cry baby in movies like me, this one will get ya! But it is well worth it.
6. THE BREAKFAST CLUB:
The Breakfast Club is a comedy-drama, released in 1985 and was written, produced and directed by John Hughes. It follows the story of five teenage students, forced to spend an entire Saturday together in detention. They ultimately learn to understand each other despite how different all of their lives are. If you haven't seen this, have you been living under a rock? I'm kidding, but seriously, give this classic movie a watch!
7. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH:
The first time I saw this, my dad basically forced me and said that it was one of the funniest movies ever... Well he was right, It is hilarious! It doesn't have any deep meaning but follows a group of California students, one in specific who is the epitome of a stoner and does not like to follow rules at all, which makes for a hilariously-entertaining flick!
8. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA:
have LOVED this movie since the first time I ever saw it! It has a great cast featuring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, who do an amazing job in this film. It is about a new college graduate who lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, a SUPER demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine in New York City. If you love a good chick-flick, this is a GREAT one that I can't recommend enough!
9. UPTOWN GIRLS:
This is one of the cutest movies I have seen to this day. Starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning, the film is about a woman who starts working as a nanny and happens to act more like a child than the 8-year-old she takes care of (who seems to think she is all grown up). They both have a lot of learning to do from each other and in the end, it seems that they are much more alike than they ever thought. This movie makes me cry every time. :,)
10. THE PROPOSAL:
Now this is a rom-com if I ever saw one! The Proposal is about a pushy boss who forces her assistant to marry her after she is threatened by the U.S to be deported back to Canada where she is from. It is sweet and funny and will probably make you shed a tear if you are anything like me when watching movies!
As always, thanks for reading what I have to say! I hope you will watch some of these awesome movies if you haven't already. Let me know what your favorite movies are in the comments, I would love to watch them!
Hello friends! As you know we are in the depths of wedding season right now which is so exciting! I wanted to share with you all, the cutest invitation company called Basic Invite. I have seen so many friends of mine getting engaged lately, so when they reached out to me, I was so overjoyed to be able to share some of their beautiful work with you all.
Read on to hear why I adore this company so much!
From invitations to stationary to business cards, Basic Invite really has it all! Something that I thought was so cool to see is that they have FREE wedding websites. Their websites are completely customizable so that you can make it your own. On the website you can upload all of your wedding details, along with pictures, and even directions to the venue which is super helpful for guests. If you or someone you know is getting married sometime in the near future, I highly recommend checking out their unique wedding couples websites!
Choosing The Perfect Color Scheme
If you have ever helped plan a wedding, you know that it can be very stressful picking out the perfect color scheme for a unique couple. With Basic Invite, they make it so fun because they have almost unlimited colors (over 180 to be exact) to choose from when it comes to invitations! One thing that really draws people to this company is that they are one of the few websites around that allows customers to choose a design style and then INSTANTLY preview their invitation, as well as, change every little detail on the card to the color of their liking! After choosing the perfect design for yourself, you have the option of getting a printed sample sent to you, so that you can make sure you are in love with it before the final order!
Bridal Shower Invites
Along with wedding invitations they can also be your go-to for bridal shower invites! Something that I think is super cute are their breakfast at Tiffany's bridal shower invitations! I know if I were getting married right now I would go for these ones! They are so stinkin' cute and can be made unique for your liking since they are also customizable.
The Total Package
The coolest part about Basic Invite is that each of their wedding invitations is part of a complete set. You can find everything you might need from save the dates, invitations, wedding menus, envelopes, and even matching thank you cards! The customizable wedding sets make it a breeze to plan this portion of your wedding, which gives you more time to get excited for your special day!
Truly Custom Invitations
From one of a kind clear invites, to textured cards, watercolor, foil invitations and so much more, they really have something for every type of couple! While browsing on their website, I was really drawn to the clear invitations. I have never seen invitations quite like this so I thought they looked very unique and modern! I would totally use this style of invitation for my future wedding.. <3
For even more, connect with Basic Invite on all social media platforms below!
Thanks for reading, and special thank you to Basic Invite for introducing me to their creative brand of invitations!
We all have those days when we just feel off or down and don't know why. Sometimes when I have a day like this, there is nothing that I do that can turn it around and that is okay! It is perfectly healthy to have down days because we would not enjoy the great days without them. However, most of the time, I feel that I have ended my day with a happy attitude and an array of accomplished tasks! I wanted to share a few tips and tricks of small things that I do throughout the day that can make a huge impact on my overall productivity and happiness.
Those were just a few things that I strive to include in my life every single day and I hope you will test them out as well. Life is short so lets not waste the potential that it has to offer us! Let me know your thoughts in the comments and as always, thanks for stopping by!
Hi friends, Long time no talk! I have been very busy the last few months with work, school and life in general!
I have also been busy with many thoughts in my head about whether I am truly happy with my life or if I am simply going with the flow of society and what I think is best for myself. I know that this isn't an uncommon thought and I am sure many of you have had the same types of thoughts once in a while. I am a generally happy person but I have recently been thinking of ways to make my life more fulfilling/enjoyable and I thought I would share.
For starters, I have thought a lot recently about how important it is to be grateful in your everyday life. I think most people tend to forget just how lucky they are for what they have, that others may only dream to have. My tip for you is to start out every day by either writing down or thinking of a few things that you are grateful for. I have found this to help my overall mood and to create the best outlook to start the day with. I will give an example of what I am grateful for today. I am grateful that it is a beautiful sunny day, I am grateful that I am in good health, and I am grateful for the roof over my head.
Another super important part of living your best life is to give yourself some time to do what makes YOU happy. A lot of times we may find ourselves rushing through life, bending over backwards to ensure everyone else is taken care of before ourselves. In the past few years I have realized how big of a damper it is on my overall mood when I do not take time to be alone with my own thoughts and to do something that makes me feel fulfilled. Whether it is taking yourself on a little outing to get coffee, playing your favorite music while you relax or even exercising, it is important to take time for yourself. Recently I started taking guitar lessons which has been a great way to involve myself in an activity that I genuinely enjoy and can do all alone. It is okay to say no to an activity with friends and spend time getting to know yourself and is in fact, very healthy for your mind and overall spirit.
In a totally opposite direction, another very fulfilling part of one's life is taking time to pay it forward. I am sure you have probably heard the term 'Pay it forward' before and recognize how important it is. Simple acts of kindness can truly brighten someone's day. You never know what someone is truly going through and probably don't think that something as small as smiling at them or holding the door for them, could help turn their day around. For instance, I work as a receptionist and I find it so refreshing when someone calls the office and takes time out of their day to ask how my day is going or how I am doing. Whether they genuinely care about my day or not doesn't really matter to me. It is the fact that they cared enough to ask a stranger how their day is going. Small things make a difference I can promise you that.
Lastly I want to remind you of something very important that many of us often forget.
You are the only one in charge of your life and YOU have the power to move it in a positive direction if you are willing to put in some hard work and keep going until you get where you want to be. I can relate to feeling sorry for yourself when you are down on your luck and wanting to blame circumstances or anyone other than yourself. I have to remind myself constantly that I am the only one capable of creating the life that I want to live. After you believe that, you can truly take the next step to work towards that final goal. Take some time to evaluate your life and if there is something that makes you unhappy CHANGE IT! It may take time or money or letting go of friendships or lots of hard work, but I promise, you are capable of more than you think you are.
Until next time, XOXO -Maddie.
Hi friends! I was trying to decide what to talk about today and I figured I would share a pretty huge part of my life that I have been dealing with for the past 6 months. I decided after years of struggling with acne to go on a short-term medication called Isotretinoin (better known as Accutane or Roaccutane). I am going to explain what the medication is and how it has worked wonders for me as you can see in these photos.
I know Accutane has very mixed reviews and opinions in the acne-struggling community. I assume most people have heard of this medication but for those who have not, I will explain in the words of my dermatologist just what it is. Isotretinoin or Accutane is a retinoid, which is basically a concentrated from of vitamin A. It works to dramatically reduce the size of the skin's oil glands by 35-58% and therefore lessens the amount of oil that your body is producing by up to 80%. Since acne bacteria lives in skin oil this reduction of oil also reduces the amount of acne that your body produces. Sorry for the boring medical talk but that is, in a nutshell, how Accutane gets rid of pretty much all of your acne and reduces the chance of it ever coming back as severely as it once was.
I have struggled with mild to severe acne since I was about 15 years old (I am now 20). I told myself that I would NEVER try Accutane because it is known to have so many horrible and possible long-lasting side effects. These possibly include; dry lips (DRY EVERYTHING lol), dizziness, hair loss, headaches, back pain, depression, loss of child if you become pregnant and much more! Sounds pretty scary right? After trying basically every other option to help my acne, nothing was working. So this last October I decided I was OVER IT and wanted to do anything to get rid of my acne. I got on Accutane (which let me say is a long hard process) and saw positive results in about 3 weeks of treatment. The entire treatment for me personally has been 6 months. I have not had a single pimple/zit/whatever you want to call it in about 3 months.
I am now on month 6 and last of my treatment and could not be happier! I did experience hair loss, back pain, nose bleeds, dizziness and dry everything lol, but I would not change a thing because I can now feel confident in my own skin for the first time in years. For anyone else struggling with acne and thinking about trying Accutane I would suggest to do your research and make sure you are ready for the side effects, blood work and constant doctor visits. BUT I would also say that I am a firm believer in this medication now and would recommend it to anyone who wants to be able to feel comfortable in their own skin because that is something that everyone deserves.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far! Leave a comment for any other topics I could touch on in my next post! XOXO
We all have those certain products whether they be makeup, cleaning, skincare, etc. that we have fallen in love with and never want to let go of! I wanted to share some of my holy grail products and explain a little bit about why I love them so much and why you should try them out! Leave a comment letting me know any products that YOU love! I would love to try some of your faves out!
I hope you liked this fun little post. I really do love all of these products, I wouldn't share them if I truly didn't. Please feel free to share in the comments, any products that you love and I will try them out!
Until next time, thanks for reading!
I did a poll on Instagram and a lot of people seemed to be interested in me doing a "tattoo tour" where I show you all of my tattoos and explain what they mean to me. I think that tattoos are an amazing form of art and I figure why not decorate the body that I am stuck in forever with what makes me happy? Keep reading if you are interested and feel free to comment any thoughts or suggestions for new posts!
photo via @nathsegato
1. "La Vie Est Belle"
2. and 3. A lot of love and a beautiful rose
I decided about 7 months after my first tattoo to get a couple more. Only this time I went with one of my best friends in the whole world so that we could get a matching piece! I went with a little rose on my inner arm as well as text on my forearm that reads, "Spread Love". This one is pretty self explanatory. I think it is a good reminder to myself whenever I look down to be positive in this sometimes negative world we live in and to teach others to remind others to spread love as well. This tiny rose has huge value to me because of its feminine power and since I got it done with one of my dearest friends, I will carry that memory forever.
Artist: Alex Mecham at Goodtimes Tattoo in SLC, UT
4. A baby "Om" on Friday the 13th
Now this tattoo has a funny backstory. We've all heard how some shops do $13 tattoos on Friday the 13th right? Well last year I decided it would be fun to go get a tiny tattoo. We get to the tattoo shop (A Wicked Sensation in SLC) and there are a TON of people. So I fill out some forms and wait for my name to be called. About 2.5 hours go by and we're like okay what's the holdup?? So finally I ask and it turns out the lady I requested is extremely popular and people were having her do 3 or 4 tattoos each.. yikes. So long story short we wait another hour and I tell them that I will get it done by whoever if I can just get it over with already! So the owner of the shop ended up doing my small piece and it took her a solid 25 seconds and it was over.. lol. Moral of the story, don't get a tattoo done on Friday the 13th unless you plan to wait 5 hours. Overall however I don't regret it and I really love how it turned out! I have attached an image of the meaning of the Om symbol for those of you who aren't familiar.
5. The Enlightened Lotus
Thanks For Stopping By! -Much Love XOXO
Hello friends! I am going to keep this short and sweet. :) I have been vegetarian for about 6 years now and I frequently get asked questions about what sort of meals I enjoy making. I have put together four recipes below of my favorite go-to vegetarian meals to give you guys some inspiration in the kitchen. I hope you enjoy!
Breakfast of Champions: "Gourmet" Avocado Toast
Benefits: Avocado is loaded with mono-saturated fatty acids and has more potassium than bananas!
Delicious Quinoa Veggie Burger
Benefits: Quinoa is gluten- free, high in protein and contains ALL 9 essential amino acids!
BBQ pulled Jackfruit Sandwich (serves 3-4)
This sandwich goes great with a fresh side of coleslaw!
Benefits: Jackfruit helps to boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, improve digestion and much more!
Meatless Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry
Benefits: One cup of this meatless chicken has 10 grams of protein! Plus with the veggies, you are getting a very healthy meal in just around 20 minutes!
I hope this gives you some inspo for your meat-free days! Let me know if you try any of these in the comments or on my social media!