My Christmas Playlist

For my Blogmas day 6 post, I wanted to share with you guys my go-to Christmas playlist; what I use specifically, my favorite songs, etc.

*Which, BTW, we’re down to the final 7 days before Christmas, 1 week!!…how freakin’ crazy is that?! It’s going so fast!! 😩*

Personally, if there’s anything that REALLY gets me into the Christmas spirit aside from the obvious decorations, holiday cheer, etc., it’s the music. I could be having the crappiest day, and as soon as I turn on my Christmas music station/app, I INSTANTLY feel at least 85% better.

And of course in the day and age that we live in, there are god knows how many streaming services to be able to get ANY sort of music (i.e., Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc.), but the one in particular that I use for it is the iHeartRadio app.

I suppose it’s nothing “out of the ordinary” or insanely different compared to any of the other mentioned streaming services, but I’ve just always gravitated towards this one.

I have this one station specifically for Christmas music called ‘iHeart Christmas Music’ IN the app, which has ALL of my absolute favorites. Some oldies, some newer songs, but nonetheless they’re all great. And if you’re from New York and have listened to the 106.7 Lite FM station, you know that during the holidays, up until midnight on Christmas day, they constantly play Christmas music.

I remember every single year when I was a kid, my parents would always have this station playing during the holidays for my brother and I to listen, so that’s what the iHeart radio station reminds me of and I think is the reason that I love it so much. It’s also great because it’s unlimited Christmas music ALL the time, all year around, with no commercials at all whatsoever either. If you haven’t seen or checked it out before, I DEFINITELY recommend that you do ASAP.

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But anyway, let’s get into the actual music/songs part of this post…

I’m pretty much just going to be mentioning my absolute favorites (which is like ALL of them lololol), but I also don’t have a specific number of them I’m trying to mention or stop at, so we’ll see how this goes 😂.

So let’s get started (in no particular order)!! 😄

  1. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by: Nat “King” Cole (which is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Christmas song, EVER btw).
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You by: Mariah Carey
  3. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year by: Andy Williams
  4. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by: Brenda Lee
  5. A Holly Jolly Christmas by: Burl Ives
  6. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by: Gene Autry
  7. Last Christmas by: Wham!
  8. Feliz Navidad by: Jose Feliciano
  9. Blue Christmas by: Elvis Presley
  10. Wonderful Christmastime by: Paul McCartney
  11. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  12. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by: Bing Crosby
  13. Santa Tell Me by: Ariana Grande
  14. Do They Know Its Christmas? by: Band-Aid
  15. Happy Holiday/Holiday Season by: Andy Williams
  16. Linus & Lucy by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  17. Mistletoe by: Justin Bieber
  18. Where Are You Christmas? by: Faith Hill
  19. O Come All Ye Faithful by: Nat “King” Cole
  20. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town by: Jackson 5
  21. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by: ‘N Sync
  22. Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town by: Bruce Springsteen
  23. The Christmas Shoes by: NewSong
  24. Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas by: Justin Bieber
  25. Fa La La by: Justin Bieber
  26. This Christmas by: Donny Hathaway (although I really like the Chris Brown version as well)
  27. Silver Bells by: Andy Williams
  28. Silent Night by: Frank Sinatra
  29. Please Come Home For Christmas by: Eagles
  30. Grown-Up Christmas List by: Amy Grant
  31. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by: Dean Martin
  32. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch by: Thurl Ravenscroft
  33. Greatest Time Of Year by: Aly & Aj
  34. We Three Kings by: Aly & Aj
  35. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by: Aly & Aj
  36. O Tannenbaum by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  37. O Holy Night by: Mariah Carey
  38. Sleigh Ride by: The Ronettes
  39. Carol of the Bells Siberian Christmas by: Trans D Slayer
  40. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by: Brett Eldredge (feat. Meghan Trainor)
  41. Santa Baby by: Kylie Minogue
  42. Jingle Bell Rock by: Bobby Helms (I literally can NEVER listen to this without ever thinking about the Mean Girls scene btw 😭 anyone else?!)
  43. Christmas Time is Here by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  44. Merry Christmas Darling by: Carpenters
  45. Little Saint Nick by: The Beach Boys
  46. Hallelujah by: Pentatonix (love Demi’s version too obvi!!)
  47. Do You hear What I Hear? by: Carrie Underwood
  48. What Christmas Means To Me by: Stevie Wonder
  49. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by: Mariah Carey
  50. I’ll be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) by: Frank Sinatra

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I’m SURE that once I post this and re-read it, I’m going to end up remembering more that I love, but these are the top 50 that I could think of just off the top of my head. BUUUUUT, I hope you guys enjoyed this post!!

I wanted to mention, btw, being that we’re quickly approaching Christmas, I figure for the next 2 weeks that I try to post as much as I can in a week in order to just really be able to finish December off strong (with Blogmas). So, I hope you guys enjoy the last couple of posts I have lined up for you!

Thank you so much for reading, please follow, like, share and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Thursday for my Blogmas day 7 post!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Christmas Decor Haul!

What’s goin’ on you guys?! 😀

For my second Blogmas post, I wanted to do and share with you guys a Christmas decor haul post! I did one for Fall/Halloween, so I figure why not do another for the holiday season?!

Similar to my Fall/Halloween haul post (which I’ll leave linked here if you guys wanted to check it out), for the most part everything I picked up is affordable and not at all crazy expensive. I shopped at stores like Dollar Tree, Target, CVS (again), and the Christmas Tree Shop!!

Some are things I’ve had from last year, and a lot of them are actually new additions that I’m really excited about sharing with you guys! 😀

I figure I’ll pretty much do it the same way I did the last one, in that I’ll break the items up based off the store(s) I bought them at.

So let’s get started! 🙂

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Dollar Tree

I feel like this store is SO underrated.  Literally every single thing you pick up here is $1. They don’t say their store is a dollar or a 99 cents store but then really everything is $2, $3, $4…no. EVERY SINGLE THING IS $1. AND especially for things/occasions like this, they actually have A LOT of cute and good quality stuff for it.

Dollar Tree is definitely a go-to for me when I’m shopping for decorations for a particular occasion. It’s actually probably one of the first stores I go check out before anywhere else. Scroll down to see the things I got from there. 

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To be able to hang on my door.
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Candy cane streamer, which I hung over my bed.
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The next four are all Christmas signs that I hung throughout the walls in my room.

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I hung these candy canes right above my bed frame.
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So I hung the candy canes at a distance from each other, and in between them, put these cute little signs.

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Target:

Target, as I’m sure relatively EVERYONE knows, has really great stuff when it comes to special occasions, holidays, etc. as well. BUT, it is or could be more on the pricier side of things.

These next 2 things I got were actually from Target, but thankfully, weren’t that bad at all price-wise.

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Santa Claus fairy lights!! If you saw (and/or remember) my Halloween/Fall decor post, I got similar lights, but with pumpkins on them and I strung them over my vanity.
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So I got these in a box last year from Target. They’re little wind up toys and came with a total of 6 of them. Originally, I got them for Diego’s nephews as little stocking stuffers, but I ended up having a ton extra, so I gave some to my family and kept these two for myself. And I just put them at the tops of my vanity for decoration.

Bath & Body Works

This one is pretty self- explanatory just because in general for the most part, this entire store is for buying candles, wall scents, etc. I buy my candles from here (as pictured below), HOWEVER, they don’t have a HUGE selection, but they do also have little decorative pieces here and there aside from candles and scents, which is where I got the below figurines.

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During the holidays, these are my three absolute favorite scented candles to get from Bath & Body Works. Ugh, they smell AMAZING. Light any one of these candles, put on some Christmas music, and I promise you you’ll be in the Christmas spirit instantly.

I had went to Bath & Body Works after Christmas last year (a few days later), when there were a TON of sales going on and saw these and thought they were SO cute for like $1, so I grabbed them both! 🙂

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Christmas Tree Shops

And finally, I HAD to mention my absolute favorite store of all (for the Holiday season), which is called Christmas Tree Shops!!

You guys…obsessed is an understatement. The name is super deceiving, but this place is completely decked out from head to toe in Christmas Decor. They have everything from Christmas trees, to lights and decorations, food, snacks and candy, etc.

And the best part about them? THEY’RE NOT EXPENSIVE AT ALL. Now, I wouldn’t say the prices are as cheap as Dollar Tree, but regardless it’s still pretty inexpensive compared to most places.

I didn’t get ALL that much stuff here, but I cannot wait to go here to buy all of mine and Diego’s future holiday decorations for our own place. 😀 ❤

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Some little pictures/plaques that I hung up around my room.

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More little pictures/plaques for my room, but I actually keep these in particular on my TV stand along with the other little things which I’m going to mention in a second.
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This picture is a tiny bit misleading, just because the little tree on the left was actually part of the figurine decorations I got at bath & body works, and the snowglobe on the right, I actually got in CVS. BUT, the Christmas countdown in the middle was from the Christmas Tree Shops store lol. (Also, these 3 pieces are actually my favorites from everything that I have).
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And the last couple of things I have are actually these mini light-up snowglobe type things. They’re those ones that you see in all sorts of characters, occasions, etc. that also change color as they stay on. Super cute, and they were only $1 each. These are what I keep on my TV along with the plaques I mentioned before. See below for them changing colors.

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Well guys, that’s it. Those are all of the holiday decorations I have this year (for my room anyway). I hope you guys enjoyed this post and/or that I peaked your interest with some of the pieces I had.

Leave me a comment or write to me on social media about any holiday-related posts or posts in general that you guys would like to see in the future!

Please like, share, follow, and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Sunday for my Blogmas day 3 post! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Meeting My Favorite Author For The First Time!!

If you happen to follow me on social media (which if you don’t, you totally should…all my info for that is always left at the end of my posts), you would have seen that this past Tuesday, October 16th, was SUCH an exciting day for me.

I got to meet my favorite author and pretty much the person who is responsible for inspiring me to want to write as more than just a hobby.

The author I’m referring to is Nicholas Sparks, who I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with his work. He is the author who wrote best-sellers like The Notebook, A Walk To Remember, Dear John, The Last Song and SO many others…many of which were later turned into films.

Since it’s still so fresh, and I’m still really excited about it, I thought it would be fun (like most other things that I try to do) and share my entire experience of it with you guys!

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The Waiting Process

I had literally been planning for that day for about 2-3 months in advance since I first heard about the event happening.

It was a big deal, I was SO excited.

I had actually taken off from work to be able to go to it, because I didn’t want to risk missing anything from the event.

So, I made sure to wake up extra early (at about 5-6 am I believe), get ready as fast as I could (doing my hair, makeup in about half hour which I’m PRETTY sure is record breaking time) and rushing out the door. I managed to get to the 14th Street (Union Square) Barnes & Noble store by 8 o’clock. The doors didn’t open until 9 though, so I had (along with many others) to wait outside for an hour.

Personally, although it was REALLY cold that morning, it didn’t feel like all that long of a wait (thank god for social media and YouTube).

Once the doors opened at 9 you were directed to the main cashiers to be able to purchase the book and receive your wristband for the event. After getting both, you had the option of either coming back later when the event started at 12:30 OR just hanging out in the store until it was time.

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I was still freezing from being outside AND starving, so once I got my book and wristband, I quickly made my way upstairs to the Starbucks to get my coffee and something to eat. After getting those, I thought I was being “smart” by running upstairs to get to the floor that the event was going to be at so that I could secure my good seat…I quickly realized once I got up there that a TON of other people had the same idea as me 😂. It was all good though because I still managed to be pretty close up, in like the 3rd row.

By the time I actually got myself settled with my seat and other things, it was only about 10am, so I still had about 2 and a half hours to kill before the event started. Again, the waiting really wasn’t so bad for me honestly. In that time I was able to watch YouTube videos, read the synopsis of the book and author’s note, and even walked around the entire store and managed to come out with 4 extra books then what was originally intended. Needless to say I was very entertained lol.

While I was clearly having the best time EVER wandering around my favorite store and finding more and more books for me to buy by the second, before I knew it it was 12:30 and the event was about to start.

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The Event

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The event itself was pretty cool and fun. The events coordinator for the store introduced Nicholas Sparks a little bit, then had him come up on stage to say a few words before the meet and greet/book signing actually started.

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When he finally came up, he spoke a little bit about his previous books and what led him to write this one specifically (the name of his book is Every Breath if I didn’t already mention that). He spoke about a few key points in this specific book like the characters, their backgrounds, what inspired certain details in the book and a ton of other things that I don’t want to get TOO detailed about because I don’t want to spoil anything. He also took a few questions from the audience which I thought was really nice because a lot of people don’t do that.

I even got to ask and have him answer a question!

I’m one of those people that gets SO nervous about things like that and second guesses whether or not I actually want to and/or should, even if I really DO want to. Anxiety freakin’ sucks man. BUT, I literally had to tell myself to get over myself and just ask my question because how often am I ever going to get an opportunity like this again, ESPECIALLY with my favorite author?

So that’s what I did, I got up the courage to raise my hand to ask a question, and sure enough…he picked me! 😄 My question was, “What advice would you give to aspiring writers like myself who can only hope to be half as successful of an author that you are one day?”

He answered by saying “Speaking for myself, I love to read, so you of course have to read a lot. But you know what else I think helps me? TV and movies, and you know why? Because they’re stories. And if you’re talking about TV, every 8 minutes they kind of have to end on a cliff hanger when a commercial is coming because they have to keep you tuned in. Well that’s very handy in writing as well whenever you end another chapter, because you have to end in a way to make them, your readers, want to turn that next page. So there’s lessons to be learned from any form of good story. So you have to read, learn to value stories, and to see how stories tick and wind, and practice honing reasons why one book is better than another.”

I paraphrased a lot of what he said obviously, otherwise I could’ve gone on forever with his response, but that was pretty much the gist of it.

After he answered my question was when the meet and greets and book signing actually started.

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Meeting Nicholas Sparks Officially

As if simply asking him a question from afar wasn’t nerve-wrecking enough, I was about to finally meet him officially too!!

The whole process went relatively quick, I mean obviously right? There were over a hundred + people there waiting to meet him and get their book signed so of course he had to keep the line moving.

But regardless of the fact that they (his people?) were trying to keep the line moving smoothly and relatively quick, I thought it was really cool and interesting to see the interaction he had with each of his fans. He was really friendly and managed to go out of his way to speak to his fans individually as much as he could, and was even willing to sign as many copies of his book as you bought.

At one point I even saw that there was this girl who had brought every single book she had of his in hopes of getting them all signed by him, and he actually did it. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I just think little things like that says a lot about a person/celebrity (in a good way), because he could’ve easily said no since there were so many people waiting, but he still made the time to do it in between signing his recent book for others.

Anyway, once my time came up, I was SO nervous. I didn’t actually know what to say to him, I wanted to make sure the picture(s) came out nice and a million other things were going through my mind too.

Ultimately, I actually got a couple of good shots of our interaction (see some of them below) and as for what I said to him, although it came out all jumbled up and I’m sure he didn’t understand half of it, I told him that he was my absolute favorite author and one of the main reasons that I decided to take my writing more seriously and hopefully become a successful author one day like he is. He said thank you so much, encouraged me to always keep trying and writing, gave me my signed book and I was on my way.

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Overall, although it wasn’t the ‘longest encounter’ ever, generally, it was a really great,  and very much worth it experience.

I don’t typically tend to do things like go to events like this, ESPECIALLY by myself because of my anxiety, so that alone was a BIG deal for me. Being able to step out of my comfort-zone to meet my favorite author, get to ask him a REALLY important question (to me anyway), get my book signed by him AND get a few pictures with him…what better?! He was also really nice about it all which made it even better.

I can’t even tell you guys how inspired and motivated I felt leaving the event that day, like I had so many different ideas for the blog going through my mind, so many things I wanted to start working on with my writing, etc. It made me really excited for not only my future, but my WRITING in the future. I’ve got some really exciting things coming soon for you guys and I can’t wait for you to see them.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. Thanks so much for reading, please like, share and follow if you aren’t already, and I’ll see you guys in the next one! 😊

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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