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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Tips For Making Your Last Minute Christmas Shopping (Slightly) Easier

Hello Everyone and happy Sunday!!

For my 5th Blogmas post, I thought it would be good, with there being only 9 days until Christmas left and knowing that many tend to leave their shopping for the last minute, to share some tips that I think will be helpful/beneficial in making your shopping (slightly) easier.

Now, some of these may not at all be ground-breaking to you guys, but these are things that I would suggest to anyone in general that I think would be best and easiest when you’re on a time crunch of any sort for holiday shopping.

Plus, some of these things were things that I obviously used in my own personal experience(s) when I was shopping for my family and friends, and they all for the most part ended up working out relatively well.

So let’s get started!!

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  1. Know your audience (A.K.A. the person/people you’re shopping for)!

Probably one of the most obvious things to keep in mind, because the more you know the person you’re shopping for, the easier it’ll be to pick something(s) for him or her, OR at the very least, it’ll give you an idea of where to start when you’re looking for something to get them.

2. Know how much you’re willing to spend on them.

Another fairly obvious one just because you’d be surprised at how many things/items are narrowed down when you pinpoint how much you’re willing to spend on the person. That alone can help you determine what kind of websites, stores, etc. you’ll end up shopping at, which in turn, may help you pinpoint the particular item(s) you want to get based off of what those places are most known for.

3. Invest in Amazon Prime (at least until your free trial or Christmas Shopping is all done!)

Guys Amazon Prime is literally a life-changer and life-saver. If you haven’t done or tried it before, I recommend you go on their website right this second and sign up for their 3-month free trial or whatever the deal is at the moment. You can buy whatever it is you want to buy for the person/people you’re shopping for, AND get FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING on the item(s). What’s great about that too is that, although not ALL of the items on their site will have the option for the 2-day shipping, 1. while you’re shopping, somewhere next to the items shown, it’ll say ‘amazon prime,’ as in it’s eligible for the 2- day shipping, and 2. they also tend to show you different buying options for the particular item(s) you want. Meaning, if one specific seller of the item you want doesn’t offer it for free 2-day shipping, another seller with the exact same item, might have it instead!

OR if you don’t want to go through the hassle of signing up their free trial, hit up a friend that does have it and ask if you can borrow their account. It’s not like you would be using their cards/money, because you could always input new credit/debit card information for the buying.

4. Order online and pick-up in store!

This is super easy AND convenient because almost ANY retail store usually has this option. It also just makes any sort of shopping twice as easy, because it avoids the hassle of you having to pay for shipping, as well as having to go into the physical store to find whatever it is that you’re wanting and then wait in line to have to pay for it. Sure you’ll probably have to wait on a separate line to pick the item up, but it’s still saving A TON of time compared to the alternative and more traditional shopping method.

5. Opting for gift cards!

This may be sort of cheating, and is more of a gift suggestion than anything, but I still consider it to be a great gift and tip. I say this because say you’re the type that not only tends to leave their Christmas shopping for the last minute, but ALSO have no type of idea what to get the person/people you’re shopping for….why not opt for a gift card? You can easily find out their favorite store(s), and just buy them a gift card either online or in-store and let THEM buy whatever it is they truly want/need themselves. Again, similar to buying online and picking up in-store, it allows you to avoid any of the craziness of ‘normal’ shopping, while still managing to get them a gift.

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Well guys, those are all of the tips and tricks that I have for you for any last minute Christmas shopping you guys may be doing throughout the next few days. As I said, I definitely did and followed a few of these things, so I hope you guys enjoyed them and found them helpful to you in some way, shape, or form.

Thank you guys so much for reading and following my posts! Please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys on Wednesday for my next Blogmas post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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1-Year Fitness Update!

Hey Everybodyyyy! Happy Hump Day! 🙂

In today’s post I really wanted to be able to talk to you guys about my 1-year fitness update; how it’s been going, where I’m at with it right now, and where I hope to be in the next few months (my goal).

This is something that I’m a little nervous about, as I’m sure most people would be, just because health, fitness and weight in general, are all really sensitive topics to speak about, especially in this day and age. However, I thought it was important to share this with you guys for a few different reasons.

Important because firstly, it’s a pretty big milestone (for me). Secondly, because who knows, maybe somehow or another me speaking about this will help and/or inspire someone else in their own fitness journey, or to even START their own fitness journey. And lastly (although this sort of piggy-backs off of the first two reasons), because I just recently did an entire post on confidence and self-love (which I’ll leave linked here if you guys wanted to check it out), and so what kind of person/writer would I be if I didn’t speak out on something as important as body-positivity and self-love more in-depth for something as sensitive as this?

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How The Past Year Has Been Going:

The first thing I want to speak about with this is probably the most obvious thing, which is, how this past year has been (fitness-wise). And well….let’s be honest, dieting is hard and it sucks ass. You really have to learn self- control when it comes to something like this, ESPECIALLY if you’re used to eating a certain way for a certain amount of years, which I pretty much was.

I’ve mentioned it before, several times, but I am not only a picky-eater, I’m also a MAJOR junk-food eater. Put those 2 things together, and you’ve pretty much got a recipe for disaster (in my case anyway).

Now, I’ve never been the best eater, throughout my entire life. BUT, I will say that it got really bad when I was away in college (as I’ve spoken about once before in my first health post, the reasons for this, etc. which I’ll leave linked here ). I gained A LOT of weight in college, I would actually say that the majority of my weight gain happened in college (freshmen 15 is no joke ya’ll even though it extended over the course of 4-years, but whateverrr!).

But it just got to a point where I literally weighed the heaviest that I EVER did. I definitely wasn’t obese, but for my age, height, etc. the weight I was at (at the time) was NOT good. Plus, I was not happy and/or confident in my body AT ALL. It was a bad time, for a long time. And I’m sure other people noticed it obviously, but few actually told me about it. Which was fine I suppose, because it’s one of those things that you kind of just need to see/realize for yourself in order to make any sort of change.

There were times where Diego would REALLY try to push me to go to the gym, and I would go, but then I would just be eating whatever still before or after it, so it was completely defeating the purpose. It took a few months after I started my fitness journey for it to REALLY start. And what I mean by that is, for a good 4-5 months, I had gotten the whole working out, and going to the gym consistently part down, but I wasn’t taking the food portion of it seriously, so I hadn’t been seeing results.

It wasn’t until about May that I started to take both super seriously, not to the point that I turned anal about it, but to the point where I actually started seeing results now, so it was the actual exciting part.

And I’m not going to lie to you guys, it’s hard af to keep up a diet, there were SO many times when I would give in to any/all of the cravings that I had, whether it was with regular food or junk food, and would see what little progress I made turn to shit. However, I learned to not only control those urges, but also not deprive myself of the little things that I wanted, and would find healthier alternatives to go around that, while also being able to stick to my diet.

Every once in a while like during “that time of the month,” it gets a little difficult because of cravings and what not, but over time I have actually really felt like it’s gotten easier.

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Where I’m At Now:

Between going to the gym AT LEAST 4-5 times a week, and cleaning up my eating TREMENDOUSLY, I have seen SUCH an insane amount of progress.

I think you guys can agree with me that how we perceive ourselves and our bodies can be really iffy sometimes. Sure, you have your days where you’re feeling GREAT and super confident with yourself throughout workouts, after workouts, etc., but there are also those days where you pretty much look exactly the same, but the confidence just isn’t there. You don’t feel yourself which, as a result, causes your confidence to diminish a little.

Well in general, that’s happened to me pretty frequently, especially since, although I know I’ve made a lot of progress, I’m not quite where I want to be yet and some days are harder than others to see the results that a lot of other people see, in yourself.

HOWEVER, I’ve learned that I really need to give myself credit when it’s due, and little by little (with each pound being shed), I have been gaining the confidence back that I used to have a few years ago.

I think my progress actually hit me the most thanks to some pictures that I took last Thursday (on Thanksgiving). I’m not exactly sure what I was doing or why I was doing it, but at some point during the night I was scrolling through old pictures on my phone and came across the ones I took last year for Thanksgiving. It didn’t fully occur to me until I decided to do a side-by-side picture of that and the one(s) I had just taken earlier that day and this is what I saw:

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Last year thanksgiving vs. thanksgiving this year…a 26 pound difference. On the left, I was at about 203lbs and currently, on the right, I’m at 177.

I’m not at all happy and/or proud of the way I look on the left side, in fact, I’m kind of embarrassed to be showing that picture compared to me now, BUT I am SUPER proud to see how much of a difference between the two there really is.

If you know me, and even if you don’t really but follow me on social media and see my posts, you would know in recent months how much work I’ve truly been putting in at the gym, and this is just proof of that. I am super proud of where I currently am at now and can’t wait to see where I’m going to be in a few months with this fitness journey of mine!!

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Where I Want To Be (My Goal):

As I said earlier, I’m not at all where I want to be yet, but I know that slowly but surely, I’m getting to meet that goal.

Ultimately, my main goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds and tone up my body a little more, then just continue to maintain it from there.

If I continue the work-out and eating regimen that I currently have, I really don’t see how or why I wouldn’t achieve these mini goals that I have set for myself (unless of course I just happen to throw it all out the window one day, which I don’t count on doing).

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Overall, it definitely has NOT been an easy fitness journey for me, but looking back at where I once was, and seeing where I am now, is enough motivation for me to keep pushing through. Besides, I’m not looking for easy and never have. And between my own confidence and Diego behind me pushing me to keep going, I know I’m going to end up hitting all of my fitness goals sooner rather than later.

Well guys, that’s it. That is my 1-year fitness update. I hope you guys like this post, and that in some way, shape or form it helped and/or motivated you to keep pushing through your hurdles that may be stopping you from going to the gym or just continuing your own fitness journey. You CAN do it. It’s going to take time and dedication, but it is 100% possible. Keep pushing through and I promise you that you’ll end up seeing results!

Thank you guys so much for reading, please like, follow, comment and share, and I’ll see you guys in my next post! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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