Videos That Will Make You Smile Uncontrollably

Friday, May 29, 2015

It's the end of the month and one thing that I've been most excited to share with you guys is more videos that I think are amazing! and that I think you guys will enjoy :) 



I've been holding on to this video for a while now because I just can't not share it. It's absolutely remarkable! I may have cried like a baby on this one, I mean talk about a beautiful ending. The best part is that this is a music video :D Can you say progressive <3 



This is just so cute! If it wasn't for dad's we'd all probably be falling off our sofas and running in to tree's. I probably laughed more then I should have haha all of these could have ended pretty badly. 



My heart can't take it. Buzz's laugh is so freaking adorable AHH!! This one's sure to put a smile on your face. I've come to realize that there is a lot of dad's in these videos haha. I guess it kind of fits since it'll be fathers day soon :) 



Animation is just so mind-blowing to me! It's crazy how drawings/sketches can be transformed into something so great!! <3 I also just love this song so much, it's so whimsical. 



 I love anything that involves a car and singing! James Corden is just so hilarious he never fails to make me laugh. I couldn't stop smiling throughout this whole video and of course I couldn't help but sing along <3



On the topic of James Corden, can we just take a moment to appreciate him for this treasure. Just wow, I tried to watch it again but I keep pausing it to kind of calm myself down. They are just so cute and adorable! Don't even get me started on how adorable Harry is 



I love love love this video so much!! Before the video Joey never really talked about his sexuality. To be fair I don't think that he was/is obligated to bring attention to it just as much as straight people don't have to talk about theirs. But if this isn't the best way to 'come out' then idk what is. Best video music video I have ever seen <3 I also love how he used fairytale characters to kind of portray what was going on in real life. Absolutely beautiful <3



If you aren't familiar with Fun for Louis on youtube, he's like this super adventurous guy whose always traveling all over the place. This video is the reason why I love videos! I just think it's so fascinating being able to see other people's journeys and getting to see parts of the world that you have never seen before. It was really cool being able to get a glimpse of what the tribe does in their daily life. 



Last but not least I wanted to leave you guys with this fun interactive video. How is this so entertaining? :D

What did you guys think of these videos? Which one did you enjoy most? :) 
What are some of your favorite videos? 

Remember to always... 
"Be kind to one another" - Ellen DeGeneres 

xoxo,
Crystal 

Am I too Emotional?

Monday, May 25, 2015


No. 
There is no such thing as being too emotional. Being emotional means that you know how to feel, which is a good thing. We are often taught that showing emotion is a form of weakness and it makes you vulnerable. I have come to realize that emotion is a strength. By allowing yourself to feel, you give yourself the ability to grow. I recently read an article that I found linked on Alina Ermilova's blog, which led me to a page called The EveryGirl. The writer of the blog made a post called "Stop Saying You're Fine." This really caught my attention because it's something I do a lot of. I tend to keep a lot of things to myself because I don't want to come across as "too emotional" or "overly sensitive." This only leads me to hurt myself. I hold a lot back because I think that by hiding my emotions and some how ignoring them the other person won't get hurt. As much as the other person's feelings are important, your own feelings are even more important. If you have something to say - say it. Don't hold things back because you think that you'll make your self appear vulnerable or dramatic. By recognizing that you are in fact hurting, upset, angry, or even jealous you can work to fix the issue. I went through a time when any emotion that I had I kind of just brushed off and ignored. If I was upset, I would tell myself that I wasn't. If I wanted to cry, I told myself that I didn't. If I was angry, I told myself that it was foolish. By doing all of this I made myself emotionless. I denied myself of feeling and for a while I felt emotionally numb. I would go through my day feeling like there was nothing there; I don't know how to describe the feeling, but I just felt so empty inside. 

Earlier this year I attended a Presentation on Shame by Troy Love at my college. He mentioned that in today's society/culture we have become shameful of our feelings. We are taught that feeling a certain way can be wrong and therefore feel that we can’t talk to others about it. We eventually get to the point where we don't allow ourselves to feel because we "want to be like everybody else." What is "like everybody else" really though? We only know what we see on the outside, we don't actually know who that person is. Sure they may seem fine and happy, but does that really mean that they don't experience emotion as much as you do? 

Moral of the story is don't brush off your emotions. Acknowledge the fact that you are feeling a certain way and let yourself feel that. Otherwise you just kind of drown yourself in emotion until one day you just explode. Which really can't be healthy. Being able to feel is part of mental health, so be kind to yourself and work towards making yourself a happier you :) 


Do you guys often find yourself resisting your emotions? or telling yourself that what you are feeling is silly and no one would really care? because if you do. Please know that I care! I may not know you but your mental and physical health is very important to me. If you ever need someone to listen, please feel free to contact me or reach out to someone you trust. 

"People cry, not because they're weak. It's because they've been strong for too long" - Johnny Depp

"The Reason we suffer from our emotion is not because of the emotion itself, but because of our resistance to that particular emotion"- Teal Swan

xoxo,
Crystal 

Summer Vacation - San Diego Zoo, Knott's Berry Farm, and 3 Museums

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hey there :) 
I recently got back from my 3-day trip to California. If you read my last post I talked a little about how I would be going on an adventure, which explains why I've been M.I.A. But no worries, I am back now and ready to share my trip with all of you :D 

We were supposed to be at the school at 6 in the morning in order to head out of town and be on time for everything that was planned, but we ended up taking a little bit longer as some people were running late. We eventually headed out at around 6:40 and made it to San Diego at 10. We stopped at IHOP for breakfast (this was the beginning of the non-stop eating, believe me it sounds good but no - no it wasn't haha). Breakfast was a lot of fun :D we got to chit chat with one another, but unfortunately they seated all of us in a really long table that meant we were all pretty squished in order to fit everyone in since there were about 39 of us. 

I ordered the split decision french toast breakfast (i think it was called) but I had some adjustments. Instead of sausages (since I'm not a fan) I asked for hash browns (which I shouldn't have ordered at all), scrambled eggs, and instead of extra pan cakes (also not a fan of) I got a fruit bowl. After the french toast, eggs, and bacon I was about ready to explode!! IHOP gives you your money's worth but I just couldn't fit more inside my stomach.

Then we headed out to the San Diego Zoo :D


Fun Fact: I love the word Orangutan :D
(I just now realized I've been spelling it wrong. My entire life has been a lie, it's not actually orangoutang. I will still keep pronouncing it so though haha) 

When we arrived we got to go on a bus tour around the park. Yes!! I got to ride a double decker bus :D I know it was not in London, but hey it still felt pretty great riding one!



The first animal that caught my attention was the bear that was taking a swim. He looked so cute!! I know you can't really hug a bear because they say "it's not safe" but I so wanted to hug that bear!! 



Sky Line :D 



One of the exhibits that I was most excited about was the Polar Bear. The guy that was giving us the tour told us that these fellas became used to the nice cooling California weather that if the water temperature falls below what they are used to, they won't get in haha. 



Here's a couple more pictures from the other animals that we saw :) 







Cute litte story: This little guy (well not so little) actually had to get his own separate exhibit to run around in because he's afraid of the ladies! The guy told us that if the females are near him, he'll run away, I guess the ladies just really intimidate him. Poor guy



This is a little Timon :D, She's so tiny!! 



Giraffe's!!! 






The Cheetah and the Dog are actually best friends!! :D









Just look at it :'D
















This is a little sea otter (if you couldn't tell) and picture of it's home.





I was most excited to see the Gorilla's but I didn't get to see them since they were on the other side of the park! I suggest that if you go to a zoo, it's best to go when you have a lot of time so you can really enjoy every exhibit. 



My friend and I took the Sky Line to the top of the park. Sadly, we didn't realize it was literally a one way trip. It ended up leaving us at the very top of the zoo! Meaning we had to walk our way back down, unless we wanted to pay another $4 each to ride the skyline back. We decided to just torture ourselves and walk back down, but on the bright side we were going to detour and look at some of the other animals. I didn't get to see the Polar Bear though as it was either eating or taking a nap. We also ended up getting lost on our way back down, which took us even longer and we had 20 minutes to get back down to the entrance for lunch. Luckily, they ended up moving lunch to when we left the park.  



We didn't just get lost once! My friend had to go to the bathroom so I accompanied her (we had a buddy system). When we came back out everyone was gone!! We rushed to the exit and luckily they were waiting outside haha (phew! close one)

Then we headed out to Buena Park where we would be staying at the Knott's hotel. 


By this time everyone was already tired and just ready to fall asleep.


The hotel was a 5 minute walk from the amusement park, which was great! Especially since we would be exhausted by the end of the day.





Yes, I know your thinking it. I did in fact put too much powdered sugar on my french toast. I deeply regretted it as I started inhaling that thing every time I went to take a bite. 




I conquered two of my fear that day!! I went on the Silver bullet and the Xcelerator.


The Silver Bullet (above) consists of your sitting in a chair like seat with your feet dangling. I wasn't really nervous to go on it this time around, but I feel like I was nervous on the inside. Let me tell you though! Best Ride Ever!! We almost didn't get to ride it because the seats weren't working and they ended up delaying it.The Xcelerator (pink on below) has no chill. Unlike other rides that kind of ease you into it, this one takes off at about a million miles per hour. Once you get past the giant drop the rest of the ride isn't that bad. 

We ate lunch inside the park. Let me tell you, it was absolultey delicious but expensive. It was about $15 a plate now times that by 39 :O They do give you a lot of food though, I had trouble finishing mine. 


We left the theme park at around 5-6 and headed back to the hotel to freshen up and head to dinner. (I know! we just ate, I'm telling you they fed us like there was no tomorrow)

The best part of the day was when they took us to Downtown Disney!! :D 


They had a Rain Forest Cafe!! :D 





I would like someone to tell me that these aren't the coolest chairs you have ever seen!! 


They also had a Lego store! How are these even possible!? How? 



Maleficent!! They made Maleficent!!! 




A very crappy picture of the House of Blues.


They gave us an hour to walk around. Then we had to make our way back to the entrance to go for dinner. The best part was that as we were waiting for everyone to arrive, the disneyland fireworks started going off :DDDDD 

On our way to the restaurant, our bus kind of turned into a party bus as Mexican music started playing and every got all rattled up and started chanting each others name (to get them to dance). Everyone was clapping along and dancing! I can't explain it but it was just so much fun! 

As you can tell, we went to a Mexican restaurant and I ordered Tamales. I'll be 100% honest thought they weren't that good :/ I was also still backed up from the Ihop breakfast we had on Monday! 


The next day we went to 3 museums. The Colombia Space museum, The Titanic Museum, and The Bodies Exhibition Museum. 



I couldn't get any more picture of the museums. At the space museum we weren't allowed to have our phones on during our expedition to mars. (Note: Do not go to Mars with me, as I was in the Life Support Group and we nearly killed everyone on the mission). Then at the Titanic museum we weren't allowed to take picture, because they had a lot of original artifacts that they had recovered from the actual titanic. It's crazy how all of those things can still last. We were also given a card with a passenger from the titanic and at the end of the tour we would find out if our passenger had lived or not. My passenger (who lived) was a 15 year old married woman who was deeply in love with her husband who was charming, handsome, and a talented singer ;) *Cough* Brooke, A Sign that Harry is mine *Cough*


Then we went right over to the bodies exhibition which is in the same building as the titanic one. They had actual bodies that have been donated to science. It's so crazy to see what we look like! They had organs, bones, veins, nerves, and arteries displayed. There was also a babies section, which was a little upsetting knowing that most of those babies might have either not made it or were given up through adoption. But it was such a good experience getting to see what the babies look like while they are still in the womb. The museum gives you an option to walk in and see this particular exhibit or continue on the the end of the tour. I went in to see it and it's just so mind blowing how that can literally grow inside of a human body!! They had them in these cylinder style type tubes with a liquid which I'm guessing is used to preserve them. It starts off when the baby is still just the sperm and egg , then it moves on to the tiniest little bean sized thing and it goes up to 36 weeks ( I think they had it at every 4 weeks). The babies looked like little gelatins with the tiniest little bones and limbs.

We ended up getting home at around 11, which was actually the time they said that we would. I never understand how we are always behind on time but always - always make it back on time or even before. Does that ever happen to you guys? 

Overall the trip was so much fun :D and I enjoyed every bit of it. 

What are you guys planning to do this summer? 

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" - Walt Disney

xoxo,
Crystal 
 
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