10 Things You Should Ask For This Christmas

10 Things You Should Ask For This Christmas

Don't know what to ask for this Christmas? I've got you covered.

Don't know what to ask for this Christmas? I've got you covered. Here are 10 Christmas gifts that you should be excited about if you see them under your tree.

1. Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is a smaller, more compact version of the original Echo. It is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses a voice named Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.

2. Spotify Premium

With Spotify Premium, you can play any song, download music, so no internet is needed, never hear ads, and listen to your favorite songs in high definition.

3. Rebecca Minkoff Cable Knit Tech Beanie

The Rebecca Minkoff Cable Knit Tech Beanie is wired with headphones so you can be connected while staying warm and cozy.

4. Apple iPhone 7

Yet another iPhone has reached store shelves just in time for Christmas. The iPhone 7 has better performance and battery life than any other iPhone, as well as new finishes, water resistance, and stereo speakers.

5. Spikeball Game Set

Look familiar? Probably because you've seen it on Shark Tank. Spikeball is played with 2 teams of 2 and a taut hoola-hoop sized net placed between the teams. The game begins with a player serving the ball down on the net so it ricochets up at the other team . They have up to 3 hits between them to bounce it back off the net toward their opponents. When they miss, you score. Oh, and there are no boundaries. Run around the net as much as you'd like.

6. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a tablet that can replace your laptop. It is super thin, fast, versatile, and built to run professional-grade software.

7. Daydream View

Daydream View is a virtual reality headset and controller by Google that lets you explore new worlds, kick back in your personal cinema, and play games that put you at the center of action. It also allows you to experience concerts, sports, and the entire Youtube catalog, including a rich set of 360° panoramic videos.

8. Fitbit Charge 2

The Fitbit Charge 2 provides you with PurePulse heart rate, multi-sport tracking and connected GPS, call, text, and calendar alerts, cardio fitness level, and guided breathing sessions. Unlike the original Fitbit Charge, the Charge 2 offers interchangeable accessory bands, so you aren't stuck with sporting the black band 24/7.

9. U45 Drone with HD Camera

The U45 Drone offers a one-touch take off landing, an altitude hold function that allows for beginners to easily fly the drone, an HD camera, a headless mode that allows for no need in adjusting the position of the drone prior to flying, and 360° flips and stunts.

10. Mophie Powerstation 5X

The Mophie Powerstation 5X is one of the most powerful external batteries ever created by Mophie. Its thin design makes it easy to travel with or simply carry around in your pocket.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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