Books

Listening to Audiobooks When You Don’t Have Time to Read

Audiobooks

OK, I’ll admit it. Every so often, I don’t have as much time as I’d like to dedicate to reading. Yes, even with all my tips and tricks to squeeze in extra time. Life happens. (You know, like settling into a new home, planning a wedding, running a household, oh and working full time….)

Keeping up with the New York Times Best Sellers, Ophrah’s fav’s, and a million other lists can be quite daunting. So I keep a running list of books I want to eventually read, and it seriously grows larger by the day. There are just so many must-reads out there! So, I turn to audiobooks for help. And let me tell you, audiobooks have stolen my heart.  Continue Reading

Balance

The Truth About Body Language, It’s All About Building Rapport

BUILDING RAPPORT

Chris Ulrich is a body language expert, a personal coach, oh and my improv teacher. Chris works with a large variety of clients ranging from political figures, to lawyers, to teachers, to government employees. He mainly works one on one with clients, and travels across the country giving corporate talks, keynotes, and conducting workshops with various National Associations and corporations.

Chris is the kindest human being I have ever met. He has the patience of a saint and a wonderful way of making each and everyone of my classmates feel welcome and at ease. When I figured out he was a body language expert, I begged asked Chris to sit down with me, outside of class, to pick his brain on all things body language.

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Places

Helvetica – A Typeface You Either Love or Hate, and Here’s Why

Helvetica

Last summer, I caught wind of Gary Hustwit’s independent film, HelveticaThe documentary is about how typography and graphic design radically affect our culture and lives, even more than we’d realize. And of course, it centers around the popular typeface, Helvetica.

The film dives deep into the modernist movement, that shifted advertising into something cleaner, sharper, and exploded everywhere. This one, gorgeous typeface transformed the world around us. It’s quite fascinating, really, and if you’re looking for a good documentary? I highly recommend it. Continue Reading

Makeup

The Six Makeup Brushes I Use Everyday

The Six Makeup Brushes I Use Everyday

You know what they say, right? Your makeup is only half as good as the brush you use to apply it. Did you know that? Makeup brushes are the most essential tools in your kit, and it may come to a shock — but many women over look the importance of a good makeup brush.

It can be intimidating, as there are hundreds, and hundreds of different types of makeup brushes out there. I’m a believer in starting small, one or two purchases at a time to build and grow your empire of tools. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right brush for you, but know that all brushes need to be paired with their own separate type of makeup. Example, bronzer and blush will each need their own individual brush.

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Books

3 Books I Recommend You Skip // Volume #2

Books I Recommend You Skip, Volume #2

I have some fun, book related news — I’ve updated my 2016 Reading Challenge from 30 to 45 books! By averaging three to four books per month, it’s statistically impossible that I’ll end up loving, or even liking the majority. And there’s nothing more aggravating than finally sitting down to read a book you’ve heard so many great things about, only to be left sorely disappointed.

And guess what? It happens a lot. So I’ve decided to start posting a new series, here on Peonies and Bees: 3 Books I Recommend You Skip.

Because I want to spare you, my fellow bookworms, of reads that are just not worth your time. Are you ready for Volume #2 of overrated books?

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Balance

A Unique Way of Practicing Mindfulness

A Unique Way of Practicing Mindfulness

Achieving true mindfulness has been a long time goal of mine. And by long time, think years. However, staying alert and present in the moment is no easy feat, as it can feel nearly impossible. I’m constantly running through a laundry list of to-do’s during a work  meeting, or checking my emails while walking to get my daily afternoon coffee, or thinking about what I want to make for dinner instead of absorbing the words in my current novel.

Good news though! After completing 30 full days of meditation, I made the firm decision to stick with it. I’ve learned wonderful tools and tips that help get me to partial mindfulness. [Key word: partial] So, I began a search for an additional something that would help foster and nourish my relationship with mindfulness. And that’s when I finally came across Buddha Board.

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