Blog Break

Hi!  I wanted to apologise for my absence these past few days.  I also wanted to let you all know that I'm going to be taking a little blog break for a bit.  I'm not sure how long.  It couldn't be anywhere between a couple of weeks to a month or two.  I've decided that I spend entirely too much time on the computer, and I just need to get away from it for a while.  Consider it a challenge.  As much time as I spend on the computer, it's definitely going to be challenging.  I'll probably use the time to catch up on some reading and to enjoy a few movies as well as spend more time outside.  My patio is lonely.  I'm also going to get off my bum and start P90X.  I tried it once before, and I quit after about 3 weeks.  I want to focus on bettering myself both physically and mentally...and that means I'm going to have to make some sacrifices...my excessive Internet usage is at the top of the list. 
Another reason that I am going to take a break is that I'm feeling a little bit of the 'burn-out bug' and I don't want my blog content to suffer because of it.  Hopefully the time off will fill me with all sorts of wonderful stuff to share when I get back :)  I'll still be checking my mail a couple of times a week, so if you'd like to contact me feel free!  I hope you're all having a fantastic summer!

Photo Flashback: August 2010-2011

In August 2010 I shaved my head!  It's something I had always wanted to do and I LOVED it!  It's definitely the most stress free haircut I've ever had.  And with this heat...I'm really really missing it!

A Sketch of Ted Bundy I did in 2010.  I almost never sketch anymore and I think this is actually the last piece I did.  I need to start it up again and build myself up to what I was capable of in High School.  I don't know why I stopped, but it makes me sad that I did.  Maybe I'll apply myself and start a new sketch feature? 

I went a little ring-happy last August and made a whole bunch of cute rings.  I don't wear jewelry very often, but I do wear these every now and then. 
If you missed all the excitement of Photo Flashback in July, you can see it here!

Changes in August

I apologize for missing Mani-Monday yesterday.  I had a mini breakdown this weekend and came to the conclusion that I need to give myself a break.  This doesn't mean the end of nail polish posts here on Miss Darlingheart, but it does mean that I probably won't be doing them every week.  I wasn't at my apartment over the weekend and I got into a funk when I realised that I didn't have any of my nail polish with me.  I got upset with myself for not doing it during the middle of the week when I had plenty of time.  I then told myself that it's not something I should beat myself up over.  I want this blog to be a place where I can relax and be happy.  I work full time and when I get home..I usually head straight for the computer to work on a post or something blog related...and sometimes I don't leave the computer until bedtime.  The thought of that makes me miserable.  I need to spend more time away from the computer doing things that I've been neglecting.  I'm still going to do nail polish posts, because I love painting my nails and trying different color/pattern combos. 
Frugal Friday is another feature that has been a little bit rough on me too.  The posts I've done so far have helped me a lot when it comes to saving money, but I don't want it to become a source of frustration for me either.
I'm going to take a week off from blogging to give myself time to develop a new schedule for myself.  Hopefully I'll come back fully charged with new ideas and something that will please not only me, but you as well.
I hope you're all having a great week!
  

FF #4

I don't wanna sound like a total movie snob right now...but I'm the biggest movie buff/nerd that I know.  I love movies!  I can not get enough!  I can't think of anything I love more at the moment than the idea of just lounging around in my pajamas for a day of watching movies.  Paradise.
My love of movies has prompted me to be not-so-frugal and buy lots and lots of them.  I have an ever growing collection that (to me) never seems big enough.  I've been holding myself back for the past month or two though and haven't purchased any new movies (even though there are at least 4-6 out right now that I desperately want to ad to my collection-it's so frustrating!).  So today I thought it would be appropriate to share a few tips on how I keep my movie-hunger sated. 

1. Netflix.  I personally don't care that the prices went up a while back.  Even after they went up...it was still super cheap.  If you don't watch a lot of movies, I can see where paying a monthly fee for Netflix wouldn't be worth it.  But for people like me who watch movies almost daily (ok maybe a wee bit less..but not much)...it's totally awesome!  AND Matthew and I share an account so it's practically free for me right now anyways.  When I was a kid, my dad took us to the video store every weekend and let us each pick one movie.  He spent more in one weekend of rentals than it costs for one month of Netflix (maybe even two).  That's a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

2. Amazon.  This one isn't free, but it's pretty darn cheap.  Amazon now has a wonderful little feature: Instant Watch.  It costs around 3 bucks on average to rent an 'instant-watch' film.  If you're dieing to watch something in particular and you couldn't find it on Netflix, your best shot is going to be Amazon.  They even have a few that aren't even in theaters yet!  I was browsing through there the other day and found out I could see The Good Doctor (go watch the trailer!) for $10.  I know that's a bit steep, but it's just an example.  Amazons selection is fantastic!

3. Pre-Owned.  There is a little used video store not far from me called The Movie Trading Co.  The selection is insane and the prices are even crazier.  I haven't been in a while because I AM trying to save money, but if there is a movie you MUST have for your collection, try finding a place that sells them used!  I've never had a problem with them not working or the boxes being scratched up. 
4. Movie Swap.  Call up a few of your friends and get together to trade movies.  Watch them together or take them home with you.  Either way you're getting to see something new and so are your friends :)

5. Discount tickets.  Matthew and I love movie dates.  It's sort of our thing.  To save on going to the movies we almost always go to the matinee showings.  The crowds are smaller and the tickets are much cheaper.  I haven't been to a dollar theater in a long time, but when I lived in Waco, Tuesdays were my solo-movie days.  I took myself to see a movie every Tuesday because it was only 50 cents.  I got to have my me time and see a movie too.  It was great :)

These are my main thrifty movie moves.  If you're a movie lover like myself, I hope you can appreciate these tips.  What are your favorite ways to save on movies?

Looking Back: July 2012

Mani Monday
I'm so proud of myself for staying on top of this and having my nails different every week!  I think my favorites were the ones I did for the beach.  You can see all of my Mani Monday posts here!

Hiking Adventures and Snapshots
I'm so happy that Matthew and I have adopted Sunday as our weekly hike day.  We've found the perfect little trail and I'm in love with all of the little goodies I've found each time!  You can see all of the hiking snapshots from our last two trips here and here!




Frugal Friday
I've always been one of those people that lives paycheck to paycheck and finds "saving money" to be one of the most difficult tasks EVER.  I WAS terrible at it, but I've been doing so well this past month.  I can't believe how much I was able to save.  Not only was I able to put lots into my savings, but every pay day I still had leftovers in my checking account too (which never happens for me).
  1. Five Ways To Enjoy This Weekend For Free!
  2. Simple Ways To Grow Your Savings!
  3. Treating Yourself To Something Nice!
Rockport Vacation
I can't keep thinking about how much fun I had in Rockport and how I want to live there now.  It was perfect!  It's such a quiet pretty little place.  And for a nature love like myself, it's a dream!  I loved so many of the photos (and took so many!) that I split them up into three posts.  Part I, Part II, and Part III.



BONUS: Film Love!!!
Shame.  Starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.  "In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life -- which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction -- is disrupted when his sister Sissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay."-IMDB
Steve McQueen rose to the top of my favorite film directors list after I saw Hunger (which also stars Fassbender) and I was so excited to finally see this film.  It's gritty, heart renching, and beautiful all in one.  I don't understand why this movie was an "Oscar Snub" as it is clearly deserving of recognition.  It did receive many nomonations and wins outside of the Oscar Awards though so I'm happy for that.  A fantastic film no doubt.
Steve McQueen is currently working on a film titled Twelve Years A Slave which, again, stars Michael Fassbender (AND Benedict Cumberbatch-yay!!!).