Astrid*Stars: August 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Week With TV: The Emmy's

my week with TV,  the emmy's, homeland, house of cards, parks and rec, silicon valley, Wolf hall

Gah, so this 30 day blogging challenge has been well, challenging. I was so excited to get the ball rolling again, but had a combination of writer's block and having so much I want to write about. But finally, after having this nagging and persistent focus on TV and realizing how much of it, good and bad, I have missed, I decided to start a new series. So with that I present to you: My Week With TV. 

So first off, why did I choose to start blogging about TV all of a sudden. Well I guess it isn't really as spontaneous as it sounds. If you have been reading my blog for some time, or follow me on Twitter, you may know that I majored in Film and TV and currently work in reality/documentary TV. I also am just plain and simple a TV Junkie and lately I've been having a lot of creative talks with James and friends surrounding TV and Film. Therefore, since my blog is mostly based on what I'm living and loving, it would be odd not to include this passion/love of mine in it. 

To start off the series, I want to talk about the big upcoming super important and special event for Television: The Emmy's. Oh yeah, something else I'm super into and in love with are award shows, particularly The Oscar's, the Golden Globes, and you guessed it, The Emmy's. 

But I have to admit that while I love watching theses shows, in the past I've been really bad at knowing/watching the nominated shows. Like seriously I'm lost as to the existence of some of the shows. I mean they look great, but then I'm like wait...that has been on this whole time? Where was I when this was showing? 

Not this year though. Nope, this year I vow to at least try to watch the series nominated for Comedy, Drama and maybe even Limited Series. Or at least the ones that seem possible to get through before the Emmy's air on Fox, September 20th. I will say that I have a bit of a head start though since there have been a few of the nominees that I've kept on top of. 

So far the series I've gotten to are: Game of Thrones, American Crime, AHS: Freak Show, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and yup that's about it. But there are still 15 others I need to get to. But let's face it, I'm a busy gal, what with work, dating, trying to workout and sleep, 15 series will be hard to squeeze in. I already watch a lot of TV but I'm not glued to it...I do have other things that keep me occupied. That's why I'm just going to choose 5 of these to focus on and then I'll see about the next 5, cuz priorities! So here are the one's I'll be giving my time to:

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1. Homeland-I was actually really into this, but once I moved to New York, it became hard for me to keep up with it. But thankfully, I just subscribed to Showtime via Hulu and since I'm only a season and a half behind. this will be easy to come up to date with. 

my week with TV,  the emmy's, homeland, house of cards, parks and rec, silicon valley, Wolf hall

2. House of Cards- I really loved the first season of this show, but part of the reason I stopped watching it is because this is the kind of show where I have to put away all distractions and give it my full attention. But I usually get home so tired and just want to watch something light, however, I am willing to put away a day or two to give it my full devotion.

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3. Silicon Valley- I remembered watching the pilot to this show and thinking it was so funny, but then we got rid of HBO. Thankfully I just got HBO Now and this show is only 2 seasons long as well as each episode only running a half hour. 

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4. Parks and Recreation- I know, I know, how have I not watched this. Well for a while I simply didn't watch a lot of NBC comedies, mainly because Grey's Anatomy was on at the same time LOL. But I love Amy Poehler and the rest of the cast, so this is a must! Plus it ended this year :(

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5. Wolf Hall- Mostly because I have a thing for series based on historical times...specifically those surrounding kings and queens. And this one is all about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Plus James and his family have gotten me into a lot of BBC (it airs on PBS, but is produced by BBC).

It was difficult narrowing down my list, but ultimately I am happy with what I have chosen. I am going to give myself an even stricter deadline of two weeks rather than Sept 20th, but only so I will actually make time to watch these. My Week With TV starts now...but feel free to share whats on your DVR/List/Que with me in the comments below.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer Ready with U by Kotex®

U by Kotex® Summer Ready

Summer is a time to celebrate and relax. I often associate summer with fun, time with friends and cute shorts/skirts. You know what isn't cute and fun though? Losing your undies to your period. Seriously its the worst and it can be such a party pooper. Thankfully U by Kotex® has your back to help #SavetheUndies.

As I've mentioned in previous U by Kotex® posts, their pads really do a great job to keep you dry and prevent you from losing your favorite pair of undies to that time of the month. And they stop your period from putting an end to your summer fun. The U by Kotex® Ultra Thin pads with 3D Capture Core* plus Xpress DRI work so well due to their super fast absorption capabilities. For someone like me, who usually prefers tampons to pads due to not loving the I think I might have peed my pants feeling when I'm on my period, this is a huge plus. 

Honestly, I wish I could have gotten a hold on these U by Kotex® Security* and CleanWear® Ultra Thin Pads with 3D Capture Core plus Xpress DRI* a week earlier than I did. They would have seriously been so helpful to keep me a lot more relaxed at Dempsey's birthday party, when I had just started a really vengeful period. Thankfully, catastrophe's were adversed, but having the 3D Capture Core plus Xpress DRI technology on my side would have allowed me to enjoy the party a lot more.  

Fortunately, they are now in my possession and I am prepared to not let my period get in the way of the rest of my summer fun. If you too would like to enjoy your summer with all your undies intact, visit and get your free sample. Come on, become an #UnderWarrior and help #SavetheUndies


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Mid-Year Review

mid year review

This past month has been a bit crazy and definitely busy, so sorry for the lack of posts. I just started a new (full-time) job and on top of that my computer decided to fall apart on me. Since starting my new job, I've seriously had to restore my computer on an almost daily basis. Plus add in my social life. Throughout all the craziness however, I've really been thinking about how my year has been going so far and about the resolutions I made for it. I also realize that this month is my Blogiversary (since I've done it for reals) and therefore thought it was fitting to do a Mid-Year review post as a celebration/reset. 

To review, here was my New Year's Post. So how am I doing so far:

1. Be more present- I'm so glad I've been able to accomplish this. For one, I've been able to put my phone away when hanging out with friends. I usually only take it out if we are looking up a movie fact or checking the time. Another thing I've done is I stopped vlogging. While this was tough to do, I realized it took away from appreciating the moment and also was stressing me out. I still have some work to do, but glad I've been able to live a little more in the moment.

2. DeClutter my Life- Yea I am still working on this. Less magazines, but I still need to kinda organize other aspects of my life.

3. Work on Time Management- Yea I definitely need to work on organizing my life in this regard, but hey at least I'm not late to work anymore. I seriously have done pretty well with showing up on time for the most part. I still need to work on sleep and getting things done that need to get done. 

4. Improve on my Blog & Channel- I know I've been slacking on this the past few months, but I'm really itching to get going again. In fact, I've decided to restarted the 30 Day blog challenge I attempted to do back in April. Plus with my new job, I can no afford to hire some design help.

5. Travel More- Ok so this one is kind of a bummer. Initially I really wanted to travel a lot this year, but sadly I started the year off being unemployed for the first three months. Then when I did get a job, it was only part time in which some weeks I would only get one four hour shift. Thankfully my new job pays a lot better and is full time, but I need to focus on paying down debt before focusing on traveling. However, it doesn't mean I can't do a few local travels :)

How do you guys think I've done? I think I've done alright, but ultimately, I'm just glad with how 2015 is turning out. I just feel more laid back while feeling like my life is coming together at the same time. 

Hope your year is going well. Any luck accomplishing resolutions? Have you completely forgotten about them or have they changed? Let me know in the comments below :)