Sami’s Holiday Gift Guide: An On Location Tour

This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own. 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Blogmas, readers!

So, it seems that all my professors have gotten together and decided that they were going to make the week BEFORE finals week when everything would be due. Of course, that would be successful if not every one of my professors decided to do that, but well, we can’t change some stuff in life, now can we?

In the meantime, I have been holiday shopping for all of the special people in my life. After last year’s successful holiday guide, I decided to bring it back this year! So if you’re looking for a craft, a new phone case, or more, last year’s gift guide has got you covered.

And for all you little elves this year, we’re kicking off with something for your favorite movie buffs or someone who loves an experience rather than an item.

On Location Tours offers just that!

My mom and I went on the New York City TV & movie tour earlier this month and had such an amazing time! For only $43 a ticket, you can travel all around NYC for 2.5 – 3 hours checking out where some of your favorite TV shows and movies have filmed. We even got to see where they were going to be filming an upcoming CBS show, how cool?!

During that time, my mom, myself, and the others on our tour bus were taken all over New York City to see the sights of where some of the best movies have filmed. Throughout the trip, our tour guide will tell us about the films that have taken place at the locations, show us clips, and tell us insider secrets about the different locations.

Check out the pictures from the trip. Do you recognize them from some of your favorite movies and TV shows? Hint, hint you should recognize some of them from Gossip Girl, Friends, Sex and the CityGhostbusters, and New Year’s Eve!

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For big fans of Seinfield, Gossip Girl (a.k.a. my current Netflix obsession), or Sex and the City, On Location Tours offers tours specifically geared to those shows. Other speciality options include Turner Classic Movies, Central Park, and the Holiday Lights & Movie sights.

Not in the NYC area? Boston and Washington D.C. also offer tours geared to their areas.

Tickets can be purchased online or at  (212) 913-9780.

Stay tuned for what will be next in my holiday guide! If you end up purchasing tickets, comment below and let me know.

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My Monday Musts: Halloween Edition!

Happy Monday, readers!

Hope you all had a great weekend! It was Parent’s Weekend here at Quinnipiac, so instead of having my family come up to school, I went home and was able to enjoy a relaxing weekend. I was able to see my family, have family dinner, and eat a nice home cooked meal. It was so nice to be back in Jersey for a few days, but now I’m back at school and already spending hours doing work in the library.

So this week is Halloween, one of my favorite holidays! Ever since I was little, I would spend hours in front of the television watching ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” marathons, spend days figuring out the perfect costume, and eating as much candy as I possibly can. Now, even at 19 years old, I still love doing these things this holiday season. I decided to share with you, readers, my top 3 must watch Halloween movies!

1. “Hocus Pocus”

“Hocus Pocus” has been my favorite Halloween movie since I was a kid and always will be my favorite. This movie, filmed in 1993, is about 3 sister witches, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah, who are resurrected from their graves on Halloween night 300 years after being burned at the stake in Salem, Massachusetts. They are resurrected by California teen, Max, who is stuck in the New England town after a recent move. Once the sisters awake from the grave, Max, his sister, Allison, and friend, Dani, must try to stop the witches from sucking the lives out of the little children of Salem. With the help of an immortal cat, Binx, the three try and protect the town’s children.

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2. Any Original 80’s Slasher Film

“Halloween,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Friday the 13th,” and the list goes on and on. The 80’s produced the greatest slasher films known to man kind and none of the current remakes could ever top these original hits. Of all these movies, my top ones are “Halloween,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Friday the 13th.” “Halloween” is about a psycho killer, Michael Myers, who was institutionalized as a child for murdering his sister. He escapes and stalks a teenage girl, while his doctor chases him. “Nightmare on Elm Street” is about Freddy Krueger, a man who was murdered himself. Krueger stalks his victims through his dreams to kill them. “Friday the 13th,” which is probably my favorite of this genre, is about Jason Voorhees, a murderer who is stalking and murdering camp counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, a summer camp which was one the site of a child’s drowning.

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3. “Tower of Terror”

This Disney Channel made-for-TV movie has gotten so forgotten about in recent years, that I couldn’t help but to share it with you all! “Tower of Terror” was the horror movie for me when I was little. I can still remember to this day my excitement when I went to Disney World, rode Tower of Terror, and then purchased the DVD in the gift shop at the end. With the movie barely ever playing on television (I can’t tell you the last time I even see it on TV), getting the DVD was such a good decision! The movie follows reporter, Buzzy, and his niece, Anna, as they uncover the 60 year old mystery of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. As the rumor goes, 5 people went into the elevator on Halloween’s eve in the 1930’s and the elevator collapsed. Now, the 5 roam the hotel as ghosts. According to an old woman, Abigail, who claims to have been at the hotel that night, if Buzzy and Anna can find belongings of each of the ghosts, they can free them from the hotel.

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As much as this has put me in the mood to watch these movies, I have tons of homework to do, as usual, so it’s back to work in the library I go… but, readers I have some exciting news to share with you all very soon! Stay tuned and enjoy the rest of your week! Most importantly, Happy early Halloween!

My Monday Musts

Happy Monday, everybody!

Sorry that this is my first post in a week, readers! I posted last week’s Monday Musts with positive hopes of a speedy recovery. Though it has been going speedy, it was not as speedy as I thought. However, now that I am back to college (with a very inconveniencing brace and crutches), I am excited to get back on Sparkle and Shine. I have some exciting posts planned readers, so get excited. I sure am!

But without wasting a single second of this Monday, seeing as it is after 10 p.m., here is this week’s Monday Musts!

1. Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

With the premiere of Miley’s new music video, Wrecking Ball, premiering today, I just had to make this song this week’s number one Monday Musts. Though the music video is rather different for my taste, the song is absolutely addicting. Just ask my roommates – I have been playing this song nonstop for the past few days. Though I have no singing ability whatsoever, I still just have to belt this tune out whenever I listen to it. No matter how much gossip swirls around Miley and her antics, there is no way of denying how incredible her voice is. Wrecking Ball really shows off her musical talent and proves that I will always be a Miley fan.

 

2. Lamar Odom’s Upcoming Book

The Kardashian hubby has some new tricks up his sleeve – and that includes a tell all book. This week’s In Touch has reported that Odom has signed a $5 million dollar deal that will expose a bunch of Kardashian secrets. According to In Touch, Odom will be exposing  “the identity of Khloe’s real father, what Kim has done for money and Kris [Jenner’s] flirtations with her daughter’s men.” As an avid Kardashian watcher, and yes I am willing to admit that, I am dying to read this book. And for any other other Kardashian fan, I am sure I just made YOUR day/night by sharing this info with you!

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3. Now You See Me

I spent my week at home icing my knee and watching movies. My favorite was Now You See Me about a group of magicians.  Instead of my normal female rom-coms or occasional scary movie, I went for something a little bit different. The movie was about a group of magicians who stole money from banks. The movie seemed like it was all flowing well, as you tried to make your guesses about what was going on and figure out the movie’s secrets, before you know it – huge plot twists came. I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone who is thinking about watching this, because it is absolutely a movie everyone should watch. Just take my word on it readers, it is worth it – no matter what type of movie you like!

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There’s only a few more hours left in this Monday, but either way, I hope it was great for you all! As I continue with all of my homework and makeup work, I wish all of you a great rest of your week. Like I said, keep your eyes out for a bunch of more posts coming up this month.

Keep sparkling, readers!

My Monday Musts

Happy Monday, readers!

I hope all of you are having a happy Monday, unlike myself. I’m having a rather unhappy Monday. Over this past weekend, I managed to fall and damage my knee. My mom had to come, on her birthday, to pick me up at school and take me to the Emergency Room. I am now home in New Jersey, waiting for an orthopedist appointment to see if there is any further damage than what the hospital said. Meanwhile, I’m stuck in a rather unfashionable knee immobilizer and crutches. 

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Now, I’m two hours away, at home, from my school and friends that I love so much. The perfectionist in me is freaking out since I am already missing classes (it’s only the second week!) However, I’m trying to stay positive because I have so many good things coming up back at school – such as recruitment! So with some positive thoughts and good vibes, I’m hoping to make the best of my situation. In the meantime, I’ll be working on some blog posts, catching up on Big Brother, and doing as much homework off my syllabuses so I do not fall behind.

So, readers, send me your good thoughts and positive vibes as you check out this week’s Monday Musts! 

1. The One Direction 3D Movie “This Is Us”

Ever since I heard that One Direction was having a movie come out, I had been counting down the days. So finally, on the first day that it was out, I went with some friends (and ended up seeing some sisters!). We sat closer to the screen than the 10 years who were in the theater. We sang along, we danced, we screamed, and we even shed a few tears. I’m not just saying this because I am a huge Directioner (and plan on marrying Niall), but the movie was incredible. It truly gave fans an inside look on the lives of Harry, Niall, Louis, Zayn, and Liam and showed off more than just the goofy image they portray on Instagram and in Youtube Videos. You learned behind the scenes secrets and looked deeper into their lives as actual people, but just performers. But of course, in true One Direction fashion, there were pranks, laughs, and lots of smiles that makes girls swoon! I already want to see this movie again and could watch it everyday. No matter how big of a fan you are, I recommend going to see the movie. Plus, there were a ton of concert scenes to sing along to as if you were right there in the live audience.

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2. Lilly Pulitzer Letters

For my big diamond sister’s birthday, I ordered us matching Lilly Pulitzer letters. I hadn’t worn them since we gotten them because I was just so nervous I was going to ruin wear them before I got to school and wear them with Katherine. This past Wednesday, my college hosted it’s annual Involvement Fair. At the Involvement Fair, students meet members and heads of the different organizations on campus to see if they are interested in signing up. Though I had to work my school’s yearbook stand at the Involvement Fair, I still wore my letters all day and got to snap this picture with my big diamond sister! The letters look super cute, the shirts were so comfy, and we got so many compliments (and 50 likes on Instagram!). I know I will definitely be ordering more Lilly letters soon (plus they match the planner I wrote about in a previous edition of Monday Musts!)

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Meet my incredible big diamond sister, Katherine!!

3. Good Vibes

As I mentioned above with my injury, I am trying to stay positive with positive thoughts and good vibes. The beach girl in me is coming out when I say that one of my favorite sayings is “Good Vibes.” My twitter background and phone background even used to say that. Good vibes comes more than just from yourself, but the people you surround yourself with. You can’t stay positive by yourself, you need the people around you. You need to think positive to be positive. Negative people cause negative vibes which will not help you in your life. That is why, whenever I get upset over anything, I remember to stay to positive so I have some good vibes to help me get farther in life. So no matter what you’re going through this week either, just remember to keep some good vibes & send me some while you’re at it!

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Enjoy the rest of your week, readers. I hope I have some positive news next week when I write about my Monday Musts!

In the meantime, I’ll try and use my free time to come up with some exciting new story ideas for Sparkle and Shine! 🙂 

My Monday Musts!

This Monday is such an important Monday for me – it’s my last Monday at home before moving back into college tomorrow for my sophomore year! I am just so excited to get back to school – not just to see all my incredible friends and my Alpha Delta Pi sisters, but for the extracurricular activities I am involved in and for my classes.

Call me a nerd, but I love to learn. I’m very interested in my classes this semester, such as broadcast writing and nutrition, which means my yearning to learn is twice as intense. Plus, my dedication to my classes is so strong that I am proud to say that I have made Dean’s List for both semesters of my freshman year. I also love doing extracurriculars, besides just being apart of Greek Life, and piling them sky high on my plate – such as being a staff writer for the school newspaper, the Managing Editor for the school yearbook, and a writer for Quinnipiac’s chapter of HerCampus. This semester, I have other activities I want to be involved and other goals I have set for myself to make for this to be an exciting year ahead!

So on my last night home in Jersey before heading off to school, I present to you, readers, this week’s Monday Musts! 

1. My First Blogging Freebie!

Today is my two month-iversary of creating “Sparkle and Shine.” Yay! Though for only being two months old, I have been granted a lot of wonderful opportunities, such as writing this post and this post for Greek Cover Photo and writing this post for Campus Book Rentals (who is currently having a fall sale, might I add). This past week, I have been in contact with sorority super star and author, Cheryll Duffie. I was completely starstruck when Cheryll got in contact with me and asked me to write about her bookEverything I Need to Know in Life I Learned from Being in a Sorority. Yesterday, I received a package from Cheryll – my first blogging freebie! Ahhh! I’m so excited to be working with Cheryll. Readers, be on the lookout for some very exciting things to come from this!
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2. Whodunnit? 

One of my favorite summer shows was ABC’s Whodunnit?, a crime solving reality TV series. It took real life people and set them in a real life Clue game – where one contestant was the murderer, one was the ultimate winner, and the rest were killed off episode by episode. Each episode kept me on the edge of my seat – playing along with the contestants. My mom was also addicted to the show, so it became similar to us playing a real life Clue game trying to see who the murder really was. The season finale was last night, however, full episodes are online to watch!

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3. Silver Linings Playbook

 I’ve heard so many positives about the award winning movie Silver Linings Playbook, but have never gotten around to watching it. A few nights ago, I was flipping through the On Demand Movies top movies section and found this movie. I never knew what the movie was about, watched the preview, and instantly knew that Silver Linings Playbook was the movie I was going to watch that night. I fell in love with the movie as each second passed. Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, was recently released from a mental hospital for bipolar disorder and is striving to get his wife back. While aiming to get her back, Pat meets Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence,  a recently-widowed woman who is struggling to deal with her own demons. The movie made me laugh, made me cry, made me smile, and overall shows viewers that no matter you are struggling with – there is something out there that will make you happy. If I could, I would watch this movie again and again everyday.

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My Monday Musts

Happy Monday, everybody!

Last week, I posted my first ever set of Monday Musts and it turned out to be a huuuge success. Yay!

Now this week, my last full week before heading back to college for my sophomore year, I have a new set of obsessions to share with you all.

And they are…..

1. “Spring Breakers” Movie

So I have been impatiently waiting to watch this movie, and I finally did! Over the weekend, my best friend and I decide to stay in and stuff our face with appetizer foods and Red Lobster biscuits, bake a cake, and watch the movie in our sweats. Now, honestly, it wasn’t what I was expecting – I mean, who would be expecting an ex- Disney Channel star and a Pretty Little Liar to be walking around shooting people with giant guns?! I’m still questioning what exactly the plot was, the accuracy of the story, and how James Franco still managed to look so attractive while looking so disgusting. However, I still managed to be obsessed with the movie and want to rewatch it over and over again. Spring break forever!

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2. DSW

As I said, I move back to school next week! That means last minute shopping for clothes, dorm accessories, and of course, shoes! I really wanted a pair of black wedges to try and wear with everything for when I was going out, but since I am on a budget that meant that I couldn’t get too crazy (because I will drop a ton of money easily on a cute pair of shoes. Oops!) and be smart. That’s why I decided to go to DSW – where I could get super cute shoes for super cheap. Plus, the Shopping Gods led me right to the sale rack where I fell in love with a pair that was an extra 40% off! I managed to save over $55 on these Guess wedges – paying only $25 instead of $80. I know where I will always be going for shoes now!

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3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

When I first read John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars when it first came out a little over a year ago, I quickly fell in love with the book, the characters, Green’s writing style, just everything about it. I kept telling myself that I had to read another John Green novel ASAP, but whenever it came time for me to download a new book on my nook – I always ended up picking a newly released novel and not just browsing for a John Green novel. This past week I finally reminded myself to download one of his books and I fell in love with this book and these characters just like I did The Fault in Our Stars. The novel follows around a wallflower, Miles, who transfers to a boarding school, Culver Creek, in order to find his “The Great Perhaps.” Culver Creek holds so much more for Miles than he could ever expect. Through every twist and turn in growing up and falling in love, Green keeps the reader so drawn in that the reader can’t help but to fall in love with the novel. It’s a must read for everybody.

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This past week has been one to remember with a bunch of last minute memories to make in the summer of 2013 and was able to bring along this week’s set of Monday Musts!  I wonder what the next week will have in store for me!

Have a great week, everybody! XOXO