Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Power Anthem Playlist

Music is such a universal joy. I talked about my obsession with Spotify in this post last year, and now I'm back on that topic again!

I have so.many.playlists. I have one each for spring, summer, fall, and winter. I have them for all sorts of feelings and relationships (besties, sisters, etc.). I recently started one called anthems.

So many songs have struck a chord (literally!) with me lately that I knew I needed a playlist of songs that get me inspired and totally pumped up to live my life to the full. I wanted to share some of those songs here with you! (Plus, for whatever reason, it can be uber difficult to find friends/playlists on Spotify. My anthems playlist has the heart-with-stars emoji on either side of the word. Try searching that way if you're desperate to jam!)

Never Gonna Let You Down - Colbie Caillat
Fight Song - Rachel Platten
Life of the Party - Shawn Mendes
Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine
The Night is Still Young - Nicki Minaj
Brave - Sara Bareilles
Cannonball - Lea Michele
Skyscraper - Demi Lovato

What songs should I add to it? What songs get you jazzed? Let me know!

You are SO incredible!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Life at 29.

I'm one day in to 29. So far, it's not too different from 28. Hahah. I left work for my four-day weekend all caught up on my work and returned to a stack of to-be-done papers! It's ok. The four days off were totally worth it. Plus, as a more mature adult ;) now, I should probably up my work game anyway!

Picture below is from my Snapchat. We should be friends, for sure. Leave your username in the comments!!

I want to write more and read more and watch more and blog more. Basically, every year I want the same things. To see and do and feel and experience more. Here's me saying that 29 is the same in that regard.

I hope to see a lot more of you around these parts.

Also, if we aren't friends everywhere yet, you can find me @jesstinybird on just about any and every social media platform.

Remember, you are loved.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Good morning, 29!

As you've seen in previous birthday posts, I use my birthday as a new chance. I love a brand new day, week, month, year, start!

Here's hoping 29 includes ALL the love and friends and snuggles and laughs and dances and songs and movies and food and memories. 

High hopes for this year!


Goodnight, 28!

What a year 28 has been! It started with a grand celebration and ended with one!

I am thankful for what I've learned this year, but I'm eager for what lies ahead. Except the whole aging thing! ;)

Goodnight, 28. I'll never forget you!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Movies to see {Volume 2}

Good morning, loves! It's May 14, and I'm just now getting around to writing my second volume of movies-to-see! This list will cover May-August releases. First, let's talk about my January-April list and what I was able to cross off! 

I'm happy to report that I was able to see quite a few movies in the first four months of the year! I was able to see four of the five on my first list, and I saw at least two that I hadn't listed. I saw Selma, The Duff, Insurgent, Cinderella, The Age of Adaline, and Furious 7. Furious 7 took the most prep time since Jordan and I bought and watched 1-6 first! All six of the movies were as wonderful as I had hoped they would be. I didn't get to see The Longest Ride, so I'm anxiously awaiting the home release!

Now, I assumed (first problem!) that since I wanted to see so many movies in the first part of the year that the summer season may be a box-office bust. From the list I've compiled for May-August, it looks like I was wrong. Sigh. Grab some coffee...or popcorn, and let's get started!

(Since I'm later posting this than I meant to be, I've already seen Avengers: Age of Ultron. Trust me when I say RUN! Don't walk. You won't regret it. The only wish I had was that I had seen even more of the Marvel movies so I would have caught all the jokes. Such a good cast though. Can't wait to watch more!)

Let's see what movies May has to offer:

Avengers: Age of Ultron (5/1) - SO GOOD! Chris Hemsworth AND an Olsen?!?!

Hot Pursuit (5/8) - Dying to see this because I'm a huge Reese fan! Plus, my favorite reviewer, Ryan Jay, gave a glowing report of it!

Pitch Perfect 2 (5/15) - Seeing this tomorrow night after my birthday party! I can't wait because the cast is Aca-wesome!

Mad Max (5/15) - I'm still trying to decide if I want to see this! Jordan definitely does, and Charlize makes it look like something I just can't miss. We'll see!

Tomorrowland (5/22) - I CAN'T WAIT. Britt Robertson has been a favorite of mine since she was on the CW's Life UnExpected (which was cancelled way too soon).

Aloha (5/29) - The last in this looks incredible! Emma Stone. Rachel McAdams. Bradley Cooper. I'll see you there.

June's offerings:

Jurassic World (6/2) - I'm putting this on the list because Jordan loves Jurassic Park, but I'm not sure if we'll actually be seeing it. Jordan isn't sure that it will live up to what he hopes it will be. Will you be seeing this?

Inside Out (6/19) - Disney Pixar = I'll definitely be seeing it. Also, it looks amazing and thought provoking and heart tugging. I can't wait to see what goes on inside my body/mind/heart.

Dope (6/19) - I can't miss this one! From the time I saw the first preview, I knew it would be something I had to see. Plus. Zoe Kravitz. I'm such a fan.

July's movies on tap:

Terminator Genisys (7/1) - The single reason this is on my list is because of my obsession with Jai Courtney. He played a villain in Divergent and Insurgent, and I'm eager to see him be a good guy!

Ant-Man (7/17) - Again, Marvel. Yes. The trailer looks fabulous!!!!

Mr. Holmes (7/17) - I haven't seen a preview for this, but I enjoy Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen. I feel like this will be a good one - that is, if it releases nationwide.

Paper Towns (7/24) - John Green. Cara Delevingne. SO MUCH YES. I'm hoping to carve out some time to read the book before I see the movie.

Vacation (7/29) - I apologize in advance for the crude humor in the preview, but I laughed SO LOUD every single time I watched it. I don't know if it will live up to the hype of its predecessor films, but it looks good enough to me!

August's watch list:

Fantastic Four (8/7) - I'm sure we'll be seeing this! Remember? Marvel.  :)

Dark Places (8/7) - I haven't seen a preview, and I may change my mind when I do, but the cast list makes this appealing to me. Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Charlize Theron are all in this! However, it may be a bit scary/suspenseful for my taste! I'm eager for more information.

So, who's up for a movie date or four with their favorite magnolia? Hmm?  :)

You are SO loved,




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Currently {MAY!} Link-Up!

It's MAYYYY! My birth month is here (the actual day is the 18th)! If you're familiar with me, you already know that I like to celebrate the entire month! I'm linking up with Jenna and Anne to let you know what I'm up to.

Currently, I am...

designing:  All different combinations of how to wear my Keys and Keepers! As I mentioned in this post, I'm a Keep Collective Designer now. It's super fun to mix and match all my pieces! You can shop here. ALL NEW summer Keys and Keepers are out Friday, and if you like summer and/or the beach, you are going to LOVE. (I may have ordered several new pieces!!!!)  

enjoying:  All the movies I've gotten to see lately! Cinderella, Age of Adaline, Furious 7, and Avengers: Age of Ultron were all spectacular! I'll be doing a May-August must see list soon! Better late than never, so stay tuned for that! 

I'm also still enjoying Easter candy.  :)

ordering:  I've ordered my planner for next year from, and I am waiting eagerly to find out that it has shipped!!! I have loved the planner I've had this year, so I'm eager to use the same style for the next one. Plus, I love matching Lauren!

celebrating:  MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! So super excited for the summer and my birth month. I'm having a Favorite Things Party (after attending two others), and I can hardly wait! Spending quality time with my favorite girls makes it even better.

tasting:  Just about everything, it seems. Self control is not something I do well with, so I've been having ALL the candy and ALL the cookies...and whatever else is around!

What about YOU?! Link-up with us. I'd love to check out your post, so be sure to let me know if you participate! 

You are SO LOVED!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What's happening:

This past weekend, Jordan was randomly off Friday-Sunday. I took off Friday, and we enjoyed a three day weekend together!

Friday had a rainy start, but we made it to Fondren for lunch and dessert!

We went to Brent's for lunch!

Cherry limeade. YUM. 

...and finally got to try La Brioche!!!!! (I'm obsessed. It may be one of my new favorite places ever.)

Jordan had a macchiato and tried his first macarons! He had chocolate and earl grey. Earl grey was the best. Divine. 

I had the most luscious hot chocolate ever. Plus a vanilla and chocolate macaron! I can't wait to go back and take my sister!

Hope you're enjoying April!