October 31, 2016

Still Spooky TBR | November, 2016.


Since here in Brazil we don't really celebrate Halloween (just a regular monday over here, guys!), I thought it would be cool share with you my "still spooky TBR" (yep, that's what we're calling it). I decided to keep the Halloween vibes going until December because I'm not ready to dive into the Christmas/winter reads just yet. Although I LOVE the holiday season, I'm still in denial that 2016 is coming to an end and if I have to keep reading scary books in November to appease my mind than that's what I'm gonna do. Naaah, I'm just kidding. I just got hooked into the mystery thrillers and whimsical reads and now I want more.

Some of these books I just want to finish because they've been on my "currently reading" shelf for too long (the struggles of being a reader), but others I'm really excited about. If you've read any of them let me know on the comments so I'll know what to expect. Anyway, I'm just gonna stop right here and we're going to talk about the books.



The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena | I've actually already started this book, I think I'm about 30% in and I'm hooked, guys! The suspense is building up so well and I'm super intrigued. Definitely excited about this one! 

Lily and the Octopus - Steven Rowley | I've been reading this one for a while as well, but this one is just meeeh. It's a cool story, but as you can see from the cover it's about a dog and I'm never intrigued by stories with dogs. I love dogs, I just don't like reading about them. This has a Marley and Me vibe going on, so if you liked that maybe you'll enjoy this one more than me.  

That Summer - Sarah Dessen | When I said I just wanted to finish some books because they were taking too long, this is what I'm talking about. This book was not AT ALL what I was expecting. I was expecting a light summer read set in a beach house with some high school boy drama, I got a boring dysfunctional family instead with an annoying main character. Hopefully, things will pick in the future - fingers crossed.  

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas | I'm late to the Maas party, I know.. I just wanted to see what the hype was all about. I've read like 10 pages from it and I'm excited. Cealina has sooooo much sass and I'm loving her.  

The Night Sister - Jennifer McMahon | This book scares the crap out of me. The cover, the sinopse and the title are enough to make me really scared. I have no idea how I'll be able to actually read this book since I do most of my reading before I go to sleep, but we'll see if I manage.   

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz | This book won a bunch of awards and that's why I want to read it. That's all. I don't even know what this is about, so I'm hoping for a pleasant surprise.

Thicker than Blood - Madeline Sheehan | This book got me with the cover, but I've read the first chapter and it definitely starts with a BANG. I have no idea where they're going with the story, but I'm hoping for the best.  

Vicious - Victoria Schwab | I have so many expectations for these books. Everybody says Victoria Schwab is amazing and I don't know why it's taking me so long to read something from her. Hopefully this is as good as I'm building up in my mind.

As you can see, I'm all over the place with my reading. I've been reading waaaay too many books at the same time and this is the month when it all ends. I need to get my life together and start finishing some books if I want to accomplish my 2016 Reading Challenge. Since some of this books I've already started, I'm hoping I'll be able to squeeze in some other books, but I'm also traveling this month so I don't know how things will go. I'll talk more about my trip in my next post if you want to know more.  

What's on your November TBR?
What are you currently reading?

Thanks so much for stopping by and HAPPY HALLOWEEN again!

October 30, 2016

Reading Wrap Up | October, 2016.

It's the end of the month and you know the drill: It's Wrap Up time! Today was actually a super productive reading month, and I was not expecting it. I was super busy, but I still managed to read 7 books and 1 short story. I always feel like I didn't read anything and then I check my GoodReads at the end of month and I'm always a little surprised. I'm not complaining, though! I'm pretty sure I'll be able to surpass my Reading Challenge and that's pretty awesome.

But about this month, I tried to focus on spooky/horror reads but, as you'll see, I didn't do a great job. I only read one spooky book, but I did finish A Series of Unfortunate Events and I'm REALLY proud of myself - it took me almost 10 years to finish this series, but I did it! Always believe in yourselves, guys. Always. Never say never. Anyway, I'm gonna stop with the jokes and let's get to the books.


Rolling in the Deep - Mira Grant | I'm not sure if this is a book or a short story because it's only 128 pages. I think it's book and GoodReads counts it as book. I liked this one, but it wasn't a favorite. I was expecting more, more horror and more scary. It was interesting. If you enjoy reading about mermaids, give this a go. But if you don't, I would skip it.
2.5 STARS.

A Good Marriage - Stephen King | This is definitely a short story, but GoodReads counts it as a book towards my Reading Challenge so I'm not complaining. This was really good, but I wanted more. This story could easily be unfolded into a regular size book and I'm just sad it wasn't. I know this is a movie now and I'm super excited to watch it. If you're looking for a quick read, which I totally was, this will be perfect for you. This is basically about your average couple, married for 25 years, grown kids, and everything is fine. One day, while the husband is traveling, the wife discovers her husbands secret and things unfold from there. It's good, it's gripping, I just wanted more. 
4 STARS.    

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine Warga | I was not expecting to love this book so much. I picked this one up because I wanted a light YA read after all those mysteries I was reading and this one didn't disappoint. This book is about a girl (Aysel) who is depressed because of something her father did and she decides she wants to commit suicide. She goes to an online website for people who are looking for suicide partners and there she meets Roman, who is also looking for a suicide partner. From there, they develop a weird sort of friendship/relationship and then you need to read the book so see what happens. This book was so good and the characters were amazing. Totally recommend this if you're looking for a good YA to read next.  

The Good Girl - Mary Kubica | This was a let down. It was slow paced, I didn't really relate to the characters and I felt like nothing was happening. I kept waiting for the plot twist to blow my mind and it just didn't. I was expecting so much more and I was so disappointed after reading this. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone and I cannot understand how so many people seem to be loving it.
2 STARS.  

The End - Lemony Snicket | So many feelings about the end of this series. I'll definitely write an entire post about his series, so for now I'm just gonna say that I loved. It was the perfect ending.

The Penultimate Peril - Lemony Snicket | Not my favorite one of the series, but I still enjoyed reading it.

We All Looked Up - Tommy Wallach | Good, not great, just good. I had absolutely no idea what this book was about when I started reading it, and I'm not sure this is the way to go. Actually, if I knew what it was about I would probably not read it. Anyway, in this book we follow the lives of a couple of characters (can't remember how many) as an asteroid orbits Earth and there's a 60% chance that it will actually hit the planet. It has a cool premise and I like the overall message of it. But, some of the characters annoyed me and I didn't really care for them. It wasn't that bad, though. It was just ok.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo | This book really is life-changing. I listened to the audiobook and for me that's the way to go. I can't actually read self-help books. I don't know why, but every time I try I get bored or loose interest in the subject. But this was a really good one. I picked it up because of all the hype online, and although I don't agree with everything in it, I'll certainly try out some of the tips to see if they work for me.

These are all the books I've read this month. If you have any recommendations please leave it in the comments, as well as any thoughts or opinions you might have. I'm pretty happy with seven books in a month, hopefully I'll keep this up until December because I still have way too many books I want to read until the end of the year.

What was your favorite book this month?
What books do you plan on reading until the end of the year?

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon!

October 28, 2016

Cruelty-Free Makeup I Own and LOVE.

Hey. What's up? Hello!

This month's Favorites is going to be a little different. If you've been reading my recent posts you probably already know this, but I've been trying to go completely cruelty-free when it comes to beauty products: makeup, haircare, skincare... everuthing! I'll keep using the products I already have, but now I only purchase cruelty-free.  So, I thought it would be cool to share with you guys some of my favorite products from brands that don't test on animals. These are all products that I've had for ages and that happen to be cruelty-free - they were not purchased just because they're cruelty-free. I hope you get inspired by this post and realize that there are some GREAT brands out there with AMAZING products that DON'T TEST ON ANIMALS.

MUA Eyeshadow Palette | Heaven and Earth.
I've mentioned this in a previous post, but I just had to mention it again. This is one of my all time favorite palettes and it's super inexpensive. These are all shades I use on a daily basis, although I've been trying to incorporate more colors in my looks. But for color I usually use my random quads or duos. These are super pigmented, long-lasting and beautiful. I think this is a staple, it would look good with any eye color.
BONUS: e.l.f. brushes are just amazing and also cruelty-free.

Kiko Lipsticks | 812, 912, 913.
If you didn't know, Kiko's lipsticks don't have shades, they have numbers and these are my favorites. I love Kiko's products overall, but these lipsticks are just special. They're super moisturizing, they feel nice on the lips and they stay put. You don't have to worry about them moving outside the lip line. They also come in a bunch of shades and are also super inexpensive. As you're going to see, inexpensive is a recurring today. 

NYX Butter Gloss | Angel Food Cake.
I'm not usually a big fan of lipgloss, but this is AMAZING. It's super comfortable, it lasts on the lips and this shades goes with everything. I definitely plan on trying out more shades in the future and I highly recommend trying this formula if you're in the market for lipgloss. I haven't tried anything else from NYX, but I totally plan on. Specially now that I've discovered that they're cruelty-free.

Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick | Velvet Slipper.
 This is a new product. I've only worn it a couple of times, but I'm in LOVE with this shade. We've been having some cold weather over here and I've been loving the dark shades. I don't have a lot of liquid lipsticks, but I do like this one. It lasts a long time on the lips, it doesn't move, it's pretty matte and the price is great. If you've been curious about liquid lipsticks, this is a good one to start.

Essence Match2Cover | Soft Beige.
This is an old favorite, I've repurchased this multiple times. The best part about it is the fact that it comes with two different shades that you can mix and match to get your perfect shade. I also love the lighter shade for highlighting. It does crease so you have to set if with powder, but that's not a problem for me because I always set my under eye area. This is an overall great product and it's super inexpensive. You don't need to break the bank to go cruelty-free.

That's it for today, folks! I hope you enjoyed this post! If you can't go completely cruelty-free I think it still helps if you can switch some of the products you currently use. You don't need to do everything all at once, take baby steps. Every step in the right direction counts and it's better to be a part of the solution than part of the problem! And also, you don't have to throw everything away, just keep that in mind when you go shopping in the future. Let me know you thoughts and opinion in the comments, I love hearing from you!

What are some of you're favorite cruelty-free beauty brands?

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

October 26, 2016


Today, we're going to talk about books! For those of you who don't know yet (hello, you must be new here!), I do all of my reading and book buying on my Kindle, unless it's for school. I went a little crazy this month because it was a Halloween and I wanted some spooky reads. And also, I decided to just buy some of the book I've been wanting to read for so long. I like to wait until they're available on my library, but some of them were taking too long and the others were never available. I know buying six books a month is not a big amount for a lot of people, but for someone who almost never buys book it kind of is. I'm so excited to get to these books!

Armada - Ernest Cline // I know Ernest Cline is famous for Ready Player One, but this book caught my attention and I thought I would like it more. I've read the first few pages and I really liked what I read. I want to branch out a little more on my reading because I feel I like I'm always reading YA or Adult Romance. I need a change and I feel like this is going to be a good one.   

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas // I'm not gonna lie, the only reason I bought this book was the hype. I know I'm super late to this party, but I'm here now and I want to see what the fuss is all about. A lot of people seem to love this series and I'm really hoping to be one of them. I love fantasy series with a lot of books so I can marathon them, but we'll see. Fingers crossed. I think I'll read this one next.

The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye // Got this on a whim. It was a new release, I liked the cover and I've been wanting to read more historical fiction. This seems interesting, but I haven't see a lot of people talking about it on the internet. We'll see how it goes!

The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon // Another one that I got because of the hype. I feel like lately I've seen a lot of people talk about this book and I want to see what's that all about. I haven't read anything from this author yet, so I'm not really sure what to expect. I'm not even sure what this book is about, but I'm hoping is good.

Paper Princess - Erin Watt // I got this one because of Jessica over at Peace, Love, Books. I love her book channel and she's the person to go when you need romance recommendations. I've also seen other people talking about it. I'm just hoping it's not annoying. My main problem with contemporary romances is that I feel like the characters are a always annoying and predictable. But, we'll see! Maybe it's going to be my next favorite book!

Vicious - Victoria Schwab // I've been wanting to read this book for SO LONG! I'm so excited to finally have it. I haven't read anything from Victoria Schwab and a lot of people say great things about her writing. Hopefully, I'll get to this one next month. I originally got it to read in October, but I guess I can keep the spooky/mysterious theme going for another month.

These are all the book I've purchased this month! If you'd like to keep up with my reading and talk about books you can follow me on GoodReads. I'm always updating my reading progress over there. Let me know on the comments if you have any recommendations for me or any thoughts and opinions you might have. I love hearing from you! 

What books did you buy this month?
Have you read any of the ones I've mentioned?

Thanks so much for reading and I'll see you soon!

October 17, 2016

Links I'm Loving | Cruelty-Free Edition.

Heeeello, everyone!

I'm going to start this post with a little tangent 'cause I'm really proud of myself. I thought this was going to be another busy week and that I wouldn't be able to blog again, but PLOT TWIST! My week is still going to be as busy as always, but I've decided to start waking up at 05:30 AM. I started reading that book, Miracle Morning, and it basically says that waking up at 05:00 is supposed to make you super productive and all that good stuff. So, I'm slowly working my way up to 05:00 just to see if it really works. Today was super hard to wake up, but did it! Anyway, I'll keep you updated on that later, let's talk about the fun stuff I found on the internet.

If you haven't read my latest post, your probably a little confused. As of really recently, I've been trying to go completely cruelty-free with all my cosmetic products. And since I talked about how hard this transition has been for me, I decided to share over here some bloggers and youtubers that have been making my life a little easier lately. Discovering if a brand tests on animals and finding replacements for the products you currently use that are not cruelty-free can be really challenging. I hope these links help you out!  

Logical Harmony // This blog has been EXTREMELY helpful. They contact companies, post updated lists of the ones that are still cruelty-free, recommend products.. They basically do all the hard work for you. Literally, all you need to before going shopping is go on their website and informe yourself. This link is bookmarked on my browser, I could not recommend enough. 

Foxes and Boxes // I found this channel by simply typing "cruelty-free products" on YouTube and I came across this super helpful video. In this one, she's actually talking about vegan makeup, but all the products mentioned are cruelty-free as well. She also has a bunch of other great videos about "companies you thought were cruelty-free" and other things related to this topic. From the ones I've watched, I think she's also making the transition to only cruelty-free products and I love seeing how people are going about it.  

A LoveTart // I've recently discovered this channel when I was searching for videos about minimalism. Mary has a bunch of videos talking about minimalism that I highly recommend checking it out, but she's also doing the transition to cruelty-free makeup. I feel like following people that are following a similar path to you is super inspiring and it keeps you on track. She has a super calming voice and her videos are surprisingly relaxing for me.

Rhian HY// Another YouTube channel. I found this one through her Ride or Die Makeup TAG in which she only uses vegan and cruelty-free products. Her videos are great and super entertaining. She's super talented and I love the fact that she only uses cruelty-free makeup.

PETA // This is basically the place to go when you opt for the cruelty-free route. I talked about this before, but PETA offers pdf lists of companies that are not and companies that are cruelty-free on their website, which you can easily download to your phone. These are super helpful on the go when you're out shopping. They also have a ton of information on animal testing and alterative quality control methods companies can implement instead, which is something I was really curious about. If you still haven't decided to switch to cruelty-free products, please go check it out and see if you change your mind.

Those are all the links that I have to share today. As I expand my research, I'll talk more about it ove here since this is something very recent to me. I hope this was helpful, though. If you can't switch completely to cruelty-free products, at least try to make as many changes as you can. Everything step in the right direction counts! 

Are you also transitioning to only cruelty-free?
What do you think about this subject?

Thanks so much for reading and I'll see you soon!

October 16, 2016

My Thoughts On Cruelty-Free Products.

There's not another way  put it: today's post is a rant. I hate writing negative posts, but I need to vent a little and this blog is the perfect place for it. Today we're taking a quick break from all the Halloween inspired posts and I'm going to talk about a topic that's very near and dear to my heart. If you've read my last Empties you know that I've decided to switch all my beauty, skincare, haircare and makeup products to cruelty-free ones. I've also decided to take a slower approach since I won't be throwing everything away and replacing the product for cruelty-free right away. I feel like by doing that I would be just producing more waste and wasting money. So, instead I'll be finishing those up and then, switching to cruelty-free products only. I also plan on extending this awareness to my clothes accessories, but this is a topic for another post.

Having said all of that, there's still something that has been bothering me about all of this. I'm 23 years-old, and only now I've realized and started to care about how the makeup and products I use every single day are made. I've always been very conscious about the environment, I recycle, I don't buy more stuff than I need and yet, testing on animals has never been something that even crossed my mind - and that's kind of scary to me. I know, it's sucks to admit it but it's the truth.

I don't feel like animal testing is something that a lot of people care about because they simply are not aware that it happens. I mean, they know it happens, but they're not aware of the enormity of this issue. I guess what I'm saying is that animal testing is not often talked about on the regular media or on social media. I don't see a lot of people talking about it on the internet, and the people that do bring this subject to light don't get the recognition they deserve also. The only reason this has come to my attention is because of my research on minimalism since a lot of bloggers that talk about this topic happen to also focus on only using cruelty-free products. 

Making this transition has been extremely hard. As I've started to make my research I've realized that every single hair product I own and love is not cruelty-free. Brands like Pantene, Dove, Aussie, Herbal Essence and TRESemm√© (all of which are currently on my shower) test on animal, and when I think of the amount of money I've spent on these brands throughout the years and therefore supported animal testing makes me really angry and shocked. And what makes it harder is that finding cruelty-free replacements for these products is extremely hard and even very expensive at times. This discourages people to even try.

Having said that, making this transition is not as bad as some people might think. It's hard, but only because, like any consumer, we're so used to using certain products that we know work for us. But, that doesn't mean we can't find cruelty-free alternatives. Websites like PETA and a bunch of talented bloggers are always contacting brands and updating their lists of brands that don't test on animals. Just so you won't leave this post uninspired, I'm gonna list over here some brands that I've found that don't test on animals:
  • Urban Decay.
  • Too Faced.
  • Essence.
  • Wet'n Wild.
  • Sleek.
  • Kat Von D.
And many more. See, it's not all bad! There are still some brands out there that make great products without tasting on animals making this transition easier. In my opinion, there's no excuse to keep buying products that are not cruelty-free after you're aware of it. Like I said before, you don't have to throw everything away! Let's be honest, we spent a lot of money on these products and I see no point in throwing them away when you can still get use out of them, just choose cruelty-free options when you're done.

My plan for the blog is to avoid talking about brands that test on animals and to, when I have to mention the product on an empties post for example, highlight the fact that it's not cruelty-free and that I won't be repurchasing. This is a topic that has sparked my interest lately so expect more posts about it. But don't worry, it won't be my only focus. I hope you enjoyed this post and that it helped you out in any way. If you can, please try to be a more conscious buyer and focus on cruelty-free alternatives. I really want to know your thoughts on this topic!

Do you only buy cruelty-free products?
What are your thoughts on this subject?

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

October 10, 2016

Links I Love // Halloween Edition.

Heeeello, everyone!

I hope you're all as excited as I am for Halloween! And if you're not maybe you should avoid my blog in the month of October - but fear not my friend, we go back to the usual posting in November. For this month's Links I Love I thought it would be fun to keep the tradition going (tradition that started last year, I might add) and make it Halloween themed, because who doesn't love Halloween? Today we have a mix of decorations, costumes, food, spooky reads and, as usual, YouTube videos.

Let's go!

32 Halloween Party Food Ideas // If you're one of those amazing people who likes to throw parties, this link is perfect for you. Even if you're not throwing a party, these are still fun things to do with your friends (or by yourself) this month. My favorites are the Eyeball Tacos and the Spider Devil Eggs because they look like the easiest to make and 'cause tacos are delicious! 

Harley Quinn Costume // I feel like everyone is going to be Harley Quinn for Halloween and if I were dressing up that would be my first choice. There are a bunch of videos on YouTube, but this one is my favorite. I love Tess Christine , you can clearly see how much effort and work she puts into her videos. Highly recommend checking it out!

9 Spooky YA Reads // I've recently done a post about my Halloween TBR, but right after I published that I found this link. I liked this list because it focuses mainly on YA, and it's hard to find good scary YA books - their usually adult and I always go for Stephen King and more known authors. A book that really stood out to me from this list and that I'm planning on adding to my October TBR is Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough.  

Conspiracy Theories - Shane Dawson // Shane Dawson is famous for a lot of things, but his conspiracy videos are my favorites. He's extremely funny, but his conspiracy videos literally give me the chills. In these videos he usually talks about the illuminati, the mandela effect and all those creepy weird things. This link is going to take you to a playlist of all his videos, just don't watch them at night (specially if you live by yourself like me).

40 Quick and Easy Halloween Decorations // I suck at decorating so I need all the help I can get in that department. There are some that appear to be super easy and others that appear to take more effort. My favorite one is the little "sticker" for the wine bottle, I think it's such a simple thing to do but it makes it look like you went all the way with the decorations. This is also perfect if you're throwing a party.

These are all the links I'm sharing today! If you have any recommendations to share let us know on the comments so we can all check out. And also, if you get the chance to check out any of the links let me know what you thought about them.  I hope this post puts you in the Halloween spirit 'cause Halloween is fun and life is hard, so we need take any opportunities we can to celebrate and relax a little!  

What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


October 8, 2016

Halloween | Scary Reads.

I'm not usually one of those people who gets extremely into every different holiday. I don't decorate my house according to the seasons 'cause ain't nobody time or money for that, but I can't get enough of Halloween and Christmas. I don't know what it is about these holidays, maybe it's because it's the end of the year and I love new beginnings, that gets me so excited to celebrate and just get in the mood.

Inspired by the Halloween spirit, today I'm gonna share of here my spooky TBR. I'm gonna focus on mystery and horror books. I haven't read any of these books, but as I was doing my research (I take reading very seriously..) I looked for books that got high ratings on GoodReads and mostly positive reviews so I'm excited to get read all of them. I choose 8 books and I know that I'll probably not get to all of them by the end of October, but I can always roll them over to the November 'cause the next seasonal TBR only starts in December. 


Thicker Than Blood by Madeline Sheehan and Claire Riley // I've been wanting to read this book for a long time now, but I was saving it for October. It has super high ratings on GoodReads and the reviews are mostly positive, which is something hard to come across these days. I'm not completely sure what this is about, but I think it envolves to friends or sister and the apocalypse.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica // I'm currently reading this and I'm really enjoying it so far. I know want to say too much about it ('cause spoilers), so I'm going to say is that it's a about a girl who is kidnaped and when she comes back she's just not the same person.

It by Stephen King // This books is HUGE, seriously huge like over 1000 pages. I've been reading this for a while now, but I think this is going to take months to finish. I'm really enjoying it, though!

Twisted by Andrew Kaufman // Mental hospital, creepy doctor and crazy patients. This is all I know and all I need to know to want to read this book.

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon // Old and haunted hotel, three sisters, one dies. This is all I know. I don't really like reading about haunter hotels because I travel a lot and it just freaks me out, but I'm getting over my fears and I'm doing this! 

The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne // I think this is going to be the scariest one. It's about a dead twin, and I'm sorry if you're a twin, but twins always freak me out in scary movies. Twins and old people. I think it's because we don't expect them to be the bad guys so they always get me.  

The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket // This is the 12th book in the Series of Unfortunate Events and I'm ready finish this series. I feel like I've reading these books my whole life and I want to know how it all ends.

Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant // The only thing I know about this one is that it's about mermaids. And not the cute Ariel-type mermain, the creepy ones that get you and bring you to their scary down world. The reviews seem promising and I'm excited to read something about mermaids.

These are all the books in my October TBR. I seriously got the chills while writing this post. If you plan on reading any of these books let me know on the comments so we can buddy read and talk about them when we're done. All these books are pretty scary and I'm easily scared so I think it's going to take a long time to get through these books, but I'm excited! I hope you guys enjoyed the post and let me know any thoughts, recommendations and opinions you might have!

Are you a seasonal reader?
What books are on your October TBR?

Thanks so much for reading and I'll see you really soon!

PS: I just hit a 1000 followers on Twitter and I just wanted to say THANK YOU! I know the majority of people who follow my account come from the blog, so THANK YOU again. I know it may sound silly to some people, but it makes me really happy.