#GratitudeChallenge: 21 Things I’m Grateful For


Last week, I was tagged by Emma over at itsemmaelise.com to list three things I’m grateful for each day for seven days beginning on Thursday, November 20th and ending on the eve of Thanksgiving.

I posted the three things each day on my Facebook profile to keep track. It felt kind of nice to see it all in writing.

Here is the compiled version of the 21 things I’m grateful for!

gratitude collage

Just a few of the things I’m grateful for. (Clockwise: Male cast of Pretty Little Liars, my “daughter” Abigail and I, Chipotle chips and guacamole, me wearing a beret my aunt crocheted for me, Forever 21 jewelry)

1. A fulfilling life
2. My “daughter” Abigail
3. My amazing Hofstra colleagues
4. My family
5. The awesome professors at Hofstra
6. Soundcloud mixes 

7. Coworkers and networking connections made over the years
8. Chipotle chips and guacamole
9. 1iota.com
10. My health
11. The challenges that make me stronger
12. Forever 21 jewelry
13. Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea
14. Tangle-free headphones (best invention EVER!)
15. My aunt’s crocheted hats
16. The male cast of Pretty Little Liars
17. Condescending Wonka memes
18. The PicsArt Photo Studio editing app
19. Passion fruit bubble tea with tapioca from CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice
20. My amazing The Whisper Box readership (love you all to pieces!)
21. And last but not least, my handsome boyfriend ❤

What are you grateful for this year? Leave a comment below!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving 2014!

Macy’s 87th Thanksgiving Day Parade

This morning, NBC brought the Thanksgiving celebration to all of our hearts with Macy’s 87th Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

macys parade

The parade was almost balloon-less this year due to the wind gusts in NYC today. Balloons were flown lower than usual as a precaution.

The festivities began on television at 9 a.m. with the Macy’s Great American Marching Band’s instrumental version of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us.”

It was a great start to the morning!

Here are ten other great performances/floats/balloons featured in the parade:

1. Kinky Boots “Raise You Up”/”Just Be”: The performance from the cast of the Broadway musical Kinky Boots stirred a bit of controversy…

Regardless, I think the performace was great. Those guys dance really well in high heeled boots! I do understand how that can be hard to explain to young children.

2. The Sound of Music “16 Going on 17” (Leisl and Rolf): The performance of “16 Going on 17” by Leisl and Rolf from The Sound of Music was simply adorable. The kiss at the end was so sweet!

3. All That! Cloggers: The all male group of cloggers from South Carolina did a fantastic job. Is there any chance you guys would be willing to let a female join in? (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

4. Cher Lloyd “I Wish”: Cher Lloyd performed her song “I Wish” while on board the Hess float this year. Loved it!

5. Richard Simmons: I think this one was more odd than great. Russel Simmons rode passed the green carpet inside of a tortoise while kicking his legs up and down. I don’t quite know how to understand this.

6. J.U.M.P.: Okay, I know some people didn’t like them, but I thought they were really cool. J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade) skipped rope to Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love.” (Maybe I liked them so much because the only sport I can actually play well is jump rope. I felt a connection. What can I say?)

7. South Shore Drill Team: I thoroughly enjoyed the South Shore Drill’s routine to Usher’s “Euphoria.” They’ve got some great moves!

8. Despicable Me Cast: I can’t get enough of those cute little minions! The minions, Gru and the evil purple minion danced on their float to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” a song from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack.

9. Ariana Grande “Last Christmas”: I hadn’t yet heard Ariana Grande’s version of “Last Christmas” before her performance on the Dora float this morning. I can’t say I didn’t like the R&B spin she put on the song!

10. Elf on the Shelf: The Elf on the Shelf balloon is one of the largest balloons to ever be part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I think this is the cutest elf I’ve ever seen!

As usual, the grand finale was Santa and Mrs. Claus, the cutest couple of the morning (well, afternoon at this point). Santa’s still looking healthy, and so does Mrs. Claus!

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! I’m thankful for all of my wonderful Whisper Box fans! You guys are awesome!

Have a great holiday!