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I'm just an Alternative styled girl with a beautiful baby boy. I love fashion, cooking, DIYs, photography, music & writing. I'm just trying to figure out this thing life while still trying to keep true to myself.


Tonight the people of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas came to The Living Room, a small building owned by The Sherman Theatre, in order to listen to live music and performers including poets and comedians. The night started with Host Jess Roth and regular poet Carlton Farnbaugh swapping pieces and depicting each other’s work. It was a fun experience for many regulars who have seen both Jesse and Carlton perform their own work.

The fun didn’t stop there when ‘Doctor” Andy Spence stepped onto the carpet at The Living Room’s Open Mic and spoke on natural life, relationships and society; making the people of Stroudsburg roll in the isles with a chuckle toward his clever satire and portrayal of everyday struggles. The game was up tonight with performances from C-Rock, Field Of View, SunnyShading and Kes; giving the night a nice fun glow of music and performances.

The Featured act for Tonight’s Open Mic was a band from the Wilkes-Barre area called Folk By Default, including guitarist Brian and singer Kayla. Their set was a medley of beautifully done covers and well written as well as performed original pieces. The instrumental was technical and managed to flow very well, while Kayla’s range was incredible and absolutely beautiful. I spoke to Kayla and Brian after the show and asked them about the band Folk By Default, started by classical singer Kayla who is clearly influenced by Hayley Williams of Paramore when you listen to her sing. Their style is described to be Pop Punk that evolved from classic Punk. The show was overall enjoyable.

Another band I found enchanting was Field of View, an alternative indie rock full piece band from the Wilkes-Barre area. Field Of View joined us for the first time tonight and played original music that was simply hypnotic. The lead singer Josh and guitarist Mike started Field Of View in 9th grade and have gone far with working on their album and perfecting their performance. The instrumentals were precise and Josh’s vocals were perfect, the way the music made you feel could put you on a plane of nirvana. Other than myself the rest of the room enjoyed their performance as well, there were rave reviews on the instrumental and lyrics.

Besides the features at The Sunday Open Mic there are local artists to be seen almost every week. Including SunnyShading who plays the guitar as well as the ukulele writing songs about life and heartbreak and Kes whose acoustic performances are breathtaking as well as just fun to sing along to. His technical talent is complemented by his passion and portrays a beautiful form of lyrics and instrumental.

This is what you can find every week at The Living Room’s Open Mic on Main Street in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.


What Is The Mandela Effect?

I’ve been thinking what I want to do with a blog and of course I want to create posts about life and fun things but I want to write about something that interests me as well as well as discuss what we aren’t being told as a society which includes a lot for example Conspiracy Theories! There are many serious issues I have learned and would like to touch on from Pizzagate and the election to the Denver Airport and pedophile sex rings that were covered up in the 80s but right now let’s just discuss… The Mandela Effect (:

Also, I am going to break this up into subsections to make this easy to understand so please bare with me.

What is The Mandela Effect?

The Mandela Effect is when someone has a clear memory of something only to realize that it either doesn’t exist or has been changed, but according to our history it has always been different than your memories, aka alternative memories.

Where did The Mandela Effect get its name?

The Mandela Effect is called Mandela because Nelson Mandela’s death has been the subject of the theory since the beginning of this idea. Many people have spoken about their memories of Nelson Mandela dying in the jail cell or learning this as a child but when he died in 2013 people were confused by this distinct memory that he died in the jail cell he was kept in.

This phrase was coined by Fiona Boone who also created the website The Mandela Effect where people post their alternative memories.

What are some examples of The Mandela Effect?

There are many examples of The Mandela Effect, including some we may not even know publicly yet but I’ll list some to get your thinking.

Let’s start with the big one that made this theory so widespread-

The Berenst(e)ain Bears

The Berenstain Bears were a fun family that taught us good lessons through their books and television shows when we were children but did you ever notice that Berenstain is spelled with an A not an E? It is correct. Although this is not how people remember this.

I have actually read a post of a woman who claims that she has a memory of spelling Berenstain with the A constantly as a child but her teacher had corrected her changing the A to an E so she stopped spelling it with an A.


Curious George Doesn’t Have A Tail

Yeah, that’s the alternative memory. Curious George has never had a tail but people remember him with a tail and specifically doing things with his tail.


When was The Challenger Explosion?

People can’t seem to recall the historical year the Challenge exploded, some will say it was ’84 some will say ’85 but really it was ’86. This could easily be just misinformation but some people believe this is another example of The Mandela Effect.

Mother Theresa was given sainthood in 2016!?

This one was really what made me get into the Mandela Effect because personally I remember writing a report in school about Mother Theresa where I learned she was given sainthood in her lifetime but that was not true to our history book even though I clearly remember reading this in my textbook.

Jiffy Peanut Butter is different than Jif Peanut Butter

Many people have claimed to remember a product called Jiffy Peanut Butter existing while Jif also existed, not to be confused with Skippy.

I also have faint memories of Jiffy Peanut Butter but I can not say for sure if this is my own misunderstanding or an actual alternative memory.


Other memories are listed at this address; Major Memories

What does all this mean?

The idea of the Mandela Effect creates many theories but the main aspect is there are alternative universes being created constantly and we are slipping in and out of them.

I personally believe that these alternative memories are after effects of our memories being changed because someone changed something in the past due to time travel which creates a new alternative universe that we now live in.

What do you think?

11 Times Sailor Moon Told You Exactly What You Needed To Hear


Sailor Moon is a staple for young girls; even now with the newest Sailor Moon Crystal. We grew up watching this show filled with feminist ideals and guidelines on friendship as well as relationships. Although we don’t think about what the cartoons are saying till we get older and rewatch these things we loved as kids now we can look back on the time Sailor Moon gave us advice on life and relationships we didn’t realize we needed till today that makes us feel like we can really become a magical girl.


Embrace the hard things and life and learn from them

“The tough experiences in life are what makes us girls prettier”- Sailor Moon



It’s Okay To Love Anime.

“How dark you take advantage of anime, which nurtures children’s dreams and the passion of a young woman?” -Sailor Mars


Looks Aren’t Everything

“You can’t judge how beautiful a girl really is by the way she looks.” -Sailor Moon



Girls Will Always Be Girls- Honestly

“They’ve saved the world but all they can talk about is boys and food” -Artemis



You Don’t Have To Wait Around For Prince Charming

“Just because you’re a girl doesn’t mean you have to wait for a prince to come along on a white horse. You can go out and find Prince Charming yourself. It’s up to you to find the right boy. When you meet, you’ll both know if you’re meant to be together.” -Chibiusa



You Can’t Let Anyone Make You Feel Less

“Only old men think that men are better than women these days” -Sailor Mars



You Can Be A Princess- Your Own Kind Of Princess

“I’m going to aim to be my own kind of princess” -Sailor Moon



Everyone Makes Mistakes- You Just Have To Chose To Not Repeat Them. Good And Bad Have Gray Areas.

“Just remember, there;s good and bad in all of us and it’s up to us to decide what we’re going to be.”



It’s Always Better To Experience The Hurt Than To Not Experience Love At All!

“I’d rather choose to fall in love and be hurt; and there’s always sadness in our lives. It’s The sad feeling that keeps us going.” -Sailor Moon



Be Proud Of Who You Are Even Your Flaws

“I’m just a little clumsy and a bit of a crybaby. That’s about it.” – Sailor Moon


Never Give Up! Treasure Every Moment!

“We have lots of ups and downs- pleasures and pains but that’s life and we learn to accept the bad with the good. Without the bad times we wouldn’t appreciate the good times. Life is precious and I cherish it every living moment.” – Sailor Moon


What Is It Like Loving A Person With Manic Depression?



Loving someone with Manic Depression is difficult but exciting; Manic Depression is a mental disorder marked by alternating periods of elation and depression more popularly known as Bi-Polar Disorder.

It’s difficult to stick with someone that suffers from Manic Depression but when you do you can have some of the most exciting moments in your life. It is important to tough it out for some real rough rides and understand it’s just a chemical imbalance something that can not be controlled but can be monitored.

Some days you will have to face it alone.

Manic Depression comes with days to weeks to months of extreme highs where you can be the happiest you have been in your life but then can come with days to weeks to months of extreme lows and that is where you find some difficulty.

The best thing you can do for someone who suffers from Manic Depression during the low days is let them be sad, they may not want to leave the comforts of their bed all day, they may not want to eat much all day or speak to you much. You must give them comfort during these times but leave them be when they see fit. Don’t take the rejection to heart sometimes we all need to face our demons alone.*

Just go with it, adventure is in your future.

During the months of extreme highs comes an impulsive behavior and although this also comes with not so smart actions it also comes with some amazing adventures. One day they may decide they want to go cliff jumping or go on a road trip to the middle of nowhere just to see what is there.

This will bring an excitement to your life you won’t get with just any other person.

Sometimes you have to protect them especially from themselves.

Both during highs and lows there can be times where you are needed to protect them from themselves, during highs the impulsivity can go too far or can cause them to do something dangerous to others and themselves. You are the only rational anchor they have during these times.

During extreme lows, they will spend a lot of their time not wanting to move or do anything at all but there could be times when they will find themselves in situations where they can hurt themselves physically or emotionally.*

They understand that what they are feeling is irrational

You don’t need to say crying over there not being any more peanut butter when we wanted a peanut butter sandwich is a silly reason to cry we know and we understand. You need to understand it is not our fault and not fully under our control.

They love harder than most

Because of the extreme highs love and caring is something we feel more than most, also because of the extreme lows being just around the corner some people who suffer from manic depression overcompensate in order to keep you.* These are the moments that you need to cherish.

*Symptoms vary from person to person this is just a general list that I have complied when looking back onto how my past relationships handled my manic depression.