2018's Eclectic Holiday Playlist

2018's Eclectic Holiday Playlist

Will you hear Run-DMC’s Christmas music in the mall? No. But you totally should be and that’s why I created this playlist.

Music fuels me. Creating playlists for different moods, genres, holidays, and events is one of my favorite things to do. Holiday songs can become repetitive and dull. You’ll be doused in “Jingle Bells” in every store and business you visit between now and the 25th and you’ll probably want to rip your ears out. I’m not one to shy away from any genre of music. I hate feeling like I’m limiting myself or sticking myself into a box. So if you’re anything like me and love music – this will be the playlist for you. It ranges from indie to hip-hop to classic to punk to rock.

Traditional Christmas music is nice but unconventional is even better. Last year’s playlist was limited to 67 songs but the playlist is filled with over 100 songs for you and always growing.

What’s your favorite Christmas song? Let me know in the comments below and maybe it’ll be added to the playlist!

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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.

Father's Day Gift Ideas for Rad Dads

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Avoid tacky father's day gifts and give something unique. The dads in your life deserve something rad even if they wore socks up to their knees with shorts while growing up or if they get to sleep in when you don't. Whether it's your own father, the father of your children, a grandfather, or a father figure, you know they're a badass for working hard over the years and taking care of you or the rowdy little children you have. 

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Celebration of Motherhood

You are a universe of bones, flesh, blood, mind, and spirit created in my womb. And yet, even though I created you - you created me. A mother. A mother of strength, courage, kindness, hope. You tore down what I was and you saved me. You turned me into something better. No matter how good I was before, you have made me something more. You and I have found home in one another. A safe place. Everyday we are weaving together and simultaneously growing apart. Yin and yang. A scale always teetering but always finding balance. The umbilical cord may have been cut at birth, but there will always be an invisible trace of it no matter how far from me you are. An invisible connection of love we'll always know is there.

A little over two years ago, I was molded into a mother and every day, I grow stronger and wiser as one. Unconditional love fuels me. It guides me along this path of beautiful imperfection. It takes my hand when I'm scared or confused or worried I'm not doing enough. Love is my light that shimmers bright no matter the situation. Love isn't perfect. It's messy and difficult. It requires attention and maintenance. It requires mistakes and learning. But it's always here. Growing like plants from nourishment, gentle hands, and a consistent sun.

I am grateful for all the mothers in my life who have taught me compassion, strength, resilience, perseverance, patience, kindness, gentleness. No matter how incredible and fulfilling, motherhood is a daily battle. Thanks to the mothers in my life, the mothers I can lean on, the mothers I can go to for advice, the mothers who are just as confused and worried as I, the mothers who hang out with me, the mothers who mother similar to me, the mothers who laugh with me, the mothers who love me, the mothers who support me. Thanks to all of you, I have journeyed into motherhood with much more ease and grace than I would have otherwise. Thank you. Deeply, sincerely. My motherhood is created with pieces of yours. It's wrapped into my kindness, my love, my knowledge and they all thread together to create who I am as a mother. And I am ever so grateful for all of you that have crossed my path. 

And major gratitude belongs to my mother. She is the reason I'm able to write this right now. She has, over the years, become one of my best friends. She has been by my side through my own journey of motherhood and has been nothing but supportive, helpful, and caring. I'm also thankful for David for being part of the reason I am a mother. His encouragement and love has lifted me to new heights. And to his mother for creating such a wonderful, nurturing, and loving son. Her compassion is inspiring.

Today we hold space for:

  • those that have given birth + are raising littles
  • those that are trying to conceive
  • those that are unable to conceive
  • those that using a surrogate
  • those that have fostered littles
  • those that have said goodbye to littles much too soon
  • those that have lost their mothers
  • those that have an amazing relationship with their mothers
  • those that have mothered and have become grandmothers
  • those that have strained relations with their mothers
  • fathers that have taken on the role of mothers
  • those that choose not to be mothers
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Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.