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I found a cure for my sleeplessness – ASMR Videos!

Nov 21 2014

I found a cure for my sleeplessness - ASMR Videos!

I stumbled on these on YouTube after watching one from one of my favorite Youtubers, ALBinWonderland. Her ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) videos are on her other channel ALBinWhisperLand, though. It was this one one night that got me started down the road to sleepy land.

What is ASMR, you ask? I only heard about this recently, but I didn’t know people made videos for it! Here is the definition:

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a neologism for a perceptual phenomenon characterized as a distinct, pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, back, or peripheral regions of the body in response to visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, or cognitive stimuli. The nature and classification of the ASMR phenomenon is controversial,[1] with a considerable cult following and strong anecdotal evidence to support the phenomenon but little or no scientific explanation or verified data. (Wikipedia)

Have you ever gotten a funny but nice tingly fuzzy feeling if someone was doing your hair, or just running their fingers gently through it?

That seems to be one of the most common ways you can experience it, and now you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.

I never thought much about the “head tingles” before, but I got them from people doing my makeup, my hair, or when someone with a soft voice was explaining something to me. It’s also a rare experience for me, because no one ever does my makeup or my hair, or explains something to me softly. :(

I never would have thought that someone roleplaying the act of doing your makeup or hair in a video on the internet would have the same effect. But oddly enough, it does, and is it ever relaxing.

There are many ASMR vids on Youtube, just look them up if you need help relaxing or falling asleep. Unfortunately, not everyone experiences ASMR, and not all people experience it the same way. What works for me, might not work for you. There are videos that involve whispering, tapping and other soft noises. There are ones that have different visual stimuli, like someone showing something to you and explaining it slowly, softly and in great detail.

Reader Question: What gives you the “head tingles”?

An Etsy Gift Guide — Unique Home Decor From Room to Room!

Nov 16 2014

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] made an Etsy gift guide 2 years ago, and thought it was high time for another. This year the guide is focusing on decorations for the home. Since my own home needs more decorations, it’s just something that’s on my mind right now. There are some great ideas and art in here that you won’t find in the department stores. I hand-picked some of the coolest things I could find, and organized them by room.

living room/den


1. AquaXpressions – Metal wall decoration. This shop has some really cool metal art that I could see looking good almost anywhere.

2. gothiccrow – Celtic art throw pillow. For the domestic goth in your life.

3. carpenter and florist – Reclaimed Barn Wood and White Birch Functional Wall Art Shelf. I love when there are real pieces of natural wood incorporated into shelves and other function things.



1. From Shab to Chic – Cast iron wall bottle opener. It looks cute and rustic and has a very important purpose.

2. CHELSEA GRANGER ART – Kitchen medicine poster. Also extremely useful if you’re into using herbs to help cure what ails ya. I really want this.

3. dell cove spices – Magnetic spice tins. How clever are these? You don’t even need a spice rack, just a magnetic surface!



1. Siam lights – White rose string of lights. If you want a string of colored lights like these, this shop has pink, purple, green, etc in many different shapes, including cute kids’ night lights.

2. Little Pie Photo Art – Moon forest wall art. It looks soothing and gorgeous. I’d love to have any of these moon photographs in my bedroom.

3. Red Little Vintage – Vintage West Germany Sheffield Alarm Clock. Looney Tunes alarm clock, mallet not included.



1. Cindi Z.’s Things – Mason Jar bathroom set. A must-have for your bathroom things.

2. The Orange Frog – Bathroom cross stitch sign to remind your guests not to do coke in your bathroom. You don’t want to have to act out a scene from Pulp Fiction.

3. JuxtapositionSC – Nautical wall hooks. There are 4 hooks on this one so you can hang your towels and bath robe. This shop has TONS of cute wall hooks, bottle openers, paper weights, etc. in pretty much any color and shape that you could want.

home office


1. Brooklyn and Global – This shop has funky planters in the shape of owls, Buddha and more.

2. Nashpop – Chalkboard memo skull. I don’t see how I could possibly forget things if I jot them down on a skull.

3. valliswood – Pencil-shaped pencil holder/phone dock. Put your pencils in a giant pencil. I also like this one that’s kept its natural tree branch shape.

The Rainbowlicious Art of a Girl Named Flower

Nov 14 2014


[dropcap]As[/dropcap] always, if you want to share any of her art, please go to one of the links at the bottom of the post, and share from those pages. Always give credit to an artist when sharing their work!





For more of her trippy and colorful art, check out her Tumblr / deviantArt or buy her prints at Society 6.

Share and Get Advice for Monetizing Your Blog + Get More Readers

Nov 11 2014

Blog Prompt #1 for #bloggamestrong - List some advice for those who want to start monetizing their blogs.

[dropcap]Here’s[/dropcap] the first of many #bloggamestrong blog prompts that I’ll be suggesting over at my business blog. I introduced this new feature with this post.

Blog Prompt 1: List a few pieces of advice for those who want to start blogging as a source of income.

I’ll do these prompts myself, but I want to hear from you! Write a post on your own blog, tweet it with the hashtag #bloggamestrong or #bloggs, and I’ll collect your links in a feature post here on this blog. You’ll find new readers this way, as well as find other great blogs to read.

So you want your blog to be a source of income? Here are my pointers… [Go to to read]

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