To celebrate our third year, I am giving away my EXCLUSIVE merch line Cookies For A CAUSE and the only designs being used within the giveaway are the products that benefit various causes that matter to me and are making a difference in the lives of children with the gift of reading and education, and soon to be announced a third cause that is musically inspired but benefits both those affected by gun violence as well as those affected by breast cancer.
1 person wins a T-shirt that benefits Bess The Book Bus.
One person will win a Tote Bag that benefits Adopt A Classroom.
One person will win my BRAND NEW PRODUCT before it is launched!
And if you would like to give a gift to The Smart Cookie Philes, you can always donate here or purchase something other than the products mentioned above to benefit the betterment and maintenance of The Smart Cookie Philes.
Thank you for making my third birthday a total success and as always, please feel free to keep espresso-ing yourself however you choose!
In January 2016, I began this site as a book and music review blog with no idea how big it would grow and GROW it did.
It became a registered domain.
It became a PR firm.
It became a source of inspiration for all creative people to belong to.
It became a hashtag game, a chat, and now it’s own weekly prompt on Twitter.
It became a playlist on Youtube with it’s own videos.
It became a merchandise shop that has given to various causes that people may not be aware of but are inventively helping various sectors within the community such as:
Bess The Book Bus
Adopt A Classroom
And more to be named soon with new product designs.
Most of all, it provides a safe haven for people no matter who to come and feel free to espresso themselves however that may look because life is more fun when you live it on the edge, you color outside the lines, you choose to stand out instead of fit in.
Thanks for keeping this movement going for 3 years.
Come back to the site each day this week for a new giveaway every day.
If you are a reader and a supporter of my Book Blog turned PR firm then you already know the meaning behind #ESPRESSOYOURSELF….
Most people on Twitter know it as a hashtag game that became a chat that is now being condensed (temporarily) to a weekly prompt posted on Monday at midnight, and can be answered throughout the week by any and all within the #bookish, the #writing, or the #reading communities.
The rules are as follows:
The prompt goes live on Monday at 12 a.m. EST.
You must reply to the tweet and use the hashtag to answer the prompt.
You must reply to one -three people in order to keep the conversation going.
I started ESPRESSOYOURSELF as a hashtag game in order to be a sort of reprieve from typical hashtag games I saw on Twitter:
Prompts were posted with fancy graphics and people were answering the question but no one was connecting.
The hosts were even unaware of what was even being tweeted with their hashtag because they didn’t even reply to the tweets.
This prompted the participants to not reply to anyone else, and it was a great reflection of how we as humans use social media:
To disconnect, to brag, to stay in our self-absorbed bubble, to never try to really get to know anyone else.
So stay tuned through March 30 for weekly prompts, and I thank you all for the support of ESPRESSO YOURSELF.
P!nk is hands down one of my favorite pop artists and it isn’t because she has the most amazing voice or has songs with popping beats but because she’s 100% herself with everything she puts out musically, and usually it always has connotations of female empowerment and encouraging young women to break glass ceilings and if they happen to not fit inside the box society tries to put them in…oh fucking well.
Beautiful Trauma was released in October of 2017 which meant it was her first album in five years time. The album debuted at #1 during it’s release week before ranking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 200.
When I first listened to it, I wasn’t sure I was a fan of it. Yet, it took a good ten listens for me to realize the amazing artistry hidden within each song and I do hope my review highlights the greatness of Pink’s Beautiful Trauma.
Song by Song Review
Beautiful Trauma: The title track opens the album with a track about how life’s trauma can turn to beauty over time, and musically describes a love relationship that bubbles and fizzes at just the right temperature to keep one sane.
Whatever You Want: This uplifting power ballad finds the singer fighting for a relationship that seems doomed.
What About Us: Anthem-like musicality made this a great first single off the album with lyrics speaking to the heart of love and trust whether that be between two people or within society as a whole.
But We Lost It: A piano ballad that discusses a relationship that charged with so much positivity (joy, happiness, and peace) but time wasn’t on their side. Almost like a spark between two people that flickers, dims, and dies.
Barbies: My favorite song on the entire album because of it’s soft musicality mixed with lullaby-like elements. It perfectly expresses that adult moment when nostalgia seems to take over and all you want to do is go back to being a kid with naivete and innocence “playing barbies in your room.” Co-written by Julia Michaels.
Where We Go: Catchy pop rock musicality make this worth a few listens, with a lyrical tale about letting go of a relationship that is doomed for disaster.
For Now: A song about reminiscing an old flame and getting stuck on the highs without realizing the lows.
Secrets: A song about a truth about life and all of us have secrets or private parts we don’t express to just anyone.
Better Life: A track discussing the highlight reel effect social media has on all of us.
I Am Here: A brand new ballad version of Just Like Fire, expressing realizing you are enough as is ,and you are here in this moment.
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken:
A political yet poetic ballad about 19th century women and incorporates the #MeToo movement.
You Get My Love: The final track on the album emotionally pleading and raw about the gift of her love.