Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag

Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag

Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag: My Recommendations

Looking to add some new summer skincare essentials for your travel bag? You’re in the right place!

Hi Babes!

Summer is in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, you are spending all the time you can in the sun! Enjoying the beautiful weather also means your beautiful skin is taking in the sun as well. Getting that vitamin D is very important, but so is protecting and caring for your skin!

I have a handful of skincare products that I use religiously in my daily summer skincare routine that are essential in my life- on staycations and vacations alike! Keep reading to check out my recommendations! XO


Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag: The Products

Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm

Rose Glow Brightening Eye Balm | TULA Skincare

I’ve written about this product in so many previous posts and highlighted it in my “Skincare is Self-Care” post, but I just can’t get enough of it! There are 3 different versions of this product, but they all work to de-puff and brighten your under eyes! You can swipe the balm on under or over your makeup- I’ve done both and it works perfectly both ways.

This is my go-to product all summer long! Most days, I’ll put on my moisturizer/sunscreen, swipe the balm on, curl my lashes, and go! You can also swipe it on your cheek bones and the tip of your nose for added highlight! This product is so easy to throw in your bag and is perfect for those long travel days/nights!

Check out my Tik Tok to see how I use this product! Want to try it for yourself? Shop here!

Protect + Glow - Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | TULA Skincare

Tula Protect + Glow Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (SPF 30)

I call this sunscreen my “fancy sunscreen.” When Tula launched this product last year, I ordered it so quickly and I’m so glad I did! This sunscreen will give you the most gorgeous, natural glow while protecting your skin! Even if you’re going to be in front of your computer all day, it’s got you covered with blue light protection as well!

Made with pineapple, papaya, and ginger root, it also smells AMAZING! This product is also perfect for your beach travels because it’s reef safe! Your best deal on this product is from Amazon!

Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Lip Balm – Liquid Aloha Paddle Co.

Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm

After years of spending time in the sun and wondering afterwards “why are my lips chapped?” I finally realized they weren’t chapped. They were sunburnt! I’m super picky about my choice of lip balm/chap stick, and I love Sun Bum products! I’m a longtime fan of the Sun Bum Mineral line, so I figured I’d give the lip balm a try.

I love it because it’s SPF 30, while many other lip products with sunscreen that I’ve seen are only SPF 15. Another perfect travel pick because it’s also reef friendly, chemical free, and vegan!

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C & Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting & Brightening Serum

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening  Serum | Ulta Beauty

Sunscreen + a vitamin C serum = THE DREAM TEAM for your skin! I love the Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C & Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting & Brightening Serum! This serum just scream summer to me. It’s so light and goes on easily under moisturizer and makeup and smells like yummy citrus!

The collagen protecting formula boosts your skin’s elasticity and works to protect skin. It works to lighten dark spots and give you an amazing natural glow! This product is also vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free! Amazon is the place to find this product for the best price!

Amazon.com: Mario Badescu the Mini Mist Facial Spray Collection: Premium  Beauty

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

The Mario Badescu facial sprays are a summer staple! I’m linking a set of all 4 scents from Amazon, but my personal favorite is the orange blossom! These sprays are perfect for a little extra hydration on top of your moisturizer, or as a mid-day pick me up! I love to take mine with me on beach trips to cool my skin down on hot days! You will definitely feel refreshed after a quick spritz, no matter what scent/formula you choose!

BalmLabs Gentle Foam Cleanser

Gentle Foam Cleanser | ClearBalm for Adult Acne-Prone Skin – BalmLabs

In the summer, I prefer to use a face wash that is light weight but still gets the job done! The BalmLabs Gentle Foam Cleanser is my new favorite wash that does just that! Not only is it fun because it’s a weightless foam, but it does a really great job of cleaning dirt, oil, and product off my skin and smoothing pesky breakouts!

I’ve got a special code that will grab you a discount on the BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System! Check it all out here!


And those are my Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag! See a product that you want to try? Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re excited for!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Lots of love! XO

~Ang

Your Summer “Female-Power” Reading List 2021

Your Summer “Female-Power” Reading List 2021

Your Summer "Female-Power" Reading List 2021

The ultimate summer 2021 female power reading list

Summer is here! There is nothing I love more in the summer than hitting the beach with a great book! I love to read a pretty wide variety of genres, but books about the stories of women always head to the top of my summer reading list. Unintentionally, my summer reading list has become my summer female power reading list!

Are you looking for a great read to inspire you, tug on your heart strings, or simply make you smile from ear to ear? Then I’ve got some perfect suggestions for you on my list!

These are all books I’ve read, loved, and shared with the amazing women in my life. Some are old, some are relatively new, but their stories are timeless!

Check out my suggestions below!

*While all books are linked below via Amazon, I want to encourage my readers to shop local/diverse-owned book shops however they can! Check out this list of Diverse-Owned Book Stores to Support Right Now from We Need Diverse Books and see if you can find any of these books in any of the listed stores first! The list goes state-by-state, so you can shop anywhere! XO


Summer Female Power Reading List

The Books On My List

Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

I picked up this book 2 summers ago, I think after seeing it on another “summer reading list” I happened to Google and ended up loving every second of it! So much so that I felt compelled to email the author and express how much I loved it- and she responded!

The title is really self-explanatory, as this book highlights the evolution of female friendship in mainstream media and our society as a whole. Schaefer interviews countless women from a variety of backgrounds on their experiences with the female friendships in their lives, including her own. She also goes into detail about her own experience in a world that tells us to rely on the men in our lives for support, rather than leaning on the shoulders of our female friends.

This is one I will be adding to my summer reading list again this year! Snag it from Amazon HERE!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Despite being published in 2018, Becoming by Michelle Obama is my most recent read! Former first lady, Michelle Robinson Obama’s memoir is truly an incredible and inspiring read you will definitely want to add to your summer reading list!

I loved how Michelle made the world of politics so accessible to the average reader. As I read, I felt like I was listening to a personal conversation rather than reading a book. Her writing and storytelling are so grounded and honest; I loved how “normal” she made her family out to be, because the Obama’s are just people too, after all!

Grab a copy HERE!

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Ready for a tearjerker? Then Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah is the book for you! I’ve written about this book in my Monthly Minute posts before, but I love this book. I firmly believe if you are a friend, mother, daughter, etc. that you read this book!

Firefly Lane follows friendship Kate and Tully and the ins and outs of their entire lives together. You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel every feeling imaginable. And, if you’re anything like me, when it ends you will be a puddle of tears! Firefly Lane is also a Netflix series as of late, but spoiler alert: it’s absolutely nothing like the book. I would recommend picking up the book and leaving the show behind, just saying!

Get your copy HERE and share it with all the best people in your life!

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed by Glennon Doyle is another book that I picked up a little later than most! My mom read it first, insisted I read it myself, and got me a copy. (I like to write/highlight in my books, and she wouldn’t let me write in her copy!)

Doyle’s memoir is all about taking your power back as a woman, and I think it is a great read for women of all ages. My mom rad it as a woman in her 50’s, I read it as a woman in my 20’s, and I’m excited to return to it in different phases of my life as I get older. Doyle’s own story is so empowering and inspiring, and you can’t help but feel like she is on your side, walking you through the trials and tribulations of life!

Grab a copy HERE and share it with your best babes!

Believe It by Jamie Kern Lima

Clearly my mom wants me to learn from amazing, inspiring women because she bought me this book too! In this book, founder of IT Cosmetics (a brand I LOVE by the way), Jamie Kern Lima, covers the highs and lows of a woman in business making her way to the top.

I have watched Lima on QVC for years but knew nothing about her history. Her writing is so personal, and she makes it a point to make the reader feel like her friend. She covers her life story, her journey to becoming the first female CEO in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history, and her life as a mother, wife, and friend.

If you are a woman in business or are thinking of starting a business of your own, this is the perfect inspiration! You can get it HERE!

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

I read this book last summer and I think I read it in 2 days THAT’S how great it is!

While a good handful of books on this list are nonfiction, In Five Years is a work of fiction that will move you! The story follows a young lawyer who spends an hour of her life exactly five years in the future only to be sent back to the present at midnight. It’s a beautiful, unlikely love story that will warm your heart and make you think!

If you love fiction, grab yours HERE!

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls is a also a work of fiction that will transport you to another era!

As a theatre artist, I love a book that is centered on the people in the theatre without actually being about theatre (if that makes any sense). This book will transport you to NYC in the 1940’s. It’s told from the perspective of an aging woman looking back over her life and its pleasures. The themes deal with female promiscuity and sexuality in that era, and I thought the story was very complex and compelling!

Grab your copy and get ready for some fun HERE!


I hope you’ve found the perfect summer female power read to add to your own list this summer! Have any other great female power reads you want us to know about? Leave a comment below and spread the word!

Happy reading!

Lots of love!

~Ang

How To Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch

How To Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch

How To Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch

How To Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch: The Blogging Basics

Hey hey!

Happy Monday, babes! This week, I have something new for you all! The first installment of How To Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch! I’m so excited to share this new series with you all!

A little over a year ago, I decided to take a blind leap of faith and start a blog of my own with absolutely no knowledge on how to do so. I don’t consider myself the most tech-savvy 20-something, so if I can start my own blog from scratch so can you! Since I’m just finishing up my first year of blogging, I will candidly say the information is this post is not gospel! I’m sharing the tips on starting a blog from scratch that worked for me; take what you need, leave what you don’t!

In this post, I am going to lay out the process of starting a blog in 2021 from scratch step by step! I wish I would’ve had a basic outline/timeline for starting a blog when I was starting to put things together, so I hope this will be helpful in your blog planning process! It isn’t as easy as having an idea for a blog/blog post/blog name, that is if you want to be efficient in your process. Planning ahead will be a godsend. Let’s get into it!

Here is How To Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch (Part 1)!


How To Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch: The Blogging Basics

WordPress Focused

Getting Started: Blog Brainstorming

Congrats, you’re here! You’ve decided to take the leap and start your blog from scratch! Welcome to this crazy, amazing world! First things first, you need to get your ideas in order. Maybe you already have a direction for your content, or you’ve got a name settled on but let me just say BE OPEN TO CHANGE. Let’s get thinking about some key elements before the real fun begins!

What kind of content do you want to produce on your blog?

Before anything else, it’s important to start brainstorming the type of blog you want to create AKA figure out your niche. As I said, allow for some wiggle room because who knows, you may start your blog planning and completely want to change your direction! But it is definitely a little easier if you have a direction.

Some of the most popular types of blogs in 2021 are food blogs, travel blogs, fitness/health blogs, lifestyle blogs (that’s me!), and beauty/fashion blogs. You can also certainly combine 2-3 of these niches to shape your blog!

Based on your chosen niche…

Beyond the Footlights Logo #1
Beyond the Footlights Logo

What do you want to call your blog?

Having you niche should guide you towards what you want to call you blog! The name of your blog should be something catchy and fun that will draw people in! Honestly, when in doubt, ask your people for their thoughts! Lay out your thoughts and ideas for your family and friends and see if they come up with anything cute and creative! My best friend actually came up with Beyond the Footlights!

Whatever name you land on, make sure you love it and feel confident saying/sharing it! While branding and niche have some wiggle room, I’d say your blog name should remain a constant!

Choosing your name takes us into the next portion of starting your blog!


How to Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch: The Tech Stuff

Choosing a blog domain

Once you’ve got your list of potential blog names, you’re going to want to check if that domain is available. Your domain is what will take you to your blog (i.e. http://www.beyondthefootlights.com is my domain). There are a number of sites you can go through to purchase a domain for a reasonable price:

To name a few. I chose IONOS by 1 & 1 because they have a great deal- you can get your first year of hosting for only $1, and then you’ll be billed $15 annually. If the blog name you are looking to choose is taken on one of these host sites, it will be taken on all of them. I would suggest going with a name that will allow your domain to end in “.com”

*Some blog hosting sites (like WordPress) will give you the option to take advantage of choosing a custom domain when you choose your plan, but this isn’t really any cheaper than purchasing your domain through a third-party site and linking it to your blog.

Choose your blog hosting site

Now you’ll need to choose where you want to build and host your site! I’m only really familiar with WordPress, Square Space, and Weebly for website building- but I’m sure there are other blog options! While some people have said they found WordPress hard to navigate, I haven’t had any issues with it!

No matter what site you choose to start building, there will be themes and templates provided for you by the site. If you don’t find a theme or template you love, there are external sites you can purchase them from. On WordPress, the fancier the plan you purchase, the more theme options are available to you.

Once you have purchased your domain and chosen your blog hosting site/plan, you will need to connect the domain and your site using domain mapping. This is very straightforward, check out THIS RESOURCE that will walk you through the process step-by-step.

Choose you blog plan

Next, you’ll choose your blog plan. Again, speaking from WordPress experience, there are a few different plan options to purchase: personal, premium, business, and eCommerce.

Because I was unsure about how my blog would pan out after a year, I stuck to the basic personal plan for my first year (about a $56 dollar value for the year). This had pros and cons. I was able to really ease into WordPress and content creation; however, with a personal plan you cannot download any additional plugins or include ads, making SEO and growth strategies a challenge.

As a word of advice to you, I would say take the plunge and start with the business plan on WordPress for your blog if you’re serious about it! I wish I would’ve had the extra tools at my fingertips from the start; it could’ve helped my blog growth a lot more in my first year! With that being said, I felt like I had enough tolls using only a personal plan to get me through the growing pains.

Choose your blog theme/layout & start building pages

Beyond the Footlights Contact Photo: Angela at Phone
Beyond the Footlights Contact Photo

As I said previously, once you choose your blog plan you will be able to choose your site’s theme and layout! This is where the creative process really gets started! Whatever hosting site you choose will typically provide you with a variety of theme template options that are already generated for you, and you can edit them to make them your own. Don’t worry if you don’t find a theme you love in the prescribed templates. For WordPress, at least, you can purchase themes from third party sites or places like Etsy!

Once you have chosen your theme, you can start building your site pages! The pages you include on your blog will be dependent on your niche and your blog’s specific needs. The pages I would suggest every blog include are:

  • Home Page
  • Blog Page (you can create separate drop-down pages for grouped blog content later!)
  • About Me Page
  • Contact Page

Because you are starting from scratch, a lot about page building is trial and error. I would suggest just getting into your hosting site and playing around with the tools. What better way to learn than to dive right in! This is where YouTube and Google will become your best friends! If there is something you don’t know how to do, someone has answered the question online, I assure you!

You can further customize your page by creating a brand color palette and by adding customized widgets on your pages to add links to your socials, a blub about you, ads, and much more!


How to Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch: Branding

Beyond the Footlights Branding
Beyond the Footlights Branding

Branding is another important step in the launch of your blog. A very general definition of your branding is your brand’s outward appearance, and a lot of this has to do with color scheme, organization, fonts, and style. Just as with your niche/content, your branding may change over time, and that’s ok! It’s a clear symbol of growth!

An important part of your blog’s branding will be photo content and graphics. I was fortunate enough to have a best friend starting a photography business just as I was starting my blog, and she’s been my resident blog photographer. While I understand we all don’t have that luxury, your digital content will be very important. So- get yourself a tripod and start snapping! You can grab on for a pretty decent price on Amazon!

Beyond the Footlights Branding
Beyond the Footlights Branding

I personally use Canva for all of my blog & social media graphics, and I love it! You can use it for free or unlock more font/templates/etc. with Canva Pro! I’ve also heard people talk about using Adobe Illustrator for design purposes.

The growth of my blog is clearly visible when looking at my graphics. I would suggest at least finding a color palette you love for the branding of your blog for a cohesive look, and you can always experiment with templates/layout/design!


Now…Get Writing!

Once you have created at least a portion of your site (it does not have to be finished or perfect) it’s time to get writing!!!

I would highly suggest running on a timeline that allows you to create at least 2 months’ worth of written content before hitting publish and going live with your site. This will give you a cushion and you won’t be scrambling to write content while also trying to work out the kinks in your new hobby/business venture!

Coming up with topics may be something that comes easy to you, or, if you’re like me, sometimes you struggle! There is absolutely no harm in checking out what other bloggers in your niche are doing/what is working for them- DO THAT! And again, Google will be your best friend! Google familiar topics you may be brainstorming and check out content that is ranking high on Google! (This has to do with SEO, more on that in another installment!)

Choose a publishing schedule that works for you. You can choose to post as often/not as often as you’d like! Building a content posting schedule and sticking to it to the best of your ability will save you! You should also schedule out time to write! I say this to you as someone who is still working on this herself. Having dedicated writing time in your life, whether it be an hour a day or an hour a week, will give you the confidence to know you’re getting sh*t done!


Aaaaand that’s a wrap for Part 1 of How To Start a Blog in 2021 From Scratch! I hope this post helped outline the basic process of starting a blog from scratch, on your own, and on a decent budget!

Look out for Part 2 coming soon that will cover some basic blog SEO, email marketing, blog incentives, and aligning your blog and social media platforms!

Have a question that didn’t get answered? Leave it in the comments or always feel free to reach out on Instagram!

Get blogging, baby!

Lots of love!

~Ang

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My first BTF logo

The day is finally here! Beyond the Footlights turns 1! *insert confetti cannons*

On May 18th, 2020, I took a leap of faith and published Beyond the Footlights for all to see! I can’t believe I’ve been working on this little slice of internet heaven for just over a year already! I’ve learned so much, about myself and the world of blogging, in the last year, and I wanted to dedicate this week’s post to a little reflection on the last 12 months at Beyond the Footlights!

My email subscribers (shameless plug to tell you to SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG on the homepage!) received a little love letter in their inboxes from me today highlighting my journey a bit, but I’d like to dive a little deeper into all my first year of blogging has given me and the growth I’ve experienced. So, in typical Sound of Music fashion, let’s start at the very beginning!


How It Started

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection
My OG BTF banner Kailey Edwards Photography

If you were in my values seminar class first semester senior year of college, you heard the idea for this blog first. Shout out to all of you! Our professor asked us one day “what is something you’d do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” I had toyed around with the idea of starting a blog before; I had a list of potential topics/ideas in one of my theatre notebooks. We went around the room to share, and when it got to me, I said I’d start a blog.

I said I wasn’t sure about starting a blog because I didn’t have any time as a theatre student. At the time, I was going to have work throughout the summer months as well, so the idea of having free time for other creative endeavors was nonexistent. I don’t know why I decided to be a little vulnerable in class that day in front of a group of students I wasn’t particularly close to, but I also shared that I feared that whatever I chose to do would have “already been done” and that no one would really care about what I had to write about.

Past Angela, that’s just not true. But we’ll get there.

And we know the age-old tale by now: the pandemic hit giving me too much time and not enough creative outlets. So, I took my lemons and made them into lemonade and decided to go all in creating the blog that had always been a fleeting thought. I learned a few things pretty quickly when I started creating the blog:

The internet is a savior

I knew absolutely nothing about how to start a blog and where to even start (look for a blog post all about starting a blog from scratch soon, wink wink). It took a LOT of researching and planning before I was even able to get to the fun stuff like writing and branding. I had built my actor website a few months prior on another platform, but using WordPress was foreign territory. Little did I know, a lot of the skills I learned while starting my blog would prove to be useful to me in the year to come.

Blogging can mean more than just your blog

At the same time I was launching the blog, I decided to also try to build up my social media presence as a tool to help the blog grow. I started small, trying to rebrand my Instagram in a way and by starting a Facebook page for the blog. I needed to try and streamline my social media/the blog’s for added success. Branding & Influencing on my social media is something that I’ve continued to learn more about now that my stand-alone blog is on its feet.

Investing in your blog will help in the long run

With my blog plan, I wanted to start small and simple in case I discovered after a year that this path wasn’t for me. While I was able to do quite a lot with the little resources I had, I quickly discovered that investing in the proper tools would help me much more in the long run. Investing in things like workshops and creator tools allowed me to keep learning and experimenting with growing my brand.


My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection
My new BTF banner! Kailey Edwards Photography

The reception I got when I officially launched the blog was incredible. I was very fortunate to have a best friend (Kailey Edwards Photography) who was simultaneously building and launching her photography business, and she provided me with creative and gorgeous photos for my site (she still takes the majority of my fabulous photos for blog/influencer purposes).

Each month, two posts have always been the same: my Passion Piece Features and Monthly Minutes. I’ve featured 9 amazing actors and creators in my Passion Piece Features, shout out to those amazing human beings for giving up a slice of their time and energy to help this little ‘ol blog. My Monthly Minute Posts, monthly recaps of my monthly goals & favorites, have now evolved into strictly monthly favorites posts.

Starting this blog and teaching myself the new skills that come with the territory has also opened doors for me that I never would’ve anticipated a year ago. I’ve gotten work doing some freelance writing, landed partnerships with some incredible brands, and have found work as a marketing assistant with my new toolbelt of skills! I’ve clearly found some new passions and some new things I’m good at and it’s exciting to think about how these opportunities will help carry me forward.

As I’ve been recapping the last year on the blog, I think the most amazing thing to note is the growth of the “brand.” It’s been really cool to look at all my blog covers, the graphics I started out with, and my social media posts because there’s a clear shift in the branding of it all. It represents me getting a better handle on this new world I found and finding myself in this new form of artistic expression.

I’ve certainly learned that plans don’t always work out. There have been plenty of weeks throughout the year where pumping out a blog post was just not possible due to conflicts, writers block, or mental exhaustion. In my first year, I felt like it was more important to just get the content on, both here and on my social media. But I’m a believer in quality over quantity. In my second year, I’m hoping to produce content that is helpful, fun, and inspiring and don’t want to sacrifice the quality of my writing to meet a deadline I made for myself.

I’ve learned to take breaks. From working, from creating content, and from scrolling the internet trying to build my brand. It’s all important work but it can be extremely time consuming and mentally exhausting. I’ve learned that I’m not for everyone, and that’s ok. Looking at some of the stats can definitely hurt sometimes. It stinks to see I’ve lost email subscribers or Instagram followers. But, at the end of the day, I don’t need the people who aren’t interested in supporting this journey hanging onto my coat tails.

I’ve learned that I DO have a wonderful little community of people who love and support me, and I’m very lucky for that. Most importantly, I’ve learned that what I have to say DOES matter. I’ve found a part of my voice that was missing and continue to fill my cup every day by working on my own little slice of internet heaven.

My tagline is “All Passions. All People.”

Thank you for supporting me and my newfound passion, you beautiful and amazing people!

I’m forever grateful! Here’s to another incredible year!

Lots of love!!!

~ Ang

How To Create A Summer Vision Board

How To Create A Summer Vision Board

How To Create a Summer Vision Board

How To Create a Summer Vision Board- Summer 2021

Hi friends!

Now that we’re into the month of May, one thing is on everyone’s mind. SUMMER! After a year+ of staying home, abandoning the typical routine, it seems like summer 2021 may be our first summer since 2019 with potential! Gearing up for hot girl summer, but feeling a little lost on how to make your 2021 summer vision a reality? Easy fix! Make yourself a summer 2021 vision board!

Back in January, I wrote about “How To Create Your 2021 Vision Board” for the start of a new year! While that vision board may have been broader, looking at 2021 as a whole, creating a summer vision board will allow you to get really specific in your vision for the next 3 months!

Pinterest boards can be great for collecting ideas and inspiration but I’m going to show you a few ways to create a summer vision board that is aesthetically pleasing, inspiring, and is something you can easily look at on the daily! In this post, I’ll walk you through finding inspiration, displaying your board, and ways you can update your vision board according to the season!

Check out How To Create a Summer Vision Board!


How To Create a Summer Vision Board

Brainstorm Summer Aspirations

The first step in creating your summer 2021 vision board is gathering your inspiration! I like to think of this as brainstorming. Think about what you’d like to manifest for your summer months. Happiness, wealth, creative energy, etc. Now, think about what is on your summer 2021 bucket list! Places you want to go, things you want to see, things you want to do. Finally, think about some goals you’d like to accomplish this summer! Given that summer (in most places) is only 3 months, these goals don’t have to be crazy! Get all these ideas down on paper or in your notes!

Gather Inspiration

Once your vision for summer 2021 feels a bit clearer and you’ve got your ideas together, it’s time to start gathering what you’d like to include on your board! This can come from just about anywhere- online, magazines, newspapers, scraps, photographs, etc. If you’d like to keep your vision board virtual, Pinterest is a great place to start! Create a Pinterest board called Summer 2021 Vision Board and get pinning! This way all your ideas, pictures, and quotes can be in one place. AND you can see how your ideas look all together aesthetically!

Choose How To Build Your Vision Board

There are so many different ways that you can build and display your summer vision board! The most standard form of display for vision boards or mood board is a physical collage/print. You can definitely take the time to gather your inspo, print it out, and cut & paste it all together on a canvas of your chosen size!

BUT

We live in a digital world and I want to talk about ways to digitally make and display your summer 2021 vision board!

Digital Displays

Connect Pinterest and Widgets on Your iPhone

One of the most recent iPhone updates allows you to add widgets to your home screen! Widgets come in different sizes and different displays allow you to show pictures, clock, calendars, and more! You can also link Pinterest boards to your widgets and have the image change hourly! This is the perfect way to display your summer vision board that you might’ve already created on Pinterest!

Here’s how to add a Pinterest Widget:

  1. Download the app ‘Widgetsmith”
  2. Hold down an app until the apps on your home screen start to wiggle
  3. Tap the plus sign in the upper right hand corner of your screen
  4. Scroll down to find the widget that says Pinterest, then swipe left to the ‘boards’ option
  5. Choose the size widget you’d like, then click Add Widget
  6. Once it’s added to your home screen, click it again and tap Choose to add you “Summer 2021 Vision Board” board
  7. Decide if you’d like the image to change hourly or daily

Adding multiple widgets with your 2021 summer vision board attached is the perfect way to have your vision board (literally) right at your fingertips!

Create Your Vision Board on Canva

Want to create a stunning summer vision board to print and hang or use as a screensaver on your phone or desktop? Use Canva! Canva offers design tools for all sorts of platforms and niches- it’s how I make most of my own graphics, bullet journal templates, and vision boards! You can use Canva for free or upgrade to Canva Pro to gain access to more templates! Give Canva Pro a try free for 30 days!

Once you’re on Canva type in ‘vision,’ ‘vision board,’ or ‘collage’ to get you your best vision board templates! There are lots of creative, free vision board template options for you to take advantage of! Here is my summer vision board I created using Canva!

How To Create A Summer Vision Board

Make a Photo Collage

Make your 2021 summer vision board into a picture collage! You could also do this on Canva, or in other apps like PicStitch! Again, you could make a collage specifically for your phone lock screen, your desktop screen saver, or to print and hang in your room or office!

Check out this article on various apps to use to make a digital vision board!


Still looking for some additional summer inspo? Check out my Pinterest page and while you’re there, feel free to give me a follow!

If YOU make a summer vision board, feel free to share on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @ang_larose1!

Let’s make this summer the greatest!

Lots of love!

~ Ang

How to Make Mother’s Day Special At Home

How to Make Mother’s Day Special At Home

How To Make Mother's Day Special At Home

Things to Do for Mother’s Day at Home

Happy Monday and Happy May!

Are you gearing up for Mother’s Day this weekend? While some Covid restrictions are lifting and outdoor events are starting to pop up, it’s possible you may be gearing up for another Mother’s Day spent at home with your loved ones! Looking for ideas or tips on how to make this Mother’s Day special at home? Look no further!

I’ve compiled a list of ideas, tips, activities, DIY moments, and more to help make your loved one’s Mother’s Day at home as special as a Mother’s Day out on the town!

I’d like to preface this post with a word of advice from my own mother when it comes to Mother’s Day planning, either out or at home. My mother would tell you to “take their lead.” If the individual(s) you’re celebrating this Mother’s Day would like to spend Mother’s Day out shopping and eating, do that! If they would like to stay home and not really do anything extraordinary for Mother’s Day, do that! If they will lovingly go along with your plan to celebrate Mother’s Day with at-home activities, go for it! Make the day everything they envision!

Are you ready to plan your special Mother’s Day, celebrating the maternal figures in your life? Here are some tips on planning things to do for your Mother’s Day celebration at home!


How To Make Mother’s Day Special At Home

How To Mother's Day Special At Home

Plan A Homemade Mother’s Day Meal

One of the easiest DIY activities to make Mother’s Day at home special is to make a special Mother’s Day meal! Any meal on Mother’s Day will do: breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner. If you can scrounge up a meal using what you already have at home, this makes for a great gift/gesture for mom that doesn’t have to cost money! You can make a homemade breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day morning, or even lay out an outfit for her to wear for a more formal, homemade brunch!

Planning a nice Mother’s Day lunch or dinner would be lovely as well! Or you can DIY every meal on Mother’s Day! If your mom is always the one preparing meals, taking this burden off her shoulders for the day will be sure to make her day a bit more relaxed.

Take An Online Cooking Class Together for Mother’s Day

Is mom not a big cook? Not to worry! Take an online cooking class together for Mother’s Day! This activity has the potential to make her Mother’s Day so memorable! With Cozymeal, you can have an at-home cooking class from your device for as little as $29! You can choose your style of food plus they have pantry-friendly options as well as classes tailored toward dietary restrictions! Links to the recipes are sent upon booking and the classes are interactive! Check out this Pajama Brunch with Mimosas and Pancakes class for Mother’s Day!

Do a DIY At-Home Paint and Sip for Mother’s Day

Doing an at-home paint and sip class is another great activity to add to your agenda on Mother’s Day! Sit down with your favorite lady and your favorite wine and get artsy! I found a great video on YouTube to guide you, you just need the supplies! Be sure to watch the start of the video, as the supplies you need are listed! I think something fun like this is the perfect thing to do to celebrate your Mother’s Day at home! Plus, you’ll both have a beautiful homemade keepsake as a result!

Plan an At-Home Spa Day for Mother’s Day!

If you can’t take mom to the spa, bring the spa to her! A spa day at home will be sure to brighten up her mood and allow her to relax on her day! You can find lots of resources online on how to do an at-home facial; check out this video I found on YouTube (a licensed esthetician walks you through step by step)! Find your favorite skincare products and get relaxing! Need skincare recs? Check out my post “Skincare is Self-Care” to see some of what I use in my daily skincare routine!

While you’re at it, do your nails! Want to give mom an at-home gel mani/pedi that will last? Check out my post “How To Get Your Best At-Home Gel Mani” to check out what you’ll need to do your gels at home and how to do it!

Take Charge Household Tasks for Mother’s Day

Take charge of the household tasks to lighten mom’s load! Making the meal(s) for the day is a great start but taking the lead on other household chores is something I think any mom would be grateful for! This can really consist of anything that your mom does on a regular basis like doing the dishes, tidying up the house, going grocery shopping- just to name a few! I know my mom would love to not worry about the menial tasks for a day!

Arrange a Movie or TV Marathon with Your Mom

Get comfy on this one! Spend Mother’s Day hanging in your pajamas with your mom and set up a movie/tv marathon! Bring out all your cozy blankets, put on your favorite feel-good movies/tv shows, pop some popcorn and spend part of the day just relaxing! Head to your local dollar store and stock up on the movie candy while you’re at it! My mom and I love the movie “Because I Said So” with Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore and “Steel Magnolias.” “Gilmore Girls” would also be the perfect show to Mother’s Day binge!

Spend the Day Outdoors

Weather permitting, of course, get outside and move with your momma (if that’s her thing)! Find a beautiful nature trail or pathway and go on a walk or a little hike! Do some yoga outdoors; go on a bike ride! Back at home, you could even set up a Mother’s Day picnic in your backyard or on your terrace/porch! As long as it’s nice, soak up some sun and enjoy the fresh air!

Host a Backyard (or virtual) Cookout

This one is in the same vein of cooking the meals for mom on Mother’s Day, but you could host a backyard cookout- in person or virtually! Invite a small group over and (weather permitting), throw some food on the grill, and enjoy Mother’s Day outdoors! If you’re not comfortable inviting others over or you don’t live in the same place as some of your family, you can all set up your dinner and drinks and have a virtual cookout! At least we have technology to keep us connected on these holidays when we can’t be together!

Spend the Day Planning Your Next Trip Together

Fully vaccinated and ready to do some traveling with the women in your life in the near future? Spend this Mother’s Day planning your next girl’s trip! Start looking up places you may want to visit, things you may want to do in your travels, and maybe even start building Pinterest/Vision Boards for your chosen destination! Now is ther perfect time to start planning and gathering ideas to make your next girl’s/Mother’s Day trip the best one yet!


I hope you’ve found something in this post to take and use to make your Mother’s Day at home as special as can be!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and maternal figures out there!

Lots of love!

~ Ang

Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Minute: April Favorites 2021

Monthly Favorites: April 2021

Happy Monday, friends!

Recently, I took a few polls on my Instagram to better gauge what some of my followers/readers wanted to see going forward on the blog & on my social media. Usually, my Monthly Minute monthly recap posts are centered around my monthly goals as well as my monthly favorites; however, many people said they were more interested in hearing about monthly favorites vs. monthly goal recaps. So, I’m here to deliver with my Monthly Favorites of April 2021!

This monthly favorites post and my monthly favorites posts going forward will consist of a few of my favorite categories ranging from beauty favorites, skincare favorites, shopping favorites, monthly book recommendations, TV/movie recommendations, and more! Everything I share is 1,000% something I love and believe in, or else I wouldn’t consider it a favorite let alone share it with my readers!

Let’s dive right in with my Monthly Favorites: April 2021!

Monthly Beauty Favorites: April 2021

Check out my Favorite Beauty Products of April 2021

Billion Dollar Beauty Box

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Starter Kit – Billion Dollar Beauty

I’ve been totally loving my Billion Dollar Box from Billion Dollar Beauty! The best thing about these products is their clean beauty standing! They are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben free, and Target clean beauty approved! This “build-your-own” palette utilized thin magnetic pans to reduce waste. These clean beauty products come in a variety of shades and you can buy as many pieces as you’d like! They are made to match your beauty needs! Billion Dollar Beauty products can be found at your local Target or online!

Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara

The Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extension Mascara has quickly become one of my favorite beauty products! For me, this is the best mascara I’ve ever used! This mascara doesn’t budge until you take it off, which I love! Mascaras from other beauty brands have left me looking like a racoon after a long day but Thrive Causmetics Mascara stays in place for me and I look just as good at 8pm as I did at 8am! Check it out, I think it lives up to the hype!

Claw Clips

Monthly Beauty Favorites
April 2021
Amazon Claw Clips

My hair has gotten so long that I’m constantly trying to keep it out of my way. Claw clips have become a staple in my hair and beauty routine! They’re so cute and on trend right now. Check out this affordable set of 6 in spring colors from Amazon!

At Home Gel Manicures

In the last 2 years, I’ve stopped going to salons to get my nails done and have completely transitioned to doing my own gel nails at home! I’ve been loving trying out new spring nail trends of 2021 on my own nails! If you’re interested in saving money and doing your own gel nails at home, check out my post How to Get Your Best At-Home Gel Mani for a step by step guide on getting started! I highlight all the products you need and where to find them for an affordable price! Thank me later!

Monthly Skincare Favorites: April 2021

Check out my Favorite Skincare Products of April 2021

BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System

I’m going to have a full skincare review post of BalmLabs next month, but I am currently in the middle of taking the BalmLabs Balm 30-Day Challenge!

The ClearBalm 3-step system is a plant-powered skincare system that doesn’t rely on harsh chemicals to take care of stubborn breakouts or acne prone skin! The products are formulated for the most sensitive skin and promises to deliver healthy, balanced, and glowing skin AND the power of hemp-derived CBD is an added bonus!

Looking for a BalmLabs discount code? Look no further! Valued at $176 and offered at $146 YOU can get it for just $129 using THIS LINK and the code ‘ANGELA20’

Tula Protect + Glow Sunscreen

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 Gel by TULA SKINCARE | Skin |  Moisturizer

The Tula Protect + Glow Sunscreen is my absolute favorite SPF for all year round! This is a staple in my skincare routine. This SPF protects from the effects of the sun as well as blue light, is reef safe, and it makes your skin look dewy and gorgeous. It provides a nice glow and smells AMAZING! In the summer (and now too, honestly) I’ll throw on a little bit of this SPF and some mascara and I’m good for the day! Tula also just launched a Supersize of this product! Stock up!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Monthly Skincare Favorites
April 2021
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

I found this lip mask at my local Marshall’s and it’s been a game changer in my skincare routine! I’ve tried lots of different lip masks/products in my night time skincare routine but the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is by far my favorite overnight lip product! After 7-8 hours of sleep, I can still feel the moisture on my lips! I’ll also use this product in my day time skincare routine if my lips are feeling especially dry. My favorite flavor is the Grapefruit! Amazon if the best place to find these masks for an affordable price!

Monthly Fashion Favorites: April 2021

Target Swimsuits

Finding bathing suits that I felt comfortable and confident in has always been a struggle for me. Not this year! I have been loving the bathing suits from Target! I’m usually lucky if I can find one suit I like, but I recently found 2 from Target that I love! I have found I feel more confident in a one piece, and Target has so many cute styles! Check out the two I bought for myself!

April Favorites 2021- Juniors' Ribbed Side-Cinch One Piece Swimsuit - Xhilaration™
Juniors’ Ribbed Side Cinch One Piece Swimsuit- Xhilaration
April Favorites 2021- Women's Pucker Textured One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit - Shade & Shore™ Pacific Blue
Women’s Pucker Textured One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit – Shade & Shore™ Pacific Blue

Monthly Podcast Favorites: April 2021

Killing It On Broadway

Monthly Favorites April 2021
Killing It On Broadway Podcast

Killing It On Broadway is my absolute favorite podcast of April 2021! Broadway babes Jessica Vosk and Jennifer Simard host other Broadway stars to talk about true crime cases- because us theatre people are apparently all obsessed with true crime! It’s so entertaining, I highly recommend giving it a listen. I think it will quickly end up on your favorite podcasts list too!

Monthly TV/Movie Favorites: April 2021

The Vow (HBO Max)

Monthly Favorites April 2021
The Vow: A NXIVM Story

Killing It On Broadway led me to the true crime documentary, The Vow. The Vow revolves around the NXIVM cult and its founder, Keith Raneire. I can’t say much more about it without giving too much away, but I highly suggest watching it however you’re able. The documentary has been renewed for a second season.

Monthly Book Recommendations: April 2021

Believe It: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima

Monthly Favorites April 2021
Monthly Book Recommendations
Believe It: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by Jamie Kern Lima

Monthly Book Recommendation! It’s taken me a minute to get through this book, but I’ve finished it! I absolutely loved this book, and I think it is especially important for young women to read. Jamie’s writing is so unique, empowering, personal, and inviting; it makes you feel like you’re listening to a good friend! Any young woman who is finding their way through life, their job, or even becoming a businesswoman herself should take the time to read this book and listen to Jamie’s incredible story and encouraging words!


Thanks for checking out my Monthly Favorites of April 2021! See something you love and can’t wait to add to your favorites list? Let me know in the comments below!

May is our anniversary month at Beyond the Footlights! Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss a moment of the action!

Talk to you soon! Lots of love!

~ Ang

My Top Blog Posts to Date

My Top Blog Posts to Date

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Check out my top lifestyle blog posts, personal blog posts, and features in honor of my 50th post!

Hey friends!

Today is a big day! THIS IS MY 50TH PUBLISHED BLOG POST! The idea of writing and sharing just one blog post scared the crap out of me a year ago, but here I am now with 50 whole lifestyle blog posts out there on the internet for anyone to read!

Let me just say, pretty much from now until the end of May it’s going to be one big celebration at Beyond the Footlights! The blog’s one year anniversary is quickly approaching, I’m almost at 2k followers on Instagram, and I’m working my little butt off to nail my branding! SO, with that being said, expect lots of new and exciting posts and things on the blog, a few giveaways, and much much more! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram and you’re on BTF’s subscriber list so you don’t miss a beat!

Beyond the Footlights started out as a more personal blog but has easily make the switch to a lifestyle blog, aligning with the same notion of fostering one’s passions and self-care while also encompassing organization, planning, beauty, and first-hand experiences into the niche. While this lifestyle blog niche may seem rather broad, I’m working really hard every day to nail down MY niche and MY audience!

I thought it would be really fun to use my 50th post as a sort of reflection and highlight for you a few of my top blog posts to date! These posts come from a variety of categories on the blog- lifestyle, personal, and features. These are some of the posts from the last year that have received the most views from my audience not just at the time they were published, but all year round!

Here are My Top Blog Posts to Date!


My Top Blog Posts to Date

Passion Piece Feature: Passion Piece Feature #6- Mackenzie Moyer: A Goddess Among Us

A quick blurb about the Passion Piece Features:

When I started the blog and started planning out content, I knew I wanted to a.) take away a little bit of pressure on myself in writing something brand new every week of every month and b.) use this platform to share the voices of other artists I knew personally or through social media and share how they incorporated self-care into their busy lives.

I’m very grateful to know a multitude of artists and also have a friend group so close to me entirely made up of artists, but I also knew I wanted to scale this feature and reach out to people I maybe didn’t know or have a personal relationship with. I wanted to reach out to people who inspired me and share their work, their voice, and their process with our community here!

I was really nervous about reaching out to people I wasn’t connected to so personally, mostly because I was asking them to give their time to me free of charge, and I know how huge of an ask that is for artists any time, but especially in the last year. As of now, I’m a lifestyle blogger creating this platform from the ground up, and unfortunately I don’t have a large income (YET) from the blog to be able to offer compensation. All this to say, THANK YOU to all 12 individuals who have graciously shared their valuable time and energy with me. The success of this little lifestyle blog can be tied right back to these features, so thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Mackenzie’s post was an absolute hit from the moment I shared it! Not only do she and I know many of the same people, who I assume were excited to see a sort of collab in this way, but she also knows a TON of amazing other people from other large communities who were definitely excited to see a whole post dedicated to this fab lady!

Check out Mackenzie’s Feature and all of my other Passion Piece Features HERE! In the new year of the blog, I’ll be starting a new series, but I hope to keep PPF’s in my content whenever I can!

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Personal: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

This post was published on my birthday and I did NOT expect it would be such a hit! Apparently y’all were really interested in knowing things about me that you might not have known before! At the time of it’s publish, this post got the blog it’s most views since launch day in May!

And, as always, I’m grateful to have the beautiful photography of my best friend, Kailey Edwards, dawning this post as well as most of my site and many other blog pages! Check out her Instagram (there’s a Passion Piece Feature on her, too!)

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Lifestyle: How to Create Your 2021 Vision Board

I loved writing this post and gathering ideas for my own 2021 vision board! This topic is obviously something that people are interested in all year round, not just at the start of a new year! Every now and again when I look at my daily blog stats, I see that this post was found by someone online and I love knowing it may be helping someone manifest their vision (or even helping them manifest their vision to start a lifestyle blog!)

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Personal: Getting to Know You!

This was I think my 2nd or 3rd post on the blog! Honestly, I have to go back and read it because it’s probably cute and will make me laugh while also having and air of sadness about it because, you know, pandemic LOL

But look at that baby graphic! It isn’t even a blog graphic or blog banner, it’s a photo collage! I love seeing these posts now because it is SO crazy how much I learned about lifestyle blogging and branding and all that jazz in just a year. Being able to see where I started from is really kind of sweet.

This post gave my early readers a little bit of background on who I was, what I was doing, why I had started the blog, and more! That girl has grown oh so much…

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Personal: Dear Friend…A Love Letter to My College Years

Another baby post! There were so many feeling and emotions in all of these early posts, it’s sweet but also makes me giggle! So much was changing when I wrote this post and so much had halted and had just been taken away. Most of what I wrote in this reflective, personal piece expelled all the feelings I had been holding onto about my college experience ending so abruptly. It was a love letter to my friends, my family, my teachers, you name it.

It was a time filled with so much reflection, and I can’t even fathom that I’m on the other end of it now. Graduating college felt daunting before the pandemic, then I was in this swirl of transition but also stagnancy, and now I’m sort of on the other side but also in a whole different whirlwind of “real life.” I’m glad this post reached as I had hoped it would!


I have to take a moment to thank all of you who read these posts, share them, and support me online as I grow my social media presence! I never would have even thought that I’d reach 50 post, let alone be able to pull out “top favorite” posts out of them all! Next month is the one year anniversary of this little ‘ol lifestyle blog, and I have so many new and exciting things to share with you as we get closer!

A little change is always good, and I’ve got some great little changes (in my personal life and for the blog) that I cannot wait to share!

Do you have a favorite blog post of mine from the last year? Comment below and let me know!

Lots and lots of love to you all!

~ Ang xo

How I’ve Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

How I’ve Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

How I've Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

Hey Hey!

I hope you’re all doing well, friends!

I’m particularly excited about this week’s post because it is centered around one of my greatest passions: THEATRE! For anyone new here who may not know, theatre is not only one of my passions, it’s what I hope to pursue professionally! I’ve been dancing and performing in theatre for as long as I can remember and last year, I received my B.A. in Musical Theatre from DeSales University! *whoop whoop*

Two months before I was set to graduate, perform in my senior showcase, start work with a professional theatre company, and hit the ground running in the theatre industry, the whole world shut down. Broadway shut down, and it has been shut down until, well, now. Fortunately, things for individuals in the performing arts industry are FINALLY starting to look up and some theatre is set to start happening slowly but surely all over the country.

You might be thinking “wow. a year is a long time to go without work in your field” or “wow. how do you even keep that passion alive?” All good questions, my friend. And the truthful answer? It’s been hard as hell. Beyond hard, really. I don’t even think there is a word in the dictionary yet to describe what artists have been through in the last year+. But armed with resilience and many, MANY years’ worth of armor built up to fight rejection, we persevered, and we continue to do so every. damn. day.

While it’s been hard and I’ve had many days where I contemplate changing career paths completely and the first note of my favorite cast album brings me to tears and I have to turn it off because it’s too much to bear, on the flip side, I have tried really hard to keep my love, craft, and skills alive and thriving! Now, if you’re a creative reading this and you’re like “Angela, I haven’t done a damn thing and I DID change career paths,” then I want you to know that what you have/have not done does not make you any less of a creative. Every creative individual has processed and gone through this journey in their own way; there is no right or wrong way to do it. I applaud you for simply making it to this point.

*end rant*

Today, I want to share with you some ways in which I’ve kept my craft alive and some tools/people/groups I’ve connected with to help me do so! Here are some ways I’ve kept theatre alive in my life!

Dance From Home

I’ve written about my experience with Dance From Home before, and if you’ve read any of my Monthly Minute posts since November, you know that I am a BIG fan of their programming and mission. I can’t even really recall how or when exactly I stumbled across the DFH or Megan Bowen’s (the owner and CEO) Instagram pages, but I started out doing a free 14-day challenge, and the rest is history!

When Megan’s programming switched from individual classes/small class packages to a monthly membership, I wasn’t sure if myself and my wallet would be ready to make the transition, but I am SO glad I took a leap of faith!

I’ve been a member of DFH’s Ensemble Membership since the beginning of 2021 and I can’t even begin to describe what I’ve gained from this program. A little breakdown of what a week in the membership looks like: Monday/Wednesday are choreography classes (with different instructors throughout the month) and Tuesday/Thursday are Broadway Dance Cardio classes to a playlist of Broadway tunes (yes, they are themed!). In choreography classes, half the combo is taught Monday and it is finished and elaborated on Wednesday. Megan also recently added back Dance Cardio classes on Saturday mornings as part of the new Dance Cardio Club Membership (these weekend classes are also included in the Ensemble Membership package).

Whether you are a dancer and want that choreo class or you’re simply looking for the cardio, DFH has a package for everyone. To be explicit like Megan would want me to be, these programs are not designed for weight loss. Sure, weight loss may be a wonderful added benefit to joining, but that isn’t the purpose. The main purpose is to get the community reconnecting with their bodies and their love for musical theatre through these means!

AND, in case you weren’t already sold, every month DFH hosts one Masterclass Workshop with a Broadway Professional! We’ve worked with people from Kiss Me, Kate, Six, Hamilton, and April is….WICKED! You can get more info and sign up for the workshop on April 20th HERE!

The DFH programming has helped me keep up with my dancing abilities, and it has also really helped me learn to embrace my body and my movement. It’s taught me to be less of a perfectionist as a dancer, and I feel so much more connected to my body which in turn makes me feel more confident as a dancer. The cardio classes have helped me build and maintain stamina and strength so I can feel ready to go when theatre comes back in full force!

Monologue Consults with Shaun Leisher

If you’re a theatre artist, I’m sure you can relate when I say monologues are a b*tch to find. I still can’t seem to understand why it’s so hard to find really great monologues but it’s hard, nonetheless. Sometimes, you just have to turn to the professionals! If you’re anything like me and you’ve spent the pandemic searching for great material to no avail, I highly recommend calling up Shaun Leisher! Shaun is a Philadelphia-based dramaturg, producer and arts education advocate. While I haven’t actually met Shaun in person yet (lol, the pandemic life), he and I have many, many mutual friends and by the grace of God and the internet, we connected via social media!

Shaun offers quite an incredible service: after a 30-minute phone call with him, he will hand select about 3 monologues that suit your abilities and the artistic attributes you want to highlight. Boom. That easy. Shaun and I had an enriching 30-minute phone call and in a super quick turnaround time, he presented me with a handful of incredibly specific new material to add to my book that I truly NEVER would have found on my own!

If you head to Shaun’s Instagram you can click the link in his bio and choose to schedule you monologue consult call! Trust him with your vision and your work, you will not regret it!

TheatreWorksUSA: TWUSA.TV

TWUAS.TV is something new that I’ve recently integrated into my at-home theatre artist life and it’s too cute not to share! Not only have I continued to work on my personal craft as a theatre artist during this time, but I have also taken this time to familiarize and educate myself in other areas of the theatre industry. Enter, TWUSA! I have always loved kids and I believe that access to enriching art is extremely vital for young children and their families. TWUAS does exactly that! Through their programming they help bring engaging, exciting, and inclusive theatre to a wider audience of young people whether it be through educational programs or their home life!

One way that they’ve continued to do this during this uncertain time is through TWUSA.TV! With this online streaming platform, children and their families can bring the magic of live performance right into their homes! Educators can also utilize the platform to bring enriching theatre directly into the classroom (both in person and online) and into their lesson plan!

One reason why I love being a performer so much is because you never know whose life you may impact through your performance, and I’ve especially thought about this in my experience doing children’s theatre. I believe it is important to foster one’s love of theatre and performance if it develops from a young age, and what better way to nurture that passion than by bringing theatre straight into the homes or classrooms of children who may not have access to it otherwise?

If you’re interested in TWUSA.TV for your little ones or the classroom you can check it out HERE!

Other Things!

After nearly a year without a voice lesson, I decided to find a new voice teacher! If you feel like, vocally, you’re ready to get back into training or like you have a new goal you’d like towards then I highly suggest getting yourself back into voice lessons! Obviously, it’s a financial commitment, but if you’re fortunate enough to find a teacher with sort of a “revolving door,” where you can choose how often you take lessons, then I absolutely think it’s worth it! I love, love, love my new teacher and I’ve experienced such growth in just a handful of lessons!


Good News!

And finally, some good news! I mentioned in the beginning of this post that my senior class’s showcase got cancelled in March of last year as the pandemic was happening- a WEEK before we were supposed to go to NYC. You can read my reflection of those prior happenings in my post “The Show Must Go On.”

The good news is, a little over a year later, most of my fellow showcase members and I were able to safely come together a few weeks ago and FILM our showcase to send to agencies digitally!!! It’s times like these I’m grateful to live in a technological world. Nine out of the twelve of us were able to gather together at our college after proper testing took place, and we spent a weekend rehearsing, reconnecting, and having the opportunity to showcase the work that has been waiting in the shadows for a year.

How I've Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

Connecting with my classmates a year later was equal parts nerve wracking and exciting. Some of them I hadn’t seen since we left college last March so abruptly, so I was a little nervous, not gonna lie! But like the true friends these people are, we were able to pick right up where we left off and we had the best time working together again. We’ve all grown so much as individuals outside of the pressure of the college theatre environment, and I think we actually all connected so much better than we ever have before.

Seeing people perform in front of me was magical. Being granted the opportunity to go back to college for 3 days and perform alongside some of the most outrageously talented people I know was magical. And being reminded of what I was put on this earth to do was also magical.

For as many times as I’ve felt like giving up on my dream of a theatre career, these 3 days reminded me that I SHOULD NOT give up any time soon. Keep working to make your dreams happen, friends. They are coming to you, even though it may not be evident in every moment of every day. Your hard working will pay off, your dreams will become your reality, and the world will be a better place because of it!

Lots of love!

~ Ang

National Days in April You Should Know

National Days in April You Should Know

HAPPY APRIL!

I hope all you beautiful people had a lovely Easter holiday! Spring is about to be happening in full force, I can feel it in my bones (and my sinuses)! I’m so excited to be in a new month, I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by already. The next two month on the blog and on my Instagram are going to be really exciting! I’ve got some new partnerships coming up and lots to write about and recount, so I hope you’re ready! Let’s talk about some blog business and National Days in April!

New month’s always means one thing for me as a blogger: blog planning. At the end of each month, I gear up and start coming up with content for BTF and my Instagram for the upcoming month. Some people are shocked when I tell them that I try to plan my blog posts out a month in advance, but that’s just how I have to roll for me! I’m sure fellow content creators can relate, but if I don’t have ideas down and planned out in advance, I won’t produce at all. Coming up with ideas for blog posts and Insta posts/stories is a lot harder than I think people understand!

What’s one way I try to come up with monthly content? Looking up National Days for the upcoming month! Some months are easier than others, because they have lots of well-known holidays throughout their 30-31 days, but every month has some lesser known “National Days” in there too! You know, like the 40 different “National Daughter Days” or “National Sibling Days” you see all over Facebook, but much more fun and interesting!

If you’re looking for a starting point for some content ideas or you’re just interested in quirky holidays, here are a handful of National Days in April that I found exciting, relevant, and fun!

*note, this is not every National Day in April but a chosen few

National Days in April 2021

April 1st

  • April Fool’s Day
  • National Burrito Day
  • National Sourdough Bread Day
    • Now is the time to put your quarantine sourdough skills to good use, people

April 2nd

  • National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
  • National Autism Awareness Day

April 3rd

  • National Film Score Day
  • World Party Day

April 4th

  • Easter Sunday (2021)
  • National Vitamin C Day
    • Chug that Emergen-C today, baby

April 5th

  • National Caramel Day
  • National Deep Dish Pizza Day

April 7th

  • National Beer Day
    • Heyo
  • National Walking Day
    • Hit that trail, sister!
  • Childhelp National Day of Hope

April 10th

  • National Siblings Day

April 11th

  • National Pets Day

April 12th

  • National Grilled Cheese Day
    • This is amazing, thank you

April 14th

  • National Look Up At the Sky Day

April 16th

  • National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day
    • ORGANIZE PEOPLE! THROW IT OUT, YOU DON’T NEED IT!

April 19th

  • National Garlic Day
  • National Hanging Out Day
    • Hang out with your pals (if you’re vaccinated)!

April 20th

  • National Cheddar Fries Day
    • YUM

April 22nd

  • Earth Day (2021)
  • National Jelly Bean Day

April 27th

  • National Tell a Story Day

April 28th

  • Global Pay It Forward Day

April 29th

  • International Dance Day

National Weeks in April 2021

  • National Library Week – April 4-10, 2021
  • National Princess Week – Last Full Week of April

April is National *blank* Month (2021)

  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • National Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • National Month of Hope
  • National Soft Pretzel Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • National Poetry Month

Again, this isn’t a full list of National Days in April, this is just a list of some of my favorites! And National Princess Week? Sign me up! I hope that these National Days sparked some ideas for upcoming April content, or at least gave you another fun day to add to your calendar this month!

Next week, stay tuned for a post about all thing’s theatre! Keep an eye on my Instagram for upcoming posts and things!

Lots of love to YOU!

~ Ang