Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year, New Habits

Every year at this time people make resolutions so that they can become a better person. Whether physically, emotionally or mentally everyone wants to become a better version of themselves in he year and set unrealistic resolutions for themselves. Along with these unrealistic goals, most people give up trying to achieve them within the first month of the new year.

I am not suggesting to be the same person you are now. Everyone should always try to be the best person they possibly can but try doing it in smaller amounts of time at a less intense rate.

For this new year a resolution of mine would be, to be a healthier person. I know, I know its a cliché but its true! So to make this an easier task to take on over this next year, starting the first week of January (January 4th) I will not eat fast food for the rest of the month. This is going to be extremely difficult because I like eating fast food. I'm not saying I eat fast food everyday but when I do I enjoy it. So seeing what happens over these next couple of weeks will be interesting.

Another thing I want to do is become more studious. These past few months have been very stressful with school. I've been getting lots of assignments, and with each assignment my motivation weakens! So for these next couple of days I'm going to make things interesting...In my room I have a lot of empty wall space. on one of the spaces I will be putting a tear pad on it. So with each assignment I get, I will write it on the pad and cross it off when I've completed it. Checklists usually work well, and knowing that I've completed an assignment should give me the satisfaction I need!

In my previous post I also mentioned that I want to be true to myself. This is really self- explanatory but for those who need clarification, I want to say with any decision I am faced with now or in the future I want the answer to be what I have to say and not what other people want to hear.

That's all I can think up for now and those are all the little goals I aim to accomplish. Let me know what your resolutions are in the comments!

This will be the last post of 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Facing Fears

Hello friends of the internet, many of us have been spending this last week with family and loving friends. As it was Christmas this past Thursday.

For Christmas I received the book Girl Online, a novel that was written by a British Youtuber Zoe Sugg aka Zoella. I enjoyed the book, I am an avid book reader and in my humble opinion the book was well written.

I love the book for many reasons. One: I relate to the main character so well. She is a teenager in 11th grade (or in Year Eleven as the Brits say) and she has many embarrassing moments. Many of us think that we are the only ones that are super clumsy and make of fool out of ourselves but we're not. We all go through the same stuff, its a matter of letting it take us down or not. Two: She has a blog! I'm not to sure how many teens are out there blogging about life to random people on the internet but I don't imagine a huge amount (and if it is I will be highly impressed).

So the part of the book that I liked, especially was the part about facing fears. The main character, Penny, she has panic attacks. Not to give the story away but these panic attacks are not easy to deal with and they prevent her from doing certain things. Throughout the book she has many small victories after facing a fear-when she thinks she might have a panic attack.

One fear of mine is not being able to achieve my dream as a successful writer. I say writer because, journalism is a career option, not really my career goal. I have a strong passion for fashion design. I love the idea of designing something that I would wear and that I other people would wear. Something with my name on it. Picking out colors, fabrics, styles and combining all these things into a fashion line would be a dream come true but for now I blog about my life.

Although I say journalism is a career option, this doesn't necessarily mean I don't enjoy it. I've always loved writing since I was a little girl. I have piles and piles of notebooks from when I was little. Every since I found out how to write, I wrote poems, stories and anything I could think of into journals or an kind of notebook I found. To this day I continue to 'collect' them.

For this upcoming New Year I will have to seriously start thinking about colleges and deciding which ones to apply to. This is going to be stressful but one of my resolutions will be to stay true to myself.

Chasing my dream is not going to be easy and I'm pretty scared of what is to come but I won't know until I try, so facing my fear is better than letting doubt consume me and backing out.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, a bit serious after the cheery holiday but it was on my mind. Do any of you have fears that you might want to face this coming New Year? Leave me a comment or tweet me!

Also check out the first chapter of Girl Online here.
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Blogmas: Day Twenty-Five

Hope everyone is having a great holiday! This time of year is meant to be spent with your loved ones and enjoy each other's company.

Have a Merry Christmas! 
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blogmas: Day Twenty-one

This season is especially known for the immense generosity and kindness that people show towards one another. I think that not just this time of yet but all year 'round, people should think of the less fortunate and help them. An easy and inexpensive way to do this is to make toiletry bags to give to the homeless. Filling a plastic ziplock bag with the items show above, is very simple and a quick way to help someone in need. Making a bunch of these and donating them to your local shelter is great!

If you are able to bring joy to someone this season do it! What's stopping you?
4 more days to go! 

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blogmas: Day Twenty

Some movies to think about watching over these next few days:

1. Elf
2. Christmas Shoes
3. Home Alone
4. Eloise Christmas
5. Angels and Ornaments

Not Christmas related:

1. Annie
2. Mockingjay Part 1
3. Unbroken 
4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Hope you get a chance to check out some of these movies! 5 more days to go!

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blogmas: Day Fifteen

As Christmas and other holidays approach, many teachers love to give big projects and assignments over the break. Unfortunately in my case many teachers decide that its best to give us all the assignments before break, you may be wondering what I'm complaining about but if all of my teachers give me an assignment before break I only have a few days to compete everything. This, for the highly procrastinated student, equals a lot of stress. I am trying to balance all of this and in the end I know I will appreciate the stress free break like it should be.

Happy Monday!
10 more days to go!

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blogmas: Day Eleven & Twelve

It's about that time when people ask what you want for Christmas and I don't know about you but I generally forget what I want and tell them I will give them an answer. I've learned in situations like this, it's great to go to the store when you want things or see something you like and take a picture and make a photo album of things that you potentially want for Christmas. This is also great for online shopping too, just take a screen shot of what your looking at. So next time you see something you like just snap a picture and send it to someone who's thinking of buying you something for Christmas. 

Happy Friday! 
13 days to go! 

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blogmas: Day Ten

So I live on the east coast of the United States, and unlike some parts of my country we go through seasons. The weather does not stay 85 degrees all year 'round. So with that said, the weather may go through seasons, I believe people have seasons as well, and this season I have been experiencing a sweet tooth! But this is not unusual for me, I could eat sweets all the time if I was allowed. The unusual part is that the specific kind of dessert I have been craving is.....ice cream! Now you can understand why the relevance of how the weather is where I live. It is currently 35 degrees outside with some chilly wind making it feel like it's 25 degrees. Although it is certifiably cold and a normal person would crave a hot food or beverage to keep them toasty, I crave ice cream! I went and bought the Friendlys vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and ate about two scoops ( I say about because I have no shame in saying I eat the ice cream right out of the carton). I may or may not have a problem but I enjoyed my ice cream nonetheless. 

Hope you do what makes you happy!
15 more days to go!

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blogmas: Day Eight & Nine

During this time of year I usually stay inside and don't venture off and explore but this year I want to create a bucket list of something's to do during December and over winter break.
I am not saying that I am the best singer but I do love Christmas songs. I think getting a couple of my friends and going around caroling in my town square would be cool to do.
Most towns have a Christmas tree lighting in their town square. I may have missed the one in my town but going to see it lit up on a winter's night is a good equivalent to me.
To be quite honest I have never been roller-skating and I am not sure if there is a skating rink where I live but I would love to try it out (probably would end up being an epic fail but who knows).
Ever year me and my sister build a snowman or a wall of snow and have snowball fights but this year I want to take on the challenge of building an igloo! Depending on the amount of snow that we get, I think we can pull it off but I should probably get the right gear to take on such a large and difficult task.
On my dad's side of the family we usually do Secret Santa among all of the grandchildren. We all put our names in and Christmas day we give each other gifts, this year we forgot to pick names so the plan is to get a "general" gift and exchange gifts on Christmas day. Let's see how that goes....
What new things do you want to try this season?
16 more days to go.

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Blogmas: Day Seven

The first week of December has already passed and if you haven't already you should probably have your Christmas tree up already. In my family we have an artificial, tree, not the most traditional but it does have its pros and cons. The pros are that we don't have to tend to it everyday or worry about pine needles. Some cons are that you don't have that fresh tree aroma filling up your house or the fun of going to the tree lot and picking one out. Every year we drag out tree from the basement and assemble it, not the most thrilling, compared to searching for the perfect tree at a lot. Aside from that decorating the tree is the other half of the fun! My mom is likes having a theme for the tree each year. One year it was burgundy and bronze this year it's gold with white/silver accents. We have gold glass bell ornaments with gold bows and white lights. We also have silver snowflakes on our tree as well as round gold ornaments. I am more of a colorful person, I love homemade ornaments and colorful lights with a real tree, that is my kind of Christmas tree.

Happy Decorating!
18 more days to go!

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blogmas: Day Six

As it is starting to near towards Christmas, it only seems right to start Christmas shopping and finding gifts for your loved ones. Today I had the challenge of finding out what to get for my parents and sister. Living with them, gives me an idea of what they like and don't like. When I went to the store(s) today and I was overwhelmed with so many possible options to choose from, so many possible gifts to give. When going into a store there are advertised "gifts" for Christmas like; perfume & lotion sets for the ladies and ties or watches for the men. Then you have the actually items of the store, having all these options it was soon clear I was going to have some trouble choosing gifts. I conjured up a plan in my head to help me narrow down what to get them. As I was walking through the store I put any possible gift into my cart, now you may be saying that this is crazy and you will end up buying all the stuff any way but since I was on a budget it works out if you follow all the steps. So as I was walking through the store I saw something for my mom, I put it in the cart. Something for dad? In the cart it went. Something for sis, in the cart. after about an hour I stopped in an empty part of the store and looked through what I had in my cart. I then started deciding between the good gifts, the stuff I actually wanted for myself and the impulse buys (these usually are the things you don't really want or need but you just have to have it). After doing this for about 15 minutes I put the reject items back and headed to checkout. This system helped to me to pick out really nice gifts as opposed to buying something and not really putting thought into it.

  • PUT potential gifts in your cart
  • SORT out he things you've collected
  • DECIDE on what you want to buy as the gift
I am not saying its full-proof but it works.
19 more days to go!

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Blogmas: Day Five

Christmas season is officially upon us (after five days it is set in stone, obviously) and getting into the Christmas spirit couldn't be easier than listening to Christmas music. That feeling that you get when get when you connect completely to the lyrics of a song is how I feel with a Christmas song. Christmas songs just get me in a happy mood and since music has evolved there are many different genres of Christmas songs.

Here are my top 10:
  1. I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
  2. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  3. Carol of the Bells
  4. The Nutcracker
  5. All I want for Christmas is You
  6. Let It Snow
  7. Jingle Bell Rock
  8. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  9. Greatest time of Year
  10. Silent Night
Hope you get to checkout some of these songs and tell me your favorites.
 20 more days to go!

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blogmas: Day Four

For this holiday many of us are trying to find the perfect gift for our friend or family member and sometimes this can be a challenge. Even knowing a person very well, being over whelmed with so many options to choose from can be difficult to pick the right one. I have some simple ideas to help guide you to the perfect gift for your loved one this holiday.

Some bullet point for the ultimate gift are:
  •  Keep it simple, if you don't know what to get someone don't go over board and buy them everything you think they might like but get them something that you think would best suit them. Also remember that it's a gift, although its a cliché it really is the thought that counts.
  • As a continuation from my previous statement, don't just get any thing and wrap it up, especially not anything that is tacky or cheap many of us understand a budget but buying something that is useless and not meaningful is not worth buying or giving.
  • If you are at a loss of what to give, give back a memory. I know that sentimental gifts may be cheesy but who says they don't make great gifts? Having a symbol of a great trip and remembering all the good times or a card with the words to an inside joke is a perfect gift.
  • If you are wiling to go the extra mile and still want too give them a gift I usually o for the general stuff like beauty product gift for girls and some type of electronic gift for a boy. With a general present like this I would write something meaningful in the card to accompany a gift.
Hope these tips gave you some ideas on what to buy/make for someone for Christmas!
21 more days to go! 

Live ~Laugh~Love 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Blogmas: Day Three

Third day of December and by now you should have Christmas spirit! Decorating your room is an easy way to celebrate the holiday! Here are some easy ideas to will make your room look more festive.

If you have construction paper, glue, hole punch, ribbon and some tape this DIY is very simple. All you have to do is cut equal sized prices of construction paper, cut out the letters of the word/phrase, glue it, punch the holes, weave through ribbon and done!

This is not the simplistic thing to make at first but once you get the hang of it it's really easy. All you really need is paper and siccors. Click the link on a tutorial of how to do this: http://krokotak.com/2013/11/fold-a-fir-tree/

Although these are not technically a decoration, the packaging on most holiday candles is festive. Two candles that I have my room smelling of Christmas and wonderful things are Pepermint bark and Gingerbread. These two candles smell amazing!

Making your own festive decorations is fun and this one particularly interesting because you get to be creative. Using some Command hooks, I hung up a garland that I made with some ornaments that I had leftover from the tree. I used home made ornaments and glittery ones from the store. It's fun to mix and match and see how it turns out.

Hope you decorate your room to get in the Christmas spirit! 22 more days to go!
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Blogmas: Day Two

The Christmas season is here! The one thing I love doing around this holiday is baking and eating snacks ( to tell the truth I love eating snacks any time of the year). I have a sweet tooth and my number one treat is chocolate, one thing that all these treats have in common.

This snack is very delicious, the peanut butter and chocolate really compliment each other. I recommend eating them while they are warm! These cookies only take about 15 minutes to bake and I usually use a pre-made dough or mix. This goes great with a cold glass of milk.

This is the easiest thing that the person with "no cooking skills" could do (also known as me). All you need to do is lay out some pretzels, put some chocolate on top. Place in an oven at 350 degrees for about 1 min until the chocolate is soft but not completely liquefied. Take an M&M and put it in the middle. Since the chocolate is till warm I recommend outing them in the freezer for about three minutes and the you're done!

I am a chocolate lover and my absolute favorite drink is hot chocolate. Ever since I was little my mom would always put a teaspoon of cinnamon in my drink and I love the way it tastes. My current mixture of hot chocolate is Maxwell house's Mocha Latte (contains caffeine), a tablespoon of sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

*Disclaimer: I don't own any of these pictures

Let me know if you tried any of these snacks! 23 more days to go!
Live ~Laugh~Love 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blogmas: Day One

Have been really busy with school the last couple of months but I'm back on the blog! I've decided to celebrate everyday possible day of my favorite holiday on the blog, so I thought I would do Blogmas! This would be an adaption of Vlogmas, many Youtubers vlog everyday up until Christmas and post it on the internet. In place of a video I would write a blog post about it! This is a huge commitment and I am challenging myself to do it. I have a lot of things planned, so keep your eyes peeled!

After the long intro, since November first I have been watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel, and I haven't stopped since! Now starting today on ABCFamily and the Hallmark channel is countdown to Christmas! Everyday they have a set list of movies for your entertainment and enjoyment and  highly recommend tuning in if you are as Christmas obsessed as me!

Hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday! 24 more days to go!
Live ~Laugh~Love