Thoughts and Photos

Remember me? It’s been a while.

I’ve been on a bit of an unscheduled hiatus here. I suppose it wasn’t a great idea to share my resolution of “write one blog post a week” with you all. I thought it’d encourage me to share more and get inspired each week, but honestly, it just made blogging a total drag.

Don’t get me wrong… I still love blogging and I like schedules. I just really dislike blogging schedules. If I have a post idea, I’ll plan it out, write it, and publish it. Coming up with things while they’re fresh in my mind just works better for me. Is anyone else like this?

I’m not saying that I won’t try/shouldn’t write on here once a week because that’s honestly my ideal goal. I used to have this mindset that if I couldn’t keep a habit, it was never meant to be or it was never going to happen. However, I have grown, and I now realize that just because it’s not January first doesn’t mean you can’t make resolutions or start a new habit.

From now on, my resolution is to find inspiration from SOMETHING once a week. Whether it be on Pinterest, at school, or just in my day-to-day life, I want to look at something and be inspired to make, share, or write something in whatever form I choose.

Alright, I’m done preaching. I’m excited to work on this new resolution! Now I’ll share a few photos of things I’ve been up to during my hiatus…

First, I went to New York City for a day and explored Brooklyn for the first time. My mom got tickets for my birthday to see the David Bowie Is exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, and it was amazing! I couldn’t take photos in the exhibit, but if you are at all a David Bowie fan, I highly recommend seeing this exhibit to learn and appreciate more about him. Everything was so amazing to see in person, especially the costumes!

I was dying to go to Strand Bookstore, and I am SO happy we squeezed in some time for it. I could probably spend an entire day in there. It was definitely the coolest and biggest bookstore I’ve been to.

Then, I celebrated my actual birthday! I turned sixteen on April 7. We went to see Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson’s new movie. I looooved it!! He’s pretty much the coolest, and I’d like to live in each of his movies. I spent time with my family that weekend and ate a lot of cake. It was a pretty good birthday. I’ve been on break this week, and this past Wednesday I got my learner’s permit, too! Yay, sixteen.

Finally, spring break. This week has been pretty chill, but it has gone by way too fast. I definitely needed a break from school! I made crepes, started a garden, bought some books, saw A Quiet Place (5 stars!!), watched lots of HGTV, and went shopping. Now I’m counting down the days until summer beak. I am happy that it’s been warm, however. I just bought my first pair of shorts for this year, and it got me so excited for WARMNESS!!!

That’s all for today. I WILL be back very soon with fun posts! Can’t wait to share some inspiration with you…

Happy Sunday!

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Snow Day

I’m a bit late to say this, but happy March! It does not feel like March yet. I do live in New England, however, so there really is no telling what March will feel like each year.

We have already had close to eight snow days this year. We had one yesterday and I am currently enjoying the comfort of my bed as I write this. Two in a row!

I went outside this morning while the snow still looked pretty and hadn’t melted off of the trees yet. Here are some photos I took:

Have a great day.

A Not-Too-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Playlist

Happy Sunday!

What’s your opinion on Valentine’s Day? I know people who love it and people who hate it. Personally, I really love Valentine’s Day. However, I will agree that it can be waaaaay too cheesy. So if you’re with me on that and are not a fan of the cheesiness, I have created a not-so-cheesy Valentine’s Day playlist for you to listen to!

The songs I included are (in my opinion) not overly-dramatic love songs that you’ve heard a million times. For example: I Will Always Love You.  (The only song you may have heard way too much is Fade Into You which just so happened to make this listI enjoyed reading. I still love that song, and it always reminds me of Gilmore Girls. Oh, and if there are any Gilmore-lovers out there, try and find the other song I included in this playlist! Hint: it was the VERY FIRST SONG that played in the Pilot!)

Anyways, here it is!  If you’re into the more lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day tunes, here’s my playlist from last year and here’s my playlist from the year before.

My playlists are usually longer than this, but I plan on adding more songs as I find them. But for now, enjoy!

Have a great day.

Valentine’s Day mini felt garland

Happy Saturday! Last night I was in a particularly crafty mood. This project wasn’t always destined to be a blog post, but it just sorta happened. So today instead of links (which I do all the time and I am sure you’re bored of) here’s a super easy DIY project!

If you have done any art project before I am sure you have most of these materials. Maybe not felt, but that’s a quick trip to Target. (Ok, I’m lying. No trips to Target have ever been “quick.” You’ll probably end up buying 30+ items. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Target has got this AMAZING felt set in the craft section I got for Christmas. I also bought another one on my own because I am so obsessed/have been using felt a lot lately.

Anyways, whether you’re looking for a decorative item for your Valentine’s Day party or are simply wanting to spruce up your room, this no-sew felt garland is super cute and simple.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

Felt. You could do this in whatever color combo you’d like, but since Valentine’s Day is around the corner I thought I’d be festive and do a pink/red assortment.
Scissors and/or a rotary cutter. I got a rotary cutter for Christmas and I can’t help but use it every time I need to cut something.
Yarn. Or twine. Or string. Anything that you could hang/resembles something string-like.
Hot glue gun. These things are my best friend/worst enemy. I’ve accidentally burned myself so many times, but they’re soooo helpful.

THAT’S IT!

Step One. Cut a long diamond shape piece of felt. It can be any size you want, but it kind of depends on how much felt you have. I made mine mini cause I like mini things (nice alliteration, huh?) but if you want a bigger one, go for it. I just folded one square of felt in half and cut a triangle. Kind of like how you’d make a snowflake with paper. Ohhhh! That’s a good idea. Felt snowflakes!

Step Two. Use your first diamond to trace out other diamonds with. I love using the rotary cutter because it makes the lines super clean, but scissors work well too.

Step Three. Continue cutting as many diamonds as you want to fill up your garland. I only did six because I wanted to hang it above my desk.

Step Four. Use your hot glue gun and glue a line down the middle of the diamond. Press the yarn down and make sure it is secure. Then, trace around the top of the diamond with more hot glue and fold it over to make the banner shape.

Step Five. Ta daaaa! Look how cute. Continue that last step as many times as you’d like to meet your desired length.

Step Six. Make sure the pieces are secure and glued together. Once you’re done, turn off your glue gun (!!!!!) and hang it up wherever your heart desires. (Get it? Heart? Cause it’s almost Valentine’s Day? 😉 I’m sorry.)

Congrats! You did it! As you can tell, this is super customizable. I understand that a lot of people like strict rules, but I don’t LOVE following rules when it comes to crafting because I feel like my best ideas come from accidents. I do get frustrated when I don’t have the necessary tools to make something, so I tried to make this as simple as possible.

My computer is making noises now, so I should go. Tag me on Instagram if you make this!

Have a great weekend.

Randomness

Heyyyyy. Remember that resolution I had where I said I’d write a post every week? Yeah. Well, that didn’t happen this month.

Something I’ve learned with resolutions is that you can’t force them. I always make a ton, but I rarely end up successfully following through with them. Making so many always seems to stress me out, but as I’ve mentioned, I LOVE the New Year and making resolutions comes with that. So, for the rest of the year, even if I don’t complete any of my others, I WILL write every week if it’s the last thing I do!

This month has been crazy, however, and it was hard to find time to write a post. My first semester ended a week and a half ago, and basically every one of my weekends was filled with studying! But I’ve officially started my second semester and things have begun to calm down.

Today I had a snow day (yay!) so I figured I would pop in and write a little.

January was a pretty fun month, minus all of the studying. We got a TON of snow; it feels like we have been stuck in a blizzard for months because it started so early this winter! Here are a few photos from the month:

A summary of my January: lots of snow and lots of yummy food!! I had sushi for my best friend’s birthday and it was SO delicious. I just loooooove sushi!

So that’s about all I have to share today. I’ll be back later this week with my favorite links from around the web!

Have a great day.

First week of 2018

It’s 2018! Happy New Year.

If you’re reading this post that means that I have successfully written and published my first blog of the year, carrying out one of my resolutions!

I feel like we all expect to have a wonderful first week of the year. We’re so full of optimism for the new year and you’re ready to take on anything.

That’s certainly what I always expect, but sometimes reality gets in the way of that daydream! For me, reality was a sore throat, headache, and stuffy nose. *sigh* On the bright side, the crazy snow has given me two snow days and a four day weekend! Whoooo! Thank you, New England. (For the snow days, not the insane wind chill and negative degree weather.)

I’m a bit superstitious and so being sick kind of made me have this feeling that the first week was going to be a representation of the rest of the year. While that could be true, I realized that each day is also kind of like a new year, just with less time. That may make no sense and be totally cheesy, but it’s true! Each day is a new chance to start over and you can’t let one bad day ruin your week, month, or even your year! *cue friends theme*

OK, enough with the cheesiness. I thought I’d share a few links to end this post:

I’m currently reading this. Have you read it/did you like it? I have high expectations and I’m liking it so far. Not sure how I feel about the narration yet, though. But I definitely am gonna watch the movie because I’ve heard great things about it.

This is such a cute idea. I’ve been loving felt lately!

Chocolate ice cream cake with mint meringue. OMG.

Look at this pool! (Or just google Bondi Icebergs.) So gorgeous it doesn’t even look real. It’s in Sydney, Australia and I’ve never wanted to go there more. I love pools.

These are crazy and I’d never wear them but they’re super pretty.

Finally, the Google Year in Search video is pretty powerful.

OK, that’s it. Hope everyone has a great day!

Goodbye, 2017

I hope everyone had a very happy holiday! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post but I wanted to just write a little something before the New Year. One of my resolutions for the New Year is to write on here once a week, if not more than that. I’ve already got posts planned so I can’t wait.

I love the New Year, but towards the end of the current year I always get lazy. If I need to do something or start something, I tell myself that I’ll just start fresh and begin doing it on January first. That’s not the best mindset, but the idea of having a fresh start is pretty cool to me.

What are your resolutions, if you have any? I always make a ton and then end up doing, like, three of them throughout the year. But that’s better than nothing, for sure. Some of my others are to stop biting my nails, (this has been on my list for the past four to five years…) drink more water, read a LOT, expand my vocabulary, and to stress less.

2017 was a crazy year. It was good and bad and happy and sad. (Dr. Seuss who?) 🙂 It started off pretty well but in March my nana passed away and that, of course, was super hard for me and my family. It still is, but I am so lucky to have awesome people in my life who were there through it all and who made the year better for me.

I made some amazing memories in 2017. I went to New York (upstate and the city), Vermont, and Arizona. I had soooo much fun in all three of those places and I hope I can travel more in 2018.

I also turned fifteen in April! I feel so lucky to have done and seen some amazing things already in my life. Two of the coolest things I saw this year were Ed Sheeran in concert and Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. I love music and musicals and those two definitely made the year a good one and I am super grateful I got to witness those shows.

There were so many horrible things that happened throughout the year around the world. I tried my best to focus on the good news… online especially as that’s where most of the bad news is.

One of my favorite stories I followed this year was Elsie Larson‘s adoption journey with her husband Jeremy. She’s one of my all-time favorite bloggers and I’ve followed her on Instagram for a few years now. They just got back from China with their daughter Nova and she is so so so cute!!! I was so invested in their entire trip that I had post notifications on and everything. LOL. Her photos always make me smile and they brighten my day when I see them. You have to follow her!

OK, so last year I did a list of my favorite things of the year, so I’ll do a quick one again. I just read the post from last year and ohmygosh I hate looking back at my old posts. I want to correct some of my grammar SO BAD. *cringes*

(FYI: Some of these things I mention didn’t come out this year, I just really enjoyed them!)

Books: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Christodora by Tim Murphy, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I read eleven-ish books this year and I am so upset about that. I hate that I don’t have tons of time to read but I’m hoping I can make time for it in 2018.

Television: Big Little Lies, (the show AND the book were both amaaaaazing) Parenthood, 13 Reasons Why, Stranger Things 2, Superstore, and Teen Mom (2 and OG).

Movies: Begin Again, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Wonder, and Pitch Perfect 3. And I still wanna see Lady Bird but it’s not playing in the theaters near me anymore 😦

Music: Here is the playlist that Spotify made for me with my most-listened to songs of the year. If you couldn’t tell, I loved Ryan Adams, The Smiths, Ed Sheeran, Fleet Foxes, and Jenny Lewis a lot this year.

I also got super into podcasts. My favorite one currently is We’re No Doctors with Steve Agee and Busy Philipps. They are SO funny and I totally binged all of the episodes in a week and a half. I’m also liking Out of Line with Caroline Lee, Talking in Circles with Laura Miller, and Rookie. Oh, and I just discovered Teen Mom Trash Talk and I am obsessed. I’ve been listening to them more than music lately and it’s so hard not to laugh out loud during some of them I probably look insane when I’m in public. 😉

Alright, that’s all I have for today. I would do a round-up of photos but my computer is super slow today and it would take quite a long time to get them all onto here. You can check out my Instagram if you want to see photos, though!

I hope you all have a wonderful day today and that your 2018 is the best year yet.

Oh, what are your thoughts on the phrase “See you next year?” Apparently lots of people hate it and think it’s obnoxious, but I think it’s so much fun hahah! So I’m gonna say it now:

See you next year! xo