Weekend Rewind

My weekend was great…probably because it was a 3-day weekend! I had Friday off of school and I used the time to catch up on my homework and relax. Later there was a football game and then we made a fire and roasted s’mores. It was pretty bomb diggity.

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Next, on Saturday I had a game, which was exhausting. We are slowly getting better, but we still lost.

On Sunday, I babysit an adorable girl and a one year old boy! The day included cheerios, tattoos and games.

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(Mine is the rainbow unicorn)

xoxo

How to Cope with Long Distance Relationships

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Being away from your friends or significant is always hard, especially when exciting things happen to you and they’re all far away.

In my case, I’m not missing my significant other, I’m missing my four significant others. I’ve had a core group of girlfriends throughout my whole life, but I’m the youngest and this year I am the lone remainder. I’m the only one left still in high school, they’re all off in college! I’m very jealous/excited for them, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m stuck here in town while they’ve ventured farther out west to their respective colleges.

So if you’re like me and are stuck in high school while your BFFs are off gallivanting at college, this post may be for you!

Thankfully, our lives take place in a time of technological ease and missing your loved ones can be abated by only the click of a button.

1. PHONES HAVE CALLING CAPABILITIES FOR A REASON…USE THEM

There is a reason why phones having calling capabilities and it isn’t just to butt dial someone. This tip is therefore fairly straightforward: call your loved one. It’s easy, it’s quick and hearing their voice can make you feel better.

2. DOWNLOAD SNAP CHAT

Snap chat is a lovely app that can help you see your loved one’s face almost all the time. It’s quick, it’s easy and the results can be very silly.

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3. WATCH A SHOW TOGETHER

Thankfully we also have texting which keeps us in constant contact. But when you are conversing ALL THE TIME, you may eventually run out of things to talk about. Starting a TV show together and watching it at the same time may create conversation with each other. Added bonus: you get to watch TV and possibly eat popcorn….what’s not to love

4. VISIT EACHOTHER

I know, your lover is 4,000,000 miles away, or your BFFs are off at college a 4 hour drive away. It’s hard to see each other, but trust me, YOU GOTTA. Seeing each other face to face will never be replaced with technological interactions. You need to see your friends smile, get a hug, and tell each other what they’ve been missing. BUCKLE UP AND MAKE THE INITIATIVE TO GO SEE YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER/FRIEND. Because you gotta.

5. SEND CARE PACKAGES

Nothing says I love you more than sending a care package. Fill it with candy or food, funny pictures, a present or two, coupons, love letters, whatever you feel like. In my case I like to include a baked good, candy, a present of some kind (artwork or something store bought), and a handwritten note. It shows your friend/significant other that you’re thinking of them. And besides, who doesn’t love receiving mail that isn’t spam?

6. MAKE NEW FRIENDS

This tip isn’t particularly applicable if you are missing your significant other, but if you’re missing your friends….it may be time to bite the bullet. Although you love your friends and you will always miss them, sometimes you gotta branch out. Make new friends by joining clubs, teams, or sitting at a new table for lunch. It’s not always easy, but in the end you may just meet a new lifelong friend.

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xoxo

25 Reasons Why Fall is the Absolutely Best Season

Some love the hot sun rays of sumer. Some love the snows of winter. Some love the rains of spring. But to me, there is no better holiday than FALL. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. There is nothing bad about it at all. No downfalls. NONE. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but it is a pretty fabulous season.

And without further ado, 25 reasons why fall is the best season:

1. PUMPKIN PIE

2. APPLIE PIE

3. ANY PIE. It’s no longer too hot to run your oven and you can bake yourself any delicious delight you feel like

4. The leaves are changing color and it is beautiful

5. It may just be me, but fall smells the best too. Like fresh, cold air and new grass

6. It is now acceptable to drink hot chocolate with marshmallows/whipped cream/sprinkles

7. You can wear boots!

8. And cute scarves! And sweaters!

9. It’s football/soccer/volleyball season and the weekends are filled with fun school pride events

10. Homecoming. I just love love love LOVE my school’s homecoming!

11. Carving pumpkins

12. Leggings and hoodies. Nuff said..

13. Halloween candy!!!!!!!!!!!!

14. My mother and I make gingerbread cookies shaped like turkeys every single year. And it is the best….

15. Heat seaters have a use again

16. My face gets really tan from soccer practice (although not sure if this will happen next year when I am in college)

17. Bonfires with marshmallows

18. Flannels and beanies and cute gloves and scarves. TBH I also love fall because of the adorable clothing choices.

19. Thanksgiving! It’s silly but I LOVE that holiday. The food is obviously amazing, but I also love getting together with my family and giving much needed thanks

20. Wearing wool socks will not lead to me getting judged anymore (haters gon’ hate)

21. All the new shows come out on TV and my Netflix account gets all the new season!

22. Something particular about this fall is the release of the new iPhone 6! And Sims 4!

23. I can use my pretty new macbook for something useful (homework), rather than just using it to surf pinterest

24. Curling up by the fire with a good book is a perfectly acceptable way to spend your evening

25. ITS ALMOST HALLOWEEN AND ITS SO SPOOKY AND THE DECORATIONS RULE AND I JUST PLUM LOVE IT ALL

xoxo

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I’m Back!

Hello internet friends!

I know I have been absent for a month….and many apologies. I have some excuses but mainly it boils down to a lack of time and energy. You may not think it, but blogging is slightly time consuming. You have to think of interesting things…edit things…write things…blah blah blah. It’s all very taxing on my tired mind!

Recently however I’ve been feeling the itch. The “I could blog about this” itch. So without further ado, I’M BACK BABY!

The last time I posted wassss school shopping and much has happened. I have been so busy that I haven’t really even taken any pictures (there’s a few in my instagram feed)!! It’s crazy. Here are a few from my month though:

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Who doesn’t love a few goofy selfies with a great friend?

IMG_8090These are all taken before/after soccer practice….because that is what my life now consists of.

IMG_8154The only REAL thing I’ve had time for recently is homework and a little art. This is a quick tiger that I painted a couple weeks ago. So far it has done nothing but sit on my wall at home.

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Also I’ve made use of this lovely fall weather and apple season to bake an apple pie! This really is my favorite favoritest season!

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A few cool things should be happening in the next couple weeks or so… First off, I’m dying my hair later in October! Hopefully something similar to the image above….I’ve always wanted to see what I look like with lighter hair, so why not try it out?

Also, my senior homecoming is coming up in the next couple weeks! I’m on student council so my life has been a little hectic planning that, but I can’t wait.

I should be receiving (hopefully) a few college acceptance letters and (in my dreams) huge scholarships! Fingers crossed!

xoxo

Food Appreciation

Sorry for a brief hiatus from posting. When I first started my blog, about 5(ish) months ago, I was writing to you all from an old and broken HP laptop. This laptop had been to three different continents and you could tell all the travel and wear was bringing it down.

Recently, I made one of the largest purchases of my life: a beautiful, brand new Macbook Air with 13″ screen. It is beautiful and I love it. I have found my soulmate and it is this computer that I am writing to you from. ;) But that is why the hiatus, I wanted to wait and write the new post from my LOVELY NEW MACBOOK! She is yet unnamed. I will keep you updated.

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Anywhoooo, my past two days have been quite hectic! I went on my much anticipated shopping trip! I managed to stay within my budget! But really, the star of the show was the foooood. I love foooood.

First, lunch from Sushi Sakai, a little hole in the wall in the Valley of Spokane. It was SUPER GOOD. We ate the edamame, soup, and sushi in less than 10 minutes. We were starving and had been craving sushi all week. It was delightful:

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For dinner, we had lunch at the White House, a greek restaurant in downtown Post Falls. I had my absolute favorite, a spinach curry ravioli over a side of rice:

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And today, we went to lunch at Under the Sun, an adorable Bistro/Gift shop in Bonners Ferry:

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It was freakin relish!

Biggest buy of the week (besides my macbook):

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Aren’t they beautiful? :) And who doesn’t love a good pair of Chucks?

xoxo

 

DIY Washi Tape Vitamin Case

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Today I went thrifting (again!) People keep having garage sales and I can’t resist not walking in and seeing what goodies they have. This was run by a little old lady, but there wasn’t much to search through. It was a smaller sale.

However I managed to find a weird shaped vitamin case and an XL Coca-Cola t-shirt! The cute little old lady just gave both of them to me for free, I think she just wanted everything gone.

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But as you can see, it was a little old and worn out. I decided to give it an update and make it cute!

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It was super easy, I just took strips of washi tape and pressed them down, trimming off the overhang with scissors.

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If any sides poked up or didn’t tape down properly, I just used some hot glue to hold ‘em on! I then taped the corresponding tape to the side of the vitamin case that it matched.

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After all the tape is taped down, I took a pencil and a sharpie and wrote the day of the week on top!

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Voila! A cute and fun vitamin case.

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xoxo

To Henna or Not to Henna?

I happen to be quite a henna lover. I love creating henna body art, and I love the earthy, fresh smell of it. Some people think it smells like stinky dirt, but I don’t think so!

For those of you who don’t know, henna comes from a topical shrub that produces leaves and small red, white or pink flowers. In India, the leaves are taken, ground up into a powder and combined with liquids to create a special type of dye called mendhi. This is the type of henna commonly used to create henna tattoos.

Another use for henna is to dye the hair! My mom has been doing this every couple months or so for as long as I can remember, and she loves it. The henna commonly used as a hair dye is a lot less potent than mehndi. It is also not technically a dye, but more of a stain.

Like I said, my mother does this frequently! And lately I have been quite bored with my hair. This happens every so often…last time I was bored with it, I chopped off 13 inches and donated it to Locks of Love.

It’s still pretty short, so I can’t really chop it off to create a change, unless I wanted to do a pixie cut…which I don’t think I could pull off. Therefore I have been looking at dyeing my hair more of a blonde color. But that seems like quite a commitment and the upkeep kind of scares me. I would have to spend a ton of money touching it up and getting my roots done and it just seems like a looot of work!

So to create a new change, I decided to join my mom in her monthly henna-ing!

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My hair is a fairly medium brown with a few blonde highlights. Ignore my goofy face please.

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It is a looooot redder with orange and blonde and brown undertones. The great thing about henna is that it melds into your original hair color. It also doesn’t take evenly on every section of hair, which I think creates a more natural look.

It ended up being more of a change than I thought it would, but I really enjoy it.

There are also amazing hair health benefits to henna-ing your hair! It is a natural conditioner and afterwards made my hair feel super smooth and thick. I also had comments from friends on how shiny and healthy it looked. It’s about 3 days later and it still is unbelievably silky.

I don’t have any pictures of the actual process, but in about a month or so I will try and write a post about the actual process!

xoxo