Letters to the Universe [December]

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(I have been listening to this on repeat but I always skip to # 3 (starts at 7:00) , not a huge fan of 1 and 2 but the rest of the album is fantastic!)

How’s everyone’s weekend going?!

I hope well… it’s been good for me, but today is chore and homework day. I am in the final stretch with school, with my final project due this week, in case you were wondering where I have been. I have a ton of blog posts planned for this month, especially since I will have more time!

I wanted to do this fun blog post that I first saw on one of my favorite blogger’s site, here!     (Hey Charlotte- thanks for the inspiration!!)

 

Letters to the Universe: [December]

 

 

Dear December, I’m not sure how you happened and it feels like as I get older, the years pass by faster and faster. But I welcome your festivities with Christmas, that give us a chance to spend with family & friends and be thankful. And that warm fuzzy feeling that it all brings. 

Dear residents of my town and surrounding, Seems you guys went all out this year with your Christmas lights- thank you for that. I think we all need brighter holiday cheer this year with the state of our world being as it is.

Dear 2 weeks, please help me to not dread Monday as much. Push me to get through my final project and make it all that I know it can be. Give me the inspiration I need for it  and the creative flow to keep me going.

Dear Netflix, thanks for making my next 2 weeks better by bringing back The Crown. YES! Sorry I still haven’t finished Stranger Things even though it came out around Halloween and we are now approaching Christmas. I’ll work on that, but This is Us and Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies have been life lately. (When I do actually have time to watch TV.)

Dear Molly and the rest of my pups, you make my days worthwhile. You are the reason I haven’t moved out of my house yet at 26. (Mom and I will work out joint custody of you when the moving out does happen.)

Dear Molly specifically, can you work with us on trying to stop eating your own poop and those nasty black worms outside… also, must you bring said worms into the house with you? You’re lucky we love you.so.much.

Dear seasonal blues and somewhat more frequent cranky moods lately, go away. You’re not needed here, especially around the time of festive holiday cheer. Be cheery.

[Blog post to come about more on those seasonal blues…]

Dear overthinking, I really don’t need you here either. You overcomplicate the simple and stress me out….

Dear blog readers and followers, you mean so much to me! Thanks for your loyalty and patience with me taking my sweet time to write these posts. 😉  (Quality over quantity)

Dear Christmas, as I get older I truly enjoy giving more than getting. Thank you for teaching me the importance in that and giving me that feeling I love so much every year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Gratitude: Year 2/ Week 4

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and felt the thanks, love, and happiness while surrounded by your family.

We have our last week of November Gratitude and with it, Thanksgiving!

 

This week I’m grateful for…

 

 

 

 

I’m grateful for contributing my first dish to Thanksgiving….sweet potato casserole…yum!

 

 

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Thankful that Christmas is coming!

 

Mom and I spent the day decorating the house for the holiday and listening to Christmas music 🙂

 

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And the girls weren’t thrilled when we tried to get them involved….

 

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Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving?

November Gratitude: Year 2/ Week 3

 

This week I’m grateful for…

 

Overnight oats.

 

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I’m definitely late to the party on this one but overnight oats are the most amazing thing ever. If you are not familiar, just look them up and you can find tons of recipes. I didn’t look up a recipe my first time making it, you can basically throw anything in there!

Once I experiment I will do a blog post about my favorite overnight oat recipes but this one was delicious: Oats, frozen blueberries, milk, apples, chia seeds, and vanilla extract.

I love the easiness of just leaving it in the fridge and then it’s all ready for the morning!

Remember my obsession with Chia pudding?  When you put chia seeds in with the oats and milk it has a chia pudding tasting vibe to it. Yum. 

 

Friday nights in with my love and my other love: food and beer. I am thankful for giving myself a break.

 

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Oops….somehow this post became all about food. But that’s a lot about what Thanksgiving and gratitude is about, right?! Anyway…

There is a local grass fed beef burger and fries/ 50’s vibe burger joint that also has their own frozen custard and ice cream and it’s just heaven. I drive past it every day but I try not to go a lot because I might be 500 pounds.

Lately I have been being easier on myself about what I eat and giving myself more breaks from always eating healthy. Honestly when I go to even 1 spin class, I feel like I earned whatever I ate that week anyway lol.

 

Time for the holiday to spend with family.

 

 

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and the festivities that come with it. This year it’s going to be different for our family because our grandparents will be there- they are normally in Florida for the holidays, but my papa is not well right now so they had to opt out of that trip this year. On the bright side, we get to see them for the holidays and make it extra special.

 

 

Weekends where you have the perfect balance between relaxation, getting stuff done, and seeing people.

 

 

I got a lot done this weekend that I needed to, yet still had time to relax and saw friends that I haven’t seen in awhile (and left my house- yay me!)

We went to a bar that happened to be having a “soul train dance off” night where I felt like I was transformed back into the 70’s looking around at everyone’s outfits (it was also hipster AF so I felt like I was overly staring) but it was really different.

 

What are you grateful for this week?

 

 

 

 

November Gratitude: Year 2/ Week 2

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If you missed week 1 gratitude, start here.

 

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This week I’m grateful for….

 

New opportunities.

I got invited to attend a work fundraiser (and work it) and I am not going to lie, I didn’t want to go at first. Mainly because it was a week night (lol) and I am normally very busy with school work and other things during the week. My work friend convinced me to go and looking back I am really glad I did!

This was an event where you could “walk the red carpet” with the non profit agency I work with. The idea behind the event was to debut a documentary that was made about the clients we help (with the clients actually in the movie- many of whom work for the agency now) and tickets sold at the door benefit our programs.

I felt honored to be there and had a great time- it was also really cool to see my logo that I made for it featured on each photo taken on the red carpet!

 

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We also had the opportunity to throw a group for the teens we work with and baked apple pies and crisps and made thankful trees.

 

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It was really cute to see what the kids wrote and to teach them to appreciate gratitude…

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A few different kids wrote our agency on their leaves and our shelters that we run, which was really cute to see.

New Sims games!

 

 

Sims 4 cats and dogs came out this Friday and of course I made a Molly already!

It’s really well done and you can even create mixed breeds, so I created her Chihuahua- Papillon mix.

I am thinking about doing another A Sim Story series  but with the cats and dogs expansion pack.  (And I would actually continue with it this time….)

Let me know what you think!

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My Sim version of Molly acts like a goofball like real life Molly.

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A weekend to relax and getting back to routines…

 

Being an introvert,  I am pretty excited to have a little time “off” from having many plans.

The last few weeks were really fun with Halloween, a busy family wedding, and the work event and group. But I am kind of excited to have a few weeks that aren’t as busy for a little while until the holidays come! This weekend I had a lot of down time which included a lot of Sims time.

Getting back to routines is good, too… that includes going to the gym and back to my spin, zumba, and yoga classes. I haven’t gone in a few weeks and I feel the difference in my body, especially in how tense my shoulders are.

 

What are you grateful for this week ?

 

November Gratitude: Year 2/Week 1

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It’s time for my November Gratitude weekly posts again! (Our second year doing this as the title says!) I don’t know how it’s quite this time already, but it is.

 

I didn’t realize until working on this post that November is actually National Gratitude month! I just like to think more about gratitude this month as we come up on Thanksgiving.

 

I can’t believe we are coming up on the holidays, but I am also so excited! It is the best part of the year (besides summer) October-January when we have a string of holidays to look forward to.

 

This week I’m Grateful for….

 

Celebrations of love.

 

We were blessed enough to celebrate a wedding this weekend for Frankie’s very close first cousin. I am always grateful to see others celebrate their love and felt honored to be a part of it!

 

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New shows coming back.

 

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This one might seem silly (or not to some of you?!) but this fall has been amazing for shows coming back- Stranger Things and Shameless came back today!! I’m only on episode 4 of Stranger Things so no spoilers…. =P (Not to mention This is Us which has been amazing.)

And I just found out The Crown is coming back to Netflix this December 8th!

 

A change of seasons.

 

 

It got dark by 5 today… I definitely struggle with winter but still appreciate the change in seasons and the part of winter that brings being inside and cozy, and letting your introvert flag really fly.   And by that, I mean being a bit of a hermit.  Life slows down a bit more, and I am looking forward to that.

 

How well Molly has adjusted with us.

 

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These 2 are best friends now.

 

You go into a rescue knowing it is not going to be easy. Your rescue brings with them baggage of trauma that has to be worked through and kinks to figure out. It is especially hard when you already have 2 other dogs to think about and get all all acquainted. Especially if one of those dogs (Daisy I’m looking at you) is already extremely high strung and not friendly with other dogs.

That being said, we are so blessed at how well this has turned out for all of us. Molly can’t go anywhere without following Daisy around and she basically idolizes her, it’s so cute. The two of them are now BFF and it’s crazy to even think of a time when Molly wasn’t in our family.

 

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For anyone that watches This is Us, my mom and I joke that the girls are “The Big Three.” Especially since Molly is adopted like Randall…lol.

 

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A job that lets me bring my talents forward.

 

I am truly lucky to have my job- I have an amazingly supportive boss and coworkers and it is extremely flexible. My boss also lets me attend school and work my hours around that. In addition, they let me test out my Graphic Design skills on a fundraiser logo! The logo will be featured on photos that will be taken at a fundraiser we have this week and I was really honored they thought of me and felt confident in putting me on this task. I had so much fun doing it, too!

 

What are you grateful for this first week of November?

 

Happy Halloween!

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Frankie and I decided to dress up as 90’s Nickelodeon characters to celebrate this weekend..

 

     Krum from Ah! Real Monsters and Chuckie from Rugrats. Rugrats was my favorite show was a kid!

 

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#90skids

 

We were lucky enough to have 2 Halloween parties this year (this never happens) lol and we had a great time… I always love seeing how people set their homes up for Halloween parties and the holidays.

 

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Reptar definitely had a great time, too……..

 

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Later on that night….

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The only picture I got of the 2nd party…. #oops #blogfail

 

What are you dressing up as and doing this Halloween?!

 

 

800 followers

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Via:

 

Thank you all so much for reaching 800 followers on here! To celebrate and thank you, here are some quotes…

 

 

 

Having people read my Blog and relate to it has helped me to find a purpose. 

 

My blog (and my blog readers)- you are my reprieve from this crazy world we live in. And an outlet to get it all out there!

 

 

 

The best cozy autumn movies

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I was sitting here trying to think of something to write about…sometimes that is a struggle as a blogger.

Then it came to me- this is kind of a classic post, but one I have never done myself and always love reading.

My mom and I love to watch fall movies together- every time I try to search for recommendations online for them, it seems a lot of the same ones come up or they are more in the scary category.

I wish they had as much selection for fall movies as they do for Christmas! But…I am here to help! Here are a few of my all time favorite, classic, have-to-watch-every-year autumn movies.

 

 

Stepmom.

 

 

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Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon- what more can you ask for? It’s a tale of Julia Roberts as the “Stepmom,” struggling to make her way into the kids and their mom’s life. If you haven’t yet watched it, the best part is when they are all singing and dancing to “Ain’t no mountain high enough!” (Hence the song in this post)  Something about that scene just gives me such good feels. I’ve loved this movie since I was a kid (thanks mom) and that song still never fails to lift me up when I need it.  I encourage you to dance to this song if you are ever feeling sad, I promise it works.

This movie actually has a few seasons in it, but it definitely hits home with fall for me since there are really quite a few beautiful foliage scenes!

Warning: This is a really sad one 😦  Actually a few of these are…. I love a good cry.

 

You’ve got Mail. 

 

 

Meg Ryan. Tom Hanks. 1998!

 

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I talked about my love for this in my Fall favorites post. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks are at first rivaling owners of bookstores- Meg with her little “Shop around the corner” and Tom Hanks with his big corporate bookstore. They become random AIM messaging strangers who don’t realize who they are talking to…. you can probably guess the rest from there!

 

When Harry Met Sally.

 

Another amazing Meg fall movie. Meg’s fall outfits with her blazers and hats! 2 friends and their really funny interactions. That beautiful foliage!

 

Sweet November.

 

Another sad one but so worth it.

 

This movie has been another fall favorite since I was a kid. It is also where I first developed a crush on Keanu Reeves and realized that only Charlize Theron can look that beautiful with short hair. (Okay, and Mandy Moore in How to Deal) And that I absolutely love love love the song Only Time by Enya, but that it will always make me cry thinking of this movie.

Sara claims Nelson as her “November,” in which she promises to change him for the better if he gives her one month with her. One month, no commitments, no pressure.

What can go wrong, right?

 

What are your favorite cozy fall movies?!

A spooky fashion shoot

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I decided to have a little fun with my tripod (well I used my mom’s this time because it was already all set up and mine is a bit more difficult to set up) and take some fun fashion shots. The only other time I played around with a tripod was with my Mickey Mouse rules all post, but I think I need to make this a regular thing!

 

#1:

Lularoe Halloween leggings, Target thrifted sweater, H&M boots

 

These leggings have trick or treaters on them. How cute!

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Do you like my teal pumpkin with polka dots that I painted? Also- there’s my skull pillow with the eye bitten off from Molly… #extraspooky #Keepinitreal #Realbloggersarecool

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# 2:

Thrifted Forever 21 dress, Lularoe leggings, thrifted pleather red jacket, thrifted cow bag, thrifted Teva brand boots, floppy hat from my sister. 🙂

 

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How awesome is this cow bag?! My mom said she had a similar one and I remember it from when I was a kid…

 

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#cowandstripes #whynot

 

The bag also has a millon pockets and organization sections in it plus a Velcro closure…

 

# 3:

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Bottom photos- added an H&M sweater and my Carhartt beanie

 

I like the blue and yellow together. It feels retro to me…this dress is also a very flattering fit!

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I also love the dress because it easily layers for fall and winter.

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When you try to tripod and you cut off your head, but the pictures come out kind of artsy/blurry and you like it.

 

#4:

Aztec sweater from sissy, thrifted Zara brand jeans, 80’s belt “thrifted” from mom’s closet, cow bag, beanie, and boots on repeat.

 

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Pumpkin: Thrifted, painted, polka dotted.

Posing with your pumpkin to end your photo shoot- priceless.

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Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed! XOXO

Currently in October

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Lots of fall activities! In October, the foliage is prime and Halloween is around the corner and it’s the most wonderful time of the year. 

 

 

This weekend I went to a pumpkin walk & lighting and Oktoberfest on our mountain top.  October is a really busy month but a good month with lots of fun things planned! In addition to the normal fall busyness and fun, we have wedding festivities to go this month and next month. I also have a photo shoot planned for next weekend, (1940’s pinup at a big ship museum) but I am waiting to hear back on if the location is a definite.

We are planning to do a great pumpkin blaze and a haunted house too this month and also have a Halloween party to go to! (We still have to lock down our costumes…..)

 

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Normal life stuff….

 

This fall so far has been filled with good, but busy things.

I have been taking a Graphic Design class and that has been a lot of work, but fun! Even if you only take 1 class while working 40 hours a week, it’s a lot. Especially when you have Photoshop projects that take a lot of time and effort. Right now I am focusing on just taking classes and gaining skills that will help with me with my blogging and expand my opportunities for jobs. I want to continue with Graphic Design classes and also explore Web Design courses. I also want to complete the Google Digital Marketing certification, anyone done it?! (Career students, you out there, you with me) Lololol.

Life has also been really busy since we rescued Miss Molly and she came into our lives.

But oh so sweet.

This is what a happy girl who was just rescued looks like.

I swear we fall more and more in love with her every day…

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Lmao.

 

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Guys, I swear I have been working on my October and Halloween Happy planning.  I still only doing planning layouts when I feel up to it and think about it, I try not to stress about it at all and just have fun with it when I want to. But that will be coming soon!

 

Also, I am in the middle of playing Life is Strange: Before the Storm and will be blogging a review/my thoughts post on that once I am done. If you are not familiar with Life is Strange, I talked about it here. Because of our slow mountain wifi, I had to download the game at Frankie’s house ( a half hour away from me) so can only play it when I am there. So far I really love it and it is everything I thought it would be, but I haven’t gotten very far yet.

 

 

Currently watching…

THIS IS US.

 

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We waited so long for season 2 and it’s finally here! Will we get answers to all our questions?

Waiting to watch Strangers Things…

 

October 27th, season 2! 

 

 

 

What are you doing in this October?