Christmas Haul

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Christmas spirit is in full swing and I am feeling all of the warmth surrounding the season. 

I was lucky enough to be gifted more decorations from Oriental trading. 

I feel so honored and lucky- Christmas is my favorite time of the year!

This came at perfect timing because in my last gratitude post I talked about how we were ripping up our carpet and putting in wood floors. Having the new decorations with new floors gave me the chance to really start fresh and get rid of a bunch of junk I had been hoarding… actual clutter really does clutter your mind and it feels good to get rid of it.

The warm and cozy pillows, the lantern, and mr. reindeer here are all from Oriental Trading.

He is just chilling while he waits for Christmas. I have not decided on a name for him yet. Suggestions?

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I really love how the lantern reflects the trees onto the wall behind it…

Next to my bed we have the pinecone candle holder  which I love and will probably keep up all year long because it just has such a cozy feel!

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I got to have my own little tree in my room this year!

Complete with my own awkward school picture ornament🙂

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And complete with these dove and glittery icicle ornaments Oriental sent me!

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I love how the light shines off of the icicles, so cozy.

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And just a little more lights and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like a Stranger Things Christmas too! #lightsonlights

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November gratitude: week 4

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I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!

I am sorry guys- life has been busy, as it happens.

A good kind of busy, though. The kind of busy that means that life is moving forward and things are movin’ on up. Also, we are ripping up our floors because we have some cheeky Jack Russells who insist that the floor is theirs to do whatever they please with (pee) and therefore, it must go.

Alas, we have week 4 of our gratitude and I have so much to be grateful for. The show must go on, even if the floor is being pulled out beneath you.

angel Grateful for family. Family you may see often and family that you may not…grateful for new family members and old traditions. 

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My cousin brought home a Siberian Husky for Thanksgiving- meet our new addition to the family, Grizzly. Grizzly lives in a frat house and is quite the ladies man.

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Grizzly enjoys cheesecake, time with the family, and long walks to the fridge. (to get more cheesecake)

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A tradition I think we must continue: Caramel apple sangria…. nom.

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angelGrateful for the Christmas holiday and all it entails: cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, Christmas shopping, warm fuzzy feeling, etc. etc.

And puppies who let you dress them up for the holiday…

It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

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Happy November everyone!

November gratitude: week 3

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I am grateful for songs like this that bring tears to my eyes and have so much meaning of gratitude in them.

“I don’t care if the house is packed
Or the strings of light are broken
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped
Or there’s nothing here to open
Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it
Love is simply joy that I’m home
I don’t care if the carpet’s stained we’ve got food upon our table
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it
Love would never fall for that”

 

We usually don’t listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but this year I caved!

Monday has come again and I  enjoyed a Sunday night snuggled up with a glass of wine and my computer on my lap to blog our 3rd week of November gratitude!I sat in the cozy living room with mama watching the Christmas lights around me twinkle and smelling the pine scented candles mom had lit. Tidings of comfort and joy… Puppies snoring behind me, too. I enjoyed every bit our last moment of peace and serenity before another busy week…

 

Week 3 gratitude:

 

angel I am grateful for the change of the seasons and the opportunity to embrace all that they have to offer. This weekend, that meant a holiday farmer’s market (in 65 degrees and sunny) and decorating for the holiday. 

 

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I bought this…and one with curly fries on it!

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angel I am grateful for food in my belly and a holiday to celebrate one of my favorite things, eating.

Just kidding, it’s about being thankful…

And eating.Lots of eating!

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Pumpkin cheesecake, anyone?

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These were so delicious…I may have already finished this entire packet.

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angelI am grateful for the ability to express myself through my sense of style and through blogging.

And for a patient mama who can take pictures of me for my blog. Good thing she’s a blogger too so she gets it!

Here’s what I wore to the Holiday market! #OOTD

I am like a walking ad for H&M. The pants, shirt, and duster are all from there!

(Not planned)

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I wanted these shoes all summer. I finally found them for $7 on sale at Target at the end of the season!

 

A not so typical 65 and sunny day in late November on the mountain top…

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angelI am grateful for our first big snowfall, my cozy home, and family traditions for Christmas. 

(By the way- this was Saturday night into Sunday- right after our 65 and sunny day!)

We decorated on Saturday with the warm weather and felt lucky to wake up to snow and be able to enjoy our Christmas decorations with the snow falling outside.

 

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Guess who was helping!

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With Thanksgiving upcoming, what are you grateful for?

 

Real Neat Blog Award!

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Dance to my favorite song lately because you’ve been nominated…

And it’s the weekend!

 

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I have been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award!

Thank you to Invisiblyme.com for the nomination!

 

Question Time …

 

What would your perfect day look like?

Hmmm. A hike in the woods with my pup and the people I love. Doing anything outdoors that is peaceful!  And then a nice night by the fire with some wine in hand, lovely.

 
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Honestly, I stretch, roll over and look at my phone to try to wake myself up. Trying to work on the looking at my phone part- but hey I’m a blogger…

 
What has been your biggest challenge?

I think my biggest challenge has been figuring out what I want to do with my life and how to get there. And also embracing change and not being afraid to take the leap and possibly risk making a mistake.

 
When does the festive Christmas season start for you, if you celebrate it at all?

It normally starts for me the very day after Thanksgiving! Actually, that night as we drive home from our aunt’s house after our Thanksgiving festivities, we normally put Christmas music on. Except this year we are decorating today because my sister was not able to do the decorations with us the weekend after Thanksgiving (which is our normal tradition) so this year we had to shake things up a bit!

 

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever spotted lying around anywhere?

This is a hard question. But funny, haha! Well….last weekend I was walking around my lawn and spotted my clean sock laying in the grass. That was pretty strange…I’m not sure how it got there!

 
What do you wish you had learned earlier?

I wish I had learned earlier that I am most definitely not the only one who does not really know what they are doing in life or which direction to go in. I think it is actually more rare to find those that do…

Also- I wish I had learned earlier how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle- it was only really about a year and a half ago that I started eating very healthy and working out consistently. Better late than never and now it is something I will always have in my life!

 
What has been your highlight, positive or negative, of 2016 so far?

Positive highlight– Working on bettering myself every day and finding out more of who I am…and getting more seriously into blogging. It is one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

 

 

Nominations for the award…

My Pixie Blog

Bunnies are magic

Break time stories

Me, myself and everything else

Tendril Wild

 

 

Here are the rules!

1. Post the Award logo and answer the questions asked by the person who nominated you.
2. Thank the person who nominated you in your post and link to their blog.
3. Nominate and link to some bloggers you’d like to see respond.
4. Create 7 questions for your nominees to answer & let them know they are nominated in a comment on their blog.

 

Here are your questions nominees!

  1. What’s the most unusual food you have ever eaten?
  2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  3. What inspired you to start blogging?
  4. If you could have a cocktail and a nice long chat with anyone in the world, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
  5. What’s your favorite holiday tradition and why?
  6. What is your best blogging tip?
  7. What’s the most romantic thing that has ever happened to you?

 

 

 

 

 

November gratitude: week 2

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Last week I started week 1 of my weekly November gratitude posts.

We are in week 2 already and Christmas will be here before we know it! But let’s focus on the now and giving thanks…

 

Week 2 gratitude:

angelI am grateful for well spent weekends with my love and peaceful hikes. 

I am grateful that I have new places to explore all of the time and new adventures to be made. As well as new abandons adventures. Like these old estate ruins we found…

It’s a new work week and I’m sad already. But looking through my pictures from our day of adventures makes me happy and feel better.

I needed an adventure and fresh air. I can’t wait to go hiking again! I want to do as many fall hikes as I can before the snow comes.

I found this article of these abandoned ruins you can hike to in upstate NY and I am determined to do as many of them as possible before snow. (We will see what happens but that is the plan!)

Why are the weekends so short and the weeks so long? : (

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What’s left of the old estate…

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And the lean to which offered a cozy resting spot. 

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angelI am grateful for stunning sunsets and super moons. Grateful for these little things in life that give us something to look forward to and tell us to keep going.

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I took this using my mom’s super zoom lense. Love how it came out with the branches over the moon!

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angelI am grateful for new places to try.

Like a local speakeasy with a bonfire outside to snuggle up by and a newly renovated bar/restaurant that is beautiful.

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angel I am grateful for my camera, which gives me the opportunity to capture these memories, look back on them, and realize how grateful I am.

 

 

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Thank you for reading! What are you feeling grateful for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday drives and abandoned homes

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This weekend I really felt like some adventures. I did not do nearly as much fall hiking as I wanted to so far and it will be snowy soon!

Saturday I decided to just take a drive with my camera and my pup (one of my favorite things to do) and go abandoned building hunting and just take photos.

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I have this keychain hanging in my car as a reminder…

 

I ended up driving about 40 minutes away to another ski mountain like my own and decided to venture over to the ski lifts and check them out.

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I wandered around to tiny towns that you could blink and miss. But I found little parts of them that I needed to capture!

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Like this adorable library, so cute that I wanted to live in it.

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And we did find some abandons!

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Did the previous owners of this house have a funny sense of humor putting Halloween decorations outside? Or even scarier: maybe it is not really abandoned and someone really lives here…..

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bee nest….

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And the night ended off with a beautiful sky…

 

 

November gratitude: week 1

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Last November I talked and thought a lot about gratitude. 

I want to keep that going for this year and do a weekly gratitude post! It’s the perfect time to give thanks for what we have when Thanksgiving will be upon us shortly. By the way…I can’t even believe that!

This blog was created at a time when I was having trouble being mindful, staying in the present, and not inducing anxiety for myself thinking about the future. I still struggle with that and maybe we all do. Especially as a 20 something, who feels like she must have it all figured out. As if time is passing by so quickly…

I think stopping to think about all that we have to be grateful for is really helpful in keeping yourself in the present.

 

Week 1 gratitude: 

 

I am grateful for an awesome job that lets me help people.

 

I work for a nonprofit helping teens and young adults 16-24 obtain and keep employment. Along with this, comes an array of other issues they are dealing with rather than just jobs.

Working with people who have a lot less than you do on a daily basis can really make you more appreciative of the little things in your life, that you may take for granted without even realizing it.

In addition to that, I work for a company that gives a lot of time off and offers great flexibility and freedom. It gives me the opportunity to work on other projects on the side, go to school if I want to, and work on bettering myself.

 

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This is what I did today!

 

 

I am grateful for my favorite people (and dogs) in my life. Grateful that my family is not only that, but also are my best friends.

 

(I love them all to infinity and beyond. Lolz. Had to.)

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I am grateful for my creativity.

There was a point that I thought I was not creative simply because I am not good at drawing, painting, etc.

I have realized as I’ve grown up that creativity comes in so many forms. Just because you may not be able to draw any other form of person besides stick figure form does not mean that you are not creative!

Blogging has helped me realize a whole other creative world- putting words and pictures together, along with music that resonates with what I am writing about on that particular post, makes me feel good. It makes me feel even better when people respond to it. Thank you readers!

And planning with my Happy planner makes me feel this way, too.

I am grateful for my body and the way it lets me move every day.

 

How often do we stop and think how amazing our bodies are to us? Not enough, I think.

It came to me recently in my Zumba class-just wow. Zumba is such a mix of mental and physical work. Following along the best you can to the moves, remembering the moves, and physically moving quickly to the beat of the music. It’s hard. Our bodies do so much for us every day and it’s so important that we thank it by nourishing it with good food, exercise, and sometimes even wine😉

I am grateful for my car and the freedom it gives me.

Okay, I know it’s a material item, but I am currently working with a young single mom whose car has broken down (2nd car in about 2-3 months) and it has me feeling especially grateful for my car and all of the freedom it gives me. I have been there- broken down on the side of the road multiple times on my way to college and stuck somewhere because my car would not start and has some mysterious electrical issue. (I would just have to wait a little while and it would start again) So I know what it’s like…when I graduated college and was finally able to afford a decent car I was beyond happy.

My car treats me well and I love it.

 

I am grateful for November, a time to remind us to give thanks and be grateful.

 

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I was looking for an inspirational gratitude quote to end this with, but I came across this. I think it sends just as important of a message to remain grateful even in hard or stressful times. : )

 

 What are you grateful for this week?

 

 

Mental health monthly faves: October

It’s been awhile since I have done a mental health monthly favorites post!

These are the things that help me maintain mental sanity in that particular month.

Although I love the month of October, it gets dark by 6:30 pm now and it snowed twice already here on the mountain top. Within a week.

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With this change of seasons comes even more of a need for life’s little comforts…

October mental health monthly faves:

Outfits that make me feel good:

I feel prettiest lately in my dresses with tights and boots. My 2 favorites right now are my new plaid dress and these orange sparkly tights from H&M.

This is one of those outfits that after the fact I realized-I really wish I staged a whole fashion shoot with! But instead, you have me posing for Frankie as he takes pictures of me in his room. (please excuse the garbage can, lol)

Some day I will stage another actual fashion photo post. Like real bloggers do. Hehe.

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Another well planned out fashion photo for the blog. Lol. This sweater was thrifted as well but is from Target!

Thrifting and thrift hauls:

Let’s be real….shopping makes you feel good. There’s something about the thrill of finding those perfect items unexpectedly while out thrifting!

Last weekend I went Halloween costume searching at goodwill and salvation army and was not sure what to be when I arrived. When I left, I left with a pair of moon boots, which I knew would work perfectly for this weekend’s space themed party. 

Not only that, but I came across these wonders.

The dress is the one I am wearing above and it’s now one of my favorite dresses. The bag is a Dooney and Bourke, which I got for $15 and it goes for $60 or more on ebay. The shoes are Bass duck boots, which I found online for and can retail for $100 or more depending on the site.

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The crazy moon boots that I won’t wear ever again…but they will be great for my costume!

Sims:

I have been playing sims since I was 7 years old. I have played ever since, on and off, in binges- I will play it obsessively (when I have time) for hours, months, then put it down for 6 months and pick it back up again.

When the days start to get dark earlier and many people can be found curled up with a good book, you can find me curled up with a good sims session or another game.

My obsession with Shameless went a little farther this time when I went and created a whole Shameless Gallagher family and re-created their entire house, as best as I could. I think the kitchen came out the best!

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My next plan is to make Patsy’s pies diner where Fiona works since I have Sims Dine out expansion pack. And I’m basically going to have Frank come in and out and wreck havoc on their lives every now and then.

And you know I plan on getting Sims 4 city living when it comes out November 1st! Then the Gallaghers will move to their real hometown of Chicago.

I am pretty excited about the new social media and food critic job as well as festivals in the city and other city aspects like high rise apartments!

Exercise and keeping busy:

I think I am the kind of person who needs to be busy most of the time, but also make time to relax in between.

I have been trying to keep my gym routine from getting boring by trying new classes- Piyo, spin, and zumba. Now Zumba and cycle have become part of my regular routine!

It’s also been a good way to see my friends, who are just as busy, and we can do classes together.

Exercise is amazing for your mental health and I can’t imagine having a week without it! This week I missed my spin class because I had to stack wood and yesterday it snowed so I missed working out, but still shoveled snow, and I feel it in my arms today! I think it’s all about balance.

 

This is good for everyone’s mental health:

 

Two of my favorite things in 1 glorious video….Stranger Things and Peanuts. I just watched the great pumpkin last night with mama!

It’s a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, I know, but honestly with all the snow we got, it doesn’t seem that weird to me right now…

 

Here’s the article where I originally found the video. 

Thanks, Hellogiggles.

 

 What are some things that helped you this month?

 

 

Halloween Happy Planning

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It’s been so long since I did my last Happy Planner post. 

With Halloween coming, I felt like I had to plan! I feel re-inspired with planning when the holidays hit.

Lately, I am the kind of planner who plans when she feels like it and I don’t like to stress about planning every week out, even though I think it’s more fun to have a full planner to look through later on- I feel like when a hobby becomes an obligation, it becomes stressful and no longer fun. And then, what’s the point?

I got new stickers and washi tape from Michaels which have been getting good use lately. The Halloween section at Michaels is a scary place….and by scary I mean, frighteningly beautiful…and tempting.

Also, this week seems like Halloween week to me since Halloween is on a Monday this year!

 

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We are going to a space themed party this weekend. I am sure pictures will follow of the festivities… 

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Why does it feel like my favorite month just flew by?!….. Le sigh. 

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The witching hour is here…

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And don’t forget to be curious and work hard. 

What are your plans for this week and for Halloween weekend?! I hope you are feeling witchy ; )

300 followers and weekend dreams

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(This song is in a car commercial and every time I see it I wanna dance and last night, when I could not sleep a wink,I had the beat in my head…so it had to go on the blog. #obsessed.)

 

We have reached 300 followers on this little up and coming blog!

 

 

This is a tiny update because honestly… I picked up a new project, as I usually do, and life has been busier.  I’ll talk more about it later because I wanted to do a whole post on that! But basically I am always hustling towards my goals and can’t stop, won’t stop. ok.png

I’ve been struggling with balance again. What is it with October, my favorite month, and feeling a sense of struggling to balance it all?

It’s getting dark early again and that’s been hard for me. I know that’s part of it because I feel this tiredness I haven’t felt in awhile, an effect of doing so much, and also- it’s dark by 6:30 pm…it makes me just want to crawl into bed…. z emoji.jpg

And I have started trying new exercise classes- 2 weeks ago Piyo, last week Zumba (which I have done before but picked back up after awhile) and this week Spin (I’m sore) and those have left me a little…tired, as well. With everything else. Why do I always decide to pick up a million new things at once?! Lol.

Piyo made me feel nauseas and like I was going to die, all at the same time. Spin, on the other hand, I loved and hope to make a weekly thing!

 

Anyway… when life gets a little bit harder, I try to go back to the little things, so here’s some pictures from my beautiful weekend…

 

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I have to digress for a minute and talk about Greig Farm in Red Hook, NY.

This place has everything you could ever need. Apple and pumpkin picking, delicious bbq food in this adorable air stream trailer,  pygmy goats, and an indoor farmer’s market!!

I am getting hungry again just thinking about all of the yummy food we had.

 

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We got these smokey deviled eggs and this brisket sandwich, both were amazing. The drink,too!

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An obvious fall necessity.

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I also love Sunday drives in October….

 

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