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Hello 2018

I still can’t believe how fast 2017 had just zipped by! Is this a sign of getting old?! Years just pass you by? It’s almost kinda scary!

It’s also been a whole week and let me tell you! I’m so over all these cramps and all this physical pain right now!

This year Bubba picked my {onelittleword} again and this year he picked [ C R E A T E ].

This is going to be interesting!

So the rule is once (or once every two) a week I have to create something. I haven’t really put much thought into just what I want to create yet but there are a few things that have been on my yearly goals list for a few years now, like… making marshmallows, crafting a plushie, crafting a beanie, creating a mood board. And I’m sure there’s maybe 3 other ones but I can’t remember them right now.

So this year will be the year I finally tackle these things.

In addition to that I also have a few other goals I’d like to attempt:

⇢ Attempt to make Filipino dishes
⇢ Attempt to bake something off my Pinterest board once a month
⇢ Work on photography/food styling photography
⇢ Get more into bookstagram
⇢ Practice better beauty/lifestyle flat lays
⇢ USE A REAL CAMERA MORE
⇢ Read 36 books
⇢ Meditate/Yoga
⇢ Revamp blogs
⇢ Purge everything that doesn’t serve me
⇢ Reorganize kitchen

There were others but again I can’t really think of them right now. Bubba also has a goals list of this own:

— Catch up/pay student loans
— Finish Batman, Overwatch & DBZ shelves
— Get one new outfit a month for Hazel and I
— Watch a movie every other week
— Finish Autumn’s book
— Play a new game every 2 months
— Go on at least 1 trip this year
— Build credit

There’s a lot of things we want to see and do and accomplish this year and we’re excited to see where this year will take us and what adventures we’ll find along the way!

I’m so thankful for his uplifting attitude and his never ending happy vibe, I don’t know how long I would had been sitting in my dark hole if he wasn’t here to offer the support and happiness to remind me that life needs to keep moving forward even if we’re hurting or even if we’ve suffering, it doesn’t mean you have to stick yourself in a dark box. You can still grieve and you can still mourn while still planning to make the most out of your time and yourself.

So here’s to 2018 and the adventures that are waiting for us ✨.

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2017 Recap

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I’m a little sad this blog doesn’t have more yearly recap’s like this one I did for 2012, I know the last few years have sucked but damn. That bad?!

I tend to do this graphic every year… or I have the last few years but I honestly can’t remember where and if I actually post them! Oh gosh, I should fix that some time soon huh?

This year, though I’ve already recapped it here wasn’t very big on discovering much. At least… not as much as I would had liked. But then I don’t think I’ll ever really be happy with how much I discover since I want to discover ALL THE THINGS.

I’m going to try and copy that blog posts format as well though.

⇢ Favorite Book
I read less than my goal of 36 books this year but I did manage to finish The Lunar Chronicles thankfully! I didn’t find a book I really would consider a “favorite” this year. I did really like Tentacle & Wing but I haven’t written a blog review for it yet but you can find my Amazon review for it here.

⇢ Favorite Movie
I admit I haven’t watched very many movies this year. According to Bubba I only watched 3 in theaters which were Beauty & The Beast, Power Rangers and Wonder Woman. Though if I had to pick, I’d say Wonder Woman was my favorite movie of the year.

⇢ Favorite TV Show
We restarted a bunch of older TV shows like New Girl and Glee and we’ve been watching The Food Network lately while we eat but we started Avatar this year also. I introduced him to Fairy Tail and he introduced me to The Devil Is A Part Timer. There’s also Ouran Host Club. I’d say The Devil Is A Part Timer was my favorite show of this year.

⇢ Favorite Song
According to Spotify Bahala Na by James Reid and That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars were my top 2017 songs lol. But I’d also throw in 2U by Justin Bieber and I Want Crazy by Hunter Heyes is pretty up there.

⇢ Favorite Video Game
I think I played way less games this year than last year. There aren’t any games that stand out — I still played FFXIV but I started slowing down after Stormblood came out and stopped pretty much completely after I moved. I got back on Animal Crossing for awhile but then stopped. So, I don’t know. I guess if I had to say it would be Sims 4 for PS4 cause I could stay on that game forever.

⇢ Favorite Discovery
Caldo de Res and Coconut Milk from El Rancho…. annnnd a bunch of shopping centers here in Texas like Legacy Hall and Clearfork!

⇢ Favorite Makeup Item
The Too Faced Glitter Bomb palette, Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, Victoria Secret lotion in Cloudberry and the Chapstick cube lip balms in Cotton Candy!

⇢ Biggest Achievement 
Getting Julep Ambassador, getting on the Target website with a candle product shot, moving to a different state by myself.

⇢ Favorite Moment
Me: I was gonna ask for a promise ring but I thought that would be lame
Bubba: Why do you need a ring when you already have the promise *kisses my ring finger*

Pretty much every weekend since I’ve been in Texas too.

My OCD backing off when I first moved in. But of course it came back, as it always does. I need to find a trick to get that to stay at some point.

⇢ Favorite App
Besides social media I haven’t really discovered any this year. But I’d probably say Instagram and Pinterest.

My {onelittleword} this year was [ G R O W ] and I was still in the process of healing from various other things. I was still trying to get things together and figure things out. I tired to get myself to discover new things and go to new places and I think given the point in my life where I was at I did pretty damn good and there are moments I made massive progress. Like when I first moved in and my OCD wasn’t AS bad; I didn’t have to wash my hands all the damn time and I was able to put books and stuff on the bed without freaking out. I wonder why it’s like that, it’ll be almost gone when I move to a new place and the moment something stressful happens it comes back. Like wtf. Argh. Also having my own place is nice. Like a place that’s finally JUST MINE.

There were a lot of great things that happened this year and a lot of great things I discovered and a lot of great moments.

I hope to discover more things, more places, more favorites and to be an even better version of myself next year and I can’t wait to see what I’ll discover!

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Goodbye 2017

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If I had to rate 2017 on a scale it would probably be a 9/10. Overall, it was a pretty great year and it was one of the best years I’ve had in a really really long time.

I’ve gathered almost 80 photos for this post, but I’ll try to cut that down as much as I can. Though as I’ve said before, this blog is primarily used as an archive for myself 🙂

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Happy Holidays!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Is it just me or does it feel like December just rolled by wayyyy too fast?! I swear I always have this problem every December… no, every Winter!

It’s been like 35* here lately and as someone who just moved from sunny always-summer-weather Florida I. AM. FREEZING! It’s making me feel like a cold baked potato and I just want to stay in bed ALL DAY LONG, it’s insane!

This year I’m not spending the holidays alone — I’m feeling a little bittersweet about it if I’m being honest! I’ve spent SO many Christmas’ alone that I feel like I don’t know how to function around people, if that makes sense. I’ve never been good at family get together’s as they’re not exactly something I have very much experience in so naturally I like just spending the holidays by myself watching the same movies over and over again: Serendipity, Misfit Island, and attempts to watch Love Actually (which I did actually successfully finish watching last year for the first time ever)! But I’m also happy people are looking forward to me showing up somewhere.

But still, I’m predicting I’ll be a little awkward and feeling out of place. After all, I am the new one to the family (well me and Sophie).

Hopefully next week I’ll have some super exciting (and terrifying) news to share. I was aiming for January but I’m getting super fuckin impatient lol.

I’m also going to be using the last week of December as my blog posts/IG posts posting catch up time because I was clearly a slug more times than I’d like to admit in December and didn’t get to post AS MUCH as I had HOPED to, not to mention I didn’t even realize hazearella had expired! Eep! I really need to work on that.

Speaking of working on things; I also need to work on a goals list for next year too! Bubba picked my {onelittleword} for 2018 as well and I like the word and idea he came up with! Not to come up with some goals for the year!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with laughter, love, good food and joy!

(Also, I’m obsessed with this Grumpy Poncho Bubba got me and yes, that Mario sweater IS what I’m wearing on Christmas Eve!)

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Krispy Kreme adventures

I’m part of the Krispy Kreme rewards program (because when I lived in Florida I had to get my weeks worth every weekend) and I had gotten an email about half off a dozen assorted donuts so naturally I was like, hell yes.

I absolutely appreciate that my boyfriend knows that the majority of the time I buy snacks to take photos of them. And he totally understands. Well, as much as he can.

So we went and grabbed a dozen donuts and I had the hardest thing picking which ones. But the chocolate sprinkles are by far my favs!

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Sadly the Snowman was crushed on the way home.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

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Christmas time definitely has me a lot to be excited about — there’s just something so magical in the air during this time. All the lights, Peppermint and Gingerbread flavored everything, all the colors, all the cute holiday gift sets to view in the stores, all the decorations put up everywhere!

I was hoping to be a little bit more prepared for Vlog and Blogmas this year and yet I wasn’t, I’m SLIGHTLY disappointed in myself but not by too much. I just don’t really like scrambling to figure out content for THAT EXACT DAY. I use to be so much better/more organized when it came to blogging. Whatever did happen to those days?!

I’ve been adjusting to the cold weather here in Texas; I’ve grown so use to 90* year round weather from living in Florida for the last  years that adjusting to a cold winter again after that long is a pretty hard transition! It was snowing in Austin a few nights ago but so far no snow here in DFW! Sucks! I’m waiting on it! It snowed last year, the weekend AFTER I went home. Other than that the fact I’ve had a cold since October that seems to never be going away and just increasing and decreasing has been rather annoying. So I’ve been coughing my nights away and feeling drained during the day.

Still, I won’t let it stop me from enjoying as much of a real winter and a real Christmas as much as I can!

I still have yet to decide to bake anything this holiday season and while I’ve filled up my Pinterest boards with loads of idea’s I haven’t still decided on one particular one to try out just yet. I mean I’ve decided on one, so hopefully next week I’ll get to attempt it!

I’ve also got to do something about my kitchen set up because I still have the Halloween runner on the table and that’s just gotta go! It’s just getting all the bits and bobs off that table (that shouldn’t even be there to begin with) that’s part of the problem. Ugh.

I’ve decided go cut down on the things I have going into 2018 because it’s just all starting to drive me nuts, then again I say this pretty much twice a year. So we’ll see how that goes. But I’m really hoping to tidy up my place a lot more before Christmas and New Year’s gets here! Having a dizzy cat who tacks cat litter everywhere certainly doesn’t help but I need to see what I can find to help her keep that litter off her tiny little paws.

There’s not very many adventures planned this month sadly like there was last year but it’s okay, adjusting to this weather and to other things are a little bit more important to me at the moment and I’ll make up for it next winter when I hope to be more prepared for 40* – 30* days! Thankfully my mom sent me some cute winter clothes she had found and Bubba got me some fleece pj’s I had wanted from Target yesterday when he went to grab me some stuff. And he also got me this really cute Grumpy Care Bears fleece poncho with a hood! I’m pretty obsessed with it already! I just threw it in the wash so I don’t have pictures.

Speaking of, I need to make it into a habit of taking more photos with my actual cameras and less with my phone (which I’ve also been saying for years…) just because the iPhone photo quality is starting to bother me a bit. Sometimes it’s really nice and clear and other times it’s blurry af. I don’t know why that is but sometimes it just is. So yeah, I need to make it a point to start using my actual camera.

I’m 18 books behind on my goal of reading 36 books this month, whomp. I highly doubt I’ll be able to catch that up by much but I could try. I borrowed some shorter Middle Grade books from the library from a series I wasn’t aware was still being made and Bubba let me open one of the Middle Grade books he got me for Christmas called The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris so those are definitely going to go on my TBR pile for this month.

What are some of your plans this month?

 

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Weekly Recap; Nov 5th – Nov 11th

I can’t believe how fast this year is just FLYYYYYING on by! It’s pretty much mid November now meaning Thanksgiving is not too far away and once that happens it’s full blown Christmas until the end of next month.

The temp has been dropping here like crazy and I’m pulling out all my hoodies and I need to find my sweaters as well as reorganize my closet to fit all the winter clothes now that summer is finally gone!

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