Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Today is Christmas, and I currently just got home from my Aunts house.  I spent a lot of time with family, and saw all of the new generation of babies.  The oldest showed me his toys, his favorite was a transformer.  The middle one didn't really appreciate all of the new people.  And the youngest was all smiles, and she was so cute. 

Here are the pictures I promised when talking about how I was going to decorate. 

The top of my Christmas Tree
This year I tried so hard to be happy and get into the Christmas spirit, but I don’t know if I’m made out for it.  I currently don’t have much money, so I don’t buy presents for anyone, so I don’t get the joy of that.  No one around me cares about Christmas, and they tried so hard to convince me that it’s really not worth it.  I got a Christmas tree, and I decorated it, and I think it looks cute, but I’m not really good at that whole “put together and it looks amazing” type of thing.  I decorated my room, but it really just looks like I let a hipster loose in my room.  I was so happy to try this, and now I feel really let down, and I’m the only person I can blame.  But maybe I can figure more out for next year.
It’s hard growing up because you realize everything.  The magic to Christmas is gone, and getting it back is the hardest thing in the world, but maybe when I get the chance to get people presents, and I see their happiness it will rub off on me. 
I hope that your holidays are much better than mine, and I hope that you still have you’re happiness that was there when you were a child.  
xx

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Recipe: Cheese Ball

A few months ago, I discovered a recipe for a Cheese Ball on tumblr.  I had no idea what a cheese ball was, and man was I missing out.  I wrote the recipe down and a little while later I tried it out.   It was simple and amazing.  I then decided to introduce the recipe to my friends. 
Over the weekend I made the recipe again and brought it to the annual Christmas party. 

What you’ll need: 

  • 8 oz Softened Cream Cheese
  • ½  cup of butter
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ¼  tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ¾ cup Pecans, Chopped 
In a medium bowl beat together the cream cheese and butter until it is smooth. 

Add in the powdered sugar, brown sugar, and the vanilla extract. 

Stir in chocolate chips.  (This time around I cut the amount in half, because I felt like there were too many the first time around.) 
I don't have a picture of the chocolate chips stirred in, but this is one of those to tastes steps.

Cover and chill for two hours. 

Shape into a ball, re-cover, and let chill for another hour.

Roll into pecans, or chocolate chips, before serving, and enjoy.  
I split the ball in half and did both peacans and chocolate chips because I have friends who are allergic to nuts. 
I spread it onto ginger snap cookies.  It’s so delicious. It tastes just like a cheesecake.

**If you really want to be adventurous, add in 1 ½ cups of Red Velvet cake mix to make a Red Velvet version.

xx 

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Life:

In a previous post I have talked about my sleeping issues (find that here) and currently I am on such a messed up schedule.  So, I really haven’t been able to do much, not that I really do much in the first place.  But, I’m not here to talk about my sleep patterns.  Not again.   Currently I’m just going to free write.  About me, and what I’ve been doing. 
Recently I started and finished The Vampire Diaries, well I guess I should say I caught up because season five hasn’t ended yet, and I love it.  I didn’t really know about it when it first came out, and to be honest I wasn’t interested.  Then I got onto Tumblr and I was seeing all of these gif and photo sets, and it intrigued me, but not enough to really sit down and watch the show on TV.  Then one day I was on Netflix, and I was browsing what to watch and I almost clicked on TVD, but Hemlock Grove took its place, and after that Skins.  Being that person that I am (and like many others) the TV show consumed my life for a little bit, and I watched everything all at once and instantly one right after the other and it took a toll on my brain.  So I took a break.  I went back to watch the final Skins, but I didn’t go looking for anything more to start.  But I got bored, and so I started TVD, and I’m glad that I did. 
Truthfully, I didn’t fall in love at first.  I felt like I had heard the story before, and I liked it, but it felt repetitive.  (I haven’t read the books, and I know nothing about the books, but I have read Twilight.  But, once you get into it it’s not the same.)  As the story progressed, I started liking it more and more, and now I love it.  I’m actually quite glad that I started watching when I could consecutively watch the series, because there were episodes that had me bawling, and if I had to wait a week in between, I don’t think the episodes would have hit me the way that they did.  I could keep crying, and I liked that.  But now I have to wait for it to come back, I just hope it doesn’t conflict with anything else that I watch. 
Besides for TVD, I’ve recently become obsessed with a few different songs.  The first being “Say Something” covered by Travis Clark from We the Kings, originally by A Great Big World.  Then this one I discovered just yesterday because of a vlog by Joe Sugg, and it’s “Stay High” by Hippie Sabotage, which you can download here.  And last but not least is a cover of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” by Josh Record; you can listen to that song here.  His voice is amazing, and I highly recommend him. 
I also started reading “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini a few weeks ago.  I haven’t gotten very far in, but I do like the story so far.  I’ve just been so distracted, I haven’t wanted to read. 
And with Christmas around the corner I started fantasy shopping.  I’ve been thinking about getting a few things from The Body Shop, but I don’t know much about their products, and how nice they smell.  I was thinking about going to the store to see if I could find a small variety, but, again, I’ve been distracted.  But it’s okay, it’s not like the store is going anywhere, and neither is the Christmas money I’m being blessed with.  I’ve also been looking at Estee Lauder, Murad, and Nars.  My Christmas will be filled with beauty products, so watch out for those posts. 
Other than the reading, that is what I have been doing the past couple of weeks. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Jewelry Collection:

Recently in the past few months, I have expanded my collection of Jewelry.  Instead of just necklaces, I now own three bracelets, one ring, and countless earrings.  When I was younger I wore  earrings a lot, but it kind of died down once I got into high school.  I had a ring when I was little, and I used to wear it everywhere, but I eventually lost it.  I now own this beautiful bow ring that I got from JC Pennys on sale for $16.




The smile bracelet, $9.50, and the bow bracelet,$12.00,  are both by Lauren Conrad.  I got them both on sale from Khols. 

 The set of six earrings I got on sale from Peebles for $8, and the set of four earrings I got from Target for $7.  That set came with more, but I didn't like the style and I gave them to my mom.  


The four necklaces I got from a fairy festival that I've been going to for the past three years. I got the heart one the first year and then a year later picked up the other three.  They were all $8 each. 


They also each mean something:
  • The Celtic Heart:  is the sign for universal love; the most romantic of symbols, representing souls in a visual continuity.   
  •  The Triskele Shield: The three branches are positioned in such a way as to make the symbol appear it is in constant forward motion.  
  • The Moon Lady:  Intuition.  The goddess with the moonstone symbolizes the immanent life force, as Mother Nature, the Earth, the Cosmos, and interconnectedness of all life. 
  • The Crescent Moon:  Power.  The word “Crescent” derives from the Latin creare which means to create, and so the Crescent Moon is linked with the creative powers of the Goddess. 

The "Ooh-Laa-La" dish I got on mega sale from Wal*mart, it was .75 cents.  I use it for when I'm too tired to put all of my jewelry (or bobbie pins) back into their correct space.  It keeps things from getting lost, and I love it.

My favorites out of my collection are the smile bracelet, the bunny earrings, the pink rose earrings, the bow ring, and the Heart necklace.

A few jewelry pieces are not pictured, three necklaces, and three pairs of earrings.  Two of my necklaces do not currently have chains and the third is a marine tag which has personal information on it.  The earrings that are not pictured are plain balls smaller than the first set on the smaller earring holder. 

  
Which piece is your favorite?
xx

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How I stopped my Cold!

Yesterday I woke up with a stuffy nose and an itchy throat.   I instantly knew that I was getting sick and I kind of freaked out a bit because this weekend is my friend’s Christmas party and I didn’t want to miss it.  I instantly googled “how to prevent a cold” and I couldn’t do everything on the list because it wasn’t in the house, but I did as much as I could, and now I’m cold free. 
 On the site it told me to stay hydrated, get some vitamin C, gargle salt water, keep your nose clean, skip work, eat soup, do some light exercise, and eat protein.   I didn’t have soup, or vitamin C, and I’m not a fan of gargling salt water, so I just put in my own way of getting them. 
 What I did was drink Green Tea with Mint with a tablespoon of honey.  I had three cups.  I also drank four cups of Alka-Seltzer. (Recommended dosage is 1 cup every four hours.)  I also had 3 bottles of water throughout the day.  I was very hydrated.  I kept my nose clear by blowing it every so often, and I also slept pretty much all day.  I also had two servings of protein by eating eggs in the morning and fish at dinner. 
These steps worked for me because I caught my cold before the worst started to happen.  I’m so happy that I did catch it in time, not only because of the party I’m supposed to be going to this weekend, but because I always get sick this time of year and it takes me weeks to get over the cold.  When I was still in school, I would get sick right before finals and stay sick through all of the holiday break and then get better about two weeks in to the new semester.   
Now I know what to do next year. 
So, just remember to stay hydrated, keep a clear nose, and have some kind of medication like alka-seltzer, or emergen-c, or even an allergy tablet.  And hope you catch it in time. 
xx