Favorite Song Of The Week!

I’m Not A Vampire by Falling In Reverse

Sorry that my favorite song of the week has been Falling In Reverse two weeks in a row… I promise next week will be somebody different!  I just love this song- and the music video.  To put it as politely and discreetly as possible, I think Ronnie Radke is very yummy.

Personal Post!

This weekend definitely did not go as planned!  I had expected to stay home and watch Netflix all weekend.  I did not stay home and I did not watch Netflix once!  I ended up still going to my Nana’s on Saturday after sleeping in till 10 (that would be a yay, except for the reason I did was because I was up all night).  We had a big ham dinner there and then a dump cake dessert!  It was nice.  Then, my papa mentioned that he was going ice fishing the next day and invited me.  My initial reaction was absolutely not, because I haven’t gone fishing in years and being on a frozen lake for hours on end while staring at a pole did not appeal to me.  I ended up actually saying yes, though.  Why?  Well first of all, it’s a tradition for all the girls in my family to eventually go ice fishing with Papa at least once.  I’ve still never gone and we all felt like it was my time to enter the tradition.  Second of all, life is short.  I jump at almost every opportunity I have because life is short and I hope to fill my life with as many unique and interesting experiences as possible.  Growing up, I did have quite a few adventures.  Lately, I’ve been deprived of excitement and I really thought there would be nothing better to do than to go off with my awesome papa and do something I’ve never done before.  I ended up having fun.  We didn’t catch anything at all, not even any bites, but the people we came with caught two good-sized rainbows.  The wind was absolutely horrible and kept trying to push over the shanty my papa and I were in, so after four hours, we called it quits and headed back home.  I did get quite a few good pictures from the awesome drive to and from though, and I hope to have them up on Friday.

So then, I ended up hanging out at my Nana’s after we got back and then my aunt went with me to the mall before I went home.

I ended up exchanging my lipstick, lip liner and bare minerals matte foundation that I purchased last time at Sephora.  I ended up hating the foundation, because you know how people say that it makes them look like they’re not wearing any makeup?  Well, I good get that look by simply not wearing any makeup.  It did have the lightest and sheerest coverage, and because it was a powder, if I tried to achieve medium-full coverage, it looked extremely cakey.  I can’t even express how much I hated that foundation.  Like a lot of people say, bare minerals is for people who have really great skin and need the tiniest bit of enhancement.  I have a lot of discoloration and I need more than a little enhancement.  I also exchanged the lipstick and liner because I needed the entire gift card money for what I was exchanging stuff for, since I didn’t have any cash.  I ended up purchasing the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation in Creamy Ivory because I’ve heard nonstop rage about it from people with skin identical to mine.  So far I’ve used it once and I have to say I like it so far, but I need to experiment with how to put it on in the best way.

I went home after the trip at the mall and ended up going to sleep at 11pm, waking up at midnight, and then laying in bed 10% asleep with frustration (from not being completely asleep) for a few hours.  This morning, I vaguely remember waking up from my alarm, but I didn’t wake up or turn it off or anything.  I was so asleep.  Then, my mom came in at 8 to wake me up and I realized my throat was as tight as ever and my head was pounding.  She let me go back to sleep and I woke up at 11am.  Then I realized it wasn’t just my throat and a headache, it was my whole body and I was completely miserable.  I managed two whole wheat waffles and a few ibuprofen and then just lay in bed reading for a few hours.  I ended up gradually getting better throughout the day and at 2:30 I finally felt 100% again and did some schoolwork.  I don’t know what happened, but my dad said it sounded like I had a bit of mild hypothermia from ice fishing yesterday.  That’s entirely possible because I was freezing during the whole trip.

As of right now, it’s 5:52PM and I feel great except for I still have a headache and I’m feeling just a tiny bit dizzy still.  I’m really hoping to get good sleep tonight and completely get rid of whatever little bug I had!

I don’t really have many other personal updates, except for I’m really hoping to start writing my novel again soon.  I haven’t really sat down to write in years, because I’ve gotten bad at being able to actually feel what I’m writing.  Like, I can still write, but it doesn’t feel like I’m actually writing the full idea I had and I never feel connected to it.  I do have a big talent and place for my heart in writing though, so I really hope I can get into it again soon.  I just have to find the right moment, I guess.

Oh!  And here’s two photos I took recently:

See you Wednesday for Favorite Song of the Week!


I am sorry, but I did not have time to watch a movie this weekend to do a review on.  I will make up for it by doing two reviews next weekend, both on the movie I was supposed to do this weekend and next weekend.  I hope I’m not already coming off as a flaky blogger!  I just have things to do sometimes.

See you tomorrow for personal post!

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  I honestly hope I never make these.  Because I know I would eat each and every one of them the day they were made.

Chocolate Cheesecake Turtle Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake Turtle Cupcakes (makes 18 cupcakes)

For the cake:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 cup water 1 Tbsp vinegar 1 tsp vanilla

For the cheesecake:

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In large bowl combine dry cake ingredients: flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda. Mix until well combined.
  3. In small bowl combine wet cake ingredients: vegetable oil, water, vinegar and vanilla.
  4. Make a well in the bowl of dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir mixture until combined.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 1/3 full with chocolate batter.
  6. In a small bowl combine cheesecake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar and egg. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  7. Use a small cookie scoop to evenly distribute the cream cheese mixture on top of the chocolate batter.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until cream cheese center is firm.
  9. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
  10. Once cupcakes are completely cool add the turtle toppings.

For the Turtle Topping:

14 caramels 6 Tbsp half & half, divided 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  1. Unwrap caramels and place in microwave safe bowl with 3 Tbsp half & half. Microwave for 1 1/2 -2 minutes until melted. Stir until smooth and let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Place chocolate chips and 3 Tbsp half & half in microwave safe. Microwave for 1 1/2-2 minutes until melted. Stir until smooth.
  3. Use a spoon and drizzle caramel and chocolate on top of each cupcake.
  4. Sprinkle cupcakes with pecans.

Third! Personal Update:

Since I didn’t post last Monday, I’ll tell you about last weekend.  Last weekend I did go to that jewelry party, but I was the only guest… and then the host ignored me a bit, which wasn’t too fun, but it was still something to do!  Everyone flunked out on the party at the last minute so I ended up just sitting and talking with the host’s family the whole time since she was busy sitting on the couch reading the jewelry magazine.  I didn’t do the photoshoot because my friend’s grandmother ended up in the hospital somehow so she had to go visit her.  I still haven’t heard what happened there, but I hope she’s okay. ♥

I made plans for this weekend to go stay with my own grandmother and do a photoshoot for my aunt, but then I failed a class final and I canceled so I could stay home and study to take it again.  It turns out the teacher messed up and had me take the final for the next quarter of the class, though… *grrrrr* 😡 So, I’m pretty sure the failing wasn’t my fault at all and I ended up canceling on this weekend for nothing.  Hmph!  Oh well though, I am perfectly happy staying home all weekend and having a Gossip Girl marathon!  Next weekend, the 21st and 22nd, will be my last weekend before I go back to public school!  I am SO VERY EXCITED!

I actually went to the school I’m going to be attending today.  I’m going to go to a high school that is near me for the rest of this year, I’m not going back to my regular performing school this year.  It’s such a huge school, oh my gosh… Even the councilor was saying that the school was incredibly big!  However, the faculty (from who I met today at least) seems pretty good and the school looks like a normal high school!  I’m so excited to be back in a building with people my age and teachers to help me.  It’s such a relief!  I cannot even express how much I’ve despised home school.  It has been nice being able to spend more time with my family and see my baby sister grow up, but I’m ready to get my butt OUTTA HERE!  I also get to drop the horrid math class I’ve been doing online because we figured out an alternative today with the councilor.  That’s probably just as much a relief as going back to public school is!

I’m hoping I can take a photography class at school.  I have 2, maybe 3 real classes that I need to take… but the rest are probably going to be electives just to fill up my schedule.  Ah, I’m so happy.

So, on that note, I decided that since I’m in quite the cheerful mood today, (Don’t we all love Friday the 13th?  It’s a good luck day for me.  It’s all about perception, people.) I thought I’d do a little fact thing for you guys!  It seems like wordpress is quite a friendly place unlike blogspot, many other bloggers have already commented on a few of my posts and the people on wordpress are very nice.  So, to get to know me a bit better, here are a few facts about me!

5 Obsessions

  1. Lip balms/chapsticks- I sort of hord them.
  2. Netflix.  I don’t watch regular TV.  I just watch my dramas and comedies on Netflix every moment that I can.
  3. Victoria’s Secret.  Not the lingerie.  The sweats, bags, and accessories, mostly the PINK collection.  So cute.  I want all of it.
  4. Snapple.  I recently remembered how much I love Snapples.  Each and every flavor.  Snapple is the best thing in the world.
  5. Books.  I love to read, and I don’t own enough books.  I want collections by all of my favorite authors.  Number one priority right now… Nicholas Sparks.

5 Odd Facts

  1. I have a problem with collecting things.  I try to collect everything… it’s very odd.
  2. I love change.  Most people are the opposite, but I almost can’t live without it.  I need new friends often, I rearrange my room often, I’ve never had a set routine last more than a month.  I guess this might be a weird version of commitment issues?
  3. I have a girl crush on Mila Kunis.  She’s just ridiculously beautiful!
  4. I’m extremely paranoid.  I’m not scared of the dark, but I’m always certain that there’s somebody hiding in the dark, getting ready to attack.
  5. I can knit and crochet, I don’t do it often because I’m too impatient to finish projects, but I have the skills.

5 Pet Peeves

  1. When people ask me to explain things.  I know it’s completely normal and it’s really weird for this to be a pet peeve, but I hate explaining things.
  2. When people laugh at their own jokes too much.
  3. When people chew loudly.
  4. Little girls (like toddler to preteen ages) who act like they’re 18 and better than adults. (Sounds odd… I know.)
  5. When people have masks (meaning they didn’t blend their foundation into their neck and so their face is a different shade than the rest of them…)

That’s all for today!  I will see you on Sunday with a movie review on Never Been Kissed!  Have a nice weekend.

Movie Review

This week’s movie was Mao’s Last Dancer.  Here’s my review on it!

My reviews never contain spoilers.

Mao’s Last Dancer

Rated: PG

Time Run: 117 Minutes

Genre: Biography/Drama/Music

Director: Bruce Beresford

Writer(s): Jan Sardi and Cunxin Li

Starring: Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood and Kyle MacLachlan

Pros: Interesting dance, unique twist, a little entertaining

Cons: Boring, drawn out, confusing, lighting too dark

My Biggest Problem: My biggest problem with this movie is although the plot is a bit interesting, I only found the dancing entertaining.  The story was a bit too confusing yet boring and drawn out for me to follow so I just enjoyed watching the ballet.

My Favorite Feature: My favorite part was either the dancing in general or the way that they showed Chinese ballet students being trained.  I don’t know if it’s really how it happens, but it struck as interesting to me.  It reminded me a little of German ballet training, but even more strict.

IMDb’s Stars (out of ten): 7.2/10

My Stars (out of ten): 5/10

If you would like to see anything else in my movie reviews or even have a movie you’d like me to review, let me know in the comments!

See you tomorrow.

Friday Post!

First! Weekly Picture:

Second! Recipe:

Pictures and recipe from here.  She used winter themed Oreos (red filling), but I would personally use regular ones if you’re doing this for the holidays… because I don’t associate red with winter.  I know it has to do with Christmas, but not winter.  If red and green are together, I think of Christmas.  Winter’s color to me is blue because of blue snowflake jewelry and just… lots of winter things are blue!  I’m odd.  Anyways.



  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup dutch processed cocoa
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped Oreo cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder until just blended.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and oreo pieces.
  5. Drop cookie dough by 2 tablespoons (or larger if you want bigger cookies) and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. When out of the oven, let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack.

Third! Personal Update:

This weekend should be great!  Tomorrow I am going to the knit meeting with my mom (as per usual) and then heading off to a Jewelry Party!  I love jewelry.  I don’t wear it a lot, but I LOVE it.  This jewelry party is going to be hosted by one of my friends from public school, too, so that’s exciting!  I’ll hopefully get to see a lot of people there that I’ve been missing!  (In case I haven’t mentioned it yet or you weren’t a follower of Kranberrie’s Juicies, I am currently being homeschooled and then I’m going back to public school on January 23rd if everything works out!)

Then, on Sunday, I might be doing a fashion shoot for somebody!  It’s also a friend from public school.  🙂 Since I am branching out further in photography this year, I put out a request for models on my Facebook page and Siobhan (pronounced Shuh-bawn) came to me saying she’d love the job!  So if everything works out on this shoot, she might be one of my permanent models for Espoir Photography.  This means I will work with her quite often, so if it happens, you’ll see a lot of posts about her!  I’m most excited for this because if the shoot happens, it’s going to be so much fun!!!

That’s all of my plans for this weekend, but I am very excited!  Oh, and of course I have to watch a movie and write a review for you guys. 😉

Anyways, hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see you on Sunday!