Christmas Eve 2013

Hi! Merry Christmas Eve or Happy Holidays.

I apologize for today’s post being a day late! I promised everyone Mondays and Thursdays, but sometimes there just isn’t any time in the day so it has to be postponed a bit.

My weekend was a blur, I don’t even remember much of what I did. For the first time in my life the week leading up to Christmas FLEW by and I am so surprised that it’s in less than a few hours now!

I did paint my nails a few times this week, but I forgot to take pictures when they were fresh and then I went to work where I use my hands a lot and we also use bleach, so they get chipped every time. I will try to develop the habit of taking a picture right after I’ve done them for my blog. Howeverrrr, I just painted my nails a little bit ago today and I did take pictures! I painted my toenails last night to match, but I didn’t want a picture of my feet on the internet…some weirdos are out there and just..yeah. So, I wanted to do a Christmas theme for my nails this year but when I went to pick my colors, I realized that I was trying too hard. Part of my personality is that I try way too hard with everything and it makes me come off annoying and like I’m trying too hard. For once I realized I just wanted to seem kinda perfect with some perfect Christmas nails and a nice outfit while I’m with my family tomorrow, but that’s not what would actually make me happy. So, I went with one of my favorite colors and just did something pretty that did make me happy! Who cares that my nails don’t look like Christmas! I used Lady Like by Essie & The Statement Piece by Loreal. Sorry for the weird photo locations of the nail polish bottles; I just had to find a random spot that the camera would pick up the best image of their true color.

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Today has been a great Christmas Eve so far, except for the fact that I have developed a cold. I am grateful that it’s not strep throat, though. That’s what I thought it was when my throat first started hurting two nights ago. This morning my boyfriend came over for a couple of hours to hang out with me and my family. He brought along our hamster, Delilah, and we put her in her roll-around ball so my sister could play with her. Then I made 4 cookie sheets worth of cookies for family tomorrow. Now I’ve just gotten done painting my nails! After I wrap up this post I’m going to go clean, fold laundry, and wrap one more gift. Tomorrow will be such an amazing day with all of my family and my sweet Kasey. I am so excited to spend time with everyone together and for everyone to open all of the gifts I picked out for them.

Again, Merry Christmas, or if you don’t celebrate that holiday, just have a great day and holiday season in general.

December 16 2013

Hi!

So this past weekend I painted my nails with a new nailpolish; Lots of Lux by Essie. It was one of my Christmas presents from Kasey. ‚ô° The photos I have don’t show all the different elements of shimmer that it really has, but here’s the link to it on Essie’s own page. http://www.essie.com/Effects/encrusted/lots-of-lux.aspx

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I didn’t do that well of a paint job because I wasn’t in good lighting. Anyways, this is one of the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen. I’m going to take it off soon though because it needs to be something I wear for occasions- it’s too busy of a color to me to be wearing all the time.

When I take this manicure off I’m going to use the other nail polish from Kasey! It’s a metallic and it’s gorgeous.

My workout plans for this week consist of trying to get back on my Blogilates plan again. I printed out the 4 week beginners plan the other week and got a good 4 days into it, but finals week came up and I had no time for anything but studying! ūüė¶ So I want to start again on day 5 and try to get that habit going again. I’m really liking pilates. I love working out in general, but I’ve found that pilates is the perfect balance of everything I love to do when working out! So this plan that I’m doing is very fun for me. It’s a 6 day a week plan with each day focused on a different body part.

As for just regular plans, I’m just working and hanging out with Kasey. On Friday I get paid so that’s exciting…I get to finish up my Christmas shopping! I’m also starting a goal of having my hair look perfect all day this entire week. I know I put my hair through too much but it’s just the biggest thing that makes me feel good and confident throughout the day. I don’t care what other people think, I care what I think; when my hair is perfect I feel put together and like I can have a clean and organized day. I have such a bad habit of putting my hair up whenever I’m at home or sleeping in through any time I have to do it and the rest of the day I just feel gross and lazy. So hopefully this helps!

Hope your week goes well and have a blessed day.

New Year’s Day

Happy New Year’s!¬† I hope everybody had a safe night last night and your hangovers aren’t too bad.¬† I spent the night by first watching Star Wars (original episode 4) with my dad while eating lime & salt popcorn (yummy) and drinking a Strawberry Daquiri¬†Sobe¬†(if you’ve never heard of the drink, there is no alcohol¬†in it.¬† Don’t worry.¬† It is my favorite store bought beverage ever).¬† It was a lot of fun!¬† Then, we played the game Elder Sign.¬† Kinda geeky, but I really like those kind of games and they’re my dad’s biggest hobby.¬† So it was fun!¬† That was my New Year’s night.

Just to let you know- I am adding in a blogging day for each week.¬† Sunday is going to be Movie Review day.¬† Each week this year (unless I am prevented during certain weeks for personal reasons) I will do one movie review.¬† At the beginning of each month, I will make a list of 4 movies for the month, and on each Sunday, I will review a movie!¬† Stay tuned until the end of this post for a few reviews I’ve already got done.

For New Year’s Day today, we had my baby sister, Momo’s first birthday party.¬† Her birthday is actually tomorrow, but it’s hard to have a party on a Monday.¬† A lot of family and family-friends¬†came over, kids played, adults talked, and then we had cake.¬† She ripped into that cake so good!¬† She had it EVERYWHERE on her and on the walls in the dining room!¬† Everyone else had red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (so.¬†good.) and Neapolitan ice cream.¬† Morgana got a picture with a poem from me, a rocking horse from Nan+Pops, a sippy cup from an aunt and clothes from another aunt and uncle.¬† It was a good party.¬† My mom did good cooking for that party so props to her!¬† I was the party photographer, of course.¬† I will probably have some pictures up tomorrow for my “Personal Post” (Check out my about page to see my weekly blogging schedule.)

Speaking of New Years, I have a few things to say about this year.¬† 2011 was a horrible year for me.¬† It was wonderful in many ways, but I went through a very personal and difficult time and it denoted 2011 as awful.¬† 2012 is a fresh start.¬† Each month I am going to make a goal for myself (personal goals-¬†not anything I’ll be posting on here) and hopefully by 2013, I will have achieved a lot and brought myself back up to 100% as a person.¬† I am already a more positive person today and I’m doing my best to be extremely optimistic, kind and happy.¬† I also have a new mindset when it comes to relaxing.¬† My new thing is that I do not get to relax if I have things to do.¬† I can’t go to bed unless that laundry’s folded.¬† I can’t blog until I’ve gotten the sweeping done.¬† I can’t eat another cupcake until I’ve worked out.¬† You get the idea.¬† If I have a chore or obligation to be done, I can’t do anything fun or relaxing until it’s finished.¬† I’m hoping this will help me to get rid of any procrastinating gene left in my body.¬† Also, in my blog schedule, you might notice one thing on Friday’s post- it says “weekly picture.”¬† I’m pretty excited for this.¬† Unless for some reason I can’t blog on a certain Friday, I will post a picture of myself every Friday (taken that Friday) and by 2013, I’ll get to see how much I’ve changed over the year!¬† I think that’s a really fun idea.¬† So I’m happy to be getting that going this Friday.

Moving onto Movie Reviews!¬† I will do 3 reviews for you right now.¬† I watched 7 movies this weekend (I know!) but I’m only going to pick a few to review on here since this post is already a bit long.¬† Then, I will list my four movies to review this month! (There are 4 more Sundays this month!) BY THE WAY: My movie reviews NEVER contain spoilers.

Beauty and the Briefcase

Rated: TV-14

Time Run: 86 Minutes

Genre: Comedy/Romance

Director: Gil Junger

Writer(s): Michael Horowitz & Daniella Brodsky

Starring: Hilary Duff, Jaime Pressly and Jennifer Coolidge

Pros: Funny, sweet, romantic, silly

Cons: A bit confusing, dull, un=realistic scenes, too cliché, annoying credits at the beginning, predictable

My biggest problem: It felt like there really wasn’t a climax in this movie, the whole thing ran a little dull and predictable.

My favorite feature: It definitely was an enjoyable movie, it was pretty silly and girly.¬† I wouldn’t recommend this to many guys, because it’s a bit too girly.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 5.2/10

My stars (out of ten): 3/10

 

Waiting For Forever

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 95 Minutes

Genre: Drama/Romance

Director: James Keach

writer(s): Steve Adams

Starring: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge and Richard Jenkins

Pros: Beginning was intense and sad (amazing), main character boy is cute, touching, intense, heart breaking, spirit lifting, made me cry several times

Cons: None.

My biggest problem: The ending didn’t fall short, but I did feel like it needed a bit more to it still.

My favorite feature: It was just a very unique and touching movie, it moved me a lot and brought me to tears over five different times.  It is in fact my favorite movie now.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 6/10

My stars (out of ten): 10/10

 

The Others

Rated: PG-13

Time Run: 101 Minutes

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

Writer(s): Alejandro Amenabar

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston and Fionnula Flanagan

Pros: Unexpected ending, suspenseful

Cons: Lighting too dark, drawn out

My biggest problem: I really dislike movies with really dark settings because it makes me feel like I can’t see what’s going on- even though in “dark setting movies” you can see what’s happening.¬† It just gives me a headache and frustrates me.¬† Almost this entire movie was in a very dark setting.

My favorite feature: The ending was very unexpected and surprised me.

IMDb’s stars (out of ten): 7.7/10

My stars (out of ten): 6/10

 

Now, my list of four movies to watch and review this month!

  1. Mao’s Last Dancer
  2. Never Been Kissed
  3. Meet the Parents
  4. Dandelion

That’s all for today!¬† See you!