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Hi. It's really cold here. Like "feels like -2 degrees when I leave from work" kind of cold. I'm tired of wearing boots and winter coats. I'm tired of snow that doesn't get me off from work and usually comes on Saturdays. I'm tired of worrying about ice on my driveway and regretting not wearing socks out at night with heels. I'm ready for February to be over and March to hopefully bring some warmer weather.

This winter was a hard one for me. A lot of ups and downs. A lot of feelings of stuck and loneliness. Somedays I woke up and felt great, ready to take on the day. Others weren't so great. But that's how life goes, especially when you're 25 years old and your hormones are changing and going awry. But there were also so many good memories made and feelings felt. Travel plans made from spring and summer. I'll always have weird nights with stories to tell and remember for the rest of my life. It's always a combination of great and less than great with me, and the goal is to always focus on the great. BUT I'm ready to put my winter coat away for good and wear a crop top for goodness sake.

"You're a diamond dear. They can't break you."

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Lately...

Lately I've been...

...focusing on being the best version of myself and laughing more.
...thrilled with the decision to move my work schedule so I go in later.
...trying to eat better, but always craving pizza and fried chicken.
...dreaming of warmer weather.
...working on my hand lettering and purchased these pens.
...snacking on avocado toast more than I want to admit.
...watching more movies at home than ever before.
...considering taking a weekly yoga class.
...planning upcoming travel plans to Tennessee, Miami, and New Orleans.
...making to-do lists to keep my apartment clean.
...thinking this eyelash curler has changed my eyelash game.
...brunching not nearly enough.
...wondering what my summer will look like.
...writing a new "life motto" on ever scrap of paper I can find.
...having some problems focusing at work.
...binging my way through Band of Brothers.
...hoping that getting through the next month or so will be easy.

"Never take it seriously. If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. And if you never get hurt, you always have fun." -Penny Lane

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An Ode to the Bath

I have a confession to make. I hated baths for as long as I can remember.

Part of it is that being 5'8", I'm quite tall for most normal-sized bathtubs. I can't stretch out. My legs are always out of the water and getting cold. I feel cramped and could never get completely comfortable and therefore, can't relax enough. Plus, my skin is on the sensitive and dry side and most bubble baths or bathsalts leave my skin feeling like I need to wash off and then I'm incredibly dry and itchy.

The other issue is a body confidence issue. I've never been the biggest fan of my body. Like most young adults I focused on flaws and sitting in a bathtub for an hour looking down at myself wasn't helping that situation. I was uncomfortable with myself and not proud with what I was looking at. I also got bored rather quickly, so that didn't help either.

BUT in the past couple of months, I've changed my feelings. I discovered LUSH bath products and feel in love. I'm aware that I'm pretty late to the boat on LUSH, but I can't speak more highly of them. They're fun and smell incredible. The stores are beautiful and the sales associates are sweet and helpful. Their bath and bubble bombs don't leave my skin feeling dry or like I need to wash off afterwards. I'm in love. 

The other thing that's change the way I take baths is setting myself up to relax. I grab my iPad and a Bluetooth speaker and put on a good movie from Netflix or HBOgo. I light a candle and turn the lights low. Sometimes I paint my nails. I grab a book and a glass of wine or some tea and I relax. If I have a lot going on in my brain, I let myself think through things. If I need to calm down and de-stress I let myself do that. I provide myself the opportunity to actually relax and pamper myself for an hour or two.

It's been a complete gamechanger for me. 

**This is not a sponsored post. LUSH has no idea who I am. I'm just a loving fan.

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Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark

Somethings are complicated. Relationships, taxes, trying to read my student loan statements, boys, European clothing sizes when you live in the U.S., hormones. The list is really endless. But then, Somethings are easy. Like the combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels. So let's focus on those things, throw them together, and make something simple.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark

  • 2 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 handful broken up pretzel pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a piece of parchment paper. Set aside.

In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil. Pour melted chocolate onto the center of the parchment-lined baking sheet and spread out slightly until chocolate is about a 1/4 inch thick.

In saucepan over medium heat, heat peanut butter until it warms and thins out. Stir continuously so it doesn't burn. Pour the warmed peanut butter into the center of the melted chocolate and swirl them together with a fork. Top the crushed pretzels over the top of the chocolate/peanut butter, and press down very slightly. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and once set, break into pieces. 

That's really it. Somethings are just simple and great. So when things get crazy and complicated (which is secretly how I love my life to be) make something easy and enjoy a moment of simplicity. 

DIY: Tissue Paper Tile Coasters

Tile coasters were one of my first DIY projects I posted on this blog and one of the things that I still use in my house everyday. BUT I'm really tired of looking at these, so I made some really simple new tile coasters using a bunch of stuff I had floating around my craft cabinet.

You'll need: Ceramic Tiles, Mod Podge, Acrylic Sealer, a Sheet of Self-sticking Felt, Scissors, Foam Paint Brush, and different colored tissue papers. I also used a patterned tissue paper with a white background so the pattern would show through.

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Starting with the patterned tissue paper, rip pieces of tissue paper and glue to the tile using Mod Podge. You'll want to paint a layer of glue on the tile, press the piece of tissue paper down and then paint a layer of glue over the tissue paper. Try and keep the paper from becoming too wrinkled, but some wrinkles are okay. 

Layer the pieces of paper to create a random pattern that is slightly different per tile. Use the corners of the paper at the corner of the tile. Each time you add a piece of tissue paper, include a layer of glue.

Once you've placed the tissue paper pieces where you want them, apply a final coat of glue over the entire tile and sides, and let it dry completely. Once the glue has dried, apply 2-3 coats of sealer over the top and sides of the tiles to seal everything. Let dry completely.

Cut your self-sticking felt sheet into 4 even sides pieces and attach to the bottom of each tile. Done.

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