the giving of thanks

Is it just me or is anyone else’s mind blown that Thanksgiving is just days away? I mean, I know this happens every year, with every holiday. Come April we’ll be all “OMG it’s Easter already?!” Sure is.

Earlier in the week I was asked by Nancy over at Sincerely and Sarcastically to participate in writing a Things I’m Thankful For list. So in the spirit of the holiday, let’s get started.

1. I’ll get the cliches out of the way and say my family and friends. Just because they’re cliche, doesn’t mean that I’m not thankful for them every single day. Because I am. I don’t know where I’d be without those weirdos. Recently, I was talking about my cousins to a co-worker. I do this a lot because my cousins are the best. Anyway, when I was done, she said to me, “Your family seems cool. Like you guys have a good time. They seem like fun.” you know it!

My closest friends have been my friends, quite literally, forever. Let’s put it this way, my youngest cousin will be 21 in January (ugh.) I’ve known my oldest friends for almost 23 years. do the math, kids. 

2. 7-11 coffee- America may run on Dunkin, but I run on Hazelnut iced coffee from 7-11. But not the one from the machine. Oh no, no, no. I take the large cup and fill it with ice, then add hot coffee. DELICIOUS.

3. Etsy shops – like this one. Christmas is coming so if anyone wants to buy me a gift, look no further. I love the instagram one, this one, another one, this true statement, and most especially this one. The artist has a stand at the Bryant Park Christmas fair. I might have to take a trip.

4. my work family- It’s a known fact that I need to get a new job. That being said, the thought of leaving my current work family makes me sad and nervous. But not sad or nervous enough to not leave. sorry guys. I think they get it though because we’re family and family understands.

5. the people I’ve met through my little blog – it makes writing so much more fun when you know people are reading it. I feel like I’ve started to make some friends because of all of this and it feels really good. So keep the likes and comments and follows coming!

6. hulu – I have a handful of shows that I set to record on my DVR. But there is another handful that I catch up on with Hulu. Also, Hulu allows me to watch The Mindy Project as many times as I want, whenever I want to.

7. One Direction – (what? i already brought up The Mindy Project so I figured you would be expecting it) or maybe the more accurate answer would be Simon Cowell or even The X Factor for joining together my (2nd) favorite fivesome. My eyes and ears are forever thankful.

I think I’ll stop here or else we would be here for days. Now, I’m supposed to tag 10 people to write about what they’re thankful for. Even though Thanksgiving is an American holiday, I think it would be fun to do this anyway, no matter where you’re from. It’s good to reflect on things you have before you ask for things you want. (christmas is coming!)

I tag:

peaches & poppycock

honestly, libby 

the awkward addict

breakfast with bentley

Rae of Sparkles

the little unicorn blog

all things britney lee

half and half

pushing play IRL

confetti and curves

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it’s beginning to look alot like Christmas… cards

For the record, I actually wrote this post about a week ago. Then I went to look for some pictures to add to it. I thought I saved it as a draft, but when I went back to edit it, the post was gone. So, apparently I didn’t. The first one was better. Figures.

Anyway…

When I was growing up my parents never took me to have Christmas pictures done. So when they sent out cards, they were regular, run of the mill, cards from a box. I vowed that when I was able to (meaning: when I had my own money) I would send out cards with my picture on them. I didn’t care if there if I only sent them to two people, I was sending them.

Actually, let me be fair. For the Christmas of 1989, my mom tried to take my picture and make a card out of it. But I was a little shit. She dressed me up in red and set up out dining room table and the corner of our living room with some decorations. I wanted no part of it. I wouldn’t smile, or I was talking, or I just wanted to play with the decorations. I know all of this because even though I was to young to remember any of it, there are at least 50 pictures of me doing everything but paying attention to prove it.

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See? no smile

My mom finally gave up when I started to talk to the little wooden reindeer.

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There’s a better picture of me touching Rudy’s nose but I can’t find it.

Fast forward to Christmas 2013. I knew I wanted to send cards, but places like Shutterfly and Snapfish have an order minimum of 25 (usually, sometimes 10). I didn’t need that many. So I was googling and came across Cardstore*. Not only do they offer so many great styles, there’s no order minimum! Also, they aren’t limited to holiday cards. You can make birthday ones, thank you ones, etc. So, I peeked around for a while and finally decided to make a collage to make up for all that missed time. I rounded up my pictures and got to collaging.

Of course, I don’t have an extra one and I can’t take it from the My Orders section of the website to show you, but just picture a collage that looks like a Christmas tree, drawn on a chalkboard. And the back was red with white polka dots. It was adorable. They also include envelopes, or they’ll send them out for you. I like to decorate my envelopes with stickers (because I’m an adult) though so I opted to have them sent to my house.

I loved them so much that I went back this year. I haven’t sent out my cards yet so I’m not saying what they look like. I’ll just say that they do not have my face on them this year. i’m all about surprises. no i’m not.

The point of this post was to just say, if you’re looking for a place to order your Christmas (or anytime!) cards from, try Cardstore. They’re affiliated with American Greetings so you know it’s quality.

Feel free to tell me all about your holiday cards in the comments!

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*As usual, I was not asked to write this post. I was not compensated in any way. I just really like the product and thought I’d share.

swooniest swoonfest

One Direction released their video for Night Changes today and it.is.perfect.

I can’t even think of what else to say. It is the cutest, most wonderful, swooniest swoonfest ever.

I’m 27 years old. I should not be sitting here with the goofiest smile on my face and my heart exploding all over the place. But I am. thanks a lot, one direction.

I wonder how much inspiration they pulled from fanfics for this… Hmmm.

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One Direction, a little BSB, and Band Aid

So, One Direction’s new album, Four, was released on Monday and it is AWESOME! It isn’t like anything they’ve released before. All of the boys have had a hand in writing the songs on this one. Most of all, Louis and Liam. I don’t know how to even begin to review the album, as this is not Rolling Stone. Luckily, they have released all of the songs on their Vevo page on Youtube. So, I’ll post my favorites here.

Where Do Broken Hearts Go?

Supposedly, this one was written by Harry to Taylor Swift. He’s sorry, Taylor. He knows what he’s done and wants to fix it. Come out of hiding. Because if you don’t, I’m buying a blonde wig and some red lipstick. Also, it’s been reported that he sent her 1,989 roses for the release of her album last month. swoon.

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This song was co-written by One Direction’s bestie Ed Sheeran. I totally hear him on it. It reminds me of “Little Things”, which he also had a hand in.

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I would love to see this one live. It’s definitely the most emotional track on the album. And Harry sings the whole chorus so, how bad could it be?

Act My Age

This one reminds me of, dare I say it, The Beatles. Before you grab your pitchforks and go all “How dare you compare them to the Beatles. They are not The Beatles” on me, listen to it. Like, really listen. It sounds like “I Get By (with a little help)” in the beginning. Also, it’s simple. Just like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”. And you’re right, they aren’t The Beatles. The Beatles, for one, were not a boy band. Shit, they aren’t even The Backstreet Boys (aka the best-selling boy band of. all. time.) because they don’t incorporate dance routines.

HELLO.

In the behind the scenes video that comes with the album on iTunes, there’s a part near the end where Harry says

It still sounds like One Direction, just One Direction at 21, 22. Not 17, 18

I think that hits it on the head. They’re growing up. Zayn is engaged, for goodness sake.

Is it bad to be excited for the next album already?

I wanted to include the new Band Aid video. WARNING: the first 15 seconds are graphic (remember, this is to raise money for Ebola victims and to help countries where Ebola is an everyday occurrence.)

I love videos and songs like this that round up the biggest music stars of the time in one room for a song. Like the two “We are the World compilations. First, all of that talent in. one. room. Second, it seems that everyone checks their egos at the door. They’re coming together for a good cause, lending their talent to a project that will shed light and bring help to a cause. But then again, that could just be really good editing. Third, it always looks like they’re having a good time. It’s not like you can tell or feel like they’re thinking “Shit, why am I here?” or “I’m too good for this”. I mean, we’ve all heard horror stories about celebrities being divas (or just plain douchebags). And, where else would you find Bono and Sinead O’Connor in one room? Is it me, or do they just seem like they wouldn’t choose each other to hang out with? Maybe it’s the fact that he’s an Irish Catholic and she pulled the whole rip the picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live stunt. Eh. Maybe it’s me. One last thing – how did I not know that Zoella, Alfie and Joe Sugg from Youtube were involved with this also? Ed Sheeran is standing right next to Zoella! As if I wasn’t jealous enough of her interviewing One Direction, now this. Seriously though, good for them. What an experience!

I still don’t know how to sign off so, BYE.

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Liebster Award times two = double the love!

Guys, today is a big day! Not only did One Direction’s new album, Four, come out, which I will probably write about tomorrow because I have other big news. Today was also the day that I got nominated for the Liebster Award – twice!

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“THEY LIKE ME, THEY REALLY LIKE ME!”

The rules for this award are:

  • answer the 11 questions that the person that nominated you gave you
  • list 11 facts about yourself
  • name 11 bloggers to nominate for the Liebster Award that have under 200 followers
  • give your nominees 11 questions to answer

I have to make some compromises. I’ll answer the questions from both people that nominated me, but I can’t promise that I’ll list 22 facts about myself or be able to nominate 22 other bloggers. i’ll try.

The first person to nominate me today was Ali over at Ali Rose. Thank you so much Ali!

Her questions were:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
A few things, actually. I love seeing my stats go up. Before you write me off as an egotistical person, hear me out. If my stats go up, people are reading my blog. And if people are reading it, they might be telling their friends about it. And if people are talking about it, my spot on Dancing With the Stars is pretty much guaranteed.(please, God, no. i love the show, but i don’t think i’d make it past meeting my dancing pro. #poetry) Also, I love finding people who are like me. Namely, people in their late 20’s who love One Direction. And who ship Mindy and Danny, hard. On a serious note, I like to look back at my previous posts and see how I’ve changed as a writer (not that i consider myself a serious writer. please.)

2. What is your favorite thing to cook?
I’m told my stuffed mushrooms are on point.

3. What are your holiday essentials?
Miracle on 34th Street (1994), a trip to the tree at Rockefeller Center and the windows at Lord & Taylor, a REAL Christmas tree, family, and lots of presents with my name on them.

4. If you could go anywhere, right now, where would you go?
EUROTRIP!(i’ve never even seen that movie) I would start those vacations that I talked about on day 21 of Blogtober.

5. What was/is your favorite subject in school?
When I was a kid, it was always English or Social Studies.

6. What is your favorite holiday memory and/or tradition?
There’s a house owned by a funeral home close to where I live that does a huge light display every year. They stopped for a while, but all of a sudden, they started it again. My mom and I have made a tradition to go and see it. It’s basically the same every year, but by the time we go it’s not too crowded so it’s nice to just stand and look at it because you always find something new.

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7. What are some of your guilty pleasures?
Growing Up Gotti, I guess. If I like something, I don’t care what other people think. So, no guilt in my pleasures.

8. If you could pick another name for yourself what would it be?
It took me so long to like my name that I don’t think I could ever give it up. But, to answer the question, when I was about 12, I wanted to be called Heather.

9. If I handed you a $100 dollar bill what is the first thing you would buy?
I don’t even know! I’ve been dying to go to the top of the Empire State Building but it’s kind of expensive so I’d probably put it away for when the weather gets warmer. Then I’d probably forget that’s what I wanted it for and spend it at Sephora.

10. Who is one of your favorite bloggers?
I love Heather (pure coincidence) at Dooce and Jenny at The Bloggess. They were the first blogs I read when I really started thinking about blogging. Notice the question said one blogger. Clearly, I’m a rule follower.

11. What is (or some of) your must have beauty essentials?
A really good moisturizer, a really good eye cream, bright lipstick, mascara, and either the Naked 1 or Naked 3 palette.

My second nomination came from Kristine over at Breakfast with Bentley. Thanks so much! Also, I just realized that you live on Long Island so, hey neighbor (kind of)!

Her questions were:

1. What’s the story behind your blog name?
I wanted something cute but that would fit my content. I had a few names picked out but either they were already taken (rude) or, after thinking about it, they just didn’t fit. Fun fact: this blog was almost called “Lipsticked” because I thought I was going to focus more on beauty things. I still really like the name but have no use for it right now. It would be a great name for a television show so if anyone uses it, I expect credit. Anyway, I named the blog and started writing. After a few posts, my uncle said to me “So, I saw your little splashes on the internet” and I was like “OMG it totally fits!”

2. What are your top three favorite blogs/bloggers?
I mentioned Dooce and The Bloggess in the last set of questions. I also really like Thought Catalog, which turns out to be a WordPress blog. who knew?

3. How long have you been blogging?
Next month my little blog turns a year old!

4. What did you want to be when you grew up? And what profession are you in now?
Right now, I’m working part time and looking for a full time job. I’m not even getting into it. I wrote about my dream jobs during Blogtober, so I’ll post that link here.

5. What is your favorite thing to do to unwind?
At the end of a long day, I like to paint my nails and watch Youtube videos.

6. What do you love most about blogging?
I answered that in the first set of questions. Check out number 1!

7. If you could go on one dream vacation, where would you go?
My blogtober post on this subject is linked in the first set of questions at number 4.

8. If you could have dinner with any famous person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Oh man. There’s just sooo many people. I’m trying to think of a loophole around the one person rule, but I can’t think of one. Except that this is my answer on my blog so I’ll just throw a dinner party. I’d invite Joan Rivers, One Direction, the Backstreet Boys, Leonardo Dicaprio, Prince Harry, Prince William with Kate and the kids, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Mindy Kaling, Robin Williams, Frank Sinatra. Oh, there’s definitely more, but we’d be here all day.

9. What is the best piece of blogging advice you have received? What was the worst?
I’m going to go with the nugget I got from the lady in The Taco Shop in the West Village in the cat sweater, “nobody gives a shit about your kid or your cat. write about what you think.” I don’t think I’ve ever gotten bad blogging advice.
10. Do you have any pets? Tell us about them!
I don’t have any pets now. My first pets were two fish named Frick and Frack (I was destined to be a BSB fan). I also had a few hermit crabs. And a goldfish that was part of a centerpiece from a Sweet 16 I went to. He lived for about a year and a half.

My questions are:
1. What is in the top spot of your Christmas (holiday) list?
2. Who is your favorite One Direction member? If you don’t like them, who is your favorite member of your favorite band?
3. Instagram or Facebook?
4. What is your most favorite TV show?
5. What part of the Thanksgiving meal are you most looking forward to?
6. Can you keep up with the Kardashians?(I most definitely cannot)
7. Big city or small town?
8. Do you ever regret you decision to blog?
9. How did you come up with your blog name? (I know I was asked this one already. It’s a good question!)
10. What was the last book you’ve read?
11. What keeps you motivated to blog? What keeps your creativity flowing?

Ok, now here’s some facts about me.
1. I don’t know how to skip – it usually comes out as more of a gallop.
2. I don’t like the circus. It’s got nothing to do with the clowns. It’s the smells. gross.
3. I don’t like artificial Christmas trees (for my living room, anyway), but I’m on the hunt for a small, white tree for my room. I’m going to decorate it with gold balls and call it a Kate Spade tree.
4. I’m obsessed with all things Kate Spade.(hire me, please!)

5. I went on cruise to Bermuda in July. I was so excited to be going “out of the country” or at least, “to the Caribbean” only to find out Bermuda is in fact not in the Caribbean and it is something like 660 miles away from the Carolinas. typical.
6. I was obsessed with Mariah Carey when I was little. I still really like her, but I prefer her older stuff. I think I have to draw the line at the Rainbow album.
7. The first show that I saw on Broadway was Beauty and the Beast.
8. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but seeing as today is its birthday, I’ll mention it again. The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie. I can recite it pretty much word for word.

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9. My mom and I are both left handed and have green eyes. We don’t know where it comes from because we’re the only ones that we know of in the family.
10. I don’t go on rides. Hence the nickname of Beanie the Benchwarmer.
11. Never have I ever been to the Statue of Liberty. I’m determined to go next summer.

I nominate:

Kristen – peaches & poppycock
Britney – all things britney lee
Cat – pushing play IRL
Karen – confetti and curves
Libby – honestly, libby
Rachel – the awkward addict
Lisa – queen of sparkles
Liz – beardy <3 beauty
Kimberly – p.s. remember this
Nancy – sincerely and sarcastically
Jess – love and london

woof. this is craaaazzzyy long so if you got to the end, which I hope you did because that’s where all of the lovely blogs I nominated are, I hope you’ve enjoyed it and you’ll come back for more!

Millions of thanks again to Ali and Kristine for the nominations! I really appreciate them and am glad that you’re enjoying my little blog!

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delusions of grandeur

This past weekend Nicole and I took a trip to Central Park because the neurotic in me was convinced that if I didn’t get there soon, I would have missed all of this year’s beautiful foliage. Like the park doesn’t have enough trees in it’s nearly 843 acres.

Here are some photos I took. I used picmonkey to enhance them, but I didn’t really have to.

It’s days like this where I wish I lived close enough to call this my backyard. I’ve always imagined myself living in an apartment that is a cross between Meg Ryan’s in “You’ve Got Mail” (the windows! the french doors! the built-in bookshelves!) and Mr. Bedford’s from the 1994 version of “Miracle on 34th Street” (the window seat! the view of the parade! the park!) In my bigger delusion of grandeur, I imagine I would live in Blair Waldorf’s apartment penthouse and enjoy her use of a chauffeured limo. Although, Meg Ryan’s brownstone and Mr. Bedford’s prime location apartment would cost a pretty penny so I guess they’re all a pretty grand delusion.

Hope you enjoyed! See you next time!

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Fast Friday Five!

I don’t have a lot of time to write this so I’m going to get right to it. And if you’re wondering, no, there won’t be alliterative titles for these post every time. I just got lucky this week.

  1. I just found out this afternoon that Fox has ordered more episodes for The Mindy Project! So now season 3 will have 21 episodes and I couldn’t be happier! Maybe next week I won’t include something TMP related, but for now let me live.
  2. I am addicted to the dollar sections in stores like Target and Michaels. I know I said that last week, but I only mentioned Target. I have now found the greatness that is Michaels’ dollar section (ok, $1.50 section). I found two stamp pads and a huge “M” stamp for $1.50 each today.
  3. I got a haircut yesterday and I’m in love. My hair used to be pretty far down my back. Like so far that if I looked up, the bottom of it would touch my coolie (i’m sorry, i just think the word ass in this situation is just wrong. not vulgar, it just doesn’t fit). Now it’s just past my shoulders and layer-y and i have some sidebangs. love!
  4. I went to 5Below today and picked up some glitter nail polishes. They were 3 for $5, so naturally, I got 4.

Pep Rally, which is a neon glitter
Fra-gee-lay – a red, white and green sparkle; (dupe for Orly’s Tinsel) perfect for Christmas or Columbus Day
Unicorn Poop – my favorite. big, rainbow colored, round confetti glitter.
In the Flash, which isn’t a glitter. It’s a muted gold like Orly’s Luxe.

5. My Ipsy bag was on point this month. The theme is “Girl Meets Glitter” hello! I was losing hope because the last few months were eh for me but this one was great!

I’m linking up! Click the buttons over there —> to check out everybody else’s Friday Five!

5onFridayLogo-Final-forblogsidemenu_edited-1_zps7fcf6068See you soon!

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4 till four!

I’ll probably look back at this post and cringe but, in the meantime, look at them!

“Four” comes out on Monday, the 17th – just in time to give thanks.

Harry, of course steals the show with his one liners. My favorite comes near the end when the interviewer says,

Interviewer: Harry, everyone is asking, what’s going on with your hair?
Harry: Well, it tends to grow.

nailed it.

And also the way he handled the Taylor Swift question. thumbs up.

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just call me mart(ina) stewart!

I like to think that I’m a crafty person, but when it all comes down to it, I’m not. I get distracted or disappointed in how the project is coming out so I just put it off to the side and move on to the next one.

That being said, I was walking through Walmart and found these cool 4×4 frames. I didn’t know what to do with them, but I bought them anyway. Because, why not? When I got them home I realized that I would have to cut pictures to fit the frame and that’s not something that I enjoy. I went to Google and looked up places that print odd sizes. I found Nations Photo Lab. You guys, I’m in love! They have everything! They offer 3 different finishes, you can make proof prints if you’re a professional photographer, they’re great for graduation photo sets. They print on metal and canvas which I will probably take advantage of for Christmas. So, I placed an order for wayyy too many 4×4 prints of my favorite photos. I also ordered some wallet sizes because I found all of those plastic inserts that I bought at Claire’s a million years ago. And again, why not?

The prints came and I still didn’t know what to do with them. I wanted to incorporate some of my other frames and make a collage of varying sizes but I had no idea how to go about it. Whenever I try to do things like that they wind up coming out crooked because I have no patience with tape measures and levels.

Finally, I was looking around my room and, you know when you see things everyday but then all of a sudden it’s like you’re seeing it for the first time? I noticed that the wall to the left of my door needed updating. score! I already had things up there but they’ve been there forever and now I had a reason to change it up. I took down what was on there and started to arrange the new photos to see how they fit. That’s when the light went on.

AN INSTAWALL!

I used the Command Picture Hanging strips to hang them without having to put millions of holes in my wall. Thankfully, I had the foresight to put the pictures I ordered into PicMonkey first and edited them a bit with some filters and the like. Now I have my very own instagram page on my wall. What’s great is that since they’re all hung on velcro, whenever I want to change a picture, I could just pull the frame off, replace the photo and stick it right back on the wall. I’m sure things like this are all over Pinterest, but I’m proud that I figured this one out myself. let me have my moment!

DSC_0068What I also love is that I have more room at the bottom and at the top so if I wanted to add more, I could. Except for the fact that I went on to Walmart’s website and they’re all sold out of the frames in this size so I have to wait until I could get to a brick and mortar store.

I think the cherry on top of this instasundae is how cheap it was*. Online, you can get a set of 6 frames for $6. In the store, they’re sold in sets of 2 for $2. The prints are 26 cents each, which is more than Shutterfly or Snapfish but I’m willing to pay extra to not have to cut them down myself. The velcro strips are usually about $9 a pack, which is high because you don’t get that many in a pack (I think the biggest pack has 8 sets in it. Each picture needs 1 set.) I was able to find smaller packs at the dollar store so I stocked up.

I wish I could do this on every wall of my house but I don’t think my mom would appreciate it. wait until i move out. instawalls for everybody!

signature*i purchased all of the supplies with my own money. i was not given anything for free nor am i being compensated for writing this post.