It's already November, even though it feels like it was September yesterday. Every year, fall time passes by so quickly. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has already seen a Christmas commercial! Anyways, the beginning of November comes the end of October, which means another favorites post. This post is filled with all things sweet, and will give you one last glimpse of the past month.
As October hits, I become very sad because all of the summer fruits start to go out of season. Melons and berries are still in most supermarkets, but they don't taste as sweet or fresh. The good news is, some other great flavors come into view. Pomegranate is my favorite fall time fruit, and I've been having a ton of it this month. Pommelo, a type of grapefruit, is also in season, and combined with pomegranate creates the best fruit salad.
Candy Corn is not only a cute decoration, but it tastes amazing. I love having on the counter as a grab and go snack. You can place it in a festive dish and it looks adorable. The pumpkin shaped ones are my favorite, which is why they are all gone from the dish. I also love anything flavored pumpkin, so I ate a lot of pumpkin treats this month. The pumpkin loaf is from Costco, but I also made delicious muffins this month from DamnDelicious, and I totally recommend trying it out. Lastly, buying pumpkin seeds or making your own is a great healthy snack for fall. Today I cooked the ones from pumpkin carving, and they taste delicious.
Here is the pumpkin I carved for Halloween last night. It is a little sloppy because I was in a hurry, but it looked very spooky when lit up. Pumpkin picking and carving is something my family does every year as tradition, and it always makes me very happy. If you are looking for something fun to do in the fall, this is a great activity with friends and family. You can even have a friendly competition to make/pick the best pumpkin.
Trick or Treat
Lastly, trick or treating is a great fall tradition that I take part of every year. Whether it is going out door-to-door with friends, visiting a party, or handing out candy to children, Halloween makes my favorites every year. In the picture are my 3 favorite types of Halloween candy and a little hint to what my costume was this year. See if you can figure out what I was, and comment down below your guess.
In conclusion, October is one of my favorite months in the year, and I am very sad its over, but I am also looking forward to November. This month brings Thanksgiving, more fall fun, and lots of festivities. Comment below your favorite candy and what you are looking forward to in November. I hope you are enjoyed October and liked looking back with my post. Have a great day!
This weekend I have come down badly with a common cold, leaving me unavailable to make a nice picturesque blog post for you guys. Instead, I thought I would give you some tips and ticks I've learned from being sick.
Sleep is definitely the most important thing to do when you feel yourself getting a cold. Sleeping is the fastest way to protect and heal from a cold. Many people get sick in the first place from lack of sleep. When sick, I try to get at least 10 hours of sleep (if possible). Resting throughout the day also helps. And if you have the opportunity to take a nap, seize it!
If your stomach is problematic when your sick, eating salty chips, saltines, pretzels, etc. is very helpful. Salt soothes the stomach and helps absorb any aches or pains. Ginger is another great remedy. When I have a stomach-ache, you can usually find me with ginger-ale and saltines.
Drink, drink, drink! Flushing out your body will help you fight the bacteria faster. It is also guaranteed to make you feel better. Drinking lots of water helps your body clean itself out and get rid of unnecessary things.
Things to do
Now that you've learned my three-step method, here are some things you can do to occupy your sick day at home.
1. Catch up on movies or tv shows
3. Read a book
4. Clean (change sheets, spray Lysol, etc.)
5. Listen to music
6. Make chicken soup (another sickness remedy)
7. Color ( I find this very relaxing)
8. Watch old family vidoes
9. Paint your nails
10. Write a blog post ;)
Hopefully you found this helpful for your sick days, this is pretty much what I do. I am very sorry I don't have anything nicer for you guys this week, but next week I'll make it up to you! Let me know in the comments what you do when your sick. Also, what are your sickness remedies? Have a very nice Columbus Day Weekend (hooray for no school/work tomorrow!) and a great week ahead of you.
My favorite products from September have been revealed! These are the products I used most this month, and will probably continue using into October.
I've heard many, many times how bad it is to use a hairbrush on wet hair, but never considered getting a comb. Recently, when purchasing a new hairbrush, I picked this up too. It is very large and the bristles are far apart, making it the ideal wide-tooth comb. Since then, I have been using this instead of a hairbrush after showers, and a lot less hair is coming out. The comb acts very gently on your hair, and brushes it just the right amount to de-tangle it, but not over brush. I highly recommend getting one if you want thicker hair.
Not long ago I took a trip to my local bareMinerals and purchased a mineral foundation, blush, brush, and mascara. As above, you can see that my foundation color is "fairly light". The brush is the flawless face brush, and it is great for light to medium application. I just wanted my skin tone to look more balanced, and this is very natural. Otherwise, it is a great foundation and works to my needs. I enjoy that the brand is more environmental than others, which is great for those with sensitive skin. For any of you who have tried the mascara, let me know your experience down in the comments. It has been annoying my eyes, and I wanted to know if there is any all natural mascaras I could switch to.
First of all, I know it is a little bit early to put pumpkin things in my September favorites, but I have been using this soap since early September. (I know, I'm getting ahead of myself). It is from Bath & Bodywork's and it is quite a sweet scent. Usually, I find scents like this almost sickly, but the soap form smells amazing. I love having my hands smelling slightly like pumpkin. It makes fall even more special because of this lovely sent. Plus, the picture makes me want to make cupcakes.
The 5th Wave
I am not always a alien, science-fiction person, but this book is amazing. Despite not being the newest book, the movie is coming to theaters in January 2016. Most of my book incentive comes from trailers of to-be movies. I always find that its more fun to see a based-on-book movie if you've read the book. So far, the book is mainly about a girl named Casandra, and her experiences during an alien invasion. Although, there are some sections in other characters points of view.
The Good Bean
My last favorite from the month of September are these chocolate chickpeas. I know that probably sounds crazy, but they're amazing. Great for those who love a crunchy snack, but a lot healthier. It kinda reminded me of corn-nuts. I picked out the weirdest flavor, because I wanted to see if chocolate and chickpeas were a good combination, Turns out, they are. I found these at Whole Foods in the nut/dried fruit area.
That's it for my September favorites! Let me know in the comments below if any of these were your favorites too. Also let me know what your favorites for the month of September were. And lastly, what are you looking forward to in October? Thank you so much for reading and have a fabulous start to the month!
Time for another wordy post! This idea was inspired after I visited my town's fall festival today. Seeing everyone gather in downtown made me feel so happy. Therefore, I decided to create a small list explaining some of the other things that make the season worthwhile.
This one is pretty simple. Pumpkins are just amazing. You can never go wrong with anything flavored Pumpkin Spice (in my opinion). Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream, etc. The ideas are endless with pumpkin. Going to Trader Joe's is pretty dangerous for me in the fall. I love the look of them too. Pumpkin flavored candles and soaps are my inner weakness. Plus, who doesn't love carving out one for Halloween?
2. Fall colors
Maroon, dark purple, dark orange, dark green, gold, etc. My nails are pretty much painted maroon/gold the entire season. I prefer fall colors in clothing as opposed to spring pastels. The colors of leaves everywhere is pretty amazing. Seeing the tree lined streets make me smile. I love to take pictures with my friends jumping in the leaves!
3. Not to hot, not to cold
Fall is one of those in between seasons. It is not boiling hot, like summer, and it is not freezing, like winter. Plus, it doesn't have the added spring allergies. I know some people have fall allergies, but there tends to be less people than in spring. Personally, my allergies get pretty bad around March-April. Hence, fall is the best mid-range weather of the year because I'm not spending it with my face in a tissue. You can cozy up in a jeans + sweater and be warm.
4. TV shows
Waiting for the new season of any show can be hard through summer, but once fall comes, everything is back on. I love getting to watch all my favorite shows, and it's sad they don't run in the summer. Additionally, many new shows come on which can also be exciting. That being said, fall is great when the season premiere of Once Upon a Time comes on. (who's excited??)
5. Vegetables ( and Fruits)
Although I already listed Pumpkin as it's own point, a lot of other amazing vegetables come out in the fall. My favorite time of the year for fruits would be summer, because I'm a berry/melon lover. But in the fall, all of the squashes come out. My favorite kind of squash is acorn sqash. I also love spaghetti squash as a pasta base. Sweet potatoes, ginger, apples. figs and more add food excitement to fall.
That is it for my favorite things about fall. Let me know in the comments what you love (or hate) about fall time. Also, let me know if I'm not the only who thinks about these months as: September, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. I'm thinking about writing a fall bucket list, so that might be coming up in the future. Have a great week and an amazing start to fall!
So far on this blog, I have never sat down to write a post for you. One without pictures, planning, or prep. I thought I would tackle my first one on a very touchy subject for me: making friends.
I have been educated at 2 different elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school ( so far ). I have lived in 2 countries, and 4 states within the U.S. As you can tell, my life has consisted of many, many moves. With these transfers arises the reality of having to make new friends, join new programs, and start a new life. Over the years, one might think I have developed a strong personality that isn't afraid of new people. That is false. I am honestly a very shy person. It averagely takes me 6 months to a year in order to make new friends. I wanted to share with you today some tips and tricks for meeting new people. Even if you aren't brand new somewhere, you can use this info to meet someone who you've never had the courage to walk up to; or say 'hey' to someone who always seemed nice, but you never got to know.
First things first: be confident. No matter if you are immensely shy or not, your confidence should radiate towards your greeter, giving them the courage to converse back. This step is sincerely the hardest for me, because self-deprecation takes over. Don't let the scenarios in your head stop you. The person you are about to meet is most likely nicer than you picture them.
Secondly, don't be too clingy. When first making friends, don't just find one person and follow them everywhere. Make sure you meet multiple people in different social groups in order to find the people that fit you most. Often times, I have just stuck side-by-side with my buddy, and after a few weeks I realized her and her friends had nothing in common with me, leaving me again, at the start.
And lastly, be yourself. The most important thing is to be yourself when meeting someone new. If it was meant to be, you will connect before you even know each others name. It is hard on yourself and others if you act as a different person. Being true to who you are makes you happier as a person. You don't have to be super-cool, or a sports player, or an academic. You just have to be yourself.
I truly hope you enjoyed this (more wordy) post. If this helped you, please, please, please let me know in the comments so I can focus more of my blog time on posts like these. Let me know if you relate to my situation, maybe we can become friends ! ( You can also let me know even if you don't relate, I love you all. ) Life has been very busy the first week of school, so I think I will be lessening my posts to 1-2 times a week. I hope this is okay for all of you!
Question of the Day:
Shy or outgoing?
Happy first day of school to some people out there! Today is my first day of high school and like most, I am very nervous/excited. Therefore, I decided to show what I keep in my locker year-round. These items are great for emergency fixes in-between classes. Everything I picked up happened to be mostly green/white, so I took photos on grass for an earthy theme. Also, I would like to note that my posting agenda will no longer be as frequent because I am currently working on my schedule. Hopefully, I will soon have regular day(s) of the week to publish posts.
This is a birds eye view of all my locker essentials, to better see the products. I will try and link each item to where you can purchase it, but most of these are easily found in Walmart, Target, etc.
10 Locker Essentials
1. Locker Stand ( Target ) - This mesh stand is perfect for those who have very tall lockers with no shelves. It folds up for storage, and is the perfect height for books and other school supplies.
2. Baskets for Storage - I am not quite sure where I found this, (maybe Michael's ?) but it is perfect for storage, and adds a small pop of color to your locker. Any small basket/box/bag works great for this scenario.
3. Tissues - These small packs of tissues can be found practically everywhere, and are the perfect size. Ideal for allergies, sickness, and if your crush sneezes.
4. Gum - By now, you have probably heard the old trick of keeping one empty pack of gum, and one full, so that you don't have to share. I find this very helpful, and keep gum in my locker and backpack, because you can never be too sure.
5. EOS lip balm - This honeydew flavor is now my OBSESSION. I love honeydew and this balm smells just like it. For those melon lovers, I highly recommend. Since we're on the topic of honeydew, I recently tried this recipe from pinterest and OH MY GOD, it is the best summer popsicle you will ever have. If you substitute honeydew with other melons, it still tastes amazing!
6. Hairbands - Are an absolute necessity for the school year. Even if you hate putting your hair up, ( like me ) you will most likely need one sometime during the school year. It is always nice to have extras, because they stretch out or break so often.
7. Dry Shampoo - I found this mini bottle of dry shampoo while peeking around the Christmas Tree Shops, and thought it was perfect for school. At the time of purchase, I did not think about school rules with aerosols, so I am not sure if it is usable in school yet.
8. Hand Sanitizer ( Target ) - I got this on sale for 99 cents, because clean hands are definitely a school essential. If you don't have time to wash your hands before/after lunch, a dollop of this does the trick. The aloe also keeps your hands from drying out too much.
9. Deodorant - This is not in mini form, although it is still a crucial for school. It can get quite stinky under there during the day and/or after P.E and sports. Having this can prevent your friends from keeping a distance.
10. Hairbrush - If you are anything like me, your hair is in tangles about 15 minutes after being brushed. In that case, a mini hairbrush will save your life. Keeping one in your gym bag is also helpful to brush down your ponytail after P.E.
I hope you enjoyed my 10 Locker Essentials! Please let me know if it is getting late for back-to-school posts, I'm very sorry, I just love them so much. Also, if you have any ideas of back-to-school or fall themed things you would like to see on the blog, please let me know in the comments.
Question of the Day:
EOS or Baby Lips?
Firstly, I am very sorry that the pictures are so dark, the lighting was horrible today. I am still looking for a good photo editor too, so I left them as they were. Otherwise, this is my August Favorites. I hope you find it is a good mixture of items, and not just beauty products. Let me know in the comments what your favorite products were this summer!
Although these sweets look very Christmas-y, they are always in my purse. The best part is they have absolutely no sugar, and aren't bad for your teeth, Instead of small pills (like Altoids), they are shaped like someone cut off pieces of a big ice block, which is pretty cool. Highly recommend.
Ever since I was a little kid, I have had dry skin. I know for a fact that a lot of people have chicken skin, which are those little, hard bumps around the body. It is most commonly located on the back parts of you arm. This skin cream has cleared away most of my bumps, which is very impressive. The skin calming effect is very nice for people who have irritated skin. I also found that it was not to thick or thin, but the perfect consistency.
To me, dry shampoo is a necessary product for every time of the year. Summer time is most important because the heat can make your hair sweaty + oily a lot faster. I usually buy the Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo , but it was out of stock last time, so I purchased this. Both seem to work equally well, although I prefer the sent of Herbal Essences.
I have been using Burt's Bees lip products for as long as I can remember, and this lip balm is one of their best products. The balm gives you smooth, healthy looking lips, and lightly tints it . This is in the shade Rose. What I love about Burt's Bees is everything is all natural and made in the U.S.A. What originally drew me to the product was actually the packaging, but I am glad I picked it up.
Should've Been Us - Tori Kelly
My favorite song for the month of August (though it was hard to pick) is Should've Been Us by Tori Kelly. Jam outs in the car generally seem to be this song. I love Tori and think she is a very talented artist, especially how she doesn't hide her curls. That is a big statement for many people who straighten/curl they're hair everyday.
That's a wrap for my August 2015 favorites. I hope you enjoyed it, let me know in the comments if any of these were your favorite too. Sorry again for the lighting in these pictures! I'll try and prevent it from happening again.
Question of the Day:
Your August Favorites?
A couple weeks ago, an ad came in the mail advertising Graze, a company that sends you snacks in the mail. The ad came with a coupon to get the first box free so I thought, why not? After a quick signing up, the website gave us a bunch of snacks and told us to rate them. In two weeks, a small box was delivered to the mail containing 4 free sample snacks. In this post I will review each snack and the overall service. If you would like to get your first and fifth box free, there is a special code at the bottom you are welcome to use.
The box came with four snacks: Chai Latte, cocoa and vanilla Protein Flapjack, Vitamin E Defense, and Fruity Mango Chutney.
Your Secret Code.
If you would like to try a free snack box too, there is a code here you can use to acquire your 1st and 5th box free! I highly recommend trying out Graze, whether for fun, or you are in need of good snacks.
1. Go to graze.com
2. Enter this special code: STANIS5HB
Question of the Day
What is your favorite snack?
Note : Before I begin explaining my day yesterday, I would just like to note that this post will not have any pictures because I am still in search for my camera.
What's the most important meal of the day? Breakfast is always the correct answer. So today I picked out one of my absolute favorite recipes from the Clinton St. Baking Cookbook. Banana Chocolate-Chunk muffins are the best tasting breakfast treat you will ever find. It is the kind of recipe that you cannot mess up, it always comes out tasting amazing. The banana flavor and gooey, melted chocolate chips seem to make my day. I'm afraid I cannot share the recipe with you due to copyright reasons, but if you would like to check out the book click the link here:
After I sacrificed the hopes for a perfect body by eating two big muffins, I went out grocery shopping at Trader Joes. This was when I noticed a Crumbs shop nearby. If you don't already know, Crumbs is a cupcake chain founded in New York. I had seen a few people come out carrying beautiful looking cupcakes, so I had to give it a try. Overall, the shop was cute and the cupcakes looked amazing, so I picked out a Cannoli flavor and Chocolate Salted Caramel flavor. I have to say, I was very disappointed. Despite the fact that the size was above average and that there was a lot more cake than frosting, it was way to sweet and tasted almost stale. All in all, I would not go back to that store again
After I arrived home, I looked up a recipe on the Chew I had seen the other day. The Chew is a cooking/news type show on ABC. The recipe was from an episode where 3 kids made food for picnics and the winners' recipe looked so delicious that I had to try it. The link to the recipe is here:
The recipe is entitled "Perfect Picnic Pockets", and they sure did live up to the name. It is a perfect recipe to make if you want something nice for lunch, but don't want to get the kitchen dirty. They are super simple to make, and it only took about 20 minutes for them to come out of the oven, cooked to perfection. The combination of sweet in savory together calms your sweet craving, but it still feels like lunch. At any rate, they are definitely a must-make for your summer.
Since it was my dad's birthday, we headed into New York City and visited one of his favorite restaurants, Ravagh Persian Grill. The restaurant setting was nice, and the food was amazing. I ordered the Koobideh Kabob, which was excellent. The overall marination and grill techniques used in this restaurant really bring out the flavors of the meat.
To end the day, we headed over to Madison Square Garden to see a U2 concert, one of my parents favorite bands. We were seated in section 305, which was a little unusual. There was no view of the front stage at all, because of the big screens and speakers in the center. Until the band came out to the center circle, I felt a little disjointed from the concert. It was kind of like watching one live on TV, not live in real life. Once we had an view of the members, the concert picked up and we enjoyed ourselves more. If you are wishing to see someone at Madison Square Garden, I do not recommend the area we were seated in. The best possible seats looked like the sides or bottom of the stadium.
I hope you enjoy this first blog post! Please comment any post recommendations below and tell me if you want any more posts about my day!
Question of the Day
What is your favorite dessert?
A seventeen-year-old fashion obsessed girl, who stands just under 5 feet tall.