the liebster award+new blog design

 Hey there people of the Internet! So. Um. You’ve probably been wondering where I’ve been (or maybe you haven’t idk) I honestly don’t have any good excuses for not posting so I won’t make any but anyway, I’m back now πŸ˜‰ I hope y’all are having a great 2019 so far!

Lil’ note before we get started: Like every other blogger on the planet, I redid my blog theme for the new year so if you wanna go check that out real quick I would greatly appreciate it πŸ™‚

~the liebster award~

Thanks to Jo @The Lens & The Hard Drive for tagging me, go check out her lovely blog!

I’m sure you all know what the Liebster award is so I’ll just get right into it

Here’s 11 completely random and unrelated facts about me. Enjoy.

1. I should be doing math homework right now *heheh*

2. Oreos are my favorite snack.

3. I’ve never ridden an actual rollercoaster.

4. I promised Jo I would “get right on” making this post a couple weeks ago but I procrastinated and here we are (Sorry Jo)

5. I’m team Waffle (Sorry, pancake lovers ;)- )

6. I’ve apologized twice in this post already.

7. I apologize for things too much.

8. English is my favorite school subject.

9. I like taking pictures of the night sky.

10. It’s raining right now.

11. Maybe I’ll go curl up with a book later.

And now for the questions:

What was your favorite TV show/movie when you were a kid?

alll the disney fairies movies.. and the old Barbie movies…yup, I was a bit of a girly girl πŸ˜‰

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Oh wow that’s a big question…I think everyone should travel out of their home country at least once in their life…I just think there’s so much of creation out there to see that you can’t experience by staying in one country your whole life.

What do you think is the best way to start the day?

With quiet time/Bible study, its so important to start the day with Jesus πŸ™‚

What is one of your favorite smells?

For some reason I really like peppermint everything, even when it’s not Christmastime *shrugs*

If you were suddenly put on a stage and told to deliver a speech, what would you talk about?

Tbh, my entire speech would probably be me very sarcastically thanking the person for subjecting me to this torture wonderful opportunity

Do you think Wikipedia is a reliable source?

According to Wikipedia, no…and I have to agree, although I mayy or may not have used it once or twice for projects ;)- and yes i know you’re never supposed to use wikipedia on a school project shame on me but sometimes i’m just really lazy

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?

*thinks for a really long time* uhhhhhhhhh I haven’t really ever gotten any bad advice per se…

What age would you like to live to?

Oh wow, i have no idea…I’d like to live to be pretty old….maybe 90 or older?

Have you ever saved someone’s life?

I wish I had a really cool story or something for this question, but nope, I haven’t ever saved someones life *shrugs*

Opinion on chow mein?

I’ve never tried it…so I don’t really have an opinion on it lol

 

now here comes the part where I fail at trying to tag 11 people

I tag:

Catherine @ A little bit of Runion

Esther @ Misty Rain

Grace @ This Stack of Books

Enni, Genni and Menni @ Yes, we are insane

Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life

Isa @ The Art of Being Isa

(If I didn’t tag you but you want to do it anyway, tell me in the comments and I’ll add you.)

People who were tagged, here’s 11 questions for you if you want to do them πŸ™‚

1. Cold weather or hot weather?

2. Have you ever been out of your home country?

3. Has anyone ever saved your life?

4. What’s the most (or a) daring/brave thing you’ve done?

5. Do you have a pet? If so, what’s your favorite thing about him/her?

6. Opinion on Oreos?

7. Favorite movie or TV show as a kid?

8. Are you more of a tomboy or a girly girl (or both)?

9. Do you think dog-earing books is okay?

10. Snail mail, email or texting?

11. If you had to describe yourself in three words what would they be?

 

And that’s all I’ve got for today!

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Welp

Hey there! Sooooo….you’re probably wondering where I’ve been….(or maybe you haven’t ;)- ) You probably also noticed that I haven’t been doing Blogmas regularly…After a few days of completely failing missing Blogmas, I finally realized I was trying to take on too much. Between holiday craziness and school, trying to do Blogmas became more of a stressor than something fun. I realized that doing Blogmas wasn’t worth it if it was just going to be another “thing on my to-do list” keeping me from enjoying the Christmas season. Because I don’t want to blog just because I have to, that’s not why I started this blog. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging, and I’m by no means stopping, I’ve just decided not to continue doing Blogmas this year.

Anyway, in case I don’t post again before Christmas, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

-grace

10 ways to give back this Christmas ||12 Days of Blogmas Day 6

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Hey there! I apologize for going awol on Blogmas the last three days, I’ve been really busy with school and all the other Christmas craziness and I just couldn’t find the time to write any posts…anyway, I’ll be back to the regularly scheduled Blogmas posts starting today πŸ™‚

10 ways to give back this Christmas season

1. Donate toys-I know that a lot of people do this already, but it’s still a great way to give back!

2. Make cookies or some sort of sweet treat for a neighbor.

3. Make homeless bags filled with socks, food or other goodies to hand out to those on the streets this Christmas. Here’s some ideas of things to put in your bags if you want to try it: Care kit ideas

4. Give food or toys to a dog shelter

5. Tape a $1 bill to a vending machine for the next person to use.

6. Help out with extra chores

7. Leave a nice note for your postman/woman

8.Visit a nursing home-A lot of elderly people are alone during the holidays and this would be a great way to show them someone cares; you could even bring cookies or other small gifts.

9. Offer to babysit for free so someone can go Christmas shopping.

10. Tell your friends and family how much you love them.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

-grace

on superficiality||12 Days of Blogmas Day 2

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Hey there! For today’s blogmas post, I wanted to talk about something that gets mentioned a lot, but no one really stops to think about: All the superficiality and commercialism during Christmastime. First off I would like to say that I don’t think any of this stuff is “ruining” Christmas. Santa Claus and toy commercials can’t ever take away the fact that Jesus was born 2000 years ago. But I do think we need to change our mindset just a bit. It’s really easy to get wrapped up* in all the presents, Christmas specials, and yummy food and forget about the real meaning of Christmas. Not that I think any of those things are bad…but I think we also need to take the time to remember the birth of Jesus during this season of holiday parties and gift-giving πŸ™‚ He is the true meaning of Christmas, despite what the television shows and hallmark movies may say. This year I’m going to attempt to be better at doing that…by trying to notice things to be thankful to Him for…by doing my best to show love to others…by remembering what He has done for us…even if I may not always be the best at doing that. I know that the holiday season has its faults; all the commercialism, emphasis on getting more stuff, and potentially pagan roots, but I think that God uses this season to bring out the best in people…bring them closer to Him and closer to others…and most importantly, remember what He has done for us. Since God should be first in our lives, I want to put Him above all the presents and all the other “stuff” of life…no matter what time of the year it is. πŸ™‚

Thoughts? Put ’em in the comments πŸ˜‰

-grace

*did you catch my Christmas pun? 😜

A li’l announcement

K I’m just going to get to the announcement right away…

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I’m doing Blogmas 2018!

So you’re probably thinking…”umm…Grace….December started almost two weeks ago.” since this is my first time doing blogmas I decided I would do 12 days of blogmas instead of trying to blog every day for an entire 25 days. So basically, how this is going to work is starting tomorrow (12 days before Christmas) I’m going to post every day up until Christmas. These posts will usually be short and sweet because I felt that longer posts would be harder to keep up with (and quality over quantity ammiright?) πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I hope you enjoy these posts…see you tomorrow!

-grace

Holiday outfit inspiration||winter favorites

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Hey there! I know I’ve been really bad about posting recently, but I’m super excited for the Christmas posts I have planned *li’l announcement about that coming up next week ;)* Anyway, I really enjoyed making my last outfit/fashion inspiration post so I thought I would do another for the holidays πŸ™‚ As usual, links will be below the clothes, in case you want to get anything for yourself. (Or someone else, I mean it is Christmas time πŸ˜‰ )

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This dress is super comfy and one of my favorites to wear when I feel like dressing up a bit.

You can get it here

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This super cute cold shoulder top is probably definitely my favorite item in this post and its my go-to for Christmas parties and celebrations.

The only identical one I could find was on Poshmark

And here’s some similar ones: Amazon Macy’s

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I just bought these jeans recently, and so far I’ve really been liking them. I know these aren’t necessarily specific to the holidays, but they mix and match well with lots of different things. πŸ™‚

Jeans

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I really love the sleeves on this dress and it’s surprisingly comfy!

The dress is from here

*Accessories*

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I thought I would add some of my favorite winter accessories accessories to the post this time: These are two of my favorites, and the gold ones work with pretty much anything all year round πŸ™‚

You can get similar ones here and here

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I love to throw on this super cute off-white hat when I don’t feel like doing my hair but I still want to look nice πŸ˜‰

I have no idea where the earmuffs came from, as they were a white elephant gift, but you can get a similar hat here: Hat

This candle IS THE MOST AMAZING THING YOU WILL EVER SMELL IN YOUR LIFE you can get it here The one I have is the “Silver spruce and cedar tips” πŸ™‚

And thaaats all I have for today… πŸ˜‰

Only 20 more days until Christmas!

-grace

on thankfulness || poll results

Hello people of the internet, I’m back *waves* I apologize for the very long unplanned hiatus. I’ve gotten caught up with the craziness of fall/school and to be honest, I was procrastinating too much over these last few months. But anyway, you’re not here to hear why I haven’t been posting, you came to read this post. So I’ll just stop rambling now. πŸ˜‰


On thankfulness:

So thanksgiving is coming up soon (tomorrow, actually ;)- ) and the holiday is supposed to be about gratitude and thanking God for our blessings, right? It’s kinda sad then that on that day we tend to end up complaining more than usual: “Ugh, do I have to put up with insert annoying relatives name here today?” “I burned the pie, how come nothing ever goes right for me!?” “I can’t believe we missed that black Friday sale, this is ridiculous!”

While the purpose of this post isn’t to be all preachy and tell you you shouldn’t go Black Friday shopping or be upset that you burned something, maybe this Thanksgiving we can all (myself included πŸ˜‰ ) try to be a little more truly thankful. πŸ™‚

I’ve found that thanking God for specific things and going out of my way to notice things to be thankful for, makes me feel a lot happier and a lot more appreciative. One of the ways I tried doing that this fall was making a thankfulness wall/board. I just got some sticky notes and some cute washi tape and started putting them up in my room. I’ve been adding to it bit by bit and it’s been really fun to see it slowly grow.

…and now for the poll results… πŸ™‚


||Poll Results||

A few weeks ago, I posted a fall poll and promised y’all I would put the results in a later post…I meant to post them earlier this fall but…see above about me procrastinating πŸ˜‰

The poll questions will be in bold and the results/my thoughts will be in italics

Do you like pumpkin spice?

The answers were pretty evenly split between “YES OF COURSE” and “I like it, but not that much”. Shoutout to the one person who said “ew” though, you know who you are ;)-

As for me, I’m with the “not that much” people. I like the lattes but once we start getting to pumpkin spice Cheerios (and yes that is a thing) i’ve had enough pumpkin spice πŸ˜‰

Pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie?

PUMPKIN BREAD 4TW!

….and it seems like most people agreed with me ;)-

How much do you love fall?

Everyone gave a 5/5 so I’d say y’all love fall.

What are you thankful for this fall?

I loved getting to see what everyone was thankful for, so I thought I would share the responses with you…along with links back to their lovely blogs. πŸ™‚

“My family and friends” -Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala

“My family!” -Laura @Flowers in my Basket

“The weather”-Shellymar @Amabilia Lifestyle

“My volleyball team”-Tania @ Write Owl

“My family and new relatives”-anonymous

“My family, friends, everything pumpkin and books” -Katie @ Katie, That Bookish Girl

What are you thankful for? Tell me in the comments! πŸ˜‰

Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

-grace