top 11 in 2011

1. spending time with Jesus
2. being with family
3. going on a cruise to italy, greece, croatia and germany
4. going on a mission trip to nicaragua
5. my birthday party. :)
6. my friend, elizabeth's birthday party
7. blog designing
8. taking pictures
9. having school off in the summer
10. blogging
11. and of course christmas!

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and happy new years everyone!


I had a very blessed Christmas and it went by oh-so-quickly! To then that we have been waiting and preparing for months for one day that seems like one hour. Today we woke up bright and early (okay, 8:30) and headed to the beach around 12. So, because I that, I am not able to post pictures. :( But I will tell you what I got and include some stock photos if possible.

In my stocking:
Pretzel M&M's ((nom, nom))
Hershey "Drops"
Some Movies (i truly can't remember what they were)

Under the tree:
These shoes:

(best. present. ever)
a backpack
an owl planner
Home Alone 2 DVD (my favorite movie:)
nike shorts
nail polish

I believe that is all. :) I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and that you remembered the true reason for the season, Jesus.

Christmas Eve

eggnog or hot chocolate?
hot chocolate. I've never been a fan of eggnog.

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"he" just sits them under the tree. :)

colored lights or white lights?
the more color, the better.

do you hang mistletoe?

when do you hang up your holiday decorations?
when we get around to it. LOL :)

what is your favorite holiday dish?
I honestly don't know...

what is your favorite holiday memory from childhood?
getting a robot puppy and it went to the bathroom on the living room carpet. thankfully, it was just water. :)

what is on your christmas wish list?
TOMS and makeup and gift cards.

do you open gifts on christmas eve?
just one present and it is always.. pajamas.

how do you decorate your tree?
with white lights and assorted ornaments.

snow: love it or dread it?
i love snow! 
real tree or fake tree?

do you remember your favorite gift?
what's the most important thing about christmas to you?
Jesus and giving gifts and seeing the peoples faces when they open something that i knew they would love. 

what is your favorite holiday dessert?

what is your favorite holiday tradition?
i don't know...

what do you put on top of your tree?

do you prefer giving or receiving?
giving. :)
                                                                           what is/are your favorite christmas song(s)?
i love them all!

candy canes: yucky or yummy?
they are okay but not my favorite.. too sticky..

favorite christmas movie{s}:
the santa clause, the santa clause 2, the santa clause 3, the santa trap, its a wonderful life.

what do you leave for santa?
hot chocolate and cookies and we sprinkle "reindeer food" (oatmeal mixed with sparkles) on the grass. ;)

do you have a christmas morning tradition?
not really..

do you prefer to shop online or at the mall?
online most definitely. but the mall is fun....

christmas letter or christmas card?

(I found this cute tag/post on this lovely blog)


Chocolate, Cookies and Crafts

 Of course I had to post some Christmas Tree bokeh....
 This is a result of me swinging the camera back and forth... interesting??
 Chocolate Chip cookies, yum....

 Today we made chocolate covered pretzels with Ghiradelli Chocolate. This is what you get when you have a grandmother who gives you chocolate blocks. Yum, yum, yum...
 A "bow" Christmas tree.
 Elizabeth breaking the poor chocolate. :(

 Behold... the marvelous chocolate.
And more bokeh....

Thanks for listening to my ramblings about Chocolate and cookies and such. Hope your week before Christmas is merry and bright. :)

Project Pinterest #1- Owl Smores

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I saw this picture on Pinterest and decided to try this. Here is the outcome:

I think they turned out pretty cute and they are really delicious, too! Here is the recipe that I made up:

Owl Smores
(ingredients are in pink)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Break as many graham crackers as you want in half and lay them out on a cookie sheet. 
Put on 2 marshmallows to be the eyes. 
Then bake for 3-5 minutes or until the marshmallows kind of puff up.
 Then pull them out of the oven and press down the marshmallows until they are kind of flat.
 Then dot brown or black icing as eyes.
 Then add a jelly bean as the nose. 


By the way, Dima (read about him here) arrived one week ago and every thing is going great! Please continue to pray that he will enjoy his "American Christmas" here and that he will feel the peace of Christ.

 being silly :)
 He loves bike riding!

welcome back december

i have to say december is my favorite months. (okay, maybe i say that every month) i love all of the preparations for christmas. seeing family. getting presents. and remembering the birth of Jesus and not just that, but remembering why He was born: so that he could save us. a Christmas card we received recently from some friends put it perfectly:
Christ's destiny was on the cross..
His purpose was love..
His reason was you.
May your Christmas be a celebration of the Savior.

Isnt' that just beautiful? I think so. Now here are some pictures we took on Thanksgiving day in a field across the street from my aunt's house.

 taken by my dad (edited by me)

taken by my sister

 my awesome new tie necklace
 taken by me

give thanks

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God has blessed me with such a beautiful life and I am truly grateful.

I'm thankful for...
-my family
-my friends
-britt nicole songs
-braces (is this possible?)
-my sweet kitty cats
-breaks from school

Things To Do When You're Sick

Who just dropped off the face of the earth? Me! By the way, if the earth is round, how can you drop off the face of it?? Just a thought for ya'll to ponder. :) I had planned on doing the Fall Fashion Challenge at Bramblewood Fashion but I am going to have to be a few days late because I am at home sick. :( Thus, we come to the reason for this post. 

1) Read a book- who doesn't love the smell of a book? or being able to cuddle up in your bed and just read and never have your sister come in and say, "AK, you have to stop reading, its time for lunch" or whatever your sister says. 

Vacancy Bird Cage Necklace
2) Browse Etsy- 'nuff said.

3) Design your family's Christmas card- well, maybe you aren't usually the one who does that in your family, but that's what I am doing right now. :)

4) Blog

Also, this Christmas, my family is hosting a 12 year old Ukrainian orphan at our house for a month. We are trying to raise $500 dollars to help pay for him to come here and to help pay for the things we need to buy for him. He is arriving here with just the clothes on his back. If the Lord leads, donations would be appreciated, ( and if not, please just pray. Thank you. :)

New design honor of fall. I felt like something clean so this really isn't very fallish but it is in honor of fall. :)

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giveaway winners!

the winner of the Fluer De Lis Print.......

Nina said...

My favorite dog is an Australian shepherd.

The winner of the Blue Poodle Dangle Earrings....

doroffee said...

I follow your blog, too :). #1

The Winner of the Vintage Downloadable Eiffel Tower Postcard...

Blythe said...

My favorite type of dog,I think would be ummmm....... a Yorkie,German sherpherd,or Chiuihihua (if I spelled that right)....

Winners, please email me at in the next 72 hours with your name and address (except for Blythe, all I need from you is your email and name) or I will have to pick new winners. Thanks so much, oh and congratulations!

Q&A session

So, because of the survey I asked for people to fill out, I received about 3 questions in the question section of the survey. I am here today to answer them.

Do you like baking? Yes, but I don't do it much. I love baking sweets and cakes, but right now, since we can only have 20g of sugar a day, I can't. :( But I do like baking.

Do you like to scrapbook? I ♥ it! But, I enjoy online scrapbooking more. (at websites like and

What are your thoughts on femininity? Hmm.. Well, I don't believe that girls and women should have to wear skirts all the time (although I respect and understand young ladies who do), but I do love skirts and dresses and I love wearing them and showing my femininity.  

My modestly rules

In my survey, I included a section to ask questions and one was "What are your rules about clothes?" Hmm.. In summer I usually, try to have my shorts not above fingertip length and I usually stray away from spaghetti strap tank tops. I own a few, but I try to only wear them on really hot days and when I am in my backyard or at home.
 In winter, I don't have many rules for myself just because its harder to show too much when its so cold. I mainly keep my jeans not too tight and my shirts not too low. 
 For example, I got a whole bag of nice hand-me-down jeans size 14 and although I am 12, they were too tight. It's really sad what this modern society teaches us in the ways of clothing. I mean, seriously, who would want to wear such tight, uncomfortable jeans?

My own laptop!

I have my own laptop! YAY! we had an old Dell Laptop that was running really slow and wouldn't even go on the internet and we got it fixed so now it running much faster and goes on the internet. The above image is what it looks like. By the way, who likes the new design. 
Yes, I did stick to my promise and wait three weeks. :) 

Wednesday Weekly no. 1

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jeans (i can finally wear them, even though it is still like 80 degrees here)
my new shirts from old navy
designing blogs


1. Put on nail polish and let dry. 2. Dip fingernail in alcohol-basically any will do, vodka is suggested. 3. Press a strip of newspaper big enough to cover the whole nail on to your alcohol soaked nail. 4. Pull off slowly and be really impressed with yourself. 5. Paint top coat if desired. SO COOL. I am totally doing soon!



“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as it you'll die today." (this is my email signature now)

What I Wore

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What I wore Today Yesterday Monday:

 What I'm wearing:
hair- just out of the pool :)
shirt- Old Navy
shorts- Gap
shoes- barefeet (yeah, i know, but it was labor day, so..)

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