Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blogmas Day 18: Future Apartment.

Am I the only one that can't wait to decorate their own place? I imagine a small apartment in a big city, or a larger place out in the country. I'm torn between wanting to live by the water or run a small farm in the mountains. Regardless, I love the feel of the beach and the simplicity of the beach houses I've stayed in over the years. My taste will probably change in the future, but for now this is what I plan on having.

 I like neutrals with pops of color, especially turquoise and red, and I like oddities like the skull salt and pepper shakers and the dog plates for the kitchen, and the steamer trunk as the coffee table in the living room, and inspirational art and family/friend pictures. Home Goods and Ross will be my decorating BFFs.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blogmas Day 17: Giving Back.

There are two ways to give back this holiday season (but remember it doesn't have to be any occasion or holiday to give back): spending your time, or spending your money.
There are a ton of ways to help out in all kinds of areas depending on your budget or free time.

Spending Time:

Food/Can Drives - these can be found in almost every town this time of year. I've volunteered at these before and they always need people to take cans from cars, count cans, sort them, etc.

Animal Shelters - Shelters always need volunteers to pet and play with dogs and cats, walk dogs, help feed them, bathe them, and some even accept volunteers to help train dogs. A trained dog has a much higher chance of being adopted so if you can train a dog, you can really help out here.

Homeless Shelters/Food Banks - Helping serve food will help a lot of people. Food banks also need help sorting food and supplies, putting it in boxes/bags, and delivering it to needy people.

Hospitals - Reading to kids or sick adults, your typical "candy striper" jobs, getting people in waiting rooms coffee, etc.

Spending Money: 

Food/Can Drives - Buying canned/boxed food. You don't have to spend a ton here. You can usually find great deals at Kroger or even the Dollar Tree and rack up several bags of food for under $20.

Animal Shelters - Supplies are always needed. Dog/Cat food, toys, blankets, cat litter, dog shampoo, cleaning supplies, buckets, trash bags, etc.

Homeless Shelters/Food Banks - These also need supplies. Food, of course, but also toiletries, coats, books, zip locks, boxes and bags, etc.

Anywhere you think a volunteer might be needed will need them so don't be shy in asking if you can help - people will greatly appreciate it!

Blogmas Day 16: Christmas Quiz.

(1) What are you most excited about in regards to the upcoming Holidays? 
Keeping traditions and spending time with family.

(2) If you could blog full-time, what is the one thing that you would focus most on? 
Oo, that's hard. I love "lifestyle" blogs, but my life isn't super interesting right now. I guess I would like to blog about writing or about health. Or I could get a more interesting life and blog about that.

(3) Boots or booties? 
Boots. I love the combat style. I own several pairs and still need 50 more.

(4) What's the one piece of advice you would give to your high-school self and your older-self (think like 75+)? 
My high-school self needs to calm down. Take a breath and know that things will get better. All the dark thoughts will go away. You'll be okay. Just take it one day at a time and know there's a light at the end of this tunnel.
My older self I hope has very few regrets. Growing up, I had a lot. I hope you got over your fears and lived. Took risks. Went skinny dipping. Lived and didn't just exist.

(5) What are your three favorite blog posts? 
Getting my Bachelor's, How to Not Go to the Doctor, and my nacho recipe. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Blogmas Day 15: Holiday Traditions with Family.

Traditions are some of my favorite things. They're little things to look forward to throughout the year. Christmas is full of many for my family. I mentioned our Christmas light outing a few posts ago. We all get in the car and drive around and look at lights.

Christmas Eve is our huge tradition day/night though. My niece, her mom, stepdad, and stepsisters come over during the day and we bake cookies, make Reindeer food for Santa's reindeer, eat taco soup, and exchange gifts. It's usually a chaotic few hours because they have other stops to make, but it's always a fun time and I look forward to it.
Also while they're over we watch The Grinch - animated old school version, not creepy Jim Carrey version - and then my dad reads Twas the Night Before Christmas. Forwards and backwards. He read it backwards on a whim one year and it was so hilarious that he does it every year now.

Christmas morning has one main tradition - Monkey Bread. I found a recipe for a gluten/dairy free one, and I'm hoping to make it this year so I can keep that tradition alive. Monkey Bread on Christmas morning before/during/after presents is a must!

What are your traditions?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Blogmas Day 14: Boyfriend Tag.

I didn't have material for today's prompt, so I decided to post the long-awaited Boyfriend Tag. I cut some of the questions out so I ended up with 25 for the 25 Days of Christmas, even though these aren't Christmas-related. But the number made sense in my head somehow anyway. I think tags like this are fun and let you see just how much your SO knows about you. He was pretty dead-on here, too. <3

1. Where did we meet?

2. What was your first impression of me?
Besides thinking you were British? The fact that you were really cute.

Fun fact: We each thought the other was British when we first met. He did because of my username, almostbritain, and I did because he spells things with a 'u' like colour, favourite, etc. 

3. What do you think about the family? 
They're amazing!

4. Do I have any weird obsessions, if so - what?
Nothing you obsess over is weird. You love what you love. It's not my place to say whether it's weird or not. 

5. What was the first thing you noticed about me (online and in person)?
Online: How dorky and cute you were.
In person: How much more beautiful you are.

6. What is one food I do not like? 

7. What is my favorite kind of sandwich? 
A good one. 

8. What is one talent I have? 
Just one? Your writing is legitimately wonderful. I wish I could read it all day.

9. What is my favorite music?
Rock? I don't know what 1D falls into.

Okay 1D is pop, babe. I love pop, and boy-bands give me life but you can also find me listening to Volbeat or Ozzy. I like variety.

10. What is something you like that I don't? 
I'm not sure. Bo Burnham?

11. What kind of cake would you bake me on my birthday?
The most chocolaty cake legally possible.

12. What can I spend hours doing?
Kissing me...or photography.

13. If I could live anywhere, where would it be?
Germany, Seattle, or where you are now. ❤

14. The saying opposites attract is true because we are opposite at _______.
Reproductive organs?

15. What do we argue about most?
My bullshit.

16. Do we have a tradition?
I'm not sure? We should though. 

17. Where was our first kiss and how was it?
Right off of the plane. Perfect and sweet.

18. What's something I'm not good at?
Digesting gluten.

19. Do I have a weird habit?
Not that I know of?

Let's let those be a surprise later on. ;]

20. What's my favorite restaurant?
It's either your local Greek place or Red Robin.

21. If I'm watching TV, what am I watching?
The Walking Dead, the Duggars, SOA, Supernatural, ect.

22. Something you do that I wish you didn't do?
A lot of things, probably.

23. Your favorite body part of mine?
Your eyes. They're so amazing. I know it's a cliché, but you really can get lost in them.

24. What song reminds you of me?
Everything is Alright, My girl, and that Leer song we listened to on your couch. Hahaha.

25. What's the first thing I would do if I won $50, 000?
Save all of the dogs you could and make a big area for them to play and be happy.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Blogmas Day 13: Fave Christmas Present.

It's hard to settle on just one favorite present. One year I got toys I asked for, another year I got a drum set. I think I have a favorite from every year. But the most recent I can think of is last year's biggie which was my new camera and a ton of goodies that came with it. Lenses, filters, etc.
Because it wasn't just a gift that I could wear or eat or that would be used up. I saw it as more of an investment in my future. I think gifts that keep giving are really special. It's a gift I use to create memories and make gifts for others. It's one that I'll use for a long time and I'll always remember that it was a gift from my parents who have always believed in me and supported my dreams.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Blogmas Day 12: Winter Activity.

This time of year I am slightly jealous of all those that have snow. Here in Alabama it's rare to get even a dusting (and when we do it shuts the entire town down) let alone multiple inches to play in. So for today's "winter activity" I'm a little limited. There's no sledding, ice skating is done inside at a rink, no snowmen to build, no snowballs to throw. So I guess here I'll mention a tradition we have of looking at Christmas lights. We drive around a few days before Christmas and look at all the lights. I usually bring a blanket and an adult beverage, and it's an all-around good time.
Some day I would like to spend a Christmas where there's snow everywhere and I can do all these winter activities I hear about and see in movies.
But for now, I'm okay with Winter in Alabama and our little to no snow.