Sunday, December 29, 2013

ABC's about me!

So I saw this tag the other day and I thought that it was the cutest thing! I feel like it's going to be a longish post, so I'll skip the lengthy intro and just get into it!

Attached Or Single?
Very much single at the moment

Best Friend?
I've got two... their names are Ben & Jerry! But seriously, I don't think I have a "best friend", but more of a close group of friends!

Cake or Pie?
Depends on the flavor! Guava or Coconut cake is the best, but I also like a good Peach pie!

Day of the week?
I don't know if this is asking what day of the week it is now, or my favorite day of the week... Well it's a friday right now and my favorite day of the week is probably saturday! 

Essential item?
Phone! And in my phone case I have my id, cash, and band-aids...

Favorite color?

Gummy bears or worms?

Honolulu, Hawaii

Favorite Indulgence?
Eating, sleeping, watching Netflix, online shopping!

January or July?
Haha this is such a random question, but probably July because I have finals in January!

Nope! I'm still in high school! But I have a younger sister and I call her "baby" a lot if that counts...

Life isn't complete without...
The sun! The beach! my iphone! friends! and, of course, the internet!

Must watch TV show?
I usually have a bajillion television shows that I watch, but right now I'm just watching all the 90210 episodes on netflix! I'm on season 4 right now...

Number of brothers and sisters?
One brother, one sister. 

Oranges or apples?
I like orange juice over apple juice, but I like apples over oranges!

I don't really have one! But staring at blood or watching surgery videos grosses me out after a while. 

Favorite Quote?
"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny"

Reason to smile?
Because tomorrow brings a new day!

Season of choice?

Tag 3 people?
Haha I'll pass on tagging individual people this time... I'll just tag everybody!

Unknown fact about me?
I might have to get shoulder surgery

Favorite Vegetable?

Worst habit?
Not cleaning my makeup brushes enough...

X-ray or ultrasound?
I've never had an ultrasound, but I'd choose an ultrasound because I believe it doesn't use radiation. Haha that would be embarrassing if I was totally wrong!

Your favorite food?
Sushi! Spicy Ahi in particular :D

Zodiac sign?
Like the Chinese one? I'm an Ox! Or if it's like the one that you use for your horoscope then I'm a Leo!

So I hope this was fun for you guys to read, because I loved answering all these questions! If you want to do this, I tag you! Also, don't forget to follow this blog for more tags and posts!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 24: The Most Amazing Week

Hey everyone!
So this post is going to be all about my life! This week has been so amazing and a lot of good things have happened to me and I wanted to share some of the great news with you guys! Before I start, please don't think of this as bragging, I totally don't mean it like that! If you are going to get offended by this post, or if you're going to think that I'm bragging, please check out a different post instead! So let's get started!
So on Saturday, I received my PSAT score in the mail. I am a junior in high school if you guys didn't know that and I got a 190 on the psat, which I was actually really happy with. I know a lot of people at my school get in the 200s, but I thought that was really good for me and I was so psyched! Then on sunday, I had a family dinner with some of my extended family that I don't see very often. It was sushi and it was absolutely delicious and great. Then when I got home sunday night, I checked my SAT scores and saw that those were posted too. I am so happy with what I got on my SAT and I think that I'm going to try take the ACT instead of retaking the SAT because I love the scores that I got! I got a 2000 on my SAT, which is the highest that I've ever gotten and is a good couple hundred points above my practice test scores. I know my parents are so thrilled and I put a lot of pressure on myself to get good SAT scores for financial aid reasons and to exceed my goals, I am just beyond words right now! Monday was good, I didn't really do much, but I wrapped presents and all that jazz. Then today, I went down to the local DMV to get my drivers permit! It was really funny because they gave the eye test and I couldn't for the life of me read one number. It was kind of scary and I think I should go to the eye doctor soon. But I passed the test and I am officially allowed to start driving! Whoo! So currently, I'm taking a break from getting ready for (yet another) family party. It is a huge christmas eve party and it will be lots of fun! 
So that was my great news! I really hope that all of you have a fantastic Christmas eve and that you guys have a great Christmas day tomorrow! I love all of you guys so much and I am so grateful for you all!
Merry Christmas (Eve)!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 22: Christmas TAG!

Hey everyone!
So I have another fun Christmas Tag for you guys! I am really excited to do this for you guys so let's get started!

1) Do you prefer real or fake Christmas trees?
I love real christmas trees because of the scent, but my family uses fake christmas trees because they are a lot less expensive and easier to maintain!

2) You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick?
I love caramel drinks! Caramel Machiattos are always a favorite of mine and Caramel Brulee Fraps are also amazing!

3) What's your favorite color scheme for decorating the tree?
Anything and everything! This year I have both colored and white lights, and a whole slew of ornaments! I love the look of a bright and colorful and fun color scheme!

4) Giving or receiving?
I love picking out presents that my friends will love, so I guess giving, but I also love receiving presents because I get really happy and I love everything that I get!

5) To mince pie or not?
Not exactly sure what this is because I've never had it before, so I'm just going to go with no.

6)What's your traditional Sunday lunch?
I usually make a Chinese chicken salad and get pizza! Haha sooooo healthy :P

7) Christmas day fashion?
Casual! I usually stay in sweats and a tank, but this year we're having people come over so probably shorts and a dressier top. 

8) Favorite Christmas song?
I love Feliz Navidad by Michael Buble. I've been listening to it nonstop lately!

9) Favorite Christmas movie?
I love Elf! 

10) When do you open presents?
First thing in the morning! My family usually opens presents from each other first thing in the morning. Then, when we're done with that, my parents cook breakfast while me and my siblings open presents from the extended family and friends!

So that was the Christmas Tag! I would love for you guys to do this tag, and leave it in a comment! Also, don't forget to follow this blog!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 20: Winter Wonderland TAG!

Hi guys!
So I have a wonderful tag for you today! I know that there used to be lots of christmas tags going around the community a couple years ago before I started blogging, but I haven't really seen any new ones until today! So I thought it would be super fun to do the winter wonderland tag! 

1) Favorite thing about winter?
I love how you can start being more adventurous with the lip colors because I love red lips! I also love the scents because at least in my house, me and my mom start baking a lot more and the candles this time of year are heaven!
2) Scarves or Beanies?
Neither? Haha it's not cold enough where I live to wear either, but if I had to choose one I'd go with scarves!
3) Favorite holiday movie?
Elf! Lol I did a whole elf inspired quotes post that I'll link here if you'd like to see! 
4) Favorite winter nail polish?
I don't have specific polishes in mind, but I love emerald greens! Actually, I'm purposely being secretive about this because I have a post on this topic coming in a few days on my other blog!
5) Favorite Starbucks holiday drink?
Caramel Brulee Frap! This drink is so heavenly and I totally recommend trying it at least once this season!
6) Top 3 winter essentials?
Well I live in Hawaii, so mines will be a little different than most peoples, but it would be a jacket with a hood (it gets cold and rainy!), a sexy red lipstick (it makes anyone look instantly better!), and a nice going out dress (appropriate for family events too, though!). 
7) Name one item on your wishlist!
I already did a wishlist post, which I'll link here. But one thing off my wishlist is Prada Candy perfume because I love that scent and I never spend money on perfumes! 
8) Favorite Holiday song?
Another question that I already did a post on! But This Christmas is my favorite song and I especially love the Christina Aguilera or Cee Lo version of it! 
9) Did you black friday shopping this year?
Haha I survived black friday this year! Me and my friend went at midnight and it was craziness!
10) Must have winter lip product?
My EOS Sweet Mint lip balm! My lips get really chapped during this time and I need a good lip balm to keep them soft and hydrated! Also, I love mint and this one smells so yummy. 
11) Will you be rocking an ugly Christmas sweater this year?
Nope! I really want an ugly Christmas sweater because if I had one I would wear it 24/7!
12) Have you ever had a white Christmas?
This questions is so funny to me because I live in Hawaii! Haha it would be a miracle for the weather to get below 60 degrees most days!
13) Favorite winter candle scent?
Bath and Body works leaves or cinnamon sticks!
14) How will you be celebrating christmas?
I have a christmas dinner with my dad's side of the family on the 23, a christmas eve party with my mom's side of the family on the 24th, and on actual christmas, I'm spending it with my grandparents and family at home! Also, this saturday I have a party with my cheer girlies!

So that was the winter wonderland tag! I would love for you to do this tag and I tag EVERYONE to do this because I would absolutely love to read your answers! Also, don't forget to follow this blog and my other blog for the remaining 5 days of Christmas Countdown! I can't believe how fast the time flies! I love you guys and I'll post again tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 18: DIY Christmas Cards

Hey everyone!
So at the beginning of this series, I promised to do some DIYS, but I haven't really. But this all changes today! I am showing you guys how to do really quick and easy Christmas cards! 

I really wanted to write my friends good cards this year. Not the normal "merry christmas" or something like that, but actual heartfelt notes to them thanking them for everything they do for me. I thought that this would be nice because everyone loves to hear how much others love them! So I want to challenge you guys to write heartfelt letters to your friends and family this year too! 

So for the actual cards, I used blank cards that aren't folded or anything like that because these are what I had on hand. On one side, I wrote their name (or nickname) and I used glitter glue to spice it up. You can get so creative with this and draw, paint, glue, stick, even collage things on this side! I was doing a lot of these, so I went pretty simple with mine. Then on the other side, I wrote letters to my friends! If you want to see what I wrote, you can zoom in on the picture to read it, but the majority of mine are thanking them for being a great friend, an inside joke or an experience that I/we've gone through, and a hope or wish for us for the next year! Get creative and have fun writing whatever you'd like!

That was my Christmas Card DIY! It was such a no-brainer tutorial, but I think that it was worth mentioning! Let me know if you do this and how you decorate your cards in the comments and don't forget to follow this blog for more DIYs!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 16: Present Wrapping Extravaganza

Hey everyone! 
So this post is pretty random, but I just finished wrapping all my presents and I wanted to share with you my accomplishment! haha I am the worst present wrapper ever, but I think that I did a good job this year! 

So I put most of my presents into bags, because that is the easiest for me! I still have to put tissue paper in some of them because you can see the presents in some of them, but I am pretty proud of my skills! This literally took me like an hour and a half to find all the bags and ribbons and stuff and to wrap everything, but I got to watch scandal while I wrapped so that made it fun! 

So that was my Present Wrapping Extravaganza! Let me know in the comments what other posts you'd like to see in my Christmas Countdown series and remember to follow this blog for the remaining posts!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 14: My Favorite Christmas Songs!

Hey everyone!
I have a very exciting post! It's my favorite christmas songs! I love Christmas music and I really wanted to share with you some of my favorites! So let's get started!

This Christmas
Literally every big recording artist has done this song, but I have a few favorites! I think that the Christina Aguilera version is my favorite, but the Chris Brown and Cee Lo version is good too!

Santa Baby
I love this song a lot too and I especially love the Michael Buble version of this! 

Baby It's Cold Outside!
Another great song! I really like the Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo version of this song, but this is a song that I love no matter who sings it! 

Merry Christmas Happy Holidays
Who remembers NSYNC? Haha it was wayyy before my time, but I loved their music so much! This is probably my favorite of all these songs just because my dad used to play this song all around our house when I was younger! 

So those were my favorite Christmas songs! Let me know what your favorite Christmas songs are in the comments below and don't forget to leave suggestions for future Christmas Countdown posts!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 12: Let's Recap the Day!

Hey everyone!
So it's been forever since I've done a Let's Recap the Day post! If you are a long time reader, you know that I used to do this daily, but that was got really crazy so I stopped. But because it's Christmas Countdown I thought I'd do it again on today (December 8th for me, December 12th for you!). 

So I woke up at 3am! Isn't that crazy! But I had to get up so early because I had to volunteer at the Honolulu Marathon, which started at 5am. I got on location at 4 and I ate breakfast and then spent the morning cheering on the runners. It was a lot of fun! We were around the 1/8th mark for the first couple hours then we moved to the finish line to cheer on the runners. I saw a couple of my teachers running, which was really cool and I got to play with foam fingers and noise makers! Also, I got payed $90 for that! Whoo! Then at around 12:30, I had to go to a salon to get my hair cut. I wanted to go a little bit shorter, so I went for 2 inches off the bottom. I was debating whether to layer my hair or to keep it one length, but I kept it one length because it would be a bitch to do buns for cheer if my hair was layered! Then I got home and took a nap. I did some homework that I didn't get a chance to do over the weekend and I watched a few television episodes. For dinner my dad picked up Panda Express, which was so yummy! I ate a little beef broccoli, beijing beef, and chowmein. I watched the Lakers vs Toronto game on tv and to be completely honest, I don't think that Kobe looked that good at all. Like he was slow, didn't jump, made bad passes, too many turnovers.... But thats off topic. Then I showered, and started blogging! 

So that was my day! Let me know how your day was and what you did today in the comments and leave more Christmas Countdown suggestions in the comments below!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 10: Christmasy Quotes of the Week!

Hi everyone!
So instead of my usual inspirational quotes of the week, I thought that from now until christmas I could do christmas themed ones! So I found three of my all time favorite quotes from my all time favorite Christmas movie: Elf. So courtesy of Buddy, here are my three favorite quotes of the week!

What would this post be without the quintessential Buddy quote? But really, I love this quote and I think that its really true! My family is really into singing Christmas carols badly, and it is a tradition that always gets me in the mood for Christmas!

This quote is my life. I think I already put this in another quotes post, but its worth adding in again! I love this so much and if I had a life mantra, this would be it! 

Another really cute quote! I love this part of the movie the best (when he attacks "fake santa") and this quote makes me smile and laugh every time I see it!

So those were my Christmasy quotes of the week! Let me know if you like the christmas quote idea or if you'd rather me do my normal inspirational quotes in the comments and check my other blog tomorrow for another christmas countdown post!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 8: Thankful For Blogger Friends TAG Part 2

Hey everyone!
I'm doing a lot of posts in advance because this week is going to be crazy so I'm not sure when this post is going up, but the other half of this post will most likely be going up really soon or is already up on my other blog! But this is the personal part of the tag! So let's start!

1) Tell us about your city!
It is pretty large, but is kind of suburban if that makes sense. It is very chill and casual and its not uncommon to see people out in flip flops and shorts and a tank on the street. 
2) What about your home?
It is pretty small (4 bedroom, 1 office, livingroom and kitchen) and it is technically 2 houses connected because my grandparents live "next door", which is really like down the hall. It's so confusing to explain, but whatever. 
3) Single or taken?
I am very single right now!
4) Do you have children?
Nope! It'd be really creepy if I had kids because I'm pretty young....
5) Do you have pets?
Nope! I used to have a rabbit before!
6) Do you have a day job?
Nope! Unless you count being a student (which is harder than a job in my opinion)
7) How tall are you?
I like to say I'm 5'1, but if you ask the doctor it'd be like 4'11.75
8) Do you have siblings?
Yes I have a younger brother and sister
9) 3 words to describe yourself!
Positive, bubbly, honest
10) Style Icon

I don't really have a set style icon, but I love Kendall and Kylie (maybe kylie a little more)
11) 3 Favorite musicians/bands
Skrillex (I know, weird right!), One Republic (LOVE!), and Karmin
12) 3 Favorite movies
Pitch Perfect (My Fav!), The Lion King, and The Heat
13) 3 Favorite books
The Great Gatsby, Twilight, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
14) 3 random facts
I crack my back literally all the time, I have 37 unread text messages on my phone as of now, and I don't really have a "group" of friends, but I have close friends from many different groups!

So those were my random facts! Please consider answering it because I'd love to get to know some of you better and don't forget to subscribe to this blog for my Christmas Countdown post tomorrow!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 6: The Holly Jolly Holiday TAG!

Hey everyone!
I have a tag for you guys today! This was really big on youtube like two years ago, before I blogged, so I thought that I would just do it again for y'all! So here it is!

1) Favorite Christmas Movie?
Definitely Elf! OMG that is my favorite movie and I love Buddy the Elf so much!
2) Are you on the Naughty or Nice list?
I hope I'm on the nice list!
3) Show us an embarrassing Christmas Card photo?
Honestly, I don't really have one because my family members have to approve the card before its sent out! Haha I think it'd be fun to have a really embarrassing one, though!
4) Have you ever had a White Christmas?
Nope! One of the downsides of living in Hawaii!
5) Where do you usually spend your holiday?
In Hawaii with my friends and family!
6) Play or Sing your favorite Christmas song! 
Haha I'll actually do a post later on in Christmas Countdown with my favorite Christmas songs, but my favorite of the moment is This Christmas. The Christina Aguilera or CeeLo one are my favs!
7) Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?
8) Can you name all of santa's reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donnor, Cupid, Commet, Blitzen, and Rudolph? I bet thats totally wrong!
9) What tradition are you looking forward to the most?
My mom's side of the family usually has a big Christmas Eve party, and I'm really excited for that!
10) Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
11) Favorite Holiday food and sweet treat?
My favorite holiday food is ham or turkey! And my favorite sweet treat is either candy canes or caramel brulee fraps from Starbucks!
12) Do you like receiving or giving gifts?
I honestly love giving gifts and seeing how happy my friends and family are when they open their presents!
13) Show us your tackiest Christmas attire!
I don't have any! I had a really gross christmas shirt, but I threw it out a few months ago!
14) What would be your dream place to visit for the holidays? 
Probably like Tahoe or Utah or somewhere with snow! I've never been skiing, but it sounds like fun!
15) Does your family have a special holiday recipe you make?
I usually do a dish with yams! Last year I went all professional and like roasted them myself, but this year I opened a can and poured marshmallows on it! 
16) Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail?
If its a square or rectangle, I can manage, but when it gets into crazy circles and cylinders, I cant handle!
17) Most memorable holiday moment?
On Christmas eve when I was like 5ish my dad dressed up as santa claus! That is pretty hard to forget lol!
18) What made you realize the truth about Santa?
I dont really know! I don't think there was one day when I just realized it, but I think that I out grew it? I actually have no idea! 
19) Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I always make them, but I almost never stick to them!
20) What makes the Holidays special for you?
My friends and family! I love the parties and the gifts and the whole atmosphere and I truly feel that the holidays brings out the best in people!

So that was a long tag! But those were my answers! If you'd like to do this tag, please leave me a link in the comments and also leave suggestions for more Christmas Countdown posts in the comments! Don't forget to check out my other blog for more Christmas Countdown posts!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 4: My Christmas Decor

Hey guys!
So this post will be all about my christmas decor! It'll be kind of long, so I'll get right into it!

This is my Christmas Tree! It is fake and it has both white and colored lights in it! My family does a lot of the decorating so we have a wide array of ornaments on it, but disney ones are a recurring trend on the tree! Also, instead of a star or a angel, we have Tinkerbell! Haha we really do love our disney in my house!

This is right above my couch. It is just a couple strands of white lights and a fabric christmas wreath that we've had for forever! 

 Advent calendars are big in my house! This one's mine and I actually made it from a kit the other year and I love it! We also have a little wooden Santa behind it and a picture of my sister and santa next to it! 
 Our stockings! I kind of want to spread it out more, but we all have ones from when we were little and although our family all has different ones, they fit each of us really well! I'm minnie mouse by the way :D

Haha another advent calendar! This ones my sister's! It's nutcracker themed and she loves it so much! 

So that was my christmas decor! Make sure to check out my other blog tomorrow for a new Christmas Countdown post and follow this blog!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Countdown Day 2! Date Bar Recipe!

Hey guys!
So it's Christmas Countdown time! I already did an intro to this series on my other blog, which I'll link here, but the general idea is that I'll be posting here every other day and on my other blog every other day Christmas related things! So for the first post, I have a yummy date bar recipe! I know that a lot of bake sales happen around this time of the year, and I wanted to share with you something I've been loving!

So these bars are so delicious because they taste like caramel cuts (blondies) and lemon bars combined! It has a really delicious taste and smell, and you can be glad you're getting in a little bit of fruit! So here's the recipe!

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour

Mix until crumbly and press evenly into a 9X9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 10 minutes. 

1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Mix together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. 
Beat eggs, brown sugar, and dates and blend well. 
Add flour mixture, vanilla and nutes. 
Spread over crust and bake for 30 more minutes!

So how easy is that! If you try this out, let me know how it turned out! Also, let me know if you want more recipes in the comments because I have lots to share!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Inspirational Quotes of the Week #7

Hey everyone!
So I have another inspirational quotes of the week post! I am so excited for this weeks post because I have some wonderful quotes to share with you guys! As always, if you have any quotes that you've been loving, leave it in a comment because I'd love to read it! So let's get started!

Haha rhyming quotes are my favorite! But this quote is so true and I'm a big believer in "whatever happens, happens for a reason" and this totally is like the same thing!

Random, but I just read my "horoscope for 2014" in a magazine and it said that I'd be extra cheerful this coming year and I saw this quote and fell in love! It is really true, though, that you have to be optimistic in life!

What would this post be without a christmas quote? But really, this is one of my favorite christmas songs and I love it!

So those were my inspirational quotes of the week! Let me know yours in the comments below and don't forget to subscribe for more posts!