Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Thoughts

Hey Guys!
I'm currently sitting in my bed right now, watching Harry Potter and eating a Nerd Rope. All the fairy lights are on and candles lit, so I am one happy bug. It's been such a nice Sunday today, just relaxing with my family and doing some cleaning around the house. Sundays are definitely my favorite day of the week!

Today I thought I would share a quote that I found a while back with you guys :)

I absolutely adore this quote. When I was younger, I always had such big dreams and plans for my life. Today, I still have dreams and plans, but sometimes it seems so scary planning my life because it is now so real. It was very easy when I was seven years old to say that someday I would be a famous author, or an archaeologist working in Egypt. Now I have to think about a career that will allow me to be successful and able to support myself, so it's easy to lose sight of what would make me truly happy.  When I saw this quote, I instantly fell in love. It really puts dreams in perspectives, and it is so true. If you aren't actively pursuing your own dreams, you are probably working to help support someone else's. While it is never a bad thing to help someone out, it is just as important to make your dreams come true. The world today doesn't encourage dream-making, but rather money-making, and I think it has resulted in a lot of unhappy people. My parents have always told me to do what I love, and to not worry about money. While this is a very admirable thing to do, the world today makes that a very hard task to achieve.
However, 2013 really taught me to do what I love. I have realized what I love to do, and maybe what careers I would like to have when I am older. I also learned what I don't like to do, which is actually really helpful to me now, so I know what not to study in college. Since 2014 is the year that I will graduate high school (what?!), I'm glad to have figured all that out in 2013. All in all, it was a good year because I learned a lot about myself, and about life in general. I am much more confident about someday moving out and living on my own, because I finally have confidence in myself. I feel like I have really broken out of my shell this past year, and I began to learn more about myself. I still have so much more to go, so I am really looking forward to 2014. I have a lot of goals that I am working to achieve, and I feel so ready. 2014 is going to be such a huge year; I am turning 18, graduating from high school, going to college, the list goes on and on. I am really hoping for a great year to come, and I think going into the new year with a good attitude is the best way to tackle it. So, I don't have any new years resolutions per se, but rather goals to accomplish and dreams to begin. I have started writing a book and I am excited to see where that will take me, and I plan to work on my blog a lot more. 
So, I hope you all had a good 2013, and I hope 2014 is even better!

What are your goals or resolutions for 2014?

Thanks for reading and have a great rest of your day! :)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

S'mores Dip!

Okay, I'm just going to start off by admitting that I have a slight addiction to anything related to s'mores, and, of course, s'mores themselves. They are just so delicious and remind me of great times with my family. So, when I saw the recipe for this s'mores dip, I couldn't resist. 
The ingredient list is quite short, and the whole process is really simple. 
You will need:

1 cup of chocolate chips (some recipes said to use milk chocolate chips, and others said to use dark or semisweet, but it really is up to your preference. I used semisweet because that's what we had)
2 tbs of milk
1 cup of mini marshmallows and 1/4 of a cup for sprinkling on top
Graham Crackers to dip into this delicious creation

Let's get to the steps!

 Add the chocolate chips, (1 cup) marshmallows, and milk to a medium saucepan and heat on a medium setting, stirring continuously.  Stir until it looks nice and creamy like this:

Next, poor the mixture into a small casserole dish. It helps to have a rubber spatula to scrape all of the chocolate from the side of the pan. Top the chocolate off with the remaining 1/4 cup of marshmallows.

And, of course, you gotta lick the spoon!

Put it in the broiler for about a minute, or until the marshmallows are golden brown.
Okay, how pretty is this?!

Now crack open your graham crackers and go to town with the dip!

I really can't explain how yummy this is. I knew I would really enjoy it, because I love everything s'mores, and my family loved it as well. With all of the holiday parties and Christmas Day celebrations, this is the perfect dessert! Everyone can just pop a graham cracker coated with this dip into their mouths, and they will be coming back over and over, trust me. I will definitely be making this on Christmas day since we're having Christmas at my family's house this year. But really, it's perfect for anything or anytime of the year!

Let me know if you guys have made this, or if you have had it before!

Have a great rest of your day, and thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, December 15, 2013

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

Hey guys!
So it has been a long time since I posted. I have, as always, been super busy! Finals are coming up, as I'm sure everyone is very aware of, and I have had a huge paper to write for one of my classes. Swim started back in November as well, so as soon as I get home and done with homework, I'm just about passed out. But I have a lot of posts that I am getting ready because I have had a lot of ideas lately! Probably because it's my absolute favorite time of the year! :) I love Christmas and this time of year because everything is so cozy, and you get to spend a lot of time with friends and family.
Anyway! Let's get onto the globes!
 I saw a picture of these on tumblr I think it was, and they looked really easy to make! So I looked them up, went to the craft store and got supplies. 
For this project you will need a Mason jar of any size, little fake trees, glitter (I got tinsel glitter - I would stick to the smaller glitter, as I first tried big flakes of glitter and that didn't turn out so well), and super glue. 
Alright, now for the steps.
1. Un-screw the lid of the mason jar, and separate the lid from the round metal piece:

2. Place however many trees you want (and that will fit) on the white part of the lid. Make sure the bases of the trees don't cover the orange part. Then glue them down! I let the glue dry over night to ensure it dried well enough, and that the trees would be secure.

3. Fill the mason jar up with water and place the lid on the jar. At this point, do not put the glitter in. The trees turn the water a hazy blue color, so allow them to sit in the water and get the extra coloring off. I did this for a couple of days, but after a day, no more color comes off, so you could change the water then.
This is one that I had let sit overnight.

4. Once all the blue coloring is off of the trees, pour out the hazy water and rinse off them off to ensure no more blue comes off. Put in as much glitter as you want, but don't go super crazy! I found that you need less glitter than you think. Fill the mason jar with water, leaving room for the water displacement of the trees, and put on the lid and screw on the metal part. I put super glue around the orange part on the lid to make sure it had a tight, waterproof seal. And instead of flipping it over right away, I allowed it to sit upright to let the glue dry.
Here's a picture with the "snow" shook up.
I think these snow globes are so cute, and I really love mason jars. I think I'm going to tie little pieces of twine around the base to add a little something extra. These little guys are great for decorations around the house, or for a Christmas gift! And they're a lot of fun to make!

Let me know if you guys make these, or have made them before! What other DIY projects do you like doing for the holidays? Or, what is your favorite part of this time of year?

Thanks for reading, and have a great rest of your day! (: