December Playlist

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Howdy!

I’ve decided to make this the last post of 2016! If you have been following the last year’s monthly playlists you are a beast! Even after losing Spotify back in May, I seriously considered not doing it anymore, but I think the main reason why I continued is because I feel like I forget a lot of different music once the year is up or whenever radio just stops playing it constantly. Music is an everlasting cycle so I may like this or that but the next day or week my whole taste just switches on me! I can even confuse myself somedays too!

I thought about doing a “Top 10” songs, but I realized that would be really time consuming and I really need to focus my attention on upcoming posts for January, which starts in four days! How crazy is that?! So I decided to post it on my blog’s Facebook page as a bonus!

Every month I do a “song of the month” somewhere on this post and since my brain is literally going through every song I’ve heard in this year alone I figured I’d put up a different type of song. I said in my last playlist that I would probably list a couple Christmas songs at the bottom of the playlist. I seriously thought I would do that but only include one song because I know some people have had enough of Christmas music and I apologize for this, but this is my papaw’s favorite composer and jazz musician and I thought it would be perfect to put it on this post in his memory!

Now let’s get into my December playlist!

Take It Off – Lil Jon and Yandel featuring Becky G

More – Usher

Show Me Love – Robyn

Heathens – Twenty One Pilots

Hell To The Heavens – Leaves’ Eyes

Revangels – Akoma featuring Liv Kristine

Fire Breather – Laurel

Let You Get Away – Shaun Frank featuring Ashe

My Name Is Human – Highly Suspect

Guys My Age – Hey Violet

Madness – Ruelle

Game Of Survival – Ruelle

Numb/Encore – Jay-Z and Linkin Park

In My Head – Party Favor

Alarm – Anne-Marie (Marshmello Remix)

Do You Know Who You Are – Atreyu

Believe – Asking Alexandria

Shadow Moses – Bring Me The Horizon

Fading Earth – Leaves’ Eyes

Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix

The Jump Off – Lil Kim

Can I Get A – Jay-Z and Ja Rule

Check On It – Beyonce and Slim Thug

Yeah – Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon

Your Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer

Change (In The House Of Flies) – Deftones

Hymn Of The Lone Sands – Leaves’ Eyes

Army Of Dolls – Delain

Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge featuring Rev Run

Candy Shop – 50 Cent featuring Olivia

I Do – Toya

How We Do – The Game featuring 50 Cent

Young’n (Holler Back) – Fabolous

Concrete Angel – Gareth Emery featuring Christina Novelli

For A Day – Chace and Moski

Light – San Holo

Oh No – Goodbye June

All Around You – Flyleaf

Doomed – Bring Me The Horizon

I Won’t Let You Walk Away – Mako featuring Madison Beer

Vengeance On My Mind – G-Eazy featuring Dana

Wait – NF

Savage – Whethan and Flux Pavillion featuring MAX

You Don’t Get Me High Anymore – Three Days Grace

If you would like to go back through 2016’s playlists, here they are! 

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | October | November | Summer 2016 Playlist

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Summary | Best Of 2016

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Hello!

It is a little strange to be saying bye to 2016, but in a way I’m actually kind of happy about it because this year sucked…

Well, that’s sort of a lie because I think it started out with good intentions especially with the opportunities I was given at the beginning of the year. Next month will be my first year anniversary writing for Disability Horizons and despite not getting paid for my pieces, I still consider it work. I like thinking of it that way, as long as I keep the pressure at a minimum. When January officially started, I was asked to become a Disability Editor for Bloggeration Magazine. I wrote four or five different articles for that site before our leader decided to close it down for good in June. I was very upset about it, but it was a fun experience and look forward for any more fun opportunities in the new year!

Of course, there was all of the bad stuff that happened in the beginning of the year. I think it’s fair to say that January was the calm before the storm because I honestly don’t remember much of February or March. My family lost three members this year. My papaw, my great-uncle Bill, and a grandson to my great-grand uncle PM all died within months of each other. I actually got to meet PM at my papaw’s funeral and man was he tall! Once I figured out who he was I could hear my papaw talk about the two of them playing basketball in a basement (my papaw was also pretty tall too!) in my head! I have to say from February to about April is a bit of a blur.

In May, I got one heck of a surprise! Back in January, the band Five Finger Death Punch finally released their tour dates and Evansville was on that list and I basically had a cow, I remembered I screamed because I was so excited! And then by the end of February, I started to realize that my chances of going to their concert were slim and I had prepared myself for the worst and my mom had told me during that last week that I probably wouldn’t be able to go despite the fact that I was trying to save my money up! There was no reason behind it, but I figured if things had stayed the way they were going with papaw throughout March and April, I thought that would be their reason why I wouldn’t be able to go, because family comes first.

By the beginning of May, a family friend was about to get married later that month and my dad had said, “well, why don’t we go out Tuesday” because I hadn’t went out shopping in a while and the night before I was looking on the different shops I knew our mall had, I was busy looking on their dresses and my friend Brittany started messaging me on Facebook for about an hour. It was a nice chat too! The next day, after arguing with my dad about which wheelchair to take–despite that the one we use has a seatbelt on it, my dad suddenly wanted me in another chair–I couldn’t take my electric wheelchair because it won’t keep charge anymore. So once we picked up my papaw’s old chair, which is huge – seat wise and uncomfortable we made our way to Evansville.

I knew the day we were heading to the mall was the same day as the concert, because the little advertisements would pop up practically everyday reminding me that I wasn’t going to it. However, I remember while we were driving around that maybe we’ll see the tour bus and at that point, I was fine if that was all I saw of them!

I thought we’d eat at the mall, so when we pulled into the Shake ‘n Steak parking lot I was a bit confused but happy as crap because it’s one of my favorite places to eat! We got seated and looked through our meals. I always get the same thing except for a different milkshake. We hadn’t been there for maybe 15 minutes and I get pretty nosy whenever a crowd starts to form at the door, I look over and the time I do this I see Brittany peeking her head through and I was completely in shock. I kept repeating to my mom “I was just talking to her last night!” and she sat down at our table next to my dad… Don’t worry he didn’t steal her food! I am a very quiet person and I am the worst when it comes to being out in public! To make things better though, everybody else was just as quiet as me!

After we were finished with our meal, well technically Brittany was still eating because her food got there later than ours. When she was going a bit slower my mom gave dad her camera and I thought she was just wanting a selfie so I kind of moved over towards her but Brittany grabbed my attention away for a second and started to unravel one hell of a surprise. I quickly realized why my dad was holding my mom’s phone was because somebody needed to get my reaction. (If you want to read what happens next, I’ve included both posts at the bottom.)

By the start of the summer months, things started to calm down again. We celebrated my papaw’s birthday in June and my sister and future brother-in-law went to Las Vegas for a week! I started Game Of Thrones and totally regret that decision! When August came around, I started to find inspiration for blog posts in a variety of things! I started to count money on my own with the help of my nana. Speaking of blogging, sometime in the summer I finally hit that 100,000 overall views! I was very proud and thankful for all the support I’d been getting lately! I decided to read the Harry Potter series, got through two books! The end of September I started talking about my cousin Kristi’s pregnancy on my blog! I revealed the gender: a boy! I shared her baby shower and recently wrapped presents for the little tyke to make up for the baby shower and Christmas!

For October, my nana and I had our fill of different Halloween crafts to choose from and somehow we ended up doing four projects! Pinterest is the best place to discover things to do for the upcoming holidays and this was no exception! She even surprised me when she was coming up with her own projects to do in both November and December! We definitely did more than I figured we would once the year started to calm down a bit… She already wants to find things to do for Valentine’s Day!

We do have some goals for the new year, a lot of it involves family history and I think that’ll keep our focus for a while and we’re going to have figure out some more things to do so I can share on here! You know there will be more of the monthly playlists, nails of the month, OOTDs, DIYs, and photo diaries! Of course, I’ll be talking about everything wedding, as my sister will be getting married next summer! So I hope you all are ready for the new stuff coming along here soon!

Here are some of my favorite or memorable posts of 2016!

I have to say, I’ve been very proud of the material I’ve managed to put up this year. Despite all of the sadness that happened, I also had a lot of good stuff happen and I definitely wanted to share a mixture of everything that went down in 2016. I put my heart and soul into these posts and I hope I continue down the road of giving you, my readers, something that you’re going to love and enjoy reading too!

What would you like to see more of in 2017? What were your favorite post(s)?

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DIY: Christmas Gift Bags!

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Howdy!

My nana and I decided to do our annual goody bags like we did last year, however We’ve added quite a bit of homemade things to the bags! First is our addition of a lone Holly ornament that we ultimately decided to include inside the baggies! I also wanted to do something else besides our normal Christmas cookies we do every year, so I thought about doing a chocolate bark. We made two different kinds of it and I will be publishing that post once January comes along! I figured if I included it into this post, nobody would want to read the post in general. I hope you understand!

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What you will need for this:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint
  • Wax paper
  • Glitter glue (optional)
  • Tags (optional)

Now I have to say this before we start, my nana and I separated our family in two stacks. She decorated a number of bags and I picked out the ones I wanted to do. She went the simple route while I wanted to paint, of course! We also got each other! We also put regular tags on the bottom of each baggy so we could keep track of who we were decorating for and we just glued them with a regular glue stick, well I did!

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I had a total of 9 people I had to decorate bags for and I only had two designs that I was already sort of comfortable with so everybody essentially got the same thing but I did try to mix up the colors a bit on each one, so nobody would get jealous! I went with a standard Christmas tree and a snowman. I wanted to make it as easy on me as possible!

How I made the Christmas trees:

Something that my nana used while she was busy doing hers was she placed a sheet of wax paper inside the bags so the paint or glue doesn’t seep through to the other side and basically stain or stick together! After I completed each baggy, I removed the folded sheet and placed it inside the next one because I didn’t want to waste any more sheets at the rate I was moving!

Do you remember when we made those banners and I said I made circles in the middle of the paper plates so we would know when to stop painting? Well, I used this method for this project too! It seems to do me well to start out like this, so I grabbed a normal pencil that my nana had in the kitchen and started drawing a simple triangle and rectangle at the bottom the tree for the stump!

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I picked the darkest green I could find in our storage bin and I tried to stay inside the lines of the shapes and I used a medium size brush so it didn’t go too far out of the drawing and then after I was finished with the green (which was the perfect shade!) I switched brushes and color to a brown and it was called “nutmeg brown” but I was just happy that when I placed the first stroke of paint that it showed up–leave it to me to forget about the whole brown paper bag part!

When we went out for Black Friday, my Aunt Laurie found these specialty glue sticks full of glitter in different colors. She got two brands and they each had a tip at the end, so it was easy for me to squeeze the container and make the designs from there. For this bag, I used the gold for tinsel and tried to make an even line across and then I used both silver and red as the ornaments; this took a bit to master as I like to basically hold everything to a tilt and I noticed everytime I would do this the glue would drag and no longer look like a ball so it wasn’t until I straightened it up that it would just drip down nice and pretty without dragging along. Everyone is a beginner at something!

After each step and bag I finished, I would place the bags in front of her screen door because I thought the cold air would dry the paint and glue a lot faster than waiting an hour for each one. This actually worked a lot better than I thought it would, even my nana was surprised!

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How I made the Snowmen:

When I decided to make the snowmen, I sort of thought these would be easier to work on but that was not the case! It was fun, don’t get me wrong but I realized that circles were not the easiest to paint with a pair of frozen toes!

I did the same thing with the Christmas trees, I drew three circles on top of each other, starting with the smallest and working my way down. The middle sort of turned into an oval while I was both drawing and painting it because the center of the bag wasn’t as flat as I’d like it to be, but it was okay. When I started coating the white on it, I started to realize it sort of looked like a fancy dollop of whipped cream and this was my Uncle David’s bag and while we had pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, he gave himself a generous helping of whipped cream on top that you didn’t even see the pumpkin pie anymore!

Once the white paint was dried, I picked the red glitter glue again but this time used the green as the dots on his belly. I squeezed the container of red glitter across its little neck and made a swoop at the side to act like wind had blown it that way! I get really creative sometimes! When I started doing the dots, I realized I made its body too small so the last one is a little lower than I originally wanted it to be! As far as decorating its face, I had to use black paint because we didn’t have any glittery black which was fine, I don’t think my uncle would like that much glitter on his bag!

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How I made the Batman:

I had written on Brandon’s tag “Batman” because that’s what I tend to call him, but I went one step further when I thought about painting a Batman/Snowman on his bag. It started out innocently and then it somehow turned into a disaster!

I did the same thing I had done with the Snowman bags, I originally was going to give him a Snowman but I just added the bat ears at the top so I would remember to paint in that area too! This was actually fine, nothing went wrong here it was what happened afterwards when I went to put on its face and body. I could not for the life of me think of how to decorate him or what the bat symbol looked like so I improvised… I made the eyes yellow in arrows looking down and he has an aqua chest. It looks awful! I’m not talking in past tense either because I’m still not a fan of it!

Later on that day, my nana and I had to do some chores in the rest of her house and I had left my jacket on throughout the first half of the visit, even while I was painting because I was still located around her door, so it can get pretty chilly in that area so sometimes I just leave my coat on. When we went into her office, I had her take off my jacket and she started laughing and I couldn’t figure out why she was cracking up until I looked down at my chest and saw what I was wearing. I had my Batman shirt on and then I started laughing at myself because I knew I had it on but I literally forgot about it in that short time span!

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The Batman design wasn’t only the silly thing that happened. While I was working on my cousin Chris’s bag, which I wanted to make completely goofy but I thought I already ruined one bag, I didn’t need to do that again. Anyways, after I had painted the scarf and put on his buttons, I was moving on to his face and I saw this royal blue on the table so I grabbed it and attempted to take off the lid like I had been doing the whole time and I guess I flicked it open too fast or something because the next thing I knew my feet and half of the board we paint on top of was covered in this blue paint. I felt like Harriet in Harriet The Spy just felt disgusted being covered in paint and my nana was in the other room and I hollered for her with “uh, I am in need of your assistance!” I think I made her laugh more that day than I had in the last month or so!

I wanted to end this post with a simple message to everybody out there. Even if you didn’t celebrate Christmas or hang out with your family, I hope you still enjoy the day doing whatever you’re doing, whether if you’re at work or lounging around at home! I hope you have liked this post and are ready for the new year posts coming later this week!

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Now that both are finished, what do you think of the gift bags? Do you think this is something you might do for a birthday or next Christmas?

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DIY: Paper Hollies!

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Hello!

This is a DIY project that I can publish before Christmas because this, as far as I know, isn’t apart of our big project my nana and I make every year! That post is going up next Monday!

As I said back in November for when my nana came up with the Turkey project, she has really surprised me with the amount of ideas for us to do! This came from a video clip that appeared on Facebook a few weeks ago! It was how to make toilet paper hollies! By the time I had seen the actual video, my nana had made quite a few of them already! When I went over the next day, she had like four of them made to show me and left one so she could show me how you all can make one for you or your families and friends!

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What you will need for this:

  • Ruler
  • Toilet Paper rolls
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Paper Plate
  • Paintbrush

Okay, so we start with a regular toilet paper roll and you basically push it together slightly so you can still keep the circular shape but so that it’ll be skinny enough for the scissors to cut through. After you get it sort of flat, you will need a ruler to help you get the perfect amount of stripes, so follow an inch on a ruler and make a mark on your roll to know where you should start cutting!

Unfortunately, I’m still not comfortable with dealing with scissors so my nana had to do these steps!

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Afterwards, you end up with ten little half moons and what you do here is you use a hot glue gun to stick each side to each other. Every corner gets a dap of glue at the top and you just press them together to create a holly! You will only use about six of the ten moons you got out of just a single toilet paper roll.

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When it is finished drying, you can move on to decorating it!

This is where you will need a paintbrush and a bottle of regular glue like Elmer’s. You can use something like Modge Podge if you want something a little stronger and thicker! I tried to remember as much of the video as I could and I only painted the front edges of the holly and at first, I was only doing two at a time because I didn’t know if I would be able to pick it up while all parts were covered in glue with my toes!

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You definitely don’t want the glue to dry completely, so you have to work fast when you start painting the glue around. Once you think you got enough glue on it, you flip it over (with all your might) and inside a paper plate you pour some glitter and place it in the middle and slightly move it side-to-side to get the glitter to stick onto the glue. You might have to press sections down slightly so all parts get some glitter, if you’re not satisfied with the amount of glitter on your holly, do what we did and go back over each leaf and paint more glue onto it and retry it again.

The last step is cut a string, whether it is standard yarn or metallic string like we had, you cut a bit and pull a strand around the loop at the top and make a knot or bow so it’s secure and place it anywhere you feel like, after Christmas is over with I’m going to place mine on the door knob, even though I think somebody’s going to cut it because my nana tends to make her knots very tight to the point there’s no guarntee you’ll get it loose!

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I hope you liked this post! 🙂

What kind of Christmas crafts have you done this year? 

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Guest Post | Writing Playlist by Our Wolf Song

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Today, I have a special guest post to share with you! My friend and fellow blogger Kathryn of Our Wolf Song and I have each created a different playlist that we use to write with on our different works. If you would like to read mine, you can go to her blog and check it out! And if you have any time left over, I’d also use it to check out the rest of her blog! Who knows, you might enjoy some of her topics she writes about on her site. 

For me, November was a month of frantic writing, late nights and end less cups of tea. Why? Because every year, I like to take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Yep, I’m one of those crazy folk trying to write a novel…

When Meghan told me she was going to start working on her own novel, I was immediately excited for her. Immersing yourself in another world and surrendering to your own imagination is such a wild thing, but also an amazing, highly creative form of art. Books are masterpieces, and only when you start to pull them apart to see what they’re made of, do you truly appreciate the work it takes to create them.

I have enjoyed a whole year of researching and planning my novel, so I spent NaNoWriMo filling in missing plot points and problem solving. Whereas Meghan spent November researching, creating characters and exploring what her novel was truly about. When we started chatting about our writing, I realised how great it was to have someone so similar to me, doing one of my favourite things too. Albeit, an ocean apart from me, but distance really means nothing online.

We inevitably became writing motivation buddies, to ensure we don’t lose sight or get lazy (How many unfinished novels does the world currently possess?) And we’ve been sharing tips and reference book recommendations with each other, which has been really useful. Since we both love music, and think about it in the same way (I remember when I first started speaking to Meghan, I quickly realised we were on the same wavelength about many things), I thought I better find out what music she listens to when she writes and share my own list with her.

Personally, I love a strong emotional song. Not necessarily sad, but certainly something that stirs up all sorts of feelings, which helps me envision great scenes: Betrayal, heartbreak, disaster, loneliness, gratitude, realisation; Whatever I’m sensing from the lyrics or the melodies, I try to explore in my writing and characters.

Having a writing playlist filled with emotional songs, is actually a great way to get unstuck from writer’s block or to mix up a lacking scene if you need to. Sometimes I just lay in bed or sit on the bus and stare out the window, listening to music, lost in my own world, playing scenes in my head. I just jot down some notes on my phone if I want to write the idea up later.

I use Spotify for most of my playlists and to be honest, I don’t know where I’d be without it. I’ve discovered so many great tracks through Spotify, from artists I’ve never heard of, because of the ‘recommended’ feature. It displays songs you may like to add, specifically based on the ones in the playlist.

I sifted through my unending Writing Playlist and selected some of my favourite songs to share with you:

1. Nothing and Everything by Red

This song jumped to mind immediately. I absolutely love the breakdown halfway through, as I tend to enjoy songs more if they sound like they’re falling apart or sound like different songs patched together. These songs take you on a journey and tell you a story. Holy Image of Lies by Sum 41 is another song that does this really well, although much more dramatically as it’s of the rock genre.

2. Fire-scene – Alt Version by S. Carey

Pianos are my favourite instrument to listen to, I think they create the most pleasant melodies. I like that they could make the softest, most soothing sound you’ve ever heard and the most heartbreaking, at the same time. The lyrics in this song are poetry and I think they speak of something final, perhaps the aftermath of a big scene.

3. Killer by Phoebe Bridgers

This song is so well written! I love the lyrics and I feel like I can relate them to specific characters in my novel. Songs like this, don’t require an entire orchestra; The raw, simple recording is enough, because you hang onto every note and breath of the singer. All the feelings and emotion is conveyed through their voice.

4. So Cold by Ben Cocks

I find the running piano in this song, with the addition of drums, so perfect for creating scenes. It moves action along really naturally and the lyrics just seem to fit in with whatever I imagine happening. It just writes itself

5. One Last Time by Jaymes Young

I recently started listening to this artist and I seem to like all of his songs. This one in particular, I adore because of the beautiful lyrics. I love that the chorus is delivered so smoothly, it’s as though the verses are a slow struggle and in the end, he just says what he really wants to.

6. Can You Hold Me by NF, Britt Nicole

Everyone loves a good duet. And when I listen to songs and imagine scenes, it really helps me if more than one person sings because it’s like a conversation is happening. The whole thing almost turns into a musical! This song in particular is really good, because you can hear when NF starts getting angry because he switches to rapping and at the end, he’s so over it that he’s almost speaking… So dramatic.

7. Sadness is Taking Over by flora cash

Not to sound too depressing, but this is one of the songs I imagine my characters crying to. You know, when your brilliant plot just gets a little too much for them to handle and they really start to fall apart… We all need a good cry song.

8. Between The Bars by Elliott Smith

The first time I heard this song, I really teared up. It felt like someone was telling me everything was going to be okay and the things I’d done in the past that weren’t okay, just didn’t matter. The lyrics are beautiful. It’s like a comforting, blanket song for characters that have been through hell and need a bit of love and reassurance. I always enjoy listening to this.

9. My Skin by Natalie Merchant

The potential scenes from this song are endless. Every time I listen, I come up with new ideas to write down. I think the lyrics are an absolute dream; She really took care in choosing the right words and somehow makes them feel almost tangible at times. And at the end, the long instrumental ties everything together really well, it’s as though the song just bleeds out.

10. See You Again by Elle King

I couldn’t believe this song when I came across it. The lyrics actually fit in perfectly with an event in my novel, like it was written for it. Honestly, I almost cried when I first heard it because something I’d created in my head suddenly seemed realistic. It was a surreal moment. Not only do I love the lyrics (bias), I’m a big fan of acoustic music for the reason I touched on before, you really get to hear that raw emotion from the vocalist.

NOTM: Holiday Nails!

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Howdy!

As you might’ve seen, I didn’t necessarily have a post for Thanksgiving but in my defense I wanted to, I literally had the colors picked out in my mind but the whole month of November sort of went by faster than I think any one of us thought it would!

I knew I needed to get my finger nails trimmed, so my nana ended up doing a few of my toe nails too! At the end of the visit, we had some free time and I asked her if she could paint my toes. She said yes and we went all out for the festive colors! I know I usually talk about the different brands of polish we use but I know for a fact that I’ve used all of these before, so I’ve decided to not go into that again. Sorry!

However, I do want to discuss why I wanted to go all Christmas-y with my toes!

I like to scroll through Pinterest and look at the different designs you can do on a person’s finger nails and of course I see the designs and doubt that I would ever be able to create something like that on any one of my toes, but I did want to try it out and my nana was open to doing something a little out of the box! We’re used to doing mismatch colors on each toe so in a way, it wasn’t that big of a deal!

I knew she had a dark green polish and I thought it would be a perfect tree color, even if it turned out like a Halloween emerald! We had to add two coats to make it look as close to the shade on the bottle. After that, we left the big toes to dry and then we moved onto the others and I decided to keep the theme as best to my ability and chose both a royal blue and red polish. As those began to dry we went back to the big toes and added some special things and this was where I got to do the small details!

I used a toothpick and stuck it into the sparkly gold polish and I tried to make a line in the middle of my toes to represent tinsel. This was easier said than done! After that, I figured that it would be smart to pick bright colors for the bulbs that you place on the tree so my two original colors were a lavender and bright yellow. I did the purple first because I knew that would show up with one coat, unfortunately my yellow wasn’t a good idea. When I went to place a yellow polka dot on the opposite side of the toe, it wouldn’t show up with just the one coat so at the last minute we switched it out with the purple again and there you have it! A mini Christmas tree painted on my toes!

What do you think of my nails? This was my first try and I am doing it with my own toes, so please don’t be mean in the comments! 

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Holiday House Tour!

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Hello! 🙂

So I am back with another Christmas-y post! This was an idea I’ve seen on numerous blogs with their own suggestions for Blogmas! I would have done our house but we’re not very festive, at least not compared to my nana and what she tends to bring out every year. I also haven’t done a house tour before, but I think it’ll be like how I wrote out my bookshelf post back in October so I hope you all enjoy all of the bright lights and decor!

The Kitchen:

I think the first thing you notice when you come up onto the porch is the ramp. She has a custom wheelchair ramp that was built by my dad a couple of years ago and she has her normal Christmas lights around the roof of the porch and a stand alone green light to support our veterans. She also has branches of a pine tree she has in the backyard she had my cousin cut off some of the lower branches when he was down for Thanksgiving. And lastly she has a wreath-like strand that wraps around the side of the ramp.

Next you enter the kitchen, she has two noticeable decorations in here! She got a yarn woven snowman with the word “Noel” stand on the table and of course we have “Nana Claus” or Alex if you read this post! She also has two extra Santa Clauses that don’t really have a place right now. They are just placed on the sides of the kitchen table until she finds an empty space for them!

To finish it off, she has these cute figurings of both Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus! She keeps telling me that they kiss, but whenever we moved them together they wouldn’t line up right. I think Mrs. Claus is supposed to go on his left side and maybe it would look better because her face is pressed up and to the side while Santa has his eyes closed like he’s blushing.

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Nana’s Office:

My nana has a small collection of Christmas trees that she leaves up all year round, they’re just scattered throughout the house in various sizes. She has one in her office where she has added extra tinsel with a red ornament and two angels. I think it’s a cute and simple decoration!

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Living Room:

Now this is where the majority of the decorations are, which is normal in almost every household because that has about the biggest space for a tree, whether it’s real or fake!

I think I’m going to start with the critters. She has these toys of different characters from the old-fashioned Christmas specials. She has two abominable snowmen, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, and the very old Coke Cola Santa Claus is the one that I remember from my own childhood! However she is missing Rudolph’s female friend from the films. Also, does anybody know who the mountain climber dude is?

She has two more lit up Christmas trees on a small table up against the wall; she’s put up her Nativity scene there instead underneath the tree because with the amount of dogs that come around that area, even I would be nervous for anything old to be somewhere they could get trampled. I think this set up is very beautiful! Just underneath this, we have a giant Santa Claus that is bulky but not as bad as BoBo the Bear that my aunt’s friend got me as a present back in August!

Now for the main event: The Christmas tree!

Last year, nana and I put it up all by ourselves, which I have to say was exhausting but fun! This time, I did help with getting the sections out of the totes but the rest of my family put it up and I guess my Uncle David had fun putting up the tinsel as it looks like its raining down the tree, but my nana thinks it looks like shiny cobwebs! I’ll let you decide what it looks like! As far as having anything directly underneath the tree, we have a Santa with his reindeer flying him on the red rug and on the left side we have a small train that my papaw would have loved at the end of the tree. There’s also two little buildings in the back that I couldn’t tell you what they were, so I apologize for that!

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So what do you think of the house tour? Do you have any interesting decorations up where you live?

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