Sunday, January 21, 2018

30 Facts About Me | WTWTG


























Running this blog has become such an important part of my life this year, and therefore, so have all of you, the wonderful people who are thankfully reading. But, there are still some things you don't know about the gal behind the blog. So, I thought today would be a great opportunity to provide a list with more than a few interesting facts about myself, that could help you get to know me just a little bit better than before!



































"When I was younger I wanted to be a professional..."


Each morning I'm woken up by the bright and hopeful sunshine of a brand new day that my loving God himself has given to me. At the very moment I open my eyes, I feel compelled to jump out of bed and grab ahold of my faithful laptop. I'm eager to start my day but even more eager to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate while I begin to work on the latest article for my blog.

My life has been like this for almost three months now. The idea of writing and creating something new to share with my small, but mighty group of followers is literally what gets me out of bed every morning. Yet for some reason, it's only just now occurred to me that things have changed within that period of time. I'm happy to say we have more people reading, people that I've never taken the time to properly introduce myself to.

And with that thought finally dawning on me, I thought it would be an appropriate time to whip out a short list of (possibly) interesting facts that no matter how small, have come together in a way that has formed the person and writer, that you see today. I hope you will enjoy!



NOW, LET'S GET INTO THESE FACTS!


1. I'm a proud dog mom and most of the time put the needs of my little girl Posey before my own. 

2. I have the learning disability of dyslexia, which made learning to read and write immensely difficult. 

3. When I was around the age of ten or eleven I dislocated a bone in my wrist from jumping off a trampoline.

4. My mother homeschooled me and my older brother Ryan from kindergarten all the way to graduation.

5. Writing is my greatest passion in life and I pray that one day I will be able to make a career out of it.

6. I'm crazy about television and watch several different shows throughout the fall and winter each night.

7. I haven't had a sip of alcohol in my whole entire life and I can't ever see myself having the desire to.

8. I love rap music and listen to artists such as Beastie Boys, Vanilla Ice, and Hoodie Allen on the daily.

9. When I was younger I wanted to be a professional wrestler. (Seriously, I'm not joking in the slightest)

10. I ran my own YouTube channel to help support myself financially through most of my teenage years.

11. I'm a little on the shorter side at 5'3...Reaching items on high shelves is not my strong suit. 

12. One of my favorite places to eat is Steak n' Shake and it crushes me that we don't have it in our town.

13. I love hot chocolate and simply cannot get enough of it during the winter season.

14. My favorite sport is hockey, but we're currently on hiatus after my team traded my favorite player. 

15. One of my favorite things to do with my family is watching The Office together.

16. I am a proud Christian and believe in God with all of my heart and soul.

17. My favorite thing to eat is shrimp, I think I could have that every day and never get tired of it.

18. I have one sibling, my brother Ryan, who is nine years older than me...I tease him about that relentlessly.

19. I'm obsessed with the game Five Nights At Freddy's but I can't play it because it makes me jittery.

20. If I weren't pursuing a career in writing, I would want to be a professional photographer.

21. My favorite book series to this day is Diary of a Wimpy Kid...Read them, they're actually hilarious.

22. Spider-Man Homecoming was the best movie I'd ever seen in my entire life.

23. I have the absolute biggest crush on Tom Holland and talk about him constantly...It's a little sad.

24. I got my ears pierced for the first time on my 21st birthday, just last year.

25. I use the word "dope" to describe my excitement in almost everything...It's my favorite thing to say.

26. I had my first kiss when I was around eighteen and I ain't mad about it because I don't like rushing things. 

27.  I've never dyed my hair because I actually really like my natural color.

28.  My mother has been my best friend since I was a little girl and I love her with all my heart. 

29. Team Edge and Dan and Phil are my favorite channels to watch on YouTube.

30. I love thrift shopping and finding good deals on clothes, so much that I rarely by an item at its full-price.




I hope that you were able to learn a little somethin' about yours truly, that you may not have known before! I am super thankful to have this platform where I am able to share a small part of my life with you while getting to know some amazing new people in the process! This is something I love so dearly and my blogging experience has been a blast, so far. I can't wait to continue on and get to know all of you, even better along the way!





















Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What's In My Bag? | Winter 2018 Edition!

Being the curious person that I am, I always love getting a little peek at what other girls carry with them inside their bags! Is that considered weird? Because I have no idea, you'll have to be the judge on that one. But in case you're someone like me, I decided I would share my own bag and what I have inside of it during the winter time!






























So, whatcha got in there? 


There is definitely a decent amount of my essentials in this cute little mini backpack of mine, that I have been using throughout this winter, that's for sure. This year I have made it a goal of mine to be more prepared, so, I've been trying to load my bag up with just about anything I thought I could possibly need on a daily basis and there's still more to fit in there, so who knows, there might be an update in the near future!

But for now, below you'll be able to see what I've already loaded my bag up with! Once you come closer to the end, there will be details listed of what has been pictured in case any of these items end up peeking your interest! If you'd like to know more about a specific item, you can always reach out to me on social media through the link at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

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INSIDE MAIN POUCH:
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
  • Cateye sunglasses, black and green
  • Teal Nine West wallet/clutch 
  • The Body Shop Pouch (makeup bag)
  • Krispy Kreme lip balm set 
INSIDE MAKEUP BAG:
  • Mini body spray in Venom 
  • EOS hand cream
  • The Body Shop hand cream
  • EOS Sparkling Ginger lip balm 
  • Pink compact mirror 
OUTSIDE POUCHES: 
  • 5th Generation iPod Touch w/rose gold case
  • Red ink/stylus pen 
  • Selfie Ring Light 
  • Tic Tacs, orange flavor












So that was a little peek into my bag and what I always need to carry with me on a daily basis! I'm sure that all of you could tell, but I have a very strong love for Jesus, as well as lip balm and hand lotion! ...Jesus coming in first, of course! What I'd like to know is, what are some of your "cannot leave the house without" essentials?  












Sunday, January 14, 2018

How To Write A Blog Post Like A Professional


























In all honesty, it's not nearly as hard as you'd think it would be to improve the quality of your blog-post-writing skills. In fact, really all it comes down to is having a manageable, time-saving routine and a few helpful tools, then you're on your way to creating some outstanding content that you can truly be proud to share with the world!



























Welcome my friends and fellow bloggers!

Today I am incredibly happy to be sharing with you my personal writing process that I use for every single one of my articles! This five-step guide has been very beneficial to me as a beginner when writing and because of it, I've been able to keep myself better organized and well on track with my posting schedule. When reading, you will find step-by-step instructions as well as a few of my tips and tricks I've picked up on in my blogging journey. There are also website recommendations that could help you after the writing stage with things like photo editing, where to find free stock photos and more! 
                                                                                                                         
disclaimer: I would like to remind you that I am most definitely not a professional writer or blogger, and this entire post is said from a beginners perspective. The advice that I am offering is only meant to help you improve, and learn to write a post more like a professional while following a process that will make things easier for you when trying to keep up in the blogging community. I'm still learning myself, but what I have learned has worked for me, and I pray that at least some of this will end up working for you, too!

Lastly, I wanted to announce that this is the beginning of a new series that I will be doing, called #WriteOffTheBat where I'm going to be sharing everything I know about blogging as a beginner, so be on the lookout for more articles just like this one, because I'd like to do them monthly if possible...Now without any further ado, let's begin!

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1. GRAMMARLY                                              
As bloggers, our writing is incredibly important in order to be taken seriously by our readers as well as ourselves, that's why your first step in this process should be installing Grammarly onto Google Chrome or your compatible web-browser. But, wait...What is Grammarly? In case you've been living under a rock or just haven't done much research into blogging, it's basically the greatest application known to the writer. It's a simple, yet very effective writing-enhancement tool that when installed, will check for spelling errors as you go along writing your post which will be such a lifesaver when you're doing something like this on the regular. 

Speaking as someone who has dyslexia, (a learning disability; making the process of reading more difficult.) I've always been more than just a little paranoid about accidentally missing some of my little spelling mistakes before publishing my articles. But, since installing Grammarly, that's no longer been an issue of mine. I haven't needed to double check or triple check anything since I started this blog, and that has been a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders, and hopefully, it will be for you, too.

note: Grammarly is totally and completely free for you to use, but does offer an advanced version with a paid-subscription if you'd like to go another notch up with your writing. You can download the free app for Chrome and read more about their application right here.  

2. TITLE/ROUGH DRAFT
Once you have your newly installed Grammarly ready for use, we now can move on to our second step, the actual writing process. I like to recommend coming up with your title first before anything else. I know that may seem to be fairly obvious for most of you, but still, I like to remind people that titles are an extremely important part of any blog and should have a lot of thought and consideration put into them.

Without a proper title, you could have a brilliantly written, practically flawless article to share with everyone, but unfortunately, that won't matter so much. Without that interesting title, there won't be anything to pull the reader in, nothing to make them consider it as intriguing or potentially worth their time. With that being said, the title of your post should also be straightforward. If you're choosing to write about how to save money in the new year, then make sure your title reflects that instead of calling it something like, "You Should Be Doing This In 2018" Make sure that people understand what they're about to see before they even click. Don't be afraid to make it as clear to the reader as possible what your article will be about.

After coming up with the perfect title for your topic, it's great to start out with a few bullet points, I usually get the ball rolling on this by writing out a few short, but somewhat detailed sentences that contain the main points I would like to address within the article. I'll then take each of those first lines and start building onto them until eventually, I end up with enough to be used as the foundation for a full-on post.

note: It's crucial to remember that in this step we are working on our rough draft. If something isn't perfect, it's more than ok, that's what we have the editing stage for. Right now, think of your rough draft as a chance to explain everything to yourself, so you won't forget anything of importance in the final version.

3. TIME FOR EDITING 
So now that we have our rough draft put together, it may be looking a little bit crazy at this time. In fact, most of my rough drafts are usually just a jumbled mess of thoughts that would only ever make sense to myself. But it's all good because we're about to make some magic happen! We've got plenty of what we need to work with and now it's time to turn that draft into something special that will not only make sense to our lovely readers but will also give them the enjoyment that could potentially bring them back, looking for more to read in the near future!

It's safe to say that editing is where things will really start to take a turn for the best when writing your new article, but it can also be where the pace starts to slow down a bit for some bloggers, including myself. It's a pretty simple process, but if you're someone who can be critical of your writing and find yourself constantly rearranging, or even deleting sentences because you truly believe in your heart that you could be doing better (...That's literally me.) then this step can and most likely will, take up the majority of your time.

But the main purpose of the editing step is to go over what you've already written and start to polish it up until it gradually turns into something that you can feel completely satisfied and confident in sharing. You can use this time to place words within sentences that will help things start to flow a little better than they might have before, maybe even remove some words and replace ones you have used a little too frequently, (though that's hard to avoid depending on the topic and how much you write, so don't put too much pressure on yourself.) But overall, it's really all about tying everything together and trying to make it work in the best way possible.

note: At the end of the day, we're blogging because we enjoy it and it's meant to be a fun experience, so it's best we try to avoid getting caught up in the need for perfection. We can strive to do our very best, and we can totally strive for improvement, just not perfection, or we'll never be happy with the outcome of our work.

AFTER WRITING 
Truth be told, a more professional looking article involves just a little more than the writing itself...
Let's focus on adding and improving some of those bells and whistles before we finish, with our final two steps!


4. TAKING YOUR BLOG PHOTOS
Creating and adding in the right photos to your latest masterpiece can be just as important as coming up with a great title. The first photo you add to your blog post will usually be what your future readers will see in a preview once you've shared your link throughout social media. So, for our fourth step, we'll be focusing on my absolute favorite part of this process, which happens to be taking photos that will spice things up and make all of your hard work stand out and appear more visually interesting. 

I know that there are a ton of people out there that automatically assume you need to have the newest and fanciest camera in order to take professional looking blog photos, but really, the camera on your phone mixed with some good lighting will work just fine! But that there is the key, good lighting. Natural light, or natural light with a little artificial, will end up doing wonders for the quality. If you're using a phone or some sort of mobile device, try taking your photos earlier on in the day or whenever you have the best natural light coming through. I recommend you avoid taking any of your photos at night, the pictures will appear darker and grainer, which will bump the quality level way down.

On the flip side, if you do happen to have a nicer camera to use, you should totally take advantage of its power and use that baby for anything and everything. I'm no tech expert, so I recommend you Google tips and tricks on how to use your camera to the best of its ability. Learning exactly how your camera works will benefit you in so many ways, especially if you're using a DSLR, switching my Canon Rebel T5i from auto to manual was a total game changer for all of my blog photos.

note: I'm planning on doing another installment of this series that involves full details of how I take my blog photos with my DSLR. So, if you're not having much success with learning your camera and taking the best photos, hang tight because help is on the way! I'll try my best to hook you up with the best resources and tips asap!


5. CANVA, STOCKSNAP.IO, AND BEFUNKY
You know, I don't think I've ever gone without editing even just one of the photos I've taken for this blog because if they ended up turning out well on their own, then they could only get better in my mind. I don't spend a whole lot of time on this part, it's pretty quick and easy, just because I don't really do anything too crazy with them, but I do love to adjust and add brightness, change the sizing of each photo to fit my post perfectly, and I'm always adding some cool fonts to certain images, like the second photo you've seen at the top of this article, in order to display the title again, or a similar message.

Alright, so if you'd like to do any of those things that I just mentioned, you'll need to get yourself familiar with using the combination of websites BeFunky.com and Canva.com...Now, you may be wondering why I suggest you use two different sites to edit, well, it's because both sites have very different features that they offer for free, and using the two together is how I'm able to get the most out of my photos without having to pay an extra monthly bill.

Canva is a great site that works really well for any simple graphic design projects. There's a lot of free fonts you can choose from, a lot of illustrations, photos, etc. BeFunky is more for basic editing tools such as brightness, contrast, touch-ups, that sort of thing. Combine all free aspects of BeFunky and Canva together, and you've got a powerful editing tool that can be used for just about anything you'll ever need on your blog as far as design goes.

Now, in case you're having some trouble with photography, whether you don't have any of the right equipment or just can't seem to take the kind of photos that will have the most relevance to what you're discussing in your articles, I have two sites that will benefit you!

Thankfully there are plenty of websites out there that offer stock images, more importantly, there are websites out there that offer free stock images! The two I find myself using most often are called StockSnap.io and once again, Canva. Both sites have an awesome selection of free photos that can get you through your blog posts with ease. You could also use a combination of your own photography with stock images, that's something I do every once in a while and I know a lot of different bloggers like to do that, too.

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When you take the time to follow this routine or even the time to develop your own that will better suit your needs, you'll be surprised at how much time you can cut down on during your writing process. It doesn't take much to step up your blogging game, just having something to follow along with as you go, will help keep yourself more organized and on track, which will make a world of difference.

With all of that being said, remember to let me know what you thought of this first installment of #WriteOffTheBat and what kind of blogging topic you would like to see me cover in the future! Thank you for reading! 












Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Why You Should Keep A Journal In 2018



























Journaling has generated a lot of popularity in recent years, and that's rightfully so because in the right hands something as simple as a notebook and pen can be used as an excellent tool for mental health, act as your daily dose of encouragement and be your source of organization and creativity. 

When it was brought to my attention that we're in 2018, and there are some people out there that still aren't convinced they should hurry up and jump on this bandwagon, I knew in my heart that I had to whip out some of my very own reasons for why keeping a journal is worthy of your valuable time and effort in this new year.































































 "What a comfort is this journal. I tell myself to myself and throw the burden on my book and feel relieved." —Anne Lister 

I couldn't describe it any better than what is quoted above. Journaling is something so simple that anyone can do, yet it has been capable of having the most wonderful impact on me and my life through recent years, and with how hard it can be to stay optimistic in this world at times, that is something that I would love for others to experience as well, which is why today I thought I would share with you some of my very best reasons, for why you should try keeping your own journal this year. 
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1. YOU CAN CLEAR YOUR MIND
There have been more than a few mornings where I've woken up to a tired brain, exhausted from a full night of worrisome thoughts, that somehow, managed to pile up on top of one another the very moment I had laid my head against the pillow the evening before.

As much as I hate to admit it, I am a worrier. There's always something I'm wasting my time and energy being nervous about, and they're usually things that I can't control. Like my future and what might be in store for me the next day. I'll lay in my bed, looking up at the ceiling as I wonder what I'll end up doing with my life, or if any of my biggest dreams will ever actually end up becoming a reality. And then, there are the more simplistic, everyday worries such as questioning if I turned all of the lights out at work before I left or if anyone remembered to take the dog outside.

But since I've started taking a moment out of each day to write down some of my concerns, my late night stress has most definitely, and thankfully, decreased. When doing this, it feels as if all of your thoughts are emptying one by one, as each word comes in contact with the paper. And when you're all done, being able to close your journal and leave it be for the night, can really help you with leaving your more upsetting thoughts behind, too. 


2. IT'S YOUR PLACE TO GET CREATIVE
It's a common misconception that if you do more than just writing in your journal, then it's not actually considered to be a journal. But, in my humble opinion, that is complete and utter nonsense. Yes, of course, a journal's main purpose is to be written in, but that doesn't mean you're limited to only writing itself. 

There are multiple different kinds of journaling out there such as art, bullet, prayer, travel, as well as plenty of others, and realistically, we all have days where we just don't feel like writing or we feel our day wasn't really interesting enough to jot everything down, and those are the days that we can choose to either tuck our journals away in our desk drawers and leave them be until something exciting comes up, or we can use those days to get our creative juices flowing.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to the type of things you can do when you're not writing in your journal, but a few of my personal faves are practicing hand-lettering by writing out some of my absolute favorite inspirational quotes with watercolors or markers, putting together some collages of people and things that I really love, or making nicely decorated lists of all the different things I would like to accomplish in life.

note: if you are someone who plans to do mixed media, I recommend investing in a book with thicker paper. There's nothing worse than when you start having fun with paints, glue, watercolors, and sharpies, then it begins to bleed through onto your other pages. It's heartbreaking. So make sure you choose wisely and select the kind of journal that will work best for your needs.


3. YOU CAN SAVE YOUR MEMORIES
I think I'm always going to have a strong love for going through old diaries of mine from childhood. Through a lot of random doodles, a ton of glitter glue and some very poor spelling, I always end up discovering so many long forgotten, silly little memories and heartwarming stories that will never cease to make me laugh or sometimes even cry, and by keeping a journal today you're continuing to document more memories throughout different stages of your life, and as you grow older, it'll be something special to look back on.

Naturally, as much as we'd like to, we'll never be able to remember every single thing that has happened to us throughout our lives. But, with each moment you choose to write down, whether it be something funny that happened to a family member, a touching moment with a friend, or even some photos with a short caption that would spark a few interesting stories, it's all instantly saved and will be around for as long as you keep the journal itself, and just imagine being able to share these thoughts, stories, and pictures from when you were younger with your own kids or even grandkids somewhere down the line, now that would be pretty darn special.


4. IT HELPS RELIEVE YOUR ANXIETY
I can't stress enough how crucial it is to take proper care of your mental health in order to start living a happier and more successful lifestyle. If you are dealing with anxiety or experiencing a similar issue, then journaling could actually be quite effective, allowing you to take another step further in learning how to cope and finding simple ways to keep your sanity intact.

Sometimes the road to self-improvement can be a long one, but the key to development in this area is keeping close track of your progress, and I've discovered this to be a very beneficial way to do so. When I feel anxious, the best thing I can do for myself is sit down, and describe in detail what exactly I thought it was that lead me to feel such a way which helps me to identify the problem more quickly and efficiently.

After keeping up with this routine, writing with every moment I feel anxiousness coming on, I've been able to learn what some of my biggest triggers are so I can deal with them more head-on, and practice keeping calm in situations that are more difficult for me to hold myself together in. Then, over time I look back at previous journal entries and begin to see all of the situations I've overcome and reflect on the moments I thought were a big deal, but actually weren't, these little things really do help.
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It's easy to underestimate the power of doing something simple like this every day, especially when it can take up such little time. But the simplicity of journaling is exactly what makes it such a wonderful thing to have in your life because we all know that when taking care of ourselves, the honest truth is that we probably won't make the time to fit it into our schedules if it were more complex.

With all that being said, thank you so much for reading! I hope that at the very least one of you beautiful people out there were able to walk away from this little article with the urge to start journaling, and I pray that it will help you as much as it has helped me. Now, go enjoy the rest of your day and stay happy!













Monday, January 1, 2018

What I Wore: Christmas Eve Edition


















“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.” ― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

































































Hello there my friends, happy new year! 

I certainly hope that each and every one of you out there reading this had the most wonderful holiday season you could have asked for, with the best of family and friends! I know for a lot of people, including myself, the year of 2017 happened to be quite bittersweet. But, luckily we've been blessed with the ultimate opportunity to put those "not-so-great" experiences of the past behind us, and make the most of our lives with a fresh new start!

Now, I'll be honest here, I never do anything for New Year's Eve or Day...Well, unless you count sitting on the couch watching The Twilight Zone with your mother and dog for those two days as doing something. (Which I do.) But, it's just not really my thing. I don't enjoy parties, I don't go looking for a man to kiss at midnight, and despite being at the age of twenty-one, I don't drink, so that pretty much leaves me out of all the so-called "fun".

I personally like getting dressed up for Christmas Eve though, since the celebration of the baby Jesus is just a little more my speed. But, since that time of the year is now unfortunately behind us, I thought I would share with you the last little piece I have left of it with a "What I Wore: Christmas Eve Edition" - I haven't done a fashion post like this since the close to the end of November, so I thought I would use this as my opportunity to reflect on the last month of the year.

As you scroll down below, you will find photos of the outfit I wore throughout Christmas Eve Day, as well as the details of where I've purchased each item. I hope you will enjoy. 





























The sparkling red dress and sequin black cardigan were both purchased from a local thrift store in my town,  the tights and booties came from the online stores Charlotte Russe and Rue21. The belt I had taken from another dress, and the silver necklace was given to me as a gift.

I ended up being very pleased with how this outfit came together. I really enjoyed wearing it to celebrate the holiday and luckily, everything came out of my closet, so I didn't have to spend a single penny during a time where money can be pretty tight. 

As yet another year has come to a close, I pray for hope, comfort, and success for all of us within the new year. We've now turned a page in our lives, and we have a brand new chapter, with 365 blank pages just waiting to be written. We've been given yet another chance, to make our lives become ones we wish to live, and we need to take advantage of this gift we've been given. We are truly walking miracles here on this earth and we have been blessed with so much in this world without even realizing it. It's time we appreciate what we have, and work to improve ourselves along the way.  

So join me on this journey, let 2018 be the year of self-improvement and appreciation for any and all things.


Monday, December 18, 2017

15 Movies To Binge Watch Christmas Week



























Unless you're a complete and total Scrooge, (pre-discovering the error of his ways) I think just about anyone here in this world can show some love and appreciation for a good Christmas movie!

From heartwarming to hilarious, throughout the decades we've been provided with some of the absolute greatest holiday films known to man. If you're in the market for something new to binge on all throughout the week, I have the perfect list for you! Jam-packed with some of the best classics and maybe even a few, unconventional films that you may not have thought to watch at this time of year. We'll have you dashing to the television in no time!































































 Time to get into the Christmas spirit!


Listed below you'll find fifteen of my favorite movies to watch during the holiday season. They're not in order of my favorites because I don't think I could ever decide which movie ranked above the other. I love them all too much! There is a little something for everyone here, and the VeggieTales are absolutely perfect for children, but I sincerely enjoy them too, so I think it's very possible all of you adults may like them as well!
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1. The Peanuts Movie (2015)

2. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

3. VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy (2011)

4. The Holiday (2005)

5. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

6. Anne of Green Gables (1985)

7. Elf (2003)

8. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)

9. The Year Without A Santa Clause (1974)

10. Rudolph's Shiny New Year

11. Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey (1977)

12. VeggieTales: It's A Meaningful Life (2010)

13. Home Alone (1990)

14. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

15. The Polar Express (2004)

16. + 17. (Bonus) While they didn't quite fit into the list of fifteen, there are two other VeggieTales movies that I really enjoy watching this time of year. I know, I really love the veggies, ok? The first is The Penniless Princess (2012) and The Toy That Saved Christmas...Not entirely sure when this one was released, but judging by the animation, it's definitely on the older side.
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And there you have it, a full list of movie suggestions you can binge on throughout the week! Not all that I have here are focused specifically on Christmas, but they are heartwarming and have a bit of a "Christmasy" vibe to them, or features the holiday in some way, shape or form.

I think the great part about all of these is that there's something in here for everyone.  There are movies in here that the adults can enjoy, as well as the entire family!

I hope you all are having fun prepping for the big day, and happy bingeing!












Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12 Questions of Christmas



Oh, Christmas. How wonderful it is to see you again! 


Hello there everyone, thank you for checking in with me! Today is December 13th, and please allow me to remind you that it's LESS THAN TWO WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS DAY! I don't know about you, but I for one, am pretty darn pumped! Bring on those presents, Santa! I promise I've been good this year!

In all seriousness, as I'm out and about going shopping, looking for presents to give to my loved ones. I find that homes throughout the neighborhoods are draped in beautiful, sparkling lights, while stores are covered wall to wall with fancy red bows and ribbons as good ole' classic Christmas music is playing joyfully in the background. So, I thought to go along with all of that Christmas cheer surrounding us, I'd do something a little different, but a whole lot of fun! I'm going to be answering questions from the "12 Questions of Christmas" tag! Which is beyond exciting as it's my first tag I've ever done here on When The Wild Things Grow.

It's pretty self-explanatory, but basically, there are twelve questions that I'll be answering relating to any and all things Christmas. I'm hoping you'll learn a little bit about yours truly, and how I like to celebrate. So, enough rockin' around the Christmas tree (That's the festive version of beating around the bush.) and let's get to answering these questions, shall we?


 QUESTION #1: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS TRADITION? 

I definitely think that my favorite Christmas tradition would have to be watching The Polar Express on Christmas Eve with my mom. It's been our favorite holiday movie from the moment we saw it. It never seems to get old as the animation is still quite amazing and watching it is like witnessing a magical storybook come to life before your very eyes. 

It's always such a wonderful thing to be able to spend some quality time with my momma and my faithful pupper while sipping hot chocolate, eating our favorite snacks, opening just one gift from our stockings by a beautifully lit and decorated Christmas tree. "When Christmas Comes To Town" playing in the background, which happens to be one of the best songs from the movie...It all comes together as the perfect recipe for some strong holiday feels!



 QUESTIONS #2: WHERE DO YOU SPEND CHRISTMAS? 

I typically spend Christmas right here at my home in Maryland, with my wonderful parents and wonderful dog. We usually have a nice quiet morning opening all of our gifts together while we watch a little television and snack on the goodies we've received in our stockings.

Then later on in the day, we'll have a visit with my grandmother Beverly and my brother Ryan and his wife. They usually end up coming over to our home, but since we all live very close to one another now, who knows where we'll end up this year!



 QUESTION #3: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS SONG? 

Goodness, I certainly have a solid handful! Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses, Christmas Time in Hollis by Run DMC and Holly Jolly Christmas (Micheal BublĂ© version) just to name a few! 
But, if I had to narrow it down to just one very favorite, it's safe to say that it's always been Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney.



 QUESTION #4: DO YOU DECORATE BEFORE OR AFTER THANKSGIVING? 

My mom and I usually put up the tree and do all of the Christmas decorating together after Thanksgiving, though she sometimes has to hold me back from decorating my room beforehand. Which, I don't mind too much. I'm always pretty eager to get started, but a it's a little more special when Thanksgiving has officially ended.





 QUESTION #5: TINSEL OR GARLAND? 

It's hard to choose because I actually really like the combination of both. Which is what we put together to decorate our stair railing in the house this year. I love that natural, woodsy effect that garland gives. But, I also love the sparkle and shine of tinsel. I think if I had to choose, I'd pick tinsel...Mostly because there are so many variations as far as colors and designs! I mean, look, we have little candy canes on ours! How perfect!



 QUESTION #6: WHO ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON? 

Well, I'm excited to see my whole entire family of course! I always look forward to seeing my parents, brother and grandmother open their gifts that I totally stressed myself out looking for...But, I do really, really love watching my dog, Posey open her gifts in the morning! Last year, she discovered that she could rip open her wrapping paper all by herself and watching the excitement build in her little brown eyes as the paper peels back bit by bit, only to see her face light up as a shiny new toy is revealed, just warms my heart! So, I guess she's what I'm most excited to see this year!



 QUESTION #7: DO YOU OWN AN UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER? 

At the moment I currently own four Christmas sweaters, and I am looking to purchase a fifth for my collection before the end of this year. However, they are most definitely NOT ugly. I think that mine are actually quite beautiful and they're a must-have for the holiday season!




 QUESTION #8: WHAT IS ONE CHRISTMAS FOOD YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT?  

Well, it may not be a food, but hot chocolate is my go-to "cannot live without it" drink during this time of year! As soon as that chill begins to take over the air, I need a hot cup of chocolatey goodness. (...Which I can never seem to stir up very well as you can see. But I promise, it still tastes delicious!)


 QUESTION #9: PEPPERMINT OR GINGERBREAD? 


Without a doubt, the answer is peppermint. Certainly, no offense to gingerbread. They're both delicious...But in my humble opinion, there aren't many flavors out there that are better, or more Christmasy than peppermint. The way it tastes, the way it smells...It's just like a little piece of heaven on earth! In fact, every single holiday season...Peppermint mocha coffee creamer is a must have for me. Sooo good!



 QUESTION #10: HAVE YOU EVER TRIED A FRUITCAKE? 

I've been on this earth for twenty-one years and I have to say, I haven't ever tried a fruitcake. In all honesty, I don't think I'll ever really have the desire to! Truth bomb, it's exactly like eggnog (gross) it's a classic...But you're unsure of why it's a classic.


 QUESTION #11: WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ASKED FOR THIS CHRISTMAS? 

This year I asked for a new iPod, which I did get thanks to my dad who went halfsies with me. I've been using the same iPod for the past, I want to say, five years and I decided it was time for an upgrade. (I know, I am definitely not someone who always needs the latest model, that's for sure. Haha!) Now, I won't lie...I'm sort of living the life of a "starving artist" you might say. While I do work a job outside of blogging and writing, those two things are my biggest passions in life and what I want to pursue. So, I dedicate a lot of my time and money to it. But, when chasing dreams, you sometimes have to cut some corners. One of them for me, being a smartphone. 

Since I'm left without a phone that has all of those fancy bells and whistles, for the time being, I use an iPod for things like taking nicer photos, browsing the internet, and using social media. It's just easier for me instead of paying an expensive monthly bill. I'm looking forward to using this bad boy on Christmas day, that's for sure!


 QUESTION #12: IF YOU COULD BE ANY CHRISTMAS MOVIE CHARACTER, WHO WOULD YOU BE? 

Hmm, now this is a tough one. There are so many Christmas characters I love, but, I can't really think of one that I relate to. So, just to pick one, I think I would want to be Snow Miser from "A Year Without A Santa Clause" since he's quick-witted, funny, and has the ability to control the cold weather...Which means, I could allow just the right amount of snow to come to my town. Just enough to be pretty to look at!



 Thank you for reading!
 
Wow, this was a lot of fun for me to do and I really hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of how I celebrate this beloved holiday. As always, I'd like to thank all of you for taking a moment out of your day to catch up with me! 

I'm excited to say that I have a lot of festive fun planned to share with you this month, so be sure to keep an eye out. I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of how I celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Who is the real reason for us to be happy this year and every year.  

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! Until next time!