DIY Stickers

Things You Will Need:

– A Pencil

– Paper/Cardstock

– Scissors/Craft Scissors

– Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils

– Double-sided Tape

Directions:

First, sketch out your sticker design on the piece of paper. If you want the sticker to be thick, then use a piece of Cardstock or sketchbook paper. I drew a marshmallow.

Next, color in your design.

(If you want your sticker to have a ‘laminated’ look, lay a strip of packing tape over the design.) Once you’ve done that, flip over the picture and start laying down the double-sided tape to cover the design.

Using scissors or craft scissors (depending on your preference), cut out the sticker and you’re done!

I put mine on my sketchbook along with a couple other stickers I created. (I didn’t create the penguin sticker in the middle. I bought it online from Redbubble.)

I hope you enjoyed this DIY! Later darlings! ❤

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What I Got for My Birthday

Hey darlings! In my Life Update post, I mentioned that I got some birthday money from family, friends, and working at a curriculum booth. Here are the things that I spent my money on!

1. A ukulele

I got my very first ukulele! It’s a Kala Makala Dolphin Ukulele (notice the dolphin where the strings are held together on the bottom). I love it so much and it sounds so beautiful! Just look at that color! XD

2. My sister’s birthday gift

For my sister’s birthday, I got her some books (Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, Dreamtreaders and The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson from thriftbooks.com) and some cute magnetic bookmarks from CraftedVan on Etsy!

3. Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Purple Headphones

I use the pens for calligraphy and handlettering, and I got some new earbuds cause my other ones finally died. :(:

4. A camera

I got a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 in Blue with a Galaxy case! I also got another box of accessories to go along with it. I got it all from Amazon.

5. A Bag/Backpack

I’ve always wanted a bag like this style and I finally got one! I love the color scheme!

6. Lipcolor

I got this pretty lipcolor by Revlon in number 655-Kisses. It’s really pretty! (The color has more mauve though…)

Well, that’s pretty much everything I got! I hope y’all enjoyed this post. Later! ❤

Life Update

So for those of you who actually read my blog, sorry for disappearing! I need to find a way to manage my time better… Since I haven’t really posted anything about me since around June, I guess I will just give y’all some highlights of my life that have taken place this summer!

1. Family Visits

In June, some family members from my mom’s side came over to visit for a little over a week. We went to a theme park and all sorts of fun places! Here’s a picture of this awesome Doctor Who mug I got at this little shop we went to:

2. I turned 17!

As some of you may know, I turned 17 on July 11th! My birthday was really fun and I got to make/decorate my own cake (pic below)!

3. My Birthday Party

Okay, so even though I’ve never had a birthday party before (I mean I always talked about having one, but then life happens so…) it was the best party ever! To celebrate, we hosted a Hobbit Trilogy movie marathon at our house and I invited 3 of my friends! It started at 10 a.m. and we didn’t finish till 7 p.m.. We had lunch, snacks, pizza, and all sorts of fun! If you don’t already know, I’m a HUGE Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fan so having a marathon of some of the movies was a dream come true and a memory I will cherish forever!

4. My Birthday Gifts

So my friends gave me some birthday gifts and I got a new sketchbook, some chocolate scented mascara (which is literally the best thing ever!), a box filled with “open when” letters (if you don’t know what those are look it up on Google or Pinterest), some more artsy stuff, and I got a lot of money from some family members and working a booth at a curriculum fair. (I’ll do a separate post of the stuff I bought with the money I got.)

5. More family visits

My Grandma and great Aunt (dad’s side) came to visit last week and we had a great time!

6. The Little Prince (Netflix)

Guys, The Little Prince movie finally came out on Netflix (on the 5th)!!!!!!! XD I have waited since last year to watch this movie and it finally came out. No joke, this is literally in my Top 3 favorite movies now (and that’s next to LOTR and The Hobbit, so it’s a BIG DEAL)! And the music was done by Hans Zimmer; like can this movie get any better?! If you have Netflix and haven’t watched it yet, what are doing reading this?! GO WATCH IT!!!! (I will be doing a review of it soon in another post.)

(Side Note: I couldn’t even watch the trailers without getting watery eyes, so…)

7. I’m a Senior!

I can now say that I am a senior in high school! Time sure has flown!

8. Driving?

I can’t remember if I ever told y’all but I got my Driver’s Permit back in May. My dad and I went driving shortly after I got it and long-story-short, I ended up hitting the curb really bad and I was totally scarred (mentally)! But anyways, my dad and I finally made time to practice again this past weekend and I think I did pretty good. I was super nervous to get back behind the wheel (which can be very intimidating; especially since we drive a huge van) but I’m glad I did! I definitely feel more confident. 🙂

9. A job?!

Today I had my very first interview for a job! And guess how it went….. :/ Well, I’ll tell you right now that it went a lot better than I expected! My stomach was hurting before I went cause I was so nervous! But then it ended up hurting for nothing because…. I GOT THE JOB!!! *happy dances* I can now say I work at Culver’s (check them out at: culvers.com)! I can’t believe I actually have a job! I’m so nervous but really excited at the same time! Wish me luck as I embark on this new stage of my life of managing schoolwork and a part-time job! 😀

So that’s pretty much what’s been up in my life right now! Hope you learned something new about me! Later darlings! ❤

Book Review: The Giver

Today’s book review is on ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry.

The Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)

The Giver by Lois Lowry // Review

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. -From Goodreads

Genre: Classics // Fiction // Young Adult

My Thoughts: Oh my word, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book so fast (under a day)! This book was amazing and surpassed my expectations for it! Although, it might be kinda hard to pick up that they don’t see color (cause it was for me, but luckily I had watched the movie first).

Writing Style: The writing style is very easy to read and gets the point across pretty quick.

Story Line: The story line was amazing and pulled on some heart strings! Even though I sometimes wish the world was more structured like the way it was in The Giver, the ending reminds me why things play out better the way they are.

Characters: From beginning to end you get to see how the main characters grow in knowledge and strength. It shows that young or old, you can always learn something new!

Favorite Part: I love when The Giver and Jonas start having their sessions together and you get to see more character development.

Cons: From what I remember, there wasn’t anything that I disagreed with.

My Rating: 5 Stars *****

Conclusion: This book will always be one of my favorites and I would recommend it for any age group!

Hey darlings! I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in forever! Life has just been pretty crazy lately, but I hope I’ll be able to post more! ❤

Book Review: Tolkien’s Towers

Today’s book review is on ‘The Two Towers’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the second book in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)

The Tow Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien // Review

Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin — alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go. -From Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy // Classics // Sci-Fi // Young Adult // Fiction

My Thoughts: The first half of the book I really enjoyed, but when I got to the second half I just got kind of bored and it felt like a drudge to read though. If you read my FOTR review, you’ll know that I particularly don’t care for Frodo, so I wasn’t looking forward to it. But all of a sudden I was reading the last few chapters and got back into it! The cliffhanger was great and I ended up liking it.

Writing Style: Tolkien is very descriptive in his writings, which I kinda zone out in, but the more you read it, the easier it’ll get.

Story Line: As the series progresses, we start to see more action and conflict. We also see how the decision making process changes for the characters as desperate times call for desperate measures.

Characters: Frodo was pretty much the only one I didn’t care for. Out of the newly introduced characters, my favorites were Eowyn and Faramir! ❤

Favorite Part: The battle of Helm’s Deep was my favorite part. Especially when Legolas and Gimli would fight and play their game at the same! XD

Cons: Other than it getting a little boring at times, I don’t think there were any cons.

My Rating: 4 Stars ****

Conclusion: I ended up enjoying this book and would recommend it to anyone who reads!

I hope you liked this review! Til next review darlings! ❤

Life Hacks

Is it just me, or has everyone else seen how popular those videos about ‘life hacks’ have been getting? I have actually enjoyed watching them and thought that it would be a fun post to share with y’all. So here are some life hacks that I thought might be pretty cool/helpful for you (taken from 1000lifehacks.com)!

*DISCLAIMER: I don’t know if all of these really work, so use at your own risk!*

I hope you found some of these useful! If you tried any let me know! Later darlings! ❤

Makeup Review: Ipsy April Glam Bag

Today’s review is on Ipsy’s April Glam Bag: The Dreamers.

Glam Bag

I like the sort of tye-dye look they were going for with this bag. 🙂

 

1st PRODUCT // Nth Degree: Moroccan Argan Oil & Keratin Hair Serum

This stuff is AMAZING! It makes my hair super smooth, shiny, and smelling great! Definitely want to purchase more.

2nd PRODUCT // Tarte: LipSurgence lip creme in ‘Wonder’

This was the first product from Tarte that I’ve used and I was very pleased with it. The color was very pretty and the quality was great! Would purchase again.

3rd PRODUCT // Adesse New York: Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in ‘Irina’ 

Guys, this is literally the best nail polish I have ever tried! I LOVE IT!!!! The gel effect is amazing and makes it last longer, plus they sent me a great shade, too! It is so good, here is the link if you want to try it: Adesse NY Nail Polish

4th PRODUCT // Luxie Beauty: Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522

This brush is super soft and gets the job done right!

5th PRODUCT // Nomad Cosmetics: NOMAD x Marrakesh Intense Eyeshadow in ‘Desert Sands’

The quality was great and the color was very pretty!

Overall Rating: This bag definitely gets 10/10 stars! This bag of products is one of my favorites that I’ve received from Ipsy so far.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the review! If you want to check out Ipsy click here! Have an amazing day, darlings! ❤