Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Warm Fuzzies #2

Hey everyone! Time for the second installment of my Warm Fuzzies series!

Okay, you'll need to bear with me on this one, because it's not something that is conventionally happy.  it's Taylor Swift's performance of All Too Well at the Grammy Awards.

Here's why this makes me happy.  First of all, it made me cry.  Any type of art that makes you feel something is automatically doing its job, but to move you to tears is a whole other level.  This was raw, pure, and flat out amazing.  There was no pretension to this like with some of Taylor's other performances, it was just her, a piano, and her amazing voice.  Stripped of all the trappings, her time on stage affected me more than any other show I have seen her do.

I love music, it is the closest I come to a hobby.  I have played for most of my life and it is the one thing I know very well. So I can appreciate what happened on that stage.  It was the closest thing to magic that can happen on this earth.

And that made me happy.  And awed.  And emotional.

Here is the video,please go watch it.  It's just amazing.  Watch to the end, please.


Until next time, xoxo Laura

Monday, 27 January 2014

January Favourites

Hey everyone!

It's time for another favourites post! I'm sorry that these are inconsistent, but I don't try out a ton of new products each month so I prefer to spread them out and do one when I actually have a few things for you.

This month I have a few stand-outs and I can't wait to share them with you! I hope you enjoy, and I really do highly recommend these for you all to try out.


First up is the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation.  I put this in my Bought It, Forgot It post and it was truly the best of the bunch.  I adore this! The coverage and formulation is really nice, and I felt it lasted a long time on my face which is really important.  It also didn't dry out my skin which is a huge bonus.


Speaking of dry skin, I have discovered a product that has literally changed my skincare routine forever.  It's the derma e Soothing Moisturizing Creme, which I did a First Impression post on earlier in the month (see it here).  I have never had my skin look and feel so amazing in my life.  I have actually changed my skincare routine entirely this month, and it seems to be working wonders for me.  Other than when my skin was getting used to the product, I have had no breakouts and my skin feels so soft even in this harsh winter.  I wear this under makeup and if anything it makes my makeup last longer, rather than causing it to slip off.  I cannot rate this high enough, if you can find it go buy it! (I saw it at Zehrs just recently so if you shop there, it's in the Health Food-type section)

Another product that has revitalized my face is this Pond's Cold Cream.  I love this stuff, even though it seems like a strange product.  To use it, you lather it on your face like a cleanser, and then wash it off with warm water.  It has the consistency of a really thick cream, and is a little bit greasy, especially when you're rubbing it all over your face.  But what I find is that it thoroughly cleanses my skin without drying it out.  I get really bad dry skin in the colder months anyways, and by cleansing my face with this, followed with
my derma e moisturizer, I haven't had dry skin at all this month.  I do only use this at night and not under makeup, just because it is a greasy formula and I don't want my face looking slick throughout the day.  This is super cheap, only about $6 and you can buy it almost anywhere.


Another product I have really been turning to a lot this month is this mousse.  I love this, it smells like green apples and gives me an amazing curl without frizz or crunchiness.  I have no idea where to buy it or how much it is, but I highly recommend you get it, especially if you have naturally unruly hair like me!  I pop a palmful of this into towel dried hair and let it air dry, and it looks amazing, here's a picture:


This stuff has amazing hold and my hair always looks amazing when I use it.  I think it also might be making my hair a little healthier too, I haven't switched anything in my hair care routine except this and yet my hair  is much softer and healthier.  I don't know for sure, but I do know I want to get my hands on more of this when I run out!


My final January favourite is this hat! I love this hat, it's probably the most loved thing I own. I bought it at Ardene's and I wear it almost every day. It's super cute and fun, and matches outfits and coats galore.  I was actually in a store with my mom one day and not only did the owner say she liked my hat, but a group of women who came in about five minutes later spent time telling me how much THEY loved my hat!  I just love this, it's very me, and I think it makes the statement that no matter how silly other people (i.e. my mom) think something looks, it's what you think that really matters!

That's all for my january Favourites, comment below with the products you have been loving this month, and look out for my Bought It, Forgot It review coming up in a few days! Bye!
xoxo Laura.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Warm Fuzzies #1

This is a new series I want to start doing.  It won't be super consistent, but I want to throw something out there every once in awhile that will make people smile!


The first Warm Fuzzy I am going to post is this song and video from Carrie Hope Fletcher, or ItsWayPastMyBedtime.  It is so cute and funny, and I relate to it a lot.  Most bookworms will! I mean, who hasn't fallen in love with a book character?! Edward, Jacob, Harry, Ron, Augustus, and Peeta are just a few!  I love reading, but falling in love with characters makes a book just that much better.  (It also spawns a world of fanfiction, which can be quite a scary place!)

Anyways, give it a listen and tell me your thoughts.  I really loved this and it definitely made me smile!
Have a great day everyone!
xoxo Laura

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Recipe: Quinoa Chili

Hey everyone!

The other day I made this quinoa chili and it was amazing! I thought it might make a nice little how-to for you guys, especially for those of you who are vegetarian or have vegetarian roommates.  I made this for a potluck with my girls and one, her name is Laura too, is a vegetarian so I wanted to make something she could have but that wouldn't break the bank.

This was really easy and wasn't expensive at all.

Ingredients:
1 green bell pepper
1 small yellow onion
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp EACH chili flakes, oregano, and basil
360 ml can beans in tomato sauce (I used Heinz)
540 ml can EACH red kidney beans and black beans
796 ml can diced tomatoes
water
1 and 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa





Then serve! Once it is cooked, I recommend that you check the flavour.  If you want it spicier add another tablespoon of chili powder (I did this but I quite like spice).  This is also really good if you add 1 cup of frozen corn when you add the beans and tomatoes.  This recipe can be eaten right away or it can be portioned out and frozen, which is what I did with the extra.  This way, you have some for a day when you don't feel like cooking!

I hope you enjoyed this, let me know if you made it! Take a picture and put it on Instagram and tag me, @thatsme_lauravz.  I would love to see how it turns out for you! I'm also very sorry for not including a finished picture, like I said, I was making this for a party and had to run off as soon as it was finished!
xoxo Laura

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Winter Lookbook


This post has been a long time coming but I hope it was worth the wait! My Winter Lookbook!

As an introduction, my style is a mix of classic, comfy, and a little bit hipster/grunge.  I definitely have my own style, but I do borrow from a lot of different elements, especially British fashion.  Zoella280390 (Zoe Sugg) and Tanya Burr are especially huge influences for me, I adore their style! But why talk about it when you can see it instead!

***Wherever possible I put the brand, otherwise I put the store where I bought the item***

Everyday, comfortable look.
Cardigan: Buffalo 
Camisole: Mexx 
Jeans: Silver
Socks: Roots
Moccasins: Taxi Elite
Lipstick: Maybelline ColourSensational in 235 Warm Me Up
 Maybelline Color Whisper in 25 Lust For Blush

Everyday, classy look.
Shirt: Dex
Leggings: Pink Rose
Boots: Payless ShoeSource
Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 08

Comfy and casual.
Shirt: Denver Hayes Vintage
Tank: Denver Hayes
Jeans: Silver
Boots: Martino Boots
Lipstick: Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hr Stain Gloss in 140 Ruby Indulgence

School spirit with a hint of hipster grunge.
Sweater: Reppin' the school wear
Jeans: Silver
Boots: Martino Boots
Hat: Ardene's
Lipstick: Maybelline Super Stay 10 Hr Stain Gloss in 140 Ruby Indulgence
Lancome Juicy Tube in Raspberry Ice

Party look that doesn't include frostbite!
Shirt: Free People
Belt: Winners
Skirt: V & X
Leggings:Winners (They're sparkly!)
Shoes: Ardene's
Lipstick: Rimmel Apocalips in 400 Big Bang

I feel like a nice coat gives me so much confidence and looks so classy, but is still warm.  I heart pea coats! 
Coat: Point Zero
Jeans: Silver
Hat: Urban Behaviour (Borrowed from Kelly)
Boots: Payless ShoeSource
Scarf: Winners
Lipstick: Revlon Colorburst Lipbutter in 010 Raspberry Pie

Bloopers!

On my face:
Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in 150 Nude
Revlon Nearly Naked Powder in 020 Light
Covergirl Blush in Plumberry
Revlon Bronzer in Natural Bronze

On my eyes:
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
Maybelline Volum Express Big Eyes The Falsies

All jewellery is my own.

Big shoutout to Kelly (Tumblr here, Twitter here) for being my photographer! I think she quite enjoyed using my new camera!  This post was supposed to happen in the fall but due to circumstances never happened, so I'm glad it's finally out and the pictures turned out better than I could have ever imagined.  I really hope you guys enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it.  I'll might do another one in the spring, so let me know your thoughts in the comments below! And please go tell Kelly what an amazing job she did!
xoxo Laura

Also, tiny shout out to Derek if he reads this, this is what I was tweeting about! Haha!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Bought It, Forgot It- January

Surprise!  I have a new feature!

Inspired by Casey Holmes from itsbl0ndie over on YouTube, I have started my own little Bought It, Forgot It series.  The premise is that each month I pick products out of my stash that I have bought and forgot about so I'm not using, and try to incorporate them into my makeup routine.  At the end of the month, I will give you a little update on how I feel about the products and whether I kept my promise and actually used them

This month I have 4 products I want to use:


First is this Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in 150 Nude.  I am hoping it matches my winter skin colour, because I bought this in early fall when I still had my slight summer tan.  This came in a package with the Nearly Naked pressed powder in 020 Light, but this month I want to focus on just using the foundation.



Next up is this 4-eyeshadow palette by Annabelle.  I bought this back in my VERY early makeup days, when someone (teen magazines, I blame you) had told me that because I had brown eyes I should wear purple eyeshadow.  And ONLY purple eyeshadow.  Now I have this palette, which looks almost untouched, and it just sits in my makeup organizer collecting dust.  Back when they still sold these (I don't think they do anymore), you bought the little pans and put them into the palette, effectively creating your own pallette.  Basically,they were trying to copy MAC by doing this.  This month, I am really going to make an effort to use this.


Third is this lipstick by Wet n Wild.  I made a post on this shade and another one when I bought it back in the summer, and I think I might have used it once.  I'm not sure if this colour suits me or not, it's almost a rose gold shade, and very shimmery, but I am determined to try it.  Maybe with a bold eye it would make a nice muted lip?


And finally is the Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof formula in Black.  I bought this for a funeral, hence waterproof, but I haven't worn it since.  I don't remember being too enchanted with the formula if I'm honest.  However, since it's winter and cold and windy, my eyes tear up a lot when I'm outside.  Hopefully if I wear this I won't end up with black smudges under my eyes!

That's the end of this month's Bought It, Forgot It.  Tune back in at the end of the month to see what I thought of these products!
xoxo Laura

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

First Impression: derma e Soothing Moisturizing Creme

Hello all, I thought I would bring you something a little bit different today!

When it comes to my skin-care routine, I am lazy.  I admit it.  But I really do make sure I always moisturize my skin.  As you may remember from previous posts, I used to use the Weleda Iris Hydrating Lotion, but when I went to repurchase it my trusted store didn't stock it anymore!  Thankfully, the people who work there are amazing and recommended a few alternatives to try out instead.


I ended up picking out the derma e Soothing Moisturizing Creme, something I had never heard of before, but the employee insisted that it is an amazing brand.  It was $27.99 for 56 grams of product, which is about mid-range for what I have paid for moisturizers.  So, without further ado, lets get on to the first impression.

Claim (from the leaflet/packaging)
Derma e says that all of its products are free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, and artificial colours, as well as being 100% vegan.  While the vegan part doesn't sway me, I do love that it is free of these chemicals that are awful for your body and well-being.  I read There's Lead in Your Lipstick and haven't been the same since.  The brand also donates to various organizations, and does not test on animals.  Derma e has won multiple awards for its products and aims to lessen its impact on the environment by using non-GMO imgredients, organic when possible, and operates using 100% wind energy (which is super cool!)


For this specific product, the packaging says, "helps smooth for visibly vibrant, firmer, younger looking skin." It contains, "Phycnogenol [which is] a super antioxidant that is 50 times more powerful than Viatmin E, and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles." It also claims to be, "Excellent for use by those with sensitive or dry to normal skin."

Of that, I really only relate to the dry and sensitive skin part, although I do have some fine lines (most people call those smile lines though, which I like the sound of much better!)


Packaging
I quite like the packaging for this product.  It comes in a heavy glass container and feels really sturdy and luxurious.  The label is nothing special, and I don't like that it covers the entire bottle.  I'm also not a fan of the lid, mostly because I tend to break plastic lids.  I feel like with a glass bottle a plastic lid makes it feel a little less expensive and luxurious, but that might just be me!

The product itself is a beige-y pink colour, which isn't off-putting for me, but I am used to white moisturizers, so it's different (nothing wrong with different!)  It does not tint your skin though, I tested some on the back of my hand before using it on my face.  There is a very subtle smell to it, nothing too strong, and I wouldn't say it is unpleasant. It almost smells like products that claim to be unscented (if that makes sense).

Altogether, I am impressed before first application.


Application
I applied this onto cleansed and dried skin.

I did add too much at first, you only need about a dime-sized amount for your entire face, which is good because it means it will last for a long time and is more bang for your buck.  As I was applying, I was worried it wasn't going to sink into my skin because at first it just sat on the surface.  However, with very little effort it did sink into my skin.  I didn't leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy, and actually applied to a matte finish rather than leaving me looking shiny.  It also has clearly moisturized my very dry patches, such as the apples of my cheeks and the spot on my forehead between my brows.

Look at me being brave and putting my naked morning face on the internet!
Here is a picture with flash photography (don't make fun of my morning face!)  No shine! Just crappy lighting... And a really awful angle, ugh.

Under Makeup
When I was applying my foundation, I didn't find that it was sitting on top of my face as it usually would when I had applied moisturizer.  If anything, it blended into my skin better than usual.  My face sans powder was no shinier than it would be with only foundation, and I do think that my makeup went onto my face better than with my other moisturizers.

Those are designer bags under my eyes!  On a side note, my concealer gives a horrible white cast in flash photography...
Here is a picture with relatively fresh makeup. (If you want a tutorial for this look let me know! It's one of my favourites!) Sorry for the lighting, there was a storm going on outside so the only place with relatively decent lighting was standing inside of my bathtub by the tiny east-facing window!

As the day progressed, my face was no more oily/shiny than it would be at any other time when I did not have moisturizer underneath my makeup.  I only re-powdered once, which is normal for me with the foundation I used.

Side note: I also wore this when I was working out.  I took off my makeup and used this so I wouldn't get too dry.  You know how when you sweat with moisturizer on it makes your skin really oily, or your face feels like it has a film on it? I didn't get that feeling at all, it was like there was nothing on my face but my skin.

Final Thoughts
I think this is going to be a really great moisturizer for day-to-day use.  I love that it sinks into the skin so beautifully and is so nice underneath makeup.  My skin felt really nice and soft after application, but without the greasiness or oily sheen.  The price was pretty good too, much less than what I had paid before and for a product that I think is going to work better for me. Hopefully this will fix up my dry skin for the rest of the winter!

I hope you liked my first First Impression post.  Let me know if you want to see a tutorial for the makeup look above, and leave a comment telling me what you thought! Would you like to see more First Impressions in the future?
xoxo Laura

Monday, 6 January 2014

If you love me...

Hey everyone!

So I've been updating and changing around my blog format and I really would love your opinions.  I changed the widths so I can make my pictures and font larger in future posts, and I've also added and changed around my gadgets.  It would be a HUGE favour if you could just leave a comment and tell me what you think of the new format and what you think might need to be improved or changed a little bit more.

Also, I would love you forever if you just subscribed using Google Friend Connect.  All you have to do is click it and select either your Google or Twitter account. If you follow using Twitter, I will follow you!
(If you promote my blog on Twitter as well I will retweet and give you a follow)

I also have an email address, it's in the description (freedom-tobe@hotmail.com) so if you have any questions you can also send me an email to that address!

Thanks everyone, it's just a little discouraging seeing all of these page and post views but not having any subscribers.  I want to tailor my content to what YOU want to see and what YOU like but since I don't know who you are I can't do that!

Thanks all, you're the best <3

Here's a picture of cute baby animals as a thank you: 


Saturday, 4 January 2014

F.O.T.D. & O.O.T.D- January 4th, 2013

January 4th, 2013- Hockey game and grandparent's visit!


Face:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
Revlon Nearly Naked Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Blush
Revlon Bronzer


Eyes:
Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow (Palette- Not Just Nudes)
Lancome Sample Palette 207 Petal Pusher (Shades 3, 4, and 5)
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara (Top Lashes)
Maybelline Big Eyes The Falsies (Bottom Lashes)



Lips:
Maybelline BabyLips 10 Mint
Maybelline Super Stay 10Hr Stain Gloss 140 Ruby Indulgence


Clothes:
Boots- Payless Shoes
Jeans- Silver
Tank- Mark's Work Warehouse
Sweater- Mark's Work Warehouse

Jewellery:
Necklace- Christmas gift (from New Zealand)
Ring- Heirloom (Nana's wedding ring)

Hope you enjoyed <3
xoxo Laura

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

What I Got for Christmas (2013)

Hello everyone! I can't believe it's 2013 already!

I have seen tons of "What I Got for Christmas" videos and posts floating around the internet since the 25th and since I love watching/reading that kind of thing, I thought I would do one myself.  I know I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I really hope you all like it!

Disclaimer: I am not trying to brag in any way! I just thought I would share because I like this sort of thing myself.


First up, I got tons of new clothes! I love clothes, remember being a kid and thinking clothes were the worst gift ever? Not me! My mom, Aunt, and my Nana all had amazing taste so clothes for Christmas were sometimes the best part of the holiday!  This year my mom got some HUGE deals on Black Friday and I picked out the above sweaters.  I do pick out my clothes now, just to make sure it fits, but I usually forget so it's still a surprise!  I also got pajamas from my Grandma, which is a bit of a tradition.  If not for another present (more later!) clothes would have 100% been the most exciting part of Christmas! (Also, there's a cheeky little apron in this picture too.  My mom knows I love to cook!)



Also from my Grandma, I got an air popper popcorn maker.  I love these so much, and microwave popcorn is so bad for you (so much fat and chemicals!)  This is so much better, and I really wanted one.  I'm so lucky she found one, they're difficult to find!

My Aunt (my mom's sister) got me a gift card to an independent clothing store we all love near my house with the promise that we all go shopping together, which makes it so much more special.  She and my mom both got ones too.  For privacy reasons I am not putting a picture of it here, sorry!


However, she also gave me another present, a necklace she bought on her trip to New Zealand.  My mom and I both got ones.  I won't tell you why, because it's sad and I'm afraid to bore/depress you, but these are very sentimental and a fair few tears were shed over this gift.  I love it, I wear it every day.


My papa's gift this year was amazing, especially since Christmas was such a horrendously difficult time for him this year (and us, but worse for him).  I got a LUSH gift set from him.  I can't remember what it was called, and it isn't on the website anymore, but it contains the Snowfairy bubble wand, Father Christmas bath bomb, Snowman bath bomb, Penguin bubble bar, Bombardino bath bomb and the Melting Snowman bath melt.  I apologize if I screwed up the names, I can't find my little leaflet that came with it!  My papa also gave me money which I used to purchase new music as it has been ages (probably since last Christmas honestly). So currently I am listing to Ellie Goulding's Halcyon Days Deluxe Edition (it's amazing, go buy it).


A tradition in my family is to receive an ornament every year from either my mom or my grandma.  This year my dad picked out this little fluffy white owl, which I have perched in the top branches of my Christmas tree so he can watch us all.  I also got an angel ornament from my mom in my stocking. Along with that is the stack of books I received this year (and a season of Mad Men, best show ever!)  I usually get more but my next present will show you why it is smaller this year (although there is still a sizable amount of literature there!) I love to read, one year I opened a 1.5 cubic foot book to find it PACKED with books and my parents could barely convince me to open the rest of my gifts! (That was a great year.)

Let's end the suspense! My final (and BEST) gift this year was...


A Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera! I had asked for a new camera as mine broke a few years ago, but I was SHOCKED when I opened this.  It is utterly amazing and more than I could have ever hoped for.  Hopefully this will help me improve my blog, especially the pictures on it!  My Uncle (dad's brother) and his family gave me a Roots camera bag for this as I tend to be accident prone and I would sob if anything happened to my baby (yes, my camera is my baby now, it replaced my cat). I get so excited even typing about my camera, I can barely even think of the words to say how happy I am!

So that was my AMAZING Christmas, how was yours? Leave a comment below telling me what you got, or what funny things happened to you, or even what you had for dinner! I love to hear from you!

Sorry that this didn't make it up last night, I'll be doing a bonus post tomorrow to make up for it so stick around for that!
xoxo Laura

2013: A Year in Laura-Land


Welcome to 2014 everyone, may it be good to you all! This is the second post tonight, the intended third will be posted tomorrow, I was having some problems with pictures!

If this posts according to schedule, it will launch at midnight on January 1st, 2014.  I hope this year is better, 2013 was a very hard year.  Here is a little recap of the year to look back on next years and see how different things were.

January
Big month was January.  I got my first University acceptances, finished my next-to-last set of high school exams, and pulled an 89% average.  In this month I also broke up with my long-term boyfriend and my grandma underwent surgery for a tumor on her ovary.  This month had a lot of extreme highs and extreme lows as well.

February
February was a blur of unhappiness and mistakes.  I was very unhappy, depressed, and my anxiety came out in full force.  My grades dropped, and I was so prone to anxiety attacks I stopped going places.  Going to work was even difficult.  My grandma started chemo and later radiation and we were all so worried about her all the time.  It was incredibly stressful.  February was the lowest I have ever felt.

March
In March I had a week off to regroup and came back into life fighting.  I fought against my anxiety, mostly failing but still trying, and started to pull my grades back up.  This was the month I really fought to be myself again, despite still feeling low.

April
Similarly to February and March, I remember very little about April.  All three months were a struggle and it wasn't until May that I began to be myself again.

May
In May the new Fall Out Boy album dropped and I went on a trip to Boston with school, listening to Save Rock and Roll the whole way there and back.  I had an amazing trip and made some amazing friends, growing closer to others.  It is an experience I will always treasure.  The history was amazing in itself, but there was so much more, I can't even begin to describe it all.  This trip truly changed my life <3  In this month I also skipped prom, and don't regret that either!

June
Rejuvenated from Boston, I pulled up my socks in June and studied my butt off. I finished my final set of high school exams and bid the place farewell, taking away a 92% average to give me a $2000 entrance scholarship from my chosen University, Wilfrid Laurier.  June was a really good month.

July
July 1st, Canada Day, was a great start to a great month.  I spent that day at the Jay's game with friends (and then-boyfriend) and had an amazing time, even though I'm not a huge baseball fan.  I also went to the beach with my work crew, and did a lot of shifts to pay my tuition!  July was also the birth month of this little blog, and a sense of excitement to get it established. July was filled with sun and fun!  Minus the week I spent drugged up and drooling from getting my wisdom teeth out, haha.

August
August was a flurry.  I worked as much as possible and gathered up my things to take to University with me.  I remember  packing the first boxes the very first week of the month.  I also attended my very first concert in August, seeing Mumford & Sons with my best friend Emma in Toronto.  They were fantastic! We both got matching shirts and I got addicted to one of their opening bands, The Vaccines.

September
On September 1st I moved into my new home at Wilfrid Laurier University!  Move-in day was crazy with people cheering and running this way and that.  Saying goodbye to my parents left me feeling more excited than sad, but I did go home the very next weekend!  On the 15th I went and saw Fall Out Boy in Toronto, with Panic At The Disco as their opening band.  Despite the rain, it was an amazing show, and I was TEN FEET AWAY when they sang Grand Theft Autumn (fangirled so hard).

October
In October I began my job as Floor Rep on my residence House Council.  I also went to my high school commencement and realized how glad I am to be out of that school and that town.  I walked away from the ceremony with a nice scholarship as well, which felt great!  On Halloween I went to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a friend, despite a hurricane, and enjoyed it thoroughly.  The rice scattered on my floor the next day was funny as well!

November
In November my Nana passed away and left a gaping hole in our family.  But we know how much she loved us and that she hasn't truly left us.  November was also her birth month, and not seeing her reach her 84th birthday was devastating.  November was a dark month for not just me but my whole family.

December
And now December.  It seems like just yesterday... This month I pulled an 9 GPA in my first set of University exams, worked hard, and enjoyed my time back at home.  I worked tons of hours, caught up with friends, gave and received presents, and stuffed myself full of good food! What more could you ask for?  December was a better month, filled with family and love, the only two things I need.

So what will 2014 bring? Who knows! I hope it is happy, filled with love and light, and brings joy to those who bring me joy.  Thank you all for reading my blog, I love and appreciate every single view.  Leave me comments below with your resolutions, high, lows, or things you would like to see me blog about in the New Year, I love to hear from you! Happy New Year everyone!