Thank You 2015

Hello once again friends!

I know this is a late post but I figured I would post it closer to the end of the year.

2015 has been such an unforgettable and crucial year in my life and I have had the best time (and the worst time but we won’t talk about that). My last year of high school, having my own students to teach and conduct in concerts, Disney World competitions, DISNEY WORLD, prom, graduation, my 18th birthday, starting college, CHRISTMAS….even though that happens every year, BUT CHRISTMAS! I don’t know how 2016 may top all of that.

It has been a wonderful year for this blog as well and even though I’m still not the most consistent blogger, I do believe I have definitely stepped it up in terms of content and amount this year compared to last. I’m so thankful for all the old followers keeping up with my posts and I’m so thankful for all the new ones! I hope you have enjoyed the content that I have put out this year, I am already planning a bunch of posts to start 2015 off with! So many exciting things coming up but I won’t reveal them just yet ūüėČ Probably because if I slack, then I don’t want to say that I’m going to do something and then not do it! I will definitely be more conscious of that in the upcoming year.

One of my new year’s resolutions, I guess. I’m not really a person who does those type of things, but maybe if you say the things you want to do out loud, it motivates you a tiny bit more to do them. My resolutions for 2016 probably involve posting more content, but not just quantity while lacking quality—WE’RE GONNA HAVE BOTH!!! (Hopefully). Also exercise. Need to lose that Christmas dinner weight! But just to be healthier and stronger in general I suppose. Also to vlog more regularly and maybe actually put those videos on public! They’re all on private right now and I don’t exactly edit and upload them regularly, but the content exists for me to watch whenever so that’s alright.

I’ve rambled too much I think (as usual). Tell me what new year’s resolutions you guys have for 2016! What have you most enjoyed about 2015? Do you have any favorite memories from past years, or favorites you’re hoping to make in a future year? Life is pretty crazy and unpredictable but it’s nice to daydream, right?

Thank you all so much for the fulfillment you have given me this year. The numbers aren’t huge but I’m so proud of them either way, even when it’s just one view for a whole day. Those stats bars are so crazy to me. I promise that 2016 will be even better, see you in the new year! -blaring horns and confetti and cheers-

Hannah
31 December 2015

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Christmas Mugs | 3 days ’til Xmas!

Hi friends!

Happy first day of Winter! I hope you are having a wonderful Christmastime! Everyone knows Winter and Christmas are filled with lots of warm holiday drinks, so why not bring out all the Christmas themed mugs?! Mugs are also a great gift to give to someone because let’s be honest, you can never really have enough mugs. I’m pretty sure last Christmas (I gave you my heart), practically everyone who gave my choir teacher (including me) a Christmas gift, included a mug somewhere in there.

So here are a couple ideas to get you in the mood! Or maybe it’s mostly just me sharing my Christmas mug collection??? I could have sworn I had more though…

 

Hannah
22 December 2015

Favorite Christmas Songs

Hi friends!

This is to make up for the post that didn’t get posted yesterday! I hope that you’re all getting your Christmas shopping done and wrapping your presents for your loved ones. Maybe while you’re doing that gift wrapping you can compile a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas songs to put on in the background!

In no particular order:

  1. Last Christmas by Wham!
  2. Do They Know It’s Christmas by Band-Aid
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland
  4. White Christmas by Michael Buble
  5. I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Michael Buble
  6. All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
  7. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) by Nat King Cole
  8. That’s Christmas to Me by Pentatonix
  9. Mary Did You Know by Pentatonix
  10. Ukrainian Bell Carol
  11. Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses
  12. My Grown-Up Christmas List by Kelly Clarkson
  13. Christmas Time Is Here from Charlie Brown
  14. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Michael Buble
  15. Somewhere In My Memory from Home Alone 2

This is only a few of my favorites, I will be compiling a full Spotify playlist which I will link in my post tomorrow for you to listen to! See you all tomorrow! ūüôā

Hannah
20 December 2015

Baking Christmas Gingerbread Cookies!

Hi friends!

Yesterday was pretty busy and filled with Christmas shopping so here’s to 5 more days until Christmas!

Last night I baked some Christmas cookies because I have never actually baked cookies in my entire 18 years of living, oddly enough. I do lots of other baking! Just not cookies haha. I followed this recipe, but I’ll also list the ingredients and steps below for those of you too lazy to click the link!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves (note: I actually didn’t have any of this and my cookies still tasted good so you could do without this if you want!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) of unsalted butter; room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening; room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup of unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large egg

Steps:

Sift the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt and pepper into a medium sized bowl and put aside for later.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and vegetable shortening with a mixer at a high speed for about 1 minute when they’re¬†well combined. Then, add in the light brown sugar and beat until it is light and brown in texture and color for about 2 minutes and then add in the molasses and egg.
Gradually add the flour mixture from before until it makes a stiff dough.
Divide the dough into two thick plastic disks and refrigerate for about 3 hours (I actually did 2 hours because I was on a time crunch so that works too!)

This is actually where I started preheating the oven so make sure you put the racks on the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Once you remove the disks from the fridge, leave them to sit for about 10 minutes until they are room temperature and able to be worked with without cracking. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and sprinkle some flour on the dough (and your rolling pin if you’re using one!). Roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick and then cut away with your cookie cutters! The website says to place them about an inch apart but you can do a little closer if need be, they don’t grow that much.

I made about 30 cookies with this recipe and my specific cookie cutters (which are actually from Hobby Lobby) but the recipe says it makes about 3 dozen so it could vary depending on your cookie cutter!

I had fun, so I hope you guys enjoy making Christmas cookies!!

Hannah
20 December 2015

7 Days Until Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FRIENDS!!

Ahem, sorry.

Happy 7 days until Christmas friends!!

Last time I said I would do a Blogmas type thing. I did not realize how busy I would be with the end of the semester, so now that it’s over…here I am!! I also said that I had a bunch of posts queued up to write about, but since my friend is doing all Christmas videos the week leading up to Christmas, I am going to do all Christmas¬†blogs the week leading up to Christmas!! I’m so original aren’t I?

This is just a little introduction to the week so here’s a couple of photos that I have been posting on Instagram! If there’s anything you want me to specifically write about, leave it in the comments below. There will be a Christmas wrapping idea post in case some of you want to get creative this year! Not to brag but…I do get complimented on my gift wrapping abilities haha. See you guys tomorrow with a Christmas post (can’t you tell I haven’t decided what it is yet! how lame of me.)

Hannah
18 December 2015

Christmas Time Is Here

Hi friends!

Happy December! I am aware that I am a day late but I have been really busy and ill-prepared so here I am instead. I originally wanted to do a Vlogmas type thing but for this blog…so I guess Blogmas? That probably will not work out exactly the way I want it to (it already hasn’t haha!) so here is this instead!

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If you follow me on Instagram however, I upload Christmas themed photos everyday! I have just shared the photo from day one with you ūüôā So last year I wrote a post about a Christmas tree with silver ornaments titled “I’m Dreaming… of a Silver Christmas” or something of the sort, this tree on the other hand is my tiny Christmas tree from Hobby Lobby! He (yes, I have decided that my tree is a “he” named Winston) cost me $4 because Hobby Lobby was having a 50% sale on all Christmas stuff at the end of November. Most of the baubles and the star are from Michael’s Craft Store, which I got for 40% I believe; the larger baubles are from HomeGoods.

There will be more posts but not all of them Christmas themed however because I want to talk about the stuff that I have gotten over the Black Friday weekend and write some reviews! I got to watch Mockingjay Part 2 with my aunt on Thanksgiving (we had Thanksgiving lunch, don’t ask why), and got a PlayStation 4 as well as Battlefront, Assassin’s Creed Unity and UNTIL DAWN! I have been waiting a very long time (2 months, long time right?) to play this game and have watched lots of videos and read so much about this game and its lore so I am very excited to play it! Hopefully I’ll have those posts up for you soon!

I’ll see you guys next time, happy Christmas!

Hannah
2 December 2015