Revamping the Blog: Part 2

Okay, sooooo….

Next week may have been a bit of an optimistic/unrealistic deadline for new posts on the new blog…

This is hard guys! I mean, a lot harder than I expected. Props to everyone who has gone the whole self-hosting route and made it successful, because I am STRUGGLING! It’s okay though! It will get done, and it will be up, and I will let all of y’all know when; it just might not be up by April 16th.

I want this new blog to be perfect, and because of that, I wont be setting a specific date. Could it be the 16th? YES! Could it also be May 1st? That one is looking more likely, but that’s okay.  SO STAY TUNED!

K

Revamping the Blog

Hiiiiii guys!

So, I have been in the process of researching and all that jazz to make my blog bigger and better than ever! With that being said, I still have yet to actually take the plunge, UNTIL TODAY! Starting next week (16th of April) I will have a different URL and different blog. I am a little sad to close this chapter of blogging, but it was always meant to be a kickstarter. I would like to take this blogging hobby to the next level, and to do that, I need to make some changes. I will have a post up at the end of this week with the details on everything and how to find me, so make sure to tune in then, and I really hope all of you will join me at my new site!

Thanks to everyone who has viewed my page, commented and liked, and all of the support you all have given me in the last year. I truly appreciate it and it has made me realize that this is something I really want to take the next step in.

See y’all soon!

K

Starting 2018 Right!

OMG! I LIVE!

Hi guys!

So I kind of disappeared off the face of the earth almost 2 months ago, and in doing so, I failed Blogmas! I wish I could tell you guys something amazing happened like I won the lottery and went on a month long trip to a place with no cell service, but the truth of the matter was that I just got so busy with the Holidays, and then my anxiety took a turn for the worse. I realized I was obsessing, unhealthily, over making sure I got posts up and all that stuff, and I needed a step back. I have been planning this post for quite some time, but every time I thought of posting it, I would have a little mini panic attack-worrying about sticking to a posting schedule, having to take pictures, etc!- and I lost sight of why I started his blog to begin with!

With us fast approaching the half way mark in February(!!!!) I figured it was time to really crack down and let you all know what was happening, and that I was still alive and well (or as “well” as I can be). Anxiety is something that I will have to deal with my whole life, and realizing what is causing it and being strong enough to step back is a HUGE step in the right direction! I’m not going to make any promises about when I will post and all that because that was my downfall last time. This blog is a way for me to express myself and get my voice out there on my own terms. It is a hobby, not something that should be a source of extreme anxiety.

I just wanted to say hi guys, hope your Holiday and New Year were great, sorry I went MIA(it was what I needed) and I look forward to reading everyone’s posts and sharing a little bit of my 2018 with you all!

All the hugs and squeezes!

XOXO, K

Blogmas Day 22: Wrapping Tips

Hi guys!

I’ve had my shopping done since December 10th, which was like a complete shock to myself! I’m usually the one who is running around on Christmas Eve scrambling! But this year, other than one more stocking filler, I am done! But what I haven’t done, is wrap! Until last night that is!

I was adamant on buying my own wrapping paper this year (usually I just raid my moms stash-sorry ma!) because I wanted to get a lil fancy and creative! So I decided to put together a few tips to help you go from hot mess wrapping, to done by pros!

  1. Choose a theme- this one is super important because it makes it look like you planned everything out and really thought about it! My theme this year is gold, white and black with a rustic vibe! I bought 4 different kind of wrapping paper that fits this vibe.
  2. Use twine- I always like to use a lil extra twine or ribbon and tie it around the gift!
  3. Get fancy tags- instead of just using those sticker tags, pay the money and get the ones that you tie onto the gift! It looks better and shows more effort!
  4. Coordinate your bags- if you are giving someone a present that needs to be wrapped and something in a bag, spend the little extra and get the corosponding bag. It is worth it!
  5. Take your time- I think wrapping is one of the best parts of Christmas, and you want to make it look like you took your time and put effort into it. Cut off excess instead of just bunching it up, have neat corners, all that! The recipient (especially females) will definitely notice!

Happy wrapping guys! I can’t believe there only 3 days till Christmas!

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 21: Christmas Nails

Hi guys,

HOW IS IT ALREADY THE 21ST?! I am in shock that the month has flown by so fast! I guess with the stress and excitement of the holidays, it always does, but this year it seems to have come and gone in lightening speed! Oh well!

For today’s post, I figured I would do something a little glam and talking about nails! specifically Christmas nails. Now I get my nails done-they are not real-but most of these that I will be showing are Pinterest inspired that you can totally do at home. Sorry, no pictures, but I will link each with my inspiration! They are all subtle, but definitely festive!

Black and Gold

These ones I have definitely done before. They are beautiful and subtle and can really be done at any time of the year. You start with black polish and then add some gold sparkly polish to the accent nail, and wherever else you really want to!

Red with White Ribbons/Snowflakes

I think these are just absolutely adorable. It would take a lot more patience than the ones above, but the design is worth it. Start with a red polish, and use a thin tipped white to make the snowflakes and the bows.

Red and Silver

Like the black and gold ones above, this design is super subtle but still brings the Christmas vibes. You apply the silver glitter polish to red nails, giving it the perfect little festive touch!

White with Red and Green Glitter

These, are actually what I was hoping for when I got mine done, but they didn’t have this glitter at the salon, sad day! But the white wth the red and green glitter screams Christmas without the hassle of being precise!

Christmas Galore!

Finally, one that is not for the faint of heart, this design has everything Christmas related. From Santa’s suit, to the tree, it is just cute enough to spend the 3 ours it probably takes to get it right….

And there you have it! Happy nail art!

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 20: Yummy Brownies

Hi guys!

For today’s post, I’m going to be talking you through how I make ahhhmmmazing homemade brownies because who doesn’t love brownies lets be honest… I don’t remember exactly how I found this recipe, but I honestly probably just googled brownie recipes. I have been making brownies using this recipe for the past like 10 years, and they are good everytime without fail!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter MELTED
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder- I always use Hershey’s but any will do
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350F & grease baking pan
  2. Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs and beat well with spoon
  3. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and gradually add to egg mixture, stir until well blended.
  4. Fold in any optional fillers (chocolate chips, nuts etc.)
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely and serve.
  7. Enjoy!

I almost always ways make double batches, becUse I like my brownies a bit thicker. I also almost always add something in, usually chocolate chips! They are delish!

Happy baking!

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 19: Getting Over The Christmas Slump

Hi guys,

Sorry there wasn’t a post yesterday, it was a Monday of all Mondays. I woke up feeling very out of it, work was a pain and I hadn’t written anything to prepare for day 18. I was just feeling very Scrooge ish, if I’m being honesty, and I thought I needed a day off of Blogmas.

I was a little worried it would disappoint some of my readers, but then again, I knew I needed it for my own benefit. So thank you for being patient!

With myself feeling a bit down from the Christmas blues, I figured I’d write a little post about way to get over it! With the stress of finding the right gifts and stuff, I know everyone gets at least one day where their inner Bahumbug comes out.

What works best for me is to just relax a bit. I got home from work, and had a big cup of hot chocolate curled up on the couch snuggling my dog. It was just what I needed! I woke up feeling much better this morning and once again excited for Christmas!

With doing Blogmas, this is the first time I’ve felt a bit of pressure with my blog, and it is totally okay to feel this way. You are writing because you want to, not because you have to, and I think that was the most important thing for me to remember yesterday!

XOXO K