Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season: We’re All Decorated for Christmas!

This Christmas is a really special one because it’s Andrew and I’s first married Christmas in our very own apartment with no roommates.  As you’re all probably aware, Christmas is a ~big deal~ to me so I’ve been extra looking forward to this one.  It was honestly even more exciting than I imagined it would be to decide upon on Christmas decor and pick out the decorations that spoke to my heart the most!  Since this is our first Christmas, we aren’t bogged down with sentimental ornaments from years past and while I expect that we will inevitably add some of those to our collection as the years pass, I’m so excited to have a fresh start and a tree that I completely love every ornament on.  I always enjoyed my parent’s decorations but I could definitely do without the sports, cars and Elvis ornaments.  I was adamant about putting our tree up as soon as possible because I want to enjoy the season to the fullest.  Before my mini vacation, I took to reading before work in our living room while sipping a cup of hot chai and now I’ll be able to do that beside a twinkling tree and it’s just delightful!  Plus, I’ve fallen in love with my apartment after using the KonMari method (post about that coming next week!).  Anyway, here’s our tree, our table and our stockings! Have you decorated for Christmas yet?

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December Disney Dare – #DisneyDare

Two blog posts in one week, crazy right?! My friend Chris (who happens to be the amazing designer behind my blog!) and I decided to team up to host a Disney movie challenge for December. We’re both avid Disney fans and we’ve both been to Disney World in the past couple of months and we wanted to make an effort to watch as many Disney films as possible in the next month.  Then we decided it would be fun to open up our challenge to anyone who wants to participate along with us!  I’m so excited to immerse myself in some of my favorite classics (particularly Beauty and the Beast’s Enchanted Christmas because December) in the upcoming weeks and I hope you’ll join us as well.  You can read all the rules below and see Chris’s magical graphic!

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The Dates: Runs from December 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 (Movies watched prior to December 1st do not count for the challenge).  You’re able to join anytime throughout the month and the link-up will be open through December 31st.

The Dare: To watch as many Disney / Pixar animated films as possible!  Maybe you’ve missed out on a recent film or two? Well, this is the perfect opportunity to play some catch up!  Maybe you’ve always wanted to watch the films in chronological order? (if so, here’s a handy list of all of Disney’s animated theatrical films in order of release date)  Or perhaps you want to spend your holiday season reliving your favorite magical Disney moments?  If any (or all) of these challenges peak your interest, then we dare you!

The Details: This is a low-key challenge for all the Disney lovers out there so you can feel free to set your own goal or aim for one of our tiers:

1 – 4 films – Moana (Newbie Disney Fan)

5 – 8 films – Aurora (Rather be Sleeping Disney Fan)

9 – 12 films – Stitch (Crazy for Disney Fan)

13 – 16 – Ariel (Disney Film Hoarding Fan)

17 – 20 films – Rapunzel (Diligent Disney Fan)

21+ films – Snow White (Ultimate Disney Fan)

The Deal: Films that qualify for this challenge encompass all of the animated Disney and Pixar films.  Live action films and Marvel films do not count for this challenge.

You can join in the challenge by entering the link-up below!  If you don’t have a blog, you can also declare your intent to participate on Twitter and enter the link up that way.

And don’t forget to use the hashtag #DisneyDare when tweeting about your progress or while reviewing any films to connect with other Disney fans!

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December Small Goals

I’ve seen a bunch of people post small monthly goals and I really like the idea of re-centering and re-evaluating everything more frequently.  It’s awesome to make yearly goals but it’s also easy to lose focus or forget about them entirely over the 365 day period we’re aiming to accomplish them in.  Having small monthly goals to help get to those bigger picture yearly ones is something I’m eager to try out!

November Check-In

1) Keep up with November Bookstagram challenges – Check! I pulled the info for a total of 5 challenges and while I didn’t post a photo for each challenge every single day (that honestly would’ve been way to overwhelming for everyone) I did manage to consistently post photos at least 5-6 times per week so I am pleased!

2) Blog 2-3 times per week – FAIL! But I feel confident that I’ll be back on track in December because nothing motivates me like Christmas.

3) Try to reduce stress – Check! I had a 9 day long vacation so I’m sure that also factored into my calmness but I’ve been pretty even keeled this past month and I’m hoping I’ll maintain this feeling through the holiday season (despite anticipating fighting through tourists daily on my walk to work).

P.S. this is my favorite sweater ever

December Goals

1) Clean our kitchen & hall closets – I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up before my aforementioned vacation and let me tell you, it was life-changing.  I spent almost all of my days off cleaning out my closet, my drawers, my comic book collection, collectibles and other random things that I’m not even sure how I acquired.  I set up a filing system for our important paperwork (#adulting) and I’ve felt so much better ever since.  More on this process to come!

2) Blog 2-3 times per week – While I wish I would’ve had the time to fall back into my blogging routine in November, I realize that with the amount of commitments I had, it was unreasonable to believe I could make time for writing (this is why I’ve also failed NaNoWriMo 2x – November is just not a good month for me).  Now that my room is completely clean and organized, I’m feeling an overwhelming sense of clarity and that I’m in the right mental state to sit down and be creative instead of stepping over piles of books, feeling guilty about blogging instead of tidying and then giving up and binge-watching YouTube videos instead. Plus Christmas so I’m SUPER excited.

3) Re-read a favorite book – I’ve often talked about how I grapple with re-reading things because there are so many things I haven’t read (a bunch of them are currently mocking me from my shelves) but December is such a comfort month that I want to make the conscious choice to re-read.  I know I’ll enjoy it, I just have to do it.  I’m thinking of picking up Fangirl or The Raven Boys since I’ve re-read Harry Potter so many times I can’t count anymore and I feel like some of my other favorites deserve some love<3

TL;DR – Two out of three ain’t bad.

What are your goals?

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Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season: Christmas Aesthetic

As you probably remember, Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  I basically spend every day after my birthday counting down for Halloween to be over because once November 1st hits, people start accepting my Christmas spirit (except for a couple of Thanksgiving enthusiasts who I will fight *I’m looking at you Kelly*).  This year is extra special because it’s Andrew and I’s first Christmas together in our own apartment so we get to start building our very own decor.  We’re planning on going to Target next weekend, picking up our choices and D E C O R A T I N G !  Obviously this meant that I spent about 4 hours looking at ever single Christmas item in every single Christmas category on the Target website.  Since I wanted so much (shocking, I know), I created a Christmas registry so I could easily reference it while we’re in the store and I was able to narrow down the things I think we need a bit.  I put together a Polyvore set of some of my favorite items because nothing makes me happier than publishing Christmas themed blog posts or YouTube videos.  Last year I did 25 days of Christmas blogging which I don’t *think* I’ll be able to manage this year but I am sure as heck going to try.  Enjoy and be merry!

Christmas Decor

 

Christmas Decor by superspacechick

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham.  The Gilmore Girls excitement is real in my household.  I recently joined the Gilmore Girls fandom after my husband insisted that I would love it.  We binged watched the series (a re-watch for him) and I could not get enough.  One of my favorite aspects of Gilmore Girls is the atmosphere and the way the seasons are portrayed so I couldn’t be more excited that the upcoming Netflix episodes cover a year in Stars Hollow.  But anyway, I’m supposed to be talking about books here so when I heard that Lauren Graham, who plays Lorelai Gilmore, is coming out with a non-fiction book of essays that has Gilmore Girls in the title not once, but twice, I insta-preordered it.  I can’t wait for this and the new episodes and the Funkos and just all the Gilmore Girls things.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls—the first and second time—and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to earth voice that made her novel, Someday Someday Maybe, a New York Times bestseller.

“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called “you’re so much taller than the other kids.” But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.”—Lauren Graham (via Goodreads)

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November Small Goals

I’ve seen a bunch of people post small monthly goals and I really like the idea of re-centering and re-evaluating everything more frequently.  It’s awesome to make yearly goals but it’s also easy to lose focus or forget about them entirely over the 365 day period we’re aiming to accomplish them in.  Having small monthly goals to help get to those bigger picture yearly ones is something I’m eager to try out!

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1) Keep up with November Bookstagram challenges – I recently got some new lighting equipment and I am just over the moon excited about all things photography lately.  There are currently about five challenges that I feel committed to keeping up with (fortunately some of them have crossover otherwise I would be overloading you poor people with posts) and I’ve been prepping for them for the past two weeks.  They started yesterday and I’m thinking of rounding up my posts here at the end of each week in case you’re not an instagrammer.

2) Blog 2-3 times per week – It’s no secret that I’ve been neglecting my poor blog for the past couple of months but I sincerely want to change that.  In addition to life stuff (which I wrote about here), I’ve been struggling with what to post because 9 times out of 10, I want to talk about books I’m reading or loving, but then I inevitably feel like I should be making a YouTube video about the book content I want to create instead and that’s what I end up doing. *shrug*

3) Try to reduce stress – Andrew is so great at not letting things stress him out when they’re uncontrollable.  I am not.  Toward the end of October and the first day of November I’ve been trying to remind myself to take deep breaths and think about whether a minor thing will really leave a lasting impact on my day.  The answer has always been ‘probably not’ so far and it’s allowed me to feel a bit more relaxed.  (One video that helped a lot is Simply Kenna’s How to Stay Positive – she’s one of my favorite YouTubers!)  I’ve talked a little bit about how I have major anxiety on here in the past but luckily I’ve felt like I’m in a good place mentally lately.  I think it started with New York Comic Con when I promised myself that since we were staying in the city for the duration of the event, I would do whatever came our way and not let stress or fear or the worry of tomorrow get in the way of enjoying myself. I’ve also been savoring any time we have at home.  Even if I’m just sipping a cup of hot chai tea in a cozy sweater and catching up on BookTube, I always take a minute to think about how enjoyable whatever I’m doing is and remind myself that no matter how stressed I feel, I have these kinds of things to look forward to at night and on weekends that I truly enjoy.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing This is Our Story by Ashley Elston.  In addition to the hauntingly beautiful cover (seriously, the shadows of the 5 boys, the deceased one having a hunted deer head and the typography of This is Our Story also saying His Story, it’s just brilliant), the synopsis of this book gives me Raven Boys vibes (only because there are four boy best friends, not because the story seems at all similar).  There was a fifth but he mysteriously died when the five of them went into the woods one day.  None of the surviving boys are talking although any of them could be the killer.  It ends up falling to Kate Marino to solve the case of the River Point Boys and get justice for Grant.  I love a good mystery and I have such high hopes for this one! I’m planning on reading it as soon as its delivered!

This is Our Story

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own. (via Goodreads)

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Bookshelf + Life Update!

There’s no place like home<3.  Andrew and I have been exceptionally busy the past few weekends so I took full advantage of our first weekend back home in our lovely apartment.  I spent the majority of Saturday morning reorganizing my bookshelves (after watching 3 hours of BookTube in the AM) and while it’s not perfect yet, I’m quite pleased with my favorites shelf.  I decided to mix genres and keep my absolute-cannot live-without novels together (it’s the two shelves with The Raven Cycle, Fangirl (4 copies lol!), Lunar Chronicles, Anna / Lola / Isla etc).  I also shifted some things to allow for a fourth Harry Potter shelf since there are so many new Funkos coming out and I obviously preordered them all.  My favorite new addition to my shelf is that I hung up all of my Happy Hello Co. bookmarks since I rarely ever use them while reading anyway and I used washi tape that Melissa sent me for my birthday to decorate.  I also love how cute the bows are but sadly they’ve fallen about 5 times since I hung them and no matter how much tape I use to hold them up, they just seem to be too heavy so this photo will forever immortalize what could have been if my bows weren’t being so stubborn.

Also, I apologize that I’ve been a bit MIA from blogging lately.  I think I really needed a break because between work, commuting and some personal stuff I’ve been quite burnt out.   I would really appreciate if everyone could send their positive thoughts and vibes to my mom since sadly, her cancer has returned which is a huge part of why I haven’t felt like doing much lately.  She’s been battling it for 5 years and this is the second time she’s had to go for chemo but it’s affecting her much more than it ever has in the past and it’s really upsetting to me because my mom has always been the strongest person in my life and I’ve always been incredibly close with her.  I’ve talked to her on the phone every single day since I moved out a couple of years ago in addition to seeing her in person pretty often (I’m lucky that we live close to each other) but I just wish I could do something to take her pain away.  Sorry, that was more than I was planning on sharing but sometimes once you get typing the words just flow!

But anyway, having this wonderful weekend at home has helped me to evaluate some things and I realized how much I miss being creative and blogging and taking photos and the happiness that comes along with it.  I had a realllllly long bookstagram photoshoot session just before I sat down to write this post and I cannot wait to share all my photos!  So basically, I’m thrilled to be getting back into the swing of things right in time for my favorite season, CHRISTMAS.

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News & Stuff #4: NYCC Edition

Last weekend I was one of the chosen ones who were able to acquire an NYCC 4-day pass so that is where I spent my days!  There was so much exciting news that came out of New York Comic Con that I wanted to make a video to share some of my favorite upcoming things.  One thing I forgot to include in my video is that VIZ Media is coming out with a Pokemon art book! I cannot wait.  Gimme all the Pokemon things.  Also is it Sun & Moon release day yet?! Anyway, I think Marvel was the clear news winner at NYCC this year but I’m also super excited about the new Shoujo manga that Kodansha got licenses for.  What are you most looking forward to?

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Wish List Worthy: Sailor Moon Sweeties Usagi Tsukino Figure

I need to figure out how to use one of those middle man services to order goodies from Japan because this new Sailor Moon figure by Megahouse is something that I absolutely need to add to my collection.  It’s so pink and pretty and it completely matches my aesthetic and celebrates my love of ice cream.  I love that Usagi is wearing a retro diner waitress ensemble and she’s sitting in a little ice cream sundae bowl =^.^= So presh.  It’s available to preorder on the Japanese Bandai website and it should be released in March of 2017.

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