Weekly Recap; Dec 13th -19th

What day is it? Cause I swear all week I’ve been behind 2 days at a time. How that’s possible? I have no freakin idea but as the parent of a toddler? Yeah, it definitely happens.

I was struggling with my mental health and with expressing myself. I just love how the closer we get to Christmas the more anxiety, dread and just I really don’t wanna be here/do this right now feeling comes back. I had the weirdest dream last night that my husband had some “small work party” yet it was like people were all over our 3 story mansion. I couldn’t even sneak away before someone else notices. I was going somewhere with this but I literally just dozed off writing that last sentence.

Hai guys, it’s now 1pm and I’m awake. I don’t remember writing any of that shit last night. But here we are lol.

I can’t believe Christmas is in a few days. I always feel like Christmas comes too fast. I still want to bask in the peppermint everything and the lights!

I tried to do OOTD photos for hazearella + having photos to post reviews about a clothing haul I did. That’s a Peppermint Marshmallow shake from Shake Shack. It was ok. This hoodie is from Shein and it’s cozy af. I love it. I just wish it had pockets. T is wearing a bunny raincoat I got her last Spring for Easter, it’s still super big on her. Thank goodness.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Blogmas Tag!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post
  2. Put the rules at the beginning of introduction
  3. Answer the 12 questions 
  4. Tag 12 people to do the tag 
  5. Create all new questions of your own to ask the people you tag.

Chocoviv’s Questions:

  • Favourite Christmas drink

Peppermint Mocha! Also Caramel Apple Latte from Starbucks

  • Favourite Christmas dessert

Cranberry Bark thing from Starbucks

  • Favourite Christmas movie

A Christmas Story, Serendipity, Misfit Island… there was one I watched last year but I don’t remember what it’s called! It was like Groundhog Day but for Christmas

  • Do you like going out in the cold?

I have anemia and eczema; I hate the cold

  • Do you like eggnog?

I think I’ve had it maybe once or twice? I don’t remember too much about it lol

  • Where is your ideal Christmas vacation?

Christmas at Disney was my fav when I lived/worked at Disney World but I’d also like to see real snow some day

  • Which book reminds you of Christmas?

The Night Before Christmas & If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. I didn’t grow up on The Nutcracker sadly.
YA books however I read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares every Dec! I’m so excited it’s a Netflix show now! Also Hunger Games, Shatter Me and Matched remind me of Christmas.

  • Have you tried fruitcake? How was it?

I want to say I haven’t…. lol

  • Favourite Christmas dish

My Christmas dish tradition is Chinese take out!

  • Do you have a Christmas tree?

Yes! This year I have 3! I posted about the main one on hazearella this week!

  • Christmas song you are listening to…

It’s always All I Want For Christmas: Justin Bieber & MC. This is my favorite version of JB, he was so freakin cute. I would watch this video and “Beauty and the Beat” nonstop that year lol

  • Thoughts on Santa Claus?

I have a lot more questions than thoughts.

Story time! How I realized Santa wasn’t real:

When I was a kid there was this one year I wanted nothing but marbles. And I knew my mom thought they were a choking hazard even though why the hell would I put them in my mouth? And she told me “Santa just told me he ran out of marbles.” really mom? It was THE ONLY THING on my list. I’m still rolling my eyes when I think about this, 30 years later.

My Questions:

  1. What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?
  2. What was your favorite Christmas Tree?
  3. Favorite thing to do on a cold rainy Winter day?
  4. Favorite Holiday memory?
  5. Favorite Holiday snack?
  6. What is one thing you want to do this Holiday season?
  7. How has Covid changed your Holiday plans?
  8. Favorite Holiday Movie?
  9. Favorite Holiday Book?
  10. What’s on your movie queue for this month? Or your TBR?
  11. Favorite ice cream flavor?
  12. Are you excited that 2020 is almost over?

I’m Tagging:

My Week Recap; Nov 28th – Dec 5th

I want SOBADLY to bring this feature back to at least one of my blogs but it’s so time consuming and my Sunday’s (when I’d usually write them) is so packed with cleaning and prepping for the week. Today however, I’m going to attempt to do this even if it has to be the short version.

I managed to wrap, pack and ship 3 out of 5 holiday packages, before Dec 10th. THANK GOODNESS. My bank account may hate me, but whatever. I’d totally rather get it done early than scramble around like I usually do. There were so many new things at Bath & Body Works and I write all that kind of stuff on hazearella but I did grab hand soaps and body washes, my stores were completely sold out of candles for candle day/weekend which is nuts. I ended up exchanging my candles for store credit instead which is fine, do I really need more candles?!

This week has been a blur, but I feel like I spent a good amount of time just relaxing. I’ve been stressed out of my mind but you know, what can you really do?

Ironically one of my grocery stores has Peonies?! So of course I grabbed one. I also saw that Trader Joe’s has Calla’s but I forgot to grab one. Maybe next weekend. Tums found a new favorite show that has to do with a monkey get his ass whooped by other animals. It’s pretty funny but I don’t see how this is a show for kids. Tums seems to like it and I don’t know if I should be impressed or worried lol.

I also attempted to take more “Christmasy” pics of her for the Christmas card but I’m honestly at a loss at what I want the card to be. I wish we could do a family holiday photoshoot but Bubba doesn’t really like being in pictures. I will never understand what is it with guys and NOT wanting to be in photos, esp with their kids. It’s getting a little harder to take photos with Tums since all she wants to do is play, maybe this is why when people do family photos with a toddler it usually looks candid.

Our Hello Fresh* (here’s a code for $70 off) meal we made this week was Stuffed Bell Peppers and I really liked it. I ate everything, including the Bell Pepper which I usually don’t gravitate towards. Bubba also made me a homemade Peppermint Mocha with crushed up Candy Canes. He really went above and beyond with this one lol. It was so good. Like ridic how good it was, I had it two nights in a row! He also made Tums her own “Hot Chocolate” since she wanted my whipped cream lol.

Hit up my friend JR who I misssss! I love the friends that you can go months or YEARS not speaking to and falling back into conversation with them is just as easy as it’s always been. These are my types of people. Even if they all got jokes about me lol, can’t blame them, they’re 100% right lol. JR and I use to work at Six Flags together in Cash Control, so us and a bunch of other people spent 12-18 hours a day in a small room together counting money. Weird things happen when everyone is tired and hungry and just want to go home. But these people became friends and family to me and I’m so so glad I still talk to some of them even if it’s years apart. It reminded me of how much I miss being home in Cali and how much I miss being near friends and family. I miss knowing there were people there I could hang out with or just grab lunch with if I was in a bad mood. People who know how to read me and know how to handle my moods without judgement.

I never really feel lonely, ever. I’ve always been one to stay to myself and even though I have a lot of friends, I’m also good just being alone. But the longer I’m in Texas with absolutely no one who knows me that I’m able to hang around is really really starting to irritate my soul. I feel so isolated here. And my friends really do try super hard to make sure I don’t feel alone even if they’re in CA or FL but I also miss the vibes of those states. Texas feels like an angry mom who you have to walk around eggshells on and shit talks your every attempt to be creative. This is my least favorite state to live in. I don’t even feel like I can be 100% myself here without feeling like someone will have something to say.

Probably the root core of most of my anxiety and depression lately. Covid doesn’t fuckin help, at all.

Taking photos of a toddler is SO hard these days, like child just STOP moving for like 5 seconds. Tums got her rainboots I got her, they light up. She LOVES them. She’s been wearing them around the house like crazy every day since she got them.

Bubba got his advent calendar but he’s been giving them to Tums. Sigh. She’s ready to be potty trained as well and ironically I got a training potty for review. That I just had to stop mid blog post to put together since it came in. Looking at it now, it’s a kind of weird concept. So instead of changing diapers… I have to change this bowl thing?!

Yah this will be fun for my OCD, I can see it now.

How was your week?

Things I learned in 2019

It’s crazy how this year is coming to a close; I feel like time just passes faster the older you get. And even a slight bit faster when you have kids. I swear Tums was just born 4 months ago and not 9.

2019 was one of the worst years I’ve had in a very very long time. Dare I say it was just as bad if not worse than 2014? Cause it sure as hell felt like it — not to mention I also had to get on meds this year. That’s how rough it was.

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Christmas 2018 🎄

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I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Christmas ever since I was little — to the point where in my teen and early adulthood years it caused seasonal depression. My worst mental breakdown came around the holidays in 2014 which completely wrecked me mentally and I still to this day get hallucinations when I’m overly stressed; even if I feel fine.

So me and the holidays have never really had a very good or healthy relationship.

In the more recent years I’ve tried to focus on self traditions to find ways to enjoy the holidays because depressed or not the holidays are really a beautiful time of the year.

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Winter Favs: Colourpop Liquid Lippies

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I LOVE Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks!

They’re one of the first liquid lipsticks brands I’ve tried. They can be a bit drying, but I think all liquid lip can be to some sort of drying. I always put on lip balm then do my normal makeup routine THEN put on the liquid lippie last so it gives the balm time to sink into my lips. Especially since I struggle with dry lips, all year round.

These are a few of my fav reds that I like using during the holiday season — though some of these I also like to grab year round.

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Holiday TBR

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December — when I was a full time book blogger — was usually dystopia month but the last few years it’s been my favorite holiday re-reads and a TBR that’ll give me all those cozy holiday feels.

Unfortunately taking the photo for this blog post has made me realize how many books I don’t physically own.

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Also while taking photos I caught a tiny little Sophie tongue as she was trying to get some attention too.

R E R E A D S

→ Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
→ Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

T B R

→ The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
→ Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
→ Winterspell by Claire Legrand
→ Fantasy of Frost by Kelly St. Clare
→ The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson
→ Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
→ The Midnight Dance Nikki Katz
→ Clara’s Solider by Brittany Fichter
→ Nutcracked by Susan Adrian
→ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms by Walt Disney Company
→ The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris (which I actually do have and forgot to add to this photo, dammit)

Do you have any books you’re hoping to read this month?

Movie Review: The Princess Switch

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The Princess Switch
Release Date: November 16th, 2018
Distributed By: Netflix
Genre: Romance

A Chicago baker is competing in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia. There she bumps into the prince’s fiancee. They look alike and switch for 2 days.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

When I saw the trailer for this I knew I had to watch it this holiday season! I have a soft spot for Vanessa Hudgens just as much as I have one for Zac Efron.

This follows Stacy who’s a baker from Chicago and owns a bakery with her best friend Kevin. The movie opens up with Kevin and his daughter Olivia saying they entered Stacy into a baking competition that takes place in Belgravia and she was accepted to compete.

Stacy is the “must plan” type so her dropping everything at her bakery for 3 days to compete seems like an impossible idea. After running into her ex with his new girl she decides to take a chance and go on this trip.

Meanwhile Lady Margaret is set to marry Prince Edward after the holiday season and while she longs to be a normal person without the worries of being royalty she know she has a “duty” to fill since her parents have passed away.

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The two run into each other during the baking practice and assume they must somehow be related (I mean ya’ll look EXACTLY alike but sure you must “somehow” be related — uhm no one even mentioned they might be twins).

Overall this movie was cute and quick. I loved the influence that Stacy had on Prince Edward. It’s easy to forget how submissive women in royalty are expected to be and how “threatening” how a strong willed woman could be. And a bit sad because aren’t queens historically more powerful?

I wish they went more into Stacey and who she is, who her parents were. If she had any family. But they barely even touched on her or who she was. Versus we got to know Lady Margaret and Prince Edward a little bit more.

When it came to the actual romances in the film we spent a bit more time with Stacey/Prince Edward and not as much time with Lady Margaret/Kevin.

I know this isn’t meant to be some full length detailed movie so I’m not going to list all the “well what about….” questions that had popped up after I was finished watching it. I did appreciate it for what it was — a cute festive movie just in time for the Holidays!

Have you seen this movie? If not do you plan on watching it? What’s your favorite or go-to holiday movie?

Blogmas 2018~

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Okay, I kiiiiiiiiiiiinda might had forgot it’s blogmas/vlogmas… sooo we’re just gonna wing this.

Whoops.

I really had no idea or any set plans on WHAT to do or feature for blogmas; we had an upcoming trip but we cancelled it recently which sucks but life happens and sometimes there’s no way around that. The most you can do is plan better next time and clear your calendar for those plans.

December is always such a struggle month between various bills, renewals, holidays, freakin Christmas. It was easy when I spent the holidays alone and always planned to work on that day anyway… family holidays have always been a bit of a struggle for me.

Christmas has never really been a big holiday growing up; my mom had set traditions that she made sure we knew how important they were but majority of the time she spent Christmas Eve/Day working. So the “celebration” part and the “family” part had never really resonated with me. Now that I’m building my own family and the fact that Bubba has such a huge close family is a bit overwhelming to me. It’s not that bad but sometimes it still makes me a little uncomfortable, at least the thought does but once I get there they make feel comfortable enough to forget that part. For that, I’ll always be thankful.

We have a few Christmas themed stuff we want to do around the Dallas/Fort Worth area this month; I’m hoping to get a few different type of photos for my blogs. But I’m so awkward in front of the camera sometimes.

We also have some wedding and Baby Lo prepping to get done… actually a lot of planning and prepping is in our very close future lol.

Here’s to December: The things I’ll discover, learn, experience and hopefully find a few new favorite things!