I’m not sure how or why I thought of printing my Instagram photos but as I’m growing older, I’m becoming more sentimental (or maybe I’m just a pack rat). I thought it would be a good idea to get my Instagram photos printed from 2013 to have something visual to look back at the year. It’s so different from looking at your account and actually having the photos printed. It sort of brings them to life. For me it feels more real. I found this site, Prinstagram (genius name by the way) and I loved their design, photos and just how they presented everything. The designer in me instantly wanted to order EVERYTHING but I settled on these mini books. They’re so cute and the print quality is pretty good considering it’s a web photo. You just have to log in to your account, choose the photos you want in your book, and arrange the order of how you want your photos in it. The cover is a clear thick plastic and it shows the first photo in the order that you chose. Oh AND you get two of them and a free sticker!
They also sell other things like stickers (I suggested this to my friend who travels a lot to add to a travel journal), larger prints, calendar and even business cards. Even if you don’t plan on ordering anything just check out how pretty their site is.
*This is not a sponsored post! I’m just a fan.
My best friends and I get together every year for an annual Christmas gift exchange. We usually do a potluck-style type of party but this year and last year we decided to cook together. Last year it was Korean BBQ at home and this time we decided to make it a DIY pizza party. If you are ever having a get together at your place, I highly recommend making pizza. Everyone brings toppings and customizes their own pizza. Just make sure someone brings the cheese!
Even the dough was made from scratch!
His & hers pizza! Making pizza from scratch means making any shape you want. I really wanted to make mine heart shaped and so I did. Christian made a meat lovers and I made a vegetarian one – ricotta cheese, fresh basil, fresh garlic, artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes and mozzarella cheese…noms!
And the boys watching the Lakers game.
It’s always a good time with these people. Even after not seeing each other for a couple of months nothing changes. I love that about us.
Yep, you read it right. Lavender. Hot. Cocoa. I bought a pound of lavender for the purpose of creating lavender lemonade and then this happened. I was trying to find other ways to use the dried lavender. I tried using it to cook my chicken but it didn’t work for me. The lavender flavor was too sweet and I wasn’t too fond of it cooked with my chicken. If you don’t want to buy a pound of lavender like I did (and I’m still trying to find ways to use it), I’ve seen it at local tea shops and at Williams-Sonoma. This recipe is so easy that if you’re not a lavender person, just omit it from the recipe and make yourself some delicious hot cocoa.
- 2 1/2 cups of vanilla soy milk or almond milk (sweetened)
- 2 tbsp dried lavender
- 1/2-3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (depending on how “chocolatey” you want it)
- Bring the soy milk to a boil in a pot. Stir constantly.
- Remove from heat
- Steep the lavender in the milk for 7-10 minutes. (You can put the dried lavender in an empty tea bag or use a coffee filter that is tied at the top. You can also just throw the lavender in the milk and use a sieve or cheese cloth to separate the lavender from the milk after steeping)
- Separate the lavender from the milk
- Turn the heat back on to low and reheat the milk
- Stir in the chocolate chips until they are completely melted with a whisk
- Serve immediately & enjoy!
My grandma always told me to wear polka dots on New Year’s. I never knew why…I just thought it was one of our crazy New Year’s traditions. We were watching TFC (The Filipino Channel) at my grandma’s house on New Year’s day and the people on TV were wearing polka dots too. So I asked my good ol’ pal, Google. It’s actually a Filipino superstition. Supposedly, if you wear polka dots or anything round on New Year’s day it means that you will have a year of prosperity since the circles are the same shape as coins. My only polka dot shirt was in the laundry so I wore something from my wardrobe that’s the closest to polka dots. My sweater has a circular pattern on the back – that counts right?
On me: Sweater (Nordstrom Rack), Earrings (Flea Market), Jeans (American Eagle), Boots (Report Signature)
On my sister: Sweater (Cotton On), Shirt (Swap Meet), Necklace (H&M), Coated Pants (Zara), Boots (Hautelook), Polka Dot iPhone 5 case (Incase)
On my cousin: Polka Dot Shirt (Urban Outiftters), Shorts (H&M), Boots (3.1 Phillip Lim for Target), Gold Watch (Bulova)
2013 was quite the year. I started a new chapter of my life as a college graduate/working lady and I’m really quite proud of myself. I went through that post-grad-whatamIdoingwithmylife phase but life had to go on and so did I. My whole life I’ve been working to get to this point of graduating from college. I’ve never really thought of what happens after reaching that point in your life. I guess I just thought once I graduated from college, everything would just fall into place. I’m slowly learning that’s not the case. This year has taught me so much more than what I expected and showed me that I have much more potential than I thought that I had. Here’s a look back at some of what 2013 blessed me with (in no particular order) –
- A 25-mile bike ride through Palm Springs via Tour de Palm Springs
- Revamping my personal portfolio and website
- Making the decision to leave my job
- Getting a new job
- Losing 20 pounds
- Conquering a 5.10 on the rock climbing wall
- Celebrating the 7th lovely year with Christian <3
- Kayaking in La Jolla and managing not to yack during the ride
- My parent’s 25th anniversary
- The Cinderella Project with my bests
- Finally starting this blog
Of course there are many other moments in 2013 that are worth remembering. These are a few things that I’ve accomplished in 2013 and I’m excited to see what 2014 has to bring. Not quite into the whole new-years-resolution-new-year-new-you type of thing because in the end, you are still you with more memories, accomplishments, struggles and knowledge. Last year (it’s so weird to say that even though it was only yesterday!) flew by so fast. Goodbye 2013 and hello 2014, I’m ready for you.