The Be Thankful Challenge

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Happy early Thanksgiving! Long time, no talk. The past few weeks have been crazy. From starting a new job, shopping excessively, vacationing in Massanutten, and being a bridesmaid in one of my friend’s weddings (!), this blog has unfortunately been put in the back of my mind. That will hopefully be changing soon. Once I get my life organized again I have plenty ideas of things to write about. To start off, The Silver Screen Savant nominated me to take part in the Be Thankful Challenge. Check out his blog for a ton of movie reviews!

Rules:

– Share this image in your blog post.
– Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for.
– Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for.
– Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part.

5 People I’m Thankful For:

DISCLAIMER: I’m 100% going to be cheating and lumping large groups of people together as one.

  • Family: I love you all so dearly.
  • British People: Their hair, those accents, ergh.
  • Lizzie, Henry, & Piggy: My pets mean the world to me and I don’t know what I’d do without their cuddles.
  • Friends: I promise that it’s not intentional to put you guys below the Brits xoxo.

UPDATE: I can’t think of anyone else, probably because all of the cheating and lumping.

  • I guess Selena Gomez can have the last spot because I just watched an interview with her and she seems like an incredibly kind soul.

5 Things I’m Thankful For:

  • Videos: No one said these had to be sentimental things. TV shows, Netflix, YouTube, you name it.
  • Cheese: Grilled cheese, cheese pizza, Cheetos, Goldfish, string cheese, macaroni and cheese, spray cheese, yes please.
  • Christmas: What’s better than the Christmas season? Nothing, I tell ya. I’ve already taken some lights out of storage. If I was taller then it’s likely the whole house would be decorated.
  • Blankets: Fuzzy blankets, all the time. And scarves that look like blankets.
  • Disney World: My favorite place in the world. Ask me where I want to go and it’ll be Disney World.

5 Blogs:

My apologies for not taking this post as seriously as I should. But really, what would we do without mozzarella? I really am so grateful for everything I have and someone pinch me if I ever take it for granted. *Sappy.* Take a minute out of your day to leave a comment about what you are thankful for, please! It will make me happy reading them 🙂

– Alex

Autumn Accent Ideas

DSC_0354 DSC_0339DSC_0348I wrote this post about a week ago but completely forgot to post it. Enjoy!

As I’ve mentioned time and time again (enough that probably no one cares anymore), Autumn is no doubt my favorite time of the year. It feels like a new beginning. School and work are both back in session, campfires, the air is crisp, the leaves are beautiful, it’s acceptable to drink hot chocolate, Christmas is just around the corner, all the stores smell like cinnamon spice, and beanies and scarves can be worn once again. The list goes on. Now, even though it just officially became Fall this week, I’ve been ready since July. Some people love the burning heat of Summer but it’s not for me. Unless I’m sitting on a beach listening to pop music and sipping lemonade, get me indoors to the AC… stat. I just wanted to make a quick post to show some of the seasonal decorations I have in my room along with some tips of easy ways to make your space feel more cozy for the cooler months. When I have my own apartment, I’m 100% going to be one of those people who overdecorate. Someone needs to take my Pinterest account away from me.


It’s super easy to make small changes to make your room feel more cozy for Fall. The first way to do that is lights. In my room I have white rope lights around the top of my room as well as small Halloween lights from the dollar section at Target. Walmart sells really, really cheap white lights and even just one strand can completely change the atmosphere of a room at night.

Next, candles. I made sure to switch out my fruity/floral Summer candles to spicier and more dessert-like scents. I have a vanilla candle, an apple pie candle, and a pumpkin one sitting out. If you are one to buy expensive candles (unlike me), the smells will even spread throughout the room when they aren’t lit.

Fake flowers are also great. I have a vase in my room that I purchased at a consignment boutique and it’s filled with small stones. I replaced my white daisies that I had during the summer to a mix of orange, red, and yellow Fall flowers. The dollar store has great options and they are so cheap! The dollar store also has some other great seasonal decor items that you can use to decorate on a budget.

The most recent thing I did is change up my bedding. There’s nothing better than curling up with your puppy, a cup of tea, and a big fluffy blanket. In the Summer I usually sleep with a lightweight colorful comforter because it can get pretty hot at night. For Fall I like to go with a heavier blanket and all white bedding with warm-colored accents – such as throw pillows and fleece or flannel blankets and quilts.

Lastly, find random objects around your house. I dug around in my laundry room and found a white ceramic owl and cute little pumpkin I forgot I even had. When I was in Orlando I bought some soap with a ghost on it and I’m also using my Monsters Inc plush I bought to decorate for the season. Monsters, Halloween, get it? For the most part you can find hidden treasures without having to spend any money at all. Be creative and happy Autumn!

– Alex