how i do my calligraphy // a peek in my sketchbook


~Today’s post is written by the girl who draws arm-less stick figures.~

Also known as: Aria. Yeah, me. I’m actually a really creative person (so they say) but I can’t draw to save my life. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn that soon enough when I was seven and had a business that sold pictures (as well as name cards and cards) drawn by yours truly. (Read more about that fiasco here 😉 ) I just wasn’t taking the subtle hints! (ahem…no customers…but that could have been because of other reasons, like poor marketing.)

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Getting Ready for Thanksgiving


As some of y’all may know from last year, we host a HUGE Thanksgiving. Big menu, lots of food, lots of people…lots of preparation and lots of stress. My mom always hosts it and this year we’re having 22 people. (My aunt’s family of course takes up over a third of that 😉 ) I thought it would be fun to show you guys some of the stuff we’re doing to prepare right now. The countdown is currently 1 week, 2 days, so things are getting crazier and crazier!

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My Fall/Winter Skincare Routine

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Each season seems to have a few slight differences in its makeup and skincare routines. Fall and winter, I think, are more radically different from spring and summer because of the drastic change in humidity and temperature, at least where I live. It’s been a while since I did a makeup/skincare post, and since our weather has changed a lot and I’m using different products, I thought it would be fun talk about the items I’m using this time of year. Our weather, especially now, has been incredibly dry (we’re actually in a severe drought which is really unusual as it normally rains 3-4 times a week) for a month and a half so it’s been an interesting transit to using products that provide more moisture.

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How To fire back at old man winter


Well, the time change is here, and unfortunately, it’s one of the causes of Seasonal Depression. For those who don’t know what seasonal depression is (otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, abbr. SAD), it’s a type of depression that often occurs during the same season each year – for most,  that season is mid fall through winter.  Causes can be: lack of vitamin D (which is naturally derived from the sun), the time change, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and other causes still not known.

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