Goodbye November 2018

Goodbye November,

and hello December – last month of the year. 2018 is almost history and I’m definitely not mad. In total, it was really not a good year. But December is usually lovely when you’re a Christmas person, so I’m hoping for a nice ending.

November was pretty much a roller coaster ride, because I had moments where I was just incredibly happy, but also some where I just felt really low and also sick. Sometimes, life just gets pretty overwhelming and we probably all have those moments. However, I’m really trying to focus on little things that make me happy. I’m also sure it will get better in December. I just love the Christmas spirit and I will soon have a lot stress at work, as well, which will work wonders.

Instagram November

Gladly, not everything was bad. The absolute best thing? My brand new god son was born and he is just the cutest. I’m head over heels in love with him and can’t wait to build a very close relationship. My bestie did a fantastic job and I’m so proud of her. And you can bet that I showed up at the hospital with balloons in hand, like they do in movies. A giant stuffed animal was missing, but that would’ve been a bit too much.

You know what else happened? I managed to score tickets for a Spice Girls concert in London and I’m just so excited. It’s totally a dream come true and a trip to the UK is always a good idea. It took be about 1,5 hours to get them and included one super emotional breakdown, cause I had tickets, but then the credit card didn’t work, and then they were gone and I lost it. Eventually, I was successful though and it made me so happy. And to make my 90s heart nearly explode with joy, I also got tickets to see the Backstreet Boys in Germany. My 90s heart can hardly take it.

Instagram November

It really doesn’t get much better, cause the rest was pretty normal. I tried to get lots of relax time, cause my weeks were really tiring, despite not having a million plans. I spent time with my best friends, which is always a highlight, no matter how I feel and I’m just grateful to have them in my life. It can be the simplest thing and still make my whole week. That’s exactly how friendship is supposed to be.

So now, I just want to enjoy December. The Christmas lights everywhere are just beautiful, I can set up my adorable tree and all the music and movies give me so much joy. Even though I’m not much of a winter person, I’m kinda hoping for a lot of snow that will give me even more reason to work from home. And you know what? I’m also looking forward to the year just being over. I need a fresh start and new plans. I wish you all an amazing holiday season!

Write a letter to Santa. Put up all the beautiful Christmas lights. Make a list with all the presents you want to get everyone. Try not to care about calories for the holiday season. Buy a festive outfit. Send out hand written cards. Say hi to someone you haven’t talked to in a long time and miss. Bake some cookies and just have a great December.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Christmas time

Lovely life
my new god son was born getting a good sleep holiday’s getting some fresh air  award shows Little Mix scoring tickets for the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys fun coffee dates being spontaneous, once in a while Chinese take out watching Christmas movies cute babies on my Insta feed a random shopping spree washi tapes  Long Texas BBQ from Burger King started planning a scrapbooking series for the blog a rainy Sunday in bed buying baby gifts finally watched E.T. when my bff is in town buying things nobody needs at cheap shops overknee boots being home alone on weekends Ariana Grande’s video for “Thank you, next” home office days baby cuddles a good facemask Disney Store deliveries 

Movies I loved
The Princess Switch
The Holiday Calendar
The Christmas Chronicles

Interesting articles and videos
Embarrassingly, I hardly read anything. At least I can’t remember anything, so I guess nothing was too interesting. I also haven’t read any books. It may even be possible that it’s December and I’m still at 0 books for the whole year. I sure bought enough, though. Shame on me!

My November posts
Goodbye October 2018 // Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse! // My Saturday Night Tinder Swipe

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Scrapbooking 101: A Great Hobby

For the longest time, I’ve been one of these people, who just have to keep everything from anywhere – it all wanders into my pocket. I’m very attached to great memories and always take little souvenirs that I mostly put in boxes. I have things from so many places I’ve been to and it goes back to my childhood days.

Unfortunately, it’s getting a bit out of hand, cause I simlpy have too much. So a great way for me to keep my memorabilia is scrapbooking. It is one of my absolute favorite hobbies and it also makes it easier to look back on things. Because it means so much to me, I’ve been thinking a lot about adding a new category to my blog, where I only share my hobby, let my readers take a look at some of my pages and also give tips on what you can use, how to put together your own pages etc.

Scrapbooking 101

What made me really happy was that the response on Twitter was really good, cause it’s a hobby that a lot of people are interested in, but sometimes, a little push and inspiration can do wonders. And honestly, I’m not going to be humble about this and just put it out there: I’m damn good at scrapbooking. I spend a lot of money on making it all perfect, which of course is not a requirement, but I just take it really seriously. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than finishing a new page, or even better, a whole book. But the best part: There is no right or wrong way to do it.

I’m not gonna lie though, it’s pretty time consuming. I always tell myself that I’ll just do a page each day after work, but I never really do, cause unfortunately, I don’t have an arts and crafts room and all the stuff is just scattered across the floor, which makes it hard for me to walk around or do anything else. Therefore, when I really get into it, I do nothing else for days and just put together one page after another, until life gets in the way again. Then, it usually just rests for a while, until I find more time and motivation.

Scrapbooking 101

Sometimes, I wish I could just do this for a living. People could send me their collected things and then I get to work. To personalize it, I would ask them to tell me a little about their experiences and then try to create something beautiful. But I guess that’s never going to happen, so I’ll just enjoy my hobby, as much as I can.

If you’re interested in scrapbooking, definitely keep an eye out for my posts. I’m planning a lot of detailed content and hopefully, I can inspire some people to give it a try. And of course, feel free to share your tips and pages, as well. I’d love to take a look.

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My Saturday Night Tinder Swipe

I honestly can’t really tell you why the hell I’m still on Tinder, because it’s kinda pointless. However, it’s still a source of entertainment. So I did a big swiping session on Saturday night, when there was a big event going on, not so far from where I live and what can I say, what a waste of time. I mean sure, I’m a superficial bitch, but I just have a long list of things that totally put me off and Tinder is just a huge pile of just that: things that absolutely make me say NO.

So, in case you were wondering how terrible I actually am, here are all my thoughts on the guys I swiped through. And there were many. Thank you, next!

Oh great, you’re showing more cleavage than I do.
Nope.
Nope.
Too short.
HELL NO!
Should I really share my really mean thoughts?
You’re wearing a backpack, so why add a fanny pack?
Did you even look at the pics you uploaded?
Not my type.
Oh great, a pic that shows you from the back.
Awful dresser.
Nope.
HELL NO!
Ok, kinda cute. Swiping right.
Nice, but super athletic. I’m more of a couch potato, but you’ll still get a right swipe for your pretty face.
Everything I’m not looking for.
Nope.
Nope,
You wish.
OMFG, if you could see this guy.
Nope.
31? More like 40.
Is that a fedora?
Oh God. :D
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Absolutely not.
Nope.
Did anyone ever tell you, your beard looks really weird? Why just the sides and a mustache?
Nope.
HELL NO!
Absolutely not.
I don’t trust only one photo.
I know you think you’re the bomb, but I don’t think so.
Not my type.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
30? You look like 15 with that haircut. Not even your facial hair helps.
You remind me of a co-worker whom I find highly unattractive, inside and out.
Wow, those pics tell me nothing.
Waaayyy too many words in your bio. Also just no.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Who swipes right on just a pic with a vibrator, handcuffs and lingerie in it?
That’s another no.
HELL NO!
Nope.
Not dating military guys.
Not my type.
He looks like a classic bouncer.
Not in a million years.
Nope.
Actually laughing out loud.
That’s a big fat NO.
Ok, I feel like this is getting worse by the second.
Just stop with the mirror selfies.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
You sure you’re not 13, hun?
Nope.
Nope.
Oh how I hate the thumbs up pose.
No pic? Maybe it’s for the best.
Not my type.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Nope.
Cool guy, but totally not my type.
One pic is not enough.
HELL NO!
I like the sunset in the background.
Nope.
Ummm, where do I start…
Nope.
No, no and no.
Definitely don’t dig T-shirts paired with scarves. It’s sooo 2006 and even back then it looked stupid.
Love your name, and that’s it.
Nope.
It may surprise him, but no.
Nope.
NEEEEXT!
Maybe… but no.
Nope.
A big fat NO.
Nope.
Bloody hell…
Never.
Never ever.
Oh, you think you’re so cool, don’t you.
Nope.
Haha, no.
Nope.
Wow, you’re skinny.
Nope.
No, no, no.
Definitely no.
Nope.
Nope.
Kinda cute, but only kinda.
Guitar player, but still, no.
What the hell is that flower shirt?!
Nope.
And nope.

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Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

As a huge Disney fan, I find it important to honor the cartoon character that started it all. The wonderful Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks at the Walt Disney Studios. I originally posted this article in May, because, even though most people think that Mickey first appeared in the short film “Steamboat Willie”, which was one of the first sound cartoons, the mouse actually made it’s first appearance in a short called “Plane Crazy” on May 15th in 1928. But since everyone is celebrating today, including the Walt Disney Company, I will just share this with you, again. So on November 18th, we celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse, the mouse that started it all. Happy  Birthday, Mickey. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you gave generation after generation.

When I was a baby, I lived in the States for the first time and my parents bought a ginormous mouse that we had for a million years. Maybe it’s still in the attic, although the red pants went missing, years ago. And I also had a little one and I guess, this was all the start of my Disney obsession. Just seeing traces of the mouse ears makes me smile and of course it’s an absolute must to buy some when you’re at Disneyland.

I love Mickey. I love Minnie. I love the whole “Mickey & Friends” characters because they’re really unique and funny. I mean, have you been to Toontown? It’s one of my absolute favorite parts of Disneyland. And the houses are just all adorable and I can really imagine each character living there. Because let’s be honest, they’re real, right?!

So who knows if the wonderful world of Disney would be the same today, if it wasn’t for the mouse.

“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

– Walt Disney, Disneyland; October 27, 1954

Therefore, I want to point out my favorite memories, places, things and everything else that has to do with it. I know that my life certainly wouldn’t be the same without it and it’s a huge part of why I’m never really going to grow up. And why should I? Everything that Disney has given the world is meaningful to me. And yes, I have looked deep into the subject, and it didn’t change anything, no matter how much there is to criticize. I’m not a fool, I just won’t let anything or anyone take this happiness away from me. So here are some random things about me and my Disney life and I’m happy about all of it.

The first Disney movie I’ve watched was “The Beauty and the Beast” because my uncle recorded it on a VHS for me and until today, it’s my favorite Disney movie.

The first time I went to Disneyland, I was probably seven years old. My family and I were on holiday in San Diego and my dad and grandma took me and my brother there.

20 years later, I went back to Disneyland California and it was as fun as I remembered it.

Disneyland Paris is prettier, though.

My room will always look a little like Disneyland and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I have more than 50 stuffed Disney characters in my room. They’re all animals because I don’t like the human characters as plushies.

I either want to be Belle or Pocahontas. What a difference, right?!

I cry every time I watch Mulan.

My first movie at a German theatre was “Aladdin.” In an American theatre “The Lion King.”

I stood in line at Disneyland to get my picture taken with a Disney Princess. I hoped for Belle, I got Aurora. What a disappointment.

Mom took me to Disneyland Paris after graduating from school at age 20. It was one of the best trips ever. She even helped me chase down characters to get a picture.

When I was an au pair, I constantly played the Disney Music channel on iTunes and sang to my little baby girl, all day, everyday.

When the music of the broadway musical “The Lion King” started playing, I started crying.

I mainly sleep in Disney clothing.

I once added an extra day of uni to my schedule, because there was a Disney seminar and I couldn’t not go. I would’ve gone any time of the week.

Walk of Fame Mickey Mouse

My BA-thesis, two papers and a presentation for uni were about Disney.

As a baby, I had swimming pants with baby Minnie and Mickey on them and I still have them.

As a kid, I had this little recording machine and the one song I sang a million and one times was “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas. I probably still have a tape somewhere.

I’m not willing to spend like 100 Euros on clothes without properly thinking about it, but let me walk into a Disney Store and I’ll pay whatever they say without batting an eyelid.

When I lived in San Francisco, I loved that there was a Disney Store and I went there a lot. So when I had to leave the city, I made sure to go one last time and properly say goodbye. I even uttered the word. I didn’t kiss the window.

The older I got, the worse my Disney obsession got.

My goal is to have all the Disney movies on DVD, especially the classics. I’m close, but I still have to work on it.

I have a new Disney backpack and it’s the cutest thing ever. I use it all the time, when I don’t have to carry around really heavy things, and it makes me smile, every time I see it.

I don’t know most Disney songs in my mother tongue German, because I always watched the movies in English.

I would love to be a Disney Princess at one of the parks for a day, but I’m sure that the kids would annoy me after only a few minutes, so more than 24 hours is not an option.

I’ve never been on Splash Mountain.

When I buy gifts for kids, I often buy Disney stuff, even if the parents are not much into it. A proper education can’t start early enough.

I’m absolutely addicted to the Disney Emoji game. It’s the main reason now, why I’m often running late or go to bed, too late. I just absolutely love it. Currently working on hitting level 200.

At Disneyland Paris, I bought a pair of little hand blown glass slippers and I broke one of them, which is actually pretty fitting, since I have one left, like in the fairytale.

I was on a school trip in Tuscany and in Florence, I wanted to go shopping, but the stores sucked. Then I saw people with bags from the Disney Store. I followed them, asked them and after what felt like forever, found the store. I was so happy.

To be continued . . .

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Goodbye October 2018

Goodbye October,

and hello cold and rainy November, a month nobody really needs. Here in Germany, it went from Indian Summer to first snow, in just one month. At least where I live. And yes, you read that right. There was snow and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I hope it stays away for a while, now, cause I’m not a big fan. Especially with all the idiots that don’t get their tires changed in time. I will never understand how winter can be such a surprise every year. Know where you live, people.

Anyway, let’s get to all the things that happened this month. My favorite day was the baby shower I threw for my bestie, who will give birth to my second god child, this month. We had the most amazing weather, we were in the middle of nature and it was just absolutely lovely, and I think everyone had lots of fun. We sat outside half the night, you could see every star in the sky and it was just really special. Despite all the drama that happened beforehand (For the record, this was the last damn time I organize anything bigger than inviting a handful of my closest friends for breakfast), we had a good time.

room

Other than that, I really didn’t do anything special. A breakfast, a fun trip to IKEA, a coffee date and the rest was trying to get as much time for myself in, as possible. Which I did. I wrote a lot, cause I definitely wanted to succeed at Blogtober and I did. It was insanely exhausting, cause I suck at time management. So I basically had to write everyday and I’m still surprised, I actually got it done. Glad that it’s over. This is my first post since October 31st, cause I needed a break. But the fact that I managed to publish 31 posts in one month, should make me get at least two or so out, every week.

Another big thing for me were insane problems with my teeth. You wouldn’t believe the pain they can cause. I’m honestly a bit traumatized from the dentist and scared now, every time I go. I’ve already been seven times over this whole mess and I’m still not done. For like half a week, I also looked like a lopsided chipmunk. I was even on sick leave. That’s how bad it was. I’ve never taken so many pain killers before. I’m glad that I’m doing a lot better now, but it’s still not fully handled.

So that’s pretty much it for the month. Nothing super special, but I actually like quiet months. I always need a lot of sleep and just love hanging out at home, doing chill things. I honestly never get bored and work currently stresses me out so much that I don’t really feel like being out and about a lot on weekends. I also won’t mind, if November is a rather quiet one, as well.

Sleep in, if you can. Put on the fluffy socks. Start getting excited for Christmas. Put up some extra fairy lights for the dark season. Do something nice for somebody else. Cozy up for winter. Enjoy every ray of sunshine and have a wonderful November.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Fall

Lovely life
Mean Girls Spectrum Collection organized cupboards succeeding at Blogtober Indian Summers  going through old embarrassing photos  Vapiano successful IKEA trips  scoring tickets to a P!nk concert ♥ helium balloons doing nice things for others  Panini Sticker Albums  Hocus Pocus  my armchair  sending videos of my messy room to my bff  waffles  my favorite café  sleeping in  lemon cake  new followers  sprinkles  good food  new music ♥ putting my god son on the front page of the paper  cute prints Blair Waldorf not screwing up making a cake 

Songs I loved
Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
Calumn Scott – You Are The Reason
Robin Schulz & Piso 21 – Oh Child

Interesting articles and videos
19 Memes You’ll Understand If You’re Antisocial AF And Never Go Out // 36 Magical Disney Products Even The Biggest Fans Probably Haven’t Seen Before // 28 Things People Under Age 14 Will Never Believe We Used To Have To Do // 24 Pictures That Will Make People With Siblings Laugh Harder Than They Should // These Friends Do A Celeb Group Costume Every Halloween And It’s So Good

My October posts
It’s Blogtober – Am I Really Doing This? // Photography: Seattle // “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” // Goodbye September 2018 // fall. // Mixtape #23 – Get Cozy // Being a Godmother // The Fall Tag // My Fall TV Schedule // 30 Writing Prompts for Lifestyle Bloggers // Things To Do On A Rainy Day // Photography: Madam Tussauds // Creative Minds Never Get Bored // Golden Days and Clear Sky Nights // Everything I Love About Blair Waldorf // Fiction: Emily And The Secret Garden // One New Message // My Favorite Halloween Movies // Tag: Would You Rather – Bookish Edition // I’m Fructose Intolerant – What The Hell? // Why “Happier” by Ed Sheeran Makes Me Mad // Photography: Fall Impressions #2 // My Favorite Quote // A-Z Au Pair Edition // Losing Yourself // Hi, I’m Hailey, and I’m addicted to buying stationery… // Things I Miss About School // Not Everyone You Lose Is A Loss // 10 Dates I Would Like To Go On // The Halloween Tag // Blogtober – That’s A Wrap

My October Instagrams I’ve been so out of touch with Instagram that I only posted these few pictures on stories. I didn’t even miss it.

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