A List Of Things I’m Terrible At

Perfectly Imperfect I feel like most people always try their hardest to present themselves in their very best way but I think it’s completely okay to show off your flaws. Perfection is totally overrated and I feel like flaws are what make people interesting. Sure, not all imperfections are honorable but most are tolerable, and some can even be cute. Anyway, I share with you some things that I am absolutely terrible at because I’m far, far away from being perfect.

01. Math
It was definitely one of my worst subjects in school but I found a uni major that didn’t include any of it. I’m so bad that I still count with my fingers when I do math, but I manage. I got it from my mama.

02. Being patient
Waiting for someone or something totally kills my mood and I absolutely hate it. And yeah, I’m a complete hypocrite because I’m a pro at keeping people waiting. But you know what the worst kind of waiting is? When you’re expecting important mail and the post man takes forever to arrive.

03. Keeping my balance
It’s so bad that you can actually see me tripping while simply standing somewhere. It’s ridiculous.

04. Getting out of bed
I will get up when I need to be somewhere. I’m never happy about it but okay. However, when I don’t have to leave the house, which has been the case for quite a few months now, it can be impossible to make me get up. I need someone to steal my blanket and pour water over my face but that person would most likely get killed.

05. Stop binge-watching shows
I just can’t do it. I’m always like “one more episode is ok” and then end up staying awake way too long. That’s particularly bad when I need to get up early.

06. Only eating a handful of chips
I mean honestly, who in the world is capable of doing that?!

07. Going to bed at a reasonable time
I’ve always been more of a night owl so going to bed early just never really works. Trust me, I’ve tried many times. That always results in me sleeping all day when I don’t need to be somewhere or me not getting enough sleep when I do have to leave my bed.

08. Wearing actual pants
I just don’t really like them. 90% of the time you’ll see me in leggings. There are also sweatpants and maybe I’ll jump into some jeggings but that also doesn’t happen very much. Leggings are my religion.

09. Remembering how old my family members are
With me being terrible with math and all, you can imagine that I’m bad with numbers. I pretty much always get their age wrong.

10. Responding to emails
I like writing emails but I’m terrible at responding and I can’t even tell you why.

11. Keeping my room cleaned up
I absolutely love when my room is all neat and tidy but I’m just super terrible at keeping it that way. I just suck at putting my stuff away after using it.

12. Being on time for dates
I’m usually on time when it comes to official appointments or work but I’ll probably not be super early, either. I do have a problem with being on time when I’m meeting with friends or family and I hate when any of them keep me waiting. I’m a horrible person.

13. Cutting carbs
I mean not eat pasta, pizza or bread? I tried but it’s just not for me. I’ll just accept my little food belly and enjoy the wonderful taste of carbs.

14. Sticking to my blog schedule
How hard can it be to blog three times a week when you literally have nothing to do? I’ll tell you, super hard. Bad, bad blogger.

15. Using up stationery before buying anything new
If you tell me right now that you actually do that, I will really question the universe. I really try but it’s just always too cute to leave at the store. I’ve gotten a lot better at it, though.

16. Early mornings
As you have probably figured out by now, I don’t do mornings and if I have to, I won’t be in a very good mood.

17. Keeping secrets from my mom
We don’t really have secrets from each other but sometimes, I may not want to tell her something or at least keep it to myself for a while but it hardly ever works. When I was younger, I thought about secretly getting tattoos or piercings but I could’ve never gotten away with it.

18. Riding a bike
It sure took me a while to learn it as a child and it only really worked after my parents told me they would buy me a present when I make it. After that, I had pretty solid bike riding skills and a super fancy bike but nowadays, I don’t really want to go near one. The few times I dared to go for a ride, I always ended up being lucky not to end up in hospital.

19. Making important calls
Technically, I’m actually pretty good at this but I hate it. Whenever I need to make calls for a doctors appointment or ring up a company or call someone who offers an appartment or anything like that, I postpone or try to send emails etc, even though it takes so much more time. I blame my mother for this because she made calls for me for way too long.

20. Setting an alarm
I don’t know how many times this has happened to me. It also has to do with my math problem because when I try to figure out when exactly I have to get up, I mess it up and even if I get it right, chances are I still set it all wrong.

21. Keeping my mouth shut
As a kid, I was rather shy but the older I got, the more than changed. Me and my loud mouth have gotten in some trouble here and there but that’s ok. Sometimes, I just can’t help myself and things just slip out. Sorry not sorry. If you have no sense of humor though, you probably don’t want to hang with me.

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The Beauty of California and What to Do

I was lucky enough to live in the sunshine state California ( I don’t care if Florida is called that) for a whole year and I had the chance to visit a lot of different places, all around. I lived in the beautiful city of San Francisco which should definitely be #1 on your list but there are lots more wonderful places that are worth a trip. If you ever get the chance tvisit California, make sure to include some of these places.

California Republic

1. San Francisco
In case you only have the chance to visit one place in California, I would say it should be this one. I lived here for a whole year and I can truly say that it’s a fantastic city. There is loads to do and you’ll find incredible spots that just take your breath away. There are some of the most famous landmarks in this city and you’re friends will be so jealous when they see you standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge. I could give you a list of things to do here, but that would be incredibly long, so just check out my post on this. Anyway, if I ever meet someone who tells me that they don’t like San Francisco, I will start screaming in their face.

San Francisco
2. Disneyland
This may not be for everyone,  if not you’re a monster, but definitely make sure to visit Disneyland. The first time I went here was as a little girl, while on vacation with my family in San Diego, and 20 years later, I went again with a couple of friends and it was great. I bought new mouse ears, spent way too much money on lots of pretty things, took a ride on the carousel, met and took pictures with some characters and so much more. It’s the happiest place on earth and if you try to tell me otherwise, I will hold my ears and sing lalalaaa really loud.

Disneyland
3. Lake Tahoe
This is an absolutely gorgeous place, no matter if you visit during summer or winter. It offers opportunities for winter sports, you can go hiking, swimming, fishing, sun bathing and more. I went there with my host family for a weekend and even though we didn’t do a ton, it was absolutely lovely. We stayed in a nice lodge, just like one in movies, which I totally loved, even though it reminded me of winter, which I’m not a huge fan of. We went for a lovely walk and the weather was a bit cold but still sunny, so perfect. I took the car to the lake because obviously, I didn’t want to leave without seeing it and in the evening, we went to the Ritz Carlton to have some s’mores around the fire and some dinner. This was super lovely to do and I’m sure there are a lot more lovely things to have fun with.

Lake Tahoe
4. Hearst Castle
My friend and me went on a weekend bus trip, which was interesting but probably won’t ever happen again, and one of the places we visited was the beautiful Hearst Castle near San Simeon (Try not laughing when the tour guid keeps saying San Semen all the time, I know, very mature.). I must say, what we saw from the castle interior didn’t really knock my socks off, but the outdoor site is just incredible. The view is stunning, the architecture is amazing and it’s just a really gorgeous place. I mean, even Lady Gaga shot one of her music videos here, so trust me when I tell you that it’s gorgeous.

Hearst Castle
5. Yosemite National Park
That bus trip we did also included a stop at Yosemite National Park and I don’t even have words for how incredibly beautiful it is. And we didn’t even catch a time, when the waterfalls are running. If you want to see those, you have to plan your trip accordingly. Unfortunately, we didn’t spend much time there and only made a few picture stops but still, it was incredible. If I ever go again, I’d prefer to add a little hiking (yes, that just came from me) and you know, maybe even camping (maybe not).

Yosemite National Park
6. Los Angeles
I admit that this city isn’t my favorite in the world because it’s just not that pretty. I know that a lot of people will disagree with this but maybe they just haven’t seen other gorgeous places. Anyway, I went twice and sure, there are fun things to do and cool places to check out. I thought the Gryffith Observatory was great and you have an awesome view, all over the city, and you’re also able to see the Hollywood sign from there. You can go looking for stars on the Walk of Fame, visit the Urban Light and if you’re a true 90s kid, make sure to visit the original Charmed house because a good fangirl/boy moment never hurts.

Los Angeles
7. Highway 1 – Big Sur 
The West Coast is just incredibly beautiful and if you want to get a good glimpse of it, take Highway 1 and enjoy the view. My friends and me took the car from San Francisco all the way to Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, which is popular for a hole within the rock formation that the sun is supposed to hit at sunset. I hate to tell you this but it doesn’t. I guess it only happens during a certain time of year and September just isn’t it. There were cameras on tripods everywhere and getting there wasn’t fun at all, since lots of people go there, but it was pretty anyway because Californian sunsets are beautiful anywhere. You also cross popular bridges, see amazing landscapes and it’s just a very beautiful ride.

Big Sur
8. San Diego Parks
Besides checking out cities, I love amusement parks in every form. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of the city, the last time I visited, but the main reason for the trip were the parks, anyway. My family and I went there when my brother and me were kids and I just wanted to go back as an adult. Technically, my mom really wanted to visit the zoo again so I took her and we had a lovely time. Also make sure to take a look around the place in front of the park because you’ll find a beautiful carousel and a little train that takes you for a fun ride. Yes, I don’t think I need to tell you that I hopped on, right away. The Zoo is located at Balboa Park and I wish I could’ve visited the park more but it’s on my list for the next visit. Sea World is somewhere I wanted to go again because I just absolutely love the life under the sea and I’m obsessed with visiting aquariums. This is just a bigger version of it but definitely a lot of fun.

San Diego Parks
9. Jelly Belly Factory
If you’re a candy fan like me, you have to go. It’s located in Fairfield, about an hour outside of San Francisco, and they offer free tours. I took my former au pair child and we got to see how Jelly Beans are made. It was probably more exciting for me than it was for her because she was a bit too young but we did have a lovely time. It’s just a very colorful and fun place which includes photobooths, a huge merchandize store where you can buy beans in whatever flavor you like, a food court, game machines and more. If I were a kid, I’d love to celebrate my birthday there. I’d probably even do it as an adult.

Jelly Belly Factory
10. Santa Monica Pier
If you make it to LA, absolutely make sure to stop by at the Santa Monica Pier. I am a huge kid inside and everything there just really pulls me in. Take a ride on the ferris wheel and enjoy the incredible view or hop onto the beautiful merry-go-round. Stuff your mouth with fast food, buy some postcards or just hang out at the beach. You’ll also find the famous Muscle Beach right next to the Pier, if you’re into it. This is a nice place to just let go and have fun, goof around, be a kid and enjoy the sunshine.

Santa Monica
11. Silicon Valley
So you can’t really check out the Facebook headquarters but at least you can get a fun picture in front of a huge sign. However, you can visit Google and it’s an amazing campus. I’m not exactly sure how far you can go but if you have someone who works there, you get a pretty good view of everything Google has to offer. I mean, that place is incredible and includes anything an employee could wish for and even more, since it actually goes beyond anyone’s imagination until you’ve actually seen it.

Silicon Valley
12. Muir Woods
If you want to hike through a lovely piece of nature, visit the Muir Woods. You can either just go for the general route or plan on going for some major hiking action, whatever works for you. Some of those trees are so big, you could actually live in them. The great thing about San Francisco is that even though it’s a big city, you don’t have to drive very far to find beautiful green spaces to enjoy. If you have some time left on your way back, you can add a little stop at Point Bonita Lighthouse, located in the Marin Headlands, because getting there will give you a crazy view and it’s cute and free.

Muir Woods
13. Monterey Bay Aquarium
As I mentioned above, I love aquariums and it makes me incredibly happy to visit them. During the fun trip along Highway 1, my friends and I stopped at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is a particularly nice one. It’s located directly by the ocean and in general just in a really pretty place. Man, I know I’m fangirling so hard over the West Coast but it’s just so pretty, wherever you go. I think they made a very good job with this aquarium and Monterey in general is not a bad place to be, either.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
14. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo
I know that this may not be on the top of most people’s list when they’re on vacation but if your a kid at heart like me, you cherish a good and fun amusement park. This one has fabulous roller coasters, animals, Looney Tunes running around and the best thing ever, they offer dolphin encounters. It has always been a dream of mine to swim with dolphins and at Six Flags it came true. It was an absolutely amazing experience and it’s also affordable in comparison to other places who offer something like this.

Sixx Flags Discovery Kingdom
15. Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Here we go again, another wonderful boardwalk and I’m fangirling all over it. Seeing carousels and roller coasters makes my heart jump, I just can’t help it. There is sunshine, the beach, fast food, arcades, souvenir shops and just tons of fun. Unfortunately, I learned of this place a little to late, so I only went once for a couple of hours but it was amazing. I guess every trip that includes a ride on a merry-go-round makes me happy but still. I really want to go back and spend a whole day there and just have lots and lots of fun.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

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6 Reasons Why Friends Is One Of The Best Shows Ever

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In the last few weeks, I’ve been binge-watching FRIENDS again and it’s just one of these shows that I never get sick of. I imagine myself still watching it when I’m 80 while laughing my butt off because it’s just so perfect. Here are a few reasons why it’s one of my absolute favorite TV shows and should become yours, as well.

1. Relatable Characters
The fact that each of the characters, in all their craziness, are so super relatable makes this show extremely special. The bunch is within the same age group as I currently am, and they are struggling with the same problems as me, which makes me feel a little bit better about myself. They’re not sure what to do in terms of jobs, they’re working their way through lots of relationships and just trying to figure out how they want their lives to be. Friends shows how it is to become an adult and that it’s not always easy and pretty, but that there is always some way out of a miserable situation.

Friends GIF

2. It’s a Timeless Show
These people have realistic problems that normal people simply can relate to and that makes them timeless, since these problems will always be present, especially when you’re in your late 20s. Even though the show is set in the late 90s and early 00s, and people in the future will probably be surprised by the lack of technology and their fashion sense, the storyline will never go out of style.

Friends GIF

3. The Stuggle with Relationships
Dating is hard. Finding the right person to spend the rest of your life with is a super difficult task, even in a city like New York. Sure, I guess it always depends on what you’re looking for but in general, it’s not easy, despite some people telling you it is. The gang goes through a lot of ups and downs while getting adjusted to adult life and they portray all kids of different scenarios. In love, anything can happen and the show demonstrates that it’s completely ok, no matter in which form it comes.

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4. Great Friendships
There is nothing more important in life than friends who will always have our back, no matter what happens. I mean, Rachel takes Monica’s baby name and they’re still friends. You can’t choose your family but you can choose who you want to be friends with. Throughout your life, there will be a lot of people who come and go but some of them will be people who stay forever and that is very important. I love that these characters all come from different backgrounds and know each other on different levels. They are siblings, highschool friends and people they just met when moving to a new city, which shows that you can find keepers all throughout your life, if you let it happen.

Friends GIF

5. Amazing Characters
I hardly know one person who doesn’t love this show and its amazing characters. My favorite is definitely Rachel because she reminds me a lot of myself. She’s a bit clueless and girly but has a big heart and well, she’s Rachel. Also, Monica with her crazy obsessions, which I absolutely love. I mean sure, it can probably be a bit much but I wouldn’t mind living in a super clean and neat place. And having a personal chef at home doesn’t sound bad, either. Ross is my favorite guy because Joey is just too much, a great friend but too much of a player, and Chandler just isn’t my thing. And I think his nerdiness is cute (minus that one time he used the ultimate “We we’re on a break” douchebag move). Phoebe is a lovely character but personally not really my type of person. But I’m sure we all have our favorite. And of course, not to forget that the show also has amazing guest appearances by people like Brad Pitt, Danny DeVito, Julia Roberts, Tom Selleck, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and many more. They make the show even more special.

Friends GIF

6. Jokes for Days
I’m one of these people who maybe find something funny but can’t really laugh out loud. I don’t know why but it just doesn’t happen very often. With this show though, I laugh a lot and no matter how bad my mood is, I can be sure that an episode of Friends will cheer me up. Even if it’s only a Twitter conversation full of Friends GIFs, it works. The jokes are great, the characters are very comedic  and if they don’t make you laugh, something is wrong with you.

Friends GIF

(All GIFs were taken from the GIPHY website.)

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Mixtape #15 – Shut Up And Dance With Me

Mixtape #15 Shut Up And Dance With MeIt’s time for a new mixtape for all my party people. Unfortunately, I don’t go out as much as I used to, but if I do, these songs will definitely make me shake my booty. My favorite party music is usually of electronic nature, but in general, I’m a fan of good beats and melodies. It always depends on the type of party and probably on how drunk I am, but these 30 songs would definitely cheer me up and get my groove on. Feel free to leave me a comment with your favorite party songs because I always love to check out new music.

01. Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal – Watch Out (Burmaye)
02. Avicii – Wake Me Up
03. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer – Give Me Everything
04. Jason Derulo – Talk Dirty
05. The Chainsmokers – #Selfie
06. Flo Rida – GDFR
07. Ellie Goulding – Burn
08. Sia feat. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills
09. Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
10. Bingo Players – Rattle
11. Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – We Found Love
12. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – On The Floor
13. David Guetta feat. Sia – Titanium
14. Britney Spears – Work Bitch
15. Sean Paul – Get Busy
16. Culture Beat – Mr. Vain
17. Lucenzo deat. Don Omar – Danza Kuduro
18. Bob Sinclar feat. Pitbull, Dragonfly & Fatman Scoop – Rock The Boat
19. Justin Bieber – Sorry
20. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction
21. Destiny’s Child – Loose My Breath
22. Rihanna feat. Drake – Work
23. Armand Van Helden – Hear My Name
24. Lady Gaga – Pokerface
25. Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back
26. Timbaland – ft. Keri Hilson, D.O.E. & Sebastian – The Way I Are
27. Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris – Yeah!
28. Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie
29. Michel Teló – Ai Se Eu Te Pego (Nossa)
30. Rihanna – Where Have You Been

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The ‘Alice 1951’ Tag

Alice in WonderlandIt’s time for another tag post, which I definitely love doing. I was tagged by Danielle from Underland to Wonderland to do The ‘Alice 1951’ Tag, which she created herself, and it’s all about the animated Disney classic. This gave me a perfect reason to re-watch the movie and here are my answers.

1. Who in Wonderland would you choose to be your best friend?
I guess the Mad Hatter because most of the other characters within the movie seem to be pretty rude. He’s crazy, I like people who are, and I really wouldn’t mind celebrating my un-birthday 364 days of the year. I mean a party with tea and presents, everyday? Hell yeah, count me in.

2. Would you rather be humongous or teeny tiny?
I’d rather be teeny tiny because that way, even though it’s more dangerous, I have more opportunities. As you can see within the movie, Alice doesn’t get very far while being a giant because she is just too tall, but she can move around when she’s short. And since I’m a tall person, I’d like to know how it’s like not to always overlook everyone.

Alice in Wonderland

3. What would your personal Wonderland look like?
It would definitely include lots and lots of pink and glitter and I wouldn’t mind rainbows and unicorns. I can be such a girly girl. I would totally love talking animals and singing flowers. Oh, and mermaids, of course.

4. If you could take one possession with you to Wonderland, what would you take?
Duh, of course a camera. I mean, imagine blogging about a fabulous place like that. And who would believe me, otherwise?! I always need to take lots of pictures of places I visit so I would definitely not go without my camera.

Alice in Wonderland

5. Similarly, if you could take someone with you to explore, who would you take?
I would always choose my best friend. We’ve known each other forever and I know that we would have a blast, together. And we could definitely use another adventure. Adulthood has made us too boring. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure we would get along just fine, no matter how long it would take for us to get back home.

6. Would you most enjoy: Sailing in a glass bottle or falling down the rabbit hole?
Definitely falling down the rabbit hole. I think it’s a fascinating place and it would feel like flying. And I mean come on, it has food and drinks.

Alice in Wonderland

7. Minus the Red Queen, who would you least like to bump into?
I actually find most of the characters quite rude. The cat is a total creep, the caterpillar is super annoying and those singing flowers are terribly mean. I’d actually prefer bumping into the queen because she is hilarious. I mean come on, she wears panties with red hearts aaaall over it.

8. In the garden, which type of flower do you think you would be?
Probably a rose because if you don’t treat me right, my thorns will make you sorry. They smell absolutely lovely and I adore them. Furthermore, they also come in pink so yeah, that’s totally me.

Alice in Wonderland

9. Which of these locations would you like to call home: The Dormouse’s Teapot, The Cheshire Cat’s tree, The Red Queen’s Castle, The Caterpillar’s Mushroom.
Oh boy, this is a tough one because I would actually love the house that the white rabbit lives in. The place is adorable. In general, I wouldn’t mind living in a castle but I think I’ll choose the Dormouse’s Teapot because she is in the middle of crazy tea parties, on a daily basis.

10. What would you do if you had to stay in Wonderland for 5 years at a time or could never visit again?
In my personal wonderland, I would definitely stay for five years because I would love to come back when I feel like being in a very positive place. I’m not so sure about the wonderland Alice stumbles into, since it doesn’t seem like a very nice place. But I’ll say that I would stay for five years because I like adventures and I’m not afraid to take a challenge. I’m sure that somewhere in wonderland, I would find lovely creatures and exploring is always a fun thing to do.

Alice in Wonderland

So if you feel like answering some questions about Alice in Wonderland, please go for it. A cute Disney post never hurts. There are some fellow Disney lovers that I would like to tag, though. I would love for Closing Winter, Outside The Tower, Unicorn Fairy, Sparkleberry, Courage and Kindness, Jenny in Neverland, Megan Goodier and Living for the Now to answer these questions. I hope you have fun with it!

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Goodbye July

Bye bye July and hello August,

there go seven months of 2016 and I’m still where I was when this years started. The only difference is, I’m currently not feeling super bad about it. I’ve decided to not feel ashamed or super annoyed about my current situation anymore because it just is what it is. Instead, I try to focus on things that I love to do and embrace the fact that I have so much time on my hands. Sure, I still think about what to do with my life and how to get there but I don’t obsess about it, since that gets me absolutely nowhere. Some things just take time and eventually, something good will happen.

This month wasn’t super eventful but still not terrible. I have my room back, which is fabulous. For those of you who don’t know, last month, our basement was flooded, which included my room and it was just super annoying. But it’s all good now. I have pretty new carpets, my stuff is where it belongs and I can just enjoy proper me-time, again. I also spent some time with grandma, which always makes her incredibly happy, but I can only go so long without wi-fi. I know it’s terrible how addicted I am, but that’s just how it is. Still, it was nice to be there.

Pokémon Go entered the world and people are going crazy, all over the world. I think it’s hilarious and downloaded the app, as soon as it launched in Germany. Now I have to say, it’s not super fun to play where I live, but I still managed to collect 50 Pokémon by now. Considering the fact that my village not even has one Pokéstop and I have to drive everywhere, I think I’m doing quite well. It does make me move around more though, so I think it’s a good thing.

I went out once and got super drunk but managed to finally figure out how to do it without ending up with a hangover. (Can I put that on my resumé?) I also went on a canoeing tour with a bunch of girls and it was a fantastic day. I was so proud of not ending up wet because my balance is terrible. The weather was good, the landscape was beautiful and we just had a blast. Well, at least my canoe group did. I can only highly recommend this fun activity to everyone.

Other than that, nothing much happened. Except for the Rihanna concert I went to but that was so bad and not worth mentioning. Just know that my third time seeing her live was the last time and I didn’t even buy a tour shirt. There was just not much going on and I was also pretty anti-social. For the past 1,5 weeks, I didn’t do anything but get up, work on my scrapbook while binge-watching Friends, and go back to bed. This is what heaven is to me. But I’ll try to make August a more social month and I hope that all of you will have a fabulous month, as well. Let’s all hope for perfect weather. (Like that is ever gonna happen.)

XO Hailey 

PS: This month, I wrote my very first guest post for my friend Gwennan from Twenty Something Meltdown so please give her awesome blog a visit and read my post “10 Life Lessons From Mean Girls.” I was really happy to help her out and it’s a great feeling when somebody wants you to write for them.

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Lovely life
 when you figured out how to get super drunk and not have a hangover  getting back my writing motivation  The Perks of Being a Wallflower  having my room back  canoeing with friends  new carpets  good weather  spending time with my grandma  Pokémon GO  a nice shower  productive days  GIFs  starting a new scrapbook  going down memory lane  binge-watching FRIENDS  cake for breakfast  cute dogs  writing my first guest post  catching or evolving new Pokémon  tanning salon  freckle face  nature photography  pizza sunshine  #latenightbloggers  being tagged in posts  everything with maps on it ♥ good books ♥  selfmade crêpes ♥  facials ♥ 

 Songs I love
♪  Jennifer Lopez – Ain’t Your Mama
♪  Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
♪  Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance

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Scrapbooking 101

Forever and always, I’ve been one of these people who just have to keep everything from everywhere. Anything that is connected to something just wanders into my pocket. I have boxes full of memories from all the places I’ve been and it goes back to my childhood days. But I don’t just keep the stuff in boxes, I usually make albums etc. For the last few days, I’ve been constantly working on a new scrapbook with everything from my 13 months of working as an au pair in the US. You wouldn’t believe how much stuff I have but I just absolutely love putting it together and making something nice from all of it. This is why I haven’t been very social, online and in real-life, or blogged, watched TV etc. I was super occupied by this because once I start, I just can’t stop. So I thought I share my way of scrapbooking with you and maybe you want to try it yourself. As mentioned above, the example I will give you is my au pair scrapbook.

What you need

► Form of Presentation
When I start with a new project, I think exactly about how I want the end product to look like. Since my year as an au pair contained a lot of traveling, I wanted something to properly show that. Furthermore, I’m obsessed with everything that has maps on it so I settled for a scrapbook from Paperchase, covered with maps. I also chose this one because it’s not too big and has rings, which, from my experience, makes it easier to hold lots of memorabilia, especially thicker items. And I bought two, just in case one isn’t enough.

Scrapbook

► Stickers, Washi Tape, Cardboard etc.
I just love when everything matches, so I need the perfect art supplies to go with my memory books. I have a general collection of tapes and stickers, so I didn’t have to buy a ton for this scrapbook. However, I did order special stickers that go with different places I visited during my year abroad, like cities, states, parks etc. I also use a lot of travel and American themed washi tapes and of course project life cards, which are super cute to add some notes to the book. You can basically use whatever you feel like using, I just love when it matches. When I visit places, I also look for stickers to buy on site, while picking out cute souvenirs to take home with me. And of course you need the general stuff like scissors, glue and my favorite: double-sided duct tape.

Stickers

► A Box Full of Memorabilia
Of course it doesn’t have to be a whole box full of things you collected, because not everyone is crazy like me, but I just happen to have a box. On short trips, I probably have a bag or something smaller. Keep whatever you feel like keeping because there are no rules. I just collect literally everything and see how I can use it, afterward. Tickets, postcards, maps, napkins, price tags, business cards, wrapping paper, receipts, luggage tags, pressed pennies, flyers and anything else you come across. This is just to give you an idea of what to use when starting something like a scrapbook.

Penny Press

► Photos
In my personal opinion, no scrapbook would look perfect without photos in it. They tell a story and just work great with all the other things in your collection. So I usually look through all my photos, pick my favorites and get mini-prints. For a book like I’m currently working on, I use hundreds of pictures and if I’d use big ones, the pages would be full. I only include my favorite photos in bigger sizes, but it always depends on the page dynamic. Also don’t forget to include strips from photobooths or any other pictures that you have. Personally, I go through the things I collected during a vacation or event and I pick the photos accordingly.

Mini print photos

What you do

There are really no rules when it comes to putting together a scrapbook. Everyone has different tastes so I would say just go for it. Before you whip out the glue though, start with a layout and see how everything fits together. Once you’re satisfied, you can make it all permanent. I like to work more or less chronologically, so I try to get all of my memorabilia into order. Yes, even my receipts are in different piles because shopping can’t go with food. I have a list with the dates and events throughout the year, so I don’t mess it all up. I always think that I’m super fast with putting together the pages but it actually takes forever to get one done. Everything has to be cut right and match and its just a very detailed work process, at least when I do it. Everything just has to be perfect.

Scrapbook page

So I hope you feel inspired and want to start your own scrapbook, or you found a fellow scrapbooker right here. If so, let me know because I would love to see your work or learn about your process. In the past, I’ve also done a smashbook, which is truly a beast and a little different from scrapbooking, and from that, I know how expensive this hobby can be. So if you don’t have the money to buy tons of stickers and cards etc. just make your own. You can do so much with a printer and internet, don’t let that keep you from being creative.

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