Goodbye March & April 2019

Goodbye March and April,

and hello May. It finally happened, I didn’t even manage to write a round-up post for March. That month was just absolutely terrible and I hope, it won’t repeat itself. And of course, I’m also late on April. Mostly, cause I have too many hobbies, too many friends, too many engagements, which are all wonderful things to have, so I’m not sorry for enjoying my life and not pressuring myself. But to be honest, I’m looking forward to getting more writing done now, cause I’ve been mostly scrapbooking for the past weeks and need a break. But whatever is going on and whatever I did or didn’t do, I’m all about positivity, so I will just share everything I loved, anyway. Even if it’s been a while.

Instagram March April

March was mostly work, and by that, I mean feeling close to a breakdown kind of work. I was also sick, but couldn’t take time off and had my free time packed with personal things. But at least those were true highlights. Like that time my mom volunteered to go with me to something called the Supercandy museum and take a million pictures of me. Well, she actually took around 700 and it was pure madness. I’m planning on doing a separate blog post about it, so I won’t go too much into detail. But it was basically a pop-up museum with all kinds of cool settings. It was a dream for anyone who uses Instagram. We went to grab food afterward at the Hard Rock Cafe and just had an overall exhausting but fun day.

In general, I spent a lot of time with my family. Mom and I also went to go see a movie and my uncle celebrated his fiftieth birthday, where I got to hang with family and I spent some time with my grandma, who turns 90 in July. We just have the best time together and I always love to see how happy it makes her when I show up and just make time for her and whatever she feels like doing. She can’t drive, so I take her places she doesn’t like to bother other people with. But with her, I’m really patient and we usually end up buying lots of stuff that barely fits into my car. She’s very much into gardening… She also cleaned the inside of my car, cause she’s just the best.

Instagram March April

Another fun thing I did was driving to Dortmund to attend the Creativa – Europe’s biggest creative fair. I ended up going alone, cause my friend got sick, but I actually liked that, cause I just arrived, went to all the booths I wanted to and then went home. I didn’t have to take breaks, grab food or look at things, I’m not interested in. I was done after two hours and went back home with lots of beautiful new things for scrapbooking. Pure bliss.

The last weekend of March, I visited my best friend, cause we had to plan our vacation that finally happened in April. And let me tell you, it was amazing. When the day finally came, I couldn’t quite believe that it was finally there. We flew to Porto in Portugal and just had the best time. The weather report looked absolutely terrible beforehand, but it ended up getting a lot better and we saw such pretty things, had a great blast and even a month later, I’m still sad that it’s over. Traveling, as exhausting as it can be, is just the best thing ever. But those few days were much needed, amazing and already one of the greatest highlights of this year.

Instagram March April

In total, I had like 2,5 weeks off, so after getting back from Portugal, I still had lots of time to get back on track, relax and do things I love. Like scrapbooking and of course hanging out with my friends and my cute godson. So some coffee dates, a trip to the movies (OMG, Dumbo is sooooo cute!), chilling by the lake and other super chill things with zero stress – just the way I like it. It was so sad going back to work, but at least, I didn’t come back to a huge amount of things to do.

Well, this wasn’t so bad. And I really thought, I’d write much more, but I’m sure, I’ve covered all the important details. Now, we’re already two weeks into May and it’s actually going ok. I’m trying not to get too overwhelmed again by work and just put in enough time to relax. And as stated above, I’m motivated to get more blogging done. My scrapbooks are put on hold for a little bit. I don’t really have anything super exciting planned for this month, cause June has a lot in store and I’m just enjoying me-time and spontaneously meet up with my friends. So all is actually well.

Instagram March April

Enjoy every ray of sunshine. Take life one step at a time. Spend as much time as possible with the people you love. Make new memories. Put together your summer playlist. Come back to a hobby you’ve neglected for a while. Enjoy the smell of freshly mowed grass or sunscreen. Treat yourself to something pretty or yummy. Or both. And have an amazing month of May.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Supercandy museum Köln

Lovely life
quality time with friends and family celebrating women Supercandy Pop-Up Museum Cologne cute pictures being a little extra relaxing on my grandma’s sofa Creativa scrapbooking a good lipstick The Body Shop products red gummy bears a nice vacation Porto having someone cook for you the smell of sunscreen when a stressful time comes to an end sunshine giving your room a deep clean Dumbo hanging out with my friends a child’s laughter a good burger red velvet cupcakes Hard Rock Cafe beautiful architecture Victoria’s Secret scents getting everything organized making more travel plans Grey’s Anatomy S15E19 finishing a to-do-list looking for easter eggs spring weather holiday’s magnolia trees

Songs I loved
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Taylor Swift feat. Brandon Urie – ME
Pietro Lombardi – Bella Donna

Interesting articles and videos
21 Signs You And Your Best Friend Are Truly Comfortable With Each Other // 30 THINGS I LEARNED BEFORE TURNING 30 by Taylor Swift // Hass auf Geräusche: Was kann man gegen Misophonie tun? //

My March and April posts
Goodbye February 2019 // Photography: Porto, Portugal // (Two posts. How amazing for two months…)

My March and April Instagrams
Instagram Mix March and April

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Photography: Porto, Portugal

It’s been a while, since I last went on a little holiday abroad. So I was especially excited to travel to Portugal, this month. I had been under a lot of pressure and stress for weeks and never needed a little break more. Unfortunately, before we took off, the weather predictions for Porto were absolutely terrible, but as you will see in the pictures, it took a turn for the better and I actually ended up with a nice sunburn on my forehead.

I went with my best friend and we just always have a great time, no matter what. We’ve known each other for almost twenty years and she’s my favorite person to travel with. It just works. We had our own apartment in the city center and it was the perfect location. Since the city is not super big and we had pretty much five whole days, we got to do a lot and see most of it. We certainly tried to get as much in as possible, without having to get up at seven in the morning. We liked to start our days pretty chill. And also end them that way. We’ve been back for a week now and I still miss our time together. It always takes me a while to get over the travel blues.

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There are definitely a lot of things to do and I feel like we sure did everything you need to. I’m planning on doing a “Ten things to do…” kind of post as well, in case you’re considering adding Porto to your travel list. But for now, these photos have to be enough. I loved this trip and highly recommend going there. A city full or character, plenty of things to do, it’s cheap, the people are super friendly and I doubt that you would ever get bored.

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Goodbye February 2019

Goodbye February,

and hello March. Could I be any more late with this post? I’m totally behind on everything, cause work is just crazy and I’m constantly out and about having fun, which I guess is a good thing. Yes, I’m still going strong on leaving the house, every weekend. But for once, I decided to put my work laptop away and power up my personal one to finally write a new post.

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So February started on a rather sad note, cause we had to put our kitty to sleep. She would’ve turned 18 this year, so she really had a long and good life. But as hard as it is to say goodbye to an animal you’ve had for so long, it’s even harder to see them be sick and in agony. Now she’s in a better place without any pain and she’s reunited with her mother, brother and sister.

On a better note, I was out every weekend. And by that, I don’t mean partying. I mean getting dressed, actually leaving the house and doing things that make me happy. I’ve seen lots of my friends and with them went out for long chats at cafés, enjoyed a comedy show, had brunch and just enjoyed lots of fun talks and laughter. But I must say, I’m still not fully used to being out and about so much and it sure costs a lot of money. But it’s worth it.

It was also my birthday and usually, I make a huge deal out of it. I’m one of those people who go absolutely nuts and want to celebrate for weeks on end. But for some reason, I really wasn’t feeling it. Even though I had a week off and could’ve done anything, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I always put myself under so much pressure to do something special on this day, but I just couldn’t. I actually cried, was frustrated and couldn’t get over it. So I ended up sorting through all my boxes full of household stuff with my mom. I’m still planning on hopefully moving out this year, so I gotta know what I have and what I need. But no, this whole day wasn’t satisfying at all.

What I also did was actually go shopping. Twice. I don’t do that often, anymore. But damn, is there anything more disappointing than having money to spend but nothing pretty in any store? Seriously, what is wrong with fashion? I found everything absolutely terrible. So, I just ended up buying a bunch of other things that made me happy. Like Disney puzzles, pretty books, CD’s and a new little pink boombox, cause I’m oldschool like that. That thing brings me so much joy. I also bought more household things, which I’m doing a lot, lately. If I ever manage to move out, I will have pretty cool things.

And you know what else I did? My best friend and I finally booked our flights to Portugal. We’re going in April and I can’t even tell you how excited I am. I really need a fun vacation and we always have the best time together. And I need a break from everything, so our little trip will be perfect for this. I’m definitely counting down the days.

So now, I usually tell you what I’m looking forward to next month, but that doesn’t feel right, since March is almost over. So I’m just gonna continue to have a ball, getting myself out there and enjoying life. And I hope you’re all doing the same.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Lovely life
that feeling of your body warming up catching up with people office gossip  a delicious panini booking flights for a holiday time off from work birthday presents AOC porridge comedy shows cute babies Faisal Kawusi a good brunch buffet #Stormiworld a successful shopping trip Disney puzzles a junk food and TV shows kind of day chicken teriyaki subs cold Starbucks drinks when someone “famous” likes your picture on Insta (could I be any more pathetic?!) fun interviews Long Texas Barbecue from Burger King spending more time with my mom good take-out food making plans Kraft’s Mac and Cheese a new season of Germany’s Next Topmodel a good casserole taking screenshots for evidence my new old school radio waffles my first MAC lipstick Chinese buffet getting everything together for my own household (someday, it will happen)

Songs I loved
Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Cardi B & Bruno Mars – Please Me
Bad Bunny feat. Drake – Mia

My February posts
Goodbye January 2019 (Yeah, blogging totally wasn’t my thing in February.)

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Goodbye January 2019

Goodbye January,

and hello February – the month I turn 31. Man, I never cared less about my birthday than this year. But I will have a week off, so that’s good. I intend to have a great time, which is what I’m overall hoping for in 2019. Therefore, I’m trying to make plans for every weekend and so far, it’s actually going really well. There are certainly easier things than to motivate myself, but usually, it’s worth it. There was only one weekend I skipped, cause I had a nasty cold and didn’t feel very well.

Instagram January

I started the month with finally going to the movies again. It’s been ages. I watched Mary Poppins with one of my girls and went for some drinks (it’s weird calling it that, since all I drink is water) afterward to catch up on life. Even though it’s pretty much a sequel, I really enjoyed it. That woman is just a fantastic character. I really need to get back to doing this more often, cause there are always great movies I would like to watch.

I guess the highlight of the month was visiting my best friend for a weekend. The thing is, we could do a million things, cause she lives in a city, but we prefer not to. I literally drive 1,5 hours to do the exact same things I would do at home. But it’s nicer to do it together. It includes a lot of relaxing, hanging around on the sofa and talking, laughing, watching TV and gossiping about the people on the shows, while of course looking our absolute worst. I love it. And we always pick up my favorite food, because no restaurant has pad thai where I live. The plan now is to see each other once a month, which is totally doable, if we make an effort. But I’m sure the next few months are pretty safe. We also finally managed to book flights to Portugal, which I am super excited for. We’re going in April and I can’t wait.

Instagram January

And finally, it was time for another swap party. I totally live for those. Everyone just brings a ton of stuff they don’t need and whomever wants it, get’s it. It’s just a fun way to get rid of things and also find new stuff. Ideally, you don’t bring home more than you gave away. In order to bring as many things as possible, I went through so many boxes and found really cool things I totally forgot about. I managed to declutter a bit and I’m constantly working on getting more and more organized. I still have a million things, but I can’t just throw everything away, so I’m always hoping to find people, who find use in what I don’t need anymore. Swap parties are also perfect for getting rid of weird Christmas or birthday presents.

I know that this doesn’t sound like much, but for me, it actually was. Of course, I also visited my bestie and my god son, but unfortunately only once, cause I was busy and also sick. That doesn’t work too well with a baby. But this month, we’re going to spend more time together. They just grow up too fast and I don’t want to miss anything. My week off will be good for us. I hope that the weather doesn’t go all crazy again. I’m 100% over winter. It brings me into a bad mood and too much snow always leads to problems. Go away!

Instagram January

And that was my January. Aside from being sick for a week, it was good and I’m looking forward to more. More fun, more laughs, more quality time with my favorite people.

Declutter your life. Laugh more often. Find a new tea you love and get absolutely addicted to it. Motivate yourself to make plans on a regular basis. Stay in and get cozy on a snowy day. Cuddle an animal. Watch old 90s shows, cause they’re better than anything. Plan something that you can look forward to, like a fun trip or a concert. Enjoy February.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Verschneites Montabaur

Lovely life
Taylor Swift’s Netflix special when people guess I’m a lot younger than I am Mary Poppins trash TV YOU getting some American food delivered that I really missed working from home a lot catching up with friends swap parties when your body warms up after being cold planning trips booked flights to Portugal a good pad thai waffles surprise mail red velvet cupcakes spending time with my besties cute pajamas Chinese food Lucky Charms organizing your stuff

Songs I loved
Little Mix – Think About Us
Backstreet Boys – No Place
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings

My January posts
Happy New Year and Hello 2019 // Back to Books // Goodbye December 2018 // Happy Martin Luther King Day – Inspiring Quotes by Dr. King // Scrapbooking 101: Things to Collect

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Scrapbooking 101: Things to Collect

I would like to begin with stating that I’m not an obsessive collector. I may have slight tendencies, but it’s fine. It actually makes me the perfect scrapbooker, because I just bring everything home that could possibly be needed. Ok, maybe I am a bit obsessive with that, but whatever. Gladly, the people I do things with understand and don’t even try to throw things away without consulting me first.

There are just so many great things you can take home and convert into beautiful pages full of memories. I mean, if you take only photos, it’s a photo album, but an actual scrapbook does need a bit more. Obviously you don’t need to save absolutely everything from a special occasion, but it also doesn’t hurt. So here comes a list with everything I take home. I recommend bringing something that holds everything.

Souvenirs from Copenhagen

Souvenirs from Copenhagen

Tickets: So I guess the obvious thing to keep are tickets. And I keep all of them. Therefore, I hate when places don’t give you proper tickets or you have to print them out yourself. Also, those places that rip them? Absolutely horrible. Like, what even is the point of this? But the worst places are the ones that want to keep your ticket. I mean, what the hell do they do with them? Probably collect them and then throw them out, anyway. So I’m always the person asking to keep them and not having a care in the world, how they’re gonna make that happen. I’m usually successful. I keep plane tickets, concert tickets, entry tickets to museums or any other place I visit, ride tickets, transportation tickets, movie tickets etc. You get the point.

Cards: All the cards you can find, take them home. I definitely like collecting business cards from people I meet or places I visit. I also keep old ID’s or insurance cards, membership cards and whatever else there is. And I’ve always had a thing for postcards. I have a big box full of them and they’re all so pretty. Some, I also add to my scrapbooks because sometimes, they’re just prettier than a photo, when you just didn’t get the best shot.

Maps: In most cities, you will find a tourist information that will give out free maps of the city. If they cost a bit, I usually still go for it, because I think it’s a really pretty background for a scrapbook page. Or I just cut out the places I went to. Same goes for amusement parks or other venues that provide you with maps.

Stickers: I’ve mentioned before that I always try to buy matching stickers of the places I visit. No matter if it’s a country or a concert – if there are stickers, I will buy them. But it goes further than that. A lot of stores – ok, I admit, mostly those who sell toys for kids – have stickers next to the cash registers. You should definitely pay attention to that. And then I just ask for one and usually, they will gladly give you a handful. I’m always successful at the Disney Store, but I usually spend so much money that they just give me everything they can give out for free. But also museums etc. sometimes work with stickers. If I see a person with a sticker and I didn’t get one, I definitely hunt one down. Always. And then there are sometimes stickers on packaging or on your passport. I keep them all.

Souvenirs from London

Souvenirs from London

Special Photos: I definitely print out a lot of pictures for my scrapbook pages, but I also try to get special ones. For example, if I see a photo booth, you can bet I will drag whomever is with me into it. Then some places take photos of you and try to sell them for a million dollars. The thing is, I only buy them, if they’re truly amazing. If you’re sneaky like me and you somehow find the photo code, take a quick photo and find them online – a lot of places work with that. Unfortunately, I’ve also been given wrong codes by accident, which is annoying, but oh well. Just keep an eye out. You can also take some photos with an instant camera, if you have one. I just like when there are a whole lot of different layers, materials etc. on one of my pages.

Money: If I’m in a country that has a different currency than where I am from, I try to keep some of the money to add to the book. Usually a few coins or so. Another thing I do pretty much everywhere is getting pennies pressed. For that, I always try to have some shiny ones in my wallet and just in general enough change. I don’t always manage, but you can bet I will find someone who will trade coins for a bill. It’s just a super cute keepsake that doesn’t cost a fortune. Another thing you can sometimes find is some sort of fake money or just specially printed coins. I think they’re mostly popular in amusement parks, zoos or similar places, though. Yes, I go and buy them.

Shopping Remnants: No matter what and where I shop, I just keep everything that comes with the product. I keep the tag, the receipt, the bag, if it’s pretty and sometimes, even the packaging. I mean, it sure has to look somehow special, but before I determine that, I take it all home and actually use a lot of it. Also if something is wrapped in some kind of paper, I’m keeping that as well.

Souvenirs from Barcelona

Souvenirs from Barcelona

Documents: Yes, sometimes, you have documents. For travelling, information from the hotel or maybe air bnb. You could have a timetable of some sort, booking confirmations etc. Especially with bigger trips, there could be a lot of documents. I’m sure you can figure out something to do with them.

Other: Well, I’m just gonna put everything else into one category because otherwise, this is getting out of hand. Some other things I like to use for scrapbooking are stamps, wristbands that confirmed your entry to something, napkins (yes, you read that right), luggage tags, notes and maybe even dried flowers or something like that. Flyers, some pages from those note pads they often have at hotels and if there is confetti coming down at a concert, you can definitely see me scraping it off the floor and putting it in my pocket. Also take home a menu from places you ate and cut out the dish you had.

Please don’t judge me. But I really do feel like the more stuff you collect, the prettier the page will be. And don’t feel weird about it. All these things are memories. And the best thing is that they actually don’t cost a lot, but the happiness they will bring you when you see them nicely put together, makes the feeling of awkwardness disappear.

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