Happy New Year and Hello 2019

As I am writing this, it is New Year’s Eve and as usual, I’m at home in my pajamas, feeling a bit sorry for myself. I honestly just never know what to do with this day. So I usually plan on watching movies, maybe writing, eating, sleeping and all those other things I love. But even though I was really looking forward to a few days just like this, I’m actually considering not doing it, next year. But I still have 365 days to figure it out. At least Taylor Swift’s awesome Netflix special is on, so that helps.

Anyway, this is also when I reflect on everything that happened in 2018 and I’m trying really hard to focus on the good things, cause surprise, surprise, it wasn’t actually a blast. I swear, if the new year also sucks, the world can go to hell, cause I’m done trying. But I have an idea of what will truly help me feel better, so I’m making some plans that just have to work.

But let’s get back to the fun things.

My best friend and I went on a super fun trip to Barcelona for my birthday.
I turned 30, which is not awesome, but I guess important to mention.
I became a god mother for the second time and I’m super proud and grateful.
I finished my job training early, so I’m officially an editor.
I threw my bestie a baby shower in the middle of nature and it ended up being one of the most magical nights ever.
I’ve had two class reunions (two schools), which were actually really fun.
I did super fun things with my friends like visit an amusement park or zoo, swap parties, chill nights, restaurant visits, shopping, weddings and so much more.

And those were pretty much my highlights. There wasn’t a lot going on for a whole lot of reasons, but it is what it is. I also didn’t really achieve any of the things I hoped for, but that’s definitely my fault. I’m pretty sure I didn’t read a book, only lost about 5 kilo, which sure is better than nothing, I was consistent with my blog only for the month I did Blogtober, I absolutely sucked at social media, I traveled only once, my adulting skills are still terrible and of course, I didn’t get out of the house more. How very disappointing.

However, I did have getting my physical problems dealt with on my list. Well, I now know that I’m fructose intolerant, which is often a reason for me to feel bad, depending on what I eat. And I’m still in treatment for my teeth, so I hope that will soon be over, as well. I also finished one au pair scrapbook, but the second one still has to get done. So I guess technically, I did finish and the second one is just for the new year.

So I don’t even know, if I should put together resolutions, cause I’m really bad at making them happen and that doesn’t help with feeling good about myself. The one thing I really want to achieve though is get my own place. I seriously need to move out and no matter what, I will find a way to make it happen. Living with my family just isn’t working for me, anymore. And who knows, maybe then, everything else will automatically fall into place.

There are also a few things I’m very much looking forward to. I will definitely travel to London and Portugal, I have concert tickets to see the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys and P!nk, I’m planning on finally going skydiving and after realizing that most of my so-called friends don’t deserve this title, I will focus even more on the few that mean the world to me. And I can’t wait to see my new god son grow and build a close relationship with him and also continue getting closer and closer with my first one.

So that’s it for 2018. As pretty much every year, I just hope for the next one to be better. For that, I also need to continue working on myself and try living the life I want to. I need to put myself first.

I hope that you will all have amazing experiences this year and that we can all forget the shitshow that was 2018. Let’s make every moment count.

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Scrapbooking 101: My Essentials

Scrapbooking is one of my absolute favorite things to do and I especially love the end results. Whenever I finish a page, I am super proud of it and I truly cherish every memory that my albums contain. But in order to create these master pieces (yeah, I’m totally exaggerating) there are certain things I need, to make everything look like I want it to.

I am planning on going into detail a lot more in future posts, but for now, I will give you an overview of all my essentials. I always use these things and couldn’t enjoy my hobby without them. So in case you’re planning on starting scrapbooking, I highly recommend all of the items listed. And no, I’m not getting paid for any of this. I just genuinely love everything I use.

Scrapbooks
The classic scrapbooks are 30×30 centimeters (12×12 inches) but I prefer them a bit smaller. I order mine from Paperchase UK and always get the medium size. But obviously just go for any book you like. The paper should be a bit thicker though. And honestly, I just want them pretty and I mostly go for travel themed covers. I also recommend ring binding, cause it keeps turning over pages easy, no matter what you add to the book. And when they have an elastic or some other way of keeping it closed, it makes them a lot easier to store and stay in shape.

Washi Tape
There is no such thing as too many washi tapes. It’s so hard for me to leave pretty ones at the store and most times, I’m definitely too weak. I haven’t counted all of my tapes, which I mostly keep in big jars, but during my last shopping spree, I bought like 50. And I don’t regret anything. I feel like they’re everywhere. They just make everything look a lot prettier and always try to match the tape to the content of the page.

Stickers
Every since I was a little girl, I’ve been completely obsessed with stickers and it makes me sad that I don’t have my old sticker albums, anymore. I also used to stick them onto everything – especially furniture and books. I still do that sometimes. And don’t even get me started on Panini albums. I still do those, as well. Anyway, I feel like stickers help so much when creating a page and for me, it’s important that they match the content. I don’t have special stores from where I get them, cause I feel like they’re everywhere. Paperchase, Hema, Action and more. (Unfortunately, not all stores are available in all countries) From my experience, especially rather cheap stores usually have a good supply. And when I go on holiday, on trips, to events etc., I always check, if they’re selling stickers that match the location.

Photos
Aside from all the things I collect and plan on putting in the book, photos are super important to me. I always try to capture as many great memories as possible and also want them on the pages. I get mini prints for most of the pictures, because that way, I can add a lot of them. But my favorite pictures I get in bigger sizes. There are hardly any pages that don’t include photos and that’s the way I like it.

Project Life cards
I know that there are whole project life albums and all, but I just use these cute cards to write down memories that go with everything I put on the page. I usually do it in bullet points, so I can remember what happened on the particular day, a million years from now.

Scissors, glue etc.
Well, I guess this is obvious, but I’m very particular with what I use. I never work with liquid glue, cause it’s too messy and I have never worked well with it. I also don’t want any paper bits to get all wavy. So glue sticks it is. I also use double-sided adhesive tape or those double-sided sticker things to put photos into albums with. And of course I use regular scissors, but I also have these really small and sharp ones that are just amazing. What makes them great is that they cut in the very front, so small parts can be easily brought into shape.

Corner punch
Ok, so this is not super important but it’s just one of my absolute things to use. Round corners are so pretty and I highly recommend you getting one. I get them from Action, which have locations in Germany and the Netherlands, but I’m sure, you can find them in other stores or on the internet.

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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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