Goodbye December 2018

Goodbye December,

and hello January. Obviously, I’m starting the year exactly like I ended last year: with being late. I usually post my monthly round-up at the beginning of each month, but I just didn’t write it. To my defense, I want to be more active this year and get out of the house more, so I’m busy doing that and when I’m not, I’m tired and lazy. Same procedure as every year.

However, I do want to tell you a bit about what I was up to in December, the wonderful month of Christmas. Which definitely wasn’t much. I was desperately trying to get into the spirit, but it just didn’t work. No matter how many movies I watched, I just didn’t feel it. I decorated everything pretty much last-minute, more or less only out of habit. I didn’t listen to Christmas music, I didn’t go shopping for presents and I didn’t bake cookies. Maybe that was the problem, but it just didn’t really work out. Christmas itself was pretty nice, though. Stressful as usual, but nice. Good food, some family time and presents. I don’t mind.

Instagram December

Christmas time also brings people home, who live a bit further away, like my best friend. We got to spend time with each other, three days in a row and it was amazing. I laughed so hard and I wish, we would still be in school and could see each other, everyday. I hung out with her and her family, we went out and even brought ourselves to attend a little school reunion with people we graduated like 15 years ago. I really didn’t want to go, but you know what? It was actually nice. I mean, I didn’t give away much information about myself or ask many questions, cause I have my reasons, but I laughed a lot, so that’s good.

I also spent time with my other bestie and my god son, who is cute as a button. I adore him and just can’t wait for him to grow, cause there are a million things I want to do with him. But he already looks at me, so that’s good. I love helping with giving him a bath or brushing his hair. It’s those little things that create a special bond. He’s just adorable.

Instagram December

And speaking of having some quality time with loved ones, I finally watched the Dirty Dancing musical with my mom. We’ve been wanting to do it forever and finally had the chance. It was good, but didn’t really blow me away. I didn’t like how some things were changed, since the movie is my absolute favorite and well, good things just shouldn’t be messed with. I did have a good time, though. And my mom had a good time too, which was important to me, since it was her birthday present.

But the craziest thing this month? My first god son turned EIGHT. I still can’t believe it and it makes me a bit sad, that they grow up sooo fast. I mean sure, I can do things with him, but he’s reaching an age, where he’s not so much interested in hanging out. Or when we do, he just wants to play video games. Therefore, it made me even more happy, when, after everyone left after a little celebrating, he asked me, if I would stay a bit longer and we played with Lego and shared some cuddles. Those little moments always make me happy.

Instagram December

So much for December. I’m definitely not mad that 2018 is over and I hope that the new year brings a lot of great things. I’m positive that I will make positive changes and just have a lot more fun.

Make great plans for a whole new year. Cozy up when the winter weather is giving it it’s all. Get in contact with people you haven’t talked to in a while. Don’t beat yourself up over resolutions. Put together a box full of great memories. Plan a vacation. Find a new favorite TV show to binge-watch. Cherish the little things and enjoy January.

Tons of love,
Hailey

Pink Christmas decorations

Lovely life
advent calendars hanging out with my god son face masks uncontrollable laughter baby cuddles Christmas decorations Dirty Dancing musical spending time with mom all the Christmas movies being super productive writing good articles for work extra days off holiday food a clean room fast food favorites spending time with my best friends fennel anise caraway tea playing pool pajamas Taylor Swift’s Netflix special taking cute baby pictures giving and receiving presents Chinese buffet Disney Store deliveries unexpected gifts oversize shirts + overknee boots water

Songs I loved
Billie Eilish – Come Out and Play
Dua Lipa & Blackpink – Kiss and Make Up
Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next

Interesting articles and videos
16 Tweets For Anyone Who Was Super Single In 2018 // Why German bread is the best in the world // Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think // 44 Of The Most Iconic Pictures Of President Barack Obama // 36 Things Under $20 That’ll Make A Big, Big Difference In 2019 // 32 Things That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses // 21 Polly Pocket Sets That Will Give Every ’90s Kid Intense Nostalgia // 18 Insignificant Things That Seriously Piss Everyone Off // 19 Tweets That Perfectly Sum Up What Adulthood Is All About

My December posts
Scrapbooking 101: A Great Hobby // Goodbye November 2018 // Scrapbooking 101: My Essentials

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Back to Books

I really don’t know how exactly it happened that I don’t read anymore. I love books. I’ve always loved books and I own around 800 of them. For the past two years, I think, I’ve read like zero, which is truly embarrassing. I just watch so many TV shows and movies and have other hobbies that don’t leave much time and I also constantly feel like doing two things at once. And reading is the only thing that keeps me from doing anything else.But yeah, I just have to make time. Maybe put my phone down more often.

So I put together a list with all the books I want to read. I definitely have a lot more that are waiting to be read, but if I even get close to reading all of those listed below, I’d be thrilled. But I’m confident, cause if there is a list, there is definitely a bigger chance to succeed. At least for me. I already started with Michelle Obama’s book and I’m determined to finish it.

Books to read

Michelle Obama – Becoming
Amy Odell – Tales From The Back Row
Beth Reekles – The Kissing Booth
Jenny Han – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Jenny Han – P.S. I Still Love You
Jenny Han – Always and forever Lara Jean
Laura Jane Williams – Ice Cream For Breakfast
Sarah Knight – The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**k
Nicola Moon – Everything, Everything
Jennifer Byrne – The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Life
Arden Rose – Almost Adulting
John Green – Paper Towns
Emma Donoghue – Room
Tove Jansson – The Moomins
Gala Darling – Radical Self-Love

It would be amazing, if I actually read all of these. I also have a couple of books about the 90s waiting and two German books about the madness of helicopter parents. Two journalists have gathered the most insane stories and I can’t wait to laugh really hard and also get angry at the same time. If you have any good book recommendations, please leave me a comment.

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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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