The Fun Questions Tag

the fun questions tag

Since it’s been awhile without me really sharing things about myself, I figured I’d do the fun questions tag and allow you guys to get to know me a little better. I’m not tagging anyone so feel free to do this on your own blog and maybe we can do a link up? ūüėČ

1) When is your birthday? (You don’t have to include the year if you don’t want to.)

May 23rd!

2) What are 3 of your favorite colors?

Chartreuse, purple, and turquoise.

3) What are your 3 favorites quotes?

I don’t know that I have favorite quotes because I love so many but here are some that appeal to me!
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.¬†– Marilyn Monroe
We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. – Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)
In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. – Unknown

4) Are you addicted to YouTube?

I mean… define “addicted”…?

5) What are 3 of your favorite shows on TV or YouTube or both?

My Mad Fat Diary
American Horror Story
Gossip Girl

6) What are 3 qualities you like in a best friend?

Kind, funny, and loyal!

7) Do you like your name?

I don’t mind it? I was kind of given it at birth, ya know.

8) If you have the choice to pick your own name, what will it be?

Hmm.. I’m not really sure I’ve thought about this. Maybe Dahlia or Aurora? Something boho-y and natural.

9) What is your fantasy dream?

To be a witch at Ilvermorny. ?

10) Do you wear makeup?

Yes, pretty much daily.

11) If you could write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?

Probably something supernatural or magic related. Maybe… “I’m a Witch?” because my life is constantly a series of questionable occurrences and acts.

12) What makes you cry?

Any pain to animals or people I love (or myself), sad movies, sad books, sad ANYTHING… I’m an emotional rollercoaster.

13) What makes you angry?

Ignorance, purposeful stupidity, being rude, being prejudice, etc. The usual for most decent human beings.

14) What makes you happy?

Animals, Harry Potter, music, my family, my friends, my boyfriend, Asian food, chocolate… I could go on.

15) What is “Fangirling?”

When one obsesses over something, normally a TV show or book series, to the point of almost total consumption.

16) What are your 3 favorites snacks?

Chocolate, fruit, and bread.

17) What are your 3 favorite foods?

Asian food, chicken, and Mexican food.

18) What are your 3 favorite drinks?

Ice cold water, coffee, and hot tea.

19) Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well, my name is Kimberly. I am twenty-one years old and I’m a senior in college. I am studying to be a special education teacher, preferably at the elementary level. I live in Kentucky and work at Sonic Drive-In. I am in a relationship and we have two cats and his bird (who is older than him!).

20) What are 10 random facts about you?

1. I’m weirdly obsessed with playing Township.
2. Cats are my favorite animals but I love all animals.
3. I really want my apartment to be Pinterest-worthy.
4. I am going to Ireland this May!
5. I am getting a new puppy soon (pictures and a full post coming!).
6. I am a member of the Epsilon Omicron chapter of Alpha Delta Pi.
7. I’ve never learned to play an instrument.
8. I currently have four books I am in the middle of reading.
9. I am a heart patient.
10. I want to have five children (but my nieces and nephews are slowly making that number dwindle).

21) What are your 3 fun things to do?

1. Play video games.
2. Do makeup, play with makeup, have… makeup.
3. Play with cats.

I hope you guys learned a little more about me and had fun doing it. I try to be somewhat comical in these posts but y’all know¬†I’m just a cheesy little nerd. Love you guys!

xo Kimberly Signature

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Blogmas Day 21 | 7 Ways to Be Creative at Home

7 ways to be creative at home

Being creative can be tough when you’re stuck at home with nothing to do, but never fear, but I’ve got your back! I am constantly stuck at home with no money and no desire to leave so I’ve come up with various ways to get creative at home and keep you from dying of boredom. Creativity can make you feel better about yourself because you’re creating all these different outcomes with just you as the motivation to keep going!


1. Start a DIY project. DIY projects are amazing at home ways to get creative. You can do so many things with stuff you have laying around the house. I’ve made makeup organizers from boxes¬†before and I use them for tons of my makeup now! As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

2. Write in your journal. Writing is such an amazing outlet. Being able to express yourself where no one else can judge you is such a great way to release stress, sadness, anger, and even joy. I have a journal where I just jot down whatever is on my mind with no rhyme or reason for the way it’s written.

3. Paint canvases for your loved ones. Painting is one of my favorite de-stressors! I can paint whatever I want. I can paint for my loved ones like I mentioned or just for myself. I love listening to music and then painting lyrics with little pictures to go along with them. It makes for such an awesome feeling of relaxation.

4. Make up a dance routine to your favorite song. Dancing is something I love to do all the time. Whether I’m dancing around at work while in the kitchen, dancing while cleaning my house, or dancing before I’m hanging out with my friends, you can probably find me dancing at least once a day. It’s great exercise and it’s so much fun.

5. Redecorate.¬†Redecorating always makes me love my space that much more. Whether it’s hanging up the canvases you just painted or moving around all your furniture, redecorating can make any place feel brand new. I love making an area look brand new by just moving some stuff and hanging up some photos.

6. Create a new recipe. Cooking is a great way to pass the time and be creative. Sometimes we’re just cooking some noodles for ramen but we can come up with so many different recipes with things we have just lying around our kitchen. Look in your cabinets and let the your taste buds be the guinea pigs.

7. Make a photo collage of your day. Documenting that day can be done through more than just writing. You can take photos of all your day’s activities in creative ways and put them together for the picture Instagram photo. Take a photo of your morning coffee, your workout outfit, or even the book you’re reading with a far shot of your fluffy pajamas.

Being able to have fun at home is one of the greatest things ever if you take advantage of it. That’s why you’ve got to get creative. Try some of these things whenever you need a little boost or just something to keep your juices flowing.

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Blogmas Day 4 | Holiday Bucket List

I’m makin’¬†a list and checkin’ it twice. Bucket lists are a great way to make goals for a certain time period whether it be a month, a season, or your lifetime. I love making lists of holiday-specific things that I can do to get myself in the spirit. Here’s a bucket list that we can all use to make for a terrific Christmas season!

  • Go look at the Christmas lights
  • Decorate your house for the holidays
  • Go ice skating
  • Make homemade ornaments
  • Volunteer
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Have a Christmas movie night
  • Buy a pair Christmas pajamas
  • Have a peppermint hot chocolate
  • Give gifts to your neighbors
  • Take a “Christmas card” picture
  • Buy an ugly Christmas sweater
  • Make Santa cookies
  • Donate to a local non-profit organization
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Make a holiday art craft
  • Participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange
  • Wrap presents for your friends and family
  • Learn about another culture’s holiday celebrations
  • Eat foods from other cultures’ Christmases
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Make fudge
  • Do a random good deed for someone
  • Spend time with your family

These are all things that I personally want to see myself do before 2017 and I hope you all can take a little bit away from this list as well! If you have any requests for Blogmas posts that you would like to see in my series, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Holidays! ?

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Recipe | Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is not usually the most sought out menu item around the holidays. Most people think of the gross jelly substance that people slap out of a can and onto a small serving dish. Let me tell you, I hate that stuff, too. So when I saw I am making cranberry sauce, people normally look at me like I’m ten kinds of crazy. HOWEVER, I have a recipe that is knock-your-socks-off good and has had amazing feedback from many people (not just my family).

This is a recipe that has been around in my family for awhile and adapted in many different ways by my family members, myself, as well as plenty of people on the internet. You can find about twenty different versions of this recipe just by googling it. Thankfully, I’ve saved you the trouble… because this is the best version you’re going to find. ūüėČ

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of fresh cranberries
2 cups of fresh strawberries
1/2 cup of sugar
2 six-ounce packages of pecans
2 cups of boiling water
3 three-ounce packages of strawberry gelatin
1 undrained, eight-ounce can of pineapple tidbits
9×13 pan

Preparation

  1. Finely dice the fresh cranberries using a food processor. Make sure to push down the chunks in between spins to get the cranberry very chopped with no big chunks.
  2. Dice the fresh strawberries by hand, making as small of pieces as possible.
  3. Mix the cranberries, strawberries, sugar, and pecans (amount for personal preference) in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  4. Pour the strawberry gelatin into a large-sized mixing bowl.
  5. Bring the water to boil and then pour it into the large mixing bowl with the gelatin. Mix until all of the gelatin powder has dissolved.
  6. Pour the can of pineapple tidbits into the large mixing bowl and stir.
  7. Pour the cranberry mixture into the large mixing bowl and stir all of the ingredients until they are mixed together well.
  8. ¬†Pour the mixture into the 9×13 pan and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours or until firm.
  9. Once firm, spoon out servings and enjoy!

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Chit Chat | Semester in Progress

Heeeeello everyone! I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve gotten to sit down and blog. I miss you all so much. I hate that I get so busy during the semesters but such is life – you gotta do what you gotta do! Plus, adding being in a sorority to my plate really didn’t help my already busy schedule.

Let me just give you a little peep into what a week in the “Life of Kimberly” REALLY looks like:

  • Monday: Classes from 8:30am-2:45pm with a 40-minute break for lunch from 12:20pm-1pm, SCEC meetings will be held on this day (previously had them on Fridays but our info meeting was on a Monday)
  • Tuesday: Class from 9:30am-10:45am then a loooong break until 5pm where I have a night class from 5pm-8pm; during my break I normally do homework or I have things that I have to¬†do (e.g. I went to an education abroad workshop this past Tuesday during my break and I’ve also had meetings with friends/peers during that time when I can fit it in)
  • Wednesday: Classes from 8:30am-2:45pm again with that same break but I may or may not work a closing shift that night (normally like 4pm or 5pm to close, which is 11pm but I won’t normally leave until almost midnight); any break I get in between, or if I don’t work, will be used for homework, cleaning the apartment, running errands, etc.
  • Thursday: Class from 9:30am-10:45am then I have tons of meetings to catch up on; this Thursday I have an advising session for study abroad (though I may skip this as I think the workshop helped me with all that I need), a phone interview with an organization that I’ll be a Peer Buddy for, a date with a sister, then dinner with my best friend
  • Friday: Always work pretty much ALL weekend because I can’t normally work during the week (aka Monday-Thursday) and I try to work at least three days a week as much as possible; I don’t have classes on Fridays but I have job coaching for a mentor program from 2pm-3:30pm and then normally a closing shift from 4pm or 5pm to close. This week I also have an event for an organization from 12:30pm-2pm right before my job coaching
  • Saturday: Usually work like 11-8 or 12-9 on this day so I wake up at like 10am-10:30am, get ready for work, and head there; once I’m off, I’ll usually clean up my apartment some and work on homework (or just pass out because I’m exhausted)
  • Sunday: I can only work an opening shift on this day, which is normally 7:30-3:30, because I have meetings for my sorority every Sunday at 5pm and I have to go to them; these meetings can last any length of time and I have a “new member” type meeting shortly after our official meeting each Sunday; once I get done with all this, I’ll normally get any homework that HAS to be done by Monday finished then crash because I’ll have class at 8:30am the next morning (although now most of our classes will be “online” for the rest of the semester so I get a bit of a break from this – YAY!)

Within all of this, I have random events that happen on different nights for my sorority, different meetings/events for my other organizations, priorities that I have to complete tasks for in my officer positions, and so on… it’s really been running me into the ground here lately. I haven’t had ANY time to myself until now… and it’s 11:51pm.

HOWEVER, although stressful, this semester seems to be going well so far. All the grades I’ve gotten already have been 100s and I couldn’t be more pleased as I don’t know how I’m even surviving at this point (basically on coffee and concealer – maybe that should have been my blog’s name). I really am enjoying being a member of the Greek community and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. I’ve been buying waaay too many t-shirts to prove it! I’m super proud to have letters that I can call home and I love sharing it. My other organizations seem to be having a lot going on too, which I’m always excited about. Part of me loves when my planner is chalked full of fun things to do and the other part dreads looking at what I’ve got going on each and every day. Thankfully, I AM organized with my planner so it saves my life on a day-to-day basis.

Honestly, I really just wanted to get on here and talk to you guys. You know it’s one of my favorite things to do and I can never stop talking most of the time… heh. (Looking at my current word count of 798… oops.) So, on that note, I’m going to finish this off with a motivational quote to keep you all moving (and myself because, let’s face it, I’m basically dead right now).

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice

Love & positive vibes always.

xo Kimberly Signature

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July Favorites | YouTubers + Videos

I know most people do favorites all in one big, huge, gigantic post where they talk abut a variety of products, shows, people, etc. but I really wanted to divide things up because I don’t feel like¬†these things are getting enough attention when you just put them in a big post and write a sentence about why you loved them!

The first favorites post that I’ll be sharing from the month of July is all about YouTubers! If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m¬†obsessed¬†with beauty gurus on YouTube and even just funny, happy-go-lucky people who make amazing videos. I’ve been obsessed with a few people during the past month and I wanted to give them some love and share some videos that I really enjoyed from them recently.

NikkieTutorials

If you’ve never heard of this lady,¬†what are you doing with your life?!¬†She’s an insanely popular YouTuber that does amazing beauty videos and just came out with her own collection in collaboration with Too Faced¬†(which looks flipping gorgeous). Her videos always crack me up because she’s so full of life and has an insane amount of talent in the makeup department. Plus, she’s not afraid of a challenge (She has done a full face highlighter challenge, full face kid’s makeup challenge, full face liquid lipstick challenge, and so much more!). Here are some videos I loved from her recently!

Madison Miller

This is a YouTuber that I discovered recently through a giveaway post and I’ve loved watching her videos and reading her blog every since. She’s super sweet and fun-loving. She has a nice little sense of humor and she does great review videos called “Dope or Nope” where she talks about hot new products. She’s very honest and doesn’t falter with her opinions, which I highly respect (even if I don’t agree with them!). I sincerely recommend her if you’re not already following.

Jeffree Star

There has been so much controversy surrounding this YouTuber here lately and I don’t really want to get much into that, but I will say that I don’t judge my thoughts on someone based on their past. No one is perfect and everyone has a different way of expressing themselves. I love Jeffree’s style, his makeup skills are off the chain, and he’s hilarious. I even follow him on Snapchat (@jeffreedahmer) and he’s constantly cracking me up.

Laura Lee

I am sooo¬†obsessed with Laura Lee. I don’t know how I never found her before but it’s only within the last couple of months that I discovered her on YouTube. She’s so darn hilarious. I love her funny faces, amazing sense of humor, and the over light-hearted, sweet feel of all of her videos. She’s a great YouTuber that definitely has earned everything she’s gotten from being on there!

KathleenLights

And last, but certainly, not least, I had to talk about KathleenLights! I’ve been watching her videos for a looong time now but I’ve recently gotten back into watching some of her recent ones. I love how honest she is and how she always is herself, no matter if it’s on Snapchat or behind the camera on YouTube. She’s a hilarious and beautifully talented woman and I love her channel!

And that is it for my favorite YouTubers and videos from the month of July! I really hope you all discovered a new beauty vlogger to follow (sorry I didn’t have anything but beauty gurus to share but they’re kinda my thing ?). Let me know your favorite YouTubers that you discovered in July in the comments below!

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