Winter is Coming…

what to do? well, here I’ve kindly compiled a list of fun winter activities to do with your family and friends :) enjoy!

  1. Drive around the neighborhood or the city and look at the Christmas lights while blasting the Christmas playlist (one of my favorites) For extra brownie points, do it while dressed in your Christmas onesies or pajamas ;)Christmas-City-Lights-Tumblr-09.jpg


2. Go ice skating! It doesn’t matter if you spend 95% of the time skating around on your behind…the fun time you’ll have will be worth it ;)


3. Gather some of your friends and spend the day baking treats ^^ you’ll most likely end up having a flour fight but it’s all about the memories right? Plus, you can sit around a toasty warm fire and enjoy your treats afterwards! tumblr_md75mnirkq1r8n67w


4. This one is super cozy & fun: build a fort out of pillows, blankets, chairs – whatever you can find! It’s lots of fun deciding among yourselves how you want the fort to look – you might even have a pillow fight along the way :3  For a tumblr touch – hang fairy lights around the inside of the fort and admire your work ^.^ large.jpg


5. Build and decorate gingerbread houses together! *cough* I have had a terrible experience with gingerbread houses where the icing got everywhere and nothing stuck together. The end result barely even looked like a gingerbread house, but DON’T LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU! Just…don’t eat too much candy ;)




6. Finally, make delicious s’mores together around a flickering fire. You’ll have a fabulous time eating the gooey confections and talking and laughing.smores-2.jpg

well, that’s it for now! maybe next time I’ll be back with gift ideas? stick around and you’ll find out ;)



Merry & Bright

It’s finally Christmas! Where we live it feels like summer (lol!) with warm sunshine and blue skies. So yeah, not your normal stereotypic Christmas weather~ I hope that wherever you may be, you have a Christmas that is MERRY AND BRIGHT! And don’t forget the reason for the season!


|| holidays spent with the best people ||
photo creds: elisa175


{{ my friend’s lovely tree }}

~ christmas food ~

That Girl Over There

Christmas DIY #1

GUYS. I literally could not be more excited right now. 9 days left till Christmas strikes! *screaming, running around the room* Today I have a very special Christmas DIY for you! It is a Whipped Peppermint Sugar Scrub!Peppermint-Sugar-Scrub-cover

The author of The Idea Room, Amy, has kindly permitted me to use her pictures and ideas! btw, her pictures are absolutely stunning, as you can see! It looks like it’s edible; it’s so fluffy and pink and amazing and.. okay, enough of me talking. Let’s get into the DIY!

This is what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil ( make sure it’s solid! you don’t want it in a liquid form, but not in a rock hard form either)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (sugar = my face starts smiling like crazy)
  • 1/4 cup of pink sugar ( to do this, mix 1/4 cup of sugar and a drop of red food coloring)
  • 5-6 drops of peppermint essential oil. Obviously you know why you need this.

Step 1. Make the 1/4 cup of pink sugar! Mix it with your fingers. Set it aside.

Step 2. In a medium bowl, combine the white sugar and the solid coconut oil with a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Beat it until it turns into a smooth paste.

Step 3. Continue to beat it until it turns into a fluffy and light mixture.


Step 4. Carefully fold in the pink sugar mix. This will give your scrub a beautiful pastel pink color! Which is like my dream come true…

this color is my absolute favorite. ever.
*note* make sure you scoop this scrub with clean hands!


And… voila! There you have it! A wonderful, whipped peppermint sugar scrub. Amy has even created these labels in a pdf format so that we can use them! Click here to get them for free! This scrub is a great gift to give to your mom, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, etc, etc. (although you might not want to give it to your guyfriend…he might not know how to use it)


I hope you enjoyed! HUGE shout out Amy for these awesome pictures and this great idea! Make sure to check out Amy’s website for more amazing posts!

signing off~

That Girl Over There


Nutcracker Ballet

As I write this post, my PDA is reminding me that it’s low battery (20%) so this will be a short post! I’m riding home after just watching a lovely nutcracker ballet by the wonderful dancers from Moscow! Watching them move gracefully on the stage brings back so many memories! When I was younger, I spent many years at the bar in my ballet studio, performing tendù and jéte and réleve (idk did I even spell those right?!). I had amazing Russian teachers that pushed us hard to do our best. And then I quit….but that’s another story. For now, enjoy some pictures I got of the symphony hall! We weren’t allowed to record the actual performance, lo siento.

the symphony hall was Baroque style designed, so it has many fancy and intricate scrolls and…you know, that type of thing.
view from the balcony


sorry about the lighting! It wasn’t good for pictures:( anywho, it was a great night out!
well, my PDA is complaining so I’m signing off now~

That Girl Over There