Liebster Award + Nominations

Hello to all my lovely followers, old and new! I’ve spent the last year finishing up college (officially a graduate, woo!) and working at my marketing internship. I’m so happy to be back on the blog and able to share things with you guys again. I really missed this community. A big thank you to Sarah from Lifewithlilred to nominating me for the Liebster award, it means so much! Go check out her blog and leave her some love.

The Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Q&A:

  1. Matte or glossy lipstick? I have to go matte (specifically Ruby Woo from MAC). Having my hair get stuck in the gloss really annoys me.
  2. Favorite sweet treat? Absolutely chocolate ice cream.
  3. The best concert that you’ve ever been to? Either Say Anything + Bayside or The Arcs.
  4. Last series you binge watched? More like when do I ever stop binge watching. I am currently bingeing Parks & Rec (for the second time) and Better Call Saul (for the first time).
  5. Least favorite school subject? Luckily, I’m done with school forever.. but it was always math and science.
  6. Any weird or hidden talents? I am basically Weird Al Yankovic. Whenever a song comes on or is stuck in my head I change the lyrics to things that rhyme, i.e. girl is always squirrel.
  7. Something that grosses you out? Fish. When people don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Lizards.
  8. What do you admire about your best friend? I have several best friends and I admire each of them for different reasons. But, they are all very strong, beautiful people and I wouldn’t be who I am without them.
  9. Male or female celebrity crush? Chris Pratt + Kiera Knightley.
  10. Last movie you saw in theatres? Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
  11. What did you do for your last birthday? Painted pottery, got some drinks, ate at the Cheesecake Factory.

My lovely Nominees (only doing 5):

Questions for you:

  1. If you could only save one person, George Lopez or John Cena.. who would you pick and why?
  2. You have $1,000 to take a trip, where are you going?
  3. Top 5 favorite dogs:
  4. All time favorite food?
  5. Who is the best character from The Office?
  6. How do you overcome stress + anxiety?
  7. Tea or coffee?
  8. Your favorite thing to blog about?
  9. Dream job?
  10. Your #1 goal before 2017 is over?
  11. Which version of Beyonce are you?

Thanks again, Sarah, for nominating me!


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Valentines Day + Everything Since

Hello beautiful followers and readers,

I hope you are all having an absolutely lovely and wonderful Friday. I have been waiting for this weekend for what seems like forever. This week has been absolutely crazy for me. Since I am on term (trimester) scheduling, instead of semesters, we only have 10 weeks to make everything happen. It is an absolutely PACKED schedule of things to do and due dates.

Luckily, I am done in just two and a half more weeks after today and I really have never needed a break more. My birthday falls during spring break (March 21st) which is something to look forward to.

So let’s rewind a bit, since I haven’t filled you guys in on anything in a while.

Valentine’s Day was almost 2 weeks ago now, but it was a great day. I put a ton of time and effort into working on an element of Tom’s gift which was a book of things I love about him, I KNOW I’m a cheese ball, just leave me alone. But, it turned out really nice and I think I may have made him shed a tear, which is always my ultimate goal when I make sentimental gifts; tears of joy.

I also got some really cute gifts, like a DIY mug that says “you’re my cup of tea” and if you know anything about me, you know I love tea (check out my other blog ALL ABOUT TEA here). I also got a huge heart-shaped box of chocolates which disappeared rather quickly and some beautiful flowers.

Before our gift exchange, we went to dinner at this absolutely FANTASTIC restaurant that we are obsessed with. It is essentially the most stuck-up foodie place in our area, but the food is 100% worth it. We raved about how great our food was for probably a week straight after.

Tom bought a vintage polaroid camera off of Ebay that arrived literally just in time for Valentine’s Day, and we were very excited to put it to use. The film is around $22 for 8 pictures.. which is so ridiculous I can’t even stand it, but we figured if we take one picture every once in a while it would be worth it.

Aside from Valentine’s Day, we also celebrated Tom’s 22nd birthday just a few days later of February 18th. Let’s just say we ate way too much cake for a week. He now has been using the “excuse me, you’re younger than me” way too much, even though he is just over a month older than I am.

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Birthday Hats for Adult Babies

Aside from his birthday, not a whole lot has happened. I’ve been completely devoting every second of my life to school, which SUCKS, but it’s okay because the degree will be worth it.

I will be back soon with posts other than “what’s happening in my life”.

Thanks so much for reading and continuing to follow me even though the feed has been slow lately.

If you do care about my everyday life and what I’m doing, check out the links below to all my social medias where I’m much more active daily.

-Emily

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Snapchat: dynamitedelight

 

Is This Week Over Yet?

Hello Everyone!

Today is only Thursday, somehow. Does anyone else feel like this week is absolutely dragging? Maybe it’s just me, but either way I am very excited for this weekend.

I started off my day with my favorite thing: a smoothie.

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I usually stick with my regular mango, peach and strawberry smoothie, but today I switched it up thanks to a trip to Whole Foods last night. I made a blueberry, blackberry and strawberry smoothie instead and it was a delicious change. It was a beautiful purple color too, and because I’m five inside, color matters!

Here is a super quick recipe for it:

1 Ripe Banana

1/2 Cup of Ice

3/4 Cup of Blueberry/Blackberry Frozen Fruit

1/2 Cup of Frozen Strawberries

3/4-1 Cup of Almond Milk (whatever is needed to get a thick, pureed consistency)

  1. Add everything to blender
  2. Blend
  3. Enjoy

From there, I had to study super hard for one of 4 math tests that will be given throughout this term (this was the 2nd one) and it stressed me out quite a bit. But, it is now over and all I can say is that I hope I did OKAY.

Then, I wandered around town, grabbed myself a nice green tea from DAVIDsTEA (if you haven’t yet.. CLICK HERE to check out my 2nd blog completely devoted to tea) and tried not to freeze to death. I walked around Barnes and Noble looking for some new stuff to read. I found stuff, but didn’t buy anything.

I was really just killing time (2 hours to be exact) because I am a commuter student and I have to be on our student radio station 2 days a week. So after my class, I had to wait for my 5:25 broadcast. It’s totally worth it, though, because I love being on air.

I then met up with my good friend Jasmine at Starbucks for a little business date. We are working on creating a collaboration blog currently! Our first post should be up and available within a few weeks (hint: our first post might deal with feminism). There will be plenty more on that coming up.

So, it feels good to finally be able to relax and have some time to myself.

Tomorrow is Friday, everyone, we did it.

Thanks for reading,

Emily

 

 

 

Follow Me Into the Woods: Sunday Adventure

This weekend hasn’t been an easy one. On Friday, I was hit with the news of my grandfather being rushed to the hospital. This hit me like a ton of bricks. I don’t want to get too into detail other than telling you he’s on life support currently, fighting for his life. As you can imagine, my whole family is having a rough time, although we are keeping our thoughts positive. Please keep him in your thoughts.

Today I needed a change of scenery.. to get away from things for a while and clear my head. My boyfriend Tom and I went to a nearby forest preserve to walk and enjoy the calm (he also got to test out his new DSLR that he is very excited about). It was very lovely.

We walked around for what seemed like a long time, mainly because it was getting kind of chilly and Tom forgot his coat, but we got some pretty lovely photos and enjoyed being with each other. We came across some deer tracks, which I audibly yelled “AWW” at, and walked along the railroad tracks; eventually it turned into a race, jumping to each individual wooden slat. He claims to have won, I claim otherwise.

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While out and about, we decided to go to a antique shop that Tom had seen a mid-century modern vintage step stool chair at back in December for 20 something dollars. When he showed me the pictures, I instantly thought we should go back and find it. Fast forward over a month later and we still hadn’t gone back. Today was the day. We went in hopeful that we would find our beloved red vintage step stool. This is it:

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Unfortunately, someone else liked it just as much and stole it from our dreams. We only have ourselves to blame for waiting so long. We are hopeful that another beautiful vintage stool will come our way. (We saw it in the movie Vertigo and thought it was the coolest thing ever).

This didn’t ruin our trip though, we took a look at pretty much everything else throughout the shop. There wasn’t much worth buying, but it’s always fun to peek at the knick-knacks.

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We then got some delicious sandwiches and soup and the rest of our night will consist of watching Making A Murderer.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

Until next time,

Emily

Easy Mini Pumpkin Pies

Hello everyone! I’m sorry for abandoning you for quite some time, but I am back with an honestly really delicious dessert recipe to make up for it. Thanksgiving is coming up next week, so I wanted to make sure I had this available for you guys.

Let’s be real… it’s not Thanksgiving unless you gain a few pounds. So, don’t be afraid of these potentially fattening little heaven machines. I promise your family (and yourself) will love them. But, be careful.. they’re really addicting.

*My one suggestion is to make these the NIGHT BEFORE. They need to set up before removing them.. which takes a little bit*

Here’s how to make your own ADORABLE mini pumpkin pies:

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Ingredients: (Makes about 20 Mini Pies)

  • 2 Packages of Pie Crust (the kind you lay out and bake)
  • Two 8-oz Cream Cheese Packages, softened
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • One 16-oz Can Solid Packed Pumpkin
  • 1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (if you don’t have this.. just double up on cinnamon)
  • Cool Whip or Canned Whip Cream (or fresh if you’re fancy)

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What You’ll Need:

  • Cupcake/Muffin Baking Tray
  • Hand Mixer
  • Big Bowl for mixing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Roll out your pie dough and cut out small circles. You want these circles to cover the bottom up until half way to the top of each one. Do this for each and every hole until they’re all filled. Set aside.IMG_2941IMG_2942
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time with mixing in between.
  4. Add in all the other ingredients. Mix until well combined. Beware: the smell will make you want to drink the batter.IMG_2943IMG_2944
  5. Fill in each of the dough cups. Fill it until the batter is almost to the top of the tin. It will cover the dough and that is FINE. They don’t grow very much in the over so don’t worry. IMG_2945
  6. Bake them at 350 degrees for 40-42 minutes. They will begin to puff and crack in the middle. Take out and test with a toothpick. It should come out MOSTLY clean.
  7. Let them sit to cool for about an hour and a half. Then refrigerate until needed (this also helps them set). You can serve them either cold or heated up.. both are delicious.
  8. Top with whipped topping of your choice and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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And that’s the finished product.

Perfect for each person to have their own pie and it’s JUST ENOUGH to satisfy your craving.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you plan to or do try it out please let me know in the comments!

Have a great Thanksgiving!!

-Emily

Fall Playlist

I hope everyone is having a good Wednesday! We are half way to the weekend.. so that’s always good news.

(Scroll to the bottom for my Fall playlist..)

Today, Tom and I decided to go for brunch at our absolute favorite place nearby called Ari’s Kitchen. It’s owned by a super nice Greek guy who makes you feel completely at home. We got WAY too much food (Ari even warned us that we were ordering too much) but we didn’t care. We got chicken and dumpling soup for our appetizer… followed by breakfast foods. Weird.. I know. I got the best pumpkin pancakes known to man and Tom got some biscuits and gravy. It was a fantastically filling event.

On our ride back we saw the most photo-worthy fall trees that I just had to get out to photograph. I can’t resist the bright red trees!

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After, we went to go package up some of the handmade shaving brushes that Tom sells. He does some amazing work.. check out his website http://www.manhandledwoodshop.com

Here’s one of his brushes he made…IMG952015101695183653

We did some super cute packaging to match the quality of his work. It’s manly, but still classic. Here is how it turned out.. kinda hard to see the full effect in a picture..

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The rest of the night will include resting and some American Horror Story! It’s nice to have an easy day now and then.


Here is my Fall Playlist for those of you looking for some new things to listen to:

  • If I Should Go Before You – City and Colour
  • Put A Flower In Your Pocket – The Arcs
  • I Won’t Lie – Go Radio
  • Killin The Vibe – Ducktails
  • Come Down – Sylvan Esso
  • Archie, Marry Me – Alvvays
  • Baby Blue – King Kruse
  • Leave You – Sir Sly
  • Prisoner – The Weeknd feat. Lana Del Rey
  • Ride – Twenty One Pilots
  • My Blood – Ellie Goulding
  • Goddess – Banks
  • Pink Matter – Frank Ocean

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you continue to have a great week!

-Emily

8 Signs You’re Dating The Right Guy

The twenties can be a rough time for relationships. Between work and school, it’s hard to make time for getting to know someone.. which leads to the unfortunate meeting places: parties, bars and walking home drunk at 3 AM. Those are all 10/10 places you (probably) don’t want to meet your future boo-thang.

Chances are there have probably been a lot of wrong turns in your previous relationships and THAT’S OKAY. The reason we are all where we are now is because we made dumb decisions and learned from them.

Here are 8 signs you KNOW you’re dating the right guy:

  1. He’s Also Your Best Friend

You get each others jokes and find some of them hilarious. You have a billion inside jokes that nobody else cares to understand. You don’t judge each other for your weird food cravings at 1 AM. This is so important to a solid relationship. You should be able to be 100% real with one another. I mean, you probably don’t want to live with this person in the future if they aren’t your BFF. Test this by taking a weekend trip somewhere and make sure you don’t kill each other. If you survive and have a great time.. you’re in a great relationship!

2. Your Fights Only Last An Hour (Or Less)

As the true American hero Hannah Montana once said.. “Nobody’s Perfect”. If you have yet to fight in your relationship, sorry to tell you this, but there is probably something wrong.. or you just don’t express your feelings the way you should. There is no way you are ever going to be 100% happy and okay with each other. ONE OF YOU WILL MAKE THE OTHER MAD.. even if it’s over something very stupid like not choosing where to eat fast enough (I’m very guilty of this). If you do fight, unless it’s something hardcore enough to end the whole relationship, it probably should not last more than an hour. One of you will give in and forgive.. because you really just like each other too much to waste time fighting.

3. He Cares About Your Feelings/Well-Being

Whether it be emotional, medical or you’re just feeling down.. he is there to help you through it all. You may be the biggest mess ever known to man and he still thinks you’re a shining star (IMPORTANT). If there is something that is bothering you, he will quickly be able to figure it out and try to make you feel better.

4. He Doesn’t Let You Go Hungry

Food is so important, duh! If you are anything like me you are aware of the phenomenon that is starting fights all over the world: being HANGRY. Hangry is the feeling you get when you’re so hungry that you’re angry. It’s an awful way to be. You become the real life Snicker’s “you’re not you when you’re hungry” commercial. Luckily, your BF should be able to recognize this and work with you to find the hungry hippo some good eats.

5. You Share Similar Hobbies/Interests

Going back to #1, much like any of your best friends.. he likes the things you like (to an extent). Maybe you both love to go watch figure skating competitions on the weekend (weird, but cool). Maybe you both love AC/DC. No matter what weird little quirks you have together, they will help prove your relationships strength. Date someone as weird as you are and it will pay off.

6. He Takes You On Cute Dates Once In A While

After the initial beginning-of-dating phase, chances are the adorable, thought-out dates will slowly decrease. After all, it can get expensive for young people still in school to go on elaborate dates all the time. But, that’s no excuse for never doing anything for the next 6 months. Plan a few cute dates a month to get out of the usual grind. Go have a picnic (it’s basically free).

7. He Understands Your Celebrity Crushes

How can I not swoon over Chris Pratt. It’s impossible. Every woman has at least 10 celebrities that they want. You know you’ve lucked out when you can talk about them and your BF just kind of goes “mhm”. Whether or not he’s secretly jealous or annoyed at your 14-year-old fan girling, he sure won’t stop you. (Don’t let him act like he doesn’t have a huge list himself.. because he does).

8. He Lifts You UP

He thinks that most of your ideas are great ones. He thinks that dress looks really cool on you (even if that dress looks really dumb). This is how you know you have a good one. You should always try to encourage each other and make each other feel like beautiful, shining trophies. Seeing him should make you SMILE and visa versa.