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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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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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

I’ve Abandoned You All

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to stop by and leave a little letter about where I’ve been and how I’m pretty much the worst at keeping this blog updated lately (I’M SORRY). I promise I’m making an effort to keep this running and I’ve been thinking of ideas for upcoming posts.

Well, first of all, It’s a new year! This is a total blessing to me, and a lovely chance to start over, because 2015 was honestly one of the hardest years of my life. I was taken over by extreme panic disorder, which I’ve touched on in previous posts, which had totally debilitated me. I took the last 6 months to really focus on getting better. It was a slow, rocky road but I have made some serious progress. I’m back in school working towards my last year in college (CRAAAAZY) and next March I will be a college graduate!

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It’s been an interesting time adjusting to being back to school after 8 months off, but I am 3 weeks in now and I’m feeling better than ever. It’s like I never left. I am so beyond thankful to have the family, boyfriend and friends that I do who have endlessly cheered me on no matter how low I got.

Aside from going back to school, not a lot has changed. Tom, my boyfriend, and I paid for our trip to Maine and we cannot wait. There will be a full blog post on that trip when it rolls around (not until JUNE). We are going to Bar Harbor and visiting Acadia National Park. I am constantly thinking about this trip and it will be a much needed getaway.

I would love for you guys to let me know what you to see on my blog in upcoming posts, I take any advice or requests into consideration! If you have any ideas, please feel free to comment down below.

For those of you that still look forward to my posts and have continued to follow me, I can’t thank you enough.

Love you guys,

Emily

We Went Apple Picking

I talked about going to an apple orchard for some fall fun in my last post, but, until yesterday I had yet to go this year. I was craving some fresh apples, cinnamon sugar doughnuts and cider and couldn’t wait any longer.

My boyfriend and I found an orchard about 45 minutes from where we live. It was out in the country and absolutely adorable. It was called Jonamac Orchards. Not only did they have a full orchard.. they had GOATS. They also had a giant corn maze and other silly kid activities.. but the goats were most important.

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We did a pick-your-own apple thing where you go into the orchards and pick whatever apples you want. There were tons of rows of trees that went on forever. We got a little adventurous and went over some of the blockades to go WAY in the back. They had told us the Honeycrisp apples were ‘off limits’ which meant we had to sneak over and steal some. We are so rebellious.

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Fighting the 85 degree heat (way too hot for late september), we got a good mix of some Fuji, Golden Delicious and so many more. Our tiny little plastic bags were filled to the brim. There is no way we can eat so many apples.. but they’re perfect for making a pie!

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After almost dying from the heat, piggy-back riding to reach the top of the trees and talking to fellow apple-pickers, we decided to head back to the barn to get ourselves a nice cool treat: a cider slushie. It is just as good as it sounds, believe me.

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We then spent about 20 minutes waiting to find someone willing to take our picture on a giant rocking chair. This was my fault. Tom did not care if we took the picture of not, but I just had to have it. We took some separately:

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Eventually, we got a girl to take our pictures.. she was the best.

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We are painfully touristy wherever we go.

It was an adorable, fun “fall” day. I would definitely go back, or to another one next year.  Next stop: pumpkin patch

Fun Fall Things To Do On Sunday (Instead Of Watching Football)

I’m on a fantasy football league. I have no idea how this happened, but I am fully in and for some reason I’m getting competitive. I’m currently 4 points ahead. I am not a big sports fan.. especially with football. I’ve tried to watch, and I still just don’t get it; which makes for a very interesting fantasy football team.

But, don’t for a second think that I actually watch these football games.

NOT INTERESTED.

If you are into football, good for you! You probably have a jam-packed Sunday schedule for the next few months and have an excuse to drink beer at 1 pm.

For those of you looking for some fun, fall things to do this month (and into October) that don’t relate to Football, keep reading:

  • Visit an Apple Orchard

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There is nothing more ‘fall welcoming’ than a visit to the apple orchard. Grab some friends or rip your boyfriend/girlfriend away from the football game for a fun-filled day of flannel-wearin’ apple pickin’. You get to pick as many apples as you want straight from the trees. You will never had a crisper, fresh apple in your life. Go for the Honeycrisp variety and thank me later.

If your orchard has a little shop or bakery.. make sure you get the apple cinnamon donuts. They are crazy good and every orchard I’ve ever been to or seen has them. Also, don’t miss out on fresh apple cider.

  • Visit a Nature Preserve or Park

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Find a pretty nature spot near you to explore for the day. With the changing colors of the trees, each and every park is bound to look beautiful towards the end of this month into October. Pack a picnic to stop and lay out underneath the trees and have some lunch. This is the best time of year to take in the true beauty that the earth has to offer.

If you live in the Chicagoland area: Cantigny Park, Morton Arboretum, Silver Springs and Starved Rock are some places to check out.

  • Go DIY Crazy 

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There is no such thing as too much DIY. Get crafty and annoy your roommates or significant other by making whatever Pinterest has to offer. Create your own fall decorations to make you feel at home.

Glittery pumpkins, fall wreaths, banners and fall floral bouquets. Head over to Michael’s or your local craft store, check out deals and start creating.

  • Pumpkin Picking

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Don’t let them tell you it’s too early! We are only given a short period of time where pumpkins are acceptable.. so don’t waste any. Pick a cool, crisp day to head over and pick out some pumpkins perfect for carving.

Much like the apple orchard, most pumpkin patches have some delicious food and drink to make your experience even better.

Spend the rest of the day after deciding what to carve.. and then carving. Decorate the front of your home with your beautiful creation.

  • Candle Making

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DIY candles are much easier than you think and a lot cheaper than $22.50 for one at Bath & Body Works. I made a bath of homemade candles last year that smelled like vanilla and peppermint for the holidays and people were begging me for more!

I will post a tutorial soon on how to make cute, easy candles.

Or, if you know how to already.. spend your Sunday afternoon making a batch.

  • Bake Some Things You Have Pinned

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If you don’t have a ‘Food I Want To Make’ board on Pinterest, I’m judging you. The website is loaded with amazing recipes. Take a few hours to pull together ingredients and make something you’ve been wanting to try.

I made an amazing pumpkin bread recipe which i’ll link below. Seriously so good:

http://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/2013/10/29/simply-pumpkin-bread/


No matter what you do, make sure you experience fall as it comes, because it definitely doesn’t last long.

Hope you guys enjoyed and try out some of these activities.

-Emily

Fall Tea Haul: Tasting + Review

I am a huge tea lover. I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I can’t talk about it enough. Since I’ve had to give up coffee, I had to replace it with something.. and that something is warm, scrumptious flavored teas.

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Fall is the best time for pretty much everything (opinion), and tea is no exception. There is something so cozy about a hot cup tea on a crisp, cool fall night.

My boyfriend Tom and I have teamed up to give you a thorough review of 6 Fall teas from DAVIDsTEA. We made sure to only select ones that we would want to drink during the cold-weather months. We are both pretty skilled in tea tasting (according to us). We had a wonderful help from the super kind employees in picking out some flavors.

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There is a new Fall collection that they offered us to taste in store and they were all pretty great, but we decided to take home a few that we didn’t have the chance to try.

The six teas we decided to review are: Pumpkin Chai, Cranberry Orange Muffin, Honeycrisp Apple, Forever Nuts, Oh Canada! and Peanut Butter Cup.

So, we filled our mugs up and here we go:


Pumpkin Chai 

Tea Type: Chai (obviously)

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Smell: Like a fresh baked batch of pumpkin squares. Super strong scent that you can smell across the room.

Taste: A warm, cinnamon pumpkin flavor. This is super nice for Fall. It made us so warm and giggly. We laughed for about 20 minutes. This is Tom’s favorite Chai he’s had (that’s saying something). I’m a big fan of Chai tea, and this one certainly tickled my fancy. I’d suggest giving it a go.

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EMILY: 7/10

TOM: 6/10


Cranberry Orange Muffin

Tea Type: Herbal 

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Smell: Subtle cranberry, certainly more muffin. Calming.

Taste: You get an orangey taste all over the buds at first sip, but it then mellows out into a final cranberry taste. The smell was misleading with the strength of the muffin; we only got a slight muffin taste at the very end. Very good tea, we agreed this is one of the best. It’s good for pretty much all the time because of how mellow it is. Muffins you can always have (can’t say no to that!).

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EMILY: 7.5/10

TOM: 8.5/10


Honeycrisp Apple

Tea Type: Green

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Smell: Fruity and strong apple smell. Fresh outta the orchard.

Taste: If you love apple juice or cider, this is FOR YOU. I am a huge apple fan, so please note that this may be a little bias, and I could drink this all day everyday. It has a sweet, crisp deliciousness. Tom, however, was not a huge fan (he’s not big on apples). So, if you’re into those fall-time fruits, go grab yourself a cup of this.

**The only tea listed that contains caffeine

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EMILY: 8.5/10

TOM: 5/10


Forever Nuts

Tea Type: Herbal

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Smell: Straight up Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Taste: We were right, it tastes like liquified Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The balance of flavors is literally perfect. The cinnamon isn’t overpowering at all. This is probably the best one of the bunch. It is PERFECT for cooler weather. Super impressed. TRY IT.

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EMILY: 8.5/10

TOM: 8.5/10


Oh Canada!

Tea Type: Rooibos 

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Smell: Aunt Jemima syrup… mixed with butter.

Taste: Saves you a trip across the border, aye? Subtle, delicious maple syrup flavor. This is pretty grade A. It’s an interesting flavor explosion, but we decided that this wouldn’t be an everyday tea. It would be nice to have for once in a while, like when you’re sitting next to a fire.. or going to a pancake convention.

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EMILY: 7/10

TOM: 6.5/10


Peanut Butter Cup

Tea Type: Herbal

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Smell: Melted peanut butter…. nothing is better than that

Taste: Hugely disappointed by this one, especially with us both being pretty big Reese’s PB Cup fans. The entire taste is basically peanut.. virtually no ‘cup’ (aka chocolate) can be detected. If you are a peanut fanatic, definitely give it a try. It’s a little overpowering and rough.

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EMILY: 4/10

TOM: 4/10

OVERALL:

Super impressed with DAVIDsTEA. Every flavor was pretty good, and they have a super wide variety. Would definitely go back and try out more.

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Thanks so much for reading!

I hope you guys grab some tea to try for the upcoming season.

xoxo Emily + Tom