A Day in My Life: Winter Break Edition! (Blogmas Day 9)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Day 7: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 2

Day 8: Joy Devotional

Hey daydreamers! Christmas is literally SO CLOSE. We only have a few more days?? Like where did time even go?? Today I thought it would be fun to kind of “vlog” my day, but blog style – so I made a Day In The Life post to show you guys what a typical day looks like during winter break!

I got out of school last Wednesday after taking finals that morning, but I left for a retreat on Friday and got back on Sunday, so I’ve only had like 2 full days at home so far. So this is less a routine and more of what I do when I actually have free time. XD Let’s get into it!

9:20 – I woke up nice and late, which I’m so happy about not having to set an alarm. XD I sat in bed for a little bit, opened the window, etc. to let myself wake up a little bit. Then I went on the Bible app and did my devotion plans for that day. I’m super behind on all of mine, so I’m going to try and catch up before 2020 is over. 😉 At 9:36, I finally got out of bed.

9:45 I finished making my bed and headed into the kitchen to make breakfast.

9:55 – For breakfast, I put some waffles in the toaster and covered them in sugar-free maple syrup, lol. I also peeled a cutie to go with it. My mom made me an iced coffee with peppermint creamer, and it was super good! Thanks mom! During breakfast, I talked with my sister and mom. After breakfast, my sister and I did our Christmas tradition of finding little figures from a Nativity scene each day before Christmas (today we found the angel!) in our game room! We also challenged our parents to find it when we hid it, because they accused us of being bad at finding it haha 😂

Haha why am I staring directly into the mirror’s soul XD

10:37 – Next, I got dressed. Today I’m wearing the comfiest oversize sweatshirt ever that I got at that retreat I mentioned, my favorite black leggings, and some fuzzy buffalo plaid socks. I also put on this cute little angel necklace and some fake diamond earrings I got from Amazon for like $15 in a pack of 9. Here’s the link, I’m obsessed with it! (I think the price went up, though.)

10:40 – Next I watched On Pointe on Disney+, it’s so good! It’s a documentary following the dancers at SAB (School of American Ballet) as they prepare for NYC Ballet’s The Nutcracker. It always inspires me to stretch, so I stretched both splits and middle splits while I was watching it.

this photo turned out so cool!

11:22 – After I finished the episode, I went back into my room to work on this blog post, lol. Mainly what I’ve been doing during winter break so far is working on Blogmas, so I’ve been spending a lot time planning, writing, creating images, etc. for posts. I like to put on Christmas music while I work on these. 🙂 I got a bunch of this post done and scheduled tomorrow’s Blogmas, so I was pretty productive lol!

12:24 After that, I went and jumped on our new trampoline for a little bit! It was an early Christmas present, and I’ve been making up a cheer routine on it. I’ve got like 2 minutes of it, and I’m very proud of myself haha. It’s really fun to pretend to stunt on there, and also to do flips and jumps! My sister also joined and we did some 2-person stunts together.

1:00 – I watched the first part of the next episode of On Pointe and manicured my nails. Then my mom got back with Cane’s (yum!) so we all ate together.

1:30 – I attempted to recreate one of the photos from my nail inspo post, and it actually turned out okay! I need to clean up the edges, though. I finished up the episode while I painted them.

2:00 – This is probably the least productive part of my day, lol. I just kind of messed around on my phone and laptop, procrastinating finishing this post for about thirty minutes, which is not good for me but it’s a bad habit haha. I was feeling pretty unmotivated and tried to get some more Blogmas done, but I ended up taking a break and walking my dog instead.

3:20 – I wrapped all my Christmas gifts I’m giving to my family! Not all of them are pictured here. I used to be terrible at wrapping, but I’m getting better at it!

5:00 – After hanging out for a while, I played Minecraft with my little sister. I don’t play Minecraft regularly, but if I have a bunch of free time like on Christmas and Thanksgiving break, I always get back into it.

5:30 – I did an Anna McNulty stretching routine to help get my middle splits. I’m only an inch away from the ground! Since my New Year’s resolution was to get my middle and right splits, I’ve already gotten my right, so I figured I could try and get my middle splits before 2020 is over.

7:00 – After we looked outside at the Bethlehem Star conjoined planets thingy through a telescope (it was pretty cool!), we made these hot chocolate bombs a friend gave us. They were sooo good, super sweet! We watched Home Alone, which is one of our traditions.

9:30 – After taking a relaxing shower, brushing my teeth, and changing into PJ’s, I did my quiet time. I read a Christmas-themed devotional on the Bible app and took notes while I did it.

10:00 – I read some of my book. I finished the first few books of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series, so now I’m reading So This Is Love by Elizabeth Lim and it’s really good so far. Also, I took this picture today, so that’s why it’s light outside lol.

10:50 – Goodnight!

And that’s it for today’s Blogmas! I hope that y’all enjoyed seeing what a day in my life looks like, Christmas break-style. See ya tommorow!

What’s your favorite breakfast? Aren’t toaster waffles amazing? Do you watch Home Alone every year?Do you like Minecraft? Are you watching On Pointe? What book are you reading right now?

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Reacting to the Evermore Album: Part 2 (Blogmas Day 7)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Day 6: Evermore Reaction, Pt. 1

Hey daydreamers! GUYS, CHRISTMAS IS SO CLOSE!! *runs around screaming Deck the Halls* I’m back for part 2 of my evermore review/reaction! I’m going to be tackling the last of the songs on the album. Let’s get right into it!

coney island

“i’m on a bench in coney island / wondering where did my baby go? / the fast times, the bright lights, the merry go / sorry for not making you my centerfold.”

This one has a grey-skies kind of feeling for some reason? It has that forlorn, wistful feel, and it’s filled with the amazing vocals from Taylor and the National. The lyrics are sad and regretful – “did i close my fist around something delicate / did i shatter you?” Once again, this one isn’t my favorite one, but it’s so beautiful and haunting that it’s definitely up there!

ivy

“ooh, i can’t, stop you putting roots in my dreamland / my house of stone, your ivy grows / and now i’m covered in you.”

For a little bit, this song was my favorite one on the album, but I think I’ve changed it to willow. I still do really like the tune, and it’s really catchy. I like how it’s a little more upbeat, and it’s really pretty.

cowboy like me

“takes one to know one / you’re a cowboy like me / never wanted love, just a fancy car.”

This one has a country feel to it, which I like! It’s a chill kind of song that I would put on while doing a face mask or blogging. “and you asked me to dance / but i said, “dancing is a dangerous game” is another favorite lyric!

long story short

“and i fell from the pedestal / right down the rabbit whole / long story short it was a bad time”

For some reason, the tune from this one reminds me of the last great american dynasty from folklore. It also has an Alice and Wonderland feel for some reason? I like the tune of this one, it’s a happier one with amazing lyrics. I definitely like other ones better, though.

marjorie

“what died didn’t stay dead / what died didn’t stay dead / you’re alive, you’re alive in my head”

This one I was really confused about at first, but then I figured out that Marjorie is Taylor’s grandmother, and everything made sense. XD I really like listening to this one, and it’s such a sweet tribute to her grandmother!

closure

“yes, i got your letter / yes, i’m doing better / i know that it’s over / i don’t need your closure.”

This one is not the most memorable one on the album – to be honest, I kind of forgot about it? I’m not a huge fan of the instrument at the beginning, I don’t know how to describe it lol. I don’t really like how they added the effects to some of her vocals, either. Other than that, I really like the lyrics for this one.

evermore

“and i couldn’t be sure / i had a feeling so peculiar / that this pain would be for / evermore.”

When I saw that this song was featuring Bon Iver, I was really hoping for a sequel to exile. Even though it isn’t, this title track is a really calm and pretty way to finish off the album. It is a little sleepy, but the vocals are so amazing and it has such a cool meaning! I love the lyric change at the end to “i had a feeling so peculiar / that this pain wouldn’t be for / evermore.” The harmonies are also really pretty.

Overall thoughts: I really like the evermore album, and I think it was an awesome surprise for her fans during a lonely winter! However, I definitely prefer folklore to this one. The other album had stronger songs as a whole, but evermore had a few really good songs and the rest sounded very similar to each other.

What do you think? Did you prefer evermore or folklore? What’s your favorite song from each album?

See y’all tommorow!

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Reacting to the Evermore Album: Part 1 (Blogmas Day 6)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Day 5: Nail Inspo

Hey daydreamers! Ahhh, how is it possible that we’re already halfway through Blogmas?! I can’t believe we’re so close to Christmas! This post isn’t very Christmas-y, but I hope you enjoy it anyway 🙂

I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan since, like, forever, and like everyone else, I was so surprised when she dropped Evermore last week! I thought it would be fun to listen to each song and share my thoughts on every one. This isn’t my first time listening to it (haha, I’ve listened to it a ton!) but this will be interesting! I’m also listening to the clean version, and I’m going to do the first few songs today and the rest tomorrow. Let’s get into it!

willow

“life was a willow and it bent right to your wind…”

This one is definitely a standout on the album, and I really like this one! It’s sleepy and mysterious, just like a willow tree. I didn’t really like the music video, but I loved this song and it keeps getting stuck in my head haha. It does get a bit repetitive at the end, but the melody is so beautiful it definitely makes up for it! This one might be my favorite.

champagne problems

“because i dropped your hand while dancing / left you out there standing / crestfallen on the landing / champagne problems”

I thought I wouldn’t like this one (mainly because the title included champagne), but this one’s giving me this is me trying vibes. The piano melody is really simple but pretty, and I like how the lyrics tell a vivid story. I really like the bridge: “but you’ll find the real thing instead / she’ll patch up your tapestry that i shred.” At first I was confused what it meant, but I read something that it was about a relationship where one is planning to end it and one brought a ring. This one isn’t my favorite, but it’s a really cool song that I liked a lot.

gold rush

“i don’t like that falling feels like flying ’till the bone crush / everybody wants you / but i don’t like a gold rush.”

This one kind of sounds the same as the other ones, but it’s; a little more upbeat. I really like the lyrics to this one, and it’s pretty catchy! I like the nod to her other album: “my mind turns your life into folklore”. This one was my favorite for a little bit, but it keeps changing haha.

’tis the [darn] season

and wonder about the only soul who can tell which smiles I’m faking / and the heart i know i’m breaking is my own.

Okay, this one is one of my least favorites just because it has a word I don’t like in the title, and it’s a little bit mature. Most of the time I skip this one, but it’s actually really catchy haha. It’s about the same girl from a later song, dorothea, which I didn’t make that connection before and now it all makes sense, lol!

tolerate it

“tell me I’ve got it wrong somehow / i know my love should be celebrated / but you tolerate it.”

As all Taylor Swift fans know, track 5 is always the most vulnerable song on the album, and this one is no exception. This song is really beautiful, yet sad and melancholy, about giving someone unconditional love but all they do in return is tolerate it. The last part is my favorite, when she starts wondering about what would happen if she left the relationship, but it’s really sad when she ultimately doesn’t. This one’s kind of a downer to listen to, but it tells one of the best stories for sure!

no body, no crime

i think he did it, but i just can’t prove it…

Okay, when I first listened to this song, I did NOT like it. I thought it was really weird, and was super confused about what it was. I still don’t like this one that much, but it’s kind of growing on me. My mom likes it because it tells a story like an old country song, and I kind of agree. Still not my favorite, but I like it a little better than before as I”m listening to it before.

happiness

“there’ll be happiness after you / but there was happiness because of you / both of these things can be true.”

This is another one that I’m not the biggest fan of. Although the lyrics are pretty cool, the melody is kind of boring, and the background music is really sleepy. It’s the kind of song that you turn on and walk away from and do something else. The line “when a good man hurts you / and you know you hurt him too” is really good. This one is also pretty long.

dorothea

“hey dorothea, do you ever stop and think about me?”

I like this one! It’s got a fun, playful tune that reminds me a lot of Betty. Like I said above, it’s about the same girl in ’tis the [darn] season, and it’s not my favorite but not my least favorite. 😀 My favorite part is “It’s never too late to come back to my side / the stars in your eyes / shined brighter in Tupelo / and if you’re ever tired of being known for who you know / you know, you’ll always know me.”

That’s all I’m going to be reacting to today! I hope that this was fun to read, and maybe if you haven’t listened to evermore yet, this inspired you to. I can’t wait for Part 2, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Have you listened to evermore? Which one do you like better, evermore or folklore? What’s your favorite Taylor Swift album? Do you listen to her?

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Christmas Nail Inspo (Blogmas Day 5)

Day 1: Nutcracker Recap

Day 2: Playlist Swap

Day 3: Blog Spotlight

Day 4: Christmas Outfits

Hey daydreamers! Welcome back to another Blogmas post! Today, I thought I’d share some fun nail art ideas that I found on Pinterest to give y’all some inspiration for Christmas! Some of these I’d never be able to accomplish lol, but they’re still really pretty to look at and give me some fun ideas. I hope this post does the same for you!

All of the original pins can be found here: pinterest.com/girlonpointe10/nails/

I hope y’all enjoyed this little nail collage! Hopefully it gave you some ideas. If you liked any of these, make sure to pin them! See you tommorow! 😉

Do you paint your nails often? What’s your favorite color to paint them? Have you ever gotten fake nails before (I haven’t, but I’ve done stick-ons)? Which idea is your favorite?

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Clean & Decorate My Room With Me For Christmas!

Hey daydreamers! Ahh, I’m SO EXCITED and happy that it’s finally that time of year to decorate for Christmas! I actually took the pictures for this post the day after Thanksgiving, which is when we always decorate in our family. I don’t go crazy with the decorations in my room, but I like to add a bunch of fun little touches here and there! So without further adieu, (I’ve never quite understood that expression, what is adieu anyway?) let’s get to it!

Before I can decorate, I decided to do a quick tidy up and clean of my room. First I took everything that wasn’t really in the right place or on top of a surface I was going to wipe and dumped it all on my bed.

Next, I went through and wiped down everything with a Clorox wipe and sprayed the mirrors down with Windex. I also dusted earlier that day. Everything was super fresh and clean afterwards! I had also dusted everything earlier.

Once all the surfaces were clean, I put all the clutter that was on my bed back where it goes and threw away any trash.

Next, I lit a candle, put on some Christmas music, and turned on some fairy lights to set the Christmas mood!

First: my mini tree!! My sister and I both have white mini trees that we always decorate with our own special ornaments each year. It’s one of my favorite traditions, and makes my room feel cozy and Christmasy when the lights are on!

First, I fluffed the tree and then began to decorate with the ornaments!

I also added the tree skirt and the star on top.

Eeee, isn’t it so pretty??

Next, I put a Christmasy bow over my old pointe shoes hanging on my door.

After that, I hung up some snowflakes on my bookshelf.

Almost done! I wrote some fun holiday phrases and my favorite Bible verses from the story of Jesus’s birth on my mirror with a red dry erase marker. (If you didn’t already know this, mirrors are just like dry erase boards and you can write and erase on them! Just be careful, because sometimes it might leave marks if you leave it up for a long time.)

For the *finishing touch* (lol), I added a cozy throw blanket onto my bed!

And that’s it! AHH I’M SO EXCITED THAT IT’S CHRISTMAS. I’m actually filming the Nutcracker the day this post will go up, so I’ll get around to y’alls comments as soon as I can. 😉 I hope you enjoyed seeing how I decorated my room, and hopefully it inspired you to be productive or clean and decorate, too! Merry Christmas & have a great day, daydreamers!

Do you decorate your room for Christmas, or do you want to? Have you ever had a mini tree? How do you like to “set the mood” for Christmas?

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