Monday, December 15, 2014

Life now-updates

Hi everyone, 
First and foremost I wanted to say that I apologize for the depressing nature of my last post. I am a human being, just as all of you are, and my life is not perfect. There are very stressful times and emotions that are sometimes best when expressed in writing. I hope that you all understand this and that no one was offended by my last post, although this is my own personal show here and I am simply being myself. 

Life these days is crazy busy. Here is what I am up to in the next few weeks. 

This week, I have finals in all seven of my classes and then I will be off school for two weeks and one day. During this break, my wisdom teeth will be removed, a relative from the other side of the world will be living in my house, and much sleep will be done. 

I am planning to start a regular blogging schedule and am working on some new ideas for such posts. 

I ordered many lovely things over the weekend, so those will be shown in 1-3 posts in the coming two weeks. Some of the things I purchased are going to be gifted to my friends, so I will not be posting those until after Christmas has occurred. 

I was accepted to college over Thanksgiving break! Whoop Whoop!! 

I have discovered a new app that allows you to print images from Instagram and your phone library (linked below). I used this already and I am so excited to see how everything comes out. I will do a review of a few apps also in the next few weeks. 

I cannot believe that January and the New Year will be here in a matter of weeks, time is simply flying buy. 

One more semester until I am no longer a high school student (can I get a HALLELUJAH?). 

I recently purchased a new camera that I am loving and plan to get out and about to take some shots that I can share with you all. 

Along my journey the past few years, becoming completely vegetarian and transforming my body into a more natural thing, I have had many difficulties, but I am finally reaching a climax in my process. I have almost entirely cut all un-natural foods out of my diet, my skincare routine is 100% natural, and I have recently begun a routine exercise plan (I will make a post about this also because there is so much to share that I think could benefit you all). 

I have also been thinking deeply about who I have been associating with and the people that I surround myself with and relating this to how I have been feeling the last few months. This has really allowed me to develop a more positive perspective on life and everything that happens to me and the people that I love. I have realized that feeling depressed and sad is something that you force on yourself. Even if you have experienced a continuous stream of horrible, painful things, you should overcome all of this negativity and be strong, do what you love, and allow yourself to live happily because you deserve it. I believe strongly that you should grieve and be sad when the time is right, but do not allow these negative emotions to overcome your life. Change who you are surrounded by and you will be incredibly amazed at the transformation and joy it will bring to your life. 

Finally, I started (yesterday) on a biblical journey. I have committed 100% to reading a portion of the bible every day and I am working on a plan, which will allow me to complete the entire bible in one year. I have tried this three or four times in the past now and every time it has failed, so I just decided that I am going to do it, no excuses. We shall talk about these things in time. 

I wish you all very well, good luck and safe travels in shopping for holiday gifts, whatever holiday you may be celebrating, may you come up with incredibly creative things to make for your loved ones. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I shall see you in a day or so. 

Katie 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday thoughts.

Do any of you ever feel like maybe you don't belong here? Perhaps you were supposed to be born at a different time, or maybe a different place. Maybe you feel that you were put where you are because you were made to do something incredible with the people and the places around you. Have you ever thought that you simply don't fit in, like you are the one person in a whole town that thinks differently...that sees the world differently? Well, I am here to let you know that you are in luck, and you are definitely not alone. 

For those of you who just read that and thought something along the lines of, "Oh gross, this is another one of those brats complaining about how she has faced problems in her life." I can assure you, you're wrong. This is about living and finding yourself in a world that has created something of a mold that is very difficult to fit into. 

No, I am not going to rant about when I was a little kid, all of these things happened to me and they enabled me to become who I am now. I simply have a few thoughts I feel need to be shared with whomever decides to stumble upon this. 

Life in 2014 is an incredible thing. Everyone is worried about what everyone else thinks of them, but ask anyone and they will confidently assure you that they have never worried about other's opinions of them (but why did you buy that $400 bag you might ask them... gee, I wonder). I try to persuade myself into thinking that it doesn't matter what everyone else thinks of me, and that I should focus on what I want and what I am interested in, but what am I interested in? We all spend our lives surrounded by media, in all forms, that sends flaming messages to each of us about who we are, and then tells us to "discover ourselves." What the heck does that even mean? 

Who am I? Who are you? Why am I talking to you? I have no idea. You have no idea. Okay, now that we have settled this, let's forget it ever happened. We make friends based on the clothing we wear, the music we like to listen to, and the food we enjoy eating (or not eating), among with a multitude of other things. We shop for things to fill our closets based on the hottest things we have seen on models, in magazines, and what our icons have been sporting around town. 

Why is it that very few people find it fun to spend time in Target and buy whatever makes them feel comfortable? Why is it that a limited number of people in my peer group (teenagers) are comfortable telling their friends no when they don't want to go to that wild party, or when they want to stay in class and try to learn something, or when they actually want to try and work instead of relying on their parents for money or worse, stealing the things they want. Personally, I would feel so much guilt if I did any of those things, I would break down. How can people live with themselves knowing that everything good that they have has come from the hard work of at least one other person and they have simple leeched from that person?

Here is what I have to say. Don't form your opinions based on what your BFFL has posted on Facebook. Use your own brain and think before you shoot your first thoughts out onto the internet (or when you spit things out in person) because they will always be there. If you feel like you don't fit in, walk around a bit and try to find another person who seems like they are in the same situation. Go sit at the table where one kid is sitting all alone and talk to that person. Forget about all of those people you know are judging everything that you do now, because it does not matter. In a week, or a year, or 5 years, nothing you are judged on now is going to be important. Anyone who is selfish enough to judge everything you do is most likely going through something personal and they have no other way to relieve their stress, so blow it off. Let your hair down to blow in the wind. Drive whatever car you want, and you can afford, and don't worry about what people will say about it. Wear the clothing that makes you feel happy and comfortable, especially if it has a personal touch. Spend time with the people who make you laugh, and who you have fun with because that is how you live a full life. Do things that interest you because those who are the most interested and happy with the work they do are those who find success and a life-long dream fulfillment. 

You are you, and that is the only thing that matters. 

QVC order & Sephora randoms


I got an email a few weeks ago when this set was on QVC (a television program that sells amazing things at a discounted price) so I had to pounce on the opportunity. I know the price seems high to people who don't know much about makeup (this kit was $65), but the price is incredible in my eyes because one of the blushes individually is $36.  Since there was so much in this kit, my mom and I split it up based on what we needed. (Above is one of the mascaras-my favorite!!) 


Here are the lipsurgence gloss on the left and one of the cremes on the right. 
Inside the kit are two eyeshadow palettes (16 different colors), three eyeliners, two mascaras, two lipsurgence lip cremes, one lipsurgence lip gloss, and two blushes. The best part is all of this individually would be around $300. 


Here is the eyeshadow palette I got in our trade. I love the packaging of these so much! I always am reluctant to use my Tarte products because the packages are so pretty. The best thing about this is you can always re-use the empty product as artwork around your home since they are so gorgeous. 


Here is the aerial view of this eyeshadow palette. I really love how they include matte and shimmery shades, as well as light, medium, and dark shades so you really can create any look with this palette. The organization as well is something that I find very flattering. All of the nude shades are on the right side, and all of the pink and purple shades are on the left. 


Here is a close up of the bottom two shades: (left-right) show plum love, and wind down brown

this is the right side closer look: (left-right) the golden shade is dare to be gold, and the beige is just malt away 


Here are the shades on the top: (left-right) taupe of the world, and pinky promise 


Here are the last two shades (left-right): the darker pink is you look mauveless and the lighter pink is pampered pink 



A few months ago, I got a tiny sample of the NEST Fragrance in White Sandalwood and it smelled so delicious, I simply had to try out some more of their scents. I found this little sample kit from Sephora and I have begun my sampling. NEST is the first and only perfume brand I have found that makes scents that last the entire day. I have always had to reapply my perfume many times throughout the day, but I can use one mist of this at 6 in the morning and it is still going strong at 7 at night. Perfume, for me, is very important and delicate. Every scent smells differently on every person's body, and I always feel incredibly clean when I smell good (which I try to do all the time), so having the right scent is an important part of my confidence. 

This first scent is PARADISE, a very citrus based, light, refreshing fragrance. It has blood orange, white ginger, cedarwood, and watery nuances. I would recommend this scent to anyone who needs something uplifting that will keep you alert throughout the day. It smells like someone has just cut into a juicy orange with a wooden spoon and the scents combined with the ocean to jolt you awake. 


Here is the second, INDIGO. I have to say, I think this is the one that I am going to purchase a gigantic bottle of. This, to me, smells like home. It smells like sweet fruits and ocean waves with a lovely breeze. This scent contains moroccan tea, kashmir wood, black cardamom, wild fig, and bergamot. My grandmother had a giant fig tree at her house and even though I was too afraid to pick the figs (because giant bees like to hang out inside of the trees), I have always loved how they smell and taste. Also, blue is my favorite color and this scent captures that color as well as all of my favorite scents. 


Here is the scent that started it all, WHITE SANDALWOOD. This is made with creamy almond, white musk, and exotic spices. I think the ingredients in this perfume tell you exactly how it will smell. It is a very spicy, rich, and sweet scent that is strong enough to leave people saying, "Wow, that smells incredible," but it is not so spicy that it tickles your nose. 


Here is the fourth, DAHLIA & VINES. This contains daffodils, peony, rose, and garden vines. At first, this comes across with a bit of a chemical cleaning fluid scent, but give it a minute and you are transformed into a beautiful flower garden in the middle a grassy field. The flowery tones in this perfume are so incredible and real, I have no idea just how NEST was able to make this so alive. It smells like you have just stuck your nose into a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers. If you love floral scents, this is the one for you. 


The last scent is MIDNIGHT FLEUR. I have to say, this is not my personal favorite, but I am sure many people would love it. The scent is incredible, I am simply not a fan of this one. It is made with exotic woods, patchouli, black amber, jasmine, and vanilla orchid. If you are a person who goes to parties a lot, or is in darker environments, such as high-scale restaurants, frequently, I recommend this for you. It smells like a perfect combination of woodsy and flowers, with a sweet hint of vanilla and a very sensual after tone. 


Along with creating the most incredible perfumes I have ever smelled, NEST also has beautiful packaging. (Have you noticed, I am really into things that come in pretty packages) Here is one last photograph for your admiration. 



Here is the Kate Somerville Exfolikate exfoliating treatment
I honestly don't know anything about this, other than the fact that it is apparently a very good exfoliator. Considering the price and the amount of times Kate uses her name on this product, it must be reliable! I got this free sample for my mom to try. 


I have to say, this product is incredible! I tried a free one-time-use sample a few months ago, but I was hesitant to buy the full sized bottle because it is somewhat pricey. However, I just went for it (I am not purchasing anything that is not a necessity from this moment on) I have used this mask 3 times already. It seems like a waste of money, but the bottle is really full, and you only need a tiny dab on the end of your finger for your entire face. You dampen your face, gently massage this all over (avoiding the eye area) and then let it sit for 5-10 minutes, or until your face feels really dry. Then you gently wash it off with warm water. I have to say, my skin has gotten a lot softer and the dirt in my pores has started to go away. One thing for anyone who is planning to get and use this mask, do not be alarmed at first. This mask works, so it really will pull all of the toxins and dirt out of your pores (it has a high clay content, which detoxifies) so your skin will seem to get worse before it gets better. Get this mask! It is incredible. 



Here is a free sample of Pharrell Williams' new perfume/cologne called Girl.  I really have no interest in this, I just saw it on the tiny free sample list and I was curious to see what it smelled like, so here it is. I don't think I love this scent, but it is nice. I have been using it as an air freshener...shh, don't tell. It smells like a bunch of spicy flowers in the middle of the woods, that is the best way I can describe it. 



Here is another sample I got for my mom, the Soap & Glory sugar crush body buttercream. I heard a lot of good things about this from a few Youtubers that I follow, and I thought my mom might like it. It smells like really sugary, sweet, candy and flowers. I have to say, I used this on my hands (which I now regret) and it moisturized very well and soaked in very quickly. I regret this because I cannot stand the way this smells. I know many people love the way this smells, but to me, it smelled like rotten candy with some old milk thrown on top of it. But, I think it does the job well and if you don't mind using chemical products on your body and you are into really sweet scents, this is the one for you! 


Yes, I got another perfume sample. What is my issue, you may ask, I think my room must have smelled bizarre or something odd was happening in my brain at the time I made this online order, because I got way too many perfumes....I don't even wear perfume (air freshener time I guess). This one is Clean Rain . I really like this scent because it smells like fresh laundry. If you are someone who is really into fresh, crisp scents, go to a sephora store or online here and check out some of this brand's products. They have an entire range of products in every scent, so you can get the matching lotion and body wash for your perfume, just so you aren't mixing a bunch of crazy scents all the time. 

Well, I guess now I have a multitude of incredible smelling products to drizzle on my kleenex and fill my room with scents. I hope you all have enjoyed this. Feel free to comment below with any questions you may have, I would love to answer them! 

KATIE 



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reflection on equality

Hi there beautiful people, 
I stumbled upon these incredible videos on Youtube, and I recommend anyone and everyone watch at least one of them. I have seen eight or nine of them and I want to watch them all. I am sure plenty of you just clicked on that link and are now thinking something along the lines of, "Oh God, she's another feminist." I am not a feminist, nor am I a massive supporter for male equality, I just generally believe everything in this world, the 21st century, is judged so harshly. Social media dictates how everyone should look, the clothing we should all wear, that we should all be super skinny, covered in layers of makeup, edited, photoshopped, and changed and criticized to the point that we are no longer us, and we have become what the media wants us to be. 
Somehow, media publicizes that everyone is equal and should not be judged, and then the same people turn around and tell everyone that you are a freak if you aren't the right body size and shape, if your hair is too different, if you don't wear the most "fashionable" clothing, and an overwhelming multitude of other ridiculous things. How in the world are we supposed to raise children in a world in which we encourage everyone to be an individual by conforming to societally acceptable standards?
I simply don't understand how, or why, people find it okay to create a
standard of excellence, or intelligence, or beauty in a world that everyone, who is not completely and utterly ignorant, is aware that no two people are exactly the same. Why not judge everyone based on personal achievement and development and skill instead of judging each individual on the basis of what other people, that may be similar in some way, have accomplished.
I find that it is going to be incredibly difficult for anyone in this 21st century to overcome
challenges and create any sort of real, massive change with incredible impact until everyone, or at least a large chunk of the population, starts to act out for what they believe in. People need to stand up and really push their beliefs and what they care about and put into action all of the beautiful, poetic words that are created.
We always say,"Be the change you want to see in the world," but only an insignificant amount of the population does this.
If it makes you sick to understand where meat comes from and how these animals are raised and killed, stop eating this meat and tell everyone about it. If you love plants and you want to make your own garden, do it. If you think you are super weird because you don't have many friends like yourself (especially if you are at a young age, or a teenager) do not worry, I promise you that there are many other people in the world who are very similar to you. You have just got to put that book down for one minute and go try and find some of them, but certainly pick the book back up once you return home. If you want to be better to the environment, drive less, walk more, carpool, plant trees, protest (kindly) when people try and destroy the environment.
This era of technology has enabled so much productivity and such a fast-paced world, we often forget to stop and slow down sometimes and simply go outside for a walk and appreciate the place where we truly live. Sure, creating your own ideal world in the internet is fabulous, but it is fake and we honestly live in a magnificently beautiful place that is being destroyed because our culture has raised human beings who are too afraid to actually speak, outloud, what they feel and think, and instead only know how to communicate it through the internet (I am sure this is somewhat hypocritical, but stick with me on this).
Simply turn off your electronics for 10 minutes, or an hour, or a day, or a week, and see how you feel then. I am sure you will learn more about yourself, about the world, and about everything around you. You may even realize that there really is no being created on this Earth that is a higher power, there is no human being that deserves something that others do not. Every person can speak his or her her or his mind (You see I just typed that and his came before her, then I changed it to the opposite. Society has taught us to do this also, always placing the masculine before the feminine.) and should be able to do such without being criticized by others, at a later time, who also just so happen to be speaking their own minds.
Be yourself, always, never let anyone or anything try and change that because at the end of the day, you are really the only thing you can count on (even though most people have something else they count on, which is super awesome). Try this for one day. Shut off your electronics. Go for a long walk. Walk to your local plant nursery, spend $2 on a packet of seeds, plant them somewhere that you can tend to, and watch magic happen before your very eyes.
Life is an incredibly fragile thing, go out there and embrace the crap out of it.
-Katie 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Recipies: Chocolate & PB no-bake cookies

Hey lovely people, 
I have to admit, these really are not anything to call healthy. My diet is a very healthy thing, but sometimes making a sweet treat is just what a person needs. I love that you do not have to heat up the house by using the oven for this recipe, and it only takes about ten minutes total to prepare, cook, and clean up this recipe. Let's get started! 

Ingredients: cocoa powder, fat free milk, sugar (I used white sugar in this recipe, which I never do, but it was the only sugar we had around the house.), one stick of butter, vanilla extract, uncooked plain oats, and peanut butter. 


Place 2 cups of sugar, one stick of butter, 1/2 cup of milk, and 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder into a medium-size saucepan. It works best if you leave your butter on the counter for an hour before making this recipe, so the butter is soft and can melt quickly. Once you get all of these bits into the pan, stir them together with a wooden spoon, and wait. 
The sugar will begin to melt and turn a more liquid consistency. When this happens, all of the ingredients begin to mix together and the mix will begin to bubble. Slowly stir this for 3-4 minutes, or until it looks well combined and is bubbling. 


After you get those ingredients into the pan and you are waiting for them to get warm, you can throw these parts into a big mixing bowl. Place 3 cups oats, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup peanut butter into a large mixing bowl. I recommend that you use some sort of ceramic bowl, or another heat-resistant bowl. I use metal just because we have giant metal mixing bowls, but you are going to have to mix everything together when the liquids are very hot, and if you (or someone else) accidentally touch the bowl, it is very painful. 


This is what the liquid mixture should look like right when it is finishing up. Once you reach this point, you need to remove the pan from the heat, turn the heat off, and remove your wooden spoon from the liquid. Take this mixture and pour it on top of the dry ingredients. 


Stir everything together until all of the oats have been coated with the liquids, and the peanut butter has been evenly incorporated into the mix. Once you do this, you need a teaspoon, or a larger spoon depending on the size of cookie you would like to produce. This works best when the mixture is still rather hot, or at least very warm, so work quickly. 


Lay 3-4 pieces of parchment paper, wax paper, or tin foil on the counter, Use your spoon of the preferred size to spoon the amount out onto your surface. You can use two spoons and push the batter down onto the counter, or you can just use one of your (clean) fingers. After this, just let your cookies cool down for about 20-30 minutes. Once they are ready to be eaten, you should be able to pick one up and it should feel solid and cooled off. 


Here is the final product. I hope you all enjoyed this recipe. Leave a comment below and feel free to send me pictures of your creations! 



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Feeling Pensive and reflective

Hello beautiful people, 
the past few months of my life have been a wild roller coaster of madness. I have experienced so very many things I never thought a person my age should have to experience, but I have. My family members have always said I act much too mature for my age. To steal a quote from my mother, "You're like a 70 year-old woman!" I just so happen to seem to be stuck in the body of a 17 year-old. coming across such experiences have been an incredible learning experience and really enabled me to find myself and develop my person a lot within the past year. 
I began my senior year of high school two months ago, bringing yet another segment of my life to a close. Although every day, I am counting down the days until graduation in May and always getting more excited, it is sad to think that I will be leaving. I will leave grade school. I will leave behind my house. I will leave my parents and the family that I have always been with. I will leave behind friends and inspiring teachers who slowly coaxed my very shy exterior to open up to the craziness outrageousness that lives on the inside. 
Of course, public education in the very organized, uncorrupt county in which I live has just been absolute hell a walk in the park, but I cannot wait to be rid of it. There comes a point in the high school career in which the immature are very clearly separated from the mature (and the old folks, in my case). At this time, the students who are immature begin to post "selfies" all across the internet exclaiming just how much they will miss high school, "OMG have to graduate #growingup!" Following these "selfies," the public exclamations of sadness and desperation begin. (At this point, people in my situation double over in laughter.) We could be sitting in a classroom of 36 students, mid-discussion when all of a sudden, "UUUUUGHHHH I don't wanna LEEAAVVVEE!" is shouted through the heavens-only-knows-what material squares of a ceiling and projected into the hallways and bounced off the concrete walls and through the single window on that level and up into the administration office. By now, the "Nazi" administrators send a call on the landline to the classroom in which this noise was reported to originate, encouraging the yelling between two supposedly fully grown adults and the eventual waste-of-time, what-was-the-point-of-that ending. 
After you discover all of the people who fit under this category, you can now pick out the ones like me, who have been ready to leave high school since 8th grade (for those of you who don't know, we start high school in 9th grade where I live). We are considered the mature group, the students who: do college research for homework; are involved in so many extra curricular activities, we are the last ones to leave school on a daily basis (which is ironic if you think about it because we want nothing more than to leave); know what our homework will be for an entire week, so we do it all Monday night and study for the remainder of the week; and walk all the way around the outside of a building at school simply to avoid the massive conglomeration of underclassmen in the one hallway intersection in which you are guaranteed to hear talk of drugs, sex, and be cursed at at least twice. 
This is the point in life in which the "well-rounded" swim out of the lane, leaving the children behind. You had all swim a bit faster and catch up, because we're swimming quickly and there is no current in this swimming pool. Life is such an incredibly short thing, even though every day seems to drag on forever. 
Meet me back here soon for a continuation of this lovely conversation. I wish you all the best and have a jolly good evening! Adios!

P.S.- Come back tomorrow for a delicious recipe! 

Product feature: Tarte green eyeliner

Hiya there, 
most days I wake up and I don't put on any makeup, or I just curl my eyelashes so I look a bit more awake. Some days, you wake up and you just feel like doing something crazy and free and different with your makeup. That day happened for me this past weekend, so I'm sharing it with you now. 
I really LOVE finding awesome products that make my eyes stand out. Having brown eyes can be a bit drab sometimes, but my eyes actually have some super cool blue and green color in them that comes out in the sunlight, or when I have the right makeup and clothing on. 
I got this super awesome green eyeliner from Tarte a while ago, and it has been linked in a previous post. I just really really love this color! 


I was feeling extra, super fancy so I not only put on green eyeliner, I gave it a little dash of a wing. Jazz it up sometimes, who cares? I think it's so interesting to see how something so simple can make your eyes look so different! 


The eyeliner I purchased is called "azurite green," but it has been re-named online to the name "emerald." It is the same color. 


I love the formulation of these eyeliners! It is so creamy and smooth and you can blend it out easily if desired! I would recommend any and all of the colors this eyeliner comes in. I am going for this nice purple color next! 


Here's my face to say goodbye! I hope y'all enjoyed! I wish you all an awesome remainder of the week and I hope to see you relaxing over the weekend! See you soon. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

First adventures in planting

Hello Beauties, 
I decided this weekend was the perfect time for me to finally begin my own gardening adventures. I started propagating a few grapefruit seeds about a month ago, and they are growing very well thus far. I added a few more little bits to my growing for now. 
Depending on how well these little guys grow and turn out, I may or may not plant anything else until the beginning of this next spring- I live in Georgia and our weather is tremendously bipolar and bizarre. It usually does not get very cold here until late January and then it gets warm again in February, and then the temperature rapidly plummets in a week or so and in March, it snows. Hopefully, the weirdness of our weather will follow it's somewhat regular schedule (ironic right?) and it will be warm enough for me to plant again-outside-by early April. 
Anyway, I got two very different plants to start growing. I got poppy flowers, and beet roots. Now I really wanted to test my abilities and things, so I got seeds, I did not get already sprouted plants. Exciting, right? Keep on reading if you want to see how everything is going so far. 
I am currently growing all of my plants indoors, in these little greenhouses. I have two trays of beets (24 plants) and one tray of flowers (12 plants). Each of these has many, many seeds inside so they will all grow a lot of plants. I know all of these so called "plant experts" say that you shouldn't grow poppy flowers or beets inside, but you know what, I don't much care. These plant experts don't live in suburban Atlanta, they just don't get it. 


I am just keeping my fingers crossed, treating these little plants like my little tiny children, and hoping they will let me let them grow indoors for now. 
I got these little individual greenhouse trays at my local Pike's Nursery for $3.99. I am sure most all nurseries will have something similar, so I am not going to give you a specific link. When you buy these, they have a plastic lid and a cardboard wrapper in the middle with instructions on it. At first, you may be very confused and think, how will this work, because it looks like you are purchasing an empty tray with a few little coins in it. Each of these peat rounds is originally a dehydrated, tiny disc. You simply fill the plastic container with water, and wait. The rounds are going to pop up and move around at first, but don't try and shove them all back into their slots. Walk away and get something else done for about five minutes, come back and they will all be almost completely expanded. Now, you can pick each one up and position it hole-up in the slots. 
After all of the water has been absorbed, or at the point at which you feel they are wet enough, you can now use your fingers and make a hole about one inch deep in the center. 


Now, place a few seeds in this hole, and then cover it up with the soil that is now around the edges. 


Here are my beet seeds all sitting there. 


After you finish all of them, you can use your finger to press each round flat on the top. 


Here is the finished product, now you just sit and wait. After you are finished and you are happy with the amount of moisture in the greenhouse-you can add in a little bit if you think you need it- replace the plastic lid on the top. These lids are made to sit very loosely, so don't pick the container up by the lid. 


Here is my final set up in front of the window.....on a tv tray. It's green...haha, get it? 


Now, we wait. 


This is the brand of beet seeds I purchased. They are USDA organic and claimed to turn out to look like peppermints on the inside. I am excited to see if this is true! Also, does anyone else love beet seeds? I think they are just the cutest thing. They look like little tiny explosions. 


Here are the poppy flowers I got. These grow really well in georgia, also they grow in all sorts of crazy, different colors, and they smell delicious. I am very excited to see how these turn out. I had a million seeds, so I only used a few of them that I am going to try and grow indoors, and I am going to plant the rest of them outside after the last frost...which should be safe to say is around the beginning of March this year. 


Here are the little decomposable cups my grapefruits are growing in right now. I have placed each one inside of a plastic baggy, so bugs will not get into them, and also so the water content will not seep everywhere. These are awesome because they absorb water, so the entire plant is moist, also they allow the roots of the plant to burst through when the plant is big enough, so I can simply transfer these into a bigger pot when the sprouts are ready. I like this a lot because it allows me to avoid having to damage and stress my plants because they can stay in this container instead of having to be tugged out. 

Well I hope you all enjoyed. Please comment below with any questions. Have an awesome week! 



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quick links for the week!

Hi there beauties, 
I am very busy this week, per usual, but I thought I would share a few little links with you all that I love and that bring a bit of happiness and extra smiles into my busy weeks. I hope they lighten your moods and bring a smile to your faces. Enjoy! 

This blog is run by a very close friend of my aunt. My aunt actually shared this post with me. Be warned, it is hilarious. My aunt and the creator of this blog are both artists and they do shows together. Here is a link to their art Facebook page they do together. 

I have really been loving the reality and simplicity of people's lives lately, and Zoella brings a ton of happiness and laughter always. Here is a link to one of her hilarious videos I just recently watched. 

Zoella's boyfriend, also a Youtuber, is just as hilarious, and they have been making collaborations which just make me fall over laughing. Here is my favorite one from recently. 

I follow this blog through Bloglovin , and everything they do is incredible. I love love the natural everything and the sheer simplicity of this blog. 

Finally, I really enjoy looking at all of the DIY projects from this blog. I pin most of these on my Pinterest account (link is in the sidebar) so I can reference them in the future. 

I wish you all very well, I hope you enjoy these links, and have an incredible remainder of the week! 

-Katie 



Monday, September 8, 2014

Favorite chapstick, and Which foundation sponge works best?

I love this chapstick. This is the one I always use and I've tried other brands, but returned to this one each time. I ran into the drugstore on my way home this afternoon and I saw this massive four pack, so i got it. I'm just excited because this is going to last a long long time. I really recommend this to everyone. The formula is natural and so smooth and it has a fresh peppermint flavor and scent that leaves your lips tingling. 

Here is the cosmetic sponge before adding water. 

Here is the cosmetic sponge after adding water and squeezing it out. 

Here is the Beauty Blender before adding water. 

Here is the Beauty Blender after adding water and squeezing it out. 


From your point of view, I used the Beauty Blender on the left half of my face and the cosmetic sponge on the right side. I have to say, the Beauty Blender really does work wonders. You can't tell as well in this picture, but the cosmetic sponge really absorbed the water in a strange way, making it absorb my foundation, so it did not apply very well. I have to say, I think the $20 Beauty Blender is actually worth it. I love this little thing. So in the end, i do recommend the fancy, expensive sponge. Have fun with it, go splurge a bit, I hope you'll enjoy it. 
-Katie