I Met An Online Friend And It Wasn’t Creepy + Niagara Falls Travel

This accidentally got posted on Tuesday, but I was busy and had forgotten to fill it in (AWKWARD) so now it’s the legit post! Sorry, about that! Now on to the actual post.

Homeschooling and online friends

Often with homeschooling, people are concerned about socializing and how it is done when kids are not in a traditional school. (you can read my post where I talk more about socializing here!) Just because it’s not the traditional way doesn’t mean we don’t make friends. We make friends everywhere from homeschool groups to communities classes, one just has to be creative.

A big source of friendships for me has been online. It allows for a broad range of friends and people around the world who you can interact with at any time (or not interact with if you don’t feel like it!) as opposed to if they were friends from school who you would just see during school hours or when you hang out after. This is good for homeschoolers, too, since they can interact during the day. I will definitely talk more about online friendships in the future, but for now, this is on meeting one of my close friends for the first time!

How we met online and meeting IRL

We met each other in 2016 (I think??) on a game and the first day she invited me to join in on a Skype call with a few others from the game to chat while we played. A little while later I created a group of a bunch of people that I liked and wanted to get to know better and since then we’ve had many calls where we do things like try to recreate makeup looks, watch movies (usually Disney Channel classics that I haven’t seen because I failed at Disney Channel watching besides Phineas and Ferb), cook or sometimes just talk. From calling and the amount of time spent together we had gotten to know each other for awhile before the meeting, just needed to get that in so it doesn’t sound too creepy. We found out we didn’t live too far away from each other and decided we would plan a trip to Niagara Falls together on my birthday!

  Niagara Falls has an amusement park where for a pretty good price (about $30) you get tickets to 6 attractions, which were a lot of fun. It’s a good idea to have something to do when meeting so it doesn’t become too boring or awkward, plus it’s in a public area for safety.

We found each other and took pictures right away and got some food before starting with the attractions. It would seem like meeting someone for the first time in person after years of knowing each other would be weird, but it felt pretty normal besides that fact that we were in an amusement park.

The first attraction we did was the Movieland Wax Museum, quite creepy to be honest, but fun to take pictures with all of the celebrities. There was a haunted hallway (I’m not actually sure what it was but it was like a haunted house as part of the museum) that we walked through and I was absolutely terrified and screamed like crazy when there was a loud noise. We tried to get out fast. Next was Ghost Blasters which was built into The Great Canadian Midway. It sort of reminded me of the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disneyworld only in 3D. I did not win at that and also jumped at anything that was coming towards me in 3D. I have the best of nerves. After that, we rode the Wild West Coaster, which is a 3D movie in special chairs that make it feel like a roller coaster. With the Fun Pass, you get arcade tickets so we played there and won 2 matching bracelets (which we both ended up losing).

There is a giant Ferris wheel over the falls also included in the pass. It provides good photo opportunities of The Falls.

Next on the pass was glow in the dark mini golf which was very fun and a 6D zombie ride similar to the coaster but with lasers shooting the zombies. After we had finished the pass we walked down to the falls then got tea before heading off. All in all a very fun and memorable birthday.

Have you met any online friends before? Have you been to Niagara Falls before?

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Realistic Dream House

I love Pinterest and I’m probably very addicted to it. One of my favourite boards is my house one where I have been saving photos and creating an imaginary dream home that is hopefully not too crazy and more realistic.

 

Imaginary home tour

Navy blue, shaker style, little houses that look a bit like cottages are my favourite. With a nice big front porch to sit outside on. This colourful porch is a favourite of mine and fairy lights should be added everywhere possible. The more fairy lights the better!

Overgrown gardens filled with roses and hydrangeas remind me of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit, maybe because they’re called English Country Gardens. It gives the place a whimsical feel and since it’s pretty wild there won’t be a lot of gardening work to do! Purple and pink window boxes also add more colour to the house and make it very lush.

I wasn’t aware that I had a very specific door in mind but this is what I keep pinning so this must be the door I like. A brightly painted door to go with the navy exterior and tie in some of the colours in the garden. And it maybe opens up half-way, but wouldn’t it just let in bugs since no one seems to put screens on those types of doors? The details of the house need to be worked out.

A navy blue kitchen to tie in the colour of the exterior and keep the house bright and colourful, with white upper cabinets or open shelves. White subway tile and white or butcher block counters to keep things simple. I haven’t found an eating area or dining room that I love yet but these are close, a few pops of colour with white walls and everything bright.

Some things I know very specifically what I like and others not at all. Living rooms are a good example, I like the white walls with accents from furniture and things to make the style easy to change, simple and personal. For powder rooms, I like round mirrors to contrast the harsh lines of the vanity and the rest of the bathroom and slightly crazy patterned black and white tile, since it’s not a lot of flooring might as well have fun with it.

The whole house appears to be very navy coloured, it’s perfect for bedrooms since it’s a very calm and peaceful colour.

Lots more subway tile! Again lots of colour, fun tile when there’s not a lot needed, and everything else very clean and simple. And clawfoot tubs, of course, since they’re just very cool.

My newest addition to the dream house is a home gym, heated and cooled separately so it could be kept very warm for hot yoga or cold for heavy cardio. And an overgrown backyard with lots of fairy lights!

 

Follow my home board here! Do you have a realistic dream home? What are some of your favourite home styles?

 

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Fall Bucket List 2017

Fall!

It’s almost fall! Or it already is, but right now it is pretty warm here and I’m in a fall-ish mood so it’s time for an autumn post.

 

A Million reasons to love fall

Fall is probably my favourite season, I may have gotten my love for fall from reading Anne Of Green Gables and it making me truly appreciate how pretty fall is. The world quiets down for a nap through winter, trees turn beautiful colours, the weather cools down, food gets warmer and heavily spiced, drinks hotter, houses cozier. I can’t let fall go by without taking full advantage of it!

 

Bucket list

Pinterest is the best place in the fall, with spicy recipes and pictures of cozy cats by the fire, so it inspired me to make a fall bucket list of all the things I would like to do to really have a good autumn!

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I will keep the blog and my Instagram updated with posts of doing things off of the list, so keep watch for them all season!

 

What are your favourite things about fall?

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’40s Fever

The fashion of the 1940s and ’50s has always fascinated me with its puffy skirts and bold red lipstick. I attempted to time travel through makeup and recreate a Marilyn Monroe-esque look.

 

Quick ’40s makeup history

Makeup had become pretty mainstream and acceptable since the 1920s and had to be more practical since lots of women were working in the war effort and didn’t have time to spend doing elaborate makeup. Eyes were kept more neutral, with the lid highlighted slightly and the crease darkened a bit with beige or light brown shadows. Eyebrows were more towards natural brows after the pencil thin, kind of scary, 1930’s brows. But, they were darkened with pencil and heavily arched. Bright lip colours were encouraged to keep morale up during the war. Younger women wore bright and brilliant reds. Pinks or corals were popular natural options. The look that is now mostly associated with vintage makeup is bolder than the everyday look of the 1940s but, still follows the style from then.

 

How I did this look

I wasn’t planning on doing a post for this since I hadn’t tried to do vintage makeup before and I wasn’t sure how well it was going to turn out, so I didn’t get any pictures of the of applying the makeup. Just products will have to do for now!

 

Skin

Foundation had recently become easily available in the 40s making flawless skin popular. Powder was worn in a light shade to make the face paler than usual. The first step I did, was applying a green concealer to any red spots or pimples. Green contrasts the red colour. I used Maybelline Coverstick Concealer. Then I covered my whole face in foundation. The one I use is old and the label fell off so I’m not too sure what it is and as I’m writing this I just remembered that they say you should throw makeup away after awhile. Oops! It appears to be a Rimmel London foundation. After foundation, I used Rimmel London Hide The Blemish Concealer in 001 Ivory to cover pimples then Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer in fair under my eyes to cover dark circles. Bright blush was applied towards the ears on the cheek bones as opposed to on the apples of the cheeks like what’s common now. I used a combination of two colours from a NYX kit that I got on clearance. After blush, heavy powder is key to make sure everything is very matte. I used NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder.

 

 

Eyes and brows

I started by using a flat thin brush and lining my waterline and cover the lid with a pale shimmery shadow from a random pallet that I got as a gift once.

 

Then in the crease, I used a combination of several shadows from the above-mentioned NYX pallet to create just the right shade of brown. If you have blue or grey eyes, cool shades like grey or silver would be better for this step but since my eyes are green the brown brings the colouring out.

 

Leaving the under eye completely clear except a line of Maybelline Eyestudio in brown just 1/4 of the way to make the eye appear wider. On the top lid, I used an unidentifiable black liquid eyeliner to create a wing. Using the Maybelline eyeliner and a Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil in black I filled in my eyebrows making sure to arch them quite a bit. For the finishing touch, I used false eyelashes instead of mascara because I am obsessed with false eyelashes!

 

Lips

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Lips were so important in the 1940s. Women were encouraged to kiss letters they were sending to soldiers, leaving lipstick prints, to keep morale up. Tutorials in magazines suggested using lipliner to overline your lips and make them look fuller. I used NYC Lipstick in 432 Red Rapture. It’s darker than fire engine red but I think this is a more flattering colour on me.

 

 

Finished look

 

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Let me know what you thought about the makeup tutorial! Should I do more? And what decade is your favourite for style?

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Gluten-Free Muffin Experiments

I’ve been very gluten-free baking curious, often my stomach doesn’t like regular flour so I usually just avoid it but I had been craving muffins REALLY BADLY, so I decided to do some experiments with gluten-free muffin baking. Muffins are generally quite forgiving and you can not follow a basic recipe at all and they’ll still turn out pretty well.

 

The first try – testing flours.

Rice vs coconut

I, unfortunately, did not get any pictures of the first try because I was half awake while doing this. I had just woken up and decided that I needed muffins, looked up a recipe, then stumbled downstairs pre-caffeine to make these.

There was a bag of coconut flour and a bag of rice flour, I didn’t see many recipes with the rice flour and I hadn’t baked with coconut flour before so I decided to do a test mug muffin with both flours based off of this recipe for a coconut flour mug cupcake. Muffins are just cupcakes without icing.

Both of the test muffins were actually pretty awful because I didn’t put in vanilla or anything for flavouring, but it gave me a good idea of the flours. The rice flour muffin was almost gummy, I’m guessing the rice protein made it that way. It also seemed to require a lot more flour since it was very soupy, I then added another 2 tbsp of rice flour to that one. The coconut flour had an almost nutty taste to it. It was also pretty soupy but I later found out that coconut flour needs to sit with the wet ingredients for a bit to soak it in. Overall the coconut flour was much better.

 

Blueberry muffins

After deciding on the type of flour I was going to use I looked for some coconut flour recipes and found this one, which made quite a bit of muffins and gave an explanation on why there are so many eggs. Instead of 1/2 cup of coconut oil I used butter, which was probably too much butter, but they were really buttery and delicious.

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The batter was more like a dough, pretty crumbly and thick but they still turned out nice and fluffy.

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The texture was almost the same as regular flour muffins. All in all I really like them!!

 

 

Double chocolate muffins

Originally, I wanted to try to make these with black beans, but then I wasn’t sure if my brother would eat them then plus there were no black beans in the house, so that’ll have to be another experiment later!

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These I made from this recipe, which again, is for cupcakes. The muffin would be really great frosted actually, I might just do that.

I didn’t change anything from the recipe, the only thing I might change is try adding in some fat or apple sauce, or something because they’re a little dry. Or the frosting could help with that.

 

 

The best kind of experiments are baking ones.

 

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Hobby Hunting 

I talked about trying to find a hobby and things to do in my free time in my post on balance, here’s my hobby hunting adventure!
Hobby hunting is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I either don’t really care what I’m doing as long as I’m doing something, or I pretty much hate everything and nothing is enjoyable, there is no in between, so it’s a little hard to find enjoyable things. It’s also winter in Canada so outside isn’t really an option. I came across this awesome post by Lifestoned Adventures from Pinterest ( Pinterest is my main form of entertainment, right now )  and it was a great place to start to get ideas for possible hobbies! 
I sort of have a lot of hobbies or things I do but don’t actually do often or always forget about so I decided to make a list of things to do that I like and that make me happy, separating them like they are in the graph thingy above and laying it out like a Bullet Journal because I’m a little obsessed with those!

 

It’s still a work in progress but here’s what I have so far.


The little purple heart means that I find it a key to happiness or that it feels like it “heals” my soul, those things just make me feel good and the more I do them the better!




I was debating on adding in baking but that can be so dangerous with the number of brownies I would probably eat from it.

 

Finishing up a post always seems so awkward. Thanks for reading lol?

 

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365 Days Of Photos 2017

One of my 2017 goals is to take a photo for every day in the year, just for fun and to make me keep up photography and to help improve my photography skills. I went through Pinterest looking at different monthly photo challenges for prompts on what the pics will be of and these are my 12 favourites that I’ll be using for 2017. All the photos will be posted on my Instagram!

 

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None of the photos or challenges are mine, they were created by the accredited person on each image.