February Memories

Hey, guys! Happy March! The weather outside is beautiful and I’m so ready for Spring Break! February was full of fun adventures and memories. I can’t believe it all went by so quickly!

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February started off great with my birthday! I hosted a vision board party, hosting two things off of my goals list for this year. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my friends and family. Shout-out to my wonderful mother who created a huge meal of tiny sandwiches for my birthday lunch!

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A couple days later, I went to watch the play from my high school! It was a lot of fun and I saw a bunch of people that I know (shout-out to M, A, M, L, and H).

On the 11th, I headed over to the park with my sister to walk around and take pictures. It was so beautiful outside and it seemed that everyone was out enjoying the weather! The light reflecting off the water took my breath away. Plus, there were so many dogs – an extra bonus! ;)

Valentines Day came and went without a mishap. My sisters and I made breakfast in bed for my mom and we each got a little bouquet of flowers from our dad. On the 16th, I spent the day writing letters and making cards for my friends and family. And the next day, I went to my first college visit – very exciting.

Then came the big mountain trip! We spent three days in the cool weather with rivers and plenty of trees to sit by. (I even made a video about it. Watch it here.) I ended up spending a lot of time writing which was really fun for me. It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to let my dreams take shape in writing form. ;) Our short trip in the mountains was a fun one and I can’t wait to go back.

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February closed with lots of flowers; flowers in my friends’ hair, flowers in vases, flowers outside, flowers everywhere! I love how such little things like flowers can brighten up the world. :)

I also tried to continue the Photo A Day Challenge this month but then I missed a day. Still, I was able to take some really pretty pictures. Here are some of my favorites. :)

Other Things I Loved

Beautiful right? How was your February? Is the weather getting warmer where you are?

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250 Follower Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Hey, everyone! For those of you who have been following me for a while know that I promised a giveaway when I reached 250 followers. Well, I’m keeping that promise because I bought some awesome stuff for some awesome people!

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I’m so excited! I’ve been planning this since my last giveaway in May. Just like last time, there will be TWO winners.

What You Will Be Able To Win

As I mentioned above, there will be TWO winners. One will win the Dream Big lined notebook and the gold diamond washie tape. The other winner will receive the Christian quote lined notebook and the gold heart washie tape.

How To Enter and Rules

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The giveaway is open from January 28, 2017 to February 11, 2017. There are eight ways to enter with a total of 11 entry points. To enter, click here. Any questions? You can read all of the Terms and Conditions here or email me at happilyabi@gmail.com

I’m super excited about this giveaway and I’m sure ya’ll are too! I hope you have an amazing day! Good luck!

signi

Take a Look – In My Sketchbook

Art has always been a huge part of my life. When I was younger, playing outside wasn’t an option so instead, I looked to paper and pens for fun.

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My sketchbook is just a black spiral sketchbook. It is 7in by 10in with 80 thick sheets of acid-free paper.

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This is one of my favorite drawings. I drew it for my French teacher and then made another copy for myself.

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This drawing was inspired by a pin. I did not come up with the idea – I just thought it was cute and that I’d give it a try.

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My wonderful sister helped me with the details on this one. This was one of my first attempts at drawing hair. :) This also came from a pin.

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This is another one of my favorites. It was inspired by another picture. (I’m sorry I can’t link back to the originals.) I just changed the words on the dress/top. My sister helped me with this one as well.

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And that’s it! Which drawing was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you! :) Also, if you have any suggestions of what I should draw, let me know!

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15 FREE Printable Binder Inserts

Hey everyone! School is coming up and I’m excited as ever! Here are 15 printable binder inserts for FREE that would be perfect for school. :)

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Fun And Floral

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Happily Hope’s Cute Binder Covers – These are great because they have a white strip through the top of the printable where you can write the class subjects. There are ton of printables to choose from; just click the link –> (link)

Burlap and Blue’s State Wood Printables – I love these because there are some for every state. The wood background is gorgeous and the flowers are a great touch. (link)

A Joyful Riot’s Vintage Floral Bouquet – I love the background on this print. It’s available in mint green and fresh green. (link)

Diary Of Dave’s Wife’s Floral Watercolor Heart – I love florals (can’t you tell?) and this print is probably my favorite floral print. I love the detail and all of the colors. (link)

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is coming up. Make your mom feel special with these gift ideas :)

Gifts to Buy

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Hand and Body Lotion   •   Lightweight Scarf   •   A Cute Journal   •   Love You A Whole Latte / You’re My Cup Of Tea Mug   •   Candles   •   Long Distance Mom and Daughter Pillow Case

Gifts to Make

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Personalized Mugs   •   Mom Coupons   •   Tile Photo Coasters   •   Mason Jar Vases   •   Photo Candles   •   Photo Collages   •   Photo Planter

*note: None of the pictures on this post are mine. They belong to their original owner. :) *

 

 

Summer Bucket List

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Summer is just around the corner! 32 more school days for me. With summer break coming up so fast, I want to start planning so I don’t end up sitting around all summer, haha :) Here are some of the things on my Summer Bucket List.

  • Have a picnic
  • Make ice cream
  • Finish a project
  • Start a bullet journal
  • Host a guest post
  • Visit downtown to take pictures
  • Finish 25 crafts from Pinterest
  • Work on Blog Surprise!
  • Finish sewing project
  • Try stand up paddle boarding
  • Go camping
  • Write a song

What are you going to do this summer? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! :)

signi

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3 Last Minute Christmas Gifts

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Christmas is just around the corner and you still have people that you need to gift. Well, never fear because I have 3 last minute gift ideas that don’t take much time to make but are very cute and guaranteed to be awesome. ;)

 1. Sharpie Decorated Mugs

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I made and gave some mugs to my family last year. I used white mugs from Target. When I got home, I cut out the size of the letters that I wanted and taped it to the mug. I used Write Dudes Permanent Metallic Markers to dot around the “stencil”. When I finished drawing the way I liked it, I took off the paper stencil and baked the mug for 30 minutes in the oven at 350 F. When the 30 minutes were over, I let the mugs cool before I wrapped them. My family loved these mugs. *I suggest hand washing the mugs so that the color won’t come off. :) *

 2. Homemade Sugar Scrubs

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I mentioned this scrub before but I wanted to bring it up again because scrubs really do make great gifts. :) I followed the instructions on this pin to make the DIY Honey and Brown Sugar Scrub and loved it! If there are leftovers, you can save it in a jar in the fridge for a couple of days. I also made a peach scrub (pictured above) that worked great as well.

 3. Paintings

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This one is kind self-explanatory but for this painting, I used different shades of blue paint to paint the words Faith, Hope, and Love and painted them like this journal. I made this painting for multiple people and they all loved it. You can paint a picture or a quote, anything that reminds you of the person you are giving the gift to. I’m positive they will love it. :)

Did you try any of the ideas above? How did they turn out? What are you looking forward to most about Christmas? Let me know in the comments below. :)

signi

Cakes, Scavenger Hunts and Birthdays!

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Hey, everyone! I just had the most amazing day. Today was my sister’s birthday and I was on cake baking duty along with my other sister, E. After 5 long hours, lots of frosting making and fondant rolling, we finally finished.  

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And of course, it had to be pink because it’s her favorite color. C invited her two friends over for a sleepover. After a quick tour around the house, they sat at the table (covered with a pink table cover) and decorated pillow cases as well as flip flops with rhinestones.  

While I finished up my homework, the guests watch a movie. When it was over,  E and I ran around the house setting up the scavenger hunt. Each card had a clue leading to the next card. Every few cards, we were redirected to the kitchen to compete in one of the six challenges.

These were the challenges. 

  1. Create a rainbow loom bracelet with 13 bands using only your fingers. Whoever finishes first, wins.
  2. Tissue box challenge: each person receives a full tissue box. With one hand behind their back, they must try to empty all of the tissues from the box first. This was really fun but also made quite a pile to clean up.
  3. Cotton Ball Challenge: There is one bowl filled with cotton balls and one empty bowl. The player is blindfolded and must use a spoon to spoon the cotton balls into the empty bowl which is on the player’s head.
  4. Oreo Taste Guess: The players are all blindfolded and given different flavors of Oreos (or any other cookie). They must try to guess the flavor of the Oreo.
  5. Tissue Box Shake: Take an empty tissue box and put a couple balls in it. Tie the box around yourself with the box on your back. On go, shake until all of the balls are out of the box.
  6. Place an Oreo on your forehead. On go, use only your face muscles to move the Oreo down to your mouth. If you drop it, you must start over.

When the scavenger hunt was over, C opened her presents and we had cake. We also enjoyed our goody bags which included lotion, a hand mirror, and a small notepad or chalkboard.

About that this time, my parents headed to bed and I turned in my homework while everyone else painted their nails. And then came the late night movie and snack fest. The girls were snuggled on the couch and E was in the corner and I sat on the chair trying so hard not to fall asleep. Around 1:00 am we headed upstairs. I was knocked out but from what I heard, C and her friends didn’t fall asleep until 4:00 am. When I woke up, C’s friends had already left and I heard some amazing words. “This was the best birthday ever.” 

I had so much fun today! Special thanks to my uncle for buying me the cake set and to my sister for helping me plan and create this birthday party. Also to the birthday girl herself, because without her, I wouldn’t have had so much fun today. Here are some of the riddles. If you know the answer, comment in the box down below.

Riddles: 

1) I get bigger when I eat, but die when I drink. What am I?

2) This machine spins food and drinks around. When it’s on, it makes a loud sound. What is it?

3) Your next clue isn’t hard, no biggie. Find it where there are clothes for your piggies. 

4) Most keys open door but mine only make a sound. What am I?

5) Some take me in the morning, others take me in the evening. But one thing you should know when I’m ‘taken’ I don’t really go anywhere. What am I?

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