3 Years of Blogging

Hello everyone! Today marks the anniversary of my very first blog post. In the three years that I’ve been blogging, so much has changed not only in my life but also on my blog.

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When I started blogging, I didn’t really know what I wanted to write about. With more practice and more posts, I’ve been able to find out what I like and develop my blog to how it is now. To those who have recently started their own blogs, keep it up! It might take a while for you to get it to where you like but it will be worth it. Also, don’t be afraid to take breaks. Sometimes taking a step back can give you a better picture.

I’m super excited to start this 4th year of blogging! I hope you’ll follow me along!

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Looking for something to read? Here are some of my favorite posts:
Travel Journal//Europe ~ May Memories ~ Travel Journal//Florida ~ Blue – A Poem

 

25 Things I Love About Fall

Hey, everyone! So I have a dilemma… the calendar tells me it’s fall but the weather is so far from being fall-like that it actually feels like summer. Not only that, but my school is freezing. So here’s my question, what am I supposed to wear?! Let me know if you have any suggestions for me! While you’re thinking about that, here are 25 things I LOVE about Fall!

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  1. Fall clothes look so cute! And they are comfortable. Win win.
  2. Foggy mornings.
  3. Candy corn, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, hot tea, hot chocolate.
  4. Holding warm drinks when it’s cold.
  5. Fuzzy socks.
  6. Long walks around the neighborhood.
  7. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
  8. Infinity scarfs.
  9. Being back at school!
  10. Brown boots.
  11. Apple cider, apple muffins, apple everything.
  12. The beautiful colors! They make the prettiest pictures like these:
  13. Studying by a cozy fireplace.
  14. Hot soups.
  15. Bath And Body Works’ scents.
  16. Decorating pumpkins.
  17. Warm candles.
  18. Spending time with family.
  19. Warm blankets.
  20. The feeling of the cool, crisp air on your cheeks.
  21. All of the fun fall activities!
  22. Nail polish colors.
  23. And the clothing colors.
  24. All of the writing inspiration.
  25. Looking forward to the upcoming holidays.

What do you love about the fall weather or just fall in general?

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“To-Bake List” – Apple Edition

Hey, everyone! Fall is well on its way and I’m so excited! Fall is my favorite season EVER because it’s just so pretty. I can’t wait to take pictures of all the colorful leaves! You know what else autumn brings? Apples! Here are 5 apple recipes that are perfect for this upcoming season.

  1. Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples – I had something like this at a get-together I went to last fall and it was AMAZING!
  2. Apple Chai Latte – I love love love lattes. I can not wait to make this.
  3. Apple Pie Bites – I saw this on Pinterest a while ago and have been planning on making this for a while.
  4. Cinnamon Apple Chips – Not only do these look delicious, they are great for school snacks. Always a plus.
  5. Apple Cider – This list would not be complete without apple cider. Apple cider is my favorite thing to drink in the fall. <3

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What are you looking forward to eating this fall? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you! :)

The Lifestyle Tag

I was tagged by An Inspired Teen from Life Of An Inspired Teen to complete The Lifestyle Tag. You can check out her blog here and her post of the tag here.

The Questions

  1. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed? ~ It depends on when I have to wake up. I’ll normally plan out an outfit the night before if I have to wake up early. If I sleep in, I just pick the outfit in the morning. 
  2. How often do you change your handbag? ~ I think I’ve changed my handbag like 3 times in the last 5 years, so not often. Right now, I use my light pink shoulder/crossbody bag from the Gap which I got for my birthday two years ago. :) 
  3. What time do you get up & go to sleep? ~ For school I wake up at 5:30 am to get ready to be at school by 8:00 but I sleep in on the weekends to 9:30 or later. For a while I would go to sleep at 9:30 pm but then you know, school happened and I journal and do devotions every night before I go to bed so now I end up going to bed at 11:00pm. 
  4. How often & when do you workout? ~ I don’t workout as much as I would like. I will sometimes work out with my sister but otherwise, I workout three-four times a month. I’m working on it. 
  5. Left-handed or Right-handed? ~ Right-handed. 
  6. How tall are you? ~ 5 feet 9 1/2 inches. 
  7. Do you speak a foreign language? ~ I know a bit of French, Spanish, and Dutch but I can’t speak any of them fluently. 
  8. How many pets do you have? ~ There are three pets living at my house, one dog (Winston) and two guinea pigs (Oreo and Lily). Winston is a golden lab. Oreo and Lily are both black and white guineas.
  9. How often are you on your blog? ~ Every day. I don’t post every day but I do plan and write blog posts every day as well as read and follow other blogs. 
  10. Do you read the comments posted on your blog? ~ Yes! Every single one! I love hearing from everyone and knowing that someone took time out of their day to say hello. 
  11. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts? ~I don’t really keep a list of products. I have a list of books that I would like to read that I keep with me and add to whenever I see great books on other blogs. 
  12. How did you come up with your blog name? ~ My blog name used to be Life As A Homeschooled Teen but then I started going back to school! So now, my blog name is Happily Abi. I wanted my name to reflect who I am. I also wanted my blog to be a happy place where people can feel encouraged and loved. That’s basically how I came up with the name. :) 
  13. What kind of camera do you use for photographs? ~ I use either my phone or my Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera which I absolutely love!  (Click here to see more of my photography.)
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  14. How often do you clean your house? ~ Every Wednesday I clean my room and every Saturday I clean the rest of the house. 
  15. What is your favorite color? Pink! 
  16. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine? ~ I don’t read magazines so I don’t have a favorite. 
  17. Do you swear? ~ No! 
  18. What are you doing with the rest of your day? ~ I’m probably going to do homework and take pictures for my photography class.
  19. What food do you hate the most? ~ Spicy foods. 
  20. What is your favorite food? ~ Anything that my mom/grandma/sister makes!

Tag! You’re It!

I tag anyone who wants to complete the tag. It was a lot of fun and love answering questions for you all. :)

Thanks again to An Inspired Teen for tagging me. Be sure to check out her blog here!
I hope you all have a great day! :)

Fun Question Tag

Hey everyone! I was tagged by Jane from Frosting Fashion to complete the Fun Question Tag. You can find her blog here and her post of the tag here.

The Questions

  1. When is your birthday?February 4th
  2. What are three of your favorite colors?Pink, orange, and pale green 
  3. Favorite quotes? “Writing is a way of talking without being interrupted.” ~ Jules Renard  and  “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill  and “The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.” ~ Captain Jack Sparrow 
  4. Are you addicted to youtube?No. I don’t watch Youtube as much as I used to. 
  5. What/who are your 3 favorite TV programs and/or youtubers?I like Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Once Upon A Time. And for youtubers, I watch Studio C, Eleventh Gorgeous, and Classy Whale.
  6. What are 3 qualities you would admire in a best friend?“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” ~ William Shakespeare. The only thing I would add is that a friend should help you grow in Jesus Christ. 
  7. Do you like your name?Yes! I love my name. :) 
  8. If you could choose your own name, what name would you choose?Well, I’ve always liked the name Emily so I guess I would choose that. 
  9. What is your fantasy dream?Um hmm. I’m not sure. XD
  10. Do you wear makeup?I do sometimes but not that often. Mostly I just save it for special occasions. 
  11. If you could write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?I love writing so this is something I have planned. I call it, “I don’t know the title yet but I had a dream about this once and that’s how I got the idea“. :P It’s about a fairy that lives in a tree and is assigned to protect the family that lives nearby from the time-traveling, children-stealing, grizzly-bear looking monsters that inhabit the woods across the street. 
  12. What makes you cry?Lots of things. I mostly cry during sad movies especially when someone either dies or has to say goodbye to the one they love.
  13. What makes you angry?Injustice, losing important things, not being believed in. 
  14. What makes you happy? Family! And food and church and laughing and blogging and 50 other things that you can find here
  15. What is ‘fangirling’?Fangirling is when one finds something that they absolutely love, mainly from one of their fandoms, and they go crazy because that thing is super amazing. 
  16. What are your 3 favorite snacks? M&Ms, apples, and cookies. 
  17. What are your 3 favorite foods? My mom’s potatoes, my Oma’s meatballs, and my sister’s lemon cake. :) 
  18. What are your favorite drinks?Ice tea! And also coke. 
  19. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?I’m a homeschool student taking online classes at Veritas Press Scholars Academy. I have been blogging since October of 2014. I play piano and I am currently writing music with one of my best friends. 
  20. What are 10 random facts about you? 1) My hair is naturally curly. 2) I have two sisters. 3) My favorite subject is Web Design followed closely by French and English. 4) I love chocolate chip cookies. 5) I collect pens. 6) I think Lindsey Stirling is amazing. 7) So are the Piano Guys. 8) My personality type is INFP. 9) Spending a rainy day, sitting by a window, reading a good book, listening to music, and drinking tea is my idea of a perfect day. 10) My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 21:31. 
  21. What are 3 fun things to do?Spend time with family and friends, have random dance parties, and traveling. 

Tag You’re It!

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. It was really fun.

Thanks again to Jane for tagging me! I hope you all have a great day! :)
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Q&A – Answers

Hey everyone! So last week, I made a post asking for questions to be featured in this Q&A post and you delivered! So without further ado, my answers to your questions. :)
(Sorry it took me so long!)

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From HappyAlex: “What is your favorite season?”  ~ My favorite season has to be fall. I love the way the leaves crunch beneath my feet and the smell of the pumpkin pie and apple cider. :) Definitely my favorite.

From HappyAlex: “What is your favorite thing about blogging?” ~ My favorite part about blogging would have to be the community. The people here on WordPress and on other blogging sites are all so kind and encouraging and I love that.

From HappyAlex: “Favorite seasonal holiday e.g Christmas/Easter etc?” ~ Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I love having the family together and the cold, crisp days that come with the feeling of Christmas. But my favorite part about Christmas is decorating the tree together and remembering all of the memories and events from past Christmases.

From HappyAlex: “Favorite way to relax?” ~ For me baking or playing piano are some of the best ways to relax. Just being able to do something and get my mind off of whatever is stressing me out is therapeutic for me.

From HappyAlex: “Favorite book?” ~ My all time favorite book is I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter. It’s the first book in the Gallagher Girl series which is the series that really got me motivated to write. I highly recommend. :)

From Kody C. Krady: “Who is your favorite Bible character?” ~ My favorite Bible character is Esther. Esther cared for her people and showed great courage when she asked the King to save her people.

From Kody C. Krady: “Who is your favorite person in history and why?” ~ I have always admired Joan of Arc. I think that she was very brave to go to war for France and for standing up for her country. Even though people didn’t like her, she will always be remembered as a saint.

From HannahDestiny27: “What’s your favorite thing about being homeschooled?” ~ My favorite part of being homeschool is being at home. :) I like being able to spend time with and have lunch with my mom.

From Hannah Destiny27: “If you could choose any one new thing to learn, what would you choose?” ~ One thing that I’ve always wanted to learn is sign language. One of my closest friends is learning sign language and she loves it. I think it’s a great thing to know.

From AVeryAwkwardBlogger: “Who’s your favorite pop star?” ~ My favorite pop star is Taylor Swift. Though I like her older songs better, her newer pop songs are pretty cool too.

From AVeryAwkwardBlogger: “What would you do if you could know absolutely anything for 5 minutes?” ~ I would probably eat food and text my friends. Or read one of my favorite books during those 5 free minutes. :) Anything to get my mind off of school for the moment.

From AlaynaFayth: “Why did you begin blogging?” ~ I had been thinking about blogging for a while before I actually started and one of the reasons was because I wasn’t sure if I would have enough time to continue blogging. At some point, I noticed that a lot of my friends had started blogs and I decided that it was time for me to enter the world of blogging.

From AlaynaFayth: “Would you suggest homeschooling as an option for someone debating where to place their children for education? ” ~ Homeschooling was definitely the best thing for me but it might not be great for everyone. I suggest thinking about what kind of environment your child would thrive in. Is he more of an introvert or extrovert? Would he be motivated enough to complete his work? What kinds of things could he do to still get him out of the house? There are also lots of different programs online to ensure that your child is schooled. I hope this helped and if you have anymore questions, let me know. :)

From AlaynaFayth: “Who is your idol?” ~ I wouldn’t really say “idol” but someone who inspires me a lot would be my aunt. She is a writer just like me and has always been so encouraging. She is just an amazing person and I want to be just like her.

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Thank you so much for all of the questions!
My question for you is, if you could be any cupcake flavor, which one would you be?
Let me know in the comments! :)

Music Tag

Hey everyone! I was nominated by GeorgieGirl to complete the Music Tag.

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The Rules

– Write 10 songs that come on shuffle (no skipping!)
– Write your favorite lyrics from each song
– Tag other bloggers
My Songs

  1. I am Gold by Alex Boyé – “I am gold.”
    (because those are the only lyrics… :) )
  2. Dear X, You Don’t Own Me by Disciple – “Go ahead, you’re never going to take me. You can bend, but you’re never going to break me.”
  3. Place de la République by Coeur De Pirate – “Et je ne sais plus si tu en vaux la peine. C’est plutôt dur d’en être certaine. Et quand tu seras à la Porte des Ternes. Ce soir, ne m’oublie pas.”
    (which roughly translates to “And I do not know if you worth, It is rather hard to be certain, And when you get to the Porte des Ternes, Tonight, do not forget me” *translation from Google Translate*)
  4. Oh, Happiness by David Crowder Band – “Oh, happiness! There is grace enough for us. And the whole human race.”
  5. It’s Not Over Yet by For King and Country – “And even when you think you’re finished, it’s not over yet… Hope is rising, never give in, never give up. It’s not over.”
    (I also posted about this song here.)
  6. Safe And Sound by Taylor Swift – “You’ll be alright, no one can hurt you now. Come morning light, you and I’ll be safe and sound.”
  7. Stand by Rascal Flatts (Cassadee Pope cover) – “Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more small piece of you starts to fall into place.”
  8. Touch the Sky by Hillsong United – “Find me here at Your feet again
    Everything I am, reaching out I surrender.”
  9.  Red Is The Rose by The High Kings – “Red is the rose that in yonder garden grows.
    Fair is the lily of the valley.”
    (This song is just really pretty.)
  10. Elle Me Dit by MIKA – “Elle me dit, c’est ta vie, Fais c’que tu veux, tant pis, Un jour tu comprendras, Un jour tu t’en voudras.”
    (Which roughly translates to “She said, it’s your life. Do you want, so be it. One day you’ll understand. One day you will regret.” *translation from Google Translate*)

Tag You’re It

  1. Coffee&Twigs
  2. Country Unlimited
  3. PaperClipsandPins

If you haven’t done the music tag and would like to, let me know and I can add you in. :)

Unknown Blogger’s Challenge

Hey, everyone! This is the second post you’ve seen this week! *gasp* Exciting? I think so. Any who-dos. :)

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I’ve been nominated by Grace2610 to do the Unknown Blogger’s Challenge. Click here to see Grace’s version of the challenge. This challenge was created by Unfashionable Cupcake. Click here to see the rules of UBC.

The Questions (Answered)

  1. Why did you start your blog?
    I started this blog, honestly, because it seemed like fun and a lot of my friends were starting blogs as well. I don’t regret it. Blogging is really fun for me and is relaxing especially during exam week (which is coming up soon. Pray for me)
  2. What has been your best experience of blogging so far?
    One of the things that I find really cool is the fact that bloggers are so helpful. I haven’t met a blogger that wasn’t encouraging or willing to give me tips. I love the way we are connected as a blogging family.
  3. What is your hobby?
    My hobby is baking. I’ve always loved baking and have made some lists of things that I’ve wanted to bake. Spending time in the kitchen with my family is one of my favorite ways to reconnect and recharge. :)
  4. What is your favorite color and why?
    My favorite color is pink. It used to be lavender but as I grew older, I started liking pink more and more. If I had to pick a shade of pink to be my favorite, I would have to pick watermelon pink. I think it’s a happy color and goes great with orange (another one of my favorite colors).
  5. What is/are your favorite school subject(s)?
    My favorite subject in school is Web Design. I love typing out lines of code and then that code actually making something cool. It’s really fun!
  6. What is your favorite shop to go to?
    Bath and Body Works. Absolutely. I love going with my friends and smelling all of the different lotions and candles. We can’t stay in too long though or we won’t be able to tell which scent is which but I love it. :)
  7. What is your dream for your future?
    I’ve always wanted to live in a big city, right downtown in the midst of everything. I love the busyness and all of the different shops and buildings on the street. And the lights at night are just beautiful!

My Questions For You.

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. How long have you been blogging for?
  3. If you could ask for anything in the world and be guaranteed to receive it, what would you ask for?
  4. What is your happy place?
  5. What would you like to change about the world?
  6. Name one thing that you would like to do by next year.

Tag, You’re It!

I tag anyone who is an “Unknown Blogger” (a blogger with less than 100 followers).
I also tag anyone who wants to answer any or all of the questions for you because, I know, this is fun. :)

Be sure to check Unfashionable Cupcakes for rules! Also, if you complete (or don’t complete) this challenge, let me know in the comments below! :)

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