What I’ve been up to on my social media break!

Hi everyone! If you follow me on social media, you might have noticed I’m not currently updating! I decided for my birthday this year I would attempt to stop using Β it for 21 days… I’ve read it takes 21 days to break a habit, and I’m hoping this little hiatus will reboot my creativity and help me with some of my time management issues. So far, it’s working!!! Exciting stuff – I keep joking I may never return now! Lol I do miss seeing cute pictures and reading my friends updates, and I have so much I want to share too. Since I can’t post it on social media then why not dust off my blog and put it here! (My blog can post my updates on social meda for me so I don’t cheat on my break – how neat is that?!) So here we go…

The first week of my break, I actually got very sick which made it easy to forget about social media. By Thursday, I was starting to feel well enough to leave the house and I was able to go see Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show at the Cobb Energy Center with my family. He’s an amazing and hilarious speaker – I had such a great time!! We also got to meet him after the show for a photo and signature which was pretty neat. I hope he comes back to Atlanta soon!

 

Towards the weekend, my health and my creativity returned. I visited the new arcade, “Round One”, near my house to take purikura pictures with Autumn! (Baby’s first purikura?! haha) I had SO much fun!!! I couldn’t believe how many awesome games they had – I only played Tsum Tsum and did two rounds of Purikura with Autumn (which went surprisingly well!) but I hope to go back soon and try more stuff!

I’ve also been painting with water colors… I’ve started a series of kawaii themed dessert drawings. I’m not sure where I’m going with this, but right now I’m just focusing on making stuff I find fun during my break. I’ll post pictures of everything in July!

I also got to visit with my friend Jacqueline yesterday at the coffee shop, “Hodgepodge”. This was my first time going there – they had so many cool murals (love the mermaid one by artetak!) and the food and tea was delicious! I look forward to going back – especially with Autumn since they had a play area for little kids and couches. Perfect!

Well that’s where I’m at currently during my social media break! Hope you enjoyed this little update! More to come soon!!

Getting ready to go to Disney!

In exactly one week I’ll be going to Disney World with my daughter and mother for the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden festival!! I’ll also be going to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and possibly Hollywood Studios… but the Flower and Garden festival is the true highlight of this trip for me since I’ve never been!

I did a drawing recently of the things I’m excited about for my upcoming trip! Mostly Epcot and Disney Springs things… I’ve been to Disney Springs once, but it was a quick visit at night. I’m looking forward to going during the day and doing a little shopping and eating!

Can’t wait to post about our trip when we get back!

March favorites

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A few of my friends recently made some adorable illustrations of the things they enjoyed throughout March and I thought it might be fun to reflect on what I enjoyed as well through a doodle!

Sparkling raspberry seltzer water – Ohhh, I adore sparkling water. I don’t drink much coffee or wine, and soda is even rarer for me… so this is my go to special drink! I love a plain pellegrino but I’ve recently been enjoying Kroger brand seltzer water in raspberry! Delish!

Beautiful spring flowers – I love walking everywhere when possible. The weather has warmed up a bit which allows me to walk several times a day with my baby and dog. On my walks I’ve been enjoying all the beautiful spring blooms that have popped up! I’ve been posting a lot of photos of these on instagram and twitter:

Scalloped shorts in pink and blue – I picked up two colorful pairs of shorts from Lilly Pulitzer recently and I love the fun color and details they are going to bring to my spring and summer wardrobe!

Ice dream cones – I’m all about the Chickfila ice cream cones this spring as my favorite dessert. So yummy!

Spring reading – My friend Alley inspired me to check out my library after a long hiatus… I’ve been picking up a ton of wonderfully illustrated books (many of which I plan to share on booktube videos!)… I’ve also just finished the book, “Together in the Dream: The Unique Careers of a Husband and Wife in the Early Decades of Walt Disney World” by Suzanne Ogren and R.J. Ogren. If you’re a Disney park fan like me (particularly Walt Disney World) then you might enjoy this book… It’s the stories of a couple that both worked at Disney World during its early years – driving monorails, painting animatronics, dancing in parades and other exciting jobs. I enjoyed it so much I’m currently reading the sequel!

Kawaii craft night!

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Recently, I was invited to join a creative group of ladies for a Kawaii Craft night which ended up being a super cute and fun event!!! I only knew one attendee in person but two were online friends that I had been looking forward to meeting, and I ended up making new friends with common interests which is always awesome!

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Baby crafts: Making a wreath for the nursery!

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Posting a tutorial on my first baby craft for the nursery… I repurposed some of the left over paper handmade flowers from my wedding for a wreath! I had a ton left over since we used them for table arrangements and mini bouquets instead of real flowers… The paper flowers were originally made by etsy seller "TheCustomCouple" who do amazing work!! My flowers are over a year old now and still look brand new and lovely. I'm so glad I've held onto them in hopes of reusing them for a future craft! The color I purchased from them is "dark pink" and it's a pretty shade that isn't too soft or "hot pink".

If you'd like to try making your own paper flowers vs buying them, there are a lot of tutorials out there but I haven't tried myself so I can't personally recommend one for being the best… This Martha Stewart tutorial looks pretty good though! If you do make them yourself, be sure to put wire inside the flower stems so they will stay bent after you position them on the wreath base!

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Exciting news!! We’re having a baby <3

BabyGirl2015drawingI'm so happy to finally share that we're having a baby girl on March 4th, 2016!! To celebrate, here is a little announcement doodle I made for our nursery decor! ❀ I don't have any other news to share about it yet… but as we start decorating the nursery and planning for the big arrival, I'll be sure to post anything fun related to it here! ❀ Wheee exciting times!! πŸ™‚

Sailor Moon x Q-Pot moon phase pocket watch!!


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I recently bought one of my dream items from the Q-Pot x Sailor Moon collaboration in Japan, and I uploaded an unboxing / review video of it last night! The item I got from the collection was the "Moon Phase Pocket Watch" necklace – this item is one of my favorite romantic pieces of imagery in the Sailor Moon story! My next favorite is the cutie moon rod in the manga since it was made from the combined love of Usagi and Mamoru! ❀ I'm such a sucker for their love story… Anyhow, onto the photos and video!

 

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Sailor Moon haul videos! Featuring Secret Honey & Samantha Vega items!!

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I've recently done a lot of traveling and also celebrated my birthday on June 7th, and due to all of this I've picked up some really exciting Sailor Moon things along way!! Some were things I found traveling, and others were birthday gifts. Since I love watching Sailor Moon collection videos and nerdy hauls, I've uploaded two videos share a bit of this stuff with you all!

The video above is of blind box Sailor Moon Crystal rubber keychains I found at Mitsuwa in NJ with my friends Sarah and Katie! Katie filmed Sarah and I opening them over lunch. I had never seen these keychains in person or online before our trip so I was really excited to see what they were like inside!! 

Next up is my birthday gifts from Isetan in Japan. Isetan had a special Sailor Moon collection released recently featuring this sailor cape hoodie by Secret Honey and Luna purse from Samantha Vega! They had a ton of other amazing items available too which you can see more about here and here. I've always wanted a super cute sailor style jacket and Luna is one of my favorite characters so I was incredibly happy to be able to get these items!! I also got some adorable Sailor Moon chocolates with a Luna charm – they were from a Valentine's day release but were still edible until the end of June! LOL (They are all gone now – yummm). Also included in the photo below is the new Sailor Moon perfect volume 1 I picked up in New York!! It's SO beautiful ! I hope they release it in english in America soon! I'll have it in another upcoming video.

More detail photos of the jacket and purse below…

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US re-releases of Sailor Moon manga vs the old – what changed?

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When I started getting the new copies of the Sailor Moon manga re-release in the mail in 2012, I decided to go through my old copies from 1998 to see what had changed! Scanned a ton of pages to do comparisons and thought I would put it together in a post for all you moonies out there to enjoy! ❀

All images on the left are from Mixx, and images on the right are the newest release!

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One obvious new change: We finally have the color insert pages!! This was an exciting improvement for me since I only own one copy of the Japanese original manga so many of these color pages I hadn't seen yet outside the internet!

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