2020: a positive review *cue the happy tears*

Hello lovelies! Well the time has come. This year, the wonderful, wonderful year of 2020 is closing. From the time I’m writing this, at 1:22 on December 29th, there are only 2 days, 2 hours, 36 minutes and 13 seconds until 2021. This year flew by, but also crawled. It had it’s good things and it’s bad things. I’m sure we can all agree, a lot of bad happened. But we’re probably all familiar with the struggles and issues of the world this year so instead of recounting and recap-ing all that, I’m going to focus on the good. Highlight it in the post so that if you need it, hopefully this can be a pick-me-up for you! Without further ado, let’s get onto the good of 2020!!

Here’s a quote to inspire you and if I could tell you one thing, right now, looking forward at 2021, this is it.

Note to self: None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like a hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.

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Also while reading this post I recommend turning on some good chill tunes, it increases the good vibes 🙂 This playlist is one I’d recommend!

  • In the beginning of the year, we went to a hotel with some of my friends to celebrate their birthday and to this day, it was one of my favorite trips of the year! We haven’t been able to see these friends a lot this year because we’ve been really busy but it’s always a blast seeing them and I hope to see them soon!
  • I got my permit and successfully passed both my driving exams so I’m able to get my permit as soon as I reach the legal age here which is THRILLING. Me and my sister are already planning shopping trips and everything ❤️
  • In June, my baby brother was born and what a joy he is! He’s the sweetest, cutest little baby and on the daily I realize how amazing this life is and how much impact each person has on our lives. My baby brother is so little still and even so, I can NOT imagine life with out him.
  • My great grandma got to come out and is staying nearby with my grandparents for a while which I think is wonderful! She’s an amazing grandmother and I hadn’t been able to see her for over a year which isn’t a longggg time but still feels like it. I also got to see my great aunt when she came out so that was exciting because I love them both so much!
  • I was able to go through confirmation at my church which was amazing. It was one of the highlights of my summer and I’m so glad I was able to go through the 2 week classes. I met and got to know some great people, as well as learning more about our Lord, Jesus. So that is a huge blessing.
  • I feel like I spread my wings, and grew a lot, not so much physically because I’m still pretty short but more mentally and in more than one way. I’ve grown in my relationship with God, I’ve became more independent and brave I feel like and as far as my mental health, it’s not amazing 24/7 but I’m happy with where I’m at right now.
  • I’ve met some new friends and grown in my relationships with other friends who I’ve known for a while. This is a huge thing for me as my friends are amazing people who really are there for me whenever and I’m so so so so so so thankful for them all!
  • Last but certainly not least, my blog. This year was a crazy ride and having my blog to express my self and keep me busy while staying home and staying un-busy has been wonderful! I’ve “met” so many amazing people through the blogosphere and it’s a beautiful thing to be able to connect over the internet. My blogging journey isn’t anything big so far but im very excited to see where this takes me in the coming year!

Now for a little bit of happy pictures I’ve taken this year ❤

and a bit more 😉

And that wraps up my 2020. This year had ups and downs, rough times and good times, and some people came into my life and some left. Ok now I’m done the my attempt at a poetic summary of my year but here it is simply. It wasn’t a great year, but I’m choosing to highlight the joys. I hope you can find the joys of 2020 for you, in your life, and to end of this post, I wish you the happiest new year!!

Thanks for reading, it means the most ❤

How was your 2020? What were some of the highlights of your year? Comment down below and let me know, I’d love to chat about what made you happy this year 💛

x, Jasmin

Quick life update & giveaway question, I need your help! *Points at you*

Hello Lovelies! How are you doing today? I hope you’re doing great 🙂

Today I mainly did some school, I worked on debate, logic, and science. I have my first debate of the year on Thursday so please pray for me! I’m scared because I don’t do well in debate. I’m growing some beans for science and surprise, they’re actually growing!! I’m pretty amazed at my skills, I don’t have much of a green thumb. But I’m thinking maybe I should give plants more of a try. What plants are the easiest to grow?!

okay, onto the second part of my post! GUYS!!! I’m almost at 300 followers! Ahh *faints* you guys are awesome and I can’t believe my blog has grown that much! To show my appreciation to you guys, I want to do a giveaway. I really truly deeply want to make it international but I don’t know if I’ll be able too, due to cost. Any suggestions on how I could do that? I know a good bit of my favorite blogging buddies live outside of the US and I want to make the giveaway available for them. So I’m trying to work something out for that! And the real question (and reason I’m posting this): Would y’all rather a fall themed giveaway or a journal/stationary/pen pal-y themed giveaway? Lemme know by doing the survey please because I don’t know!! They both sound cool to me :)) Also, I think I have 292 followers, so we’re only 8 follows away from the giveaway!

Click here to do the survey!

Tomorrow I have a review post coming up so make sure to keep your eyes open for that!

So, that’s my question. I hope you had a lovely day, remember ur awesome and God loves you ❤

xx, Jasmin

How to have a Christmas sleepover in August. Because why not? *shrugs*

Hello people! How are you doing? I hope you’re doing wonderful 🙂

Today I’m back with a random post that I hope you’ll love. Last week, my friend and I were cleaning our house and singing karaoke and talking about holidays. Our favorite holiday (Christmas!!!!) came up (obviously ;)) and we were all like “It’s so sad that Christmas isn’t for another like 6 months! Yeah, I wish it was Christmas right now. Wait. What if we had a Christmas sleepover tonight?!? But.. it’s like the middle of summer? Who cares?!” and that was how it went down y’all. And the idea was born. We could go shopping, get supplies, watch a Christmas movie, listen to some Christmas songs, build a “gingerbread” house, and of course, string Christmas lights around the room.

So with all that being said, here are the SIX easy steps to having your very own Christmas sleepover in the middle of August!!

Step one:

Dress festive. Our first idea was to dress like it was winter but we decided that might make us look a bit too weird. So we opted for the more simple, refined look. Christmas themed fuzzy socks. Because fuzzy socks are the best and them being christmassy is just a bonus 😉

Step two:

Get snacks. Preferably Christmas themed ones but alas, since it is August, your local store might not be supplying Christmas snacks unless they are super awesome. We did actually find peppermint sticks so that was cool 🙂 If you’re planning on building a gingerbread house you will need to find some candy and supplies to decorate that! Warm foods and drinks that remind you of winter are also really swell!

Step three:

Create the atmosphere. String some lights up, bring in the fuzzy blankets and pillows. Get comfortable. If you want to be really extra you could even get all the Christmas decor. It’d be great ❤ Our area was pretty cute anyways 🙂

Step 4:

Get yo self some tunes. Preferably Christmas ones so they go with the theme 🙂

Step five:

Pick a holiday themed movie. In this instance we chose to watch Mandie and The Forgotten Christmas and it was pretty good. I fell asleep during it though because I was extremely tired so I need to rewatch it sometime 😉

Step 6:

Build your self a beautiful gingerbread mansion home. And then eat it for breakfast the next morning xD Also if you have some struggles with them architecture and building, believe me, we’ve all been there. It’s rough 🙂 But our “gingerbread house” turned out pretty good and it sure tasted good, until we made ourselves sick anyways 😉


And there you have it! 6 easy steps to having your very own Christmas sleepover in the middle of August.

I hope you enjoyed! Would you have a spontaneous Christmas sleepover in august? What is your favorite thing to do with your friends? What is your favorite holiday? Chat with me in the comments, I’d love to talk!

xx, Jasmin

The Homebody Society review ft. the most adorable stamps *waves the stamps around excitedly*

Hello beautiful people! How are you doing today? I hope you’re doing wonderfully 🙂

Today I’m back with another review! The wonderful Kelly from her adorable Etsy shop kindly agreed to send me some of her handy products to review! While scrolling Etsy looking for fun pen-pal products to buy, (because I definitely need more pen-paling supplies, don’t you agree?!) I found Kelly’s shop. It’s called The Homebody Society and the stamps are AMAZING. Stamps are awesome in my opinion because they’re so easy to use, they’re a one time buy as in you buy the stamp and some ink and you don’t have to keep re-buying them like some other pen-pal supplies, and they’re can be so simple or intricate-depending on the one you chose! Kelly’s shop is full of lovely stamps that range from ones you can personalize to snail mail ones and even stamps to customize and stamp your books with like this adorable one right here!!

These right here are the lovely stamps Kelly sent me to review! Aren’t they adorable?! I’ve currently been obsessed with them and I’m stamping them on literally EVERY letter I send out 🤩. I can’t choose a favorite but I love them both dearly, and I love how they’re so easy!

Which is your favorite? I know I said I couldn’t pick favorites but I actually might like the sent with love one better xD! I love both of them so much though :)))

Stamping the stamps onto an envelope went smoothly, the only thing I struggled with was getting them stamped on straight xD. I love how they look!

The stamps also came with this really helpful piece of paper that gives tips and tricks for using your stamps so I really appreciated this! I bought myself this StazOn ink pad off of amazon and I have literally no complaints. It even smells good 😂

Last but not least!!! Kelly, being the angel she is, also gave me a 10% off code for you guys to use when you order something from her shop!!!

The code is: THANKYOU10

Make sure to check out Kellys shop, she has some wonderful products!

With all that being said, that is all for this review! Sorry for not posting lately, I’m currently doing confirmation classes and working on getting confirmed to my church so I’ve been extremely busy. I’m hoping to get a bunch more posts up soon though and I also want ti take some time to read some of your lovely posts that I’ve been missing 🙂

Once again, Thank you SO SO much Kelly for sending me these stamps to review, I’m forever grateful ❤️ Make sure to check out her shop lovelies, it won’t disappoint :))

What stamp do you like best? Do you pen-pal? How’s your July going? I hope it’s fabulous! Thank you so much for reading and talk to me in the comments, I’d love to chat 💓

xx, Jasmin