Happy Blogiversary to TheWriterofLetters!!!

Hello my friends!! Welcome or welcome back to my blog, TheWriterofLetters! I hope your all having a lovely week and today I’m just popping in to say, happy blogiversary to me and my blog! I started blogging last year on this exact day. What a young little kid I was ahah. I didn’t know how many sweet people I would “meet” in the blogosphere or how this blog would help me grow and vent and learn to write better.It’s helped with expressing myself too. I never knew how far this blog would come and I would have NEVER dreamed of having 300+ followers, that is still crazyyy to comprehend! I just want to say the typical but sincere thank you guys all so much for your support, it means the world and I can’t believe it. I’m so grateful and amazed at how sweet y’all are and yeah, you’re the best. Thank you so so so much! And here’s to another fabulous year for TheWriterofLetters!!

also, just for funsies, if you want to cringe and see how my blogging voice has changed in a year, here is a link to my very first blog post!! Enjoy it xD

Thank you guys so so much for your support, it truly is so appreciated! Peace out and have a great day 💓💕

xx, Jasmin

Alaffia lotion and deodorant review *Fist bump*

Hey lovelies, how are y’all doing on this fine day? I’m doing pretty well! I hope you guys are doing great!

Today I am back with my first real review! I wrote a letter to Alaffia asking if they had anything that they could send me to review on my blog and one day, when I was sick and laying on the couch, my dad got home from the post office and I had got a package! At first, I didn’t know who the box was from but once opening it, I remembered that I had written to them a month or so ago! I was so very pleased and thankful to get a box from them and I couldn’t wait to review the products they sent to me!

Check out their website: here

***These products were sent to me for free to honestly review and I am not receiving any money for reviewing them

Everything I received!

They sent me a HUGEEEE thing of lotion, a stick of deodorant, a card, pin, temporary tattoos and a charm! I was so excited to receive this in the mail and I was honestly amazed by how much they sent me 🙂

Let’s start off with the lotion! At first, I wasn’t planning on using it as I’m not a big lotion user and I was going to have my sister review it but I decided that since they sent it to me, I would review it 😉 My mom and sister also gave their thoughts so I’ll mention those. My overall rating: 7/10 My thoughts: At first I was a little thrown off by the scent because the scent is passion fruit and to me, it smells like some vitamins that I took as a kid. My mom smelled it though and she said that she thought it smelled like passion fruit. My thoughts on the actual lotion are pretty good, the lotion is a little water-y feeling but once you rub it in, the water-y feeling goes away. I have a really dry face so I rubbed this lotion on it everyday for about a week or so and my face stopped being so dry. My sister used the lotion for a week and she thought that it worked well for hydrating her hands. My mom also used the lotion once when her hands were extremely chapped and she thought that it worked really well. The ingredients are also really good and natural, so that was pleasing to hear because natural is always good!

The deodorant sadly didn’t work for me, but a lot of natural deodorants don’t. So I don’t have much to say about this. Let me know if you’ve ever tried this deodorant and how it worked for you?!

Last but not least, I wanted to point out that Alaffia funds/donates/supports a lot of awesome things, and they have some awesome products that you should definitely try out! A big thanks to Alaffia for sending me some products to review, I am super thankful!

And that is all for this post! Have you ever tried any Alafia products? Did you like them? How did your week go? Talk to me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for reading! ❤️

xx, Jasmin

The real reason for Christmas

Hey dudes! CHRISTMAS IS IN LESS THAN TWO DAYS. I can not believe it!!!

Today my post is about the REAL REASON for CHRISTmas. Everyone (including myself) gets really caught up in the holiday bustle and cheer and giving and recieving gifts and many people don’t really remember why we celebrate Christmas.

We celebrate Christmas because God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to be our savior. God sent Jesus to save us from our sins because He loves us. Imagine giving up your so for everyone in the world. Jesus didn’t want to be hung on the cross but he did just for us. So we could be saved. Anyways 😉 I’m getting a little of topic.

God sent His one and only son Jesus to be our savior. Joseph and Mary were ‘espoused’ when they found out the virgin Mary was great with child.

Luke 1:30-35:

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Meanwhile, A decree from Caesar Augustus went out that the whole world should be taxed. So since Joseph came from the house and lineage of David, Him and Mary went to the city of David. It was a journey to David and they had to go slower because Mary was pregnant and so with time it became time for Mary to give birth.

Luke 2:1-6

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem and they stopped for the night, as Mary was about to have Jesus and They went from inn to inn looking for room. But alas, all the inns were full and there was no where to stay. So Joseph and Mary went into a stable and there Mary birthed the Savior. They named him Jesus.

Luke 2:7:

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And God sent angels to the Shepards that were out in the fields tending their sheep to tell of the saviors birth and he put a star in the sky to lead the wise men to Jesus.

Luke 2:8-20

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them
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And the wonderful story continues in the Bible but that’s all for my post today :)) Hope u enjoyed and have a wonderful Christmas! Don’t forget why we celebrate it though 🙂

Xx, Jasmin

Making a gingerbread house *yummmmmm*

Hey dudes/dudettes! Last night my friends came over and we did our secret Santa gift exchange and we made gingerbread houses! Instead of gingerbread we used graham crackers because then we didn’t have to bake them and it’s just overall easier 😁 So my sister and I had two friends over and we decided to have a gingerbread house contest! We split up into teams of one friend/one sister, made some rules (you can’t use the internet to come up with ideas, no leaving the kitchen, no peeking at the other team etc.) and we gave ourselves around 3 hours. Yᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴀɴ VERY ʟᴏɴɢ ᴛɪᴍe ʙᴜᴛ ᴡᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅᴇᴅ ᴀ ʟᴏᴛ ᴏғ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴄʀᴇᴀᴛᴇ ᴏᴜʀ ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴘɪᴇᴄᴇs sᴏ ɪᴛ’s ᴏᴋᴀʏ. Anywhoooo we set up our counter and whipped up some icing/edible glue to create our buildings with!

We had lots of candy and a good amount of it got used up! We kinda ate just as much as we put on our houses but it’s okay 😂

We used a random recipe for the glue/icing and it was cream of tarter, egg whites and powdered sugar. It was really nice glue and it really stuck/ is sticking everything together!

We went for the slanted roof look and it was an actual struggle but we did it by stuffing paper towels into the building to support the roof! Also we cut the graham crackers with some knives and that was hard but we managed 😀

This was my sister/friend’s teams creation! It’s actually really cool and super creative! My favorite things about it are the little tower thing on top, that’s supported by Charleston chews (idk what it’s called 😂) and I like the little Christmas tree they made in front! It’s cute and cozy and Christmas-y!

Here is mine and my friends!! Taaaa daaaa! I’m quite proud of ourselves, I feel like a proud parent 😂 my favorite part about it is probably the ocean with the little dudes surfing in their tubes (otherwise known as peach rings) and I also really like the roof and the door! We could have added more candy but we ran out of icing/glue and our feet were tired (ik, ik, we’re getting old welp) but overall I really like it!

We also decorated the back but we didn’t spend much time on it! I LOVE the m&ms on the roofline, they give a Christmas light look and it’s great!! Also both the houses tasted amazing 😂

So that is all for this post! Hope u enjoyed! I can not believe 2020 is in like 10 days and Christmas is in 4!!! I’m so excited!

Comment which building is ur favourite! Have you ever made a gingerbread/ graham cracker house? What’s ur favourite candy?

Xx, Jasmin 💕