To Make Him Known Co. review *curls up in my fuzzy sweater*

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

Today I’m back with a really exciting post, a review of ToMakeHimKnownCo.!!

Here on my blog, typically I tend to lean more towards pen-pal or journaling as that’s more my niche (as you can probably tell from the name of my blog) but I really love fashion so I’ve been wanting to dabble in more posts about it! I reached out to the lovely team at ToMakeHimKnownCo and they kindly agreed to send me a product to try and review! They sent me the ‘Make Heaven Crowded‘ crewneck which is one of my FAVORITE things in their shop, #1 because I love the quote, like it’s one of my favorites ever. And #2, because crewnecks are super comfortable which I’m all about and it’s brown which is also really cool because brown is definitely not as popular of a color for clothes I feel like. A good 50% of my hoodies and crewnecks are gray which seems to wash me out and make me look paler *or so my mother says*. Idk 🤷🏼‍♀️

Anyways let’s look at some pictures and then I’ll tell you some thoughts on it!

*Shout out to my sister for being willing to “model” the crewneck for me , isn’t she just the sweetest? Also all photos were edited with Lightroom and taken by me!

I think cuffing or rolling the sleeves looks super cute!

Adding a cute pair of jeans, some boots and chunky socks is one of my favorite looks!

Do you know how hard it is to get the crewneck position just right so the wording looks good?!

I’m quite proud of my pictures for this post 🙈

Especially this one, I love this picture!

And this one! We took pictures back at the pond behind our house and I really like how they turned out 🙂


Overall, I give this lovely sweater a 10/10. I found no cons with it! Typically with sweaters that have words or designs on them when you wash them it can peel or crack the words but even after washing this sweater I didn’t see anything that would leave me to believe that would happen! It’s such a warm, fuzzy crewneck and I absolutely love the design. Check it out right now, here! The price is also really affordable and good for a crewneck, I definitely would buy this again without a second thought! It’s a great addition to my closet 🥰

A huge thanks to the team at ToMakeHimKnownCo. for collaborating with me, I really enjoyed working with y’all!

What picture from this post was your favorite? How’s your day going? What’s you favorite color right now?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a lovely day!

x, Jasmin

What I got for Christmas! *hugs my friends*

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

Today I’m back with the last of my seasonal posts for the 2020 Christmas season because we just had our last gift exchange last week! It was with two of my good friends, who for privacy reasons, we’re gonna call the S+S. My sister and I met S+S while playing softball a couple years ago and have been really good friends ever since! For our Christmas gift exchange, we decided to switch it up and do a white elephant type gift exchange, which I really enjoyed. I figured I’d hop on and do a haul today because I always love reading others hauls! Just as a disclaimer, I am in no way, shape, or form trying to brag about what I got, I just enjoy reading these kinds of posts and thought it would be fun to post! Now, let’s get onto it 🙂

Photos edited with Lightroom, as usual 🙂

Ahh I love everything in this picture!!

We each bought 3 gifts, staying in or around a $15-$20 price range, so we each got 3 gifts. We also got a pair of dice of and took turns rolling them. Whoever rolled highest got to pick a gift first, and we did 3 rounds of that! I thought it worked really well!

For this gift, I received this superrr cute yellow mug! Yellow is such a happy color in my opinion and just generally reminds me of light and sunshine so this will be a really nice cup to drink my coffee put of in the morning when I’m feeling a bit moody. Hopefully it will cheer me up 😉 I also got a pack of gum and a thing of tic tacs which was great because duh, who doesn’t want tic tacs and gum?? Also has anyone ever noticed how cute the inside flap of the gum wrapper is? This one says something about 18 sticks of gum=18 opportunities to make new friends or something and I think its so adorable.

yummmm

Next, I got this cute little spiky room decor thing! I don’t know quite how to describe it but I think it’s really cute and it’s now sitting on my shelf in my room! I also got a bag of this chocolate which is some of the best chocolate in the world imo, especially when it has caramel in it! Safe to say I really really enjoyed this gift 🙂

For my final gift, I got some markers, which are always handy and these super cute stickers! I really love the camper stickers, and the colors are the cutest. I adore the little yellow jeep 🥰 And I got some Washi tape!!! I love Washi tape, its so fun and easy to just overall amazing for pen paling or bullet journaling (which, btw I want to start bujo-ing more, I’m hoping to get a February setup done sometime 🤞🏼) But anyways, I love the Washi tape, or actually I love the whole gift!


And that wraps up this gift exchange! Ooo that would almost be a good pun, get it? Like “wrap” like gift wrap? Ooo ahhh. yeahhh. Points at brain bc “big brain time.” (about that last few sentences. I can’t wait to look back at it in a couple….minutes and realize how cringe it sounds. I apologize. But hey, you only live once so go ahead and point out the bad puns.

Okay now that I just rambled for 3 minutes in that last paragraph, I wanted to say a big thank you to the lovely person you are for reading this post, I appreciate it so much!

Do you like secret Santa or white elephant gift exchanges better? What did you get for Christmas? What present would’ve you chose given the choice?

xx, Jasmin

Seventeen Syllables poetry book review. pt. 1 *falls back onto bed in pure happiness*

Hello friends! How are you? I’m doing wonderfully today, especially since I’m writing this post and you. guys. I’m so over-the-top excited for this review! I’ve done quite a few reviews but this is definitely going to the top of my list as one of my favorites.

Let me give you a bit of back story. Lori Hetteen, one of the loveliest people on Etsy, kindly agreed to send me her own two poetry books from her Etsy shop, lorihetteen. She has two books of poetry that she has for sale on her shop, both of which are absolutely, positively amazing in very way and I’m so very happy with them!

Now, with these poetry books I don’t want to spoil too much of the insides of them for you, especially if you are to buy them! But a struggle I came across was while trying to pick my favorite pieces of poetry to share with you, I couldn’t decide. So I decided to split this review up into two posts, and in this post I’ll review the Seventeen Syllables book! Now to show you some of my favorites pieces from the book, and to share some lovely pictures! Let’s go!

*All photos edited with Lightroom preset 🙂

The cutest intro page in my opinion 🥰

loveeee <3333

This page is quite explanatory if you read it, but ill sum it up for you once more. Lori often adds little notes, thoughts or explanations about the main piece of poetry. When she does this, she adds it to the bottom of the right hand page and it’s honestly one of my favorite things. It just helps expound more and really gets you thinking!

I love this!! I feel like a lot of the poems and pieces are about this but honestly this is one of the best reminders for me. There’s goodness in every stage, as long as we look for it. This relates back to last year, 2020, where a large majority of the year sucked but there was good. Quite a bit of good if you ask me. And i’m not saying 2020 was a “good” year, in fact it was quite pitiful but i’m choosing not to dwell on that, and instead to think of the more happier, positive things 🙂

I really love this one. I love the little definition/explanation or expanding on the haiku. I find it fascinating how its mentioned in the poem, we keep picking us. It’s so true and to look back at my life and realize how I chose my friends or how they chose me is mind boggling, it’s really something to think about.

A lovely piece of encouragement and such a good reminder. God’s got this, Even the ravens and the Lillies know that.

People like sunshine. They’re truly the best ❤

My mindset and hopeful mentality. It’s sometimes hard to keep a positive outlook on life but it makes all the difference.

The strugglessss. Especially of an awkward, socially incompatible teen like me. But we can do it. And I love the reminder of the right picture, “give up the act..” Yessss!! Exactly. Let’s all just be the real us and I think we shall get along fine.

Amen sister, amen.

I’m obsessed with this one. *realizes I’ve said this about almost everyone so far* 🤦🏼‍♀️ But it’s true! The journey is what matters most in my opinion. It’s hard though to not want to rush to the end, to get to “the good part” but trust me, the journey. is. worth. it.


And that wraps up the pictures! I hope that wasn’t too many and I hope you weren’t bored, I certainly enjoyed reading through the book!

For a final review of Lori Hetteens poetry book, Seventeen Syllables, I’d like to give it a glowing review. Lori was so sweet and responsive and kind, truly wonderful to work with and everything about Seventeen Syllables completely amazed me. The pieces of poetry were relatable and just, so perfect and really good reminders of good life lessons, be thankful for the journey, treasure every moment, be kind and reach out. Continue to pick “us” and never look back.

Please please check out Lori’s shop, here’s a link to it! and a link to Seventeen Syllables 🙂 And as always, if you end up ordering this book, reach out to me! I have a contact page on my website and I would absolutely adore to rant and rave about this poetry or almost anything under the sun. Keep an eye out for the second post of this review, where I’ll be looking at The Moon says Hello, and have a wonderful day!

Which piece of poetry from this post was your favorite? How was your day today? How’s 2021 going for you? Did you check out Lori’s shop?

thanks for reading lovely,

xx, Jasmin

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