Sunday, December 4, 2016

Movie Review: Moana

Release date: November 23rd, 2016

Rating: PG
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Hey cupcakes! I know I just did a movie review on the movie Arrival (check it out here!), but I recently saw Moana when I was home for Thanksgiving... and I just HAD to review it for you guys! 

Ever since they announced that Moana wouldn't be your typical Disney movie (with no romance involved!), I was so curious to see if it would be any good. I thought it was great! It wasn't my favorite Disney movie, but I thought it was really well done! I loved the new plot line and how friendship was the major focus of the film, and I thought there were also some great powerful feminist messages in the film as well. :)
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And look how cute baby Moana is!
Some of the songs were incredible (a few were a bit blah), and the animation was SO stunning! The ocean and water was flawless, and you could really tell that they spent a lot of time on special effects and making sure everything looked realistic (thank you Disney for the accurate female body presentation!!!!). I think this was definitely a win for Disney (all of the high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb agree with me!), so I would recommend seeing this before it is out of theaters! <3

What did you think about Moana? Comment below and don't forget to follow me! :D

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Ultimate Winter Bucket List!

Hey cupcakes! Happy first day of December! :D In September, I made a list of fun things to do during the fall, so I thought today I would make one for the winter! :) It has already snowed a few times where I go to school, so I thought this would be a perfect way to get you excited for the wintertime; enjoy! :)

1. Decorate for the holidays - Regardless if this is Christmas or another holiday, decorate your house, apartment, dorm, etc! :)

2. Drink hot chocolate by a fire

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3. Have a snowball fight

4. Stand in the middle of a snowstorm and enjoy the beauty of it!

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5. Build a snowman

6. Make paper snowflakes! (Check out my last post to see how to make these!)

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7. Buy amazing gifts for people for the holidays!

8. Go caroling!

9. Ice skate!

10. Bake lots and lots of cookies

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11. Make some holiday crafts (ornaments, etc.)

12. Build/decorate a gingerbread house!

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13. Cuddle up with a blanket and reread one of your favorite books

14. Take a walk in the woods

15. Donate old clothes, toys, furnitures, etc. to those who need it during the holidays <3

16. Wear a onesie for a whole day
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17. Wear red and/or green

18. Take a drive and enjoy the lights/decorations in your town!

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19. Listen and sing to holiday music

20. Make a handmade wreath!

What are your favorite things to do in the winter? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D

Monday, November 28, 2016

DIY: 3D Paper Snowflakes

Hey cupcakes! Winter is here (at least it has started snowing haha), so I thought I would make a quick DIY post on how to make 3D paper snowflakes! These snowflakes are actually very easy to make, and I love to hang them up in my dorm! Let's get started!

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1. Take a piece of computer paper (or any colored paper that is the same size) and, taking one corner, fold it so that it makes a square. Cut off the rectangle that is extra.

2. Fold this square diagonally to make a triangle.

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3. Cut three slits up the side of the triangles and then unfold.

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4. Roll the inner two pieces and tape in place, flip over and tape the next two pieces together. Repeat until all of the pieces are taped.

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5. Ta-da! Now you have one of the six parts of the snowflake (repeat steps 1-4 with 5 other sheets of paper).

6. Staple or tape the inner corners together and then staple/tape the sides to make your complete snowflake! :D
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For more detailed instructions and pictures, check out this great wikiHow article! :D 

What is your favorite winter craft? Comment below and don't forget to follow! <3

Friday, November 25, 2016

My Tips and Tricks for Black Friday :D

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday full of food, family and/or friends, and lots of thanks! :D <3 I am so thankful I have such loyal followers like you!

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time for BLACK FRIDAY! :O Black Friday can be a little stressful and overwhelming, so I decided to put together some more of my favorite tips for this shopping day (see my post from last year HERE)! Enjoy!

1. Do some research ahead of time - Know what stores open first, where the best deals are, etc.

2. Use this research to make a game plan - Know exactly what stores you will go to (and even what order!), what deals you are planning on taking advantage of, etc. I know this might sound a little crazy, but if you have a concrete plan you will totally get a lot more shopping done!

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3. Have back up items to purchase - Black Friday draws out a lot of shoppers, so I would recommend having back up items to purchase for people/yourself just in the case the sizes run out, you can't find the item, etc.

4. Plan out how much you are willing to spend! - This is big! Plan out the maximum you are willing to spend (you could even go to the ATM and take out a certain amount of cash), so you can stay on budget :)
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5. Be courteous to others - After every Black Friday there are always terrible news stories about people hurting others while they shop. Be nice and courteous to others so that the positivity can spread from shopper to shopper! :*

6. Be nice to the employees - Put yourself in their shoes... Would you want to deal with that many shoppers at once? Cut them some slack!
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Smile at everyone! ;)
7. Make a time schedule of when you are shopping - You don't want to waste a ton of time shopping, so I recommend making an estimated time you will be out. That way you can spend even more time with your family and friends over the holiday!

8. Stay safe!!!!! - In general, be safe during this crazy shopping time! <3

What are your tips and tricks for Black Friday shopping? Comment below and don't forget to follow me! <3
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Have a great day of shopping! <3
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