iMovie Magic

Happy Tuesday, Blogosphere! I hope your week is off to a great start. I just wanted to share a silly little 35 second movie I made while playing around with the video editing software on my computer. Disclaimer: I’m a total novice at this hence the shaky camera work but I thought it would be fun to try something new!

 

I’ll admit, it took me almost an hour to figure out how to edit all the footage down to this 35 second clip :P but now that I have a little experience, I’m excited to make more movies! Oh, and in case you were wondering, I used my Nikon D3100 camera to shoot, edited with iMovie on my Mac and the song is California English by the band Vampire Weekend :)

-H

 

A Life of its Own

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Does your hair have a life of its own? Mine sure does. Some days it cooperates with me and other days it’s simply a rebel. But I’m doing my best to love it just the way it is; translation- without using heat tools like blow dryers and flat irons. As curly girls know, maintaining healthy hair can be quite the process and requires commitment but it’s definitely worth it. One of my goals for 2015 is to improve my overall health and that includes taking care of the lovely coils on my head! Although they drive me crazy at times, I love my curls and wouldn’t trade ‘em for anything!
-H

See ya, 2014!

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IMG_0985.JPGWe’re in the last few days of 2014 and it seems like this year went by in somewhat of a blur. But, it was a pretty productive blur if I do say so myself. I finished 3 semesters of grad school, which puts me roughly at the midpoint of the program. I definitely think this was my biggest accomplishment of the year. I also went on some fun adventures like sailing for the first time ever and beach trips to Florida and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I also got to spend a lot of time with my family like when S visited this summer, which was a lot of fun! In retrospect, 2014 was a pretty great year and I think 2015 will be even better. Looking forward to finishing school, more traveling and new adventures. I’m also excited to bring some new things to the blog next year so keep an eye on this space! Until then, have a Happy New Year and see you all in 2015!!

xoxo

-H

Weekend Gone Awry…

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Hello, people! Ever have one of those weekends that just doesn’t go quite as planned? That was definitely the case for me this past weekend. My mom and I decided to take a quick trip to D.C. to celebrate her birthday, which also happens to be my little cousin’s birthday. We took the last flight out on Saturday night and everything went smoothly. Sunday was their actual birthday so we did the whole party-at-Chuck E. Cheese-thing for the little ones during the day and had dinner and cake with the rest of the family at night. Sometime in that 24 hour window I managed to be the ONLY one to catch this wicked stomach bug because by Monday morning, I was down for the count. Fever, headache, vomiting, the whole 9. I couldn’t keep anything down and was basically confined to a bed and Netflix all day. Being sick while you’re away from home is the WORST but it was a little comforting to be at my aunt’s house surrounded by family instead of at some hotel. By Monday night I was at least able to keep some crackers and Gatorade down and on Tuesday, we were packing up to catch our flight back home, although I was slightly dehydrated and exhausted from not eating anything solid for 48 hours! That was absolutely not how I planned on spending my short time in D.C. since I was super excited to go to the Newseum, eat at Shake Shack and maybe visit a monument or two. D.C. is one of my favorite cities and I will definitely be back again soon (armed with Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap if I have to!!)

-H

Posts from my last trip to D.C. here and here. :)

Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving was already a week ago but I never got a chance to upload pictures from the day. I managed to take pictures up until we started eating but after that, I was all about enjoying the food and hanging out with family :) We all love playing games too so after we ate and rested, we worked off a little turkey playing Just Dance 2015 and Dance Central on the Xbox. We also played some Jenga and Cards Against Humanity. Can I just say that Cards Against Humanity is the most ridiculous/hilarious/horrible game I’ve ever played??!! If you’ve played it you probably know what I mean and I’ll just leave it at that :P

Anyways, here are a few pics from the day..

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And with that…it’s officially Christmas Season!

-H

Family Dinner

Last Friday was my sister’s birthday so we decided to go out to dinner as a family. I’ve noticed as we all get older, we spend less and less time together so when it’s someone’s birthday, we make it a point to do something together. My sister was in the mood for seafood, which led us to the Real Seafood Co. restaurant downtown.

DSC_0419It’s been years since I’ve been to Real Seafood and apparently iPad menus are the cool thing now! DSC_0427Our coconut shrimp appetizer was DELICIOUS! (Partially because we were all starving and it was a late dinner for us)DSC_0432Dad’s salmon and sweet potato dishDSC_0449With the Birthday Girl!!DSC_0463Lovely candid courtesy of dad :)DSC_0475I love going downtown this time of year! Christmas lights are my favorite!!DSC_0501Happy Birthday little sis!!

-H