12 Months of Happiness: December 2016

December 30, 2016

12 Months of Happiness
Happy Friday and welcome to the latest installment of my 12 Months of Happiness series! Although I’m still currently in Paris at the moment, and I usually don’t like to blog while I’m away on vacation, I couldn’t end the year without finishing off my 12 Months of Happiness series (don’t worry, this series will be back in 2017 for its THIRD year here on the blog!). I can’t believe that there’s only one more day until 2017?! Man, did 2016 fly by! Although there were a few bumps along the way, 2016 shaped up to be a pretty good year. Travel wise, 2016 was AMAZING! I visited Disneyland and Disney World (aka my second homes) multiple times, I got to visit Paris (and Disneyland Paris) TWICE (which I NEVER thought would be possible) and I went on my first ever cruise (to the Bahamas!). Yup, 2016 you were a-okay in my book! Here are some of the things that made me happy in December (Don’t forget to comment down below how your December went and what things made you smile this month!)

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What I’m Looking Forward To This Winter (2016)

December 22, 2016

What I'm Looking Forward To This Winter
Happy Thursday and welcome back to another installment of my “What I’m Looking Forward To” series! Since it’s now OFFICIALLY winter (aka one of my favorite times of the year), I thought today would be the perfect time to share with you all a few things I’m looking forward to this season. If you haven’t already noticed, I LOVE making bucket listsdocumenting happy moments and writing posts like this (this just so happens to be my NINTH one) and since I’ve had such a positive response from you all on this series, hopefully that means you guys like reading these kinds of posts as much as I like writing them! For me, winter means building snowmen, hot cocoa, traveling, holiday lights, Christmas joy, New Years resolutions, peppermint bark, fuzzy sweaters, ice skating, hanging out with friends and everything in between! Here are a few of the things I’m looking forward to this winter (for reference, winter is from December 21, 2016 – March 20, 2017): Continue reading

TokyoTreat Monthly Japanese Candy & Snacks Box Review

December 21, 2016

Happy Wednesday! Can you believe that Christmas is only FOUR days away? Since I’m spending the holidays in Paris (I leave TOMORROW), my family spent last weekend opening up all of our Christmas presents (shoutout to Santa for delivering all the gifts a week early to accommodate our travel plans!). If it wasn’t obvious from all my blind box and bag openings, I LOVE a good surprise! It’s always so much fun opening up something and not knowing exactly what you’ll get (speaking of opening things/gifts, I’m so grateful for all the wonderful gifts I got for Christmas this year!). That’s why I love subscription boxes, it’s like Christmas every month (and who doesn’t love Christmas?)! If you know me, or if you checked out my YumeTwins review last week, then you already know that I’m OBSESSED with Japanese culture and all things kawaii (seriously, it’s the BEST)! That’s why I was super excited when YumeTwins contacted me and asked if I wanted to review not only one of their YumeTwins boxes (you can check out that review HERE) but one of their TokyoTreat boxes as well! Continue reading

Shopping at The Nassau Straw Market | Bahamas

December 19, 2016

Nassau Bahamas
Although the weather today isn’t that bad (and it’s not suppose to snow again until Christmas, although I’ll already be in Paris by then), yesterday was one of the coldest days in Chicago in December thus far! At one point yesterday, thanks to the wind, it felt like -15 degrees in parts of the city. In fact, in the 10 minutes it took to shovel the snow in front of my house, my entire hands almost froze completely (and I was wearing THICK gloves!). I’m so happy that it’s going to be in the high 40s/low 50s while I’m in Paris later this week/during the holidays! All this chilly weather instantly brought me back to last month when I was sipping daiquiris and sitting poolside in the Bahamas! If you’ve checked out some of my other cruise posts then you’ll know that during my Carnival cruise, I got to spend two (wonderful) days in Nassau. I spent the first day really exploring and getting to know the island and I spent the second day exploring Atlantis Paradise Island Resort (you can check that out HERE!). Continue reading

Winter Wonderland/Christmas Tag

December 16, 2016

tsum tsum Christmas Tree
Can you believe that in less than one week it will officially be winter (I know this weather is tricking people into thinking it’s winter now but it is in fact still fall) and that there’s only NINE days until Christmas? Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought it would be fun to do a Winter Wonderland/Christmas Tag (meaning some of these questions are winter related and some are Christmas related)! Like I said in my Disney Tag and Fall/Halloween Tag posts, I always have so much fun reading these kinds of posts and watching Youtube tag videos because I feel like you really get to learn more about the person behind the blog (or channel in the case of YT). Fell free to answer any of these questions for yourself down in the comments below (I’d LOVE to hear your answers)! Continue reading