Monday, February 27, 2017

Snow in Seattle

Hello everybody!
Sorry, it's been such a long time since my last post, to be honest, there really hasn't been anything to blog about in a while. However, I thought a quick update would be nice and a great time to display some of the wonderful pictures I received on the latest snow day in Seattle (by the way, Uni was cancelled!)

When I woke up, I woke to a beautiful blue window. I, of course, clicked on my twinkle lights.

I thought the blue-ish tinge made a nice, natural filter for a mirror picture. (A post of my wall decor is to come!)

I instantly ran outside in the bright morning (surprising because I'm usually a late sleeper) and looked over the fence to the beautiful blanket of snow. 

as shown in my instagram: @little.chipmunk

It was a nice day to relax and just enjoy some warm cider inside. As the weather gets colder and wetter in Seattle, I wish you all some relaxation time to cozy up inside and pamper yourself.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Discovering Washington: Sequim Lavender Festival

hello everyone!
Every year in Washington we have a whole bunch of Lavender Festivals and one really well known festival is the Sequim Lavender Festival, which I finally got to go to! This year the festival was held from July 15th to 17th, and as we transition to more or less Autumn (yay!) I thought it would be a nice blast to the past to look at some Summertime memories.

*Disclaimer: sorry if this brings out sadness or yearning for the Summertime, that was not my intention :p *

The very first thing that greeted my eyes was this purple painted beauty, which just proved how much lavender love there was at this festival.

When you reach the farm, through complimentary shuttle, the first thing I saw was the New England style farmhouse completed with overgrown greenery that creates a tunnel that looks straight out of Secret Garden.

When you go out to the fields, you're just hit with bunches of blooming lavender that surround you. The scent was light and fresh, the sun was beaming, the wind was light, and a beautiful purple haze surrounds you. I'm talking about the lavender, not whatever Jimi Hendrix was singing about. 

They're also nice enough to label different types of lavender, tip: Royal Velvet is culinary lavender ;)

I mean, even the animals seemed so happy to be there! It was honestly one of the best and most peaceful moments in my life. They even had a maze which I, of course, tried, and failed...and then cheated. whoops!

Tons of local artists and crafters also come to feature their works. It took everything I had not to buy this beautiful birdhouse, especially since I didn't have a house of my own. However, I did buy some local honey which is an obsession I just can't resist. 

The sun definitely beats you down though, so we stopped by the market held in Downtown Sequim. I picked up a nice, icy Arnold Palmer and unfortunately ran into a Chocolate Caramel Apple stand in which I continued to buy out their entire stock. But at the end of the day, my Birkenstock tan was well worth all the sun exposure and walking I went through that day. And now I will seemingly always have a 3-inch tan band weirdly placed across my feet, oh well!

I loved the summer, but I do have to say my favorite season is Autumn so I look forward to sharing that season. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Chia Seed Energy Bites!

hello everybody!
Recently, I've been on the go a lot more, especially in my morning, or at least what's considered my morning since I'm a late sleeper :) But with a busy day ahead, a good breakfast or at least a kickstarter snack is vital so I've mixed and matched recipes and given it my own little twist to create these yummy chia seed energy bites.

I made a regular and, of course, a chocolate version. 
What you need:
  • 1/2 cup of nuts (I used almonds and hazlenuts)
  • 1 cup of mejool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • Either 3/4 tsp of vanilla extract or cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 2-3 tbsp of chia seeds
  • extra cocoa powder

                                                                                                                                                 grab your 1/2 cup of nuts with your salt and plop them into a food processor. 
Chop them up roughly, but be sure not to turn them into a powder, so I suggest pulsing

Pit your dates chop them into quarters.

Place the cup of dates along with the vanilla extract or cocoa powder in the processor and pulse. 

                                                                                           Everything should start to form together almost like a dough. When the dough forms, plop it all on your counter and start forming balls approximately 1 tbsp at a time.

With all your energy bites, roll them around in the chia seed. If you opted for the chocolate ones, I mixed chia seeds and some extra cocoa powder together for the outside dusting. I really like how the sweetness of the dates pairs well with the unsweetened cocoa powder and provide a sweet, but healthy alternative to sugar. I hope you all enjoy these delicious, tiny treats.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

hello sunshine~

hello everybody!

I know I've been MIA for the past year or so and I am so sorry about my random disappearance. However, I am now back and ready to restart blogging!

Like the tarot cards displayed, the Ace of each suit represents a new start and a new journey. The ace of pentacles, cups, swords, wands, and the first card of the Major Arcana; the fool. Like each of these cards represent, I am starting a new journey in my life after hitting a wall in my freshman year of college. 

I've decided to take time in rediscovering myself, really grounding myself, and looking toward the past. My new goal for the next school year is my well-being and a wholesome life and I hope you all will join me for the journey!

~ let's take a journey all ~

leave a comment for any future post ideas you guys would like to see :)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Exploring Washington: The Fremont Neighborhood

hello everybody, I'm back!! 
I'm so sorry to have kept the spaces between blogs so long, but with spring upon us, the explorations season has finally begun! So come and join me on my trip to the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

Since Uni, thrifting has become a new found skill. Fremont is full of quirky, underground shops like this one I just came across. I found this adorable little "Winnie the Pooh" quote book that is so whimsical and lovely. 

And to my surprise, the Fremont Street Fair was being held on the day that I impulsively decided to go to Fremont. These pop-up cards absolutely stole my heart. I actually purchased the camera pop-up card displayed on the left and all of them have a really unique cut out design on the front of the card. Everybody was so attracted to these lovely card because of the intricacy, like the seats for the ferris wheel actually swing back and forth!

Another favorite booth of mine was the Shrubs booth. Shrubs is basically a concentrated syrup that you mix with soda water or alcohol to create a cocktail. It really is refreshing and it has a bit of a tartness that makes it really refreshing to the tongue.

After a hard day of exploration, the ultimate exploration is the local street food, of course! I've heard of "nosh" before, but never go to try it and was super excited especially with their daily special of Fish + Chips. 

The meal was a bit pricy, coming around $10, but the Fish + Chips was huge! I was only able to eat about half of it. Definitely delicious and love how crunchy the outside batter was. Another cool thing was since there were only so many tables, we had to share with strangers which spurred some amazing, impromptu conversation. I met a grandfather who told me of his trip to London during the great heat wave and how in Russia they were serving Vodka Floats (Ice Cream + Vodka!)

Even though you may not be able to explore Fremont specifically, any impulsive/impromptu trip is highly recommended! I literally got on a random bus and got off at a random location and had an absolute blast by myself. Go out and explore!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Night Walks: Coming Back to Yourself

hello everybody!

As some of you have probably noticed, I haven't posted anything in a bit. The reason why has just been because I have been very flooded with school work at Uni and just general life. I haven't really been able to take any trips or visit any interesting shops to show you all, but on a night walk I came to realize that not all my posts has to be somewhere new and unique. 

I was reminded how beautiful University Village is and how I had just forgotten it's beauty because I visit so often. From the water fountains... the garden shop that leaves out plants to view

....and finding small surprises like these small bronze frogs.

~ sometimes walks in the night can light your way ~

I hope you can rediscover a place that have become normal to you!

Monday, January 18, 2016

What I Got for Christmas ***

hello everybody!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! I am officially back at school and was just slammed with the adjusting I needed to do, mainly my horrible sleep schedule *whoops* I always get a bit nostalgic for the holidays around this busy time, so I'm going to be recounting what I received for Christmas and hopefully you all enjoy! (is it just me who likes these types of blogs? maybe I'm just a gigantic stalker :\. oh well, off we go!)

1. Tea Fisherman {Kikkerland} + Ceramic Mug

The cup is so adorable and I love the typewriter font on it. It's not perfect either, as it has little bends and wrinkles which I think is perfect for a rustic look. The tea fisherman is especially a favorite, it's just an adorable man that sits on the side of your cup that you can string your tea bag through so the string doesn't get lost in the water! brilliant!

2. Drawing Pad + Watercolor Pencils {Local Craft Store}

I love to doodle and, of course, art tools are a must. I love these watercolor pencils because their the perfect multi-use tool in regards to watercolor. Also I love the drawing pad as it's nice and thick which I could do some ink calligraphy on! (love the quote as well!)

3. Ring Dishes {Anthropologie}

These ring dishes are perfect for usage or just decor. Though I love Anthro, sometimes I can't afford it, but these dishes were both well-priced and absolutely adorable. I especially fell in love with the hidden messages underneath the dishes ~

 4. Cookbook {Anthropologie}

Now, this was actually a gift to myself :p I love a good cookbook and Anthropologie was actually having a great sale after the Christmas period. This book is very rustic and I love the concept that these foodies went to 20 different rustic dinner places and took their iconic dishes and compiled a twist version into this fantastic book. 

They also have little labels on the bottom for which season each dish matches!

 5. Adorned Winter Candles

I am a strong lover candles, especially winter scents. This apple, pumpkin, cinnamon, spice smelling candle is absolutely amazinggg! I honestly haven't found a winter candle that can battle this smell and it doesn't  hurt that the glass votive is so beautifully decorated.

6. Ceramic Box {J. Crew}

This funky little box is perfect for jewelry or keepsakes. I also love that the color was so bright and cheerful because usually I don't have a lot of color in my room decor so this definitely adds a nice pop!

I hope you all had a wonderful winter holiday and are adjusting to the busy January season :) Here's a picture of my family's wonderful white christmas tree for a little nostlagia

~ *still dreaming about a winter wonderland* ~