January Favorites

New Year. New Me. Yeah, right! Though I’m excited for a few of my projects I’m currently working on, it’s just the same old, same old in my neck of the woods. After sleeping my life away during the first half of the month, I started my second semester of college. I have a feeling that my classes are going to be easy, but i’m still counting down the days until summer.

Under Armour Bag


On the weekends, I go back home which causes me to have to pack a bag. I have a lot of stuff, so my backpack wasn’t cutting it. I’ve been using my nasty old color guard bag and my dad’s duffel bag. Thankfully, my thoughtful mother bought me a new duffel bag for Christmas. The best part of it was that it has side pockets for shoes so that my clothes don’t get dirty. I can’t find the exact same bag online, but this one is pretty much the same.


Color Design Sensational Effects Lipstick 329 Love It (Cream)


Another Christmas gift was this Lancôme lipstick. I’ve always loved the color design lipsticks, but I’d never spent more than $10 on a lipstick. I guess this came in a gift pack that you get when you spend so much at the makeup counter, but this is a nice color for my skin. Normally lipsticks are too pink, but this is just nice enough for it to work.


Naked Ultimate Basics 


I’ve just been wanting a change of pace in my eye makeup. I do like glittery and the metallic eyeshadows, but I’d wanted to try out a matte pallet. I wanted something more natural looking, as I went through a phase of really dark and smokey eyeshadows. Online right now there isn’t a lot of options. That was, until I found The Naked Basics pallet. Last month I bought this, it was under $30. I’m assuming that it was discounted because Urban Decay is going to stop production of this pallet or something. I love all twelve of the colors, particularly the shades Instinct and Extra Bitter. Also, I’m using Black Jack for my brows filler.


Black Leggings

Just like every other girl on campus, I own black leggings. I just picked these up because it has dramatically gotten colder over break. I thought I’d trade in my shorts and capri leggings at the gym. There isn’t anything special about them; I just bought them at Old Navy when I was there. It’s also nice to wear them under jeans when it’s extra cold out.


January Playlist


Banana Bread

I applaud everyone who is trying to eat healthier in the new year. With that, I recommend trying out a different recipe because this isn’t even close to healthy.

I was heading to work Monday, and I remember that everyone was out watching a presentation. This meant I had about 25 minutes to kill before I had to be back. My school’s student union got a new Starbucks this semester, so I went to buy myself a hot chocolate. That’s where I saw the thickest piece of banana bread in my life. I knew after that moment that I had to make some banana bread that weekend. I’m not going to lie; I’m probably going to sneak this into the movie theater tonight.

By far, I’m a better baker than my mom. Don’t worry, she will admit it too. Growing up whenever my mom would try to make banana bread, it would always come out raw in the middle. Even though she is trying to be healthy right now, I dedicate this banana bread to my mother.

  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup soft margarine or butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups ripe bananas, about 4-5 small
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon



  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Spray down a loaf pan with cooking spray or butter.
  2. Start by mashing the banana into a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and butter. Then add in the eggs and continue to beat. After that, stir in the bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  4. After this, mix the flour 1/2 cup at a time until incorporated. Finally, combine in the baking soda and cinnamon.
  5. Pour this into the loaf pan and bake for an hour. Once this is done, test the middle with a toothpick to check if it’s cooked.

Why I Blog + Content Update

Everyone has something they do in their spare time. Some people watch TV, paint, play a instrument, work out, etc. I seem to have a lot of extra time after I finish my schooling for the day. So I cook, travel, go to the movies, and even have a little bit of a shopping addiction. Anyone who follows my blog might know this. This website represents everything that’s important to me. Everything I love is represented here.

I’ve always had commitment issues surrounding activities. I’d start something and never finish it. Maybe this was why my mom never let me join Girl Scouts. Just in the past few years, I shelled out hundreds of my own money to make a short film and start a podcast. (The podcast equipment might not go to waste though 😏) This is why my family and friends wouldn’t trust me with long-term projects.

I’ve talked about this before, but I’ve always struggled with English and writing. It wasn’t until I actually had a supportive English teacher that made me feel like it was ok to share my work with the world. Then I joined/ was forced into newspaper, and I had no choice but to publish my stuff. Around my birthday in May 2016, I had an idea for a movie review blog. With each post, I would make a recipe to go along with the movie that was themed. So I launched the first version of this blog. At first, I had a friend “edit” my stories to check for grammar issues. It wasn’t until three months later that I figured out she never even read them. From the heavens, my dearest editor Amanda appeared – the godsend grammar guru that has been helping me ever since, and also has started a blog of her own.

Why I do this and continue to do this is because it helps me get out of my shell. This makes me publish my stuff and try out new recipes as well. I’d never think in a million years that I’d know how to make a Thanksgiving turkey or meringue cookies. Since middle school, I’ve written every night before I go to bed. About 90% of this stuff will never be published, but some do turn into blog posts.

Two years later, I’m still shocked that I’m still doing it. Right now, I have a writing schedule that works for me and my life. That’s really the key to keep doing it. Next month, I’ll probably post how my process goes.

I know since I’ve started college, I’ve cut back on posting. In this new year, I’m planning on talking about the stuff that’s important to me like education and what it means to be a woman of STEM. I might even adventure into some uncharted territory like ** pause for dramatic effect** politics. Don’t worry, I will not force it down anyone’s throat. There are just certain topics that I’m studying right that I want to share with everyone, such as global health and the UN’s place in today’s society. I swear it will not reach family Thanksgiving levels of politics.


Chicken & Garlic Soup

Living in the Midwest, the winter fluctuates day to day between below freezing and feeling like a nice spring day. Still, it’s a good time to curl up with comfort food and a good movie. If you read last week’s post about me talking about my all-time favorite films, you are already set for the movie part. I cooked up a soup that’s even impressed my mom and helped me get rid of all the leftover chicken in the fridge.



  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 cups Shredded Chicken
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic, minced
  • 2 Carrots, minced
  • 2 Stalks Celery, minced
  • ¼ Onion, minced
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt down the butter.
  2. Once this happens, add the shredded chicken and coat it using tongs.
  3. Now that the chicken is warming up, add in the garlic, carrots, celery, onion, and cream cheese. Let them melt down and blend together.
  4. Since the base of the soup is done, it’s time to add in the liquid. Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream. Allow this to sit and reach a boil. Once this happens reduce the heat to low. Let this simmer for 4 minutes.

Ranch Pork Chops

I’ve never been a super picky eater, but growing up I absolutely hated pork chops. It could be because my prepubescent taste buds hated pork. But let’s get real, I’ve always and will forever love bacon. Looking back now, it could have been just too salty, or I didn’t like how dense the meat was.

I found this article on Daily Mail that discussed that some people have a gene called OR7D4. This can alter the taste for pork for people who are carriers. I’m 99.9% sure I don’t have this gene, but I used to profoundly hate this cut of meat.

It wasn’t until some time in middle school before I even ate or tried one again. It turns out I actually liked it, and from there on I enjoyed having one every once and a while. This all changed a few years ago, when my dad bought enough pork chops to feed a small army. Seemingly, we ate pork chops once a week for like six months. At that point, I was sick of eating pork and I ingested enough salt for a saltwater tank.

Late one night last week when I was planning out recipes, I was craving a pork chop. Like who craves a pork chop? I was feeling brave enough to go outside when it was 20 degrees out, so I grilled these up on my BBQ. If you want to go the extra mile, marinate these all day.



  • 4 boneless Pork Chops
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ranch Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper


  1. Preheat a grill or pan over medium heat.
  2. Coat the chops with olive oil and set them aside on a plate.
  3. In a small bowl, place the ranch powder, parsley, garlic powder, and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle on the ranch seasoning on top of the pork. Then flip them over to get both sides coated.
  5. Grill for 9 to 11 minutes. Make sure to cut one in half to see if it’s done.

My Favorite Films

If you’re new here, you might not know I’m obsessed with movies. I’ve grown up in the age of blockbusters and franchises, and my obsession can only be blamed on my parents. It seems like I have more memories of sitting with them in the living room watching films than anything else. They grew up in the time of post-classical cinema and the rise of home video. It’s no wonder being the influential people they are in my life that I practically consider the theatre my second home. The movie theater is where I’ve spent holidays, birthdays, weddings, and is the go-to hang out spot.

The books you read and the music you listen to can have a significant influence on yourself. This can be said about movies as well. A list of someone’s favorite films can tell you a lot about a person. Each one of the movies I’ve picked can help you get to know me just a little better.



I like to curl up with a good mystery. (A little-known fact about me is that I adored the Nancy Drew books and games as a kid.) The outstanding cast blends a murderous story with comedy. Besides being the only good movie based on a board game, the set of Clue gives me major interior design envy.


Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

I’ve probably seen Scott Pilgrim more times than any other movie. Why? Because of Edgar Wright’s fast-paced visual comedy style.


Jurassic Park

The significance of Jurassic Park to me is that it has stood the test of time. Though it takes place in the 90s, the first act reads more of a futuristic take on the tale of man vs. nature.



I love the musical Chicago. My mom probably introduced it to me at a too young of an age, but I thank her for it today. At one point in third grade, I spent one weekend learning the whole soundtrack. I’m sure somewhere out there on an old laptop there is a super cringy video of me singing and dancing to All That Jazz.



No other teen drama will ever compare to Heathers. This black comedy does something that most cannot, as it shows even the mean girls have different sides to them.



When I say this movie changed my life, I mean it. It reminds me that success doesn’t always mean happiness.


Saturday Night Fever

I’m just adding this because I love the soundtrack.



I didn’t grow up in the 90s, but Clueless made it look fun. Though it’s loosely based on the book Emma, the real story is about our perception of people.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris is the definition of cool, plus he makes me want to skip school and drive up to Chicago.


The Scooby Doo Movie

This movie isn’t good. But it’s an icon of my childhood.


Lost Boys

It’s hard to describe this movie to someone who has never seen it. So basically it’s about a gang of vampires who smoke and ride motorcycles. Kiefer Sutherland is in it with bleach blonde hair. It’s a blast.

Moonrise Kingdom

This emotional joyride was my first adventure into the world of Wes Anderson. Though to some it might seem like a silly art house film, this movie makes me laugh and cry at the same time.

Kill Bill

A badass woman on a revenge mission armed with a katana. Sign me up.


A Cure For Wellness

I must thank my friend Ezri for taking me to this movie. A Cure For Wellness was this crazy horror movie about a mysterious spa in Switzerland. I definitely blame Fox’s marketing team for not making this the biggest horror movie of 2017. There is one scene in particular involving eels that will be burned into my head for the rest of my life.


Almost Famous

Sure, I love the internet and Netflix, but I’d do anything to be a teen in the 70s. The great music and fashion, what more could a girl ask for? I love this coming of age story about a young writer that goes on a tour with a band.


2017 Favorites

Where did the year go? Once again, I kept busy between my schooling and my somewhat little social life that I have. In May, I graduated high school and finally went to Canada. Later in fall, I started college with more than 30 credit hours under my belt. During the semester I joined Lambda Alpha Honor Society & became its new treasurer. Along with that, I joined Student Council & started volunteering at a museum.

Looking back on the goals I set for this year, I’ve only actually accomplished one and a half of them. I shouldn’t set any goals in 2018 because more likely than not I will not follow through with them.

Anyway, 2018 is going to be about investing in myself and the future. I don’t know what that means for me yet, but I’ll keep you updated.


Sugared Amber Dream Perfume


This is the closest it comes to me having a signature scent. This perfume was gifted to me from my mom last Christmas, and I’ve been wearing it almost every day since. It’s sweet but not overpowering. I like that it’s in a rollerball so I can throw it in my bag.


Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Dewy Smooth 110- Porcelain


This foundation has changed the way I wear makeup. I’ve never found any drugstore foundation that provides this much coverage. It’s easy to blend in and build upon. Let’s just say this saved my butt in wedding photos this year when I broke out in hives the day of my sister’s wedding.


Tony Moly I’m Real Sheet Masks Rice & Aloe


I’ve finally jumped on the Korean beauty train! Tony Moly masks became a skin care staple for me. Mainly, I regularly use the Rice (for clear skin) & Aloe (for dry skin).


Roku Express


Unless you have a smart TV or game console, you need a Roku player. Just like the Google Chrome or Fire Stick, it’s just one way you can stream media into your tv. Why I chose this over its competitors is that it’s a little cheaper & comes with a remote.




While in Victoria, B.C. this summer, I’ve discovered the best store in the world. Roots is a Canadian store that specializes in Canada appeal & leather goods. I could spend some serious money in there.


White Converses


I’m one of the messiest people in the world. So I tend to stay away from white clothing because I know I’ll have it destroyed before I even walk out the door. On a limb, I bought these white converse while on a girls weekend in Kansas City. Between these and my black Nikes, I wear these almost every day.


Gold Choker


I wish I’d kept the tag on this necklace because I have no clue who makes this choker. All I know is that I got this at Dillard’s during their semi-annual sale. I love wearing this with V-neck tops.


Sailor Alpaca


Every year, two of my friends go to A-Kon in Dallas, and this year they picked me up this little plushy. I named him Eric.


American Vandal

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This is one of the tightest written and produced shows of this year. Everything is there for a reason, and honestly there is no filler in it. It’s short enough that you can watch it in one evening. Great characters and can’t wait until season 2.




I’ve decided to split up my favorite shows into steaming & live. Because at least here in the US I’m able to watch Riverdale live each week. Though it is totally binge worthy, I like it better watching it live each week. Riverdale is the definition of an edgy teen adaptation. But it works! The first season was amazing, and the second season is just as good.



I just couldn’t talk about one movie that I liked this year, so I narrowed it down to 10. Back in July, I made a list of my favorite films from the first half of the year. A couple of those picks have changed around. I’m going to put a quick summary with each one in case you haven’t heard of it.

1.) A Cure for Wellness- A German-American horror movie that will make you hate eels.


2.) Lady Bird- Charming coming of age drama about a girl who is trying to find herself.

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3.) Baby Driver- After a getaway driver falls in love, he tries to leave his life of crime behind him. – Killer Soundtrack-


4.) Thor: Ragnarok- Thor has to save Asgard, but he gets stuck on a prison planet. He ends up teaming up with an old ally to save the world.


5.) Kong: Skull Island (Read my review here)- Two-hour symbolism for the Vietnam War with a giant ape.


6.) IT- Adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a killer clown.


7.) Logan- Hugh Jackman’s emotional goodbye to the X Men franchise.


8.) Atomic Blonde- A new wave fueled Cold War spy thriller.

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9.) Lucky Logan- A poor man’s Ocean’s 11.

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10.) Murder on the Orient Express- The star-studded adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel.



My favorite music this year is a combination of both old & new.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

During the holiday season, there is nothing I like more than having a large slice of pecan pie. I get it if you want to use your own crust recipe, but just to make my life a little easier I used a frozen crust.


  • 1 Pre-Made Frozen Pie Crust
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 3 large Eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Pecans, chopped



  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Lay out the pie crust on the freezer.
  2. In a saucepan, melt down the stick of butter. Then combine sugar and corn syrup. Constantly stirring, mix the sugar and corn syrup into the butter until the sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat and add in the chocolate chips.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Pour the cooled sugar mixture into the bowl. Whisk this constantly so the egg doesn’t cook. Then stir in the pecans.
  4. Pour mixture into pie crust. Bake for 50 minutes.

Cranberry Meatballs

For the first time in years, I’m not hosting a huge Christmas get-together for all my friends. This year it’s going to be low key with a few girls over. Still, I am going to make a couple of snacky food for us to eat. Because I’m going with a holiday theme, I’m making a holiday version of party meatballs.


  • 2 14-ounce packages Frozen Meatballs
  • 1 14-ounce can Whole Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 17-ounce bottle Barbecue Sauce of Choice
  • ¼ Cup Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 tablespoon Worcheshire Sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Cayenne


  1. In a small saucepan combine the can of cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce. You want this to smooth out a bit and just start to bubble.
  2. Then mix in mustard, garlic powder, onion, Worchestire sauce, and Cayenne.
  3. For easy cleanup, put a slow cooker liner in the crockpot. Then dump in the meatballs.
  4. Pour on the sauce on top of the frozen meatballs. Put on the lid, and place them on a low setting. If you want to speed this up, either warm up the meatballs first or put them at high speed.
  5. After the meatballs have been in there an hour, mix the meatballs in with the sauce. Every hour or so, stir the meatballs so that each one of them is covered.
  6. Three to four hours later, the meatballs are ready to be eaten.

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies

Every spring my local museum would have a tea party. I’ve kind of outgrown that now, but I still think about these chocolate chip meringue cookies. Ever since I’ve started my blog one and a half years ago, I have been wanting to make meringue cookies. The issue was that the cookies always stuck to the pan because I didn’t have a silicone baking mat. Thanks to Amazon Prime two day shipping, I’ve learned to make my favorite cookie from my childhood just in time for the holidays.


  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 12-ounce package mini semi-sweet chocolate chips



  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °F. Lay a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet.
  2. In a clean bowl, add the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat this until it’s thick.
  3. Adding only about ¼ at a time, slowly add the sugar into this gradually. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Carefully fold in the mini chocolate chips with a spatula.
  5. Using a spoon, drop little circles about the size of a quarter onto the mat.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven. Allow the cookies to cool in the oven for 30 extra minutes.