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tips on how to sleep well from an insomniac

hey y’all,

how is everyone?

for a couple years now, i have had a really hard time falling asleep, and some nights i genuinely can’t fall asleep at all. it always happens at the worst times.

*flashback to camping with my family last year and i didn’t sleep so i stayed up watching shrek the musical on netflix and walking around the camp ground at 5 am and taking a four hour nap later that day*

so having a good nights sleep is a rare occasion for me. if i want to be asleep before 12 or 1 then i HAVE to take meltonin, but here are some of the things i do when i really need sleep 🙂

watch asmr videos

i only just started doing this but wow oh wow does it help. no matter what time it is i have to watch at least one before i can fall asleep. the only person whose asmr videos i find enjoyable and not creepy is dodie (doddleoddle on youtube) all of her videos are really calming so highly recommend cause she is so pretty and just really aesthetically pleasing. but please if you have an iphone turn on night shift because it really does help. if youre doing any late night scrolling turn that on.

white noise

i cant stress this one enough. putting calming noises on while youre falling asleep is the best ever. my fav app for it is White Noise Ambience. and my fav sound is rain on umbrella. Ambient Mixer is also a great one for just regular backgorund noise. i like hufflepuff common room for studying because it makes you feel like youre really there.

warm and cold

drinking warm tea and taking a warm but not hot shower and then getting into a cold room and pilling blankets on top is the best feeling ever and the best thing for when you need to get sleepy. at the very least wash your face with some warm water. but highly recommend trying to do this every  night because you will fall asleep so freaking fast

 

well i hope you learned something! these are just a couple things i have found work for me. also the obvious which is try to stay off your phone, have a comfortable bed and exercising is all important.

sleep tight!

love,

ellie

 

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how to make the best iced coffee ever

hi y’all

i love iced coffee. like a lot. i make this recipe maybe, 2-3 times a day. (yes, i do know how bad that is for me but i dont care). it is so so good.

so here is the recipe for the best almond milk latte. ( it is technically not a latte, since it doesn’t have frothed milk or espresso but latte sounds cooler than iced coffee so we’re calling it a latte)

ingredients

1/2 – 1 cup of strong and freshly brewed coffee. it is totally cool if it is hot cause once it mixes with the milk and ice it will be the perfect temperature. i recommend grinding up whole bean coffee, but that’s just because it makes me feel more cultured and fancy, so you do you

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a heck ton of almond breeze vanilla almond milk sweetened. i recently fell in loooove with this stuff. i like the sweetened because it has enough sugar in it i don’t have to add my own, so it is a lot less work. also it makes the coffee vanilla-almond flavor, which is absolutely delicious.

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ice.

 

the rest is realllyy simple. you are going to brew the coffee and then fill a cup up with ice and milk. i use the same type of cup each time so i have figured out the perfect ratio of ice:milk:coffee. but i have no idea what the actual measurements are oops! hah its probably like 3 cups? i dont know.

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now pour the coffee on top of the milk and ice. you might need to add more ice so do that if you need to. and you’re done! know just add a glass/ metal reusable straw! cause you’re not allowed to use a plastic straw with this recipe! i mean you can but saving the ocean is so much better than using plastic straws! plus it tastes better!

all done. now enjoy outside with a cat( or you can join me watching netflix in a dark room, your choice)

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love,

ellie

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she’s back

hi y’all,

number one. it’s my one year anniversary with wordpress! i’ve been wanting to write for a while but i guess i haven’t been inspired enough, but this seemed like a perfect opportunity.

number two. wow, i’ve been gone for a hot minute. which, ok, i really dont have any excuse/reason other then i didnt want to. it sounds like i didn’t care about this blog and i’m lazy

which does have some truth but

what i was writing and publishing didn’t feel like it came from me. it wasn’t what i really wanted to put out there. although, i did really enjoy publishing it. i started feeling like it was my job.

now i don’t for sure know what i want to publish. but i think i’ll start with posting some different types of blog posts and see where it goes. so if it seems that this blog is a lil all over the place. it probably is.

but i know that i want to be real. im going to use youtube for an example for a quick second. my favorite youtbers and videos are the ones that seem real. my favroite youtubers right now are dodie and emma chamberlain. because, they are just so real. it feels like you really know them. also vlog-type videos are the best. because again it feels like you’re there.

anyway, i basically want to be real here. have i made that clear yet? i want to document my life, and my growth, because im still so so young. im so excited to see where i am in a week, month or even a year. i want my blog to reflect that.

mostly im kinda tired of being so scared to please everyone i don’t please myself. so if i seem different it is because i want to be myself. even though i dont really know how she is yet. anyway!

here are a couple facts that i havent told anyone (here) yet!

one: my first name is kiera! wow! my middle name is ellie, and i kinda prefer ellie. i guess i told yall my name was ellie, for privacy. but who wants privacy? hah i am still going to go by ellie but yay! you now know more about me!

two: im a feminist! cool! ive been one since i learned what it means. it really confuses me when people aren’t feminists. because equality is good! i 97% sure im going to be talking about it more 🙂

three: i dont have many friends, (relatable i know) but the couple friends i do have i love with my whole heart!! i went through a fun time during eigth grade that showed me what true friends are really like. plus! it gave me an excuse to cut some not so good people off! good!

ok, this was a bit ranty but get used to it! but i hope you all enjoy the new me. because i hope you do! talk to you soon !

love,

ellie

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how to get ready FAST in the morning

hello everyone!!

i recently posted my school morning routine and in that post i said how it took me around a hour and a half to get ready. because of that post i realized that i could totally cut down that time to a hour or even less. so here are a couple of things i have been trying recently and also some of my favorite tips that i have been using for years!( ok maybe not years but like  a while lol)

prep EVERYTHING the night before

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this is something i literally always do. before i go to sleep i shower, pack my bag, make my lunch, make my coffee for the morning, lay out my outfit, and i like to go through my morning routine and find things that i can do the night before like straighten my hair or lay out my makeup. its really nice to wake up in the morning and just know that pretty much everything is already done for you.

limit your products

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ok this might be just me but i genuinely dont understand how people spend 20 minutes on their makeup and 15 minutes on their skin routine, like HOW. i  have around 2-3 products in my skin routine and less then 10 makeup products, because it makes life easier. now im not saying to stop washing your face and putting on makeup all together. just keep a small bag of your staples, products that you could literally not live without and just use those.

have something to look forward to

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im basically just telling you to reward yourself with something if youre on time. i like to spend extra time picking out my outfit ( the night before obviously), because i find then that my more excited to get out of bed earlier and get started with my day. but it doesnt just have to be an outfit, make some bomb coffee or make your favorite breakfast, whatever you want!

have a set routine

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if you know exactly what youre going to be doing in the morning then you will be less frantic and more in control. also, once it becomes a habit you can probably do it with your eyes closed so then you get more sleep win-win! but seriously, i find that when i have a set routine it gives my day structure and makes the transition from bed to school or work so much more easier!and i love writing down what im doing in the morning in my planner!

get your beauty sleep

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i know how hard it is to go to bed at a decent hour. and know that you cant go from a night owl to a morning bird in one night, but make it one of your goals. you will feel so much happier. so try saving your binge watching nights to the weekends!

 

and that is it! i really hope you all enjoyed! how long does it take you to get ready? let me know! img_0536-14

 

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MARCH FAVORITES: what have i been loving?

hello everyone!

So sorry i haven’t talked to you all in a while. School has been crazy and I’ve been gone for a while. Anyway, back to this post. I realized I have never actually done a favorites post. I’m really excited! So, let’s do this!

NYX WORTH THE HYPE MASCARA

I went into Target to grab a new mascara, because mine was old and dry. I originally was going to pick up one from Pixi, but they did not have the one i wanted. I had a little stroll around the makeup aisles and found this one. It said it was new out, and i hadn’t seen anyway talk about it. I grabbed it and I have been testing it out. I have to say, it is incredible! It is super black, and really thick, and a itny bit clumpy but i quite like ti when it is like that. i find it makes it a lot more dramatic and just gorgeous. i have been using it almost everyday. Highly recommend!

NYX HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR PRO PALETTE + bh COSMETICS 110 BRUSH

I received this palette at Christmas, and although I have been using it since then, i finally found my favorite application method. The third color, from the left is the one I always use. Also, this brush has been my favorite for contour. Whenever I use this, I always look so chiseled lol. It is really just amazing, highly recommend.

DESERT ESSENCE RED RASPBERRY SHINE ENHANCING SHAMPOO&CONDITIONER

 

MUSICALS

This month I was so incredibly lucky, because I had the privilege to see Amazing Grace at a local theatre, Come From Away and Spongebob Squarepants on Broadway. They were all AMAZING. If you ever get the chance to see any of them, do it!! I also got to meet so many of the cast members and they were all so lovely. It was really an all around wonderful experience.

 

EVERYTHING SUCKS! ON NETFLIX

I stumbled across this show one night whilst I was quite bored. I’m usually not a huge TV watcher. BUT this is such an amazing show! It is such a funny show but it also deals with quite serious topics. I watched it all in one night, I was honestly so sad when i ended it. I highly highly recommend it!!

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I watched this with one of my best friends and we both almost cried. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, but oh my word it is so worth it. I’m not usually one for teen rom-coms but this is probably one of my favorite movies. It is quite cheesy but cheesy in a really good way lol. It is just such an adorable movie and I highly recommend it. GO WATCH IT!!

 

And that is it! I really hope you have enjoyed my first ever favorites! let me know what your favorites have been this month 🙂

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why i love early mornings

hello everyone and happy saturday!

why i love early mornings

you wake up to a still house, and creep downstairs turning on lights. going slowly and softly so you do not wake anyone up. you look out the window and even though it is still dark out, you can see the promises of a new day sneak across the sky. a smile comes to your lip as you smell the coffee beans and a sense of calm floods over you as you listen to the dripping of the incredible warm drink.

you take a deep breathe and you have no desire to see what other people are doing or show them how you spend your day, so you avoid your phone. you curl up with a blanket and your hands are cradling a steamy mug. as you look outside you can feel the peaceful breeze and the comforting sound of birds chirping take over your mind’s thoughts. you sit there just embracing the quiet. you watch the sun chase away the darkness as you carefully sip your coffee. you grab your favorite book and you travel to another time and place. you have leave this world for a little bit. once you return you remember you have responsibilities, although today is quite light. you reach for your trusty planner and start planning your day.

as you hear the rustling of sleepy people waking up, you dash upstairs. you turn on your favorite music ( probably something from broadway for me). you jam out as you start getting ready for your day. you take your time, there is no rush. you can do your hair and makeup for as long as you want to. as you pick out your favorite outfit you can smell breakfast being made. 

as you walk downstairs your mom asks why you wake up so early. you respond with a quick shrug, but you smile to yourself. you wake up that early because there is no rush, no expectations, and no pressure. you can spend quiet and peaceful moments with yourself with no interruptions. you wake up that morning because nothing can stop the happiness you feel as you sip your coffee to the songs of birds. you love waking up early because it is your time with yourself, which is completely and utterly priceless.

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the best books ive read in 2018

hello everyone!!

one of my resolutions this year was to read one hundred books and ive been failing. BUT i have read a couple of really amazing books and i am hoping to add to this list as the year goes on!!

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Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

ok, i am not sure if i am going to be able to tell you how much i LOVE this book!! i got it for christmas and read it the first week of january. i honestly read the whole book in a day. which is super rare for me because it takes me a while to get into it. it s like 300 pages and the day after i first read it, i read it for a second time. that is how good it is. it is a fictional take on Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schyuler ‘s love story. also, the sequel one is coming out on April 19, and you can bet im going to be the first to get my hands on it.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.

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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

i actually had to read this for school, and im doing a presentation on it. it is an amazing story. it honestly really opened my eyes to what a lot of people have to go through. it is the story of Malala Yousafzai. she stood up aganst the Taliban and fought for girls rights to go to school. its a really awesome girl power story and its a great story to read in March since it is the National Women’s History Month ( in America at least)

I Am Malala. This is my story. 
Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.
No one expected her to survive.
Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world — and did.
Malala’s powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person — one young person — can inspire change in her community and beyond.

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A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

at the time that i am writing this, the movie comes out tomorrow!! im so excited and that is actually the reason i read this book. its such a cool weird bizarre book. its a science fiction book and it is incredible! it really sucks you in and keeps you guessing. i can honestly not wait for the movie to come out!! (EDIT i actually saw the movie over the weekend and you all have to see it after you read the book!! its incredible)

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

i hope you all enjoyed!! please let me know your favorite book that you have read this year! let me know any blog posts that you would  like to see in the future!

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