To Learn is to Love

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hopping Through the Holidays

Hello and Merry Christmas!
Between parties, gift wrapping, baking, shopping, and the traffic of all the last minute shoppers, I am beat. I went to at least five different stores yesterday and was out for four hours shopping. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE shopping. But with Christmas just a couple days away, all I want to do sleep and watch Christmas movies. Actually I want to try to watch as many Christmas movies as possible this year, especially the ones I haven't seen yet. So far I have seen: Elf, Love Actually, and 12 Dates of Christmas. While three movies may not be a lot, it's more than I typically watch during the Christmas season, but I intend on watching more soon. 

In the season of celebrating, I hosted a party the other day. A very laid back party because like everyone else, we have all been very busy. But to keep up with my busy life I baked at least 50 chocolate chips cookies, about 25 sugar cookies, and a lot of chocolate flowers. I was exhausted following the party. But I feel like many are always exhausted around this season because of the hustle and bustle or the season. 

The Chocolate Flowers Before Being Made
May your Christmas be Merry and Bright
With Love,
                 Jacquelyn

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Let's Start at the Very Beginning

A very good place to start...
I've been through than I care to mention. Stuff that is too personal to speak of (especially online). But when  I was younger I went through an experience that I would never wish upon someone. I was young at the time and never really got the chance to heal properly. I healed but the wound still opens every now and then. 

More recently however, I had hit what was the lowest point I had ever been at. I may or may not be depressed. I was never actually diagnosed with depression but feel as such fairly often. Regardless I am seeing someone to help through this time. 

I have always lived inside my head. This has been for as long as I can remember. I've always wanted to be a princess and live the life of a fairy tale. Though I am aware that this is unattainable, especially in this world, I try to make the world as happy of a place as possible. I have come to the conclusion that if those around me are happy then I shall be happy as well.

I hope to fill your days with my thoughts and the things that fill my days. Perhaps you may find them as enjoyable as I do. 

With Love, 
                 Jacquelyn 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Washington D.C. ~ Day 3

While in D.C., we were lucky enough to get in touch with my mom's cousins that live outside of D.C.  They were nice enough to pick us up and bring us to the places that we were unable to get to by way of the metro. Our first stop was the Mount Vernon. It was lovely - it wasn't too hot yet and the garden was in what I consider to be full bloom! After exploring the grounds and going through the small museum we stopped by the little food court at Mount Vernon, where I had a personal sized Pizza Hut cheese pizza and Zapps Voodoo potato chips.

The Mansion
The view of the Potomac from the porch.
From there we decided to go in the direction of Georgetown, but not quite there yet. Out stop was Roosevelt Island.

Theodore Roosevelt Island is dedicated to the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt was a conservationist, which is part of the reason why and National Park became his memorial. The memorial itself, while gorgeous, I felt was in need of some care. There were some fountains, but they were not working. Regardless of that it was incredibly peaceful and relaxing, especially when you know the road and large city is not too far away.

The bridge you cross to get to the Island. 
A statue of the man himself
This was part of one of the fountains.
I'm in love with the detail put into the memorial. 
Overall I would say it's a hidden gem. While it is already on your map, the Island should be marked as one of your stops.

From there we drove into Georgetown to go to my one of my favorite destinations of this whole adventure: Georgetown Cupcake. While I'm not sure how popular the show ever was, I personally love TLC's D.C. Cupcakes, a cupcake show following the bakery Georgetown Cupcake, which was founder by two sisters Katherine and Sophie. It has always been my dream to visit Georgetown Cupcake and get my hands on one of the delicious cupcakes. And finally the dream came true and it was incredible. While the line to order was a tad bit long, many people said that the line was much shorter than usual - so I guess we got lucky.


As for the cupcakes themselves, they were delicious! I ordered Vanilla & Chocolate for myself and ended up sharing Milk Chocolate Birthday with my mom. First my opinion of Vanilla & Chocolate. For starters I am going to say that I am not much of an icing person. I don't like a ton of icing and often scrape a good bit of the icing off. I did not do this with these cupcakes but instead broke off the bottom and made it like a sandwich! When I ordered Vanilla & Chocolate it didn't register with me that the chocolate was going to be dark chocolate (which was kind of stupid of me...) Even though I am not the biggest fan of dark chocolate I have to say I really liked the dark chocolate frosting. And the vanilla cake and the frosting complemented each other perfectly.

It looks delicious!
The second cupcake, Milk Chocolate Birthday, was truly perfection. I mean seriously. I have no words except to say that I think I may be in love with this cupcake. I even enjoyed the frosting enough to where I wouldn't have made it into a cupcake sandwich! Except the frosting looked like it was going to fall so I did it anyway, but whatever... 

I'm in love!
We ended up eating the cupcakes in our hotel because the bakery was so crowded! But the taste was fresh and magical. I definitely want to go back! What if I could one day work there....

Because who wouldn't want a cupcake?
After taking a few moments to catch our breath, finish our cupcakes, and allow me to change my outfit, we went to dinner at Noodles & Co. and got aboard the metro to head downtown. That night we went to see the monuments at night and they were just as gorgeous as they are during the day.






Clearly I really like taking photos of the Washington Monument :)
The only complaint I really have is that there were a lot of bugs near the reflecting pool, making it hard to take pictures and open your mouth... The Lincoln Memorial is a very popular place at night, so we didn't go all the way up, but that was okay. I also have to say it was really interesting to see the Washington memorial in all of the different lighting...

After a night out, we took a taxi back to the hotel. It was a peaceful ending to a lovely night.

With Love,
                      Jacquelyn

P.S. I want to apologize for taking so long to get this up! I've been crazy busy and a tad bit lazy... I'll try to get Day 4 up as soon as I can! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Washington D.C. ~ Day 2

After the previously exhausting and wet day, we woke up on the earlier side compared to the time I usually wake up. Got dressed and were ready to start the day. In our lobby there was an Einstein Bros Bagels, which is what we had for breakfast before we jumped on the subway to the Gallery Place, Chinatown stop. Now while it was interesting to walk through Chinatown, that wasn't our destination. Our real destination was... Drum Roll Please.... The International Spy Museum! This was the place I wanted to go the most. And let me just say I LOVED it. The Spy Museum is fun and interactive, all the while informative on the history of spying. Definitely a great place to go, even if you're not that into museums.




Also while we were there they had a special James Bond exhibit which was pretty cool. Just as interactive and made me wish I had seen at least one James Bond movie. Still really cool though!


The museum all told took about 2 and a half hours, which means we were hungry and ready for lunch when we finished. A couple of buildings down was a Shake Shack, which serves apparently pretty good burgers. Being that I don't eat burgers, I had a vanilla milkshake and french fries, which were good, but not good enough that I would recommend that everyone eat there. My brother on the other hand thought that his burger was delicious. When I asked how he would describe the eatery his exact words were "Good food, long wait." I can agree with the wait being long, not to mention it was insanely crowded. 

On our way to the Mall and the Smithsonian Museums we passed by Ford's Theater and many little shops and restaurants. Once we got to the Mall, we weren't entirely sure what we wanted to do. And unfortunately the Mall's grounds were under construction, which took away some of it's normal beauty. Same thing with the Capitol Building... It's still under reconstruction.

Eventually we decided on the American History Smithsonian Museum, which even though I've only been there once before, I would say it's my favorite. The last time I went, I was unable to see everything and some exhibits were not yet open. This time there were a few exhibits I had yet to see and some that are more interactive than a regular history museum. The First Ladies' dresses were gorgeous and something you can never see too many times. There was also a special exhibit that was like a preview to the upcoming Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American history and Culture. One of my favorite things in the exhibit was one of the costumes from the popular Broadway musical The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of  Oz."
I couldn't get my camera to focus for anything in the world...
This was one of my favorite parts of the museum and got me even more excited for the new Smithsonian. After almost three hours there, we decided it was time to go home only to walk outside and have it start raining... Instead of finding the nearest metro station and taking that back to the hotel, we hailed a cab, who drove us back. 
This dress belonged to Jacqueline Kennedy.
For dinner we went to We, The Pizza again. I order the same slice of pizza and their freshly made Lemon Loves Lime soda that my brother had ordered the night before. Afterwords, we walked down the street to the Cold Stone Creamery.

With the day coming to end, I could say that I was exhausted and could happily check the Spy Museum off my never-ending list of places I would like to go.

With Love, 
                       Jacquelyn 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Washington D.C. ~ Day 1

A few days ago I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Washington D.C., the capitol of the United States of America. While it was my third time visiting I have come to love the city and jump at any chance I have to travel to the city. I was there for a total of five days and had a blast. So please sit back and relax as I share the joys of my trip...

We (referring to my family and I) left early in the morning and flew into the Ronald Reagan National Airport around 11:30 AM and rode in the shuttle to the hotel we were staying at. Located in Crystal City, the hotel was nice and conveniently had access to the Crystal City Shops and the Metro, which was our main way of transportation during our stay. After dropping off our bags in our room, we headed downstairs and ate at Noodles & Company, then to take the metro to our first main stop - the Pentagon.

While we did not tour the Pentagon, we did visit the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial located beside it. Although the set-up of the memorial was confusing at first, we began to understand the significance of the design after looking it up on our phones. Rather a unique design if I do say so myself...



For an explanation about the design, click here.

After exploring the memorial, we got back onto the Metro and headed to the Arlington National Cemetery. Because we were exhausted, we paid for a tour around the cemetery rather than walking. While the tour did spread light on some new information I had never heard, it did start raining and we did not get off the bus at any of the stops. And by raining - I mean the kind of rain that you stand in for only a minute and are drenched to the bone... I however managed to stay almost completely dry, unlike my family. 


Sorry, I was on a moving bus...

After our wet experience at Arlington Cemetery, we headed back to the hotel before walking through the Crystal City Shops to We, The Pizza. While the restaurant is on the smaller side, the slice of pizza I had was rather large. The pizza is made fresh and reheated before given to you. With that being said, I do prefer my pizza crust to be on the thicker side, which the crust was not. Oops! I almost forgot to tell you which pizza I ordered! I ordered a slice of Fresh Buffalo Mozz & Roasted Tomato Pie and besides my issues with the crust, IT WAS DELICIOUS! The pizza had slices (actually they were more like chunks) of tomato with fresh basil, pizza sauce and basil. Best. Pizza. Ever. My brother on the other hand didn't like the oregano that was on his pepperoni pizza.

Our evening after that was fairly relaxed, which is short for we didn't do anything else.

     With Love,
                  Jacquelyn

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This is a recipe I got from Ingrid Nilsen's Vlogmas Day 6. I wrote out the recipe and made the cookies for myself!
Ingredient:
2 cups Almond Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
6 tbsp coconut oil *melt before measured*
1/4 cup Honey
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
2 tbsp Water
1/2 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions:
Mix dry ingredients (excluding chocolate chips) in a large bowl. Combine the liquid ingredients in one bowl as well. Add the liquid ingredients into the bowl containing the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Lay out cookies on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Ingrid suggests flattening them out a little so they are not a ball.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the oven is heated, bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.

My notes:
The time she gave was a little too long, I found 8 minutes to be just about right.
Also, this could be because I forgot to add it in, but the cookies I've tried right after they cooled tasted better without the almond extract.

My opinion:
These are definitely a healthier chocolate chip cookie - but it was a kind of different from my normal chocolate chip cookies, that I wouldn't make these all the time. I did not include shredded coconut like Ingrid did, but that was my decision - I do not know if that would have made a difference.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pūr~Lisse Moisturizers Review

I received the Pūr~Lisse Pūr-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer and the Pūr~Lisse Pūr-Moist Hydra-Balance Moisturizer from Ipsy, which is a beauty subscription service for $10. While these moisturizers are from higher-end brands, I don't feel like they do their jobs - in other words, they don't moisturize as well as other moisturizers I have tried. I also cannot stand the smell of them. It isn't supposed to be scented, but even the unscented smell is way too strong. One thing I really like about the Pūr~Lisse Pūr-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer is that it does have sunscreen in it! With all of that being said I wouldn't want to purchase the full-size product. With all of this being said, I have not finished the samples and will update you if I have anything else to say!
With Love,
                       Jacquelyn

  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Why hello!

My name is Jacquelyn, and I am starting this blog for one reason. I admire the ideas of blogs and am always on the computer. Actually, that's two reasons... Oops! I guess I have a lot of other reasons other than this, such as the fact that I really like giving mt opinion and am always looking for inspiration. In case you were wondering, my favorite flowers are roses and I don't really follow what society does. I read about it, but don't necessarily do it. I love watching movies, reading books, baking, and sometimes live my head a little to much. I hope this blog inspires you in more ways than one. :)
With Love,
                     Jacquelyn