Sunday, April 27, 2014


If you are reading this, you have most likely survived part one of my spring break trip in San Diego. Congratulations, and I hope you'll enjoy part two, the safari park!

The next day, we drove about half an hour to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, ironically not located in San Diego. I saw various animals from gorillas to cheetahs, and I certainly felt like a young kid again fascinated by all the animals at the zoo. This safari park was more than just a zoo, as there was a wonderful safari tram that you could take for free to get an up close and personal view of some rarely seen animals. All of these pictures, with the exception of the gorilla one, was taken on the tram, so I would highly recommend you take a ride or two if you visit this safari park. The giraffes were my favorite; however, seeing a lion three feet away from me was also quite a site. Our journey ended at the zoo, as we headed back home, so I could finish my mountains of homework. Quite an eventful mini trip if you ask me.

Here's the beautiful view from the tram; it really looks like Africa!

What is your favorite animal to see when you visit the zoo?


Tuesday, April 22, 2014


A few weeks ago, I was off on spring break, a much needed break if I do say so myself. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to spend time to "relax" and to not go to school. I spent most of my break at doctor appointments or doing homework; however, the two days that I did take off, I was in San Diego, California (I usually wouldn't put the state, but just in case you're not from the US, you might not be familiar with cities in the US) with my family.

We arrived in San Diego midday, and the first place I requested to go to was the mall. The malls where I live frankly are not so great, so I took advantage of the beautiful Fashion Valley Mall, a high-end outdoor shopping mall. I was happy shopping there the last time I visited San Diego, so I knew I wanted to visit there again. I picked a few things at H&M and Lush, and my mom purchased a couple items from Origins for me for the first time. I will be posting a haul in the near future, so look out for that.

After the mall, we headed to dinner by the sea at Seaport Village. We ate at the San Diego Pier Cafe, a breath-taking restaurant right on the water. Eating next to the ocean was by far my favorite part of this entire mini trip. I ordered their fish tacos served with salsa, shredded cabbage, and topped with a dollop of fresh guacamole. The fish was extremely fresh; however, the tacos were a bit bland for my taste. My mom's order came with clam chowder, and I have to say that was one of the best I have ever tasted! I even had the opportunity to see Navy Seals zoom by as we waited for dinner to be served. The ocean and fit men, quite a fine view if you ask me. After dinner, we walked around Seaport Village a bit, and I saw that they had a Ben and Jerry's. Though I was completely full from dinner, I always make room for dessert, this time a yummy strawberry cheesecake ice cream cone; sadly, it was overpriced. 

Look at that intensity in those Navy Seals' faces. If that's not determination, I don't know what is. Quite the dreamboat if you catch my drift.

Excuse the horrible picture quality, but I had to include a shot of my windy photo shoot by the water. 

a great candid shot of me eating ice cream and holding enough napkins to kill off all the trees in Yosemite 
Have you ever been to San Diego? What has been your favorite trip recently? Look forward to seeing part two of my spring break trip in San Diego, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, soon.


Friday, April 11, 2014


I would like to apologize for this late birthday haul, but better late then never! I am only posting my birthday haul because I really enjoy seeing what other people get for their birthdays, but I don't mean to offend anyone in any way. Now on to the fun!

I really did not ask for anything for my birthday this year, so everything I received was a surprise. At school, my three best friends surprised me in the morning! I arrived in my math class with treats on my desk, one of which was one of my favorite Starbucks drink, the Caramel Flan Latte, and the other was a mason jar filled with chocolate macarons. During second period, my other friend came in and gave me some pink and white princess balloons, to annoy me of my hatred for pink, along with her present. A couple of my classes even sang "Happy Birthday" to me which made for an extremely memorable and special day!

The first item I received was a lovely mason jar filled with delicious chocolate macarons. My friend, Nicole, is quite the creative gal, as she wrapped the jar with a pretty pink bow and hand-crafted a beautiful homemade window card. The bright colors reminded me of spring and made me so happy! She also crafted a sea bottle necklace filled with blue and white rocks. I plan on putting this on my key chain with my keys, so I can always be reminded of this special present. Nicole has a DIY blog, Knowing Nicole, with crafty tutorials for both the card and the necklace, so take a look if you want to see how to make those two things.

My other best friend, also named Emily like me, gave me a gift set duo of a body lotion and a mini body spray in my current favorite fragrance, Victoria by Victoria Secret. I had been wanting the lotion to pair with my body spray for a while now, and the mini body spray is perfect for travel.

My friend Ashley knows that I am a fan of Divergent, so she ordered a special edition Divergent nail polish/nail art set for me. The set includes four polishes and two shimmery top coats along with six small sheets of nail tattoos.

One of my church friends, Grace, baked me brownie cupcakes which were very yummy. I'm quite the sucker for brownies. She baked me a whole bowl full of these delicious treats; however, most of them were gone by the time this picture was taken.....guilty.

My friend, Nicole, also gave me a Target gift card with her present, and my parents gave me a very nice Visa gift card to spend as well.

I felt very special this year for my birthday whether it was celebrating at school, at home, or eating out with friends. If you missed my post on celebrating my birthday at Farrell's, you can check it out here.

What is your favorite birthday present from your most recent birthday?

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