Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!

Yay!!! So excited to announce a winner for my first ever giveaway!!


Drum roll please....



Yay!! Ill be sending you an email to get your information!

Thanks to everyone who entered and all the awesome love for my new design!!!


Monday, January 28, 2013

My weekend & last day of Giveaway!

Hey everyone!! Forgive the brevity of this post but I'm in Chiang Mai now been running around crazy for the last 5 days and don't have much time for a good post now!

Have you joined my giveaway yet?! If  not get on it here!!!! 

Here is my crazy weekend in IPhone pics!

















Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If you really knew me....

Yay its Wednesday! Let me tell you what a great day today is! I leave tonight for my big trip and our family got some amazing news that has given us all sense a huge sense of relief!! 

Have you joined my giveaway yet?! If  not get on it here!!!! 
I saw this link up and I knew I had to join in! 



Fact-I think this and the picture below are perfect representations of my personality 



Fact-I am a very social person. I love having people around to do things with. Even though I can do things alone I love being able to share them with someone or people. 

Fact-I am a TV/movie junkie and make no apologies for the crap that I watch. Its for entertainment people! 

Fact-I have no clue what I want to be when I grow up. That is how I ended up in China teaching and have changed my major at least 6 times. 


Fact-My favorite kind of food is Thai. Its makes my heart happy and ever since I first stepped foot in Thailand Thai food anywhere else has been doomed. 

Fact-I love love looking at clothes and outfits on people and on Pinterest but can't put one together for the life of me. 

Fact-I would rather spend money on a trip somewhere than on those clothes I mentioned above though...

Fact-I have had terrible insomnia since my teens. I refuse to take medication for it....

Fact- I have a serious dislike of medications. I will take it if I absolutely have to but I can't get past the awful things most of those medications do to your body to fix something else. 

Fact-I love baking. Technically I stress-bake but I love it anyway! 

Fact-Dancing is the best way to think it out. Put on your favorite song and dance it out. Do it. 

Fact-I am that friend that just says "Whatever you want to do, I don't mind" because 85% of the time I don't care and am just happy to be with the person/people. 

Fact-I am very forgiving. This can be good and bad depending on the situation. 

Fact- I am terrible at finishing things. One of my biggest goals is to be able to start and finish things in my life. 

Fact-The last few years I have developed and made progress in relationships with my family and friends that make my heart so happy. 


So there you go. Now you know about me. 
What should I know about you? 


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Simply Positive Tuesday-Week 3

Hey everyone! If you haven't already joined in for my 2 year blogiversary giveaway you can here!


Noooow for some positive things going on in my life!


-I finally got my nails and toes done after almost 5 months of not being able to paint my nails! Sooo exciting! Also my first time having my nails rounded instead of squared...something new! 


-I realized today that my flight tomorrow night has a layover in Singapore for 12 hours. Turns out Singapore has one of the worlds best airports. Sooo I looked up things to do and I am soooo excited!! 


-I started my holiday break by going to Guangzhou(next big city) and went ice skating in a mall. It was a fun experience! We followed it up with Papa Johns pizza and Dairy queen! Definitely a foreigner in China day! 


-I have so come across so many great bloggers in the last few months and I am so excited to maybe meet some of them IRL in the future!! 

-Ummmm Scandal! Can I just say how happy that show makes me! haha no seriously!


I hope you all have a great Tuesday!! What are you feeling positive about today?! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

New Design! Anniversary Giveaway!

Hey everyone! As promised I am showing off my new design and name change around here! So from today on this place will be called Curls & Cocktails! I am thinking I might move it over to a new place soon but I am not sure yet so for now it stays here! I had such a great time figuring out the plans for this one and finding the perfect name! Jenn over Munchkinland designs is seriously amazing and I highly recommend her!


Anyway! Its hard to come up with ideas of what to give away since I am not at home and its much harder to get things mailed. BUT I am throwing in an extra little prize to the winner that I hope to find on my travels this month. So here are the prizes:

I feel like a bit of Oprah's favorite things going on here...except they are mine of course!

{1}
$15 Starbucks Gift Card
-because going to Starbucks seriously gives me a little taste of home and always makes my homesickness a little bit less sad! 


{2} 
$25 Gift card for Etsy. 
-For those of you who haven't shopped on there you are missing out! For those of you that have you know how far $25 can take you! 

{3}
A guest post and your blog button at the top of the list! 
-I don't do sponsers or ad space so this is as close as I can come to sharing my followers and hoping to introduce you to them! 

{4}
$15 Gift card to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Itunes! 
-I suppose these can be used in different ways but the main point was for those with e-readers to be able to buy a book! Haha I live through mine :) 





I am so excited about this and I can't wait to see the winner feel free to pass along the message!!!
Good Luck everyone!



Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Fives!

Woooooooooooooo it's Friday!!!! Today was the last day of the semester for the kids and rightfully so because they stopped pretending to give a shit what we were saying on Wednesday anyway. I have to work this weekend but I get to blare the music while I work on the classroom and lesson plans that I have as "homework" for the holiday break...and then.....a month off. Yes. 4 1/2 weeks to be exact. Be jealous. You damn well should be. 

Anyway...the fun for Friday! 

{1}
My new blog design and name is finally ready and will be up at some point this weekend. If you see it before Monday's post awesomesauce if not come back Monday please, and thank you. 

{2}
2. There will be a giveaway starting on Monday to celebrate my 2 year blogiversary and the changes around here. I think its awesome because I have never had a giveaway before. I am super excited!!! 


{3}
I am looking for guest posters for anytime in the next 3 1/2 weeks! I will be traveling for all of it and don't want too MIA! So if you are interested I would love it!! I am open to ideas but I think something to do with your favorite vacation or dream vacation would be fun!! 


{4}
Packing sucks. yes. Yes it does. I am going to be in 90° for most of the trip but then I am spending a week and 1/2 in freezing cold weather up in Beijing. Ooh and I am trying not to pack a giant suitcase either. Ha! yes I know. 


{5}
The thing I am most excited about right now? Getting an effing mani/pedi on Monday! I have not been allowed to paint my nails in 5 months! I am so excited to walk around with pretty nails again!!!!

Its Friday so smile!!!  






Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Oh, how Pinteresting!

You know what can make your day...no shit your week? Stepping on the scale and seeing that you weigh 5 pounds less than you thought. Yes folks that actually happened. I was getting ready to workout and the scale was there and I haven't touched one in who knows how long. So it was a nice surprise. 

Anywhoodles on to the Pinterest fun!










I am dying to try and make these! 
Vegan brownies 


Bucketlist!! 





I love this idea!!! 





I want to try this in my place! 






And of course....a pretty face! 








What are you pinning?? 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Simply Positive Tuesdays-week 2

I realized I have been looking forward to this writing this post because I need a day where I have to sit and think of the positive in my life! 

The Dansha Diaries



1. I am one week away from laying on the beach in Thailand
2. One week and 2 days away from seeing K for the first time in over a year 
3. My students have made so much progress in the 4 1/2 months that I have been teaching them that they make me feel so lucky to be their teacher
4. I got an extra part-time job to add to the others and I literally get to sit around for an hour having conversation with a girl my age. (Seriously how is that not a positive) Did I mention...I get paid to do it. 
5. I added photos to my happy wall and it makes me happier to look at it! 
6. Randomly looked at the countdown on my phone and we have hit and passed the 180 mark folks!!! 
7. My sister sent me a video of my nephew today and I about died he is so cute! 

And just for fun...I love this song and it makes me smile and dance in my seat or wherever every time!




Ook so I could actually keep going with this! Looks like I have more to be happy about than I thought! 

Link up! What is positive in your life?? 


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dinner with a family?

OMG I couldn't be happier that it is almost Friday. No seriously we wrapped up day 7 of 8 today and I honestly can't tell you who is crazier anymore. Is it me or is it the kids? They couldn't even be called children anymore they are little beast like creatures running around screaming and laughing hysterically. Wait...that might have been me. On to other things...


I got invited to dinner with a student's family tonight. I may have mentioned before that sometimes they like to try and feed me weird shit and giggle when I say no or try it and look like I swallowed something deadly. I was lucky today....well kind of. But first let me share with you something I posted on FB after the last time I went to dinner with a family....


Everytime I go to dinner with a students parents the conversation starts like this:
Them: Do you eat snake?
Me: No
Them: how about dog?
Me: No, thank you.
Them: Hahahaha foreigners are so picky
Me: here is what I won't eat...Snake, dog, cat, any animals neck or feet, any organs without prior discussion of what animal and organ, nothing with dairy.

Is that really so difficult?? Every single time...Don't even get me started on table manners. No seriously its bad.


They love it. Think its hilarious. Me? Not so much. I am very adventurous when it comes to food I try not to say no unless it is something that really grosses me out. As mentioned above I said no to Snake...why? Because I had it with the last kids parents and its nothing fancy and didn't taste like much. 

Anyway! Today I only managed to accidentally eat what I think might have been part of a pigs vein or intestine. I'm not 100 on that one yet and prefer not to know. It wasn't awful just chewy. Other than that I had lots of seafood and then for some reason they wanted me to try this wine-like substance poured into half a crab shell...weird right? the wine was bitter and gross so I won't be doing that again. 

Hot pot! 

right before I took a sip 

wine in a crab shell that came out of that pot from above ^^^

moving it around to get the meat from the sides (I was told to do this) 

Why are there tomatoes on her cake??? 

Happy Happy....

...I have no clue why my cheeks are so pink! 

rooftop garden! 

My students mom picking chives for me! 

Then we picked vegetables from their rooftop garden for me to take home and I was happy. OOh and there was cake, yummy cake with some kind of purple stuff on the inside. 




Such an adventure eating at someone's house in China :) 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Simply Positive Tuesdays

One of my favorite bloggers Asha over at Dansha Diaries is hosting a link up called Simply Positive Tuesdays and its basically a day to share some of the positive in your life. Its new so I might not be full on correct with my post today but I suggest you check it out for yourself! 



Miscellaneous Ramblings


-I finally hit my stride in this 8 day stretch and got so much done today. I feel really great about myself and its been a long time since I felt that way! 

-planning a surprise for my wonderful sister who is graduating this April and who also got offered a job from her first internship. So proud of her!! 

-My students parents have been giving me great reviews for the semester, lots of notes about how their kids are speaking more English. Makes me feel like a million dollars!! 

-I found some great info on places to see and foods to eat on the trip coming up! So looking forward to seeing K and traveling with her! 

-Planning a giveaway for my 2 year anniversary as well as changing up the look & name of my blog. I'm so excited to change it up around here!! 


I wanted to share this picture...it actually happens I took it today which works out perfectly. I call this my happy wall. I have been adding pictures since I got here, I also just added the lights today. But these people are people who make me feel blessed to have them in my life. I love each one of them and seeing this always perks up my day! 



What is positive in your life?? 




Friday, January 4, 2013

Hong Kong part II

In case you are just stopping by and didn't here I spent NYE in Hong Kong with some of my foreign teacher friends. We decided to make the best of the 3 days we had off and spend them bumming around HK exploring. I knew I was going to be back there next month during my holiday  break so I didn't want to do anything too new.

We ate...oh boy did we eat. I just loaded up on Starbucks this past few days (not even sure why) and sweets that I can't find in China.

the view 

the harbor...some hot chocolate and good company :) 

hanging out on the steps 

Bruce Lee on the Avenue of the Stars 

Ready for my closeup 

sometimes I actually manage to take an awesome picture with this damn camera 

random art work 

Lunching at The Peak with Saffer & Saffersister 

SafferSister is a photographer 

waiting for our fried noodles

enjoying a random street food spot we picked 

The Clock before midnight

Found some amazing Pho! 

DIY artwork in the Subway 



can't miss out on a beautiful site 

in the tram heading up The Peak

gorgeous day, gorgeous view 

My two foreign teachers Saffer & WelshBoy

one of those rare Iphone pics that workout nicely 


read the words...oooh Chinglish! 

having a cider at Piss Bar

one of many trips to Starbucks :) 

Hope you have a great weekend! 

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