History of Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Today is a day of love and caring. Valentine’s day wasn’t always about chocolates, gifts and spending ton’s of money. Does anyone know where the name Valentine’s Day came from?

Saint Valentine.

The patron saint of lovers, epileptics, and beekeepers. He died a martyr, executed on February 14, in Rome around the year 278 A.D.

According to legend he wrote a farewell note jailer’s daughter and signed it “your Valentine”. He had become friends and healed her of her blindness. Other legends say that he secretly married couples to spare the husbands of having to go to war against the emperors wishes. Valentine’s Day has been celebrated as a lover’s festival as early as the 14th century, maybe ever earlier. Pope Julius I is said to have built a church near Ponte Mole in his memory, which for a long time gave name to the gate now called Porta del Popolo, formerly, Porta Valetini.

Things To Do In Autumn?

  • Go apple picking

  • Build gingerbread houses, never to early

  • Buy Fall Scented Candles for your home

  • Carve a pumpkin

  • Make cinnamon rolls from scratch

  • Drink hot chocolate

  • Make a main course for dinner with pumpkin being the main ingredient

  • Hang curtain string lights up in one of the main bedroom walls (amazon)

  • Corn maze, enough said

  • Go to a haunted house

  • Hay ride, again enough said

  • Make mini pumpkin pies

  • Make a Fall reading list

  • Decorate your porch and make if super comf for this fall! (If you have a porch*)

  • Break out the comfy sweaters youv’'e been waiting to wear all year!

  • Change the wallpapers on your devices to fall-themed ones

  • Dance in the rain (why not, its a free shower)

  • Netflix/Hulu/Prime & CHILL

  • Go for a long walk/hike with your camera or smart phone(Get some new instagram followers in the process!)

  • Make your own fancy fall latte, skip Starbucks, even if they do have delish coffee

  • Try some new Fall make up routines, go buy a new fall palette

  • Yoga or Meditation

  • S’mores, enough said!!!

  • Re-read your favorite books(I’m doing it)

  • Drink warm apple cider

  • Make Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf Cake (recipe on my site)

  • Eat Halloween Candy, Call it your cheat day…

  • Who cares how old you are, dress up a bit for halloween…Your never too old I say

  • Go to a haunted house (A legitimate one!)

  • Stargaze (ROMANTIC!)

  • Watch the sunrise or sunset

  • Read on the balcony after the the bugs stop biting

  • Go to the farmer’s market

  • Make fall related crockpot meals

Autumn Asks 🍂🍁🎃⚡

What’s your drink of choice? Butter Beer ⚡

What’s something you look forward to in fall? The Weather

What’s your least favorite and favorite type of weather? Least favorite is snow/slush, favorite is Breezy chilly afternoon

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life what would it be? Jeggings, my favorite graphic T-shirt and knee-high boots.

If you could throw a party, and invite absolutely anyone, who would they be? Friends and Family

What’s your scariest memory? (if you don’t have one/ don’t want to talk about it, what’s your biggest fear?) Clowns….

You’re stranded on a desert island and here’s the twist; what three things do you NOT bring with you? My computer, long pants, slippers(no electricity and I’ll get very hot…)

What’s your absolute favorite scent? Pumpkin Pie

Do you prefer the cold, warmth, or a perfect in-between? In-between AKA Fall

halloween: If you could dress up as anyone/ anything and pull it off absolutely flawlessly, who/what would it be? Lucida Price, Fallen Book Series

Where do you feel the most safe and at home? At home with my man

When was the last time you kissed someone? A few seconds ago

Is there anyone you want to kiss? The same person I kissed a few seconds ago

What’s your favorite day of the year? Is there a reason it’s your favorite? Autumn/Fall- Halloween & Thanksgiving and the general feel of it all, mostly the weather.

If you could live in any year/era, which would it be and why? An year/era/location where people could be free to love who they wished and not be punished for loving another human being. A time and a place where human rights existed and you were free to love who you wished. (Not trying to sound hippyish)

Thanksgiving: What is something/someone you’re the most thankful for? Any particular reason? All the Dr. who decided to take on my case and Dennis Spencer who is going in for a 2nd time for brain surgery to try and make my life better and more manageable. I cannot express my gratitude for Dr. Pue and every at Yale who has taken and interest at helping me. That is what I am thankful for this year.

Black Friday: What is one thing, if anything, you would sell your soul to own? Nothing, I love my soul.

If you could go anywhere, where would it be and why? Colorado, to see the mountain and the trails and the breathtaking views/scenery and to visit friends and family friends and it’s on my bucket list.

Do you have any secret talents/abilities? Ummm?

If you could pick absolutely anything to be your form of transportation, what would it be? If I didn’t have Epilepsy…horseback riding or car, but I don’t know how to drive and I’m sure I’d suck but I’m great at riding horses so and I love it so..!

Do you have a specific song that reminds you of autumn? what is it? Even better, I have a spotify playlist by Kalyn Nicholson called “youtober”

If you could go to any concert whose would it be? Beyonce

Do you believe in soulmates? Oh Yes! I’ve met mine!

Do you think black cats are bad luck? Nope

Favorite fall thing to bake/cook? Sugar Cookies

Fall 2018 Trends & My Personal Fall Style

-Top Fall 2018 Trends-

80's: Shoulder pads, the whole deal. The 80's are back! 

Animal Print: Any type of print to any extreme(YES, it can most definitely be faux!)

Neon: The brighter the better!

Plaid: No need to explain, any kind of plaid, if you can rock it wear it! 

Western: Bring your cowboy boots and fringe jacket out of storage and go shopping! 

Prairie: Yup, I am talking little house on the prairie people. Complete opposite of any trend hit the runways a few months ago.    

Futuristic: Enough said.

Oversized Outerwear: Bulky, chunky, poof! More size the better!

Color Trends For 2018: Red, White, Off White, Brown


-My Personal Favorites For Fall 2018-

* Example Of My Perfect Go-To Fall Outfit

Personal Note: Taking in to consideration the trends that are going to be in fashion this fall I don’t want to be totally out of the look I will incorporate them in to my looks but I don’t want to go pull in, that just isn’t me. I will never wear neon, and animal print clothing isn’t my thing anymore. 

Colors: Black(My Favorite Color!), Burnt Orange, Dark Red, Brown(Chocolate) 

Shoes: Booties, Over The Knee Boots, Gym Sneakers, Jelly Ballet Flats, Flip Flops(I know I'm crazy)

Go-To Accessory: Floppy Rimmed Hats(Wool), Fascinators(When the time calls for it), Hoop/Drop/Stud Earrings, Big Bulky (Never Ending) Purses. 

Trends I would add into my wardrobe from the official list of

"Fall Trends of 2018" (But not go all in)

80's

Western

Prairie

Plaid

Color Trends For 2018

Sarah's Fall Bucket List 2018

Fall Bucket List '18

 

- Decorate For Fall

- Buy New Fall Scented Candles (YouTuber Kalyn Nicholson, Bath & Body Works)

- Create A Fall Playlist For Spotify

- Take Fall Photography!

- Frame Favorite Photos For The Season

- Decorate Fridge (Fall Mood Board Style)

- Harry Potter Marathon (Or Another Movie Marathon)

- Rock A Dark Fall Lipstick 💄

- Do 1-3 Fall Crafts (My Pick)

- Bake Pumpkin Donuts

- Bake Chocolate-Pumpkin Swirl Loaf Bread

- Bake Apple Pie

- Bake Sugar Cookies

- Make Pumpkin Pancakes

- Go To A: Drive In Movie

- Watch New Fall TV Line Up!

- Road Trip: Salem, MA | Boston, MA, Other

- Visit A Farmers Market

- Attend A Fall Festival

- Build A Bonfire

- Tour A Winery

- Celebrate Oktoberfest!

- Go To A Haunted House

- Go For A Hayride

- DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

- Go Apple Picking

- Carve Pumpkins

- Drink Apple Cider

- Make & Drink Hot Chocolate

More To Come!

5 Days At Yale | Almost September (Fall Is Here!)

5 Days At Yale

Hello, I am out and I am safe back at home. I had a nice 5 days at up at Yale New Haven Hospital. The food is still as good as I remember, I know recall that I hate that I'm not allowed to leave my bed without permission because its set to go off via alarm if I set foot off of it, but otherwise I had a good stay. I had 4 seizures, otherwise known as data. Not fun, and very tiring but that is what I was their for and hey i got to drink coffee! The bottom line I got from the end of my visit at the end of my visit at the hospital was that they would be able to do some type of surgery, not sure what type but that there would be some type of improvement in my life when it comes to my seizures. 

Almost September (Fall Is Here!)

There is less then 13 days left of August. Don't get me wrong I love summer but I love Fall and I count September 1st as the beginning of Fall. I mean the weather today in NJ was perfect! Not to cold not hot. I would be dancing around if I wasn't still so sluggish from the hospital still. For me September meals Fall and Fall meals new styles of cooking, fall scented candles, new home decor, new styles of clothing...I fulling embrace fall, can you tell? And September so close i was to share one of my favorite recipes with you. I got it from one of my favorite YouTubers, Kalyn Nicholson. Kalyn got it off the great allergy friendly website theprettybee.com

I am in love with the Vegan Chocolate-Pumpkin Swirl Loaf Cake Recipe in Kalyn's video. It is not a hard recipe to follow, I have made it myself at least a dozen times and a favorite of my boyfriend who has numerous food allergies. I Hope you all enjoy this recipe and others on the pretty bee as much as I do! The next few weeks/months I will post from time to time Recipes/pictures of my creations of other favorite recipes for this fall!