Throwback Thursday – Nostalgic Toy Blind Bag Unboxing

Hi everyone!

Who remembers Bella Sara trading cards!? I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, and wanted to take a trip down memory lane by opening blind bags of a toy product I used to love.

I loved this trading card series because of the artwork and positivity it promoted. Bella Sara pre-launched in the United States in 2006 for a trial run, and was launched as a full-time product by Hidden City Games Entertainment in 2007. The cards feature pretty artwork of different magical horses, and an inspirational saying meant to uplift and inspire young girls. The card packs also include codes to redeem online on their website. My best friend Nikki and I used to go NUTS over these cards, and I still have my old collection somewhere up in my attic! I thought it would be really fun to re-visit Bella Sara as an adult, and see what newer series of the cards looked like, and write about it for my blog!

So I bought four packs of cards off of Amazon! Two in the Sunflower series, one in the Royalty series, and one in the Moonfairies series.  I never owned any cards from these collections in the past. Here is what the packaging looks like.


I received five cards in each pack, and each pack also included stickers or temporary tattoos. I love all of the artwork in these, and I will break down the cards I received by pack. Surprisingly, I didn’t get any doubles! Click the images to enlarge them.

Sunflower Series

Royalty Series

Moonfairies Series

These cards are still similar in design to the ones I own from years ago, however, they are upgraded from the card series I owned as a kid. The layout of the card itself is more comprehensive and intricate in design, and instead of having horse codes on each card, they have one code card that is included in each pack (which would make adding them to an online account easier).

What I love about revisiting this toy as an adult is how much I realized these cards impacted me as a kid.  I remember I first bought them in 6th grade (the first year they launched in the USA), and the positive messages were such a good influence for me back then. I struggled a lot through middle school and high school with anxiety and depression, so to have a toy like this when I was just entering adolescence was a strong reminder to stay positive.

I had a lot of fun writing this post, and if you all would like to see more blind bag openings or nostalgic toy posts, comment below! Also, let me know if you ever had these cards as a kid because not many people I’ve met know about them!

Thanks for reading!

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March Trip to North Carolina!

Hello beautiful readers!

I am sorry my blog was quiet over the weekend – I visited my fiance down in North Carolina! I didn’t bring my computer because I wanted to be able to focus on my fiance while I was away. Nonetheless, I wanted to tell you all a little about my trip and the fun I had.

I was supposed to arrive early morning Friday, but due to winter storm Riley, I left Thursday morning and arrived in Raleigh early to beat the storm. My fiance picked me up after he got off of work, we picked up a rental car, and drove to his place to stay the night.


Our hotel accomodations were for Friday, so on our way to the hotel the next afternoon we stopped in Southern Pines, NC for lunch and ice cream. There is a beautiful old railroad that runs through the center of Southern Pines, so of course I saw the opportunity for a photoshoot. 🙂


On Saturday, I guest taught at a dance studio in Fuquay-Varina. I had a really great time, and the children and parents seemed to really enjoy me and my classes. After teaching, we stopped at an apartment complex we are thinking of moving into to get on the waitlist. We then headed over to a wedding venue for a tour. After the tour, we went back to the hotel to shower and get dressed to get ready to go out on the town for the night!

Sunday morning, we had brunch and toured another wedding venue! This location was in downtown Raleigh. I saw another opportunity for a fun photo, so of course, I went ahead and did something dance-y for a fun picture. It helps that Raleigh has a lot of aesthetically pleasing backdrops all over the city! We ate at a great Italian restaurant that night – which is the first time in two years we have found good Italian food in NC!


I flew home early Monday morning, and I am so sad my weekend with my love is already over. I can’t wait to see him again next month, and hopefully I will be seeing him a lot over the summer since I will be attending the American Dance Festival!

What are your favorite spots in NC? Is there any place my fiance and I should visit that you love?! Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

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Teamoy Crochet Hook/Supplies Organizer

Hello everyone!

If you are a crafter like me, I am sure you like to keep as organized as you can. When dealing with fiber crafts such as crochet and knitting, you not only have to keep track of your yarn, but also your hooks, needles, tapestry needles, measurings tapes, stitch markers, etc.


I found the cutest crochet hook organizer on a while ago, and I’ve been loving, so I wanted to show it to you! For $8.99, you can choose from a variety of patterns! I choose the fair isle with the blue moose print because it is wintery, and the moose are adorable. They also have other cute prints such as owls, elephants, watercolor painting print, and florals!

There are two sections specifically to store your different sized crochet hooks, and three mesh pockets to store literally everything else! I even fit my largest crochet hook in the largest pocket, which is nice because now all of my hooks are in one place!

In the smaller pockets, I store my darning needles and measuring tape, and also my elastic I use to make my crochet bun covers. I used to store all of my crochet supplies in a plastic bag in my yarn box, but all of my supplies would fall out and get lost among the yarn. This canvas wrap helps keep my supplies snug, but separated.


If you’re interested, you can purchase one of these organizers at this link: Teamoy Crochet Hooks Holder. This is not an affiliate link, but the same link I bought mine from to the $8.99 listing on Amazon!


If you are a crafter/crocheter, definitely pick one of these up from Amazon because it is amazing and a life-saver! It’s also small enough to throw in a bag for travel without having to worry about loosing any of the supplies on your journey!

How do you organize your craft supplies? Let me know in the comments if you’ve used one of these before and if you like it!


Why You’re More than a “Military Spouse”

Good morning everybody! Today I want to discuss something I believe deeply that I feel military spouses of all kinds need to think about.

I actually do not like the label “military spouse”. For as many reasons I can find to why it is beneficial, there are just as many I can think of to why it is not. I think the term “military spouse” gives partners of military service members a sense of community. It provides a network of people who share similar struggles, and a support system of people who understand military lifestyle. For these reasons, the term is good.


HOWEVER. I think a lot of military spouses (women in particular), find the need to identify as a “military spouse”, and that alone. Their identity rests in their husband or wife’s accomplishments and career goals, and they forget about their own. Now, I am in NO WAY saying we should not whole-heartedly support them. Soldiers need our support, especially from their families and spouses. Nonetheless, I don’t believe significant other’s must “identify” as a “military spouse” because I think it takes away our own goals, accomplishments, and at the core – our own identity.

I will speak about military wives in particular since I will be one in the somewhat near future. How many times a week, or even a day, do we see military significant other’s posting on social media about their husband’s job or how hard it is to be in a relationship with someone in the military? As proud of our spouses as we are, and as hard as our relationships are and can be, why are these areas the primary focus of military spouse conversation? Why can’t we discuss our own dreams and career goals, and help each other meet them, instead of focusing all of our energy on our partner’s career? How many times a week do we see military service members posting socially about how proud they are of something their wife or partner has accomplished?


I can’t speak on behalf of any other relationship, however, I see more military wives and girlfriends posting about their husband’s career more than their own career, accomplishments, or success. I feel like in 2018, military significant others need to start taking responsibility for their own success and career, and stop living vicariously through their partner’s accomplishments. Don’t think being a military spouse is the sole reason you were put on this Earth, and the only accomplished title you can have during your partner’s term of service.

Embrace who YOU ARE, your UNIQUENESS, and your PURPOSE. Yes, you are technically a military spouse (we all are), but THAT IS NOT YOUR LIMIT. I am so sick of seeing women settle for just their milspouse title, and I see it in women from all walks of life. Your goals are not unrealistic, and just because your partner is living their dream doesn’t mean you can’t live yours.

There are some factors that are discouraging. If you choose to live with your partner, and you are stationed in Guam or Diego Garcia, or even in Rota Spain, yes that makes accomplishing your dreams more difficult. If you choose to live apart from your partner, it makes the dreams you want to accomplish with your partner more difficult, or relishing in your personal victories difficult because your partner isn’t there to celebrate. But we can choose to look at this lifestyle negatively or positively. If there is a will, there is a way, and no amount of distance and no location can stop you from working towards some sort of goal you have! As long as you are proud of yourself and the work you do, you can be proud of the identity you’ve created, and stop settling for your partner’s identity.


Let me be clear and also state that this is not the case with every military couple! There are plenty of successful military spouses who have partner’s who are very supportive and proud of them. And not every woman spouse I’ve met or known thinks this way or is this way. But there is a large majority who do, and I think it’s time to speak on it.

Stop settling for less and chase after more. For example, my career goals are just as varied an unpredictable as my fiance’s, but we support each other even though it means it makes our lives more difficult. As a dancer, professional work is not guaranteed, and I have to audition for jobs that could take me to a new state, take me on a cruise line for 9 months, or keep me in the NYC area and away from my partner. My personal sentiments are if I don’t give myself a fair shot in this lifetime, when will I ever give myself the time to flourish? And if your partner doesn’t support your goals and dreams, then that is something else to think about too.

To wrap this up, it all boils down to knowing the difference between unconditional love and support for your partner and their job, and identifying yourself with your partner’s job. Be supportive of each other, love each other, and embrace who you are because it is just as IMPORTANT AND SPECIAL as your partner’s identity. Set goals, crush them, and be proud of YOU!

Until next time, xoxo

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Cranberry Orange Scones

Hi everyone!

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of accompanying my mom to go see my grandma at her house. We wanted to have dinner with her, and my mom and I wanted to make her scones from the CookiesandCups cookbook!

My fiancé’s stepmom is the owner/founder of CookiesandCups, and if you don’t know Shelly or her recipes, definitely check them out because they are delicious! I found the recipe in her cookbook, and wanted to show you how delicious they turned out!

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The finished product with the glaze!

Now there is a story behind these scones so bare with me! For those of you who don’t know, I recently lost my grandpa. Before my he passed away, my mom and I promised him we would make him scones from Shelly’s cookbook. He loved scones and I knew Shelly’s recipe was amazing. Unfortunately, a day or two after we promised my grandpa we would make him scones he was put on a strict diet because of the cancer.

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The pretty dough!

We never had the opportunity to make them for him, but on Sunday my mom and I finally were able to make them for my grandma. When they were done, we toasted scones to my grandpa because we knew he would have loved them (they came out great). It meant so much to me to finally bake them for my grandma. 🍊💛 I know my grandpa was there with us, and it was just a great day all around!

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The recipe from the cookbook

I love spending time with my family, and I really do enjoy baking something new every now and then! I hope to try more recipes from her cookbook, and I hope to make these scones again sometime soon!

How was your weekend? Do you like baking with your family?

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