Monday, August 18, 2014

Instarecap + Blog Announcement

Hey y'all!
I haven't written a proper post in several weeks, except Monday Melodies, which is basically the easiest thing ever, so let's just say that unless you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug teehee), you have no idea what I've been doing for the past million years. And yaknow since this is a lifestyle blog, I thought I might write about what I've been up to, because those are some of the posts I enjoy most on my bbffl Marla's blog. I have a really big announcement today, so if that's what you're interested in, just scroll to the bottom of the post (:

On our Crater Lake trip, we stopped halfway, in Redding, CA, and got ice cream at the cutest little place ever! They hand make all their ice cream each day. This is 1/2 birthday cake (because I am OBSESSED with all things birthday cake/cake batter), and 1/2 chocolate chip.
Sundial Bridge, again in Redding. This bridge spans the Sacramento River (I think), and at night it's all lit up, and local musicians come out to play and people bring their dogs and it's pretty much the best thing ever. 
Lake sunset at Diamond Lake, Oregon while roasting s'mores. Best night ever? I think yes. 
Ahhh looking at this right now, I just want to go back to Crater Lake. Such a beautiful, and honestly surreal place. When you're looking at it, it's hard to believe how blue it is! Also there's some snow there that still hasn't melted, and we took Bella to experience it- funniest thing ever! She kept jumping around and kicking it into our faces. 

The day we got back from Crater Lake, my mom and I headed cross-country to visit friends/family and check out some colleges. I'm always that kid with the window seat with my face plastered to the window on planes- I just can't get enough of the views!
One of my favorite things to photograph is cathedrals. They just have such a serene symmetry and subtle opulence that I love. Also it makes me feel like I'm in a castle which is always fun (:                                     
My mom and I were still touring, and I started to really miss my younger brother, and I started thinking about what is going to happen when I go off to college next year. I was gone for two days and I missed him so much, so how am I ever going to last two months? He truly is my best friend and confidante. He also gives really great advice for a 10 year-old!
We stopped in Houston to visit my favorite aunt, which was lovely as always! And yes, I'm wearing a Disney Princess shirt. It says Royals. I hope to join their ranks some day. 
I hadn't baked in a while and I missed it. Chocolate chip cookies are always a foolproof recipe right? And yes, they tasted as good as they looked!

Okay, so on to that big announcement I keep talking about. I'm a senior in high school this year, which means I'm doing a whole lot of applying to colleges this semester. That's a lot of writing, and editing, and work in general, so I want to put my best foot forward. While I love blogging, it doesn't necessarily have the same importance in my life as a successful college career would have, so I've decided to take a blog break for this semester. I'll still be on Instagram and definitely can be reached by email (himahearts@gmail.com), but you likely won't see anything on this blog until December. So until then, bye everyone (: Wish me luck! 

xo, Hima

55 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! Good luck in your last year of high school and enjoy it!

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  2. Amazing pictures and that ice cream look phenomenal. Good luck on applying for colleges. We will wait to hear/see you in December :)

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  3. Have a good first semester of your senior year! And, I hope applying for colleges won't be too stressful!

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  4. Awe, I'm sorry you're going to miss your brother - I can't imagine. My brothers and I were never that close - make sure to keep up with that awesome relationship!

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  5. Best of luck to you and your college search. Missing family is tough, but they are family and they'll always be there for you no matter where you are.

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  6. Beautiful photos. I can relate to that. I moved several states away for college and had a hard time adjusting. But when I finally opened myself up to it a little more. It allowed for some great possibilities. Plus now with skype and facetime, the separation isn't so bad.

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  7. Good luck at University! A huge transition in your life, completely understand why you want a little break from blogging.


    Wishing you all the success in the world. Have a fab time!


    Katie <3

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  8. Wishing you loads of luck (and fun) at college! I have a younger brother, and I can completely relate! Great pictures! <3

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  9. Wow! Have fun at college - all of these pictures are gorgeous! That church is beautiful and the views? WOW! :)

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  10. I don't blame you! Good luck with your apps. Excited to hear where you will be going!

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  11. Good for you! I think it's smart that you're prioritizing! Happy to stay connected on Instagram!

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  12. mmm handmade birthday cake iced cream! Good for you for prioritizing :) School is super important!! Good luck!! xx

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  13. Great photos! The ice cream looks delicious!

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  14. Amazing photos - and I share your love for the cathedrals. They are majestic <3

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  15. I want ice cream now. That cathedral is gorgeous. You'd love Santa Fe.

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  16. That ice cream looks delicious. Best of luck on your college journey, that's def. a good priority. :)

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  17. Good luck!!! Well done on having such a high level of discipline.

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  18. It looks like you've had some great adventures lately! Glad to have you back!

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  19. Best of luck this semester!! :) I'm sure I"ll see you via instagram.

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  20. good luck this semester!!
    those trips look awesome.. and that ice cream with waffle cone in it is making me salivate.

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  21. Good luck with everything! Sometimes a blog break is needed to catch up with life outside of the Internet :)

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  22. You take such great pictures!! Have so much fun this semester.. you are going to do awesome!

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  23. Looks like it was a great trip. The picture of the cathedral is beautiful. It's apparent you know exactly how to capture it's beauty.

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  24. Good luck on your blogging break and your senior year of high school!!

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  25. I'm dribbling at the sight of your ice cream and chocolate chip cookies! Birthday cake ice cream?! I MUST try that!! Good luck applying to colleges and on your blogging break!

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  26. I willllll misssssss youuuuuuuu my BBFFL but I understand of course :] Thank goodness for Snapchat! Also I am also that person with their face literally attached to the airplane window...hi I'm five. Alsooooo where did you get that Royals shirt I need it.

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  27. Thank you Erica! I hope to do well!

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  28. It definitely tasted phenomenal too! Thank you so much :)

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  29. Thank you! It isn't too bad thus far :)

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  30. We are really lucky to have such an awesome relationship! He's my best friend!

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  31. I agree completely! My brother is my best friend, no matter what!

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  32. Thank you! And hopefully I'll be fine :) He'll probably be too busy for me anyway!

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  33. Thank you Katie! Applying is tough- hopefully I'll get through it unscathed :)

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  34. Thank you so much! I've still got a year left, haha, but I'm sure I'll have fun!

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  35. Thank you! I've still got a year left of high school, but this year will still be fun! The chapel was one of the most peaceful places I've ever been!

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  36. Thanks so much Deirdre! I'm excited to share when I finally know in 6ish months!

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  37. Thank you Kristine! :) It's such a huge process that I don't think I could keep doing everything I do and still do it justice

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  38. It was definitely some of the best Ice cream I had ever had! Thank you :)

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  39. Cathedrals are just so peaceful- I don't know anyone who doesn't love them!

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  40. It's actually on my bucket list to visit there! :)

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  41. Thank you Jessica! Hopefully I'll still be here to talk about it when it's over haha ;)

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  42. Thank you Jordan! It's a little hard- not gonna lie!

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  43. Thank you Ashley! It was definitely a fun couple of weeks!

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  44. Thank you Esther! :) I'll just live vicariously through your Instagram haha

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  45. Thank you Bethani! It was definitely drool-worthy!

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  46. Thanks Ashley! I'm hoping it goes well!

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  47. Thanks Lindsay- for both of those :)

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  48. It was so much fun! I wish I could go back!

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  49. It's my favorite flavor all around! Thank you so much

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  50. Yaaaaas Snapchat is the best. HAHA if we were ever on a plane together we'd probably just fight over who got the window seat...or sit on opposite sides of the plane. Yes I'm actually obsessed w/ the Royals shirt- it was a gift and I thiiiiink It's from Marshalls

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xo, Hima