Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

hey all!

today i wanted to share with y’all my blog followers one of my favorite local ice cream places, well lets get to it i guess…

drumroll please…

jeni’s splendid ice creams

i mean i know you can see in the title of my article, but seriously i love this place. they now have locations in los feliz and venice california. they started in ohio and have a few locations there too.

they honestly have some of the best ice cream i have ever had, especially when they had the birch and marshmallows flavor which tasted exactly like a root beer float.

my family and i take regular pilgrimages there, when we can, or we its easiest. the ice cream is just so good, and i love it so much!

also! i have a special deal for all my readers… a free chatbook!

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here is mine, i chose my image of macarons for the cover.

when you go through THIS LINK, you can get a free book of any photos you want! i hope y’all try it out today, the code lasts until march 9th. so make sure to get your free chatbooks!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

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Things I Have Learned from Being a Blogger

hey all!

whats up, its presidents day weekend, which has a nice day off, you can keep up with me daily if you have an instagram account, by following me and seeing my instagram stories where i post day to day content! i am sure you will love it!

but lets really get to the meaning of this post…

the things i have learned from being a blogger,

  1. you have to get your stuff done and be motivated. just finishing homework and posts and working out and seeing friends, like the day doesn’t all add up so sometimes you just have to hold onto the episode of the office for the next night.
  2. but, you also have to deal with times that you cannot always finish and sometimes fail. there are times i have missed posts, and almost cried if i couldn’t get a post finished. but i honestly have realized that missing posts isnt a big deal, as long as i am writing about what i love.
  3. everything is not as pretty as it seems actually, most things are a lot more complicated than they seem. like i have talked about many different ways blogging is complicated, like talking about how long it takes for a perfect photo which totally fits my instagram aesthetic.
  4. investing in your blog is where it’s at. spending money for nice camera is just a thing, in order to have pretty photos, you must have a good camera. therefore, investing in your blog, by making a big purchase makes your blog so much better!
  5. it doesn’t always have to be about the pretty picture. even though i just admitted that investing in your blog is good, the pretty picture is not the only thing that matters, because it’s also about the words and not just pictures.

also! i have a special deal for all my readers… a free chatbook!

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here is mine, i chose my image of macarons for the cover.

when you go through THIS LINK, you can get a free book of any photos you want! i hope y’all try it out today, the code lasts until march 9th. so make sure to get your free chatbooks!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

Vision Board

hey all!

do you know what a vision board is?

a vision board, is basically a visual of the goals that someone wants to achieve in the coming time! so i have been creating a vision board on my pinterest for my future, and basically what i want it to look like in the coming time!

this is what my board looks like, and you can see kinda what i am looking forward to in the coming years from my board!

i hope you follow and enjoy!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

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An Update with Kate -The College Process Begins

hey all!

first of all, happy valentines day! i hope you enjoy your day and show your love with all of the people you love today!

so really, let’s get to the meat of this post…

the college process…

three words that i was hoping i wouldn’t have to say this soon but all it has started. the craziness, and as of today i have taken both the act and the sat and had my first individual meeting with my school’s college counselors.

the college process is 72 crazy weeks of work, fear and waiting.

the last one, just waiting, lasts forever. i see all of my senior friends, just waiting and wondering. i am freaking out, like how can people be this patient! i am not too patient, i am very impatient, these colleges basically hanging the fate of these poor seniors in front of their faces, continuously sending emails and the topic always seems to come up, not only at school, but at home and in the social life.

i get the daily emails from at least 8 different schools, and then i get daily physical pieces of mail from 2-3 schools! this is per day, i typically get a point of contact from about 10 different schools, PER DAY. ten, there are basically thousands of colleges and universities across this country and i basically have gotten pieces of mail from 100 different schools so far, and i know they get my information from the SAT and the ACT, and i want some of that mail, but not all of it. but hey, i am hearing of schools i had never heard about before, which is pretty cool, because it allows me to learn about schools that i would otherwise never know about, but then again i get a ton of pieces of mail that i just shred, just seeing where it is from, then shredding it. i think i have only kept about 6 pieces of mail from places i am considering.

but on top of this all, to make this process even better, i am constantly stressed about grades and my extracurriculars, but i am so glad to have this blog to let out all of my stresses, love y’all!

i hope you enjoy!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

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Last Minute Valentine Blondies!

hey all!

i have been behind on all of this valentines day mumbo-jumbo, like it has really snuck up on me this year! i was planning to make a valentines day gift guide, but i never really did! so today i wanted to share a recipe of valentines day themed blondies!

lets get started!

last minute valentine blondies!

Ingredients

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  • 1 package of cake mix *
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick of butter (melted) **
  • red gel food coloring***

Directions

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×9 pan.
  2. whip the eggs, and add the melted butter in.
  3. add the cake mix, you can use either an electric mixer, but i usually just mix it with a spoon or a rubber spatula and that works well. mix until a thick (cookie dough-like) mixture and all of the cake mix is combined.
  4. separate the blondie dough into 3 parts. i keep one part white (no red food die), one part light pink (a few drops red food dye – as desired) and one dark pink (a few more drops of food dye – again as desired).
  5. then take the dough and with your hands begin to marble it together. then you take the dough and attempt to flatten as much as you can to spread it out in the pan.
  6. bake the blondies in the tray for about 18 minutes (but you may cook more if it needs more time!) use a toothpick and if nothing comes out on the toothpick your blondies are done!
  7. cool & cut and ready to eat!

* i have used both white and yellow and both taste great!
** this means 1/2 cup for all who were wondering!
*** use till desired color

i have found that the blondies are best after the first day because they taste less cake-like and more brownie-like! i hope you enjoy! if you try out the blondie recipe let me know in the comments down below!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

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These are a Few of My Favorite Things : Pocket iPhone Cases

hey all!

happy thursday, it is almost the end of the school week! (thank god am i right) this week has been such a long and busy one and i just want a long weekend break.

so i decided that i wanted to start a new series, every month i want to share some of my favorite things, so today i decided that i wanted to share some pocket iphone cases. i love pocket iphone cases because i am lazy as hell, i just wanna be able to grab my phone when i go to the gas station, i don’t wanna have to bring my purse.

so let’s go why don’t we!

  1.  JimmyCASE Pocket iPhone Case
  2. Michael Kors Saffiano Leather Phone Case
  3. HEX Solo Case
  4. Madewell Leather Carryall Case
  5. Silk iPhone Wallet Case
  6. Incipio Wallet Case

these are my favorites, some fashion and some purely function, but i highly suggest that you try them out!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)

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1o Things You Still Didn’t Know About Me

hey all! after all these posts, there are still things that you don’t know about

i have been blogging for years, since 2014 actually! so naturally you guys probably know alot about me! i mean of course you know i am a high school student and a blogger, but after all these posts, there are still things that you don’t know about me.

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  1. i have been a girl scout since kindergarten and am still selling girl scout cookies! i am currently working on my gold award, the highest honor for a girl scout.
  2. i cannot stand raw tomatoes, i think they look nasty and simply just scare me. but i will eat sundried tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato soup. but if a dish has tomato in it (like whole pieces) i will ask for the kitchen to remove it. i know it sounds bratty but i am a very picky eater.
  3. ever since i was a little kid, i have loved winnie the pooh, and i continue to love pooh to this day. i just think he is so cute!
  4. i love boba. like all boba, i absolutely love how the texture feels, (although most people hate it) i love how squishy it is! my favorite boba place is called TPUMPS and my favorite flavor is green jolly rancher!
  5. i used to do musical theatre in middle school. i was really into it, but my talent did not exactly lie in singing, acting or dancing. but of course y’all know that i still LOVE broadway music.
  6. in the 8th grade i was obsessed with the fault in our stars. i mean i read the book on my flight home from new york and continued to be obsessed with it until the beginning of my freshman year (basically when i started this blog!). i moved on from my tfios obsession to my fashion obsession, so basically you are welcome.
  7. my family has always been a huge influence on me, teaching me all about art and how to appreciate it. my entire family are a talented bunch of writers, random fact know-ers, film-makers and photographers, believe me my artistic abilties come from somewhere. my family from a young age has always taught me not only the value of education, but the value of art.
  8. by far, my favorite halloween costume that i had as a child was a magic 8 ball that my family made. they made it for my sister, but i wore two years after her, i love it because it was such a unique idea and i had a totally homemade costume while other people still were buying there’s from party city.
  9. i am a really good cook. i am pretty sure my family can vouch for my fabulous french onion soup which i make alot during winter. but i also love making lemon chicken pasta, beans (that go with my dad’s tri-tip recipe) and best of all my homemade tomatillo salsa (which if y’all are lucky i might post on the blog soon!).
  10. i am so thankful for my art gals, (you know who you are : natalie, ellie, meg & allison) for all that they do for me, helping me to critique my work and get better in my craft and i am so glad to have them as a support system in my life!

i hope that you enjoy!

xoxo

kwe monogram(aka kate wins!)