Archive | September, 2013

Outfit of the Day + NEW! Blog Button :)

30 Sep

Hey there! Just to let everyone know, this post is going to be more of an update post and and outfit of the day wrapped into one. First, let’s get the update out of the way 🙂

Many of you probably haven’t noticed that I now have a button for my blog (displayed on the side bar).  I mostly made the button because I have just been informed of something called a button swap. This means that blogger A  displays blogger B’s button on their (blogger A’s) blog, and vise versa.

For any blogger out there interested in swapping buttons with me, please contact me at maritimemango7@gmail.com

Here’s what the button looks like:

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OUTFIT OF THE DAY

Now it’s time for the outfit of the day. I know it’s autumn but there are some semi warm days. This is what I wore today. An orange cut-out pullover, (underneath the pullover I wore a short black tank top), a pair of simple blue jeans, a pair of converse and a long necklace. 🙂

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There you have it! Leave a like if you want me to do more “OUTFIT OF THE DAY” posts. Let me know what you think in the comment section below, and if you haven’t already, make sure to follow my blog. 🙂 

Until next time,

-Caitlyn

Weekly Photo Challenge: SATURATED

28 Sep

When I found out that this weeks photo challenge is SATURATED, I remembered my trip to Venice. However the photos that will be showcased here are actually from BURANO. Burano? What? Didn’t she just say she went to Venice???

While I was in Venice, I took a day trip to Murano and Burano. For those of you who didn’t know, Burano is known for its colourful houses! As you can all imagine I was pretty damn excited when I realized I can use some pictures I took from my trip!

I hope everyone enjoys these pictures and don’t forget to follow my blog!

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LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENT SECTION! 🙂

-Caitlyn

Thursday Thriller #1: Humans can Lick, too!

26 Sep

Welcome everybody to the very first THURSDAY THRILLER! Every (other) Thursday I will post a short and scary story. Most times these short stories will be my version of mostly well known urban legends/stories. So sit back, relax, grab some popcorn and enjoy!

Don’t forget to follow my blog!

 

HUMANS CAN LICK, TOO

“Finally.” Ally exclaimed, “My first house.”

Ally was so happy that she finally managed to find a small place  in the new town she moved to, Springbrooke. The best things about this house is that it  is close to her new job and it has enough space for her dog Tangerine!

“Come on bud! Let’s go unpack.” Ally said to Tangerine.

Later that night Ally was was watching her favourite show, Scary Saturdays. It was around 2 in the morning, when her favourite show got interrupted by a the local news, saying that an escapee from the Springbrook mental facility escaped earlier that day. Extremely tired she decided to go to sleep. When she got to the bedroom she saw Tangerine asleep below the bed.

“Good night Tangie!” She whispered.

After a few minutes, she fell asleep.

Ally and Tangerine - drawn by me :)

Ally and Tangerine – drawn by me 🙂

A few hours later, Ally woke up and heard rattling coming from outside. She remembered the news story from earlier and started to panic. She ran to the window and looked outside. But it wasn’t a person who was making that noise. It was just a couple of raccoons going trough the garbage can in the yard. Ally decided that the racoons would go away sooner or later. As she was getting back into bed, Tangerine licked her ankle. She fell asleep again, but only ten minutes later the noise was getting louder! Ally put her shoes on and went outside. As soon as the raccoons saw her they scurried away. Ally was about to go back inside but the smell of blood hit her. She went to the garbage can and inside she saw Tangerine, dismembered. On the inside of the garbage can lid she saw the words HUMANS CAN LICK TOO, scribbled in blood!

Hope you enjoyed the story! Stay tuned!

-Caitlyn

How to Make: Blueberry Pancakes + BONUS: FRUIT SAUCE

26 Sep
I love pancakes!!!!

I love pancakes!!!!

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PANCAKES:

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (I always add more – I LOVE vanilla!!!)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar).  Mix the ingredients slowly.
2. In a small bowl, beat an egg thoroughly. The slowly add milk to the egg mixture.
3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly add the egg-milk mixture. Add the melted butter OR vegetable oil and vanilla. Stir quickly until ingredients are mixed. If there is too much milk and the pancake mixture is too drippy, just add some more flour.
4. Spread some remaining melted butter (if you have any left over from before – if not just use some vegetable oil) on a pan.  Cook pancakes until they are filled with bubbles and the under-side in golden brown. Turn and brown the other side.
YUM YUM YUM!

YUM YUM YUM!

Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min

Number of servings (yield): 2-4 (Depending on how many pancakes each person will eat. Personally, I need to make double the portion to be able to feed four people…)

FRUIT SAUCE:

INGREDIENTS

  • Seasonal fruits
  • brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of butter

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Cut fruits (Unless you are using blueberries, obviously) which ever way you prefer.

2.  And butter, fruits, and sugar into a pot. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes (if you want chunks of fruit in your sauce let it simmer for just a few minutes, if you don;t want any chunks let it simmer for a longer time). While cooking, stir the sauce thoroughly.

3.  And VOILA! Your fruit sauce is ready!

Fruity fruits

Fruity fruits

I hope you all try and enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think in the comment section! Enjoy your day and stay tuned.

-Caitlyn

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

21 Sep

This week’s photo challenge from WordPress is “From lines to patterns”. These are pictures that I have taken this year from vacation spots I’ve been to. I hope you all like them and make sure to follow my blog!   🙂  

One of the many pictures I took while I was in Venice, Italy in March.

One of the many pictures I took while I was in Venice, Italy in March.

A picture I took in July at the Bundestag in  Berlin. www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/visits/

A picture I took in July at the Bundestag in Berlin. http://www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/visits/

This is a picture I took in February, but for the life of me I can't remember the exact location.

This is a picture I took in February, but for the life of me I can’t remember the exact location.

So that’s it.   That was my take on this week’s challenge.

Until next time,

-Caitlyn

What’s the story Morning Glory? (Haul)

18 Sep

I have just received my order from MORNING GLORY! I am not sure if this is what people call a “HAUL”. I guess it is a haul (I dislike the way the word “HAUL” sounds – is that just me?). So I decided to show you guys what I ordered. This store specializes in stationary, but they also have many others things as well. Some other things that I thought are cute are their phone cases. Too bad that I, alongside other Samsung users, will not be able to use those phone cases as the cases are meant for the iPhone.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Morning Glory, check out this website:

http://morninggloryus.com/about-morning-glory

At first glance, the website might look a little childish….but believe me! They have some really neat things!

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An overview of everything.

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Three super cute pencil cases.

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Whiteout (or liquid paper- whichever floats your boat). I got another one in pink as well.

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Some adorable erasers!!! I should probably mention that I have a strange obsession with erasers!!!!!!!!!

Other than these items I also bought a clipboard, some folders and a few notebooks (which where all in another picture which I apparently deleted before I could upload it in this post. :* However, they can be seen in the overview picture.

So I guess that’s all for now. Make sure you stay tuned for my next blog post.

-Caitlyn

Reading List (September 2013)

17 Sep

Here is a reading list that I have composed  for September. These are books that I have read and enjoyed this month.  I always find myself wanting to read new books but I never know which ones to read. If you are like me and have trouble finding new (or old) books , then I hope this list helps you out.

(Books from left to right: Carpe Diem-Autumn Cornwell, The Way We Fall- Megan Crewe, The Agency- Y.S. Lee, Book of Spells-Kate Brian, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs)

(Books from left to right: Carpe Diem-Autumn Cornwell, The Way We Fall- Megan Crewe, The Agency- Y.S. Lee, Book of Spells-Kate Brian, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- Ransom Riggs)

Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell

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I received this book for Christmas last year and I have only gotten around to reading it now – almost a year later.  I was surprised at how much I actually liked reading this book! Normally I hate when other people give me books because I am often very picky of what I read.

Summary: “I’ve got my entire life planned out for the next ten years — including my PhD and Pulitzer Prize,” claims 16-year-old overachiever Vassar Spore, daughter of overachiever parents, who in true overachiever fashion named her after an elite women’s college. Vassar expects her sophomore summer to include AP and AAP (Advanced Advanced Placement) classes. Surprise! Enter a world-traveling relative who sends her plans into a tailspin when she blackmails Vassar’s parents into forcing their only child to backpack with her through Southeast Asia. 

On a journey from Malaysia to Cambodia to the remote jungles of Laos, Vassar sweats, falls in love, hones her outdoor survival skills — and uncovers a family secret that turns her whole world upside-down.      

Vassar Spore can plan on one thing: she’ll never be the same again.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

The Way We Fall- Megan Crewe

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I absolutely adored this book! I am trying to get my hands on the second book in the Fallen World Trilogy. I was especially happy about reading something that takes place in Canada rather than the USA.

Summary: It starts with an itch you just can’t shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you’ll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.

And then you’re dead.

When sixteen-year-old Kaelyn lets her best friend leave for school without saying goodbye, she never dreams that she might not see him again. But then a strange virus begins to sweep through her small island community, infecting young and old alike. As the dead pile up, the government quarantines the island: no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for the island’s dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

The Agency: The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee

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I bought this one in July. I wouldn’t have bought it if I realized it was the THIRD book in the trilogy (-series?), because I have not yet read the SECOND book! I just can’t find that second book anywhere! But I decided to read the third book albeit not reading the second (something I never do!!!), for the sake of this reading list. I enjoy reading spy fictions, so obviously this was right up my ally.

Summary: Get steeped in suspense, romance, and high Victorian intrigue as Mary goes undercover at Buckingham Palace – and learns a startling secret at the Tower of London.

Queen Victoria has a little problem: there’s a petty thief at work in Buckingham Palace. Charged with discretion, the Agency puts quickwitted Mary Quinn on the case, where she must pose as a domestic while fending off the attentions of a feckless Prince of Wales. But when the prince witnesses the murder of one of his friends in an opium den, the potential for scandal looms large. And Mary faces an even more unsettling possibility: the accused killer, a Chinese sailor imprisoned in the Tower of London, shares a name with her long-lost father. Meanwhile, engineer James Easton, Mary’s onetime paramour, is at work shoring up the sewers beneath the palace, where an unexpected tunnel seems to be very much in use. Can Mary and James trust each other (and put their simmering feelings aside) long enough to solve the mystery and protect the Royal Family? Hoist on your waders for Mary’s most personal case yet, where the stakes couldn’t be higher – and she has everything to lose.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

The Book of Spells by Kate Brian 

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The book of spells is a prequel to the series Private. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_(novel_series)

Summary: The year is 1915 when sixteen-year-old Eliza Williams arrives at the Billings School for Girls in Easton, Connecticut. Her parents expect her to learn the qualites of a graceful, dutiful wife. But Eliza and her housemates have a dangerous secret: They’re witches. After finding a dusty, leather bound spell book, the Billings Girls form a secret coven. Bonded in sisterhood, they cast spells–cursing their headmistress with laryngitis, brewing potions to bolster their courage before dances, and conjuring beautiful dresses out of old rags. The girls taste freedom and power for the first time, but what starts out as innocent fun turns sinister when one of the spells has an unexpected-and deadly-consequence. Magic could bring Eliza everything she’s ever wanted…but it could also destroy everything she holds dear.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Patiently waiting for the second book. I don’t think I can wait any longer.

Summary: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. 

As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.

(summary courtesy of  http://www.goodreads.com)

That’s all for now,

Caitlyn

P.S- I am truly sorry that I haven’t written in two weeks! I have been extremely busy with school.