Free Phone & Laptop Backgrounds!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On Monday, one of my goals was to make some pretty things. Well, guess what! I finally made the pretty things, and I'm really excited about them!

This is kind of my first foray into creating some of my own stuff, including phone and a laptop background, but I'm pretty proud of how they turned out!

I love the blue, I've adopted it as my signature blue. Daisies are my favorite flower, so I thought they would be super fun to add into some backgrounds! I currently have the "hello lovely" as my lock screen, and the daisies as my home screen.

How to download: click on the link corresponding to the background you like. Save the photo to your photos (on your phone), or to your desktop (on your laptop/computer) and then set as background!

Here's an example of how I use the laptop background. It helps keep everything in order, which is SO nice!

I love having all of my folders easy to reach, and organized on my desktop. It's easy to get to, easy to find, and it looks nice!

So, what do you think? Which one is your favorite? 

Weekly Wishes!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hey guys, it's Tuesday. Did that surprise anyone else?

I woke up yesterday thinking it was Sunday, then realizing that it was, in fact, Monday and that I had a lot of stuff to do. Unfortunately, Monday was not as productive as I had hoped, but it was incredibly relaxing, so that's always a plus. :)

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Last Week: 

1. Finish homework and reading by Monday night! Almost, but there was just so much to do. I got most of it done by Tuesday, so that's an accomplishment! 

2. Make a blog calendar. I found an awesome printable that I'm going to use.  

3. Mail a letter to my host family in France. Not yet... I just kept forgetting to go to the post office!

4. Get my computer back! Done and done. It feels so good to have my baby back. :) Except they replaced the whole bottom half (something about my logic board short circuiting and blowing out my battery, keyboard, and magsafe thingy?).

5. Relax. Baby steps, right? 

This Week:

1. Do all the readings for my classes! I know, I know. Pick and choose what's truly important. But seriously... my professors use all of our readings in lecture. I'm so behind if I don't do it!

2. Submit my final post for the Academic Programs International Blog! Way at the beginning of my adventures abroad, I mentioned that I would be blogging for Academic Programs International. Well, that adventure has come to an end, and I'm going to submit my final, post-abroad, re-entry post this week! 

3. Make some pretty things. :) More info to come. It's time to flex those creative muscles!

What do you have to do this week? 

Liebster Award!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I love Liebster Awards! The goal of A Liebster Award is to find new blogs with less than 200 followers. :) I was lucky enough to be nominated by Allison of The Ponytail Diaries and Selene of Everyday Selene! Thanks, lovelies!

 Check out my first two Liebster Awards here and here.

Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog!
2. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this amazing award.
3. Answer the 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
4. Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees!

11 Facts about Me:

1. I've probably mentioned this before, but I love elephants. Seriously. They're just so cute!

2. My favorite tea I have ever had is Mariage Frères' Earl Grey French Blue. I love Earl Grey tea in general, but the French Blue is just so amazing. I let my dad try one of the tea bags I brought home... huge mistake.

3. My favorite junk foods to watch Netflix with are Reese's and Pringles.

4. If the whole, being-a-historian-and-working-in-a-museum thing doesn't work out, Plan B is to open a bookstore. You've Got Mail is one of my favorite movies.

5. I love flowers, and my favorites are white Gerbera daisies, sunflowers, and tulips (all colors). I doodle daisies in my notes when I get bored.

6. My favorite dogs are French Bulldogs (they have the most adorable ears!) and if I had one I would name it Olivier or Olivia.

7. I have a thing for clocks. Super random, but I just think they're fascinating!

8. I have to write a Senior Thesis next year, and I want my topic to be about Amsterdam so I could possibly get research funding to go back to Amsterdam. I'm thinking something related to the Rijksmuseum during the Nazi Occupation during WWII?

9. My favorite pens are purple pens (purple is also my favorite color, along with turquoise). But I only use them on special occasions. :)

10. Joining a sorority was one of the best decisions I made in college. The others are joining the leadership program (PLP) and studying abroad in France.

11. The languages I want to learn next are Spanish, Dutch, and Arabic.

Questions from Allison:

1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love the creative aspect of it. You always have to think in different and new ways to try and attract readers, as well as engage with your readers so it's fun to do that. I also love the community aspect of it, especially with different blogging networks, etc. It's always fun to make new blog friends!

2. Drink of choice after a long day?
Tea. My favorite is Earl Grey, but that has caffeine, so I could also go for some nice chamomile if it's right before bed.

3. If you had $10,000 that you had to spend all in one weekend, what would you do?
Go somewhere! Maybe Amsterdam, London, or Bayonne (in the Basque region of France). Alternatively, I would go to New York City! I've never been... and there are so many cool things that I would want to do. Plus, go shopping, obviously.

4. What was your favorite book you had to read in school?
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston in AP Language.

5. Chris Hemsworth was named Sexiest Man Alive by People, do you agree or disagree? If you disagree you are dead to me who would you pick instead?
Agree - he is so attractive. And that man bun.... gah. But I also love British guys... so I would go for Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston.

6. What's your favorite thing about your best friend?
She's awesome. :)

7. Oh no, you broke your leg and are stuck on the couch all weekend! What are you watching on Netflix?
First, I would watch the entire 3 series of Sherlock as there are only 9 episodes. Then, I would watch Friends.

8. What's the biggest risk you've taken so far?
Studying abroad in France, in an all-French program.

9. What was the first concert you went to?
Big Head Todd and the Monsters with my dad at Red Rocks Amphitheater. 

Favorite concert? Mumford & Sons at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

10. If you could see any significant historical figure first hand, what would you choose? 
That's such a hard thing for a history major to choose! Right now I'm taking a class about the French Revolution, so I would like to see the Tennis Court Oath, just to see what it was like. But I would also want to see the signing of the Declaration of Independence (#americanhistorynerd). 

11. What three posts of yours should new readers check out first?
Questions from Selene: 

1. Why do you blog?
I love to write, and I want to be more creative. I have found blogging to be a great way to be creative and write about things that interest me, or that I'm thinking about, which I can't always do in school with my major.

2. If you had a wish, what would you ask for?
To have tea with Tom Hiddleston and talk about history, poetry, literature, and, of course, Loki.

3. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Working at a museum, at a nonprofit, or in some type of creative setting.

4. What would you like to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading, supporting, and loving on my blog. It really does mean a lot when you take the time to read my thoughts, leave a comment, or shoot me an email. It really makes my day to know that someone, somewhere, cares enough to hear what I have to say. :)

5. Inspire your readers.
You know me, I'm a fan of quotes, and this is one of my favorites: "You are helpful, and you are loved, and you are not alone." (John Green).

You are loved, always, and you are not alone, ever. As cheesy as it is, I really do believe that this world is a beautiful place, and it's even more beautiful because you are in it. Keep being the beautiful souls you are.

6. What is your first thought in the morning?
How much time do I have to get coffee?

7. Favorite song?
Right now... "Life in Color" by OneRepublic.

8. Favorite snack?
Reeses and Pringles.

9. Favorite season and why?
Fall because I love the colors, I really like wearing sweaters, and I love wearing scarves.

10. A daily resolution?
Take each moment as it comes. Live in the moment, and be present in the moment.

 11. What do you think about Everyday Selene?
It's so lovely! I love the layout, and the perspective is so neat. :) Keep it up, lovely!

My nominees:

Krysten Childres of Krysten Childres
Holly of Holly Elizabeth Photography (and blog!)
Rashae of Abbigayle Rashae
Crystal of Holding it Down (with Crystal Brown!)
Hannah of The Stressed Out College Student's Destination
Holly of Nut Free Nerd
Tanesha of Ladies & Co.
Kelsey of Pretty Girl
Selen of Raving Geekette
Caryl of My Dirt Road Diary
Abi of She Comments
Emily of Em La Jolie

Questions for my nominees:

1. What are three things that are currently inspiring you?

2. If you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would you do?

3. Favorite nail polish color?

4. If you could thank anyone in your life, who would it be, and what would you thank them for?

5. If you could say one thing to your future self, what would you say?

6. Favorite class in college?

7. What is one thing that you wish you knew how to do?

8. Who is your favorite blogger/what is your favorite blog?

9. What was the hardest decision you've ever had to make?

10. If you could have a meal with any famous person - living or dead - who would it be and what would you eat?

11. What is one thing that never fails to make you smile?

I love these! They're so much fun to do. :) Tell me a random fact about you in the comments!  

GOALS: Getting back into the swing of things...

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last week I was so excited to start classes, and get the ball rolling on my blog for 2015, post some awesome content and new pictures, and just be generally awesome.

Then, my computer did this wierd thing. It started emitting little puffs of smoke. Long story short, I freaked out, called my dad, called the Apple Store, took it in, and it's now somewhere in California. I miss it, and I hope I can get it back soon! 

Until then, I have my iPad, which works really well for most things, and I can use the computers at the library, and my little is letting me use her computer sometimes. It's just cold so I don't like to go alone at night, so I just haven't really been able to do a lot of stuff for Glittering Eyes this week. I have, however, brainstormed a lot of new content that I hope to publish in the next few weeks! 

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Anyways, onto my goals for this week: 

1. Finish homework reading for the week by Monday night. 
I have so much reading to do... it's ridiculous. Who assigns 125 pages of a book on top of regular reading? It's a really good thing that I like this professor. I finished my reading for Monday and Tuesday, I just have a lot of reading for Wednesday and Thursday. I want to try and finish it by tonight, but I'll let myself have until tomorrow too. :)

2. Make a blog calendar.
I got my personal/academic/work planner in order. Next thing to do is get my blog life in order.

3. Mail a letter to my host family in France.
Just need to get an international stamp.

4. Get my computer back!!!!!!
I miss it. I even bought a new sticker to put on it when I get it back!

5. Relax.
You know that whole, not stressing over things that don't matter thing? Well, it's really hard.

What are your goals for this week? Have you started classes again yet? 

GOALS: School Edition

Monday, January 5, 2015

I can't believe my break is almost over. Technically, I only had about a week and a half of a break, and it went so fast! Christmas, New Year, and now I'm back in my sorority house ready to take on the quarter!

First, a few housekeeping things. :) I'm really excited about this new look, so you can check out the inspiration here. I also re-did my About Page, and added a Sponsor section. If you're interested in free ad swaps, definitely check it out!

Now, onto my favorite thing: Goals!

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Today was the first day of classes for the quarter, so in honor of that, this week's Weekly Wishes/ Make it Happen Monday post is all about my academic goals for the quarter.

Obviously, this is not how it actually looks. Think... snow. Lots of it.
Do not put so much pressure on my grades.
One of the things I learned in France was that my grades do not dictate my worth as a person. Yes, they're important. And yes, I want to get good grades. But I refuse to beat myself up for getting less than an A!

Do the readings for class in advance.
I have so much reading already. Seriously... so much. I have to stay on top of it all! I guess it's good I have a super cute planner... :) 

School comes first!
I have this really horrible habit of letting other, less important things get in the way of my schoolwork. I cannot do that this quarter. 

Enjoy it!
I have always really enjoyed school, so I want to enjoy this quarter. I'm over halfway done with undergrad... it's crazy. I want to enjoy every moment of this quarter, and learn as much as I can. 

When does the semester/quarter start for you? Any back-to-school-after-break tips? 

Have a great week, everyone! 

12 Books for 2015!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I love to read. Seriously, I could spend days in a comfy chair with cups of tea (and food) with books. One of my goals for 2015 is to read 1 book each month for fun. I do a lot of reading for class (#historymajorproblems), so I tend not to read for enjoyment unless I'm on break. These are the books I want to read in 2015, and I'm really excited to start them all! 

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Paris. It has hedgehog in the title. And the French title is L'élegance du Herisson which is just fun to say.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Normandy. WWII. It's like this book was written for me.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I read this book when I was in middle school, but I don't really remember it. Now that the movies have come out, I figure it's good to read it again.

Blog, Inc. by Joy Cho

I'm still getting the hang of this blogging thing, and I've heard that this is a good book to read for bloggers!

A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

I'm working on owning my creativity, so maybe this book will help.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I read The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Looking for Alaska this year, and I liked them for the most part (I wasn't a fan of Paper Towns). Next up is An Abundance of Katherines.

The Storied Life of AJ Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin

One of my friends from The Fountain Pen Society recommended this to me.

The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil

Fantasy. Russia. Lovely.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I can't believe I haven't already read this.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Technically I already started it, but I want to finish it. It's really good!

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

My dad read this book and keeps referencing it. I want to read it so I can understand his references.

What books are on your list for 2015?