May 24, 2015


Well, I've had a very relaxing and rejuvenating few days here in North Carolina, but I leave this morning to re-enter the "real world." I do, however, have one more vlog for you - and it's perhaps my favorite one from this trip. We had quite a spontaneous day yesterday, renting last-minute jet skis, going to see Tomorrowland (more on that later) and popping over to a trampoline gym.

SO. MUCH. FUN. Enjoy!

May 23, 2015


Hello there, Hanlin family! I hope you're enjoying these vlogs as much as I'm enjoying making them.

Here's the latest creation from my time here in North Carolina. (It gets really pretty a few minutes in.)

May 20, 2015

TOPSAIL BEACH | North Carolina, Day 1 vlog

Howdy, folks! Im trying something new here: a daily vlog of sorts. Let me know what you think!

4 things I've learned/have been solidified in my mind today:

  1. I will never tire of the view from an airplane.
  2. There are so many different kinds of clouds, and they are all fascinating.
  3. Salt water tastes disgusting.
  4. The world we live in, even though it seems so huge, is so tiny in the grand scheme of things.

May 17, 2015

BUILDING AN OWL SHACK on Mother's Day | vlog

"Spring Garden Shopping" is an alternate title for this post.

Happy vlog day, Hanlin Family!

I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day. I know it was a week ago already, but y'all should know how these video blogs go by now... they're not in "real time" and you get to see everything the Sunday after it happens. All the same, I hope you enjoy this vlog. We had a beautiful Mother's Day, followed by a very busy and productive week.

Before you (hopefully) enjoy this vlog, I ought to let you know that I'll be out of town from Tuesday to the following Sunday, and though I will be vlogging by trip, I'm not exactly sure when the video will be published, because I'm not sure how much time I will have for editing (which is the bulk of the work behind vlogging). So please bear with me, dear people, and know that while I'm away, I may be posting a short video on why I decided to start vlogging. Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already!

And now, I'll stop waffling on and leave you to the YouTubes. Sláinte!

May 14, 2015

Sometimes you just have to bonfire.

When the night is just too perfect to stay inside on a computer watching Murder She Wrote on Netflix...

this happens:

Last night was my ideal spring night. It was cool enough for the TAC hoodie I'd stolen borrowed from a friend when I visited a few years ago, and for whatever reason (I like to think it was God), there were no bugs at all. After a quick dinner, and bringing my potted plants inside thanks to a local frost warning, my dad and I decided to venture outside and clean up some of the larger sticks in the yard in preparation for the first lawn cut of the season. After a few minutes, we thought we'd haul off and start a fire in the old pit we've had in our backyard for about thirty years.

May 10, 2015

The Detroit Riverfront | vlog

Last week was a busy one... but a good one. I spent Sunday in Detroit with my parents, and then worked two jobs every day for the rest of the week: one at the radio station, and the other with my Dad, which is becoming somewhat of a spring tradition. This is the third year that my father and I together have been hired (he and my brother worked together on this before the latter moved away) to clean a subdivision community pool not too far from our house, and well... you'll see.


And HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all ye moms out there!

May 3, 2015


Happy weekend! Or whenever you're visiting here. I'm glad to have you.

Last week, I attended the annual choir concert given by the homeschool group I used to be part of, and it was really quite lovely. It's always nice to get back to one's educational roots once in a while.

And, since I was asked a few more hedgehog-related questions after I'd already edited last week's Q&A, I thought I'd answer them this week (in a very cringe-worthy fashion).


April 30, 2015

7 Things I've Learned in the Past Few Months

1. If you eat less and exercise more and drink lots of water, weight loss happens. And it's a lot easier to commit to than fad diets.

2. Speaking of food, processed sugar is a killer. I have not had one speck (and I mean one speck - and oh boy, did that kill my self control at first) of processed sugar for about a month and a half, and I have never felt better. I have so much more energy, and have lost a couple unneeded pounds.

3. Jonathan Crombie (Gilbert Blythe) meant more to me than I realized. As I posted to Facebook when I learned of his untimely death, rarely am I legitimately saddened by a celebrity death - but oh no, that is not the case with Gil. Anne of Green Gables has been a massive part of my life ever since I was a little girl, and it actually seems like a personal friend has passed away. It's strange, but understandable, I suppose. (Especially since most if not all of my standards for acquiring a male and the quality of said male have been based on his character for quite a while.) I don't quite have words at the moment to describe what I'm feeling about this.

April 26, 2015


Happy day, friends and readers and viewers and mom and all you beautiful land mermaids!

Today, as promised, I have a hedgehog-themed question-and-answer for you as part of this week's vlog, thanks to all of you who had a question about these wee critters and asked it. If you have a hoggie-related question that wasn't answered in this video, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll answer it in a part two.

April 23, 2015

Crepe-cakes {recipe}

Here's a wee vlog-style cooking video (very cringey) that I made back in January and completely forgot about until this morning: one of my favorite comfort-food recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

April 21, 2015

Earth Day

Well, friends and readers, April 22 is Earth Day. On this day, people in over a hundred countries will (probably) gather and demonstrate in favor of environmental protection. At least, that's what happened last year.

Pope Francis' prayer intention for this month is this: That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God.

The preservation of our beautiful world is so important. My family has been recycling since before I was born. We dispose of corroded batteries and broken electronics safely. Financials don't permit us to have fancy electric cars, but we do what we can. I have a garden full of organic, healthy food. This planet was given to us at the beginning of time, and we were charged with the care of it. Adam's first job was to preserve the Garden of Eden. "The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it." (Gen 2:15) And, God himself specifically told Moses to forbid the pollution of land in the Jewish Torah (Numbers 35:33). We were created partly for this purpose.

April 19, 2015


Last week was a very quiet, uneventful one - lots of time was spent wrapping up my last semester of college (for a while, anyway), finishing exams and making sure everything was turned in. But, I was able to spend a lot of time outside now that the weather has become consistently glorious. Enzo is loving it, too. Enjoy!

(I stuck a few neat time lapses in there for ya. They're my favorite.)

Also, I was thinking of doing a wee hedgehog themed Q&A as a part of next week's vlog, if y'all are interested. If you have any hedge-related questions, send them my way via any of the social medias or leave them in the comments here!