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christmas craft roundup

December 17, 2014


Advent Calendar

If you’re late in the game this season with your Christmas crafts (didn’t Christmas just sneak up on us this year?), here are some quick and easy ones from my archives to do before the holiday arrives. The last few can be made Christmasy with just an alter of the colors.

I haven’t been able to do any holiday crafting this season (which makes me incredibly sad), so I hope you are able to find some time to do so yourself!


Animal Ornaments


Christmas Banner




Pet Ornaments


Scrap Garland



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Pom Pom Garland

-wonderland sam

high school reunion christmas brunch

December 16, 2014


I went to two different high schools, and the second one I only went to for one year (my senior). Strangely enough, I know more people from that school currently living in LA than I know from the one at which I spent three years. And this past Sunday we finally all got together for a celebratory Christmas brunch. Brynn was the perfect host with her decked out Christmas apartment and drinks and treats. We played Fish Bowl and made Christmas mugs, and we had the best time! Hoping this “reunion” will be a more regular occurrence.












-wonderland sam

christmas sweater party

December 15, 2014


I’ve never understood the concept of “surviving the holidays” until this year (which makes me a little sad). This December we have been to 7 Christmas parties…with 2 more to go! I just hope in the next ten days we can find some down time to relax and really relish the season without all the hustle and bustle. But all of the parties have been fun and filled with great food and great friends, so I really can’t complain about there being too much Christmas cheer.

I am so happy to have met such a wonderful group of people in my acting class and that we were able to get together to celebrate the holidays. We had Puerto Rican eggnog, buttered rum, Christmas cookies, and other treats to celebrate. Thankful for these friends.















-wonderland sam

diy pom pom garland

December 12, 2014

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I have been wanting to make a pom pom garland for a while now, so yesterday I spent my time watching Gilmore Girls being productive by plopping down on the couch with yarn, a fork, and some scissors. I followed this simple tutorial and used a serving fork (larger than a regular eating one) to make the pom poms. I also left mine a little less “groomed” because I like my pom poms to be fluffy.

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I tied the “tails” of the pom poms onto some white yarn and added the garland to my happy little gallery wall, which isn’t so little anymore but is definitely even more happy.

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I’ve been feeling a bit out of it this Christmas season, and I think part of it is because I haven’t gotten to do any crafting, Christmas or otherwise. This has definitely helped, and I already want to make a smaller, all white one for our Christmas tree!

-wonderland sam


December 11, 2014


reading : Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

listening : to Christmas music on repeat.

smelling : my Christmas tree candle, naturally.

watching : a lot of Gilmore Girls. like, a LOT.

feeling : a little out of it this Christmas season…

planning : a dinner with friends.

catching up : on my to-do list. it’s never ending, isn’t it?

working on : my fitness. my bummed knee had me out of the loop for a while, but I’m slowly making my way back into it.

cooking : simple meals that don’t require a lot of dishes. because washing dishes is the worst.

going : to eight, yes EIGHT, holiday gatherings this year (and that’s not including actual Christmas).

wishing : for a white Christmas (not gonna happen).

brainstorming : ways to fulfill my life goals, both personal and professional.

anticipating : the films coming out soon (Into the Woods, Wild, my horror film!) and getting my first SAG screeners in the mail!

receiving :  a new phone! my contract renewed, and I got a Galaxy S5 for ONE CENT.

buying : the last of the Christmas gifts. I just have a couple small ones to pick up. I love buying Christmas gifts and wish I could afford to buy a million for everyone.

this list inspired by elise

wonderland sam

instagram snaps that get a lot of bad flack

December 10, 2014


It’s no secret that I love Instagram and use it often, but in this social media age, we as a human race have found yet another means by which to attack people (if attack seems too strong a word for you, you may substitute “ridicule”, “judge”, or “condescend”). Yes, I am talking about making fun of certain types of photos posted on Instagram. As I have been a target of this myself (no recent happenings…it has just been on my mind lately), I’d like to share a little bit about why I post these photos (and why we should just let people be).

The Feet Photo


1. It records my daily life. I take a lot of walks. I have a dog, so those kind of come with the territory. Since I take at least one walk a day, I would say that walks are a pretty substantial part of my life; they are the “little things” I want recorded as my life passes by.

2. It tells me where – the time and the place – I am. These photos physically place me in the scene – they prove that I was present in any given time and place. They document the seasons changing, whether it was morning or afternoon, and what the world looked like when I looked down. You can go pull an image off the internet of pretty fallen leaves or blooming flowers, but were you there?

3. It’s me. I spend a lot of time alone (slash with my dog). My husband goes to an office all day, and I occasionally nanny during the evenings, so my days are pretty free of time and of people. These photos show that, hey, I’m alive! I prefer to take photos of my feet than my face every day, but it’s all up to you. Besides placing me in these spots, these photos also reveal something else about me – my favorite shoes and my habit of wearing them. I have a lot, but I wear the same few pairs over and over again. I searched for my ankle boots for quite a bit of time; they are one of my best purchases, both cute and comfortable, and I will wear them until they die (and probably after that too). My lovely moccasins can never stay tied, but I still wear them often. And my flip-flops tell us that it really is always sunny in Southern California.

The Food Photo


1. Food is a wondrous thing. We literally need it to survive, and though a lot of people struggle with it (myself included), it is still something to be celebrated. Besides breathing and sleeping, there is probably nothing else in our lives we do more often than eat (ok we blink and talk and yada yada yada, but you get the point). So when I want to take a photo of a meal that is beautifully crafted (or just beautiful inside my stomach), I shouldn’t have to apologize for it. If I want to showcase a barista’s artistry by snapping a photo of the pretty little coffee design, by all means, I can snap away. We are paying good money for our food and the experiences that come with it, so yes, it’s okay to celebrate the occasion with a photo. Since restaurant lighting seems to always make food look unappetizing in photos, I don’t often do this when I’m out to eat (also because I’m not immune to the thoughts of people possibly judging me).

2. I’m learning new things! It’s the 21st century, and all women (at least in America) aren’t expected to stay at home and work in the kitchen (if you are a stay at home person, go you! No judgment on that.) My point is – I wasn’t brought up learning how to prepare meals and do other things that go along with homemaking. When I went to college, my first foray into meal making was microwaving hot pockets. So, needless to say, as I have been teaching myself how to cook and bake, I want to document these milestones! I baked a cake from scratch that was actually delicious? Yes! I made my own naan?! WHAT! Look at me – a fully capable adult person who can put a good tasting and good-for-you meal on the table!

The Baby/Puppy Photo


As I only have the latter, I cannot fully comment on the former (though mark my words, watch out when I do have a baby!). Kipling is my sweet, funny, and adorable dog, and she is pretty consistent in my Instagram feed. All I have to say about this is – if you have a problem with pictures of cute babies and puppies, maybe you have some deeper issue you want to address.

You might think, hey, why are you making such a big deal about Instagram and the jokes people make about it? Because the world is filled with enough ugliness that we don’t need to add to it. To me, it’s absurd that people can take issue with something so harmless. How about we stomp down the cynicism and spread a positive light in the life we lead? Let’s not laugh at someone for creating a visual journal of their lives. And if you really, really can’t resist the mockery, I have a solution : don’t look at the photos. :)

After listing all of these reasons, my final point is – you don’t have to give a reason (contradictory, I know). Keep on taking photos and loving and living your life.

-wonderland sam

new york new york part five

December 5, 2014


Our last morning we headed to the top of the Rockefeller Center to get a view of the city. Then we saw the famous Christmas tree (though it wasn’t lit up yet :( ) and the ice skating rink. Afterwards we walked around Central Park (and saw the famous Alice in Wonderland statue!) and through FAO Schwartz (a child’s dream, I imagine).

New York was fun and exhausting, and I wish we had had more time to see more things, but what can ya do? It’s the city that never sleeps, and it sure felt like that. I didn’t realize until last night that we didn’t even have time to go to any dessert places! We’ll have to make another trip just for that (and to see more shows!).



















-wonderland sam


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