Baking with Grandma

Hello everyone,

I am super excited to announce that I am doing a collab with some of my favorite fellow bloggers. We've all decided to share with you our favorite Christmas cookie recipe.

I am a sucker for chocolate chip cookies. My grandmother's are the best! On Saturday, we spent the day baking.  

Please note, this recipe came from the NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Morsels package; I own nothing.

  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12 oz pkg.) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels (and nuts). Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. (Personally, I just made the balls with clean hands. I found it inconvenient.) 
  • for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. 
I placed about a dozen cookies on a tray. It took them about 10 minutes to make. This recipe makes approximately 60 cookies. (I made some cookies a little bit larger, so I only got 51 out of the mix.)

And here is the final product:

I recommend eating them right after they cool- that way they're still warm. Delicious!

My grandmother purchased some cookies to simply decorate. She knows what a Pinterest junkie I am. I've been showing her some cute Christmas cookie decorating ideas.

I decided to test them out below:

By no means am I an expert. This was my first time working with icing. I've never really decorated with more than sprinkles before. I think they turned out cute though! I'm specifically proud of the red and yellow tree. Super Pinteresty!

That concludes my recipe post. Be sure to check out some of the other bloggers who participated in this link up. You can do so by searching the #bloggersbakechristmascookies on Instagram! In the comments, let me know what some of your favorite cookies to make for the holidays are. It's never too late to make more cookies.

Thanks for reading,

Guilianna Marie 

Life Update: December

Hey everyone,

I decided that it was time I do another life update. My last one was in September you can click here to check it out.

With school being a high priority of mine, I barely have time to create decent content on this blog. I've been trying really hard to balance my school life with my social life and blog.

First Quarter Grades

Junior year is known for being the hardest year of high school. I couldn't agree more with it's stereotype. I managed to get all A's and B's; not too bad. I definitely worked my butt off in my Concurrent Enrollment Spanish III class. I managed to get an 89.18%. Yes, it kills me, but right now I'm holding a 95.00%. I'm definitely putting in the extra study time to ensure I get an A for the semester.

An Essay On Feminism

Have you read the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne? If so, I'm sure you either loved it or hated it. I hated the way it was written, but I couldn't be more intrigued with the bold views Hawthorne talks about. Hester is one of the first feminist characters, if not the first in American Literature. She is definitely a role model.

I'm currently writing a seven page research paper on those political views. So far, so good! I recently received a 75/75 for my research note cards.When I'm done and if I'm pleased with the final product I'll share it with you all.

Volunteer Work

With love in the air, and soccer being in the off season, I've decided to spend more of my time helping others. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I spend most of my time at clubs, making cat toys for local animal shelters or making treat bags for the elderly. 

I also added another activity to my list. I am now packing meals for people who can't afford it. After the first night of doing it, I immediately felt enlightened. I am forever grateful for the roof over my head and the food on my table. If you have any spare time, I would highly recommend dedicating it to someone in need. 

(1) It is so much fun. I love doing these things because I am spending time with my family and friends.

(2) Knowing you're helping someone is rewarding enough. I absolutely love putting a smile on peoples' faces. The feeling you get from that single smile is incredible. 

On The Blog This New Year

What can you expect on my blog in the new year? Each week I'll be rotating between beauty, fashion, and lifestyle oriented posts. I'm really excited! In January, I'm planning to do a post on my blogging essentials. Hopefully you'll enjoy that when I post it!

Blog Milestones

I am so close to 50,000 views! I am so thankful for everyone who simply takes the time to click on an URL that randomly pops up on their Facebook/Twitter feed. It means a lot to me that people take the time to read my work and comment on it. My goal is to get to 50,000 before the end of the year.

I'm going to try my best to track my progress throughout 2016. My goal will be to reach 100,000 page views by 2017 then. With your help, I'm sure I will be able to do it!

That concludes my life update. As you can see, I've been pretty busy dedicating my time elsewhere to make proper blog posts. To keep up to date with me, follow me on Twitter. You can also check out my second blog where I'm currently taking part in "Blogmas"- sort of. 

Thanks for reading,


Christmas Wishlist 2015

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my first Christmas post of 2015! I am so excited to share with you my wishlist. This year, I kept it sweet and simple. If you want to checkout what was on my wishlist last year, click here.

Please note that this is a collab post with my friend Ro, over at Be sure to check out her blog and her post. She included some thing that you may even want to add to your list!

I've been eyeing up Benefit's High Beam highlighter for quite some time now. I read an amazing review on this product the other day. I would love to see what it could do for my skin!

While browsing on Pinterest, I came across a few different bralettes. I found this halter one at Aerie for a relatively cheap price. They look so comfortable! 

This is at the top of my list! This year, I really want a monogrammed hoodie or vest. My style ranges from casual, to girly, to boho, but I love to experiment with preppy pieces.

Lastly, I've been meaning to get a new set of makeup brushes. I've had mine for over a year and they're beginning to give out. Overall, I want a new foundation brush and a kabuki brush. If you have any recommendations, please comment them below. I'm not sure which brand to go with. 

That concludes my Christmas Wishlist for 2015. Be sure to check out my friend Ro's wishlist on her blog. 

Thanks for reading,


Ro's Christmas Wishlist:

Fall Favorites 2015

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely fall season, and are enjoying the last few days of it. Today I put together a post that consists of all of my favorites for the season. I have a lot! I'll start off with my favorite beauty products, followed by my fashion and randoms.


Maybelline Matte Foundation- 
This foundation has made it's way to the top of my list! It beats any foundation I've ever had. The coverage is absolutely amazing and because of how compact it is, it's easy to travel with. I've had it since the beginning of the school year and there is still a decent amount of product left. It will probably take me to the end of the year.

Neosporin Lip Health-
This lip remedy is a must for the fall and winter season. I love applying this after a scrub, it makes for super soft lips.

Butter London Products-
I was recently introduced to the brand Butter London. I got this duo for my birthday, a few weeks ago. My favorite thing about this duo is the color. It's very bold. I love wearing dark nails during the fall. It adds a little pop of color to my neutrals.

As for the lippy, the longetivity of this product is insane. It goes on so smoothly and lasts a very long time. Not that I have a boyfriend, but if I did, this would be the lip product I would go to. It's not sticky at all; it's matte and moisturing. What more can you ask for in a lip product?


Lauren Conrad Boots-
I literally wore these shoes during the entire fall season. Without a doubt, these shoes are my go to. A pair of skinnies and a cute sweater isn't the same without these boots.


Hi, my name is Guilianna and I am a Pinterest addict. I am obsessed. During free periods, in between classes, right before I go to bed... I am pinning something. I find so many things: makeup inspiration, blogging do's, hair tricks, to-do lists, school work managers, etc.

Water Bottle Infuser-
This month I've been doing a decent amount of working out- nothing serious, but still. I've been using this water bottle to not only keep myself hydrated, but to ensure my body is absorbing all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay active.


There has been a ton of new music released recently. I am so in love with Selena Gomez's album Revival. The song Sober is so relatable. As for Used To Love You by Gwen Stefani- it's so intense. I adore how open and honest these artists are with their music.

That concludes my fall favorites! What are your favorites for the season?

Thanks for reading,


Get Ready With Me: Harvest Ball

Hello everyone,

On November 20, my school hosted our annual Harvest Ball dance. It was so much fun! I spent the night getting ready with my closest friends and dancing the night away with my date. I had an absolute blast!

On Thursday, I went to Ulta where I not only purchased a new red polish, but I also got my haircut. I've been meaning to get it cut since the beginning of the school year, but I've never been brave enough. I said goodbye to seven inches! My hair feels so much lighter! I love it! With that being said, I just straightened it to enhance it. 


As for my makeup, I typically keep it the same for every school dance. I don't like to go to the extreme, simply because it's not who I am. Bold lips can be a little much for me, so I go with a sheer gloss.










Now onto my dress! I am in love with this dress. It was my first time taking it out. I purchased it from Macy's. I adore the silver emelishments at the top of the dress and the lace detailing right above the abdomen. I think it makes my LBD a little bit more "stand outish". For shoes, I went with a pair of black heels. They look absolutely great with the red polish. For accessories, I went with silver studs and a black and silver bracelet.

That concludes my 'Get Ready With Me: Harvest Ball' blog post. If you're interested in seeing more pictures from the dance, follow me on Twitter @guilianna13.

Once upon a time, I fell in love with the idea of being fearless. I hope you do too.



Sweater Weather Tag

Hello everyone,

I hope you're all enjoying the fall season. It's gotten to the point where it is much too cold for me to enjoy it anymore, but I am still falling in love with the colors; that's the only part I seem to find good in. Today I have a quick tag for you all: The Sweater Weather Tag. I had a lot of fun recording my answers and improving my photography skills. I hope you like it!

Favorite candle scent?
I love absolutely anything that smells of cookies and other sweet treats. I don't have a specific favorite because I don't burn candles too often; my parents have a fear that I may burn down the house or something.

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
I am definitely a tea person. I drink at least one cup a day- I know it's not the healthiest choice, but it is very necessary.

Do you switch up your makeup routine for the season?
Yes, yes, and yes! I love switching up my makeup routine depending on the season. For the fall season I typically exchange my BB cream for a matte foundation. I love a matte finish for the fall time. With that being said I also go for some matte, yet neutral shadows for my lids. I love Ulta's quads. And lastly, I love going for a bolder lip; berry and red lips are a fun way to play with my look.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?
I am all about the turkey. My grandmother puts together a marvelous meal for Thanksgiving. I am so thankful,

Hats or scarves?
Definitely scarves! I have so many scarves in my room. I love adding a chunky scarf to my over sized sweaters; the look screams fall to me. I currently have my eye on some cashmere ones from a local market.

Most worn sweater?
This year it would have to be my most recent purchase from Roxy. I've warn it three times already, I think. I also have a maroon sweater from American Eagle Outfitters that I got last year; I simply abused that sweater, but it's still in good condition.

Must-have nail polish for fall?
Anything bold; I typically lean towards deep reds or browns. They're so flattering!

Football games or jumping in a pile of leaves?
This is a tough one; I'm a little bit of both. Friday nights you'll find me cheering at the games, and Sunday afternoons you'll find me jumping into a pile of leaves.

Skinny jeans or leggings?
I used to be a huge fan of leggings. I thought they were everything. I still wear them, don't get me wrong, but I just feel as though they're a little revealing. Wouldn't you agree? I love wearing dark skinny jeans, sweaters, and a bold lip; it looks effortless.

Riding boots or UGGS?
I love wearing riding boots for the fall season. I think they look so chic. My favorite pair are by Lauren Conrad.

What's your favorite thing about fall?
I love watching the leaves slowly change color; it's absolutely stunning.

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
What song other than, "Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood would be appropriate for this question? I also like "Autumn Leaves" by Ed Sheeran and "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift.

What is the fall weather like where you currently live?
The weather is still a bit all over the place; one day it could be 50 degrees, and the next it could be 77. Right now, it's been getting a lot colder. (I don't like it. My family is ready to move to Florida.)

And now it's your turn to complete the tag! I hope you enjoyed something a little different on my blog this week; I love doing tags.

Thanks for reading,


De-Stressing Routine + Products

Hi everyone,

So, let's face it: School. Is. Stressful. There's no doubt about it. Keeping up with honors pre-calculus, doing community service, attempting to "flirt" with my crush, and balancing a social life is the definition of stress.

*I typically like to take the time to do this on a Sunday night because Fridays and Saturdays are pretty busy for me.

Here's my de-stressing, or pampering routine:

1. I draw my bath. A bath full of bubbles is perfect to detox the body. You can't forget bubbles! They're the best part!

2. While my bath is running I remove all makeup from my face. Because the bath is so warm, the makeup will seep into my pores. 

3. I love using face masks while I'm in the bath, but because my skin is so sensitive right now I stuck to just using my prescribed cleansers. This duo has been working wonders for my skin, but they can't seem to keep up with all of the excess oil that's produced right before a certain time of month.

4. Giving my hair a treatment instantly makes me start to feel relaxed. I recently ran out of my favorite deep cleansing conditioner, Ojon's Rare Deep Blend conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling super soft! To achieve the same affect, comb the conditioner through your hair and allow it to sit for awhile.

5. Shave! I think shaving can be an inconvenience, but its definitely a mega confidence booster. With smooth legs I feel invincible. I first exfoliate my legs, then I follow with a sharp blade. After the bath, I take the time to generously apply lotion.

6. After the bath, I like to pluck my eyebrows and paint my nails. Doing these little things make me feel a lot more confident in the person I'm presenting.

Checkout my "Nails" pinterest board:

7. I like to keep my self-pampering/de-stressing routine to a minimum. After I finish treating my body, I like to get cozy with some warm fuzzy blankets and catch up on my favorite fall TV shows and YouTubers. I'm obsessed with Aspyn and Parker's vlogs!

And that concludes my de-stressing routine. This is perfect for Sundays after a long day of studying. Or even a mid-week vamp up. It will make you feel more relaxed and confident when taking exams.

Thanks for reading,


How To: Take Notes & Study

Hello everyone,

Because the first semester is already half way done, I thought I would help you guys prepare for your finals. I have two upcoming semester finals this year: Concurrent Enrollment Basic Nutrition and Concurrent Enrollment Spanish III; I'm so nervous!

I also have mid-terms for my regular classes like honors pre-calculus and honors American studies. I've been reviewing my notes like crazy to prepare myself for my upcoming tests. Please note, most of the notes I am showing you are from my Honors Modern American Studies class because it's a heavy note-taking class, but you can use these tips for any class!

Here are a few of my tips on taking notes:

Notes are a crucial studying tool. I definitely like to take the time to organize my notes after class to make sure they're in order and they make sense while the content is still fresh in my mind.
  • color code
  • date
  • highlight
  • organize
Here are what my history notes look like:

Honors Modern American Studies Chapter 7 Section 2

Tip #1

Label your notes. Include the chapter, section, and date you took them. It's much easier to study notes when you know what you're studying. You can even include page numbers if you're referring to a certain text book. Then, when you go back to study your notes you can reread the chapter or section if you desire.

Tip #2

Take your notes in pen. I take my notes in black pen the night before. When I get to class, and my teacher goes over the notes, that's when I add anything extra in purple. By changing up the color, I know the points my teacher added an emphasis on. Perfect for test time! I always remember to include those points in short responses or essay questions.

Tip #3

Make charts. I love comparing and contrasting different topics and people. In my notes you can see I made a chart full of causes and effects of the Teapot Dome Scandal during the 1920s.

Now onto the official study tips to make sure you get an A:

1. Make a study guide.

I cannot tell you how much this helped me on my first history test of the year. Too many people suggest to do this, but they don't explain how to put it together. Here's how I put my study guides together:

Include the chapter and section, theme, and key points. Then go back and add to it. By explaining the topics you'll know what you need to spend the majority of your time reviewing. 

Honors American Studues Chapters 6 & 7

Honors American Studies Chapter 9
Honors American Studies Quarter 1 Assessment Study Guide
Making a study guide is extremely helpful, especially for quarter assessments and midterms. I included the term, definition, and significance of it. This helped me out a ton of the benchmark. Say hello to A's and relief!

2. Make a mind map or timeline.

This works really well for science classes, but I also did it for my history class. Simply take your ideas and map them out. See how one event lead to another. When you're done add short definitions to it. It's such a convenient study tool to pull out right before the test. 

Honors American Studies Chapters 6 & 7

3. Flashcards!

Flashcards were always my go-to study method in elementary school and junior high. Now that I'm older I have a few more classes, with that being said the vocabulary lists are much, much longer. Making 300 flashcards a week is a bit ridiculous. Make flashcards for your "important" classes and classes you're struggling in. I typically make flashcards for CE Basic Nutrition and Honors English 11. I recently had a test on SAT vocabulary; I don't know how I would have done if I didn't make flashcards. They're the perfect study tool!

4. Use an index card for quizzes.

When I'm in a pinch, I use an index card and record all of the information I need to know for the upcoming quiz or test. This is super helpful because I'm writing down the information and I can review it whenever.

Honors American Studies Chapter 6 Section 4

5. Listen to music.

I've always tried listening to Taylor Swift in the background, but now that my content is more in depth and complex, I listen to classical music. I specifically listen to Brian Crain's album Deep Focus Piano Study Play list. It doesn't distract me from my goals.

If you're looking for more study tips check out my All Things School board on Pinterest. I am constantly pinning study methods, tools, and any other things that will make my school life much, much easier.

What are some of your note taking/ studying tips? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,