October 29, 2014

Giveaway Winner! + A Temporary Goodbye

Hello blogging world! Since the A Few of My Favorite Things giveaway ended last night, that means it's time to announce the winner. Drumroll please; and the winner is...

Congrats, Raechel! If you can shoot me an e-mail (wintermist3{at}gmail{dot}com) with your name and address I can get that package off to you real soon. :D


On a side note, I'll be taking a little break from the blogging world. With the holidays practically here and the busyness that brings, plus working in retail this time of year, the days fly by waaaaayyy to fast. There's a lot of fun stuff I've been coming up with to do, so I wanna leave myself plenty of time do just have fun and do Christmas-y stuff on my days off work. 

I might still pop in here in there, we'll have to see, but I won't be putting it on my regular schedule to write up posts like normal. I'm totally playing it by ear here. So in case I don't see you all till the new year, have a lovely Thanksgiving and Christmas season. This is my favorite time of year and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Cheshire Cat Pumpkin :: Ribbons Down My Back
^random photo of the Cheshire Cat pumpkin I carved. Pattern found here.^

October 21, 2014

GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED) :: A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of my Favorite Things GIVEAWAY on Ribbons Down My Back :: Go to the blog for a chance to win With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin, Bells are Ringing staring Judy Holliday & Dean Martin, and The Piano Guys: Wonders CD

It's hard for me to believe I've been a blogger for seven years. In July of 2007 I started my first blog, which is a personal scrapbook of sorts, to share with my friends and family. I still post on that blog today.

In January of 2010 I started getting into photography after using my parents DSLR for the first time and started my first public blog, Sereina's Photography. I blogged there for three years and it was then that I discovered the wonderful community of bloggers around my age, especially homeschooled ones. I never really truly realized how many homeschoolers were out there until then. It's such a great community of girls and I think it's cool how everybody sorta "knows" everybody, even if we don't follow every blog.

I've been truly blessed to get to know so many of you and I don't think I've ever said how much I appreciate every single one of you. Every comment left on my blog brings a smile to my face and I've enjoyed so many blog posts written by you all. Thank you all for making this community such an enjoyable place! You all are the best. :D

I wanted to do something for you all.  Ribbons Down My Back is over a year old already and I've never hosted a giveaway before, so I thought it was about time I did! Since I wanted to share a variety of items I came up with a few of my favorite things to giveaway to one of my readers! Below is a list of everything included and a little about it:

A Few of my Favorite Things GIVEAWAY on Ribbons Down My Back :: Go to the blog for a chance to win With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin, Bells are Ringing staring Judy Holliday & Dean Martin, and The Piano Guys: Wonders CD

Bells are Ringing DVD

Musicals is my favorite movie genre and Bells are Ringing is one of those hidden gems in the genre. It's not well known, but it has a fabulous soundtrack and stars Judy Holiday and Dean Martin.

With Ever Letter by Sarah Sundin
This is the first book in the Wings of Glory trilogy that follows three flight nurses in the Mediterranean during WWII. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and no one does it better than Sarah Sundin. This also happens to be the first book of her's that I read myself.

The Piano Guys: Wonders
I don't listen to a ton of modern music, but when I do many times it's The Piano Guys! This is their third album which was released in early October and has some awesome tracks such as Batman Evolution, Let it Go, Story of My Life, and Kung Fu Piano. If you haven't heard of TPG's before, check out their YouTube channel!


Giveaway is closed!

Entering is simple: leave a comment with one (or more!) link to a blog you find inspirational and/or encouraging. I also encourage everyone to take a look at the links left in the comments and check out a few of the blogs and leave an encouraging comment or two.

For additional entries you can share this post on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, etc. Each site you share it on counts as another entry. Be sure to let me know in a comment what all you did!

Giveaway ends at midnight PST on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 and is open to readers in the continental US only. Winner will be chosen randomly and will have two weeks to respond, otherwise another winner will be drawn.

October 15, 2014

Yes to Tomatoes 3-Step Acne Kit Review

Yes to Tomatoes 3-Step Acne Kit Review :: Ribbons Down My Back

Acne. Nearly all of us deal with it, some of us more than others. I'm one of those that had many issues during my mid-teen years, and although it's mellowed out a bit now that I'm older (twenty to be exact), it's been giving me a fair share of trouble lately.

When I was a Target last month I saw they had the Yes to Tomatoes 3-Step Acne Bundle. It's $20 for three products, 
all of which contain salicylic acid and are petroleum, SLS, and paraben free. Most of you know how important natural health and beauty are for me, so seeing that it was a natural choice plus the fact that I've been very happy with other Yes to products I've used I decided to give it a go. I'm not usually one to impulse buy something like this, but it ended up being worth it for me!
Like I said I bought mine at Target, but it is also sold at Yes toAmazon, and Walmart. If you go to the In Store Coupon section of the Yes To site, you can get $3 off any Yes To purchase of $6 or more.

Before I tell you how it works, here's a bit about my skin:
I have oily skin that tends to break out mainly on my chin, jawbone, and temples/forehead. The type of acne I usually get is the kind with white pus underneath the surface. To wash my face I use a washcloth and water, so no soap or face wash.

Yes to Tomatoes 3-Step Acne Kit Review :: Ribbons Down My Back

Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub 
This is a gentle scrub that uses ground mango seeds and bamboo to exfoliate. It contains 2% salicylic acid to fight acne, along with ginger and tomato to help with redness and irritation and is 99% natural. Most scrubs aren't made to be used every day, but since this one is really easy on the skin and I can see it being used daily like recommended. It has an interesting smell that's hard to describe, but isn't very strong or noticeable unless you're trying to smell it.

Yes to Tomatoes Daily Repair Treatment
This comes in a bottle with pump and cap and it like the consistency of a moisturizer. You apply it to areas that you're prone to breaking out. For me that's my chin, tops of my cheeks, temples, and forehead. It contains 1% salicylic acid, so it may dry out your skin, although It hasn't been an issue for me, probably because I have very oily prone skin. If you use a moisturizer it can go on after this Repair Treatment (there's even a Yes To Tomatoes Moisturizer if you're on the lookout for one).

Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Spot Stick
This is one of the best parts of the kit, the spot stick. It contains 2% salicylic acid, so it can really combat acne spots, along with with ginger root and tomato to help with the redness. It's also 97% natural. I find this stuff highly effective. In the morning I'll put it on any trouble spots and it significantly helps with the redness. If I remember to put it on twice a day, the spot will be mostly in a couple days, depending on how bad the blemish is. Since it has a roller ball it applies really easy.

Overall this kit has a huge help for me. Even after using it for just a few days I noticed a difference. My face is a lot less red and if I keep up with the routine when any new spots appear, I can usually keep it from getting any worse. I've found that it's makes the biggest difference when I'm using it every day. Since I only shower every other day, often I don't end up doing this on the days I don't shower, and although it helps significantly, it's much more effective when used daily. I like that it's natural, reasonably priced, and gets the job done.

October 13, 2014

Tomorrowland: Teaser Trailer

Tomorrowland: Teaser Trailer :: Ribbons Down My Back

For the last couple years this movie called Tomorrowland has been a big mystery for Disney fans. Other than the name and that Brad Bird would be directing it, no details had been released. Now we finally have a small glimpse, as Disney just released the first teaser trailer last week and now I'm itching to see more!

What do you think of the trailer?

October 10, 2014

Hello, Fall.

Gloomy days. The cool, crisp air. Cozy blankets. Leaves changing color. Candles lit. Fuzzy Socks. Pumpkin decor everywhere. The lawn covered in leaves.

I have to say, fall is my favorite time of year.

Autumn :: Ribbons Down My Back
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What do you love about fall?

October 8, 2014

Dancing with the Stars: Week 4

Dancing with the Stars: Week 4 :: Ribbons Down My Back

One word for week four of Dancing with the Stars? Awesome.

The theme this week was Most Memorable Year and some of the stars had some tear worthy stories to share. Lea did a gorgeous contemporary dance and Alfoso did a jazz number after The Carlton. Fun stuff, folks!

Dancing with the Stars: Week 4 :: Ribbons Down My Back

This week I did something different and watched the show live. Usually I'm not able to do that since I have to be in bed by then so I can be at work bright and early in the morning, but since I took the week off (hooray for staycations!) I decided, why not? Plus I actually voted for people, which was a first.

Alfonso Ribeiro doing The Carlton on Dancing with the Stars :: Ribbons Down My Back

When I found out on Instagram that Alfonso would be doing The Carlton as his dance, I was super excited. Like literally jumping up and down excited. So waiting for the very last dance of the night was a bit painful, but oh so worth it. The judges and the audience were even doing The Carlton afterwords!

It seems like most of the Sambas (minus Sadie's) and Rumbas were lacking. Although I liked Bethany's dance and her story, it seemed like is was missing something. And although Michael and Betsey have the most trouble remembering all their steps, they're still able to pull of an entertaining performance. I'm sad that Betsey was went home, as she was fun to watch!

Now onto my favorites of the night:

Alfonso & Whitney's Jazz Number to It's Not Unusual, which got a perfect score!

Sadie and Mark's Samba was fantastic! Saide nails every move so well and Mark's choreography is some of the best.

Other notable performances were:
Lea and Artem's Contemporary Dance
Betsey and Tony's Jive
Alfonso Ribeiro doing The Carlton on Dancing with the Stars :: Ribbons Down My Back

What were your favorite dances from Week 4?

October 7, 2014

Beauty Routine | Updated Edition

Beauty Routine :: Ribbons Down My Back

It's been eight months since I last shared what beauty products I use on a regular bases, so I though it was time for an update. I've changed about half the products I use since then, so there's a lot of new stuff. Most of the changes were because I found a more natural and/or affordable product that I liked.

October 2, 2014

Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars :: Ribbons Down My Back

Dancing with the Stars is a show I've watched off and on over the years. Last season when I saw they were doing a Disney Night I promptly set up the DVR and ended up watching the rest of that season. It's one of those shows that's more interesting when I know at least a few of the stars, so when I saw that Alfonso Ribeiro, who you may know as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, was going to be on this season I got super excited. I love The Carlton and I could always relate to being short like Carlton. (I'm always getting lots of short jokes thrown at me. :P).

Week 3 performances were on Monday and we already have two perfect scores. Seriously, there is so much talent this season! There hasn't really been anyone that's terrible and even the ones who aren't doing as well seem like they have so much potential. It's so fun to see such fantastic performances so early on in the season.

My favorites this season are:
-Alfonso & Whitney. But I think you already knew that. ;)
-Lea & Artem. Lea played Lorraine McFly in Back to the Future.
-Sadie & Mark. I don't watch Duck Dynasty, but I really like Sadie!
-Bethany & Derek. Bethany is a YouTube vlogger that I'd never heard of before.

Dancing with the Stars :: Ribbons Down My Back

This week was Movie Night, which I was so looking forward to when I heard some of the songs they would be doing. There were classics like Singin' in the Rain and West Side Story, Pixar's Up, and Back to the Future.

My favorite dance of the night. Sadie and Mark did a waltz to Married Life from Up. They scored a 32 out of 40, which I personally thought should have been a little higher, especially considering all the good things the judges had to say.

Some of highlights of the night were:

Janel & Val's Jazz Number from West Side Story (they got the first perfect score of the season!)
Bethany & Derek's Jazz Number from Singin' in the Rain (they got a 40 as well)
Alfonso & Whitney's Quickstep from Austen Powers

If you want to see all of the dances from Week 3, check out this playlist from the DWTS YouTube page.

Dancing with the Stars - Movie Night :: Ribbons Down My Back

Do you watch Dancing with the Stars? If so, who's your favorite couple?
Also, would you be interested in seeing a recap like this every few weeks?

October 1, 2014

Petit Vour Unboxing :: September 2014

Petit Vour Unboxing :: Ribbons Down My Back

After Saffron Rouge cancelded their Inner Circle Subscription Box, I decided to try out Petit Vour. For $15 at month shipped you get 4-5 deluxe sample or full-sized products. All of their products are cruelty free and natural.

My first box came in August, which I was kinda "meh" with, and didn't take photos for an unboxing. This months box is a huge it for me, though!

Petit Vour Unboxing :: Ribbons Down My Back

Starting on the left and going clockwise:

Root Science RS Detox | 1oz sample, $25 value
I'm always up for a new face mask, especially with such fantastic ingredients.

Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Soul Sister | Full Size, $12 value
I've been wanting to find a good brown eyeshadow, so this couldn't have come at a better time. It's a lovely shadow with just a hint of shimmer and goes on really well.

Yarok Leave-In Conditioner | 2oz, $13.20 value
This conditioner spray is supposed to be good to use prior to blow drying or heat styling. Looking forward to giving it a go the next time I curl my hair.

Ellovi Tinted Lip Butter | Full Size, $5
Since tinted lip balms are my favorite lip products, I was excited to see this. I love that there's only six ingredients.

Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow in Soul Sister :: Ribbons Down My Back

The total value of this month's box is $55, over three times what I paid for the box. What a great value. I'll definitely be using the eyeshadow on a regular basis and I'm exited to try out all the other products.


Do you subscribe to Petit Vour or any other subscription boxes? 

September 26, 2014

Hauls :: Target and Hobby Lobby

Today I have something new that I've never done before: a haul! I personally love seeing what other people buy and the great deals they find. It's a great way to discover new products and items! Today I have two hauls, one from Target on Monday and from Hobby Lobby yesterday.

Yes To... Haul from Target :: Ribbons Down My Back

First up, Target! I wasn't planning on getting anything when I went in, but you all know how that goes. ;) They had a spend $20 save $5 and spend $35 save $10 off coupon at the time, which was a great deal! That's why I ended up getting so much.

Yes To Tomatoes 3-Step Acne System - $19.99
This kit is a daily treatment to naturally fight acne. It contains a pore scrub, repair treatment, and roller ball spot stick. I'll to a full review after I've been using it for a month, but so far it seems to be helping.

Pomegranate SPF 15 Naturally Smooth Lip Balm - $2.99
I've been on the hunt for a perfect natural lip balm and this is one of the best ones I've tried so far!

Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Wipes - $5.99
Haven't tried these out yet, but I've been needing some wipes to remove all the makeup off my face.

Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub - Free
This was a free sample with the face wipes.

Hobby Lobby Haul  :: Ribbons Down My Back

Next up was Hobby Lobby. I went in for yarn and not only came out with that, but a bunch of Christmas stuff as well! Since I don't get to the craft store very often, and probably be able to make it once the holiday season rolls around, I decided to splurge a little.

I Love This Cotton! in Christmas and ??? - $2.66 each
I'm knitting fall and Christmas themed washcloths.

Blank Christmas Cards and Envelopes - $5.99 for 50
A bunch of different patterns that will be perfect for embellishing!

Twine - $1.99
For the cinnamon sticks.

Jingle Bells - $2.40
I'm not completely sure what I'll end up doing with these, but I'm thinking maybe I can attache them to some bobby pins for hair accessories.

Large Cinnamon Sticks - $5.99
To make cinnamon stick stars, tied together with twine at the joints.

"Noel" Decoration - $5.99


And that's it! Would you all be interested in more haul posts in the future? What fun items or deals have you found lately?

September 13, 2014

In Front of the Camera

Everyone knows that I'm the one always behind the camera. Events, visiting with friends, traveling. My camera is always in my hand and ready to fire. I love being able to capture special memories, but the downside is that I'm rarely in any images. So when I asked Morgan (my photography buddy) if she'd be up for taking some portraits of me when she came up and visited, I was really excited when she said yes! Although I'd done tons of photoshoots with friends and family over the years, I'd never actually had a photo shoot done of myself. It was quite fun being on the other side of the camera for once!

In the morning we went to the waterfront, which was perfect for lots of photos. The lighthouse grounds are a perfect spot for portraits. Later in the evening we went around my neighborhood and up to the school yard not far from my house for some golden light shots.

I'm really happy with how these all turned out; Morg did a fantastic job! Now I have more than a just couple shots of myself that I really love. Thank you so much Morgan! Maybe we could make this an annual thing? And maybe the next time we get together I can do a photoshoot of you? :)

Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
 Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back
Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back

Portraits taken by Morgan Elise Photography || Ribbons Down My Back

September 10, 2014

The First Sock

This is my first week joining in on Yarn Along, a weekly linkup where you share what you're knitting/crocheting and what book you're currently reading.


Currently I'm working on my first pair of socks. It's the Silver's Sock Class pattern, which is a tutorial with lots of photos. I'm also doing it with the Beginner's Knit Along group that I'm part of.

As far as books, I just started All God's Children by Anna Schmidt, which is set durring WWII, my favorite historical period. I got it for free on my Kindle a while back.

September 1, 2014

Summer 2014


There weren't any big plans this year. No vacations; No big events. My first summer with a job. But it was still a fun and one of the best in years. Since growing up, summer hasn't been my favorite part of the year. I really enjoyed this one, though.

Some of the highlights:

-Went to the beach.
-Got sunburned really bad on my back and legs. Going to work the two days afterword were incredibly painful.
-Saw two movies in theater; Maleficent and Guardians of the Galaxy.
-Went to Snoqualmie Falls with Morg and her family. Then we hiked to Denny Creek and played in the glacier water. Then we went to Triple X Root Beer and played Concentration till our hands were red and stinging.
-Took lots of photos.
-Bought a Kindle.
-Worked a lot. Had a few eight day weeks, which are not fun at all. At least I have fun co-workers and bosses that make bearable.
-Had a lot of Monk, Doctor Who, and Criminal Minds marathons.
-Learned how to knit. And got addicted soon afterwards.

-Bought VSCO 01 for Lightroom. Best presets ever.
-Stayed home alone for several days.
-Had firepits in the backyard. Some with family and some with friends.
-Had a Doctor Who Tea Party
-Went on lots of shopping trips and bought way too much stuff.
-Became penpals with my friend Rose.
-Went to the film premier for a local film that my mom, sister, and I were extras in. Then got to visit with friends in the area who we don't get to see very often. All of our running around and dancing made me crazy sweaty, especially in the heat. It was so worth it though.
-Decided to start saving for a Canon 6D.
-Ate too much chocolate coconut ice cream from Trader Joe's.
-Saw several $1 family movies at Regal Cinemas.

Summer 2014 | Ribbons Down My Back

July 28, 2014

Saffron Rouge Inner Circle Unboxing | July 2014

Saffron Rouge Inner Circle Unboxing - July 2014 | Ribbons Down My Back
I'm a little behind on blogging. I got my Inner Circle box last week and am just finally getting to posting it!

For those not familiar, Saffron Rouge Inner Circle is a beauty subscription box that provides you with deluxe sample and full size products from high end natural beauty brands from around the world. The cost is $24.99 per month (shipping included) and they ship to both the US and Canada. 

July 12, 2014

Allons-y! It's a Doctor Who Tea Party!

Doctor Who Tea Party :: Ribbons Down My Back

Last month we hosted a Doctor Who themed tea party with a few of our friends. We all had a grand time chatting, enjoying lots of homemade food, and watching The Asylum of the Daleks afterwards.

There aren't a tone of classy styled Doctor Who party ideas out on the internet (at least that I could find), so I thought I'd share what I did and give you all some inspiration. With the Series 8 premiere coming up on August 23rd there's still time to plan some fun stuff for the return of Doctor Who and the beginning of the Twelve Doctor. 

Let's get started!

July 6, 2014

It's Raining Umbrellas | eShakti Dress Review

For many years I've admired eShakti's dresses. They have a very classy and timeless style that I love and is sadly much harder to find these days. A lot of their items have vintage vibe and there are so many pretty colors and prints. What's not to love?!?

eShakti Dresses

June 26, 2014

Saffron Rouge Inner Circle Unboxing | June 2014

Saffron Rouge Inner Circle Unboxing - June 2014 | Ribbons Down My Back

After egarly awaiting for this months Inner Circle box to arrive, my June box arrived last week. And that means another unboxing! Whoop whoop!

For those not familiar, Saffron Rouge Inner Circle is a beauty subscription box that provides you with deluxe (a and sometimes full size) samples from high end natural beauty brands from around the world. The cost is $24.99 per month (shipping included) and they ship to both the US and Canada. 

Let's get unboxing!

June 11, 2014

To Granville Island We Go! - A Vancouver, BC Trip Report | Part III

When I last left off, we were at Stanley Park. It was starting to get dark and we were hungry, so we decided to drive across town to Aphrodite's Cafe for dinner. I'll leave the details for the review I'll be writing soon. Just know this: the food was amazing. Especially the gluten-free and vegan pie.

Aphrodite's Cafe in Vancouver, BC | Ribbons Down My Back

June 1, 2014

Flowers & More Flowers - A Vancouver, BC Trip Report | Part II

When I ended the last post, we were just beginning to explore Stanley Park. There's many different parts in the park since it's so huge, so we made our way along, stopping at each place that looked interesting. Stanley Park Pavilion was my favorite, as the grounds were beautiful. Lots of pretty flowers were in bloom, making it the perfect place for lots of photos.

Stanley Park Pavilion, Vancouver, BC

May 26, 2014

Don't Hit the Pedestrians! - A Vancouver, BC Trip Report | Part I

This past Thursday I got to do something I've been wanting to do for a long time now: visit Vancouver, BC! My Grandma is in town and she wanted to do something fun while she was here. We were thinking maybe a ferry ride or something, but after my dad suggested she bring her Passport just in case we head up north we ended up booking a hotel to say the night there. 

We had a fantastic time and ate some of the most amazing food ever. Since my mom, sister, and I are all allergic to gluten (and myself to dairy as well) I did my research ahead of time and found several gluten free places to eat along with a couple that could accommodate it easily. I'll go into more details in another post, but I'll tell you now that my hard work paid off!

And now, let the trip report begin!

May 19, 2014

Saffron Rouge Inner Circle Unboxing | May 2014

Saffron Rouge Inner Circle - May 2014 Unboxing | Ribbons Down My Back

Hey everyone!

So today I'm sharing something really fun and exciting for me: an unboxing of a beauty subscription box!

For a couple years now I've enjoyed watching YouTube videos and blog posts of other people sharing what they got in various subscription boxes. I really liked the idea, but it wasn't till last month that I finally signed up for one myself.

May 8, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Yesterday I did something I rarely do.

I saw a movie in the theater.


I know, I know. For most people going to see a movie isn't that big of a deal. But since A) there aren't that many movies I want to see that bad and B) I'd rather not part with my hard earned moolah, I don't make it to the theater often. However if you throw Spider-Man into the picture (plus $6.50 tickets), it's pretty much a no brainier for me.

So yes folks, I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yesterday. In the theater, three days after it opened. I think that's a personal record.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review | Ribbons Down My Back

On to the movie... (Caution: Spoilers ahead!)

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