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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve jumped on the Currently train. Mostly because it’s been a hot minute since I’ve actually spent any time working on creating new content for my blog. But here I am, y’all!

Linking up ย (at the very last moment) with Anne and Sheaย for this month’s Currently Link up.

Currently…

snacking (on)…
Hi my name is Stephanie and I am obsessed with Veggie Chips. The plain sea salt ones are SO GOOD. Do y’all hear me? They are SO GOOD. Buy them all and buy them often. They’re like Pringles but apparently better for you because they have “veggie” in the name. Also, I got a bunch of salami + deli meats sent to me from Columbus Meats and I’ve been snacking on these a LOT. Justen and I kept commenting on how sometimes they had more of a kick to them than other times and I only just realized that there are more than one flavor, haha. They’re REALLY good.

anticipating…
Well, moving into our apartment. If you remember, I’ve never actually been in our apartment. In just a few days I will be there! Justen’s picking up the keys TODAY and I’ll get to see it on Wednesday WHEN I START MOVING IN. The. Anticipation.!

borrowing…
vehicles to move stuff! We actually don’t have much to move in. Last month my mom spotted a really nice couch + loveseat on Facebook so we bought those. That and my bed are really the only things we have to move in that require more than just our vehicles. It will be interesting to see how that changes whenever we move out.

admiring…
all the pretty Pinterest pins. This is a huge deal for me, you guys. I’ve been living either with my mom or roommates (who had their own stuff) for my whole life. This will really be the first time that I get to make a space mine. and by mine, I do mean mine and Justen’s but he is part of the equation that makes it mine. So I’ve been looking at Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for the feel of our apartment. I guess I’ll just share some here and y’all can let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ˜‰

purchasing…
a LOT of coffee. Y’all my coffee spending has SKYROCKETED in the past month. I’m really looking forward to mornings at home with a pot of coffee. I’m trying really hard not to purchase a bunch of stuff because my employment situation is up in the air and that could be really awful combined with getting a wedding put together and all of these changes.

Overall, I’m currently ย just ready to unpack from Nashville and figure out what life is going to look like for at least the next few months… then I get to adjust to a whole new life living with a boy.ย 

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After all this time. Always.

For the past two and a ย half-ish years, I’ve been really bad the worst at reading. My goal to read 50 books in 2.75 years was laughable. I hardly picked up a book, and then at the end of last year I thought “well (@*&%, I need to read the whole Harry Potter series,” so back in November I decided to try and re-read the HP series by the beginning of June.

Harry Potter // justalittlebitlouder

Last night I put down Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with a heavy but empty heart and stared at the ceiling and thought, “where do I go from here?”

I’ve read Harry Potter. I’ve seen the movies. But each time I read the books, I pick up on more than I did before.

I’m about to spoil some stuff so if you’ve never read the books or seen the movies and don’t want to know anything, then please X out now.

Harry Potter // justalittlebitlouder

On this read through I fully appreciated the growth of Ginny and Harry’s relationship. I’m not sure why but I kind of glazed over it previously. I was reading the part where Harry was suppressing his feelings towards her because she’s Ron’s sister and I had to stop and show Ernie the Cho Chang song from A Very Potter Musical (PLEASE TELL ME YOU’VE SEEN THIS IF YOU’RE A HARRY POTTER FAN). Unfortunately for me, Ernie Halter has no interest in Harry Potter and as I was reading the scene where Dumbledore dies, Ernie kept singing “CHO CHANG!” at the top of his lungs, and I just couldn’t handle it.

For the first time I actually understood why Harry was the proper master of the Elder Wand. For whatever reason I just kind of shrugged and agreed and it didn’t make sense to me, but this time I read it and completely understood it.

At the end of The Goblet of Fire, when Voldemort comes back, I felt a sense of fear and panic that I’ve never felt before and was so stupid since I OBVIOUSLY knew what was going to happen. I remember putting the book down and getting up and pacing around the room, wishing I had HP + The Order of the Phoenix with me so I could keep going. I’ve never had such an intense response to the story. It was kind of weird.

I texted Mei-Ling about how I’d finished it and she said it gets worse each time you re-read it. I realized it’s kind of like how drunk drivers walk away with less pain from a car crash than the person they hit – they have no idea what’s coming, but the sober drivers see the danger, tense up, and tries to avoid it. Re-reading HP is like being the sober driver in that example. You know what’s coming and you’re bracing yourself for it, which means you’re likely to walk away a little more sore than if you had no idea what was coming.

This read through I was able to really appreciate the way that Harry Potter becomes a man. We see him go from being a little boy to trying to figure out girls to making really big decisions all on his own. I think it’s the whole trying to figure out girls thing that made me really appreciate the journey he was on.

My new 101 in 1001 list has me re-reading and re-watching the Harry Potter series in the next two and a half years, so I’m excited to see what I pick up on this next time. I’ve already started re-watching them in anticipating of going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in October (as part of our honeymoon!). I cannot wait for the butterbeer ;D

Harry Potter // justalittlebitlouder

Let’s geek out about Harry Potter. What are some things you’ve picked up on during your second or third or etc read-throughs? What house are you sorted into? I’m definitely Gryffindor, but I’m definitely Neville Longbottom.

ps these really terrible pictures are from a time when I was going to post a Butterbeer Latte recipe, but realized that the pictures sucked, I lost the recipe and I didn’t actually know what Butterbeer tasted like, haha.

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DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses

This shop/post has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #NewWayToSparkle #CollectiveBias

Hello my name is Stephanie Amber Orefice and my name literally means “Crowned One, Jewel, Jeweler.” Therefore, I believe that deep from the DNA of who I am springs a love of all things glittery, sparkly and fancy. I was born this way.

I am one of the few people in the world who thinks that anything can be made better with a little sparkle added to it, so I want to show you an easy way to make a regular glass a little fancy.

These glasses were super duper cheap at a thrift store. I loved the pink tint and took them up a notch with a super simple DIY that will have you turning ALL THE THINGS fancy.

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

You will need:

  • Glasses (you could even use plastic ones!)
  • mod podge
  • glitter of any color you’d like
  • something to mix the glitter with
  • tape

ONE // TAPE OFF THE GLASS

Start by taping off any area of the glass you don’t want covered in glitter. I chose to only tape off the stem of my glasses because I didn’t want a hard line at the top of the glitter. You could choose to make stripes or a line or you could get really fancy and use the outline of a shape!

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

TWO // MIX THE GLITTER MAGIC

Add mod podge and glitter to a tray/disposable cup/etc. You could even use an old shoebox lid or something like that. This thing will be COVERED in glitter, so don’t use a bowl from the kitchen. You’ll want a LOT of glitter in the mixture to make sure it fully coats the glass.

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

THREE // PAINT THE GLASS

Turn the glass upside down and begin painting. I did mine in layers, doing a thick layer all around the top of the stem, then slowly working my way around in long strokes to avoid smudge marks. You can add as much or as little glitter as you’d like. I wanted mine to look like it had been loosely stroked so I tapered off the glitter at the end. You can add a few layers if you’d like the glitter to be more solid.

FOUR // TAKE THE TAPE OFF

Once the glitter mixture is almostย dried, take the tape off the bottom and voila! You have just transformed some glasses into something I would love to drink out of should I ever come to your house.

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

I immediately added a fancy drink to my glasses and topped with paper strawsย to enjoy my new fancy drinkware. My fancy drink is actually a one-can wonder! I picked up two flavors ofย ย DASANIยฎ Sparkling from Target over the weekend (they’re currently on sale for $2.99!). I got Tropical Pineapple and Raspberry Lemonade. In my quest to make everything more fancy I opted to use frozen fruit in place of ice cubes to keep the drinks cold AND not worry about losing the fizz as the ice melts!ย I filled my fancy glasses up with frozen raspberries (for the raspberry lemonade!) and frozen mangoes (for the tropical pineapple).

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

DIY Sparkly Glitter Glasses // stephanieorefice.net

It’s aย great way to make staying hydrated a little fancy as the winter melts into warmer weather. DASANI has released new flavors that sound DE-LIC-IOUS. Strawberry Guava, White Peach and Blood Orange… yes please! They’re all available at Target (and they’re $2.99 right now! Go go go!)

Find out how other people are making Spring a little more sparkling by checking out these fun, sparkly ideas!

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