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I have been 20 years old now for six days now and I wanted to show what I have gotten!

First of all, I love everything that I have received. I am well aware that everyone says that but all of these presents have been so perfect for me. Everyone has done an amazing job. I want to thank everyone who gave me something for my birthday. I am so grateful, you cannot imagine.

This is what I got from Alex. A Legend of Zelda Art & Artifacts and the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Limited edition box. I LOVE this, I have always been a Zelda fan and when I had heard that Breath of the Wild had been received so well, I had to have it. He surprised me so much when I unboxed this and cold not stop looking at it. The sword-figure is beautiful and catch myself looking at it so many times. The game as well. It is so good. I love it. I love the characters. I love how much character Zelda is getting this time around. I love the champions. I love the shrines. I love to wold. I love everything. I is so good, I can talk about it all day.

I received the Minnie Mouse PJs from Petra and Johan, Alex's mother and her boyfriend. I love how light it is -- it is so comfortable! And I got a gift card from Alex's father and his fiancé.

From my relatives (mom, dad, my grandparents, etcetera), I got money. I wanted it because of me wanting to get a Nintendo Switch. And I got just enough money to buy one. So in other word I got a Nintendo Switch from my family.

That is all I got for my birthday. I really love everything. I could not ask for more.

Amanda Maria.

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As people grow with time, they learn new things. It can be small things, like not to touch warm objects. It can be bigger things as well, like accepting who you are. I have learned many things in my soon 20 years on this earth. Many small things when I was a child but as I have gotten older, I have learned so much more things. I thought that I would say 5 major things that I have learned throughout my life, things that I will always reflect on when I need.

1. Do not take people or things for granted.

2. Everything is not about you.

3. Life is hard, and you have to fight for what you want in life.

4. Not to give a f*ck about what other people think.

5. There will be people who will not like you, and that is okay.

All of these things are very cliche but these things are truly things that I have learned. I have been selfish, depressed and insecure for so many years of my life, and when I finally understood these things, I have become a person I am proud to be. 20 is not old, I have many more things to learn, and I am eagerly waiting for what I will learn next.

Amanda Maria.

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On 20th of March, 2017, I am turning 20 years old. Of course, there are a few things that I want. Mostly, I want a Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. That would be amazing if I got it.

There are of course other things that I would like to have (like the Oribe texturizing spray), and the New look bag. The Remington curling wand would also be amazing to receive, because of me always curling my hair now that it is short.  There are not so many things that I want this year, just some random things here and there. One thing that I would want, that I have not shown here, is some Zelda amiibos, because of me wanting to start collecting Zelda amiibo (one of the most random decisions of my life, yes). They are quite expensive so it will be a slow process, though.

Anywho, those are the things that I "wish" for this year. I do not really need them, I can live without them. But I would be very happy to recieve any of these things. 

 Amanda Maria.

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Here are the things that I have been loving during the month of Februari 2017.

Beauty

Let us start off with beauty, as always. A lip-product that I have been loving this month is UNE's sheer lips balm in s12. I love this stuff. It is, as it says, a sheer finish but it gives a beautiful nude matte finish to the lips. I have used this almost every day this month.

The next thing that I have been loving in the beauty category is the Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette in "the vintage vamp". I have had this product for a long while but I have never really used it as much. But now, I love it! The pink in the left upper corner is such a beautiful shade, every time I apply it, I fall in love with it all over again.

A mask that I have been loving is the Deep Down Detox Mud Mask from Formula 10.0.6. The way this mask makes my skin feel after I take it off is so smooth and clean. It is easy to apply (I use an old makeup brush that I have no use for), I love how hard it gets, I love how cooling it is, and I love how easy it is to take off. Formula is so inexpensive, and their products are so good. From what I have seen, Formula 10.0.6 is cruelty-free, and I am over joyed. They have come out with so many new masks on Lyko, I am so excited to try more of them!

The one thing that I cannot live without now that I have short hair is the ORIBE dry texturizing spray. I LOVE this. I cannot live without it. I can rave about this forever, I have raved about it in my review on short hair. And from what I have seen, it is cruelty-free! So I can re-purchace it. It is ridicules expensive, but it is really worth it. LOVE IT.

The last beauty related product is a moisturizer, the Origins GinZing energy-boosting moisturizer. I simply adore this. It moisturize the skin so well, it is really calming, and a little goes a long way. It is heavily scented, I hated the smell at the beginning but now, I love to smell it.

Fashion

The only fashion piece that I have this month (except my Monica Vinader bracelet that I always will love), is my Calvin Klein Jeans small bag. I love this thing. I have never seen anybody else have this, so it is unique and I have my little Djurens Rätt pin on it, and it is even more unique. I use it everyday when I need to go outside the house -- during work-hours, when I need to go to the store, when I meet friends for the day -- it is always on me. It is quite dirty but as I have said, I use it for everyday. If I want something more petite and cute, I have others small bags.

Entertainment

Alex and I have watched so many things this month that I have loved. We love stand up, Netflix does so many good specials with so many good comedians and I really have been loving two stand ups form Netflix this month. First one is Jen Krikman's "Just keep living?". She was so funny. Every joke she said made me laugh. There was not any moments that I just sat there and started looking at my phone, because of her being so entertaining. Highly recommend watching this stand up.

The other stand up that we watched was Trevor Noah's "Afraid of the dark". This was so funny! He made such good jokes and he made us laugh out loud. There was one time that I looked at my phone but nothing more. His whole show was really good.

A actual show that Alex and I have LOVED is also from Netflix, named The Frontier. To sum it up; we came for the actor but stayed for the plot. The plot and show was so dark and I fell in love with so many characters. The ones you liked, you loved, the ones you did not like, you hated. We were so emotionally invested with the show. During the last episode we screamed and was on the edge on our seats the whole time, I simply adore it. I am so sad that there only was 6 episodes but I have heard that they will do a second season, and I am over the moon for it to come.

Those are the things that I have been loving this month. Valentines day and our skiing trip was wonderful experiences as well. This whole month has been wonderful. Next month it is my 20th birthday, yeey, I am so excited to turn 20! And I am also really excited for spring, winter can go away now.


Amanda Maria.

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Last Thursday, Alex, his family and I went to Sollerön -- where they have their bungalow. We went there because of the yearly skiing-vacation, also known as "Sportlov". I decided to go with them this year, even though I have not skied for at least 10 years. And when I did, I was strapped to my father. So I had no idea how to ski. I was so nervous to go, some panic attacks were in the air. But I had decided to go, and so I would.

Day 1

During the first day, I could feel the panic lingering during the whole day. I fell a lot, I got frustrated, I became ashamed, and much more -- there were emotions everywhere. Alex and his father had to teach me during the whole day. I was so ashamed. Even though I had so many emotional moments, I learned a lot. At the end of the day, I really felt comfortable to ski, where the children learn to ski... The most important thing though, is that I had fun, most of he time. I laughed a lot and got to talk to Roger a lot because of he teaching me. I am so grateful towards him because of him helping me the whole day. And Alex too.

Day 2

The second day was so much more fun. I could actually ski with the rest of the family and I actually found it fun to ride. Alex and I started to ski around talking figures and had so much fun. Later that day, we skied with the rest of his family and it was equally as fun. When we got back, I was dead. Because of me moving my body so much more than the day before, I was all sore.

Day 3

Because of all of us going home that day, we did not go an ski. Instead we stayed in Sollerön and went sledding. We were not there for so long - just about an hour or so. When we got back we ate and went home.

I am so happy that I challenged myself to ski both day and that I did not give up. I though that I would give in to the panic and just stay home but with the help of Alex, I got there both days. I am so proud of myself.

Amanda Maria.

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Clara Henry's book, "Ja jag har mens, hurså?", talks about tips and general facts about periods. She discusses about the menstrual history, and about the problems in todays society. Clara uses examples from her own life and talks about problems, like bullying. For young girls, this book is perfect. It clarifies many false factors people believe happens when they get their periods and it helps people what to do when it actually happens. As someone who have had period for a quite long time, it was not needed for me to read. But, the way Clara display facts and history in a funny way makes it a very fun read. If you like her Youtube channel, and like how she talks, you will love this book. The book has a lie-back feel to it, like you are taking to a friend.

When you read this book, you can feel how passionated Clara is in this subject. To some extension, Clara can sometimes throw to much "trash" towards men when she is discussing different subjects. For me, this book can sometimes give an "anti-men" vibe. I would not say that men should read this, not at all.

I think that Clara Henry's book is a very fun read and if you need something to do to pass time, this is your friend. It is very light, you will chuckle form time to time, and it has a very interesting design.

Amanda Maria.

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Short hair, don't care.

I have had short hair two times in my life. First time; I was 14 years old, I chopped off my hair because of summer was about to begin. I did not know how to care or style short hair. So you can imagine how I looked -- it was stuck to my face and there was no volume at all. The second time was when I was 17 years old. Once again, I did not know how to style the hair once again. But alas, it looked better and I really liked having short hair. This time, I have "studied" how to style short hair I have bought products that makes my hair have more volume.

This hair is perfect for me. Long hair does not suite me at all. I love how fast it dries, I love how easy it is to style, I love how short it is in the back. This is the shortest hair that I have ever had, and I want it even shorter when I do not style it. I love how grown up I look in it as well.

The only "bad" thing about it is, that I have noticed, is that you need to cut it more often if you want to keep the short. If you do not have someone close that can cut it for you, it will become expensive.

Anyway, I love my short hair. I cannot rave about it enough. I simply love it.

(REVIEW is something I want to start doing on my blog. I will review different things like books, movies and other things -- mostly random things I want to share with you.)

Amanda Maria.

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Starting last year, I have done more to help animals in any way I can. I will not note what I have done nor what I will do expect this, trying to get cruelty-free with makeup brands -- to start off with. There are many cheap and more expensive brands that does not test on animals, and it is not quite hard to research what brands that does not test on animals. I use Logical Harmony. I want to be able one day to only use cruelty-free brands but I want to start off with makeup, I feel as this is a transition and it will take a long time to change all of the products I am using at the moment. I will use up all of the products I have at my disposal and as the products gets empty, I will change it for something cruelty-free.

I am such a animal-lover that I feel that it is my duty to do these small things so that the animals can live a more "happy" life. Even though people might not think that just one person can make a different, I want to make this change. I burn for animal rights and I want to be able to actually do something more than just sitting in my room and think that I want to help animals. This could be the start of something new. It feel so right, to be here and write about my plans for 2017 (references).

Amanda Maria.

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Hello everyone, as I said in a blog post from a few weeks ago, I am going to do a sort of re-cap of how well I am sticking to my resolutions for 2017. I think that I have been tremendously good at it, I have actually been kind of surprised of how good I have been.

The frist resolution was for me to eat less meat. I can proudly say that I have not eaten a single meal with red meat in it. I have eaten chicken and fish, and I am now sure that I want to keep eating those things, but I will not eat red meat. My family has been surprisingly positive towards this change and they help me come up with new foods and different producers to eat from. I can honestly say that I feel that my stomach is so much more at ease after this change, I have always had trouble with my stomach and now, I do not have any at all.

The other thing I promised myself to do is to read more. And so I have. I just finished Som stjänor i natten (In all the Bright places) and I started last night on Clara Henry's "Ja jag har mens, hurså?" I loved the ending in Som stjänor i natten and I just wanted to read it more and more. Clara Henry's book is quite interesting, it fun to read though.

Master eye-liner is something that I have really enjoyed to do. Every time I have had makeup on, I try to do eye-liner. They do still look a little bit different from each other, but I am now capable to do two decent eye-liners without needing to correct them in any way.

My last resolution that I wanted to bring up is the one with yoga. I said that I wanted to continue with yoga and so I have. My family thinks that I should do it everyday but, honestly, I do not really enjoy it as much if I do it everyday. It sucks the fun out of it. I do it three times a week and that is the most that I can do a week without getting utterly bored with it. I really like doing it, but it can be quite boring if you do too much.

Overall, I think that I have been very good with my resolutions this far, as I said before, and I am really excited to continue doing them this whole year. I want to continue doing this kind of re-cap every month because it keeps me from floating away from my goals. I want to sit here and write that I have been doing the things I set myself up to do at the end of last year.

Amanda Maria.

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One of my favorite places to be...

As the weather has gone warmer, I do try to walk as much as I can. Friday last week, after Alex got to go from school of the day, we decided to go to Uppsala and just walk around, to see the city when it is dark. We went to Max to eat and just walked around until my feet hurt. It was really nice, we walked around the castle and all around the city, mostly where no one were.

I just love walking with people, just talking about whatever and never have an end-goal.

Amanda Maria.

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