My Week In Pictures

Hello World!

I’m sorry I went missing this week. I’m still trying to find a balance between my preschool teacher life and my blogging life. I’ll get better, I promise. The kids were nuts this week. This has been the first full week of school in two weeks, last Monday was labor day and the Monday before last was a school improvement day. A full week might have been why my kids left me mentally exhausted.

This week has been very interesting. It started out with my car dying on me while I was getting coffee, turns out I needed a new alternator! So I was $170 poorer than before and car-less for two days while my boyfriend put my new alternator in. I got to help take the alternator out. I was out in the rain in my sweater and boots pulling on my motor trying to make room for my alternator to fit so we can take it out… it was…fun. Sadly, I did not get a picture of that but if I had it would have been a good one!

I worked on a birthday present for one of my best friends. Her birthday was on the 16th and I made her a “T” with a Mulan collage on it. Mulan is her favorite princess and her name starts with a “T”, just in case you were confused.
It turned out wonderful, I’ll be making a DIY tutorial soon so stay tuned for that.

 
I played with the new Snapchat update. If you haven’t already please go update your snapchat, it’s amazing! You can become a scary monster, vomit rainbows, pretend cry and more. I love it. I’ve taken endless videos of myself vomiting rainbows.

 
  
 
Last but not least I went shopping! I stopped off at the mall to snag up some cheap summer clearance items, ended up buying three tops, a sweater and some comfy skinny jeans. I’m so excited to have a cute fall wardrobe.

   
 


I’m so glad today is Friday. It’s blue friday here in Washington… I hope all my fellow Washingtonians are wearing their seahawks gear!


How was your week?
Let me know down below, see you soon!

❤ Always,

Nicci

10 Things To Do In Seattle

If you’ve already read my about me you would already know that Seattle is a place I call home. Located in the beautiful pacific northwest, it’s right on the Puget sound and surrounded by mountains, water and the famous evergreen trees. I’m not the only one that can call Seattle home. Seattle is the home of Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks. It’s also home of the Seahawks and all the 12th men that belong to them. Seattle is truly a beautiful place. If you ever get the chance to come check out my city, here are a few things you can do.

the space needle

The space needle is the symbol of Seattle. It’s probably the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Seattle”. Once you’re in the space needle, you take a very fast elevator (10 MPH) up to the observation deck. Once on the deck you’ll see a beautiful view of the Seattle skyline as well as many mountains, water and islands surrounding it. If you’re looking for a bite to eat (and don’t mind the expensive price), you can grab a bite at the Sky City Restaurant right below the observation deck. You’ll also enjoy a 360 view of Seattle while sitting at your table.

pike place market

The famous Pike Place Market overlooks Elliot Bay on Pike Street. It’s one of the oldest farmers’ markets out there. Pike Place is one of the biggest tourist destinations, hosting over 10 million people a year. Probably because it’s free (unless you buy something) and awesome! There you can check out all of the antique shops, watch the famous fish tossing, check out local artists on the streets or grab some delicious locally grown fruits and veggies.

the first Starbucks

If you didn’t already know, Seattle is where some of the biggest coffee snobs are located. We like our coffee strong. It might have something to do with the fact that Starbucks was born here or maybe the fact that there’s a Starbucks on every corner.
While you’re at Pike Place you could check out the first Starbucks ever! Grab a mocha or a latte, maybe a frapp.

the gum wall

While you’re at Pike Place you might want to check out the famous gum wall. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a wall located on Post Alley under Pike Place Market that is just covered inches thick in used chewing gum. It’s disgusting but awesome at the same time. It started in 1993 when a group of people stuck gum to the wall, the city would scrape them off but eventually they just gave up and declared it a tourist attraction. So when in Seattle be sure to have some chewing gum so you can leave you’re mark!

the underground tour

Underneath the busy streets of Seattle is the old Seattle! Take a walk on what used to be the main roadways and the first-floor storefronts of old Downtown Seattle. I haven’t been on the underground tour yet but it’s on my to-do list! It looks awesome.

seattle center

The Seattle center is a park, arts and entertainment center located in the heart of Seattle. It’s free to walk around and you’ll get a pretty sweet and up-close view of the space needle. While you’re there be sure to check out the fountain, but don’t get to close unless you’re willing to get wet. You could also hop on the monorail and do some downtown shopping.

pacific science center

Located near the Seattle Center, the Science Center is a museum full of fun. Even though I’m an adult, this is one of my favorite places to go. It’s great for both adults and children. You can check out their interactive exhibits or catch a movie in IMAX.

ride the ducks

You can hop on a duck (it’s a vehicle/boat) and take a 90 minute tour of Seattle, both land and water. It’s a lot of fun and great for adults and children.

the Fremont troll

The Fremont Troll, located underneath the Aurora Bridge, in the Fremont Neighborhood of Seattle is a sculpture of a troll holding onto a VW like it just grabbed it from the bridge above.

grab some dicks

Photo By David Carlos

I couldn’t help but laugh about that, HAHA! Dick’s Drive-In, or Dicks for short, is a fast food restaurant chain in Seattle. It’s cheap and so good. If you like Mackelmore he shot one of his music videos at one of the dick’s location.


Have you been to Seattle? Have you been to any of these places or maybe you went somewhere not on my list? Let me know down below!

❤ Always,

Nicci

Change For The Better.

It was 10 o’clock at night, my parents where downstairs arguing, my brother was locked away in his room trying to ignore it all and I was upstairs in my room, pissed off at my parents and the world in general. All I wanted was to be with the person I “loved” most and my parents were stopping me. I was all done. I wanted to leave, runaway and never come back. Who cared about my family? All I cared about was the “love of my life”. So I did, I decided to leave. I called the “love of my life”, made plans for him to come pick me up and I did it. I stormed out of my bedroom, down the stairs and was headed straight for the door with nothing but the clothes on my back and a quarter charged cell phone. I was about to just walk out the door but my parents stopped me, this is where it got ugly.

I straight up told them that I’m leaving and I don’t plan on returning, I’m done with them, I’m done with this house, I’m just done. I was going to go live with the “love of my life” and he was going to take good care of me. My mom was furious and crying, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so mad in my life. My dad was crying and trying to reason with me, trying to get me to stay. Then my brother came downstairs, crying, yelling “LET HER GO! LET HER GO! If she wants to go then let her go, then we’ll all be better”.

In that very moment, when my little brother told my parents to let me go so everything will get better, is when I realized I was being a complete idiot. This is when I realized my family is broken and it’s all my fault. My Mom, my Dad and my Brother were all standing in front of me, crying, about to let me go so their part will be fixed. I was the broken piece and I was breaking them too. That’s when I realized I need to get my shit together.

When I was 15, almost 16 years old I got my very first boyfriend. It was all fun and cute at first. Then he started to get this type of control over me. He could have told me to rob a bank and I would have just so he would still love me. I didn’t want him mad at me, ever. So I did everything I possibly could to make him happy. I never wanted him to leave me. I was just afraid of being alone.

Before I met him I had pretty close to a 4.0. I was really good at school, I would show up everyday and I loved school. I wanted to go to the University of Washington and become a doctor or a lawyer. I had big dreams for myself.
He got me to start smoking weed and that became my new thing. My grades dropped and I barely went to school. If I did show up it would be 2+ hours late.

My parent’s started to worry and I assured them everything is okay. I wasn’t going to school and showing up late because I wasn’t sleeping at night. I convinced them I was an insomniac and that’s why I could never wake up in the morning. When really it was because I was out with my boyfriend smoking weed until 1 in the morning on a school night. They took my word for it but they knew something was up.

One Christmas he really wanted the newest Playstation and he wanted me to buy it for him. I didn’t have a job so I had no money for it. So he wanted me to take my parent’s debit card and go out and buy it for him. He somehow convinced me that it would be okay and we wouldn’t get caught and he would be mad if I didn’t do it… So I went out and did just that. This right here, is the moment I wish I knew I would regret forever.

My parent’s saw it on their bill and they told me about it, they noticed it was from a Fred Meyer in the same town we lived in so they asked if I knew anything about it, I told them no. So they went to the bank and started an investigation.
Later that night I felt so guilty for what I had done I went and told my dad. They cancelled the investigation and I was grounded forever and they told me I couldn’t see him anymore because he was a bad influence on me, but I did it anyways because I was a teenager and I knew everything. I knew what was best for me and it was him. They didn’t get to tell me what to do.

All of this led up to the big fight. Me wanting to leave, my parents trying to stop me and my little brother telling them to let me go.

When I looked up and saw my brother crying is when I realized I was being a horrible person. I wanted my little brother to be my best friend, I didn’t want him to hate me.This is the moment I realized my boyfriend really is bad news. I realized the control he had over me, I realized my family is broken because of me. Because I would do anything and everything, even if it put my family in danger, just to be with him. I realized that’s not okay.

We broke up a little after that.

Today,
My brother is one of my best friend’s in the whole world. I will always be there for him and he will always be there for me, no matter what. I thank him for opening my eyes.
I love my mom and dad to death and they have forgiven me for what I did. It’s been 4 years since this happened and they still have a little bit of a trust issue but I can’t blame them.
I have a different boyfriend, my second boyfriend actually. It will be 3 years together this month on the 25th. He was one of my best friends during the time of this event and he helped me make better life choices during all of this but that will be a different story.

I’m not saying he’s a bad person, not at all. He was my first boyfriend and I just never wanted to be alone so I did everything in my power to prevent him from leaving me. Did he take advantage of that, yes, he did. But that doesn’t make him a bad person.

Do I regret dating him? No. Dating him has made me into the person I am today. I’ve realized that it’s okay to be alone. I just need to be myself and if someone doesn’t like me for me, that’s okay. I shouldn’t have to bend over backwards just to make someone stay with me.

I do regret stealing money from my parents but even that has taught me what I know today. I wish I could have learned that in a different way. But it is what it is.


In all honesty, writing this post made me cry during some parts of it. This is an emotional story for me. This is the first time publicly announcing it.

Do any of you relate to this story in any way? Maybe you were a crazy teenager that went down the wrong path? Maybe you too were scared of being alone? Let me know down below!

❤ Always,

Nicci