December 5, 2015

Packing, Painting and lots of Planning

Hello lovelies! How has your weekend been going so far? Starting at 8 o'clock last night, my husband and I starts the slightly large project of painting this entire apartment. Why? Well, because in less than two weeks we will be leaving Indiana and moving to the buckeye state of Ohio. So for us this weekend is dedicate to covering up our apartments white walls with a fresher version of white. Fun right? 

Moving has been an idea that we've tossed around for a while now, but just could never actually put it into action. After talking about it for such a long time though we finally decided to go for it. The weeks following the decision to move (which was honestly only about a month ago) have been filled with a lot of stressful prep work. I've called Indiana my home for almost twenty years. My parents live here, my siblings are here, and I've never spent longer than 2 months away from here. It will definitely been a bit of a change, but I'm excited! It's always good to get out of your comfort zone a little bit and experience a new part of life.

On top of preparing for the move, I am officially two weeks away from finishing this semester of college! Yay!!! Trying to juggle everything as the semester comes to a close can be a bit of a challenge, but I'm getting there. I haven't broken down into a puddle of tears and procrastination yet, but who knows. We still have two more weeks. :)

 I know this isn't a proper post, and starting Monday I pinkie promise I will begin posting a decent post again. I just wanted to let y'all know what is happening on my side of the computer screen. I can't wait to share this next chapter of my life with you all and am excited for the upcoming posts. 

Have you been doing anything exciting lately? Anything changing in your life? Let's get a conversation going! I find that when things get a bit overwhelming that talking it out is a great way to cope.
 Lots of love and I hope y'all have an amazing weekend

xo,

October 8, 2015

The Fear of Imperfection

Hi everyone! It's been awhile, hasn't it? Today I wanted to share something a bit more personal with you guys. As you probably can tell, I haven't been blogging quite as much as I would like to. My planner is currently very full of blog post ideas, but I just can't seem to find the motivation to sit down and write. 

When I started blogging it was because I loved the idea of being able to create a little space in the interwebs that I could be as creative with as I wanted. I can share all of the art projects and diy's I have been working on, all of the yummy recipes I've discovered, or even just talk about something that has been on my heart. 

I love to write. Writing is what I want to do for a career. Blogging is a great way to write while also connecting to your readers on a personal level. I love getting to connect with other bloggers and share different parts of my life that make me happy. As well as seeing what makes other people happy. It's a wonderful community with amazing men and women. I think the true issue here is the fear of imperfection or that others will judge me for what I do.

It's silly though when you think about it. A lot of times people will continue to put something off just because they want to make sure it's perfect. I know I do this a lot, that's why I am writing this post. :) The fact of the matter is that until you put yourself out there and practice you're never going to achieve this level of "perfection" that you've set yourself up for. One of my absolute favorite YouTubers, KickthePJ, said something similar to this in a video that has continued to stick with me since I saw it 2 years ago. He said "You want to make great stuff? You can't until you've made good stuff. You want to make good stuff? You can't until you've made alright stuff." 

Most people don't start out amazing at what they want to do. It takes practice and time, but the more you dedicate yourself to practicing something the faster you'll get better. Specifically with blogging, you can't blog for someone else. Of course you can blog with the idea in mind that you have something you want to share with the world, but you also have to make sure that whatever it is you are creating is something you're passionate about too. That's the most important rule.

I'm going to try to take my own advice and create more content for you guys that I am passionate about. Hopefully that shows in my writing.

I've posted the video that I mentioned down below. I highly recommend his videos. He has an amazing talent in film making and all of his work is mesmerizing. I hope that y'all are having the most amazing day today and I'll see you in the next post.

xo,

October 2, 2015

What I'm Reading: October

 Hey y'all! It's the start of October! Can you believe it? The weather's getting cooler and the leaves are starting to turn. It's such a beautiful time of year. I could just ramble on and on about how much I love fall. Today though I am going to share what I plan on reading for this month. I saw this book in a room tour video on YouTube and thought it looked like just the cutest thing. 





What I'm Reading: Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance by Tish Jett

What's it about:
Exploring how their wardrobe, beauty, diet and hair rituals evolve with time and how some aspects of their signature styles never change, Jett shows how Frenchwomen know their strengths, hide their weaknesses, and never talk about their fears, failures, or flaws. After all, in France, beauty, style, sensuality and charm have no expiration dates!
{via Google Books}







I'm excited to read this one. I'm a sucker for fashion and lifestyle books. Have it set in France and I am in love! Happy October y'all and I'll see you next post!

xo,

September 24, 2015

Autumn To Do List

Yesterday marked the official first day of Autumn! As I'm sure you already know, this is my favorite time of year. From the yummy foods, cozy fashion, and the holidays. I love it all! This fall there are a couple of things I want to accomplish. I thought today I would share those things with you.
Just making this list made me so excited thinking of all the wonderful memories that are still to come. Is there anything that you're excited to do this autumn? 

 Happy Fall Y'all!

September 22, 2015

How I Organize My Planner

 If I could only choose one school supply to have each year it would definitely be a planner. Since using one it has been an absolute lifesaver when it comes to managing my life. Today I thought I'd share how exactly I organize my planner as well as a few tips. I am currently using the largest Day Designer that Target had to off. I love how much space it has, so that I can write everything down.
One important thing I like to do is to use different colored pens to separate parts of my life. For example, I use pink for school things, blue for my blog, and purple for things that are just for me. By using colors I can quickly see what item goes to what, as well as keep it a little more organized than if it was all in black. 

Although I don't use it as much as I should, the month page is a great place to jot down big items so you can see everything at once. Whenever you need to schedule something, you can just flip open to the month and see everything you have in the future. 
 At the beginning of each week, usually Sunday night, I like to plan out my current week. Usually I'll write down all my classes, meetings, and appointments on the left hand column. Below that is where I list all of the homework I need to complete that day. On the top right of the day there is a spot to write your to do's which, if you know me, a to do list is my best friend. Finally, below the to do I will write today's blog post. I am currently doing a 30 day yoga challenge so that goes there as well.

The great thing about a planner is you can customize it fit your lifestyle. If you need more space to list your assignment, then you can totally list that. Just because the planner says a section is for something specific doesn't mean you have to follow it. Think of it instead as more of a guide than a set system.
 
To help add extra space, pop down a post-it note or two. Not only do they give you more room to write everything you need, but also it adds color! Who doesn't love that? Your planner should reflect your personality so have fun with it! Use stickers or washi tape to spice up different parts of the pages. There's no rules since it is YOUR place to organize. As long as it makes since to you, than it's good to go!

 I am considering doing a plan with me video, especially for October because I have tons of stickers I want to use. Leave a comment below if that's something you'd be interested in! I hope that you're able to incorporate some of my tips into your own planner. If you have tips of your own, let me know. I absolutely love hearing how people organize their own planners.

xo,


September 21, 2015

Bath & Body Works Candles Haul

Hi everyone! I hope y'all are doing fantastic today
. Yesterday morning my mom called to tell me about the amazing sale that Bath & Body Works was having on their candles! All 3-wick candles were marked down to only $12.00 each! Plus they were offering a $10 off coupon when you spend $30 or more, so I just knew I had to take advantage of this amazing deal. Especially since I practically live for their fall and winter scents.

I went in with a limit off only three, even though I would've bought them all if my husband and my wallet would've allowed it. After smelling practically every scent they had to offer, these are the three that both Caleb and I loved the most.







 First is the scent leaves. It definitely is a fall scent without the classic pumpkin or cinnamon smell. It reminds of raking leaves with my dad in our yard or jumping into the stacked piles with my siblings.  It is described as a blend of golden nectar, red apple and spiced berries. It's a very fresh smell with just the perfect hint of sweetness. Also the lid to this candle is an absolutely gorgeous bronze with leaf designs. Does anyone look at the designs on the lid when purchasing candles or is it just me? 






Second is the scent Marshmallow Fireside. Now I knew before going into the store that I didn't want to leave without this one. The first time I smelled it I was in love. It's described as smoky wood, sweet vanilla, and toasted marshmallow. I couldn't agree more. It smells exactly like you're huddled around a fire and the notes of vanilla give it that added sweetness that you can't resist. It's currently burning at my desk as I type this!












Now this candle Caleb fell in love with, and as soon as we got home he pulled it out of the bag and lit it. The label says it is a blend of McIntosh apples, smoky woods, and toasted marshmallow. I think these three scents are a common theme in all the candles we choose. :) This one is similar to the toasted marshmallow, but the apple gives it a little bit of a spice that sets it apart. 









As the weather gets cooler, I just love the coziness that lighting a candle can add. Did you guys get a chance to hit up Bath & Body Works during their sale? If so, what did you get? Also, what are some of your favorites scents for this Autumn?  

xo,


September 18, 2015

Day Trip to Nashville


Hello lovelies! On the Saturday before Labor Day my husband and I woke up and knew we wanted to go on a day trips. Neither of us have ever been to Nashville and since we only live 3 hours away we figured "why not!?" So we dropped the puppy off at my parents and hit the road!

Downtown Nashville is so beautiful. I loved looking at all the little shops and bars that lined the streets. It's so wonderful how each city has its own little flavor that you can't find anywhere else.

One of the biggest reasons I wanted to visit Nashville was to see the Parthenon. I am a huge lover of Greek Mythology so I just knew I had to visit this beauty once I knew it existed. (You can thank the Percy Jackson books for that (:  )

 The moment we pulled into the park I was on complete awe.  Even though it's not the original, it still transports you in a way that feels like you're walking through Greece. I couldn't stop snapping picture after picture of the architecture. Ever little detail was incredibly beautiful. 
I convinced him to let me get a photo of just him. Scruffy beard and all.
Once you get into the building there is a lower level that has intricate sculptures and painting. Unfortunately you're not allowed to snap any pictures inside that part of the building.

After we just couldn't wait any longer we darted up the stairs to the main feature:
 The moment you lay eyes on her you fall into this complete state of awe. I don't know why, but you just feel this overwhelming wave of power and strength coming from her. It's simply amazing. I loved watching as people came up from the lower level just to see there reaction; usually consisting of a lot of "wows." 

Coincidentally, the park was also having a music festival just a walk away from the Parthenon. We stayed there for a bit enjoying the music, glancing at the tents they had set up with items from local shops. I didn't get a chance to take any pictures from this though. 

We ended our day with a pina colada snow cone and headed back home. Exhausted but oh so happy with our trip together.  The Parthenon was beautiful and I really enjoyed getting to experience what Nashville has to offer. Hopefully next time I go back, I'll get a chance to see the Opry!

I hope you all had just as much fun on labor day weekend as I did.




September 11, 2015

Fall Wardrobe Must-Haves

These last few days the weather has been a bit chilly and oh, man am I in love! The cooler the weather gets the closer we get to the first day of Autumn! Autumn is my absolute favorite season; from the holidays, warm drinks, crunchy leaves, and of course, the amazing fashion. Since Autumn is less than two weeks away, I think it's the perfect time to start putting together a wardrobe for the coming season. Here are a few of my fall wardrobe must-haves.
Trench Coat | Monogrammed Vest | Plaid Scarf | Plaid Shirt | Chambray Shirt | Cross body Bag | Knitted Scarf | Grey Fit and Flare Dress | Jeans | Riding Boots | Striped Top | Black Skirt | Longchamp Bag | Cozy Socks

I know many of these items are already in my closet, so I am excited to mix in some new pieces this fall. What are your must-haves for fall this year? Are you ready for the chillier weather or still holding onto the sunshine of summer?  I hope you all are having a fantastic Friday and I'll see you in the next post!

September 10, 2015

Tips to Destress

With school back in session pretty much everywhere, things might be starting to get a bit stressful. Trying to juggle school, work, family, friends, and even just keeping yourself together can start to take a toll. That's why it's important to take care of yourself and de-stress every one in a while. Here are 8 ways you can combat stress and enjoy some "me" time.

1. Pamper yourself 
With a bubble bath, face mask, or even a full spa day
2. Cuddle with a pet
No one know how to make you feel better than your furry friend
3. Indulge in your favorite treat
Sometimes all it takes to feel better is by treating yourself to something you might not usually eat
4. Find a hobby
Find something you love and just do it
5. Journal
Let out all your thoughts and worries on paper. You'll feel better once its out
6. Breathe
Just breathe. Close your eyes and a take a deep breath. Doesn't have to be full meditation but bring yourself back to this moment and breathe.
7. Digital Detox
Technology is great, but occasionally it's a good idea to turn off your phone, close the computer, and just disconnect.
8. Exercise
Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy :) I personally love yoga, but do whatever works for you. Just a few minutes can make a huge difference

September 2, 2015

What I'm Reading in September

 Hey y'all! Yesterday was the very first day of September so I'm sure y'all know by now what that means. It's time for me to share this month's book! School started a week ago for me and I am already crazy busy, so hopefully I can find the time to finish this months book because I am definitely eager to read it. 


What I'm Reading: A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans


Laura Foster is a hopeless romantic. Her friends know it, her parents know it - even Laura acknowledges she lives either with her head in the clouds or buried in a romance novel. It's proved harmless enough, even if it hasn't delivered her a real-life dashing hero yet. But when her latest relationship ends in a disaster that costs her friendship, her job, and nearly her sanity, Laura swears off men and hopeless romantic fantasies for good...or so she thinks. 

I was recommended this book by a friend of mine so I thought I'd give a try. I have read a book by this author before and it was a fun read, so I'm hoping I'll like this one as well. Have you guys read it before? I'd love to hear what you thought!





What are you reading at the moment? Any suggestions for a future read of mine? 
I hope you all are having a fantastic and I will see you all in the next post!

August 28, 2015

Live Each Day With a Grateful Heart


Hello lovelies, I hope all of you are having the most fantastic day today. Today I thought I'd share something with you that has been weighing on my mind for a while now; being grateful.

The world around us is filled with so many new and exciting things that for me it can get very easy to start focusing on what others have, what I don't have, and all of these little wants. The life you have can start to seem like it'll never be enough and that there is always going to be something better and really, that's no way to live. Since realizing this, I've made it my goal to try and start each day with a grateful heart and really appreciate all of the things and people around me. So here are a few tips that I use to do just that.

1. Appreciate the little things
Things as simple as fresh water or a soft bed are all so wonderful, yet so easily taken for granted. Usually, it's the littlest things such as these that make everyday so special.

2. Take a Moment to Pause
Try to everyday, especially when things seem tough, to just take a moment and really look at all you have around you. You'll probably quickly realize just how blessed you are and that typically makes me feel so much better.

3. Say Thank You
You've probably been told to do this since you could talk, but nowadays there's not always someone there to remind you. Try saying thank you as much as you can. To the person at the checkout line, the mail man, or a teacher. It'll make there day better as well as yours.

4. Keep a Gratitude Journal
At the end of each day, try to write down 3 things that you are thankful for. Doesn't matter what they are. This will make sure you end your day on a positive note and reflect on all around.

5. Turn to God
When all else fails, turn to God. Life is so wonderful and God has given so many blessing. Sometimes the best thing to do is find some quiet time and pray. Tell God how thankful you are and remember what's most important.

I this helps you all, even just a little bit. I'd love to hear some ways that you stay grateful. Most importantly, thank y'all some much for reading my blog! I love hearing from you and knowing that you read these posts makes my life so much greater! So thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Hebrew 12:28  |  Psalm 30:12  |  1 Thessalonians 5:18





August 22, 2015

Link Love

Gorgeous Half-Up do's to try: here & here
try your hand at this leopard print bookcase or a tassel blanket
tackle any type clothing issue with these 19 hacks to fix ruined clothes
Rock all types of boots this fall with these different ways to wear them
Home decor on your mind? Try these tips for styling a coffee table or a console table
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Hope y'all have a fantastic weekend!


August 17, 2015

Meet Roku + Weekend Ohio Trip


Hey y'all! So we went to Ohio this past weekend to celebrate Caleb's birthday. While we were there we picked up this cutie pie! His dad gave her to him as a birthday present and she quite possibly the cutest birthday present ever!


She's an Australian Shepard and a little over 2 months old. She's a little crazy at times, and yet other's she's the calmest puppy I've ever seen. She's sleeping in the kitchen as I right this.

Roku really loved Caleb, it's adorable watching them play together. She will follow him all over the place, never leaving his side.
She's all white, and her mom is too, she has a a few quirks because of it. For one, one of her eyes are green and the other is light blue. She also has 6 toes on each of her back foot. I think they just had to her quirkiness. 

 The whole trip went by way to fast. As soon as we started heading home, we both said we wished we could turn around a stay forever. I wish it was closer so we could visit every weekend, but for now once a month is going to just have to do. 



We were a little concerned about how she'd do on the 6 hour car trip back to our house, but she was surprisingly really great! Although she kept wanting to chew on my soda bottle.

I'm so excited to have a puppy. I've had many dogs growing up, but they were always dogs you shared with 5 other people. This puppy is just mine and Caleb's, and I think it makes it that much more special.

I'm sure you'll be seeing more of her in future posts, so until then!



August 14, 2015

Packing for a Weekend Trip + Tips

Caleb and I seem to be heading to Ohio for the weekend at least once a month. With all of those road trips, you start to learn tips and tricks for utilizing space and only packing what's important. I absolutely love travelling, but packing is something I tend to put off until last minute. These tips help make the job that much easier and faster too! 
 I try to pack clothes that are neutral or similar in color. This way I can mix and match pieces to create multiple outfits, without having to bring tons of pieces. I usually start out by putting everything in piles before I put it in the bag. This way I can see what I have and what else I need to get. I also try to make a list of everything I need and then while I put things in the bag I can check it off one by one.

Here's a quick run down of what I'm bringing this weekend:
-2 tops
-1 cami
-denim shorts
-blue shorts
-PJs
-cowboy boots
-socks and undies
-flats
-makeup bag

This weekend bag has so much room, I can fit all of things in here and all of my husband's clothes as well. I love that I don't have to lug tons of bags around. The simpler packing can be the better!
In a separate bag I put all my beauty products and chargers/small electronics. I usually bring my Longchamp because it is water resistant and has tons of room for everything I need! Finally I bring a cross body bag to hold my phone, camera, and important papers. 

Once the bags are all packed I'm ready to go! By the time you read this, I'll probably be heading on my way to Ohio. 
Are y'all heading anyplace exciting soon? What are your tips of packing? Let me know!


August 13, 2015

Easy Lemon Bread Recipe

 Lemon is my absolute favorite flavor in the summer time. As soon as I taste it, all I imagine is warm, sunny days. Maybe it is because of it's bright, yellow color or how light the flavor is. Either way it definitely adds a little bit of sunshine to life.

That's why when I saw this recipe for lemon bread in Taste of Home magazine I just knew I had to make it! It's super easy to make and all you need are ingredients you probably already have around your house.

Lemon Bread Recipe:
1/2 cups of butter
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
5 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon peel
1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a 8x4 inch bread pan.

Mix together butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy and smooth. Then add both eggs, 3 tbsp of lemon juice, and 1 tbsp of lemon zest. Mix together into well combined.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Then add half of the first mixture to the flour mixture and stir well. Then add half the milk. Stir well. Repeat until all of the butter mixture and the milk is added. Stir together until smooth. 

Add the batter to the pan and bake for 45 minutes or until you can stick it with a toothpick and it comes out clean. 

While that's baking, mix together 2 tbsp of lemon juice and all of the powdered sugar. Once the bread is done remove the bread from the pan and place on a cooling rack. Pour the powdered sugar glaze over the bread and let cool. 


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This bread is so very yummy and makes for a perfect treat! If you try it out let me know! I'd love to hear how it turned out for you.




August 12, 2015

To Do Before a New Semester

Hey y'all! Where has this summer gone?! I can't believe that in just a few weeks school will be back in session and autumn will follow soon after. Before schools starts though, here are a few things on my to do list that you might be able to add to your own. 
Once these things are done I know I feel ready to take on the next semester! What's on your back-to-school to do list? Are you excited for the new semester?