500 followers and Spring days

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I reached 500 followers!

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Thank you all so much for your support, you keep me going and wanting to write more and more!

 

I hope you are all well and possibly enjoying the February spring we are having like I have been…

I took off work the other day as soon as I knew it was going to be 70 degrees out!

 

We took a trip to a sculpture park…

It was a glorious, unexpected, sunshiny day of wonderful. The kind of day that makes you love life the way it was meant to be loved.

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This doggy kept trying to bring us his big stick to play 🙂

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Little tiny office people…

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Thank you for being here. Thank you for being always patient and present. Patient when I can only post once a week because I am busy and totally present when you read my post that I worked hard on and decided to leave that thoughtful comment that makes it all worth it. (P.S.- this post took literally a day and a half because of all of the pictures to upload but mostly because my wifi SUCKS. lol….patience duly noted.)

 

I love you all, more than you know. XOXO

 

Currently in September

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So I was sitting down and was thinking about all of my favorite things right now, today, on Friday September 16th, 2016 and so far in September. I love reading these kinds of posts and finding out what everyone is reading, watching, listening to, etc.

So I hope you enjoy it too!

 

 

 

Currently excited about…

 

We have reached 200 followers on here!

 

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Shoutout to Prapti-Choudhary for being my 200th follower!

I am so happy and amazed at how far this blog has come and how much it has come to mean to me.

So here’s to more blogging and more blog accomplishments to come!

 

 

Currently watching…

American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare season.

I talked about my obsession with American horror story in my last blog post about my fall favorites.

Did you see the premiere?!

 

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We finally got to see what the season will be about and it has some lost colony vibes mixed with Murder House vibes. [season 1] Murder house was my favorite season of all, so I am so so excited to see what they come up with. It also felt more jumpy already in episode 1, whereas most seasons in the past have kind of led up to the scary parts.

 

I am also watching the new Teen mom season…don’t judge me.

I am basically just watching to see what Farrah does next…

 

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Currently reading…

I am not a big reader. Every now and then if I find a book I can obsess over and not put down, I love reading. But I often pick up books and put them down and forget about them… it’s a bad habit, but I love to read blogs and articles.

Speaking of AHS, I am currently reading these kinds of articles a lot lately:

10 things you might not have noticed about the AHS premiere

7 incredibly spooky facts you need to know about the lost colony if you are watching AHS

 

Currently going…

Tomorrow I am going to the city for my friend’s 25th birthday celebration.

There will be Coney island, dinner, drinks, and celebrations!

 

 

Currently listening…

I have been watching Grace VanderWaal, the 12 year old ukelele and singer sensation who just won America’s got talent, on repeat!

Her voice and maturity amaze me and I truly wish she had an album out so I could re-listen to “I don’t know my name” every day.

All of the songs she performed on the show were originals that she wrote. She is just stunning and if you don’t know who she is, I highly recommend giving her a listen. She gave me chills and I cried the first time I heard her.

 

 

Currently buying…

 

Just bought a beautiful pair of flared jeans from Express, which were on sale from $70 to $20! I love flared jeans lately and especially for fall. I also bought an overall dress, a leather dress for going out in the city this weekend, and I recently finally bought clogs. I also may just cave and finally buy those Hunter boots with my birthday money…I tried them on in the store the other day to make sure I got the right size if I ordered them online. And figured out I actually like the matte look better than the glossy!

 

 

How’s your September going? : )

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday weekly planning

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I hope you all had a great weekend! I certainly have and am getting to the point where the Sunday blues kick in….

 

But, I always feel so much better about my week when I plan it ahead.

 

I’ve talked about my love for my Happy Planner before and how I got the big Happy Planner, only to find out the planning could not start until July…
So I am sticking to my little one until July comes and I can use it.

 

My sister says- how can you see everything you have planned with all of the stickers?!

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I just can’t help myself okay- when I bring out my stickers I go a little wild. Strawberry, cow, and peanuts stickers just somehow make their way in there even if they weren’t originally planned or don’t necessarily make sense… : )

 

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Been loving my new workout stickers. And I’m hoping to go to the aquarium this weekend, hence the turtle and fish stickers…

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Recently, I switched out the pink discs for these gold ones and have been loving them.

 

I tried to stick to somewhat of a color scheme, but then my random little cow and Linus stickers came out.

 

I also want to get some different colored pens and try a more minimalist style with less stickers and more planning based on pen colors, just to see how I like it.

 

But I just don’t think I am a minimalist kind of person. We’ll see how it goes, I love experimenting with my planning.

 

Hope you all have a happy and productive week!

 

If you are a planner, what is your style of planning?

A heartfelt thank you

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[I love this. Thanks again, Spotify weekly. ]

 

Yesterday, I reached a blogging milestone. Tiny in the blogging world, but big to me, we reached 100 followers!  I am currently drinking a margarita to celebrate.  

Does this mean people are reading, maybe even relating, a little bit?! Wow.

The relating part means more to me- if I write something that someone can relate to, even a little bit, I could end this blog tomorrow and be happy.

Just kidding, that’s a lie…I am loving blogging too much to do that.

I actually never thought I would be this consistent with a hobby. I quit step dancing when I was a kid, piano, etc. after a few weeks.

The thing is – this has kind of become more than just  a hobby to me. Not sure when that happened, but it did.

 

So I wanted to say a true thank you to anyone that has read, commented, followed, offered me insight or advice, and related in some way to what I have had to say.

 

Most of all I want to say thank you to my mama and my sissy who have inspired me to blog- I saw them both blogging and wanted to start one of my own. We are a blogging family and I got inspired!

A weekend of spring tease

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I just found this song tonight- I find it so beautiful…enjoy.

I hope you have all and are still enjoying your weekend!

My weekend ended up being busier than I thought- but luckily, I got to spend some time out in the sun! We had 60 degree weather Saturday in the sunshine and it was a lovely little tease for Spring.

The pups quite enjoyed it, too.

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Again, the The struggles of a jack russell are real tough. Clearly.

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My Sissy recommended this book to me and let me borrow it. I thought it is the perfect time to start it out in the sun on the swing- so far I love it….

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When the babies were not busy sleeping in the sun, they were off chasing squirrels.

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We have been very lucky this year with a mild winter with many spring tease days. Days like this keep me going until spring actually comes. Oh sunshine, how I miss thee.

I was planning on enjoying the sunshine and lovely weather by going to Woodstock for the day. Mama surprised me by telling me we got 2 cords of wood delivered.

So, I spent the time in the sunshine in a much different way than I expected- stacking wood. 

I was just grateful it was so beautiful out and to have the workout for the day…especially since I did not make it to the gym last week….

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That night, after all the hard work was done, we went out to dinner with friends- the place was lovely and we had never been there, so it’s always fun to try new things.

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The moon was showing off for us that night, and I could not resist….

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Blackberry Mojito!

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Lobster mac n cheese and rib sliders…. YUM

 

Looking back and writing this, I spent the weekend eating very well.

Today, I participated in a work event- a huge fundraiser they have every year to raise money for the nonprofit I work for.

Last year, they raised $50,000.

This year, their goal was $75,000.

The fundraiser benefits an array of our different programs- both serving adolescents and adults- including our numerous homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters.

I felt honored to be paid to be here today and watch people donate with all of their hearts to such a great cause- and got to eat a lot of chocolate along the way, too.

The theme is a Chocolate Lover’s Brunch.

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The brunch features both a live and silent auction, with a bunch of items that have been donated to be auctioned on. 

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I got paid to drink mimosas and eat chocolate today. Thank you, universe.

It feels nice to be inside tonight relaxing after a busy weekend.I have reached season 4 of Downton Abbey and am still just as obsessed.

But it was a very productive one, too!

What did you all do this weekend? Share with me!

 

 

 

 

A letter to my younger self

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Dear younger self, 

 

I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to offer you something, anything, that I have learned and picked up while drifting through this little thing we call life.

If I can say anything, it’s this. Stay young as long as possible. Preferably, always. Don’t lose that butterfly feeling in your tummy you got as a kid in the summer running through the grass with your friends.

Yes, the feeling is different now- it’s been re-invented, you may have to look harder to find it.

But I’m telling you that it’s there.

Find it in whatever way it exists for you, keep it with you always. 

 

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Your friends from high school may always be your favorite, and it may be hard to trump them- but you must try anyway. Branch out- it will be good for you.

I know you don’t like meeting new people and making new friends, you feel you are not “good” at it. You should probably give yourself more credit… always remember how far you have come rather than how far others have gotten in comparison to you. I always preferred a small friend group, anyway. [ Introvert post ]

 

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You may lose friends along the way…

Our lives are different, but because I am a sensitive human being this will affect me more than the average person. Don’t let it.  Let nature take it’s course, it knows what it’s doing. Trust the path at hand, it’s there for a reason and knows you better than you may know yourself.

However, I’ve realized that you will also have those friends who you have known forever, they know everything about you [ I mean everything], and you can pick up just where you left off when you see them-[ Joey ]

Those friendships are a different kind altogether.

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Take as much time as you need after high school to explore yourself. Some people know right away what they want to do with their lives, you are are not one of those people. That’s okay- just don’t rush into anything for the sake of pressure from society.

And don’t think it’s not okay to take detours. You don’t have to stay on the same path you have been on-it’s never too late to take a sharp turn.

 

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But no matter what happens, no regrets. Education is never a waste, learning is always beneficial.

Take that weird elective. Nothing is weird in college, anyway. Take classes even after you graduate and are working full time. It will be hard- but never stop exploring. You may find that who you are and what your interests are change a lot over time.

 

Whoever you are, be that. 

This is probably cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway.

I used to think it was silly that I loved being alone and playing video games. I have learned to embrace the fact that I am me: Introverted ; gamer., among other things…

 

It’s okay to still listen to Brand New and Dashboard Confessional when you are sad OR when you are just getting ready for a night out. Either works. They are there for you, always. Pick them up again whenever you need them, feel the high school nostalgia at it’s finest. [ Listen to song above ]

 

A country christmas

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We are going to the holiday farmer’s market today! I can’t wait to Christmas shop and snap some photos. Remember the last market? [Final market, sunday drives]

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we were talking about the trees disappearing, and now they are all gone and we are waiting on Santa’s arrival and snow!

I am also going to another market called the “Farm and flea” with tons of local products, truck pizza, cider tastings, food and pastries- yum! I can’t wait. It seems like my dream place. Sighhh, I will want everything. Also, to snap shots there too. Upcoming blog post with both- stay tuned!

I wanted to update you all on our Christmas decorating from yesterday [Merry little christmas decorating] now that it’s done.

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Be warm

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Our first Christmas in our new home

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Baby Daisy

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Helping with the decorating, of course!

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I’m obsessed with mom’s mantle

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Our downstairs tree!

 

 

 

Merry little Christmas decorating

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It’s 55 and sunny out right now- and we are getting ready to decorate the house and trees for Christmas! It feels strange without snow, but we have the Christmas pandora station on to get in the spirit.

We start off with our favorite Sarah McLachlan Christmas album-this album always give me just that feeling of Christmas that we all crave at this time of year. You know that feeling I’m talking about, right? It’s just there. As soon as Thanksgiving ends, I feel all warm and fuzzy at the thought of Christmas.

The day after Thanksgiving, we spend the entire day decorating and getting into the spirit and then usually end the day off with a Christmasy cocktail- tonight I’m thinking something with eggnog : )

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There’s something special to me about decorating the tree. We go through our collection of ornaments, which each have their own sentimental value, and reminiscence on how they got to us and how long we have had it- mom has another tradition of buying a new ornament every time we go somewhere new, so our ornaments are from all over! When I have my own family I know how special Christmastime will be for us, too. It has always been my favorite time of the year.

Excited for:

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xmas tree bulletChristmas in our new home- we get to have 2 Christmas trees this year! My mama talks all about the house in her blog: Mama’s blog

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xmas tree bulletDecorating my planner for Christmas- [Goals, with Gratitude post]

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                                      Here’s some traditions we do every year!

xmas tree bulletDecorate the house and tree the day after Thanksgiving, to get the whole season in.

xmas tree bulletListening to Christmas music while decorating, my sister and I put the ornaments on the tree while my mama putters around getting the rest of the tree ready

xmas tree bulletBake tons of cookies- we usually have a cookie making day and freeze the dough, then make them closer to Christmas day

xmas tree bulletHave our whole family over to our house for Christmas and celebrate on Christmas day and have a huge dinner and desert

xmas tree bulletLately we have been taking a big family photo on the day, and this year we are going to do some sort of theme

xmas tree bulletWe watch It’s a wonderful life, every year. It never gets old and we recite the movie to each other and George Bailey is more and more charming every time.

xmas tree bulletI also have to watch Home Alone. The best!

 

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I don’t care if the house is packed,
Or the strings of light are broken.
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped,
Or there’s nothing here to open.

Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it.
Love is simply joy that I’m home.

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained; we’ve got food upon our table.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable.

Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.

Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

-“Love is Christmas” by Sara Bareilles

 

Do you all have a tradition for getting ready for Christmas? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown

 

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Thankful for new friends. Here, my friend Julia and I, help throw our annual Adolescent Services Thanksgiving dinner for the nonprofit we work for- our clients, their families, and friends enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal complete with pie! (Pictured above)

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I have always embraced and loved every Charlie Brown movie during the holidays. They are just a classic tradition. That warm and fuzzy feeling; watching them do that little dance.

In the clip above, Snoopy cooks up a classic and traditional Thanksgiving meal of toast with butter and popcorn, which he ends up serving with pretzel sticks and jelly beans, of course.

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Go Snoop.

                           Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the movie:

 

“Why don’t you come along, Linus? We can hold hands under the table” -Sally

 

“I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner! All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.”

 

“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.”- Linus

 

“But Thanksgiving was more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those pilgrims were thankful for what happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown.” -Marcy

 

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 What thankfulness are you celebrating this holiday? Think about how far you have come from last year and in what ways you have made even your bad situations into a positive one or a learning experience! : )