Sunday, November 30, 2014

Product Review: Banded Arrow


As you may know, this year there will be no gift exchange between my family, boyfriend and I since we will be traveling a lot for the holidays. I figured the best gift is to enjoy the time spent with my family and boyfriend, and make the most out of our road trip to Disney World. (We decided we're stopping in NOLA and Alabama. If you have any suggestions for places to visit in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida, let me know!) But even though we have a no gift exchange rule, I wanted to do something nice by writing a thoughtful note in a beautiful, handmade Christmas card.

Last week I introduced you all to one of my Super Fab sponsors, Alyssa from Banded Arrow. Her custom greeting cards come at the most perfect time. December is filled with holidays, birthdays and graduations, and her shop includes handmade cards for every occasion. Even Winston is a fan of Banded Arrow cards!



Follow Alyssa on Facebook + Instagram + Twitter to learn more about her shop. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving! 2014 has been filled with ups and downs, but I am thankful for every moment. It has led to today and continued to play a part in the future. I thank God every day for everything but today, I want to share what I am most thankful for.

I am thankful for family who continue to show strength and unity despite the difficult year.
I am thankful for having a boyfriend who genuinely cares for me and loves me.
I am thankful for friends who continue to be a part of my life today.
I am thankful for little Winston and his cuteness and energetic personality.
I am thankful for new opportunities that have helped me grow as a person.
I am thankful for a successful year of graduate school which continues to challenge me day after day.
I am thankful for time spent with loved ones, whether its for a short hour or a long weekend.

What are you thankful for?

Hope you have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Christmas Wish List

 2014 Christmas Wish List

Even though this Christmas there will be no gift exchange between my family, boyfriend and I, a part of me still hopes Santa will get me one of these items on my Christmas Wish List. (We're going to New Orleans and Disney World the week of New Year's Eve, so that's pretty much a huge gift in itself for all of us to enjoy as a family. We figured a "no gifts" rule would help us out financially.) There are a few things that have been on my wish list for quite some time now that I'm hoping Santa comes through with, or that I will treat myself to after Christmas maybe? That's if there's any money left in the piggy bank after Disney World. Mickey Mouse better take it easy on me because I'm dying to have some of these items (and more) to enjoy. 

What's on your Christmas wish list this year?

super fab sponsor spotlight

I am very excited to introduce you all to this talented blogger. Alyssa is the creator behind Banded Arrow, an Etsy shop where you can find hand printed greeting cards and custom invitations. She personalizes all her greetings cards, making them extra special. When she's not busy with her shop, she likes to enjoy her quiet mornings, take beautiful shots of nature, and share new screenprinted techniques for her shop. 
Make sure to visit Alyssa on:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Currently


( c u r r e n t l y )

loving | the weather and the holiday season.
writing | a ten-page final paper for my film studies class.
reading | not that kind of girl.
watching | the lastest episodes of grey’s anatomy.
craving | an amber woodchuck hard cider.
wishing | it was december already. counting down the days until disneyworld.
needing | to buckle down and complete those november goals.
wanting | to go on a shopping spree.
eating | a banana.
drinking | starbucks caramel macchiato.
feeling | extremely happy with life.
hoping | to finish off the semester strong.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Latests Pins: Stripes

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Lately I have been obsessed with stripes. I don't know if it's because of Halloween and me dressing up as a mime, or what it sparked that obsession. If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll notice a lot of outfit pins of black and white striped shirts paired with floral skirts, mid-length skirts, colorful cardigans, or just ripped jeans and a printed scarf. I never really noticed how easy it is to build an outfit with a black and white striped shirt (or dress), but it's possible. 

Hope everyone's weekend was great! I spent my weekend relaxing and recovering from last weekend's wedding gone bad but that meant catching up on Netflix and enjoying a movie date night. (We saw Interstellar. It was long but a great movie! That says a lot coming from someone who isn't a fan of space movies. They make me dizzy.)

super fab sponsor spotlight

Meet Brianna from All That's Glittered. This Minneapolis blogger loves DIY, cooking, travel, and more! She never thought blogging would open up so many feelings - difficulty, a sense of community, fun and creativity. It's all part of the blogging journey! Through each post, Brianna continues to grow as a blogger and allows her readers to get to know her through her Friday Confessional post and Through the Lens post. Make sure you stop by her blog to say hello!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Weekend Recap: Wedding

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I was hoping to have this weekend wedding recap up soon rather than later but, while the wedding was absolutely beautiful and time spent with family was perfect, come Monday night my sister, boyfriend and I all started puking our brains out for hours. It turns out we got food poisoning. The doctor said it may have been the water or food stands in Mexico. My boyfriend had it the worst out of all of us. He had severe dehydration. Let's just say we won't be returning for a good while and when we do, we'll be packing up our own water bottles. 

As for the wedding. Everything went smoothly. Nothing was rushed. Everything was on time. We did have one bridesmaid not show up to the mass and the priest forget my cousin's about-to-be-husband's name multiple times throughout the mass. Other than that, we had a lot of fun. It was nice having my boyfriend meeting my extended family, even if he was confused half of the time. (Pst! Hurry up and learn spanish already.) The reception was so much fun. I haven't danced and laughed so hard in a long time. (You can see videos and photos on my Instagram.) 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What's on your reading list?

The holidays are near which means there will be a lot of free time for some light reading. I have been jotting down titles of books to my reading list, hoping to get to them sooner rather than later. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! I'm excited to relax and just enjoy the holidays with some reading. Especially since I will be doing some traveling this holiday season, so I will need something to read while on the plane.
what's on my reading list?
01. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
02. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
03. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
04. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
05. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
06. A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown


SUPER FAB SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

I am excited to reintroduce you all to Rebecca from Renovating Rebecca. Since her last sponsor spotlight, Rebecca has been sharing wedding tips with her Wedding Wednesday series, which I absolutely love, and photography tutorials. Today, I would like you all to get to know Rebecca a little better through a short interview. Make sure you stop by her blog to say hi!



What inspired you to start a blog? 
I started blogging in 2008 when I was in college. I just really loved reading blogs, so I decided to start my own! I also wanted to write about my journey towards becoming an interior designer.

What's currently on your Fall Must Haves list?
New boots! I just bought new ones last week.
Patterned scarves. I used to only buy solid color scarves, but now I'm really into patterns.
Southern Living magazine. I guess this is more of a year round thing than just Fall, but the fall recipes in Southern Living are always my favorites!

What are five fun facts about you?
(one) I'm only 5 feet tall, but my husband is 6'3". Quite the difference!
(two) I'm obsessed with all things pumpkin! Only one month ago I bought 12 cans of pumpkin and I've already gone through all 12 cans!
(three) I love drinking tea. It doesn't matter if it's green or black or hot or cold - I love it all!
(four) I wear something green just about everyday. It's my favorite color!
(five) Since I was 6 years old, I have not gone a single day without polish on my toes. My favorite polish color is green, of course!

What are you most excited for this Fall?
Eating all the pumpkin recipes from Pinterest! I've tried practically every recipe you can think of, but the great thing about Pinterest is that there are always more recipes to try!

What are three of your all time favorite blog posts?
How I Paid Off $10,000 in Credit Card Debt
Our Wedding Portraits With Our Dog
Photography Composition

Have a happy Thursday!



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November Goals


Hello, November. Nice to see you have finally arrived. I am feeling that chilly weather. I am seeing Christmas decorations everywhere. I am seeing my Pinterest newsfeed filled with holiday pins. Of course, November also means the semester is winding down and next thing you know, it's finals week. I cannot believe that by this time next year I will be getting ready to graduate. Setting these monthly goals (when I can) has made life so much easier. It really gives me something to look forward to and work towards for personal growth. Since I skipped last month's goals, I want to really tackle this month's goals. 

BLOGGING goals 

Revamp "about me" page. I am extremely disappointed in myself for not having completed this goal already. It is something that has been on my monthly goals list for the past three months. It's one of those projects that was started, just never finished. I'm hoping to get that updated this month. 

Brainstorm blog posts. I will admit that I have not been the best blogger the past few weeks. I have been enjoying starting a new chapter and spending time with loved ones. It's been an emotional year and making time to see family has been a top priority for me lately. But, after letting things get a little slow around the blog has me missing it. I have so many blog posts in my drafts that I am ready to share with you all this month, and more.  

FINANCE goals

Revisiting my savings plans. I was inspired by one of my sponsors, Rebecca from Renovating Rebecca. Her saving plans post had me thinking: have I met my 2014 goal to reduce debt? Is there room for growth in my savings plan? With the recent job change, I want to make sure the extra earnings are being spent wisely. I have credit card debt I want to reduce. I have a savings account I want to seeing grow in preparation for the future. I have the unavoidable student loans that I need to start facing.  November will be filled with number crunching. Christmas presents will have to be from the heart. 

More meal prepping, less eating out. The biggest adjustment changing jobs has been learning how to stick to a lunch budget, and a Starbucks budget. There's a Starbucks on-site meaning I am constantly reloading my Starbucks card. There is also nothing but fast food in the area. I want to set a weekly meal plan to avoid spending money.

ORGANIZATION goals

Clean out mail. I am guilty of letting my unopened mail pile up on my nightstand. But at least I pay on my bills on time. I need to sort through all the mail, toss out all unused coupons and go paperless.

Organize filing system. I am one of those people that saves all receipts, medical bills, statements, etc. but lately I have been letting it get out of control. The filing bin literally has papers sticking out everywhere and there is not way I could find anything I were looking for. I want to organize it before tax season sneaks up on me.

What are your goals for November?