Saturday, December 31, 2016

Setting Up My Bullet Journal for the New Year

I love using my bullet journal. I've filled up my third journal, right as the new year is about to come in. As I worked on putting my new bullet journal together, I thought it would make a great post for other people who want to start a bullet journal or for people like me who just like seeing how other people use their bullet journal!

Setting Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Favorites

In honor of 2016 coming to an end (thank god, right?) I've decided to write up my 2016 favorites. It's a long post, but I had fun putting it together! I have all my favorites from Netflix to music to movies to blogs to personal stuff. It's all here in my 2016 favorites!

My Favorite Things from this Year

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Planner or Bullet Journal: Which Should You Use?

I have used both planners and bullet journals to stay organized. I started using a planner in high school and having a planner has been a huge help with staying organized in college. However, over the past year I've switched to more of a bullet journal girl. I'm thinking I will continue to rely on my bullet journal, but I bought an extension pack for my Happy Planner - just in case I change my mind. Anyways, I thought I'd make a pros and cons list for both to help you out if you're debating which you should use to stay organized in 2017.

Which is better? Planner or Bullet Journal?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Books I Read in 2016

This year I made it a point to read more. I read 6 books this year which is 6 more books than I read last year. Definitely an improvement! I've really enjoyed reading more this year and I've also read little bits of other books that I never finished (it happens!). These are the books I read this year and what I thought of them.

The 6 Books I Read in 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Balancing Post Grad Life

One thing that I have found to be very important in life is balance. In college I learned how to balance studies, friends, family, self-care, organizations/activities, and general life stuff like buying groceries and cleaning. By my senior year I was a pro at balancing it all. This semester has been totally different though as I began student teaching. I have had to learn how to balance everything all over again. This has been incredibly stressful at times, especially since I can be a perfectionist! I'm sure other people have found themselves in similar situations where they don't know how to balance or manage everything they have going on. I'm going to share a few of the tips and tricks I have picked up in hopes it will help you, too!

6 Ways to Balance Life

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Favorite Things About Christmas

Everyone has their own list of things they enjoy about the holiday season, whether it's the decorations, family, or the food. Here's my favorite things about Christmas and the holiday season.

A few of my favorite things about the holiday season

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Best Classes I Took in College

With my time at college ending, I've been thinking about some of the classes I took in college and which ones caught my interest and I learned the most from. Some of the classes that stand out I knew I would love from the beginning and others surprised me. Here are 5 of the classes I learned the most from in college.

The best classes I took in college

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Today I'm sharing the first guest post to be featured on Courtney's Little Things! This is a bit different than what I normally post, but cleaning is a part of everyone's lives and I learned a few new tricks from this post. Plus I know I will be having lots of guests staying with me this month, so I thought you guys might, too! I hope you enjoy!

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Regardless if you intend to have guests or a friend is paying you a visit you’ll always want your bathroom to be clean. Keeping this room clean isn’t as easy as the rest of the rooms so, it’s good to know some tricks which will help you maintain it hygienic and fresh all the time. The following essential steps are effective for keeping a clean and well organised bathroom.

How to Maintain a Clean Shower

This procedure you can do while taking a shower after you prepare the solution in advance. Fill a cup with any detergent and vinegar, stir to mix well and use a brush to scrub the bathtub while you have a shower. It will take you less than a minute and will restore the clean condition of the bathtub. The water which you use to rinse will remove the detergent from the bathtub.

Keep Toilet Paper on Hand

Make sure your bathroom never runs out of toilet paper and store more rolls in containers or boxes with lids. This will protect them from the moisture. Buy more rolls and keep them in the bathroom under the sink in the cabinets or somewhere safe from the moisture and water. Keep the new rolls unopened.

Opt for White Hand Towels

Use white hand towels as they look nice and clean. Regardless if the dirt shows when they get messy, if you keep enough in the bathroom cabinets you can always replace the dirty one with a new towel. Throw the towels for washing regularly. A sparkling clean and white towel will make your bathroom look fresh for your guests and unexpected visitors.

Keep Even the Dirtiest Areas Clean

The toilet brush holder is one of the filthiest items in the bathroom. You can keep this item clean and your bathroom fresh by simply pouring a small quantity of all-purpose cleaner in the holder. BestLondonCleaners Tooting are saying that this will keep the brush clean and rid of germs at the same time will ensure the fresh odour in the bathroom.

Essential Steps to a Clean and Organized Bathroom

Start These Daily Habits

Another smart way to keep your bathroom clean and fresh is creating and sticking to daily habits. These are putting away the things you have used right after you finish with them: brushes, toothpastes, moisturisers, lotions. Teach your kids to clean the toothpaste from the sink, turn on the fan before taking a shower and other habits. Keep a squeegee in the bathroom to wipe the mirror, glasses, cabinets and tiles after you use the room. This will prevent the moisture from creating mould and mildew.  

Supply your bathroom with soap in the dispenser, toilet paper, cleaning detergents and other products each week. Keep a spray bottle with vinegar and water if you have kids and want them to help you with the cleaning. Wash the bath mats and hand towels regularly. Clean the shower, sink and tub drains regularly removing hairs which can clog them. This you can do once every three month or oftener whenever necessary.

More Tips

Here are more useful tips to keep your bathroom better organised and neat. Use magnetic strips to keep small items in the drawers like nail clippers, tweezers and other items in the medicine cabinets at hand. They won’t get lost this way. Use utensil trays in the drawers of the bathroom to keep your toiletries and make-up supplies well organised.

You can mount a rack outside the bathroom near the door to hang extra towels in case someone forgets to take one. If your bathroom and toilet is one room use plastic protectors for the toothbrushes to keep them clean. Otherwise they will be exposed to all kinds of bacteria and germs.

The essential steps offered here will help you keep you bathroom clean and organised at all times so, you won’t have to worry if unexpected guests appear. The cleaning of this room is no one’s favourite works so, keeping it sanitised is to be preferred.

What do you do to keep your bathroom clean? Any tips you'd add? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How to Help Your Blog Grow with You

Recently I've had to reconsider what my blog is about and what kind of posts I want to create. The past 2 years that I've been blogging I've written quite a few posts about college and studying, but with student teaching this semester and graduating in December, the college posts are fewer and farther in between and soon they will come to an end as I transition into post-college life. While I've never been solely a college blog, it has been a big part of my blog and as I get ready to graduate I'm having to rethink the type of content I'll be posting. I'm sure all bloggers have to rethink their content from time to time and figure out how to help their blog grow with them, so I'm sharing what I've done to help my blog grow with me.

4 Steps to Help Your Blog Change With You

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Monthly Intentions | December Goals

It's a new month and time for some new goals! I'm posting my monthly goals once again as part of the Monthly Intentions Blogger Collab created by Angela and Jazmine. Take a look at some other bloggers' goals and if you're interested in joining contact Angela!

Monthly Intentions Blogger Goal Collab

You may have noticed that I didn't post my goals for November and that's because 1) I knew I needed a bit of a blogging break and wouldn't comment on the other lovelies posting their goals in the Monthly Intentions Collab and 2) I really didn't have any goals. I was feeling uninspired at the start of November, so instead I worked to just feel better emotionally and more inspired. I did a few different things to get my spark back, and now I feel much better and ready to tackle a new month! Some high points of November were getting back into blogging, feeling happier, and getting to see my family at Thanksgiving. Some low points of November were finding out I needed and having a root canal and a super stressful final project.

December Goals

December always feels like the craziest month of the year with school finishing up and all the holidays. This December I'm going to be finishing up my student teaching and final semester of college, graduating, looking for my first job out of college, and of course celebrating the holidays. I'm looking forward to it though! My goals for the month are...

Set Up My 2017 Bullet Journal

I've already started getting a new bullet journal ready for 2017. I've decided to try out only using a bullet journal for 2017 since I have barely touched my planner over the past few months. I need to transfer over some of my lists to the new bullet journal before it's ready to use and I'd like to start decorating it a bit.

Finish Reading 1 Book

I've been "reading" two books off and on for the past few months. I want to feel the satisfaction of finishing at least one more book this year.


I don't foresee any issues preventing me from graduating, but I'm still making this a goal! After all, this has been the most difficult semester and I've been working towards graduating from college for four and a half years!

Find A Full Time Job

This may be a challenge, but I'd love to have a job to start come January. This is going to mean filling out lots of applications and braving job interviews (which are just super intimidating).

Blog Regularly

I haven't been posting much since August, so I've set up a new posting schedule - Tuesdays and Saturdays in hopes this will help me post more regularly. I've also gotten ahead with drafting posts and have lots of ideas at the moment. Fingers crossed I'm able to keep it up in December.

Find My Instagram Theme

I've been posting more frequently on Instagram (yay!) but I'm not very happy with how my feed looks. When I look at older photos I see more of a (unintentional) theme than I do now. So I want to post more bright photos with white backgrounds and pops of color, which may mean taking more time on weekends to take and style photos for Instagram throughout the week.

Those are my goals for this month! Are you setting any goals for December? Let me know all about them in the comments and be sure to check out some other people's goals for the month!

Related Posts:  October GoalsSeptember Goals,  August Goals

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Getting My Spark Back

This semester has been draining. While I really love teaching, the whole process of student teaching and transitioning from college student to working full time while still having college projects to complete has been absolutely exhausting. I know we all have times like this in our lives when life is crazy, the days are long, and we don't know how to balance it all.

That is what my life has been like the past few months and it has taken it's toll. To reference one of my favorite films, I used to be much more...muchier. I've lost my muchness. Obviously, that's not what I want! I need to get my muchness, my spark back so I'm me again. Since this is something I think other people experience as well, I'm sharing what I've been doing to get that spark back!

Getting My Spark Back from Courtney's Little Things

Saturday, November 26, 2016

My Tsum Tsum Collection | Part 2

In April I showed my little TsumTsum collection of 5. Since then it has grown a lot. I can't stop with these - they are so adorable. Whenever I need a little pick me up or just want to buy something cute, these are what I pick up to make me happy.

My TsumTsum Collection from Courtney's Little Things

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Signs You're Becoming A Real Adult

I'm starting to see more and more signs in my life that I'm becoming an adult. Like a real adult. So I thought I would round up a few of the signs you might notice if you too are becoming a real adult.

Signs You're Becoming a Real Adult

Saturday, November 5, 2016

October Favorites

October has been a month. I feel like I'm being negative lately, but I'm just going through a stressful and overwhelming time right now. I'm getting closer and closer to the end of it though. 

I had a stressful time this month when I had a bunch of things due all at the same time and then another difficult/frustrating time when I felt like I wasn't making any progress in one of the classes I'm teaching. Ugh. That was like the worst day. But I have been able to spend more time with my family this month which is so good. It's always so refreshing for me to be able to go home and visit my family on the weekends (even if I drive them nuts sometimes). I've also been taking time to be a bit more creative as of late which is something that I've been missing the past few weeks.

October Favorites

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

50 Thoughts I Have While Doing Homework

I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a big assumption - nobody likes doing homework. Some of us don't mind as much as others, but no one gets excited about homework. Or at least no one I know. Most of the time I would rather do anything, including cleaning my whole apartment, but the homework I have. I thought I would share some of the thoughts that crossed my mind as I worked on a big writing assignment for class.

50 Thoughts Everyone Has While Doing Homework

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Weekend To Do List for Staying Organized

For the fourth edition of My Weekend To Do List I'm going to be talking about how I use my weekends to get organized.  I genuinely enjoy getting and staying organized. Being organized just makes life run so much smoother and whenever you're going through a tough time or you're super busy, taking a few minutes to get organized over the weekend helps a ton! So here's 5 things I do on the weekend to stay organized during the week!

5 Things I Do To Stay Organized

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall Blog Post Ideas

As you've probably heard me say multiple times, I LOVE FALL! Realizing that my favorite season is upon us has given me some new inspiration and motivation with my blog. I updated my header for Halloween (the best fall holiday) and am working on several fall themed posts for this year, just like I did last year. 

Fall Blog Post Ideas

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fall Bucket List

Fall/Autumn is my favorite season. Cozy sweaters, berry, navy, and neutral colors, pumpkins, watching American Horror Story, The Addams Family, Sweeney Todd and the likes, the changing leaves - I love it all! I want to make the most of my favorite season and do some fun fall like activities.

Fall Bucket List

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Monthly Intentions | October Goals

I'm pretty excited for this month as October is my favorite month. I can pull out all those chunky sweaters I love, watch Corpse Bride and The Addams Family on repeat, enjoy the cool fall weather, visit the pumpkin patch, watch the changing leaves - I love it all!

October Goals

This month I am once again linking up with Jazmine and Angela's Monthly Intentions Blogger Goal Collaboration. There's a lot of other wonderful bloggers setting goals and sharing how they did with their goals from last month. If you're looking for some inspiration or just like seeing what goals other people set for themselves, check out a few of these lovelies' blogs.

September has been a pretty exhausting month in all honesty. Student teaching is proving to be as busy and time consuming as I had imagined and then some. It's a lot to keep track of since you're basically working full time for free and still have projects to work on for college credit and certification. Plus there are other parts of my life I want to keep up with so it has been a lot to try and juggle, but I'm trying to learn how to balance it all. The highs of this month have been catching up with on of my best friends who I hadn't seen since the end of April and feeling more and more successful in my teaching. The lows of this month have been my grandma breaking her hip and feeling like I totally failed at teaching a few times (even though I handled the situations as well as I could). But the real low has indeed been my grandma breaking her hip which means she was in the hospital for about a week and has spent the rest of the month in a rehab facility. I've only visited her a few times so I feel bad about that, but my dad and aunts have been constantly with her so I'm sure she has enough company!

How I did with my September goals:
1. Get a good score on my first project. I haven't gotten my score back yet, but I feel like I did pretty good on it. When I find out, I'll let you all know on Twitter.
2. Spend time with friends. I was able to stay with one of my good friends and meet her new roommate. We all had such a great time and it was great to be able to catch up in person. I also got to meet up with another good friend for lunch and it was great to see her too.
3. Post at least twice a week to Instagram. ❌ I posted 4 times this month in total. I honestly forget about posting to Instagram! I need to find a good time to post and make it a part of my routine.

October Goals

Publish new blog posts twice a week.

I've taken a week off each month since starting my student teaching. This month I want to post twice a week, each week. I have some blog posts I'm excited to create, so hopefully this will happen!

Post at least twice a week to Instagram.

Last month this didn't happen and like I said, I think I need to just find a good time to post and make it a part of my routine. I also think I might need to start taking photos on the weekend and post them during the week so that way I have pictures to post.

Find a way to keep my apartment clean.

I like having a clean environment. If my house is a mess I can't focus as well. It makes me feel like my life is chaotic when I come home and there's stuff all over the counters. So for this month, my goal is to find a way to keep my apartment clean throughout the week. I don't have a plan really, I think I'm just going to see how it goes and try to do one or two things each day.

Do something fun each weekend.

Lately the weekends have just been me catching up on class work, house work, and buying groceries. These are important, but I also want to make more time for doing something fun and for me on the weekends. There's a large state park near where I live that I'd like to go to before it's too cold to enjoy it. I'd also like to do a craft or art project, read a book, take a weekend to visit friends, and work on my blog (which is indeed fun).

Related Posts:  September Goals,  August Goals, July Goals

Sunday, October 2, 2016

September Favorites

September had a rocky start for me as I was still trying to figure out how to balance school/work, life, blogging, and family. I knew student teaching was going to be tough and it turned out to be just as crazy, busy, and time consuming as I thought it would be and then some. Balancing teaching from 7:30-4:00 each day (if not longer), keeping up with college classes and projects, attempting to post regularly on my blog and social media channels, staying in touch with family and friends, trying to make time for self-care, and doing general adult things like laundry, buying groceries, and all those other fun things turned out to be a lot to manage and something I wasn't quite prepared for. I still haven't quite figured out how to balance it well, but I'm getting closer to figuring it out. It's still tough, but I'm not as stressed about managing everything at the moment.

I'm never sure if I sound like an annoying complainer when I talk about how hard I'm finding student teaching and I don't want it to sound like I dislike teaching because I really do love it. It's just that after being really good at being a student for 16 years, I'm having to switch to being the teacher and although I've been responsible for myself for the past 4 years at college, it seems a lot more real now that I'm working all day. And I think this is normal to feel overwhelmed by the massive change from being a student to working full time no matter what your career is. Or at least I'm hoping so!

It hasn't been all overwhelming though! I got to meet up with 2 of my friends and had a lovely time with both of them. It was so good to be with them and laugh and have some real talk about life. I am feeling more and more successful teaching and getting to know my students better which I really enjoy. I'm also starting to find or make more time to do things I enjoy like blogging and reading.


I've been watching lots of documentaries lately. My personal favorite was Witches: A Century of Murder which is about the witch hunt in Britain during the 1600s. I've learned about the Salem Witch Hunt in America, but it was interesting to learn about how the witch hunt got to Britain (which is how it eventually made it's way to the US). If you enjoy history this is definitely a good documentary. It's also a fitting documentary for October if you are all about that Halloween life.


The song I haven't been able to get out of my head this month is "Closer" by The Chainsmokers and Halsey. I love Halsey's voice and that chorus is just so catchy!


Standing around my friend's kitchen talking about how we're doing. There's just something so amazing about having friends that you can be honest and silly with.


I have been obsessed with Chinese food lately! I get Chinese take out at least once a week and have made my own a few times. Rice noodles, orange chicken, crab rangoon, fried rice - I can't get enough!


A Girl Obsessed. I've been reading this blog for a while now and I can't believe it hasn't made it into my monthly favorites until now! Mandy writes beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and blogging advice posts - basically a bit of  everything. My favorites from this month are 10 Types of Blog Posts That Get Tons Of Views, 20 Ways To Treat Yourself On A Budget, and How To Be A Happy Blogger.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Things To Do Between Classes in College

One of the best things about college is that you get a break between classes rather than running from class to class all day like in high school. Sometimes that break can be agonizing though. You might find yourself with 10-15 minutes between classes or you might have an hour or two long gap between classes. Either way I have a few ideas of things you can do between classes to keep you from getting bored with that down time on campus!

Things To Do In Between Classes

1. Check your student e-mail.

If this is your first year you'll quickly find out that it's super important to check your email. Whether it's important info from your professor, campus news, or working on a group project you have to check your e-mail to be up to date! If you're involved in any organizations (which I definitely recommend!) you'll have even more since this is where your organizations will let you know about upcoming meetings and events. Take this time between classes to check your e-mail and send out a few replies.

2. Take a brain break.

Sometimes you just need a break, right? Scroll through social media, watch a video of cute cats, or play a bit of candy crush. Whatever way you like to just relax and get your mind off the craziness of college.

3. Get a snack.

College students can not survive on caffeine alone! Pack a snack if you want to save money or baked a batch of cookies the night before, hit the vending machines, or visit an on campus food stop if you have more time.

4. Get organized.

Organization is key in college if you want to keep up with classes, organizations, friends, family, work, and still have time to watch your favorite show on Netflix. Use the time between classes to write your to-do list, add an important date to your planner, look ahead at what projects and exams are coming up or organize your class notes.

5. Call home.

Calling home can get pushed off in college, so take this extra time to call home whether it's your mom, dad, sibling, grandparent, or whoever. No matter who you call back home, I'm sure it will make their day and yours as well!

6. Watch an episode of your show.

This requires a bit more time, but if you have a half hour or more between classes (and headphones) watching your favorite show is a great option! This is a popular way to just relax and maybe laugh a bit between classes

7. Work on homework or readings.

Down time between classes is a great opportunity to get started on that to do list. Read for tomorrow's lecture, do a bit of research for your next paper, or work on an assignment. Making the most of this time and being productive now will help to lessen your work load for when you're back at home!

8. Catch up on your favorite blog.

Since you're reading this post, I'll go ahead and assume you like reading blogs! Even if you just have 10-15 minutes between classes, you have time to read a post or two from your favorite blog. If you have more time you can catch up on a few blogs - which is even better, right?

9. Go for a walk.

Take advantage of those nice days outside and do something good for your health too by taking a walk during your break. Take the long way around to your next class or walk around campus.

10. Make friends.

Chat with the other people in your class! Ask them what they think of the class, if they're going to an upcoming event on campus, or how they're faring with that super tough paper. Tell them that super cute thing your dog did last night or about what you did over the weekend. Most everyone is open to making new friends and even if not, it's a great way to get to know your classmates and have someone to study with or do group projects with later.

11. Review your notes.

Another way to be productive during your break is to review your notes. Refresh your memory of what you went over last time in class or study for an upcoming exam.

12. Catch up on the news.

In college it's easy to stay inside a bubble of what's happening on campus and in your friend group. Break out of that bubble and catch up on current events during your break between classes whether that's watching a news clip, reading an article, or even just checking out the headlines.

Now you have 12 different things to keep you busy between classes in college! I know it can be a bit awkward during breaks (especially the long ones) when you have nothing to do, so I hope this list helps.

What do you do between classes? Let me know in the comments!

Related Posts: How I Take Notes, Advice for College Freshman, 6 Ways to Be Organized in College

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Struggles of Adjusting to Adult Life

I've just completed week 6 of my first full time position. While I love where I'm working and what I'm doing, I can't say it's been easy adjusting from a college lifestyle to working full time. In hopes that some of you may also be feeling the same, or have felt the same, here's a list of some of the changes I'm struggling to adjust to and accept about the post-grad life.

15 Struggles of Adjusting to Adult Life

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

My Weekend To Do List for Blogging

For this month's Weekend To Do List we're gonna chat about what I do for my blog over the weekends to keep it running smoothly! I know most of us have other things we devote our weeks to whether it's school, work, family, or whatever else it may be. That means we have to make the most of our weekends to make our blogs the best they can be! Or you know, keep them running.

Weekend To Do List for Blogging

Saturday, September 10, 2016

How I Take Notes

I have something a bit strange to admit to you: I love taking notes! There's just something about taking information, picking out what's most important, and then organizing it in a way that makes the most sense to me. The cherry on top is making notes look pretty with colored pens, highlighters, pretty handwriting, and adding doodles/charts/graphs.

Now I know not everyone shares this strange love with me, and I understand. It can be super tough to pick out what's important - you either write down every word and end up with too much info, or your notes are so sparse and bare that you can't even use them to study later because the random words on the page don't seem to make sense. 

I have to say, some of taking notes is trial and error. I've had to readjust how I take notes for a class after a bad first quiz - and that's okay. Some teachers might focus more on processes while others focus more on definitions and you just have to figure out what information they most want you to learn. But I think there are still some basic note taking tips that can help you succeed in any class and I'm going to share a few of my note taking tips with you so you can rock note taking this semester!

What to include in your notes to help you get better grades in college

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Monthly Intentions | September Goals

As you may have noticed over the past few months, my monthly goals post is a part of the Monthly Intentions Blogger Collab. The collab features some great blogs and if you haven't yet, be sure to check out the other blogs and find out what their goals for the month are!

August has been a pretty exciting month for me. I talked more about all the changes and fun over in my August Favorites post, but I'll just go over the highs and lows here. The low was me being anxious about starting student teaching and whether or not I can handle being a "real" adult. The high was definitely having my best friend over! We haven't spent time together since June because we live three hours apart so it was great to spend a few days with her, especially around my birthday!

Monthly Intentions | September Goals

As always, we'll take a look at how I did with my August goals before getting on to my goals for this month.
1. Have a great birthday. ☑ Along with my best friend coming up for a few days, I got to go to a local festival for my birthday. It's really popular, but I've never gone before. So for my birthday my family and I went there. I also got a few good presents from the fam and got to enjoy some Blizzards with them.
2. Adjust to working full time. ☑ I've gotten used to waking up at 5:30 am, to the commute (audio books really do help!), to being totally alert all day, and speaking and thinking in 2 different languages (I'm teaching Spanish).
3. Blog 2-3 times a week. This is a kind of ☑. I took a week off blogging for my first full week of school, so kind of, not really. It was nice to not worry about it though since that week was exhausting. I'm a little unsure if I'll be able to post twice a week, but I think it's doable. 
4. Read at least one book. Nope! I did really good at the beginning of August but once school hit I let reading totally slide.

Monthly Intentions | September Goals

Get a good score on my first project. 

With student teaching I have four big projects to complete. The first one is due at the beginning of this month. I'm not sure how quickly I will get the score back, so I might not be able to let you know if this happens or not by the next goals post.

Spend time with friends. 

I have to go back to my college this month for an all day student teaching meeting, so the unofficial plan is to stay with my one friend who still lives there and meet up with at least one or two more friends. We are all living in different areas, but this is kind of a central location for all of us so I'm hoping this will work!

Post at least twice a week on Instagram.

I'm not sure if you noticed, but I barely posted on Instagram this month! It kills me a bit inside when I realize how long it's been between posts there. I'm going to have to stock up on some good Insta photos to share on the weekends from now on!

Those are the goals for September. Let me know what your big plans for the month are in the comments!

Related Posts:  July GoalsJune GoalsMay Goals

Saturday, September 3, 2016

August Favorites

August has been a good and exciting month full of the ups and downs. I had a fabulous birthday weekend with my best friend driving up from 3 hours away to spend 2 nights at my house, visit the zoo, go mini golfing, watch lots of movies, laugh too much and have lots of good conversations. I turned 23. 

I started the biggest change I've had since going to college - student teaching! It was super scary and nerve racking at first, but I love the teachers I'm working with and the students are great. I'm really lucky that the foreign language department at the school I'm at is really strong and the two teachers I work with are great. I'm also loving working with high school students - they're so funny and nice. I've already connected with a few of them which is so cool to me. It's still a little nerve racking and awkward at times being in front of the class, but it gets easier all the time. The biggest struggle though is the total change in routine and free time. I'm up at 5:30 and in bed by 9 (at the latest). And I'm afraid I don't have much time to blog, so I think I will have to let a few things go - like replying to comments and keeping up on social media. I hope you guys don't mind!

Another big change this month is my sister is starting her freshman year of college! The college she's at is 6 hours away from me! That sadly means I won't be seeing her until mid-October :( But she seems to be liking it and adjusting pretty well. 

As for favorites, I'm afraid my time and focus has been pretty exclusively focused on student teaching and sleeping so there won't be a lot here, but I hope it's still worth reading.

August Favorites Courtney's Little Things


While my friend was here we rented a few movies from Redbox. My favorite was Daddy's Home. I've been wanting to see this forever. I loved Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell together in The Other Guys and the concept seemed pretty funny. After watching it, I was not let down in the least. I thought it was hilarious. The guys really are hilarious together and their tries to one up each other are great. If you're in need of a funny movie, this is the one to get!


Lately I've been watching one of my long time favorite shows - Criminal Minds. I'm actually watching my boxed sets of it, so kinda lying about the Netflix part haha. It's such a good show that I never get bored or tired of watching the same episodes over and over again (and trust me I do). The characters are amazing - it's hard to pick a favorite. Speaking of characters though,  I am upset about the upcoming season since there will be no Morgan or Hotch - so we'll have to see how that turns out!


The song I can't get out of my head this month is "Into You" by Ariana Grande. It is so catchy - I love the chorus - and I love Ariana's voice. I also just like her - she's so cute and rocks that half pony tail.


My weekend with my friend. I chose to live closer to my family for my student teaching and in an area I'm familiar with which is really nice, but the downside is I'm not close to where my friends are. That made it really special when one of my friends came up for the weekend. We also did some fun things I don't normally do like visit the zoo and mini golfing plus our favorite things like watching movies and talking/laughing way too much.


This is my favorite photo set from this month. I went for a bike ride one evening with my brothers to the river near our house. It was perfect with the sun going down and the trees seemed so green!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

15 Minute or Less Self Care Ideas

Self care is something you do regularly to relax or relieve stress and improve your state of well-being. Self care is so important and something I try to do once a day, but sometimes you just don't seem to have the time to fit in self care. Earlier I talked about how to use your weekend to practice self care and now I want to make a list of ways you can practice self care with just 15 minutes or less.

Self Care ideas you can do with just a few spare minutes

Saturday, August 20, 2016

How To Start a Blog | A Step by Step Guide

Recently I asked for feedback on my blog via this survey to make my blog better for you guys and to find out what kind of posts you guys wanted to see. One of the requests I got was for advice on how to start a blog. I know how much I love my blog, so I'd love to help you guys create your own!

While this is a step by step guide, I'd just like to put out a disclaimer first that this is not the only way to start a blog and you don't have to follow all these steps for your blog to do well. I think every blogger probably starts their blog a bit differently and as we grow, our blogs grow, too! So don't put too much pressure on yourself or feel like you have to do every step I give. I'm just trying to make this as thorough as possible to hopefully help you with any questions you might have!

How to Start A Blog

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2016 Apartment Tour | Living Space

Last month I gave you your first look at my new apartment with a tour of my bedroom. Now a month later I've (finally) gotten around to posting a little tour of the rest of my space! I spend most of my time in the living room and if you cook at all, I'm sure you know how quickly the kitchen can get messy. Anyways, once I finally had both my kitchen and living room clean and presentable, had decent lighting, and felt up to taking some photos I started working on this post!

Apartment Tour | Living Space

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thoughts on Student Teaching

I always like this style of chatty posts when I read them on other people's blogs, but I always feel a bit silly writing them myself. I either feel like I'm just rambling and the post doesn't have a point or I worry that no one will like it or want to read it. I'm going to just share this though because I have a lot of thoughts on this as it's something that I've been working towards for four years and it's a huge change for me.

Thoughts on Student Teaching

Saturday, August 13, 2016

My Weekend To Do List for A Clean Home

It's time for the second installment of my new series - My Weekend To Do List. This month it's all about a topic I've never tackled before here - cleaning. Which may not sound exciting or fun, but we all have to do it and having a clean home makes a huge difference! If my place is a mess I can't focus as well because of everything being all over the place. Having a mess also makes it a lot harder to do things because you have to clear an area just so you can do some work or cook dinner! So cleaning up your home on the weekend is definitely a good thing for your home and your sanity.

Now before we get too far into this, I just want you to know this is definitely not what I do every weekend! Most weekends I just straighten up, vacuum, wash a load of laundry, and clean up the kitchen a bit. This list is what I do if I'm wanting to really clean the place up and make my home look like new.

8 things to do to clean your home this weekend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

College Advice for Freshman

My little sister starts her first year of college this month! I can't believe she's old enough for college (or to move 6 hours away *tear*). I swear she was just playing doll house! But alas, children grow up. I know she'll do amazing in college, but I still wanted to give her some advice for her first year at college and away from home.

I'm sure a lot of you are also going through  that huge change of starting your first year of college and your first year of living on your own. It's a big change and pretty (really) scary for most people. As someone who just made it through four years of college, I have some advice for you!

30 pieces of advice for college freshman