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

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Monthly Intentions | August Goals

Hey everyone! This is the second month of the Monthly Intentions collab. I've really liked joining this collab since it's introduced me to some great new blogs. Be sure to check out the other lovely bloggers that are a part of Monthly Intentions!

July has been a very good month. The best part has probably been moving into a new apartment. I've loved decorating it (you can see how I decorated my bedroom here) and enjoying time to myself. There really hasn't been anything bad for me this month. The worst thing (which really isn't bad) was realizing how close I am to the end of summer break. I'm excited and sad and nervous since this is my last semester of college and I'll be spending all day, every day teaching (as a student teacher/intern)! 

Monthly Intentions Collab | August Goals

So before sharing my August goals, I'll let you know how I did on my July goals.
Goal #1: Improve mental health. I haven't done anything major, but I've just done little things to improve my mental health like sleeping more regularly, spending time or reaching out to friends and family, and practicing self-care.
Goal #2: Take 1 e-course. Like I said I've signed up for ecourses I've never even opened, and one of those was Refresh Your Blog (free!) from Chelsie. This e-course would be really good if you're behind on blog admin tasks or don't know where to start with blog admin. It's helpful and got me to finally add a search bar (go ahead and give it a try if you want!) and to update my mini bio/intro in my sidebar and on my social media accounts.
Goal #3: Read 2 books. I'm counting this as a success, even though I didn't finish 2 books. I read and finished Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou. I really admire Maya Angelou for her wisdom and kindness and strength. The second book, A Clash of Kings, I read half of but didn't finish and I don't think I will. I feel like I'm supposed to like A Game of Thrones since the series is so popular, but I just don't like the series that much. So I returned the book to the library and I'm not planning on reading more of the series.
Goal #4: Make the apartment feel like home. As I've already mentioned, I loved decorating my apartment and making it feel like home. I really like my apartment and spending time in it. Now I just need to get more familiar and comfortable with the area I'm in.
Goal #5: Look into tasks for student teaching. I'm counting this as a success, even though I only looked into the first 2 (of 4) tasks. These tasks are big projects that you have to create, implement, and analyze so there is a lot to read and I also wanted to look at the examples of exemplary work they have available to get an idea of what the people who score the tasks are looking for.

Monthly Intentions Collab | August Goals

August goals:

Have a great birthday. 

My birthday is August 7 (mark your calendars!) and I've been planning some fun things for it so I can't wait to make it happen! If you're curious, I'll be turning 23.

Adjust to working full time.

I start student teaching this month, which if you're not familiar student teaching is a semester long internship for teaching. So I'll be at the school from about 7:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday for 4 months. Obviously that is a big change from the college lifestyle where I try to be productive/go to class from 9 am - 4:30 pm and try to sneak a nap in at some point and watch TV while I work. 

I think the hardest part will be the wake up time (5:30-6 am) and being "on" for that long. With teaching you have to be on the ball all day since you have to present material, help students learn, and keep students on task - no time to sneak in a game of solitaire or check twitter! 

Blog 2-3 times a week. 

Since I'll be starting a whole new adventure I'm going to cut back on how often I blog so I don't get overwhelmed. I'm going to switch my schedule so I post new content on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

I've also been wanting to change up my Weekend Wrap Up posts and considering a different style of weekly life updates, but haven't decided on anything. I've also been completely forgetting to write them on Sundays! So you might see me try a few different things, but I might just take this month off from those posts. I just don't know yet!

Read at least 1 book. 

I want to keep up my year of reading so I want to read at least one book this month! I'm starting with This Same Sky which is good so far. I picked this up from a thrift shop a while ago, so I'm glad I'm finally reading it! It's a pretty short read, so hopefully I'll get another book read this month, too!

That's what I'm hoping for in August! Are you setting any goals for this month? Let me know in the comments!

Related Posts:  July GoalsJune GoalsMay Goals

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July Favorites

July has been a great month for me! I moved into a new place, went to the movies a few times, and spent some time being productive, too. Since moving into my first apartment that I live in alone, I'm super thankful for my family. I'm only living an hour away from my family so they've been able to visit me here and I've been able to go home pretty often as well.

TV Show

So I moved and since cable and internet is ridiculously expensive, I'm only getting internet and using an antenna (yeah, they still make those) to get local TV stations. So I get 7 stations - a big change for me, but I've actually been okay with it (after the initial shock). Now you're like what do you watch if you only get 7 channels? I'll tell you what I've been watching! There's a channel that plays old comedies and one of the shows they play is The Drew Carey Show. I've never really watched it before, but I've found that I actually really like it! The show isn't on Netflix, but it's definitely worth watching if you find a dvd of it or catch it on TV.


The show I've been watching the most on Netflix this month is American Dad. Have I watched this show all the way through? Yes. Am I watching it again? Yes. Do I still laugh at all the jokes? Yes. Some comedies just never get old!


While I loved Finding Dory (such a sweet movie!), my favorite movie this month was Ghostbusters. This movie was absolutely hilarious. The actresses and actors were wonderful. I loved seeing all the SNL ladies and Melissa McCarthy kick some ghost butt and save New York City. If you haven't made it to the theater yet to see Ghostbusters, definitely make time for it!


I read 2 books this month, but my favorite was Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou. It might be because I love Maya Angelou. She was such a wise and loving woman and a brilliant writer. This book has so many inspiring and encouraging words. It's also an easy read since the chapters are short and it feels like you're just reading advice from a mother or grandmother. Definitely recommend this if you don't have much time for reading, but want an inspiring read!


It's the middle of summer and there have definitely been some hot (read over 100 degree) days. That means there can only be one food on my mind - ice cream! Specifically I've been loving ice cream sandwiches. I usually get neapolitan ice cream sandwiches, but I found some banana split ice cream sandwiches which quickly became a favorite, too.


My favorite purchase has been my new desk. When I was looking around for a desk I spotted this one and fell in love instantly. The problem was it was a bit more than I wanted to spend...but it was so pretty and I loved it so much so I made it work! And I am so happy with it. You can take a look at my new desk and everything else in my room here.


I have done a really bad job at following my favorite blogs this month (sorry!), but I have been reading posts on new and different blogs which has been so fun. It's been great to discover new people to follow and seeing their blogs. 

One of the blogs I've started reading is The Clutter Box. I've read a few of Angela's posts before, but since I've been finding new blogs this month I read a lot of her posts and started following her on different platforms, too. It also doesn't hurt that she's also one of the creators of the Monthly Intentions blogger collab ;) A few posts from her to check out are Fat, Fat, Fat (about body image) and this post on Bullying.