Blogmas Day Three | Gift Ideas For Her

Hello there! So, odds are, with the holidays quickly approaching, you have some girls in your life to be gift shopping for. And odd are, there is at least one that you have absolutely no idea what to get. Well, I’ve got you covered! The ideas I’ve listed below could work for a best friend, a girlfriend, a family member, anybody! So let’s just get right into it!


GVP Black Ceramic Flat Iron 1 1/2 Inch


Price: $69.99

Every girl needs a good straightener. I’ve been using this one for quite a few years now, and I never want to use a different one ever. I have some CRAZY hair and straightening it used to be a JOB. But then I got this flat iron, and my life was forever changed. It hardly takes any time at all, and almost every time I straighten my hair, I get questions like “How do you get your hair so straight?” and compliments such as “It’s so soft!” And it is all because of this flat iron. I highly recommend it, and it makes the perfect Christmas gift.


Remington T-Studio Silk Ceramic 1′ Curling Wand

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Price: $17.03

This is another hair tool I’ve been using for multiple years. It is also another hair tool I highly recommend.  You can do all kinds of different styles with this wand, and the staying power is amazing. I’m talking like three days if you take care of them.  It’s the best you can get for the price, and makes an amazing Christmas present that just about any girl could use.


e.l.f. Cosmetics Spotlight Ready 50 Piece Palette


Price: $15

Makeup is almost always a wonderful gift idea for any girl in your life. But dang, it adds up fast. That’s why I swear by e.l.f. brand products! They are really good, decently high quality items anyway. But when you factor the really low prices  in, they go over the moon! And they always come out with a ton of cute, inexpensive gift sets over the holidays. This one is the best I have seen of them all this season – five blushes, five bronzers, and a whole collection of eye shadows in palette all for $15! It doesn’t get much better than that.


Sephora Favorites Superstars


Price: $75.00

Now, if you really want to spoil that special girl in your life this Christmas, you could go for a high-end makeup gift set instead. Sephora comes out with absolutely amazing ones every year, like this Sephora Favorites Superstars set. This is essentially just a huge hodge podge of the top makeup products out there today. For instance, Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, and an original Beautyblender. Every girl I know would feel extremely lucky to receive this!


Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set – 5 Piece Brush Set


Price: $29.99

While I believe the two makeup sets listed previously in this post are excellent choices if you know the girl you’re gifting to wants and loves beauty products, makeup can be quite a personal preference. But the one thing that is always needed anytime makeup is being worn is brushes. Which is why I absolutely love this Real Tecniques gift set! These are extremely high quality brushes, and they are perfect for just about any girl out there who wears makeup. And they come in a cute little bag! Score!


Boyfriend Half-Zip Pullover


Price: $45.95

I’ve never met another girl who doesn’t love Victoria’s Secret, especially the stuff from the Pink section. And the half-zip pullovers have been getting a lot of light shed on them recently in the social media world. They’re super high quality, have a really nice fit, and in all honesty, are just super cute. This one is perfect for gifting too, because the monochromatic colors mean you don’t risk making a bad choice and getting a color your giftee doesn’t like. With this, you really can’t go wrong.


Women’s Pajama Set – Nick and Nora


Price: $21.00

Giving girls clothing doesn’t have to be super expensive! I know that I absolutely love getting pajamas. It feels so much more special when somebody else picks them out. You can get them for just about any female in your life, and she will definitely appreciate them. And personally, I think it’s a perfect idea to get her Christmas pajamas like this super Santa-y pair. It doesn’t get any cuter!


Essie Holiday Mini Nail Color Kit


Price: $12.99

The holiday season is literally the prime time of the year for absolutely adorable nail polish sets. And if you know a girl who changes her nail color more than she changes her clothes, or always seems to have some super cute design on her nails, this is the perfect gift. I especially love this Essie Holiday Mini Nail Color Kit, because the colors are nice and spirited, but they could be used any time of year as well. And the mini bottles are just so cute! This is a great gift choice for any girly girl!


Nike Free 5.0 Flash Tennis Shoes


Price: $115.00

Okay, so I realize that a lot of the options in this list so far have been tailored to the girliest girly girl to ever girl. So what are you supposed to give the girl who is always outside or on the field? Nikes of course! Tennis shoes like these are basically every girl’s gym goals, so they’re the perfect gift for the athletic lady in your life who wouldn’t be caught dead in heels!


Ugg Women’s Dakota Moccasin Slippers


Price: $100.00

I have this theory that every woman out there secretly wants a pair of Uggs. But the actual boots can be quite extreme, and they aren’t something everybody would wear in public. So what’s the best compromise? A super soft, cozy cloud of shoe no foot can resist. The woman’s Dakota is probably the most popular pair, and I can definitely see why. And they can be worn outside if you prefer, so they make a very versatile gift any woman would enjoy.



Price: Whatever you want it to be!

This is something you can literally never go wrong with! You can go simple. If the girl you’re gifting to likes gummy bears, you can get some gummy bears. Or, you can go crazy, and order a huge five pound gummy bear instead. The options are endless. And the best part is, almost every candy out there comes in special shapes, packaging, etc. just for the holidays! So it’s a gift you can eat, that can’t be beat!

Well, there you go! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I hope it gave you some inspiration for gifts for the girls in your life! Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow for Blogmas Day Four!






Blogmas Day Two | Christmas Playlist (Spotify)

Welcome to Blogmas 2015 Day Two!

So, I have a small confession to make. I know some of y’all could confess to the same thing, but to others this is an abomination.

I start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Long before. Like at the very beginning of November. And I am a bit of ashamed of this. But I love it and I want to hear as much of it as I can during the holiday season. I have to get enough to last me through the rest of the year, and it really puts me in the Christmas spirit. So, I listen to a LOT of carols during this time of year. It’s super obsessive spirited!

Anyway, all professions of holiday sin aside, I have compiled a list of all my favorite Christmas songs, ranging from those newly released by pop stars, to the classics everybody immediately thinks of when they think of Christmas carols. And I made a Spotify playlist of all of these songs that will be linked at the end of this post, so you can listen for yourself! I hope you enjoy it. Here we go…

  1. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
  2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Mariah Carey
  3. Joy to the World – Mariah Carey
  4. Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy – Pentatonix ft. Tori Kelly
  5. Silent Night – Pentatonix
  6. The First Noel – Pentatonix
  7. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Pentatonix
  8. Deck the Rooftop – Glee Cast
  9. Grown Up Christmas List – Kelly Clarkson
  10. Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson
  11. Run Run Rudolph – Kelly Clarkson
  12. Here Comes Santa Claus – Justin Bieber
  13. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
  14. Shake Up Christmas – Train
  15. Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
  16. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
  17. Little Saint Nick – Beach Boys
  18. The Christmas Song – Michael Buble
  19. Let it Snow – Michael Buble
  20. White Christmas – Michael Buble and Shania Twain
  21. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
  22. Holly Jolly Christmas – Michael Buble
  23. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  24. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Elvis Presley
  25. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  26. Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  27. Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer – Gene Autry
  28. Frosty the Snowman – Gene Autry
  29. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Gene Autry
  30. Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Charlie Brown Christmas

Click here for my Holiday Playlist on Spotify!

 Thank you so much for reading this post! I hope that it gave you some inspiration for your holiday tunes, and I definitely hope you will listen to my Playlist on Spotify and let me know what you think in the comments! And if you have a favorite Christmas carol that I didn’t include, please leave that in the comments as well! I will for sure give it a listen. Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow for Blogmas Day Three!





Blogmas Day One | Welcome to Blogmas + The Schedule!

Hello and welcome to Blogmas 2015!

So, what even is Blogmas? Well, it’s just twenty four days of absolute amazing-ness and a ginormous amount of holiday spirit! Which, for me, means a festive blog post dedicated to the holidays, every day of December leading up until Christmas!

(Okay, I realize you probably already knew what Blogmas is. And if not, you probably could’ve figured it out on your own. I was just too excited not to share.)

So yes, you’ve got it right. There will be a new, Christmassy post up on this blog everyday for the next twenty four days! That means lots of gift ideas, recipes, and inspirations posts will be up in the very near future.

But instead of just summing up what I’m going to be posting this month, I thought I would just give you the entire schedule, so you can know what’s going up before it does, and maybe even get psyched up with me. Maybe…

Anyway, these posts will be going up everyday at 11 a.m. Central Standard Time. And without further adieu, here is my entire Blogmas schedule!

 Blogmas Day One | Welcome to Blogmas + The Schedule

Blogmas Day Two | Christmas Playlist

Blogmas Day Three | Gift Ideas For Her

Blogmas Day Four | What to Watch this Holiday Season

Blogmas Day Five | My Christmas Decorations Revealed

Blogmas Day Six | Best Christmas Jokes

Blogmas Day Seven | Gift Ideas For Him

Blogmas Day Eight | Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad

Blogmas Day Nine | Best Christmas Apps

Blogmas Day Ten | Holiday Wishlist Inspiration

Blogmas Day Eleven | Gift Ideas for Your Brother or Sister

Blogmas Day Twelve | Holiday Hot Chocolate Recipe

Blogmas Day Thirteen | Gift Ideas for Your Extended Family

Blogmas Day Fourteen | Top Two Christmas Cookie Recipes

Blogmas Day Fifteen | Five Holiday Hairstyles to Rock this Season

Blogmas Day Sixteen | The Cutest Ugly Sweaters

Blogmas Day Seventeen | My Gingerbread House

Blogmas Day Eighteen | Holiday Outfit Ideas for All Occasions

Blogmas Day Nineteen | Christmas Essentials

Blogmas Day Twenty | Last Minute Gift Ideas

Blogmas Day Twenty One | The True Meaning of Christmas

Blogmas Day Twenty Two | Why I Love Christmas

Blogmas Day Twenty Three | Dear Santa Claus…

Blogmas Day Twenty Four | How To Get In The Spirit This Christmas Eve + The End of Blogmas

Also, here’s a little bonus! Along with all of the informational content that I have already planned and laid out for you, I’m also going to be doing some Blogmas journal posts, recapping my day and the interesting occurrences it contained. Two Blogmas posts in one day? That should be enough to take the Scrooge out of anybody! Now, these posts may be everyday, or they make come very sporadically. It just kind of depends on what’s happening though out the month. But they will be going up. and they will be going up at 6 p.m. Central Standard Time when they do, so be on the lookout!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you’re just as excited about Blogmas and Christmas as I am! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow for Blogmas Day Two, as well as all of the rest of the days leading up until the holiday!



50 Hilarious Tumblr Posts for Awkward, Nerdy People.

      Hi there! So if you know anything about the Internet at all, (and chances are you do if you’ve stumbled upon my blog) then you know that some of the funniest stuff on the web comes from the world of Tumblr. So, I decided to spend hours scouring the Internet (nothing new there) to find 50 of the funniest Tumblr posts out there. If you’re awkward and nerdy like I am, then you’re sure to enjoy these. So here they are!

1.) Why can’t this kind of stuff happen at my doorstep? IMG_5381

2.) I want to meet a human like this. IMG_5388


4.) Oh, the irony. IMG_5399

5.) Are you on NASA’s side? IMG_5403

6.) Don’t insult Tumblr staff. IMG_5408

7.) I wonder what this person’s fridge looks like. IMG_5409

8.) What is that the face of? IMG_5416

9.) Yes, they went there. IMG_5422

10.) Phone-guin. IMG_5426

11.) Sorry girls, this #nofilter selfie wins. IMG_5430


13.) This is really only funny because it sounds like something I would do. IMG_5454

14.) I can’t think of a caption for this…umm…LUIGI. IMG_5455 15.) Year? What is this year you speak of? IMG_5456

16.) Little lawn mower dreams of mowing the clouds. IMG_5459

17.) You can’t buy sass like that at Walmart. I would know, I’ve tried.IMG_5461

18.) Meow??



20.) If you’re directionally challenged like me, then this accurately describes you. IMG_5440

21.) I want to know what kind of street Mark lives on. IMG_5464

22.) Can I have this dog? Or at least his eyes? IMG_5465

23.) Rick, you let me down. IMG_5462

24.) There should be a Netflix for everything. IMG_5439

25.) Anybody remotely awkward gets this situation. IMG_5441

26.) How’s that taste? IMG_5442

27.) How’s that taste? Number two. IMG_5443 28.) This really shouldn’t even be funny. IMG_5446


30.) I feel like this joke is in a universal dad handbook. IMG_5467 31.) Why didn’t my parents do this? IMG_5468

32.) If you need glasses as bad as I do, this is as funny as it is accurate. IMG_5470

33.) It’s alive! IMG_5404

34.) Hashtag rebel status. IMG_5406

35.) This one is extremely funny to me, because I messed up ordering a chicken sandwich at McDonald’s and said “One chicken menu off the dollar order please.” IMG_5407

36.) Thanks Obama. IMG_5472

37.) Ppppplllllleeeeaaassseeeeee moooooooommmmmmmm?? IMG_5473

38.) If you’re reading this post, you would probably do the same thing. IMG_5474

39.) It’s funny until you realize it’s true and actually creepy. IMG_5475

40.) I wonder if she won. IMG_5476

41.) If anybody has found a tutorial for green chairs, please leave the link in the comments. IMG_5477


43.) For those who aren’t nerdy and think classic literature is boring. IMG_5479

44.) Stories I wrote in my younger days were pretty similar, honestly. IMG_5480

45.) Bagel animal debate. IMG_5482

46.) Can you get people women cheaper online? IMG_5483

47.) Mom, I broke the cat. IMG_5484

48.) Same. IMG_5485


50.) And finally, how punny. IMG_5629

      Ah, sadly we have reached the end. I really hope you enjoyed this post, I put a ton of effort into it. Let me know which of these was your favorite in the comments. There will be a PART TWO to this post coming soon, so be sure to follow me so you won’t miss it!Thanks so much for reading. Until next time, I love you!



OOTD | My Favorite Summer Outfit

Hello lovelies!

Okay, so, I’m fixing to confess to something. Something I’m very ashamed of. If you never want to talk to me or read my blog again afterwards, I get it. But here it goes.

I’m an outfit repeater.

Oh, the horror.

Okay, but for real. I’m proud to be an outfit repeater. If you pay for clothes, and you put them together in a way that you think is super cute and makes you feel good, then you deserve to wear that outfit as often as you want. And I do.

So, since I am such an outfit repeater, I tend to find combinations of clothes and accessories that I absolutely love season by season, and I wear them quite often. Today I’m wearing one of my favorite summer outfits, and I thought I would share it with you guys.


(Just for the record, I’m just wearing this outfit out on a casual shopping day.)


Okay so first things first: my hair. I’ve been really obsessed with wearing it half-up/half-down lately. I haven’t been into this since I was probably eight years old, and I kind of feel like I look eight when I wear it like this. But I also like the way it looks, so I’m doing it anyway. I especially love to utilize this style while shopping, because it gets it out of my face, but it’s also down to see how it matches clothes I try on. So that’s what I chose for today.


I’m always cold. Literally. I hardly ever go without a cardigan or some type of sweater or sweatshirt. It’s a necessity. Plus, I really like what it adds to the outfit. This is just a basic black cardigan I got at Old Navy a couple years ago, but similar cardigans are super easy to find. And I may or may not have been out shopping in 90 degree weather. Please don’t judge me.


Even though I’m always cold, I like to wear light, loose shirts in the summer. Just in case it does get hot. Not until I’ve sat down to type this have I realized that makes no sense, because I wear them with cardigans. Anyway, I’m just wearing this deep turquoise/teal/blue-green t-shirt I got on clearance at a store called Cato (I’m not sure if they have these anywhere besides where I live). I have very accurate color description skills.


I LOVE THESE SHORTS SO MUCH. Any type of loose, flowy shorts have been my absolute obsession this summer. (Which you can see in my Collective Haul post.) This pair is probably my favorite of all that I own. They are a little bit hard to make outfits with, but once you find a shirt to match they are absolutely adorable. And it’s literally like wearing pajama shorts in public and looking cute at the same time. Boom. These are from JcPenny’s, if you wanted to join the public pajama party.


I seriously wear gladiator style sandals like, every single day over the summer. Well, as long as it’s over 90 degrees. These aren’t quite gladiator style, they are a bit more simple and girly. But these have leaves on them, which automatically make them 211% better. They’re from Shoe Department, which is another store I don’t know if they have everywhere. But the brand is Union Bay.


Lastly: accessories. I’m being super basic with earrings and wearing little (Wal-Mart) diamond studs. I also have on a gold monogrammed K necklace (from the aforementioned Cato store). And this cute little bow ring (on my pointing finger because it is too big for my actual ring finger) from a souvenir shop in Florida. I’m really not that good with jewelry and picking it out, this is about the best I canIMG_5693 do.


Well, that’s the end of this OOTD post. I really love posts like these. I hope that this post inspired your fashion in some way, or that you at least enjoyed it. Thank you so much for reading! I love you!



Back to School Supplies Haul

     Hey there!! Okay so, I don’t know about you, but for me it’s officially back to school season. I know some people don’t go back until September or even later (luck ducks), but my first day is August 17th. And I don’t know if this is extremely weird of if other people actually feel like this, but I really enjoy shopping for school supplies. I love picking out binders and getting new pens and highlighters that aren’t dried out. It’s so fun for me. Okay, yeah that’s not normal.

But anyway, I thought it would be fun to share the supplies I got. And I thought it could help or inspire somebody too. So here it goes…

DISCLAIMER: I have absolutely no intentions of bragging in this post. I know this is quite a bit of stuff, but I have nothing left over from previous years, so I was starting with a blank slate. And I love stuff like this, and go through quite a bit of it throughout the year. So I just got what I like and what I needed, and I’m thankful for all of it. I thought this would be a cool post to do. I hope you think so too.

The first binders I picked up are huge. They’re really only 2 inches, but they feel so much bigger and heavier than that! I needed these for my AP (advanced placement) classes, and I really wasn’t expecting to find any cute ones in this size. So when I saw these I freaked.



The next binders are 1.5 inches, but they feel so much smaller and lighter than the 2 inch ones. There was only a few left in the paisley printed one, and only one left in the Aztec-y binder. Which, because I’m really mean, was so satisfying to me. Anyway, I got these for my math and science classes, and I am so happy with them.



OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THESE. These were the cutest binders in the entire store. A panda and a fox. I’m basically five, I couldn’t resist these. Oh, and, these are just 1 inch.



Lastly for binders, I just grabbed two solid colored 1 inch binders. They’re super basic and kind of boring, but the colors (I picked blue and green) are super bright and I really liked them. So here they are.



So I picked up five packages of these dividers, but I’m stupid and didn’t check the size of them before buying them, so they’re too big for my binders. Oops.



There were literally SO many different composition notebooks at Wal-Mart to choose from. It took me like fifteen minutes. But I finally decided on this one because I seriously love the striped gradient affect so much, and the pop of bright pink makes it so unique.



I’ve seriously looked at this specific folder for probably like, three years in a row and never bought it. But I love to use these 7 pocket folders to keep up with my homework separately for each class. It feels so much more organized and efficient. Plus, this one is super cute.



This folder is seriously so bright, pretty, and really good quality. But it literally only cost like .97 cents. I was super happy to find this.



I get a new planner literally every year before school starts, and I have for at least the past five years. But this is literally my FAVORITE one I’ve ever purchased. First off, the pattern is so so so cute and colorful, but still classy. And it has a page in the back titled “Web Sites and Blogs to Remember”. Which automatically attracted me because, you know, blogs. But my favorite part is the very last page, which in entitled “Yearly Goals”. I think that’s the cutest idea ever and I can’t wait to fill it out. (And yes, I did take pictures of my favorite pages. But they won’t upload properly. Darn.)



I get the big 24 pack of these BIC mechanical pencils every year, and I still cannot make them last the entire year. Anybody else have this problem? Where you start the year out all prepared with tons of writing utensils and end it with a pencil stub you found on the floor? Anyway, these pencils sparkle. Which automatically makes them 300% better.



These are so boring. But there are several instances throughout the school year where I need just regular, wooden, #2 pencils for some type of testing or something. And I liked to be prepared, so I just grabbed a cheap pack of them.



This isn’t generally something I would get while purchasing school supplies, but I’m taking a couple classes where I’m sure I’ll need these this year. So I picked up a pack of colored pencils. I also love to draw and keep a sketchbook with me most of the time I at school, but I normally just use regular pencils. So I’ll have fun with these too.



I seriously love highlighters. Don’t ask me why because I have absolutely no clue. But I do, and I get this exact pack every year because I always totally wear them out. Wow, I’m so interesting. Not.



This looks so obsessive, but I got three packs of super cheap pens in red, blue, and black. Because I go through so many pens through the year, and I had none left. So I stocked up.



Speaking of pens…I found this pack on rollback and I just couldn’t resist it. I seriously love the Pilot G2 pens. They’re such high quality, last for such a long time, and they literally make my handwriting look amazing. I’m the type of person who writes in color whenever I possibly can, and I color code everything. Especially my planner. And it’s also nice to have one high quality pen in the basic colors too, and it came with a free pencil. I’m having to force myself not to open these yet, because I’m so excited about them.



I don’t keep all of my writing utensils with me all the time, so I just got an inexpensive, small, pink pencil bag to keep in my purse. (I didn’t realize how much foot I was getting in this shot. But there’s some foot.)



You know you’re a true germaphobe when you buy a ruler so you don’t have to use the ones in the math classroom. I’m also a little bit too particular about straight lines. So this ruler is an absolute necessity for me.



I’ll write just about anything on a post it note. I’m a little bit obsessed with them. And this pack is so bright and fun…I love these more than any human being should ever love a pad of paper. I also grabbed some index cards, because I know I’ll be needing them. I’m a big fan of paper in smaller sizes. Too weird? Okay…



Last but certainly not least, a TON of paper. I like college ruled because I write pretty small, so I got five packs of it. And I just got one pack of graph paper for my math binder. That’s a great big finale for the post isn’t it?IMG_5580


     Well there you have it! That’s everything I bought this year for school, as far as supplies go. Going back to school is kind of depressing, but cute school supplies make it so much better. Especially if you’re like me and have a totally non human love for this kind of stuff. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed shopping for it and writing it. I really love posts like that. Thanks so much for reading! I love you.



Super Random Post: My Favorite Junk Food

Hello beautiful!! So as you know, over the last month I did quite a bit of traveling. Which possessed my to go to my local Dollar General and buy quite a bit of my favorite junk food. I don’t know why, I just always tend to do this for camp and trips and what not. So I thought, while I actually had all of this horrible food accessible, why not take pictures of all of it for a blog post? (That’s being posted a month later..)

DISCLAIMER: Even though I wish I could, I do not eat like this all the time. I just got all this stuff to bring with me while traveling and what not. And like most people, my favorite junk foods make me happy. So I wanted to write about them. I’m going to pretend that’s normal.

I try not to drink Vitamin Waters very often because, despite what’s claimed on the label, they’re really not that great for you. But when I want something sweet to drink, these one of the first things I go for. I love the taste of most of them. They also taste good when they aren’t cold, which is good for travel. That’s why I chose these instead of Sprite, which would normally be the first thing I grab.


I love chips. I wish I didn’t, but I do. Cheetos, especially the hot ones, are my favorites. And I love regular potato chips too. Sometimes I really love Doritos, sometimes I can’t stand them. Either way, chips are definitely something I reach for when junk food shopping.


I don’t know if these are pretty popular or if nobody even eats them, but I adore anything by this Biscolata company.


I have a straight-up addiction to salted caramel things, especially chocolate. So anytime I find a salted caramel chocolate bar, I’ll probably purchase it.


Twizzlers have been my all time favorite candy for as long as I can remember. I literally cannot resist them.


Who doesn’t love Sour Patch Kids? I hardcore do.


Last but not least (I feel like I say this in every post), I’m obsessed with gum. I try to have it at all times, and any time I’m picking up some junk food, gum will most definitely be involved.


Okay well, that’s probably one of the most random posts you’ve ever read, isn’t it? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anyone else post this. But, it was really fun to write.



My Top 10 Travel Essentials 

Hey hey hey! If you haven’t noticed by the fact that so many of my last posts have revolved around travel, I’ve done quite a bit of it this summer. So I thought it was quite appropriate to share my top ten travel essentials with you guys! When I say “travel essentials” I’m talking about things that I bring with me for a long road trip or plane ride, but that I also use through out the entire trip. And no, they aren’t actually essential. You will make it through traveling and still be living and breathing if you go without these things. I think. Actually, I don’t know if I would or not…


1.) The first thing that I never leave the house for a long trip without is a good book….or multiple good books. (Fast reader curse.) Not only is it great to have a good book for a journey, but it can also be quite helpful during the time you’re away from home.


2.) If you’re not much of a book reader (or even if you are) magazines are great to have too. They take less concentration and are easier to read, and looking at the pictures or taking the quizzes is quite entertaining.


3.) It’s always important to have paper and a pen with you. Whether you’re going to be gone for a month or an hour. You may have an idea for the most genius invention since sliced bread, or need to write somebody’s phone number down, or you may just want to doodle. Either way, a little notebook and something to write with is super essential.


4.) I’m constantly listening to music, so having headphones with me is a necessity. They’re also great if you have the option to watch a movie or some TV. I bring my actual headphones, because I find the sound quality a lot better and they are much more comfortable. But I also bring my Apple EarPods, just in case I get tired of the big ones, or don’t have enough room for them. Or my ears suffocate. Because that happens. I couldn’t go on a trip without them.


5.) I almost always forget to bring sunglasses with me everywhere I go, and I also always massively regret this. They’re a must.


6.) This is an odd one. But I’m really paranoid, and would rather not be caught in the dark without a source of light. So I always travel with a flashlight, or two.


7.) Anytime I’m going to be gone for more than 5 hours, I bring my phone charger with me. Because, like everybody else in my generation, I’m addicted to it. And as it’s battery dies, so does my heart. Just kidding. So when I’m traveling, I must bring something to charge my phone with in the car too. I found this cute litter adapter at Dollar General, believe or not!


8.) I’m a germaphobe. But even if you aren’t, gas station bathrooms and airplanes are gross. Bring some hand sanitizer. Or three. Extra points if it’s in cute bottles and smells good.


9.) Along with hand sanitizer, I always bring some Clorox wipes and Wet Ones to wipe down surfaces and keep things clean.


10.) Super basic, (which is why I made it last) but I ALWAYS bring lip balm. More than one actually. And I try to have one with SPF with me any time I’m going on vacation.

Well there you have it! Those are my top ten items that I don’t leave my house for a trip without. Because I couldn’t live without them. Literally. I know some of them we’re pretty basic, but some of them were also things that may not be immediately thought of. I hope that this post was helpful to you in some way. I apologize for the abundant amount of travel blogs lately, but that’s what my life has revolved around in the last month. I hope you are enjoying them. See you next time!



My Trip to Chicago: Day by Day

Hello there! I’ve already shared this a few times, but this summer I had the opportunity to go to Chicago, Illinois and participate/compete in the Future Business Leaders (FBLA) national competition and conference. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life, so of course I have to blog about it!

While it ended with me being in The Windy City, this Sunday didn’t exactly start out too exciting. I began by waiting tables at a local café as part of a fundraiser for two hours. While I am glad I could be there, I was definitely anxious to leave.

So, I met my advisor and her family at one, and we drove to the airport. Our flight, which was scheduled to take off at 5:45 p.m., was delayed and therefore didn’t leave until pretty close to seven. The ride was pretty smooth, aside from a bit of turbulence at the end. I haven’t been on an airplane in two and a half years, so this part was pretty exciting, but the fact that I’m trapped up there was a challenge for me to overcome. So I was pretty happy to be back on the ground. Not to mention, almost nine traveling hours was quite a long while.


Next, we went to get our luggage and hopped in a taxi-like van to ride to our to our hotel. The Hyatt Regency of Chicago. Needless to say, I found it to be quite satisfactory. It’s probably the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. So, of course, I took pictures of it. Is that normal?

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After getting settled in, we walked to get some dinner. I live in an extremely rural area, so being able to walk to food was SO strange. I had Red Robin for the first time! And it was “Yum!” I ordered chicken strips and French fries, which were amazing, but I completely forgot to take a picture of the actual food. It was so pretty for fast food too. (Cries because no food picture.) But I do have a photo of my cup with Sprite in it. This is not as good as food.


It was pretty late after this, so we just headed back to the hotel. I unpacked my things and tried to make it feel a little more homey. Then I ended up staring out the window for hours, because I’m so not used to a view of the big city and it really fascinates me.

So, after gawking out the window and taking in the city for much longer than intended, I finally went to bed, super duper stoked about what the next day and the entire trip would bring.

Day two proved to be significantly more busy and exciting than the first. But of course, first I had to get up and get ready. And then go and get a protein bar and some apple juice for breakfast. Super fun, right? Haha, but I did really like my outfit this day. I am wearing pants, b-t-dubs. They’re just light pink.


Once we were all ready and had eaten, we decided we’d go to Shedd’s Aquarium. So we took a taxi there, which was actually my very first taxi ride. Ever. So, I took a picture.


When we arrived at the aquarium, we discovered that the wait time was over an hour, and tickets were pretty expensive. So we decided to walk down to the Field Museum instead. This made me extremely happy, as I’m more a big nerd instead of a…fish person.


The museum was a pretty amazing experience. We didn’t have enough time to see all of it, but the most prominent exhibits we went through were a “special exhibit” of the ancient to more modern Chinese, an imitation of an Egyptian pyramid, and a “Discovering DNA” laboratory. We also saw the dinosaur Sue, from Night at the Museum. So, that was all pretty cool.

We ate lunch at a café in the museum, and, typical me ordered cheese pizza.


After lunch, we headed back to our hotel. I spent the next hour getting “business appropriate” for the first meeting of the conference, which was a state meeting in a conference room in the hotel. It was supposed to last about an hour, but ended up only being about fifteen minutes long. My advisor had to go to another meeting, so this left me about two hours to wander around the hotel and figure my way out before we had to leave again. Yes, I did get lost.

Good news! I found my way back to where I was supposed to be, and it was time to leave for the opening session. It was at the McCormick Place, which is the largest convention center in North America. We waited in line for an hour and a half to get a shuttle bus to go there, and the actual session, where there were over 11,000 people, did not go very smoothly. So there’s not a lot to share here.


Then we just went back to the hotel, and I chilled out for a little bit, and went to bed.

Tuesday morning, the first thing we did was go to McDonald’s for breakfast at nine in the morning. In Chicago. It was pretty busy in there, to say the least.

We then had to go find the place where my advisor would be coordinating an event from noon to almost six, and find the room I would have to go to later in the day for my competition. Then, my advisor and I killed a few hours sitting in the lobby doing just about nothing. Oops.

I spent about an hour going over stuff in my room, then went downstairs to take the test for my competition. I was actually 30 minutes early and had to wander around for that amount of time, but then I went back and checked in and went to compete. It was just a huge room with a ton of computers and teenagers taking tests on all of them, no big deal.

There was still about three hours left until we were leaving to go do anything. So the very first thing I did was go back to my room and change into the warmest clothes I had, because I was absolutely freezing the entire morning. I didn’t photograph what I changed into because I immediately threw a sweater over it and made it very frumpy and not cute. But there is a before picture. (Which is not super stylish either – the dress code was pretty strict. (Yes, that is my excuse.))


I went back to McDonald’s and ate a late lunch, got some Starbucks, and just kind of did whatever for a while. I walked around, looked in the gift shop, sat on a bench and watched people (stalker status, I know). And I did some dorky Snapchatting that in my brain is actually creative. Then it was time to get out of the hotel again!


This was the moment I was waiting for – Chicago style pizza! We ate at a place called Giordano’s, and I was so excited to try the pizza I forgot to take a picture. It was everything I thought it would be and more. I should stop now, or I’ll end up writing a ten page essay solely on pizza.

Oh yeah, we went into some pretty fancy stores while waiting for our pizza, but I was too excited about the pizza to fully take this in. Or to care. I really love pizza.

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After eating, we went down to the Navy Pier and rode the Ferris Wheel and it was the COOLEST THING EVER. You can see the Chicago Skyline on one side, and Lake Michigan on the other. This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, I loved it. The only way to fully capture the beauty of this is though pictures, so here you go…

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We then walked around the pier for a little bit, and decided to walk back to our hotel. This lead us to some pretty sketchy places, and I was extremely happy to be back inside the walls of my room at the end of the day safe and sound.

Day three started off pretty boring. I ate a bagel from a place in the hotel, and then my advisor and I went to take Certiport certification tests. (I don’t know what it means either.) I got told these tests were extremely hard and that I had no chance of passing them, so I went in not taking it seriously at all. But, I took them in Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint, and ended up passing them both. Woohoo!

It was absolutely freezing in the room where we took these tests, so the first thing I did when they were over was change into the warmest thing I packed. Once again. This is pretty standard for me.

After this, we got in a taxi, and I rode in the front this time. NEVER AGAIN. They seem to be quite rough drivers, who go very fast and brake late. I was terrified.

We decided to eat lunch at Panera Bread, where I had never been before. So I ordered macaroni and cheese with bread, which was on the kids’ menu…oops. The ten year old with us ordered the same thing AND a half a sandwich. I eat like a child.

Next was the most exciting part of the entire trip – the Skydeck at the Willis Tower!! If you don’t know, this is a glass floor sticking 4.3 feet out from the building on the 103rd floor of the tower, which is 1,352 feet up. I’ve literally wanted to go do this since they opened it. By the time we got to the end of the ticket line, I was literally jumping up and down. And again, the only way I can fully capture how amazing this was is through pictures. I’ve wanted to do this for so long, I almost cried.

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After doing one of the coolest things you could ever possibly do, we spent a couple of hours walking around Chicago. We saw the famous bean, which I thought was really interesting. I’ve always wanted to see it. We went to a few parks, saw a lot of fountains and statues, it was nice.

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For dinner, we decided on the Cheesecake Factory, which I had never been to before. I was terrified of the giant portions, so I just ordered an appetizer. It was pretzel-crusted chicken, and it was pretty good. And of course, I HAD to try the cheesecake. So I went for the Ultimate Red Velvet, and it was the best ever.

At this point, I think I was way too tired to comprehend anything. I don’t even remember the walk back to the hotel. This day ended early for me.

Thursday was our last full day in Chicago, so we decided to spend the morning at the Art Institute. I’m pretty into art, and I’m always that annoying person in a museum that will stand there for fifteen minutes, staring at a work and trying to figure out what the artist was thinking or what they were trying to capture. So I got really lost in everything and didn’t take many pictures.

I had the same art teacher for ten years in a row. She recently retired, but I have always absolutely loved her and art class has always been one of my favorites. For as long as I can remember, she had a print of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat up in her room. And since I’ve always been fascinated with impressionism, it was always my favorite artwork in her room. I honestly almost got emotional seeing it in real life.

Georges Seurat – A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

My mom had a print of the Claude Monet artwork, and it traveled through several houses with us and was up in my current house for a long time. Even though we don’t have it anymore, it was so amazing to see the real thing.

Claude Monet – Poppy Field

There is no backstory to this one, I just think it’s really cool and it was one of the artworks at this museum that I was super excited to see.


The Old Guitarist – Pablo Picasso.

And of course…

American Gothic – Grant Wood

The last thing on the agenda for the day was the closing session and awards ceremony of the conference. I didn’t place in the top ten, but I’m just extremely happy to have made it to national level in the first place. So it’s all good.

It was then time to go back to the hotel and pack to leave. This literally took me until past three in the morning, because I was too busy enjoying my last night of the city view out the window.

So, at this point our last day in Chicago had arrived, and I’m not going to lie, I was pretty sad. I got up fairly early and went down to the gift shop and got my family t-shirts, and picked up a t-shirt and hoodie (because I’m always cold) for myself. Because I mean, if you go to Chicago but don’t get dorky t-shirts for yourself and your entire family, did you even really go?

Afterwards, I went back to my hotel room and packed the last of my stuff. Then I went to the McDonald’s one last time for breakfast. Took some last picture of the view from my window. And then it was time to leave. (Sad face.)


So we caught our shuttle to the airport, got on a plane, and went home. It was sad to leave, but I am happy to be home. I’m so thankful for this experience.

I am aware this post is extremely long. But I really wanted to include every detail because I loved this trip so much, and this post will be something I can look back on to remember it. I really enjoyed writing it, and I really hope you enjoyed reading it too! I love you guys.



Why I Haven’t Been Blogging//Getting Back Into It

Hello lovely!

 As you may have noticed, I have not blogged in quite a while. Nor have I been active on this site at all for quite a while.

While I have been quite busy and away from decent internet a lot lately, the real reason for my lack of activity is actually quite simple.

I basically forgot I ever had the courage to start this blog.

I know, it sounds absolutely crazy. But making this blog and actually posting on it was a pretty big step for me. And I contemplated for a long time before actually doing so.

So, I just forgot I needed to be posting because my brain still didn’t fully believe I’d really done this.


Anyway, now that my brain has started functioning (almost) normally again, I am planning on getting back into it. I’ve got lots of exciting posts lined out, and I’ll be posting not only on my schedule, but as frequently as possible.

I’m super duper stoked about re-entering the blog world, and I hope you’re excited for me to be back!

I love you!