Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spending March: A To-Do List for Adventuring Through the Month.

1. Get that haircut you've been talking about forever.

2. Make a list of all the not-so-fun things you need to do in March. If you start now and spend a few minutes a day on them, they'll be done in no time.

3. Handwrite a letter. 

4. Download the blogilates app. Because bathing suit season is upon us, my friends.

5. Watch Parenthood from the beginning. 

6. Start planning a road trip for summer. 

7. Practice your iced coffee making skills. 

8. Download an audiobook. Instead of turing on the radio on your commute, listen to a book.

9. Buy some spring-colored nail polish.

10. Go through your closet. You know all those clothes you didn't wear last summer, or this winter, but are still in your closet? Let 'em go.

11. Wake up 15 minutes earlier than you normally do. And have an extra 15 minutes to spend on yourself.

12. Buy yourself some new workout clothes. Nothing inspires you to work out quite like looking cute while doing so.

13. Make an outdoor bucket list. Picnics? Concerts? Yes, please.

14. Write a poem. 

15. Adopt a puppy. 

16. Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in line. 

17. Make green cocktails.

18. Work on being present. Leave your phone alone every now and then.

19. Delete your old emails. 

20. Have a night where you make your favorite meal and watch your favorite movie. Bonus points if you turn your phone off, too.

21. Find a drive-in. Or a park that plays outdoor movies!

22. Get a cute water bottle or tumbler. And drink more water!

23. Pick one of your resolutions you're not doing so hot on and work on it this month. 

24. Secretly give someone a gift. The dollar section at Target is just full of fun things to secretly leave on someone's desk!

25. Plan a trip to the beach. Your favorite beach...or any beach! Don't let the warm weather months pass you by without swimming in the ocean at least once.

26. Wear flowers in your hair. At least once. But lets get real, now through September is prime hair flower-wearing time.

27.  Write book reviews for all the books you've read this year. 

28. Go to Sonic. Because eating cheese tots and drinking a cherry limeade with your feet hanging out the window is lunch-break bliss.

29. Go see a movie premiere at midnight.

30. Learn a new card game. 

31. Enter to win a tiny Polaroid camera!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Your New Favorite Blog: Laughter is Catching.

My name is Laura and I blog at www.laughteriscatching.com
 Would Beyonce take this crap?
 The Time Traveler's Wife.
My gorgeous goddaughters!

Another fun fact about Laura: She just got MARRIED! Comments have been turned off so you can go congratulate her! You can also find her on twitter and instagram. Go say hello!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Instax Mini 8 Giveaway!

I think the best gifts are the ones you would have never bought for yourself. So when Christopher bought me a tiny Polaroid camera for our anniversary, I was so freaking excited. We all know that cute things are only made cuter when they're tiny (except for food--I still don't get why you can charge me more for food because it's tiny) and this camera and the tiny pictures it takes are no exception.

See? Adorable.

Now, don't you want one?! Of course you do! Lucky for you, these lovely ladies have decided you should also have one. So enter below and maybe you'll be taking your own tiny pictures soon!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Becoming the Best Version of Yourself.

When I was thinking about 2015 and goals and resolutions, what kept coming up in my mind was that I didn't want to try to reinvent myself, becoming a whole new person. I just wanted to become the best version of the person I already was.

I've really been working on this so far this year, and these are the questions that are helping me along.

What makes you happy? Not the deep, serious stuff--the happy stuff. Like walking your dog at lunch, or taking the time to make yourself a fancy cup of coffee when it's not at all necessary.

What fulfills you? To me, being happy is a feeling, but being fulfilled is like coming alive. So what is it that makes you come alive? What is it that, when you're doing it, you feel like you're living your life to the fullest, doing what you were made to do?

What is currently bothering you about your life? We spend a lot of time thinking and focusing on things that bother us about the life happening around us, but often don't spend as much time focusing on our own. If you look at your own life, are there changeable things you're unhappy with? Start there.

If you had six months paid vacation and an unlimited budget, what would you do? Would you travel? Go visit friends? Start your own business? Finally write that book?

Sure, this will probably never be a reality for most of us. But what you would do if it were a possibility says a lot about you. You may not be able to pack up and go to Italy tomorrow, but you can certainly start saving for it today. You may not be able to quit your job and start your own business, but you can start looking into other jobs that interest you. See where I'm going with this? Life is too short to not always be moving in the direction of your dreams.

What qualities do you really admire in others? Not that you should walk around trying to be like everyone else, but it's worth paying attention to what you admire in other people.

I've noticed that it makes me feel good when someone is actually listening to me in a conversation instead of looking at their phone, so I try to make sure I do the same thing when I'm talking to others. It's little things like this that help you constantly better yourself.

What refreshes you? You'll never be the best version of yourself if you're always exhausted. I think there's a really big difference between being physically tired and being completely drained. You can't always avoid the first one, but you can definitely avoid the second one by taking the time to refresh.

Reading my Bible and journaling in the mornings is something that refreshes me. Watching Netflix with my husband and talking about our days refreshes me. Yet when I'm busy, these are the first things I skip. I'm learning that a refreshed life is a good life, and it's worth taking the time for.

How do you work on becoming the best version of yourself?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

just write: wild & free.

if all good things
are wild and free,
what does that say
of you and me?
too old to be wild,
too young to be free,
held here by these
but maybe one day,
we'll wake up to find
being wild and free
is not about time
or how much has passed,
or how old you are,
because wild and free
both live in the heart.

Monday, February 23, 2015

just write: where the dream lives.

your future isn’t shaped 
in the big moments;
the pristine and pretty ones
where you’re surrounded by
people you love. 
your future is shaped 
in the ugly moments. 
when you’re tired
and alone
and surrounded by doubt. 
and you have to make a decision 
for yourself. 
the dream is often alive 
in the spaces between the trying. 
in the pauses, 
in the silence, 
in the deep breaths you take
right before you’re ready to give up,
when deep down, 
you know you’re really just
getting ready 
to get up
and try again.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Your New Favorite Blog: The Business of Blonde.

I’m Haley, I’m currently blogging on TheBusinessofBlonde.com

I guess I would have to say simple. I really like to keep things simple, whether it’s a recipe or just an update on my weekend. My posts contain a lot of book reviews, pinterest-inspired food, and marriage talk. (My three favorite things, not in that order.) 
“What other people think about you does not matter.” Okay this might not always be true, obviously we need our supervisors to think we’re good workers, but when it comes to our personal lives other’s opinions don’t really matter. In my own life I know I’m made important decisions based off of fear that others wouldn’t agree. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized how silly that is, the people in your life who really matter will always love and support you. 
Ella Enchanted. Which I know is kind of a book for young girls, but I love it anyway. I think I bring that book with me on almost every vacation. If you’ve only seen the movie then I’m sure you think it’s stupid. I promise that the book is so much better than the movie and if you want a cute story go buy that book today!

Probably Marriage expectation vs. Realities. I was still very new to blogging, but it’s so accurate and I think it’s really relatable for anyone who has to go through the transition of moving in with a significant other. 

The Black List, which is actually a very dark show, but the main character Red is hilarious.  Nick and I just started watching season one last week, so we’re just getting into it. It’s hard for me to enjoy dramas, because I need to laugh in order to love a show, but this has quickly become a favorite of mine. I feel like I’m laughing out loud at every episode. Also, youtube clips of dogs sitting on cats…. I didn’t know it was a thing until I saw a mash up of it. I’m embarrassed to admit, but I have wasted a large amount of time looking that up on youtube

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