Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Little Things That Make Me Happy + My Favorite App

I'd consider myself to be a geniunely happy person. I like to spend most of my time smiling and laughing and I try not to take myself too seriously. Yes, I do have days when I've got myself down but for the most part, I like to be happy.

I was reading a book the other day and it asked the question, "what makes you happy?"

This got me thinking about all the little things that make my happy and put smiles on my face. I'm definitely the type of person who enjoys the littest things in life, it really doesn't take much to make me smile. If you've ever wanted to get to know me a little bit better, here's a handful of things that make me happy.

Early mornings, because I like being awake before the rest of the world. Fresh fruit & big, elaborate breakfasts. Iced coffee and local coffee shops. Getting dressed up but also lazy days where I don't change out of my pajamas. Trader Joe's Cookie Butter and Trader Joe's fresh flowers and carefully arranging them in vases. Opening my blinds each morning to let in the natural sunlight. The sound of little kids laughing and receiving handwritten notes in the mail. Christmas lights, because I think it makes everything a little bit more magical. Summer nights, when it's 8pm and still outside and I'm driving around, windows down, blasting old songs and singing my heart of with my friends. Watching my creamer mix with my coffee. Storms with heavy rain and loud thunder and lightning so bright that for a split second, it looks like daytime. The feeling of a plane speeding the runway right before takeoff. Golden hour. Laying on the kitchen floor with my dog. Making Spotify playlists. Ballcaps with messy ponytails. And so many more things.

There's a lot of things that can easily turn my mood around and one of my favorite ways to remember the little things that made me smile is by using the app HappyFeed. No, this post isn't sponsored, I just really love this app and wanted to share it with you.

The way this app works is like this: you can set a notification for a certain time every day and you'll be prompted to write down three things that made you happy that day or three things you're grateful for. You can upload pictures to remember special memories, too. After you've been using the app for one, two, three weeks and longer, you'll be able to go back and view your memories from previous weeks. My favorite time of the night is when I write down what made me smile that day and then going back and seeing what made me happy last week and previous weeks.

By recording what made me smile and what I'm grateful for each day, I'm creating an ongoing list of things that make me happy, so on days when I'm not quite feeling myself, looking back on previous memories can always put the smile right back on my face. Even if it's something as simple as getting iced coffee or seeing a friend, it's such a fun way to record my memories.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, June 11, 2018

How I Edit My Instagram Pictures (YouTube Video)

Hi friends, happy Monday! I'm super excited to be sharing a new YouTube video with you guys today! I asked on my Instagram story a couple of weeks ago if you all would prefer me to share my editing routine in the form of a blog post or in a video, the video option won by a landslide and I finally found time to sit down and film the video yesterday afternoon. You can click HERE to watch the video!

I had so much fun filming & editing this video and hopefully will be sharing some more videos over on my YouTube channel. If there's any video in specific you'd be interested in seeing let me know!

Happy Monday!


Monday, May 28, 2018

A Morning at the Peony Farm

Happy Monday, friends! This past Saturday was the peony season opener at Red Twig Farms, which is about a 30 minutes drive from my house. My mom had mentioned this farm to me when I was down in South Carolina at school and I had been patiently waiting until we could head over to New Albany and pick some peonies. 

Red Twig Farms exceeded all expectations I had, the farm store was so cute and the peonies are beautiful! Mama Prepster tagged along, of course, and snapped some fun photos from our morning spent at the peony farm. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tips for Traveling Alone

Traveling is something that I love to do but up until I started college 8 hours away from home, I had never traveled by myself. I know it might seem odd to be nervous about traveling alone especially as a 19-year college student, but as someone who doesn't fly often, this was a whole new experience for me. I lucked out a bit as the first time I flew without my parents I was with my roommate who had experience traveling alone so she was able to give me tips and answer any questions I had (which there were lots) so that definitely eased my nerves when it came time for me to travel entirely by myself.

I traveled by myself for the first time when I flew home for Thanksgiving Break last November. I had booked a 5:00am flight out of the Columbia airport which was nice as it got me home to Ohio before 9am but it was also a bit stressful as I had to wake up at 3:30am and find someone to give me a ride to the airport because I didn't have my car on campus and there were understandably no Uber's running at 3:30am. Long story short, I made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare, seriously, I don't know why I thought I needed to be there so early. There was no one at the airport at 3:45am and it's only a 15-minute drive from campus but it's better to be early, especially when it's your first time traveling alone.

I've since flown alone 3 times as well as taking weekend road trips so I've come to develop a list of my tips for when you're traveling alone, whether it be flying, driving or checking into hotels, I'm here to share my experiences and tips on how to make your travels as easy as possible.

Early is Better Than Late
I'm notorious for showing up at the airport several hours before my flights begins boarding. While I don't need to get there three hours before boarding, it's much better to be early and have time to sit down and relax than having to run after you get through security to your gate. It's also nice to be there early in case of a gate change so you can be where you're supposed to be when it comes time to board.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask Someone for Help
This is something that I was hesitant to do when I traveled alone for the first time but I just had to remind myself that the airport staff was there to help me. Whether it's asking which direction your gate is or simply for a gate-check bag tag, don't be afraid to ask for assistance because you'll feel better instead of sitting there wondering "what if?" the whole time.

Bring a Portable Charger & Make Sure It's Charged
When I was flying back to Columbia after Christmas break, I had just boarded my connecting flight in Washington, D.C. when my phone alerted me that I only had 5% battery left. I had brought a portable charger with me but when I turned it on, I realized I had forgotten to charge it. It turns out the charger had permanently died so my mom ordered me this one off of Amazon and it's fantastic! I can get at least 5 full charges out of this thing! Especially now that most boarding passes and GPS systems are on our phones, it's important to make sure you have a charged phone at all times while you're traveling.

Have Confirmation E-Mails On Hand & Ready
My roommate and I traveled over Easter Weekend and we stayed overnight in a hotel since we didn't want to spend most of our day in the car traveling to and from Columbia. Checking into hotels is a simple process and the employees there will ask you for the information they need but I would suggest you have your reservation confirmation handy just in case anything were to happen.

Research Your Destination Prior to Arriving
When traveling to a new city, I would recommend doing a simple search and looking to see some of the things your destination has just so that when you arrive, you have a general idea of what you would like to do. You can choose to research more or less depending on your travel style, it just comes down to whether you like having a list of everything you want to do and see or if you like to just explore and see what you discover.

Have a General Game Plan
When my roommate and I went to Savannah, we had a general idea of what we wanted to see and do but we had no idea where to start. You can save a decent amount of time by having a general idea of where you'd like to go first so you don't sit there and bounce ideas around.

What tips do you have for traveling alone?


Monday, May 21, 2018

Summer Wishlist

Hi friends, happy Monday! I was shopping around online yesterday morning and came across some pieces that I thought were perfect for the summer and were just too cute not to share. 

While my summer wardrobe does have a lot of running shorts and oversized sorority t-shirts in it, I can always find a reason to dress up whether it be dinner with friends or fun adventures around Columbus. Clearly my two favorite colors at the moment are blue & blush pink but I think both of those colors are so perfect for the warm summer weather. I've linked all the pieces at the end of this post for y'all in case you want to shop any of the pieces on my wishlist!

Happy Monday!


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