A late 20-something, who enjoys being a wife, writing, cooking, baking, making coffee, and documenting much of what I eat.
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How I Saved Money in Planning My Wedding
Wow. No one really prepared you for how crazy planning for this shindig was really going to be. It can't just be me, I mean be real with me, you had no idea this was coming. The family dinners, the questions about what type of wedding you want, the colors, the flowers, the dress...
4 Daily Habits That Help You Be More Productive
Everyone knows it — waking up at 6:00 AM is a difficult thing to do. So is getting up the gumption to clean, or make the bed after a hard day at work. But one thing we don’t always realize is just how easy it is to make a small list of accomplishable things for that day or week, and being able to say “I got up at 6:00 AM this week,” “I made the bed today,” “I cleaned the kitchen floor this afternoon.” The following are simply thoughts written down regarding what I enjoy that help me to have an overall normal or even a better day, with a more productive outcome. I need help in this all the time, so I hope this article helps you some as well.
How to Convince Yourself to Go Exercise
I thought the only way I could work out was by going to the gym, or running. If someone said "I love running," I would most likely respond with "Good for you, I'm the queen of France." No one loves running.
Why Everyone Should Drink Pour-Over Coffee—Complete with Recipe for the Perfect Cup!
I think of pour-overs as the caveman's "wheel" of coffee machines. In today's age, coffee makers are systematized and programmable, and K-cups and Keurigs are mean to be fast. Espresso makers are on another level of fancy, as well as cappuccino machines. One might argue a French Press is pretty easy, but with measurements and extreme exactness required, it just seems very time-consuming in the end, and almost like a system is still in place. But then there's pour-overs.
How to Use a Planner Effectively, Obtain Results, and Not Get Worn Out
I just want to say and start out in this way: this is my way of doing things. Surely, all our brains work differently, and some ideas will work and some won't. That's just how learning about ourselves is.
How I Got Myself to Go to the Gym
If you are reading this, you're probably expecting that I'm a fitness instructor that will give instructions on how to do yoga. FYI, I am not. I am barely a "young grasshopper" when it comes to this stuff. If anything I'm just grass waving in the wind (I certainly look like it in some yoga poses). But I would like to let you in on a little journey I've been having.
6 Hair Products That Keep Your Hair Healthy
I really enjoy hair things. Trimming it, dyeing it multiple colors, doing new hairstyles with it. But really the hard part is the upkeep. To a small degree of success, albeit I struggled to keep the grey in as part of my ashblonde-gray phase. It's really difficult, which makes me sad, cause after this experience I would really just dye my whole head grey because it is so beautiful of a color. But it washes out so easily it's almost impossible to keep it for very long.
How Indoor Cycling Changed My (Fitness) Life
My whole life I have always been a rollerblader. After my youth I never really "rode" a bike regularly. I knew how, but I almost never did. So when I thought about the possibility of trying indoor cycling as a new approach to fitness, I was pretty nervous to say the least. Before this I started taking barre classes, which helped with toning and building some much-needed muscle, but the particular classes I was in usually didn't offer me a whole lot of cardio and running. After making the decision to go for it, I tried out some free classes my local indoor cycling studio offered me. But leading up to my walking in the studio door, I couldn't help but consider. Was I going to make it? Was I going to pass out? What if I just get stuck and toppled over? Is it too intense for me as a beginner?
Home: Taking Time to Decorate
Like all humans, I'm not a big fan of clutter in my own home. I definitely let it go sometimes and I'm staring at a pile of picture frames, laundry, pillows, or whatever for days at a time. Alas, I have several "mini-projects" that I really want to see the light of day, but I just know it'll be months before they actually all unfold. Some are big. Some are small. I'm okay with that though, because when designing a home, you need adequate time to breathe and actually enjoy planning, and allowing yourself the opportunity to change things up. Even a year later.
DIY: Making a Reading Nook
Anyone and everyone who has entered our house would come across this space and comment on this empty, weirdly-shaped area across from our fridge, yet in the depths of the kitchen by one of the courtyard doors. But really, what is it? What shape even is this? It’s too small for a roundtable. It’s too big to do well, nothing to it. What can we possibly do here?
How to Read a Book
If you're like me, you have no idea how to finish a supposed page-turner. I will be honest, if I am filling out an Instagram survey (this should already clue you into how I waste my time) that asks me to circle what I'd rather do on a Friday night, and the two choices are reading a book or watching Netflix, this university-grad will unabashedly circle the one that requires the least of my concentration. And write in run-on sentences.
Having Friends Over for Coffee or Tea?
I had a free afternoon one day, and decided to do something I haven't done in a really long time: go to a coffeeshop, sit down, and do some light reading and writing. I wrote a letter to my sister-in-law, and began reading an informational book I purchased at a Half-Price Books. It was so nice. Each table had it's own little succulent plant in a metal tin, and the table I sat at had the appearance of marble. Very aesthetic.