Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School

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The time has come for everyone to do their back to school shopping! Maybe it’s just me (or females in general) but school supply shopping was what I loooked forward to every year. New pens, matching folders, gorgeously designed spiral notebook – hello happiness! Basically anything that was pink or had a fun design, I could rationalize “needing” it for school. Behold, my favorite back to school items.
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Weekly Planner/Agenda/Lifeline: How could you possibly keep yourself organized if you don’t have a gorgeous planner that you enjoy looking at? My life has always revolved around my planner and I’ve been a tad lost the past few months. I’m looking forward to getting back on track and what better way than with a new Lilly? Yes, bribing myself with things works :)

Calculator: Even if you’re not taking math, you will inevitably need a calculator on hand. This cute one happens to make calculating your grade more fun!

Brita® Bottle: The only area of my life that I'm actually healthy about is that I only drink water. Let me tell you there is nothing worse than finding the furthest parking spot and making a mile long trek to class without something to keep you hydrated. And let's face it, bottles of water are just expensive, especially when you drink multiple throughout the day. I prefer to keep that $5 a day where I can see it, in my wallet! :) This adorably designed Brita® water bottle is available at Target!

Pens: Look for the cutest pens you can find and buy those, but don’t forget to buy a pack of the pens that your handwriting magically looks better every time you use them and when someone steals your pen, you feel like you lost your first pet. I know I’m not alone on this one!

Highlighters: Probably the item that keeps me the most organized. Pink has always been reserved for fun weekend plans, while the other colors help me keep on track with bills, coursework and appointments.

Stapler: Because why wouldn’t you want this gorgeous pink studded stapler?

Essie Truth of Flare Nail Polish: Any big event is an excuse to get nail polish. Any nobody wants to see your unpolished fingers on the first day of class.

What are your favorite back to school items?
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Take me back!

One of my best friends got married this weekend in the Bahamas and I'm reminiscing about blue skies and soft sand in my toes. Days were filled with sweet friends and nights were filled with dancing and laughter, what more could a girl want?
Congratulations Brittany! If only she could get married every weekend!

Friday, May 2, 2014

5 on Friday!

I'm trying to get back into the groove of things. I've had a lot going on over the past few months yet finding things to post about are still hard while I'm sit here staring at this blank white space. A link up to the rescue!

In just under a month, I will be back to living on my own. Sure there are some monetary perks to having roommates, but nothing beats having your own private sanctuary when you need some peace and quiet. My decorating skills aren't as high quality as the genius behind the model apartment but I'm looking forward to making it my own!
One of my best friends (ohhh hey, Kate!) is pregnant and we get to find out if she is carrying a little prince or a sweet princess this Sunday! She is my first friend to have a baby (on purpose, ha) & she has already agreed to letting me babysit! I've been teasing her that I'm certain it's a boy, because she badly wants a girl. I guess we'll find out Sunday! 

Blue or Pink. What do you think?
Tomorrow is my first ever Derby party! Since I'm not a Kentuck-ian like my blog crush PinkLouLou, I've never actually been to the Kentucky Derby, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I've been watching the frilly hats from afar and dreaming of a day that I'm no longer just there in spirit.  
{RIP Jess & Nick. I still believe!}

All week I've been dreaming of Pad Thai. Have you tried this incredible delicacy from Thailand? Okay, maybe it's not a delicacy but I'm official obsessed with this dish. It's only been 3 months since my first encounter and I'm irrevocably hooked. Somehow I need to find a way to incorporate Pad Thai into my meals this coming weekend. Been far away for far too long ♪♫ (I'm fully aware that I sound like a looney tune)
Throwback to my love at first site moment with Pad Thai!
In the past weeks, I've seen social media blowing up with talks of the Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. Am I the only one that isn't completely sold yet? From what I've seen, it simply creates clumps (which I hate) on your eyelashes to add the "fuller" effect. I know I shouldn't knock it before I try it myself, but I'm uncertain what all the craze is about. Has anyone tried it?

That's all I've got for today.

My goal is to document my travels here next week. We'll see how I do!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Pen of all Pens!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC 4-Color pen for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
We've talked about this before, but I'm a sucker for calendars, planners and lists. It's important to note that none of these would be nearly as fun to keep track of if they weren't color coded. Am I right or am I right?

I don't know about you but school supply shopping was my absolute FAVORITE thing to do every new school year. I wanted the coolest pens, highlighters, binders, etc.. You name it, I had it. Don't even get me started on my Lisa Frank obsession. Speaking of that, where has she been? Are kids still using her supplies these days? I definitely think it's time for Ms. Frank to make a comeback because she was the Lilly Pulitzer of my youth. 

Back to the point, I absolutely hated when I would lose one of my pen colors when updated my planner. Insert the geniuses over at BIC® and their awesome 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen. Now I can update my calendar all without switching pens or worrying about losing one of my colors mid-month (the worst to my fellow planner/calendar lovers!) Plus, they add a colorful expression to my calendar!

Since there are 4 different colors, you can use that to distinguish what kind of mood you're in or thought you're trying to convey. I keep my calendar organized with work stuff in red because those items are typically more urgent, to-list & appointments in black, bills in blue because I definitely start feeling blue after paying those every month and I leave all of my fun stuff for green since it's my favorite color!
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As you can see there is a TON going on. Having it color coded really helps me stay organized!

These Bic® 4-Color™ pens can be found at Staples or Amazon! If you're lazy (like me), anything sold online gets bonus points! You can also follow Bic® 4-Color™ on Facebook & Twitter to keep up with the Spandex men on the move!
Blue likes himself. And for good resaon: he knows that he's important. Blue cheese, blue skies, blue jeans, blue moon; he's everwhere! let's admit it.. Blue is the boss. 

Red: Red likes it when things are correct. When matches are parallel and books are well aligned on a shelf. Want to make him happy? Give him some mistakes to correct. He even makes mistakes on purpose sometimes, just for the pleasure of correcting them. 

Green: Green is the jealous type. Wouldn't you be if your Red, Blue and Black counterparts were used way more often than you? He's a foodie. Such a foodie that he chronicles each of his daily meals on his social media profile. Because if you eat a meal and odn't take a picture of it, did it really even happen?

Black: He just doesn't understand... why does it always have to be about blue? He is not as fit as blue although he likes to think that he's just as handsome as he is - in a different way though. (Muscles are so last season). He doesn't like to talk about it but his natural hair color is blond. 

I'm clearly a red. Sometimes I add things to my to-do list that I've already done just so I can mark them off and feel accomplished! What color best fits your personality?

Each of the different spandex men have different personalities. See if you can spot the personalities in the videos below! BIC® actually came out with some pretty funny videos that I recommend you watch. They gave me a good laugh!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bachelorette Fun!

This weekend, we celebrated one of my best friends Bachelorette Party in Jacksonville Beach and it was definitely one for the books! These girls have such a special place in my heart and spending time with them is always good for my soul. 

I'll let the photos do the talking! 
The best part is that we get to do it all over again in a month for their cruise wedding. 

Let the countdown begin! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

30 before 30 - update!

Since I'm not getting any younger, I figured I needed to get started on my 30 before 30 list. 

  1. Go to New York  - Done! 
  2. Take a trip to Boston - Trip is booked to DC in May, with a day spent touring Boston! 
  3. Go to Chicago - take a photo in front of the 'Bean'Done! 
  4. Visit Charleston - Done! 
  5. New 4-door car - black on black - Done, Black Mazda 6! 
  6. Pay off said car
  7. Own a home 
  8. Have my fairytale wedding... & a marriage more beautiful than my wedding.
  9. Be called Mommy.. maybe even by two kids.
  10. See The Fray in concert
  11. See James Morrison live
  12. Develop a regular workout routine - 3 times a week before work?
  13. Pay off student loans <-- I can't wait for this day! - Any day now!
  14. Become a member of a church and attend regularly
  15. Have home decor for every holiday
  16. Host and prepare a holiday dinner for my entire family
  17. Have a White Christmas
  18. Obtain a position at a non-profit to gain experience for Make-A-Wish - Now volunteering at Make-A-Wish! :)
  19. Go white-water rafting
  20. Go horseback riding on the beach
  21. Swim with dolphins
  22. Run an official 5k
  23. Go skiing in North Carolina - Done! 
  24. Go camping
  25. Start a family tradition
  26. Stop drinking soda
  27. Learn to french braid <-- I've never been able to do that!
  28. Build up my savings back to 20k
  29. Pay for a strangers meal
  30. Have the photos on all my computers transfered onto one hardrive
Slowly but surely, I'm getting things checked off! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I've got the Magic in me!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Orlando Magic for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

There is no doubt that I'm a huge fan of the Orlando Magic. 
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I'm probably a broken record at this point, but I grew up in Orlando and my love for the Magic dates back to the days when Shaq, Penny and Horace graced the court. Do goggles sitting above Lake Ivanhoe ring a bell to any of you?

A few years back, Orlando invested a pretty penny into a gorgeous new stadium and I fully intend to get as much use out of it as possible. I mean, it has a rooftop bars overlooking the gorgeous Orlando skyline, a play area for the kiddos and basketball. If you're not into the basketball portion, there is still plenty for you to enjoy. Halftime never fails to disappoint with performances from the Magic Dancers and non-stop contests. Not to mention, who doesn't love watching the kiss cam make its way around the audience? Admittedly, that's always one of my favorite times of the night. Don't act shock, basketball fan or not,  I'm still a sappy girl that loves the cuteness that is PDA. 

Whatever you think you know when it comes to sporting even pricing, forget it. There is an amazing deal honoring the 25th Anniversary season that I had to share with you.  Every Wednesday home game for Orlando Magic features a pre-game Happy Hour at 'Ronas & 'Ritas. Not only do you get the amazing views overlooking Orlando, but now they throw in live music from 5:30-7:00 and drink specials starting at $3. You have plenty of time to unwind after the work day before hitting the game to cheer on your favorite team. And as you can see below, that's exactly what my co-workers and I did in December. 
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Just when you think this can't get any better, it does. The Mid-Week Magic Happy Hour gives you admission to the game, 1 hot dog or pretzel and 1 beer or soft drink. They've seriously covered every base (insert basketball reference instead). Not to worry, you didn't miss out on this yet. There are still 3 Wednesday games remaining for you to take advantage of this awesome opportunity.

April 2 - Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
April 9 - Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets
April 16 -  Magic vs. Indiana Pacers

You can view Orlando Magic ticket Information to plan your next fun night out!

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