Friday, December 12, 2014

// Weekend Advice //

For the weekend ahead here's some sound
advice from one of my favorite ladies ever!!

- Mindy Kaling -



“If I’m at a party where I’m not enjoying myself, I will put some cookies 
in my jacket pocket and leave without saying good-bye.”

Have a blessed weekend ;)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Do you have a Bucket List?

I was talking to Tom on the phone
last night and the topic of bucket lists was brought up.
I think I brought it up...clearly it's on my mind.

I think there is something really amazing about Bucket lists.
Just thinking about mine gets me all hyped up about
adventures and new experiences.

I've only really been into this whole adventure
thing for like three years.

My decision to study abroad in Paris in 2012 kind of
threw me into a world full of adventure and I 
really fell in love with that world.

A travel Bucket list wouldn't have even
been on my radar before Paris.

But now that I've seen bits and pieces of the world
I really am intent on seeing more of it.

So my little travel bucket list was born.
It's teeny and tiny like a baby but I know it will grow.

Here's my list so far:

-See the Moai Statues on Easter Island
-See the northern lights in Norway & (or) Sweden
-Go ice Skating in NYC at Christmas
-Stay in a Hotel over looking the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
-Go on the Sound of Music Tour in Germany and Austria & frolic
on a hilltop singing the hills are alive with the sound of music!!!
-See Neuschwanstein Castle in the fall
-Go on a Castle road trip through Scotland & Ireland
-Visit Patagonia in Chile and see the Marble Caverns
-Live in NZ or AUS for one year
-See a Grizzly bear (from afar) at Yosemite
-Go to a European Christmas Market at Christmas time

We'll leave it at that for now ;)
And of course Tom will be a big part of this!!
I'm sure we'll be merging our lists together soon ;)

Do you have a bucket list?
Are any of my places on your list?
Do you have any must see attractions to add to my list??

Let me know in the comments!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Let's catch up

//Let's catch up//

First of all...
I'm going to have to learn how to style
a massive blanket scarf because I just bought this one..
Will it overpower me?? Probs..I'm ok with that because it's so preeetty.



I've also got my eye on this one from American Eagle.


I have a scarf problem...

...

We're a little more than a month away
from Tom getting to Texas!!!!

I can't even begin to explain how so freaking excited I am!
Or should I say 'WE' because he's excited too!!

We will mostly be staying in Texas while he's here
but we are planning a few quick trips to some fun places.

The Grand Canyon is high on his list of places to see soooo
that's somewhere that we are definitely going.

I'd love to go see Yellowstone or maybe somewhere on
the east coast but we'll just have to see if money
is available for all of that ;)

We talked about looking into credit cards today,
especially credit cards for travel perks.

Well credit card talk got us thinking about our credit scores.
So if you ever wondered what we do on skype dates...

we look up our credit scores ;)

Ah Romance ;)


A few weeks ago I got a pretty massive haircut.
I think i got about 8 inches cut off and I got some blonde highlights.


I love love lovvvee my hair now.
It just feels effortless and fun and cute
and I just don't really have to do anything to it.

I've got another hair appointment next week
and I'm thinking about trimming it up again
maybe even a teensy bit shorter than the first cut...
Also thinking more blonde...
So many choices to be made.

...

We took a trip to Ikea last weekend
and my little heart was just so happy.

I walked in with the intention of buying a gift for someone else
and walked out with the gift as well as stuff for myself.

It's like target on steroids in there.
I can't leave without picking something up.

I've been eyeing this grey striped duvet cover for a long time
so when I found myself in the bedding area I just
kind of waltzed over and snatched it up
and I'm so so happy I did!!!!

It's just really cozy and pretty in a minimalistic way :)


I also found the cutest city prints that now
have a home over my desk.


Ah Ikea, you're a Swedish dreamboat!!!

I hope you are all having a great week!!!!!



Monday, December 8, 2014

A few of my favorite Blogs


Mish Lovin' Life

Michelle is so so so funny. I hop over to her blog everyday
in hopes that she's blogged because she is just one of the funniest gals on the web.

Sarah Tucker

Sarah is gorgeous and so sweet. Her blog is full of love
and sweet pictures of her growing family.


Aspiring Kennedy

Lauren blogs over at Aspiring Kennedy. Lauren was the program
director when I studied abroad in Paris. She was also my French teacher.
Je voudrais un baguette, si vous plait...Merci ;)
I've really learned so much from her!!
Her blog is the best because she's got the cutest family and
she lives in Notting Hill in London...sooo yea, check her out!!!


Lauren Nicole

Lauren Nicole is one of my besties from College.
She's hilarious and adorable and also has TONS of great
recommendations when it comes to beauty products.
Check this girl out for sure!!


Kaylee Daily

I just came across Kaylee and it was blog love at first site!
She is just the cutest and she has the cutest relationship with her hubbs!!
I can't wait to read more of her blog!!
Her fashion is also on point!!!


Tales of me and the husband

Bridget over at TOMATH is so funny and cute annnddd she
has the BEST love story ever!!!!!
She also just had another little baby!!!!
Check her out!


Barefoot Blonde

Amber over at BB has such a sweet life.
She has an adorable family and GORGEOUS hair!
Chances are you've seen her on Pinterest!
She does tons of hair tutorials and she's just a fabulous gal!!

........

So there are some of the blogs that I read on a daily basis.
Sometimes it's nice to put some new content out there for other people to find.
And maybe you already follow these gals?? If so we should probably
be besties...just saying ;)

Hope you're having a great week!!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Long Distance Relationship Tips


I think most relationships experience
the Long Distance conundrum at least
once during their relationship.

Whether it's a short experience or a long one
we all know the feels involved in missing the one you love.

Now my personal experience with long distance
is probably going to be pretty different than most experiences.

We didn't meet in school or on a study abroad program.
We had never even been to each others home towns before we met.
We didn't meet in person until 7 months after we 'met' online.

Meeting people online isn't really as taboo as it used to be
but meeting online and falling in love with someone 
across the world still shocks people a bit when I tell them.

And then I explain that we've met multiple times
and we've spent a significant amount of time together
in the real world, hand in hand, blahdee blaahh...

Then they smile and congratulate me on snagging a Hottt British guy ;)

Which I totally did ;)


Then after I've been hilariously congratulated we dish on
how romantic it is and how lucky I am and how fun
and just amazing our love story is.

And it's all true.

It's all amazing because I found a great guy...
Or in Tom's opinion he found a great girl since
he was the first one to message me.

In all of the amazingness there's still a bit of heartache.
Being apart from the one you love is rough.

Over the past two years I've posted about long distance and
I've read comments that all say "It's hard but so worth it in the end"

I agree, 100%!

Being apart sucks but it makes our
time together even more special.

When you go for months without kisses or a hand to hold
you can get a little bitter to the whole long distance thing.

But Tom and I have done really well when it
comes down to being together.

We rarely let more than three months pass before
one of us is on a plane to see the other.

The longest time we've been apart was at the beginning.
That was 7 months of not meeting but that
was ok since we were both so nervous about
that first time we met.

After that we've tried our best to keep time apart as short as possible.

The one thing that has helped us cope with being apart
has been the amazing invention that is Skype.



I remember posting in the early days about skype dates
and how we had spent hours and hours talking.
One Skype date turned into hundreds of skype dates
and we've skyped for thousands of hours i'm sure.

We make time to see each other when we're not together
and it makes being apart significantly easier.
Not easy by any means but easier.

So if I had to give advice to someone
just starting a long distance relationship I'd say...

1. Skype is your new bestie - Skype is not only good for face to face communication
but it's ALSO the best way to call someone far away for free. Tom and I talk on the phone all the time and it makes us feel even closer.



2. Don't let months and months go between seeing each other - I know that flights get expensive, trust me!! It's so important to keep your relationship thriving, and if you can control when you see
each other try and make it happen as often as possible until you can just be together.


3. Send each other mail - Tom and I send boxes of treats back and forth all of the time and it's such
a fun way to stay connected to each other while you're apart. We also have separate boxes full of letters that we've sent each other. There's so much you can do to feel a little bit closer. 


4. Try to work flexible jobs - While you're apart you'll most likely be working to make money to be together. That's like the biggest conundrum of long distance. Working to be together rather than
working to have work experience and a career. My personal take on this is that my life, my happiness and Tom are more important than  a big corporate job. So I'm a nanny and I love it and the pay is awesome and the hours are awesome and it's the perfect job to have while in my long distance relationship. Tom has been fortunate to also have a flexible job that has worked with him when he wanted to come see me. So jobs are a big part of our success even if we're not working towards careers right now. I know a lot of people want a career before a love life and that's perfect. But sometimes love life comes first which is fine in my book ;)

5. Texting - If you've got an iphone and you and your love are from different countries then Imessage is your bestie. Tom and I text constantly, ask anyone that's around me. We're always in communication with each other from the moment I wake up till the moment Tom goes to bed. Texting, how I love thee.



So there's just a few tips on making LDR's work.

I hope you all have a great weekend!!




Monday, December 1, 2014

You gotta see this (CREATE YOUR OWN FONT)


So occasionally I come across something mind blowing.
When this happens i feel obligated to share the news.

I had NO idea how people made their own font.
It confused me to no end...however I never actually
looked into the process to see it for myself.
Until now...

I was perusing the web last night and
I came across Paintfont.com

I'm either that LAST person to find this
or I'm sharing info that is needed by everyone.

I'm not sure which way it is.

If you already knew about this site then
shame on you for not sharing it with me sooner ;)
Just kidding, no shame, I'm just bitter it took me so
long to make this life changing discovery.

Ok so here's what you do...
Go to Paintfont.com and follow the directions.

Basically you'll print this template...
There's two pages..here's the first.


You print the templates out and then you
basically write your fonts out in the spaces.

It's kind of like going back to Kindergarten.
You find the space with the letter or number you want
and you write over the letter, except you're not tracing the letter
you're creating your own unique letter or number.

Get creative, get funky, have fun with it.

THEN after you're done with that little bit
you will scan the template so you have it back
on your computer because you're going to upload
the file to create your font.

Upload and name your font and then once 
you submit it you'll see this come up....


Then you'll click Download annnddd VOILAAA!!!

Your font is downloaded as font.
It's CRAZY!!!

If you have a mac once you install the font
 it will show up in your font book and then you
can move it into Microsoft office.

If you have a PC then...I don't know ;)
You might have to google how that works.

But yeaaaa....how freaking cool is that??

I've done it a few times but my handwriting is just
 meehhh so I need to work on that.

But I'm just so excited about this
and I thought you might be too ;)

I hope you're all having a great week!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pinterest Christmas List


First of all I hope you all had a wonderful
Thanksgiving Holiday with your families and friends!

My family had such a great day spending time together
and eating lots of yummy foods.

I think I was mostly made up of mac n cheese by the end of the day. ;)

Soooo now that we're headed towards Christmas I thought
I'd do a post about creating a perfect Christmas list.

I mean all I want for Christmas is a certain guy who's
6'4 and British, but sometimes we just have to be patient. ;)

Back to list making...

I remember when I used to
be sitting in class on a crisp November day
and I'd pull out my notebook and start jotting
down my well thought out christmas list.

This is probably the reason I don't remember much
from my Fall semester classes, especially towards the
end of the semester.

Christmas trumped Psychology, sorry i'm not sorry!!

Now that we're all tech-ee and futuristic
I've traded in my notebook for something else.

I've used pinterest for the past two years
to create my christmas list.

It's a great idea because you can
share it with whoever wants your list
and then they've got all of your little Christmas 
dreams at their fingertips.

Not only can they see what you're after
but with one swift click of a button they will
be directed to the exact place of purchase.

There's no waiting in lines or jumping from store to store.
It's easy to share and then it's easy for them to shop.

I like the idea of shopping Small Businesses
so a majority of my list consists of Etsy shops and
small online boutiques.

I love how Pinterest pulls all of my ideas together.

Here's my Christmas Board.
Maybe it will give you some Christmassy ideas of your own.

You can see more of my list on Pinterest!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!! :)