Lifestyle

The Start of My Fitness Journey

Hello everyone!  If you’ve kept up with my blog, you know that I recently graduated and am now moving into the fascinating world of adulthood.  With this transition, I decided it was extremely important for me to start treating my body better than I have been.

Over the past two years, I have gained about 45 pounds, which is crazy to think about!  More than that, however, I feel as though I have let myself go in a lot of ways health wise, which is what the true focus of this journey is going to be on.  Not only have I gained a lot of weight, I’ve been eating incredibly poorly and not giving my body the nutrients it needs, and my mental health has been in a constant state of highs and lows.

I want to be clear when I say this: I am not trying to shame myself or make anyone else feel bad about if they are larger or smaller than I am.  I have been wanting to focus on my health for a very long time, and this was the best way to hold myself accountable while encouraging others who may be considering trying to become healthier.

With that in mind, I have taken my measurements (weight and inches) so I can track my progress and see that I am making changes, even if I don’t feel like it some days.  Once again, numbers are only numbers, and it’s more important to me to be happy with myself in my body and not to be at a certain weight or inch.

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Books

5 BookTubers I Watch

In the spirit of combining my love of reading and watching YouTube videos, I wanted to share with you all my favorite BookTubers to watch!

BookTube is the affectionate name for the corner of YouTube that houses people who talk about books. This may include wrap-ups (similar to my own blog post!), reviews, hauls, TBRs, tags, and more!  Anything that has to do with reading and books is considered a part of BookTube.

The list today is the five BookTubers that I felt had either content that interested me or a great personality!  Each of them are a little bit different, so hopefully if you’re looking to get into BookTube, one of these five will catch your attention.

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Lifestyle

How To: Decorate Your Mortarboard (Grad Cap!)

If you’ve been following my blog, you would probably have seen that I graduated and shared my experience last week!

One thing that I wish I had before graduating was a guide on how to make my cap look amazing!  I asked a lot of questions that couldn’t really be answered by anyone around me, which is why I thought this would be a really helpful post to have. Even if you’re not in love with my cap, the steps and advice are all things I learned on my wild journey of making it!

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First: find your inspiration. Pinterest is an amazing tool to utilize when it comes to finding a cute cap!  If you search grad caps you’ll see tons of pictures with all sorts of styles. I’d suggest doing this a month in advance to give yourself plenty of time to plan decorations.  The pictures below ended up being the inspiration for my cap!

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Books

8 Ways to get Free or Cheap Books

Happy Monday, y’all!

Today I wanted to share with you 8 different ways that I get my books either for free or for really cheap.  If you’re a book lover, you know how hard it is to fund your love of books; they’re expensive!  Any easy way to get a book for less than full price is a win in my book.

Some of them may be more or less relevant to you, depending on how well you fit into the criteria, but I can almost guarantee that you’ll find yourself able to do at least one of these!

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Lifestyle

Graduation Day

Well everyone, it’s official.  I graduated!  Last Friday I said goodbye to my school and have now moved on to bigger and better things, like moving and trying to find a job (good luck on that one).

I wanted to share how my big day went with you all, since I had such an amazing time!

What’s on my gown?

Gown

As you can see, I’m wearing two separate cords as well as a stole.  The solid purple cord is for students who graduate Cum Laude, or with a 3.60 GPA or higher.  The silver and purple cord is from the honorary I’m in, Student Ambassadors, which is basically a fancy name for campus tour guides.  Finally, I purchased my stole as a way to show pride for my sorority, one that I love and will miss greatly!

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Lifestyle

4 Quick, Healthy Snacks for On the Go

I’m not sure if any of you are like me, but I feel like I’m always so busy going places.  Even if I’m not actually leaving, I’m still busy enough to never have enough time to make full meals.  That is where these snacks come into play!

I often look into my fridge and pantry to see what I have, and keep finding these four items.  Every time I go to the grocery store, I always buy at least one of these.  In no particular order, here are my four favorite healthy snacks that can be taken on the go!

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Beauty & Fashion

My 5 Favorite Summer Releases from Lilly Pulitzer

It’s hard to believe that summer is already almost here! Spring is my favorite season, and there just wasn’t enough of it for those of us in the Midwest.

While I’m disappointed in the lack of spring, I’m certainly not upset about the amazing new summer collection that Lilly Pulitzer just came out with!  I decided that in honor of loving all these bright new pieces, I would share my five favorites with you all!

Also, just as a side note, they came out with some new Fourth of July themed items as well, as they are so cute! Unfortunately this post only contains their original summer releases.

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