Current Favorites & Obsessions!

Hello Beauties!

It has been a minute since I’ve posted, I know! I finally graduated from high school (yipee!!), have college squared away, and get to enjoy my summer before I start school in the fall. I have been super busy working, planning/ throwing my sister’s wedding, preparing for college, and going on trips. I have a lot of post ideas in store, so look forward to those! (HINT: I plan on posting a vacation guide, including more pictures I took when I was pretending to be a photographer! Haha!)

While I have been navigating my hectic schedule, I have gone through tons of changes, such as graduating and finishing my last year of dance :(. Through these changes and new routines, I have found some new favorites, but basically obsessions, that I NEEDED to share with you guys! This list is compiled of so many different things/ activities, and is completely random, but I hope you guys enjoy!

P.S. I linked all of the products below to help you guys visualize/ know which products I am talking about!

  •  Ozark Trail 30-Ounce Double Walled Vacuum-Sealed Tumbler
    • To start off, I LOVE this cup! I have a 16 oz tumbler that I have been using for a few months and recently, I have purchased the 30 oz tumbler because of how amazing they are (plus, this one in turquoise!!). I have not tried the Yeti or RTIC versions of the tumbler and that is for two reasons: First, my best friend Brooke’s uncle claimed to have done the ultimate test to see which tumbler brand was best, and according to his results, Ozark Trail won the test. The second reason is because I originally bought one of these cups to try it because they were cheap, and I found they kept my drink the same temperature for a very long period of time, which worked for me. I highly recommend buying one of these tumblers because it will keep your cold drinks ice cold, and you cannot beat the price.
  • HP Envy Laptop
    • I recently purchased this laptop at Best Buy because I needed a new computer for college and I wanted to have time to familiarize myself with it before I go to school. I chose this laptop because it was good screen size, it’s touch-screen, and it is a 2-in-1, which I really wanted. I am not a tech expert, and I’m positive there are a bunch of way better laptops out there, but for what I needed it for, and for being on a budget (college student, remember?) it is a great laptop. I also learned while shopping at Best Buy that if you are a college student you can make an account on their Student Hub, which has weekly deals on all things you may need for college. Another tip would be to check and see if your college/university offers Microsoft Office for free, because if it does you can purchase your computer without it and save even more money. Using those two tricks I ended up getting $150 off of the original price of my laptop!
  • Iced Coffee
    • This one seems super simple, and that’s because it is! Lately I have been addicted to iced coffees! Whether it is from McDonald’s, Starbucks, or Tim Horton’s, I have been obsessed! I usually get my coffee from McDonald’s because I live in a small town and that is the only place to get an iced coffee, but it is completely okay because I LOVE their French Vanilla iced coffees! From Starbucks I always get an Iced Caramel Macchiato, and from Tim Horton’s I just prefer an Iced Latte.
  • Yoga Classes
    • Since I graduated from high school, I also had to graduate from dance classes. At first I was devastated because I had no idea what I was going to do instead. If you are feeling this way I have your answer: YOGA! I absolutely adore yoga, and I am so happy I have decided to start taking classes. I have been taking a weekly yoga class at my local gym with my dance (and now yoga) best friend, Maddie. We started out really nervous, but we have been taking classes for two months now, and we have really improved and gotten the hang of it, we even did headstands a few weeks ago! I strongly recommend yoga for countless reasons. It is so beneficial to your spiritual and physical health, by helping you relax and refocus your purpose, and by being good exercise and stretches for your  body. I suggest that if you are nervous or too shy to try a new class, be bold and take the steps to bettering yourself, you will not regret it. Namaste!
  • Fitbit Alta / Fitbit App
    • I received my Fitbit Alta for Christmas from my boyfriend, Jarod. I was super excited to have a Fitbit, but I found that after a few weeks I was losing interest. Recently, I was at a party with Jarod’s family and was listening to the testimonies of his sister-in-laws, on their fitness/weight loss journeys, so I decided to start wearing my Alta again. Upon using it more the second time I discovered more of the Fitbit app than ever before. After playing around with the app I started using the Communities to see other people’s journeys and to motivate myself. I also find myself LOVING the easy-to-use features such as the weight log, food journal, water log, and activity tracker. I find this app makes me more accountable for myself and my health, and it makes it easier for me to understand and see the ratio of calories consumed versus calories burned through my daily meals and activities. There is so much to say about the Fitbit app and the healthy lifestyle I have been trying to create. If you guys are interested in a post discussing those things, let me know!
  • Lava Bead Bracelet / Essential Oils
    • These items kind of go in hand with the past two, and that is because they involve a healthier you! Essential Oils are a much more natural approach to relieve aches and pains, help with illnesses, and to elevate mood. My favorite way to use essential oils is to put them on my Lava Bead Bracelet. I received my bracelet as a gift from Brooke for my open house, and I do not think I have taken it off since! You basically rub different oils on the beads, depending on what you want to use it for, and then it will diffuse the oil to you throughout the next couple of days. I enjoy putting either the Joy Blend, Breath Blend, or Lavender Oil on my bracelet to help me relax and reduce stress during my week. This bracelet is awesome because the oil scent will diffuse away after 1-3 days, leaving you with a blank bracelet to put whatever oil you want next on it. It is also a super cute bracelet! Mine has purple beads (the one linked above has turquoise beads), which matches my Fitbit! To be completely honest, I am more likely to forget to put my Fitbit on when I leave the house than I am to forget my Lava Beads!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my endless nonsense about items and activities I have been loving. I am so grateful I have found some of these, such as yoga and essential oils (not the tumbler haha!), to help me create and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. If you have any questions regarding any of the above mentioned favorites, let me know in the comments below. Thank you for reading!

xoxo

Grace

2017 Goals

Hello Beauties!

Happy New Year! Since today is January 1st, 2017, it is the perfect time to set goals and reinvent yourself. I set eight goals using my new favorite note taking app/website: Google Keep. I really like using Google Keep and Google Calendar because it easily accessible on my phone, iPad, and computer by just logging onto my Gmail account. There are also widgets that display both my schedule (for Calendar, which is color coded!) and my goals (for Keep).

  1. Wash my face twice a day. This seems simple enough, and it should be something that I have always done; however, washing my face at night is a task I typically forget. I shower when I wake up, which takes care of washing my face in the morning. When I have a busy evening and arrive home late, I often find myself forgetting to wash my face before bed, even when I’m wearing makeup.
  2. Drink 48 ounces of water a day. This goal also seems like a given, especially since 48 ounces isn’t even the suggested amount to drink daily. I have a hard time remembering to drink water and most of the time because my go to drink is iced tea. I think an easy way to drink more water is to find a tumbler or water bottle you really like, because from what I’ve learned, I’m more likely to drink water if I like what I’m drinking it out of. We have a Brita filter on our faucet at home and since I’m really picky about my water, I usually don’t refill my water bottle until I get home. I’m purchasing this Brita Water Bottle to hopefully motivate me and help with my water-drinking pickiness.
  3. Blog once a week. Blogging for me is very therapeutic, and regardless of what is going on in my life, writing about it almost always helps. I plan on scheduling time in for blogging because the only thing that holds me back from doing it is getting caught up in my hectic schedule.
  4. Read a daily devotion. This one is a big goal for me. I really want to have a devotion/ debrief time each day because having that time with God everyday is essential to good spiritual health. I have a hard time finding devotions that are easy to understand and relate to, which makes it hard to remember to read them daily. I would gladly accept any suggestions of good devotions and books!
  5. Better Jarod and I’s relationship. This is something that will always be a goal for us, and we will always have to work on. After two and a half years, we are obviously both happy and our relationship is filled with mutual love for each other. I think constantly working to make your relationship better and to make each other happier is just really important.
  6. Work out at least twice a week. Working out is a traditional “New Year’s Resolution” so obviously I had to add it to the list! I really got into weight lifting over the summer, but sort of faded out of going to the gym as much because I was having some health issues. My goal is really to get back into lifting weights and to become toner. To motivate me to work out, I plan on purchasing these Nike shoes. Not to set my goal too high, twice a week seems like a good place to start.
  7. Finish assignments early. This goal is really important because it is a really important habit to form, especially since I will be starting college soon. For a lot of my classes, you get the assignment several days before it is due, and I have a terrible habit of putting it off until the night before the due date. I also have online classes that I have fallen behind in, where I will struggle to catch up on.
  8. Be proud of the person I am. This goal is obviously the number one goal. I want to work on all aspects of my life to be proud of who I am as a person. I really want to work on my physical, mental, and spiritual health. I want to be happier with all aspects of life and be a kinder person to everyone around me.

Again, Happy New Year, Beauties! Take this time as 2017 begins to set some goals for yourself. These goals can be as small as washing your face to as big as traveling somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, or saving money. As the year changes, there is no better time to improve yourself. I always find that I need a big change in my life to motivate me to improve myself.

xoxo

Grace

Photography Adventure

Hello Beauties!

Today’s post is different than what I originally planned to publish to this blog; however, I had the best time wandering through the forest trails snapping pictures and pretending to be a photographer (though I CLEARLY am not).

One of my best friends, Kelsey, and I decided to go on a photography adventure after she had just gotten her new camera, so I borrowed my mom’s camera and we set out. First, we went to my family’s woods, walking through the trails taking pictures of wild flowers (okay, weeds, but they’re still pretty!), trees, leaves, and some apple trees. Through the tall weeds, thorns, and mosquitoes I managed to capture some decent pictures.

Next on our adventure we stopped at my neighbor’s pond, where my favorite pictures were taken. The water was reflecting the trees so beautifully, I could not resist snapping a bunch of pictures! Last, we stopped at my grandparents’ farm, where we had some fun taking the cliche “me taking a picture of you taking a picture of me” photos and taking pictures of the old farm.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our photography adventure, viewing my photos, and reading about us playing around with cameras. More photography adventures to come, for sure!

XOXO, Grace

Click here for the camera I used!

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