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Friday, November 28, 2014

DIY Sharpie Mugs (that actually last!)

I have seen so many sharpie mug tutorials lately. They are so easy and cute, but some people have complained theirs didn't hold up. Of course, I had to try this for myself.

Turned out pretty great! I love having this reminder every morning when I have my coffee, and it was way cheaper than buying one from a retailer.

What you need:
Cheap Coffee Cup. I got mine from Dollar General

What to do:
  1. Clean your mug. Really, really clean it. I scrubbed mine in the sink with Dawn. Dry it off really well.
  2. Draw your design on the mug. I traced mine from a piece of paper. Go over the design several times.
  3. Place the mug on the pan in a cold oven. Heat the over to 350. Once the oven reaches 350 continue to bake for 30 minutes. When 30 minutes is up turn the oven off and let the mug cool with the oven.
  4. Let mug sit for 24 hours before use.
That's it! I read lots of tutorials that said this didn't work, but it has worked great for me! I don't dishwash my mug, but handwashing hasn't damaged it at all. I recommend getting the cheapest mug you can find for this, as its glaze melts more easily and takes in the sharpie.

Let me know if you try this out!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Travel Survival Kit

The holidays are a time of travel. Everyone is busy going to and from friends and family. While it’s great to see everyone and spend time celebrating with the ones you love, travel can be one of the most stressful parts of the season. My family usually travels by car, but we have also traveled by plane for the holidays, and both are stressful for different reasons. I have found that having the right things in my tote bag (I used my longchamp for this one) can help makes the time in the car or in the air much more enjoyable.

These seem like no brainers, but you would be surprised how easy it is to forget them. Time always goes by faster when you have these for work or entertainment. Don’t forget chargers and headphones!

A great playlist
Especially essential if you’re the driver. I couldn’t survive my six hour drive home without one!

Books and Magazines
These are great if you don’t feel like being plugged in. Challenge yourself to finish a whole book during the trip.

School Work or Work Work
Even though it’s vacation time, I hate wasting valuable time when I have things to do. A six hour drive or flight is the perfect time to catch up on emails, homework, or start studying for finals.

Drinks and Snacks
I can’t go on a long car ride without a diet coke and a pack of crackers. You never know when carsickness or hunger could strike! If you’re flying be sure to buy these after you go through security so they won’t be thrown away.

Nothing is more miserable than being trapped in a car with the sun blazing in your eyes with no way to block it. Be prepared!

Small toiletry bag
I keep mascara, lipstick, and moisturizer in my bag for touch ups and dry skin. I also keep Advil, my epi pen, extra contacts, and daily medication with me as well- it gives me much more peace of mind than having it in a bulky bag that would take time to dig through when in need. If you’re flying be sure to have the right sizes and that you’re allowed to carry said medication on flight.

Have your travel plans, tickets, and schedule on hand to prevent any mishaps or confusion!

Light Jacket or Blanket
I am becoming more and more cold natured the older I get. These are a must!

Travel Pillow
When all else fails, just catch up on your sleep. You deserve it!

What are your travel must haves? Let me know!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gift Guide: Bags

I am addicted to bags. I have way too many totes, clutches, and cross bodys to count. They're just so useful! I love giving bags because I know my friends will use them. From cute clutches to huge tote bags anything will be appreciated this Christmas.

Some of my friends will be seeing these this season. I personally always feel safe with the Boat and Tote- I have three and use one almost every day!

What bags are you wanting this season? Will you be giving any?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gift Guide: Jewels

Tis' the season for gift guides! While lots of bloggers organize their's by person (for the bff, for the boyfriend, etc.) I like to organize mine by what the gifts are.

Jewelry is my absolute favorite gift to get and give. Jewelry is perfect because it can be worn again and again, lasts forever if you get good quality, and is a great little reminder of how much you care everytime the wearer looks at it. I could share 1000 pieces I am currently loving for gifts this season, but luckily for y'all I narrowed it down.

What jewelry are you hoping to recieve this holiday?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Motivation Station

Believe it or not, Sunday is technically the first day of the week. My Sundays are full of homework, blogging, and cleaning. It's the catch up day, and I have found if I have a productive Sunday I have a much more productive week. Here is some motivation for your Sunday!

I'm not sure if Abraham Lincoln actually said that about hustling, but it's still motivating!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Favorites of the Week

Happy Friday! I have had some great things come up on my radar this week. Hope you guys love them as much as I do!

I love sweaters. It's an obsession that is neccessary when you live in a town that gets snow from October to March. While some sweaters can look grandpa-ish when you add fun weaving this one looks fun and fresh. It's definitely on my wish list! (hint hint mom, I know you read this blog)

Taylor Swift 1989
So confession: I used to really dislike Taylor Swift. I was a fan when she first came out and even saw her on her first tour. Then I got bored. It seemed like she sang the same song over and over, just with different words. 1989 is definitely a breath of fresh air for her. She has certainly grown up as an artist.

Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler at the CMA's
So anyone who knows me knows I LOVE Steven Tyler and every song he has ever done. He made an appearance at the CMA's again last night, and even though we didn't get a full performance it made me think back to this one from 2011. Check it out if you love country music but also get into your classic rock.

Friendsgiving and Friends
I have decided to host my Friendsgiving this year and I am getting so excited! For those of you who don't know, Friendsgiving is a Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. We are doing it potluck style, and I think it will go really well, even though it looks like someone is bringing tacos. Can't wait to share it with you guys! We had originally hoped to watch Friends at the dinner, but it won't be on Netflix until January 1st. I'm already counting down.

DIY Brass Figurines by Hi Sugarplum!
The faux taxadermy/brass figurine trend has been on my radar for a while. I absolutely love how sophisticated they make a room look. Unfortunately lots of them are so expensive I wouldn't even buy them if I wasn't broke. Luckily I found this DIY from Cassie at Hi Sugarplum! and it is super cheap and easy. I can't wait to try it this afternoon. Check out the link above for her whole DIY.

What's been on your radar this week?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hey Young People: Now's the Time to do Whatever You Want!

This is a response to the popular article Hey Young People: Now's the Time to Get Married and Have Kids. You can read it Here.

As I write this article I am sitting on my couch in my pajamas. I am drinking my second (third by the time I hit publish) beer of the evening and eating queso and chips with my roommate. We are laughing at Taylor Swift and watching 20/20. We are acting exactly our age. We are both 21, and I know that she will not mind me speaking for her when I say neither of us is ready to get married or have kids right now.

An article is making it's way around the internet urging young people to get married and have kids. The author insists it is time. He lists several reasons and paints a happy rosy picture of what it is like to be married and have kids at a young age. I first saw the article on a friends facebook and she happily proclaimed how right he was- she is married with a child, and is 22. Good for her! But does that mean I am ready to have a child? Does that mean I am ready to get married? Does that mean all twenty somethings are ready?

The author gives us 8 reasons why we all need to settle down ASAP:

1. You don't need money to get married.

Well brother, hate to break it to you, but in the great state of North Carolina a marriage license costs $60. To me, this is a week of groceries. No joke. I am so broke that $60 is that crucial. Why would I want to throw that down on a piece of paper to tell me I love someone? Now imagine that maybe I would like a half decent ceremony. Maybe a dress I didn't find in a dumpster. Oh and maybe we wanna get a house and afford things like lights. We are probably going to need some money. The author continues with the way we are willing to spend money on other activities, specifically things like partying or the bar. All I have to say is he clearly never went to nickle draft night if he thinks the bar is anywhere close to a $60 venture for a normal 21 year old.

2. You aren't your parents.

This guy makes it clear his parents had a great marriage, and that's awesome. He then goes on to say he has friends who's parents did not, and they were doomed to a childhood of abandonment and guilt. My parents are divorced. I can honestly say I have never felt doomed. I don't feel like my marriage will be theres, because as he said I'm not my parents. However, if I jump into marriage with the first twenty something I find don't you think the marriage is a little more likely to be doomed?

3. Marriage is about experiencing life with your spouse by your side.

True. This is a big reason why people get married. If I get married I hope I have a life partner. Right now though, I am having fun experiencing life alone. Call me crazy but I like not having to worry about cooking enough food for two. I like not having kids running around screaming. I like staying up until four am binge watching tv and not worrying about waking my husband up. Maybe one day these things won't be fun anymore. Maybe they always will be.

4. Youth is a Gift

True again. This guy is on a role with the facts. He asks who do we give these gifts to...Our bosses? The bar? (starting to take it this guy doesn't like the bar) Corporations? Or do we give them to our spouses and kids? What gets me on this whole reason is that we don't even get the option to give it to ourselves. Is it really so wrong to spend our twenties on ourselves? What about our thirties? What about my eighties if I so choose? My youth, my energy, my endurance is just that- Mine.

5. Family life is Edifying

The author says that families are held together by love and that they help you grow and mature. I agree. He says that spouses and children illuminate your life- I am sure they do. However, he says that no other relationship can compare- specifically not siblings, not best friends, and not parents. This is nonsense. My sisters are my world. My mother is my guiding light. My best friends are my family and would do anything for me. If this is the only family I ever have I will be completely fulfilled. My life is illuminated, and these people help me grow and mature every day without marrying me or being my offspring. The author then goes on to say a long term live in partner is not a substitute for the commitment, love, and sacrifice of a partner you're married to- so basically get a piece of paper or this guy says your significant other loves you less. Insert eye roll emoji.

6. You don't have to wait for The One

I agree with the author that there is not just one person out there we are capable of loving. I have loved more than one person in my life and I sure hope I will get to love another. However, even though I loved them, I am so glad I am not married to them. The author says you choose to love your spouse every day and that the only thing that makes someone your soul mate is marriage, and that is it. Marriage makes them the one. Isn't that the most ass backwards thing you have ever heard? This guy is basically saying it doesn't matter if you marry a hobo you meet at a gas station, if you marry him he is your soul mate. Personally I would rather wait until someone I am compatible with, happy with, and my personality compliments. But hey, that's just me.

7. Biology is a Thing

Sometimes you just read things that make you go WTF. This is one of them. The author starts out with saying he isn't a doctor, but he's pretty sure that there is a window in which women can conceive kids. True, once a woman enters menopause she can no longer have children. He then says we should take this as a hint and that it isn't the best strategy to have kids past your early thirties. Wait, what? I know women who have had healthy, beautiful babies in their forties! This guy just said he isn't a doctor but is handing out medical advice. All women are different, and all their bodies are different. As a woman I will be first to say that while it may be unhealthy to have a baby when your body is not capable (and as someone who isn't a doctor I can't tell you when that is) what is even more unhealthy is having a baby when you aren't mentally ready, no matter what age that might be at.

8. It'll be the Best Adventure of your Life

I bet having kids and a marriage is an adventure. If I ever get to go on this adventure I will be so excited. But what about all the adventures you can't go on anymore once you have a spouse and kids? The author pokes fun at dying your hair blue, going to rock concerts, and drunk dialing your ex. While these may not be your best moments when you look back on them at 80 (or maybe they will be!) they sound pretty fun! Just last night I was talking to my best friend Kimberly about going to a I couldn't go to if I had kids. There are so many adventures I am looking forward to- law school, moving to Seattle, this coming Thursday night at the bar- that I couldn't participate in if I had a husband and kids in my hair. If having a spouse and kids is the BEST adventure of our lives shouldn't we save the best for last?

If you are my age or close to it and married with kids GREAT! Seriously, I am happy you are happy. Good for you. I am not bashing people who make these choices- but the point is they are your choices, and everyone doesn't have the same right choice. If I was to get married right now I would be miserable. Add a kid into the mix and I would jump off a bridge. I am just not ready- and that is 100000% OK. When I am, be it at 25, 35, or 105 I will figure it out. And until then I am having a great adventure with no money and feel perfectly fulfilled. So, young people, I urge you to use the gift of your youth to do WHATEVER YOU WANT. Think of it as a choose your own adventure book- you are in control. Go to school, get a job, start a blog, dance on the bar, get married, whatever. Just make sure it is the right choice for you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kate Spade Surprise Sale!

Run! Kate Spade is having a sale of UP TO 75% OFF! Check out some of my picks here.


These prices are insane! Those adorable Moon River Studs are only $19!

What are you coveting from the sale?