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Home Rehab

Hello there friends!

I feel like I’ve been running a hundred miles an hour and can’t catch a break.

However, I did take the time to vlog this weekend since we worked on rehabbing my friend’s new house! I wanted to share the vlog here, and of course my YouTube channel! Make sure to subscribe for so many videos!

Thanks for watching! Make sure to like and leave a comment if you want to!

xx,

Lindsey

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Life Update: October 2020

Hi y’all,

I’ve been sitting down yesterday and today making plans for content, but I also wanted to share what’s been going on in my life and why I haven’t been posting as much as I normally want to. I actually ended up filming a Youtube Video and wanted to let ya’ll know to subscribe so that you could be the first to know when I post a new video!

I’ll be posting a few school videos this weekend (specifically math related) so be on the lookout for those!).

xx,

Lindsey

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New School Year

Hello to the 2020-2021 school year! Life has been crazy so far, but I have successfully made it through the first 4 days with students.

Obviously, we don’t know what the future holds, and sadly in a district that is always short on subs, the likelihood of another COVID “shut down” (aka force to go all virtual) is very high.

I’ve been spending the first few days conquering technology and teaching my kids how to use Canvas. Which, I love Canvas. I use it at UVA; however, Canvas recently started allowing more Google integration. It’s way more steps to do integrate things like Google docs instead of a word doc. My district (like many) buy/lease chromebooks for the students meaning they do not even have access to word on their computers so Google is a must. Add in two of my students not have accounts because their registration had not been fully completed yet (aka put into the computer system).

I will say I am immensely proud of how sweet, kind, and forgiving my kiddos are this year. Even though they have limited social interactions and have been forced to deal with more technological issues than anyone could normally deal with, they have done it. They always make sure everyone is included and strive to make the best of every situation. We did a discussion in Canvas to learn how to do it, and they made sure everyone had a comment on their original post even though they only had to do two replies.

I have also started back at UVA, only taking 4 credits instead of 6. One of my classes is on diagnosis and remediation for Reading Intervention which is super fun and interesting. I have to do 3 practicum assignments in it though, so I’m still trying to figure that out. Luckily, there is a conversation about it on Tuesday night that I plan on attending (via Zoom) to figure out what exactly is the expectation. The other class is Dyslexia in the Classroom, which focuses on understanding more about Dyslexia and how to provide interventions. At no point is it my job to ever officially diagnosis someone with a learning disability; however, it would be my job to provide intervention for the diagnosis from a psychologist or other medical professional.

In my spare time (which granted hasn’t been much) I’ve been reading a ton and cannot wait to share the next book chat with y’all soon! Let me know what other posts or videos you want to see. I’m able to post more on Youtube right now since I have better internet.

xx,

Lindsey

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101 in 1001 August 2020 Update

Career/Grad School

  1. Graduate with my M. Ed in Reading from UVA.
  2. Walk the Lawn at UVA.
  3. Take and pass the RVE for Reading Specialists.
  4. Maintain straight A’s in Grad School.
  5. Apply for recertification for my teaching license.
  6. Keep a recommendation list of books for my classroom.
  7. School email to inbox 0.
  8. Fill out the FAFSA for Grad School. (May 2020)
  9. Create writing plans for 2020-2021 school year. (June 2020)
  10. Organize my classroom.
  11. Implement a lesson I normally wouldn’t.

Personal

  1. Create a list of 101 things. (May 2020)
  2. Get a puppy.
  3. Have a puppy play date.
  4. Train my puppy to sit.
  5. Train my puppy to stay.
  6. Train my puppy to shake.
  7. Buy a house.
  8. Buy a queen size bed.
  9. Buy a sofa.
  10. Save a specific amount of money for my house.
  11. Save $30,000. (July 2020)
  12. Save $35,000
  13. Save $40,000.
  14. Save $45,000.
  15. Save $50,000.
  16. Save $55,000.
  17. Save $60,000.
  18. Read 53 books in a year.
  19. Take a vacation.
  20. Travel somewhere I’ve never been before.
  21. Visit London.
  22. Visit Harry Potter Studios near London.
  23. Visit Scotland.
  24. Complete a Beachbody program.
  25. Organize tax paperwork monthly.
  26. Clean out my closet.
  27. Try paddle boarding.
  28. Get my tshirt quilt made/make it myself.
  29. Keep to my monthly budget for three months. May, June, July 2020.
  30. Reach inbox 0 (personal email).
  31. Unplug from technology for 24 hours.
  32. Go to ADPi Grand Convention.
  33. Visit my friend in Florida.
  34. Visit my friend in North Carolina.
  35. Visit my friend in Northern Virginia.
  36. Go to Polo.
  37. Watch a full baseball game.
  38. Watch a full hockey game.
  39. Go to a UVA Field Hockey game.
  40. Go to a UVA Lacrosse game.
  41. Take a day for myself.
  42. Go apple picking.
  43. Go kayaking with a friend.
  44. Buy myself flowers.
  45. Visit the beach.
  46. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon weekend.
  47. Workout with a friend.
  48. Go a month without shopping.
  49. Review 53 books in a year.
  50. Clean my room.
  51. Help create a solid Alumnae Association for my sorority in my hometown. (May 2020)
  52. Serve on the board of my Alumnae Association. (President, May 2020)
  53. Buy a new car.
  54. Brunch with friends.
  55. Cook dinner.
  56. Drink 60 oz. of water every day for a week.
  57. Log my volunteer hours for my sorority as an alumnae.
  58. Donate unused items from bathroom cleanout to the Shelter for Help in Emergency. (June 2020)
  59. Cleanout my bathroom. (June 2020)
  60. Deep clean my car.
  61. Take spin class at least once a week for a month.
  62. Go for a hike.
  63. Read every day for a month.
  64. Buy a new phone.
  65. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails.
  66. Read a book club book.
  67. Cancel unnecessary subscriptions.

Blog

  1. Make money blogging.
  2. Grow my Instagram following to a certain number of followers.
  3. Post YouTube videos twice a month.
  4. Reach a specific number of views in a month on my blog.
  5. Learn how to do graphic design.
  6. Blog 5 days a week for a month.
  7. Consistently post on Instagram for 30 days.
  8. Create a new blog series. (May 2020-Weekly Catch Up)
  9. Take a marketing class on skillshare. (May 2020)
  10. Publish a post about Charlottesville from a local’s perspective of places for visitors to check out.
  11. Publish a YouTube video about grad school at UVA. (May 2020)
  12. Do a post about what I spend in a month. (May 2020)
  13. Earn 50 YouTube subscribers.
  14. Earn 100 YouTube subscribers.
  15. Create a Thankful List post.
  16. Create a Favorite Products post.
  17. Write a post about my religious beliefs. (June 2020)
  18. Do a post/video on my “teacher makeup”.
  19. Do a post on Greek Life from the alumnae perspective. (June 2020)
  20. See my blog grow analytically.
  21. Reach my blog view goals for 3 months.
  22. Reach my blog view goals for 6 months.
  23. Create a media kit.

Goals accomplish: 15/101 (14.8%)

xx,

Lindsey

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Top 10 Tips to Saving Money

Hi y’all,

It’s now August, which means that we’re headed toward the holiday season! However, it really doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, it’s always a good idea to save money.

Top 10 Tips to Saving Money


I’ve done a few posts on money in the past like what if I had an extra $1000 or what a month of spending during quarantine looked like.

First and foremost, I do not work in finance. I’m a teacher. This means that I constantly am working on a budget.

It’s so important to save money. I cannot tell you the amount of people I know that are living in debt because of the choices they make constantly.

Here are my top 10 tips for saving money:

  1. Create + stick to a budget. I talked about how I created a budget here. This is so important and it’s also really important to realize what are necessities versus wants.
  2. Say yes to free things. There are so many things (like going for a hike) that are FREE! Take advantage of these things.
  3. Prioritize paying off your debts. This one is huge! Make sure that you’re able to pay more than the minimum payment every month toward the debts you have. This way, you won’t accrue as much interest.
  4. Sell what you’re not using. This is where I need to take my own advice and sell some clothes. If you’re not using it, it’s taking up space. While you might not make back all the money you spent, you’ll at least have a little extra in the bank (and some new room as well).
  5. Check your subscriptions. This is where you might be spending a lot more than you think. Do you need all the subscription services that you have? Go through each your credit card statements and maybe you’ll find some that you didn’t even know you had!
  6. Have a side hustle. Y’all, if you have a side hustle (blogging, tutoring, etc.) this is a great way to increase your savings. I do not add this money toward my budget so it really is just extra savings!
  7. Use sites to help you save money. There are tons of cash back sites that will help you save money or help you earn additional money back.
  8. Evaluate what you’re spending money on. Don’t just buy something because it’s the hot new item. If you have a camera, you probably don’t need to buy a second one just because there is a “better” (aka newer) one on the market. You don’t need a new iPhone unless your battery is constantly draining or something doesn’t work.
  9. Shop in thrift stores, ebay, poshmark, etc. You’ll be shocked at the great things you’ll find without having to pay normal retail prices.
  10. Remind yourself it is okay to splurge occasionally. Just like with losing weight, if you cut something off completely it doesn’t work very well (aka you end up eating a ton of something you shouldn’t). I bought my Louis Vuitton Neverfull by saving up cash back on my credit card and combined it with my tax refund, along with some savings I had. Did I splurge on it? Absolutely! But I splurged smartly and that’s the difference.
  11. A bonus tip for you! Spend your money where it counts. Just because you like to drink wine doesn’t mean you need to go to the winery every weekend. That gets really expensive. Instead, buy a bottle of your favorite wine at the store and drink it at home!

xx,

Lindsey

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What I Want in a Future Home

Hi y’all,

Happy August! I’ve been super busy finishing up my summer term classes and then cleaning up my brother’s old room to make it into my office.

My school district announced in mid-July that we would have in person classes 5 days a week for elementary school. Both my parents are high risk and we thought the best option at the time was for me to start looking at buying a house.

While this was a great opportunity for me to see what I liked and didn’t like in a future home, it ended up not being the best option for me at this moment in time (but I will say I will probably be looking to purchase my first home within a year).

I’m used to the construction world since my dad works in the industry (and has my whole life). My dad’s forte is custom homes. I have seen some of the most gorgeous homes and already knew a little bit about what I liked and didn’t like based on what other people had done in their homes. I also grew up in the “country”, by this I mean I didn’t grow up in a neighborhood.

  1. Storage space. Y’all it is my dream to have a walk in closet. I will 100% say I have a shopping addiction. It’s a serious problem. The house I grew up in has tiny closets, a tiny pantry, etc. I want storage space y’all. Oddly enough though, this does not mean I necessarily want a garage. I do not want a crawl space.
  2. Places to walk. I do not want to live in a neighborhood where I can’t go outside for a walk. This mostly means that I need to be in a safe location, which I’m not really considering anywhere that isn’t safe. One of the things I want to do for myself is get myself a dog when I finish grad school (next year!) so it will be important that I have space to let my dog out or take her out on walks.
  3. 3 bedrooms. Most of the homes I’ve looked at are 3 bedrooms and this is something I definitely want. I will probably use one as my office space and one as an actual guest bedroom.
  4. Granite countertops. Luckily, this is becoming a new norm and almost all new builds come standard with granite countertops (like Stanley Martin). Some are still an upgrade, but if I end up deciding to build, I will definitely pay for the upgrade for granite.
  5. Minimal carpet. Even though vacuuming is my preferred method of cleaning, I do not want a ton of carpet in my home.
  6. A porch. This isn’t something my house needs to come with because I know I can build my own/have my dad help me build one. However, having the space for it is important to me.
  7. Pool access. This would be great, but again I have a blow up pool I can use instead of a real pool.
  8. Low HOA fee. Y’all, some of these HOA fees are ridiculous. $200+ a month? No thank you. I really don’t want to pay more than $50 a month but depending on what I get with the HOA fee, I could be persuaded for a little bit more.

I definitely plan on vlogging the home buying process when I start looking next Spring/Summer. Especially if I end up building a home which is currently a possibility.

xx,

Lindsey

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The Fashion Industry & Bankruptcy

Hi y’all,

We are continuously seeing companies, especially in the fashion industry, declare some form of bankruptcy.

However, what no one seems to be considering is that these companies were already struggling prior to the recession caused by COVID-19.

J.Crew was definitely already struggling, mostly due to a buyout. However, from a shoppers perspective, clothes there are expensive, that you can buy at J. Crew Factory or J. Crew Mercantile for a fraction of the price. Plus, there is always a sale, so why buy anything full price?

J.C. Penny was also already struggling, along with Neiman Marcus. Pier 1 has actually been in the process for a while of shuttering stores, just without the formal filing for bankruptcy. The store here in Charlottesville closed last year.

Here’s a list of companies that have filed for bankruptcy this year.

Now, I am not an economics person in the least; however, I can tell you some of the things from a consumer perspective that caused the demise of these companies:

  1. Constant sales. I mentioned this previously, but if a store is always holding a sale, I don’t feel the need to ever pay full price. In fact, I will often sale watch until it’s a least 40% off.
  2. Giving deals online but not in store. This crushes a business’s brick and mortar sales because everyone will want the sale price. If you can’t get a price match in store, they will turn right around and order online.
  3. Not diversifying. If you offer the same thing year after year, typically people don’t need to keep repurchasing. Obviously, staple items are a must, like the J.Crew pixie pants. I love them, and I will continue to buy them when I need a new pair. Lilly Pulitzer keeps similar silhouettes but changes the prints. This is still diversifying but staying true to the brand.
  4. Poor customer service. Y’all, I am a tried and true Nordstrom shopper for life (even if they close the Richmond store) because of their customer service. I don’t necessarily have to get my way, but I must feel like I’m listened to.
  5. No Rewards Program. J.Crew offers rewards with their credit card; however, there is not a blanket reward program with just an email. Store cards are often not a great investment because you may only be able to use them in that one store (like with J. Crew). Often times you’re better off to get a credit card through Visa or Discover and reap their benefits, like cashback.

There are obviously a ton of other factors, like what is carried in the store, location, etc. that also play a large part in the success of a store.

Overall, these companies may be bankrupt now; however, this recession was not what actually caused this. They have been on the downfall for months, if not years, prior to this recession. Some of these stores will be on the comeback; others not so much.

xx,

Lindsey

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30 Days of Blogging

Hi y’all,

Well, it’s officially day 30 of blogging every day for a month. Y’all, I’m so glad that I challenged myself to put out 30 posts. It was definitely helpful in learning more about myself and more about some of the parts of blogging that I often forget are just as important as the actual post. I started this challenge with My 5 Year Plan, wrote multiple book posts, gave a fitness update, and shared a 101 in 1001 update.

First, I definitely learned that it gets tough to put out posts every day for 30 days. I know that I used some of these days to post more get to know me things. I know the bloggers I follow more closely are the ones I feel a connection to. You cannot feel a connection unless you know the person.

Second, I “failed” at consistently marketing my posts. If you’re a full time blogger, or part time blogger making money off the blog, I can totally see how marketing your posts is a major time suck on your day. Between Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook (if Facebook is letting you post), and everything else I do in a day it is incredibly tough to have enough time to adequately market yourself and your posts. I can totally see what bloggers use schedulers and other tools like that to help them out with marketing their posts.

Third, I learned more about marketing. Facebook is currently against linking to blog posts (Thanks Facebook), which was one of my major sources for readers. Now, my major source is definitely Pinterest. Marketing on Pinterest is its own beast; however, can be very rewarding.

Fourth, it’s time consuming. I knew how much I tend to spend on a normal post, and I normally write about 15 a month. However, writing 30 posts was actually more like triple to quadruple the amount of time I normally spend because I was writing posts that varied from my usual content.

Will I continue blogging as frequently? Definitely not. I can foresee myself continuing to post 3 to maybe 4 times a week. However, I truly enjoyed getting to write so many posts and share more insight into my world.

If you have any post requests, feel free to drop them in the comments! Thanks for reading along with me this month!

xx,

Lindsey

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June Book Chat

Hi y’all,

Can you believe it’s almost the end of June? Me neither! I had a few assignments to finish up for school which is why today’s post is so late.

I did talk about the children’s books I read for class here.

However, I didn’t read only for class this month.

The Start of Us by Lauren Blakely. Girl and guy are best friend, but nothing more….right? Maybe not. This is part of a trilogy and I have only read this one. Definitely a story that captivated my attention and makes me want to read more. 4/5 stars for stereotypical ending.

Marrying Mr. Perfect by Lizzie Shane. The nanny is “just helping out” until the perfect doctor can get his life together after his wife’s sudden death. Yet four years later, she’s still there. Her best friend thinks she has the best solution: find Mr. Perfect the perfect wife. Highly recommend-5/5 stars. An absolutely delightful read. It is definitely based off The Bachelor Franchise so if you’re into that you’ll love this book. I loved how this book played out.

Part Time Lover by Lauren Blakely. Marketing extraordinaire goes on vacation, well not a real vacation, it was to make sure she knew the best way to promote a new company. She doesn’t expect to find a good looking guy on a dock in Denmark. Jokes on her! Except, they don’t meet up later due to a fluke error. They don’t meet the next day….but a year later they do. Now, he needs her….at least for a while. 5/5 Highly recommend. It’s an unique plotline that keeps you entertained the entire way through the book.

Her Best Friend’s Keeper by Calle J. Brookes. She’s been on the down low in the Texas State Police office for the past few years. And that is just how Gabby likes it. Her quiet space isn’t quiet for long. New boss rolls in and her entire world is flipped upside down…for the second time in her life. Y’all 7/5 stars if that is a thing. This is absolutely an amazing book and I loved every second of it. Go run and grab this book right now.

Swipe Right for a Cowboy by Karen Folley. Y’all, this book. Girl needs a guy for a wedding date to her half sister’s wedding-to her ex bf. The guy she matches with-isn’t who she expects. 5/5 stars-this book is entertaining and makes you fall in love with all the characters. You really like you’re a part of the book. Go grab it!

Ayden by Melissa Belle. Ayden is the best friend-you know the person you’re not supposed to fall in love with. Bella’s love life is in shams after her bf is outed publicly. She heads home to the east coast, to find her parents’ relationship is in shambles. She’s working a minimum wage job instead of following her heart…but is it worth it? 5/5 stars-another fantastic book! I couldn’t put it down and loved every second of it.

Timid by Devney Perry. Willa has lived in town her whole life, and when she’s a teenager Mr. Hotty himself, Jackson Page, shows up. However, he doesn’t give her the time of day. Willa’s life is not going exactly how she planned, even though she now has her dream job. All she wants is Jackson’s attention. Over time, Willa and Jackson get to know each other, but nothing is what it seems. This story ends up being a great mixture of romance and mystery. 4/5 stars for a predictable ending.

What have y’all been reading?

xx,

Lindsey

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If I was Stuck on a Deserted Island…

Hi y’all,

Happy Sunday!

Today’s post is another fun one for you and answers the age old question: If I was stuck on a deserted island what 3 things would I bring with me?

  1. A water filter and bottle two in one. I’m assuming I’ll be surrounded by salt water so that is a safe option to make sure I’m getting water that is clean and not salty (no scurvy here, folks).
  2. A knife of some sort. This would help to cut things, like food, stab things, etc.
  3. Something to help start a fire. I’m sure I’ll have access to kindling and that sort of thing available; however, a fire starter is a nice bonus to help me out.

What would you bring with you?

xx,

Lindsey

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