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    Reflecting on 2020

    Reflecting on 2020 seems a little strange because it was such a strange year! January January was possibly the most normal month of the year. I worked in retail at Lilly Pulitzer and officially started my Master of Education program at UVA. I was also teaching 5th grade full time. February Another seemingly normal month. I was still working at Lilly and working on my Master’s degree. At this point, we were still teaching in person. Reflecting on 2020-March This is when the whole world turned upside down. March 13th, Virginia’s governor canceled in-person classes for two weeks. I’ve never been so thankful for my grad classes to be online…

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    The Best Books of 2020!

    The best books of 2020 list is here! Y’all know I love to read. If nothing else came out of 2020 I actually got to read more than ever before. Albeit, some of that came from the fact I took Children’s Literature and had to read multiple novels a week for the class. I have been doing book chats to keep y’all up to date on what I’ve been reading and my thoughts on the books. Sometimes, I do just give summaries, especially if I think I’ll give too much away. The Books Western/Cowboys Claiming the Cowboy for Christmas | Ashley wants practically nothing to do with this wedding except…

  • Blogging Tips

    How to Use Pinterest as a Blogger

    Pinterest has consistently been one of the best places to get traffic from as a blogger. As a blogger or content creator, it’s important to adjust to algorithm changes and functions of sites and apps. Pinterest is in the process of rolling out a major change. Things have changed with Pinterest over time. If you use Pinterest as a content creator and have access to a Business account, you probably have seen your impressions drop recently. Mine did. However, I’ve also made them increase dramatically in a week. My secret: story pins. Story Pins Story pins are kind of like stories on Instagram. They are currently only open if you…

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    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’ve talked a little bit about my faith here. I am by no means a pastor, but I did want to share some thoughts with you. First, let’s consider the actual reason for our Christmas celebration. It’s not just to give each other presents, but remember this is the day of Jesus Christ’s birth! But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. New International Version Everyone is well aware of how 2020 has…

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    48 Hours in Charlottesville

    What to do if you only have 48 hours in Charlottesville? Great question! My hometown has a lot of great tourist attractions and things to do. I’ve previously shared some parts of the different neighborhoods of town here. However, I wanted to give you some more ideas because so many people do come for shorter visits. Visit Historic Charlottesville Oddly enough, most of the historic places are not in Charlottesville, but in surrounding counties! The Local Presidents’ Residences Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello | Monticello has recently changed their tour and have added in more information about slavery. Depending on when you go, there are hands-on activities to do. If you want…

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    I Tried a Pinterest Recipe

    A Pinterest Recipe…you see them all the time and think “I can do that!”. But, can you? Me being me, I would say I can’t. I’m not particularly good in the kitchen unless it involves pasta, the microwave, or baking. So, I did an attempt at a Pinterest recipe for cheesy garlic bread. Something I love to get at restaurants, but wouldn’t normally try to make on my own. As you know, I’ve done vlogs before. Everything from flood days to cleaning my classroom. I actually really like shooting vlogs. I’m not really one for taking pictures of my food, so I figured filming it would be the best way…

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    Planners

    It’s time to buy planners for 2021! If you know me, you know a new planner makes me one of the happiest people alive. I love starting each new month, color coding things out, etc. As a teacher, I see a lot of people love Erin Condren or The Happy Planner. I actually plan all digitally for school! However, I am a lover of the paper planner as far as my persona life and grad school go. I need things written down or I forget. I even have a hard time using Google Calendar. Yes, it’s a little embarrassing, but I love having a paper copy. Plus, I look back…

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    How To: Start the Home Buying Process

    It might just be time to start the home buying process! Hi y’all, I reached out to an Alpha Delta Pi sister and realtor, Sadie McGann, to answer a few questions I had. Unfortunately for me, she’s not available in my area of Virginia, but if you’re in the NOVA area, feel free to reach out to her! Now, small disclaimer, I started to work with a realtor this summer when my district decided to send elementary students back in person. Rent is super expensive in Charlottesville (more than a monthly mortgage, electricity, and water combined a lot of the time). Plus, with renting you don’t have anything to show…

  • style

    5 outfits; 1 Item: The A Line Skirt

    5 outfits, 1 item? Say what? Hi Y’all, Ever look in your closet and go, I want to wear this but have nothing to wear with it? I literally do this all the time. I’ve done a post similar to this here where I put together an outfit for under $50. The skirt that I chose is an A-line skirt from J.Crew Factory. You probably already have a skirt like it in your closet. J. Crew loves these skirts and so do I! They are so flattering. Business Casual Look #1 Skirt |Scalloped Tank Top | Cardigan |Loafer | Headband |Pearl Bracelet Stack | Earrings | I love this outfit…

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    Everything about Blogging

    My friends always want to know what blogging is really like. So, I thought I’d share it with you! Keeping Up with the Blog One of the those questions is how do I keep up with my blog? The answer is pretty simple-I don’t always keep up with it. It’s hard. I’m a teacher (job comes first), I’m in Junior League, I serve as President of my local ADPi Alumnae Chapter, and I’m in grad school at UVA. There are definitely things I use to help me out. Blogging Strategies Schedule things out. I work ahead when I can, so I take full advantage of the ability to preschedule things.…