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    Amazon Workout Finds

    Amazon has tons of great workout finds! I’m spending a lot of time this year focusing on my mental and physical health, and I love finding stuff on Amazon to use to workout. I have a Beachbody account (not a coach!). Obe fitness is similar, however, are stand-alone classes, while Beachbody are more comprehensive programs. The Amazon Workout Finds Disclaimer: I am a member of Amazon Affiliate Program and may receive compensation with your purchase from Amazon. All opinions are my own. The Links Booty Bands |$24.95 | Fantastic for glute activation! Loop Bands | $9.69 | Love these for training legs and adding some resistance. Step | 26.50 |…

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    2021 Glow Up

    Glow Up. We’ve all heard the term before. It basically means that you looked better than you did before. I’ll be the first person to say that 2020 stressed me out. 2020 had a lot of life changes that I either was not prepared for or had to make in a haste instead of having time to think through everything. A lot of people want their glow up to be physical-changing hair, being tan, new outfits, etc. However, a glow up doesn’t have to be physical. It can be mental or spiritual, too. Think about what you want to improve | What you want to change about yourself and why.…

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    Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

    The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is here! This sale is also known as APS amongst Lilly lovers and is the best time to buy Lilly on sale! The discounts are amazing (typically between 40-70% off)! We all know I love Lilly Pulitzer and I’ve blogged about the sales in the past. I’m definitely going to pick some of my favorites for you and share them in a post tomorrow but I also wanted to give you the best tips for successful shopping. I really don’t need any more clothes, and the amount of clothes I have to go through right now is ridiculous. However, if I was shopping, I’d…

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    2021 Goals

    2021 is here, which means it’s time for the New Year’s Goals! 2020 Goals Say “no” more. | I won’t say this was the most successful, but I definitely took some things off my plate. However, then I added some things back! Save money | This one was successful! I’m almost to my goal for savings for my house and I have saved almost enough to pay for my Master’s in full. I cannot recommend mint enough for helping someone saving money. While I understand Dave Ramsey’s points of putting all money toward debt and not enjoying {any}thing. I think it is important that we still do nice things for…

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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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    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…