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April 2017 Monthly Recap && May 2017 Monthly Goals

April 2017 Monthly Recap && May 2017 Monthly Goals

April was a rough month for me, to say the least. So I am hoping that my May 2017 Monthly Goals will be helpful and reachable.

I struggle with anxiety and depression and this month it showed up a lot more than normal. It usually isn’t very severe and is quite manageable, but it still sucks and is no fun. On top of that I have been dealing with a nasty cold that just won’t go away. Needless to say my energy was low this month. However life still goes on and I had such a busy and CRAZY month.

I finished up my 3rd year of college this month (yay!). Work was extra busy because we had our Spring radio auction. I reached a pretty big milestone on Dreaming With Love! Overall my life has been a chaotic mess this month. I am choosing to forget about the disappointments and all of the unmet goals and try again this month.

I am sick of the excuses I continue to create for myself. Sick of putting things off because “the time isn’t right”. This month all of that changes. I’m ready to get my life together. There will be some huge changes on Dreaming With Love and in my life in general. Hopefully when I come back here next month to tell you about May, I’ll have some great news to share! NOW let’s get into my April 2017 recap and my May 2017 monthly goals!

But first… How did your April go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

April Recap 2017

Make sure to read my April 2017 Goals before reading the recap!

I’m not going to lie cause that would defeat the purpose of my monthly recap and goals. I didn’t complete any of my goals this month. Like I said I had a very busy month and still had many accomplishments, but none of which were goals I set for myself.

My depression really took over this month so whenever I had free time from work and school, I didn’t do much. I am going to put all of my April goals onto my May 2017 monthly goals. Sometimes we have bad days, weeks, and months. We just have to remember that it is NOT a bad life and it will pass. Push through, take care of yourself, and try not to worry too much.

Here’s to a GREAT month of May!

 Dreaming With Love Recap

Any progress is progress and I am so proud of the progress I have made on Dreaming With Love! April was the 4th month of my blog and I FINALLY hit a total of 1,000 page views! I know this isn’t a huge accomplishment in 4 months, but I’m still really proud. My numbers grew in most areas this month, including my social media accounts, so that makes me VERY happy! Thank you all SOOOOOO much for supporting me in this crazy journey <3

May is going to be a VERY exciting month for Dreaming With Love! I am doing a HUGE rebranding on my website and all my social media platforms. Finally I feel like I figured out what I want, for now at least. I would love to hear any input you have on my current and new design (coming soon)! But give me a break because I don’t like the current design either, haha. By the time you’re reading this I (hopefully) have done a lot of changing already.

May 2017 Monthly Goals

A lot of these goals will be the same as April’s goals, but there are a few new ones as well. Also if you want help creating achievable goals, I wrote a post with some of my best tips!

1. Start Newsletter

It’s finally going to happen. I did my research and chose the platform I am going to use. I hope to get at least 5 people signed up during May so keep your eye out for a sign up form!

In the beginning I won’t send out very many, maybe 2 a month? But I know I want to include exclusive content, access to free resources, updates, and an overview of what is going on with Dreaming With Love.

2. Finish (at least) 1 Crochet Project

I haven’t decided what I want to crochet yet, but it will be something small because I’m not very good yet. I think I want to make something for mother’s day. Also if possible I would like to do a few more projects this month. Follow me on Instagram to see pictures of the finished projects!

3. Read (at least) 1 book

I want to try to get back in the habit of reading a little bit every day or every other day. This month I want to finish one book and to ease myself back into reading I decided to pick an easier and shorter book than normal. I am going to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I’ve had this book for a long time, but have never read it. I’m very excited to get back into reading.

4. Daily Journal

Daily journaling is SO freeing and helpful for me. I haven’t done it in months and I don’t know why. I used to do it first thing in the morning for about 30 minutes while I drank my coffee. It’s something that helped me cope with the ideas and thoughts going on in my mind and I really miss it. If you struggle with any mental health problems I think it is especially helpful for that!

I plan on getting back into a morning routine this month so hopefully I am able to stick to it!

5. Stop Biting Nails

I haven’t done so in about a week which is a huge accomplishment for me! If you read my April Favorites then you know I have been using Nail Envy Nail Strengthener from OPI and it has been a game changer. This polish strengthens my nails while also being a reminder throughout the day to NOT bite my nails.

This has been testing my will power, but I really want to stick to it! I hate being so embarrassed of my gross nails. I will post a before and after picture eventually, but for now they are still too gross. Haha.

6. Scholarships

Finals consumed my life in April so I wasn’t able to start applying to scholarships yet, which sucks. This month I want to make a list of all the scholarships I want to apply to over the summer (I’ll probably add to it as time goes on). Then I also want to apply to at least 5 scholarships this month. Wish me luck! && I’d love it if you have any tips on finding and applying to scholarships!

7. Make a Gardening Plan

I feel like I am getting a late start on this, but I’ve never had any kind of garden before so I’m not really sure. I want to do some research and make a plan for what I want to plant, when to plant it, and how to take care of it. Nothing too fancy, but a few easy vegetables would be awesome for my first garden! Please let me know any tips you have!

8. 30 Day Fitness Challenge

I posted a 30 Day Bikini Body Fitness Challenge that I was supposed to do during April, but I didn’t at all. However, I started it yesterday and really hope I can stick to it!

9. Get my Life Together

This may sound like a very vague goal, but I have a plan! May is going to be a month of decluttering and organizing in my home! Along with that I have started putting together a budget binder, a life binder, and a new and improved blog binder!

Plus I am incorporating a morning, night, and cleaning routines! Routines really help me keep my life on track so I am SO excited to be bringing them back!

 

What are some of your May 2017 Monthly Goals??

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April 2017 Monthly Favorites

April 2017 Monthly Favorites

April was a good month for discovering new monthly favorites! The month didn’t go as planned what so ever and it was a very busy and crazy month. My April 2017 monthly favorites will show you just how crazy of a month it was. Mostly due to being sick basically the ENTIRE month. Along with that I finished up my 3rd year of college and had an extremely busy month at work.

If you want to hear more about how the month of April went, keep your eyes out for my April Monthly Recap! It will be a good one this month. Plus you will get a sneak peek on some major changes happening with Dreaming With Love!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my April 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my March Monthly Favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

APRIL 2017 MONTHLY FAVORITES

YOUTUBERS

I have been watching videos from NateWantsToBattle for a few years now. Recently I have been watching them a lot more again. I am a pretty big nerd and his pokemon parodies are some of my favorite songs to jam out to in the car. If you are into video games or enjoy fantastic music then I highly recommend NateWantsToBattle! He just came out with his first album and he is SO talented! Plus he puts SO much hard work into all of his content!

Sarah’s channel popped up in my recommended a few months ago and since I have become obsessed. When I first found her channel it was largely about minimalism and veganism so it isn’t the typical type of channel I like to watch. Yet I did anyways.

Since then she has been focusing more on inspirational messages and tips on how to follow and conquer your dreams. She is so inspiring and I absolutely LOVE her positive attitude! Watching her videos brighten up my mood instantly!

I may be a little biased because she is from Wisconsin, but she is seriously so great!

PlantBasedMatt is Sarah’s husband and he has a similar outlook on life as her. His channel is mainly about veganism, which I have grown more and more interested in since watching them. He only recently started his channel and I LOVE seeing how quickly he is improving in front of the camera!

If you are interested in veganism or living a healthier life then I HIGHLY recommend PlantBasedMatt!

Oh my gosh! This girl gives me so much happiness! She is the sweetest human being ever and makes the CUTEST art projects!

Honestly though she is so incredibly talented! I also love that she will ALWAYS tell it how it is and ALWAYS tell us the honest truth. Her videos are so much fun to watch and I recommend them to anyone who needs a little cheering up!

APPS

  • Google Photos

Google Photos has been a HUGE life saver for me! I have decided to try a little on my Instagram so my memory on my phone has been filling up FAST. Google Photos is a way for me to have the photos and videos on my phone AND computer without taking up extra memory space! I love it so much!

And having access to my photos on any device QUICKLY and EASILY has been amazing! HIGHLY recommend!

  • Risk

I’m sure most of you know about the board game Risk. Well they made it into an app and it now takes up a lot of my time.

  • Musical.ly

Yes I know, I’m super late on this one. I had the app when it was first popular, but deleted it soon after. Now I’m obsessed!

It’s so much fun watching and getting inspiration from other’s videos. && I have a blast making fun videos of me and my kitties. Haha!

  • Burrito Bison

I was SO excited about this one! I used to play this game on the computer and now it’s an app. YAY! More ways for me to procrastinate….

Haha but honestly this is a fantastic game. One game of it doesn’t take long to play so it’s one of the better apps to procrastinate on.

TV SHOWS

  • Weeds

This was recommended to me by one of my friends and I have been loving it. I LOVE that it has a female lead. The show keeps you in suspense sometimes and overall has a good story-line.

  • 13 Reasons Why

I hopped on this bandwagon late and I’m about half way through the season… Still not sure how I feel about it. I already know how it ends because some JERK spoiled it for me. I think the concept for the show is really good, but I’m indifferent about how they went about some of the stuff. But I am going to continue watching and I’ll let you know my final thoughts.

  • Grey’s Anatomy

Yes I know this has been in my past couple of favorites posts, but guess what?? It’s in my April 2017 monthly favorites too!

Still one of my favorite shows even though half of the cast is dead or gone.

FOOD

  • Peeps

What is an April 2017 monthly favorites post without including peeps?

Don’t judge me. Yes I am one of the few people on the planet that likes peeps. So when Easter comes around each year I get more than one person should have.

This year I also incorporated them into an Easter Dessert!

  • Apples

My two food favorites this month are completely opposite.. Haha! I have really been loving apples for a snack though! Most of this month I have been cutting up an apple and bringing it with me after lunch to snack on at work. They taste great, they are healthy for you, and they are VERY affordable! What’s not to like?

BEAUTY PRODUCTS

  • Renpure Originals Coconut Water Mist

I ran out of leave-in conditioner in the beginning of April and when I went to buy the same stuff I have been loving and using for months, the store was all out. So I took a risk and bought this leave-in treatment from Renpure Originals. Now I LOVE it! It smells great, leaves my hair smooth and soft, and removes the tangles so well! Plus it was very inexpensive!

  • OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener

If you read my April monthly goals then you know I am trying to stop biting my nails, it is such a NASTY habit. My mom gave me a bottle of the nail envy nail strengthener from OPI and it has been helping a ton! Having it on my nails not only strengthens them, but also reminds me to NOT bite my nails!

If your nails are weaker than you want, this stuff works miracles!

  • Tarte Maracuja Oil

Still LOVING this oil! Still have the same tiny bottle that I first received. I wrote an entire review on it HERE if you wanna know more about it!

WEBSITES

I’ve loved pinterest for years now. However, this month I have been spending a ton of time on it again. It’s literally the best! So I just HAD to include it in my April 2017 monthly favorites.

I’m sure most of you already know what it is, but for those who don’t it is basically a visual search engine. I get all of my best ideas on every topic from Pinterest! I’d love it if you all checked out my Pinterest profile && leave a link to your pinterest in the comments so I can check out your profile as well!

This site is AWESOME and I know there are other sites similar, but this is my most favorite. Basically it just has every color scheme ever and you can even create your own! You can search for them with certain colors or keywords and I just love it! There is something so calming about seeing beautiful color schemes! && it makes it much easier to create beautiful graphics!

OTHER (LIFESTYLE)

  • DayQuil + NyQuil

If you follow me on twitter then you know I’ve been sick the majority of April. DayQuil and NyQuil were my best friends for a couple of weeks so I had to include them.

  • Rice Pack

I don’t think I’ve ever used my rice pack as much as I did this month. It has been such a BLESSING to have! The sickness has made my entire body sore and the rice pack has helped so much! If you don’t have one, go get one OR they are SUPER easy to make if you know basic sewing.

  • Cough Drops

My sickness passed, but the terrible and annoying cough is STILL here. Cough drops and water are the only things that help. Hoping it goes away soon!

  • Thankful Thursdays

This month I started a new series called Thankful Thursdays and just posted week 4 yesterday! I have been LOVING this series because it has been holding me accountable to really take a step back and be thankful for the little things in life. Now I don’t know if you all are enjoying it or not, but it has been helping me a ton. Check it out and I highly recommend for everyone to do something similar!

Too often in life we only look at everything going bad instead of all of the things going right. They are so easy to overlook, but we need to be reminded of all the things in life to be thankful for!

 

I hope you enjoyed my April 2017 Monthly Favorites! Let me know what things you have been loving in the month of April as well!

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March 2017 Monthly Recap & April 2017 Monthly Goals

March 2017 Monthly Recap & April 2017 Monthly Goals

March flew by, but I am so glad it did! Not because it was a bad month, it was actually a fantastic month, but it was cold. Obviously it has been cold for the past 6 months, but in March we saw a glimpse of warmth which made the cold that much worse. Other than that I had a very busy and productive month! I am ready for April and so excited for the things I have planned! So now on to my March 2017 Monthly Recap and my April 2017 Monthly Goals!

How did your March go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

March Recap 2017

Make sure to read my March 2017 Goals before reading the recap!

1. Get everything completely unpacked

For those of you who don’t know, I moved in the beginning of March. One of my goals this month was to get everything completely unpacked. I am almost finished and plan on finishing up this weekend! It feels so good to have almost everything unpacked and organized.

2. Start a Budget

I kind of completed this goal. I started using an app called spending tracker and I love it. It has been helping so much and I think it put me on the right path I needed. I plan to sit down and work out a budget very soon. Let me know if you have any tips!

3. Complete 30-Day Challenge and Start a new one

I finished this goal and couldn’t be more proud! I started a 30-Day Fitness Challenge for arms and abs in the beginning of March and recently finished successfully! Also I began the 30-Day Water Gallon Challenge and am still struggling to complete it. There will be a post with a review of the gallon challenge after the 30 days are up. Also I will be starting a new 30-Day Fitness Challenge on Tuesday, April 4th!

Overall Thoughts on March

March turned out to be a better month than I thought it would be. I was finally able to start getting back into a routine and I know it will be even better when I completely finish unpacking and organizing. I was also able to start cooking and baking more after two months without my own kitchen. Oh how I have missed it!

 Dreaming With Love March Recap

March was the 3rd month of Dreaming With Love and I am so proud of how far I have come already. There has been a lot of hard work, setbacks, and daily struggles. However, I have persisted and came out on top every time! My page views and social media numbers grew the most this month than the past two which made me beyond excited. I have been having a hard time not comparing myself to other bloggers. Reminding myself daily to only compete with myself and that any progress is still progress.

April 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Start Crocheting Again

I learned how to crochet last year and love doing it. I’m not very good at it yet (practice makes perfect), but I have created a few items. I haven’t crocheted at all yet this year and I have multiple projects in mind. Normally I will crochet while I watch TV, but lately I have been so busy between work, school, blogging, and unpacking. This month I want to make time for it again!

2. Read (at least 1 book)

I used to read every day and reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Since I started college I rarely read anything for enjoyment anymore. This month I really hope to be able to set aside time each day or every other day.

3. Daily Journal

Having a daily journal helped me so much when I was struggling mentally last year. I really want to get back into the habit of daily journaling so I made it a goal this month!

4. Stop Biting Nails

I am so sick of being embarrassed of my short and weak nails. Since I can remember I have had an absolutely terrible habit of biting my nails. I feel too self conscious to wear nail polish because it draws attention to my ugly nails. Enough is enough. I am quitting and April will be the first month!

5. Scholarships

The fall semester will be here before we know it (I know it’s still spring semester but trust me). I want to get a head start and start applying for scholarships now. For April I am hoping to apply to at least 5 scholarships. I also want to find a bunch with deadlines later in the summer and have a list made. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

6. 30 Day Fitness Challenge

If you don’t already know, I did a 30-Day Fitness Challenge for arms and abs in March! I want to try to do a new challenge every month. My April one will be starting on Tuesday, April 4th!

7. Make a Gardening Plan

I have decided that I want to do a little gardening this year. I am finally in a house of my own with a back yard rather than an apartment! Now I don’t want a huge garden, but I would like to try to grow a few low maintenance vegetables. I have zero experience except when my parents used to force me to pick weeds. So I want to do some research and make a plan for this summer. I would love to hear any tips and suggestions you have!

 

What are some of your April 2017 Monthly Goals??

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March 2017 Monthly Favorites

March 2017 Monthly Favorites

Time for my March 2017 Monthly Favorites! How in the world is it almost April already??  I seriously can’t even believe it, but I am SO ready for Spring and Summer! I made my Spring Wish List awhile back and just recently made my summer bucket list! Living in Wisconsin, I have been over winter since the day it started. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of winter and snow, but the cold can leave now. Plus I hate the transition period from winter to spring because EVERYTHING is muddy and wet. Yuck!

It’s okay though! March was a great month! I moved (almost done unpacking) and am finally feeling like I’m getting back into a good routine. Here’s to hoping April will be a good month! Make sure to start it off right with some AWESOME APRIL FOOLS PRANK IDEAS! I am SO excited for April Fools this year!

Sorry about the long intro, but NOW lets continue with my March 2017 Monthly Favorites!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my March 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my February Monthly Favorites as well!

 

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

March 2017 Monthly Favorites

YOUTUBERS

I’ve been watching A LOT of youtube lately because I realized how much creativity and inspiration it gives me. Something about watching youtube videos makes my creative side start going crazy and I love it! My favorite people who I’ve been watching this month are:

If you have been reading my monthly favorites for a while then you know that I have been loving Hayley Paige for such a long time. She is a new mom and also has a ton of recipes and fashion videos. She also has a blog that I LOVE! 

I discovered LaurDIY through MissRemiAshten and I have been loving her videos! As you can tell by her name, she has a ton of super awesome DIY videos. She also has a lot of life hacks and they are all super useful. Plus she has such an amazing personality!

LoveMeg is a mom of two, a SAHM with a firefighter husband, and such a genuine person! She has a ton of cleaning and organization videos, which I LOVE. Her videos are helpful and inspiring and I have been loving watching them.

I know, I know. I am so late with this one, but I recently started watching TheGabbieShow videos and I’m obsessed. She is so real in all of her videos and is hilarious!

APPS

  • Balloon Tower Defense Battles

A HUGE throwback to my childhood! I used to play the normal Bloon Tower Defense games on the computer all the time. I found the battle version on the app store and have been playing it way too much. Haha

  • AllRecipies

If you enjoy cooking or you just want ideas for meals then I highly recommend this app. It is like a pinterest just for recipes. You can save recipes to different boards to look back on later. It is so useful and I find myself on it all the time getting ideas for new meals.

  • Spending Tracker

I have a really hard time keeping a budget, but I’m getting better at it! This app is a life saver and is perfect for someone like me who struggles to stick to a budget. The app is super simple and you just add your income and expenses as they come. You can set up expenses at a future date and the app shows your current balance along with a breakdown of each category!

FOOD

  • Breakfast Foods

I have honestly just been loving breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, and everything breakfast related. I’m not sure why, but I decided to make a post with my 3 favorite super quick, easy, AND healthy breakfast ideas!

  • Smoothies

I LOVE SMOOTHIES! enough said.

  • Soup

Soup is probably my favorite food. This month I made homemade chili, homemade potato soup, and homemade chicken dumpling. I love them all so much! I don’t make a lot of soups during the summer because that’s kind of weird in the hot months. So I decided to make them now while I have a good chance still.

So dramatic.

QUOTES

I have been reading and loving so many quotes this month! I have been feeling a little discouraged in life and quotes help me get refocused on my dreams and goals. I’d love to hear what your favorite quotes are!

  • “All our dreams will come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  – Walt Disney

Disney quotes are incredible and so encouraging! I made a post of my 10 favorite motivational Disney quotes! I love reading them when I am feeling defeated.

  • “One day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”

I LOVE this quote SO MUCH! For all of the women reading, you are amazing (men you are amazing too, but I’m talking to the women right now). So women, you are amazing and powerful and are more than capable of following your dreams and succeeding beyond your expectations! If you want more inspiration, check out my Quotes for Queens!

  • “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

You can’t have goals and dreams and then barely do anything to reach them. It will take a lot of hard work, but it will be worth it! I have similar quotes on my Fitspirational post and they are especially perfect for those of you needing inspiration for a healthier life!

  • “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I read this quote the other day and I LOVE IT! Doing things outside of your comfort zone can be awkward and intimidating, but I promise that it will be totally worth it in the end! It will help you grow as a person and open your mind to new things!

CANDLE SCENTS

I know this is kind of a weird category to have, but I finally got my candles out of storage (and bought some new ones) after 2 months. I LOVE having candles all over the house so this month I have been going crazy with them. So I decided to add it as a category on my monthly favorites. Judge Me. I don’t care <3

  • Sweet Pea 

This is one of my all time favorite smell and it’s PERFECT for Spring! 

  • Fresh Linen

Yes I know this is weird. Clean laundry, fresh linen, you can’t tell me they don’t smell super good!

MAKEUP

  • Tarte Maracuja Oil

I love this so much I made an entire post about it. It’s so worth checking out, so CLICK HERE quick!

TV SHOWS

  • Grey’s Anatomy

One of my favorite shows ever. Don’t recommend watching… SPOILER:

everyone dies.

  • Supernatural

Such a good show! My boyfriend and I started watching it and we are obsessed! He keeps watching it without me though…

  • The Voice

Loving this season so far! Happy Gwen is back, but I loved Miley too.

 

I hope you enjoyed my March 2017 Monthly Favorites! Let me know what things you have been loving in the month of March as well!

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2017 Summer Bucket List

2017 Summer Bucket List

I know that it just officially became Spring, but I am so ready for summer! I have so many amazing things planned for this summer and I can’t wait to make Summer 2017 the best one yet! I’m not taking any classes this summer so I plan on spending a lot more time on my blog. I will still be working a full-time job, but I will make it work like always. I also plan on taking more time for filming and editing because that is truly my main passion.

Along with working, blogging, and filming, I also have a ton of other activities that I want to do. Since I couldn’t stop thinking about them I decided to create my 2017 Summer Bucket List! It is possible that this list will be added to as it gets closer to summer. I will also keep you updated whenever I complete something off of my list! Let me know if you have any other suggestions for fun summer activities!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

2017 Summer Bucket List

  • See a movie at the drive in theater

I used to go to the drive in quite often and I love it so much. It’s an entirely different experience than going to the actual movie theater. Bring some lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks!

  • Have a picnic in the park

  • Go star-gazing

  • Get a tan tattoo

This has been on my summer bucket list for a long time and this will be the year I finally do it! I’m not exactly sure what I want yet, but it will happen. I don’t generally tan a lot in the sun (because I burn super easy), but I plan to spend a lot of time outside.

  • Take a road trip

No idea where I want to road trip to, but I try to do a little one at least once a summer. Going to see something new in nature is my favorite and its super inexpensive! I will probably drive somewhere with some friends and go hiking (and of course take lots of pictures).

  • Take a weekend camping trip

I LOVE camping and most summers I go multiple times. However, this year I want to go somewhere at least a few hours away and spend the whole weekend there. I’ve done this in the past and it’s always a great time!

  • Visit the zoo

There are three pretty nice zoos in the area where I live and I want to go to all 3 this summer. Two of them are free admission which makes it even better. I love going to the zoo because I am a HUGE animal lover and I can always get some really nice pictures there!

  • Go to Valleyfair

Valleyfair is similar to six flags, but is way closer to me. I used to go to Valleyfair at least once a summer, but I haven’t the past couple of years. It is one of my favorite places to go and I’m making sure I can get there this summer!

  • Create a summer playlist

I want to start creating playlists for different things in my life (different moods, different activities, different time of the day/year, etc.) and my summer 2017 playlist will be one of them! I’ll let you know whenever I make new playlists.

  • Feed the ducks

I didn’t really need to put this on my bucket list because I will definitely do this multiple times throughout the summer. It’s so fun watching the ducks and enjoying the outdoors. Plus the ducks love it!

Side note: I read the other day that feeding bread to ducks is actually very bad for them. Apparently they like bird seed? I will have to do a little more research on that so I don’t hurt any more duckies.

  • Catch a fish

I don’t enjoy fishing that much and normally when I go I end up just laying in the sun because I get too impatient. It has been awhile since I have a caught a fish so this summer I’d really like to catch a bunch. Also I want to learn how to cook fish better so this is the perfect way to do that too!

  • Go to the trampoline park

A city about an hour away from me just got a trampoline park so I obviously have to go. I might do this before summer, but either way it will happen!

  • Go to Action City

Action City is a fun place with go-carts, rock climbing, bumper cars, laser tag, mini golf, and more. It’s such a fun place and I haven’t been there in a long time.

  • Go rollerblading

Rollerblading is one of my favorite things to do, but I haven’t had a pair of roller blades in way too long. This summer I am definitely getting a pair and using them all the time!

  • Wake up for the sunrise

  • Go Hiking in the Blue Hills

I’ve never hiked the Blue Hills, but I have heard of all the trails and beautiful things to see. Some of the places are 5+ miles deep in the woods, but there are other things closer as well. This summer I would love to go explore (with a map of course) multiple times! I want to take a ton of pictures out there and just enjoy the nature with family and friends. Seriously so excited for this!

  • Start a small garden

Growing up my parents always had a huge garden during the summer and I loved having access to all the fresh veggies! I have a very small yard and very little experience so my garden won’t be anything special this summer. However, I want to start growing a few things so I can get better at it and one day have a huge garden. Let me know if you have any tips!

  • Make homemade bread

I have been wanting to do this literally forever (okay not literally, but it feels like it) and to hold myself to it, I had to put it on a list. Again this might happen before summer, but either way it will be accomplished before the end of summer 2017.

  • Do a 7 Day Detox

Detox are so good for you and your body and I’ve always wanted to do one. I hope to eventually do one every few months to flush out my body. Let me know if you have any recommendations as to what detox to do!

 

What activities do you have on your 2017 Summer Bucket List?

2017 Summer Bucket List

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10 Things I Can’t Live Without

10 Things I Can’t Live Without

The other day I was thinking about how many things I “need” in my life. When I don’t have these 10 things, it’s obviously not the end of the world. However, it does make me sad and often times gives me a little anxiety. I like things a certain way and I have certain routines I like to follow. These items play a special role in my life, but I technically would be able to live without them, I guess.

I (Kinda) Can’t Live Without:

1. Coffee

The only way I could be okay without ever having coffee again is if I just replaced it with tea. Don’t get me wrong though, I love coffee way more. I’m not dependent on it and I don’t have it every single day. However, it is a really comforting thing for me to have my coffee in the morning!

2. Slippers

I never used to wear slippers, I didn’t even own any except when I was really young. This past Christmas my brother got me a pair of slippers and I have fallen in love! My feet are literally always cold so I don’t know why I never thought of it before. Now I almost always have my slippers on when I am at home. I put them on first thing in the morning and don’t take them off unless I need to shower or leave. If you don’t have slippers, go get yourself some!

3. Mascara

Pretty self-explanatory. Even on my “no makeup days,” I almost always put on mascara. It takes barely any time and little to no skill, but it greatly transforms your look! I used to never wear mascara, but once I started to I fell in love.

4. Bubble Baths

This is another thing I fell in love with somewhat recently. I didn’t start taking bubble baths until my sophomore year of college when I was living in my first apartment. Now I take them as much as I can! I love having all sorts of smelly stuff and the bath itself is so relaxing. Light a candle, get a good book or watch a movie on your laptop, and just relax! However, I still find baths gross because you are literally laying in your own filth. So I always take a shower after as well. I know, I know… that’s wasting a lot of water, but its my treat to myself!

5. Youtube

Youtube.is.Life. I can spend all day watching youtube videos. I love everything about the platform and all of the amazing creators.

6. Cereal

My guilty pleasure. I rarely eat cereal for breakfast, but it is the perfect midnight snack! By perfect I mean unhealthy, easy, and delicious.

7. Lotion

Living in Wisconsin (dry winters) lotion is a must! I use it even when it isn’t the dry season. Everyday. Hands, legs, face, everywhere. Always moisturize!

8. Chapstick

Same thing as lotion. I HATE dry lips. I almost always have a chapstick in my pocket. Plus one in my car, my purse, at work, coat pocket, and multiple places in my house.

9. Sweatshirt

I am always cold. I also always want to be able to be comfortable. By this I mean that I don’t wear sweatshirts everywhere all the time, but I like to always have one with just in case. One of the worst things for me is wanting to feel comfy and relax, but not having comfy clothes to change into. It’s tragic.

10. My Kitties

My two kittens are literally my world. I got Rex last year in April and he just turned one in the beginning of January. He is a big baby, but I love him. I then got Theo in October and he will turn one in the end of August. He is a little trouble maker, but can be a HUGE sweetheart. Rex and Theo are BEST FRIENDS! They play together, make messes together, cuddle together, and help clean each other. I’ve never seen two cats like each other so much and it melts my heart.

Sorry about the rambling, I love my kitties. I am always taking the best pictures of those two and plan on sharing them soon on my instagram @DreamingWithLuv (possibly making their own instagram)!

 

What are some of the things in your life that you {kinda} can’t live without?

10 Things I Can't Live Without

 

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15 Awesome and Easy  Prank Ideas for April Fools Day

15 Awesome and Easy Prank Ideas for April Fools Day

I know it’s only March, but I’m already super excited for April Fool’s Day! This year I’m preparing ahead of time. I normally last-minute realize what day it is and quick find an easy prank. It’s always a good time. However, this year I’m surprising those around me with pranks throughout the day. Here is a list of 15 super awesome April Fools Prank Ideas and they are all pretty easy. I don’t really like ones that involve food because that’s just too mean for me. I hate thinking about some of the food pranks being done to me so I just can’t bring myself to do them to others. However, I included a few food ones that aren’t terribly disgusting.

15 April Fools Prank Ideas

Also I named all of these pranks myself. Enjoy.

  • Confetti Car

Get some confetti OR get a couple of pieces of paper and a pair of scissors. Cut up the paper into little pieces, almost like… CONFETTI. Take your paper confetti and place it in someones car vents on the front dash (this only works if you live in an area where people need to use their defrost). Then when the person turns their vehicle on in the morning with the defrost… BOOM! CONFETTI!

  • Careful Where you Sit

For this prank, you need some of the little Pop-it noise makers. Place a few of them underneath the toilet seat. I shouldn’t have to explain what happens next.

  • Caramel SURPRISE

For this one you need:

  • Onions
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Caramel

Directions:

  1. Peel Onions
  2. Put Caramel on Onions
  3. Push the Popsicle sticks into the onions.

Now set a tray out on the counter at work or home. Sit back and laugh.

  • Shower Time

I’m so excited to do this prank. Get some red drink mix of any kind. Put the mix in the shower head. When someone goes to shower it will look like blood is coming out of the shower.

  • Awww My Shirt is Wet

My favorite April Fools Prank to do when I was little. Get some electrical tape or scotch tape. Go to your kitchen sink. Put the tape around the sink sprayer. Someone will turn the water on and get sprayed!

  • The Classic

I feel like everyone and their brothers know this prank. Switch the salt and the sugar! Its easy. Only problem is sometimes it takes a while before anyone uses the salt or sugar.

  • Say Cheese

Make someone orange juice on the morning of April Fools Day. How nice of you… Except now add a little powdered cheese (from a mac and cheese box) into their drink.

  • I got a cup out for you.

This one would work perfectly with the previous. When you set out the pitcher of orange juice, next to it you can place a cup for them. Except it’s not an ordinary cup. Make sure the cup isn’t see through. Fill it up with about a cup of water and a few ice cubes. Get a thin piece of cardboard (cut out a piece from a cereal box) and place it over the cup. Make sure the cardboard covers the entire opening of the cup. Now flip the cup upside down and set it on the table (with the cardboard over the opening the entire time). Quickly slide the cardboard out from under the cup. Wipe up any excess water. Now wait for your victim.

  • KaBOOM goes the coca-cola

This one works perfectly for the person who needs their Coca-Cola (not sponsored, I wish though) everyday. Freeze ice cubes with mentos inside of them. Add them to a glass of coke and once the ice cubes melt, KaBOOM goes the coca-cola!

  • The Empty Bottle that is Full

This one is so simple yet so good. All you need is Saran wrap, scissors, and some bottles from the bathroom (shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.). Take the caps off the bottles, place Saran wrap over the opening, screw the cap back on, and cut off the excess Saran wrap.

Now someone will try to get the contents out of the bottle and nothing will come out. You can also do this with the condiments in the fridge!

  • Too Much Work

I have seen pictures of this prank and it would be hilarious! However, its gonna take a lot of time and patience to set it up.

First, get a bunch of plastic cups. Fill all of the plastic cups with water and place them on the floor. Repeat until the floor is covered in cups of water to the point where you can’t walk through the room at all. I would hate to have this prank played on me, but I would love it to happen to someone else!

  • Loud Rug

Go get yourself some bubble wrap. Put the bubble wrap under a rug. Laugh when people step on rug.

  • Ooooo Look, a Penny!

I’ve done in school before and it was so funny. Plus it is super simple. All you do is super glue a penny to the floor. I did it in the doorway of a classroom. People will stop to pick it up, but it’s glued to the floor! Just make sure to put it heads up for good luck.

  • Hide and Seek

Take some of the things from someone in your house who is sleeping (parents, siblings, roommate, etc.). Make sure the things are valuable to them and that they will notice it is missing. Place a sticky note in place of the item or items you took. On the sticky note write instructions on to how to find the items. Lead them around the house with the use of multiple sticky notes. At the end, have their items waiting for them. You can make this prank last as long as you want!

  • Sticky Notes for Dayssss

I’m sure you have seen pictures of this prank everywhere. It’s another very time-consuming one, but it’s worth it. Get a bunch of sticky notes and completely cover someone’s vehicle in the sticky notes. Don’t leave any part showing. The windows, lights, everything. Just go to town with the sticky notes.

 

I will be doing most of these to my boyfriend (good thing he doesn’t read my posts Hehe) this year on April 1st. If you want to hear updates on how they go, make sure to follow my Twitter on April Fool’s Day!

 

I would LOVE to hear any of the Prank Ideas you have so I can use some of them on April Fools Day!

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What to Give up for Lent: 15 Ideas

What to Give up for Lent: 15 Ideas

It’s the time of year when I start thinking about what I am going to give up for Lent 2017. I always want it to be something selfless and that will help me glorify God. You don’t have to only do these things during Lent 2017 season, but its a great start!

  • Social Media: I gave up social media last year for lent and it was the best thing I’ve ever done. No snapchat, facebook, twitter, instagram, or pinterest. It was difficult in the beginning, but by the end I felt more free and learned so much.
  • Candy and Sweets: This is a very common one to give up. With anything like this I just say, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Don’t do it to “be healthier” or to “diet,” do it so you have more time to spend with God.
  • Sugary Drinks: Same goes for this as for candy and sweets. Make sure your intentions are good.
  • Meat: I’ve personally never given up meat, but it is very common. It’s a way to fast during the lent season.
  • Time spent getting ready: Make yourself spend less time getting ready everyday and spend the extra time with God. Praying, reading the bible, praising him, or quiet time.
  • Elevators: This one may sound silly, but I love it. If you use elevators on a daily business for work or apartment access, give them up for the lent season. While you walk the stairs, be intentional and spend that time praying or listening to music or sermons.
  • Throw away/Donate 40 Things: Explains itself and is a wonderful thing for so many reasons!
  • No eating after dinner: Same as candy, sweets, and sugary drinks. If you give this one up, make sure it isn’t just because you want to lose weight.
  • Turn off electronics @ 8pm: Spend the time you normally would on electronics, with God instead. Highly recommend the TV show, The Bible!
  • Bad Language/Inappropriate Jokes: I do this one for every lent and I try to continue it even outside of lent season.
  • Fast food and/or frozen meals: One more time, don’t do this just to lose weight.
  • Anything getting in the way with your relationship with God!!

OR ADD SOMETHING

  • Daily Journaling
  • Reading Scripture/Bible Study
  • Prayer

Lent 2017: What I am Giving Up

  • Bad Language/Inappropriate Jokes
  • Fast Food, Candy, Sweets, and Soda: Every time I have a craving for one of them, I will pray instead.

 

What things are you giving up for Lent 2017?

Lent 2017

 

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Monthly Favorites {February 2017}

Monthly Favorites {February 2017}

I know February is a short month, but it still went by really fast! It was a great month, but I am ready for Spring! I just made my Spring Wish List because this weather is amazing! I know we still have some winter left, but I’m sooo over it. So here we are, my February 2017 Monthly Favorites!

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my February 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my January 2017 favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Makeup

I didn’t branch out with my use of different makeup very much this month. I’ve been really busy and just haven’t had the time to experiment. However, I have been LOVING two products that I got from my January Ipsy!

Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer: My favorite primer to this day! It has an amazing consistency that feels light and hydrating. It absorbs into my skin quickly and does an incredible job keeping my makeup in place all day long. I also tried it as an eye primer, which failed, but it’s a great face primer. Highly recommend!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer: The only thing I’m sad about with this product is that I only got a sample size and it’s almost gone. I’ve been savoring it, but I think I am going to have to get a full size. I struggle with dark circles and this stuff makes my under eyes look so awake and bright!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

I didn’t spend as much time this month watching Youtube because like I said, I had a very busy month. However, when I had time I was obsessing over these three a lot in February!

Zoella: I’ve loved her from the first video of her’s I saw. She is so genuine and comes off as a huge sweetheart. She is hilarious and very entertaining to watch. Her and Alfie are the cutest and I love their content! The one complaint I have is that her videos are always so long. Some people love that, but I always have so many videos that I want to watch. So I don’t want to spend a half an hour on one video, but its worth it for Zoella

PointlessBlogVlogs: Alfie’s vlogging ability is SO GOOD! He is hilarious, inspiring, and always honest with his viewers. I’ve also been loving his game challenge because him and Zoella are currently playing Sims together!

Hayley Paige: This isn’t anything new. I have been loving Hayley Paige on youtube and her blog. She is a new mom and makes really honest and cute videos! Her and her husband are so amazing and inspiring.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Apps

MyFitnessPal: This is a calorie counter/exercise tracker. You enter how much water you’ve drank, what you eat for each meal/snack, and any exercise you do through out the day. I’ve used this app in the past multiple times and I love it every time, but I can never stick to it. It always makes me more aware of what I am putting into my body on a daily basis, which I love!

AllRecipes: I recently discovered this app and fell in love! It is like a Pinterest just for recipes! You can even enter what ingredients you have and it will find you recipe options. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes to cook/bake.

Pokemon Go: They just released Gen 2 so of course I have been playing a lot! It’s still too cold to go for walks while I play, but I am looking forward to that day.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Food

I haven’t been loving any specific recipes this month because once again (last time I swear) I haven’t had a lot of extra time so I haven’t been cooking much. With that said, I have been loving oatmeal, yogurt parfait, and fruit of all kinds. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges, apples, and kiwis! YUM!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows

SO MANY GOOD TV SHOWS ARE BACK ON!

The 100: Obsessed since I’ve seen the first episode. The season this year so far isn’t the best, but I have high hopes! I love the story, characters, everything. Seriously go watch this show.

Scandal: I started watching Scandal my senior year of high school. I’m currently behind a season because last year I had a class Thursday nights and I just didn’t keep up with it. Now my mom is watching it so I’m trying to catch up right now. If you are interested in politics or government at all then you will love this show. Olivia Pope is a badass!

Grey’s Anatomy: This show is everything. I started binge watching my freshman year of college and I finished all of the seasons way too fast. Most of my favorite characters are no longer on the show, but I still love it. The characters are amazing and there is always something huge happening!

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Movies

Finding Dory: I finally saw this movie (because it’s on Netflix already!) and it was everything I wanted it to be and more. Finding Nemo was one of my favorites so I had high expectations for Finding Dory. Pixar did a fantastic job.

February 2017 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

No matter how serious life gets, you will constantly need those people you can be completely stupid with.

If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.

 

Let me know what you have been loving for the month of February 2017!

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Winter Health && Beauty Tips: My Top 5

Winter Health && Beauty Tips: My Top 5

Winter time takes a huge toll on our mental and physical health! I came up with my top 5 winter health and beauty tips that I use to survive and thrive during the long winter months.

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #1: Moisturizers are your Best Friend

Seriously use lotion on everything, every.single.day! Due to the dry winter air, your skin and hair will be dryer than normal. Moisturize your legs, face, arms, hands, lips, hair, feet, and anything else you can!

My Favorite Products to Use:

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #2: Sore throats? Natural Remedies!

Sore throats are so common in the winter time and they are so annoying. However, there are so many different foods to eat to help soothe and make your sore throat, well, not sore. In addition to fixing your sore throat, they are all very healthy for you to eat anyways. It’s really a win-win!

  • Tea (Lemon is my favorite)
  • Honey (put it in your tea)
  • Ice Cream (as if we need an excuse to eat some)
  • Bananas! (You should eat these everyday no matter what)
  • Cooked Carrots (I don’t like my carrots cooked, but this really does work)
  • Cooked Cabbage (I know it doesn’t taste the best, but it is worth it)

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #3: Watch your water!

  • First of all ALWAYS: Hydrate! I’m sure you hear this all the time, but it’s for a good reason! Water does miracles for your hair, skin, health, and body. Just drink it, all day long! Get yourself a good water bottle (my favorite) and take it with you everywhere!
  • Avoid hot water on your skin and hair! I literally suck at this and I always will. I LOVE steaming hot showers and I’m not giving them up. As a result, I have dry hair and skin. However, I try to end my shower with cold water, for a short time. If you can, avoid hot water. It dries out your skin and hair which we definitely don’t want!

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #4: Stay social and active!

Once again, I suck at this one in the winter time. It’s cold out and I just want to stay inside with my robe and slippers where it is cozy and warm. Don’t do this though. You need to continue to do activities with friends and family so you don’t fall into a slump. It is very common in Winter and sometimes uncontrollable, but planning weekly activities is a great way to try to avoid the winter blues.

  • Plan a girls/guys night
  • Go out for coffee or a meal with friends
  • Join a weekly activity in your community
  • Volunteer your time
  • Meet up with a friend once a week to try to learn a new hobby
  • Have dinner at your (parents, grandparents, friends, etc.) house once a week

Winter Health and Beauty Tips #5: Set weekly or daily goals

Finally, the last of my winter health and beauty tips. I recently started doing this one and it makes a huge difference on my overall mental health! Having a goal that you are working towards daily and weekly helps you stay motivated and stay on task. It helps my mind feel less distracted and stressed. Instead of thinking about every little thing that I need to do, I write it all down, and focus on my overall goal of the day and week. I also have larger goals for the month, year, and next 5 years. These goals may change and that’s okay! Most of all just make sure you are working towards something bigger, one day at a time!

 

What tips do you have for surviving and thriving in the Winter Time? I love trying new winter health and beauty tips! Also let me know if you try out any of the above tips and what you thought!

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10 Morning Time Tips to Have a Fantastic Day

10 Morning Time Tips to Have a Fantastic Day

Having a fantastic day begins with having a fantastic morning so I use these simple morning time tips to achieve that! I’ve never been a morning person, but I’ve slowly become better at having great mornings! After spending hours of time researching tips and months of trying to perfect my morning routine, I have finally come close to loving mornings. One day I hope to be a “morning person” and I think these simple morning time tips will help me get there!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

10 Simple Morning Time Tips to Have a Fantastic Day!

1. Get Ready the Night Before

The first of my simple morning time tips is such a huge time saver because you have so much less to do in the morning! At night you should pick out your clothes, get your coffee ready to brew, and plan out your breakfast (or have fast and easy options available). Do anything else you can that will save you a little extra time in the morning then you will have more time for yourself.

2. Don’t Use Snooze

I am so guilty of this one! Hitting your snooze button actually makes you more tired because it allows your body to go back to sleep for only minutes before being woken up again. It is such a bad habit to break. My best advice is to set your phone on the other side of the room. Once you are out of bed, it is easier to stay up.

3. Lemon Water

First thing you should do when you wake up (after putting on your robe and slippers) is to go drink a glass of lemon water! It is so good for your first thing in the morning and allows your metabolism to get kick started. Warm lemon water has more benefits than cold, but I love a glass of cold water in the morning (then straight to my coffee). You can make it really easy by having lemon slices ready in the fridge and it has now become a habit.

4. Change your Phone Background

What do you do when you first wake up? If you’re anything like me, you check your phone. I love having an inspiring quote as my phone background because it is such a positive thing to start your day with. I change out my quote/picture pretty often.

Another thing you could do instead of this is find an app that sends you an inspiring daily quote or daily bible verse. Set it so that they send it to you in the middle of the night, that way when you wake up in the morning it will be waiting on your phone screen.

5. Wake up Earlier

This may not seem like a tip that will make your morning better, but it does! (At least it does for me)… I LOVE taking my sweet, sweet time while I get ready in the morning. The more amount of time I have to spend at home, getting things done and preparing for the day, the better I feel. I HATE feeling rushed, it stresses me out so much. Waking up earlier is the perfect solution. Like I said before, I am NOT a morning person at all, but my body is slowly adjusting. Start with waking up 15 minutes earlier then add more and more time until you’re at your desired time.

6. Eat Breakfast

Just do it. Every single day. Eat your breakfast! And do it within an hour of waking up, but AFTER your lemon water! Something light and healthy is perfect for early mornings especially if you have a hard time eating right after you wake up. You don’t need to eat a huge breakfast first thing in the morning, but make sure you get some food in your belly. Then you can have a more filling breakfast a little later on. If you don’t have enough time to make breakfast in the morning check out these 3 super quick options you can have ready ahead of time!

7. Stretch

I underestimated how much stretching or having a small workout in the morning can really help you feel energized all day! If you don’t have a lot of time, at least take some time to do some stretches. It’ll get your blood pumping and get you ready to take on the day. If you have extra time do any kind of workout and I promise you’ll feel so much better.

8. Fresh Air is your Best Friend

I LOVE to take my coffee and breakfast out onto the porch! Its relaxing and the crisp morning air makes me so happy while simultaneously waking me up (maybe that’s the coffee). It’s currently winter and very cold where I live so I am looking forward to the day where I can do this again!

9. Listen to Something While you Get Ready

Most people already do this and it’s for a good reason! I love either listening to upbeat music or a funny podcast while I get ready. It brightens up my mood and fills me with more energy (again that might just be the coffee). If you have a long car ride, that is also a great time to jam out!

10. Have Something to Look Forward to Every Day

The last of my 10 simple morning time tips is a great one and helps not only your morning, but your entire day. While you are enjoying your quick breakfast, cup of coffee, upbeat music, and fresh air; think to yourself about something happening today that you are looking forward to. No matter how small, think of something. Write it down and remind yourself of it throughout the day. It could be what you are having for supper tonight, a TV show coming on, or plans you have after work/school. Find something, anything that you can look forward to in order to help you get through the day.

 

What are your simple morning time tips that help you? I’d LOVE to try them out  (I really need the help)!

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January Recap && February Goals {2017}

January Recap && February Goals {2017}

I cannot believe that January is already over and we are heading into February 2017! So far 2017 has been treating me pretty well. I have so many plans for the rest of the year and am very excited for things to start happening! My February 2017 monthly goals will help me move closer to my overall goals!

How did your January 2017 go?

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

January 2017 Recap

Before reading my recap, make sure to check out what my January goals were!

1. Drink 5 or less sodas

Even though I kind of failed on this goal, it was much easier than I thought. I ended up having a total of 6 sodas so I am only allowing myself 4 for the month of February. I found myself drinking a lot more water and tea and rarely having cravings for sodas!

2. Become More Aware

I wanted to introduce myself to something new each week, but that didn’t happen. However I discovered two podcasts that I have been obsessed with and I highly recommend!

The first is Code Switch by NPR. It is a podcast about race and identity. It is extremely informative and I have already learned so much from it!

The second is Stuff Mom Never Told You. This podcast is by and for women! It is also super informative and I find myself relating to things I have never really thought about before.

These are both very entertaining as well which makes them more enjoyable to listen to!

3. At least 20 days of no biting my nails

EPIC FAIL! I didn’t have much hope for me on this one because I have tried countless times to stop biting my nails. So I thought gradually stopping would be best. However, I constantly forgot to keep track and ended up giving up. Next month I’m going to try to completely stop. Let me know if you have any recommendations!

4. Finish blog binder

It’s almost done! I just have a few finishing touches I need to make. I will finish it in February and plan on making a post on it as well!

5. Schedule February posts

Complete! The hard part now is to follow my schedule.

Dreaming With Love Recap

Starting a blog is so much more work than I ever imagined! There is constantly something else to learn. It takes up so much more time than I thought as well. I decided to break down certain areas of focus and to have a main one every week. I am constantly reminding myself that there is no way I can know it all right away. It is going to be a long long process of learning and improving everyday.

February 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Drink 4 or less sodas

I don’t think this is going to be a very hard goal for me. I’ll probably have about 1 soda a week. For anyone wanting to stop drinking soda, I recommend limiting yourself to less and less each month.

2. Become More Aware

Rather than introducing myself to something new every week, I am only going to do 2 a month. Every week was just too much and doesn’t allow me to really learn all I can from each new thing.

3. Finish Blog Binder (and make post)

I am almost done so this should be easily accomplished during this month! I am so happy with the results so far and I can’t wait to show you all.

4. Start a budget I can stick to

This will be hard for me. I am constantly creating new budgets that I stick to for a little while and then quit. I need a budget that I can actually stick with so that it can work for me. Let me know any recommendations you all have.

5. Start a 30-day Fitness Challenge

I really want to start doing 30 day challenges in fitness, mental health, and anything else they have them for. Towards the end of February I plan on starting a 30-day fitness challenge of some kind. Also I will make a post about it so you can follow along if you’d like. Again, let me know your recommendations!

 

I hope that you all had a wonderful January and that 2017 is treating you well so far. Do you have any February 2017 Monthly Goals??

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Monthly Favorites {January 2017}

Monthly Favorites {January 2017}

My favorites don’t always change every month, but I will keep you updated on which ones do! Some months there will be different categories than other months. Here are my January 2017 Monthly Favorites of makeup, hair care, skin care, outfits, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

Check out my December 2016 favorites as well!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Makeup

Banana Setting Powder by Bella Pierre: I received this powder a few months ago in Ipsy and I love it! It is by far my favorite powder ever and I need to start searching for ones that are similar. It does everything I want and more. I wasn’t sure if I would like the loose powder, but I definitely do!

Mini Highlight Stick by Trestique: This is the perfect highlighter if you’re looking for a more natural look. I wear it on a daily basis to work and love it. It has such a beautiful glow, but isn’t anything too dramatic.

The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara by Maybelline: I have a love/hate with this mascara. I love it when I first apply it and you can easily add more coats. However, it does not last very long at all. I am reapplying it multiple times throughout the day and have been getting irritated lately. I’m just not sure if it is worth it, but for the month of January it has been my go to everyday!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows

I haven’t been watching very much tv this month (which is weird for me). But a ton of my favorites are staring up within the next few weeks and I am so excited!

Troll Hunters: I discovered this show on Netflix and I am so sad that there is only one season! It is an animated children’s show, but I really enjoy it. I normally put it on at night before I go to sleep.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: This has been a favorite for awhile. I used to watch it all the time then took a break. Now I guess I’m back to watching it all the time again. I hated it at first, but now I’m obsessed. Highly recommend you give it a chance with an open mind!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Food

Sadly there has been a lot going on this month and I wasn’t able to cook very often. I hope that will change in February!

Yogurt: This one is simple, but has been such a life saver! I love yogurt and its perfect for a quick breakfast or even for one on the go! Plus its healthy and delicious! Strawberry is by far my favorite flavor!

Chicken Alfredo: I think I finally found a recipe that I love!! Chicken Alfredo is one of my favorites so I have tried many different variations before I found my favorite! Let me know if you would like me to do a post on my favorite recipe for it!

Sunflower Seeds: I have been addicted to these again this month! My boyfriend and I eat them instead of popcorn or chips. Its a little bit of a healthier option. But we end up eating so many at a time haha! Personally I just like the normal salted kind.

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Podcasts

NPR Politics: This has been my favorite podcast for over a year now and has helped me keep up-to-date on all of the crazy things happening in politics. I highly recommend it and I listen to it all the time!

CodeSwitch: This podcast is also made by NPR and it is so amazing! It is so eye opening and informing and I wish I would have found it sooner. I recommend it to everyone especially if you are interested in learning more about race and identity!

Stuff Mom Never Told You: This podcast always entertains me and teaches me something new! I wish I would’ve found this wayyyy earlier, but glad I did now! It is the perfect podcast for feminists or really anyone interested in gender today in America. They have podcasts on so many topics surrounding women. Plus the two women who make it are hilarious, intelligent, and honest!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

Hayley Paige: I have been obsessed with Hayley Paige since I discovered her in November. Her videos are so genuine and I absolutely love it. She recently had her first child so many of her videos have been about pregnancy and newborns. I’m not planning on having children anytime soon, but I still enjoy her videos and I’m not entirely sure why. Highly recommend her!

Sarah Nourse: Sarah is an American who now lives in Berlin with her Swedish (this could be wrong) husband. They are living a minimal lifestyle and are the most positive and inspiring people I have found on youtube. Their challenge is all about going for your dreams and your goals no matter what! It motivates me every time I watch one of their videos!

LoveMeg: LoveMeg is a mom of two living in the south. She seems like such a sweetheart and she is literal #momgoals! She has a lot of cleaning and organization videos and I am obsessed!

Julien Solomita: I discovered Julien through Jenna Marbles awhile ago, but just started recently watching him often. He is a EXCELLENT vlogger and I typically don’t follow just vloggers. He is hilarious and has AMAZING skills when it comes to filmmaking. #filmmakinggoals

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Skin/Hair Care

Tarte Maracuja Oil: I received this in my December 2016 Ipsy and I have loved it ever since! It has a bit of a weird smell so I use it at night before I go to bed. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth. I barely use any each time so it will last me quite awhile, but I will be sad when it is gone. It may have to be one I repurchase.

The Perfect Lip Scrub: I wrote an entire post on this super easy DIY lip scrub and you need it in your life! It’s perfect during the winter when the air is so dry (at least where I live). It leaves your lips feeling so smooth and soft! Just do it!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Apps

Duolingo: This has been a favorite of mine for quite awhile and will continue to be. It allows me to keep myself practicing Spanish when I’m not taking a class for it. Highly recommend it as a supplement to learning a language!

All Recipies: This app is so amazing and I didn’t realize it existed. You are able to save recipes and it has been a lifesaver. When I don’t know what to make I just scroll through some of my favorite recipes on there!

Bloglovin’: Why didn’t someone tell me about Bloglovin’ sooner?!? I am constantly on this app reading new posts and discovering new bloggers!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do”     This quote helped me a ton this past month. I have so many amazing plans for later in the year, but right now I have to continue hustling in order to make them possible.

Earlier in the month I posted “17 Quotes to Help you Start your Day” and here are a few of my favorite out of those!

“Wake up. Kick Ass. Be Kind. Repeat.”

“All things are possible with coffee and mascara.”

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”

“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it all.”

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Blogs

Daily Dose of Darling: Also known as Hayley Paige Blogs. Her content is so useful and relatable. She is so talented at what she does and is such a genuine person (from what I can tell).

Amy Lynn Andrews: I just recently discovered her and have already learned so much! She has so many posts on blogging and social media. She has a ton of experience and some amazing advice. I barely know her and already have so much trust in her opinion!

Believe in a Budget: Her name says everything you need to know. If you want tips on budgeting and all things money, follow her blog!

January 2017 Monthly Favorites: Video Games

Skyrim: This game is so addicting! I normally don’t have time to play, but this month I have been putting aside time for it (maybe a little too much). Honestly I could play this game all day long.

Clash of Clans: I played this game a lot over the summer and then didn’t play for months. I started playing again a few weeks ago and have been addicted again. I play it for a little bit everyday and I have a ton of friends play too which makes it 10x better. (BTW its an app!)

 

I’d love to hear what some of your January 2017 Monthly Favorites are!

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17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day

17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day

Mornings can be difficult and sometimes they seem nearly impossible. These daily inspirational quotes have helped me find enough motivation in the morning to get up and face another day. I love writing them on sticky notes and placing them around my house because then they are always a reminder to me. On the fridge, on the mirrors, on the coffee maker, or anywhere you will see them often. Let me know what some of your favorite quotes for the morning time are!

*Disclaimer: These are not my quotes. The authors are either anonymous or unknown.

17 Daily Inspirational Quotes to Help you Start your Day!

  1. Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

  2. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a blessing.

    I like to remind myself of this one daily. I have a hard time letting go of the past and worrying about the future. It is okay to do a little bit, but our main focus needs to be on the present.

  3. Every morning starts a new page in your story, make today a great one!

  4. Don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.

  5. No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up each morning and be thankful you still have one.

    This is so important!

  6. Dreaming or Doing is a choice that will mean the difference between Failure or Success.

    I have been a dreamer for years now and I won’t allow it anymore. The only thing standing between you and your dreams, is yourself.

  7. You will never have this day again so make it count

  8. A great attitude is just like a cup of coffee, don’t start your day without it.

  9. Wake up. Kick Ass. Be Kind. Repeat.

    YES!

  10. All things are possible with coffee and mascara.

    My two must haves.

  11. If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.

    There will always be something that you can use as an excuse. Don’t wait for the “right time” to get started on your dreams. Do it now!

  12. Failures are part of life. If you don’t fail, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you’ll never change.

  13. Tough times never last, but tough people do.

  14. When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

    It will all be worth it! You didn’t come this far to only come this far!

  15. Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it all.

  16. Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

  17. The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

 

I hope you all have a great day! Get out there and make progress towards your goals! Check out my 6 tips and tricks to sticking to your New Year Resolutions or any goals you have!

Let me know what daily inspirational quotes help keep you motivated!

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Monthly Goals {January 2017}

My January Monthly Goals 2017! Writing down monthly goals and referring to them often helps keep you focused and motivated. I also highly recommend setting weekly and even daily goals that all help you move closer to your bigger goals!

*Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way and all opinions are my own.

January Monthly Goals 2017

  1. Drink 5 or less sodas

    For my New Year Resolutions I put that I wanted to drink 2 or less sodas a month. I decided to slowly work down to 2 sodas a month. For the month of January I want to drink 5 or less sodas.

  2. Become More Aware

    This month I want to expose myself to 5 new types (1 per week) of entertainment (movie, podcast, blog, etc.) that will teach me something new that I normally wouldn’t to seek out to learn on my own. I will post next month about each thing I found each week!

  3. At least 20 days of no biting my nails

    One of my 2017 New Year Resolutions is to stop biting my nails. I’m hoping I can just stop and not do it ever again, but this month I want to not bite my nails for at least 20 days.

  4. Finish putting together blogging binder

    I began building myself a blogging binder to keep everything organized. It is still a huge mess and I want to really focus on getting it perfect this month. Let me know if you guys would like to see how it turns out and how I chose to organize everything!

  5. Schedule February Posts

    I try to schedule out an entire month of posts at a time. I hate doing things last-minute, but often can procrastinate a lot. Having my posts planned out will help keep myself on track.

 

From now on I will be doing monthly updates along with my monthly goals. To see how I did with my January Monthly Goals 2017, keep an eye out for my “January Recap & February Goals 2017“!

 

Let me know what your monthly goals are for January!

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