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21 MOMENTS FROM MY 20TH YEAR OF LIFE

21 MOMENTS FROM MY 20TH YEAR OF LIFE

Today is my 21st birthday.

My 16-year-old self is screaming inside from excitement. My 21-year-old self isn’t necessarily screaming like the 16-year-old, but she is still pretty ecstatic.

21 Years Old.

How did this happen? Where has the time gone?

Don’t get me wrong, the last 21 years have been great, overall. They’ve been filled with so many good memories, bad memories, mistakes, and milestones. I’m proud of who I’ve become and I’m excited to see what the age 21 will bring me (and I’m not just talking about the Whiskey).

I didn’t plan on doing a post for my 21st birthday… I didn’t even really think about it until the other day and then I just wanted to, so I did ūüėõ

Since I’ve been focusing a lot lately on Self-Reflection, I decided to take the time to reflect on the past year as a 20-year-old.

21 Moments from my 20th Year of Life 

 

Kicked it Off with a 20th Birthday Party

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Met Steve-O

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Was a Candy Corn Witch

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Got Theo

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Went to Chuckie Cheese for the First Time

Left the Library I was working at for almost 2 years

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Transferred to Online School and Moved Out of Madison

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Started Dreaming With Love

Moved into a house… with a YARD

Panic!

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Made Adorable Easter Food

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Trained Theo to go Outside on his Chain

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Planted my First Ever Flowers

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Almost got Hit by a Tornado (First Time)

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Got Indie

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Played in a Summer Volleyball League

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Went on a Kayaking Trip with my entire family

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Participated in Water Fights

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Took Indie Kayaking (he hated it)

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Got my own  Radio Show

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

Rock Rally 2017

21st Birthday {Dreaming With Love}

 

I’ve been blessed with these amazing memories and the even more amazing people I get to share them with. 20 was great, but I have a feeling 21 will be even better!

<3 Manda Mae

 

 

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Where Have I Been? {Life Update and Refocusing}

Where Have I Been? {Life Update and Refocusing}

Hello my sweet little pumpkins <3 

I know, I know. I’ve been gone for WAY too long. Let me explain.

If you follow me on social media then you have an idea of where I have been (also thank you SO much for your support). If you don’t follow me on social media, what are you doing with your life? Go follow me. I’ll wait <3

Now I have a question for all of you…

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life that you just can’t do it anymore?

I’m sure you have, but you probably handled it much better than myself. Lately my anxiety has been out of control and I have been feeling overwhelmed so frequently. My first instinct is to just drop everything and focus on something else entirely. This might be okay if I didn’t feel this way multiple times a day.

But anyways, this overwhelming feeling hit me so hard because I was putting way too much pressure on myself and Dreaming With Love. It was unhealthy and out of control. I felt I had no other option, but to take a step back and reflect.

&& I am SO happy I did.

Along with the overwhelm, the universe literally made it so clear to me that I needed a break. First my website expired and I planned on renewing it when I got home from work. However, when I made it home I found out that our new puppy decided to chew up my laptop charger. (WHY ARE MACBOOK CHARGERS $80?!) It was just so clear to me that I needed to take some time off, re-focus, reflect, and pay more attention to my self-care, so I did.

 

WHAT I REALIZED DURING MY MONTH OFF

  • The Purpose of Dreaming With Love

One of things I wanted to focus on during this month was my exact purpose and future goals for Dreaming With Love. I narrowed down the topics I want to focus on and feel so much more confident now.

In the beginning I knew I wanted a blog and I wanted to help people with it. Now I know exactly what I want to help people with and how I am going to do it. I talk more about this at the end of this post (:

  • Being Genuine is SO Important

This isn’t a new idea to me. I’ve heard it over and over in the blogging community, but for some reason this time help has helped me understand it better. Some of the topics I want to write on eventually, I currently have little knowledge about. I want to live the tips and tricks I give to you all. So from now on the posts I publish will be a reflection of my own life. I want to incorporate everything into my life (or at least try to) before I publish the post to all of you.

Keeping it real and being 100% myself is now (and always should have been) my top priority for Dreaming With Love.

  • I’m not perfect and I NEVER will be, but that’s okay.

This stems off of the idea of being genuine. It’s so easy to try to paint this picture of the perfect life, but it’s not real and it’s not as helpful.

I also realized that I put way too much pressure on myself to be on every social media platform everyday, follow my posting schedule, get the perfect pictures, etc. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to have everything perfect so when I failed, I would get so down on myself. This just made it harder to keep going.

I’m learning that I will never be perfect, I will make mistakes all the time, and it will still all be okay. <3

WHAT TO EXPECT

My plan from here on out is to really live by the rule of “Quality over Quantity”. I’ve heard this over and over, but for some reason it’s importance never clicked with me until recently. When I first started blogging, I had a lot of blog posts written, but they were mostly crap. I knew that I wanted to post a lot so I wouldn’t take enough time on each post. In reality I had bad or no pictures, short posts, unoriginal ideas, and the writing was not showing my personality.

ALL of that is going to change!

I am going to (and have already started to) write long, informative, and fun posts with exciting and beautiful pictures. I am going to write about things that I truly care about, enjoy, or want to learn more about. Dreaming With Love will be 100% real (not that it was ever fake though).

I want to post 2 to 3 times a week, but if I don’t then I don’t. I cannot put that pressure on myself again because it takes away the fun and passion of blogging. One of my posts each week will be part of a new series:

MANDA MONDAYS

On Manda Mondays I will have more personal posts for my readers that not only want to be educated, but also want to get to know me. I will have monthly favorites, goals, updates, posts about my pets, beauty, fashion, and anything else my little heart desires. (:

Another post will be on Saturday at 5pm central and will be more of a helpful post (but still a lot of fun). This will be a post that falls more under the purpose of Dreaming With Love which is

to help people live their lives to the fullest every single day. To inspire others to follow their dreams and never settle for anything less. Lastly to teach others the joy of living a purposeful life.

These posts will fall under the categories of living a positive life, a frugal life, and a healthy life.

 

A HUGE thank you to everyone that continued to support me while I kinda disappeared for a while. This community is amazing and I couldn’t continue on without each and every one of you <3 I am so excited for the future of Dreaming With Love and I’d love to have you all along for the ride! Talk to you soon

<3 Manda Mae

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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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February Recap && March Goals {2017}

February Recap && March Goals {2017}

Thank goodness February is such a short month because I don’t know if I could handle much more of it. The weather has been bipolar, big and unexpected changes are happening quickly, and I’m struggling to get caught up. I’m taking everything one day at a time and I’m proud of how I’ve been handling everything. I am so excited for the month of March and all the things I have planned for Spring! I have some pretty great March 2017 Monthly Goals and I’m super excited to start working towards them!

How did your February go?

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

February Recap 2017

Make sure to read my February Goals before reading my recap!

1. Drink 4 or Less Sodas

This was so easy this month. I rarely even craved a soda! I have been drinking so much more water, juice, and tea. A soda once in a while isn’t a big deal and its so much easier than quitting cold turkey!

2. Become More Aware

I’m not gonna lie, this goal has continued to be a fail for me. I always put it on the back burner and it never gets accomplished. However, I now have a list of movies, TV shows, books, blogs, and podcasts that I want to watch/read/listen to! Let me know any suggestions you have for entertainment material that will help teach me something new or challenge my current way of thinking!

3. Finish Blog Binder and 4. Start a Budget I can Stick to

Both of these have been postponed because February was a mess of a month for me. I’ve had a ton of things going on and a lot of changes happening. I am moving within the next week which threw off my budget completely. I also will have my own office at my new place so I am waiting to finish my blog binder once I also have my space organized! Exciting and Stressful!

5. Start a 30-Day Fitness Challenge

I didn’t technically accomplish this in February, but kind of. I planned out my 30 Day-Fitness Challenge and it began 2 days ago on March 1st! I’d love for you all to follow along and do the challenge with me! I will be posting a 30-Day Challenge Checkup half way through and a review at the end. I also hope to do a new fitness challenge for April!

Dreaming With Love Recap

This month went A LOT SMOOTHER than January! I continue to learn new things on a daily basis and there is still SO MUCH to know about blogging. I’ve decided that I need to focus on small things that will eventually help me achieve the larger goal. I just can’t do it all at once especially while working and going to school. I continue to plan ahead and then re-plan everything one or two more times. However, I’m very confident that I am headed in the right direction and I am very excited about the progress I have made so far!

March 2017 Monthly Goals

1. Follow through on my plan for Lent

Lent started on Wednesday, March 1st! I came up with some great ideas on what to give up for Lent, plus you can see what I decided to do this year!

2. Get EVERYTHING completely unpacked and put away

This will be the fourth time I’ve moved into a new place. I ALWAYS take forever to unpack everything. Unpacking the essentials happens right away, but I continue to set aside my decor (even though that’s my favorite part) for way too long! This time I want to get everything taken care of immediately so that I can get settled in and back in a good routine.

3. Start a Budget

I NEED to set aside some time to sit down and figure out a good budget that I can actually stick to. I’ve been doing a ton of research and still feel rather uneducated on the subject. Let me know your tips for creating and sticking to a budget!

4. Complete my 30-Day Challenge and Start a New one

As I mentioned before, I started my 30-Day Fitness Challenge on March 1st! I also want to start doing at least one every month. The challenges won’t always be fitness related. Let me know some of your favorite 30-Day Challenges or if you have tried any before and your thoughts!

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

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This or That Tag {Beauty Edition}

This or That Tag {Beauty Edition}

Tags are some of my favorite posts to read! So I am doing the This OR That Tag Beauty Edition! I would love to see all of your choices so I tag all of you! Let me know which ones you choose and if you would like me to do anymore “This or That Tag”s!

‚Üí Makeup

Blush or Bronzer

If you’d ask me a year ago I would’ve easily said blush. Now it’s definitely bronzer!

Lipgloss or Lipstick

Again I would have said lipgloss about a year ago. Now I definitely have to say lipstick!

Eyeliner or Mascara

MASCARA. No competition.

Foundation or Concealer

If I had to pick one it would be foundation, but they are the perfect duo!

Neutral or Color Eye shadow

I love me some color eye shadow, but I wear neutrals way more often!

Pressed or Loose Eye Shadows

Pressed. Always pressed.

Brushes or Sponges

I love both! It just depends on what I am applying.

‚Üí Nails

O.P.I or China Glaze

China Glaze

Long or Short

I prefer short over long, but a medium length is my ideal.

Acrylic or Natural

Natural! I also have been loving gel though!

Bright or Dark

Depends on the season

Flower or No Flower

No flower for me.

‚Üí Body

Perfume or Body Splash

Perfume

Lotion or Body Butter

Lotion unless my skin is really dry, then body butter.

Body Wash or Soap

Body Wash!

LUSH or Other Bath Company

I LOVE LUSH, but Bath and Body Works still remains my favorite.

‚Üí Fashion

Jeans or Sweat pants

Leggings.

Long Sleeve or Short

Once again it depends on the season.

Dresses or Skirts

I tend to wear dresses more often, but I love both.

Stripes or Plaid

Plaid

Flip flops or Sandals

Sandals!

Scarves or Hats

I love hats, but I wear scarves more.

Studs or Dangle Earrings

Studs on a daily basis

Necklaces or Bracelets

I love both, but wear necklaces more often.

Heels or Flats

Depends on the outfit. I wear flats more, but love my heels!

Cowboy Boots or Riding Boots

Riding Boots!

Jacket or Hoodie

Hoodies are more comfortable, but jackets are more stylish.

Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe

Love them both. Love Charlotte Russe more.

‚Üí Hair

Curly or Straight

Curly

Bun or Ponytail

Bun

Bobby pins or Butterfly clips

Definitely bobby pins

Hair spray or Gel

Hair spray for sure

Long or Short

Longgggggg

Light or Dark

I prefer dark on myself

Side sweep bangs or Full bangs

Side sweep if any, for myself.

Up or Down

Down!

‚Üí Random

Rain or Shine

I LOVE rain!

Summer or Winter

Summer. I hate the cold.

Fall or Spring

Fall is by far my favorite season!

Chocolate or Vanilla

I’m a chocolate kind of girl!

East coast or West coast

Never been to either, but I always dream of the west coast!

Leave some of your answers in the comments below OR if you do the This OR That Tag Beauty Edition, leave the link down below!

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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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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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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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Monthly Favorites {December 2016}

Monthly Favorites {December 2016}

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. I will talk about my December 2016 Monthly Favorites of makeup, hair care, skin care, outfits, entertainment, food, quotes, and other random things.

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

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Music

This month I’ve pretty much been exclusively listening to Christmas music.

  • Glee Christmas
  • Pentatonix (My all time favorite for Christmas Music)¬†https://www.youtube.com/user/PTXofficial
  • Any Christmas Movie tunes

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Youtubers

I love discovering new youtubers and in December I found several that I have since become obsessed with!

  • Hayley Paige – She is a beauty/fashion blogger and youtuber and is also a new mom! Her videos are so genuine and she is so enjoyable to watch!
  • Kayln Nicholson – She is also a beauty/fashion/lifestyle youtuber. She is a vegan and lives a very healthy lifestyle and almost always has such a positive outlook on life. She is literal goals and I love all of her videos!
  • MissRemiAshten – Remi is a lifestyle youtuber living in LA and I can’t believe it took me this long to discover her channel. She is hilarious and such a sweetheart. Her vlogs are especially something I love watching!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Blogs

December was an extremely busy month for me so I didn’t spend very much time reading blogs. However Hayley Paige has a blog and I have been obsessed with it!

  • www.dailydoseofdarling.com This blog is created by Hayley Paige and I love reading her posts. The aesthetic of her website is so feminine and calming! She usually has posts about fashion and beauty, but as a recent new mom she now has many posts surrounding little Annabelle as well. I highly recommend checking out her blog!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Apps

I am always looking for new apps to entertain me or make my life easier! Besides the obvious (social media) here are my favorite new apps that I discovered in December!

  • Amateur Surgeon 4 – This game is hilarious and fun! Its kind of¬†like a strategy game, but doesn’t involve very much thinking. The games are short so it doesn’t require a lot of time commitment. It also isn’t a game that expects you to log on multiple times a day (I try to avoid those as they tend to take over my life).
  • Duolingo – I started learning Spanish through college and Duolingo has been such a huge help! It gives me extra practice and I am able to compete with my friends as well. They have a ton of different languages on there! I don’t recommend it by itself to learn a language, but it is a great additional tool.
  • Quizlet – This is a site where you can create flashcards! It has been a huge help to me through out college and I recommend it to everyone in school. They also have an app so you can practice on the go while you have a little downtime.
  • Pocket Points – I also recommend this app to everyone in college! While you are in class, turn this app on, and lock your phone. You earn points for being off of your phone during class time. You can then use the points to get huge discounts at select stores (online and local) and sometimes even free products!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Makeup Products

  • Maybelline Baby Skin¬†Instant Pore Eraser – I have been loving this affordable primer from Maybelline! I have mainly oily skin and large pores and this does such a good job!
  • Naked Palette – A little bit of a throwback, but I have been using this palette on a daily basis this month! Loving the colors!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Skin/Hair Care

  • Cetaphil Lotion – This lotion is so affordable and does such a great job. I used to use it and stopped for a while. Started using it again recently and I don’t know why I ever stopped!
  • Not Your Mother’s Leave in Conditioner – I have tried to many leave in conditioners and this is my favorite so far! It leaves my hair feeling so soft and smells amazing!
  • Organix Moroccan Oil – This oil is inexpensive and lasts forever! It has done absolute wonders for my hair and split ends, especially during the dry winter!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Food/Drinks

  • Egg, Ham, and Cheese on Toast – This has been a go to for me in the morning. Easy, quick, and pretty healthy!
  • Homemade Chili – I love soup and homemade chili is perfect in the winter time! I found a recipe I love, let me know if you would like me to share it with you!
  • Easy Berry Smoothie (Recipe coming soon) – I LOVE smoothies, especially if they are cheap and easy to make. I often don’t have time for breakfast so this is perfect for on the go!

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Quotes

  • “Find something that makes you happy and use it to make others happy!” – This quote has been one of my favorites for the last couple years, but it continued to pop up in my mind a lot during December while I made some tough decisions. I try to live by this quote everyday!
  • Matthew 6:34 ” Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – I made a lot of life changing decisions this month and many caused a lot of unknown for my future. When I read this verse, it makes me feel so much better.

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: Podcasts

  • NPR Politics – NPR helped me stay sane through out this crazy election. They kept me informed on all of the new things happening and they were easy and fun to listen to. HIGHLY recommend them!
  • Grownups read things they wrote as kids – This is the funniest podcast I have found so far! Constantly laughing out loud while I listen to this.

December 2016 Monthly Favorites: TV Shows & Movies

  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – This show was hard for me to watch at first, but now I love it. It is weird and sometimes insulting, but I like watching it when I want a laugh.
  • Gilmore Girls – I finally started watching this series and I’m obsessed! It’s the perfect show to have on in the background while I do a little work.
  • Once Upon A Time – This show is so good! It’s definitely one that you need to pay attention to so I only put it on when I’m not doing anything else. I love it!

What were some of your December 2016 Monthly Favorites?

 

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