Happy first day of Fall, y'all! I'm so so excited that the season has finally kicked off. Between planning videos and blog posts for October and my every day life, it's been a whirlwind of a September.
Here's what I'm looking forward to this season:
WATCHING THE LEAVES CHANGE
COOLER WEATHER (CAN I GET AN AMEN?)
SCARY/HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHONS
CHECKING OFF MY OCTOBER BUCKET LIST
MY BIRTHDAY (OCTOBER 1)
ALL THE BUGS GOING AWAY FOR COLD SEASON
I know today's blog post was a short one that was just a bit fun and silly. Like I said, I've been working REALLY hard to make some great content for you guys next month. I hope you have an amazing first day of Fall. Wherever you are, sip some apple cider or hot chocolate or maybe even a Pumpkin Spice Latte in celebration of the first day of Fall!
As some of you may know, I am one of 13 city commissioners on the Fayetteville Millennial Commission. During one of our meetings last month, we had a visit from Sustainable Sandhills about National Drive Electric Week, which is this week.
I will share some information about a local event later, but now I want to share three benefits of driving an electric car:
1: IT IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Electric vehicles don't need regular gasoline, so they don't release emissions into our environment. Renewable electricity resources such as solar or wind power can be used to "refuel" these cars, making them a great option for helping to change the environment.
2: IT CAN HELP YOUR AREA KEEP FUNDING
These grants could be for things like parks and recreational facilities, transportation, and community development. While it is great that the issuers of these grants value the importance that the local environment has on its residents, it is vital for the residents to try and make a positive impact on the environment where and when they can.
Electric vehicles are a great way to lower emission ratings, but you can also try energy conservation, carpooling/biking to work, and using public transportation.
3: IT MAY PROVE TO BE MORE COST-EFFECTIVE THAN TRADITIONAL GASOLINE
Everyone loves saving money, and you can be sure that you'll have a little extra in your wallet at the end of the week when you switch to an electric vehicle.
4: MORE ATTRACTIVE ELECTRIC CARS ARE BEING PRODUCED
In actuality, a ton of brands are creating stylish, practical electric vehicles. These include Tesla, Cadillac, Honda, and Nissan, to name a few. Just Google some images to see the stylish options available.
FIND YOUR LOCAL EVENT!
In Fayetteville, N.C., there will be an Electric Vehicle Show this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Honeycutt Park featuring electric cars from the brands listed above. There will also be door prizes from places like Fayetteville PWC, Sustainable Sandhills, PepBoys, Texas Roadhouse, Starbucks, and more!
Bring the kids to the event's Kids Zone, where they can make crafts and learn about solar derby race cars.
If you're not from the area, visit DriveElectricWeek.org/events and type in your zip code to find Drive Electric Week events near you.
In some respects, this month went by pretty slowly. However, another side of me feels like August has been a whirlwind! Either way, I have several new favorites that I want to share with you all today. Let's get into it:
OIL DIFFUSER AND FRANKINSCENSE SCENT
TARTIEST PRO TO GO PALETTE
HYDRATING SHAPE TAPE FOUNDATION
Sugar Rush 24K Lash Curler Set
DR. JART + CICAPAIR SKINCARE COLLECTION
Today, Aug. 19, is National Bow Day. Bows have always been a pretty popular fashion accessory. However, dancer and singer JoJo Siwa has brought the accessory back into fashion, especially for young girls.
I personally love to make these, but don't wear them often. But I do know that some of my posts attract mothers who might have a little girl to make these for. I think they would be particularly cute for a Wacky Tacky day at school or just a cute and affordable way to accessorize their outfits!
DISCLAIMER: I am using painters tape in this tutorial because I thought I had duct tape at home, but didn't.
1: CUT A STRIP OF TAPE
2: MEET THE TWO ENDS IN THE MIDDLE
3: FOLD ACCORDION-STYLE AN ODD NUMBER OF TIMES
4: WRAP TAPE AROUND THE MIDDLE TO SECURE
5: ADD A BOBBY PIN TO THE BACK AND ROCK IT!
You read that title correctly! My husband turns 23 today, and I wanted to commemorate his birthday by sharing with him and with the world 23 things I love about him and what he does for our relationship.
Let's get started, because 23 is a lot! I will elaborate on some and leave others with just their title!
1: HE IS MY BEST FRIEND
2: HE IS HANDSOME
3: HE SPOILS ME
4: HE LETS ME SPOIL HIM
5: HE IS KIND
6: HE LOVES MUSIC
7: HE IS A MAN OF GOD
8: HE HELPS OTHERS
9: HE CARES ABOUT MY MENTAL HEALTH
10: HE IS SO CREATIVE
11: HE MAKES ME LAUGH
12: HE IS LEVEL-HEADED
13: HE BRIGHTENS MY DAY
14: HE HAS EMPATHY
15: HE LOVES ANIMALS
16: HE MAKES CONTENT WITH ME
17: HE DOESN'T FOLLOW GENDER ROLES
18: BUT HE KNOWS WHEN TO SPEAK UP FOR ME
19: HE CALLS ME EVERY DAY AFTER WORK
20: HE ALWAYS TRIES TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER WHEN I AM SICK OR SAD
21: HE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING NICE TO SAY
22: HE IS POSITIVE
23: HE HAS SPENT 5 YEARS WITH ME
Coming from an accident-prone family (sorry mom and Trey), I can thank my lack of injury on a lack of doing anything I even thought could result in injury. However, my worst injury ever happened one time at band camp. Well, band practice.
We were moving along when, all of a sudden, my knee gave out. I had never experienced anything like it before. Come to find out, I had torn my meniscus. Your meniscus is a thin cartilage between some of your joints, like your knee.
This caused my knee to pop out of socket. It was painful, but luckily my knee never stayed out of socket. It would kind of pop in and out really quickly. That didn't make it hurt less.
HOW I INJURED IT
I don't know if it was ever taken care of by the school, but I decided to go to the office to fill out an injury report. After all, this area wasn't near students and it is a school's job to ensure that the conditions are safe for students, fluid on the floor included!
Most of them involved balance and leg-strengthening exercises. I did have to sit out for the rest of the season, which had mostly consisted of parades at that point. I remember some of my band friends trying to convince me to go on one of our parade trips to Gatlinburg, Tenn., but I decided not to.
I was able to get back to the field by the next marching season, and really didn't have issues after that (knock on wood, again)!
Tell me your worst injury and how you sustained it. Are you doing better now?
Another month has blown by, so I've got another monthly favorites blog post for you. I was fortunate to try a number of things this month. So, let's get into it!
MY NEW CAMERA FROM MY MOM!
RUE 21 FLOWER DRESS | $24.99
RUE 21 YELLOW BODY CON DRESS | $12
L'OREAL INFALLIBLE FOUNDATION | $11.99
TARTE SHAPE TAPE CONCEALER | $27
PHONE TRIPOD | $15
Jonathan (the hubby) and I have an amazing relationship. I always credit this to the fact that we started out as friends before we became boyfriend/girlfriend and husband/wife.
I think it is so important to be best friends with your spouse. I had been in two previous relationships and I was so nervous that I would do something embarrassing that would make the guy run the other way. But Jonathan has always been different.
Also in the comments were people saying "don't make her famous so she keeps spoiling her husband!" Joke's on them! I always spoil him. But this got me to thinking about the idea of spoiling someone.
I don't ALWAYS do the laundry and dishes, just like he doesn't ALWAYS take the trash out. We decided together that a marriage is a partnership, not a "you do this, I do this, and everyone is happy," arrangement.
This post isn't terribly long, but I encourage anyone out there to find a partner who you can love deeply, laugh with uncontrollably, cry around freely, and live with happily! Establish a friendship that is forged in fire. Your life will be so enjoyable.
If you are from Tik Tok, or you found me through social media that way, thank you so much for your love and support. I'm so happy to show our love to the world, especially during a time of such hate and division. Love you all, so much! Have a great week!
College season is upon us. For many of you, this might be the first time you've lived away from home. No matter if you're an experienced traveler or if you've never stayed away from home a day in your life, I've got some tips to make college move-in and room decor easier for you!
1: DON'T NEGLECT DECOR
2: LEARN DECOR POLICIES FOR YOUR RESIDENCE HALL
3: CONSIDER RENTING ITEMS
4: SOME MOVING TIPS TO FOLLOW
5: COORDINATE WITH YOUR ROOMMATE AND START DIYING
If you want a coordinated look, most colleges provide you with information to contact your roommate so you can coordinate!
Start now on your DIY decor. You can have a decor party as a going-away party! Or, you can spend some time with your family and make stuff together. Either way, you'll love having a few pieces that will remind you of home while you're away at college.
CHECK OUT MY "THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN BEFORE STARTING COLLEGE" BLOG POST FOR MORE TIPS!
Regardless, I'm sure we will still run into some hiccups. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram today to see how the move is going. Since it is the summer and many families move around this time of year before the new school year starts, I wanted to share a few moving tips. Keep reading for more:
1: PUT YOUR ESSENTIALS IN ONE BAG
If you're moving offices, this might be the box or bag containing your pens and planner. If you're moving homes, this might contain a bag with your cellphone chargers, a change of clothes, and your toiletries.
Knowing where these items are when you've first arrived to your new office or home is essential. It will make moving much less stressful and you will be able to easily find your essentials bag since you put it in a differentiated bag or box!
2: YOU DON'T HAVE TO BUY BOXES
Boxes can be rather expensive, especially purchasing enough to transport a house full of stuff!
In fact, it will cost you between $60 and $85 to purchase enough cardboard boxes to pack up a one-bedroom apartment. You can use a number of things for packing, including clothes hampers, bags, and suitcases that you already own. You can also ask local stores like Aldi's, Walmart, or Target if they have any cardboard boxes that they are throwing out. Be sure to get clearance for this first!
Our place of business was able to offer us milk crates and storage tubs to move our things in!
3: TRASH BAG YOUR HANGING CLOTHES
I didn't believe that this hack would really save time until I used it when moving into my first apartment! I wish I would have known about this hack before moving in to college.
Basically, you simply gather several hanging items, maybe 20 hanging items per bag. Put the ends into the bags and fasten the bag shut at the top of the hanger, leaving the hook of the hanger exposed.
4: LABEL BY AREA AND PRIORITY
Label your boxes by area, but also by priority. What's the use in getting your toiletries before you have your shower curtain? What good would it do to have access to cookbooks when you can't find any of your pans or utensils.
This is why labeling by more than just area is a good idea. If need be, you could always label your boxes with a list of everything in them!
Black History Month
Civil Rights Movement
Drive Electric Week
National Women's Day
Save A Life
Stop The Bleed
The Ingham Family
The Opinionated One
The Pioneer Woman
Things I Love
What I Learned
Year In Review