April Showers Bring May Flowers

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This post is 100% because of the work my Mom has put into making the little places around my house gorgeous!  She has put so much heart into her flower pots and I just had to share her beautiful creations.  I hope her green thumb runs in the family!

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I love my Mom so much and appreciate all she has done for me.  So to all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!! Us daughters would be nothing without you:)

xo Carolyn

Study Tips

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As finals and exams are coming just around the corner, I have found myself spending more and more time studying.  By my last year in high school, I believe I have found some great ways to study that not only work for me, but could apply to any studying situation.

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ONE// Start Studying Early

There’s nothing worse than cramming for a test.  Yes, sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures, however if you let it come to cramming for every test, you are going to end up being more stressed out and frantic.  If you know you have a big test coming up, studying a little bit every night will help more than you realize.

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TWO// Study Harder Not Longer

Sometimes it is worse to study in a distracting setting for three hours than it would have been to just sit down and study hard for half an hour.  It can be amazing how much you are able to learn in just a short period of time when you are completely focused on that one thing you are trying to learn.

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THREE// Stay Organized

Organization can be the biggest help in studying.  If all your notes are organized you know exactly what you need to study.  Also, if you keep your schedule organized you will stay aware of important dates coming up so tests and exams can’t creep up on you.

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FOUR// Take Breaks

You don’t want to fry your brain with four hours straight studying.  I try to set up rewards for myself at different intervals.  For example after every thirty minutes of studying I let myself get up, check my phone, and take a break for the next ten minutes before getting back to studying.  Sometimes those little breaks can help a lot

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FIVE// Move Around

According to research, you are more likely to forget information if you only study it in one location.  So take your notes away from your desk and go outside or try another area of your house or a local coffee shop to get the information to stick better.

Studying can be the hardest and most stressful part of school if you let it.  So take these tips and develop your own study habits to keep your grades up with as little stress as possible!

xo Carolyn

Movie Recommendations

Image-1.jpg.jpegI love movies!  In fact, at one point in my life I wanted to be a movie director!  Since then I have developed different goals, but my love for movies still remains!  I have rounded up a few of my movie recommendations in the hopes that you all can share in my love for them!

Children’s: Frozen

Frozen-blogDisney knocked it out of the park with this movie.  The songs are amazing and so are the characters!! I could watch this movie once a week!

Recent: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast-Blog.jpgBelle has always been my favorite Disney princess and I absolutely love Emma Watson so you can imagine my excitement in finding out she would be playing my favorite princess!  Plus Josh Gad is in it, the actor who voices Olaf in Frozen, which ties back to my love of Frozen. This movie truly was a win-win!

Romantic Comedy: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy-Blog.jpgI don’t watch Rom-Coms frequently, however this is one I love!  The movie is absolutely hilarious and no matter how many times I have seen it I still laugh out loud!

Comedy: Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber-Blog.jpgIf you know me, then you know my love for this movie.  It is probably the most quoted movie in my family and I am not ashamed of that.  In my opinion, this movie never gets old.

Action: Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne.jpgYes, all of these movies tend to follow the same general formula but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good!  All the action and excitement make these movies so fun to watch!!

Mystery: Rear Window

Rear Window-BlogThis classic mystery is a great movie for a rainy day.  The action comes at the end but the whole time you can’t help but get completely engrossed in the mystery of the situation.  I would definitely recommend it!

Most of the time I stick to watching movies I’ve already seen before but I love seeing new movies so please comment some of your favorites!!

xo Carolyn

March Favorites

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Winter is in full swing and I am not digging the cold weather.  However, I have found some great products to reduce the depressing aspects of winter and to keep me cozy and comfy while patiently waiting for spring to come.

1. A Robe

Never underestimate the power of a good robe!  I just received one as a birthday present and I am OBSESSED!  I love having something warm and cozy to put on in the morning.  Mine is by Ugg and although it may appear to be slightly more costly than your average bathrobe it is well worth the money!

2. Bean Boots

I’ve written about these before (you can find the post here) but their greatness is worth praising again!  These boots can withstand snow, rain, sleet, cold weather, you name it!  I know these shoes have been around forever but they are still very cute and in style and I’m absolutely in love!

3. Hempz lotion

I know I can’t be alone in the horrors of dry skin in the winter so lotion is always a must.  I love Hempz because it smells good but doesn’t leave your hands greasy right after you put the lotion on so you’re free use your hands without being hindered by the grease of regular lotion.

4. Blanket Scarf

I did not understand the full awesomeness of the blanket scarf until my brother got one for me for Christmas.  Ever since then, I have been obsessed!!  It goes with absolutely everything and is the warmest and most comfortable accessory you can pair with everything.  Plus mine is from Amazon so if you have Prime there is free shipping and it is not expensive at all! I honestly don’t know what I was thinking by not owning one sooner.

It’s only early March and I’m already for spring and then summer.  Luckily I have these amazing products to keep me comfortable and able to tolerate the early March atmosphere.

xo Carolyn

My Bucket List

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I love goals and having something to work towards and while bucket lists can seem a little morbid, I think they are a great way to think about how you want to spend your time and what you want to have done or experienced in life!  I made a bucket list in 2014 and have since been able to check a few things off!!  So here goes my list of things to do before the day I die…

  1. Have my writing published

  2. Visit all 7 continents

  3. Be part of a TV audience

  4. Go to the Kentucky Derby  2015

  5. Visit New York City

  6. Travel first class

  7. Go to a midnight premiere

  8. Go on a road trip with friends

  9. Participate in a flash mob

  10. Run a marathon

  11. Own an apartment

  12. Own a house

  13. Float on the dead sea

  14. Start a blog 2016

I know I’m going to keep adding to this list as well as cross some things off as life happens but for now here are the 14 things that as of 2014 I want to do before I die.

xo Carolyn

Why I Started Blogging

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For this week I want to take a break from my usual posts and take some time to reflect on why I have decided to give blogging a try.  I know I want to continue growing as a writer and blogger but I also want to remember why I started in the first place.  I believe the desire to have some creative outlet appeared my freshman year of high school.

I had just quit ballet and was not sure where my life was going to take me from there.  Ballet had been my way of escape and release of emotions but started to become too intense and wouldn’t work with my tough high school schedule so I needed to find a something new to put effort into.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year in high school that I discovered the world of blogging.  I started to scope out the blog posts that I had pinned on Pinterest and my interest was peaked.  At first I thought I wanted to start a blog with someone else.  I wanted to have someone explore this new world with me but soon realized it would be too hard to find someone with both the same passion and availability as me.  This realization put my plans to start a blog on hold.

The summer before senior year I had figured it out.  I started following some truly successful blogs and I began to learn what made those blogs fun to read and explore.  I picked a name and had a plan and am finally putting that plan into action.

I have always harbored a passion for writing but now I can take it to the next level.  I have found a way to write with a purpose and share my thoughts and ideas with others.  This is only the beginning of my journey and I can’t wait to share my journey with everyone and I hope y’all have patience with me as I take the steps to grow as a writer and blogger.

xo Carolyn

Morning Routine

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Morning can be the best time of day for me, or the worst time.  It all depends on what I am able to accomplish.  Most of the time I would consider myself a morning person.  I try not to stay up too late doing homework and instead wake up earlier to get things done.  Most of my mornings go a little something like this…

Wake-up…I normally wake up between 6 and 6:30am.  Generally speaking, the earlier I wake-up, the better my hair ends up looking.

Devotional…I’ve been going through “The One Year New Testament” study which is a great way to start my day.  I always read an encouraging message and am able to start my day with God.

Hair…My hair can be a pain in the butt.  I always shower at night so the hair I wake up with in the morning can be a lost cause.  I have thick, wavy hair that is currently at a length where I can’t leave it down naturally otherwise no matter how much I brush it, it still looks like I left without brushing or doing anything to it.  Most of the time I end up straightening my hair which only takes about 10 minutes.

Makeup…Generally speaking, I go for the natural look.  I’m a firm believer in the power of mascara and lip gloss and leaving the rest up to nature.  I choose to put more work into my hair than my makeup which, until I start waking up earlier, I will have to continue doing.

Get Dressed…I try to pick out my clothes the night before, or at least be thinking about clothes so it isn’t a struggle to pick something out.  Of course I have days where I change my outfit three times and still leave for school not happy with the way I’m dressed, but that’s a topic for another time.

Eat Breakfast…Yes I am one of those people who would say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  I do however have a distaste for breakfast foods so eating in the morning can be a struggle.  However it’s hard to go wrong with either a bagel or an english muffin or just a good fruit smoothie.

Leave…I try to be out of the house by 7:15 to beat the traffic getting into school.  I’m fortunate that it’s only about a six minute drive to school.

Mornings can either be the best time of day, or the worst.  There will surely be days when I roll out of bed five minutes before I have to be at my destination but hopefully those days don’t happen as frequently as productive ones.

xo Carolyn