Popsicle Stick Pallet Coasters

I haven’t posted for a while but it’s been such a wonderful month in our house. Exactly a month ago today, I went from girlfriend to fiancée! That’s right, your girl is marrying her best friend and I CANNOT wait. With all of the fun events leading up to the wedding, you know there will be some DIY projects. Make sure to stay tuned and follow the blog to see all of the updates.

These pallet coasters were so fun to make and I might be a little biased but they are super cute. The best part about them is that you can change up what they say or have on them to fit you better. My mom went with a holiday stamp and I went with stamping some personalized phrases.

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Date Night In – Cookies & Blanket Forts

My boyfriend and I like to go out for date nights quite often. When the COVID-19 restrictions went into place, we got creative with dates. Lounging at home is great and all, but after a while, it needs to be shaken up. Recently, the gym my boyfriend frequents reopened to appointments only. I wanted to do something special and with an hour of time I knew he would be gone, I got to work.

Do you remember blanket forts as a kid? I do! I remember trying to make them the size of the room and using every blanket, chair, and clip in the house to build the masterpiece. I remember crawling through carefully crafted “hallways” and “rooms” of the fort. I haven’t built a fort in YEARS. With the space of a house once again, a blanket fort was well due up. With my boyfriend gone for the gym, I got to work making the fort in front of our TV in the living room. I even planned the opening to be taller so we could cuddle inside with blankets and pillows while we watched TV. Once the fort was built and sturdy… enough. I grabbed some battery powered lights and carefully hung them above.

The finishing touch? Microwave popcorn and cookies! I used door dash to have a local cookie company, Crumbl Cookies, deliver right to my door.

My boyfriend was so surprised when he walked in the door, and it might be one of my favorite dates we have done! Just us and our pup cuddled up in the blanket fort = Perfect date night at home.

I’d love to hear from you! Comment below with your at home date night ideas!

Everything Will Be Okay

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to stop your feeds to remind you that it will be okay.

It’s okay if you are struggling to be motivated, it’s okay if you are getting stuff done. Don’t feel guilty.

It’s okay if your win of the day was to put on a bra and take that conference call with a nice shirt and sweat pants hidden out of sight.

It’s okay if you are feeling more refreshed than ever before.

We are all adjusting to a new normal. Be patient with others but don’t forget to be patient with yourself!

Life’s Bumpy Road

The phrase “adulting is hard” can be too true at times. Life gets so busy and stressful that it can be difficult to ever see it mellowing out. One thing I always try to emphasize to myself when it feels like I’m overwhelmed with, well everything, is that it will all work out. That big presentation will pass, the dishes will get done, your friends understand that it’s a heavy week of work, and I move on. Reminding myself out loud a couple of times in these moments truly helps that ball of stress in my chest feel lighter. With my motivational self in full swing, I thought of the quote below. Hope you enjoy!

PSL = FALL

Fall is marked in my internal calendar as the day that the Pumpkin Spice Latte is released at Starbucks. Some may consider this to be “basic” but it is my special treat around this time of year and I know I’m not alone in this sentiment. It’s a sip full of fall and all the comforting feelings that the season brings to me. I’m a beleafer this year as always (Starbucks marketing is always so good with this drink)!

Anyone else consider PSL the beginning of fall? Comment below if you have a variation of a pumpkin coffee drink I should try!

Possibilities are Endless

One of the best feelings in the world is when you have a full tank of gas in your car. The possibilities of where to go feel like they are endless! I like to think that maybe I could use that full tank to drive past work and go on a day trip or even a weekend trip. With this last fill up I couldn’t help but think that I should think of the opportunities in my life the same as this full tank. What I want to achieve, where I want to go, are endless and I should keep working towards those possibilities.

Power Song

Let’s be honest, we all have at least one song that makes you feel like you can take on the world. For me, that song is (and probably always will be) Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys. My favorite time to hear it is when I least expect it but need it the most. That happened this week while I was stressed and thinking about my day ahead and it came on the radio. It was like a mental weight was lightened as I sang loudly along, “Oh she got her head in the clouds and she’s not backing down”. Feeling relieved and inspired after my power song, I wanted to remind everyone reading this to go take on your biggest dreams and don’t back down!

What is your power song? Comment below!

Confessions of a Young Female Manager

I recently accepted the finance manager position at my work and I can tell you one thing is for sure… at least half of my days are spent in meetings. Between my time being compressed with additional meetings, and onboarding a new employee on my team; it has been extra stressful to get my work done. So how am I making it through? My tips are below on how I manage my stress during work hours!

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2019 Summer Book Bucket List

As I sit curled on my couch writing this, I cannot stop thinking about books. There is something wonderful to holding a stack of pages that shows every coffee spill, tear, fold, or highlight within its tight bounds. My summer book bucket list is already in full swing and I couldn’t wait to share it on here. Right now I’m reading (and LOVING) Becoming Michelle Obama. My pile of books has quite the array of writing styles and I’m extra eager for a few of them in particular – one by my favorite comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and a book by my favorite historian, David McCullough. What’s on your summer reading list?