14 Years!

I'm on level 14 as of Saturday!! Thirteen was a great year filled with many smiles, laughs, great people, trips to the beach, and cups of coffee. I'm infinitely grateful for the new friends I made, opportunities I was given, family members that have continued to be my number one fans, and lessons I learned throughout the past year. My life surely wouldn't be the same without such wonderful people in it - you know who you are and I hope you know how much I appreciate you. Before I turn this into something that sounds too much like a graduation speech, here are some reflections on year thirteen...

Switching Gears

When I started my blog a year ago, I knew what I wanted to focus on - fashion. I had no problem writing, putting up posts, or taking pictures. I enjoyed every second of what I did and don't regret a second of the time I put into it. But that's not what I want anymore. I'm getting sick of being in front of the camera, feeling pressured to wear a nice outfit all the time, and shopping for new clothes to write about... all of which I never thought I'd say. I didn't start my blog to make money or to work with companies or to become more well-known online. I do this because it's what I enjoy - and if I'm not enjoying it, what's the point of continuing? No, I'm not shutting this down. In fact, I'm doing the opposite.

Ice Cream Treat With A Friend

Maybe it's that it's "light" ice cream or maybe it's that I'm a sucker for the all flavors, but Arctic Zero is some of the best ice cream I've had... and I'm so down with it because they're not packed with harmful ingredients. Honestly speaking, when I hear of an ice cream with low fat and low calories, I don't imagine it to be, let's say, the yummiest thing out there. I was wrong. Really wrong. When Cailin and I tried the new flavors Arctic Zero was kind enough to send me - thanks again!! - I think our eyes lit up. "Meg, these are really good."

I guess my title should say "Ice Cream Treat With Friends"... Emmy tagged along for the taste test. Her favorite flavor was Mint & Chocolate Cookies - mine too! We must be sisters or something 😜

Cailin's favorite was Chocolate Chunk... calling all chocolate enthusiasts!!

I think I talk about Cailin a lot but haven't shared a picture, so here she is!! ⇩⇩

Why I Love Ted Talks + My Current Favorites

TED Talks have been my go-to lately. All the TV shows are ending for the summer, and, frankly, I don't really like watching many shows when it's nice out. These are great because you can listen in while cleaning, sitting outside, running, working out, on the drive to work/school... any time you want. 

There are so many quotes about ways to live and what to do (or not do) and what to eat (or not eat), but I'm inclined to think these are a little more reliable - and not so cliche and boring. Regardless of if they are or not, I've become a big fan! I've been listening to/watching a bunch lately and these are my three favorites:

What makes a good life

Room Tour !!!

I've been gradually redoing my room since December and for all those patiently waiting to see the final product since then... I FINISHED!! Finally. I know if I delay this any longer I won't necessarily be making any friends, so here we go... ps everything is linked at the end of the post! 

Hey Spring!

I don't have a ton to say other than the fact that I'm really thankful spring weather finally decided to show up... it's about time! School's been good, my family is good, my friends are good, my dog is good... everything is pretty 👍 We've got fresh tulips on the dining room table, the weekend was sunny, and I found my long-lost seersucker skirt (!!) that I ended up wearing for Easter ⇩⇩

Easy Snacks to Spice Up Your Lunch

I've packed the exact same lunch almost every single day this year for school. If you went up to my friend and asked her what I pack every day she'd recite it right away without any trouble at all - an apple with peanut butter, a granola bar, and either strawberries or cantaloupe. (Right, Cailin?!) I'm not going to deny that they're so boring because I'm too lazy to spend five minutes making some extravagant lunch, because it's true. Places to go, people to see, things to do, you know?! I recently started to get so sick of having the same thing every stinkin' day. I went to the grocery store with my mom last week and picked out some new snacks and foods to use to whip together a quick, yummy, healthy lunch. The best of all three worlds! This week's lunches have been so easy and fun. (Sounds quirky, I know.)