A Year In Review: 2018 In Photos

December 30, 2018

I hope everyone had a very happy holiday and enjoyed some time with your family and friends. It’s crazy how fast this year has seemed to fly by. I’ve seen a lot of people doing something like this on their Instagram stories, and I thought that it would be fun to do something like it on the blog where I would go into a little more detail. 
I hope you all get a chance this weekend to reflect on your own 2018 and look at all you’ve accomplished this year. If you had goals for the year, revisit them and see how you did, revise them and get ready to kill 2019. If you didn’t have any goals for 2018, think about making some for 2019 and have your best year yet.


In January I rung in the New Year with my BFF after finding out I got my first (and so far only) 4.0 GPA! It was a little questionable how I was going to do in my biochemistry class, so finding out I got an A in that class and all my others was such a great feeling and a great way to start off 2018


Honestly I had a little trouble finding something for this month. It was pretty uneventful, just trying to get into the grove of the new semester and planning March’s spring break trip.


In March, over spring break I got to go to Disney world for the very 1st time at 19 years old. It was also my first time on a plane and my first time in the sunny state of Florida. I felt like such a little kid in Magic Kingdom and even though we only spent one day there it was totally magical. I cannot wait until I get to go back, hopefully someday soon. We also took a road trip around the state and got to see everything from Miami to Key West to Tamps before making it back to Orlando for our flight home 


In April my car (aka Stacy) got in her first (reported) accident while I was playing with this sweet little pup and his brother. I went to go see my best friend at school and left my car at a friends house came back to find one of my rear lights missing. Two weeks later I got my car back and looks as good as new. Until we noticed the back window was leaking because they put the window lining back on inside out. April was not my luckiest month to say the least. 


I graduated with my Associates degree in my after competing my 2 year honors program at my first college and finalized my transfer plans for the fall. I also helped my best friend of 18 years celebrate her 20th birthday and we both got ready to work together at the summer camp I’ve been going to since I was a kid and working at for the past 4 years.


June was filled with lots of fun “stay action” adventures. I spent lots of days poolside at my aunts house, went paddle boarding on the lake, went on a few hikes with friends and spent lots of time in downtown Saratoga in between training for my job. I also asked for a promotion for the first time, which was super nerve racking but ended up working out and being so rewarding for me. 


July was spent working in some of the hottest weeks we’ve had in upstate New York in a while. I spent as much time as possible on my friend’s boat, including the 4th of July which was the perfect weather this year. I also took a family vacation to Cape Cod where I got hooked on Mary Lou’s Coffee per recommendation of Maggie MacDonald. If any Mary Lou’s executives are reading this, please open some stores in Long Island. We spent as much time as possible at the beach, I got so sunburnt that I could hardly even move (reapply your sunscreen kids!!) and finished reading The Godfather. We also spent a day on Nantucket where I found Aunt Leah’s Fudge Shop, obviously had to buy something and played the most stylish corn hole outside the Lilly Pulitzer store. 


August was spent trying to cram in as many summer activities as I could before I got ready to head of to my new school at the end of the month. I went to the race track a few times, went to lots of Farmer’s Markets and pinned lots of dorm inspiration. I was super nervous to be so far away from home but after a few days and with he help of my amazing roommate everything turned out just fine. 


In September I went home to celebrate my 20th birthday with my best friends. I still can’t believe the I’ve been alive for 2 decades; most days I feel like I’m still 16 years old. 


October held lots more drives and train rides home for different things, including a Justin Timberlake concert. He is such a talented performer, even if you don’t know many of his songs you’d find something to enjoy at his concerts. My best friend and I also came back home for Halloween, when we were both planning on dressing up as different animals, until last minute she decided she wanted to dress up in a Christmas sweater and Santa hat and we somehow turned into Santa and one of his reindeer. 


My mom, aunt and cousin met my roommate and I in the city to go see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. I hadn’t seen it since I was little and feel asleep half way through and they have added so much more technical effects that the show was truly magical. It had also been a few years since I had been to the city, so getting to go again was great and I hope I get more opportunities next semester. 


I spent a little too much time fueling my Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A addictions while finishing up my first semester at my new school. Finals were a little rough for a minute there but I pulled through with better grades than I thought I would, still waiting on my final GPA though. Being away from home for the weeks leading up to Christmas made coming home and the holiday that much more special this year

Gift Ideas for the Fitness Fanatic in Your Life

December 15, 2018

After what seemed like the longest week ever, I finished 2 of my finals yesterday and can final breath some fresh air. I took last night and today off from studying for my last test to binge watch Christmas movies. It's so hard trying to get into the Christmas spirit when I have to stay at school so much longer than I have in the past, plus there is zero sign of snow here :(. 

Today I bring you my last gift guide, which was actually supposed to go up last weekend, oops.
Luckily almost everyone and their mother has Amazon prime so your gifts can still get here by Christmas. This one is for all the health junkies in your life, or maybe a gift or two for that person whose New Year's resolution is always to go to the gym more and seems to forget by February. These cute and functional gifts can help them stick with it year round.

Finals Prep - Study Tips + Tricks I've Picked Up in College

December 2, 2018

Finals season is here and everyone's stress levels are through the roof. I had an exam on Thursday that actually wasn't even a final, how rude right? 
Since my last post about how to prepare for exam season was one of my best performing posts to date, (check it out here if you haven't read it yet) I wanted to share an updated version with all the new tips and tricks I've picked up in the last 2 years and talk about how my studying methods have changed. 
I approach each class a little differently because I've found that what works best for one class doesn't always work best for another. What works for me might not work for you. It can take a little bit of trial and error to find what works best, but the more techniques you're exposed to the easier it'll be to find (or curate) the one that works the best. 
I've spent hours picking through Pinterest and study accounts on Instagram reading the best way to do this or this study method that will change your life. I've tried them out, and some work to a degree while others don't help me out at all. I like to piece together all the things that work for me to make the best use of my time and brain power. Here are my best tips to help you find yours

Use a planner

Write it in and actually use it and I promise you your life will change. Even if you have a great memory and never forget an assignment even without writing it down, a planner makes it so there's one less thing to remember and makes room for the important stuff, like those Chemistry reactions or those dates for History. 

Pomodoro Technique 

You might have also heard of this as Tomato Timer, but essentially it breaks down your time into 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes of break, with a longer break after 4 work sessions. The idea is that during the work session you only focus on that one task until the timer goes off and in turn this makes you more productive. I definitely recommend this for those days that you're feeling really unmotivated but need to get stuff done.

Switch it up

Since each Pomodoro cycle is about 2 hours, I like to find a new spot after every cycle to keep myself from getting tired or bored. Changing where your study can help you feel refreshed and more motivated, or even just get some fresh air walking from your room to the library or coffee shop. 

Start Early

Start studying as early as possible. You will be so much less stressed the days leading up to the test and you'll feel more confident going into to. If it's a paper, you'll be able to spend more time editing and really make sure it's your best work. Plus you'll actually be able to sleep if you're not pulling all nighters trying to cram the two days before. 

Don't Study What You Already Know

This might sound silly or like it should be common knowledge but do not study what you already know and are comfortable with. It will just waste time that you could be spending really nailing down the things you struggle with more. 

Get Ahead

This is more of a tip for the beginning of the semester, but it's also possible to do over breaks. I try to get at least 1 week ahead on all my work during the first weeks of the semester before things start to pile up. This way, when a test comes around you can spend the whole week preparing, rather than trying to quickly do your other assignments and probably get a not so great grade on them.


Whether it's an hour for a Netflix episode or a day to recharge, please make sure that you're taking care of yourself in these stressful weeks leading up to the end of the semester, your body and brain will thank you.

What to Get for the Girl Boss in Your Life

November 16, 2018

Woo happy Friday!! This post is actually one day late because I had a Bio exam yesterday. Everyone pray that I got a good grade, I need it. 
I'm kicking off my holiday season tomorrow at Radio City Music Hall watching their Christmas Spectacular, so make sure you're following my insta stories to see what we get up to in the city. I'll try and throw in a little recap of the day trip in my next gift guide for you guys. 
Today's gift guide is all about the boss ladies in your life that are always killing it. You all know someone who seems to have everything together, always. If your don't, it's probably you so congrats we're all jealous of you. Help keep her even more organized while looking as chic as possible with some of these gift ideas that she's sure to love. 

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