Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Life Lately: An Update


Hi Loves! 

So, it's no secret that I have been totally MIA and out of sync with the blog world lately and as much as I am glad to be back, it was an unplanned but necessary leave. I apologize in advance for the extra wordy post today! 

In 2014, I decided to take off a few months from work to travel and get some personal things taken care of. After that six months was up, John and I talked and decided that it would be best for me to take another few months off to pursue blogging and to have the ability to take care of family things, after those months had passed, it had turned into a little over a year of me not working. For those of you that may not know, my job prior to that leave of work was teaching. 

Working with children and teaching has always been a passion of mine and one that although I loved, I wanted a small break from to see how far I could take my blog. I did have a lot of success being a full time blogger but I felt as if my days were just running together and my long hours of training and education were going to waste so, on a whim I started applying to various teacher job postings. 

To my surprise, I had 5 call backs and 4 job offers from those interviews. I did pick one and that is currently my full time job now. In June I returned to the classroom as a toddler teacher at a franchised preschool by us. I have also resumed my Director's courses and will hopefully be receiving my credentials for that in mid fall. 

Coincidentally, in the same week that I started my new job, John left his job. This change we had talked about coming in the fall but the place he used to work at didn't appreciate him and we never saw each other so although it was sudden, it was necessary. It didn't take long for J to find another job which isn't surprising as he is very skilled in many traits (proud wifey over here!) 

So we both started new jobs which was a big change. We also bought our house in May so we have been trying to get all of our bills and accounts in order to be more organized and deal with the highs and lows of being new homeowners. 

Between the changes in jobs, family matters, family visits and just life in general, this little part of me just got put on the back burner. I am trying to find a happy medium of being able to keep this part of my life current and interesting while also being able to love and live life. I don't want to get home from work at 6 and jump right on here to make sure I have a post each and every day ready because that just isn't living. So, I am thinking maybe 2-3 times a week I will have a new post up! 

Anyways, that for the most part, has been life lately. If you follow me on snapchat (ssarahhh14) you will already know most of this so, if you don't already make sure to follow me on there so you can stay up to date on all things behind the blog! 



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Stitch Fix Reveal #5

Happy Thursday Love Bugs! 

Today I am back with a Stitch Fix Reveal. 

What is Stitch Fix?
If you don't know what Stitch Fix is, it is an online clothing store and personal styling service. For a $20 styling fee (which is taken out of your bank account when your Fix ships), you can have five personally selected pieces shipped right to your door. These pieces are selected by your personal stylist, who carefully reviews a "style profile" that you create. The $20 will be credited towards whatever pieces you decided to keep from your Fix. Things that you don't want are placed in a pre-paid mailer and sent back. If you end up wanting to keep all of your items, the $20 styling fee will go towards your end total as will a 25% discount. 

Stitch Fix encourages you to try on every item because they usually send items you would not pick on your own so, they want you to see it on rather than just holding it up. When you "check out" online after receiving your fix, you tell them which items you are keeping and give detailed reviews of each item to help better your next fix. It will ask you what you liked/didn't like about the fit, style, and pattern.

What I Received:

Item #1: Papermoon Lonni Crochet Back Knit Tank $38 
Kept
 I am obsessed with this tank! The color is gorgeous and the detailing is perfect too-this top is a total win for me! 

Item #2: Collective Concepts Kaeli Eyelet Dress $68 
Kept
The color, the cutouts, the length-swoon!

Item #3: Papermoon Bastille Tulip Sleeve Blouse $44
Kept
So, I would never pick this top off a rack in a store to try on. However, when I put it on to see how it styled with the skirt, I fell in love. I love the sleeve style and I like the off white color as it will go with a lot of other printed skirts and bottoms I have. 

Item #4: Gilli Darcie Printed Pencil Skirt $48 
Kept
Holy heart eyes for this baby! I love everything about this skirt from the print and color to the fit. 

Item #5: Pixley Evander Dress $68 
Kept
I love Pixley dresses. The fit and styles are perfect for my body type and this dress was no exception. I love the keyhole in the top and the floral print is beautiful! 

Fix Total: $266
5 Kept Item Discount: -$66
Styling Fee:-$20
End Total: $180

Overall Thoughts:
Overall, I could not be more thrilled. I felt like the items really matched my style and personality and they are all easy to dress up or down which is what I look for in a fix. I did keep all 5 items so I qualified for the 25% discount on top of the $20 styling fee. $180 for two dresses, two tops and a skirt is not only a steal but totally comparable to what I would spend going from store to store trying to get a similar haul. This fix was perfect! 

What do you think of this Fix? 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Beach Essentials+Tips


Happy Tuesday Loves! 

Being from Florida means that I am no stranger to the beach. Now, anyone can go to the beach but, there is a specific art to "beachin' it" and various essentials you need to make your day that much more enjoyable! 

1. a beach! 
obviously you need to pick a beach. by us, there are seven beaches within 35 minutes. We only live 30 minutes north of Siesta Key Beach which is the #1 beach in the U.S. however we almost never go there because that beach is the biggest tourist trap around which is anything but relaxing. We prefer to go to one of the more private beaches, Lido. Same quality sand and water just less publicized. 

2. a cooler/food. 
because no day out in the heat is complete without food and drinks! Pro tip: we also like to store our Aloe in the cooler so it is chilly for a sunburn. Some of our favorite beach day snacks are watermelon, berries, orange slices, pita chips, and chicken wings! 

3. towelS. 
we always bring at least two towels per person. one to lay down and one to dry/wipe off with. 


4. baby powder. 
this is KEY for Florida. The sand here is so powder-y soft and impossible to get off. However, if you bring baby powder with you, after you are mostly dry and get to your car, put some in your hand and wipe it down your legs, arms, etc and the sand will come right off. 

5. heavy duty ziplock bags or a lifeproof. 
again, the sand is impossible here so prior to getting to the sandy part of the beach, put your phone in a ziplock (or lifeproof case) this allows you to still be able to fully use it without getting sand all over it. you can also take 'in the water' pics with it! 

What are your beach essentials?


Monday, August 15, 2016

Weekend Recap [The 25th Birthday Edition]

Happy Monday loveies! Let me tell you, it feels good to actually be writing again. I have a habit of prewriting posts so far in advance which is good because then I can always have content to post but, it is bad because then I feel like I am not really connecting with you all on a more personal level. But anyways, I am back and excited to be posting today! Lets get into the recap shall we?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Year of the Quarter Life Crisis.


You guys. I honestly just can't even right now. I am in a state of anxiousness, depression, and excitement. In just three days, 3 short days, I am going to be 25. Twenty five years old. I can't believe that I have been on this earth for 25 years. I feel depressed but excited, ancient but accomplished. It is a little weird that I am feeling so many different ways. 

To help me get over the quarter life crises hump and to help you get to know me better, I am going to share with you 25 things I have done in my 25 years of life. 

1. I almost died.
There's a great way to start this crises management. But, it is true. When I was two years old, I got pneumonia. My dad was out of town so my mom rushed me to the ER. They pumped me full of meds and I started on my healing process. This was until a different nurse came in and gave me an adult dose of a med. I went into an overdose. My dad, thankfully was back in town by this point. Despite the HIPPA /OSHA laws (that were not as strict as they are now), he reversed the overdose, discharged me himself, and took care of me at home. 

2. I rode an emu.
Yes. When we lived in IL, we had friends with an emu farm. My dad took me out there one day and thought it would be funny to put me on an emu. Well, newsflash, emus do not like to be ridden so it took off then flipped me off. Thankfully I hit the grass and not hard ground. Nevertheless, at age 3, I rode an emu. 

3. I won 3 Halloween costume contests by the age of 6.
Between being a seal, dalmatian puppy, and a lion, I was breaking all the hearts. My mom had a passion for entering me into those costume contests at the mall. I won three years in a row. #1

4. By the age of 7, I had been to 12 states and 4 countries. 
My parents have friends and family everywhere. My dad also had a lot of medical meetings in various places around the world. He and I were travel buddies and we would make the treks together. 

5. I ran away from home...
...for 10 minutes. at our second Florida home, the mailbox was a mere 100 steps from the front door. one day I got mad and decided I would run away. I packed my back pack with a stuffed rabbit toy, my world atlas, a juice box and a bag of cheese its. I walked right out my bedroom door, past the living room where my mom was and out the front door. I walked to the mailbox and sat down on the other side of the 5 inch wide post with my arms crossed. I ate my cheese its then decided I was done being on the run. My mom just stood at the front door and took pictures. 

6. I requested the song "Butterfly" by Crazy Town on the radio 20 times in one week. -how's that for a throwback?
#sorrynotsorry

7.  I volunteered over 4000 hours.
between middle school and high school, volunteering was just what I did. 

8. I visited France and was blessed with a second family there. 
I was part of an exchange program and my family and I got alone so well that we still talk to this day. 

9. I won lots of awards. 
I wrote a paper on adoption, did a science fair project on dominate eye colors, wrote a paper on adoption, did a science fair project on tennis ball bouncing, and I painted a mural about adoption. #school.

10. I was bullied. over and over. 
I hated high school. It was literally the worst 4 years of my life. If I wasn't getting bullied for being the brown kid with white parents, it was because I wasn't a size zero but still ate pizza. 

11. I graduated high school with honors. 
yeah. #ididthatish

12. I moved far away from home.
After high school, I just needed a break from the city I had grown up in so, I went to Ohio. 

13. I had my heart broken.
When I was in college in Ohio, I thought I had my life all figured out. I was on cloud nine until I saw what was going on when I wasn't around. 

14. I moved back home and excelled.
The first three months I was back home, I literally wasted away. I finally realized that living in my old room for the rest of my life was not ideal so I went back to school graduated, and got a job. 

15. I started a blog. 
hello. how ya doin'?

16. I went to two NFL games.
I was in the same airspace as the Gronk

17. I became a momma..well, a fur momma that is. 
I adopted my little fur ball of love, Chloe. 

18. I travelled the world solo.
I was so lucky to have the opportunities that I did growing up. I was able to Europe and I chose to do it on my own. I used those few weeks as reflection time and learned so much about myself.

19. I realized my true friends.
this was definitely one of the hardest lessons/realizations I have had to face. I went from having 20+ "best friends" to literally zero-well, I thought. When I hit a low place, I saw who came to my rescue and who didn't even notice. 

20. I met a boy.
We met online. shortly after we met in person, we started spending every day we would together. 

21. I fell in love.
Shortly after we started talking, I knew that I loved him. He quickly became my best friend and we did everything together. 

22. I became a Mrs. 
March 12, 2016 I married my best friend and it was better than any fairy tale or dream. 

23. I scuba dove in the Caribbean
honeymoon, please take me back. 

24. We bought our first home. 
#adulting

25. I decided that turning 25, isn't so bad after all. 
The number 25, is still scary to think about but as I reflect on all that I have done and dream about all that I will do, 25 years is nothing. 

I am ready to go make many more years of memories. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

July Favorites+ SYBL Fall Swap Box


Another month, another favorites post! Lets see what I was loving throughout July! 

B E A U TY 

Maybelline Loaded Bolds Lip Colors in Mauve It, Berry Bossy, and Gone Griege. The formula and color payoff are perfect. 

Wet n Wild  Photo Focus Makup Setting Spray. This is a great dupe for the Urban Decay Setting Spray and an 1/8 of the price! 

Formula 10.0.6 Pores be Pure Mud Mask. See more details here


F O O D+D R I N K
Salmon. Salmon for lunch, salmon for dinner, in the oven or on the grill I have just been a salmon fiend. 


Homemade Vodka Margs. Nothing beats fresh squeezed lime and lemon juice, a sugary and salty rim and high quality vodka after a long day at work. 

E X P E R I E N C E
Starting my new job! If you follow me on here/snapchat [@ssarahhhh14] you will know that I went back to teaching full time. I am back at a preschool and working towards my Directors. My year hiatus of blogging was fun and all but not realistic or a beneficial career move-but we will talk more about that in a few posts from now. 

S O N G S
Coldwater-Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber-50 shades of yassss I am so obsessed with this song! 

T V S H O W/ M O V I E
How to Be Single
so so good! I think this movie had a good message and was just hilarious! 


The Boss 
Melissa McCarthy can just do no wrong! 


What were some of your favorites last month??

WE'RE BRINGING IT BACK: 
SYBL BLOGGER FALL SWAP BOXES! 

It's that time of year again! Time for another blogger gift swap.  The gift swap is a great way to get to know other bloggers and hopefully, create a blogging bestie that you can turn to for inspiration or motivation.  I've hosted two other gift swaps, one at Christmas and on at Valentine's Day.  This year's swap is being hosted by the admins at Show Your Blog Love, which are Sami writer at Be Mindful You're Creative , Jasmine writer at Jasmine Maria, Sarah from Sarah Emily Blogs, and myself.  Show Your Blog Love is an online Facebook support community for bloggers, writers, and social media influencers. This group is a great place to meet other bloggers, share your work in our daily threads, and seek knowledge, advice and motivation from others. 
FallSwap
Here are the requirements:
1.)  Complete this short form by Saturday, August 6! 
2.)  You’ll receive an email from one of the admins by Monday, August 8.
3.)  Reach out to your partner and get to know them.
4.)  Ask questions such as:
-What their favorite color is?
-Favorite fall treat is?
-Favorite thing about fall?
-Do they prefer coffee or tea?
-What their favorite coffee or tea is?
-Follow each other on social media
5.)  Send a $20 package to your partner (not including shipping) by Monday, August 15.
6.) If you are a blogger, come link up your experience with the admins at Show Your Blog Love on Friday, September 1!

If you sign up, please participate, if you can't please let us know. It's not fair for your partner to send a gift and then not receive one back. Please don't ruin it for others. 

Finally, have fun with this swap! It’s a great way to get to know someone new. Be sure to use the hashtag #FallForSYBL




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August Currently+Monthly Goals


Happy August Love Bugs! 

C U R R E N T L Y
hearting: my new job! if you have been around here lately or follow me on SnapChat [ssarahhhh14], you will know that I have started teaching again. I plan to do a whole update post on that soon! 

 watching: Ride Along 2 

 exploring: birthday trip/plan ideas. I am thinking a staycation or a quick drive to st. augustine

creating: Spreadsheets on spreadsheets to keep all of our bills and finances in order #adulting

eating: nothing at the moment but craving cherries

pinning: recipe and drink ideas for a housewarming party

M O N T H L Y. G O A L S
- blog -
∆ find my blogging passion again. I have really been struggling to create post-worthy content. I hope that I can kick the blogging slump I have been in! 

- personal -
∆ to get on a morning running schedule. at least 25 minutes every morning monday-friday before work. 

∆ do three rounds of the military diet

∆ have three date nights with the hubby


What are you up to currently? Have you made any goal for this month?

JOIN US:
SYBL BLOGGER FALL SWAP BOXES! 

It's that time of year again! Time for another blogger gift swap.  The gift swap is a great way to get to know other bloggers and hopefully, create a blogging bestie that you can turn to for inspiration or motivation.  I've hosted two other gift swaps, one at Christmas and on at Valentine's Day.  This year's swap is being hosted by the admins at Show Your Blog Love, which are Sami writer at Be Mindful You're Creative , Jasmine writer at Jasmine Maria, Sarah from Sarah Emily Blogs, and myself.  Show Your Blog Love is an online Facebook support community for bloggers, writers, and social media influencers. This group is a great place to meet other bloggers, share your work in our daily threads, and seek knowledge, advice and motivation from others. 
FallSwap
Here are the requirements:
1.)  Complete this short form by Saturday, August 6! 
2.)  You’ll receive an email from one of the admins by Monday, August 8.
3.)  Reach out to your partner and get to know them.
4.)  Ask questions such as:
-What their favorite color is?
-Favorite fall treat is?
-Favorite thing about fall?
-Do they prefer coffee or tea?
-What their favorite coffee or tea is?
-Follow each other on social media
5.)  Send a $20 package to your partner (not including shipping) by Monday, August 15.
6.) If you are a blogger, come link up your experience with the admins at Show Your Blog Love on Friday, September 1!

If you sign up, please participate, if you can't please let us know. It's not fair for your partner to send a gift and then not receive one back. Please don't ruin it for others. 

Finally, have fun with this swap! It’s a great way to get to know someone new. Be sure to use the hashtag #FallForSYBL