Thursday, February 15, 2018

Road Trip Necessities

After school today, my family and I are hopping in the car and heading off on a 22-hour-straight trip seeking sea and sunshine; I'm over the moon! Although it seems like sitting in the car for so long would make you insane, I've actually gotten used to it and even started to enjoy the ride (but that's easy to say when I'm just a passenger and don't do any of the driving). Road trips are fun and all, but only if you're prepared. I remember one year I packed very little to do and was bored out of my mind after the first 4 hours... the other 18 went by veryyyy slowly. Here's a peek into my travel bag to share everything you (and I) need to stay content while in the car for a long period of time.

Gum  //  Chewing some gum passes the time quicker and freshens your breath - everyone else in the car will thank you for having it ;).

For an obvious reason - vacationing somewhere warm and sunny - I've got my sunglasses handy!

Headphones  //  When my siblings are sleeping, headphones are my best friend; I can listen to music as loud as I want without bothering anyone. My family recently got Hulu, so I'm looking forward to finding a movie to watch on my phone and using my headphones... Barbie and the Three Musketeers that my little sister watches just doesn't cut it sometimes. 😜

Highlighters, Markers, Colored Pencils, and Pens  //  I've been super into writing in fancy fonts lately, so I packed my calligraphy markers and some plain white paper. I'm also bringing pencils, pens, and colored pencils to do my schoolwork with and use to draw. It's fun to let loose your creativity and have a little fun while you're stuck in the car.

Phone  //  If I forgot my phone at home it would not be pretty. I use it to watch movies, check social media, text my friends, listen to music, play games... you name it.

Laptop  //  I wish I could say I'll just be using it to blog, but I'll be writing papers for school as well. Laptops are capable of doing a ton of different things on-the-go when you hook them up to your phone's hotspot.

  Book  //  Actually, I packed three of them - I'm such a bookworm. I get carsick if I read for too long, but I'm hoping to squeeze in a few pages here and there.

Snacks  //  You know how Snickers says 'hangry'? It's a real thing, and it's scary. You DO NOT want to be around my little brother when he's hungry, trust me. When your legs are cramped up and there's still an hour until you can stop for a meal, snacks are your best friend. A little candy never hurt anyone either...

I hope to log on soon, but I'll most likely be taking the next few weeks off to enjoy some family time. Stay tuned - I'll be back to introduce my puppy on March 6th!!!!

 Until next time,
Meghan 💕

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Best of Athletic Wear

I've been trying to make it a point to run more often. Granted time doesn't always allow or there are times when I'm too tired (excuses, excuses... I know), I don't make it to the treadmill every day, but I'm ok with that. It's not as much that I'm into burning calories or having a better-looking figure as it is that I think being able to run well really comes in handy. I'm going on vacation in a few weeks and I'm really looking forward to jogging on the beach in the morning. There's something about going for a run that's so refreshing - especially when you can do it without getting too out of breath.

Whether you're going running, to yoga class, or to the gym, athletic clothes are a must. I love to wear tank tops and crop leggings in the winter and I pull out all my shorts for the warmer months. I've rounded up my favorite workout wear below - happy shopping!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What to Ask Yourself Before Posting on Social Media

With all the technology around, almost everything can be done/said with the push of a button. It's kinda scary when you really think about it, but at the same time, I think I'd be lost without my phone. I mean, Instagram is the main reason I'm able to promote my blog, texting helps me keep up with my friends, and Snapchat is just a goofy way for me to fool around (the toast filter is my favorite!!). 

But not everything's positive - there are some creepy people out there and nothing can be taken back after it's sent or posted. Especially as a teen, it's really hard to realize how permanent everything you do on your phone truly is - deleted texts aren't really gone, snapchats (or snaps??) are saved, and once you comment on an Instagram post (even if you delete it) it's always gonna be able to be traced back to you. Over the few years I've been on social media, I've started to compile a list of questions to ask myself before posting or sending something.

Would this upset my parents/family?
You don't have to ask yourself 'would I be fine showing this to my parents?' because it can be so uncomfortable when they get too into your social life... there's no denying it. Just make sure everything you do on your phone wouldn't disappoint your family or get you in trouble.

Is this going to hurt someone's feelings?
No one likes to see a picture of all their friends together when they weren't invited. No one wants to read a caption talking bad about something they enjoy. Be considerate of everyone that follows you - whether your account is public or only seen by friends.

Have fun, social butterflies! 🦋

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Old Navy Finds I've Been Loving Lately

I got a gift card to Old Navy for Christmas and I had the hardest time deciding what to buy - I loved everything (really, everything). They all-around kill it - their prices are great, their styles are great, their quality is great. They've got all the closet staples, all the trendy looks, all the stylish athletic wear.
My dad took me there to help him pick out a gift for my mom (he's a terrible shopper on his own), and my eyes were hopping all over the place - there were so many great things to choose from. I've rounded up my favorite pieces from Old Navy below - happy shopping!! 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Hint of Plaid

Can someone please remind me why I live in New England again?! It's crazy outside right now... the wind, the snow, the cold. Although, I can't complain - school was canceled for the day, so I've been so productive! 

Anyyyyhowwww... I've been back to school for two days now, so it's been fun picking out and wearing some of my new outfits I got for Christmas - like this one! I'm usually not one for scarves, - they itch my neck and get in the way - but I got two new plaid ones as gifts and I love them! This one added the perfect pop of color to my outfit! 

Thanks for popping in to read! ...And if you're getting this 'bomb cyclone' today too, stay safe and warm! ♡

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Book You NEED

Whew, and just like that, it's 2018! I'm excited to see what this year has in store for me, my relationships, and my family and friends. It's always cool to look back at how many things have changed over just 365 days - a lot! By the end of the year, I'll have - hopefully - gotten a little Goldendoodle puppy (wink wink nudge nudge Dad), completed middle school (which I will NOT miss), got my braces off (woohoo), and started high school!

*Not sponsored; solely written because I'm obsessed!*

Anyhow, I felt like I needed to pop on here to tell you how much I LOVE this book! My sister gave it to me as a Christmas gift, and I keep picking it up to flip through. The author gives the best tips on everything from how to make your teeth whiter to making iced coffee on your own, and I find it so interesting to look at all the illustrations that go with each topic. (While I was looking for the link to the book on Amazon, I'm considering buying all her other ones. Someone convince me otherwise - I'm already broke.) I'm a sucker for a good storyline in a book, but a little light reading like in this certainly doesn't hurt, not to mention this thing is my lifeline - I swear I've flipped through it 100 times in a week looking for different pieces of advice.

Happy reading!!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year, Same Me and Why I Hate New Year's Resolutions

I hate New Year's resolutions. There's no way to sugar coat it... I hate everything about them. No matter how hard we try to change our lives (and sometimes even who we are) on January 1st, we need to remember that life isn't always going to be perfect. Let's face it - we're going to make mistakes in 2018. Life gets messy, but it shapes us into who we are, and that's more powerful than any New Year's resolution could ever be.

So, instead of waiting for the new year to roll around to start getting fit, start early and take it day by day.

Instead of telling yourself you're going to drink more water in 2018, start today... start NOW.

 I can promise you that going into 2018, I don't have any intentions of changing who I am. For 13 years now, my character has been changing, making me the person I am today - it doesn't happen overnight (particularly the night of December 31st). Here are a few facts about me and the way I live that'll never change:

1. I work out when I have the time. If I'm not feeling well, have lots of homework, or have game night with my family, it gets put on hold until the next day. I usually try to hit the gym (which is actually in my house and consists of a treadmill, a few weights, and a pull-up bar) at least twice a week, but I certainly don't lose any sleep over it if that doesn't happen. (Of course, if I do more than that then yay for me!) Priorities, priorities, priorities! 

2. I'll always care about my grades. My friends tease me about it, but I stay up late studying, always do my homework, and do my best to never get B's on assessments or projects. My education matters to me, and I can't even close my eyes and imagine a time when I don't try my best to succeed in school. I could never just "wing it".

3. What's life without a nice bowl of ice cream every so often?! No sweets in 2018 - NOT HAPPENING!!!!!! Treat yo self 😉

4. I'm so not a rebel - with me, everything has to be planned, organized, and neat. There's no hope of me letting loose in 2018.

Happy New Year + don't stress about making resolutions!!

"Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That's just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life and it's breathtakingly beautiful." - L.R. Knost