Birthday Post 2018

If you haven’t guessed by the title, today is my birthday. I’m 24 today, which is great because everyone likes me again (because nobody likes you when you’re 23). In celebration, I thought I’d tell you guys 24 things about me which you may not know.

  1. I have two cats, Gale and Tony.
  2. I work at a marketing firm as a content manager (I love my job).
  3. I have one brother and the two cutest nephews (they’re 4 and twins).
  4. I have written two children’s books. Neither are published yet, but I’m working with my cousin to get illustrations done, so we can hopefully have at least one published in the next year.
  5. I grew up riding horses and was nationally ranked at one point.
  6. I’m from South Carolina, but I now live in Kentucky.
  7. I majored in English in college.
  8. I love to watch basketball. I prefer college, but the NBA is growing on me. The Kentucky Wildcats are my favorite team.
  9. I got married almost a year ago, and I’m so thankful to have such an amazing husband.
  10. I don’t want kids right now, but I may change my mind at some point.
  11. I really want a dog; my husband and I are thinking about a basset hound.
  12. Macaroni and cheese is my favorite food.
  13. I like to cook and bake, but I don’t bake as often as I’d like.
  14. I am attempting to take up cross stitching, although after recently discovering Louie’s Loops, I may want to switch that to crocheting.
  15. I’ve been playing volleyball since I was about 6 years old but didn’t play in college.
  16. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
  17. I like to play video games; Skyrim and Dragon Age are my favorites.
  18. I like to read fantasy and mystery books. Most recently, I read the Lord of the Rings series.
  19. Mary Higgins Clark is probably my favorite author. I’ve read most of her books. She writes mysteries.
  20. I hate going to the dentist, but I don’t mind the doctor. I don’t think it’s a fear so much as I didn’t like the one I went to growing up, so by default I’m skeptical of all of them.
  21. I got married at the same place I had both of my high school proms.
  22. I don’t habitually bite my nails, but sometimes I do it when I’m anxious.
  23. John Mulaney is my favorite comedian. If you haven’t seen his Netflix specials, check them out because they’re amazing.
  24. I am not fluent in Spanish, but I can speak quite a bit. I went to Spain right after finishing my last college semester of Spanish and was able to converse much better than I expected.

If you read all the way to the end, thank you! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! Here’s to 24 being a great year!

Wedding Guest Makeup Guide

I’m headed to one of my friend’s weddings tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited. My husband and I haven’t been to a wedding since we got married, and we’re excited to enjoy one after knowing what all goes into one. Since wedding season is upon us, I thought I’d give you guys a few makeup tips for any you’ll be attending this summer.

1. Waterproof eyeliner and mascara is a must. Whether you’re a cryer or a sweater, summer weddings are a haven for runny makeup. Do what you can to keep it in place.

2. Choose makeup with a sunscreen. Many summer weddings are outdoors, and you don’t want to be red in any pictures.

3. Setting powder or spray is your friend. Again, it’s hot out there, so you definitely want to do what you can to keep it on.

How many weddings do you have this summer? What are your favorite makeup tips for weddings?

Spring Cleaning 101

I’ve spent most of the morning so far today working on cleaning out my house. A little spring cleaning, if you will, even though it snowed here all day yesterday. I tend to be a little bit of a hoarder, but most of it comes from laziness, rather than having any actual attachment to the stuff. Because of this, I thought it might help some of you who are like me to hear my approach on how I get started when I finally work up the nerve to attack the clutter.

  1. Start wherever you feel comfortable. Decluttering your house can seem really overwhelming, so feel free to start wherever you want. Today, I started by cleaning out my makeup drawer and just throwing away anything I hadn’t used in the last 6 months or more. There were some things I didn’t even know I had! I was tempted to keep some of those, but realized I had lived this long without it, so I probably didn’t need it. Plus, who knew if it was even good any more.
  2. Make piles to help you stay organized. When I started cleaning out my closet, I made a pile that I was going to take to Plato’s closet (stuff that was in good shape that I thought they might buy), a pile for Good Will, and a pile to trash. Then, I put those piles into marked garbage bags, so I could take them to their respective destinations.
  3. Clean immediately after decluttering. I know it can be tempting after you’ve decluttered to take a break for the rest of the day. However, your floors and counters will never be clearer than right after you declutter, so that is the perfect time to clean them, as well.
  4. Stay hydrated. Decluttering your home is no small task, so make sure you don’t undertake it without taking care of your body, too. Take short breaks to grab water every now and then and just to sit down for a minute.

I hope everyone’s spring cleaning journeys are going well and that these tips helped you out a little! What is your favorite spring cleaning tip?

Bachelor Thoughts – Week 7

I apologize profusely for not doing this yesterday. I’m actually not even sure if anyone keeps up with these, but I have fun doing these. Unfortunately, I’m laid up with strep or something similar today, so this post may be a little short. I’m just not really up for much. Happy Valentine’s Day to me! Anyways, onto the this weeks episode.

I like Becca K, and while I know she’s not the most exciting character, I think she’s really funny on social media. I think I want her to either win or be the next Bachelorette, but I think they may be grooming Tia for that. I don’t have much to say about their date, other than I totally respect the fact that she wouldn’t put her wine glass down to kiss him.

I don’t get Lauren B. I hope something is going on off-camera, because OMG their conversations are so boring. I almost kind of hope she wins, just because I think all the other girls are too good for him. Also, I’m pretty sure he just really had to go to the bathroom at the exact moment she told him she was falling in love with him. And then he had to walk solemnly in the woods to play it off. I don’t know, that’s just my theory. I can’t believe he said he loved her. Not in exactly those words, but the word love was in there, and that did not go well for Ben H, and he only had 2 women left.

I was proud of Jacqueline for making the decision to go home. She wasn’t sure, and really, why introduce someone to your parents that you aren’t sure about? It’s so awkward, and there’s no need to subject yourself to that. I did feel weird about the post-break up make out session. Just go already!

Sienne…sweet, beautiful Sienne. I felt bad for her, but honestly, she’s way too good for this show and for Arie. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing her on my TV screen, because I have a huge girl crush on her. However, I am glad she’s not going to end up with Arie. Their date was super cute though, and she seemed like she had a good time. I hope we’ll see her again. I think she’s bachelorette material, although, I think she left a little too early, and again, I think Tia is getting groomed for that.

I like that we got a surprise 2-on-1 with that group date. Also, I’m very excited to see Kendall’s home town. She’s also really fun on social media and seems just as nice in real life as she does on camera. Also, this may be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t think Tia said what she said about Bekah M maliciously. I think if that were the case, she never would have told Bekah what she said. She would have left it to Arie like everyone else. I can see where she honestly might have just felt protective and wanted to keep Arie from getting hurt as best she could. And I like Bekah, but I’m only 23, and it took a long time dating my husband before I was sure I was ready for marriage. I think Arie made the right decision by giving Tia the rose.

Very excited for the next couple of episodes. What are you looking forward to most? Who do you think will win? Who will be the next Bachelorette?