I’ve had a lot of things going on in my life since 2018 started, and it feels good to stay so busy!
I went to the Rose Bowl!
And then I went to Disneyland…
Google Art has a super cool app out that lets you see which paintings you look most like. I’m not sure if I agree with this one
Valentine’s Day was spent with close friends and Will, and it was so good. Will got me a Valentine’s azalea! How pretty is it?!
Will and I went to Canada for President’s Day weekend.
I’ve had a blast meeting all the graduate students touring UGA looking to work in Student Affairs – we’re looking for a new Homecoming GA!
We’ve also been doing “socials” to get to know one another better. Here’s a pic from a recent trip to the Museum of High Art in Athens.
I got accepted into Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society. I love getting to do community service projects with my new friends!
I’ve started re-watching Pretty Little Liars. It’s been a good mental break for the middle of the day.
Here are links to all the recipes I’ve tried recently:
Sheet pan recipes
Make at home egg McMuffin (except I make mine without any meat)
Garlic kale quiche
If you want to keep up with what I’m reading you can always follow my Goodreads account by clicking here.
What have you all been up to this year?
I remember trying to make Valentines for all the kids in my fourth grade class. There were twenty of us, and I remember loving every minute of hand making each card. I knew my friend Jamie loved dogs, so she got dog stickers. Ashley loved to sing, so she got music notes. Hayden loved cats. The list goes on.
I feel like as I’ve gotten older the love for making gifts for my friends is still there, but the vibe I get from stores, websites, and social media is that buying expensive, showy gifts is better. The more money you spend the more you love the person. That isn’t true at all. I really do hate it that that’s the message I’m getting during a holiday all about human compassion.
Because my twenty Valentines in fourth grade has now evolved into a large group of college friends, I try to do small acts of kindness on Valentines day.
- Put a bag of chocolates in the offices for my student organizations
- Buy coffee for the few friends you have class with today
- You can always send a $5 Starbucks gift card via email to a friend, too!
- Make small personalized cards for friends and be a “Valentine’s fairy” by slipping them under their doors or into their backpacks
- Baking cookies
- Making your roommates dinner and having a girl’s (or guy’s) night in with each other
- Send friends a Snapchat all about how much you love them
- Tumblr Valentine’s Day memes are always great (especially when you spam a friend by sending a bunch at once)
- Some of my classmates have bought Dum Dums to class and passed them around (I haven’t done that because my classes are between 100-300 students each…that’s a lot of lollipops)
- Send your parents a hand written note on the back of a cute family photo
Those are just a few small ideas of how to share the love this Valentine’s Day. What are your plans?
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the holidays, staying safe, and taking advantage of all the warm fuzzies that are shared during this time of year.
Much love from my family to yours!
Will and I hopped on a plane to New York City Saturday night and have been thoroughly enjoying our time here! I’ve only been to the city once, so I wanted to pack in as many touristy things as possible.
Be on the lookout for a post in January all about my trip! For now, here’s a very blurry picture of me (age 15) of my first time visiting New York:
I try to do my holiday shopping year-round. I work a lot during the summer and tend to have a little extra money then, so for me that’s the ideal time to start getting Christmas presents. Another factor is the timing of University tests. Final exams happen right before Christmas and buying presents is the last thing I want to do after two weeks of exams. So not only am I short on money come December, I’m also short a few hundred brain cells and some patience (haha).
After two and a half years of college, I think I’ve got this Christmas shopping thing down pat. Here are my tips:
Make a list of everyone you need to buy presents for and brainstorm what you think they’d like. Keep this list with you (I save mine on Google Drive) so that when you’re passing a sale rack or have a coupon you know exactly what people might want.
Make an overall budget and a budget for each person.
Scout sales as early as possible. Nordstrom has their super discounted anniversary sale each fall. Macy’s has a half yearly sale. Lots of places have similar annual sales, you just have to scope them out.
Clearance bins are your friend. No one has to know you bought that super cute waffle knit sweater for 75% off. A brand new gift is a brand new gift after all, right?
Student discounts. There are more out there than you think. Here’s a list.
Still not sure what to do? Try making a gift. Knitting Hogwarts house scarves or Weasley sweaters is always a hit with friends. So are mason jar cookies.
Happy gift giving!