My Social Distancing Bucket List || 25 Things To Do Now That You Finally Have the Time

Hello everyone!! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy!

My school announced that we’ll be having an extended spring break, then at least two weeks of online classes after that. And because my lil type 6 self simply WILL NOT REST until I have made a list of and categorized EVERYTHING, I IMMEDIATELY began making my “Social Distancing Bucket List,” and I figured I would share it! Here are 25 things to do now that you always said you’d do when you have time and that you now have time for:

  1. Put your phone away. There is SO MUCH news about what is going on, and the more I scroll, the more stressed I get. I’ve limited myself to once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening, and it’s helped a lot.
  2. Find your new favorite book. There are SO MANY good books out there to read! If you need some recommendations, here are my top reads of 2019. Alternatively, I’m holding an Anne of Green Gables Readalong and it’d be the perfect time to hop on!
  3. Write happy mail! It can be a letter, or a bookmark, or an art piece, or anything really. On my instagram the other day, I asked for people who wanted some happy mail, and I’m going to be sending it out soon! (and if you want in on the happy mail, go comment on that post!!)
  4. Start a garden. Although it might not be warm enough yet to have plants outside, it’s the perfect time to start seedlings indoors! When I was younger, I loved gardening and I want to get back into it! The ones I suggest are tomato, potato, pumpkin, and peas.
  5. Clean out your phone! How many apps do you have that you haven’t used and are taking up space? Delete them from your phone!
  6. Deep clean your house/room/apartment. If you’re anything like me, you’ve let some things slip during the semester. Even just deep cleaning one area will make that space so much more welcoming to live in for 3 weeks πŸ˜…
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  7. Prewrite some blogposts! Stock up on some blogposts that you can just pull out and post on a busy week. They are so helpful and really a life changer!
  8. Update/refresh your playlists! I don’t know about y’all, but my spotify platlists are kind of a mess. (just me? okay) Go through your playlists, take out songs that you don’t want to listen to anymore, and add new ones in!
  9. Go through your camera roll! Raise your hand if you’re a photo hoarder. πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ I always have 50 million photos in my phone, and I need to just go through and delete about 40 million of them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…
  10. Go on a picnic. Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all the time, and this weather is too gorgeous to pass up! Grab a sibling or a “safe” friend, and go on a picnic!
  11. Purge your closet. It’s almost time to switch out your winter clothes with your summer clothes, and what better time to also get rid of all the clothes that you haven’t been wearing?
  12. Catch up on your school work. I knowwwww. It’s technically spring break!! I have some notes that I need to finish transcribing and some study guides I didn’t get to finish up before school ended, so I’ll be doing that with my time!
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  13. Start a notebook! The start of a new notebook is always incredibly cathartic for me, and gets me more productive and more creative. I started a notebook for this break, and it’s the best thing ever.
  14. Check up on your friends. Everyone’s going through this together, so reach out! See how they’re doing or if they need anything, and just virtually hang out!
  15. Watch that show that you’ve been meaning to watch. We all have that one show: why not do it now?
  16. Spend more time with God. Take some focused time away from the world and just be with God. It’s been a while since I had in-depth one-on-one time with God, and this is the perfect time to do it.
  17. Find a new podcast. There is so much wisdom that people share in podcasts, and I’m always on the hunt for new ones (please comment your favorites!). My new favorite right now is The Kate and Abbie Show about creativity, healthy living, and writing.
  18. Workout at home! Although gyms are closed, your living room floor is not! Pull up a workout video on YouTube and get your blood pumping!
  19. Clean up your social media feeds! Go through your feed and clean out the stuff you don’t want to see anymore! Here’s a post I did about cleaning up your social media.
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  20. Try out a new recipe! Although grocery stores are empty, make something with the food you already have in your house. Cinnamon rolls are a fun one that don’t require a ton of supplies!
  21. Have a spa night! Light a candle, put on a face mask, and just enjoy yourself for an evening. Relax, listen to some music, and just chill.
  22. Redecorate your room. If you’re going to be in it all the time, you might as well make some use out of the time. I haven’t redecorated my room in a while, and I have lots of ideas that I could implement!
  23. Find a new phone game to play. This is where I pull out my Best Fiends sponsorship (LOL JKJK πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).Β  But for real though, finding a game you really like can be pretty hard, and now is the perfect time to do it! My new favorite right now is Animal Kitchen, which is super cute and super fun!
  24. Learn something new! A language, or a creative skill, or a new art form, or an instrument. Think of something you’ve wanted to learn forever but never had the time to, and learn it!
  25. Just relax!! There is NO RULE out there that says you need to be hustlin’ while you’re on coronavirus break. Just chill out and enjoy your free time!

If you’re looking for some more posts to read, check out:
this post from Erin that’s a similar concept but more relaxing
my friend MacKenzie’s top 10 list
this one I wrote several years ago that’s a funny version of this post


How are you holding up? Are you on social distancing, or do you still have to work? What is your college doing? What have you been doing over this break? What podcasts do you like? Leave me a comment about ALL THE THINGS!

 

How To Achieve All of Your 2020 New Years Resolutions || 12 Days of Blogmas 2019 Day 3

Welcome to Blogmas Day 3! Today, we are going to talk about what I do to achieve all of my New Year’s Resolutions! I have been setting New Year’s Resolutions for six years now (!!!?!), and while I haven’t done The Bestβ„’ at achieving all of them, I think I have a pretty good idea on how to actually achieve my New Years Resolutions and today, I’m going to be talking about what I’ve learned!
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Step 1: Set Good Goals. We’ve all heard the tips about setting good goals: make them specific, break them down, etcetera. But what do they mean exactly? Here is what I think about when I set New Year’s Resolutions:

  • What do I want to change in my life? For example, next year, I want to start waking up before 7:30am. I don’t do that normally, but I want to in 2020! I like listing out all of the things I want to change in my life, however large or small it is. Goals of mine have ranged from “drink more tea” to “practice intermittent fasting,” but they are all things that I want to change in my life in the new year.
  • What is the most reasonable way of accomplishing this goal? Or, how much of this goal will I need to do to feel accomplished? For instance, I set the benchmark for my resolution of waking up early at 7:30, because that is a reasonable time to wake up. Although I would like to wake up earlier, setting my goal to be “wake up at 5am” is not going to be sustainable (for me at least) and will more likely result in my not accomplishing this goal.
    When I set the goal lower than I want, then being able to check the resolution off my list will be a lot easier! While that might mean I won’t be able to exactly accomplish something I want to change in my life, it is a small step in the right direction, which is more than I was at before!
  • How can I break this goal down to make it achievable? One of my goals for 2020 is to start living a more nontoxic lifestyle. Since I’m not currently consciously living a nontoxic life, any step will be more than I’m currently doing. One of the first steps I want to take is to research which products that are the most toxic and begin working on getting those switched out.

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Step 2: Get Started On Your Goals Early It takes three weeks to begin establishing a habit, and two months for it to become ingrained in your life. Getting started with your goals a couple days (or even weeks!) before the New Year hits allows you to test out the feasibility of your goals before the real pressure hits.Β 

Needing to do a 180-degree turn-around on January 1st is a lot, and if I don’t already have a plan to implement a goal into my life, then the chances of my accomplishing that goal is that much lower.Β The easier I make my goals and resolutions on myself January 1st, the easier keeping these habits in my life are going to be.Β 

Step 3: Give Yourself Some Grace Even on the beset days, you mess up. Sometimes you take a step forward but then two steps back. Sometimes you sleep through your alarm. Sometimes, the only option you have is to eat before 9am, or use the not-non-toxic shampoo. That doesn’t mean failure! Get back up and try again.

So often, we aim for perfection, but the whole point of New Year’s Resolutions is not perfection. It’s about trying, and becoming a better person in the end. If you mess up one day, just try again the next! It’s not the end of the world: you are still taking steps to make yourself a better person. And in the end, that’s what matters, isn’t it?


Do you set New Year’s Resolutions? What is one you have for 2020? What are some things that you use to help you achieve your goals? Drop me a comment and let me know!

5 Ways To GUARANTEE Yourself a Better Morning || My Morning Routine || How to Survive College

Happy Weekend, everyone! I haven’t actually put up an actual blogpost up in a LONNNNNNNNNNG time but I’m here today with 5 Tips to Guarantee* Yourself a Better Morning!

*obviously it’s not /guaranteed/ guaranteed but I’ll do my best to make sure you have a better morning

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I’m currently in the throes of my sophomore year of college, and free time is few and far between. I don’t have time to have an entire get-ready morning-routine much of the time, and time to myself is rare.

However, what I’ve come to realize is that if I get some time to myself in the morning and have a set morning routine, the rest of my day goes so much more smoothly and I have a much better mindset about the day. With that, I am more productive, I have a better attitude, and am overall just happier. (my introvert-ness is showing, huh?)

So what exactly do I do to guarantee myself a better morning? I’m about to tell you, right now!

  1. Get ready for the day THE NIGHT BEFORE. For me, it’s packing my backpack, picking out an outfit for the next day, setting out my Bible and journal, and making my coffee so I can just pour it over ice in the morning. Since I’ve been getting up before my roommate, I try to eliminate as many steps as I can so that I can just wake up, grab my stuff, and leave the room before making too much noise or turning on the light.
  2. Wake up EARLIER! I know we all have nights where we have to stay up late studying (or socializing) and LIFE just happens, but I’ve been waking up before 7 every morning (which is 2 hours earlier than I used to πŸ™ˆ) and just spending that time on myself (which sometimes does come in the form of studying) before the day officially starts.2019-07-19 05.20.33 1.jpg
  3. Spend some time with God before other things. I’m super prone to putting quiet time on the back burner, and forgetting about it for large amounts of time, but I’ve been back on the quiet time game, and it really is the best thing 😍 I’ll be the first to admit, my quiet time sometimes involves more Instagram than actual Bible reading, but I’ve been making the effort and prioritizing some time with God, and it’s been amazing. (more blogposts on this topic coming soon!)
  4. Calendar block out your day. I have other blogposts that touch on this here and here, but I really really like planning out my day before I start it, so that I always know what I’m supposed to be doing and what I’ll be doing at any given point during the time. It used to stress me out and make me think I needed to have stuff in place for every single minute of the day, but then I realized I could calendar block in relaxing time, and now I love it again!
  5. Study some before your classes start! I really REALLY don’t like showing up to class unprepared, and I always feel behind if I don’t have a little background knowledge/done a little background reading before I show up to class (where are my premed/bio/chem kids at?) so studying a little before I go to class has helped me understand the material so much better and just makes my classes for that day so much easier and smoother!

For the past couple weeks, I’ve had this morning (and evening!) routine, and my life is CHANGED. I’ve been able to face the day so much more prepared (I used to wake up, muddle around some, probably finish some homework, and then run off to class. Yes, it was as much of a mess as it sounds), and I feel so much more organized and productive in the morning!


Let’s chat in the comments! Do you have a morning routine? What are some things that make you feel productive in the morning? Leave a comment down below; I’d love to chat with you!

My TOP TIPS for Using a Menstrual Cup || MY EXPERIENCE

Hey everyone! Today, we have a blogpost that’s on something that I don’t usually talk about, but was requested by people on Twitter, so blame them if it’s not up your alley, or if you didn’t come to the internet to talk about periods XD. Today, I’m telling y’all about menstrual cups! We’re going to start with talking about my experience, then going to the tips that I have since starting to use it, a list of pros and cons, and then finally, about my specific cup!

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My Experience-

My journey with a menstrual cup started when I watched this video by a small YouTuber called Kristina Hailey about a year ago. I didn’t actually get around to purchasing and using one until around 3 months ago, but I was interested in it for a while before I actually started using it! I’m not really a squeamish person, and I don’t mind talking about period things, so I essentially live-tweeted my first period while using a cup (which you can find here if you want). At the end of it, I put out a poll asking if people wanted to see a blogpost about my experience, and the answer was yes, so here we are!

So to start off, if you don’t know what a cup even is, it’s a small silicone cup you shove “up there” during that time of the month, and it collects . . . what comes out! There’s one in the thumbnail, in the upper middle). You can use it in place of pads, tampons, and anything other “supplies” and it’s a lot better in a lot of ways (which I’ll get into later).

Tips-

I’ve been using one for three months now, and while that doesn’t count as /a lot/ of experience, I wanted to share my tips that I’ve gotten from it so far!

  • Find the right fold that fits for you. The instructions that I got from the box said to use a “C-fold”, and (TMI) that was WAY too big for me! I poked around the internet, and found the “7-fold”, which made it WAY easier for me!! (and by that, I literally just mean, it went in)
  • Plan to stay at home the first day, or at least the first few hours. Even though a cup can hold more than a pad or tampon, and doesn’t need to be changed as often, the first few times I put it in, I didn’t do it quite right, so being at home with a change of clothes and within arm’s reach of a private bathroom helped a lot! Once you get the hang of it, it allows for so much more freedom, but for the first few hours, being able to drop everything and fix it is crucial.
  • Feel around “up there” first. The cup essentially goes around the base of your cervix, and it’s hard to get it there if you don’t know where it is!! Before your first insert, put a finger up there and make sure you know what you’re aiming for. (The cervix is up higher when you’re not on your period, which is why I’m recommending you do it ON your period: I can’t feel mine when I’m not on my period, so don’t freak out if you just can’t find it).
  • Wear a liner! Since I’m still pretty new to the cup, I’m still not able to tell stuff like when it’s getting full or when it’s not suctioned properly, so I’d recommend wearing a liner in case it overflows or if you didn’t put it in right!
  • It tilts back further than you think! I don’t wear tampons often, but it’s similar to how you put in a tampon at an angle pointing towards your tailbone, except more! Keeping that in mind is REALLY important to make sure you’re putting it in correctly!

These are just some tips I’ve found to be extra important to remember, and if you want to find more information, there’s plENTY elsewhere on the Internet!

Pros and Cons-

If you’re still debating whether to use a cup, or if you’re interested in one but aren’t sure if you should make the switch, here’s a list of pros and cons to . . . convince you πŸ˜‰

Pros-

  • It’s cheaper! A cup is about a $20 investment–about the same amount as a month’s worth of supplies–and lasts for up to 10 years!!
  • It’s better for the environment! Pads, tampons, and the like are creating SO MUCH plastic/biohazardous waste, and with cups, there’s literally like 99% less!
  • There’s no chance for TSS! Unlike tampons, the blood isn’t actually touching any of the walls inside of you, so there is no chance for TSS-causing bacteria to get to you! Because of that, you CAN sleep with it in!
  • It’s better for you! A cup is made up of silicone, so there’s no scents, dyes, bleaches, etc! In addition, it doesn’t interfere with your body’s natural processes, unlike a tampon would.
  • It doesn’t smell! Since the blood stays inside of you until you take it out, it doesn’t smell, unlike a pad!
  • It’s cleaner! Unlike pads and tampons, the blood from your period is being collected, rather than absorbed, so it’s cleaner! It also FEELS a lot cleaner, especially since I usually only use pads, and YOU’RE NOT SITTING IN YOUR OWN BLOOD, and you can do everything that you normally do (except squats at the gym. don’t do those. those get bloody. trust me), and it’s so much cleaner!
  • You get to know your “down there” and your cycle better! Since I’ve started using a cup, I get to ACTUALLY SEE how much blood I’m producing, and it’s helped me get to know my cycle a lot better! Also, I’m a lot more comfortable with the anatomy “down there” since I have to stick my fingers up it often!
  • It’s easier! I’ve found that a cup lasts longer for me than a maxi-pad or tampon, AND it doesn’t show through pants (like a pad would), AND you don’t need to remember to keep bringing supplies with you, AND, unless your flow is exceptionally heavy, you don’t have to change it during the day if you’re out for less than 8, or even 12 hours!

Cons-

  • You WILL get blood on your hands
  • You need to boil the cup before you use it for the first time, and after each period
  • It takes a little practice to get right

Call me biased bUUUUT, a cup looks pretty nice to me πŸ˜‰

More Information-

The cup I use is the blue Dutchess cup (which was the cheapest cup I could find on Amazon hahaha), but a lot of people like the Diva cup.

Here are the videos that I watched when I was learning about, and learning to insert, my cup:


And that’s all the wisdom I have to impart on the using of menstrual cups (at least, so far)! Do you use a cup? Are you thinking of starting to use a cup? Are there any other things about a cup you want to see from me? Let me know down below!

5 EASY and PROVEN Tips for Drinking More Water || Simple Health Human Blog Tour

Hello there! Today, I have a super exciting post to share as a part of Vanessa’s blog tour for her new blog Simple Health Human! I’ll be sharing my top 5 tips for drinking more water!

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If you’ve ever seen me in real life, you know that I drink a LOT of water. Although I still generally don’t drink or believe in the recommended “8 cups a day” suggestion, I always try my best to drink as much water in a day as I can. Remembering to drink enough water is tricky sometimes, so here are my top 5 tips for drinking more water every day.

  1. KNOW HOW MUCH YOU’RE DRINKING
    I generally try to drink about 90 ounces of water a day, and in order to achieve a goal like that, I need to know how much water I’m drinking. To do that, I usually drink water from one set container that I know the volume of, to make it easier for me to count. The container I use is a quart Mason jar with a plastic lid*, which is a HUGE container (and a little bulky to carry around), but I like using bigger containers because they’re easier to keep track of.Β  It’s a lot easier to remember that you’ve had 3 jars of water instead of 8 cups!
  2. CARRY WATER AROUND WITH YOU
    You can’t have water if you don’t have any, so in order to stay well hydrated, bring a water bottle of some sort around with you! There are so many cute water bottles everywhere that aren’t very expensive, and carrying it around makes it so much more likely that you’ll drink water!
  3. COUNTERACT THE CAFFEINE
    Caffeine is a diuretic, so if you have coffee (or anything else with caffeine), make sure you’re drinking water along with it! I *try* to drink twice the amount of water as my caffeine (so 6 ounces of coffee = 12 ounces of water) on top of my regular water, but even if that doesn’t work, I always drink water before and after I drink coffee. Drinking water with your caffeine will ensure you stay well hydrated!
  4. USE A STRAW
    I find that I’ll drink a lot more water if I’m using a straw to drink it, so I have a stainless steel straw* (save the turtles!!) that I like to use to make it easier to drink my water. Using a straw makes it a lot more convenient to drink water, and is a super easy way to help yourself.
  5. MAKE IT FUN
    The *only* thing you can’t put in your water is caffeine (so no coffee or tea), but aside from that, you can put other things in your water to make it more fun! Put in some ice, lemon, mint, or even those water flavor drops* to make your water taste better.
    Another way to make your water fun is to know how much you need to drink as the day progresses, so you have a way to tell if you’re on track or not and am not stressed about it. You can make a tracker on your water bottle (or even buy a water bottle with a tracker*!) or set a timer on your phone. So long as you remember, do it however works for you!

So there you have it: 5 easy and proven tips for drinking more water! What are some of the tips you have for drinking water? What are some things you like to put in your water? Tell me! I’m always looking for new infused water recipes! Have you checked out Simple Health Human yet?

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Orthodontics Do’s and Don’ts.

I’ve had either braces or retainers for over 4 years now, and so today I decided I wanted to share with you all some tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years:

  • You really don’t have to listen to what orthodontists say to not eat! For example, on my “do-not-eat” list of foods, one of the things were M&M’s!! Of course, use common sense. Don’t try to eat a one-inch-thick piece of peppermint bark (see below post) with your braces. I encourage you to test around with your braces. I know two sisters who both have braces. One of the girls can eat carrot sticks without breaking her braces, while the other can’t eat crackers without something snapping!
  • Always be truthful to your orthodontist! Close to the end of my orthodontic treatment, I was so eager to get rid of my braces, that when my orthodontist asked, “Do your teeth feel right?” I replied “Yes!” even though my back teeth still felt a little misaligned. They took the braces off, and my back teeth have only gotten worse since.
  • Take care of your retainer. In the beginning when I first got my retainer, I had to wear them all the time for 3 months, my thought was, “Well, since it’ll be in my mouth all the time anyways, who cares if I wash it or not? I didn’t have to wash my braces all the time.” Well, as time went on, my retainers got really gross and I began washing them more often!
  • Never ever wrap your retainers unless you’re putting them in your case as well. I often wrap my retainers in tissues or napkins when I put them in my case to prevent them from rattling around. However, NEVER wrap your retainers in napkins and such, especially around food!! I myself have wrapped them up and forgotten about them (at someone else’s house! We had to go back and dig through their trash can.)
    One of my friends, who was on a missions trip, was eating in a cafeteria and forgot her case. She wrapped her retainers in a napkin and left them on her tray. After she finished eating (and threw away her garbage), she went to do other stuff. A little while later, she suddenly remembered that she had wrapped her retainers! When she returned to the cafeteria, she found that her retainers were in the dumpster. Instead of going dumpster diving, she instead paid another $300 or so for new retainers. Although it seems like common sense right when you get your new retainers (“I promise to always take care of my retainers, they’re so expensive, and I won’t ever, EVER, lose them!)….you will, eventually, forget your case one day. Don’t be afraid to just leave them out. Most everybody nowadays have retainers (or will have them eventually). They’ll understand.
  • SMILE!! Even though braces may look weird, smiling is always the best thing to wear. Don’t try to hide your braces by not smiling, because people often notice stuff more when you’re trying to hide something. It also shows a lot of self confidence.