To be honest, I’ve been struggling lately. Everything in my life just seems to be going downhill! I’m trying to stay positive, I keep praying, and stopping myself from allowing negative vibes to take over. We’ve all been there & I know that this feeling is just temporary.
So today is much needed… I NEED to reflect and focus on what I’m thankful for in life.
This is a letter, well more like quick blurbs, for my sister who has just completed her first week of high school! I know what you’re thinking: BIG age difference…yep! My mom is bad-ass and had Madison just a few weeks before her 41st birthday! So here it goes Sis…
I love you so much girlie! I look at you and see greatness. This is going to sound so cliché but seriously, you can do whatever you put your mind to…& when you do, I know you WILL kick ass at it! Baby girl, you can become a real #bossbabe. I see it!
Please, understand that you have a support team like no other around you! I will be your number one cheerleader, ALWAYS. I want only the best for you! My biggest hope: Believe in yourself and let your light shine through no matter what! The world is ready for you and all your talents!
I know that some of the advice I give you below will be like, “duh!”, but as your big sister, I have to say it. As always, I’m going to be blunt with you because you deserve real ness not fluff. I want you know exactly where I stand, I have your back, I’m an open book, and you can talk to me about anything!
Tired of the hearing or saying the same ole line- “Hey lets meet at…or Let’s grab a drink at…” insert bar or restaurant name when it comes to going out on a date? Don’t worry you’re not alone! Are you finding yourself looking for something fun to do on a date or even just something different to do with your friends but having a hard time? I know it can be difficult to come up with a unique date ideas on the spot, I struggle with it too, so I decided to come up with a short list of date ideas (today I will give you 3, I have many more and will post again soon.) These are dates that I’m even going to be checking off my to-do-list. Read the date description below, and I’m sure something will catch your eye.
Ugh ok, so I know this post is like the most basic thing ever, but most bloggers do something like this on their page, so I guess it’s time for me to knock it out too!
Gifting D.I.Y Mason Jars are my favorite! They’re fun, personal, affordable, and totally adorable!
You don’t have to be a super creative, crafting wizard either to complete this DIY project. These jars are very simple to assemble. All you need is a mason jar, ribbon, and maybe a label. These may look fancy, but I assure you, there’s nothing fancy happening over here!
My favorite: THE SPA KIT
For the second time, I am reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This time around I am actually implementing a few tips she learned along her happiness project into my everyday life to help me feel happier, and not get as irritated about the little things. Understand, I am very happy with my life…but just like Gretchen, she just believes she can be happier and more appreciative of the awesomeness around her. Want more? Click to continue reading!
I can’t even believe that the time has come… I am turning 30 years old in less than 8 short weeks. It’s time to say goodbye to my 20’s. So much has happened over the last 10 years of my life that honestly the details of it all… I remember very little. I mean I have great memories, but really just tidbits. My God, the past decade came and went so fast! Now on to my 30’s we go…
What does being thirty even mean?
I’ve always wanted to have a chic little bar situation going on at my house, but I never actually committed to purchasing one. Recently, during the process of moving and designing my new space, I knew it was now or never! Having a bar area designated in the home was a must! You’d think finding a bar cart would be pretty easy. WRONG! Either the carts were too small, too expensive for no reason, or simply wasn’t my style. I search high and low, retail, craigslist, and vintage shops… & I came out empty handed.
I’d been in my new place for almost two month & I still had nothing! Enough was enough. I had to make a decision on something. Finally, decided I needed to be a little creative. “Alysha, it’s not that difficult.” I’d tell myself; & it wasn’t.One day, I was walking the aisle of Target (the devil) & it dawned on me that I should just use a bookshelf as a bar. Well, it didn’t exactly happen like that… I was walking the aisle of target, I saw a sale sign on a white bookshelf that was $63 bucks and I couldn’t pass it up. I randomly remembered seeing on HGTV.com how they turned a white bookshelf into a bar, and that was good enough for me! It was way better than spending $200-$300 on a bar cart that I wasn’t in love with.
I already had a few bar essential to create an awesome bar, but I did purchase a few items and even now I am still purchasing items for the bar. It’s a project that continues to get better with time. The more bottles collected, along with bar tools the better the bar begins to look and function.
Here’s what I began with:
-Wine Rack $20
– Wine Glasses $12
-Wooden Tray $35 (Honestly, I could have gotten a piece of wood copped, sanded and made in to a beautiful wooden tray, but I am impatient, so I just purchased it lol)
-Candle $9 (added color)
I’m very happy with the results and even more excited about the hundreds saved!
Until Next Time…