DIY Gold Chalkboard & Vase

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Hello, hello! Welcome to today’s post.

I’ve been itching for a project lately. I needed a quick DIY to do. I’ve had this plain chalkboard for a while, and I really wanted to spruce it up. One trip to the craft store and a few hours later, I had this beautiful chalkboard that you can see above.

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Don’t have a chalkboard? No problemo. This DIY is perfect for a mason jar, a vase, a candle holder–whatever you want. However, a great place to find a chalkboard is a craft store or a garage sale.

Once you have an object of your choice, we can get started!

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If I’m being 100% honest, you could probably buy fancy gold tape and put it on the edge of your chalkboard. But what’s the fun in that?! It’s way more fun to paint it.

You will need:

  • A foam paintbrush
  • Metallic paint
  • A ruler, a pencil, and scissors

This is a really inexpensive DIY! I bought the supplies at Joann’s, and the total was $4. I feel like if you overpay for a DIY, it takes away some of the fun. What makes this DIY so special is you can spruce up something for the cost of two coffees.

If you don’t want a gold line, no worries! Use whatever colored paint you have. Whatever floats your boat.

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I began by taking a pencil and a ruler and making little marks around the perimeter of the chalkboard. Don’t be afraid to press down, because we’re going to paint over it. I made my gold line 1/4 of an inch wide.

If you aren’t using a chalkboard, do this step anyway! If you’re going to be putting a gold line on something with glass, you might need a marker, because pencil lines won’t show up.

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Now, it’s time to get our hands dirty! This is always the fun step, am I right?! If you have painter’s tape, you can use that so your line with be crisp. I didn’t have any, so I used my ruler.

Dip your foam brush into the paint and dab some off, and paint the line! Again, it’s important that you have a straight edge so your line will be crisp. This looks really easy–after all, it’s just a line…wrong! This step was really time consuming for me, because I wanted the line to be perfect.

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You may need to do a few coats depending on your paint. The paint I used needed two coats. I did mess up in a few places, but it doesn’t matter, because small flaws won’t show from far away, and the chalkboard is going to hang on my bedroom wall.

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While the paint dried on the chalkboard, I grabbed a vase and some tape and decided to get creative. I made two crisp lines with the tape, and painted black & gold between the tape.

It took the same amount of time as the chalkboard, even though it was a small vase! The gold paint needed four coats, because it was barely showing on the glass.

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And voila! It turned out a bit odd in some spots, but that doesn’t matter, because it looks pretty awesome.

Would you look at that?! A fresh and new chalkboard and vase.

Here’s the before…

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I still have some paint left, so I think I’ll try this on a mason jar or two! What do you think? Do you like it? If you decide to try this out, let me know how it goes! Have a great day, and thank you for reading.

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My Favorite Songs | What’s On My Playlist?

Hi, Happy Friday! It’s a gorgeous, rainy, calm day over here in New York. There’s nothing better than chilling & taking a break, am I right?!

So, in today’s post, I’m going to be sharing my playlist with you. This is a pretty common blog post, but I think it’s really interesting to hear the songs that other people enjoy! I have a random playlist filled with all types of music–from fast songs to slow songs, from pop music to country…IMG_0686.jpg

  1. Chained To The Rhythm – Katy Perry & Skip Marley

Okay, so I have been listening to this song on repeat play. It is so catchy, and I’m just in love with the idea behind it!

2. Liability – Lorde

I really love this song. It’s so melancholy and conveys so many emotions.

3. Love – Lana Del Rey

I don’t usually listen to Lana Del Rey, but this song has a very Vintage-y feel to it. Lana Del Rey has a very calming voice, which is perfect for rainy days.

4. Lions – Skip Marley4. Lions – Skip Marley

Skip Marley (the grandson of Bob Marley) is an up-and-coming singer, and I think he’ll be really famous in a few years. This song has an amazing message, and Skip is a fantastic singer. You need to listen to this song, it’s so powerful!

5. Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

This song is such a classic!

6. My Church – Maren Morris

This is another favorite Country song of mine. Maren has a very fresh, unique voice!

7. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

This is my absolute favorite song of all time. Imagine Dragons is my favorite band as well. Their songs just have so much energy!

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8. This Town – Niall Horan

I was never much of a One Direction fan, but Niall has always been my favorite of the group, so I was very excited when this single came out!

9. The Lonely – Christina Perri

This song is pretty old (from a few years ago) but I still love it. Christina Perri has such a ragged, heartbreaking voice. This song is sure to hit you right in the feels, folks.

10. Believer – Imagine Dragons

Yup, another Imagine Dragons song. This song is a great pick-me-up and really energizes me.

11. Honest – Shawn Mendes

Honest deserves way more recognition! This is my favorite song from his latest album.

12. Something Just Like This – Coldplay

Something Just Like This came out recently, and I can’t stop listening to it!


Have you listened to any of these songs? Oh, and before you go-what song are you loving right now? Let’s chat below! Have a great day, and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

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DIY Open When Letters

Hello & welcome back to another post!

Today, I’m going to be sharing a DIY with you. I recently was scrolling through Pinterest, and I stumbled across Open When letters. These letters are great for your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your best friend, your siblings, long distance relationships–basically, open when letters are perfect for any relationship. They are extremely easy to make, and are really thoughtful.

So, let’s get right into the post!

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What are Open When letters, you ask? They’re extremely popular, so chances are you’ve heard of them. I think the photos sum up what they are, anyway. Basically, you give these letters to someone (I gave these to my bestie), and they open the letters depending on what they need. For example, I made a card saying “Open When You’re Having A Bad Day”, and whenever my friend is sad, she’ll have something to cheer her up.

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You will need envelopes, Sharpies, paper, and a few hours! These may look easy, and they are, but each one takes about ten minutes.

First, you need to decide what each letter is going to be. Here are some ideas:

  • Open when you’re hungry
  • Open when you’re sad
  • Open when you’re happy
  • Open when you need a laugh
  • Open when you want to work out
  • Open when you’re annoyed with me
  • Open when you’re angry
  • Open when you’re bored

And etc. You can make as many as you want! I made enough to last my friend a few months.

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Once you have everything planned out, you can start filling the envelopes! I really can’t tell you what to put in them, because Open When letters are pretty personal, and what you’re going to put inside really depends on the person.

For example, for the “Open When You’re Bored”, I put in some riddles, a mandala to color, and colored pencils. For the “Open When You’re Sad”, I put in some pictures and wrote a lot of letters and quotes down to make her feel better. I included candy and photos in some of them to make it more fun. 🙂 If you really aren’t sure what to put in each letter, look up ideas on the internet or on Pinterest, and you’ll get a lot of inspiration.

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This is a really cute idea that I found on Pinterest. I made this little “Take What You Need” thing for the “Open When You Need Motivation”. I also included some quotes and wrote a little letter for her in that envelope.

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Just make sure you have an envelope with the rules! I limited my friend to opening two letters per week, or more if she is having a bad week.

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Open When letters are a really personal, fun craft, and I’m sure that if you make them, your loved one will adore them. I finished all the letters on a lazy, rainy Sunday with nothing to do.


Have you ever made Open When letters? If so, let’s chat in the comments! If not–what are you waiting for? Thank you for reading!

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Spring Photography + Photoshoot

Hello, Happy Monday! Wasn’t the weather fantastic yesterday?

Yesterday, I went outside and took some pictures, and my amazing mother & I did a bit of a photoshoot. I put a lot of fun effects on the photos, and I’m really excited to share them with you!

If you’re reading this in the WordPress Reader, go to my website, the photos will be larger and have higher quality!

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This picture is one of my favorites! We took it right by the pond. It was one of those photos that I wasn’t expecting to turn out well, but it did. IMG_0565.jpgIMG_0494.jpgIMG_0480.jpg

Look at this fresh moss! The snow is finally gone, folks. Cue the rainy weather and mud, and then we’ll finally get some buds and new growth.

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Please ignore my crazy hiking boots, haha! This picture was a fun one to take. It involved climbing through a ton of branches to get to the thick branch on this tree. The things I do for you guys…;) I was so afraid that I was going to fall into the water, but luckily, I didn’t.

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This black and white photo of me is the grand finale–it’s my absolute favorite picture of the ones we took! Am I smirking, am I smiling, am I frowning–nobody knows. My expression is weird. But I love it!


As always, thank you for reading! Which photo is your favorite? Is Spring arriving where you live? Have a fantastic Monday, and stay tuned for Wednesday, I have a fun post to share with you.

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I’m Learning To Let Go

Hello, and welcome back!

As you know, I post a variety of different things on my blog, so today’s post is going to be a bit of a short personal post. Get comfy and grab a snack, and we’ll jump right in! IMG_0429.jpg

The picture I’m holding up is from 2015, when I was 11. 

The title of this post is “I’m Learning To Let Go”. What am I learning to let go of, you ask? Little things.

I’ve been known as a worrywart my whole life. I always need to know the little details. For example, if my family is going somewhere, I always need to know where we’re going, what we’re doing, and when we’re doing it. If I don’t have those details, and the future is unclear, I ask a lot of questions, and I won’t be able to have fun when we go there.

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And when things aren’t close to perfect, I worry. If the curtains aren’t arranged nicely, the chair isn’t pushed in all the way, and the comforter isn’t smoothed out, I can’t relax. All I can think of is the messy comforter, and it nags in my brain until I have to get up and smooth it out.

It’s hard, it’s so hard, but I’m learning to let go. I’m learning to move on. Life isn’t perfect, and it never will be, so I can’t keep focusing on the little things. I’m learning to focus on the big picture. You only live once, and if you spend your whole life focusing on small, tiny, unimportant things, are you really living?IMG_0374.jpg

As Ernest Hemingway says, “If something is wrong, fix it. But train yourself not to worry, worry fixes nothing.” If you’re a worrywart and you know how I feel, I hope you’ll learn to let go with me. When you find yourself worrying about something, ask yourself this: is this going to matter in a year?

A great way to relieve yourself of worrying and questions is to write down everything you’re afraid about, get it out of your brain, and let go of it. Throw it away. Let go of any negative thoughts that aren’t helping. Also, know when it’s proper to worry. I’ve learned that it’s okay to be nervous about something. But you should push the fear out of your brain and keep living.


Thank you for reading! This is something hard to share, but something I wanted to share with all of you. If you’re like me, and relate to this, leave me a comment and we’ll chat down below. I hope you all have a fantastic, worry-free day.

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Beauty And The Beast | Spoiler Free Review

Folks, I’m freaking out right now. I just got back from the movies an hour ago, and I’m still in shock! au_rich_large_beautyandthebeast_payoff_4bfd4fa0.jpeg

Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies (Aladdin is my favorite by far, though). I’ve seen the movie a million times, read countless re-tellings, and in general I’ve always loved it. So, as you can guess, I had high expectations for the new 2017 movie!

When they released the soundtrack, I went insane and listened to it on Spotify on repeat. Everyone in the movie is a fantastic singer, though some songs sound extremely auto-tuned, but it’s not a big deal.

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So? It was amazing. The colors, the songs, the dancing, the characters…everything was so beautiful and drew my breath away. One of my favorite scenes was the Gaston song in the tavern. Josh Gad, who plays LeFou, is a fantastic singer, and he fit the role perfectly. Luke Evans was Gaston, guys. He was cocky, self-obsessed, strapping and handsome–I can’t think of anyone better to play Gaston.

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My favorite character was the Beast, which is funny, because I’ve always been terrified of him in the animated movie. Luckily, Disney did a phenomenal job of presenting him. He had the uncontrolled temper that we all know from the animated movie, but he was realistic and joked a lot, and kept trying to make Belle happy. By the way, the song that the Beast sings, “Evermore”, left me speechless. It was melancholy, it was depressing…it captured so many emotions.

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Can we talk about this scene, though?! I could not stop smiling and sipping my soda like there was no tomorrow. I almost cried. It was beautiful. The dance was so graceful and sweet, and when the Beast spun Belle around, I lost it. I can’t even put into words how much I loved it.

I probably sound crazy, freaking out over a dance, but it was just the sweetest, most beautiful thing ever. With the colors blending together, the Beast and Belle dancing, and Mrs. Potts singing the iconic song “Beauty and the Beast”, it was stunning.

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The new songs were also incredible. “Days in the Sun”, a song sung by the enchanted items, was really powerful. I wasn’t sure the new songs would be very good, because it’s hard to top the original songs, but the 3 new songs fit in with the movie and honestly improved it.


I think it’s safe to say that I loved this more than the animated version, by far. The Beast was much sweeter, Gaston was much cockier and self-absorbed, and Belle was even smarter and inventive. The movie had so many little things that made it better as a whole.

Thank you for reading! Have you seen the movie yet, or are you going to see it? What are your thoughts on the original animated movie? Have a fantastic day/night!

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Morning Routine + Abs Workout

Happy International Women’s Day! How are you? (I’m pretty good, thanks for asking!)

My morning routine was requested by a few people in my evening routine post, so without further ado, let’s jump right in.

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It always depends on the day, but I usually wake up around 7:00 to 7:15. On some days, I have to get up at 6:00, and on weekends I sleep in until 8:00 or 9:00.

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After making my bed, the first thing I do is workout. I usually go for a HIIT run on my treadmill, but if I don’t have time, I’ll do a quick workout on my abs. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with my abs, and I made a quick workout that I do every day. It may look easy, but trust me, your heart will be pounding by the end. Be sure to try it out and let me know how it goes for you!

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When I’m done with working out, I eat breakfast. I usually have either toast, fruit, or cereal. Sometimes all three, if I’m really hungry. 😉 Breakfast is the foundation of your day, so it’s important to eat something healthy and filling.

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I try to fit this in every morning. I write down a to-do list in my planner and check my email & WordPress. This is the calm part of my morning where I can plan for the day and jot down some post ideas.

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After showering, brushing my teeth, doing my hair, and getting dressed, I put on some makeup. Most days, I just wear mascara and blush to feel put together. When I’m going out in public, I’ll put on a layer of Erase Paste to hide my blemishes, but heavy makeup like foundation and eyeshadow is reserved for special days. But since I don’t really need makeup, I don’t wear a lot. (Or own a lot, for that matter.)


One more thing before you go–my blog has over 800 followers now! Gosh, that’s pretty cool. Thank you so much!

If you would like to share your morning routine or if you have a morning routine post on your blog, let me know! I hope you have a great rest of the day. Thank you for stopping by.

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My Aesthetic

Hello, welcome back to another post!

I found out recently that there was an aesthetic tag going around WordPress…I actually had no idea that it existed. Even though I haven’t been nominated for the tag, I’ve wanted to do a post on my aesthetic ever since I got Pinterest. Pinterest is a great way to find pictures that you find aesthetically pleasing. So, in today’s short post, I’ll be sharing my aesthetic with you!

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Photos via Pinterest

I love the colors gray, black, creamy white, and gold with the occasional pop of color. I really like clean, minimal photos taken from above (flat-lays). The main thing on my aesthetic board is pictures of cozy sweaters, cozy pillows, cozy blankets, a cup of coffee…I love anything cozy and warm. unnamed.jpg

Books, forests, flowers, cozy blankets…photos of those things are so aesthetically pleasing to me. I also really like things arranged in threes…I have no clue why, it just makes me feel happy. Texture appeals to me as well, but only when it’s used sparingly.

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My aesthetic is probably so clean and modern because I’m constantly thinking and analyzing things in my head, so it’s too stressful to be surrounded by patterns and bright colors. To be able to mellow down and relax, I need low colors and minimal textures.


This post was pretty short, but it was fun to write! If you’d like to get a better idea of my aesthetic, here’s my Pinterest board. How would you describe your aesthetic? Have a fantastic day, and I’ll catch you on the flip side!

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My Evening Routine

Hey, welcome back to another post! This is a common post idea for bloggers, and although I prefer coming up with my own content, I really wanted to do this. I have a long evening routine, so I thought I would share it with you. Let’s get right into it!

I usually start my evenings with stretching and yoga, which is the best feeling after a long day. If I didn’t workout earlier in the day, I’ll squeeze in a quick run or some cardio (if I feel like it).

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When I’m done with yoga, I wash my face with the Calia facial cleanser. I’ve done a review on this and other Calia products; here’s the link. This cleanser has high quality ingredients and works well to remove makeup and sweat.

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I didn’t take a picture of this, but I usually use some oils on my face for my acne. Lastly, I moisturize my face with the Cetaphil daily facial moisturizer and brush my teeth. Many people rave about this moisturizer, but unfortunately I’m not a fan of it. It gets the job done most of the time, but lately my face has still been dry after using it.

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I don’t go on electronics before sleep, because it makes it much harder for me to fall asleep. Instead, I read my Bible, write in my gratitude journal, and cross off things in my planner. If I feel like it, I’ll write a schedule for tomorrow of the things I need to accomplish. This is my favorite part of the night! I can get all the thoughts out of my brain and spend some time talking to God. Evening Routine #1.JPGEvening Routine #2.JPG

After I’ve cleared the thoughts from my brain, it’s time to get comfy, relax, and destress. I light a candle, turn on my diffuser, and snuggle up with cozy blankets and read a book for an hour or so. Evening Routine #6.JPG

I fall asleep within minutes, and over a few years I’ve developed ways to help myself sleep easier. The best solution I’ve found is to turn on my small fan. (Yes, even in winter!). I can’t sleep without my fan on. I then snuggle under tons of blankets and the relaxing noise of the fan and the cold air hitting my face helps me to fall asleep.


If you’re interested, I would be happy to share my morning routine as well! Just let me know in the comments. Thank you for stopping by! Sweet dreams, and I hope you have a wonderful evening.

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Lake Placid

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Ye be warned: this post has a ton of pictures. My family & I went to Lake Placid, NY a few days ago! It’s a large, adorable town in the Adirondacks a few hours away from where we live. Everybody in the town is super outdoorsy–from skating on the lake, snow shoeing, hiking, climbing the mountains, skiing, and hockey, everyone is involved. And those are just the winter activities. My family has actually been there a few times before, and our last trip there was so much fun.

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Oh, another thing before we get into it–we forgot to bring the camera to some of the activities, so we weren’t able to photograph most of the trip. When I did take pictures, I wasn’t focused on perfect photos, so don’t expect high-level photographer pictures, mmk?

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To have a good vacation, I strongly believe that you need to stay in a good hotel so that you’ll have a nice, clean place to come back to after a long fun-filled day. This hotel didn’t disappoint. We stayed in Hotel North Woods, a large, beautiful hotel on main street. It’s only a few minutes away from a Starbucks–a big bonus, huh? My sister and I walked there in the morning to get hot cocoa and tea.

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Another thing I love about Lake Placid? The main street! There are tons of shops–ice cream shops, fudge shops, Starbucks, Gap…even an olive oil shop. It’s common to see people with skates over their shoulders still wearing snow gear in the stores after skating on the lake.

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The town in general is really clean and everyone is so friendly. And the food is fantastic. 😉 We ordered pizza, got popcorn, ate ice cream…but we definitely got a workout in! We skated on the lake, went snowshoeing, walked the entire town, went sledding…99% of the time, we were outside.

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The best part of the vacation was going on the tobaggon shoot–I was terrified but forced myself to think of it like a rollercoaster. It was worth it! If you ever have the opportunity to go on a tobaggon shoot, do it.

IMG_9949.jpgWhoa, you survived the long post! Long story short: go to Lake Placid. If you’ve ever been there, let me know, I’m curious. If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Thank you for reading!

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