26 June 2015

So, you're going to college? Do these things 5 before August.

Hello Beautiful people! 

Today, I feel inspired by life and many things that are going on around me and in my life, thus we are going to talk about them. I want to share some incredible things I have gotten the opportunity to do this summer and a few things I wish I could do before school starts back in August. Hopefully something listed below will inspire you to get out there and enjoy the summer you have-whether it be the summer separating high school and college, or if it is just a normal summer. 


Travel. Just go places and see beautiful things. Do something different. 

Get an internship or a job. Full-time, part-time, whatever it may be. It will be a great experience.

Pursue something about which you are very passionate. **

Invest in a good camera and document as much of your life as possible, you want to remember it.

Get out into your community and meet new people. You are very likely to be surprised. ***



** I am absolutely infatuated with Sseko Designs and the morals and mission behind the company. A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail inviting me to join their Fellows program. This program is for college-age women to promote Sseko product and spread the good deed across more of the world. At first, I was hesitant to send in an application, but I did and I was accepted to the program. Now I get to share a love for a company that actually has great potential to change the future of our world. 
Click here to read the Sseko story. 
Click here to look at sale items. 
Use code "fellow-katie" at checkout for an extra 10% off your order!! 

***Since I committed to university early this year, I have been trying my best to put my shy self out there and meet new people. I have to say, I have already met and made great friends with 2 people who I know will lead me down the right path in life and have already greatly changed me for the best. Just become confident with yourself and if people want to judge you for who you are, that is their loss. High school was one of the worst times of my life because EVERYONE- including myself- is so judgmental during that time and it makes you feel so terrible about yourself.  Now that I am beyond those days, I realize that all of the time and the mean people mean nothing on the broad spectrum because why waste time on negativity and hatred? We only have one life and one person to be and I say, why the heck should I ever have to be somebody that I am not just to make other people happy. I am embracing myself and who I am and that has increased my happiness 10 fold. 

Just get out there, be confident, put a smile on your face, wear whatever you want simply because it makes you feel fantastic. I love you all and hope that you enjoy this time, even if you are still in school! 

-Katie 

20 June 2015

Dreaming of travel

Hello there beautiful people! 

I wanted to change things up a bit today and tell you a little bit about my dreams. One time in my life I traveled out of the country, thus I have a LONG list of places I would like to travel. If you'd like to know some of those locations, keep on reading! 


All continental US states I have not been to (most of them)

Alaska

Hawaii

Greece 

Italy

Ireland

Australia

Canada

Switzerland 

Israel

Uganda

Scotland 

Japan
England 

The Galapagos Islands 

South Africa 

Colombia 

Brazil

Iceland 

Egypt 


If any of you live in these places or have traveled to any of these locations, let me know in the comments below! I know my list is very long, but hopefully there will be time in the future to travel to each destination and enjoy the beautiful differences in the world. Also, I went to my college orientation today!! If you'd like to see a picture, check my Instagram feed link in the sidebar. Hope y'all enjoyed and I will see you next Friday! 





12 June 2015

Katie's Corner: High school graduation edition

Hello beautiful people! 

Now that I have graduated high school, I feel it is safe for me to openly express my mind and all of the lovely things I learned and thought of whilst in high school. Perhaps this will be fun for some of you to reminisce, perhaps interesting for others who are not yet in high school. Hope you enjoy! 

1. Your earlobes are not headphone holders. Listen to music, or put away your headphones. 

2. NOBODY actually wants to see all of your goods in a public situation. Even if there is no dress code, dress appropriately. 

3. If you are hungry, please just get something healthy to eat. There are people all over the world who are actually starving, so if you have food available to you, just eat it. It's not cute to starve yourself.

4. How did we determine the use of the term "like?" Somehow, this term has become a replacement for "um" and it is very disturbing to me. You sound STUPID when every second or third word you say is "like."

5. There are some terrible teachers that you will get stuck with, but some teachers are incredible and will change your life. Appreciate them and tell them how thankful you are for the work they do.

6. Don't let other people make you do anything. You should always determine your actions and beliefs, resist peer pressure even though it is difficult to do so.

7. Try your best to smile, wave, or say "hello"to the staff at your school. I was on a first-name basis with some employees at my school that most people did not know existed.

8. If you try, you really can learn a lot. Don't let all of those years pass you by without learning.

9. However embarrassing you think it might be to join the "nerdy" group that you are very interested in, just forget about it. You should pursue whatever makes you happy.

10. Just have fun with yourself. It doesn't matter if you feel like you have no friends or nothing that you love doing at school. Be yourself and do what you love and those that love you will find you.


Final comment: Try to find yourself during these years. Some of them will be very difficult and others will be easier, but try to do new things and discover what you love. Let God guide you down the path that is created for you and lead you unto your destiny.

I hope y'all enjoyed this post and I will see you next Friday. Have a great weekend!

-Katie 

07 June 2015

High School Graduation Vacation

Hello beautiful people!! 
I graduated from high school on Saturday, May 23rd. Is that fantastic or what? I am SO excited to embark on this new journey. I will be moving out of my home and into a dorm at my college in Southern Georgia in August and I could not be more thrilled! In celebration of the last 15 years of my life that have been overwhelmed with school, my family and I went to Barbados. It was absolutely beautiful and hopefully I will be able to visit again some day. In order for everyone to enjoy the pictures of the island, I will keep the words sweet and simple. I would like to give you a few bullet points of the main things I took in from the trip that will most likely benefit any of you who may travel to Barbados in the future. 

1. Every single person there is very nice. Even those who are drunk at 8 AM. 

2. It is VERY windy every day, so wear clothing that will be suitable for such weather. 

3. Almost everything is very expensive, spend money wisely. **Barbados accepts USD and the exchange rate is 2 to 1 so if something in Barbados says $20, it's $10 USD. Fancy restaurants and bigger organizations do a 1.97 exchange rate, so just be on the lookout for prices and pay attention.

4. Most people on the island have dark skin, so if you don't it will be obvious that you are a tourist. You will have many people trying to sell you things on the street, if you don't want them just say no, if you do you can negotiate with them. 

5. They drive sitting on the right side of the car and driving on the left side of the road (completely opposite from what we do in the US) and the roads are VERY small. People park on the sidewalk because that's the only place to park unless there is a lot-which there are not a ton of-so if you are going to walk just know what you're doing. 

6. The sun comes up very early and sets very early, so get out and do what you want to do and then relax at night. 

7. It's extremely beautiful, take a tour in a car and on a boat if possible. I did both. 

8. If you have the money, take a catamaran tour. They usually start around 9 AM and you will get back around 2 PM. You get to swim with fish and sea turtles and it is mind-blowing. 

9. Beer is cheaper than water, so keep that in mind. The drinking age is 18- be responsible people.

10. If you need help or have a question about something, most anyone would be more than willing to help you out. Just ask them. 

Hope you enjoy my pictures!! 















- Katie 

22 May 2015

Massive Pre-graduation haul

Hello Beautiful people! 

My apologies for being absent for the past two weeks, life has simply been incredibly busy. However, I have a MASSIVE haul for you all this week, thus I have been editing and creating this post all week long. I will keep the intro simple because there is a lot to put in this post! Basically, I got a lot of things online because so many shops were having big spring sales last week. I have a nice, organized Excel spreadsheet of al the things I need for college and also traveling more often- now that I will be done with grade school!!- so I got quite a few necessary items. All of the items I purchased came from Vitacost, Honest Company, GAP, Vera Bradley, 100% Pure, Bumble & Bee Organics, Sseko Designs, and Ecotools.

This is a lot of product, so there will be very few words, just pictures and links.


VITACOST

Let's be real, I am a woman and Mother Nature likes to do her work, once a month. It was beginning to freak me out as I learned what these things they tell us are "safe" are made of, so I decided to find natural, organic, 100% cotton feminine care. Below are the basics. 























These cloths are reusable, washable, and completely decomposable. 




HONEST COMPANY



















The following items are simply linked. If I were to post an image of everything, this post would be WAY too long. All of the following items I purchased on sale-they were also on my college list, so there are a few more things I checked off! 

GAP
These are my favorite jeans, by far. If you are someone who is petite, but you have curves, these are the jean pants for you. Check them out! 


Vera Bradley
All Items I purchased are in the pattern "Midnight Blues"


100% Pure 

Bumble & Bee Organics 





Sseko Designs
These shoes are FANTASTIC! I was somewhat skeptical at first, so I got one pair with a strap to make sure they worked well with my feet. I have to say, everyone should have a pair of Sseko shoes. They are the most versatile, comfortable, stylish (or casual) shoes you will ever wear. Try a pair for yourself! They currently have a deal where you can get a free cotton strap with a pair of sandals! I wear these almost every single day and my feet do not hurt or overheat anymore. Love these shoes!
green straps
grey straps
blue straps

Ecotools 
Day to Night brush set 


Alrighty, well I hope you all enjoyed this HUGE post. Hopefully these things I have purchased will be helpful. If you made it all the way through this post, leave me a comment below! If you want to check out some of my shoes and things going on these days, check out my Instagram feed (always linked in the sidebar). Thanks so much, and I will see you all soon!

I am graduating high school tomorrow morning...wow.

Also, I will be on vacation in an area that does not have service, I cannot bring my phone because it will cost a lot and we do not have international service, so there most likely will not be a post next week. I will, however, be back in the running in two weeks. Be on the lookout for some gorgeous beach pictures! Bye everyone, have a wonderful weekend!

24 April 2015

Somewhat lackluster post, but you should keep reading.

Hello beautiful people! 
I do not have any exciting news for you today, thus I will contain exciting things for next week's post. However, I did not want to leave each of you empty-handed and I am now compiling a list of hilarious videos from the past week that I think any and everyone can and will enjoy. Feel free to share the following with family and friends and enjoy many weekend laughs. I will see you all next week with a massive Vitacost haul. Scroll down for wonderfully entertaining videos! 


"Dad cuts daugher's hair (in 13 seconds flat)"

"Funniest animal fails compilation"

"Can I give you a kiss prank"

"Babies eating lemons for the first time"

"Best fails of the week"
This one is quite frankly scary, but some of them are really funny...the very end is my favorite. 

That is all for this week everyone, see y'all next Friday! 

17 April 2015

Free pottery, The Beach, and New Favorites

Hello there beautiful people! 

If you noticed, I did not post last week. My apologies, but I was on vacation! My family and I went to the beach in Florida and the location at which we stayed did not have good wifi. Thus, I hardly used my phone, did not ever touch a computer, and only watched HGTV (home improvement shows) for 6 days- this, to be honest, was really nice (to get away from technology and devices for a bit). However, I am back and have quite a few things for you all, so I am going to keep the words to a minimum, let's hit it. 


My grandmother recently moved out of her home, thus we have had many garage sales. Below are many things that I so generously was able to have- most, if not all, of these items will end up living in my dorm room next year. 


Simple clay bowl- i plan to put earrings and rings in her at the end of the day



I loved this little ceramic container! I do not know how I will use it, but keep checking out my blog, you may see it in a dorm tour in a few months. 




My roommate and I are VERY prepared in most, if not all things, that we do so we want to have a first aid kit prepared in our room-just incase. I found this super old, cute tin and thought it would be perfect for this purpose! 


6 super simple blue-tinted glass bowls. 
These will be used as one uses small glass bowls...




4 clay cups


I think these were originally made as a set for drinking sake (Japanese alcoholic beverage), but I will not be partaking in such activities. 


I just really like these cups! 


The bottoms are super cool! Also, my aunt's friends who made these always carved initials and the date of the year into the bottom, so it's like a little piece of history! 



This is a tiny little vase. I gave this little guy to a friend for her b-day. 



Welcome to the beach, my friends. 
As I mentioned earlier, I stayed away from technology while on vacation, thus I only took my camera to the beach one time (also it was VERY crowded and overcast during the days, so I never would have gotten a good photo), so I took these pictures as the sun was setting. This makes for very interesting looking photos because of the way the camera works in night light (I have a digital camera). I hope y'all enjoy because I think they look rather bizarre and neat! 


The sunset




I told my sister to stand still and then run away, and this image was created. She appears to be just a shadow of a ghost. 



So many dead/ partially live jellyfish washed up one day, it was crazy. This little guy was about the size of my thumbnail (the nail on my thumb, not the computer thumbnail). 


My sis found this teeny little sand dollar. 



I also have three brand new favorites. About a month ago, I discovered this website through a blogger I follow, as well as the scrub. I am loving the website because it gives such great discounts on natural products! Basically, the site, Vitacost, provides natural products, dried foods, and supplements that are sold in common health stores at greatly discounted prices. 


This scrub is INCREDIBLE! I use this 3-4 times a week and my skin has begun to improve a lot. It helps to remove dead skin, brighten the skin, and remove pigmentation from acne scars. From the Acure website and Whole Foods, this is $16. I got it on Vitacost for $4.50. If that does not encourage you enough to purchase from Vitacost, they sometimes have double savings marked off, as well as coupon codes, and weekly sales (this week is 12% off, click here to check it out). 


I was getting really sick of using nasty deodorant with aluminum in it, and I could not justify paying $11 for deodorant (from 100% pure, which I am sure is a fantastic product for anyone who can justify the cost). This little guy was on sale for $2.99, retail price is around $4 without taxes included. I have to say, this is just a deodorant so it does not stop sweating, this has completely eliminated any smell from my underarms. Even post-workout when I am dripping sweat (I mowed the lawn 2 times with this on and did not smell) I do not smell at all. The tea tree oil and lavender work really well together to consistently remove odor. This is WAY better than any generic deodorant I have ever used and I have tried every brand. 

I hope everyone enjoyed this post! Hope to see y'all back here next week! Feel free to leave a comment below with post suggestions. Thanks!