Savannah Florals

This past weekend I went to Savannah to work on some fashion projects for my classes. I wore one of my favorite dresses. It is a dress I bought from a boutique called Entourage in Statesboro. There are several other locations in other college towns in Georgia and can also shop online. You can follow them on Instagram (@shopentourage) and Sanpchat (shop_entourage). Everything in the stores and online is $42 and under so that’s great for the budget. 🙂

I paired the dress with gold Jack Rogers Sandals and some casual jewelry. But you could dress it up a bit more with some wedges and different hair and makeup!

I love this dress so much and it’s comfy so it will definitely be coming with me to New York next month!:)

More outfits coming soon! Yay!

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Why Me?

I will go ahead and tell you this is not really a fun post so if that’s what you’re looking for keep scrolling. However, this is a personal post that I believe will not only help my readers learn a little bit more about me but also learn a few things about life too.

So if ya’ll read my very first post you know that I have somewhat of a story. It’s not all a happy story but at least the end is a happy one. I have waited to post until I felt like it was a good time but honestly there is no “good time” to tell a story like mine. So this is my life story this far. I will keep it short and sweet because there is a point to my story. So here it is…

I was in 7th grade. I had three best friends and I was what you would call popular I guess. I was happy I do remember that much. I went to my local middle school a block from my house and one of my best friend’s house too. She was my neighbor. She had brown hair similar to mine, freckles like me, she was younger than me but smart so she skipped a grade. That’s why she was in my class. That’s why she and I became friends.

Her birthday was in October, the end of October. About the middle of October she started to pass out birthday invitations, she even had me pass out a few to some girls in one of my classes. I waited wondering when mine was coming. I kept waiting. Finally the weekend of her birthday came around and nothing. I watched out my bedroom window as all of my friends were dropped off at my bestfriend’s house. I watched out my bedroom window all of my friends sing and laugh and play games together and worst of all yell things at me and laugh at me when I went outside. They did this all from her side of the street, girls I had been friends with for years suddnely decided I wasn’t good enough to be friends with them anymore. Why me? I didnt know why, or what I had done I just knew it hurt, a lot.

Finally that horrible weekend was over. I went back to school thinking maybe things would go back to normal. I know that sounds crazy but I was just so confused about the past weekends events I thought it was just some big joke. But it wasnt. And things did not go back to normal. They would never go back to normal. For the next few months I was made fun of, pushed into trash cans, sat alone at luch, cried myslef to sleep, and all but begged to be part of the group again. After Christmas break things got worse than ever and I was looking for a way out. My parents go worried and pulled me out of school. I began attending the private school in my county. I was still alone but at least I wasnt being tormented everyday anymore. I was shy and I hid behind large baggy clothes and dark makeup. I didn’t want to make friends because I didn’t know how and I definitly didn’t trust anyone.

Then one girl reached out from my church. She talked to me ad treated me like nothing was wrong with me. She saved me. She didnt know that but she did. We were friends for a while but she went to a different school the school where She went and I couldn’t go back there. So we grew apart. She is still a friend, she is a good person and she saved me. I wasn’t in a good enough place to maintain a friendship at the time so really it was for the best. If we talked now I would tell her thank you.

Sometime after this I was begining to make friends with people in my small class of 17 at my new school. One girl in particular became my friend and we got close. I started going to church with her. Her dad was the preacher there. He had started the church. It was different there. All kinds of people were welcome and you could dress anyway you wanted. They even played good music. I began going there a lot. I went to youth there and got really involved. I was finally happy again. I was in about eighth grade at this point.

One day a boy walked in. He was my heighth, skinny, dark hair, nice eyes. I knew his sister from church and my old middle school. I knew him too, because of her. He didn’t talk much at first. He was friendly with our youth leader and another boy. I don’t remeber how it happened but that boy and his friend became friends with me and my new friends. We were together every weekend we all became best friends. There were 5 of us. I was so happy then. I loved hanging out with my knew friends espessially because of one person that boy that walked in that day. His name was Hampton. As I got to know him he was funny, and sweet, and not too bad to look at either. I liked him. A lot. I had had bad luck with guys in the past. He was different though. For my birthday that year he gave me a silly little dinosaure toy and I literally treasured it. It was all he could afford and he didn’t even know I liked him then. About a month later on October 24th, 2012 he walked up to me after church and asked me out. I was so happy someone thought I was good enough again.

I took a girl home that night (by this time I was a junior and could drive) she got out after we giggled about how Hamp liked me. She got out and it occured to me all of a sudden and I fell down off my little cloud 9. He was hers though. Hamp had dated her before me. He was there for it all, he knew the things she did to me. All I could think was this beautiful guy is probably messing with me. Why me? And then the panic attack happened. I had only had them when I was in middle school and there it was again. I couldn’t go through all that again.

My friends assured me that wasn’t the case and that I should talk to Hamp about it. So I did and I learned she had messed with him the way she had messed with me. He liked me becasue he liked me not becasue he wanted to get back her but becasue we had grown to be friends and he really liked me. My life became MY life again. He has helped me with my trust issues. He has shown me that I can trust people and people can love me for me. I am truely happy now.

Its been 4 years and some change now and Hamp and I are still together. We have a dog and we are in college. He’s waiting for me to come to bed becasue it is one in the morning and I am up writing this.

My life has changed so much mostly for the better. Some peoples lives dont turn out like mine though. Some people’s end. I can’t explain why this happened to me the way it did but I just know it did. I like to think I am better for it but I’m not sure that I am. I just count it as an experience. I know other people go though similar experiences with bullying. I have wrote this story a million times, a million different ways but no way ever amounted to the way it actually felt. I was alone, like really alone. I don’t want any one else to ever feel that way but I know it happens to plenty of other kids. But I am proof that there is anohter way out than just “the end”.  So thats my past and all the blog posts and things you read baout on here they are my future. And from here it looks bright. 🙂

If you have been or are being bullied you are not alone. It may feel like it now but trust me middle school, high school it’s not the whole world. There is more out there. Trust me. If anyone has any questions or needs to talk, I’ll listen or point you in the direction of one of those good people that are still out there.

Good Night, ya’ll.

 

Typical Sorority Girl Post: Flask Painting

Disclaimer: this is the first one I have ever painted and feel like I could do better.

My sorority formal is this weekend and in celebration, I painted a really cute flask. Similar to the cooler painting phenomenon I am going to give y’all my how to guide.  So I started out with a plain stainless steel flask that I bought from the camping section at Walmart. Make sure it’s smooth because that will make the paint stick better.

So you will need: Stainless Steel Flask, Acrylic Paint, Modpodge in whatever finish you prefer (I used glossy), and an Idea of what you want to put on it.

Now that you have all of your supplies start by painting your base coat. This is what color you want the background to be. Do one coat, let it dry and do another.

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This is my First Coat of Paint

Once both coats have dried paint a coat of mod podge on and let it dry for at least an hour otherwise you will have a sticky mess. The mod podge will be what keeps the paint from chipping.

Next, paint your design on. I went to Pinterest for ideas and came up with a Lion King theme because that is my favorite Disney movie. I used a sharp paint pen but you can use a brush, I just prefer to write letters with a pen.

After I did the lettering and all I put two more coats of mod podge over it to seal it and here we go newly painted flask.

 

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On the back of the flask, I painted Formal 2017.

I think that it work really nicely for formal and be really cute. I would probably do a different design if I went back and re-did it but I will probably paint myself a cooler for the summer. I will make sure to do a post about that too.

If you want to make extra sure that your flask’s paint won’t chip off I would suggest buying a sealant that you can find in the spray paint isle. I would definitely use it for a cooler but on this mod podge should be just fine. Oh! and FYI in spray paint isle, they have really great glitter spray paint that doesn’t chip and I think that would be really cute on a flask too.  I have done several projects with it and it is phenomenal.

 

Update: Sprang Break 2017 Myrtle Beach Trip

I am currently riding in the car towards my home to pick up my dog after 4 days in Myrtle Beach for Spring Break. The one day we got on the beach this is what it looked like…

Myrtle Beach

You’re  wondering why no one is out there playing in the sand and the water, right? Well, the highest temperature we saw on the whole trip was 60. Keep in mind we slept in tents and the wind was brutal. But that didn’t stop us from having a good time. The motto of the trip became “we are haveing a good day” with a slight sense of sarcasm due to the miserable weather. However aside from the weather situation we had a good time.

Day l: (March 10th) Arrive at 11:30 p.m.ish after several missed exits and minor arguments. Set up and went to sleep for the night.

Day 2: (March 11th) Woke up to sunny 61 degree weather. Cooked hamburgers for lunch and finished setting up our camp. Drank… played on the beach. For dinner that night since the temperature had dropped significantly we ate at a restaurant called Bimini’s. Highly recommend it! There was live music and a cool atmosphere it also was fairly inexpensive for a seafood restaurant. We then had to go buy traps to cover our tents and space heaters for the impending monsoon that was actually the south part of a nor’easter snowstorm! Then we sat in a tent with heaters and played Cards Against Humanity and drank.

Day 3: (March 12th) Woke up approximately 10:30 a.m. to SNOW next to the beach ( I mean literally on the beach, our campsite was probably 50 feet from a beach access point). Obviously it was cold so we all decided to get up and go to brunch at Waffle House and then went back and swam in the heated indoor pool and drink. Then we decided to go to Margaritaville and eat dinner. Then we walked around alittle in Broadway at the beach which was a lot of shops and rides and restaurants that are actually really fun in warmer weather. We also went to the boardwalk for a while! (They have an awesome candy store there.) After that we went back to the campsite played a little more Cards Against Humanity and drank some more.

Day 4: (March 13th) We woke up around 11 a.m. and made pancakes and bacon. We all got dressed up and packed up a bit so it would take us too long the next morning. We went to dinner/ happy hour at a place called Nacho Hippo (highly recommend it and it has great prices!) and then we all went to see a movie. The girls went to see Table 19 ( Not recommended) and the boys went to see Logan (idk they said it was great though). Then we were all hungry again so we went to Steak and Shake and laughed and talked!

Day 4: (March 14th) About 5 am the wind got crazy and our easy-up tent ended up upside down on the other campsite which was startling to wake up to. We broke it down in about 35 degree weather and then went back to bed until about 9 and the got up and packed. And so here we are now writing this as I’m passing through Columbia South Carolina.

Overall it was a good time and a good experience! We will definitely be planning another trip but definitely in warmer weather!! 

Spring Break 2K17! Kinda a success unfortunately no one actually got hammered like your supposed to on spring break in college but we will try again this summer hopefully!

Spring Break 2017: Myrtle Beach Camping Trip

So I know I haven’t posted in a little while but I have been sick and really busy with midterms. I also had a Philanthropy event for Juvinile Arthritis with my sorority. We even had our own Geofilter for the event!

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But now things have calmed down and there is only 4 days until Spring Break 2017 for Georgia Southern. I am so excited because some of my sorority sisters and I are going camping in Myrtle Beach. We were hoping for good weather but I think it’s going to be a little colder than we would have liked. It’s okay though because we are still tent camping right on the beach! 😎 I have made like six lists so I don’t forget anything. 😂 I try to be organized. We don’t really have a set plan we are just gonna play it by eat and see where the weekend takes us. 

My boyfriend and another one of my sisters boyfriends are also coming with us. My boyfriend and I have a four person tent so even though I am used to “glamping” in my family’s 5th wheel camper, I will still have a spacious home away from home in Myrtle Beach. I have remembered to pack the essentials such as sunscreen, bug spray, shower shoes, etc. but I am sure I’ll forget something important! 

Y’all should really check out the place we are staying especially if you or your family has a camper! It’s called Myrtle Beach Travel Park and it is huge! There is so much to do there at the campground and it’s very family oriented but still fun for a friends trip. It has reasonable prices for being right on the beach at $42 a night and is full hook up! 

I am sure I will have a ton of fun stories to tell when I get back and maybe I can post while I am there because the campsite has WiFi too! In the mean time I am anxiously awaiting some swim suits I ordered from a website called Cupshe which I highly recommend! The only problem is that some of my items were back ordered so only one is expected to get here before spring break. 😳 ( Which is totally fine because I bought 3 swimsuits and a beach towel for $80) I’ll post about those when they come in because they are soooo cute! 

I’ll post again soon because I can’t wait to share the details of my trip with y’all. 

Yes… This is a Valentines Post but It’s a Good One (3 min. read)

So I had planned to write a Valentine’s post about my love life and it would be all sappy and what not but last night in Starbucks here in Statesboro, GA I found a different inspiration.

Last night was my friend Sarah’s birthday and we all went to Olive Garden with our sorority sisters and some of her friends. We had a great time but when I walked in at around 7:30 p.m. I saw a man sitting on a bench outside with flowers. I didn’t really think mush of it until I came back out to go to Starbucks with two of my sisters. We saw him and mentioned that was kind of sad and hoped he wasn’t stood up. We then drove across the street to the Starbucks.

We walked in and ordered with that man still in the back of our minds.We sat down by the window and started to talk. The was a girl, a little older than us sitting at the table behind us. We all noticed her because she was reading alone and was dressed really cute. Finally, after about 10 minutes a man whom, we realized after a minute was a pastor at a local church, began to talk to her about the book she was reading. It was called ‘The Meaning of Marriage” by Timothy Keller. She mentioned she was engaged so of course, we started to look for the ring like most girls do. After a few minutes, the pastor left and one of my sisters asked to see her ring because we heard her say she was engaged. (Not Creepy at all lol).

Then this perfect stranger takes off her clearly expensive, beautifully giant, diamond engagement ring and hands it to us to look at in a Starbucks. As if this doesn’t make her the coolest person ever she goes on to tell us that she got engaged in August at the Parking and Transportation Office here at Georgia Southern because that’s where she first met her fiance on the first day of her freshman year. She later found out he was also her CL in the dorm and her student FYE instructor. She said obviously that God wanted them to be together.

They got engaged on the same day in August in the same place they met and then when they went to book their wedding day accidentally chose the same day in August of 2017. If that is not meant to be I literally don’t know what is! We talked for a bit more about her wedding and what sorority she was in and all. Then we left to go back and get my car from the Olive Garden parking lot.

We pull in and having forgotten about that poor guy are surprised to see him still sitting there on that bench (4 hours later). My sisters went up to talk to him and ask if he was like okay and if his date was coming. He said that she was and that she had told him that he would show up sometime between 6 p.m. and closing (11 p.m.). This in my personal opinion is super odd but at this point, we are invested so we went over to my car and waited to see if this girl would actually show up. Sadly 11 p.m. came around and he left clearly really upset.

I don’t tell the story to make people feel bad so close to Valentines Day but just to say that obviously there is hope of you don’t have someone and don’t put your life on hold for someone who doesn’t do the same for you. My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years now and it has been the best time of my life and I am so blessed to have him as my best friend. One day I hope to look back and tell our story and it is as heart-warming was the girl’s from Starbucks and never to take it for granted like the date that never showed at Olive Garden.

** Shout out to the Olive Garden guy you can totally do better than whoever was supposed to meet you!

I am about to start the book that she was reading because hearing her talk about it made it sound like it could be a really heartwarming and good read! I’ll let ya’ll know how it is. 🙂

And Straight on ‘Till Morning Part 2

So sorry for the delay in posts but I got really busy with school.

**Just a heads up since I wrote part one I read up on the meal plans and they have now changed it to where you must purchase a magic your way package to get a meal plan which means staying on property is a must but that is essentially what my family has been doing for years we use to put it together ourselves**

Who doesn’t love food, right? Especially on vacation and especially at Disney World ( I mean really Mickey shaped everything!) but it’s so expensive! Not to worry have a way that will totally save you money!

Okay, so when you go on to look at these meal plans don’t panic! They are expensive but there are different levels as far as what each one offers but the initial sticker shock is a bit much but let’s do the math really quick. So my family consists of 4 people none of which are considered children anymore, so for us to get a burger, fries and a drink each (quick service which I will talk about in a minute) costs about $50 and if your doing that roughly 3 meals a day for, say, a 4 days that ends up being $600 for literally just fast food that you can get from McDonald’s at home. And on top of that, you miss out on the amazing cuisine that Disney World offers. And that doesn’t even include snacks or extra bottles of water or anything else that you might want to buy on your vacation.

I highly recommend researching the meal plans. There are different levels as I mentioned earlier. So the first is the quick service meal plan. That basically offers fast food type dining experiences. However, don’t be fooled by the term fast food because many of the fast food or quick service restaurants serve so much more than your usual burger and fries. For example the Be Our Guest Restaurant is a quick service place at lunch time. This is one of the most sought after places to get a reservation because it is so beautiful on the inside. It is a must do! (Make reservations to eat here when you make your vacation reservations.)

The second is the Disney dining plan which offers one quick service meal a day, one sit down meal (nicer restaurant) and a snack. This one is a bit more expensive but if you were to eat like this every day for again like 4 days you would spend well over $1000. This one is the one my family normally gets and it is the best deal in personal opinion.

The last meal plan is called the Deluxe Dining Plan this pretty mush offers the most high-end restaurants on Disney Property. Their restaurants are the ones you have to dress up to go into. If your family likes that kind of thing then this would be perfect but when I am on vacation I don’t really want to dress up and all from being in the park all day. None the less there are some amazing restaurants that you have access to with this dining plan.

It is very important to research which one would be most beneficial for your family. I do 100% recommend it if you’re going to be there for a longer vacation.

*** Also just a heads up: Disney now has Starbucks in every park and even some the resorts and everything in there is considered a snack on the Disney Dining Plan. And if your want a cake pop make sure you ask for the snack because you actually get three because of the price! Your welcome! 😉

That being said there are so many ways to enjoy Disney World so I am going to give you a few of my personal MUST DO attractions.

Food: Be Our Guest Restaurant (lunch or dinner), Trails End Restaurant, Boma- Flavors of Africa, The Garden Grill (Character Dining), Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, The Roaring Fork, SiFi Dine-in Theater, Sprinkles (Has Gluten Free cupcakes), Sunshine Seasons, The Coral Reef Restaurant, and Teppan Edo (* Disney offers gluten free and other dietary restricted items in almost every restaurant on property)

Attractions: Hoop Dee Doo Review, Ohana, Movie nights at the Resorts, Wishes, Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic and the Memories ( they animate the castle very, very cool.), Illuminations, The new night time show on the tree of life similar to Magic and the Memories.

Ride: Sorin’, Test Track, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road, Dinosaur( I have never actually seen this whole ride my eye close about half way through, but I am kind of a wimp), Rockin’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Expedition Everest ( literally my favorite ride here), The Jungle Cruise, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (really long line, really short ride but fun), Star Tours, Toy Story Mania, and Space Mountain just to name a few.

My Favorite Parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Spring, and Typhoon Lagoon.

If you have long kids or just wanna be kids again this is the place to go and have fun. It’s like a real life Neverland. You don’t have to be grown up here and that to me is the best vacation. It’s the second highway exit to the right instead of the second star to the right… but basically the same. 😉

** Last thing: To me it makes it more fun to know the history behind Disney World and Walt Disney so if your interested in that try reading the book “Walt Disney: An American Original” ( they Disney Family hired Bob Thomas a personal friend of Walt’s to write his biography) and if you want a little extra magic at the parks check out the Latest Version of the book ” Hidden Mickey: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets” by Steven Barrett. And take advantage of meeting Characters too! its fun no matter what age!

If y’all have an questions or other topics you want to know more about leave a comment and I’ll answer it!

And Straight On ’till Morning (Part One)

So lately I have been missing my favorite place on earth which also happens to be the happiest place on earth too. Yes, I’m talking about Disney World.

We go almost every year to Disney World on vacation so I decided I could share some of my knowledge in case any of you are planning on taking a trip there anytime soon!

Where to Stay

So my family has a camper which means we always stay at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. For one its cheap (like $85 a night at times). Prices change depending on the time of the year but over all its pretty cheap year round. And the second reason  we stay here is that it literally has so much to do there especially if you have young kids. It also is good because it’s more of a get away than any of the there resorts. You are actually in the woods and your site is sort of secluded.

If you don’t have a camper though not to worry! There are 2 things you can do to remedy that. One is that you can rent a camper and the company will come and set it up and then take it down for you. I also believe they allow tent camping as well. But more importantly they have cabins here too. they are super cute and aren’t much more expensive than the campsites.

There is a bus system that runs throughout the whole campground so you never have to move your vehicle once you get there ( This is the same all over Disney property, the bus system is how you get from park to park and back to your resort). There are two general stores, two swimming pools, a restaurant, a dinner show, a campfire and outdoor movie a beach area, and so much more. The beach area is NOT for swimming! I repeat NOT for swimming. There are signs posted everywhere but last year some people let their child go in and he was grabbed by an alligator (Florida is the gator capital of like the United States). Anyway the beach area however does serve a purpose. Actually two purposes.

The beach offers a great viewing of the nightly firework show at the Magic Kingdom called “Wishes” and the music from the park is even piped in. Fort Wilderness is located on what is called the “Seven Seas Lagoon” which is a man-made lake. So to get to the other resorts around this “lagoon” you take a ferry and Magic Kingdom is also located here so there is another (bigger ferry) to take guests to the park.

There are tons of other resorts that are totally worth researching before you go. Even if you don’t stay at one you can still go and eat at those restaurants and sight see there. ( The best one to sight see at is the Animal Kingdom Lodge).

Which brings me to what my next post will be about: The Meal Plans! (Come back tomorrow for more on that.) 😉