2016's New Year's Goals!

8:00 AM

Hi Y'all,

Sorry for the few posts, but I ended up spending a lot of time at work and a lot of time with family this holiday season.

I originally planned on doing a Holiday wrap up post today, but instead I'm going to save that for Thursday's posts. I've decided I'm only going to blog twice a week instead of every week day, for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, I want my posts to be the best they can be. Second, I simply don't have the time to blog every day. I'm not a full time blogger, and I'm going back to school (full time) in January, while still working 40 hour weeks.

Anyway, tonight I sat down and really focused on my goals for 2016. I personally don't believe in resolutions, because mostly they're there for people to forget about.

I only have three because I'm all about quality of quantity.

1. Fitness
  --Workout 3 times a week.
  --Drink more water.
       How do I hold myself accountable?
         --Tracking with apps
         --Online programs like Blogilates and ToneItUp
         --Going to the occasional class
2. Happiness
  -- Incorporating more fitness.
  --Write down three things that make me happy at least three times a week.
  --Blog more--2 times a week.
       How do I hold myself accountable?
         --Writing it down.
         --Blog posts are public for the world to see.
         --Planning ahead
3. Career
  --Take classes toward teaching license.
  --Take and pass tests (VCLA and Pracis Math).
  --Apply to post-bac program (by end of April).
  --Volunteer at elementary school.
  --Apply for TA position.
       How do I hold myself accountable?
          --Studying (for classes and tests).
         --Working hard to be able to afford said tests and classes.
         --Finish everything for application far in advance (hopefully by the first week in March).
         --Setting small goals to help reach the bigger ones.

with southern grace,

A Day in the Life

8:00 AM

Hi Y'all,

Somehow it's already mid-December and the 12 days of Christmas are here.

As you probably noticed, I didn't blog much last week because I hit a very stressful period of time at work which led to a stressful period in my personal life. However, it led me to a great blog post idea! (Spoiler: It's a Day in the Life Post).

Anyways, this is what I do on a daily basis:

6:30-6:45 a.m. // wake up and start my day! AKA check Twitter, Instagram, play solitaire, etc.
6:45-7:30ish a.m. // Get dressed, eat breakfast, get ready to leave my house for the day.
7:45-9:30 a.m. // volunteer at elementary school. I'm going back to school to be a teacher, and I volunteer in a 5th grade classroom every day Monday-Friday. Since I work retail, I sometimes have days off during the week, and on those days I'm there until 1:00.
9:45ish a.m.-6:00ish p.m. // Work. I work in retail, so our hours are a little flexible (we stay open until the last customer leaves).
6:30 p.m. // dinner. I head up and dinner is usually ready or just about ready.
7:30- 8:00 p.m. // bath/get ready for bed. I get ready for bed super early so I don't have to worry about it later on when my parents are getting ready for bed.
8:00-9:30 p.m. // spend time on social media, blog, etc. I spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos and reading others' blog posts.
9:30-10:00 p.m. // turn on Netflix and fall asleep. I always fall asleep watching Netflix (it's kind of a problem).

with southern grace,


8:00 AM

Hi y'all,
Last week we covered everything about Maybelline, and now we're on to Covergirl.

Kicking it with Kiel James Patrick

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Hi Y'all,
Today's post is literally coming at the perfect time, because I just got my latest purchase from Kiel James Patrick. I absolutely adore KJP and their business model. The basic idea is "made in America". KJP and team create as much of their product in the USA as they can. They obviously outsource materials, but everything is made in the good ol' USA. While I've never tried his apparel or shoes, I love his jewelry. It's super durable (a lot of his products are made out of rope, so they do stretch a tad bit).

They also create their own advertisement using their real life situations and use Instagram, Snap Chat, and Twitter as their primary outlets for advertisement. I personally follow Kiel, his fiance Sarah, and a few of their employees. A personal favorite of mine is Sean Gale Burke. His social media accounts are great, and it's very obvious he lives "the KJP lifestyle" all the time.

You'll probably notice they don't advertise their products on their social media accounts in the normal sense. They're wearing their products, but they never tag them unless it's about a discount code. You can often find them during the various holidays.

What is the KJP lifestyle?
Very New England. Classic, fun, East Coast, elegant, all American, "preppy".

Where can I catch up with them?
Various social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram, and Snap Chat.
You can also check out Sarah's blog, Classy Girls Wear Pearls.

Want a chance to work with KJP?
Every summer they take interns, it's the Summer Adventure Program, and it looks so fun!

Kiel James Patrick and his crew are re-creating the American dream, one bracelet at a time.

with southern grace,

*All information from various interviews, including Mimosas & Profiles

Handling your Family during the Holidays

8:00 AM

Hi Y'all,
Everyone knows that family is either the best or the worst (or both) parts of the holiday season. Whether it's your friends that you consider family or your actual biological family, it can be tough!

There are definitely some ways to make spending time with family easier!

Your Guide to Gift Planning

8:00 AM

Hi Y'all,
Welcome to Blogmas! Today is the first official post in Blogmas, which I'm super excited about. Basically, for me Blogmas will be blogging every day, Monday through Friday the entire month of December. Not every post is going to be Christmas/holiday related-it just so happens this one is!

Today's post is all about planning gifts out!