I am absolutely obsessed with embroidery right now. It’s hard to have not noticed how big of a trend this is right now. Unfortunately, it can be a little hard to find a great looking embroidered piece in the average person, or college students price range. Lucky for me a trip to H&M proved otherwise. I got this top from an H&M over the winter in the clearance section for only $11!!!! How fantastic is that! If you’ve ever scrolled through my closet board on Pinterest it’s probably pretty obvious I’m loving the embroidery trend.
Top: H&M (they don’t have much online so best go into the store to try to find it) here is a similar one
Skirt: From Forever21 a while ago but here’s one I found on Zulily that’s almost exactly the same
Shoes: I’m pretty sure these are from Marshall’s here’s a similar pair, lower price option here
A few months ago was my spring break from school. Considering I had been a bit home sick the week before I was happy to go home rather than on some beachy trip with friends (although even if I wanted to I don’t think my bank account would allow it). I am however a big fan of the notorious “staycation” and finding new things around my home. One of these things I’d discovered is the incredible views from the Staten Island Ferry. I had not planned on taking a ferry that day, especially considering I’m admittedly a bit scared of big boats. My boyfriend and I had gone into the city for the day and while wandering around Battery Park got the idea to take a ferry to see the city from the water. I was far below the age of understanding what money really was the last time I’d taken a ferry or gone to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty. So I was pretty shocked to see how expensive the tickets were. It was $18 to just get to the Statue of Liberty, not worth it in my book. My boyfriend had lived in Staten Island as a little kid and remembered that the ferry was free so we went to see if it was still the case and it was.
Now I have no real idea if this is already a touristy thing to do so maybe I’m just terribly out of the loop. However, I’m going to write about it anyway. This is by far the best way to get a great view of the city. If you’re taking a ferry for the destination then I guess you don’t really have many other options there (but generally its a better idea to go from the NJ side to those than from the city). But if you are just looking to really see the city you’d probably think a top of a building would be best. That would lead you down the $30+ path of the Top of the Empire State building, Top of the Rock, 1 World observatory, which yes are all great but very expensive. A free trip where you get to get shots like the one shown above I think its the best option, especially if you’re on a budget. Also if you have kids they will find it much more entertaining than standing on the top of a building.
This post is kind of long here’s a synopsis of what it’s about:
people spend on average 4.7hrs on their phone every day (a statistic from this article on phone usage)
that adds up to be 71.5 days which is more than 2 months every year
more likely than not you fit into this statistic even if you don’t think so
there’s an app Moment that will track your phone usage for you and you can see where you stand in the statistic
the rest of this post shows you how you can use the app to lessen your phone usage
It’s no secret that people these days are tied to their cell phones like it’s life support. Everyone used their phone too much. A lot of people get defensive when the excessive amount of time people spend on their phone is brought up. Responding with saying they’re different and even sometimes leave their phone in a different room. But the reality is that you do, yes even if you genuinely think you don’t. It’s the pitfall of having a smartphone.
A few months ago I downloaded an app called Moment and it’s made all the difference for me. The app tracks how long you use your phone though out the day. I highly recommend downloading it for even a few weeks to just see how much time you actually spend looking at your phone every day. I guaranty it’s significantly more than you think it is. I thought I was spending maybe three hours max, surprise there were days that were closer to seven hours.
the fact that I spent so much time on my phone and not in the moment made me feel sick like I’m not really here. So I decided to buy the paid version of the app which is $4 or $5 if I’m remembering correctly. I have never had less buyers remorse for a product. I haven’t regretted spending that money for one second. If you are serious about wanting to take your life back from your phone it 100% worth it.
If you want the math to weigh out if the price is worth it here’s what I did (because yes I am that kind of person)
the average amount of time I spent on my phone was 5hr which in a 30 day month works out to 150 hours a month which is just under 7 full days every month that’s spent looking at my phone.
That means I really was only getting 1/3 of every month.
For me getting 76 (over 2 months) of my life back every year is worth a lot more than $5 to me.
It works out to me having spent 2 full months on my phone throughout a year – only a 10 month year
How to utilize Moment to get your life back – because I have the paid for version of the app this is going to be how I use that version to help me detach from my phone
Know how much time you really spend on your phone – get the app and spend a few weeks with it just using your phone as you normally do
Determine how much time on average you spend every day – for me, it was five hours on average over the course of two months
Go to setting in the app and set your time limit to a 1/2 hr less than your average
Also in setting make sure you have “force me off when it over” on. this makes it so once you’ve reached your limit the app will send you a ton of really annoying notifications when you try to use your phone but have gone over your limit.
Set it up so that ever so often it will send you a notification telling you how long you’ve spent on your phone – I have mine set to every 15 minutes
every week lower your time by a 1/2 hr until you’ve reached your goal time. My current goal is to get to under an 1 1/2 hrs a day
I have only gotten down to 2hrs a day so far and even that can be hard sometimes. It’s definitely something you have to work on but if you really want to spend less time on your phone its worth it.
I found that the most amount of time I spend on my phone was before bed or right when I woke up. It’s so easy to just roll over and pick up your phone and then suddenly you’ve scrolled through all of Pinterest and Instagram and watched every Snapchat story and it been an hour since you woke up, To work on this I’ve started plugging my phone in at the foot of my bed instead of next to it, this has made a big difference for me, and I’ve been sleeping a lot better.
Straight to the point – What is the most important thing my mom taught me growing up? To eat and exercise to be healthy not to lose weight or look a certain way, but rather to feel healthy and strong.
In light of the new year, tons of people have some kind of new years resolution along the lines of “go to the gym more” “eat healthier” and so on. This doesn’t exclude me. Getting so busy at the end of the semester lead to me to not really ever going to the gym and having pizza definitely more times a week than I should have been. Unfortunately, a lot of the reason people make these resolutions are because they want to look different or lose weight (when they don’t need to for their health). The pressure to be thin and toned, but not too toned, and not too thin is ridiculous, especially when it comes to women and young girls. It’s impossible to get it ‘right’ – which in its self is a very stupid thing to say.
Nearly every day my mom wakes up bright and early and goes to the gym before work, a new years resolution she made a few years ago and still sticks to. One thing I’ve noticed a number of times in the last few months is that whenever someone comments that she looks thinner she politely derails their ‘compliment’ (more about why that’s in air quotes in another post) by responding something along the lines of “Yeah, I feel very strong.” To me, this is a pretty great way of dealing with a comment such as this. It makes it about being healthy rather than changing how she looks. Whenever she talks about exercise or eating healthy she has always talked about how good you feel when you exercise enough or eat well. Having the most prominent woman figure in my life make food and exercise about health rather than how you look helps me get through the daily struggle of loving your body that women. The fact of them matter is if you’re trying to get a body like someone else it’s just never going to happen…because you’re not them! And that’s a good thing! Everyone has a different body time ever all those “hourglass, pear, athletic” and whatever body types is total BS because there aren’t six different body types every. single. one. is different.
I did say before that I have a new years resolution to exercise more and eat a bit healthier but it’s not because I want toned abs or arms or lose 5lbs. It’s because I love how it feels to be strong and healthy. And thanks to my mom I know that you can be healthy and still have ice cream after dinner or a big bowl of pasta, it’s about understanding your food and your body not about trying to change it.
This was a post that I was originally planning on doing at the end of November when midterms were going on and it was going to be a “goals for the second half of the semester” post. However, midterms are midterms and I ended up getting swooped up into a sea of papers, projects, test and quizzes. Needless to say, it been a VERY busy few week. So instead of my original plan, here ar the things I’ve been trying to do the last few weeks and hope to keep doing through finals week mid-December.
Get all my B’s up to A’s
Participate more in class
Work hard every day not just when it’s close to a deadline
Plan out ALL work for what I will do each day
Actually, do it!
Spend a few hours every day out of my apartment and working in a quiet spot on campus with no distractions
Go to the gym at least twice a week
Go by the rule: if it’ll take 10min or less do it now
Review class notes at the end of the week
Things to keep doing that are helpful:
Have calendars (I do 2 months at a time) with paper, project, quiz, test (so on) dates EVERYWHERE!
I put one on the wall above my desk and one on taped to the front of my laptop
you can see the remainder of my november calander in the bottom middle of my desktop screenshot I put above.
Why do it: Make it a lot harder for due dates to creep up on you
Meet with or email teachers when I have questions about anything don’t assume that my question will be answered
Use the app Grades 3 to stay up with what grade I have in the class
put all the weighting for different assignments into it and what grade you get on what things and it tells you what your grade is and what you have to get in order to get an A
Kick online procrastination by using the Self Controle App (you can find the download here)
The app lets you put in what ever websites you want and for the time you set it for you are unable to access those sites (even if you turn you laptop off)
I find it really great for when I just can’t focus at all.
Last week here in Baltimore was weirdly warm for mid-October. I’m talking low 80’s. Personally, I’m not a fan, I love the crisp weather that comes with the fall. I got all excited for it dipping into the 60’s the week before only to be right back *sigh*.
Even though it was summer weather I didn’t want to give up on the cozy style that comes with the fall weather. Thanks to some help from my lovely roommate Di I put together this cute outfit. It ended up being perfect for the day (although a tad hot once it got to the late afternoon heat.)
Sweater: BooHoo don’t sell this exact one anymore but I found this one they sell which i LOVE and is very similar
Overalls: I couldn’t find these exact ones again but found some similar for only $22 here
Necklace: Meaning explained and similar one given on this post here