TRUTH TALK | DOWNTOWN DISNEY RE-OPENING

TRUTH TALK | DOWNTOWN DISNEY RE-OPENING

Downtown Disney re-opened about three weeks ago. I did not go on opening day or week…I waited. Why? There were three main reasons: COVID cases were surging in Southern California, I couldn’t handle my anxiety, and I wanted to make sure it was safe.

I am an annual pass holder and have been one since about 1999. This is the longest I have ever gone without going to Disneyland and it has been so hard. Disneyland is my happy place. I literally forget all my problems when I am there and always have the best time. The parks have been closed since mid March and I just happened to renew my pass the week before the closure. I know…poor timing but I would have never guessed COVID was going to be this intense.

I had a lot of reservations about going but I did a lot of research before I went. I watched countless vlogs on YouTube, stalked people on Instagram stories, and talked to personal friends to see what their experience was like. I honestly was leaning towards waiting it out for the parks to open but to be honest…my soul was needing some Disney magic. I needed something to make me feel happy so I decided to go.

I got there around 10 a.m. and it wasn’t crowded at all! I got to walk straight into World of Disney and had a pleasant shopping experience. I was probably in there for about thirty minutes. After I got some snacks (because who doesn’t need a churro?) I walked right into the Dress Shop and the Disney Gallery. I waited about ten minutes in line for the confectionary store. I grabbed some lunch at Naples (also no wait to get seated) and was comfortable (far enough away from other parties) to take off my mask. This was the first time I had eaten at a restaurant since quarantine started. I spent about two and a half hours in Downtown Disney and on the way out, there were definitely a lot more people coming in.

Was it worth it? For me, yes it was. I loved walking around in a familiar place hearing Disney Park music everywhere I went. I stood in front of both gates and soaked it in. I definitely felt a little emotional being so close and not being able to go in but happy because I was there. I think that if you are planning on eating and doing some shopping it is definitely worth it. If you are just going because you miss Disneyland it might not be but it is totally up to you! I felt very safe. There were countless amounts of sanitizing stations and they were controlling how many people were in stores.

JULY MONTHLY FAVORITES

JULY MONTHLY FAVORITES

What a month it has been! If you haven’t seen my recent post about dealing with anxiety (you can check it out here) I have been going through it. It was actually very hard for me to think of some favorites this month. Usually I can instantly think of them but this time I had to really think about it and scroll through my pictures on my phone.

  1. GOING TO THE BEACH

This was both a favorite but also a massive stress on me after the fact. If you want to read more in depth why, check out my post I just did on anxiety. Putting that aside, while I was there it was really nice. I love being at the beach in the summer so I am glad that we went once and took a risk.

2. DR. PEPPER CREAM SODA

So, this one might seem a little odd and I do want to make it clear that the reason it’s on my list is not the actual soda (which is honestly pretty delicious) but it’s the story of how I got it. My super amazing boyfriend spent an afternoon of grocery store hopping to find this for me. I was having a lousy day and he wanted to surprise me with it. I had been looking for it for a while because I wanted to try it out but was okay if I didn’t find it for a while. He was the sweetest doing this for me and it definitely made me smile.

3. ADAPTIV ROLLERBALL FROM DOTERRA

Speaking of anxiety and bad days, it leads me to my next favorite: Adaptiv. I know I haven’t talked about it much but I use essential oils in my daily life. Right before quarantine started I purchased this oil to help out with anxiety and I honestly hadn’t used it until recently. It has helped me to feel less anxious when I feel it coming on. I now carry it everywhere and use it frequently.

4. BURNING SAGE

There was a lot that happened this month and towards the end of the month I was sooo over it. I was over the anxiety. I was over the bad things that kept happening. Mostly, I was over all the bad vibes going on. After doing some reading online I decided to go out to one of my favorite stores in a local downtown area and buy two sage sticks. I then went home and “cleansed” the bad energy out of my home and god-willing out of my life. It honestly felt so good to do something active to start the new month fresh.

5. QUALITY TIME WITH THE PUPPY

Another thing that has helped with how I’ve been feeling this month has been this girl right here. Just seeing her instantly become happy when she sees me instantly lifts my mood. She is such a sweet girl and I was soaking in all my time with her. If you ever are feeling sad, lonely, anxious, etc, go spend time with a dog!

6. GETTING TAKEOUT & EATING IT ON THIS STREET

The only other time I went somewhere this month was going out to the Oinkster for a burger with my boyfriend. It is about a 40 minute drive from where we live but it is worth it every time. It is located on this gorgeous tree covered street so we ate in the car with the windows down listening to music. It was so peaceful!

7. PLAYING WITH MY STACK

I have been messing around with different bracelet combinations from different brands and I have really been enjoying playing with them! I love mixing different textures together.

8 MY FIRST MACKENZIE CHILDS PURCHASE

I treated myself to some investment kitchen pieces. I have always seen this brand in blogs and home decor magazines and I have always wanted a few pieces for my own home. I always told myself that I would wait until I got my first house but COVID has me thinking differently. I have realized that I shouldn’t put off the things I want because I am not in the situation I want them for. So, I got a tea kettle, spoon holder, and a bowl in the Royal Check. I love them so much and they bring me joy every time I use them!

9. ENJOYING TIME OUTSIDE IN MY BLOWUP POOL

I am still obsessed with my little pool oasis! I am working on a post for it but I am also still working on the “oasis” part too. I am super close to being done and I am spending every chance I get in that cool water.

I hope you all had a good month and I hope we all have better months to come! Stay safe out there and know we are all going through this crazy time together.

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK: ANXIETY OVER COVID-19

TRUTH TALK: ANXIETY OVER COVID-19

I am not going to lie to you guys. These past two weeks have been the WORST. I was dealing with horrible anxiety that made me physically ill and I did not get up off my couch for three days straight. But, I’m jumping ahead…let me start at the beginning.

At the beginning of the month when I went to the beach (post here) I ate at a Hawaiian BBQ place. Fast forward to a week later, my boyfriend and I drove back out just to get that food again. We had planned to take it to-go and eat in the car before we went home, When we arrived at the restaurant it was closed with a sign on the door saying they were closed for a week for a deep cleaning. We found that strange so my boyfriend went to their website and saw a more detailed notice: someone who worked there had tested positive for COVID-19. We instantly panicked.

We both felt fine but I still was nervous. A few days later we went for a walk and I mentioned to him that my allergies were bothering me and my throat felt itchy. He instantly asked if it was COVID. I told him honestly that I didn’t think so but the idea was in my head now and I couldn’t stop the “what-if” voice in my head. Days later my throat was still itchy and I had anxiety through the roof. It was so bad that I became physically ill for a whole day and spent the other two on the couch resting. The thought of going to the store or being around family made it worse.

Because I was feeling so ill, I really thought that I had COVID and it made everything worse! I reached out to my best friend who also deals with anxiety and told her what was going on. She also recently was going through something similar and got tested. She came back negative. She told me that it is unlikely that I have it and what I was experiencing were allergies and anxiety. Did I mention that she is also in the medical field? So I trust her opinion.

This past Friday was the two-week mark and as I am writing this I feel completely fine. I know that I need to be better at not letting anxiety consume me and not freaking out over “what-if’s”.

These are some crazy times we are living in and no one would have guessed we would be here in the middle of a global pandemic. I can only hope that we are closer to the end and that we spread love and kindness to all. Everyone is dealing with something wether we know it or not.

Stay safe my friends!

-Lyndsay

JUNE MONTHLY FAVORITES

JUNE MONTHLY FAVORITES

This month went by way faster than I expected it to. Like May went by really fast but June went by even faster! I feel like I have done a lot and also not a lot at the same time. I think it comes down to only being out of the house twice a week and still doing a lot of the same at home.

I have been trying to make healthier choices because TBH I have put on some pounds and I am working on getting back to my normal weight. I LOVE 50/50 bars sooooo much! These are from good pop and are a healthier alternative: vegan, gluten free, no added sugars, and are super delicious.

I also have been using this cup so much and making my coffee at home! I also will use it for chai tea, matcha lattes, and water but I mostly use it for coffee.

I have fallen in love with these nature wick candles from Target. The sound they make when they are burning is so soothing and since I don’t have a fireplace in my apartment it sort of fills that void for me. I know come fall and winter I am going to be burning through these like crazy!

Having some fresh blooms in the living room has been such a nice treat! I haven’t had flowers since spring and I am loving the white and green for summer. I got these at Trader Joe’s and they were so affordable for how many gorgeous flowers you get.

Speaking of flowers, on one of my drives out to get coffee I stopped by the farmers market store on campus and randomly came across this gorgeous sunflower field. I had to get a picture in front of it because these yellow sunshine flowers put the biggest smile on my face!

I have re-subscribed to some subscriptions and I am so excited to have my XIO bag back! If you want to see a full post about June’s bag check out this post.

In my XIO bag I got this ring and I have been wearing it every single day. I love wearing it on my middle finger and it elevates any outfit!

I also invested in my first Miranda Frye bracelet and have been wearing it non-stop as well! This is another piece that goes great with anything and I love stacking it with my Park and Beach bracelets.

I got this dress a few weeks ago and I have been loving it. It’s so perfect for summer and I can even see myself wearing it in the fall. I love how easy and simple it is. I will definitely be living in this dress once the weather gets hot! I did a full post on this dress here.

These were all of my favorite things from June! I hope you all had a good month and I would love to hear what you have been loving in the comments down below.

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | EUROPE TRIP CANCELED

TRUTH TALK | EUROPE TRIP CANCELED

When my cruise got canceled (that post here) I was secretly hoping that everything would be okay by the time my Europe trip came around…sadly, it wasn’t. This trip had been planned since December of 2019 and honestly it was my dream trip and a very necessary trip for me to go on.

Growing up I dreamt of going to Paris. It has always been on the top of my travel to-do list but there was one important aspect of my trip: my grandmother. We were always super close and had a plan to go “one day” together. We would sit in cafes and do nothing but eat bread and cheese (and wine). Two years ago she passed away. We never got the chance to go. So, I made a promise to myself that I would go for the both of us; that I wouldn’t put it off. That was going to be THIS trip.

My dad had an opportunity to do some work for a few days in England. When he told me he wanted to do a small family trip to Europe before he had to work; I saw it as a sign. I thought, “Wow! This is actually happening…this is my chance”. We had everything planned out, our tickets were bought, and (of course) I started shopping.

When the trip got canceled I was broken-hearted. This was my dream trip. I was going to Paris and London. I was FINALLY going to stand in front of the Eiffel Tower, tour museums, and eat all the pastries. Obviously this was out of our control and when we bought our tickets there was no way we could have known that the world was going to come to a stop.

I know that one day I will get there (we are already talking about going in 2021) but it still doesn’t take away the sting.

Have you had any trips that got canceled that made you really sad? Leave me a comment down below because misery loves company.

-Lyndsay

MAY MONTHLY FAVORITES

MAY MONTHLY FAVORITES

I can’t believe how fast the month of May went. It definitely was the hardest month yet for me but I still managed to get through it with a good amount of favorite things!

I have been increasing my bracelet collection from Park and Beach (formerly A to Z) and have been wearing different stacks every day! I also recently purchased a Coach bag (post here) that I am obsessed with. It definitely was an investment worth making and I am so glad I did!

I recently have been getting Disney pieces from Hella Cute Company and they have been my go-to outfits. I love how easy it is to wear them and I love that I get my Disney fill too. My favorite so far has been this “it’s a vibe” sweatshirt!

One of the reasons this month was hard for me was because there was a lot of things to celebrate (like my anniversary and my mom’s birthday) yet it seemed like it was so hard to celebrate due to everything being closed. I am always looking for a silver lining and I definitely had to look extra hard on these but I id find one! For my anniversary, we got take out from our favorite tapas restaurant and had a quiet evening just the two of us and for my mom’s birthday I got to go pick up the food which correlated with me seeing the most beautiful sunset I have seen in a month. also got to wear makeup and it made me realize how much I have missed it.

During this month I have been play a lot of Animal Crossing New Horizons and it has been my guilty pleasure. It is such a nice escape from me and keeps me from getting bored. I also have been branching out to support some places I love like Philz coffee which is a 30-40 minute drive from where I live. Not only do I get to enjoy a mint mojito (my fave!) but I get to get out of the house and enjoy some fresh air. I also have been enjoying family time on Sundays which TBH has been such a blessing.

What have you guys been doing this past month to make life enjoyable? I find that sometimes it’s the little things that make a huge difference. The world is crazy right now and I hope you are not only finding joy and comfort but are staying safe as well.

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | WEIGHT GAIN, FINALS, & NO MOTIVATION

TRUTH TALK | WEIGHT GAIN, FINALS, & NO MOTIVATION

These last two weeks have been ROUGH. I haven’t posted because I have been dealing with a lot of other things…

I had finals for school, my Mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, and my anniversary with my boyfriend. I have had zero motivation to do anything which made my final papers and exams extremely difficult. I feel like I have had a mental fog the past few weeks and I can’t shake it. I don’t know if it’s because I have had very little interaction with people or if it’s from being stuck inside for 50+ days. Needless to say, I have been struggling.

I have been going through a roller-coaster of emotions with so many things being celebrated. I have been trying to make the best out of every situation but my anniversary has been the hardest. We were suppose to be on a cruise for our 10 year. It’s a big one and we wanted to celebrate in a big way. As the day came, I felt increasingly sad. And, it’s not just because I don’t get to go on a cruise (although, that does contribute), it’s beacuase we didn’t get to really celebrate. We couldn’t go anywhere or really do anything and it SUCKED. We still had dinner but it just wasn’t the same. I actually tried really hard to make it feel special so I dressed up and did full blown makeup (the exact outfit and makeup I was planning on doing on our cruise) and surprised my boyfriend. It actually felt so good to get dressed up even though we didn’t go anywhere.

I also have been dealing with 10 pounds of weight gain which I’m not super happy about. I never was a hardcore fitness person before quarantine but I was active. I walked around campus (which is huge) twice a week, I did a lot of walking around at work, and I would occasionally walk in the mornings before work. Not having those every day activities that kept me on my feet has definitely caught up with me. For me its not about the number on the scale but how I feel and I don’t feel great. It also is definitely affecting my mood as well. I find I am super cranky and its like a downward spiral of bad mood and not moving off the couch.

Honestly, I have been a mess. I am trying my best to look on the positive side and to deal with my struggles as they come but TBH it is hard! I am going to put more effort into being more active, even if that means pacing back-and-forth in my living room, and getting my fair share of fresh air. I just know that if I don’t start making some changes I’m pretty sure I’m going to be worse off.

How have you been doing? I really would like to know even if you are living your best life right now or crying every day. I hope that it is the former of the two but life right now is hard for everyone and it is so easy to get overwhelmed. Sometimes talking about it really helps and just know you are not alone.

-Lyndsay

MONTHLY FAVORITES | APRIL

MONTHLY FAVORITES | APRIL

April was my first full month of quarantine. I had some downs but also, surprisingly, had a lot of ups! I thought that this could be a fun way to share with you my favorite things from the month! If you like these kinds of posts let me know down below in the comments.

I was fortunate enough to find a Nintendo Switch at my local Target and I have been playing it non-stop! I have just a hand full of games and I ordered some accessories from Amazon (which I still haven’t received yet) per my boyfriends recommendation.

Also from Target I purchased this beautiful glass wall calendar and it has been so helpful! I was struggling a little bit with remembering what day it was but I also was going crazy trying to track packages, due dates for school, and important deadlines. Having this calendar has been everything and more for my sanity. I also love that it is glass (so it doesn’t stick out like crazy) and it’s reusable!

I bought this super cute faux leather AirPods Pro case and I love it! It has a utility hook that makes it so easy to put on any bag and through pant loops, which is great for walking.

You all know I have been doing some shopping while in quarantine and so far I have been obsessed with my Shop From A to Z bracelets, my Hella Cute Disney Gucci shirt (from Etsy), and my tie dye sweatshirt from Urban Outfitters. I also received my Disney Dooney & Bourke purse this month and I love it so much!

A few months ago I had bought these Levi 501 high waisted shorts for my cruise (which got canceled die to COVID-19) and I hadn’t had the heart to wear them. Recently the weather has been insanely hot here so I gave them a whirl and WOW! I absolutely love them. I have been wearing them constantly.

One of the hardest parts of this quarantine for me has been getting my foodie fix while staying inside. Since the weather has been so hot I have been wanting nothing more than to go to Downtown Disney and get some Salt & Straw ice cream. Only problem: they are closed. I recently found these flavors from So Delicious that totally satisfies my craving for Salt & Straw!

What have been some of your favorite things from the past month? I would love to know!

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | QUARANTINE EXTENDED & PEAK WEEK

TRUTH TALK | QUARANTINE EXTENDED & PEAK WEEK

Well…it happened. Towards the middle of last week California got some pretty heavy news: we are quarantined until mid May. It was pretty hard to swallow because first of all, that’s a lot longer than anticipated and for me, that was the week my work was suppose to open back up. That is obviously not going to happen now. That leaves me out of work for longer than planned.

When my work shut down I applied for unemployment and did get approved mid March. To this day I have received $0. Things are getting tough as my bill due dates are approaching. I honestly am extremely nervous that it will be another few weeks before I receive any money. I know that a lot of people are applying and that makes the process slower but it’s still hard.

We just experienced our “peak week” (or so they say) and it was hard to justify leaving the house at all. I was dying to go on a walk or go to my local coffee shop but I couldn’t do it. I didn’t want to risk anything. It also has been raining steadily all week which did help to stay in but as the weeks go on, it is getting much harder.

I am really hoping that things get better by May for all our sakes! I think we all need a good dose of normalcy and are aching to get back to our daily grind. I miss driving to go to work and to school and seeing all the people in my life.

I hope you guys are hanging in there! Have you experienced your peak week yet?

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | MY CRUISE WAS CANCELED

TRUTH TALK | MY CRUISE WAS CANCELED

Last year I booked a 4 day cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. This would have been my very first cruise and I was beyond excited! Growing up I always heard people say how they were going on a cruise to (insert fabulous location here). I’ve always wanted to go on one but because most people in my life have motion sickness…let’s just say it never worked out.

My boyfriend and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary in May and we thought a cruise would be a pretty ideal way to celebrate. We had it all booked and paid for, our excursions were picked out, and we were starting to buy things we were taking with us. When news of coronavirus started to reach us we were playing it by ear with our cruise to see if it was going to be canceled. Two months went by and the cruise line we booked was giving incentive to NOT cancel so we were still holding out that it wasn’t going to be canceled.

About a week ago I got the dreaded email that said our cruise was canceled and I was crushed. I booked this cruise in January of 2019. I had been dreaming about sitting on the deck with a Pina colada in hand looking out at the blue ocean. I also had so many posts planned here about what to buy, what to pack, travel diaries, and outfit inspiration.

I know that the cruise is being canceled for good reasons but I still feel I have the right to feel really sad about it all. My boyfriend has been super sweet about the whole thing reassuring me that we will go on a cruise once things get back to normal and we will find another special way to celebrate. I have another super special trip planned in July which I am praying doesn’t get canceled.

There is so much uncertainty going on right now and it is so easy to feel sad, scared, anxious, and overwhelmed. These are trying times and I honestly was keeping my sense of “normalcy” with the things I had planned in the future. Now that those things are being canceled I am starting to feel the weight of it all.

I hope you are all doing well and to any of you who have had plans canceled due to coronavirus know that I feel for you. Stay safe out there!

-Lyndsay