VALENTINE’S DAY CHARCUTERIE BOARD

VALENTINE’S DAY CHARCUTERIE BOARD

I can’t believe Valentines day is already here. It is one of my favorite holidays because who doesn’t love to celebrate love? Obviously things are very different this year, but I also think it’s a great opportunity to take a step back, and celebrate the way you want to without too much pressure. My boyfriend and I saw this as an opportunity to have a chill Vday with a delicious charcuterie board, and a whole lot of Netflix.

The best part about charcuterie boards is you can literally put anything on them and it looks amazing! We opted for mostly cheese and two meats with a small selection of crackers. We also popped some champagne and bought flowers to feel festive.

{ charcuterie board | sweater | jeans | glasses | Fitbit band | headband | bracelet }

My boyfriend and I had a fun trip to Trader Joe’s where we spent far too much time standing in front of the the cheese selection. We usually don’t get the chance to see each other on Valentine’s Day, but this year we are making up for lost time by celebrating two days in a row. How are you planning on celebrating Valentine’s Day? I hope whatever you have planned, that you are able to enjoy delicious food and good company (even if it’s virtual).

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | I HAD COVID-19

TRUTH TALK | I HAD COVID-19

It still seems so surreal to be typing this– I had COVID-19.

In this post I talked about how I was exposed to COVID. I stayed in isolation for 10 days, but I caught it from an unexpected source. At the beginning of my isolation, I asked my parents to do a small grocery shop for me so I could live out of my room. A few days after they dropped off my stuff, I noticed that they were staying home from work. I called to ask why and was met with “we are just tired.” I trusted that it was just them working too hard, but I really shouldn’t have. They stayed home for days, and I noticed them starting to cough, sleep all the time and not eating very much. I instantly became worried. I urged them both to go get tested.

At the end of my 10 day isolation I developed a sore throat. I got tested the next day, and a day later I received a positive result. My anxiety went through the roof to the point that I was feeling more unwell from the anxiety than the COVID. I did two things– ask my boyfriend to do a Target run for me and tell my parents they had to go get tested.

Both of my parents were positive for COVID, and I contracted it from them. The week of Christmas my dad was admitted to the hospital for Pneumonia and COVID. It was a hard week, but we were relieved that there was room for him, and he was getting the care he needed. My mom and I recovered at home.

I was extremely lucky that my symptoms were very mild. I only experienced loss of taste and smell, along with fatigue. My dad is still in the recovery phase for his Pneumonia, and was not so lucky with what he experienced.

As I write this I am fully recovered.

I had a large lack of posts in November and December– this is why. Now that we are in a new year, I am going to be more active on here. I still plan on doing a Christmas post even though it is late. I am choosing to do this because I started this blog to tell my story (and for travel, but that never happened). My Christmas got postponed because of COVID, but I have every intention of still celebrating and sharing with you all.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday season, and I can’t wait to celebrate!

-Lyndsay

10 LESSONS I LEARNED FROM 2020

10 LESSONS I LEARNED FROM 2020

As 2020 comes to an end (finally), I have been reflecting on a lot of different things that have happened throughout the year. 2020 had a myriad of challenges, triumphs and surprises. Part of me feels like we are still in March back when everything shut down, and part of me is so ready to begin anew. It is easy to think about all the bad that has happened this year, but TBH I am thankful for all the lessons I have learned. Some were easier than others, but they all really put things into perspective.

  1. BEING HAPPY WITH MY HOME IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN I REALIZED.

At the beginning of quarantine I had a very un-ideal set-up at home. I had no desk for school, my living room was extremely dysfunctional and I was struggling mentally with being stuck inside. After I decided to purchase what I needed, and spruce up what I had, my life was all the better for it. I found I was much happier and I was able to accept my situation after I was happy with the rooms I inhabited.

2. RESTING IS PRODUCTIVE.

This is something that I had struggled with for years. I have a chronic back condition, and there are days where I literally can’t move for hours at a time. Every time I stopped to just rest in bed, I always felt that I was doing myself a dis-service because I wasn’t being “productive”. This year has definitely taught me that resting is not only good for my mental health, but also it is productive for my body.

3. I NEED TO GIVE MYSELF MORE CREDIT.

This was one of the biggest take-aways from 2020. I can handle much more that I like to give myself credit for. I have survived a lot of things, especially this year, that I didn’t think I would be able to handle. My mind often gets the better of me, but it is time that I start living up to my potential, and realize that I can handle anything life throws at me.

4. I AM MORE MOTIVATED IN A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT.

I cannot get anything done when I am around a mess. Quarantine at my house has definitely seen some really messy days, and in those days I was extremely unmotivated to do a single thing. When I am surrounded by a clean space, I am much more likely to do what I need to do instead of sitting on the couch binging Netflix.

5. I WILL NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR HOARDING HAND SOAP, HAND SANITIZER AND CANDLES EVER AGAIN.

I use to be so embarrassed by my hoarding of these things, but no more. I never once ran out of soap or hand sanitizer during 2020. It was such a blessing to not worry about sanitization on the go. I also learned that candles are very comforting to me. I blew threw my stash early on, and stocked up again mid-year.

6. INVESTING IN TECHNOLOGY IS IMPORTANT.

I am the type to only replace computers and phones when they are on their last leg. I fortunately had upgraded both in 2018/2019 and I am so thankful I did. I can’t imagine how stressed I would be if my laptop and/or phone were on their last leg this year when everything went virtual. I probably would have cried a lot more. I am an avid Apple fan and people would always judge me for wanting “boogie” technology, but I always would respond with it’s worth it to know my products will last. I stand by that more than ever.

7. I’M VERY HAPPY COOKING ALMOST EVERY MEAL.

During this year I mostly never left my house. The one place I would visit consistently was the grocery store. TBH if I was still working I would never had gone as frequently as I did in 2020 because I would be eating out way more. I realized that I love buying produce and cooking. I really enjoy making meals and getting creative with leftover produce. Don’t get me wrong, I still love eating out, but I am perfectly okay eating out less.

8. SELF CARE MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

I have never been the best at self care because I always felt too busy to do it. This year really forced me to lean into self care with all the hard things I faced. I have learned that it’s okay to not be okay, and that it’s okay to do what ever makes you feel better. I personally have treated myself more to home decor, jewelry, and Disney related items this year. These things gave me joy daily and therefore an investment into my self care. On days when I felt overwhelmed, I could pull out a straw charm and Disney cozy to put on my coffee and I instantly was happier. It’s all about doing little things for yourself to make your soul happy and stay sane.

9. DEALING WITH ANXIETY IS A JOURNEY.

My anxiety was pretty much a roller coaster ride in 2020. There was so much unknown that we all faced this year, and for me it caused several spirals into anxiety. I have learned to accept that it’s okay to fear the unknown and that when I am feeling anxious it’s okay because these are hard times. I learned that there will be days where I am perfectly fine and there will be days I am not. It’s all part of the journey and every time I come out of an anxiety spiral I grow and get stronger.

10. BEING KIND AND CARING IS VERY POWERFUL.

I remember back in March the first time I went to the grocery store after lockdown. I had a travel sized pack of wipes with me. I was standing outside wiping down the cart handle when a lady walked up and realized there were no more wipes in the store’s dispenser and started to walk away. I called out to her and offered her a wipe from my pack. She burst into tears and thanked me. It was one of the most powerful things I experienced this year. Something so simple as giving a lysol wipe to a stranger was so meaningful to them. I will be honest, I am rarely on the receiving end of random kind acts, but I actively try to do them everyday for strangers. When I became sick with COVID, I was most definitely on the receiving end, and it made me very emotional. When people care, it is a very powerful thing.

I am not one to really make New Years resolutions, but I have always been a fan of reflection for the new year. 2020 has definitely taught me a lot about myself. I hope you all are staying safe, and are able to leave behind all the bad things this year has brought. There is hope that things will be better soon. I truly believe that we have the ability to make 2021 a better year.

– Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | I WAS EXPOSED TO COVID

TRUTH TALK | I WAS EXPOSED TO COVID

It still seems surreal as I type this– I was exposed to COVID. As soon as I learned that I was in close contact with someone who had COVID, who wasn’t aware that they had been exposed until it was too late, I did two things. First– I scheduled myself a COVID test through my healthcare provider (more on that in a bit). Second– I grabbed some essentials and locked myself away to limit exposure from those I live with.

Due to this year, I have been actively working on my room, and making it as cozy and nice as possible (aka without breaking the bank). This worked in my favor because being stuck in my room would have been much more miserable if I had not made it enjoyable to be in. Since we are in the middle of the holiday season I had already put in some Christmas decorations, which TBH has been good for my mental state. When I got the call that I could possible have COVID I grabbed (with a gloves on) these items:

  • the Keurig from the kitchen
  • various snacks that did not require cooking or refrigeration
  • things to keep me entertained
  • my large Brita from the fridge
  • reusable cups
  • trash bags
  • extra supplies for my bathroom (tp, Kleenex, towels, ect.)
  • a large reusable bottle

As soon as I grabbed these things and put myself in lockdown, I called those who I lived with and filled them in on what was happening. They agreed to not touch my bedroom door or my bathroom door, and to contact me through texts and phone calls only. I also encouraged them to go get tested as well.

Speaking of testing, I went to go get tested the day after I heard the news. I impatiently waited two days for my results and when they finally came in…I was extremely annoyed. I got an inconclusive result. INCONCLUSIVE. They can’t tell if I have it or don’t have it. This was extremely frustrating. I have another test scheduled, and hopefully I will get a negative result.

So here I sit five days in, watching lots of Christmas movies from various streaming services, and trying to remain calm. I am taking lots of vitamins, resting, and trying not to get bored or anxious. I will be completely honest– it sucks. It is Christmas, and I had many plans with my boyfriend to do several Christmasy at-home dates, but we can’t do any of that now (at least for the time being). On the upside I am very fortunate that I have no symptoms, and I am able to be very isolated from others. If you want a more detailed post about the specifics of what I have or how I set up my room, leave me a comment down below. It’s been a very interesting transition, and if I can help any of you out there who do not have anyone to rely on right now for food (like myself), I would be so happy to share with you what I have done.

MY HALLOWEEN QUARANTINE BUCKET LIST

MY HALLOWEEN QUARANTINE BUCKET LIST

If there is one thing to know about me it is that I LOVE Fall and Halloween is my favorite holiday! This year, just like many other things, SPKY SZN looks different. The things that I cherish doing every year might not even be a possibility this year, but I am determined to not let it get me down! There are still many things that I am going to try to do this Fall and I thought it would be fun to share my Halloween quarantine bucket list with you.

  1. BUILD A FORT & WATCH HALLOWEEN MOVIES

This is one thing that I have always wanted to do, but between a full time job and school I never had the time. With COVID, and me being unemployed this one is at the top of my list! I have always wanted to get a bunch of pillows and blankets in the living room, wear jammies, and veg while watching some of my favorite Halloween movies.

2. BAKE SOMETHING PUMPKIN

This is a tradition of mine! I always bake pumpkin bread, and a lot of it. I know pumpkin isn’t for everyone so if your heart is saying apple pie then you go Glen CoCo!

3. GET A FALL INSPIRED LATTE

I also looovvveee me some pumpkin spice lattes! I will drink these religiously until December. There is a local coffee shop near me that makes the best pumpkin lattes but, I also love a good Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks!

4. PUT UP HALLOWEEN DECOR

Okay, so I am one of those people who decorates for Fall and then again for Halloween. Is it obsessive? Perhaps. But honestly I don’t care! I love this season so much and adding some decor to your home really makes it feel cozy and makes the season feel more special. Even just adding a fall wreath or a pumpkin can make a big difference!

5. ENJOY A FALL SCENTED CANDLE

I love the smells of this season and love a good cloudy day to light up my candles and breathe in the spirit of the season! My personal favorites are Marshmallow Fireside, Leaves, Autumn Air, and White Pumpkin from Bath & Body Works.

6. DRINK SOME PUMPKIN BEER

My boyfriend and I love drinking pumpkin beer this time of year. It’s become a little tradition of ours to taste test whichever ones we can find! I actually found some fun beer tasting sheets at the dollar spot in Target and we made a date night out of it.

7. GO TO A PUMPKIN PATCH (SAFELY)

I was so worried that there would be absolutely no pumpkin patches this year. There are some, but they are far and few. I went to my favorite one (can read more about it here) and was able to soak up all the fall vibes.

8. WEAR A COSTUME ON HALLOWEEN

Since we are still pretty much on lockdown I don’t see why we still can’t wear a costume– even if its just at home. I plan on dressing up because, well, I can. I’m not sure what I am going to be yet, but this is what I was last year for work. And yes, my name is wrong on my name tag. I figured if someone came in and didn’t have a good time I could pull a Jungle Cruise joke– I’m Lyndsay, but if you didn’t have a pleasant experience my name is Leslie and you are at Disneyland. Also…people actually mess up my name all the time at work so it’s kind of an inside joke with my coworkers HA!

9. LIVE IN HALLOWEEN GRAPHIC TEES

This is a new one for me. I have SO many Halloween graphic tees and every year I never get around to wearing them (they go against my work dress code). This year since I have no work I am going to live in them. Sorry, not sorry.

10. CARVE PUMPKINS

This is another tradition that I share with my boyfriend. We always make a night of carving pumpkins, watching movies, and feeding the pup some pumpkin bits. I mean is it even Halloween without a jack-o-lantern?! I think not.

What are you looking forward to this month despite being in lock down? I would love to know!

-Lyndsay

TRUTH TALK | WHERE I’VE BEEN

TRUTH TALK | WHERE I’VE BEEN

TBH I wasn’t planning on doing this post. When I sat down to do my monthly planning back in August, I had no idea what I was about to take on with school. I am currently in my Senior year. When I first registered for classes I was only able to get two (my major is impacted which makes getting classes hard). I was able to get on the waitlist for two other classes. Long story short, I was able to get the classes I was waitlisted for and am currently taking four. One of these classes is an event planning class (more on that in a bit) and the other is a social media class.

My social media class required me to start a blog (check it out here), and this one didn’t count. I had to create one from scratch with a narrowly focused topic. This has led me to put more focus on what I am producing for my school blog instead of putting the focus I want into this one. I have tried my best to produce posts but as the weeks go on it is getting harder.

My event planning class is a whole other story. We, as a class, are to plan an alumni night for our school department. There are five committees, each with a specific aspect for the event, and two event coordinators. In order to be a coordinator you had to apply for the position and give a speech as to why you would be right to handle the entire event and class. I applied, but didn’t think I would be chosen. I was wrong and got the job along with another girl. To say I was shocked was an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled to be in charge. It is just more than I expected to take on right now.

Even though I have been busy with my classes my favorite holiday is right around the corner– Halloween. I am going to be proactive with my posts, and try to get back to my regular posting schedule. I have so many things planned for October that I am really excited about. I wanted to keep you all in the loop so you know why I have been MIA lately.

Are you in school? How are you handling your class load? There are days where I feel like I am super on top of my assignments, and others where I feel like I won’t get everything done. It is such a balancing act (aka struggle)!

-Lyndsay

I MADE A SUMMER OASIS ON A BUDGET

I MADE A SUMMER OASIS ON A BUDGET

With summer coming to an end and school starting soon I wanted to share with you my “mini project” during the last month and a half! I worked hard (on a budget) to make a summer oasis to get away from the worries of the world with the added benefit of catching some sun.

{ TOWEL | POOL | TV TRAY | CHAIR | UMBRELLA | UMBRELLA STAND | SPEAKER | HAT | DRINK FLOATS }

I started off with this adorable Mini Dip pool and before I knew it I had my very own pool retreat in my aunt’s backyard. I live in an apartment and during quarantine my aunt’s house is the only place I ever go and I honestly would be so depressed without this escape. I have classes starting next week but don’t get me wrong…I fully plan on utilizing my pool oasis up until it’s Spky Szn!

It was so easy! My aunt already had these white chairs and the umbrella stand. All I did was place the pool on an old large bed blanket, purchase an umbrella off of Amazon, a cheap black TV tray from Target, and some swan drink floats and viola! Pool oasis complete. I love spending Sunday morning out here playing music on my JBL speaker while drinking Starbucks. Once I feel waterlogged I usually lounge in a chair with my feet on the pool.

I never use to think of myself as an inflatable pool girl but stepping up my game has made me a fan for life! Have you created a fun Summer area with an inflatable pool this year? I would love to know and would love to know what is in your setup!

-Lyndsay

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

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST | SUMMER BACKYARD

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST | SUMMER BACKYARD

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As the weather gets hotter, I am itching to spend more time outside. I also really want to play lawn games and have chill afternoons sipping on a cold drink soaking up the sun. Here are some of the things I have been wanting for summer!

It would be so fun to have a giant jenga game and a connect four. I found this one and this one at Target for a really good price and they both come in a set too. I also have always wanted a croquet set since I was little and I love the look of this one!

I would love to get this chair for some outside lounging. I also would love to get this pretty drink bucket for outside too. You can totally also use this to put water balloons in! If you have a pool (which I don’t) I also love these giant pool floats. How fun would it be to take a nap on one?!

I also love a good Pina colada in the summertime and these glasses are so adorable! I have been wanting to make homemade popsicles and ice lately. I am going to be purchasing these popsicle molds soon and I have been eyeing this ice cream machine too!

What has been on your wishlist for summer during this quarantine? TBH I am all for keeping safe and enjoying summer to the best I can! I would love to know what you have been wanting so leave me a comment down below.

-Lyndsay

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST | DISNEYLAND PARK RE-OPENING

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST | DISNEYLAND PARK RE-OPENING

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With the world opening back up…so are Disney parks everywhere! Here in Southern California nothing has opened yet BUT that doesn’t mean that I am idly waiting by. I am of course gathering all the things I want/need for that blissful first day back!

If there is anything you are interested in just click on the link and it will take you to the page (nothing is affiliate).

I know that things are going to be very different than before and I am fully okay with that. So, I have ordered several Disney face masks just for the parks. I love this one and this one for every season!

Since I live in a very hot climate, even if the park opens up in the fall, It’s still going to be HOT. I ordered this super cute fan for that hot weather (which I’m sure will feel hotter with a mask on). I will definitely be putting this to good use and it even lights up for night time!

I have been ordering Disney shirts from Hella Cute Company and I can’t wait to finally wear them in the park! I also purchased this spirit jersey from the Shop Disney website. I love their Spirit Jerseys because they are too heavy which makes them perfect for the parks at night when it starts to cool down.

I have been venturing more and more into Disney accessories and I have been obsessed with the Fawn Doe straw charms. It’s also super cool to know that we literally live in the same city! Besides charms, I have been buying some more reusable cups from For The Love Of Pixie Dust. I know that currently you can’t use reusable cups anywhere BUT I am definitely going to use it in the car to stay hydrated!

On the more practical side, I always am in need of chapstick wherever I am and I have been loving this one from Palmer’s. I also have always been a huge hand sanitizer junkie and really want to try this one out. I love spray sanitizers way more than the gel and the foam kind. I also have been looking at ways to sanitize my phone, keys, and credit cards that doesn’t involve wet wipes and harsh chemicals. I recently found this UV sanitizer and I will be purchasing it soon! I know that it will definitely be smart to have for when things re-open.

I also (always) carry on me some essential oil roller balls. The problem is they tend to get lost in my bag. I have been purchasing some really cute things specifically made for essential oils including this super cute roller ball pouch!

Are you anxiously waiting to go back or are you going to wait awhile once the parks open? I also would love to know what your Disneyland essentials are so leave me a comment down below!

-Lyndsay