Thursday, April 20, 2017

5 things to do at the end of the semester

The end of the semester is always an exciting time, but it's also very busy and stressful with finals and everything you need to get done. You want to make sure you plan your last few weeks so that you don't forget to do anything important - like return textbooks that you rented! I've created a list of five important things you need to do at the end of each semester that are often overlooked or forgotten by students, based on my experiences in college.

Before finals:

Calculate the final exam grade you need

Spend some time putting your grades into the ConquerCollege Amazing Grade calculator and find out what grade you need on the final to get an A or B in the class. You can also look at the grade you need for an A or an A+. This helps me manage my stress because I can see that I'll definitely pass the class and get an idea for how well I have to do for the grade I want. It doesn't change anything but it's so nice to know.

Double check next semester's schedule

No one really wants to think about the next semester when you're finally getting a break but it's important to make sure your classes and credits are right so you're graduating on time. Take a little extra time now to check those and save yourself a lot of stress and worry of having to fix something during the first week of the semester when classes have already started. This is especially useful if you end up needing to meet with your advisor before break, they're easier to talk with while you're both still on campus.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

mads maybe meets classy cathleen

One of the blogs I've followed and looked up to since I started blogging is Classy Cathleen by Cathleen Slagle. In the past, I've participated in blog linkups and Twitter chats with her. Knowing that she lived just a state away in South Carolina made me feel like I knew her on a more personal level and fortunately, after a few years of following each other's blog + social media, we were able to meet!

While she was spending her spring break with her family at Myrtle Beach, my family came down to Myrtle for Easter weekend. Our schedules aligned so that we were both available on Friday so of course, we made plans to meet up.

Since Cathleen usually stays on the south end, I definitely wanted to show her around my area in North Myrtle. We went for a walk to the park and around the cute shops on Main Street. Thanks to a couple of Instagramming girls, we found this photogenic blue wall and had an impromptu photoshoot (after the first set of photographers had left!).

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

10 inspiring Instagram accounts

Let's talk about Instagram! I'm obsessed with so many accounts - some I follow and some I just stalk on occasion. Today, I'm sharing my top 10 favorite accounts that I find really visually appealing, inspiring, and fun. I'm giving a preview but I highly recommend checking out all of these pages in full because there's so much inspiring content that just couldn't fit in a screenshot.

Danielle Carolan - @daniellecarolan

I couldn't make this list and not put the queen on it. You may know Danielle from YouTube where she shares great videos but she also has an amazing Instagram account. She features the best clothes, locations, and photo styling in really high quality images. Danielle is a huge inspiration for me and I love seeing her posts.

Lauren Bullen - @gypsea_lust

Major travel envy alert. Lauren is exploring the world with her boyfriend and getting the most unique and professional photos along the way. She visits beautiful locations and has insane experiences - like swimming with a whale shark, scroll back to February to see for yourself. Sometimes I feel like I'm living through Lauren's Instagram to travel the globe.

Jenna Rae + Ashley Nicole - @jennaraecakes

This is an account I recently found on the explore page. It's run by twin sisters who own a bakery and combine their sweet treats with creative photo styling to curate an inspiring page. I love the light colors used in their theme and their cakes and snacks always look delicious. Look no further if your feed is in need of macaroons, unicorn popcorn, and cupcakes galore.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DIY: bachelorette gift bags

As the maid of honor, I hosted the bachelorette weekend for my sister. I had seen a lot of bachelorette party photos where the attendees got gift bags as party favors as a thanks for coming, plus they include supplies they might need for the bachelorette event or upcoming wedding. What I didn't often see in the pictures was what was in the bags.

My mom and I came up with some ideas of our own for our gift bags (which can be seen in the video in this post) so I wanted to share our ideas with you guys in case you're ever in need of inspiration for fun bachelorette gift bags. Everything is very inexpensive as well!

We had the bags out with our decor and labeled when everyone arrived so that when we were all together, we could open them up all at once. Yes, my mom and I each had a bag for ourselves too because why not.

The first thing we included was a tee shirt that we made with iron-on vinyl lettering that said bride, maid of honor, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, and aunt of the bride -- which will depend on who all is going to your event. For people who don't necessarily have a title, you could do a cute phrase like "bride tribe" or "bride squad" on their shirts. These are a good gift if you have an event during your trip/outing that you can all wear the shirts to and then you can wear them again for other wedding events.

Cost: If you have a Cricut or Silhouette machine, you can cut the vinyl yourself but we ordered our letters from a local seller to save time for $5 per set and then got tank tops for $1 at Walmart or less than $4 for some different styles and tees for the moms.

The next things we included were cute little candy jars filled with Hershey kisses. These are just a fun sweet treat that the girls can display in their houses later and a snack with the candy throughout the weekend.

Cost: The jars were $1 each from Dollar Tree and can be decorated with paint that you already have for a personalized look. The packs of Hershey kisses that we split amongst the jars came in traditional silver and blue, also from the Dollar Tree for $1 per pack, and we used about 6 packs.

Our final part of the gift bag was a 5x7 frame with artwork. We didn't have a super strict theme for our weekend but we were at the beach so we loosely focused on flamingos. My mom found this cute free flamingo printable from Craftberry Bush so we printed out 5x7 copies of those and put them in a frame. This is another thing the girls can decorate with and always remember our fun weekend when they see it.

Cost: $1 frame from the Dollar Tree - optional recolor with spray paint you already have (we spray painted ours gold!) - and print art from home or get printed copies from an office supply store for less than $5 for 8-10

Finally, we used brown handled bags which can be purchased from the Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby in packs for larger sizes, tissue paper from the Dollar Tree, and bridesmaid + maid of honor tags I found at Marshall's for less than $5. We had to improvise a little and made some cuts and written additions on some tags to create bride, mother of the bride, and aunt of the bride but we made it work.

I know this may seem like a sponsored Dollar Tree post but it's definitely not - they just have so many cute things for such cheap prices! I don't know how there are people who don't love that place!

These are just a few ideas that really worked with our group + theme but you can definitely adjust them to make them fit for your event and add to them as you like. My biggest suggestion is being innovative and using things you already have to enhance cheaper items to make them one of a kind.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

maid of honor diaries: bachelorette weekend

There are now just over two weeks until my sister's wedding! This past weekend, we went to Myrtle Beach for her bachelorette party. My mom and I went a day early to get everything set up and prepare and then everyone else arrived Friday afternoon/evening.

First things first, we had dinner Friday night at Buffalo Wild Wings so that we could watch Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. After the game, we got dressed up a little and went to a night club at Broadway at the Beach. I'm 20 years old and that was my first time going to a club and probably my last. It's just not for me.