2012 Reflection

Hello everyone! After a week filled with family, friends, and presents I am back to blogging! Sometimes it's nice to have a break from it and just live! However, I can't wait to give y'all some updates over the past few days! With another year coming to a close I always find myself reflecting over the past twelve months and how much things have changed!

2012 brought......
Over the past year I have finished up college, graduated, started a full-time job, and moved out on my own! 2012 was certainly a year for changes (and most of them were good changes!) It is crazy to think of how much can happen in just 365 days! I read back on my blog posts and can hardly believe it! 

Here are some notable blog posts of the year!
A Weekend in Asheville
(ahem, better known as the weekend I met Brian :))


2013 will bring.......
I am so excited to see what this new year will bring. I am going into this year extremely happy with life, so I can't wait to see what awaits me in the new year. I hope 2013 brings even more positive change and opportunity into my life. There are always things you can improve on and that is what I plan to do in 2013. 

My goals
I never really make resolutions because I always break them. Instead, I set goals for myself that are realistic and that I can achieve. Starting out a new year with new goals just works for me.

Time management: I have never been bad at managing my time whatsoever, but, with a job, friends, and family I am finding it harder to manage my time well among everything. I want time to read and blog, while I also want to have time to hang out with friends and family. This year I plan to work on that and use my time wisely and effectively.

Save money: Now that I have a full-time job, I need to learn to save my money more (and that shopping a lot is not necessary!!) There are things I want to do and places I want to travel, so saving is essential in order for me to do the things that I want to do!

Work out more: I know this is considered a "typical resolution," but I am making it realistic. If you recall in this post  I want to work out at least three days a week. I hope I can keep that up with my busy schedule! 

Do you have goals or resolutions for the new year?


Stocking Stuffer Ideas: For the Ladies

When it comes to Christmas, my family always goes a little crazy with stocking stuffers. My mom has always loved the stockings almost more than giving presents. I have to give her credit... she always puts GREAT items in my stocking! One year my favorite Michael Kors watch was hidden in my stocking. If you are looking for any fun stocking stuffer ideas for the ladies in your life here are some great suggestions!

stocking stuffer ideas-girls

1. Pandora Bead(s): Every year I get a Pandora bead for Christmas. I love collecting them and knowing that I get one for every holiday and special occassion.

2. Candy: Who doesn't love to see their favorite candy fall out of their stocking?! I know I do. Plus, it's an excuse to eat candy in the wee hours of the morning!

3. Nail Polish: I am a nail polish hoarder, for lack of better words. Getting more on Christmas would be my heaven! I recently tried Butter London and can't get enough of it.

4. Dogeared Necklace: I love that each dogeared necklace has a special meaning and special message. Having someone pick out one that meant a lot to them would mean a lot to me!

5. EOS lipbalm: I go through this stuff like crazy! Any extras would be much appreciated. 

6. Stud Earrings: These Kate Spade and Loren Hope earrings would do the trick!

7. Magazines: Magazines are something I love but don't buy often (Now that I think about it, I'm not sure why!), so it would be nice to have a subscription to my favorite ones!

8. Keychain: Nothing like adding a little bling to your keys! I have seen quite a few tassle keychains that I have my eye on!

9. Hand Moisturizer: In the cold winter months my hands get so dry. I am a big fan of L'Occtaine and the Sally Hansen hand moisturizers!

10. Hair Ties: If you (or your lady) is anything like me, I am always losing my hair ties. I love the Emi Jay (Goody's also has great ones) ties. I can put my hair up mid-day without a crease line!

11. Giftcards: Self explanatory. Why wouldn't you want some extra $$$ to your favorite places??

12. iPhone case: I seem to change my iPhone case as much as I change my clothes! You can never have too many cute ones!

13. Stationery: I am always making to-do lists and sending out thank you notes, so it is always nice to have a variety to choose from!

14. Carry All Clutch: I have quite a few of these that I use for a) makeup cases b) pencil holder c) use to put my items in when going out! It's a perfect and compact gift!

What items do you like to see in your stocking?


Weekend Recap: Philadelphia Edition

Thursday morning, bright and early, Brian and I headed North to the Philadelphia/New Jersey area! It was our first big road trip together and it couldn't have gone better! And I crossed two states off of my list, so that made it even more successful! We arrived in New Jersey to his cousins house around dinner time on Thursday, so we just relaxed and had dinner! We were both worn out from the nine hour trip, that's for sure!

Friday morning we ventured into downtown Philadelphia to do some sight-seeing and play around the city! Besides the fact that we got lost (a few times, no thanks to Siri) and were both aching from walking miles upon miles we had a great time!!

We had a delicious lunch at Continental in mid-town. For the most part I have found that if a restaurant has great atmosphere then the food isn't always the best. However, Continental proved me wrong! The atmosphere was amazing- from the art hanging in the middle of the room to the swinging chairs we got to sit in! And the food is another story.... I honestly can't even put into words how delicious their lobster mac and cheese is. I was thoroughly impressed! 

I could have spent days sight-seeing in downtown Philly! Here are just a few photos I captured of the area on day one. After we returned from downtown I had the pleasure of meeting Brian's extended family. They made me feel so welcome and at ease! They were all so nice and I hope I get to see them again soon!

Saturday we traveled back to downtown Philly to get in a little more fun and sight-seeing! We ate at Soho Pizza for lunch and it was very good! The atmosphere definitely fit the Old City area! We got to visit all of the historic sites on the opposite end such as the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center, and Ben Franklin's grave! I love a city with beauty and a great history!

Saturday night after returning from Philly we had his cousin's annual Christmas party! It was definitely a fun time to be had! I got to meet more family members and hang out around the ones I had already met! Throw in some wine, some singing, and a little Wii bowling and we had quite a fun night to say the least!
It was a such fun-filled weekend and one that I will remember for quite some time! Here's to me and Brian for surviving our first road trip together... and here's to many more!


Weekend Recap: Bre's Birthday

This weekend in Charlotte was a blast! Not only was it my bestie Bre's birthday we were celebrating, Brian and I were celebrating him being done with law school exams! On Friday we hung out at Bre and Jeremy's house and had so much fun just relaxing and drinking with friends!

On Saturday Brian and I woke up and had lunch at the 7th St. Public Market. Neither one of us had been there (it's within walking distance) so it was perfect for a nice day! We grabbed lunch at Pure Pizza while enjoying a beer and each others company! 

Saturday night Me, Bre, and Leslie got a delicious dinner at Cowfish. It was well worth the two hour wait we had to endure! Afterwards we met up with our boys uptown for a little fun and dancing! It was a great time!

On Sunday, Brian and I finally got around to decorating the Christmas tree! We did it right.... complete with hot cocoa, Christmas cookies and Christmas music! My little sister joined us for a while and it was fun! Now the apartment really feels more Christmas-y!!

I hope you all had a fun and fabulous weekend! I have a short three day work week this week, Brian and I are going on a road trip to Philidelphia! 

*linking up with Sami's Shenanigans for weekend update link up!

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