STICKER CRAZE

The days after Christmas are always a bummer.  Sure, you're excited about all of your new goodies, but you aren't so excited about having to wait 364 days for Christmas to roll around again.  I've been trying to think of some cheerful things to get my mind off that fact.

You know what cheers me up?  Stickers.  If you look at almost any preppy girl's Instagram, you're bound to see a picture of her sticker-adorned laptop.  In my opinion, if it doesn't have a sticker on it, then it isn't really yours.

How To Receive Free Promo Stickers -- Prep For A Day


A lot of sites offer free promotional stickers, and all you have to do is ask!

CHRISTMAS DREAMING

Giving is better than receiving.  We've all been told the sentiment since day one, and we tend to agree with it.

But we all know that it's fun to make out a Christmas wish list.  I usually ask for gift cards on my real Christmas list, but I secretly make out another list called the "In My Dreams" wish list.  In other words, it's stuff I want, but am probably never going to get unless I become a millionaire overnight.  Heya girl's gotta dreamright?

CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

I love Christmas music.  I love it so much, in fact, that I start listening to the Christmas station in July.  I'm a sucker for the old choir songs.  There is something so gratifying about singing a Christmas song like that at the top of your lungs.  If you haven't done that yet, I suggest you try within the next five minutes.  You'll get my drift!

Christmas Classics and Carols -- Prep For A Day

1. "Hard Candy Christmas":  This one is a bit of a wild card.  I'll never know why I love this song so much, but there's something about it that makes me want to sing it for days on end.

2. "Joy To The World":  What could be happier than this song?  I love pretending to be in an opera while singing this, too!  Not sure which version to get?  My personal favorite is this one with David Archuleta!

THE PROS: INSTAGRAM EDITION

If I ever am in dire need of inspiration, I have two resources:  Pinterest and (you guessed it) Instagram. There are some really amazing professional style accounts out there.  Of course there are some newbies out there (*cough* @prepforaday *cough*) who have pretty cool accounts too.  Here are some of my favorite Instas:

1. @Carly

Account:  @Carly -- Prep For A Day

Literally, goals.  Life goals, clothes goals, dog goals...

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

The goose is getting fat!  Please do put a penny in the old man's hat...

Oh, sorry!  I was just getting lost in the memories from my fifth grade Christmas play.  I think we had to sing that about ten million times.

Christmas is, and has always been, my favorite time of year.  Everything is just so much...muchier.  Everyone's a little happier.  The old humdrum of everyday life has been replaced by this magical, Christmas-y atmosphere.  It's like being at Disney for a month.

Everyone has little traditions at Christmas.  Here's what's in store for my countdown to Christmas:

Day 1:  Start listening to Christmas music.  Actually, scratch that.  I started listening to the Christmas station in July.
Day 2:  Prepare that Christmas wishlist!

THANKFUL

Happy Turkey Day!

I love this holiday because a) you can eat like a pig and no one cares, and, more importantly, b) it's the one day where we constantly think about what we're thankful for.  It's so much easier to look at the negativity in our lives.  At least today we have a legitimate reason to think about the good things instead.  If Thanksgiving happened every day, I think the world would be a lot better off attitude-wise (although we would all be considerably larger).

Things To Be Thankful For -- Prep For A Day

There are some little things I love appreciating today, like:
sleeping in
slippers

MY HECTIC WEEK

Sorry I haven't posted in a bit, but I think my reason for not doing so is pretty self-explanatory (just look at the title).  Last week was a MAJORLY stressful yet fun week, and the rest of this week is going to be a repeat.  Brace yourself:  you're going to have a picture overload!

Last week I got to visit Orlando because I had to crown my successor at the national pageant of the system I'm involved with.  The trip would've been a *tad* less stressful if my mom and I hadn't had to drive the entire way--it's about a nine hour trip.  Actually, I love road trips because I get to listen to music (one of my favorite pastimes), but after about four hours I'm pretty tired.  And I'm not even the one driving!

We got to our hotel pretty late and got settled in our room (which is a completely different ordeal altogether).  I was exhausted and my mom was probably about to fall asleep standing up.  Then there was the problem of my toe which apparently was infected...to make a long story short, we ended up going to sleep around midnight.  Ugh.

The next day was Saturday, and we had to be at the pageant venue around 6:30 PM.  After doing some homework, I hopped in the car with my mom and we went to none other than...Downtown Disney!  I share the common opinion that Disney is the "most magical place on Earth" so I was like a kid in a candy store.  I was sort of bummed that we didn't really get to ride anything, but I still had a lot of fun shopping around.

VETERANS DAY

Last year was my favorite Veterans Day ever.  I had the honor of being able to read an essay I'd written at my school's Veterans Day Program.  That's one thing I'd change about my high school:  I would like to have a Veterans Day Program.

The one at my junior high was amazing because students invited all the veterans they knew, and so we usually had almost one hundred show up each year.  It is so humbling and gratifying to see them all with their heads held high, a silent understanding passing between all of them.

CAN'T STOP THIS MUSIC: PLAYLIST NO. ONE

According to Victor Hugo, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."

I love listening to music.  It's a great way for me to relax and get my mind off of all the day's woes.  This has been the month of uplifting pop songs and gorgeous show tunes.  Who knew Phantom and Taylor Swift went so well together?

Playlist feat. Taylor Swift and show tunes -- Prep For A Day

1. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift:  I know this is one of the most popular songs out there, and it's being played on the radio every other minute, but I don't really mind because I love this song.  It's very different from other Taylor Swift songs, and I really like the vibe it gives off.  Plus, it's so much fun to dance to what with that extremely catchy chorus and all!

2. I See Fire by Ed Sheeran:  If you read my last post, you figured out that I am a huge Lord of the Rings nerd.  Being that this song is from the soundtrack of a Lord of the Rings movie, I'm already going to love it (I think I get way too much entertainment from figuring out all of the secret metaphors and allusions in this song).  Add that in to the fact that it's sung by Ed Sheeran who has a voice like an angel, and you've got a pretty great song right there.

THIRTY FACTS ABOUT ME

I've said it before and I'll say it again:  we're all just jumbled up mixtures of miscellaneous stuff.

Which, as it turns out, isn't such a bad thing.  If we were all the same, the world would be a pretty boring place.  A lot of the greatest inventions of our time wouldn't have been invented because no one would have been original enough to invent them!

Some of the greatest people in history were great simply because they thought out of the box and "did their own thing."  So strive to be the next genius by embracing that side of yourself that you might have mislabeled as "weird"--you really meant "original."

In accordance with the theme of originality, I'm going to be sharing a few facts about myself that are a bit odd (to me at least).  Sit back, pull up a chair, and get ready to laugh!

30 Unique Facts About Me -- Prep For A Day

1. I know the lyrics to almost every hit song from the 70's because I've heard those songs since about the age of six-- my parents blast the 70's channel nonstop!
2. I'm a huge Lord of the Rings nerd.  I'm literally in agony waiting for the last part of the Hobbit to come out in December!  Fellow nerds:  don't let the orcs get you down.

CURRENT READS

So, ever find yourself lazing around with absolutely nothing to do?  You know what you could do?
R-E-A-D!  (I'm very aware that I sound like a really annoying middle school teacher right now.)

I'm sure that for some of you reading is number 450 on your list of "Things I Do When I Get Bored Out of My Mind" list (right between taking practice standardized tests and watching documentaries).

However, I think everyone needs to check out these books.  Most of them aren't really new releases, but they're some of my favorites that I love re-reading on lazy, dull, boring fall days.

DOG DAYS OF AUTUMN

I think it's finally going to be fall.  Time for that bittersweet time of leaves dancing in the air and pumpkins everywhere (I should be a poet).  Today is a holiday, and I was feeling pretty cooped up in the house (and rather disgusted with myself because of all the Kit Kats I'd eaten), so I decided not to let this fall day go to waste.

One of my absolute favorite things to do is go for a walk.  I used to think just walking was pretty tedious, but once I started paying attention to what I was walking past, it got a lot more interesting.  Even my little neighborhood can be an interesting place.  Bringing along one of my favorite buddies made the walk even better.  I took a few pictures whilst out perambulating.  Enjoy!

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Hmmm, did I mention that my best buddy also happens to have four legs and thinks he's a Great Dane?

THOROUGHLY QUOTABLE

Let's face it:  life isn't always a box of chocolates.

There are times when it seems like life is purposely trying to throw every single loop in the world at you simultaneously.  Those times usually make for a pretty stressed out you, which then leads to a frantic you, and then it only goes downhill from there.

Sometimes you just need some positive reinforcement.

Reworded a little differently, sometimes you need someone who knows just the right thing to say at just the right time.

I don't know about you, but there are some cases where that person is a little hard to find.  So what do you do?  You go on Pinterest, of course!  It's a horde of quotes and lessons, so you're bound to find at least five sayings that will improve your mood in one sitting.

In a bad mood now?  Here are some of my favorite quotes for when I'm in a less-than stellar mood:

Via

"Be brave, my darling.  You have faced dark times before and you're still here now."-- C.T.L.

"It all fades away in the end." -- Unknown

HOW TO "ACE" THIS SCHOOL YEAR

Fall means two things in my school:  football and LOTS of homework.

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It seems like teachers start piling on the projects, tests, pop quizzes, etc., starting around the beginning of fall.  Not sure why, but they do.  Add that in to the stress of holidays, standardized tests, and midterms looming on the horizon, and you've got a big pile of stress, stress, and more stress sitting on your chest.

POST PAGEANT

Whew. 

Hear that?  That's the sound of exhausted pageant girls everywhere.

We all stayed up until about ten last Sunday night to watch Miss America, the most coveted title in the nation.  I was especially rooting for Miss Alabama, Caitlin Brunell.  I'm happy to say that she placed in the top ten!  WOO HOO!

The new Miss America is another New Yorker, Kira Kazantsev (follow her @missamericaorg).

Many people think that her talent was a little, er, "less challenging" than others.

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While I will admit that banging a cup and singing "Happy" by Pharell is much less of a standard pageant talent than ballet en pointe, playing the piano, or opera, her talent was more entertaining.

Most people out there who aren't familiar with pageantry are more likely to relate to someone singing a popular song rather than someone singing an aria in a foreign language.  The judges just picked their favorite contestant, which means she rocked her interview and made a lasting first impression.

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I think Kira's going to do a fantastic job as the new Miss America, and I'm looking forward to watching how she takes the pageant's platform to the next level.

Whew again.

That's just the sound of me trying to unwind from my own pageant experience.  For those of you who don't know, I'm currently holding a national title, and so I'm trying to get in a few more appearances before I have to give it up in November.

Yesterday was the North Alabama State Pageant, and it was a blast!

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I had so much fun being with all the contestants, and I can't wait until Nationals in November!

Love,
Tori

OLDIES BUT GOODIES

I'll be completely honest:  it has been a hectic week.  Homecoming sort of takes the life out of you!

And when I feel as though I can't move, my favorite thing to do (besides getting a Sonic slush with Nerds) is to watch some of my favorite classics from the 40's and 50's.

I know, I know, why watch that when you could watch Netflix?

Although it's hard to believe, these movies are classics for a reason.  Many people today still love and remember them from their time.  I prefer them to most movies of today, mainly because of the difference between actors then and actors now.  It's a BIG difference.

So, if you ever get in the mood, here are some of my favorite "oldies but goodies!"

1. Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind

Even though it takes place in the South, you don't have to be southern to love this movie.  Its plot is interesting, the Scarlett-Rhett drama is great, and the costumes, OH the costumes!  The characters are great, even though Scarlett is a (huge) diva.  Oh, and Mammie is the best character ever!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

"With me, it's always about first impressions."-- Billy Zane

Mr. Zane and I have a lot in common, it seems.  


First impressions are a big deal to me.  First impressions can mean a terrible job, or a wonderful career, or a less-than-stellar co-worker, or even that favorite Lilly Pulitzer print of mine.  They can mean a lot of different things.