April Faves

Another month has passed by in the blink of an eye!  However, that also means that the school year is dwindling down to its final days--I enjoy school overall, but I believe it's high time to take a break.
I conquered many goals this month, and I uncovered others that I want to achieve.  Any month where I can figuratively "check things off" my master plan is a good month in my book!  Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things from one of my best months to date:
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1. Feminine Dresses:  Ah, dresses.  I've come to the conclusion that dresses are my favorite items of clothing--in fact, I'd wear them frequently if they were more practical (this conclusion may have been crafted after Julia Engel's lifestyle).  I cannot wait to try on this lovely navy shift from J Crew, and I continue to wish that longer dresses like this summery maxi looked good on me.

2. Travel Diaries:  From trips to Boston to vacations to Italy, it seems like everyone has caught the travel bug this month.  I may not have been able to board a plane to Italy or England, but I have enjoyed living vicariously through others' adventures.  Some of my favorites include a conference trip to Boston, a charming waltz through New Orleans, a Venetian escape, and a stroll through the flower-strewn streets of London.

3. Panera Bread Rapid Pick-up App:  My mom and I have recently discovered just how much we enjoy Panera Bread (my dad is still coming around), so the restaurant's app is a life-saver.  The app allows you to really customize your meal while ordering--even more so than when ordering in person--and the pick-up has always gone smoothly and efficiently.  If you're a Panera lover (or you would like a relatively healthier eating option), I'd definitely recommend checking the technology out.

Goodbye, April;  hello, summer.

Any faves from this month that you'd like to share?

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Love,

Mother's Day Gift Guide: For the Culinary Genius

Terrifying as it may sound, Mother's Day is quickly approaching.  Since May 8 is only a week or so away, I figured it would be a lovely time to fit in some gift ideas for the women who make the world go 'round.  My mother is definitely a pro in the kitchen, so I created this post with her in mind, but I'm sure that she isn't the only mother who has wonderful culinary skills.  From something as prime as a new knife set to a nice cookbook, one thing's for certain:  the mother who loves the kitchen, loves gifts she can put to use in the kitchen.
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"Eat More Dessert" Book -- Wüstof Knife Block Set -- "Little Bit of That" Canister       -- Oven Mitt

Just compiling this list, I've discovered so many whimsical takes on classic cookware and other kitchen necessities.  If you can imagine it, it exists as the perfect gift for the mother(s) in your life.

What other gifts do you think are perfect for culinary-loving mothers?

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Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 4/17/16 -- 4/23/16

Can you believe that April is almost over?  Time really flies when you're having fun (or when you're extremely busy).
Thankfully, I had a light school load this week due to no school on Friday and a "free" day on Tuesday because of ACT testing.  I cannot stop gazing outside constantly;  the weather has been absolutely sublime, an ideal demonstration of springtime.  From what I've read and seen, the conditions have been equally favorable in other parts of the world--I hope your corner of the Earth is being blessed with wonderful sunshine!
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
An article that explains why more people should major in history (a worthwhile read, even if you're majoring in a completely different field)
A delightful list of words that should be used more often in everyday settings
Searching for home design inspiration?  Look no further than the charming pastel blues and whites of this Oklahoma house.
Someone made a musical about one of my favorite historical figures--of course, I watched every single minute of it (even though it was being sung in German)!
In case you missed it, my calligraphy tips for beginners

In the spirit of the wonderful weather and Earth Day, I'd like to end by saying, "The Earth has music for those who listen."

How was your week?

Love,

DIY Calligraphy Letters

Who doesn't love a pretty font or a lovely italic?  Calligraphy is just one of those art forms that many people enjoy looking at, whether it's on a card or on a computer screen (Pinterest, anyone?).  However, it doesn't just have to be something you look at;  it can be something you master, without the aid of any special tools or abilities.  If you can write well, you can probably do calligraphy.
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Follow a few simple steps to become a calligraphy artist--in your own unique way.

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1. Find Your Sentence:  This is very self-explanatory.  Before you start writing, you need to settle on something to write, whether it's a quote or a word or a group of words that suits your fancy.

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2. Write It Out:  Next, using your regular handwriting, write out whatever words you settled on.  Traditional calligraphy usually resembles cursive, but print will work just as well.

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3. Go Over The Downward Strokes:  This step is where the actual calligraphy comes in.  Go back over your letters lightly;  whenever you see your writing tool making a downward stroke (or it's moving towards the bottom of the paper), make your lines much thicker and darker.  As you move along each letter, you should see that your letters are starting to look more elongated and artistic--that's the calligraphy doing its magic!

Voilá!  You've completed your first piece of calligraphy!  I have to warn you, however: once you start, it's hard to quit the calligraphy craze (I know from experience)!

What are your tips for calligraphy?

Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 4/10/16 -- 4/16/16

This week was absolutely crazy--insane, even.  Allow me to elaborate.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I took the ACT on April 9.  It was a very unique testing experience because I was able to take the test online for the first time ever;  the only downside of the new technology was learning that my scores won't be available until June (yikes).  Then I plunged headfirst into a new week of school, during which homework was even more rampant than usual.  To top everything off, I had a very important interview at the end of the week for a position as one of my school's Ambassadors--for lack of a better explanation, the Ambassadors are the student representatives for my high school, therefore making the application and interview process very competitive.  I'm ecstatic to say that I was selected as a new member, and I cannot wait to share more about my leadership experiences with you.  For now, I'm just glad that I can relax!
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Julia Hengel is celebrating the fifth anniversary of her huge fashion blog, Gal Meets Glam--her post is not only inspiring but remarkable as well.
Really wishing I was reading this book right now...
Ever wondered what would happen if everyday life was more like life in Singin' In The Rain?  This article gives the answer.
The perfect embroidered dress (featuring lovely whites and navy)

It sounds like the past week was a hectic one for people everywhere.  Thankfully the weekend is here, so it's time to "breathe, trust, and let go."

How was your week?

Love,

Postcards From The Nashville Zoo

Ever since I was a child, I've been fascinated with animals, so it's no surprise that I love going on trips to the zoo.  I got the opportunity to go on a miscellaneous trip to the Nashville Zoo with my medical professions class, and I'm so glad that I did!  If you plan on being in the Nashville area and have some extra time in your schedule, I'd definitely recommend making a stop there.  A few of the exhibits are under reconstruction, but the remaining parts of the zoo make up for it.  My favorite spots were the bamboo forest (so very serene), the historic house and farm, and the kangaroo exhibit (couldn't pass up the chance to actually interact with kangaroos).
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Just looking back through these snapshots makes me a bit nostalgic.  I know what I'm doing on my next break...

Have you ever been to the Nashville Zoo?

Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 4/3/16 -- 4/9/16

What a week.  From field trips to tests and everything in between, it's been exhausting. As if that wasn't enough, the lovely springtime weather has decided to be replaced by chilly frosts.  I'll join in with the many springtime enthusiasts by saying, "I want skirts-and-dresses-weather."  Besides that, I'm working on some big school projects, recuperating from the zoo field trip we embarked on yesterday, and putting my own tips to the test by taking the ACT today.  Wish me luck!
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Some of the most beautiful sentences in literature--and some of them really are exquisite.
In case you missed it, a lovely roundup of spring desktop wallpapers
This article about children's ingenious test answers had me laughing hysterically!
Who else thinks these Anthropologie sandals are darling?

With the ACT in mind, I'll end today's post with a friendly reminder:  "What she tackles, she conquers."

How was your week?

Love,

Spring Desktop Wallpapers

Out with the old, in with the new, right?  Right;  especially during the spring, I take this saying to heart.  It's much easier to motivate yourself to have a fresh start when nature itself is doing the same thing before your eyes.  I've mentioned that giving all of your devices a "cyber cleanse" is an effective spring cleaning technique, but it certainly isn't the only one.  My favorite method of all is (of course) changing around my backgrounds to better suit my mood;  not only is it a nice refresher, but looking through all the different backgrounds available online can be pretty entertaining!
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From pastel watercolors to quotes (my favorite) to quirky scenery, there are more than enough desktop wallpapers out there for everyone.  It's only too bad we can't use them all at once...


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Desktop Wallpaper: June 2015
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we should start to live
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So, which wallpaper is your favorite--and more importantly, which one are you downloading right now?

Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 3/27/16 -- 4/2/16

Hello April--we've sincerely missed you!
I don't know what's better:  the southern weather or the southern blooms--but I don't think I'll be complaining about either.  As for my southern lifestyle, it was pretty mundane for the past week.  However, I'll absolutely take "mundane" over "rough" any day!
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Ice cream flavors inspired by classic books--can someone take the initiative to make this real, please?
If you're a fellow blogger and you're looking for another blog to read, try The Nectar Collective!
I've been breaking in these black and tan sandals, and boy do I love them!
Baublebar's chic take on the trendy tassel earring is absolutely lovely.
Researchers have estimated that the Zika virus has been present in Brazil since 2013: terrifying, to say the least, but it's good to stay informed.

As we get ready to embrace the weekend, remember to "start each day with a thankful heart."

How was your week?

Love,