As the holidays roll around, I thought I would provide you with the “Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Her”. Shopping for others can sometimes be difficult, because it is hard to think of things that they might enjoy. This guide is to help you find items and give you inspiration to find that perfect gift. This guide is perfect for any teenage through adult girl. These lists comprise of items that I love, or that are on my personal wish list that I believe others would enjoy too! The best part is that many of the items listed are on sale for the holidays, so be sure to check! HAPPY SHOPPING!
I am so excited to announce that I have made a hand-lettered 2015 calendar printable. I have been wanting to do this for such a long time, and I am so excited that I finally got around to it! I hope you enjoy it! You can download it for free here! Free Download 2015 Calendar
If you use the calendar, and happen to post a picture of it on Instagram, tag me in it! I would be so excited to see it. My Instagram is @chantel_petty .
If you would like to share this download, please email me first! I want to know where my work is being shared! Thank you so much! 🙂
*I HAVE RECEIVED MANY COMMENTS ASKING WHY THE NUMBERS DO NOT PRINT. MAKE SURE YOU ARE PRINTING IN COLOR NOT BLACK AND WHITE. THAT SHOULD FIX THE PROBLEM 🙂
The next stop on our trip was Paris, France. This city deserves all of it’s hype. Paris has a certain charm that cannot be described. On every street there are patisseries filled with colorful macarons, boulangeries with fresh baguettes, and street vendors with banana Nutella crepes. I was in absolute heaven. From having picnics under the Eiffel Tower, to spending evenings strolling along the Seine River and wandering the gardens of Versailles, Paris was everything and more than I could have ever hoped. One of my absolute favorite memories was when we relaxed in the courtyard of the Louvre each night, and listened to street performers play the cello. It was impossible not to fall in love with this city. Paris 2014
Just catching up on posting my photos from Europe. Life has been so busy lately, but I have finally found time to sit down and go through some of my photos. We started our trip in London, and I immediately fell in love with the city. Around every corner there was excitement. From the lavish shopping and food court at Harrods, to the amazing architecture and history of the city, London was one of my absolute favorite places. I even fell in love with riding the tube 🙂 One thing I really loved about London was the convenience and ease of travel within the city, as well as out of the city. We were able to train out to both Oxford and Windsor on two of the days we were in London. I loved both of these towns so much as well!
On Our last night we enjoyed walking around the streets of London, eating candied almonds from a street vendor, and soaking up all the energy from the amazing city. London definitely stole my heart, and I am counting down the days until I can go again!
It’s that time of year again. Out with the free time, and in with the textbooks. Although we all wish we could have an endless summer, there is something nice about getting back into the swing of things. A new school year is like a new clean slate. This clean slate gives us an opportunity to fix our bad habits, organize our lives, and set new goals.
While many of my new semester resolutions pertain to school, they do not all have to be. This is also a great time to set fitness & health goals, social goals, and other personal goals. Here are some of my goals for this semester.
1. Keep an organized day planner: My day planner is one of my favorite items to purchase before the school year. I am an obsessive to-do list maker, so a planner lends to this obsession. This semester, my resolution is to write out the upcoming weeks events on Sunday night, so I can solve any scheduling conflicts ahead of time, as well as see what the week ahead holds. I also want to schedule specific times for exercising and other activities that I enjoy doing. If you write these things into your schedule, you are much more likely to do them.
2. Be an attentive student: We all have shown up to a class before, and completely zoned out the entire time due to lack of sleep, uninteresting material, or pure boredom. Although it can be hard, my resolution is that when I am in class, I am actually IN class. Paying attention, being an active listener, and participating in class discussion. I know this will help my grades, as well as cut down on study time trying to learn what you missed in class.
3. Get more sleep: Although getting a full nights rest is not always possible, we often stay up much later than we need to on pointless things such as social media and surfing the internet. If you have the opportunity to turn in early, take the opportunity! Getting more sleep helps with the learning process, weight loss, and even managing stress according to this article here.
4. Exercise: I have always been an active person, but sometimes squeezing a workout into my busy schedule can seem like an impossible task. In reality, it’s not! I try to do at minimum a 2-3 mile run a day. This only takes me about 20-25 minutes tops! I’m sure anyone can find a spare 20 minutes in their schedule, even if it means waking up 20 minutes earlier. I am also a huge fan of the Nike Training Club App. This app lets you choose which area you would like to work on (abs, arms, legs etc.) and gives you workouts that range from 15 to 45 minutes. Not having time to exercise is no longer an excuse.
5. Healthy Eating: This is one of my resolutions that I am really working on. It is so easy to fall into unhealthy eating habits, when you are on-the-go, eating in the cafeteria, or trying to eat cheap. Our bodies need fuel to function, and not filling them with the proper foods can make our bodies feel like they are running on empty. I try to pack my lunches the night before if I will not be home to eat. I have replaced many foods with healthier and more filling alternatives. For example, instead of white bread I eat double fiber whole grain bread. I also switched out juices and sodas for water, and other snacks with fruit and veggies. I am still working on this, but this semester, my goal is to make healthy eating a habit.
6. Socialize: New school year = new people. Take advantage of the opportunity to make new friends and contacts. This also includes joining clubs and attending games and events.
Now break out your notebooks, and write down your goals for this new semester. A goal that is written down, is much more likely to be accomplished. I hope this post inspired you to set some goals for yourself for this upcoming semester. If you have any other goal suggestions, I would LOVE to hear them. Let me know in the comments below!
Here are some of my favorite back to school essentials!