December bucket list finale

December bucket list finale

I posted my December Bucket List at the beginning of the month, with some key activities I wanted to complete this month. I did pretty well, with the only real difficulties being watching the movies. Forcing myself to relax and watch a holiday movie ended up being a super positive experience. Without further ado, I give you my December bucket list finale. Count Christmas trees […]

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December bucket list

December bucket list

My December bucket list is quite short (for me) and contains mostly the basics that really define the December holiday season for me. Count Christmas trees My family lives near a bunch of Christmas tree farms. It became tradition for us to count the number of Christmas trees (on cars) we see on any given day driving home from school or church or whatever. Our […]

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Bath and Body Works Candles Worth Repurchasing

Bath and Body Works Candles Worth Repurchasing

Today was the annual $8.95 three wick candle sale at Bath and Body Works. I am a huge fan of Bath and Body Works candles. Lighting three wick candles has consistently been one of the little treats that give me great happiness. In addition, lighting candles helps my small basement apartment from smelling stale. I’d heard the sale would be happening from comments on a […]

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The five reasons to take a photograph

The five reasons to take a photograph

This past year is the first time I’ve had a camera nicer than the most basic point-and-shoot. For a recent project, I was evaluating my vacation photos, and I began to contemplate the reasons amateur photographers use their cameras, especially in a travel setting. Often I’ve heard people talk about how their photos languish on their phones or Facebook, never to be sorted through or […]

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Final fall bucket list update

Final fall bucket list update

Fall bucket list final update! 1. Costume Bentley “Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you there. I’m just modeling my custom, one-of-a-kind Lepredog costume, which I will be wearing every Notre Dame football game, to various costume contests, on Saint Patrick’s Day, and maybe other days when I’m feeling particularly lucky. Just for fun.” – Bentley, who doesn’t hate this costume at all. I took him […]

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Lipstick swatch and destash-a-palooza part 2: Nudes and pinks

Lipstick swatch and destash-a-palooza part 2: Nudes and pinks

After putting all of my clothing into the Stylebook app, I’ve found my subsequent purchases were less frequent and smarter. With my increasing interest in project panning, I thought it would be fun to categorize all of my lipstick colors. This is part two of my posts on my extensive lipstick collection. For part one, go here. NUDE ARM SWATCHES Just like in round 1, […]

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Lipstick swatch and destash-a-palooza part 1: Reds

Lipstick swatch and destash-a-palooza part 1: Reds

A half-hearted longing of mine has been to swatch all of my lipsticks, destashing dupes and formulas I don’t like as well as creating a record of shades on my skin tone. I’ve never really done extensive swatching of anything before, which should be obvious from the fact that I began with the reds. Thanks to ELF’s lipstick remover and some patience, my skin tone […]

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9 horror movies worth watching this Halloween

9 horror movies worth watching this Halloween

I’ve watched quite a few horror movies in my life. I have always liked pop culture, and horror movies have a way of entering our collective societal conscious. They reveal something about our culture–what scares us, what excites us, what social ills we fear. Alien’s Ridley Scott is iconic because she plays a working class woman more likely to follow procedure than emotion, a novelty […]

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Make up Newbie to Make up Maven: YouTube make up tutorials

Make up Newbie to Make up Maven: YouTube make up tutorials

Make up Newbie to Make up Maven: YouTube make up tutorials to change your beauty life My first foray into makeup was when I “rescued” some ice-blue shimmer shadow from my mom’s wastebasket. In seventh and eighth grade I would occasionally wear this shocking, glitter-ice shade on my lids, with no other make up. As part of a competitive dance team, we had a specific […]

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Fall Bucket List!

Fall Bucket List!

One of my 30-by-30 list items was making the most of every holiday. I want to decorate gingerbread houses, dye Easter eggs, drink green beer for St. Patrick’s Day, and watch Bill Pullman give the most inspiring speech a President has ever made on the Fourth of July. A problem with my 30-by-30 list was items like this are not measurable. So I felt I’d […]

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30 by 30 – 18 months to go…

30 by 30 – 18 months to go…

A while back, I published a “30 by 30” list of 30 things to do before I turned 30. Then I published a two-years-to- update. Another six months down, I’m evaluating my slow but steady progress in this 30 by 30 update. I still have 16 items to cross off my list, but with a year and a half, to go, that’s less than one a […]

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5 ways using a daily agenda improved other parts of my life

5 ways using a daily agenda improved other parts of my life

Since I began using this agenda system back in early March 2017, a number of other organizational responsibilities have fallen in line. 1. Mail? What mail? I recently moved to a new apartment. One of my concerns was mail getting lost in the shuffle. My old apartment was not the most reliable when it came to notifying you of mail in the first place, so […]

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How to get organized on the cheap: A guide for the budget-minded planner

How to get organized on the cheap: A guide for the budget-minded planner

There are so many excuses for not maximizing the way you use your time. My handwriting is messy and even with rulers as guides, my bullet journal will never be as neat as those on every how-to blog. Making a color-coded planner takes too much time. Etc., etc. The primary reason I used to avoid getting organized sooner? Cost. One  problem with organization is that […]

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30 by 30 – Two years left update

30 by 30 – Two years left update

A while back, I published a “30 by 30” list of 30 things to do before I turned 30. If you’re reading this on February 9th, 2017, then there are officially two years left to complete my list. So here’s my big update! Fly first class Shortly after posting this list, I won business class international tickets! May will see me on a first class […]

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Countdown to the Best of Amanda’s 2016

Countdown to the Best of Amanda’s 2016

The last thing we need right now is another countdown of the terrible things that happened in 2016. At least that’s my reason to focus on the best parts of 2016. When I started thinking of this blog, I anticipated it being “things that happened to me.” But, as I collected my list, I found all my highlights were “things I did.” I am proud of […]

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30 by 30 List: 30 Things to Do Before Turning 30

30 by 30 List: 30 Things to Do Before Turning 30

A good friend and former roommate of mine, Lola, worked on a 30 by 30 list that was pretty boss. I reached a turning point in my life where I found I wanted to put myself out there, take more risks, and avoid unexpected regrets. So, with my intel-gathering habits, after the first obvious items, I began looking at lists other people came up with. […]

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