Tuesday, June 9, 2015

5 Reasons Why You Aren't A Health Guru This Summer

Every year, I plan on becoming a fitness, health guru during the summer. Don't we all? I decide I'm going to go to the gym everyday, maybe even start running, eat only fruits, veggies, and protein, and read all the books I've been putting off for years. I'm going to be productive every second of the day and nothing will get in my way. 

However, we all know that isn't the truth. When summer comes around, all we want to do is lay around, watch Netflix and eat every calorie in our way. But it's okay. We are all in this together! Here are my top 5 reasons why getting healthy in the summer is so difficult.  

5. Online shopping is a mental workout. 
Who needs a gym when figuring out what size to order and battling time constraints of flash sales are in play? (J. Crew, I'm talking to you).

4. Binge watching is a marathon of sorts. 
Nothing beats the excitement of learning there is another season of your favorite show was added to Netflix. (June 14th will be dedicated to Season 4 of Scandal)

3. That box of Cheez-its is beautiful. 
We've all had those moments when nothing else matters than what we are eating. 

2. Your bed is SO comfortable.
I mean, who doesn't want to lay in bed all day? 

1. Lastly, running is the worst. 
Ann, you poetic, noble land mermaid. You always speak the truth. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

How to Make Lilly Pulitzer Covered Letters

I have seen Lilly decorated letters many times, and I was so excited to create a Mercer University set! Surprisingly, this adorable letters are super easy to make and look fabulous in any print! 

Wooden letters
Lilly print
Modge Podge
Craft knife or scissors
Paint brushes 

1. Choose A Print
To start off, I choose the perfect print to encompass Mercer. I choose the Lilly Georgia Print. You should choose the print based on what letters you are covering (monogram, school initials, etc). For monograms, I would simply choose your favorite print. However, for school initials, I would cover the letters in the Lilly State pattern for your particular school. Ultimately, it is up to you! After you choose your print, you need to print it out. I suggest going to your local print shop for the most brightly colored effect. 

2. Paint
Secondly, you need to paint the backs and sides of the letters. I choose orange, because it has a heavy appearance in the Georgia print, and it is one of Mercer's colors! You do not need to paint the front of the letters, because you will be covering it with the Lilly print. Be sure to wait for the paint to dry!!

3. Cut
To ensure you cut pieces into the proper width, place the wooden letters over the Lilly print and use a craft knife or scissors to cut around the letters. After you cut the Lilly print into the shape of the letters, cut the letters into more pieces to create a more crafty look. 

4. Modge Podge
You are now ready to cover your letters with Lilly print! First, paint the wooden letter with Modge Podge, and then, paint the back of the printed Lilly pattern with Modge Podge. Place the printed piece on the wooden letter. Continue this process until you cover the letters completely. Once fully covered, paint over both letters with Modge Podge. You are now done! 

Be sure to let the letters dry completely! Happy crafting!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


After 12 years of driving down Sligh Ave and wearing plaid skorts, I am officially a graduate of Cambridge Christian. While I have been an official "alumnus" for a week, it still has not hit me. I still feel like I'm going to walk down those brick-lined halls and see the students I've gone to school with since 1st grade.

As graduation day approached, I was convinced that I would be consumed with sadness for leaving behind such a huge part of my life. However, after going through all the graduation events and receiving my actual diploma, I'm not filled with regret or sorrow. All I feel is excitement. I am ready for the next chapter of my life. Sure, I will miss cheering for football games and lunch with my friends, but there is so much new coming my way that I do not think I will wish to go back to high school days. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015


I absolutely love getting dressed up. It is one of my favorite things to do. Doing your makeup extra special, getting your hair done, and putting on a fabulous dress. Nothing can beat that. I was so excited for prom this year, simply because of my dress. Typically, I buy my dresses for formal events (Homecoming, Prom, etc) months in advance. I bought this year's prom dress a whole year in advance. I always look around at the formal dresses just in case I find the one. For prom, my best friend actually found the dress. We were just shopping around at Dillard's, and she found the perfect dress for me. I tried it on, fell in love, and called my mom to get the approval (of course!). Just like that, I had a prom dress. 
This year's prom was safari-themed. While I would have chosen a Kentucky Derby theme (It was the day before the derby), the African Elegante sufficed for the setting: prom was at the zoo! 
After getting my makeup done at MAC, my hair done by my amazing hair stylist, and all dressed up, I was ready for a night of dancing! Here's the finished product. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hyde Park

After venturing to South Tampa with my friend, I discovered how lovely Hyde Park is. This small section of South Tampa is full of adorable boutiques and delicious restaurants. While Hyde Park has been in Tampa for decades, I have only been twice, but I'm hoping to go all the time with my friends and family! Every store had something unique. While there are some franchise stores such as Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, and Pottery Barn, most of the boutiques offer a wide selection of clothing, accessories, and even home decor. Some of my favorite boutiques were Salt Pines and Dixieland Monogram, each offering a wide selection of southern, preppy products (something hard to find in Tampa). 

If you ever make your way down to Tampa, be sure to check out this gem!

Dress: J.Crew//Shoes: Target//Purse: Dooney & Bourke//Sunnies: Oscar de la Renta//Ring: Nordstrom

Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekly Verse: Matthew 6:19-21

I love to think about the future. I love to plan out my next move, where I’ll be in the grand scheme of things. I can spend hours on Pinterest finding the perfect wedding details, outfits for future kiddos, and home d├ęcor. I can’t wait to see myself evolve into a mature adult with responsibilities. Planning is what I do. It’s who I am.

I see fault in that aspect of me. How can I let go of all earthly, material things if I can’t stop imaging my life with SO many different things? I want that big house with a perfectly manicured lawn. I want to marry a man that will provide for my children and me. I want that picture perfect life, but I’m slowly starting to realize that might not be in my future.

Matthew 6:19-21 states, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I remember memorizing this verse in school for a verse quiz. I have always had a good memory, but I don’t think I always understood what I was committing to memory. As I look at this verse now, not as a grade, but as something to live by, I am reminded what I need to correct in my life.

I spend so many hours desiring things for the future, planning out every detail without thought of my duty as a Christian. God doesn’t want my thinking about the color scheme of my wedding or how I’m going to dress my kids. He wants to commit myself to His kingdom, His treasure. God has a plan for my life, whether it includes my southern, preppy hopes or not. God will lead me in His direction. All I have to do is follow.

It is simple saying I will just give up all my planning impulses; actually carrying it out is the hard part. I know what God has in store is even grander than what I can image, but I will not see it if I don’t follow.

I encourage you to take steps in your own faith to give up all the planning. Let go and let God. 

Monday, March 16, 2015


After a long hiatus, I am finally ready to begin blogging again. Dealing with the end of cheerleading, surgery(ugh), and a missions trip to Barbados, I was quite busy. But with my final year of high school dwindling down and some extra time on my hands, I am prepared to pop out some new posts!

One of my favorite opportunities at my school is the annual choir trip to a Caribbean island. Not only do we get to have fun in the sun, but we minister to the Caribbean people through song. While it is not as intense as building houses or digging wells, I believe that these trips help people. Not only do we demonstrate to the Caribbean people that teenagers still worship God, many members of the choir are spiritually revived on these trips. 

This year, my choir director took 56 students to the island of Barbados (or as some people like to say: Rihanna's homeland). To be honest,' I was a little nervous about this trip. While I had been on three trips before (St. Thomas, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica), the accommodations were far different than what they typically were. I don't want to sound spoiled, but the lack of air conditioning, hot water, and contact with my parents made me uneasy. But I survived! It turns out that the island is incredibly windy, so I would actually wake up freezing, the water wasn't too cold, and on those rare occasions, I found wifi so I could message my family. 

My favorite part of these trips is singing to the children. No matter if we have an off day or we are exhausted, they soak up everything we have to offer. Being surrounded by smiling, hugging kids is very heart-warming. 

It is amazing how in other countries' public schools are allowed to teach the Bible. Although the people don't have the material things we have in America, they are happy. They are glad to be provided for and don't take anything for granted.The island people surround their lives around church and praising God. I only wish that could be a trend in America. 

 I am honestly blessed to have been part of such life changing trips to these beautiful islands. The smiling faces will hold a special place in my heart, and I hope everybody can experience a trip like these.