Moving To The Big Leagues

After a few hours, my blog has officially moved over to wordpress.org and has its own domain name! I am very excited about the possibilities to come from this move. For those who follow me, you can find my blog at emilyslifelessons.com now! Bear with me as I adjust images and details awry on the site! See you on the flip side!

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#100HappyDays 11-20

With another ten days finished, I am starting to see what people meant when they said they felt happier while doing the #100HappyDays challenge. Follow my other posts from my summer adventures on my Instagram account (link below) and get a play-by-play viewing of my #100HappyDays posts!

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Day 11: Turkey Burgers. Since I am gluten free, there are few foods I get excited for. Turkey burgers are one of them. They were especially delicious in the cast-iron pan, which I am sad I don’t have at school. IMG_1186

Day 12: My niece turned one on July 2nd. This was definitely a perfect picture for my #100HappyDays. I can’t believe she is already one. Time really flies. IMG_1200

Day 13: Fireworks. This was the first year we were not in Boston. We went to the club to watch the fireworks from the golf course and they were really beautiful. IMG_1236

Day 14: My niece. She is always a source of amusement and happiness for me. It never fails to amaze me how intrigued children are by keys and things that are not toys. IMG_1244

Day 15: Movie night. On Saturday nights my niece and nephew watch a movie and it is usually an animated one. We happen to have a lot of Disney movies on VHS at our summer house. My throwback to The Lion King 2 was a fun one. IMG_1246

Day 16: Trouble maker. Like I said, it never fails to amuse me how much children like things like computers. IMG_1259

Day 16: The club near our house saved their fireworks until the 6th of July. We watched them on the water which was a totally surreal experience. IMG_1287

Day 17: Back to childhood. This summer I discovered how calming building lego sets is. My nieces and nephews love it because they get to play with them. This bat cave was actually really awesome. IMG_1342

Day 18: A new Iphone. A few days I ago I dropped my phone and the screen smashed. I was living with a phone wrapped in plastic until my new one arrived. It is quite exciting to not be dealing with my broken screen anymore. IMG_1346

Day 19: Movie night. I am a five year old in disguise. It is obviously an excuse to re-watch The Lego Movie. IMG_1372

Day 20: Scrapbooking. I love scrapbooking and basically anything involving crafts. A few weeks ago I went to Michaels and stocked up on all the basics I would need. Today, I am starting the project in one of the most beautiful spots of our house.

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Pins I Love

Happy Friday! There were some awesome pins this week on Pinterest! I still can’t get over how many different things I love can be in one place at one time. The Her Campus Blogger Network board is absolutely no exception. While my plans to attend the conference fell through and I am at home for the weekend, I am excited to get the chance to rest and catch up on some sleep from a long week and a very long day. Here are some of my favorites from this week! Enjoy!

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Lifestyle: 

October June: http://www.octoberjune.com/2014/03/the-importance-of-self-care.html?m=1

Preach. This article is so important and I am in agreement with basically everything she writes. My favorite is “cry it out”. I feel like a lot of girls try not to cry because it makes them look weak but it is just a way of expressing strong emotions.

The Caro Diaries: http://www.thecarodiaries.com/2013/07/college-bound-5-discounts-every-college.html

This article is wicked helpful. As a college student I am always thinking about ways to save money on whatever I can. This is an amazing resource.

Beauty:

Fashion Trends 101: http://www.fashiontrends101.com/blog/essie-summer-favorites

I LOVE nail polish. Since I’ve gotten back into that nasty habit of biting my nails I haven’t gotten a manicure in a while. I am very excited to try out these new colors once they have grown back.

Health/Fitness: 

 xo Mia: http://www.xomia.com/2014/07/daily-outfit-cropped.html

I LOVE this post. Everything about it is perfect. From her points about embracing your body to her points about wearing the clothes you want, everything she is saying is 100% accurate.

Randoms: 

 Coffee Beans and High Heels: http://coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com/for-yourself/the-fear

Fears are huge and it is very important to overcome this. I am beyond inspired by her post about how she overcame her fear! I totally agree when she says how important it is to make an effort to overcome your own fears!

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Tasty Tuesdays: Homemade Sports Drink

Since I am an avid tennis player and love working out during the summer I need constant hydration. It is key to get  the electrolytes and sugar to restore my energy so I don’t get dehydrated on the courts when it’s 80 degrees out. Last summer, I was drinking Vitamin Water.  After discovering how terrible Vitamin Water is for you my mom told me I couldn’t bring it into the house. I needed to come up with a health, homemade alternative that would do the same thing. What I came up with is pretty delicious and very easy to make. I am sharing my homemade sports drink recipe for the #SummerBloggerChallenge and the first of what I hope will be a weekly post called “Tasty Tuesdays”. For a long time I have wanted to do a weekly recipe and this is the perfect opportunity to start.

Homemade Sports Drink: 

Take Note: this recipe will fill a 100 ml size bottle.

Ingredients: 

1/3 cup pureed strawberries (to do this blend strawberries together in a Vitamix until smooth. Just strawberries.)

3 1/2 cups of cold water

1/4 cup hot water

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cups orange juice (fresh or bottled)

Directions: 

1. Dissolve the salt in the hot water. Once it fully dissolves, pour it into the water bottle of your choice.

2. Add the pureed strawberries

3. Add the cold water

4. Add the orange juice

5. Shake the bottle until all contents are mixed. Make sure the top is closed tightly so nothing will leak out.

6. Put in the fridge to chill until ready to drink. If you want you can add ice to keep it cold.

7. Enjoy before, during or after  your workout!

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If you try it, I hope you enjoy it! Let me know if any cool tweaks or flavors are totally awesome! Keep an eye out for another recipe next week!

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Weekly Pinterest Loves

Two weeks ago I got an idea to do a weekly post on Pins I liked from the Her Campus Bloggers Network Pinterest board. I kind of dropped the ball  last Friday so here are the ones I found last week (that I forgot to post) and some I found this week!

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Random Ones I Loved: 

http://coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com/organization/my-planner-erin-condren-splurge from Coffee Beans and High Heels. I am a total freak about organizing and I have accepted the fact I will need to use a planner this coming year. Between my four school clubs and student teaching, it will be the one thing keeping me sane. This is great inspiration for me!

http://coffeebeansandhighheels.weebly.com/randomness/my-summer-essentials from Coffee Beans and High Heels. I am also taking part in the #SummerBloggerChallenge and her take on the prompt was unexpected but really inspirational. I agree with most of this list.

Beauty: 

http://sartorialspice.com/2014/06/25/june-2014-julep-box/ from Satorial Spice. Seeing her review of the Julep box was such a happy coincidence! I have been contemplating ordering one and trying it for a while. This review encouraged me to try the free first box.

Lifestyle: 

http://alellzey.blogspot.com/2014/06/five-ways-to-relax-after-work.html from Because I Said So. This totally speaks to my mood everyday when I get home from class. I’m sure I will be utilizing some or all of these tips once the school year starts and I fall back into my crazy busy schedule.

http://thesls.blogspot.com/2014/07/6-reasons-i-deleted-you-from-facebook.html?showComment=1404313628641 from The Student’s Lifestyle. I love this post. This is a constant debate for me: to delete or not to delete. Her reasons for deleting were 100% spot on!

Food: 

http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/2014/05/chocolate-peanut-butter-smoothie-recipe.html from My Newest Addiction. This looks AWESOME. I can’t eat peanut butter but I can imagine alternative nut butters that would totally work. A hazelnut butter and chocolate smoothie is basically Nutella in liquid form.

http://keepingupwithcourtney.weebly.com/food/eating-healthy-while-dining-out-part-i-tips-from-a-waitress from Keeping Up With Courtney Lynn. This is a constant struggle. My friends at school love eating out for birthdays or just to take a break from cooking. I am worried about how it would work while gluten free, kosher and picky but her amazing advice helps.

Technology/Blogging: 

http://mediajunkiejungle.com/2014/07/02/how-do-you-know-if-you-are-a-successful-blogger/ from Media Junkie Jungle. Preach. Since I started blogging there is always a part of me that questions if I am successful and giving people things they want to read. I’m glad to know I am not the only one and her definition of a successful blogger is great.

http://www.colormebrave.com/2014/06/free-stock-photos.html from Color Me Brave. The hardest part is definitely picking pictures if I don’t have any that work. This list is a lifesaver.

Health: 

http://www.thepreppyscientist.com/2014/07/infused-water-recipes.html from The Preppy Scientist. This summer I have been experimenting with homemade flavored water and sports drinks. I am definitely trying some of these!

 

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Summer Necessities and Basics #SummerBloggerChallenge

Since my summer basically consists of playing tennis, writing and reading, my necessities are pretty low. The basics I have in my bag every day and what I use at home are different because I don’t carry my laptop to the courts.  Both are integral parts to my summer. When I first got this prompt weeks ago as part of the #SummerBloggerChallenge my mindset was in a totally different place. I was carrying a bag with my wallet, camera and phone through Europe. Now, my bag is a tennis bag and its contents are quite different than what I typically carry on a daily basis.

My Tennis Bag Contents

My Tennis Bag Contents

A) My tennis racket. My racket has practically become an extension of my arm. I am playing six days a week for three hours at the most and one at the least. I am very active and rely on it.

B) Tennis balls. It’s always good to have a spare set of tennis balls in my bag. I might end up playing a match someone outside of the practices or lessons with the coaches.

C) A spare hat. It gets warm in the Cape. Having a hat in case of an emergency was a trick I learned last year. I rarely wear it but when the weather is brutal it is a great relief from the sun and the hot summer temperatures.

D) Sunscreen. I said it’s hot. I love the Neutrogena spray sunscreen. It is easy to put on and easy to carry. I have a face one also since my skin is pretty sensitive and I don’t think using a spray on my face would do it any good. It is a lifesaver when the sun is beating down on you. The last thing I want is to get sunburned.

E) Wristlet. My Vera Bradley wristlet comes everywhere with me. It has all the basics I would need in an emergency and my keys are attached so I won’t lose them when I move from the courts to the gym or between courts in the clinics.

F) Water bottle. Staying hydrated was always my downfall last year. Now that I have this water bottle from Pink by Victoria’s Secret, it has only been a problem once. They hold more than your regular Poland Spring water bottles, are reusable and it shows my personality.

G) Phone. This is where my entire life lives. I have all my tennis lessons on my ICal. Having it in immediate reach makes it easy when a scheduling question comes up or I need to reach someone about a time change. It also makes me feel better knowing I have a way to contact someone in the rare case I run into car trouble on the ride to or from the club.

My other necessities, which don’t usually go in my tennis bag are my computer so I can write and blog, whatever book I am reading and occasionally the external hard drive with my photos on it. These three things combined with my tennis bag keep me organized and define my summer so far.

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Friendly Reminders Thanks to Summer

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Since this summer has been pretty low key, I’ve had a lot of  free time on my hands. Thanks to this newfound freedom in my schedule, I am finally getting back into things I love to do but never have enough time for and expanding new  interests.  There are also some activities I do purely because they calm me down and happen to bring me back to my childhood.

I forgot how much Pinterest had to offer and the large amount of time you can spend on it.  Pinning and browsing has been a lot of fun. I keep finding cool teacher tips or useful things for my future classroom. I keep finding yummy looking gluten free and non-gluten free recipes. Now, when I click on a suggested board I can be on Pinterest for hours. It’s a bad cycle but the good thing is, I don’t have much else I need to do this summer. At some point I need to try starting another personal statement for graduate school but it’s only July 3rd. Writing for me is a breeze.

I discovered how much of a drag Facebook and technology is. If I have a choice, I usually end up reading, writing, doing something outside, or on Pinterest. I don’t really count Pinterest as technology because it taps into my creative side. I also haven’t been watching much TV.  The only show I am caught up on is Orange Is The New Black.

I am spending a lot of time reading blogs. I discovered a lot of blogs written by teachers (thanks Pinterest!) and the blogs I see from the Her Campus Bloggers are really fun reads. It is a cool way for me to see things differently and get a lot of topics thrown at me in a short time. Reading blogs fall under my summer reading category since I don’t consider it a distraction, but something that adds to my summer.

I have also been very gung-ho on reading. Since our trip to Europe, I have picked up multiple books and finished them at a fast pace. I have always been a fast reader. My most recent book I  read was “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. I was probably very late to the game, but I really want to see the movie. I have a strict rule of reading the book first and then watching the movie.

I really can’t complain so far about my summer. I’ve been playing tennis, relaxing and enjoying my time off to the fullest. I am very grateful that college summers start so early. I am expecting some shock once I start working and my summers get shorter. I will cross that bridge when I get to it, for now, I am going to enjoy.

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