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Throwback Thursday: Sealife Aquarium

Junior year of high school I got a “rain check” ticket for the Sealife Aquarium at the Mall of America and I ended up waiting almost a year after getting it to use it. I literally used it three days before it was supposed to expire. So here is a compilation of some of the pictures while I was there!

Forest

This was the walkway in one of the areas.

Jellyfish Room Entrance

My favorite part of the aquarium would have to be the jellyfish room. This is part of the entrance. It had really cool lights and awesome “glowing” illustrations.

Jellyfish Room

The room itself had mirrors all around the outside so that it looked like it was a lot bigger than it actually was. It was also very dark and some of us (me) had issues with the illusion… I definitely almost walked into the walls multiple times.

Jellyfish Room 2

Here’s a better picture of the jellyfish tanks.

Jellyfish

The lights in the tank kept changing colors too, so it looked like the jellyfish were changing. Surprisingly all the pictures I took were when the lights were red/pink. I honestly could have stood in there for hours watching them swim around.

Jellyfish2

There’s one last jellyfish picture for you.

Seahorse

One of the other rooms full of tanks had a ton of seahorses.

Coral and Anenomes

There were quite a few smaller tanks with fish and coral and anemones in them. These are always some of my favorites, such beautiful colors!

Now the main part that most people love to see is the tunnel. It’s basically a giant fish tank that you walk through. It curves up over everyone’s heads and you can see all the big fish swimming around in it. I tried to get as many pictures as I could while walking through there but most of them turned out blurry. It was very busy and very hard to hold not only my phone still to take the pictures but also hold still while people were walking all around me.

Here are the pictures I did manage to take.

Turtle

Here’s one of the turtles they have. I know a lot of the animals they have in this tank are rescued ones that were injured in some way and wouldn’t be able to survive on their own.

Shark

There’s the last picture I was able to snag! It was just laying on the glass right above us! Such a cool experience.

If you ever have a chance to go to this aquarium I highly recommend it, it’s small but definitely has a lot of things worth seeing.

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Lifestyle

Procrastination 


So I don’t know about you guys, but I have the hardest time when it comes to procrastination. I can be very motivated to do things but when it comes to tackling big projects (especially during the summer) I find myself making excuses at every turn. The past few summers I’ve had summer reading assignments for my English classes and this year was no different.

Summer Reading Supplies

My goal this upcoming school year is to stop procrastinating. It’s definitely a big goal for me but I feel like with more time to work on things and less work I should be able to tackle what I need to on a day to day basis.

Here are some reasons to stop procrastinating:

1. You’ll have more time once you’re done to be able to do things that you want to do instead of working on all the work you’ve put off.

2. There’s a sense of accomplishment to having done all you have to do on time, or even earlier than you need it to
be done.

3. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of getting your work done on time you’ll be more productive and actually get your work done on a regular basis.

Summer Reading

If you’re like me, then these probably won’t be all the motivation you need in order to stop procrastinating. These are some things that I’ve been doing to try and make better habits:

1. I avoid rewarding myself with time on the internet. If I do, I’ll play one level of Candy Crush, or watch a YouTube video but I don’t check social media.I find that if I let myself go on social media I spend way too much time on it and don’t get any work done.

2. I do reward myself though, like I said I’ll play a level of Candy Crush, or watch a YouTube video during a break but I also reward myself with other things too. Usually for when I’m done with all the tasks I figure out a “big” prize, sometimes I plan a relaxing night, order food for dinner, buy something I have on my wish list, something like that. For smaller rewards I usually make, or buy myself coffee or tea, spend time scrolling through social media, or watch a movie. It’s always great to have something to look forward to at the end of a long To-Do list.

2. I gather everything that I could need while working on my project and put it where I’ll be working. The only reason I let myself leave my workspace is if I have to go to the bathroom.

3. While I do try to leave my workspace as fewtimes as possible, I do give myself breaks. I try to work for at least half an hour at a time and then take a five to ten minute break. Breaks are really important because if you work for too long you will get burnt out.

4. Just do it. Make a list of everything you need to get done, prioritize them, alternating tasks that are hard and ones that are easy. Then sit down and get to work and don’t stop until you have everything done. Once you’re finished you will feel so much better about things and it will alleviate so much stress.Summer Reading Rewards

Do any of you have issues with procrastination? What are your favorite ways to keep yourself motivated?

Have a great day everyone!

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Sunsets

  
Psalm 65:8 says:

The whole earth is filled with awe of your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you ca forth songs of joy.

Take some time to look at the beauty of some sunsets this week. Have a good one!

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August Favorites

Now that August is almost over, I figured I would share some things that I have been enjoying this month!

Perfume
Jorel Parker Perfume – Classico

 I got this perfume in my July Ipsy bag (Ipsy is a subscription service that sends you a bag filled with beauty samples every month for $10.) I’m usually pretty hesitant with perfumes because a lot of artificial scents give me headaches. This perfume, however, has a very fresh and clean scent with some floral tones too. I love how it smells and it lasts super long too!

Necklace
Mischief Managed Necklace

   My birthday was on the thirteenth of this month and my sister got me this necklace for a present. I love the Harry Potter series and this necklace is so cute. I don’t wear necklaces very often but it’s been fun incorporating this into my style.

Sexy Hair Product
Sexy Hair Heat Protectant

I went from about May until the end of July without straightening my hair. At the beginning of August the humidity started getting bad and my hair was getting really frizzy so I decided to start straightening it again. I hadn’t used a heat protectant before because they always left my hair looking and feeling very oily but I had this sample size one so I figured I’d use it and I ended up loving it! It smells really good and it makes my hair feel super soft after it’s been straightened. Definitely thinking about buying the full size version.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo – Tropical

   I’ve seen so many people rave about Batiste dry shampoo that I finally had to pick some up to try. This tropical scent smells like coconut and works better than any other dry shampoo I’ve used so far. To me it was definitely worth the hype.

Twenties Girl
Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella

 I picked up a few of Sophie Kinsella’s books from the library and I’ve flown through them! They’re so easy to read and have such interesting plots that I find myself loving every second of them. So far I’ve read three of her books and am starting on my fourth.

Contigo Water Cup
Contigo Water Tumbler

Not only do I have a love for coffee mugs, I also love water bottles just as much. I like this cup because it’s insulated and holds 20 oz. of water. It also has this awesome feature where when you take the straw out it creates a leak-proof seal so you can put drink mixes in it, or iced coffee, etc. and shake it to mix without worrying about spills. Definitely a new favorite water bottle for me.

Stabilo Pens
Stabilo Pens

I bought these pens to use when color coding my planner. They come in so many different colors and don’t bleed through paper and they’re not rounded so when you set them down they don’t roll away.

Nude Dude Eyeshadow
Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette – The Balm

Bought this palette months ago but only used one or two colors out of it but finally picked it up this month to use more of a variety. The colors are very pigmented are so easy to apply. I’d have to say my favorite color is Fit, it’s such a nice gold tone and I love applying it all over and just wearing it on it’s own. Getting so much use out of this, it’s been great.

Birks
Mossimo “Birkenstocks”

   My last item is my “Birkenstocks” that I got at Target! I really wanted to get a pair like this before I went on my spring break trip in March. I found these for $25 at Target and have worn them almost every day since! Now that summer is winding down I know I’ll have to put these away soon so I’ve been wearing them all the time. They’re so comfortable and I’m so glad I bought them.

So these are just a few of the things that I have loved using this past month! What have you all been loving?

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Adventures

Look What I Found!

My sister and I went biking the other day and stumbled across this cute little fairy garden set up along the trail.

There was a sign that asked people to add whatever they wanted and to arrange it as they pleased, but to respect it and not to take anything. My sister and I fixed it up to make it neat and then left, I unfortunately didn’t have anything to leave for the garden.

The entrance was my favorite part, it had a trellis, a gate, a button path, and a little mailbox that had some letters inside it.

There was also this tiny weathervane that I had to take a picture of. I love little details like this!

It was such a treat to find this, it definitely made our trip just that little bit more fun. I love stuff like this, little fairy gardens and houses. My grandparents have a tree that my sister and I had named Tinkerbell’s house years ago and we’ve kept it decorated and clearly marked ever since. These are so creative and such a cute idea!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Summer

Bonfire

Last night of youth group for me.
Orientation Day

Getting up at 4:30 for orientation was obviously great.

Yard

Reading Heir of Fire

Reading outside was one of my favorite things to do after work at the beginning of the summer, before it got too hot.

Splash Pad

Noodles

Noodles date with my best friend.

Sunset 2

Rest Stop

My Best Friend

Photobomb, brought to you by my best friend.

Trees

Dog Walking

Walking the dog at my dad’s house.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing! (That’s definitely not me up there.)

Sunset 3

Valleyfair

We rode the Ferris Wheel while it was raining on our trip to the amusement park. It was such a nice view and I got great pictures.

I’ve definitely had a more busy summer than most of those in the past but I’ve had such a good one. More picture filled posts to come soon. Enjoy your day everyone!

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Ten Things I Learned Before I Turned Nineteen

Happy International Left Hander’s Day!! And also happy birthday to me! Today I am officially nineteen and I decided to share some lessons with you that I’ve learned throughout the years.

1. Church is fun if you don’t make it a chore

Church

After getting confirmed at my church, neither youth group or regular Sunday morning services are required. We have no obligations and no more reason to go. I have always like going to church because I loved seeing my friends on Wednesday nights and when I could make it to church on Sunday morning I always enjoyed listening to the sermons. Once I had the freedom to choose if I even wanted to attend church anymore I found myself enjoying it more and looking forward to being there every week.

2. Volunteer

I can’t emphasize this one enough, volunteering is such a fulfilling experience no matter what you do. I loved being able to see any sort of difference I could make in someone’s life in just the short amount of time I was there to help work. I’ve done so many different volunteering projects over the years and each one has left me wanting to help out more.

3. Every sunset is worth taking a picture of.

Sunset

And for that matter everything is worth taking a picture of! You’re never going to experience something the way you are at that moment so why not document it. I know I have well over 100 sunset related pictures on my phone and camera, and to me they’re all special. Every picture is a memory.

4. Don’t lose your flash drives.

Just keep track of them, make sure you know where they are at all times or you will probably end up losing four years worth of school projects and pictures. Also, have copies of everything. (Or you might end up crying in the middle of art class.)

5. Giving presents to people is so much fun.

Presents

I love picking out presents for people whether it’s their birthday, Christmas, or a “just because” present because I saw something and thought of them. It makes me happy to see that they like it and I love making other people happy too.

6. Red lipstick is awesome.

Red Lipstick

I love wearing bright lipstick, it’s a great way to change up my day to day look and have fun. I have so many different colors but red has been my go-to color a lot lately. Lipstick looks great on everyone so don’t be afraid to wear it with confidence. Trust me, red lipstick is definitely something worth owning.

7. Your decisions matter most.

This was probably the biggest lesson I learned in the last year. I took an AP art class that required me to submit a portfolio at the end of the year. My art teacher essentially had no confidence in most of my work and she wasn’t shy about saying that to me either. By the time I was finished I had made my portfolio with very little of her help, choosing the pictures that I liked disregarding the criticism that she had told me. I ended up passing with the highest score you could get. Now I’m not saying that you should disregard anything that anyone tells you but what you choose to do is what matters in the end. You have the power to do what you want.

8. Disney is magical no matter how old you are.

Cinderella's Castle

I went to Disney this past spring break for the first time ever. I was 18 years old and probably had more fun than most of the little kids there! I’ve been a fan of Disney my whole life and this was honestly a dream come true for me. It’s such a magical experience and I can’t wait to go back someday.

9. You don’t have to like drinking coffee black.

There are so many coffee snobs at my school who will make comments all the time about how they only drink black coffee. I for one am definitely not one of those people. I love coffee but I always add creamer to it because when it’s plain it’s way too bitter for me. Like yay you if you can drink it plain but that’s nothing special to talk about. Don’t judge people for how they drink their coffee, it has nothing to do with you. It’s just coffee.

10. Go to your favorite band’s concerts.

Stars in the Night

Rend Collective is my favorite band and last September I got to see them live for the first time. I went to this concert with my friends Ryan and Ricky and I had such an amazing time. We stood really close to the stage and I just sang my heart out and loved every second of it. Then this spring I went to a Chris Tomlin concert with my youth group where Rend Collective played again (just as good the second time!). Going to concerts is so much fun, I love when the music is so loud that you can’t even hear anyone else so you can sing as loud as you want and just dance your heart out. (I didn’t really dance though, whoops.) If your favorite band ever comes to your city be sure to buy a ticket and go to the concert, you won’t regret it.

I had so much fun coming up with things to write for this post. I know it’s all over the place but these are the things that I’ve learned that I thought were worth sharing. What’s a random lesson you’ve learned over the years that has stuck with you?

Have a great day everyone!

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Currently Reading

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Cover

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is one of my favorite summer reads. Since buying it I’ve read it at least once a year.

Basically, the concept behind the book is that Amy needs to move her mom’s car across the country but Amy is scared to drive. So Amy’s mom gets her friends son, Roger, to help with the driving. Once they begin their journey they decide that they want to take a detour, following their own route instead of taking the planned out route Amy’s mother gave them. There’s a lot of personal growth and it’s overall just a light book that I could read and reread all the time without getting sick of it.
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour Inside

One of the coolest parts of this book is that it takes on a scrapbooky feel. It includes pictures, and playlists, and other mementos from the road trip.

I’ve rated it five out of five stars for it’s unique design, engaging story, and the fun I felt while reading it.

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Morgan Matson is one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend picking up this book if you want to try out her books.

What is one of your favorite books to read during the summer?

I’ll see you all on Thursday with my next post.

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Throwback Thursday: Itasca State Park

So I figured that every once in a while, probably once a month, I would make a post about some adventure that I had in the past that I haven’t shared on the blog before.

This first one is a compilation of pictures from the two trips I took to Itasca State Park this summer.

 

Our first stop, after the visitor’s center of course, is always Peacepipe Vista. The stairs down to this point are not the safest but the view is amazing! There are two hiking trails that branch off from this vista but I’ve only hiked the one to the right. It leads you to a boat launch near a campsite. I’d love to someday hike the other trail but usually my sister and I have to get back up the stairs so we don’t keep our grandparents waiting.

Another favorite of mine is the Headwaters of the Mississippi. We always stop off there after we eat lunch. It tends to be very busy so I don’t have very many pictures from this recent trip.

If you want to cross the rocks there remember to be careful! Any submerged rocks can be VERY slippery. I’ve only crossed the rocks twice because I don’t like doing it when other people are around; but walking through the water or across the small wooden bridge are just as good!

Also, it’s always fun to stand on the bridges and watch fish try to swim against the river’s current. I recommend that.

 Mirror selfies are always fun. (Sorry to my sister for posting this.)

Once we finish up at the Headwaters we get on to the Wilderness Drive which is a one-way road that weaves through the park and is so pretty. We usually stop off at the red pine, and white pine and look at those.

When I went there with my dad this summer he suggested that we hike the Blow Down Trail. Let me just tell you this now, DO NOT HIKE THIS TRAIL UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED! They do not maintain this trail so it’s only about a foot wide, completely overgrown, and there are SO many bugs. At one point there were literally hundreds of mosquitoes on my back.

Now, this picture is of the Buffalo Kill Site, which is essentially just a swamp right next to the entrance to the trail for the formerly record holding red pine.   By this point of every trip it’s getting late and we are ready to leave so we head out to the fire tower and hike the half mile out and prepare ourselves to climb 100 feet up to the viewing tower.

The view is absolutely amazing from the top. I’m terrified of heights but I’ve climbed up there five times now and it’s really become a summer tradition.

It’s absolutely exhausting but so worth it in the end.

Once we climb down and get back to the car it’s time we leave the park. Someday I’d love to do more hiking there or even bike the trail through the park.

Itasca is a beautiful place to visit and it’s always a highlight of my summer.