My 2018 Summer Goals

Welcome back to my blog! I've officially been out of school for a couple of weeks, and now that the initial post-exam relief has passed, sometimes I struggle to find ways to keep myself occupied. I wanted to put together a list of goals for this summer and thought I'd share it with you! Here are the things I want to accomplish this summer:

  • Grow as a person from new experiences. This summer, I was selected to attend a couple of leadership seminars through my school. I attended the first earlier this month, and it was a life-changing experience to say the least. I learned so much about personal, group, and societal leadership and can't wait to incorporate those lessons into my everyday life.
  • Read more. Besides for required reading, I hate to admit I only read one book for my own enjoyment last school year. Reading expands the mind, so I'm not limiting it to novels - I'm open to reading new blogs, memoirs, etc.! Please leave recommendations below!
  • Write short stories. I used to be such an avid writer, but unfortunately during the school year there is little time to spare for my personal passions. I love being given prompts and developing my own stories around them. Recently I found this list of prompts I really love.

  • Work out at least 5 times per week. I've been trying to work out consistently since January, but since I have so much more free time this summer, I'm increasing both the quantity and duration of my workouts. I recently joined a gym and love using the elliptical and swimming laps in the pool.
  • Improve my tennis game pre-season. For those of you who don't know, I play tennis for my school. Conditioning starts pretty soon, and I want to work on my strokes and serves.
  • Stick to a consistent sleep schedule. This is super important to me because honestly, I have an unhealthy sleep schedule. Too often I stay up finishing a movie and then sleep in too late into the day. Sleep is crucial to my well-being and I know setting a sleep schedule now will help during the school year as well.
  • Collaborate with more bloggers and companies. I absolutely love getting to work with different bloggers and companies. This is something I've been doing more and more lately and I'd love to expand on that this summer! If you are a blogger or company and would be interested in working together, please feel free to reach out and I will get back asap. 
  • Expand my audience and outreach. This ties into the previous goal. Networking is so important and I want to work on catering content to a wider audience and reaching more readers, bloggers, and companies alike. I'm thinking about creating a blog-specific Instagram account.
  • Plan for the school year. This is so important to me - maintaining a school-blog balance will be impossible if I don't plan ahead this summer. I want to create some sort of a blog calendar - if you have tips or printables, please let me know!
Thank you so much for reading! Be sure to stay tuned and keep in touch. You all are so amazing and I hope you have the best summer yet!
What is your biggest goal this summer?

InstaCandy Review: Have a Sweet Summer

Welcome back to my blog! Recently I've been extremely busy with studying for AP exams, finals, and other end-of-year assignments. The end of the school year was definitely bittersweet. This year was both the most stressful and the most enjoyable yet. However, I can't wait to get back to my blog this summer! 

Speaking of which, as students I think you'll agree that we all deserve to treat ourselves after a strenuous school year. I know I do. Today, I'm teaming up with InstaCandy to show you a unique way to indulge your sweet tooth this summer. InstaCandy is a subscription box service that delivers candy to your door for under $25- They offer one month, three month, and six month subscriptions. Each box comes with 8+ candy items, ranging from sweet to sour. Check out their website HERE for pricing and other information. I would like to thank InstaCandy for sending me their May box to review. 

As you can see, the May box contained a wide variety of candies, including bubblegum, sour dip, and Twizzlers. The gummy cake was the main feature of this box, and I was excited to try it. My favorite items from the box have to be the Haribo gummies and the truffle bar - I love gummies, and you can never go wrong with chocolate. Overall I was really happy with the box and I liked how there were both candies I was familiar with and others that I have never heard of before. If you have a sweet tooth like me, check out InstaCandy this summer and let me know what you think! 
Also, I plan to focus more time on my blog this summer, so be sure to stay tuned and leave your links below! I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. xo
What is your favorite candy?

My Winter Essentials

Welcome to my blog! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day. In today's post I'll be sharing my winter essentials with you. Here are the things I've been loving as of late. 

Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate has to be one of my favorite winter drinks. It is so comforting when I am up late studying or binge watching a show! A big thanks to Whitney from Baker's Custom Apparel on Etsy for sending me this beautiful monogrammed mug! The colors and finish are wonderful and I have been getting so much use out of it! The shop also carries apparel, bags, and more. I recommend Baker's Custom Apparel for all your monogram needs.

Lip Balm
My skin and lips get so dry this time of year! I can always use a good lip balm to keep my lips moisturized. Lately I've been loving Vaseline Rosy Lips. I love the natural pink tint it offers.

Riding Boots
My riding boots are a recent purchase and I couldn't be happier! These dress up the simplest winter outfits and look great with leggings, jeans, even dresses. I want to pick up some boot socks soon.

Flair Pens
I don't want to let the drab winter weather affect my motivation to study! I've always loved Flair Pens but only recently purchased my own set. The bright colors are perfect for note taking and add a little brightness to an otherwise bland day.

I am a major music person. I love listening to music during school and when I exercise. Two of my favorite songs right now are Personal by HRVY and Trust Fund Baby by Why Don't We.

Sweet Treats
Some type of sweet treat is a must when it is cold outside! I'm a big fan of cookies, and recently a friend and I made mantecaditos, Puerto Rican shortbread cookies, for our Spanish class. They turned out to be delicious. I totally recommend them - Let me know if you try them out!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed today's post. While I love winter, I am excited spring is around the corner! There is so much to look forward to this time of year.
What is your top winter essential?

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