Thursday, June 30, 2016

Day Trip Essentials

Day trips are a great way to explore the beautiful parks, cities, and areas around you. They're also a great way to escape from day to day life without having to pay for a hotel or overnight stay somewhere. If you've been keeping up with my weekend wrap ups as of late, you'll know I've been on a couple different day trips over the past month. I've been to two state parks which you can read about here and here and Arbor Lodge if you'd like to read about those trips. I've got what I put in my bag for day trips down, so I thought I'd share with you what I take when I know I'll be out for the day!


Day Trip Essentials from Courtney's Little Things



Water.

Whenever I'm going to be out, I always take a bottle of water with me. I like to have something to drink in the car if it will be a long ride and of course I need to stay hydrated when out walking in the summer heat. It saves a few dollars if you bring a bottle from home and if you use a reusable bottle or tumbler, it helps the environment too. 


Snack.

Much like having a drink with me, I always like to have a little snack should I get hungry. If you're gone all day or doing a lot of walking and exploring you can get hungry, so bringing a little snack with you is a little life saver. My favorite snack to take on the road is a good trail mix since it's salty, sweet, and a bit chocolatey! Plus it has a bit of protein in it to give a bit more energy on a long day. And as with bringing your own water, this will save a few dollars and possibly stop you from making a worse decision like picking up candy at a gas station or getting something at a fast food place.


Good walking shoes.

I always do a lot of walking when I'm out on a day trip, so it's important that I wear a good pair of shoes that will be comfy and help me make it through the day pain free. I get blisters from shoes really easily, so this is something I'm always sure I bring. Some days I even wear a pair of sandals in the car, slip into my walking shoes once I get to my destination, and then back into my sandals when I get back in the car. 


Sunglasses.

The sun is usually out this time of year and I swear it gets brighter and more intense each day! So whenever I'm going out, for a day trip or even just to run errands, I take a pair of sunglasses with me. I keep a pair of sunglasses in my bag at all times just to make it easier, along with a pair of sunglasses that are always in my car for the times I leave the sunglasses that should be in my purse on the table at home.


Sunscreen.

Along with sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun, I protect my skin from the sun by bringing sunscreen with me. I'm pretty pale and burn easily so I take an SPF 50 and reapply it every few hours so I don't end up with a nasty sunburn to remember my trip by.


Camera.

Last, but my favorite item on this list is a camera! I like taking lots of pictures on my day trips, especially this summer since I know a vacation isn't in store for me this year.  It's always fun to capture moments for my 2016 album and to share here on Courtney's Little Things! Before I go I make sure my camera battery is charged because nothing is worse than taking 3 photos then having your camera die on you.


These are the six things I bring with me when I'm going out on a day trip. Like I said, day trips are a great way to explore the area around you and take a bit of a break from every day life. They're always so much fun and memorable. I'm hoping to go on a few more day trips this summer and I hope you're able to go on one or two yourself!

Have you been on any day trips this summer? What do you bring with you on your day trips?





Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Day Trip | Arbor Lodge

A few weeks ago I went to Arbor Lodge, the home of the J. Sterling Morton who created Arbor Day. He and his family created a beautiful mansion from a basic four room frame house in the 1800s. The property more than 260 species of trees, which is fitting for the founder of Arbor Day. I took a ton of photos and thought I'd share some with you!


Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things
Day Trip | Arbor Lodge from Courtney's Little Things



I hope you liked looking at all my photos. I always like when other people post photo diaries of their trips, so I hope you enjoyed mine!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up No. 46

This week hasn't really been to exciting, but something very good is happening! I haven't talked about it on here, but I have been in a serious funk with my depression this month and it has been pretty bad. I haven't been motivated to do much of anything and haven't felt like talking at all. It's caused my parents to be concerned about me since it has been such a sudden and big change in my behavior. This week though, I have been starting to feel the fog of depression lifting and I'm starting to feel more and more like my normal self. So that is excellent news!

The best day of the week was Thursday when I went to the lake with my mom and sister for a little bit. I enjoyed reading a new book - Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou - while my sister sunbathed and my mom enjoyed the water.


Weekend Wrap Up No. 46


Friday I ran errands with my mom and we picked up a few new things for my apartment which I'll move into next weekend. I have to say the best part was when we stopped for some ice cream.

Saturday I had a bit of a lazy day, just watching documentaries. In the evening I had a blog day (can you call it that if it's just in the evening?). I wrote some new posts and edited photos for them and I am super excited to share them with you next month! 

Sunday I watched the movie Erin Brockovich with my mom. It's based on a true story of a woman who became a legal assistant and helped a small town in California win a lawsuit against a multimillion dollar company for poisoning the town's water which caused tons of health problems. It's a great movie that I highly recommend. And the best part is it's on Netflix, so you have no excuse not to watch it!


So that was my weekend. Not the most exciting, but it was a good laid back weekend. I also didn't take any photos during the weekend, so I don't have any to share for this week's weekend wrap up. 

Before ending this post, I would like some feedback from all of you! I started doing the Weekend Wrap Up last July, and since I'm coming up on one year of writing these posts almost weekly, I was wondering if you guys like these posts, or if you'd like to see a new type of personal post each week? I've been thinking about maybe switching it up to 10 things that happened each week. Let me know what you think of the weekend wrap ups and if you'd like to see me change up my weekly personal post in the comments. Of course, I'd also love to know how your weekend was and if you watched any good films over the weekend!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Why I Journal

I've been journaling off and on since 1st grade. With journaling for that many years, I've found lots of reasons to encourage me to continue to keep one. At different points I've used my journal to record what's happening, get out my thoughts and feelings on all the high school drama, figure out what I think about different topics, practice self-care, be creative, and keep memories. If you keep a journal you can probably relate to these reasons for keeping one. If not, maybe this list will make you want to start one! So without further ado, here are a few reasons why I keep a journal.

Why I Journal from Courtney's Little Things


  1. It's a way to keep all those memories you'd otherwise forget.
  2. It's a way to look back at who you were, how you felt, and what was important to you at a certain point in your life.
  3. It's a way to be able to look back and know what day or what year a certain event happened (you never know what will be important to you later on).
  4. It's a way to be creative.
  5. It's a way to let go of negative emotions.
  6. It's a way to process emotions.
  7. It's a way to process your thoughts.
  8. It's a way to problem solve through difficult situations.
  9. If you have something private that you don't want others to know about, you can write it in your diary to get it off your chest, but still not tell anyone.
  10. It can help you figure out where you want to go from here.
  11. It's your own private space.
  12. It can be anything you want - a place to doodle, a place to write, a place to make little notes, anything!
  13. It's a way to hone your writing skills.
  14. It's a way to get to know yourself better.
  15. It's a way to figure out what you believe.
  16. It can be a way to practice self-care.
  17. It's a way to get your emotions out in a healthy way.
  18. If you're upset with someone, you can get out your frustrations without hurting anyone's feelings or being unprofessional.
  19. It can be a way to track your mood or stress levels.
  20. It can be a way to track how certain things affect your well-being.
  21. It's a way to experiment - you can experiment with how you write or the way you think and what you believe in.
  22. It can help you figure out your life goals.
  23. It can help you decide what you want out of life.
  24. It's a way to figure out what your next step should be.
  25. It's an excuse to keep buying cute stationary.

Do you journal or want to start one? Why do you keep a journal?


Thursday, June 23, 2016

How to Make Your Dorm Look Good

For freshman and even upperclassman living on campus, it can be a challenge to make your dorm cute and functional. You only have so much space, chances are you're sharing it (especially if you're a freshman), and you have to be able to fit all you stuff in there! I lived on campus all four years (although 2 were in an on campus apartment) so I like to consider myself a bit of a pro at decorating dorm rooms. So here are a few ways you can spruce up your dorm room and make it your own.

How to Make Your Dorm Look Good | Tips on how to decorate your dorm room from Courtney's Little Things


Keep it clean.

The first and possibly one of the most important ways to make your dorm look good is to keep it clean. Living in a small room, you have to keep everything organized and clean if you want the space to be functional, pretty, and if you want anyone else to be willing to spend time in it with you. The easiest way I've found to keep my room clean is to make the bed each day, spend 10 minutes in the evening putting things away, and take out the trash at least once a week. 

Choose a color palette.

My freshman year I had a rainbow striped comforter and random brightly colored storage containers and pillows. It didn't really look that great. Between then and my junior year, I settled on a 3 tone color palette of blue, pink, and white which looked much more put together. When picking out your decor, have a set color palette in mind so it looks like everything in your dorm goes together rather than looking like you just grabbed whatever you could find.

Use light colors and white.

Building on that idea of a color palette, be sure to include some white or lighter colors in your palette. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to tell you that you can't have bright colors in your dorm. I love having lots of color in my room! But to keep it from getting to crazy in your small space, balance out the color with some white or other lighter, muted tones. In my dorm I had a white comforter with pink and blue pillows, along with pink and blue touches elsewhere in the room.


Hang wall art.

While you shouldn't be using nails to hang things up, you can go crazy with command hook strips! Hanging up some wall art makes the dorm feel like it's yours whether it be DIY canvases, photos, wall decor from your favorite store, or posters. I always like to put up canvases and paintings I make myself along with lots of photos. Be careful with taking command hooks off the wall, but you won't get charged too much if you take a few little chips of paint off the wall so don't stress about it.

Put down a rug.

If your dorms are like the ones I stayed in, the carpeting is probably pretty hideous. An easy way to fix that is with a rug! You can get an area rug for as little as $15 and it will make all the difference. I went for a white rug (back to using those light colors to make your space feel bigger) that was super soft for my room. There's also lots of cute patterned rugs and different textures so you're sure to find one that fits your style.

Use cute but functional storage.

With being in a small dorm room, you have to make sure that everything you put in your room serves a purpose. One way to do that is with cute but functional storage options. A drawer unit can hold your beauty and craft supplies while giving you extra space on top to show off your tsum tsum collection (because let's be real, that needs to be on display). A cute mug can be a little desk decoration while holding all your pens and pencils. A pretty dish can hold hair ties, chapstick, and other small items plus add a little something to your nightstand.


Those are my best tips to help you make your dorm look good. I hope they help as you plan out how you want your dorm to look in the fall!

How do you decorate your dorm or bedroom (I really want to know the answer to this, so don't be shy)? Any tips for decorating a small space?




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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

50 Thoughts I Had While Reading Game of Thrones

I'm super late to the party, but I finally decided to give Game of Thrones a try. Unlike most people though, I decided to start with the books rather than the TV series. Personally, I'm glad I did because this book has been more of a challenge than the others I've read this year since it is so thick (nearly 700 pages) and I'm not sure I would be able to actually stomach all the violence if it was on a screen if I hadn't read it first to prepare me (although I'm still a bit scared to actually watch the series). Anyways, I really got into reading this book and found myself gasping when the unexpected would happen, cringing when a prince was crowned (ew!), and occasionally wanting to yell at the characters to get their act together. So I thought all these thoughts might make for a good blog post. 

Now if you haven't read the first book or seen the series, you may not want to read the rest of this post since it will contain a few spoilers. If you're curious though and okay with a little hint of what the book/series is about or an avid fan of the Game of Thrones TV series and feeling a bit reminiscent for the first season, keep reading!


50 Thoughts I Had While Reading Game of Thrones from Courtney's Little Things


  1. I was not expecting this much incest.
  2. Why does Joffrey have to be such a little bitch?
  3. Not the puppy (direworlf)!!
  4. Why can't anyone be nice in this book?
  5. I don't trust this Littlefinger character.
  6. There's no way Tyrion tried to kill him!
  7. Yay! Arya gets to have fighting lessons!
  8. Way to go Jon, sticking up for the new kid.
  9. Catelyn may have just made things worse for her family.
  10. When will Sansa grow up?
  11. No wonder Sandor Clegane is so mean - his brother is a monster.
  12. Really Ned? You've been investigating the murder of the last Hand of the King, but you don't believe your daughter warning you about a plan to get rid of you?
  13. Okay good. Ned is relieved of his position so now he and his daughters can go back to the safety of Winterfell.
  14. Lysa's done lost it.
  15. No wonder nobody likes this little boy king.
  16. Gods Ned! Why couldn't you just leave safely with all your men when you had the chance?
  17. Why hasn't Dany had her brother killed yet?
  18. Why did Robb think it was a good idea to leave Bran alone in a forest?
  19. I SWEAR TO GOD ROBB. THIS IS WHY YOU DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BROTHER ALONE IN A FOREST.
  20. Tyrion is such a little con man!
  21. I figured out the reason Jon died!
  22. I did not figure out the reason Jon died.
  23. Ned you do not warn the enemy of your plan! Why are you talking to Cersei!?
  24. Well, this is a weird Dothraki ceremony.
  25. I know I said I wanted Viserys killed, but not like this.
  26. Look at Sam putting all the pieces together and helping Jon out!
  27. Why does Ned never see these things coming?
  28. I knew I didn't like Littlefinger.
  29. Sansa is gonna get her whole family killed.
  30. Those aren't their eyes????!!!!??
  31. Why is Allister Thorne such an ass?
  32. WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!?
  33. No, Robb! Don't leave!
  34. So basically all the Starks are screwed.
  35. Good god Catelyn. Go home and take care of your family and kingdom.
  36. I'm never sure if Tyrion is good or if he's just a decent person for a Lannister.
  37. Joffrey's first court session? This ought to go well *sarcasm.*
  38. Welp, that proved Sansa is completely unaware of reality.
  39. Okay, maybe Catelyn is most valuable strategizing on the battlefield.
  40. This raven is getting annoying.
  41. Like if everyone else in this book gets killed or injured, why can't we get rid of this stupid bird?
  42. Why is everyone in this book such an ass? Why can't anyone in this book be nice?
  43. YEESSS!!! We have Lannister!
  44. I'm so scared for Eddard. I'm so scared. 
  45. NOOOOOO!!!!
  46. So I don't find out what happens to Arya until the second book?? I can't wait that long!
  47. And now Sansa is sadly learning the truth the hard way.
  48. And now it's just sad.
  49. Where the hell do you think you're going, Jon!?!?
  50. So, if you take super hot baths you can make it through a fire, even if your clothes don't?


I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! The book is one of the best fantasy books I've read - lots of action and a plot that keeps you turning pages - so if you've thought about reading it, I would definitely give it a try. And remember friends: winter is coming.




Monday, June 20, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up No. 45

Hello friends! I didn't do a weekend wrap up last week because after spending the weekend with friends and travelling to see all of them, I was a little too tired to write a post on Sunday. It was a good time though because I got to see them for the first time in a month and I picked up some things for my apartment when I move in in 2 weeks (eep!). Anyways, this week I started working on getting ready for student teaching in 2 months, did a lot of pinteresting, and baked some cookies.

Weekend Wrap Up No. 45 from Courtney's Little Things


Friday I spent the day with my youngest brother. We went to a few stores, visited the area I'll be living at in a few weeks, and ate at one of our favorite restaurants. I got some new things for my turtle and a new pair of shoes for when I start teaching this fall. After our day out I spent most of the evening catching up on some of my favorite blogs.

Saturday I went to a parade that my youngest brother was in (he played tenors with the high school band). I haven't been to the parade in a long time, so it was something fun and different to do. I liked seeing the different people come by and watching the little kids get super excited to see the different vehicles and get candy.

In the afternoon I edited some photos and did some blog reading before we celebrated Father's Day. My dad had to work on Sunday, so Saturday we took him out for dinner and he opened his presents.

Sunday I enjoyed a super lazy day. I know it's kind of ridiculous, but every once in awhile I really enjoy laying in bed all day (no exaggeration - all day). I spent the morning in bed in bed watching shows on Netflix and then the afternoon joining Twitter chats. I've been a little bit frustrated lately with blogging just because I've noticed my stats going down the past few months, even though I feel like I'm still putting out good content and keeping up with social media. It's really confusing and disheartening when that happens because all though I love the process of blogging, I do want other people to enjoy it. So it was good to see other bloggers talking about motivation for blogging and it got me motivated to continue. Yay blogger chats!

And here's some photos from the weekend:

Weekend Wrap Up No. 45 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 45 from Courtney's Little Things
Weekend Wrap Up No. 45 from Courtney's Little Things


So that was my weekend. A low key but good weekend that has me ready for a new week! How was your weekend? Did you celebrate Father's Day? What keeps you motivated? Let me know in the comments!



Saturday, June 18, 2016

Blogging and Confidence

I had a moment today where I realized how much more confident I've become. It's been a slow process, but I think blogging has a lot to do with it. So I thought I'd share with you how blogging has affected my confidence over the past 1.5 years. 


Blogging and Confidence | How blogging has affected my confidence. from Courtney's Little Things


When I first started blogging I was trying to hide my identity a bit, partly for security but mostly for my lack of confidence. I was a bit embarrassed by my writing and photography and what other people would think of my hobby. There was also no way I was going to show my face on my blog because I felt like my beauty paled in comparison to the other bloggers I followed. 

I would never have dreamed of sharing the outfit I wore over the weekend, but today I'm getting ready for a little afternoon out and thinking "I want to get a picture of my outfit while we're out today." I know for some people that might not be a big deal, posting a photo of themselves online, but I've always been self-conscious about my body and the way I look and still hesitate to post photos of myself on my personal or blog accounts. 

It's not that I absolutely hate my body or the way I look. I think I look fine, but that's kind of where it ends. I've always been insecure about my weight, my forehead, and a load of other little things I nitpick at. Lately I've not been caring as much as I usually do about these little things and have been more open about posting photos of myself here and elsewhere. I'm sure my efforts with self-care and learning to accept myself flaws and all over the past few years has something to do with it, but I think blogging really has a lot to do with this.

While you could blog without ever showing your face or giving too much of yourself away, I think it's nearly impossible for anyone who finds themselves really getting into blogging. Blogging requires confidence. You have to have confidence in your writing, your photography, and what you have to say to press publish on your posts and share them with the world. The first few months of blogging were hard because my confidence in these areas fluctuated a lot. I would publish a few posts and then decide "no, no one cares about this" and make my blog private. But having a place to share my writing and photos was exactly what I wanted and I had enjoyed reading and being inspired by other people's blogs and wanted to do the same for someone else. So I kept going. My writing and photos got better and better which increased my confidence. Actual people started reading and commenting on my blog and my confidence and excitement grew. 

As I grew more confident in my blog, I also grew more confident in myself. Why? Because blogging really is putting a bit of yourself out into the world. You're saying "this is how I see it, this is what I think." And for me, as I grew more confident in my voice here on Courtney's Little Things, I also grew more confident in my voice in real life. And as I grow more and more confident in who I am on "the inside" (for a lack of a better word), I also find myself growing more and more confident in who I am on "the outside." I'm still a bit insecure, but I'm much more confident in my looks and outfits and even the way I walk (I actually had someone comment on how much more confident I walk).

I'm sure this confidence will only grow from here, and I truly do think a large part of it is because of blogging and all you lovely people who support and encourage me here. So thank you :)


Has blogging affected your confidence? Has something else helped you to grow more confident? Let me know in the comments!






Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Best Movies To Watch On Father's Day

Father's Day is coming up soon! I've been thinking about dads and that got me thinking about movies with great father-child relationships. I've picked out a few of my personal favorite movies that fit that theme and show how much dads love their kids.



The Best Movies To Watch On Father's Day from Courtney's Little Things
The Best Movies To Watch On Father's Day from Courtney's Little Things



Mrs. Doubtfire

This 1993 movie is still one of my favorites and I'm always up for watching it! Mrs. Doubtfire stars Sally Fields and Robin Williams (which should already be a clue of how funny this is). After the two parents get a divorce, Daniel (Robin Williams) goes to great lengths to spend more time with his kids. I love how funny this movie is and even though I've been watching it for roughly 22 years, I still laugh every time!


Annie

There are many versions of this movie, most recently in 2014 with Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis, but my favorite is the 1999 version with Kathy Bates and Victor Garber. I think the music on this version is superb and it's the version I grew up watching, so it just feels like the Annie I know and love. Regardless of which version of Annie you prefer watching, I love the story! An optimistic and charming young orphaned girl is chosen to spend the holidays with the rich Oliver Warbucks (or Mr. Stacks). Annie quickly wins him over with that already mentioned optimism and charm. Even though Mr. Warbucks wants to adopt her, he loves her enough to help her search for her birth parents, who she has been waiting for for 11 years. So sweet, so lovely, and one of the best musicals.


The Croods

I've talked about this movie before, and that's because I absolutely love this movie! The Croods is about a slightly overprotective father, his adventurous and curious daughter, and the rest of their family moving across the amazing (or scary, depending how you see it) pre-historic world after their cave is destroyed. With two very different personalities, the father and daughter have a lot to learn about each other and the world they live in. I really like this movie because you see the father-daughter relationship evolve from that kind of angsty teenager-parent relationship to that of respect between adult and parent as they both learn more about each other's strengths and realize they need each other.


Finding Nemo

You might be reminiscing about this film anyway since Finding Dory is in theaters this month. Just incase you need to refresh your memory, Finding Nemo is about Marlin and his son Nemo (and the friends they meet along the way!). Marlin is a bit of an overprotective father after he loses his wife and all but one of his children to a shark. He is very preoccupied about his son, Nemo, first day of school, while Nemo is excited to embark on a new adventure. When Nemo is kidnapped by a diver, Marlin goes on an adventure of his own to get his son back, meeting lots of interesting characters along the way. This movie is pretty perfect to watch right now since the sequel is out, it's summer and movies about sea creatures feel perfect at the moment, and of course perfect for Father's Day, too!


Those are the movies I think are perfect to watch on Father's Day. Let me know in the comments if you have any movies you would add to this list and what you think of the ones I mentioned here!





Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Using A Bullet Journal On A Daily Basis

I've written posts before on my bullet journal, showing a look through all the pages and talking about why I like it. Despite having these posts here, I've never really told you how I use my bullet journal on a practical, every day basis. I thought now would be the perfect time, so here is how I use my bullet journal on a daily basis!

How I Use My Bullet Journal On A Daily Basis from Courtney's Little Things

Once A Week

I know I told you I'd show you how I use my bullet journal on a weekly basis, but to do so I have to tell you how I use my weekly page! Once a week, usually on Sunday I create my weekly page for the week. My weekly page consists of a list of tasks I want/need to get done that week. 

At the moment I have these tasks separated into 3 sections: At Home, On the Blog, and Personal. During the school year though the list is mostly school related tasks with a few home, blog, or personal tasks at the end of the list.  It makes me feel better to see what tasks I have to do for which class or category, so during the school year I color code, but right now I just list the tasks under the headings/sections I mentioned already.

I also keep a section for important dates that week like birthdays, appointments, and the likes.

In the Evening

I spend some time each evening planning for the following day in my bullet journal. Before I start planning for the next day though, I take stock of what happened that day using my trackers. I have a monthly expenses tracker and a habit tracker in my bullet journal. For the monthly expenses tracker I have a square for each dollar I spend so I can see how much I'm spending. For the daily habit tracker I have a table with each of my daily habits going down the left side and then a square for each day of the month. In the evening I fill in the squares of the habit/expenses tracker to mark my progress/spending.

After that I start working on my daily page. I work on the heading first which consists of the day, date, a weather signifier (sun, rain drops, cloud, etc), and the temperature for that day. Once the heading for the day is complete, I start writing down the tasks I want to complete that day and any appointments or meetings I might have. I like doing this best in the evenings because then I know I have everything set for the next day and don't have to worry about forgetting anything as I go to sleep.

In the Morning

In the morning I sit down with my bowl of cereal and take a look at what I have planned for the day in my bullet journal. This works really well for me because I get a little reminder of what the day holds and I can add in anything that might've slipped my mind the night before. Once I'm done with breakfast, I get started on one of the tasks for the day.

Throughout the Day

During the day I refer back to my bullet journal so I can tick tasks off as I complete them and figure out what to do next. Of course, if something comes up I can add that to my bullet journal as well.


That is how I use my bullet journal every day! While I change up the layouts of my pages and how I decorate them quite a bit (I'm constantly tweaking something!), I have been very consistent with the way I use it over the past year. This way works best for me - a little planning for the week on Sundays and daily planning each evening. Hopefully this all made sense. 


Let me know if you use a bullet journal and how you like to use it in the comments!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

DIY Greeting Cards

One of the things I like to do is make my own cards to give people. I've been doing this for a few years - especially with birthday cards. I just think it's fun and makes the card feel a bit more personal for the person you're giving it to.

On my summer bucket list, one of the items is to "make a greeting card and send it to a friend." So I decided to make a few different ones and share them with you all! 


DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things


I made three different greeting cards. For each of them I used washi tape, puffy or pop-up stickers, and blank white cards. The only tool you need is a pair of scissors. 



DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things


Card 1 | Something Sweet


For the first card, I cut a little triangle out of the washi tape to make a banner and put one strip of washi tape on top and one on bottom. Next I added a few puffy cupcake/candy stickers in the right hand corner. 


DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things



DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things


Card 2 | Flower Power


For the second card I once again cut a small triangle out of the washi tape, but this time I placed the banner part on the bottom of the inside of the card, and wrapped it around so there is just a straight piece of washi tape at the bottom of the front/outside of the card. I used this washi tape as the "grass" to plant my flowers on.


DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things




DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things

Card 3 | Under the Big Top


For the last card I layered three different washi tapes on the front of the card. I picked the washis based on the elephant sticker I used. So first I layed the purple washi tape down horizontally, then the green washi vertically, and last the blue washi horizontally. I placed the elephant sticker in the bottom right hand corner of the card.


DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things
DIY Greeting Cards from Courtney's Little Things


Those are the greeting cards I made! These are just some ideas to help inspire you to make your own. If you can't tell, these are super simple to make - nothing complex that requires crazy crafting skills! While I've had most of these supplies for a while, I've picked them up mostly at Michael's, Target, and JoAnn's Fabric, so you should be able to find similar items there.

Do you ever make your own cards? Have you ever wanted to? Does this post inspire you to make your own cards? Let me know in the comments!




Thursday, June 9, 2016

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Sometimes it feels impossible to buy for dads. People like my dad and grandpa seem to have everything they need and their list of wants is very short (and boring). And going with the stereotypical tie for Father's Day is just lame and overdone! So I've put some thought into it, and here are a few gift ideas for Father's Day. 



Father's Day Gift Ideas from Courtney's Little Things
Father's Day Gift Ideas from Courtney's Little Things



Car wash gift bucket. 

If your dad is like mine, he might love having a clean car. Take a stroll through the auto section and grab a bucket, car soap, a sponge, and a shammy to help him keep his vehicle clean. There's tons of other tools and supplies to keep cars clean, so just look around and grab anything else that you think he'd like.


New watch.

If your dad wears a watch every day, a nice new watch could be the perfect gift. Head to the jeweler's and take a look through all their watches. If the perfect watch is a bit out of your budget, you could always see if your siblings want to pitch in for a group gift.


Favorite movie.

Maybe your dad has a favorite movie he always watches on TV, but doesn't have it on DVD. If so, you should help him out and get him his favorite movie for Father's Day! To complete the gift you could add in some popcorn.


A good book.

If your dad likes to read, you could always give him a good book. Maybe he keeps a list of books to read, so you could pick a book off his list or maybe he has a favorite genre or topic you could use as inspiration for his gift. 


Photo album.

You could collect some photos from over the years of you and your dad to put in a photo album for him. It's always fun to look back at old photos, and this is a great way to celebrate your dad on Father's Day. If you don't want to make the album yourself, there are tons of different photo sites to use to make a photo book online and have shipped to you!


Those are some of my gift ideas for dads this Father's Day. I hope this list helps you out!


What do you like to get your dad for Father's Day? Have you given him any of the gift ideas on this list before? Let me know in the comments!