Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Maintaining Long Distance Friendships

After going to college out of state and then returning back to my home state, I have found that many of my friends live far away from me. Luckily, it doesn't have to mean that our friendships are over. Here are a few ways to keep long distant friendships alive.

5 Ways to Keep Long Distance Friendships Alive

Have a set time you call each other.

Even though my best friend lives 3 hours away, we still talk every day. She works in the evenings and calls me during her break each evening. We chat for 15 minutes about whatever's going on in our lives and it's something we both look forward to each day. It's nice to be able to count on her and still have such a close relationship despite the miles between us.

Message each other about the little things.

Whether you text or message each other on Snapchat, just communicating about the little things help to stay up to date on what's happening in each other's lives.

Plan days or weekends together.

Luckily I'm only 2-3 hours from my friends, so this is an option for us. We don't get together as often as I wish we could (which would be every weekend), but we do make plans every few months to get together. This is great since seeing each other face to face and making memories together is such an important part of friendship. 

Watch your favorite show together.

I have a show with a few of my friends that we watch "together." My sister and I (try to) watch the same episode of Criminal Minds on Netflix every Thursday night at 7 and text each other as we watch about what's happening in the episode. I've also watched AHS with a friend and we'd call each other during the commercial breaks to talk about the show. This is a super fun way to stay in touch because it gives you something that's your thing that you do, even if you're far away from each other!

Let them know when you think of them.

Even if your relationship isn't that close anymore, just text them whenever something reminds you of them. Whether it be a song, seeing their favorite sports team on TV, or driving past a place you used to hang out at, just send them a quick message to let them know that you thought of them. If it ends up being a conversation, great. If not, at least you reached out to them. I have a friend who every once in awhile just Snapchats me when something reminds her of me and it always makes my day.

Do you have long distance friendships? How do you keep your friendship going from far away? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

25 Things To Do For Your Blog

It always seems like there's a ton of things to do for your blog. From writing posts to social media, there are so many things that go into keeping your blog up and running. Here's a list of 25 things to do for your blog.

Things to do for your blog | blogging to do list

  1. Brainstorm blog post ideas
  2. Draft new posts
  3. Update your about page.
  4. Take new profile pictures.
  5. Take stock photos for your blog.
  6. Take photos for specific posts.
  7. Edit photos.
  8. Take Instagram photos.
  9. Post to Instagram.
  10. Comment on 5 pictures on Instagram.
  11. Look through one of the hashtags you use a lot and like photos.
  12. Delete Instagram pics that don't go with your theme (if you have one).
  13. Schedule promo tweets
  14. Do you follow retweet accounts? Check out 5 posts they've shared recently.
  15. Share posts by other bloggers that you enjoyed reading.
  16. Update your boards' covers on Pinterest
  17. Pin your latest posts to Pinterest
  18. Pin 20 items
  19. Do you follow any group boards? Check out 5 posts from a group board.
  20. Update your profiles/bios on social media.
  21. Update your profile pictures.
  22. Read and comment on 10 blogs
  23. Catch up on your favorite blogs
  24. Update/edit past posts on your blog.
  25. Delete posts that you aren't proud of.

What else is on your blogging to do list? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

20 Things To Do This Weekend

I always end up doing the same things on the weekend - sleep in, netflix, clean a bit, visit my parents. Sometimes it's good to switch things up, so I made a list of 20 things to do this weekend. I hope this helps if you're looking to do something a bit different this weekend than your usual weekend routine.

20 things to do to switch up your weekend routine

  1. Bake cookies
  2. Cook a new recipe
  3. Go to the park
  4. Take a walk around the neighborhood
  5. Paint your nails
  6. See a movie that's been on your list forever
  7. Have a Disney movie marathon
  8. Experiment with photography
  9. Go bargain hunting at a dollar store or thrift shop
  10. Make a proper breakfast
  11. Read an entire book
  12. Create the ultimate throwback playlist (and then listen to it all day)
  13. Visit a local museum
  14. Find out what free events are happening in your area
  15. Do something you enjoy, but haven't done in a long time whether its painting, crocheting, or playing piano
  16. Read and comment on 10 blogs
  17. Print photos and put them in an album/scrapbook
  18. Buy and read a magazine
  19. Buy fresh fruit and make a smoothie
  20. Visit your local library and find a few good books to borrow

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

March Favorites No. 2

I have felt so creative and inspired this month. I know looking at my blog you might be questioning this, but that's because I've put a lot of my creative energy towards my job. I love reading about different people's ideas for teaching and creating my own materials and plans. I've had so many different ideas, been putting them together, and sharing them with my students. It's been turning out great and I have kids interested in Spanish. It's great!

I've also been trying to get back into blogging after an unintentional break. I was putting a lot of my creative energy into school, which is fine. I know I won't always feel inspired, so when I am I think I should go for it and create what I can so that way when I'm not feeling creative and inspired I can just relax. But I also don't want my job to turn into the only thing I have, so I know I need to continue to put energy into this space - especially since I like it. I'm sure other people understand though how when you have two or more creative outlets, sometimes it seems like all your creative energy goes into one area and the the others get ignored a bit. Anyways, I've been reading more blog posts lately and adding more blog post ideas to the list I keep on my phone, so hopefully I'll be publishing more content here. Then I just need to start promoting posts, spending time on social media, and all those other fun admin parts of blogging :)

monthly favorites

Here's what I've been loving this month:


Ed Sheeran's new album ➗ is so good! I love it! "Castle on the Hill," "Perfect," and "Galway Girl" are my top three songs from the album, but I love them all.

I've also been waiting for Lorde to put out new music for years. Pure Heroin is one of my favorite albums. I was so excited when her new song "Green Light" came out. I love it and will definitely be needing to get her new album when it comes out.


I went to my first movie of 2017, Beauty and the Beast. I was a little unsure if it would live up to the magic of the animated movie, but all that uncertainty was immediately put to rest. They did a wonderful job recreating the movie. They stayed true to the original while still making it their own. If you have not seen this yet, YOU HAVE TO!


- Finishing my first quarter class. I had a great time with my first group of 8th grade students, even if they did drive me a little nuts sometimes.
- Watching how well my new quarter class picks up what we're learning.
- Reading Disney stories with my Spanish II kids. I love being a language teacher.
- Seeing how excited my Spanish II kids were about reading a story about Lemony Snickets.
- Showing my mom my classroom when she came to see my school's musical (The Little Mermaid!)
- Spending time with my siblings who were home from college on Spring Break
- Talking on the phone with my best friend every day
- Seeing Beauty & the Beast
- The first few signs of Spring

What have you been loving this month? Any of the same things? Let me know in the comments!