tea party!

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So to say the least that day light savings isn’t bad enough on a Monday, mother nature decides to send North Carolina a dreary rainy Monday, but North Carolina is rarely dreary and having had such a long streak of very warm sunny days I really can’t complain! Daylight savings got me feeling like I got hit by a train this morning, I know I cant be the only one! coffee, yes please!!!! so I’m home now its almost 7pm, got out of the shower changed straight into pjs and robe, made hot cup of honey vanilla chamomile herbal tea, feeling cozy, and reminiscing about last night!

So this weekend I decided to throw a tea party at my apartment for a couple of my friends, and it was perfect! yesterday as I was getting ready for church in the morning I looked out the window and saw a coating of snow! It set the perfect mood for a tea party!(even though the coating of snow was melted when I got out of church) nothing like a cozy after church tea party and catching up with some friends! we had so much fun, it was a great night! I also love that my apartment has a fireplace, it always feels welcoming and cozy in this apartment.

Saturday I did a homegoods haul and bought a lot of cute dinning sets, I bought tons of delicious desserts, set my dining room table up to give it an elegant look , bought fresh flowers it really felt like a tea room in this apartment! My friends also brought me a gorgeous bouquet of roses! these flowers are definitely brightening up my apartment on this dreary gloomy Monday! & I’m absolutely loving it! I’m loving all the new adventures I have been on here, absolutely love all the friends I made here! truly feeling blessed!

white dining set is from biglots that I mentioned in my apartment essentials blog, blue teal dinning set/all tea sets from home goods. Yellow orange roses from Walmart/ multicolored flowers from Walmart/ pink/red& yellow roses my friends brought. Table cover from Walmart /table cover protector my mom sent me. crystal bowl I used for my fruit salad my mom gave me also mentioned in my apartment essentials blog from several months ago!

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Spring has sprung in NC!


It’s been absolutely gorgeous in nc these past few weeks, temperatures raging in high 70s and low 80s and I’m absolutely loving it! Weekends are a beautiful thing, this morning I decided to venture out and explore outdoors and came upon some pretty neat plants! Enjoy the photography folks!🌺

the blog-aholic award!

The amazing gluecksgeist nominated me for the blog-aholic award. She has some interesting blog posts and you should head on over and se for yourself!

What is the blog-aholic award? 

The blog-aholic award is an award for bloggers addicted to blogging with creative, ingenious and inspiring posts. They mesmerize their followers with their posts, keep them captivated and riveted to their blog. The blog-aholic award is also for blogger who share and inspire others!

 

Who created it?

The Recipe Hunter

Rules for the blog-aholic award:

  •  Put the above award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their about page)
  • Mention the creator of the award and please provide and link to the blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Share a link to your best post (s)
  • Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-10 fellow bloggers, or more if you wish
  • Comment on each blog and let them know that you nominated them and provide a link to this post

My best post:

all my posts have about the same amount of views im not at that point in my blogging where I have a lot of followers or views.


3 facts about me: 

1. I want to travel to Italy one day

2. I’m Ukranian!

3. I want to learn how to knit!

I nominate
:

plucking of my heartstrings

marioness

rachelmankowitz

theitinerary1

life+weekends

The versatile blogger award!

The amazing gluecksgeist  nominated me for the versatile blogger award. First of all thank you so much! she has an awesome blog, you should head n over and follow her blog!

The rules are:

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! (being kind).
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice
  • Link the nominees and inform about their nomination.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)

1. Every chance I get to hike, I take it and run! trails, mountains, and forests are my happy place!

2. I have very bad OCD when it comes to cleaning!

3. I have a candles and purse obsessions!

4. I love to travel

5. fall is my favorite season!

6. green is my favorite color

7. moving to NC was the best choice I have yet to make, I wish my family lived here though!
I nominate:

wwellend

theitinerary1

ciarralorren

jenny, this tiny blue house

beafreitas

beautybeyondbones

a dailydoseofholly

 

mystery blogger award!

First off, I want to give a big thank you to the wonderful baefree for nominating me for yet another cool award! if you’re not following this girl, whats the hold up head on over to her blog and hit that follow button! she writes some awesome blogs that I know for sure you’ll enjoy. she has content for every soul! second of all I want to apologize that it took me all week to write this blog post and I truly appreciate being nominated for all these awards! thank you girl!

The creater of the Mystery Blogger Award is Enigma, here is her page.

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AWARD RULES

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the Rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME

  1. I’m an adventurous soul, I love getting out and exploring new places and get into all sorts of adventures. traveling is my favorite hobby.
  2. mountains are my happy place!
  3. I’m a big coffee addict, coffee is life!

MY ANSWERS TO BAEFREE’S QUESTIONS:

  1. If you were a squirrel for a day, what would you do? haha chuck acorns at people from trees!!!
  2. What is your funniest memory? probably anytime that involves my brother! when we get together we laugh until we cry from laughter!
  3. What music artist could you listen to forever? chris tomlin!
  4. What is your favorite thing about blogging? interacting with other bloggers!
  5. What is your least favorite household chores . washing dishes

 

MY NOMINATIONS: 

  1. the solo traveler
  2. alice and the adventure
  3. wwellend
  4. gluecksgeist
  5. cooking with out limits
  6. Michael Quigley, time for some inspiration
  7. addie, style babe
  8. rachelmankowitz
  9. currentlylately
  10. a daily dose of holly

MY QUESTIONS TO YOU:

  1. if you could be one animal for a day which animal would you want to be?
  2. what are your hobbies?
  3. what state/ country do you live in?
  4. if you could live in one country, which country would it be?
    5. whats your favorite place you have traveled to?

the gratitude tag!


The oh so lovely beafree nominated me for this tag and I’m so excited to write this blog post for there’s so much to be thankful for! also you should go & read hers and follow her for great blog posts basically on the daily!

Much like beafree, I also would like to share a quote on gratitude.

“gratitude is our ability to see the grace of God, morning by morning, no matter what else greets us in the course of the day”craig barnes

-Rules-

  • List five things that you’re grateful for. Try to think out of the box!
  • Nominate five other bloggers to do the tag.

-What I’m grateful for-

  • I’m grateful for my health
  • I’m grateful for my job.
  • I’m grateful for God’s blessings he’s been pouring out on me from a new job, to a great apartment, to many new awesome friends I made, to great co workers
  • I’m grateful for every new adventures, a new beginning
  • I’m grateful for my family!

-Nominated Bloggers:

1.ciarralorren

2.the wandering broski

3.beauty and  the ballroom

4.the solo traveler

5.wwellend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

get to know me!

Lately I have been getting new followers, so what better timing to do a get to know me blog! I found a tag some of you have done, and decided to do one myself so you guys get to know me a bit!

  1. what do you order at starbucks? you’ll rarely catch me at starbucks! I’m definitely a dunkin type of girl! but I don’t even remember last time I have entered dunkin! I’m trying to make healthier choices and trying to make health and fitness a lifestyle so I make my own coffee to insure more healthier ingredients are going into my coffee!
  2. one thing in your closet you can’t live with out? leggings& yoga pants hands down!
  3. what’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I’m actually not sure how to answer this question, I’m an open book, I feel that people know everything about me!
  4. name one thing you want to do before you die? travel the world for sure!
  5. what’s one food you can’t live with out? pizza!
  6. what quote/ phrase do you live by? I love quotes, I have many, I’ll share a few!”The most difficult time in your life may be the border to your promised land”.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

don’t quit suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion!

success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure, and loss only act as motivation.

7.whats your most listened to song on your phone? Rise Danny Gokey

8. What kind of style would you define yourself as having? I wouldn’t say I have a style really! I go for casual comfy but I can dress up also!

9.favorite number? 4

10. two hobbies? hiking and traveling to new places

11.two pet peeves? when people chew with their mouth open or those that don’t give you personal space!

12. guilty pleasure? shopping!

apartment tour/ decor/furniture haul

I know this blog post is long over due, I’m sorry for procrastinating guys! I have been out and about running errands and exploring this state a bit! Last week my friend was here for the week helping me move in, so after we were done with unpacking/ assembling furniture we got out and explored a bit! Move in weekend was quite interesting none the less. North Carolina gets snow once or twice a year, so of course on move in day NC would get hit with snow and ice. ( legend has it I brought the NY snow along with me) Snow down south is no joke, folks down here are not prepared for snow or ice at all. When we went grocery shopping that night people were in panic mode buying out the entire Walmart, I kid you not the shelves were completely empty!! Coming from NY I didn’t see what the big deal is about snow or ice, until couple days went by and there was still ice every where you went and businesses were still closed. In NY they take care of snow and ice the same day so us New  Yorkers were mind blown! The following day my friend and I were house bound so I decided to unpack all my clothes and shoes and get my closet organized. The following day which was Sunday, my friend and I went to biglots and I picked out all my furniture. If your’re on a budget and want good furniture big lots is your new friend! The following day we got a uhaul and carried the furniture up into the apartment. oh what a fun time, just the two of us, ice every where, and hauling heavy furniture up these huge steps to the third floor! fun fun! Well we made it with out dropping anything or killing ourselves down those stairs! We used the iced sidewalks to our advantage! Since everything was packaged good and we knew we wouldn’t scratch any furniture we just slid the very heavy stuff through ice and it slid easily! carrying things up those stairs is just another story! But we survived!! I’m all settled in and  feel right at home! This community is great and moving to this state was the best decision I have yet made!

Bedroom!

Any furniture you see was bought from big lots!

Bedding was an apartment warming gift from my mom

All bedroom wall decor from Burlington

Lamps& mirror from Walmart

Flower decor from tj maxx!

Bathroom wall decor from Burlington

Shower curtain and mats from biglots and towel I believe Kohl’s! For the bathroom I went for the teal/ green combination as I did for my room I guess that’s my new color!

I love that my bathroom has a full wall mirror & is very spascious!perfect for doing hair & make up! I love it!

Washer/ dryer/ storage! I love that it has closing doors!

Love that everything in this apartment is painted white including kitchen cabinets it gives a very welcoming/cozy feel& brightens up the rooms! My kitchen is small but since the rest of the apartment is spacious can’t complain!

Kitchen/ dining room table from Kmart! Let me tell you how hard it is to find a decent table

Life’s necessity!

Nothing more welcoming than a fireplace! That was the first thing I seen when I opened the front door move in night& I was ecstatic! I always wanted a fireplace it gives off such a cozy vibe & this is my most favorite thing about the apartment! Not to mention such an easy & fun way to decorate! I’ll be changing the decor up by seasons but for now I went with a gold/white/silver combo for my living room. Keeping things neutral & elegant! All fireplace decor was purchased at either Ross/marshalls/ tj maxx.

I bought this wall decor at Burlington. My friend went out and got hooks, made it into a fun DIY project and made me a key holder & let me tell you how useful it has been. I never lose my keys any more and when I’m in a hurry it’s there for quick grab!

Living room wall decor from Burlington

Living room lamp from Walmart

Flower decor from tj maxx

Coffee table center piece from tj maxx. All furniture pieces from big lots. Lamp from Walmart

Candle holder from marshall

A big thank you to my friend who has done so much and put in so much work into moving me in! From hauling this heavy furniture, to assembling each and every one of those furniture pieces, to keeping me company all week and helping me get used to this new life style! It makes a world of difference to have some one with you for move in week when you don’t know a soul in the state and feeling home sick.Forever I’ll be grateful for everything!truly blessed to have such an awesome friend! Not to mention my friend drove 500 miles to help me!Couldn’t have done it with out my friends help! 

occoneechee mountain adventures

Moving to a new state means several things, one being new adventures! North Carolina is absolutely beautiful, no matter which direction you take you will run into either mountains or beaches! My adventurous soul is very happy in this state. After a hectic couple days of moving in, my friend and I decided we really needed to get out of the apartment and explore! It was a gorgeous day we decided to go hiking!

 

I think we took the longest path possible but for these views totally worth it! I’m such a hiking enthusiast! Mountains have my heart! Can’t wait to explore other mountains here! 

build that bum!


time to get back in shape! It’s been probably 2 months since I stepped foot into a gym and now that I have an apartment that has a fitness center on site there’s no more excuses for not squeezing these work outs in. still experimenting with how I’m going to break my work outs up, yesterday was arm day, today gluets and tomorrow legs. Every day I incorporate an hour high intensity cardio session whether it be elliptical or treadmill. trying to get into food prepping also, yesterday’s was a success. Fun fitness blogs coming soon!

gluet work out:

30 lunges

20 single leg deadlifts

20 squats

30 donkey kicks

15 gluet bridges

repeat 3 times and feel that bum burn!