For a Restful Night
I am a terrible sleeper and have been since I was a baby! Last night I was having the worst time sleeping. Tossing and turning for hours on end is just not how I want to spend my sleeping hours. For those of you who are like me I’ve come up with a short list of things that might help create a mind set and space that allows you to hit the sheets with less struggle.
1. Comfy Pjs are a must for a decent sleep. I can’t stand wearing anything that might get twisted around me or pulling at me. I wear short shorts and a soft t- shirt to bed. I’d sleep in my underwear but all I can think of is a fire in the middle of the night and not being able to find my pants!
2. Sleep mist from Bath and Body Works is one of my favorite things! I get the vanilla and lavender scent and spray it on my pillow at night. Aromatherapy really helps some people relax!
3. A down comforter is probably the best bed spread I’ve ever had. I found mine at Marshall’s for $39 in a really pretty ivory/white color. For some people, this might be a little too heavy. Find a comforter in a light color and fabric if down feathers are too warm for you.
4. A pillow can make or break your sleep. I’ve found the square pillows are the best shape for me because I like to sleep on the edge of the pillow for prime breathing space. I can’t stand anything in front of my mouth or nose!
5. Sleeping masks aren’t for everyone but I personally like them if the street lights (or even the moon) is a little too bright for me. On a red eye flight from Los Angeles to DC the flight attendants passed out sleeping masks and ear plugs. I woke up feeling pretty good for someone who had to sleep sitting up.
6. Electric fans have been a God send for my family. We live in the woods and little creatures make freaky noises at night so we sleep with fans on. It acts as a white noise to block out anything that might distract me from the mission of going to sleep and staying asleep.
7. Most nights I like to have a bowl of cereal (usually Cheerios) and milk. For some reason, milk has ingredients that calm and induce sleep. Since I can’t digest milk without the help of something else, I add Cheerios to my night time snack!
What do you all do to help you sleep? Leave a comment below and share with your Facebook buddies!
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There are many things in life that make me happy. Audrey Hepburn movies, a warm blanket, vanilla scented candles, seasonal coffee, and so many other things. Right now my favorite things happen to be coffee mugs, nail polish, and cute socks. I’ll keep it short but I’ve found nothing that compares to these little loves I have found recently.

I hope you enjoy my picks! Please let me know in the comments below if there are any others that I might enjoy! Thank you!

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Day in Bed
Every girl (and guy) deserves a day in bed every so often. Life is tough and stressful. I love days when all I do is sit in my room in pjs and do nothing but relax. I probably do this more often than I should though. Sitting there pinning things on Pinterest while watching a chick flick and drinking coffee is truly one of the best feelings in the world. What do you like doing on your days off/in bed? Let me know in the comments below!
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A Gala Event
I’ve been to a few gala events in my short adult life and every event somebody tops the best dressed list. The next time I attend one of these glamorous events I will be wearing a stunning outfit like this. It reminds me of the dress JLo wore in Maid in Manhattan minus the Harry Winston Wreath necklace.
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Since we’re past the wishy washy month of June and into the serious heat of July, I’ve concocted a list of a few things that can really make you a debbie downer during these days. Call me spoiled, lazy, un-creative, whatever it may be, I don’t care. Here are 3 things that can make the summer less than wonderful.

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On the Patuxent during the winter with two of my friends!

1. Heat

This is obvious. I’m not breaking ground on anything new here but the heat can really be hard to beat when there aren’t any pools around (the north east has this problem) and who wants to sit inside all day with the dry AC blowing. Not me. I get bored fast. I live on the Patuxent River and would be happy to swim in that IF the jellyfish weren’t in abundance. I’ve had my fair share of stings and I’m so over it.

2. Lilly Pulitzer 

I’m the first one to say that I love Lilly. However, I’m the last one to buy anything from there. Why? Because I’mLilly_Pulitzer not handing anyone $200 for a dress that probably costs less than $20 to make. Summer is the season to break out the Pulitzer prints and more power to the lovely ladies that wear the dresses! However, until I’m out of college and don’t have debt to pay off I’m going to avoid the pretty colors that remind me I’m still a college student and therefore need to “watch my pennies.”

3. Instagram on Holiday Pictures

I’m thrilled you’re in Cabo sipping a Pina Colada while dipping your toes in the crystal clear water but I’m having trouble appreciating my own blessings right now. You guys know what I’m talking about- the

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Ok, I admit, this is my photo. But I’ve only sat in luxury once, I swear!

uber popular Instagrammers who seem to do nothing but travel, shop, and take selfies. Jealousy is never pretty, but during the summer months when these individuals bombard our Instafeeds with pictures from Bermuda, Monaco, or wherever else it just gets to me. Can you say #unfollow?

Thank you for making it to the end of my rant. I love you for it. I really am blessed and live in a bubble of first world problems. I don’t know what its like to go without food for days on end and I have no idea what “danger” and “threat” can actually mean (think drug cartels, radical terrorists, mortars flying through the air). Every once in awhile though, I just need to let off that steam. Today I have and I must say I feel a hundred times better!

Tell me what bugs you about the summer months. Go ahead and let go of whatever is eating you up inside by commenting below! I’m not going to judge.

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Coffee_Enthusiasts When I’m writing a blog post there are two things that must be present: good coffee and great music. I’m a little hipster in this sense I guess. However, I don’t order my coffee customized or anything like that, I order what’s on the menu. Starbuck’s “Secret Menu” isn’t really a secret; its a bunch of annoying people who like their coffee to be made especially for them despite the long line behind them and then bug the baristas if there are 2 shots of caramel instead of 1. Anyway, here is my playlist for when I’m writing. Enjoy loves! P.S. check out my coffee board on Pinterest!

Playlist for Writing

1. Andrea Bocelli “Love in Portofino”

2. Frank Sinatra “Come Fly with Me”

3. Carmen McRae “My Romance”

4. Frank Sinatra “The Coffee Song”

5. Dean Martin “Mambo Italiano”

6. Dean Martin “Volare”

7. Andrea Bocelli ” La Vie en Rose”

8. Nat King Cole “L-O-V-E”

9. Alyssa Bonagura “I Make my Own Sunshine”

10. Maroon 5 “Sunday Morning”

11. Ingrid Michaelson “Mountains and the Sea”

12. Jack Johnson “Better Together”

13. The La’s “There She Goes”

14. One Republic “Good Life”

15. Two Door Cinema “This is the Life”

16. John Mayer “Free Fallin”

17. Vaughan Penn “Almost Perfect”

18. Atherton “California”

19. U2 “City of Blinding Lights”

20. Trace Adkins “Days Like This”

What are some of your playlist loves? Comment below!

~Liz