Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tips for your Seasonal Closet Cleanout

Happy Halloween! 

A few weekends ago (after putting it off for a while) I finally switched my closet from Spring and Summer to Fall and Winter. Despite getting the master bedroom of our apartment my closet happens to be the smallest. I would take my own bathroom with a small closet any day of the week, don't get me wrong, however, I've had to be strategic when it comes to organization. I think that was part of the reason I put off the task of switching it over for the new season for so long. That and the fact that nearly all of the clothes I own for all seasons (aside from maybe one box of winter things) are here in Greenville with me. Come Thanksgiving I will be happy to pull out all of those clothes and take them home to store in my closet there, but for now I have it all here. 

Below are some photos of how I have organized my closet for the new season so far as well as tips I have for any of you looking to tackle this chore in the coming weeks. 

Tip 1: Have All Of Your Supplies Ahead Of Time

I made the mistake of convincing myself that I needed more hangers before I started my closet clean out and stocked up before I even began. While it was awesome to be able to work nonstop to switch out my closet for the season without being interrupted to go get supplies I now have WAY more hangers than I need to the point where it almost looks like I am waiting on new inventory (not the case). Fortunately the hangers I use are super slim but I ended up getting rid of so much that the last thing I needed was more hangers. If you are on the opposite side of that spectrum then make sure you've stocked up ahead of time because if you leave while trying to get it all done the motivation to come back to it is slim to none. 

Tip 2: Take Everything Out

One of the most taxing parts of the process of switching your closet out between seasons is taking everything out. While it definitely seems counter productive it helped me to make sure that I was storing any and all of the pieces that wouldn't work for the seasons to come. By taking everything out I was also able to re-think how I wanted to organize my space especially with heavier jackets and vests coming into rotation. Despite feeling like you are making more work for yourself the pay off was so worth it since nothing was left behind that couldn't be comfortably worn for the weather to come. 

Tip 3: If You Haven't Worn It Get Rid Of It

I am so bad about holding onto things that I haven't worn with the mindset that maybe I will need it this year and be sad that I got rid of it. This time I was super conscious of that and by the end of it had a large pile of clothes to get rid of and less stuff to store or hang back up. It was satisfying to know that the pieces left were all things that I wear and can easily mix and match with other pieces. If it wasn't something I reached for, shrunk in the dryer, or was looking overly worn it went to the pile and it was so nice to see how much I had purged by the time things made their way back into my closet. 

Tip 4: Come Up With A System That Works For You

Ever since I discovered how I liked having my closet organized junior year of college that is how I've kept it organized. I like opening my closet and for the most part seeing everything organized by color.  In each of these sections I put sleeveless shirts of a certain color first, short sleeve, long sleeve, and then button downs. I could move my sweaters to the end of each section but this year decided to put them after all of my tops since I have two containers that hold undergarments under the tops. If my sweaters were there is would be harder to pull those cubes out so I've adjusted, Then all of my dresses are organized by color and sleeve length as well. On the second bar I have all of my extra hangers, skirts, pants, and jackets. This leaves enough room for a shoe shelf and a basket of duffle and hang up bags as well as the boots that didn't quite fit on the shelf. Any shoes that can fit in shoe pockets are placed there which is kind of hidden on the far right side of my closet (mom if you're reading this and told me not to do that I'm sorry but it works and the wall is sturdy enough). This is the system that works for me in the space I have and certainly is not the only way it could be done. Regardless of if you use my system or organize things in a completely different way be sure to do what works for you. 

Tip 5: To Keep It Organized Make Sure To Put Things Back Where They Go Immediately 

We've all been there before, trying to get ready in the morning and nothing is looking like we want it to. If you're like me then that usually results in a few outfit changes and a pile of clothes at the bottom of your closet with hangers strewn about. While there are times in the morning when I've spent too much time second guessing my outfit choices to hang everything back up right away like I'd like to I make sure to make it a point to do it right away when I get home. If I don't put things back where they belong right away then they begin to pile up making more work for me later on. By hanging everything up I don't have to worry about it all and know that I will be able to find what I'm looking for when I need it. 

Organization Items Featured:
hangers (I swear by these) // skirt hanger clips // pants hangers // shoe shelf // hanging shoe pockets // pink and navy square bins (it really drives me crazy that these aren't navy but I've told myself to move past it)

I would love to know what tips or tricks y'all have for a seasonal closet cleanup especially in a small space!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Step Into My Week

Anyone else feel like the weekend went by way too fast? I think that will forever be my sentiment. It's hard not to wish for more time to do your own thing although this means we are getting one week closer to Thanksgiving (only 3 more Fridays). I have been counting down since that will be my first time home and back with my family since the beginning of August and to say that I'm ready would be an understatement.

I have a feeling that this week will be a crazy one with Halloween on Tuesday and a good ole sugar coma for the kids on Wednesday. If I've discovered anything with teaching so far it's that kids need structure and this October they really haven't gotten much of that. From our schools fall carnival to fall break and red ribbon week to Halloween I am so ready for it to be November and attempt to establish some sense of normalcy back in everyone's schedule. This is also my mindset coming from having my toughest week with the kids yet last week. There were a number of contributing factors but on Wednesday I was about ready to throw in the towel. Friday ended on a better note but I'll be the first to admit that teaching isn't easy and most of the time I don't feel fully cut out for it. I was explaining to Sophia on Saturday that right now I don't feel like I'm necessarily doing a "great job" in anything I'm doing and that has been hard for me. As a student I was always pushing myself to commit to everything fully and right now with blogging and teaching I feel like I'm just doing an average job. While average isn't bad so to speak I have aspirations to do so much more with each but don't have the time to do it. Not having time is something that I feel like all of my friends who are also first year teachers totally get. I did leave on Friday feeling prepared for the week to come which was reassuring but there is always work to be done. Fortunately, I took some time away from teaching this weekend which felt especially refreshing. 

Furman shirt (from Furman's bookstore) // jeans // hunter boots // watch band // watch

dress // vest // booties // hoops // watch band // watch

top (one of the best tops I've purchased this season) // vest // jeans // boots // watch band // watch

Friday we had a school t-shirt day for Red Ribbon Week so I didn't end up taking a picture of my outfit that day.

Friday night I went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants that I don't go to very often and then to a rooftop bar. Typically Friday nights are reserved for doing absolutely nothing and instead recovering from the week so it was nice to have some energy left to spend to kick off the weekend. I came back to my apartment and immediately put on my pajamas and crawled into bed to watch Stranger Things. I feel like I don't remember enough of what happened in the previous season to jump straight into season 2 so I'm re-watching the first one before I get into that. I made it through maybe 20 minutes of one episode before falling asleep.

Saturday was a cold and sort of gloomy day in Greenville which was exactly what I needed (and a lot different than last Saturday). I slept in and had a slow morning with Starbucks coffee in hand. Last week I started a really great devotional that I purchased on whim when buying an advent devotional and if you have $12 to spare I can't recommend it enough. I typically do it at night before I go to bed but instead decided to kick off my Saturday with it. I tidied up around the apartment and eventually would up at a new-to-me coffee shop with Sophia. Since I was able to finish a lot of my work for the week on Friday I was able to sit down and plan out blog content I'd like to post in the month to come. The ideas kept flowing so I am hoping I'll have enough time to get to all of them. I got back to my apartment around 5:30 and was starving so I made dinner and showered before watching more of Stranger Things. Nell called and we talked for a while before I eventually went to sleep. It was the perfect way to spend a rainy night.

Sunday I slept in a little bit and woke up to it being 46 degrees outside! The weather seems to be hovering on either extreme lately but I'll take could over hot considering it's nearly November. I went to the grocery store, did laundry, and got some work done before going to grab a bite to eat at Tandem. Yesterday afternoon I caught up with my family on the phone (aka nearly froze to death while doing this on a walk, hello cold snap) and attempted to work more in the afternoon. My roommates and I went over to our friends apartment for a bit to play Scattergories before fully admitting to the fact that the next day is Monday. Sunday nights are definitely hard and I know this week will come with its fair share of challenges, but hopefully I can keep in mind that I'll be home for Thanksgiving in 23 days! 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Top So Good I Bought It In Two Colors

A Sunday post from me? I know you are all as equally as shocked as I am. It's amazing what a rainy Saturday spent at a coffee shop with one of your best friends can do for your creativity. Even though I was "working" it felt like a much needed relaxing break. Rain is the perfect excuse for that. So how does that connect to today's post? Well in a semi-forced attempt, Sophia and I ended up having a discussion about how Fall is the season where we constantly are adding things to our cart and wanting to stock up our closet. One of the hardest part about us not living together this year is that we can't just run shop each other's closets in the morning. That has led to us purchasing a number of the exact same pieces and laugh when we happen to wear them on the same day. The shirt in today's post is one of those items that now we both own in multiple colors nonetheless (turns out Nell has it too so plenty of seals of approval on this one). 

I had seen this top on a number of bloggers and adored the way it looked but was absolutely convinced that I couldn't pull off the blush pink color. After seeing it on Sophia and realizing that it was a little bit of a brighter pink instead of being so nude I knew that it would be the perfect top to wear to work and out and about especially during the in-between season. Better yet, it was on sale so naturally I decided to get it in two different colors.  Lucky for y'all, there are still six different colors available on sale in a number of sizes. It's even available in a long sleeve version as well. It does run a bit loose so I was glad I got it in an extra small. 

kelly green top // lisi lerch necklace // jeans // booties (my favorite purchase for fall) // watch face // watch band // bracelets ( 1 & 2 ) // rose gold bracelet

I have included some of my other favorite items from this brand for y'all to browse below! I hope you all have a relaxing Sunday with few scares as we dive into Halloween week. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How To Keep In Touch With Friends After Graduation

If you read Monday's post you probably saw that Furman had homecoming this past weekend judging by the abnormal number of pictures I posted in my Step Into My Week. While it was great to see and catch up with everyone there were parts of homecoming that were a bit odd. For starters, I do not feel far enough removed from graduation to be considered an alumni. In addition to that, now that homecoming has passed it seems weird to not know a definitive time when I will see some of the people I went to school with again. When we graduated it was pretty much understood that we would all be back on campus for homecoming but now with no set plans it's a little bit more odd. I've always been the type of person who cares more about the quality of friends I have than the quantity which has certainly made keeping up with all my friends a bit easier. It also doesn't hurt that so many of my friends are still in Greenville with me and that I am able to see them pretty frequently.

I know that some people aren't quite as lucky to still have so many friends nearby to them in their post-grad city, and I definitely don't have all of my friends right here with me (although I often wish that I could). Fortunately, technology makes it pretty easy to stay in touch with one another when distance cuts in. I was able to figure that out for my own after graduating high school and heading to college 8 hours from home, but as I've gotten older I think I've become a lot more intentional when it comes to keeping up with my family and friends that are farther away. Below I've shared some different tips I have for keeping in touch with friends after graduation! 

Make the first move (even if it has been a while).
The first step is the one you are probably most reluctant to take and with no reason. The gesture won't go unnoticed and shows your friend how intentional you are and how much you value the friendship. It doesn't have to be anything to formal just a nice thinking of you.

Call them.
My personal favorite! When you haven't talked in a few weeks there is just no way to say all you need to say through text. So they don't answer? A cheery voicemail updating them or inquiring when you can chat will surely excite them. If you are both super busy phone tag may be a result but when you finally catch each other it will be worth your while!

Write them a note.
I am quite the fan of snail mail. Pretty stationery with a sweet note always make their way to be displayed on my bedside table. I may just be a hoarder in the sense that I save letters people write to me. Especially when a note is a surprise it's hard not to be excited about getting mail from a good friend.

Make plans to see each other (when you will be in the same place).
Thanksgiving break can't come soon enough. I am counting down the hours until I get to head home to see my parents for the first time since August (are we ok with counting them as friends?) and also see some of my friends from high school! By having set in stone plans seeing long distance friends becomes much more of a reality and gives you something to look forward to.

Send them a gift just because. 
All of my friends say that my love language is giving gifts and I would have to agree with them on that. I just adore treating friends and can't think of a more caring way to show some one they are being missed. Whether it is flowers, cupcakes / macarons, or a busy week survival kit the thought of this is the perfect pick me up.

Utilize social media. 
While I am not a huge fan of expressing every feeling you've ever experienced on social media surprising a friend with a notification is always fun. Tag them in something you know they would laugh at on instagram or send them a snapchat of something that reminded you of them. It doesn't have to be extravagant but it will definitely make them feel like you were thinking about them.

Text exciting details of your day.
I always end up leaving details out when I am recapping on the phone with friends so by sharing details as they happen I am more likely not to leave anything out. I also am a huge fan of sharing stuff you know they would think is funny with them through text! Phone calls can remain for the long winded stuff but a text during the day is always a fun surprise. 

Make it a priority to keep in touch with them.
Life happens. I know that but it doesn't take much effort to show someone you care and the small amount of effort usually translates to a large amount of emotional connection due to the smallest of gestures.

While it is definitely an adjustment and will be different for everyone keeping in touch with friends after graduation doesn't have to feel hard or like a chore. I know that for me personally I am always in a good mood after spending some time catching up with my friends whether they are in a different state or live here in Greenville with me but I haven't seen them in a bit. Everyone is busy but my guess is you won't regret taking the time to catch up with a friend!

I'd love to hear any other tips you may have for keeping up with far away friends especially since I still would like to consider myself to be pretty new to the post-grad world! 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A New Take On The Classic Button Down

Lately, as I've been getting dressed in the morning I've been doing my best to look a combination of cute, professional, and weather appropriate. It's almost like that triangle that you see in college where each of the points says social life, sleep, and good grades and you're only able to pick two. While looking professional and dressing weather appropriate for work is important I would rather not look frumpy on my way to school. It has helped now that my closet is full of my fall clothes when it comes to mixing up the pieces I have but every fall I tend to resort to one staple, plaid button downs. 

Plaid shirts are so easy to throw on with a pair of dark wash jeans or chino pants and can be accessorized in so many different ways with a simple white sweater when it gets especially chilly and a vest on days where it's a bit warmer. While I certainly have plenty of plead button downs in my closet, when I came across a fun plaid shirt in a new and more trendy silhouette I knew I had to give it a try. I've seen a number of cross front tops during the previous seasons and loved the new look the style gave to a more classic piece. I find myself reaching for it for school and even on warmer weekends with jean shorts. The contrasting plaid and relaxed fit makes it eye catching without sacrificing comfort and I find that this top is one of those pieces that can successfully hit all three points on my new and improved work wear triangle. 

On the weekends I have found that pairing this top with my favorite jeans and booties makes the easiest outfit that is versatile enough to wear all day. The quick addition of some accessories and a hair tie to keep my hair out of my face while running errands has served as the perfect errand running ensemble. 

top (c/o) // jeans // booties // bag // watch face // band 

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this top continues to come in different prints since I have already worn this red plaid one so frequently that it is just about time to mix it up! 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Step Into My Week

I feel like it has been so long since I've really had the opportunity to sit down and blog. This is the first Sunday in a while where I've had a bit of time to sit down and blog. October has been a crazy month in a good way but I feel like Prep In Your Step has unfortunately had to take the back burner because of that. I'm really hoping that now that parent-teacher conferences have come to an end and I'm almost a quarter into the school year time will begin to become something that is slightly more available. 

This short week for school was definitely needed an appreciated. The cooler temperatures that came on Monday were a nice change although I am still waiting for the temperature to not reach 80 in the afternoons. Maybe this will be the week when that stops. I came home on Monday afternoon and went rollerblading with my friend Porter before going on a walk to catch up on the phone with Nell. It was nice to have a relaxing start to the week and even nicer that Tuesday we had a field trip in the morning. I am still baffled on occasion that I am responsible for 25 fourth graders and I was certainly glad everyone came back in one piece from our field trip. The school week for the students ended on Wednesday due to Fall Break but I still had conferences and had to go to work on Thursday. One of the other members of the fourth grade team and I decided that we weren't allowed to drink out of travel coffee mugs during the day and we were both thrilled that we got to enjoy our coffee while it was still hot as we planned out our next science unit. It's the little things. I had a to-do list a mile long to get through and I wish I could say I got through more of it than I did. We went to lunch as a team and I came back to the printer refusing to work which left me a little stressed as I finished up my day. Fortunately I left straight from school to go to Furman to get Nell since I was off on Friday which perfectly coincided with Furman's homecoming. 

top // pants // flats // watch face // watch band // bracelets ( 1 & 2 )

dress (old) // jacket // boots // watch face // watch band // bracelets ( 1 & 2 )

sweater // pants // booties // watch face // watch band // bracelets ( 1 & 2 )

top // pants // shoes // watch face // watch band // bracelets ( 1 & 2 )

Nell and I have been super great about staying in touch this year and I think from August to now was the longest we hadn't seen each other since knowing one another (perks of having our hometown 30ish minutes away). I got her from Furman where we walked around a bit checking out the floats that the sororities and fraternities were working on before heading to my apartment. After being lazy and catching up for a while we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Cantina 76, for dinner before coming back to watch Hocus Pocus and falling asleep. Friday I was determined to sleep in and we both didn't wake up until my alarm at 9:45 which may be the latest I've slept in a very long time. After getting ready we went to brunch at Caviar and Bananas before shopping around downtown Greenville and going to Furman to find our bricks. I was really glad Nell remembered that the bricks we purchased had been laid because otherwise it may not have crossed my mind. Although ours weren't next to one another it was fun to find it. A little fun fact for you, I have a brick at three of my favorite places (my high school, camp, and now Furman) so maybe an engraved stone is a way I show my sentiments. We stopped at Happy and Hale for lunch on our way back before hanging out at my apartment before getting ready for our nights. 

I went to dinner with a bunch of girls in my pledge class Friday night and it felt like no one had left as we were all catching up on each other's lives. We spent the rest of the evening downtown running into other Furman friends before calling it a night. I had to be up and ready the next morning around 8:30 to go to a friend's moms house to celebrate her birthday. After that we went to a brunch with our pledge class before heading back to Furman to tailgate before the football game. In all honesty it was a little weird to be back as an alum (although technically I am still a graduate student). So many people make an effort to come back their first year after graduating so there was no lack of familiar faces. After a few hours there everyone went their own ways to recover before dinner and another night downtown Saturday night. 

Tailgate Outfit: sweater // skirt // necklace // sunglasses // hoops // bag // booties 

Yesterday was spent recovering from the weekend while getting through some school work and preparations for the week. Ellison and I watched three Halloween movies in that process so the day wasn't all boring! Hopefully these next few weeks before Thanksgiving aren't too exhausting and are full of some fun since while it was great to have everyone in town for homecoming I'm about ready for my own chance to go home to Fairhope for a bit! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Novels with Nell - Read a Children's Book

Confession time, Novels With Nell is a day late because I fell asleep. You win some and you lose some, but I didn't want to sacrifice the Novels with Nell schedule we have going so I hope you're equally as excited to see this on a Thursday instead of a Wednesday. I had to laugh when Nell told me what she wanted to write about this week since I am surrounded by children's books non-stop. While right now I'm not sure if I would want to make the book I come home to read one that I could read to my students at school I completely agree with noticing new details. The read alouds I've done in my classroom with my students so far have all been books that I LOVED when I was a student that I can only hope that my students will love as well. They get a kick out of seeing my first and last name in my fourth grade handwriting on the first page of the book and my mom's neat handwriting with the AR point value underneath. It's comforting to revisit an old favorite, and I am confident I could make a very lengthy list of all the children's books I'd love to re-read.

Read a Children’s Book

Yes, you read that right. This week I’m sharing the idea that you read a children’s book. Is there a book you wish you read as a kid? Or do you have an old childhood favorite book or series? Pick it back up and revisit it. I never read The Chronicles of Narnia series growing up so I’m doing it now, and honestly I’m probably enjoying it more now than I would if I had read it at a younger age. Last summer I reread Anne of Green Gables, which I had last read in sixth grade. I loved it and ended up reading the entire Anne series. So what if the back says it’s aimed at 12-year-olds? Rereading a childhood book can take you back to a simpler time from your youth, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you got something different out of it and noticed details you missed the first time around.
So while I’m over here reading The Horse and His Boy, I hope you’ll join me in picking up a children’s book. Some of my favorites: Harry Potter, Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Pollyanna, Little Women, Caddie Woodlawn, Roald Dahl books. You’re never too old!

(Me again! A little fun fact for you because I am pretty excited, Nell is coming into town today! Maybe in our next Novels with Nell I'll confirm the progress she's made on The Horse and His Boy...)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How To Speed Up Your Morning Routine

While morning routines vary for most people the major goals and tasks to be accomplished remain the same. Sleep as late as possible while still looking awake and alert for the day. Those tend to be my priorities at least especially now with teaching! So how do you speed up the process? I've come up with a few ways that have made my 5:15 alarm and dragging attitude at that time more efficient even though I have a tendency to still feel asleep.

1. Prepare the night before.
Lay out your clothes and pack your bags the night before so that if you are left scrambling the next morning those are already taken care of. Packing your bag will ensure that nothing gets left behind and already picking out an outfit will help you to not waste time standing in front of your closet thinking that you have nothing to wear when in reality you don;t have time to envision it. I've also found that packing my lunch the night before so that that is done makes it so I can sleep in a touch later.

2. Multitask.
Eat breakfast while putting on your makeup if you're in a big hurry! Honestly, my peanut butter waffle accompanies on my drive every morning as a reward for making it through the early morning. While I love the idea of sitting in bed drinking a cup of coffee I would much rather spend those precious minutes asleep! 

3. Streamline your Makeup Routine.
Have a quick fool proof routine that you can resort to without sacrificing appearance. I usually do the same thing for make up every morning and it doesn't tend to take more than 5 or 6 minutes so be sure you know what you can eliminate when you're in a hurry. 

4. Shower the Night Before.
If you're in a real time crunch before heading out the door in the morning chances are the time you allotted for your morning shower may get sacrificed. Don't sacrifice cleanliness and instead shower the night before. If it is imperative that you skip the shower be sure to use a bit of dry shampoo to liven up your hair. I completely converted one of my roommates into being a night shower and now she is completely on board with the fact that it saves time and that you always get to be clean when you get into bed. 

5. Do your Hair the Night Before.
Sleeping on a hair style can make it look more natural and allow you quite a bit of extra shut eye. If this means blow drying it after you shower then spend that couple of extra minutes at night instead of attempting damage control the following morning because you slept on it sopping wet. Also knowing how to perfect a ponytail can be a real game changer when you're running behind!

6. Avoid Checking your Phone.
This may be the biggest time waster in the morning. I promise those instagrams you missed will still be there when you check later on but avoid social media stalking at all costs when you're in a hurry.

7. Check your Schedule the Night Before.
Being prepared for the day to come the night before is such a satisfying feeling and will help you feel relatively relaxed when you're rushing around to get out the door. You won't miss anything because you were able to check it before you felt frenzied!

I am still getting into the groove of super early morning and would love to hear any time saving tips you may have! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Step Into My Week

Y'all I am so excited for this week since Thursday and Friday are part of my student's fall break. As a teacher we can have two exchange days per year by trading in professional development hours so I am going to take Friday off and save my other exchange day for next semester. This timing is perfect because it is also Furman's homecoming next weekend and Nell gets into town on Thursday. Y'all will hear plenty more about all of that excitement next week but first I need to recap this past week. 

School wise this week felt really long. The days didn't feel too bad but with parent conferences before and after school I didn't feel like I was able to do many of the things I wanted to do at school so that I wouldn't have as much work at home. Wednesday night Sophia and I spent two hours catching up at Chipotle which was much needed before powering on through the end of the week. Friday we had our big fall fundraiser which is a school wide carnival. To celebrate the day the students were able to wear mismatched clothes and crazy hair which added to their excitement of the event. Come the end of the day I wished I had an ounce of all the energy that they had! I worked the earliest shift of the carnival so was able to leave and meet up with some of my friends for dinner before heading home completely exhausted! 

Saturday morning I got up and drove to Charlotte to visit my big for a concert we were going to see. This little weekend get away was exactly what I needed. We went to brunch after I arrived and ended up eating at a table next to the opener of the concert, Midland, which made us feel extra cool! We went in some boutiques and shopped around before heading back to Caroline's apartment to get ready for the concert. Before going to the concert we went to a cool rooftop bar that had a great view of the Charlotte skyline and grabbed dinner at a delicious taco place. Somehow we were a bit off with our timing considering we thought the openers were going to go on around 8:00 when in reality that didn't happen until around 10:00. The venue was well suited to a country concert and we were able to make some friends while waiting for Jon Pardi to start. Both Midland and Jon Pardi did a great job and it was all around a super fun concert despite how hot it got in the venue. After the concert we hung out for a bit before heading back in for the night. 

I got up and left Charlotte after breakfast yesterday morning so that I could get back in time to get some work done. I even ended up having time to go for a walk, take a nap, and watch Hocus Pocus without feeling overly stressed for the week! I hope that y'all had a great weekend and are looking forward to a good week as well! 

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