February Bullet Journal

Hi Everyone! Can you believe we are done with February already? One step closer to summer my friends. Today I am sharing my February Bullet Journal pages with you. This is only month two of my bullet journaling journey, and I have definitely learned even more about what pages worked for me and what didn’t. I am already excited about filling out my March pages tomorrow, and adding a couple new ideas into the mix.

But for now let’s take a look back at the past month. As you know my Index still includes my 2017 Monthly Calendar where I share my favorite moment from that month, my 2017 Bucket List, and the Books I’ve Read & Movies I’ve Seen in Theaters pages.

For February I added:

Monthly Quote

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Month Overview: February

(I got rid of the daily planning pages)

Monthly Tasks

 

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Health Tracker: February

Water Tracker: February

 

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Nine Lives Post Tracker

Social Media Tracker

 

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TV Show Tracker

New Music Tracker

 

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New Discoveries

Relaxation Log

February Gratitude Page (not pictured)

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I have been loving planning my monthly pages in my Bullet Journal. It really is relaxing and one of my favorite parts of my nightly routine (even though as you can clearly see on the Relaxation Log it isn’t as full as I would have liked). Now I have to admit I definitely miss a couple days in the week sometimes and I am still getting the hang of it, but it is definitely something I have been enjoying.

Hope this post helped inspire you a little bit. Do you post your Bullet Journal pages on your blog each month? Leave them below in the comments, I would love to see them!

xx Casey

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DIY Bath Soak with Essential Oils

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We are finally two days away from getting out of my least favorite month of the year… February. (Sorry to any February babies out there!) By this time I am COMPLETELY over the winter weather and am ready for the warm days and cool nights of spring. Now the time has finally come to begin the transition from winter and rejuvenate for the spring and summer months. So with that said I have started to literally wash away the winter with the most wonderful bath remedy, and it features my favorite essential oil lavender.

Here is what goes into it: handful of Epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda. What is wonderful about this combo is that it draws out toxins, lowers stress related hormones, and balances your pH levels. Sit in the bath once a week for 20 minutes and begin to feel the benefits.

Lush bath bombs and bubble bars are amazing and I love them, but they can get pricy. This shows you can get some amazing benefits without spending a ton of money. I will definitely continue to incorporate this into my Sunday evening routine – and maybe experiment with other essential oils. What are your favorites to use?

Hope you all have a wonderfully happy week.

xx Casey

5 Habits of Successful People

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How do you define success? Do you define it by money and possessions? By awards and promotions? By the number of Instagram followers you have? Or is it by the amount of happiness the life you live brings you? For me I think to myself – Am I happy doing what I am doing? Am I able to make a living? Am I doing good things? If the answer is yes to all three of those questions, then in my eyes I have achieved success.

So there are a couple different habits that when I do them I feel like I am on the path to achieving success. Or what I believe to be success that is. So I thought I would share them with you today on this absolutely BEAUTIFUL Friday.

01 Establish a Routine. I have spoken about my nightly routine on the blog already, and touched upon how this routine really gears me up for success the next day. Stay tuned because I will be sharing my morning routine with you soon!

02 Make a To-Do list, but limit it to 7 things. I started doing this a couple months back after reading a blog post on The Skinny Confidential where Lauren spoke about time management and to-do lists.

03 In that same article, Lauren spoke about the benefits of time blocking and keeping work sessions to 30 minute increments. It sounds strange at first, but it really has helped me with my productivity in all aspects of my life.

04 Write down 1 sentence about the day. This is something that I am going to begin incorporating into my March bullet journal. By reflecting on the day and writing down one thing – whether it be something that you are thankful for that day, an event that took place, a quote that symbolizes how you are feeling – you are ending the day in a positive way. If it was a bad day, you are writing down the thing that made you feel that way and then shutting the book on it. It is a great way to move forward.

05 Go to Bed Early & Wake up at the Same Time Every Day.  This one was hard for me for a while because I always took advantage of sleeping in super late on the weekends. The bad thing about that is it completely throws off your internal clock. Not only that, but by sleeping in late you are wasting valuable weekend fun time.

How do you define success, and what are the daily habits that you use to achieve it?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xx Casey

Give Back: Shelter to Soldier

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Today I want to talk about something a little different. I want to take a moment and bring awareness to a cause that I am extremely passionate about, and the people who are out there right now trying to make a difference.

Every 69 minutes a US Veteran commits suicide. These are people who have sacrificed everything for our freedom. Every day 3,200 dogs are euthanized nationwide. These dogs are unwanted, abandoned, and treated poorly. What do these two have in common? They both feel like they have been given up on – like they have no support. Soldiers have given up everything to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. In turn, dogs rely on our love and support to keep them safe.

Shelter to Soldier is a CA 501c3 nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, or other psychological injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. This organization believes in the philosophy that Veterans and dogs can support, love, and heal each other.

There are so many incredible stories on the Shelter to Soldier website from Veterans who have gained so much from this program. Not only does this program help support the Vet, but their families as well. They are both given a second chance at life together, and that is a beautiful thing.

By helping this cause you are saving two lives at once. Supporting their mission allows them to rescue more dogs, and provides the funding needed to support all of their needs. There are a couple different ways that you can help support this cause. First is to make a direct donation online on their website. You can become a sponsor or the program or host a sponsored event to set up a fundraiser for their mission. Or you can buy something from their online shop which gives proceeds to the organization.

As someone who’s family members and some friends have been/are in the military, I know how much they sacrifice for us. Check out their website to find out more about what you can do to help contribute to this cause.

xx Casey

Eight Seas Pop-Up at The Dean

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The thing I love most about living in Providence is that there is always something new and exciting popping up throughout the city. Last night in particular my friends and I headed over to The Dean Hotel on Fountain Street for a taste of summer. It has been in the 50s the past couple days so that must mean it’s almost summer right? The Dean hosted their second Eight Seas Pop-Up Tiki Bar at the Bolt Coffee counter located in their lobby. After missing the first one I was very excited to finally get to go and taste the delicious drinks on their menu.

If you have never been to The Dean there is only one way I can describe it and that’s “cool”. Like really cool. Almost too cool.. I like to think of myself as hip, but these guys at The Dean take it to a whole other level. From the dim lights, to the neon signs, to the indie music playing in the background, I was loving the vibe. I have a whole post coming up about the different outlets located in The Dean (if you haven’t been to Faust yet – go!).

I went up to the counter and ordered the Lei Lani Volcano which was a mix of pineapple rum, coconut cream, lime, and guava soda. The bartender topped the drink with a flower and two bendy straws and I instantly felt like it was the middle of July. The drink was awesome. It was sweet without being too sweet, and the guava soda was an unexpected but very pleasant touch.

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Side note.. please don’t mind the drink picture – the moody atmosphere did not make for the best pictures!

Catch Eight Seas popping up at The Dean every third Monday of the month.  I am definitely looking forward to the next one.

xx Casey

Food Truck Sundays at Hot Club

Idk how the weather was where you live yesterday, but over here on the East Coast it was a BEAUTIFUL Sunday. 60 degrees and sunshine in February – what more could you ask for?

I decided to take this opportunity to go to one of my favorite summer spots in Providence – Hot Club. I have so many memories at this little place, and I am looking forward to many many more. Did you know that Hot Club was also featured in the movie Something About Mary? #famous.

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Yesterday was Hot Club’s first Sunday Funday of the year – a day where they have awesome food trucks, live music, and good times. You can get your food from the trucks and then head inside for a beer, or you can get yourself a beer first drink it while you stand on line at one of the busy trucks. Whatever floats your boat. Yesterday the trucks were FanCheezicalSoulFullPrestoStrangeOHaven Brothers Mobile Truck, and Sarcastic Sweets. I had never been to Haven Brothers before so I knew I wanted to get a bacon cheeseburger from there. Did you know that Haven Brothers was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives? SO many fun Rhode Island tidbits in this post! My boyfriend got the Short Rib Grilled Cheese from FanCheezical which was pretty awesome as well.

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So I got my burger, ordered a Corona, and sat outside listening to the awesome tunes of acoustic musician Pat Lowell. Check out his Facebook page Here. He performed an awesome mix of different genres that appealed to everyone. My personal favorite was the Bob Marley/Matisyahu mash up he did. It totally set the vibe for the afternoon and I was loving it.

It almost felt like a spring afternoon.. minus the pile of snow on the deck. Be sure to check out one of Hot Clubs upcoming Sunday Fundays!

xx Casey

 

Book Club: “I Didn’t Come to Make Friends”

How many of you are fans of the Bachelor? I have been a Bachelor/Bachelorette fan since 2010. So yes I did miss about 10 seasons of the show but I started my love for the Bachelor with Jake’s season and the drama that was his and Vienna’s relationship. From there I watched almost every Bachelorette season (other than Andi’s and Kaitlyn’s… so I guess that’s why I had no idea who Nick Viall was until Bachelor in Paradise). Which brings me to this season, which has turned into an even bigger mistake than Juan Pablo was. Nick Viall has no personality, and unfortunately most of the girls don’t have much to bring to the table either (other than my girl dolphin/shark #missyou). I stopped watching about two episodes ago because I just could not take two hours a week of this anymore. However I am living for meeting Raquel during the hometown dates… I may have to start watching again just for that.

But I digress… this post is not about this season of the Bachelor. This is about a past Bachelor and a past contestant/winner that was hated almost as much as Nick.That is until I read her book..

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Courtney Robertson was the villain and winner on Ben Flajnik’s season. Everyone loved to hate her and was shocked when she took home the final rose. Things however didn’t pan out so great for Courtney and Ben’s relationship and they soon called it off. Courtney then wrote a tell-all book about how much of an asshole Ben was to her and I instantly started to like the girl. The book is well written, has tons of personality, and will keep you engaged.

I loved every minute of Courtney’s book “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends..” She totally redeemed her villain persona. And Ben… well now he is hanging out with Kris Jenner/Kardashian, so there’s that.

If you are a Bachelor fan you are going to love this book! Not only is it about their relationship, but an inside look into what it is like to audition and live through filming the show.Definitely worth the read!

xx Casey