A Round Up of This Season’s College Football Game Day Outfits

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Y’all, we have had the BEST season so far! Well, the best season of my lifetime. The Dawgs are 9-0 and last week’s game is the last game I’ll get to go to this year. I’m dying just a little bit inside, but my weekend’s have some exciting things up ahead, so it will be okay. But… since I won’t be back between the hedges this season, I figured I’d give you guys a round up of this season’s outfits so far with links to shop. Go Dawgs!

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I shared this outfit early on in my college game day outfit ideas post (that I begrudgingly included other football teams in, haha!), but it’s one of my faves from this season, so I figured I’d include it here too. It’s perfect for that summer to fall transition.

Top: Forever 21 Similar | Skirt: Lulu’s | Watch: Apple | Purse: Mint Julep Boutique

 

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So… I really wish I would have gotten a better picture of this romper because it’s so cute, but obviously I was having too much fun to remember to snap one. You need to check it out though because the cut-outs are so fun and it was such an easy outfit!

Romper: Sweetwater Boutique | Shoes: Target | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: Kinsley Armelle

**I have a promo code for y’all to Kinsley Armelle (yay!), just use “ANNAFREEMAN15OFF” for 15% off your entire order.

 

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This year’s GA vs Tenn game the first time I’ve ever been to Knoxville and I loved it. The weather was so perfect and tailgating on the water was a ton of fun. This bodysuit and cardigan combo was the perfect outfit for keeping warm while tailgating, but staying cool during the game!

Bodysuit: Express | Jeans: Target | Cardigan: H&M | Purse: Coach | Booties: Charlotte Russe (these booties are on sale for less than $25!!) | Earrings: Bauble Bar

 

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Pretty sure this outfit is lucky because I have NEVER in my life seen us beat the Florida Gators so badly! I loved that this outfit was dressy enough for game day, but comfy enough for galavanting around Jacksonville!

Top: Red Dress Boutique | Jeggings: American Eagle | Earrings: Impressions Boutique | Hat: The Ivy | Loafers: DSW

 

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My sister-in-law, Hayley, looked way too cute at this last game with me so I had to be sure to include her outfit too!!

My outfit – Jersey: Fanatics | Leggings: Nordstrom | Boots: Hunter | Jacket: Similar

Hayley’s Outfit – Top: The Ivy | Jacket: Macy’s Similar| Earrings: Red Dress Boutique Similar | Booties: DSW

Here’s to hoping that me dressing up and cheering from home will still be good luck enough for us to beat Auburn tomorrow!

C’est la vie,

Anna

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An Inside Look at Getting Tape-In Extensions

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I have been very fortunate in my life to always have long, thick hair. In recent years though, I have felt like the bottom of my hair looks a little thin compared to the top. Before my wedding, I bought a set of Remy clip-in extensions just to give my hair a little extra volume and something a little special for the big day. I loved them and have worn them a few times over the last year or so for special occasions like Halloween or my brother-in-law’s wedding.

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Every time I go to see my hairstylist, Kristen at Studio 285, though, I feel like I’m talking about how I want my ends to look thicker and how I’d like my blonde pieces to be a little less bronze. She is always sure to tone it and I use a purple shampoo every now and then, but to get the color I really wanted and the volume, it was just a better idea to get extensions.

I don’t know why I was super apprehensive… possibly because I didn’t want to spend the extra money and I already have long hair, so it seemed a little silly, but I finally made the decision to move forward with it.

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So… here’s how the process works. I went in to see Kristen so she could color my grays. Yes, I like salt and pepper at the root if I don’t go in to see her every 5 weeks. It’s so unfortunate at age 26, but I guess I could have it worse. We talked through the consultation that day so we could order the hair. If you decide to get tape-in extensions, you’ll want to meet with a hairstylist to see what will work best for you.

I ordered two 22″ packs, since I didn’t need a ton of extra hair and got two different colors, a dark brunette and then an ombre brunette to blonde color. I paid a deposit that day and then was able to go in the next week to have them put in.

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The process of getting the extensions put in is really simple and only took 20 – 30 minutes. Tape-in extensions are probably the best kind you can get because they blend really well and they don’t really damage your hair, allowing it to continue to grow and stay healthy. Kristen took one of each color and sandwiched them together along the back of my hair for a super seamless look. It legit looks so good that I can’t tell which hair is mine and which isn’t when I look at it, which is crazy.

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The first night, they felt super odd. My hair felt heavier and I felt like I had little clips or something in the back of my head, but after pulling it up a couple of times, they loosened some and became more comfortable. Now they feel a lot more normal and I love how thick and full my hair feels.

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What’s really cool is that it doesn’t cost much at all to get them moved up every other hair appointment and the hair should last for a year or so, which is really nice. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking to make their hair a little longer or is like me and just wants a little more volume.

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Have any questions?! Feel free to drop a comment below or shoot me an email – I’d love to help you on your semi-permanent extension adventure! 🙂

C’est la vie,

Anna

 

Fall Outfits Recap

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Happy November! October went by in a flash, but I’m excited for all the fun things coming with the holidays right around the corner. The weather has been crazy the last week or two with super cold mornings and hot afternoons, but I’m not complaining, I’m just happy that fall is here. 🙂 Here’s another recap of my recent fall outfits with links for you to shop, enjoy!

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This outfit was perfect for a weekend trip. It’s super cozy and just warm enough, but also you feel dressed up enough that when you arrive at your destination it doesn’t look like you’ve been living out of your car (how I often look when traveling, lol!)

Ruana: Charming Charlie | Cami: Shein | Jeggings: American Eagle | Booties: Fabrik Similar | Earrings: Charming Charlie Similar | Watch: Apple | Purse: Kate Spade Similar| Carry-On Luggage: Belk

**These jeggings are on sale right now for less than $30!! 

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Y’ALL… I could literally live in this sweatshirt hoodie dress. Well, technically, they call it a tunic, but when you’re 5’2″, it definitely works as a dress. It’s so comfortable and dressed down enough without being bummy. Pair it with a fun pair of slip-on sneakers and you’re ready for a day of errand-running and getting lunch with the girls!

Sweartshirt Dress: Target | Slip-on Sneakers: American Eagle

**These slip-ons are on sale right now for $20!!

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This outfit was my solution to it being fall, but also spending a day in Charleston, where the weather was still pretty warm. I have fallen in love with this embroidered skirt and this hand bag!! ❤

Top: Express | Skirt: Topshop at Nordstrom | Shoes: DSW | Purse: Lulu’s | Watch: Michael Kors

**This top is on sale right now for $30!! 

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I’m all about some white after Labor Day, plus embroidered sleeves which I’m pretty sure y’all already know by now and some cute and comfy booties!

Top: Impressions Boutique | Jeans: Mint Julep Boutique Similar | Booties: Piace Boutique Similar

**I’m so sad that these gray booties already sold out because they are one of my very favorite pair of shoes, but Piace Boutique still has a ton of cute booties if you want to check them out + you can use my promo code “ANNAF” for 10% off!

I hope you all have a wonderful start to your November and I’ll be sure to share some more outfits soon!! 🙂

C’est la vie,

Anna

 

How to Make the Perfect Fall Drink

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Halloween is just a few days away… eek! And there’s no better way to celebrate than with an awesome fall drink, am I right? From some of my recent posts, I’m sure you guys all know how much I love fall… from the leaves, to the smells, to the weather… but fall drinks are definitely at the top of my list.

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Whether you’re throwing a fun Halloween party, having some fam over or maybe even hosting a fall brunch, you don’t want to miss out on making this perfect fall drink: the Apple Cider Mimosa! 🙂

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Champagne glasses
  • Champagne… duh!
  • Apple cider
  • Caramel syrup
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • An apple

Here’s how to make your delicious, apple cider mimosas!

Grab two plates and fill one with a good amount of caramel syrup and the other with the cinnamon sugar.

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From there, you’ll want to dip the rim of each of your champagne glasses in the caramel first, followed by the cinnamon sugar – similar to the way you salt the rim of a margarita glass. This is literally my favorite part of the drink because it just gives you a little something extra with each sip.

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Once you have the rims of your glasses “sugared” with caramel and cinnamon sugar, pop that cork!!

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From there, you’ll want to pour champagne in each glass. The amount is really up to you. Most recipes call for 1/4 of a glass, but most people I know would opt for 1/2 a glass at least, haha!

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Then, you’ll fill your glasses the rest of the way with apple cider.

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For a little extra fun, you’ll want to slice up an apple and drop one slice in each glass. These act as a cute garnish and soak up lots of mimosa goodness, so they’re super yummy to eat once you’ve finished your drink.

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Then, share with friends and enjoy!

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What are some of your favorite fall drinks?!

C’est la vie,

Anna

 

 

An Inside Look at Microblading Your Eyebrows

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For probably about a year or so now, I have been interested in microblading. My sister and I started out waxing our eyebrows from home in the 7th grade or so, so my eyebrows have never really had a good shape to them. Plus, it was in style back then to have thin eyebrows… not so much now. A friend of mine has her eyebrows tattooed on, and they look amazing, but I just couldn’t get myself to take the plunge. So, all of this, brought me to microblading.

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My eyebrows before

For those of you who haven’t heard of microblading yet, in a nutshell, it’s where a beauty professional takes a small bundle of needles, makes fine lines in your eyebrow area and fills it with pigment. It’s a semi-permanent option, so it lasts about a year to a year and a half, which was exactly what I was looking for. Plus, the results look much more natural than a tattoo in that the fine lines they create really look like real hairs.

I swear I read 1 million reviews before making this decision. I saw where people posted amazing results and others posted horror stories that made my stomach churn, but look up anything on the internet these days and most often, you can find that same mix. That is until one day, I found Kristin Callaway Beauty. She is actually a friend of a co-worker of mine, so I checked out her Instagram and I was hooked. I probably stalked her for 2+ hours and still didn’t see a pair of brows she had done that I didn’t like. Not to mention, she was more affordable than some of the other salons I had seen and assured me that we could avoid the scabbing and ugliness that other salons tell you to expect. Plus, I was literally, jaw-droppingly AMAZED when I saw her work on cancer survivors or other women who had no eyebrows at all – it’s remarkable.

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I know it sounds like I’m a little too excited about this y’all, but microblading my eyebrows has completely changed the look of my face and I couldn’t be happier with my pretty much perfect brows that I never have to fill in.

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I’m guessing you guys want to know the nitty gritty details of the process though, so here it is.

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The first appointment took about 2 hours. She put numbing gel across my brow line and then used a precise measuring tool to find the perfect shape for me. Then, she let me see that shape and let her know if I was okay with it or not. After about 30 minutes of talking through what I wanted and what to expect, we got started with the needling process.

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I will admit that the first pass I was like, this needling noise sounds awful and this is kind of uncomfortable… did I make the right decision? But then Kristin put on a second numbling gel and it was easy peasy from there. I think she did about 3 – 4 passes of needling and filling in with pigment before letting me sit up and take a look. At first, I was a little overwhelmed, because anything new on your face feels weird, but I trusted her and had a really good feeling that these were going to look great.

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She gave me this chart to let me know what to expect (the process isn’t as extreme as what you see here) and some really good care instructions to follow over the next couple of weeks.

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6 – 8 weeks later, she had me come in for a perfecting session, where we could touch up any spots that didn’t retain well and add a little anywhere we thought needed it. She touched up a few areas and warmed up the pigment, just a little. This appointment was super easy and you pay everything up front, so you don’t have to pay anything extra when you go for your follow-up.

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Y’all I couldn’t be any happier with my brows and now that I have done the initial session, each year, it will be a fraction of the cost to get them filled in. I know it can be scary, but I am someone who has a low pain tolerance and always has a hard time with change and this wasn’t bad at all.

When writing this post, I tried to go through a mental checklist of the questions I had before getting my eyebrows microbladed so I could answer them for you, but if you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out. I’d be happy to help you figure out if microblading is right for you!

C’est la vie,

Anna

 

Things to Do During a Weekend Getaway in Columbus, Georgia

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My family and I recently visited my sister who moved to Columbus, Georgia. I really had no idea what to expect of this little town, but when I arrived, I was so excited to learn there was way more to do than I anticipated. We had such a fun weekend and I can’t wait until the hubs has a break in football and hunting season so we can go back! If you are looking for a fun weekend trip or planning to visit Columbus, GA, here are some things you should do!

Experience the Riverwalk

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The Riverwalk is a 15-mile park along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. I already told you guys all about our white water rafting adventure here, which was SO much fun, but there’s a ton of other things to do at the Riverwalk as well. You can go biking along the trails, paddle boarding, ziplining, enjoy a concert at the amphitheater or a restaurant, festival, bar, etc. all along the way. There’s so many people out and about, fishing, reading, soaking up the sun and it’s definitely a spot you don’t want to miss!

 

Eat Your Heart Out

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I’m pretty sure I gained like 10 pounds in the course of a weekend while in Columbus! Not only is there just good, down-home, Southern cooking, but they have tons of cool, local restaurants. One of the coolest ones we went to was Country’s on Broad. It’s a barbecue diner in a converted 1930s bus station with a milkshake bar, jukebox and dining area on a bus. Their barbecue and sides were amazing and the desserts were to die for! A few other places you’ll want to be sure to check out are The Black Cow, Ruth Ann’s Restaurant and Plucked Up Chicken & Biscuits.

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Take a Drive

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If you have the time, I totally suggest taking a short, 45 minute drive to Providence Canyon State Park, also known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon. My sister had told us about this place and I was having a hard time envisioning a canyon here in Georgia, but boy, was I surprised. The place was gorgeous and had really great trails carved out for both beginners and expert hikers. We hiked around the perimeter of the canyon; getting to see it from all sides and even coming across a really old community filled with old-timey cars. It was seriously so beautiful and worth every minute in the car! Plus, of course, it made for lots of fun photo opps! 🙂

Although we were there to experience Columbus, we mostly made the trip to spend time with family, so we didn’t pack too much else into the weekend, but there’s a ton of fun things for you to do if you’re looking for more!

Coca-Cola Space Science Center

National Civil War Naval Museum

Columbus Botanical Garden

Events at the Columbus Civic Center

So, there you go! I hope you enjoy your visit to Columbus!!

Any natives know of any fun activities I left out?

C’est la vie,

Anna

 

Fall Outfits Recap

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Y’all I can’t believe we’re already more than half way through October! Time is flying by and with us having football games to go to almost every weekend, I feel like I definitely need to set aside some time for a trip to the pumpkin patch and a Halloween movie marathon! Lately, I’ve been sharing some of my favorite outfits with you guys on Instagram and I try to always make sure to tag where I get each piece, but I know sometimes it’s easier just to have the links to find things directly, so voila! here you go loves! 🙂 Here’s a recap of my recent fall outfits for you to shop.

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I was all about rocking some denim skirts back in high school and I really didn’t think they would come back in style, but I am totally on board. Plus, I’ve been loving the pearl-adorned jean items I’ve seen lately. I first saw this trend on a Free People jacket I loved, but I liked the price of this skirt way better!

Sweater: Red Dress Boutique | Skirt: Red Dress Boutique | Booties: DSW Similar | Purse: Kate Spade Similar | Necklace: Swank Co. Similar | Bracelets: Frosted Willow | Bracelets: Lily and Laura | Watch: Michael Kors

 

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I love that this dress is NOT fitted, but still super flattering. I always love a good, cozy sweater dress, but sometimes they can show more than you’d like them to! Plus, I’ve always been a sucker for a cute statement necklace!

Dress: Red Dress Boutique | Necklace: Red Dress Boutique | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunglasses: Target | Bracelets: Alex & Ani

 

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Y’all know that I have been loving all things embroidered, so when I saw this sweater at Target (part of their AMAZING A New Day line), I instantly fell in love with the sleeves! Plus, I always have a hard time finding jeans or jeggings that fit well at the ankle, but American Eagle has a ton of options that give you that cute tight-ankle look. Not to mention, they’re so good about having a variety of sizes, so I can get the petite jeans I need to fit these short legs! 🙂

Sweater: Target | Purse: Target | Jeggings: American Eagle | Booties: Just Fab | Bracelet: Lily and Laura | Earrings: Hazel & Olive | Watch: Michael Kors

**These booties sold out, so I’m working on finding some similar ones for y’all!!

One thing I will tell y’all is to always check Retail Me Not when shopping online! I seriously never complete my order until I’ve checked to see if they have any good promo codes I can use. It has saved me soooo much money, I swear!

C’est la vie,

Anna

How to Plan a Successful Beer Olympics

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My sister, Alyssa, and I have been fundraising recently for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for a cure that we have coming up in November. We’ve tried a million things to raise the funds, but one really cool idea that my sister came up with was hosting a Beer Olympics. I had seen Beer Olympics scenes in movies, but had never been to one before or honestly, even thought they happened in real life, so when she told me about it, I was so excited! She spent several months planning and in the end, everyone had so much fun and she ended up raising $500+ for the cause!

Because we had so much fun, I figured I would share it with you guys! That way if you have a cause that you need some creative ways to fundraise for, if you want to throw an awesome get-to-know-each-other event for your wedding party or if you just want to get together a big group of friends for a day of fun, this guide can help you get started! With that being said… here’s how to throw a successful beer olympics.

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First, you have to figure out a few variables and set the foundation for your event.

Things to Decide

  • How many people to have on each team
  • How much each team will need to pay to participate
    • If participants pay individually or per team
  • Whether to provide beer (included in the participation cost) or if your event will be BYOB
  • How you will assign a country to each team
  • Which games you’ll play and how many
  • Where you will host your event

To give you an idea of how she set it up, she allowed each team to have four members. You signed up as a team to keep things organized and you could choose your participation fee based on whether or not you wanted your package to include beer. Some people chose to bring their own, while others just purchased the full package. [ADD FEE STRUCTURE HERE]

On the Google doc application form, Alyssa included a section to give your top choices for your team country and decided from there. Some beer olympic how-to articles suggest that the host/hostess is team USA, but Alyssa chose to stay sober and referee during the event and we both highly suggest this if you’re planning on throwing one!

We played four “olympic” games and finished off the day with a relay race. That doesn’t sound like much I know, but it took the full day and most participants had more than enough to drink in this timeframe haha, so I don’t think you need much more. The games we played were Beer Pong. Survivor Flip Cup, Dizzy Bat and Cornhole.

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The event was held in a friend’s back yard that was pretty flat and had a lot of open space. This made it easy to set up all of the events and have plenty of room for everyone to enjoy.

Once the foundation is set, you’ll need to spend the time leading up to the event planning out the details. Here’s the to-do list she used.

To-Do List

  • Collect information from teams (names of team members, team captain and contact information, preferences for team country, type of beer preferred, questions/concerns, etc.)
  • Make final decisions on which games you want to play
  • Make a list of things you’ll need and gather them all before the event. Here’s our shopping list to help you get started!
    • Tables (Ask around – most times friends will have a couple you can borrow)
    • Beer
    • Coolers
    • Ice
    • Pong Balls
    • Medals (some cheap ones from the dollar store will do!)
    • A banner for people to take photos in front of (ours was a painted sheet)
    • A tailgating tent if it will be super sunny or is really hot outside
    • LOTS of water (stress drinking water to participants all day long!)
    • LOTS of solo cups (we recommend getting different colors for the different teams if possible – it just makes things easier)
    • An American flag – because we live in the good ole USA! 🙂
    • Music – see if you can borrow a speaker from a friend and have your most musically-inclined friend put together a playlist… that or just use Pandora or  Spotify to make your life easier.
    • A score board (white board) and markers (you can find these cheap at Walmart or the dollar store as well)
    • If you’re going to referee, a referee shirt, whistle and visor – because you’re too legit to quit, right?!
    • A snapchat filter (for one, this is just so much fun, but for two, it helped generate even more buzz about our fundraising efforts!)
    • Optional: Rewards for the first, second and third place teams (she gave out gift cards)
  • Plan your opening and closing ceremonies (we had a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, as well as the national anthem – the closing ceremony consisted of everyone getting their medals, rewards and trying to grab Ubers home! lol)
  • Decide how the sequence of events will go on the day of the event (which games will occur simultaneously) and how each game will be set up
  • Organize brackets for events

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Game Set-Up

Here’s how the games we played were set up. You can always tweak these to fit your “house rules” or what works best for your group.

Beer Pong

At our event, we set up the beer pong as pool play where rankings were based off of the first round and from there the bracket was decided based on who was the top seed in each match-up. Pool play was six cups, while bracket play was 10 cups. We threw out things such as redemption to keep the games moving along, but allowed it in the final throwdown between the top two teams!

Cornhole

Cornhole was set up very similarly, starting with pool play and then moving to brackets. Two members from each team played each other with normal rules to see who could get to 21 points first.

Dizzy Bat

At our event, we had six teams, so dizzy bat was played with three teams at a time. This will vary depending on how many teams you have participate. Once the first round was completed, the first place team from each round went up against each other and the same went for the second and third place teams, until we ended up with three winners who competed against each other for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Survivor Flip Cup

Survivor Flip Cup was also set up as pool and bracket play. We stuck to pretty normal rules here. The biggest deviation from normal flip cup is that each round, the winning team can select a member of the losing team to sit out making it increasingly hard for the losing team to win overall. Not going to lie… this game got the best of me, but it was really fun!

Relay Race

The relay race rounded up our day of events and all teams went against each other. It was a super fun way to end the day!

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Overall, we all had such a good time and were excited to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Have you ever participated in a beer olympics? If so, what were your favorite parts?

C’est la vie,

Anna

 

4 Ways to Make Your Period Suck Less

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Periods pretty much suck… period. I can’t think of one person who is like, “oh, I just love shedding my uterine liner every month, it’s so beautiful”. haha Um, no. When I think of my dreaded time of the month, I think of curling up in the fetal position from cramps that feel like a little baby demon clawing at the inside of my stomach. I think of walking around feeling bloated like the Michelin man and craving everything in sight. Not to mention, the cravings and emotions. Oh… and period poops… nuff said. And the fact that we have to go through this hell once a month for the majority of our lives is just not fair. Ok, I’ve made my point.

I think we can all agree that being on your period is just no fun.

BUT…

I’ve recently discovered some things that really help make your period less painful, more convenient and overall, just a little less sucky. So ladies, if you’re ready to change the period game, keep reading.

Viv Wellness

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Viv Wellness is a company I learned about a year or so ago and that I was super skeptical of at first. Their mission is “Periods without pain or shame, empowering women to be their best every day of the month.” I absolutely love that. They’re all about holistic, herbal supplements to help get rid of PMS and cramps during your menstrual cycle. Let me preface this by saying, that I’m pretty much an Ibuprofen addict and was freaking out about not taking it to help with my cramps. I was literally fearful of the pain I was going to be in.  Nonetheless, I sampled the Perfect Period Pack and it comes with one bottle of Unwind and another of Relieve.  Unwind is for the 2nd half of your cycle and Relieve is for the days you’re on your period. I will say it’s an adjustment. In the same way that you have to adjust to taking your multi-vitamin every morning or birth control every day, you have to adjust to taking a dropperful or more of the product 3 times a day.

But, I will also say, I was very pleasantly surprised. They do warn you that the first month, your cramps and PMS won’t just vanish completely, but that over the first 3 months, you’ll really start to feel the change and it’s true! I was so shocked that I could manage my pain and not have to fill my body with tons of medicine. I can’t say that I’ve stuck to using Viv 100%, just because it requires you to keep up with the routine and I’m not always the best about that, but I was really happy with the results and do like the product when I remember to use it correctly.

Diva Cup

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So, I was really weirded out about the Diva Cup. I’ve been using tampons since about the 7th grade and I’m pretty content with how those work, but I really wanted to give this a try for a couple of reasons. For one, I hate how much money I spend on tampons. I mean, in the scheme of things, it’s really not that much money, but it is one more monthly cost to add on top of everything else and I feel like I go through boxes of them so quickly. The Huffington Post calculated how much money the average woman spends on tampons in her lifetime… check it out.

1 tampon every 6 hours (on average) = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period (mine lasts 7! :/ ) = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods = 9,120 tampons. At 36 tampons per box, that’s 253.3 boxes x $7 = $1,773.33

Secondly, I hate thinking about how my tampon usage affects the environment. According to the Huffington Post’s calculations above, you use about 9,120 tampons in your lifetime. I recently read that this year, they’ve calculated that there are about 7.5 billion people in the world. I’m guessing about 50% of those are women, give or take. So 3.75 billion women x 9,120 tampons = 34.2 billion dirty tampons filling up our landfills and stopping up our sewer system in each woman’s lifetime. It’s kind of sad.

Back to the Diva Cup though. It’s a sustainable, easy-to-use, cost effective and eco-friendly menstrual cup. To use it, you fold it in half and insert it into your vagina. It suctions and stays up there, similar to a tampon. Then, when it’s time, you remove it from your body, empty it and wash it with warm soap and water. Trust me, I know how weird and awkward this sounds, but after you give it a few tries, it’s really not so bad. It doesn’t hurt at all and it really is effective for containing your period. One thing is that I would never, ever want to have to empty and clean it at work, but as long as you can time it so that you do that at home, it’s really great!

*Although I was given free products to sample, I was not paid to post about this product! 

Thinx Underwear

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So when I first saw Thinx, I totally thought, those are so weird and must feel like a diaper. I figured why not give them a try though. They call themselves the period panties for the modern woman and they come in several different types, from thongs to hiphuggers, high-waisted to briefs – and different color options. The way they work is that they are made of anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorbent and leak-resistant material – to fight bacteria and absorb liquid.

I’ll be honest, I was totally freaked out about using them. So… I started my period and put them on. One thing I had to adjust to was the fact that I hadn’t felt Aunt Flow come out of my body in a million years. I wear tampons and avoid pads like the plague, so that was a serious adjustment. However, I was surprised that they didn’t feel wet. They really were absorbing everything. I tried them out the first day of my period though and that was a mistake. I don’t think I have a super heavy flow, but I did wake up and have a tiny bit of blood in the bed. I contacted them though to ask their thoughts and all, and they mentioned that some girls need to wear them in conjunction with a tampon or cup the first day or two (they note this in the instructions, butttt I may or may not have read them in their entirety haha), but to give them another try on day 3. So I washed them and gave them another shot. On day 3, they worked like a charm! I was pretty comfortable and didn’t have to use any tampons. I was surprised that they felt dry and didn’t have a smell. Overall, I was pretty happy with them! If you want to make the switch and give them a try (you totally should), just click this link or the image below to get $10 off your pair! 🙂 coupon-discount-thinx-underwear

 

Yoga

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When I’m on my period, the very last thing I ever want to do is go the gym. Seriously, all I want is to crawl under my covers, roll up into a ball with my heating pad and sleep my life away. However, I have found that if I can convince myself to just get up and do something with my body, it really does help. Now, I’m not saying go on a run (although tons of girls will tell you this helps), it just makes me cramp more and sometimes need to go to the bathroom, bathroom haha, but yoga is a super good way to ease your cramps, get a little workout in and give a little love to your body.

According to Do You Yoga, here are 6 yoga poses you can do to help relieve menstrual cramps.

  • Child’s Pose
  • Forward Fold
  • Knees-to-Chest Pose
  • Supine Twist
  • Cat & Cow
  • Savasana

 

Periods are never going to be fun or amazing or the highlight of your life, but there are definitely ways to make them more manageable, convenient and comfortable. Don’t suffer when there are tons of new ways to make PMSing a thing of the past. If you have more specific questions about any of the products, feel free to drop a comment or shoot me a message!

C’est la vie,

Anna

My Bucket List

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I recently came to the realization that I have already lived 26 years of my life and only experienced a small fraction of all of the things I want to do. Then, I thought to myself and really felt like in order for me to accomplish and experience all of those things, I need to start taking some serious steps to making it happen. So, I started making this bucket list. It is very much influenced by the Bucket List Journey because if you ever sit down and start making your own list, you’ll eventually realize that you know there are a lot of things out there that you want to do that you don’t even know yet.

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So, here it is… MY bucket list. This post will forever be evolving because as I cross items off the list, I’ll also be writing and linking posts back to this list so you can read all about them! 🙂

Enjoy!

Anna’s Bucket List

  • Swim with dolphins checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Zipline above the jungle canopy checking-off-my-bucket-listbucket-list-zipline-above-jungle-canopy
  • Go to an aquarium checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Go to the zoo checking-off-my-bucket-listbucket-list-go-to-the-zoo
  • Go to the circus checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Go to the fair checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Visit at least 50 countries
  • Create a blog checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Buy an expensive couture outfit
  • Go white water rafting checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Fly in an airplane checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Ride a horse checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Ride a mechanical bull checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Learn to Surf checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Rappel down a waterfall
  • Explore a cave
  • Go indoor skydiving
  • Hold a shark checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Get a weird piercing checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Get a tattoo
  • Dye my hair a crazy color
  • Take a police ride along
  • Ride in a hot air balloon (tethered: checking-off-my-bucket-list, untethered:   )

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  • Go snorkeling checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Walk a suspension bridge
  • Zorbing checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Witness a solar eclipse checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • See the grand canyon
  • Tour the White House
  • Ride on an elephant
  • Attend a rodeo checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Climb a volcano
  • Kiss in the rain
  • Dance in the rain checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Milk a cow
  • Churn butter checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Name a star
  • Relax in a natural hot spring
  • See Georgia football win a National Championship
  • Release baby sea turtles into the ocean
  • Go deep sea fishing
  • Go on a cruise checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Ride a train
  • Ride a subway checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Take a greyhound somewhere
  • Ride in a horse and carriage checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Explore NYC checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Camp in a tent checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Watch a meteor shower checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Go to the Olympics
  • Meet Britney Spears
  • Meet Selena Gomez
  • Sleep in a teepee
  • Sleep in a treehouse
  • Sleep in an ice hotel
  • See the Mayan Ruins checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • See a pyramid
  • Visit the 4 corners
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Go topless at a topless beach
  • Have a pen pal
  • Sing karaoke checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Leave notes on bathroom mirrors in 5+ cities
  • Write a book
  • Make a candle
  • Make a tie dye shirt checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Get a drastic haircut checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Try archery checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Go to a film premiere
  • Attend a music festival
  • Walk the Susan G. Komen 3-Day
  • Run a half marathon
  • Be a game show contestant
  • Be a TV studio audience member
  • Celebrate New Years in NYC
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower
  • Be an extra in a movie
  • Bet at the dog races checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Dance on a bar checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Be a part of a flash mob checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Read 100 books
  • See a ballet checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • See Cirque de Soleil
  • Set a record in the Guinness Book of World Records
  • Take a pole dancing class
  • Go paddle boarding
  • Do yoga somewhere cool
  • Visit Yosemite National Park
  • Go to the Kentucky Derby
  • See a broadway show checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Visit Niagara Falls
  • See Mount Rushmore
  • Go to the Grand Ole Opry checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Sleep in an over-water bungalow
  • Walk to the Great Wall of China
  • Get a Brazilian wax checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Get a spray tan checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Get a fish pedicure
  • Do a boudoir shoot checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Get a complete makeover
  • Get fitted for a bra
  • Get a full body massage
  • Go to the New York Fashion Week
  • Mud wrestle checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Wear colored contacts
  • Make 6 figures checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Save $50,000
  • Become 100% debt free
  • Buy a house checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Have a housekeeper
  • Order room service checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Have sex somewhere crazy
  • Visit a winery
  • Put a message in a bottle in the ocean
  • Take a photography class
  • Order an expensive bottle of champagne
  • Ride a rollercoaster checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Ride a tandem bike
  • Go to a luau
  • Celebrate a holiday in another country
  • Drink from a fresh coconut checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Stay at a bed & breakfast
  • Host a dinner party
  • Host a pajama brunch
  • Use chopsticks checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Give a waiter a HUGE tip
  • Bake a pie
  • Take a cooking class
  • Go kayaking checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Experience a white Christmas
  • Climb a mountain
  • Go skiing
  • Go waterskiing checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Go snowboarding
  • Invent something
  • Slide down a fire station pole
  • Skinny dip checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Have sex on a beach
  • Have sex on a plane
  • Smoke a hookah
  • Stay out all night
  • Have a baby
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Dance in the street
  • Get a college degree checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Get my MBA
  • Visit the elderly at a nursing home checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Give blood checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Find out my ancestry
  • Learn Spanish (fluently)
  • Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Germany
  • See the Taj Mahal
  • Swim in a cenote checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Gamble at a Casino checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Eat fondue checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Let go of a floating lantern in Thailand
  • Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Climb a lighthouse
  • Fly 1st class
  • Go on a safari
  • Take a cross country road trip
  • Help someone cross off an item on their bucket list
  • Write a post that gets published
  • Play an instrument checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Host a foreign exchange student
  • Stay in a hostel
  • Plant a tree
  • Meditate
  • Pay for the person’s meal behind me in the drive thru
  • Sponsor a Christmas child checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Go on a mission trip
  • Go bowling checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Climb a rock wall checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Complete a ropes course checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Go to the World Series
  • Go to a Nascar race checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Go to a Super Bowl
  • Go to the Masters checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Run a 5k checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Run a 10k checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Ride on a motorcycle
  • Shoot a gun checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Ride a jet ski checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Ride a segway
  • Ride in a tuk tuk
  • Throw money and make a wish in a fountain checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Hike a trail checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Get baptized
  • Yell off a cliff at the top of my lungs
  • Send my parents on a nice trip
  • Go on a trip with each of my siblings
  • Build something
  • Fix up a piece of furniture
  • Raft down the Martha Brae in Jamaica checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Stay at an all-inclusive resort checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Stay in a penthouse
  • Own a pair of Louboutins
  • Go to a concert checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Have a picnic checking-off-my-bucket-list
  • Be a huge blessing in someone’s life
  • Eat pasta in Italy
  • Eat pizza in NYC checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Eat pizza in Chicago
  • Get to a body size and look that I love
  • Remodel part of my house
  • Go on a crazy shopping spree
  • Go ice skating outside
  • Play in a Beer Olympics checking-off-my-bucket-list

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  • Add more things to my bucket list 🙂

What’s on your bucket list?

C’est la vie,

Anna