101 in 1001: Beginning

Hey, everyone! So today I’m going to start a new project for myself called the 101 in 1001. It’s basically a list of 101 things that I want to do in 1001 days (2.75 years). I wanted it to end on my 21st birthday as a little “birthday present” for myself, so I’m going to start today!

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Start date: Friday May 11, 2018
End date: Friday February 05, 2021

A healthy lifestyle

  1. Eat gluten free for 2 weeks
  2. Work out twice a week for three months in a row
  3. Eat meatless for 3 months
  4. Take dance lessons
  5. Become plastic free
  6. Go to bed by 10 every night for 2 weeks
  7. Get up at 5 every morning for 2 weeks
  8. Go through my clothes and donate what I don’t wear
  9. Learn 5 new recipes
  10. Go through all of my photos and purge the duplicates
  11. Spend at least 15 minutes outside every day for a month
  12. Bike somewhere (anywhere)
  13. Go skating again
  14. Delete unwanted emails
  15. Make an emergency kit for the car
  16. Run in a race
  17. Complete a 30 Day Squat Challenge
  18. Go a day without my phone
  19. Go a week without my phone
  20. Go a month without social media
  21. Complete 10 random acts of kindness
  22. Try to go “car-less” for a week
  23. Volunteer at an event
  24. Be able to do a split
  25. Work out in the morning for 2 weeks

For family and friends

  1. Quilt a blanket for my aunt
  2. Take a trip with my mom
  3. Send 50 handwritten letters
  4. Send a “just for fun” package to my friends
  5. Throw someone a surprise party
  6. Sing around a fire pit with some friends
  7. Go to 5 sports games
  8. Finish the 2017 scrapbook
  9. Have an early morning Bible study outside
  10. Visit a high school friend at college
  11. Give someone a handmade gift
  12. Send birthday cards
  13. Take my sisters on “sister-dates”
  14. Volunteer with my family a Saturday morning
  15. Start a future hope chest
  16. Reconnect with an old friend
  17. Start a birthday tradition

Exploring the world

  1. Go to a drive-in/outdoor movie
  2. Go camping
  3. Take a roadtrip
  4. Visit a city I’ve never been to before
  5. Go to a flea market
  6. See a shooting star
  7. Watch the sun set, stay up all night, and then see the sun rise
  8. Play an instrument on the beach
  9. Have a picnic
  10. Explore downtown Charlotte
  11. Study abroad
  12. Speak French with a native
  13. Go horseback riding
  14. Go on a spontaneous trip
  15. Learn sign language (enough to have a small conversation)
  16. Become fluent in French
  17. Find a church by the university
  18. Go sailing
  19. Go to a lavender farm
  20. Learn to identify 5 constellations

A little bit of me

  1. Read the entire Bible again
  2. Memorize 25 Bible verses
  3. Read every Jane Austen novel
  4. Finish watching all of the Doctor Who seasons
  5. Watch 20 documentaries
  6. Complete a 30 day photo challenge
  7. Have a photoshoot
  8. Vote in every election
  9. Sew a quilt for myself
  10. Put $5 into savings for every goal accomplished
  11. Fill a sketchbook with doodles
  12. Visit my high school teachers after I graduate
  13. Paint on a canvas
  14. Memorize a chocolate chip cookie recipe
  15. Learn a poem by heart
  16. Attend the midnight premiere of a movie
  17. Read a book in a day
  18. Celebrate Easter really big
  19. Read 5 classic novels
  20. Update my makeup
  21. Have a spa day
  22. Spend an entire day watching Disney movies
  23. Build a blanket fort a read under it all day
  24. Sell something on Etsy
  25. Buy something from Etsy
  26. Make a new vision board
  27. Make a reading corner

Scribbles and words

  1. Write 5 more poems
  2. Journal every day for a month
  3. Compose and write down 2 new songs
  4. Write 3 “How-to” blog posts
  5. Write 10 more devotional blog posts
  6. Write a letter for myself to open when 1001 days are over
  7. Guest post for another blogger
  8. Map a book I love
  9. Reach 500 followers on my blog
  10. Write a wishlist of places I want to visit before I die
  11. Go to a book signing
  12. Write a new list when the 1001 days are over

I am so excited about my goals for this list! I will be sure to share an update every couple of months but you can check my progress on the “101 in 1001” page located at the top of my website.

Have you ever done a 101 in 1001 challenge? If so, how did it go? If not, would you want to do one? I can’ wait to hear from you! Have a great day. :)

signi

Eighteenth Birthday Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Hello, everyone! How are you? So today is my eighteenth birthday! Yay! I wanted to do something special to celebrate so I am hosting a giveaway.

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Just like the past two giveaways, there will be TWO winners.

What You Can Win

One person will win this “beauty set.” This prize includes one pair of pink floral socks from Forever 21, one marble necklace also from Forever 21, and one oatmeal, milk & honey bath bomb.

The other person will win this “study set.” This prize includes one mini pink binder, one Dare To Dream marble notebook, and one marble pen.

How To Enter

This is a Raffelcopter Giveaway! Click here to enter.

The giveaway is open from February 4 to February 18, 2018. There are six ways to enter with a total of 8 entry points. Any questions? You can read all of the Terms and Conditions here or email me at happilyabi@gmail.com.

I’m really excited for this giveaway! I hope you have a great day! Good luck :)

signi

February Memories

Hey, guys! Happy March! The weather outside is beautiful and I’m so ready for Spring Break! February was full of fun adventures and memories. I can’t believe it all went by so quickly!

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February started off great with my birthday! I hosted a vision board party, hosting two things off of my goals list for this year. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my friends and family. Shout-out to my wonderful mother who created a huge meal of tiny sandwiches for my birthday lunch!

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A couple days later, I went to watch the play from my high school! It was a lot of fun and I saw a bunch of people that I know (shout-out to M, A, M, L, and H).

On the 11th, I headed over to the park with my sister to walk around and take pictures. It was so beautiful outside and it seemed that everyone was out enjoying the weather! The light reflecting off the water took my breath away. Plus, there were so many dogs – an extra bonus! ;)

Valentines Day came and went without a mishap. My sisters and I made breakfast in bed for my mom and we each got a little bouquet of flowers from our dad. On the 16th, I spent the day writing letters and making cards for my friends and family. And the next day, I went to my first college visit – very exciting.

Then came the big mountain trip! We spent three days in the cool weather with rivers and plenty of trees to sit by. (I even made a video about it. Watch it here.) I ended up spending a lot of time writing which was really fun for me. It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to let my dreams take shape in writing form. ;) Our short trip in the mountains was a fun one and I can’t wait to go back.

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February closed with lots of flowers; flowers in my friends’ hair, flowers in vases, flowers outside, flowers everywhere! I love how such little things like flowers can brighten up the world. :)

I also tried to continue the Photo A Day Challenge this month but then I missed a day. Still, I was able to take some really pretty pictures. Here are some of my favorites. :)

Other Things I Loved

Beautiful right? How was your February? Is the weather getting warmer where you are?

signi

Dear Sis

Dear Sis,

Oh how much you mean to me! You’re the best middle-younger sister I have. :) I love your hair and your love for all things beauty. I love how you are organized and motivated. I love you for being you.

Life has thrown some curveballs at us hasn’t it? But you’ve been so strong! I admire you for that. My wish for you is that you’ll continue to look to Him for hope, encouragement, truth, and strength. Don’t let people discourage you.

“Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things but vise versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” ~The Doctor   As you begin your freshmen (fresh meat) year, remember that quote. Don’t let heartaches, bad grades or failures ruin your dreams for I believe you will be able to accomplish anything. Highschool is stressful. It’s scary and busy and includes a whole lot of expectations. Keep your head up and know that I will always be here for you. Always.

So when you’re rich and famous, living in your big house with tons of closets holding your clothes and shoes, remember me. Remember us all. And if you think I’m writing about you in my future novels, I probably am. :)

I love you sis! *big hug*

Happy Birthday!

Love your big sis,
Abi

Dear Sis

Dear Sis,

And so it ends; your birthday week. 13 years old and finally a teenager! You have many adventures ahead of you, so many things to look forward to. But with those adventures, come trials and things will get hard. Just keep being your happy self and I think you’ll be fine. :)

One of the things that I’ve always loved about you is that you’re motivated and persistent. You aim high and dream big dreams and that’s amazing! Never lose that. I fully believe that you will be able to accomplish anything you set your mind to. And while I still struggle getting out of bed every morning, you are ready to jump up and get things done. I think we all need a little more of that haha. :)

But I think the thing that I love most about you is that you still love your family. I know that even when I’m off to college, I can count on you to call and visit and be the one to randomly show up to my class just to run up behind me and scare me. I don’t know what life will bring us in the future, but I know that God has a plan for you. An amazing, wonderful, incredible plan.

So here’s to my pink-loving, chocolate-eating, bubbly littlest sister.
Happy Birthday!

Love,
Abi

Glow in the Dark Party (Attempt #1)

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Hey, everyone! So I finally got around to writing this. For my sister’s birthday, she requested a glow-in-the-dark party. Well, the reason why “Attempt #1” is in the title is because I kind of failed. But I learned what not to do next time so, it’s getting there.

The Cake

My family (with exception to one) has all fallen in love with coconut cake. But my sis couldn’t decide between the coconut or red velvet cupcakes so we bought the coconut cake (from Harris Teeter of course) and I planned to bake yellow (not red) velvet and then use tonic water and jello to make them glow in the dark under a black light. Well, we ran out of yellow food coloring so I added blue. As you might have guessed, it turned green. But not the pretty Easter green, no, it turned trash-can green. I must have used the wrong frosting recipe because it didn’t taste quite right. After the cupcakes cooled, I mixed the tonic water and jello together and dipped the cupcakes into the tonic water. After a couple of layers, I let the cupcakes cool and then tasted one. I’m sure my sister was being nice when she said that she liked them because they were not good. It was like red velvet with cream cheese and fruit frosting. I don’t know it was just bad. Using a black light, I tried to see if they glowed and they didn’t. At least we had the coconut cake!

The Decorations

Since the party was glow-in-the-dark themed, my mom and I went out and bought glow in the dark paint at Target. At home, I painted some signs and before hanging them up, I took them into a dark closet and checked to make sure it worked. It did at first but I guess it wore off by the time it got dark because it didn’t glow after that.

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Everything Else

The rest of the party went well. We played a scavenger hunt with a couple gifts hidden around with the cards. We did find these really cool gum balls at Target. They were a beautiful color and the birthday girl loved them.

We all had a wonderful time even though most of it didn’t work out. But I learned what not to do next time and that is a good thing. ;)

signi

Cakes, Scavenger Hunts and Birthdays!

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Hey, everyone! I just had the most amazing day. Today was my sister’s birthday and I was on cake baking duty along with my other sister, E. After 5 long hours, lots of frosting making and fondant rolling, we finally finished.  

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And of course, it had to be pink because it’s her favorite color. C invited her two friends over for a sleepover. After a quick tour around the house, they sat at the table (covered with a pink table cover) and decorated pillow cases as well as flip flops with rhinestones.  

While I finished up my homework, the guests watch a movie. When it was over,  E and I ran around the house setting up the scavenger hunt. Each card had a clue leading to the next card. Every few cards, we were redirected to the kitchen to compete in one of the six challenges.

These were the challenges. 

  1. Create a rainbow loom bracelet with 13 bands using only your fingers. Whoever finishes first, wins.
  2. Tissue box challenge: each person receives a full tissue box. With one hand behind their back, they must try to empty all of the tissues from the box first. This was really fun but also made quite a pile to clean up.
  3. Cotton Ball Challenge: There is one bowl filled with cotton balls and one empty bowl. The player is blindfolded and must use a spoon to spoon the cotton balls into the empty bowl which is on the player’s head.
  4. Oreo Taste Guess: The players are all blindfolded and given different flavors of Oreos (or any other cookie). They must try to guess the flavor of the Oreo.
  5. Tissue Box Shake: Take an empty tissue box and put a couple balls in it. Tie the box around yourself with the box on your back. On go, shake until all of the balls are out of the box.
  6. Place an Oreo on your forehead. On go, use only your face muscles to move the Oreo down to your mouth. If you drop it, you must start over.

When the scavenger hunt was over, C opened her presents and we had cake. We also enjoyed our goody bags which included lotion, a hand mirror, and a small notepad or chalkboard.

About that this time, my parents headed to bed and I turned in my homework while everyone else painted their nails. And then came the late night movie and snack fest. The girls were snuggled on the couch and E was in the corner and I sat on the chair trying so hard not to fall asleep. Around 1:00 am we headed upstairs. I was knocked out but from what I heard, C and her friends didn’t fall asleep until 4:00 am. When I woke up, C’s friends had already left and I heard some amazing words. “This was the best birthday ever.” 

I had so much fun today! Special thanks to my uncle for buying me the cake set and to my sister for helping me plan and create this birthday party. Also to the birthday girl herself, because without her, I wouldn’t have had so much fun today. Here are some of the riddles. If you know the answer, comment in the box down below.

Riddles: 

1) I get bigger when I eat, but die when I drink. What am I?

2) This machine spins food and drinks around. When it’s on, it makes a loud sound. What is it?

3) Your next clue isn’t hard, no biggie. Find it where there are clothes for your piggies. 

4) Most keys open door but mine only make a sound. What am I?

5) Some take me in the morning, others take me in the evening. But one thing you should know when I’m ‘taken’ I don’t really go anywhere. What am I?

signi