25 Things I Love About Spring

Hey, guys! So yesterday was the first day of Spring! YAY!  If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE Spring. The flowers, the weather, the patterns; everything is so beautiful this time of year! There are so many things to like about spring, I decided to make a list. So here are 25 things I love about spring.

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  1. Easter service at church!
  2. Seeing everyone outside.
  3. Sitting outside on the patio with a good book.
  4. Baby animals!
  5. Being about to put away the big winter coats.
  6. Opening the windows to the fresh breeze.
  7. Pulling out the shorts after a long stretch of winter.
  8. Easter break with family and friends! How perfect is that? :)
  9. Pastel colored everything!
  10. Picnics by the lake complete with books, iced tea, and kites.
  11. Bike rides down to the park.
  12. The soft, fresh feeling in the air.
  13. All of the beautiful blooming flowers! I mean just look at these;
  14. Waking up to the birds. Such a beautiful sound. <3
  15. Fresh vegetables and fruits!
  16. Looking for four-leaf clovers in the backyard.
  17. Travel opportunities.
  18. Spring smells.
  19. Rainy mornings.
  20. The fresh green of the new leaves.
  21. Beautiful weather.
  22. Watching the clouds roll across the clear blue sky.
  23. Summer on the horizon.
  24. Tulips, tulips, and more tulips. :)
  25. The sense of rebirth and beginnings that fill the air during springtime.

What do you love about spring? Thanks so much for reading! I hope you have a great day!

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

10 Things On My Bucket List

Hey, everyone! How are you? Today was AMAZING! My a cappella team got to meet with a college a cappella team to learn and sing with them. It was a great experience and we learned a lot about getting the songs to feel how they should sound.

Also today, I wanted to share 10 things on my bucket list. My actual bucket list is very long. If you want to check out the entire list, click here. ;)

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  1. Learn sign language. – I think sign language is really cool! Some of my friends know a bit of sign language so maybe they can help me. ;)
  2. Spend an entire day watching Disney movies. – Disney movies are really fun! There are so many that I haven’t seen in a long time and would love to see again!
  3. Have a beach bonfire. – The beach is so beautiful at night with all of the stars. It would be a lot of fun to have a bonfire with some friends on the beach under the stars.
  4. Visit Mount Rushmore. – Mount Rushmore is a must-see.
  5. Visit all seven continents. – I love traveling! It would be awesome to visit every continent.
  6. Go to a midnight movie premiere. – I’ve always wanted to do this. :)
  7. Stargaze on a roof. – I LOVE watching the stars!
  8. Participate in a color run. – I’ve seen pictures of color runs all of the internet and it looks like a lot of fun! My cousin, C, ran in a color run and she said it was really cool.
  9. Read 1000 books. – Reading is a great thing to do. :)
  10. Write a book. – I really like writing. Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of writing and publishing a book someday.

What are some things on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great day! :)

signi

Travel Journal//Mountain Trip – Feb. 2017

Hey, everyone! This past weekend, I was able to go to the mountains with my family. I had a lot of fun sitting in the hammock, reading, and watching the millions of stars. So I wanted to share bits of my trip with you in the form of a travel journal post! Without further ado, here was my travel journal for the trip. :)

Be sure to check out the Travel Journal video here!

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Day 1

The ride up the mountain was beautiful. Clouds filled the sky, making for a great contrast against the trees. After unpacking, I went out to the backyard with the hammock and a book. After almost an hour of relaxing, my sister convinced me to go inside to watch tv. But instead, I worked on blogging and planning for future things.

Soon, it was dinner-time (my family always has cheeseburgers on the first day at the mountains) and then more work before going to bed. I wasn’t able to see many stars that night due to the clouds but there were some and they were beautiful! :)

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Day 2

My sister was sick so we didn’t go to church but I did have devotions with my sister which was really fun. Afterward, I worked on blog posts, my travel journal video, and listened to Marcus Warner’s Oceans album (highly recommend by the way). Outside, the clouds were settling on top of the mountain across the river, which made for a really pretty picture (above).

After my parents got back from the little country church, we had lunch and then headed outside for a hike. It was beautiful! I loved all of the plants and watching our dog, Winston, jump through the forest.

That was basically the big part of the day. I spent the rest of the time working on my editorial calendar and writing. Before I knew it, the sun was going down. As the night slowly made its way across the sky, I watched the stars peer out from behind the blanket of night. So many stars and oh, so beautiful! A perfect way to end the night.

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Day 3

The travel home day. I slept in Monday morning and woke up to a good warm breakfast. While my parents went on their morning hike, I took a shower and put on my “packing clothes” (aka. sweatpants and a t-shirt). My sister really wanted to go to my grandmother’s garden so I went with her to take pictures and more videos.

The garden was beautiful as always. It’s different being in the mountains during the winter because you can see through the trees. But it’s nice! There is a little bridge in my grandmother’s garden that I really like so my sister and I walked down there.

After our adventure outside, I came back to the cabin and packed up to head home. I really enjoyed my time in the mountains and being away from the school and stress that cities can bring. I can’t wait to come back again. :)

The trip was way too short but all good things must come to an end. :) How was your weekend? What do you love about the mountains? Have a great day!

signi

Writer’s Ink Challenge

Hey, everyone! Tessa from Writer’s Ink created a new challenge! Be sure to check out Tessa’s blog here. (She’s awesome; you’ll love it!)

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The Rules

  1. Thank your nominator
  2. Answer at least 8 questions about writing
  3. Nominate at least 5 people

Question and Answer

  1. When did you first start writing? – I started writing around August of 2013 or 2014. I had just finished the Gallagher Girls series and it inspired me to write! 
  2. Have you always been interested in writing? I always liked writing but I didn’t actually consider myself a writer until I started buckling down and getting writing done. 
  3. Why do you like writing? – I love writing because it’s a great way to express your feelings and thoughts without stuttering through the words. 
  4. What genre do you write in? – Realistic Fiction and Poetry
  5. Who or what motivates you to write? – I have a friend, H, who is an AMAZING writer! She inspires me to write; her own writing is enough motivation. :)
  6. Do you write poetry? – Absolutely! I love poetry; it’s my favorite way of writing.
  7. Have you ever written a story with a friend? – No, but that would be really fun!
  8. How do you write your stories (first person, third person)? First person always.

The Nominees

  1. Meg from MegCathWrites
  2. Vivian from Writing With Style
  3. Alexis from Coast To Coast With Alexis
  4. Anna from Diversion3000
  5. Hanne from RocksAnd Minerals 4 Him

A big thank you to Tessa for creating this challenge! It was a lot of fun! To those who were nominated, be sure to link your version of this challenge down below so I can check it out! :) Have a great day!

signi

P.S. I was thinking about adding a poetry/writing section to my blog. What do you think? Let me know in the comments down below!

250 Follower Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Hey, everyone! For those of you who have been following me for a while know that I promised a giveaway when I reached 250 followers. Well, I’m keeping that promise because I bought some awesome stuff for some awesome people!

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I’m so excited! I’ve been planning this since my last giveaway in May. Just like last time, there will be TWO winners.

What You Will Be Able To Win

As I mentioned above, there will be TWO winners. One will win the Dream Big lined notebook and the gold diamond washie tape. The other winner will receive the Christian quote lined notebook and the gold heart washie tape.

How To Enter and Rules

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The giveaway is open from January 28, 2017 to February 11, 2017. There are eight ways to enter with a total of 11 entry points. To enter, click here. Any questions? You can read all of the Terms and Conditions here or email me at happilyabi@gmail.com

I’m super excited about this giveaway and I’m sure ya’ll are too! I hope you have an amazing day! Good luck!

signi

21 Day Self Portrait Project Days 11-15

Hello, everyone! I’m back with the next five days of my 21 Day Self Portrait Project. I really appreciate all of your wonderful comments and encouragement! Thank you all so much! :) Enjoy the results from days 11-15.

Day 11

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My mom is one of the sweetest, kindest, most hard-working people that I know. She has always been there for me when I needed it and takes time out of her day to do things for me. One thing that I learned from her is that tea makes everything better.

“The best thing for a purple day is a nice cup of tea.”      – Mom-

Day 12

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I have always liked photography but I found that my pictures weren’t that great. So I decided to take a photography class. My teacher challenged our class to participate in the 21-day self-portrait photography project. Through this project, I challenged myself to take better photos. I have seen myself grow as a photographer so I thank my wonderful teacher for helping me grow.

Day 13

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I get excited when fall starts rolling around; it’s my favorite season! But it’s also a stressful season with school and exams and performances. Life gets crazy and I get stressed. But I have hope because I have a God who will stand with me and help me to keep going.

“He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

– 1 Corinthians 1:8 –

Day 14

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When I was in elementary school, I was introduced to different clubs on club day. The one club that really stood out to me was the art club. The teacher for that was really fun and had crazy hair and an even crazier nickname. And I really wanted to be in the club but my family didn’t have a car so I didn’t have a way home from school after the Art Club.

My teachers were awesome and all wanted my sisters and me to get the chance to be in the club so they took it upon themselves to take us home from clubs every day. Sometimes they would even take us out to dinner at their own expense.

Without these teachers making sacrifices for us, I wouldn’t have been able to grow my love for art. I am forever grateful to them for being so kind and generous.Since elementary school, I have grown a lot in my art abilities. This year, I was inducted into the National Art Honor Society!

Day 15

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Some of my favorite books are the Gallagher Girl series. These series have encouraged me to write and keep writing. It was through this series that I really started to get excited about writing.  Ally Carter is my role model and dream author.


I hope you liked the pictures from these five days! Have a great day! Merry (almost) Christmas! :)

signi

Christmas Gifts For Her

Hey, everyone! Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas gift shopping gets stressful sometimes so I created a gift guide to help! Every item is pictured, numbered, and linked so you can find it easily. Enjoy! :)

*Note: None of these links are affliated. :)


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HOME//DECOR

  1. Colorful Scratch Map from Etsy
  2. Isn’t She Lovely Pillow from Altar’d State
  3. Fuzzy Throw Blanket from Altar’d State
  4. Blessed, Loved, Forgiven, Saved Wall Art from DaySpring
  5. Live, Laugh, Laugh Wall Block from Hobby Lobby
  6. Fearlessly Be Yourself Wall Art from Hobby Lobby

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My Christmas Wish List

Christmas is coming up (63 more days!) so it’s time to make my Christmas list. In order to assist my mother, I am including links which you are all free to explore! :)

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Something to wear

Something you need

Something you want

Something to read

What are some things on your Christmas Wish List? Let me know! I would love to hear from you!

What I Read This Summer

Hey, everyone! So I know it’s fall for a lot of you but I wanted to squeeze this post in before my blog feed blows up with fall pictures and pumpkin recipes. Here’s what I read this summer. :)

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 1. The Chronicles Of Kings Series by Lynn Austin

“Don’t be fooled by strength you can see,” he said at last. “Yahweh often hides His power in the simple things, the weak things, and so His strength seems foolish in man’s eyes.”
Lynn Austin, Gods and Kings

I read this series a couple of years ago and loved it. When I found these books again, I knew I had to read them again. I always get a new perspective when I re-read books. This time, I found a ton of quotes that I really needed to hear. These books are definitely a recommendation!

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2. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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 “No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Neigh.”
“Was that a horse joke?”
Cynthia Hand, My Lady Jane

A must read, My Lady Jane is a funny twist on British history. I loved how funny it was and how easily it switch POVs among the chapters. Everyone should read this book.

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3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

This book was part of my summer reading for school and honestly, I thought it was a little weird. Okay, a lot weird. BUT, the discussions we’re having in class about this book are actually really interesting. Still, this isn’t a book I would read in my free time.

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 4. Katie Weldon Series by Robin Jones Gunn

“Katie wondered for a moment if part of the reason so many of the young women she knew who had poor self-esteem ended up that way because they had spent their lives gazing at themselves in a mirror instead of being the mirror others gazed into.”
Robin Jones Gunn, Finally and Forever

I loved the Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn. When I found out about the Katie Weldon series, I was so excited to read the books. These books are fantastic!

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Have you read any of these books? What books did you read this summer? What are you planning on reading this fall? What would you recommend?