May Favorites

Well hello there, wonderful people. I am two tonsils lighter since you last heard from me. That’s right. I’m a tonsil free lady now. The world is mine for the taking. Aaaaand I have been cooped up in my room for a week thus far, and probably a week to come! While I’ve begun to get a wee bit stir crazy, (but let’s be honest, I don’t have the clearest memory of this week thanks to pain killers hehe if you’ve talked to me I am sorry and I probably don’t remember) life has been pretty relaxing as well. It’s my first time to really stop moving since I finished finals, which is weird. Right after finals, me, Josh, and two other sweet couples journeyed to Gulf Shores, where we frolicked in the sunset for five days, and then lost the keys to our car and hitchhiked for another day. Hehe. I’ll be posting pictures and stories from that trip soon, guys. I’m chuckling just thinking about it.

So, back to the tonsil thing. We went to the beach, came home, and then two days later Josh (the sweet sweet handsome wonderful human I get to love and cherish) left me for Greece to study abroad the exact same day I had surgery. I got my tonsils out, adenoids out, and some weird thing done to my hand. I don’t talk about it much because it’s weird to explain, but I have an AVM (a what?) in my hand, which in layman’s terms means that my veins are weird and the cells produce rapidly haha weird huh? So I had lasers beamed into my veins and a chemo drug injected into me at the same time (and my hair is low key falling out. More on that next week!). And Josh is gone! It’s been a weird week, you guys. But, I am on the up and up, and I’ve gotten to enjoy the company of my sweet family and my second family, the staff of Dunder Mifflin. Seriously guys, I’ve legitimately lost count of how many times I’ve watched the office all the way through after eleven and I just can’t get enough. Those people are my own.

Sorry for all this rambling, I’ve just missed you guys and want to catch you up. Okay. So this is going to be a May favorites blog! I’ve actually gotten to hear myself think this week, which was so needed and wonderful. I’ve gotten to enjoy a lot of me time, thus, I actually have favorites to share. A momentous occasion. Here I go.


The Lucky Few

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Okay. Let me just start out with the best thing on this list because I can’t hold it in any longer. This book, y’all. I have been following Heather Avis on instagram for two years, and when I heard she was coming out with a book months ago I flipped. I am absolutely obsessed. The Avis’s are a sweet couple who adopted three kids, two of which have Down Syndrome, and another who is a different race than they are. The family is so freaking incredible, and proclaims Jesus’ name so well. I have been so inspired by Heather, and will continue to. This family is what my future family looks like when I close my eyes at night, and I can only hope to be such a world-changer. Read the book, and in the meantime, check out the family on Instagram here!


Essential Oils

I mean dang. I am a huge fan of essential oils. I was introduced to them when I started doing yoga my sophomore year of high school, and since then, I’ve been hooked. They’re so wonderful and can be used for so many different things. Josh got me a diffuser for Christmas, and popping in some lavender before I go to bed does wonders for my anxiety and ADD-ridden brain. It’s so hard for me to sleep, but now just the faintest smell lavender makes me sleepy. Which may be a problem now that I think about it? Oh well. I love ’em. I love ’em. I love ’em.


Photos in Print

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I have always been a big photo person, but lately have been falling in love more and more with photos in printed form. iPhones are kind of a miracle, but there is just something about holding a picture in your hand of a moment you’ll always have record of. These cute things are from Artifact Uprising. AU is a crazy cool website that takes your electronic memories and fashions them into a beautiful, tangible thing. They do everything from wedding photo books to individual prints like these, all designed with modern simplicity. No, they are not sponsoring me, I am just a super fan. Check ’em out here.


BootayBag

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Guys. I can’t believe I haven’t talked to you all about this before. If you follow me on instagram (personalstagram and blogstagram) you’ve seen me post about these, but it’s about time I talk about this officially. Bootaybag is a subscription service that sends you two pairs of beautiful, personalized undies to your door every month for only $12. Bootaybag has been sending me presents since February, and they might as well be my own personal Santa Clause if Christmas was the fifteenth of every month.


Apple TV

I’ve been watching Netflix on my laptop in a dorm room for the last year… and Netflix means a lot to me. This was a seriously big step up for me. (If you want to hear something funny, I’ve had this apple tv at school for the entire year, but couldn’t figure out how to hook it up to wifi. I’m embarrassed but also all about that honesty so here I am.) Also, all of you should stop what you’re doing and watch Bates Motel. I’m hooked.


Plants

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I’ve always loved plants, but Josh sent me flowers from Greece (awe, right?) and my brother bought me flowers (double awe) which sparked me to get not one but two house plants for my room. There’s just something about knowing you’re keeping something alive, you know? But it’s less commitment than a child or animal. The steps to motherhood are as follows: plant, puppy, real human.


Doin’ It Myself!

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DIY’s have never been my strong-suit, but by golly, I did it! I’ve been doing tons of little projects this week, but these jeans are my favorite. It may have taken me a couple of house… okay five hours… but I’m happy with the final product! Who said old jeans can’t get a little facelift now and then? (Also I so recommend this for anyone who is short. WAY cuter than just rolling up your jeans.) If you want to know how to do this little frayed hem yourself, I learned how here! Please use the tweezers. I thought I was too good for them, but… it took me five hours. So. I’m not.


 

That’s all for now, guys! See you soon. Let me know if you try the DIY and tell me how it worked for you!

Love ya crazy kids,

Claire

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