A Day In My Life As A Nanny- Summer 2017

When I asked on Twitter a few weeks ago if anyone would be interested in seeing a day in my life as a nanny, a lot of people said yes! I love reading Day In My Life posts too, since you get an extra peek into a blogger's real life! This summer I am nannying for a family with twin 3-year-old boys two days a week. They are the sweetest family ever and I feel so lucky to have found them. Today I am going to share what a typical day looks like for me when I am spending most of my day with the boys! And just a little disclaimer, I am not sharing too many pictures since I want to respect their privacy.

7:40- wake up and eat breakfast
7:50-get dressed and get ready 
8:05- finish packing any snacks or lunch 
8:10- leave my house
8:30- arrive and make sure the boys finish their breakfast
8:45- play outside- the boys love playing outside, which is great for summer! They love their bikes, playing with small tractors, or playing in their pool. 
11:00- go inside and watch an episode of Paw Patrol to cool down. Let me tell you, before this summer I had never seen Paw Patrol before. But it is such a cute little show and I find myself humming the theme song a little too often lol 
11:30- play inside with toys, read books, or do puzzles
1pm- eat lunch 
1:45-2- after lunch I put the boys down for their nap. Usually they are pretty tired by this point so it is usually pretty easy!
2-4:30- right after the boys go to sleep, I finish washing any lunch dishes and straighten up the house a bit. I also usually throw in a load of the boys laundry while they are napping! Then most days I read whatever book I am into until they wake up. Occasionally I work on blog stuff, but usually I just read because I need a break after running around with them all morning! 

featuring the rain boots that one twin always insists on wearing, even when its 95 and sunny out. 

4:30- go back outside and play 
5:30- their parents arrive back home and I head home
6:00- eat dinner
6:30- catch up on any blog emails, schedule tweets, or work on my bullet journal
7:30- go on a walk or bike ride 
8:30- watch some Youtube and write out my to-do list for the following day
9:00- shower
9:30- blog or read my book 
11:00- go to bed

Usually on days that I am nannying, I stay in at night since I am pretty tired from the day! Also my friends end up working a lot of evenings, so I usually don't have much to do anyways. Honestly nannying is one of the best summer jobs, and I am so glad that I am able to do it. If you would like a day in my life on a day that I am not nannying, I would be happy to share what I do on "off" days too, even though I am often babysitting more or working on the blog! 

Have you ever been a nanny? Share in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


How To Start A Bullet Journal

About a year ago, I started my very first bullet journal. And it completely changed me! I have always been a lover of lists, and constantly have like 20 floating around my desk. I'm definitely type A and fit the typical speech pathology student stereotype lol. But my bullet journal has helped me compile those lists into one notebook, and stay on top of everything. Win, win, win. Recently I decided it was time to start a new one, because I was running out of pages in my old one and because I wanted to add in more pretty pages!

First, you will need a notebook, colorful pens, a pencil, and a ruler. That is pretty much all I use in my bullet journal, but occasionally I will color something in with colored pencils!

For my first one, I just used a lined composition book that I already owned so it wouldn't cost me much if I stopped after a month. This time around, I knew I wanted one with either dots on the pages, or completely blank. I found a teal sketchbook at Michaels for only $5, so I snatched it up since it had blank pages!

My favorite pens to use are the Staedtler rollerball pens. I find that they do not bleed through pages much, and I have loved using them in my agenda too! I also am left-handed and these pens do not smudge when I use them, which of course is a win in my book! I picked mine up from Target, but I am sure they are at many stores.

Now that you have all your supplies, it is time to research what you want in your journal. This was so fun for me, because I basically spent a whole day pouring through Instagram and Pinterest getting inspiration. There are so many gorgeous pages to inspire you, but do not feel intimidated that all your pages need to be Pinterest-worthy too. The beauty of bullet journaling is that everyone's journal is different, and your pages will reflect you and your interests. One of the reasons I love mine so much is because they are 100% customizable!

Many people start with an index in their journal. I put one in my old one, but I never really used it so I didn't put one in my new one yet. I did leave the first page blank in case I decide to add one later.

I recommend having a good pencil and eraser so you can sketch out your pages before you add in pen or paint! I do almost everything in pencil first, and I will erase and redo until I am happy with the result!

I chose to put all of the pages I will only have in my journal one time at the beginning. This means I have my books I've read, my podcast list, my future projects page, my cleaning schedule, etc within the first few pages. Once I added in all my one time pages (and left a few extra blank pages in case I come up with more to add later!) I added in my monthly spread. I will do a whole post soon about how I set up my monthly spreads, but I absolutely love it for keeping track of my habits, spending, gratitude, etc! I don't do weekly spreads because I find I don't have the time for that, and I just use my agenda for my weekly calendar.

My biggest piece of advice is just go for it. There will be pages with imperfections, but that is totally okay! You will learn from your mistakes and you will still have a gorgeous bullet journal even with small imperfections!

Do you have a bullet journal? Are you planning on starting one? Let me know in the comments below!
xo, Scarlett


Thrift Store Haul

Recently I have had some great luck at thrift stores near me, or near my grandparents house. I definitely go through thrifting phases, and I always seem to go more and have better luck during the summer. First I will show you what clothing items I bought, but please ignore the wrinkles since I hadn't even washed them yet when I took these pictures! 

 This top was originally from Target and only $3.99! I love this pattern, and I thought it would be perfect for styling this fall. But let's be honest, I've already worn it many times this summer. 

 This top was only $1.99 and it is Liz Claiborne. It honestly matches almost any color of pants, so I am excited to wear it more this summer! 

This top I saw when I picked up the first Target top a week earlier, but I didn't feel like actually trying stuff on that visit so I didn't get it. But when I went back a week later and it was still there, I snagged it. It was only $3.99 and originally from Target as well. It is also like a tunic almost, so it will be so cute with leggings once it cools down! 

I have seen denim shirt dresses everywhere lately, so when I saw this one I was very excited. And when I tried it on I got even more excited because it is a great length on me! I am only 5'2" so often dresses can go down past my knees (I'm looking at you, Old Navy) but this one is great! It also has pockets, which obviously makes it 10x better. It was only $1.99 and the tag says the brand is Love by Chelsey. I have never heard of that before, but as long as the dress looks cute I don't care what brand it is! 

Moving on to non-clothing items, I picked up this frame for $5. I really liked the frame, and honestly I think I might be able to salvage the print too and DIY it into something cute. But we will have to see where this goes!

Next I got this butter dish for only $0.25. It is identical to the one my mom has, which was originally my grandmas, and for that cheap I couldn't pass it up since I will need one this year!

This beauty might just be my favorite thing in this whole post. I got this brass unicorn tape dispenser for only $2! It just looks so majestic sitting on my desk, and I just love it for some reason!

Finally, I got this cat mug for $.50. I obviously love cats, and I really liked how simple this mug is. During the school year I drink at least one cup of tea every day, so I figured I would put this to good use soon! 


Quick & Easy Nashville Gift

One of my best friend's birthdays was coming up, and I was trying to find the perfect present for her. I love shopping for gifts, but I was getting a little frustrated because I couldn't find anything that really spoke to me. Then, she was officially accepted into a program in Nashville for fall semester, so immediately I decided I wanted to get her something related to Nashville since she is obsessed with Nashville. Since I live in Illinois, there is not an abundance of Nashville stuff, so I turned to Easy. I found some printables I liked, but I didn't love any. Then I was browsing Pinterest when I found this free Nashville printable that was just adorable. The idea was that she could hang it in her apartment there, or wait until she comes back and use it as a reminder of her time in Nashville.

You can find the image here. I loved that I was able to easily print it at home. Then I just went to Michaels and bought a simple black frame. It happened to already be on sale, but then I used an additional coupon on it. Pro tip: Michaels ALWAYS has coupons running. Before I get in the checkout line I quickly google it and pull one up to use. It has saved me SO much money over the years! 

She also does have other free printable for other locations or occasions on her website, so even if you don't need a Nashville stuff, I recommend hopping over to see if there is one you could use. Her website seems like a great resource if you want to build an inexpensive gallery wall! I also promise I am not being sponsored to say this or anything, I am just genuinely happy with what I found and I wanted to share it with you guys!

Have you ever been to Nashville? If so, leave some recommendations for my BFF in the comments!
xo, Scarlett


Styling Bandanas & Interrupted Photoshoots

One of summers most popular trends has been styling bandanas. People have been super creative when it comes to this, but the most popular way has been tying them around your neck. I happened to have a navy bandana already in my closet, so I decided to tackle this trend myself!

shirt: H&M (similar) | shorts: JCPenney (similar) | denim jacket: JCPenney (similar) | sandals: Birkenstock | tote: Old Navy (similar)

Then as my friend and I were shooting these pictures, we saw a hot air balloon in the distance. Now, if you know anything about me, you will know I love hot air balloons. I grew up going to balloon shows and following them around town when we saw them flying. So of course, my friend and I immediately cut the photoshoot short and sped after the balloon. There ended up being two, one of which was this elephant that we chose to follow! It was also my friend's first time chasing a balloon, so that is always fun! I think Doug was a little freaked out by how excited I got, and how I guessed it was the elephant balloon from like 10 miles away haha.

(S/O to Doug for basically all the pictures in this post haha you da best ;) 

Fun fact: the landing is probably the best part of watching balloons. Some are super smooth and uneventful, but some include hitting trees, tipping over, etc. If you want to see more about hot air balloons, checkout my post from last summer about attending a balloon show that also includes this cute elephant balloon! 

Also funny story, when we stopped to take pictures at one point, I accidentally left my bandana on the back of my car because I took it off. So RIP to this bandana, it will be the last time you see it in a post lol! Low key I was really bummed, but I guess it is just a good excuse to buy some new ones right? '

How do you feel about this bandana trend? And have you ever seen a hot air balloon in person? Let me know in the comments below! 
xo, Scarlett


Favorite Podcasts for Every Occasion

When I asked a few weeks ago on a twitter poll, this post came in pretty high on one you guys wanted to see! (Be sure you are following me on Twitter so you can vote on future posts!) But I wasn't too surprised, because I really enjoy getting new podcast recommendations too. Podcasts are great to listen to during long car rides, while you are cleaning, or basically any time! 

Crime Podcasts-

Now I know there are two types of people who listen to podcasts. People who like crime podcasts (yup, that's me) and people who hate it. If you hate it, no judgement, but just skip the first five recommendations!
Serial- Of course, most people have heard of this one, and probably even listened to it themselves. This is what got me into the world of podcasts, especially crime/mystery podcasts! I was really bummed when I didn't like the second season though, but the first season was so good! 
Criminal- I love that these episodes come out regularly, but are only about 20 minutes long. You can make your way through quite a few of them on a road trip! 
Unsolved- one of the reasons why I think I find crime podcasts fascinating is because I love a good mystery. Just beware that this one is titled Unsolved for a reason, but that also gives you more room to speculate for yourself since you never get a real solution! 
Someone Knows Something- So far, there are two seasons of this podcast, and both kept me hooked! I made my way through both reasons while driving back and forth to Michigan this year, so I recommend this one for when you are on a road trip! 
Up and Vanished- I just found this one a few weeks ago, but I instantly became obsessed. This might be my new favorite podcast just because of how intriguing it was. Also, I will not spoil it, but just know that new information does emerge throughout the course of the podcast. This obviously makes it 10 times better and I felt like I truly was following along with the journey. 

Other Podcasts- 
Sounds Good with Brandon Harvey- This is an inspirational podcast where Brandon interviews creative and inspiring individuals. I always leave with new ideas and feeling good after listening! 
The Budget Minded Traveler- When the wanderlust bug bites me, I tend to turn back to this podcast and listen to stories of other people who have traveled around the world. This one is great because you can skip episodes and listen in almost any order too, so find one that sounds interesting to you! 
Pawprint- This is one I recommend to all animal lovers out there! This podcast shares animal rescue stories, and I love hearing about all the lucky animals that have been saved. 
Mystery Show- This podcast only has 6 episodes, but I found them so interesting! The first episode is about a woman who rented a video at a store, and when she went to the store the next day it had vanished. I enjoy that there is still the mystery element to this, but it isn't anything super creepy or about deadly crimes. 
99% Invisible- This is another pretty popular podcast, but it talks about the design elements of things. It is a great one to listen to if you want to learn something new, since it focuses on the small details that most people miss.
Elise Gets Crafty- If you are creative, you will love this podcast! I find myself turning to it for inspiration whenever I am in a creative rut. The episodes are fairly short too, and I love all the different creatives that are interviewed.

I hope you found a new podcast from this post, and please share your favorite podcast in the comments below!

xo, Scarlett

*image originally from Design Love Fest


Tips For Studying Abroad In College

As many of you might remember, last January I studied abroad in Jamaica for a month. Now this isn't your typical semester abroad, since my school has a January term where you just take one class. The class I took was all about disabilities in a developing country, specifically dealing with hearing loss in Jamaica. Since I am studying to become a speech pathologist, this trip was right up my alley! For tons of pictures and more info about my trip, checkout the post I wrote right after it here!

My first tip is deciding where to go. While my school does offer semester long trips, I knew I wanted to one of the January trips since my major doesn't allow much room to spend a whole semester abroad. Initially I was looking into Greece, Italy, and Jamaica. I recommend going to info meetings for potential trips if your school does that, because I realized the Jamaica trip was the one I wanted to do after that. I decided that I wanted to go to a place that I might not visit otherwise, because Greece and Italy are both high on my travel to list! I also decided that I wanted to go at my own pace if I went to Europe, which meant these trips weren't for me. Because believe me, if I am going to Greece, you better believe I am going to be spending a few days in Santorini. Also, during the summer is a great time to research trips!

After you have picked a trip and applied, look into any potential scholarships or grants. I ended up getting a few, and it really helped offset the cost! In the end, I paid well under $1,000 for the entire trip. If you want to go back in The Trendy Chick archives to 2014, check out this post about scholarships. Get a good laugh at how bad my blog used to be (lol) but also I used those very tips to help me win scholarships to make my study abroad dream into a reality! 

I also recommend taking a journal with you. Even though I usually blog about my trips, a journal is great to write in at the end of every day so you don't forget anything. Especially for an extended trip like studying abroad, it is such a good idea to write down anything from shopping lists to places you visit to lessons you have learned. My go-to place for cute journals is TJ Maxx because they always have a great selection for an affordable price. They almost always have a few travel related journals too, so check them out before ordering one online for $20+.

Obviously every trip is different, so I am not going to turn this into a big packing list, but make sure you take some sort of camera! For me, I just took my iPhone and not my DSLR because I wasn't doing a whole lot of touristy things or sight-seeing. I also didn't want to risk it being stolen, especially when my phone takes great pictures too! If I would have studied abroad somewhere in Europe, I am fairly confident I would've taken my DSLR though. It is completely up to you what type of camera you bring, but just be sure you take lots of pictures. Bonus points if you take video and make vlogs or a recap video at the end of your trip! 

Going back to the cost... studying abroad can be expensive. Especially if you splurge the entire time you are there. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so if you want to buy yourself something nice while you are there, by all means do it! But, be open to saving money at times too. On my trip, some friends and I literally bought a box of cereal to eat for lunch a few days while we were in Montego Bay so we didn't have to spend $15+ at a nice restaurant. But since we saved then, we definitely went out at night because... balance. Just remember it won't be very fun to come home to $3 in your bank account! 

My last tip is to pack light! Save some room to bring back souvenirs, and make sure you are not over the weight limit for your bag. The airline will charge extra if you go over, and no one wants to waste their money on that. There are so many great resources out about packing for an abroad trip, so I recommend a quick search on Pinterest! Just pack tops and bottoms that are neutral and very versatile, and don't worry if you have to be an outfit repeater ;)

Overall, I HIGHLY recommend studying abroad during college if your schedule allows you too. There are so many benefits, and honestly you don't get a chance to live in another country very often!

Are you studying abroad sometime soon? Share in the comments where you have been or where you are going!
xo, Scarlett