A to Z |road trip tips

Hey, Guys!

So going on a road trip is one of my favorite ways to go on a trip. Sometimes they are filled with problems and stress, but there are ways to try to make the most of the trip. I have taken about 6 road trips since I turned 18, and I have learned many things during my experiences. I have come up with my A to Z road trips tips.

  • AAA is a great service to have (they saved us on one road trip)
  • Backpack, filled with snacks, water, books, and whatever else you want when you’re not driving
  • Car, make sure your car is ready for a road trip. Oil change, tire pressure, and an over all look through
  • Don’t over pack. Only pack the stuff you need. No one likes a stuffed car
  • E-ZPass is great and you don’t have to mess with change for the tolls
  • Friends are the best road trip companions
  • Gas, pay attention to your gas tank and how many miles between rest stops
  • Have fun
  • Ice in a small cooler or lunch bag will keep you from drinking warm drinks
  • Junk food is good, but keep some healthy snacks that are not going to drain your energy
  • Keys, bring an extra set of car keys and give them to another person
  • Loud music is fun, but make sure you are paying attention to the road and to things around you
  • Music, make cd’s  so you can listen to music when you in a zone where there is no signal
  • Negative is not needed in the car, keep it happy and fun
  • Opened mind, things could go wrong so keep an open mind
  • Plan, even if it’s just a rough plan
  • Quiet, make sure you are not really loud when someone is sleeping; they may need to rest so they can drive later
  • Relax; make sure you give yourself some time to relax when arriving to your destination
  • Snacks, this will save you money from expensive rest stops
  • Take lots of pictures to remember the trip
  • U will need a physical map, there will be times your phone or gps will have no signal
  • Vacuum and clean out your car before you go, this will just make the car more enjoyable
  • Walk, don’t forget to get out and stretch your legs
  • Xit (exit lol) make sure you are paying attention to the exits you need to take if you miss one sometimes it’s hard to get back on route
  • Yawn, if you’re tired change drivers or stop to take a nap
  • Zzz’s make sure get a good night’s rest before you leave for your trip

 

I hope you enjoyed my road trip tips. These are just based on my opinion. I also want to add that AAA and E-Zpass may not be available around the world. (AAA is a road side service and E-Zpass is basically a little device that you add money online, and it’s in your car and when you go through tolls it just takes the money instead of having to pay the toll each time).

Here are just a few pictures from recent road trips.

xox cassie karin

 

Planner |$50 or $8

So over the past couple of months, I have been very into using a planner and all the cute accessories. I looked into an Erin Condren planner, but I could get myself to spend $50 on a planner. So I went into Target and found this cute one.

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This one is a Dabney Lee for BlueSky Weekly/Monthly Planner. This planner cost me $8 and it does everything a $50 planner would. I picked this floral pattern with gold spirals. I like the cover because it is open on the top and you can slide pictures or notes inside.

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This planner had a monthly view as well as a weekly view. I use the monthly for holidays and birthday and the weekly view for my work schedule, errands I have to run, bills I have to pay, and other events.

Every week is different when I write things in my planner. Some weeks I go all out and use stickers and write everything. And other weeks I’m so busy and don’t have time to add stickers that I just write the important things down. Either way, I having my planner with me and I like that I can have more creative control compared to just writing it down in my phone calendar.

This planner has a note section, which I use a lot when need to write down my shopping lists. It also has a holiday page which gives you the date of the holidays for the next two years and a map of the United States with the time zones.

I have two accessories that I love using when using my planner. The first are my Happy Planner stickers which you can find at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. They have so many different sticker books; these two are one for fitness and the other for everyday things. The second are my favorite pens. These are the Sharpie Pens and I love them. They write amazing and they do not bleed through the pages.

I love using my planner and being organized with my life. It helps me with birthdays, events, and mostly my work schedule which gets a little crazy especially the babysitting part. Please let me know what planner you use and if you have any fun accessories.

xox cassie karin

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Travel Bucket List

Hey, Guys!

I have never been a person that likes to stay at home all the time. We all have those days where we do not want to go to work or school or even get out of bed. I may have one of those days once a month, but I love seeing and exploring new things. Traveling is one of my favorite hobbies to do. It really all started probably when I was nineteen years old. Carly and I decided to travel to California on our own. That was really my first trip without parents or not with the school. It was scary, thrilling, and so much fun and I am so glad that I got to experience that trip. This trip really opened my eyes on how I want to see many more places in and out of the United States. I live on the east coast of the United States and I have seen many states around including New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, and of course California. My dream is to visit all of the amazing places on my travel bucket list. I first have to say I have been to Iceland twice, but both times I was under the age of 2 which I really have no memory of those trips. This year Sarah Jane and I are finally traveling outside of the United States. I am so excited to be able to travel and see new places, try new foods, and meet new people. So I am going to share my current travel bucket list, I may add new places as the years go by. I am really excited to check things off this list.

Travel Bucket List

  • Portland, Oregon
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Iceland (this year)
  • Ireland (this year)
  • London (this year)
  • Paris
  • Greece
  • Australia
  • Hawaii
  • San Francisco
  • Bora Bora

 

Please share with me places you want to go and cool places you have seen.

xox cassie karin

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Beauty and The Beast Movie Review | SPOILERS!

Hey, Guys!

Before you go any further, this post does have spoilers about the movie.

Seriously you have been warned!

So this weekend I went to the movies to see the new Beauty and The Beast movie and I thought I would write a little review. I loved it! I loved every minute of the movie. I was so excited to see the movie because I liked the original and I also loved when they redid Cinderella.

We bought our tickets about three weeks before the movie came out because we knew it was going to be a big hit.  The music, actors, and everything else was just perfect. When the trailer came out I was kind of freaked out by the way the beast looked, but I must say as the movie went on I actually loved him. Emma Watson did an amazing job as Belle and Dan Stevens did a great job as the Beast.  I came home singing the songs and I also purchased the soundtrack and have been listening to all the songs. My favorite song at the moment is Evermore that is sung by the beast.

I literally cannot stop talking about it, and I am dying to see it again. I also am on the hunt for the original, because it has been years since I have seen it.

I had two favorite parts in the movie. The first scene I was so excited to see was the “Be Our Guest” because I remember that it was amazing in the original. I must say I was very impressed I thought it was amazing and it was fun, colorful, and the singing was great. The second one was the one that Belle and the Beast travel in Paris where Belle was born and they learn how her mom died. I thought the song was great and it was interesting to learn about her mom.

These are the difference I notice between the original from 1991 and the new one.

  1. We learn the back story of the Beast, his father is the reason he was the way he was.
  2. We also learn about Belle’s mother, and we learn how she died.
  3. Beast and Belle took a trip to Paris to the spot where Belle’s mom died.
  4. The castle crumbles every time a petal falls from the rose.
  5. Chip does not have any siblings.
  6. The Beast gets his own song. (and it’s amazing)
  7. Finally, they added four new songs “Evermore,” “Days in the Sun,” “How does a Moment Last Forever,” and “Aria.”

There may be more that I did not realize. I would totally recommend going to see this movie. If you have seen it already let me know how you felt about it.

xox cassie karin

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Dear Starbucks Very Berry Refresher,

Dear Starbucks Very Berry Refresher,

Thank you for bringing joy into my life. When I first tasted you I did not know what to expect, but you were so delicious. You are now the one and only thing I order from Starbucks. I love the sweetness of the tea mixed with the blackberries. You are something I drink in the middle of winter and on the hottest day of the year. You are refreshing and I do not feel guilty for drinking you. I like you sibling strawberry acai refresher, but not as much as I love you. You are worth the 15-minute drink and the 10-minute wait in the drive thru line. I plan my day and where I have to shop to where the closest Starbucks is. You cost much more then I would like to spend on a drink, but Starbucks still gets my money. I have also changed the size I get to the trenta, because I cannot get enough of you. Thank you for being so yummy and for making me a Starbucks addict.

Sincerely,

Cassie

P.S. When I leave work I am coming to get you!

Life Update 2017

Hey Guys!

I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog post, and I am hoping I am going to get back to posting more regularly. First, I should say HAPPY NEW YEARS! It’s finally 2017 and this year is going to be filled with some amazing adventures. I am not sure when I will share what one of the big plans is, but I will definitely will when I am ready. I am also going on one of the biggest trips every in November with Sarah Jane.

I just turn 25 years old. (I still can’t believe it) For the first time in 25 years, I was actually upset about my birthday. I have always been excited about my birthday, but twenty-five it was a little bit scary for me. I am finally able to rent a car, and people keep telling me that year 25 has been their favorite. So my goal is to make this year amazing and I have a feeling that is it going to be great. I started 2017 with making a huge decision which led to one more. I am actually taking a semester off from school to complete what I am going to be doing. Which was a pretty big decision, but I’m excited and nervous.  I will share very soon.

I also thought I would share some of my goals for the year 2017!

  1. Be Happier
  2. Be Healthier
  3. Learn to love myself
  4. Travel
  5. Take lots of pictures
  6. Pass the Praxis
  7. Declare my major
  8. Save money
  9. Give myself some time to relax

Well, that’s all for now. I have been working like always and crafting. I am looking forward for 2017 and for the things that are going to happen.

Have a great week!

xox cassie karin

Dear Best Friend,

Dear Best Friend,

I think every day how I am so lucky to be best friends with you. Before we met, I always thought the friends I had were going to be the ones I have for the rest of my life. I thought they were going to be the friends that came to my college graduation, were in my wedding party, and would become aunts to my children; that quickly changed when we met.  I never thought that we would become best friends, let alone friends. When our mutual friend introduced us, I personally thought we were just going to be the people that were just friendly with each other. Quickly something changed, that one friend dropped us like last year’s fade. As the years went by during high school we became closer and closer.

Our friendship is one of the greatest things I have in my life. You are the person I text when I need to vent, when I find something crafty for us to do, and for when I find some funny picture online. You always have you shoulder open for when I just need to cry, and are always there for me when I need to escape my crazy family. We have so many of the same interest from crafting, trying new things, baking, taking pictures, watching Gilmore girls, or even just relaxing on the couch. You are always up for anything and I love that. You bring out the best in me, and you push me to be a better person. You do everything you possible to help my in school. You give me advice when I need it. You always know what to say. You are so important to be and I can’t even imagine my life without you as my best friend. We have our ups and downs during the past 10 years of being friends and I wouldn’t want to change it another way.

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xox cassie karin

Presidential Election Rant

First, I am not going to tell you who I am planning on voting for in this post. I am just going to rant about what’s how I feel about this subject. I dislike both candidates and I am not a fan of politics. I am not saying I do not care who wins the election, it’s more of I don’t like how people act around it.  I respect everyone’s opinion and I would never tell someone not to vote for someone or tell someone who they should vote for. You are going to vote for whom you have the same believes with and for whom you think will do the country right. There are going to be people who love Hillary and there are going to people who love Trump. There are going to be people who hate Hillary and there are going to be people who hate Trump. That is not uncommon with elections. You can tell me all these things about the other candid, but you’re not going to change my mind. My mind is set on whom I am voting for. If I tell you whom I am going to vote for you should be just accept my answer, even if you don’t agree.  I don’t need to hear your bashing about him or her. All the things posted online are all about Trump and Hillary, and it’s never something good for either parties. I want to see post of why I should vote for them, not what he or she did or bashing them when something new gets leaked to the media.

This is my second presidential election that I will be able to vote in. I personally am so tired of hearing things about these two people. I have gotten to the point where I cannot listen to the radio, read some tweets, or scroll down Facebook without people attacking each online about this election. I have left some groups on Facebook and I have even blocked certain people because I do not like how this election is making act. It is not necessary to talk nasty, curse, or attack people online just because they are not voting for the same people you are. We live in America which gives us the right to vote for whomever we want to. We may not like one candid, but others do. We need to learn to respect people’s decision.

This will most likely be my one and only post of the election. You now know how I feel. I am ready for this election to be over. I also think we will have some problems with either one them.

Lastly, MAKE SURE YOU GO OUT AND VOTE ON NOVEMBER 8TH!

xox cassie karin

 

Random Thoughts of Today!

Hey Guys!

So today’s blog post is going to different and I never did anything to this. Today any random thoughts I had I wrote it down on a piece of paper, here they are:

  • “Crap I going to be late and I still have to take care of that annoying dog.”
  • “I hate driving on route 1.”
  • “I should have got a coffee.”
  • “This class is so boring.”
  • “Ahhhh, work just asked me to work on Friday.”
  • “This class is really hard and the professor is boring.”
  • “I really need a haircut.”
  • “Maybe tomorrow.”
  • “Why does this dog like to annoy me’”
  • “I am going to go home and work on some homework.”
  • “Let me just watch a couple YouTube videos.”
  • “I really want to take a nap, but I need to do work.”
  • “I need to vlog.”
  • “Maybe tomorrow.”
  • “I think we will just have breakfast for dinner.”
  • “So glad I didn’t have to make that casserole.”
  • “Now, I have to go feed and let the dog out.”
  • “I need to write a blog post for today.”
  • “Wait, its only Monday. I thought it was Tuesday.”
  • “Should I watch me YouTube?”
  • “No, I’m going to write a blog post and do one assignment.”
  • “I love the smell of my pumpkin candle.”
  • “I really want to watch Christmas movies.”
  • “I want some grapes.”
  • “But, I am comfortable at my desk.”
  • “Maybe later.”
  • “I want to go to bed and eat grapes.”
  • “I also want to watch Gilmore Girls.”
  • “I am going to order GG shirts for Sarah Jane and I for the new episodes.”
  • “This is my last thought on the day.”
  • “Goodnight!”

xox cassie karin

Good Bye September!

Hey Guys!

Happy October! I am so excited that it finally October. I actually dislike September a lot because school starts and back to work so it’s a lot of stress happening and you are getting used to the new schedule.  I also hate that it could be summer one day and fall another. I absolutely love fall, it is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, apple picking, pumpkin carving, bon fires, pumpkin candles, and the leaves changing color.

September was not an easy month for me. It has been the most stressful month and semester of my life. I have been working my ass off with all my school work that I have had just in the first month. I met some new friends at school and new professors that I am so lucky to have. There are also those annoying people in my classes and the one professor that I cannot stand. The one class stresses me out so much that I freak for test, which makes me more nervous than normal and I can’t remember anything for the test.  It is basically every Monday and Thursday I have language development which I enjoy and then I go to anatomy and physiology and I end up crying on my way home from school. I have tried so many different tricks to memorize what on the test, but it’s like impossible for me to remember them. It sucks! I have a hard time taking test to begin with so now add a hard class, and a professor that I cannot stand it doesn’t end well.  And yes I know I will sometimes have professors I  don’t like, but this class can change my whole plan I set for myself so it does matter a lot. I have been working my butt in all of my other classes and I am enjoying it a lot. For once in my life I enjoy going to school and going to 4/5 classes I have.

The weather this past week has sucked. It was been raining every single day this week.  Sarah Jane and I were supposed to go apple picking this week and we couldn’t so hopefully soon we will get to the orchard. (Pictures will be posted when I go)

So it’s October 1st, and I have my mind set to make it a great month. I have started eating healthy, getting a quick workout before work or school, getting school assignments done right away, starting to study early, staying organize with my planner, and just trying to enjoy life. I want become a happy successful speech language pathologist so I need to do everything in my power to keep my life moving forward.

Well this post was a mess. I plan to make October great and I hope you make your awesome too! Have a great week and I will talk to you guys soon.

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xox cassie karin