31 Small Things to find Joy in this Summer - Always Sunkissed

31 Small Things to Find Joy in this Summer

Every summer, heck, even every day, it is important to take a minute, sit back, and remember the small things in life. The small things are what make life truly special. A little while back, I made this post with some small things that I find Joy in and I have been in need of this little brain dump of joy again. SO, here are 31 small things to find joy in this summer. Be sure to let me know what some of yours are in the comments or if you agree with any of mine!Read More »

Why You Need to be Your Own Best Friend & How To Do So

As I’m currently writing this, I’m sitting with head in a sink at my hair salon. Every time I come to get my hair down, It is my time to actually be able to read my book and put myself in deep thought and reflection. I unfortunately never am able to take the time to read like I would like to, but on this day, every 8 weeks, I get to drink red wine and read my book and maybe take a nap when my Head is in the sink 🙈

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Sunday Morning Coffee Date // No. 2

Happy Sunday!

Today’s Coffee Order is : Hot Vanilla Latte with Coconut Milk & Cinnamon Dolce Powder

Fun Things that Happened recently:

  • Started selling chocolate bars for a fundraiser ($1 each, hit me up if you want)
  • Increased my blog Instagram following (part of my independent study)
  • Got to try a a Piggie Drink! Peep It here!
  • Got to go to Brunch at Box 63 finally! It was so yummy and the atmosphere is just so much fun! The waitress was fabulous, timely and tentative! Check It out here!
  • Valentine’s Day was incredible, thanks to my mans!
  • Had a great Galentine’s Day IMG_4965.JPG

Recipes I found this week:Read More »

The After Christmas Up-To-Dates

I want to start by apologizing to my readers for not posting in some time, if you follow my Instagram and Twitter (which if you don’t I suggest you start haha) I have been busy between jobs, school and extracurriculars, but I plan on hoping back on track again! With that being said, I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I know mine was filled with food (including lots of Chocolate and sugar) and booze. Basically a very unhealthy, cheat day. But it was a fun, relaxing and great holiday filled with family, friends and a good time! It’s hard to say what my favorite gift I gave was, I feel like everything was just a giant shabang and everything was so cool that I got and gave! I just love watching people open what I give them!

I got amazing presents and gave a bunch too! I couldn’t be more thankful for the people in my life! Some of my favorite presents includes this HALO Charger below. This thing is so cool, it can plug in a light or anything with a normal prong plug, your phone, it has a flood flashlight and you can even jump start your car with this battery! Yea, thats right, jump start your car! You can check them out here!Read More »

The Unwanted & Probably Needed Phone Detox…

So I have not had a phone for the past two or so weeks… here’s the backstory: My phone has been having some battery problems to the point where it wouldn’t work unless it was charging. If I tried to use it when it wasn’t charging, it would usually just die. To keep things short, it finally decided one day, while it was charging, to die and never turn on. So, there it is, the backstory to my unwanted phone detox.

Let me just tell you, it is not easy living without a cell phone. I knew how dependent I was on my cell phone, but there are a lot of things that I didn’t even realize I needed my phone for. I needed my GPS to go places, I was printing out directions, I needed an alarm clock, my roommates had to wake me up because I don’t own an alarm clock, basic communication, I couldn’t even make a phone call for a doctor’s appointment. This Thanksgiving was a little more aware of what my life is and the privilege I have because of this experience.

The nice part of this experience… you get to experience life a little more realistic. I’m not always worried about my Instagram likes and if I’m responding to people’s snaps. I wasn’t distracted while driving, even if it was just picking a song to play. I had to make plans ahead of time because I wouldn’t be able to contact people once I lost wifi. This experience had me reevaluating how much I use my phone. I usually blame the reason I’m on social media so much is because I am trying to learn more about it in order to do it for a living, and while that can be a good reason, it is not an excuse to devote all my time to my phone.

I think everyone could use a good phone detox. Do I think you should do it for two weeks? Absolutely not, that is torturous. But I do think you should do it for a few days so you can adjust to it. It will help you see things in a new light and appreciate it so much more. That doesn’t sound appealing? Learn to cut down for a few days or in general. Don’t rely on it all day, every day. They’ve only been saying this for years that you need to take some time away from your phone. Like leave it in another room when you go to bed, or at least don’t look at it for an hour or so before you go to bed. I think just stepping it back to something realistic for you can really be mentally beneficial.

Sunday Morning Coffee // No. 1

Happy Sunday everyone! As you are reading this, I am at work at Starbucks making a buck and getting things done. This week has been crazy and last weekend was just weird.  I spent this week trying to assess my life and figure out why I “blew-up” last weekend. I have had a lot going on since before classes even started and forgot how to take a breathe. Tuesday, I locked myself out of my car and missed my first class. That was a blessing. I got to have fun for an hour while awaiting my car to get unlocked and then I had two hours to get my life together, do some homework not due the next day and to hang out with some friends while laughing. I needed it to say the least.

Here is a quote from this week:

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I also would like to note, I got this idea from the very talented Amber Burns over at Space on Third!

I would also love to share a few fun articles and tips I have discovered this week! 

How to Take Lecture Notes by Not A Studyblr Yet

Mostly Morgan’s What I Wish I’d Known My First Year of College

Extra Petite’s Fall Accessories – I would literally live in this outfit!

If you had to read any of these four posts, I would read this post “You Don’t Have to Have It All Together Right Now” by Hello Brittnee. This one really hit me where it matters.

I hope you all have an amazing rest of your Sunday!

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What To Do When the “Doing Too Much” Hits You… Hard

So yesterday, the “what am I doing with my life”, “I don’t have time to do anything” and the “I need to get out” feeling hit me and when I say it hit me, it hit me hard. As my professor listed off all the things due in “one month” as he said and gave us a date that is less than one month away, I started to have a panic attack of, I can barely do what I have right now.Read More »

Who Would Have Guessed, I Love Coffee?

Looking back to High School Freshman Marina, she hated coffee. She hated everything about it. From the smell to the bitter taste, it just wasn’t her cup of tea {ha, get it}. But then High School Junior and Senior Year Marina, well she started to get a liking for it. She stopped almost every day on the way to school for an iced milky way. If you don’t know what that is {if you’re not from Nantucket, you probably don’t}, it is basically a iced mocha coffee that has slim to none coffee taste, but still gives you the beautiful caffeine rush.Read More »