Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Wishes + Back to School Giveaway



This is my first time doing weekly wishes and I'm super excited about it!

I want to thank everyone who participated in Five Little Grins. I am still writing down the things that make me happy throughout the week, Cassi and I just decided we wanted to move on to write about other things on Mondays. 

I love Melyssa from The Nectar Collective and her Monday link up. I think that it will help me to focus and feel less overwhelmed with my week plans. 

Here are my first week's goal: 

1// Figure out this anxiety thing. I've got a psych appt and lab tests (to make sure it's not my thyroid). My next step is to set up an appointment with a therapist. I need to find one who is on my insurance.

2// Clean our bedroom. I did our guest bedroom about a week or so ago, and we have ALL clean clothes (which, my best friend folded for me on Thursday while I was taking care of my mom because she's a freaking amazing human being)

3// Put fresh flowers in our dining room and light candles. I think this will help with my anxiety.

4// Go to yoga three times, and attempt the gym once. I gotta work slow on this apparently. 

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I'm only about a month away from starting school, hence the Back to School giveaway below! I can't believe I will begin my second year teaching, and Iman will be going back to school. For all of my readers who are going back to school, I hope you have a wonderful year back! I can't believe it's been 2 years since I've graduated college and 7 since I left for Ohio to live in the dorms! 

I made wonderful friends, but I definitely missed my friends back home. That's why I'm giving a way stationary in the College is Love giveaway! You can definitely keep in touch with your friends back home while you make new friends!



Sponsors (in no particular order): 
Amanda at College is Love  / Shontal at The Preppy Scientist / Pam at Hodge Podge Moments / Raewyn at Be A Warrior Queen / A-List Greek Designs / Dani at Dani's Transformation / Chloe at Wanderlust in the Midwest / Beth at Wandering Forevermore / Melanie at LillyRockPark / Kaliah Kouture / Denise at Twirls + Pearls / Lindsay  at The Chicago Prep / Loren at MyDamselPro / Aleshea at Glitz n' Gritz / Lauren at Bubbs Bowtique / Amanda at Brunette with a Bow / Katherine at Preppy Bows & Sass



Prizes include gift cards to: Amazon, Marley Lilly, Thirty-One Gifts, A-List Designs, and Pura Vida as well as a work out tank, 2 Revlon Parfumerie nail polish, a large Lilly Pulitzer Agenda, Monorgram or Lilly earrings, 2 bangles from Twirls + Pearls, a custom state canvas, pepper spray/personal alarm, Vera Bradley ID Holder, Kate Spade Notepad, 2 bows, custom nail polish, custom painted letter, stationary and a Preppy Bows & Sass package. 


Back-To-School Giveaway

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63 comments:

  1. Ashley Bree PerezJuly 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    I am most excited about the bracelets! they are so pretty :)

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  2. It all sounds amazing!

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  3. 1.// maybe look into a local college if one isn't too far away. I know sometimes they offer counseling at NO COST if they have that type of program. All of the counselors are fresh out of college or still in college, but they typically have the same amount of knowledge as a therapist who charges money. Hopefully yoga&gym will help as well!! Cleaning my bedroom would just make me more anxious hahaha! This giveaway is uhhhhmazing :)

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  4. Welcome to the link up! I've been doing it for about nine weeks and I love it. I like all of your goals and I really hope you can figure out your anxiety. My husband and sister-in-law both have it, pretty bad at times, and the doctor told my husband that exercise is really important when dealing with anxiety. He said it's just as effective as some of the medications offered. It's gotten better for both of them and I hope the same happens for you!

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  5. I am obsessed with all things monogrammed right now, especially getting my soon-to-be new one! Marley Lilly is right up my alley.

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  6. Through the Eyes of the Mrs.July 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    I think that my anxiety has gotten worse with age. It's a good thing to have it checked out. Fresh flowers can always make a girl smile!

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  7. Good luck on finding out about the anxiety, it took almost 6 years for them to find out I had peripheral neuropathy. I spent all those years in pain and not know why. A great way to find a good doctor is to actually talk to your insurance company. If you have an HMO make sure you tell your primary to give you the person they would use in their network. That's how I found an amazing team of doctors who diagnosed me within 6 months of switching to their hospital.

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  8. I think it is so healthy to set weekly goals like this! Good smells always help me with anxiety and having a nice clear space free of clutter. I think you are on the right track.

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  9. Krista KetterhagenJuly 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    This is awesome! I need to do a wishes post, but I keep forgetting, darn it! I love the back to school stuff, it is so cute. I can't believe I have committed to getting my but back into college to finish up a few certificates!

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  10. I love all of the polka dot prizes! Cute stuff.

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  11. Lisa @ Ameliorer la VieJuly 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Just a few small touches (like the fresh flowers and candles you mentioned) can really change the ambiance of a room. Candlelight always relaxes me, so I hope that it helps you to feel less anxious, too.

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  12. I hope you enjoy the Weekly Wishes community. I think it's super fun, a great way to stay on track, and a great way to meet a new blogger or two. :) The Amazon gift card and state print are both exciting possibilities. :)

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  13. Amazing giveaway. I'd love to win it!! The Kate Spade notebook is my fave prize :)

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  14. Makes me wanna go back to school! :p

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  15. What a awesome giveaway. I will take all of it. lol :)

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  16. songbirdsandbuttonsJuly 28, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Hey, that's what I'm going to win! Love this giveaway!! :)

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  17. I'd be most excited to win the Amazon gift card. The entire package is wonderful!

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  18. This is a great giveaway! I loved reading your wishes. I need to put some fresh flowers out, too.

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  19. Awesome giveaway! And take your anxiety one step at a time. Remember deep breaths and take it slow. Rome wasn't built in a day ;-)

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  20. I need to start doing that and look up a quick flow!! Also, my cat peed on my yoga mat so I need to get a new one! :(

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  21. OH! There is a community college literally across the street from me. I can see the field from my bedroom window. I will check there and at the university that is down the street, as well.

    I hope yoga, gym and cleaning would help too!! We were going to make cleaning a drinking game tonight but Iman's tummy hurts.

    Also, good luck at the giveaway!!!

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  22. Thank you so much!!! I hope so, too! Exercising is one of the hardest things for me to do, but everyone I know with anxiety swears by it. I guess I will get into it when the timing is right. I just keep trying. Thank you for the support

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  23. Ahh, I think mine has gotten worse, too. More things to worry about. Yes, I love fresh flowers!!

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  24. That is so wonderful!! I'm actually on the hunt for a new primary because I've had my primary for 13 years and every time in the past year he has INTRODUCED himself to me and told me it was nice to meet me. Also, he asked if anxiety had been something that is new or old. I saw him for my anxiety when I was a kid, too! So, I will have to do that once I find a doctor.

    Thank you and good luck with your peripheral neuropathy!

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  25. Thank you! I hope we get a chance to clean on Wednesday. We were supposed to tonight, but my husband's stomach was hurting and of course, I'd rather blog!

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  26. Yeah! Do it! I actually went to a meeting about getting my credential today, but I am still going to wait.

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  27. Thank you! When we first moved into our apartment we would light a candle before bed, I think I will do it again!

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  28. Good luck with the giveaway!!

    I agree that the community seems very great! I love Melyssa - she is one of the sweetest people I've met. I knew I wanted to join in this link up!

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  29. Yes, fresh floweres are just the best! Until they die. lol.

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  30. oooh...great giveaway! fresh flowers and candles can seriously do wonders for a room...hoping you get your anxiety figured out! just remember to breathe and take time for yourself.

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  31. I so need to clean my bedroom too, cool giveaway

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  32. Fresh flowers are always a good idea. I can't believe they change the environment as much as they do. As for the therapist, make sure your really study up on psych medications before you start taking them. Study the pros and cons.

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  33. ooh weekly wishes, yay! Welcome to the linkup, I love it. If you ever need help with anxiety stuff or just want to vent, I'm here. I've been struggling with it and I'm currently going off medication so I've got a fair amount of personal experience (and I fully respect people's freedom to make their own choices re: how they deal with their mental health).

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  34. Love the weekly wishes! I need to start doing fresh flowers again - I love how it dresses up the table without too much effort! <3

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  35. What a great giveaway! And yoga will def help with the anxiety. Not only is it relaxing, but you'll get all the endorphins and feel proud of yourself :)

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  36. I've found yoga helps me with relaxing so hopefully it helps you too! Fresh flowers are always nice, I love coming home to the smell!

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  37. I have heard that yoga is really relaxing. I would love to try it out sometime. Good luck on your second year of teaching!

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  38. Thank you so much! That is what I'm trying to focus on!!

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  39. ugh, cleaning your bedroom is the worst!

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  40. I did a whole bunch of research the past few weeks before I went to the psychiatrist. I am setting up appointments with a psychologist as well. Thank you for the advice!! Fresh flowers really are just amazing!

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  41. That is such a challenge - going off medicine - I wish you the best of luck!! And thank you so much - that means so much to me! I am hoping to be on medication for a short amount of time and manage it again without.

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  42. yes! I have a cute little teapot that I've begun using as my vase and I love it!!!

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  43. Thank you! That is exactly how I've been feeling!! Yoga does wonders to the body, I think

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  44. I'm trying to do more yoga as well!

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  45. I love yoga, but have not made it a priority in the last few years. Thanks for the reminder: I need to revisit that.

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  46. Good luck with your anxiety! I hope the appts go well :)

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  47. good luck with your appointment! I've got anxiety and a thyroid disease, so I hope you don't have both of them!

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  48. Fresh flowers make everything better.

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  49. Yoga is a great way to relax and get some exercise too.

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  50. You're so welcome! I'm usually in the same mindset, but I'm trying to make it a priority!

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  51. Thank you so much! I think they did!!!

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  52. Thank you so much! I've been tested for thyroid disease before and it was negative, but it's always best to check again. I will find out soon. Good luck navigating the waters of both of those!

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  53. I agree! It's halfway through the week and I haven't bought any yet, but the candles have been lit!

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  54. These are great wishes, our bedroom is always a mess too. :(

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  55. it's so easy to be messy!!! I'm trying to work on cleaning

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