Unplanned Target haul

To be completely honest, I could probably do unplanned Target hauls at least once a week. Every time you enter those doors, it seems like a million items end up in your cart without even thinking twice about them, and sooner or later, you are sucked in and $500 poorer. I don’t know what it is, but I know everyone out there can relate. Don’t even try to deny it.

Most recently, I went to Target with my Mom, as she had to pick up some things, and of course, I ended up going a little overboard with my own purchases. Did I need everything that I bought? No the hell I did not. Did I get it anyway? Yes the hell I did. I did so much as laugh for the entirety of this trip because my Mom’s main goal of this Target run was to get stuff for Easter baskets [yes, we still celebrate Easter!] and made the comment, “I don’t want to get too much candy this year.” But, sooner or later she spent over $100 on bags of chocolate and jellybeans and baskets and other knickknacks for Easter. I told you, you can’t deny the spell Target casts on you. If you’re interested in seeing what I personally bought at Target, stick around, because the rest of this post is for you!

  • 2 Nerds Easter Rope [$1.00 each]
  • Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans [$2.69]
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs [2 for $6.00 promotion]
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Pretzel Bits Eggs [2 for $6.00 promotion]
  • 2 Kinder Joy Eggs [$1.39 each]
  • Animal Adventure Puddle Jumper stuffed baby chick [$9.99]
  • Ferrero Eggs [$3.50]
  • Buzzy Grow Kit Farm Animal pig [$2.00]
  • 6 light up bunny batons [$1.00 each]
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli [$8.24]
  • Rose gold and silver Easter basket [$3.00]
  • La Croix Coconut Sparkling Water [$3.69]

As I am sure you can make by the contents of my cart, most of the items I bought were for an Easter basket! I was also extremely thrilled to snag the last copy of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda because I really want to read this book before I go and see the movie. The last copy in the store was tucked in the back of the book section, totally not where it was supposed to be. So, after being discouraged thinking they were completely sold out, I was so excited to find the final copy! I already started reading it and can’t wait to dive into my opinion on this book on the blog in the near future!

What are some things you’ve picked up at the store lately? xoxo.

Playlist | March 2018

Happy first day of spring, everyone! God knows that in Western New York, 19-degree weather doesn’t necessarily scream “hello spring,” but we get what we get, right? At least the sun is shining and there’s no snow falling from the ground!

We are 20 days into the month of March already, so I think there is no better time than today to dive into what I’ve been listening this month on repeat. I tend to always have a mix of old and new in my monthly playlists, solely for the fact that I hate how repetitive music can get sometimes, but I don’t always want to hear the same twelve songs I listened to when I was 14 years old.

What I like the most about music is the fact that it is always changing, and there are always more songs being released and artists coming out of the woodwork. We will never have a shortage of music, and we will never have exactly the same music taste as those around us, which allows us to explore our options on an even wider range! I know some of my music I’ve listened to lately has come from suggestions from friends, and I am thankful for these suggestions because my drive to work every morning wouldn’t be the same!

What are some songs you couldn’t get enough of this month? xoxo.

Luck of the Irish

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Today is a great day because we all have a little luck to spread, not just today, but everyday!

Today started off with the sight of a beautiful rainbow over Niagara Falls! How beautiful and fitting for St. Patrick’s Day! The only way this could have been better is if there was a leprechaun with a pot of gold at the end, spreading the wealth for everyone witnessing this beauty.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Buffalo is one of the best weekends of the year, always finished off with the number one parade in the country on Sunday! Everyone should go out of their way to experience the craziness of the St. Paddy’s parade in Buffalo at least once in their lifetime! It’s one of those things that you really can’t believe unless you see it or experience it for yourself. If any of you reading this are going tomorrow, I will be there! Try to find me and come and say hello!

With that being said, everyone stay safe this weekend, and try not to eat too much corned beef and cabbage. xoxo.

Décor inspiration | New home

In a world of social media, it’s almost impossible not to get inspiration from others on the web. Typically, we go for fashion or beauty inspo when it comes to social media sites like Instagram or Pinterest. However, with a new home now being in my life, I’ve turned to these social media sites for inspiration for home décor! My parents and my grandparents always tell me that I seem to have an eye for color or home décor in general, so I always seem to find myself picking out paint swatches, rugs, or wall hangings for every member of my family. This is great and all, but not everyone always has the same taste as me, so having the ability to act on my own style and buy things that I actually like for my own home is exhilarating!

So, back to the basic idea of this post – décor inspiration. While we all know Pinterest is my number one, go to, ride or die social media outlet, I have found myself turning to another site – Instagram – to get some ideas and spark some brain waves when it comes to styling our new place! I have always gravitated toward rustic over modern, and the new phenomenon of modern farmhouse style sums up everything I love and then some. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t want to be Joanna Gaines?

For those of you who have an interest in my style, my inspiration, or what goes on in my mind every time I am surfing the web for a million new things that I love [but don’t necessarily need], look no further. The remainder of this post will highlight my newest fascination with Instagram and the accounts that I am currently obsessed with.

Magnolia | @magnolia | 2.9M Followers

The Stella Blue Gallery | @thestellabluegallery | 114K Followers

Carissa | @bless_this_nest | 38.5K Followers

Elizabeth James Interiors | @elizabethjamesinteriors | 1201 Followers

Graced Designs | @graceddesigns | 22K Followers

Kimberlee | @coloradohousetohome | 1462 Followers

Taylor | @drab.to.dreamy.farmhouse | 1403 Followers

What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration? xoxo.


Blogging 101: What they don’t tell you

Point blank period: this shit is hard.

I started this blog looking for a fun hobby; something I’ve always wanted to do but was always afraid to try doing. Do I regret starting this blog over a year ago? Not one bit. But, I do regret not being better at it. I have these dreams where I gain a large following, hoping someone out there likes the stuff I have to say. I feel like there are a lot of kinks that I have to work out, some of which will come in time, but I don’t always find ways to work them out efficiently.

Right now, my following is not large, but I do have people who consistently keep up with me. Yes, most of them are family, but they care the most! Plus, we’ve all got to start somewhere, right? By no means did I expect to start up this website and have millions of followers overnight – that’s not the way life works, and I wholeheartedly understand that. However, at this point, over a year later, I did expect things to be different. Mostly, things revolving around myself. I will reiterate the above point: this shit is hard and more times than not, I find myself not as up to the challenge as I’d really like to be. My planning, most of the time, sucks. It sucks really bad actually. I always find myself saying, “there’s always next week” and then next week comes and I still suck at planning and getting everything in order. My content, I know, is lacking and I am solely to blame. Are most of my blog posts spur of the moment jumbles of words that I try to put together in time? Yes. Actually, not yes. Hell yes is more appropriate here. I thought for sure that once I was done with school and no longer had papers to write and projects to complete, I would have more time and motivation to crank out top-notch content. Yet, here I am, done with a Masters degree, still struggling to make this blog everything I wanted and more. I have faith in myself that I will get better, I just haven’t really figured out how I want to get there. Yet.

When it comes to my site, I find myself competing with my own mind. I have not much training or experience when it comes to using technology, so honestly, the fact that I have my own domain and figured out how to get this site hosted, the theme changed, and it be up and running with no fail is a success in itself. But, my lack of understanding technology is seen in its’ full glory when it comes to my pictures. I have never in my life used Photoshop. And when I say never, I actually mean never. I don’t even know how to download it or buy it or what any button even does. The height of my photo editing and taking comes from using a halfway decent camera or simply my iPhone, edits courtesy of VSCO or the edit app that comes programmed into my computer. When I look at other blogs that I follow religiously, I notice how their pictures are flawless. The brightness, the photo themes, the clarity, the setup and staging of images – everything. I get almost jealous when I see others’ pictures thriving next to my sub-par photo taking – mostly because this shit is hard. I admire the creativity of others’ and I admire the planning and overall content that comes along with them seemingly having their shit together. This, though, shouldn’t be an excuse. This should be motivation to get better and I need to take the time to sit and learn and make these doubts and stresses go away.

My hopes of this post are not to scare anyone who is on the fence about starting this blog. I don’t want anyone to think that this is a regret that I have because it is not; it’s actually quite the opposite. I love this blog because it pushes me to hone into my creativity. It pushes me to stay motivated and on top of keeping this site up and running. It pushes me to get out of my comfort zone and talk about things that I might not necessarily talk about in person. It pushes me to get out of the house and do things that I can end up writing about in the future. With that being said, my hope is that this post will make those of you that are on the fence about blogging or are a new blogger feel connected in the sense that this can all be overwhelming at times. My hope is that I can be the person that you can relate to, the person that you know gets it.

My hope is also that by writing this side of blogging that you don’t always see, it will motivate me to change. It will motivate me to get better – to produce better content, to take better pictures, to plan ahead, to get organized, and to make this site everything I ever wanted and more. We aren’t there yet, but I promise we will get there soon.


In like a lion, out like a lamb

I have succumb to the winter blues.

March in the 716 really isn’t the best, and it really doesn’t do our area code bubble any justice. I am one of those people who longs for spring; it’s my favorite season – one where it’s not too hot and not too cold – and I wish we had more of it. Buffalo winter, especially, drags on well into the end of March, and I am often left thinking, where is this lamb everyone talks about?

No matter how much I try to run from it, I just can’t hide it anymore. I blame these blues solely on the fact that we have a week or so of borderline shorts weather, followed by weeks of freezing cold, snowy weather. I’ve gone in and out of being sick for what seems like months now with the addition of headaches and migraines thanks to the wacky weather changes. I don’t know why I complain, though, because it’s something that I am so used to. This weather happens every year [thanks Buffalo], so naturally this slump tends to happen every year around this time. I hit these ruts where I don’t want to do much other than stay in the house and do nothing – partly because it’s freezing, partly because I feel uninspired trying to find things to do. I mean, there’s only so many times you can go to Target, right? It’s the little ruts like these, though, that almost make me appreciate my loved ones even more because they are always ready and willing to find new adventures to go on.

For example, I went from having zero plans this weekend to having a jam-packed, adventure-filled weekend in the blink of an eye. Saturday, I went to the Buffalo Sabres versus Vegas Golden Knights game in the afternoon, with a first-time trip to Buffalo Iron Works before the game courtesy of my Dad. Sunday, I had another Buffalo-filled day with an afternoon-long trip to the Buffalo Science Museum, lunch, a quick [non-Buffalo related] trip to Target, and dinner courtesy of Wegmans. On a weekend I wasn’t really looking forward to, I now have memories that fill my mind thanks to my family and my boyfriend getting me excited to be up and out of the house. Something as little as grocery shopping can be enough to get you the jolt of energy you need.

So, as we all patiently await the arrival of the lamb, may we stand up to the lion and conquer it. xoxo.


What we’ve gotten in the mail. . so far | New home

One of the most exciting parts about moving is coming home to boxes on your front porch, basically daily. While we already have most of the important things, it’s the little(r) things that we are finding we need the most, known to most as “the things that don’t matter.” I’ve never been the biggest fan of online shopping, as I like to see everything in person to ensure that I actually like what I’m buying, but I’ve found that when it comes to home goods, sometimes online shopping is where you find the better bargains. This has turned into a nightly routine for me – surfing the Internet for more and more things to buy. Most of the things we’ve received so far have been “housewarming gifts” which are so appreciated, yet totally unnecessary. But, it’s still fun to get presents in the mail whether you’ve bought them yourself or someone else has from the kindness of their own heart.

Living Quarters Ultra Soft Jacquard Towel Collection in the shade Gray Rock

Matching towels is one thing that I so desperately wanted, no – needed, to buy. The satisfaction that comes from opening a linen closet and seeing uniformity is something that cannot be described – you just have to try it out for yourself. Deals were flying all around on BonTon’s website this past weekend, so matching bath towels are now a member of our home. Seven bath towels ($5.97), five hand towels ($4.97), and five washcloths ($3.97) later, we are sure to be the cleanest people on the block. You can find them here.

Croscill Bryan Prarie Kitchen Towel 

With our kitchen being primarily white and gray, these kitchen towels are sure to match perfectly. And with the bargain price of $4.00 on BonTon’s website, who could go wrong? You can find them here.

Pfaltzgraff Medium Grey Print Canister 

Another solid purchase from BonTon’s website is this canister – perfect to place on our kitchen counter to hold our cooking utensils. This item is still on sale for $21.60!

Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Small Nesting Basket

We tend to be big fruit eaters and now that we will have more counter space than we know what to do with, we welcomed this $19.99 nesting basket into our home to hold our fruits for us! This basket is the perfect size, and its’ antique black finish is sure to match any kitchen!

Meridian 9-Piece Comforter Set

We went shopping for bedding with intention of just browsing and not making any purchases. We happened to run into many options we enjoyed at Bed Bath and Beyond and settled upon this comforter set – one of the only ones we were both drawn to! Personally, I wanted something white or grey, and he was leaning more toward blue and we found the best of both worlds with this 9 piece set! And, it’s reversible so really, you’re getting two sets for less than $50! I cannot wait to set this up!

Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book

This was given to us as a gift from my grandmother, as she said when she first got married and lived on her own, this is the cookbook that saved her life. She, like me, didn’t know what the hell to do when it came to cooking. All I can say is that if I end up having the cooking skills she has based off this one book, I will be extremely lucky. You can find it here.

What are some things you think I should definitely buy before our big move? xoxo.

Our next chapter | New home

Throughout the last couple of blog posts, I have made mention to some big life changes that have been going on most recently. Well, it’s time we dive into what’s actually been happening behind the scenes. As I am sure you are able to take away from the title of this blog post, we found our new home!

Last Thursday, the right people were met, the papers were signed and dated, and we have a new place to lay our heads and plop our guinea pig. After months of researching places, calling around, setting up appointments and viewings, our list was eventually narrowed and we made our final decision. I never believed it to be true, but after this entire experience, I believe it when people say that when you walk into the place you’re meant to have, you’ll know. The instant I walked into our new place, I immediately started picturing how everything would look once set up. I pictured eating breakfast at our kitchen table [check out a sneak peek of our kitchen in the header!], watching TV on the couch, and sleeping in on the weekends in our cozy bedroom. I pictured walking through Delaware Park when the weather is finally beautiful, and walking to local shops up and down Hertel Avenue. When I left after our viewing, I could not stop thinking about how, not only I would decorate this space, but I was picturing us living our life there. It was one of the most comforting feelings in the world. I have never been so excited and so anxious for something in my entire life.

Certainly, this a new chapter for a multitude of reasons. In a very few short months, I will be leaving my childhood home of the past 25 years. Sure, I moved out and lived on campus when I was working on my undergrad degree, but a dorm room is not a permanent home. I knew at the end of each semester, I would be going back to the home I’ve known my whole life. This, however, is different. The likelihood of me living inside my childhood ever again is very unlikely. Sure, some people might say, *It’s about time, Gab. You’re 25 for Christ’s sake* but I don’t always picture myself of actually being that old, or picture myself actually at a respectable age to start my life on my own.

In terms of my relationship, this will be major step for us. There are many roads ahead – like marriage or babies – that are extremely far away, but this is a step in the right direction for us. I’ve never felt the confidence to live with a significant other that I feel now, and a lot of that is thanks to how admirable my boyfriend actually is. He is so responsible and so supportive, and that made this decision an absolute no-brainer for me. It is crazy, though, that if our plans of walking down the roads of marriage and babies are fulfilled, he will be my roomie for the remainder of my life. Again, I still don’t think of us as being at that age where this actually is a reality.

When did life move so fast?

So, to all of my loyal followers and readers of my blog – be prepared. Prepared for updates of our interior decorating, posts about projects that we’ve completed, items that we have bought and loved, and so on and so forth. And, when you’re sick of me and my nonstop apartment updates and blog posts, don’t say I didn’t warn you! xoxo.

365 days later

I feel as if every single one of my blog posts regarding “x amounts of time” all start off by saying something along the lines of, *wow time has gone by in the blink of an eye.” Whether it’s a monthly overview or a yearly overview, it may seem as if I am a broken record repeating these things over and over again but, come on now. Time really does fly so fast, people!

When I look back at my life a year ago, it is completely, completely different than it is now.

On February 28, 2017, I closed a major chapter in my life – working my last shift at the Outlet mall – a place in which I was employed for five years. I walked out those doors feeling a sense of excitement, knowing everything was about to change, but also a sense of nervousness. My “safe” routine was being disrupted. I was about to open up and enter a whole new can of worms, and I couldn’t really predict what was about to come next.

On March 1, 2017, I trekked to the other side of the state to Long Beach, Long Island for the New York State AAU High School Hockey Championship Tournament. My brother was a senior in high school and, to no surprise, this was his last weekend of hockey he would ever play. Ever. Another major chapter closing – his 12 year hockey journey. Week nights spent at his games, weekends spent at tournaments, traveling out of state, this was it; it was all coming to a close.

One year ago yesterday, on March 5, 2017, my brother’s hockey team made it to the Championship game at 6:00 PM. That was it. It was his final game of his career and, quite possibly, the biggest one of his life. As the game clock struck 0:00, it was all over. And he came out on top. His team did it – they were state champions. Around 9:00 PM, we loaded into the car and headed back to the 716.

One year ago today, March 6, 2017, we arrived home from Long Island at 5:00 AM. I rolled myself into my bed for a grand total of 45 minutes. 45 minutes later, I hopped into the shower, got ready, and headed Amherst for my first day of work. Yes, you read that right. 45 minutes after arriving home from Long Island, I was on my way to my first day of training at my new job.

The rest is history.

When I look back at my life a year ago, I really see how much has truly changed. I, myself, was filled with nerves, stress, and a little excitement for the road ahead. Fast forward to today, I am still at my job, one year later. I have made countless strides in a year and am thankful for all that I have learned in such a short time. I completed my Master’s degree, got inducted into the International Honors Society in Education, and am making steps in the right direction to further my career every single day. My brother now lives in Akron, Ohio, still going out on top of his hockey career as a New York State Champion. He is now focusing on a promising career in Civil Engineering and, rightly so, being inducted into National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Every single day is a new chapter to the larger story that is your life.

How is your life different today than it was a year ago? A month ago? Last week? Yesterday? xoxo.