Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Today I’m here to share my favorite snow day activities that don’t involve building a snowman. If you have absolutely no interest in freezing your tail off and playing in the snow for hours on end then this is the post for you. A snow day is the perfect time to catch up on things that need to be done, but who really wants to do that? That’s what regular days are for! For the past two days I’ve been snowed in due to #snowpocalypse2016 and my friends and I have made some awesome memories and none of them involved building a snowman.

First we started our day off by attempting to make grilled cheeses, but that ended with smoke alarms going off so I won’t elaborate any more on that. After the grilled cheese fiasco we decided to try our hand at baking indoor s’mores bites. We followed a recipe from Pinterest that can be found here. The s’mores were pretty foolproof and tasted great. We ate them right out of the oven.

With our s’mores bites in hand we settled in for the evening with our “adult coloring books.” I can not tell you how fun these are, we colored for hours. I bought the coloring books at Target and you can purchase your very own here. Coloring is an awesome stress reliever and a great way to pass the time when your snowed in.  I definitely recommend giving it a try. For the rest of the night we just had a nice old fashioned sleepover. From hilarious YouTube videos (our favorite channel is wafflepwn) to devouring pizzas to dancing to our favorite Spotify playlists, we had a fantastic night.

By the third morning we all had cabin fever, but not much was open so we decided to brave the outdoors.  We planned a photoshoot in the snow. This activity involved a bit of preparation so after our sleepover we all woke up early and went our separate ways to get ready for the event. A couple of hours later we met back up, all dressed in warm coats and furs. We posed for pictures all morning. From silly faces to serious, we took all kinds of pictures. It was such a blast to get ready with my best friends and just have fun snapping pictures in the snow.

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So the next time that someone asks you “Do you wanna build a snowman?” you can say no proudly and use this post to suggest plenty of other fun activities for a snowy day.

Stay warm and sparkly,

Samantha

Summer Adventures – Things You Learn From Being a Camp Counselor

Hey y’all,

I have finally returned from a summer of working at Camp Seafarer. Seafarer is a girls camp in Arapahoe, NC with a focus on seamanship and character building. I have grown up attending camp here and it has impacted my life tremendously. This summer I spent eight weeks working as first a camper in leadership training and then a counselor. In the past eight weeks I have learned more about myself and about life than I could have ever imagined. Today I will be sharing some of the most memorable and important lessons.

It is ALWAYS about others first!

After spending eight weeks with twelve and thirteen year old girls, I learned very quickly that the more you give the more you get. Being on around the clock can get exhausting fairly quickly, but it is so rewarding. The more energy and love you give out, the more you get back.

Stay Positive 

It is easy to get overwhelmed when you have thirteen campers each with unique problems and special considerations that you have to keep in mind, but I have learned that when faced with tough situations it is best to keep a positive outlook. I faced some challenging situations this summer that I do not think would have a good outcome if our counselor team and other staff members had not maintained a positive attitude.

 Don’t take yourself too seriously!

As a camp counselor you often have to do tasks that may seem ridiculous or even embarrassing, but life is too short to be worried about what others think,  so let down your guard and live a little. Since returning this summer, I have had a new found perspective on self confidence and what it means to be truly comfortable in your own skin. I am a firm believer in the “you do you” attitude, and I believe camp has taught me this.

Thanks for reading!!

xoxo,

Samantha

10 Reasons Best Friends are the Best

1) Your best friend will always listen to what you have to say, and have a perfect response.

2) She is always down for a night of staying in, eating ice cream, and re-watching Gossip Girl on Netflix.

3) Your best friend will always be your biggest cheerleader,and they want the absolute best for you. (this one is a bonus if your best friends actually are cheerleaders, like mine)

4) She isn’t afraid to tell it like it is, and help you make the best decision.

5) You’ll never have to go through anything alone because you know she’ll be right beside you doing whatever you need her to do.

6) She can never stay mad at you because you have important things to tell each other.

7) Your best friends don’t need to be impressed, they have seen you at your worst and love you anyways.

8) She will let you vent, but tell you when you’re obsessing and help you get over it.

9) Best friends know what you’re feeling before you can even say it.

10) Best friends are the best because they love you unconditionally. Best friends just get “it.”

I am so thankful for the best friends in my life

xoxo,

Samantha