Monday, April 30, 2018

30 Must-Do Summer Activities

Hey cupcakes! Now that I am officially on summer break (YAY!), I have been thinking of fun things to do this summer... To inspire myself and all of you, I decided to compile a list of some super awesome things to do this summer break, so let's get right into it! :)

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1. Learn how to star-gaze and look at the stars!

2. Have a photo shoot with sunflowers

3. Go on a picnic with friends

4. Bake some macarons

5. Go thrift shopping and find some deals!

6. Read for fun!!

7. Go apartment decor shopping :)

8. Go to a music festival

9. Sort through clothes, old textbooks, etc. and DONATE

10. Write some awesome blog posts ;)

11. Go roller blading

12. Spend time with family <3

13. Exercise (learn new workouts like kickboxing!)

14. Watch movies from childhood (High School Musical, Lizzie McGuire, etc.)

15. Take a painting class

16. Pick blueberries (or other local fruits)

17. Have a spa night - nails, face masks, and massages

18. Go swimming!

19. Get a tan by spending time at the beach

20. Go on a road trip

21. Learn a song on the piano

22. Eat ice cream :P

23. Go to a flea market and/or yard sales

24. Meet up with old friends from high school to catch up

25. Attend a concert in a park/outdoor theater

26. Find pretty shells/rocks/sea glass on the shoreline

27. Get a haircut (super short for summer anyone?)

28. Have a lazy day and don't change out of pajamas!

29. Pick some pretty flowers

30. TURN 21 :D <3

What are you planning on doing this summer? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post about my summer! :)


Saturday, April 28, 2018

My Tips & Tricks for Having the Best Prom!

Hey cupcakes! I was shopping recently and saw all the pretty prom dresses out, so I thought I would write a post reflecting on the two proms I went to :) Prom can be a stressful time, but these tips should help make it less stressful and more FUN!

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1. Don't stress about your date - I feel like "promposals" are getting way too extreme, so don't worry if you don't get asked in some elaborate way. Or, don't stress if you don't even have a date! People put way too much pressure on finding "the perfect date".... Prom should be a time that you can spend with your friends (especially if you are a senior) so go with a group of friends instead!

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2. Don't spend hundreds of dollars on a dress - College is coming up soon, so put some of that money towards tuition! You can find cheaper dresses in a lot of places: clearance, thrift stores, borrowing from friends, etc. Plus, if you buy a unique dress, no one else in the school will have it (which I know a lot of girls worry about).

3. Don't go crazy with hair or makeup - Of course you can do a bit extra to make yourself look even better than usual, but don't spend a bunch of money getting your hair/makeup done. You don't want to be uncomfortable when you are dancing the night away :)

4. SHOES ARE EVERYTHING - Even though you will take your shoes off to dance, make sure you can actually wear your shoes comfortably for pictures.

5. Don't be afraid to bust a move - Grinding is "in" or whatever, but dances are totally more fun if you actually dance :)

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6. Be safe at the "after prom" - I know some schools have programs after prom to keep everyone safe, but even if you plan something else with your friends just make sure to be safe! Use your head and don't do anything you don't actually want to do!

What are your tips for having the best prom ever???? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D


Thursday, April 26, 2018

3 Easy DIY Face Masks

Hey cupcakes! I have never had the best skin throughout my life (sensitive skin, acne, etc.), and because of that I have never really gotten into face masks... However, I have started to try out some easy DIY face masks, so I wanted to share my 3 favorites with you all today :)

1. Honey Acne Mask - Honey actually is really good for your skin and preventing acne, and this mask does a really good job of clarifying your face. A lot of "acne" masks use lemon juice, vinegar, etc. which can really sting the skin, so this is a much gentler approach to clear skin. Plus, it smells really good!

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What You Need
-2 tsps of honey (pure/organic honey is the best!)
-1 tsp of cinnamon
-1 tsp of nutmeg

What To Do
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
2. Apply all over face (or where you normally break out)
3. Leave on for at least 30 minutes (you can leave this on for hours if you want but be careful because it is sticky haha)
4. Rinse off with warm water

2. Charcoal Blackhead Mask - If you have pesky blackheads on your nose, this mask is for you! I tried out a friend's charcoal mask a couple of months ago and just had to DIY it again. :)

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What You Need
-Charcoal pill (you can buy these by the vitamins)
-Elmer's glue

What To Do
1. Open up the charcoal pill and pour contents into bowl. Add glue until all the charcoal has been combined.
2. Apply to face (I suggest the nose!)
3. Wait until the mixture has fully dried.
4. Peel off!

3. Baking Soda Spot Treatment - While this isn't a "mask" per say, I still wanted to add this! If you get large hormonal zits like me, this really helps make them smaller, faster.

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What You Need
-2 tsp baking soda
-2 tsp water

What To Do
1. Mix ingredients in bowl until they are a smooth paste.
2. Apply to pimple.
3. Leave for 15-20 minutes
4. Rinse off with warm water.

What are your favorite DIY face masks? I am totally up for trying new ones, so please comment your suggestions below! :D Don't forget to hit that subscribe button to never miss a post on The Chic Cupcake!


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Style: My Favorite Spring Dresses!

Hey cupcakes! The weather where I live has finally been feeling like Spring, so I wanted to make this fashion post today about some of my favorite spring dresses :) I think dresses are the perfect fashion staple when the weather gets warm, and they are always super trendy. Let's get right into it!

1. Skater Dress from Windsor - $35

I have always been a huge fan of skater dresses because they can be styled in so many unique ways. I love this dress (even though the color isn't totally Spring-y), and I can totally picture myself wearing it with a jean jacket and some cute sandals. :)

2. Floral Dress from Forever21 - $20

I love wearing florals in the Spring! There are so many patterns of floral prints from stores during this season, so I love finding the perfect one <3 This dress has a Hawaii-vibe to me, but I think it is super cute!

3. Jersey Dress from H&M - $13

H&M always has some really cute fashions for a great price (and their quality is so much better than Forever21 in my opinion). This dress comes in 7 different Spring prints, and it is sooooo cute! Defs on my wishlist next time I go shopping.

4. Yellow Dress from Target - $25

This dress is so full of sunshine! :D Target is one of my fav stores, and I totally think their fashion choices have been getting better over the years. This dress is a must-have!

5. T-Shirt Dress from Amazon - $19

Spring is also a time to be comfortable, so this dress is perfect for a Spring day running errands. :)

What is your favorite Spring dress? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Movie Commentary: La La Land

Hey cupcakes! I have been wanting to do a post like this for soooo long, and I finally got around to doing it while watching one of my fav movies... La La Land! :D Let's get watching!

1. "Another Day of Sun" is a bop. I wish traffic was actually like this...
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3. How did that guy not see Mia before dumping all of his coffee on her?

4. These audition people are rudeeeeeee

5. She put that towel on in like 3 seconds that is goals. Pure goals.

6. How do four wanna-be actresses afford this nice apartment?!But also... yas girlsss
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7. I hope no one has their phones in their pockets before they just jump in the pool willy-nilly.

8. Mia and Sebastian's theme will never NOT make me get butterflies in my stomach <3

9. I love how Sebastian stalks a building :P (Poor Van Beek)

10. "I'm letting life hit me until it gets tired" Lol relatable 

11. Ryan did all his piano playing himself - talenttttt

12. "There's a nicer way to say that KAREN" lol

13. People act like they have never heard jazz before... don't be so shocked people. Seb is just doing his thing (and his carols were so sarcastic it was hilarious).
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14. "Lady why you be trippin' like that" -Unenthusiastic audition lady. I'm dead :P

15. THIS SCENE MAKES THE MOVIE (Mia's dancing/"serious firefighter" + Seb's "curt"/putting on his sunglasses are the bestttt)

16. TAP SHOES WOULD GET SO RUINED ON CONCRETE NOOOOO - but "it's wool" is a classic line from "A Lovely Night" haha

17. Seb walked her all the way to her car when his was like right out front of the party aw. 

18. "Can I hide in the bathroom" haha amazing

19. "As long as it's PURE jazz".... Asking Mia on a date for "research" is so smoothhhhh

20. I love how Seb just starts dancing with a random lady and her husband is like WTF
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21. Ahhhh the awkwardness of forgetting her date with Greg


23. Why this date is the cutest:
       -Seb stands when Mia gets there
       -The whole hand holding is so relatable
       -Their kiss is interrupted by the film getting messed up haha 
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24. The soundtrack song "Planeterium" is so gorgeous!! (Plus they finally kiss during it aw cute)

25. Lol - Seb's honking is hilarious. What a great signature move :P

26. Their dating montage is so cuteeeeee :D (I also love how they wear their tap shoes everywhere)
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27. Keith's mustard shirt is the most hideous thing about this movie. 
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28. I love how he literally wants to call his jazz club Chicken on a Stick :P

29. Seb's confused face when he first hears The Messengers' music is how I react to most of the stuff that happens in my life haha. 

30. Mia's whole wardrobe is bomb.

31. Mia's reaction to "Start a Fire" is also how I react to most of the things life throws at me :P

32. The fire alarm going off and the record stopping right at the end of their argument makes it hurt my heart even more :'(

33. SEB just SKIP the photo shoot my god your relationship depends on ittttt don't be a jerkkkkk

34. (Lol but that photographer is hilarious... "Bit your lip like you're concentrating" :P)

35. UGH my heart would also break if only that many people showed up poor Mia

36. The old man throwing a book at Seb is my fav character. Stick it to him old man - he deserves it!

37. "How did you find me" "The house in front of the library" AW 

38. What an audition; you rock Mia!

39. "I'm always gonna love you" AAHHHH no my heart... not the break up scene! :( 
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41. My heart still breaks when her husband isn't Seb ahhhhh whyyyyy?!!? Why did you pick that average old man over hottie Ryan?!?!? 

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43. POOR SEB: "Welcome to Seb's" NO
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44. Hmmmm I wonder what song he will play??

45. As someone who used to play the trumpet, I appreciate that high note in the "flashbacks"

46. And to hurt my heart even more the flashbacks of what "could be" are just so darn cute. Like Mia and Seb make a wonderful family (even though she does look like a minion in her yellow shirt and overalls) :''''''''''(

47. You always think there is hope that it has all been a trick until it cuts back to reality with AVERAGE FRICKIN OLD MAN :(

48. But at least they both got their dreams.
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Would you like to see more movie commentary posts? Let me know in the comments below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss any of my posts! :)


Friday, April 20, 2018

My Experience: Junior Year of College!

Hey cupcakes! In honor of finals almost being over (sooooo close!), I thought I would continue my tradition of writing a post about what I learned each year of college (read my Sophomore Year post if you haven't already!). Let's jump right into it!

1. It hits you junior year that you are almost an "adult" - A professor mentioned how we will be graduating next year, and it totally made me realize that I am graduating next year and will be in the real world soon! After making this realization, I had to really evaluate my life and make sure I was headed exactly where I wanted to be.

2. It feels so nice to know what career I will be going into! - I kinda decided last year that I wanted to go into accounting, but this year really helped me discover the exact path I want to take after graduation. It was also super nice to be able to take some really in-depth classes now that all of my pre-reqs were taken care of last year! :)

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3. Friendships (and people) change; but that is okay - Last year I wrote about how I had a really great roommate, and, unfortunately, she really changed this year. This impacted my living situation, but I am happy to say that it made me a stronger person and friend to those that have been there for me through all the drama. <3

4. The idea of college ending is really sad - I have started making a list of all the things I HAVE to do next year that I haven't done yet, because I won't be on campus after that (and there is so much I still want to do)!

5. Mental health is everything - As many of you know, this year has been quite the stressful one for me... But it has helped me evaluate my mental health and the steps I need to take to make it better, so I am extremely grateful that this year pushed me to work on myself for the better.

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6. Family is a priority - After realizing that college is almost over, I made the realization that family is a huge priority of mine... So I have started to make it my mission to keep in contact (and see) as many people as I can!

7. College (and life) is too short so do everything you can! - Take a leap of faith and try new things <3 You never know what awesome experiences you will have because of it!

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What did you learn your junior year of college? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :)

Junior Jenna

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DIY: Easy Stress Ball

Hey cupcakes! As it is final season for some (including me haha!), I thought I would make a post with a fun DIY that can also help you all relieve some stress. I think stress balls are super nifty to have around, and I love to play with mine!

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What You Need
-A balloon (or two if you want an extra strong ball)
-A funnel (or some other way to fill the balloon)
-Rice (or sand/flour if you want a softer stress ball)

What To Do:
1. Place the funnel into the opening of the balloon to make it easier to fill. If you don't have a funnel, you can stretch out the mouth of the balloon and find some other container to pour the rice inside.
2. Fill the balloon with rice! I recommend doing this in small increments... As soon as the balloon is the size you want, stop adding more :)
3. Tie the balloon off with a knot. Make sure that the balloon can still be "squished".. If it can't, you might need to take some rice out!
4. Squeeze away to relieve some stress!

What is your favorite way to relieve stress? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

My Weekend in Pictures!

Hey cupcakes! Sorry for not posting at my usual time, but I have been super busy studying for my finals. I am super duper duper excited to finally be done with this semester, so I thought I would share what I did this weekend through some pictures. Enjoy! :)

So as I mentioned, finals are here! I have an exam tomorrow, two exams the next day, a 20 page paper due, and another exam at the end of the week. *Sigh* This weekend I spent most of my time reviewing notes, doing practice problems, and other various forms of studying, so I think this image really sums it up :P

On Saturday, my dorm had an event that I stopped by for a bit. There were so many cute floral arrangements - I am so ready for Spring!

I go to church at 8:30 AM every Sunday, and today IT WAS FREEZING RAIN. :( I was really sad because the sidewalks were super slippery and this ground does not look very Spring-y now does it?

You probably can't really tell from this picture, but there is legit ice hanging off of this branch. I took this walking back from a study session today, and (again) it made me sad because I want Spring!

Lol - that is basically it! The rest of today includes more studying... Yay. What did you do this weekend? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna (who wishes it would be Spring already!)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Recipe: Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Chicken

Hey cupcakes! It has been a pretty long time since my last recipe post, so I thought I would inspire you all today with a meal that my family loves :) It is pretty easy to whip up in a Crock Pot/slow cooker, so I totally recommend you give it a try!

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What You Need:
-4 chicken breasts
-1/2 cup peanut butter (use your fav kind!)
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup honey
-1/4 cup rice vinegar
-1/2 cup chicken broth
-3 cloves of garlic (minced)
-Sprinkle of lime juice (optional)

What To Do:
1. Place chicken into the slow cooker.
2. Mix together the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl (it will be a bit lumpy when combined all the way!)
3. Pour sauce over the chicken.
4. Cook on low for about 4 hours, or until chicken can easily be shredded.
5. Enjoy! :) My family loves to eat this over rice!

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What is your favorite slow cooker meal? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna the Foodie <3

P.S. As finals are approaching for me, I will be posting every 3 days for a bit! :)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

How to Style: Coachella Chic

Hey cupcakes! As Coachella starts in only three days, I thought it would be fun to make a lookbook inspired by some music festival vibes. As Polyvore was literally SHUT DOWN by a company called SSense, I am now unable to make fashion collages.... So while I try to find a new website, I compiled my favorite pieces inspired by the festival season. Some Coachella looks are pretty daring (and revealing haha), so these are all on the tamer side for music festival fashion ;) Let's get started!

1. Floral Jumpsuit (Forever 21)- I saw a girl wearing something similar to this on Pinterest, and it looked so cute (and honestly pretty comfy too!). This would look just amazing with a trendy hat to keep off the sun!

2. Daisy Shorts (Forever 21)- These are honestly soooo cute! Paired with a simple crop top, and you have a look that will last all day!

3. Heart Sunglasses (Charlotte Russe) - Festivals are sunny okay? ;)

4. Lemon Purse (Forever 21)- If you want to go for a more casual/neutral look, this purse will make you still stand out! :) It also just seems so happy to me!

5. Pom Pom Hat (Windsor) - This hat is adorable!!! It would also look fabulous for a day on the beach :)

What are your favorite Coachella inspired pieces? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :D


Sunday, April 8, 2018

My Favorite Places to Shop

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far! :) When I am at college, I never really have any time to shop... But now that the semester will be over in a couple of weeks, I have been planning my first shopping trip! In the spirit of shopping, I thought I would share my top 5 stores to shop at, so let's get started!

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1. Target - Target is amazing lol. They have everything from cute clothes to tasty food (like Tim Tams!) to cute holiday decor.

2. T.J. Maxx - As I start to accumulate things for my apartment this summer, T.J. Maxx always has such cute things!!! I love to try unique food from this store too.

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3. Macys - The Macys clearance section is always my best friend when I am trying to find new clothes. I can always find some really great deals!

4. Michaels - As a crafty girl, this store is always fun to shop at. The clearance section is, again, at great place to shop, and I can always find really fun items there!

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5. Amazon - While this isn't technically a "store", I still shop on there a lot! It has such a great selection of basically anything you can think of, so it is my go-to for gifts :)

What are your favorite places to shop? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :)


Friday, April 6, 2018

My "Reverse" Bucket List!

Hey cupcakes! Today I wanted to shake things up a little... Instead of sharing my actual bucket list (things I want to do), I thought I would share my "reverse" bucket list with you all (cool things that I have already been lucky enough to do!). :) I also challenge you all to write a post like this too for some reflection on your own life, so feel free to comment the links to your posts and I'll totally check them out!

1. Toured the Hershey Chocolate Factory - I toured the whole Hershey's factory when I was in middle school, and they don't give tours anymore... So basically I was Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory ;) The factory smelled SO good, and I remember thinking it was really cool how they made all that candy.

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2. Looked down on the crater of Mt. Vesuvius - I went to Italy a year or so ago, and this was the highlight of my trip by far! The tour bus takes you most of the way up, but then you have to hike up the rest to see the crater. It blows my mind that the next time Mt. Vesuvius erupts it is going to be really dramatic (because the last time it did it just flowed lava but the crater fell in), so I think it is really neat that I got to see it. :)

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3. Olympic Park in London - I traveled to London the week before the Summer 2012 Olympics and took a tour of the whole Olympic Park... Too bad I didn't get to stay and compete haha ;)

4. Mickey's Very Magical Christmas Party - During the winter, Disney World has a "Christmas Party" that basically means you get to pay extra to stay after the park closes (with FREE COCOA AND COOKIES EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK). It was so nice to ride some of my favorite rides without having to wait in line!

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5. Sing for the Bishop - I have been singing ever since I was a little girl, and I got to sing as the canter for a Mass with the Bishop once. That was pretty legit!

6. Travel with a ballet company - When I was younger, the ballet company I was in would travel around to perform The Nutcracker throughout November and December. Not going to lie, that experience was probably the most amazing thing I have ever done (however, it did give me a loathing of The Nutcracker music as I heard it thousands of times per season).

What is on your "reverse" bucket list????! Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post! :)

Jenna <3

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What I Learned By Giving Up Social Media

Hey cupcakes! I mentioned in my last post that I gave up social media for Lent, so I wanted to write a post about my experience doing so. :) Let's jump right into it!

So, for Lent I gave up the major "social medias" that I have: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I felt like I was starting to spend way to much time looking at posts that I didn't even care about, but it didn't seem like I could stop. I like to use Lent as a time to improve my life, and I thought spending less time on social media would allow me to do focus on things that are more important like friends, God, family, and school. Reflecting back on my experience, these things stand out to me:

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1. I thought it was going to be way harder than it was - When I first deleted the apps off my phone and un-bookmarked the sites from my laptop, I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to give it up for the whole Lenten season. Honestly, I barely ever had the urge to look at social media which is probably due to the fact that I was able to use my time for other things (so I didn't necessarily think about the fact that I wasn't scrolling through feeds).

2. You won't actually be out of the loop - While you might not know what your friend ate for breakfast from their Insta Story, you will still know the important things when you actually talk to them! I felt myself spending more time with people through the Lent season, which was super great! :) The only time I felt like I was "out of the loop" was in my dorm's Facebook group where residents post about things happening in the building. But, texts totally solved that :P

3. Social media is a waste of time - Sure there are positives to it, but after spending so much time off of it (and honestly only seeing positive changes) I don't think I will ever get so caught up in it now. It was SO nice to not stare at my phone all the time haha. While I did re-download Facebook and Instagram, I can safely say that I only check it twice a day now at breakfast and dinner.

4. The time spent on social media can be spent for so many other great things! - Through Lent I was able to be even more productive with my schoolwork, spend time (face to face!) with lots more people, and to explore more events on campus.

5. YOU SHOULD TRY IT - I know many of you will be reading this post thinking I am crazy for coming to these conclusions, but I totally recommend you to try it too. Even if you don't want to go for 40 days, try a week without it and see how it impacts your life! :) You won't know unless you try, right?

What do you think about social media? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Monday, April 2, 2018

Anxiety Journey Part 4

Hey cupcakes! I hope everyone had an amazing Easter yesterday :) To start off the month of April, I thought I would share my anxiety update with you (since OOPS I forgot to do so in March). Let's get started!

1. Learning deep breathing/meditation - As I mentioned in February's Anxiety Journey post, I started taking a mindfulness class this semester. I still love this course, and it really forces me to take time for myself each week. Each day we start the class with some sort of mindfulness (meditation, coloring, breathing, etc.), and it is definitely a breath of fresh air compared to my other classes. :)

2. Finding the right smells - Honestly, I have been trying SO hard to spend time outside! Even though some days the weather isn't that nice, I try to at least open my window to get some fresh spring air into my room. I love the smells of spring/rain/sunshine, so I think that has kept my anxiety down.

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3. Finding an artistic way to fight it - I have been using my bullet journal a lot these past months (mostly because I used it for tracking my Lenten prayers, fastings, etc.), and I love it! I have been doing a little coloring and also found a Solitaire app for my laptop that I love. :)  In my February update, I mentioned that I would be giving up all social media during Lent, and I am proud to say that I didn't go on social media AT ALL thorughout Lent. I will be writing a post all about it in the next few days, so look forward to that for sure!!!! :D

4. Keeping you all updated - Lol, I forgot last month... Ooops. But at least I remembered now! My anxiety has been manageable, but finals are coming up... So I hope I am able to keep my stress levels down!

What did you do over Easter? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

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