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Moving On Up: The Big Day!

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Moving On Up: The Big Day!

Helloooo! After much preparation, shopping, and spending for my move into chez moi, the big day is finally here!! The movers have been hired, all of my stuff is packed, and I am ready to go. πŸ˜€ There are what feels like tons of boxes and furniture seen below to get from Point A to Point B but it is going to feel so good once everything is where it needs to be and in working order. So good, that I won’t even mind unpacking all of this:

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WOOF.

All of you have been here for the hauls, the excitement, and my nerves about moving and I want to thank you for it. I can’t wait to show everyone how my apartment looks once I’m all settled in! ❀

What are some of your tips and tricks when it comes to moving? How about when it comes to unpacking? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Moving On Up: Groovy Movies Haul

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Moving On Up: Groovy Movies Haul

Greetings! I am an avid movie fan and am always trying to expand my DVD collection. Especially because I refuse to get expensive cable while being in my apartment and I have yet to decide which entertainment streaming service I want to go with. So, until I figure that out, it will be nice to have things to watch or something to just pop in for background noise.

Target is usually my go to destination for new movies because they have an excellent five dollar selection – and you’re not going to not buy something for just five bucks! I also managed to get some movies FO FREE at one of my local libraries with a small donation so that was really nice, too. Check it out:

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Those who know me will know that I am a huge fan of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. I loved the books and the Swedish films are to die for. I was not the biggest fan of the American version but, it was there, so I figured why not. My mind was also blown by seeing Get Out at Target available for just FIVE BUCKS so I obviously needed that. And, for some comic relief, I love all things Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman so Identity Thief was a total must, as well.

A lot of the libraries in my neck of the woods are doing their spring cleaning and many of them have shelves full of free books, movies, and book tapes to select. So, it was nice to grab a few for a little donation even though the ones that I picked out are not my favorite. But, if I need a good cry, I’m glad that I now have Nebraska to help out with that! πŸ˜€

What is your favorite movie? What is your favorite form of entertainment? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Moving On Up: Queen Of The Amazon Edition

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Moving On Up: Queen Of The Amazon Edition

Helloooo! A little factoid about Lil Red is that I am so incredibly directionally challenged. Frankly, even if I know exactly where I’m going and how to get there, it still feels like I don’t know where I’m going. And, because I refuse to get a smartphone, buying a GPS of my own so that I don’t have to steal the one belonging to my parents was a must. I do a lot of driving for work in areas that I am not always familiar with and the last thing I need is to end up in Timbuktu with a client in the car. So, I went with this here GPS set that I ordered off of Amazon:

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Thanks to all of the points that I had racked up on Amazon from all of my shopping with their credit card, I was able to get this GPS and its accessories for fifty dollars instead of eighty. My new set comes with a dashboard mount or a suction cup one for my front window as well as a sun blocker and an at home and car charger. I was so happy to have gotten all of the goodies with the GPS because they are all much needed and you absolutely cannot beat the price that I got it for. Here’s to Lil Red never getting lost again! πŸ˜€

What is your favorite website to shop on? Do you prefer in store or online shopping? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Moving On Up: Family Dollar Haul

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Moving On Up: Family Dollar Haul

Hiya! The discount stores during my shopping hauls for moving have been my most frequented. And, my neck of the woods has a ton of them. Lol, us Akronites are partial to our Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General, and Five Below. πŸ˜€ But, for good reason. I was able to knock off some items from my “to buy” list for a fraction of what I would have paid at Target or even TJMaxx. Take a looksee:

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As I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous posts, the lighting in my apartment sucks on ice. It is really dark in there with not a ton of windows so I’ve been on the prowl for different lamps to brighten things up. I paid twenty bucks for the two lamps seen above, which will be perfect for my office and my bedside table. I also purchased four jumbo candles for five dollars apiece to create a nice glow that will smell really good! Especially the watermelon one – yum!!

And, finally, my storage bench. I have always loved these, but I have not been able to find just the right one so I was really happy to have snagged this one at Family Dollar. I got it for thirty-five dollars, which I consider a steal. I love the fabric and the shiny silver design and the inside storage is actually very deep so I’ll be able to fit a lot my things in there that I can’t quite find a place for. A successful haul, indeed. πŸ˜€

What is your favorite discount store? How do you create good lighting? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Moving On Up: Hobby Lobby Haul Edition

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Moving On Up: Hobby Lobby Haul Edition

Greetings! While shopping for my new apartment, I have had a little help. My clients have loved coming with me to pick things out and it has been so nice to have their personal touch in some of the items that I purchased. I told all of them that I want to use decorations that they chose in my home office and it has been such a blast seeing what they come up with.

During a shopping trip with one of my clients to Hobby Lobby, I ended up buying a new dinosaur and mermaid friend compliments of his recommendation. Check it out:

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This particular outing was really special to me because the client who I took is blind. So, we went down the aisles of Hobby Lobby and I would describe to him the things that would catch my eye and then we would give a yes or no verdict from there. However, I was told to get basically everything that I would tell him about!

As much as I would have loved to buy out the store, we went with the mermaid and dinosaur. I suggested something nautical because he loves to go to the beach and that idea sat very well with him. And, I friggen love the dinosaur and green is his favorite color so that was a no brainer! It was so special to me to have his help picking out some decor for my office and I can’t wait to put my new pals on my desk. πŸ˜€

How do you have your office space decorated? Are you partial to a particular theme of decor? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Combating The Loneliness When Living Alone

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Combating The Loneliness When Living Alone

When you are younger, you are likely to be living with at least one person, a parent or guardian. But for many people families come in all shapes and sizes and when the time comes to get a place of your own, it can often feel very isolating and overwhelming. You may be wondering if there is anything that you can do to combat the loneliness that you feel, so here are some suggestions to consider:

Get a roommate:

One of the obvious things that you can do when you live alone, and you have the space for it, is to get yourself a roommate. Initially, the idea of living on your own may have been very appealing, but perhaps a companion or a friend who is there when you get home from work or on the weekends will make you feel better. A roommate could be someone you already know, or you can advertise the room you have for rent. This can also be a big help when it comes to your outgoings, so there could be more benefits than one to consider here.

Plan your days and nights:

It’s essential that you start to think about your days and your nights when it comes to living alone, and if you plan for them, then you are less likely to feel alone and at a loss of what to do with your time. Routine workouts at the gym or going for a run, head out for walks, schedule in TV programs you want to watch, go out to dinner with friends. Make sure you have a full schedule and routine that you can throw yourself into. It leaves you with less time to comprehend that you are on your own as the chances are when you are home, you are tired and will just want to relax or go to bed.

Get a cat:

A cat can be extremely loyal and a great pet to have in your home. It gives you a purpose, a sense of responsibility, and something to greet you when you get home. Ensuring they have what they need for when you aren’t around like a cat bed, litter tray, food, water and even a realistic cat toy can make them feel happy and content for the time that you spend away from your place. It could definitely be an option to consider.

Other pets to consider:

Further to that, there are other pets you could think about as well that could provide you with the same level of company, but tend to be very low maintenance. Hamsters and gerbils, and even a fish tank. It all depends on the type of pets you like. Another note could be that you could volunteer at your local animal shelter. Walking the dogs and spending time with the animals could leave you feeling content and happy, and fill up any spare time you did have.

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Start a new hobby:

If you have some free time and you don’t want to feel alone or bored, then maybe it is the perfect time to start a new hobby. Has there been a sports team that you have wanted to join? Do you want to attend a gym class? Maybe you want to be creative so getting artsy or even starting a blog of your own. These are all great things that you could consider doing in your spare time to give yourself a full day.

Get engrossed in the latest box set:

A great idea is to get yourself engrossed in a box set when you have some free time. There are so many amazing TV, film, or drama series that you can watch. Game Of Thrones, Suits, and Netflix are always releasing something new. While it may sound a little strange just watching TV when you feel alone, the box sets and the programs you watch will have you mesmerized and transfixed. Before you realize it you will have devoured three episodes and wondered where the time has gone.

Take it in turns with your friends to host dinner parties:

There are likely to be other friends of yours that also live on their own, so it may be time to join forces. Take it in turns to host nights in. It could be a lavish dinner party, it might just be pizza and a few drinks, but it means that you are able to spend some time together and enjoy each other’s company without feeling like you are on your own.

We hope that this post has helped you take some of the potential loneliness out of living alone. Good luck!

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Moving On Up: What Else Do I Need?!

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Moving On Up: What Else Do I Need?!

Hello, hello! All of you have been following my process of getting ready for my move into apartment life and I thank you for it. I am so excited and, honestly, I wish I could move in right now! But, my move in date of April 20th will be here before I know it and I’m happy to say that pretty much all of my preparations for it have been made. Of course, there are things I still need, like home decor – but I’d rather get all of that once all of my furniture is moved in because then I’ll have a better understanding of how I want to decorate.

During moving prep, my shopping hauls definitely helped me feel more excited rather than stressed out and my bedroom has officially been overtaken with all of my purchases:

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^^^ So. Much. STUFF!!!

While I am feeling good about everything I have, I just know that I am forgetting some things and that is where all of you come in. Has anything been missing from my apartment hauls? What are some apartment necessities that I will need? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah