make a collage with me

hey guys! i thought it might be fun to make a collage with me post. i make collages all the time, and i’m hoping this helps you if you want to start making some. the majority of this post is photos, so if you are reading this in an email or the reader, you can open it up to see the photos.

i use canva to make my collages.

if you go to canva.com, you can find several different sizes and shapes of templates.

today we will be using the poster option, but you can use any size you want.

your screen should now look something like this.

then, i searched up peach aesthetic in pinterest.

i copied and pasted a bunch of pictures into canva, and started spacing them out.
i now have all of my photos arranged in a collage, but they are really different, and they don’t really look like a put together collage.

now, i’m going to add a filter called whimsical to the photos. (in case you were wondering, i changed a few of the photos)

the filter now helps all of the photos look cohesive!

then, i thought the collage looked a little plain, so i added a quote called tan meringue.

alright, that’s all for today, i hope you enjoyed it! i’ll see you next time!

march recap

hey y’all! it’s been a while, that’s for sure. i’m glad to be back. this is my first monthly recap, and i’m pretty excited about it. i’m going to try to take things from other bloggers’ recaps, but put my own spin on it. i hope you enjoy it!


b o o k s

books i read.

this month, i finished one book, the war i finally won, by kimberly brubaker bradley. so, i’m going to do a fun mini book review on it. (there are no spoilers in the rating below)

r a t i n g – 8 / 10

overall

i thought it was a pretty good book, but it was kind of sad, and not very funny. there were several points in the book where there was just a sad period where nothing was really happening.

characters

the characters in this book were the best part. i could sympathize with ada, the main character, and i think there was a lot of good character development.

plot

the plot was lacking in this book. there were some points where there was so much happening, and some points when there was nothing going on. it wasn’t a ‘i can’t put this down’ kinda book.

books i want to read.

this month, i want to read 1 book, but start another book. there are a few books that i have my eye on, so make sure to give your feedback in the comments if you’ve read them. i would love some good book recommendations. 😉

siege and storm – leigh bardugo

this book is a sequel to the first book, shadow and bone. while i didn’t love the first book, i’d love to give the series another try with siege and storm.

the shape of thunder – jasmine warga

i read another book by jasmine warga, called other words for home, and i liked it. i have high hopes for this book, and i hope it reaches them.


m u s i c

t o p s o n g s a n d a r t i s t s

taylor swift – well of course she’s on here. i have a playlist dedicated to her. my recent favorite songs are the lakes – original version, the 1, and nothing new.

billie eilish – recently i’ve been loving happier than ever. my favorite songs are happier than ever (the song lol), and halley’s comet.

lana del rey – i just found out that lana del rey sings so many of the songs i’ve heard on the radio, and always wondered who sang them lol. my favorite songs by her are brooklyn baby, summertime sadness, and pretty when you cry.

this is my recent favorite playlist that i made, it’s been on repeat all month.


g o a l s

this is my first time ever making monthly goals, but i think it will be nice to look back and see what i did.

✰journal every other day – i love journaling, but lately i haven’t been doing it very often.

✰learn a song on piano – i used to take piano lessons, but i don’t anymore. i love learning new songs, so this will be fun.

✰focus more in class – during school, i always find myself zoning out and not paying attention in class, and i’m always so confused afterward.

✰practice left hand passes – i play lacrosse, and it’s important to be able to play with both hands, so i want to become better at left hand passing and cradeling.

✰keep my room clean – lately, my room has been either very messy or very clean. i like it clean, and it looks so nice when it’s clean, too.

✰do my morning routine more – yes, i have a morning routine. i love doing it, it’s very calming for some reason, but i don’t do it often, and i would like to change that.


o t h e r

b l o g o f t h e m o n t h

KATIE’S BOHO LIFE.

my bessie katie started a blog! i’m so excited for her, and just look at that graphic design!

how beautiful is this y’all!

i encourage all of y’all to go follow her immediately, i’m sure she’ll come out with more amazing + aesthetic 😉 posts during april!


thank you so much for making it to the end! you don’t even know how much it means to me. if there’s anything else you would like to see in the next monthly recap, or any post at all, make sure to let me know in the comments!

how i stay motivated in the mornings

Mornings. When you wake up your bed is so warm and soft and you don’t really want to get out of it. Today I’ll be sharing 10 tips I use to get out of bed and get my day started.

  1. alarms
    It’s funny how many people want to wake up earlier, but then never actually set an alarm. If you don’t set alarm you’re not going to wake up if you want to wake up earlier. A tip I like to use is to put my alarm on the other side of the room, so when I wake up I’ll have to get up to turn it off, and by then I’m already awake.
  2. washing your face
    After I get up, I go straight into my bathroom and wash my face with cold water. The cold water helps me wake up and it feels really good.
  3. hydrate!
    You have to remember to hydrate right after I wash my face I’ll drink some water. Your body is dehydrated you haven’t drinking any water since probably the time you went to bed.
  4. making your bed
    Making your bed is a crucial step to staying motivated in the mornings, because if you don’t make your bed, you can easily crawl back into it. Meanwhile, if you make your bed you can’t get back into it.
  5. journaling
    Drilling in the morning is really important to me. Whether this is journaling about your emotions, making a to-do list or even making notes about school, writing something on paper really helps need focus in the morning.
  6. staying off screens
    It’s really important to not have screens in part of your morning because it will negatively impact the rest of your day.
  7. make your morning enjoyable
    Turning on some music for a podcast in the morning makes my morning routines so much more enjoyable, because I have something going in the background and overall it just really helps. I don’t have any podcast suggestions because I don’t listen to those as much as I do music, but tell me in the comments you have any podcasts that you’d recommend.
  8. get dressed
    Getting dressed. This is so simple, it makes you feel so good when you put on a cute outfit, because you’re thinking I have a cute outfit on right now and I think I look great and I want people to see me in this outfit.
  9. accessories
    Once you get dressed in your amazing outfit, you should put on some accessories whether that’s using a headband or a claw clip in your hair, putting on some earrings, for a cute necklace, you want to get back in bed with all that on.
  10. breakfast
    Breakfast is the most enjoyable part of my morning, because I make a delicious breakfast, whether that’s avocado toast, or scrambled eggs, or oatmeal with berries, an important part of your morning is to eat a good, filling breakfast.

Thank you so much for reading!

recent favorites: decor, books, music + more

Hey you guys! I’m super excited for this post. Today I’ll be sharing some recent favorites of mine! I hope y’all enjoy!

Make sure to open this post online so you can see the photos! Thank you!

D E C O R

honey, oat milk, and almond candle

This candle smells so good! It’s also really cute. I love lighting it during my evening routine. I think the wood detail on the candle lid is really cool, too.

target – $5.00

succulent in terrarium

I made this succulent with my friends, so I don’t have a link. I think it’s really cute and the gold detail on the terrarium is adorable!

framed 2022 vision board

I think having my vision board printed out is a really great idea! I love having a daily visual reminder of my goals and also, the frame is pretty spot on!

F A S H I O N

over sized button up

I think over sized flannels are so cute! I love pairing this one with a simple white tee or tank top. It dresses up any outfit, and the colors on this one are so so so nice!

target – $20.00

black + white zara mini dress

This dress is not something I would wear normally, but I tried it on and I loved the way it fits, and it’s so so comfortable.I think the pattern is really cool, and it’s a really nice statement piece. (couldn’t find a link on the zara website)

nike air force 1

These shoes go with literally everything! You can wear them with dresses, leggings, or even a blazer if you want to dress them up. 10/10 reccomend, these are amazing.

nike.com – $100

zara chunky black ankle boots

Ohhh, y’all! These boots. They’re so comfortable, and so cute! And the small platform is really really awesome! (also couldn’t find these on the zara website)

fuzzy cross slippers

These slippers are the cutest + most comfortable slippers ever! I wear them every morning for my morning routine. My bestie got them from Target for me, but I can’t find a link on the website.

crochet bag

My bestie (who got me the slippers) made this bag. It’s literally so cute, am I right? It looks like a daisy and is so spacious too! Comment down below that she needs to make an Etsy shop!

blue + gold necklace

This necklace is so comfortable, and it’s really nice. It matches with everything. I got it at a festival a while ago.

matte claw clips

I love claw clips so much! And these are longer, so they stay in wayyy longer! These are amazing, y’all!

amazon.com – $9.99

B E A U T Y

eo lavender body lotion

This smells really really good. I don’t really have that much to say about it.

(couldn’t find a link at target or amazon)

burts bee’s toothpaste

This the the. best. toothpaste. ever! It’s amazing, and it’s minty, but not spicy! 11/10 reccomend.

target – $4.99

burts bee’s chapstick

This is pretty much the best chapstick ever. It’s really nice!

target.com – $9.59

Alright, thank you so much for reading!

looking back + reacting to my old blog posts

I can already tell that this post is gonna be fun.

I have quite a few old posts in the trash. (They were taking up A LOT of space, ok??) And I thought it might be fun to react to them.

(why am i nervous?)

P O S T #1

Chores and Cleaning: Can this be fun?

Get ready for the cringe.

Before I read it, I wanna tell you guys the memories of this post. 2020 me was so excited to post this. It had 593 words, and lemme tell ya, I was proud. It was long, and seemed very professional. (idk that’s what i thought…) It was gonna inspire people all over the world to clean and do their chores.

yea right.


Hi, and welcome back to Beautiful Days! How are you doing? How is the weather? Here in Georgia it’s cloudy, but still nice and warm!

Chores and Cleaning: Can this be fun?

The simple answer to this question is yes. Yes because I love to clean. Yes because of a Goal & Reward System. Yes because you can clean with almost anybody, using technology, or not. But, if you don’t believe me, keep reading, and I will share some tips to make Cleaning and Chores can be fun.

  1. Make a Goal & Reward System

If you don’t feel motivated to clean, or you know you have to, but you don’t want to, you should try this tip. To do this, give yourself a reward for cleaning. Such as candy, a break, something new to buy, or anything else that appeals to YOU. Say, you clean for half an hour, and you get to use your reward time for 15 minutes. Or whatever time you want and feel comfortable with.

2. Make cleaning fun

I clean because I love to feel clean. You can clean for any reason whatever, so clean for that. Clean for your friend that you want to impress. Try to put on some music, or clean with a friend, do whatever it takes to get you motivated.

3. Do chores to get things done

If you put do chores on your to-do list, there is a chance that it will sit there, for a couple of days or even weeks. I am talking about Laundry, the dishwasher, cleaning your room, etc.

Laundry: (make it happen and cleanliness)

Make it happen:

  • Start a schedule. Having a schedule makes it feel like it is in place, and you can’t avoid it. I do my laundry every Saturday, so I know on Saturday morning that is one of the things I need to do it my laundry.
  • Put your favorite article of clothing in your hamper, and make yourself keep it in the hamper, even if it is not dirty, till you wash your laundry. This works for a while, but when you do this for a few weeks, you will start (hopefully) to have a schedule in place.

Cleanliness:

  • I don’t roll my clothes that go into my dresser. I have found, that when I do this, my clothes get wrinkled. Instead of rolling your clothes, try folding them the Marie Kondo Way
  • Hang things nicely. When you hang things nicely first of all, it looks better, and second of all, your clothes stay in much better shape.
  • Organize your closet. I actually do this every Sunday but you can do this about once a month, or however many times you need to.
  • Don’t rush it. I used to rush laundry, and I got it done, but that is what I call a Check The Box Mentality. You just want to check the box, get it done, no matter how well it is done. Now, I make sure that I fold nicely and folding clothes is ALMOST calming in a way.
  • Make sure things are right side out. This is one of my biggest pet-peeves. When people fold their clothes the wrong side out. It looks sloppy, and you have to take extra time in the morning turning it right side out.

Those are my tips for laundry. I hope you try a few and comment to say how it worked for you.

BUT REMEMBER-

cleaning can be fun!

I promise, it can. (I hope for you)


oh no. no. no. I bet half of y’all didn’t read the post. 😏

First of all, why am I asking about the weather? is that normal? does anyone else ask about the weather?

What is a goal and reward system? Never heard of that. Apparently I used it…….

You can clean for any reason whatever, so clean for that.”

wait im so confused-

WHY DID I SOUND BRITISH THE WHOLE POST?

Marie Kondo way?

why am i so fake rn?

we’re just gonna move on…


P O S T #2

Consistency – a new chapter

Not one of these. Why did I post these? Who wants to read these? I didn’t even like writing them. WhAt wAS i DoiNG? (By these I mean the blog improvement posts)


Hey there!

I was sitting down, daydreaming yesterday when an idea hit me. My blog. I didn’t like how it was moving. So, I’m going to change a few of things.

Below are the big five things I’m changing.

1. schedule

Do I post Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sun? No. Some weeks I didn’t even post. Just because I was scared of the sheer number of posts. So, I’m posting every Monday @ 8 A.M. (more on that later.)

I want my blog to have a more consistent feel.

3. what i’ll post about

I find my posts are boring to read. So, I’ll be updating my niche to somethings that I love to write and do, for instance photography and fashion.

4. post layout

My posts will be in a slightly different format than my earlier posts. Below is one:

The long story short is that nobody did one.

Well, I don’t enjoy reading that. So, I’ll change my layout. Since I’m posting every Monday at 8 am, (after this post), I will start with a quote, but I’ll add new layouts and fonts so every quote is different. Then, I’ll continue onto the post.

5. post length

Literally, this was one of my posts. It was called food. Another was called Dogs. Too vauge. I’m aiming for 200-400 words.


Alright. Not too bad.

Since when do I DaYdREam? never lol.

(i deleted the posts in my post lol bc i will also be reacting to those)

wait – WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY????

Thats a lot of posts…..

I’m calling my posts boring to read while writing this?

that’s just ironic.


P O S T #3

Food

I’ve already read this one. It’s not my finest work. But that’s okay. With all of these posts, I’ve grown a lot, and I’m not beating myself up, I’m laughing at the funny moments I had.

wow that was deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.


Hi Guys, and welcome back! As you may have seen in my recent posts, I now try to post everyday at 12 PM ET. It may not always work out, but I will try! Oh, and also, happy Teusday! Today I want to talk about food. We all love food, I hope. There’s comfort foods, sweet foods, sour foods, and all different kinds of food. What’s you favorite kind of food? Comment down below. I love Avocado Toast, and blood oranges!


The length of that post was very nice.

EVERYDAY?

well at least i’m trying lol.

HaPPy TeUSday!

teusday? what is teusday?

I don’t even like blood oranges.

and i never have.

and i never will.


P O S T #4

Quotes

The final post! Another short one yay! 😉


Hi Guys and welcome back to my blog! I want to talk about something that I think would be cool to comment on…

QUOTES!

I love putting down any sort of quotes, like the one above. I edit them on fun backrounds and use apps like Over, Canva, Pic Collage, etc. Try one of the apps and comment down below the picture of the quote, the name you’d like to be featured with, and the app that you used.

Try this quote or pick your own –

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

-Maya Angelou

Happy Crafting!


QUOTES!

That was really big.

i like it tho.

comment down below how many people you think did it, and if you get it right i’ll feature you and your blog in my next post!

Happy Crafting!

idk if it’s just me, but that gives me pumpkin patch vibes. (idk why)


Thank you so much for reading, and make sure to tell me if you liked this style of post!

I hope you liked me and my un-funny self. 🙂

15 LIKES AND I MAKE A PART 2 !

And now I’m obsessed with the giant text.

see ya next week!

steal my routines

Hey y’all! I hope you’re having a great day! Today I’ll be showing y’all all my routines! I have shared plently of routines, but never all of them. These also have been changed since the last time I shared them. I’m pretty sure that was last October :). So, let’s get into the post.

daily routines

morning.

wake up

drink water

brush teeth

skincare

make bed

to do list

stretch

get dressed

hair

make breakfast

eat

evening.

get home

homework

workout

eat dinner

shower

blow dry

skincare

family time

journal + notion

read

bed

weekly routines

sunday reset.

  • laundry
  • study
  • update notion
  • quick clean of bedroom
  • plan breakfast

Lol, reading this I’m realizing that I haven’t done a lot of these in a pretty long time….

So that’s great.

Again, pretty short post, but I hope you enjoyed! See you next week!

my 2022 vision board + why you should make yours

Hey y’all! I hope you’ve had a great week! I’ve been trying to keep up with posting, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job. Today I’ll be showing you my 2022 vision board, how I made it, and why you should make one too.

This is my 2022 vision board (the little spots are covering up a personal photo)

  1. I first chose a color scheme to make my vision board cohesive. I chose a light beige, green, and white.

These are some colors close to my vision board.


2. Figure out what you want to be in 2022

This is basically making goals.

  • I added pictures of journaling because I want to do more of that in 2022.
  • I added pictures of Paris because I’ve been there once and it’s my favorite place I’ve ever been to.
  • I added some smoothie / acai bowls, and oatmeal bowls because I think they taste super good.
  • I added pictures of flexibility / working out because those are things I want to focus on in 2022.
  • Then I filled the rest of the collage with inspo quotes, these really cute nails, and some cute outfits.

3. Find photos that have your goals and color scheme

This step is pretty explanatory lol.


4. Open up Canva or a Google Slide

If you don’t want use Canva, you can also use a Google Slide. I’d recommend using Canva because there are filters, but I’ll get back into that later.

5. Use a filter

I’d like to thank Diary Of A Daydreamer for mentioning that Canva has filters, because I wouldn’t have known if she hadn’t said that lol. I linked her post where she described her vision board. I used the filter called Fresco.

This makes everything match, just like she said.


why should i make one?

  • You can have a visual reminder of your goals whenever you open your computer
  • They’re super fun to make
  • You can get inspo from other people’s vision boards

And a soo many more!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you next week!

utah photo dump

Hey y’all! I went to Utah! It was absolutely amazing and the snow was wonderful! So, I thought, why not make a photo dump. This is probably going to be a super short post just with pictures, but, why not?

I hope you enjoy!

Christmas Tree outside our hotel

I know todays post was super short,but I just wanted to share a little photo dump and I hope you enjoyed! See you next week!

4 steps on how to achieve your new year’s resolutions + goodbye willowy thoughts

Hey y’all! Welcome back to beautiful days. I hope you’re having a great week! My posts are now going to go out on Fridays! So, look out for new posts every Friday at 8 am Eastern Time.


1. write your goals down

This is a super important step to achieving your goals. If you write them down you can remember them. I like to take a notebook and write everything that I need on a daily basis in it, like morning + evening routines, workouts, to do lists, etc. Another thing I would suggest while writing your goals down is to make your page of goals aesthetic. This way, you will be happy and pleased whenever you look at your resolutions.

If you don’t have a journal, or prefer the digital route, I’d recommend using Canva, so you can still make you list colorful. Canva has thousands of amazing templates, or you can even make your own with graphics!

A thing I like to do while writing them down is to write my how, but I’ll get more in depth during the next step.

2. remember your how

What is a how? It’s a lot of things lol. But in this case, it’s three things / strategies / methods to make your resolutions come true. For example, if your resolution was to run 3 x a week, your how’s could be start at half a mile and go farther every month, ask a friend to run with you, and reward yourself with some chocolate or Netflix every week you hit your goal.

With the how system, you’re not only motivated to reach your goal, but you have extra solutions to get to it.

3. make a vision board

Vision boards are so fun to make! Hannah @ Diary of a Daydreamer has a really great post explaining how to make one.

Put all of your resolutions, (in picture form) onto a collage and put it as your Laptop wallpaper. If you don’t use a computer put it as your iPad or iPhone wallpaper. And, if you’re feeling extra crafty, you can print all the pictures out, glue them together, and put them somewhere you look a lot. Plus it’s bonus room decor, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

I think having a visual reminder of your goals + resolutions is really important, because your vision board, in a way I like to think about it, is really your dream or ideal self. Somebody who we really want to be.

4. motivation

This step is a little different than our other steps. Everybody has bad days. Days with drama, days where something really, really bad happens, or just days where you just really want to stay in bed.

On these days, we still need to find the positives and stay motivated. Lots of times, successful people are asked “how did you get everything done,” or “how were you productive all the time?” But I think the real answer that we need is to be motivated on our off days. We need to get out of bed, and do the things we need to be done even when we don’t feel like it. I’m not saying to push yourself and burn ourself out, rest days are important, but resting everyday isn’t important.

Thank y’all so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed today’s post + I’ll see you next Friday. I have some ideas for posts and I’m hoping to get back into my schedule, but if there’s anything you’d like to see comment down below.

I used to do shoutouts, so if you’re new around here, or you just haven’t gotten one yet, please comment down below your blog address!

So as you probably saw from the title, willowy thoughts is not gonna happen anymore. It’s too much, and it wasn’t that fun either. So yea.