10 ways to ring in spring

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Happy Wednesday lovelies! I hope y’all are gearing up for a wonderful day and hopefully taking a moment to enjoy yourselves. Personally, I am so ready for spring! I am getting so giddy seeing all the new fashion trends and so ready to not have to wear ten layers every time I go outside.

I am slowly but surely prepping myself for the actual arrival of spring (not just in date’s sake but also in feeling). Here are 10 ways that I am getting ready to welcome in such a beautiful time of year:

  1. Buy yourself some flowers // I know one thing that always brightens my day is having some fresh cut flowers in my room. They make everything look so clean and new. PLUS you should treat yourself every once in a while and flowers are such a classic way to do this.
  2. Find a spring playlist // I for one have been obsessed with country lately so when I found Lonestar Southern’s spring country playlist, I was hooked. ALSO my sister and I finally figured out how to make a collaborative playlist on Spotify premium so I highly recommend making one with your friends or family as a way to brighten a spring day.
  3. Break out your favorite spring clothes // I know the transition from winter to spring clothes is a difficult one (it’s extremely hard when it is 30 degrees at 8 am but 65 at 12). I highly recommend layering a cardigan with a tank and maybe put away those bulky riding boots to trade out for some shorter booties or converse. And don’t forget to break out those floral prints and pastel pieces (florals for spring? groundbreaking.)
  4. Spring clean everything! // One thing I know is both loved and dreaded is spring cleaning. Personally, I love organizing everything and ridding my life of the excess junk. I always tend to go through my closet and get rid of things I did not wear all winter and try to figure out if I really need to hold onto that one unnecessary piece of paper. It is also a good time to deep clean everything so break out those Clorox wipes and vacuums!
  5. Perfect a new smoothie recipe // To me, smoothies scream spring. There is just something about whipping up a frozen treat that is comforting during spring. My personal fave is blueberries, strawberries, banana, and vanilla greek yogurt with a splash of milk. If you want to try something different, pinterest always has a ton of recipes to try out (let me know which ones you have tried in the comments below!)
  6. Get your blood pumping by exercising // Not only should you spring clean your house but “spring cleaning” your body by enjoying nature or going for a run is good for you too! Try going for a walk in your local park or testing out a new fitness class at your gym.
  7. Shop for new spring clothes // I know this one I am definitely excited for. Every fashion blogger has been inspiring me lately with their adorable outfits. I also may have looked at Old Navy’s spring sale the other day and I must say I am head over heels! I want to go look at everything in person (Anyone at JMU up for a shopping day soon?) and hopefully my bank account won’t experience any spring cleaning.
  8. Break out that new sweet candle (or buy one!) // I am a big advocate for candles making everything softer, happier, and more peaceful. I am starting to break out my fruity and floral candles for spring that will hopefully lift my mood each time I light one.
  9. Find out when your local farmer’s market starts up // Spring is time for fresh fruits and veggies. There’s nothing better than putting on a cute sundress and heading over to your local farmer’s market for all of the freshness. I know I need to check when mine is but I know as soon as it warms up, I am guaranteed to be there.
  10. Rest // As spring comes around, I know my energy is usually heightening with the weather change but also decreasing as the semester kicks into overload. One thing I am trying to remind myself is to rest in God as well as take the well deserved breaks you need to be able to complete everything you need to.

I hope you are all as excited for this time of year as I am. What are some ways you like to ring in spring?

xoxo Morgan

Motivation Monday

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Happy Monday and first day of spring friends! I decided to start new post idea that will pop up every once in a while. Monday’s are always a struggle to get through so why not provide some food for thought to get us through the Monday blues.

After waking up, eating my go to breakfast (vanilla greek yogurt with raspberries and blueberries yum!), and checking my planner, I found this quote on Pinterest (follow me on Pinterest @moganxoxo14) which resonates a lot with me lately.

Every day, we truly have the choice to consciously be aware that God is in control of our lives. We do not need to worry about the future because He has His hands over each and every day. I know lately I worry so much about my to do list that I need to do this and then that and meanwhile stress over all of it. I have been starting to remind myself that by worrying so much, I have not been trusting in His plan for my life. It’s almost as if I am questioning that He is good and will be there to get me through each thing I need to accomplish. Do you feel like you do this too? I’m sure I am not the only one who needs to recognize that my worry gets in the way of my faith sometimes.

I encourage you this Monday and each day to remember that it’s not about us, it’s all about Him. We do not have a need to worry thanks to our wonderful creator. Have a #blessed Monday!

xoxo Morgan

p.s. Dairy Queen is doing a free vanilla cone today to celebrate spring so use that as even more motivation to get through this Monday!

 

101 in 1001

Happy Friday friends! I’ve been thinking about making one of these 101 things in 1001 days for a while now and I am finally getting around to doing it! Mackenzie Horan started this concept a few years back and I think it’s such a fabulous way to dream big for the next 2.75 years. So without further ado, here is my list! ALSO if you want to join me in this version of a bucket list, comment a link to yours or let me know your thoughts!

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Start date: March 17, 2017

End date: December 13, 2019

Number completed: 2/101

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  1. Come up with 101 things (3/17/17)
  2. Try 5 new recipes from Pinterest
  3. Take a spontaneous road trip
  4. Get up and workout every day for a week
  5. Go a week without drinking coffee
  6. Clean out my closet
  7. Unplug for 24 hours
  8. Start a pay it forward at Starbucks or Dunkin’
  9. Collaborate with another blogger
  10. Collaborate with a brand
  11. Finish college with Dean’s List
  12. Get into PA school
  13. Ask a photographer friend to do a photoshoot
  14. Do a spontaneous late night food adventure (3/17/17 McDonald’s with Becky and Susan)
  15. Surprise 5 people with random gifts
  16. Visit 3 friend’s colleges
  17. Host a brunch
  18. Give someone a surprise visit
  19. Take a trip to Disney
  20. Take a trip to Nantucket
  21. Go on a sunrise hike
  22. Go apple picking in the fall
  23. Read 30 books
  24. Do a wine tasting at a vineyard
  25. Buy 5 new records
  26. Go to a baseball game
  27. Invest in cute wine glasses
  28. Run a 5K
  29. Make my bed everyday for a month
  30. Learn how to tie a tie/bowtie
  31. Reach 600 followers on @thepatternedprep on instagram
  32. Sort through my photos on my computer and delete the unwanted ones
  33. Run 4 miles without stopping
  34. Take a barre class
  35. Do a self-care day
  36. Get my EMT certification
  37. Go paddle boarding
  38. Turn off my phone an hour before going to bed for a week
  39. Graduate from JMU
  40. Send 3 people flowers spontaneously
  41. Try Soulcycle
  42. Leave a 100% tip for great service
  43. Go to a JMU baseball game
  44. Go to a JMU basketball game
  45. Invest in a good pair of heels
  46. Learn how to crochet
  47. Find a new doctor
  48. Bake a pinterest worthy cake
  49. Try 3 new coffee shops
  50. Take mom to the antique store on rt. 81 that we want to go to
  51. Write 5 handwritten letters
  52. Read the entire new testament
  53. Plan a bible study for small group I’m truly proud of
  54. Go on an international mission trip
  55. Find the perfect tinted moisturizer
  56. Make a vlog
  57. Only say yes for a day
  58. Find a new perfume
  59. Inspire someone to write a 101 in 1001 list
  60. Create a blog logo
  61. Fill my journal
  62. Kiss under mistletoe
  63. Have a picnic on the beach
  64. Perfect a guacamole recipe
  65. Be vegetarian for a week
  66. Learn how to make macaroons
  67. Try something that is out of my comfort zone
  68. Learn how to french braid
  69. Eat an acai bowl
  70. Do not buy coffee out for a week
  71. Visit Waco, TX
  72. Learn how to play guitar
  73. Bike to the farmer’s market in Lewes
  74. Dress up in sequins for NYE
  75. Go a week without wearing leggings
  76. Complete a pinterest ab challenge
  77. Go to bed by 11 everyday for a week
  78. Clean out my movie and mug collection
  79. Get a bar cart
  80. Learn how to make my blog tech friendly
  81. Go to the Philadelphia art museum
  82. Do a sugar detox for a week
  83. Pay for my parents to have a date night
  84. Go a week without watching Netflix
  85. Attend an outdoor concert
  86. Go to a country concert
  87. Drink 8 glasses of water everyday for a week
  88. Clean out my shoes
  89. Take a painting class
  90. Be a tourist in my own town
  91. Go to all of the monuments in DC
  92. Host a tea party
  93. Have a spa day
  94. Build a blanket fort and have a movie day
  95. Visit Blue Hole
  96. Watch a sunrise and sunset in the same day
  97. Find a discipler
  98. Perfect a meal prep meal
  99. Buy a tool kit
  100. Clean out my jewelry
  101. Complete all 101 things on this list

Well if you are still with me, I hope you will help keep me accountable for completing this list! They are all such fun things (and some necessary) to add a little spice to my life. Let me know if you want to complete any of them with me!

xoxo Morgan

We Were On a Break: Part 2

After a day like today where the temperature feels like 6 degrees and I have on approximately 6 layers, I want to be back in the warmth of the British Virgin Islands so badly. Bring back the days of tanning, jumping off the boat, and always enjoying the sun on my skin.

Today I am rehashing the second half of our spring break trip (click here for part 1!) and boy do I wish I could enjoy this extremely blue water today.

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These are the really large fish aka Tarpon.

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Day 5: Resort Crashers

In actuality, we definitely weren’t the only ones doing this. On Wednesday, we made the rocky (and when I say rocky I mean extremely wavy) ride over to Virgin Gorda. Once we got there, we suited up and went to shore on the dinky dingy to the Crawl Pub where we enjoyed some lunch (shrimp quesadillas anyone?) and pool (where I killed it and should’ve hustled everyone).

After lunch, we took a stroll around Bitter End Yacht Club down to the beach to lay in chaises and take a dip in the water. We jumped off a floating dock and then took time to soak up the rays.

A little while later, we intended to go play some sand volleyball but by the time we got to the court other people had already taken it. Instead, we went exploring around the hillside of the resort and had a mini photoshoot.

Later that evening, we took a water taxi to Saba rock for happy hour/appetizers (lobster tacos and of course more conch fritters… our week food staple) and got to see the *biggest* fish I have ever seen in my entire life… you can’t eat them and they don’t have teeth!

Before leaving, we got to see a bomb sunset and then retired to the boat for some dinner and then off to bed!

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This is us under the boat! They have a cool window you can see out of!

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Day 6: The Fat Virgin

The moment we had been waiting for… lunch at the Fat Virgin and the infamous chocolate cake! Susan had told us so much about this cafe and the shirt from it is kind of an inside joke for our apartment.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get shirts because the shop was closed but we still got to enjoy some conch fritters and experience that which is the chocolate cake (10/10 would recommend).

This day was more of a relaxed day and we spent most of it in the water just hanging out on our noodles. After getting ready to go, we took the long journey that night up to an amazing restaurant with an even more perfect view (#views).

To get there, we took a ride with the trash master, took a car ride up every windy road of Virgin Gorda, and finally arrived at Hog Heaven, a barbecue place (ironic huh).

We enjoyed some ribs and then the ride back down to turn in for the night.

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Day 7: The final rose (aka the final day of relaxing)

After leaving Virgin Gorda, we headed over to Marina Cay to anchor. We spent the day snorkeling, tanning, reading some books, and most importantly, having a photo shoot.

We finally got the one pic we had been planning since the trip was in motion. Also, we all practiced our yoga moves and made sure to get them on camera.

We also went snorkeling and I truly wish I had a GoPro for it. I got to see a stingray, large sea urchins, a fish that looked like a stone attacked another fish, and a large striped fish.

For our last supper, we took the ferry over to Tortola for a local barbecue dinner (did not compare to Hog Heaven but still delish). We took the ferry back after dinner and enjoyed the rest of our final night.

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Day 8: The day that shall not be named

This final day was a travel day. It started out so nicely. We took a leisurely ride to return the boat and I took in all the last possible views I could. Once we returned the boat and took a taxi ride, we ended up on the ferry back.

After going through customs twice and finally getting into the airport, we had a major struggle. The St. Thomas airport is extremely small and hot. We battled our way to find seats and ended up sitting to wait for our plane for hours.

After a long day of traveling, we arrived back at Dulles where we met our ride to go home.

All in all, the trip was one for the books. It was so much fun to hang with my girls and to experience all of the beauty in BVI together. How was your spring break?

xoxo Morgan

We Were on a Break: Part 1

Hello friends! Long time no talk! Not only was the blogging on a break for me but that’s because of my amazing spring break trips with the besties. *cue Ross Geller saying his famous line* I was so blessed to be able to go to the British Virgin Islands with the girls and our lovely hosts. I figured I would break up the trip into a few separate posts due to the amount of pictures and all of the fun adventures we had.

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Day 1: Travel Day and the start of the fun

Who else hates having to get up at the crack of dawn to catch a flight? My hand is definitely up. We got up and headed to the airport to catch our flight to St. Thomas. After playing hangman on the plane with the friend Becky and I made as well as getting squirted with the water bottle of the man behind us, we finally landed in literal heaven. A hop, skip, taxi and ferry ride later we finally saw Pigs Flew (the most amazing boat ever) in the the harbor of Soper’s Hole in Tortola.

As soon as we got on the boat, we put our suits on and headed over on the dingy to Pusser’s for a late lunch. After lunch and some grocery shopping, we went back to the boat and jumped right in the water. Following lots of screams from jumping and a beautiful sunset (to which I couldn’t stop saying “look how pretty that is wow”), we showered and settled down for a relaxing night.

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Day 2: SAIL

Anyone else say that as the Awolnation song in their head? Day 2 we set sail to move from Tortola to Little Harbor in Jost Van Dyke. After learning how to anchor on the mooring ball (and failing a little I might add), we took some pics and jumped right in the water. We even jumped off the front of the boat, which was absolutely terrifying as a person scared of heights but I sucked it up and jumped anyway.

We got to hangout on the beach at Sidney’s, an honor bar where we got to sign our name on the walls and a JMU t-shirt we left to hang up. We also went snorkeling!

Later that night we went to Harris place and met the fabulous Cynthia aka the woman who makes the best bushwhackers with love. ALSO we got to see and eat lobsters that were pretty much the size of small dogs and they were delicious!

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Day 3: Are we actually in the windy city?

Monday we were able to secure a water taxi that was trying to take us to an island for the day but unfortunately the waves were so rough from the wind that we went to a smaller island. The girls and I played some corn hole and once we got bored with that, off we went! Dwayne, the taxi driver, took us to Great Harbor where we shopped around for a little and met Foxy (a funny yet crazy man) as well as the dabbing bar tender. After that, we all hopped in Dwayne’s pick up truck with all the girls in the truck bed and went to White Bay, the home of Soggy Dollar beach bar.

We walked the beach a little and then got lunch at Hendo’s which had the most beautiful view (our whole trip was #views actually and we let it known). We chilled out and maxed out in some hammocks before heading back over the hills of JVD back to the Pig. It started raining so we decided to jump in the water for a quick dip and then we all showered and took a nap.

We ended up having a crazy storm that night and even considered cutting the boat part of the trip short to trade for a hotel but we stuck out the night, which ended up being the best way to go.

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Day 4: Hurricane Party

Despite us sticking out the storm, it was very rough the next day. It ended up being so rough that we had to stick out the day in Little Harbor to wait to see if we would be able to go the next day. We attempted to move over to Great Harbor on the Pig but every ball was taken there. We went back to Little Harbor and took a taxi over to Foxy’s for lunch and a Hurricane Party. All of us swam a little bit and all around had a great time together before we went back to the boat for some great conversations and some relaxation.

Those are the first four days of our amazing trip. The next post will hopefully detail the rest. What were your spring break plans like?

xoxo Morgan

Spring Break and Beach Bag Tips

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It is finally spring break! I am literally so excited for this spring break because the LIT house (where I live at school with the best friends ever) and I are going to the British Virgin Islands! I feel so blessed to be able to go with my friends and so thankful for the Schott’s for allowing us to come on this trip. We are island hopping on a boat for the week and exploring all there is to offer.

Now I know these photos above are from Marco Island (I need to go back there asap), but I am just so ready for the beach it’s not even funny. I cannot wait to feel my toes in the sand and the sun on my face. When it comes to the beach, I always have a few essentials in that bag of mine. Here are some things every girl should have in their beach bag!

  1. Water bottle // One of the most important things at the beach is staying hydrated. I always have my sticker covered nalgene filled to the brim.
  2. Sunscreen // Skin care is so important! I cannot stress enough how important it is to constantly be applying sunscreen throughout the day to protect yourself from future issues.
  3. Sunglasses // As important to protect your skin, it is equally as important to protect your eyes.
  4. Baseball hat // Literally same reasons as above. Also, they look super cute!
  5. A book // The current book in my bag for the week is the newest Nicholas Sparks. Can’t wait to lay out, get my tan on, and turn every page.
  6. Headphones // There’s nothing better than pretending you are in a music video on the beach listening to some country or whatever else you wanna play (I mean the new Ed Sheeran album #loml).

I cannot wait for our flight tomorrow and to be able to enjoy this fabulous trip. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to post this coming week but you can be looking forward to all the details after the trip!

Are you guys going anywhere fun for spring break?

ALSO follow my instagram @thepatternedprep for updates during my trip!

xoxo Morgan

Shopping Haul

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Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I thought I would share a little haul from the weekend (all the links listed below the picture). Shopping happens to be one of my favorite pastimes so birthday shopping is that much more fun. I can’t wait to wear/use all of them!

Anthropologie

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GUYS! I just looked up the link for this amazing shirt and GUESS WHAT IT’S CALLED! It’s the Morgan Printed Top! LIKE how perfect was this top for me? I didn’t even know this when I purchased it but now I love it even more!

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I also got a Petal Palette Monogram Mug and a Mini Capri Blue Jar Candle. The candle smells like a happy summer day. I cannot wait to burn it and also drink some morning coffee out of my mug (it will probably be seen in a future coffee date).

Francesca’s

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The pink top on the left is such a cute girly take on a classic style of tank. The bottom right tank is shaping up to be the color of the season. I have already seen so many pieces in this color and hope to wear it soon (fingers crossed for warmer weather).

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This lovely top that my dad picked out (shoutout Padre) is so adorable and I cannot wait to pair it with some white jeans for spring time.

Lululemon

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I have always wanted to understand the hype behind Lululemon and now I get it. Not only are these quality clothes, they are also super cute! The leggings hug all the right places and I think will definitely hold up, whether through going for a run or just hanging out watching some netflix. The sports bra has double straps (which I was told is perfect for running) and the inside strap has a cute mesh pattern to it. The lilac grey tank (they call it dark chrome) on the left should breathe well with the mesh down both sides. The pretty patterned tank has the coolest detailing on it.

I cannot wait to try out all of the things I got. I’m sure there will be plenty of pics to come in all of these!

xoxo Morgan