The Lazy Girl Workout

I'm back with a really exciting fitness post! A couple of weeks ago, my cheer coach, Kelsey, suggested I do a "lazy girl workout" for my blog. She has helped me come up with a workout that you can do without even leaving your bed and without any equipment! I've included pictures with labels for just about every move listed to make it as simple as possible. With all of the cold winter weather approaching, this will be perfect for those snowy days when you just aren't feeling like leaving the house to head to the gym.


How to Avoid Meltdowns

Today I'm going to be talking about how I avoid having a major meltdown. If I get stressed out to the max and things just don't seem to be going my way, I will legitimately have a mental breakdown, tears and all. Sometimes between work, school, and life in general, stress builds up and builds up until, eventually, I just hit a breaking point. This is a part of life and sometimes unavoidable, but I thought it would be helpful if I shared my tips for how I de-stress and avoid having a full blown "meltdown".

Plan Hour by Hour // I wrote about this in my "how I organize" post, but this is a life saver for me. When I feel overwhelmed with assignments and activities going on after school, I schedule out my day and evening and fill in what assignments I'm going to be sure to accomplish during my free time. Seeing all of my tasks planned out helps relieve a lot of my stress and anxiety.

Exercise // When I feel pushed over the edge, I get to a point where I have to just take a minute to stop and breathe. I always feel a weight lifted off of me when I get outside for a run or head to the gym. Exercising clears my head and distracts me from what I'm worrying about.

Give Yourself A Treat // When I'm busy and have a lot going on, I give myself "prizes" for accomplishing things. If I'm working hard on a paper or studying for a long time, I break it up by saying giving myself little treats for every couple of paragraphs or sections... Usually some kind of candy :) My favorite "big treats" are Friday morning Starbucks or Chipotle after a long day at school.

Go to Bed Early // Sometimes after a really long day, I really cannot focus or concentrate on doing my work. I work best in the morning, so if I'm exhausted around 9PM, I get pretty much nothing accomplished and the best thing I can do for myself is just go to sleep. If I don't get 8 hours of sleep, I'm a zombie, so I can't justify staying up til 1AM trying to do my homework. I try to always be in bed before 10:30. This helps me to wake up refreshed in the morning ready to cross assignments off of my list.

Take a Personal Day // This is kind of a last resort and my friends will probably all make fun of me for this, but if I have a really long to do list and I feel really overwhelmed, I take a personal day. I think it's okay to do this every once in while and I always get a lot accomplished when I'm at home working. I'm not trying to promote truancy or anything, but every once in a while, this makes me feel really recharged and a little less stressed.


Fall Favorites

Last week, I was on Fall Break and had six whole days off of school!! My senior night is this Friday at the last regular season home football game. I'm a little bit sad, but senioritis is really starting to kick in and I'm already counting down the days until our next break off of school. Between all of the football games, days at the races, and trips to the orchard, I have been loving fall and am so excited for Halloween and Thanksgiving! Today I'm going to be sharing a few of my favorite fall essentials and what I've been loving this season.

J Crew Factory Sweater (I have the pale pink color and I love it!)

Hunter Rain Boots (A must have for me!)

J Crew Factory Gigi pants (Super similar to the Pixie pants, but cheaper!)

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick (This stuff stays on for hours through eating, drinking, cheering games, whatever and I never have to reapply. Highly, highly recommend.) 

One Tree Hill!! (I started watching for the first time over the break and I'm obsessed!)

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (This stuff is amazing)


How I Organize and Plan

I really want to start posting more about organization, so today I'm going to start by sharing how I organize my life. I can't function if I even feel the slightest bit unorganized it drives me crazy. This has a lot to do with my agenda.

Last year I had a Kate Spade agenda and my first post ever was about that. This year, I got a Lilly Pulitzer one again and I like it a lot better. I'm thinking about getting this too because my life is getting so nuts I think I need two planners, haha! So first off: school. Obviously, this is basically my job, so I use the day to day slots for all of my homework. I like to color code because I am a visual person so seeing the colors helps me to know what books I need to take home. Something that I've just started doing recently is making boxes next to each task so that I can check off things as I go. This has been super effective for me. Usually, I know all of the homework that I have for the week on Monday, so I like to sit down Monday morning and plan out when I'm going to do each assignment and when I have big tests/deadlines. I like to break them up so I can do a little bit over a few days. I am always really busy after school, so I plan out my workload for each night ahead of time, so nothing hits me by surprise. I use the big monthly calendar spread to plan out my personal activities, practices, work, exercise etc. I have meetings every week for various things I am involved in so I always write those down so I can see that side by side my practices and work days.

The biggest change I have made in how I plan is making a totally separate, hour by hour plan. Some people may think this is a little overkill/OCD, but this has changed my life. Most nights, I don't get home until sometime between 6:30-8:15. I go from place to place every single second of the day, so I have to plan out which assignments I can complete in the time that I have to sit down and work. I give myself breaks to eat snacks, workout, and troll around on the internet, so I don't feel like I'm cramming in a ton of work at night when I'm exhausted. Making an hour by hour plan also helps me to allocate everything effectively, so I can be in bed before 10:30.

I hope this was helpful and if you have any suggestions for future posts, leave them in a comment!

Guest Post: College Organization + OneNote

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm sharing a post that one of my really good friends, Lauren, wrote for me. Both being seniors, we have a lot to keep up with for college applications. I have my own system for keeping everything together, but I thought that it would be really cool to share a different perspective and way of organizing. While this specific post is about college applications, this method and use of OneNote can really be used for anything. 

Hi everyone! I’m Baigin’s friend Lauren and I’m really excited to write this guest-post for you all! Baigin knows I’m really organized so she asked me to guest-write on here and give you all some advice about organizing all of your college stuff! I’m a senior so I know how messy and stressful it can be to try and keep track of all of your college information and the endless list of things you have to do. Trying to remember all of the important information like application dates and scholarship deadlines for every college or university you are applying to without having somewhere to keep all of that information is pretty close to impossible.

To help you all organize all that stuff, I’m going to show you how I use Microsoft OneNote use to keep track of some of my important college stuff. My friend showed me how she used this awesome resource recently and I decided to check it out for myself! I use OneNote as a place to store my to-do list, scholarship descriptions and deadlines, application deadlines, and website links to helpful college-related websites.

This is a sample OneNote I made to show how I set mine up! The to-do list is probably my favorite part because you can click and make a little check mark next to the items you’ve completed. They have lots of different kinds of bullet points you can use like the exclamation point, star, and question mark. That helps me to keep track of what is most urgent and what I need to focus on. Another great part of OneNote is where you can link important documents like your essay or resume by attaching a shortcut like I have in the top left corner.

I also have links to websites that are important like the SAT and ACT websites where you can register for those tests, as well as the Common Application website and the CollegeBoard website. A lot of people don’t know about how great the CollegeBoard website is, but it’s an awesome website that is especially helpful for juniors who are trying to create a list of places they’re interested in but it is also a great way to keep track of your college list for seniors. It has a page for every college/university with a ton of information about each place.

I think OneNote is a great way to put a lot of important info in a small easy-to-read place. It’s pretty easy to figure out if you have never used it before and it also auto-saves so you can just x-out after you make changes! I hope this post helps relieve some of the stress of senior (or junior) year for you all, good luck!


Game Day

I wasn't sure I was ready for fall, but after the start of football season, I can't wait! I love tailgating and going to games with all of my friends. I have to be comfy when I'm at the stadium throughout the afternoon and the games at night! I borrow this Loft dress from my mom all the time and, paired with my Hunter boots, it was perfect for the chilly, rainy weather.

How To Make The Most of Your Sunday

Lately I have been feeling very productive and organized (most of the time!) and part of that is due to my "recharge" on Sunday. I try to take each Sunday to get everything together for the week, so I can go into my Monday with a little less stress.

Do your laundry.
Nothing stresses me out more than waking up Monday and not being able to find clean socks or a clean shirt. I make it an effort to do all of my laundry on Sunday, so I have clean clothes ready to go the next morning.

Wash your sheets.
I don't do this every week, but I love sleeping in clean sheets on Sunday nights. I like to put them in the dryer about an hour before I go to bed so they're warm when I go to bed :)

Plan your week.
I make sure to take out my agenda every Sunday and plan out my practices, work schedule, school work, etc. so that I have some kind of heads up as to how my week is going to go. If I know in advance how busy I'll be on certain days, then I will plan out my homework schedule accordingly. I've kind of changed up how I plan and make my lists, so I'm going to be talking about that soon.

Finish any lingering assignments.
This is kind of hard for me because on the weekends, I like to relax and take that time off. However, I really make a conscious effort to do my assigned homework, catch up on reading, and get a head start on assignments for the week. It really lifts a weight off your shoulders when you go into school Monday morning with a clean slate.

Tackle an organizational project.
Maybe this is just cleaning your room or it could be reorganizing your whole closet. It makes me feel good on Monday morning when I feel like I have accomplished something to help me get more organized. Every week, I try to organize my bathroom and dresser drawers.

I don't worry about eating healthy as much on Saturdays just because I stay pretty strict Monday thru Thursday. Sunday is my day to get in the gym again and eat healthier to get back on track for my week.


What I Eat in a Day

I get a lot of inspiration for my posts from my sister and her friends. They always read my blog and give me feedback which I love!! One of my sister's friends suggested I post what I typically eat on a regular day and I thought that was such a cool idea. This kind of goes along with my health and fitness post that I did a few months back. Staying on track with my routine is a huge priority for me, so I hope you enjoy this!

Breakfast -
Typically, my breakfast is the same every day. I either have an English muffin with peanut butter or a little baby sized bagel with butter. I have to have coffee with my breakfast. Most days, I have coffee from home, but if I'm having a rough morning or I want a treat, I head to Starbucks on my way to school... I'm addicted.

Lunch - 
A huge tip I have is to pack your own lunch! At least at my school, lunches are good, but very heavy, unhealthy, and high in calories. For me, packing my own lunch (in my favorite lunch box) helps me stay healthy. My lunch is also generally the same every day. I try to eat healthy in the morning/afternoon at school because I always end up wanting some kind of treat when I get home at night. This helps me stay balanced and healthy without restricting myself from having things that I love (like chocolate and Chipotle). I have a turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, some kind of fruit, some kind of veggie, and pretzels or a rice cake. Today I had grapes, carrots, and pretzels.

Dinner - 
This is where I mix it up a little bit. I'm always running around at night and after school and sometimes I don't get home until 9:00 so I have to go out and get something. This night, I went to my favorite place in the whole world: CHIPOTLE. I honestly could write a whole post about how much I love Chipotle. Mexican food is my favorite and I like that at Chipotle, I can eat non-greasy, fresh, semi-healthy food on the go. I go here at least once every week. I get a burrito bowl with: white rice, black beans, chicken, mild salsa, cheese, and guacamole.

Snacks/Drinks -
I definitely suffer from being hangry if I don't have a few snacks throughout the day. Some of my favorite mid-day snacks are Skinny Pop, Luna bars, and pretzels. I drink a ton of water during the day, I really couldn't tell you exactly how many ounces. I love tea and coffee, so I have that at some point in the day. I try never to drink soda, but I do love a good Diet Coke so I let myself have one if I'm really craving it. However, I try to strictly stick to water and tea.
At night, I swear I always get some kind of chocolate/sweet craving. This night, I got done with my homework and work early, so I got in bed with my Cookies and Cream ice cream and YouTube! I certainly don't restrict myself if I want ice cream or chocolate at night as long as I have kept a healthy balance throughout the day.

This post was fun to write and pull together and I love talking about food/healthy eating/fitness, so I think I'm going to incorporate that into my blog a little bit more. One of the reasons why I like this post so much is because I think sometimes people try to act like being healthy or fit has to include cutting out things like ice cream and fast food. I consider myself to be pretty healthy and I by no means eat only celery sticks and apple slices. Anyways, I hope you found this kind of interesting and you enjoyed it! My goal is to post twice a week because that works best for my schedule and I really think I can do it. 1 more day til Friday!!!



Hey everyone! I'm back after about 6 weeks. I have been kicking it into full gear this semester with school work, cheerleading, college applications, etc etc. The list really goes on and on. I had no idea how much work it really was to be a senior! With that being said, I am having one of the best years ever so far and I'm super optimistic about the future right now.

For my first post back in a (hopefully) routine, I wanted to take a minute and reflect on some things that I am grateful for. After a crazy junior year, I was feeling scared and anxious about what was lying ahead of me. I was in a rough spot trying to find who I thought I was and who I knew I could/can be. One of the scariest feelings in life is feeling like you don't measure up to the standard of what your family, peers, or even you set for yourself. For a long time I felt like I didn't measure up to what I knew I could be, but I didn't know how to get back on track. I waited and waited for something  to change until, one day, I realized that you have to be the change you want to see in your life. You can't sit around and wish that, somehow, everything will turn around in an instant, you have to do something to help yourself. This year, I set out to change that for myself and, so far, I'm on a great path. I am so thankful for my family and friends who have stuck by me through the hardest times in my life and encouraged me to keep pushing and trying. Sometimes the hard work, time, tears, and energy that you put into all of the many aspects in your life seem like it is never going to evolve into anything and you're spinning your wheels for nothing. That is so far from the truth. Hard work and perseverance can help you to achieve almost anything.

I just want to take a minute on my blog to thank each and every one of my friends for all that they do for me. It has taken me a while to find my true friends and where I feel like I really belong and while I don't quite have that all figured out yet, I feel like I am 10 steps ahead of where I once was. I'm so happy about all the people I have in my life and that they are all helping me to grow in a positive direction. I hope that, if you feel stuck or confused about the path that you're on, you have the courage to make a change.

Part of the reason why I stopped posting for a while around January was because I didn't feel confident enough about myself or my life to share about it. It's taken me time and a lot of trial and error to get my confidence back and find who I am. Now, at this point in my life, I'm excited to share what's going on in my life and all of the amazing things that are going to be happening this year. I'm so grateful for all of my best friends and family for helping me to change my life and get back on the path to all of the things I know I can be and do. Have a great week!!


New Year Reflections

The Year is Yours. What will you do with it?
I wrote this post about a month ago and after reading it again, I am happy to say that I feel a little more of a sense of peace now. God works in strange ways and sometimes I don't always understand what's planned for me, but I am so excited to see what this year holds.

I was loading the dishwasher this morning and thinking to myself "Wow, I can't believe this is my last year of high school." As I was doing this, a strange feeling came over me. I wouldn't call it sadness or regret because everything that I have experienced and gone through up to this point has changed me in a positive way and shaped the person that I have become. I would say it was more disbelief than anything. I absolutely cannot believe that time has gone by this fast. I cannot believe that 17 years of my life have passed and I'm approaching the time where I have to decide where I am going to college and, ultimately, the time when your "adult" life begins. While I am absolutely so excited to take these next steps in my life, I can't help but feel a really overwhelming feeling of sadness, I guess. I am a huge over thinker and worrier and have been for pretty much my whole life. Now more than ever, I really feel that sense of worry in my life. I have had the best upbringing and, although I've gone through some really hard times, I feel proud of the person I have become. I pray and hope every single day that (someday in the far, far future, haha!) I can give my own children and family the same things that I have been given in my life. I hope that I can be as successful and provide for myself and my family in the same ways that my parents have shown and done for me. The sense of worry comes in when I doubt myself. Will I be good enough? Am I really ready for this next chapter of my life? I have a hard time trusting and having faith in the plan that is so much greater than me and my "small" world. However, as I am realizing that, ready or not, this next phase in my journey is coming, I am also realizing that having faith in something greater than myself is so important. This faith is something that is very personal and private to me, but I know that I cannot make these big decisions without it. I know I am not alone in feeling this wave of emotion approaching my senior year of high school and that provides me with a little sense of relief. Something that I have to remind myself daily is that no matter what you are going through and how scared you might feel, you are never alone. While I am unsure of my path ahead and do feel worried and scared, I know that I am most definitely not alone and that I am 100% capable of all of my dreams and hopes for my future. Although doubt is inevitable sometimes, you can do almost anything if you have faith in yourself.


Freshman Advice

I've gotten several requests from my sister and her friends to share my advice for incoming freshmen. High school has been a really life changing time for me. I feel like I have gained a lot of knowledge and changed tremendously as a person from when I was a freshman (which seems like yesterday!). It hasn't always been the greatest, but I've definitely positively evolved. 

Stay organized.
This kind of goes without saying, but it is so much harder to stay on top of things if you're a slob. Keeping your locker and papers organized will you help you focus on what's really important rather than being stressed out about everything being a mess.

Grades are important.
Don't ever forget this! Freshman year does matter a lot, despite what people might tell you. It is important to start out your high school year with a solid GPA, so you aren't constantly playing catch up. I worked really hard my freshman year and it has really paid off in the long run. 

But grades aren't everything.
A bad grade on a test or not making an A does not define who you are as a person or if you will succeed in life. High school is also about having fun and making memories, so don't get yourself so stressed out about grades that you forget that. My best memories are cheering/going to games and doing fun things with my friends. Now with that being said, if you're failing a class or have an important test, it probably isn't smart to go out every night... It's all about prioritizing. 

People do change.
The people that are your friends freshman year or that have been your friends throughout middle school may not still be your friends 3 years from now, but that's okay. Life is about changing and growing and sometimes growth means leaving people in your past. Sometimes it hurts, but it is okay.

High school may not be the "greatest" years of your life, but that's okay.
I would be lying if I said high school has been a walk in the park because it has been really hard at times. However, I have grown up and learned so much. The best thing about high school is that it's only the beginning of the rest of your life. So many times, I have felt so stressed out like this is the defining chapter of my life and that's really not the case. I see now that I'm a senior that this has been the beginning of my journey, not the end. You will go through times that really hurt, but the biggest blessing is that getting through those moments only makes you a stronger and better person.

If you are going to be a freshman, good luck on your first day!!! I know everyone is nervous before their first day, but you will get the hang of things in no time! It is so exciting to be starting this chapter of your life and really enjoy every minute of it because it does go by so fast. I really can't believe I am going through my last year.


Back to School Jitters


All week I have been trying to sit down and write a new post about typical "blogger" things. I've been planning on sharing some makeup favorites and poolside essentials, all of which I still want to post, but something is a little off this week. Being in a lot of pain post-surgery sure isn't helping me out any, but I'm also feeling a huge lack of inspiration. Lately, I've been experiencing a lot of setbacks that have been getting me down. I know everyone can relate to the feeling of having everything pile up on you all at once. So instead of forcing a post out of myself that I'm really not feeling, I thought I would just get on and write. Normally, I feel a surge of excitement and motivation getting ready for a new school year and for some reason, I just don't feel that way this year. While I'm excited about getting to start college a year from now, I know my apprehension isn't attributed to "senioritis" quite yet. This is the first year in a long time that I feel a legitimate fear about returning back to school. I'm a huge control freak and I like to know exact details about every situation all the time, so all the unknowns about this year are causing me a lot of stress right now. I have to remind myself daily that stress and setbacks are only temporary. I'm trying really hard to enjoy the time I have right now instead of worrying and stressing out about the future because, ultimately, everything is going to work out the way it is supposed to. I know that once I get to feeling better, I'll be feeling more motivated and excited and will have some more fun things to share on my blog. While I am nervous and scared about this new journey that I'm going to be taking this year, I feel really blessed that I have an outlet like this where I can share all of my experiences. Thank you to everyone that takes time out of their day to read what I have to say on here. My main hope in blogging is that I'm able to make an impact on someone's life in even the smallest way. I hope you all have a great week!


Mid-Summer Update

Long time, no post! I thought I would fill you guys in on what's been going on in my crazy life lately, since I've blogged last! I spent a weekend with my mom in Oxford, Mississippi visiting the University of Mississippi and I fell in love with Oxford even more than the first time. I'm so excited to really begin my college search journey this fall and I can already tell I'm off to a great start! 

Another summer swim season came to a close about two weeks ago and it's definitely bittersweet. I've promised my swim coach, George (pictured above), a shoutout on the blog and it's definitely well deserved. I wish I could've gotten a photo with all three of my coaches because they are really the best! I'm very thankful to have had these coaches for the past few years that have cheered me on and helped me to grow and become a better swimmer. It's been another great season! 

Now, on to something I've been insanely excited to share for a while now... This past Wednesday I was in a photo shoot for a locally-owned, online boutique and, as soon as I receive the finished photos, I will be sharing them on here with you guys! I had a blast shooting and I can't wait to share all of the fun details! Above are some behind the scenes pictures my sister snapped while helping me out :)

For the past 3 days, I have been recovering from having my tonsils taken out, which is brutal. I have never had any major surgery like this before, so it definitely hasn't been fun! I am hoping that my time recuperating will allow me to round up all my photos and thoughts to share with you guys! Once again, I can't believe how fast time is flying by (more on that to come in August :) ) and that summer is almost over. I have some fun things planned before school starts for the blog, so stay tuned!


July 4th

Before the actual 4th of July, my friends and I celebrated at Red, White, and Boom country music concert. On the first day, I wore this top from Nordstrom and, for sizing reference, I ordered it in a 4, but probably should have gotten a 6. Either way, it's super cute and very affordable. I got my Day 2 shorts on serious sale at a Saks Off 5th outlet for $20! As you can see from the photos, on Day 1 we had to break out our favorite accessory: the rain poncho. It was hilarious, but the thunderstorm wasn't exactly bearable, so we ended up leaving early. On the actual 4th, my neighborhood has a parade and my dad gets super into it (hence the Captain America costume...). I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I've been taking a little bit of time off, but I have a really exciting project coming up within the next few weeks and I absolutely cannot wait to share it with you guys!


June Favorites

I cannot believe that June is officially over. It is by far my favorite month and every year on July 1 I can't help but be a little sad. This month was filled with so many amazing things (photos from Taylor Swift, Red White and Boom, Darius Rucker, and Fall Out Boy concerts above!!) and was the best start to summer I could ever ask for! Today I'm sharing some of my favorites for the month and summer in general:

Off the Shoulder Tassel Dress - I have a whole post on this dress, but I have gotten so many compliments on it and it is perfect for so many different occasions!

Tie Dye Dress - I wore this dress from Lulu' to the Boys of Zummer concert this past week and it was so comfortable and perfect for the occasion. It's a little different than my usual style, but I think I'm going to get a lot more wear out of this one!

Kendra Scott Dylan necklace - My grandma got this for me for my birthday and I have worn it so many times. It's the perfect everyday necklace and I couldn't be more in love with it! Unfortunately, the periwinkle color I have is sold out on the KS website, but I love both the hot pink and turquoise colors.

Rimmel Radiant BB Cream & Maybelline Lipstick in Vibrant Mandarin - Two beauty favorites that I couldn't recommend enough. I don't like to wear heavy foundation in general, so this BB cream is super lightweight, but covers everything (I wear the shade medium). I've been wanting a bright lipstick and this pinky orange color is the perfect pop of color.

The Husband's Secret - I breezed through this book in about 3 days- it is so good!! I have recommended it to every single one of my friends. The way it is written and the whole story in general is so good. I'm planning on sharing a list of all the books I have on my list for the rest of the summer next week!

Stay A Little Longer - I love country music all year round, but in the summertime especially! Brothers Osborne was one of the openers for Darius Rucker at Riverbend and they are amazing. I've been listening to them since I saw them at the Red White and Boom music festival last summer and this song is my absolute favorite right now.

Hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend!


Tassels + Turquoise

I'm so excited my sweet puppy, Chloe, behaved well enough to be in some of these photos! We got her in January and she is the first dog I've ever had. I could not be more in love with her! I got this dress for my birthday from Nordstrom and I love that it's under $50. I'm heading to Cincinnati on Sunday to see Darius Rucker in concert at Riverbend and I'm so excited to wear this dress! Follow me on Instagram for updates :)


Summer Nights / Ripped Jeans

LOFT top (similar styles: 1 / 2 ) / shorts / similar sandals

I wore this outfit for my little sister's 8th birthday dinner. This top from LOFT is from two summers ago and I hadn't worn it in a while since this night. I just recently ordered these ripped denim shorts from Nordstrom and I'm in love with them. They can be worn so many ways and I definitely recommend them. I linked similar, super cute tops and sandals because both are from past summers and no longer available.  I've made some other new purchases in the past few weeks and can't wait to share them :)