I probably sound like a broken record, but I’ll continue on with it because I really cannot believe another month has come and gone! It seems like time keeps going faster and faster. I wish I could pause it for a bit! But a new month means time to check in on last month’s goals and set some new ones for this month.

Let’s take a quick look back at last month’s goals to see how I did.

  1. Focus on quality content (3-4 posts per week). Done! Lowering the number of posts per week has really given me some time back to focus on other things and it’s been really great!
  2. Clothing purge. I made some headway on this, but it’s something I definitely want to revisit again soon!
  3. Read one book. Complete fail on this one. I read an issue of US Weekly, but that doesn’t really count.
  4. Get 8+ hours of sleep at least 3 nights a week. Not even close on this. I hit 8+ hours only once a week consistently through all of April.
  5. Post on Instagram 2-3x/week. Check! Looking back at my feed for the month, I held steady with 2 posts per week.

may 2016 goals

I’m hoping May will be a better month in terms of accomplishing goals! Here’s what I’m hoping to achieve.

  1. Do some spring cleaning. Life gets busy and the clutter piles up. It’s been looking a bit rough lately (especially in the kitchen and bedroom areas), so it’s time to tackle the clutter!
  2. Eat out less (2x max per week). Usually this one’s a domino effect for me. If I eat out once or twice, it continues onward until I’m eating out like every day. No bueno on the wallet. I’m going to challenge myself to eating out a max of 2x per week (this is taking into account weekend activities already planned in May).
  3. Better define my blog strategy. This is more of a behind-the-scenes thing, but I want to better define an overall strategy for my blog, in terms of posts, partnerships, etc.
  4. Clean up old blog posts. I’ve had STCL for over 4 years now, and since transferring over to WordPress last year, there is quite a bit of “cleaning up” I’ve been needing to do!
  5. Read Me Before You. I’m going to reattempt my reading goal this month with one that’s been on my shelf for a while. Since the movie comes out early next month, I really want to finish it!

What are your goals for May?

Oh Friday, I’m so happy to see you! Another busy week, but I will say, it did go surprisingly fast! I’m looking forward to my quick getaway to the northeast for some cooler temps, but am so not feeling the crazy airport security lines. They’ve grown exponentially in the last few months alone! Has anyone else noticed this?

But anywho, because it’s Friday (which is always cause for a celebration), I have another awesome giveaway for you guys, courtesy of myself and a few other awesome bloggers. $170 to Ulta! Be sure to enter below and don’t forget to get your entry in for the $100 Starbucks gift card too!

Let’s get to today’s fun findings!

Rifle Paper Co. New York + Paris Notebook Set

I’ve been feeling some crazy wanderlust lately, which was also fueled by my stumbling across this adorable set of Rifle Paper Co. journals ($17). You never know when inspiration will strike, so I think these are the best little notebooks would be fab to carry around to write ideas down in!

rifle paper co journal

Blogger + Dog Mom Mug

My kitchen cabinet designated for mugs is pretty full, but I can’t help but really want this blogger + dog mom mug ($16) from one of my favorite bloggers Etsy shop! I think an order of this mug will be happening in the near future. It just describes my feelings so well!
blogger dog mom mug

The Girl on the Train

We officially have a trailer for The Girl on the Train! And it looks SO SO good! I really enjoyed the book and I can’t wait to see it played out on the big screen. Emily Blunt seems like she’s going to be the perfect Rachel (the main character) in the film!

And now.. time for the $170 Ulta giveaway (open to anyone over 18), which ends on Monday. Be sure to enter “Small Towns & City Lights” in the first free entry field! Good luck!

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Kate // Rachel // Cherie // Amanda
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Bonus post today! I’ve been sticking to a 3 post per week schedule lately, but since I have some fun giveaways to share with you guys, I thought I’d pop in an extra day this week to share some thoughts and give you lovely readers a shot at winning a $100 gift card to Starbucks. And what better day to share the giveaway on than my weekly Starbucks run day?!

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  • Last week I decided to splurge and invest in an annual pass for Disney! I went back and forth on it for a while (because they’re so dang pricey), but ultimately, decided to go for it. All I can say is thank god for the monthly payment plan, because I also have an annual pass for Universal. What can I say, the theme parks are so much fun, and both are less than an hour and a half drive from me (provided traffic isn’t too terrible)!
  • Girl power! I’m loving this life lessons learned from the Spice Girls post. So much truth!
  • I haven’t been too happy with my site’s hosting provider lately. There seem to be an insane amount of outages (sometimes for TOO long) lately. Would love to hear any recommendations you fellow bloggers have for hosting!
  • I’m starting to think about the destination of my big Europe trip at Christmastime this year. So far I think I’ve narrowed it down to 2 potential itineraries: Oslo/Stockholm/Helsinki/Copenhagen or Amsterdam/Newcastle/Glasgow/Edinburgh. Hmm. Which one would you choose?
  • My cousin’s wedding is in just over a month! So excited to be a part of her special day! ICYMI I posted about the awesome HP bridal shower we had for her earlier this month. The recipes I shared will work for any HP-themed party, so if you’re a fan, check it out!

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