Weekending: A Beautiful Wedding

I haven’t had a weekend go as fast as this past one in quite some time! I feel like I blinked and it was over! My weekend actually started a bit early, as I flew up to the northeast Thursday night for a very exciting weekend!

My big (from my sorority in undergrad) got married! This was also my first wedding as an adult/first friend to get married, which was pretty crazy, but also tons of fun!

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It was so great to see old friends and meet new ones at the wedding. It was such a beautiful day and we had a blast celebrating! So much fun, in fact, that we stayed for the entire reception until the lights came back on!

Saturday was pretty low key, we were so pooped from the wedding! But Ted and I hit my favorite summer spot, the drive-in (for a double feature), for one last time as the drive-in season comes to an end.

Oh, lack of humidity and cool breezes in the northeast, I miss you already!

How was your weekend?

And So It Begins…

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might’ve seen this photo I posted with a few textbooks (and the greatest mug ever). So the cat’s out of the bag! It’s been in the back of my mind for awhile now, so I decided to finally bite the bullet. After being out of college for almost 4 years, I’ve decided to go back!

As of now, I’m intending to get a Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations, but looking longer term, I’m considering going full steam ahead and pursuing my MBA (especially since the classes for the grad certificate will go toward the degree) – one step at a time though!

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This semester, I’m taking 3 classes, all of which started this week! It’s definitely taking some adjusting to being back in school-mode, especially considering I’m continuing to work full-time, and managing this blog of mine! So bear with me the next couple months as I navigate this crazy life balance! I’m a little nervous to get back into the school swing, but also pretty excited to take this next step!

While I’d love to continue posting at my normal rate (every day, Monday – Friday), I don’t want to burn out between work, school, and blog, so I’m planning to scale back a little. Instead of posting 5x a week, I’m planning to post 3x (possibly more if time allows). Just wanted to give you all a heads up in case I’m a little more absent than usual around here.

Are you back to school or thinking about going back? Talk to me!

App of the Month: Duolingo

My latest app obsession is one that’s both education and entertaining. I took about 6 years of Spanish, spanning from 8th grade to freshman year of college, and always found it to be one of my favorite subjects. Lately, I’ve been trying to teach myself German via Duolingo, an app that helps you learn various languages, for free! 

  

If you’re wanting to learn multiple languages, or brush up on ones you already know, you’re able to open more than one “course,” and practice at your own pace.

For example, to do maintenance on my espanol, I opened up a Spanish course and selected to “test out” of categories by taking a quick quiz to determine what my level was. While I’m no expert, it was great to know I still held a good chunk of the things I learned over those 6 years.

  
Duolingo offers several lessons within a group, focusing on one type of topic at a time (e.g. phrases, food, animals). This is super helpful, so you’re not overwhelmed right out of the gate.

  

In addition to learning the phrases/words, you can listen to a translation to help you with pronunciation, one that I’ve found to be especially entertaining, because for some reason I keep wanting to say German things with a Spanish accent! Awkward! 

As of today, there are 13 (free!) language courses available for native English speakers, and new ones are always being added! It’s interesting to see how many other people are learning to language too. If English isn’t your native language, there are options for several other languages as well! 

 

Have you learned any other languages? Which one(s) would you like to pick up?

JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker + Giveaway

I love music and am constantly streaming the latest via Apple Music and/or Spotify these days (competitors, I know). Most of the time the music’s either on my phone or computer, but there are occasions when those speakers aren’t quite cutting it, like when I’m outside or in the shower.

I was lent the JBL Flip Portable Bluetooth Speaker for a couple weeks to take my music-listening habits on the go, and got a ton of use out of it! I loved that the speaker synched right up with my phone and played my tunes seamlessly, no matter which room I was in at home, or where I was on-the-go. The battery also held an extremely long time. In fact, in the 2 weeks I used it, I only charged it once, and that was when I first took it out of the box.

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The sound quality was very good, although there were a few times where I wished I could’ve cranked the volume a bit more. For its size, the JBL speakers did the job though!

 

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I also loved the little carrying case that came with it. I can imagine how banged up or dirty the speakers could get if you tote them around with you often, but this perfectly sized case, ensured that this would not be the case (catch my pun there).

Overall, I think the speakers are great for any music lover on the go! With it being back to school season, I’d also add this to the dorm room/college shopping list.

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I’m partnering with AT&T to give one lucky reader their own JBL Flip Portable Bluetooth Speaker, just in time for Labor Day weekend + back to school! Interested in winning? Enter below and tell me what your favorite summer jam is!

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AT&T lent me this product for review for 2 weeks. All opinions are my own.