Monday, June 9, 2014

6th Grade Ice Cream Party!

So this weekend at my church we had an ice cream party for all of our rising 6th graders to welcome them to our youth group! I was in charge of the food and decorations! I was given the project of making an ugly youth trailer look good! What a project that was! But I think it turned out great! Check out these pictures!

I loved this project! It was amazing and so much fun! We ended up having more students than expected. Close to 50 spread out over 4 services. But it was amazing and went off without a hitch! And I was under budget for food and decorations! Like what?! My greatest accomplishment thus far!

Any decorating projects that you've done recently that you'd like to share?

Also: This is my friend Taylor holding the cutest baby in the world! I just had to add this pic because look how adorable it is!

Anyway! Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Our Mountain Camping Trip

So earlier this semester J, his sister, and I went on a camping trip to Asheville, NC! I absolutely adore the mountains, hiking, and camping! It's pretty much all I ever want to be doing! I would drop everything for a trip to the mountains! And this trip was amazing! It was so much fun! And so now I am going to share some of the pics and reminisce of that wonderful trip!

Are you a mountain or a beach person? And why?


Saturday, May 31, 2014

My internship is the bomb

So as you may or may not know, I work at my church as an intern for their student ministry. Thursday was my busiest day thus far. And it was still freaking awesome! I got to go tour a county park and start working with them to rent one of their facilities for an event! Super exciting!!!! Also started working out an agenda for one of our summer events!

And of course a trip to Starbucks for the office. They spelled my name wrong again. Typical. There are way too many ways to spell Caitlin.

It was an extremely productive and fun day! A lot of plans getting put into play or solidified. It'll be awesome! I seriously have the coolest job ever! 

So this post was mostly me going on about how I love what I do. And I really do. Like I toured a park and came up with fun kids games. Like there is no cooler job.

What has been your favorite job so far? What did you love about it?


Friday, May 30, 2014

Money App!

So as y'all may have read yesterday, (here) I am trying to really watch my spending this summer. So I've been looking for a good app to track my spending. Between working all three jobs, the largest portion of my income is cash. And I don't have time to go to the bank after every shift to use my bank statement as a valid way of monitoring. But! Yesterday I found this app! It's called "spending" and it's free! And it's so simple and easy to use!

I'm able to import both my income from cheques and cash super easily!

And I can track everything I've spent by category! Also super easy!

I freaking love this app! I think it's gonna be super helpful this summer!

Do you guys have any awesome tools for pinching pennies? What has worked and hasn't worked? What have you cut back on?


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thankful Thursday

10 Things I'm particularly thankful for this week:

1) I have three jobs I love! Work is so much easier when you love what you're doing. And even though all three jobs are incredibly different. They all have fantastic aspects that I enjoy!

2) I got to see my boyfriend, and his big sister (who's a good friend of mine!) and her boyfriend, on Monday! It was great! We went to the beach and hung out downtown for a while! I love getting to hang out with them and seeing my boy was wonderful!

3) I found a new source for finding new blogs to follow! :) That's been awesome! (Just click here for the link!)

4) I have plans to see my baby sister!!!!! She's gonna come visit me mid June and I'm taking her to tour a college in GA! It's gonna be great!

5) I got a tan at the beach on Monday! (Hey! It's the little things!)

6) We have free coffee at my morning job. Also another simple small thing. But it's still fantastic! Because most mornings I don't want to get up early enough to make coffee before I come into work. Having free coffee is great! (plus it saves me from spending my money at Starbucks on the way in.)

7) The dress I'm wearing right now has pockets!!!!

8) My co-worker left me a rubber band ball on my desk yesterday!!!! I now have a rubber band ball! How cool is that! (Anyone remembering the staples commercial? no. okay. just me.)

9) This afternoon for work I get to go tour a water park! Ugh! Such a hard job! ;-P haha! It's gonna be great!

10) I have amazing followers of my blog! You guys are great! I didn't think that anyone would read my blog when I started to write on it again! But y'all do! You're awesome! Thank you! (If you're a blogger feel free to leave your blog in the comments and I'll go check it out!)

What are 10 things you're thankful for today?


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blogging and Being Frugal

^It's nearly impossible. Reading blogs by all these crafty women make me want to start projects that aren't necessary. I mean I live in a cheap little crappy apartment and most of the people that come over are also poor college students. I need to put extra money into paying off loans not decorating a temporary living area. I mean my lease is up in November so why even put effort into my apartment?

Except I really want to make my apartment feel like home. I have all these great ideas. I really should just stop following blogs of creative people. Because if I keep it up I'll be so poor so fast!

This summer I'm trying to be as frugal as possible. I can totally do this! I am going to be so cheap that it's insane! From cutting back on my eating out and not going into stores like Target or Uptown Cheapskate or Whole Foods. Ugh! I love these places! But I know I spend too much there.

I will pinch my pennies this summer and put money towards my loans! I mean it will be so worth it once I graduate and I already have some of my loans paid off, right? I think graduating with a slightly smaller cloud of debt hanging over my head would feel wonderful! So I'm going to stick to that through the summer! Basic necessities! Lots of hours at work! I can do this!

What are some ways you readers have cut back your spending before? What ways have been easier and what ways have been harder? How would you recommend keeping track of your spending?


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Being a woman of Christ????

You see all those question marks. Yeah. I have lots of questions these days about this. Don't get me wrong. I know all about being a woman of Christ. I have studied and even written studies on Proverbs 31. I have studied and written about numerous women in the Bible. I've listened to podcast and sermons from all over the place about these women. I go to a Christian school and my program is in the Christian Studies department. I have a lot of head knowledge on women of Christ.

But there's still a major disconnect and I don't really know where I'm to fit. Like there is this stereotypical image of a Christian woman that in my life I feel a pressure to uphold. I should be more graceful, quiet, submissive, and spend more time with like-minded quiet graceful women reading our Bibles in various coffee shops. Like that sums up a lot of girls at my school. And I don't think that's a bad thing! I think it's amazing! A huge part of me wants to be that quiet, graceful, peaceful, submissive woman. Like I do! I want to spend my spare time reading my Bible and be able to spit out a verse to bring comfort and peace to those around me. And maybe that part isn't as hard for me. I like knowledge. Knowledge is power. I absorb sermons and scripture and studies like crazy! But I haven't mastered these other aspects. The quietness, gracefulness, peacefulness.

You know the parts of scripture where Jesus is like flipping tables because of how upset at the thieving in tabernacle? Or when Jesus curses at a fig tree for not having figs? Or when Jesus makes snarky remarks to the pharisees? Yeah. This is the image of Christ that I am REALLY good at embracing. Or even the proverbs 31 woman was a very hard worker! And I've got that down!

But how does a woman seeking Christ balance being passionate about the things that god has placed a passion in her heart for with being quiet and graceful? Like it can be so hard to be quiet when you hear about human trafficking!!! I don't want to sit here quietly reading my Bible! I want to up and go do something about it!

Ugh. I don't even know. I know I'm a loud fiery stubborn person. Passionate is really just the nice way of putting it. But how do I change that? How can I be that quiet graceful woman of Christ?

Basically this post was just a rant of my own recent frustrations and feelings of inadequacies. I feel like this post was pretty pointless if you're reading this. Sorry. Maybe my next post will actually be interesting to y'all.

So anyway! This has been my most recent project. I bought some scrapbook paper and calligraphy pens and did some typography art for my bedroom wall!

Have a great day!