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2016 RECAP

By on January 3, 2017

Wow, I cant believe it’s already a new year! 2016 was a big year for me. So many amazing, incredible, once in a lifetime things happened to me and I’m so blessed for it all! Let’s have a recap, shall we?

 

Things that happened in 2016:

  • Turned 20 years old
  • Met Sadie Robertson at her book signing which resulted in the funniest picture EVER
  • The Panthers made it to the Super Bowl (gotta represent the home team!)
  • Graduated with a 2 year degree (at the same time my cousin graduated with hers!)
  • Baby sister turned 16 *cries*

  • Traveled to Nashville for the first time (You can read about it here,here, and here!)
  • Got accepted into my #1 school
  • Road tripped with my mom, sister, and best friend to Atlanta to meet Kian &JC on tour
  • Got Abby hooked on Teen Wolf
  • Took my sister with myself and Abby to soundcheck at the 5SOS concert
  • Went with my family to see Lindsey Stirling perform the next day (read about both concerts here!)

  • Had all four of my wisdom teeth removed
  • Traveled to Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where I check off a life bucket list item of eating at Cafe Du Monde
  • Had the annual family beach trip to Sanibel immediately after

  • FREAKED OUT over the PLL summer finale
  • Got obsessed with a handful of amazing new television shows
  • Celebrated my one year blogiversary!
  • Babysat A TON (and I wouldn’t have had it any other way, love those kiddos!)
  • Traveled back to Atlanta with my dad and sister for Dragon Con (and met some of Hollywood’s finest)

  • Started my first semester at my new school
  • Took a “Children’s Literature” course that was about comic books and superheroes and the homework was to watch the correlating superhero movies (a dream come true in the college world, at least for me)
  • Took a family weekend trip to Boone

  • Baby sister learned to drive (again *cries*)
  • Voted in my first presidential election
  • Best friend got accepted into Hogwarts (delivered by a special anonymous owl *wink wink*)
  • Had a MAGICALLY WONDERFUL time at the happiest place on earth!!! (Magic Kingdom and Epcot!)
  • Developed a new love for Star Wars
  • Started learning Italian (buongiorno!)
  • Made all A’s and B’s
  • Celebrated a wonderful and very merry Christmas at home with my favorite people in the entire world

And just like that, it’s a new year!  A whole new year full of new experiences, new people, new places, new knowledge, new accomplishments. I am QUITE excited about this new year. I feel different about it, different than I ever have. I feel like some big things are going to happen this next year. Maybe not big to other people, but big for me. And I’m ready, ready take this year on head first! Let’s do this 2017!

What is something you are looking forward to in the new year?

xoxo Ariana

P.S.

Helene in Between
This post was part of Helene’s (from heleneinbetween.com) link up party! Thank you so much for hosting this Helene!! It was my first link-up EVER so I already have a New Year’s Resolution checked off  ✔

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Lifestyle

Farewell Summer Of 2016

By on September 19, 2016

2016

Ahhh Summer. You’re such a good ole’ friend to me. We’ve had twenty years of of fun adventures every year, this year being no different.

We had some crazy adventures this year, summer! Let’s take a look back on all the fun we had.

To start, I graduated with my Associates Degree and got accepted into an amazing university where I am currently getting my Bachelor’s Degree!

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We went to Nashville (new place number one) and had an amazing (excruciatingly hot) time!

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We ate great food, saw many sights, and almost drowned in our own sweat (gross) but it was a great way to start the summer!

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 4&5 

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Abby and I got stuck in what was basically a monsoon at a baseball game and sprinted (read: got completely drenched) with her dog in my arms and we laughed for thirty minutes.

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Abby and I also went to Kian and JC’s Don’t Try This At Home Tour and had an amazing weekend!!

My family also stopped in New Orleans before we went on our vacation and it was definitely an experience! (That I blogged about here!)

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I got to check off a bucket list item of eating at Cafe Du Monde!

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We had an amazing and relaxing vacation in our favorite place in the world, Sanibel.

Add in a couple of concerts between all this traveling! I also took my sister with us to the 5 Seconds of Summer concert the day before seeing her favorite violinist Lindsey Stirling!

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My dad, sister and I also went to Atlanta for Dragon Con! It was a weekend filled with comic books, tv shows, celebrities, and never wanting to come back to reality. I’m so happy to have this memory with them!

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Other cool things that happened over the summer:

  • Absolutely Ariana turned one!
  • Babysat A LOT and had some fun adventures at the pool, the park, the movies,toruing an ambulance, and getting snowcones
  • Got my best friend hooked on Teen Wolf
  • Let’s not even discuss the PLL summer finale
  • Grew as a person and learned some more things about myself
  • Started school at a large university (where my English class turned out to be about comic books and superheroes)!

 

Overall, this summer was crazy busy. Actually, I’m now busier than I have ever been in my entire life. I love having stuff to do but also love my “me” time so it’s taking some getting used to.

Summer 2016, you were definitely one for the books. As always, you were fun, crazy, HOT, and a fun adventure. Sadly it is time to say farewell. Until next year summer!

 

Now, bring on the fall!! What adventures did you have over the summer? Share them below in the comments, I would love to hear about them!

xoxo Ariana

 

 

 

 

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Travel

Nashville: Day 1 (Road trip & Hotel)

By on June 29, 2016

 

Nashville

As you know by my last post, I love road trips. Which also means, I just took one! My dad has business trips quite a bit and he got one to go to Nashville and asked if we wanted go! To which we said, HECK YEAH! I don’t know why I was so excited, but I actually was. I’m not a huge country music person (but I do like it/occasionally listen to it/like the history), it’s not my ideal place to travel, but I have been in such a travel-y mood here lately. I just want adventure, to see new places, and the opportunity presented itself for me to go somewhere I had never been! Of course I was going to take the chance. So over the next few posts I’m gonna share my trip! Sidenote: These photos (and maybe some videos) are taken from my DSLR camera, iPhone, and snapchat and will be mixed together. I’ll try not to overload you with too many pictures!

We started our drive at 7:30 in the morning, got a bacon egg and cheese bagel from McDonald’s (yuuuum) and headed out! The drive through Asheville and the mountains was so beautiful and amazing. We arrived at our amazing hotel the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Now I had looked it up before and knew that it was big, but you don’t realize how big until you are there. I’m telling you, it was BIG. So big, I’m gonna spend this whole post just on the hotel. Not even kidding, it was basically the Disney World of Nashville. We were completely amazed and impressed with this hotel. After we got settled in and all of our luggage into the room, we spent 3 or 4 hours just walking around and exploring (aka one of my favorite parts of staying in hotels: exploring!)

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This hotel y’all. It had three atriums, one was off the main lobby with restaurants, one was the garden observatory, and the last was the biggest. It had restaurants, a boat ride, shops, and a huge fountain that had fountain light shows every night starting at six. There was honestly so much to do, it was great! There was a pizzeria so we ate pizza and got to see one of the fountain shows.

 

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They had SummerFest going on around the hotel and it was Jungle Book themed (I’m assuming its because of the recently released movie!) so they had animal topiary’s all over the hotel and a Jungle Book themed boat ride in addition to the regular hotel ride.

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I honestly think I could have walked around and taken pictures of the hotel for a whole day at all hours! I love taking pictures.

 

That’s it for day one! I hope it wasn’t too picture heavy haha. Where would you take a road trip to?

 

xoxo Ariana

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Road Trips| 2016

By on June 23, 2016

ROAD TRIPS

Road trips. I believe there are “road trip people”. My dad and I are like that. We love road trips. I personally just love riding in the car. I have such great memories associated with road trips.

Everything that comes out of a road trips is new memories, new adventures, and new stories to tell. There’s something so exciting but comfortable about being on the interstate and having the freedom to go anywhere you want. And when you get tired of it, you can just go home. New places, new people, but also the comfort of your own car with your stuff.

Now I have never flown in a plane so all I know is road trips. Road trips always make me love my family more (even if we do sometimes drive each other crazy). I can depend on road trips being full of family love.

If you can’t tell, I really love road trips! In fact, I took a road trip today to Nashville!! I’m so excited because I’ve never been. It’s going to be so much fun exploring the city for the next few days. So be on the lookout for travel posts coming next week! How do you feel about road trips?

 

xoxo Ariana

 

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