The Big Move 


Hey guys,

So it’s the day before my big collegiate move, and it’s safe to say that I’m kind of freaking out. Tomorrow holds a huge milestone in just about any adolesecnt’s life, moving out of their parent’s house into their  own dorm room for the very first time. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this day all summer, and now that it’s so near I realize that I really underestimated just how much work it takes to pick up and move your life. I decided that in this post I will discuss some of the most important things I’ve learned about preparing for college.

Pack in advance (or least pack most things). 

I really can’t stress to you enough the fact that packing everything you own the day before your move in is an absolutely terrible idea. Take it from personal experience that leaving packing to the last minute is just setting yourself up for a whole day of unnecessary stress and anxiety. Pack your big items, like bedding and dorm decor as early as possible (ideally  several weeks before move in day), then pack majority of your clothes the week of, and leave the little, quick items like toiletries and makeup until the last day. If I followed my own advice earlier, it certainly would have saved a lot of stress and pounding headaches.

Run any last minute errands.

Forgot to print out your pictures? Realized you forgot a couple crucial items? Being prepared  is key to create your most seamless move in day possible. So make an extensive packing list of all the things you forgot to buy, and make it your mission to get those things ASAP. When your move in day is a peice of cake, you’ll thank yourself for being so well prepared.

Connect with your roommate/ university friends. 

If you know who your roommate is, or have some friends going to the same university, the day before move in day is a great time to connect and discuss packing methods, arrival times, room decorating tips, and any events you’re interested in going to during the first week. Moving in at the same time may be the only thing you have in common with your roommate for the rest of the year, so it’s best to break the ice while you still have something to talk about.

Say your goodbyes.

 The last day before you leave is the perfect time to say goodbye to all the people you won’t see again for awhile. Even if you can’t say goodbye to them in person, a simple FaceTime, phone call, or text is enough to let all of your loved ones know that you’ll miss them these next few months. Once you arrive you’ll be so busy you won’t even have time to think of those you left behind, so take the opportunity now to say your goodbyes!

So now with only twelve measly hours separating me from my own move in day, I leave you with one final piece of advice, take a minute to look around at your surroundings, and take in life as you’ve known it for the last  eighteen years. Tomorrow marks one of the most significant milestones and achievements of your life! 

       Love you all, Ana. 

My Fall Bucket List

Hey guys,

Wake up and smell the pumpkin spice latte girls, it’s officially fall in less than a week. Now I know there’s many who claim that summer is their absolute favourite of season of all and I do love summer! But there’s something almost magical about fall! Maybe I’m biased because I’m an autumn baby, or because Halloween is like the best holiday ever, but I’m a tried and true fall fan, and today I’m going to share wiDSC_0580

th you my fall bucket list to make this season the best you’ve ever had.
Go apple picking with the fam.

Apple picking has been an annual tradition in my family for as long as I can remember. There’s something about crisp fall air and endless rows of vibrant apple trees to put someone in the ultimate fall mood. As soon as September hit every year, pretty much everyone in my small country-ish town would lace up their leather boots and make the trek out to our local apple orchard. Sip hot apple cider, chow down on candy apples, and enjoy the beauty and bounty of fall!

Bake fall treats. 

Say what you want, maybe I’m the ultimate girl, but there’s nothing I love more than to whip up something absolutely delicious on a chilly fall afternoon. Since this year I’ll be living in a dorm (fully stocked with a cafeteria and dining hall), finding time to bake up some autumn goodness might be hard, but trust me I’ll find a way. Whether it be caramel apples, pumpkin bread, salted caramel cupcakes, apple pie, chewy spice cookies, or pecan tarts, every fall I make sure I properly fatten up all my friends and family (unfortunately myself included). Just wait for all the recipes folks.

Pay a visit to the county fair. 

In Canada, the county fair isn’t quite what it is in the States. Regardless, I’m lucky enough to live in a town where there’s a giant Thanksgiving county fair every year complete with rides, carnival food, farm animals, and monster trucks. Now if this sounds a little bit too country living for you, it’s probably because it is, but that’s the whole fun of it. There’s nothing quite like bundling up in your warmest sweaters, riding the Ferris wheel at sunset, and sharing a calorie laden funnel cake with all of your besties.

Go for an autumn hike. 

I think what might be my absolute favourite thing about fall is the stunning scenery as the leaves start to change colour. The mundane monochrome green of summer gives way to a rainbow of warmth before the icy winter whites. That’s why I always make sure to take time to go for a fall hike or two down a local trail. Last year my best friend and I took up a whole day Thanksgiving weekend exploring the wonderful nature of our town, only to wind up lost, exhausted, with awesome pictures and amazing memories. While I advise to take a map with you (or maybe just a phone with GPS) getting in touch with nature is what makes fall so beautiful.

Have a campfire. 

Along with the changing of the leaves, fall brings along shorter days, colder nights, and all the makings of perfect bonfire weather. I know I’m looking forward to gathering all of my friends from home Thanksgiving weekend to get together and have a drink or two around the fire. S’mores and hoodies obviously required.

That’s everything I’m looking forward to the most this fall. If you have anything else on your fall bucket list be sure to let me know in the comments, and if you try out any of these activities be sure to fill me in on your adventures!

Xoxo, Ana. –

Movie Review: The Art of Getting By

“I was overwhelmed with sadness when I realized that I was going to change, and that it was all most likely going to get worse, like a nostalgia for the present.”

–George, The Art of Getting By (2011)


tumblr_n689rdZYwl1s2mokto1_500Maybe I’m just a victim of my age and my environment, maybe I am falling into the trap of the self-proclaimed “hipster” movement, or maybe I just have a soft spot for unmotivated, depressed teenage boys and their manic pixie dream girl counterparts, but I am a massive fan of your typical, indie wannabe, coming of age teen movie. I eat them up like cake. Perks of Being a Wallflower, Palo Alto, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story are each all-time favourites of mine and probably will be until I inevitably outgrow them. So it makes perfect sense then that The Art of Getting By has been a movie that has been sitting in “My List” on Netflix for quite some time now.

The other night boredom was getting the best of me when I sat down to watch The Art of Getting By, staring Freddie Highmore (best known for his childhood role as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Emma Roberts (best known for being in pretty much a dozen other movies exactly like this one). The movie starts with the main character, George narrating his fear of death and his lack of desire to really do anything in life, as life is simply just a waste of time between the loneliness of birth and death.

George is your classic loner: intelligent, introspective, and a little misunderstood. He’s not much of a student, favouring doodling in his notebooks over actually doing homework, and in the beginning of the movie we get to see George neglecting pretty much any and all senior year responsibilities.

At least until he meets Sally, the kind of attractive, off-beat, charismatic girl that has just enough of that special something to wake something up in George (I’ll leave that there). The rest of the movie pretty much goes as expected, but for some reason I think that might be its charm.

This is not a suspenseful movie. There are no tricks and turns or plot twists. It is quiet and slow pace, like life in high school tends to be ninety percent of the time. It’s hard to find something relatable about George. Anyone who can remember high school well enough will recall the aching feelings of pointlessness of pretty much everything that makes up high school. The stupid lessons, out of touch teachers, and countless wasted hours spent on something that will one day matter less than what socks you wore Wednesday of last week.

It’s also hard to forget those feelings of desire that comes with first love, whether it be unrequited, ignored, or even reciprocated. High school is a difficult time for all of us, and George somehow perfectly captures the constant dull pain of being at that age where both nothing and everything matters so much.

While The Art of Getting By is no real work of art, it is a movie worth watching simply because it is definitely one of the more realistic representations of adolescent life that I have seen in a movie, even if it is a teen movie. Most teens don’t check themselves into a psyche ward or start an affair with their soccer coach, but almost everyone knows what it’s like to fall in love or feel scared and lost about what lies ahead of them, and for those people, The Art of Getting By has the makings of an undercover masterpiece.

          Love you all, Ana. –♥