Monday, March 25, 2019

How to Make Work Days Seem Shorter

Stephanie Kamp Blog: How to Make Work Days Seem Shorter
Hey guys,

Okay so now that I work a normal 40 hour work week job, this is such a huge thing for me. I am always trying to figure out new ways to make time go by faster. Yes, I love my job but obviously everyone would rather be back at home doing stuff that they need to get done around the house or spending time with their loved ones or even going out and doing the things they enjoy most.

My number 1 tip is to make sure you avoid looking at the clock as much as possible. My job is a computer job so I am always looking at a screen and my eyes always wander down to the clock. I try to avoid looking at it but I can admit it, it's very challenging. However, I have noticed that when I am focused on my work and don't look at the clock that time goes by so much faster. But I do have to admit that this only happens on some days. For example, Wednesday's and Friday's, time basically does not move and I feel like I am going to be stuck at work forever. The fastest days for me are definitely Tuesday's and Thursday's, these two days just fly by for me and it is absolutely wonderful. 

My next advice is to make sure that you are keeping yourself busy as much as possible. If you work off of a task list then just stay focused and get your stuff done. With that being said, make sure you aren't working too fast though because you don't want to finish with your tasks and there still be 3 hours left at work with nothing else for you to do. You also want to make sure that you are taking your time and not making any mistakes. Another way I keep myself busy is by interacting with my coworkers. We don't really have any rules that says we can't talk during our shifts and sometimes our supervisor will come over to us and tell us about her personal life for like 20 minutes. So if your work allows you to be social with one another then make sure you are engaging in conversations but also make sure you are still doing work. It's okay to turn around and talk to each other for a few minutes but you don't want to make it seem like you aren't working. You are getting paid to work not to talk!

Another tip is if your work allows two 15 minute break then you could definitely take them. They will go by fast but if you think about it, then that's 30 minutes total a day that you are doing something you enjoy doing or taking a break from doing something you might not love doing. I personally don't do this because I usually never know what to do during these breaks but there are quite a few people I work with that make sure they take their 15 minute breaks. 

I also recommend that you find a little joy in whatever it is that you do for a living. If you absolutely hate your job then your days are going to drag on! They will seem like they are never ending and you're just going to keep hating your job. Also, if you really hate your job then I highly recommend that you either talk to a supervisor and discuss this with them and see if you can come up with some kind of solution or if they have any advice. Most companies force their supervisors to have an open door policy so technically you are allowed to speak freely with them about whatever you want. If you guys can't come up with a solution then it might be time to start looking for another job. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and happy Monday! May your day just fly by so you can get back home to your family!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring 2019 Update

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Spring 2019 Update

Hey guys,

So yesterday was the first day of Spring! I love spring because it's the season right before it gets too hot, summer. Granted I do live in Florida so it's pretty much always hot but spring is definitely still cooler than summer here. It also means rainy season! You know, April showers bring May flowers! I love rainy season, yes it makes it hard to go out and do things but I just love it when it rains and I don't have plans for the day. My favorite thing to do is sit on the couch, watch a movie in my sweatpants and just look out the windows and watch the rain fall.

Anyways, I just wanted to do a fun little short post kind of about life. So about a week and a half ago my parents bought a new puppy. I'm not going to be sharing any pictures of her just yet because I want to do a full blog post on that. But her name is Tory and she yes she is named after the designer Tory Burch. She is a Cavapoo which is a Cavalier King Charles mixed with a Poodle. She is very cute and we all love her very much already! The reason they got her is because I used to have joint custody of my dog with my parents. I would get him during the week and then they would get him on the weekends. But it was becoming too hard on all of us to constantly have to say goodbye to him and switch him back and forth between the houses. So we figured it was time for my parent's to get a new dog! So look forward to that blog post.

I don't really have anymore trips planned for the rest of this month and I only have one planned for April and that's Disney for my moms birthday! We are going to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival which is something we go to every year and we plan on going every year for who knows how long. It's a lot of fun and it's something I highly recommend. We're staying at the cabins at Fort Wilderness and our 3 dogs will be coming along so that should be very interesting! But we plan on spending a lot of time at campground, enjoying our time there and then only going to Epcot on the Saturday. We're staying Friday through Sunday. I'm sure I will blog about our trip! 

Work is going well! We are constantly having issues with our program going in and out and our customers not being able to print out their permits or upload any of their documents that they need to upload to get the permit reviewed. But we have been told that we are due for an update and it should be happening soon so hopefully that solves all of our problems. But who knows!

Basically to sum up my life I go to work and just wait for the 5 days to pass by so I can enjoy my weekends and get as much done as I possibly can, which includes relaxing and having fun! I enjoy going out of town pretty much whenever we can. Obviously Disney is my favorite but I'm super excited for a few other trips that we have planned. We're still not sure about what we have planned more towards the second half of the year but hopefully we end up going somewhere good or can plan some fun trips!

I also try to work on projects around the house on the weekends. I currently have two projects that I'm working on and I hope to finish them sometime by the end of the month. I plan on blogging about them which is why I'm not saying too much about them. We also plan on having a garage sale sometime in April I believe so that should be good. Hopefully we are able to sell a lot and clear out as much junk and not needed stuff out of our house. We have quite a few bags of clothes to try and sell. We also have some furniture that needs to be sold and some furniture that we want to redo before we can sell it. We also have random things from around the house that we've added to the pile. I also need to work on refurbishing my old MacBook a little and then selling it somewhere.

One of my main goals for this year is to try and get rid of as much stuff as possible that I just don't need or use anymore. I always think about living a minimalist lifestyle and then I go to Homegoods and fall in love with so many things for the house and it's like well there goes that plan! But I really just want to deep clean my whole life and get rid of things that I just don't need anymore. I also really want to focus on re-organizing everything in my house and make sure that I'm maximizing the most out of every space. The reason I say that is because I have a kind of small room and my queen size bed barely fits in it. I literally have a bed, 2 nightstands, a vanity, and this lingerie chest/tower thing and that's all I could fit in my room and technically it all doesn't really fit. It's very cramped! I use my nightstands to hold my pjs and my comfy clothes and then the rest of my clothes are in my closet and the lingerie chest. I also have things like jackets and sweater dresses stored in our guest room closet.

I would eventually like to be able to use the entire closet in the guest room as our craft closet so I'm hoping that If I redo my closet and figure out how to fit more in it and maximize the space I currently have then I should be able to remove the clothes from the guest closet and move them into my main closet. I also need to go through my shoes and get rid of the ones that I just don't wear anymore and probably never will wear again! Particularly some of my heels that are just crazy!

Anyways, I think I've gone on for long enough! I hope everyone has a great spring! 

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

My Workout Routine Spring 2019

Stephanie Kamp Blog: My Workout Routine Spring 2019
Hey guys,

It's hump day! YAYYY! It's also the first day of Spring! So I just wanted to share a quick little post with you guys about my current workout routine. My routine literally only takes me like 5-10 minutes and that's mostly because I'm kind of easing my way into working out. Eventually I want to be able to work out for 30 minutes to an hour every day just because I think it's healthier to live that kind of lifestyle. I also have higher cholesterol than someone should have my age and I think that working out and living a somewhat healthier lifestyle with help that. 

So currently for my workout routine I'm literally just working on the lower half of my body and trying to tone my legs. I used to dance and so I'm really used to have muscular but also lean legs and I've definitely let them go ever since I stopped dancing back when I was a senior in high school. So I figured I would start with my legs and then kind of work my way up my body. So next I'll be adding in exercises to tone my stomach and then hopefully tone and gain some strength in my arms. So many of my cousins and friends have babies and boy are they heavy! So I definitely need to work on my strength so I can be prepared for when I had kids someday. 

I primarily only do 3-4 exercises and the main one is squats. I started off slow, I used to 25 squats a day but then I recently upped it to 50 a day. My goal is to be doing at least 100 a day by the end of this. My sister and I were trying to do a squat challenge last month but we kept being lazy and missing days. So far I haven't really missed a day. I don't really workout on the weekends, I use those as my rest days and then I just workout Monday-Friday and then if I'm feeling motivated I will workout on a weekend day.

My next exercise is one we used to do in my dance classes so I'm not really sure if it has an official name but basically you lift your leg behind you and this helps to tone your behind! But it's a super easy exercise and I feel like it really helps and works everything out at the same time. I also do these side lunge things. Again I kind of just made up my own exercises. I googled a little and the ones that were recommended I had done in the past and I felt like the never really worked so I kind of just started messing around and figuring out what type of moves worked the muscles that I wanted to be worked. I basically do 25 reps of each move on each side of my body. I think the only thing I will be increasing the amount on is the squats. 

My last move is one I recently added this week and it was one that I had googled to help tone the inside of your thighs and so far I think it is working, My inner thighs have been pretty sore, I just hope that I see some results. Anyways, I basically do like a side squat and bounce my side to side and I only do 20 of these because so far they hurt and 25 is an odd number and it would just be weird to do 26! So I'll just start in increments of 20 and hopefully work my way up from there.

My goal is to do my legs for the month of March and then add in my abs for April and then my arms for May. Then after that I will create some kind of workout routine where I alternate days so I'm not working everything out all on the same day. I also want to add in some cardio to help with my heart and making sure that I get all of my blood pumping through all of my veins and arteries! I'll probably figure out a better rest day routine rather than just the two days on the weekend. 

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sephora Haul March 2019

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Sephora Haul March 2019

Hey guys,

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I did a little shopping at Sephora while I was at Disney this past weekend and I just wanted to share with you what I bought! I only bought 5 things but boy did I spend enough! I have been trying to watch what I spend lately so I can put my money towards things that I either really need or towards paying off debt. I'm trying to be responsible and you know do this whole adult thing! But anyways, it has been quite a while since I've like really shopping at Sephora and I had been craving to go there and buy some stuff!

Two of the items I purchased were foundations from Makeup Forever that I used to use all of the time and that work really well for my skin. The two that I bought were the Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation and the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I have been using drug store foundation for about 2 years now and I wanted to treat myself to the good stuff! The other items were items I had never purchased before but have heard good things about them. The first thing was the beauty blender solid cleanser. My sister actually bought this before I did and she said it worked really well so I figured I would give it a try. I've watched a few YouTube reviews on it and they all say it works really well. 

The next thing was the Makeup Easer which I have heard pretty good things about as well. I honestly thought I would never buy one because it's $20 and I honestly just remove my makeup when I wash my face. But when I was looking around I saw this super cute bag with pineapples on it and had to check it out. I think this is just the cutest thing and it was such a good deal. It comes with a bag, a free sleeping eye mask and the actual towel and they all have the adorable pineapple print on them rather than just the plan pink print. And I only paid $20 for this so I thought it was a super good deal and couldn't pass it up.

The last item is something I'm probably going to lose or forget I bought before I need it again, which is the Evian Water Facial Spray. Whenever I go on long plane rides I always end up getting really died out and have a hard time breathing out of my nose and even my mouth sometimes. I basically have to constantly drink water and not think about how dried out I am. When we flew back from Paris a few years ago I almost had a panic attack because I had such a hard time breathing on the plane. I also thought I was going to get a nose bleed which just created more anxiety. Anyways I've read a few reviews and watched a few YouTube videos and people say to bring this on a plane ride to help with getting dried out. However, the last couple times I've remembered this before getting on a plane I searched all over and none of my local stores had it soooo when I saw it in the checkout line, my sister told me to buy to for the next time and at least I will be prepared now! But like I said hopefully I don't lose it before then!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Monday, March 18, 2019

Disney Trip March 2019

Hey guys,

Happy Monday! Or at least I hope it's happy! So I just wanted to do a post about my recent trip to Disney this past weekend! So funny story, we have had this trip planned since January but our original plan was just to stay one night, which was Saturday night. But somehow we managed to forget this and so the night before we left, my mom texted us and was like so guys we only have a hotel for Saturday night so we all got on our phones and tried to find another hotel to stay at! So we ended up staying at 2 different hotels. The first night was the Swan and Dolphin and the second night was at Shades of Green.

So on Friday, we ran around in the morning doing some errands and then we headed to Disney! Our first and only park of the day was Animal Kingdom! When we got there it was a little after lunch time so we headed for Pandora and grabbed some food. While we were there we only ended up riding 2 rides and watched one show. We rode the safari ride, which is something we pretty much have to ride every time we go and then we rode Dinosaur, which is also a favorite of ours. The show that we watched was the "Up! A Great Bird Adventure" show. We had never seen this before because it's fairly new so we figured we would give it a try! Also we waited till like the very last minute to book fastpasses so there wasn't much left! At this point we pretty much just go to the parks to enjoy them and walk around, take in the sites, and try some new food.
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019 
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
After we left Animal Kingdom we went to our hotel to go check in. We were trying to decide if we wanted to go to another park but we ended up just relaxing at our hotel and then we walked to the Boardwalk to find dinner. We were going to try a restaurant but by the time we got down there it was like 8 and the waits times were awful so thankfully we found a quick service place and I got a corn dog and some Mac n cheese bites, which weren't really that tasty. After that stuck around to catch some fireworks and then headed back upstairs to go to bed.

On Saturday we woke up and headed to Magic Kingdom! Which was super packed! We rode our 3 rides that we had Fastpasses for there which were, Jungle Cruise, Pirates, and Haunted Mansion. We also took a ride on the People Mover and on the Steamboat to help pass time in between our Fastpasses. We ate lunch while we were there too and then at around 3-ish we headed to check in out our second hotel for the weekend! We stayed at the Shades of Green which is a military sponsored hotel. It's located on Disney property but they are not managed by Disney. You do still get some of the perks such as Extra Magic Hours and they also have a bus that will take you to the parks.
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
After we hung out at the hotel for a little bit we changed into some warmer clothes because it was supposed to get a little chilly in the evening and then we headed to Epcot. We ended up eating dinner here which consisted of a variety of things. Currently the Flower & Garden Festival is going on which means that they have different booths set up selling extra food than they normally sell. This is something that they do at each of their festivals and each festivals get something a little different. We ended up eating at 2 different booths and the first one was the booth in Canada. We had some steak, which was pretty good and my father had scallops as well.

We then made our way around the different countries checking out the different booths seeing if there was anything else to eat and by that I mean if there was anything else I wanted to eat since I'm such a picky eater. We stopped at the booth in Morocco and we had some chicken kebabs with dried fruit couscous. I shared with my dad and he ate the couscous and I ate the chicken! Next we ventured to Japan because we thought it was going to rain and we would hangout in their really large store that they have there but instead we ended up searching all over for the bathroom and discovering the cutest little quick service place that sold Ramen! It was really good food and I highly recommend it! Plus it's so hidden and absolutely adorable! I would say I'm shocked I didn't know it existed but I feel like we either learn or discover something new about Disney every time we go!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Next, came the rain and so we took cover in Germany. After it had slowed down a little we went and got dessert at Werther's in Germany and I had a caramel chocolate covered s'more. It was very delicious! Then we headed to Norway to see how long the wait would be for Frozen which said about an hour but  I believe we only ended up waiting about 45 minutes so that was nice. While we were at Epcot we also rode Journey into the Imagination with Figment! That was the first thing we did when we got there because we had a Fastpass. We thought about trying to get another one but once you make it to the World Showcase it's not easy to get back to the part of the park that has all of the rides.

Once we got off Frozen we then decided it was time to leave. But before we could do that we had to get our passholder magnets and do some shopping of course! My mom bought one of the Spirit Jersey's that's for the Flower and Garden Festival this year and then my sister and I bought the Tervis Tumblers which we buy pretty much every year. My mom also bought a couple mugs and I bought one as well! Once we got all of our errands done then we decided to head back to our hotel and call it a night!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
On Sunday we got up and we were going to head to Hollywood Studios for extra magic hours but I didn't pack enough warms clothes so we didn't end up going. We ended up grabbing breakfast at the hotel and then we headed to Disney Springs. We ended up just walking around and taking in some new stuff that opened and then we did some shopping at Sephora! I haven't really shopped at Sephora  a few years and I've really been craving a good shopping spree. I didn't really do a spree per se but I did spend almost $200 so that's a lot for me especially because I've been trying to watch what I spent all of the time so I can pay off some debts and put some money in savings for trips and things around the house. After we finished at Disney Springs, we headed home and said until next month Disney!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Friday, March 15, 2019

Where I get my blog inspiration

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Where I get my blog inspiration
Hey guys,

Happy Friday! I actually have the day off today because my family and I are taking a trip to Disney! It's my first official day off that I requested after my probationary period ended. Funny story though, my probation ended but because my supervisor hadn't done my 6 months like the same day it ended (which is crazy!) the woman that is in charge of taking you off probation never took me off probation so my vacation time never came through. So instead of using a vacation day for Friday, I had to schedule a doctor's appointment and I am taking a sick day. I mean it kind of works out because we get more sick days a year than we do vacation days but still, it's kind of funny. But I am sooo excited to go to Disney because I've been going through withdraws!

Anyways, on to the main topic of this post. For todays post, I wanted to share with you guys about where and how I get inspiration for my blog posts. Honestly, I get inspiration in the most random places and usually at the most inconvenient times. I usually get my ideas for my blog posts when I'm in the shower or using the restroom haha. Basically any time I can't use my phone or don't have my phone near me is when I get my best inspiration for my blog posts. It's kind of annoying, mostly because since I don't really have access to my phone I can't write down my idea in my notes. I also sometimes get ideas whenever I'm driving or trying to fall asleep. Sometimes I wish our brains were like computers and we could think of something and it would be saved in there and we weren't able to forget about something! It would make life so much simpler!

For the blog post ideas that don't come from my head, I actually get the ideas from Google or maybe another blogger or even a YouTuber. I enjoy watching videos on YouTube and sometimes they post a video about something and I'm like I could totally write a blog post about that giving my own opinion. So that's what I do, well if I remember too. Starting the notes page in my phone has definitely helped with keeping track of all of my ideas. If I'm not near my phone when an idea pops into my head then I try to repeat it in my head over and over until I am able to get to my phone.

I also read a few fashion/lifestyle blogs and if I like something they posted about then I try to make it my own. They all kind of blog about the same stuff the only difference is you get to hear what each one said about it. It's nice to have multiple opinions on certain topics! I also like to Google blog post ideas or maybe challenges that people have created. It makes writing some blog posts easier when you already have like questions to answer or ideas to work off of.

I honestly have a crazy brain and it is constantly thinking of new things all of the time. I get it from my mother! She has this problem where she creates inventions or ideas for certain things and she has new ones all of the time and never knows what to do with them. That's basically how my brain works minus the inventions. I just get a ton of ideas, like everyday, multiple times per day! I currently have over 100 notes saved in my phone. It's really bad and I probably start a new page almost every day. When I was on my flight to Germany and on the way back I actually went through my notes app and combined a bunch of them and then deleted a bunch of them because I no longer need them and I think I got it down to like 90 something notes and now I'm back to over 100.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and getting to know more about me and how I write my blog!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Netflix's Taylor swift Reputation Stadium Tour

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Netflix's Taylor swift Reputation Stadium Tour
Hey guys,

So I know that this came out like 2 and a half months ago now but I just wanted to do a little post about it! I honestly love when celebrities do this type of thing because sometimes going to concerts can be a little pricey or maybe you don't live that close to a stadium and can't make it to the show. I don't really live that close to any of the stadiums that she went but both of them are about a 2 hour drive for me, give or take a few minutes depending on traffic. With all of that being said, I have only gone to two of her concerts and the reason is because concerts can be pricey. It wasn't until I became an adult and paid for my own ticket that I really started going to her concerts. Before that I felt bad about asking my parents to pay for something like that. 
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Netflix's Taylor swift Reputation Stadium Tour
Anyways, this little concert movie thing is so good and it's basically almost like being there. She did pretty much all of the same songs that she did at the show in Miami (this is the show that I went to and wrote about here!). The movie is pretty much the length of a full movie and then some. I believe it's about 2 hours long which is the length of her concert so it's very nice. I did end up watching it in two parts. I put it on one day when I was doing my laundry and then the next day I put back on when I had to finish the rest of my laundry. It was nice to have on in the background because I could sing and dance along. I was still watching it but I was also being productive. I think I would definitely watch it again while doing it laundry. It made laundry less tedious!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Netflix's Taylor swift Reputation Stadium Tour
Honestly this concert was so amazing and I was so excited when she announced that she was going to be doing this. And I know that not everyone is a huge Taylor fan but she really is a good performer. I feel like with artists it's either they sing really well live and don't do much of a show or they perform really well but don't sing very well. However, when it comes to Taylor, she puts on a really good show and still sings really well. She also has really elaborate sets and props. This tour she floated across the stadium in beautifully lit up lift thing and then floated back to the stage on a really cool snake lift thing. She also really likes to be able to make sure that every part of the stadium is fully involved which is why she has the tendency to go from the stage to another part of the stadium where she has other stages set up. 
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Netflix's Taylor swift Reputation Stadium Tour
She also has really amazing costumes and her backup dancers/singers are great at performing as well. If you were unable to attend one of her concerts live then I highly recommend you watch the Netflix concert. I'm sure most people that have already watched this by now but if you haven't and you have ever thought about it then I highly recommend it. Also, the other reason I suggest watching it is because if you've ever thought about going to one of her concerts but haven't been sure about the price of your ticket or the distance you might have to drive and whether or not the show will be worth it then you should give this a watch and maybe it will help you make up your mind. Or who knows maybe this is good enough for you and you'll make up your mind that you don't need to attend one of her shows.

P.S. I included some pictures from the concert I went to in Miami last year! Also, I feel like my thoughts are all over the place with this post so sorry if it didn't really make a whole lot of sense!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

How I Keep My Blog Posts Organized

Stephanie Kamp Blog: How I Keep My Blog Posts Organized
Hey guys,

So this is probably going to be a quick post but I just wanted to share some info on how I stay organized with my blog. I am obsessed with being organized and I have the tendency to be a little OCD with certain things, you can just ask my family! They get a little annoyed with me sometimes when I freak out if something isn't perfect or exactly the way it should be. 

Anyways, the main way that I stay organized is by keeping notes on my phone. I currently have a really long list of ideas of blog posts that I want to write. I also have about 50 something draft posts on my blogger account that I still haven't written. Some of them I created about 1 or 2 years ago now so I've actually been going through them and deleting some of them. Sometimes I get inspiration for a post but then if I don't find time to write about it right then or there or at least within a day or two then I pretty much will never write about it. So I just delete the post and if inspiration strikes me again for the same topic later on then maybe I'll have time to sit down and write about it. 

But honestly, the Notes app on my phone is a life saver. I've started so many posts on that app whenever I didn't have my laptop around and then I just transfer it from the app to my blogger account so I can finish writing it or edit it and create the image. I started my long list of blog post ideas when I traveled to Germany. I mapped out all of the days that we were gone so I could keep track of everything, which is something that I usually do when we go on a trip but this time I just kept adding to the list. Sitting on a plane for 9 hours and then another 11 hours certainly gives you a long time to think of ideas for new posts.

Since I created this list, I pretty much add to it everyday or at least once a week. It really just depends on what I am doing and if it something gives me inspiration! Once I have the time to sit down and write the post then I will delete the idea off of my list. So yes this list is growing everyday but at the same time I'm deleting stuff as I am able to write it so it's not getting out of hand yet.

 I also like keeping this list and adding to it because it gives me time to write an idea down and then decided whether or not I really want to write about it. On Sunday, while sitting in church I was able to add two more ideas to this list. Now I know what you're thinking, why were you using your phone in church? My church actually uses the Bible app and so I pretty much always have my phone out and am taking notes on the sermon and switching back and forth between my notes pad and the Bible app.

When I first started my blog, I actually used to pre-write all of my blog posts in a notebook and then I would type them up on my computer. I definitely am not sure why I did this way. I think I was going through a journaling phase but who knows! I definitely don't think I will go back to that way but then again, never say never. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and learning a little bit more about me and how I blog. I have a couple more posts like this coming up soon so if you enjoyed this one be sure to check those ones out as well!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Projects for Our House 2019

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Projects for Our House 2019
Hey guys,

So as I've said before, my sister and I bought a fixer upper! Our house was built 1976 and the previous owners pretty much didn't update a single thing in the entire house since it was built. I think the only thing they really updated was the fridge and I'm guessing that was because their old one broke. 

Electrical Panel
One of the things we need to work on is getting our electrical panel redone. Apparently it's no longer up to Florida building code and could potentially cause trouble for us in the future. Our washing machine and dryer are also right next to it which is another big no-no when it comes to the Florida building code. I'm hoping that if we do get it redone we'll be able to figure out which switch goes to which light/room because currently we're just hitting and missing most of the time. Whoever did the wiring in our house was not very good. It's something we really need to fix.

Pool
Our pool also needs to get fixed because it has a leak in it. It's a very small leak but we're guessing that when hurricane Irma hit last year and the ground shifted a little bit that our pool might have settled a little and created a small leak. We had a company come out and test it and thankfully we don't have a crack in our actual pool it's just in one of the vent thing's that pools have. Don't ask me what they're called because clearly I don't know! But it's something we need to get fixed because we were constantly having to refill up our pool. Thankfully when the company came out they did a temporary fix but we're not sure how long it will last before it starts leaking again.

Garage Door
We really need a new garage door. Ours has a lot of gaps in it and a lot of bugs and stuff get in and it's just time for a new one! Our current one is actually kind of neat though because the panels look like wood but they're metal. So in theory if the garage door was newer and didn't have the problems I already listed then I think it would be nice to just stain it but we need a newer up to date door. Also they make them now so they are hurricane proof and they come with like these special bars that you install whenever a hurricane is coming just to add extra protection for your garage.

New Windows
I don't think that the windows in our house have ever been replaced. Which is a really long time for windows to go without being replaced especially when they are no longer up to code either. Basically most of the things in our house are no longer up to Florida Building Code because we have these wonderful things called Hurricanes. I would really like a window for my room particularly because our windows are so old and thin that you can hear pretty much everything that goes on outside and I can always here our next door neighbors whenever they are outside on their dock or even sometimes when they are standing and talking in their driveway. It's crazy! The only downside to needing new windows for an entire house is that you could basically buy a new car for the amount you will spend on new hurricane impact windows. The other reason people recommend new windows is because they are tinted nowadays and they will supposedly reduce the amount of heat that gets into your house which can in return lower your electric bill but our electric bill is already pretty cheap so I don't think it would really have much of an effect on our bill.

New Driveway
Our driveway is currently like the normal size that can fit four cars which is fine considering only 2 of us live here but we kind of wanted to be able to host family events and other random parties throughout the year and that's kind of hard to do when your driveway only holds 4 cars and your family is huge! Eventually my goal is to redo our current driveway and then expand it by adding on a circle drive. This will hopefully allow us to fit at least 2 or 3 m ore cars depending on the size of the circle drive. We could potentially park a car in our garage but it's currently has a the trailer that we put our jetski on if we want to take it out of the water and go somewhere with it. We have to figure out where we want to put that eventually so we can actually use our garage as a garage!

As you can see most of the projects that we need to have done right now are things that we can't really do ourselves. We have to hire contractors or companies to come out and install or repair certain things. I wish we could some of it ourselves but I definitely don't want to get electrocuted nor do I know how to pour concrete for a driveway! The only other downside is that all of these projects will cost more than $1,000 each so we basically just have to wait until we can save up some money.

My first goal is to have a few different companies for each problem come out and give us a quote so we can get an idea for how much we need to start saving. I honestly think it would be so awesome if all of these things could get done by the end of the year but I don't think they will. But I will definitely be posting more about the house and updates that we've done to it. It's currently a big mess because we're working on organizing our office/guest/craft/workout room! We're also planning on having a garage sale sometime this month or next month so there is stuff everywhere! Anyways, keep checking back for more updates on the house!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Monday, March 11, 2019

My Next Handbag Purchase 2019

Stephanie Kamp Blog: My Next Handbag Purchase 2019
Hey guys,

So this post is not meant to sound braggy or to make me sound spoiled. I just wanted to write this post because I've been thinking about buying a new designer handbag for a while and I meant to buy myself one for my 25th birthday but honestly spending like that gives me awful anxiety. So I usually take a really long time before I decide to buy one! When I bought my first Louis Vuitton, I walked into the store and new exactly what I wanted but I ended up leaving with a different bag. It was technically the same bag, the only difference is the one I left with had a crossbody strap that the sales associate recommended I get. Yes, it was like $300 more just for the design with the strap but I definitely don't regret it at all. My next one, I knew exactly what I wanted again and I even had the company tell the store to put one on hold for me because they had run out online. I reserved it the night before and drove to our nearest store and picked it up the next day.

Now with all of this being said, the last time I spent a large amount of money on a new designer handbag was back in February of 2016. So I honestly think it's time, if I have the finances to be able to buy one. Everyone enjoys spending their money on certain things, mine just so happens to be handbags, shoes, or things for my house. I have probably talked about buying a new one for over a year now and my family is probably getting a little tired of it. But like I said before it gives me anxiety to spend that kind of money! 

So I currently have two handbags picked out and I can't decide which one I want to get. Both of them are Louis Vuitton because lets be honest this is my favorite company and it will probably be a while before I buy a different brand. The first one that I like is called the Nano Noé and the second one is the Alma BB. Both come in larger sizes but since my other two Louis handbags are pretty large I figured it's time to get something smaller and that's more of a crossbody than something that can hold my entire life! haha I also don't use my other two as much because of how large they are and how they can sometimes be too heavy. 

The only difference for this handbag is that I am thinking of buying it used. There's this website called Fashionphile and I've been looking at their stuff for quite a while now. After a handbag has been listed for a certain number of days and no one has purchased it then the handbag goes on their layaway program and basically you can put down a downpayment and then pay off the rest of the handbag over a 60 day period. Or you can obviously pay with your debt or a charge card of your choice.

However, my only warning when using this company is to make sure you look at the original price of the item because sometimes Fashionphile charges more. I haven't figured out why yet but honestly, I don't really want to pay more for a used bag when I can get the bag cheaper from the actual designer brand new. 

So when it comes to the Nano Noé, I already have two handbags that are this material, which is the typical Louis Vuitton material that everyone knows. So my only problem with that is that I was kind of wanting to get a different pattern for my next bag however, I fell in love with this style. My other concern about this bag is that it doesn't really have a closure. It only comes with draw strings and no zipper or flap or anything else to secure everything inside the purse. 

When it comes to the Alma BB, I have been eyeing this purse for quite some time now and I really like the style. I feel like it's still large enough to be able to put everything that I really need inside it but still small enough to where I won't over stuff it and it becomes too heavy to use on a daily basis. I also really like how this one is a different pattern like I've been wanting. To be honest this will probably be the one that I end up with just because of the zipper and it being something new but I just think that the Noé is such a cute style, unfortunately it's just not practical. 

I would love to know what you guys which handbag you guys think I should get! Feel free to leave me a comment down below!

By the way this post is not sponsored at all. All opinions are my own!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Friday, March 8, 2019

March Life Update 2019

Stephanie Kamp Blog: March Life Update 2019
Hey guys,

Happy Friday! Yay, it's Friday which means that the weekend is almost here! For today's post I wanted to give you guys a little life update. I probably won't write that much since some of you are still probably trying to finish yesterdays post haha!

So far the new year has been pretty good. Not much has happened. It has gone by so fast though. I can't believe it's already March. I feel like just yesterday it was December and I was in Germany exploring new territory! As for February, we pretty much didn't go anywhere so I'm kind of going through Disney withdrawals but thankfully we have a trip planned in like a week and then another one at the end of April and then one the first week of May so we'll be getting plenty of Disney soon! 

Other than that we've mostly just been working, saving up money for trips we want to go on, and paying off some of our debts from previous trips that we've taken. We're trying to figure out what trips we want to take in the future and by the end of the year. As I mentioned on Tuesday's post, we have a few ideas for places that we want to travel to, we kind of just have to wait and see how much vacation time I will have and if we will all be able to get it approved.

We have a couple family functions to attend this month and Disney and I think that's all we really have planned for this month. I think it's going to be kind of a boring month. So we will have to see what happens I guess! I mostly just want to work on the house and work on random home improvement projects around the house. Last weekend my mom and I went thrift store shopping for any good deals on furniture that we could fix up and maybe sell for a profit and I found a couple items that I'm currently working so hopefully I'll be able to work on those this month and maybe find a couple other projects to work on throughout the month.

I really enjoy home improvement things and fixing up old run down furniture and giving it new life. Some of the pieces in my house have been projects that I've redone. My mom got these chairs for free from the hospital that she works at and we basically stripped them down to their bones, removed the arms and put in brand new cushions and now they look like completely different chairs and you'd never even know that they came from a hospital or were free!

Anyways I think that's really all I have to say for this post. My job is still really good. I really enjoy where I work and I hope it continues to stay that way! Everyone I work with is still super nice and supportive. No one blames anyone when they make a mistake unless you take it seriously to heart. They really try to make sure that everyone knows what they're doing and if they don't then they try to each them. It's a great work environment and I feel very blessed to have been able to find this job!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Thursday, March 7, 2019

30 Things To Do Before I Turn 30

Stephanie Kamp Blog: 30 Things To Do Before I Turn 30

Hey guys,

So I decided it would be fun to redo this list and remove the things I accomplished before turning 25 and then add a few new things to accomplish before I turn 30! So I have a little less than 5 years before I turn 30 and I really want to be able to cross all of these things off of my list. So fingers crossed I can do that! I already get to cross one thing off my list and that is going to Germany. I took a trip there with my family this past December and it was definitely one of the most beautiful and scenic trips I have ever taken. I loved every single part of it and I can't wait to show you guys all of the pictures I took and tell you about all of the wonderful experiences I had there.

So basically the reason I'm crossing it off now and not on my previous list is because technically I didn't make it there before I turned 25. We went about month after I turned 25 so I kept it on this list and I'm crossing it off now!

I remember when I first wrote my 25 things to do before I turn 25 list and I remember thinking to myself that no one was going to read it because it was sooo long. It took me forever to write. I even had my sister help me write it! I think I was like 21 and it's crazy to look back and think of all of the things I've done and accomplished since I originally wrote the list. I can honestly say I'm pretty much still the same person. I haven't really changed much. I still want the same things in life. I want to be successful in life, have a career, have a family, and travel the world. I don't want to take anything for granted and I want to live life to the fullest. You never know when your time will be up and I've never wanted to say that I regret doing something and regret not doing something. Obviously not everyone has the same chances and opportunities as everyone but it's your life and it's what you make of it.

1) Travel to Italy

So this one definitely still made it on the list. I have seen so many movies that were filmed in Italy and it has always been somewhere I wanted to visit someday. I also follow a lot of bloggers and you tubers that have recently taken some trips there and it looks absolutely beautiful! I want to visit Milan, Florence, Rome, and Venice. I also want to take a trip to the coast of Italy and visit a few towns there. I also think it would be fun to do one of those culinary tours.

2) Travel to Germany

Yay, I made it to Germany guys! We also got to cross off two other countries, Austria and Switzerland! This trip was seriously amazing and I highly recommend all 3 countries 


3) Travel to Greece

I've seen a lot of bloggers and YouTubers travel here lately and their pictures look absolutely beautiful! I want to visit Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and a few other places. I'm not really sure when this trip will take place but I'm hoping either next year or the following year. 

4) Travel to Iceland

This is something I've been trying to convince my sister to do for like the last two years. I was hoping we could go sometime this year but with my PTO and other trips I don't think it will be happening. So maybe we can take a sister trip out there next year.

5) Travel to somewhere in Canada

This is also another trip my sister and I have been talking about doing for years. There are so many different cities in Canada that my sister and I want to travel to. We also watch a lot of tv shows that are filmed in Canada so I think it would be really cool to check out filming locations and maybe see if we can spot some celebrities!

6) Travel to back to Ireland

Visiting Ireland has been one of my favorite trips that we've gone on so far! My whole family absolutely loved this country and if you've ever contemplated going before but haven't made up your mind, then I highly recommend going! One of the best things about this country is that it's pretty small and you can pretty hit all of the highlights in like a week and a half. We didn't travel into Northern Ireland which is something I'd like to do someday but probably later on in life.

7) Travel to Norway, Sweden, and Finland

I think it would be really fun to go to all of these countries and I think I would probably just try to hit up like 1 or 2 major cities in each country over like a 2 week period just because I don't imagine myself ever taking a separate trip to Finland or Sweden. Maybe for Norway I would but probably not the other two. So it would be nice to hit up all 3 countries in the same trip just to cross them off of my bucket list.

8) Travel to Scotland

So I've heard that Scotland is very similar to Ireland and since I was so in love Ireland that I think it would be super cool to take a trip here as well someday. Plus there have been some movies that have been filmed here and I think it would be really cool to tour places like that. When we were in London we tried to hit up all of the Harry Potter filming locations so as you can tell we're kind of into that sort of thing!

9) Travel back to Paris

Obviously I have to go back to my favorite city in the whole wide world. My goal in life is to someday make this like my new New York. My mom, my sister, and I take a trip to New York at least once a year it seems and since Paris has always held a special place in my heart for such a long time that I at least want to visit it 10 times before I die! Which yes I know that seems like a lot but a small part of me has contemplated moving here just because!

10) Live somewhere new out of Florida (even if only for a short amount of time)

Yes this one still made it on my list! I seriously at least want to be able to say that I have lived somewhere outside of Florida. I feel like it will make me sound a little more cultured and also more adventurous. If I were to move and then come back to Florida at least I would be able to tell people well I have lived somewhere else besides Florida!

11) Get started on my Masters and finish

My goal is to get started on that this year. I seriously need to study for the GMAT though but I am a terrible test taker so that's what's stopping me from moving forward and pursuing my goal. Taking tests gives me awful anxiety and I don't really want to waste my money on something I know I'm not going to do well on. But I'm hoping that sometime before July I will be able to take the test and apply for Grad school!

12) Improve my French or learn the basics of a new language


So one of my New Years goals for this year was to try and learn a new language. After our trip to Germany I really wanted to try and learn German but I kind of don't think that it will happen. To be honest, I think that some people just aren't meant to learn a new language and I think I might be one of those people. Between high school and college, I took 5 years of French and I still barely know how to say anything. I can tell you my name and that's about it! But who knows if I ever really have the time or the money to fork out for Rosetta Stone then maybe I will learn a new language.

13) Watch all of the Star Wars Movies


So I think I've only seen like 2 maybe 3 of the movies now. I'm not entirely sure. I know I've seen the first one and the two latest ones since those went in theaters. I've enjoy watching all of the ones I have seen so far so I'm not really sure what's holding me back from watching the other ones but maybe I'll check them off my list this year.

14) Help my sister publish her book

So my sister wrote a book a few years ago and we're still working on getting it published. She doesn't want to self-publish so she's basically just been slowly sending letters to agents that hopefully someday someone will ask to read it and help her get it published!

15) Go to a professional hockey game


This one is back on the list. It's seriously still a goal of mine and my sister's. It's honestly very sad that we haven't gone to a hockey game yet because we actually have like a minor hockey league that plays other minor teams all of the time. We live like 30 minutes from where the Florida Everblades play so maybe sometime before summer we'll buy some tickets and go watch a game! Who knows maybe it will become our new favorite sport!

16) Go on a Mission Trip


This is something that I've always wanted to do. Honestly the only thing holding me back is the food. I am such a picky eater that I would be so worried that I wouldn't find anything to eat or that I would offend someone if they were to cook us something. I have tried to not be as picky of an eater and I have definitely gotten better over the last year or two but there are still so many things that I just can't eat. The whole money thing and having to fundraise for the trip is the other thing that's holding me back. I am awful at convincing people to give me money! haha

17) Volunteer at a Summer Camp


There's this summer camp that my sister and I grew up going to and when I was younger my sister used to be a camp counselor there and she said that it was a lot of fun especially getting to work with the children and watch them grow and learn. So my goal is to someday get to do this, my only dilemma now is the whole PTO thing and not having enough of it to be able to do this.

18) Buy a Chanel Bag


So this was on my list of things to before I turned 25 and honestly up until I was 25, the career part of my life did not go as I had planned. I honestly did not think it was going to be that hard or take me that long to find a job where I was making a decent amount of money. So now that I am making money, I'm hoping that I will be able to put some extra money in savings specifically for this and hopefully buy my first Chanel bag before I turn 30!

19)Travel to Colorado with my sister


I talked about this a couple posts ago and mentioned how my sister wrote a book and it's based in Colorado! This is pretty much the main reason we both want to take a trip out there. I've also watched a couple shows that were filmed in Colorado so I think it would be fun to visit cities such as Boulder and Denver! I think our goal is take a trip out there sometime this year so fingers crossed we're able to plan something!

20) Go Zip Lining

My sister has been zip lining before but I haven't and she always talked about how much fun it was and so because of that I've pretty much always wanted to go. I think there are a couple places in Florida for this but I think that I want to do it while we're on vacation somewhere that way it's more memorable and it'll be like an excursion while we're vacationing.

21) Go tubing/white water rafting


My sister has told me several times about how she has done this and it was so much so basically that's the reason I want to go but at the same time it seems slightly dangerous. I think that when I do go I'll definitely go with my sister because she talks about how she wants to do it again! So maybe she and I will plan a trip together sometime in the future and go somewhere this is a popular thing to do.

22) Help build a house for Habitat for Humanity


 I still really want to do this. I'm not sure when I will or how I will but it is still on the list of things to do in life!


23) Remodel and fully update the house I own with my sister

So our house was built in the 70's and other than what we've done so far, it pretty much hasn't been touched since the 70's. We're pretty sure the appliances were original to the house when w bought it, except the fridge. That one was new! It's now in our garage as our backup fridge because it was fairly new. So far the things we've done include, replacing the Berber carpet with  either tile or nicer carpet. We also replaced all of the appliances including the washer and dryer. We had a dock and jet ski lift installed. We also kind of redid the half bath but all we did was remove the wall paper and replace the vanity and mirror. We still need to remodel our kitchen, my bathroom, and my sisters bathroom. Eventually my goal is to remodel our half bath and turn it into another full bath! Hopefully whenever we do remodel, if we ever sell the house then our value will definitely go up from when we bought it.

24) Buy another house and flip it

Originally that was kind of our intention when we bought the house we live in now but we all kind of fell in love with the location and the other amenities that the house has to offer so I think it would be fun to buy a house and fix it up and then sell it for a profit! Granted I've watched a lot of shows on this but it's TV and everything looks super easy on TV so I'm not really sure how hard it will be to actually pull this off.

25) Own investment property

My goal is to maybe buy a duplex or something and rent out both sides and use the money from one side to pay for the mortgage of the duplex and then use the money from the other side to pay for the mortgage of the house my sister and I own so that way we don't really have a mortgage payment anymore and we can put our money towards other things or we can make more payments on the house to help pay it off quicker.

26) Buy my mom car and have it paid off

My goal is to have an Acura RDX as my mom car, I think? I'm not 100% sure. A part of me wants something with 3 rows but at the same time I don't really like driving big cars so I don't know if I could handle driving something that large. I figured once time gets closer then I will do some research online, figure out my price range, and then go out and test drive some options and then make my decision. But I kind of think it would be nice to buy this car and then have it completely paid off before I actually have a kid just because I know babies can be kind of expensive!

27) Go to a professional Basketball Game

I'm trying to check off all of the professional sporting events off of my list! I've been to a baseball game but I've never been to a football, hockey or basketball game. I don't really have a team that I like but if I had to pick I think it would be cool see either the New York Knicks, LA Lakers, or the Boston Celtics and the only reason I mention those names is because they are pretty much the only ones I know. Obviously there's the Miami Heat but I'm not a huge fan of Miami so I'd rather not have to travel over there to see a game.

28) See a concert at Madison Square Garden

I have done a lot of things in New York City but I've never seen a show at Madison Square Garden. I think it would be really fun to take a trip to New York just to see someone specifically and get all dressed and have a fun night on the town!

29) Visit all of the Continental United States

The reason this one is on the list is because I've pretty much already been to most of the states in the US so I feel like I can accomplish this one over the next 5 years. The reason I say continental is because I don't really have much of a desire to go to Hawaii or Alaska. If I had to pick I would definitely Alaska over Hawaii but one seems too beachy and the other seems to cold! 

30) Buy a fun car and have it paid off

One of my goals in life is to have a fun car such as a convertible for like date night or something. I've pretty much always wanted a Tiffany blue Thunderbird! So I'm hoping that someday I will be able to find one and buy one with cash so I don't have to worry about making a payment. But if I happen to find something else that I like then I will get that. As long as if it's convertible!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I hope you enjoy coming along with me to cross all of these things off my list over the next 5 years or so!

I hope you enjoyed my new list! Now come along and watch either fail or succeed at checking them off!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Favorite Shows from Fall 2018

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Favorite Shows from Fall 2018
Hey guys,

So I honestly don't really have that much time for tv, nor do I have cable but there are currently four new shows that I've been watching the past fall season. They include: Manifest, Legacies, Single Parents, and New Amsterdam. And since I said I don't have cable I guess I should tell you that I watch all of these shows the next day after they air on Hulu! I think programs such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime were some of the greatest inventions ever. I love them and my sister and I haven't paid for cable probably for like 5ish years. In case you guys didn't know cable is super expensive and my sister and I have always hated wasting the money. However, we currently are paying for Hulu Live which is something we figured we'd try out for a little bit since it's quite a bit cheaper than cable but we'll see. I actually have pretty much figured out that I don't really use it so I don't know how much longer we'll keep it. 

One thing I highly suggest about cable is make sure you do your research before buying or renting a new place and make sure one company doesn't have a monopoly on your area. That's our biggest problem, in our area, the only option is Comcast. If had other options I would probably have cable and just switch around to whichever option is the cheapest after each contract ends.

Anyways back to the shows! Manifest is something I've been watching with my sister and we really enjoy this show. We think that it is very intriguing and we can't wait for a second season, fingers crossed that it gets one! So far they have not said if they will be getting one. Anyways if you missed this show this past fall season, I think Hulu still has every episode and I'm sure it will eventually go on Netflix sometime this summer! That's usually where I tend to catch up on shows I missed. One of the reasons we enjoy this show is because of the science fiction behind and even though I didn't watch every episode Lost, I know that it's from the creators of Lost and Lost was a pretty good show that everyone talked about for a while and some still talk about today.

The reason I watched Legacies because I watched both Vampire Diaries and The Originals. I actually didn't watch the last season of The Originals but my goal is to rewatch that series sometime soon because I feel like it would teach me a lot about Legacies since it's the spinoff of The Originals. Legacies ended I think like a week ago and I thought it was really interesting. I'm still don't know how I feel about it. I thought that certain parts were really good and then other parts were super weird. I don't really want to give any spoilers but some parts were supernatural or science fiction/fantasy for me.

When it comes to Single Parents, I think this show is super funny and all around amazing! I love all of the actors. It has Leighton Meester which I personally know as Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl and then it also has the brother from Everybody Loves Raymond. His character is hilarious and he has twin daughters and it's just so funny to watch them all together. But if you enjoy watching 30 minute sitcoms then I highly recommend this one to you because it's really funny and the kids in it are so cute and they do kind of crazy things sometimes!

So I definitely love a good doctor show! I pretty much have tried to watch all of the classics such as ER, House, Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, The Resident, Chicago Med, The Night Shift, Private Practice. So as you can see I have a little bit of an obsession but it's kind of ironic because in real life I can not handle blood or anything medical related at all. Like I barely even go to the doctor because it grosses me out so much. And the smell of doctor's offices, hospitals, and nursing homes all get to me and make me super nauseous. My family thinks it's so weird. But anyways New Amsterdam is really good and it's a little sad. Some parts kind of break my heart a little but he's such a good doctor and he actually cares about helping people. The first episode is crazy and a part of me really thinks someone should test out his theories at a major hospital and see what happens!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph