« europe travel diary (pt 1) »

WOW. here i am, like, a million years after renew has ended. (just kidding it’s been five days or so), but i’m finally NOT procrastinating posting. yay me.

well hello everyone. um, i feel really bad for being gone so long to be honest. all of you left really sweet comments on my last temporary post about how glad you were i was back from europe and how much you were looking forward to reading my travel diary post, so putting it off for so long has been driving me nuts.

i’m not gonna waste time telling you all a sad story of why i couldn’t post for so long, but i will fill you in on a couple life updates that honestly have made posting a little difficult.

summer is BUSY for me. i have a couple close friends that i text everyday that have commented on the fact that i’m at our pool almost 24/7 and it’s true. working three jobs here has been very difficult (i say here cause i’m currently writing this post in the lifeguard break room while waiting until i have to coach).

– coaching is every day of the week, whether it’s at night or in the morning
– i have to practice myself every day of the week, whether at night or in the morning
– i lifeguard about three to four times a week, hours varying
– and finally, i’ve been teaching swim lessons most mornings for my sister, and i haven’t even gotten to my own yet

just so everyone knows, i’m not teaching my sister how to swim, i’m teaching the kids she’s supposed to be teaching how to swim how to swim. i hope that was confusing. anyways, now for the reason she can’t teach them herself.

my sister might have fractured her wrist. yayyy (please don’t take that yay seriously, you’ll understand why i’m sarcastically saying it’s LOVELY in a second). one night for renew we went roller skating, and she fell on her wrist. it just started hurting recently, so she went to the doctors and now has a temporary cast and sling until they figure out if it’s actually broken.

now THIS is why it’s a “lovely” situation for our family (sarcasm). my mother broke her elbow while we were in europe……yayyyy. she is also in a temporary cast and sling………on the same arm. and okay i obviously don’t find the broken bones part funny, but to be completely honest, when laurianna walked through the door with her sling i kinda maybe sorta started cracking up.

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wow this is turning into an updates post. go mckenna. anyways, while all of this is going on, my brothers have been at a boyscout camp and my dad is on a trip in indiana, so i’ve had A LOT of stuff to do both around the house and for my sister. i’ve been stressed lately, not going to lie.

that was more explaining than i wanted to do, so sorry for that, but now i’m actually going to get into the travel diary so YAYY. (congrats if you actually read through all that to get to this part).


may 14: our flight left fairly late in the evening, so thankfully i had a lot of time during the day to pack everything last minute ;) customs and security actually took very little time to get through surprisingly, and we were on the plane before we knew it.

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BUT, when we finally got on the runway and we were ready to take off, a HUGE storm decided to roll in and our flight was delayed by over an hour. it was pretty freaky sitting in the plane with the wind blowing it like crazy, but the after effect and view above the clouds was totally worth it in the end.

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on the way to our cousins house from he airport, i mostly slept. once we finally got there, my parents wouldn’t let me sleep anymore so i could try and adjust to the time zone, but lemme tell ya, it was killing all of us. for the next few days we also had to be woken up so further our efforts.

may 15/16: we didn’t do much these two days. we drove to germany a couple times to go shopping at big super markets (pretty much walmart), but otherwise we just rested a lot and hung out with the family. we also rode bikes a lot which was actually lots of fun.

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talking to friends the whole time we were here with the time change was seriously whack. we were six hours ahead where we were staying from eastern time. pretty much when it was lunch time in holland, it was 6:00 am at home. when i was going to sleep at nine, my friends were just getting out of school at home.

may 17: this day we went to visit some more of our family. they had an adorable dog and we ate some bomb food.

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his name was hudson :)

after lunch, we went to a swamp nearby that had a super small boardwalk that went one for several miles in different directions i think. we also crossed into and out of germany several times while we walked around.

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after all this, we drove to a super cute downtown area and went to a tiny little coffee shop. i got a cappuccino which was pretty good. it was a little too strong for me though. i don’t know why i didn’t just order soda like my brothers, but it’s alright.

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may 18: i was going to stay home with my brothers and cousin to play fortnite all day, but i decided to be a good daughter and go with my mom, sister, and mom’s cousin to a cute shopping area in germany for the day. it was fun, but i didn’t by anything and it was A LOT of walking to it wiped me out. we had some really good fries for lunch though that we ate with mayonnaise and curry.

that night we went for a walk around a lake, and went to mcdonald’s for ice cream afterwards.

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may 19/PARIS DAY 1: fairly early in the morning, we headed off to paris, france :)) the car ride was somewhere close to six hours i believe. that wasn’t super great, but man was i excited when we finally got there.

we checked into the room (with lots of difficulties), settled in, and then headed off for the arc de triomphe.

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(yes, i’m aware this isn’t the arc, but i took this on the way and i just added it in cause i liked it).

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it sucks that pictures can never truly capture the beauty of architecture like this. the arc was absolutely massive in person, even from where these pictures were taken.  we also went under and across the street and stood almost under it, and i can’t even describe the vast size of it. most of my trip in paris, i was just in awe of anything and everything i saw around me.

from what i had heard from other people, i wasn’t sure what to expect coming to this city. i had been told the whole city smelled like pee, it was incredibly dirty, and there wasn’t actually that much to see. of course it had some areas that smelled like urine, and it was just as messy as any large city, but i personally was happy with everything i saw everywhere we went.

we were going to see the eiffel tower the next day, but we had plenty of time and decided to walk there after the arc :D

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there were even more crazy buildings on the way. i only had my phone with my the whole time we were here which kind of sucked, but i was honestly so caught in every moment that i eve forgot to take pictures a lot of the time XD

finally, after a crap ton of walking, we made it to the tower, and can i just say, wow. i was blown away by it. it was SO BIG AND OH MY GOSH GORGEOUS LIKE WOW WHAT. i’m just going to add the pictures.

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now looking back at it i feel like our first day was kind of short, but the more i think about it, we actually did a lot. and it involved A LOT of walking. considering none of us could speak french, we also couldn’t find anywhere cheap enough to eat that night, and our feet were all hurting so bad we could barely walk.

not to mention we couldn’t find the subway station the whole night, so we actually couldn’t avoid walking at all. this was only a half day or so. the next day we woke up bright and early and stayed in the city until almost dark.


this post has been long enough. i’ll have a part two eventually, i promise.

there is the problem with how busy i have been so far this summer and will be. i won’t be able to post every satrurday like i hoped i would. i’ll try my absolute best to post as often as i can, but as of now, i’ve got a lot on my plate. i won’t have a specific schedule this summer, so expect scattered posts, but i most definitely won’t be leaving the blogisphere, i can promise that.

i hope you all enjoyed this post and you’re summer has been fabulous so far. see you all soon!

☾☼

mckenna

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« season aesthetics »

hello people :) i hope everyone is having a lovely day and hopefully enjoying warm weather, (i sure am).

our trip to europe is so close now, it’s crazyyyyy. missing the majority of may here will suck, but i’m also upset i won’t be able to talk to my friends for a while :(  (and of course not post here).

for today, i thought it would be fun to make aesthetics for each of the four seasons. the weather is finally getting warmer here, and it’s feeling more like spring. it made me think about the feelings i get when new seasons come in and the small things i love about each one.

i hope you guys enjoy it :))

(all images are from pinterest)


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winter: light snowfall, puffy jackets, fuzzy socks, and warm mittens, hot chocolate with marshmallows and freshly baked cookies, big blankets and a crackling fire place, cold noses and numb fingers, snowball fights and snowmen, tree hunting and hanging ornaments, opening presents on christmas and family, ice skating and sledding, candy canes and evergreen scented everything.

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spring: wild flowers and warm rains, light breezes and falling flower petals, rainbows, newly budding plants, warm nights sleeping on clean sheets with open windows, backyard barbecues, the smell of rain on hot pavement, freshly mown grass after a long winter, greenhouses, lemonade with ice, bare feet on the grass, birds chirping early in the morning.

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summer: beach vacations with sand seeping between your toes, cold ice cream with waffle cones, jumping in the chilly water when it gets too warm, long drives with the window down, walking barefoot everywhere, hikes, camping trips, friends, hammocks summer camp, birkenstock sandals and bikinis, feeling the warm sun on your skin while tanning, saltwater and the smell of the sea, shorts and tank tops, dipping your toes in the pool.

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autumn: pumkin spice lattes, apple pies with vanilla ice cream, warm flannels straight out of the dryer, pumpkin patches, thick socks and a good book, spiced tea and a smoldering fire place, the sound of leaves crunching under your boots, jack o’ lanterns and trick or treating, scented candles, acorns, and brightly colored leaves.


these are all things i associate with each season, and i got super happy feelings while writing this post. i hope you guys enjoyed :))

i am currently writing this post while laying on my floor and listening to post malone’s new album with the windows open and i’m pretty happy.

i’m leaving for europe in just a couple days now aaaaagh. so i’ll see you all once i get back :D have a lovely day everyone, and don’t forget to drink lots of water.

☾☼

mckenna

« one year blogiversary + blogging tips and pointers »

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SURPRISE. bet you guys didn’t plan on seeing me this soon. SO APPARENTLY, my dumb self put my blogiversary on my calendar ON THE WRONG DAY. according to my calendar, it’s not until the 15th of this month, so you can say i was a little shocked when i got a wordpress notification and i checked to find out that it is, in fact, actually today. ANYWAYS,

happy wednesday, my people :D today is a very special day (as you already know).

not only is it national baby day, national brothers and sisters day, national fire day, national concert day, national play your ukulele day, national truffle day, and national tuna day, it’s also my one year blogiversary (again, as you already know). yayyyyy, have some internet cake!!🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂 you’re welcome.

one year ago, i got the crazy idea to start a personal blog and post random stuff for people’s entertainment. still not sure if that was a good idea or not, but i still haven’t run out of post ideas so i guess it’s not a total fail so far? 🤷

i’ve been waiting for this day for a year now (nooo, really), and i’ve thought of a couple things to do. i figured i’d share my blogging stats with you guys so far, and also some blogging tips. at this point, i’ve already written one blogging tips post, so maybe i’ll actually be able to come up with stuff.

i guess i’ll just get into it then :D


since this day last year

followers: 147

views: 5,355
views from: united states, united kingdom, malaysia, india, canada, australia, montenegro, austria, bosnia & herzegovina, spain, the netherlands, singapore, philippines, aruba, cambodia, united arab emirates, portugal, indonesia, south africa, germany, new zealand, czech republic, bulgaria, norway, sri lanka, france, romania, taiwan, belgium, namibia, brazil, turkey, ireland, sweden, thailand, slovakia, greece, hong kong SAR china, nigeria, estonia, maldives, uganda, kenya, mauritius, italy, angola, and switzerland.
(that took forever to type out).

likes: 1,350

comments: 1,013
top commenters:
apollo @ killjoy 
allison @ afarmgirlslife
rutvi @ capturingandcreating

most popular post: more woods photography, but colder this time
likes: 61

my favorite posts:
-my aesthetic
-status
-ert


that’s it for stats, so now it’s time for blogging tips and pointers for you guys :))

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when it comes to making and managing a successful blog, navigation is very important. you want your followers and visitors to be able to find their way around your blog, to old posts, and different menu pages.

having a sidebar is very helpful, and it catches peoples eye as they scroll through your posts on your main page. you can add almost anything in settings to your sidebar to not only help people find their way around your blog, but other sites or social medias.

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i couldn’t come up with another way to phrase that.

i’ve seen several bloggers mention this particular pointer during blogging tip posts, and i think it’s fairly important.

for the background of your blog, at least where the words are, try and stick with plain white. it makes your site look cleaner, and it’s easier to read. also, white goes with any color, so no matter what your blog theme is, you’ll be set ;)

i’ve tried reading certain sites on google with black, blue, or other colors as their background, and it honestly hurts my eyes so i always click away and find something else, and you don’t want your followers to do that when they visit your blog.

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when it comes down to when you post and how often, it’s very helpful to come up with a plan or schedual. it benefits you as a blogger in many ways.

i used to post every three days, but once that got to be too much for me, i switched to every saturday. it gives me time to not only come up with more ideas and content, but also to get work done outside of blogging and focus on things like school, sports, and friends.

also, be sure not to post everyday. leave a t  l e a s t one day in between each post. this will help give your readers something to look forward to, and also some room to breathe (even though they enjoy reading every single thing you write cause boi, you’re amazing😉)

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when you write your posts, don’t just talk about your personality, show it through your writing.

write the way you would talk. you don’t have to make your writing super official and perfect. it appeals to people when you show through your writing, and it also makes your posts and your blog unique, because you yourself are unique!

also, be yourself in what you choose to write about. don’t be afraid to write about your life, loves, and passions. your blog is your space to share you. if people aren’t a fan of that, that’s their choice (except who wouldn’t like you cause boi, you’re fab). but speaking out and showing no fear will draw people in and show them the real you, which is definitely something you want for your site :)


that’s all i’ve got for now! i hope you all enjoyed this post.

to my followers (even if you haven’t been following be since the beginning), thank you for sticking around and supporting me! it means a lot :))

i’ve enjoyed every second of this entire year i’ve been blogging, and i look forward to many more.

have a lovely day, everyone :D

☾☼

mckenna

« health tips »

hello everyone :D i was originally planning on doing a photodumb today, but my internet decided to be stupid so yayyyyyyyyy for improv 👏👏👏👏

i would consider myself a pretty healthy person, excluding the times i decide to be extremely unhealthy and eat crap, but that’s not important…

anyways, i thought i’d post about some health tips today that i either personally use or attempt to the majority of the time ;) i hope you guys enjoy.


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this fits in the the category of “tips i attempt to use the majority of the time,” but i cannot stress it enough.

considering the majority of your body consists of water, it’s extremely important to continue drinking water throughout your day, every day. especially if you work out on a regular basis or play a sport.

for me, this one is difficult cause i hate having to pee every two minutes, but i’ve heard that gets better over time. unfortunately i wouldn’t know that yet. i hope to soon enough though.

this tip is #1 on my list, because if it isn’t the most important step to getting/staying healthy, it’s pretty close.

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whether you participate in a sport or not, staying active isn’t as difficult as you may imagine it to be. depending on how your body handles exercise and healthy actions, the level of activity needed to stay healthy may vary, but not much is usually needed to stay in good shape and health.

getting in good shape takes a lot work and motivation, but keeping your body healthy by keeping active is a simpler task. i suggest stretching every morning when you wake up, and maybe doing a couple exercises.

keeping active can also include simple things like going on walks or bike rides, running on a treadmill, or even just deciding to go outside to play and do activities rather than choose to stay inside on youtube or netflix ;) (i struggle with this myself).

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when your focus is becoming healthier, making wise decisions is extremely important. this can be in how much water you drink, how much exercise you get, or other things, but what i’m mainly getting at is eating healthy foods.

thank the lord, my mother decides to make super healthy meals for us the m a j o r i t y of the time (while somehow still making them taste fabulous), so i’ve never really had to watch what i eat.

sometimes it can be more difficult than you think to order a salad rather than fried chicken and a milkshake at a restaurant, but in the end, the decision will pay off.

some people find it necessary to count calories, others naturally eat extremely healthy foods, but in order to keep your body properly nourished, be wise in what you choose to consume.

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i understand getting good sleep isn’t always possible for some people, but being well rested it very important to maintain good health.

things like going to bed earlier before a big test or job interview will not only improve your health, but also boost your energy and mood the next day due to the effects it has on your body.

one thing i find very important involves your phone or electronic devices. before you go to bed or when you can’t sleep, i 100% DO NOT advice being on an electronic device. staring at a screen before sleeping can reduce the hours of sleep you get, and also prevent you from falling asleep faster. if being on a device is necessary for, say, school work, look into turning on the bedtime screen, which turns off certain lights in your screen so it won’t effect your body/brain in the same ways.

along with this comes something even more important (i wasn’t aware of this at first, but i’m glad i am now). when you do put your device away for the night, either put it in another room while you sleep, or power it down completely. throughout the night when you’re “asleep,” when a notification goes off or the screen lights up, your brain recognizes the sound/light and actually wakes up for quite a while each time.

even though you may not physically be awake or aware or anything around you, your brain is technically not asleep, thus depriving you of needed rest.


well, that’s all i have. i use these tips as often as possibly (not as much of the first one, but i’m working on it). these ones are pretty common tips, but hopefully they were of use to you.

the past couple of days, i’ve had my lifeguard training :D thursday and friday, it was from 4:30 to 8:30 pm, but today and tomorrow, it’s from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, so i am currently in training :)) it’s been a lot of hard work, but i’ve also learned a lot, and i’m excited to work at my pool this year.

let's chat!

what things do you do to stay healthy? what plans do you have for the summer?

just a warning in advance, i will be in europe from may 13-31st, so during that time i will not be posting, but when i come back, hopefully i’ll have some great stories and pictures to share with you all :)

i hope you all have a fabulous saturday. stay healthy, kids ;)

☾☼

mckenna

« VSCO app review/edits »

hello everyone, welcome baaaack :)) i hope everyone is doing great.

i’ve decided to start doing app review posts! (definitely not because i’m running out of ideas. cause i’m not. it would be crazy to think that).


i figured i’d start off with one of my favorite apps, VSCO!
click the picture to visit my VSCO profile ;) 

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i got this app once i got a phone, so a couple months ago. i just started using it more recently, and i don’t have too many pictures on it at the moment cause i’m attempting to stick to a general theme.

there are ups and downs to this app that i’m going to touch on today. here we go:

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– VSCO is really good for editing pictures. i love the different looks you can get on your pictures and i like messing around with them
– uploading pictures from your camera role is super easy
– you can save your edited pictures to you camera role, and also send them to people straight from the app
– you can re-post pictures from other people’s VSCO’s to your collection, and they don’t show up on your main account
– it’s a great app to post pictures you like without spamming people by putting them on your instagram or other social medias.


– finding people on VSCO is pretty difficult
– navigating the app isn’t super easy

that’s all for reviews :D i don’t have many negative opinions on this app, but the two i mentioned do kind of bug me. i also thought i share some of my personal pictures that i edited on VSCO!

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this is me and my best friend. don’t be deceived, we actually don’t have matching onesie’s, the one i’m wearing is my sister’s. we’re not as cute as we first appear. this picture is soon to (shhh) appear on my instagram for her birthday coming up :)) so you guys are special cause you get a sneak peek.

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this picture is from my post fly me to the moon. it was indeed taken by me, and it’s one of my favorites. i really like how i was able to brighten the pictures up and make it look more aesthetic-y (which is a word).

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a picture from my post aperture, also taken by me. i was able to make the tree a lot more clear with VSCO, and i think this one also looks more aesthetic-y.

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ignoring my messy room behind me. i might have to go back and try editing this again, cause i’m not a huge fan of it. i wanted the picture on my VSCO, but the colors didn’t quite match my theme so i tried to make it fit a little better. not everything works out i guess.

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and now it’s time foooooor…EDITING WITH BARELY ANY DIFFERENCE! *insert applause* i actually uploaded these pictures in the wrong spots while writing this post cause i literally can’t tell them apart. they actually could be in the wrong spots at the moment, i don’t know. i don’t have anything to say about this one cause it’s just a plant, so….


that’s all i have for now! i’m obviously not that great at editing, but i really like messing around with pictures :)

 let's chat!

do you have a VSCO? what do you think of the app? let me know in the comments some of your favorite apps you think i should review.

aside from this post, i had another idea for a post that i’d like to do in the future. i’d like to start doing reviews on different youtubers and their channels!

if you have any youtubers you’d like to see me do reviews on, let me know in the comments :)

i hope you all have a lovely saturday or whatever day it is where you live :D i’ll see you all next week.

☾☼

mckenna