Month: September 2017

I moved back home for my senior year of college

I moved back home for my senior year of college

From the title you probably get what this post is going to be about. But before I get to how living back at home is, I want to give you all some quick background information. I decided to live on campus my freshman year because […]

My Experience at the DryBar

My Experience at the DryBar

I don’t know about everyone else, but I hate doing my hair. Like with a passion. My hair isn’t always unruly, but I’d say a good 90% the Virginia humidity makes me want to have a Britney moment. So when I need my hair to […]

Staunton, VA and the Harry Potter Festival

Staunton, VA and the Harry Potter Festival

From Northern Virginia to Blacksburg, my family and I have passed Staunton, Virginia a shit ton of times and have never stopped. You would think that we would, considering Staunton is about the halfway point between the two cities.

However, I was browsing Facebook one day and saw that there was a Harry Potter festival in downtown Staunton. Coincidentally, it was the same weekend I was heading down for the VT versus ODU game.

So on our way back from Blacksburg my dad and I stopped in Stauton and was pleasantly surprised. For a small town there was a ton of people, and a waitress we had said that the day before was even busier. The shops were decked out in Harry Potter themes and they even sold butter beer at The Three Broomsticks. Aside from the shops, people were dressed up as Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid, and even the founders of each house.

The city had places to stop and get food, as well as buy Harry Potter gifts. The festival included people of all ages, so don’t let age stop you. Dogs are allowed, however on their website they recommend that you do not bring them.


Aside from the festival, Staunton is also home to Mary Baldwin College and beautiful architecture. There were shot gun houses, colorful houses and many churches. Even if there wasn’t a festival I would recommend going just to see all the buildings.

The only downside to the town is all of the hills. But you’re in the mountains so it’s as to be expected. The views from up top are even more spectacular though, so I would check them out.

Oh, and the make the trip even better, the trees were changing colors. I’m not usually a super fall person (pumpkin spice anything makes me cringe), but something about the trees in the mountains changing is just amazing.

For anyone interested, the Harry Potter festival was September 22-24th, I believe they do it each year, but I would check online for more information.

x Jocelyn

How to Pack for Backpack Camping

How to Pack for Backpack Camping

Views The Ozark National Forest of Arkansas has absolutely captured my heart. In fact, this was my first camp and hike in the state of Arkansas. I have since become a seasoned veteran of the area, but have no fear, even beginners can start here […]

Measuring Progress for Motivation

Measuring Progress for Motivation

Forget the Scale Scales are cruel. They are also a demon of the past. I’m sure you have all heard the newly deemed phrase ‘fit is the new skinny’. I can’t be the only one who has been turned off to the gym after a […]

Jocelyn’s Top Five Target Finds

Jocelyn’s Top Five Target Finds

Katie recently did a post about this healthy but yummy pasta you can buy at Target. So I thought, why not share my favorite Target finds.

Target can be hit or miss for me, you know? Sometimes the prices are amazing, and sometimes you’re wondering why you walked in the store in the first place.

But with some (a lot cause I like getting the best prices) research I’ve found that Target has my back on a couple of products.

Without further ado

Jocelyn’s Top Five Target Finds:

Number 5: Bastiste Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has been a life-saver for me since I realized that not washing your hair was actually good for it (I’ll admit it took me quite awhile to get past the greasy hair). Bastiste is a great dry shampoo, right next to my favorite from DryBar. However it is a much more affordable option, and Target sells it for $3 less than where I usually buy it at Ulta. And hey, if you’re not a fan of the scent, they have tons of other smells.

Number 4: Nature Made Multivitamin For Her

After I visited my gyno last May I’ve been sticking to my vitamin routine. I’m not a huge pill popper-in meaning that I don’t have too many requirements in my vitamins. I look for a few keys thing like Folic Acid, Iron and Vitamin C, but other than that I’m pretty easy. I find most vitamins are cheaper at Target then drugstores like CVS or even Giant.

Number 3: L’Oreal Paris Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask

Unlike the super long name (did anyone else get winded say it or was that just me..), this mask doesn’t take that long. Ten minutes are you’re done. Sometimes I like sitting with masks and other times I just want great affects in the shortest amount of time. This mask can be bought elsewhere, but like Bastiste this is the cheapest place I’ve found it at. So save yourself the gas money and pick them both up while you’re there.

Number 2: Nature’s Wick Candles

These candles were found on a shopping adventure with my dad in high school. I’ve been using these candles since…so a long time. These candles smell great, but more importantly, the wicks are made of wood which products a soothing sound. I love lighting my candle and doing some relaxing yoga poses before going to bed.

Number 1: Dessange Paris California Blonde Brass Color Correction Creme

This tops my list because I had an obsession with getting my hair cool this year. By cool, I mean cool tones. As mentioned earlier in this post, I used to wash my hair a lot-this causes blondes to get brassy colored hair. After the first use of this correcting creme (not to be confused with shampoo and condition..but they have that as well) I saw a noticeable different in my hair. It’s also a pretty low maintenance product. I shampoo my hair, use the creme and let is sit while I shave, then condition and I’m out. It smells great and I also notice that my hair is easier to brush when used.

 

If you find these products cheaper anywhere else¬†PLEASE let me know. I’m always looking for ways to save money. Also feel free to leave comment below if you have any other great finds.

x Jocelyn

Get gifts while being active- The OutdoorNation App

Get gifts while being active- The OutdoorNation App

Have you ever been required to take a class that was kind of a joke? Like you barely learned anything pertaining to your major and you got full credit for it? Well that was my Outdoor Leadership class. Although the class wasn’t the highlight of […]

There really is such thing as healthy pasta!

There really is such thing as healthy pasta!

Yes, you heard me right. Carbaholics rejoice! It’s finally here…pasta that you can eat that your body will actually thank you for. You may see the ‘protein pasta’ that Barilla currently makes and think that this was a good way to hate yourself slightly less […]

Traveling to see Chip and Joanna Gaines

Traveling to see Chip and Joanna Gaines

If you don’t know who Chip and Joanna are then I don’t think we can really be friends.

I’ll have some pity on those of you who don’t know-The Gains star on the HGTV Fixer Upper which takes place in Waco, Texas.

When I went to Texas this summer to visit Katie she mentioned that Magnolia Farms wasn’t too far, so we had to go. So we made the two hour trip down old country road (I think is was specially named Country Road 65, or something).

Magnolia is in the middle of downtown Waco, which was a little surprising because it always looked so big on TV. But we definitely weren’t let down.

The set up included a bakery, the silos, a warehouse for shopping and lots of food trucks. Think coffee, ice cream, and gourmet grilled cheese. Those are probably the three best things in life.

Overall the place was a little crowded, but it was as to be expected on a summer day. Shopping was a little difficult with elbow room but it didn’t stop me from buy a shirt and hat (that you can buy on their website), and we also spent a good amount of time planning our dream kitchens in the fake kitchen they had upstairs.

If you’re going to be in the Texas area I 100% recommend going to Magnolia Farms. There’s things for everyone to do and lots of picture perfect spots…like enough that they actually hire people to take photos for you. Baylor University is also right down the street, so if you need another reason to regret your college choice (I only have like 8 reasons so more is always appreciated) drive by the private university and watch your jaw drop.

x Jocelyn

Staying on track in college

Staying on track in college

I cannot take all the credit for this post, because I kind of stole this planner from my sister. Not as in stealing her actual planner, more like she told me she wanted it and was going to get it, but I have quicker fingers […]