Black Friday Online Sale Guide 2017

     A year ago today I shared a Black Friday online sale guide post with y’all and you seemed to appreciate it, so I asked if y’all wanted another one this year on my Instagram story.  The vote was yes, so here it is!  I’m sharing a collection the sales offered by my favorite stores online as well as a few of my top picks!  While I’m not shopping the sales this year (I’m literally broke and I’m working all morning), I know plenty of y’all are, so I hope this guide is helpful!  Enjoy!

Urban Outfitters: Buy One Get One 50% Off Everything

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     I don’t shop at Urban Outfitters a ton because it tends to be little out of my price range, but with a sale this good it’s hard to resist!  I’m obsessed with this simple thermal button-front top that comes in a plethora of pretty colors (including white, grey, taupe, and lilac.  Swoon!), it looks so versatile and comfy!  I love big fluffy coats this season and this one is oversized, hooded, and reversible (so it’s basically a two for one already).  These gunmetal Quay X Designs Perkins aviator sunglasses with rose pink flash lenses are too pretty and are also fairly affordable for nice sunglasses!  Snakeskin and platforms are both super in right now, so these Jeffrey Campbell green, blue, and gold snakeskin platform booties are absolutely perfect!  I love Urban’s home decor section, so I feel like I would be doing you an injustice by not showing you one of my favorite pieces!  I love this round velvet pillow, especially in the blush pink color.  On to tech now, because Urban has an awesome selection of fun, trendy, and aesthetically pleasing electronics!  This affordable universal mobile lens kit includes portable fly-eye, wide-angle, and macro lenses for your phone, how fun!  I think the set would make an awesome gift for all of your aspiring photographer friends.  Polaroid cameras have been on trend for several years now, so I doubt they’ll truly go out of style anytime soon.  I love this one in the pretty pale pink color, but Urban has a ton of color options!  Urban has an extensive collection of up to date vinyl records, so this would be the perfect time to stock up on your favorite albums (like Taylor Swift’s 1989)!

J.Crew Factory: 50-60% Off Everything and Extra 50% Off Clearance With Code “FRIYAY”

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     J.Crew Factory always has the best sales, and this one is no exception!  J.Crew vests are my absolute favorites, so of course a couple made it onto top picks list!  I love this off-white quilted puffer vest complete with a gold zipper and piped pockets, but I love the $29.50 price point even more!  This fluffy fleece vest also has gold zippers (in case you can’t tell I have a thing for gold accents) and it would be too cute layered over a flannel!  Speaking of flannels, I love this one with its pretty white, coral, and green color combination.  This velvet peplum tank would be so perfect for holiday parties, but could easily carry through the rest of the winter because velvet is so in and all of the colors (maroon, jade, royal blue, and black) are perfect tones for winter!  This green and blue plaid wool wrap skirt would also be perfect for the holidays and I love how it ties with a bow!  These black beaded tassel earrings are so fun and would add a festive touch to any outfit, no matter the season.  I’ve been obsessed with D’Orsay flats this season, and this leopard print calf hair pair is too cute!  I can’t remember a time when pom-pom hats weren’t in style and this grey marled hat with a white pom-pom would match all of your favorite winter wear!  Last but not least, this taupey-grey textured turtleneck would be such a great neutral go to for layering!

Kendra Scott: 20% Off Everything With Code “YELLOW20”

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     Kendra Scott jewelry is my absolute favorite, and a deal like this is too great to pass up!  The plain silhouette of the Sophee drop earrings is so chic and delicate, as the website describes they’re where “subtle style meets statement-making size” and they come in gold, rose gold, and silver!  I will never stop loving the Elisa pendant necklace, and the iridescent drusy stone brings the perfect amount of sparkle while remaining versatile.  The gold Glenna cocktail ring is so simple and elegant with its airbrushed gold placement and blush pink toned rectangular drusy stone.  This rose gold Elyse double band ring is absolutely eye-catching and just plain gorgeous.  The Phara necklace, complete with classy metallic tassels, can be worn several ways and comes in gold, rose gold, silver, and gunmetal.  The natural shape of the Tessa gold stud earrings in rose quartz stone makes them uniquely stylish and versatile: I could see them worn with a nice dress or a tee shirt and nike shorts!  The beautiful details of the Candice gold cuff bracelet in filigree would dress up any outfit (and I think it would be the perfect cuff to wear to prom, you know what I mean?).  The Elton gold pinch bracelet is another stunning cuff, with both ends finished with stones in the signature Kendra Scott hexagonal shape that matches all of the Elle, Dani, and Danielle (my personal favorite) earrings as well as the Elisa and Rayne necklaces.  I especially love the bracelet in white pearl!

Other Noteworthy Sales

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off selected sale items and up to 40% off designer clearance

Nordstrom Rack: Extra 30% off clearance items (for total savings up to 75% off), free shipping, and more specific discounts

Shopbop: Up to 75% off sale items, up to 30% off full-price items, 20% off orders of $200 or more, 25% off orders of $500 or more, and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code “MORE17”

Neiman Marcus: Up to 60% off and extra 33% off select sale items

Macy’s: Extra 20% off everything, extra 15% off select departments, and free shipping with orders of $49 or more with code “HURRY”

J.Crew: 40% off purchase with code “THANKU”

Anthropologie: 30% off everything

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off all orders of $100 or more (for total savings up to 70% off select styles) with code “BLACK25”

Madewell: 25% off purchase with code “DONTSTRESS”

LOFT: 50% off everything with code “FRIYAY”

Altar’d State: Buy one get one on all free fashion tops, Christmas decor, sale items, scarves, and cold weather accessories, buy one get one half off all sweaters and outerwear, dresses, bottoms, home decor, socks, and slippers, and free shipping on orders of $125 or more

H&M: Up to 70% off and free shipping

Kate Spade: 30% off everything with code “GIVEJOY”

New Balance: 20% off and free shipping

Jack Rogers: Sale on select styles

American Eagle: 40% off everything and free shipping

Tory Burch: 30% off purchases of $250 or more with code “THANKS”

CUFFED BY NANO: 30% off everything

Steve Madden: Buy one get one 70% off and free shipping with code “MERRY”

L.L.Bean: 25% off Bean Boots with code “FRIDAY25”

Lilly Pulitzer: Gifts with purchases $75 or more and $200 or more

Ray-Ban: 20% off everything, 30% off selected icons, and 50% off selected styles

TOMS: 25% off selected styles with code “THANKFUL”

Gap: 50% off everything with code “BLKFRIDAY”

Old Navy: 50% off purchase

ALEX AND ANI: 20% off almost everything and free shipping

Hunter Boots: 20% off select styles

SheIn: Up to 90% off, free gift with orders over $19, $10 off orders of $79 or more with code “LIS10”, $15 off orders of $105 or more with code “LIS15”, $30 off orders of $200 or more with code “LIS30”, and more specific discounts

KJP: 25% off everything with code “Setsail”

Rifle Paper Co.: Up to 30% off everything

Capri Blue: Free shipping on all U.S. orders and free candle with orders of $100 or more

S’well: 25% off purchase with code “THANKS25”

PBteen: 20-75% off almost everything with code “OHSNAP”

Thanks for reading!  Best of luck in your Black Friday shopping endeavors, online or in store!

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Thanksgiving in a Cowl Neck & 50 Things I’m Thankful For

     Happy Thanksgiving y’all!  I hope you’re spending the day eating until you’re sick with those that you love the most.  I love Thanksgiving so much, between getting a few days off school and all the pie, what’s not to love?  Today I’m sharing my outfit from the “Friendsgiving” that I hosted a couple days ago, because I just think this look is so perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday.  In this post I’m also sharing fifty things I’m thankful for, just like I did in my Thanksgiving post last year!  Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Outfit

    I got this caramel-brown cowl neck from Old Navy last year, and as much as I love the neckline and color, it’s actually kind of an awkward length.  I challenged myself to style it for Thanksgiving because I think the color just screams fall.  I decided to tuck the sweater into a denim skirt.  I love this skirt because it buttons down the side as opposed to the typical front buttons and I actually cut the hemline myself to give it a more distressed look.  As for shoes, I chose a fun pair of colorful multi textile TOMS booties.  Since the booties are already so colorful, I kept my jewelry simple with my ivory pearl Kendra Scott pieces and some simple white and gold bracelets.

















sweater (similar) // skirt (similar) // booties // earrings // necklace // beaded bracelets (here and here) // MantraBand // cross bracelet (similar) // cuff bracelet // watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

50 Things I’m Thankful For

  1. God’s unconditional, unfailing, eternal love
  2. My loving family
  3. My sweet, loyal, hilarious friends
  4. My wonderful church
  5. The ministry of YoungLife
  6. My sweet YoungLife leaders
  7. My loyal Instagram and blog followers who constantly take time out of their days to read my posts and like my photos (you!)
  8. Good food that fuels my daily life
  9. The opportunity to travel
  10. My experience at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in July (read my posts about the week here)
  11. My WJMC friends
  12. Clean water
  13. My car (and being able to scream my favorite songs while driving alone)
  14. My license
  15. Free public education that has given me a foundation for a successful, healthy lifetime and career
  16. Everything I’ve learned while pursuing my passions through blogging
  17. Access to healthcare
  18. Patient teachers
  19. My lacrosse team
  20. Police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics that take care of us when in the state of emergency and provide safety and security
  21. My pets
  22. Clothes (and cute clothes that I’m so fortunate to have access to)
  23. A job in retail that I genuinely enjoy
  24. Our armed forces
  25. The ice skating rink that opens in my town annually
  26. Big hugs
  27. The emotional and financial support my parents constantly provide me with
  28. My body’s ability to play lacrosse and participate in other physical activities
  29. The opportunity to go to weeklong YoungLife summer camp this past summer
  30. Receiving letters from long distance friends
  31. Concerts and music festivals
  32. The new Taylor Swift album, reputation (if you don’t believe that I’m that grateful for it you need to read this post)
  33. My relationship with the ladies of Jadelynn Brooke and the opportunity to represent their brand at my school (P.S. use my code “FLHS” for 15% off your purchase!)
  34. My contact lenses
  35. Candy cane Chapstick (actually this stuff is one of my biggest necessities in life)
  36. Big cookie at YoungLife camp (if you don’t know what this is you need to look it up)
  37. Netflix (I’ve watched way too much lately, but I definitely recommend Riverdale, Stranger Things, and The Good Place…all of which I’ve watched within the past month)
  38. The fact that my hair is naturally pretty straight (because even though I constantly complain about its lack of texture, I know naturally straight hair is incredibly convenient)
  39. My DSLR camera
  40. Trips back to Texas
  41. Chick-fil-A
  42. Dad jokes and cheesy puns in general
  43. The month of December (the Christmas spirit in everyone, twinkle lights everywhere…you’re lying if you say it isn’t truly the most wonderful time of the year)
  44. Peppermint bark ice cream (seriously though, do yourself a favor and buy some at Fresh Market)
  45. Dark chocolate
  46. My iPhone
  47. Candles
  48. Soft blankets (especially my YoungLife sweatshirt blanket, gosh that thing is so soft and warm!)
  49. Christmas movies
  50. The “Pop Chillout” playlist on Spotify

Thanks for reading!  Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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The cuff bracelet from Cuffed by Nano and beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!

My Christmas Wishlist 2017

     The holiday season is almost upon us, which means this year’s Christmas series is finally in full swing!  Today I’m sharing the first in my 2017 Christmas series; my wishlist.  As always, I must throw out the disclaimer that I do not expect to receive all of the things I’m about to mention, or any of them for that matter.  I am so blessed to receive gifts each year and I’m fully aware of that.  This post is not supposed to be a reminder to my relatives of what I want, but a source of ideas for my readers who are stumped on what to ask for.  This post has already been requested several times and according to my Instagram poll (follow me here so you don’t miss my next poll!), the vast majority of y’all wanted to see this, so here it is!  Enjoy!

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  1. Crosley Coupe in Gray – I’ve been eying record players for a couple years now, I love the vintage aesthetic plus y’all know how much I love listening to music!  I think a record player would add such a neat touch to my room and this gray one would not only match my bedroom now, but it’s likely to match any space I live in for years to come.  The Crosley Coupe not only plays 7″, 10″, and 12″ records, but also has an auxiliary input, headphone jack, and Bluetooth functions!
  2. Urban Outfitters Vinyl Record Storage Shelf – This gold record player shelf would not only hold a record player (like the one I just described), but also a record collection!  My room is blush pink, gray, white, and gold, so I know this shelf would look great.
  3. Records – If I were to receive a record player, records might also be necessary, right?  Fortunately, the Crosley Coupe I have my eye on plays all the modern records sold at Urban Outfitters.  Of Urban Outfitters’ massive selection, my first must have records would probably be 1989 (as well as Taylor Swift’s newest album, reputation, if/when it’s released on vinyl!), LANYWhen It’s Dark Out, and Memories…Do Not Open.
  4. Capri Blue Volcano Candle – Capri Blue candles are the best, and the Volcano candle is definitely the most popular of their line.  I’ve burnt through three of these and I’m dying to get my hands on another one!  The volcano candle smells like citrus but you might better recognize the scent as what’s always burning in Anthropologie!
  5. Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion – I have a Lancôme eyeshadow palette that I love, but the shadow creases on my eyelids so much that I rarely use it.  One of my friends has used this primer on me before and it works wonders, so I think getting it would really allow me to put that palette to use a lot more.
  6. Hunter Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots in Black – I currently have a pair of L.L. Bean boots that serve as my weather boots, but I love these classic, versatile black rain boots!  I think these would be so easy to match with any outfit for a chic rainy day look.  Plus, I’ve had my eye on them since middle school so I don’t think I’d get tired of them very quickly.
  7. New Balance 574 Shattered Pearl Sneakers in Faded Rose with Overcast – My white and gold J.Crew x New Balance sneakers are starting to get a little dirty and having them for over a year has definitely proved to me that I can get a ton of use out of chic sneakers like New Balances.  These sneakers bear the prettiest pale pink color accented with iridescent pearly details.
  8. Quay After Hours Sunglasses in Tort/Brn – These big, designer-looking frames in such a classic tortoise print would be the perfect go-to pair of sunnies for driving, tanning, walking, you name it.  I don’t currently have a nice quality pair of sunglasses so these would be great to have!
  9. Barbour Beadnell Polar Quilted Jacket in Black – This is certainly more of a dream gift, but I can’t help but swoon over this black Barbour jacket with its gorgeous plaid lining and quilted exterior.  I’d keep this timeless coat for years, it’s so classic it’d never go out of style!
  10. Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. Crossbody in Almond – I don’t have a small bag that I see as versatile enough to match any style of clothing and practical enough for day to day use but I know this Rebecca Minkoff crossbody would easily fill that role!  The pretty brown suede is the perfect hue and its gold hardware would match all of my favorite jewelry!  I’ve had my eye on this one for a couple years now and we carry it at the store I work at so I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to resist purchasing it myself.
  11. Kendra Scott Gold Elisa Pendant Necklace in Rose Quartz – I’m beyond obsessed with Kendra Scott jewelry and I already have the gold Danielle earrings in rose quartz, so this necklace would pair with them perfectly!  I love the subdued pop of color that rose quartz jewelry adds to an outfit and I know I’d wear this necklace constantly.
  12. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Film Camera in Smokey White – I’ve wanted a Polaroid camera for ages and I still want one just as much as I always have.  I love the vintage feel and the fact that the photos print instantly, how fun!  I’d love to start a string of Polaroid pictures in my room and have the prints to take with me to college in a couple years.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you can use my wishlist for inspiration when making your own.

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An Open Letter to WJMC Nominees

     Around this time a year ago, I’d just received a large envelope from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA regarding the Washington Journalism and Media Conference.  I was nominated to attend the conference during one of two sessions that were to be held the following July.  I didn’t know it at the time, but this conference would change my life. I’m so incredibly blessed that I had the opportunity to go, and that I made the decision to say yes.  Today’s post is an open letter to anyone and everyone who has been nominated for WJMC (or wants to go, you can nominate yourself here), because I wish I’d been able to find something like this when I received that big envelope!  This letter addresses all the thoughts I remember having upon receiving the nomination and will hopefully help you see the greatness that can come from attending the conference.  Enjoy!

Dear nominee,

     I’m sure when you opened the fancy gold-stamped letter you thought it must be some type of scam.  You’re doubting that you’re that good of a writer or public speaker that you should be nominated for an apparently prestigious journalism conference.  You wonder who on earth would have nominated you for this, or how the conference found you.  First, let me tell you it most certainly is not a scam, stalk the #wjmc2017 hashtag on Instagram if you don’t believe me (I know that’s what I did).

     “Okay, I guess this is cool, but I don’t really think I’m interested in journalism,” you’re probably thinking.  I most definitely didn’t know I wanted to pursue a career in journalism until I received the envelope.  A few weeks later the idea of fashion journalism struck me and I’m now more sure of my career path than I have ever been.  I knew then that I needed to apply.  I needed to know if journalism was a career I could see myself not only working in, but happily working in.  If a career in journalism takes up even the smallest thought in the back of your mind, talk to your parents about going to the conference, you won’t regret it.

     The idea of going to a new place knowing absolutely no one might seem scary.  You think everyone there will be a million times more delved into the field of journalism or politically active than you are and they will look down upon your uncertain-but-willing-to-learn mindset.  When you arrive you’ll see that the reality is that correspondents come for a plethora of reasons; some have been positive they wanted a job in broadcast journalism since the first time they watched the news, others were forced by their parents to attend after receiving the nomination because they thought it would look good on college applications, a few recently discovered a specific field of journalism they’re interested in (like music or fashion) and came in hopes of finding out more about it, and the list goes on.  Closer to the conference you’re likely to be thrown into a handful of group chats and when you actually get there it’ll strangely feel like seeing old friends again.  By the time you leave at the end of the week you’ll be weeping over these people you’ve only known for a week (hear me now, believe me later).  Trust me, the “I won’t have any friends there” thing is not a valid excuse to decide against going.

     Okay, but how on earth are you going to afford it?  I know it’s not cheap (although it’s definitely not overpriced for the experience and journalistic education you will attain there) and George Mason does too.  They encourage fundraising and their website is full of resources for ideas on how to fundraise (including letter templates to potential benefactors) and you might be surprised by how many people you know that would love to contribute to something that can have such a great impact on your future.

     You have no idea how lucky you are to have this opportunity.  You will never be in such a welcoming, loving environment filled with open-minded and determined people who share your interests as the one the Washington Journalism and Media Conference provides.  You will learn so much.  You will make friends that will last forever (I just sent one of my close WJMC friends that I text daily a birthday gift a few weeks ago).  You will be shy at first but by the end you’ll realize there’s no better place to be yourself than at the conference.  WJMC will change your life and I’m so jealous you get to go now, I’d give anything to spend another week at George Mason with my WJMC friends.

I hope you make the right choice and apply.  Thanks for reading!

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P.S. – If you’d like to hear more about my experience at WJMC, you can read my seven daily WJMC recaps from the conference here.

Montreat Street Style

     A few weeks ago my family took a weekend trip to the small, picturesque town of Montreat in North Carolina.  We had an amazing time (find my “Montreat, NC Travel Diary” post here) and I spent Friday in this cute little ensemble that just screams “fall in the mountains” to me.  Today I’m sharing that look and I hope you love it as much as I do!  Enjoy!

     Montreat and its close neighbor, Black Mountain (which we also spent a good portion of our days/meals in), are cuddled up in the middle of North Carolina’s gorgeous Appalachian Mountains.  Just like those stereotypical “mountain people” you might have in mind, practically everyone we saw there was wearing a flannel in one way or another, so I decided I’d try my hand at styling my flannel too.  My navy and white flannel is from J.Crew, and I began the day layering it over a comfy maroon peplum top, but as the temperature rose it ended up tied around my waist (which I have to admit I liked a lot more than I thought I would!).  I recently picked up these fun ripped olive green jeans at Old Navy and I’m obsessed with them (so much so that I actually wore them both days on the trip oops).  I’ve never really had ripped jeans before and I’d been longing for a pair of olive green pants so this pair was the perfect way solution to both desires.  As for shoes, I opted for my Birkenstock sandals because they fit the weather pretty well and were comfortable for a day filled with walking.  I kept my jewelry pretty simple to match the relaxed look of the outfit, but I’m obsessed with this simple gold disc choker I’m wearing from KyzBeadz on Etsy.  It’s so simple and versatile and I know I’ll be getting a ton of use out of it, it’s just so easy to clasp on and dress up an outfit!
















top (similar) // flannel (updated version of mine) // green ripped jeans // sandals // choker // hoop earrings // beaded bracelets (here and here) // MantraBand // cross bracelet (similar) // watch (similar) // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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The choker from KyzBeadz as well as the beaded bracelets from Sashka Co. featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for a feature in my blog.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!

Montreat, NC Travel Diary

    October 20th was a teacher workday for our school district, so my family decided to take a two-ish hour drive to the small mountain town of Montreat, NC for the weekend.  We visited the quaint town a few times when we still lived in North Carolina, but it’s been a pretty long time and we were so excited to be back!  We had a great time in the mountains and today I’m sharing everything we did, as well as a short video, with y’all!  I recommend you watch the video in HD by clicking the HD button in the bottom right corner of the video.  I also linked some of the locations mentioned so you can check them out for yourself if you’re planning trip to Montreat.  Enjoy!

This video was created using iMovie.  All the clips were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and a Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lens.  The background song is “Mess is Mine” by Vance Joy.


     We left for Montreat around 5:00 p.m. Thursday evening, and after a two-ish hour drive we arrived.  We stayed in a cabin, so we stopped at a grocery store before settling into the cabin.  For dinner, we picked up a pepperoni pizza at My Father’s Pizza and it was delicious!  We went to bed around 10:00 p.m. after showering, unpacking a few things, and watching a little television.  I shared a room with my younger sister, which was super fun.


    Friday morning I slept in until around 10:00 a.m.  I woke up to cinnamon rolls for breakfast before going on a short family walk to a nearby park.  The walk over to the park was so pretty, with orange maple leaves covering the ground.  When we returned from the park, we quickly changed then headed into a nearby town, Black Mountain.  While in Black Mountain, we ate at a little Mexican restaurant called Ole’s Guacamoles.  I just had a simple chicken and rice dish, but it was really good!  After lunch, we walked to the cutest little cupcake shop, Hey Hey Cupcake.  I chose the Mount Mitchell Mound, their quadruple chocolate cupcake, and it was amazing.  Once we finished our cupcakes, we walked around the shops in downtown Black Mountain for a couple hours before heading back to Montreat.  We spent a few minutes in the Montreat gift shop picking out tee shirts then spent a few minutes by Lake Susan (I shot an outfit post there, be on the lookout for it sometime soon!) before returning to the cabin.  After a couple hours of rest (I spent this “rest” time doing AP U.S. History homework), we went out to dinner at FRESH Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta.  My sister and I both had the marinara pasta and it was absolutely delicious but neither of us finished it because the portion was so generous.  When we finished dinner, we returned to the cabin to get ready for bed and watch a movie as a family.

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     Saturday morning I slept in again until around 9:00 a.m.  I had cereal for breakfast then worked on more homework before going to Lake Susan and riding in a paddleboat with my siblings.  The paddleboat was so fun and Lake Susan is such a beauty!  We went back into Black Mountain for lunch at The Trailhead around noon.  I had the Cumberland Knob sandwich with a side of macaroni and cheese and it was all delicious! After lunch, we walked to the Dripulator Coffeehouse nearby.  There I ordered a vanilla frappuccino and it was like the best vanilla bean frappuccino I’d ever had at Starbucks except better.  We returned to the cabin in Montreat then ordered takeout from Thai Basil for dinner.  After dinner I packed my bag and went to bed because we left early Sunday morning so I could make confirmation at church!

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Thanks for reading!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram @apocketfuloffaith and check out my travel hashtag #farawaywithfaith to see all my future travels in real time.

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