How to take advantage of Spring Break

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It seems like a lot of people already had Spring Break… I’m probably the only one who has it this week 😂 But if you haven’t had your spring break already, here are three ways to take advantage of the week off!


❶ – Write extra

If you’re writing a novel, novella, story, or anything in between, take advantage of this week to write extra! You can set a specific goal or just make your goal “to write a lot”. If you’re not writing anything but want to, this is a great time to start that too! Your writing could even be for a blog or school project (or maybe not, because you should never do school on spring break. It’s a rule. That I have broken many times 😂 Actually it’s not a rule and it’s pretty smart!)

BONUS: If you’re doing Camp NaNo’s April session and your spring break falls in April, you’re in luck! 

❷ – Throw a party for no reason

… how is this a way to take advantage of Spring Break? I don’t know. But it would be fun! Throw a surprise party for someone with no reason. You could even do it for someone you don’t know (where do I come up with these ideas… don’t do this guys you could be killed.) Send someone a package full of presents for no reason. Basically, have fun and throw lots of parties. And make sure you know the person. 😂 🎉

Also, be sure to go to work so you can earn money to throw all these parties for no reason. 

❸ – Get organized

TIP: start cleaning before your Mom starts Spring Cleaning (oh the horrors) and you will have an excuse to back out of spring cleaning. JK.

Organizing is always a great idea! It’s also a great way to productively use your break 😜 Since you have a lot of time available, you can get organized. You could clean/organize your room, backpack, school stuff, or anything really, and when school rolls back around you’ll be extra-prepared.

and you just could

  Do schoolwork. Okay there I said it. Don’t kill me! But seriously, Spring Break is a great time to catch up or get ahead… sometimes. Other times you should just take naps (seriously!).


What are you going to be doing over Spring Break? Have you ever thrown a party for someone you didn’t know? (guys I do not know where I come up with things like this. Don’t get any ideas children.)



What are your assumptions about me?

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I had planned to do “A day in the life of Emily” today, but I decided that there was a little too many pictures of Emily on here, haha. I have seen so many youtubers do this, and Maggie did it recently, which inspired me to do this also! So here’s how this will work:

  • You put your assumptions about me in the contact form below (I removed the need for an account so I won’t see who you are- that will make it easier for y’all to be honest!)



Example Assumptions:


    You’re tall

  • You like dogs

  • You love the color green 

When I get enough responses, then I’ll post my reactions 🙂


February Review//March Goals

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To be honest, I can’t believe that it’s March already! It feels like it was just New Year’s! So many amazing things have happened already this year! I’ve made a ton of awesome changes on C & C, Ariana and some other awesome ladies launched a new blog, and so many other bloggers have launched businesses or products! Y’all. 2019 is OUR YEAR! Anyway…


Reviewing February

sooo…. I didn’t do quite as well as I had hoped on my goals this month. But that’s okay! Some of my goals were a bit too ambitious and I’m hoping to tone it down a little bit this month (more, but smaller goals).

p e r s o n a l

1) Walk every day I think I intentionally took a walk like three times this month… TOTAL failure. 😛

2) Read through Numbers Yay! I actually did great on this one and I’m already done with Joshua! (As of Sunday the 24th when I’m writing this) I’m thrilled that I was able to complete this goal! 

3) Journal every day I journaled once this month. On the third. Wow. I totally failed AGAIN. heehee I knew I would fail this one though… 

b l o g g i n g

1) Post every Monday and Friday YAY! I actually did this 🙂 Sooo happy to have done this!!

2) Send out emails every week I did it every week but one… nooooo!!! oops 😦


March Goals

p e r s o n a l

  1. Make $90- I’m saving up money and I want to make upwards of $90 this month. Pretty self explanatory, haha.
  2. Read through 1st Samuel– In order to stay on track with reading the bible in a year, I need to read through 1st Samuel this month (I just finished Joshua). I was pretty thrilled with what I accomplished last month (see above) so I’m pumped about this one.
  3. Make/Keep a prayer journal– This was actually one of my 2019 goals and I want to start this month.
  4. Journal daily– yeah. soo I don’t think I’ll actually do this but I’m going to try. Remembering to do it is always hard because I don’t like to do it in the morning (I haven’t actually done anything to journal about yet) and at night I don’t really have any time. Do y’all have any tips for me?

a c a d e m i c

  1. Finish Omnibus Secondary Selfpaced– yay! I only have like 10-12 more sessions and so I’m pretty sure I can do this in March. Even if I take an entire week off 🙂 I’m pretty thrilled about my progress with Secondary and it’s a lot of fun. Primary, not so much…
  2. Keep a Practice Log for piano– I generally practice every day for 30-45 minutes but I want to keep a calendar for the length of time. It’s always a good idea to track your progress on anything really and it’s really fun to look back on.
  3. Practice Spanish every day– Those of you learning a language know that it is so important to immerse yourself in it. I want to practice Spanish daily, whether it’s Duolingo, Memrise, Spanish Homework/Class, or talking to a Spanish person.

b l o g g i n g

  1. Blog every Monday and Friday (nine times)- Pretty sure I can do this! Plus WP scheduling tool is my friend 😛
  2. Send out emails on Thursday four times– I’m going to try to do this! Honestly it’s not that hard but I need to REMEMBER about it. A lot of the time it’s Thursday morning and I have it on my to-do list but I forget about it. heehee


Whew! Did y’all enjoy this post? I feel like posting my goals for each month has made me more motivated to do them- do y’all bloggers agree with me? See you on Monday with an exciting post!




A Peek at my Planner//How I plan my week

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Today I’m going to be sharing how I plan my week. It’s actually a very simple process but y’all wanted to see more planner posts so I decided to show you!


How I Plan my Week

  1. Decorate! I probably shouldn’t do this first, but it’s my favorite part. I spend way too long looking at adorable planner spreads and then pick a theme/color scheme. Then I draw, handletter, and add tape to my planner spread so that it looks pretty!
  2.  Write out weekly goals. I attached a screenshot below, but let’s be real- I don’t normally make them super pretty with cute fonts. (But seriously am I the only one who is sick of calibri? please tell me I’m not). These goals generally aren’t for school, but more for health/personal well being. I rarely get to them all, but it’s worth a try!


On this particular week my goals were:

  1. Workout every day for at least 10 minutes- It seems like such a short time but sometimes that’s all I have time for! Generally I can workout for 10 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon which ends up being 30 minutes. So not much but it works for now!
  2. Read a book for fun. Y’all. I LOVE to read anything and everything and I’ll do this anyway. But I just wanted to make it important to have that relaxing time of intentionally reading a book 🙂
  3. Journal every day. Soo…. I failed my goal of journaling for the entire month of Febuary (I only did it once, on the 2nd ) but I decided to attempt it for just one week. I will probably fail but I will at least tru!
  4. Earn $20- It might not seem like much but I’m working on earning extra money for a camp and this goal of $20/week is SUPER manageable and very easy to accomplish. Hopefully I can make closer to $40 this week but I try to lower my goals to give me some wiggle room.
  5. Finish the book of Judges- I’m trying to read the bible in a year and this is the next book (three more chapters in Joshua!). I think I can finish Judges this week.
  6. No carry over assignments- this may sound confusing but it’s actually quite simple. Basically, I make a daily plan for each day of the week. If I don’t finish an assignment on the day that I wrote in my planner to finish it then I move it to the next day (carrying it over). Honestly I end up doing this WAY too much and I’m trying to break that habit haha.

And that is how I pick my weekly goals… but I’m not even done planning my week yet! 🙂

3. Look at my assignment sheets for school

I go to Schoology and StudyPlace, my live online class portals//places where I view assignments and check to see what’s due that week/next week.

6. Check blog planner

Basically, I check my excel spreadsheet and write in which posts I need to write that week. Pretty simple!

5.Write it down!

Then, I write all the assignments down in my planner. Honestly one of the easiest steps haha.


Planner Photos

I thought y’all might want to see some pictures of my planner//examples, so here you go!


My cover page for March- so easy! I just used clipart I had on hand and drew a little title as well 🙂
I might not be great at handlettering but this was pretty hard to mess up on… yay!
My monthly goals/habit trackers page
The PERFECT verse for a goals/habits page 🙂 It’s through him, not me.
An example of my mini habit tracker. Not very pretty but I like it!
Agg I would share where I got this adorable clipart but I have no idea. I have a bad habit which is downloading every single piece of clipart I find….
My blog goals page!
This is about as artsy as I am… not at all. haha
When you make a pretty big mistake on a page… just use a fox sticker amiright?
I was SO proud of this peacock lol.
Ooh sadly that pen doesn’t work anymore but this week was so pretty!
I love the verse, even if my art isn’t very good 🙂
More of that pretty in pink week!
Another great verse with not-so-great art lol
Ooh I loved making this!


And a little peek at my planner cover 🙂




I hope y’all enjoyed! I sure did 🙂


P.S. Y’ALL THIS IS THE 100TH POST ON C & C! I can’t believe it 🙂 I’m so excited for how far I’ve come! I’m actually already planning an exciting giveaway for the two year blogiversary!!! 😛



Easy Desk Diys

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Aggg I’m not really on top of it right now. It’s 10AM on Monday… and I haven’t even diyed anything? So yeah… this post will be a little different than usual, but I’ll try to make it awesome!


DIY #1

This cereal box organizer! My siblings made it for me and I love it 🙂 It’s super easy (just excuse the fact that I have no pictures….)

  1. Grab a large cereal box. If you want it to fit notebooks, folders, and binders, than family size works! If you don’t have a family size cereal box then you may need to find a different use for it- I definitely recommend using a bigger box 🙂
  2. Using a ruler, draw lines on your box. Depending on how tall you want the front part to be, draw a line. You can measure it against a folder or notebook, but I did around halfway up the box. Also draw lines going from that to the back top on each side.
  3. Cut on the lines you marked. Pretty self explanatory…
  4. Decorate! My tip is to use scrapbook paper, but if you have a ton of washi tape that would work too. Honestly you can do anything- handletter, paint, watercolor… Make it you!


DIY #2

Art! This is the best way ( I think) to make your desk you + usable! If you’re super artsy (unlike me haha) then you can make your own art, but if not you can use google, Pinterest, or really anything! A lot of the things I end up using are actually for a class (like a memory verse or important things I need to remember) and I use a cute font to make them adorable!

t i p s:

  1. You don’t need fancy software or skills to make these! If I can make them so can you 🙂 I mostly use Microsoft word or publisher (word is easier)- google docs is great but I don’t love the fonts. There are some fun ones but I have favorites on my computer as well.
  2. Fonts: fonts are actually super easy. When I find a font I like, I google the name (and add font to the end) and websites come up with them! Then I download the font and reopen the design program I’m using so that it includes the new font. (some of) My favorites:

Frente H1

Rottitary Feminine

Sweet Pea

Watermelon Script Demo

KG eyes wide open

Janda Elegant Script


DIY #3

You can’t really see it in this picture, but it’s a tray//dry erase board.

my inspiration:

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Just google “picture frame dry erase board” and you can see a ton of these! They are super easy to make.

  1. Find a picture frame with glass on the front. Your family probably has some old ones, but if not they’re quite cheap at thrift stores.
  2. Cut a piece of paper (or scrapbook paper) to fit the picture frame.
  3. NOTE: if you used scrapbook paper just remember to pick something that works with dry erase markers!
  4. Decorate! You can handletter/draw something- or if you used scrapbook paper you can be done!
  5. Write! You can draw or write notes to yourself… or use it as a cute tray!




Well…. sorry that this post wasn’t awesome! I tried to make it pretty good, but it’s probably not lol.


A Barefoot Gal 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

This is for a giveaway, so go check it out!

A Barefoot Gal

Hello everyone!

That’s right, it’s time for my annual blogiversary giveaway. Up until I typed out the title, I didn’t realize that come February 20th, I will have been blogging for five years! I guess I’ve been blogging for a little longer than I thought. 🙂

I’m never quite sure how to get into these posts, so here are a few stats for A Barefoot Gal:

  • This will be my 555th post, and I’m posting about my 5th blogiversary! Hah!
  • This blog has 106,888 total views as of the writing of this post.
  • And 23,276 visitors.
  • And 1,555 followers (so many fives!).
  • The average words per post go up with the years. It was 93 in 2014, 208 in 2015, 323 in 2016, 560 in 2017, and 634 in 2018.
  • Total words in all my posts combined: 179,157.
  • Most of the search terms that lead people…

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Post ideas needed!

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I literally have no idea what to post! What do YOU want to see? Here are a couple ideas//categories for posts that y’all want to see:


  1. Devotional//Bible study series
  2. DIY//Crafting
  3. Desk tour//organization ideas
  4. The Lego Vlogs (still developing this but I’d love to work on it)
  5. Book reviews
  6. Tags//Q & A
  7. Recent photagraphy
  8. Planner//planing
  9. Other!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE please let me know what you want to see in the comments! I can’t wait to see your response.



One Year 💕 {GIVEAWAY!}

Check out this giveaway! This is a repost 🙂

Standing Firm in My Faith

One year of devotionals. Of posting and then not posting. Of users and followers coming and going. Of stories. One year of growing closer to God and sharing God’s word through this blog.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

-Psalm 118:24 ESV

You may be wondering why I’m posting on a Monday. Actually you probably aren’t because I haven’t officially announced my Wednesday blogging schedule. 😛 Oh well.

Anyways, this is the reason why: Today is the one-year blogaversiary of Standing Firm in My Faith, and we also hit 50 followers a few days ago!

I cannot believe how much support that I’ve gotten through this blog, even when it was inactive. Ever since my cringey, messy, all-over-the-place, weirdly dramatic first post, I’ve grown as a blogger and in my faith!

In honor of this blog’s 1-year blogaversiary and 50-followers milestone…

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I’m Back// 2019 Goals + Word of the year

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Do you like my new “hello” graphic? I LOVE the way it was before (in gif format), but it’s actually quite hard to do that so I did’t do it again. And I do like the way this one turned out! And the coloring/font choices work with my blog *grins*.

Anyway, today’s post is all about 2019! I can not believe that it is already 2019. 2018 seriously went by so fast! I actually still write 2017 when writing dates sometimes… xD.

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I have a LOT of goals for 2019! They are separated into 5 different categories.


Have a fitness routine I currently don’t have a fitness routine, but I want to start one this year!

Play at least 1 volleyball season This is pretty self explanatory… but I want to play at least one volleyball season this year. Where I play, the seasons are winter and summer, so I might not be able to to do the summer season.


Read through the entire bible I actually have never done this before…but I have already started 🙂

Start a prayer journal I need to do this… but it should be pretty simple.


18-19 school year: at least 85% in ALL subjects Again, self explanatory! But I want to pass all my subjects lol.


~200 followers by December Ahh I don’t want to seem like I blog for followers, but I do want to grow my audience in 2019!

Post twice a week by December This goal is huge (and probably unachievable…) but I really want to try.

~50 followers on mailing list by December I really want to grow my email list this year 🙂

Grow YouTube channel My youtube channel is not really very good//grown, and I want to work on that this year!


Begin playing violin I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and I think I will this year.

Start business I have so many ideas for different platforms, and I really want to achieve this this year!

Earn $150//Go to The Wilds camp The Wilds camp is an awesome Christian summer camp that I attended back in 2016. I want to go again (and I have to earn money to attend).
Those are (most of) my goals for the year! I’m really excited for 2019.

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I learned about this idea a couple of years ago, but this year I decided to try it out!

For 2019, my word of the year is IMPACT.

I want to impact my family.

I want to impact my friends.

I want to impact my community.

I want to impact the world.

And… I want to impact you!

Pretty simple, but it is a really cool idea!


Thanks for reading! Let me know your goals for 2019 in the comments! See you next week 🙂null