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Catching My Eye 09.

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July 31, 2013
Would you make me very very happy and take my survey? I promise, it's super short, 9 questions. And most of the questions are multiple choice, a few you have to fill in a word. I will love you forever! 

The best of the interwebs:

(This is probs NSFW...but it's effin hilarious.)

♥I'm working on the 30 Day Arm Challenge with Claire from DaisyBisley. I love feeling stronger!

♥This slightly depressing article shows that I'm about as smart as an eighth grader in 1912.

♥I love this cool Kickstarter campaign for laboratory glasses made into tableware.

The Wine Glass

♥Think your life is tough? Here are 23 easy fixes to first world problems.

♥If anyone wants to give me $60, I'd love this studded Stella & Dot bracelet.

♥Michelle reviews a subscription box of gourmet food!

♥This is so freaky cool! A photographer spliced pictures of family members together and shows how cool genetics are.

Ulric Collette - FullyM1

Make graffiti with moss!

♥You might have missed: Funky Mood? Not for Long Weekly Wishes #8 ♥ Choices + free iPhone backgrounds Sponsor CMS in July/August.

What have you been loving this week? Which of these links did you think was the coolest?

Funky mood? Not for long.

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July 30, 2013
Being in a funk sucks. I get in a funk, for no reason at all every few weeks or so and I feel just miserable. I’m grumpy at everyone I see, I stomp around and I get things done about as fast as molasses in January. You get these too? Congrats, you’re normal. Well get your mouse ready to bookmark this because I’m about to give you foolproof steps to take the first bus out of Funkytown.

1. Be extra funky. Tell yourself and everyone you see, “I am in a funk.” Make extra grumpy faces at people on purpose and scowl at your goldfish. You’re not allowed to get out of your funk. The more you try to be in a funk, the harder it is.

2. Decide to get out of the funk. Why? Because being in a funk sucks. Come on, keep up. Admit you’re in a funk and try to be open to positivity. Then proceed.

3. Take care of yourself. Take a shower. Girls, put on a little makeup, do a face mask, paint your nails. It’s harder to feel funky when you look fabulous.

4. Be productive. Make a to do list and commit to doing one thing start to finish even if it’s small. Do a load of laundry. Reply to a few emails. Work on something that will occupy your mind.

5. Talk to someone who loves you. Find your funniest/most awesome friend and call them. Say, “I’m in a funk; entertain me, friend.”

6. Go outside. A little walk/run/bike ride can do wonders for a funky mood. Even sitting outside with a book or iPod can shift your mood from sad to sassy!

7. And lastly, watch these gifs, put googly eyes on stuff,  Jes-style, listen to this and read this book.

Weekly Wishes #8

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July 29, 2013

(Isn't this gorgeoussss? It's in Norway, somewhere.)

Hey all. Today, I'm linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week! Last week, my goals were to run once, get through my Bloglovin' feed, connect with bloggers, keep my bedroom clean and learn something new.

  • Ran once? Sure did! Five miles.

  • Get through my Bloglovin' feed? Oh man, no. I'm closer to 300-350 now. I'm so sorry for commenting on everyone's posts from two weeks ago. I'm working on it.

  • Connect with bloggers? A little bit but not as much as I would have liked. You're a blogger? Tweet @CallMeSassBlog or comment or comment on my Facebook! (See buttons above)

  • Keep my room clean? Did pretty well! Not perfectly, but it was a good try!

  • Learn something new? I learned about the colors you see when you shut your eyes!

Now, for this week's wishes:

  • Go through my whole Bloglovin' feed (take two)! This is getting pathetic. Share your blog with me below!

  • Get a new sponsor! Want to help me out? Check out my sponsor page! Starts at only five bucks!

  • Spend some quality time brainstorming posts for my first week of school--it's gonna be crazy busy!

  • Make progress on my school reading and start college applications!

Now head on over to The Nectar Collective and join the Weekly Wish link up.

What were your wishes this week? If you have a blog, tweet me, comment or sponsor to help me reach my wishes!

Choices + free iPhone backgrounds

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July 27, 2013
Because I believe that your attitude is always a choice.

happiness  happiness love  love patience  patience peace  peace

Download any of these iPhone backgrounds.

P.S. If you like these, please pin or share them using the buttons below.

Dreaming of...Cornwall, England

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July 25, 2013
Would you make me very very happy and take my survey? I promise, it’s super short, 9 questions. And most of the questions are multiple choice, a few you have to fill in a word. I will love you forever! 

Bodmin, Cornwall, UK  Mevagissey harbour, Cornwall | England (by dipsybee)

Cornwall Coast  England

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Someone please send me here.

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July 24, 2013
Guys, I love whale sharks. Literally, I could just look at one for hours. When I visited them in Georgia back in December, that's literally all I did. I sat in front of their tank and just watched. Something about them makes me feel so wonderful and yet so small that I could cry. Have you ever felt that? I just watch this video over and over.

P.S. Go fullscreen.


P.S. Would you make me very very happy and take my survey? I promise, it’s super short, 9 questions. And most of the questions are multiple choice, a few you have to fill in a word. I will love you forever! 

Catching My Eye 08.

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July 23, 2013
Would you make me very very happy and take my survey? I promise, it's super short, 9 questions. And most of the questions are multiple choice, a few you have to fill in a word. I will love you forever! 

Just a heads-up, friends. I'm heading up north today for a super short trip. I have posts scheduled for you but I won't be responding to comments until Friday. So no, I don't hate you, I'll reply soon!

The best of the interwebs:

♥This video. True, ain't it?

♥This beautiful word art! I'm getting SO into typography lately. Any of you like typography or things like that?

Make a photo covered journal!

♥This DIY on A Beautiful Mess on making a photo-covered journal.

♥Yeah, I'm way behind. But Mulberry's Fall 2011 line ads are phenomenal, aren't they? I want to live in it.

♥Victoria's Secret PINK has launched a line called Consent Revolution: underwear decorated with phrases like "Ask first", "No means no" and "Let's talk about sex". By the time women in the United States graduate from college, one in four will have been raped. Women are twice as likely to be raped in their lifetime than to develop breast cancer. This is little, but maybe it'll change things.

♥In this video, Heineken offers people free flights to exotic destinations. The only caveat? They have to leave immediately and they don't know where they're going.

♥This fascinating study shows that Instagram is more depressing than Facebook.

♥Have you heard that the Postal Service might stop delivering to your door? If you live in America.

♥You might have missed: july music recommendations 5 More Things I'm Not Ashamed Of (But Probably Should Be) ♥ Marie Curie, karate-chopping stereotypes Sponsor CMS in July/August.

all good + ready for the weekend. [playlist]

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July 21, 2013
Yesterday was a super busy day! I got up early to have a little modeling shoot with my friend Sophie. And by modeling shoot, I mean I paid her to take pictures of me for my senior portraits. But hey, it's fun to have it all about you for a little! I can't wait to show you some of the pictures she took!

After that, I hung out at the beach with friends and then went to the annual barbecue in our town. It's so old-school--like five hundred people in our town (which is about half of the whole town) all brought folding tables and chairs to the park where the caterers had set up their grills and we all hung out and ate good food. It was a great time!

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What did you do this weekend? Also, one of my goals for this week's Weekly Wishes was to learn something new. Where do you learn new stuff? Or tell me something interesting!

Where'd You Go, Bernadette [book review]

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July 20, 2013
So this is a book review. I've stayed away from book reviews from a long time because I thought I'd have to use phrases like "a novel that subverts conventions" and "affecting characters" and all sorts of phrases that actually tell you nothing about the book and why you should wanna read it. But this is my version of a book review.

The book is called Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Here's the cover.

Here's the basics: Fifteen-year-old Bee got good grades in eighth-grade. And what did her parents promise her? A trip to Antarctica. Yep, that's right. The only smallish problem is that Bee's mom (Bernadette) is agoraphobic and pretty much hates people and socializing and being in public. To her, spending time on a cruise ship is just too much to handle. So Bernadette disappears and Bee has to go halfway around the world. To some, Bernadette is crazy, but to Bee, her mom is her best friend.

Why you'll love this book: It's so funny--but intentionally. It's like it's smart funny and it makes me feel smart that I think it's funny. There's a lot of dry humor and sarcasm and that's just splendid. This book is very creatively written too. The book is made up of all of Bernadette's emails, receipts, journals and instructions to her virtual assistant in India (who turns out to be in the Russian mafia) and more that Bee "compiles" to make the book.

My favorite quote: “This is why you must love life: one day you're offering up your social security number to the Russian Mafia; two weeks later you're using the word calve as a verb.” --Bernadette

Basically: this book is funny, involves Antarctica, the Russian mafia and drama. Please, just read it. It was a great book.

Awkward book review done.

Over and out.

july music recommendations.

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July 17, 2013
Requested by Kelly (:

troubles will be gone by Allie on Grooveshark

Wow this mix is super random. I've been listening to this mix everywhere, though. At the beach, laying on a towel, reading a good book. At work as we clean up at the end of the night. On my somewhat sporadic runs. Anyways, have yourself a little listen. If you ever have recommendations, I'd love to hear 'em.

What music have y'all been listening to lately?

Catching My Eye 07.

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July 17, 2013

The best of the interwebs:

♥How to make your t-shirts look semi-ladylike.

♥This super duper cute elephant and hot air balloon throw pillow. Literally, anytime you see anything with an elephant (or rhino or whale or dinosaur) on it, please just buy it for me. I'll love you forever.

♥This writer made me laugh by rejecting his rejection letter.

♥This jelly.

♥Is there any land in America at all? This map makes it look like all rivers.

Here's that permission you've been waiting for.

McDonald's suggested budget for employees shows just how hard it is to get by on minimum wage.

♥Your sneezes sound like choruses of angels giggling. --Emergency Compliments.
♥You might have missed: Three Must-Read Memoirs ♥ Things I love about me +why that's not arrogant ♥ A reading playlist ♥ Sponsor CMS in July/August.

this is going on my desktop.

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July 14, 2013

Weekly Wishes Printable

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July 12, 2013
For those of you participating in Weekly Wishes with Melyssa over at The Nectar Collective, I've created a little log for you to journal about how you're doing on your wish. Click the link below to download + print!

weekly wishes printable

Download here.

Love, A.



Related posts you might like:

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Because I need music to read because people are loud.

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July 11, 2013
Okay, it might be weird, but I have playlists for reading. I don't know about you but when I'm reading, I want everyone in the whole entire world to seriously-shut-up-right-now-because-I'm-concentrating. Unfortunately, the whole entire world doesn't really do what I tell them to. Frustrating, I know. So the next best option is to put headphones in and play some music to block out their unnecessary noise.

And because I know that some of you share my lack of ability to control the world, I'm sharing my favorites with you.

You're welcome.

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P.S. I'm also linking up with Sweet Green Tangerine for The Book Chat.
P.P.S. Don't forget about my ad sale! Let's conquer the blog-world together.
P.P.P.S. And my giveaway! Adventure themed :)

Do you listen to music while you read? Do loud people annoy you too when you read??? 
(Maybe I'm overreacting about the loud people...but probably not)

Tips for a Long Distance Relationship (Part 2)

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July 11, 2013
For the first part of this two-part series, I had H (the boyfriend) come over and help me out and give you some tips on surviving a long distance relationship. H and I spend every summer (~2 months) about 800 miles apart. You can read part one here. How do I live without this stellar human being? Read on.

Be intentional about communicating. I work a lot during the summer and because of that, H and I don't find a lot of time to talk. But you've got to show your boyfriend that they still deserve your time. I'll call H whenever I can--on the walk home from work, or sometimes when I get off my shift at midnight. Yes, I'm exhausted at that point, but it's worth it to be the time into our relationship.

Send letters and care packages. It's really special to have something tangible with you that you know your boyfriend or girlfriend has touched and put together. Letters are cheap and always fun to get. Care packages can be cheap too--fill it up with little things that remind you of them wherever you are. Encourage them to send you one too!

Be really honest. Really really really honest. When you're not face to face, it's really easy to misunderstand things or not notice how the other person is feeling. It may feel tough, but it's best to be honest about how you're feeling about things. If you're angry, don't push it down and let it boil up--deal with it. If you're in a bad mood, don't just be grumpy--admit you're in a bad mood. When I'm in a funk, I always tell H and he'll send me pictures of cute animals or bad jokes or funny internet articles until I can cheer up a little.

Trust each other. This one sometimes seems really tough to do, but it will make both of you infinitely more happy with the relationship. I try to let H do pretty much whatever he wants as long as it doesn't hurt him or us. Hopefully, you're with someone who makes trusting easy but sometimes you might not be. Don't be controlling and set rules for each other--you need to trust your boyfriend that he'll be honorable.

Are you in a long distance relationship? How did you make it work?

P.S. Don't forget about the Adventure Lovin' Giveaway going on right now. And ad spaces are also on SALE!

Catching My Eye 06.

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July 10, 2013
opstinatus:000025 by 魏三米ya on Flickr.

The best of the interwebs:

♥I know this is super old stuff, but this video of Jimmy Kimmel getting Coachella attendees to lie about their music knowledge cracks me up. Probably something I'd do though--I hate admitting when I haven't heard of a band. Anyways, I was cracking up.

♥We all know we should go to bed early and get up early, but how often does that really happen? Here's 7 ways to get in bed earlier tonight.

♥Clearly, I still can't stop thinking about Iceland. Take me there!

Photo: Hot springs at the Blue Lagoon.

This Spanish restaurant allows unemployed patrons to work for an hour in exchange for a meal.

♥This awesomely education infographic shows ten top destinations in the world that may be disappearing and why you should visit them while you still can.

Beautiful faceted, geometric tattoos on The Uniqueness of Being's feature called Tattoosday.
♥You might have missed: Let's Make Things Pretty: Free Fonts ♥ 4 Genius TEDTalks ♥ In Which I Try To Make You Like Something Weird

Don't forget these two super important things!!

I'm holding an awesome Adventure Lovin' Giveaway AND Call Me Sassafras has ad spaces on SALE for super cheap!

4 Genius TEDTalks

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July 09, 2013
For those of you who have been following along the blog and have seen my goal in the last Weekly Wishes post, you know I watched lots of TED Talks this week. In short, TED Talks are short lectures (5-30 minutes, generally) on anything that’s an “idea worth spreading”. I love watching TED Talks, but just don’t get around to watching them often for whatever reason. So, I made it my goal this week to watch one or two every night and I succeeded, for the most part! Here were my favorites this week:

1. David Gallo: Underwater Astonishments. David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.
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2. Marc Koska: 1.3m reasons to re-invent the syringe. Reuse of syringes, all too common in under-funded clinics, kills 1.3 million each year. Marc Koska clues us in to this devastating global problem with facts, photos and hidden-camera footage. He shares his solution: a low-cost syringe that can't be used twice.
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3. Gary Lauder's new traffic sign: Take Turns. Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of "Stop" and "Yield" -- and asks drivers to be polite.
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4. Jake Woods: A new mission for veterans--disaster relief. After months or years fighting overseas, 92 percent of American veterans say they want to continue their service; meanwhile, one after another, natural disasters continue to wreak havoc worldwide. What do these two challenges have in common? Team Rubicon co-founder Jake Wood gives a moving talk on how veterans can effectively contribute to disaster relief responses -- and in the process, regain purpose, community and self-worth.
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Do any of you watch TEDTalks? Which one is your favorite, of these or otherwise?

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Weekly Wishes #5

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July 07, 2013
The Nectar Collective

Hey all. Once again, I'm linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. The Weekly Wishes is where we all can share our posts about goals, challenges, and wishes for the week! Last week, my goal was to watch a TEDTalk every night! Some nights I watched a couple talks but other nights I didn't watch any so it kind of evened out. But it's definitely a habit I'd like to keep up with. Tomorrow I'll post a list of my favorite talks and I can't wait to share some with you!

Now, for this week's wish:

I had been doing pretty well on preparing for my half-marathon but unfortunately I skipped like a week and a half when I started nannying and my mornings were crazy busy. On this past Saturday, my town hosted a fun run and I participated in that on the spur of the moment and that's inspired me to pick back up where I left off. This week, my runs are three, four, three and six miles and that last one will be a doozy. But I'm publicly committing to doing the whole six mile run, even if I have to walk a little. Guys, make me do it!

Now head on over to The Nectar Collective and join the Weekly Wish link up.

In Which I Try To Make You Like Something Weird.

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July 07, 2013
Yesterday, my aunt and uncle came to visit my family here in Michigan and of course, they wanted the tour of the new place. Unfortunately for me, that means cleaning. Fortunately, 8tracks has a playlist for everything and playlists make everything easier. Seriously though, people make playlists for weird stuff. Actual examples: cleaning windows, yelling at someone, standing in a lighthouse. Life needs music, y'all.

Anyways, my point is thus: I found a great cleaning playlist, the Mean Green Cleaning Machine. Super weird, super awesome. I spent my day listening to not only swing music, but electro swing. I don't even know what the heck that is but it's freaking awesome. Proof: a swing/electric cover of "Thrift Shop".

Are you as crazy as I am and you actually like this music? (P.S. you totally should) Listen to these other electro swing songs: Bad Boy Good Man, Christopher Columbus or Nine to Five.

Do any of you actually like electro swing music? Am I totally weird for liking it? What weird genres do you think are actually awesome?

Catching My Eye 05.

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July 02, 2013

This week: I started my new nannying job with two little rambunctious boys. ♥ Saw Monsters University!--so cute ♥ enjoyed meeting some new people ♥ hung out at the library (typical) ♥ did not run--once ♥ bought some little things for the boy's care package ♥

Now for the best of the interwebs:

♥This Tumblr called Humans of New York shows little snippets of everyday lives.

♥In honor of Independence Day, read up on our (my) nation's first murderer and our origins in cannibalism and alcoholism. Splendid. That'll inspire some patriotism.

♥This beautiful photo shoot of Mic & Sam on Manzanita.

mic and sam by manzanita photo by rebecca caridad

♥A super creepy (probably entirely false) story in case you're into that.

♥The surprising reason why almost all Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. This is such a beautiful idea.

♥Lastly, this beautiful scene of stars & a sunset.
♥You might have missed: Tips for Surviving a Long Distance Relationship ♥ Why I Like Jerry Springer ♥ 6 Things I'm Not Ashamed Of (But Probably Should Be) ♥ The Reverse Bucket List ♥ Free iPhone Backgrounds

Tips for a Long Distance Relationship (Part 1)

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July 01, 2013
For this two-part series, I'm having H (the boyfriend) come over and help me out and give you some tips on surviving a long distance relationship. H and I spend every summer (~2 months) about 800 miles apart. Here's how we do it:

Greetings fellow members of the interwebs, you can call me H. Not because I have anything to hide, I just like feeling mysterious. I like hunting, fishing, offroading, blowing things up/lighting things on fire, NASCAR, football, baseball, golf, the south, and my bitchin 95 ford bronco. That's not everything but it should give you a rough idea of who I am.

I've been dating Allie for a while now, and I think she's pretty cool. You should definitely follow her blog. If Bob Saget wasn't so tweaked out on coke all the time he would give it two thumbs up, so that just goes to show how awesome her blog is. Anyways, this is our second summer together. During the summer, I stay here in Dixie and hold down the fort while Allie goes up North. Long distance relationships are far from easy but they are possible. Here are some tips that help us get through the summer:
Look at the small picture. When I go on runs, I focus on a crack in the sidewalk about 20-30 feet away, run to it, pick another crack, run to it, etc.... If I look way ahead, I get discouraged and I get worn out faster. When I focus on something close to me and run to it, I find that I can run much farther and the run is much less miserable. This same idea can be applied to long distance relationships. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the idea of being away from your loved one for (enter time apart here), take things day by day. When you wake up in the morning, focus your mind on getting through that day. Don't look at the big picture, look at the small one.

Go out of your way to make your time apart as easy as possible on the other person. Make time for phone calls and skype dates. You don't have to set aside a whole hour for a phone call, even 15 minute phone calls are nice. When you can't talk on the phone or skype, text them. When you can't text, just send a little text saying something nice and letting them know what you're up to. One of me and Allies favorite methods of communication is letter writing! It may not be as popular as it once was but I love it. You can write about future date ideas, tell them stories that they haven't heard, tell them things you like about them, or write really anything that comes to mind. You can draw pictures too! I'm no artist but it adds a little personal touch.

Keep yourself busy. If you're broke like me, you may think that it's hard to keep busy when your wallet is as empty as a doughnut box in a police station. However, there are many things you can do to keep busy without having to spend much or anything. Things to do with a little money: Go see a band you've never heard of (cover charges at music venue near me are usually $7 for minors, $5 for adults). Go to a discount movie theater or get a redbox movie (there's a $2 movie theater near me, and redbox is only $1.20). Go to a minor league sporting event (the tickets for the minor league baseball team here are $14), There are many more things you can do on a budget, those are just the first three I could think of. Things to do for free: Go to a park, read, window shop, clean/organize (I know, not very fun but it still keeps you busy), run/walk/exercise, cook (Not free for everyone, but I still live at home so I don't buy groceries. If you have to buy your own groceries, you can still cook on a budget. And no, I don't mean ramen noodles). There's plenty of things to do for free. Just google free things to do in (enter city here), and I'm sure you'll find something. The less time you spend alone doing nothing the better.

Give your significant things for them to remember you by. Allie has some of my t-shirts, a sweatshirt, a bottle of my cologne, a bear I gave her for valentines day, and a photo album full of pictures of us. I have one of her t-shirts, some sweatshirts, one of her stuffed animals, and a bottle of her perfume. Sure it's not the most manly thing to sleep with a stuffed sheep covered in perfume, but it helps. Having some of hers stuff makes me feel closer to her, especially her perfume. Every little bit helps in a long distance relationship.

I hope these tips help!

Thanks for reading,


P.S. Tune back in next week to hear my tips on how I survive living without this stellar human being. --Allie

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