21 things to do before 21

Bucket lists. I am obsessed. I’ve had the same bucket list since I was 14 years old. Lots of the things on my list have changed over the years, for instance: there is no way I’m graduating from college with honors and a 4.0 GPA. However, in the almost six years of its existence, not very many items have been crossed off.

The other day a friend and I were talking and she came up with a great idea: 22 things she wants to do before she turns 22. As my 20th birthday is taking place this week, I was contemplating what kind of year 20 will be. I will spend five months of it studying abroad in Italy and traveling Europe, I will become an aunt for the second time, I will finish my minor in international studies and I will complete my junior year of college.

I have so many opportunities afforded to me this year, so what a time to cross some things off my bucket list. Without further ado I present:

21 things to do before 21

Go to Rome

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This one is pretty obvious. I’ll be studying abroad in Arezzo, Italy (about one hour outside of Rome). Our study abroad program will have plenty of weekend trips to Rome. I can’t wait to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain.

Sky Dive

maxresdefaultCan we say living on the edge?! This has been on my bucket list since I was born. My friends currently studying in Italy took the plunge a few weeks ago. Who can say they went sky diving in Italy?

Visit the Sistine Chapel

2667884791_81be39cb68_bTalk about one of the most beautiful man-made creations! I will definitely be taking a picture even though it’s illegal.

Send a Message in a Bottle

message-in-a-bottle-1200In the fourth grade my sisters and I tied a note to a bunch of balloons and let it fly. The note made it all the way to a field in Illinois and the finder sent it back! Probably one of the cooler things that has happened in my lifetime. What’s even cooler? Being a full grown adult and sending a message in a bottle. Hopefully someone will actually take the time to read the note.

Have a Pajama Party
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I have never once in my life had a pajama party. Sure, I had plenty of sleepovers as a kid, but no one wore pajamas or talked about boys. We normally ran around outside and played hide and seek until two am. No one in college has huge sleepovers anymore. (College is actually one big sleepover with your roomie but that’s another story.) I want to dress up in my finest footie PJs and sing Britney Spears karaoke while simultaneously stuffing my face with cookies with my best girlfriends. Nothing is more mature honestly.

Visit the Parthenon
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Look guys, the economic state of Greece right now is pretty crappy, so I’m gonna reap the benefits. I have always loved ancient Greece. My last international trip I was able to visit the remnants of Troy. Athens would bring my visit full circle. History is one of my favorite topics, but seeing it in real life beats reading it in a history book.

Learn Sign Language

091812-national-sign-languageI only speak two languages: English and Arabic (moderately). The University of Oklahoma does not offer sign language as a foreign language class. I’ve always wanted to learn. In middle school I had homeschool friends who would communicate to each other via sign language so that none of us plebeians would understand them. Besides private conversation, knowing sign language would be useful so that I could communicate with the deaf community. Here’s to taking on another language!

 Go to a Nude Beach

black-and-white-beach-desktop-backgroundJudge me, but I am a young woman chasing a dream. The dream? To tell people funny stories about that time I went to a nude beach in Italy. Who can top that? (Do not look up “nude beach black and white photo” because it will not be pretty. The fact that I even thought I could look that up without negative results is a testament to my character.)

Churn My Own Butter

butter (1)Yes. I’m weird. Ever since I saw someone doing this at a southern fair when I was like seven I have always wanted to churn my own butter. What’s better than homemade butter on homemade bread? Absolutely nothing. Nothing is better. Next thing you know I’ll open up a butter shop.

 Go to the Wizarding World of Harry PotterHogwarts Express BW

Ever since the ripe age of four I have loved Harry Potter. I owned all of the books, attended book and movie releases, dressed up as a wizard two years in a row for Halloween, had my own potions set, dragged my Harry Potter backpack around everywhere, only played Harry Potter cards and attended pool parties with my Harry Potter towel. Obsessed would be an understatement. In my adult life, I continue to love reading the books and watching the movies, but I have never been to Harry Potter World. (Am I truly a fan then?) Of all the items on my bucket list, this is the most important of them all.

Read the Bible

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I don’t mention my faith enough in this blog. But an important part of my faith is the Bible. Reading God’s word is important but it is also helpful in trying times. I have had a goal for awhile to read the Bible cover to cover. I always finish Genesis and get bored (sorry God). It isn’t about entertainment though. Reading the whole Bible, for me, is about being able to know every word that God commanded be written, even the most boring ones.

Visit Scotland

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Scotland is BEAUTIFUL. From the pictures I’ve seen anyway. I have always wanted to visit the British Isles. Scotland just seems like a place where dreams come true. Luck of the Scottish amiright?

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One Christmas about three years ago, I was checking out at a store after buying Christmas presents for my family. At the checkout counter my card was declined. I frantically started putting things away so that I could check out without embarrassment. I came back to the counter and tried to check out again. This time the manager came and charged me as much as he could. There was a $5 charge left and I had no money to pay, but he wouldn’t let me leave without coughing it up. A line began to form behind me and tears starting welling up in my eyes. This situation was one of my biggest nightmares made into a reality. Thankfully, a kind old man behind me gave me five bucks so that I could leave. It was the nicest thing that has ever happened to me. I thanked God that I live in a small town where people show grace and vowed that I would pay it forward. But, besides spotting my friends every once in awhile, I really have never been given the chance to pay it forward. I hope to spend this year spreading random acts of kindness and encouraging others to do the same just as the man who helped me did.

Get A Tattootattoo-614409_1920-1 (1)

I already have a tattoo so this may seem strange, but dangit I want another one. I have always wanted something small and meaningful hidden where no one but me can see it. Maybe it’ll be the lyrics to my favorite song, or a Bible verse, or something Harry Potter related (because I can). The only thing I’m not looking forward to is the pain.

Bike Around NorwayPTR0665920 (1)

Also something I plan on doing while on my study abroad trip. Amsterdam is beautiful to walk and boat around, but nothing beats biking with friends.

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I recently watched a video where women learn to skate board. Skateboarding is a male dominated activity and I am the number one feminist AKA women = men AKA I can skateboard just as well if not better than men. I just need some practice. Aaaaaand I need a board.

Dye My Hair

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You caught me! My hair is already dyed. But I’m thinking some out-of-this-world grandma-wouldnt-approve dye. Maybe purple or blue (definitely not pink). I’m spending a semester in Europe, might as well go for an unconventional look.

Ride a MotorcycleAprilia-Rider-Motorcycle-Wallpaper (1)

It seems like such a small thing, but how many of you have actually ridden a motorcycle? I guess the opportunity has never presented itself. It’s amazing to me that I have been alive for 20 years and have never ridden a motorcycle. I can’t wait to be the toughest chick in the streets.

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I’m a skier. Snowboarding scares the crap out of me honestly. It’s terrifying to have both feet strapped into one board and slide down a snowy mountain to your death. I am much more comfortable when each foot has command of its own domain. But 20 is the year of self discovery and adventure and facing my fears. If that means I must snowboard, so be it.

Read a Classicleather bound classic books (1)

Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, Of Mice and Men, The Crucible, The Great Gatsby: those are a few of my favorite books. But, if you survey the list above, none of them are really classic. As a college age adult, I feel as though it is my responsibility (and really the responsibility of any responsible citizen) to read books that have stayed relevant throughout history. First on my list? Wuthering Heights

Learn How to CodeCodingSnippet (1)

Tech is has gotten HUGE in the last decade. From creating apps to creating websites, the industry is valid in most parts of everyday life in the developed world. I know the basics of HTML and CSS, but there is so much more I could perfect. My hope is that the skills I develop coding will help me in my future career, but also breakdown the stereotype that only men can be successful in the tech industry.

 

Thank you all for reading about my life! Be sure to check out more posts.

 

xoxo

Ivey

 

A Few of My Favorite Things – Beauty and Style Edition

So I thought that, today, in the spirit of Christmas, I would share a few of my favorite things will all of you! So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite thinnngggsss…. Beauty and Style Edition

I love using natural products on my body. Skin is one of the biggest organs on your body, so I think what you put on your body is just as important as what goes in it. My favorite beauty products are as follows:

Body 

Yes To Carrots

Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub is my go to in-the-shower facewash. It smells like heaven and works better than other products because it actually feels rough on my skin, which is a good thing because I tend to get really bad blackheads, so this product is great for someone who doesn’t want to use a facial cleanser with a ton of hard-to-pronounce ingredients, but really needs a thorough facial clean. I also don’t wear a lot of makeup, so I am able to cleanse my face throughout the day. Normally I use facial wipes. My favorite are the Yes To Carrots Fragrance Free Wipes. They clean your face without leaving behind a fruity smell or a weird baby wipe smell.

Burts Bees 

Burts Bees has been my go to for lip balm for years now, but I didn’t discover their other products until recently. My favorite product by them is the Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream . Any time I break out or have the smallest sign of a pimple, I just put a little bit of the cream where it is needed. Overnight my pimples shrink significantly or disappear. I honestly didn’t think a natural product could work so well, but this one is beyond any regular one I have used. I will admit that the price seems high for such a small bottle, but I swear to you it is totally worth it.

I have also used the Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream. I am not a fan of the tingly feeling it gives my face and the minty smell (I hate mint). It also made my skin red and sensitive for long periods of time. But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself!

This is going to sound weird, but I also sometimes might use natural deodorant. I KNOW I KNOW. Weirdo! Whatever. Normal deodorant releases aluminum into your body which is linked to alzheimers. Anyhow, I really like the Natural Skincare for Men Deodorant. It smells like a man, which is totally rad, and is clear, so no white marks. The main problem I have found with natural deodorant is that it doesn’t really last all day. So, when I use it, I like to carry it around with me. I wouldn’t recommend using it if you’re planning on hitting the gym either. If anyone else knows about a better, long-lasting natural deodorant, leave a comment so I can check it out.

Ology

Ology is a product only sold at Walgreens (as far as I know). Basically I LOVE LOVE LOVE their body soap because it smells good and the bottle is huge. I have had my current bottle of Lavender Pure Castile Liquid Soap for about six months now and I still have a fourth of the bottle left. Their lotion is great too, but right now I am in love with….

EO Products… specifically their Coconut and Lemon Lotion. It smells like heaven, and the bottle is also huge, making it another product that I can continue to use for the next six months.

Now on to HAIR PRODUCTS 

I am such a lazy bum when it comes to my hair. In May I cut it off to about my shoulders so I could donate to Locks of Love, and ever since then I barely touch my hair. This is partially due to the fact that I really want it to grow out, and I believe the less product and heat used on my hair, the better. But I will try my hardest to give you guys an overview of what I use (or don’t really use that often) to get my hair in tip-top shape.

On a wavy day I normally wash my hair using Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo and Australian Tea Tree Conditioner. I tend to get tired of the same smell of hair products quickly, so the bottles are the perfect size for me. I run out of conditioner in about three weeks and it takes about a month and a half for me to use up all my shampoo. The Organix Tea Tree Mint products smell great, as well as the Argan Oil of Morocco line. I definitely notice a difference now that I use natural hair products. My hair is healthier than ever before and grows EXTREMELY quickly. The only non-natural product I use to do my hair is the Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Styling Mousse. I have found that this styling product works best for my hair type. I have wavy hair and it is really easy for me to just throw in some mousse and get on with my day. The mousse dries fast, smells like heaven, and doesn’t make my hair hard or shiny like gel does.

When I want a straight hairdo, I use my Argan Heat 1 1/2″ Ceramic Straightening Iron. I have had it for about two years now, and it still does the job just as well as when I first bought it. It gets up to 450 degrees (great for crazy hair like mine), makes my hair shiny and super soft. I have used a Chi before and can honestly say that I like Argan better.

Like I said, my hair gets dry, especially in the winter. Instead of doing an off-the-shelf hot oil treatment, I use virgin organic coconut oil (I didn’t provide a link, because my choice in coconut oil differs depending on where I shop and prices). I just heat about a spoonful of oil up in the microwave for about a minute (until melted) and then apply it to my hair. Then I saran-wrap the hair for an hour and then shower it all out. The result is shiny, hydrated hair. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT GET THE OIL ANYWHERE ON OR NEAR YOUR SCALP. Most people are oily near the crown of their head anyway, so adding more oil to the area just creates a gross oily mess that is impossible to wash out. I made that mistake the first time and looked like a wet dog for two weeks.

MAKEUP (Or naw)

Like I said earlier, I normally reserve makeup for work or for times when I know a lot of pictures will be taken. So my knowledge of makeup isn’t fabulous. I apologize profusely and assure you that I am working on perfecting my makeup game. (It’s actually on my 2015 resolution list which I will share soon.) But, I will share my fave products anyway.

As far as natural makeup products go, I am a sucker for Physicians Formula. Their Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio Nude Collection is my favorite because there are three color options.The brown is my favorite for my bottom lash line because I feel as though black liner is too harsh on my eyes and makes them look smaller than they already are. I always have a hard time finding mascara that doesn’t irritate my eyes but the Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Fakeout Mascara makes my lashes look longer and doesn’t irritate them at all. That’s about it as far as daily makeup goes (if any). I plan on writing more makeup posts once I start my research and youtube video watching!

If you have any questions or product reviews go ahead and post a comment!

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Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any products nor am I sponsoring any products mentioned in this article. The statements are purely my opinion.