Journal

Littlebit Passed Away

April 29, 2019
Littlebit Passed Away

Hello everyone,

As you can tell from the title, my cat Littlebit has passed away. She was the inspiration behind half of this blog’s name. She was almost fifteen years old. I remember the day we got her. This couple was going to get the few kittens they saw and take them to a shelter and were having no luck. My dad handed my sister and I a fishing net, and we came back with a tiny white fluff ball, who had two different color eyes. I remember my mom holding her on her chest and swearing we were going to give her away. However, it was my mom who gave her name to her.

At the beginning of this month, I was already having a lot of things going on in my life, and was under a lot of stress. And unfortunately, it seemed like just another thing that went wrong when my cat started to go downhill. She was having a lot of trouble breathing and she was eating or drinking. We took her to the vet two or three times, and found she did have an enlarged heart. They had given her some medicine to try, and unfortunately the next evening she passed away.

It Has Been Difficult

With all the things going on in my life at that time, it really hit me hard that when my princess Littlebit passed away. It’s been a few weeks now, and I still have moments where I come home and expect her to be there, or I think I hear her meowing to come inside. I don’t want to make this blog post too long, or really, it’s just that I’m still not in a place where I can dwell on her passing without tearing up. So, instead, I will be posting some of my favorite pictures of her, and I hope you all hug your pets today. Because while some people see them as just animals, they are apart of our families, and when they are gone… It hurts.

Make sure you love your furbabies today. And for those of you who are having trouble grieving the loss of a furbaby, be sure to check out “The Rainbow Bridge

Thank you all for your love.

Anna Maxwell

The little toe beans that I am going to miss sooo much!
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MASSIVE Planner Sticker Haul from Glam Planner on Etsy

March 25, 2019

Disclaimer: Post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own, and photos were taken by me.

ve some sort of idea of what I need to get done.

I currently have an Erin Condren Life Planner, and this is my third year having this style of planner. I have the vertical layout, and I think it is perfect for people who like to make lists to check off throughout the day.

My favorite thing to do every once in a while is to use planner stickers to give a little bit of life to my planner for a week or so. Below are some kits I have used in the past…

Let’s get to the haul!

For those of you who don’t know, Elle Fowler has been a YouTuber for over ten years now, and she took a little bit of a break the last few years in order to focus on her sticker shop: Glam Planner. She is currently in the process of moving from L.A to Nashville, and her sticker shop is moving to there too. So, she had a massive sale to get rid of the planner stickers she had left in stock in L.A, and of course I had to get my hands on a few kits. Well, it’s a little more than a few…

I bought twenty kits in this sale that Elle had, and I am so happy with all of the kits I purchased. I wanted to buy a variety to be able to use throughout this year, and I feel like I have some perfect ones for Spring, Fall, and Autumn. There is one kit that I could use for Winter. I do have some leftover sticker kits that I have previously purchased that I could use in Winter as well, and I think I’m mostly set for the year.

If you want to get your own stickers…

If you are interested in getting in the planner sticker world, I definitely recommend Elle’s stickers, because they are great quality and not that expensive. There are some sticker kits that are expensive, but the quality is lacking. I think she picked out the great combination of printer and sticker paper to make these stickers look so good.

Let me know which of these kits is your favorite. I did already use one of these kits last week since Spring started, and if you want to check out that layout, go to my instagram: @annamaxwell018

Other than my blog, I regularly post on Instagram. Be sure to give me a follow @annamaxwell018 or @LittlebitPatchCo for updates on my daily life. Thanks for reading, Anna.

Disclaimer: All photos are my own unless stated otherwise in the photo captions. In that case, the photo usually links to where I got it from.

Lifestyle Photography Social Media

Photography: Red and Pink Theme

February 5, 2019

The month of February usually revolves around a lot of pink and red, as Valentine’s Day is a huge inspiration. Personally, I take the stance of not really caring too much for Valentine’s Day. It’s not because I’m single, so much as it is the fact that regardless on if you are in a relationship or not, you should be showing your love for the ones you care about in your life all year.

However, there are a couple of good things that come from Valentine’s Day. One, being that the very next day, usually all the Valentine’s Day chocolate is 50% off. Two, I love the color scheme for Valentine’s Day. Usually, we see the usual red, pink, and white in many different shades. Or we will see the common pastels that we will see again once Easter comes around.

My Pink & Red Photos

I am very much an amateur photographer, and I have a long way to go. However, I thought I would share some of my favorite pink and red things that I have taken photos of over the past couple years.

Love | Pink & Red

Link to my Love Themed Pinterest board – Red & Pink

My latest project on Pinterest is my LOVE board. The goal is to stick to my favorite pink and/or red photographs and put them together to create another great inspirational board. My favorites are Holiday boards or Home Decor boards. However, I do appreciate color themed boards, because sometimes it can be incredibly satisfying and inspirational to see a collection of the same color in one space. With that in mind, some of my other favorite inspirational boards are below, and I have them linked to their respective Pinterest creators.

Board by Minanda Minanda
Board by Fashion For Lunch
Photo by Swirls of Color💫

What are some of your favorite Pink and Red themed boards on Pinterest? If you have color-themed boards of your own, be sure to share them below. I need some new ones to follow. Also, if you have a color-themed Instagram, I would love to see that too.

My Pinterest – annamaxwell018

I’m really enjoying my Pinterest right now, and I have been putting in a lot of work on developing it. This time last year I had averaged about 100,000 monthly views, and I now average about 2.8 million monthly views on my Pinterest. Be sure to go check out my Pinterest if you are into Fashion, Food, and Photography.

My Pinterest Profile

Other than my blog, I regularly post on Instagram. Be sure to give me a follow @annamaxwell018 or @LittlebitPatchCo for updates on my daily life.

Anna

Disclaimer: All photos are my own unless stated otherwise in the photo captions. In that case the photo usually links to where I got it from.

Lifestyle

New Year Resolutions – 2019

January 1, 2019

It’s finally 2019! I say that like it took centuries to get through 2018, but actually, the year went by pretty quickly. I remember that January and February of 2019 did seem to take a long time, then March through December went by fast. I am pretty excited for what’s to come in 2019, and I hope that everyone has a great year as well.

My New Year Resolutions

  1. Take better care of my skin
  2. Write more
  3. Procrastinate less
  4. Eat healthier
  5. Try to stay more organized

I decided this year to try to stay minimal with my new year resolutions, because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. Instead, I am going to give myself smaller goals on a more weekly or monthly basis throughout the year. I find that I get more disappointed if I have a huge list of resolutions or goals, and mess up on them.

These top five resolutions are my main goals for the year, and what I need inspiration on the most. I already started off on my list today, and spent most of my morning deep cleaning my bedroom. Over the holiday’s it tends to get messy and crowded, and I took a few hours to try to throw away things that I have been holding onto for too long. I also re-organized a lot as well, and I already feel so much better.

Above is my new 2019 planner, and I am so thrilled to use it. Nothing feels better than having a new planner to start the year off with.

What are you looking forward to this year? Got any resolutions you want to share? Let me know in the comments below.

Other than my blog, I regularly post on Instagram. Be sure to give me a follow @annamaxwell018 or @LittlebitPatchCo for updates on my daily life.

Anna

Journal

|12/12/18| I Graduated From College

December 12, 2018

I FINALLY DID IT! I officially graduated from college! The past week I have spent non-stop studying for final exams, and I have been stressed out to the max. I took those exams on Monday, and I still did not feel much better after taking them. Out of all my classes this semester, there was one class I was worried about, and the final exam didn’t ease my worries that much. 

The Ceremony

I had my graduation ceremony yesterday(Tuesday the 11th), and it was actually a nice ceremony. We luckily got to have it inside, because I couldn’t imagine having an outdoor ceremony with all the cold weather we are having. We actually had to delay the ceremony by an hour because we had ice on the roads yesterday morning. All that meant for me is that I got to sleep in an extra hour than I planned. Here are some pictures from yesterday…

These photos were taken by my amazing aunt Kay, and I really appreciate that she was able to be there along with my family. 

Why was I so stressed?

It is actually pretty simple. My university doesn’t require our final grades to be put out until this Friday, and I had no idea really if I should even be graduating. It was kind of hard to enjoy everything fully. Yes, I still had fun, but there was that nagging feeling in my head that kept reminding me I wasn’t fully graduated yet.

However, yesterday evening turned that all around…

My family went bowling with my Dad’s coworkers for their Christmas party, and it was on our way home from there that the one class I was worried about posted the grades, and I found out that I indeed passed the class. So, I was able to finally breathe, and know that I did indeed graduate and will be receiving my degree that I have been working for the past few years.

I know that I haven’t posted on the blog the last two weeks, and I have been meaning too. Especially my big Black Friday haul, but I have been so focused on graduating that I didn’t get the chance. I will be posting the complete Black Friday Haul still, as I did finally receive all the packages I ordered online. The last one actually showed up on Monday so it took a long time for that one.

Other than my blog, I regularly post on Instagram. Be sure to give me a follow @annamaxwell018 or @LittlebitPatchCo for updates on my daily life.

Anna

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales

11/9/18 Is It Too Early To Decorate For Christmas?

Plan With Me(PWM): Halloween 2018

10/15/18 My Weekend Fall Shopping Trip

Pink Lily Boutique – Fall Haul (part 2) 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Fashion

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018 (part 3)

November 17, 2018

This post is NOT sponsored by Pink Lily. This is my own opinion about my personal online shopping experience here. 

If you haven’t already noticed, I am in LOVE with the Pink Lily Boutique. This is my fourth time making a purchase from them, but the third time was just for a mystery bag so it wasn’t a full haul. Check out my first two hauls here: part 1 | part 2

This purchase was mainly for Fall or Winter items, but a couple could probably go for Springtime as well. I think I’m winding down with my Pink Lily purchases for the year. The last one I plan on making is going to be for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but never say never. They could have an amazing sale, and I might change my mind. However, I plan to hopefully be done with most of my shopping for the year after Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

My Order

I love everything I bought. The material is so soft on everything and perfect for Fall and Winter. When I ordered these I got a 30% discount, and that was probably the only way I bought that last sweater. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it is so beautiful, and really cozy. However, it’s original price was $55, and I was not down to pay that much for a sweater. No matter how cute and cozy it is. I think I mentioned this in my first Pink Lily haul, and it is very important to try to buy on sale days if you aren’t able to spend that much money. I recommend waiting for sales that are 25% or more, because usually, the highest sales are 25 to 30%. 

I really enjoyed my purchases, and I can’t wait to check out their Black Friday sale. If you’re planning on making some purchases yourself, make sure to check out their Instagram for Black Friday sale news.

Anna

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales

11/9/18 Is It Too Early To Decorate For Christmas?

Plan With Me(PWM): Halloween 2018

10/15/18 My Weekend Fall Shopping Trip

Pink Lily Boutique – Fall Haul (part 2) 2018

10/5/18 Morning Coffee Chit Chat

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Holiday

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Already?

November 13, 2018

[This post contains affiliate links in the widgets. This means-at zero cost to you-I might earn a commission if you buy something through my links.]

Is it already time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping already? If you couldn’t already tell, I have already done quite a bit of shopping already this Fall season. I’ve posted two clothing haul’s, and a haul that included items from Bath & Bodyworks, Ross, and Ulta. I also have another haul coming your way in the next week or so. It’s been a great season for shopping, and it will only get better from here.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Already?

Oh yeah, there are some big stores already releasing their ads and top sales already, and there are more and more released each day. My usual favorites to go in person to is between JCPenney’s and Kohls. I don’t necessarily get much at Kohl’s anymore, as it is usually just kind of a tradition to go there year every year on Black Friday. Oh, and why do we even call it Black Friday anymore when all the stores open on Thursday at 6 p.m.? Okay, before I go on a long rant about that, let’s get to what is really important: What are the big sales?

Popular Sales

  • Bloomingdales – Up to 25% off sitewide (11/25-11/27)
    • Buy More, Save More – $25 off $150+, $75 off $350+, or $150 off $500+ (11/28-11/29)
  • Nordstrom – Up to 60% sales (11/21-11/26)
  • Macy’s – Up to 20% off Black Friday sales, code BLKFRI & Free Shipping over $49 (11/21 – 11/24)
  • Urban Outfitters – Buy one, Get one sitewide (11/21-11/23)
  • JCPenney – take extra 30% off $100+ or extra 25% under $100 (11/25-11/28)

Sales I’m Looking Forward To Most? Shoes!

These shoe sales are going to be in Kohl’s on Black Friday, and I always enjoy getting these boots every year.

All in the below widget will be $19.99 on Black Friday

All in the below widget will be $29.99 on Black Friday

JCPenney boots will be $19.99 on Black Friday

Links to extra direct ads for Black Friday (Not affiliate links)

Best Buy

Bath & Bodyworks

Victoria’s Secret

Target

(Will update if more stores post, but these are the most popular ones right now.)

Are you going shopping on Black Friday or for Cyber Monday this year? What are your go-to stores? Any sales I missed that are need to know? Tell me in the comments below, or find me on Instagram @annamaxwell018

Anna

11/9/18 Is It Too Early To Decorate For Christmas?

Plan With Me(PWM): Halloween 2018

10/15/18 My Weekend Fall Shopping Trip

Pink Lily Boutique – Fall Haul (part 2) 2018

10/5/18 Morning Coffee Chit Chat

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Holiday Journal

|11/9/18| Is It Too Early To Decorate For Christmas?

November 9, 2018

Is it too early to decorate for Christmas? This is a question that spirals around usually after Halloween every year, and it is one that I just don’t get. Why is everyone so obsessed with controlling Christmas decorations? If it’s November 1st and I want to put up Christmas lights, why does it bother you so much? If I put them up in April would it bother you then too? What if I left Christmas decorations up year round?

My Big Question

I think my big question is: Why do people put so much effort into hating other people for decorating early for Christmas? How does it affect you if I put Christmas decorations up in my house early? It’s not like I’m going around and demanding everyone go and start decorating for Christmas early too. It’s just what I’m doing. Honestly, people need to take a chill pill, and worry about themselves. If they don’t want to decorate until November 30th or December 1st, that’s fine. If people don’t want to decorate at all, that is fine.

My point is that Christmas is a time of year for people to come together with their families. Not everyone looks at Christmas religiously, and purely just on the fact that it is a time of year they can spend with the family they might not always get to see. Some people might start decorating early because they are excited to feel the spirit of the holiday. To feel the happiness that Christmas or being around family gives them.

Did I Decorate Already?

No, I didn’t. I have some cute Fall decorations I like to use, and I want to enjoy them for a few weeks before putting up my Christmas decorations. However, I am fully supportive of people who have already put up their Christmas decorations. Because for some people Christmas might be the one time of year that brings them true happiness and joy. It’s also really none of my damn business if they decide to decorate early or not too. Just throwing that out there 🙂

What about you?

Did you decorate for Christmas already? On another note, who is getting ready for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday? I’m already super excited, and planning out my shopping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Anna

Plan With Me(PWM): Halloween 2018

10/15/18 My Weekend Fall Shopping Trip

Pink Lily Boutique – Fall Haul (part 2) 2018

10/5/18 Morning Coffee Chit Chat

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Planning

Plan With Me (PWM): Halloween – October 2018

October 29, 2018

With October coming to an end, I have finally got to use my Halloween planner sticker kit(purchased from The Glam Planner on Etsy), and I couldn’t be happier. I decided to a kind of plan with me, and share with you how I decided to layout my spread for this week. This kit and three others are from a Planner Sticker haul I did back in August. I bought four kits specifically so I could use one per month for the rest of the year. My September kit was kind of like a goodbye Summer road trip kit, and this one is obviously for Halloween.

The Full Kit – created by Glam Planner on Etsy.com

First of all, I love the color in these. I think the art is simple, but it works for this Halloween kit. I only bought an essentials kit, which means that it’s not necessarily made to cover the entire week spread like some kits are. So it leaves some white space in the final product, but I kind of liked it that way. I feel like I was able to use some more of the decor stickers on the third sheet in this spread, and I don’t always get to do that with full spreads.

Plan With Me

Honestly, I am really proud of how this turned out. There are a few stickers that I didn’t align too well with the boxes, but I had to just let it go or I would have spent hours working on this to make everything perfect. What do you all think? Would you have done this kit differently? Also, what are your favorite planner sticker shops on Etsy? I need some new inspiration. If you own your own shop, let me know as well. I’d love to help support your small business. 

Anna

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Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

Journal: New Projects and Fall Fever 9/16/18

Planner Sticker Haul August 2018

What Nobody Tells You About Your Last Semester of College

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

Beauty Fashion Journal Lifestyle

|10/15/18| My Weekend Fall Shopping Trip

October 15, 2018

[This post contains affiliate links. This means-at zero cost to you-I might earn a commission if you buy something through my links.]

I spent my weekend mostly relaxing, but on Saturday I ended up doing a spur of the moment Fall shopping spree. It wasn’t really supposed to be that big of a shopping trip, as I was really only planning to go out and get some groceries. However, that ended up turning into going to 6 different places, and most of my Saturday ended up disappearing.

Fashion

If you hadn’t read my blog posts about my recent purchases from the Pink Lily Boutique, I have already started building my Fall wardrobe, and you’d think I’d be done by now. Well, never underestimate my ability to lose self-control, and buy more clothes. You can never have enough sweaters, cardigans, and boots… All the clothing and shoes are from Ross, and they were all great prices. Each sweater/cardigan was below $15 each, and both boots were around $25 each.

I have bought a lot of cardigans this year, and that’s pretty unlike me. I’m usually more interested in sweaters and sweatshirts to make it through the colder season, but I guess my taste is kind of changing. I think my favorite cardigan is the rusty orange one with the stripes. It kind of appears redder on the photo, but it definitely is a real rusty orange. I also am pretty excited about my new boots.

Oh and not fashion related, but I also bought this coffee mug at Ross. It’s huge, and I am absolutely in love with it. I might be using this past Halloween, as I don’t think I have another mug like this one. 

Beauty

I’ve needed some refills on my usual eyebrow products, and I of course left with many more things. I have to say that I at least bought things that I will use this time, and not things that will just waste away in my drawers.

The liquid lipstick I got from Morphe has been absolutely amazing. It doesn’t dry up my lips, and it applies smoothly. The eyeshadow palette I got was also an amazing buy, and the colors are beautiful. They have three other palettes like the one I bought with different shades, and I definitely recommend checking them out.

I am a big fan of the Stila mascara and liquid eyeliner too, and I’m trying the IT foundation out for the first time so I will let you all know how that goes. So far, I’ve noticed that it’s lightweight, and you can barely tell it is even on. However, I find my skin looks great with it on, and it has just the right amount of coverage. (Not shown, I also bought an NYX eyebrow pencil and NYX eyebrow gel.)

Bath & Bodyworks

It wouldn’t be a real last minute shopping spree without me getting some candles from Bath & Bodyworks. I recently did a Fall candle haul, and I got most of the new Fall collection that they had come out with. There were some that I wasn’t that interested in buying because of the scents. Either they smelled too similar to something I already own, or I didn’t like the scent. (I have over 50 candles, so the first reason is usually why I don’t buy some candles.)

These 5 candles were not really necessary, but I talked myself into it because I had a great coupon and they also weren’t like others I have. Except for the apple one. I have plenty of apple candles, but that’s one of my favorite scents. I also got a couple from the Winter collection. I have to say that I usually don’t like the Winter scents, but these were pretty nicely scented. They are also true to their scent when they are burning too, which is always important to me when I decide on if I want to re-purchase.

photo from my Insta story @annamaxwell018

I also bought these handsoaps, because I was running low on my stash at home. These are new scents to me, but I think I’m going to like them. They had a pretty good deal this weekend for 5 for $23, and I figured it was good to stock up on some so I don’t get tempted to go back in a couple weeks.

Finally

The rest of what I got was mostly groceries. Which was what I went out for in the first place, but I did buy a few more last minute Fall things while I was out. Pumpkins and flowers <3 The cat is none other than Littlebit (one of the two animals I named this blog after.) She was more interested in the squirrels in the tree beind me, than the pumpkins.

The pumpkins were so tiny and cute; I couldn’t help myself. It was the biggest impulse buy, but they are a cute addition to my Halloween decorations at home. As for the flowers, I did kind of have an idea of getting them for a while now, but I just haven’t got around to it. I finally did, and I’m glad. It really makes it feel like Fall now. The weather in Georgia can be kind of back and forth, and it usually doesn’t get really cold until November. So I have to use Fall decorations to at least make it feel like Fall for a while.

Overall, I enjoyed my shopping day on Saturday, and had a great weekend overall. What did you do this weekend? Have you got in the Fall spirit yet?

Anna

Pink Lily Boutique – Fall Haul 2018 (part 2)

Bath & Bodyworks Fall Candle Haul

PWM: Goodbye Summer – Planner Stickers

Journal: It’s TV Show Season and New on Instagram (9/21/18)

Pink Lily Boutique Haul – Fall 2018

Thank you all for reading. Be sure to link your own blog, Twitter, Instagram down below for me to get to know you.

@annamaxwell018 on snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter /// Blog twitter: @annaissblog /// Blog Insta: @littlebitpatchco

All images were created or taken by me, unless stated otherwise.