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DIY Gratitude Journal

If there is one habit that I could recommend for you to implement into your daily routine this year, it’s practicing gratitude at the start and end of each day. I’ve talked about this before in posts and videos, but I don’t think I’ve ever fully explained; it was always something I mentioned in passing.

I read quite a lot of books on spirituality, and one common theme is always gratitude. No matter what the overall theme of the book is, this is something that is always recommended, so I started trying it out at the beginning of 2018. One year later, I can’t stress enough how important I now think this practice is.

When I wake up in the morning, I like to write down three things that I am grateful for that day (all before I even get out of bed!). This can be something as simple as being grateful for my warm and comfy bed, or something more major like having a loving and supportive family. Also, similarly, at the end of each day, I write down three good things that happened that day. Even if you had a bad day, you can always find three good things that happened. “Every day may not be a good day, but there is good in every day.” Again, it can be something as small as your barista at Starbucks made your order perfectly.

You’ve probably heard that the energy you put out is the energy the universe sends back your way. Here’s a super simple way to think of it: If you have a very negative outlook on the world and on your life, you will continue to receive these negative things. On the other hand, if you focus on the positives and stay thankful for the good things in your life, you will continue to get more and more positive things back your way. (It’s a pretty simple concept really; practicing it is where it begins to get tricky).

Starting and ending your day with gratitude will not only put you in a good mood instantly, but will also help attract more of what you want into your life. You wake up feeling grateful and you go to bed feeling grateful, and in return you receive more things to be grateful for.

While I currently have a journal that’s designed specifically for this, awhile back I was thinking how easy it would be to create your own. So, today I wanted to share how you can make your own DIY gratitude journal. This is one of my top tips for a healthy habits to implement in 2019. I hope you enjoy! x

{you can get my gratitude journal here, if you’d rather not make your own}

To use this DIY gratitude journal, all you have to do is save the image to your computer (you can either click and drag it to your desktop, or right click it and click save image as…). Then, you can print out as many copies as you would like ūüôā¬†

Do you practice gratitude each day? If you create your own DIY gratitude journal, send me photos on Twitter! I would love to see.

“what you seek is seeking you”

New Year’s Resolution Templates (free printables!)

I wrote all about my goals for 2019 here, and I also talked a little bit about why I don’t typically call them “resolutions.” (However, for the sake of making things easier and more universal, I’m calling them resolutions in this post, lol).

Today, I wanted to share a little template that you can download and print, so that you can organize your top 10 resolutions for the new year. Whether they’re overall themes / intentions for the year, simple tangible goals, or some quotes you want to live by, you can write them all down. This is perfect for organizing your thoughts and keeping yourself accountable.

I highly recommend putting this somewhere in your home where you’ll see it everyday ‚ÄĒ somewhere like on your mirror or fridge. That way, you’ll be reminded each and every day of the things you wanted to accomplish this year, and you’ll be much more inclined to stick with them.

To save the templates, all you have to do it either click and drag the image to your desktop, or right click and click “Save Image As…” Then, you can print and fill it out ūüôā

I hope these help! x

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?

Banff (& Beyond) Packing List

If you follow me on Instagram, then you are more than well aware that I have been in Banff National Park (and the surrounding areas) in Alberta, Canada for a little while now. It was a place that was on my travel bucket list for quite some time, and I am so excited that I finally made it out here. It was kind of a hike getting here (no pun intended), but so, so worth it. Honestly, it is even more breathtaking in person than it is in all of the amazing photos I had seen of before. Somehow, it is just too stunning to capture with a camera.

Anyways, as per usual, I overpacked just a tad on this trip. If there were such a thing as Overpackers Anonymous, I would be the first person to show up to the meetings and the last person to leave… I need all the help I can get. For some unknown reason, I always think I am going to need more options and outfits¬†than I ever end up wearing ‚ÄĒ I don’t know how I haven’t learned by now! This trip in particular, though, I have been even more¬†surprised by how much never even got taken out of my suitcase! That being said, I thought it might be helpful to compile a quick little packing list for you, in case you are planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies like me, or anywhere else where you will be spending most of your time outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, canoeing, etc.

Summer is the perfect time to head to the mountains or lakes ‚ÄĒ I have a few trips planned to the Adirondacks (a bit closer to home!) this summer, and I know this checklist will come in handy for me then, so I’m hoping the same goes for you. Happy glamping!

{download the printable pdf here, so you can save and print for your future travels}

Lastly, to get even more specific with my packing list suggestions, I wanted¬†to quickly share a few of my favorite pieces that I brought on this trip, along with some¬†items on my wishlist for my summer trips to the ADK. You can find them below ūüôā

blue nikes // pink water bottle // herschel backpack // classic sunnies


What do you pack for a hiking or camping trip?

01. Packing for a Winter Wonderland
02. Off to the Beach
03. Beauty Travel Essentials for a Summer Escape
04. Newport Packing List
05. Off to Mont-Tremblant
06. Vermont Packing List
07. Weekend Getaway Packing List (free printable!)

Fall Gallery Wall (free printables!)






01 // 02 // 03

I absolutely love gallery walls. I think they are such a fun way to add personality into your home, and they always add a nice touch to any room, whether it’s a bedroom or a living room.

I like to switch out the prints that I have framed and hanging in my own gallery wall every so often. There are a few of my favorites that I keep up all-year round, but then there are seasonal ones that I like to switch out for certain holidays, etc.

I recently made a few fall-themed ones to hang in my new apartment, and thought it would be a fun idea to share them as free printables for you guys, so that you can just download and print them for your own house, apartment, or dorm room. I hope you enjoy!


I hope you like these! Would you like to see more free printables in the future?



01. Health & Fitness Tracker (free printable!)
02. Packing List (free printable!)
03. Holiday Gift List (free printable!)

Off to the Beach


As you’re reading this, I am packing up my car with my sister and headed on a road trip to spend the rest of the week at the beach with my family. The rest of my family left a few days ago, but she¬†and I couldn’t leave until today. But, I am so excited to put down all of my work and relax for the next five days! I’ve got surf, sand, and sun (the three s’s!) on my mind (along with stand-up paddle boarding, popsicles, and¬†prosecco ‚ÄĒ the three p’s!). ¬†Like I usually do, I wanted to share what I am bringing for the trip, so if you’re planning any beach vacations you can get a little inspiration…



{free printable packing list for your summer travels}

Swimsuit and cover-up combos are the name of the game, with some light and airy casual clothing pieces sprinkled in too, of course. Think beach first thing in the morning, brunch shortly after, and then back to the beach for the rest of the day, with a few trips to town or bike rides along the sand dunes here and there.

This spring I stocked up on a bunch of new swimsuits from Aerie ‚ÄĒ I swear they have had the best selection this year! Most of them are sold out by now, but a few other options (that I would pick out if I was choosing from their current selection!) are here, here, and here. As far as cover-ups go, I have been loving this one (but mine’s in white), and a crisp cotton or linen button up (I have this one) is always a great way to go, too. I, naturally, packed both. Although I’m making an effort not to overpack, I like to pair different cover-ups with different swim suits, so I figured I’d make room in my bag for options.

I packed a few pairs of shorts ‚ÄĒ namely these and these ‚ÄĒ with some flowy cotton tanks to pair with them. I can throw all of these pieces over my bikini or in town or around the house, which is key¬†since¬†I’m trying not to overpack.

With any summer getaway that involves the beach, there are a few essentials: your beach bag must be locked and loaded (SPF, sunnies, and the like), including some easy-to-read books and magazines and a refreshing flavored water.

I pretty much always stick with cheap flip-flops (these and these are my favorite) when I go on beach vacations, because I don’t want the sand to ruin my nicer pairs (and I have admittedly left behind a pair or two before on accident, oops). I’m also bringing my favorite Nikes, because I love to go on early morning runs or bike rides along the water.

As far as beauty products go, I like to keep my hair and makeup minimal and simple, of course, but I also love to bring a few luxurious products to use after a long day in the sun. Think hydrating sheet masks, after-sun moisturizers, and refreshing facial mists for mid-day pick-me-ups.


Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram and Snapchat (@emilykgannon) to follow along with my travels!
What do you pack for a beach vacation? Am I missing anything important?


check-these-out-tooONE // Newport Packing List (for a summer New England getaway)
TWO // Off to Mont-Tremblant (for a winter getaway)
THREE // Vermont Packing List (for a fall getaway)
FOUR // Weekend Getaway Packing List (for a fall getaway)

Beauty Travel Essentials for a Summer Escape


Whether you’re headed to a luxurious Airbnb in Montauk for a weekend getaway or you’ve booked the cutest¬†bed-and-breakfast for a week on Nantucket,¬†you’re going to want to double-check¬†your packing list¬†and stock up on these beauty essentials. I’ve created the ultimate collection of beauty essentials for a summer escape, to make you feel¬†like a million bucks no matter where you’re headed or what’s on your itinerary.

Long days in the sun¬†require you to rotate in a few different products into your repertoire,¬†which is why I’ve curated this list of¬†products that¬†are just as luxurious as they are effective. Without further ado, here are my beauty travel essentials for a summer escape…


{just scroll over the graphic to save it to your travel pinterest board for your future travels}


luxurious summer perfume // sandy polish // cooling gel stick // scented shimmer powder // moisturizing body balm // hydrating gel moisturizer // lip balm // bronzing and illuminating stick // air-dry hair styler // texturizing spray // after-sun moisturizer // water gel moisturizer // bronzing serum

While you’re getting ready for your day, start with an SPF (organic, of course), a light facial moisturizer, and a few spritzes of a luxurious summery perfume. For hair and makeup,¬†keep it simple: let your hair air-dry into natural waves with the help of some¬†styling cream and use a two-in-one bronzer and illuminating stick that allows you to swipe and go for an instant glow. Have time for one¬†extra step? Sweep on a little shimmer powder to enhance your bronzy skin ‚ÄĒ this one has a beachy scent that’ll make you fit right in with the seaside atmosphere.

Post-sun is all about replenishing and rehydrating. Cool off with a water-based gel stick that instantly hydrates and energizes your skin, and follow it up with a thicker moisturizer. Add a thin layer of bronzing serum and mascara for a finishing touch. Enhance your sea-salt soaked locks with a texturizing spray that will keep you looking bronzed and beachy. To keep your newly sun-kissed skin moisturized (and keep you from peeling!), coat your body in an after-sun lotion, and slick on a layer of thick lip balm to replenish them, too.

FreebieWant a printable packing list to help you stay organized and prepare for your summer escape? You can get the free downloadable/printable here (the link is at the bottom of the post).

Do you have any plans for a summer escape?


Off to Mont-Tremblant

Today I am off to a weekend escape to Mont-Tremblant, Qu√©bec. My 23rd birthday is Monday, so my family and I decided to pack up and head off for a little winter getaway to celebrate. We have never been to Mont-Tremblant before, but from what I’ve heard and from the pictures I’ve seen, I am 110% sure we are going to love it!

Mont-Tremblant is notorious for absolutely bone-chilling temps, so we are so, so lucky that this weekend it’s going to be about the same winter weather that we’re used to (even a little bit warmer, actually!). The high all weekend is supposed to be about 30, dipping down to about 10. Here in Syracuse we had temperatures of 25 degrees below zero earlier this week (I wish I was kidding), so this honestly sounds like a tropical getaway at this point!

So, what to pack? My theme for ski towns is of course warm, comfy, and cozy, but also a with a touch of style and class. So without further ado, here is my weekend getaway packing list for Mont-Tremblant, Qu√©bec…





Because I’m anticipating chilly winter weather, my suitcase is chock-filled with chunky sweaters. I have purchased this one from Banana Republic in multiple colors… I just can’t get enough! Bonus: it’s now on sale ‚ÄĒ such a steal! It’s super warm and cozy, and you may or may not see it featured in a post next week. This or this would be another great option.

I also plan on piling on the winter accessories, like this or this cozy knit hat and, of course, some big and chunky scarves like this one. These mittens are adorable and keep your hands nice and toasty. I also packed a huge stack of hand warmers… If you’ve never tried these then you are seriously missing out! I used to use them when I went snowboarding all the time, and my dad uses them on the reg, too! They are a serious game-changer.

Another winter weather essential? Boots! I was planning on bringing these, but I think this classic pair will be a bit warmer. The fuzzy inside will hopefully keep my toes nice and warm, because I seriously believe that there’s nothing worse than cold feet when you’re outside! To go¬†with the boots, I am bring these thick socks. They are my favorite pair for the winter, whether I’m pairing them with Bean Boots or Uggs! I love that they are a little taller than both of those boots so that they peak out of the top ‚ÄĒ such a cute touch to a winter outfit.

Sunglasses are another must (I love this pair!). If you’re not from somewhere where you get a lot of snow, you might think this is an odd necessity, but when the sun reflects off the snow, it is super bright! Sunglasses are a year-round thing in snowy areas. And lastly, how adorable is this luggage tag? I just couldn’t resist when I was shopping the other day.


Do you have any weekend getaways planned?
If you are familiar with Mont-Tremblant, please, please, please leave your suggestions for things to do or places to eat in the area! I would love to hear.

FreebieP.S. Want printable packing lists? You can get your free printable here (the link to download it is at the bottom of the post!).




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