These Eight Inspirational Quotes are Ready to Motivate You

Need a dose of inspiration? Below is a list of eight pretty pictures sprinkled with motivational words of wisdom. All photos were taken by yours truly. If you like ’em, feel free to save and share! If you’ve created your own inspirational pieces of positivity that you would like to showcase, visit my new website, sprangled.com to submit.

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DIY Crafty Autumn Candle

Fall is colorful and cozy and wants to transform you into an artist. If you’re the creative type who can’t resist DIY crafts, which are especially fun for the fast approaching holiday season, this pretty project is for you.

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Materials needed for your autumn candle.

Here’s what you’ll need: fake leaves, Krazy glue, a glass jar, a tea candle (real or fake), and scissors. You can find these materials at the dollar store, or at a craft store such as Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics (good luck trying to make it out of there without being distracted by all the decorations and other inspiring crafts).

Before starting, you should wipe down your glass jar to rid it of any greasiness. Once clean, you can grab a fake leaf and apply the Krazy Glue to the back of it, and then stick it on the jar. It will most likely not stick the first time, so hold it on there for a few seconds before removing your hand. Every part of the leaf won’t stick, but don’t worry, because once you add more leaves, it’ll barely be noticeable.

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Hold your leaf to the jar for a few seconds before removing your hand, to make sure that it sticks.

Once you got your first leaf down, add the rest, letting them stick the best that they can. Once everything’s still and dry, place your tea candle inside. I recommend using a fake candle, just because it’s safer, and you won’t have to stick the lighter into the jar near the fake (flammable) leaves. I was originally going to go with a scented apple cinnamon tea candle, but went with the fake tea candle instead, mainly because my lighter decided it was dead. If you’re comfortable with a real candle, be careful and go for it!

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A fun way to light up the season!

And there you have it. To get a bit more crafty, you can tie some brown string or yarn around the top of the jar — make it yours! Quick and simple, this project is a fun way to light up the season!

Sprangled.com is Open to Submissions

Here on Earth, a lifetime isn’t forever, so it’s important to live to the fullest, creating life-growing memories to look back on. Inspire and be inspired — take that chance and don’t wait for the second one. Be proud to share that snippet of your existence, because adventure is the best way to learn.

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Hi fellow bloggers! I’ve created a new website, sprangled.com, and it’s open to submissions! It’s all about coloring in life and sharing experiences, no matter if it’s about your hike up a mountain, crafts you’ve designed, or a review on one of your city’s events — I’d like to showcase your awesomeness.

You can read more about submitting here or simply email hey@sprangled.com with your story and images.

As always, thank you for reading!

Nicole

A Bite Out of Life: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

First of all: five stars all the way.

When you think “sports cafe” what comes to mind is likely mediocre food, sticky floors, and men with oily fingers and wing sauce in their beards shouting obnoxiously with beer-coated breath at the huge flat screens above their heads. Tobacco Road Cafe in Durham, North Carolina, was packed with Duke University fans vocally expressing their excitement for the football game, as they should (because what would the athletes do without them?!) and it made for an animated atmosphere. The food here was knocked out of the park, the floors were spotless, and we scored great service.

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What reeled us in was the inviting location. Tobacco Road is located across the street from the American Tobacco campus, which is a beautiful collection of restaurants, businesses, and artwork. We toured the campus while keeping an eye out for what would soon be lunch, and since Tobacco Road Sports Cafe has a backyard view of Durham Bulls Athletic Park and fairly-priced eats, in the doors we walked. Read More

Myrtle Beach Highlights

Myrtle Morning

How beautiful are you, Myrtle Beach? This pretty picture was snapped over Labor Day weekend when my boyfriend Tim and I took a mini road trip to South Carolina. Waking up across from the hazy sun floating atop the Atlantic was a wondrous way to greet the day.

But we couldn’t sit there and be mesmerized by the warm waves riding up the soft sand on our first day. We had a flyboarding class to attend, as you may recall from a previous post. Read More

Stand up for Yourself: A Review on Using a Standing Desk at Work

Although I’ve moved down to the great American south from my beloved but pricey, way-too-congested home state of New York, I’ve been fortunate enough to stay with the company I work for from home. Back in my company’s New York office, my work station was set-up like this:

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The typical office worker’s world.

It was your typical office cubical environment: two monitors, a phone, calendars and schedules tacked to the walls, and a chair to be sat in for about eight hours every work day. I’m closing in on working for this company for three years, and though I’m content with my job, sitting in that chair 40 hours a week was not comfortable.

I’m big on staying active both physically and mentally, but I had to suck it up once entering my first “real” full-time job if I wanted to earn those dollar bills and just make it by the seat of my pants each month, in my basement apartment. I’m not exaggerating when I say that my back (mainly the lower side), shoulders, hips, and neck would hurt and feel tense just about every day, and sometimes my feet and legs would go numb from sitting so long. And I’m not the only one: a few of my co-workers have reported the same. Desperate for some physical comfort, a few of us even bought back supporters that latched onto the backs of our chairs to help us sit correctly. They barely helped. Read More

Splash into the Future: Strap on a Jetpack and Soar Above the Water

Last week at this time my boyfriend Tim and I were headed to Jetpack Adventures in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to blast off above the water and take on the sky. We’ve watched flyboarding videos on the Internet, but now we were about to be the ones strapped to a jetpack and swooshed above the glistening lake. It was an exciting and jittery feeling, but it was an experience waiting to be lived.

We were scheduled to go one at a time: I’d fly at 11:00 and Tim would go at 11:30. We arrived a half hour before my flight, as suggested, and watched a man hover through the air, connected to a large hose dragging a jet ski. His family cheered him on and snapped photos, and before I knew it, it was time to sign my life away and strap on the pack. Read More

SUP, Stand-up Paddle-boarding!

Stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) has been surging in popularity, and by now you’ve probably heard of it. If you live near or visited an ocean, lake, or river, you might have planted your feet on a board and hit up the waves already.

Part surfing and part canoeing, this rapidly-growing water sport originated in Hawaii, and packs a punch of a workout, especially for your core. Now pretty much offered at any body of water in the world, I found myself with my toes in the sand as I carried an 11-foot paddle board and its accompanying paddle toward the gentle shore of beautiful Jordan Lake. Read More

The Most Delicious Rodeo Ever: Downtown Raleigh’s Food Truck Rodeo

From tacos to Philly cheesesteaks to lobster tails and mini doughnuts, Raleigh’s food truck rodeo had every kind of food you could imagine, all in one place. With 58 food trucks and eight food carts lined up along Fayetteville Street, the food party spread out over 11 city blocks.

On Saturday, August 9th, 58 food trucks covered 11 city streets.

No matter if you were craving Italian, Chinese, bacon, cupcakes, or are a vegetarian, you were guaranteed to be satisfied. Vendors showing off their delicious skills included Soomsoom Pita Pockets, Gnam Gnam Gelato, D’ Burritos, Master Bacon, Thai Box Zing, CockADoodleMoo, Baguettaboutit, OMG Chicken, Gussy’s Greek, Valentino’s Food Truck, Pie Pushers, and Barone Meatball (that was a mouthful). From 4-9 p.m. these trucks and others were constantly cookin’ up the goods, as the lines at many of the stations were continuous.

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I had to stop at Taco Grande for a chicken taco!

Because my boyfriend, friends, and I wanted to taste a couple of different foods, we didn’t fill up at one place. In total, we stopped at about eight places to eat and drink, which included chicken and beef tacos, burgers, lobster tail, beer and cider, wine, a Philly cheesesteak, a spicy chicken rice bowl, ice cream, and doughnuts. We would have continued, but there’s only so much one person can eat, unfortunately. Read More