Fake Lashes & Press-On Nails

Surviving quarantine gave us a chance to focus on ourselves and improve either mentally, physically, or emotionally. Although no harm to those who never left the heavy drinking, non-working phase, I found myself on the opposite end of the social distancing spectrum, anxiously trying to improve in each area of life. Fake lashes and at-home …

Tattoos (To Be Continued)

I had always known as a child that I would grow up to have a lot of tattoos. I’ve planned to be predominantly tattooed for as long as I can remember. I used to draw on my arms and hands because I couldn’t wait to grow up and start an art collection on my skin. …

Our New Home is GOLDEN.

Our new home is my favorite place to be. Located at the start of the mountains west of Denver, conveniently between the city and the ski resorts, we’ve settled just near Golden with our sweet puppy. Here’s a little peek at our home, featuring our Hotel Collection candles/scents and emphasizing our modern aesthetic for our …

My Championship Rings

3 years after my 6-year national/world championship cheerleading career came to a close (2011-2017), I finally grew to be financially responsible enough to finish my ring collection. I won my first ring as a college freshman at Hofstra and continued to compete for the United States National Team 2 years after I graduated (both programs …

Sam’s 28th in Dover, NH

Celebrating in the “Live Free or Die” state, our dear friend Sammy (my college roommate from Hofstra, as well as my teammate/side base for our 2015 national championship/partner stunt championship/USA world championship) turned 28 on October 2nd, 2020. Our closest group of friends traveled in (mostly from NYC but in my case, from Denver) to …

Witchy Weekend in Salem, MA

Our wonderful birthday bestie, Sam, native to the New England area, insisted that I separate our witchy weekend blog into 2 parts. We couldn’t just have one giant blog post about all of the spooky fun we had over a weekend, so here is the touristy part of the witchiest town’s recap. If you’d like …

A Better Way to Work Out

New lifestyles (quarantine) call for adjusted workout routines among all changes. Personally, as community gyms closed in March and my attempts of working out at home started to fail, online workout classes saved my life. I can’t see myself going back to the gym when we return to normalcy! I’ve partnered with LUXE Fitness Online …

My First Experience Voting

As a stubborn 18-26 year old, I’ve always said that I have the right to vote, but I also have the right to not vote. This year at 27, I made a decision to let my voice be heard. After voting in the Colorado Primaries, my only regret is that I hadn’t tried to vote …

Replacing Cheer Camp with Camping

Working my usual summer consists of constant (mostly domestic) traveling to teach cheerleading camps. Now that we are in a worldly pandemic, traveling and mass get-togethers have diminished. As much as I’m bummed about missing out on camp, this means I have been home in Colorado nearly every weekend! I’ve lived in Colorado for 3 …

Natural Skincare from GingerChi NYC

2020 has been tremendous for my skin. Even before the pandemic, switching to dry makeup and washing my face before bed has done wonders for controlling my breakouts. I’m down to 1-2 possible (pre-menstrual) blemishes a month, so I started focusing my energy on making my skin more even, bright, and youthful. 27 years old …

Bettering Yourself at Home

What are you doing, while staying at home, to make yourself better? The positive of a super long stay-at-home order, is that we are given more time than usual to focus on ourselves and our self-growth*. If your mental health is up to it these days, quarantine can become a time period to focus on …

Engaged for the Pandemic (Gifts & Wedding Planning)

My fiancé, Tanner, proposed to me a few days before our country went on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic (How He Asked, here). To say the least, we’ve had an interesting start to wedding planning. We’re off to a slow start on our end, but we’ve felt the love from our friends and family …

Thinking of You

It’s Day ??? of Quarantine, somewhere in Mid-April. I think we’ve all lost count of our time locked inside and nobody ever actually knows what day of the week it is anymore. A month into social distancing and we don’t have a light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to– we’re surviving …

DIY Manicure Removal & Replacement

As a well known lover of dip manicures, one could imagine the struggles I’m facing during the lockdown of the world and the closing of all nail salons. After I decided that a do-it-yourself home removal was inevitable, I purchased press on nails as a replacement to my horribly grown out dip manicure. I took …

Unfair Times

2020 was going pretty well for me. I’ve worked hard through the end of my busy season, traveled on 3 vacation-like trips, and committed to marry the one I love the most! I bet 2020 was going well for a lot of us, but (seemingly) suddenly, our world became a place widely suffering from sickness, …

100 Things You Could Do During Quarantine

Whether you like it or not, we are quarantined for the safety of our future world! Be true to your introverted self during this forced time of self-cleansing, because while you are being asked to do your part, living inside the comfort of your own home, others are working diligently, attempting to control the spread …

Surprise Engagement Party

Being engaged is such a special time in your life. You’ve just asked to marry or said yes to the person you love and have decided to make a forever promise. We made our own promise earlier this month on a trip to Kaua’i (How He Asked, here), and came home to a million questions. …

Working From Home

With recent social hysteria in the current global pandemic that is COVID-19, known also as Coronavirus, madness is sure to be added if employees fail to do their normal jobs when attempting to work from home. As someone who switched from a corporate office desk and has been working remotely since 2017 (often from a …

Hawai’i Vacation

Kaua’i, Hawai’i, also known as the “Garden Island,” is a whimsical rain-forest within the USA. It’s the most beautiful place we’ve been, green with nature and covered daily by rainbows. The island air is both refreshing and relaxing, along with the sound of the crashing ocean waves wherever you end up exploring. My fiancé (see …

How He Asked

“We found ourselves on an enchanted coastline, capturing every memory and seizing all opportunities for adventure.”

Mexico Trip 2020

There isn’t much to know about the reasoning behind our work trip to Mexico, but 15 co-workers took a trip to a house called Villa Gauguin in Akumal, Mexico last week. We stayed from Monday-Friday and didn’t leave the house once. With a view like this, why would you? Boss man in charge of the …

Cheer Nerves Theory

I recently spiraled into thinking about the controversial issue in cheerleading that is: the inconsistencies of skill execution in high-pressure performances. I’ve probably over-thought about this common issue throughout this 2020 season because I focused more on my profession as a choreographer, assistant coach, and judge. To make this blog more interesting (and relatable), I’ve …

Easy Dinner: Asian Inspired Night

What’s the best advice I can give to the general public while being a quirky adult in my late twenties, addicted to unhealthy foods but trying to be healthier, and also having to maintain a tight budget? An easy cheat to a gourmet Asian-inspired meal. That’s right– make a dank meal to settle your Asian …

Nobody Feels Bad For You

At 26 years old, I cry often. I’m not necessarily sensitive, I think student loans costing 65% of a yearly salary would make even the strongest adults upset. I think giving constant feedback to 20+ coaches/customers would leave any organized person feeling behind. I think everyone gets stressed about their problems and sometimes it’s too …

My Advice to Myself, 10 Years Ago

At the last turn of a new decade (2010), I was a tiny, very awkward-looking, 16 year old. I’ve always hoped to be a youthful 26+ year old who has her stuff together by the year 2020. I couldn’t wait to grow up… I knew my late twenties would be my prime. It’s important for …

Dad Came to Visit!

My 2019 Christmas was my favorite holiday yet, because I had my direct family & boyfriend with me for the first time ever! We spent the holiday at our home in Colorado. My dad visited Colorado for his first time earlier this week, and this was particularly special to me because: My dad and Tanner …

Five Year Planner, One Year In

About a year ago, I posted a blog about my super cost-efficient, paperback Five Year Planner, ordered on Amazon for $8. It was the start of the new year, and I sort of outgrew spending $50-$100 on a bulky-but-super-organized planner. You can read more about why I chose this planner, where I heard about it, …

Wanna See Our New Place? Holiday Decor is UP!

This year, like all other years of my life, we moved into a new home. I have never lived in one home for more than 3-4 years, but I’d love to stay in this one for a while and beat that personal record! I live with my boyfriend and BOTH of our little brothers. My …

10 Easy Ways You Can Help Save the Planet

We’ve all heard that our beloved planet, Earth, isn’t doing too well right now. Global warming, pollution, deforestation; we have a whole mess of environmental issues going on. It’s normal to feel helpless as individuals in fixing these giant problems, but we only have about 12 years left (maybe less now?) to save the Earth …

What To Do When Your Life is Falling Apart

Mercury is in retrograde. That’s my current excuse for every bit of bad luck I’ve had this month. When your life feels like it’s FALLING APART… Hopefully you’re being more dramatic than you have to be, like me, and things aren’t really that bad. I mean, if you’re reading this blog on a phone or …

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About Kaitlyn Lyday >>

Hi, I’m Kaitlyn! I started this blog back in 2017 when I moved to Colorado with my husband, Tanner. At 28, you’ll find a few of my thoughts on managing life with brutal student loans, traveling to teach cheerleading to students, and projecting gratitude for even the tiniest miracles of life.