I Needed A Break

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I took a week off of blogging and nothing bad happened.

I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump lately. It’s been an endless cycle of the comparison game and I’ve just felt like there’s no reason for me to keep writing.

I opened my laptop several times to start writing but I couldn’t find the words. I have drafts that I could have easily set to publish but none of them seemed right either. I needed a week to recharge, regroup, and find some new inspiration so that’s what I did.

Blogging is supposed to be a fun, creative outlet to get me outside of my comfort zone and de-stress. Sometimes it becomes the source of my stress and that’s when I know that I need a break.

I have a lot of big things happening in June. I’m throwing a baby shower for my sister in law, traveling to meet up with some friends, and the start of our busy airshow season. All of these things are creating a lot of stress even though I’m excited for them. As always, just trying to take things day by day.

How do you feel about taking a break from blogging?

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Adventure Down Candy Cane Lane

Hello again! Long time, no blog.

Well, it’s official….the fall semester is finally over! I got my grades back and guess what? I made the Dean’s List! Woohoo!!! This semester definitely kicked my butt and I am so happy that it’s over and I passed!

I’ve been trying to spend a lot of time with my family and friends before I leave for London in just over a month.  One of the people who it’s going to be hardest to leave is my boyfriend, Brett. He is so encouraging and supportive of my decision to study abroad and is the person I talk to most. I can’t imagine not seeing him for four months….

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With that said, Brett and I have been spending a ton of time together because we will miss each other so much. One of the fun winter activities we did together was to volunteer to usher at a local theatre. We ushered the show Shrek which I loved! It was such a fun show!!

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After the show, we walked across the street to the downtown park. Every year the city sets up “Candy Cane Lane” which includes candy cane walkways and a ton of lights! It was a great way to end an amazing night!!

Thanks for reading!

Get to Know Me!

Hey guys! This is just a little introduction post because I just realized that I never really wrote one…. Oops.

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1. Well, I will be 21 in October! I am looking forward to a low key gathering with some of my close friends. We are planning to go out somewhere but I know that I’m not the type to go too crazy. I have honestly been waiting for my 21st birthday before I start drinking. I know it’s not that big of a deal but I am a complete rule follower. I would feel so bad if I broke the law and drank before it’s legal. Plus, I have heard that alcohol doesn’t even taste good. Apparently you have to acquire the taste which seems like too much work!

2. I am a junior in college this fall. I am little ahead but I will still graduate spring 2016. My major is Electronic Business Marketing with minors in General and International Business. I am completely in love with the Business World and know that I have picked the right career path for me!

3. My favorite color is purple. I’m all purple everything.

4. When I was younger I wanted to be a writer. I would write a ton of cute, cheesy books that I would insist that every member of my family should read. It was great. I eventually moved on but now I use my blog to fulfill my love of writing.

5. I’m trying to quit drinking pop. It is way harder than I thought that it would be. Any suggestions?

Senior performance of the National Anthem

Senior performance of the National Anthem

Best Friends!

Best Friends!

6. I was in the high school marching band. I loved marching! I met many great friends and made awesome memories that will last me the rest of my life. I am a proud band geek! It was nice that I always had a place where I felt at home. I could go to the band room when I was having a bad day and be around people who cared about me.  I miss band but will always carry the experiences and memories with me.

Meet Lucy :)

Meet Lucy 🙂

7. I love my cat! Her name is Lucy and she is so cute and cuddly. My mom adopted Lucy for me during my junior year of high school as a present right after Christmas. Lucy had been at the pound for over 45 days which means that she was about to be put down. I walked in and she stuck her paws through the cage. I instantly fell in love with her and we have been inseparable since!

One of my senior pictures with my flute

One of my senior pictures with my flute

8. All through high school I was planning on being a Music Performance major in college. I play the flute and I used to practice 3-5 hours a day along with lessons, classes, rehearsals, and ensembles. I love music and I am passionate about playing. However, I have stage fright and have a hard time playing in front of people. So being a Music Performance major would be really difficult. My sophomore year I played a Mozart piece for Solo and Ensemble that I spent over a year preparing! Music will always be an important part of my life but I’m glad that I decided to major in Business.

Well, thanks for reading! I am looking forward to getting to know all of you too!

July Favorites!

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Wow! July really flew by! I guess it’s time for another Favorites post….

1. Lilac Nail Polish: My go to nail polish this past month was Sally Hansen’s Violet Voltage. The first time I used it I wore it as is but for the second time I added an accent nail using Sally Hansen’s Disco Ball. I absolutely love the color lilac and it is the perfect color for summer! Disco Ball works well to add a bit of sparkle to any color polish and I find myself using it all of the time! Sally Hansen is my favorite nail polish brand because they are super affordable, opaque, and they come in so many different colors!

Disco Ball and Violet Voltage

Disco Ball and Violet Voltage

2. John Frida Leave in Conditioner: At the beginning of July I decided that I had to do something about my crazy dry hair. I considered buying It’s a Ten but the $17 dollar price tag didn’t seem worth it. I stumbled upon John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-in Conditioner one day at Ulta. I have used It’s a Ten Leave-in Conditioner many times so I can safely say that Frizz Ease is a great dupe! I got one bottle for $5.99! Ulta was having a BOGO 50% off sale for I grabbed two and I will never ever go back to It’s a Ten!

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3. Victoria’s Secret Smoothing Body Scrub: For me, summer means shaving. Therefore, I always use a body scrub to achieve a nice, close shave. The one I used all of July was Victoria’s Secret Smoothing Body Scrub in At First Sight. The scent is a little strong but other than that I love this product!

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4.  Maybelline’s The Falsies Volum’ Express: I bought this mascara because I was looking for waterproof mascara that I could wear all day without clumping. I really like this mascara because it has a curved wand that follows the shape of your eye. I love wands like this because it allows you to get closer to the roots of your lashes. I got this in Brownish Black which I really love because it isn’t as harsh as straight black mascara. Overall, this mascara is now my all-time favorite!

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5. Mary Kay’s Cream Eye Color: I previously reviewed this product in my Mary Kay Glam Voxbox post. I received this eye shadow from Influenster to try and review.  This has become my go-to eye color because it is a soft, blend able cream that sits on my eyelids without creasing. The shade that I own is Apricot Twist which is a bronzy color. I wore this almost every day in July because I love it so much!

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6. Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Pore Cleanser: I have had problems with my skin for as long as I can remember. I have tried a million different products, medications, and treatments but nothing seems to work. I have had some luck with Formula 10.0.6 mud masks so I decided to try the Clear Skin Starts Here kit. The whole set is only $9.99 at Ulta which is super affordable. I have had pretty good luck with it so far but will continue to test it before giving the full review. I can say that I am in love with the So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser!! It is basically a toner with salicylic acid which helps fight breakouts! I use it after washing my face and it gets rid of anything that was left behind!

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7. Jewelry Organization: I am doing a complete room re-organization before school starts in the fall. The first thing on my list was my vanity/dresser. I knew I needed some sort of organization for my bracelet collection. I was able to find four dishes in similar blue and green patterns for $7 at TJ Maxx! They are so cute!!

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8. My Neurologist: I have mentioned this before but I suffer from severe headaches/migraines. Some doctors use the term chronic migraines. Basically, I have a headache every single day and have at least one migraine day a week. It’s terrible and makes it really hard for me to do normal activities. I have been working with a Neurologist for almost a year trying to figure everything out. Last week, I had a CT scan of my blood vessels and brain tissue so hopefully that will provide some additional answers. I am so lucky that my insurance lets me see a specialist because I don’t know what I would do without it! I just started a new pain treatment with includes an additional preventative medication. I can already feel a difference in my pain levels! I am just really thankful for my doctor and my parents for standing by me and helping me through this.

July was perfect and I am looking forward to what August has in store for me! Thank you all for reading!

Are We There Yet?

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Well guys, this post is a bit overdue but here is a brief synopsis of my weekend in Ohio with my family!

Ohio rest stop sunset

Ohio rest stop sunset

 

We left on Friday after my mom and I got out of work. My dad had to work Saturday and Sunday so he ended up staying home. My mom, my sister, and I had a fun drive down to Ohio and we got there at 11:30 pm and headed straight to bed.

The girls at the swim meet

The girls at the swim meet

Jordan diving

Jordan diving

Saturday morning we had to be on the road by 7 am to get to Jordan’s swim meet. It was a long, exciting day watching Jordan swim. I was really impressed with him because he is only nine and he’s already a better swimmer than I am! The meet ended around 5 pm and we headed home.

Jordan doing a flip

Jordan doing a flip

Their adorable dog, Bo!

Their adorable dog, Bo!

My mom and her friends went out to dinner and a movie so Dani and I stayed home with the kids. We had fun playing trampoline basketball, eating pizza, and watching The Parent Trap. Jordan and Riley had never seen it before! We watched the Lindsay Lohan version which is not nearly as good as the Hayley Mills one. Random fact: I was named after Hayley Mills! She is my mom’s favorite actress.

My yummy breakfast

My yummy breakfast!!

Riley and her piggy pancake

Riley and her piggy pancake

On Sunday, we slept in and then headed to breakfast at Bob Evan’s. We only eat there when we are visiting the Sheppard’s for some reason. I got the double chocolate chip pancakes and they were so amazing!!!! After that we headed to Trader Joe’s. If you want to know what we got there than read my Trader Joe’s Haul post.

Trader Joe's Haul

Trader Joe’s Haul

My cheesecake

My cheesecake

Once we picked up everything from TJ’s we made one last stop at the Cheesecake Factory! I got the Adam’s Peanut Butter cheesecake which is my favorite. I was disappointed though because it wasn’t very good this time. Oh well.

The drive home went by fast because I slept most of the way home. When we got home my dad had steak kabobs waiting for us. He really missed us I guess!

Well, that is all for my weekend in Ohio! In a couple more weeks we are headed down to Cedar Point to meet Jordan and Riley. Stayed tuned!

Trader Joe’s Haul

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Trader Joe’s happens to be my family’s favorite store. We don’t have one near our house so every time we go near one we stock up on all of our favorite products. This time we also tried a couple of new products! Here’s the list of what we bought this weekend while visiting our friends in Ohio.

1. Fuji Apple Slices– These were the perfect snack for our drive back home. They tasted just like Fuji apples! I am so happy with the quality and taste of these apple slices so we will definitely buy them again.

2. Multigrain Bread– My family loves bread so we are always on the lookout for a new kind. I haven’t tried this yet but I can tell that it is really good quality bread!

3. Mocha Cappuccino Mix– My mom is taking this to work so I’m not sure I will get to try it. But it smells really good and comes in a cute little can!

4. Organic Ginger Pear White Tea– Yummy! I had a mug of this stuff last night before bed and it is absolutely delicious! I am so happy that I decided to add this to my tea collection! It’s a light, fruity tea. I was afraid that the pear flavor would be overpowering but it isn’t at all. It’s the perfect combination of ginger, pear, and white tea. If you love trying new flavors of tea then I definitely recommend this! It is so yummy!

5. Coconut Cranberry Granola– We bought two boxes of these because they are simply the best granola ever. And for $2.49 a box you really can’t beat the price! This is great with yogurt (Coconut Greek is my favorite) or just with milk. So yummy and inexpensive!

6. Speculoos Cookie Butter– Once again, we bought two jars of this because it is the best thing in the world. I love cookie butter!!! It is my favorite sweet treat and goes good with apples, celery, or just by itself. The possibilities are endless and you can really put this on anything. I love it.

7. Speculoos Cookie & Cocoa Swirl- This goes great on apples. In my opinion, it’s not as good as the original cookie butter but still tastes amazing! This is a repurchase for us and will continue to be on my list of Trader Joe’s must haves.

8. Lavender Salt Scrub– My sister got this last time and I was so jealous so I went ahead and bought myself a jar. And let me tell you, it is heavenly. I am a huge fan of Lavender and this does not disappoint! It is the perfect body scrub and smells so delicious!

9. Coconut Oil Body Butter– This is the first time that we have purchased body butter from Trader Joe’s. I am not at all disappointed with it because it isn’t oily or too heavy. It is just the right amount of moisture and leaves my body feeling soft and lovely.

10. Tea Tree Oil– My sister and I have wanted to try Tea Tree oil for a long time. We finally decided to buy some and I am so happy that we did! It smells terrible but I have only used it a couple of times and can already see results! I am using it on pimples, acne scars, and other issues on my face. It really reduces the redness and the swelling on my face! I am really pleased with it so far and will continue to find new uses for tea tree oil. A little bit goes a long way so I’m sure this bottle will last us a long time. If you have any tips or uses for tea tree oil please let me know!

11. Coffee A Cocoa– I am not a coffee fan but this is my mom and sister’s favorite kind. So I assume it’s really good because they buy it every time we are at TJ’s!

12. Dark Chocolate Peanut Buttercups– These were an impulse buy but are so delicious! We were originally looking for Justin’s Organic Peanut Buttercups but we couldn’t find them. So we got these and they are amazing! We have them in our refrigerator and I have to stop myself from eating the whole container! So yummy!

So that’s all we got this time! Please let me know if you have a favorite Trader Joe’s item that I have to try! I will post more about our mini trip to Ohio soon!

I’d Rather be at the Lake

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Fourth of July weekend offered a much needed break from my crazy busy schedule. Unfortunatly, I wasn’t able to get the whole weekend off so I had to work 11:30-8 on Saturday. But besides that I had a fantastic time out at the lake with my family, watching fireworks, grilling out, and going to a local airshow/balloon event that Brett helps coordinate.

Let’s begin with July 4th. Usually on the fourth both sides of my family (my mom’s family and my dad’s family) come together for a huge celebration at the lake. This year was a little different because we had a smaller party with only a few families there. It was still so much fun to have both of my Grandmas hanging out together. I love being able to spend time with both of my families at once!

Grandpa taking us on a boat ride <3

Grandpa taking us on a boat ride 

The fourth was even more special because my Grandpa took us on a boat ride. This felt like the biggest treat ever because he rarely ever drives the boat anymore. I love when he takes us on boat rides because he can tell us who lives where on the lake. He just knows so much and I really admire him. I felt so spoiled being able to spend so much time with my grandparents this weekend!

My family

My family

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After spending time out at the lake my parents, sister, and I headed to the airshow grounds for fireworks. Brett’s whole family was there as well as a few of his friends so we had a great time hanging out together. I really enjoyed the fireworks this year and I love being able to watch them with my family and friends. I enjoy celebrating our freedom and thanking everyone that has fought for our country. I feel lucky to live in such a great country where we are free vote and make our own decisions.

Kids playing with sparklers and bonfire.

Kids playing with sparklers and bonfire.

Like I said before, I had to work on the fifth. After work we had a neighborhood party with food, drinks, a bonfire, and fireworks. It was fun sitting around the fire talking and laughing with my neighbors. I have known most of them since I was 4 or 5 so they have all watched me grow up. I have babysat most of the kids and it is weird watching them turn into teenagers. It seems like just yesterday I was changing their diapers and tucking them into bed!

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Love

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Today I woke up bright and early to go to the performer briefing for the airshow. I’m obviously not a performer but Brett has to go to the briefings so that he can update the event’s facebook page. After that, we headed to the event grounds to get ready for our busy day. It was such a nice day to spend watching all of the amazingly talented pilots!

 

Smiley face in the sky!

Smiley face in the sky!

The Thunderbirds!

The Thunderbirds!

The Blue Angels flew by to say hello after the show! So cool!

The Blue Angels flew by to say hello after the show! So cool!

Brett is majoring in Aviation Administration so he loves all things airplanes. I just love how happy airshows make him. He is so passionate about them! I had a great day hanging out with Brett and his friends. I am grateful that I get to have opportunities like this!

I had such a great weekend. I don’t want to go to work tomorrow at all! I am pretty sunburnt even though I wore sunscreen so I know that wearing my uniform tomorrow will suck!!!

How did you spend your Fourth of July weekend?? Thanks for reading!!