Monday, April 7, 2014

Blogging Break

Hey, everyone! So, I know I've been kind of MIA the past week. Well, I swear I have a good reason. School. Well, college to be more specific. You see, there's about five weeks left of the semester. And I have three projects all due around Easter weekend. Major projects. And yes, one is on teen film (see picture above), which is actually pretty interesting, but takes a ton of work nonetheless. 

Anyways, I have already started stressing out and spent the entire past weekend trying to get those projects started. Every time I thought about trying to post something here, I got even more stressed. I knew I wouldn't be able to put in the effort to make good blog posts, instead of ones just to fill the space, so I haven't let myself post anything new. That being said, I'm going to have to take about two weeks to focus on school until I can focus on blogging again. But only two weeks! Hopefully, after Easter, I'll have more time and be back up and running again. I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of April and I'll see you soon! xoxo

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Wishlist

Every Spring, I become obsessed with all things pastel and floral. I rotate through my Sally Hansen pastel nail polishes and want to buy every accessory or clothing item with a floral pattern. I just get so excited that the warm weather is coming in, the flowers are blooming, and the grass is turning greener, that I need to celebrate!

I am completley in love with all of the items on my wish list, even though many of them are way out of my price rang. A girl can dream of owning a $100 Modcloth dress…maybe one day! But I just love the floral lace patters on both the violet dress and the high wasted shorts. So cute! And, of course, we can't forget my beloved Keds! I didn't even know they came in coral! I'm dying for another pair of them.

So if you can't tell, I'm super excited it's finally April and that Spring is well on it's way in. The weather is finally warming up and I smile more and more every time I walk outside. If only the weather would get just a tad bit warmer so that I can finally wear my dresses without a coat ruining the entire look. Here's to a bright and flowery Spring!

Monday, March 31, 2014

[Instagram] Spring Break Has Come and Gone...

-My sister took her STNA test over Spring Break and passed! Now, she can work as a nursing aide this summer! I'm so proud of that girl. Doesn't she look so cute in her scrubs?
-More snuggle time with Rosie! I think this past week has been the most time I've ever spent with her. Normally, she just lays on the floor or upstairs by the window. I guess she just missed me so much that she had to lay on top of me for hours :)
-Yes, more of my puppy. How could I not want to capture that gorgeous face?
-Rosie has been scratching herself a lot, so my mom had to get new medicine for her that made her stop itching, but also made her so sleepy! The first day she was on it, she slept through the entire morning and didn't come out of her kennel to see us until around lunch time.

-On Saturday, my sister and I stopped by Gigi's Cupcakes to surprise our parents. We got Red Velvet, Wedding Cake, Midnight Magic, and Carrot Cake. The cakes were okay, but the frostings were so good. I could eat a whole bucket of those frostings…
-My sister and I were in charge of dinner each night, so one night we made Italian Wedding Soup! Yum!
-We also made some Broccoli Cheddar Soup for lunch one day. Mmmm, we made some pretty darn good food this past week!
-After my sister took her STNA test, she picked up some Five Guys to celebrate. I got the little burger and we split the large fry three ways (with my dad)…it was still so much food! But oh so good.

-While I was home, I had a huge urge to watch Grease 2, but I had left my copy at school! So the first thing I did when I got back to my apartment yesterday was pop in the DVD and rock out to the songs while I unpacked.
-So many pretty dresses! I brought some more dresses back to school and I can't wait for the weather to finally warm up so I can start to wear them! I bought the black and white striped one from Target on Saturday and am already obsessed with it. I can't wait to wear it!
-See how excited I was to run 11 miles? Haha, I got up earlier on Saturday to knock out those 11 miles and ended up running it in 95 minutes. Half marathon, here I come!
-My sister and I decided to watch Armageddon together while we were home. We had seen it a ton as little kids, but we barely remembered it! So we spent Wednesday afternoon watching Bruce Willis pretending to be the father of the woman he was actually dating in real life...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sweet On Sunday #5

1. I so wish I could add this Cat Long Sleeve A-line Dress to my dress collection. 

2. Mint Green Rainboots? Yes please! 

3. I want this Reading Is Sexy Mug so bad! It so defines my life. 

4. This cake. Why don't I have it in my life right now?

5. This Stamp of Adorable Dress definitely has my stamp of approval. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

UniVoxBox 2014

My VoxBox finally came! I've received boxes from Influenster before and always love seeing what little goodies are inside. This time around, I qualified for their UniVoxBox, which is for college students. The little purple box arrived last week and I couldn't wait to dig into my new goodies.

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance ($3.99-$4.99)
This was probably the item I was most excited for. As a runner, I need a tampon that is comfortable and really works, and I've found that Tampax Sport is my absolute favorite. These, though, are lightly scented, which made me very worried. I hate scented tampons because they always smell so strong and it's usually a disgusting floral smell. But these really are lightly scented, so they're perfect! I love how fresh they smell without being super overpowering. I'm definitely buying these from now on.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($5.99)
I always have press on nails in my VoxBox, and it's kind of getting annoying. I never use fake nails, so these just end up sitting around until I finally throw them away. I really love the color of these, though! You can never go wrong with pink sparkles.

Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia ($1.99)
I am not one for bright lip color, and boy is this bright. I'll probably never actually wear this lip color in public, but it's definitely fun to play with at home! Haha, when I'm in the mood for some daring lip color, I'll definitely whip this tube out.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation ($4.99-5.49)
I feel like a broken record saying this, but I actually don't use this product either. I've never used foundation because I'm always so scared I'm going to look like those girls who glop in it on and seem to have no idea how thick their face looks. As a non-foundation user, though, this one seems like a pretty good foundation. When I tried it out, the color matched my skin pretty well and it didn't feel too thick. I probably won't use it everyday, but it seems like a pretty good product to me.

Red Rose REAL TEA Premium Water Enhancer ($4.49)
These water enhancers seem to be pretty popular recently. I know that Crystal Light has some, but I've never heard of Real Tea from Red Rose. Using this product is super easy and there are 24 servings in one bottle, which is pretty good. I've used this a couple of times, and it's pretty good! I'm interested to see what other flavors they have. Since I'm not a big fan of plain water, I'll definitely be using these more often to stay hydrated.

While it wasn't my best box, it was still fun to try out all of the goodies I got. Now, I have a fun, new way to drink my water and some lipstick to put on whenever I feel like adding a burst of color to my day.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kitchen Krazy: Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors, whether it's Fall or just the beginning of Spring. So, when I found the recipe for these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies, I knew I had to bookmark them ASAP. Since my sister and I have been home for spring break, we've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. We've been making dinner every night and have made cookies three times now. We decided to mix things up and try making the pumpkin sugar cookies, and we loved them!

My sister has some issues with ripping off sheets of parchment paper. Every time she tries, they come out crooked and crinkled. Haha, so please excuse the super crinkly paper in the pictures. Gotta love her for trying!

When rolling this dough into balls to roll in sugar, it was so sticky. I was worried we had completely messed up the dough, but the recipe says that it's going to get messy. And messy it was! We had to pull off globs and drop them in the sugar before rolling them in order to form the dough into a ball shape. But we finally did it! And the cookies turned out quite yummy.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
From The Novice Chef
Makes 18 cookies

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
sugar for rolling

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3. In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla extract, mixing until combined. Add flour mixture, mixing until completely combined.
4. Roll one heaping tablespoon of dough into balls (dough will be sticky) and then roll in sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet - leaving about an inch for spreading.
5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the centers are set. Remove from oven and let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Don't they look so pretty? Make sure you bake them ALL THE WAY because half of mine weren't completely done, so they were quite soft, but they still tasted delicious! I'd just recommend baking them for at least 10 minutes so that they're cooked all the way through. I can't wait to make these when Fall comes and I'm craving pumpkin in everything I eat!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Movie Ticket Keepsake

I have a slight obsession with going to the movies. I love the feeling of getting a ticket and going to a theater to see a movie on the big screen. Since I love them so much, I have been saving my tickets for years. First, I would put them up around my mirror, but when that got full I simply kept them in a pocket in my purse. I've collected quite a few tickets since then!

I was reading the book Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone and one of the main characters is obsessed with going to concerts. Since he can time travel, he loves traveling to different concerts throughout time. In the book, he collected all of his tickets and kept them in a big bowl in his room. I absolutely loved that idea! So, my sister and I went to Hobby Lobby and got super adorable bowls for only $1.27. I love the ridged edge and think that it's the perfect size to collect my movie tickets in.

I am so obsessed with how pretty my movie ticket bowl is. I have my movie tickets from some of my most favorite and memorable films: the various Twilight films, Harry Potter, About Time, Transformers, Romeo and Juliet, Star Trek, The Avengers, Fame, and much, much more. With all of the movie tickets I have, it looks like I barely made a dent in my bowl! I can't wait to continue filling it up over the years. So many memories of my absolute favorite thing: Going to the movies.

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