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January 6, 2012

2012 Reading Challenge

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a great new year!

I got the Hunger Games trilogy for Christmas (and have already read the first two books) and I have a lot of books piling up that I want to read.  So I decided to set a reading goal for 2012; I figured that it’s one resolution that I’ll be able to keep! I put a widget on my page so that my readers can see what I’m reading and follow my progress.

If you’re a bookworm like me I encourage you to set a reading goal for the new year, too! If you have a account please add me as a friend–I would love to see what you’re reading :)

October 10, 2011

Just for fun

1.) Mood: happy! I’m tired even though I haven’t been productive tonight :(

2.) Can you parallel park? Absolutely not. I once hit a parked car in the library parking lot while trying to parallel park. Oops.

3.) What is your favorite treat during the fall/winter/holiday season? Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos from Starbucks!

4.) Current nail polish: Bachelorette Bash by Essie

5.) What is your all time favorite TV show? How I Met Your Mother. But I also love Modern Family, House, and True Blood

6.) Current outfit: Zippie and sweatpants :) It’s almost bedtime!

7.) Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? Yes! I’m going as the Corpse Bride.

8.) What is your natural hair texture/style? It’s light brown and wavy. Nothing special.

9.) Where would your dream honeymoon be? (or if you’ve had it, where was it?) A Disney Cruise! I’m planning on having a Disney Wedding :)

10.) Weekly goals: Ace my bio lab exam!

October 10, 2011


Hi friends,

I can’t believe it’s the middle of the semester already! I also can’t believe it’s supposed to be 80 degrees tomorrow, but I’ve lived in the midwest for 20 years so I shouldn’t be surprised.  Next week is fall break so hopefully I’ll have lots of time to be crafty.  I have lots of fun ideas that I can’t wait to try and next week will be the perfect time to get creative.

Many people would be surprised to know that a Social Work major is extremely time consuming.  I feel like all I’m doing lately is writing papers.  I have a 40 page case study paper due at the end of November and every time I think about it I want to curl up into a ball and cry.

Yesterday I picked up Ellen DeGeneres’ new book, Seriously…I’m Kidding.  It’s a quick read (I’m already halfway done with it) really hilarious.

I hope everyone’s having a happy fall season :)


August 16, 2011

I Just Really Love Cats…

Well I’ve been back at school, busy getting organized and training for my job!  I’m going to try to put pictures of my room up soon, but I’ll probably wait until after Annie moves in on Thursday…

In the meantime, enjoy this YouTube video!  Just a warning, the song WILL get stuck in your head…for days :)

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August 4, 2011

Feeding the Birds

Jonathan and I went to the St. Joe river to feed the ducks today.  They were hungry little guys!

The geese came running when they saw us with the bread!  I can’t say I blame them…who doesn’t love Jimmy Johns bread?!

These geese were not the smartest…half of them went into the water because that’s where we were throwing the bread, and the other half stayed on land, looking confused.

The ducks were starving…I guess we’re the only ones who feed them!

There were also a ton of seagulls lurking around.  Jonathan would throw pieces of bread into the air and the gulls would catch it in their beaks.  They were like ugly flying miniature dogs…it was hilarious.

What did you do today?

August 1, 2011

My Weekend in Photos

Turtles from Jonathan.

My sleepy kitty.

Start of a cup cozy. Soon I’ll be able to cross it off my list!

Picked up Season 1 at Target for $18!

Strawberry shortcake = heaven

Isn’t he cute?

Best ice cream EVER.

Shark Week :)

How was your weekend?

July 28, 2011

More Vera Bradley!

Look what came in the mail today!

Yes, I ripped the box in my excitement…

Vera Bradley student agendas!  {In Mocha Rouge for me and Plum Petals for Annie}

Isn’t it wonderful?  I’m so excited for school to start so I can use it every day :)

July 27, 2011

Happy birthday, Pops!

This morning Jonathan and I went to South Bend so he could get some comics.  On the way there he started to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! FINALLY.  I wish I could have gotten a picture…it was so momentous.

On our way home it started pouring.  The clouds looked so cool, so of course I had to snap some pictures.  I don’t suggest trying to take pictures and drive at the same time {unless of course you have someone to hold the wheel for you, like I did!}.  Seriously though, it’s probably not a great idea.

Also, happy 50th birthday to my daddy! I don’t see him very often, but tonight we went to dinner to celebrate the big 5-0.

Here’s the sweet deep-fryer Jonathan and I gave him…because who doesn’t like fried food?!

We had some yummy sausage and black olive pizza at Roma’s.  My favorite part of the outing was getting Domo stickers out of the sticker machine :)

Tonight, Jonathan and I watched Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds.  It’s about an American truck driver who is buried alive in a coffin by Iraqi terrorists.  I definitely do not recommend it to anyone…it was a little too much for me to handle.  Have you seen it?  If so, what did you think?

July 19, 2011


I’ve been known to go through phases where I’m obsessed with random things.  When I’m in a “phase”, I usually can’t stop buying things.  Here are just a couple things that I’ve been obsessed with in 2011…

Obsession #1: Vera Bradley

From top (clockwise): Weekender in Very Berry Paisley; Villager in Call Me Coral; Large Cosmetic in Buttercup; Kiss and Make Up in Buttercup; Zip ID Case in Mod Floral Pink; Turn Lock Wallet in Call Me Coral, Super Tote (discontinued) in Mod Floral Pink

Not pictured: All in One Wristlet in Carnaby

Vera Bradley was one of my worst obsessions, and it doesn’t help that they send me emails almost every day!  I’ve got a long wishlist on their website and my bank account is going to be pissed at me the next time Vera Bradley has $5 shipping.

Obsession #2: BPA-free reusable to-go cups

These cups are awesome.  They’re double walled, so they don’t sweat and get condensation all over.  I also love that they keep ice cold for hours…literally hours!  AND there’s a little stopper on the bottom of the straw so it doesn’t get pulled out of the cup.  Pretty nifty.  You can get these at Wal-Mart for $5-$10, but so far my collection features some of my favorite places :)

You can bet that I’ll have a new obsession to share with you soon! What are some of your obsessions?

July 18, 2011

Another Rummage Sale and Oreo Pops

Usually, I’m one to sleep in until 10:30 but today I woke up at 8 to go to my elementary school’s annual enormous rummage sale.  Seriously, it was HUGE.

Vanishing Acts {Jodi Picoult}, Eat, Pray, Love {Elizabeth Gilbert}, and The Pact {Jodi Picoult}.  All in great condition and only 50 cents each!

Jonathan found some action figures for his enormous collection {I’ll save that for another post} and I also found a cute little game called In a Pickle.  I always see it when I go to Target but never wanted to spend the money on it.  Well, this one is barely used and only cost me $3!

After the rummage sale I really wanted to do some kind of indoor activity since it was so hot outside today.  I found a fantastic recipe for Oreo cake pops on Pinterest {thanks to a little delightful} so we went to the store and bought Oreos, cream cheese, and almond bark.

All I had to do was crush up 2 rows of the Oreo cookies and mix them with a small package of cream cheese.  They are seriously delicious but super rich.  After the balls were formed, I put the lollipop sticks in them {as instructed} and let them chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes.  Then, we melted the almond bark and covered the pops with it using a spoon.

My cake pops turned out so ugly…I was sad.  But then I ate one and felt a little better.

Here’s the picture from a little delightful’s blog.  Seriously, how did she get hers to look so perfect?  If anyone can help me out, I’ll repay you in Oreos ;)

What I’ll do different next time:

  • Buy shorter lollipop sticks
  • Make the balls a little bit bigger
  • Put the lollipop sticks in the balls with candy coating on the end of the stick, that way the pop won’t fall off the stick when I’m trying to frost it

Any other suggestions?  If you’ve mastered the perfect cake pop, please tell me your secret!