Friday, November 30, 2012

Saw it. Pinned it. FAILED!

If you follow either Steph over at BEAUtiful mess
then you are probably well-aware of their
"Saw it. Pinned it. Did it." link-up.
Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.

I've always wanted to take part in the link-up,
but it has just never worked out in my favor.

One week,
I saw this beautiful scarf on Pinterest.
cute DIY scarf.

Like any avid "pinner,"
I pinned that bad boy to my Need to Try board.
The results were what I like to call a failure.

Like I said, 
there was no way I was linking up that week.

Over Thanksgiving break--
and by break I mean "Amanda's constant work and homework time"--
I did some additional pinning.
I have been a little, okay, extremely tired and stressed lately.
So I decided to pin one of the DIY face masks that I found.
It sounded like a relaxing way to unwind after a long day on my feet. 
diy face mask
 One evening,
I gathered the materials and decided to give Pinterest experiments another chance.
I am fairly certain my family was wondering what I was making for dessert...
or breakfast.
I thought the Mason jar would give it a bit more Pinterest flair
Preparing my face...
Applying the "mask"...
There you have it, folks...
Another failed Pinterest attempt.
My mom's comment about my face mask was,
"You look like you have warts all over  your face."
Why, yes.
That is definitely what I was going for.
Feeling a bit defeated, 
I washed off the oatmeal mask,
then finished some Biochemistry homework by the crackling fire
and glowing Christmas tree--
all while my feet soaked in a warm tub.

 I guess my day didn't turn out so bad after all--
minus the Biochemistry!

P.S. This week I am linking up with a blog hop over at My Beautiful, Crazy Life.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Make that two...

When I first began blogging back in July,
I had no idea there was such things as little "blogging awards."
That was until a fellow blogger notified me with the news 
that she had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award.
(You can read more about that here)
However this time,
one of my new favorite bloggers, 
Ashlea over at Ashlea With An A
awarded me with the Liebster Award.
How sweet is she?!
Want to know a little known fact about Ashlea?
Well of course you do!
She and I have actually been matched up for a 
stocking stuffer exchange via Ohemgee with Natalie.
I cannot wait to get everything together for her stocking!

back to this fancy little award.
So not only have I won one blogging award,
but now I have two!
It seems that no award comes without a little work,
so I am going to do my best to meet the requirements,
which include posting 11 things about myself,
answering 11 questions asked by Ashlea,
asking 11 question for the bloggers that I nominate.
(The bloggers I nominate must have under 200 followers.)

So in the words of my Physiology professor at 7am,
Let's get staaaarted!

1. I am a huge dog lover...
in case you haven't noticed from some of my posts.
I am a bit obsessed with my dog, Maggie.
I also worked at a vet clinic in high school.
So I even got paid to play with puppies...
and clean up after them.

2.) I turn 21 in 21 days. 
That's right, 
December 20th.
Mark your calendars now, 
ladies and gentlemen.

3.) I was recently hired as the Nutrition Curriculum 
Development and Evaluation Intern at the Boys and Girls Club 
in collaboration with my university and Bel Brands.
(Say my internship title 10 times fast...
I dare you.)

4.) I kinda, sorta, maybe
my roommates.

 5.) I enjoy cooking--
though I rarely find the time to make a decent meal.

6.) I am never fully awake unless I have had a cup of coffee
or worked out.
(I'm addicted to Starbucks Chai Lattes--skim, please!
And running is my go-to cardio.)
 7.) Sometimes I miss having long hair

My hair back in Fall 2011...
I chopped it off in February 2012...
Some days I regret that decision

8.) I love photography.
I hinted towards a nice camera from
"Santa" for Christmas.
So I am hoping to be able to have more fun experimenting
with photography in the future.

9.)I would love to do my Didactic Internship far, far from home.
This scares me a bit,
considering my university is only an hour from my hometown.
I want to challenge myself with new environments and opportunities.

10.) I wish there were about 10 more hours a day.
My to-do list is much longer than 24-hours allows most days!!

11.) I am guilty of wearing black and brown together.
My roommates, Alyssa and Amanda would be
shaking their heads and saying,
"Tsk, Tsk, shame on you!"
if they were reading this.
However, I am still a little indecisive as whether this is breaking
the laws of fashion or if there are exceptions to this rule.
 What do you all think?

Now let's get to the questions asked by Ashlea:
1. What is one of your favorite child holiday traditions?
Decorating the Christmas tree. (I still love doing this!)

2. Whats your dream job?
I am a Dietetics student and my dream job would be to own my own business,
where I serve as both a personal trainer and dietitian--a life coach of sorts!
3. What would be the first thing you'd do if you won the lottery?
I would donate most of it to the Children's Miracle Network
and the Boys and Girls Club.
And while we're being honest,
I'd have myself a little shopping spree as well. ;)

4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully pursuing my dream job that I mentioned above.
I am not currently dating,
however if I find "Mr. Right" within the next couple years,
I would like to settle down and at least think about marriage.
Let's face it,
I won't be young forever. 

5. Whats you favorite reality TV show?
My guilty pleasure is Keeping Up With the Kardashians.{I can't believe I just admitted that to the world.}
But if shows on HGTV count,
I love them all!

 6. Whats your favorite scent?
I love a lot of the Victoria's Secret scents such as
Love Potion. I also enjoy scents such as Enchanted from Bath & Body Works.
I prefer body sprays over perfumes. 

8. If you could choose a Hollywood starlet to raid their closet who would it be?
Rachel Bilson--
Except girlfriend would have to grow about a foot
and eat a few, make that a few hundred, hamburgers!!

9. Favorite color?
Lighter purples, to be precise.

10. Favorite Disney Movie?
The Fox and the Hound.
Make me cry every time.
I told you I love dogs!

11. Whats one beauty product you can not live without?
After looking in the mirror,
I probably should be saying concealer.
Under eye circles run in the family.
However, I LOVE lip balms.
I recently discovered Nivea's A Kiss of Milk and Honey.
I don't know how I have gone so long without it in my life.

Alright, as if I have not made this post long enough...
Here are my 11 questions:
1.) What is your favorite movie?
2.)What is your favorite season of the year?
3.) What is your favorite restaurant?
4.) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
5.) How do you describe your style?
6.) Do you have any pets?
7.) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
8.) What has been your most embarrassing moment?
9.) What have you been most proud of in your life?
10.) If you could have lunch with one celebrity, who would it be?
11.) What is a blog that you read on a daily basis?

I have selected the following blogs to receive the award:

The Write Direction

You're it!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Join the Fight

Originally, I had another post planned for today.
However, after reading a post yesterday from one of my 
all time favorite blogs, Living in Yellow,
I changed my plans.
Erin is asking for your help.
A young boy named Isaac from her community
has recently been informed that his cancer is back.
This time around, it has spread to his spine and brain. 

Around this time last year, 
a boy from my community lost his battle to Leukemia.
(I mention this briefly in this post.)
However, over the course of the few months he lived with cancer,
it was absolutely amazing to see how my community came together
to support his family.
Please help Erin give Isaac the same loving community 
that my friend, Sam, had during his battle.
In her post today, 
Erin has offered different ways in which you can help support Isaac and his family.
While this time of year is a crazy rush of holiday festivities and shopping,
I hope you will take a moment out of your day and help make Isaac's Christmas special.
If this broke college student can donate $5,
so can you!

Join the fight for Isaac!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thankful for Pictures

 Question of the day:
How do you find the right words to describe a splendidly wonderful 5-day Thanksgiving weekend?
You don't.
That's what pictures are for, silly!

My long weekend started off on the right foot after my yellow lab, Maggie, was at the front door--
awaiting my homecoming.
(No worries--I rewarded her loyalty by accompanying her on a Thanksgiving morning walk...
By the end of our walk,snow/sleet was pelting down on our faces like a thousand needles...
at least that's what it felt like.)
Like any other Thanksgiving, 
I was surrounded by family as I gorged myself with food....
that's how you know they love you unconditionally.
Saturday was my fourth celebration of a time of thanks.
(Read more about my first two here.)
I met the new addition to our family--
the precious baby I am cradling in my arms above, 
not the pup.
However, I figured I had better get used to the fact that I am more likely to have a future'
that consists of snuggling puppies than babies.
The word on the street is that you have to have a man to have a baby...
So puppies it is!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Go Ahead, Make My Day...

 Happy Saturday everyone!
I hope you all had enjoyable Thanksgivings.
Also, if you are reading this, that means you survived Black Friday!
Kudos to you!
While you were all out shopping,
I was up early as well--
however, I was working at the nursing home while
you guys were probably picking up the hot buys!
{I've been out on Black Friday before...
Trust me when I say, 
I know how crazy that day is...
I think I shall stick to full-prices from now on.}
Since I have been pretty busy, 
I decided today would be a great day to use a post from my Tumblr account,
I switched from Tumblr to Blogger in July, 
so I have some posts that I would like to transfer eventually.
Since my brain is mush at the moment,
today is the perfect day to recycle a post.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Have you ever thought about how much a simple compliment can make a person’s day? I hadn’t put a lot of thought to compliments until today. For some reason, I received all kinds of compliments at work that brightened my day.
“We’re going to miss you when you go back to school in August. You are such a hard-worker.”
(They must have caught me on a good day.)

“I saw you running last night. You always look so pretty, even when you’re running.”
(Ohhh honey, you should have seen me after mile 7!)

“Say, you look good in purple.” -elderly man that comes into the cafeteria
(Clearly, he wanted me to slip him an extra meatball on trayline.)
I couldn’t believe all of these comments—all literally within a half-hour of each other.
I could get used to this. But do you notice how I have an excuse for every compliment I received? This is how my brain works. While I’m usually flattered by compliments, they also make me uncomfortable. Does anyone else have this same problem? Half the time I don’t even know what to say. Do I say, “Oh no no, it was no big deal?”

James Taylor once said “I can take criticisms but not compliments.” Clearly, I’m not the only one who has this struggle. (Not to compare myself to James Taylor or anything.)

So how do we handle this discomfort?
Say “thanks.”
It really is as simple as that.
Nothing more, nothing less. 

While I was going through my daily tasks at work, I also began thinking about how easy it is to give compliments.
This past week, I have been in an unusually good mood at work.
When I’m in these moods, I’m a lot chattier with my co-workers.
The nursing home I work at is also connected to the hospital.
One of the ladies that works in the hospital office came into load up on her daily dose of coffee.
She had the cutest shoes on her little feet!!
Usually I notice things I like but I never actually say anything,
but I just had to tell her how much I loved her shoes that day.
It only took about 2 seconds, but I could tell that I brought a smile to her face.

Why don’t we say what’s on our minds more often?
(well, the good things, of course.)
Compliments make both  the giver and the receiver feel better.
Chris Rock once said ,”There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.”
You basically hit the nail on the head, Mr. Rock.
I admit, I appreciate the occasional compliment, water is essential,
and this girl NEEDS her food!!!
So next time you see an outfit you like, say so. If your friend ran a 5k for the first time or the hundredth time, congratulate them.
Go ahead, make my day…seriously.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Everybody's Got Something to Offer


Have you ever noticed that when you
gather for a meal with your family,
everybody brings something to the table?

Each family member has something special that
they offer the conversation.
My grandpa brings the humor and since my dad is definitely his father's son,
he is quite the comedian himself. 
My grandma has the best laugh and is such a sport when grandpa cracks jokes about her.
If you have ever seen Everybody Loves Raymond?
Well we are a whole lot like the Barone clan on that sitcom--
except grandma and grandpa live across town instead of next door.
My mom brings her caring heart,
which comes naturally with her teaching title.
She also makes sure we are all well fed--
which certainly was not an issue this Thanksgiving.
And my brother, well, he knows how to talk about drugs??
(For clarification purposes, he is a pharmacist)
Even my dog Maggie has so much to offer.
She likes to welcome our guests with a nice salutation of
inspecting their hind ends with her snout.
As you can imagine, the guests just love it...
she usually ends up in the kennel about 5 minutes after our guests have arrived.
As for myself,
I bring the good looks.
Totally kidding,
but I must bring something to the table.

Thanksgiving reminds me of one of favorite songs from church,
"Everybody's Got Something to Offer."
The part of the song that stands out to me is the following:
"To the believers gathered here
the message it is true
we have all got a gift to give
in all we say and do."

This song is such a great reminder of our worth this time of year.
Whether your family situation is good or bad-
Whether you make millions or struggle to pay rent-
Whether you are feeling discouraged or on cloud nine--
There's no doubt that we all have special gifts to offer the world.
Reminding myself of the true meaning of the holiday seasons helps keep me grounded.
While it may be difficult to remember this as I flip through the Black Friday ads and think,
"Ohh I want this and definitely this,"
I am trying not to get caught up in the madness of the holiday season.
Rather, I am hoping to use the gifts that I have been blessed with
to bring cheer to the lives of others.
This evening, I worked at a nursing home in my hometown
{like I did all summer}
After spending the afternoon with my family,
I wasn't exactly thrilled about heading into work to scrub dishes.
However, once I arrived, I began thinking about how much the residents
would have loved to trade places with me.
They probably would have given anything for the opportunity to get out of that place
and eat a good meal at their family's home.
With this in mind,
I made an extra effort to be cheerful when serving the residents.
I asked them if they were having a good Thanksgiving and if they
were enjoying there turkey dinner--
instead of slapping the plates down in front of them and rushing off for the next tray.
It's pretty pathetic that it takes a holiday all about giving thanks 
for me to change my perspective about work and other aspects of my life.

As we enter the mad rush of the holiday season,
I encourage you to do at least one thing to bring warmth to the lives
of others around you.
Don't do it to make yourself look good or add to your list of volunteer projects for your resume.
Do it because you want to make a difference in someone's life.
In return, you'll be surprised how these simple acts of selflessness make you 
feel more satisfied and fulfilled with your own life.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Me, Myself, & I Linkup...5th Month

It's a bit ironic that I am 
writing a post with the title containing the words
Wasn't it just last week that I posted about
the book I am reading called,
It's Not about Me ?!?
The two don't seem to mesh too well, 
do they?

However, after not blogging for over a month,
I realized how much I missed link-ups with other blogs.
 So I decided to join the fun this month with Breanna
and the other hosts.
What are your top 5 favorite movies to watch during the Holidays?

In no particular order...
-The Grinch
-It's a Wonderful Life
-The Holiday
-A Charlie Brown Christmas
-The Santa Clause
Charlie Brown Christmas... via Amanda's Pinterest

It's the month of giving thanks, what are you most thankful for?

I'm going to do my best not to give the stereotypical answers
that we automatically give to this question.
However, most of those common answers are common for a reason--
they are the most important aspects of our lives.
thanksgiving via Amanda's Pinterest

-I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been blessed with this past year to gain experience in my future profession as a nutrition professional.
-I am thankful for the love and support that my family and friends openly offer me--
even when they have more important things to worry about
-I am thankful for my faith community at SDSU and my ability to be able to travel on Mission Trips 
and grow in my faith as a Christian.
I am thankful for good health and the strength I receive through good nutrition and running.

If there was a quote or verse to describe your life, what would it be?
Faith via Amanda's Pinterest

Who in your family are you most like?

When I first read this question, I immediately thought
"my mom."

Then I started thinking about the number of times my mom and brother 
tell me, "You're just like you're father."
{Those tend to be my more obnoxious attributes...sorry, dad.}

What is your favorite drink order at Starbucks?
 Starbucks Chai Tea Latte
-My drink of choce really depends on the time of year
-Summer: Very Berry Hibiscus
-Fall: Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte
-Overall: Skinny Chai Latte
Be sure to join the link-up and share facts about yourself, as well.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Two Thanksgivings...One Day

While I may be a dietetics student,
there are certain times throughout the year
where I like to step back from this role as a RD2be.
Thanksgiving just so happens to be one of them.
This past Sunday,
I did the unthinkable.
This one girl
(that's me)
took on two Thanksgivings...
in one day.
{Don't act like you're not impressed.}

I started off my day of feasting with a celebration with my roommates and friends.
Alyssa--our master turkey chef, in action

Food...Food...and more Food...
I made the Pinterest inspired apple "Turkey" platter
I must say, I have some pretty attractive friends ;)
My roomies and I even snagged some pictures for our
Christmas card...
We're still trying to decide which to slap on our Christmas card?
These are probably more accurate--
Any suggestions?!?

The rest of the day was spent cleaning up after the meal
and possibly frolicking around the house to Christmas music.
{I wish I were kidding}

Round 2 of my Thanksgiving day of gluttony
began at 6pm at my college church--
the University Lutheran Center

We captured this beauty after the morning church service--
it is going to appear next to the article I am writing for the
SDSU yearbook

 When I arrived,
most of the work was already completed...
Pastor Bob--tackling the turkey carving
Josh--Finishing up the homemade pumpkin pies--
That's right...HOMEMADE!
I witnessed the actual pumpkins being boiled
Brandi--putting the finishing touches on the cider

Did I mention that I ate a lot yesterday?
Did I also mention that I had a FANTASTIC day?
If there's one thing I'd like you to take away from this
post, it is that I had a great time yesterday--
not that I was a terrible RD2be...
you can go ahead and dump that piece of information from your memory.

While this was only the beginning of my Thanksgiving celebrations,
it reminded me of how thankful and happy I am with the loving and supportive
friends that I have been surrounded with this past year.
I had a pretty rocky sophomore year of college,
but I am so blessed with where life has led me during my junior year.

And, I am so thankful for those who have stuck around and read my blog--
even during times when my posts have been inconsistent.

 P.S. Just in case Thanksgiving isn't your fave like it is mine--
here is a simple reminder...

That Christmas is just around the corner!!