Thursday, August 29, 2013
Traveling Comfy

Traveling Comfy

Thursday, August 29, 2013
I am sitting in the San Fran airport, with some of my favorite people, waiting for our painfully delayed flight to Honolulu. Five hour layover + free wifi makes this blogger happy. I got maybe an hour of sleep last night, crawled out of bed at four this AM, and now am tucked in a chair, in the San Fran terminal, armed with my laptop, iPhone, and a bag full of granola bars.
Top: T.J. Maxx  //  Leggings: Loft  //  Shoes: Crocs

At five in the morning, our departing airport was pretty much abandoned. I took the opportunity to have a mini photo shoot (Thanks mom!) and ultimately post my comfy+cute traveling attire. I absolutely have to be comfortable when traveling. Especially all day flying adventures. I found the cutest steel gray/blue leggings; they have zippers on the back of the legs. Zippers, people! Popped a black high-low top and my comfy Crocs on and I was set to sail through the skies.

I am notorious for overpacking. My suitcase weighs more than I do. Literally. I count dragging that thing through a couple of airports as my workout for the day.

One of my favorite things to do is people watch. Airports are the most amazing place for this. So many people going so many places. Some people don't look all that happy to be here, but hey, throw a smile their way and see what happens. They either look confused or they perk right up. I find enjoyment, especially with friends, in messing with people. Terminal games are a hoot and a holler when you have about two hours left in your layover. It's all in good fun though. Who doesn't love a little shenanigans?

         That's it for me, time to put my feet up, hangout with the peeps, and eat a granola bar or two.
Happy Cute+Comfy Traveling!










Monday, August 26, 2013
A Few Things: Crocs

A Few Things: Crocs

Monday, August 26, 2013
I have switched things up a bit and made A Few Things an every other weekend deal. With school in full swing, this makes my life just a little bit easier. My calendar is so full that it won't even show every event without opening up a specific day and scanning hour by hour tasks. That's craziness.


I was texting a friend and had the realization that I have a dry, playfully sarcastic sense of humor, and I'm not sure it always translates via text message. Do you ever have that problem? You send a message, and you know that it would have been funny in person, but, on the screen it lacks a certain pizazz.

I discovered how to property execute The Pompadour. It is so stinking simple, yet, I could never do it correctly before. That is embarrassing. Thank you for helping me Emily, I was so lost without you!

As I have mentioned one or two or ten times, I am going to Hawaii. I'm only mildly excited about this..
Hawaii is on my bucket list, and now I can cross it off. Since life will be all beachy for ten days, I decided that I needed special shoes. More than a flip flop, less than a sneaker. Somehow I ended up at a Crocs store. I became besties with the employees ( You were no help, Josh! I blame all of this on you), and walked out of the store with a bright green bag housing my very own pair of Crocs.  If that's not pure sacrilege, I don't know what is. 

Kelly Slater, the gem behind Walkin' On Sunshine, is adorable and bubbly.  I had the pleasure of swapping buttons with her in the recent past. Every time I login and see her button, it brightens up my day! Her blog is bright and happy and oh so worth a visit!

 I finally took the plunge and put together a media kit! Media kits are basically resumes and they need to be compact and highlight the most relevant and timely information.  I probably spent four hours agonizing over it, but, I finished it. I don't know about you, but, I always get nervous taking new steps in the blog world. You're already putting yourself out there to potentially be rejected. Each new step is exciting and a little terrifying. It is one hundred percent worth it though!

Those are my few things for this weekend. What about you? Did you discover something new about yourself, find a little piece of blog heaven, or take the plunge and put yourself out there?
                                                                    
                                                                 What are your few things? 



P.S. Linking up with Bre for The Collective and Carly for Funday Monday.












Saturday, August 24, 2013
Never Alone

Never Alone

Saturday, August 24, 2013
Life is so busy with classes and preparation for our Hawaii trip (excitement!!), but I wanted to take a minute and share something that was on my heart. Some time ago my best friend told me to read Psalm 121. I shared a trial that I was going through, and she told me "..read Psalm 121, it's great. It speaks of how God has not, nor ever will leave us." And, that is so true. Though it hurt at the time, I could see that my trial was trivial compared to what others have to deal with.


I wanted to share this with you, to encourage you if you are going through a trial. Your help does come from the Lord! No matter what you are going through, He has not, nor ever will leave you.
 I encourage you to go to the Lord, your Creator. He knows your thoughts, He knows your trials, and He will walk you though them every step of the way. 

Psalm 139:1-4 says " O LORD, You have searched me and known me.You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all."

The Lord knit you together, He will not leave you floundering. You are precious to Him, and He is there when you call out to Him. I encourage you to read Psalm 121. Read it slowly, and really think about it. Be uplifted, and comforted by it.


                                                          Have a beautiful Saturday, friends!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Summer Skin: Part four

Summer Skin: Part four

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I have been a bad, bad blogger. I haven't blogged in four days. That's an eternity in blogland! My college classes started back up this week and I have been a little preoccupied.

Since these natural skincare posts are a summer series, I thought I should probably post part four before summer hides away. Let's face it, summer ends when schools begins, but according to the google, there are technically thirty-one days left of summer. So I am taking advantage of the sunny, warm days that are still hanging around, and pressing on with the last one or two installments of Summer Skin.

This time around it's natural moisturizers for your face!


Olive Oil ( All Skin Types) Olive Oil is full of antioxidants that repair your skin and help prevent damage that can lead to sunspots as well as wrinkles. To use as a moisturizer, soak a cotton ball in the oil and apply to your face. 
This works best as a nighttime moisturizer. 

Coconut Oil ( All Skin Types ) Coconut Oil is easily absorbed by the skin and naturally is full of collagen. It's natural anti-bacterial properties make this a great option for those with acne prone skin, as well. Scoop out a small amount of coconut oil and rub into hands, then apply to face. By rubbing into your hands first, it softens the coconut oil slightly, for easy application.

Milk+Lime ( Oily Skin ) This is actually a three ingredient moisturizer that you can easily mix together.
Mix together a quarter of a cup (1/4 c) of milk, two tablespoons (2 tbls) of olive oil, and two tablespoons (2 tbls) of lime juice. Apply to face with a cotton ball.
The lactic acid in the milk will soften the skin, the olive oil provides repairing antioxidants, and the lime juice removes dead skin cells to help keep skin clear.

Aloe Vera ( Acne Prone Skin ) Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin without leaving a greasy feel. Aloe contains Gibberellin, a naturally occurring plant hormone that regulates cell growth. So it acts, to your benefit, to stimulate the growth of new cells and help your skin to heal quickly from acne and acne scars.
Simply apply will a cotton ball to freshly cleansed skin.

Honey+Coconut ( Dry Skin ) This is another easily mixed together moisturizer. Combine one teaspoon (1 tsp) honey, one teaspoon (1 tsp) lemon juice, and one tablespoon (1 tbls) coconut oil.
Apply to face and leave for at least half an hour. Rinse with warm water. 
You can leave this moisturizer on for several hours, and it will work even better if you do. It is a great nighttime moisturizer.

These moisturizers are simple and really do provide nice benefits for your skin.
Pick one that works for you and give it a try! 
Enjoy the remaining thirty-one days of summer, friends!



Linking up on Simply Clarke for Wildcard Wednesday!





Saturday, August 17, 2013
i'm loving...

i'm loving...

Saturday, August 17, 2013
Today I am linking up with Katie from Katie Did What, and sharing some things that I am loving right now. I love Katie's link up, it's a blast and a half seeing what other bloggers are loving right now.

So, let's get this cart rolling.

Fashion.
I get excited and love many things. It is just my nature - I'm happy and bubbly and excitable. I am like a toddler when I find cute clothes.

Can me haves it!?

So it is safe to say that there is some article of clothing that is always on my Love List.
For the past, maybe, two years I have been in love with rompers and have been fervently searching for one. I searched and searched and failed miserably to find one that would actually fit the bill. Happily, I finally have acquired the cutest, flouncy romper and I'm loving it!



 P.S. It comes in polka dots!





Music. Spotify is my best friend. I have exaclty four hundred and ninety songs in my library. That number grows on a daily basis. I have playlists for working out, and for every mood you could possibly be in. If I have not expressed it before, let me express it now - I loathe country music. More specifically, twangy country music. It grates on my soul. Needless to say, country music is not in my library...

Except for Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and one Jason Aldean song. But you see, I do not ackowledge them as country artists. So, It’s all good. And let’s face it, Swift hasn’t qualified as a country artist since there were still teardrops on her guitar.

Now that we've got that all sorted.. enjoy this catchy pop tune, from Hayes, that I am loving.

I Want Crazy by Hunter Hayes on Grooveshark

Photo App. I really enjoy taking pictures, and I just happen to Instagram them. The photo app, Over,  is such a little gem! It allows you to add graphics and text to any photo and then share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, via email, or turn it into a postcard. Personally I use it to put my stamp on my Instagram uploads. I am one hundred percent loving this app.



There you have it, a few of the things that I am loving right now. What are you loving?
Head over here to linkup with Katie and share your current loves.

Or you can click the cute button!



Happy weekend friends!



Thursday, August 15, 2013
Red Pepper and Tomato Minestrone

Red Pepper and Tomato Minestrone

Thursday, August 15, 2013
I got back in the kitchen at the start of this week and cooked up something decidedly tasty. I'm pretty adventurous in the kitchen, well, as adventurous as I can be. This should help explain that a tiny bit.
I have to be careful what I put in my body, but, I love food and I love trying new recipes and even creating a few of my own. That's exactly what I have to share today, a recipe of my own.

On monday, my mom headed to the grocery store and asked me to make dinner. The cabinets and refrigerator were more than a little bare. I rummaged through said cabinets and refrigerator and came out with four random ingredients to make a dinner meal with. Challenge accepted. 

Red Pepper and Tomato Minestrone 


You will need

1 container of Red Pepper and Tomato soup
1 box of pasta (your choice)
1 cup of Pecorino Romano cheese ( finely grated)
1 package of mild Italian Chicken Sausage


Add-ins

1tsp. Salt & Pepper (each)
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
Dried Parsely


Grate one to one and a half cups of the Pecorino Romano cheese and set aside.
Slice the sausages lengthwise and pop the meat out of the casings. Break the meat up into bite size pieces. In a large pot, brown the Chicken Sausage with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. 
Add a fourth of a cup (1/4 c.) of the red pepper and tomato soup (shake it well first). 
Let reduce into the meat.
Add the rest of the soup and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
If the flavor is too strong or you want to thin out the soup a bit, add a little chicken stock.

While the soup simmers, cook the pasta according to box. Quinoa pasta has a slightly shorter cook time  than your regular pastas. Drain and season to taste with butter/margarine, salt, and pepper.

And that's it!

Serve the pasta in a pretty little bowl, topped with your red pepper and tomato soup + sausage. Add a hearty sprinkling of the grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and a dash of the dried Parsely.


This is so easy to make and it really is packed with flavor.
A few things..
If you like things spicy go ahead and add a healthy dash of chili powder to kick it up a little more. 
If you're sensitive to heat, add a good drizzle of agave nectar to take the edge off.
You can also add some veggies to this to give it more texture and add even more depth of flavor.


I would also like to put it out there that the definition of a Minestrone is - A thick soup containing vegetables and pastaThis recipe definitely does not fit that description. Honestly, I do not know what else to call it though. So..  Minestrone it is! 

Have fun cooking and happy eating, friends!




                                          P.S. Linking up this post on the Weekend Potluck linkup!











Monday, August 12, 2013
Hop till you drop #3

Hop till you drop #3

Monday, August 12, 2013
Hey Y'all! This week I have the extreme pleasure of co-hosting Hop till you Drop, hosted by My Crazy Beautiful Life. I am so excited to be co-hosting this hop! I love linkups, they are such a great way to find new blogs and connect with other bloggers. So go linkup and make some new friends.
Get hopping people! 

Welcome to week #3 of Hop till you Drop :)
Hope that you had a fabulous weekend and that you're ready to meet some new friends!
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Sunday, August 11, 2013
a few things: the roundup

a few things: the roundup

Sunday, August 11, 2013
I skipped the weekend roundup last weekend, but I am back and I'm going to keep this short and sweet!


All right, let's roundup the week. I'm pretty sure that I used the reflection of a window of a car that was occupied, at the beach. That poor person. It was hysterical, but, decidedly uncomfortable for the vehicles occupant.

This might make me a tiny bit nerdy, but I have a small affection for oldie video games. I pulled out the old Play Station and Nintendo this week.  Super Mario Bros is gold. Of course, I play with the game genie on so I can't die. Sometimes cheating is acceptable..

Fun fact, I love carnations. I get flack for this, but I'm not sure why. I acquired a lovely bunch of carnations this week. They look like tissue paper, for presents, all bunched up. I find that charming. Feel free to leave carnations on my doorstep.

Throwback music is a guilty pleasure. Aside from the fact that it is far superior to Ke$ha and Pitbull, it just speaks to me. When I was younger my parents would pull out the old cd's and we would have a dance party. Earth Wind and Fire, Phil Collins, Billy Ocean, Michael Jackson. At a young age I grew to appreciate, ahem, real music. I brought back the dance party, in our kitchenI know that you dance around when no one is looking too, because I do and I consider myself pretty normal. Cupid Shuffle in the kitchen was more than reasonable and totally worth the sweat I worked up. I know that isn't a throwback song, but it's stinking fun.

  Sussudio by Phil Collins on Grooveshark September by Earth, Wind & Fire on Grooveshark When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going (Jewel In The Nile) by Billy Ocean on Grooveshark PYT (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson on Grooveshark

                                                               ... You're welcome.

If you haven't already started following The Freckled Fox, well… herethis too, and that! I need not say anymore. Emily is stinking adorable! Her blog makes me all kinds of happy.

                                                     
                                                               What did you do this week?



                       
                                 


Friday, August 9, 2013
On A Whim

On A Whim

Friday, August 9, 2013
I rarely take to writing late at night with no general plan. I'm the girl that needs to have a plan and know exactly what's happening next. On-a-whim posts just aren't how I roll. Here I am though. I don't think that I have written a post that touched on something a little deeper, something about me or something that I really wanted to share with you, in a while. I truly see my readers as friends and I care for and appreciate each and every one of you. I thought that I would share what was on my heart tonight, and since we're friends I'm just going to write like we're having a heart to heart. I was talking with a friend this evening and in the course of our conversation he shared a scripture with me that encouraged my heart tremendously.


Sometimes life is just disheartening. We are not promised an easy life, but we absolutely can find peace, joy, and strength in the Lord. He truly is our strength and our shield, in every situation. It is easy to lose sight of that as we walk through the mundane, the difficult, and the painful things of life. Rest assured, though, the Lord is there and He cares for you more deeply than you can comprehend. 
He does hear your pleas. So I encourage you, fall back into the Lord, who is your strength and your shield, and let your heart exult. 

Have a beautiful Friday, friends!





Wednesday, August 7, 2013
summer skin: part three

summer skin: part three

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I learned something about myself this past week, my time management goes out the window when family is in town. Things just get away from me - emails, texts, blog posts. I week passes and it feels like it has only been two days. I  have finally captured some time to write a post.

Since the use of natural cleansers has been so successful for me, I am carrying on today with the summer skin posts. Today it's natural toners. The main job of a toner is to cleanse, balance, and hydrate.


 Peppermint Facial Toner ( For Oily Skin ) You will need - 1 cup of boiling water, 2 teaspoons of witch hazel, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1 peppermint tea bag.
Boil your cup of water and then steep the peppermint tea bag for ten minutes. Add the witch hazel and lemon juice. Store this mixture in a bottle in the refrigerator to make it more refreshing. It can be used everyday either after you cleanse your face or before you moisturize.

Lavender Facial Toner ( For Acne Prone Skin ) You will need - 3 ounces of lavender water, 1 ounce of witch hazel, and two drops of juniper oil. Mix all three well and apply after cleansing your face.

Mint Vinegar Toner ( For All Skin Types ) You will need - 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dried mint leaves, and 1 cup of distilled water. Combine the ingredients and let sit for three days. Strain out the mint leaves and store in a bottle for easy use.

Watermelon Ice Toner ( For All Skin Types ) You will need - 1/2 a cup of watermelon juice and 1/4 of a cup of rose water. Mix well. Pour into an ice tray and place in the freezer. You can use daily after cleansing your face. These little ice cube toners are very refreshing!

Last but not least, and super simple..

Green Tea Toner ( For All skin Types ) You will need 1 cup of water and 1 green tea bag. Boil your water and then steep the tea bag for ten to fifteen minutes. Store in a bottle for easy use. It's that simple! Use twice a day for best results.

Making these natural facial toners is fun and easy! 
The results are worth the minimal effort involved in making them. 
Give one a try!

Happy Wednesday, friends!


Linking up on Grab A Friend , Wildcard, and Random Wednesday




Friday, August 2, 2013
three wishes

three wishes

Friday, August 2, 2013

About a week into my blogging endeavors I discovered the Blog Every Day In May blog challenge. It was a life saver. I had no idea what to write about and it gave me a good kickstart. I discovered so many blogs through the challenge linkup and my blog was discovered in return. It was a great experience!

I came across the August Blogging Challenge a day ago, and I just couldn't resist participating. Though, I don't have the time to blog every single day this month. 
Today you get three wishes from little ole me. Three things that I would ask Genie for. A magic carpet would be fantastic, but, that seems impractical..

If you had three wishes what would they be and why?

If I could live a day in my life five years from now, I would. I really want to know what will be going on in my life when I'm twenty-six. Will I be married? Where will I live? What new friends will I have made? There are just so many things that I would love to get a glimpse of.

This wish is vain, but, I think that you can relate.. 
I wish food did not have calories. Can you imagine how fun it would be to eat!? Pizza, pasta, brownie edges. All of that food you pinned, yeah, just imagine. 

Thirdly, I wish that I could meet the bloggers behind so many of my lovely reads! I think that we come to view our favorite bloggers as friends, we feel like we know them, how wonderful would it be to actually spend face time with them. If I really had three wishes, this would definitely be one of them. 

                     That's it for me! If you caught the Aladdin reference in this post, you get brownie points. 
                                                    
                                                            What would your three wishes be? 
                                                                         Happy Friday!



Linking up on The Good Life + North East Bloggers today!


Thursday, August 1, 2013
the lighten up project: ombré

the lighten up project: ombré

Thursday, August 1, 2013
So remember way back when, I started The Lighten Up Project. Well, a month later, I have finally gotten to the second post. Now, I actually have a good reason for taking so long. I waited till I saw a significant change in the color of my hair. My hair is actually a little ombré at this point, which makes me unduly excited! 
I stuck with the Chamomile Tea, Honey, and Lemon Juice and it worked really well! 


If you're still thinking about lightening your hair naturally, this is definitely worth trying. It takes about a week to see results, but it looks very natural and it is good for your hair too. It will make your hair softer and shinier. Who doesn't love that!

I normally post on Wednesday and linkup with Shanna and Marquis. I got just a touch behind. As you already know, better late than never is one of my mottos. So, I am linking today! You know the drill, click a pink link or the button below to join the linkup.

   

I am off to make some memories with a new friend. Hot chocolate and sugar cookies are awaiting me! 
Have a beautiful Thursday, friends.