Friday, June 28, 2013

I love it!

I apologize because I fully accept that today's post is a total copout, but I'm on a serious role applying for jobs and don't want to stop to write an actual post.

Today I'm sharing a song that I've had stuck in my head for a few days. At first it was super annoying, but now it really pumps me up!

Yes, I know it's about a break up, but I pretend it's about everyone who has ever doubted what I'll be able to do in life.

What songs pump you up?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Throw Back Thursday

Today I'm linking up for Throw Back Thursday!

Seriously, isn't this the most fun linkup!? It's certainly my favorite day to look through Instagram.

In honor of Wimbledon we're going to throw it back to my tennis playing days. Now I looked all over but unfortunately (for you, but very fortunate for me. These were the mega awkward years) I couldn't find any pictures to accompany this post, so you'll just have to use your imagination. I have provided some good substitutes though to help you out!

Okay, so maybe I didn't look exactly like Maria Sharapova, but she was one of my inspirations for playing. Any sport where you could wear earrings and skirts sounded right up my alley. 

When I was about 11 my best friend decided she was going to go to tennis camp for the summer at her tennis club and invited me to come too. I had never picked up a racquet before in my life, but I had watched the US Open with my Grandmother for as long as I could remember so I figured why not give it a shot. 

Well I wasn't very good, if we're going to be honest I was probably the worst one out there which is saying a lot because there was a 7 year old. But boy did I have fun! We played games all morning and then got a lunch break where our head instructor would grill us hamburgers and teach us some french (so we'd be prepared for when we went to the French Open one day). Then we'd play more games in the afternoon. At the end of the summer we finally worked up to being able to play actual matches. 

After that summer I took lessons and went back to camp a couple of times. I never got really, really good, but I always had a lot of fun. I haven't picked up my racquet (except to move it back and forth every time I went to school) in a couple of years, so I'm sure I'm really terrible now. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

This week I've sworn off carbs which means I'll be eating lot of salads. Lucky for me I love salads! I've often said that lettuce is one of my favorite foods, I love the crunch.

But as much as I love salads, some times you need some creamy, cheesy goodness in your life. I'm talking about the yumminess that can only come from some homemade mac & cheese. Well I obviously couldn't enjoy that this week, so I started looking for a substitute.

After lots of perusing of Pinterest I found a spaghetti squash au gratin recipe that claimed to taste just like hash-brown casserole. It's not exactly mac & cheese, but it's a pretty good no carb substitute.

  1. Take one medium spaghetti squash, slice in half and cook face down in the microwave in dish with about 1/4 cup water covered for about 11 minutes. 
  2. While that's cooking cook down half a large onion (thinly sliced), 2 tablespoons butter, about 2 teaspoons of Italian seasonings, a couple of dashes of hot sauce (or more if you like it hot) 
  3. Remove the squash from the microwave (be extra careful because it is SO hot) and scrap the insides out. Combine this with the onion mixture, 1/2 cup of sour cream, and 1/2 cheddar cheese
  4. Place in a greased baking dish and cover with another 1/4 cup cheese (or more, I'm not going to judge) and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes (you really just want it to all set together and the cheese on top to melt)

My finished dish! 

I'd love to see some of your favorite no carb dishes!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Job Hunt

Okay let's get real for a second here.

Graduating from college is great, but it also really sucks. Don't get me wrong, finally checking off this major life goal is pretty awesome. But having no clue what the next step is scares the bejesus out of me. Knowing what you ultimately want to do in life (hello! Future White House Press Secretary right here) but having no clue how to get there is terrible. 

I love that I have my degree in journalism/public relations because I feel like it allowed me to develop many different skills (writing, editing, multitasking, working on deadline, etc...) that qualify me to work a variety of jobs. At the same time I hate this. My wide variety of skills truly is making the job hunt overwhelming. No, really don't believe me? Just go search for public relations jobs on a job hunt website like Indeed or Monster; the results are overwhelming. There's a song What do you do with a BA in English? well a better question is What can't you do with a BA in journalism? 

As a new graduate with no commitments, my possibilities are limitless and as great as that is it is becoming more of a burden than a blessing. I've changed my desired city about 10 times. I've thought I wanted to do everything from move to New York to stay home for a year and then go back to grad school. Do I apply for the internship for recent graduates or for the open entry-level position at the same company? Could I suck it up and live in a place I have zero desire to live (hello Michigan) if it meant working a really great job? Do I move to the city of my dreams and then look for a job? Can I actually afford to live anywhere other than in my bedroom at my parents' house? Why isn't there a life as a recent college grad for dummy's book?   

You hear stories like half of the class of 2012 is working jobs that don't require a college degree (makes me feel like I wasted the past 4 years) and just today my mom decides to share with me that over half of Spain's 18-30 population is unemployed (why do people think these statistics are helpful?) and you can't help but feel hopeless. But then you know someone who makes the move to a new city with no plans and finds a job within just a couple of weeks of looking and you feel unstoppable. 

I always thought I'd have a job at graduation. I never imagined I would be one of the many who is stuck in this terrible limbo period of unemployment. Everyone who looks at my resume tells me the same thing, I should have no problem finding a job. Well if that's so true why aren't the offers pouring in? Am I doing something wrong? Maybe I should just take a billboard, Billboard Dad style, to promote myself. 

Please tell me I'm not the only one experiencing this painful, painful reality. Anyone want to share any advice for the recent college grads like me? 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Weekend Update

I had a fabulous first weekend of summer!

My iphoto won't let me upload any pictures, so today's post will be short (and minus pictures obvi) and make my weekend sound much less exciting than it actually was.

Friday night I decided (convinced my mom to let me) to try a couple of new recipes that I had seen a few friends pin on pinterest. Both were good and will be making another appearance on the dinner table soon. Be on the lookout for their recipes (and pictures!) to make an appearance on the blog soon.

Saturday I got the see one of my best friends who I haven't seen in months because he spent the semester studying abroad. It was so nice to catch up on each other's lives. We went to eat lunch at one of my favorite restaurants at home, The Blow Fly Inn.

How much do I love this restaurant you ask? Enough to eat at it twice in one day. Yep, that's right my family decided to make a little trip down the road to eat dinner here. Don't worry though this isn't one of those restaurants where I'm so in love with one dish that it's the only thing I'll order. I actually didn't get my favorite either time, opting instead to try something new. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed! I had probably some of the best BBQ shrimp I've ever had. They were so good in fact, I didn't even snap a picture to share with you.

The weekend ended with the season finale of Mad Men. I don't want to give away any spoilers just incase you haven't seen it yet, but OH MY GOSH! I was starting to lose interest this season, but this episode hooked me back in, and now I can't wait for next season.

What did you do this weekend? Head over and link up with Sami to share your weekend shenanigans. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Five on Friday

Happy First Day of Summer and National Wear your Lilly Day!

Today I'm linking up with Darci over at The Good Life Blog to bring you the top 5 items I'm currently lusting after on the Lilly Pulitzer website

This dress is so fun! It has sequins at the top of the straps and on the back and a lime green lining. It would be perfect for date night (jokes) or a summer wedding. 

This is the perfect dress for casual summer days. The amount of times I can imagine wearing this dress are endless. Plus it comes in a few other fun prints.

This is one of Lilly's most popular tops, no really it has it's own tab on her website. I keep kicking myself for not grabbing one when they were on the New Year, New Cheer sale in January. 

I want this bag so badly! Seriously how could you not have a great day carrying this?

No Lilly list would be complete without the LWD. This one is so fun with pockets and Seersucker on the bottom (I die). 

So if anyone has some extra cash hanging around and feels generous I'd gladly accept any of these items.

Hope you have a beautiful Summer weekend!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Nailed it

So I had a different post planned for today. One that, if I do say so myself, just might be the best post I've written todate. It is funny, honest, and very relatable. But you'll just have to wait to read it next week.

So why you ask are you not reading this potentially award-winning post (are there blog awards? I'll have to look into this)? Well my friends I had something very exciting happen in my life! Something so exciting that I just couldn't wait to share it with you. 

I have finally found a nail polish that stays on my nails for longer than a week!!

8 days after polishing them!

Now if you're one of those girls who has no problem keeping polish on your nails for weeks at a time you can go ahead and stop reading, because you simply won't understand how earth shattering this is. But, if you're like me and can't seem to keep a manicure for longer than a couple of days keep reading. 

I was never a big fan of painting my nails because we weren't allowed to have them painted until I was in high school (Catholic School Problems), but about a year or so ago I decided to give it a try in an effort to feel more grown up. Really, if I'm going to be honest I started painting my nails because of the rush I felt every time I bought a new over-priced, yet so cleverly named bottle. I starting treating myself to a new shade when I did something to be proud of: made an A on a test? go buy that bottle of OPI Tickle my France-y. Didn't skip a class all month? You deserve that Essie Trophy Wife you've been lusting after. Resisted the urge to yell when some said something dumb in chapter? Make that OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster yours.

I've tried every polish I can find, but until now I haven't been able to find one that likes my nails.

ULTA Flamingo

This ULTA brand polish is truly a gift from God. It's way cheaper (like around $3 a bottle plus if you look online you can usually find a coupon!) and lasts longer than the more popular brands. I highly suggest every girl go out and grab a bottle of this polish to give it a try. If you don't like it as much as your regular brand you're only out $3 and if you, like me, like it way more than the more expensive ones just think how much money you're going to save long term. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Guilty Pleasures

Y'all, I have a confession to make. I think I've found a new favorite television show

 Pretty Wicked Moms is my new guilty pleasure. The show follows 6 Atlanta moms as they try to out do each other in every way. It is probably the most ridiculous show currently on television (yes, more so than even The Bachelorette). Here are some of the best lines so far. 

Now if that doesn't make you want to watch the show you clearly have terrible taste in television. Seriously though, if you haven't been watching Pretty Wicked Moms you need to! It comes on Lifetime Tuesday nights at 9pm central time. There have only been 3 episodes so far so you can easily catch up before next week! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blog Lovin'

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This is such a great way to keep all your favorite blogs together in one place to make daily reading easier. So go on ahead and click that follow button to get your daily dose of me and my fabulous blogging.

What's in my Bag

Lately I've been seeing a bunch of "what's in my beach bag" posts from my favorite blogs. These are some of my favorite posts. I love getting this little glimpse into someone's life. It's amazing how something we think so little about says so much about us.

Unfortunately I don't have a beach trip planned, so I can't do my own beach bag post. But I've decided to improvise and do a What's in my Purse post instead.

1. Vera Bradley key ring wallet: I've had this wallet for about 2 years and use it every day. It's perfect to just clip to my keys when I'm running a quick errand and small enough to through in my purse.  
2. lip stick: I've always been a fan of lip stick over lip gloss. Just a little bit makes me feel polished and put together
3. sunglasses: I'm notoriously bad about breaking/losing sunglasses, so while I wish I could say these are some designer shades instead these gems were $5 at Walmart
4. business cards: I had these made for the Business Communications class I took this Spring. I try to keep a couple on me at all times as I'm job hunting, you never know when you'll meet someone who wants to help
5. gas receipt: When given the choice I always get a receipt, which is really silly because I never look at it again and just let them sit in my purse until I clean it out
6. bobby pins: My standard go-to hair style is pulled back with three bobby pins (never more, never less). I never know when I might need an extra
7. fortune cookie fortune: "You will receive good news in the mail"I got this one about a month ago and I plan on keeping it until it comes true
8. Lilly Pulitzer pocket mirror: This was a freebie that I got a couple of years ago with a Lilly purchase and I've loved it since. 

So there you have it, everything (minus my iphone) that's typically in my purse. What do you keep in your purse? 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weekend Recap

I had such a great Weekend spent with Family! I'm doing my first link up with Sami over at Sami's Shenanigans to tell you all about it!

My godmother and cousin came to visit from the Florida Keys. This was such a treat because I hadn't seen them in a year. We spent Friday shopping and Saturday morning at the casino before they left. I love being able to share my hometown with those I love.

While shopping I got these great new shoes! Fabulous white wedges like I've been looking for for forever. I have the hardest time finding white shoes I like because I think most of them look cheap.

I also got this great steal at Ross for only $15! Seriously, who could pass up a great party dress for such a bargain? Now I just need an invite for somewhere to wear it!

I enjoyed a coconut cream pie Sonic Milkshake, half priced after 8pm!! I ordered a small,  but they upsized it to a medium, which for a milkshake feels more like a large.

Sunday night was spent watching Miss USA. Miss South Carolina was my favorite from the very first walk through, so I was pumped she made it to the top 5. I also really liked Miss Texas, who also made the top 5. I was however a little disappointed in most of the evening gowns (usually my favorite); I only really liked Miss Alabama's.

And of course I can't talk about this weekend without giving a little shout out to my daddy for Father's Day! This is one of my favorite photos of us, from my Beauty Revue in 10th grade.

Friday, June 14, 2013

24 hours in Music City

Well I'm back from my whirl wind trip up to Nashville. I had a fabulous time and can't wait for my next trip, which hopefully will be longer than 24 hours.

Here I am with my sister at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of country music. We couldn't take a back stage tour because they were preparing for an Earth, Wind and Fire concert later that night. This was such a fun place to visit even if you don't like country music; I was amazed at the number of people who have performed on that stage. 

The Theta House at Vandy! Whenever I'm near a Theta house I make it a point to go past and see it. 

The Hermitage, the home of President (General) Andrew Jackson. I wish I'd taken more pictures because this was truly a beautiful place to visit. Fun Fact: this is the forth President's home I've visited (excluding the White House) 

On the way back home we stopped in Birmingham to visit my aunt and cousins. I wish I'd taken a picture because the only other picture I have with them is from when they were babies (about 6 years ago). 

This was such a great little trip that I'm so blessed I got to go on with my mom and sister! 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Hello Friends!

As you're reading this I'm in the car headed up to Nashville for a quick (very quick, as in less than 24 hours) trip. On my way home I'm stopping and spending the night with my aunt in Birmingham and then swinging through New Orleans to pick up another aunt who's in from Florida to visit. I'll be back Friday (possibly late Thursday) with a post (hopefully with pictures!) about my trip to Music City.

PS I hope you like the new look for the Blog! I've been playing around with it, and I think I really like this look. What do you think?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekend Catch Up

Well I don't know about you, but I had a very productive weekend. I finished reading my book, How to Eat a Cupcake (which I talk about here) and I'm on to the second book on my summer reading list.

Yes, I realize that this is two books in a row with deserts serving as part of the back plot, but the Very First Bite by Cynthia Langston quickly moved its way up my list when it was listed for only $2.99 for the Nook.

Reading wasn't the only thing I did this weekend. I also did some television watching (is it called television watching if you technically don't watch it on a television?)

I finally watched all the first season of Nashville! 

I started watching this show during Finals week when I needed a study break. That means I never actually watched an episode live, but rather had to play catch up the whole time. The final episode was filled with great cliff hangers, and I can't wait for the second season to start in the Fall! Seriously I wish I had a time machine to speed up to the beginning of the second season. If you haven't watched this show go online and watch it over the summer, I promise you won't be disappointed. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday!! I can't believe it's the weekend already; this week just flew by.

I'll be spending the rest of my night with this

and this 

Followed by some of this

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Whipped into shape

As I wrote about before I've recently started working out every day (except for the weekends) with my mom. I really enjoy it! I might even go far enough to say that it's my favorite part of the day. Even though I'm sometimes sore (I really need to remember to stretch) I really feel like I've actually done something and been productive, all before noon.

Now I don't like to brag but I have a pretty great workout play list that gets me through my routine. I really think this is the key to not only getting through, but really enjoying yourself. Since I'm such a nice, giving person I'm sharing it here with y'all!

1. You give Love a Bad Name
2. Don't Cha
3. Baba O'Riley
4. Bye Bye Bye
5. Payphone
6. Stronger
7. Run the World (Girls)
8. Pretty Girl Rock
10.We found Love
11. Telephone
12. Yeah!
13. Meet Me Halfway
14. Knockout
15. The Final Countdown

I'd love to see what others listen to when working out!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sweet Dreams

 Last Christmas when I came home after driving 6 hours in the rain I arrived to 3 pieces of bad news:
1. Desiree informing me that she was moving into my room (Rude.)
2. We were eating hotdogs and Mac&Cheese for dinner (yuck)
3. Mom had replaced my adorable pink and green seersucker quilt with a terrible floral print comforter on my bed

Today's post will address the third piece of bad news. When I say this comforter is terrible I am not in any way exaggerating. It looks like something you would see in movie at a bed and breakfast where the people running it are strange and the people visiting are having a terrible time. Also it is extremely itchy and heavy, not at all good for sleeping in the South.

See. Truly hideous. 

When I came back home last month, after much complaining it was decided that I could pick out a new bedspread. Unfortunately this task was much more difficult that I anticipated. You really have to look if you want something other than for a child's room or a nondescript guest room. Thankfully after a long time spent hunting I finally have a new bedspread that I love!

Seriously, how cute is this?

I think it is the perfect mix of fun and mature, perfect for a 20 something. You can't really tell but I have some fabulously soft navy blue sheets (currently on sale at Walmart) to go with it. Now all I need is a decorative pillow or two. 

PS: I meant to write this post a while ago (as in make it my second post), but I never got around to uploading the pictures to my computer until now. Oops

Monday, June 3, 2013

MMM Good!

Tonight I cooked dinner for the family. Although it was a simple meal it was delicious if I do say so myself.

The main dish was chicken enchiladas!!!

These are super simple to make. You just cube your chicken and cook it on top of the stove with some taco seasoning of your liking. Take tortillas and brush both sides with enchilada sauce (I just used some plain tomato sauce). Fill the tortillas with the chicken and cheese, roll up tightly, and fill the pan. Lightly brush some more sauce on top and sprinkle with more cheese. Bake on 400 for about 40 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. 

This recipe can be changed up to any type of enchiladas that you like. I want to try it with shrimp next time I think. They would also be good with some grilled onions and bell peppers inside, but some people (Desiree) don't like vegetables, so we just make them plain and have the extras on the side. 

Here is my finished plate complete with some refried beans and salad (really just lettuce because we were out of sour cream and guacamole)  

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Summer Reading

Like the rest of the world I love summer! But while most people dream of days spent in the sun on white sandy beaches I dream of afternoons curled up with a good book.

Growing up I always anxiously awaited summer because it meant I would have time to read whatever I wanted (after finishing my assigned summer reading of course). Now is no different, I still love, love, love summer reading. I don't know what it is about hot summer days and a good book that makes them go together so perfectly, but I'm certainly glad I discovered it early in life.

I'm currently reading How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donahue
I'm not very far into it yet, but it seems very promissing. Two former best friends who have a falling out and now are coming back together to open a cupcake shop. What a perfect plot for a fun summer read. As a bonus it's currently on $1.99 on the nook!

I just made an account on goodreads. Add me, I'd love to see what's on your summer reading list!