Friday, August 30, 2013

Five on Friday/#BackThatAzzUp

Happy Friday Friends!






1. Rebels Win! Rebels Win!



Incase you some how missed one of the most intense games of college football ever Ole Miss beat Vandy last night! I think everyone who watched can agree it was certainly exciting regardless of what side you were cheering on; I'm just so proud/thankful/excited that we came out with the victory to start the season. Hotty Toddy!

PS: I think my heart is just now starting to beat normally. Being an Ole Miss sure isn't for the feint of heart

2. I have been wearing all my favorite pieces of white this week in anticipation of Labor Day. I didn't realize how seldom I actually wore my white clothes this summer until this week. I wore them all during the first few weeks following Easter, but then seemed to forget they existed. Does anyone else do this? These are my favorite  shorts which I actually only wore for the second time this season on Tuesday. You can't really tell from the photo but they're eyelet and so adorable.

Yes I realize I'm rocking LSU colors, but I didn't realize it until my mom pointed it out to me during dinner #GeauxTigers?


3. I re-started my 30 day squat challenge this week, let's see if I can make it longer than day 16 this time.


4. This delicious massive plate of Chinese take out I ate for dinner last night #noregrets


Unfortunately I also ate a big lunch. And skipped the gym. And had a couple drinks during the game. So maybe there are a few regrets. 


5. Okay, let's be real was there any doubt that this week's #backthatazzupsong could be anything other than from N'SYNC?

Tearin' Up My Heart by *NSync on Grooveshark


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Are You Ready!?



Are You Ready!?
Hell Yes! Damn Right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty 
Who the hell are we
Hey! 
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
Ole Miss by damn


Today College Football officially starts!!!

My Game Day pin clearly needs to be cleaned since last season


My beloved Ole Miss Rebels are taking the field against the Vanderbilt Commodores tonight over on ESPN. We're favored to win, but I'm still nervous! Images of our last Thursday night game are haunting me. Incase you don't also have the memory of that game burnt into your brain for all eternity that was the time in 2009 we were ranked number 4 in the nation and took on the gamecocks of South Carolina and lost. It also happened to fall during Rush week. I will never forget sitting outside the business school (in a light rain) in silence waiting to rank after philanthropy round. Since none of us could have our phones (and they quickly caught on to the fact that we keep "having to go to the bathroom" and instead were sneaking into the computer hall to check the scores on ESPN.com) the gamma chis kept giving us score updates. Hopefully tonight's result will be better! So if you don't know who to cheer for, please cheer for the Rebels! They can always use every bit of support they can find.




If that doesn't make you want to cheer for the Rebels tonight, then we can't be friends.

#wintheday

oh and Go to hell LSU

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Older and Wiser

With all schools starting back for the fall semester I was thinking about all the things I wish I had learned before senior year. Ole Miss was the absolute best four years of my life, but imagine how much better it could have been if I'd had all the knowledge of a graduate when I started. Here are the seven main things I wish I knew my first semester.

Clueless little Freshmen on move-in weekend touring the Football skyboxes with the Honors College

1. Take one fun class a semester
My first semester of college my only "fun" class was college algebra, needless to say I did not have a very fun semester. Fast forward to my last semester where every one of my classes was a fun class, and I had the best semester. I actually enjoyed reading the required texts, didn't mind putting in the time to study, and only missed class when it was unavoidable (I wasn't in town). Obviously it's not practical to take only fun classes every semester, but surely you can fit eight fun classes in over your four years. 

2. Conquer a fear
Confession, I was terrified of the library until senior year. My first semester I went in the week before Thanksgiving to get some books for a final paper and got lost. I was in a totally random spot (these random rooms in the corner between floors) with no cell service and no one around to ask how to get out. I sat and waited until the student workers did their walk through right before closing to make sure it was empty and asked how to get out. I stayed out of the library, minus the trip to Starbucks (conveniently placed right by the entrance) and using it as a short cut on rainy or really cold days, until my sorority started to require we do our study hours together there my senior year. Once I finally was forced to study there the library quickly became one of my favorite places on campus. So long story short, find the thing you're afraid of (asking a question in class, going to the sporting event none of your friends want to go to, starting a new club, etc...) and conquer it!

3. Utilize the free stuff
As a student on campus there are so many "free" things built into your tuition that you're probably not using. Why pay to join a gym when you probably have one you can use for free on campus (ours even included group fitness classes!), sure you might have to wait to use the elliptical, but it doesn't cost you anything extra. At Ole Miss students could go to all sporting events (minus football) for free, but I hardly took advantage of this. I know every campus is different, but chances are there are free things on your campus you should use now because once you graduate they aren't free. 

4. Do something spontaneous
Senior year our basketball team made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in years. A couple of girlfriends and I bought (way over priced) tickets online, booked a hotel, and the next morning drove the 9 hours to Kansas City to watch our Rebels play. Sure we had to drive through a snow storm, spend an extra night, and miss a day of class, but it was 100% worth it. This weekend trip was so unlike me, but it turned into one of my favorite memories from college.

5. Save your money so you can treat yourself
Think about it, would you rather eat fast-food every weekend or at that expensive restaurant downtown once a month? Unless you have an unlimited amount of money you're going to have to be smart about how to budget your money. If you give up your fast-food habit in favor of a $2 lean cuisine you'll be able to afford to go to the nice places every now and then. If you skip going to the movies every Sunday night you'll be able to afford tickets to that really cool concert you're dying to go see. 

6. Find a way to have "me time"
One semester I managed to schedule all my classes so I was done by lunch every day. I'd come back home eat lunch, and then go lock myself in my room for an hour and have "me time". I would take a nap, read a magazine, watch tv, really anything that was just for me and not for school or Theta. It was fabulous; I never would have made it through the semester without this daily hour to myself. I had so much on my plate but was able to manage it without getting over whelmed because I knew I had this hour to do whatever I wanted to do every day.

7. Don't be afraid to be undecided 
The piece of advice I always give incoming freshmen is it's okay to have an undeclared major. Most people change their major at least once, I was one of these people. If I had taken the classes I wanted to freshmen year instead of the ones my advisor put me in, I would have ended up taking required classes for my eventual major and none of the ones that ended up not even counting toward my degree. You know what classes interest you, but often this knowledge is clouded by what you think you want to be "when you grow up"


Official College Graduate!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Why I want to work in public relations

One question I'm constantly asked on this crazy job search of mine is why I'm interested in working in public relations. So many people are confused that my degree is in journalism, yet I'm not looking for a job at a newspaper or television station.

The simple answer to this question is that Ole Miss does not offer a public relations major. You can specialize in it through journalism (like I did) or through marketing. When I changed my major to journalism the end of freshmen year I did it because I wanted the public relations specialization and journalism just seemed the better route to go. All the extra classes needed to gain this specialization were listed through the journalism school, not a single one through the business school. This fact combined with my irrational fear of taking business calculus and the brand new macs in the J-School labs led me to changing my major from elementary education to journalism.

But that's not the only reason I want to pursue public relations instead of traditional journalism. The main reason is that public relations helps people and journalism really doesn't. Sure journalists let people know what's going on in their communities, but that's it. As a journalist your job is to tell people the public officials they elected are taking bribes, the roads they drive on are unsafe, or their favorite sports team is going to have a terrible season; and that's where it ends. A good journalist leaves you with this information and then forces you to decided what to do with it. They dump all these facts on you and then leave you alone. That's exactly what a public relations specialist does not do. A public relations specialist helps you discover your problem and then works with you to create a solution. They stay with you until your problem is solved. I love helping people and can think of no better motivator than seeing the results of your hard work for other people. That's the type of work I want to do. I've never been a glass half full or half empty person. I'm a "what do we need to do to get this glass to the volume you want."

So do I wish my degree was in public relations instead of journalism? I use to think so, but now I'm so thankful that it isn't. The most important skill in public relations is the ability to communicate, and I can't think of a better preparation for that than through journalism. Obviously I have a strong writing background, but I learned so much more than simply how to write. Journalism taught me how to think like a journalist, a vital skill when media pitching. It also taught me to think like the average person. What's important to them? What questions and concerns will they have? Because of journalism I have no problems calling up (or emailing) someone I've never met and talking to them like we're old friends. The one thing they stressed more than anything else in every one of my journalism classes (and my time writing for the campus paper) was the importance of deadlines. I think journalists are the most adapt at working on deadline, especially tight deadlines. Most importantly journalism taught me the importance of being persistent. If I had a dollar for every time I had to contact a source for a story more than once I could probably afford to move to New York and take an unpaid internship for the Fall. I feel like these experiences and lessons learned from journalism will make me a very successful public relations specialist.  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekend Update

Friday afternoon I was so glad to see the return of my family weekly tradition FroYo Friday!


Saturday morning I woke up at 6:45am.....Yes, you read that right, 6:45am. I went with my sister to walk a local bridge as a project with her high school interact club. When my alarm went off I seriously considered rolling over and going back to bed, but after I'd walked across and back I was so glad I did it.

Excuse the squinty eyes, it was sunny


The rest of my weekend was spent watching TV......
Cinderella
The Princess and the Frog
Fool's Gold
Catfish marathon (seriously how can some people be so dumb?)

Oh and of course the VMAs!

Incase you missed it I'll recap it for you real quick
Lady Gaga wore a mermaid bra
Miley Cyrus. WTF. You NEED to stop now.
Taylor Swift won an award (and thanked the boy she wrote I knew you were trouble about) and continued her awkward white girl dancing tradition

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and N'SYNC
I'm still feeling too moved to talk about their performance. All I'll say is why in the world did they leave the stage? 
One Direction won song of the summer for some song that no one has ever heard
Bruno Mars was dressed for a safari singing about gorillas 
The man of the night JT won video of the year (and dedicated it to his grandparents Awww!) for Mirrors
Katy Perry shut the night down dressed as a boxer




Friday, August 23, 2013

Five on Friday/ #BackThatAzzUp

Woot Woot! Happy Friday Friends! 




1. I am in love with my monogrammed earrings from Marley Lilly! Getting these beauts in the mail this week made up for not buying anything from the Lilly sale (everything I wanted sold out before I could finish checking out). I've been wanting a pair of monogrammed earrings ever since I picked up a girl during recruitment last year that had the most darling pair. I've been searching high and low for a pair that were reasonably priced, and I'm so thrilled that I finally scored these during a flash sale for around $30 including shipping. Happy late Birthday to me!


2. I was such a proud older sister this week! My younger sister played the guitar in the praise and worship band at school for the first time. She has only been playing for about a year and a half, but she is seriously so talented. This was her second time to play for someone other than her teacher or our family. I was so excited that I was here to hear her!


3. Everyone should go watch this fabulous Office Hours with Faith Winter. This is a serious girl power pep up that I really appreciated hearing this week.


4. My brother left to go back to Ole Miss for his Junior year yesterday and I'm seriously already so lonely. You already know I'm not handling this college graduate thing well, seriously who knew you could miss a town so much, but now add to that that my brother isn't here and I'm seriously on the doorstep of depression. While it is nice to not have to share a bathroom with anyone, it's weird having the whole upstairs of our house to myself.


5. I'm seriously loving this cover of one of my all time favorite songs

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Pearl Jam on Grooveshark


Thursday, August 22, 2013

I'd like to thank the Academy


Okay so I'll never win an Academy Award, but really most people don't. Lucky for me last week Rachel over at five twenty eight nominated me for the Liebster award! Lucky for you this award requires no acceptance speech. 


This is an award for new bloggers (less than 200 followers). I loved reading Rachel's answers, and I'm so excited and honored that she nominated me. 
Here are the rules:


1. Answer questions from the blogger who nominated you.

2. Choose 11 bloggers to nominate (they have to have less than 200 followers).

3. Come up with 11 questions for these bloggers.
4. Comment on a post & tell them that they have been nominated!



1. What song is your favorite?

I really love music, and have a new obsession song every month or so, but my all time favorite is Let It Be by the Beatles. I think it is so uplifting and positive; listening to it always makes me feel better about life. 



2. What's your favorite drink(alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic)?
Alcoholic: Margaritas - plain, frozen, extra salt
Non-Alcoholic - Sweet Tea

3. What's your favorite Disney movie?
I love, love, love Disney movies, so this is a really tough question. Snow White is hands down my favorite Disney Princess, but I don't think it's my favorite movie (the evil queen still kinda terrifies me). I think if I had to pick a favorite I'd say Mary Poppins, because she's practically perfect in every way. 

4. The love of your life is taking you on your dream vacation, where are you going?
Well I've never been out of the country so there are so many places I'd love to visit; however,I would probably say Rome. I think it'd be so romantic to drink wine and eat gellato in such a beautiful and cultural place. 

5. What's something unique about you?
I don't know if this is unique so much as weird, but I have a weird obsession with looking at restaurant menus online. If I'm going out to eat somewhere I will look up their menu. If I'm watching the Food Network and there is a restaurant I'll look up their menu. If I'm reading a magazine and see a restaurant featured I will go look up their menu. If someone writes a post and mentions they went to some restaurant I will go look up that menu.

6. Overall trend that is supposedly happening -- yay or nay?
I've seen leopard prints popping up all over the place and I couldn't be more excited! According to the September issue of Glamour "leopard is the new neutral" How fun is that!? I've always said that gold is just a fun neutral, I don't know if I'm completely sold on leopard print joining in, but I'm certainly excited to give it a try this fall. 

7. What made you want to join the blogging world?
As I've mentioned before this is actually my second time blogging. I kept a blog periodically for about a year sophomore year at Ole Miss, but then became too busy to keep it up. This time when I started blogging I did it simply as a way to keep writing. I missed the constant writing I did in my journalism classes, plus I decided the only way to become better is with constant practice. The only person I've told about this blog is one of my friends. 

8. What's your favorite recipe that you cook or somebody cooks for you?
My mom makes this really delicious mexican chicken in the crock pot. It's from a Pinterest recipe and is super simple to make. You just take chicken breasts (you can even use frozen) and a jar of salsa and combine them in a crock-pot to cook. When it's done it's so tender it just shreds. We use it for tacos, burritos, quesadillas; really it's perfect for any type of mexican dish. 

9. Where are your favorite places to shop?
I mostly shop at Belk, Old Navy, and TJ Maxx. But I do have a few pieces that I love from Lilly Pulitzer,  J. Crew (we have an outlet at home!) and small boutiques in Oxford. I also love finding a great steal from Target. Let's be honest though, there is no where I don't love to shop. 

10. How can somebody make your day?
Honestly I'm very easy to please, all it takes is for someone to do something genuinely nice for me. This can be someone sending me a thoughtful gift, buying me a sonic drink, or just texting to say hello. 

11. Who are 11 bloggers that you want to nominate for a Liebster award?
Amy from Leopard Spot the blog
Eloise from Awkward Giraffe
Laura from Back-handsprings Through Bridgetown 
Megan from From Megan with Love
Alex from Pink and Prosperous
Jennifer from Bubbly & Buttercream
Morgan from Makeshift Margaritas

And here are the 11 questions for you to answer!
1. You're 8 years old, what do you want to be when you grow up?
2. What is your favorite movie?
3. If you had all the money in the world, what would be your 1 fashion splurge?
4. Name something interesting about your hometown/the town where you currently live.
5. What's the best gift you've ever given or received?
6. Who is your role model?
7. The song you wish they'd never play on the radio again
8. You get to trade places with someone for a day, who do you choose?
9. What's the best thing you've ever eaten?
10. Who is the person you text most often?
11. Who are the 11 (or more, or less) bloggers you want to nominate?


Okay so that's only 7 blogs, but in writing this post I realized how few "new" blogs I follow. I hope you'll go and check these ladies out because they are seriously so interesting. I'd love to see some suggestions for some more "new" blogs you love too!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Movie Review - We're the Millers

Can we just take a second to talk about how expensive going to the movie is! It's gotten to the point that I'll only go when our theater has $5 movie day. Even if I'm not buying my ticket I simply can't justify paying $9 to sit in a theatre and watch something that may or may not be any good. Especially when you can wait a few months and get it on Red Box.

Well last night I took advantage of $5 movie night and went to see We're the Millers with my brother.





It was worth the price ($17 for both of us plus a small popcorn)! Seriously this movie is so funny I laughed throughout it. It's not The Hangover or Bridesmaids funny, but it was still really funny. My fear with comedies is that they put all the funny parts in the trailer and then have no surprises for the rest, but actually the funniest part wasn't even in the trailer.

Something that was strange though was that I was the only girl in the theatre. Did I miss a memo that this is a guy movie?

Any way, I highly recommend it as a great end of summer funny film.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The World's Easiest Chocolate Pie

So about a year ago I told my brother I would make him a chocolate pie. Last night I finally followed through with it.

When I say this was the easiest chocolate pie in the world to make, I'm not kidding. You basically just make chocolate pudding and pour it in, no baking involved.


Over medium heat in a medium pot heat 2 normal sized jello chocolate pudding mix (cook & serve, NOT instant) with 4 cups milk

Stir Constantly


Add 1 cup chocolate chips

Continue stirring until it reaches a full boil. 

Remove from heat 

Add 4 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Cover the pot and let sit for 5 minutes

This is a perfect time to clean up the mess you've probably made. Oh wait, I'm the only one who spills pudding power all over and makes big splashes when adding the chocolate chips? 

Pour the mixture into a pie crust and refrigerate until set. 




You'll probably have some extra filling, I just put mine in a separate bowl to eat like regular pudding.

See how easy that is!? The hardest part is the stirring and the waiting for it to set.



Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekend Update

I had a glorious long weekend that started on Thursday with a long solo road trip to Nashville!


I spent that 7 hours and 42 minute (okay so maybe I sped a little and made it in closer to 7 hours) jamming out to some Black Keys, Maroon 5, and Taylor Swift. It was seriously such a pretty and easy (all interstate!) drive I didn't even mind that I was alone




Thursday night once I got to my friend's house we went to eat dinner at McAlisters and then met one of her friends from high school at Sweet CeCe's. After that we went back to her house and watched Josie and the Pussycats while we painted our nails.

Friday we slept in and then went for an early lunch at this adorable restaurant called The Puffy Muffin. It is this cute little "ladies lunch" type place with a couple of locations in the Nashville area. I apologize for not having any pictures to share from lunch, but my chicken salad sandwich was too delicious to stop and snap a picture. My only regret was that I was too full to sample a dessert.

Friday afternoon I had my job interview - you know, the whole reason for my trip. I don't want to say too much about it, but I will say that it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I really enjoyed the people I met with, but I left feeling less confident as I would like.


We had thought about going downtown that night after dinner, but decided we didn't really want to deal with the late summer crowds. Instead we stayed in and watched Leap Year and Just My Luck and drank Lemondrop martinis!



Saturday morning I woke up early and hit the road to come back home to Mississippi. I don't really know how but I made it in under 7 hours even with stopping twice.




Sunday was a super rainy day with me only leaving the house to go to church in the morning. I spent the rest of the day catching up on reading the blogs I'd missed from last week.


How'd you spend your weekend? Head on over to link up with Sami!

Sami's Shenanigans



PS: incase you some how missed it today started the Lilly Pulitzer 3-day Endless Summer Sale!

Friday, August 16, 2013

#BackThatAzzUp

Happy Friday Friends!!


I am in Nashville for an interview/visiting a friend for a few days so you don't get a real post today. But as a consolation I'm going to try my hardest to remember to take some pictures so I'll have a good (photo filled) post on Monday.

So I'll just leave you with this super catchy and totally appropriate song


Crazy Town by Jason Aldean on Grooveshark


Have a safe and fun weekend!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Dancing Queen

I posted this picture a few weeks back for Throw Back Thursday and it got so much Instagram love I decided to share it with y'all today. 




This is me before my very first dance recital when I was 4. The theme of the recital was The 4 Seasons, and this dancing queen was part of the season of summer.

My class were "Beach Babies" with these old fashion swim suit inspired costumes; I really wish you could fully appreciate how large that pink bow in my hair was. This was one of my favorite costumes I ever had for dance. Obviously how could I not love the pink bows and green polka dots!? I also had a sand bucket and shovel which sadly didn't make it into this photo.

And in case you were wondering I still remember the first step of the dance. This is probably because it was a solo. I skipped out on stage (ALONE!); pretended to test the water; made an exaggerated OK! face to the audience (I always had great stage faces); and then waved the rest of my class on stage.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Christmas in August

Okay so I fully realize that Christmas is months away, but the other night I watch Elf.

I wish I could say this was the first time I watched Elf out of Christmas season, but that would be a huge lie. I watch it when I'm stressed or overwhelmed or sad or really just in need of a pick-me-up in general.




"Bye Buddy, I hope you find your dad"
I don't know why but that is my favorite line in the whole movie. I die laughing every time. 


What's your favorite pick-me-up movie?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to be a (better) Writer

A few months ago I rediscovered this great online magazine, Sweet Lemon Magazine. I had read something about it when it first debuted but then forgot about it until now. It's a great little read for 20 something women. They say they are for the "Jane of all trades"With something for the girl who loves champaign and macarons and the girl who prefers a coke and hotdog (personally I'm a sweet tea and macarons kinda gal).

I stumbled upon this article the other day they posted a while back on their website about how to be a better writer. While most of the advice was pretty standard things I'd heard a million times in my journalism classes the one tip that stood out to me was about sharing what you write with someone before publishing. This is the one piece of advice that I know is so true but I've always had the most trouble following through with. I absolutely detested when a professor mandated an assignment be peer reviewed before turning it in; I didn't want someone else to see what I'd written. What if I made a dumb mistake? Or they thought my topic/idea was stupid? It was one thing for a professor to think this, but a completely other, and way worse, for a peer to have these thoughts.

One of my favorite lines from the article is "good writers are good readers." I totally believe this. While I understand the benefit of having someone else read over your work, there comes a point where it becomes redundant if you're your own strict editor. The editing class I took at Ole Miss was one of my favorites, and not just because the professor writes for Garden and Gun. One of my favorite things to do is edit. I edit as I'm reading books, listening to news broadcasts, and even listening to people have conversations. That's why one of the things I do with this blog is not over edit it. I try to make it a point to only read over every post once before hitting publish. While I sometimes cringe when I'm later reading what I've written and find a typo, I'm trying to develop my ability to write it right the first time. Since this blog is just personal and I started it as a way to practice writing I feel like this is the perfect practice space.

Do you have any tips for being a better writer? Do you try to make all your posts perfect by editing multiple times, or do you just fire off posts?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekend Update

Happy Monday! 

I can already tell this is going to be a good week. I'm going to be super productive and work out every day. And I'm going to get a job (soon). I really feel that I'm so so close to finding the right one. Please pray that I'm right.

I had a less than productive weekend spent by the pool and laughing with my precious family over long lunches and dinners (and watching the Scandal marathon on BET Saturday). And you know what, I'm not even sorry about it. It was the perfect last weekend of summer, and I'm so glad I didn't spend it any other way. I really think it was exactly what I needed to feel refreshed and relaxed and ready to take on this week.

What's my one regret? I do wish I'd thought to take pictures of my OOTDs because I'm was seriously stylish all weekend (and goodness knows that seldom happens)! Y'all I'm talking I wore makeup and more than just my everyday jewelry every day. I'll try to remember to recreate each outfit to make a post later this week to share, but no promises.


How'd you spend your weekend? Head on over to link up with Sami!




Friday, August 9, 2013

Back in Action / #backthatazzup

Long time, no talk. Okay so I was the worst blogger this week, as in I didn't post a single time until today.

I'm truly sorry for going MIA this week because I'm sure you were all filled with worry about where I was/what I was doing/why I left you without my fabulous musings for a whole week. Well this week I was a blogger enjoying some family time. My cousin and her husband stopped to stay with us on their way home to Florida and my aunt is visiting for a few days. Plus add to that this is my younger sister's last week of summer before starting school next week. And today is my older sister's birthday.

When I decided not to look for a summer internship it was because I decided I wanted to take this summer to really enjoy being home with my family for probably the last time. It hit me this week that while I'd spent the entire summer here, I hadn't really spent it with my family. I was so consumed with writing this blog, looking for a job, and obsessively watching television shows I never was able to watch before that I forgot about my whole reason for being here.

This was the first summer since 9th grade that I spent at home with zero obligations to anyone else, and it was refreshing. I've always been a doer, someone who hated to just sit home with nothing to do. While I loved every summer adventure I've had in my past it was nice to finally take a summer break. This was probably (hopefully) my last summer vacation and while it's easy to be jealous of my friends who are already working their dream jobs, I'm glad I took a break.

So I will leave you with this song as I go to celebrate the 25th birthday of my first friend. I hope you all enjoyed your week as much as I enjoyed mine.


Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on Grooveshark


Head over to link up with Whitney!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Five on Friday/#backthatazzup

Happy Friday Friends! I can't believe my birthday week is almost over! This week I've clearly decided calories don't count.




1. I celebrated my family birthday dinner with my favorite food. Mexican!!!

Frozen Margarita with extra salt! Yum Yum Yum 


2. Happy Birthday to Meeee! I wish y'all could taste this delicious hummingbird cake my mom baked me. It's probably my favorite birthday cake I've ever had. Hummingbird cake is a southern favorite similar to banana nut cake but with the addition of pineapple. This one had a vanilla pudding custard between each of three layers and was covered in a brown butter frosting.



3. Have you ever ordered a daiquiri from a drive through? If not, you are seriously missing out. One of my favorite parts of being legally able to drink is getting one of these delicious treats when visiting NOLA. This amaretto pineapple one was just as perfect as you can imagine, maybe better



4. I tried out this Mac&cheese in a mug recipe for dinner last night. It was pretty simple and okay, but nothing special. You take 1/3 cup of uncooked pasta and microwave it with 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup water for 6 minutes stirring every 2 minutes. Add 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese, stir and heat for 30 seconds. Add a splash of milk. It was pretty bland so next time I will be adding lots of salt and pepper and hopefully it'll taste better. 

5. What better song to cap off my week of never ending calories 

Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffett on Grooveshark


Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Camp Gyno

Okay so this post might be a little TMI, but I couldn't resist sharing because this video is so popular right now.




Okay, now watch it again, because I promise you probably missed something from laughing.

"It's like I'm Joan and their vag is the ark"
I die


This video is so popular right now, it's already had over 2 million Youtube hits since being uploaded this week. The communications director over at HelloFlo needs a serious raise because this video is pure genius.


Maybe my first time getting my period would have been better had I been at camp and gotten to be the camp gyno. I don't know if I'll be subscribing to HelloFlo, but I do know I won't absolutely dread my period any more because I will always think of this hilarious little girl when the cramps start.