Monday, February 27, 2012

Spring Break Plans

Oh my how excited I am for it to be spring break in a week.  I can make it to Friday, right?  This semester has flown by in some respects, but in others has been so slow.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE JMU, but at times, I can be more than ready to get back to the beach.  That's my true home.  It's weird to think that I don't even appreciate the beach as much when I am home than I do when I'm at JMU.  I guess it was just so convenient at home I never thought of it as being a luxury, but boy is it!  I have missed it so much while at JMU and can't wait to go visit the sea when I get home.

Needless to say, I'll be visiting the ocean when I come home.

I'll also be getting my nose pierced.  Finally.  I have said I'm going to do it for months now, maybe even a year... but the time has finally come.  Especially now that I've posted it on here.  Can't back down now.  It's something I've always wanted to do and was planning on it last weekend, but the prices in Harrisonburg are more expensive than those of VB, so I decided I should save a little money and wait a few weeks.  Don't freak out mom and dad, I just want a stud on the side of my nose.  Like this.

Finally, I plan on visiting my Jobie sisters, visiting Wellie and her pregnant belly and Mrs. Parsons, reading the Hunger Games, and going out with Randall!  I'm so excited to be home for a week.  Only problem is I have to pay for gas... I'm not a big fan of paying for gas.  I mean who is with the prices this high?  Donations to the "Sam is poor" fund are greatly appreciated! 

What are you planning to do over your spring break, or if you don't have one, what did you do when you were in college or high school? 

*All photos via Pinterest

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Valentine's Snowboarding

This weekend Randall came up to JMU to visit me.  We had such a blast together.  I know it's probably sad to say that six weeks is really hard for me not to see him face to face in person, but it really is.  I don't know how all those military wives and husbands do it.  I'm not even married to him and it kills me.  I bow down to you all!

It was so great seeing him and celebrating Valentine's Day a little late!  He knows how to treat a girl.  He got me some beautiful flowers and some AWESOME balloons.  No one knows how much I love balloons but Randall.  I feel like I get them for everyone to hint that I really want them.  I know, it's strange, who wants balloons?  This girl!

I made him some yummy brownie cupcakes, trust me they were awesome.  I had never made any before, but it was fun experimenting.  They turned out great except they stuck to the cupcake liners, so next time I know to spray them a little more.

After exchanging gifts, we went snowboarding.  It was so much fun.  Hard, but so fun.  I am so proud of myself for actually getting out there and trying something totally out of my comfort zone.  Don't get me wrong, I love the outdoors, but sports are not my thing.  Never have been.

I've gotta say though, I was pretty awesome.  I was better than Randall to begin with.  He was not too happy about that!  He eventually got way better than me, but I'm still holding the first part against him.  I was better to begin with!

Throughout the night we got better and better.  I was good at the balancing and he was good at the stopping.  If we put our skills together, we would probably both be awesome, but unfortunately it doesn't work that way.

We stayed on the training/bunny slopes for the majority of the time we were there (about 5 or 6 hours). After a while we decided we were going to ride the lift up to one of the easy slopes.  It wasn't so easy.  We both completely wiped out trying to get off of the lift to being with and could barely make it down the slope.  I had to get off my board about half way down and walk the rest.  I was so frustrated with myself, but after practicing some more we decided to give it another shot.

This time we decided to go down a slope that looked a little bit easier, but was still rated "easy" by Massanutten's standards.  It began with a really steep hill, and I made it all the way down without falling.  I was so proud.  We turned down to follow the rest of the slope.  It was about 8pm by now and it was getting really cold.  With few people heading down this slope, the snow had turned to ice in some places.

I was going down the slope and completely wiped out, bouncing down the slope on my butt.  I bursted out into tears after the ice/snow knocked the wind out of me and I felt like I could not feel my legs.  I screamed for Randall to take the snowboard off my feet and he helped me get to the side of the slope so I wasn't run over.  I feel it's a tad inappropriate to post a picture of the bruise that fell left on my behind, but take my word for it... it's pretty horrible.  I'm pretty positive if I didn't have such a big butt and all that cushioning, I would have broken my tail bone.  Oh and the scarf I stuffed in my pants to help cushion all my falls probably helped a little, too.

Still, it is painful to sit down.  Despite this, I can't wait to get back on a board sometime soon.  I was afraid Randall was going to be awesome and I was going to suck, but that really wasn't the case.  He was better than I was, but I'd have to say I can hold my own on a board.  Well until I hit ice, that doesn't really work for me...

For those of you that live near Massanutten or have an urge to hit the slopes, check out their hours & rates.  It's not a cheap trip to make, but they do have some specials, too.  You can check them out here. I definitely recommend trying snowboarding.  It's not easy by any means, but is for sure something I will always remember doing in college.

This weekend was so great with Randall.  He's the best boyfriend I could ever ask for.  I mean really though, flowers, balloons, and we got to go snowboarding together?  Sounds awesome to me.

I love you, Randall!

Have you ever been snowboarding or skiing?  This was my first time on the slopes at all!  What was your experience?  If you have any fun stories, I'd love to hear them!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


I know what you're thinking... that was like two weeks ago.  Yeah, well I'm a little behind in my blogging, but I thought it would be fun to hit on a few commercials I thought were good.  Some remind me of people and some are just funny.

Here are my top five:

#5: Oikos Greek Yogurt "The Tease"
I liked this one because it reminded me of myself in a way.  No one is touching my food, I don't care how cute you are.  It was a surprising twist.

#4: Audi Vampires 
This is a funny Twilight twist.  I have enjoyed the Twilight saga, while most haven't, so I'm probably a loner on this one, but that's okay.  It was funny to me!

#3: M&Ms "I'm Sexy and I Know It"
This one reminded me of my boyfriend Randall.  He's a big fan of the "wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle yeahhh" part and I have to admit I cracked up when I saw this and texted him immediately.

#2: Doritos "Man's Best Friend"
How could anyone not like this one?  It's hilarious.  It's also pretty sweet that a JMU grad created it! 

#1: Confident You
This one has to be my favorite solely for the reason that the "confidence" is attached to the guy by like a dancing arm.  I laughed big time when I saw this one!

So now that you know my favorite commercials, what was yours?  Any particular one that I missed?  I'd love for you to comment and weigh in!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Working Out Can Be Fun?!

My eyes have been opened to some FUN ways to workout.  I've never been the girl that hits the gym everyday (or even every week) until this year.  I have been afraid of the "freshman 15," and so far it hasn't caught up to me.  Let's keep it that way.

While on Pinterest today (I should get some kind of pay for as much as I mention Pinterest...), I saw that one of my friends pinned a picture of people covered in colored powder smiling.  What in the world?  THE COLOR RUN!  This awesome 5K (two words I never thought would been in the same sentence) is held all over the United States. 

The Color Run 
I'm so doing this.  I've never done a 5K, but running through colored cornstarch... that is so me.  I can't wait for September 22 in D.C.  It's going down.

Check the website out for more info:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cooking Adventures to Come...

I've never been a cooker.  I hated helping my mom cook dinner in the kitchen and I still don't enjoy it all that much.  While this may be true, it is getting to be that time - I need to learn to cook.  As unfortunate as this task seems, I have decided to make it as exciting as possible.  Who knows?  I may end up loving it!  Never know until you try.

Here are some of the recipes I've found that look good.  If I'm cooking, I need to at least cook something that I think I'll like.

You can find the links to the recipes original page by clicking on the caption of each photo.  I'm giving very simple cooking instructions for each dish, but if you want the full thing, click the caption.  I am also not including the ingredients, so clicking would be helpful.

Chicken Noodle Casserole
I've heard casseroles aren't too difficult, and this one looks pretty tasty!  
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves.  After they are cooked, cut them into small pieces.
Step 2: Cook egg noodles and drain.  Mix cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream in a large bowl.
Step 3: Add the egg noodles and chicken to the sauce mixture.  Stir together and place into a lightly greased 2 quart baking dish.
Step 4: Melt butter and stir in graham crackers.  Top the casserole with shredded Colby jack cheese and the buttery crackers.  
Step 5: Place into the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
How delicious does this look?
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Step 1: Prepare pancake batter (see directions on their website).
Step 2: Mix butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Scoop it into a small baggie and set aside.  You don't want to too liquidy.
Step 3: Heat butter and cream cheese until melted.  Whisk together with powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
Step 4: heat a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Scoop about 3/4 cup batter onto the skillet.  Snip the corner of the baggie of filling and squeeze a spiral of filling onto the top of the pancake.
Step 5: Spoon warmed glaze onto the top of each pancake.
Shells and Cheese
If you know me, you know I LOVE mac and cheese.  I could eat it all day every day.
Shells and Cheese
Step 1: Cook shells.
Step 2: Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter, stir in flour, salt, and peper.  Slowly add the milk and stir until it becomes thick.  Stir in the cheese until melted.
Step 3: Drain shells and add them to the cheese sauce.

Side Items:
Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes
While I suppose this could be an entree, I feel like I would eat it as a side.
Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes
Step 1: Bake potatoes.
Step 2: Heat butter, add broccoli and salt.  Cook this, about two minutes!
Step 3: Add garlic and water; cook until crisp.
Step 4: Transfer to a bowl and add lemon juice.
Step 5: Cut each potato in half, scoop out the flesh and put in a medium bowl.  Mash until smooth.
Step 6: Stir in cheddar cheese, broccoli, sour cream, half and half, butter, lemon zest, powdered mustard, and salt and pepper
Step 7: Spoon into the crisp potato shells.
Step 8: Broil until brown and crisp on top.

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
I know I love the ones from Red Lobster, so I hope these turn out to be as good!
Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
Step 1: Mix biscuit mix, cheese, and milk.
Step 2: Drop lumps of dough onto cookie sheets 1.5 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Melt butter and mix with oregano and garlic salt.
Step 4: When the timer goes off, brush the biscuits with the butter mixture.  Bake 5 minutes at 400F and another 5-6 minutes at 350F.

Chocolate Berries
This has to be the easiest and tastiest looking thing I've seen!
There's no page for this because it's so simple.
Step 1: Fill an ice tray with melted chocolate.
Step 2: Put berries in.
Step 3: Freeze.

Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Don't know if I'm up for this one quite yet.  It took the original person three days to make... But they look delicious.  The steps I have listed are obvious steps, but I'm not about to type out a 23 step recipe if you can just click the link below :) !  It really doesn't look that hard though.
Cookie Dough Cupcakes
Step 1: Make the cupcake batter.  Bake for 20 minutes.
Step 2: Make the filling.  Roll the dough into balls approximately one-inch.
Step 3: After the cupcakes have cooled, cut a cone shaped portion out of the center of each cupcake and fill with the cookie dough ball.
Step 4: Make the frosting.

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies
This is a Betty Crocker recipe so it has to be good.  Peanut butter and chocolate?  Yum!
Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies
Step 1: Stir cookie mix, oil, water, and egg.
Step 2: Shape dough and place on cookie sheets.
Step 3: Bake!  Immediately press chocolate candy on top of each cookie.

Now I hope this has made everyone else as hungry as it has made me!  These are just 8 of the dishes I hope to make this year.  Who wants to have a cooking party?!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Beautiful Tattoos

Recently it seems like all of my friends are getting tattoos.  It's making me wonder how I would like one.  Mom & Dad, don't freak out.  I definitely can't get one until May if I decide to.  I'm in swimming and you can't be in the water for two weeks after you get it, so that won't work.  Don't start worrying until then.

These are all tattoos I've found via Pinterest.

I think this is probably one of the most beautiful pieces of art I've seen on someone's body.  I don't think I could ever sit through a tattoo for as long as I can imagine that took, but it is SO pretty.  I love the colors and detail as well as the placement. 

 Faith Jesus Fish
This is such a meaningful and pretty tattoo.  I really like how bold the fish is.  I know a few people that are planning to get a Jesus fish tattoo, but I think this looks better than just a fish.  It is more straightforward, I think.  Love it.

 Free Yourself
The feather breaking off into birds is so cute.  I love "free yourself."  This could be such a meaningful tattoo for many people.  The only thing I don't like about this tattoo is the handwriting font.

This is such a neat tattoo solely because of it's placement on her collarbone/shoulder.  I would never do this because I plan to be a teacher.  I feel that it could easily slip out and I don't want that.  For someone with a job that tattoos don't matter this is beautiful.  It looks so much nicer than just straight on your collar bone.  I love the wave in it.

Love Infinitely 
This is so beautiful and I considered this for a while.  I really like how the infinity symbol is intertwined in the heart.  It is just a little too bland for me, but it is pretty.

Never Settle
I think the quote is a nice quote, but not one I would put on my body forever.  It's something I would write on my dry erase board or mirror, but not on my body. The reason I like this though is because of the cursive font.  It is simple enough, but is also pretty.

Walk by Faith
This is a very cute tattoo.  I am considering this one for the future.  "Walk by faith, not by sight" is quoted from 2 Corinthians 5:7.  It is a scripture close to my heart.  As I do have many friends that are not Christians, I think this tattoo would offer me a great opportunity to share my faith with others.

My Future First Tattoo!
As of right now, this is the tattoo I want.  I think it is very cute and it means a lot to me.  First, it represents the love God has for me and the love I have for Him.  It is an infinite, undying love.  Also, it represents that without love I wouldn't have gotten to where I am today.  This includes the love of my family and friends.  Without that love, who knows where I would be. 

While I do think "let it be" is a nice sentiment, I don't think it's something I would put on my body forever.  Something big would have to happen for me to put that on me.  The reason I am including this in my blog is because this is where I want my love tattoo, on my rib cage.  I know this is going to hurt horribly, but I think it's a safe place for a tattoo.  It is hidden unless I'm in a bathing suit.  This is perfect for my future career as a teacher.

Any suggestions for me?  Where should I go to get it done (if I ultimately decide to)?  Any care tips I should know?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Crafty Sista!

I'm so excited about everything I made for Christmas this year, I just have to share it all with you!

Some of these items were made for friends, some for family, and a few for myself.  I hope you enjoy!  If you have any questions about how I did anything or suggestions on how to improve what I did do, please leave a reply.  I love new ideas and seeing what all of you have made as well!

Finals Week!

These were made for finals week for all of the girls on my hall.  I was so happy that they loved them as much as I did!  Each bag has three Smarties and three Hershey's Kisses.  The tag reads, "Good luck on finals, Smartie!"

Christmas Lovin'!

Scarf, Gloves, and Nail Polish!
I was so excited about this one!  It was one of the easiest, cheapest, and most useful gifts I've ever given.  I bought purple gloves and a scarf from Walmart and purple and gold nail polish to include in the gift.  For those of you that don't know, JMU's colors are purple and gold.  This was made for a girl in my IV small group.  I put the nail polish in the tigers of the gloves and tied the scarf in a bow holding it all together.  I also added some gold ribbon to make it cuter! 

52 Things I Love About You
I made this for my daddy this year!  I found this idea on a few websites and thought it was the coolest thing ever.  My dad always wants creative gifts (i.e. poems, stories, letters, etc.), so I thought this was the best idea for him!  All I had to buy was card stock to make the front and back of the book.  I used a deck of cards and wrote one reason I love him on each of the cards, making 52 reasons.  I hole punched all of them and put some binder clips through the holes to keep it together.  He loved it and I had a blast making it!

Ornament Number 1
This year I got super creative with Christmas presents.  For my grandparents I actually made an ornament!  All I had to to was buy an ornament (from Michaels), print out a picture of us, and decorate.  Super fast and easy.  I chose a picture from Disney World with my cousin, my grandparents, and myself.  We love Disney World, so I knew they would like it.

Ornament Number 2
Similarly, I made an ornament for my mom of the picture of my family at my high school graduation.  You can see the decoration "Grad 2011" on the back (left), and the picture from the front (right).  She loved it and I am thinking about doing something similar every year for a different person.  It was a cheap, easy, and meaningful gift that both my grandparents and my mom loved.

For me!
 These weren't really gifts I gave to myself... they were just some fun things I made for myself in my down time, and I really liked them, so I thought I'd share.

Tissue Paper Ball
This is made from tissue paper.  My friend Keera and I found this online and wanted to make them to decorate our white-walled dorm rooms some more!  I actually made one more and hung them above my bed.  I really like how they turned out.  The weren't the easiest things to make/attach to the wall, but it was a lot of fun spending time with Keera and being creative at the same time.

Best Thing Ever - Crayon Art!
I had such a blast making this.  Randall, my boyfriend, came over to help make it after I saw it online.  We hot glued the crayons on the canvas and took a blowdryer to it.  WARNING: Do this outside, the blowdryer melting the crayon causes it to splatter, a lot.  We found this out the hard way.  (Sorry, Mom!)  I thought it looked bland without anything on the bottom, so I decided to add a quote and "Dream."  As you can see it's a Walt Disney quote.  If you haven't caught on, I like Disney!

Once again, please let me know if you have any questions about how I made any of this or if you have any suggestions on how to improve anything!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Blog Revamp

Okay so I haven't been blogging much lately.  School and rush has gotten the best of me recently.  I'm excited about my new classes, they all seem super fun and useful.

  1. General Education Business
  2. Elementary Education Math
  3. General Education Science - Biology & Environment
  4. General Education Kinesiology - Swimming
  5. General Education U.S. Government
See what I mean?  It's a fun mix.  My professors are great and the course material so far is fun.  Let's just hope it stays that way. :)

I also revamped my blog!  I hope everyone likes it.  I figured the boring had to go and I needed some color!  What do you think?  How could I improve it?

I hope everyone is having a wonderful beginning of 2012.  I know I am!