Summertime is...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summertime is my absolute favorite season! I realize I'm a little late in talking about the season, but I love the long, warm days summer brings. When I walk outside, I can close my eyes and feel the sunshine on my face and feel the feeling of summer. Weird? Maybe. But to me summertime is...

I'm pretty sad that soon the weather will be turning cooler and the leaves will be changing. Don't get me wrong, Fall is pretty nice, but there's nothing sweeter than Summertime and American Honey. (Couldn't help it, I had to do it!)

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How to Decorate Your Dorm Room Without Damaging the Walls!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I love walking through Target this time of year. They have so much awesome dorm room stuff out. Decorating my new room was always one of my favorite parts of moving back to college. But I often had to get creative with how I put things on my walls. I didn't want to get slammed with fees for messing up the walls and putting holes in them.

I found quite a few ways to decorate the plain white walls of my dorm room. I wanted to share my ideas so y'all can benefit from beautiful living spaces as well.

Vinyl wall decals are one of my favorite way to spruce up a room. I had this decal in my bathroom Junior year of college. You can find decals almost anywhere that carries any type of college dorm room supplies. I bought the green, pink and purple dots shown above from Home Depot.

Post-it notes might be small, but they are very useful. During my Freshman year, my roommate wrote our favorite quotes on colorful post-it notes and stuck them on the back of our door. Each day we pulled one off as a count-down to the end of the semester.

Command strips by 3M are the best way to hang canvas paintings or any light weight items. They come in strips for pictures as well as hooks for other items. They can hold anywhere between 1 and 5 pounds. When you are ready to move out of your dorm room, simply pull down on the adhesive strip and it pops off clean from the wall. Hanging pictures can't get any more simple than that.

Washi tape can be a great way to "stick" your pictures or other memorables to your wall. I loved this picture of John and I at the beach and couldn't help but stick it up on the wall. No need for frames or anything fancy, just grab some fun washi tape and get to sticking!

How do you decorate your dorm room? 

Share your pictures with me on Twitter, Instagram or Google +!

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It's All About My Hair

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I really seem to talk a lot about my hair. I really am not that vain. I mean I love my long hair (so does John), but I really do think about other things. Promise!

My daily hair routine consists of shampooing (if it's a 'poo day), brushing starting at the bottom and working my way up. Adding a few products to hold the moisture and help split ends. That's about it. 

The best hair advice I’ve received is probably to shampoo less and use a good conditioner. I feel like my hair has grown quite a bit more since I've laid off the shampoo. Have any other tips? My ears are always open!

My hair idol is Shailene Woodley. I absolutely loved her hair in Divergent.

Linking up with Nicole for Finish This.

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Liebster Award

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I can't describe how honored I feel when y'all comment and send me e-mails. So when I got nominated for the Liebster Award twice in one month, let's just say I was over the moon. Thank you so much Elizabeth and Janelle! I can't explain how much joy it brings me knowing y'all like to read my blog.

The rules of the award state:
1. Post 11 facts about yourself.
 2. Answer the 11 questions created by the person who nominated you.
 3. Create your own set of questions for the people you are going to nominate.
 4. Choose 11 people (who have under 200 followers) to nominate, and link them to your blog.
 5. Let the people you've nominated let them know they've been tagged. No tag backs!

11 facts about me:

I recently did a post on 13 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me, but I will try to come up with 11 different facts.

1. I love Mexican food. I usually go every Friday night, though I will miss it this week because I'm working. Super huge sad face!

2. I'm half Irish and half German. I'm pretty proud of my heritage.

3. Speaking of being Irish, I would absolutely love to visit Ireland one day.

4. I hate the smell of seafood. It makes me sick to even get a whiff of it.

5. I love to bake, but you probably already knew that.

6. I love it when my dogs sleep in the bed with me. They don't always get to do it, so it's a very special treat for both of us.

7. I am kind of addicted to peanut M&Ms. I am popping them in my mouth as I'm currently typing this.

8. I love becoming addicted to TV shows. My summer favorite has been The Last Ship and as far as rerun shows go, I've really gotten into Castle.

9. I shared with y'all how I have a dream to sell baked goods to local restaurants, but I also kind of want to sell crafts too.

10. I have an addiction to candles. Luckily, John really likes candles as well. I can't seem to pass up a good deal on them.

11. I really hate shaving my legs. Kind of gross, I know. But I feel like as soon as I shave, I start to feel hair growing back.

Questions from Elizabeth:

1. What is your favorite 90s TV show?
Boy Meets World, or this crazy show where contestants had to run around a grocery store and try to get as many items on a list in a specific amount of time. I can't remember the name of it but I was fascinated by it as an 8 or 9 year old.

2. Diamonds or Pearls?
I think I lean more towards pearls, but I love diamonds as well.

3. What made you decide to start blogging?
I wanted to make friends and get support being a new military girlfriend (now fiance).

4. What is your favorite book?
This one is tough, I don't have just one favorite but I love mystery books like The Lincoln Lawyer series, The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder series, and the Stephanie Plum series.

5. What is your hobby?
Crafting. I love doing anything crafty. I also like geocaching and postcrossing.

6. What are your best shoes you own?
This is a tough one because I own a lot of shoes. I would have to say this pair of black lace Guess heels would be my best.

7. Show us a picture of the best pet you've ever had!
That would be the two puppy dogs I have right now... Christy and Bo.

8. How many hours per week do you stay on Pinterest? Don't lie!!
Um probably around 5 or 6 hours per week. Is that bad? I used to be on it a lot more. But I have a feeling I will be on it much, much more as Christmas starts to roll around.

9. What is your favorite flower?
Daisies are by far my favorite flower.

10. What is your favorite farm animal?
This one is tough. I grew up looking at cows and pigs in the kitchen so I would say either one of those. Yes, my parents kitchen is decorated with cows, pigs and sunflowers.

11. Sweet tea or unsweetened tea?
Sweet tea, no contest!

Questions from Janelle:

1. What is the significance of your blog?
It is my creative outlet. It allows me to connect with other military spouses and wonderful people that I don't think I would have met otherwise.

2. Do you have goals for your blog, or do you just post on a whim?
I have goals for my blog now, but when I first started I would post on a whim.

3. What is your favorite type of cookie? (bonus points for recipe!)
I love chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies. My newest favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is here.

4. Do you prefer baking or cooking?

5. What is the place you dream about living in?
I dream about living with John. But as far as a physical place, I would say realistically South Carolina and dreaming... Hawaii.

6. What is the best book you've ever read?
I don't like all these difficult book questions. I would say one of the best books I've ever read is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

7. Do you enjoy DIY projects, or would you rather buy finished products?
I am a DIY girl all the way. I love putting something together myself. It's entertainment and relaxing all at the same time.

8. What was your favorite vacation destination?
I love Myrtle Beach, but I really want to go somewhere that has clear blue water!

9. Are you one of those people who is always early, on time, or late?
I tend to be more early. Sometimes I misjudge driving time and I get there on time, but I am never late.

10. How did you pick what you wanted to study in school?
I went to a lock in at the Science Museum in Richmond when I was in 5th grade and fell in love with science. It has always fascinated me. 

11. Do you like sleeping in, or would you prefer to get up early to accomplish things?
I think it really just depends. I enjoy getting up early to specifically accomplish things. It makes me feel like my day is so much more productive. But when I have the time, I love to sleep in.

My questions:

1. What is the significance behind your blog name?
2. What is your favorite DIY project you've completed?
3. Favorite drink (alcoholic or not, your choice)?
4. What is your ideal house?
5. Have you been outside of the US? If so, where?
6. Are you a collector? What do you collect?
7. If you could live in any time period, which one would you chose?
8. What is your favorite book genre?
9. If you could meet any blogger, who would it be?
10. When you were little, what did you want to do?
11. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you have?

I am going to nominate:

Elizabeth @ Closer Than Yesterday

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Beauty Mini-Series: Makeup Storage

Monday, August 25, 2014

Over the next few weeks I will be doing a beauty mini-series. I have been wanting to talk more beauty on American Honey, but just never thought it was a good time. But there's no time like the present right?! I'm kicking off the mini beauty series with make-up storage. Come back each Monday for my beauty faves and tips!

For the longest kind of time, I have been looking for a good way to store my makeup. Having it all organized and easy to get to is definitely one of my priorities. But my only problem is that I don't have a huge space to keep it.

For about two years I re-purposed my small 3 drawer container to hold all of my beauty products. This worked reasonably well and it was no money out of my pocket since I had bought it during college. The only problem was that the drawers were too deep and I couldn't get to all of my makeup very easily.

For months I looked all over the place for a container with shallow drawers that would be perfect for my beauty products. I even looked into a tool chest (which John quickly told me I would not be moving into our room, so I gave up on the idea of a cute pink tool/makeup chest). Finally at Michael's as I found the perfect cart! Yes, maybe it's supposed to be used for scrapbook paper and craft storage but it was perfect for my needs.

I quickly swapped out all of my makeup, bought a few divider trays and labeled each drawer with it's contents. The cart has 6 drawers which was great for dividing up all my makeup. Each drawer got a designated makeup type.

Face products
Liners and Mascara
Miscellaneous stuff
Eyeshadow Palettes

Breaking up my products into these 6 drawers makes them so much easier for me to find, especially if I'm in a time crunch. If you are going to get some a storage cart with drawers, I would definitely suggest getting a divider tray or some way to keep all of your lipsticks, eyeliners, mascaras, ect. from rolling around the drawer. 

I've been using it for a few weeks and love it! I can easily find what I'm looking for within seconds! I would suggest looking into this "scrapbook chest" like this if you are in need of a better way to store your beauty products!

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Blank Canvas, Paint, Finish, Repeat.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I have been on a huge creative kick lately. Between rediscovering my love for my Silhouette, gearing up for all the Christmas presents I'm going to make and painting, I've been in craft Heaven.

Yesterday I alluded to taking a painting class this past Sunday. My mom and I had previously purchased multiple paint classes at Michael's when classes were 50% off. We took one class and life got busy so and we were unable to go back for more classes. But Sunday the stars aligned and we were able to make it to a class.

A week before the class, all of the nice gallery-wrapped canvases were 50% off so we swooped up on some nice large canvases for the class. We were the only ones in the class so we got to enjoy the private instruction of the painting we chose.

Because the canvas was so big, we didn't actually get to finish the whole painting at the class. The instructor helped us and before the class was over showed us how to finish up our paintings. I still haven't finished mine all the way yet, but I think it is looking pretty darn good.

I'm already excited for the next paint class. This time I want to create a Fall road similar to this picture I took. But for the next class, I'm bringing a smaller canvas and drawing in my design before I get there so I can almost immediately get to work on painting.

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If We Were Having Lattes...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some of my favorite moments when I was at Longwood was meeting up with a friend at Java City, the coffee shop on campus, sitting there sipping Chai latte and catching up with her. Even though we lived in the same apartment building, my life as a bio/chem major and hers as a psychology major were pretty hectic to say the least.

So after toying with the idea of a "If we were having lattes" and seeing Elizabeth do it, today I'm going to pretend that I'm sitting in Java City and chat about what's been going on in my life.

I'd first ask you about what was going on in your life. I always love catching up with all of my friends. I'd ask you about your significant other and how things were going for them and you at work and just random stuff. You know how all the catching up goes.

Then of course, you'd ask me how life was going. I'd take a sip of my Chai and tell you that life has been pretty crazy lately. I was scheduled for 5 days at work this week, normal for everybody who works full time, I know. I was also trained for another part of the store. Hopefully you wouldn't roll your eyes at my 5 days of work comment.

But then I would get really excited and tell you how I took a painting class this past Sunday. I would tell you that it's still a work in progress and not to judge me. I'm still a little self-conscious about my painting skills. So as long as you promise not to judge, I'd show you the picture of my almost complete painting.

I'd also happily tell you that I'm going to the Air Force ball again this year and I've found the perfect dress. It is a little bit more flashy than my dresses in previous years, but I think it's going to be amazing! I'd then pull up the picture and show you the dress.

And of course because we are friends and having lattes together, the conversation would inevitably go towards our latest favorite TV shows and books. We would probably talk about some Netflix shows that we've been watching and I would tell you that you just have to check out The Last Ship! I finally caught up on it this past week and it is amazing! Knowing me and my love for "the world is ending" type of shows like Jericho, you'd probably slightly roll your eyes at me, but maybe even agree that it sounded amazing.

After sitting in Java City through probably two waves of class exchanges, we would probably agree it was time to get out of there but make a promise to do this more often.

What would you tell me over lattes? Come meet me again for lattes and a good chat!

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Going No 'Poo!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I've stopped washing my hair as often. That's right, I've gone from washing root to tip everyday down to washing just my scalp every other day. This less washing even has the been labeled the "No 'Poo Movement".

No Shampooing movement

It might be unthinkable to just quit washing your hair every day, but it isn't as bad as you think. I really decided to go no 'poo after learning about my hair's health and how I could be damaging it.

You hair is at it's weakest, most vulnerable state when it's wet. Breakage happens more often when hair is wet than dry. After learning this while watching Carol's Daughter on HSN (thanks for the info, y'all!), I decided dry shampoo was going to be my best friend. I found that Suave works best for me and my budget. It smells wonderful, gets rid of the greasy look around my roots and doesn't leave quite so much white powdery stuff in my hair.

Now, I'm not saying that I'm never going to wash my hair again. That would just be gross, I've just limited it down to every other day. My goal is to try to get it down to 2 or 3 days a week. But when you must wash your hair to get all of the product and grease out, here are some things to remember in your hair care routine.

[one] When you wash your hair, only shampoo the scalp/roots. Reason: The shampoo actually strips your hair of its natural oils which dries your hair out and can cause it to break. However, your scalp is living skin and needs to be cleansed of the oils and build-up from products. So only shampoo the scalp and roots of your hair. This takes care of greasy scalp and will save the natural oils in your lovely locks.

[two] Condition your hair. Giving your hair a little extra TLC with conditioner will never hurt, especially if you have dry hair such as myself. There are all different types of conditioners on the market now, just look for one that fits your needs.

[three] Be gentle when you brush your wet hair. Since starting to take better care of my hair, I spray a little leave-in conditioner/detangler in my wet hair and then start in the middle and brush to the ends and work my way up. I find that doing the ends first helps to get out the tougher tangles and the top near the scalp is a breeze.

[four] Limit the use of heat. I rarely, if ever, use heat on my hair now. My hair dryer is laying lonely and unused in the bathroom. Hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons all cause serious damage to your hair! The less you use them the more your hair will thank you!

These are my reason for why I've gone No 'Poo. I'm sure not everybody will agree with me, and that's okay. This is just what I've found that works best for my hair during my last 6 months of healthy hair experimentation.

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Dreaming of Sweets: My Dreams and Goals

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

If you haven't been able to tell from my monthly goals, I'm a very goal oriented person. I like to have a clear and concise thing I'm working towards. Recently I've been working on small monthly goals to make myself a better person, but I haven't been working on the bigger picture.

In 5th grade, I boldly told my mom that I was going to be a scientist when I grew up. That has been my dream ever since. I have changed a little in the type of scientist that I want to be, but I've always known science was my subject.

After graduating college with degrees in Biology and Chemistry, I couldn't wait to jump head first into graduate school. Though that wasn't in the stars for me, at least not yet. I still want to go to grad school for Immunology. After finding out about my personal thyroid problems, I want to continue my education so I can help people who have thyroid diseases.

Finding a school with a graduate program in Immunology and completing my Masters or Doctorate is a stepping stone goal to my actual goal of giving people hope that they are not their disease and that they will be able to manage or overcome it.

BUT I am forever the dreamer and don't just want to be a scientist that works with chemicals, I dream of being a baker that works in the wonderful land of sweets. Baking has always been so enjoyable to me, so why not sell what makes me happy?!

While I am working towards my dream of becoming an Immunologist, I am trying to start up a small baked good delivery service. My goals is to be able to provide cookies, cakes and pies to a few local restaurants as well as the metal plant my dad works at. I would sell my baked goods for a very reasonable price. While this would not be a huge money maker, it would be something that brings me joy and that's all that really matters, right?!

This post has been inspired by an email from a representative of Kabbage. Over at Kabbage, they love to help entrepreneurs succeed in their goals by offering small business loans! Their application process seems quick and easy. Plus your small business loan is flexible to work best for you. If my goal of baked good delivery didn't involve baking in my own kitchen, Kabbage would definitely be a place I looked into to help me with my goals. Check them out at their website or on Facebook!

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First Day of College Classes: Love/Hate Relationship

Monday, August 18, 2014

College classes are about to start! Can you believe it? I surely can't. I don't know where the past 2 years have gone. I feel like I should be getting ready to go back to school. The beginning of a new semester was always full of emotions for me. Y'all might have some of the same love/hate relationships about college starting as well!

LOVE: I absolutely loved getting ready for the new semester. I was one of those college students who liked to get a new outfit as well as all of my actual study materials. Oh, and don't even get me started on notebooks, pens, pencils, note cards, lab notebooks, ect. It was like Christmas. I loved the look of a fresh planner just waiting to be filled up with those dreadful assignments.

HATE: The first day of class jitters. I could never sleep the night before my first day of classes. My brain was in overdrive wondering what the professor would be like, who was going to be in my class and better yet, who would be my lab partner. No sleep plus trying to function the next day, it is a curious combination.

LOVE: I couldn't wait for classes to start again so I could see my friends again. Some of our best moments were while we were goofing off studying in the library. We actually got a lot done, by the way.

HATE: Having the syllabus handed to you and within the first glance, you can tell this semester is going to be a doozy. I hated the let down that the class you thought might be easy, really isn't going to be that easy.

And to end on a positive note...

LOVE: The feeling that you are going to do well at all of your classes. Sitting in Java City, smelling that wonderful brew, just knowing it's going to be a good semester and you will succeed. Nobody else did that? Just me... okay, I always was one to think positively. 

What do you LOVE or HATE about the first days of classes?

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It's Ball Season!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Air Force Ball time is getting closer and closer! It is happening so early this year at Charleston. It is just a mere 3 weeks away! I have tried to get my behind in gear and go dress shopping a little early.

Yesterday I went to a upscale boutique style Goodwill in downtown Richmond. Unfortunately by the time I got there, I didn't have much time to look around. I found one nice red dress, but lets just say it was a tight fit in the bosom. I wouldn't have had a good time sitting there the whole night.

I did happen to run up on a beautiful dress in my town's facebook classified ads that I'm going to try to scoop up. I really hope this works out! Did I mention it was beautiful?!

I absolutely love dress shopping, but I hate paying an arm and a leg for a dress that I might wear one time. I found out about a Military Ball Gown Swap, Sale and Giveaway a little bit ago. I think this is a wonderful idea because you can get slightly used gowns to wear and you don't have to pay the full price. I didn't find anything that suited my fancy, or anybody that was in my area. But maybe next year it will work out!

My MilSO friends, where do you go shopping for your gowns for ball?!

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13 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As a blogger, I try to let y'all get to know me the best I can. But there are things about me that doesn't get mentioned on the blog. I feel that's just the way it goes because sometimes there isn't a need to talk about the fact that I don't make my bed everyday. Today, that will change though because Finish This is 13 things you should know about me.

1. One of my least favorite chores is putting away my clothes. There is always a problem. Not enough drawer space, no hangers or no places for the hangers in my closet... you get the idea. Oh and don't even get me started on shoes. I won't even post a picture of this I'm so ashamed of how my shoes are thrown in my closet.

2. I am a pretty methodical person. Everything has an order to how I do it. For example, my getting ready routine is always the same: shower, brush hair, get dressed, make-up, brush teeth and then put on shoes. That's how I do it, everyday.

3. I love to ride around in my car with the windows down and the music turned up. You will often catch me at a red light singing to the top of my lungs too, but only if I'm alone or with John. I don't sing with anybody else in the car besides John.

4. I try to take a teaspoon on apple cider vinegar each day. It might be weird, but a coworker told me it helps with skin and nails as well as other health problems, so I'm giving it a go for a while. We'll see if it works.

5. I rarely drink coffee. It mostly gets consumed when I have to be up before 7 am and I actually have to be productive that day. Otherwise, my favorite warm winter drink is Chai latte or hot chocolate. Though when I do drink coffee, I love brewing it in my Keurig. I still feel like the coolest kid on the block when I pull out my little red Keurig and smell that coffee brewing.

6. I almost always have nail polish on my fingernails because they peel so much. Little layers of my nails will come "un-done" and little white layers will peel off if I let them get too long. It isn't as bad if I have some kind of protective layer on them like clear coat. And hence the reason I'm doing number 4!

7. I used to have awfully rough feet! My heels literally felt like sandpaper. I started using Healthy Feet, the people who make Working Hands and my feet were transformed. Within 3 days, they were transformed. If they weren't attached, I would have thought that somebody switched them out in the middle of the night.

8. I hate "down time". I'm one of those people who loves to have something to do at pretty much every moment of the day. I don't have to write it down, but I don't enjoy sitting around idle either.
9. I have been trying for over a year to grow my hair out. I've talked about my hair a few times on here before, but it's a real struggle to get it to look good. I'm beginning to wonder if it looks good long. Even though I'm really loving the length, I hope it looks well maintained.

10. I can be the most indecisive person in the world. Don't even try to ask me what I want for dinner. It's pretty much useless. I often avoid choosing and go with a process of elimination for things I know I don't want.

11. I really, really dislike small talk. Did I mention I don't like it?! It makes me anxious. I worry that I sound stupid, or that I'll talk about the wrong things. I've gotten better about small talk on certain subjects for example crafts. I'm pretty good at talking about crafts, but that's not exactly small talk either.

12. When I go to a restaurant and I'm seated at a booth, I tend to sit Indian style criss cross apple sauce or whatever politically correct name there is for it. Please note I only do this if I am dressed appropriately. I can't stand to sit like a normal person. If I can't cross my legs due to a dress or skirt, I usually always have them crossed at the knee or ankle.

13. I'm not a nail biter, nope, not me. Instead, I bite the skin around my nails. It's a horrible habit and I'm trying to break it but it's just so difficult.

What is something I should know about you?

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A murder mystery novel that makes you hungry?! You won't believe it until you read it.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
Author: Joanne Fluke
Rating: 5 stars
Picture: Goodreads

Meet Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar, a local bakery in Lade Eden, Minnesota. Life is pretty good until the day she finds the delivery man from the Cozy Cow Dairy murdered behind her shop. To make matters worse, he was killed while eating her famous Chocolate Chip Crunch cookies.

Hannah can't help but try to find the killer. As she follows the leads, the list of suspects grows longer than she thought it would! Hannah soon learns that tracking down a killer is dangerous business.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder is such a fun, easy read that will keep you guessing until the very end. While flying through the pages, it was easy to imagine myself walking along the streets of Lake Eden and stopping in the Cookie Jar for a quick cup of coffee and some of Hannah's famous cookies. I felt like I was going along with Hannah trying to find the killer.

Hannah is quite a brave character. Having no police training at all, she jumps feet first into helping her brother-in-law, Bill, investigate the murder. She is somebody I think I would be great friends with in real life. I think I would find myself hanging out at her shop quite a few days especially during the Minnesota winter.

There are two things I absolutely love about this novel. One is that she shares the recipes mentioned throughout the story. I made copies of the recipes and made myself a handy notebook to refer to. I already made the Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies! The second thing I love is the fact that Joanne Fluke lets her readers to contact her through an email she published on the back flap of the novel.

I swear if she happens to come anywhere close to Virginia, you can bet your behind I'm going to be in line to get her to sign my book!

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Currently Munching On Some Cookies

Monday, August 11, 2014

Today's post was brought on by Katie and her post about her life currently. I believe the "Currently" was started with Mrs. K, so you should go check her out too! I thought it was such a neat idea, I couldn't help but want to play along.

Playing... 2048! I've been playing it while I lay in bed pretending to fall asleep. It's so addictive. My score highest score is 7712. I can't seem to get past that!

Loving... Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies. I just made a batch last night (with white chocolate chips this time). I couldn't help but picking up one and munching on it as I write this. They are so delicious.

Reading... The Fault In Our Stars. So far I'm really liking it. I can't wait to see what happens. No spoilers if you've seen the movie or read the book please!

Working on... making my blog better. I bought a book yesterday that I hope will help me to enhance things around here.

Wishing... I can find the perfect gown for the Air Force Ball this year so I don't have to re-wear one from 2012, though I really did love that dress.

Missing... John. I've been missing him so badly this week. I can't wait to see him again.

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Running Again

Friday, August 8, 2014

It has been nearly 3 months since I've been on a serious run. And to be honest, I hadn't even thought about running until John brought it up at the beach. What happened to me? I had been so gun-ho about running, I wanted to run a half marathon this fall. I can't believe I just quit cold turkey.

Since I've gotten back from the beach, John has asked me quite a few times if I've gone on runs. I did go last Sunday for a walk/run with an average pace of around 12:30. I actually ran that rather well for not having run very much in the past few months.

I'm hoping to come up with another good running playlist soon! I get tired of listening to the same things over and over again. Suggestions are highly welcome.

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PS I promise I'll get back into serious blogging next week. I will buckle down and blog more!

Can We Be Friends

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lately all I feel like I've been doing is working. I honestly don't know where all my other time has gone. I swear I didn't feel like this when I was in school, and I was a full time student. Recently I've been giving a lot of thought to the differences between a job and school. Particularly the relationships you make at both.

The thought of friendships occurred to me the other day while I was driving to work. I'm not one of those people that makes friends instantly. I'm always friendly to people, but you are pretty lucky if I think of you as a close friend. I like it that way though, having a few close friends that I know I can rely on.

Anyway, I thought back to my college days and how I made friends then. It started out by sitting with somebody during the dreadful Physics class and bonding over the terrible teaching techniques of the professor. Then it grew into helping each other with homework because neither one of us understood what he taught in class. That eventually let getting drinks at the one and only bar in town because this stuff was just too hard. And the friendship was born.

Most of my friendships started as a classroom acquaintance to eventually hanging out together after class. But as I was driving to work, I kept thinking how do work friendships form. I suppose it's the same concept. You bond over some work related thing, and eventually you start spending time together off the clock and outside of the work doors.

I work with one of the sweetest ladies you would ever want to know. She has been working there much longer than me and has helped me quite a bit. One day while we were both working, I happened to get a very rude customer. While I didn't become rude or upset while the customer was standing right in front of me, it did affect me more than I wanted to admit. My sweet new friend saw that I was getting upset and came over to me and asked if she could give me a hug. In just that one gesture, she instantly made me feel better and I've considered her a friend ever since. While we have an age gap between us, I would still love to get to know her more and even see her outside of work. I'm sure it will get that way eventually, I'm just so glad I can consider her my friend.

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Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

While I was at the beach, I read the Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke. It was a very funny book with a bonus. It came with all the recipes mentioned in the story. I fell in love with the characters and the famous Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies.

Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 F

1/2 cup butter (1 stick melted)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 beaten egg (you can beat it with a fork)
1 1/2 cups flour (not sifted)
1 cup crushed corn flakes (just crush them with your hands)
3/4 to 1 cup chocolate chips

1. Melt butter, add in sugars and stir. Add soda, salt, vanilla and beaten egg. Mix the ingredients well.
2. Add flour and stir until ingredients are a cookie dough consistency.
3. Add crushed corn flakes and chocolate chips to dough and mix it all thoroughly.
4. Form dough into walnut sized balls with fingers and place on greased cookie sheet. (12 cookies to standard sheet) Press them down slightly with floured or greased spatula

Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. (I  found my cookies were done at about 6-7 minutes so just keep a watch on them) Cool on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes then transfer to wire rack. (The rack is important - it makes them crisp)

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen, depending on cookie size.

A Hannah Swensen cookie recipe from Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.

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Hello August!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Wow! What a week it was. I came back from the beach only to work almost nonstop. I feel so behind here. But the good news is that I worked a lot, which means more money so I'm not complaining one bit!

I really feel like July 1st was just a week or so ago, but it's already the 4th of August. Time really seems to fly by the older I get. I need it to slow down a little bit.

Anyway, last month's goals were not quite as successful as I had wanted them to be, but such is life.

1. Plank a day. Complete failure on this. I think I did a plank maybe twice during the month.
2. Read 2 state books. I did actually read two books from different states during the month. Minnesota and Georgia (though I already had a book from Georgia, I'm still going to count this towards my goal. )

3. Save to 40% of my goal on USAA. I didn't get to save up to my 40% that I wanted. This was partly due to goal 4 not being met, but I hope to achieve 40% of my goal in August!

4. Complete No Spend July with $80. There is a full explanation of how NO Spend July went here.

This month I'm going to try to do better with my goals:

August's Goals:

1. Watch my spending
2. Work on a 101 in 1001 goal
3. Try to write neater
4. Save to my 40% goal on USAA

Hopefully next month I'll come back with some good pictures and green goals!

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