I'll be the first to admit that it's hard to be healthy and fit. Whether it be at school during the year, or at home during the summer, there are so many better things to eat and do, rather than eat healthy and workout. I've decided it's time for me to change my diet and start exercising daily. Yes, it will be difficult, and probably not fun, but in the long run, it'll be so worth it. I've decided that each post after this will be focused around one aspect of my life that I am changing to better myself. I'm excited to see what happens, and how I form a healthier lifestyle to live by.
Disclaimer: I am by no means a nutritionist or a fitness guru. I'm solely a girl trying to get back in shape.
Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope all of you have a wonderful day filled with family, memories, food, and joy! Also, go check out Je M'Appelle Molly's blog to view a special Christmas video she made (starring yours truly). It will really put you in the Christmas spirit, while making you giggle and smile! Here's the link: THE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!!! Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!
Well everyone, today is a very special day for my blog! My best friend, Meeg, and I made an exciting video about how to be domestic. Lol to that. We will be teaching a quickened version of how to make mac and cheese (a crowd pleaser, I must say), and how to set the table for dinner. We hope you enjoy the video! The recipe and instructions are below, as promised!
Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!
Mac and Cheese: Ingredients: -2 boxes of macaroni noodles -Block of extra sharp cheddar cheese -2 tbsp of butter -Enough milk to cover the bottom of the pan -1/4 cup of flour What to do: 1.) Shred the entire block of cheese 2.) Put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil. 3.) Once boiling, add the boxes of macaroni. Lower the stove to medium. 4.) Once the macaroni is cooked to your liking, strain it. 5.) Pour the strained macaroni noodles back into the pot. 6.) Add butter and milk. 7.) Turn stove to medium and let it sit until the milk begins to simmer. 8.) Add flour to thicken it. 9.) Add cheese. 10.) Stir all the ingredients together! 11.) Set the table, then enjoy! How to Set the Table for Dinner: 1.) Put a plate or bowl around the table for each person. 2.) Put a napkin with each plate, then put extras on the middle of the table. 3.) Put a fork, knife, and spoon on each napkin. 4.) If you're civilized and use cups, put those around to each setting as well. 5.) Enjoy your meal!
Today, I experienced a true Christmas miracle that completely changed my whole outlook on the season. It made me remember the reason for the season and instilled in me excitement for the coming days. It all started when I was texting my best friend, Meeg, to see if she wanted to go get some ice cream and watch our favorite movie, Hairspray. She, as suspected, thought it was a wonderful idea, and promptly came to my house. Meeg, my brother, Tar, and I decided to go to Cold Stone Creamery, which required us to take all back roads to get there. Along the way, Meeg pointed out a beautifully decorated house and was telling me about it, since I was driving and couldn't look. I didn't really think anything of it, and we arrived and ate delicious ice cream. We soon headed home the same way we came. Again, Meeg pointed out the beautifully decorated house. I asked her if she wanted to go back and drive by it, and she said yes. Once we got to the street, the road was blocked, so we had to go all the way around the neighborhood. We turned onto the street with the beautifully decorated house, and the line was super long. We decided to wait in this line to see what all the commotion was about. While sitting in this line, we questioned if it was truly worth it. We couldn't turn back because the road was one way, which looking back, was a good thing. About halfway to the house, a mom and her daughter came to my car window. They gave us treats and a little business card. On the card it read, "If we made you smile tonight, please pay it forward and make another heart take flight! In honor of the 26 Sandy Hook angels taken one year ago today." The three of us were overwhelmed with so much joy. I cannot even express all the emotions I was feeling. When we got to the front of the house, all of us were silent and in awe of the magic we saw before us. The lights were blinking in sync with some Christmas music, and the family was gathered in their driveway waving, smiling, and just spreading Christmas cheer. Once we got to the end of the road, we saw that the family was also taking donations for people with Leukemia, which we supported with our leftover ice cream money. You may be wondering why this is a Christmas miracle. Well honestly, that's hard for me to put into words. This experience is definitely one that will not be forgotten by any of us. Ever. What started as a normal night, turned into one filled with magic, awe, and pure joy from everyone around. Who would have thought that this family would take the time, money, and effort just to make other people smile and to help such a worthy cause? These people remembered the true meaning of Christmas. It being a time of giving. A time of spreading Christmas cheer. A time of being with the people you care about. To me, this is the true miracle. Often times, we seem to forget the reason for the season, and just want things, and never give back. This night made me thankful for all that I have, and more wanting to give rather than receive. I am so glad I got to experience this night with Meeg and Tar. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. To some people, it may just seem like I'm rambling. You may be right. I may be crazy (Billy Joel reference, who caught it?). If you have ever had an overwhelmingly joyous experience, you know what I mean. If this post doesn't make sense to you, well, maybe it's not meant to. Maybe you haven't experienced anything that made you truly aware of the magic and miracle that others can bestow upon you. I'm not saying that that's a bad thing either. When the time is right and this happens to you, you'll know exactly what I mean. As you prepare for Christmas day, just remember a kind act or making someone smile goes a very long way. Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!
A little known fact about me is that I do not like being outside. This past weekend, my friends decided it would be fun to go camping. Granted, we were staying in a camper, but for me, it was too close for comfort to the outdoors. The whole week before the trip, I had recurring fears of getting lost in the woods or eaten by a bear, causing me to rethink the entire trip. Finally, I realized that good or bad, I was with some of my best friends, so it would all be ok, and if we died, at least we would die together. Am I dramatic? Yes. Do I care? Not particularly. When the day came to pack up and leave, it was pouring. To me, that wasn't a good omen to start off the trip that I was leery about to begin with. We got to the camper around 7, and decided to make some chili. By that time, the rain had thankfully stopped. Once the chili was done, we ate it outside and started a fire, which I had never done before. When we went back inside, we played Quelf (which I lost at terribly) then got into our beds. Molly, Emmy, and I watched The Devil Wears Prada, a classic, of course. Suddenly, a piercing alarm starting blaring inside the camper. None of us knew how or why it was going off. After many failed attempts, we called in reinforcements, and the alarm stopped for a while, only to return later on in the evening. Though this alarm kept us awake for a while, we eventually all went to sleep. The next morning, we made a giant blueberry pastry (which was delicious), took some really cool pictures (which I will post below), packed up, and went home. Overall, it was definitely not what I was expecting. I am thankful for my friends for sharing this trip with me, and convincing me that it would be worth it. I'm glad I experienced this, but I don't know how soon I would be willing to go back and do it again.
Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!
We built a campfire! Is that the correct phrasing? "Built a campfire?" I don't know. I'm indoorsy, I told you.
I want to start off this post by saying how awesome my family and friends are. They made my birthday and weekend very memorable and special. I am truly blessed. On Thursday, I received a package from my mom and brother. I love getting packages! It makes me feel very important. They sent me chips and dip, Amish cookies (this can be discussed later), a hair straightener, money, and a Starbucks gift card. Oh and we can't forget the two cards: the one from my brother had a puppy on the front and sang when I opened it, while the one from my mother was more heartfelt and made me cry (not surprising). That same day, my dad came to see me. We went to Olive Garden, where we had a lovely dinner together. It was so nice to see him! Friday was my birthday. I got up and went to my classes. UGH. Then, I had lunch in the caf with my friends. They planned for one of our friends to sing happy birthday to me, which he did, in front of everyone. My face was bright red with embarrassment. Actually, I get embarrassed often, so that's nothing new. Anyway, my precious little, Bekah, walked in with an oreo cupcake (my fave), a bracelet, a balloon that was bigger than my head, and a lovely note. This almost made me cry in the middle of the caf (so typical). Then, I walked back to my room and found that my friends had decorated it with balloons, streamers, signs, and donuts. I almost cried again (by now you should just always expect tears). As my friends got back from class, they brought me presents! Kitty and Sarah got me a pink makeup bag with a black monogram (my fave color combination). Molly crafted me a pink chevron canvas, with my monogram in the middle in black and white. Emmy got me a gray blanket with my name and letters in hot pink. Lastly, Bailey gave me a picture frame that she painted with a picture of us and a pink Santa hat. It is safe to say I have the best friends ever! All of these gifts brought on the water works. Later that night, a group of us went to dinner to celebrate my birthday. Definitely one for the books. On Saturday, Molly and I went to Kroger and bought a ton of food. When I say a ton of food, I mean like pizza, chicken taquitos, chips and dip, mac and cheese, french fries, and soda. We literally sat on the couch all day, ate, and shopped online. Molly also made her tacky holiday sweater (see "Merry Christmas" post to see this masterpiece). On Sunday, Sarah and I watched engagement videos all day. Classic us. All in all, my birthday weekend was great, but it couldn't have been possible without the awesome people I surround myself with daily. It was filled with tears of joy, but hey, sometimes you just have to let them flow. Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!
To the rest of the world, tomorrow is a normal Friday. To me, it is the day that I will no longer classify myself as a teenager, but as a girl on her way into the real world. Yes, I will be two decades old. Like what? Where has the time gone? In some ways, I still feel like a kid, but in others, I can see how I have matured and grown over the years. As a kid, 20 years seems so far away. I never realized how much I've experienced until right now. There are so many milestones I have accomplished. Preschool, lower school, middle school (gross), high school, driver's license, breakups, makeups, oh and graduation. Well, here I am today, in my Sophomore year of college, feeling like my life has flashed before my eyes. I have overcome many obstacles that I feel have shaped me into the person I am today. I have learned three pieces of advice from all 19 years and 364 days of my life that I plan to continue forever: 1.) Live life to the fullest (without being dumb, of course). 2.) There is a bright side to everything, so seek it out. 3.) Cherish the memories you create with everyone; they will be worth it someday. You probably could care less about my advice, but it has helped me, so I felt compelled to share it with you. If you strive to attain one of these three little tokens of knowledge daily, you will live a happier life and be better prepared for what life throws your way. Well, that's all I have for tonight. It's time to take my grandma self to bed. Until next time, stay Yankee Doodle dandy!