Thursday, May 5, 2016

My Experience: Freshman Year of College!

Hey cupcakes! :) My Freshman year of college is OVER! :'( I can't believe I have already completed one whole year of college! It went by so fast!
;)
I haven't done a "My Experience" post in quite some time, so I thought I would write about my experience as a Freshman for all of my followers who are about to go off to college! :D I hope you enjoy!

Throughtout my Freshman year, I have learned many things from the good (and unfortunately bad) experiences I have had...

1. College is way harder than high school - If you actually want to get a high GPA (or plan on applying to grad school, etc.), you will need to work hard and put in the time! It isn't impossible but sometimes you might have to miss some social activities to do well on an important test.

2. The key to adjusting to college is: BALANCE - With school work, a job, social activities, and extracurriculars, you need to find the perfect balance that allows you to succeed in all the aspects of your college life. In my experience, I recommend starting off the year in only one extracurricular and then after you succeed in balancing school, friends, etc. you can join more if you have time/want to! :) It is way more rewarding to be super involved in one student organization than barely participating in 4 or 5!

3. There will always be people who work way less hard but do amazing - This is obnoxious as heck but learning to just accept this will allow you to focus on your own work and succeed yourself. :)

4. People are annoying - College is college. There will be annoying roommates, loud people partying until the wee hours of the morning, and jerky professors. BUT, learning to just cope with these types of people will ease some stress and allow you to be more positive in your college experience.

5. Stress is REAL - College is honestly the most stressed I've ever felt. If you are an overachiever like me, you will start the year by putting wayyyy too much pressure on yourself. As the year went on, I realized that an exam is just an exam, an A- is not the end of the world, etc. Learning to put less pressure and stress on yourself is a must in college if you want a healthy body and mind! <3

6. The Freshman 15 is a thing but doesn't HAVE to be! - I gained no weight this year because I kept eating exactly like I did in high school. If you pig out all the time and drink a lot, then yes, the Freshman 15 is a real thing. BUT, it can be avoided!!!!

7. You will be peer pressured - Whether this be for drinking, sex, drugs, etc. you need to just stick with your beliefs. There will be people just like you, don't worry! Finding friends that have similar morals than you can create friendships that will last for forever. :D

Perfect response ;)
8. Finals week is honestly not that bad - Midterms week is rough because you have to study AND go to class. BUT, finals week you only have to study because classes are over! This gives you a TON of time to study, so there is plenty of time for stress relieving activities and fun things to do before you head home :)

9. Moving in/out is the WORST (so try to underpack!!) - Sweating and moving in/out all your crap is honestly the worst part of college (to me at least)- lol. I suggest leaving half of your clothes at home and bringing only the essentials of everything. Trust me, next year I will be bringing probably a third of what I brought this time!

10. You will learn to be an adult - Honestly, it is scary that first week when you are in a whole new place all by yourself. But, you mature really fast in college! You will learn how to survive on your own, and it gives you confidence for your years after graduation.

11. Your family is EVERYTHING - After going to college you realize just how important family is. Make sure you call them and go home for a few weekends because they will miss you a lot! Not only is college a huge adjustment for you, it is a huge adjustment for your family as well <3

12. It is OKAY to not know what you want to do for your major/career - Trust me, your first year of college is a great way to explore interests you have! I have taken some pretty awesome classes in topics I would have normally never even thought about! :)

13. College WILL be the best years of your life - Everyone always told me this, and after one year, I can say that they are right. College is amazing. The bad days, the good memories, the classes, the late night study sessions, everything is just perfect! I wouldn't change it for the world <3
Tom Felton agrees :P
What did you experience during your Freshman year of college? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to follow! :D <3

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Boyfriend Tag! :D

Hey cupcakes! Today I wanted to do a fun post, and I realized I haven't done a tag post in so long! :O So, I decided to do the Boyfriend Tag with my lovely boyfriend... Let's call him "Nomad"....
No, not this Nomad ;)
1. Where did we meet?

Nomad: Video store... Just kidding, at the bowling alley.

Me: The bowling alley!

2. Where was our first date?

N: The movies

Me: Our first official date was at the movies, but we had a lot of unofficial ones other places.

3. What was your first impression of me?

N: The she was really bad at bowling... :P

Me: The first thing I remember thinking was that he was really tall

4. When did you meet the family?

N: Before the dance we went to together

Me: Before the dance! <3

5. Do I have any weird obsessions? If so, what?

N: YES, she talks about food all the time :P

Me: Ditto, he likes taking pictures of other people's car and it's weird....

6. How long have we been together?

N: 2 and a half years

Me: 2 years and 5 months to be more specific
7. Do we have a tradition?

N: No

Me: No - geez we gotta get on this! ;)

8. What was our first roadtrip?

N: We haven't roadtripped together yet...

Me: Haven't yet, but we totally should!

9. What was the first thing you noticed about me?

N: That she was bad at bowling haha

Me: I first noticed that he was late to bowling and again, that he was tall

10. What is my favorite restaurant?

N: She eats anywhere but probably IHOP or a Japanese steak house
Me: He loves Fazolis!

11. What do we argue about the most?

N: We used to argue a lot about going to school dances....

Me: We argue a lot about letters (because he won't write them to me like a jerk!)

12. Who wears the pants in the relationship?

N: She does

Me: I do! ;)

13. If I am watching TV, what show am I watching?

N: Anything on Food Network or Jeopardy

Me: Any Sports

14. What is one food I do not like?

N: She eats anything....

Me: He hates everything.... Literally most foods he hates

15. What drink do you order when we go out to eat?

N: Water

Me: Water (lol so creative)
16. What size shoe do I wear?

N: 7? (nope, I wear an 8)

Me: 10.5

17. What is my favorite kind of sandwich?

N: You don't eat sandwiches? (WRONG - ham sandwiches are great)

Me: Turkey and bacon club sandwich

18. What is one talent I have?

N: Singing

Me: Video games

19. What would I eat everyday if I could?

N: Pretty much any food... But probably something weird like chickpeas? (actually it's probably Mac N' Cheese)

Me: Chicken but he can't (he's allergic)

20. What is my favorite cereal?

N: Cheerios (Multi-Grain to be more specific)

Me: Anything sugary (right now he likes Froot Loops with Marshmallows)
21. What is my favorite music?

N: Disney? (I listen to mostly oldies and Broadway, but sometimes Disney)

Me: Rap/hip hop/crap - lol

22. What is my favorite sports team?

N: She hates sports so none

Me: Miami Heat (and Celtics)

23. What is my eye color?

N: Blue

Me: Light blue

24. Who is my best friend?

N: She's my best friend

Me: He's my bestie <3


25. What is something I do that you wish I didn't?

N: Wears floral dresses (for some reason he hates them...)

Me: Chew fingers when he's nervous and it's nasty

26. Where am I from?

N: Canada (not really but he calls the state I'm from Canada.. :P )

Me: The Mitten State

27. What kind of cake would you bake me for my birthday?

N: White? (OMG NO - make me carrot cake please!)

Me: White cake because he likes bland food

28. Do I play any sports?

N: Haha no

Me: He plays golf

29. What can I spend hours doing?

N: Reading a book (YES)
Me: Video games, watching TV

30. If I could live anywhere, where would it be?

N: Where-ever the wind takes her

Me: Any place it's warm!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I tag ALL of you to do this tag with your significant other! :D Comment the links to your tags below, and I can't wait to read them! <3 Have a great day!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Where Should You Work this Summer??

Hey cupcakes! The end of the school year is just around the corner, which means it is time to get that summer job! :) I personally had a hard time figuring out where I wanted to work over the summer, so I thought I would make a list of some of the basic jobs that high school and college students can get over the summer. Let's get started!
Go on, get that money! ;)
1. Babysitter/Child care - Babysitting for a family when the parents are working can be a full-time summer job if you find the right family! Ask around your town or check out Care.com to find people looking for a babysitter during the week. Even if you only get to work date nights or weekends, you can still get a lot of money from this!

2. Survey sites - If you don't want to get out of the house to work, spend many hours a day on survey sites! You won't make as much money compared to a real job, but you can still earn some spending money (check out my review on Opinion Outpost here and a list of my favorite sites here).


3. Fast food/waiter/waitress- Fast food restaurants are usually always hiring, so check out your favorite one! If fast food isn't your thing, check out sit down restaurants so that you can be a waiter, waitress, dish washer, etc.

4. Movie theater - Working at a movie theater could be so much fun (plus free popcorn!). I totally recommend working here!

5. Golf course - If you have a private golf course near you, you can totally earn bank on tips! Whether you work the golf carts or are a waitress at the bar, this would be a great job for the summer months!

6. Camp counselor - I will be working this summer as a camp counselor, and I am super excited! You can either work at a local camp put on by your church, Salvation Army, etc. OR you can go to sleep away camp just like you did as a little kid.

7. Internships - If you are a college student, I recommend searching for internships in companies within your field of study. Experience is amazing for your resume, so I would suggest at least considering this before you find a summer job!

8. Non-profit work/volunteering - If you work a job during the school year (like me), taking a much needed break over the summer is totally okay! To still build up that resume, I would suggest volunteering or doing some non-profit work to help your community, church, or people in need. :)
Can someone please just put this in their resume? :P
Where are you planning to work this summer? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D <3

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Recipe: Roasted Garbonzo Beans!

Hey cupcakes! The other day, I found this recipe on Pinterest for Roasted Garbonzo Beans(aka chick peas), and it was super intriguing! I decided to try it (and change it a little bit), and they were super duper delicious and the perfect healthy snack! Let's get started!


What You Need:
-2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-seasonings of your choice (the recipe on the website here gave four different flavor suggestions, but I used a few teaspoons of salt)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Prepare the beans for roasting by draining and rinsing them, then letting them dry.
3. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are crunchy throughout (to test if crunchy, take one out ~let it cool for a few seconds~ then eat!).
5. While beans are still hot, toss with olive oil and seasonings (salt in this doctored recipe). 
6. I stuck mine back in the oven for a minute or so more to get crisp.
7. Serve hot or at room temperature! (They are best the first day, but last for up to 4 days)

I thought this snack was super good and a great alternative for unhealthy chips! I really recommend them! You can also try the flavor combos on the original site (here) if you are feeling daring! :)


What did you think about this healthy snack? Comment below and don't forget to follow! <3

Saturday, April 23, 2016

DIY: How to Use Watercolor Pencils

Hey cupcakes! I haven't done a DIY post in quite some time.... I have recently been LOVING using watercolor pencils to do some stress relieving art during finals, so I thought I would share with you all how to work with this art medium! Let's get started! :D

What: Watercolor pencils! These are watercolors in pencil form! You can get them in cheap brands (like the good old Crayola ones I use) to expensive, high quality ones. Depending on your skill and what you plan on using them for, I suggest starting cheap and then making your way up :)
This is the pack I own, and they work amazing! :)
What to Use For: Use them instead of messy watercolors for any art project! <3 They are portable and super easy to master!

How to Use Them: There are three ways to use watercolor pencils:

1. Use like normal colored pencils and then go over it with water!

2. Wet the tip and draw with it wet (this creates really vibrant colors)!

3. Wet the paper and then draw on it with the pencils. This creates a great spreading effect.


My Tips: I personally think Method 1 works the best... I love to draw a picture in pencil, outline it in pen, then color it with the pencils. Using the water blends everything together and allows you to really do some nice shading! The finished product looks like you used regular watercolors too :) I suggest starting with some fun tutorials on Pinterest and then moving your way up to more unique and creative artwork!

Some inspiration to get you started on your own DIY project:




Do you think you will try watercolor pencils? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :D <3

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Best Study Snacks for Finals Week!

Hey cupcakes! Finals Week is almost here! :O
Me during finals ;)
I know that when I am stressed, I tend to eat.... This isn't the best habit to have, but I think it is important to eat healthy when you are cramming for your exams! You gotta keep that brain working! :D Here are my favorite healthy snacks to eat during final exams week:

1. Dried fruit - Nuts are great foods to eat while you are studying, but I hate nuts :P So, dried fruit is one of my go to snacks! I also tend to have a sweet tooth, so I find dried fruit to help with my sugar craving instead of eating candy.
Fruit chips are great! :)
2. Chex Mix - Again, trail mix is great to eat while studying, but I prefer Chex Mix (due to not liking trail mix haha). :P You can find so many great kinds of Chex Mix!
My fav is the traditional!
3. Guac and chips - Guacomole is very good for you (if you eat it in moderation!), so I love love love to eat guac and chips while I'm surrounded by textbooks and notes :)

4. Pretzels and Peanut Butter - Pretzels dipped in peanut butter is amazing and something I discovered last semester during finals!!! You can buy pretzels for real cheap on websites like Nuts.com and jars of peanut butter can normally be found in your dining hall! YUM!

5. Rice Snacks - Instead of potato chips, try these! They are super cheap and yummy! :D
I like the sugary flavors the best!
6. Vegetables and hummus - This is so healthy and delicious! Grab some veggies from your dining hall and keep your fav hummus flavor in your mini fridge! 

7. Cheese sticks - So good for studying! Trust me!!!!!!
8. Chickpeas - I have a weird obsession with eating chickpeas as a snack, but they are very healthy and tasty!

What are your favorite snacks to eat during finals week? Comment below and don't forget to follow! :) <3

Sunday, April 17, 2016

How to Style Graphic Stripes ft. Style the Trend

Hey cupcakes! The spring and summer season is just around the corner! :) As the weather gets warmer, new fashion trends are appearing on the runway and in stores. This means saying goodbye to those out of season winter trends and waving hello to the new ones! :D
This bear has the right idea! :P
When looking at some trends for the upcoming spring and summer season, I have fallen in love with the Graphic Stripe trend! In this post, I have decided to "Style the Trend" and have created four different outfits that embody it using some of my favorite fashion pieces from the designer website Far Fetch. Let's get started! <3

part 1
Click on the items below to see where they can be purchased! :)


Outfit #1 - For this outfit, I found an amazing striped skirt that is perfect for the spring time. The bold print of the skirt is easily paired with a cute black crop top and white kimono. With some black flats and striped bow, this outfit is perfect for a sunny or rainy day! :)

Outfit #2 - Colored jeans are one of my favorite things to wear in the spring and summer months! To embody the graphic stripe trend, a cute t-shirt with a bold design makes the colored pants pop! Pair with your most comfy pair of sandals and you are set to go! :D

part 2
Click on the items below to see where they can be purchased! :*


Outfit #3 - This is personally my favorite outfit! Nothing screams spring/summer more than a cute yellow circle skirt! With a graphic stripe crop top and some strappy sandals, this outfit is perfect for a date night on a warm day! <3

Outfit #4 - Last but not least, this outfit is perfect for any formal event in the spring and summertime. Wearing a cute sun hat is totally optional, but I think it really adds some pizzazz to this look! ;) I also think a darker mauve lip color makes this outfit a jaw-dropper!

Enjoy the new spring and summer trends! :D
How would you style the Graphic Stripe trend? Comment below and don't forget to follow me! :D <3
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