Europe & Updates


I feel like there is a lot to update you all on, so I’m gonna throw this past month or so’s adventures into one post. Are you ready?! 

Ok, so to make my life easier and to save you the time of reading a novel, I’m gonna post more of a Spark Notes addition of what I’ve been up to. So here we go:

The past five weeks or so, I took a class on digital filmmaking. I have always wanted to learn more about filmmaking, due to it being a hobby of mine, so I knew that summer would be the perfect time to take this class. During the school year I am extremely busy with balancing rowing, homework, exams, sleep (I probably could use more of it..), and a social life. With this in mind, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to add filmmaking into all of this. Filmmaking requires a lot of time and energy, something I rarely have! So, I decided to take advantage of my extra time this summer and learn something that I am passionate about. Overall, I am happy with my decision.. but oh my gosh, it was a lot of work.

Besides school, I spent the past five weeks with my friends. One of my close friends is studying abroad this fall, so I wanted to spend as much time as possible with her before she left. We went on some pretty fun adventures with our friends. It was definitely a summer to remember.

About a week ago, I moved out of my summer housing and hopped on a plane to Chicago. My mom picked me up, walked around my town’s Rib Fest, and then I headed to bed. The very next morning, I hopped on another airplane headed to Budapest. So lots of flying in a short duration of time! 

Ok, now for my European Spark Notes.. maybe I’ll use bullet points..

Budapest, Hungary

  • Huge city! There are actually two parts, Buda and Pest. 
  • Actually pronounced Buda-pesht. I guess I’ve been saying it wrong for a very long time.. oops


  • Spent a good deal of time exploring Castle Hill
  • Explored Matthias Church (Castle Hill) and some of the markets


  • Visited Ruszwurm, which is apparently the oldest coffee shop in Budapest. Ordered an iced latte and ended up getting a drink with coffee, ice cream, and lots of whipped cream.
  • Apparently, their iced lattes mean latte with ice cream. Learned that if you want an iced latte, to ask for a latte with ice cubes. 


  • Absolutely stunning at night. All of the lights on the buildings were gorgeous.

Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Was told that the politicians do absolutely nothing there by our tourist. Some negative feelings about their government and its usefulness..
  • Lots of graffiti everywhere.
  • Many buildings built by communists. Therefore, they were very poorly built and designed.


  • Visited the Bratislava Castle. Had a nice view of Bratislava.


  • The historical district was very pretty and full of people, mainly tourists.
  • Enjoyed walking around and checking out the different shops. 
  • Was pretty at night as well. My mom and I went for a walk during the evening and the place was still very lively. 

Vienna, Austria

  • Probably my favorite town I visited. 
  • The people were very friendly and outgoing.
  • Went on a city tour and saw St. Stephan’s Cathedral



  • Absolutely loved the architecture of all the buildings. Everything was well kept and maintained. 



Dürnstein, Austria

  • Small village off of the Danube River
  • Lots of vineyards and stores selling wines and liqueurs



  • Cute little shops, many covered with flowers





Melk, Austria

  • Visited the Melk Abbey


  • The Melk Abbey is the most famous abbey in Austria.
  • It was built between 1702 and 1732 by Jakob Prandtauer. I have no idea who he is.
  • Originally, it served as a royal palace. Now it is used as a museum, school, and is inhabited by monks.


  • The view from the balcony was incredible. You could see almost all of Melk.


  • My favorite part about the abbey was probably a tie between their church and the library. Unfortunately, I was unable to take any photos in the library, but believe me when I say that it was phenomenal. I wanted to grab every book and flip through them! There were approximately 80,000 Medieval manuscripts there, so it probably would have taken me years to just look at them.

Salzburg, Austria

  • Where the Sound of Music was filmed. You better believe everyone kept singing the Hills are Alive. 
  • The mountains were so beautiful! They were so green and the water was a perfect blue. I really wish I had more time to go out and explore. I would have loved to hike there.




  • There were so many cute little shops and restaurants there. The architecture was also very impressive.


  • Saw Mozart’s birthplace, which was pretty neat. Didn’t get a chance to actually go inside, but still enjoyed seeing the building itself.


  • Their cemetery was also very impressive. Apparently, you have to apply to be buried there. They are very picky about selected who is let in. Our tour guide told us that they require that you were born in Salzburg and lived an exceptional life. Although, our guide admitted to there being a few exceptions.


  • Celebrated my mom’s birthday with some traditional Austrian food. Their sausage, sauerkraut, potatoes, and beer were all on point. Too bad it’s not healthy to eat that everyday :/

Passau, Germany

  • Walked through the historical village and then caught a glimpse of the Veste Oberhaus. It sat on top of a large hill that overlooked the entire village.
  • Had to hike to reach the top of Veste Oberhaus. I really enjoyed the hike, but I think my grandma didn’t find it so enjoyable.
  • Once at the top, we went into the Oberhaus restaurant and ordered beers. I do not know much about beer, considering I haven’t been drinking it for long, but I do know that out of all the beers I have tasted.. the Augustiner beer was the best. Too bad I won’t be able to find this beer in the U.S :/



  • The view from Veste Oberhaus was stunning too.



Prague, Czech Republic

  • Huge city
  • Beautiful, but not as nice as Vienna.. in my opinion at least.
  • Lots of segways and people trying to sell you them.



  • Crossed the Charles Bridge numerous times. Great views from there and lots of tourists. There are vendors and musicians playing too. 




  • We visited the Lobkowicz Palace and had lunch there with our tour group. After lunch we went onto the balcony and were able to see the rest of Prague below us. It was also extremely hot outside. You many not be able to tell, but I was melting in the photo below.



  • People were not nearly as friendly as they were in the other cities we visited.. especially in the grocery store.. 

Well, there you have it! That is my European adventure summed up into one post! However, I have more adventures to share with you. After spending two days or so in Prague, my mom and I headed over to Bergen, Norway. My mom just turned 50 and wanted to celebrate by traveling around Europe, so that’s exactly what we are doing. We always thought Norway looked like a really beautiful place to visit, so she booked a trip for just her and I to explore. 

With that said, stay in tune for some updates on our adventures through Norway!

10 Things I Learned from Backpacking

This year has been full of new adventures for me. I have explored new areas, met new people, and tried new things. My most recent adventure was this past weekend. One of my good friends invited me to go backpacking with her and some of her friends. I had never gone backpacking before, so I was pretty stoked to try it out. 

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Although backpacking is a lot of fun, it is pretty helpful to know a thing or two about it before packing up and heading into the wilderness. With that said, here are somethings I learned while on our trip.

1. Go with people who know what they’re doing

With my lack of knowledge or experience on backpacking, it helped being with backpacking veterans. They knew how to set up camp and knew what exactly not to do when camping out. It’s also comforting being around people who know what they’re doing. Having someone pitch a tent for you also pretty nice. I probably would have had no idea how to set up a tent on my own.. 

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2. Bug spray is a magical thing.

I forgot to bring bug spray, but fortunately everyone else did. After reapplying it every few hours and smelling strongly of deet, I left the trip with a total of two mosquito bites. Not bad!

3. Bring water.

Yes, I know. This sounds like a very stupid tip, but people do actually forget this. Fortunately, I was smart and brought some Smart Water (electrolyte infused water) as well as Gatorade. 

Photo Jul 25, 6 57 24 PM4. Bring toilet paper.

Fortunately, our group brought toilet paper and there was also some in the outhouses.. but the thought of not having any is pretty gross. Just be prepared.

5. Wear sunscreen.

While you may have some trees to serve as shade, just remember that you will be spending your entire day outside. All of that time outdoors means more sun exposure. 

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6. Bring some cards.

Bring a deck of cards or some sort of entertainment. Music and portable speakers are a good idea too! We brought cards and speakers which made the experience a lot of fun!

7. Be prepared to get gross.

Depending on how long you are out there, you are gonna get pretty gross. Your hair will get knotty (or at least mine does..) and dirty. Your skin will be covered in bug spray and dirt. Your shoes with be covered in more dirt and dust. All I can say is that I reeeeeally wanted to shower while on our trip and was so relieved when I was able to afterwards. 

Photo Jul 25, 11 52 17 AM8. Cover your skin.

Try to wear clothing that will cover your skin but also keep you cool. Covering more of your skin will make it easier to prevent bug bites as well as sunburns. Just make sure that your clothes are light in material so that you do not over heat. Otherwise, use plenty of sunscreen and bug spray.

9. Charge your phone before going.

I know, I know. The whole point of backpacking is to immerse yourself into nature and not be fixated on technology. That’s exactly what I thought too! So I didn’t charge my phone before heading out and began the trip with a 30% charged battery. The problem was that my poor mother was worried sick about me and with a dying phone battery it made it difficult for me to update her on my survival (haha). Besides having a phone to ensure your worried mothers, it is helpful to have a charged phone incase of emergencies. You never know what could happen out there. 

Lastly, it’s nice to be able to take pictures and not stress about your phone dying. I feel like this is a #firstworldproblem… 

10. Dehydrated food actually tastes pretty good.

Who knew that food in a bag could actually taste pretty good. Not only are there tasty options out there, but they are extremely satisfying. They are packed with protein and nutrients to keep you full throughout the day. Not to mention, they barely weigh anything, making them perfect for carrying in your backpack. 

Overall, I had a great time backpacking and would definitely do it again! Next time I need to invest in some of my own gear and learn how to pitch a tent on my own. 

Think backpacking might be for you? Check out these tips I found for beginners, they’re super helpful.. I probably should have read them before I went…

Backpacking location: Castle Rock State Park

(Find my hiking post from Castle Rock, here)

Have any of you every been backpacking before? Any advice for beginners?

Life as of Late

Hello Everyone!! 

Now that school ended, I am now in summer school. Haha. School never really ends for me :P

Anyway, this summer I am taking a 5 week class on Statistics. Good stuff. I figured I would get it out of the way now so that I don’t have to worry about it later. So far it seems to be going well, so let’s hope that it keeps going well. I have my first exam this upcoming Wednesday.. so wish me luck!

Besides taking a class and doing lots of homework, I have been enjoying myself out here on campus. I’m living in the upperclassmen housing now, which means that I get to enjoy a pretty nice living complex. It’s been actually a lot of fun living here so far. I have three other housemates, all of whom I have never met before, but their all really cool. We have a kitchen, a family room, two bathrooms, and four rooms. All of us have our own rooms, which makes living here both relaxing and pleasant. I have never had my own room on campus before, so I am really liking the freedom I am getting now :) It’s so much easier to get work done when you have your own room.

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One of my favorite things about living here is the kitchen. I can’t get over how nice these kitchens are. It has been so nice being able to make my own meals and not go to my school’s cafeteria. Really not a fan of our cafeteria to be honest. It’s nice being able to make my own food and not have my school add oil to absolutely everything they serve us. Serious. Gross.  Photo Jun 20, 8 45 47 AM

Here’s a few things I have been whipping up this past week: 

FoodCollage So there you have it. I’ve been pretty excited to have a kitchen of my own. Well kind of. I mean, I share it with three other girls.

Besides all of the cooking and studying I’ve been doing, I have been able to hangout with some of my friends who are still here this summer. We have been going on hikes, hanging out, walking around different towns, getting ice cream and people watching, and just having a good time. 

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Photo Jun 23, 12 06 04 PM I have to say, the hiking out here is really nice. There are plenty of trails near my campus and all of them seem to be so pretty! I love hiking through the woods, reaching peaks, and being outdoors with my friends. I wish there were more places to hike back in Chicago. For now, I will just take advantage of the gorgeous trails over here. 

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I also have been going to physical therapy twice a week and I am proud to say that I am practically injury free now! I strained my hip flexor a few months ago and everyday movements, such as walking, hurt me. It really sucked. However, after my season ended I have been able to rest it and get therapy. After a few weeks of taking it easy on myself, I am very close to being at my 100%. For now, I just have a little muscle weakness in that area. I’ve been going on runs now and my hips just feel a little unstable.. but at least there is no more pain.

After my therapy sessions, I have been trying new coffee in the area. I like to treat myself after the sessions :)

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This coffee is from Philz Coffee. I first tried their coffee back in October and have fallen in love since. I don’t go often, but when I do I am pretty happy about it :) I love how they put fresh mint leaves on top of their Mint Mocha Mojito drinks. So refreshing.

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I also love this really awesome place called Pressed Juicery. I mentioned this place in my last post, and honestly I’m in love. I can’t get enough of how good their frozen blends are. It’s like froyo.. but no added sugars or dairy. It’s just frozen fruit and nuts.

It was a pretty hot day yesterday and my friends wanted to get some frozen yogurt, so I suggested this place instead. They all are in love too now. I love getting people hooked on things ;)

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Photo Jun 27, 10 41 23 AM On a random note, I have been seeing a lot of pineapple things lately. It must be summer. 

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I also like photo bombing peoples photos. Lots of fun.

Well, I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! Talk to you all later :)


Castle Rock + Purple Onion

Hi guys!! 

It’s been awhile since my last post, so I thought I’d pop back on here and talk about my most recent adventure! 

IMG_9239 Now that rowing is over, I have been able to go on more adventures and spend more time doing more of what I love! With that said, I decided to go hiking with two of my teammates.

IMG_9269 Fortunately, my school is located in a great area for hiking. With Big Sur only 2 hours away, the Muir Woods approximately an hour away, and the beautiful coast of Santa Cruz and Monterey.  IMG_9288 Sadly, my knowledge in the great outdoors is not very good.. so I turned to Ali for her expertise. She had hiked Castle Rock once before with a club at my school called Into the Wild, and knows a few things or two about this trail. 

IMG_9313 To our surprise, it was very foggy Saturday morning which made it difficult to see too far past the trail we were hiking on. This made cliffs both frightening and exhilarating.. I guess it’s a good thing my mom wasn’t there to witness us climbing them.. Sorry mom! IMG_9275 You probably can’t tell (in the photo above), but I was sitting on a rock with a pretty terrifying drop. You also probably can’t tell.. but I was pretty terrified.  IMG_9322

IMG_9331 I guess I should have known that there would be a lot of rocks based off of the trail being called Castle Rock.. but I was still somehow surprised by all of the rocks (boulders? whatever.) on the trail. They were big, covered in moss, and many of them even had caves inside of them! 

IMG_9337 We also had fun climbing in trees. 

I also probably shouldn’t have worn my pink Nikes while hiking the trails.. especially when there was a lot of mist and a little rain.. and dirt.. lots of dirt. But hey, at least they looked cool in pictures? Haha.  IMG_9375




IMG_9426  I have to say, waking up early on a Saturday morning to go on a hike was a great idea. There’s something so peaceful about walking through nature. All of the green trees, big rocks, creeks, waterfalls, and fog seemed to bring excitement and serenity to me as I walked and explore with my friends. I wish there were cool places like this in Chicago for me to explore. I have really been missing out!

After all of our hiking and goofing around, we were ready to get some food into our bellies. So we hoped in the car and drove over downtown Los Gatos for lunch.

Photo May 23, 2 52 17 PM After checking Yelp, my favorite app for discovering cool restaurants (you all should download it.. just saying), we found the Purple Onion Cafe. After looking at the reviews and photos posted on Yelp, we decided to check the place out for ourselves.

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 Before entering the cafe, we could feel the light and upbeat atmosphere that surrounded us. Everyone inside and outside of the cafe seemed so happy. Parents enjoyed their sandwiches with their kids. A few dogs chilled at the tables outside with their owners. Friends caught up over salads and coffee from Philz. 

Photo May 23, 2 51 33 PM Not only was the restaurant cute and clean, but the employees were extremely helpful and friendly. We were having a hard time deciding between which sandwiches to order and one of the workers there went out of his way to help us and give us his recommendation on sandwiches.  Photo May 23, 2 10 10 PM I was between their prosciutto and the mediterranean chicken sandwich. After receiving the employee’s recommendation of the mediterranean chicken sandwich, I decided to trust his judgement and try it. And boy am I glad I did. The sandwich was absolutely amazing. The bread tasted fresh and warm. The mozzarella went so well with the sun-dried tomato mayo and roasted red peppers. I am starting to drool just thinking about how good it was. 

I will definitely be taking my mom and all of my friends to this place. If any of you ever find yourselves wandering Los Gatos, I highly recommend stopping here for lunch.


Veni Vidi Vici

I came. I saw. I conquered.

That’s my motto for this year. To live life to the fullest. This past quarter I decided to try new things and to put myself outside of my comfort zone, and you know what? I made some pretty awesome memories. For that reason, I plan on making 2015 count. I want to explore and have some fun on the way :) 

With that said, my New Year’s Resolution is pretty simple. I just want to make the most out of everyday.  AK_EXPEDITIONEVERESTRIDE_7128124030 Here’s to 2015. Let’s make it a good one!

Why Helloo There

It’s been a while! This quarter may have been the busiest quarter of my life. I had no idea I could get busier than I was last year, but hey, never say never. Despite the craziness, this past quarter may have been my favorite quarter yet. 

Being the hard-working lazy person I am, here is are some photos as of late:


10549235_10152805475810874_5912153930703357327_oIMG_0449 lauraandiepcotfrance meashlauraThese past few months have been a lot of fun and were filled with a lot of firsts. For starters, I raced my very first race as a stroke (person who sets pace, everyone follows the stroke seat). To be honest, I was a little nervous before the race.. but I had a blast during the race. I hope that I get to keep stroking :)

As for times, I recently broke my personal record from last year.. by a lot. After a 4 and a half hour flight and running straight to class from the airport (while getting caught in the rain, I may add) + no food + no sleep + not practicing for a week.. I managed to improve by 8 seconds. Not bad, eh?

In other news, I spent most of this past quarter studying like a maniac for my Bio class. Man, physiology is no joke. I thought chemistry was tough.. but bio required a lotttt more studying. Fortunately for me, my studying paid off and I survived :) 

Now, I mentioned earlier that this past quarter has been my favorite one yet. Despite being busy with school and rowing, I have had a lot of fun with my friends. I am so glad to have met some of the most awesome people around.  I will definitely be remembering all of the crazy and fun times we have had together :) 

So there you have it. A very summarized version of my quarter. I know that I was horrible at writing on here and I’ll try to find someway to post a little more frequently. 

Crew, School, & Life

Hi guys!!!

Long time no talk. I apologize for the pathetic amount of posting I have done lately. Definitely going to devise some sort of plan that will help me post more. Anyway, what in the world have I been up two for these past three weeks? Well, a lot.

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Homework sessions

Let’s first talk about school, because.. why not? 

Tomorrow marks the fourth week of school. I am currently enrolled in Bio 21 (Physiology), French 21, Spanish 2, and Econ 1. So far I am loving my classes. This is the first time I have ever taken an Econ class and I must say, I am in love. The homework is definitely a pain to do, but the material is so interesting to learn about. I may have just found a double major.. hehe. We will see how the rest of Econ goes.

To be honest, the first week of Bio really freaked me out. It more chemistry than actual biology.. which I did not expect. After a chapter or so the information became a lot easier to understand. So far I am liking the new topics that we are covering. I also like how down to Earth my professor is. 

French has been pretty fun. For the first time in my life, my French is stronger than my Spanish.. which is weird. I have been taking Spanish since.. well, forever and I only started French my junior year in high school. Overall, I like the atmosphere in my class. My teacher is very loud and all up in everyone’s faces.. which I absolutely love. I love teachers who are very energetic and sometimes a little intimidating. On another note, I am slowly getting used to speaking more in French. Speaking has always been the more difficult part for me, so I am glad to be getting A LOT of practice. We are not allowed to speak in any English in class, so it has definitely been challenging.. but I am also enjoying it. Hopefully I can get a minor in French.

As for Spanish, I am a little less enthusiastic.. to be perfectly honest. Now that my French is stronger, I get confused in my Spanish class. I have to focus on not speaking French in Spanish.. and sometimes I slip up. Ooops! I still love Spanish though. I also really like my teacher. She is very passionate about the language and stresses the importance of learning rather than test taking. It’s actually pretty refreshing.

Last but not least, there is Econ. As I previously mentioned, I am really enjoying the class. The graphs can be slightly confusing at times but the concepts are really neat.

Ok, so there are my classes for you all. As you can probably tell, I am really enjoying my classes. While I have been liking my classes, the homework load has been pretty crazy. I have lots and lots of work to do during the week, so it has been a little overwhelming at times. On the bright side, I am learning so much! Mom, my tuition is going to good use! ;)

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Team Hike

Me and Laura

Me and Laura

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Now, let’s talk about rowing.

Last week was really hard. We had a few crazy workouts and then a 2k on Friday. Surprisingly, I am getting a lot faster than I was last year at this time. It must have been all the running I did this past summer. I focused on running faster this summer rather than just doing the workout. Now I am really appreciating my hard work :) 

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Earned Varsity Letter

At athletic rally

At athletic rally

As for boats, we have been practicing in fours. I have been stroking (person who sets pace and leads everyone else in the boat) everyday this year and it has been a lot of fun.. and a lot of work. I never realized how much harder it is for strokes than for the rowers following. Now I really respect strokes.

Goofing off with my roommie

Goofing off with my roommie

Ok, now for life.


Boba runs

Boba runs

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Good food :)


Life has been pretty good, I must say. I have been pretty busy but I have also been able to spend quality time with my friends. Last weekend I stayed over at my big’s house (Laura) and got to relax and hangout with her. It was nice being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of my campus. I also loved talking to her grandma, playing with her dogs, and meeting her horses. I always wanted a horse when I was little, so it was neat getting to see Laura’s!  Photo Oct 04, 5 00 51 PM   Photo Oct 04, 5 01 10 PM

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As for the Giveaway I did last week, I have chosen a WINNER! Congrats to Shawn!!

What have all of you been up to?


Rockin Ribbons Review + GIVEAWAY!

Whew. What a week! I apologize for disappearing for a week.. but moving in and going back to school has been hectic. While I would love to sit and chat about this past week’s adventures, I actually have something really cool to share with you all!headbands

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review a no-slip headband AND give some away to you all! Danielle writes a blog called Truffles n’ Treadmills AND runs her own company called Rockin Ribbons. Not only is she an entrepreneur, but she is a college student! 

My whole life I have had a love and hate relashionship with headbands. They look cute to wear when working out or running around.. but they always seem to slip off of my head or give me headaches. Anyone else have that happen too?

Well, after Danielle gave me the opportunity to try out her headbands, I have been able to ACTUALLY wear headbands to practice. Despite practicing for two hours, my headband didn’t budge or give me a headache. I also love how cute it looks! headbandsideBecause I love lists and everything organized, here are some reasons why I think these headbands are awesome:

    • They don’t slip
    • They are comfortable to wear
    • They are cute
    • There are over 30 different colors and designs
    • They are only $10 for thin headbands and $12 for thick headbands compared to the usual $12 for thin headbands and $15 for thick headbands
    • Danielle makes custom headbands for any events (sorority girls, this is for you!)
    • Rockin Ribbons is ran by a college student, like me!  

After testing her headband out, I may order some matching (red sparkly) headbands for my team! Gotta look stylish while at practice, right?!

For those of you who are interested in getting one for yourself, check out her website here. Danielle was also kind enough to let me host a giveaway for you all, so please do enter! This is my very first giveaway, so I am very excited!

For those of you who want to purchase more headbands, Danielle is offering free shipping until October 3rd with the code: ROCKIN

Giveaway Rules:

To have a better chance at winning a free Rockin Ribbons headband be sure to like and follow Danielle and I on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Winners will be chosen on October 5th. Good luck!

Change of Plans

Let me just start off by saying that this weekend has drained every ounce of energy I have. Despite my exhaustion/annoyance/aggravation, I am going to tell you all a story about my weekend. Here we go:

Photo Sep 13, 10 29 10 AMSaturday morning started off bright and early at around 7 am. I ran around and helped my mom set up our garage sale. Photo Sep 13, 10 31 52 AMWe wanted to get rid of all of our old clothes so we decided to throw a garage sale to do so. Why not make a couple bucks before heading back to college? Photo Sep 13, 10 32 02 AMWithin minutes of putting up the signs, people began to flood over to our house. Photo Sep 13, 10 32 07 AMI got a kick of our make-shift clothes rack. Fancy, right? Photo Sep 13, 10 32 11 AMWhile it was nice to have lots of people buying our stuff, I became very tired of working the garage sale. When it comes to clothing I am very particular about keeping clothes nice and folded. People seem not to share that with me. Rather than looking neatly through the clothes, they were throwing them.. everywhere. I was constantly refolding clothes behind people! After refolding clothes for hours on end I can say that retail jobs are not for me. I just don’t have the patience. 

I also found it surprising that people were ACTUALLY switching the price tags of clothing! I was selling most of my old clothes anywhere from 25 cents to $1. I had several people taking the $1 price tags of and replacing them with the 25 cent tags. I thought I was being pretty reasonable by pricing clothing for $1.. but I guess not!

In addition to having people change the price tags, I was surprised to see that people really didn’t want to pay for anything. For example, I had a lady ask for a pair of cleats (that were in perfect condition, 6 shirts, and a dress wanting to pay a grand total of $2. I was very generous with almost everyone.. but I was not expecting her to want to pay $2.

Overall, the garage sale was a success. Everyone left with a great deal, and we were able to get rid of things we no longer need or use. I also made a nice sum of $117.50! My brother made double that and my sister made about a little less than I did. My grandma and mom were also able to make some money. I guess the hard work & constant folding was worth it!

After the garage sale, I spent the rest of my day cleaning up after it and returning the huge tables we rented from a nearby shop. It wasn’t until later that night that I was finally able to sit down for a minute.. before packing my bags for college. Photo Sep 14, 8 20 50 PMThis morning while still sleeping in bed, I heard my mom’s voice. I could hear her talking to someone.. but I didn’t know who. I just assumed that my sister woke up earlier and was talking to her. Fast forward an hour and my alarm clock went off at 5:30 am. I jumped out of bed and ran around my room trying to get ready. I wanted to ask my mom why she was up so early, but I didn’t want to waste anytime. I am usually the slowest one getting ready in my family, so I didn’t want all of them waiting on me at 6 am for our flight. 

After checking my room one last time, I headed downstairs and heard my sister calling out asking if anyone was home. That’s strange, I thought, weren’t you the one talking to mom? I ran over to my sister and she told me that both my mom and brother weren’t home. That’s when it hit me. Saturday night, Ev was complaining about having stomach cramps. He told us that he felt like he had food poisoning. That’s when I knew that they must have headed to the ER. But why would you go for stomach cramps?

Ten minutes later, my mom called and told my sister and I that she was at the hospital with Ev. They were running tests on him, but they were still unsure of what exactly was wrong. Maybe it was his gull bladder?

Soon after, my mom called us again and told us that she had to cancel our flight (we were supposed to fly at 9 am), our hotel room, and our rental car. We originally planned on arriving in LA and staying at Disneyland for a few days before school. I guess you can say that I was very disappointed, but hey, what can you do?

Shortly after canceling our reservations, we received the news that my brother had an acute appendicitis. Fortunately for us, we caught it before it ruptured. Photo Sep 14, 11 07 38 AMAfter they moved my brother into a room for him to rest in, my sister and I went over to the hospital and kept him company. My mom hadn’t had breakfast, so we headed across the street to Panera to grab a quick meal. I wasn’t really hungry (Ash and I ate before hand) so I ordered a chocolate almond banana smoothie. I couldn’t taste the almond, but it was still really good!

Around 10:45, the doctor finally met with us. My mom had been waiting in the hospital since around 4 am, so she had been waiting for a very long time. 

To be honest, I did not like him. I found it unprofessional of him to show up in a track suit and it kind of bothered me that he kept sticking his hand into his pants. I am not sure what that was about, but I am sure that it was not very hygienic. For those of you who do not know, I don’t like germs. 

Besides his unprofessional appearance, he seemed to be in no hurry to operate on my brother. He told us that it would be a few hours.. but a few hours turned into 12 hours. Photo Sep 14, 10 51 08 AMIt also bothered my mom that the nurses rarely checked up on my brother (maybe twice within 10 hours..) and the surgeon never kept us up to date on the status of the operating room (like he said he would). 

Well, after waiting 12 or so hours, my brother was finally taken to the operating room. After waiting another hour with my mom, my sister and I decided to head home. The case had still not started and we would have at least another hour to wait for him to wake up. I still feel bad for leaving my mom there after all she has been through today, but my sister and I couldn’t bear sitting in that hospital any longer. 

As of now, Ev is recovering. He is going to spend the night in the hospital and we are going to have to evaluate our plans tomorrow morning. As of now my mom, Ash, and I are set to fly to LA tomorrow morning. The airline company was kind enough to let us tell them when Ev can fly. If Ev recovers well tonight and early tomorrow morning, we might take him with us. If he looks like he is still recovering tomorrow morning, he is going to fly out by himself and meet us in San Francisco. There, we will pick him up and move it. Either way, this situation really sucks for Ev. His appendix’s timing just messed up this week’s plans. I hope that everything works out alright! I will be sure to keep you all posted on Ev’s recovery. Wish him luck!!




Friday Faves: Fall Edition

Happy Friday!

Thought I’d share a Katy Perry gif to show my excitement. Lol. To be honest, it doesn’t really make a difference for me that it’s Friday. School still hasn’t started.. so everyday feels like a Friday. 
But for those of you who are currently in school and/or working, happy Friday!

With all of my free time lately, I have been spending quite a bit of time on a wonderful site called Pinterest (you can find me here). Now that fall is around the corner, I have been looking at more and more fall related pins. I’m obsessed with Fall.

Yesterday morning marked the first “fall-like” day for me. I woke up freezing and noticed that it was only around 50 degrees. The same thing happened this morning. While I do miss that beautiful warm weather we have been having earlier this week, I am really enjoying the crisp air outside right now. It’s finally sweater weather.

Unfortunately, all of my fall clothes are still at my school.. so I have been wearing clothes from when I was in grade school.. let’s just say that I have been VERY unfashionable these past two days. Oh well!I realize that I haven’t written a Friday Faves post in forever.. maybe a year.. so I thought I would bring it back. Fall style. So get ready for some fall amazingness. 

Friday Faves: Fall (Pinterest) Edition


(Click images for sources, most of them are from Pinterest!)

I am currently loving the color army green & booties! I am not a huge fan of long boots, but I adore little booties!  I also love army green jackets! 

I also am really liking the sporty fall look.

For more fall looks I’m loving, click here.


 Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles. Are those even real life?

 How adorable are these? I mean come on. I would eat one any day ;) 

If anyone wants to be my friend, make me some of these. 

Sally makes the best desserts by far. I love that she loves pumpkin as much as I do! 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls made by Sally’s Baking Addiction. Probably going to make this at school for my friends and teammates :) 


Pumpkins!   Pottery Barn knows what they’re doing. 

 Hopefully I can decorate half as well as Pottery Barn.. 

 Well! There you have it! I am obsessed with Fall and everything about it. I love the beautiful leaves, cozy clothes, delicious foods, delectable drinks, and the inviting decor. It also doesn’t hurt that my birthday is in the fall ;)