Monday, April 21, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Jefferson Hotel

Afternoon Tea with my mom at The Jefferson Hotel always makes me feel fancy! I love getting dressed up, curling my hair and doing things that make me feel like I don't live the life of a 90 year old woman ;)

Afternoon Tea outfit

Afternoon Tea at the Jefferson Hotel

Everything was delicious. My favorites are the cucumber tea sandwiches, chocolate covered strawberries and scones with the devonshire cream! YUM!

Mom and I at Afternoon Tea
I am so thankful to have this beautiful woman in my life! We have so much fun together doing activities like these. Now that my days at home are winding down, it's so nice to spend this time together!

Have you ever been to Afternoon Tea? 


Friday, April 18, 2014

29 {Apparently} TMI Questions

I'm saying "Apparently" because I don't really think these questions are truly TMI. But I did see these questions posted on Tina's Blog and decided I needed to join in on the fun. What blogger doesn't love to fill out a questionnaire?!

1. What are you wearing?
I wish I could say a cute outfit. But since I'm typing this at 9pm on Thursday night, I've got to be truthful and say my PJs-- Anchor PJ Bottoms, pink t-shirt and a purple sweatshirt. It's real cute, y'all ;)

2. Ever been in Love?
Not yet. Hopefully one day :)

3. Ever had a terrible break up.
Nope. Well really that would require having had a boyfriend... But I'm hoping to stay way from bad breakups! 

4. How Tall are you?
5'6"

5. How much do you weigh?
Eh well maybe this one qualifies as a TMI question. Since I haven't lost any weight, I'm going to answer this by saying I weigh more than I'd like/want too. 

6. Any Tattoos?
None. Don't think I'll ever get one, unless its temporary or henna! If I did get one though, it would be something like this
I know two girls who have this tattoo and I really love it. I'd use a different script though, but you get the point!

7. Any Piercings?
Just my ears. I'd like to get a second hole, but I'm too scared! Also, if I ever have a flat stomach, I'd consider my bellybutton. And if I could pull it off, I'd pierce my nose... I'm not sure that's nursing appropriate though.

8. Favorite Song?
Oh this is hard. I have a lot of favorites right now. Dark Horse is still a favorite of mine. And I'm really enjoying jamming out to Classic and Red Lights in the car-- they are so catchy!

9. Quality you look for in a partner?
Sense of Humor

10. Favorite Quote?
Another toughie! I LOVE quotes. These two are my current favorites
Thank God through it all

Worrying takes way today's peace

11. Favorite Actress 
I changed this to Actress instead of Actor and I'm going with J.Law for this one! Gotta love her! 

J. Law


12. Loud Music or Soft?
Depends. Loud if I'm in the car or working out. Soft if I'm in a restaurant. None if I'm doing work, it distracts me.

13. Where do you go when you're sad?
I'm not sure if I go anywhere... Maybe my room?

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
If I'm at the gym it takes me about 35 minutes to shower/dry my hair/do makeup. If I'm home during the work week, about 15 minutes. Weekends and I'm going somewhere about 20-30 minutes for hair and makeup.

15. Ever been in a physical fight?
No, thankfully! But fun story here-- my mom drove me to high school prior to be getting my license. One day she was dropping me off and the drop off area was across from the student parking. Well two girls start to fight, so my mom felt it was necessary to hold her hand down on the horn to get teachers attention. The fight broke up and everyone was fine. But oh gosh that was embarrassing for me. You better believe I made a quick exit from the car and into the school that day! 

16. Turn on?
Intelligence, humor, someone who is respectful. It also helps if he's a true southern gentlemen and has a southern accent ;) Brown hair, blue eyes-- bonus points!

17. Turn off?
Teasing, rude, disrespectful

18. Fears?
Long bridges and high heights 

19. Last thing that made you cry?
This conversation that mom and I had a few months ago. She really upset me, but we worked it out.

20. Last time you said you loved someone?
Earlier tonight to my mom before she went to sleep.

21. Meaning behind your Youtube Name?
It's my name!

22. The relationship between you and the last person you texted?
My momma.


23. Favorite Food?
Mexican, hands down. Give me ALL the Gauc!
Agave Roja


24. Place you want to visit?
Oh I have a list. India is pretty high up there!

25. Do you have a crush?
No, no crush at the moment. 

26. Last time you kissed someone?
I gave CoCo a goodnight kiss a bit ago. Puppy kisses are the sweetest!



27. Last time you were insulted?
Probably when these two girls I was really good friends with just stopped talking to me. They are sisters and I tried and tried to hang out with them, but they never got back to me. We have known each other since we were little, went to school together and everything, then magically all communication basically ended. It's weird and they really hurt me. Can't dwell on the past though. Thankfully I have some amazing friends, so I don't need to worry about those other girls. Their loss, right?!

28. Favorite piece of Jewelry?
I really love my pearl earrings. But my class ring is one of my favorites. Originally, I wasn't going to get one but my mom convinced me to look and of course I liked the most expensive option! I love it through and wear it nonstop.


29. Who should answer these questions next? 
YOU! Pick any of these and put your answers in the comments! I'd love to read them!!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time is Running Out

Wasn't it just April 1st the other day? I swear once Spring sets in time really speeds right on up! I can't believe this month is over halfway done, especially since it's my last full month at home! AHH!!

I really hadn't realized that the move was rapidly approaching until I looked at my Countdown App to see how many days I have left! WOAH!

Charlottesville Move Countdown


I have ten, TEN days of work left. That's another bittersweet moment about this move to Charlottesville. I'm going to miss my job so so so much, I can't even explain it. It is more than just the job, I'm going to miss everyone I work with. They are my work family and I leaving them is going to be hard, especially since I've been volunteering with them since high school. 

I'm excited/nervous/scared all at the same time. Part of me is really ready to move into my own apartment and part of me wants to live at home with my mom and pups forever!! I know it's time to move on and begin this new "chapter" of my life, but the thought of papers, exams, and studying just doesn't sound all that appealing right now. I suppose I need to get ready for the workload though.

There is still so much I need to complete in the next 24 days:

School/Apartment Related:
- I need to paint my wooden kitchen spoons
- Touch up my trash cans 
- Make my headboard
- Email the current tenant to clarify a few things
- Figure out how we will pack the SUVs to get as much stuff up as possible in trip number 1
- Go get my scrub tops from the bookstore and find matching scrub pants
- Mail my health forms to UVA
- Complete Net Learning

Life Related:
- Go to the beach a few more times
- Eat at my favorite Thai Restaurant
- Go to Tea with my momma :)
- Finish Reading the Divergent Series
- Watch as much Brothers and Sisters on Netflix ;)
- Keep working out and going to the gym
- Complete April Goals

And I'm sure there will be many more things to add to this list in the coming days. Can I just say how shocked I am with how fast time is moving?! I feels just like yesterday that I was applying to UVA and that was 6 months ago! 

I'm definitely in a period of mixed emotions, but I'm looking forward to this AMAZING opportunity to attend UVA and to start this new journey in Charlottesville! Bring on the new adventures :)

Charlottesville, Virginia


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Weightloss: ZERO

Do you know what is frustrating? Working out consistently for about 3 months now and not losing any weight. I should clarify that at one point I was down 2 pounds but then when I weighed again I was back at the original weight. To say that I am frustrated is an understatement. 

Exercising has NEVER been something that I've loved nor had a desire to participate in. However, in February I finally made the decision to get my big butt in the gym and workout. Within the past 3 weeks I've switched to working out before work, getting up around 5:20am during the week. That is hard for me. I'd much rather sleep, but I know working out before work is better for my schedule and that's why I do it. 

At the beginning of April I weighed myself and decided to wait until the end of the month to weigh myself again. I had seen the scale fluctuate in the past and I really hoped that I'd see an actual change from the beginning of the month. However, yesterday while at work, I decided to weigh myself because I just had to know. The number was not good, I have not lost a pound. 

It hurts and makes me mad because I really feel like I've been working hard in the gym. I look at my friends and other bloggers who are working on losing weight and being successful and here I am with nothing to report. 

I came home yesterday and asked my mom "what is the point of all of this?" Here I am getting up early to work out and not seeing the scale change. What gives? But as I sulk over my lack of any weight loss, I am reminded that I am getting stronger. That my gym time has given me the ability to run for 30+ minutes and run a full 5k, to do my favorite treadmill shred mill workout, lift weights and feel stronger. 

I'm still not happy about not losing any weight and I am frustrated. However, I'm going to work on getting past the frustration and focus on getting stronger and toning up. It still doesn't make sense to me as to why I'm not losing weight. I haven't completely overhauled my eating, but I've gotten a lot better 80% of the time (this weekend was an exception). Maybe it's still not good enough, I don't know. 

I struggle a lot with expecting immediate results, which is part of my problem. So for the rest of the month, instead of giving up like I would like to at times, I'm going to keep pushing myself and continue to eat as healthy as possible. 

Hopefully one day I can look back at this post and realize how far I've come and that this is just a piece of the bigger journey I am on to get healthy and fit. Until then, I'm going to keep these two sayings on repeat in my head...

Fitness Motivation

Fitness Motivation
Have you ever been in a similar situation?

Friday, April 11, 2014

I'm currently loving...

...This amazing trail mix from Trader Joe's. Seriously, you need to do yourself a favor and pick some up. It's the perfect combo of Sweet and Salty!

Nuts About Raspberries and Chocolate Trek Mix

...Brothers and Sisters. I remember when this came on TV, but I never watched it. Now I'm obsessed! I think Kevin and Kitty are my favorite of the Walker Sibs, but the whole show is amazing! Have you seen it?

Brothers and Sisters TV Show

... (it's more along the lines of obsessed than love) My new nightstands! I have been searching for MONTHS to find the perfect matching pair of nightstands and having come up with anything despite searching high and low. While I was running errands on Tuesday I noticed a store closing, so I checked it out. All the furniture was 70% off and when I saw this table and that it had a match, I knew it had to come home with me! Even better was that they were originally $100 a piece on sale for $60 and then 70% off, meaning I got them for $18 EACH! How crazy is that? I LOVE getting a good deal! 

Gold NightStand

...Multi-grain medley. I'm already in love with brown rice and quinoa, but this stuff takes it to a whole new level. My mom introduced it to me and I love using it in my homemade Chipotle burrito bowls and other dishes. It's beyond delicious and it so easy to make. Plus its Gluten Free, so really anyone can eat it!

Minute Multi-Grain Medley

... How productive I've been this week. My mom has been out of the country, she returns today, so all the responsibility was placed on me with taking care of the dogs, my grandma, the house, grocery shopping, cleaning, etc. Since I didn't have anyone to share the workload with, I found that I was much more productive and motivated to get things done. This was good practice for when I live on my own in just a few short weeks. I am happy to have my momma back home though! The girls and I missed her!!

Do you find that you're more productive when all the responsibility falls on you? Or do you just kind of veg out and relax?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FunFetti Gooey Cake Bites

Funfetti Gooey Cake Bites

Oh, boy do I have a delicious treat to share with you all today! I found this recipe on Pinterest and knew I had to make it! I made these for my coworkers and they were GONE in just a few hours! One of the nurses said she had five (!!) and I saw a few of the Doctors enjoying some too!

(Check out the full Recipe at the bottom of the post)

Ingredients

Funfetti Gooey Cake Bites- Ingredients

After making the dough, mix in the sprinkles
Funfetti Gooey Cake Bites- Dough Prep

Place it in the pan and add toppings + remaining dough (press dough down- not pictured)
Funfetti Gooey Cake Bites- Baking Prep

Bake and let it completely cool before removing from pan.
Funfetti Gooey Cake Bites-Baked

Cut and Enjoy!
Funfetti Gooey Cake Bites

Funfetti Gooey Cake Bites

FunFetti Gooey Cake Bites

1 box Yellow Cake Mix
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 egg
2/3 cup sprinkles
1 cup White Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk 

1. Mix Cake Mix with butter and egg. Use standing mixer with Paddle attachment. Mix until a thick dough forms (Note: Hand mixer does not work to form dough-- speaking from experience.)
2. Pour in 1/3 cup of sprinkles and mix into dough. 
3. Take 2/3's of dough and put into a well greased 8x8 pan. Press out flat. 
4. Cover dough with White Chocolate Chips and remaining 1/3 cup of Sprinkles.
5. Pour 1/2 cup of Condensed Milk onto the cake.
6. Take remaining 1/3 dough and form into balls. Place dough on top of chips and sprinkles and press down. 
7. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until edges brown. 
8. Place on cooling rack and let it completely cool before cutting.
9. Cut into bar or bit size pieces. I found this to be very sweet, so I went with bit size, but it is up to your preference! 

Enjoy these yummy treats! 

This dessert was Kaitlyn tested and coworker approved! 

What's your favorite dessert?


Monday, April 7, 2014

A Weekend of Spruce Ups

This weekend was a productive one. Friday I spent running a few errands -- looking for matching nightstands (they are impossible to find FYI), walking around Target and looking at everything I wish I could buy and adding a new (and VERY important) Tumbler to my collection. It just so happened that I was wearing a matching outfit ;)

UVA Blue and Orange
I realized that it was about a year ago then I found out UVA had a Nursing Program I could apply for. And here we are, a year later, and I have about 4 weeks before I move up to Charlottesville to start school. Just shows that hard work DOES pay off and that your goals and dreams really are attainable! 

Speaking of having only 4 weeks left, I realized that I have quite a few projects left on my hands to complete so Saturday became project day. Saturday I went to Lowes and picked out paint, stain and spray paint, then I got down to business. 

First up was to repaint my dresser. I considered doing it in ombre, but realized that it would be a bit pricy to get so many different paint colors. So I went with a very bright white (Bistro White by Valspar) and I'm happy with how it came out. (This is a picture from when I first got it. I forgot to snap an after, but I don't think I've shared the dresser on the blog yet.)

Mid Century Dresser

Next up was to stain my end table and spray paint my trash cans. I picked this table up for $9 at the Goodwill. I've got about 1-2 more coats to do but I'm happy with the progress so far. The trashcans are from my UMW dorm days. Since my bedding and bathroom are blue the pick had to go. A $4 can of spray paint spruced these two up and now they will match the decor!

Spray paint and stain spruce up jobs

Oh and for my last BIG DIY project in the works... meet my new headboard! I'm so excited about this project. I found this DIY tutorial and on Tuesday I'm going to pick up the other materials I need. I snagged the headboard for $21 at my local DAV. I can't wait to see how this project turns out, wish me luck. 
PS I plan to paint the legs white since they will not be covered with fabric. That why they will match the dresser. 

DIY Headboard project

Question for you: What do you think about using TV Dinner Tray tables as nightstands? I'm having a terrible time locating a matching set and need something. I just thought I'd paint them white to match the dresser. Would that be tacky? The headboard will be Navy and here is a picture of my bedding (the pillow).

Apartment Bedroom Inspiration