Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thred Up

I love to shop, but I don't love to spend a ton of money. Anyone else that way? 

When I stumbled upon Thred Up I instantly fell in love! Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but I loved the concept and the prices are amazing! Thred Up is an online consignment store of sorts. People send in there gently used clothes, Thred up pays you and then they resale the clothes for a fraction of the price.

Thred up has all sorts of brand names, included designer goods. In addition to clothes they sell shoes and handbags. You also have the ability to set up "shops" to conveniently shop with particular brands or specific items. For instance I have an "Old Navy" shop with my particular sizes and when Thred up receives new items within my shop parameters I receive an email. How awesome is that?

I recently purchased some clothes from Thred up and wanted to share with you what I got! 

Thred up Box

Thred up Box

The packaging is adorable! Now on to the good stuff!

Thred up Black Button up
Old Navy Black sleeveless Ruffle Collar button up
Original:$18
I paid: $4.26

Thred up Pink Top
Old Navy Pink Top
Original: $18
I Paid: $3.88

Thred up Purple Top
Old Navy Sleeveless Purple Blouse
Original: $23
I paid: $5.43

Thred up Green Dress
Old Navy Green Dress (I'm using this a beach cover up)
Original: $30
I Paid: $6.98

Thred up Pink and Orange Dress
Old Navy Pink and Orange Dress (using this as a beach cover up)
Original: $30
I paid: $6.98

Thred up Blue Dress
Old Navy Blue Ruffle Dress
Originial: $30
I paid: $6.20

Thred up Chevron Dress
Ann Taylor LOFT Chevron Dress (Brand new with tags still on!!)
Original: $89.50
I paid: 18.20

** I received a $15 dollar discount since it was my first purchase, so the "I paid" prices are the prices with the discount.

My total for this order (with the discount) was $51.93! BOOM

Needless to say this will not be the last time I purchase clothes through Thred up. The only downside is that it took my package a week to get here (shipped from California). 

If you spend over $50 you get free shipping!

Have you ordered from Thred up before?

This is not a sponsored post. I'm just sharing this great business. However, the link is an affiliate link. So if you use it, I get $10 and so do you. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Basil Pesto {Nut Free}

When I moved into my apartment back in May I thought it would be a great idea to grow some of my own herbs. I've never been someone whose enjoyed outdoorsy work, but I didn't think it would be that hard... I was wrong! My first basil plant dried up in a matter of days, even though I gave it water, the same thing happened to my cilantro plant (I'm thinking my balcony doesn't get enough sun, or maybe I have a black thumb). I was really upset but I decided to try again and bought a HUGE basil plant from Trader Joes.

Basil Plant

I was very excited and promised myself that I wouldn't let this one die. Then I got home with it and thought "what in the world am I going to do with all this basil?!" My answer - PESTO!!

I have a friend in school who is obsessed with making her own pesto, she talks about it all the time. So I figured I would try it out. I started googling recipes and realized Pine nuts are pretty essential in pesto, who knew?! (Clearly I'm a pesto making rookie) Then I came across this recipe and just went with it.

I used what I had and this is what I came up with. 

Basil Pesto {Nut Free}

Basil Pesto {Nut Free}

Basil Pesto {Nut Free}

Basil Pesto Recipe Card

Just a quick note: You may not need 1/4 cup of Olive Oil. The original recipe calls for 1/3, which I used and it was too much so I decreased it to 1/4. 

This recipe made enough for my pizza and I froze the leftovers for a later use. It makes a great pizza "sauce"! Yum!

Pesto Pizza Sauce

Pesto and White Cheese Pizza

Have you ever made Pesto before? 
What's your favorite way to use Pesto?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

5 Favorite Quotes

Thank you for all the words of encouragement on Monday's post! 

Today I wanted to share some quotes I've been loving lately. Is it just me or does the Pinterest Quote page just suck you in?!

Connecting all the dots

I look back on my life a year ago and think how I was in the midst of taking nursing school prereqs, studying for the GRE and wondering where I would be in a year. Two years ago I would have never thought I'd be in Nursing School at UVA. But life has a funny way of working out. It's amazing to see how all the dots connect in life when we have no clue how they will during the process. 
God's working
I actually stumbled across this quote on Ruthie's blog. Philip was only 23 years old, my age, and he was tragically killed in a car accident a few weeks ago. In his short time on Earth, Philip had accomplished much in this life and from the sound of it, was wise beyond his years. This was his last tweet and I think it's beautiful. So simple and sweet, but so powerful and meaningful.

 Oprah Quote
Oprah doesn't need any explanation does she ;)

Owning your story
 Is this an "Okay God I hear ya" moment or what?! Referring back to Monday's Post -- I know God has a purpose for my life and everything that is happening (or not happening) in it right now. I'm going to work on owning my own story and loving myself more (I think we can all do a little more of that anyway)!


The beginning is often the end
Yesterday we had a Nurse Midwife come talk to us during our OB class and she read this quote to us. 
She said that in order for us to be here [in Nursing School] we had to give up something from our past. Now we are in school to become Nurses, but we aren't quite there yet, we must be students first and that's the beginning step. We had to end something to begin this new step. 
This can be put into any context for anyone, but the way she put it (and hopefully I didn't mess it up too badly) was just beautifully said. 

A lot of times in life we have to end something to begin something new and while it maybe tough to start over or begin again, it can also be incredibly rewarding and life changing. 

What's your favorite quotes and why?
Please share! I love to collect quotes!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Grab your coffee we're getting Deep on a Monday

So it's been a while. I don't want to say that I'm really "back" but I'm going to make an honest effort to blog. I miss the interaction with you all and documenting my life. I love blogging for many reasons, but mainly so that I can look back on different parts of my life and see what was happening. Schools been busy but I just haven't really felt like blogging recently so that's why I've been pretty MIA. 

But today I wanted to share with you something that's been on my mind lately. It's been almost two years since I've written this post (which brings the most traffic to my blog). I've toyed with the idea of rewriting it because it's pretty terribly written and I make fun of the situation for the most part. But instead I think it's best to leave it, that's how I felt two years ago and so here's more or less  an update to that post.


I'm now 23 years old and I still have never had a boyfriend. I have been on one date, which didn't work out. It was for the best and I was feeling really great about living the single life. I've always been 99.5% happy with being single because it's all I've ever know and I'm a very independent person. I've developed this idea in my head that the possibility of me ever being in a relationship and getting married is not for me, not because I don't want it (I do) but lets face it, nothing has happened...ever. 

Anyways, when I moved up to Charlottesville I guess my inner conscious had this feeling it would happen. Does that make sense? I wasn't actively thinking "oh I'm going to move up there and find my prince charming" but more like a subconscious feeling or hope that it would happen. I am in a new city, more to do, new friends, living in a new place; I guess I just thought that I'd find someone. But I've lived here two months and nothing. (I realize that two months is nothing, which makes this situation even more silly.)

Unfortunately those subconscious feelings became conscious ones and forefront in my mind. I see all these cute couples out and about, I hear my friends talk about their boyfriends, I see WAY too many engagement/wedding posts on Facebook, I just went to a high school friend's wedding and her twin in also getting married soon. It's just EVERYWHERE, there is no escaping it. And as much as I try to suppress these feelings and thoughts I haven't been able too. 

I know my life is going to work out in the way that it should and that there are many other important things to concern myself with. Life is too short to be concerned about whether I have a boyfriend or get married one day. 

But at the end of the day (as silly as it may be) I guess it comes down to me being almost 24 years old and never even really, truly feeling like I'll get to experience what everyone else get to experience. And while I don't want to date a bunch of weirdo guys, it would be nice to find just one normal guy to go to dinner with or get drinks with. 

I'm going to keep fighting off these thoughts in my head that my lack of a love life continues to suck because one day I hope to post another update with happy news! Until that day comes I'm going to refocus on me, my family, friends and nursing school, everything else is just a bonus. 

Life is Good. It may not be what I thought it would be and it may not turn out how I expect it to, but there is a greater purpose behind it all. 

Anyone else in this stage of their life?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Momma!

Happy Birthday to my momma! I am beyond blessed to have you as my mom, I cannot imagine life without you. I'm so thankful for our close relationship and having this week to spend with you!

You've shaped me into the person I am today and I pray that I will be half the woman you are when I grow up! Thank you for always supporting, loving and guiding me through life. You mean the world to me!

Luvya to the moon and back!

Lilly Pulitzer store in Duck NC
(Post painting "She She Shells" at the Lilly store in Duck! Move over Picasso;)) 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Beachin

It's Monday, already? 

The weekend flew by and time needs to slow down because I'm on vacation this week!

School is going great (the first 6 weeks are already over!) but I am happy we get the next week off to relax a little and spend time with my momma!

This is my view for the next week!
Outer Banks

I'm not complaining ;) We took the girls for their first beach walk last night and they both loved it until they fell into the very soft watery sand and sank down!! haha

Poodles on the Beach

And while I love the beach, I can't leave without sharing this picture of the lake that's right across from my house. Stunning, right?!


Lake

Ah sweet, sweet vacation time!

Happy Monday Friends!

Are you going on vacation this summer? If so, where?

Friday, June 27, 2014

My Apartment Tour

Well here I am almost 2 months from living in my apartment and I'm just now showing it to you all! Originally I was waiting until I had things to actually hang up on the all and my chair that I plan to put in my living room. Now I'm not sure when any of that will happen and I know some of you have been asking for a look into my new place. 

Welcome to my new place! I'm not a fan of posting a picture of my apartment complex on the internet, but here is a picture of the DIY wreath I made that is hanging on my door (+ imagine a welcome mat)

DIY Wreath

Living room
Living room/dining room. The walls look so sad. I'd love to a gallery wall where my IV bags are currently hanging (ha!). Also that's the wall I plan to put my chair on (this is the one I plan to get + the ottoman)!

Balcony
Love my balcony and its very large, there is more space to the left of this picture.

Kitchen
From the living room you walk into the Kitchen. I LOVE this kitchen! There is so much room to cook and I cook a lot! This was definitely one of the reasons I chose this apartment. 

Bedroom
Welcome to my bedroom! Remember the headboard I made?! And my super cheap night stands! When we got this room setup on move in day I definitely squealed a little, I was so excited! Once again the walls are sad and I need to find things to hang up.

Bedroom
Just another view. You can see my dresser. The two closets ahead are for my clothes. I have so much space, but definitely not enough clothes. Who wants to take me shopping?! And the closet on the left is a storage closet. It's a huge walk in space and basically there is a little bit over everything in there - school supplies, ironing board, paper products, craft supplies, etc.

Bathroom
Lastly, the bathroom. Despite this picture, it is a decent space. Behind the curtain on the left is linen storage and my hamper.

If you want to see what the place looked like when I moved in, check out this post. I love my little space and I'm so thankful that I was able to get it! It was the only place I looked at and I knew it was the one for me. I definitely need to add wall decorations so if you all have any tips for inexpensive wall art let me know!

What is your favorite room in your apartment/house and why?
Ps- if you have questions about where anything came from, just ask!!
PPS- I'd love to know what you all think of my new place!!