Last Minute Couples Costumes

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Daniel and I haven't spent a Halloween together for the past two years, but whenever I start thinking about next year I always try to think of costumes that would be fun to create when we finally get to celebrate the holiday together. I did a little Pinterest search and found some really fun, easy costumes that you can probably make with things you already have in your house. Here's what I came up with. 

Magician//Rabbit: How cute is this? And easy! Really the only thing you may not already have is the magicians top hat or the bunny ears, but it's all easy to find or make with something you already have at home. 

via - say yes

Mary Poppins: A white button up shirt, a black skirt and an umbrella and you're pretty much set for a Mary Poppins style costume. The guys part of this outfit is so easy too.

via - keiko lynn

Bandits: A couple of stripped shirts, some black pants and a couple beanies and you're ready to go for this easy bandit costume.

via - say yes

Lightning//Struck by Lightning: This one would definitely take a little more work to put together but it was just so cute and creative that I couldn't help but post it. 

Got any more fun ideas? Share in the comments below! 

Weekend in Review

Monday, October 26, 2015

This weekend went by in a blur. It was so busy in the best way possible. Friday night I went to dinner with my parents to Olive Garden. I am all about that unlimited soup and salad. Saturday was filled with apartment hunting. We started at ten and ended around one in the afternoon. We saw three different complexes and it was a little like Goldie Locks and the Three Bears. The first complex was not good, the second one was a little bit better and the third one was perfect.

And there you see my new kitchen, isn't it pretty? Daniel and I will be moving in a month from now and I couldn't be more thrilled to have found the perfect place for us. After apartment hunting I spent the evening at work. Sunday morning I did a little more errand running, including picking up glue and pumpkins for some fall decorating. I ended up working an extra hour at night though and by the time I got home, my pumpkin decorating skills went way down, along with my energy. 

So this was all I could come up with, a weird ombre-ish glittered pumpkin. I also ordered some pizza and watched Hocus Pocus and some episodes of Goosebumps with my sister. Overall, I'd say it was a pretty great weekend and I feel like I'm ready to jump into this week. 

How was your weekend?

Putting My Morning In Perspective

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This morning started off like any other. I woke up at around 5:45 and my dad and I left around 6:15 to head on our normal trip to school. We usually have around an hour and a half commute, which four times a week starts to drag after awhile. About 45 minutes into our normal drive, all traffic came to a complete stop. We looked on the GPS to see that an accident had happened and both of us became quickly frustrated about the fact that I would be late for school and he would be late for work. Neither of us had the time to be late, and both of our attitudes visibly changed about our day. 

Thirty more minutes pass and we find out that they've closed the road were on, the only other option is to turn around and head back the other way. That's another 30-45 minutes to just get back to the freeway, not to mention getting on that for the rest of the two hour drive that it would definitely take to finally make it to school. 

And then the radio mentions the accident, stating that there was a fatality and that there was no telling how long it would take for the road to open again. I instantly felt guilty for the way my attitude had changed. Was I frustrated by the traffic? Of course. But someone out there, a son or daughter or mother or friend, was about to be having one of the worst days of their lives. How could I possibly think that my being inconvenienced by this traffic was more important then the life that was lost out on the road? 

Sometimes it takes something like this to put your mind back into perspective, don't ignore it. If you get stuck in traffic, or spill coffee on yourself (which I did when I got back home after the traffic) or any other small and insignificant thing happens to you that puts you in a bad mood, try your hardest to put your life into perspective because chances are you probably have it pretty good. 

Wednesday's Are Weird

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Is it a coincidence that only a little over a week ago I posted all the ways in which Rory Gilmore represented my life, and now there's talk of a Gilmore Girls reunion? I think not. The Netflix rumor god's have spoken and may be shining down on us with a little mini-series to wrap up the very unwrapped ending that we were left with in the beloved show. Did Rory ever end up with Logan, or Jess, or Dean (please, not Dean). Did Lorelai and Luke ever make it work? Did neither of them end up with anyone and instead chose to stay the two strong independent women they've been from the shows beginning? These are the questions that haunt us, and world may finally receive some much needed answers. At least we know Ellen's on board.

In other less important news by any standards, I'm all finished with midterms. That means that we can maybe get back to some semblance of normalcy around here. Does that mean actual, real life posts? Definitely not today, maybe tomorrow, at least its a start.

I hope you're all doing wonderful, fall related stuff this October with lots of instagraming, pumpkin spice drinking, and 13 nights of halloween movie watching. I'll be over here counting down the days until the Gilmore Girl's mini-series is confirmed, and using Halloween as an excuse to consume any and all candy that enters my house.

Happy Wednesday, get weird.

Thankful Thursday: Week 5 & 6

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Can you believe it? We are officially only six Thursday's away from Thanksgiving, how crazy is that? Last week got away from me and I didn't get to share anything for thankful Thursday. So today here we are at around two in the afternoon and I almost missed it again. Things get busy sometimes and that's alright. Today I'm thankful for my busiest school week for awhile being done and over with. I do have a couple more tests on Tuesday but only one is a midterm. Although I still have some studying to do it's not as stressful as this week was. 

The second thing I'm thankful for is birthday weeks! Yesterday I came home to a fall themed birthday care package from Daniel. It was filled with a comfy sweater, a fall candle, instant pumpkin spice latte mix, reeses and fall themed movies. Basically heaven in a box for this time of year. I'm lucky to have such a thoughtful husband in my life. 

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you're thankful for something today. 

All The Happy Things #2

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A few months back I wrote this post about all the things that make me happy at any given time. Then this morning I woke up to an instagram post where someone mentioned it being National Dessert Day. I was still lying in bed at the time but I was already thinking about how happy I was to have an excuse to eat some leftover French Silk birthday pie for breakfast (not that I necessarily needed an excuse, but it was nice to have one). I thought I'd continue the good feeling of my morning by sharing some other things that make me happy.

+ ordering something online and then forgetting about it till it shows up at the door

+ knowing that there's a long weekend after I finish midterm today

+ counting down one more month until Daniel comes home for good

+ trying a new recipe that ends up turning out great, this week I tried Taralynn's Supreme Quiche and it was delicious

+ going to the library and leaving with a pile of books

+ starting the search for a new apartment, theres something so exciting about new beginnings 

+ birthday weeks 

+ conversations about graduation, May 9th, are you there yet?

+ knowing that ABC Family starts 13 Nights of Halloween in 5 days

+ having friends come visit, my best friend will be here tomorrow night for a long weekend and I couldn't be more excited

What's making you happy today?

Another Year Older

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Today is the start of my 23rd year. Not a special year in the grand scheme of things, but another year that brings with it so much that I can't even comprehend yet. Each year I learn so much and go through so many changes that make me the person I am now. Today I'm stuck taking midterms and finishing out the first half of my semester, but tonight I'll be relaxing with a home cooked dinner with my family, followed by a little un*wine*ding (see what I did there?) 

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Celebrate today like it's your birthday as well! 

My Life As Told By Rory Gilmore

Monday, October 12, 2015

Remember that time like a week ago when I was able to blog every day? I officially do not have that time anymore, as of now. At least temporarily anyway. This weekend I started a new job, and used every waking hour in between to try and prep for my seemingly impossible midterms this week. Needless to say I'm exhausted and couldn't manage any actual posts so here is my current outlook on life in the form of Rory Gilmore-isms, you're welcome. 

Tuesday is the start of my midterms, I also have one on Wednesday, and two on the following Tuesday. Is college over yet?

Throw in a little work and that explains my weekend perfectly

Who has time to eat normal meals? Not this girl, fast food and donuts all the way, not that I'm complaining

These past few days have seemed like a battle between sleeping and being productive, and when I let myself get sleep,  I usually feel guilty

The one true love of my life, I can always count on coffee to keep me going

Pretty much sums it all up, does life come with a fast forward button?

That's all I've got for you today folks, I hope your week is calmer than mine

Chilly Day Comfort Food

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

When I think of my favorite thing to eat in the Fall, I always think of soup. Although I would probably eat it every single day, even in the Summer, there's something about the idea of coming home after a chilly Fall day to a big bowl of hot soup. Anybody with me on that? I've been searching the wide world of Pinterest for the perfect soup recipes that I'm hoping to try this season, here's what I've found so far.

Cookie Monster Cooking: Crockpot French Onion Soup
This one gets double points because its a crockpot recipe. I love French Onion soup but I am incredibly picky about mine. I don't like soggy bread, so I pretty much skip the bread/crouton part all together. I also only like certain types of cheese so for French Onion I usually stick to Provolone. Once we get past all my weird specifications I usually end up with a pretty good soup. If you're not as picky as me, then follow the instructions for this recipe because it looks pretty delicious. 

Simply Taralynn: Chicken and Veggie Soup
I love recipes like this because you can choose any veggies you like. It's so simple, the most difficult part being just waiting for the soup to finish up so you can eat it! Throw in some seasonings, so veggies, and shredded chicken and you have the perfect Fall soup. 

Another crockpot recipe, another win win. This soup brings easy ingredients together to create something comforting and delicious. I can't wait to try it. 

Little Spice Jar: Roasted Garlic Potato Soup
This is a recipe that I have already tried, and it was delicious. The only thing I struggled with was at the end it calls for you to put the potatoes through a food processor to blend up the soup with the garlic and cheese. All I had was a low-power blender and sort of created some mashed potatoes. In the end, I just kept the potatoes in chunks and it was still so good! 

Budget Bytes: Chicken Noodle Soup
One thing I love about budget bytes is that it shows you the exact cost of the recipes, and this one only costs 9.00 dollars to make. And with a recipe like this it comes with leftovers for days, yum! There's not much I like more then a comforting bowl of chicken noodle soup. 

Surviving Midterms

Monday, October 05, 2015

Midterms are coming up in two weeks. And when you've had some problems with procrastination it can be a difficult thing to catch up. I do better under the pressure of knowing I have a deadline though, and I usually do my best studying right before the exams. This semester has to be a little different because next weekend I start my new job which will take up two prime studying days right before midterms. This weekend I used Saturday as my relaxation day. My dad and sister were at a baseball game so my mom and I made dinner and watched magic mike. That meant Sunday was my day to get down to studying. Some professors make it very difficult by choosing not to provide a study guide for midterms. I think its a little unfair, because its very unlikely that they're going to cover the material from the entire first half on the midterm. The teachers that do provide study guides at least give you a better idea of what to study. 

This semester I am most worried about my California history midterm. This is a class that does not receive any study guides, and the teacher has a reputation for making her exams very difficult. Our entire grade lies on a midterm, final and a 10 page paper. There's not a lot of room for error when that makes up your entire grade, so I have to be extra careful to study all of the details. 

I usually start my studying in a quiet place, if you're someone who likes a little background noise then I suggest putting on a movie or TV show that you've seen a hundred times so you won't be so easily distracted, for my study day yesterday I chose Jumanji. I lit a Vineyard candle from Bath and Body Works and got snuggled up under my new sweater blanket from Target. I also made myself a cup of chai tea. I like to study in a more comfortable space, although some people would rather be upright at a desk to help them focus better. 

First I try to determine which classes need the most study time. Like I said before, for me that class is History. I also need to set aside study time for English, Art History and Physical Science, and Disney (yep, thats a real class). The next thing I usually do is see which reading I still have to complete for each class, and whether or not there are other readings that I didn't fully understand. 

Lots of my reading for class is online, but if its not too many pages I prefer to print them out. Recently i've also been using my kindle a lot for my class reading. I think it's easier to focus if its something that you can read in your hand rather then on a computer screen, it also makes it easy to take with you if you aren't able to be at home. 

I make sure to pace myself so I don't get too overwhelmed. I try to read a few chapters at once, maybe to or three and then move onto another subject. This helps to avoid getting so bored by one subject that you stop retaining any information. 

This semester I have written exams as well as papers due, and of course they all fall on the same day. My biggest tip is just doing your best to stay organized, and trying different study techniques so you can see what works best for you. Notecards are a great thing. Even if you don't go over them, just the action of writing them out can be helpful to studying.

On the night before your midterms, make sure to get plenty of sleep. Eat something in the morning to jumpstart your day, and even if you can't remember everything that shows up on your midterm, chances are you'll remember a lot. 

Good luck! 

Thankful Thursday: Week Four

Thursday, October 01, 2015

This Thursday I'm thankful for Octobers, aren't you? 

This October brings another birthday.

This October brings us one month closer to Daniels homecoming.

This October brings all the pumpkin patches and hay rides.

This October brings cooler weather, we hope. 

This October brings scary movies and passing out candy on Halloween.

This October brings flannels and soft blankets and coziness. 

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall" 

What are you thankful for today?

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