If You Were to Look Inside My Bag

Monday, June 27, 2016

I feel like you can tell so much about someone by the contents of their purse. When I check people out of the doctor's office and collect their copay, I watch women pour things out of their bags that I could never imagine carrying with me on a daily basis. I only get around 2-3 minutes with each person at the end of their visit, so I try to find out as much about them as I can through observation. If I was to show someone the contents of my bag, it would go a little something like this.

If you were to look inside my bag... you'd be surprised that on some days, my "bag" is usually just a wallet, that I've managed to cram a ton of stuff into. This usually turns into me panicking every time I set it down anywhere, because I've probably almost lost it about a hundred times.

If you were to look inside my bag... you would find this matte lipstick. Which for as much as I love it, isn't really much more then a tiny pop of color in a random mash-up of other things. I've worn it all of one time (at graduation) and never again. It was only $6 though so still totally worth it.

If you were to look inside my bag... you would find movie stubs. Ranging from Disney/Pixar - romantic comedies - to regular comedies. I tend to stay away from action films. Although I do like the occasional horror or thriller (at home, in my pjs, where I can yell at the dumb characters and no one can tell me not to).

If you were to look inside my bag... you'd probably find a book. Or two. The most current book of choice is The Infernals by John Connolly. It's the second in a YA series and it actually makes me laugh out loud. June book updates, coming soon.

If you were to look inside my bag... you would absolutely find my phone. Because I need it, always. And probably a phone charger. Although I have a tendency to break every phone charger I buy (I'm cursed) so if I can leave it at home that's probably a smarter choice.

If you were to look inside my bag... you'd find so. many. receipts. It's actually a little ridiculous. Why don't I tell the cashier that I don't want one? I'm not sure. But you will always know what I had at Starbucks that day, or what I bought from Target all by checking out the receipts in my bag.

If you were to look inside my bag... you would find at least one water bottle. Probably more then that. My car is worse then my purse but I absolutely have a problem with hoarding water bottles. Seriously, I can't explain the logic behind it but if you were to get stranded somewhere with me you can bet I've got us covered on the hydration front.

If you were to look inside my bag... you'd probably find enough change to buy yourself a meal, and dessert. Every piece of change gets dropped into the bottom of my bag and I think it gets lost somewhere around Narnia after that because when I actually need it, it's no where to be found.

If you were to look inside my bag... you would find lots of keys. One to my apartment, one to my mom's, one for work, one for the family I dog sit for, and a few more that I'm kind of unsure about the purpose of.

If you were to look inside my bag... you might find sunglasses, but chances are they would be broken. You might also find regular glasses, hopefully in a case and not broken.

If you were to look inside my bag... you might find a small cat toy. Our kitten has a tendency to toss his toys into the air and let them fall where they may. Once he knocked Daniels keys from the counter, into his shoes on the floor. Daniel couldn't leave the house that afternoon because he thought the keys were lost forever. Thanks kitten.

If you were to look inside my bag... you might find polaroids from things like birthday parties, family dinners, and holiday's. Also, tons of our pets because I always want to be reminded of things like that.

If you were to look inside my bag, I'd probably seem like a bit of a mess. 

What would I find in your bag? 

Summer, Summer, Summer Time

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer has officially hit southern California and it is here with a vengeance. We went from high 70's
to low 100's in three days and to say we weren't prepared would be an understatement. But it is the end of June so I guess it was bound to come around eventually, we all know we're extremely lucky here to have very few unbearable days weather wise. Unless you're near a beach or a pool it's totally fine if some days you just can't justify leaving the house because it's way too hot out there. Here are some things you can do inside instead.

Start a photo book. I bought a bunch of supplies to start a Project Life photo book this Summer. After getting my polaroid camera I realized how much more I enjoyed having pictures that I could actually put into an album instead of scrolling through the files on my phone. Project Life makes it so easy and fun!

Do a puzzle. I never had enough patience for puzzles but recently my dad has been on a puzzle kick. He bought a bunch of Disney-themed puzzles and I absolutely loved them. I went to Michael's and picked up a Cinderella puzzle that Daniel and I are going to do together.

Make ice cream sandwiches. Bake some cookies and buy your favorite ice cream for some ice cream sandwiches. When we were out recently I had an ice cream sandwich that had sea salt chocolate chunk cookies and vanilla bean ice cream. They were amazing.

If ice cream isn't your thing, try popsicles. Just as delicious and easy, find some recipes on Pinterest for fruit popsicles and you'll be cool in no time.

Have a movie marathon. Check out some of these movies that feel like Summer and cuddle up on the couch with some popcorn.

Plan a day-trip. Search for all the places that you can visit in a day around your city. Plan out sights to see, and restaurants to try for a day when it's cooler out.

DIY something for your wall. Dream catchers are retro and so fun and pretty. The supplies don't cost much and they're an awesome wall decoration.

Read something you've read before, or something new. Sometimes if you're in a bit of a book slump you might need to remind yourself of why you love reading so much. Grab one of your favorite books and spend the day re-reading it.

Have an indoor picnic. Grab some of your favorite fruit and snacks, a picnic blanket and some mini bottles of wine. Set up your picnic in your living room and relax the day away.

Make a Summer playlist. And then dance it out.

Throw a pineapple party like this one. How awesome does that sound?!

Try making different fruit water combinations. Go buy some berries and try combinations like blueberry mint, or strawberry and lemon. See what you like and what you don't!

Clean your house or apartment. This one totally isn't as fun, but you'll feel great about it once you're done.

Make root beer floats. Because why has it been so long since the last time you've had one of those?

Camp out in your living room. Build a fort and everything, buy coloring books, and mini candles to make s'mores. Be ten years old again, it'll be worth it.

Embrace the Community

Friday, June 17, 2016

This morning as I was scrolling through blogs and catching up with some of my favorite online friends, I stumbled across a blog I'd never been to before. I was immediately drawn in by the blog design and the categories across the page that were all just waiting to be clicked on.

And then I got down a little to her most recent blog post. It was a post about loss, about grieving and it was possibly one of the saddest things I've ever read in my life. I'm not kidding when I say that at 6:30 this morning I was crying over the post of a complete stranger.

The blogging community is something that continues to amaze me. Without even knowing this blogger, I felt more connected to her then I have in the past with people I'm supposedly friends with. I wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be okay, because I would hope that someone would want to do that for me too in a similar situation. She had comment after comment of uplifting words and thoughts from readers around the world, just reminding her that she wasn't alone even if she felt like she might be.

Bloggers are an awesome group of people. We can celebrate together, laugh together, cry together, and share things that may be some of our most personal thoughts and feelings; and rather then receive judgment we can find support in a community that is unlike any other.

Today I am thankful for my blog friends, and for my real life friends, and for all the people I'm still yet to meet. This community is one that has surprised me, and I am so grateful for a place that looks for the light in the darkness. I hope we never lose that light.

Happy Friday, friends.

7 Types of People You Meet in Your Early 20's

Thursday, June 16, 2016

In your early 20's it seems like you meet so many people in so many different stages of life. Not age wise necessarily, but just a ton of people all doing completely different things with their lives. It's like after high school we all just do whatever we can to figure things out for ourselves, and for every single person this means something different.

There's the person who's trying their hardest to stay in college as long as possible. While everyone else seems to be moving onto the next stage of their lives, this person just isn't quite ready to move on. Either they're taking the minimum amount of classes each semester or they've already managed to major in every available option. The jury is still out about this one.

There's the person who get's married early in their 20's and essentially disappears (this one is probably me). If your best friend lived at your house and was perfectly content watching movies and eating snacks with you all day, how willing would you be to leave? 

There's the person who feels the need to post all of their thoughts and feelings on all social media platforms. This usually subjects everyone else to opinions they didn't ask for about things such as, but not limited to, politics, current events, tv spoilers, and restaurant reviews. 

There's the person who somehow seems to do everything right and lands their dream job right out of college. On the outside they're calm cool and collected,  but this person is probably just like you. Doing  everything they can to keep their head above water. 

There's the person who makes you feel old. Why am I working five days a week and settling down when so and so is quitting their job and traveling around Europe and Asia for the next year? Should I be quitting my job and moving to Europe?! I'M TOO OLD FOR THIS, AREN'T I?!

The person who has a baby and that becomes all they know and share (please post all the baby pictures). This person has wanted to be a parent their entire life, or maybe not. Either way, that baby becomes their entire life and we all reap the benefits of seeing someone else do it first. This person is not good for your baby fever. Don't look too long at the cuteness. 

There's the person who DIY's everything. This person is also usually the perfect party planner, and their instagrams are filled with all the pretty things (this is the person I wish I had time to be).  They make everything look so easy but chances are the stuff they're doing is actually incredibly difficult. We all want to be like them, but for now we'll just watch them make all the cool stuff.

Healthy Summer Detox

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It's possible that I have a worse diet than any other person I know. Seriously, I eat so much junk food on the daily. I'd rather wake up and eat a bag of chips than have a cup of fruit or a couple eggs. At night time, you'll find me eating dinner and then snacking until bedtime. Surprisingly, I haven't gained any weight although the effects of my bad eating habits have definitely appeared in other aspects of my life. I feel tired without too much activity and more recently, my skin has been breaking out. I am used to my skin breaking out on my face, but more recently I've had break outs on my back and neck, which is no fun this close to Summer time. 

I work in a chiropractor's office. All of the doctors are very health conscious and have introduced me to a detox plan that they have used in the past. Since I started working there, I have listened to patient after patient talk about how great they were feeling after starting the detox, but I've been kind of iffy about it. It's only ten days, but my biggest fear is losing weight. At 5'1 I only weigh about 90 pounds and I absolutely don't want to lose more. If anything, I would like to just feel overall more healthy and better as we enter into the Summer months. 

When I expressed my concerns to my boss, he assured me that there is plenty of food in this detox, it is less focused on weight loss, and more about eliminating harmful things from your body and improving your lifestyle overall. I was still a little skeptical so he sent me over some documents that explained the process of each day and also sent me recipes that they suggest to people doing the detox.

After looking over everything, he was right. This detox suggests lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, and proteins. They break it down into things you should eat (unlimited amounts of veggies such as broccoli, artichoke, cauliflower, spinach, etc), rather than focusing on the things you shouldn't eat. Although there is some of that too. Coffee unfortunately is one of those things that they do not want you to have, and ultimately that's probably going to be the most difficult for me. 

Not only do they provide recipes, but also a list of supplements to support the process. For example, things that add protein to your diet, or help to balance out your sugar levels as they go on a roller coaster of changes. 

Daniel and I have decided to try this together, in order to hold each other accountable. The documents provided to us give a general daily schedule with things like, wake up and have a large glass of lemon water. Followed by 30 minutes of moderate exercise, and breakfast. Then there are plenty of scheduled snack times throughout the day, as well as a big lunch and dinner and time for reflection at the end of the day. 

I've planned out a grocery list and meal plan for the first 5 days of the detox. Overall, this will be a rather expensive 10 days compared to what we are used to spending, but I definitely feel the need to get a little control over my health. 

As I mentioned, I am not doing this to lose weight. Although some people do use this detox as a means of dieting. The great thing about this plan is that it's somewhat customizable to your needs. Some of our meal plan for the first five days includes menu items such as chicken vegetable soup, grilled salmon with mint chutney, coconut lime shrimp, turkey meatballs, and asparagus soup. Plus plenty of fruits, almonds, and other nuts as well as nut butters. And of course LOTS of water. 

I do think this will be difficult for me at times. My diet consists of some of the worst things for you. But I'm excited to make a change. We'll be starting on Monday, and I'm hoping you'll help keep me accountable! 10 days doesn't sound long in the grand scheme of everything, but I'm not expecting this to be easy. 

The nice thing about this is that I'll have my husband, my boss, and now all of you to help support this lifestyle change. Hopefully I'll come out of this feeling great, although I was warned of normal side effects such as irritability in the first few days as I begin to get rid of the bad stuff in my body. 

If you're interested in learning more about the detox itself, I'd be happy to share the information with you that I received from attending a seminar led at our office. 

Please keep in mind I am not a doctor or registered dietician (duh). Please consult your physician before making any changes to your current diet and exercise plan. 

Make One Decision Everyday That Challenges You

Thursday, June 09, 2016

I am hands down the most indecisive person I know. I can't make decisions, not big ones, not small ones. Decisions of all sizes stress me out. I just can't do it. 

Seriously, just yesterday I told Daniel I wanted to have a little weekend getaway with him this upcoming weekend. Something fun, a little spontaneous to break up the normal work week. Because if we're being honest, if we don't make plans ahead of time then it's more than likely you'll find us in bed with takeout Friday night till Monday morning. But as soon as I suggested it, I knew the dreaded question coming next, "sure, where do you want to go?" And I was done. I mean, we could go to the desert, or the mountains, or the hotel down the street. 

Maybe we should go to Disneyland but what if it's too hot? 

Or even better we could just not do anything ever because I hate making decisions. 

Honestly, if Daniel couldn't make any decisions then we probably wouldn't have a place to live, or any furniture and we sure as hell wouldn't have Stitch. Because how do I know that I'll love something whether it be an apartment, or an animal in the all of five minutes I get to spend with them. 
It's not that I don't know what I like, in fact I'm adamant about some things. But for some reason, day to day decisions are hard for me. I also don't do well with guessing games, or surprises. If you want to see me be super awkward just ask me to guess something. It's like I revert to some person incapable of normal human behavior. 

And I'm sure you're all wondering if this post actually has any point to it...I'm still deciding. 

Anyway, sometimes I feel like I miss out on things because I would rather just not make decisions. When I can't decide what kind of food I'm in the mood for, even if I really want to go out, I'll stay home and eat leftovers instead. When someone asks me to make plans more then a week in advance, I usually can't because I'm afraid to commit to one decision. I convince myself that I'll miss out on something more important by choosing one thing over another, More realistically the situation ends up being that I don't do anything and miss out on a lot of good things. 

I think the biggest problem I've always faced is that I'm afraid to be wrong. I'm also afraid of disappointing people or making the wrong choice. It's a huge character flaw. It's something I work on everyday but I still let it impact a lot of the things that I do. 

So here's the thing. I'm tired of missing out on things. I'm tired of not saying what I want, when I want it, no matter how small. I'm challenging myself to stop using the words, "I don't know" when it comes to making a decision. And if you're anything like me, then I'm challenging you to do the same. Even if a decision scares you, try and make it. Chances are, the first thing that comes to your mind is what you actually want to do, so trust your instincts and make a decision. 

Don't miss out on anything because you're afraid, or just because you don't want to make a decision. There's so much to do, see and try that it would be a shame to miss out on it because of a little indecision. 

Make a decision today, big, small, important or insignificant and see how one choice can impact your day in the best way. 

Movies That Feel Like Summer

Monday, June 06, 2016

As much as I love all the other seasons, Summer will always hold a special place in my heart. When I think of Summer I think of road trips, pool days, BBQ's, baseball games, popsicles and picnics. We're headed into June and the days are getting hotter and longer and it's hard not to want to embrace everything that comes along with the Summer season. If you're not yet feeling the Summer love, or if you have one of those days where it's too hot to be outside, we all know those are on the way, then turn up the air conditioning, find one of these movies and remind yourself why Summer should be your favorite season, at least until Fall comes back around.  

Dirty Dancing. Patrick Swayze, summer love, dancing, and Patrick Swayze. Did I say that already? Watch this movie, feel all the summer feels. 

Best Quote: "Nobody puts baby in a corner."

The Sandlot. Baseball, adventure, and all the lessons that come along with summer time in a new town.

Best Quote: "You're killing me, Smalls!"

I Know What You Did Last Summer. Scary movies aren't just for Halloween. This is your typical, over the top "scary" movie. Perfect for Summer nights spent inside.

Grease. Sandy and Danny in the musical love story of your life. Sing along if you know the words, how could you not know the words? Watch as they begin in the summer, survive the school year and float away in a flying car at the end. Was I supposed to say spoiler alert?

Best Quote: "Tell me about it, stud."

Field of Dreams. Another feel good baseball movie, because I just can't help myself. 

Best Quote: "If you build it, he will come."

The Parent Trap. If you didn't want to go to summer camp just so you could find your long lost twin sister, than there's something wrong with you. Possibly one of the only Lindsay Lohan movies I ever liked, The Parent Trap will always be a summer time staple. 

Best Quote: "You wanna know the real difference between us?" "Let me see...I know how to fence and you don't? Or, I have class and you don't? Take your pick."

Now and Then. Four girls, endless lessons during the summer of their lives. So much nostalgia. 

Best Quote: "Have you ever been French kissed?" "Are you kidding? I don't want to get pregnant!"

Jaws. Another scary movie. I won't lie, I put this one on the list but I've never watched it all the way through. I live too close to the water and I'd prefer not to think about all the scary creatures underneath. If shark attacks is what you're into, then Jaws is the movie for you. 

What movies remind you of Summer?

What I Read in May

Friday, June 03, 2016

Under Major Domo Minor: Patrick DeWitt  

Plot: Lucy Minor is the resident odd duck in the hamlet of Bury. He is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for begetting brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as undermajordomo, he soon discovers the place harbors many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle's master, Baron Von Aux. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery, and cold-blooded murder.

Undermajordomo Minor is an ink-black comedy of manners, an adventure, and a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behavior, but above all it is a love story. And Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

What I Thought: If I'm being completely honest I really mostly enjoyed this book. I say mostly because parts of the book left me feeling confused. I picked this book up off the library shelves on a whim and the synopsis caught my interest enough that I thought I'd give it a try. When I started reading, I was confused as to whether this was meant to be a YA or adult book. This confusion only furthered when there was a very uncomfortable and honestly, unnecessary sex scene chapter. Other than that, the book was funny, it held my interest and it was easy to connect with the characters. 

Should You Read It?: Maybe. I don't think it's for everyone. But I do think a lot of people would find it entertaining. Give it a try if you're looking for something serious that doesn't require too much brain power. 

Year of Yes: Shonda Rhimes

Plot: The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes. 

What I Thought: I LOVED this book. Like no exaggeration, loved it. If you haven't read this yet and could use a little motivation or inspiration, do yourself a favor and go to the library right now and get this book. It was funny, and wonderful and just all around a great book. 

Should You Read It?: Duh *read last section* 

And with my whirlwind of a month that was all I had time to read. Hopefully June will be filled with lots of relaxing beach days and good books. 

What did you read in May?

Goodbye May, Hello June

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Goodbye May.

Goodbye, Mount St. Mary's, early alarm clocks, and graduation. 

And that's really all! May was a month full of endings, and June is full of beginnings. 

Hello June. 

Hello pool days, grill outs and drinks with tiny umbrellas.

Hello, planning for Summer vacations. 

Hello, sleeping in and endless kitten cuddles.

Hello to helping Daniel prepare for fire department interviews.

Hello, new bikinis and Summer dresses. 

Hello to road trips, concerts and festivals. 

Hello to a perfect Summer. 

What are you saying hello to this month?

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