Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Why I'm Over 2013

Every one is posting their bests of 2013 posts and I'm over here like...ehh, who cares! I'm over it and ready to move on to '14.

Here's why:

1. The annoying blog words that became popular in 2013, like totes, adorbs, amazeballs, are like nails on a chalkboard to me. Please let them end with December.

2. The stupid celebs going to the ends of the crazy train to get their name in the spotlight. Can we forget Miley existed when the clock rolls over to 12 Tuesday night?

3. I saved exactly $0. In fact, my savings account has actually had a decrease in funds this year, so that needs to change pronto.

4. Nobody liked it, so I don't have a ring on it. When is it going to be my turn? And don't say when you stop being a snotty bitch. That's not going to happen. I mean they even wrote a book, "Why Men Marry Bitches." So there.

5. Some of the people I work with are complete morons. The type of work it is brings in total idiots. Hopefully some of that will change in '14 when new offices are built, so I won't have to deal with the ignoramouses that walk in the door for these certain people.

6. Breaking Bad has ended and won't be back. I mean, this was the only science in my life I could actually enjoy watching, and it is no more. Jesse for life.

7. Have you seen the ecard that says, "my goal was to lose 10 pounds this year; I have 13 to go." Yep. So me.

And I really don't like ending at 7, but I haven't blogged in a blue moon and this is all I've got.

Happy New Year, friends!

Monday, November 25, 2013

UK Game and Foam Fingers

Last Sunday, my friend unexpectedly had an extra ticket to the UK game. I was so excited because hello! It's Kentucky!

And did I mention we had pretty amazing seats? Woohoo for knowing people that know people!





I just had to buy something, I mean, it is me, so I decided on a foam finger. Cause why not?



I snapped a photo of it with the caption: Bringing out my inner Miley tonight and sent it to a few friends via snapchat. This is what I received a few minutes later from my sister.



Meg's response? "What about embarrassing me?!?!?!?" I tend not to embarrass easily, so Meg may have been a little worried about what would go down with the finger.



Back to the game. I was really looking forward to seeing Willie and Poythress on the court! Willie was my favorite player last year, and I was hoping to see Poythress become a strong force on the court.







It was a great game with lots of great plays. You better believe I waved that foam finger every change I got! Looking forward to what I know will be an awesome season!



Go Cats!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Night with Justin Timberlake

When I heard JT was going on tour, I knew then that I would do anything to go. Did you all see him at the Grammys? He was freaking amazing! (Yes, I know that was months ago, but still, it sticks with ya!)

My friend, Meg, got us seats, as usual, and I had the most fun.

We were lucky enough to sit behind this guy. As soon as we got there, he was up drinking and dancing. He was obviously dancing to his own beat. Hilarious!


This was right as JT was coming up and out! The crowd was going insane, as was I.


And Justin as he moved over the crowd.

If you ever get the chance to see Justin, do it! He is crazy talented!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Work Birthday


I can't believe it's been so long since my birthday, and yet, here I am still writing about it. 

 I got to work on the morning of my day, and I walked in to these pretty flowers sitting on my desk in the cutest little owl vase from my parents. Believe it or not, these flowers are still this bright, 18 days later!


I'm the only girl in a shop/office full of men, so I was quite surprised when we were all called back to the breakroom for cake for me. I'm usually the one that orders the cakes, so the fact that Roger (dad/boss) remembered to do this was shocking! In all honesty, I think Mom ordered it because she remembered to get whipped icing instead of regular! Either way, it was delicious.


Before I walked back there, Roger told me to get my crown. He then proceeded to put this photo on facebook with the caption "Our little princess had a birthday." 
At least everyone is now aware of my princess status! Haha.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Birthday & Family

Even though my birthday was almost two weeks ago, I still want to share it with you guys because I loved it so much.

 My birthday is on Halloween, so my mom buys pizzas, my birthday cake, and we all watch for the trick or treaters to come by and get candy. It came a hellacious storm Halloween night, so while trick or treating was moved to Friday night, we still celebrated my birthday. My sister, brother in law, perfect little niece, aunt, her husband, and my cousins came over to help celebrate! To be honest, I was a little surprised that everyone came because trick or treating had been moved back.



I can't tell you how much we all laughed, mostly at my brother in law for being silly, and how much we ate, shout out to Mom for preparing everything. I gave Mom three choices for my birthday cake: white cake with whipped icing, Derby pie, or blackberry cobbler. I wanted to be surprised.

This is what I walked in to: not just one, but two derby pies! It was the first time she'd made them, and it was delicious! My mouth is watering now just thinking of it.



Then came presents. My cousin Kristy, who is only 6 weeks older than me, bought me a really pretty gray and black scarf. It will be perfect for this winter!

My mom gave me a ghost Pandora charm (to represent my birthday on Halloween), along with some money for my trip to Vegas, which I still need to recap! I've been lazy with this old blog.



My favorite gift was from my sweet, generous sister. I had talked about getting a birthstone ring for myself for my 30th. My birthstone is opal, which if you've seen, is usually not very pretty, or at least the settings are not. She remembered me asking her about it, and went back later to get me the necklace.



I admit, I teared up when I opened it. I was floored that not only did she remember me showing it to her, but that she so generously bought it for me for my birthday. She told me this was a big one and they wanted to get me something special. I'm embarrassed to say that I bawled all the way home. My family made me feel pretty special that day, not just from the gifts they gave me, but because they spent that evening with me to celebrate me.



Monday, November 11, 2013

The Whistle Stop Cafe

I met one of my oldest friends in Glendale this past Saturday for lunch. Glendale is a quaint little town with a street full of shops. It's adorable.


We met at The Whistle Stop, a cute little restaurant right beside some rail road tracks that serves delicious home-cooked food.




I ordered the country ham lunch with mashed potatoes (the best I've ever eaten) and macaroni and cheese.

My friend, Whitney, ordered the special, fried chicken with greens and mashed potatoes.

I also ordered blackberry cobbler for dessert but it was gone before I even thought to take a picture.

Afterward, we drove up to Elizabethtown for a little bit of shopping. I may or may not have had to unbutton my jeans on the drive up. I was SO full!

I had a great afternoon with my long-lost friend (who moved almost 2  hours away a few months ago) celebrating my birthday and shopping the afternoon away. Thanks, Whit!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I'm Back and Broken

I'm back, kids, and Vegas kicked my ass.

I don't know if it was the turning 30 part, the walking 24/7 for 4 days straight, or the fact that I didn't take one pair of comfortable shoes, but I'm definitely feeling the effects of Vegas, and it's not in hangover form.

I got home last night, and my feet were swollen to the size of elephant feet. Also, I could no longer see my ankles. I imagine this is what women feel when they are about to drop a baby.

 I was absolutely miserable (physically) the entire time because every time I walked, it felt like I was stepping on legos. I've never had this kind of problem with my feet. Apparently, cheap Target flats and riding boots are not what you  need to wear while walking up and down the Strip. I mean, it's not like I was in 5" heels like most of the female Vegas go-ers; I was in flat shoes!

So while I had a great time, physically I was in pain and miserable.

I've been 30 a whole 4 days and it has not been good to my poor aging body!

Now that I've got that out of my system, I'll return tomorrow with all of the fun stories and experiences from Vegas!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Vegas, Baby

Guess where I'll be going to celebrate my big 3-0?













On Friday morning, I'll be on a plane heading to Sin City to celebrate my birthday!

I cannot wait. I don't really do the gambling thing; I'd much rather spend my money on actual stuff I can bring home with me. I love seeing the sights, a show or two, eating at all of the fun restaurants, and shopping until I go broke.

Whatever we do, it will be fun.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Costume/Jewelry Party

A friend of mine had a jewelry party for me this weekend, and since it was so close to Halloween, she decided to make it a costume party too. How fun is that?

Last minute, I decided to go as one of my favorite funny characters on tv: Amy Farrah Fowler.

If you don't know this character, then a. you are missing out, and b. you thought I was either a 90 year old nursing home resident or a hobo. And you would be wrong.

The tiara on my head is from one of my favorite episodes of Big Bang Theory- where Sheldon gives Amy the tiara.

I may or may not have quoted this entire scene all night weekend long. Hands down, my favorite!

Amy, which was also the name of my awesome party host, had the cutest food: pumpkin veggie platter, mummy dogs, spinach and artichoke dip, and witches broomsticks. I kind of wish I had some of it now.

While I didn't get Amy Farrah Fowler down to a T, I did the best I could with what I had in my closet. And according to my brother-in-law, that is a scary thought.

Friday, October 25, 2013

5 Favorites {from Instagram}

I love instagram. I really do. You can post a picture of anything, not have to describe it, and let it be. I also think you can learn a lot about people from what they post.

Here are a few of my fave posts from my instagram this week. If you follow me, which you all should, you've already seen them. If not, then follow me now! :)

 Moon Pie Sandwich
I'm not a huge fan of Moon Pies, but put ice cream in it and wow! It was so yummy. So good. So rich. I honestly couldn't even eat all of it it was so rich. Hunt these down and try one.


Homemade Ice-Cream and Pie Kitchen
I was introduced to this heaven on Earth this past summer and fell in love. Tons of homemade pies and tubs of icecream. What more could you want? On a late-night drive through Louisville, I saw a flashing sign that named my favorite place. And it was still open. I made a quick u-turn and rushed to get inside. This picture is chocolate chess pie and vanilla ice-cream. I kinda want some now.




"Mel"
One of my favorite things is facetiming my niece. It never gets old. She's 16 months, and for as long as she's been around, I've been trying to get her to say Mel. Well one night this week, she finally did. Twice. My heart may have exploded. Love this sweet girl.


Country Grammar
Instead of listening to the radio, I much prefer my playlist on my phone. Recently, however, I've just hit shuffle and jam to whatever comes up. Yesterday on my drive to a session, old-school Nelly came on. You best believe I turned that shit up and rapped my heart out to Country Grammar.

Chicken Cheese Enchilada Soup
I got home semi-late last night- too late to cook anything, but I didn't want to do drive-thru. I pulled out this can of soup and hoped for the best. You see, I don't like soups from a can. I just don't. Call me picky. I opened this can, put it in the microwave, and by the time that little white box beeped, I could smell something yummy. And it tasted just as good as it smelled. You guys, I ate the whole can. That was a first! Try it. You will love it!




Obviously, I like to eat since 3 of these photos was of food. And two of my other favorites- my sweet niece and good music!

Follow me on instagram so you can see my pictures. My username is melanie_ks.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

What I'm Watching

Since I know you are soooo interested in what I'm watching when I get home from work, I decided to share a few of my faves- both on my dvr and Netflix. 

Parenthood

This isn't one that I can't wait to get home to watch, but I know it's there when I'm bored, and I know I'll like it. It's a feel good show about family and struggles that each of us have either gone through or know someone that is. Great show.

The Vampire Diaries

Yes, I know I'm late to the party. I just started watching this a few weeks ago when I had nothing going on. Guys. I'm hooked. I love watching Elena and Stefan be a sweet little couple with Damon's smart-ass thrown in. Love it.

Sons of Anarchy
I'm all caught up and finally watching this in real-time. When I was watching it on Netflix, I was obsessed. However, this season is a little disappointing to me. Am I alone with this? It's just lost something, and I don't know what it is.  Hopefully it will pick back up again.

Hart of Dixie

Love this cute little show. I love the small-town aspect of it. Wade is hot. I want to be Zoe. I find myself talking like her after I watch it and using her mannerisms. So glad it is back on.

The Walking Dead

It's baaaaack! Sunday's episode was so much better than the season premier. I can't wait to see what happens next. It keeps me on the edge of my seat, granted my eyes are wide open and my jaw is usually on the ground.

What shows are must-watches for you?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pepperoni Pull-Apart Bread

I decided on the drive home last night that I would make some pepperoni pull-apart bread for dinner. I'd made bacon and cheese once before and it was delicious, so I knew pepperoni could only be better.

I'd seen this on Pinterest, of course, when I was getting the recipe for the bacon and cheese bread. I never opened the recipe, but I pretty much knew what I'd need from making the bacon and cheese.

I got home, grabbed my ingredients and got to work.


I didn't measure anything, just used my eye and went with it. Here is a list of the ingredients with guesses on the quantity.

Ingredients
-2 cans biscuits
-3/4 cup butter, melted
-appx. 1 tsp garlic powder mixed with melted butter
-appx. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
-appx. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-appx. 1/2 cup chopped turkey pepperoni **I use turkey pepperoni because I actually like the taste better, and it's less greasy.
-optional- parmesan cheese, marinara sauce




Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut or tear biscuits into bite-size pieces and dip in garlic butter.
3. Layer biscuits, cheeses, and pepperoni in pan. **I used loaf pan, but I've seen where a bundt pan works really well.
4. Cover with foil and bake appx. 45 minutes or until dough in middle is cooked through thoroughly.



5. Top with parmesan cheese or side with marinara sauce.



I may have burned my tongue on the first bite because I just couldn't wait for it to cool before trying a bite. I didn't have marinara on hand, but I'm sure it would make it even better! I did top it with some parmesan cheese, and it was really good.


You will want to make this immediately! It was super easy, so yummy, and I can't wait to get home to have leftovers for lunch!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Boredom

Y'all. I've been bored.

With everything.

I'm sure you've noticed I haven't been blogging lately. At all. I haven't been interested in reading blogs either. And it's not just with blogging.

It's with work. With home. With life. I need a change, but I'm not quite sure what that would be or how I would do it.

What do you do to get out of a funk?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Damn You, Converse

I had plans for a day of shopping this past Saturday. We were going to stop at a festival full of vendors and food trucks, then head on to Louisville to hit up a few malls.

I woke up to lots and lots of rain, so I threw on some rainboots, but I also brought a change of clothes (or 2) and my polka dot Converse since I knew I'd probably be soaked.

We ended up skipping the festival, but I wore my rainboots through one mall considering it was still pouring outside. After conquering the first mall, I made a quick wardrobe change in the back and put on my cute little Converse shoes.



By the end of mall #2 about 3 hours later, I felt like I was dying. My feet were on fire. It seriously felt like I had been wearing heels while running a marathon. What was the deal? These were tennis shoes. I see people wearing them all the time, so they can't be that bad, right?

I ended up having to buy a new pair of tennis shoes (that I had my eye on anyway). I was ready to toss these damn Converse shoes in the trash.

Have you all had trouble with them being super uncomfortable? Or just me?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Book Club

So I was sitting on the couch last night watching what was probably the worst season premier I've ever seen, The Walking Dead, and I had a grand idea that was totally not original to me.

  I want to be in a book club.

I want to read a book and discuss it with other people that have read it. It's the English major nerd in me. I almost asked the facebook world if anyone was interested, but got embarrassed. Some people may think it is the most ridiculous idea ever and think I'm lame. So I didn't.

But what about you guys? Would any of you bloggers be interested in an online book club? Obviously we couldn't meet at the local Mexican restaurant and discuss characters and plots over chips and cheese dip, but we could discuss online or in a fb group or something.

What do you think? Anyone slightly interested?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fundraiser

I posted yesterday about my aunt, and I so appreciate the sweet comments and prayers for her and my uncle.

A friend and fellow Silpada sister came up with the idea of hosting a fundraiser to help them with expenses. Tommy, my uncle, has been staying in Louisville every day and night to be with my aunt, Cindy. They don't have any income coming in since they have not been working since the accident. My cousins have been traveling back and forth constantly to balance work and being with their mom and dad. It is unknown how long they will be there. This fundraiser will, I hope, help with some of the financial burden that has come with this accident.

As you may have read last week, I recently started selling Silpada Sterling Silver Jewelry. It is .925 sterling silver, just like the jewelry that comes in that little blue box. Every piece is hand-made by artisans around the world. It also has a lifetime guarantee. I love it.  




During this fundraiser, 100% of my profits will be donated to them to help with some of these expenses. If you would like to help, please visit my site, choose Cindy Tracy Fundraiser as the hostess, and a percentage of the sale will go to helping my aunt, uncle, and their children during this time. Every little bit helps, and I hope this fundraiser can help them in some way.

Please feel free to share this fundraiser with your friends, family, and/or readers. And if you will, please continue to pray for her recovery. God bless each and every one of you.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Prayers for Team Cindy

My aunt was in a terrible auto accident last Monday, Sept. 30th. While she was driving to work, a motorcycle t-boned her in her driver-side door. She was flown from the scene to UofL hospital (almost 2 hours away), and is currently in a coma. The motorcycle driver was killed.

I'm asking each and every one of you that read this to take a few seconds to say a prayer for her healing and recovery. Pray for the doctors and nurses that are taking care of her. Pray for her husband and family to be strong through this. Pray for the family of the motorcycle driver.

I know that God hears our prayers and He is the ultimate healer.

Thank you so much.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Silpada Goes Pink

It's October and that means it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everything turns pink this month in honor of those that have and have had breast cancer, and bringing awareness to women everywhere for early detection.


Silpada is on board with that. This awesome company has two bracelets that for each one sold, they will send $10 to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer foundation.

 The first bracelet is a pearl and sterling silver stretch bracelet called Courage to Shine On. Silpada has included a free pink Swarovski crystal charm valued at $19 with each bracelet. For only $49 (plus tax and shipping), you can wear this or give this gorgeous bracelet while Silpada helps the LBBC foundation.



The second bracelet created is a pink quartz beaded bracelet and has the word "courage" stamped on a sterling silver charm and is called the Bravery bracelet. This bracelet retails for $39 (plus tax and shipping). Again, $10 of that will go to LBBC.









Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bling Bling

I'm not sure if I've shared this with you guys yet, but I signed up in August to be a Silpada Designs Representative, and I could not be more excited!


 Silpada isn't like a lot of the other "jewelry party" companies that you've seen or heard of before. Silpada isn't costume jewelry, it is .925 sterling silver jewelry, just like that major jewelry brand that comes in a pretty blue box. After ordering, there is a 60 day period where you can return or exchange free of charge. After that, there is a lifetime guarantee for any jewelry that breaks or is damaged for any reason whatsoever.

The Fall/Winter catalog came out at the beginning of September and all of the new items in it are still 10% off!

Today marks the release of our Fall/Winter Holiday Gift Guide, which introduced 29 new pieces of jewelry! I've already got my eyes on a few of the pieces and am adding them to my wishlist today!



 Silpada makes the perfect gift for your sister, mom, friend, and most importantly, yourself!

Let me know if you are interested in ordering something, or feel free to shop around my personal website.

I know once you own a piece of Silpada, you'll be hooked just like I am!

 Have a great day, friends!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Bunco

For the past three months, I've been a sub for a Bunco group. It has been so much fun. Whomever is hosting provides the meal and the prizes. Each time I've been, the food has been absolutely delicious, the ladies have been so nice, and I've had the best time.

The first time I went, I got the loser's prize (I had the most losses that night).

This time, I got the traveling Bunco prize. This is the first time I've ever had a Bunco in my entire life. You'd have thought I'd won the lottery as excited as I was. The prize was a Coton Colors Halloween bowl. It is the cutest thing ever.


Now, I just need a Happy Everything pumpkin attachment to go on my plate to match!

Keep calling me, Bunco ladies! I'll sub anytime!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October, baby!

It's my birthday month, guys, and I fully expect to enjoy every single day of it!

When friends asked how I planned on starting it out, I jokingly said with a Big Mac. I may or may not have really meant it.

And this will be me. All month long! :)


Friday, September 13, 2013

Sorry, I'm Not Sorry

I saw a blog post on my feed one day titled "Sorry, I'm Not Sorry," and thought that is the greatest idea ever for a blog post. So I borrowed the idea. I know some of you may find this offensive and to that I say "Sorry. But I'm not sorry."

Sorry, I'm not sorry, but I do judge you based on how you present yourself. If you are downright nasty, and I can tell you don't bathe, I think bad things about you. I know it's not nice. I know I have no room to judge anyone, but I do it. And most of you do too.

Sorry, I'm not sorry that I actually like McDonalds. Yes, sometimes it makes me feel like complete horse poop, but 95% of the time, it's delicious. Especially that mac sauce. Holy yum.


Sorry, I'm not sorry that I like my dog better than most people I know. Mia is a mean little thing with major attitude, but she doesn't talk back, is glad to see me every time I walk in the door, and is just adorable. I mean look at this face.

Sorry, I'm not sorry that I love coke. And I'm from the south so by coke, I mean Sprite, Coca Cola, Mello Yello, and orange soda. I am sorry to say that I'm trying to kick the addiction and drink more water. I'm not happy about it.

Do you have any "Sorry, I'm not sorry" facts?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hashtag Over It

While I thought I might be over blogging, I remembered that I think this every few weeks.  I put it in the back of my mind, and then return when I'm ready. It's better for everyone this way.

What else am I over? There are lots. Here are just a few....

1. The ohmygodimsodrunk tweets, followed by the ohmygodimhungover tweets. I'm all for having a drinky drink, whether it be a fruity cocktail (my fave), a few beers, or a bottle of coke. Go for it. I'm right there with ya. But I really feel like the oversharing of how drunk or hungover you are on social media should have ended in college. Text your friends that were there with ya, but, imo, it does not make you seem cooler because you had some drinks last night. #overit


2. Pumpkin spice. Holy shit, people. I wish I were the person that came up with pumpkin spice flavored coffee. Or the person that was given a dollar for every tweet or instagram pic that mentioned it. It's only the beginning of September, and I'm already over it.



3. Jealousy & Hater(z). Obviously, I'm not one to like everything that everyone else does. Just look at my negative tweets and blog posts. And I get there are people that won't like me or my snarky attitude. But I will never ever call them jealous or haterz. If I don't care for someone because I just don't, that does not automatically mean I'm jealous of them. It just doesn't. And the word haterz? Well I hate it.


That's all for today. I'm sure if you stick around, I'm bound to share more. What are you tired of seeing?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The VMA's Scandalous Lowdown: Miley and Robin

I tried refraining myself from blogging about the trainwreck that was Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, but I just can't anymore. I have to add my two cents, and then, hopefully, I'll be done. And don't get your panties in a bunch yet, I'm sharing both sides of opinions on some things.


First, I think Miley is disgusting. Everyone is saying that she is 20 years old and we all made mistakes when we were 20. Well, when I was twenty, I never wrapped my leg around a giant bear, motorboated someone's ass, or dry humped a foam finger in front of millions of people all while walking around stage with my tongue hanging out like a starved dog.

Second, I have heard what is the difference between doing that in front of your friends or millions of poeple on tv? There is a total difference! I do things and say things all the time in front of my friends that I would never do in front of people I don't know.

Third, people are saying who cares what she did when Robin Thicke, who is old enough to be her dad, let her dance all up on him. Did you notice that she was doing those things to him? It was not the other way around. If he were doing those things to her while she stood there singing, then yes, I think we could talk about him like we are her.


Next, people are discussing her outfit. No, I don't get why she'd want to wear a teddy  bear onesie; it looked terrible. And the nude "swimsuit,"  as I would call it, was ill-fitting, but not really shocking by any means. It was what the women wore in the "Blurred Lines" video, and it didn't offend me then or now. It didn't show any lady-parts and for that I was glad.


Finally, lots of people are talking about how "Blurred Lines" is a rape song. I've read the lyrics. I in no way believe that it is talking about rape. Sex, yes. Rape, no. That's my opinion.

As a whole, I really tried to like Miley, but I just don't. I don't understand girls that try to be as dirty and provocative and slutty as possible, like Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan have done recently, and even Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera did back in the day. I happen to think it's skanky and gross.

We all have opinions. You can even call it judging if you want. But this is my opinion, and there it is.  Feel free to disagree if you must. Just know that if you do, you're wrong.

Totally kidding about being wrong. Maybe. ;)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Heartbroken and Worried

I remember when I was student teaching, I was reading journals during my planning and I cried. I think that is when it first hit me that not everyone lived in the same, safe little bubble I did. Some of the kids in my class that year lived a rough life. One that I was never accustomed to. One that I never thought about existing in my little town of Glasgow. And it broke my heart.

I later went on to teach at two different high schools over the next 4 years. This was a whole new arena for me. The kids didn't care if they passed or failed. Some didn't even care about graduating; they were there because they had to be. I had a senior that couldn't read. At all. I had kids that were having to bounce around their friends' homes because they didn't have one. I had multiple girls get pregnant that year. Some with kids already. Again, this was outside of Melanie's little world, and I didn't understand. College didn't prepare me for this.

One of my students didn't come back one Monday after the weekend. He had killed his father. Another girl was driving and had an accident that killed a student. Another student was killed because he was driving drunk and wrecked his vehicle. Another student overdosed in his truck. Sometimes I look at local jail website and see former students who have multiple arrest records. So many I see on facebook have randomly gotten pregnant and have children, and I pray that they have changed since I had them because I worry about the baby that they are bringing into this world.

Last night, a former student at a school I taught was arrested for murder. He robbed a pizza place and then shot an employee who later died. I know this kid had a rough childhood, bouncing around from place to place. And now, he is in jail on murder charges. I read this, my heart broke, and I cried. I cried off and on all night, because so many kids that not only I've had in my short time teaching, but everywhere struggle every single day. They don't have safe homes. They don't have role models that teach them right and wrong. They have and will struggle. They don't have a chance at the "easy" life I've had. And it breaks my heart.

I don't know what I can do to help. The only thing I know I can do is pray for God to be with them and guide them.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Recipe: Cheesy Bacon Pull-Apart Biscuits

I was sitting on my couch last night wondering what to have for dinner. Out of left-field, I remembered a recipe I had seen on Pinterest that included cheese and bacon; the two things that automatically mean it will be delicious. I looked it up really quickly, saw that I had the ingredients, and went to work.


Ingredients:
-biscuits
-melted butter
-cooked bacon
-shredded cheese



Directions:
1. Cut biscuits into 1/4s
2. Coat with butter and put in loaf pan. (Recipe said to roll into cheese, but I didn't get into that.)
3. Put cheese on top of biscuits. (I used a handful.)
4. Crumble 2 pieces (or more) of bacon on top of cheese.
5. Repeat layer.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


Let cool, pull apart, and enjoy!



These were delicious! Let me know if you try them and what you think!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Pie Kitchen

While in Louisville, Whitney told us about a place that sells slices of pies, cakes, and homemade ice cream. What?!?!?! We weren't leaving the Ville until we hit up some Pie Kitchen. Isn't that just the neatest concept?


We went at the end of the day, but there were still tons of pies left. Decisions, decisions.


And you can't have pie without ice-cream. Duh!


I ended up ordering the chocolate chess pie with a scoop of red raspberry ice-cream. It was amazing.

If you are ever in Louisville, you must look up The Pie Kitchen and go. Delicious!


Monday, August 19, 2013

P.F. Changs

One of my best friends moved to Louisville a few weeks ago, so my other bestie and I drove up to see her. We spent Saturday shopping and eating. Lots of both actually. 16 hours of both. Needless to say, we were exhausted by the time we made it home.

Since we had begun planning this little daytime extravaganza, I had said that I wanted us to eat at P.F. Changs. I've never been there, and I've heard it was really good. Plus, I've been on a Chinese food kick lately, so it was pretty much a demand that we eat there.

I get excited when trying new things, and I was super excited to try the chicken lettuce wraps that I hear so many people rave about. I really liked the chicken mix, but I'm not a huge iceberg lettuce fan. It was good, but I could just eat the filling and be fine. All 3 of us were fans of the lettuce wraps. Obviously.

I ordered the Honey Chicken with fried rice. Holy yum! It was soooo good. The only thing the rice was missing was the yum yum sauce. I almost asked, but didn't want to be rude. Yum yum sauce makes everything 10x better!



There were chop sticks on the table, so of course, I decided I needed to use them. And guess what? I did awesome with them. I mean, I won't mention the fact that I scooped up rice on them so I could get more at once....wait...I just did. But let's move on to the chicken. I did awesome with the chicken.


I loved this place, and can't wait to go back. Ok, P.F. Changs, if you are out there and hear me, please come to Bowling Green. K? Thanks.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

5 More Reasons I'm Not A "Real" Blogger

I wrote last week on why I'm not a "real" blogger. 10 whole reasons why I'm just a fake one. I was thinking about this post this morning, and I kept thinking of more reasons that I should have added, so I decided to do post #2. Fasten your seatbelts, kids. Here we go.

11. I take blog photos with my iPhone.  I used to have a fancy dslr but never used it, so I sold it. Sorry, kids. You're stuck with blurry, out of focus, lame iphone pics.

12. I've never been on a blate. Sure I've talked about it with a few online friends that live close, but we've never actually met. Maybe we can do that before this year is up, right, Sarah, Ashlee, and Emily?

13. I don't offer ad spots.  Only because no one would purchase them. I tried it for a hot minute when I signed up for Passion Ads, but there were no bites. So I saved myself more embarrassment and ended that relationship.

14. I'm not BFFs with a far-away blogger. I don't text or talk to people I've met online regularly. I've never hopped on an airplane to meet a stranger-turned-friend. If you are out there, long lost best friend, please let me know!
 


15. I didn't pay for my blog design. I would love to, but I don't really see the point for me. I don't make money off of this thing, so I just did what I could on my own. If you think it sucks....well then you just think that.

Ok. What do you think? Are you right there with me in fake bloggerland, or are you a real blogger?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Did You Know....

Did you know you can learn how to twerk on youtube? I mean, don't think that I just googled "how to twerk" or anything. I so didn't.

I looked up a music video to listen to a song. Swear. I was then looking at the videos on the right margin that they suggest. This was at the top. Well duh! Of course I'm going to click on it just to see what it says.

And here, my friends, is what I saw.



You're welcome.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Things That Make Me A Blogger

I had such a great response to last week's post, Reasons I'm Not A "Real" Blogger.  Thanks for the feedback last week, guys. You seriously made my Friday aca-awesome!

Then I thought about it. I do blog. So I am a blogger, albeit not a "real blogger." But there are other things I do that may set off warning signals to others that I, for sure, am a blogger.

1. I am on every social media site known to mankind. Instagram, Twitter, FB, Vine, Poshmark, Pinterest, etc etc etc. And of course they are all listed under the Contact Me tab at the top of my page! Just in case..... ;)
 
2. I take a picture of my food before I eat it. And if I forget and eat half of it before the picture is taken....Well, crap! That meal was such a waste! Don't pretend you don't think that too. I know you do.

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3. I buy items to giveaway on my blog. As a friend once said, "So you are buying something to giveaway on your blog? For someone you've never met. With your own money." Yep. I have.
From my Favorite Things giveaway a few months ago.











4. I greet or respond to everyone, people I've never even met and only know through blogging/twitter, with pet names. I don't know you, and wouldn't do this in real life unless you are in my circle, but calling someone sweets, girlfriend, honey, muffin, love, cookie, or any of the other nauseatingly sweet terms is totally normal.

5. I check stats quite often to see how many people have been to my page, where they came from,  blah blah blah. Who really cares? Bloggers. That's who.
 

6. I start to tell one of my IRL friends about something, and their reply is: "I know. I read it on your blog."

7. I use and know what IRL means.
 
8. I bring up blogger names in conversations with my real life friends, and then have to awkwardly explain who they are and how I know them. "My blog friend Molly did this.....! Well I know her through blogging. Well a blog is....."

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9. I snap chat or have twitter conversations with more online friends than I do IRL friends.

10. I use hashtags in my posts. #TwitterObsessed #ItsFunny #PointTaken

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What do you do that makes you an official "blogger?"


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reasons I'm Not a "Real" Blogger

After visiting this blogland for a few years, I've come to realize I'm not a "real" blogger. Here's why:

1. I don't take pictures of myself looking to the side and to the ground with my hand non-chalantly in my hair.

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2. I don't get 20 billion comments on each post I write. Or any post I write.


3. I don't drive a big fancy car and take pictures so that everyone sees the logo on the steering wheel. I drive a Toyota. Whoa! Be jealous!




4. I don't schedule or plan posts in my Erin Condren planner for days/weeks in advance. But I have owned one thanks to jumping on the bandwagon.

5. None of my linkups have ever been successful or lasted longer than the one day it was posted. #failure

6. I've never been given an item for free to review. Like give me a bag or necklace or something, people.

7. I don't do OOTDs. I have a few times and it's just awkward. How do you people do it and feel like it's normal?




8. I don't have a super cute, colorful office with a daybed in it to blog from. I mean I have a spare room with a regular bed and a desk, but I never use either of them...except to pile shit on.


9. I don't own a Louis Vuitton bag. But I totally would if you want to donate one to the cause.





10. I hate using cutesy blogger words like totes and amazeballs. Even Urban Dictionary agrees.



Did I miss something? Is there something I didn't put down that I'm lacking to be a real blogger?

Note: Most of these were just in good fun. Some were not. :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Poshmark

Hi, friends. I added several new and gently used items to my Poshmark closet last night. Take a second to check them out! Click here to visit!

Are you all on Poshmark? If not, you must sign up soon. I was a little hesitant about the app at first, but I'm obsessed now. I've done so well selling items I no longer wear or carry, and have also gotten some great deals too.

If you are on there, please leave me your username so I can check out your closet too.

Happy shopping! :)

Monday, July 29, 2013

TV Show Addiction

I love having shows saved onto my DVR; shows that I can't wait to race home to see. Yes, I realize that sounds super lame of me, but it gives me something to look forward to on those days when I have nothing going on and all I want to do is lounge on the couch and veg. Luckily for me, there are finally some shows that are on tv that I actually like. Ready for this?

New Girl
 

While this isn't new, I've just now started watching it on Netflix. I love it, you guys. I am so much like Jess...quirky, weird, super fun. I think we'd totally be bffs if I happened to live near her...and if she were a real person. But I'm sure Zooey is the same, so basically I can be bffs with her.

Big Brother 15

I'm obviously late to all of the parties, because this show is on it's 15th season, and I'm just now starting to watch it. You can thank Jade for getting me hooked. Her incesant tweets about it made me want to see what the hooplah was about.

Summer Camp USA

This is like one of those MTV Challenges, but without the sex and language....so far. But hopefully all of that will start happening. Anywho, the drama keeps me watching.

Devious Maids
 

I'm not sure why this reminds me of Desperate Housewives, but it so does. I didn't love it when I first started watching, but now I'm hooked and can't stop watching. I have to find out what happens.

Pretty Little Liars

Again, this show isn't new and is on it's 4th season, but it's my #1. I don't know how they have all of these twists and things still going on after all of this time, but I keep watching to see who the heck A is. I have to know!

Do you watch any of these? What tv shows are you hooked on?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Recipe: Brie Cups

I believe I promised last week that it would be the last recipe for awhile, but I have just one more. Don't hate me.

As you may recall, I had a Silpada jewelry party last Monday, so I had to find some yummy foods to serve. I had seen this recipe on Pinterest, and I knew I had to make it at some point. What better time than during a party?

The thing that attracted me to this recipe the most was that it only took three ingredients: phyllo cups, brie, and jam. I chose strawberry.


I cut the brie into small cubes, placed them in the phyllo cups, then topped them with some jam. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is soft and slightly melted, and serve.


I'm telling you, these were delicious!


Have you tried them? What did you think?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Prayers Please

I wasn't going to share this, but felt the need to ask for prayers.

My step-dad, who Im super close to, work for, and love like my own dad, is going in for open-heart surgery this morning at 10. I know the power of prayer is real, and if you know it too, please say one for him. Say one for his doctors that are caring for him, for his family that is extremely worried and nervous, and again, for him. Thank you so so much.

Happy Friday, readers. Hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Fruit Kabobs

Guys. I promise I'm not turning into Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray, but I have yet another recipe how-to this morning. I'm apparently on a productive kick lately, but no worries, I think it's over.

My parents had a party at the lake on the 4th. I know, I know, that was weeks ago. While it was rainy and chilly and a terrible day for 4th of July festivities, everyone had a great time!

I wanted to do something semi-patriotic, so I looked all over Pinterest for some ideas, and I decided to make red, white, and blue fruit kabobs. Easy and yummy. Score!

I picked up 2 things of strawberries, a large tub of blueberries, and a thing of bananas, along with some skewers. I guess the rest is pretty self-explanatory: you slice the strawberries and bananas, and alternate the fruit on the skewers.



But how do you keep the bananas from turning brown, you might ask? You soak them in orange juice right after slicing. It really works too.


Cute right? And everyone loved them...and were surprised that I was the one that made them.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Recipe: Homemade Guacamole

Don't fall out of your chairs or anything, but I have another "how-to" today. Yesterday, crafts; today, food. What's happened to me?

After having the best guac ever at a local Mexican restaurant, I decided I was going to make my own. Unfortunately, mine tasted nothing like what I had at the restaurant, but it was still pretty good. Let me preface this by saying that I am SUPER picky when it comes to guac (well, most foods actually). I just started eating it recently, so the fact that I even wanted to make it was huge.

I got this recipe from a friend of a friend, and it seemed easy enough, so I thought, "Why not?"

What you'll need: 3 ripe avocados, 1/2 lime, 1 can of Rotel, 1 packet of Guacamole mix



I cut the avocados in half, and then got out the middle with a spoon. It wasn't "mushing" very well with my fork, so I pulled out this chopper that had never been used so it would mash up. Don't you  just love my less-than-technical cooking terms?


After doing that, I added the Rotel, packet of mix, and squeezed the juice of half of a lime into the bowl. Mix it all up, refridgerate for awhile, and BAM! You're ready for some guacamole.



I took some of it to my parents since I wouldn't eat all of it, and they loved it.

Do you have a better guac recipe? If so, please share!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Engagement Gift

One of my very best friends got engaged a few weeks ago, Congratulations, Whitney!!!!!, and I wanted to do something to celebrate! I knew that this would happen soon, so I had already been on the lookout for a cute engagement gift.

I saw this one on Pinterest one afternoon and knew it would be perfect!




Isn't that the cutest gift idea ever? Problem was, I was a little limited on extra funds that month, so I only bought two of the items: the letter of her soon-to-be last name, and a wedding magazine. I tied some toile around them, made a bow, and signed a cute little card. Voila!


I'd like to have gotten a few more items to add to her gift, but I thought it still turned out cute! It wasn't much, but I hope she knows how happy and excited I am for her.

What do you think of the gift?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Prayers Please

Good morning, friends. I feel like I have so much to share with you guys, but today, I'm simply asking for prayers.

There's a pretty serious health situation going on with one special member of my family. We've all been pretty emotional and scared to death about it all weekend long. So I'm asking you, all of you, to please say a prayer that they will be ok, that God will heal, and that everything will be okay.

Thanks in advance. Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

I'm Different & A Giveaway

Hey, guys! I'm blogging over at Hey, Hollywood today!
Hey, Hollywood

I'm sharing 5 weird, random facts about myself, and you know you want to read those. I mean, isn't that the fun part of reading blogs and getting to know the blogger?

And there may or may not be a giveaway going on too.

Go read my post, check out Holly's blog, and leave me some love. K?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Package Concert

I know you all are going to be super jealous of me when you read this post. But don't be. I'm still the same ole gal I was before. I mean just because I may have seen Boyz 2 Men, 98 Degrees, and New Kids on the Block last week doesn't mean you have to hate me forever.

All kidding aside, I did see those boys men last week, and it was a good time. No, I wouldn't say it is at the top of my list of most fun concerts, but by golly, I was there, and I am fun! And tickets and food was free, so of course I was going to attend. As my bloggy friends say, "le duh". (I totally just cringed as I typed that too.)

And since you weren't there, I thought I'd share my experience at "The Package" tour.

Some Boyz 2 Men for your day.

And some 98 Degrees

And finally, the headliners, New Kids On The Block.

I will say that Donnie was quite impressive. He still has it. Whatever it is....

It's almost a little sad, but my favorite part was when they covered other songs by other artist. Oopsies.

 


It's like you were really sitting there beside me, right? Except you didn't have to hear my loud, incessent screams for abs that were shown on stage. I mean, no, I totally didn't do that!
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