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law of attraction

Just the other day, while my little kiddos were on recess, my teaching assistant and I were enjoying conversations and the lovely weather. I was telling her how weirdly wonderful things were going in my life, and said, "I'm just waiting for something to go wrong." She merely shook he…

foodie fridays

I love Italian turkey sausage. It's so dang good. I decided to put a little spin on it and stuff it into a bell pepper. It turned out really yummy! Try this recipe out.

how to stay positive

This is just the cutest thing ever. A completely honest and innocent depiction that reminds us we need to stay positive.

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Pups Our pups have been doing the darndest things lately.I just love them!
2. Bowling Boyfriend and I got a lot of bowling in over my Spring Break. It was so fun! 3. Lemon water Nothing hits the spot more than some warm lemon water. It's a great detox and refresher.

mcdowell mountain music festival

Boyfriend's family scored some tickets to the McDowell Mountain Music Festival, and we all ventured to it. My mom came too! I love how well our families get along. We listened to some good tunes (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Shins), checked out the booths, ate some barbecue, and…


I eat flaxseed just about every day. I put it in smoothies, on peanut butter toast, in oatmeal, in yogurt. Besides it being so versatile, it's got a great taste and it's packed with health benefits. Check them out.

sunday spark

tree touches

I love the outdoors, and I especially love when they're brought to the indoors and used as accents in a home. There is something so whimsical about tree branches. I love the way they look, and the many uses of them. Here are some awesome ideas from Pinterest.

foodie fridays

I've loved zucchini bread since I was little. I love the taste, especially when it's warm and it melts in your mouth. I decided to make a clean version of my favorite sweet bread. Here is the recipe...

topshop wish list

I'm in dire need of a trip to California just to visit the new Topshop that opened at the Grove. Oh, and to see my sister and Lukie Bear too. Here is my wish list for until I get back to Cali.

Embellished Swing Dress Sleeveless Check Shirt Haters Tee Pink Acid Crochet Shorts Fringe Crop Top

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Fitness haul I had an awesome shopping day yesterday. I loaded up on Quest Bars, which were on special, and bought a new pair of amazingly printed leggings from Victoria's Secret.
2. Chia seeds I love these little things. They are full of fiber (keep me full) and health benefits. I sprinkle t…

leg workout

My favorite day is when I work out my arms at the gym, as you saw in my "arm workout" post. Slowly, but surely, leg day is growing on me. I've never really been a fan of my legs, as they are my trouble area and the hardest part to lean out. I always wanted that "thigh gap." …

mean girls

This is to you, ladies. We've all seen Mean Girls. We all love it. We all laugh at it. We all realize that there is a serious truth behind the film's wittiness. It's an accurate depiction of the world we live in. There are mean girls out there, and sometimes we are them. Whether we are…

thoughts on relationships pt. 6

Differences. I feel like sometimes we try to find the person that matches us perfectly. I don't mean match as in you go well together, but match as in the exact same person as you. It seems like a good idea, right? You would be so compatible.

Wrong. In my eyes, compatibility means you complete e…

sunday spark

"I am in competition with no one. I run my own race. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone. I just aim to improve, to be better than I was before. That’s me and I’m free" -Jenny G. Perry

who am i? pt. 2

I wrote a post a while back on who I am as a person. I thought it would be fun to write it up again, and see how things have changed. My life has gone in so many new directions in the past year. Some things have stayed the same, and some have changed so much. All for the better.

I am...passionate.

foodie fridays

Okay, readers. So "Friday Funnies" was a really fun weekly post, but I've decided to change things up a bit. Since I'm in love with cooking, I thought "Foodie Fridays" would be more appropriate for my passion. Now, every Friday I will be sharing delicious recipes with yo…
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