LIFE

May Favorites

It is the last day of May so I wanted to share some of my favorites from this month, anything from food to TV shows.

Favorite Food: I am back to my days of OATMEAL. I have been having gluten free oats with almond milk and a scoop of peanut butter every morning. As for other meals, definitely homemade sushi. I love trying out new combinations. For snacks, I have been loving CLEMENTINES (they are so cute and delicious), STRAWBERRIES, and STRING CHEESE. I know these foods are super exciting, but they are easy to make or grab for a snack.

 


Favorite Music: “Roots” by Zac Brown Band is probably my favorite song right now. I can’t get enough country music in the summertime.

Favorite Show: I have been watching The Secret Life of the American Teenager lately and I am hooked. It is pretty cheesy, but it is easy to watch and I can do other things while watching without worrying that I am missing something important.

Favorite Instagram Account: amberfillerup is my favorite Instagram account right now and pretty much most of the time. Seeing all of the travel pictures are my favorite and she is definitely very thoughtful and consistent with her posts! Plus her family photos are always adorable.

Favorite Clothing Item: My favorite clothing item is probably a pair of grey and black tie dye shorts from American Eagle I have had them for almost a year now, but they are so easy to pair with many different shirts and are super comfortable.

Favorite Restaurant: I am definitely going to say an ice cream place because I haven’t really gone out to eat much this month. Mrs. Curl is the cutest ice cream place ever. It is a bit of a hike to get to, but it is worth it. The ice cream is super tasty, cute, and inexpensive! You can get a medium cone for less than $2.50 and you get a lot of ice cream!


Favorite Activity: Biking has been my number one form of exercise this summer. I love riding my bike down the trails in my town or in my neighborhood with friends. I think it fun, but also a good way to get outside and get some exercise. I have also been taking so so many pictures for my Instagram account, which is something that I have been trying to improve. 

Favorite Nail Polish Color: I have been wearing teal nail polish over and over again this summer. I have been using Gumdrop by Orly. It dries super fast and doesn’t chip very easily.


Favorite Accessory: Either my plain silver chain necklace or my reflective sunglasses. The necklace is more of a choker, but not exactly. It is just very simple and matches everything. The sunglasses are round and were only $18 at JC Penney of all places! So far they have help up nicely!


 

 

 

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COLLEGE, LIFE

2 Years of Blogging

I have been blogging on here for 2 years. I cannot say I have been super consistent, but I have really enjoyed having a blog whether I am blogging once a week with endless ideas or every now and then when I finally have something I want to share. I definitely want to continue blogging in the future. It has been such a nice hobby for me and a way for me to be creative. I am excited to blog more this summer that will be full of new adventures, so stay tuned.

I am definitely a little different now than I was 2 years ago when I started this. I had just finished my freshman year of college and had the most positive outlook on everything in life. I think that is why I decided to even start this blog in the first place. It was a way for me to share my postitivy with others.



Now I am in my last summer before I graduate from college and have so many new adventures ahead of me, so I am really looking forward to that, and I think my blog is looking forward to that too. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my career back then, but I am closer and closer to finding things that I would love to do for the rest of my life and that is exciting and scary. So here’s to 2 years of blogging and the growth, challenges, adventures, and more that I have experienced (and blogged about) and will continue to experience (and blog about) in the future.

LIFE

Summer Goals 

It’s summer and I have a few goals. Nothing too special, just some things I want to do! 

-think of a business idea

-ride my bike often 

-run a lot (trying to get back in running shape lol) 

-take lots of pictures & print them out 

-make a new friend (I feel like as I get older I don’t make as many new friends)

-try a sushi burrito (one that I didn’t make myself) 

-explore Chicago & learn my way around 

-go to the beach/lake 

-find somewhere to volunteer 

-blog more

-learn a lot at my job 

-have an awesome 4th of July (I was sick last year and it’s my favorite haha) 

-donate clothes I don’t like anymore 

COLLEGE

My Junior Year is Over!!

My junior year of college has been one of the best. I can’t say it was the best year because each year has been so different and fun in many ways. I have learned a lot this year and got to do a lot of fun things.

My classes this year were kind of all over the place. First semester I was in a block four classes, operations, finance, management, and marketing. I enjoyed about half of the classes. I can see the benefits of all of them, but I was not super interested in them. After taking those classes first semester, I decided I wanted to switch up my major. I decided on majors in entrepreneurship and marketing. I am much more excited about these areas and think I would enjoy working in marketing or trying to start my own business.

My second semester classes were all entrepreneurship based and classes that were required. I took an ethics class that was super interesting. I think being a part of an ethical company is very important and something I plan to look into greatly. I took a class on venture management, which was my favorite class. We did a lot of case studies about companies and entrepreneurs and had lots of discussion. I took a venture ideas/models class where I created my own business idea and ultimately ended up hating it. But it was still useful and I know the process and its challenges will stick with me. My other classes were pretty boring and not super impactful, but I got to meet a lot of new people through group projects.


Outside of school related things, I got to go on a few trips and have many fun college experiences. Fall was all about football games and tailgates. I love getting together with all of my friends on Saturdays for the games. Halloween was another fun weekend of course, because it is one of my favorite days of the year. I went on a short trip to Grand Rapids with Connor which was fun. And of course, basketball season began, we started out strong, but things did not quite work out in our favor. Regardless, I love IU basketball.

The spring was full of my friends 21st birthdays, which all happened to be around the same time, but it was really fun. I went to Chicago with friends. We explored the city and went to Dunkin’ Donuts a lot because we don’t have them where we go to school. I went on spring break with my friends. It wasn’t that warm, but we made the most of it. I went to Tennessee and Arkansas with Connor and it was such a fun weekend ( I posted about it, so check it out). And the final big event of the year was Little 500, which is pretty much the greatest and most tiring week of the year. I got to celebrate the whole week with lots of friends and watch another friend race that Saturday! It was awesome to see him and his team place so well!


I would say I branched out a lot more this year and said yes more, which I think is good. I got good grades, but was still able to have a little fun. I also started trying way more foods. I learned I love grilled cheese and that I am obsessed with sushi. Honestly, going to sushi on Tuesdays was probably one of my favorite parts of the year. Overall, I loved my junior year and can’t believe next year is my last year of college. I am excited to spend one final year with my friends and finally start my marketing classes!

 

FOOD

SMOOTHIES 

Today I’m going to share a couple of my favorite smoothie recipes and also some of my favorite places to get smoothies. Both of the smoothies I make are packed with protein can be modified however you like for your preferences or any dietary restrictions.

Recipe 1:Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana

Blend together:

1 banana

1 cup of banana Greek yogurt (I use Oikos)

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

2 teaspoons of cocoa powder

1 spoonful of peanut butter

1/2 a cup to 1 cup of almond milk (It depends on how you like your smoothies. I usually just guess.)

Recipe 2: Chocolate Berry

Blend the following together:

1 banana

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder

1 cup of mixed berry Greek yogurt

2 or 3 frozen strawberries

2 teaspoons of cocoa powder

1/2 a cup to 1 cup of almond milk (once again depends on what you prefer)

Both of these smoothies are great as regular smoothies or as smoothie bowls with toppings or without!


Smoothies are some of my favorite meals or snacks to make on my own, but I also like to go get smoothies. The smoothies I get on the go may not be the healthiest, but it is always nice to have a treat. I honestly love the smoothies at McDonald’s. When I have to eat fast food, I always go for one of the strawberry banana smoothies there. Panera also has great smoothies. I like strawberry banana from there, but also seasonally they have a blueberry pomegranate smoothie that is super good! My absolute favorite place to get a smoothie is Red Mango! The peanut butter banana smoothie is so good and filling. I haven’t tried any other flavors there, but I can guess that they are pretty tasty, and Red Mango allows you to customize your smoothie, which is a plus when places like McDonald’s or Panera only give a few options.

TRAVEL

Adventure to Arkansas

This post is long overdue, but I still wanted to write about my trip to Arkansas with my boyfriend Connor. Our main destination was Hot Springs National Park, but we made a few pit stops throughout our trip.

We left on a Thursday. Our Thursday classes were cancelled and neither of us have class on Friday, so we were able to get an earlier start than we planned on. Our first stop was Memphis Tennessee. While there we got BBQ at Central BBQ. I got grilled cheese and a side of mac n cheese because I’m vegetarian, but Connor loved the sandwich he got! Then we headed to Beale Street to go to some bars. We got overpriced drinks and listened to live music. It was a Thursday so we assumed that’s why the street was crowded one minute and then completely empty the next. The whole street was cool because of all of the signs lit up, but the drinks could have been better and less expensive. Overall, it was a good time!


The next day we left for Hot Springs, Arkansas. Because of the stop in Memphis, the drive didn’t seem as long! Once we got there we figured out our game plan for the time we were planning to be there. We got a whole view of the park and determined where we wanted to hike that day and the next. Then we headed to the town to explore the shops and the old bath houses. We also felt the hot springs. We were a little disappointed that there weren’t hot springs in the actual park and that we couldn’t get in them, but they were super hot, so I guess that made sense. We went to a local place for lunch. I got a sandwich and Connor got wrap. We also got beer that is made with the water from the hot springs to try. I don’t like beer, but it was ok. After lunch, we got ice cream at Kilwins. I was obsessed with ice cream at that time so we had to get some while we were there.


After we finished exploring the town, we went to one of the trails to hike. The trails were super nice and the hike felt so long because it was really warm and late afternoon, but it was a lot of fun and good exercise. After our hike we went to Kroger to get dinner because it was cheaper than eating out. We also decided just to stay in Hot Springs one night instead of two, and end our trip in Nashville!

The next morning we got up pretty early to go a hike to Balanced Rock. It was a super hilly hike, but worth it in the end. Balanced Rock was just as it sounds, a rock balancing on others. Connor climbed out to the rock, but I was too scared so I stuck to the rocks I had already made it to. Overall, I had a great time in Hot Springs. Connor and I both decided that one or two days is enough time to get through everything in Hot Springs, but we were happy we went! After our morning hike we headed out for Nashville. We stopped for McDonald’s breakfast and eventually made it to Nashville where we stayed with Connor’s aunt and uncle.


Once in Nashville, we went out to dinner at Rosepepper Cantina and got margaritas to start. They were so good and very strong. I had enchiladas for dinner. I loved the rice on the side, but not the beans. The chips and queso were great too. Afterwards, we went to Broadway because we were finally old enough to enjoy the drinks and the live music! We started at Acme Feed & Seed, then headed to a few other places, and ultimately Tootsie’s. I loved the music because I love country, but I also thought all of the people there were super fun because they enjoyed the music as much as I did. It is also cool that they don’t charge cover at the bars there because they want you to tip the musicians, which is awesome fot those who are playing! We got tired so we headed back, it was such a fun night, and Connor’s uncle did an awesome job showing us around and taking us to such fun places! After what felt like an entire of week of fun and adventure, we returned to Bloomington for a week of studying and homework!