Thursday, December 28, 2017

My 2017


January
I was living in my first campus owned apartment with a horrible roommate that I really really didn't like or get along with. In this month I learned the value of cleaning up my messy apartment even though I was cleaning it all by myself, and my next door neighbor in my apartment complex got a puppy! At the beginning of this year, I got to put Jimmy and Shellbert with Sebastian who was my beta fish at the time, and I was really happy/excited about increasing my little aquatic family at school. I started my second semester of classes for my Sophomore Year in College, and I was doing a great job keeping up with the work load from both work and school. The only downside were the gray skies and snow that were discouraging to me, but other than that, it was all in all a happy month for me, starting off the beginning of the year on a positive note.

February
February was a productive month more than anything else. I had exams, I started exercising more, and I bought and installed the beautiful template that is currently what I'm using for my blog. I was going through what I referred to as my "Mid-College Crisis" where I wanted to find some adventure to do to have some amazing memories from college. The highlight of my February was, surprisingly, Valentine's Day because I took it as a self care day where I really treated myself and watched a lot of my favorite movies.

March
I got pink eye. I got pink eye three separate times. On the plus side, I ended up using the entire bottle of eye drops that I had been given to treat pink eye. The best part of the month was getting my hair redyed with my mom when she came to visit for Spring Break. We did a day trip up to the nearest big city, and had a fun girls day out!

April
April was really crunch time for me when it came to my classes. I pushed every last bit of energy and focus into my classes. I didn't sleep very much, I chugged a lot of energy drinks, and I spent a lot of time wanting to throw my computer at a wall. The apartment I was living in had a wifi change that really through me through a loop on top of everything that was going on, and one of my guinea pigs back home had to go see our vet because he was in the early stages of a respiratory infection. My job really picked up because of so many of my coworkers calling in sick or being unwilling to cover shifts. I also had a lot of trouble with my horrible roommate in April. The only real bright spot in the month was the new Beauty and the Beast film, which I went and saw multiple times in the theater.

May
May was a really productive month for me, going through my final exams and starting working full time at my job for the summer. While working, I learned a new driving skill - backing into parking spaces. Which I was really proud of myself for learning. The highlight of the month was my awful roommate finally moving out and having the entire apartment to myself for the rest of May and for June! My favorite thing that I was able to do in the month of May was driving down to my hometown to surprise my family and to see my little brother graduate from high school.

June and July
These months were really packed for me. In June I started the transition to working in the front office at my job, my parents let me know that I would need to find a place to stay for July to get residency in the state I'm going to school in, and that I would have to re-home my guinea pigs while living in a different state. I decided to smuggle my guinea pigs to college. I moved from my previous apartment to a place I would live in for the month of July only, and then as soon as I had all of my things moved, I had to drive back to my hometown for Jury Duty where I ended up only packing up my childhood room because my parents were selling their house. I also met with my optometrist and found out that I was having an allergic reaction to my contact solution. Within these months I also met with the surgeon from my gall bladder removal and underwent a Scope to work out what was going on with my innards.

August
August was one with the most stability for me. I got moved into my new apartment with my new roommate, I was beginning a new relationship, and I had my two guinea pigs in tow. This was also the month that I was granted Residency for the state I'm going to school in, and started the first semester of my junior year feel more positive.

September
This month I first started taking care of a set of rabbits that were being used for a grad student's behavioral study, which I was really excited to be a part of! Exams, exams, and more exams coming up in the next few months. September brought a month's worth of working football games and living on energy drinks and leftovers to get by, which was exhausting. The highlight of the month was getting my guinea pigs officially approved to stay with my in my campus owned apartment, in addition to ordering quite a few books that I wanted to read. Fall is my favorite season, so with it starting in September I was pretty happy with the weather even though I was working so hard to get through everything.

October
There were quite a few changes that came about in my life in October. My work load increased because a lot of people quit so it was down to me and one other coworker to cover every shift that we could between classes, which were equally as demanding of my time. I realized that I wouldn't be able to take the internships being offered to students at my school because I wouldn't be able to travel away from my guinea pigs for very long periods of time. However, I was still helping with the behavioral study involving Rabbits which has been really enjoyable to me. I also had to come to terms with the fact that I'm double majoring and will take longer to get through school than others. The best part of my October were all of the new Netflix shows/movies that I was able to watch.

November
November was packed full of exams for me leading up to the week long break where I celebrated the Thanksgiving Holiday and my 21st Birthday. I didn't really get any posts up in the month of November, but I had so much going on that this blog got put on the back burner. Throughout the month, I was basically only going between work and school, so there wasn't a whole lot going on outside of that to talk about.

December
I'll have my December 2017 overview going up at the beginning of January, so be sure to watch for it!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2018 New Year's Resolutions


I have mixed feelings about New Year's Resolutions... I did them my first year on this blog, and I didn't the second year, but for some reason I've decided to do them again! I'm not going to update as frequently about them like i did my first year, but I will update about them when there are things to update about, so hopefully it'll turn out the way I'm planning when it comes to the posts going up on this blog.


  1. Actually post on this blog every Tuesday and Thursday the entire year of 2018 without missing any, building up my consistency and helping me keep up with something that I really enjoy.
  2. Read at least 15 books by the end of the year.
  3. Take an athletic class through my school or go to the gym at least once a week. This is something that's much more attainable to me that trying to go every day, or having a specific weight goal, or something like that.
  4. Take a Pole Dancing class (I've always wanted to, but I've always had excuses for why I shouldn't)
  5. Work on trading out my fridge with more vegan options, and figure out which products and brands are available to me in my small college town
  6. Take a full day off from social media every month, most likely by turning off my phone for the day
  7. Visit Canada at some point this year (hopefully over Spring Break)
  8. Save $1 every week the whole year (This doesn't seem like much, but with money as tight as it is for me I decided on $1 because it's something I know for sure I can manage - plus it'll add up over time)
  9. Stop my bad habit of turning on the TV or a YouTube video before working on homework or other important tasks

Sunday, December 24, 2017

3 Years Old!

Today is the 3 year anniversary of this Blog! I wasn't sure what to post, but I really just want to mark the day! It's so crazy to me that this my time has gone by since I first started writing this blog, it really doesn't feel like this year of blogging has already past. I'm really excited about what the new year will bring, and I'm happy to have so many great people who love this blog along with me to share it with! I'll see you on Tuesday for a regularly scheduled post... Haha

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Stability


For a while now, I've been thinking a lot about Stability.

Stability.

The quality, state, or degree of being stable.

The strength to stand or endure.

Continuance without change.

Steadfastness.

Permanence.


A majority of what I've talked about on this blog has revolved around my life and my experiences as a college student. One of the main things about being in college and in this weird transition period of life is the complete and total lack of stability that I have felt over the course of these last three years. A lot of that has been because of my own choice of schools, the location related to my hometown/family, and the cost. However, there have been quite a few other things within this third year that have contributed to my feelings of instability.

Back in June of this past year, I posted a really angry/frustrated post about things that were taking place in my life (You can read that post HERE) and then a few weeks later I followed it up with another post kind of updating on everything that happened since (You can read that post HERE). This post will tie in with all of that, so it'd be good to be all up to date with everything. Both of those previous posts really highlights the instability of everything, but I still want to talk about it in a more concentrated way here.


This past semester was harder than I planned, and didn't go nearly as well as I thought that it would. I spent a lot of time stewing over the semester and the things that took place, and how my grades would look once they were posted at the end of finals week. The fear and anxiety around being placed back on academic probation, or being expelled because of being placed on academic probation for the second time, really weighed on me heavily. Would I be forced to move again, out of the one place that was beginning to feel like home? Was I going to have to explain to everyone that I failed at the one positive thing I was doing in life? Did I really fail? How do I explain this to people?

My parents, who put their house up for sale in about June, just barely found a buyer this week. They were beginning to lose hope, and beginning to feel the frustration I was already having. An hour or two of notice before we had to be out of the house for a showing, which caused complete chaos as we ran around trying to hide everything that made it appear as if we were still living in the house. For me, this meant that the closet in what used to be my room, where my things are already boxed up from when I was there in July, is full of other "personal items" from around the house, and a showing means putting everything back into my suitcase and back into my car to drive to who know's where for however long strangers are walking around the house. It was especially bad during Thanksgiving Break in November, because it was my Birthday week and I was basically living out of my car.

It's weird to me that I'm not as sad as everyone else about the "loss" of my parents house, even though I lived there for a majority of my life. I think that I had already parted with it back in July, and I haven't felt like I've lived there or been at home there since I packed up all of my things. It's weird to think that I don't have a permanent room anywhere anymore though. I don't have a place that's really mine to return to.

Pepe, my handsome, sweet Pepe, is getting older and older, and his age has really begun to show. I wake up every day worried that he's gone for good, and Hamilton is without a brother for the first time. He has become slower and less like himself, less excited about life, and he'll occasionally close himself off in the igloo that they typically both share so that he can be alone. There have also been several attempts by him to start fights with Hamilton, which has never been an issue in the two-ish years that they've been together. It seems as if Hamilton moves too quickly or is too energetic, and Pepe lashes out at him. It kills me to even think about having to separate them. I've also noticed a lump on his underside, and although it's been checked and doesn't seem to be causing him any pain it's really concerning to me that it's there.

When it comes to my relationships, it seems as though everything has gone, or is going, awry. My current roommate, who I have been friends with since our first year at college, will graduate after next Fall semester. I will not be graduating then, I will be at this school for what looks like forever. So I have no idea what I'll do after she's gone. It's two semester away, but it's already something that I think about and worry about almost constantly. My friends that I had in high school are either married, having babies, or are finishing up with college and planning amazing adventures, all without any contact to their friends from the past. I've tried to keep in touch with some of them, but with the different time zones and busy schedules that everyone has, it hasn't really worked out. These people who I love, and want to have in my life for comfort and advice and friendship, all seem to be moving onwards and upwards in life, leaving me (and most likely some others who also feel this way) behind. It feels as though the last few years that I'm in school leading up to me completing my degree I will be alone, or with randomly assigned roommates, trying to trudge my way through life.

My current relationship, with the coworker that asked me out, is really up in the air. He basically only sends mixed signals to me, and really isn't clear on anything that he wants. At one point he even said that he wasn't sure where he wanted to relationship to end up. I really want things to work out, so I push kind of hard, but I don't know whether or not that's something that makes him send more mixed signals or if it's actually helping the situation. Most of the time I want to just ask him straight out if he could just be direct, but I don't think he can be direct because he doesn't know what he wants this relationship to be.

My job is running along like it always has, but having people yell at me every day is beginning to wear me down. I've had people yell at me because they had too many unpaid parking tickets, and I've been yelled at by people who parked in a fire zone but thought they didn't deserve a ticket, and I've had people yell at me because of the cost of the permits to be able to park on campus. After long days, and the thought of homework that needs to be done, and sleep that isn't going to be taken, on top of everything else that's been going on in my life, I sometimes want to go cry in the bathroom at work after being yelled at. I've tried to find other jobs, but I haven't been able to find one that's doing something better than what I'm doing now, and that pays just as well. Preferably I would like to be earning more, because money is always tight, but until I finish school minimum wage is about the best I can do. Most minimum wage jobs include being yelled at by strangers on a regular basis.

I don't know where I'll still be living, or who I'll be living with, or who my friends will be. I don't know where my parents will be living, or where all of my packed things will be moved to. I don't know how my guinea pigs are going to fare, if I'm going to have to separate them, or how much longer Pepe will last. I don't know how much longer my relationship will last. I don't know how much longer I'll be able to have people yell at me before I crack and have to quit. I don't know how I'd be able to afford school and food and gas without a job. I don't know if I'd be able to find another job, or a better job, a job where I don't get yelled at by strangers.

Stability.

The quality, state, or degree of being stable.

The strength to stand or endure.

Continuance without change.

Steadfastness.

Permanence.

Stability.

Something that I'm currently lacking.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Last Minute Post? I'll See If I Think Of Things To Say As I Go Along? Maybe It'll Turn Out Pretty Good? *Awkward Smiley Face*





Yup. You read that title.

I planned on having a post already planned and ready to go for today that would go up at my normal time on 2:30 Pacific Time, but I totally blew it.

I stumbled through my finals week, making it out barely alive, and drove home with my guinea pigs in the back seat trying to get home ahead of a big snow storm that was brewing.

After my finals, I assumed that I would get some breathing room and time to relax being at home without classes or work to worry about, which I was completely wrong about.... I got home, and my family quickly left for a family outing, and the same thing the next day. On Monday, my mom was back home and she had an outing planned for the day with just my younger brother and I, which involved a lot of running around to shops and being in crowded places trying to pick and buy things. Today I hoped I would finally have my relaxing day to myself, but it was filled with more outings and plans.

I just haven't been able to slow down and breathe! I feel almost like I haven't been able to since September when I had my gall bladder out!

For the most part, I'm actually looking forward to the holiday season being over, because then everything will slow down, and I'll have some real time to decompress before figuring out all of my school stuff again.

My final grades haven't even been posted yet, and family members keep asking me what classes I'm doing next semester and whether or not I've looked up and bought the textbooks yet or not!

It's times like these where I wish that I had more time. Not just time to relax, but more time in general. I feel like everything is flying by so quickly that I can't keep up with it all. I want to do everything, but twenty four hours isn't enough time for everything! Especially if I want to get some sleep!

I have some plans for what I want the future to be, and for how I want things to go, and I'm hoping that those things will happen in the new year. I've also got some blog posts planned, which I'll hopefully get up on time (unlike this post!), and I've got some resolutions and reflections that I want to do.

Right now, it's not even 8:30pm and I'm already ready for bed, exhausted from the day, and looking forward to trying to sleep in (which I haven't been able to do yet, my body still thinks I need to be up at 6am every day for classes and/or work). Hopefully things will look up from here!

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Book Review - Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland


Right this moment, I have just put down this book after having sat and properly read it for several hours, and I have no idea how to put into words how this book has made me feel. There's this feeling sitting in my heart right now of love, and coziness, and familiarity, and joy. As soon as I finished reading Louise's letter to the reader, I knew I had to sit and write out my review of this book while I still had all of these things swirling around in my mind and heart.

I had preordered this book, and excited awaited its arrival, and then I got swept up with life and with school so I didn't get a chance to sit and read it like I had planned. Now that I have read it, I'm kicking myself a little bit that I didn't carve out the time to read it sooner!

Originally I planned to read several books over the course of my winter break from school and post a long thing showcasing all of them together in the new year, but a book like this one deserves to have its own post, so I changed my plans.

I've been thinking back to one of Louise's weekly vlogs where she had a very honest, sit down conversation about how worried she was about people not liking this book. She was writing this beautiful, heart wrenchingly honest book that has hit me very deeply at this point in my life, so I can very honestly say that she had no reason to be worried about people not liking it back when she was recording that video, and she has no reason to be worried about it now that the book has been released and is being read all over the world.


To be completely honest, I was unsure as to whether or not I would like this book because I tend to stick to young adult fiction. When I started reading it, and Robin's character developed and I began to feel like I was reading about the goings on in the life of a dear friend, I was really happy to have branched out from young adult fiction. There were so many days when I was up late reading this book because I needed to know what Robin was going to do next and how she was going to handle the various predicaments she got into. There were also a lot of days where I wished I could hop into the book for a little while to try to help/support her, because the further I got into the book the more I felt like Robin was a friend whose life I really cared about.

At one point in the book (I'll do my best to keep this spoiler free, but you're kind of at your own risk for this part), Robin has a big falling out with a male suitor, and she told herself that his opinions didn't matter, but that she wondered if his opinions really did matter (that's as close to spoiler free as I can get).

I, completely and totally, stopped reading at that point and had an honest conversation with myself about that. Sat by myself, in my pjs, in my college apartment that honestly could be cleaner, I had a real and profound moment because of something that I read in this book. That doesn't really happen with young adult fiction.

In case you couldn't tell, I absolutely and completely LOVE this book. I love Robin, and Lyla, and Lacey, and Piper, and all of the other wonderful characters that feel like close friends to me now. I can't wait to see what Robin gets into next, so hopefully it won't be too long before the second book is released!

If you want to make new friends, have profound moments in the middle of the night, and learn about yourself through the characters, then I very highly recommend this book to you. You won't be disappointed.

I'll see you on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Current Favorite Beauty and Skincare Products

It's been a while since I've posted my beauty and skincare favorites, and it seemed like now would be a good time since I recently updated a few of my makeup items!


The Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics pallet is the newest addition to my makeup routine. When I visited my local Ulta Beauty, they had the pallet on sale for an extremely low price, and I knew I couldn't pass up on the opportunity. I absolutely love all of the colors, they're all extremely pigmented, and the brush that comes in the pallet is really good quality. Not to mention that the mirror included in it is big enough to put a whole face of makeup in! 

Urban Decay is Vegan and Cruelty Free, however their parent company does test on animals. 


I've been loving the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder to set my under eyes, and my foundation if I'm going for a full face that day. It's the first loose powder that I've used, and to be honest there's a night and day difference between a loose powder and a pressed powder! I don't think I'll go back to using a pressed powder in the future. I'm still using the same L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi highlighter in the shade Rose, and the Covergirl Cheers blush in the shade 110 that I've had in previous makeup posts. One of my newer interests is with contouring, so of course I had to go with most people's tried and true Hoola Bronzer from Benefit. So far, my first impressions of it are really positive (I got the mini to test the waters with it a bit). 

NYX is Cruelty Free, but their parent company does test on animals, and they are not Vegan. 
Covergirl and L'Oreal are not Cruelty Free and Vegan brands. 
Benefit is also not Cruelty Free or Vegan.


For a really long time I've been swearing by the Milani Make It Last Setting Spray. No other setting spray or Primer that I've tried had every really come close to the stay power of this setting spray. it's for sure a staple in my makeup routine that I don't see changing anytime soon. I've also been using the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Coverage foundation, which I was originally skeptical of, but I've grown to love it! I will typically use it to conceal my under eye bags, but when I want to have a full face of makeup, this is the only foundation that I reach for. When it comes to mascara, the best one I've been able to find is the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in the shade Blackest Black. Ever since I've been using this mascara, I've gotten tons of complements from people about how great my eyelashes look, and it's all because of this mascara.

Milani is a Cruelty Free brand, but is not Vegan.
Rimmel and L'Oreal are not Cruelty Free and Vegan brands.


One of my few Black Friday purchases was this perfume! It's a really beautiful and light Vanilla scent, that I wear every day. It lasts all day, and I've gotten nothing but complements on it. As far as perfumes go, it's extremely good quality for how low the cost is. 

I was unable to find if this perfume was Cruelty Free and Vegan or not.


In order to take off all of my makeup at the end of the day, and give my skin a nice cleansing, I always go for the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. There's nothing better to make sure that all of my makeup is completely removed. It also makes my skin feel really clean, which prepares it perfectly for the Timewise solution and my Skyn undereye cream.

Garnier is not a Cruelty Free and Vegan brand.


Skyn Iceland's Icelandic Relief Eye Cream with Glacial Flower Extract is the one and only eye cream that I've used, but it's something that I really love having my my skincare routine. It's a thick almost putty-like cream that stays extremely cool and applies really smoothly. A little bit goes a long way with this product, so don't be fooled by its seemingly small size.  I haven't noticed a significant amount of changes in my undereyes, aside from them feeling a lot better because of how cooling the cream is. I'm sure that I'll notice more significant changes over time while using this product.

Skyn Iceland is Cruelty Free and a 100% Vegan brand.


I've talked about this products before, and I continue to use and love it. The Mary Kay Timewise solution is my go-to product for great skin. I put it on before going to bed, and literally overnight there are a lot of differences in my skin. Smaller pores, it'll help get rid of any pesky pimples I may have, my skin is a lot softer, and it helps keep my skin feeling really soft.

Mary Kay is not a Cruelty Free or Vegan.


I hope you enjoyed this post! What beauty and skincare products have you been loving? 
I'll see you on Tuesday!




I got all of my information about the brands from the site Cruelty Free Kitty, which you can check out HERE if you want to learn more about which brands are or aren't Cruelty Free.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

November 2017 Overview


As you already noticed, I was pretty absent from this blog in the month of November, I only had 4 posts up in the whole month! In all honesty I've been really inconsistent with my posts since school started back up for me in August... Which I don't think needs much of an explanation, I think school is a big enough reason to be inconsistent with postings.

In November, I had a lot of exams before heading home for a week for the Thanksgiving Holiday and my Birthday. I spent a lot of time working on schoolwork, and even though I probably had the time over the break to write up some posts, I really just wanted a break from everything so that I could have a lot of time to myself. I'm sorry to say, but my blog went on the back burner and wasn't my first priority this month.

Thanksgiving was amazing, and it really put my synthetic gall bladder prescription to the test to see how much food I could eat without exploding. For my first Thanksgiving without my gall bladder, it couldn't have gone better! My family had a large dinner with most of my mom's extended family and some of our neighbors, and we watched a lot of movies (albeit a few Christmas ones that I wasn't particularly excited about). It was really great to get to see my family! At one point, one of my Aunt's took my families photos for our Christmas card this year, and she took some extra ones of just me that turned out really good!

If you're curious about my Gall Bladder removal, you can check out my post about that HERE.

On my Birthday, I did go Black Friday shopping with my mom. We went to several stores, mostly pet stores, and I mostly got pet supplies... My mom got me several things for Christmas that I don't know about (wink, wink), and we visited my Grandma to watch some cheesy Hallmark Christmas Movies (My Grandma LOVES their Christmas movies, she watches them almost all year long).

If you're curious as to what I got for my birthday, you can check out my post HERE.

I know what you're all wondering, where were my Guinea Pigs through all of this... I actually had a friend, who is a Pre-Veterinary Student, watch them for the week that I was back home for the break. They were really well taken care of, but were seemingly happy to see me when I got back! I absolutely love my boys, so I did miss them while I was away, but it didn't seem like it would be a good idea to have them travel with me because it would be a long drive back and forth for just a week long break.

I don't have a whole lot else to say about the month of November, because I was primarily at work and school, or at home working on stuff for work and school the whole month. It wasn't particularly exciting... Although I have decided to move forward with adding on a Forestry Minor to my two Majors. Hopefully I won't kick myself for it later... Hahaha

I'll see you on Thursday!





What About Blogmas?
In November, I threw around whether or not I wanted to participate in Blogmas by posting every day in the month of December, but I decided that, because I was already struggling to post consistently, I wouldn't be able to manage posting every day particularly well. I'm still going to be posting in December, hopefully on my usual Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I already have a few posts planned that I'm pretty excited about.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

What I Got For My Birthday 2017

November the 24th was my 21st birthday!! Hooray for me! I spent the day Black Friday shopping, and watching really bad Hallmark movies with my grandma. It was a really relaxed day, and I really enjoyed it! After all the craziness that was Thanksgiving, it was nice to have a day for me where I could choose what I wanted to do.

This post is going to be going through all of the things that I got for my birthday this year! I don't know id a disclaimer is necessary, but I want to state that I'm not making this post to try to brag or show off, I just wanted to do a post because I love seeing other people's posts like these. I'm just a bit nosy, I guess. 


I got some gift cards, which are always popular with me! I typically save them for a rainy day or for when I've run out of time to make myself a lunch before I've left home. When people asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I would always say gift cards! They're easy, and I like to have them stored away. The specific ones that I got were for iTunes, Bath and Body Works, McDonald's, and Subway. I'm for sure excited to use them in the future!


When my mom was visiting another state, she saw these sticky tabs in a store and said she had to get them for me! They're all different animals! That way I'll have cute little animal faces sticking out of my books (both textbooks and personal/fun books). They're relatively small, and their adhesive is surprisingly strong so they do really stick! I've already left my mom a few notes stuck to mirrors with these, and I absolutely love them!


This one is kind of an inside joke... It's a Present shaped Bath Bomb from Lush! I got a Present for a Present! I don't think I really need to talk about this one very much, it seems as though everyone who cares about Lush would already know what this is and how great it is.


On the more practical side, I got a new backpack in my favorite color. My old backpack was really falling apart - I had sewn it back together in several places, and duct taped over other places, and it really wasn't suiting its purpose anymore. Even though I didn't pick out this backpack for myself, I would have picked this exact one if I did! It's the perfect amount of pockets, and no need for sewing or duct taping!


It's no secret that I'm a BIG fan of Dutch Bros. Every year I've gotten their $10 seasonal mug, and I was really bummed about not being able to get one this year (because I go to school in a state without Dutch Bros), but my younger brother was ahead of the game and got me this year's mug for my birthday! I've already used it several times, and just like with the others that I have, I love it! 


Several weeks ago when my parents were visiting me, we went through a lot of department stores and I fell in love with a set of flower pots. My mom, being the super sneaky person that she is, got them for me along with some plants to put in them! I've got it set up on the bookshelf by my bed, which is near a window, and it makes me so happy to have some green living in my room to brighten up the space. I'm not the best at keeping plants alive, but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to do so with these. That way I'll keep some green throughout the Winter months!


This keychain has a bit of a long backstory to it... So bear with me on this one, I'll tell it as briefly as I can without skimping out too much. When my boyfriend and I first started dating, I had a really bad day that ended with me locking my keys in my car in the parking lot outside of my apartment. I called my boyfriend, who had already heard a lot about how bad my day was. He was at work, which was why I called him, because part of his job at our office involves unlocking and jump starting cars for students. For some reason my car wouldn't unlock very easily, but he managed to pull my wad of keys out through the door so that I could unlock my car that way! In doing so, the trinket on my keychain was broken off, and I told him he owed me a new one. Not so jokingly he said he would get me one for my birthday with Putin's face on it! So when he handed me the keychain, I was really happy that it had a unicorn, and not Putin on it. He's a good egg, but sometimes he worries me! Hahaha


The same brother who gave me the Dutch Bros mug also gave me this really nice knit scarf! I had only said once in passing that I needed a white scarf for some of my outfits, and he remembered when he went to the store to get something for me. I'm beyond happy with it, I'll for sure be wearing all the time this winter.


Last but not least, I got a new sweater! It was one that I tried on when I was with my mom and really liked. It was funny when I opened it because my mom said "I betcha it fits so well you'd almost think you tried it on first!" It's soft and comfortable, and I've already been wearing it almost every day. I think that people will get sick of seeing me in this sweater I've been wearing it so much. There's nothing cozier than a really nice sweater.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Is College Too Much? (A Life Update)


This is a long overdue post - I've had the ideas for what to say in it for quite sometime, but I haven't really been able to get a straight thought pattern about it. I haven't posted for a while, and I figured the best way would be to jump right in and hope that my thoughts align themselves in a way that makes sense as I go along.

I'm in my third year at college studying animal sciences, double majoring, and it's taken me until my third year to really realize just how much time and energy college takes up. This semester I've been taking 17 credits (18 is the maximum that you're allowed to take in a semester) while also working part time, and volunteering to help take care of rabbits that are being used as a part of a behavioral study. I have about an hour to myself during the day, and then the evenings after my classes and work are done.

I love what I'm studying, and I love being kept busy and having so much to occupy my time, but at the same time I think it would be nice to be able to get more time off/more time to myself.

Jokingly, I've started to tell people that I'll be at this school forever because I'm trying to do so much and to learn as much as I can while I'm here. I don't really want to be here forever. In fact, just thinking about having to stay for an additional year after my "senior year" is really frustrating to me. It seems as though everyone I know will be graduating and leaving me behind here, even though I know that's really not the case.

After gaining this "I'll be here forever" mentality, I started looking into additional things that I would be able to do while I'm here to help fill in the time. Things like adding Minors onto my two majors, or if it would be possible to add in a third major rather than just minoring.

Taking so many credits, and working, and helping with rabbits, plus my own relationship and pets, I've been feeling like it's all too much at the same time as feeling like I should be doing more.

I realize that that probably doesn't make very much sense... But there it is.

Everything that I've been thinking and feeling reminds me of a vlogbrothers video from not too long ago, when they had a guest content creator made a video for their channel. I keep going back to it and thinking about it, because it so perfectly sums up what I've been experiencing in a much better way than I've been able to explain it. I'll include it here at the bottom, so if you don't really understand what I'm talking about in the body of this post it'll hopefully clear everything up.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Maple Holistics, Amazing Shampoo, and a Free Product Program


At the end of September, Maple Holistics reached out to me because they wanted to share their amazing Tea Tree Oil Shampoo with me, and I jumped at the chance! I've been using this product for over a month now, and I can't recommend it enough.

My first impression of this product was "Wow, this smells amazing". On the side of the bottle it states that one of its main functions is to "clear away dead skin and soothe scalp blemishes", which I thought would be great if it really lived up to that. It also is Sulfate Free, which is a huge plus for me, and it has more than 98 amazing, natural compounds to help get your scalp looking and feeling great. All in all, my first impression of this product was really positive.


When I first started using it, I followed the directions on the bottle (use a quarter sized amount, leave for 2-3 minutes, rinse and repeat) and I didn't pair it with any of my regular products. I wanted to get a good idea of what this shampoo was like all on its own, and what kind of effect it would have on my hair and scalp. 

Let me tell you - it made my hair feel amazing. Typically my hair gets really dry and is hard to brush if all I use is shampoo, but that wasn't the case with this product, my hair was easy to brush and didn't have its usual spindly texture. After using it as directed for a few weeks I noticed a significant difference in the overall quality of my hair - my hair wasn't as dry, it wouldn't get frizzy, overall my hair looked shinier and felt a lot softer. I don't struggle a whole lot with dead skin or blemishes on my scalp, but I did notice that the little bit of dead skin that I was experiencing was completely gone, which was seriously amazing! It totally lived up to what it stated it would do on the bottle.

After a few weeks of using the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo on its own, I wanted to see what would happen if I were to replace it in my regular hair care routine so that I could see how it would work with other products. 

I don't think my hair has ever been this soft in my entire life. Or this healthy.

My regular products that are meant to hydrate and strengthen my hair paired with this Shampoo that improves my scalp health and the appearance and texture of my hair is basically the most magical combination that leads to perfect hair every time.



An 8oz bottle of this shampoo typically costs $25, but right now it's on their website for $8.95! Which is a steal!! You can check that out right HERE.

If you're not already 100% sold on this product, Maple Holistics has a Free Samples Program! All you have to do is fill out a simple form online, and you'll be sent a free sample of any of their products. Of course I love their shampoo, but they have a wide variety of products that you'd be able to choose from if you aren't in the market for a new bottle of shampoo. You can check out their Free Samples Program HERE.

You won't be disappointed!! I'll see you on Tuesday

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

October 2017 Overview


I know I've missed quite a few posts... In my last post I had talked up upcoming posts for the rest of that month, but of course I missed posting those, so I'm moving them to be posted this month - so don't worry about missing anything!

Everything has been really hectic in my life at the moment, mostly because of school but also with the upcoming Thanksgiving Break and my travel plans to go home for both the holiday and for my birthday (which is on the 24th).

I had mostly exams all through October, them being the last exams before my final exams in December that mark the end of the semester. I also had quite a few papers and things due as well, which didn't really help me with the whole "running around like a chicken with its head cut off" thing that I've been doing.

October came with a lot of changes in my life.

At work, everyone pretty much quick in the front office except for me and one other girl, which left us with a heavy load of work to do all on our own when we were there between classes. However, we were lucky enough to hire some new people really quickly. They aren't fully trained yet, but based on the work that they've been able to do so far it looks as if they're going to be some great workers. I'm mostly looking forward to when I won't have to keep training them, and can go back to my regular work load.

I also had to come to come to terms with the fact that I won't be able to take internships that are outside of where I'm going to school because of being unable to leave my guinea pigs for long periods of time. However, I'm hoping to be able to get more involved with research that's being conducted by Graduate Students at my school so that even though I won't be able to get as much field experience I'll be getting research experience and a lot of animal care experience. Right now I'm helping take care of some rabbits that are being used for a behavioral research study, and I'm really enjoying!

I also came to understand that in double majoring I'm trying to do a lot more than most of the other students at my school, which also means that I'll be at the school for a longer amount of time to be able to accomplish what I'm planning to. After coming to terms with the fact that I'm probably going to be at this school forever, I decided to try for a Forestry Minor as well... It's only one additional class, and in terms of forever I'm sure that I'll have the time for that one extra class. So when I'm all finished at the end of forever, I'll have two majors and a minor, and hopefully a leg up when it comes to finding a job doing what I love.

Alrighty... On a lighter note, I watched a lot of new things in October. I watched La La Land with my roommate (It was awesome, I highly recommend it), the second season of Stranger Things, and the new Netflix Original Series called Alias Grace. I loved both of those Netflix shows, so if you're looking for something new to watch I would for sure check them out. I could write about a post about them and what I think about them if you'd like! Just let me know!


For me, October was jam packed, but all in all it was a really great month. I'm pretty excited about getting a break, and being able to sleep, and being able to take some time for myself in the upcoming Thanksgiving Break from school. Bot to mention the fact that it'll be my birthday.. Haha I'll be sure to do a post afterwards about what I got for my birthday.

I hope you all had a great October! I'll see you Tomorrow for another new post!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chilly Day Chat


I feel like I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I haven't had the time to sit down and write kind of a chatty post about life and random other things that I think of!

One of the main things that I've been trying to smooth out is which classes I want to take next semester because this semester is over halfway over! It's crazy because I feel like it was just yesterday that I was starting college, and now I'm planning for the second half of my Junior Year (3rd Year). My classes have, as you can imagine, been my top priority at the moment. I'm looking forward to the end of the semester, but I'm not looking forward to final exams...

This semester, one of the main things that I've really had to get used to is asking for help (from teachers, teaching assistants, and from classmates) even though it means adding in meetings into my already pretty packed schedule. I've been getting deeper into my majors, so I'm getting deeper into all the technical stuff, so it's good to ask for help to make sure that I don't get lost... I'm just not a fan of asking for help! I normally try to do everything on my own!

For one of my classes I got to go look for some Bighorn Sheep this past Saturday! Even though we didn't really see very many sheep, and it took up the whole day, it was such a fun experience. It was one of those things that made me glad that I chose the majors that I did! I'm so happy in the field doing what I love!

When it comes to my life outside of school, I've been working at keeping my room clean. This may seem like a weird thing to talk about, but I have posted about it in the past... I work better and get less frustrated when my room is clean. I've been really busy, so tidying tends to fall to the bottom on my list, which ends up making me go crazy! So I've been trying to get that back up near the top of my To Do Lists.

For the most part I've been doing a lot of homework, a lot of reading, and a lot of sleeping. Mostly homework. I have a few books that I've been loving, and I'll be sure to do a post on them soon!

At this point I'm really looking forward to the second season of Stranger Things going up on Netflix this Friday! I've kind of fallen out of love with Netflix because I've watched everything that I want to on it already... I need new things to watch, so season two couldn't be coming at a better time!

This month I've been trying and loving a lot of different beauty products, and I'm really excited to do some posts about the products that I've been loving! (There's one coming up this Thursday, so be sure to check back for that). I've also been reading a lot of really good books that I'm looking forward to writing posts about, along with some more advice based posts that I have churning around in my head right now.

Anyways... Haha I'm not sure how to wrap up this post, I covered a lot of different things in it. So I guess I'll just see you on Thursday!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Favorite Fall Beverage


This really isn't going to be a very long post, but I think it would be wrong not to talk about my favorite drink for the fall! I make it myself, although you can purchase it from most coffee shops - and that's Chai Tea with Vanilla syrup.

I prefer the Tazo classic chai tea bags, I think that they have the best flavor. I typically will mix in some milk as well, any milk will do, and then some of the Torani French Vanilla syrup.

To be completely honest, I normally put in probably way too much of the syrup because I prefer my teas to be sweet, but you could add however much you wanted because you really can't go wrong with the Torani syrups.

I've been making this in the mornings before starting my day, and it's been really lovely. To me it taste pretty pumpkiny even though it doesn't actually have pumpkin spice in it. This has been my go to fall beverage for the past few years! There's really nothing better on a cold morning than a nice mug of chai tea!

Have you tried this kind of tea before? Are there any kinds of teas that you think I should try in the future?

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Inverted Industrial Bar

The last time I posted about my piercings I was talking about my cartilage piercings that were my first ones since getting my original earlobe piercings where I was 8 years old. You can check out that post HERE if you're interested

After getting those last piercings, I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to get next or even if I wanted to get any others. My friend who had gone with me spent a lot of time talking to me about different types of piercings and the potential pain scale. After talking to her about it for a while, I decided on getting an industrial bar (I'll insert a picture here)

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/thoughts-before-during-after-getting-industrial-bar-piercing

Industrial Bars are a really unique looking piercing, and at least where I live there aren't a lot of people who have them. 

I waited a few weeks after I made the initial decision about what I wanted so that I could be sure that I would like the look of it (and have the funds to be able to get it).

I picked a date and actually went in alone to the parlor! I explained to the piercer, the same guy who had done my cartilage previously, what I wanted. He looked at my ear for like half a second and said that the industrial bar that I was planning on most likely wouldn't look right on my ear because of the shape. He then suggested that I get in Inverted Industrial Bar, he said that it would be a bent barbell that would go vertically through my ear rather than horizontally. 

At the time I felt ready for anything, so even though I wouldn't get a lot of time to think about it and what it would look like, I said I was down for whatever he thought would be unique and would look awesome! 

He drew the marks on my left ear, taking his time to make sure that they would line up correctly, and then he bent a barbell to fit my ear. He did let me check the marks to be sure it was what I wanted, but I didn't look at them too hard because I knew he put them in the best places for it to look really great.


I absolutely love it! It wasn't something that I had thought about getting, but I love how it turned out and how it looks. It's something I'd never seen before, so I'm really happy about the level of uniqueness because that's one of the main things that I was going for.

For the pain scale, the conch part of the piercing hurt by far the worst. The top portion hurt the same as the other cartilage piercings I got on my other ear.

It did bleed a lot the day that I got it done, but after that it didn't really bleed or hurt at all. It stayed really sensitive for a few weeks, so I couldn't let anything touch it or jostle it at all.

It really doesn't give me any problems now, and it doesn't hurt at all anymore. I'm really happy with it and how it looks! But I'm really not planning on getting any more any time soon. I do have ideas for which piercings I'd like to get in the future, but at this point I think I need to give my ears a bit of a break before I get any more.

Thanks for sticking around and reading! I'd love to know what you think about this inverted industrial bar!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Makeup Favorites

One of the things I love the most about Fall is all of the Fall Colors! Oranges, browns, reds, yellows... They're absolutely beautiful. I especially love adding those colors into my daily makeup looks. This fall, I've been loving some specific products and I wanted to share them with you!


My two favorite eyeshadows have been "Happy Hibiscus" from Seraphine Botanicals (which is actually meant to be a blush, but works great as an eyeshadow) and "Marrakesh - Spice Market" by Nomad.


They're both pretty similar mahogany red colors, however Spice Market is extremely metallic and Happy Hibiscus is much more matte. I've been using the colors alone and mixed together almost every day! Occasionally I'll mix one or both of them with some matte brown shades as well, but not as often as I wear them on their own.


My go to lipsticks have been some really dark/purple toned colors as well as a beautiful true red. As you know from my past post about my lipstick collection, I've always been a fan of these lipsticks, I've just been reaching for them more often now that it's the Fall. They really round out and add to a fall makeup look.


The colors I've been loving are from ColourPop. Wild Things, Viper, Tulle, and Creeper. Creeper is the one that I've been wearing the most. There's something about a true red lip that screams "Fall". 


To top off an awesome fall look, a beautiful fall nail color is always needed. I've been wearing "Left Marooned" from the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel nail polish. It goes along with the mahogany red eyeshadows as well as the darker, more purple lipsticks. This particular polish lasts a really long time, and wear really well. 


Just to make me love all of these products more, they're all cruelty free! Most of them are also vegan as well! There's nothing better than not having a guilty conscience for using such wonderful products.

What are your favorite fall makeup products? Have you tried any of these before? I'd love to know what you think about these products, or if there are any new products that I should try.

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

American Horror Story

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/top-10-american-horror-story-episodes

I know I'm pretty late to the game with this one, but I recently started watching American Horror Story on Netflix and let me tell you - I'm addicted.

This show is exactly what I want to watch this fall season! There's nothing that gets me into the Halloween spirit quite like curling up with a big blanket and some hot coco in the dark to watch something really scary and psychologically thrilling. I really recommend it if you're looking for something new that has major unforeseen twists. However, it's really not for the faint of heart.

Each season is a different story with different characters and a different level of horror. However, the cast of actors typically stays the same throughout each season, with only a few additions.

The first season, Murder House, was by far my favorite season. It was mostly psychological rather than being gory or  full of jump scares, which I really liked. It was a lot of ghosts and haunting and tricks of the mind so that you're not sure who's alive and who isn't, as well as being confused as to who is "good" and who is "bad".  If you're going to start watching AHS, then the first season is for sure where you want to start.

The other seasons have much more gore and blood, but they keep up with the psychological aspects (although not as much as the first season).

Although each season is a different story, they all slightly tie in together through some of the minor characters, like the realtor, or a nun, that leave them all a little bit interconnected despite being different in story line.

One of the things that I love the most about American Horror Story is that there's no way of knowing what's going to happen next, or what trick is up a certain character's sleeve. I'm glad there are so many seasons up on Netflix, because there's no way that I would be able to wait between episodes! I always need to know what's going to happen, because I can't guess for myself!

I'm not normally someone that goes for horror, but American Horror Story is a type of horror all its own, and for some reason I can't get enough of it!

Have you seen American Horror Story? What do you think about it? Let me know what you think about it, or if you think you'll start watching it!

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September 2017 Overview


September was mostly a month of catch-up and midterms and getting ready for Fall to finally be here!

One of the major things that's happened in my life was signing up to help take care of some rabbits that a graduate student had for a research project about behavior. I go early in the mornings twice a week before my classes to take care of them, and I absolutely love it. It's also a great way for me to make some higher up connections to be able to get a foot in the door with some other animals.

When it comes to my life plan and my goals, I don't want to be limited in the types of animals that I can work with, so while I'm still in school I want to gain as much experience as I can working with as many different types of animals as I can.

For the most part, I had a lot of midterms, but there are still a few more to come in October. Exams aren't my strong suit, but I've been doing well at them so far, which is great! I enjoy almost all of my classes because a majority of them are belonging to my majors and what I actually want to do.

Along with September came football season, which is a big deal for the department I work for, and took up a majority of my weekends. It's actually really nice to be able to think about having weekends off after the season ends! I was basically living on energy drinks and leftovers in the work fridge, which isn't super surprising for a college student, but isn't really a great way to live life.

Fall is my favorite season of all time, so I'm beyond happy about the weather getting cooler, the leaves changing, and all of the awesome seasonal drinks and clothes! The leaves where I live haven't started changing yet, but as soon as they do I'm sure I'll get lots of great photos up of all of them!

One of the most exciting things that happened in September was that I got my guinea pigs approved by the school, so they're no longer smuggled in, they're actually allowed to be here. No more trying to sneak in guinea pig food or bedding or hay! Plus, now I can call maintenance to come fix the bathroom sink in my apartment without worrying about them seeing my guinea pigs and turning me in to housing. Which is great because now housing is aware that I have them, and I can having a non-leaky sink!

I ordered quite a few books in the month of September, which I'm really excited to read. I got out of the habit of reading, and I miss getting wrapped up in a good book. Now that I have some new books of my own to read, and the determination to actually sit down to read them, I'm really happy to be rekindling one of my favorite things to do. I may or may not write up some reviews of the books - let me know if that's something that you'd want!

All in all, I would say that September was my busiest month by far, but now that the weather is cooling off and my first round of exams are almost done things are really looking up! I'm hoping for a fun and kind of lazy October!

How was your September? Do you have any plans for the month of October? I'd love to know!

I'll see you on Thursday

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Cartilage Piercings

I'd been thinking about getting my cartilage pierced for a long time, but I'd never had the nerve to actually do it. 

I wasn't helped very much by The Gabbie Show's video about getting 5 piercings in one day, because her reaction and description of the pain level was kind of terrifying to me! I didn't want that much pain going on! But afterwards her ears looked really really good... So then I was feeling really indecisive again.

One of my coworkers actually came into work a few days after Gabbie posted that video with 2 new cartilage piercings, and I though they were so cute. She recommended a place to me here in town, and even said that she would go with me if I was worried about it.

So, on Friday the 18th, I went to the shop with my coworker and explained to the piercer what I wanted to have done. Originally I was planning for 3, but when he was putting the marker on to see where they would go I liked the look of 2 better than 3 for my ear. 


Here they are!
(Sorry about the poor quality photo, I snapped it on my phone really quickly)

So far they've been healing up really well! They don't hurt at all anymore, and I was lucky enough to not have any swelling even after they're were freshly pierced.


The shop I went to is known for being the best in my area for both tattoos and piercings, so I felt comfortable going there because I knew they would do a good job. The piercer himself was really easy to talk to, which is great because I felt like he was also really listening to what it was that I wanted. 

I think the most fun part was deciding which jewelry I wanted to get. He had a whole bunch of options and colors of gems for me to choose from. At the end I was debating between a dark pink colored gem and the clear ones that I ended up going with. A majority of what I own is a dark pink color, but I thought that the clear ones would match more things. 

Now, the pain... One of the main things that I was worried about in getting the new piercings was the pain. 

The only piercing I had before this were my lobes, which I had pierced when I was 8 years old in a Claire's in my local mall. That basically meant that I had no reference of what the pain would be like for me, or memory of what the aftercare is like. The piercer knew all of this and was more than willing to answer all of my questions as well as giving me a detailed sheet of care instructions to make sure that I would heal really easily and as painlessly as possible. 

The best way I can describe what it felt like for me was like getting pinched. A strong, but brief, pinch.

He did put a slight numbing agent on my ear, so that may have played a part in why it didn't hurt at all for me. 

Most of the pain came later as I realized that I probably wouldn't be sleeping with that ear down on my pillow for a while. 

I love them, and I love how they look! I'm really comfortable with them - it actually feels as if I've always had them. Like they've always been there and been a part of my overall look. 

They'll take a while to heal, but I'm planning on investing in a pair of the pink earrings for them to be able to switch between the two because pink is my most worn color.

As soon as my coworker and I got back to my car after I got them done, we sat down and she said "So what are you going to get pierced next!?" Haha I'm not sure if I'll get any more piercings any time soon - definitely not before the ones I have now are completely healed. I'm open to new ideas though, so if you have any suggestions for ones you think would look good be sure to let me know!


Have you ever thought about getting piercings? Let me know which ones!

I'll see you on Thursday!
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