Four Finds

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1. Did you know that butterflies can see a much larger variety of colors than us?

2. These pumpkin muffins are so tasty and they are even better the next day.

3. My brother went on an adventure to Nepal, India and Dubai last year and this video he made is so inspiring.

4. Spring is right around the corner and that means sandals. I love these manicure + pedicure combos.





Game Day Snacks

This year, having an apartment has made watching sports unique! We are able to make snacks, invite friends over and enjoy being hostesses. For some, food is the most important aspect of watching a sporting event and we can definitely agree with that. Here are some game day recipes that are favorites (tried and true) and some we would like to try!

Matchstick Root Veggies
Cherry Chocolate Blondies
Candy Corn Mix + Guacamole
Pumpkin Muffins
Hot Dogs in Crescent Rolls
Brownies + Banana Bread + Chess Squares + Sweet Potato Fries



  1.  Ina Garten’s Guacamole
  2. Cherry & Chocolate Blondies
  3. Root Veggies sliced french fry style
  4. Candy Corn Trail Mix
  5. Hot dogs wrapped in Crescent Rolls
  6. Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins
  7. Chess Squares (sorry can’t share the recipe, it’s a family secret!)
  8. Pumpkin Muffins

Recipes To Try:

  1. Cheddar Tomato Scones
  2. Buffalo Chicken Empanadas
  3. Pineapple- Teriyaki Chicken Wings
  4. Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sliders
  5. Healthy Baked Apple Chips
  6. Brown Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
  7. Ina Garten’s Lemon Bars

Freshman 15: How to Avoid It

The short lived excitement of cafeteria food. This was the first and last healthy, colorful meal they offered.

Entering college it’s one thing your older friends, relatives, and parents will tell you, “watch out for the freshman 15”. You probably think to yourself no, it won’t happen to me because a)I’ve never really had to worry about weight, b)I eat healthy, and c)I exercise on a regular basis. These are all wonderful things to do in life, but something makes them much more difficult in college. Emily and I pride ourselves in the fact that we were able to stay happy, healthy, and fit, without gaining the dreaded “freshman 15”. Here are some tips to avoid it and come back from your freshman year the same or better as when you left.

  1. The cafeteria food is deceiving. You may think you are eating healthy by choosing vegetables or soups, but the amount of oil and butter added to these items are astronomical, so be careful.
  2. Create an exercise schedule.
  3. Drink plenty of water daily.
  4. Avoid eating/snacking after 8pm. This one is tricky especially being in a dorm where your food is always in your room. So with this in mind, try to keep your room stocked with only healthy foods.
  5. Do not snack while you study. This leads to mindless eating that you will regret later.
  6. It’s 7pm, you are in the middle of studying for a huge exam, so you consider ordering a pizza or anything quick. AVOID this scenario at all costs. Take a thirty minute break and go eat a real dinner. Eating junk for dinner  won’t lead to productive studying anyway.
  7. The cafeteria has a variety of desserts, all of the time. Don’t let yourself grab dessert after every meal. Your body will become used to this and then when you try to cut back, you will have cravings. Try to limit yourself to 1-2 desserts after dinner per week.
  8. Limit your intake of processed carbs and sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.
  9. Walk everywhere! Even though the university transit might be more convenient, make time to enjoy your walk to class. An open, walking campus is one of the benefits of living on campus.

Four Finds

Here are four things that made my Monday a little brighter!

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1. Sometimes you need a little inspiration from others to get yourself going. These motivational quotes are a great pick-me-up. (My fave: #43)

2. This past week I made sweet Valentine’s Day sugar cookies for friends and family.

3. There were so many great Super Bowl commercials this year. I’ve re-watched the Heinz “Wiener Stampede” a few times for a laugh.

4. With all the treats from Valentine’s Day, this article tells the benefits of eating chocolate.


Four Finds

This is a new series that will be posted every Monday.

Here are four fun finds to help you start off your Monday right!

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1. Here are 19 super cool cookie cutters that would be perfect for any and all occasions.

2. Life2Canvas art is beautiful to look at.

3. When my roommates and I were craving something sweet Friday night, we whipped up these super simple from scratch brownies. My roommates can be quoted saying “they are better and just as easy as box brownies”.

4. I’m dreaming of beaches while our forecast says snow. The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2016 is beautiful. Numbers 4 and 37 look perfect to me.

Happy Monday!

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma has always been my favorite place to shop, which goes to show that it’s not just for the middle age group and older. As soon as I was old enough to work, I applied to be a holiday worker at WS in Memphis. I was thrilled to get that job and work there for a few consecutive winters, until unfortunately, the store closed. This past winter, WS had an Instagram contest for their peppermint bark and would choose five winners with the most creative way of incorporating the bark to win a $100 gift card. I brainstormed for about a month and finally submitted a picture that ended up being 1 of the 5 winners. YAY! Knowing that Emily and I were about to move into our first apartment in the fall, I decided to buy my home and kitchen essentials at WS with my gift card. I have compiled some kitchen essentials for a first apartment along with some of WS’s greatest buys.

The winning picture for the #barkyeah contest
The winning picture for the #barkyeah contest

Here is a list with pictures of kitchen essentials for a first apartment from WS.


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