On a Mini Vacation

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I am taking a little vacation from the blog for a few different reasons. I am playing the role of M.O.H. in my best friend’s wedding in June, so it’s go time – time to crack down and get those last minute tasks finished before the big day. Also, I am working on finding a big girl job. I just graduated college a few weeks ago, and now I am eagerly searching for a job where I can use the skills I learned in college. So, we will call this a mini “job-cation” if you will. Not to mention, I still have my current job to deal with, too.

It might take a Year, it might take a Day, but what's meant to be will always find its Way.

Thank you to all of my followers for sticking with me.

Be back soon!

Wedding Bells

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As I’ve been finishing up school, I’ve also been helping my best friend plan her wedding. It’s hard to believe that in less than two months, I’ll be walking across the stage at Consol Energy Center and accepting my diploma. And shortly after that, I’ll be standing next to my best friend as she says ‘I do.’

My days have been busy, between picking up my cap and gown and sealing envelopes to get bridal shower invites in the mail – it’s been hectic. However, I did have enough time to help create beautiful invites and other paper goods for my best friend for her special day.

I love event planning and dabbling with graphic design. I’ve created invites for my nieces’ birthday parties, announcements for my graduation, and now my best friend’s invites, save the dates, etc. for her wedding. I’ve also helped coordinate all of these events, too. I’d love to do this more often.

So, here are a few of my pieces of work for her wedding!

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Getting Down to Business

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I’m in my last semester of college. I graduate in May? I GRADUATE IN MAY?! Unreal. These four years have gone by so fast. Are you sure I’m not still a freshman? It’s still a shock to me.

So, I’ve only got a few months before I jump from the nest and spread my wings, in hopes that I don’t land flat on my face in the real-working world. How do I prepare for this? What do I want to do with my future?

My teachers have been asking me for years now, “What do you want to do after you graduate?” My answer always is, “Be successful, be happy.” I know, that’s not the answer they were looking for. They are always looking for an exact career driven answer, like, “I want to be an astronaut!” or, “I want to be an art director at an ad and PR firm!”

To be honest, this question induces a bit of anxiety within me. Do I have to choose right now what I want to be for the rest of my life? Can’t I try out a few things before I set in stone what I want to be? The answer is you can do whatever is right for you. Don’t follow the common standards. Do what is best for you.

Regardless of what you want to be someday, there are a few things that I have come up with that I believe are common aspects of life and pointers to look into when it comes to getting a foot in the door for your future career.

1: Do your research

It’s as simple as that. Do your research on a job you might like and on a few companies who offer that job. See what’s in store for you in that position and who may be the best for you to work for. Look at the work they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished as a company. Is that something you want to be part of?

2: Where do you hope to live someday?

Do you have a set place you want to live someday? This can steer you in a different direction career wise. If you want to live in a country setting, you may have to get a more blue-colored job, unless you plan on commuting into a city setting. If you want to be a ski instructor, you may not be able to live in Florida.

3: Invest in a few key pieces of business attire

If you  have a nice pair of black pants and a nice blazer (or sport jacket if you’re a guy) then you can conquer any interview, having confidence that you’re outfit is professional. I think that a few solid business pieces in your closet can really help you. They don’t have to be expensive Armani business separates. You can pick up nice business attire for great prices at places like Ross Dress for Less and Kohl’s.

4: Do what’s best for you

In the end, no matter what career you choose, where you’re living, or what you’re wearing, you have to ultimately do what’s best for you. If you need to do a complete turn around at some point because what you’re doing isn’t right for you, then make it happen.

I am in the process of going over all of these steps right now with my own life, so I hope that they help you out, too. If you have any questions or advice, feel free to comment below!

I’ve Missed this Place

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I feel like I’ve left you all hanging for the past few months. Before I knew it, weeks had passed from my last posting, and I’ll admit that I was DROWNING this semester. The good news is that I’m done with the semester, and the even better news is that I actually have this thing called free time now that I don’t have piles of homework.

Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I love the holiday season. I was just home this past weekend for my family Christmas party, and I have a very large family. While I was perusing Pinterest in hopes of coming across a recipe for something simple that made a large batch, I came across Dunkaroo Dip.

Ah yes, childhood came rushing back to me, as I envisioned myself licking out the little plastic container that the Dunkaroo Dip came in, because I didn’t want to leave any of that splendid dip behind.

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The recipe was surprisingly simple.

1 box of Funfetti Cake Mix

2 cups of Plain Yogurt

1/2 a container of Cool Whip

Three ingredients to make a delicious crowd favorite. It made a good amount of dip, and I paired it with Honey Teddy Grahams. I only took a little bit of dip home with me after the Christmas Party, and I saw people going back for seconds of it! Some people were even eating it without the Teddy Grahams.

I used Pillsbury cake mix, fat-free plain yogurt (the Wal-Mart brand), and Original Cool Whip.

If you want a quick snack to feed a crowd, go with this go-to Dunkaroo Dip!

Five Fall Essentials

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I woke up today, and my house was freeezingg!! Brrr! It was suddenly fall, overnight. The chill in the air was in full swing. So, how do I keep warm but cute during the fall? Here’s a list of my five go-to items for a fashionable fall. da8990d4e97d295e5f0b022b5ab4785c

1: Over-sized Sweater

When I crawled out of bed today, my first thought was, “I am putting on one of my big, chunky, cozy sweaters.”

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I have half a dozen sweaters in several fall hues. You can pair them with your favorite boyfriend jeans or a pair of leggings. It’ll keep you warm, be comfortable, and be cute.

2: Scarves

Scarves, scarves, and more scarves. You can never have enough. I probably have about 30 at this point..I just cant help myself.

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Scarves can dress any outfit up in a snap. Throw it on with a hoodie, a button up, a tee-shirt, or even an over-sized sweater. They work with any outfit.

3: Knit Hat

A knit hat is functional and fashionable, not to mention a savior on a bad hair day!

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It’ll keep your ears warm on chillier days, and it’ll take your outfit up a notch.

4: Boot Socks

Keep your toes warm with a pair of heavy knit boot socks.

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Pair them with all of the above, or put on your favorite long-sleeve team tee on Sunday and make the look cozy with a pair of boot socks.

5: A Good Pair of Boots

Whether you fancy an edgier pair of combat boots or a sleek, knee-high leather pair (I have a pair of each), boots are perfect for any outfit during the fall.

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You’ll be able to deal with the rain, the leaves, and dare I say it, potential snow in a great pair of boots.

These are my five go-to items for fall fashion. I have combined all five in one outfit or rocked each one in its own way in various outfits. One of your fall faves not on the list? Let me know what you love!

Check Out Influenster!

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Hey guys, I joined this great site, Influenster, the other week. It’s a site where you help to review products and in return, can earn cool stuff for yourself! I already got my Dean’s List VoxBox the other day, filled with a lot of cool stuff, for free.

Check it out, here!

Hello, Old Friends.

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Hello, Old Friends! Oh, how I’ve missed blogging. School started a few weeks ago, and I must admit, it took me a while to get into the swing of things. I have four classes, an internship, a practicum in the school of communications, and a new job that I’ve been settling into, too. There were days where I didn’t even think I’d have time to breathe.

I’ve calmed down a bit, and figured out my schedule, so I’m ready to get back into blogging. And what a perfect time to get back into things – It’s Fall! The leaves are starting to change, there’s a crispness in the air, and there’s an overload of pumpkin (if there is such a thing).

When the weather starts to cool off, it’s time to fire up the oven and make some yummy dishes to warm up with. I’ve picked the top five recipes that I’m looking forward to trying this fall.

5: Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin, all day, every day. This recipe from Pine Cones and Acorns features a pumpkin bar that is a mix between a cake and a bread consistency with a light, whipped cream cheese icing.

4: Butterfinger Dip

I love caramel apples in the fall, so this adaption of apples and dip from The 36th Avenue looks well worth a try.

3: Spinach Tortellini Soup

Nothing beats a warm bowl of soup on a cool Fall day. This recipe from Taste of Home combines yummy tortellini and savory vegetables.

2: Cinnamon Roll Dutch Apple Pie

I already love Dutch Apple Pie, but this recipe from Quick’n Easy Recipes kicks it up a notch with a cinnamon roll crust.

1: Chicken and Dumplings

This dish by Eat At Home is the perfect meal to warm you up on a cool day. Who doesn’t love chicken and dumplings?

So get to the kitchen, and start cooking up something yummy!