Dear son, don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you

Dear son, don't let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you.


Challenge time.

This whole eating “healthy” thing is killing me. I feel like I’ve only eaten things that taste like garbage today.

In an effort to save money and stick to my “healthy eating” guns, I decided to quickly pack a lunch again today before heading to campus. I grabbed a light strawberry yogurt, a bag of carrots (yes the entire bag to save time :P), a whole grain bagel and natural pb. While packing for lunch, I simultaneously grabbed my Naked juice with added protein powder and a bottle of h2o.

As I sat in class, I decided to try and sip on my Naked juice and could barely get the few measly gulps down. Sigh. I just want clean eating to taste fabulous! Why do I have to fight it? My fellow healthy eating, hipster friends make it look so stinkin easy. Just casually sipping on their wheat grass shots! HELLO, C’mon?! WE ALL KNOW THAT STUFF TASTES LIKE DIRT!

Now I’m sitting in the newly renovated University of Iowa library café. It’s lunch time. I choked down my light strawberry yogurt, almost half my water bottle, and now I’m munching on carrots. Yum………-_-

But I know my body is loving me right now for loving it enough to put good things in it.

I think it’s sad how our bodies as Americans have been so trained to like the foods that are bad for us: McDonalds, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soda, the list goes on and on.

I want to try my hardest for 1 month (30 days) to only eat & drink things that are in their most natural form.

I know it may be nearly impossible but it’s a risk and challenge I want to see through.

Today is day one. Wish me luck.



…you can find music that speaks straight to your soul. While making dinner (for myself…it’s not as cute as you think, i can promise you that), I decided to get some music playing to keep my mind from reeling. I quickly got my laptop set up on the kitchen table and shuffled the music on my pandora station. While I stood over the stove stirring the veggies and linguini and allowing the music to relax me, I tuned into the lyrics. Gosh, can I just say that I love music for the single fact that sometimes it can put words to your thoughts and emotions better than you even thought possible!? Before I knew it, I was quickly gaining comprehension of my emotions and sitting there reading the lyrics of a few unfamiliar songs  as I waited for my pasta to cool. As I sat there…reading the lyrics…allowing my mind to wander…wishing things were different…eyes welling with frustrated tears…i looked up and outside and it started to rain…interesting act of mother nature to act perfectly upon my emotions. I’m proud of ya girl, even when you make me sweat buckets on my walk home from class. She’s always got something up her sleeves. 

Here’s a list of some heartfelt music that had me listening this evening. 


Enjoy. Time for me to put my nose in a textbook. Gotta keep my eyes on the prize. I’m a junior in COLLEGE! How crazy is that?! In a few short months, I’m going to get myself to my senior year where I will begin student teaching! EEK! AND THEN, I’m going to graduate! And move on to beautiful, brighter things! My life is happening and it’s absolutely, wonderful chaos. 


That is all she wrote for tonight, crimsons! 




im interested in playing a game with my phone where i can only take phone calls. starting tomorrow. i’ll see how this experiment goes and blog more about my findings later. 




My heart wants roots. My mind wants wings. I cannot bear their bickerings.” – E.Y. Harburg

They are my favorite. (500) Days of Summer. So innocent



A living room full of character and personality. I’m obsessed with old rugs, fresh flowers, antique dressers, and bold prints! 



There is something about floor mirrors that make me gravitate towards them, especially in a bedroom. Seems sensual to have a big rustic mirror off the edge of the bed. Adding light & reflection. 


I once had an odd dream of a fleeting moment where I was simply lying on a bed. It was a simple moment of pure happiness. I often think of this dream, trying to remember all of the details. Windows were open with long white curtains, sun shining and the breeze rolling in. This moment similar to the scene in Great Gatsby where Daisy is lounging on the couch. I laid there laughing and cuddling with the man who held my heart and felt infinite. 

This image puts my dream to realization and I desire to someday make it my own reality in my own home. 


Color me happy.

I want this bed, and someone to help me make it messy.

I dig this.

So I’ve always been someone who likes to put good, wholesome foods into my body. Raised in family who genuinely cares about the food we eat, I have been taught to crave natural and fresh foods. Fruits and vegetables were always a staple on our plates growing up, and my parents never allowed us to not try new foods.

However, I am now a college student. I want quick and easy. On-the-go is a term that makes me giddy. This being said, it’s not always the easiest or most cost effective to shop this way.

To make up for the times when I fall short of treating my body right, I try my best to shop for products that I know I use frequently to be in their most natural forms.

Recently discovered: PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter


I love it. I realize that this may not be the most nutrients dense spread or absolutely organic. There are added sugars, but the ingredients DO NOT CONTAIN HFCS! IT IS LOW CALORIE! NOTHING SAYS HYDROGENATED! AND IT IS NOT IN ANY WAY LIKE THAT ICKY SICKY OOEY GOOEY CRAP! 

There are a million different recipes on pinterest or google that use pb2. Recently, I made homemade banana oat energy bars using the pb + chocolate spread (reminds me of nutella which used to be an addiction of mine).

My recommendation of the day.



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