December 8, 2010

Wish List

So I have had the same Vera duffle for oh, maybe seven or eight years. I love it. I have a classic print. It is navy. I can't remember the name of the style.

At some point it was rough-housed and has a little tear. (I think the flight people were mean to it when I let my suitemate borrow it.) It is still useable and I have used it. But I think I would like a new one. And what perfect timing considering the print I think I want is being retired and therefore on sale.

It would go nicely with the rest of my travel set.

The only bummer. It appears to be sold out at Hopefully somewhere are home still has one!


December 7, 2010

Wish List

North Face Embossed TKA 100 Glacier 1/4 Zip

I purchased one of these last year and I absolutely love it. It thin and so warm. And the fleece is super soft. Mine is purple colored.

I would love another one. I just can't decide what color I would like better. The purple I have is dark so I'm not sure if I would rather a more neutral color or a strong/bright color.

They also have an embossed style now (shown above).


December 6, 2010

Wish List

I can thank my Saturday night Target stroll for this Wish List item. I was looking in the magazine section for Christmas craft ideas. I rounded the corner to books and started flipping through. There are so many tips, suggestions, etc. 

This book would be a great addition to my book shelf. 


December 3, 2010

Wish List

Yes, one of these bad boys is on my Christmas wish list! Yes, I have to many totes. And yes, I am slightly obsessed.

I have a large one in green. And I definitely need another one. They are great for when I go home. I throw so much random stuff in them! They are so durable. The L.L. Bean Boat and Tote would also make for an excellent market tote.

Now the question is, what size and handle strap do I want? I either want a large or extra large. I think if I got another large, one with long handles would be nice. But extra large I'm sure I would only want short handles.

Mom, if you already ordered one, I'm sure I will love it. Don't worry! :)

December 1, 2010

Wish List

Now that everyone knows my mom reads this, I'm going to do a series of posts about Christmas wish and wants.

I'm pretty sure she will look at this and say dream on. But I can wish, right?

Justification here, I have a really old digital camera (like six years old) that take horrible (pixelated) pictures. My mom has an old Canon Rebel from before digital was popular. I have always dreamed of having one of my own. They take amazing pictures and the prints can be enlarged with no problems! 

Or course, I would want a really pretty strap to cover the really ugly one.


(Click on the picture for web-links and credit)

November 29, 2010

Mish Mash, Catching up!

Wow! I can't believe it has been over ten days since I wrote on the blog! (Sigh! Sad that school was in the way! I was on a roll with three or four weeks of solid blogging!) Those ten days were very crazy. I took two exams (Biochemistry and Medical Nutrition Therapies) plus had like five assignments due! I had the weekend off, worked at the store, and watched the South Carolina game. I took a Nutrition and Disease exam Tuesday night, went to class Wednesday and drove home.

I was stuck in horrible traffic! And when traffic is slow, I tend to make a few phone calls. Well my last call was with my mom, when I noticed a fire truck driving south on northbound (that was funny) and realized I had not seen cars passing on northbound for at least twenty minutes. I was noting to my mom that I thought there was a Bayflite helicopter trying to land because a helicopter had circled a few times. I came around the bend of trees to see the helicopter landed and northbound traffic at a dead stop (for at least ten miles). I was so thankful that I was at least moving, even if it was a crawl. I always think about those in the helicopter and their families. A weekend of fun and celebration cut short.

I knew staying for class Wednesday meant I was going to be traveling in heavy traffic and that my drive was going to be longer than normal. I traveled forty miles (generous) in an hour and a half. And in that time I witnessed three almost accidents. I wish people would think logically when traveling by road on major holidays. We are all trying to get somewhere, but tailgating and weaving in congested traffic is never a good idea. Expect an additional hour or more of travel and you won't be so annoyed with delays.

We have this little thing called Turkey Trot on the key, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I was so excited to finallyyyyy be legal and partake in the festivities. However, I was way too tired after traveling and my exam to go! I am bummed I missed it. But hopefully next year won't be so hectic before and I'll get to participate.

Thanksgiving was different this year. It was not my kind of Thanksgiving or fun for that matter, but I did it and told my family "I went, I saw, I was pleasant, I will never go again." We traveled Thanksgiving day to my Grandfathers property. It was in the boonies. Nothing to see, nothing to do (not that there is on Thanksgiving; our family also believes in not patronizing businesses that are open on holidays). I don't really get a long with this side of the family either. Cocktails would have been grand but they were not served.

We also don't do the crazy Black Friday shopping. (Well we did once, to the outlet mall. And no one has wanted to ever again.) We always pick up a paper on Thursday to see the ads, but they didn't look too exciting this year. We eventually made it to the mall. The last place I wanted to go. My mom thought I did. But we ended up having an enjoyable time and my grandmother tagged along too. I mentioned I was looking for riding boots on here a few weeks ago. My mom reads this (Hi Mom!) so she was planning on gifting me a pair at Christmas. But you can't just pick those out for someone and thank goodness she didn't buy the ones I thought I wanted. My calf is apparently too big for regular boots and I didn't like the extended calf ones. (My calfs aren't fat. They're muscular. Strong calfs are good, but not good for riding boots. Darn!) We had to stop for lunch (it was three, but still lunch in my book!). Checked out Williams Sonoma and Victorias Secret. And then proceeded to spend a good two hours (at least) in Ann Taylor Loft! I found cute jeggings, jeans, corduroys, skirts, super cute cardigans and tops. Luckily I remembered I needed a pair of black slacks for a presentation Friday. We were finally leaving when my mom realized the time. It was after eight. This time change has done a number on us, still! I thought it was six or so, since it is darker earlier now.

I don't remember Saturday, other than picking out our Christmas tree and getting my nails done. We get a live tree every year. We didn't for a few years and I was so sad! I love the smell. I also think you can tell a fake tree. It is currently falling so we can decorate it.

Sunday was all about the homework. I have to huge group projects that we have worked on all semester due Thursday and Friday.

And I am driving back today!


November 16, 2010

It's All a Blur

So the weekend ran a little long. And it was a pretty good weekend! :)

I drove back to school Sunday. It had to be the worlds longest trip. I was in dead-stopped traffic for over an hour and a half. The trailer of the semi involved was mangled. The cab looked okay, so hopefully the driver didn't suffer too serious of an injury.

This week is soo hectic (as is the rest of the month). I have a million and one things due Thursday. I have an exam next Tuesday night. Thanksgiving. Then, I come back to a million GROUP (I despise group things) projects that are due. I'm pretty sure my professors fail at looking at the calendar. And I'm in a small program and everyone takes the same classes senior year. You'd think they would try to coordinate, at least a little. Not.

So, posts this week might be a little sporadic. Sorry about that. I accomplished nothing while home for the weekend!


November 12, 2010

World Diabetes Day 2010

(This post was supposed to go up Wednesday, but I was too tired Tuesday and I drove home Wednesday!)

I bet most of ya'll don't know what this symbol is for (except maybe because it is in the title). It is a universal symbol for diabetes. Sunday, November 14 is World Diabetes Day 2010. (I know I'm a few days early but I want ya'll to be prepared.) Until recently this day wouldn't have meant much to me.

A little backstory. February 26, 2009, I was admitted to the hospy and quickly after diagnosed with type one diabetes. It was a life shocker. There is no family history. I still remember every little detail of those four days. (But this post wasn't about me.)

I have found most people don't know the difference unless they have been affected by the disease. Here is a short summary describing the differences:

Diabetes is a disease where the body does not produce insulin (type 1) or cannot utilize insulin (type 2). Type 1 is also commonly known as juvenile diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune disease and type 2 is related to diet and exercise. You may be wondering how I developed the disease after nearly twenty years without it. Good question. I would love to know too, as well as my doctors. There is so little known about the disease so all my doctors can do is guess what happened. They believe I contracted a virus (how long prior to being diagnosed it unsure) but the virus caused my body to self-destruct and slowly kill the beta cells of my pancreas. (The beta cells produce insulin; the alpha cells produce glucagon.)

Type 1 diabetes is controlled by the use of insulin injections and fingersticks. Diet has no affect. I would still have to take insulin if I ate a zero carbohydrate diet. (So please don't tell me I can't have that cupcake because my doctors encourage it in moderation.) People with type 2 diabetes often can control their glucose levels by improving and changing their diet as well as exercise. Some may take insulin or medication to decrease insulin resistance.

Back to World Diabetes Day 2010. It is led by International Diabetes Federation to promote advocacy and awareness. The theme is chosen every five years and currently the theme is Education and Prevention. The slogan for 2010 is 'Let's take control of diabetes. Now.' World Diabetes Day brings attention to a disease that affects millions of people (type 1 and 2) but so little is understood and there is no cure.

I am lucky to live an area where so much research and support occurs. The Diabetes Center of Excellence at Shands at the University of Florida (talk about a long name) is one of the top research facilities in the country. Every year they put on events in the month of November and a big celebration of November 14th, which includes lighting building blue. It is so neat to see and gives me the chills. On the University of Florida campus, Century Tower is lit blue.


After being lit blue!

Similar events occur across the nation and world. Take a few minutes this weekend and observe this event. Here is a list of events in the United States. It is so neat to see! Even if you can't attend an event, you can light a blue candle.

You can read more about World Diabetes Day here.

Tomorrow is a big day in SEC football. My Florida Gators will be playing the South Carolina Gamecocks to determine who will represent the SEC East at the SEC Championship game December 4th. Go Gators!!!


November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

Bet you didn't know when spelling Veterans to leave out the apostrophe. Neither did I, until recently. The United State government has declared Veterans as the correct spelling.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday to honor military veterans. Both of my grandfathers are veterans. They don't put much emphasis on the holiday but this holiday is important. School-age kids don't really understand the meaning of the day, other than they don't have school. It is important to teach and remind them why we have this holiday.

I probably forget to thank my grandfathers yearly (I'm usually away at school and forget - bad!), but I do think about them and appreciate everything they did for my country and freedom.

Take a minute out of your day to thank the Veterans around you. This is a day to be patriotic and show your support!


November 10, 2010


I had a post planned for today amd I started writing it last night. But 2:30 AM was way too late! I was packing for home and took a little break. Next thing I knew, I couldn't keep my eyes open. I'll finish todays post for Friday!

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November 9, 2010

What do you like to read?

(a.k.a.) Ask me!

No, don't worry, I'm not out of blogging ideas. But I was wondering.

I know ya'll read my blog, or at lest see the posts (I can see from the two trackers), but I don't know how ya'll feel about my posts. I don't get much feedback. Do you like them? Do you agree with my thoughts? What do you like more? Superficial? Feelings? Do you want it to be more about shopping? etc.

So today, I am opening my blog up to you. I want ya'll to leave comments or e-mail me about things you would like to see on my blog. I also would like for ya'll to ask me questions about anything! I'm going to incorporate these into my posts next week!

Ready. Set. Get typing!


November 8, 2010

My Hair Secret

I thought I would let you all in on my hair secret!

I have been trying to grow my hair out for maybe four months. I don't remember the specific day I decided to grow it out. I kept my hair just below my ears for over a year. I was forced to cut my hair short to make it look healthy again, after having it fall out for a few months. This picture was from February but it is a good reference to how short my hair was.

In just four months, my hair is now a few inches (fourish?) past my shoulders. (I don't have a picture to show. All my recent pictures, my hair is air-dried and wavy or pulled back in a pony.)

So what have I been doing to help my hair grow super fast?!

First. It is super important to eat all your fruit and vegetables. Not just for your hair, but in general. Taking in vitamins and nutrients from fruits and vegetables are more beneficial to the body than supplements. Water is important too and not just for your hair!

I am taking a few supplements too. I am taking Flintstone vitamin gummies. (They are like gummy bears and way better than those chalky ones I had growing up.) I am also taking Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplement for hair and nails. You can find this here or Sephora.

It is also important to do as little damage to your hair as possible. I let my hair air-dry whenever possible. I wash my hair every two or three days. I use as little product as possible. I use a wide-tooth comb with an Aveeno detangler.

Washing my hair every two or three days is possible for me and probably you too. First thing, don't touch your hair every two seconds. Use as little product as possible. And dry shampoo is your friend! If your hair looks too greasy/dirty spray some of it in. It dries up the oils. I love not having to do my hair everyday and it keeps it healthier.

Do you have any hair secrets to share? I would love to know!


I forgot to include that I get regular "trims" to keep my hair growing, as well!

November 5, 2010

City Buses and Friday! :)

It is Friday and I am worn out!

Yesterday I dropped my car off to get the oil changed and have everything checked over! (Cars scare me and I freak about anything.) So I had to take the city bus from the mall to campus. I die. It took over thirty minutes. Then after class all-day followed by a meeting, I finally got to head home! That took more like forty-five minutes. This guy thought he was superman with the hand straps. I wish I snapped a picture! I eventually made it to pick-up my car. It made for the worlds longest day. I'm pretty sure I will avoid city buses at all cost moving forward.

This weekend we play Vanderbilt! Praying the Gators can pull out another win!

Thursday (next week!) is Veteran's Day. I'm hightailing it out of town Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday late morning. I need a break from here for my sanity!

Hope ya'll have a great weekend!


November 4, 2010

This & That

I'm not going to lie. I don't have an exciting, interesting or even worth reading post for ya'll today. I was going to wrap-up Halloween with the surprise package my Mom mailed my way. (Side note: UPS was a huge letdown! And we always ship UPS. My Mom had Saturday delivery and sent it to my work. The driver tried to deliver before we opened. I couldn't even pick it up in the afternoon. And they were going to charge to change the address for Monday? I am very annoyed with UPS right now!) But I can't find pictures online of everything she sent. And my camera is dead. The charger is at home somewhere. It is in a very good hiding place.

I had one class yesterday and spent the entire afternoon before church finishing my personal statement for class today and my groups legislative project for the same class. Yay for presentations today? Not.

On a better note (possibly?), my Costa's were supposedly delivered yesterday, at 11 am,  according to the tracking number. So last night before church I checked the mailbox and they weren't there! Seriously going crazy without my Costa's. I got an awesome pair of Coach aviators for a birthday present. I love them. But not everyday. They're more like style. Costa's are my go-to.

Next up. I need some fashion help. Not like I don't know fashion but where to find these items. Things ya'll love and would recommend. The mall here flat out sucks. The bottom tier Macys and Dillards (we're talking junk). Gap is always a mess. The people in Banana Republic are never helpful. Ann Taylor Loft is okay, but I haven't been super impressed lately. Only one Target that is normally trashed. TJ Maxx is normally a joke. The Colorful Gator is awesome and I love Lilly but I need some basic pieces and quality people. Not Forever 21. That place is dirty and super messy.

So your mission?...I need more jeans. It is fall and winter is around the corner. I need new jeans, stat. I am so particular, so it takes me a while to find ones I like. Then I normally purchase multiples. The last pair  I bought is a Michael by Michael Kors pair. I like dark but not black. I tend to stick to boot cut or a slight flair. I have a really hard time with skinnies. But I need some to wear with boots. I am also interested in jeggings. But they need to look like jeans not leggings. I need tops too. Classic, but don't tell me button downs. I have this jacket I have had for probably four years. It is a light tan color and a canvas like material. It looks like a bomber style. I need a new one. I have been dying for boots. They are chic and classic. I think I'm interested in flat styles like ridding boots. I roll my ankle constantly and every time I put heels on, I think I'm going to fall over and break my ankle. (Heck I fractured my fourth metatarsal going down four baby stairs IN tennis shoes this summer.) A nice pair of heels would be good for occasions though. I'm not really a fashion person. I do what I like, which tends to be more classic.

The list: jeans, tops, jackets, ridding boots, sweater, maybe heels?

Ya'll can leave links or suggestions in the comments. You can e-mail me. Or polyvores would be awesome!

....are you ready? And GO!


P.S. I'm like a normal person. I definitely am not the size people think I am. So please don't send me something that looks good on a size zero. It won't happen in my life time.

November 3, 2010

Halloween Crafting and Baking

(Regarding yesterday's election results: whether you side red or blue, I am thankful government is divided again! It is important that one side doesn't control everything.)

(I know it is past Halloween, but these are excellent for Thanksgiving too! Next year, I'll have them out for all of Fall!)

I love crafting. I find it (and baking) relaxing and rewarding. I would rather make it myself than purchase it. I often think I can make it better, personalize and/or enhance it. So when I saw plastic beaded pumpkins at Walmart and glittered (chunky, tacky) pumpkins at Target, I knew I could reproduce something similar and nicer.

(I wish I has a picture for you! My camera charger is at home. But trust be these are beauties.)

I found a variety of plastic pumpkins at Michaels and Walmart rather cheap. I selected a handful in different sizes and colors. I then applied a spray adhesive to the pumpkins, in sections, and covered the adhesive with glitter. Let dry overnight and you are ready to go! I did this outside and put newspaper down. (Easier to cleanup too!) 

Materials: plastic pumpkins (they will last for years!), spray adhesive, Martha Stewart's glitter*, newspaper or cloth.

*Fellow bloggers informed me of Martha's glitter. They nearly insisted I use it. Only the very best. I didn't know there was a huge difference. But let me inform you, there is! Martha Stewart's is super fine (like sugar). I bought mine on sale. If it isn't on sale, there is always a coupon for Michaels. 

I also made this piece of deliciousness. Halloween chocolate bark. I saw several recipes for this, so I combined them to my liking. Some used white chocolate as the base (not a fan!), Oreos, toffee bits, Butterfinger pieces, etc. I had to draw the line somewhere. I used semi-sweet Ghirardelli chocolate chips, candy corn, pretzels, almond slices, and orange and yellow M&M's. I drizzled the top of mine with Ghirardelli white chocolate. I also lined my baking sheet with wax paper rather than aluminum foil.

My only recommendation, don't use semi-sweet chocolate chips! I don't know why I didn't think of this at the store. I recommend using milk chocolate. However, semi-sweet chocolate chips haven't stopped my roommates from eating it - they love it!

I know it is passed Halloween and people are probably tired of talking about it, but chocolate bark can be used for any holiday. Christmas = peppermint bark! Use your imagination! The variations are endless!


November 2, 2010

Election Day 2010

I cannot tell ya'll how happy I am that it is finally election day! I am so tired of hearing the political advertisements, I have had enough of the negatives and I am over the wasted paper.

I don't care who you vote for or what party you are affiliated with (well I do, but that's besides the point) make sure you get out and let your voice be heard!  We have earned this right through our ancestors who faced many trials and tribulations and it is important we exercise it.

Don't think your one-little-measly-vote doesn't count. It does. Look at past elections in Florida!

So whether you side with these fellas...

or these...

don't forget to vote today!


November 1, 2010

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit! Happy first of November to you!

Upon further research of the phrase, it appears it started in Great Britain. Rabbits or hares are considered bad luck just like black cats are thought to be bad luck here in the United States. It is believed that saying rabbit three times over upon waking (even before morning prayer) on the first of the month, will lead to good luck for the whole month.

I can't believe it is November first. Only nine more weeks remain in 2010! Where has the year gone?!

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit to you and yours!


October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

How cute are these Halloween votives?! I like the different take on carved pumpkins, but I think carving pumpkins is part of Halloween traditions. These would make a great addition to indoor decorations. I wish I had found them before Halloween night, so I could have made them! There's always next year!

Click here for a step-by-step guide.


October 29, 2010

Finally Friday!

I am so thankful it is the weekend! It has been a looooong week, but not a horrible week. I had a Nutrition and Disease exam Tuesday night and that was it!

So remember last week I mentioned going to a corn maze? Well I didn't. But tonight the college group at church is going! Someone mentioned that you need to go when the corn maze first opens because people are mean to the corn stalks. Hopefully the stalks aren't too damaged.

This weekend is huge for the Gators! It is known as the world's largest cocktail party. It is a huge rivalry. It is Florida-Georgia weekend! (Not to be confused with Georgia-Florida, because that doesn't exist!) This game likely determines our fate in the SEC. We still have a chance of taking the SEC East if we win this weekend. This game will be a nail-bitter for sure!

And, it is Halloween weekend! I love Halloween. I like decorating but I don't care for costumes. My mom found a motion activated mummy-man for our apartment. The sad part is, my roommates and I are too short to set if off. The wind randomly sets him off. It is funny to sit in the living room and here him make noise. I'm pretty sure our neighbors hate us. Oh well. Mummy-man is awesome. The best part of Halloween is seeing the cute little trick-or-treaters. But since I'm not home this year, that won't be happening.

I highly suggest you make those pumpkin cupcakes that I posted about last week from Living in Lilly. They are amazing, but I already knew that! My roommate came home and said, "um, why does our house smell so amazing!" The deliciousness was again solidified when I took them to church Wednesday night. One of the guys thanked me in front of everyone before praying before worship started. I'm telling you, these cupcakes are a-m-a-z-i-n-g.

Happy weekend and Halloween ya'll!

See you Monday!


October 28, 2010

Proverbs 2:1-5

I have a Bible verse widget on my Droid. It is awesome! I love it. Every morning, I wake up to a new verse. It is usually the first thing I read in the morning.

This was my verse a few days ago:
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:1-5
It is so powerful. I read it over and over. Each time I had chills.


October 27, 2010

Social Networking

I have probably tried out ever type of social networking, but I only consistently use Facebook, Twitter, and have recently picked up tumblr.

But, I recently said goodbye to Facebook. I didn't deactivate, but I haven't logged in. I have considered this many times. However, I really have stuck to it this time. I even took it off my phone. I have mixed feelings about Facebook in general.

I never posted much on Facebook. My account is really restricted. I almost never upload pictures. Tag me in a picture, I am bound to detag it quick. I think I am paranoid about things being on the internet. And once they are, it is forever. This fall, I primarily used it to sell my football tickets. The about me, five lines, maybe. You can't learn much about me there. Religion? Is it your business? Political views? Does it matter? Relationship status? Does it affect you? No.

We have been discussing relationships in the college Bible study at church for the past few weeks. I was shocked when people said they considered all their friends on Facebook, friends. I might have upwards of a thousand friends (all people I know), but I would never consider them real friends. It got me thinking, what does it mean to have all these friends. Nothing. I have your phone number, e-mail or address. If I need to talk, I can contact you. I don't need reminders of your birthday. If it is important, I know it or I have it written down. I don't need to know then ends and outs of your life. The ups and downs of your relationship. You're pregnant? Oh, congratulations. I don't need daily updates. Honestly, what are you doing with your life? Pregnant at twenty-one, twenty-two. No thanks. You're engaged? Oh, congratulations. Do I mean it? No. Not really. I want to shake them and tell them they haven't even experienced life.

I believe my generation has a skewed view of marriage. I believe people no longer value its meaning. Not working out? Just get a divorce. Divorce has been glamourized and now it is widely accepted. I struggle to believe that the person you love at twenty can be your lifelong spouse. So much personal growth occurs between twenty and thirty.

How did I get to here from social networking? I'm not sure. I let my heart lead. But I can tell you, this time away from Facebook has been wonderful. I am not distracted in and outside of class.

Facebook has changed the meaning of friend and communication.

I started writing this, to let ya'll know I use twitter and I am on there a lot. And to let you know about my tumblr page. You can follow me here and here.

I went off on a tangent (oops!), but I just couldn't erase it.

Do you agree or disagree? I am interested to hear!


October 26, 2010

Frances Fleece

I am always looking for great jackets and sweaters. In Florida, there is little need for a big, puffy jacket. I love ones that are thin and lightweight. I normally throw one on over tee-shirts, even in the summer. Its not that I am really cold, but I like a little something over my arms, especially in class.

That's were Lilly Pulitzer comes into play. I recently picked up this little beauty and I love it. My only wish? If it zipped all-the-way.  

I love that it is printed. It is a performance micro fleece. So warm but not bulky. I highly recommend you look at this piece next time your in-store!  Of course, my favorite Lilly Pulitzer via shop, The Colorful Gator,  has them in stock. Check the website or come in and visit, if you are in the area. 

Seventy-eight dollars might seem a little much, but the solid one is a little less. The Lilly Pulitzer active wear is produced by Nike. It is that same material they use on their pieces.


October 25, 2010

Drooooooid Does

Hello Droid, goodbye pos Blackberry.

Before returning to College Town, USA, in August, I made the best decision ever decided to upgrade to a Droid. I visited Verizon and waited and waited for the best salesman ever. My sister and mom had worked with him previously when my Grams upgraded her phone. 

I was deciding between the LG Ally and Droid by Motorola. I asked him questions about both and still didn't know. I wasn't super thrilled with either and he could tell. (I settled on the Curve after hating the Storm. Miserable-two-long-years.) He said, "go wait on that bench. I have something to show you." And out he walks with Droid 2. I was sold immediately. However, he couldn't technically sell it to me until the following morning. So, I did just that. I woke up the next morning, picked up my Droid before heading to Tampa for the International Mall and Apple store! 

Two nearly three months later, and I'm still obsessed. 

I highly recommend downloading these games: Jewels, LineUp, Trism, WordUp!, and my favorite Wordfeud.  I have found these apps very useful: DroidLight, Barcode Scanner (sometimes very handy!), WHERE and Where's My Droid. Of course, I have the obvious too, Facebook, Twitter, ttTumblr, The Weather Channel, Blogger, and a news app. 

My question for you: do you have an Android phone? Do you have any recommendations?


I am all about the iPhone, sadly my mom (and I agree!) won't switch to AT&T. However, I recently read iPhone will be joining Verizon sometime early next year! Good news! Bad news, I just upgraded. So maybe by the time the kinks are worked out, I will be able to upgrade, again! 

October 22, 2010

Friday = Weekend = PTL

Praise the Lord my biochem exam is over. I went the entire day without eating and I was struggling at the end. I was so wrapped up in studying and then a lecture, time just got away. It (exam and not eating) was brutal!

This is going to be a low-key weekend and I need it. I have a few more Halloween decorations to put up. And I am going to make these cupcakes (they are amazing!) from my friend at Living in Lilly.

It is bye-week here and Lord knows they need it. I love my Gators, but honestly, football isn't our thing this year. Losing and underperforming seems to run in my educational career though. My senior year of high school, I think we won two games. And this senior year isn't looking too pretty either. This season has proved that anything can happen in the SEC. I hope this bye-week provides the team with much needed rest, refocusing and regrouping. 

I heard about a corn maze here in-town this week. I've never been to one and it looks like fun. I might go this weekend, but the weather will play a big factor in that decision. 

I hope ya'll have a nice and relaxing weekend. See you Monday! 


October 21, 2010

Try Me a Drink...

I'm copying my friend GB at Preppy Southern Princess! I want your input on drinks! I'm not very adventurous and I stick to what I know. I also have favorites at specific restaurants.

At Chilis, I am all about the Worlds Freshest Margarita! I am not really a fan of the sweet and sour mix. This margarita uses fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and Milagro tequila.

I love the Long Island Iced Teas at Applebees.

A local mexican restaurant has the best sangria! I only wish I could duplicate it at home!

Tommy Bahama's has awesome Key Lime Martinis! And the pitcher of sangria, is a serious pitcher! Think: never ending.

The Fresh Berry Martini at Ruth's Chris is also good!

Now you might be thinking I've had a lot of experience, that is a big fat negative! I just know a few!

I'm looking for a drinks I can get anywhere. I'm a fan of rum and diet coke. I'm looking for more!


October 20, 2010

Tomorrow at 5!

This has been my life for weeks. It ends tomorrow at five o'clock! Then time to relax!
Biochemistry, time to die!


October 19, 2010

What did I do this Summer?

(I know its a few months late, but better late than never?)

Since I let blogging slip at the end of the summer, I thought I would update ya'll on what kept me so busy!

The first part of the summer, I took classes. I really didn't need to take classes, but what I am looking at for graduate school had a few recommended classes. I have pretty much taken all the classes possible, but I added one more to the list. So I stayed in College Town, USA, because Lord knows you can't take these classes at the community college. I also find it easier to continue going to school, rather than breaking and coming back for the second part of summer.

I finished classes, packed up and booked it out of town. I love where I am from. Going away to school, I realized how lucky I was to grow up in a tight-knit area with the same friends all the way through high school (a few all the way from nursery school). Don't get me wrong, I love going away to school, having different friends and exploring new areas. But I realized how much I love my low-key, relaxing area. Where I'm from no one is in a hurry. The town shuts down by eight. And I love it. Going out to the clubs and/or bars and getting really dressed up isn't my thing.

I was supposed to study for an admissions exam this summer and that didn't happen. As well as, applying to professional school. Oops! Don't worry, it is still happening, just not when I planned on it.

I also had a BIG birthday! Big as in legal, not a huge party. My birthday was low-key (just like my town!) We enjoyed breakfast downtown at a little cafe. I love their breakfast. Then we shopped around! Of course, we visited my favorite store! I suggested we go there for my sister, because I wanted her to wear something she felt special in. I already knew what I was wearing. Let's just say we spent a lot there! We got ready and joined my grandparents at a steakhouse for dinner. I had a few cocktails of my own and sampled all the ones at the table. It was a long three hour dinner, but the food is SO worth it!

I spent the rest of the summer catching up with friends. Some days spent by the pool, or pool hopping! Others spent shopping and relaxing. I hung out with people I knew from high school but weren't really friends with. I had a blast! There was also boy drama (LOTS!) in such a short period of time. I found a new favorite drink, and enjoyed these many of nights!

Eight weeks flew-by having so much fun. I had to make the drive back to College Town, USA before I knew it! This was the first time, I was home for much of the summer! I had a hard time saying bye!


October 18, 2010

School Bags

Now that classes have started and are in full swing again, lets talk bags.

I have four go-to school bags.

The ever so classic large Longchamp tote.  I usually grab my chocolate one.  I also have royal blue.  I'm always scoping out new colors too. I think the bilberry one is next.  I love the deep purple! I don't usually use this tote if I'm taking my laptop.  Its lack of structure makes it difficult to carry a laptop. 

I picked up a tote similar to this one over the summer.  I had no idea it was a baby bag.  But it works well with my laptop. 

 This is my everyday choice! The ever reliable North Face backpack. I chose the Recon style. I actually have the dark blue color scheme. I love all the pockets. The large mesh pocket on the front is convenient for my umbrella! And the pockets on the side work well with my Tervis Tumblers. I am on campus all day Tuesday and Thursdays so I normally have this with me!

My last bag, is my Lilly Pulitzer tote. I love this babe. It's very sturdy, similar to the L.L.Bean totes, but with a super cute pattern. I Scotch Garded mine to protect it! 

It depends what my day entails, what I need to take to campus, and what I'm wearing.  But these are my top choices of bags for class.

What do you use on a daily basis? Do you have any recommendations? 


August 19, 2010


I have been a very bad blogger recently.  I anticipate returning to regular blogging when school resumes this coming week. The summer has slipped away and I am rushing to get ready to head back.

I hope ya'll have had a wonderful summer.  I know I have.


July 30, 2010

Blog Hop Friday!

I am participating in Blog Hop Friday hosted by Maryland Pink and Green and Shopaholic in Alabama.  Help me increase my follower count so I can celebrate with a giveaway!! 

July 21, 2010

iPad Help

I have recently been debating purchasing an iPad. I think they are a great product. Some people describe them as a glorified iPhone but I think they are can do much more.

Here are some things that I think are great about them. As a college student, I would love to purchase e-book subscriptions so I can have my textbooks at my disposal whenever, wherever, without toting around many HEAVY books. I have considered the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle, but I think the iPad suits my uses more. I LOVE the big screen and that I can do more than read books. I can use it as a digital picture frame. They are super portable and I can do work on the road (that is, if someone else drives!).

Of course, if I am getting one of these bad boys, I need it to have the 3G capabilities. Otherwise, I don't see the point because I could only use it at Wi-Fi hotspots. So that just increased the price. I also need to determine what size. I have an 8GB iTouch, that I am no where close to filling. I have also had other iPods over the years that I haven't managed to fill. But I will be putting much larger files on this. I'm thinking the 32GB but maybe I need the 64GB.

When the iPads were first launched, I said I was waiting for the second generation, seeing as Apple releases a second one fairly soon after the first. But now I am envious, and I WANT. But should I wait?

I need your help! If you have an iPad or know anyone that does send them my way.

xxoo, Jones

July 15, 2010

Pink & Green Thursday

A few weeks back Trish at Preppy Pink Lilly Lover asked me to participate in Pink & Green Thursday. Last week was so busy, I didn't get a chance to post anything. So I am making it up this week!

I am just dying over these iPhone covers, but sadly I don't own an iPhone. You can pre-order them from The Colorful Gator.

This preppy pink and green Kiel James Patrick would be a great addition to my wardrobe. I am sure it would go with most everything in my closet!

These earrings from Fitz and Frannie are just darling. They are available in many color combinations and are priced well.

I can't wait for August to come around. Granted it mens school will be starting (not looking forward to that!) but I will be able to use my new Lilly Pulitzer planner. This year Lifeguard Press put together an academic format. I'm sure just one look at this beauty will cheer me up during class. You can also pre-order this from The Colorful Gator!

Scout Bags by Bungalow & Co. are my favorite. These reusable bags are so cute and preppy! They come in many colors and patterns to suit everyones needs and can hold many Publix reusable bags. There are different sizes depending on your use, even insulated lunch bags! They are so make storage bins in a variety of sizes.

xxoo, Jones

July 14, 2010

Tisket Tasket

I can't remember when I first saw the Elliot shirt dress in Hotty Pink Tisket Tasket, but when I did, I knew I just HAD to have it. The Colorful Gator ordered the Tisket Tasket print in other items, so they tried to order the dress for me. But this beauty was sold out almost immediately.

Jump forward a few weeks. I visited a corporate Lilly store near home, but I never saw the dress while browsing the store. I had my mom ask while I was trying on a few pieces. The sweet sales girl said they were fresh out. And then she said, wait there is one left and it was my size! I kind of think this dress was meant to be mine(they were just about to close too!).

I just love the way Lilly's Elliot shirt dresses fit. They are so comfortable and casual yet super cute. I love that they have a sash for the waist. Cinches perfectly! And it is PINK!

xxoo, Jones

July 6, 2010

Easy Sangria

I promised a few days ago a Sangria recipe.  It is so easy to make.  You can make it strong or weak to your taste preference.  There is white and red Sangria, but I tend to lean towards red.

A little history about Sangria.  Sangria is popular is Spain because it is cheap and easy to get drunk off (perfect party drink!) and easy to make.  It is all about cheap.  Don't use your good bottles of wine.  You also want to use a large clear pitcher.  It makes for a pretty display.  I have a nice set of Mexican blown glasses.

So here it is:

This is what I usually use.  You can use any fruit you like!  Raspberries are good, too.  Experiment! the possibilities are endless.  The longer it sits the more fruity it tastes.  Don't add the Sprite until your ready to serve it (so it doesn't go flat!). 

Try it and let me know what you think!  This last batch I whipped up was amazing with the fajitas.

xxoo, Jones 

July 4, 2010

Independence Day

Today, I will be celebrating our Nation's Independence along with many of you.  I will be spending most of my day poolside.  Our community is having a TEA party before the fireworks, that I will be attending with my family.  Wishing you and yours a very happy Fourth of July.

I will be spending most of my day in a Lilly bikini.  But afterwards I will be sporting the Cedar Knit dress in Bright Navy Lines and Vines, with a white Caroline cardigan (for when the sun sets), Lilly Wedges and pearls!  I can't forget my newest addition to my Longchamp collection, thanks Mom!




($98; Navy)

I can't wait to add my monogram to this little beauty.  But for the Fourth of July, it will look perfect! 

Remember to take a moment and thank those who have served our Nation.  Without them we would loose our freedom! 

xxoo, Jones

July 2, 2010

A Mexican Night at Home

I hate to bore you with more recipes, but this another one to pass on!

I love Martha Stewart.  While her recipes can be involved and tedious they are very good.  Last night I made Martha Stewart's Spicy Fajitas with steak, but I imagine you could make this with chicken or your choice of meat.  It is very simple and I used only one pan.  I also served refried bean and Mexican rice.

-1 teaspoon ground cumin
-1/2 teaspoon coriander
-coarse salt and ground pepper
-1 pound skirt steak, cut into 3-4 pieces
-2 red bell peppers, seeds and ribs removed, sliced thinly
-1 red onion, halved and sliced thinly
-1 to 2 jalapeno chiles, ribs and seeds removed, sliced thin lengthwise (I omitted these)
-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
-8 flour tortillas
-sour cream, cheese, lime wedges for serving

Combine cumin, coriander, two teaspoons coarse salt and one-half teaspoon ground pepper.  Rub all over steaks.  Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat; add steaks.  Cook two to four minutes per side for medium-rare.  Transfer to cutting board and tent with aluminum foil.  Allow to rest for five minutes minimum.  Reduce heat to medium; add bell peppers, chiles and onion; season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally until crisp, approximately eight to ten minutes.  Stir adding lime juice.  Slice steaks thinly.  Warm tortillas in microwave.  Serve with vegetables.  Enjoy!

I also served a red Sangria with it, but that recipe deserves its own post!

xxoo, Jones

July 1, 2010


June 30, 2010

What's for Dinner?!

Tonight, I made Oven-Crisp Chicken Tenders. They were delicious.  I forgot to take a picture, but I will leave you with the recipe.  But know that they must be good if I'm sharing the recipe.

-1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
-2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
-1 package Italian salad dressing mix, 7 ounces
-large zip-top bag
-1 pound chicken tenderloins
-vegetable cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine bread crumbs, cheese and dressing mix in zip-top bag and shake to mix.  Add chicken to bread crumb mixture and seal tightly.  Shake to coat, pressing chicken to coat well.  Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.  Remove chicken with tongs and arrange single layer on baking sheet; do not allow chicken to touch.  Spray top of chicken with cooking spray.  Bake for ten minutes.  Turn chicken and bake for five additional minutes.

xxoo, Jones

June 23, 2010

B&N Nook Totes

I don't know about you, but I LOVE tote bags. Like seriously. can't. get. enough. I have way too many. This morning, Lilly Pulitzer announced that they had teamed up with Barnes and Noble and designed a beach tote perfect for carrying B&N's Nook. I don't own a Nook but I sure will be snatching one of these totes!

The totes are made of out a durable Nylon, with cotton braided handles and a PVC lining. The only thing thats specfically for the Nook is the removable pouch. I'm sure I can find a different use for that pouch, say my iPod or phone. I don't want either of those getting sandy or wet!

For now, Lilly P. has two patterns available on B&N's website. You have a choice of: Secret Garden (pink and green) or Buena Vista (blue, white and green).

Secret Garden ($69.95)

Buena Vista ($69.95)

I just recieved my L.L.Bean Tote that I posted about here.  But these Lilly Pulitzer totes are more ideal for school use.

Are you going to snatch one up? What print?

xxoo, Jones

June 21, 2010

First Day of Summer

Today marks the first day of summer. What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with Lilly Pulitzer. Today is also the first ever, National Wear Your Lilly Day. (Not that I ever need a reason to wear Lilly!) Today I sported a Nadja in Hotty Pink She's a Piston and Silver McKims! What did you wear?


The Colorful Gator was out in Gainesville spotting people in Lilly Pulitzer, with a chance to receive a twenty-five dollar gift certificate. Sadly, I wasn't spotted! I am hoping those that were spotted post to their Facebook!

The Gator baseball team also played a double elimination round today against Florida State. The team made a huge comeback in the ninth but it wasn't enough! Good effort Gator baseball!

xxoo, Jones

June 3, 2010


It was way back in March, when I was home on Spring Break that the Spring/Summer L.L.Bean catalog arrived in the mail. On the cover was this beautiful tote bag perfect for spending days on the beach or going to the pool or even just because I love tote bags and believe you can never have too many.

From L.L.Bean

There was even a special price to order two. (I thought I would surprise someone with one!) AND, there was a ten dollar gift card for future use! So I jumped on this and order quickly. But apparently I didn't order quick enough, as they were already backordered on L.L.Bean's website. Darn. I. REALLY. wanted. this. tote. So what did I do? I ordered it anyway but it wasn't supposed to ship until June. Sadly, you can no longer order this tote - it is completely sold out! I have been waiting for this tote for over two months. Please L.L.Bean, ship it soon! I can't wait to use it! I get giddy just looking at it. I mean it is pink & green.

xxoo, Jones

P.S. When I reach so many followers, I will have a great giveaway. So spread the word ya'll!!

June 1, 2010

Dry Shampoo...

If it wasn't for a few bloggers (SL:Preppy Style and PIMP) I wouldn't know about this magical product! Dry shampoo is great! It keeps my hair refreshed without shampooing it every single day. My hair is thick and very annoying to dry. Plus I want to keep the damage minimal. This is when I turn to my favorite product - dry shampoo! I tend to wash and style my hair every three days and I use dry shampoo for the two days in between. Sometimes I only need it on the last day before I wash it.

There are many brands out there and I have used a few of them, including Oscar Blandi powder and Ojon aerosol. While the powder versions last longer and can blend roots, I prefer the aerosol. This way my scalp doesn't look grey. This is why I turned to Tresemme. At 5 dollars a bottle, the aerosol is more affordable. I heard about this product a few months ago but it took me a while to find it. I've used it for a few days and I love it!

Do you or have you used dry shampoo? Do you have any brands you just love and I should try?

xxoo, Jones