for the love of pyrex

When Mom started collecting Pyrex a while back, I must have been living under a rock. (oh, that’s right. it was called graduate school.)  She put together a set of primary colors mixing bowls for herself and my sister, and when she offered to find me one, I foolishly (but politely?) declined. (again, living under a graduate school rock.)

Well, a couple of weekends ago, I stumbled across some Pyrex at one of my favorite antique/vintage spots and I had to have it!  (see exhibit a.)  I came home and remembered that I had accidentally started a Pyrex collection of my own, with a lime green cake pan. (see exhibit b.)  Again, I was living under a rock and didn’t even realize that I had snatched up a cute piece of Pyrex until later.  Anyway, later that weekend I came across a small casserole dish in lime green; even though it has a good deal of scratches on the bottom, I loved the character that it added.  All I could think about was someone’s grandma cooking casseroles with love each Thanksgiving and Christmas.

for the love of Pyrex…

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exhibit a. butterprint cinderella mixing bowl

 

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exhibit b. lime green casserole dish and 8″ cake pan

 

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Beautiful, no?

 

Can I just have these flowers in my house every day?

 

I just love the simplicity of this insta post. Also incredibly inspired to make some more cold brewed coffee.

 

I would sleep here every night. Is this what ‘glamping’ is? Take me there, now please.

 

So incredibly proud of my friends over at Georgia Pallet. Go check out the amazing things they are creating.

alpha delta pi: for a lifetime

I could not be more proud to be an Alpha Delta Pi member, for so many reasons.  Visiting ADPi’s biennial Leadership Seminar last weekend afforded me an  opportunity to see my sisters and all the amazing work they are doing.  This past year, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority raised over one MILLION dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Additionally, we raised over $30,000 to go towards scholarships and need-based aid for our collegiate and alumnae sisters.  How amazing is that?  I am so proud to be part of a sisterhood focused on giving back and supporting one another.

Over the course of the weekend, I learned many things about the history of ADPi and the day-to-day responsibilities of our advisors.  I saw members who have been involved with ADPi for over FIFTY years and have worked diligently to make sure that the First and Finest sorority remains that way Forever.  I was surrounded by a group of hundreds of women who strive to give collegiate women with a positive and enriching college experience as an Alpha Delta Pi sister.  I am excited to be involved as an alum/advisor, and I cannot wait to see what the future has to hold for Alpha Delta Pi.

Alpha Delta Pi sisterhood holds a special place in my heart for the reasons mentioned above, as well as many more.  It’s one of those things that you can only understand by becoming a part of it.  The more you invest into the sisterhood, the more you see in return.  I am so thankful that in this transition period of my life, the love and sisterhood of ADPi remains constant–whether by meeting new sisters here in Texas or reconnecting with chapter sisters from Georgia.

ADPi is more than 4 years; it’s for a lifetime.

how to survive your first week in graduate school

  1. BREATHE.
    Remember that even though you’ve experienced 4 years of college, graduate school is a new experience.  Amidst learning a new schedule, meeting new people, figuring out professors’ expectations, and completing loads of assignments, I have to take a moment to myself each day to pause and just breathe.  Some days just stopping to catch my breath, counting the number of slow inhales and exhales, relaxes me.  Graduate school is stressful, but there’s something about consciously breathing in and out that reminds me that I’m alive!  I’m going to make it!  It’s a great way to pause and refocus before moving on to the next task in a list of many.
  2. SLEEP.
    Gone are the days of staying up until 1 or 2am and sleeping until 10 or 11am.  Gone.  Now, 12am is a late bedtime for me, and sleeping until 8:30 or 9 is a luxury.  Honestly, I’m more okay with that than I thought I would be.  Completing tasks in the morning and early afternoon gives me a sense of accomplishment.  Waiting the night before an assignment was due never gave me that.
    Sleeping on a regular schedule actually reduces stress.  Yes, I know that people have told me this for years, but I’m finally realizing it.  Perhaps I’m a slow learner at times, but now that I’ve got this routine down, I feel indescribably better.  Sleep is now something that I look forward to, as opposed to a burden.  Getting a good night’s rest is crucial in graduate school.  The days will be long and miserable after a poor night’s sleep.coffee
  3. EAT.
    …don’t just eat–eat well.  Okay, okay, so I’m still trying to cut out those sodas at dinner and the fast food junk when I’m in a jam.  BUT eating well boosts energy and overall attitude.  Snacks that are high in protein have become a staple for me.  I keep almonds in my desk drawer at work; I’ll throw some low-sodium jerky in my purse for a snack; greek yogurt with fruit and granola is quickly becoming a favorite; and peanut butter will always be my protein comfort food.  I can definitely tell a difference in my attitude and energy level on days when I forget my snacks.  Nobody wants a tired, grumpy graduate student, so handy snacks are a must.
    Oh, and breakfast is ALWAYS a good idea.  My Keurig is great, but the caffeine from the coffee is not going to last.  Muffins, breakfast bars, fruit–a must.  I never thought I’d become a believer in breakfast, but I’ve been converted.
  4. READ.
    Do the assignments.  Do them ahead of time.  Plan every hour of every day and squeeze in reading time whenever possible.  I print out articles and carry them around in my purse.  I carry my books to the office and read between appointments.  I read over breakfast, lunch, and usually dinner.  I read constantly, it feels like.  Sometimes the professors cover the material and sometimes they talk about something entirely different.  Either way, completing the reading gives me a better idea of what to expect in class and enables me to answer questions and discuss things with the class.

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That’s the best advice I have, and just to be honest, I typed it out mostly for my own benefit.  My lifestyle changed drastically in the past three weeks, and it’s a good change.  This post will serve as a reminder to keep it up when I feel like giving in.

My first couple of weeks of class have been stressful, it’s true, but they have been overwhelmingly good.  Even though the work is never-ending, I am thankful to finally be able to focus on school psychology.  I’d rather read 5 articles and upwards of 10 chapters a week about school psychology than have a smaller load of gen. ed. classes.

selling on Etsy

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I MADE MY FIRST SALE ON ETSY!  I posted a few things a couple months back just to see what would happen.  I was making art for my room in Texas and about 8 different Save the Date templates for a friend.  So, I thought, Why not try to sell them.  A few months later, here I am!  My first sale!  I am excited that someone appreciated my work.  I’m very thankful, actually.

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My first sale!

So I just wanted to share that tidbit and also take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been reading my blog, looking at my photography on Facebook, and supporting me.  My photography and Photoshop creations are things that I like to do for fun, but it is nice to know that people appreciate those things.  It’s also a nice little extra money for this college kid on a budget.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.  Thank you for booking photo shoots with me.  Thank you for purchasing pictures from me.  Thank you for purchasing save the dates.  Thank you for loving what I do so that I can continue to do what I love!

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You can visit my Etsy shop here, or my Facebook page here.

 

 

the happiest place on earth

On Friday Cason and I were blessed with the opportunity to go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Cason had never visited, and I was about 6 or 7 the last time I went, so it was an exciting adventure for both of us.  It was Cason’s wish to at least visit the Animal Kingdom, while I was eager to see the fireworks behind Cinderella’s castle in the Magic Kingdom.  As a result, we got park hopper tickets, spent almost the whole day in the Animal Kingdom and then saw 3 different shows at the Magic Kingdom.  Honestly, that was the smart move because the Animal Kingdom was significantly less crowded that day and it seemed like there was so much more to do.  We loved seeing all the animals and going on the safari.  We even got to ride the Everest ride and a water ride!

Below are plenty of photos for your viewing pleasure.  If the mosaic isn’t your style, you can click on any photo to enlarge it and scroll through the rest that way.  Enjoy!

blessings from a social butterfly

Do you know someone with certain personality traits that never cease to leave you shocked and amazed?  I am continuously amazed by the way my sweet boyfriend, Cason, uses his social skills to bless and give to others.  Let me share a story with you.

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A few weeks ago Cason decided to sell his TV on Craigslist.  Not a new phenomenon.  People sell stuff on Craigslist all the time.  Well after a series of texts and calls from random people, Cason finally has someone who wants to meet up to see the TV and potentially make a purchase.  He asks me if I want to tag along, which of course I do, so we set off for the local Starbucks and grab some drinks while we wait.  Soon enough a newly-married military couple approaches, and Cason starts up a conversation with them.  Me, I would immediately start talking about the TV and get down to business; that’s just the way my brain works.  Cason, no, he starts by asking them about their background: Are you military? Where are you from? Are you new to the area? (Duh, seriously why can’t I ever think of the right questions to ask in social situations?)
Anyway, they head off to Cason’s car to check out the TV while I sit sipping my still-hot latte.  Cason returns quite some time later with a huge grin on his face, which I immediately interpret to mean that he sold the TV.  However, the first thing out of his mouth was something like, “They are a really cool couple.”  (By now I shouldn’t be surprised that Cason always puts relationships with people above business.  It’s something I truly admire about him.)  Then he goes on to tell me about how the couple was looking for a good church in the area and had visited one.  Cason, being the social networker that he is, knew people at the church and recommended people they could get plugged in with.  Finally he tells me basically that he loves to sell things on Craigslist because it gives him opportunities to meet people like that.  Gee, isn’t that an awesome perspective to have on what many, including myself, would typically view as nothing more than a means to a quick & profitable business transaction.
You would think the story ends here, but there’s more.  We saw this sweet, young couple last weekend at church and made plans to grab some dinner this past week.  We ended up going to a Mexican restaurant in town, which worked out because apparently they had been looking for a good Mexican place since they moved.  We found out that they are about the same age as us, about a year younger than both of us.  We had genuinely good conversations and I enjoyed getting to know them.  Let me just say that meeting and getting to know new people is not my strong suit, so I was very thankful to have Cason by my side to ask the right questions and keep the conversation rolling when I was certain that an awkward silence was about to strike.  Come to find out, the husband is here for training this year, but he will be stationed in Texas only 30 minutes from Baylor next year.  I know that there’s no way to tell what direction this newfound friendship will take, but I think it’s amazing that God would have us meet through Craigslist and be sending us to similar places at similar times.

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Not only did Cason’s social skills and love of people bless another couple as well as myself this week, but it also got me to thinking about the way we view business transactions and business as a whole in this country.  I was thinking that perhaps if business was less focused on the almighty dollar and more focused on the people behind the cash, then maybe we would find ourselves living in a place filled with more blessings.  Perhaps this is idealistic, but I just can’t help but think that our businesses should be more about providing quality services and goods with excellent customer service as opposed as simply a way to make more and more money.  Certainly this attitude of service partnered with business gave birth to social entrepreneurship, which is something I could definitely get on board with. Just food for thought.

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In closing, I just wanted to say again how thankful and blessed I am to have a wonderful boyfriend who truly sees the value of meaningful relationships. I am thankful that God has blessed Cason with this uncanny ability to have a genuine conversation with everyone he meets.

kickstart your summer with a summer bucket list

The summer is my favorite time of the year, and what better to do than to make a bucket list to get the most out of my summer?!?  This summer’s list seems longer than ones from past years.  I packed this summer full of activities, hoping that it would make my last summer at home the most memorable one yet.  I’m also hoping that keeping busy will make the summer fly because I am eager to get to the grand finale–the big move to Texas!

Without further ado, here’s the tentative bucket list for the summer of 2013:

Summer Bucket List 2013

It’s been proven that people who keep a list of their goals are much more likely to achieve the goals they have than those who do not write them.  So, I always like to include goals for organizing my life and forming more healthy habits.  In the past it has been easier for me to develop certain habits over the summer and work towards maintaining them in the fall.  I actually prefer summer goals over new year’s resolutions, as I have had much more success with summer goals in the past.  So if you haven’t tried a summer bucket/goals list before, I encourage you to try it and let me know how it goes!

I’d love to hear what you have planned for the summer.  Feel free to post your summer events in the comments box below!  Happy Summer!