Beet Salad

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Bikini Bites: Beet Salad Recipe

Good Morning!

One of my favorite things about summer is fresh produce.

And this summer I have been ALL about beets.

Love the taste, love the color, love the smell.

Usually I eat them plain, but have noticed a lot of tasty looking salads featuring beets.

So like any smart girl I asked my bestie Danielle to come up with a Beet Salad Recipe for me :)

Beet Salad Recipe

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10 tips for College Freshmen

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My Top 10 Tips for College Freshmen

Good Morning!

I know this typically isn’t an advice blog, and I don’t claim to be an expert in anything…although if there was such a thing as a Real Housewives franchise expert I’d say I would be more than qualified :)

Anyways, when I was a college freshman I learned a lot about myself and life. If I could go back again I would do some things differently. I also taught a freshman wellness class my senior year of college, and was exposed to the lives of about 50 college freshmen. So if I can help someone learn from my personal experiences {or those of my former freshmen students} I feel they are definitely worth sharing.

Whether you are a college freshman, know of one, or you used to be one like me 12 years ago {and can relate to what I’m talking about} here is a list of the top 10 things I learned about that exciting, yet nerve-racking freshmen year…

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Dorm Room Favorites

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Dorm Room Favorites


Welcome back to my Back to School week!

Today we are talking dorm rooms…

It seems like yesterday that I was moving into my dorm room at IU…even though it’ll be twelve years ago this year.

12 years people…how is that even possible!?!

I will never forget the feeling I had as my parents drove away, and I walked back to my dorm room.

I was excited, I was nervous, I was alone, I was YOUNG!

What had I signed myself up for????

We’ll talk more about my Freshman year experience on Friday.

But today it’s all about dorm room décor!

Dorm Room Favorites

1. Eiffle Tower Picture; 2. Marilyn Monroe Picture; 3. Audrey Hepburn Picture; 4. Arrow Décor; 5. Clip Lamp; 6. Futon; 7. Rugs; 8. Comforter; 9. Organization Shelf; 10. Pouf Seat/Foot Rest; 11. Storage Containers; 12. Step Stool Continue reading

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Back to School Supplies Favorites

Good Morning!

For some reason I love Back to School time.

Weird I know, right!?

I mean I have been out of school for longer than I’d like to think {or admit}…but walking through the store aisles full of brightly colored pens, folders and notebooks makes me happy!

It must be the wannabe teacher in me.

The teacher that solely wants to decorate her classroom, grade papers and have the Summers and snow days off that is…not exactly one that has to teach anybody anything :)

Anyways, as I was leisurely strolling through the Back to School supplies section this year I found some super cool stuff!

Stuff I had to share with you…here are some of my Back to School Supplies favorites!

Back to School Favorites

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Maple BBQ Shrimp Skewers


Bikini Bites: Maple BBQ Shrimp Skewers Recipe

Good Morning!

I’m not what you would call a “griller”.

My grill is more of a patio decoration than cooking device.

I LOVE grilled food, but to take the grill cover off, turn it on and make something for myself is a lot of work.

Especially considering my oven can get the job done simply by opening it up :)

But…it’s Summer and you’re supposed to use your grill.

And it’s on my Summer to-do list…so Danielle (another non-griller) and I decided to give this grilling thing a whirl for today’s Bikini Bites segment.

Maple BBQ Shrimp Skewers

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DIY Sunflower Arrangement

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DIY Summer to Fall Floral Arrangement (Guest-Post View From the Fridge)

Happy Wednesday!

Today I’m excited to be guest-posting for Katie, back over at View From the Fridge!

I’m sharing an easy diy floral arrangement that features….sunflowers :)

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S'mores Party


S’mores Party

Good Morning!

Remember when I told you about my s’mores craving this Summer?

Well I decided it was time to have a little party dedicated to my craving.

And why not invite some friends over to join me :)

S'mores Party

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July Favorites


July Favorites… and the day I almost met Will Sheehey


I can’t believe July is almost over! I know I say this every month, but seriously….where has July gone!?

To be honest I’m glad it’s over with.

It was a crazy busy month! From vacation, to having something planned EVERY single weekend. I’m glad my calendar in August is clear :)

Before we say goodbye to this month here are some of my July favorites!

July Favorites

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Black Bean & Mushroom Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Good Morning!

If you are anything like me you might have thrown your typical daily “routine” out the window this month.

Doesn’t everyone’s routine slip a little in the Summer?

Since I went on vacation earlier this month, I some how tricked myself into thinking this vaca was extended. All. Month. Long.

It’s time to refocus.

With that in mind the first thing I’m going to focus on is my diet.

Danielle has created a delicious recipe that can help me (and hopefully you!) get back on track in today’s Bikini Bites segment.

Black Bean & Mushroom Lettuce Wraps

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Elf on the Shelf Ideas


Christmas in July

Merry Christmas!

Christmas in July that is.

I know you are probably thinking I’m crazy for celebrating Christmas in July…I really don’t, but I still get super excited thinking about Christmas…who doesn’t!?

I could show you pictures of our 4 (yes 4) Christmas trees, how we make the best Christmas cookies EVER or how I wrap presents….but I have to save something for December!

Instead I’d like to tell you a little bit more about a Christmas tradition we started a few years ago.

I’m sure you are familiar with this guy…

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