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Organization, Decoration, Vacation?

Howdy Y’all! I am here to show you how I decorated and organized my apartment so that you can too with your own! Read Moving, Moving, and more MOVING to catch up with what is going on in the blog and with this post!

Let’s start with MY bedroom!

My first rule is that if your bedroom is an odd shape or size it is perfectly alright to put your bed in the corner of your room. I always prefer it to centered in my room but in this case the room is too narrow for that!

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One of the most important things to me is having a clean and neat desk! I was able to throw away a bunch of stuff that I didn’t need anymore just by going through the drawers and shelves. As you can see, I always have a collection of hand sanitizers within reach. Not only do they look cute but they also keep my hands clean which means they help keep my desk cleaner! I try not to over clutter my desk because I know it will get that way during the school year. If you start out with it minimal and clean then it will be much easier to keep it that way.

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I am not a girl with very much jewelry, but I do know that jewelry gets cluttered and tangled way to easily in a box or even on one of those fancy hangers. This is my secret way to not only display my jewelry, but to also keep it organized and easily accessible next to my bathroom. All you need are some command hooks and a small wall space in your bathroom, closet, or even your room and tada instant jewelry display!

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Another thing I am trying to accomplish on this “clean slate” is keeping my bathroom not only clean but also neat and simple. At my old apartment, I had a bad habit of keeping everything on my bathroom counter. It got messy really fast and it also was just too much going on in a small space. Now I keep everything I need in a medicine cabinet, drawer, or under my sink for a cleaner and fresher look! What do you think?

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We actually have a laundry room in this apartment! You guys may not think this is a big deal but when you have lived with stackable washers in the middle of your living room for a year, you would be excited too. We came up with a brilliant idea about how to cover the water heater so it wasn’t so ugly. We put a twist on a Pinterest idea that we both liked. The next cool thing about our laundry room is another pinterest inspired idea. We bought a shoe rack and it now store all of our cleaning supplies! This definitely helps keep the areas under all of our sinks not as cluttered!

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Our kitchen has so much counter space we didn’t know what to do with it all! This is a good thing in our opinion though 🙂 We tried to keep it an simple and neat as possible.

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Our living room is also a work in progress. We took a bookshelf to add more organization and put it next to the couch. That way we don’t have to just leave stuff sitting on the coffee table or kitchen counters leading to a dirtier house!

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Let me know how you chose to decorate and organize your house!! I would love to get some new ideas! 🙂

Love,

Aubrey

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Moving, Moving, and more MOVING

There comes a time in everybody’s life where they must pack up everything they own and move. Whether you’re moving five minutes away or to a different country, the process is all the same. I realized that everything up to unpacking and getting settled in to your new place is just absolutely dreadful. The sad part about packing is that you finally must face the fact that you have been hoarding useless things for the past several years. You also must realize that you have been ultra lazy and the hundreds of little things you stuffed under your bed when you were “cleaning” are coming back to haunt you. My attack on this horrendous mess was to take a trash bag and throw out everything that I had not seen or needed in months. Although I still have a lot of crap that I probably do not need, I definitely feel de-cluttered.

(That is not an actual picture of my apartment… I’m not that messy!)

hoarding01061 imagesThe next terrible part about moving is taking EVERYTHING out and then having to take EVERYTHING back in to a new apartment/house. I must have burned who knows how many calories carrying stuff down the stairs moving out and then right back up a new flight of stairs at the new apartment. The real fun starts when you get everything inside your new apartment. You get to start on a clean slate, organize everything differently, try some new things you saw on pinterest, and actually have the energy and motivation do all the stuff you hadn’t wanted to do for the past year. Then you get to decorate which in my opinion the best thing ever! If you’re interested in seeing my new and improved apartment with all of my organizing techniques, then say no more! Click Organization Frustration to see my hopefully helpful hints on how to organize and stay organized in a new or old apartment!

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No Pain, No Gain

My friend Kelsey and I have decided this week that we are going to get in shape and actually work out. We both decided that first off trying to work out alone is really hard for us, and second of all we need someone to teach us how to work out. So that is how we came to join Piranha Fitness center. The rumor is, is that you can burn up to 950 calories doing Zumba at Piranha. WOW!

They have classes all day everyday that range for Zumba, to Insanity, to abs classes, and even yoga! We started off with the Insanity class (not sure why we picked the hardest one to try first) and it was…insane! You have several blocks of workouts you do with certain reps and sets inside those blocks. Each block is repeated 3 times and I was feeling the burn after just the warm up! Let’s just say that we didn’t last very long before we had to go rent one of Piranha’s towels. I definitely did feel the repercussions from the workout the next day though. I took that as a great sign that I at least was working hard and got something out of it. Since then, we have attended a piloxing class and last night an abs class. I sure do hurt all over, but I know that I will thank myself in the long run. So if you have a little extra time and are like me, then get up and join a fitness center that has tons of classes. It sure does motivate me a lot more to work harder!

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Leave Of Absense

I am sorry to all of my followers that I have been fairly quiet over the past couple of weeks! I have had sooo many things on my plate and finally they are all winding down. Here are some of the things I have had to deal with this past month…

 

1) Impending doom of finals and teachers giving extra work near the end of the semester. UBER STRESSFUL

2) Working on my Photography portfolio

3) Started a new job as a waitress at Friday’s

4) Went to Colorado for a weekend to visit my wonderful Aunt and Uncle

5) Lost my wallet in the airport (Worst thing ever)

So I am sorry blog world! I will do my best to start blogging again! Hopefully finals don’t prove to be as bad as I think they  will be!

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Too Many T-Shirts? NEVER!

So I actually did ALL my laundry yesterday. This is a major accomplishment in my life since I always feel like I am doing laundry! The sad part about this, is that I now know that all my clothes do not fit in my closet.  I actually had to go out and buy a “shirt holder thing” so that I could at least hang the majority of my “nicer” clothes and fold my t-shirts. The result was even more horrifying than before.

Let me ask you a question… feel free to comment the answer below. HOW MANY T-SHIRTS DO YOU OWN? And, “HOW MANY T-SHIRTS IS TOO MUCH? I would like to know your opinion on this… The reason I ask is because I realized that 90% or my wardrobe is t-shirts. If I had to guess how many I had, I would probably put the number at about 60? Maybe higher?? The picture is of my new “shirt AAAAAAAAAAAAholder thing”, and the sight is frightening. If that doesn’t make you squirm, then here is another little piece of information for you…. THOSE ARE NOT ALL MY T-SHIRTS! Each little section on the holder maxes out at about 12 shirts… I actually ran out of room on the holder and had to get drawers to stuff the rest of them in. Now you might be wondering where I accumulated all of these t-shirts…? Well, various places. High school band, color guard, golf, NHS, shattered dreams – College football, basketball, soccer, baseball – family vacations, fourth of july, almost every type of t-shirt you can think of… I have it! I think this has made me realize that I need actual clothes to wear. Nevertheless, it looks like I need to do some spring cleaning!

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Fifty Shades of Five

In the summer of 2012, there was a lot of talk about this new series of books. I heard it was a love story, a nasty and inappropriate novel, a fantasy, a bad book, and a good book. Being 19, I made the decision that I was mature and old enough to read such a dangerous novel. My impression of them? I really enjoyed them. Once you get past the sexual parts it becomes a really interesting and sweet love story. I can say that it was definitely not for the faint of heart readers. It was very explicit and should be read with extreme caution! There has been talk of making a movie on the books. I say it would be impossible because it would end up being a long porno and nobody could go see it in the theaters. It does bring up the thought though of who would play Christian Grey, the mysterious, sexual, and gorgeous character. Here are my top 5 picks of who would make the sexiest and most adorable Christian Greys.

1) Matt BomerYES YES YES… I know he is gay. It’s called acting ladies and gentlemen! How many people knew that Barney from HIMYM (Neil Patrick Harris) was gay? Exactly my point. Matt Bomer follows all the rules when it comes to playing this part. He is hot, dark, has gorgeous eyes, and can be sexily mysterious. For all the people who think Matt Bomer would rock this part… let me hear an AMEN!

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2) Christian BaleMaybe it is the name similarity, but I think Christian would play an awesome Christian! He did play Batman after all. So we all already know that  Mr. Bale is masculine, sharp, and sexy. If you have ever seen American Psycho (creepy movie) then you will know that he can also play some really weird parts too. In other words… I would have no problems with this arrangement!

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3) Ian SomerhalderIf you guys keep up with the blog, then you would know that I have done a Man Crush post on him seen HERE. Ian plays dark and sexy characters in most of the roles he has been in. In my opinion, there was no question as to why he should make this list. He actually resembles a lot of the features that the author provides us with about Christian Grey. He has a strong and chiseled jaw, luscious dark locks, and piercing gorgeous eyes! If you are looking to find other things Ian has been in, check out The Vampire Diaries and my review on it HERE.  Ian would most definitely be one of my top choices if I was deciding who to cast at this role. He has even come out and said he wouldn’t mind taking it! YAY!

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4) Liam HemsworthOk so Liam may be a little young to play this part, but since he is going to turn out a lot like his brother Chris, I would say give him a few years and he will be ripe and ready for it. He has a beautifully sculpted body and a sexy demeanor that would make any woman melt. The only problem would be if his fiance Miley Cyrus wouldn’t let him wander around doing all those love scenes. Beside that fact, Liam would make a handsome and lovely Christian Grey.

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5) Chris PineIt seems that all these guys I have picked have one thing in common…. gorgeous blue eyes (except for Christian Bale)! Chris Pine definitely falls into this category! He is so incredibly smooth and just plain adorable. I really loved him in Star Trek and The Princess Diaries 2! He has a cute sense of humor that he brings to his roles that would be really useful when playing this dark, romantic, but sometimes humorous part.Three cheers for Chris Pine!

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Avocado Addiction – College Girl Recipes

I feel like when websites show pictures with step by step recipes, that they always have a professional photographer take the pictures. How can it look so good and then when you try to make it, it looks absolutely nothing like the websites? This is not how my recipes will work. I will give you actual pictures from my phone so that you know exactly what you are getting in to when you make the dish. The other thing about recipes that I post is that they will be easy. Basically if a broke college student can make it afforable and fast, you should be able to too.

Today I made up my own version of a recipe I found on Pinterest called Avocado Mac & Cheese. I decided to make it a tad healthier and easier since I did not want to go buy a whole bunch of fancy ingredients that I will never use again. I took me only about 20 minutes, but it was my first time and I know I could cut it down to about 10 after some practice. Here are the ingredients…

The equivalents of this recipe are for about 2 people. Add more if your group is bigger!

1) 1 avocado (2 people) or 2 avocados (five people)

2) Your choice of pasta

3) 2 cups milk ( fat free = healthier)

4) 2 tbls of flour

5) 2 tbls of butter (I used low fat margarine)

6) 1 garlic clove (or garlic salt)

7) Salt and Pepper

8) 2 or more cups of shredded low fat cheddar cheese

Simple enough right? I had these things lying around my kitchen so I did not have to go to the store… YAY! 🙂

Let’s start cooking!

STEP 1: First thing you do it make sure you have some good avocados. I LOVE avocado so I grew up being able to pick the perfect one. Finding thestep 1 perfect avocado has EVERYTHING to do with being sucessful in this recipe. You want it to be fairly soft all around. You want to make sure there are no major bruises or separations from the skin when picking an avocado. I needs to feel a little firmer than if you were squeezing your forearm. * REMINDER* – Start boiling the water for your pasta before starting the guacamole!! You take your avocado and  you want to slice it all the way around from top to bottom. Pull the halves apart and hopefully it will be a step 11beautiful green. If you have some brownish spots then you can take a fork or spoon and scoop them out. Next I want you to slice your avocado into little cubes in the skin. Take the pit out of the other half and do the same. Then take a fork and scoop them out of the skin. Make sure you get all the green flesh attached to the skin at the bottom… this is where a lot of the flavor comes from. After taking the entire and hopefully yummy avocado out, you want to take your fork and mash it around real quick. If you were successful in choosing a good avocado, it should start to look creamy. Stop when your avocado looks fairly mashed up and add garlic. This is where you can choose to be fancy and mince some garlic, or you can easily do it with garlic salt. I did it both ways. I minced one clove and then added some garlic salt. In my opinion, I would just add garlic salt. Not only is it much easier, but it takes less time and effort but still has the same great taste. Now you might be asking, how much garlic salt do I add? Well this is completely up to yourstep 2 taste. I tend to like more because it brings out a really good flavor. I play around with it until I find what I like. I would suggest putting very little in and then trying it just in case you find it very over powering. I usually step 3just lightly cover the mashed avocado and then stir it in. Now you have the avocado part ready for the Mac & Cheese. STEP 2: Hopefully your water will be boiling by this point and you can add your pasta! Mine usually takes about 10 minutes to boil so the timing should be perfect. Now we are going to start the cheese sauce. You want a small to medium sized sauce pan for this cstep 5heese concoction. Turn it on about medium heat and add the butter, flour, and a little milk. When the butter has melted, these ingredients should be more on a pasty side texture. If it is too pasty in your opinion, you can add more milk. You do not want it too globby or it will not make a good cheese sauce! When it gets to a good consistency, then you are ready to add the cheese! I just buy packaged shredded cheese but if you really wanted to get fancy then you could shred it yourself. I start out adding about two cups worth of the cheese. What is a cheese sauce if you can’t even taste the step 6cheese?? The cheese should melt immediately and make this sauce more of a orange color. The sauce should be a little thicker. A problem I ran into was the fact that it got too thick. To help with this I added more milk and then more cheese to keep the flavor. STEP 3: guac pastaBy this time your pasta should be about boiled. If not, then wait a couple minutes until it is ready. When it is done, strain the pasta and put it back into the pot. I added the guacamole concoction first to the pasta. I scooped most of the avocado into the pot and stirred it up with the pasta. The result looked something like the picture on the left. One problem I ran into when adding these final ingredients is that I put too much of both. This ended up making my pasta more soupy than I had intended. I would say add half of both sauces and then go from there to the correct guac cheeseconsistency! After adding the guac, it is time to add the cheese! Pour as much as you like into the pasta and then stir it up. It should end up as a creamy mixture of a darker pale green pasta! Like I said, mine was VERY saucy so I probably would have only used half of the sauces. All in all I thought the flavor was awesome. You can always add salt and pepper to taste if you need more flavor! Definitely a pasta for avocado lovers!

Thank you for reading this recipe! If you happen to try it, please comment and let me know! I also would love to hear suggestions on how to make it better or if you tried it a different way!

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Love,

Aubrey

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Man Crush – Bradley Cooper

bradley-cooper I am just going to come out and say it…. I love me some Bradley Cooper. But really, who doesn’t?bradley-cooper1 I don’t care how many stupid roles he has played, there is nothing quite like Bradley Cooper. I prefer him with his shorter hair but to be quite honest, i’ll take him any way that he comes. He has absolutely one of the prettiest smiles in Hollywood and some of the prettiest blue eyes on the planet. Some roles that I really enjoyed his performance in were Silver Linings Playbook, Limitless, Valentines Day, and even The Hangover.  No matter what role he plays, Bradley Cooper gets my vote for cutest actor. In his personal life Bradley was married to Jennifer Esposito but then later got divorced. He has also dated actresses such as Zoe Saldana and Renee Zellweger. On a finishing note, as long as Bradley keeps smiling, so will I.

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Opinions Are Symbols Of Freedom

I am back from Spring Break 2013 everyone! Thank you for understanding my lack of blogging while I have been away. Pictures will come soon 🙂 I would like to try something that I was thinking about while I was relaxing away in New Mexico. I would like to write an opinion piece. It doesn’t necessarily have to be political, but I would like to share some of MY personal ideas and beliefs with you all. Please comment below something you would like to hear an opinon on. It can be anything! I just want to get you guys to choose something interesting you want to read about! So other bloggers and people of the world…. please help!  Thanks guys!

 

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Spring Break Absence

I am so sad to tell all of you that I will not have access to a computer over spring break. This can be a good and bad thing for us who love technology. Nevertheless, I am traveling with my family and some friends up to the beaauutttifuullllllllll Ruidoso, New Mexico! I plan to spend my time taking in the fresh mountain air and relaxing by a fire. What are you doing for SpringBreak!!?? I hope that you and whoever you may be with have a fun and blessed time. In the words of my english teacher from my junior year of high school, “Be safe and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!”. ADIOS y’all 🙂

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Man Crush – Ryan Reynolds

If I had to summarize Rylan reynolds into three words they would be sexy, funny, and adorable. Ryan Reynolds has really captured my heart in all of his romantic comedies. The two that really stand out in my mind are The Proposal and Definitely, Maybe. When I first saw The Proposal is when I first fell in love with Ryan. Not only did his famous costar Sandra Bullock make the movie, but Ryan added the cute, funny, and sensitive side that made this comedy really sparkle. In his other romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, Ryan plays an adorable father who is trying to help his daughter guess who her mother is out of his several flings earlier in life. In both of these movies, Ryan plays a very silimiar but loveable character. In his personal life, Ryan just recently got married to Blake Lively who starred in The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants. Other movies Ryan is known for include Green Lantern, Safe House, and The Change Up.

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5 Things To Do With The Girls

Everyone loves to hang out with their girlfriends! The truth of the matter is that sometimes it is hard to figure out what to do with them. Here are five things that you and your girlfriends will love doing!

1) Dress Up and Go Out – Girls love to get pretty and go out. It is even more fun if you do it with your girlfriends! friendsInvite them over on a random Friday night to gussy up. The necessities are makeup, curling wands, straighteners, cute outfits, a little wine, and some music! The most important thing is to have fun! Usually the part before you go out is just as much fun and sometimes more than the actually outing.

2) Go Shopping – Everyone knows that shopping alone is absolutely no fun. When you bring your girls, the mall suddenyl becomes a play ground. Even if you aren’t a huge shopper like me, you can still have fun walking around and catching up! Another plus is that your girls are there to help you find cute outfits. They know what looks good on you almost better than you do!

3) Plan A Trip To The Beach – Love tanning and hanging out at the beach? beachWell guess who else does… your BFFs! Save up a little money and head down to the nearest beach for the weekend. Not only will their be plenty of cute guys, but there will also be plenty of things to do around town.

4) Spa Day – Who doesn’t love getting pampered? Luckily this is an easy activity for you and your friends because it requires you to do nothing except relax! Get a manicure, pedicure, massage, waxed, hair cut, face scrub, or anything that makes you feel better about yourself!

frinds25) Take Professional Pictures – Girls like taking pictures and like getting their pictures taken. Why not do it in a group? There is nothing more fun than getting some really nice pictures taken of you and your closest bffs. You get to dress up, have fun, and make memories that you get to keep not only in your mind, but also physically (pictures)!

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Garage Sale HELP

Every March my neighborhood puts on a large garage sale. The past couple years my mom and I spend a week or two preparing things to be sold. The thing we find strangest is that from year to year people buy only specific things. One year, the people that came only wanted to buy large items (coffee tables, bookshelves, couches, ect) and then the next year people were into the jewelry and clothes. It is so incredibly difficult to decide what is worth the time and effort to put out! My question to you is… What do you look for when you shop at a garage sale? Are you a big item person or are you into the toys and smaller things? Please HELP! We are starting early this year because we really want to make some money and get rid of a lot of stuff! So if you know any good items that go great at a garage sale, please comment! Thanks 🙂

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Genetics and Such

Thoughts From The Classroom

geneticsAs I am sitting in my Lifespan Growth and Development class, I realize just how incredible producing another life really is. We are talking about genetics and prenatal development and I am really amazed at how complicated it is (genetically) to become a human being. This is when I wonder how people can not believe in a greater being. I am not going to press my faith on to someone else, but it really gets me curious as to how people can think that all of this came from nothing. Everything is so incredibly specific when it comes to genetics. What really amazes me is how small a human being can start out and whatbaby they turn into. We watched a video on what babies look like at each week of pregnancy. I feel like no matter what your degree or how much schooling you have had, there is no way to truly understand the mystery of creating a living and breathing human being from something so tiny. Child brith truly is a miracle.