Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!

My life is complete.

A mere 10 minutes ago, the mailwoman made my life the happiest it's been......today.

She delivered a package that contained a watch and a textbook.

Not just any watch and textbook though.

The watch is one that I have been coveting for a while.


Normally I am not a fan of buying something that everyone and their dog has, but I made an exception for this little beauty. 

I am definitely lovin' the white watch trend. It looks a little bigger on my wrist than I was  anticipating...but I actually like the little touch of bling that it has. It is perfect for day, or night :)

And what was the book you might be wondering?

My favorite book of the semester:

Interiors. I am beyond stoked (do people say that anymore?) for this class! I love decorating and it is a little dream of mine to one day be an Interior Designer. I'm also excited to learn about more than decorating, but architecture as well.

The three of us (Mr. Watch, Textbook, and I) are pretty much in love.

Pure bliss.

Expect a wedding invite in the mail any time now. I better recieve r.s.v.p's from all y'all!

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Haha I will so be that mom.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

5 things I loved about today


1. Cute boys in my Interior Design class. I love their bravery at being in a girl-dominated environment....actually, I guess that is more smart than brave ;)

2. My Interior Design class. I do not think I have ever been more pumped for a class. ever.

3. My newfound desire to be more friendly and to smile first.

4. My outfit and hair. I was stylin' today guys....you would have been proud.

5. A shortish line to buy books. Holla!!!!!


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What did you love about today?


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Monday, August 29, 2011

You're NOT all that and a bag of chips

Hey kiddos.

I hope you enjoyed your first day of school as much as I did.

Yesterday, I was feeling kinda weird about starting school again.

This morning though, I was excited and once I stepped foot on campus, boy you better believe I felt instantly at home.

There is something calming about passing the statue of the Native American on campus, or seeing the familiar domes of the Library. 

I LOVE everything about BYU's campus. 

I love the beautiful flowers, the shining people, and the peace that I feel there.

I guess I sometimes take my education and where I am receiving it for granted.

I realized this while talking to one of my best friends. Shyler is staying home this year and attending a college in California. She has been so sad lately and texts me about how much she misses BYU.

She misses the people, the standards, and more importantly, the spirit that is felt there.

Now, just a little disclaimer:

There are some meanies on BYU campus.

I'm talking about the snooty, high-maintenance girls that look at the boy with pimples in their classes and immediately look away as if he has the plague. 

The people that bump into you without saying sorry, or even looking back.

Seeing this happen is the worst kind of torture for me because everyone deserves to be treated as a person.

Everyone deserves to been seen. To be acknowledged.

Today, I had soooo many things to do.

I stood in a bunch of lines but you know what? I had a great time.

In every line that I stood in today, there was a guy in front of me that started up a conversation with me.

Now, let me just tell ya...it was so stinkin' hot in Provo today so I felt like a sweaty, melty mess. I chock this male attention up to friendliness. 

I made an effort to smile. An effort to connect to people and show them that even though we are strangers, we can still appreciate each other.

Life is too short to be snooty. We all have talents and gifts, but we need to remain humble. Even if you consider yourself to be the hottest thing on the planet, please be kind.

There are plenty of attractive people of this planet but a truly beautiful person uplifts others, instead of tearing them down. 

So, girl that literally shoved me out of her way to get past me in the hall of a building today....bless your little heart. 

I forgive you.





Do you guys wanna see my new room?

Here's my side of the room

Don't pictures just make a space homey?

Here's the paper banner that I made a while back....do your remember it? Easy peasy :)

You all see that "A" in the corner? I made that little beauty a little while ago and I'm hoping that having it on the desk will motivate me to get lots of A's.


Here is our connecting bathroom....it needs a little lovin'...but it will be cute in no time.

So there you have it.


Hopefully I will post pictures of the rest of the apartment soon. It is still under Operation Beautify :)


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I hope you guys had a great first day of school :)

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Spiritual High

So I feel like I've been away from you guys forever! I'm sorry, I've just been moving in and re-adjusting to life in Provo.

You should have seen me on Friday. I was a hot mess. We moved into our apartment and the set-up of the room was not working, at all!

We rearranged all of the heavy furniture and finally, it was looking better. Afterwards, we had to move in really heavy boxes up flights of stairs. Then, there were a series of other mishaps that left me feeling frustrated, annoyed, and pathetic.

The last straw came when I took a shower before bed, only to discover that the water was ice-cold.

By then, the tears were flowing because I was just so physically and emotionally drained. I sat down on the shower floor and cried. I promised myself that the next day would be better...and I went off to sleep.

You know what though? When I woke up the next morning, the world was set right again. I was happy and I felt more settled and calm.

I went out to run some errands with my good friend Amy, and we had fun spending the rest of the day with each other.

The highlight of the day came when we got together with a friend from Freshman year and we were all reunited again. We gossiped and told stories of the men in our lives and it was just like old times. Even though we hadn't seen each other for a few months, we instantly picked up where we left off. 

I felt like I could finally breathe again.

Today is Sunday, so of course I had Church. Today was the first Sunday in my new ward, and even though I felt lame for being the only one from my apartment to go, it was great. I made some new friends and got pumped for what the ward has to offer.

Despite the stress, life is awesome. It really is. 

I count my blessings everyday and I am soooo lucky. Really, there are many things in my life that go right even when it seems like everything else is a complete disaster.

I am so grateful for friends that make life beautiful and help me to find the light when all I can see is darkness.



I am loved, I am prayed for, and I am truly blessed.



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I know I would....but ya know what? I can do hard things...and you can too.


Stay tuned for pictures of my apartment :)

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

A plane ticket back to Utah: $400, Spending a couple days with a best friend: Priceless

Tomorrow, I will move back to Provo.

While I am excited to be back in P-town, I am also enjoying spending time with Holly in good ole' Price, Utah.

We have been extremely busy.

Ok, well not really.....unless you count having to deal with BYU's registration and Financial Services. Let me just tell you, it is no bueno.

Today we spent the day finding out what it would be like to trade hairstyles.

Holly rocked my dark hair

And I loved my lighter, shorter hairdo :)

Then, we decided to play a little pool. I need to get in as much practice as I can before we leave because I just plain suck. Am I allowed to say suck? How about stink?............ I reallllly stink at pool.


Holly on the other hand is a pool shark :)

We also got in touch with nature today...especially with some way nast bugs! Despite it all, we had a fun time working on our tans. 



The funny thing about Utah, is that you can enjoy grassy splendor in some areas.....then open your back gate to find this:


Pure wasteland....but perfect for 4-wheeling. 


All in all, it was a perfect day. Except I am kinda fearing for my life right now. Why? Well, because it is dinner time.

Normally that would be a good thing...yummy food? Yes please! But, around these parts, food is scary folks.

Since we arrived, Holly's gma has been shoving food down my throat! She piles on the food before I can protest. Not wanting to offend her, I thank her and get to work.

When she is in the other room, I shove my food onto other people's plates. I also lie and say "yes, I already had some"...when she tries to shove more food on my plate.

I know, I'm bad.

But seriously, it is getting out of hand gma King.


I am especially fearful for my health since Holly and I helped her make today's dessert: Cinnamon Rolls


They were made with equal parts butter and sugar....and are guaranteed to stick to my thighs.

High calories and all, I am so excited to have Holly here at school with me :)


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Yes, yes you are :)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm pretty much a superhero....

....So, call me Wonder Woman because I pretty much keep my home-town safe.

Only I don't look this gorgeous doing it. Sad, but true.

A perfect example of this is the Earthquake that occurred in Maryland yesterday.

Yep, I just said earthquake and Maryland in the same sentence. Totes weird.

You see, I guess mother nature forgot that these natural disasters are saved for places like California, because she decided to give my fellow Marylanders the precious gift of freaking.the.heck.out!

The earthquake occurred hours after I left the airport for Utah. When my friend Holly and I arrived, we turned on our phones, only to learn that MD had experienced a 5.9 earthquake.

Say what?

I came to the conclusion that I am what is holding MD together. Humble huh?

But seriously, whenever I am away at school, we have some crazy storm or event. When I am at home, zip. Nada.

I'm pretty sure I'm the girl that you want in your corner when things are looking bleak :)

In other news, I am back in Utah.....only I am in Price for a few days hanging out with Holly and some of her fan-damily.

I am looking forward to moving into my apartment and getting settled. I am also determined to make this the best school year evahhhhhh!

I promise there will be more exciting news to follow...you'll just have to bear with this jet-lagged, stressed-out little girl.

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Bad news: I have officially reverted back to my college schedule.

Good News: I am so excited to be back :)

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Leavin' on a jet plane

My bags are packed.
Packed to the brim.



I fly out to Utah tomorrow morning and I still have a list of things to do:

-Get a haircut (A girls gotta get ready for Back-to-School beauty)

-Pluck my eyebrow...yep folks, eyebrow. I'm inches away from having a uni goin' on. Not cute.

-Charge my ipod so I can have some rockin' tunes to listen to when Holly falls asleep....because without fail, she will :p

-Find a comfortable flight outfit

-Shave my legs

-Do a final sweep of the house to make sure I have everything

-Talk to the BYU financial office about my loan

One thing on my list that I probably won't have time for:

-Stopping to BREATHE


Here's hoping that I will have a normal flight full of sane people. 

I'm double hoping that I do not make too much of a scene when I say goodbye to my momma tomorrow. For some reason I can hug my dad goodbye and be fine...but once I make it to mom, the tears start falling. 

I am a momma's girl. True story.


Quote of the Day 

This is certainly true for me today.


Well kids, I'm off to get back to packing....cross your fingers for me that my bags will be under 50 lbs!

Also, cross your toes that the Airport workers....technicians, whatever they are called, will be nice. 

For some reason I always run into the grumpy ones. Well, minus a creepy middle-aged male worker that kept touching me and calling me honey


The way he was looking at me kind of made me start to wonder if he was mistaking me for said sweet condiment.....yeah, not okay Southwest....not okay.


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Come hither you wonderful thing you.......pretty please!

Hey sweet things.

I do not know about you, but I love fall. I love the beautiful leaves (especially East Coast leaves), sweaters and boots, and I love me some yummy soup.

This whole summer, I have been on a top-secret mission. Ok, well not really top-secret, but a mission nonetheless!

Since arriving home from College, I have been eating way healthy. That means that sad little me is in a sugar funk.

Sugar funk= Deep, intense sadness due to a lack of yummy, make you gain a million pounds... treats.

Yep, I'm scientific peeps.

Anywho, one major reason why I am desperately looking forward to fall is so I can stuff my face.

"What's the point of that?"....one might ask.
"Won't you just gain the weight back causing your 5'2 frame to resemble an oompa loompa?".......probably.

I love fall because it is no longer the season to bare all (well as much as this sweet religious girl can bare). 


I wont have to worry about flabby looking arms, or about having lean sculpted calves.

I can finally give in to my sweet tooth (still in moderation of course) without fear of scrutiny.

So, without further ado, here is my "get in ma belly" wishlist:

1. Cream Cheese Rippled Pumpkin Bread

                                                            Source: lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com via Ashley on Pinterest



2. Cookie Dough-Stuffed Cupcakes

                                                       Source: the-girl-who-ate-everything.com via Ashley on Pinterest



3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

  
                                                                        Source: foodgawker.com via Ashley on Pinterest



4. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n' Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar (what a mouthful.....of deliciousness!)

                                                   Source: kevinandamanda.com via Ashley on Pinterest


Yummmmmmmm. Let me just wipe the drool off my keyboard....Ok, I'm back.

Did you notice how all of those desserts contain Chocolate? Can you guess what I'm jonesin' for?

I'm also thinking that the adage "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" may be invalid in this sitch....yep, sorry Kate Moss.


Quote of the Day
Soon enough my dears, soon enough.


Can you do me a favor though and come party with me so that I won't eat the yummy treats I make in one setting?....Help a girl out! 

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Dear Ashley


Dear 20 year-old me,

        Yep. You are 20. Can you believe that? I can hardly believe it and I've been with you all these years.

        I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you of what is important to you. After-all, next year you will be 21 and who knows what little miracles you will take for granted then.

         Let's see. Your life is kind of stressful right now. In spite of it all, I want you to know that even though things are tough, you have so much to be grateful for. Never ever forget that. What do you have to be grateful for?.... you might ask. Well the truth is, more things that you can count.

         I know you were bummed about issues with your Financial Aid and at how long it took you to find a job this summer, but you overcame! You were able to take out a loan, which while not ideal, allows you to return to school. You also found a job that you loved and were able to make just enough money to make things stretch.

          Also, Ash, you seriously have the best friends a girl could ask for. Friends that know you, understand you, and never cease to amaze you. Friends that can make you laugh and make any stressful day a little brighter. In a world full of fake people, you certainly lucked out...fo' sho'.

          This summer, you really started to appreciate your mother. You have always loved her and been close to her, but this summer was different. You see the stress that she has been under trying to take care of your grandmother and your heart aches for her. Yet, she never ceases to stop what she is doing to help you run an errand, or complete a project.

            You have a mother that worries about you and looks forward to your call everyday during the school year. A mom that thanks you for calling when you are particularly busy! As if taking just 15-30 minutes out of your day to talk to her is some ultimate sacrifice.

             Most of all, you are loved by the greatest person of all, the Savior. He knows you extremely well and you are always struck by the little reminders that you are priceless.

             A new school year is coming and you will be a Junior in College. ENJOY IT! Work hard, but make memories too. Remember the people that matter most and develop your interests and talents. You, as well as others, will benefit from that more than you can imagine.

P.S. Good luck with your sewing, interior design, and stats classes....word is, they are gonna kick your trash.

Love,
Me

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Brooklyn, I know I totally copied this quote from your blog...but it was so perfect!



What words of advice would you give yourself? Think about it.......


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Picture Canvas Tutorial

Folks, I am f.r.e.a.k.i.n.g out! I fly back out to school in less than 5 days. 5 days people!

But, being my usual over-achieving self, I decided that there were a few more crafts that I wanted to make for my apartment.

For a friends birthday this past may, I made a picture clock of our most fun memories.


Shyler loved it and I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. It is colorful, fun, practical, and full of memories :)

I decided that I wanted to make a picture canvas of my own, minus the clock. So, I went to my local Hobby Lobby yesterday and got all of the necessary supplies.

Do you wanna know how I made it?

You will need

 A canvas (whatever size you prefer)
Pictures
Mod Podge
A paintbrush
Paint (optional)
Fun Scrapbooking Stickers (optional)

How-to

1. I decided to paint my canvas so I would have color on the outside edges. This is completely optional though, so do whatever your little heart desires.

Sorry, I didn't think about doing a tutorial until I had already started......but imagine that the canvas is blank :)

2. Paint, or don't paint, your canvas :p

Notice that it does not have to be perfect, it will just be covered by pictures anyway.

3. Here comes the fun and time-consuming part. You have to go through all of your gorgeous (because let's face it, you're all supa dupa pretty), fun pictures and find the ones that you like the best :)

4. Once you have picked out some legit pictures, you are ready to design your canvas. I like to mix and max some pictures before I make a decision.

The big white circle is due to the flash on my camera....I need to learn how to take better pictures!

5. Ok, now that you have done all of that, you are ready to Mod Podge it all on.

I was probably the kid in Elementary School that huffed glue because I LOVE the smell of Mod Podge.....just sayin'.

6. After all of your pictures are glued down, take your Mod Podge and go to town on the front of your canvas. You want to make sure that everything is nice and sealed.

*Before I did this, I decided to add a few scrap-booking stickers to my canvas.


7. Do not be alarmed when you see this:

I promise it will dry nice and clear :)

8. After it dries, you will have a nice way to display some of your favorite photos!




In other news, today was my last day of work and I will miss little miss Isa tons!


I mean, how could you not love a face like that, and legs like these (Isa's, not mine).


Somebody get me a spoon because I could seriously eat her up!......in a totally non Hannible Lecter sort of way of course ;p


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Stay tuned for another tutorial. I will be attempting to make my first pillow :)

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