What I’ve learned in Georgia

what i've learned

For the past month or so I have been in Georgia watching my 99 year old great grandma. I enjoyed a lot of laughs and few a tears and everything in between. It was fun and learned more than I bargained for in terms of running a household by myself and taking care of a spunky grandma who keeps on ticking. So (in true list maker fashion) here is my list of what I learned.

1// Find expiration dates on anything. In an older person’s home, they don’t use ingredients quickly and forget that they already own 4 bags of flour so checking expiration dates is so so so important. My sister and I learned to locate it on just about everything (and threw out things that had bit the dust).

2//Fruit rinds smell. I learned pretty quickly to cut up cantaloup and watermelon just before trash day so they wouldn’t smell up the kitchen. Also she doesn’t have a disposal so cleaning out the drain is gross but has to be done.

3//How to wash out Ziplocks. This must be a result of growing up in the Great Depression because Mama would not let me throw away Ziplocks and if I did she would go to the trash and dig it out. So I had to wash, dry them and reuse them.

4//News is repetitive. While the anchors change every hour or so, the stories they run and even the ‘special guests’ stay around all day and appear with each anchor. I’ve watched enough news to last me a life-time. Also I can quote commercials and even the little jingles that go with them.

5//Just roll with it. Between watching Mama eat spoonfuls of cream cheese to getting the news paper before she wakes up, I’ve learned to just go with the flow and make her happy. This includes washing out zip locks and saving bread ties.

6//Listening. Even if it means listening to the same story 5-6 times in a row, act excited and surprised at every twist and turn in the story. Even if you can quote it by heart.

7//Old cookbooks are the best. My sister and I have spent quite a bit of time combing through her cookbook and experimented (seen here and here). On the best recipes she wrote ‘very good’ or ‘company favorite’ to reminder herself just how good they were. I love looking at her handwriting and seeing her hand-copied recipes next to ones cut out of news papers.

8//How to meal plan. I’ve had to cook 3 times a day 7 days a week (which is way different than my college lifestyle) so I’ve learned to plan out my meals and sift through Pinterest to find useful recipes to make (that don’t require ingredients that have expired)

9//Stay one step ahead. If I don’t get the newspaper before Mama wakes up, she will go out there and get it herself. This goes for cleaning the kitchen and doing laundry as well.

10//Love. Between her stories about her husband and her children, I’ve learned a lot about love. I love her and I’m so sad to leave her tomorrow. This could be one of the last times I see her and I hope she sees how much she has taught me. When she’s says ‘I don’t think I can let you girls leave me here, I’m going to starve’ or ‘You need to let me do the work for you are spoiling me’ I know that I have done my job here and left her a little happier than when I found her. I will miss her but I know that she is just a phone call away and I hope to celebrate her 100th birthday come January!

20 items for 30 days: week 4

20 items 30 days Here we are again, week number 4! I have been loving this challenge so for and love all the feedback I’ve been getting from doing this. Thank you for all of the comments and I encourage everyone to try a challenge like this. It really teaches you about what clothes you like and stretches your fashion mind to make exciting outfits each day. I am already planning another challenge like this but something a little more long term (more on that once this one is done). Without further ado, here are the next 6 outfits. Only one more week left! IMG_2568

 tee//shorts//necklace//sandals (similar)

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 boyfriend jeans//sandal (similar)//tee (similar)//necklace (similar)

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 blouse//necklace//shorts (similar)//sandals (similar)

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tank (similar)//shorts (similar)//fedora//sandals (similar)

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boyfriend jeans//tank (similar)//necklace//ribbon (tied like a headband)

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tank (similar)//shorts (similar)//headscarf (similar)//sandals (similar)

Linking up with: #howIsummerGreater than RubiesMix it MondayTrendsettersFashionably EmployedLet’s Be Friends, What I Wore Wednesday and Hump Day Happenings

Vintage Dorm Inspiration: Under $250

vintage dorm inspiration under $250

Dorm rooms don’t have to be boring and dull. While they maybe small, certain elements can make dorm issued furniture look a lot home homey. Here is some inspiration for decorating a dorm room (or bedroom) with personalized touches. Decorating does not have to break the bank;  the total for this room is $239! The bedding is always a starting point as it is one of the largest piece in the room and bedding with a print hides stains better than a solid color. Over the door hooks are great for hanging up towels and coats while the locker bin provides much needed storage. Fun touches like the jewelry tray and pillow add personality and the calendar would look great on your desk. Find the complete list of dorm room essentials here.

calendar//jewelry tray//over the door hook (on sale!)//bedding//pillow//locker bin

Dorm Room Packing List

dorm room packing list with only what you need (not what stores think you need)

Who’s ready for school to start?! MMMMEEEEEE!!!!! Target started putting out their school supplies and I am once again on the hunt for the ‘perfect’ planner (any suggestions?!). And with going back to school means packing up college students to live in half of a 9×10 room for the next 9 months. Below is my list that I wrote while sitting in my dorm room freshman year and I’ve used it ever since. This is exactly what was in my room by the end of the school year (aka what I actually used). I hope this is helpful to all of the college freshman (or sophomores…or juniors…or even seniors)!

Bed:

  • 2 xl twin sheet sets
  • decorative pillows
  • bed pillows
  • blanket
  • duvet and cover
  • duvet clips (they clip onto the cover and the filler to keep them together)
  • foam egg crate pad
  • mattress pad
  • backrest pillow

Technology:

  • laptop
  • charger
  • printer
  • computer paper
  • printer ink (especially black)
  • phone charger
  • headphones
  • surge protector cords (extension cords were banned in my dorm)

Desk:

  • notebooks
  • pens/pencils
  • note cards
  • scissors
  • tape
  • post-its
  • 3-hole punch
  • paper clips
  • stapler
  • drawer organizer
  • letter+stamps
  • calendar/planner
  • trashcan

Entertainment:

  • movies
  • card games (UNO, Apples to Apples and Game of Things are my favorites)
  • pictures/posters
  • TV (My roommate had it but I wouldn’t have missed it because I watch movies on my computer)

Vanity: 

  • make-up bag
  • hair dryer
  • curling/straighter iron
  • hair spray
  • pony tail holders+bobby pins
  • hair brush
  • rug (mine is a bathroom rug but it’s by my bed)

Bathroom:

  • 2 bath towels+hand towel
  • shampoo
  • face wash
  • body wash
  • toothbrush+ paste
  • mouthwash
  • shower tote
  • flip flops!!!

Laundry/Food:

  • tide pods (or detergent)
  • dryer sheets
  • laundry bag
  • metal clothes drying rack
  • set of 2 dinner plates+bowls+mugs+fork/spoon/knife
  • snack foods (granola bars, popcorn and applesauce are my favorites)
  • microwave (check the wattage your school allows!)
  • mini fridge
  • single serve coffee maker

General:

  • first aid kit+cold medicine+cough drops+thermometer
  • cleaning basket (clorox wipes/febreeze/tide pen/dish soap/sponge/sewing kit)
  • mini tool kit
  • safe
  • hanging sweater holder
  • hanging shoe holder
  • hangers (I went with slimline ones to save space)
  • command hooks/strips
  • plastic bins (shoe box size and larger size to go under bed)

And I think that is everything! If you have a must have that I missed, comment below to share! Happy Back-to School season!

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

cheesy bacon pasta dinner

I’m starting this by saying: I am not a homemaker. I am a college student who eats at the campus cafeteria daily and bakes concoctions that boyfriends enjoy on a monthly basis. Watching my great grandma also includes cooking all the meals each day which leaves me a little out of my comfort zone. I stumbled upon my great grandma’s old cook book and found this recipe. It seemed simple enough and we had the ingredients (that weren’t expired!). So I dove in head first and it actually tasted pretty good despite messing up a bit! It reminds me of homemade hamburger helper and it being an all-in-one dish made dinner easy.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Ingredients:

8 oz. uncooked tube or spiral pasta

1 lb. ground beef

6 bacon strips, diced

1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed tomato soup, undiluted

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese

1:::Cook pasta according to package directions.

2:::Meanwhile in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside.

3:::In the same skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove and place on paper towels. Discard drippings.

4:::Drain pasta and add to skillet along with soup, beef and bacon; heat through.

5:::Sprinkle with cheese, cover and cook until cheese is melted.

MAKES 4-6 SERVINGS

I forgot to drain the hamburger and then again from the bacon. The pan I used didn’t have a lid but it still turned out ok! It’s a fool-proof recipe which is great for weeknight meals.

 

 

20 items for 30 days: week 3

20 items for 30 days

Week 3 is here! I am loving this challenge but this week was a little more difficult. I’m starting to get bored of my accessories and I wish I was home so that I could change it up a little. It’s been hot here so I pretty much wore my hair in a pony tail with the hot pink bow to make it a little more bearable. On a side note, I love hair bows and wish I had brought more of them with me! Anyway, here are the next 6 outfits for the challenge. Happy Monday!

thoughts from a coffee shop

tee/shorts (similar)/bow (similar)/converse (similar)/bracelet (similar)

thoughts from a coffee shop

tee/denim shirt (similar)/shorts/sandals (similar)/necklace (similar)

thoughts from a coffee shop

boyfriend jeans/tee/cardigan (similar)/necklace (similar)/sandals (similar)

thoughts from a coffee shop

dress (similar)/bracelet (similar)/bow (similar)/sandals (similar)

20 items for 30 days challenge

tank (similar)/shorts/bow (similar)/necklace (similar)/bandeau (similar)/sandals (similar)

20 items for 30 days

tank (similar)/shorts/sandals (similar)/necklace (similar)

Linking up with: #howIsummerGreater than RubiesLittle Miss MondayMix it MondayTrendsettersFashionably EmployedLet’s Be Friends, and Hump Day Happenings

Style Me Makeup: Make Me Blush

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Blush is hands down my favorite makeup to apply each morning. I love that it can wake your whole face, even after all-nighters! I have problems keeping blush on my face so I am constantly looking for one that stays put all day. Here are my favorites over the past year or so (from top):

BareMinerals Golden Gate (although this is the trial size): very pigmented and powdery

Lorac in Coral Crush: stays on the longest with just a little dab

Benefit Coralista: Smells the best and has a shimmery tint to it

Julep Peach Bellini: very powdery and doesn’t stay on very long

What are your favorite blushes? What’s your favorite makeup product?