Texans and their “snow days”

This photo came up on my Instagram feed today from a girl I know who lives in Texas.
The caption was: “School can close, but hospitals don’t. My drive to work this morning confirmed that I don’t EVER want to live where snow is a normal thing…”

And I laughed.

It boggles my mind being a born and raised Minnesnowta girl that THIS is causes cancelled classes. In our dreams…..in our dreams.


That time again: Christmas countdown

I know, I know. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. I am on that same boat. BUT, it’s so hard not to get in the spirit of the holidays. I just love going home to my family when the house smells like candles and the lights are wrapped around the kitchen. 

So, to hold me over until that can happen, I was Pinteresting and these are a few of my favorite holiday pins. 


The decor:



So easy!

These knee-highs. NOTHING better than cozying up with a pair next to the fireplace and some books.




Cookies. Baking cookies, decorating cookies, eating cookies. 




Eggnog <3 




25 days of Christmas on ABC Family. Who doesn’t love when this comes back on TV? 



& the Christmas movies!



And last but not least, what Christmas is really all about. I hope these next few weeks of classes go quicker than ever. I’m ready for some Christmas.




But first, Thanksgiving :)

Wall art DIY: Broke college-student edition

I am in love with this picture and quote:



So this summer, with all of my “free time,” I took it upon myself to make it. You’ll need six items to complete this project. 

-Cereal boxes/Poptart boxes/ any form of cardboard box that you have in your house currently but would otherwise toss into recycling 



-Black spray paint ($.97 at Walmart)

-Tac, or form of sticky wall stuff

-White Christmas lights (about $2.50) at Walmart


1. Start free handing letters. Don’t worry about it not being perfect; it gives it character.

2. Cut them out.


3. Reuse previously cut letters out for stencils. 

4. Keep chuggin’ along at drawing and cutting.

5. Spray paint black. Pick the least windy day and cover your hands with something otherwise this step will give you a run for your money and black fingers for days.


6. Let dry. Hang on wall with sticky tac. Toss up those lights from one end of the room to another. Voila.







Is jealousy still the ugliest of traits?

People used to say that jealousy is the ugliest of traits. But now I see quotes like this:


Does jealousy really mean a girl is faithful? What if a girl isn’t jealous? I’m going to be bold and flat out say I think that quote is stupid (referring to the jealousy portion.. I mean the rest of it isn’t really profound either and kind of stupid as well).

I was watching a show the other night, and the guy was about to leave for his bachelor party in Tahoe. His fiancé right away asked her girlfriends, “Is Tahoe a place girls will be??” And when he got back she questioned him about if there were girls there and if he talked to them and blah blah blah.

Back in high school, I was that girl. “Omg you talked to her?” “Who is all going to be there?” “She is going to be there? You BETTER not even hardly look at her.”  “Why would you want to watch volleyball over my soccer game? Hmm? You like their spankies?” (okay, a little dramatized for effect)

Moral of the story is that looking back on high school relationships, I think to myself, Yikes…..that’s embarrassing. I got mad at stupid things that shouldn’t have been fights when it came to other girls. Now, sure, the guy was a fruitcake and gave me reasons to be the way I was; however, it taught me a lot about trust. I had no trust in him, so I was crazy girlfriend.

I get it.. we all like to have attention 100% of the time and want to make sure our guy isn’t crossing boundaries.

If you trust your guy, though, why can’t he be allowed to talk to other girls without being interrogated after the fact? He has friends too, you know. Ones that are of the opposite sex. It isn’t a crime. Talking to them doesn’t mean he wants to get in their pants.

Can’t we all just get along? Why does it have to be made into a big deal?

And what if you don’t get jealous at those things? Does that all of a sudden make you less of a girlfriend, like this quote implies?

I feel as though society has made jealousy out to be a good thing. Is it really? Or are we just using it as an excuse to be a pain in the behind? Or better yet, an excuse covering up the fact that you don’t truly trust him? I’m not saying a little jealousy is bad.  I mean, we’re all human. But when it’s enough to cause issues, interrogation and lies (even “white lies”) between one party or the other regarding the who, what,where, when and why… it becomes thee ugliest of relationship traits, in my opinion.

Couples that pull all-nighters together, stay together.

We didn’t have an abundance of homework, studying or other time-required events. My boyfriend Cody and I took a walk across the MN/WI bridge Friday evening and I made a comment about how pretty it’d be at sunrise. “Maybe we should pull an all-nighter tonight?” So we looked at each other, shrugged, and said why not? Since sunrise was at 7:31 on Saturday, we had a long night ahead of us.

So the night started with a trip to Little C’s for some grub around 9 p.m.


typical college kid dinner

Hell Oh Wheels around 10:00 was next. We caught about four episode episodes. Okay, Cody did. By about 1 a.m, I looked like this:


And pretty soon:


Disclaimer: I am not a Packer fan.

Then we switched roles, and while Cody cat napped (we figured as long as one of us was awake at all times, we still succeeded as a team. Right?) I watched How I Met your Mother until 5:30 ish accompanied by a box of Cheerios.


After that we needed some more fuel: coffee.



Leftover pizza and coffee.. we decided that was an okay combination.

And while eating happened, we figured 6 a.m. was a wonderful time for some pumpkin carving. We looooove Wild hockey. We ventured to carve the logo, and check how it turned out! For sleep deprived people, we were pretty impressed with ourselves.


Fiiiinally it was time to catch that sun rising. After a trek to the bridge, this was our long awaited reward:



It was worth it. Sunrises and sunsets are hard to beat, especially in Winona.

Final picture of the morning captured our moods: half of us (represented by Cody) was wide-eyed and ready to go, while the other half (represented by me) was wondering what brought us to be on a bridge at 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday.


Moral of the story: pull an all-nighter some night and catch the sunrise. It’ll end up interesting, logged on memory lane, no matter what.

Food for thought

Most of the time I have a great idea of where I want my life to go and a strong faith that it will go there (or that it will end up blessed no matter what). Sometimes, on the other hand, I have no idea. What I want, where I want to go, what should be next— No. Idea. And in those times I start to freak out, because my personality is to plan everything out.

If you are anything like me, I wanted to share this quote with you. I think it’s so important to remember that uncertainty usually leads to great things. Sometimes I forget my own advice to people which is that sometimes if we don’t plan things, we usually end up having a better time than had it been planned. It usually ends up how it’s supposed to be.

So for those days when I (or you) have no idea, when I’m frightened for what’s next or panicking that life seems so lost, here is this quote:


“If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path toward happiness; don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes, because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart…where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again.”

—  Everwood  (via goodsndbads)