A few notable moments/things since I last posted (p.s. check out a day in the life here!):

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  2. Temperatures cold enough to make me want a jacket heavier than a sweater.
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  4. I have a new lab partner/breakfast buddy who also brings her own peanut butter to the dining hall and allows me to eat some when I forget to bring my own. #friendship.

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Besides those things, I thought this would be a good time to share some other things that I’m diggin’ and feelin’ currently. [Love reading these kinds of posts from bloggers like Spoons!]

Current book: Human physiology textbook and I don’t hate it. Also, currently getting through lots of pages in my Holocaust textbook. Reading about history has always been difficult for me attention-wise, but this content is interesting and heavy.

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Current music: “Conrad” by Ben Howard. One of my friends kept talking about how excited he was to see Ben Howard at Boston Calling (an annual local concert that features a ton of rising/already huge artists), so I decided to check out his music. Verdict: in love.

Current guilty pleasure: Studying in the communal kitchen. This sounds hella weird, I know. It’s my guilty pleasure because there are so many study rooms from which I can choose, but I choose the kitchen because there usually isn’t anyone in there, so it’s quiet, and I can stand or sit at the countertop.

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Rachel was judging me so hard. I’m high maintenance, I get it.

Current nail color hair style: Straight (natural) or in a ponytail. My hair is stubborn, so I just let it be free most of the time. I kinda want to curl my hair, so I’m waiting for a special occasion to do so.

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Current drink: H2O. Still carry around my water bottle like a security blanket.

Current food: I’m really enjoying these burritos that PJ’s Organics so kindly sent me!* I found out a couple weeks ago that I actually don’t have the unlimited meal plan (even though I thought I did this whole time); I actually have the 14-meal plan (14 meals per week + other dining points). Thus, any food that I can eat outside the dining hall in my dorm/on the go that is nutritious and delicious…sign me up.

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I think this breakfast burrito had rosemary or sage in it. Fantastic.

Current obsession: My fuzzy red blanket. It gets chilly in our dorm at night these days, so the extra fluff and warmth is much appreciated.

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Current wish: That I could read more blogs. Studying and activities say nay many a time.

Current need: I would say a massage, but that’s not really need. I would not object a massage offer though.

Current triumph: Deciding on leading a Bible study. I was on the fence about it at first, but with the prayers and encouragement of my friends, I have decided to lead a Bible study for freshmen girls starting next week!

Current bane of my existence: “Bane of my existence” always sounds so melodramatic, but I guess mine would be the fact that nothing has happened in terms of my normal, feminine processes yet.

Current indulgence: A heck of a lot of sugar in general, which is something I want to talk about in another post this week. But for now, I’m just reflecting on how much I love dessert.

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Current procrastination: Studying for my human physiology exam and instead typing this post. (Don’t worry, mom and dad, it’s under control.)

Current blessing: Really good friends. Always a blessing.

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Current excitement: Catholic Center retreat in New Hampshire this weekend! In addition to spending some deep, quality time with God and friends, I’m SO EXCITED FOR STARS. Living in New York and Boston, I don’t see stars that often, but the New Hampshire skies seem to display the universe and it makes me want to cry of happiness.

Current mood: Content, anxious, excited.

Current link: Instead of a link, I have a few quote photos from Pope Francis’ address at the Festival of Families. Even if you’re not Catholic, I think it’s safe to say that Pope Francis’ words during his visit to the US hit every person’s heart in one way or another.

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Hope you all have a lovely Tuesday!

So tell me your current:

…guilty pleasure.




*PJ’s Organics sent me some of their products to try. Review coming soon! All opinions and content are my own.

How to Be a Good Friend in College

I’m feelin’ this beautiful fall weather at the core of my soul and I LOVE IT.


I just broke out the boots this morning since they were calling my name from the back of my shoe collection bottom of my shoe pile.

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Let’s catch up by talking about how to be a good friend in college. The edition that doesn’t have to do with carrying your friends home after a frat party (although, that’s also what good friends do).

My friends here in college are honestly some of the best people I’ve ever met, and I am constantly inspired by how much they want to be better people through education, self-sacrifice for the good of others, wholesome experiences, and nourishment of their faith.

Thanks to these wonderful people, I’ve compiled a semi-serious list of…

{how to be a good friend in college…and at any stage in life}

Forget the age/year difference. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students can all hang out and their social lives will not be tainted. In fact, they will flourish.

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freshmen, sophomores, seniors, and grad women gathering for our freshman friend’s birthday

Have an early breakfast date with a friend. (Walk to the farther dining hall just to eat good omelettes. Bonus points if you both bring your own peanut butter and then take pictures of one another.)

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Be a good lab partner, because college labs can be deathly tedious.

Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. That’s when the deepest and best connections happen.

Sing and dance like a fool around your friends. If they tell you to stop, you can stop. But try it anyway, they might join you.

Set goals with one another. Whether that’s going to the gym five times a week with a buddy, acing a class, going to church every Sunday…or checking off food bucket list items together.

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#42: Spicy Food at Thai Dish — check!

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Tell your friend if he/she has something in his/her teeth. That feeling of looking into the mirror after talking with lots of friends and seeing stuff stuck in your teeth. You know.

Reserve judgement. We all do silly, stupid, sinful things.

Embrace spontaneity and don’t be afraid to ask your friends to join you. I’m always afraid to ask people to do things with me on a whim because I’m afraid of rejection, but I have learned that I love when people reach out to me to do spontaneous fun things.


like a movie night and epic hair braiding feat. Lauren’s gorgeous locks and Rachel’s mad skills

Don’t pressure your friends. Peer pressure is real in every way. It’s easy to be pressured and it’s easy to fall into the trap of pressuring others. It’s not the end of the world if either one happens to you. Just be aware.

Pray for your friends. Especially when you kinda don’t want to talk to them/you’re annoyed with them.

Ask for prayers from your friends. You need ’em too.

Branch out. Having a close friend group is so important and good to have. That being said, cliques are overrated, and there are people who really want to know you but are too scared to approach you. You might even be that scared person. Launch out and just talk to people. The people worth having as friends will reciprocate.

Hope you all have a fabulous day!

I don’t know what your hair looks like today, but however it looks, ROCK IT.



So tell me:

What is one way you can be a good friend/one way your friends have been good to you?

Do you believe “age is but a number” after a certain point in life?

What did you do this weekend?

Where should Rachel and I go next for our food bucket list!?

It’s Difficult to Eat Tacos With Good Manners


thanks for hosting the partay, Amanda ♥ 

1) I’m mighty happy that the WIAW switch-up with Gemma yesterday was so well-received! Thanks a ton for your comments (as always). I enjoyed going out of my blogging comfort zone by collaborating with such a cool gal! Thanks again, Gemma!

2) Corn on the cob. How do you feel about it? People say it’s a quintessential summer BBQ food, and I guess I agree, but I’m not head over heels for it. Stuff also gets stuck in your teeth when you gnaw it off the cob. HOWEVER, when you cook it in milk and butter with a sprinkle of sea salt (as suggested by Jo)…then I’m like a woodchuck eating the corn off the cob.


3) My tailbone has been hurting and I have no idea why. It started out as almost a relieving feeling whenever I sat down after standing for a while, but now it just hurts. A good ol’ Google search gave me the 411; My pain could be due to pressure, injury, childbirth, or a tumor.

I like to think that the cause is pressure or injury, but who knows? My dad might be suspicious that I birthed a baby.

4) Back to food. I had the most barbaric eating experience of my life last night, thanks to these lettuce wrap tacos.


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Attempt to wrap the darn (delicious) thing ➔ stuff falls out and juice starts rolling down my arm. Bite the darn (delicious) thing ➔ stuff falls onto the plate/table and all over my face. Try to get a bite of tomato, cheese, meat, barley, lettuce, greek yogurt, and cheese all in one bite ➔ end up getting some of my hair in my mouth and looking like a squirrel packing acorns in its mouth.

Tacos are worth it. (Next time, real tortillas. We just didn’t have any this time.)

5) I ate this dinner in complete solitude, so I didn’t scar anyone for life with my horrendous manners, in case you were concerned.

6) Speaking of acorns though… I’m excited for autumn now! Our summer was fairly mild overall, but a few cooler days that we’ve had recently are leaving me longing for cool, crisp temperatures. I know Amanda agrees with me on this one 🙂


yesterday’s breakfast made me think of autumn too

7) Speaking of fall… Move-in day for college is in less than two weeks. I wanna scream and shout and let it all out—the nervousness, the excitement, the EVERYTHING.

8) I feel like I need to unplug from reading blogs and from blogging in order to get everything on my to-do list done every day, but I like you guys a lot, so it’s hard.

9) I’ve developed a new “beauty mark” (or sun spot?) on my arm, and I’m trying really hard to accept the fact that it’s now a part of me, especially as my thumb birth mark starts to disappear. Out with the old, in with the new?

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superbly dry hands = story of my life

Is this a sign? A symbol for a new chapter in my life? What is the MEANING?

9) Totally kidding about the meaning. I couldn’t really care less.

10) Dad and I are headed up to Ontario on Saturday to visit my relatives for the weekend! Road triiiiip (<— said in the most white girl accent imaginable)!!!

Hope you all have a fantastic day! Keep your head up, it’s almost Friday 🙂

So tell me:

Do you like corn on the cob?

Do you ever eat something so messily that you question your civility?

Have you ever developed new beauty marks or have you ever lost birth marks?

Fascinating Friday Links #6

Phew, this week has flown by! Did I say that last week? Or did I say the opposite, because I know that at one point I was saying this year was moving like a tortoise. Anyway, I feel like the last weekend just happened, and here we are at Friday again. No complaints though! Maybe it’s because we had some fun things going on at school this week like senior “Whiteout Wednesday.” Surprisingly, most of the grade participated and we made the classrooms look like either a blizzard (as my government teacher called the event) or heaven (according to my Italian teacher).

A lot of blog reading was done during my free time per usual, so now I get to share my weekly collection of favorite posts and articles! Also, let me know which posts interest you the most in the comments below, or share any cool links come across recently. I’d love to hear what you guys find fascinating too!

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Health and Fitness

[Invert yourself!] 13 Reasons To Do Handstands via PurelyTwins

[Some yummy snack ideas for night-noshing] 16 Snacks That Are OK To Eat At Night via

[Health is not just about looks] How Do We Measure Health? via Living Mint Greeen

[Listening to your body>dieting] Not Another Diet!…Intuitive Eating via Sensual Appeal and The Panda Post

[The inside scoop with a CrossFit athlete] Interview with CrossFit Games Competitor Marcus Hendren via Carrots ‘n’ Cake

[Get low and burn yo’ quads] Squat burner {video} via Fitnessista

[For those of you who, like me, don’t LOVE running] Why You Should Start Running via Sensual Appeal and Long Drive Journey


[Take it a step at a time, starting with this] First Step to Making A Difference: Get Out of Bed via Jeff Goins

[Balance content creation and content consumption] Tension (and Relationship) Between Creating and Consuming via Jeff Goins and KC Procter

[You can’t judge by looks] Looking Beyond Appearance via A Big Man’s World

[Important] 10 Ways to Be a Great Wedding Guest via Perfection Isn’t Happy

[Fellow to-do list makers] Origin of the To-Do List and How to Design One That Works via The Buffer Blog

I ❤ Food

[I have a feeling this will live up to its name] The Best Pasta Salad You Will Ever Have In Your Entire Life via Fitnessista

[Pie in the morning? On my yogurt cup? Yes PLEASE.] Roasted Plum and Greek Yogurt Breakfast Pies via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Screams autumn goodness] Apple Cider Pancakes with Caramel Apple Syrup via Taste and Tell; Apple Pie Waffles with a Cider Syrup via Fabtastic Eats

[Quick, easy, healthy, PUMPKIN] Pumpkin Pie Balls via The Lean Green Bean

[I mean…] Sriracha Mac and Cheese via Shutterbean

[Must make this for a holiday breakfast] Overnight Baked Apple Oatmeal with Crunchy Brown Sugar Streusel via A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

[You know how much I like apples and peanut butter!] Whole Grain Apple Scones with Peanut Butter Icing via Cait’s Plate

Odds and Ends

[Seeing kids’ first tastes of different foods…in slow-motion] First Taste via TEDxSyndney Youtube

[HAHA] 12 of the Cheesiest Cat Names Ever Imagined via BuzzFeed

Happy Friday, everyone!

So tell me: Any links you’d like to share from this week? Which links from this post did you enjoy?




Fall Makes Me Nostalgic

I usually don’t have much time to type up a post before leaving for school in the morning, but I’m feeling extra ambitious today!

As the leaves start to shift from green to vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow, I can’t help but feel almost…nostalgic during this time of year. Now, it’s still like 80 degrees here in New York, but the quiet, cool mornings remind me of all the wonderful things that the autumn season can offer. I don’t know why, but it seems like there is something in the fall air that just triggers so many memories. There are things that I used to do in October and November that I think about, and there are things that I still do every year:

  • Drinking that powdered hot apple cider that I now think is kind of gross. But a while back, I thought that stuff was so delicious, especially with the addition of a cinnamon stick. Fancy!
  • Squeezing into the front seat of the school bus with two of my best friends (before drivers licenses happened).
  • Reading about my Confirmation saint, St. Therese of Lisieux, whose feast day is October 1st.
  • Homecoming week (coming up soon!!! So excited), putting together wacky costumes for the theme days, going to the pep rally, pasta dinner, and sports games.
  • Pondering Halloween costumes
  • Trick-or-treating of course!
  • Wanting to sleep in forever (<–still so true).
  • Putting together fashionable, comfy outfits (Yay boots and sweaters!)
  • Dance company rehearsals and annual sleepover.
  • Eating apples like it’s my job.

Maybe this nostalgia is why I love fall so much. I also get so giddy for the holiday season! But I am one of those people that really waits for THE day of a holiday to truly celebrate. I just love the anticipation!



Gina’s cookie dough cereal with frozen banana slices and freeze-dried strawberries (that I picked out from our Special K cereal ;))

So tell me: What kinds of things do you do in the fall/remember doing during the fall? Are you nostalgic too?