Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Weddings. A time of joy. A time of sharing moments with family and friends.  A time of love. A time of well, stress! There I said that dreadful and overused “s” word! I personally have never been married, but attending weddings, a bridal expo, and watching countless shows on Bravo and TLC have added to my assumption that stress just comes along with the joyous happenings on that one special day! Never know where exactly to turn for advice? Think you need that perfect wedding planner? Maybe you watch different reality shows to gain tips for your day.  If you are still not in the clear as to how you want to go about your special day, I have an aid. If you have not had the opportunity to check out Wedding Perfection, I advise you to do so.  Think you do not have enough time to read in between ordering the perfect flowers and the tastiest vanilla cake? If you put off reading book, you will wish you have tuned in earlier!

I shouldn’t even refer to Wedding Perfection as a book.  Well, of course it IS a book, but it is more of guide.  And who doesn’t need a guide in life? (let alone on your wedding day) And not to worry, this is no guide that “tells” you what to do on your wedding with countless pages that seem to drag on. It’s the opposite.  You will not want to put the book down.  Innumerable advices will be shared and you will be able to pick that perfect wedding date based on what you are aiming for on your day! Whether you are still in the dating process hoping to be engaged soon, assisting a friend getting married, are engaged, or are even getting married in a month….pick up Wedding Perfection.  Like stated, even if you are getting married in the near future, this book can aid on last minute details.  There is no reason why the most special day of your life should be spoiled by “stress”…such a negative word!

 I am sure, like myself, you may not want to make that extra trip to the bookstore or you simply may not have one in close proximity to your living location.  Not to worry, Wedding Perfection can be found online too! I will be sharing those links below. Versions are available for reading on your Kindle, iPad, iTouch, and iPhone…and of course paperback =)  Take a gander. Consider buying the book because it will be worth not only your money, but your time savings…and not to mention the stress savings! (lol)  I know when I get to that point in my life, Wedding Perfection will be there to guide me.  So regardless if you are the one simply helping the bride and groom or you ARE the one stepping out and making that next big step in your relationship with your significant other, check out this book!

Book purchasing links:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wedding-perfection/id540411311?mt=11

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/B008H7HHWM/ref=sib_dp_kd#reader-link

Enjoy and stay tuned for more entries!

Happy wedding planning!

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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

It has been ten years since the festival began. Many of the films we have shown in recent years have demonstrated the potential for technology to allow people to connect  and share experiences. If you can, partake in the festival with films being shown in Winter Park and Downtown Orlando!

Director Ian Thomas Ash  will be in attendance at this year’s festival! Be sure to support him and his film “In the Grey Zone” Saturday 5-7pm and Sunday 3:30-5pm http://globalpeace.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/inthegreyzone_ianthomasash_globalpeace

Director Khaled Sayed of “Stories from Tahrir” will be in attendance at this year’s festival! You may remember his film “Egypt: The Story of the Revolution” from last year’s GPFF. Sure to be an amazing film! Saturday 6-7:30pm http://globalpeace.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/storiesfromtahrir_khaledsayed_globalpeace2012

Director Christopher Roberts of “Street Paper” will be attending this year’s #GPFF! See his film Saturday 1-2:30pm or Sunday 3-4:30pm along with the short “The Necklace” who’s director Clementine Leger will also be at the GPFF! http://globalpeace.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/streetpaper_christopherroberts_globalpeace2012

 

For more information, please check out the following link.  Tickets can be purchased throught the website and more information on the festival is offered.

http://peacefilmfest.org/

For you Facebook lovers, like the page! http://www.facebook.com/PeaceFilmFest

Fellow Tweeters, follow @PeaceFilmFest

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/peace_pics/

Pintrest: http://pinterest.com/ninastreich/global-peace-film-festival/

Thank for the read! Tune in for more posts =D

Peace, hope, & love to all!

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Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

I feel like It’s been awhile but I am back to writing! This time topic is: a movie! Which one precisely? None other than “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”.  Opening just yesterday, the film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.  I enjoy watching the both of them on screen, so when my friends asked if I wanted to see this movie I did not hesitate to tag along. Unexpectedly the theatre only had about fifteen people.   We sat down just in time to watch a few previews only to see the beginning of the film momentarily.   That is all where my opinion started. The film started off on a negative foot, which I suppose went along with the theme of the movie.  I do not want to say too much about the movie since it was just released, I must add! 

With such an actor and actress in the film I went in with high expectations.  Paying $11 to see a movie pains me, but I looked passed that fact since I figured I would be in for a real “theatrical treat”- lol- The acting was fairly good and I laughed sporadically throughout the film.  The plot is where I was taken aback.  At times I loved where the “plan” was developing, but most of the time I felt it was, well I guess, random.  And maybe that was the point? I just felt the transitions and plot were not well written. I am not quite sure how to categorize it, but these are my feelings. 

Would I suggest seeing the movie? Not necessarily.  Would I ever see it again? Not if I had to pay for it. Will I ever see another movie with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in it? Absolutely.  Normally I pass on going to the movies for this reason, rather utter disappointment.  I am not that picky with movies, but I have found in recent times to be let down.  The next movie on my “list of movies to see”: Brave! I also have yet to see The Avengers! Should I see either of those? Comments are welcome as always!

More to come soon!

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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

 When people said time would fly, I did not believe them.  I wrong! Attending the University of Central Florida has been an awesome experience! I would not trade it.  I am only 2 hours away from home, I can go to Universal on the weekends when I have free time, and the people are welcoming!  I am writing today to those of you who are unsure about college.  Knowledge is power! There are so many resources at your hands.  The library has an almost endless supply of books, the clubs you can join are excellent for networking, and the class choices range from Business Finance to Yoga! There are so many options and even more opportunities to grow and learn.

Not sure which college to attend? Worried you will not know anyone once you get there? Only want to go to a certain university because your friends decided on that one? Follow your heart and pick the choice that is right for YOU.  I suggest visiting the campus and taking a tour.  If you see students waking around, talk to them!  Ask them questions.  I decided on UCF because it wasn't too close to home and it wasn't too far.    My cousin also attended UCF, but I knew I wouldn't see her a lot considering she was a year older and had an established existence at the university by the time I got there.  So. going to UCF, I only knew about 7 people.  That doesn't mean I would hang out with them, let alone see them.

First semester was rough. I joined an academic fraternity my spring semester.  That was a great decision.  Sure the requirements are hard to keep up with at times and weekly meetings for countless hours gets to be tedious, but I do not regret it at all.  I currently live with three of my "Brothers" and I hold a position on the Executive Board, Historian.  I have learned how to network, time management, how to put on events for over thirty people, and most importanbtly how to deal with so many varying personalities! I must say joining an organization or club is a must! And do not worry about going to meetings alone.  After a while those people may turn into your best friend or roommate like in my situation! The wide choices of clubs, organizations, variety of classes at UCF, and established professionals at the university makes everything worth my time and money.

Thanks for reading and get out there and learn. Learning can be exceptionally fun! UCF has enabled me to further my future career in marketing offering internship programs and a wide range classes pertaining to my field of study.

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Dick Clark, the beloved host of “American Bandstand,” died this past Wednesday after a heart attack in Santa Monica, California.  Clark was married three times. His first marriage was to Barbara Mallery in 1952.  The couple had one son, Richard.  They divorced in 1961. He married Loretta Martin in 1962; the couple had two children, Duane and Cindy.  Dick and Loretta divorced in 1971. His third marriage, in 1977 to Kari Wigton, lasted until his death.  Born November 30, 1929 also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.  Every year I looked forward to the Times Square's New Year's Eve celebration.   Belief in the youth of the country and a passion for music…he changed the way America listened and thought about music. 

From 1952 to 1987, Mr. Clark hosted various incarnations of “American Bandstand,” first over the radio in Philadelphia and later on national television. The program was a sensation because of the prominent role it gave teens allowing them to vote on their favorite song.

As host of American Bandstand the show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, and Simon & Garfunkel.  And how about Diana Ross?! His shows were among the first where black and white performers were on the same stage and the live audience seating was desegregated.  

Clark also served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions.  In addition to doing so, he also founded the American Bandstand Diner.   This was a restaurant chain modeled after the Hard Rock Cafe. Beginning in 1973, he created and produced the annual American Music Awards show. 

 In 2004, Clark unfortunately suffered a massive stroke., returning to New Year's Rockin' Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006, appearing at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year's Rockin' Eve show through the 2011/2012 show. April 18, 2012, the television host passed on.

Such a fulfilling life Dick Clark led.  American Idol and the Game Show Network are planning to air tributes to Clark over the next week.  With positive comments from all of his colleagues, Clark is truly a role model. 

 

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

In June, after seven years of marriage, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez “split”.  Almost nine months after calling it quits, E! News confirms that Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from American Idol host, Jennifer Lopez, on Monday.  Anthony cited "irreconcilable differences." The duo married in 2004 and announced their split in July, but seem to have remained cordial. Everyone knows the first couple of questions after a divorce include money and kids. So, who will have custody? How will the money be split? Anthony has asked for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's 4-year-old twins ,Max and  Emme, and has also requested that the judge dismiss any spousal support for Lopez, if Jennifer would inquire about it. As of now, no court date has been set.

This past April, the two broadcasted plans for a television show together named "Q'Viva! The Chosen”. The show was to feature the couple as they traveled the world to find the best performers in Latin music. The show had no airdate and it is uncertain if it will endure.
Lopez has been quoted saying, "I really wanted this family to work. I believe in love...It's still my biggest dream." Since then, the singer, actress, and now designer has moved on. Lopez is now in her second season on American Idol and released an album titled "Love?" last year. Not only has Jennifer  moved on, but so has Marc. Marc started dating Shannon De Lima, a 24-year-old Venezuelan model as Jennifer is with her backup dancer, Casper Smart. 
I’d like to say this will be the last celebrity divorce, but only time will tell. I wish the two, including their adorable children, the best in their futures. More entertainment news to come, stay tuned!
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Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Spring/ Summer Fashion 2012! What is more fun than shopping for new clothes and accessories to top off a wardrobe? While gazing around H&M at The Florida Mall a few weeks ago, I thought to myself- “I wonder what will be trendy for the summer”! While looking around the store I found lovely sleeveless tops and adorable jeans.  The collections will be in store for oh so long, but what will be arranged on the racks a few weeks from the present?

When exploring forthcoming fashion trends, I came across an interesting style. The big color trend for the seasons is mint green! I found some lovely pieces utilizing the, what I found to be a, surprising color choice.  I have a feeling I will be purchasing come pieces in my near future.  The pastel hue is refreshing and unalike what I come across when perusing around various boutiques and stores.  Another fashion I am personally fond of is high-waisted flare pants.  Made so popular by Katharine Hepburn, while the look may not be the most flattering cut for all women, when paired with the right top and shoe choice the look comes together quite attractively. 

Stay tuned for some more tips and comment if you have any blog suggestions…happy fashion finding!  As always...Black and white styles seem to defy time.  The main theme this spring is somewhat tailored and classic.  Adding a touch of bold and edginess can go a long way though.  Sheer and lace is also in.  I must say I love lace… so feminine, so very ladylike!

Check out some of my discoveries!

This top comes in two colors, INCLUDING mint green =D

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-tops/nighty-night-top/?cm_mmc=GAN-_-Affiliates-_-ShopStyle.com-_-Shop%20at%20FreePeople.com!

I love the cut and the pockets on this pair!

http://www.7forallmankind.com/High_Waist_Flare_in_Deep_Blue_Creek/pd/c/42/np/42/p/6401.html

Adorable lace top!

http://www.shopbop.com/shirred-blouse-mih/vp/v=1/845524441934180.htm?folderID=2534374302060711&colorId=27555&extid=affprg

 

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Has anyone heard of Rock Demarco? I was recently introduced to his work this past Friday. What talent! He has been showcased on Good Morning America and has been coined as the "world's fastest speed painter"! Demarco is known for transforming a completely blank canvas into a masterpiece!  Not only has he appeared on GMA, but stations including FOX, CBS, CMT, and TNT. When on GMA a painting was completed in only five minutes and thirty seconds.  Who was the painting of? Diane Sawyer! Check out the video:

http://www.rockdemarco.com/videos.php#videoPlayerArea 

Rock Demarco is based out of Winter Park, Florida.  He started his career as a child by creating graffiti on his parent's walls. What I find remarkable is his donations.   His work has sold for thousands of dollars, raising over a million dollars for charities such as The Make a Wish Foundation.  His gallery is beyond impressive.  Check out the link:

http://www.rockdemarco.com/art-gallery/ 

I hope you enjoyed reading this entry... I know I am quite impressed and I will be "sharing" Rock Demarco with friends and family!

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

I must say I have yet to read the books or see the movie, but the Hunger Games hype is in full gear! Pretty much all of my friends have seen the movie...oh ya, multiple times from the opening til Sunday! (seeing that The Hunger Games has only been out a little under a week this is impressive!) A few even waited in line over an hour waiting on a the Friday midnight screening.  Dedication? I think so! With the release being last Friday, March 23 IMDB already has 47,947 users rating the film as of today.  A total of 7.9 stars was given out of a possible 10. What are your thoughts? What rating would you give to the film?

As far as the stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth

Director: Gary Ross

The Hunger Games not only had racked in revenue from the movie and books, but also the soundtrack.   (with a debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart)  175,000 copies were sold in only its first  week!  The soundtrack is only the 16th soundtrack to debut at number 1 in the history of the Billboard 200 chart. Quite an accomplishment. So what is on this highly regarded soundtrack?  Some big names...

Taylor Swift has one track ("Eyes Open") She is also featured in a song with The Civil Wars ("Safe and Sound")

Kid Cudi- "The Ruler and The Killer"

Miranada Lambert- "Run Daddy Run"

Maroon Five- "Come Away To The Water (feat "Rozzi Crane)

For a complete list, check out this link to Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Hunger-Games-District-Beyond/dp/B0072HTHKS

After reading up on the film and music, I feel like this is a must see movie! ...and of course I will read the books asap!

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Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Recommendations!

I come writing a blog entry based on my recommendations! They are on no particular subject matter; I prefer writing on a variety of topics! Here they go!

YouTube! Post videos, loks up videos on your free time, laugh, learn, etc!

The iPhone/ iTouch- LOVE both of mine…can’t complain! And Apple’s service is extraordinary!

iShowcase.net- great site to blog at and check up what’s new in sports and entertainment!

Community Service- So uplifting…giving back is necessary for me

The Nissan Altima- Love mine! Awesome breaks, comfy/ smooth ride

Hyundai Sonata-Dependable car, great steering

Busch Gardens Tampa- Awesome rides! ! !

Twitter- Get your webpage/ links out to the world!

Facebook- Great link to friends in the past and present…stay in touch easily

Living by a quote- uplifting! Make it fun/ serious/ humorous

Making a picnic- fun idea with family/ friends

Heading to the Western Unites States- gorgeous states= Cali, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, ETC

KFC =p  Juicy chicken and yummy biscuits..need I type more?!

Mellow Mushroom’s Calzone’s- Cheese, dough, and tomato sauce…yea!

Keeping up white Christmas lights inside all year!- Always makes me cheer up plugging them in!

DJ Scott Messina- awesome dude!

Internships- learning is power!

Babysitting- great experience…awesome prep for having your own kids

I hope you enjoyed my list!

 

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Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Valentine’s Day…so close! Any idea what to do? Any idea what to buy? …flower’s, candy, cards. (“normal Valentine’s Day gifts”) How about making a CD with love songs? Check out Tierney Allen’s “When You’re In Love”  She has a gorgeous voice!

 iTunes Link below:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/when-youre-in-love-single/id418625517

 Wanna get away for the day? How about planning a picnic? Pack him/ her a lunch with their favorite beverage and dessert! Take a stroll after you eat. Take pictures. Share headphones and listen to your favorite songs. (make a special playlist for the day!)

 Go Dancing! You do not necessarily have to go downtown to a club.  Whatever your style of music (salsa, jazz, ballroom), search for a nice restaurant or club where you can dance slowly and romantically.

 Plan a scavenger hunt.  I personally love anything someone puts time and effort into. The fact that you took the time to make a special “hunt” for your date/ significant other will show them they are on your mind and you care enough to go out of the box for them!

 On behalf of my "girl" friends, I can say that girls still love flowers and chocolate! But I think what any girl wants is to feel special and loved.  So if any idea you have will help a girl feel that way, go for it! Whatcha got to lose? Except her, so make it a good idea! jk =p I had to add that in there for a little humor haha

 Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a fun time with your Valentine! Or if you are like me and don't have one...except for my mom, dad, and friends, have a fun time too!!! Some of my friends are having a dessert party in which everyone brings a treat and we all share! What's better than brownies, cookies, cake, and girl talk?! ...and probably some "Just Dance" on the Wii haha

HAPPY ALMOST VALENTINE'S DAY!

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Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 8 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Movies! I cannot lie and say I go to the movies often, but I have seen my share of movies over the years! We got Netflix, so now I am expanding my horizons haha

Billy Madison- This past Thursday we watched Billy Madison starring none other than, Adam Sandler.  I love this movie.  Billy goes back to grade school and high school to prove he can graduate without the assistance of his father.  In the end, well you will have to watch it =)

Matilda- This is one of my favorite movies.  Whenever it comes on ABC Family, my roommate and I MUST watch it.  It brings me back to my childhood.  Matilda’s powers bring me back to a “magical” place. The storyline is quite interesting.  She has such a tough childhood, but overcomes all the struggles in the end!

Bridesmaids: Unfortunately this movie didn't sit well with my tasting.  Even though it was nominated and I heard good things about it, I just didn't get into the movie.  Some parts were funny, but overall just okay.

Psycho! I watched Psycho with a bunch of my cousins over break.  I loved the movie.  It was entertaining and kepy me "on my toes"! I could finally understand what everyone meant when talking about the "shower scene from Psycho".  Great classic horror film.

 

Scream- I finally sat through a scary movie. I cannot believe it. =p I actually enjoyed watching Scream and I cannot wait to see the other movies.  I have so far just seen the first one. A different killer every time? I am very curious to see what is up next!

Hot Tub Time Machine-  I was home alone last night so decided to put on Netflix. After seeing this title I thought I'd give it a chance! I could not finish this movie...was it just me? I maybe laughed once. (and I LOVE funny movies) My guy roommate said he enjoyed the movie was funny, but it was more of a "guy" movie.

What are some of your favorite movies? Any good films I should check out? As always, feel free to post!

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Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 4 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012


Being a college student, I have limited funds.  I am sure those of you currently in college or those who have attended college know exactly what I am talking about.  I have learned to shop around at different stores to save money…I wish to share some tips I have picked up along my journeys!

Plato’s Closet.  Love this store! I found jeans there for $12 and my friend purchased an adorable sweater for only $3. Can’t beat that! Another feature the store has is they "buy" used clothing.  I have personally never sold my clothing at Plato's Closet, but my friends have!

Ross- Ross is a great store to find dresses. All kinds of dresses. I found a long prom dress there for about $25! No one guessed where I purchased it from. For something you only wear once or twice in your life, why spend so much?! Not only is Ross great for finding dresses, but the decorations are beautiful! It is a hit or miss store so you have to be patient.  I have found a beautiful iron shelf for $38 on clearance.  It wasn’t the right color, but nothing some spray paint couldn’t handle!

 

Kohls! My favorite store! Sure the prices to start off with aren’t cheap, but I have only once or twice seen something NOT on sale! I have gotten tank tops for $3, shoes for $4, earrings for $2, etc.  Not only do they allow you to use one coupon, but if you have a percentage off your total (usually 15% or 20%) and a $10 off a purchase over $20 or $30, you can use both! The return process is also ridiculously easy.  I cannot recall a time when a sales associate gave me a hard time making a return. 

Publix- Down in Florida we have Publix for our grocery store.  My friends always want to go to Walmart, because they have a reputation for being the cheaper option, but I prefer Publix and Target any day! And honestly, I haven’t spent that much more money choosing the latter options over Walmart. Publix has plenty of buy one get one frees every week.  Their deals change every Thursday!

Target has excellent deals on groceries.  They also have a 5% off debit card.  Every time you purchase at Target and use the card, you save 5%.  I need to enroll in that….haha! Not only do they have "cheap" groceries, but they have amazing clearance sections.  I have gotten Christmas Decorations 90% off, shirts for under $4, a skirt for $4, and jeans for $10. Those deals made me smile!

There are many options out there.  Saving money is important to me and I am sure you readers feel the same! Whether it’s cutting a few coupons here or there or buying the generic brand of products, every penny does add up! HAPPY SALES!

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Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

I write today proclaiming my favorite things! All kinds of things! Enjoy... they are not in any particular order by the way =)

1.I love hiking. Really nature in general.  I am not meant to sit inside, but out in the nature amongst the wildlife!

2. Also along the lines of hiking comes my next favorite...Wyoming! The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks are gorgeous.  The scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

3. Chocolate.  Chocolate anything! Cake, chocolate covered cherries, brownies. etc. etc. etc.

4. The Gym- I love working out.  It makes me feel so good.  It is most definitely a stress reliever.

5. Shopping- I must specify though.  I love shopping for deals.  I cringe if anything is overpriced =/

6. Sports! Playing tennis is my current favorite.  I have also played basketball (on a team for 4 years) and volleyball.  I love watching sports too...GO RAYS!

7. Reading- I most recently finished reading "P.S. I Love You". My aunt graciously let me borrow it last year and I finally finished it.  The book made me cry half the time I read it, but it was an enjoyable read.  Another book my cousin lent to me. Such a good book.  I fell in love with the main character, Charlie.

8. Carrots- My roommates have my back on this one. I will buy a bag at the grocery store and it will be gone in two days =p haha I cannot really explain this "love", but it is there!

9. Just Dance- We have a Wii and "Just Dance" is so much fun.  Great way to exercise. Great way to laugh with (and possibly at) your friends! All in good fun of course!

10. Learning-  I have a thirst for learning.  Knowledge is power. I believe that! My parents raised me to have this drive to always search.

11. Romantic Comedies-Gotta love these.  They make me feel happy when I watch movies with this genre....Even though my life is far from the storylines!

12. Blogging- YES! My newest love <3 My love of learning aids in my love of blogging.  I want to share what I have to offer and I love reading what others have posted! What a great virtual community we have online,

13. Family- I must add this to my list of loves.  My semi-love list would not be semi complete without talking about my friends and family.  I would be lost without them.  I 100% mean that.

Please post some of your favorite things~ And Happy Friday!!!

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Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 7 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY 2012! I will start off with some facts on this special day and end with statistics as to who "believes" and who is skeptical! Enjoy!...

The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  Named in 1887, the groundhog's full name is quite long! It is Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.

So, why exactly February 2? Groundhog Day is on February 2. This marks about halfway between the winter solstice in December and the vernal equinox in March. (midpoint of winter)

At 7:25 a.m. this Thursday morning, Groundhog Phil saw his shadow in the little town of Punxsutawney, PA. What does this mean? 6 more weeks of winter! (I love cold weather, so I hope this critter is correct!) If the forecast is right, it will mean a dramatic reversal from the mild weather pattern affecting much of the country. Most temperatures around the states are much higher than usual. Is Phil always correct? The official website of Punxsutawney Phil claims the Groundhog has issued a correct forecast 100% of the time. Another source says the accuracy is slightly lower, but still usually correct!

How about a “funny fact”:

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

About 700 pounds!

I also stumbled upon a poll asking readers if they believe in Phil's forecast….percentages:

45% “Trust Phil” while 55% are skeptical! What do you think? Post comments! Happy Groundhog Day!

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Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 8 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

 When people said time would fly, I did not believe them.  I wrong! Attending the University of Central Florida has been an awesome experience! I would not trade it.  I am only 2 hours away from home, I can go to Universal on the weekends when I have free time, and the people are welcoming!  I am writing today to those of you who are unsure about college.  Knowledge is power! There are so many resources at your hands.  The library has an almost endless supply of books, the clubs you can join are excellent for networking, and the class choices range from Business Finance to Yoga! There are so many options and even more opportunities to grow and learn.

Not sure which college to attend? Worried you will not know anyone once you get there? Only want to go to a certain university because your friends decided on that one? Follow your heart and pick the choice that is right for YOU.  I suggest visiting the campus and taking a tour.  If you see students waking around, talk to them!  Ask them questions.  I decided on UCF because it wasn't too close to home and it wasn't too far.    My cousin also attended UCF, but I knew I wouldn't see her a lot considering she was a year older and had an established existence at the university by the time I got there.  So. going to UCF, I only knew about 7 people.  That doesn't mean I would hang out with them, let alone see them.

First semester was rough. I joined an academic fraternity my spring semester.  That was a great decision.  Sure the requirements are hard to keep up with at times and weekly meetings for countless hours gets to be tedious, but I do not regret it at all.  I currently live with three of my "Brothers" and I hold a position on the Executive Board, Historian.  I have learned how to network, time management, how to put on events for over thirty people, and most importanbtly how to deal with so many varying personalities! I must say joining an organization or club is a must! And do not worry about going to meetings alone.  After a while those people may turn into your best friend or roommate like in my situation! The wide choices of clubs, organizations, variety of classes at UCF, and established professionals at the university makes everything worth my time and money.

Thanks for reading and get out there and learn. Learning can be exceptionally fun! UCF has enabled me to further my future career in marketing offering internship programs and a wide range classes pertaining to my field of study.

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
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So it is January 27, 2012.  Just an ordinary Friday, right?! THINK AGAIN! It is...........National Chocolate Cake Day!  YUM! I just got back from the gym, but now all I can think about is chocolate cake! With frosting, and lots of it! For this entry I wanted to share some yummy chocolate cake recipes, so here they go: ENJOY!

 Chocolate Cakes:

Chocolate cake #1

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
  3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.

Can you say yummy!!!?

Chocolate cake # 2

Ingredients

  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cups boiling water
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream brown sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with sour cream to creamed mixture. Mix on low just until combined. Stir in water until blended. Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. For frosting, in a medium saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Cool several minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Add chocolate mixture and beat until smooth. Frost cooled cake.

 

Chocolate cake #3: Vegan Chocolate Cake!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix together until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Today is a day of celebration! Celebrate chocolate cake while eating chocolate cake!

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Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 8 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Today I was flipping through the channels not knowing what to watch as I woke up from my slumber. Landing on Kathie Lee and Hoda, I was immediately engrossed when I saw the “weinermobile” on the television screen.  One “story” featured on their show was based on this Oscar Meyer transportation device.  

Hotdog High= Mandatory training the drivers go through. In training you are granted a werinermobile whistle, how fun!  Next up, learning the rules of the road.  The host was even waving and smiling “getting into character” when at Hotdog High.  The Oscar Myers Hotdoggers (those who drive the weinermobile, aka ambassadors) all had creative and rather interesting names.  They get paid to drive around all over in the hotdog car, the job lasting a year! The job lasts from the first of June until the following first of June. How fun would that be?!

So what is this vehicle they drive? A "Wienermobile" is an automobile shaped like a hot dog on a bun. It is used to promote and advertise Oscar Mayer products. It was created back in 1936 by “Oscar's nephew”, Carl Mayer. There are currently eight active Wienermobiles on the roads. Six of them are the full sized models, while the other two are the mini and the food truck versions.  So how does one land a job such as this? The "hotdogger" position of driving the wienermobile is open to U.S. citizens…. only college seniors who are about to graduate are eligible. Current hotdoggers and Oscar Mayer recruiters visit college campuses across the country in search of the next round of hotdoggers. Candidates are screened from an average of 2000 applicants! Will they be coming to FL?!

Some funny license plates names:

    * YUMMY

    * OUR DOG

    * IWSHIWR

    * OH I WISH

    * WEENR

    * WNRMOBL

    * BOLOGNA

    * RELSHME

    * LIL LINK

    * BIG BUN

    * WNR MBLE

…….so creative! Would any of you reading take this job? Post your opinions!

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Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Alrighty back to blogging.  This time it is about food again =) Yesterday I wrote on my three favorite baked goods. Today-"food food"!

Enchiladas!
Ingredients- Not all fo the ingredients are necessary, sometimes I do not have some of the powder's the recipe calls for!
           2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cut into chunks (I get pre-cooked chunks by Perdue)
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained (I leave this out, but feel free to add in any of the ingredients or take them out!)
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package mild taco seasoning mix
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (Sometimes I just sprinkle juice over the pan when I am done)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 (12 inch) flour tortillas
  • 3 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives (My favorite!)
Directions
  1. Place the chicken in a large pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the chicken pieces are no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Shred chicken by placing two forks back to back and pulling meat apart. Set the shredded chicken aside. Meanwhile, combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and chili powder in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, then turn off the heat and cover to keep warm.
  2. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the shredded chicken, chopped green chilies, taco seasoning, half of the bunch of chopped green onion, and water. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, onion powder, and garlic powder; simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Stir 1 cup of the soup mixture into the skillet with the chicken mixture. Spread the remaining soup mixture on the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  4. Fill each tortilla with chicken mixture. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the chicken filling before folding the tortillas, reserving half of the shredded cheese for topping the enchiladas. Fold tortillas over the filling and place seam-side down in the prepared pan.
  5. Pour enchilada sauce evenly over the enchiladas. Cover with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle the reserved chopped green onions and the sliced olives on top of the cheese. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 25 minutes.

Such a good dinner! When I make them or when I am home and my mom cooks them, the enchiladas are gone very quickly!!! Try it out!
Lasagna
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage (I also like to use ground turkey instead of sausage/ beef)
  • 3/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
  1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

So tasty if you are in the mood for Italian! ..I must say that I am currently in the mood< maybe because someone around me just cooked something that smells of lasagna =p

Pork Chops
Ingredients
8 pork chops
Garlic
Salt and pepper
Shortening
1/2 can water
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
 
Directions
1.Sprinkle a little garlic salt on each. Brown chops in a small amount of shortening.
2. Pour grease out of skillet. Put mushroom soup in skillet with 1/2 cup of water. Mix until smooth. Put pork chops back into skillet with the mushroom soup.
3. Put lid on skillet and simmer for 45 minutes. Turn chops once.
 
I am making this recipe either tonight or tomorrow. What is nice about this recipe is letting the meat simmer for 45 minutes, I am allowed to go about my studies as it cooks!

Try out the recipes! I find them to be very yummy! More to come on food....

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Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

I love food. 

It is so tasty to eat and fun to make...I have learned some really good recipes over the years via my mother and aunts so today I will share some of those. Today I will be writing on a few of my favorite desserts!

Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package cook and serve butterscotch pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits
 

Directions

  1. In a plastic bowl with tight-fitting lid, combine pudding mix, sugar, cinnamon and pecans if desired. Pour the butter into a shallow bowl. Cut the biscuits into quarters. Dip several pieces into the butter, then place in bowl... cover and shake. Remove to a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan. Continue until all the biscuit pieces are coated. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes. Cool in pan for 30 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate.

This Christmas the family came down to Florida to visit.  This meant a lot of preparation for cleaning and cooking.  My mom was a little stressed because she had to think of simple desserts to make while the family was here.  When she told me she was going to make "monkey bread", I was not quite sure what she meant. All she did was tell me to go to the store and get biscuits...so I did! When we got to my aunts house it was time for dessert making.  My cousins and I sat at the kitchen table with my mom and started making the dessert.  About a 45 minutes later, 99% of the dessert was gone. It was so tasty and easy to make...I cannot wait to have it again!

Hello Dollies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of an 9x9 inch baking pan. Layer the chocolate chips, coconut and pecans over the crumbs. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool and cut into squares.

I love coconut, grahm cracker crust, and chocolate chips so this dessert bar is so yummy to me.  My mom has to freeze these or hide them when she makes them or we will eat them before the occasion she baked for haha...  =p

 

Lemon Bars

 

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • confectioners' sugar
 

Directions

  1. Combine the flour, butter and confectioners' sugar; pat into an 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, eggs, flour, lemon juice, extract, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix until frothy; pour over crust.
  3. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until light golden brown. Dust with the confectioners' sugar.

My mom has been making these for years and she jokingly regrets learning how to perfect this recipse becasue EVERYONE ask her to make those for family get togethers, work functions, and birthdays! I am really no "chef/ baker", but I make these and they turn out YUMMY!  The lemon is not overpowering and the crust is to die for. 

 

Happy Baking!

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Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Ok so for this entry I want to share something about myself.  A goal of mine to to learn ASL, American Sign Language.  My best friend, whom I have known since she was two, is hard of hearing.  When she was little, she got really good at reading lips and her hearing aids helped her partially hear. When she got to about middle school, she started learning ASL.  Now she knows EVERYTHING! I got to become a little jealous watching her communicate with her friends in this nonverbal way.  I feel this desire to learn! Now I made this goal to learn ASL. I feel as though knowing ASL will help in my career and life in general.  It is a fascinating way of communicating with others. I am going to post some videos I have found that have helped me learn some simple words...  Check them out!

I found this lady to be "easy" to learn from, so I am posting a series of her videos! I would post more topics above each of the links, but most of them have random topics = )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bFoZTlvg9g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q_wx4jWfkg&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp8MYvbZ8aY&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbK1AIRccjw&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqR7r8XkzrU&feature=relmfu

COLORS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VRaqX01Ekg&feature=relmfu

 

i hope you do check them out! I find singing fascinating!!! Check back for more entries.......

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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Today I am writing on different quotes I have learned to love.  Not that I necessarily have had to "learn" to love them.  They just seem so special to me that I wish to share.  I want these quotes to inspire people, beyond their belief! ...because we can do things beyond our own beliefs if we just stick top it and go 100%! I find giving it my all, no matter what, sparks some sort of positive outcome!

A common fear of my surrounding friends is their future. I must add myself into that group. I do not really know where I will end up in five years, let alone next year after I graduate. Being in college is a great way to start my future, but I am still trying to figure out exactly what it is I want to do for the rest of my life! So I will start of with this quote:

" The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

I find these words very inspiring! ...and so true! Sure we can't change everything in our life to match up with our needs and wants, but we can sure try! For example, I wanted to get an internship before I graduated and I took initiative and got one! I couldn't have ased for anything better! It is so easy to just sit back and watch or let things slide by. It sure is more fun to be involved and take the rope by the hands! Another example I have is, I hope to own my own company in my future! I know this takes a lot of money and determination, but I have that.  I believe in myself! While belief is crucial, it is only part of the equation.  It is something I want and something I know I will acheive my goals because I feel it is right in my heart.  
 
How about this:
"All you need is love"   Another topic I find people struggling with is love.  I find this quote is to be inspiring. It is such a simple phrase yet it means so much at the same time.  Love has different meanings for everyone.  Whether it is the love of a parent, child, or gaurdian, people are affected by love in so many ways!  
 
"Well done is better than well said."
In life hard work is important to me.  Also important is when doing somwething, to get the job done right and to the best of my ability. Like this quote hints, saying something doesn't get the job done. If saying something meant acconplisments, we would all be successful! I have been raised to be a very hard worker. With this trait I have inherited, I try to influence people to be the best they can be, to push themselves.  We all have such great potentia we just have to remember to keep our word.  Promises mean a lot to people, so keeping them enhances relationships while not keeping them can deteriorate relationships.

  "To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first."
This quote takes me back to the slow and steady wins the race. Sometimes people l tend to want to jump into things. Just as I am writing this entry I find myself wanting to rush to get onto the next quote, but the more I contemplate each phrase the more I get out of it! This quote speaks to me rather deeply.  I tend to take awhile to completely trust.  Rushing into things itsn't something that I am keen on. I prefer taking in the scenery and going at my own pace, while being as productive as I can be (like I said,  at my own pace) . Life is not a race, but a journey. Don't be afraid to stop and smell the roses. And I will leave you on this last quote with the words of Lady Gaga, "Just dance, gonna be okay!"

I hope you have enjoyed reading the quotes I have stumpled upon! Have any favorites of your own, please post! I am always in the mood for a new inspirational mantra!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 7 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

YouTube is one of my top websites I visit on a daily basis...next to checking my email and blogging on iShowcase =) The tools available seem to be endless! Last time I posted and entry on Beauty videos.  This time I must write/ share some other videos....all about Dancing!! I never thought I would be blogging about dancing, but here I go.  Dancing is a new found love of mine and I hope you all enjoy it too. I was a shy child so I never wanted to take dance classes or any form of class, except for playing soccer in kindergarten! Now I love it!  It's a great form of exercise and also a fun way to laugh and release some tension you may have! There are so many forms of dancing to enjoy, such as line dancing and ballet! How about tango or the waltz?  I personally love hip hop.  What are some of your favorites?

Ballet is a beautiful form of dance.  I wanted to take classes at the gym, but the semester I got the courage to do so, they got rid of the class = /   Ballet seems to transform reality into a virtual world full of wonder! Here is a link for the five ballet positions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msfPrLrbjko

How about a little tap dancing?! Tap dancers wear shoes with metal taps to make the sounds of the dance. This video is long, but I really like the teachers funky attitude! This dance seems so fun to me!... tap, tap, tap! Step, stamp, tap!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jBXJDgkVCI&feature=related

HIP HOP! My favorite! Hip-hop includes various moves such as breaking and popping.  Personal interpretation are essential to this dance. When watching So You Think You Can Dance, I absolutely love the hip hop routines! The choreographers do a great job! This video doesn't teach a whole routine, but more of steps in hip hop routines. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMXRURzXpMc&feature=related

Swing dance is a lively dance!  Couples swing and spin together when swinging.  My friend took a ballroom class at UCF and she learned swing and taught me a few moves. It seems so full of energy and lively!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wc3MbdEldw

Ever go line dancing? I have always wanted to go. My friends suggest it and say it is a blast!  The girl in the video breaks down the steps very nicely:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSfowPRyhNc

Belly dancing anyone? My friends was in the UCF club Shimmy Knights and I saw a performance she was in. Women of all shapes and sizes were on the stage giving it there all.  The costumes were gorgeous and the music is catchy! I am so glad I went to support my friend.  My love of music grew more. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz6RkhUZIOU

 

Please enjoy the videos! And dance! Dancing is fun and most importantly, free!

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Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 9 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

Ever check out Youtube? So many searches to make, so many music videos to enjoy, so many tools to utilize! I have decided to write an entry based on some videos I have stumbled upon and care to share!  This entry will gear towards the female readers, but I will be posting more YouTube finds on other topics in the near future!

-First of all, I personally am not sure how to do this braid, but my brother's girlfriend has perfected it after looking up "how to's" on YouTube! The braid turns out so pretty so if you happen to be good at doing hair or care to learn a new style, check out the link!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZEsf2uXzZU

-Still on the hair topic, girls tend to either want straight hair or curly hair.  (and they usually want a hair type that is not natural to them).  Do you own a flat iron? If you do, the hair tool does more than just straighten hair! You can actually curl your hair fairly easily with a flat iron. (once you get the hang of it)  Check out this tutorial and give it a try!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpl9KYzmJ6s

-Ever curious about "how to apply makeup"? Sure it is not rocket science, but there are some fun videos to watch to get some tips on the "art" .  I find that less makeup is more...a little mascara, powder, and lipstick is all you need sometimes =)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jt1674nnAU

-Ever heard of crackle nail polish? My friends introduced me to it and if done correctly, it can look like you just walked out of the nail salon! These polishes can be found at many store, Walgreens, Sephora, Sally Beauty, etc! It is quite fun and gives a different look then using the normal, one shade nailpolish.  Going to the salon is also pricey so I find sharing polishes with my friends is the best way to save money and spend fun times with my friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYcAtckhhKc

-Ok one of my least favorite things to do is shape eyebrows. Tweezing hurts = / BUT shaping eyebrows can give a face a completely new look! Check out this video I posted.  About a third into the video, the girl starts shaping hers. Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqMcOXP9Uzs

Some stores I love to shop at for makeup and hair products include:

http://www.sephora.com/     http://www.ulta.com/       http://www.maccosmetics.com/    http://www.paulmitchell.com/    http://www.chihairstraightenersshop.com/

Any suggestions for further topics, please post! I will be happy to research to the best of my ability!

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Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 5 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: 2012

My friends and I have a constant dilemma.  It is the weekend.  What do we do? Usually we just go to a store, maybe hit up a mall.  But how many times can you go to a mall and spend an hour in Sephora trying on makeup or taking pictures on the Mac computers at Apple?  We have done that enough...haha

I decided to write a blog on some "different" ideas I have come up with. Here they go.  Depending on your age, you will be more apt to partake in certain activities, but please enjoy reading!

Near a theme park? Check out what they have to offer.  Some parks you pay for a day and can come back all year...Busch Gardens. I live in the Orlando area, so theme or amusement parks are "readily available"! 

Busch Gardens VA or FL:

http://buschgardens.com/bg/

Disney Parks:

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/

Universal Orlando:

http://www.universalorlando.com/

 Six Flags:

http://www.sixflags.com/national/index.aspx

Have a dog? Check out a local good park! My friends head to close parks and have a blast! The dogs love it and the owners can sit back and relax a little!

Have a camera? Ever wanted to star in a photo shoot? Well why not! Ask a friend or two to go out for the day and take pictures with you! Find some beautiful scenery around town. Change the camera settings to black and white or sephia! Take pictures in the morning, during the day, at night! Maybe find a bridge, pond, or your favorite spot outside. Dress up, dress down. It's your day so do whatever you have wanted to! I think it sounds like a blast!

Live near a beach? Residing in Florida makes this option easier! But take a day off. Check the weather...sunny, clear skies!  Maybe bring a frisbee or a football. Ask some friends to tag along.  OR bring a book! Go by yourself! Bring a water bottle, snack, good book, iPod and chill.  Just take a load off and chill.  Near the mountains? If yes, than I’m JEALOUS! Hiking is one of my favorite things to do!!  Once again, grab some friends and a sandwich or go alone with a good read.  Take your time hiking up the rugged path or jog for exercise! Just make sure to be careful if you are alone, depending on where you are hiking.  Dangerous wildlife is expected in certain areas!

Indoor skydiving! My friends were just talking about this today.  I am not going to do it because I have limited funds, being in college, but they asked me to come take pictures! I cannot wait to go and watch...it seems like an awesome experience!!

ifly Orlando:

http://www.iflyorlando.com/ifly-indoor-skydiving?gclid=CNXBluHyz60CFaQRNAodDyd7mQ

Vegas Indoor Skydiving:

http://www.vegasindoorskydiving.com/

SkyVenture Colorado:

http://skyventurecolorado.com/

 

For the Orlando Area Residents: A four day event, Otronicon is a celebration of interactive technology using video games to demonstrate the future of how we live. This is taking place at the Orlando Science Center now until Monday! The cost is between $12 (kids ages 3-11) and $17(adults). If you are a senior or a student then your cost to enter would be $16. Sounds interesting to me!    The official website can be found at this link: http://www.otronicon.org/

 

For some more simple activities:

 

How about playing a board game! You know you have some =) Whether it’s playing cards, Mancala, or Candyland you are bound to laugh and enjoy yourself.  I used to play all of the time, but now with iPhones and different apps I play mostly on that.  I would like to bring myself and my friends back to our childhood and stick to more traditional games.  Words With Friends s fun, but how about playing some Scrabble using tangible pieces.

 

Remember when you used to use blankets and sheets more for building forts than having you mom put them on your bed? Well, how about making a fort? Last year my friends and I did just that.  We made a tent of sheets and blankets!  It was fun going back to times when we were younger.  When done making the tent, pop some popcorn! Leave an opening so you can see the tv and watch a move? Don’t feel like watching a movie? Maybe bring a notebook and write. Just write.  Write down some goals you have, a plan for you upcoming week, or draw!

 

Have any paper around? How about making a paper airplane or practicing origami? YouTube is a great tool for tutorials.  I will find some now and post them.

Paper airplane link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEAaOttZae8

Making Origami: Paper Crane:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSijU52XJ7w

I hope you enjoyed reading my ideas…definitely more to come.  Happy Weekend!

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