The Passes of My Life

Passes of Life

Back in Indiana, there is only one pass I need to govern my life– my license. It warrants an entrance into the bars, taverns, casinos and my eligibility to drive from place to place. These days it seems like my life is being ran by passes. If I happen to forget one of them I am in deep, dare I say, shit. Without my bus pass I cannot commute to work. If I forget my key pass for work I have to awkwardly ring our doorbell. Without my gym swipe card I can’t get my fitness on. And last, if I forget my beloved Jewel card I cannot get my groceries at the lowest price possible. So if you ever want to completely ruin my day, take one of these. Throws my whole day off.  And I say, to all of my fellow Chicagoans, may you never forget or lose your cards again. That would surely be a tragedy. 


Gotta Go Valpo – NCAA Commercial

In honor of my alma mater – bring on the Spartans! 2013 March Madness at it’s finest

DIY – Sushi

Who doesn’t love sushi? Who DOES love the price? No one. Don’t be scared. I know sushi looks extremely complicated with all that raw meat, awkward wooden plank roller thingy, and the slimy seaweed. After a little motivation from my fellow sushi lovers, we decided to get all the ingredients and become our own Sushi Masters.


1 lb. of Swordfish $15 

8 Seaweed Rolls $7

Bag of Japanese Rice $5

Realizing how bad I am at making sushi but how good it still tastes = PRICELESS


Teacher for a Day – 1st Grade Style

Dr. Suess

Last week I had the pleasure of reading the infamous “The Cat in the Hat” to my best friend’s 1st grade class. With having no previous schooling or knowledge about teaching, it was certainly an eye opener. I came prepared for the anxious little ones with paper characters, name tags, and a fun game for an “after reading” activity. It was amazing how smart, funny, and definitely energetic the bunch was. It was quite an honor. Props to you Miss J.

City vs. Town

Cities make the map but towns make the heart of Indiana.

Cities make the map but towns make the heart.                                                   – Rolling Prairie, IN  



A Familiar February

Familiar February

As February wraps up these winter months, the scenery stays the same. Although the amount of civilization may be different, being from the Midwest has certainly prepared me for some harsh winters.

My First Pinterest Party



On Monday, in good ol’ Indiana, I was invited to attend my first pinterest party. What is that you ask? This party included my favorite women, a pinterest inspired craft, alcoholic punch of the host’s choice, and great eats provided by pinterest recipes and guests. 


Our craft was a magnetic board – supplies including a metal baking pan, hot glue gun, fabric of your choice, magnets, and the random box of crafts every woman has in their home. 


A Pinterest Party is a simple excuse to gossip, laugh, make goofy crafts, and leave the boys behind for a night. I recommend these get-togethers for any group (cornpickers or cityslickers), no matter the age, for a good wholesome night out. You leave with memories, a craft, and a belly ache from all the laughter and yummy food. 

Valentine’s Day – It’s that Simple

To many, today is an over exaggerated, overpriced, and over-the-top holiday. It’s filled with chocolates, flowers, and way too much red. As an avid lover of love, today is the perfect opportunity to emphasis the meaning.  Love is not specified as a boyfriend, husband, wife, girlfriend or even a mistress.  Webster said it best, “love is a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.”


Remember in elementary school when each student would decorate a lunch sack with glitter and oddly shaped hearts? Those were the days where love was shared by all and the true meaning was not lost by cheap jewelry, roses, and over dramatic Hallmark cards. Love was a simple gesture and not over analyzed or critiqued.


As time has passed, I have realized how those lunch sacks have turned into handbags and candy necklaces into pearls. Growing up means learning emotions and feeling love in a different capacity but this does not mean our “childlike” behaviors must disappear.


Hug your roommate as she leaves for work, give a simple kiss to your dog after a brisk walk, call your grandpa to tell him you love him, and appreciate the little things you love because although being in love is one of the most magical feelings in the world, everyone deserves to know they are loved.


So my advice this year – do not be the stereotype. Think outside of the vase full of roses and box full of chocolate. Go back to your childlike self and spread the love around this holiday. Be simple, be sincere, and be sure to take advantage of this Valentine’s Day.





The Master Cleanse – Mission Accomplished

The Master Cleanse

With a new year comes a new me. After much research and discussing the health risks with my physician, I decided to do a master cleanse to detox my body of all the crap I have indulged myself in these past few months.

This was a five day process where I solely drank a gallon of the cleanse mix, ingredients shown above, each day. Every day was a new experience.

Day 1 – getting used to the taste and not eating as part of my regular routine.

Day 2 – woke up dizzy and tired but feeling good about my decision to tackle the taste of the mix.

Day 3 – a little nauseous. Temptation hits and the desire to eat is quite hard to resist.

Day 4 – finally feeling energized. My body is used to the taste and undergoing this process.

Day 5 – home stretch! Feeling great and my body is tighter and feeling healthy.

Day 6 – indulged in a large stack of pancakes to celebrate my accomplishment.

Please talk with your doctor before trying this cleanse. The normal cleanse duration is 10 days and is not meant to do more than twice a year. For more information and to learn about all the steps and options to this cleanse visit:

I learned not only what my body can do but how strong and motivated my mind can be. I was overjoyed with my results and this was just another step to making a better me in 2013.