Out of the Notebook and into the blog

Monday, April 14, 2014

Savannah College of Art and Design

I've been in the process of figuring out which college I'm going to transfer to next semester.  I have over 60 credits from Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota, I started with PSEO in high school and now with my Freshman year of college coming to an end, it's time for me to start my major classes. 

Have you heart of SCAD?  Savannah College of Art and Design.  My mom and I hopped on a greyhound from Minneapolis to Atlanta and went on an adventure to tour the college….I do not recommend riding a greyhound across the entire country.  All I can say is, fun-ions stink about an entire buss.

I have grown up traveling, months at a time, and Savannah Georgia definitely is on my top 4 favorite places list.  The college was absolutely stunning and I felt tears in my eyes touring it.  The students were so passionate about everything and the campus is extremely gorgeous.  The hardest thing for me in determining which college I'm going to attend is the difference between my interests…business or fashion marketing?  The programs don't entwine and the same schools.  

After touring the college, my mom and I headed out to Hilton Head Island.  Oh. My. Beautiful.  I met a boy there while I was swimming in the ocean and were swimming and finding loads of these living sand dollars, we would step and find them with our toes, our numbers probably were around 50!

While we were swimming, the boy (who lived there) and I saw a bunch of fins pop up probably a hundred feet out.  The boy exclaimed "I wonder if they are sharks or dolphins?"  The look on my face was probably shifting between awe and fear before his eyes…and then he looks at me and says "I'm going to go swim out to them to see."   

I died.  They were dolphin's though, and they eventually came and swam touching distance away from us for a few precious moments.  Magical.

And the shops in Savannah are amazing!  They are Pinterest Inspiration galore!  Little vintage clothing shops, luxury fabric shops, Free People, Anthropology like stores that are 3 times the size and even more beautiful…. Go … Go… Go…

Wednesday I will be touring Colorado State University in Fort Collins in hopes to major in Business Marketing and Political Science.  What will be will be!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This Girl Katie Herzig you must Hear

There are some people that illuminate a brilliance in what they do - but that no one knows about.  Why is that?  I am here to share with you one of these wonderfully talented people that I so happily discovered years ago - but someone that you probably don't know the name of yourself (though you might know her music...)

I pronounce the ever lovely...Katie Herzig!

You've heard her songs in Pretty Little Liars, Greys Anatomy, Lipstick Jungle, and One Tree Hill and TINKERBELL!  Yes that's right...Tinkerbell!  You've also heard her songs in the cutesy playlists of cutesy shops...and the Red Lobster play list as well!

Three Words to describe Katie Herzig's Style:  Bouncy, Catchy, Deeper than Words

Listen when you want to:  Feel hyper/happier/bouncier and when you want a song that doesn't sing about the perils or sexiness of love.

I honestly wonder why this girls songs aren't on the radio yet.  Like what is wrong with you IHeartRadio?

Plus...she is releasing a new album called "Walk Through Walls" which I can hardly wait for!  Listen up to the first song release of her new album here ;)


Which artists/entrepreneurs/amazing people in general that makes you wonder why the rest of the world doesn't know about them?  Please Enlighten us in the Comments below!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Places to Be: Nightmares Fear Factory

Every year our counties 4-H program hosts a haunted house.  I think some of my favorite moments of being in 4H happened here, putting together the house and carnival, and organizing it.  Being the county ambassador for many years, I always oversaw the progress and offered my input.  We had some good years, but I was never able to have a strong enough leverage (being a youth) to really implement mine and the other ambassadors visions.

I just recently found out about the Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagra Falls and oh my goodness, how I would love to go!  I think to truly scare someone you have to reach to an inner psychological level, you can't just have people pop out here and there, there must be a play on emotions and ones brain - and I definitely feel like Nightmares Fear Factory has accomplished this.

Plus - They take photos of everyone the moment that they get scared...so much better than rollercoaster snaps!

All photos courtesy of Nightmares Fear Factory

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The #1 Way to Make your Doggy Fall in Love with YOU

I get concerned about our doggy from time to time.  

Buddy is literally the cutest golden retriever that you ever will meet, he has the happiest attitude and is the most loving dog in the world.  On top of that, he is obedient (we placed state dog obedience competition with a second place ribbon) and can do agility with a grace that makes the other dogs at the park jealous.

And he has a real smile.  You can tell when he's happy by his lips.  True story!

I get worried about him though - he's 8, and golden retrievers don't have the longest lifespan (they have hip problems and seizures!).  I always have to wrinkle my nose at the store bought dog treats and wonder how good they can be for our dogs.  

Processed foods, artificial colors, and odd flavorings.  YUCK.  

So I went on a search and found the most amazing dog treat recipe on Pretty Fluffy - my new favoritest doggy blog - seriously - it's adorable.

The recipe only has a few ingredients:  

2 Organic Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
1 TBSP Coconut Oil
3 -4 TBSP of Coconut Flour
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

I made it even shorter by using regular flour rather than the almond and coconut flour.  I also used blueberries in the dog treats rather than the dried cranberries.  

Blueberries actually protect doggies against "free radicals" which damages their cells, because of the antioxidants in the blueberries.  

In more human terms - blueberries are great for dogs to eat because they prevent cancer, and heart disease!

Cranberries are also great for your doggy if she has kidney problems!

This is an extremely easy recipe to follow and the results are impressive.  No nasty - odd fake meaty smelling treats that are greasy for Buddy anymore!

And Buddy LOVES the treats!  I did a test and dropped one of the store bought treats on the ground and one of the homemade treats on the ground, and he snarfed up the homemade treat within seconds of it dropping.

Have you tried any homemade dog treat recipes?

All photos credit to Pretty Fluffy 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

25 Birthday Wishes for Me and You

Today was my 19th birthday.  My birthdays are always kinda emotional.    I get super excited for my birthday, all worked up, and then I never want it to end - and then it does.  It's silly really. And them I'm sad.  Think Jess from New Girl style:

My dear friend told me at his graduation party last year that he doesn't look at another year gone by, but looks forward to every day of the next year to come with the mindset that every year will be better than the previous - and he goes forth to make it that way because he can.  Having that mindset can change everything.

On that note, here are My Wishes For you and Me:

1.  To keep my GPA above a 3.8 because ya know...transfer scholarships!

2.  For more swimming in the pool, in the lake, in the ocean.

3.  To finally sew that swimsuit I've been wanting to sew!

4.  For women to be paid the same as men for doing the same work.

5.  To wear a pretty ballerina tutu

6.  To remember that LORDE is only 17 and she writes deep stuff like this, when I'm feeling un-inspired or down.  

7.  For you and me to have enough self confidence to Say No.  

8.  For you and me to have enough courage to Say Yes.  

9.  To become more decisive!

10.  To remember that there are bloggers like Alexandra Franzen to inspire posts like these.

11.  To be inspired by the fact that I can be sitting in a restaurant or shopping in a little shop and hear a song being played a favorite artist that only a few years ago no one knew about. (Kate Herzig in particular)

12.  That Monsters and Men comes out with another epic album.

13.  To feel loved.

14.  To listen to more Grammer Girl - because it makes sense to sound smart.

15.  To DO something with all the inspiration that surrounds us!

16.  To give more than receive.

17.  To reach my goal of making girls feel gorgeous and like princesses for my Boutique Senior Portrait business.

18.  I wish that sometimes I will remember to eat dessert before dinner!  And for breakfast too!

19.  To dedicate enough time towards my classes to really fall in love with what I'm learning - because falling in love with something = retaining and growth.

20.  To watch more commercials - because commercials are full of inspiration!

21.  To not worry about long wait lists at restaurants - because it's not really not about the food, it's about the person your spending time with - and the longer the wait list - the longer amount of time you get to spend with each other.  Wait lists are really just blessings in disguise!

22.  Listen to more Lorde and Birdy.  They are so talented.  Refer back to #6

23.  Spend more time doing nothing but observing the beauty of the world surrounding you.  The colors, the sounds, the sights, take the time to appreciate where you are in the moment.

24.  To write more frequently in my journal

25.  To create a Senior photography program that makes girls realize how beautiful they truly are.

What are your birthday wishes?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The #1 Best Reason Why your Butt Should Have Bruises

First off - this is the first time I've used butt in a title!  *Cheers*

It's for a great reason though - I've been thinking a lot about butts lately.  In particular - the bruises on them.

Have you been watching the Olympics?  I am IN LOVE with Sochi 2014!

I am mostly just really in LOVE with the way they fall.

Have you noticed?  The beautiful figure skaters in their stunning costumes - they've worked and worked and worked, they've spent countless hours falling in love with ice skating - falling in love with what they are doing - developing technical skills and grace, and then...

...they fall.

...They fall in front of millions of watchers.

And they GET UP and they KEEP GOING.

Why?  Because these people - these figure skaters, snow boards, skiers, etc. are in love with what they are doing.

And even more than that - they know that falling is the only way they can get better.

If these professional athletes train for countless of hours and they fall at the Olympics - can you imagine how many times they must fall in their training?  The bruises!

You must learn to not be afraid of falling to move forward in what you love.

If it's good, it's not going to be easy.

Your going to fall.

It's going to hurt.

but in the end - all those falls? ...

You'll be thanking yourself for the bruises as you stand on the podium with a gold medal around your neck.

Tell me - what are you SO IN LOVE WITH that your not going to be afraid of falling so that you can succeed?  Leave a comment - I love being inspired by you!