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Life Lately

Posted on August 11, 2012

…a compilation (& in no way comprehensive) list of recent adorations & activities.

1. I made these chocolate chip cookies last night…it’s overwhelmingly and unanimously my family’s favorite! 

Check out the recipe for yourself! Thanks, Echoes of Laughter!

2. My little love! Getting so big and getting into everything!

3. While watering the greenhouses at work this week, I stumbled upon this… an early bloomer, pun intended ;)

4. My stepfather has always made ah-mazing homemade chicken soup, especially when we were sick. It is one of my favorite comfort foods. I tried duplicating it—with decent success. I’ll have to work on it!

5. A few crafts/DIY projects I would love to try this week:

Anthropologie-esque Lampshade

Adorable Hairbows

Button Earrings

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Happy Saturday and have a great weekend!

Fragile

Posted on August 8, 2012

One of my KD sister’s brother passed away yesterday suddenly, after being in the ICU for 5 days following a hit and run in NYC. Though I did not know him personally, the outpouring of love from their hometown has said enough—this kid was someone incredible. And, if he’s anything like his sister, he was a life-changer and a fighter. He will dearly be missed. Rest in peace, Leighton.

It breaks my heart hearing of the untimely deaths of those young, healthy, and full of life. Nearly four years later, my dad’s death can still brings me to tears at the drop of a hat, and even more so when things like this happen. I would never wish the pain and grief I have experienced on another soul, and I pray fervently that his family can find some solace in the midst of this trying time.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us. —Romans 8:18


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Posted on August 7, 2012

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Stationary-aholic

Posted on August 6, 2012

One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is a thoughtful handwritten note on beautiful stationary. I’m pretty obsessed, and if you were to ask me what I would love right now, it’d probably be a new set to my ever-growing collection. Between the artistry and the idea behind stationary… swoon. And, personalized stationary is a great gift for, well anything!

Here are a few of my favorite notecards:

1. Texture : Every notecard is unique, and with one of my favorite bible verses on the bottom.. beautiful.

2. Sailboat : These are marketed for boys, but I love them!

3. Chevron : A watercolor spin on everyone’s favorite print, chevron. 

4. Long-distance : These would be perfect for me, as my boyfriend and I are doing the whole long-distance thing. They would be awesome for a gift to a friend who is moving away from home, too! PS-The hearts are customizable!

5. Monogram : Simple, yet elegant. 

6. Congratulations : I’ve been in love with pendant garland lately…

There is something so timeless about a handwritten letter from one friend to another, whether it’s a thank-you, congratulations, or just a thinking of you note. It makes my day receiving them, and I’m sure it does for you, too.

What’s your favorite? What do you like (or don’t like) about handwritten notes?

Marilyn

Posted on August 5, 2012

In memoriam of Marilyn Monroe, who passed away 50 years ago today.

"I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best."

…& my most favorite…

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” 

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Littles

Posted on August 5, 2012

Last fall, I took two littles in my sorority! While it was so much fun, it was hard thinking of things to get them… without breaking the bank! Check out these great products that your (future!) little will love!

Where to get:

Stationary

Bows

Earrings

Frame

T-shirt and shorts

Canvas

Tumbler

Enjoy!!

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Chalkboard

Posted on August 3, 2012

I picked this chalkboard up at Mega Mall, this huge flea market-like store in Lansing. It took my boyfriend and I nearly 5 hours to comb through it all, and boy, am I glad we did! I would highly recommend browsing this place—you can find the craziest (and most unique) things. My big purchase—I am IN LOVE!

It would be so easy to do yourself. Find a cool frame, in any shape that your little heart desires. I find great frames when I break away from the notion that the inside of the frame has to be pretty—I found the most elegant frame with the ugliest painting.. it was awful (tutorial with that to come!). Then, paint the cardboard backing (or cut your own) with chalkboard paint. Then, chalk away!

My chalkboard will be the focal point in my new room at Kappa Delta… and why shouldn’t it be? It’s amazing!

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Emotion

Posted on August 2, 2012

Emotions, especially negative ones, scare people. When someone is frustrated, grieving, or pissed, it makes me, and I bet you, uncomfortable. It becomes a guessing game of what we should do or say to alleviate the heaviness in the air. People are so uncomfortable with it, that they’ll (and I do, too) avoid showing heavy emotions—and fake happiness.

You’re frustrated at a friend? Smile and say it’s a-okay. You lost a loved one, a passion, or part of yourself? Grin and bare it, and don’t you dare cry. Faking happiness (or perhaps just hiding other emotions) is nearly innate for most people, and definitely for me. 

I hate showing any profoundly off-putting emotion. I’ll sweeten my words and expressions, or if I can’t do that, I’ll shut myself away from the prying eyes of the world to compose myself. 

Writing has always been a way to let emotion out, to really sift through my feelings and experiences. Through blogging, I make sense of the jumbled mess of thoughts, organizing them and channeling the emotion in a positive, healing way.

I’m not going to try and sugarcoat this blog, as ultimately, it is for me. It’ll be fun and light-hearted, with DIY crafts, recipes, and happy musings of life. But, it very well may be saturated with raw, thick emotion that may make some uncomfortable. I hope you enjoy what I have to say and will encourage and inspire me to not fake happiness—here or in my everyday life, as emotions, even sadness and anger, can be used in the most uplifting of ways.

Vacay

Posted on August 1, 2012

{Vail, Colorado}

{Boston skyline on Independence Day}

{Lake Michigan}

{Mt. Major, New Hampshire}

{Nantasket, Massachusetts}

{John’s Pond, Cape Cod}

Independence

Posted on August 1, 2012

While feeding the little nugget a 2:1 ratio of Cheerios and these purple puff things that stain everything (..whose idea was it to put purple powder THAT STAINS on finger food intended for the messiest of children? But seriously..), I flipped through a book that caught my eye. A catchy title for a college student myself, “The American College Town” (by Blake Gumprecht) was witty and well-written. I stumbled upon the section titled “Fraternity Row” and skimmed… and found this quote:

“After freshman year, students begin to see themselves out according to their interests and lifestyles. Away from home and perhaps lost in a university many times larger than their high school, some choose to postpone independence and formalize their social lives by joining a fraternity or sorority.”

..what? At first, I was appalled. That’s a bold statement coming from some dimwit who most likely was not Greek and just has views shaped from heavily-biased public opinion circulating through media.

But, thinking upon the quote, I must say, it is true—but in a positive light.

Personally, I joined Greek life to get the camaraderie of a team back, similar to what I had in high school athletics. Additionally, I gained new friends and connections—essential connections that I know will help further me in achieving my goals. So, in one sense, I did lose my independence. I have obligations to attend, meetings to plan, and causes to rally for, along with gaining an identity of a member of Greek life. However, I am me. I am an independent woman, with thoughts and values of her own. I do not necessarily agree with or advocate for all things my sisters may. And that’s the beauty of a sorority. A collective, united group of strong women who come together for a common cause, yet are so uniquely beautiful in their own ways.