Blogger Love Friday

Happy Friday Friends!

I have zero good things to write about today. I’ve been studying non-stop for my exit exams in a few weeks so all my free-time is spent either reading textbooks and memorizing theories or decompressing with Man Men on Netflix (Don Draper the cheating a-hole amiright??) #gradschoolproblems

Anyway, I decided to spread the love to some of my favorites ladies instead.

Blogger Love

>> First up is 6 Reasons to Smile on a Fat Day (Just the Elevator Pitch). We’re girls, and as such we have fat days. They happen to the best of us, the worst of us, and basically all of us….Nicole gives us a new way to look at them.

>> Traveling Locally (The Grits Blog) I love traveling as the next wanderluster, but unfortunately, my day job prevents me from grand trips. Doesn’t mean I can;t still explore my own backyard! Well I live in an apartment so I don’t actually have a backyard, but you get the jist….Thanks Ash!

>> 3 Life Lessons We Can All Learn From DVF (Miss in the Midwest) While Karly may have learned these lessons from Diane Von Furstenburger, I’m always learning something from her. Live life unapologetically is something I’ve been working on, why do women feel the need to apologize all the time? Don’t ask me, I do it all the time!

>> Is Listening the Same as Reading? (Helene In Between) I’m a reader. 100%.  Audio books give me a headache, always have. That doesn’t mean I don’t love a good podcast to keep my mind off double digit runs. What do you think?

>> Choosing > Loving (Two Thirds Hazel) If not for this quote alone. “He loved her of course, but better than that, he chose her, day after day. Choice: that was the thing.” -Sherman Alexie….boom, heart melted. Bring on the Prince!

>> And last but Certainly not least, Fantasy Suite: Sponsored by Ludacris (Oh Jones) Hot dang, if you love the Bachelor and making fun  hilarious recaps of the episodes, (who doesn’t?) then you need to be reading Ashley’s blog, like stat!

Now I wanna hear your thoughts on these posts?

Better yet, tell me some of your favorites so we can all be friends?? 😀

Sig

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How to Be a Proper 20-Something

Welcome to the Secret Blogger Club Friends!

I wrote the other day about my Half-Birthday, and amidst the well-wishes (I ate all the half-birthday cake don’t worry) I got to thinkin….

Being half-way through my 20’s, I feel this gives me a fair perspective on the whole 20-something thing. Granted I’m not really your typical 20-something which is pretty plain to everyone. But the fact that I am numerically categorized as one of them, I deduce this gives me all the credit and authority to talk about them like an expert…..Also I blog so am an expert at talking about things, duh.

Being a 20-something really is actually pretty hard. I mean eat, sleep, watch Netflix, repeat every day isn’t the only thing we have to keep track of. There’s a distinct difference between being in your early 20’s and being in your late 20’s. Not to mention the insanity that is 25.

There are a few blanket things that bond all 20-something together however….

Proper 20-something

*Warning, this post is full of lots of sarcasm and shameless links to my own social media accounts. All follows help boost my fragile 20-something ego and self-importance. Thank you in advance.

1. Use Hashtags. Don’t feel limited by social media either. I mean literally say hashtags out loud. Yolo, throwbackthursday, mancrushmonday, ByeFelicia…you get my drift. You will say these things in daily conversation and only a 20-something (or blogger) will be able to decipher it. The more hashtags you use the better and more in-the-know you really are. How else will people know that you’re the Queen of Social Media??

2. Repeat after me…..Leggings Are Pants. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Pants with actual structure and pockets are for old people and you Miss. are neither old nor considered an actual contribution to society yet, so you have no need for those. I have to warn you against not covering your booty though…always cover the booty…..

3. Netflix is your BFF. Or BF for the majority of your early 20’s as well. I realize the euphoria that is Netflix transcends the boundaries of age, but having a full and loving relationship with Netflix is key for a 20-something. It will be one of your longest and most  fulfilling relationships afterall.

4. Selfies are King. You can never take too many selfies. Selfie in the morning. Selfie at lunch. Selfie at your grandmother’s funeral, say what? (this actually happened…..ppl are weird…..and disrespectful…..) Selfies are a lot of hard work and getting the perfect one may take up to several hundreds takes. Don’t let this discourage you…One day it’ll pay-off when you become Instagram famous.

5. Panic That You’re Behind. B/c you are. You’re not married yet? What’s wrong with you, do you want to die alone? Oh you say you are married but don’t have kids yet? You know you’re not getting any younger and neither is your uterus. You’re still living at home you failure? Don’t have a house, job, car, boat, private jet, or platinum selling album at the top of the charts? Think all these thoughts at once and you’ve nailed it! Anxiety-ville here we come!

Oh, and apparently you’re only doing it right if you drink all the wine….Or so I’m told….

[Tweet “Are you being a proper 20-something? Now you can know for sure! #20something”]

I hope this post has helped some of you learn how to be a proper 20-something. I know I feel much better now that I’m gotten my thoughts out into the internet b/c I only have big and important things to say and everyone should read them…… #winning

What’s your best tip on being a 20-something? (sarcastic or otherwise)

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Chocolate Frosted Baked Donuts

Welcome to Monday Friends!

If you follow me on Instagram, or just have two working eyes and live anywhere but Florida, you saw the beautiful stir-crazy weekend that was. I had the entire week off from Snowpocalyse2015 rearing its head here in Kentucky so plenty of time to do….well lots of nothing.

Because of this ridiculous amount of time, I decided to Treat Myself (see what I did there?) to a new kitchen gadget. Well and ALL the yarn. Seriously I made three scarves, two ear warmers, and a hat…..

The kitchen gadget though was what made me extremely happy. A donut pan! I love donuts but rarely eat them and decided I needed to remedy this tragedy.

chocolate frosted baked donuts

And since I had an entire weekend stretching out before me, why not make two different kinds amiright? I’m only showing you the first one today, you’ll haveta wait for the second recipe. I’ll give you a hint though, it involves Oreos…..

To be honest though, chocolate frosted donuts have always been my favorite. Except for a short span when I cheated with maple donuts…..But I always return to my faithful chocolate frosted love.

Chocolate Frosted Baked Donuts

These were beyond easy to make and while they don’t taste as good as fried (duh…) they still satisfy your donut craving in the middle of a snowstorm. I wanted to put sprinkles on because I’m cute like that, but I couldn’t find any at Kroger when I was there. Get on my level Kroger!

You could easily make a glaze or strawberry, maple, peanut butter, etc frosting to tweak them however you’d like. I followed the recipe here for the chocolate ganache frosting. I don’t really know how different ganache is from plain ole frosting, but it sounds fancier so I made a ganache. If you’d rather keep it easy you can always just warm up store-bought frosting to dip them in.

Chocolate Frosted Baked Donuts

Chocolate Frosted Baked Donuts

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt (i used honey flavored)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used almond)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, metled and cooled
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Ganache aka frosting

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp water

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients from egg down, in a bowl with a whisk. Next add all dry ingredients and mix together. The dough will be pretty thick so I used a spatula to fold it all together at the end.

To put in neatly into the donut pan, I spooned all the dough into a large ziplock bag, cut off a tip and then piped it into the pan. My dough yielded about 9 donuts. Finally bake for 10 minutes.

While you’re baking the donuts, put all frosting ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and zap in 15-20 second intervals. I only went about 30 seconds then just stirred it until all melted together. I didn’t want to burn the chocolate. Burned chocolate is no fun. Once the donuts have cooled for a minute or two, dip them into the frosting and set aside. Cover with sprinkles at this point if you want to.

[Tweet “Chocolate Frosted Baked Donuts to satisfy that beautiful sweet tooth #donuts #americarunsondonuts”]

Also don’t forget to link up with me Wednesday for the Secret Blogger Club! No rules, just bring your pretty face to the party!

Now tell me, who wants a donut?!

Sig

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Mother Nature Can Be kind of a D

Oh Hi there Mother Nature,

I see you’ve decided in all your vindictive fury to send down more snow upon us. Thank you for your infinite slap in the face. The gift that just keeps on giving. The guest who’s overstayed their welcome.

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May I just make one teeny tiny suggestion though?………Perhaps stay away from the South where no one and their grandmother knows how to deal with it?

I realize this is kind of forward of me, us being old pals and all. I really do enjoy the snow, you know that. I find a beautiful tranquility in it every time. So please don’t misunderstand me. It’s not you, it’s Kentucky.

Seriously, Kentucky, get with it! It’s called a snow plow and simply clearing the main roads does no one any good. Case in point….I spent 1.5 hours Tuesday digging out my car…with a broom because I couldn’t find any snow shovels. (Granted this one is a little on me for not owning my own snow shovel, but I’m not on trial here)

snowpocalypse

Look how promising those blue skies look!

However, digging one’s car out from under a mound of snow does no good when the rest of the parking lot is still buried under said mound of snow (10inches to be exact, my photos doesn’t do the depth justice) I don’t know about those tough New Englanders, but I for one do not have the stamina nor the desire to dig out the remaining 300 parking spot lot from my car to the exit…..

Then Mother Nature, in your most practical jokster way, found it fit to undo all my hard work with another 6 inches of snow…..You sure got me ya goof!

snowpocalypse

Anyone in the main office to talk to about this travesty? No of course not because they didn’t come in to work all week. Makes sense to me. I mean after all, if we can’t get out how can they get in? It’s actually rather logical.

I can’t really complain all that much, I know since I did get an entire week off. Well, I took Wednesday off even though campus was open b/c ain’t nobody gettin out of this parking lot! (also classes are for the birds, get me outta here Graduation!)

Le sigh……life is fun.

But seriously I really do enjoy the snow, and with a proper shovel I don’t even mind shoveling it. Remind me of this silly statement after a winter in New England…..I hope everyone is stayin safe out there and keepin warm. And if you’re not…well, may I suggest you make some nice warm chili or cookies? Works for me!

Who else has gotten some snow days this week?

Sig

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The Spirit of Treat Yo Self

Happy Thursday Friends!

Somehow we’ve made it to Thursday, despite Mother Nature’s vindictive ways. I’m calling it Snow Break minus the fun of a real break and instead being trapped inside your apartment b/c your management won’t plow the parking lot and your car can’t get up the hill….But that’s a story for another time…..

I have a very special guest for y’all today. She’s one of my only Massachusetts friends so please be nice to her. I can’t afford to lose any….no but seriously, I can’t. Besides JB, she’s it. I wish I was kidding…..

But ignore my silent laments at my social life, here’s Jess! She’s got the perfect outlook on loving yourself first and foremost! Something we all know I have no trouble with 😉

Treat Yo Self

Hello Everyone! My name is Jess. I am a fellow blonde, so the hair color perspective will be the same here. This is my first blog post and Kelsey has so graciously lent me the platform I needed to share my thoughts with everyone, so here we go!

Every year during this time of year (Valentine’s Day) I always have the same thoughts, so I’ve decided to write them down this time. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Here’s another cynical person who is going to complain about the corporations, or being lonely, etc.” And I promise I am not a cynic, Valentine’s Day has just never really been a big deal to me, single or not.

If I’m being perfectly honest, I’m pretty sure I can attribute these feelings from when I was 9 years old. That year, my Mom got me Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone and from then on, no other present could ever compare. So why even set myself or someone else up for disappointment? Harry Potter is the O.V. (Original Valentine)

So how do I prefer to spend this day that’s devoted to appreciating the one who you love the most? By appreciating the one that I SHOULD love the most, but sometimes forget…ME!

Text Convo

This is why Kelsey is allowing my to get this to her after Valentine’s Day, because this can really be applicable to any time of the year. Valentine’s Day is just my personal Treat Yo Self Day (this year was my second annual)

Slight background if you’ve never seen Parks & Rec. Two characters, Donna and Tom, go out and spoil the crap out of themselves. If they every question whether then should do something or not, they simply say “Treat Yo Self” and go ahead and do it!

TreatYoSelf

In general, I consider myself a pretty unselfish person. I chose a career that is all about helping others and even in my daily life I like to make other’s happy. So this day is a day I get to make it ALL ABOUT ME! Now, Treat Yo Self Day can be done with others, but I prefer to do it alone as much as possible. This year it was pretty easy because I live alone in a new place.

Here’s what I did this year:

  1. I slept in….simple enough
  2. I went to my favorite coffee shop and got a large Almond Joy Mocha because #treatyoself
  3. Drove 2 hours to go skiing (skiing is my absolute favorite thing to in the whole world)
  4. The afternoon proceeded with a few apres ski beers, a long hot shower, and general relaxation
  5. Then dinner!

Now, as a girl in her mid-20’s, this is something I find that I’m usually the minority with….and ladies….THIS HAS GOT TO CHANGE!! For dinner (on Valentine’s Day don’t forget) I went to a restaurant, sat at the bar, and ordered a delicious meal (app included) of bacon wrapped figs, New York sirloin with asparagus and mashed potatoes, topped off with two glasses of red wine. I ended the night with my favorite chocolate, another glass of wine, and Harry Potter (he’s the O.V. remember)

Steak Dinner

Treat Yo’Self Day in a nutshell is for taking the time to remember you love yourself the most! Do you want flowers? Send yourself some flowers! Do you really want to see that one movie but can’t get anyone to go with you? GO BY YOURSELF! Craving Mexican food? Go and get it! Get a massage or a pedicure, go shopping or hiking, or even pay for that yoga class you’ve been dying to try.

Take the time to give yourself everything you need to remember how awesome you are. We all have those bad days, weeks, or months where we need a reminder, and the best person to bring you back up is YOU!

YOU ARE AWESOME so TREAT YO SELF!!

[Tweet “It’s time to #treatyoself ladies! “]

Isn’t she just the best? I really lucked out by meeting her. I seriously look up to her as an inspiration of being independent and fearless (my word!)

If you’d like to follow along with her be sure to check out her Instagram. Maybe one of these days she’ll jump in the blogging ring as well, who knows!

Now tell us your thoughts on Treat Yo Self Day?

Sig

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Me-Time Tag

Welcome to the Secret Blogger Club again!

Thanks to all those who helped me kick it off last week, y’all are amazing!

Also, I have to apologize to one of my good blends RebeccaJo for putting off this Tag until…what 4 weeks late? Whatever, I’m only punctual in real life. Anyway, she “tagged” me, so now you get to learn a little bit more than you never asked for…you’re welcome

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1. What do you watch or read during “me-time”?

I binge watch Netflix just like any other self-respecting American. It doesn’t even have to be “me-time” Although binge watching with anyone Other than my sister or JB make me feel like a pretty big waste of life so I try to limit it…I don’t like feelin guilty about my gluttonous weekend ways….

As far as reading goes, I’ll read absolutely anything. I’ve mentioned it before, but I have this horrible impulse to finish any book I start no matter how much I hate it. The only exception was 50 shades, which is the only book I’ve never finished. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on what I thought about it…..

2. What do you wear during “me-time”?

Is this a trick question? Does anyone NOT wear yoga pants and stretchy clothes during “me-time”?

3. What are your “me-time” beauty products?

Wait, I’m supposed to wear make-up during “me-time”?

4. Current favorite nail polish?

I’m ALWAYS wearing some shade of purple. Lighter shades in the Spring and Summer, and darker shades in the Winter and Fall. Although I was rockin a light grey the other day so I may be expanding my collection soon.

I do whatever on my toes though. Revlon is the current brand I’m loving.

Purple Nail Polish

5. What do you eat or drink during “me-time”?

If I tell you, the calories would count…….

6. Current favorite candle?

Any candle really. Preferably a gifted candle because those suckers are expensive! I’m still holding on to Fall and have an Apple Pumpkin Cider candle I light every night.

My favorite though is Yankee Candle Pink Sands….adorable story-time about JB. After I moved to Kentucky and left him all alone in the cold, harsh lands of Massachusetts, he told me he started buying and lighting candles because it reminded him of me….so that’s how often I light candles. All. The. Time!

7. Do you ever have outdoor “me-time”?

I prefer all my “me-time” to be outdoors. Preferably with adorable fluffy puppies.

Although for any substantial hike or outdoor excursion I have a buddy for safety purposes. Running used to be my ultimate therapy “me-time” but since I now get my exercise in the form of yoga and spin, I just like going for walks by myself. It might sound depressing, but I get a lot of my writing mojo from being outside and alone.

Puppies Outside

8. Would you ever go see a movie alone?

Is this question to make me feel bad about the lack of funds I have to see said movies, or trying to imply I have no friends…..because both are kinda true….

It does, however, fit perfectly into my word for the year. I hate going public places on my own (except the library) so perhaps I need to challenge myself to this one.

9. Favorite online shop?

Will my woman card be taken from me if I admit that I don’t like online shopping? I have a normal human body, so no two stores’ sizes fit me the same. Sometimes even the same freakin item of clothing int eh same size from the same store fit me differently I mean what the heck fashion industry? Give a girl a body complex much?….

But I digress….to answer the question, no, I don’t…..

10. Anything to add? What else do you do during “me-time”?

Crochet and knit duh! Also write, read other blogs, and all other blog related stuff….and ok fine, eat all the ice cream and chocolate I’m allowed to without gaining 50 pounds. Are ya happy now ya got it out of me?

Alright Secret Blogger Club Members, I’m tagging YOU!

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Letter to My Younger Self

Today marks my half birthday. And yes I am that girl that celebrates her half birthday. It’s the little things in life. Also one of my best friends’ Actual birthday (Happy BIrthday Bex!) is today so really it’s celebrating her birthday and I just pretend in my head.

Anyway, today makes me exactly 25.5 years old which qualifies me for a mid-twenty crisis right? I’m still working on what type of crisis I’d like. The whole still single thing is kinda a drag but I suppose there are worse things in life then not being bound by the government in a relationship…..Anywho-zell….

I decided to do the very Blogger thing of writing my younger self a letter…..

Letter to my Younger Self

Dear 15 yr old Kelsey,

It’s me…Older Kelsey. Don’t question the mechanics of how this is happening just go with it. I wanted to drop in and give you some wisdom I’ve learned these past ten years. First and foremost, most boys will grow and catch up to your height and some lucky gents will even surpass you! No sorry, you’re still single but there will be some boyfriends between then and now. I wish I could tell you which ones to steer clear of, but then you wouldn’t become the strong independent lady you need to be.

Some heartbreaks do lead to better things, as crappy and vague as that sounds. I get it, I’ve had time to deal and you’ve yet to experience it, so just grab tight onto the person you know you are and don’t let any of them derail you. (Spoiler alert: you won’t)

Also, keep that ambition and drive, it’ll take you to some pretty great places. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. The worst that can happen is they say no, in which case you’re no worse off than you already were. Keep knocking and eventually the right doors will open.

When it comes to your friends, just remember that some people aren’t meant to be in your life forever. The sooner you learn to let go, the more tears you’ll save yourself. Those that do stick around, despite all the miles you seem to put between you, are gonna be around for life. And don’t forget the friends that may not be the best at keepin in touch until you see them in person again. It’s ok, life happens and you can’t expect everyone to respond to your texts…well you can expect it, but I’m just tellin you now you’re just settin yourself up. Those friendships fall right back into place when you see them though so don’t fret over it too much.

Finally, remember that family is everything. Cherish the time you have with them now because once you leave for college you’ll go long stretches of time without seeing them and they seemingly scatter all over the country in a matter of years…scratch that, you’re the only one to hop all across the country (you become a wanderer) and homesickness is a real thing.

Sincerely,

More Confident and Future Kelsey

I’m so grateful for my life and the struggles I’ve been through. Weird but true, because it’s made me the person I am now 🙂

Have you ever looked back over your life and seen how you’ve grown and changed?

Sig

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