a few of my favorite things.

Anyone else start singing the song from Sound of Music in their heads? Just me??

Anyways here are just some of my favorite things from the past few weeks 🙂

 

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My morning oatmeal and iced coffee. My day feels off without it!

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My new refrigerator for my room!! My old one was too small and this one actually has its own separate freezer part!

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Care packages from my dad. He’s the best 🙂 And that blanket is the softest thing ever.

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Scoring this beautiful maxi skirt for $5 at DressBarn while shopping with my mom.

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Trips to Whole Foods with my dad. Besides Disney World, this is probably my next favorite place on Earth. haha

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Last but not least, beautiful sunset skies, especially over the water ❤

And here’s a funny video in case you haven’t seen it yet! My roommates and I were watching it last night and we were dying. Joseph Gordon Levitt is pretty much perfect 🙂

 

Have a great weekend!

°o°Clarice

Home.

Hey there!

Can you believe it’s fall already?! I can’t.  I’m so weird when it comes to seasons though, I’ll say my favorite season is whatever it is currently! haha So about a month ago I would have said summer all the way, now I’d say fall. I’m weird, I know.

Anyways, I went home this past weekend and thought I’d share some of the things I did!

My dad was actually down here near my school for work so Friday morning I followed him as we drove back home.  I was a little nervous to come home as my dad’s girlfriend now lives in my house (which I think I’ve mentioned here before but I’m not sure).  But once we got home it was okay, pretty awkward, especially because she has taken over and redecorated MY entire bathroom. Yeah, I wasn’t too happy about that.

But really once I got home and saw my little brother (okay he’s my dog but same thing!) all was great! I’m so attached to my dog, Copper, it’s scary.  Funny how I didn’t even want my dad to get him a few years ago and now I literally cannot imagine life without the little furball!

 

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pretty sure he hated me after forcing him to take so many pics with me haha!

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After cuddling with my little brother for awhile, we had dinner and then I went to bed! I was tired from the long drive.  The next morning my dad and I headed to the gym which was nice, especially since he hadn’t been since I left for school!! haha It’s hard to motivate him to go when I’m 200 miles away I guess.

After the gym I came home, showered, and ate some lunch.  Then I headed over to my mom’s place for a fun afternoon!  I was happy to see my other dog too, my little sister-Maisy!

She is such a spoiled pup :)

She is such a spoiled pup 🙂

 

My mom and I then headed out for an afternoon of shopping! It was a perfect day to shop too because it was cold, grey, and rainy. Yuck.  We went to the mall first and went to Victoria’s Secret.  I got a pair of the boyfriend sweatpants and holy cow they are SO comfy!!  We also went to Bath & Body Works where I bought a wallflower with the Mahogany Teakwood scent. OMG, have you ever smelled this? If not, please drive to your nearest B&BW just to smell this because it’s amazing.  It smells exactly like Abercrombie & Fitch, no lie.  So now my room smells like their store without me having to buy any of their overpriced boring clothes! 😉

On our way out of the mall we stopped by Nordstroms cafe to get vanilla ice storms.  They’re basically like frappuccinos, but about 100000000x better.

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Heaven.

Then we went to DressBarn where I got an adorable maxi skirt for $5! All thanks to my mom letting me use her $10 birthday coupon! 🙂

Then we went to Kohls, haha we were on a shopping roll! I got some cute fall clothes and I also got a smoking deal on a really pretty dress.  It was marked down on clearance for $5.80 plus we had a 30% off coupon so it ended up being only about $3.50 or so!

After shopping our lives away we went to Moes for dinner which was amazingggg. I will always be team Moe’s. Sorry Maya, it’s just sooo much better than Chipotle!!! 😉 😉 😉

Sunday morning I woke up early and made some scones from a mix I got at World Market.  They would have been really good except that the instructions were really confusing, it said to drop the dough by about 12 tbs. onto a baking sheet and bake it for 10 minutes.  Then take it out and mush the dough together to form a circle and bake 18 more minutes.  Well….that’s what I did except after baking it for the first 10 minutes hardened the dough pretty quickly, so when I mushed it into a circle it looked like an elephant had stepped on it 😦 Oh well, they still tasted good at least!

After my semi fail of breakfast my dad and I went on a motorcycle ride to Starbucks which was really nice! I had fun just hanging with my dad and actually not being the one behind the counter at Sbux working!! haha

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My dad’s awesome bike.

After that I packed up my stuff and headed out.  I stopped at Wegmans first though to have a quick lunch and pick up a few things with my mom which was also fun!

All in all it was a great weekend, but due to lots of family drama, which I won’t get into, I just kinda feel more stressed than ever right now.  I know I’ll get through it though and thank goodness for my amazing friends who let me vent and talk about all that’s going on in my life! Don’t know what I’d do without them 🙂

Have a great week!

°o°Clarice

Howl o Scream 2013: Fear Has a Way of Spreading

Hey there! So this past Friday my amazing friend Em and I got to go to Busch Gardens for the opening night of Howl o Scream! Busch was running a great deal where all passholders could bring a friend for free so of course I asked Em right away if she wanted to go!

We got to the park around 4:30ish and decided to ride as many coasters as we could before 6, when all of the Howl o Scream festivities started. The first coaster we went to was Verbolten. I was in shock as to how little of a line there was! We literally walked right up to the loading area and got in line for the front row since the line was so short!

I couldn't believe this!

I couldn’t believe this!

After V-bolt I believe we headed towards Alpengeist, which also had no wait at all too! We decided to go for the back row because there was only a line for the front car, that was it! We got on next to two other girls who told us this was their 3rd time in a row staying on! Crazy right? We were on a roll so after Alp, we headed over to Griffon, one of my favorites! 😉 I didn’t think she would actually do it, but I convinced Em to ride the front row!! Really when it comes to Griffon you aren’t riding it unless you’re in the front row. I mean those few seconds where you dangle over the drop are really best experienced in the front. I’m proud of you Em for riding front row! 😀

Next we headed over to the good ole Lochness Monster! This coaster is pretty special to me even though it’s the most overlooked at the park since it’s so old. Why is it special you ask? Well it was the very first coaster I ever rode! I remember my first time riding it, I was probably 6 or 7 and was SO terrified. But afterwards I loved it and well…my coaster obsession took off from that day 😉

 

 

The prettiest view at the park in my opinion. It never gets old.

The prettiest view at the park in my opinion. It never gets old.

After Nessie the only coaster we had left was Apollos Chariot! It was a little after 6 by then so the scaring had begun and we were on extra watch while walking over there. We rode Apollos then it was time to get scared….

The only problem is that we are complete scaredy cats when it comes to this kind of stuff! haha But we were brave and headed towards our first haunted house of the night- Deadline. I had done this one once before last year so I kind of knew what to expect but still I was literally shaking. The theme of this one is a haunted subway kind of thing and it was soooo dark in there! We survived though, but we certainly did a ton of screaming.

After Deadline we got in the queue for Cut Throat Cove, the newest haunted house in the lineup for this year. The theme was pirates and while we screamed a lot, it was probably the least scary. I liked the scenery though, they did the pirates them well with a prison cell room, a captains quarters, a bar room, etc.

Walking the plank haha :)

Walking the plank haha 🙂

Getting scared so much definitely caused us to work up an appetite, so we headed to the Festhaus next for some dinner! I got a turkey wrap and Em got a pizza, which I should have gotten too- it was so good! The show in the Festhaus was going on while we ate dinner and it was pretty cool. They did a lot of covers/dancing to old 80s songs which was really neat. I loved the costumes too, that’s always my favorite part of watching shows!

Once we finished our dinner I think we headed for another haunted house but the line was too long. So I think we then rode the swings?? Em, if I’m wrong feel free to say so in the comments! haha But I know we did ride the swings at some point and it was a blast! The next haunted house we did was the Catacombs in France. Oh my goodness this one was terrifying. The dead skull people things were so creepy and one of them really scared us good! After we came out of the exit we were trying to take a picture of our “scared” faces and one of the skull things followed us and popped up behind us yelling “Photobomb!” Hahaha we screamed but also died of laughing.

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After France we headed back to Ireland and got in line for 13. This one was probably the most terrifying as it’s theme was 13 fears. The first one was dead people so there was a coffin which was creepy, but the one that really got me was the second fear- claustrophobia! They had black plastic that literally encased you and you had to fight your way through it. You could seriously not see anything and I felt like I was trapped. Ugh, I am definitely a claustrophobic person. This one lasted a long time too since there was 13 different rooms you had to go through!

Once that was over with we decided it was time for some gelato in Italy! I got a scoop of dark chocolate and a scoop of the cappuccino flavor. It was so good!

The moon was eerily beautiful that night.

The moon was eerily beautiful that night.

At this point we had about an hour or so left in the park and the other 2 haunted houses that were left had too long of waits so we rode Alpengeist one more time and then ended the night with one last ride on Verbolten! Em had to get a funnel cake on the way out too and even though we were both stuffed it tasted so good! haha We did a lot of walking so I mean it all balances out right?!

All in all we had SUCH a great time. I’m so glad we got to go and I thought Busch did a great job for the opening night of Howl o Scream! And thanks for going with me Em!!

It was truly a Friday the 13th I'll always remember!

It was truly a Friday the 13th I’ll always remember!

°o°Clarice

Only 2 weeks?!

Hey there!

So it’s kind of hard to believe I’ve only been back at school for just under 2 weeks! With the amount of work and how crazy life has been it feels like I’ve been here for at least a month already.

This week was pretty hectic although better than the last I guess.  My classes haven’t been too rough yet.  Although my least favorite is definitely Managerial Finance. It’s a 3 hour class Monday nights, till 9:15, and I can’t stand it! The only pro is that the professor looks like an ex-Abercrombie model.  😉

On the health side of things I’ve been pretty good about going to the gym nearly every day!  It’s hard to be motivated some days because after sitting in classes for so long I’m usually exhausted and just want to sleep.  But I’m also excited for the fitness classes to start up next week because those are always fun and a good way to mix up my routine! Plus one of my really good friends, Emily, got a job at the gym recently so it’s always fun to see her there!

Food wise I was kind of worried last week since I was already sick of the dining hall food and didn’t have much in my fridge.  So over the weekend I stopped at Trader Joes and stocked up on some sliced turkey, fruit, turkey meatballs, and other random things that I can use to make for lunches and dinners.  I seriously think I may do most of my grocery shopping there from now on, the prices are great and they have so many organic and un-processed options!

 

Recent dinner I made. Quinoa, veggies, veggie burger, tossed with some balsamic and sprinkled with parmesan cheese!

Recent dinner I made. Quinoa, veggies, veggie burger, tossed with some balsamic and sprinkled with parmesan cheese!

Another place I might add to my regular food shopping is TJ Maxx! Yep, you read that right.  I went there to buy my roommate some presents for her birthday and somehow ended up in the food aisle.  I found a bag of these 180 snacks that I’d read about on Taralynn’s blog Undressed Skeleton.  It was a huge bag and it was only $7.99!  They’re really good too.

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Speaking of my roommates birthday, she just turned 21 the other day so we’ve been having a little too much fun with our blender…. 😉  Let’s just say I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say no to a Pina Colada! They are literally the best drink to ever exist in my opinion.

Heaven.

Heaven.

 

They had a lot of other healthy snack options and they were all pretty cheap too so I think I will be stopping by TJ Maxx more for some snacks! The only problem with that is I’ll just have to remind myself I’m only there for snacks and not wander over to the clothing section….. #brokecollegestudentprobs

 

I'll leave you with this pretty view from my apartment the other night.  It's so nice to just stop and look at the beautiful sky every now and then.

I’ll leave you with this pretty view from my apartment the other night. It’s so nice to just stop and look at the beautiful sky every now and then.

Well that’s about all I have for now! Hope you all have a great weekend!

°o°Clarice