Radiating Sunshine: 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

16 Goals for 2016

2016 is going to be a big year, I can feel it! For starters, I turn 23 on the 23rd of March meaning my golden year will be here. I think I am more excited for this birthday than any of my other birthdays. I hope to make my golden year full of memorable moments and joy. Today, I'm sharing my 16 Goals for 2016! 

goal one... smile more! Smiling brightness everyone's day. So, my goal for 2016 is to smile more and frown less!

goal two... find a hobby! I love this blog of mine, but I'm looking to start a new hobby! Not entire sure what it will be, but, I'm really looking forward to it! If you have ideas, comment below. 

goal three... inspire someone! I work with students all day, every day and I really want to inspire them to know they can accomplish anything. 

goal four... try something new! Whether that is parting my hair differently or watching a new tv show. I really want to try something new and not be afraid to do things a little differently. 

goal five... blog more! I really want to take this blog of mine to the next level and maybe start doing recipe posts. My goal is to post at least three times a week!

goal six... make a new friend! I'm really hoping that I can meet someone new in 2016 and hopefully start a lasting friendship. Friendship is key to happiness and I definitely want to continue nourishing my current friendships. 

goal seven... get more sleep! Over my vacation I have rested fully! I have slept in, taken naps, gone to bed early. I hope I can keep this pattern up when work begins on Monday. 

goal eight... de-clutter my life! Out with the old and out with the unused... but, not in with the new! My goal is to de-clutter and to start living with less. They often say less is more. 

goal nine... drink more water! water is beyond healthy and Josh just bought me the cutest tumbler for Christmas so my goal is to drink more water. 

goal ten... travel! My goal for 2016 is to travel to one new place. It can be anywhere, but hopefully I'll be able to see and learn a lot while I am there. 

goal eleven... make a home! I move to my new apartment in May 2016 and I have a lot of high hopes for my new two bedroom, two bathroom, and laundry room! I can't wait to move and make it my own. I also hope to entertain guests and relatives. 

goal twelve... fitness! I love seeing all of my friends participate in the 21 Day Fix and make fitness their priority. It is down right inspirational and I hope I can do the same thing!

goal thirteen... make time for family! My goal is to call a loved one in my family once a week. In November I tested it out every day and it made me feel so happy and connected. 

goal fourteen... be happy where I am. My goal is to live for this moment and not so much for what's my next step. I have two and a half more years left of graduate school and I hope I can enjoy them to the fullest. 

goal fifteen... save money. My goal is to actually put money into savings. I have been working for about a half a year, so I know what my bills look like and when I have to pay them. Hopefully, I'll be able to put away a good sum of money and start saving to save!

goal sixteen... Live faithfully. My last goal for 2016, which I think is the most important is to live faithfully. I can do anything through God and I hope to embody that this year. Having faith in Him will help me get through anything!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 Year in Review

I can't believe another year has come and gone. This has definitely been the year of the most change. For starters I graduated from college! I loved my past four years at Mount St. Mary's in May 2015! I made some of the greatest friends that I could have ever asked for. I got a job and moved to Pennsylvania.
I loved my first summer on the job! I learned so much about what it takes to be a Residence Director and I really had an appreciation for all of my past Area Directors. I helped plan RA Training and made goals for this upcoming Fall. I took my first grad class, Intro to Helping Services and got an A! In July 2015 Josh and I attended numerous family reunions and found ourselves on an Ocean City Beach weekend! We loved our summer together and are really looking forward to next summer, where hopefully I'll get some time off and we can hit up our passports for a fun trip abroad. 
I moved to a temp apartment while mine was getting new air conditioning in May. I loved my time in my temporary home, but nothing felt better than moving to my apartment. After a few weeks of unpacking, I officially was move in to my new apartment in August 2015. I'll only be here until this coming May 2016, but I'm definitely enjoying the coziness of this wonderful place.
In August 2015, I also met my first RA Staff! They are wonderful people and I have really enjoyed working with all of them. My first semester as an RD/supervisor went well. After having a semester under my belt, I feel a lot more comfortable where I am at and what I am learning.
My parents got a new dog, named Evie! She is the cutest pup and I really got to bond with her one weekend in September. She loves to kiss me and invade my personal space... but, I really don't mind!
2015 was a great year! I have learned what it takes to live on my own and how to shop for groceries for one. I have been able to keep in touch with all of my college friends. One of us has gotten married, so we gladly welcomed Liz to our crew. We have all managed to stay within the 3 hour driving radius and will be ringing in the New Year together. 
Life has been pretty great! I'm really looking forward to this upcoming year. 2016 is my golden year since I'll be turning 23 on March 23rd. So, I'm really looking forward to what this magical year holds.   I have just started learning the art of photo shop so, in January Radiating Sunshine will be receiving a face life. Life will continue to move quickly and I hope you join me on my journey. Also, Radiating Sunshine will be celebrating her 4th year of blog history!

How has your year been?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas Darling

Merry Christmas blog land! It's officially Christmas Eve and I have a plan to get the most out of Christmas Day. It goes like this... go to sleep really early Christmas Eve Eve... like 8PM early! Wake up at 6:30AM naturally on Christmas Eve, by the rain tapping your windows (White Christmas are so over rated, right?). Work like a little Christmas elf on Christmas Eve. Attend holiday parties in the evening and deny coffee politely when it is offered. Exhaust yourself by 9PM, thus forcing yourself to fall asleep by 10PM at the latest. Then, get as much sleep as possible so you can wake up as early as possible and help with the Christmas festivities and give your presents. 

Now, I realize in probably five years I'll re-read this advice when I have children and I'll laugh because all I would have to do is add one child to this plan and boom I'll be ready for bed at 9PM every night... but, for now I'll savor the moments when I plan to fall asleep early! 

Anyways, I am enjoying this holiday season. I have been home for a little over a week now and have enjoyed my time off. I've been sleeping in, knitting squares (literally... because I can't knit), watching movies, reading books, baking, snuggling with my puppies, and have been getting in to this Christmas spirit. 
Christmas is definitely my favorite time of year! Partly because I have two weeks off, but also because of all of the traditions. I'm really looking forward to the next 48 hours spent with all of my family members, as many sugar cookies as my eyes can see, and time spent learning how to cook a Christmas year with my mom.

As I write this post from the comfort of my parents' sofa I just saw the funniest little Today Show advice on how to have a "Hassle Free Holiday." They featured different topics for example, teaching children to give thanks, dealing with a mean relative, and appreciating your significant other. My dad and I really chuckled at the signifiant other advice on ways to not let your significant other get lost in the holiday happenings.
It got me thinking... that really the holidays should be stress free! I mean sure there are meals to prepare, relatives to catch up with, and presents to purchase and wrap. But, the true meaning of Christmas is joy! So, that is what I'm going to bring to this Christmas' celebrating... tons of JOY! So, I hope you all have a joyous holiday and bring holiday joy to others as well.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Happier You

Hello blog friends! I've been eluding to this little happy project of mine for quite some time, but I'm excited to announce that for my golden year I will begin blogging about how to be a happier you. I'm not exactly sure what will come from this blog campaign. But, starting in mid-January I will be launching Happier You, which will feature 12 different ways to live a happier life. Today, I'm going to share with you all the 12 areas of my life that my project will cover. I still have a lot of happiness research to sift through and understand, so I encourage you all to follow my journey. 

january... health and wellness
february... love
march... work as flow
april... family
may... transitions
june... enjoy the sunshine
july... friendship
august... finding purpose
september... faith
october... hobbies
november... thankful heart
december... selfless acts

I don't know how this project will pan out. But, I'm excited to learn more about myself and ways I can become happier and thus encourage others to also become happier. Life is too short to not enjoy everything that life has to offer. So, happy Thursday friends! 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Happy Holidays

This is my first holiday season away from a Catholic school... Since Kindergarten I have always attended Catholic school. I remember making advent wreaths, singing Christmas carols, and Santa even visiting school. When I got hired to work at public university, I didn't think much about how working at a public institution would impact my faith. I remember acknowledging that there weren't any crucifixes already hanging in my apartment when I moved in, but I just hung my cross and went on my way. As this holiday season started to approach and my desires to Christma-fy everything in my life grew stronger, I started to evaluate how saying "Merry Christmas" played a role in my life. 

Now, it's no secret on this blog of mine... but, I love Christmas. I love baking cookies, listening to the music, and finding that perfect gift for someone. I love sending Christmas letters with kind notes in them. I love meeting up with friends and being reunited with family members. I love reading my Advent devotional with my boyfriend and talking about how Jesus plays a role in our lives. I love ripping off the links on my Christmas chain and counting down the days until Jesus is born! And I used to love saying "Merry Christmas" to every single person I came upon. But, as I learn more about myself and this big world with a ton of different people in it... I have felt the profound call to wish people "Happy Holidays." I still profoundly love Christmas and will continue to relish in the holiday that promotes love, family, and giving. But, I think I can truly promote this giving holiday by meeting everyone where they are at. 
I snagged this from Facebook and really liked it!
So, I wish you a Happy Holiday. I wish that you are filled with the joy that the holiday season can bring. Whether you celebrate Christmas with a Christian mindset, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, St. Lucia Day, Bodhi Day, Sol Invictus, Yalda, Yule, Pancha Ganapati, Chalica, Soyal... etc! So, for the remainder of this holiday season I am going to read and learn about a different "holiday" every day. My goal is to learn more about other faiths, traditions, and practices. I also hope to continue to learn how to be more inclusive of everyone who I come across. The true meaning of Christmas to me is spreading love and joy to every single person I meet. So Happy Holidays, friends!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Weekend Recap 12/7/15

Happy Monday friends! And Happy Last-Work-Week-Until-The-Holidays! I've been loving life over here in PA and this Christmas/Advent season has been beyond lovely and full of so many amazing blessings. This weekend was truly full of holiday spirit and I cannot wait until I get home and can see my family and friends!

On Friday, I took a couple of RAs caroling at the local nursing home. We were hoping to recruit some students, but no one showed up! So, we took what could have been a bad event and turned it into quite the performance. Also, on a side note I would love you all to try to sing Frosty the Snowman completely... turns out there is a whole section that I completely forgot!
When we got back I enjoyed celebrating my awesome DAs for DA Appreciation Day! We had a huge party and it was really nice thanking them for all of their handwork and dedication. Immediately following that I went to the RA Holiday Social! We built human snowmen, had mini snow-ball fights, cookies and hot chocolate, and enjoyed a few hours of quality bonding. I seriously appreciate these RAs of mine and I am so blessed for a great staff to start off building my supervisory style.
On Saturday, Josh came up and brought up this adorable and totally vintage manger scene for my Christmas tree. Josh and I love the holidays and every tradition that comes with it. This manger scene reminds me of my mom's! I can't wait to go home and see everyone. I'm definitely missing Christmas in MD, but Christmas in PA has turned out to be quite wonderful.
After the manger was set up and Josh and I cleaned my apartment, we were officially ready to host this year's Christmas Party with all of our friends from college. I had twelve of the greatest friends come up and we hit it off. We made mozzarella cappers bites, buffalo chicken dip, holiday guacamole, and pretzels with queso. I love hosting, but I sure don't like the mess that comes with it. Especially when you don't have a dishwasher... but, now is not the time for complaining. I am just so grateful that I got to see all of my wonderful friends and made new memories. I really miss this group of peeps and I'm looking forward to New Years Eve and seeing them all again.

On Sunday morning, I woke up and we made a huge breakfast spread. I now have a ton of pancakes, which I'll probably incorporate into a program this week for my students and Finals Week. After everyone left, St. Nicholas stopped by my apartment and left me the cutest little ornament in my shoes... see what I'm saying, Josh remembers every Christmas tradition in the book.
I'm really looking forward to this upcoming week and enjoying time with my co-workers before I head home for a wonderful holiday with my family. I hope your week is enjoyable and I'll check back in with you all soon.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Balancing the Holidays

Happy December Everyone! I can't believe the holidays are fast approaching... and with that comes my desire to PLAN EVERYTHING. I have about two weeks until I get two and a half weeks off work and I am so PUMPED. However, although I love the holidays today I'm going to talk about something that can put a little joyous strain on the holiday season.
As you all have probably assumed the holidays are probably my favorite time of year. I love spending so much time with the people that I love and catching up with people who I don't see nearly enough. I am also a hard core traditionalist. I love our annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party at my Aunt Paula's and I love our gag gift exchange at my Grandma's! It's no secret in my family that I hold the holiday season with high expectations and want to keep to our traditions at all costs. However, what happens when you have someone in your life who you want to share those traditions with?

Conflict. Now, I don't use the C-word lightly. I know a lot of you may fear that word. But, its apart of our lives and let's face it, it's apart of the holiday season as well. Conflict arises when someone burns the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes (Sorry, Mom I still haven't let that go) or when someone gives you a surprising gift and you have nothing ready in return. Conflict can arise when you're out shopping for that perfect sweater and they are completely out of your size. Conflict can come when you don't cut out enough wrapping paper. But, regardless of whether you're mad at your wrapping abilities or at a relative who continuously asks you what you are doing with your life... it's important for us all to embrace the holiday conflicts. However, :"one does not simply" embrace the holiday conflict. So, it's important to have a game plan on how you'll handle them when they do pop up. 

A common holiday conflict is learning how to balance the holidays with your special someone. After all, out of all of the fish in the sea you have chosen that person to spend your time with. How do you choose who's family to visit, at what time to visit them, and for how long you will stay? How do you manage every family's traditions without hurting anyone's feelings and still being together in the process? I got lucky in choosing a person who shares my love for the holidays and traditions! But, that definitely creates problems when we both want to be in two places at once. For example, I really want to experience Christmas Eve mass with him and his family and at the same time I so desperately want him to open a gag gift with my family. You see the predicament?

3 Tips to Having a Stress Free Holiday Season with 
Your Significant Other & Family

one... plan ahead! Sit down with your significant other two months before the holidays begin. Sitting down early can help you plan in the least unbiased way as possible. Discuss all of the different options and split every event as evenly as possible.

two... go with the flow! Sometimes you can't always be together and that's okay. Sometimes the holiday conversation goes down a dangerous path to "the future" so make sure you're aware of what you are saying and reflect on how what you say can impact others.

three... pack your beauty essentials! I can't tell you how many times this has saved me! I'm a huge napper in the car, but nothing ruins your hair like a static-y pillow. Always carry a few extra bobby pins and some gel. It will help you in the long run when you are driving to two or three different Christmas dinners!

This year, we have both decided to spend the holidays apart, which without a doubt is not my favorite solution. But, it was important for us to recognize how important these traditions are for us and to recognize that one day we will have our own. So, for now we have to do what is best for our families, which is the true meaning of Christmas. It's important to remember that everyone wants to see everyone during the holidays and balancing that is probably the trickiest, but also the best thing you can do!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cheers to Not Gaining Weight

I recently read an article that people usually gain weight during the Fall/Winter seasons because of the lack of Vitamin D. Well, that's not happening to me! I've been in Graduate School & living on a college campus and lets just say keeping slim is not the easiest thing to do. All of my friends on Facebook have been on this "beach body" craze. Because of this craze they have inspired me to continue getting in shape and taking care of my body. So, now I am a B12 vitamin taker and regular gym goer and I haven't felt better! The more time I spend taking care of myself, the better me I can be for my students. 

My goal is to lose weight naturally. Now, I'm not really focusing on losing weight... I'm more focused on defining my muscles. But, sometimes it's easier to focus on tangible numbers. However, I'm working on getting toned without any processed drinks and or sponsors. So many of my friends participate in these programs and although they have been seeing incredible results... I just don't have the time or the money to commit to activities/groups like that. 

Obviously, I suck at mirror selfies!
I respect all of my friends who participate in those groups and I hope they keep posting their results because it vicariously motivates me... So you can call me old fashioned, but I'm going to try to get lean by watching what I eat, monitoring my calories, and staying committed to cardio. I'm determined not to gain any weight this holiday season and so far I have survived Thanksgiving. However, Christmas will definitely hit me hard so I am not naive enough to think this won't be an uphill battle (hopefully, I can run up this hill)! I'll keep you posted as I find a healthier me and continue to work on improving myself and my mile time. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving Break 2015

Happy Cyber Monday friends!! Hope you are all enjoying the day and the deals... comment below and where you're finding the best steals. I'm the worst at shopping. Even when I coupon, I always seem to spend more money. I need to take a serious class on coupon 101. Anyways, today I'm going to recap about a wonderful few days off. 

On Wednesday afternoon, I went wedding dress shopping with my friend Amanda and after we settled on her dress, we ended up getting together with all of the bridesmaids and tried on potential bridesmaids dresses. These girls are so fun and we are all amazingly the same size... which is really exciting. We tried on probably five or six dresses before we ended up deciding to go back to the first one we tried on. However, we have almost 10 months until the wedding so we have plenty of time to find the best dresses. 
 After bridesmaid dress shopping concluded, I met up with my favorite family to see The Hunger Games! It is our Thanksgiving tradition to go see a movie and we had to go on Wednesday because our schedules didn't align to go on Friday night. I love this tradition and I'm sad that next Thanksgiving we won't have another Hunger Games to go watch. But, maybe another movie will be premiering and we will be able to see that.

On Thursday, we traveled a lot. We went to visit my Aunt Holly's and my dad's mom. The SNL video of Adele's Hello has turned out to be quite the conversation starter and I have shown so many people it. So, if you're wondering were all of the million of views have come from... it's probably from me!

We always end up matching.. even when we don't try!
On Friday night, I drove up to Josh's parents' house and I spent the remainder of the weekend with the. We traveled to Pittsburgh, ate Meadow's ice cream, consumed two plates of stuffing, and did Thanksgiving crafts. I love going up to Pittsburgh and seeing his extended family. We only see them twice a year, so it is quite the event when all of his family is together under one roof.

On Sunday, I finally made it to the gym to make up for all of the stuffing I have consumed over the past few days. We will see how the scale looks tomorrow... except I also consumed a ton of cookie dough today as well. So, the scale could go either way! But, I successfully baked 200 sugar cookies for all of the Ship RAs. We have our end of the year staff wide party, so I'm going to contribute sugar cookies (not gluten free) and cookie word searches to the holiday bags. I have been loving my experiences at Ship and have learned so many cool ways to appreciate others.
An extreme mess
Anyways friends it's going to be a busy busy week! I have a holiday party for my Hall Council tomorrow night, several conduct hearings and settlement agreements, and a friend holiday party to prepare for. But, God is good and it's officially the Christmas season so bring on the holiday cheer. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope you are all enjoying this delicious and thankful holiday as much as I am. Today, marks day 26 of my grateful project and I have been doing pretty good! There have been some days that I have missed people, but I have been working hard on making up for it. I have sent cards, called family members, sent positive text messages and wrote thoughtful Facebook posts. And it has had an amazing affect on my life. Not only am I more grateful to everyone in my life, but I have also been spending more time evaluating who I spend most of my time on/with. When you work as much as I do it can be hard to balance calling your aunt and writing a letter to a friend. I love my work, but sometimes the hours are just not very supportive of a social life. 

However, one thing that I have been forgetting is that my work continuously challenges me to be self-aware. So, my grateful project kind of debuted through a variety of different programs. I have done two of my favorite thankful programs, which have really helped me think about everyone and everything I am grateful for. The first one, was my annual Thankful Tree -- where residents write on leaves what they are thankful for and enjoy some apple pie. The second was Thankful pumpkins -- where they write on orange strips and what they are grateful for coupled with some old fashioned coloring. It doesn't cost much (or really anything) to have your residents and friends reflect on what they are grateful for and it can be really flattering when someone mentions that they are thankful for you :) 

Anyways, blog world! I'm out. I hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you enjoy this holiday. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Recap 11/23/15

Happy Monday friends! Hope your Monday is off to an incredible start. I know mine definitely is because this work week is two and a half days long and then I have bridesmaid responsibilities, thanksgiving dinner to eat, babies to hold, and family to visit. So, what's not to love about today! 

Anyways, here is a quick recap about how I spent another wonderful weekend! On Saturday, while Josh was at a football game I took my staff ice-skating and out to lunch! Ice skating was quite the staff development. For starters, I am not the greatest ice skater! I just don't really trust myself that much on the ice so I act very timid on the ice. But, I loved taking them ice skating and being able to get off campus for awhile. I'm really grateful for this staff of mine and they are helping me to grow into a better professional. 

On Sunday, Josh came up for an afternoon of holiday preparations! We decorated my Christmas tree, did some Christmas shopping, and did holiday crafts! So, my apartment is officially ready for Christmas. We love the holidays and this year it will be particularly hard for us to spend another holiday apart. But, we have a lot of fun traditions set up and I can't wait to share them with you all. I am forever grateful for this guy of mine and he is doing so many wonderful things. This weekend I also started to get some Christmas shopping done. I'm slowly collecting gifts and making plans to really start shopping. However, I'm trying really hard to get meaningful gifts this year and I'm so excited to wrap them in my warm and cozy apartment.
How did you all spend your weekend? What are you looking forward to this year?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Let's Go on a Date

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Earlier this year, I went to a guest speaker at my local university who was talking about the differences in men and women. And one of the topics she discussed was what women and men do to prepare for dates. She discussed how women will plan every second of the date down to what she will wear, what time the reservations are for, what would happen if she had a piece of spinach stuck in her teeth, etc! Men... however, aren't always such planners. Their idea of a perfect date is to show up, eat some food, and watch tv. Now, although these are great generalizations and puts men and women into two distinct categories, I couldn't help but find some of what she said to be true. 

For example, every time I go on a date I plan my weather permitting outfit (and then usually change 3 times in between the getting ready stage to the actual date itself), I plan what time I need to be ready by and how long it will take me to get all dolled up, and I plan what I should expect for food (aka do I need a snack to keep me from reaching the hangry level). 

However, once you're on the date... you're on the date! Life can throw some curve balls like actually becoming hangry or having horribly bad breath. I always pack the essentials, which kind of inspired my little date night kit. I've surprised myself on how often I have needed something or someone has asked me if I have something in my bag. Today, I'm going to share with you all the date night essentials kit that has saved me so many times. 

What Every Date Night Essentials Kit Needs:

ChapStick Total Hydration: Everyone needs some ChapStick on date night which is 100% natural and age defying! ChapStick Total Hydration needs to make your date night kit because of its advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rosehip oils (thank goodness). This ChapStick instantly smoothes and moisturizes, leaving you visibly renewed lips. Totally kissable.

Emergen-C: No one likes a sniffly date (cue the hand sanitizer and air high five)! Emergen-C can help give you more healthy days, more healthy nights. There are over 20 varieties of vitamin supplement drink mixes. Emergen-C offers the formula, flavor, fix, and fun for any date night. So, "Let Your Healthy Out."

Advil Tablet Vial: Is a complete no brainer... (haha get it) When you're on a date you spend so much of your time talking, flirting, and laughing that you can occasionally forget to stay hydrated and boom you need some pain relief. Well, the Advil Tablet Vial is compact and is stored very easily in your date night kit. Nothing's stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil, and nothing works on more pains than Advil (among OTC pain relievers).

Eye Renewal Drops: Commonly known as fake tears or something to keep your eyes from drying out, but they are essential for any date night success. Nothing is worse than having dried eyes when you're out on a date and constantly rubbing at them.

Floss & Gum: I know most people aren't big flossers, but it will definitely save you on a date! I have used floss twice on a date and it has saved me from the embarrassing "you have something in your teeth" comment. Floss is crucial on every date night, whether you go to dinner or to the movies. Gum or mints will also keep your breath smelling fresh all throughout the night!

Sewing Kit: Um yes... you may not have time to sew something when you are going out, but it will really impress your date if you can sew on their button for them. Even the smallest sewing kit also can save your favorite sweater from getting a dangerous snag in it!

Extra Earrings & With an Eraser Back: You never know when you are going to lose an earring or more often a back to an earring, so carrying an extra pair and an eraser back will save you when you are in a jam. It can also save the person in the bathroom who just realized that they lost their earring's back.

Mascara: Eyes are often the most noticed feature on a date, so treat your eyes right and bring some mascara for re-application purposes! It will make your eyes pop and your date will love it!

Lotion & Fragrance: is a must! When your hands get dry or your perfume is wearing off, this can come in handy so it leaves you smelling fresh with soft hands! But, don't over do it... that can give your date a headache, but if you're carrying an Advil Tablet Vial at least you can help them out!

The date night essentials kit is completed by the clear zipper pouch (that you can purchase at any Walmart). This clear zipper pouch fits right into your purse and allows for easy access to any of your date night items. It also adds a more sophisticated look to your purse, compared to the regular old plastic bag trick! There have been so many times when I have been out where these date night items have come in handy. Whether someone around you needs an Advil or on a cold breezy night when you desperately need some ChapStick! You won't regret carrying around a date night kit. If anything it can help start up some conversations and can impress your date! If discussing your date night kit seems weird to do, I have also included '5 Easy Conversation Starters' to make your date night perfect and complete!

It is great to be spontaneous and go with the flow, however the best dating advice I can give is to put together your own date night essentials kit with the items I have included! For more information on my favorite date night products, click here! Regardless of whether you're meeting the person for the first time or you have known them for twenty years, its always important to come prepared!
What would you put in your date night essentials kit?!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekend Recap 11/16/15

It's been quite the holiday duty themed weekend! I know I'm like way early for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I couldn't help myself. So, on Thursday night I had my annual Thankful Tree and pie program. It's crazy to know that I've been doing this program for four years. It has kind of become a tradition and I loved doing this program on a building wide level. But, sadly I could only stay for a half hour because I was on duty and when the duty phone rings I have to respond! 
Friday morning started off with a bang as I said in my Friday Confessions! All of the Residence Directors and I got together to talk about our strengths that we discovered through StrengthsQuest! It was a great staff development morning that started off with my first caramel brûlée latte from Starbucks! After StrengthsQuest, my RD Buddies and I went to lunch, which was really fun! We ate delicious sushi that I really hope I can eat again soon.
Friday night I was a celebrity dealer for a Casino Program. I only got to deal one hand before I got called away for a duty call, which was probably a blessing in disguise because I was dealing Black Jack and despite what people say that "black jack is a simple game" it's not.
Saturday: Josh came up to visit and we went to the last home football game. Josh is a huge football fan and we really enjoyed snuggling up and watching the game! Ship isn't going to playoffs, but we still really enjoyed watching them win for Senior Day. Following the game, we came home and warmed up. Then we headed to church and had dinner at the dining hall. I have a certain amount of guess meals, so why not enjoy a free dinner? After dinner, we came home and put up my Christmas Tree. I know it is way too early, but it's beautiful and I couldn't wait any longer. Josh and I blared the Christmas tunes and had a blast.
On SundayAfter we put together and lit the Christmas tree, we snuggled up and watched a movie. We were long over due for a movie night and we tested out my new couch, which proves to be very comfortable!

Sunday: I put up the remainder of the decorations including my "Be Merry" sign that I won from a blog giveaway last year. Josh and I are officially decorating next weekend, but I needed to inventory what I need for my apartment. So, what the inventory tells me: I need ornaments, a tree skirt, and garland for my centerpieces. I am also thinking I may purchase a little mistletoe to put up over the arch in my kitchen. Not entirely sure what else I need... hopefully Target won't suck me in too badly!
Anyways, that's all for now folks! I have a fun week ahead full of class, programs, and work! I'm really looking forward to completing the final projects that I have and going home next week for Thanksgiving. Hope you all have a beautiful week :)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Confessional Friday

It's Friday friends! Woohoo! To start off this glorious Friday I get to spend three hours of staff development time discussing my strengths. Two weeks ago, my fellow RDs and I were sent out access codes to StrengthsFinder and now we have the big debrief meeting to discuss how our five strengths can help us out in the work environment. For those of you who have done StrengthsQuest, my strengths were: developer, maximizer, responsiblity, positivity, and discpline. I'm hoping to do a big reveal next week and see if you can get your employers on board with this awesome staff development idea!

Anyways, to officially start of Friday I am here to write about my five confessions from this week...

I confess... that I was completely eying this adorable sewing kit... until I opened it up! It's so cute from the outside, but the sewing supplies on the inside are completely outdated. I found this cute kit at Walmart for $15 and I was so disappointed when I opened it up and saw the inside :( However, I could always replace what is on the inside... so maybe once I officially pick up sewing/stitching I'll do that!
I confess... I'm going to continue on the sewing trend and discuss how Pinterest has taken me by storm and one of my RAs and I are going to do Sock Snowman. They are the cutest little guys and I can't wait to do this secular DIY craft with my residents.
I confess... I leave my office unattended sometimes. My office is located under the stairs in my lobby and when I have the Desk Assistant on duty I feel the freedom to run to the bathroom without locking my door every single time. well, yesterday I learned a little lesson from my Housing Director who left me this note on my computer. I guess I need to be less trusting?
I confess... strawberry donuts are my favorite! And I deeply enjoyed this little guy for breakfast this morning! Seriously though, I love strawberry donuts and it's a sure way to be friends.
I confess... tonight I'm going to spend the evening with a friend doing some homework and then I'll be attending a weekend program. I'm really excited for a quiet Friday in.
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