Hello, hello - happy Sunday! I am back with my my next monthly favorites post! I have to admit - I am extra excited for this one because it is all kinds of festive. I love holidays and fall is my absolute favorite season, so September is my second favorite month after October. Keep reading to see some of the things I have been loving lately!
High school - that’s where it all began. I first met Kristi when we played on a travel volleyball team together back in 2009. Kristi and Matt? They are high school sweethearts and started dating their freshman year of high school. So, although I met Matt through Kristi, I have known them both for almost ten years. Ten years!!
Happy back-to-school season, y’all! I am back in Winchester (VA) and just started my second year of physical therapy school. The best part about it? My fridge is looking extra full and happy right now. WOOHOO! I’m excited to be sharing this grocery haul with you guys, which includes items from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Aldi! I live in a small town that doesn’t have my favorite grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, so I made sure to stock up on what I needed before heading back to start the semester.
Hi everyone! I’ve been wanting to start doing these kinds of posts for a while now and am excited for my first one! I’ll be starting a tradition to share a ‘favorites’ post at the end of every month. These posts will include random things that I loved that month, like nifty Amazon purchases, awesome store finds, food, music, and more!
Hi everyone! I have received a lot of questions about having a dog in PT school, so today’s post will be all about that. A common trend I’m hearing is that a lot of fellow dog moms and dads are concerned about having their pup with them at school. Is it difficult? Is it too time-consuming in such an intense program? Do I have extra time to spend with my dog? Do I recommend having them with you? This may or may not just be an excuse for me to show off some super cute pictures of my dog… no I’m kidding. Keep reading for the inside scoop!
Hello and happy Monday! I’m super excited to share some of my favorite smoothie bowl combinations with you all! I think smoothie bowls are the most pretty, fun, and colorful way to squeeze a nutritious meal into your day. There’s so many different ways you can be creative with smoothie bowls. Although I do have my go-to favorites, I love mixing them up and creating something a little different with each one.
Hello, hello! Today I am sharing 7 ways I stay organized in PT school. Being a PT student can be a bit hectic at times (or all of the time… actually), so staying organized is one of the key things that will help keep you on top of your game. Keeping track of important dates and deadlines is so so important with all of the assignments, quizzes, exams, practicals, meetings, and more that come along with PT school. So, if you’re interested to see how I stay on top of all of these things (as well as how I like to organize my notes), just keep reading!
I completed my first clinical experience at an outpatient orthopedic clinic during the second semester of my first year (spring 2019). Our clinic days were on Tuesdays and lasted for 10 weeks. We did not have any classes on clinic days and my typical clinic day usually lasted from around 8:00 AM to 5:00 or 6:00 PM (depending on how the day went/how much documentation still needed to be completed at the end of the day).
Well, it’s official - I survived my first year of PT school! I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. I just finished my official first year and am so excited to be a rising second-year student in fall of 2019. This post is dedicated to sharing a general overview and recap of the classes I’ve completed and will be taking in future semesters, as well as a few highlights from the year.
It’s official - Alyssa and Isaiah are engaged! This stunning couple met during their freshman year of college in November of 2016 at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and have shared a beautiful love story ever since. This past week, they came to Richmond, VA to visit Isaiah’s family (Isaiah is my best friend Charisma’s little brother).
Hello, hello! Happy Monday! The spring semester is right around the corner and I’m so excited to get back in action with anatomy. During my first semester of DPT school anatomy, we covered the upper extremity. I started tackling muscles before I even started school and shared my whole-body muscle drawings in this post, which was more of a hit then I ever imagined it would be.
Hello everyone - Happy New Year! I hope that 2019 is off to an amazing start for you! My first blog post of the new year will be a super yummy waffle recipe for you to try. I made these waffles for brunch on Christmas Eve and will definitely be making them again soon (like today lol) because they are SO, SO TASTY!
And just like that… the most wonderful time of the year has come to a close. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed any other holidays or fun traditions you celebrate! The holiday season is my absolute favorite and I’m always so sad when it ends. This year was one for the books - heaps of holiday cheer and festivities and family fun and I’m excited to share my annual Christmas gift wrapping with you all!
I’m not crying… you’re crying. Actually, we’re probably BOTH crying because this proposal was absolutely breathtaking. I was so ecstatic when Austin told me the news that he would be proposing to Emily and asked me to capture their special day. I started screaming “yes, yes, YES, OMG YES, DUH!!” before he could even finish fully asking me. Needless to say, we were both so excited for the day to come!
Hello there, friends! It's a beautiful day to share lots of new updates with you all, so... here it goes. If you're familiar with my PT school journey thus far, then you probably already know that I encountered a few bumps in the road in my first year. If you need to catch up, you can read all about that here. So... make sure you do that so you've got the timeline straight.
I had an absolute blast snapping some photos for my dear friends, Charisma and Cole! Charisma and I have been best friends since college and once Cole came into her life, it was insane how she instantly became a whole new kind of happy. The love they have for each other is immeasurable and I get in my feels every single time I’m around them. Their energy is so contagious - the way Cole looks at Charisma, the way Charisma gets so giddy when Cole tells yet another super corny and sarcastic joke - UGH… it’s something else I tell ya!
This proposal had me all the way in my feels - the location, the breathtaking views, the memorabilia, the emotions… it was all so perfect! It all started with one of my friends, Daniel, reaching out to me about photographing Ashley and Brandon’s proposal. Brandon had a trip planned to fly to Virginia (from Tennessee) to visit Ashley, but it wasn’t just any ordinary trip - he was going to propose to her!
Hello everyone! Today, I am sharing a few tips and tricks that can hopefully help you ace your DPT inpatient practical exam and be a total rockstar! Practical exams can be really, really tough. You may know may know all of the necessary information to be successful. You may be confident in your abilities to perform a thorough examination/evaluation and devise an effective intervention. However, having proctors view and grade every single move you make can be very nerve-wracking.
Why hello there! This post is an addendum to my Muscular Anatomy 101 blog post, where I shared with you all my drawings that have helped me conquer all of the muscles in the human body. Since sharing that post, I have received a lot of questions as to what other resources I have used or things I have done to power through anatomy and thoroughly learn/understand other important objectives, such as the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems.
Hi everyone! So, if you are a visual learner like me, then you know that learning all of the muscles in the human body can be a daunting task if you don't have visuals to aid in your studying. I spend a lot of time in the cadaver lab and in osteology lab (with skeletal models) to learn all of the different muscles and bony structures one-by-one. Additionally, since I learn best with pictures and colors, I have drawn out my school's muscle chart.
Happy Sunday, friends! YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS RECIPE ASAP, OKAY?! It's healthy, pretty easy, and frickin delicious. So I was at the gym super late last night and told myself I couldn't eat anything when I got home. So naturally, I fast forwarded to today and started daydreaming (or I guess nightdreaming actually) about what I would have for breakfast. I wanted to come up with a fun, creative recipe and this is where my idea for 'loaded breakfast lettuce wraps' sparked. I went and got the groceries at midnight *hahaha* and was so excited to make it come to life!
Alright, here it goes - the post I've been dreading to write. Things are about to get REAL personal. So if you didn't already know, I started my first semester of DPT school this past fall. It was a new, exciting, but very challenging experience that did not quite go as planned. I've kept quiet about the nitty gritty stuff and opened up only about the small details just enough to answer the questions of people who have been curious.
This smoothie bowl right here... it's a total game changer. I'm obsessed with acai smoothie bowls not only because they taste amazing, but also because of all of the amazing nutritional benefits they provide. I didn't think they could get any better until I had one INSIDE of a pineapple - talk about delicious! It's cute, fun, tastes oh so fabulous, and is the perfect summer treat!
If you've made your way to this post then that probably means that you've been accepted to DPT school and if so - YAY, CONGRATS!! If not and you're currently applying and just curious about what needs to be completed before PT school and what kind of supplies you will eventually need, then that's just as exciting! Welcome!
Brunch so hard! This is such a delicious/nutritious brunch and surely is a must try! I eat avocado toast like it's my religion and honestly don't think I could ever get tired of it. Of course y'all know I need some sort of colorful fruit incorporated, so I paired it with some vibrant dragonfruit boats - and you can even add a mimosa to make it extra fun!
Hello everyone! I've got a super yummy smoothie bowl recipe to share with you today! This acai smoothie bowl not only tastes like heaven, but just look at that color - how pretty!! It feels like summer already where I live and eating an acai smoothie bowl in some beautiful, sunshiny weather has GOT to be one of my favorite things ever! You definitely need to give this recipe a try!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, friends! I hope you all had a festive, fun-filled day and remembered to wear green so you didn't get pinched. For breakfast today, I whipped up this fun smoothie bowl. One of my favorite Sant Patrick's Day quotes is, "There's a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow." So, that was the inspiration for this smoothie bowl!
This breakfast combo - man oh man! It's kinda like a breakfast salad since everything lies on top of a bed of spinach. It's super simple to whip up, sooo savory, and your taste buds will surely be thanking you with every single bite you take!
How awesome is this smoothie bowl?! Recently, I snagged a pack of alphabet cookie cutter letters and they're my new favorite thing ever! My first time trying them was for this smoothie bowl, and using the 'X' and 'O' were perfect for the occasion. Not only is it cute and extra festive, but it's soooo delectable and definitely a must-try!
This layered superfood smoothie combo is definitely one you should try! It's topped with muesli, hemp seed hearts, toasted coconut flakes, strawberries, and bananas! So not only is it delicious, butttt it's also super nutrient-dense.
Hello, friends! February is here and it is one of my favorite months to make festive recipes. The first recipe I am going to share with you is one for these heart-shaped mini pizzas! They are super tasty, simple to make, and you will surely 'wow' a friend, a family member, or your special sweetie on Valentine's Day if you decide to whip some up for them.
Hi everyone! Today, I am sharing a super fun DIY project! If you've seen my Instagram, then you are probably familiar with my Golden Retriever, Dawson, and how completely obsessed I am with him! His toy collection is slowly starting to grow larger and larger (especially after how spoiled he was on Christmas by family and friends), so it recently outgrew its old toy basket.
I'm back again with yet another smoothie bowl recipe! I call this creation the 'tropical fiesta smoothie bowl' because for some reason, the shape and appearance of shredded coconut always reminds me of confetti and pinatas hahaha. And then of course this wouldn't be just a regular fiesta - but a tropical one instead - because of allll of the bright, tropical fruits!
First post of the New Year - woohoo! I hope 2018 is off to a great start for you all and boyyyy have I got an awesome recipe for you to try! So if you're a fan of breakfast or brunch, then you just hit the jackpot with this one. I call this creation 'avocado toast with the works' because this yummy toast has pretty much alllll of the best breakfast sandwich ingredients on it!
Wellllll hello there! I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and have been enjoying the holdiays! I can't believe the holiday season is coming to an end - it always flies by so quickly! But before it's over, I have to share this yummy smoothie bowl recipe with you all.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! You know what that means- it's time to share my Christmas gift wrapping for this year! Most people dread wrapping gifts, but I think that it is one of the most fun parts of the holiday season. I love getting to add my own special touches to each gift to truly make them pop.
Hello everyone! Today, I am sharing a fun, festive breakfast recipe! So yesterday when I was Christmas shopping (yes, I'm still not done yet), I came across this delectable-sounding pancake mix at World Market. The brand is My Favorite Pancake and Waffle Mix: Peppermint White Chocolate.
Hello all! So I just whipped up a new recipe for some pimped-out pumpkin spice pancakes and they are pretty darn delectable if I do say so myself. These pancakes taste like fall with every bite (you know, if fall had a taste) and chances are you'll probably become addicted to them (sorry bout it).
This rainbow smoothie bowl is the perfect, colorful treat to enjoy during a hot summer day (or any day, really). Although Friday was the first day of fall, where I live it still feels like summer with there being a high of 90 degrees today (OMG)!! Butttt it's bursting with flavor, will be sure to cool you down in a heart beat, and will make you feel like you're lounging on a tropical beach somewhere beautiful!
Hello, everyone! I have decided to share the ins and outs of my experience with applying to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs since the 2017-2018 application cycle just launched! I have a lot of friends that want to enter this competitive field, so I feel like sharing this post will help them and hopefully any others who have the aspiration to become a DPT.
Summer is practically here and this greena colada smoothie bowl is a delicious, healthy treat to enjoy in the heat! I call this the 'greena colada' smoothie bowl because the main ingredients are pineapple and coconut - so, you get the satisfaction of having a tasty, frozen smoothie while also getting all of the nutritional benefits from the greens and superfoods included!
Well, these past six months with my sweet boy have flown right by and just like that - in the blink of an eye - he's already half a year old! He fills my heart with an immeasurable amount of joy and I could never imagine life without him. His 1/2 birthday was on Friday and we celebrated with a homemade pup cake, lots of kisses and belly scratches, and quality time at the park fetching tennis balls and chewing on sticks (I threw the balls... he chewed on the sticks).
Everyone, meet Dawson! My boyfriend got me this perfect little pup and life the past couple of months with him has been amazing! Dawson is so sweet and cuddly, with all the right amounts of spunk and quirkiness. He's clumsy and already growing into his long, awkward legs at this point (he's almost five months old).
Hello friends, world, everyone! It's been a long time since I've shared my last blog post and I apologize for being such a horrible blogger these past few months. A few blog posts back, I explained how life has been so busy and hectic and that is the main reason that I have been M.I.A. for a little bit. Also, after moving into my new place in the summer, I decided not to get internet (weird move for a blogger, right?).
Hello everyone -- happy Saturday! I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends and got to gobble 'til you wobbled! I made this tasty apple pie for my family and I and it was a huge hit. Of course with fall being my favorite season, I have a bunch of cute leaf-shaped cookie cutters. I used them for the crust to bring to life the crispness of the changing leaves outside in this pie!
Well it's about dang time the holidays are here... they're my absolute favorite! This is a rather lengthy post - I talk alllll about moving + what it's been like living on my own after college, share some photos of this year's Halloween decorations, and give step-by-step instructions (and a video) for a fun, Halloween DIY paper bat tutorial that costs less than $1! Yippee!
Hey there! Long time no see! It's been a crazy hectic summer and I am soooo behind on posting recipes - gahhhh! Between graduating, moving into my own new place, starting a new job, and preparing for grad school, it seems like the past few months have been nothing but a big blur. Over the next few weeks, I plan to post all of my recipes from this summer and play a good ole fashioned game of 'catch up.' First, I'm starting off with this festive, patriotic pie!
Someone pinch me... I must be dreaming. In just a few short weeks (18 days to be exact), my best friend and I will be GRADUATING from Virginia Commonwealth University! We are both health, physical education, and exercise science majors with a concentration in exercise science. I could not have possibly imagined getting through the past couple of years without her - especially our senior year!
Endless sunshine, tropical fruit bowls, and no school work - it doesn't get any better than this! This past week was my spring break and I got to spend a few fun-filled days in Nags Head, NC with my boyfriend! We stayed at a hotel with a beautiful oceanfront view, watched the sun rise and set each day, saw amazing beach views from Jennete's Pier, found gorgeous seashells along on the shore...
Valentine's Day is tomorrow and if you're looking for some last-minute inspiration for tasty recipes to whip up for your special sweetie, then you've come to the right place! Listed below, I have 10 different recipes that are all super delicious... and healthy (for the most part).
The national day of love is almost here, so of courseee I had to fill today's breakfast with lots of hearts! I will admit - I went a little cray today with the heart cookie cutters. I used them for my eggs, tomatoes, even the bread anddd cut out some watermelon with them too. Then I told myself to calm down before I gave myself a HEART-attack (get it... heart attack?) and decided to just add heart-shaped eggs to these sandwiches.
I love, love, LOVE chia pudding because it's super tasty and easy to make! It's a frequent go-to breakfast choice of mine and I like trying it with something a little bit different each time. Y'all have probably realized by now that I'm completely obsessed with smoothies, so that's something that I like to pair with chia pudding to have myself a delicious little treat!
Woohoo! Happy February, y'all! This is definitely one of my favorite months. I think that you should always show unconditional love to those that you hold close to your heart. However, I ALSO think it's great that there is a day (for me, it's a whole month) dedicated to celebrating looovvvve! As always, you can expect that all of the recipes and creations I come up with for the next few weeks will be super festive - lots of red + pink, hearts, bow and arrows, flowers, and sweet treats.
I think it's absolutely insane that it's New Year's Eve and 2015 is getting ready to come to an end in just a few short hours. This year truly flew by... geeze! But hey, time does fly when you're having fun! I made these spunky, sparkly DIY champagne bottles last year but never got around to posting about them. They're super easy to make and will make a cute touch to your New Year's parties.
I hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas! My favorite gift this year was being able to come home from school and spend the holidays with my amazing family and friends. My second favorite gift was the awesome heart-shaped waffle maker I received (thanks to my rad boyfriend). It's a CucinaPro from Crate and Barrel and I'm totally in love with it.
Tasty (and *somewhat* healthy - score!) gingerbread cookies that are sure to spice up any special event. The best part is that gingerbread cookies taste GREAT all year 'round... well, all cookies do... BUT, the decorations can easily be tweaked to suit any holiday or fun-filled occasion that calls for some yummy treats!
Christmas is one of my absolute favorite holidays to decorate for. I was in full Christmas mode come the end of November and decided to start decorating before Thanksgiving even came. Yes, my house looked like a Christmas wonderland on Thanksgiving. There's just something so whimsical about Christmas and I love spreading the cheer throughout the entire house.
It's pouring outside and there's only eight days left until Christmas... I think today is the perfect day to stay cozied up with some hot cocoa and my PJs definitely aren't going anywhere anytime soon. I made a nice and warm cup of my favorite peppermint bark hot chocolate from Williams-Sonoma and I've got a big stack of Christmas movies all set and ready to go. Let the fun begin!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! I figured I'd get a head start on wrapping presents this year because I was still finishing the last of mine on Christmas morning last year... oopsie! I love adding the perfect warm touches to gifts to really make them pop (even though they'll sadly just be ripped to shreds come Christmas day). Butttt, it's also really exciting to see them sitting under the tree lookin' all pretty, so I always take a little extra time to make them special.
Well, December snuck up in the blink of an eye and my favorite season is slowly coming to an end. I'm sad to say goodbye to all of the gorgeous leaves and pupmkin err'thing, but I've been listening to Christmas music every day since the beginning of November and am ready for some festive cheer! Here's a few lovely, 'fall-y' shots I snapped! Farewell, fall. See ya next year!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Today was nothing shy of perfect - a wonderful day spent with loved ones, gorgeous, sunshiny weather, and fabulous food. I am the absolute queen of procrastination and made my first (and only) Thanksgiving grocery store trip at 12:00 PM when I had to meet my dinner for family at 4:00 PM. One day I'll get it together... but honestly, everything tastes better when it's made at the last minute (okay... I just made that up... but just pretend it makes sense).
My roommate, Kiara, will be graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in just a few short weeks. We took advantage of a gorgeous spot just around the corner from our house in Richmond (Byrd Park) that was filled with colorful, fallen leaves - EVERYWHERE! I had an awesome time working with her and she made my 'job' pretty darn easy! Graduation sessions are always my favorite because the happiness and excitement from the wonderful, soon-to-be graduates always radiates throughout each fun-filled session.
So normally when I make desserts, I try to make them as healthified (word check?) as possible, but I'm guilty for eating wayyyy too many sugary, sinful treats this month. My roommates and I have baked a ton of yummy goodies - pumpkin cheesecake, peach fritters, cupcakes, cookies - UGH, I'm definitely going to need to hit the gym ASAP. But hey, you gotta live a little sometimes! Plus it's my favorite month, so I'll just pretend all of these calories never happened...
Happy Halloweeeeek! I can't believe Halloween will be here in just a short week - the month of October flew right by! I'm excited for the trick or treating, the spooky costumes, and oh yeah - it's my birthday! I'm a Halloween baby and will be turning the big 2-2 Saturday. Yippee! Even if my birthday wasn't this month, I'm almost 100% sure October would still be my favorite. I'm a complete, googly-eyed sucker for everything fall has to offer - mums and pumpkins are my fave - but I'm literally obsessed with it all.
Fall is here and it's the bessssst time of the year! Fall is without a doubt my favorite season for many, many reasons - but I think the most notable one is because I get to create/indulge in tasty, festive treats! Today I made something I like to call 'baked cinnamon-apple poppers' - because even though they're a little too large to physically 'pop' into your mouth, they're ohhhh so tasty and you'll surely wish you could devour them in just one bite!
Adventuring is something that I hold near and dear to my heart. My bucket list pretty much has no end and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t dream about getting to check each and every adventure off of the list. I’m in no hurry and think experiences are always more fun when they are spontaneous and have no set plan, but seeing as how life is oh so short, getting a head start is A-Okay with me.
So, I'm in laying in bed... about to go to sleep for the night. I'm all tucked in, lights out, and ready to catch some Z's before having to wake up for class at 9 AM. Then apparently, there was some kind of strange bug in my bed that bit me and made me decide to get up and make a cheesecake... at almost 12 AM. But I didn't just decide that I wanted to make a regular cheesecake - I wanted to try making a RAW cheesecake for the first time.
Hey, guys! I've decided that I want to start sharing deeper, more meaningful posts on my blog. I'm going to let my heart do the talking and share advice/thoughts/random spurts of meaningful words that I hope does not only help keep me inspired, but help inspire others as well.
Today is one my favorite days of the entire year. It's a day to be surrounded by the great company of family and friends. It's a day to be festive and wear a cute outfit equipped with the perfect touches of red, white, and blue. It's a day to spend the morning splashing around by the pool, the afternoon grilling yummy food, and the evening doing tricks with sparklers and watching fireworks light up the sky.
Hello there, beautiful souls! This has been the longest I have gone without blogging since I started this blog *sheds a tear*, but I just have been super busy lately! My last post was right around when summer first started, and since then I have been loaded with summer classes at my university and working.
It's the best time of the year - summertime! Summer signifies the end of cold weather and a long year of school work and the start of relaxation and countless days of soaking up the sun. What better way to celebrate than with a refreshing, coconut smoothie bowl?! Seriously, what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing, coconut smoothie bowl?!
This past winter was a long, cold, snowy one. When spring began to make its grand appearance for the season, I seriously could not have been more ecstatic! I think that spring is such a special season because we all get to witness its beauty progressively grow with each new day, just as we are doing ourselves.
I had so much fun shooting with Shaniece, who will be graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University this Saturday and receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. We both live in Richmond, VA and decided to go to the state capitol to shoot!
I had an absolute blast yesterday shooting with the beautiful soon-to-be graduate, Lauren! We shot at Botanical Gardens in Norfolk, VA and could not have asked for a more beautiful day to make some great memories. The sun was shining and gorgeous flowers were in bloom EVERYWHERE!
Happy Easter loves! I hope you all had wonderful days filled with nothing but good times and happiness, while of course not failing to keep in mind that today is celebrated for our savior. My day was spent with the people that mean the most to me. I'm so thankful for them and the amount of blessings that I have to thank God for are just endless.
If there's one thing that I have to admit that I have an unhealthy obsession for, it's definitely mason jars. I have a gazillion of them and seriously use them for everything. I have all sorts of styles, sizes, and colors and just can't resist when I see a new, cute one in the store that I don't already have - you betcha I'm walkin' out of that store with a new jar.
The first day of spring was two days ago but it's still been rather chilly. However, this morning was warm, beautiful, and filled with lots of sunshine. I celebrated with a bright, flavorful smoothie bowl for breakfast!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Hooray for my first blog post! It's been so fun watching this site slowly come together and I'm sooo happy that it's just about finished up now! I love any excuse to get festive so today was certainly no exception! I decided to add a little twist on today's breakfast smoothie to create what I like to call the Shamrock Swirl Smoothie.