I Got Spring Fever


Only eight days left until spring break and I am defiantly ready for it to be here! The only things standing in my way of going home is two exams, one test, one quiz, two  presentations,  one video package, six classes, 24 hours of work and a three hour car drive home. It’s mid term week here at Point Park and a lot is going on this week but with lots of coffee and keeping calm I can get through it. I hope spring break gives me a chance to relax and refuel myself to finish out the semester. I have become really burnt out with school, my job in Pitt and my living arrangements here. I’m not really enjoying any of my classes this semester. I don’t find them engaging or really interesting to me. This makes it really hard to get up in the morning and want to be in class. Work is more drama filled than ever and well, I live in a dorm, nuff said.  I want summer to be here so I can go to the beach and just do whatever I want and finally have some privacy! But for now I must settle for the eight days of spring break I have.

Things I want to do over break …

  • Play Sims 3 … a lot
  • Make my style board (pictures of fashions I like to help put my style together)
  • Catch up on some zzzz’s
  • See my family
  • Hang out with my friends
  • Take a trip to see my bestie
  • Cook and bake
  • Have a campfire/cook out at my camp
  • Work out
  • Take pictures of beautiful, pretty things
  • Eat good food

Pretty spring flowers make me happy

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Fitness and Diet Tips for Females


On Thursday I posted “Why Do Women Feel They Need to Starve Themselves!?!” in response to a conversation I overheard between two girls while I was waiting for an elevator. In the post I mentioned having my boyfriend, Travis, a Penn State Kinesiology major, guest post on my blog about how women can loose weight healthy. Well he did just that! Below is an excerpt of his post, “A Females Guide to Losing Weight”.

For most females in today’s society, beauty is supposedly being thin. While this isn’t necessarily true, many self conscious people take it to the extremes. Whether it be from poor dieting, increased exercise, or tobacco intake, eating disorders occur and put serious health risks on many young women. The idea that women have on beauty is far from accurate, though.

Coming from a male perspective, guys do enjoy seeing females with some meat on their bones. Yes guys like to see nice butts and a decent sized chest, but an overall healthy look is a bigger turn on. The fact that guys can look at a female and think, “Hey, she doesn’t look like she’ll break something if she falls down” is a big plus. Not to mention it’s a plus if she’s athletic and tone. This is a main reason why most women starve themselves in order to get thin. The way to pursue weight loss isn’t by starving yourself, though.

Many people have the idea that the less you eat and more you exercise, the more weight you lose. While this can hold true, it’s not the healthiest way to go about it. The science behind the process is simple. I’ll break down everything as far as when and what to eat, what exercises to do (if any is really needed), and vitamins to help out along the process.

See the rest of the article here! Travis also, has other posts pertaining to weight loss and healthy lifestyles.

Am I the Only College Student That Cleans?!?


Ever since I was little and capable of doing things for myself my parents taught me how to clean. My brother and I would have a list of chores that we had to around the house. When school was in the chore list wasn’t big. Wash the dishes, clean your room, sweep, and help our parents with whatever they asked. During summer the list got bigger. We had to water the plants, feed and take care of the dogs and cats, sweep upstairs and downstairs, dust the house, do yard work and wash dishes. Once we got older we were given more chores. I started doing the laundry and cooking while my brother mowed the grass and even helped me cooks sometimes. There was always a punishment if we didn’t do our chores. For example, we had to do them before we went anywhere with friends and if we didn’t do them we couldn’t go anywhere that weekend. Of course there was always a scolding involved too. Also, if you didn’t do the chore correctly and did it “half assed” as my mom would say, you would redo the chore completely.

Well this looks familiar

At the time I hated that we had to do chores because none of my other friends were made to do things like my brother and I were. I hated cleaning and never wanted to do it, but now I am so thankful for my parents making me clean because I have realized how important it is. I have also realized how many of my peers now don’t take any responsibility or time to clean. Not even in the slightest bit. I learned that the hard way when I went to college.

I have roomed with nine different girls since I started college and none of them have ever taken responsibility when it comes to cleaning or sanitation. The first room I lived in was the worst experience for me. One of the girls never cleaned in the whole year I lived with her. That includes dirty dishes. She would leave her food mold in the fridge, borrow my dishes without permission and ruin them because she couldn’t cook, never cleaned the dishes she used and kept her room a mess. Another girl wasn’t too bad. She wasn’t around much so never really made a mess, but never took part in cleaning our kitchen or living area that we all shared. The other girl would help me clean, which was good, but she was a messy, cluttered and unorganized person. If she cleaned by her self she would do a half assed job of it.

I would come back to Pittsburgh from being home for a weekend, walk into my dorm and see how much of a complete mess it was and start crying. I don’t mean just a little dirty I mean it was unsanitary. Its hard to describe how bad it was, but it was terrible.

The second room started off okay. The girls would clean the kitchen and living area every so often. Maybe three or four times in the whole time I lived with them, but considering we had bed bugs for six months the entire living situation was always a complete mess. There was a lot of times where Travis (boyfriend) would come out to see me for a weekend and clean the place for me because he knew how stressed it made me.

Now I am in a third room and new school and I still have the same problem. I clean every weekend and by Friday this place is a disgusting, shit hole. My roommate hasn’t cleaned ever. She barely does her dishes. The other two girls in the next room wash there dishes, but they have never taken time to clean the kitchenette or shared living space that they use more than I do.

When I clean I go all out. I use bleach and other disinfectant sprays. I scrub the shower and the toilet, clean the inside of the toilet, clean the bathroom sink, faucet, and count top, wipe the mirrors, vacuum, swifter, mop, scrub the kitchen counter, clean out the microwave, clean the garbage can, the whole nine yards. It usually takes me three-four hours to clean the whole place.

I think the most frustrating part about it is that I work (15-20 hours) and am taking six class on top of that. I’m also a junior who is close to graduating and they are only sophomores. All three of them have jobs but they don’t work nearly as much as I do. So I have less time to worry about cleaning up after someone’s mess. But this place is so gross that I keep cleaning because of how much living somewhere that is unsanitary stresses me out. I don’t deserve to clean up someone’s mess because they are too irresponsible to do it themselves.

I don’t understand how someone can be okay with living that way. Do they just not care? Did their parents never bring them up to clean up after themselves? Are they just spoiled brats who are used to having everything in life done for them? I’m not sure, but from my experience its not going to get any better.

Why Do Women Feel They Need to Starve Themselves?!?


I was waiting for the elevator for my next class and couldn’t help over hearing a conversation between two girls. Both were very skinny with stickly figures. I’ve seen skinnier but still there was no junk in the trunk or curvy hips to these ladies. I heard them complaining about not being able to go to the gym lately and then I heard this.

“Yeah I had a protein shake and a few almonds today, so I’m doing pretty good,” the first girl said.

The second girl replied, “Yeah I had a protein shake too plus an apple and a pack of mini M&M’s.”

I heard this right before 1 PM and I couldn’t believe how happy and proud they were about practically starving themselves and not eating properly.

Its so sad that women have a mind set that its okay to barely eat to look good or fit in, etc. Honestly, it down right disgusts me.

This brings me to a great idea to have my boyfriend, a Penn State student studying kinesiology and nutrition to be a guest blogger on my site to talk about proper nutrition and food choices for young women.

I think it would be great to start promoting and writing about how women should be healthy and not starve themselves to look a certain way.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on this topic feel free to comment!

Globe Articles


Just thought I would post some links to the article I have been writing for The Globe, Point Park’s newspaper. I am hoping to write at least five articles this semester. Only three to go!

http://www.pointparkglobe.com/features/just-ducky-tours-offer-student-job-opportunities-1.2757394#.TzM1iSNbu_U

http://www.pointparkglobe.com/web-extras/point-park-university-s-distinguished-master-artist-held-final-workshop-1.2759132#.TzM1lyNbu_U

#2 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him


Giant Valentine’s Day Cards! Nothing like making a homemade card and adding your own special touches to it. This is extremely simple and fun. You don’t need much at all!

Card I created for my boyfriend in 2010

Supplies You Will Need

Poster board paper about 22 x 28 inches

Scissors

Glue

Glitter/Glitter Pens

Heart Doilies

Valentine’s Day Stickers/Crafty Things

Poem, song, quote, etc

Construction Paper

Markers/Crayons/Color Pencils

Directions

  1. Fold the poster board in vertically in half or horizontal to shape your card
  2. Decorate the front in anyway you want. Look at other cards to get some inspiration
  3. On the inside of the card, write or type a poem, song, or quote that is special to you and your lover
  4. You can decorate the inside as well
  5. Make sure you give everything plenty of time to dry between working on the outside and inside of the card

    Inside of Card

    Inside left

    Inside right

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him


Valentine’s Day is only a week away and some of you may still be on the fence about what to get your man. For the next week I’ll be posting simple and cheap DIY gift ideas.

Cupcakes I made for Trav last year

Many of you have heard the saying the key to a mans heart is through his stomach, its true. Some festive red velvet cupcakes decorated with Valentine’s Day sprinkles or garnish’s make a great sweet treat. Below is a recipe for delicious cupcakes courtesy of Paula Deen at the Food Network. Don’t have time to make them from scratch? Grab a red velvet cake mix and ready made frosting from the grocery store.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 tablespoons red food coloring

1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 pound cream cheese, softened 2 sticks butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Cook’s Note: Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a big star tip.

 

Fall 2011 Semester Goals Recap and Spring 2012 Semester Goals


Before fall semester started a made a list of goals that I wanted to complete during the those 14 weeks. You can see that blog here … I did a pretty decent job, but didn’t complete all of them. I plan on trying harder this time around to get them done. Below is a recap of my fall goals and how well I completed them or how I didn’t complete them.

Fall Semester Goals

  1. Make Deans List – COMPLETED! I made deans list with a 3.6 GPA.
  2. Apply for Honors Classes – COMPLETED! I applied and was accepted into the Honors Program. Now I’m taking one honors course this semester.
  3. Join at Least One School Club – COMPLETED! I joined National Honors Society, though I haven’t been very active in, and I joined the Honors Program. This semester I joined The Globe, which is the school’s newspaper, I have published two articles so far. Also, I have been active in the Honors Program.
  4. Hit the Gym – FAIL! I only went to the gym about three or four times last semester. I’m hoping I can do better with exercising this spring.
  5. Meet New People – 50/50! I have met a lot of people, but haven’t made any close friends with who I hang out with on a regular basis. I did hang out with some people once or twice last semester so its a work in progress.
  6. Get Out of My Suite and Live Life – FAIL! I didn’t really have time to go around and do things. Nor did I have any friends or people to do it with. The most I did outside of my dorm was work 30 hours a week.
  7. Read Two Books – FAIL! Other than one book I had to read for class, which I skimmed over, I didn’t read any books at all. Again time was a big player here.

As for spring, I want to add some new goals and revise some of the ones from last semester.

Spring Semester Goals

  1. Bring Up My GPA – I would like to get a higher GPA for this semester. Looks like I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.
  2. Publish At Least Five Articles – I hope to have at least five articles published in the school newspaper by the end of the semester.
  3. Make a Friend – I have acquaintances here, but no one I hang out with regularly or are on a personal level with. Now that I have met people I hope I can increase relationships and begin a good friendship.
  4. Make Exercise Apart of Daily Life – I never considered exercising a daily task ever in my entire life. But to lose the weight I have gained and become a healthier person overall, I would like to see myself go to the gym at least three times a week and not see it as a chore, but as something I can enjoy.
  5. Be More Involved – College offers a lot of great events and opportunities for students. Taking advantage of that while I can will be time well spent.
  6. Make Blogging a Habit – Last semester this blog kind of went downhill and I didn’t keep up with it. I plan on blogging at least twice a week to keep readers informed and interested.
  7. Revamp My Personal Style – Something I have been working on and thinking on for awhile now. I want to get rid of the high school look and create a new mature and fashionable look for myself. I will post more on this later.

This list seems to be good for now. What are your goals for this semester?