Happy Memories 

Hello Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

As many of you know I will be leaving for Disney tomorrow! 

So today I want to talk to you all about anticipation! Sometimes life seems to be waiting for a different moment! You can’t wait for a vacation, graduation, your wedding, or whatever exciting thing you are looking forward to! 

But what about the moments we are living now! I am a firm believer that we should make the best out of all life’s adventures so don’t just sit back and wait for your next big adventure enjoy all of the little ones on the way! 

And when you finally get to a big adventure make the best of it and take time to sit back and just absorb a memory! 

A lifetime is filled with so much happiness and magic! Sometimes we need to just step back and enjoy these moments… Before they become just happy memories! 

Don’t ever forget that the best thing about memories is making them! 

I love you all,

Michelle 

  

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What’s in my husband’s carryon? (Guest Post)

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well! In preparation for our honeymoon trip to Disney, we’re packing our carry-ons! Michelle did hers already, and she asked me if I wanted to do mine so I thought I would!

I travel a bit lighter than Michelle in most cases, but there are still some essentials that I need to take on the plane with me (In my lovely Marvel backpack).

First, I have my book to keep me entertained while on the plane. This is an absolute essential because more often than not you can find me reading! Currently, I’m reading Battle for Honor: Rebirth. I’ll recommend this to anyone who has a taste for fantasy books, it’s extremely well written and one of my favorite books so far!

Along with my book, I have my electronics. I have a phone charger because I never know when I’m going to need to charge my phone. I also have my Disney wristband so I don’t have to carry a credit card or anything else with me in the park. I’ve always liked this because i have a terrible habit of leaving things somewhere and forgetting where I leave them. I also have my Apple headphones for music, and just in case I don’t have an outlet to charge my phone I have my portable charger made by DYNEX! This thing works awesome and has saved my butt more times than i can count when I’m traveling for for work.

I have my sunglasses By Kreed so I’m not blinded by the sun, and some tissues Star Wars just in case!

But that’s what’s in my carry-on! Like I said, I don’t usually need much = but these are what I consider essential when traveling!

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What’s In My Carry On

Hello Everyone,

I have 5 days until I leave for Disney! As you might be able to tell I am so excited to be starting this adventure. Not only is this our spring break trip but our honeymoon! We went on a weekend trip to Connecticut right after our wedding so that we could save the money and find a time to go to Disney.
Well now it is less then a week away and am getting all gitty just thinking about the morning we leave!
Today I packed my carry on filled with all the things I will try to entertain myself with. So here is what is in my Darth Vader carry on:

  • My hot pink HP laptop (so I can keep up with all of you)
  • Yes cucumber face wipes (always need to refresh after a day of travel)
  • My Vera Bradley wallet (it is the perfect size to keep everything you need for travel)
  • A mini hair brush by precision beauty (great quality and perfect size)
  • My notebook and calendar book (work on ideas for the blog, of course!)
  • A new pair of Skullcandy headphones (the only headphones I use)
  • My favorite YBF lipstick (Check them out, I love the shade pumpkin spice)
  • Star Wars tissues (to go with my Vader bag, of course)
  • Iphone charger (can’t travel with out power)
  • A fun pair of sunglasses (designed by Merona)
  • The book A night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday ( loving it so far, book review after the vacation)
  • Of course my Disney Magic Band so we can jump straight to the magic when we land in Orlando

Love you all,

Michelle

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The Next Chapter 

Hello Everyone!

I hope the weekend is treating you all well!

Today I want to talk to you all about graduation! It’s only March but before you know it this years senior classes will be walking across the stage in caps and gowns!
I was lucky enough to be able to finish my bachelor’s degree a semester early. Allowing me to look for my dream job a little before everyone else!
I may be finished with classes but this May I will still be honored to walk across the stage to accept my diploma along with all my friends and classmates!
At my school we had senior day last week we picked up our caps and gowns and our tickets for our family! It seemed very surreal to be thinking of everyone going their separate ways!
Some people will be staying here for grad school, others moving across the country for a job. After spending so much time surrounded by these people it’s insane to think of how many people I will never see again after May.
It makes me think of all the wonderful people I did not get the chance to know, the kids I never had class with and the ones who may have made great friends.
This part of your life goes by so fast and is so short that you truly feel like you may have missed out on part of it.
I owe so much to my university! It is where I met my husband, and some of my best friends. It is the place that I learned and experienced my first look into being an adult! It was where I matured and really had to grow up!
College is an amazing experience and I feel so grateful for all I have learned and all I have experienced!
I wish all the best for all the seniors getting ready to enter the real world! It may be another chapter ending but an even better one is about to begin!
I love you all,
Michelle

Bathing Suits

Hello Everyone,

Happy Tuesday! As you all know I will be leaving for my vacation to Disney World in less than two weeks! I am very excited to be getting the chance to spend a full week of no school and no work with my husband, and I am also just as excited to spend the next two weeks shopping for all the summer clothes we will need for the beautiful Florida weather.

Sundresses, sunglasses, shorts, tank tops, all the things I have missed living in the frigid cold the last few months. However, there is one down side to all this fun! Bathing suit shopping…..

No one likes it, basically it is shopping for a piece of clothing that will display all your insecurities to the world. The public beach to a  hotel pool… The places where everyone pretends to flaunt it but are really screaming with insecurity and trying to ignore the sudden low self-esteem that these swim suits generate.

It is only the first day of March and were I am from that means another month and a half of layers and chunky sweaters, a nice comfort zone! But to be going to Florida in only two weeks, trust me no northern girl is ready for the swimsuit!

But is this one stupid insecurity worth ruining a week away I have been looking forward to? Absolutely NOT!

Today I am going to go out to conquer my fears of the swim suit department, I will look at those swim suits with an intimidating smirk and realize that a piece of clothing is not worth ruining my self-esteem!  I will win the fight against swim suits!

I think it is important to love your own skin and feel confident in your body so why do I have to worry about having a six pack to enjoy 20 minutes at a hotel pool? I don’t I just need to know I am beautiful and let my confidence overpower all my insecurities.

You are all beautiful! I will update you all on Instagram tonight, if you want to see how my bath suit shopping went!

Wish Me Luck,

Michelle

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Fly with me to Neverland

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all are enjoying this gorgeous Sunday morning! 

I wanted to let you know of something that I am extremely excited about! 

In just 15 days Tyler and I will be boarding a plane to Disney world! And I’m taking you all with me!

I will be blogging everyday about what we have seen, what we have done, and  basically my blog will be filled with magic for a week! 

I will be covering everything from what rides we go on to where we plan to eat! 

I hope you all join me for a week of Disney Magic! My first post will begin the 13th with the prep and the last post will be on the 19th with our flight home! 

I’m so excited to share this adventure with all of you!

Love you all,

Michelle

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Some People Are Worth Melting For

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend so far! Today I want to write to you about friendship!

My mother always told me to pick my friends wisely. They are one of the biggest influences you will have in life! They are people who can help you by encouraging you to feel and be the best you can be. But they are also people who could convince you to do stupid things or lower your self esteem.

To me this was really important I believe that I did pick my friends wisely! My friends are people who are supportive and optimistic. They are always there when you need them and in return you need to always there when they need you.

I have been best friends with Jill since 1st grade. She is one of the most important people in my life and I have no doubt that she will always be my best friend.

I may have only been 6 years old but I understood the importance of friendship and how picking a good friend could help me in life! Jill has been through everything with me from first grade through my wedding day! I know she will be there to help me celebrate graduating college just as I will be there to help her celebrate! She will be one of the first people to hold my child one day. That is the best part of having a childhood friend grow with you! They become like family because they have always been there and always will be.

I hope you all realize the importance of friendship and that it really is not about quantity but quality. You choose your friends and let them into your life make sure you surround yourself with people who will help pick you up when you need it and will always be there during the fun and the not so fun times!  One thing to remember… if you can fill one hand with true friends you are extremely wealthy!

Friends are important so pick them wisely!

Love you all,

Michelle

Love Your Beauty! 

Hello everyone,

Today I want to write to you about people who would do anything to reach what they consider to be beautiful.

This idea came to me after I had a bad reaction to a Rimmel lip liner I just bought! I am the first to admit that I am an extreme girly girl I love to put on makeup and do my hair but at the same time there are plenty of days I spend the day bumming around in sweatpants and my hair in a bun.

But anyways last night I tried this new lip liner and I loved the color! As I was cooking dinner I started to feel my lips tingle which is extremely odd for a lip liner. I took the chicken out of the oven and went to the bathroom to take it off. My lips were enormous! If you had ever seen the movie Hitch, my allergic reaction was a lot like his!

I typically have a very small top lip that disappears when I smile. But now it was huge it looked like I had some sort of lip injections just to my top lip. Around my lips were red with a crazy itchy rash and I looked insane! I took benydryl and put some ice on my face. Benydryl always knocks me out so this morning when I woke up I thought everything would be better.

It was a little better the rash is basically all cleared up but my top lip is still huge and has cuts from swelling so large! And all from a lip liner, was it worth it… NO!

Some people go under crazy amounts of plastic surgery to achieve their ideal look. They subject themselves to injections all in the name of beauty! I personally think that everyone is beautiful every one is unique and that is how it should be!

I recently watched an episode of the twilight zone (yes, I am a nerd)  were on your 16th birthday you undergo a treatment to look the same as all other Women so you can be considered beautiful! Now it’s clear to see that this is insanity but still people do this everyday and spend thousands of dollars doing it.

Why is it so important to have a DD cup size or Angelina Jolie’s cheek bones? Why do you need a Kardashian butt or Jennifer Anniston’s nose! If woman could just get over idolizing the looks of other woman we would be so much happier!

Your own natural beauty is beautiful and that should be enough! Plastic surgery is dangerous and do you really want to risk your life to look like someone else!

I hope you all enjoy your Thursday I will be home icing my lips

Love you all,

Michelle

 

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The Lives We Lead

Hello everyone,

Today I want to talk to you about another great book I have found! I know I talk to you all a lot about books, but reading is one of my favorite things to do and I always love to share a good book with you all.

I just finished “The Lives We Lead” by Alexandra Egi, and I have to say I actually couldn’t put it down! The book follows a group of 11th grade girls who are attending an exclusive prep school. King’s Stand is one of the best prep schools that many would die to be let into. The headmistress Ms. Hillcrest will do anything to make King’s Stand appear perfect and keep its flawless reputation.

My favorite part of this book is the dynamic between the four girls. Zoey and Jenni have been best friends since kindergarten. They have been basically inseparable their whole lives. The story takes place with Zoey and Jenni reuniting after spending a year apart because Jenni was in a writing program the previous school year. Will this relationship be the same after a year apart or will that separation drive a wedge between these two best friends? What happens when two people who tell each other everything suddenly have secrets?

Ashley spent last year in the writing program with Jenni, over the last year they became very close friends. To Ashley, Jenni is her best friend but seeing the friendship between Jenni and Zoey is making Ashley jealous. Maddi is the new girl, she ends up rooming with Ashley, who was hoping to room with Jenni. Maddi has all the same classes as Zoey so she seems to be a fourth person thrown into this friendship triangle. With some of the girls being more accepting of her than others will she ever truly fit in?

This book touches upon the real issues of boys, self-confidence, family problems, and friendship. I do not want to give too much away since you all should read it for yourselves! One thing in particular I want to mention is the author of this book. Alexandra Egi is only 17 years old, and a senior in high school. Writing a book takes an insane amount of dedication and patients to have such a huge accomplishment completed before you graduate high school is amazing. Alexandra says that her aspiration is to make a difference in the world! After reading her book I most definitely believe she will accomplish this goal.

I hope you all go out and pick up the “Lives We Lead” by Alexandra Egi! Click on the photo bellow to be taken to the amazon page! If you read it let me know what you all think!!

 

With love,

Michelle

 

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Why I Stand With Ke$ha

Hello Everyone.

Today I want to talk to you about a very sensitive and controversial topic.
In the news lately you all have heard about Ke$ha suing to be released from a 6 record contract with SONY Music. She has alleged that she was drugged and raped by producer DR Luke. A few days ago a NY judge made the ruling that Ke$ha will not be allowed out of her contract.
To me this is an extremely important issue to talk about. There are hundreds of woman and men who will fall victim of sexual abuse, assault or rape but because these topics are so taboo in our society many of them will not come forward about what happened. Ke$ha was strong and stood up she told her story to the world and in return was ordered by a judge to continue with this contract.
Ke$ha left the courthouse in tears because of this ruling. I can not imagine the disappointment and fear she felt walking out of the court house. To have a story this sensitive blasted all over the front pages. Just to lose a fight this important would be so heart breaking. My heart and prayers go out to her!
What I really want to push for all of my readers is the importance talking about topics such a rape and assault. No one should ever feel like a situation such as this is their own fault. It doesn’t matter how you are dressed or if you have been drinking. Both rape and assault are illegal and anyone who would take advantage of another person deserves to be held responsible.
You should not be embarrassed  to speak up and tell someone if something this horrible happens to you. If you know someone encourage them to tell the authorities. Your body is your own no one else has the right to do anything to you without your consent!
I hope none of you ever have to deal with something this horrible. And I apologize for having to touch upon such a sensitive topic but I feel like it is important to talk about this so more people know that it is okay to come forward if they have been victimized by anyone!
 
Love you all,
Michelle 

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