A snapshot


pictureI think it’s true – life is fleeting. Everything we do in life is a choice. We wake up every morning (sometimes on time) and stumble and meander through the day until we’re back in our beds. Before we know it, we chose to let our life to pass us by. And how awful is that?

The truth is that I am not working as hard as I am now to land myself a full-time job, and to live five blocks down from my parents house. That seems to be everyone else’s dream, though! People want a teaching job in a good suburban school district… and yes, I want to work, but there’s got to be something more to life…. right?

This thought kind of hit me… I was listening to my boyfriend tell my mom, “I’d love to live out in California!” Her response? –> “Everywhere you go is the same. You get a job. You have laundry to do, dishes to do, errands to run. Ohio is just as good as California.”

And I realized that this wanderlust I feel is not something that everyone feels. I find myself needing more. Sure, whenever we see someone on our Facebooks or Instagrams ~ backpacking somewhere~ a flood of envious comments spew. But how many people truly do it? How many people get OUT and see what else is out there?

My point is: Don’t just SAY it….DO it.

I graduate in 8 months. I’m looking for independence, and freedom. Most importantly, I’m ready to meet some new people, try new food, learn a new language, and live carefree. My life has been so serious. Four straight years of getting a 4.0 in college, working 30+ hours a week and trying my hardest… I’m so ready.

I bought a camera, and I plan to capture everything.


PS. this post may be a little bit too ambitious or corny. Just roll with it.


DIY Natural Body Butter!!


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Between classes, work, student teaching and endless homework, I’ve been so busy. I decided to treat myself to some much needed relaxing craft time (and you should too!!) I’ve been experimenting with some DIY Body Butter.

Here is one recipe and my thoughts on it:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil

Some cool discoveries: cocoa butter is solid! coconut oil is squishy! cocoa butter smells amazing on it’s own, and smells nice with lemon too!

Steps to make the body butter:

  1. Melt coconut oil, and cocoa butter in a saucepan on medium heat. This took me maybe 60 seconds.
  2. Add a tablespoon of sweet almond oil and stir.
  3. Remove from heat and let sit for about 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a glass bowl and stick in the freezer for about 10 minutes until it starts to look cloudy. This is when I added my lemon drops.
  5. Use your mom’s good electric mixer (it’s all natural and can be cleaned!) and whip for about 2/3 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a glass jar – I use a mini  mason jar.

My thoughts: basically, coconut oil is very greasy. If you let it soak in your skin for about 5-10 minutes your skin will feel amazing. I’m experimenting with recipes that soak in faster and will share once I’m successful! I wanted to bring my body butter with me and it melted in my car, I don’t recommend doing that. When it comes in contact with skin, it melts.