Motivation Monday: Fitness Edition

Oh Monday… we meet again. Today marks one month since I began my New Year’s resolutions. Since most of them are about living a healthier life, I thought my Motivation Monday would be all about fitness today.

To see my other Motivation Mondays click here and here.

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I’m a firm believer in this. 21 days. That’s all it takes. Start today!

And after those 21 days…

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I think this is important for everyone to remember. Beauty is not just skin deep. Everyone has beauty on the outside AND the inside. So we need to take care of both!

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Use the next 21 days to convince your mind you want to be healthier because…

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And…

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#AMEN

Linking up today with A Day In Candiland

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Happy Monday!

xoxo,
Randi

Monday Motivation: Faith Edition

Happy Monday! Linking up today for another round of Motivation Monday. Last week, I gave myself (and hopefully some of you) motivation to get through the work week via some of my favorite Pinterest quotes.

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Today, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite quotes from Pinterest in regards to faith.

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This is my absolute favorite Bible verse.

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I love this one too because #friendship. Friendship makes life so much sweeter.

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I can relate to this one so much. I’m extremely type A and I always want to know what’s going on and have a plan. However, that only gets me so far. I can’t plan for all of the unknowns in life, just have to have faith!

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Last year, someone sent me this picture at the exact moment I needed it. Sometimes we have to have faith that if we let go of something or someone small that is holding us back, we will be brought something bigger and better. 4e12ac5855f36eb42ae851e0e1352877

#Amen.
What are your favorite quotes or verses dealing with faith?

Have a good week!
xoxo,
Randi

Motivation Monday: Work Edition

Monday is here yet again… Do you ever feel like this when you wake up on Monday mornings?

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I know I’m super guilty of feeling this way every week and wishing for the weekend to come back quick! However, I’m going to start trying to feel like this instead…

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(Although I would grab some tea, but that’s just me!)

While I was doing some blog research (aka creeping) I stumbled upon Holly’s blog, and she has this awesome page of link parties! To get back in the grove, I decided to take advantage of this. My favorite Monday option is below:

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How perfect is this?! I think everyone needs a little motivation on Mondays to crawl out of bed and tackle the week. Unless you’re one of those crazy people who loves mornings AND Mondays… in that case, email me and teach me your ways!

So for the next few Mondays, I’ll be linking up with the lovely people listed below to motivate you to get through your week!

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Tickles and Timeouts | Making Our Life Matter | A Day In Candiland

Girl Gone Mom | NEPA Mom

This week, I thought I’d motivate you all to make it through the work week and take on whatever is happening at your job! Since I recently started classes again and my first real adult job, I need these quotes more than ever to stay positive and trust in the changes I’m making!

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I loved this quote because I’m definitely a beginner at my job. I’m working in a field I know nothing about, but so far I’m loving every minute of it. The girls I work with are awesome and willing to teach me because they were once in my shoes too! Let this quote reassure you that trying something new is good because you never know, you might end up loving it and being really good at it!

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I also love this because one of your hobbies has to be your job. You spend so much time at it so you might as well pick something you enjoy! And the more you enjoy the job where you make your money, the better you can feel about spending it on other hobbies!

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So who cares if it’s Monday? Go out there and have a good day, be positive, and kick this week’s butt at work!

See you tomorrow!
xoxo,
Randi

A Randition on New Beginnings

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I think starting over is one of the hardest yet bravest things anyone can do. Whether it’s picking up the pieces after a relationship ends, graduating, moving to a new city or entering a new career – change is never easy. Especially when that change is life altering. And I for one have had a lot of change in my life lately – hence why I have been MIA for a while.

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However, I have come to realize that as scary as new beginnings are, the change can be not only necessary, but dare I say… wonderful.

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If that you would have stayed at the job you only tolerated because the pay was decent, would you have ever found the career you love? If you never would have switched your major at college would you have met your best friend on your first day of class? If you would have stayed in your past relationship just because you were comfortable, would you have ever met that great new person who treats you how you deserve to be treated? The list goes on and on, but I think you get the point. We just have to be brave enough to create that new beginning.

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Recently, I’ve had some major fears about new beginnings because a lot of them seemed to come my way all at once. I started my senior year of college, I started searching and applying to real jobs, and I started to realize that the future is coming faster than I thought – or wanted it to. Most of those are an exciting form of scary. BUT I have faith and hope that this is where I’m supposed to be right now. And I’ve learned that the most important thing is to live in the present.

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How does all of this apply to me you might ask?
This semester I balanced an internship, 3 jobs, cheerleading, a full class load, and (somewhat of) a social life. Because of my hectic and busy life, I made the decision to “slow down” this upcoming semester and enjoy myself. I use the words “slow down” very loosely because I might actually be taking more on, just shortening the list.

It was a difficult decision, but I have decided to only take one class (I’m ahead so I’m still graduating on time). On top of that, I’ve accepted a part-time job that will hopefully continue as full-time upon graduation.  This means I have to live back at home which is exciting and scary all at the same time 😉

I plan to have a lot more time to blog -so I have no excuses now! Stay tuned!

I’ll leave you with this. As Semisonic would say, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

So here is to new beginnings!

xoxo,
Randi

If you want to read any of my other Randitions, check them out here:
The Importance of Breaks 
Seasonal People

Fudge Fantasy Bars

As promised, here is the recipe to the delicious Fudge Fantasy Bars that I posted about here. One of my bosses brought these to work one day and I was in love. Have you ever been in love with a food before? If not, I promise you will be once you make these. They’re that good.

Ingredients:
1 chocolate cake mix
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 can sweetened condensed milk
6oz (half a bag) semi sweet chocolate chips

How To:
First, combine the cake mix, egg and oil with a mixer until it’s crumbly.

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You can use whatever brand of chocolate cake mix you have at home.

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This is what is should look like when you’re done mixing. Not like your typical mix huh? Just trust me 🙂

Next, you want to smush (spelling?) 2/3 of this mix into the bottom of a 7×11 baking pan to form a crust. You can use a different size pan if you want, this is just what works the best for us.

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This is what you want it to look like. The crust won’t take up the entire thickness of the pan. Next, step toward your stove!

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In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk. You’ll want to stir this until it’s smooth.

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Pour the melted chocolate over your crust until it covers it completely and looks like this…

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The best part is next… lick the spoon that you used while stirring the chocolate chips. Hello sugar rush!

Now you might be wondering what to do with the left over cake mix that you have? Simply sprinkle it on top of the melted chocolate until it looks like this:

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My mom added some crushed nuts to her section.

Then bake at 350* for 22-30 minutes and enjoy! Look how gooey that fudge in the center is.

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These are perfect when you need something to take to a party and want to be a little more creative than plain brownies.
Try them and let me know what you think!

Happy Monday!
xoxo,
Randi

I’m the Kind of Person…

I’m the kind of person who believes that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (thanks for letting me steal your blog topic, Kylie :p )

I’m the kind of person with a full closet (and then some) and nothing to wear.

I’m the kind of person that once I find something I like, I buy it in every color.

I’m the kind of person who requires a good nights sleep… Please don’t wake me up in the morning unless you’re prepared.

I’m the kind of person who is neither a morning or night person but rather an afternoon person.

I’m the kind of person who will only have their TV volume or air conditioner on an even number.

I’m the kind of person who will never wear white pants after Labor Day no matter what the fashion rules are saying now. I’ve only recently felt comfortable with black/brown and black/navy.

I’m the kind of person who would rather have a bag of Doritos or a plate of fries over chocolate cake any day.

I’m the kind of person who believe that everything happens for a reason even if we don’t know what that reason is yet… One day we will.

I’m the kind of person who would rather watch the same 10 movies over and over rather than seeing new ones.

I’m the kind of person who hates spontaneity but yet needs to have a set “changing” routine throughout the day. I’ll get bored always doing the same thing.

I’m the kind of person that when a big change happens that is out of my control, I have to change something that I can control.

I’m the kind of person who cannot carry a tune in a bucket (although I spent many years in chorus) but I probably know every word to every song on the radio. Put me on The Singing Bee!

I’m the kind of person who has seen every episode of Gilmore Girls and Sex and the City (multiple times) but anytime it’s on I have to sit down and watch it.

I’m the kind of person who thinks into things way too much.

I’m the kind of person who can never skip a meal (besides sometimes sleeping through breakfast). I just love food too much!

I’m the kind of person who lives for making a to do list and then crossing things off of it. Don’t even get me started on my love for my planner.

I’m the kind of person who would rather talk to someone at a company to solve a problem over the phone rather than doing it all online.

I’m the kind of person whose extremely indecisive.

I’m the kind of person who believes happiness is a personal choice. Why wait for others to make you happy when you can do it yourself!

I’m the kind of person who is the only person like me.

Thanks for creating this post, Kylie!
What kind of person are all of you? Let’s see!

Wild 

Summer is my favorite time to read. I say this because I can pick what I want to read without having to read what professors assign. Don’t get me wrong, I seem to always enjoy what my teachers assign – I even have a literature minor. 

But there’s something so relaxing about being able to read what you want, when you want and with no time restraints. Last semester, one of my really good friends, Julie, was reading a book every time I’d see her on campus. She just couldn’t seem to put it down. I had heard many good things about this book and knew I had to borrow her copy when she was done.

Now, I don’t want to ruin the book for you or give anything away, but I do want to share with you some quotes and things I learned from reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

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Let me start off by saying I almost always read love stories that are extremely predictable. Yes, I’m a Nicholas Sparks junkie. But I also love stories that are inspiring, stories that are powerful. Normally these are inspiring love stories. But they are inspiring, nonetheless.

I was hesitant starting this book. I knew it was about a woman who backpacked all alone in the woods. What could have intrigued Julie so much about that?! After one page, I knew this wasn’t as my friends would say, a “Randi book.” (Anything super cheesy or cliché seems to be a “Randi fill-in-the-blank). But after a great recommendation from, I had to at least give it a try, right?!

But once I hiked (punny, right?!) further into Strayed’s words, I realized it actually was a love story; a story about self-love, self-worth, self-motivation and most importantly self-determination.

I thought it would be fun to pull some of my favorite quotes from the book (a lot of which Julie must’ve loved too because she underlined them!). If you’re anything like me and love pinning quotes on Pinterest, I hope you get a little inspired from Strayed’s words and head over to Amazon to get your own copy!

My favorite Wild quotes:

“I didn’t feel sad or happy. I didn’t feel proud or ashamed. I only felt that in spite of all the things I’d done wrong, in getting myself here, I’d done right.”
Death, drugs, lying, cheating, divorce… all of these things got Cheryl to hike over a thousand miles. Maybe they weren’t the best things that could have happened to her, but they definitely led her to the right place to find who she truly was and could be. 

“The universe, I’d learned, was never, ever kidding. It would take whatever it wanted and it would never give it back.”
Although this was referring to when she lost her boot on the trail, these words stuck out so true to me. We can’t control the things or people that come in and out of our lives. We just have to trust and accept that it was for a reason and that more good things are coming. 

“Theres no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what.”
Again, trust and accept yourself, God’s timing and your surroundings. 

And of course my favorite…

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I hope you enjoyed this and maybe one of you will want to read Wild.
Strayed also wrote Tiny Beautiful Things (Advice on Love and Life from a column titled Dear Sugar.) I can’t wait to read that.

Next on my list is The Promise by Danielle Steel, a recommendation from another great friend of mine! Anyone read it?
What else should I be reading now?

xoxo,
Randi

A Randition on Seasonal People

People come and go in and out of lives, that’s natural. In today’s day and age, it’s almost expected. Love is lost, bridges are burned and friends are erased out of our lives. We tend to cut people out as easily as we delete their number and press “unfollow,” “block” or “unfriend.”

Some people would say that that is a bad thing to try and erase people from our lives. Others think the only good way to let go of someone who no longer plays a role in your life is to cut them out completely. I beg to differ. I think it’s both. I find it sort of bittersweet. You know, it’s good, but it’s also bad.

Rather than fixing something that is broken, sometimes it is better to replace it and start new even though that can be painful and hard. But is it really as easy to do it as it is to say it? Can we really cut these people out of our lives and never think about them again? No – not completely. That’s almost impossible. And we shouldn’t.

Yes after time we will think about them less and less, but one day something will make you think of them whether it be a line in a song, a favorite restaurant or an old photograph. You can’t erase those memories with the press of a button even if you wanted to.  And that moment my friends, will be bittersweet. Because at that moment, you will have healed and can appreciate the value of a memory.

And although normally we cut people out of our lives for good reason, I think we should remember them (at least a little).

I’d like to refer to these said people that we cut out or cut us out as “seasonal people.” Everyone has them. They can be lost friends, old loves or even family members. These people have a purpose and it’s not to hurt us (well, sometimes it is). These people came to us for a “season” of our lives to teach us something, to help us grow. And for that, they deserve to be recognized and thanked.

So now, take a moment to think of all of the people who lied to you, cheated you, broke your heart or did you wrong. Without them, you wouldn’t be who you are today! They deserve to be thanked (at least subconsciously).

BUT (there’s always a but), it’s hard to accept that some people don’t come into your life to stay forever – especially when we want and expect them to. And it’s even harder to accept that some people’s purpose in our lives is to help us learn lessons the hard way.

At times, we mix up seasonal and lifetime people. (I know I’m guilty for that.) And that’s what really makes us kick ourselves in the butt. I like to think that these mixups are a part of life; a part of figuring out what type of people we really want in it for the long run.

In the last 12 months, I’ve met and and drifted from people. I’ve made amazing friends that I pray are lifetime people and lost others who I know were brought to me to teach me lessons (some I’ll miss dearly and others I won’t). Sometimes though (most of the time in my case) we don’t realize the lesson of “seasonal people” until long after their season has passed.

To the people reading this, whether or not you play a seasonal or lifetime role in my life, whether or not you hurt me, angered me or brought me laugher and happiness, I thank you for all of the lessons learned the hard way and all of the memories I’ll always cherish.

With that, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite lyrics:
“Life’s a dance, you learn as you go”

xoxo,
Randi

What’s Up Wednesday – April Edition

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Happy Wednesday, friends! I know I’ve been M.I.A the past few weeks, but I’ve been overwhelmed with finishing up the semester. Yay! I promise to be more consistent soon.

Today I’m doing my monthly linkup with Shay, Sheaffer and Mel to tell you what’s up with me! It’s so fun, and you should join in on the fun, too!

The last Wednesday of each month, you’ll find out what I’ve been up to and as a bonus, there will be a seasonal question to answer too!

What I’m eating this week: 

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Last summer I was a marketing intern for Eat’n Park Hospitality Group. It’s a pretty famous restaurant chain where I come from. Anyways, part of my job description was doing promotional marketing and handing out lots of Smiley Cookies all summer long. I’m considered a freelance intern now, and this past weekend I worked an event in the city. We had some leftovers and of course I took them with me!

What I’m loving:

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I love a good party… arm party that is! I might be a little late to jump on the Alex and Ani bandwagon, but I’m here now and that’s all that matters 😉 I love all of the different styles and meanings each bracelet has. So sentimental and meaningful.

What I’ve been up to:

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What I’m dreading:
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Next week. Finals week. And although once I make it to Wednesday at 1:00 I will be officially done with my junior year of college, I’m dreading taking tests, turning in papers, and giving presentations. Can it just be May 6th already?!

What I’m working on:
I’m currently working on a to-do list to help me get through finals week! Speaking of lists, check out my new page at the top of the screen called Bucket List! 

What I’m excited about:
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My grandma and I are headed to Colorado in a little over a week to visit my family – I can’t wait!

What I’m watching/reading: 

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 8.48.52 PMI’m still trying to grasp what happened on last week’s Grey’s Anatomy. How could Shonda do this to us?! Not sure how I’ll make it through tomorrow’s TWO HOUR episode. Any other Grey’s lovers out there? How will Meredith go on? What are your thoughts?!

image1-1I had a birthday a few weeks ago. One of my good friends Ashlee sent me this book on friendship with inspirational quotes and reflections. It’s the cutest little book and definitely lets me know friendship doesn’t end even when you don’t see someone everyday. Thanks Ash! 🙂

What I’m listening to:


I don’t think I will ever get tired of this song. It just makes me so happy and makes me want to dance.

What I’m wearing:

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What I’m doing this weekend:
Besides studying for finals, I’ll be packing up my room.
Summer here I come!

What I’m looking forward to next month:
Next month I have so much to look forward too. I’m going to Colorado and then headed south for a family vacation. May is going to be my ‘I’m-all-about-relaxing-month’ to make up for the stress of spring semester. I’m so excited to just get away for a while and see my family!

What else is new:
Other than lots of school work? Not much!

What I’m getting my mom for Mother’s Day:
Considering my mom will probably read this, I’m not going to say!

Now I want to know what’s up with you?!

xoxo,
Randi

Liebster Award

This morning I got on WordPress and read the blogs on my feed. It’s becoming part of my everyday routine… wake up, check emails/social media and then read blogs. This routine seems to be getting longer and longer because I keep finding more fun blogs to read!

That being said, when I was reading my blog friend Molly’s blog, I noticed that she was nominated for the Liebster Award (yay Molly!). You can read the official rules here, but I’ll give you the SparkNotes version. Basically, you get nominated by a fellow blogger welcoming you into the blogging world, you answer questions that the person who nominated you gives you and then you tag other bloggers and give them 10 questions to answer! This is such a fun way to find new blogs and get to know people.

Molly was kind enough to nominate me for the Liebster Award! I give her full credit for finally giving me the push to actually start blogging – thanks girl! 🙂

Here are my answers to Molly’s questions!

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1. What is a “color” of your life and why? (Interpret to your own meaning, look at my list if you need to!)

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I think lately my life has been, to simply put it, happy.
Summer is coming, and if that’s not a reason to be happy I don’t know what is!
If I had to give happiness a color, it would be yellow.

I think it’s so important to focus on the positives and good things that come into our lives, and when we think of these happy things, we immediately smile.

Side note: If anyone sees a cute bright yellow purse, let me know 😉 I’m on the hunt!

2. If I were to ask one person 7 questions about you that they had to answer all correctly, who would it be?
I’ll give you a choice of who to ask, Molly 😉

3 of the ladies who’ve known me the longest and never left my side.
My mom, my grandma and Lauren.

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3. How’d you come up with the name for your blog?
My mom and I were trying to think of things that would go with Randi for a long time. There are only so many ‘R’ words that sounded good or made sense. I was telling my friend Julie how my mom and I like Renditions by Randi and she suggested changing the spelling to Randitions so that it had my name in it. 🙂

4. Where did you go to college/what was your major?
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I go to a tiny school called Saint Vincent College. Isn’t it pretty?
I’m majoring in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising and minors in Children’s Studies and Children’s Literature. (It’s a mouthful!)

5. How did you get your name?
My parents wanted a boy. And then they had me. Hence, Randi.
For those of you who don’t know, my real name is Miranda (my professional name, you know, incase I become a famous doctor, lawyer, writer or something).

6. What cheers you up when you’re having a bad day?
Friends. That was easy.
I’ve been so blessed to make the friends that I have in college.
They’re the type of people who make my problems their problems. I love those kind of people.
Check back soon, I’ll be posting about what I’ve been up to with all my girl friends recently!

7. Morning person or night owl?
Definitely neither. I prefer the middle of the afternoon. I don’t like waking up early, nor do I like staying up late. I’m a girl who appreciates a good night’s sleep!

8. If you had to be trapped in a tv show for an entire month, which show would you pick? And what would be your role?
Oh man, as much as I love Grey’s Anatomy, I could never be stuck in the show for a month. I would pass out on day one!
I guess I would like to be stuck in the series of Gossip Girl, who wouldn’t?!
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I think I would like my role to be the girl with a giant shoe closet who dates Nate Archibald – sounds like a good role to me!

9. If you could wake up in the body of someone else tomorrow, who would you pick and what would you do?
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Carrie Underwood, performing somewhere fun.
Her hair, her legs, her husband, her faith, oh yeah and her voice – girl’s got it all.
Sometimes when I’m driving alone, I pretend I’m her when her songs come on the radio 😉

10. What is your weirdest quirk?
Don’t judge me, but my weirdest quirk is that I don’t eat or like bread. It’s not to save myself from eating carbs, trust me I eat plenty of them. I’ve just never liked bread. It’s a texture thing. I’ve never eaten a PB&J or ham and cheese sandwich. I know what you’re all thinking… “this girl is SO weird!” I do like some bread related things such as toast and Olive Garden breadsticks, though! 😉

I would like to nominate my fellow blogging Bearcats:
Greta at A Chic Minute
Elle at Elle Whitney
Abby at Grit and Grace
Hannah at HighEnd Hanny
Sarah at Pittsburgh & Pearls

And a few bloggers I’m loving lately:
Christina at Hello Guanster
Diana at My Lovlier Days 

10 questions for you all:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What does a normal day in your life look like?
3. What is the best job you’ve ever had?
4. Where is your favorite place to shop? (If you say Loft, we are automatically best friends!)
5. What is your favorite meal?
6. What is your favorite accessory?
7. If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go and why?
8. What’s one beauty product you cannot live without?
9. What’s your favorite season and why?
10. If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have 3 things, what would they be? (Real original, I know)

Have fun!

xoxo,
Randi