What’s Up Wednesday – February Edition

I know I’m a day late, but I’m here and recapping what happened this month!

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What I’m eating:

Salads, Gren Smoothies, Cupcakes, and Winter Pasta Salad.
Trying to stay healthy while eating yummy things at the same time!

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What I’m reminiscing about:

Tonight, if not tonight then this weekend, I will be putting a cheerleading uniform for the last time EVER. Until Halloween, when I’ve already decided I’ll be a cheerleader 😉 The last 16 years have been fun and it’s bittersweet that it’s coming to an end!

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What I’m loving:

These Kendra Scott earrings that came in my Rocksbox this month!

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I’m also loving the color I got at my manicure today. It’s so beachy!

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What I’ve been up to:

I feel like this month involved a lot of work. I’m finally starting to get a hang of my job and  it’s a lot of work! I enjoy it but by the end of the week I’m whooped! Thank goodness I leave for vacation this weekend!

What I’m working on:

I just finished a huge midterm paper for my one and only class. So I caught up on some work and now the only thing I’m going to work on is reading blogs 🙂

What I’m excited about:

I leave for vacation THIS weekend with 3 of my best friends. I’m so excited for this much needed girls’ trip!

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What I’m watching/reading:

Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars of course!

Tomorrow Fuller House launches and I CAN’T WAIT!

I also bought The Choice by Nicholas Sparks for vacation, so I’m excited to read that!

What I’m wearing:

MWF I’m in dress clothes, TTh I’m in school clothes, and all weekend I’m in bummy clothes. I would show you some outfits, but I haven’t taken any pictures recently! (Goals for March!)

What I’m doing this weekend:

GOING TO THE BEACH!!!

What I’m looking forward to next month:

I’ll be in the beach for the first week of March so that’s exciting. I’m also headed to DC for a long weekend!

What else is new:

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I haven’t posted since my last Friday Favorites on February 5th, but let me tell you… a lot of favorites have happened since then!

1. Valentine’s Day

February 14th was filled with happiness, chocolate covered caramels, mimosas and $130. Yes, you read that right. I went to the casino for the first time and came out ahead! P.S. If you’re from Pittsburgh or ever in the area, the casino’s brunch is amazing!

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2. Winter Pasta Salad 

I love love love pasta salad. But I hate how much work it is. I had been missing that delicious summer side dish so when I stumbled upon this recipe, I knew I could recreate my own version!

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I changed it to wheat pasta and added a can of cream of chicken soup and some more veggies and called it a day. This was perfect for a cold winter night but still tasted light and healthy!

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3. Kind Gestures 

I’ve been super overwhelmed with class lately. It’s hard to balance class when your priorities and obligations are now focused on your career. I had a meeting with my advisor (basically a pep talk) and it ended with her giving me this mug which she filled with hot chocolate. It’s the little things 🙂

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And Sweet Gestures

My cousin Morgan sent me these in the mail the other day…

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I’m going to treat myself to these this weekend because I deserve it. I made it through the week!

4. Carrie Underwood 

On Wednesday, my mom and I and a few of our friends went to see Carrie Underwood. It was my second time seeing her in concert and girl did not disappoint!

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Her voice live is amazing and she is simply gorgeous.

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And here I am Thursday morning at the gym trying to get Carrie Underwood legs. A girl can dream right?!

5. Office Decorations 

I hung up a decorative quote thing on the wall in my office. I now officially have this and a map of Pennsylvania so I know where I’m talking about when I’m working. Baby steps… Where is the best place to buy office decorations?! HELP!

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What are your weekend plans?

xoxo,
Randi

Linking up today with:
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Friday Favorites

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If this doesn’t tell you how ready for the weekend I am, I’m not sure what will! This week has been crazy. I worked 3 different jobs this week, attended class, cheered at a basketball game, AND my head is still attached to my body. So I’ll call that a win.

Although it’s been a hectic week, I have a few favorites to share with you today:

1.  Sunday Funday

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Kylie was home for the weekend so we decide to brunch. (Can brunch be a verb? It is now.) We did gymnastics together when we were super young – side note I swear I have pictures somewhere and I WILL find them! – went through school together (Kylie was older so we weren’t in the same grade) and reconnected through our blogs!
We had a blast catching up and gossiping as only two girls can do. It must have been obvious to the entire restaurant that we were enjoying ourselves because two older ladies came over and told us how they could tell we were having fun and that it made them happy to watch two friends catch up. Stuff like that just makes my day.

Sunday Funday Part 2 

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If you didn’t watch Grease Live on Sunday night, we can’t be friends. It was SO good! My mom and I (and our cat) enjoyed singing and dancing along to the show. Grease is one of our favorite movies and we were extremely impressed with this remake!

2. Caffeine 

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I drink at least two cups of tea per day. But on Tuesday on my way to class, I just needed an extra kick of caffeine so I stopped at Dunkin for an iced coffee.

3. Diamond Candles 

For Christmas, my best friend Lauren got me a Diamond Candle. The candle was called Spring Break and not only did I love the scent, but it was also extra sweet because we are going on Spring Break together in a few weeks. The ring inside also happened to be one of my favorite colors. So pretty!

4. Lokai – Alzheimer’s Edition 

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I love the meaning behind the Lokai bracelets and I love that they give back even more. This month, they are donating to the Alzheimer’s Association, a cause near and dear to my heart. I read that the founder of Lokai decided to create the bracelets after his grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s because he learned to be hopeful during the low points and appreciative during the highs. Love that.

5. Rocksbox

A few months ago, I signed up for Rocksbox, a jewelry subscription company that sends you awesome things! Basically they send you three pieces of designer jewelry that match your style, totaling around $200 but you only pay $19/month (no matter how many times you send it back for more!). You get to wear it as much as you want, send it back, and they’ll keep sending you three new pieces! I really like it because they send me things I never would have thought about trying or things a little out of my price range that are so fun to wear! You even have the option to purchase the items at a discounted price if you want.

This month I got a pair of earrings, a ring, and necklace.

Interested in trying out Rocksbox for yourself?
Use the code randibff24 on this site for a FREE month subscription!

Although I had a busy week, it was a good one. I’m ready for a relaxing weekend though!

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Linking up today with:

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Show and Tell Tuesday: How To Win My Heart

I thought long and hard about how I would write this post when I saw the topic: How to Win My Heart. I even texted Molly and Kylie stumped as to what I would say? Apparenlty feeding me French fries and telling me I look pretty wasn’t good enough to write an entire post around. However, those are two very important things to winning my heart 😉

On a serious note, I’ve come to realize a few key things when it comes to winning my heart. I’ve had my fair share of relationships that have taught me what does and what doesn’t win my heart. A few years ago I wouldn’t have stood firm by this statement, but I now know that little things mean the most. You don’t need big extravagant gestures everyday to feel special, it should be more about the person and who they are.

Here are the small things it takes to win my heart and of course some quotes to describe them:

1. Attention

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2. Affection

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3. Honesty

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4. Humility

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5. Humor

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6. Friendship

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Or if you don’t possess any of those traits.. buy me some French fries 😉

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What silly or serious things does it take to win your heart?

xoxo,
Randi

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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

What’s Up Wednesday: January Edition

I can’t believe that January is almost over. Before I know it 2016 will be over. But I don’t want to wish time away because…

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I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of 2016. January has been a great month so far… lots of fun, starting my last semester of college, starting a new job, and so much more!

What have you been up to? Link up and tell us what’s up!

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What I’m eating:
To see everything I’ve been eating recently, click here. But here are some pictures of the delicious meals I’ve been stirring up!

What I’ve been up to:
Work/school, workout, sleep, repeat.

What I’m dreading:
Waking up early tomorrow. Mornings never get easier. I’m also dreading anymore snow that comes our way. I’m ready for summer and it’s only January!

What I’m working on:
I’m working on coming up with ideas for how to decorate my office. Suggestions are welcome! Staring at blank walls isn’t any fun!

What I’m excited about:
I’m going to the beach with my friends in a few weeks for Spring Break. I. CAN’T. WAIT.

What I’m watching/reading:
I’m watching Pretty Little Liars because the 5 years forward season just started. AND I’m super pumped for this…

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Is anyone else excited for Fuller House?!

I’m not currently reading anything at the moment (I need to work on this) but I’ve heard great things about The Choice. Has anyone read it?

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What I’m listening to:
Right now I’m listening to the current drama on Pretty Little Liars while typing this.

What I’m wearing:
On work days my outfits look a lot like this…

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And on class days my outfits look a lot like this…

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 What I’m doing this weekend:
This weekend I have to cheer at a basketball game and work on Sunday.
Busy, busy, busy!

 What I’m looking forward to next month:
Next month includes Valentine’s Day, a Carrie Underwood concert and a girls’ trip to the beach! YAY 🙂

 What else is new:
Not much… just trying to get in the swing of balancing school, work, and play!

What is my favorite Valentine’s Day treat:
Sarris Chocolate Covered Caramels are my FAVORITE.
It’s the blue box incase anyone needed to know 😉

 What are YOU up to?

xoxo,
Randi

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Shout out to Kylie for tagging me in the Four Facts Survey!
I love these things. Here we go.

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  1. Randi
  2. Sue (my middle name)
  3. Randle
  4. Ran

*My real name is Miranda but nobody calls me that so almost anything people call me is different than my real name!

Four jobs I’ve had:

  1. Babysitter
  2. Sales associate at a jewelry and purse boutique
  3. Marketing intern
  4. Healthcare recruiter

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  1. The Princess Diaries
  2. The Proposal (currently watching it as I type this)
  3. The Lion King
  4. Matilda

*Anytime any of these are on, I’ll stop what I’m doing and watch them. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen them (or that I can quote The Lion King perfectly…)

Four books I’d recommend:

  1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  2. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
  3. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Four places I’ve lived

  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. West Palm Beach, FL
  3. Latrobe, PA
  4. That’s it!

Four places I’ve visited:

  1. France (this country has my heart)
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  2. Hilton Head, SC
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  3. Nashville, TN
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  4. Myrtle Beach, SC
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Four places I’d rather be right now:

  1. The beach!
  2. Hanging out with my friends
  3. My bed under my heated blanket
  4. Traveling somewhere new

Four things I prefer not to eat:

  1. Mayonnaise (or anything that contains mayonnaise)
  2. Ranch dressing… yuck
  3. Sour cream
  4. Raw broccoli (I love cooked broccoli – it’s my favorite but I can’t stomach it raw!)

Four of my favorite foods:

  1. FRENCH FRIES!
  2. Chicken of all kinds
  3. Potatoes of all kinds
  4. Gold fish crackers

Four TV shows I watch:

  1. Grey’s Anatomy
  2. Gilmore Girls
  3. Gossip Girl
  4. Kelly & Michael

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  1. Graduating!
  2. Beaching it up this spring
  3. Switching to full time at work
  4. (Copying Kylie on this one) Taking weekend trips! I want to go to DC, Niagara Falls, New York, and other fun places!

Four things I’m always saying:

  1. I’m gonna get hangry!
  2. Okay have a good day (on the phone at work)
  3. Can I ask you a question?
  4. Do you want to go get food?

Four people I tag to answer these questions:

  1. Mattie
  2. Jenna
  3. Jess
  4. Seri