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Why am I Selfish Because I Believe Everyone Deserves a Living Wage?

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Last Monday, on the 74th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, this image began surfacing across the Internet. Typically I ignore posts like this because I don’t like complaining about an overgeneralization of my generation. It doesn’t do any good to argue with the people who honestly believe this because I know I will come off as whiney and entitled.

This particular image, however, was shared by a former teacher of mine that I greatly admired. There were a couple major reasons I felt more hurt than normal when I saw this meme.  The biggest reason I felt upset was because I would hate to think someone I held in such high regard thought of me as a selfish brat.

I know there are plenty of people in my generation that have earned being labeled as selfish and entitled, but I do not feel that makes it okay to blindly label everyone in that age group with those characteristics. Especially those who actively avoided portraying those stereotypes.

There were other reasons that I didn’t agree with this meme. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for the sacrifices the greatest generation made because I could possibly not exist. But there are three big reasons I disagree with the overall sentiment this image is trying to portray. Minimum wage, college debt, and unions. Continue reading

October Favorites: What I Gabbed About This Month

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I’m hopping on the bandwagon and joining the other bloggers who post their monthly favorites. I wasn’t sure if I’d have a enough things I would consider my new favorites each month. But I got to thinking about, and I figured, hey why not give it a go?

This month I’ll be covering the music I blasted in my car, the movies I loved watching,  what TV shows I devoured,  what I loved to drink, and small blogging wins.

These are my October favorites:

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The ABC’s of the First Year of Marriage

The ABC's of the First Year of Marriage

As I’ve mentioned in my last post, this Sunday, November 1st is my one year wedding anniversary. To celebrate and pay tribute to my husband, Austin, I’ve decided to write a post on the ABC’s of our first year of marriage.

Normally I like to provide a big long intro, but since this post will have 26 points, I’ll just dive right in: Continue reading

Five Tips to Find Your Dream Wedding Photographer

FIVE TIPS TO FIND YOUR DREAM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHE

In less than six days, I will have been married for one entire year! Out of all of my favorite things in life, being married to my husband takes the cake.

I’ve been feeling super nostalgic the last month remembering all of the wedding things we were finishing up before our big day. As the daughter of a photographer, one of the things I never had to worry about was figuring out who was going to photograph our wedding. With my dad’s help, I was able to find an amazing photographer (my dad obviously couldn’t shoot the wedding since he’d be in it) and we were guided through the process of guaranteeing we captured everything important on our special day.

Trust me, your wedding day goes by so unbelievably fast. The last thing on your mind is going to be where your photographer is. These tips will help you know your wedding photographer will capture all of the most important moments of the happiest day of your life.

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My 12 Favorite Fail Proof Pinterest Recipes

Fail Proof Pinterest Recipes

I hope you’ve grabbed a snack because by the time you’re finished reading my list of go-to Pinterest recipes, you’re going to be starving. 

I feel I need to start off by admitting that if this was the 1950’s, I’d be the worst housewife in America. Cooking is not something I truly enjoy doing so you can bet that my list of favorite recipes are going to be simple. (My husband Austin would probably also like me to point out that he does the vast majority of the cooking. Back off ladies and gents, he’s all my mine.)

Since the list is so long, I’m going to break them down into separate categories so you can bookmark this post and easily find whatever recipe you’re looking for.  Continue reading

We Are The Harry Potter Generation

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Mention Harry Potter at any given time and I can guarantee the majority of the room has either read the books or seen the movies. I’m not sure how aware people are of my love for reading, but Harry Potter was my favorite series to read over and over again growing up.

I could be wrong, but the last time a book series really united a generation was maybe when boys were reading The Hardy Boys and girls were devouring the latest Nancy Drew book. What makes Harry Potter different is that it didn’t matter your age or gender, there was a good chance you were interested in the series.

I’m not even going to waste your time recapping the story about “the boy who lived.” What I want to focus on is how reading and watching Harry Potter helped make being an outcast okay and being empathetic cool. Continue reading

Remembering my Grandma

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Today is the seven year anniversary of my grandma passing away. Grammy was the first, and really only person, that was close to me that has died. While I feel lucky to not have experienced a ton of loss in my life, losing my grandma was, and is still hard to this day.

Grammy was the best grandma I could ask for. She was kind, listened to me when I needed her to, didn’t play favorites with her grandkids, and was selfless. She worked in a factory so she didn’t have a lot of money but she always made sure that each of her grandkids had a special Christmas and birthday.

Beyond the material items, Grammy always made me feel loved. I could call and talk to her for hours. We lived a couple hours a part so I never saw her as much as I liked. When I turned 16, I knew that I wanted to try and visit her as much as I could. Unfortunately, around the time of my high school graduation in June 2008, we found out that she had esophageal cancer. By October 7th of that same year, she was gone.

While I’m thankful Grammy didn’t suffer for years, I wish I would have had more time to come to terms with her dying. Before we found out she had cancer, she had moved out to Las Vegas to help take care of my uncle who was going through his own struggle with cancer. She left around Christmas and had planned to come back for my graduation and return to Vegas shortly afterwards.

I remember talking to her on the phone and she mentioned that she was having problems swallowing and she couldn’t eat anything. My mom talked her into seeing a doctor when we saw how much weight my grandma had lost in the five months since the last time we saw her.

My grandma went through a couple rounds of chemo but her cancer was so advanced the doctor basically told my mom there was nothing he could do for my grandma. These details aren’t as clear to me. I had just moved out to attend college for the first time. My first two months of college, I was too wrapped-up in enjoying college living and I didn’t visit my grandma as much as I wish I had. I think a large part of me honestly believed I had more time with her.

I did make the effort to come home the last couple of weekends before she died. But she wasn’t the same Grammy. She couldn’t laugh, she couldn’t talk, all she could do was listen to what I was saying. The last time I saw her, she was on pain meds that basically made her sleep all the time. I tried talking to her and she would kind of grunt to let me know she was there, but it wasn’t enough.

I don’t think my family even realized how soon she was going to die because they told me it would be okay to return to school. By Tuesday night at dinner time I got the call I needed to come home. At that point my grandma was still alive. By the time I made the two-and-a-half hour drive home, my grandma had died.

For years after her passing, I had dreams where my grandma would be there, but she couldn’t talk to me. The last year or so, my grandma has started to come in my dreams but now she can actually speak to me. I cherish those dreams with her so much because for a few seconds after I wake up, it’s almost like she’s still alive.

I miss my grandma more than I like to let myself think about. I often think about all the things she has missed. Two of my cousins have their own daughters. My aunt has found great man and is getting ready to marry him next June. She wasn’t there for my wedding and she never met my husband. She’ll never meet any of her great grandchildren. And she can’t be there as my mom’s biggest fan anymore.

The thing that makes me the most sad sometimes is knowing that she missed so much of my sister’s life. My sister was only 10 when our grandma died. 10 is too young to lose your grandma. Especially when it’s a grandma like Grammy.

I am grateful for the 18 years I had with her. I’ll always remember getting to spend the night with her and her letting me rent the same two movies every time I came over. Or the time she took my cousin Allison and me to the Corn Fair and I rode the spiny spaceship ride so many times I puked in her car. Or the time my cousins and I were for some reason in a potato field picking potatoes and Allie and I got prickers all over our clothes.

My grandma didn’t live the easiest life but she made her family feel loved beyond words. There’s never any easy way to get over the grief of losing a loved one. But sometimes honoring their memory makes it a little easier. I know Grammy is still looking down on me today. Sometimes I swear I can feel her presence with me. But no matter how much I try to remember the good times and enjoy seeing her in my dreams, I still wish she was here with me today.

Easy, healthy lunches with Lean Cuisine.

The 5 Lean Cuisines That Get Me Through My Work Week

Easy, healthy lunches with Lean Cuisine.

Let me begin but saying I am not paid to love Lean Cuisine or write about them. For one, I don’t have the following to get them to notice me yet, and two, even if this was a paid post, I’d never be okay with endorsing something that I don’t truly enjoy.

Recently, I wrote about beginning my weightless journey and mentioned how my daily lunch was one of Lean Cuisine’s meals. When I first purchased them, I thought they’d be a quick lunch that was tolerable at best. I’ve been happy to find several of their meals that I look forward to eating each day.

I love how convenient they are to take to work and how quickly they heat up. Microwaving food is usually pretty hit or miss for me. Especially considering the different settings that each person has their microwave programmed. It seems like whenever I had heated food up in the past, I had to worry about way over cooking it or enjoying the random cold parts of my leftover mashed potatoes, despite following the directions.

I have been pleasantly surprised with how well my Lean Cuisines heat up. About 10 minutes before I head to lunch I begin preparing my meal. This allows me to send that last email or proofread the latest web content I’ve written before I sit down and enjoy my lunch. I’ve never had a problem with preparing my meal to the right temperature. I know that may not seem like a huge deal but it’s important to me. Continue reading

Welcome to Blogtober! My 7 Favorite Things About Fall

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I’ve been around the Internet a time or two and one thing that has stood out to me over the last couple of years is bloggers and vloggers participating in “Blogtober” or “Vlogtober”.

Since I’m still not interested in being caught on camera, I’m glad that I’ve started to take blogging more seriously so I can participate in something that will help build my writing portfolio. – It also doesn’t hurt that the name is kind of cutesy. What can I say? I’m a sucker for all things punny and kitschy.

Some bloggers go all out with blogging every day. I’m not sure I am ready to commit to 31 days of uninterrupted blogging. To ease my way into it, I will be blogging every other day.

To kick off Blogtober, I’ve decided to list the my seven favorite things about fall: Continue reading

3 Signs You’ve Found the Right Guy for #MCM

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This coming up Thursday marks eleven months since I married my best friend. I’ve seen plenty of articles aimed at people in their 20’s discouraging them from getting married. While I don’t feel everyone needs to be married, when you’ve found the right person, why should you wait to be with them because you’re only 25?

A lot of articles on Huffington Post and the Daily Elite equate getting married in your 20’s to being at a really great party and leaving it early. I don’t agree at all. What makes a “really great party” is based solely on who I am spending time with. If the people suck, why would I stay. On the flipside, if I’m enjoying the people in my company, I’m going to stay as long as I can with them.

In my husband, I have found my ultimate party and life companion. (Not that we party, ever.) I’m lucky to have found him at this point in my life. Without him, I don’t think I would have achieved the same things and I definitely would not have made it through the last year as easily.

My husband is my ultimate #MCM. What makes him such a worthy “winner” is not based on my level of physical attraction to him, but instead the emotional connection I feel with him. (Although his cutie little face doesn’t hurt.)

The three reasons I will always choose Austin as my #MCM are: Continue reading