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8.25.2014

Convenient Office Lunches with Chili's at Home

This post is sponsored by Chili's At Home, but my love for their tasty, bold, and quick meals is all my own!

During the week I very rarely take a lunch break.  Honestly, its because I'd rather sleep for an extra hour than take an hour lunch break.  Most days you would find me eating something boring at my desk.  Well, not anymore.


With Chili’s® new line of frozen foods, I can eat big and bold, even at my desk.   Inspired by some of the restaurant’s most popular and innovative dishes, Chili’s® frozen foods let consumers treat themselves or their families to the experience of bold Chili’s®-inspired flavors — right in their own homes, or in my case, the office.


There are a ton of new single-serve and multi-serve options to choose from.  I decided to try out the Bacon Mac n' Cheese first.  It was quick and easy to make right in the microwave at work and tasted amazing!  It was a big bowl of comfort, right in my office!


Some frozen meals I've made in the past have come out looking pathetic compared to what they are advertised to look like on the box.  So I was happy to see that the Bacon Mac n' Cheese looked just as great when I made it as it did on the box.  I will definitely be trying out more of the options and incorporating these into my regular lunch menu!

If you are interested in trying these too, click here for a $1 off coupon!

8.21.2014

A Heart That Won't Stop Breaking

I wrote this post a few weeks ago but struggled with whether or not I wanted to share it.  Life and love are not always happy and pretty.  I pride myself on this blog being a true and honest reflection of my life.  So ultimately, I've decided to share this with you all.  This is probably the most raw post I've ever shared.  This community is amazing in its ability to support and encourage.  If these words resonate with you, I hope you know that you are not alone.  I hope you know that its ok to be sad and its ok to grieve.

What do you do when your heart won't stop breaking?

It's been over a month. Half the time I feel numb, the other half I just feel sad and defeated.  It still feels unreal, like this is some horrible nightmare I'm going to eventually wake up from. Except I never wake up.

I feel broken. I am broken.  How do you put the pieces back together?

Part of me wants to feel better, the other part of me wants to stay sad forever; at least I still feel connected to him this way. 

I've gotten my heart broken many times before, or at least I thought I had. This feeling is incomparable to anything I thought was heartbreak before. Even when my engagement ended.  This is infinitely worse. 

When my engagement ended, it sucked. But at least part of me (a large part of me) knew that relationship really wasn't meant to be. At least I had a whole arsenal of "bad" moments to look back on and realize that there were key characteristics of each of us that weren't compatible. 

This time, I almost wish he had made some asshole move that I could think about and try to convince myself that it wouldn't actually work.  But I can't think of anything.  Even when I made the horrible mistake of telling him he was acting like an asshole, even then he really wasn't; it was me that was being the asshole.  I'm sure he has a whole arsenal of "bad" things to remember about me.

I've never known someone with whom I can just be so completely.  Never has someone become so deeply intertwined in my heart and in my soul. I'm not sure that can ever be undone.

I was so worried that I would lose such a once in a lifetime love that I ended up losing it as a result.  I tried to hold on so tightly that I squeezed the life right out of it.  Oh how differently I would do things if I could have a do-over.  At least I learned something right?  That's the point, isn't it?  Well, I'm going to keep telling myself that anyways.

I don't know how to move forward. I don't know how to feel better. And each day that passes, I lose a little more hope that my heart will ever heal.

But, I continue to put one foot in front of the other and take each day one day at a time.  I know that eventually things will fall into place.  Until then, I'll just be over here with my little broken heart and some ice cream.

8.17.2014

College Care Package for Sorority Recruitment Week

**This post was created in partnership with Kleenex and Wal-Mart.  However, all opinions expressed in the post are my own.**

As my Gamma Phi girls back at Florida State gear up for recruitment week, I thought I would put together some care package ideas for all the girls that will be participating in recruitment.  It is a long week but oh so worth every late night and every blister.  Regardless of which side of recruitment you are on, I think every sorority girl would be elated to receive a package full of these goodies during recruitment week.


Pink & Gold Hair Ties
Because after the recruitment "parties" are over, the first thing she'll want to do is pull her hair up

Kleenex Expressions Oval Tissues
Because, even if she has made it the whole week without shedding a tear, you know there will be tears shed when they welcomes all those new sisters!  You can find these stylish new tissues that won't clash with her dorm room style at Wal-Mart.

Stila Stay All Day Lipgloss
Because the last thing she'll have time to do in between each recruitment party is reapply her lipgloss

Picture Frames
Because you know she'll have a thousand new pictures to frame when the week is over

Bandaids
Because those tots-adorbs heels that she is wearing, are wearing on her

Breathmints
Because she'll be talking to a lot of new people this week.  Need I say more?

Tylenol or Advil
Because chances are something (or someone) will give her a headache

Larabar Snack Bars
Because its a busy week and she'll need to keep her energy up

Planner
Because her social, academic, and volunteer schedule is going to fill up quickly after this week is over

Pearls
Because every sorority girl needs a pair of pearl earrings

So to all my fellow sorority girls, what do you think?  Is there anything else you would include?