Brussells what?!?!

In my quest for living a healthier lifestyle, including mostly the foods I put into my body, there is one vegetable (if it is a vegetable?) that seems to keep popping up randomly. BRUSSELS SPROUTS!!!  ???? Whenever I hear the words, I automatically think… 

Right!?!?!? I mean who likes brussels sprouts? ESPECIALLY children! Well over the past year I have seen friends of mine feed their children brussels sprouts and not only not having tantrums but actually loving them. While having dinner tonight with my boyfriend and his family, his sister brought brussels sprouts over for their daughter to have for dinner. I watched her eat them like it was anything other than the dreadful vegetable. I have added numerous of new foods to my diet that I would have never ate including: kale, broccoli, edamame, peppers, cabbage, slaw, asparagus, and on and on and on. Just the name brussels sprouts has always put a bad taste in my mouth. After reading the nutritional value, I must say I have to give these green balls a new start. 1 cup is only 38 calories! Not only is this a filler food but also contains 124% of your daily intake of Vitamin C needed. They are also rich in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and a great source of dietary fiber! That's it… you got me convinced… I can't let this younger generation grow up healthier than me! I'll let you know how they turn out… maybe even come up with some creative recipes I can share. Hope you are all having a good week so far! 
Happy Monday :)

Quote of the Night: He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.  ~Chinese Proverb

Sweet Summertime

WELL a lot has changed but one thing that has stayed the same is my lack for blogging. My goal for the summer (one of them) is to update the blog and begin again. I always have so much on my mind and sharing the mind clutter somehow helps me to weed out the unnecessary and move on to what matters. I made it through my first year of pharmacy school… WOOWHOOO…. and am now back home working four days a week to make a little mulla and have some summer fun. I have two weeks of rotations to do in a pharmacy in July and am super excited about the experience. I guess one thing that made me think about blogging again was my sudden urge to decorate my place again. I go through these stages of wanting to redo rooms every 6-8 months and it doesn't help that I have plenty of rooms to redecorate that no one is living in. Since my roommate moved out, I have not been able to give any attention to my abode with my busy pharmacy school schedule. I made one room into a guest bedroom while the other was a roommates room. Then I had another roommate move in after the other left and turned the guest room into an office that neither one of us ended up using much. Since she moved out, I now have a bed, vanity, and side table in the room but really need a comforter and pillows for the bed. Also, the guest bathroom is completely empty! I went to a couple of stores today to browse and gain some inspiration for a new theme and could not find a thing. I immediately thought about how I used to love blogging and looking at all the other home decor blogs. I am not even sure at this point if I should even keep the office room an office. AND I am now thinking of a million different things I want to do to the kitchen, living room, and deck! ahhhhhhh did I mention that I am a broke college student?!  I have multiple pictures of these rooms and the different changes they have been through so as soon as I get my thoughts together on this issue I will share the before/after/before and new inspirations coming my way. I hope you are having a FABULOUS summer and feel free to share your thoughts. I love the feedback :)

Quote of the Night: It's not a day on the calendar. Not a birthday, not a new year. It's an event, big or small, something that changes us. Ideally, it gives us hope. A new way of living and looking at the world. Letting go of old habits, old memories . . . What's important is that we never stop believing we can have a new beginning. But it's also important to remember that amid all the crap . . . are a few things worth holding on to. - GA

Where is the warm weather?

I am sure most people have been blogging about the same thing… but seriously… it's almost April and we are having high temps of 50! This is just getting ridic! I feel like I can't get out of winter hibernation mode. I absolutely cannot stand cold weather and never want to leave my bed, much less my house! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow which means we should be in Spring right now! Well in regards to these bipolar temperatures, I am having to adjust my schedule every day it seems. It did finally stop raining and even though the sun is out, it is still super cold. I got a gym membership at the beginning of the semester, which was good and I was going regularly but now that we have already had spring break and it looks like spring outside, I want to just get out of the house and go for a run. I hate to be stuck in a gym on a pretty day but it is definitely too cold for me to get out and go for a run in the morning. So, I have been trying to think of other ways that I can shed this muffin I've obtained from Spring Break'n. I do have apple TV and thought that I could find some workout programs on Netflix and couldn't… not sure why. Then I realized that there is a YouTube app so I started searching yoga full length classes and came across a yoga class by Tara Stiles and decided to try it out. I pulled my yoga mat out and within the first 5 minutes I was already shedding clothes one piece at a time… coco thinks her mom is crazy. But let me just say, this is a fabulous video! The closest thing I have found to a real yoga class (and I am really picky). She also has videos of her cooking some great detox recipes that I totally took notes on. If you are like me, and dread getting out in the cold weather but can see the lbs piling on by the day, this video is amazing and you should try it. I have already placed it in my schedule every morning and am so excited to have a workout I can look forward to and not having to get out in the freezing cold. I hope you are all doing well! School is… well school. I blog to take my mind off of school so I apologize if you never hear about my PharmD experiences (I promise they aren't that great)  :) 

Quote of the Night: “Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.” - Anonymous

Oh how I've missed you this spring break week!

10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You, 

If It Could Talk

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being.
4. Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you.
6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
7. Be aware that how you treat me, I will never forget.
8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting to old and weak.
10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: "I cannot bear to watch" or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death. Remember that I love you.

Quote of the Night: One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why.  ~Author Unknown 

It's hump day...

Well it may not be a happy hump day but I can say that I am glad it's mid week with only two days left till the weekend. I have a HUGE Drugs and Diseases test on Friday and do not even know where to begin. I have spent the last 3 days (with hardly any sleep) working on this disease state powerpoint presentation that I had to give in PPE today. I was told this assignment would only take me a couple of hours, maybe one day to complete. yeah.... not so much. So the past 72 hrs I could've been studying for DAD but instead I have been working on a powerpoint that is not even graded. I haven't put together a powerpoint presentation in such a long time that it all seemed so foreign to me. I know that the Microsoft Word has been updated a couple of times and I just had a hard time figuring out how to put it together. The lesson learned.... to not wait until the week of to put together a presentation, ESPECIALLY when you have a Drugs and Diseases test coming up. With that being said, the presentation went well and I am just so glad it is over. I now have less then 48 hrs to cram as many drugs in my tiny little brain as I can. The worst part about it is that I really want to learn this stuff and commit it to memory but I just feel like we have so much busy work that there are just not enough hours in the day to do it all and sit down and thoroughly study all of the drugs and diseases. We will see... Friday will be here before I know it and then it will be time to start on Test 2 material.  I promise one of these days I am going to have a positive post! Hope you all have had a fantabulous hump day! <3 font="">

Quote of the Day:  There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. - Oscar Wilde 

Listening to: Stubborn Love - the Lumineers

My lil beauté

I had a friend/colleague lose her little white fluffy dog the other day after being hit by a car. Her puppy Bella always makes me think of my little Coco when she would post pictures on facebook/twitter/instagram and my heart is absolutely breaking for her. When I found out, it moved me to tears because I cannot even imagine what I would do if I lost Coco. She pampered and loved her dog with the same amount of passion and care that I do for Coco, like our own little baby. I feel so bad because there are many times (just yesterday) that I have let Coco out in the backyard without a leash on and she takes off running across the road to see another dog and could easily be hit by these crazy teenagers that come racing through the neighborhood. I feel bad always having her on a leash and want her to have some independence and freedom but it is so not worth it at the cost of her life. Being in school so much, constantly consumed with studying all the time, and being active has kept me from being home as much and really spending quality time with her. I feel so guilty for just having her as my pet and not being the parent/owner that I should be. The best thing about having little dogs is they always love you unconditionally no matter what you do/don't do. For that I should never take Coco's unconditional love for granted and give her all the undivided attention and care that she deserves. My heart hurts for my friend and keep her in your prayers as this is going to be a very difficult circumstance to overcome. 
I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday! 

Quote of the Day: We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults.  Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.  ~George Eliot

Spring Semester

Well I know it's been a while since I've blogged about what is going on and I actually really miss it so I am going to try and get back into the swing of writing everyday. So I got through my first semester of Pharmacy School last fall and was so excited to be able to start this next semester. I have made some close friends and feel mentally, physically, and emotionally ready to take on this new semester.  We do have 2 more classes added to our school load and the course work is a lot more than last semester but I guess that is to be expected that it's just going to get tougher with each semester. I haven't been feeling too well the past 24 hrs and feel like I am coming down with a stomach bug that has been going around down here. The plan for today was to stay at the school and study all day but after class, I could not make it due to feeling so neauseous so I came home and trying to relax and feel better. I really cannot afford to get sick with the amount of work I have to get done by lab tomorrow so keep me in your prayers. Hope you all doing well, I'm going to be better about my updates and actually have a bunch of updates on my place and some new decorating to show! *Lots of Love*
Quote of the Day: All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France