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Blogs that I religiously check

Blogs that I religiously check

What are some of my favorite blogs? Well you’re about to find out. I have to admit I’ve been slacking on keeping up with all the blogs I follow. With classes, homework, work (I’m sure you all get it) there’s just very little time for […]

Easy and Cheap Chicken Parmesan

Easy and Cheap Chicken Parmesan

I made this myself! Cost to feed 4: $15.44 ($3.86 per person) Chicken Tenderloins ($4.75 for package of 8 at Walmart) Prego ($2.73 at Walmart) Noodles ($1.80 at Walmart) Mozzarella ($2.58 for a package at Walmart) Italian Panko ($1.98 at Walmart) Basil ($1.60 at Walmart) […]

New Favorite Cookbook

New Favorite Cookbook

Chrissy Teigen never fails to wow me.

You may have seen her on Lip Sync Battle, in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, or at John Legend’s side. But now you can see her cooking!

Yes, she’s a model. Yes, she eats fried chicken. And yes, she even eats McDonald’s. Chrissy remains my favorite celebrity because of her realness and relate-ability.

Her recipes also appeal to every kind of pallet. Throughout the directions, funny and sarcastic personality shines. If you’re an avid follower of her Instagram, you will notice that she has been posting some of her recipes over the years.

Chrissy often equates eating with love, another thing we have in common. Her recipes are all so different and you are sure to find one that sounds appealing, no matter what your appetite.

Something we don’t have in common is our worldliness. While American food still seems foreign to me, Chrissy has traveled the world collecting recipes. I love that there are so many different cultures of food in her book. Some of them I would have never even know about before reading.

How on Earth would I have decided that Jok Moo sounded good for dinner? Not in Arkansas, that’s for sure.

Even Models Eat Mac and Cheese

 

Every single recipe that I have tried in this book has made my mouth water. One of my goals going forward is to make these recipes for ya’ll (with pictures) so you can see how easy and delicious they turn out when its not a professional making them!

Holy Buttermilk Biscuits Batman!

The most relate-able part of this book is its mix of health and comfort foods. While one page is filled with a cucumber soup recipe, the next is covered by biscuits and gravy. This goes to show that healthy eaters deserve a cheat meal every now and then! Now, you can find your cheat meal recipe in the same book you find your healthy lifestyle recipes.

ThinkDirty app that makes you think clean

ThinkDirty app that makes you think clean

The other day I was required to find an app for a high school health class…Physical Education assignments can sometimes be strange. After a hour searching the internet (aka Pinterest) for the perfect app, I almost gave up. Yes, really. No one should spend a […]

The Perfect Bedtime for College Students

The Perfect Bedtime for College Students

I lied- I don’t really believe there’s a perfect time for college students to go to bed. Every person is different in what time they need to sleep. Some people needs nap, some {crazy} people don’t. I go to bed usually before 9:30 every night. […]

Barnes and Noble is the perfect place to study

Barnes and Noble is the perfect place to study

The other day i found myself sitting at Barnes and Noble doing homework and catching up on my favorite blogs (more to come about my favorites soon).

Some people like studying at libraries, others at coffee shops and some at home. Is it weird (#GirlCode anyone?) that I find myself most productive at Barnes and Nobles?

I do well at coffee shops too, but with all the books and such around me at a book store it really provides productive breaks. I’m able to focus and get shit done for 20 minutes or so, then get up and stretch my legs for 5 minutes.

You can say that you can do the same at libraries, but they’re just too quiet for me. Anyone else feel that way? Just the slightest noise makes me turn and stare at whatever it was…sometimes I find myself glaring at people accidentally and things get a tad awkward. Barnes and Nobles at least has music and machines that disrupt subtle noises and limits the angry looks I give.

My break times also feel really productive. And by productive, I mean filling up my TBR list with tons of books. I just bring my phone around with me and scan books that I think are interesting to my Goodreads app. Later I’ll go back and go over the books and see which ones need to be removed. Yes, I’m that picky with the books I read.

Oh. And you cannot forget about Starbucks inside. Yeah, coffee is great and all but my favorite in the Cheesecake Factory menu items they have. I’d much rather eat my calories than drink them (but actually I go out with friends and order dessert while they drink..).

Anyone else feel the same way? Maybe its just because I’m a book lover. Maybe I’m just weird.

x Jocelyn

I moved back home for my senior year of college

I moved back home for my senior year of college

From the title you probably get what this post is going to be about. But before I get to how living back at home is, I want to give you all some quick background information. I decided to live on campus my freshman year because […]

My Experience at the DryBar

My Experience at the DryBar

I don’t know about everyone else, but I hate doing my hair. Like with a passion. My hair isn’t always unruly, but I’d say a good 90% the Virginia humidity makes me want to have a Britney moment. So when I need my hair to […]

Staunton, VA and the Harry Potter Festival

Staunton, VA and the Harry Potter Festival

From Northern Virginia to Blacksburg, my family and I have passed Staunton, Virginia a shit ton of times and have never stopped. You would think that we would, considering Staunton is about the halfway point between the two cities.

However, I was browsing Facebook one day and saw that there was a Harry Potter festival in downtown Staunton. Coincidentally, it was the same weekend I was heading down for the VT versus ODU game.

So on our way back from Blacksburg my dad and I stopped in Stauton and was pleasantly surprised. For a small town there was a ton of people, and a waitress we had said that the day before was even busier. The shops were decked out in Harry Potter themes and they even sold butter beer at The Three Broomsticks. Aside from the shops, people were dressed up as Dumbledore, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid, and even the founders of each house.

The city had places to stop and get food, as well as buy Harry Potter gifts. The festival included people of all ages, so don’t let age stop you. Dogs are allowed, however on their website they recommend that you do not bring them.


Aside from the festival, Staunton is also home to Mary Baldwin College and beautiful architecture. There were shot gun houses, colorful houses and many churches. Even if there wasn’t a festival I would recommend going just to see all the buildings.

The only downside to the town is all of the hills. But you’re in the mountains so it’s as to be expected. The views from up top are even more spectacular though, so I would check them out.

Oh, and the make the trip even better, the trees were changing colors. I’m not usually a super fall person (pumpkin spice anything makes me cringe), but something about the trees in the mountains changing is just amazing.

For anyone interested, the Harry Potter festival was September 22-24th, I believe they do it each year, but I would check online for more information.

x Jocelyn

How to Pack for Backpack Camping

How to Pack for Backpack Camping

Views The Ozark National Forest of Arkansas has absolutely captured my heart. In fact, this was my first camp and hike in the state of Arkansas. I have since become a seasoned veteran of the area, but have no fear, even beginners can start here […]