It’s a Podcast Party!

My mom’s house is about a 2.5 hour drive from where I go to school. At first I would get really excited to create playlist for the drive home, but after awhile I got tired of listening to the same songs, or constantly having to seek out new music, so I found another alternative: podcasts! Having an iPhone makes it very easy. There is a purple podcast app and from there you can scroll through the various categories. There are so many different types of podcast out there: Ted Talks, news, celebrity interviews, stand up comedy, sports talk, etc. Just find what you are interested in and get listening!

Here is what I have been listening too lately!

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If you haven’t heard about the Bethke family you need to go google them pronto! You might know Jeff from this youtube spoken word video.  They are such a good example of what a young, loving, Christian marriage looks like and I love learning from what they have to say. As a couple, they do podcasts together and it is just so entertaining to hear how their lives are going in Hawaii, funny stories about their baby girl, as well as their answers to questions sent in by listeners. I recommend 10/10!

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After I got all caught up with the Bethke’s podcast I was in search for something new, and came across Serial by This American Life (always a solid place to find new things). Sarah Koenig, a journalist, tells the true-story of a murder case of a high school girl. Each week a new installment of the series comes out and you follow her as she uncovers information from the trial, old friends of the victim and alleged perpetrator, and police reports, all in hopes of figuring out if the ex-boyfriend currently in jail for her murder actually deserves to be there. I have two more episodes to finish, and I am so anxious to find out the truth!

Podcast a great for long drives because episodes can range from 20 min to an hour and it makes the time pass really quickly. This past weekend I listened to 4 episodes of Serial on the way back to school!  Let me know if you tryout any of these, and share your own favorites if you have any!

Chicken Divan Where is my Man?!

Now that I am living on my own this summer, without a meal plan (tear tear), I’ve had to cook a lot more for myself. This weekend at my mom’s house we made Chicken Divan together and I’m excited to have another dish under my belt. Here is the recipe we followed!

 Side note: I used the title because it rhymes and I like how it sounds. I don’t feel the need to further my culinary skills solely for pleasing a man! 

PRE-HEAT YO OVEN TO 350! 

You Need:

  • 2 Bunches of Fresh Broccoli (If it were just me I would have used frozen broccoli but of course mom wanted the fresh stuff)
  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken
  • 1 can of condensed Cream of Chicken soup
  • 1 cup of Mayo
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1/2 Stick of butter
  1. Alright, first you need to steam your broccoli. So throw that in the microwave with a little bit of water and let your microwave do all the work. Scatter the baby pieces equally in your casserole pan.
  2. Take your rotisserie chicken and pull the chicken off the bone to layer on top of the broccoli. You want it to be bite sized pieces. The rotisserie chicken makes things a lot easier, but in theory you could make your own chicken then add it to the dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine your mayo, soup, lemon juice, and curry powder.
  4. Pour your mixture from step 4 on top of your broccoli and shredded chicken.
  5. On top of the sauce you will add your bread crumbs and layer as much shredded cheese as your heart desires. Pour the melted butter on top before sticking in the oven.
  6. Bake for about 45 min!

Apparently some recipes have the rice included in the casserole dish, but I just made mine on the side! Overall it turned out really yummy. Let me know if you try it for yourself!

If you know me, you know I make cornbread every chance that I get, and tonight was no different! Ain’t she pretty!

What I’ve learned Playing Basketball with the Guys….

Playing pickup basketball after work has been one of my favorite ways to kill time this summer. As I type this, I am sitting on my bedroom floor recovering from the SEVEN games I ended up playing tonight (we just kept winning and I couldn’t say no). Here are a few things I have learned playing with the guys:

You have to be assertive. If you’re new to the gym and the regular guys don’t know you, you have to be able to ask to be on people’s teams. Just walk up to them confidently and act like you know what you’re doing.

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If they ask “can you hoop?” you say: “did you ask any of the other guys that?” and then give them the eye and hair flip. They will find out soon enough.

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Playing with another girl on your team is hella fun because we both know the universal facial expressions for “you have got to be kidding me”

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There is some frustration that comes with the territory. Sometimes they just won’t pass you the ball. Sometimes they will make themselves look like fools before they let you touch it, but thats on them.

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Be aggressive. This has never been a problem for me as I am going to body you up every chance I get, but it’s an easy way to show they guys that you’re not messing around.

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If you’re not a “gettin dirty” kinda girl if you know what I mean, perhaps you’re a shooter and then you can just stand on the perimeter and shoot the lights out. Thats always fun.    giphy

It takes some guts in the beginning, but go for it! I personally prefer to play with guys. Catching people off guard is always fun, and I love walking into male dominated environments and messing with the status quo. It’s always a fun time and it’s a great way to get some cardio in!

P.S To the guy I accidentally punched tonight…sorry dude!

Decorating my New Room: Brainstorming Edition

So in less than a month I will be moving into my new house aka I have a new room to decorate! I never put too much effort in my other two rooms because I knew I was only going to be there for a year, but this time I will be in this same room for the next two years so I really want to make it as special as possible. My room for next year has dark hardwood floors, white walls, and I have french doors (#love) Decorating wise here is what I am thinking:


I bought this comforter before first year and it has really worked well for me. I bought it to fit a queen sized bed even though I have been in a twin for the past two year just in case I ever moved somewhere with a bigger bed, and that decision is paying off! The color is so fun, and I plan for the coral color of the bed to be my “pop color.”
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If you follow me on tumblr, you will know that I have been stressing out about the bed situation. The house i’m living in is pretty old and the steps are super narrow. The people who lived there before warned us that it can be tough to bring big furniture up the stairs and that she had to build a bed platform in her room. For a while I thought I was going to have to go to Lowes, borrow some power tools, and use a lot of girl power to build something. Turns out that bed platforms can be bought from department stores and delivered to your home! Crazy huh?! It actually works out really well because I’m not sure what other furniture I can fit up the stairs so the fact that there are drawers underneath is huge!

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I don’t have a headboard, so I’m thinking I might get a large tapestry to put behind my bed. That’s still up for debate. Here are the two I’m deciding between right now. ( Potentially to match my comforter, but i’m scared that it is way off?)

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I’m trying to be as financially savvy as possible, but it is so hard to stay away from Anthropologie right now. I’m really going to stop buying clothes and completely focus on things for the room! Honestly, I just need to go into a Marshalls or Homegoods store and I’m sure I will find what I’m looking for. As of right now I think I still want a rug (something white and shaggy maybe) some type of shelving (maybe put it at the foot of my bed) some fun artsy lighting concept (hanging globes?) and some more wall art. In my head it will be something very clean and chic. My bed and the potential tapestry would be the focal point, and everything else would be black and white. In my head I can picture it, I just need to find the right things to make it come together perfectly!

I have 19 days until I move in so I will definitely make an updated post as I get closer. Eventually I will show y’all the finished product. Let me know if you have any recommendations of what I should buy, and for sure share your opinions between the two tapestries!

So you’re going to college?!

Hey y’all, I know it’s been awhile, but my life has been pretty crazy lately. Over the past couple of weeks I have been working (a lot of weekends), babysitting, house sitting (aka taking care of two dogs and 10 chickens), and doing research assignments.  Things are starting to slow down now so I hope to be posting something at least once a week again. Anyways! I wanted to write out some advice for those who are getting ready for their first year of college. While the typical advice to read the syllabus, and try new things is all great, I want to share some advice that has helped me out a lot in my two years in school.

Alright, so depending on where you are going off to school, it is very easy to get stuck in the bubble of your own campus. While all the actives, programs, and clubs your school has to offer are probably really convenient and really fun, I recommend expanding that bubble into the community the school is in. When I first got to UVA everyone talked about the “UVA bubble” and the disparity between those who actually attend the university and those who live in the city of the university. When I heard about this and started to understand what the bubble was, I quickly started to find ways to “infiltrate” the community and try to get a better picture where I was living. What I think we as college students forget is that we are only here for 4 years, but this is the permanent home to thousands of other people. So in my mind, we are their guest and we should try to serve them, and be as appreciative to them as possible.

I first started getting involved in the greater Charlottesville community by tutoring in various middle schools. This allowed to me help out some kids, as well as get a greater understanding of the social economic diversity that is so apparent in this city.  Moving into my second year I finally decided on a church to call my home. This became a great place to meet people who are not associated with the university at all, which I think is huge. Side note: When looking for churches don’t be afraid to try out places that don’t have the largest student representation in their congregation. Basically I encourage you to develop relationships with people and organizations who are not associated with the school, they can be a nice escape from the hustle and bustle going on at school, and I guarantee they have a lot of restaurant recommendations that will rock your world.