Peach & Pit 2013 Edition

So here we are at the final day of 2013, overall it was a decent year. Let’s look back at my peaches and pits!

Peach:

  • Hockey coming out of the lockout in January is definitely a highlight. Finding my (pretend) hockey husband in Rick Nash is purely icing on the cake.
  • Getting a new job which I can turn into a career. Let’s face it, insurance isn’t going away anytime soon. I’m so thankful for my job and that I get to learn something new everyday.
  • Leaving the store in October is both a peach and a pit. It had become a burden working two jobs and it was becoming exhausting dealing with the same bs and nothing ever changing. The store built me into the worker am I today tho, and taught me a lot about work ethic and business (as well as wine and liquor.) I also gained some extremely valuable life lessons and friendships there, but let’s face it the change of scenery helped me move forward emotionally.
  • My new friends! I’m so thankful for all the new relationships I’ve developed in this past year and can’t wait to see where they head this year.
  • Vacation was the best one I’ve had to date. It was absolutely perfect.
  • I’ve saved the best peach for last, July 20th at Yankee Stadium seeing JayZ and JT! It was such a fun night and the show was perfect. I wish I could relive that night over and over again.

Pit:

  • Losing Papa in September was awful. I’m thankful that I was able to spend more time at the house this past year and really see what true love is all about. I know that he is watching over Gram and everyone everyday, but it’s still hard to walk past his room and not see his tv on.
  • Finding out that my department is getting shut down. We found out in October and it was terrible. I don’t even want to think about what it will be like when we all have to go to our new positions. We truly are a family and I couldn’t have been more blessed in becoming close to those 4 amazing women.
  • That awkward moment that happened at the gym in February. It’s hard to believe that happened this year, cause it feels like it was  lifetime ago. In fact, my old life feels like a lifetime ago.

I always find it hard to compile a list like this cause it’s hard to remember what I had for dinner yesterday. But LM, btooth,  and I did it the other night and we never got to our pits so that’s why mine are lacking. But I will say this, if I can’t remember any other bad stuff that happened this year, then it wasn’t a terrible year after all! Happy New Year’s all my beautiful readers, xo!

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A book in review.

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Over my teeny break away from the blog, I read and LOVED Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It was the third and final book in the Divergent series. You can see my reviews of the other two books here. I couldn’t wait for this book to come out and it took me a while to get around to it. I knew that once I started it, that I wouldn’t be able to put it down. Let’s just say this, when I wasn’t reading it, I was constantly thinking about what who happen next and where this finale would lead. I think the author ended the series perfectly. She does justice for each of the characters you fell in love with along the way. I’m sad it’s over. I can’t wait to re-read the series as a whole and just be stuck in the future with Tris and Four. If you love good series that are well written and thought provoking, have adventure, a love story, and true sense of values of staying true to you, then do yourself a favor and read the Divergent series. I can honestly say there’s not one book in the series that I didn’t love and that’s had to come by these days, xo!

 

ps. check out the trailer for the movie which comes out in March 2014-looks pretty spot on to the first book!

 

pps. Happy Birthday to my most favorite aunt ever (aka Mom!), I hope your day is filled with rest, relaxation, and movies!

Just Checking In!

Hi my pretty poptarts! I’m going to be taking the rest of the week off from the blog. I will have a Xmas recap post sometime next week and will be back to regular posts on Monday. I hope you all had a fabulous Holiday, I’m off to see Frozen again today! Until Monday, XO!

My Christmas Gift…

to all of you is this special list that someone I went to HS with reposted on Facebook. Do yourself and read it, cause I took away a lot more than I thought I would…!

Here are 20 things to let go of in order to reach unlimited happiness.

1. Let go of all thoughts that don’t make you feel empowered and strong.

2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what you truly want to do.

3. Let go of the fear of the unknown; take one small step and watch the path reveal itself.

4. Let go of regrets; at one point in your life, that “whatever” was exactly what you wanted.

5. Let go of worrying; worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.

6. Let go of blaming anyone for anything; be accountable for your own life. If you don’t like something, you have two choices, accept it or change it.

7. Let go of thinking you are damaged; you matter, and the world needs you just as you are.

8. Let go of thinking your dreams are not important; always follow your heart.

9. Let go of being the “go-to person” for everyone, all the time; stop blowing yourself off and take care of yourself first … because you matter.

10. Let go of thinking everyone else is happier, more successful or better off than you. You are right where you need to be. Your journey is unfolding perfectly for you.

11. Let go of thinking there’s a right and wrong way to do things or to see the world. Enjoy the contrast and celebrate the diversity and richness of life.

12. Let go of cheating on your future with your past. It’s time to move on and tell a new story.

13. Let go of thinking you are not where you should be. You are right where you need to be to get to where you want to go, so start asking yourself where you want to go.

14. Let go of anger toward ex lovers and family. We all deserve happiness and love; just because it is over doesn’t mean the love was wrong.

15. Let go of the need to do more and be more; for today, you’ve done the best you can, and that’s enough.

16. Let go of thinking you have to know how to make it happen; we learn the way on the way.

17. Let go of your money woes — make a plan to pay off debt and focus on your abundance.

18. Let go of trying to save or change people. Everyone has her own path, and the best thing you can do is work on yourself and stop focusing on others.

19. Let go of trying to fit in and be accepted by everyone. Your uniqueness is what makes you outstanding.

20. Let go of self-hate. You are not the shape of your body or the number on the scale. Who you are matters, and the world needs you as you are. Celebrate you!

Here’s the link to the original post: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11973/20-things-to-let-go-of-before-the-new-year.html

I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Enjoy today & everyday cause you are extremely special to me, xo!

Snack Time!

I have a new favorite snack, it’s seriously yummy! I’ve been obsessed with making Caramel Chocolate Popcorn! It’s so simple and it’s way too good.

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What you’ll need:

1 cup Popcorn- I use a light buttered one

2 tbsp Caramel Sauce

1/4 cup Chocolate Chips-I’ve been using Hershey milk chocolate ones

Pop the popcorn in the microwave according to the directions on package. Once the popcorn is popped, add the warm popcorn, caramel sauce, and chocolate chips and TADA!

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You have a sweet and salty treat that’s perfect for curling up on the couch, xo!

natural hair, don’t care?

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I never thought I’d show a photo like this on my blog, but yet here it is. A couple of weeks ago, I got up very late and knew I had to wash my hair before work. So I opted for a wet braid and got many complements on it, which threw me off. I prefer my hair to be straightened and look the same everyday, but here it is after I took the braid out. No product in it at all. I have naturally wavy hair so the braid kind help to make everything more even. I don’t think I’d every wear my hair out like this with nothing at all in it, but you never know. Let me know what you think of my au natural hair. Cya tomorrow loves, xo!