why helloooo there

How are you? How was your break? Good, I hope...and I hope you all had a splendid Thanksgiving!! I just wanted to drop by and say hi...

You know something that stinks about coming back from Thanksgiving break though? Thinking about all that dang crap you have to get done in the next two weeks before finals!! GAH! I might die...wish me luck...and I wish you the best of luck as well!


ps. can't wait for Christmas though! I've been rocking the Christmas music for three weeks already!


in case you haven't already noticed...

...winter is upon us, my friends.

Oh joy.

In happier news...it is almost Thanksgiving break!! YIPEE! I have exactly four classes and two shifts at work until I'm homeward bound for Thanksgiving! Can't wait!!

Also, it is my dear friend, Katie's, birthday today...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I love this girl to death! She is bombdiggity and we have had some seriously awesome times together!

Dear Katie...

Friend! Do you remember how we became friends in 9th grade because we were on the same cheer squad? Do you remember how extremely awkward we were? Here is a little reminder...

YIKES! How could we seriously have looked so sicknasty?!?! Please don't hate me because I put that on the blog...we are taking a flashback :)

Then do you remember how we thought we were so cool because we were sophomores in high school??

At least we finally started to get out of the awkward phase!

Then do you remember how awesome we were as juniors because we weren't the bottom of the totem pole anymore? And how we had some radical times just taking gooney pictures? And how this was the summer you introduced me to Chris Brown? Thanks again for that...I owe you one.

Then do you remember being seniors and having American History together? Do you remember how we were freaking crazy and were ACTUALLY awesome this year because we were the top dawgs? hahaha we fo sho ruled. (and jk, we were actually awesome always...and still are)

Then do you remember how we went to college and now live in different cities? Ya, I remember that too. Do you remember how badly that stinks? But, even so, we will always be the bestest of friends because.... "Katie is my friend, Lauren is my friend...we are such good friends!!"





The supplies...

The finished product...Peacock hairclip!

Do you like it?!



willard and things

This cute girl has such a cute life with a beautiful home, a husband she adores, and a crazy puppy (who I might have to steal away from her)! I love reading her blog and she recently tagged me in a fun little post, so here it goes!

Four Shows I Watch:
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. How I Met Your Mother
3. Glee
4. Modern Family

Four Things I'm Passionate About:
1. The Gospel
2. Family and Friends
3. Dance
4. Sweets :)

Four Phrases I Say A Lot:
1. ?? not sure...I may have to get back to you on these!

Four Things I've Learned from the Past:
1. Laughter is the best medicine
2. It is while in your lowest points that you learn the most about who you are and who you want to become
3. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent - Eleanor Roosevelt
4. Our relationships with people, especially with those in our families, are our most valuable possessions

Four Places I Would Like to Go:
1. Italy
2. France
3. Spain
4. London

Four Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Went to school
2. Danced
3. Went to work
4. Slept

Four Things I'm Looking Forward to:
1. The holidays
2. The end of the semester
3. Vacation with my family
4. The weekend!

Four Things I Love About Winter:
1. The warm, friendly, grateful atmosphere of the holiday season
2. Coming together as family to celebrate
3. Christmas music
4. Hot Chocolate

Four Things on My Wish List:
1. To make it through until the end of semester
2. A new straightener...mine is dying :(
3. To get more sleep
4. A super secret something that you can't know about!


In other news...
Willard really wanted to say hello...

And to show you his favorite trick...standing on one leg



day 6

Favorite superhero and why...

Batman, hands down, is my all-time fav super hero. Why? Because he is freaking awesome. He doesn't need real super powers, has a sweet car, and has awesome villians like...

The Joker





and Poison Ivy

And last, but not least....because Batman is played by Christian Bale.
I love me some Christian Bale :)
Who is your favorite superhero?



Can I just say that Jazzercise is so ghetto, so bizarre, and so ridiculously cheesy...

...pretty sure I absolutely love it. Don't judge.

I'm tempted to start doing this for real...

Plus, I already have the outfit...

Pure awesomeness.



a time for change

Please read this...


What did you think?

His words were so powerful and touching. Coming from someone who has said or thought almost every statement on his list of the "worthless woman", I just want to thank him from the bottom of my heart.

This really made me think about the way in which women see themselves, myself included, and what the reason for this distorted view may be. It is something that SO many women struggle with every day...how sad is that?

I stand behind him 100 percent and am so grateful for his sincere and heartfelt words. I am also grateful that there are people out there willing to make a change...how great would it be if we could spread his message until hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people were also willing to make a change?

I will try to do my part to spread his message, will you?




Ok, so I know that this has been everywhere and that you probably have already seen it, but I still have to share it.

This would be an awful thing to experience and I am in no way dismissing the fact that she was probably scared to death, but whoever made this next video was freaking genius!

The reason I had to share this with you was becuase if you didn't know about the story and the song then this next picture would not make any sense...




day 5

A picture of somewhere you've been to...

CANCUN with Chris and his family! So fun and breathtakingly beautiful!