July 31, 2015

Not Enough

Time, lately it seems that I do not having enough. Sometimes I don't have enough time to see my friends, to work out, to make a nice dinner, to clean the house, to blog, etc...

But there are some things that I have had time to do. I can't complain about them and that is what I need to remember.

I can't complain about:
My husband, he is the best.
Organizing my wrapping paper, tissue paper, and gift bags.
Dancing with my sister to this song.
Seeing my friends and family this past weekend.


Enjoying a nice glass of wine.
Having a morning of watching RHONY and Gilmore Girls.
Addressing some back pain I have been having.
Learning advanced skills at work.



What have you had time to do? 
What do you wish you had more time to do?
Have a nice weekend!

July 30, 2015

Campus Book Rentals

For me living in southern Arizona, summers going by fast, are a good thing!
For others, summers are a break from school. Right now my husband is going to be starting his last semester of grad school and my sister here second year of college! Where has the time gone?!?

In addition to loving the weather more during "school year times," I enjoy not having to pay for school. But if you are currently going to school, you might wanna seek out all the best deals and ways to save money!

You can rent those big, expensive textbooks for 40-90% off. In addition to free shipping both ways, you can even mark in the books! Oh and they donate to Operation Smile with each book rented.

Giving and getting!
Oh and Campus Book Rentals may also save you from getting nagged.
Let me explain:

My husband is the kind of guy who doesn't just like to throw away expensive purchases. All of his undergrad textbooks that he had are just that. They just take up space and I nag about it.

He now knows better since going to graduate school. ;-)

So give to a good cause and save yourself some money and nagging this school year...and good luck!
May the grades be with you!


I was compensated to give my honest opinion of a service. All opinions are my own.

July 29, 2015

Frito Dog

Remember when I told you guys about my husband and mine's ten year dativersary
Well I never shared the recipe of the Frito Dog I made him.

Now before you guys skip over this because it sounds disgusting...think again. It is unhealthy but really yummy!

When Kevin and I were in high school there was (and still is) this amazing place called Caliche's in our hometown.  We loved going and grabbing a frito dog for lunch in high school and we always love grabbing what they are known for...their custard!

However, I cannot recreate the custard. :-(
I hope one day they come to Tucson.


Ingredients:

2 hot dogs
2 hot dog buns
1 12 oz can of chili (or homemade if you have the time!)
1 bag fritos

Directions:



Cook your hot dogs and place in buns. Smother with chili and top with fritos. 



Okay, so Caliche's version is better.
Okay so in high school we could eat anything.
It is fun to go down memory lane.

Oh and my birthday was a few days before our anniversary. Kevin made me the most amazing pizza. I just had to share!


Yes, those are pepperonis that he cut! So cool!


Happy Hump Day!

July 28, 2015

Three Ways to Inspire You When You're in a Blogging Lull

Writing a blog post.

Looking at a white piece of paper on your screen with a blinking cursor can be daunting when you have no idea what to say. 

I try to never blog when I feel uninspired, but how does one get inspired?
I use the traditional methods, what I see around me, what I do (life/cooking/home improvements/traveling), and Pinterest. But if all of that fails, you have to look deeper for inspiration.


Try something new
For a while, I did not add in a lot of recipes or travel on my blog. I thought I needed to abide by some blog rules that didn't exist and not put too many different directions on my blog. But now I blog on what I want and when I want. If that means trying something new, who knows, it could be awesome!

Look at your analytics
There will be times where more or less people are reading or interacting on your blog. It happens to even the biggest of blogs. Sometimes there are just lulls. But if you are worried, look at what posts have been most popular and where people are going to get to your blog and use that to equip yourself to go further and write on.

Step back
I mentioned in this post, that you should never write just because you need to feel you need to. You do not want your posts to feel stagnant or be an obligation.


What do you do to get yourself out of a blogging lull?

July 27, 2015

When Friends Change

Enter the most cryptic blog post ever.
It is just one of those that when you need to write, you write...



People often seem to come and go through your life. But occasionally there are people that really get you down when they seemingly exit your life. 

I have had two. One a very long time ago and that has been the hardest. Now she is coming back in again and I want to get my hopes up. And I just want to tell them....

There are a lot of things I don't know about your life. I don't know who you hang out with, I don't know what is important to you, but it isn't me.

It's a funny thing, change, because I used to know everything. There was a time where we shared in crazy antics and adventures and now we don't.

I miss having inside jokes, conversations, and adventures.

I wish I could say I stopped missing you but I haven't.

I get mad sometimes that you don't really seem to want to be together and each others life. Then it would make me even more sad because I was mad at you.

I think sometimes we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that much for them.

Friendship is a two way street. I get that, but it seems like I am the only one who has tried caring. Now I need to stop and it is up to you. Therefore, you don't know about good and bad that is going on for me. You haven't congratulated me or asked me if I am doing okay.

I wish I could say I don't care anymore, but I do. 
 I hope you miss me and I hope it hurts.
And I don't care how harsh that sounds.


July 24, 2015

It was Totally Worth it

It really does stink to spend a night after a long days work in the car. But I just have to remember that it gets me to a weekend of seeing my friends and family in New Mexico. At least that's what I keep telling myself.  And that's when I will stop regretting a 4.5-hour night car ride. Sometimes in life there are things you don't like to do, but then it ends up being totally worth it. Like....

Cooking a nice homemade dinner.
Shaving your legs.
Waiting in the off season for football season (It is almost here guys!)
Pulling an extra shift at work.
Doing your hair.
Going grocery shopping.
Making the bed. (It feels better to climb into a made bed than a not made one at the end of the night. Am I right?!?)
Studying hard to get your degree.
Cleaning out the junk drawer.
Three glasses of wine. (It is worth it...until the next morning.)
The drive home. 



Happy weekend! Do something that is worth it!

July 23, 2015

Lucky in Life

I have been extremely lucky in that, throughout my life, people and opportunities have appeared at a time when I needed them most. The other day was no exception.

I made a decision a while ago that I was going to take the risk and change jobs. Despite the fact that I was making good money, not working weekends (that says a lot for a nurse), and moving on up in the ranks of a stable job.

 As I look at my life, I am appreciative that I have a wonderful husband, a supportive family and amazing friends. I am happy. However, as I age I become more conscious of the fact that life is short.


With that in mind, I made the change and immediately after experienced lots of feelings of elation and excitement, swiftly followed by anxiety, guilt and self-doubt. It has been an emotional roller coaster.

The other day I had the opportunity that I hadn’t previously considered as I didn’t believe it was available to me. I found myself in the right place at the right time and yes, I was scared, but after the experience I knew that what I am doing is the right thing.

Occasionally there are still some small feelings of doubt, but at least I know that I have the support of the ones I care the most about.

That is what life is all about.


What about you guys? 
Have you changed directions in life?

July 22, 2015

Strawberry Salad

It is no secret that I am trying to eat healthier. It is hard when you just want something easy and sometimes sweet. This salad combines both of those. Of course I still enjoy my chocolate, but salads are a way for me to stay aligned with my health goals.

Generally I don't eat strawberries on their own unless they are covered in chocolate. But they are so pretty and recently were on sale. I bought so many that I didn't know what to do with them.

Enter Strawberry Salad.
I added blue cheese to the mix. I like the sharp and sweet flavors. They meld in just the right way.



Ingredients:

Romaine lettuce, chopped
Sliced strawberries
Turkey cubes/slices
Crumbled blue cheese
Blue cheese dressing
Chopped pecans

Directions:

Clean and chop your strawberries and lettuce. Place lettuce in bowl, followed by strawberries. Add turkey, blue cheese, and pecans.

Top with blue cheese dressing and serve and enjoy immediately!


I think chicken would also be good and you could switch out the turkey. If you have sliced almonds those could also be good if you don't like pecans. Pecans are my favorite though...#newmexicopride


Happy Wednesday!

July 21, 2015

Why I Shouldn't Have Weekdays Off

Working three 12's gets me some nice days off. Just a lot of time time they are weekdays because nurses have to work weekends. Boo. But so then there I am with a weekday off and all alone because everyone else is at work. I look forward to some of that alone time. I should use those days to cook, clean, organize, and just do things. All to often these days I find myself without a lot of motivation.

Oh and it is just way too warm outside! I can't very well on a whim take a comfortable hike to stay in shape. Outdoor activities are pretty limited during Arizona's summers.

 

Yesterday I had had a day off and apparently forgot that I am an adult. I ended up watching Twilight, Ender's Game, and Divergent. Apparently watching those movies makes you really hungry. Just warning you guys. 

I also meant to blog more. Instead I found myself distracted by lots of stuff on the internet. YouTube Buzzfeed takes up way too much of my time!

Then what happens is when my husband comes home, I am ready to do something and he is ready to decompress.

Adding days to work just sounds exhausting though. Tough predicament. 
Maybe I will add days during the summer and enjoy outdoor activities with my days off in the winter. Winter seems so far away right now though :-(


Does anyone else out there get random weekdays off?
What do you do and how do you stay motivated?

July 20, 2015

Monday Motivation

I just keep writing about the blogging community. I wrote about growing your blog while working full time. I wrote about bloggers supporting each other. I wrote about social media. I wrote about how personal to be in a lifestyle blog. I am just so inspired by the bloggers online. I love seeing bits and pieces of their lives. I think this is because when we look for purpose, when we look for advice, when we don't know what to do, looking to bloggers can inspire and be a great way to figure it out.

 Blogging for me is a hobby. It is a hobby that takes up a lot of my time, is solo, and I don't make any money from. By all accounts, I could ask why do I do it. But when I am not doing it, I dream of blogging.

Everyone's dreams are different. If our dreams and goals and ambitions come too much from outside sources, they will feel empty and disappointing if and when we reach them. But that also shapes us...we consume, we watch, we act, and we are inspired. Blogging is a dream, I have goals blogging, and blogging inspires me. Blogging has made me happier, makes me feel determined and focused when I need to be. But we have to turn dreams, ambitions, and inspiration into practicality at times.

For me, I want to work hard everyday so that I can build a dream home base with travels and adventures scattered throughout. I want to build a family and be the best mom I can. I want to live a whole and fulfilling life.
I leave you with the inspiration to go and do what you want. Some of practical, some of it not. You just have to ask yourself in the grand scheme of your goals and dreams if it is something you are okay with at this time in your life. When people reach big milestones in their lives and you worry that you should be chasing the same, ask yourself if it is something you really want from your life. It is okay to be whoever wherever you are if you are okay with it. There is no rule on what we need to be doing. Stay inspired by the awesome people around you, both online and offline, but know that it’s okay if your dream doesn’t look exactly the same as theirs.


Go on after your dreams for your life. Who cares if some is unknown at this time. There are no rule. You be you.

July 17, 2015

Travel Lust: USA

I love traveling! It helps that I have a real savvy travel companion in Kevin. I seem to be always thinking about the next vacation!

I've been lucky enough to travel a lot within the United States.  But when it comes to overseas travel?  I haven't been anywhere.  Just Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.  There are so many places I want to see all over the world but I always run into the same "problem".  Every time I start to think about planning an overseas trip (like possibly visiting Italy), I tend to get distracted with another awesome idea and we stay in the good ole U.S. of A.  There are just so many amazing things to see right here at home that I haven't felt a super strong desire to leave yet!  Anyone else know what I'm saying?


Here are a few places in the great 50 states I haven't been to that I can't wait to visit, in no particular order...

1.  Grand Canyon // Horseshoe Bend // Antelope Canyon // Sedona // Lake Havasu // The Wave// Petrified Forest, Arizona

2.  Maui, Hawaii (We have been to Kauai and it was great!)

3.  Las Vegas, Nevada

4.  Cape Cod // Nantucket, Massachusetts

5.  Lake Tahoe // Yosemite, California

6.  Ozarks, Missouri

7. Somewhere quaint and cute in the midwest...haven't decided any particular place yet....

And then not included are places that I have already been and would like to go again...like Charleston, Napa, we love going to San Diego (it is where I got engaged!), Colorado/Vail, and Utah frequently, etc...

Where have you been and where do you want to visit next within the US?   
Anyone want to donate to my vacation fund?

July 16, 2015

How Personal Should I be on my Blog?

When I first started blogging, I realized as a lifestyle blogger that I quickly had to ask myself "How personal will I get on this blog?" I didn't really realize until I shared something about my husband he didn't want the world wide web to know that I removed from my blog. I then realized I had to be serious about this question because sharing information about me will also affect my family. 

There are bloggers that blog for business and that becomes their focus. There are some bloggers where being incredibly personal and sharing intimate details of their lives is part of their brand. It’s what they do and some do it very well. But what about those of us who share stories of our lives, who share details of our lives but don’t want to share everything?

In addition to that post I put out and removed, I have found myself having written a post only to go back, edit, delete and rewrite. This isn't to say I have shared some pretty personal details on my blog...

I decided to come up with some basic ground rules for sharing information. Hopefully they can help you too.



one // Would I want my mom to read this post?

two // If this post went viral (haha I wish!), would I be happy having this topic associated with my name and my blog?

three // If I read this post on someone else’s blog, what would I think?

four // Is sharing this information essential and does it add value to my blog?

five // Will this post negatively impact on my brand and my PR goals?


So far this has worked well for me. I want to make my blog for me yes, but for others as well. Over-sharing can be sometimes a spillage of my emotions. 

Here is a blog info-graphic...because why not...



How do you determine what is too personal to share on your blog? 
Do you have rules or do you just share whatever you feel like at the time? 
Tell me how you answer the question ‘how personal should I be on my blog?

July 15, 2015

ABC, Go Me!!

People used to do this all the time right!? I wrote here that I don't like blog change {And you can enter my giveaway there!}, so might as well go back to the fun stuff! Haha!


ABC's of Me!

A|| Available: For gym dates, wine nights, an evening cook out, or a morning hike.

B|| Biggest Fear: Centipedes...ugh! 

C|| Crushing On: Some new picture frames I got for my living room. I am hoping it is what this corner needs that I haven't been able to decorate for the three years I have been in this house.

D|| Drink You Had Last: Water. Always be drinking water.

E|| Easiest Person to Talk To: Kevin.

F|| Favorite Color: Pink. Or blue. Or green....haha!

G|| Grossest Memory: I have no idea...I hope it is not still to come though.

H|| Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico

I|| Indulgence: Chocolate and desserts!

J|| Jealous Of: People who know how to do their hair. I would really love to know how to use a curling iron and use a round brush to blow dry my hair.

K|| Kiddos: Not right now, just enjoying being married.

L|| Love: My life. I have a pretty good one. I have a great job, husband, family, and friends.

M|| Middle Name: Elizabeth

N|| Number of Siblings: Two sisters: Tess and Ellie Both younger. It stinks being long distance from them, but I hope they know I will always be there for them.

O|| One Wish: to have a happy, healthy, wealthy life. ;-)

P|| Person Who Called Last: Probably Kevin or my mom.

Q|| Question You're Always Asked: What is wrong with your thumbs?  or Want to play Dominion?

R|| Reason to Smile: Life is good!

S|| Song You Last Sang: Right now I am singing this mashup by Sam Tsui.

T|| Time you Woke Up: Bright and early at 4:45 a.m.

U|| Unsure Of: When and what I will do to the backyard and what furniture piece to by for the office.

V|| Violent Moment You Had: My most violent moments were probably patient encounters when I was working with the psych/dementia population.

W|| Worst Habit[s]: Overeating and braking my nails.

X|| Number of X-Rays You've Had: I just had one after my knee surgery to make sure the screws and such were in the right place! I think that was my only one besides the ones at the dentist!

Y|| Years Young: 26

Z|| Zodiac Sign: Cancer


Is it true that during a field sobriety check they have you spell the alphabet backwards?
I would fail sober! 

July 14, 2015

Zucchini Corn Pie

Wow, it has been a while since I have posted some recipes around these parts. I think it is because I am having some serious trouble. I am trying to lose weight and do low carb and exercise, but sometimes I just have trouble doing so!

But now this, this pie, this was a success. It has no crust. NOW before you tell me I am crazy, hear me out:

1. When you eat a pie, the filling is the most important part
2. It is healthy
3. It is easy
4. It is WICKED GOOD!
5. You can improvise

Yeah #5, if you don't like zucchini (you animals!) you can put whatever veggie you want. I am thinking of making this over and over again with different combos: corn and mushrooms, corn and peas, just corn, corn and spinach, corn and broccoli....should I stop?


Ingredients:

4 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of onion powder
2 cups of frozen corn
2-3 small zucchinis (sliced thin)
1 tablespoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese (I did one cup of shredded cheese and 1/2 cup of mozzarella) You can do whatever and even add more cheese if you want!
3 eggs


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375. Heat the butter in a LARGE skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion powder and sliced zucchinis. Then add the corn. It takes the zucchini longer to saute then the corn so just use your judgement on when to add the corn. Continue to saute both until they are soft (took me about ten minutes). Remove from heat.

Add the basil, oregano, salt and stir to combine. Add the cheese and eggs and beat together.

Grease a 9 inch pie pan and transfer the mixture to the pan and top with some extra cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes to brown the top slightly. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes after before cutting it into slices.

And enjoy a healthy way to eat dinner this summer!


What are some of your favorite veggies that you would put into this pie?

July 13, 2015

Why No One Reads My Blog Anymore (Giveaway)

When I started blogging, no one knew this blog existed. Then, I realized there was a world of bloggers out there, and that I wanted to join. It seems like blogging has changed so much since then. I started networking and growing my blog through link ups and hosting my own with Tiffany who unfortunately is no longer blogging. I saw readers become engaged and was able to engage with them. It was a great time.

Now a days everything seems to be changing. Sometimes we are so deeply rooted that change becomes hard for us. I recently celebrated my blogiversary and find myself with very little readership and engagement. I find a lot of the bloggers that I was close to both in real life and in the blog wold either not writing anymore or with what seems like little followers. I found that when life got in the way and I was not able to blog consistently I was losing more and more. Then you see blogs that are unaffected. That is because they have adapted to change well. That is why they are able to engage consistently. I end up seeing some blogs with similar content as me thriving and me getting lost in an effort to try and grow my blog with no results. 


Enough about me. This is becoming way to much a sad. self realization post of me just writing down thoughts I should probably keep to myself. But then again, no I shouldn't. Isn't that why most of us started blogs in the first place? To share feelings and thoughts that you are thinking but its not kosher to say generally? To find that you are not alone in these thoughts/actions/whatever and feel better/inspired/whatever?

I believe that generally what can instantly draw people away from your blog, I have correct. I have a mobile accessible blog, I have a search bar, I have posts with labels, I have an easy to read font and no crazy backgrounds/color schemes, I have social media easily accessible (except for Facebook. Should I get one for the blog?!), and no annoying ads that make noise or take a long time to load or clutter up a page. Sorry for you people that have ads, but just an FYI...glad you are making money off it but they are annoying AF.

I started thinking about the blogs that I read and have good followships. --that is not a word Lauren....and they all fall into two major categories for me: How to and Lifestyle. Those two are what I notice I try and meld into my one blog. Maybe that is the issue? People say to find your niche. But what if that is my niche? I have a life and I know how to do a couple of things. 

Now granted I think I would be pretty silly to try and do a fashion post or a how to post about cameras because well...I suck at that, but it may also be far fetched to do this post. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do and what feels right to you. You have to have some hope that, along with some work, research, and time that you can achieve what you want from your blog.


I would like to achieve readership and leave those readers with inspiration, information, and connection.

With that in mind, I set out to improve what I need to in sets of three (because we all know that is the rule of thumb when decorating!):

The Basics
1. Post quality consistently. --A hard basic.
2. Network. -- My favorite part!
3. A good writing style. --Your readers have to understand and also completely feel what you are saying.

The Details
1. Good, clear visuals. --Something I need to improve desperately.
2. Details. --This is a big one, If you post a how to or a recipe or something, you aren't the first to most likely invent the wheel. You need good detail so someone doesn't go looking for a more detailed version of the information you are trying to promote/get across to your audience. 
3. Learning never stops. --You have to see what your readers like. Some posts that have gotten good responses are the posts I never thought would! Tweak your blog to cater to that!

Changes//Things I Will Never Understand
1. Giveaways (Big group/Loop). --When I first started blogging, sure there were giveaways...but now they are huge giveaways and loop giveaways and basically things that require you to spend 500 hours following 500 other people. That is way to many people!
2. Making money. --I would love someone to help me understand this one. I feel like there are unsaid things that happen (which is cool, gotta make that money honey) but I just don't know any of it.
3. Promoting posts. --I can share on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest...but how do I know that it is getting anywhere? What do I need to do to make them stand out? Furthermore, I don't understand all that self hosting, and wordpress and html and analytics and such.


Overall, this is hard and sad for me at times. At times I feel like since I am trying really hard, I deserve to get a million page views a week. Well, I could be the most deserving person in the world, but in the end, people aren't reading my blog because I deserve it. They are reading my blog because they get something out of it. That makes me happy.

In the end, Blogging is truly like life. Visually and in the details. Visually if you are trying to get in a relationship with someone and go on a date, you could be the most deserving of love, but you aren't going to get it unless you have something to offer: ie. you are smart, funny, and with a good appearance. 

As for details, you aren't going to get those page views just because you are deserving, you have to work hard. When you apply for a job, you can be the best person in the world working hard to support your family, but the company hiring you needs to see you want to work hard for them. This is as evidenced by qualifications, commitment, and work ethic. 



Do people even stop and read long blog posts like this anymore?
Here is what I will do since I want to hear your thoughts about this topic. Comment below answering these three (I like three this post) questions and I will pick one person at random and send them a $15 gift card cash money.


1. Why do you read blogs and what do you hope to gain from blogs?
2. What platform do you follow blogs through? (ie. email, bloglovin, twitter, etc...) You must follow my blog through the platform of your choice.
3. What do you love and not love about Life Love Lauren? What would you like to see more and less of?

BONUS ENTRIES:
Basically, let your friends know to come give me some feedback please!
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This giveaway ends on July 20th, 2015!

July 10, 2015

The Day I Quit My Job

Throughout my life I have done everything that was expected of me. I worked hard in school, achieved good grades, participated in activities, athletics, and went to college and majored in nursing. I have worked as a nurse for a couple of years now. I am very happy with my life.

There are different kinds of nurses. I knew I wanted to be a nurse, but I never actively knew what area of nursing I wanted to be in. When I first started I fell into the role rather than actively working towards it as a career choice. It was a different role, one I never thought I would have, but there I found myself excelling.

I spent the last two years at a job where I have worked harder than I ever have in my life. I worked long hours and went above and beyond fighting so hard for what was best--what was right. There were days I worked so hard that when I got home, I had nothing else to give. I also had many laughs and triumphs.

I do believe that total career satisfaction is unattainable for most; some days will be good, some days will be bad and others will make you question every career choice you have ever made while drinking the entire bottle of wine, but I have always assumed that as long as the good outweighs the bad then you are doing the right thing.

The good had not outweighed the bad for a long time. So, I took the risk.



I quit my job and found a new one.

I went into nursing for different reasons than I found myself actually doing. I told myself that I was doing was helping others do their job. To this day, I truly believe it was.

Unfortunately, I found that I seemed to be working harder than others. The pressure of the job intensified. I felt I couldn't even take time off because of the workload and worried about the detrimental impact that time off would have.

My tasks were more crowd control oriented and just plain flat not direct nursing care based. I wanted to be that person that helped the patients. I know I was, just in a different capacity, but it was just too hard with too little results too slowly.

It wasn't fair. It wasn't fair to my patients, to my co-workers/employees, or to me. After a while, I just had to do what was right for me and not worry about others.

I want to look at my life and be happy. I thought that would be me getting a job and staying and retiring at that company. That was what I expected.

Now I realize, that what you expect may not always be the best. Holding yourself to a high standard includes taking into account your happiness and well being. Sit down and decide 3 of the most important things you want in your life. Can you achieve them on the path you are on?

The best part about this process was my husband. He has witnessed what I have been through in the last few years and above all he wants me happy. (Happy wife, Happy life)

And now here I am doing a job again that I like. Sometimes you have to go out of the expected and chase your own happiness...all while remembering you have bills to pay.


Have you ever taken a huge risk?

July 9, 2015

San Diego Vacation

Taking pictures. This is something I need to do more of. 
Especially with my amazing DSLR camera I have.
I need to learn to better use it in manual and have lots of fun.

Plus a big weakness for me on this blog is my pictures.
So how exciting, for my 10th anniversary dating Kevin, we take a trip to San Diego!
And guess who forgets her camera...

I would have preferred to forget my underwear...at least I could have bought those.
Yay for cell phone pictures!


This trip we spent our time staying in the Gaslamp district. We have stayed there before and it is great for the ability to use public transportation! We stayed at the Andaz (a Hyatt hotel--we stayed there using points) and I would never stay there again. Pros: nice rooms, they upgraded our room for our anniversary, free wine at check it, great location. Cons: Their pool was not exclusive to the guests staying there. They threw lots of parties. Cool if paying to be by the pool plus pay for drinks was my thing. (it isn't) Can you tell I am cheap? I book a nice hotel off of points and use public transportation. Just an FYI San Diego's public transportation is pretty great!


1// leftovers for breakfast
2// Andaz pool before the madness




1// flowers and a cute card Kevin made me
2// Balboa Park
3// Coronado Beach
4// The restaurant in Coronado we ate at when we got engaged. Memory Lane party of 2!


When Kevin and I got engaged in San Diego, we went on a dinner cruise. This time we tried our hand at another cruise called Sips and Sights. It was fun! I highly recommend taking a cruise. The dinner one is great if you have the dough to drop.

We spent sometime in Coronado. I think the houses over there are so cute. I forgot to take lots of pictures there.

Oh and Balboa Park! It is so nice to walk around. I bet you it is even more fun when you have kids...all the sights and museums...it is pretty great!


We were there for the fourth of July but not for the fireworks. We were torn between going to Coronado and Old Town for their parades and celebrations. We had never been to Old Town so we chose there. If you are ever in San Diego for the famous fourth....go to Coronado.


We journeyed home on Southwest (free booze on holidays) and saw fireworks in Tucson.
Then I worked Sunday. 


How is that for a fantastic holiday weekend?
I almost felt like a normal working person!
#nurseproblems

July 8, 2015

Social Media Luster


 The other day my sister was visiting and we thought back to our MySpace days. Those profiles seem to not be available anymore. It seems that new social media platforms come out and we find ourselves liking the new ones. I think maybe it is just the evolution of social media that keeps us on different platforms.



So with that, let's talk Facebook. I have a personal Facebook that I really never post anything blog to. Same goes with my personal Instagram. I do use my Twitter for my blog primarily and then love having Snapchat and Pinterest. Sometimes I wonder if I need a Facebook profile for my blog. I just don't want to have two different accounts for my personal and blog because my blog is my person. Plus I have found I don't get much traffic from my Twitter, let alone possibly my Facebook.
Me Snapchatting.

Also, at this point, I am not quite sure Facebook is something I enjoy anymore. I enjoy it as a way to keep up with people that don't have Instagram.

It is like Facebook combines all the different things I like about Twitter and Instagram, but I find myself liking the two platforms more than this one.


Just remember... :-)


What about you guys? 

What’s your relationship with Facebook? 
Do you share any of your posts with your friends?
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