Spring Break

It’s that time of year again – spring break.  That time where all of the college kids forget what school and responsibilities are and adventure off somewhere new.  This spring break my place of choice was California.  I love the beach and the vibe in California so I went and visited a friend.

IMG_0011.JPGI drove from Las Vegas to Camarillo, CA on Sunday and it took me the longest time to get there.  It normally is only a 4-5 hour drive… and it took me 8 hours to get there.  8 HOURS!!  It was the worst and I was all alone the whole time.  Never again aha.

When I arrived I more or less just went to sleep because it was 11:30 at night.

Monday, I went to Panera Bread and got a pitaya bowl.  It was a pretty relaxed day considering my friend had school.

Tuesday, we went to Good and Healthy, then drove out to Santa Barbara.  We spent the afternoon walking down State st. and peeking throughout all of the cute shops.  Then we stopped on the beach for a little photo shoot.

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Then we drove home. It was such a relaxed, chill day that it really just made me realize how much I can’t wait for summer!

Finally, the last day arrived and it was seriously tragic.  I was so so sad that I wasn’t able to stay a little longer.  But on the bright side… I got my belly button pierced!

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I had some super duper cute outfits throughout the few days I was in Cali, so cute I just HAD to snapchat them duh. (add me tasianicolec)

Day 1:

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Day 2:

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Day 3:

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The rest of break I just spent my time at home or at work… so what I do typically.

Sunday was Easter and so I had dinner at my grandparents house here in town and then went to my sister’s house for a little while to play board games with her friends.

What did you do over spring break?

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DISNEYLAND!!!

Disneyland is probably my favorite place on this planet.  I don’t really know why, but when I think of Disney, I just immediately become overjoyed!  So, I’m thankful for having some friends who feel the same way about it!

My lovely friend Lacy had her 19th birthday on February 28, so we decided to go to Disneyland to celebrate!

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So, Monday the 27th at about 11pm we got on the road from Vegas to Anaheim. There wasn’t any traffic so it was a smooth drive straight there!  We stayed in a little motel for the night and got some sleep for our big day!

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As we arrived at Disneyland and walked up to the gate, we scanned our tickets overjoyed when we head the WORST sound EVER!!!! The ticket was being declined.  Not just one ticket either, no, 2 tickets.  Nick and Ashley’s tickets were both declined and Lacy and I had already gone through the gate.   Now, if you haven’t been to Disneyland before, the tickets expire one year after purchase, so as long as you don’t scan them you can go anytime.  However, once you go through the gate you can’t get a refund.  Whether you were inside for 5 minutes or 5 hours.  It doesn’t matter.

Now we start to panic, because Disneyland tickets are not cheap.  Apparently, what had happened, Disney refunded the tickets to the cards and the money would return in 3-5 business days.  This is upsetting because now how are we supposed to enjoy our day at Disney if we don’t have everyone there.  So, I ended up paying for Nick’s ticket in full and then Ashley and Nick payed for her ticket.  We made it in the park!

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Now, the world was our oyster!  We walked around and rode on so so many rides!  I don’t know about you, but I love to be comfy at Disneyland.  So, before we left, Ashley and I went shopping!

For any of the below items, if I couldn’t find the exact same item I linked to similar or something else I loved & recommend.

The jeans – Forever 21

The shirt – Forever 21

The flannel – Forever 21

The backpack – Forever 21

The shoes – Vans

The ears – Disneyland

Anyways, I took a lot of super cute pictures so here is a slideshow of me & my cute friends!

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Pretty much, the moral of the story is – don’t take life for granted.  Take an adventure, stay up that extra hour, do what you want to do to be happy because in the end that’s all we have.  Memories and joy.  Live your life.

 

 

A Journey (REALLY LONG POST)

I just wanted to sit at my laptop and write for a moment, about nothing really in particular, just my life.  It’s kind of long, but I hope you enjoy.

I was born on December 23, 1998 in Washington state.

I lived there for 7 years and during that time I don’t remember much.  I remember going to preschool and also sitting at my plastic desk doing school work for homeschool because I was homeschooled for kindergarten and first grade.  Also, I remember dressing up in animal onesies with my friend Sean Holland and play animals around his house.  And I remember going to second grade with my two best friends Sean and Brianna P where we played in the rocks and hid underneath tires.

In the middle of my first year at public school, second grade, we moved to California where I remember most of my childhood.

I met so many amazing people, for example Danielle H, Brianna L, Shaiann, Kirstin L, and so so SO many more. I remember countless times when we would run around and swing at the red white and blue park, and there was the yellow park down the street, and I remember 7th grade walking to school was the most fun time of the entire day.  I remember hanging out at the BX or walking down the street to the shopette just for something to do.  I remember eating bagels with butter and pepperoni for a snack and I don’t know why but it was the most delicious thing in the entire world.  Leaving California was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but it has definitely proved itself worth it.  I am going to go a little more in depth with 7th grade though because that was definitely an eventful year.

I decided to do competitive cheer in 7th grade and I had an amazing time.  I was balancing 7th grade, cheer, and student council all at the same time.  Also, I had my first “boyfriend” and his name was Nick F.  Pretty cool guy, and he added me on snapchat a few months ago and I thought it was such a crazy thing that he found me.  Anyways, I was very very busy and that made the year fly by a little faster than I wanted.

Once making it to Las Vegas, it was the beginning of summer so I didn’t have any friends yet.  I spent the entire summer skyping my friend Danielle and honestly just playing video games all afternoon.  It wasn’t the best experience but it was something to do.

I feel as though I hyped 8th grade up a little too much because when I arrived it was so much harder to make friends than I had imagined.  I met up with a girl called Selena who was from southern California and she had just moved there too.  We didn’t have much else in common, but at least we had that.  We also were in the same homeroom together so it made life a little less stressful to face this new school with someone.  Then in PE, I met 2 more people, Cayenne and Christina.  They were super nice to me and I was super excited that I had made 3 friends already and my first day wasn’t over.  THEN I had my history class, where I met my soon to be best friend Lacy F.  I’m not going to go into detail on how we met but let’s just say, it’s funny.

A few weeks into school and I had met 2 more people, Lacey A and Zach C.  Selena and I stopped being friends after one lunch I received a text saying we weren’t friends anymore, which is fine.  I had Lacey and Zach.  We hung out at lunch every single day for about 2-3 weeks and it was super duper fun.  One day, Lacy asked me to sit with her and her friends at lunch and I said sure.  We talked and I met a few more people such as Kaitlyn and I was super happy to get along with these people.  Little did I know, Lacey and Lacy weren’t friends and soon enough Lacey told me to choose between them and well, I chose Lacy.  Thank goodness I did.  The first time Lacy and I ever hung out after school was at a carnival and then we had our very first sleepover right after. We were fast friends.

High school came and Lacy was practically my only friend.  We had the same lunch on A days and B days, so we were always together.  One day, Lacy and I had a small falling out and we stopped being friends.  It wasn’t like we fought or anything, we had just stopped talking really.  Now, I was all alone.  I ate lunch in the theatre on B days because, well, that was the only place I didn’t feel weird eating alone.  I met a kid named Josh, who was a senior and I thought I was the coolest kid on the block for hanging out with him.  Josh, Miranda C and I started eating lunch together EVERY B day.  I never asked for his social media or to take a picture or anything like that because I was afraid that if I did we would stop being friends.  After all, I was only a freshman and he was a SENIOR.

Winter break came rolling around and I came downstairs the day before my birthday.  My mom had this look on her face like she had bad news.  I asked what was wrong and she had told me that Josh had committed suicide the night before.  That was the hardest thing to hear when, at the time, he was really my only friend. I just said, “oh, okay. that’s so sad.” and then moved along with my day.  I guess I’ve always put up a front when bad things happen.  Miranda and I continued to eat lunch together and talk because, well, we still had one thing in common.  Josh.

Sophomore year I decided to quit doing competitive cheer and join school cheer.  To be honest, I hated it.  But one good thing did come out of it and that was my friend Miranda R.  We are still friends to this day but tbh I haven’t heard from really any of the other girls I cheered with since then.  During this time I decided I was going to make this girl Piper talk to me.  I was completely successful and we became fast friends.  Piper was 100% my bestest friend throughout this entire year and still is a good friend today.   Right towards the end of the year, Lacy and I linked back up and were back to being great friends.  Over summer, Lacy and I took a trip to Reno and it was super fun.  We didn’t do much but we met some super nice people and hung around the arcade a LOT.

Junior year I decided to quit cheer completely and devote my year to theatre.  BEST DECISION I HAD EVER MADE!!!!! Theatre became my life and if you needed me, I was there.  I participated in every single show that year.  Lip Sync- Hobo group, BGB- Ensemble, Make a Wish- A Friend Like ME (Victor, MJ, Savannah, and I), A Midsummer’s Nights Dream- Peasant with MJ, Shrek the Musical- Assistant Stage Manager/Duloc Doll.  I was busy all year long but I was so happy with myself.  During this time I also had my first real boyfriend Dayton and learned so much about myself.

Senior year.  Wow.  It definitely flew by faster than everyone warned it would.  I can’t even express how fast it flew genuinely.  I was still very involved in theatre, but I stage managed so much more throughout the year.  Lip Sync- Hit the Quan, BGB- Newsies, Fall Dance Show- Stage Manager, Harvey- Stage Manager and Grand, Spring Dance Show- Stage Manager, Beauty and the Beast- Stage Manager.  So, you could say that I really enjoyed stage managing.  Throughout the year I can definitely say I made some friendships I never want to give up.  I also got so much closer to people I already knew.  Some people I want to shout out is Brendan, Griffin, Ambur, Bret, Bella, Brad, Kacie… genuinely thankful for these people and the friendships I have with them.  Bonds, that I think, can’t be broken.  Also, I went to New York with my theatre and created another bond with someone – Rachael.  This girl and I have some of the best conversations and honestly can’t thank her enough for being my rock.  ALSO – SHOUTOUT TO ASHLEY MY BEST FRIEND 🙂 She lived at my house practically over the summer, and I couldn’t ask for a nicer person in my life.

No matter what happened throughout the year, I am so thankful for everyone who is in my life.  It’s crazy to think that I have been friends with Danielle since 2nd grade and I am a freshman in COLLEGE.  That’s about 11 YEARS of friendship.  Absolutely insane.  Also, I’ve been friends with Brianna for just about the same amount of time and she just visited about a year ago?  Maybe a year and a half?

I believe that you make an effort to keep the people in your life that you care the most about.

College.  I haven’t really done much as far as college goes yet.  I went to a football game where a drunk guy almost puked on me, I went to a frat party, and I did genuinely terrible as far as grades in my first semester.  But one good thing came out of it and that’s “my only friend from college” Hanna.  She’s such a little bundle of sunshine and has been my best friend this past semester.  Unfortunately, she will no longer be attending UNLV with me but that will never change the memories or even change the fact that she is one of my best friends.  I can definitely say I hung out with her EVERY SINGLE DAY of the semester and I never got bored of her.  I don’t quite know what I am going to do without her but I will have to survive.  She definitely taught me a little about myself and how it’s totally NOT weird to drive to California with someone one week after you meet them if you really think that they are going to be your good friend.  Because I did that, and we became the best of friends.  We’ve had so many good memories and I am thankful to say we don’t have a single bad one.  I’m glad to call her my friend.

The future.  This next year I have so much planned.  I have my next semester of college, I am starting a second job, and I am going to Europe with Rachael and my family.  I am so excited to see what this year has in store for me.  Thank you, to all of my friends and family for supporting me in my life.  I’m ready to see what’s next.

Facing My Fears

I have decided to face my fears.  I know this sounds vague so I will go into a little detail before I continue.

I have recently been looking into studying abroad, and the place I want to go is Brighton, England.  I have thought about all of the risks and all of the benefits and have decided I am going to give it a shot.  This is very nerve wrecking because I have never even been out of the country, let alone living there for months on end.

I have, however, made up my mind that I am in fact going to apply.  It will cost a little bit of money out of pocket, but not too much that it will effect me in any way.

I guess, I’m writing this post to get your stamp of approval?

Is this actually a good idea?? Or am I just crazy …

I would love to hear your thoughts about this, maybe convincing me that this really is a good idea?

Breakfast of Champions?

The other morning, I was running late for school (which happens to be a normal thing for me) so I wasn’t able to grab anything on the way to school for breakfast because on this particular morning, I was running REALLY late.

So, I was in my car when I realized… I HAVE A BAG OF FLAMING HOT LAYS IN THE BACKSEAT OF MY CAR OMG.

Now I know what you are probably thinking, flaming hot lays? What? When has this ever been a thing?? Well, I didn’t discover them until the other day when I went to Walmart with my friend Lacy.  She decided to walk down the chips isle and BEHOLD – flaming hot lays.  Sure, I’ve had your typical flaming hot Cheeto or your Takis, but never had I ever had a flaming hot lay.  So I tried them, and OH MY GOODNESS!! They’re delicious.

Back to the story – I was driving and I realized I had the bag of chips and I got ridiculously excited because well, I love those chips.  Only problem, however, it was 7:30am and I don’t know about you but I don’t really consider that the prime time for eating chips. But, I did it anyways.

I ate the whole family sized bag.

Not my proudest moment.

Now, it was around 8am and my mouth was on fire and I had nothing to drink because, once again, I was running late.  I noticed a bottle of water on the floor of the passenger seat of my car and deeply thought about whether or not that was the best idea.

I concluded that yes, it was a perfect idea.  So, I sat and drank my water that was probably sitting in the car for about a week.  It tasted a little funny but in the end it was an okay decision.  So, that’s it.  That is the best breakfast you can have when you’re running ridiculously late. 🙂

New Face Product

Okay so I know I don’t have any experience reviewing any products ever, but I just bought a brand new makeup remover from Sephora thats from IT Cosmetics.

And trust me, I am no beauty guru but when it comes to this product, all I want to do is rave about it.

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So, it comes out as a waxy material and you apply it all over your face where there is makeup, including on your eyelashes, and you leave it on for 1 minute.  After the minute is up you will rinse your face with minimal scrubbing, you won’t need to scrub hard, and the makeup will literally melt off of your face.  I know that sounds too good to be true so I have before, during, and after pictures of my face when I used it.

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This is the during picture, I just applied the remover and it was already MELTING off of my face, mostly my mascara, I hadn’t waited the minute yet and I hadn’t rinsed.img_2623This is the after picture where I rinsed off my face and patted it dry.

img_2625LIKE, HOLY CRAP.. IT WORKED.

I was also wearing waterproof mascara and idk if you wear waterproof, but if you do you will know that stuff NEVER comes off, but it did first try with this makeup remover.  I was seriously impressed.  So if you are interested in buying this lovely product it is by IT Cosmetics.

img_2627Called BYE BYE MAKEUP. It is 3-in-1 which means it is a makeup remover, a cleanser, and a moisturizer all in one.  Now, don’t use this product for every day cleansing of your skin, but feel free to use it any day you have makeup on.  They do recommend using a normal cleanser/face wash after to completely clean your pores but if you are exhausted and don’t have time to do so, don’t worry about it because it does do the job already for you.

10/10 would recommend.  And like I said I got this product from my local Sephora so go pick one up it is LITERALLY magic.

Nature, School, and other…

Schools all around the world are so different, from elementary, middle, high schools to college.  But what do some of our schools have in common?

Let’s find out.

I took some pictures from all around my campus, and I want YOU to help me find out what kind of campus’ are most popular.

 

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This is one of the more beautiful aspects of my campus, there are palm trees and a beautiful view of the Las Vegas skyline from the library … is this like your school? How? What city is your school in?

 

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This was taken on the same day on the same campus… not so beautiful huh?  Is your campus more like this? How? What city is your school in?

Is your campus a mixture of the 2 like mine? How? What city is your school in?

I can’t wait to hear from all of you in the comments below.  I wish more campuses looked like the first 2 pictures rather than the 3rd…. it’s much more beautiful.