Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lean In

Now that Pretty Little Liars is on hiatus, I have nothing to watch.  I took a look at my reading list and realized a common theme - women in the workplace/feminism and then the usual young adult fiction love story.  Honestly, I had planned on writing another "Before the Screen" post, because seriously - so many awesome book/movies are coming out this fall, but then I started reading "Lean In".

I'm only a couple pages in, but so far it's awesome.  As a recent grad and young woman trying to find myself in the real world, this book has lots of advice.  What I admire most, is Sheryl's style of writing.  She's not pretending to be miss perfect, it's genuine and honest.  Her title might be CEO, but I'm sure she worked hard for it.  This is all I know so far, so I'll leave you with this and get back to reading.  All you ladies and recent grads should check it out too!  Anyone read it before?  What are your thoughts?  Happy Thursday, fellow dreamers!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bananas for Blueberry Ice Cream

Yum!
You know when bananas get spotty and lose all appeal, even when your friends keep telling you ripe bananas are the best?  Trust me, I get it.  The moment I see a big spot, I can't eat it.  I let it sit and yeah, eventually it becomes smelly and/or completely spotted.  Now if you're like me, this happens more often than not.  Sometimes you forget how many are left and then you're stuck with one too many ripe bananas.  Of course you could throw them away, but them your trash gets smelly too.

Solution: Make ICE CREAM!

Banana ice cream that is.  Not only is it sweet and delicious, it's healthy and light.  Guess how many ingredients? Just one!  Unless you want flavoring, it's just bananas!  No longer do I feel guilty eating ice cream out of the container.  Also because I only make enough for one or two servings, but I digress.  I'm so excited to share my little recipe with you!  Besides snocones, this has been my favorite frozen treat of the summer.  My recipe might include a couple extra ingredients, but only for extra flavor.  Feel free to add whatever you like and most of all, enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 RIPE Bananas
1/4 Cup of Blueberries
1 Tsp of Cinnamon Sugar

Instructions:
1. Peel and slice bananas into 4 sections.
2. Leave bananas in freezer for 2 - 3 hours or until almost frozen.
3. Blend the bananas for 30 seconds.
4. Add blueberries and cinnamon sugar.
5. Blend for 1 minute.
6. Enjoy! If you like your ice cream frozen, place in freezer for an extra 30 minutes.

P.S. I know it's only three photos, but I finished my bowl before I remembered to take more.  #sorrynotsorry

Friday, August 22, 2014

Flashback Friday


I know most people follow #ThrowbackThursday, but what about the rest of us who are always one day late? Especially when you're sick.  Don't know about you, but I usually go off on tangents - more than I usually do - when I'm sick.  This week has been full of interesting conversations to say the least, but I digress. Thank goodness for #FlashbackFriday, am I right?

In honor of #FlashbackFriday and last night - did I tell you what happened?  I went to a 90's Boy Band sing-a-long!  That's right. N*SYNC, the Backstreet Boys, and more!  Also, NKOTB - except they don't really count in my book. It makes me feel both old and young, but let's just go with the latter for now.  Anyways, it was fantastic.  It felt like I was at a real concert!  Brings me back to my first concert ever, when I saw the Backstreet Boys.  All I remember was Howie flying over us, the live version of "Larger than Life" because duh and my mom yelling at these crazy girls to stop stepping us.  Quite the experience, but the reason I'm a concert aficionado and #fangirl of almost everything today.  So, to celebrate the memories and a Happy Friday - I'm sharing my top five music videos of the 90's, Boy Bands only of course.  Look out for a surprise video at the bottom ;)
 
#1

 
#2


#3


#4


#5


 Surprise!
If you follow me on Twitter, you might have heard my rant about this song, but after 3 listens, I gave in.  Not only is TSwift crazy talented, she's smart! Happy Friday, fellow dreamers <3

Friday, August 15, 2014

August Wishlist

Happy Friday, lovelies. Who's ready for the weekend? This girl. Surprisingly, this week has been the busiest work week all year - yet this is my third post this week. Funny how that happens, right? Not gonna knock it though, I'm loving this writing kick!

Anyways, let's get to the good stuff. This month's wish list is all about shoes and accessories. I'd include clothing, but August is weird.  It's still too hot for fall clothes and there's no use in buying any new summer clothes. Alas, it's the perfect excuse to add to my shoe and accessories collection!

Black Flats*: Remember last October? Either do I.  All I know is I've been searching for the perfect ankle flats since then. After months and months of not settling, I've found the perfect shoes! They're suede, d'orsay styled, ankle strap, and have the cutest cutouts along the front. Perfection.

Earrings: I love my fake pearls and studs, but it's always nice having a good pair of pink earrings.  I already wear them with everything.

Bracelet: My bracelet collection is quite limited. Limited to two actually. Sad I know, especially for someone who wants to wear a bunch at once. Luckily, I received this Kendra Scott statement bracelet in a swag bag. It might be just one, but it's one more than I had before!  Isn't it lovely?

Watch: I'm always that girl, the one always asking "what time is it?" Again, I'm currently limited to two, so I'm looking for a new one.  Might just jump on the pineapple trend bandwagon and order myself this beauty!

Rust Flats: One season word, fall.

Running Shoes: If you're following me on instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of my newest babies. After 12 months and a few hundred miles later, I decided to retire my old shoes. Taking it seriously this time, I went to the running store to get fitted. Once the shoe fit, I got the name and went online to order last season's version of the shoe. Turns out last year's shoe had a better color selection - just look at those colors.

I know, soooo many shoes. What's on your wish list this month? Do you stock up on fall clothes or take it easy during the awkward month?  Cheers to a fun filled weekend!

P.S. This Sunday is National Thriftstore Day - make sure to thrift to your heart's content ;)

*The flats I purchased were not available online, but this picture is similar. Also, I bought mine from F21.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Resolutions Check In

It may be August already, but let's just pretend it's July for a second, okay?  It's still the second half of the year, so let's check in on my new years resolutions.  Confession: I still have yet to purchase a planner.  So as I write this, I no longer have any idea what my new years resolutions are.  I do remember I wanted "to sleep more", but honestly speaking, I am always working on this.  Thank goodness for blogger archives, right?

Let's look back shall we...

Read more: I haven't done the best job.  My goal was to get through at least 12 books and I'm barely at 2.  I remember reading The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, and...?  Yeah, not so good.  I start off ambitious and begin a bunch of books, but then I have a hard time finishing them.  I'm currently reading Insurgent - the second book to Divergent, fingers crossed I finish this soon!

Volunteer more:  I'm still volunteering with a local animal shelter, but I have to admit I've stopped helping out at the food bank.  I loved helping out - I just haven't participated in a while.  Luckily, living in the Austin community means plenty of volunteer opportunities.  Hoping I can help out this local organization during the 2014-2015 school year.

Run more:  I made it to the 10K!  It was quite the challenge, but crossing the finish line is something I'll always remember.  My running routine might have fallen off track once I started taking yoga classes, but I'm still running.  Thanks to my new running shoes and socks, I feel invincible every time I hit the pavement.

Dress up more: This goal may be my biggest success of the year, so far.  Working in a professional setting certainly helps, but incorporating my personal style into the workplace has been the best opportunity to experiment with color blocking, mixing prints, etc.  Be on the look out for career inspired outfits very soon!

Take vitamins: Short and sweet, I haven't taken a vitamin in weeks.  Take that back, one second ago.  How about those gummy vitamins...?  Sounds like an incentive already ;)

Sleep more: Can't lie, I've had my share of good and bad weeks this year.  With the recent blogging hiatuses, I've had plenty of sleep.  Not that I'm blaming blogging on my poor sleep patterns, but the truth is, I'm an evening writer and I can't won't go to sleep until my post is complete.  Any other bloggers the same way?

I might not be following every resolution perfectly, but I'm proud of the progress I've made so far.  The rest only leaves room for improvement, right?  Did you make any new years resolutions for 2014?  Whether or not you've stuck with them, just remember they're goals - not rules you have to follow.  Here's to running my life away, extra zzz's, and lots of laughter for the rest of 2014!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scared

Hey there dear reader.  It's been a while.  And as much as I can't stand starting off my posts with some "I'm tired" or "Work is so busy", it's true.  Some of the time at least.  The other half of the time I'm sitting in front of my computer reading nonsense because I'm too scared to hit "new post".  I worry that it will be too short, too bland, or worst of all, not "me".

It's not easy being a blogger when you are your worst critic.  And so I worry.  Am I writing as the me I am or the me I want you to see read?  If you met me, would you be thrown off or would I be The Blushing Dreamer?  I thought long and hard before creating this blog, especially in deciding the title. It might not be the most clever, but it fit me.  I've said it before, but I'm shy.  I get embarrassed easily and blush way too much for reasons unknown(mostly unknown).  I'm also a dreamer.  I believe in miracles, second chances, happily ever afters, and pink.  These are the things I've mentioned time and time again.  That is who you know.  The truth is, I've never really written more than the typical "about me".  Yes, everything is true - but it doesn't tell you that I'm easily-entertained, sarcastic, stubborn, a worrier, or terribly gullible.  There's obviously more to me than just words, but writing is my favorite form of expression.

I feel confident when I write.  I might be one out of a million bloggers, but I love it.  I know I can't make everyone happy, and it's similar in hoping you see me as I am.  I don't want to be impersonal or write fluff, but speaking honestly - it's happened.  I'm not proud of it and they are obviously not my most popular posts, but here's to change.  Like the start of a new school year, I'm attempting a clean slate and leaving the fluff in the past.  I'm going to write when I want to write and not feel bad about taking a day off, or even a week.  This isn't a second job - it's a hobby and I want it to stay that way.  I'm not promising a regular blog schedule or my life story anytime soon, but I want to be authentic and most importantly, me.