Friday, June 29, 2012

The Nail Files & June Yoga Challenge

Hello! This is for you! 

I'm so happy it's finally Friday! This week went by so slow for me. I'm more than ready for the weekend which will be spent by my pool during the day and at night I'll be packing. It'll be good times, good times.

Speaking of good times I'm linking up with Vicki & Tara for The Nail Files. My shellac mani lasted exactly 3 weeks but with the new growth I had to get them redone. I went for shellac again but with a more bubblegum color. 

In other news it's the last link-up of Courtney's June Yoga Challenge :(

My Goal: 3 sessions/week.
Actual: I only did 2 this week :(. I'm bummed I didn't get the last session in but this crazy heat and humidity have been messing with my body and my apartment was extremely hot earlier this week. I just couldn't do it.

I have loved this challenge though. Incorporating yoga into my fitness has been great. It's really helped me stretch out my body and I feel less sore. I also didn't realize how many different types of yoga there are, different ways to do it (classes, videos, etc). and how many free resources there are. I'm definitely not ready for a class (public eyes shouldn't see me do yoga) but I really like doing the videos at home. Previous recaps Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.  Thank you so much Courtney for hosting this challenge!

Happy Happy Friday!!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's Ok to be Thankful Thursday

Happy Happy Thursday! On Thursdays I love this link-up, mash-up called It's Ok to be Thankful Thursday!

It's OK
That I do a link-up almost every day. I like them. I like to meet other blogger through them. Deal :)
That the highlight of my week was this post from Neely :)
That I love teenage drama shows like Secret Life of American Teenage, Baby Daddy, and Pretty Little Liars
I keep looking at my Top 5 crush's very drool worthy ;)
I love to use emoticons!
That I keep encouraging you lovely readers to follow me on Google Friend Connect (GFC). Please, please please do this so I know who follows and can follow you back! 

I'm Thankful
For all the loved ones in my life. They keep me sane.
For Neely's Post. She speaks the truth. 
Wine. Even of the boxed variety.
For the show So You Think You Can Dance, 2 hours of entertainment every Wednesday night.
My Iphone. Talk about attachment issues.
My sister Elizabeth. I've gotten to talk to her every day this week and she's helped me with so much <3 
My love of teaching. I found my passion. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."- Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WILW & Oh How Pinteresting

Hi friends! I'm so glad you're here today to find out What I'm Loving Wednesday and Oh, How Pinteresting! I love these two link-ups because they are the best of both worlds, What I'm Loving AND most the time it's what I'm Pinning! So this is how you do it. Write a post and link-up with Jamie & Michelle. It's that easy!

What I'm Loving & Pinning
 I'm loving the beautiful Katie for so many reasons. She is a great blogger and she's the one who designed my blog for me! Please, please, please go show her some love :)

 I'm only 20 days away till moving! I'm so excited!!

 Magic Mike comes out this week! I'll be there Thursday night or Friday afternoon. It'll be drool worthy ;)

 And of course I'm loving these pins which you can find on my Pinterest
DIY Vases for a pop of color

Peach, basil & mozzarella salad

Room Designer!

 These awesome giveaways being hosted by Michelle & Neely!!! Check 'em out :) 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Top 5 Tuesday: Celebrity Crush List

I'm so excited! You want to know why? Because Rachel @ Just Peachy brought back her Top 5 Tuesday link-up!! This is probably the best part of my day (yea... my Tuesdays are a little lame). 

This week it's Top 5 Celebrity Crushes... I really hope you all link-up because I would adore staring at your computer screens and seeing who's on your list. Make sure you grab a towel because this is drool worthy ;)

1) Channing Tatum. I know he will probably be on everyone's list with Magic Mike coming out but I've liked him since Step Up. Remember that goodie where he's a dancing bad boy gone good? Yep even then! 

2) Matt Bomer. If you've been reading my posts lately you've noticed I've been a bit obsessed in love with White Collar. The number one reason? This guy. He can even make geeky look good! And look at those eyes!

3) Chris Pine. When Star Trek first came out my friend Cody really wanted to see it. Me not so much but I'm so glad I did because this hottie was in it! And now his new movie "People Like Us" is coming out and looks good! 

 4) Zac Effron. He was cute in all the High School Musical movies but he has grown up into such a good looking man! And since he dumped the baggage Vanessa Hudgins he's been taking amazing roles and producing good movies!

5) David Beckham. I love his bad boy look and he's such a great Dad! You always here him bragging about his kids and see them in  pictures with him. Then again if he was my Dad I'd want to be in pictures too!

                                                                Honorable Mentions

Tahj Mowery

Ryan Gosling

Justin Timberlake

Monday, June 25, 2012

Welcome + Miscellany Monday + Blog Hops :)

Hi Friends!!

Welcome to my new blog! I decided that A College Girl's Guide to Life was just that. It was a wonderful blog that I started when I was in college. With new life experierences happening (Las Vegas), and not being in school anymore I needed to re-brand my blog.

Please check out my new pages, social networking buttons, and grab my own button to put on your blog!

I wish I could take credit for this amazing design but tis not so. The most beautiful Katie @ Simply His designed this for me! She did such an amazing job and it's exactly what I want :) You should definitely visit her and show some love!

Now Miscellany Monday with Carissa & Blog Hopping with Sami!! 

 My weekend was pretty boring and pictureless. It was filled with homework, work, grocery shopping and pinning.

I'm currently watching Chelsea Handler and it's the Father's Day episode. Hilarious!

I adore pinterest. You all should link up for Oh How Pinteresting & What I'm Loving on Wednesdays!

On Saturday I got a great workout in! I did 45 min on the elliptical, 15 on the treadmill (HIT), and 10 min. solutions target toning- all 6 workouts. I felt so good afterwards!

I know I've mentioned this once or twice but I'm in LOVE with White Collar Matt Bomer is as almost good looking as Channing Tatum!

Happy Monday!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Social Sunday 3: Music Loves

Does it have to be Sunday already?! Where did this weekend go... oh wait maybe the 6 hours of work on Saturday killed it...

Anyways... I have a HUGE announcement TOMORROW (Monday!!) Make sure you check back here to see it. It's amazing astronomical blow your mind and you won't want to miss it!

Ok. The REAL reason you are here is to read about my music tastes via Social Sunday link-up! I highly recommend you participate, it's oodles of fun.

Here are the questions

What is your all-time favorite song?
Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri, How He Loves by David Crowder, and Free Fallin by Tom Petty

Who is your favorite singer/band?
Colbie Calliat, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum and the classics like Beach Boys and the Beatles.

What is your theme song/song that best describes your life?
B*Witched- I saw them at our tennis club when I was 10 and they were popular... Good Times

American Honey by Lady Antebellum- Life as a whole
Don't Stop Believing by Journey- High School
Anything by Taylor Swift- College Years ( I saw all of her concerts that she's done in Michigan)
Kokomo by the Beach boys- All the places I want to visit

 What songs put you in a good mood?
Right now it's Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, especially when I see the cute baseball players :)

But I also like Hey, Soul Sister by Train, Smile by Uncle Kracker, & Summer Girls by LFO

What is your favorite roadtrip music?
I love to make mixes of my favorite songs but I also like to listen to music that reflects the water. So if it's sunny and I'm on a back road it's country music, gloomy weather = sad music or mellow, highway= pop/rock/ r & b, something up beat with a good bass.

What song are you embarrassed to admit you love?
Justin Bieber Girlfriend (not many of my friends are fans yet), and boy bands like One Direction, Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, and The Jonas Brothers

Make sure you link-up and share! 


Friday, June 22, 2012

June Yoga Challenge Week 3 & Nail Files

Good Morning Friends! I must say that I'm having a good morning because of this little baby

Blueberry + cinnamon nut coffee= goodness!

Now let's get to the highlights of the post

I can't believe it's been 3 weeks of this challenge! I'm definitely starting to see physical improvements but my running has greatly improved! My legs feel stronger and less sore after I run. I look forward to doing yoga now and feel better after I do it. Thank you Courtney for having this awesome challenge!

Challenge: Do yoga 3x week
Actual: I did 3 sessions. I'm really enjoying the pre & post run yoga sessions on Do Yoga With Me. I also did 1 session of Candlelight Yoga on Netflix.

I really like doing these yoga sessions on my computer in the privacy of my own room. I'm still not confident enough to go to classes.

I really like linking-up with Vicki for The Nail Files because I love to see what colors and designs others are using.

I'm still rocking the shellac mani from 2 weeks ago! I definitely have a lot of new growth and am ready for another but there are still no chips in the polish!

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday! Be sure to link-up with Neely & Ashley for Social Sunday! You can find the questions here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

2 posts in 1 day & awesome meals?!

It's Thursday night. I NEVER blog on a Thursday night. BUT I have had an ephiany and wanted to share with all of you... hopefully someone reads this because I'm really proud!

I, Elle, who loves to go out to eat, haven't eaten out this whole week (well except for Monday when the Momma paid for it). This is a huge accomplishment for me because  

1) I only make meals for myself and I hate having a ton leftover 
2) I think it's easier to go to the closest restaurant than to go home and cook  
3) I'm trying to not grocery shop till I leave for Las Vegas. Anyways...

I was at the library studying and it got to be 6 and I was STARVING! But you know what I did? Instead of pulling into Panera, I went home. I popped a bagel in the toaster, veggie bacon in the microwave, and cracked some eggs. And guess what... it was delicious. It also only took 10 min. Big smiles coming from this lady right here :)
It might not look pretty but oh so tasty!

Here are a few other meals I've made this week
Instead of Panera:Everything Salad: lettuce, veggie chicken patty, peas, tomato, carrots

Instead of buying tuna lunchables I made my own: starkist tuna in water, greek yogurt & dill 

Instead of fast food I made: Veggie burger, sweet potato fries & watermelon. P.S I eat my watermelon with a dash of salt, does anyone else do this or am I the only one?

So those are my eats this past week. I hope to keep up with this streak. It also helps that I can eat my meals watching White Collar that Janae got me hooked on.

Isn't he beautiful? Much better than the typical frat boys I see...

Don't forget to link-up with Vicki for the Nail Files and Courtney for Yoga Challenge tomorrow!

Also, check out my blog from earlier today "It's Ok to be Thankful Thursday" :)

It's Ok to be Thankful Thursday Mashup

Whoo hoo it's Thursday!! 1 more day till the weekend, but wait I have to work on Saturday too... so 2 more days till the 1 day weekend for me... I digress.

I'm super excited to be linking up with not 1 but 3 amazing girls this week!! Last week Neely, Amber, and Tracy started mashing their link-ups so now it's Ok to be Thankful Thursday! Let's get this party started :)

It's Ok

That I truly don't feel awake until I have at least 2 cups of coffee or 1 espresso drink
That I really want Biggby to open a store in Las Vegas (They are only in Michigan)
To fall in love with Anthropologie and want everything in the store
To be single when EVERYONE else in my life has a boyfriend, husband, and/or children.
To feel very alone but know that it'll get better
To get very distracted when trying to write this post. I went from Tracy's blog, to Teaching in Heels, to pinterest... ADHD anyone?

I'm Thankful For

My family. I am very blessed and will miss them when I move.
My church families. They are as much my biological family and I will be skyping with them all the time :)
That I have a job that is allowing me to experience a new place. And that it is a passion of mine.
For blog readers & friends... you guys seriously rock and I love that I'm getting to know more of you!
The beautiful sunshine and warm weather... I'll take sunny and 90's any day
For my air conditioner so I can sleep at night during the 90 degree weather
Lastly I'm thankful that I have my health. So many are going through difficult struggles right now and if my only struggle is a few "friend" issues or not having as much money then I'm THANKFUL <3 

Link-up and share!! It's a PARTAY :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I really do think the best thing about Wednesdays (other than being 1/2 through the week) are What I'm Loving Wednesday & Oh How Pinteresting. I enjoy linking up every week with Jamie and Michelle and it's always fun to see who else has linked up!

What I'm Loving Wednesday is simply what it says... what are you loving?

Pinterest is this:
Pinterest is the place where you can catalog everything lovely.

You'll need an invite to get on the site...I can help you with that!

Email me your email addy! I'll send you an invite as soon as I can!

So let's get started :)

WILW & Pinning
These awesome dishes that I got for FREE (to read why click here)

That I FINALLY went to my new obsession Anthropologie and want all these beauties for my new apartment

 These super cute style finds

And these inspiring words