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I feel like the more I blink, the faster the months go by. July has come and gone faster than a speeding bullet, and I feel that at the pace we are going, 2017 will be over with. My calendar this month was so extremely full that I feel like it wasn’t even really a “summer vacation.” 

This July consisted of: 

  • A Fourth of July celebration 
  • Multiple grad parties between both my family, my boyfriend’s family, and multiple family friends 
  • Family reunions and picnics for both my and my boyfriend’s families 
  • A day trip to Erie, PA 
  • Working a summer camp 
  • Getting my new ‘batch’ of students and beginning the upcoming school year 
  • A day trip to Canandaigua, NY 
  • Beginning and completing a summer class [that I never thought I’d survive] 
  • Many days and nights spent with friends and family
  • Eating copious amounts of ice cream, my favorite part of summer 

August is a month that seemed so far away only a few short months ago. So much is about to happen and so much is about to change this month, that there definitely will not be a shortage in terms of things to talk about on this blog. I will be experiencing new things, and will, undoubtedly, have many things going through my mind. xoxo. 

Life.

Keeping in tune with yesterday’s post, today I am including bible verses focused on the sanctity of your life. I’ve found within the last year that looking to the Bible for guidance in times of need has really helped. *Shoutout to Catholic education for making me [eventually] realize this.*

1 Peter 3:10-11 For, Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.

Ephesians 5:15-16 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 13:3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 21:21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Keep on keepin’ on, my friends. xoxo.

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Live like you’re dying.

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Who remembers way back in 2009 when Kris Allen won American Idol? Probably not too many of us, right? But, one thing I do remember [somehow] is his first single after winning the show called Live Like We’re Dying. For those of you who don’t remember, or don’t know what in the hell I’m talking about, here’s a snippet of some of the song’s lyrics:

We gotta start looking at the hands of the time we’ve been given. If this is all we got and we gotta start thinking, if every second counts on a clock that’s ticking, gotta live like we’re dying. We only got 86,400 seconds in a day to turn it all around or to throw it all away. Gotta tell em’ that we love em’ while we got the chance to say, gotta live like we’re dying. 

A lot has happened recently and has changed the way I look at life. Life of a loved one has been lost. Life of a loved one has been given an expiration date. I’ve started to really realize that your entire life can change in the matter of, no joke, one day, so why are we wasting time on the things that don’t matter?

Why are we sweating the small stuff? Why are we holding grudges? Why aren’t we focusing on what really matters to us? Why are we not going for what we truly want in life? Why are we not seizing the day?

It shouldn’t take an expiration date to kick start the best moments of our lives. You should be living your best life right now.

I would love to know what you are achieving, the dreams you are dreaming, and the things you are doing to live your best life. Spread the love. Start the wave. xoxo.

Things I’m currently obsessed with, 6.0

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  1. LANY. I know what you’re thinking, “another band made up of boys?!?!” The answer? Yes. All things yes. This band has been active since 2014, but it wasn’t until recently that I started tuning into their material, and let me tell you, I have become head over heels obsessed. I keep telling everyone I know to listen to their music and have turned into basically their marketing manager overnight??! All I know is, I haven’t listened to anything in my car other than their album, LANY, for about three weeks now. I am undoubtedly hooked. Check out one of their songs here.
  2. Baby Daddy. I didn’t start watching this show when it was trendy, same story goes for most shows I watch, but it popped up on Netflix a while back and my brother and his girlfriend were huge fans. I jumped in a couple times and watched with them, and suddenly it only made sense that I watched it from the beginning of the series. Now, here I am, with a new season out on Netflix that I finished in [not kidding] one day. If you need a good laugh or a little pick me up, check it out. You won’t be disappointed.
  3. Chobani Flip Coffee Brownie Bliss. Coffee flavored greek yogurt with biscotti pieces, milk chocolate, and brownie chunks. Need I say more? Personally, I love crunchy items in foods and its no surprise that I drink enough coffee to fill my body head to toe, so I feel as if Chobani dug deep into my soul and crafted this yogurt just for me. In their defense, however, I haven’t had a Chobani greek yogurt I haven’t liked, so there you go.
  4. e.l.f Double Ended Lipstick Duo in the shade Need it Nudes. I picked this up one weekend in Rochester with my boyfriend when I had forgotten a lipstick *gasps* at Target. I thought it was interesting to have two lipsticks included in the same wand, but much to my surprise, this has been the lipstick(s) I have been reaching for first. There were five options to choose from, but I got the nude shade(s) making it go with virtually everything in my wardrobe. The day end is a soft nude shade, whereas the night end is a bit bolder. The formula is sooooo creamy, it doesn’t dry my crusty lips out to the core. And, bonus? It was only $5! [$5 for two lipsticks…that’s almost unheard of].

BuffaLOVE.

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It is no secret that I love being from Buffalo. Actually, I think that’s one thing all Buffalonians have in common, we all are die hard lovers of our city. I mean, come on, our city does smell like Cheerios! So, today, on Buffalo Day (7/16), I will honor the City of Good Neighbors.

The most iconic part of Buffalo, to me at least, is the over-abundance of amazing food. It might seem like I am lying when I say that every corner you turn brings you face to face with a great spot to eat, but I am not. Whether your stomping grounds are North Buffalo, South Buffalo, or right in the heart of the city, you’re sure to never go hungry. Wings from the Anchor Bar, beef on weck from Charlie the Butcher’s, hot dogs from Ted’s, subs from Jim’s Steakout, donuts from Paula’s, sponge candy from Watson’s, beer from Resurgence Brewery, loganberry…the list goes on, and on, and on.

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And if restaurants are not enough, holy cow, do we have a ridiculous amount of festivals. Taste of Buffalo, the Italian Festival, Allentown Art Festival, the Music is Art Festival, so on and so forth. These events make Buffalo not only diverse, but fun. [In true Buffalo fashion, I was at the Italian Festival just today!].

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Another highlight of Buffalo is one that people don’t always think of, the architecture. The Darwin Martin House, City Hall, the Prudential Building, the Central Terminal, the Ellicott Square Building, and Hotel Lafayette surely don’t make this city a sight for sore eyes!

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New to one of my top favorites of the city is Canalside. Every single time I go down to the waterfront, I am still amazed at how far this area of Buffalo has come over the last few years. Between HarborCenter, kayak rentals, an outdoor ice skating rink, outdoor concerts, free movie nights, there is always something to do. And, it’s family friendly! On the topic of family friendly, Buffalo is also home to a cute little zoo right in the heart of North Buffalo.

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“Buffalo, the sports town with a drinking problem.” It’s also really no secret of my die hard love for all things Buffalo sports. I have been a season ticket holder for the Buffalo Sabres for my entire life. Most of my favorite childhood [and adult] memories revolve around this team. If hockey really isn’t your forte, we have the Buffalo Bills or the Buffalo Bisons to help float your boat. And to address the elephant that I know is in the room, yes, yes, our sports teams are not the best. However, I’ll be damned if Buffalo sports fans give up on the hope that this year will be our year. We have some of the best fans in the league – we’re crazy, we love to party, and we’re over the top loyal. It’s hard to explain how we keep coming back each year unless you’re from Buffalo, but it’s something we just do. [It helps that our bars are open until 4am!]

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So, there you have it. Some of my favorite things about my city. I really could have this list go on and on, but if you’re not from this area, I don’t want to bore you. If you are from the good ol’ 716, I shouldn’t have to add on. You just know, there’s more to Buffalo than 15 feet of snow. xoxo.

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Splish, splash.

 

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I am currently packing for a mini-semi-staycation though these next couple days, and I am racking my brain thinking about what to bring to a day to the beach, what clothes to wear to work, etc. etc. The normal, everyday stresses, really. When thinking of what to bring to Canandaigua tomorrow for a beach day with my family and boyfriend, I am trying to rack my brain about what I brought last week to the splash park in Erie which then spiraled my mind into thinking, *holy crap I never blogged about this day trip* so, here we are.

Eight days ago, my family took a day-cation down to Erie, PA. This trip all came about after the rain [go figure] ruined our plans to go to Darien Lake, a local amusement park,  for the day. We chose Erie because it is home to Splash Lagoon, an indoor family water park that would get us out of the rain while still packing on the fun.

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I had not been there since my 8th grade class trip [10 years ago…], so I was somewhat excited to get back there and see if it lived up to my adolescent hype. On this particular day, the Friday before the 4th of July, we were expecting this place to be booming with people, squishing us into the park like sardines. But, what we got was the exact opposite! There were people there, yes, but not enough to make you want to lose your mind.

Erie, PA is about two hours-ish from my house, but it’s like a whole other world down there. That little city has so many things that we, in Buffalo, do not have such as Steak and Shake, Chick-fil-A, Krispy Creme, tax free shopping, rustic beaches, and so forth. So being there for the day was fun and I left full.

By late afternoon, the sun came out so we drove down to Presque Isle State Park, home of the most gorgeous, rustic beaches I’ve seen. Plus, there even was a mini lighthouse! The state park literally has ten beaches you can go to, like what?! On the way there, we drove through the cutest little town, a water park, and an amusement park that had a rollercoaster that went over top of the roads underneath. Crazy.

All in all, it was a great day trip and I am more than excited to get away tomorrow and go to the beach on my last day of summer before school starts on Monday.

What are some of your favorite places to go for a day-cation? xoxo.

Donuts, fried chicken + beer.. what more could you want out of life?!

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So for those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend is from Rochester, New York. With the creation of this blog as well as this blog’s Instagram page, I have tried to keep in tune with local business from both Buffalo and Rochester solely for the fact that these are the two places we spend almost all of our time.

Upon scrolling through Instagram a few months back, I found this amazingly cute little cafe and fell in love with looking at all of their pictures of food. Last Sunday when Jon and I were home to see his family, we made the trek into the city of Rochester to check out BXCR.

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Let me just tell you…we are already counting down the days until we can go back! *ahem, eight days* It is just that great!

Aside from killer cold brew, this cafe has donuts that are absolutely to die for. Some options are even vegan friendly! On the day we went, their selection of donuts ranged from cannoli to trail mix all the way to maple bacon. I practically begged my boyfriend to try a donut, being the non-donut lover that he is, and to watch him eat an entire donut and enjoy it was the hilight of my life!

As if coffee and donuts isn’t enough for you, their menu goes so far as to include fried chicken sandwiches which comes with a side of a cornbread donut [which we will be trying next time!!], salads, mac and cheese, and even waffles on a stick. And what’s a chicken sandwich without an ice cold beer?! Well, you’re in luck because they have a wide selection on tap.

And as if it does not get any better, I learned that if you get them to cater an event for you, they bring a literal wall of donuts. [Picture taken from their website www.eatboxcar.com]

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If you are from Buffalo or any part of WNY, I beg to you, make the damn drive to Rochester. Think Paula’s Donuts times 8 million. I never thought I’d say that, but it’s true. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Where: BOXCAR

Location: 127 Railroad Street, Rochester, New York 14609

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6 out of 12, done! [4 days late…oops!]

July

Well, folks, we made it. We are halfway through 2017. Who would’ve thought?!

I feel like June for everyone tends to be a crazy month between the last days of school, graduations, summer starting, parties, nicer weather, etc. etc. For me, June didn’t even seem like it happened. I erased my dry-erase calendar and changed it from June to July and I was flabbergasted as to how we just made it through another month. But, hey, we did!

Looking back, in regards to my personal life, June brought:

  • Endless [and I mean, endless] amounts of graduation parties
  • Celebrating Father’s Day with my family
  • The end of the school year for my students
  • Receiving my new class list and re-decorating my classroom
  • Beginning of summer camp
  • A day-trip to Erie, PA to go to an indoor water park and restaurants that you cannot find here in WNY
  • The beginning of my summer class
  • Babysitting
  • My guinea pig’s first birthday [yes, we celebrated!]

I hope July brings bottomless margaritas, endless fireworks, and sandy bums to all my diehard readers. xoxo.

Oh, and happy birthday, America! You rock!

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