Valentine’s Day Cocktails

This past Friday, I had some friends over to be my taste testers as I tried out new cocktail recipes for the upcoming holiday. It was such a fun night with gossip, snacks, and lots of experiments with the various ingredients I had amassed. It was so much fun and I highly recommend it both for a fun girls’ night as well as a date night ❤

We came up with a few fun, festive, and tasty treats that I thought I would share with you all.


Celebratory Champagne

Jazz up a romantic classic with strawberry heart ice cubes. I found a cheap tray from Walmart that I filled with finely chopped strawberries and water. Once frozen, I popped them into so champagne. They helped keep it chill, looked super cute, and added a little fruity zest to the drink.


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Berry Kissable 

This drink was my favorite of the night. I mashed up fresh raspberries with a dash of sugar then added in crushed ice, topping it off with Bailey’s Irish cream. It’s a perfect drink for a winter evening.



What a pomegra-NIGHT

Ingredients: 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, 1 cup of ginger ale, 2 shots vanilla vodka, and a dash of lemon juice. Mix well then serve. This one was my friends’ favorite. It has a nice festive color and is super sweet.


I hope you enjoy the recipes and have a very happy Valentine’s Day!!



*Note* These recipes are for readers 21 and older. Enjoy responsibly 🙂


Lifestyle · School

Beating the Winter Blues

It feels like nighttime all the time.

As a student who is accustomed to working during daylight hours then quitting homework once the sun sets, this winter has been challenging. I abhor studying once it’s dark, but when it gets dark way before dinner, one must adjust.


So how can I beat the winter blues?

Get up earlier

Yes, it is dark in the morning too. However, I know myself and I’m more likely to work when it’s dark at 6:30 am than 6:30 pm. I get up earlier and go to bed earlier in an attempt to maximize my hours of productiveness.


Lamps, lamps, and more lamps

I am not going to work well if it is dim whatsoever in my room, so I blast the lights in my room. I highly recommend purchasing an extra lamp or two to ensure you won’t be tempted to take a nap. This lamp from Target is now on my shopping list.

target lamp


Adjust your breaks

I’ve modified my study breaks to be more frequent but shorter now that the winter blues have set in. It prevents me from getting too stir-crazy. I usually work for about an hour then give myself a ten-minute break or so.


Fresh flowers

I cannot wait for springtime, so I just pretend it’s here already by always having fresh flowers on my desk. I don’t spend too much money on them, usually about ten dollars a week. But it is worth it to treat myself to a pop of color at my workspace.



Reward yourself

I pretty much bribe myself to do more work with the promise of treats (hey, it works for dogs). For example, if I study for an hour or finish an assignment, I pour myself a steaming cup of hot cocoa. The promise of a mug full of sweetness and marshmallows keeps me motivated.



I hope these help some of these ideas help you as much as they have me. Have a happy rest of your winter!



Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

As a student, my time is pretty important to me and I am broke. These two facts have caused me to love cooking using a slow cooker.  I can come home to a lovely meal that doesn’t make me sad and doesn’t take much time to put together. While making these tacos, I was studying at home so the delicious smell wafted into my room and kept me excited and motivated while reviewing histology.

crock pot chicken
Looking good in my crock pot 🙂

This recipe is so easy with few ingredients that you can just throw in a slow cooker.



  • 2 lb boneless chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 16 oz salsa (I use the Tostito restaurant style)
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • Juice from 2 squeezed limes


Put the chicken into the slow cooker. Add seasoning, salsa, cilantro, and lime juice. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Throw it on a tortilla, add fresh toppings, and enjoy!


taco night
I served it with refried beans, Spanish rice, and red wine (of course!)


An extra bonus about this meal – it also takes great reheated. I prepared a bunch then ate it for lunches throughout the week. I hope you enjoy the tacos as much as I did.


Lifestyle · School

Advice for my 18 Year Old Self

It has been exactly one week since I graduated and like many other new alums, I’ve spent some time reflecting over my college experience. I wanted to share advice that I wish I had known as an 18 year old entering college.

grad 1

You’re no longer a big fish in a little pond

You’re not going to be the smartest in your class, the most active in your sorority, or the best on your intramural team. You’re transitioning from a 400 person class to a 1400 person class so it’s okay that you aren’t number 1. Don’t let it get to your head.

Find people who make you happy

Don’t spend time with negative people who talk behind each other’s backs. Don’t be a negative person who talks behind someone’s back.

grad 2

Ask people out

Okay, by this I mean 2 things. 1. Feel free to ask boys out. Hook up culture does exist but who cares, if you like someone, ask them out. 2. Ask out friends for dates. If you meet someone cool, ask them to grab coffee. It’s not weird to pursue friendships.

Grades are important but you don’t need to work as hard as you think you do

Now, we both know that you’re a neurotic freak who obsesses over grades. But being happy and having a balanced lifestyle is just as important. In fact, if you’re happy, you’ll do better in school. Having fun for a few hours a day will make you more productive in the long run.

It’s okay if you don’t meet your best friends right away

Freshman year is overwhelming and you’ll make friends but it’s okay if they don’t carry you through all four years. In fact, you may meet your best friend as a senior and that’s great too.

Last but not least, enjoy yourself. It’s gonna be a great four years!



Glam Grad Gifts

As a senior, I have been asked by a few of my loved ones what I may want for a graduation gift. I’ve discussed with a few of my fellow graduating friends and we came up with a pretty solid list of ideas for those of you with no clue what to get for your loved one. I tried to include a wide variety of prices for the items so that everyone could find something to fit their budget. The list is made with college graduates in mind but could definitely still work for high school graduates as well!


Coffee Maker

coffee maker

What is great about coffee makers is you there is such a diversity of prices, colors, and choices that you can personalize this gift to whoever you are buying it for. The one pictured is from Target and is priced at $99.00. This is the first thing I personally asked for because I know I’m gonna need constant access to coffee in med school and it’ll help me save money by making my own coffee more often rather than buying it. To personalize it even more you could include a travel coffee cup or a really cute mug.


Professional Purse

dagne dover

For women entering into the professional world, bags by Dagne Dover are perfect. Although they are a little pricier (the one pictured is $145) there is a wide range of options, colors, and every bag is filled with organizational compartment sand pockets making them ideal for a graduate trying to stay on top of things.


Dinner Ware

anthro plates

Graduating often means moving out and getting one’s own place. A great gift to ensure a grad feels homey in her new apartment is super cute dinner plates. I adore the Anthropology home goods section and fell in love with these plates. They’re so cute and you can buy one for only $10.00 and mix and match colors. They’ll go in any kitchen and add a lot of personality to a new home.


Cute Themed Gifts

grad mug

I absolutely love Francesca’s graduation gifts this year. They have mugs, frames, and wine glasses for super reasonable prices. The one pictures is only $16.00 and I think it is so precious especially with the removal grad cap.


I hope this helps with your shopping needs and to those of you graduating this year, congratulations!!!


Recipe: Banana Bread

One of my favorite breakfast treats is banana bread like my mom used to make me as a kid. I have found a fantastic and easy recipe that is my go to whenever I want to treat myself.

banana bread ingredients


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe potato
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Optional: mini chocolate chips


  1. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites, sugar, and banana.
  3. Add oil to liquid mixture and mix well.
  4. Add both mixtures together. (Sprinkle in chocolate chips here)
  5. Pour into a sprayed 8x4x2″ bread pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60.

banana bread 2

A lot of people prefer to add crushed nuts rather than mini chocolate chips but that’s totally up to you!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!



Origins: A Perfect World

This past weekend, my friend Kendal and I went to the Origins event in Raleigh South Point Mall. It was the launch of their line A Perfect World and it was sponsored by Influenster. Influenster is a free blogger network with tons of product reviews.


At the event, we were treated to samples, a fun tea reading (apparently I’ll be taking care of six kids one day?!), and free facials. During the facial, I was allowed to test the A Perfect World line.

origins moisturizer

I’ll preface by saying that I have super sensitive skin. Once, after washing my make up off, my roommate thought I had to go to the hospital due to an allergic reaction – that’s how red I was! This makes it difficult to find products that won’t cause flare ups or discomfort on my skin. With that said, I LOVE this line.


I have dry skin but the product is designed for all skin types in mind. I purchased products without SPF just to ensure they wouldn’t cause my skin to freak out. I bought three products: Antioxidant cleanser with white tea, Age-Defense Skin Guardian with White Tea, and Antioxidant moisturizer with white tea.


The products felt lovely on my face and my skin did not react to them at all (a first for me)! The white tea smells lovely and clean without being overpowering and after use, my skin felt smooth for hours. I’ve been using this regime now for a week and have noticed a huge change in my skin. It is less reactive and less dry and flaky. I do the routine in the morning and use the moisturizer as a nice base for my make up and then again during the evening.

All in all, I highly recommend trying out this new line!