March 31, 2011
Photo Via: MiO
I drink a lot of water, so a little twist every now and then is great. I’m not a huge fan of waters that are already flavored. Instead, I buy the powder packets and mix it into my bottle. I just recently saw a commercial for these liquid flavor water enhancers that Kraft came out with, MiO. MiO allows you to create up to 24 eight oz. drinks with ease. They come in a variety of flavors: Berry Pomegranate, Fruit Punch, Strawberry Watermelon, Sweet Tea, Peach Tea, Mango Peach. I am extremely excited to try the Mango Peach, yummm! It gets better, they are all caffeine-free, zero calories (per 8floz.), sugar free, carbohydrate free, and free of artificial flavoring. MiO is sweetened with Sucralose, a calorie-free, artificial sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than sugar. They have a complete list of all ingredients and nutritional information online. Everything about this new product seems great, so I can not wait to try it out. My expectations are high, and I hope it meets my expectations. From what I have heard so far, is that they taste great. If you have tried it out, let me know what you think. Go to the actual MiO website and check out some more about it. Also, if you have missed the advertisements for it there is a video on YouTube. If you really fall in love, then you can even follow Mio on Twitter.
March 30, 2011
For those of you who don’t know him, his name is Tyler Ward. He has done a ton of covers, which I fall in love with every time. He has such a great talent vocally and instrumentally. I just love his voice, don’t you? He also records newer upcoming artist to the YouTube world. Check out more of his videos, they are absolutely great. Also, if you have an account through YouTube be sure you subscribe to his channel. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I also promise this will not be the last time you see him on my blog.
March 29, 2011
Photo Via: Muhammad Cordiaz
So life has been crazy for me lately. I know I have been distant from writing posts on here. Well, quite frankly I am not on my laptop as much as I usually am. For one, I deleted Facebook which gives me a tone of free time away from the computer. Second, I won an iPad so I now have even more of an excuse not to get on the computer. I mean there is an app for WordPress, obviously, because there is an app for everything. I have downloaded it, but it takes too long for me to type up a blog post. It is easier for me to do it on my laptop, but with not getting on as much, it makes me much more distant.
Let me share with you how I won my beautiful iPad. You see, I work at a company with a ton of employees in the winter when I am home on Christmas break. In about mid-March we always have an employee party. Everyone gets a certain number of tickets (it depends on how much you work, the more hours you work the more tickets you get) that can be used in the silent auction, which holds plenty of gifts with a broad range of prices. I started with the lowest priced prizes and worked my way up. I put random tickets in random bowls, and saved the rest for the bigger stuff. I finally worked my way towards the pricier prizes, and I put a good amount of my tickets in a LG television. I was in high hopes of winning that one, I mean what college kid wouldn’t want a high definition television in their dorm room? I then got to the iPad and realized I only had two tickets left, so I chanced it and put them in the bowl already consisting of hundreds of tickets.
The drawings for prizes started, but of course they make you wait out until the very end, so they do all of the little prizes first. Hours passed (not kidding) and I was getting tired of waiting around. I thought to myself, “What is the chance that I will actually win?” I thought my chances of actually winning were slim to none. So, I began to pack up my stuff to head out, then I heard the announcer stubble upon my name over the speakers. I stood up and ran up there excited for what I had won (although I had no idea what my name was called for, I was not listening when they announced the prize). As I ran up in front of everyone, I stopped and asked a familiar face what I won, and they replied “The iPad!” Now tell me I was not grinning from ear to ear. I was so excited, because I have worked there for five years and not won a thing. That made my night, actually probably my week.
My luck is changing for the better.
March 24, 2011
Photo Via: Facebook Homepage
It official, I deleted my Facebook (temporarily of course). My heart sped up as I was filling out the questionnaire of reasons why. Then right before you finalize the deactivation they try to sweep you back in. At the top of the page, are photos of friends on your Facebook. Below each one it says _Name_ will miss you. Really? If the people on my Facebook where my true friends in the first place then they know plenty of other ways how to get ahold of me. I continued on with the process and eliminated my profile for the time being. I have no idea when I will activate my page again, but the time will come. I can tell you this though, it has been the biggest relief off of my chest. I don’t have to worry about getting on and checking. I no longer catch myself creeping on there for hours at a time (come on admit it, we all creep). Facebook is one of the biggest procrastinating engines ever invented via internet. It also houses most drama, gossip, and God knows what else on the site. If there was anything you needed to know about someone, you go on Facebook. If there is someone you just met, and you look to get a further connection with them, you turn to Facebook. It is almost pathetic that the world has turned into this. I mean, before I deleted it I was receiving birthday parties, graduation parties, and even wedding invites. Doesn’t anyone like face to face contact anymore?
I will not act like I was never on Facebook, because I was. I searched around page to page probably more than the average person, because lets face it, in college you have a ton of spare time on your hands. Also, if I ever heard something back home, all you have to do is sign into your page and check it out. Everyone posts practically everything about their lives on Facebook (well, almost everyone). The fact of the matter is, however, is that I don’t miss Facebook at all. I love not being on there on a(n) (almost) daily basis. I now can proudly say I am not as distracted from my studies, and now I get same amount of work done in half the time. I am enjoying my brief hiatus from Facebook.
However, the one downside of not having it. The birthday calendar. That was the one thing I miss.
March 23, 2011
My family and I took little trip to Nashville for my last few days of spring break. We started out my roaming around downtown Nashville. They have so many little shops, restaurants, bars, and live bands everywhere. I grew up on country music, so being surrounded by it everywhere was unreal. Everywhere you turn there is a new song playing, I loved it. Then my parents planned a visit to a plantation. My brothers and I were not stoked to visit a plantation, because honestly, does it sound exciting? Well, my parents ended up proving our doubts of enjoyment wrong, we had a great time. The walk to the plantation home was amazing, the scenery was wonderful. The plantation home was of Andrew Jackson during his time in office. It was named The Hermitage, and let me tell you, the house was gorgeous. I wish I had pictures to share with you on the inside, but unfortunately you could only take photos outside. The wallpaper and flooring was either all the original, or prints from the original. Every piece of furniture in the house was of the original home, besides two chairs. Every room was more stunning than the next, and every room was bigger than the next.
This was the view from the original entry to the house.
A close up pictures as we are walking up to the front door. I love the tall pillars!
This is the view from the back of the house. Just to the left of it was the smokehouse and the kitchen, but I didn’t get a picture of that.
After the day at the plantation I became extremely ill. So, from here on out I missed out on a lot of the trip. I was able to work up enough strength to venture out with the rest of my family and go to the historic City of Franklin. The city had a variety of shops and boutiques. This one caught my eye, IvyCake. It was a cute, little cupcake shop tucked away at the end of the block. As soon as I saw it I knew I would have to buy a cupcake. I purchased a red velvet cupcake, whom they call Break Up, and it tasted wonderful. The owner was actually featured on Cupcake Wars! She also made all the cupcakes and the cake for Carrie Underwood’s wedding. So, you guys know the cupcakes are excellent!
Our last night spent in Nashville we all went to the Grand Ole Opry. It was unlike anything I have ever seen. So, be sure if you ever head out to Nashville, buy tickets to the Grand Ole Opry. I promise, you will not be disappointed. All of the artist did awesome. Some of my favorites of the night were Craig Morgan, James Wesley, and The Charlie Daniels Band. It was a great night, even though I was sick.
One of the guitars at the entrance of the Opry House.
That was my family trip to Nashville. Oh, and the reason I could not of been quicker with updating all of you is because our hotel had the worst wi-fi ever. It would not connect if it’s life depended on it. How was your break? Or weekend? Well, life in general, how has it been going for you?