You Deserve This

0079cda9c0b99c18c44841921c0185f3Being back at school for my spring and final semester definitely has me feeling a lot of mixed emotions. I am sad one minute, happy the other, stressed another, I cannot keep it together.

So many things go into this final semester. The job search begins, which is my top priority at the moment. But above all, its the ending of one chapter, and the beginning of another. This is the moment where I truly need to figure out who I want to be and where I want to end up. What the hell do I know? I am just a twenty something college student who likes to watch cat videos on youtube in her spare time.

I am so torn between staying young forever or truly figuring out who I am by growing up. Your college memories will probably be the best times of your life, and I am not sure I truly want to leave. I mean, I know I have to. But the thought of leaving my friends and not having a set specific schedule anymore is really tough for me. These girls have been there for me since freshman year when we came in so terrified, and we have gone through it all together.

Heartbreaks

Failed tests

Family problems

Bad decisions

We have all been there for each other, no matter what stupid decision or drama that has tried to stop us. So why leave? I am not sure I want this chapter to end. Or this next chapter to begin.

Who do I want to be?

Will I like my job?

Will I even have a job?

These thoughts are all running through my head, as I am sure they are running through every other seniors head as well.

I take my walk to class every day, and I just think to myself. “I am really lucky to be here. At this school. Surrounded by these people.”

I am lucky.

But its not luck.

I got myself to this point, obviously with some help along the way, but I wanted this.

What I am saying is, although it may be hard to leave, I deserve to succeed. I deserve to finish this chapter, and begin writing the next.

And above all, I deserve to be happy, no matter where I am, or who I am with. And I will continue to remember that no matter where I end up.

Saying Goodbye

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A year ago yesterday my Uncle passed away.

Let me rephrase that. A year ago yesterday my Uncle was unexpectedly taken from us. Before the blink of an eye, he was gone. He wasn’t physically there, and to be quite honest, it isn’t fair. It wasn’t then, and it isn’t now. But thats how it happens. People are taken from their loved ones every single day, and they have to cope with it.

For a while there, I didn’t really think it was real. That a week before he was joking around with me over text about my “recent new boyfriend” and how no boy could ever be good for his niece. A week before, he was fine. He was there. He was happy.

We were happy.

How could something like this happen. We didn’t deserve it. Nobody ever deserves that kind of sadness.

Death is an inevitable part of everybody’s life, and there really is no way around it. Having said that, nobody should ever have to be ready for death, and nobody should ever be ready to say goodbye to somebody that they love so much.

The day that I learned that my Uncle was rushed to the ER, I thought that everything would turn out okay. Like my Uncles usual antics, he probably fell off a ladder, or accidentally shot himself on his foot.

I didn’t think that I wouldn’t have a chance to say goodbye. I didn’t know that I had to prepare myself to see him, because he was in such bad shape.  He was hooked up to so many tubes. It wasn’t my Uncle that was laying in that bed.

My Uncle was already gone.

For some of you that may know my Uncle, he was a little on the wild side. Of basically everything. He had a ponytail down most of his back, fake teeth, and a rainbow colored house. He loved playing jokes on people, and he hated being the center of attention.

He never took care of himself. Never.

My Uncle was alone, for three days before he was found in his house. I cannot even imagine what was going through his mind. I still play it all back in my mind, and it makes me so sad.

Like I said, my Uncle was known for his jokes he played on people. But boy, did people love him. Those couple days where he was in the hospital, people came and people went, but every person that entered that room had a story to tell.

Each person carried a memory of my Uncle with them, and for that, I am so thankful. That a man as wacky as him made an impression.

I sit here writing this post, tears in my eyes, and I laugh. My Uncle would hate to see me cry. So much so that he would probably bonk me upside the head and tell me to “Cool it”.

My Uncle was an amazing human being and he will always be remembered for that. Saying goodbye is not an easy thing, never will be. But I am glad that my Uncles spirit remains the topic of so many conversations that remain.

Random Act of Kindness

In my previous post, I had asked each of you to do something for another person that could make their day a little brighter. I had a little doubt because it is the new year and so many people are busy enough with their daily schedules to even stop and think for a moment, but I was surprised to see on Facebook the other day that my nephew took part in a very giving act of kindness.

My sister and her boyfriend Tony have three beautiful kids together. Seeing that yesterday they had off of school because of snow, they had the boys go outside and sled in the neighborhood. Right across the street, there is this awesome hill that all the kids accumulate at for a fun filled day in the snow. Nicole stayed back at the house to make some hot chocolate for the boys, but still was able to keep her eyes on them. Gage (my nephew) and Austin and Noah were out minding their own business, when a kid in his late teens, maybe early 20’s came out to see what they were up to. He had a snowboard with him and asked if the boys wanted to make a ramp with him, so that they could have some more fun. They each did their part in making this extravagent jump on the hill, and they all went flying off of it. Only a couple minutes went by, but the kids had so much fun with this older kid. He ended up having to leave for a busy night of work right down the road, but before he left, he pulled Gage to the side for a quick second. I guess he could notice Gage eyeing his snow board, so he asked him if he liked to board and if he was “regular of goofy-footed”. Gage told him what foot he led with and the kid ran inside for a quick second. When he came out he was holding this snowboard with stickers all over it. It looked pretty worn out, but it was such a cool board, with such an awesome personality. The kid came right over to Gage and said, “It’s yours now, bud!”

Gage has been begging my sister for a board for the longest time now, but they never go enough. Plus, snowboards aren’t so cheap. Needless to say, this was such a wonderful act of kindness, and Gage has been carrying the board around with him every day since then. He makes frequent trips up to his room to check if it actually happened and the board is still there.

The kid never told my sister or Gage his name, but what a great guy he was.

Gage will always remember how a random stranger gave him his first snowboard!

2015 Prints

Lately I have been obsessing over prints. Graphic prints, animal prints, anything you can imagine, I love it all. Anything you can use to spice up an outfit, whether it be a jacket, some shoes, or the smallest headband. Instead of being so matchy matchy, you can ad some flare to your outfits for this 2015 new year (which is so weird btw…2015. W0W)

Floral:

Like all other years, floral has always been a huge hit, whether it be on the runway, the stage, or everyday life. Everyone loves the way they feel when they are wearing some beautiful floral. It seems as though florals are here for good, and I am not mad at all. They are feminine but bold at the same time, and they accentuate the many different personalities of a successful woman! It might be that floral prints will stop being a trend, and start to be the real deal in the fashion world. It has been a “trend” for a very long time and maybe, just maybe, it will stay around for the long run.

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Animal:

Animal prints were covered previously in this blog, and they will continue to be a trend this Spring, but what you will mostly notice is that the animalistic colors will not only be confined to the boundaries of black and white, but be opened up to bright pinks, blues, and greens! Bright hues are again going to be a trend.

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Geometric:

Geometric prints have always been a standout for me. Although I have not gotten around to the perfect geometric print for myself, I always see a variety of ages rocking the bright colored prints all over their wardrobe. This year, different geometric prints are being designed in a perfect clash of bright and dark colors. Specifically, the most appealing prints will be in the black and white tones for those who want to stay true to their color hues.  These prints will become more popular on handbags and shoes.

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Black and White:

I have continued to stay inside my comfort zone with colors for a very long time. You can always see me wearing all black, and sometimes jumping out with a hint of color, but never too much. So, it makes me very happy to know that this 2015, black and white patterns are making their way back onto the drawing board. You will see black and white colors on pants with a variety of different patterns, ranging from polka dots to black and white florals. Another anticipated hit within black and white colors will be stripes on jackets and even on shoes. I am so excited to see how these prints will spice up my wardrobe!

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     Cannot wait to see all these different prints strutting down the street this coming Spring!

Tie the Knot? Or not!

il_570xN.549987247_gomj il_570xN.547915469_t4xu Are you looking to tie the knot, and soon? Well here at Bare and Me, we have come out with our new “tie the knot” rings that would be perfect for this specific occasion. What better way to tell someone you love them, then by presenting them with this beautiful ring.

Soon to be brides can hand out these rings to their bridesmaides for perfect bridal party gifts. Imagine looking at your best friends walk down the isle for your wedding, all wearing these beautiful rings from Bare and Me. Such a perfect piece for them to have as a simple reminder that they will always be in your heart!

These rings would also look beautiful with our stacking rings, which are provided on Etsy as well as many of our other products. What we love about our rings is that they are so simple and elegant that they can be worn alone, but paired with our other rings will make for a great statement!

These rings are made with 16 gage, heavy beaded wire. Although the ring looks as dainty as it does, the wire used makes for a very sturdy ring, and very happy bridesmaids.

Everything here at Bare and Me is handmade in our studios based specifically in Maryland. We always tribe to create the perfect gifts for not only everyday events, but the special times in peoples lives where they want something to remember it all.

If you look on Etsy, many of our pieces have a lot to do with Weddings, each having special meanings.

We make custom jewelry for all over, and like to make them special for you.

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Simple as that!

Tie that Knot!

GoForIt<3

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It seems as though at many points in one’s life, there is always that time where they feel like doing something different. Something out of the ordinary. Something you aren’t quite used to, but so need to get it out of your system.

I say, do it. Why overthink every possible thing in your life? This new year, I feel like I am biting off more than I can swallow, but there are so many things that I want so badly to achieve. But above all the getting into shape, trying new things, and jumping out of an airplane, I want to become a better version of myself. I know I am always one for staying true to yourself, and never changing, no matter what anybody says, but there are some things I need to do to become the best version of myself possible. I want to worry less. I want to speak my mind more. I want to walk a mile in another’s shoes before I pass judgements. Ultimately, I want to become someone that I would want to be friends with. Someone who I can trust to talk to, and always seek them out for better understand. I want to be the person that people like to be around, and honestly..I know I can do it.

Like I said, I am not trying to become a beauty queen, or a rockstar. I am not trying to become a skinnier version of myself, or alter myself physically. I just want to care less and love more.

I am by no means saying that I am a bad person, and I truly believe that I have done a lot of wonderful things in my short lived life. All I know is that I can become better. This year, and all the years to come, I am making changes, for myself, and for the people around me.

I can never change what has happened in the past. I have had friendships gone down the drain, and frankly, there is not much I can do about them at this point. You can only try so hard, and second guess yourself so much, until you do not really care anymore. I believe that everyone can change, and people can become better, and having said that, things will get better. But for now, I will continue trying to be the best person I can possibly be, continuing to focus on myself and the people who mean the most to me.

I will work harder to be successful, take chances, and continue to listen to my instincts.

I will go for it.

Cheers to you! Another Year gone… Is it what you hoped for?

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Well, another year has passed us bye.

Have you said everything you needed to say, done all of the things you wanted to do?

Me, I always try to say and do everything I set out to do but we all leave some things unsaid or undone or take the ones we “love” for granted. I for one want to change this in #2015.

Top 10 Things I want to do:

I want to live a simple life.

I want to be kind and…

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Cheers to you! Another Year gone… Is it what you hoped for?

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Well, another year has passed us by.

Have you said everything you needed to say, done all of the things you wanted to do?

Me, I always try to say and do everything I set out to do but we all leave some things unsaid or undone or take the ones we “love” for granted. I for one want to change this in #2015.

Top 10 Things I want to do:

I want to live a simple life.

I want to be kind and compassionate for things I do not understand.

I want to live everyday as if it is my last.

I want to love unconditionally.

I want to not judge.

I want to be better at what I love.

I want to be a better someone.

I want to help more people just because.

I want to travel to places I have never been.

I want to be less into what I need and more of what others need.

Top 10 Things I want to say:

I want to say I understand and mean it.

I want to say NO more often.

I want to YES more often.

I want to say YES to jumping out of an airplane.

I want to say “i love you” more often.

I want to say “I am proud of you”.

I want to say “i can do that” and do it.

I want to say “really” can you re-phrase that please!

I want to say “be all you can be” to the ones that really need it.

I want to say what I feel all the time…

I think this list of mine is obtainable and I recognize the things I want to be better at and the things I want to say more often. I want to be the person that always says how she feels when she feels it. I want to live an authentic life and be meaningful to the people I love and the ones that love me. We often overlook the good and happy things in our lives and often take it all for granted. If we look at what we have and build on the future with these solid ideals, we can do anything, be anything and achieve everything…

Definition of “taking for granted:

to accept without question or objection; assume: Your loyalty to the cause is taken for granted. to use, accept, or treat in a careless or indifferent manner:

To give little attention to or to underestimate the value of, to fail to appreciate.

Synonyms:

Trust, rely on, accept, accredit, admit, attach weight to, be certain of, be convinced of, be credulous, be of the opinion, buy, conceive, conclude, consider, count on, credit, deem, fall for, give credence to, have, have faith in, have no doubt, hold, keep the faith, lap up, place confidence in, posit, postulate, presume true, presuppose, reckon on, regard, rest assured, suppose, swallow, swear by, take as gospel, take at one’s word, take for granted, take it, think, trust, understand.

Antonyms:

Abandon, deny, disbelieve, discard, dismiss, dispute, disregard, exclude, forget, ignore, neglect, refuse, reject, distrust.

I wish all of you love, happiness and the best life has to offer in #2015.

Just remember taking people for granted in your life is the one thing that you should recognize and change in 2015.

DIY HOLIDAY GIFTS

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 With Christmas right around the corner, many of you are probably scrambling around trying to find the perfect last minute gifts for your loved ones. You are on the internet, looking at the hottest deals, or running through the mall trying to find the right sizes. It gets very hectic around this time, especially when you feel the pressure of trying to find the most wonderful gift for those who have helped you to have a wonderful year. It makes sense. But why must the most incredible gifts be the most expensive?

I understand that many people do not have one artistic bone in their bodies. I am one of those people. I recently took up a ceramics class for my last semester of college, and while I do enjoy making bowls and cups, and cute little tea cups, I struggle a lot. I worked my butt off to get a good grade in the class, but my bowls always seemed to have a little TOO MUCH personality, if you know what I mean.

I made a total of five bowls, a teacup, and a abstract box. I brought the bowls home with me and my mother said that they would make wonderful gifts. I wasn’t even thinking about turning them into gifts, but it is such a wonderful idea. I worked my butt off to make those bowls and teacups as beautiful as I could make them. I worked at the wheel for hours until I finally liked one. It took up a lot of my time, but I really enjoyed it, and why not share with others what I enjoy (even if I may be terrible at it)?.

Now, I am not saying go buy a wheel or take a new pottery class, but Do IT Yourself gifts are really the best. Make a photo album, candles, jewelry. Knit some scarves. Bake some cookies. And maybe if you decide to do it, your bank accounts will not hurt as much 😉

For great ideas, check out Pinterest. It has many creative and loving ways to put a smile on your families faces!

…and if all else fails, buy something from Bare and Me;)

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Home for the Holidays

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One of the biggest things I miss about being home is the smell of my house. I am pretty sure my mom has something baking or on the stove at all hours of the day, because that is just who she is. She has a knack for cooking and baking, and someday I hope I am as talented as she is.

My favorite is when I come home and I smell cookies baking in the oven, especially around the holidays.

So for this post, here is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe found on pinterest!

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don’t use fat-free, light or whipped)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used 1 cup chips and 1 1/4 cups chunks)

DIRECTIONS:

To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, cream cheese (measure it by smooshing it into a 1/4-cup measure), sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use an electric hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).

Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
Add chocolate chips and chunks, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.

Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping mounds (I made 28). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.

Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat or spray with cooking spray and place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes as cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

This is not an original recipe, although I wish it was.

ENJOY