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Lily, the love of my life.

While procrastinating from studying for my chemistry midterm tomorrow, I realized that I have not publicly shared the love of my life with you guys! Don’t tell Cookie I said that ;).

well hello there, i'm lily. aren't i the cutest?

i really really like lettuce, preferably romaine.

sometimes i pretend i'm a wabbit.

for fun, i like to sit on my mommy's head.

i will go crazy for strawberries. gimme gimme!

i can't help it that i'm just so adorable.

this is me if i was human. KALE!!!!

this is usually where you'll find me. loungin in my zebra print hammock.

i'm always sweet and innocent.

but sometimes i'll get all up in yo face.

i'm the only one who will give mommy kisses after she's worked out and is all schweatyy.

this is my best non-human friend, cookie. she steals all my dry nasty guinea pig food but that means i get MORE VEGGIES!

whatcha lookin at?

one time, i was stuffed into a sweatshirt pocket.

i didn't like that very much.

i love climbing on visitors.

this is me pretending to be a crouching tiger! just kidding, i'm just munchin on some grass.

Call me crazy, call me obsessed, call me whatever you want. If you don’t find this guinea pig to be the cutest lil thing, I may have to reconsider our friendship. Just kidding. Sorta. Maybe. Kinda.

Back to studying!

Kisses from me and Lily!

xoxo,

Kara

fall favorites/christmas wish list!

Hi lovebugs!

How ya doin?

I’m doing great!

I’ve decided, that if I could have one wish come true right now it would be… to be able to hibernate in my bed for the rest of the month. Yep, I choose that over flying, reading people’s minds, being able to eat anything you want without gaining weight…..

My bed is just sooo comfy why wouldn’t I want to spend more time in it?!

Currently, I am blogging in bed, because it would be detrimental to my school career to hibernate in bed for the rest of the month. Finals helllooooo!

my view right now. pardon the messy desk, my priorities in college are obviously not cleaning my room...

Moving on to my favorites this fall (..winter?) and a few of the things on my christmas wish list!

I have been wearing MAC Turquatic since high school and it’s definitely my all time favorite perfume. The MAC website says it’s their “classic sea-inspired fragrance, with notes of Anemone, Lotus, Orris & Corsican Blue Cedar.” I’ve gotten so many compliments on it, making it A WINNER!

now available in a bigger size. you are going to be mine.

Another fall favorite or reason why I love fall is pumpkin!!

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

Recipe found here.

pumpkin for breakfast? yes please!

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 c water

1/2 c almond milk (or whatever milk you have)

1/3 c oats

1/4 c pumpkin puree

1/2 of a chopped up banana

3-4 drops liquid stevia, or more depending on how sweet you like it (also can use maple syrup, honey, etc)

generous shakes of pumpkin pie spice

toppings: dried cranberries, walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips….whatever your little heart desires!

Directions:

Mix water, almond milk, oats and chopped banana in a pot on the stove at about medium to high heat. Stirring frequently and watching for the banana to get soft and fluffy-looking. Once it is, mash banana chunks with the stirring spoon, and add in the pumpkin puree, stevia and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Scoop into serving bowl and sprinkle on the toppings! I chose dried cranberries and walnuts for my oatmeal.

Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s time to show off the sweaters! My closet is lacking in that department, I usually pull on a sweatshirt and am good to go…not this year!!

I love Free People. Too bad it’s so expensive. A girl can dream though!

free people's open stitches pullover sweater

free people's fairisle vneck pullover sweater

I’ve been eyeing these 70’s inspired blue pumps for a while now. Crossing my fingers they’ll go on sale!

steve madden dynemite pumps

Love this cowboy-esque style boots!

steve madden ruckuss boots

I’ve fallen back into an old obsession…a crumbled veggie burger in a monsterous salad. Sooo good! Especially with fruit in the salad too (grapes, strawberries or apples are my fave!).

veggie burger crumbled in salads = yUmmMMiii

Some new purchases that I hope turn out to be favorites:

REN jojoba microbead invigorating facial polish from Sephora. I needed an exfoliator that wouldn't dry out my skin so the lady at Sephora told me this is her favorite (plus it's has no bad things like petrochemicals or parabens!). So far I love it!

pssssst! dry shampoo from urban outfitters (can't find it online!). i have been using baby powder as a cheap way of reviving greasy hair but i hate how my hair would smell like baby powder! i've heard lots of great things about this one and it was cheap! $8!

Last but not least…

the blender god.

(source.)

A Vitamix!!! I’ve been wanting one of these forever..and a regular blender just can’t keep up with all the amazing things a Vitamix does! Hummus, ice cream, nut butter?!! PLEASEEE MOM AND DAD!!!!!

And that wraps up my fall favorites slash christmas list!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

xoxxooxo

Kara

and i thought i couldn’t be more in love with him…

until I saw this video.

LOVESYA JUSTIN!!! BELIEBER FOR LIFE!

Anyone agree with me on this one?!

WIAW + goin swimmin!

Hello lovelies!

We’re already halfway through the week, can you believe it?!

I don’t have class until 2 on Wednesdays, so I appreciated the 12 hours of sleep that awaited me! (I went to bed at 1 am…which is actually kinda early compared to how late I’ve been going to sleep lately. I tend to turn into a night owl when I’m off at college.) I got up at 1 pm, and in my defense, I needed it! I felt well rested and ready for the day. And I didn’t feel like I could fall asleep in any of my classes. Success.

For breakfast?….lunch…okay, BRUNCH I had:

plain greek yogurt with cinnamon, chopped up organic fuji apple (omg love), and a crumbled up flavor and fiber bar! peach detox tea on the side because it's simply delicious, anddd i feel like my body could use a detox from this weekend.

cinnamon raisin flava! i used to get these all the time in high school and i loved them, so when i saw them at nugget it was an instinctive purchase!

nutrition facts! and did you know that you would have to eat 3 kashi tlc chewy granola bars to equal how much fiber is in this baby?! plus it's pretty low in calorie...only 130! eating 3 kashi bars would be 3 times 140...i don't feel like doing the math..but that's A LOT! the only downfall to these are that they're more pricey than kashi.

daily inspiration from my yogi tea! "our thoughts are forming the world." wow that's deep.

Then I went to class from 2-4, planned on working out, but I think I tweaked my back running the other day so I decided to go swim laps in our apartment complex’s pool! Swimming is the best exercise for those who have injuries…and it burns up calories in no time!

But first, I had a bite to eat.

stir fried veggies & quinoa in sesame oil and braggs liquid aminos.

Then it was swimmin time! I haven’t swam in soooo long, I’m ashamed. I’ve been on a swim team ever since I was 8, and literally lived in the water. It felt so good to get back into it! My wonderful and hilarious friend, Kirsten, joined me. We had a bit of a problem of chatting too much in between sets…but we’ll work on that ;).

some synchronize swimming caught on camera. lovesya creeper amy!

Moving on…

When I came home from class earlier, I tenderized some chicken (put it in a ziploc and hit it with the bottom of a frying pan..what poor college students do when they can’t afford a meat tenderizer), seasoned it with s&p, and marinated it for about 3 hours.

before mixing it all together.

Basil & Parmesan Marinade

inspired by How Sweet It Is

 

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed

1/4 c olive oil

2 T balsamic vinegar

1 T dried basil

1 t dried mustard

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 T parmesan cheese (I used TJ’s shaved parmesan but any kind will work)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a large ziploc bag and refrigerate for 2-24 hours. Once you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 350 and set a skillet coated in olive oil to medium heat and cook chicken for 3 minutes on each side. The chicken should not be completely cooked all the way through. Place chicken in an oven safe dish and bake for about 10 minutes, or until it is no longer pink on the inside.

half a chicken breast (holyyyy yumm) and some sauteed broccoli - with earth balance and s&p!

I later had an unpictured banana with almond butter as a study snack and now I’m sippin on some Good Earth tea! What a day of delicious and homemade eats!

Kisses,

Kara

 

 

halloweekend!

Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween!

Here’s a couple pictchas from my weekend..I didn’t actually celebrate on the day of. I know, shame on me!

a cat and princess peach

mario & princess peach

mermaids! (notice the classy frat house background...ohh yaaa)

fishy faces

mermaid & nerd

my unicorn and army girl!

love my lil gypsy

roomie lovin!

I had a blast but all that fun wore me out! Now I’m just chillin with da roomies studying and enjoying some of this deliciousness…

failed muffins turned into bread pudding!

Recipe to come ;)!

Question of the day:

What did you dress up as for Halloween?

Lots of lovee!

Kara