September 27, 2015

Campfires + the Short North

Weekends are relished a little more with each passing week now that I am in the thick of things at work. 'Back to School' has been tucked away until next year and we are quickly approaching the end of first quarter.

My Friday nights are typically for catching up on sleep but this week I made an exception to hang out with Corey and his family at a local campground. It is prime campfire season and I'm not one to turn down an epic s'more. Or should I say, s'mOREO. That's right--toasted marshmallow and a Reese's cup all smushed between a golden Oreo. 

Before calling it a night, we kept ourselves entertained like children by tossing packets of flame colorant into the fire. I swear these pictures have no color filters!

Saturday morning after work (my part-time job) I drove to Columbus to visit the bestie, Natalie. 

She took me to my new favorite Columbus food spot, Arch City Tavern.

The parmesan truffle fries are an absolute must. 

We split an order of those babies and both went for sandwiches with a side of brussels sprouts. I had a cuban (the best I've ever had!) and Natalie had a salmon sandwich which was seasoned and cooked to perfection.

The sprouts are fried (but not breaded) and well worth the bump in price for a side item. I was pleasantly surprised at how incredibly delicious they were.

Afterward we grabbed coffee and browsed the Short North before hitting World Market, Target, and Ulta. I scored a new mixing bowl, measuring spoons, and a few makeup items. Side note: my bank account should be thanking me right now that I don't live near a World Market.

A day with my best filled with good eats and a little retail therapy was just what this girl needed. I'm off to one of my little's football games before going to see my family and spending the evening with my love. I hope you also enjoy your Sunday!

September 16, 2015

Taking a Time Out

It's no question that life can become a little overwhelming from time to time. When that happens it becomes very easy to let ourselves wallow in pity and drown in discouragement. I try very hard to see the positive in any situation although, it's through more of a realistic lens rather than optimistic.

It is incredibly hard to turn my thoughts away from work even after packing up heading home for the day. I am constantly planning, creating, worrying, and working at home for my class and when the stress of it all catches up to me, I quit. Temporarily anyway. I took to giving myself a time out after a hard work day and completely turned my mind away from the mainspring of my stress.

To detox my mind I like to be in public yet alone and enjoying something that is pure pleasure and has nothing to do with work. I don't like to sit at home so I took to my favorite cozy coffee house and dug my nose into a book for entertainment.

While on my way to the coffee shop I noticed that I had passed the entrance to Woodland Cemetery which I haven been wanting to visit for awhile now. I took passing it as a sign and after sipping down my latte and making headway in my new book, I stopped by for a walk through.

The grounds were peaceful and perfect for clearing my head. I embraced another personal stress reliever and happily snapped some photos.

I made it to my long awaited destination, Lookout Point, which is the highest elevation overlooking the city.

Trying my best not to be locked behind cemetery gates, I booked it back down and stumbled across the burial sites of the two most famous Daytonians.

I didn't actually visit their graves because I was in a hurry and couldn't locate them in a quick scan of the section. But, that's okay because it's just another reason to go back again!

I feel happily refreshed and plan to continue my evening now with netflix and no school work. Remember to quit every once in awhile. Don't think of it as treating yourself as much as it is simply a necessity for your mind and body.

So tell me, what are your tips for soothing stress and taking a time out?

September 14, 2015

The Emergence of Autumn

Windows open, temperatures dipping below 70, and a bonfire night with great people made this weekend one for the books. Corey and I had some incredible food with friends at the Greek festival on Saturday night and embraced the onset of Fall with his family on Sunday night.

I followed my aunt's delicious recipe for caramel popcorn to bring along to the party--buttery, melt in your mouth caramel corn!

I also made a game stuffed with prizes called Poke-a-Pumpkin. I of course found the idea in the land of all things cute and DIY, Pinterest (original idea). The kids had a great time!

Dinner included some favorite Fall comfort foods like chili and hot apple cider which I happily dug into. Hanging out with everyone was definitely a fun and relaxing way to end the weekend


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