Thursday, July 25, 2013

Let's Be Real

A few days ago, I was having a conversation with my friend about technology and the internet. The conversation basically ended with this friend saying, "the internet isn't real. No one is who they actually are online." 

This struck me. Am I my true self when I'm online? I think I try to be, but now thinking more about it, I definitely try to make my life seem better than it truly it sometimes. That I am happier than I really am. That I don't have a lot of problems. 

But to be real, life isn't always so hunky-dory that I try to make it seem like it is. While I try to find the positive in situations, life is hard. Really hard. 

To be real, I'm not very happy about how this summer has overall turned out.
To be real, I don't like it when things don't go like I planned them to.
To be real, I am getting sick and tired of receiving one rejection email after another about jobs I've applied for.

To be real, I hate getting up in the morning to go running.
To be real, I haven't gone running in the past 3 weeks.
To be real, I crave cookies, chocolate, and ice cream daily, but tell myself I can't have them because I've slacked on running.

To be real, I can't wait for school to start just so that I can feel like I am back in society. 
To be real, I love reading, but already being on my 8th book of the summer is a little ridiculous.

To be real, I am super scared of change, but need a change desperately in my life right now.
To be real, I'm not super happy with how my life is going right now.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

DIY Bleached Shirt

This past week I was at a family reunion in Oregon (more on that later) and one of the activities we did was bleaching shirts!
I had seen shirts that had been bleached before, but I had no idea if I could do it and have it turn out looking half-decent! 

So, this is what I did :)

Spray Bottle
Dark Cotton T-Shirt (works best with 100% Cotton)
Cheap Paint Brush

To "Spray" a design on your shirt, first either tape off or cut out a design out of cardboard. 

Put cardboard or multiple sheets of paper inside your shirt so that the bleach won't bleed through to the other side of the shirt.

Then, LIGHTLY spray bleach (that is in the spray bottle) onto the area of your shirt that you want to be bleached out.

You only need to do 1 or 2 sprays over the area. With the bleach, a little bit goes a LONG way!
If it doesn't look like the color is coming out of your shirt right away, wait for 5 minutes before deciding if more bleach needs to be sprayed on the shirt. 

Let the bleach dry for about 10-20 minutes before you take off your tape or cardboard design.

To "Paint" on a design onto your shirt, use a cheap paintbrush and dip it in the bleach.
Quickly, paint on the design that you want. You might have to paint over the design multiple times for it to really show up. 

My Final Product:

To wash your shirt, just make sure that you don't put it in a load with bleach in it, or your whole shirt will be bleached out and lose the design. 

Just have fun with your shirt! All ages can do it, just make sure that an adult is around to handle the bleach. The "Classic" shirt with the Mustache on it was made by a 9 year old, so it is a whole family activity!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

We are RAD!

A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to run the Color Me Rad 5K with my sister and one of her coworkers! 

I had to get up at around 6am to get ready and leave by 6:45am

The Before Picture, when we were still clean and pure

One of the awesome DJ's at the dance party before the race began

The Color Tunnel

After our first blast of color during the Pre-Party

We're ready to go!

At the starting line

At the Finish Line. That is me doing a cartwheel :)

After the Race

The Color Throw 
My mom took this pic. Perfect timing right??

After the Color Throw and Moshpit

Tan Line? Nope! Color Line!

This was seriously the most fun 5K race that I have ever run in my life and I'm so glad that my sister decided to do it with me! I look forward to being able to do it again! 

Monday, July 1, 2013

MGM: 3 Blogs that I LOVE

This week for Brooklyn's #MakingGoodMondays challenge, we are to highlight 3 bloggers that we love, are inspired by, etc.

I first found Elise's blog through a link-up that she hosts called "Dear Boys". I blog stalked her for a bit and entered a few giveaways that she was doing. Then, I won Free Ad Space for one of her sponsors! Problem was, I had no idea how to make an Ad or what the heck I was doing. So, Elise kindly made an Ad for me! Then we started emailing back and forth and finally decided that we needed to meet in real life. So, she set up a blogger meet-up last summer in South Jordan, Utah and we have been real-life friends ever since! In fact, I hung out with her just this past weekend at Tville Dayzz! (more on that later) So, not only is she a fabulous blogger, she is an amazing friend!


I first met Elisabeth at the blogger-meet up mentioned above. Ever since then, I have loved reading about her life and am constantly inspired by the words that she has to say! She is one of the sweetest girls I know and I think she "likes" and "favorites" just about everything I post on Instagram and Twitter! Love love love this girl!


I have actually never met Nichelle in real-life before. She is Elise's best friend and we have tried to plan a time to meet, but it just hasn't happened yet. She is an amazing blogger. While she has every reason to be negative about life, she is always seeing the good in situations and always brings out the positive. She is a great example of pressing forward through trials and afflictions that come your way and I have loved being able to read her "storybook of silver linings" :) Hopefully someday we can be real-life friends!

Runner's Up:

Thanks to all the Bloggers that make me want to live a better life! :)

This Little Blonde


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