fun + free date idea

My lovely boyfriend and I had a great adventure last weekend. We decided to go on a little scavenger hunt at the Branson Landing (an outdoor mall here in the wonderful town of Branson)! The night before we made a list for each other, then the day of the hunt we revealed the lists to one another. Benjamin had some interesting things on the list for me...including planking, yelling "I love you, Benjamin Aron Alve-Smith!" at the top of my lungs in front of everybody, owling, and offending strangers. Sounds like a great time, right? Well, it was! Here are some pictures from the day...

Before the scavenger hunt

Benjamin HATES Toms...so it was a real treat to see him try on a pair. ;)

Chewbacca was hiding out in Hot Topic...in bobble head form. :P

It took him SO long to find "California"! When he finally did find it, he was SO excited!

One of my to-do's was to steal a spoon from Orange Leaf.

I guess "owling" is the new "planking"?? I didn't even know about it until recently! Interesting concept...

Of course, Benjamin just had to put "planking" on my scavenger hunt list...

After the hunt...as you can see, we're both still happy with each other! ;)

We had such a fun time doing some crazy things! The best part is...we didn't spend a dime, but rather spent TIME together! :) I hope all of you had a great weekend!


my day...

is filled with peanut M&M's, note-taking, scanning, working out, eating, researching, running around...oh and breathing. (which could easily get forgotten!)

tonight is filled with my boyfriend, jersey shore, yummy food, cuddling, and relaxation. 

all i have to do is get through one more class. 


happy thursday! what's your day filled with?


diy | nail art

My roommate and best friend Emily is an art major and nail technician. I would say those two talents go hand-in-hand. On Wednesday she so sweetly did my nails. Thank you, Emily! 

I would like to share with you how she did them so that you can try them out for yourself!

supplies needed: three different colors of nail polish, clear top coat, thin nail polish brush or thin paint brush

1. apply your lightest color to all your nails, covering the entire nail. this color will end up being the middle segment of your nails. (i started with the silver). let your nails dry.
2. using your thin brush and another color of polish, start with the back segment by creating a wide "V" towards the back of the nail. fill in the section between the "V" and the back of your nail.
3. clean your thin brush.
4. using your thin brush and your third color, create another wide "V" towards the tip of your nail. fill in this segment between the "V" and the tip of your nail. let nails dry.
5. apply a top coat of clear nail polish to keep your nails from chipping.
(this tutorial is written assuming you were to do your nails yourself, laying your hand flat with fingers pointing away from you; if having someone else do your nails for you, create the "V"s upside down.)

that's it! enjoy your nails, and happy painting! :)



invented in 1948 in Los Angeles, California by Arthur K. Melin and Richard Knerr
also, item found at Academy Sports that will turn any person back into a kid

Hope you had a great Wednesday!


new goal of 2012: working out

I couldn't resist... :P

My boyfriend Benjamin and I started on a goal for 2012 yesterday. We started working out again. During the summer we worked out together, and we were doing really good! We both felt really good about ourselves and we had a consistent schedule going. But, just like every other time I've tried working out, I slowly started slacking. We both slowly stopped working out, and really haven't worked out since.

We both decided that we needed to get back in shape. I've always had insecurities about my body, and working out really helps me feel good about myself, even if I don't lose actual pounds. 

We wanted to work out together, be each other's accountability, and help each other remain disciplined through this goal of ours. There is a gym on campus, but since Benjamin graduated last year, he can no longer work out in the gym. :( So, we went on a little trip to find a gym that we could both work out in. We ended up finding a great gym through a friend at a local baptist church. It's a really great facility. It has a full sized gym, track, weight room, cardio room, a room with treadmills and ellipticals, and locker rooms with showers. The best part of this? $20 a year. That's right. $20 a year!!! We tested it out, and started our goal. 

I realized that I'm not able to do as many sit-ups as I once was able to...that needs to change! We had a great time working out together! I usually get confused on some of the equipment, so having Benjamin there to help explain it to me was a great thing. It's always nice to have someone to work out with, especially someone who is on your same level. 

I hope that we're able to keep up this time. I weighed myself (which I NEVER do), since I would like to know if along this journey I lose any weight. Fingers crossed! If not, at least it's time that I get to spend with my wonderful boyfriend. Plus, it makes me think a lot more about how I eat (Example: Tonight we decided to go to Subway for dinner instead of McDonald's), which is always a great thing. 

Have any of you started on a working plan since the new year? If so, what are some things you're incorporating into your plan? 

I hope you have a great Tuesday!


broncos vs. steelers

Today at 3.30pm I will be cheering on my Denver team as they face up against the Steelers. It's bound to be a ridiculously great game. My sister-in-law is a Steelers fan, so it's always a riot in my family when the Broncos and Steelers play eachother.
According to NFL Mobile, the Steelers have a "slight edge" against the Broncos...we'll see about that...
don't miss it.

it's the little things.

It's moments like these that make me so happy to be his.



starting again.

Let's try this blog thing again. :)
I've been so busy with college, work, and keeping up with a boyfriend (!!) that I haven't really had much time to keep my life recorded on my blog. So, with that said, I dearly apologize. Forgive me? 
Right now my life consists of relaxation while I enjoy the freedom of break from school. I start my sophomore year in a little over a week. I am so very excited to be progressing in my college career, but not so excited that it's progressing so fast. Here are a few recent pictures from this past Christmas break:

My girls and I went ice-skating this winter. It was on our must-do list for Christmas break. (L to R: Jessica, Me, Emily)

My man and I have had a wonderful time making great Christmas memories. Our one year anniversary is coming up in February. :) 

Part of our Christmas present from my parents was lunch at Haruno. I'm not a huge fan of sushi, or any type of fish, but I sucked it up and ordered an avocado roll... ;)
I hope that you've had a wonderful winter break. Things are starting to pick back up after the New Year, so I am wishing all of you smooth transitions and a happy weekend! :)