Friday, August 5, 2016

Weekly Recap

This week flew by. Maybe because I was bouncing around from place to place (currently on couch #3 of the week), but I woke up today and realized that it was suddenly Friday! Only one more week to go until I move into my new place!! I read so much this week, too! I finished The Vacationers on Tuesday. It was a really nice read! It's a fairly short book but it's not to serious and it's easy to pay attention to. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. Then my friend Kelsey lent me Where'd Ya Go, Bernadette?  which I have heard a lot about and am excited to start!

I'm so excited for tonight you guys... RIO 2016 (!!) officially kicks off tonight with the Opening Ceremony! Tune in on NBC for coverage and follow me on Twitter for all of my thoughts on the Olympic Games for the next couple of weeks! I'm an Olympics nerd and I love everything about the games, and I'm so much more excited now because we will be able to watch most events in live coverage since Rio is only one hour ahead of the East Coast! The picture below is from my very first Olympic Games, Atlanta 1996! I was a little less than 2 months old, and apparently never left Izzy (the mascot) out of my sight. Since then I've been lucky enough to go to the Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Games and the Vancouver 2012 winter Olympics! I'm not kidding guys, I'm obsessed. My absolute dream job is hosting the nightly recaps of the games on NBC.

I had so much that I wanted to share with y'all this week!

Tasty Made // It's no secret that I love Chipotle. I wasn't even scared off during the E. Coli outbreak earlier this year. Tasty Made would be an expansion of the Chipotle company, designed for making hamburgers. I'm not really sure how it would work, customizing hamburgers in a "fast casual" restaurant where you get your food at the register seems really hard (if not impossible... I need my hamburgers cooked thoroughly!), but if a Tasty Made restaurant opens near me you bet I'll be there trying it out! (And y'all will be the first to know my opinion on it!)

Obama Through the Years // Politics aside, I really like the Obamas. I think that President Obama is hilarious, Sasha and Malia are beautiful and poised young women, and Michelle... I mean, she just does it all. The Official White House photographer, Pete Souza, is rumored to have deemed these 55 photos his favorite, although he has denied that claim. My personal favorites are numbers 2, 24, 26, and 38.

What the World was like Last Time a Harry Potter Book was Released // I am a huuuge Harry Potter fan. Last December, my family and I went to London and spent a day at the Warner Bro's HP Studio and it was truly a life changing experience. I remember waiting for the last Harry Potter book to come out back in 2007. My mom and agreed to take me and my sister to the midnight release of the books. We didn't have a reservation but were lucky enough to snag a copy! The next day we were going on vacation to Spain and I spent the entire plane ride reading the book (tears and all). The world was SO DIFFERENT then. Obviously, but this list is too funny to read. I'm definitely feeling the nostalgia (and planning to go to the Barnes and Noble to pick up the new book!).

Pear + Raspberry + Pistachio Salad // I shared a salad recipe a couple of weeks ago and just had to share this one with you, too! I love the idea of a huge salad with tons of flavors. In my opinion, if a salad is huge, I can keep eating at it throughout the day because it's technically vegetables, right?! ;) For real, this salad looks so delicious and filling! I'll have to try it.

Instagram Stories // Instagram decided to copy Snapchat this week and add a "stories" features. Originally I totally disliked this idea, but after a while I began to really like it. I never watch the "discover" stories at the top of the page on Snapchat, so I really liked being able to see the behind the scenes at brands that I actually choose to follow on Instagram. I think an improvement on this update would be allowing the use of Instagram's editing tools for the pictures on the stories, but other than that I'm excited to see how this plays out and what move Snapchat will make next!

Sparkle In Her Eye // Last, but certainly not least, Lauren B., the winner of Ben's season of The Bachelor launched a blog! Y'all know how much I love The Bachelor franchise, and I have followed Lauren on Instagram for quite sometime now. I'm really excited for her beauty posts because her makeup is always amazing!! I can't wait to see more of the content she has in store for us.

Have an amazing weekend!


  1. I'm so excited for the Olympics too! I watch as much of it as I possible can, including sports I wouldn't otherwise care too much about. I can't wait!

    1. So true!! I'm currently watching long distance cycling... all I can think about is why would anyone ever choose to do this?! hahaha

  2. These links all make me smile! The Obama Through the Years one is especially special I think!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

  3. These a re such great links! Excited for the olympics too!

  4. Ugh, you read my mind about the new Harry Potter fan. I was freaking 17 when the last book came out in 2007 and I remember dressing up for the midnight premiere of the book as well, and my best friend and I made it a night to remember. Now, I went to no premiere and have yet to buy the new book..what have I become! If you get your hands on it first, let me know what you think!
    xoxo,Simona and Indre

  5. I cannot wait for the Olympics either! So jealous you've been to the games!

    The Blush Blonde

  6. I'm so excited for the new HP! I'm not a huge olympic fan, how not american right?!

  7. You have so many great links to share. I am obsessing over the new Harry Potter book and I definitely need to check out Lauren's blog!

  8. I actually agree with you on the Instagram stories! I barely follow on Snapchat so it's cool to be able to see the "behind the scenes." I also like posting my "real" ootd's hahah.

    xo //

  9. This week flew by for me too. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us! I still haven't read the new Harry Potter book but have been thinking about it :) Have a lovely weekend! xo, sharon

  10. IG stories are great but seems like another thing to keep up with, I'm with you though I love the idea of getting the background scoop from my fave brands.

  11. How cool that you got to go to the Olympics before!! Omg! And I'm still figuring out my thoughts on IG stories- I like it but it all does seem like a lot haha!

    xoxo A

  12. I love the Olympics too! I am from Vancouver and love seeing our cauldron lit up for the celebration!!

  13. I am excited for the Olympics too! The only problem is that we don't have I have to figure out a way to watch!

    xo Ashley

  14. Need to try out that salad recipe, sounds delicious!! Also, low key loving the IG stories! Hope you have a great week!


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