Today’s Top Things

So my dear friend Mackenzie does “Friday Faves” where she posts some of her favorite things on her blog. I absolutely love this because I’ve discovered so many great things from it. I think more people need to share their favorite, go-to items, because we all gotta help a sister (or brother) out. I’ve also discovered so many great items from people’s insta posts, for example my absolute FAVORITE pair of jeans! So here we go:

 

  1. Since it’s now winter and the weather is getting colder this is the perfect Top Tuesday item: Vanilla Bean Macaron Tazo tea– A black tea confection with notes of fragrant vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. The ingredients are: black tea, natural flavours, chicory root, cocoa peel, licorice root, roasted verba mate, cinnamon, and cardamom. I’ve tried a lot of different teas and most times they taste nothing like what their name is. This tea is absolutely delish! It’s actually part of Tazo’s Dessert Delights Collection. There are two others that I am anxious to try: Butterscotch Blondie and Glazed Lemon Loaf. I’m specifically excited for the lemon one, because lemon is my favorite dessert (speaking of currently I just ate a lemon bundt cake 😛 ).

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2.  The second “thing” on my list today is Becca Tilley’s podcast “Scrubbing in with Becca Tilley”. I’ve been totally obsessed with it lately and have binged it. Mackenzie recommended it to me and I’m so thankful. It’s such a relatable podcast and Becca and Tilley are absolutely hilarious. I find myself laughing out loud every episode. They answer people’s questions and give them advice. They have guests on the podcast who help give advice and talk about their lives. My favorite so far was Jana Kramer. I’m still only on episode 26/60. Each episode is about one hour to an hour and a half. I recently have been listening to the podcast on my drive to work in the morning. One of my favorite topics was “do guys screenshot their text messages with girls and ask their guy friends what to say”. Becca and Tanya called a couple of their guy friends to get their opinions and it was so funny, yet so educational! lol

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3.  It’s a 10! leave in conditioner is a staple in my bathroom! My hair is an absolute wreck to brush through even after deeply conditioning it in the shower. Not ONLY does this serve as a detangler, it does 9 other amazing things. I used to buy multiple hair products, but now I only have to buy one product. Here’s the 10 things that it does: 1. Repairs dry, damaged hair 2. Adds shine 3. Detangles 4. Controls frizz 5. Seals and protects hair color 6. Prevents split ends 7.Stops hair breakage 8. Creates silkiness 9. Enhances natural body 10. Flat iron spray and thermal protection. AND it smells so good!

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4. I have never been a person that sleeps well in cars or on planes..until I bought a Cabeau travel pillow. It literally changed my travel game! It is a plush memory foam so it’s supportive, yet comfortable. It shrinks to 1/4th of the size (so it doesn’t take up your entire carry on) and comes with a bag to store it in. The cover comes off so that you can wash all your makeup off of it. It has an adjustable front strap so that the pillow stays snug around your neck. It seriously is the best $40 I’ve spent ($80 to be technical. Of course someone jacked my pillow at the airport one time). I now am well rested for all my trips and don’t have to worry about restless flights.

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5. I’ve always been a PopSocket girl, but recently changed my ways after my aunt introduced me to a different version that I wasn’t sure about at first. She had a ring that turned 360, Case-Mate Smartphone Ring dotted – Rose Gold. I tested it out on her phone and ended up loving it. Now there are a lot of different rings, but this is the one that she had and then I in turn bought it as well and love the rose gold color. It is so sleek and works so so well for selfies and to prop your phone up to watch movies. I don’t know why, but I love it so much more than the PopSocket. Check it out!

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Hope you enjoyed some of my favorite things!

Status: Hiatus

So it’s been a hot minute since I wrote my last blog. Time sure gets away from you when you’re having fun! Too much has happened in the last few months to break it all down, but i’ll give a short synopsis of the highlights.

The end of April I moved to Prescott, Arizona where I started my second travel assignment working at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. I met some amazing people who became not only great friends, but were amazing professionals. While there, I met two other traveling physical therapists who I ended up becoming very close with and doing a lot of site seeing with.

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Lake Powell

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I was blessed to have amazing friends help me celebrate my birthday right in Phoenix. Angela and Dubas even made the treck down from Nebraska! The weekend consisted of downtown Phoenix, kayaking down the Salt River, Old Town, and a pool party at Talking Stick.

Prescott was a gorgeous city with lots of activities on weekends to entertain. Events included wine festivals, beer festivals, farmer’s markets, kayaking, hiking, and distillery festivals.

In January I started getting false eyelashes put on professionally (oh the life of a girl). I was absolutely in love with them. One day in Arizona I woke up with what was thought to be pink eye. After 3 urgent care trips, pink eye meds, allergy meds and shots, 3 days off work, eyelash removal, eyelash application, and another eyelash removal, I found out that I had acquired an allergic reaction to the glue that they use to put the eyelashes on. Warning: unattractive pictures to show the intensity of the reaction. From top left corner to bottom right corner: Progression of no reaction -> getting worse -> getting better.

Other big events include: Jourdan’s bachelorette party in Vegas, Gingers wedding, wildfire miles from Prescott, visit from Maddie, and trips to Phoenix.

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After Arizona, I took some time off to go to my cousin’s bachelorette party in Minnesota where we went tubing down the river, I got to watch my cousin race his car, and we all went to hairball.  I then flew back home to Nebraska with absolutely nothing planned. It was so good to see family and friends and spend quality time with them all. While home I got to celebrate Andrea’s last night of owning the 12th Street Pub, checked out the breweries in Grand Island, visited family in multiple cities,

 

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On my 22+ hour drive from Arizona to Washington I was able to stop and stay with friends on my way up. I stayed with Cally outside of Salt Lake City who her and her husband were great hosts. My next stop was Boise, Idaho where I stayed with a fellow traveling COTA and her son and his wife. They took me around Boise and I absolutely loved the beauty and hidden gems of the city.

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Upon moving up to Washington I did not come with a set job. My two roommates had traveling positions locked and I was sure that I would be able to find something in the greater Seattle area. Boy was I wrong. I have had absolutely no luck with traveling or Per Diem work. There are jobs, but over 2 hours commute one way. I have learned a lot about myself over this time. I have learned to be an advocate for myself and for what I truly am looking for in a job at that time (in this instance placement is the most significant piece since I already have an apartment in lock down). Being jobless has really showed me the true meaning of budgeting (which I really never have done too much of before).

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With this extended time off I have had the time to really focus on myself: get good workouts in, meal prep, read, hike, and travel. I just returned from B.C. Canada where I was able to visit my lovely cousin, Dena. Her and her husband have a sailboat docked near Nanaimo. Dena took me around Victoria and we then stayed on their boat which was a new experience for me. Wednesday we went on a boat and went whale watching where we were able to see about 6 killer whales which was pretty neat. It was a quick trip, but we fit a lot in and lots of quality girl chats in as well.

I have been fortunate to have some connections up here which have connected me with families to babysit while waiting for a job to open in my area. Anything is better than sitting around all day. Prayers up for a job opportunity to open up for me!

“Sometimes a detour is just God making sure that you’re ready for where He’s taking you” – Pastor Benny Perez at the Vive Conference