guacamole recipe

after nineteen hours of driving to and all over virginia, life seems to lose a little meaning, just because of how incredibly bored you can get in the car.  anyway, all that driving was definitely worth it because virginia was a blast!!

but it’s definitely great to be back home, and to have a legitimate home cooked meal.  after eating out for so many days, it felt really good.

before we left, we made some food to bring with us.  one of the first things that my sister and i did before we left was to make guacamole.  i’m a big fan of guacamole, and even though it’s not everyone’s taste, it’s one of my favorite go-to snacks.

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ingredients:

3-4 haas avacados, split in half

1-2 limes

1/2 onion, to be diced

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the future challenge

bonjour mes amis,

i can’t wait to share another challenge with you — in this case, the future challenge.

it’s pretty self-explanatory — this is a way for bloggers, even just people, to reach out and share what they want for their future.  i think it’s a great idea, and i’m glad i get to share this with you!!

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aspire to inspire // 2

welcome back :))

i’m really sorry i missed my second monday in the series! (i know, i’m sorry!)

ok, so for my second aspire to inspire post, i wanted to talk about words.

in the harry potter series, dumbledore says:

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

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the liebster award!

good morning! :)

i’ve just been nominated for the liebster award, an award meant to help people discover new blogs.

so, quick rules before we start:


  1. thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. answer the questions you were given
  3. nominate blogs that deserve the award
  4. let the bloggers you nominated know
  5. make 11 questions for your nominees to answer

so let’s begin!

nominator: my friend kirstin nominated me for this award; she’s one of my absolute favorite beauty bloggers, and just a really sweet person overall, so please go check out her block on the link above!!

here are the questions that i have to answer:

1. What have you learned from blogging? 

i’ve learned that not everyone’s writing for themselves, and that some people are going for the followers and the likes and the views — that’s ok too, in fact, that’s great! but i’ve learned that sometimes, you have to look away from the numbers and just write for you, not anyone else.

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this i believe // part I

is it possible to have blogger’s block? i’ve been blogging for less than a month, so this is a little sad, but hey, i’m still writing!

anyway, i haven’t blogging for a few days now, mainly because i had almost no ideas.  but here i am, and i ended up typing up a post that i was saving for later — it’s a bit premature, so i decided to make two parts.

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for my summer assignment, i was told to write an essay about what i believe.  it’s a project known as “this i believe”, that started in npr.  (click here to check out the national public radio website)

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eleanor and park book review

hello my fellow readers!

eleanor and park by rainbow rowell is one of the best books i’ve read this summer, and i’m so excited to share it with you!

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so what’s this story about?

this story revolves around eleanor and park (wow, that was sort of self-explanatory) and their growing high school love.

eleanor’s the awkward new kid that comes to a new school during the middle of the year and is stuck standing on the bus with no seat…that is, until someone begrudgingly moves over — and that person is park.

even though they begin as strangers, they begin to grow and become friends…and then something more? it’s not the perfect love story by far, but in my opinion, it’s better that way.

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the dragon’s loyalty award :))

hey everyone!

i don’t think i’ve been so excited about something in a long time, so i’m so happy that i get to share this with you!

i’ve been nominated for the dragon’s loyalty award by two people, and here i am to complete it!

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so here are some quick rules before we go on:

  • thank the nominators
  • include the award logo
  • state seven facts about yourself
  • nominate a few other bloggers

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september struggles

as i’ve been mentioning often lately, i’m going to a new school this september – bergen academies. i’ve been talking about it a lot, and i know it’s probably getting on your nerves but you’ll just have to stick it out for one more post – sorry.

okay, so if you don’t know anything about the school i’m going to, let’s just say it has an extremely vigorous academic program – and that’s an understatement.  the academics are pretty tough, not to mention that everyone there got in by an intense selection process. my school day starts at 6:30 am when the bus comes to pick me up, and ends at around 5:30 pm when the bus drops me off.  that’s almost a twelve hour workday — not an easy load.  i don’t think most adults work that long…alright.

(that picture above is literally me, by the way.)

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cannoli dip recipe

there’s a famous quote that says: “life is short — eat dessert first”.

and that is exactly what i plan to do, because dessert is a wonderful thing. so this is one of the easiest and tastiest recipes i’ve found. it’s basically the equivalent of a cannoli — but deconstructed.

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