Undergrad Coming to an End

Undergrad Coming to an End

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     Lately I've been reminiscing a lot on my time at the University of Arizona since I graduated about a month ago!  The past four years flew by and I feel like I've grown so much, experienced so many new things & met amazing people.  I was always one of those people that said "I never want to graduate" and it was so true, the thought of leaving Tucson & campus made me so sad!!  But I'm also excited to go out and see what the future has in store for the next four years, too!  The U of A was like it's own little world, want to walk around in a bikini?  No one cares.  Want to have a marg at 10am?  Better hurry, Petes is probably packed already.  It's a crazy, fun place and honestly the best university in the nation (not that I'm bias or anything).  In honor of graduating, let's take a trip down memory lane and see the top 5 things I learned in the past 4 years (it was so tough to narrow it down from all the things I've learned!).  

                                        

     1.  Choose a major you're really passionate about.  Yes, making money and having a stable career is important, but when you're stressing about an exam thinking about that isn't what's going to get you through it.  College can be really hard at times and pushing yourself for something you don't care about will make it that much worse.  If you aren't sure in the beginning what you want to pursue, it's okay to just take the general requirements for the first year and try out different things to narrow it down! 


                                     


     2.  Branch out and do new things.  Join that club you saw a flyer about, go to the free events (usually they have free food anyway), and don't immediately disregard any opportunities because you never know you might end up discovering new interests.  I tried to take advantage of everything I saw and I think it really helped me have a well rounded experience and not feel like I missed anything. 

     3.  Find a way to balance yourself and your schoolwork.  Studying is obviously important, but so are you!  Maybe venture out to the gym and take breaks when you need it.  If a bunch of people are going out to eat, take some time to join them!  Networking is a huge part of college, too and it'll help you create your home on campus! 


       

    4.  You'll find your place eventually.  I know everyone says that and it's so cliche, but it's really true.  I went into U of A thinking you had to be in a Panhellenic sorority or your life was just really boring and I was terrified when I realized I didn't actually like it during recruitment, but I found my people and an organization I love more than I ever expected to!  So just because what you had planned doesn't work out, that doesn't mean something even better won't come in its place.  

     5.  Those four years are some of the fastest and most fun years of your life so take advantage of them, don't just let them go by!  I didn't think it was true until suddenly I was counting down less than 10 days left and realized I was really almost done.  Even with everything I did I still feel like I missed out on things, this just goes to show how much there is to experience in such a short time.  


First day of freshman year, first day of senior year. 

                         XOXO, Cierra

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Newest Craze: Kombucha Tea

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     Recently I joined the bandwagon and started drinking Kombucha Tea.  If you haven't heard of this it's a drink made by fermenting tea with yeast and bacteria cultures.  I know that might now sound super appealing, I didn't want to try it at first either, but trust me it's worth all the hype.  Just a few of the benefits of drinking Kombucha Tea are improved digestion, immune system stimulation, energy enhancement, weight loss, & cholesterol reduction!  It can do all this because it's packed with probiotics, which are good for your gut, and antioxidants, which are good for your body as a whole.  



     I've tried five brands of Kombucha Tea so far and really liked each of them.  The first was the Health Ade Kombucha Pomegrante (this one made me realize Kombucha isn't that scary!), then the Simple Truth Raspberry Hibiscus Kombucha & their Blueberry Ginger Kombucha, the Bucha Raspberry Pomegranate, and GT's Orginal Kombucha (this one is very plain, but good to mix in smoothies and other juices!).  The fruity ones were delicious, I sip about half a glass each day and they're so refreshing!  

     Since I've been drinking Kombucha each day I really have been noticing some things.  Even if I eat a ton and should feel overfull, after drinking half a glass I feel back to normal.  Plus, I have noticed some weight loss, I thought I was pretty plateaued where I was even with exercise, yet I've lost a little.  I also seem to have more energy throughout the day now, too!  


   
     This week I decided to mix it up a little and try out different ways to use Kombucha.  I took the GT's Original & the Simple Truth Blueberry Ginger and decided to make two smoothies.  The first I made with the original flavor had a frozen banana, a cup of strawberries, and 3/4 cup of the Kombucha.  It was so yummy and light (it's the glass with the orange color).  The second one I made was with the ginger blueberry flavor, it featured a cup of frozen pineapple, half a cup of blueberries, and 3/4 cup of Kombucha.  This one was great because it toned down the ginger flavor from the Kombucha, but still had a little spice (it's the glass with the purple color).  Both of these are so refreshing for summer (maybe even to replace a cocktail??), while still getting all the benefits of the Kombucha Tea, I highly recommend them & trying new mixtures to taste!  




Have you given Kombucha Tea a try yet??

XOXO, Cierra        
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Apartment Shopping

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     Exciting news everyone!! I have signed a lease on my first real, solo apartment! I'm looking forward to decorating and really making this space my own, and of course updating you all on how it comes along. But for now, I thought I would share the things I looked for in this apartment based off what I liked and didn't like in my last apartment. I found all the listings on Zillow and either made tour appointments in advance via email or just walked in and asked for tours.  

     To start, I knew I wanted to be close to my new campus since I've gotten so used to walking to and from classes each day. I don't always want to walk, but I think having the option is really great. I only looked at communities within 10 minutes of driving to my school and actually landed on the one that is about a 10 minutes of walking away, even better! 

     The next thing I focused on was have way more light in this apartment than I did in my last one. It drove me crazy that our living room and kitchen were so dark, even with lamps.  I chose an apartment with a large sliding glass door to the patio and lots of overhead lights to counteract this issues. It is just so much more welcoming when it's brighter.


This is as bright as it would get, windows completely open & lamps on.

     Lastly, I needed a kitchen that I could eat in so that I could put my desk in the dining area. I didn't have a dining area in my last apartment and it was okay because there was a bar with three bar stools to eat at. I was hoping to find a similar option and avoid needing a table. Luckily, all but one apartment I toured had a kitchen counter that worked great as a bar, with the one I chose having a great bar on the outer edge of the kitchen!  

     So far I have purchased quite a few items to fill up this new space, since I'm coming with mostly just bedroom and bathroom stuff. I purchased a three piece patio set for the balcony, an outdoor rug, a new painting, and a couch. I'll give you a hint that the living area will have a blue/gray scheme, the patio a blue/brown scheme, and the bedroom a black/white/gray scheme (yay!). Look out for updates with photos of everything in August when I move in :) If you're currently, or getting ready to apartment hunt I'd recommend making a list of things you absolutely need or want so that you can check them off as a you tour. Then just take a full day and go from place to place looking and comparing until you find somewhere you can see yourself! 


XOXO, Cierra 
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Getting the Perfect Summer Glow

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     I've been so excited to write this post for awhile now because I'm such a fan.  I got my first spray tan a few weeks ago and instantly realized I had seriously been missing out!  I was always so scared to try it because I had only heard horror stories of people turning orange.  I researched it a lot and realized that nowadays it's a lot easier to look natural & honestly I just didn't want to be pale on spring break.  I'm now about to get my third and thought I'd share my experiences :) 


Dress (similar) | Shoes | Bag

     Before I went for the first time I read the instructions on what to do and found I needed to shower, exfoliate & shave before going, but not apply any lotion or deodorant.  I did that all the night before my appointment.  The morning of the tan I wore a strapless bra, thong, running shorts, loose t-shirt & flip flops.  I was really intimidated when I was told to remove my clothes and put the hair net/foot pads on.  I left my thong on just to see the difference in color & the woman who did the spraying came back in.  She put lotion on my hands to keep them from being extra dark and started spraying.  It was awkward at first but this is literally their job, they really don't care about looking at you other than to tan you.  I asked her not to spray my face since my make up is so fair and the whole process took less than 10 minutes.  The spray is a little chilly, but totally bearable.  It's worth noting that bringing a bra was pointless because I didn't put it back on after so I wouldn't get marks.  I waited the recommended 8 hours to shower & I really loved the color it cured to (it was super dark while it was curing and I was really scared but after the shower it was the perfect color!).  I'll be honest that this tan didn't last long because I really didn't keep up with lotioning like I should have, but even with that it stayed about 5 days!

     The second time I went I did all the same things except the morning of the tan, rather than the night before.  I also opted to just wear a t-shirt dress, thong & flip flops this time.  The process was the exact same, except I forgot to mention I didn't want my face done and it was too late once I realized it.  After having my face done now I see it is kind of a lot for me and I'll be sure to opt out of it next time.  This tan was the day before my sorority's senior photos so I really tried to take extra care with it.  I waited the 8 hours required before shower and religiously put on lotion every morning and night to hopefully lengthen the lifetime of the tan.  The new dilemma I had this round was I workout every day when I'm home, an issue I didn't have on spring break.  I researched some more and found that you can definitely still work out with a tan, you just have to care for it a little more.  I've been trying to wear seamless leggings and put extra lotion on under my sports bra before each workout.  I really think lots of lotion has been a game changer because my tan is still super even basically everyone except my armpits, which I knew would be nearly impossible to avoid.  

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     I love the convenience of being able to get a quick tan and not have to plan ahead to lay out.  It also has given me a huge confidence boost, especially when I had to wear a white dress for photos.  I can't wait for my next one in May!  If you're on the fence about it, definitely give it a try, and if you're local visit Beach Bunnie!  But also don't wait to do it right before a huge event if it's your first time, give some leeway in case it doesn't turn out how you'd hoped. 

XOXO, Cierra
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Styling Spring Espadrilles

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     Spring is finally here & with it is all of the fun new trends! My favorite one that's stuck around since last spring is espadrilles.  You literally can't go wrong with them; they're comfy, cute, & come in so many different styles! Plus, right now my favorite espadrille brand Marc Fisher is having a major sale!!!  I have three pairs that are crazy comfortable & so adorable.  This is a super rare sale, 20% off the whole site with code SS18 until April 23rd, so act fast to get your perfect Spring & Summer additions!!!  





     I also thought I would show you all how I've been styling my favorite pairs recently!  I like to mix in distressed denim, patterns, sundresses & graphic tees, along with fun statement earrings to create different looks.  The espadrilles I have are all super neutral so I can add in other trendy things with them and they don't take all the attention.



Top (similar, similar) | Shorts (similar) | Sunnies | Shoes




Top | Jeans | Shoes (similar) | BagSunnies


Shoes | Dress (similar) | Purse | Earrings


Top (similar) | Jeans | Shoes | Earrings

XOXO, Cierra
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Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

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     Crock Pots are my favorite cooking item now that I live on my own.  I don't really enjoy making whole meals from scratch and usually end up with pasta or tuna because it's quick and I'm tired, but Crock Pots make it way easier to cook up something yummy without a lot of effort!  



     This week I made BBQ chicken and it is the best because it literally requires two ingredients.  I added a quarter of a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ sauce to the Crock Pot, added three frozen chicken breasts (lying as flatly across the bottom as they could), then poured another quarter of the bottle of BBQ sauce over the chicken.  THAT'S IT!!!  I turned it on low and left it cooking from 7pm to 10am the following day.


     After it has fully cooked it should be super easy to pull apart with a fork.  The last thing I do is take all the chicken out and shred it with two forks and separate it out to be refrigerated or frozen (since I only cook for me I usually freeze about 3/4 of it to eat later on).  When I'm ready to eat it I like to add shredded cheese, peas, and black beans, all on little street taco tortillas.  The best part is it makes so much and the chicken lasts about 2 weeks in the fridge and a really long time in the freezer.  Pinterest has a huge assortment of other super easy recipes too if you're in the mood for something else :)    



XOXO, Cierra
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6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My First Cruise

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     Hi everyone!  This spring break I did something I've never done before, I went on a cruise!  We did the Carnival 4-day Mexico cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada.  I was super excited to go and relax for a few days, but wasn't really sure what to expect.  My parents had been on a cruise a few years prior and my friend I went with has been on a few as well so they gave me some tips.  I also googled and Pinterested a lot before I left.  However, even the most preparation can't make everything perfect, so here's what I wish I had known before now that I have gone!

1.  Everything you read about over packing is real.  I read so many blogs and my mom told me not to over pack and I really tried not to, yet somehow I brought probably twice as much stuff as I needed.  I only really ended up wearing a few casual outfits, like one nice dinner outfit, pajamas, and one bikini.  Everything else is just wasted space, seriously!


2. You probably won't actually get that lost.  I know for me this was a big concern because the ship seems so large and confusing, but I promise you get the hang of the basic places by the end of the first day.  Even if you do end up lost, just think of it as a nice little tour and maybe you'll find something you didn't know was there. 


3. The drink package is well worth its cost.  I was hesitant to get it, but while I may be bias as a 21 year old college student, I thought that having 15 drinks a day and not having them all already paid for was extremely convenient.  For reference, we both went through all 15 drinks each day.


4. Along with drinks, I was surprised by the food.  It's actually awesome and the selection is incredible.  While I may have eaten the tacos everyday for lunch, don't be afraid to try new things!  I had my first taste of escargot at dinner because why not, and I actually loved it!


5.  Not having phone service is not the worst thing to happen to you.  I thought I would be really upset to not have my phone working for part of the trip, but honestly it was so refreshing.  I spent more time just enjoying being with the people I was with and less time on Insta.  


6. Time goes by super fast.  Before you know it you have all these new friends and know where everything is, and it's the last day.  So make sure to get out and about, meet people, and enjoy your time!
  
XOXO, Cierra
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Spring Bar Cart

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     Hi everyone, Happy Spring!! This is one of my favorite times of the year.  In Arizona, Spring comes and goes pretty quickly, but that doesn't make it any less fun to celebrate it!  Along with Spring starting, Easter is right around the corner.  Generally, decoration wise, when someone thinks of these two things they usually think pastel colors and candy.  This is exactly what this month's bar cart features!




     This is probably the second cutest cart I've done, right behind February's cart, hopefully you think so too!  My favorite aspect is the peeps vase, and this is super easy to do.  There's actually a big shot glass in the vase holding the flowers with water and the peeps are on the outside edge of the shot glass in the actual vase so they don't get wet :)  


     I also found these cute little nests at Joann's to add a more natural look (they're doing 20% off any purchase right now!), along with a cute banner, fun sign and graphic napkins for a little sparkle.  Of course I also had to get the Easter M&Ms mix to add into the candy dish (it's definitely my favorite mix solely because of the colors).    


XOXO, Cierra

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Currently Listening To

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     So, recently I decided to give Podcasts a try.  I've heard a lot about different ones people listen to, but I never thought it was something I would like.  I decided to give it a shot since I was pretty tired of my Spotify playlists, but also don't like walking between my classes without head phones in.  Turns out, I actually love them!!  It's like listening to the funny segments on radio shows, except you can pick what you're interested in.

     I started out listening to two, now I'm up to five favorites!  I sneak them in when I'm walking and when I'm working out, they're so easy to get wrapped up in that it makes the time fly.  So without further ado, here are my favorites currently:

1. Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: Since I don't get BravoTV in my apartment, I've been having serious withdrawals from my shows.  This podcast is perfect for this because I can keep up with each Bravo show, each week, for free! 


2. Duolingo Spanish Podcast: I finished my minor in Spanish last semester, so now I'm not taking anymore language classes.  I was so used to having them and being able to practice, this podcast helps to replace that in hopes that I won't lose all the things I learned.  It tells stories and news articles in Spanish, with the option to follow along in English.


3. Anna Farris is Unqualified: I have always loved Anna Farris, I mean House Bunny and Mom are hilarious.  There's not really a theme to this podcast but she has other celebrities on and just discusses whatever, in the funniest way possible of course. 


4. Straight up with Stassi: Another one I found simply because of who it's about, Stassi was on Vanderpump Rules and always was one of my favs.  She's sassy and has no issues letting people know her opinion on the weekly events.


5. Betch Slapped: This one is fun for keeping up on trends and pop-culture, while simultaneously judging everything.  It's very sassy and not censored, but always a good laugh.


Any podcasts you're loving right now, or not your thing?
XOXO, Cierra
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Currently Reading

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     Ever since I was little I've always enjoyed reading, I read the whole Twilight and Hunger Games series in a few days in middle school, but being in college has kept me super busy and I let my reading take a back burner.  This year I've taken a lot more time to catch up on books I've wanted to read.  

     I enjoy most genres; biographies, mystery, self-help, fiction, comedies, etc.  But if I don't like a book while I'm reading it, it takes forever for me to finish it (I never stop midway through).  Some of the one's I've read so far I didn't like to start, but then I got super into them, and others I finished in a day.  So I'm going to stick with those types of categories and list them out that way.



Books I Read in One Day
  • Dirty Rush by Taylor Bell: My first read of the year!  This book, along with the following two, were suggested to me by a friend.  Turns out she know what she was talking about because this book was hilarious.  If you know about, or have partaken in, Greek life you'll especially enjoy it, but no it's not always like Bell depicts it!    
  • White Girl Problems by Babe Walker: This book was also hilarious and super relatable as a young woman.  Babe struggles through what everyone does, with just a lot more money and designer clothes.  
  • Psychos by Babe Walker: This is the sequel to White Girl Problems (eep there's a third, too!) and honestly once you read the first one you won't be able to stop so you should probably buy them all at once.  I'm working on the third as I type this.

Books I Liked but Took Longer to Read
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: This book is set in Europe at the start of WWII and focuses on a young girl.  I have always been really fascinated with this time period and will pick up basically any book set in it.  This book took me over a year to get into just because there is a lot of background info given to set up the plot, but once I got past that I really loved this book and was sad to finish it.  It definitely had a lot of sad parts, but there are also funny and cheerful parts.  
  • Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: My mom recommended this book to me after she read it, and it's been made into a movie, so I gave it a shot.  This also took me a few days to get into, but again after that it was a really enjoyable read.  The antics of this family are so funny and they just keep going throughout the whole book.  
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed: I picked this book up after I saw the movie previews and it's not a typical book I would read just since it's very outdoorsy.  However, it also has other aspects of personal growth, self-empowerment, and comedy.  It was an easy read and actually made me really really interested the PCT hike.  
Books I'm Reading Next

What are you currently reading?? I always love new suggestions :)
XOXO, Cierra     
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Happy National Margarita Day!

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     It has come to my attention that National Margarita Day is February 22nd (it's actually a real thing).  While I have never celebrated this holiday before, I'm pretty sure it'll soon be one of my favorites.  Flashback to awhile ago when I thought I hated tequila, margaritas, and everything closely related any of that (so sad, I know).  Little did I know that they would soon be my go-to drink, right behind vodka sodas.  To celebrate National Margarita Day, I put together a list of my fav recipes I've tried so you can whip them up & celebrate too!  Add some chips and dip in cute bowls like my margarita glass plates, fun margarita glasses, and drink umbrellas to create your own little fiesta!



  •  My absolute fav recipe is the Black Grape Marg I posted awhile back.  It is so refreshing, and even a little healthy!

  • Next, Prickly Pear Margs are a staple in the Southwest, they're sweet and tangy.  You'll need prickly pear syrup to make them, but that's what makes them so much more unique since that's not a common flavor in drinks!

  • Mangoritas, do I really need to add anything to this? They're like a vacation in a glass.

  •  Rodeo-Rita.  You probably have no idea what this is an maybe you think it even sounds a little tacky, fine you can think that but hear me out.  This marg is made with Pendleton Whisky instead of tequila, and while that does sound odd, IT IS SO GOOD.  I discovered this when I was in Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo and it was all I drank the rest of the weekend.

  • Last, strawberry-peach frozen margaritas.  I'm so excited to make these when it warms up and sip them by the pool.  They taste like a tequila smoothie, in the best way possible, and since they don't use a mix they're even a little healthy.
How will you be celebrating??
XOXO, Cierra
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