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MY T-SHIRT QUILT!!

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Hey Friends and Family!

Today's post is really exciting because I get to debut my T-SHIRT QUILT!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT soooooooo much!!


For those of you who've been to college or are in college, you know that you get a ton of free t-shirts. Well, mine had been taking up quite a bit of room in my suitcases (as I've been moving a lot in the last couple of months), so I decided to consolidate. I kept the ones I actually wear, donated the ones I don't like, and used the rest to make a t-shirt quilt.

There are companies that make your t-shirts into a quilt for you (for ~100-200 dollars) but I have a very crafty grandmother who I commissioned to do it for me (with my help, of course). Disclaimer from my grandmother: "Don't tell anyone I made you this quilt, because I am NOT doing it again." Haha, thanks grandma. I guess it was quite the long process.

I won't go into the tedious details of the quilt making process, but here's an overview.

1. Pick the t-s…

Am I losing my mind?

Hello Friends and Family,

In the past month or so since my job ended and I moved back home to St. Louis, I think I’ve slowly begun to lose my mind.

Let me know what you diagnose…

I crave organization. I always have, even as a young girl, but as of late, it has gone to extremes. I keep my calendar and planner with me at all times just to make sure I’m not missing anything. I double and triple check my to-do list, Peace Corps paperwork, and packing list. I go through my emails everyday to make sure I’ve completed all my Peace Corps tasks and responded to any and all emails. I complete all my assignments weeks in advance, and then wonder when the next assignment will come. Basically, I need O.A. (Organization-ers Anonymous).

I find myself painting my nails for the pure pleasure of making them look perfect, and then an hour later, wishing I could take off the polish so I can paint them again. But that’s ridiculous… right?

It’s not that I’m bored. I have plenty of packing to do, presents t…

Why I chose not to study abroad

Hi Friends and Family,

Since I am choosing to leave the country for 2+ years and live/work in a foreign country, many people assume that I studied abroad in college, or had similar international experiences, which spurred my desire to join the Peace Corps. Although I have traveled quite a bit, I never studied abroad.

This comes as a shock to many.

I come from an affluent suburb of St. Louis and I attended a top 50 university, which means many of my peers took advantage of study abroad opportunities, and it was assumed I would too. Honestly, until my Junior year of college, that was my plan.

So here's my story: Junior year roles around and I am completely confused as to whether I want to study abroad. I am having an amazing college experience, I have great friends, I take great classes, I live in the Bitch Palace with my three best girlfriends, and coincidentally, none of those girlfriends are studying abroad. Oh, and my anxiety is out of control. Like I've said in previous pos…

Thanksgiving Through a Lens

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Hey Friends and Family,

Every year my family treks to Fulton, Missouri to spend Thanksgiving on my Aunt Debbie and Uncle Steve's farm. 70 acres of land, 9 chickens, 6 cows, 5 cats, 4 dogs, 3 hives of bees, and 15 relatives.

These are my photos.

p.s. I don't use filters... duh.











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It wouldn't be a Reed/Stoner Thanksgiving without someone ending up in the hospital. But hey, accidents happen, and

My Thoughts on the Death of Michael Brown

Hi Friends and Family,

This is not a politically or racially charged post about Michael Brown's death at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson. This is a post about my feelings (because this is my blog).

I simply cannot speak to the legality of the incident because I am not a lawyer/police officer and I wasn't present at the shooting. I also cannot speak to the feelings of the black community because I am not a member of that community, nor have I endured the same suffering at the hands of inequality. However, I ally myself with people. Black, white or other, I support people and their right to live a happy life... as long as they don't hurt someone else in the pursuit. Of course, life is not black and white and issues cannot be boiled down to right and wrong.

Here's what I do know: I know that I don't agree with humans playing God. I don't think we, humans, have the right to determine if someone lives or dies, and to end someone's life is the ultimate betraya…

Meeting Taylor Caniff

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Hey Friends and Family,

If you don't know who Taylor Caniff is, don't fret, until a few hours ago, neither did I. But boy, does he cause quite a frenzy with tween girls.

As it turns out, he's a Viner (Vine star?). Basically, he uploads 6-second videos to an app called Vine, and voila, insta fame! I need to get a Vine.

Ja'kaylen invited me (probably cause she's 14 and doesn't have a car haha) and I couldn't turn down a chance to see 700 prepubescent, hormonal girls line-up to get a pic with Taylor. And yes, over 700 girls showed up.

We arrived at the venue at 5p.m. and met Taylor at 9p.m. - in and out, really. It worked like any other meet-and-greet: wait in line, take a pic, cry hysterically, go home. *The cry hysterically part is optional, but done by about 50% of the girls in attendance.



I was not prepared for my moment with Taylor because I wasn't planning on getting a pic, but when his assistant asked for my phone to take one, I couldn't say no…

Fall Photo Shoot Fun

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Hey Friends and Family!

A day spent taking pictures around Forest Park with good friends and cute puppies is a day well spent :)








Taylor Swift's 1989 + Bonus Review

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Hey Friends and Family!

As an aspiring writer (potentially as an album reviewer), here's my review of 1989:


Last Monday, Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album titled 1989 (based on the year she was born and the 80's pop that inspired her song writing). Wait, did I just say pop? Why yes I did. When Swift said she was releasing a completely pop album - she really meant it. Swift has completely left her country roots behind and fully embraced auto-tune and synthetic drum loops.
As an fan of Taylor's since her third studio album, Sparks Fly, I eagerly awaited the release of 1989. Based on her first single, Shake it off, I was expecting an album full of upbeat, dance tracks (which we did get in songs like Welcome to New York) but I was shocked to hear that most songs on the album are more mature than anything we've heard from Taylor before. Songs like Wildest Dreams, Blank Spaces, and I Know Places have a dark edge, and electric feel, while songs such as How You Get …

My Favorite Things | October 2014

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Hi Friends and Family!

This is when I tell you what I've been doing in October and what I've been loving this month:


My Kindle

As an avid book reader and lover of all things paperback, I always swore I would never get an e-reader and facilitate the end of tangible books, but I caved (yes dad, you were right). Am I ashamed of myself? Maybe. Do I love my Kindle? Hell yeah. I got my Ken Doll in part because of Sarah, and in part because traveling to South Africa with a ton of books is just unrealistic. The Kindle is great because I can download almost any book instantly, it holds hundreds of books at a time, the battery lasts for weeks, I can highlight and look up words, and it's super convenient to keep in my purse or backpack. For anyone who thinks reading a screen for hours will hurt your eyes - it doesn't - cause Kindle has cool "paperwhite" technology, so the screen looks like the page of a book. Kindle is great, the end. (Does Kindle want to pay me for all …

DIY: Repurpose an old candle

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Hey Friends and Family!

In preparation for moving into the new house, my mom has been all about DIYs and turning old into new. In that spirit, I made an old candle into a useful jar (and took pictures and blogged about it, duh).

STEP 1: Start with a brunt-out candle that has been sitting in the freezer for a few hours. The freezer step is important as the wax is much easier to remove from the jar when it's frozen.


 See how the frozen wax has already started to crack without any help?


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STEP 2: Begin breaking the wax with a knife. It should be easy to remove in chunks. Throw out all the wax pieces. 

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STEP 3: Remove label. This part should come off quite easily but may leave behind a little residue, which we will take care of next. 

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STEP 4: In order to remove the bottom label, and any residue left behind from the front label, use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab. Rubbing alcohol also works wonders to remove any stubborn wax inside the jar.


You may also have to use the edge o…