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New Year, New Rule.

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If you ask me New Years resolutions are designed for you to fail. I mean realistically, how many of you have actually kept a resolution going for longer than 3 months? Not me — that is for sure. I am just not one of those people that can stay committed to something for that long. I am a phase kind of gal. I go through phases like you wouldn’t believe. My mother can attest to this. Therefore, this year after twenty-two something years of making “resolutions” I have decided that a change (read: rule) is necessary. [Rule #1: This year I will make goals rather than resolutions.] Goals seem much more attainable. After all, I want something that can be accomplished and I will be proud to cross off my list come 2014.

I know I am little behind on posting my “resolutions” but whatever, sue me. Here are a few that I’ve been working on and wanted to share with you:

– find a hobby — I don’t know why this is so hard but it’s been on my mind for awhile. I want to find something I can become passionate about. I am currently borrowing my father’s DSLR camera to see if I want to dive back into photography.
– eat organic — whether I like to admit it or not, I am a health freak. Not so much that my life is consumed by it but being healthy and living well has always sparked an interest. I know eating organic is much better for my body so I figure, why not?
– buy classics, don’t just settle for spontaneous sale items — this is a no-brainer. Saving money and being practical about purchases could never hurt.
– teach the dog a new trick — he is turning 3 in April and I think it’s time he learn something new.
– make an educated decision about the blog— i can officially check off my first goal!! With yesterday marking the day I made a decision to get back into blogging.
– make 5 new friends — i know this may sound odd but I am finally getting settled and Dallas is starting to finally feel like home. However, I love meeting new people and think that it would be great to gain some new friends in Dallas. I’m looking forward to seeing this goal develop!
– volunteer — give back!
– cook a meal at least once a week— so far, so good. On Sunday the boyfriend and I made chili and tonight’s menu includes stuffed bell peppers!
– witness something truly amazing— i am hoping this happens before Summer 2013 but if it doesn’t, I know that come July (my big brother is getting married!) I will have witnessed something wonderful.

These are just a few of the goals I have been working on so far. I have a full page in the back of my new calendar dedicated to these bad boys and I cannot wait to start checking them off! Wish me luck! Does anyone have similar goals? Or different ones that they want to share?!

Have a wonderful day!!

xx, MEB

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Time Off… Don’t Mind If I Do!

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I decided that the rest of this week is deemed as time off. I haven’t had this long of a break since college and I want to fully enjoy it. Have no fear, I will be doing some work on the blog and will be back on Monday! If you’re on vacation like me, enjoy it! I sincerely hope that everyone has the happiest of holidays!

xx, MEB


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Home for The Holidays!

Tomorrow morning I am waking up bright and early to head home for the holidays! I could not be more excited! I haven’t been home since October and for this home-body, that is a long time. I know what you’re thinking “home-body that moved thousands of miles away? hardly.” But I have to admit, I am very much a home-body. I love my home and my family. Home has always been the equivalent of a happy place for me. Whenever my parents even slightly mention moving out of our house I immediately throw a fit and start laying down any argument possible. I can’t help it — I was born and raised in the same house. There is no other house I want to come home to. No other house would ever be “home” to me. This holiday season after all that has been going on in the world it really makes me appreciate my family that much more. Sure there is guaranteed bickering and chaos with my brothers but that is inevitable. I go home expecting this. But this year, I cannot wait for it all. I love my family so much and I am so blessed to have them. Take me home :)

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Now if only I could get a little bit of this for Christmas! Here’s to wishing and hoping!

Safe travels to all and may you have a very happy holiday!

xx, MEB


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A Holiday Size Hangover

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What is the worst thing around the holidays? I know it’s hard to imagine anything about the holidays is bad but there are one, well two, things. 1. the large consumption of food which later creates the inevitable “food baby” and 2. the holiday size hangover. I don’t care who you are —  hangovers are the worst. If you happen to be one of those people that drink excessive amounts of alcohol and have never experienced a hangover: congrats…and how rude. There is literally nothing worse than waking up in the morning after spending time at a holiday party the night before and being miserable. The holiday season is supposed to be a time of happiness and merriness… which, in my opinion guarantees a glass of champagne. So what if a few cocktails happen to get thrown into the mix. Sue me. But the key is being able to get rid of the aftermath in a timely manner. Keyword: timely. I am not talking about laying in bed all day sleeping off that headache that won’t crack or the stomach ache that never seems to subside. Well have no fear, your holiday hangover cure is here!! That’s right. I have found some tidbits that will surely help you rid you dreadful symptoms. Enjoy! …and bottoms up!

  1. Gatorade/Vitamin Water/Coconut Water – Low blood sugar paired with dehydration accounts for most of those nasty hangover symptoms (think headache, shakiness and thirst), so a beverage enhanced with vitamins, sugar and electrolytes are your best bet for a quick rebound. Meanwhile, if you’ve got an exceptionally wicked hangover, just go straight for the Pedialyte.
  2. Spa Day – If your hangover is mild to moderate, a massage might be just the thing to release toxins, ease achy muscles and relax an overworked nervous system. Afterward, spend some time in the steam room to sweat out any leftover toxins. Just make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day so you don’t get dehydrated. *Note: If your hangover has you feeling truly terrible, it’s best to skip the massage, since releasing any more toxins into your bloodstream can actually make you feel worse.
  3. Bitters and soda water – If nausea is your biggest hangover issue, this old-fashioned remedy is a well-known standby for quick stomach relief. Angostura Bitters was initially created nearly 200 years ago as a stomach medicine, but nowadays, it’s frequently used as a cocktail flavoring (or hangover remedy, whatever).
  4. Peppermint Tea – This warm, caffeine-free beverage helps hangovers in a number of ways. Peppermint is a well-known cure for headaches and migraines, and it also has anti-spasmodic properties, which can help alleviate stomach maladies. Not to mention, tea is mostly made of water, which is what you really need after a night of heavy drinking.

Does anyone have any remedies of their own to help rid a hangover?! Please share :)

Have a great Thursday! Tomorrow is finally Friday!! Woo!

xx, MEB


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A Gal with a Gift

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If I’ve ever known a gal with a gift, it is a particular sorority sister of mine. May I introduce to you, Miss Darcie Nicholson. Darcie is a student at Texas Christian University (go frogs!) and is one of those people you know will make an impact on the world. We all have those people in our lives. You know who I am talking about. They’re the ones that step outside the boundaries, define who they are by the person they are and not the people around them, they are the leaders —not the followers. People want to be them. It’s a serious skill and Darcie continues to share this skill by shedding light on issues happening all around the world with her humble missions. Right now she is on a mission to make a difference and serve in various countries over the course of 11 months.

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Darcie just recently started a project called Go Rings. These rings are awesome, but really… and I am not just saying this. They are beautiful and they help support a wonderful cause! See I  told you… she’s skilled. On Darcie’s Etsy site (where you can buy the rings for $15!! Yep, you read that correctly.. only $15!!) she explains her story in detail. The rings have 11 loops representing the 11 countries that will be reached. Each ring is bound 7 times, representing the 7 team members Darcie will be serving and traveling with.

When talking with Darcie about her mission I had one question for her: Why do you want to do this? What’s the point?
Her  reply: “Ok so — when I got around to thinking about what I’d like to do after college, I knew that I didn’t want to go into the workforce right away… I’ve got the rest of my life to do that. I wanted to continue learning, but not in a classroom.

I studied abroad last semester in Seville, Spain and definitely caught a case of wanderlust. I saw so many different cultures and ways of life, and realized there are parts of the world that I would just probably never see. I developed a passion for culture and knew I had to pursue it somehow.

I have a passion for ministry, too. Whether it’s been through Young Life, working at camp or serving through my church – my faith is an unshakable part of my daily life.

When I stumbled across the World Race’s website last year, I thought it sounded incredible. It combines my passion for culture and for ministry into a journey that benefits others as well as myself. How perfect! I applied on a whim about two months ago, and am excited to embark on this adventure.

When it comes down to it, the point is Jesus. That’s the whole point of the trip. Spreading the Gospel to places that may have never heard it. I intend to share the love of Christ for the rest of my life, but this concentrated period of 11 months is a short time that I can focus on that mission without distraction and “the American dream” getting in the way.”

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A blurb from Darcie’s website about her work with the Christian Mission,  The World Race:

“The World Race is an 11-month journey to 11 countries. Racers go with a mission-minded spirit to serve “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40). I leave in July to work and serve in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, The Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

The inspiration for Go Rings is Matthew 28:19 which says: “…therefore GO and make disciples of all nations.” So that’s what I intend to do!

To go on this journey, I have to raise $15,500. That’s 1,000 rings! I’m asking your help to send me out. My prayer is that you can share my mission with others through this ring. Help spread the word so that I can help spread The Word!”

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With this opportunity Darcie truly has the ability to make a difference in the world, one that we all know she was intended for. Please help her reach her goal of 1,000 rings by purchasing one here. If you don’t need/want a ring but want to feel the love then you can always donate! Feel free to visit Darcie’s blog and follow her as she embarks on this journey. The World Race is a wonderful mission and Darcie deserves the chance to share her kindness and contagious smile with the world. I’m serious when I say that she is one of the people you’ll hear about one day. She will be the one who makes a difference. Good luck Darcie!! I wish you nothing but the best on your future endeavors!

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Have a great Thursday! Go buy a ring (FYI great stocking stuffer!!!!)

xx, MEB


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A Little Love for Chihuly

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Dale Chihuly is amazing beyond words. If you have not seen his exhibit before, you desperately need to find a way to see his work. If you’re into art in the slightest, or even if you’re not — you need to check him out. His exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum  just got extended until December 31st so if you’re in the area I highly suggest you go. It would be a great date night or just something for you and friends to enjoy! It is best to see his sculptures at night when they’re all lit up!! The boyfriend and I have tickets for Sunday and I cannot wait! If you want to go, make sure you buy tickets ahead of time!

Have a wonderful and artistic Tuesday!

xx, MEB


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Happy Friday!!

I am currently still Atlanta until tonight but regardless, I am very excited that it is the weekend! This weekend TCU plays the University of Oklahoma for the last game of the season! This would be huge if we win so keep your fingers crossed for me! Looks like the weather might remain in cooler temperatures which I’m pretty excited about!!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

xx, MEB