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Nature

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I met Ryan Dungey

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So over the weekend I went to my first motocross race at Muddy Creek in Bristol, TN. Besides being super hot and kinda unprepared first off I forgot to pack tennis shoes…I mean seriously who forgets to bring those!?! Me apparently so we had to stop in Virginia and get some. Also in retrospect I should have brought a hat with me or a umbrella for that relentless sun!

So Ryan Dungey won! Woo! So we lucked out in booking our hotel room at the same hotel as a lot of the pros. So I knew there was a chance we could run into one. But I sent Tyler to go get my straighter out of my car and he took forever. I mean it should have taken five minutes tops. Not twenty. So there is a knock at the door and I answer it and there with Tyler stands Ryan Dungey!!!

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I Graduated!

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A lot has happened since the last time I have posted on here so where to begin? I graduated from college not only that I graduated summa cum laude so that was pretty exciting! And best of all? I didn’t trip going across stage! Yes! So finally after all those years of typing papers, studying for test full of information that I will never use in real life.168275_10151701203618140_1441474733_n I graduated with a Bachelors in Science in communication for the University of Pikeville.

 

 

Here is an awesome snap shot after graduation of me and my fellow Com alumni Olivia!

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So what I accomplished while at school

 

  • Started a communication honors society XOM (Chi Omicron Mu)
  •  Worked on the school newspaper
  • Produced the first ever student news broadcast, Bear TV News

 

So all and all not to bad I don’t think!

Over Night Oats

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So I have seen this on pinterest and have thought about trying this out for a year now and today I am going to! I found the recipe on Lauren Conrads Blog and it looks good so here it is!

 

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla (or plain) Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

 

Instructions

  1. The night before you plan to eat your oats, mix together all of the ingredients listed above and seal in an airtight container.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture overnight (they will be ready in about 3 hours, but overnight is best).
  3. Wake up and enjoy the next day!

 

Sounds pretty easy and you can always add fruit or some sugar in it in the morning! But there are tons and tons of recipes for this out there so google it some time if you want to get a little daring! So I’m excited I’m off to the store in a little bit to get my ingredients! Wish me luck! I’ll post some pictures later!

Online stores you will love

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Every girl loves to shop and getting good deals and good products is what it is all about and here are some awesome stores some are a little more expensive than others but they have amazing stuff!

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This is an awesome store that I have actually gotten to go to once they only have stores in Texas but you can shop online at  Sam Moon they have some amazing accessories and its cheap! You can also get some awesome purses and luggage that holds up well!

You can like them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammoontrading

Here is the description of the store: “We specialize in women’s fashion handbags, jewelry and accessories. Perfect for satisfying your shopping needs, at an affordable price! Shop for most up to date trends and save up to 75% off department store price.”

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Here are some of the new arrivals in the Spring earrings which I really like the flowers and the drop earrings

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If you love bubble necklaces they have some cute ones!

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Love love love the luggage you can get here!

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If you like unique and vintage looking clothes this is the website for you! The downside? It is kinda pricey which is sad but they still have some super cute stuff and if you need those statement pieces this is a good place to start your search! Like the pin up style bathing suits? You can find them here Modcloth !

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They also have this cool feature where you can vote for looks you like and they will get it for their online store!

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So if you love all things monogram  this is the place for you! You can get anything and everything their is here and its good stuff! I love my pullover sweater that I got for christmas! Marley Lilly always does fun give aways and sweep stakes so I recommend you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to get in on those deals!  You can also go check out their blog http://www.themonogrammedlife.com/

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So if you have looked at my blog before you know I love all things Lily Pulitzer and her prints so it should be no surprise this is on my list! Currently I am looking at the agendas because I want one! Here is the amazing website Lilly Pulitzer!

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Olympics and Exercise

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It seems nothing can make a nation more patriotic  than the Olympics! Why wouldn’t it though you get to see your country’s best in each sport go and compete against every other country in the world. If you have Twitter almost everything that is on the trend board is all about the olympics. I love watching gymnastics but it always makes me wish I was more athletic or even more fit so I have decided I am nothing to take this time to motivate myself to get in shape! So here is some fun things I found on Pinterest!

Below is a link to my Pinterest board I made! Its full of pins that will take you to awesome websites that have all kinds of eating tricks and a bunch of different exercises

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So here are some random things I am pulling that I’m gonna try and do!

 

 

  1.  Use the incline on the treadmill instead of running on the treadmill with no incline to lose weight, try taking the treadmill up to a 7.0 incline and a walk. Of course this means I’m going to have to actually walk on the treadmill…after I get it out of the garage!
  2. Eat more veggies
  3. Cut out the pop and sugar filled drinks (this will be hard…really really hard)
  4. Exercise well duh this is a no brainer right? But I mean actually work out at least once a week!
  5. Eat better more healthy stuff!

 

 

 

Also if you are wondering what weight you should be or they say here is a chart I have seen a lot

 

Bear O’Fair

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So I live in Eastern Kentucky and am currently an intern at our local government access channel (www.piketv.com) and we are working on interview our bear artists. You see the Artisan Alliance of Pikeville/Pike County decided that 10 large fiberglass bears that will welcome visitors to Pikeville for the next two years. Ten artists were awarded bears and each one is going to be completely different, kinda like the horses in the horse capital of the world aka Lexington, KY. Modeled after the Horse Mania art project in Lexington, the Bear O’Fair project is one of the largest public art projects in the eastern part of the state. The artisan group plans to deliver the bears to artists this week.

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The following artists were selected to paint the bears:

•University of Pikeville student William Cory Adams of Paintsville will paint the community-minded “Pride Bear.”

•Versailles artist Damon Farmer will paint “Astro Bear: A Giant Leap for Bearkind.” Farmer has painted three horses for the Horse Mania community arts project. Farmer, owner of Shadetree Studios in Versailles, is a world-renowned champion sand sculptor, a painter and designer.

•Berea artist Michelle Weston will paint the bear “Aurora Bearealis.” Weston, a native of New Zealand, creates hand-blown glass vases, pumpkins and other work on display at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea and at her studio gallery, Old Town Berea.

•Big Sandy Community and Technical College student Charles Martin Mims will paint the “Musical Movement” bear. Majoring in graphic arts, Mims was the Big Sandy Idol winner from Pikeville High School in 2009 and 2010 and he is a member of the Big Sandy Singers.

•Lexington artist Linda Thacker, who painted a fiberglass wildcats for “Bobcat Madness,” will paint “Honey Bear.”

•Whitesburg artist Judith Vermillion, a Kentucky Crafted artist, will paint “Crazy Bear.”

•Artisan Alliance Board Member Tim Smith, an associate professor of art at Big Sandy Community & Technical College, will paint a bear.
•University of Pikeville supporter Curt Mullins will paint the “UPIKE bear.”

The Artisan Alliance is commissioning one bear which is going to be a UK bear

The artists will have until Aug. 1 to paint the bears, and after they are returned to the artisan alliance, a local auto body shop will clear coat them.

This fall, the bears will be auctioned with the proceeds benefiting the artisan center, and placed on display throughout the city of Pikeville for two years.

But the fun part is we have been given two weeks to interview everyone and its a headache! One week in we have four out of the ten artist down and everyone else seems to be on vacation and that is not going well for our time frame!

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Below if “Crazy Bear”

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Natural Bridge

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So Saturday me and Steven decided to go on a little adventure and went to Natural Bridge and hike it was a wonderful day for it so off we went. I laughed and told him he was trying to kill me even though it was my idea. I guess I didn’t realize just how much walking this would actually involve when I decided we wold go….it was a lot lol.

But here is a little information about Natural Bridge:

Established in 1926

The sandstone arch that is called Natural Bridge has stood for millenniums. The arch is 78 feet long, 65 feet high, 12 feet thick and 20 feet wide. Some geologists believe that the stunning natural sandstone arch is at least a million years old. There are other natural archways in the area, but none have gained the prominence of Natural Bridge. Since 1889, visitors have made the trip to the eastern Kentucky mountains to see this amazing natural wonder.

Natural Bridge is composed of what is known in geological terms as Pottsville conglomeratic sandstone. Large blocks of stone falling off either side of a narrow sandstone ridge caused the first opening that began the transformation of the sandstone outcropping into an archway. The weathering process, along with the root systems of plants, continued to develop the unique archway that makes up Natural Bridge.

The natural beauty of the area and the great sandstone archway had potential for commercial development. In 1889 the Kentucky Union Railway established a rail line through the town of Slade to connect with some of the Commonwealth’s most extensive timber resources. Railroad executives also sensed the potential for visitors to come to the area to witness the spectacular beauty of the land. The railroad acquired the land around Natural Bridge and began to build trails and campgrounds. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad later acquired the property and in 1926, donated the lands around Natural Bridge to the state park system, becoming one of the four original state parks.

In 1927 Hemlock Lodge was added to the new park, providing comfortable guest accommodations. It burned in the early 1960s. A new lodge, built in 1962, is located on a dramatic ledge overlooking a deep valley. The park has 2,369 acres and is basically surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forest. There are over 18 miles of hiking trails to Natural Bridge. The park also includes a four-acre pond with one-acre Hoedown Island in the middle of it. The Island is the scene of folk dancing and is a popular part of the park. Also, 54-acre Mill Creek Lake is an excellent place for fishing for bass, bream, catfish, crappie, and rainbow trout. Or, you can bring your canoe and paddle while witnessing the splendid beauty of the rock formations.

The awe-inspiring beauty of Natural Bridge State Resort Park is an inspiration to those who wish to see one of the great natural wonders of Kentucky. The Kentucky Nature Preserves Commission has set aside 1,188 acres within the park as a nature preserve. This not only protects, but also enhances the pristine beauty of this eastern Kentucky marvel.

These are the two trails we ended up doing while we were there

The Original Trail      0.75 mile
.75 mile trail, begins behind gift shop, easiest way to Natural Bridge, 500 elevation increase, 4 trail shelters, ends at base of arch

Balanced Rock Trail      0.75 mile
.75 mile trail, trailhead behind Hemlock Lodge, steepest trail in park, pass cave which leads to Original Trail, named for giant sandstone rock along trail

So if you are ever in Kentucky head on over and take a hike =}

Happy Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful and safe time and also remembering what this day is truly! I live near graveyards and a lot of World War II veterans are buried in these graveyards and it is good to see the families come and pay tribute to these heros. I have many family members and friends that have or are serving in the military and it is wonderful to have a day to spend time with them. Like many families after we go do the cemetery cleaning/mowing/and flower placing we have cookouts. So I hope you take time today to remember what this day is about! Have a safe day!

Go check out this awesome video!

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