Recipe- Banana Breakfast Cookies

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted something other than Monday’s Musings or Friday’s Five…sorry! I’ve been super busy with school and work, so figuring out how to cram all of my homework in on the weekends has been the extent of my creativity lately. It’s sad.

Last week, I ran out of coconut Chobani on Monday, but I didn’t really have the time nor desire to go to the grocery store, so I had to get creative with my breakfast. After PB&J toast one day and oatmeal with cookie butter the next (LOVE cookie butter, but still super burnt out on oatmeal from my 5-month obsession my sophomore year), I decided I needed something different. I remembered a few recipes for muffins made with overripe bananas and oats, two of the only ingredients I really had to work with, so I decided to peruse Pinterest for some inspiration. I found this recipe for Banana Oatmeal Cookies and was instantly sold.

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I halved the recipe and added a few extra ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 overripe banana

-1/2 cup oats

-1/4 cup chocolate chips

-1 tsp cinnamon

Here’s what you do:

1. First, mash the banana and oats together until thoroughly combined.

2. Then, mix in the chocolate chips and cinnamon until incorporated.

3. Form into rounded tablespoons and space evenly on a greased cookie sheet. My batch made 7.

4. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until firm.

So easy, right? I stored them in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator and zapped them in the microwave for about 15 seconds in the morning, and they were delicious! A wonderful way to start the day, and pretty healthy! I’m thinking about making a big batch and freezing them so I can just have them whenever!

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Monday’s Musings

 

 

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It’s Monday again! I hope everyone had a good weekend- I know I did! I had a pretty quiet Friday night, due to the flash flood that hit College Station right as my roommate and I were driving home from dinner. That gave me the perfect excuse to break out the yoga pants and long-sleeved tee and curl up with with a cup of tea and a few articles on family & health communication and media audiences. Yes, I did homework on Friday night, but it had to be done. Then on Saturday morning, I slept in and went shopping with my roommates before my parents came into town for the Rice game. It was a pretty good game, but it was a super late night! On Sunday we went to church, and my parents took me grocery shopping, which is always my favorite.

This week I decided to change the tune of Monday’s Musings. I feel like my last few have been more on the serious side, so I decided to have some fun. I came across this graphic on Pinterest, and I’m obsessed.

 

workin' for a birkin

 

First of all, I like this a lot better than Twerkin’ For a Birkin, because I would never be caught dead twerking, even for a Birkin. Although a Birkin isn’t quite on my Prioritized Purchase List (yes, that’s a real thing that I have), the sentiment is the same. As of right now, I only have Tory Burch Reva flats on that list, because I recently purchased the other items (Kendra Scott earrings & a “big girl” purse), but I’m sure I can find something to add to it. The point is, I love working because (among many other reasons) it allows me to invest in the things I want. It also makes me feel like a grown-up to know that I’m working for the things I want, which makes them much more of a treat- and much larger of a decision! Hopefully one day I’ll be workin’ for a Birkin, but for now I’ll just stick to things within my college-girl budget.

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Friday’s Five

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Happy Friday! I’m so excited that I finally have time to blog this week. It’s been busy, but I think I’m adjusting to my new schedule. I also had a shift in my work schedule so I got to sleep in until 9:15 yesterday, which was simply magical. Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

1. Another Royal baby is on the way! 

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AN HEIR AND A SPARE! Kensington has announced that Kate is indeed pregnant with the second royal baby. As we know, I love Kate, and I’m always happy to have a legitimate reason to be obsessed.

2. 15 Signs You’re the Taylor Swift of your Friend Group

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As happens once per week, I found a Buzzfeed article that perfectly describes my life. Except the one about always dating a boy. But even when I don’t date them, they still turn out to be jerks. But the rest of them are spot on, so I guess I’m the T-Swift of my friends. I mean, I never miss a beat & I’m lightning on my feet, so it’s casual.

3. Aggie Football

kyle-fieldAggie football is back in action, and I’m so excited! Last week’s game was a little frustrating, because there was a 2-hour weather delay (it never rained), and so I ended up leaving with my sister and brother-in-law at half time…sars. But this week the Aggies play Rice, which is extra special because my dad played football there! He’s SO excited, because we rarely play each other, and it’s fun to have a little rivalry going!

4. Coffee sugar cookies

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I came across this recipe for Coffee Sugar Cookies on Pinterest, and I’m dying to give them a try. It’s two of my favorite things in one!

5. Sassy School Supplies

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This sassy ban.do pencil pouch and motivating Kate Spade agenda (I chose the Large in Green Painterly Cheetah) are sometimes the only reason I do my homework. I also like to flash them around when I’m in class so everyone around me knows that they’re in the presence of the Queen of Sass.

That’s all for meow!

I’m linking up with Amy & Karli today for Oh Hey Friday!

 

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Monday’s Musings

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I survived the first week of school- but you may have noticed the lack of blog posts throughout the week. It was a crazy busy week, and I barely had time to cook dinner, much less blog about it! That brings me to my quote for this week:

diamond quote

 

This week was seriously out. of. control. I mean, I had my first mild outburst of the semester on Wednesday. WEDNESDAY. Like, it had only been three days. I feel like I already don’t have time to do all of the things that I want to do, and I don’t even have homework yet- help. I was super tired at the end of this week, and found myself wondering how I’m going to do that all semester. However, it is only the first week, so I need to give it a chance and try to get organized before I completely freak out. This week, as things get a little busier, I’m trying to remind myself of the above quote. I know that if I’m able to handle everything that I have to do and all the stress that comes with it, it will turn out for the best. My job is teaching me valuable skills for the future, my extra classes for my Health Communication certificate will give me a chance to learn more about the field I’m interested in, and all of my extra activities will lead to a fun senior year. If anyone has any tips on how to handle a super busy schedule- send them my way!

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Monday’s Musings

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Not only is it Monday, it’s the first day of school! My LAST first day of school…wow. The last first day for now, at least- I’m sure I’ll go back sooner rather than later. But I do have one more year to get through, and it’s definitely a busy one! I’m taking 12 hours (which is not unbearable, but still) and will be working almost 20 hours per week. I’ll also be trying to squeeze in all the fun because YOSO- You Only Senior Once. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but I’m excited about it! Here’s a great quote that sums up how I feel about today:

back-to-school qupte

 

I’ve always loved the first day of school. I’m always excited to learn new things- I guess that’s what happens when both of your parents are teachers. It’s also a great fresh start, and a chance to make new friends and maybe even make better grades (HAHA). So for all of you starting school today, get on your way- great things are waiting!

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Trends I’m Loving- Treat by Shutterfly

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Last Tuesday of summer! Yikes. Obviously I’ll spend it in the best way, watching Pretty Little Liars and eating Ben & Jerry’s. Thanks to my roommates, I have a new favorite flavor- Milk & Cookies- it’s delicious! I’m obviously making the most of my senior year of college by eating ice cream and watching bad TV. Not sorry.

I digress.

I was recently introduced to treat.by Shutterfly, a new website with personalized gifts, cards, and more, and I fell in love with the site and everything it has to offer! I love sending little treats to my friend, especially with a personal touch.

Instead of a birthday card or something a bit more predictable, I decided to send a “welcome home” card to my best friend Kinsey. We’ve been best friends since our freshman year of high school, and we go to school across the state from each other. We usually are able to spend the summer together, but this year I stayed in College Station, and Kinsey went to Europe, stayed in Lubbock, and then traveled around Texas as a camp counselor. So needless to say, we weren’t able to see each other very much, and it was so sad- she’s like my sister! But I was able to write her letters while she was at camp, and she had her phone on the weekends, so we were sort of able to keep each other updated on life.

I had so much fun making this card for Kinsey- I loved picking out my favorite pictures, and even though picking out the layout was hard (so many choices!), I finally found the perfect one!

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I love this quote because it sums up our friendship- we’re far apart, but we’re always friends! Also yes, that photo is from our high school cheer days- but it’s one of my favorites!

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I chose my favorite pictures of us for the inside of the card-you can add captions, but I chose not to. Also, these little squares are the perfect size for Instagram photos, which we have one million of.

image (86)I added a personal message on the other side, and on the back! It’s so easy to create special, personalized gifts and cards for your friends and family with >treat, so the next time you want to give something more than the generic grocery store card, head over to treat and make something just for them! It’s always in style to show your friends and family how much you love them!

I was actually able to see Kinsey this past weekend- we were both in Tyler for the last time before school started- and was able to give her the card in person at lunch. She loved it, and we had a great time eating barbecue and macaroons and catching up on what had happened in our lives this summer.

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Today, I’m linking up with Zelle from A Southern Style, Kristina from Medicine & Manicures, Katie from Champagne & Suitcases, and Amanda from As the Wine Cork Turns for #TrendingTuesday- head over and see what’s trendy this Tuesday!

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Monday’s Musings

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Happy Monday! It’s the last week before school starts…what? I feel like summer has FLOWN by! I’m excited to get senior year started, but I always wish summer was a littttle longer.

I found this quote last week and I love it. It’s hilarious, but also very insightful.

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It’s definitely true- you shouldn’t try to force anything to happen. If it’s meant to be, it will happen! Especially with the ponytails- those can be quite the struggle. This is something I’ve been struggling with lately, so that’s one reason I love this quote. It’s important to remember!

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Friday’s Five

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Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad it’s the weekend. Both of my roommates were gone this week, so I was home by myself all week, and that got a little boring. But I’m at home for my mom’s birthday and a dentist appointment, so it will be nice to see my family for a few days! Here’s what I’m loving this week:

1.

double sided earrings

 

These double-sided earrings from My Jewel Candy. And basically everything from My Jewel Candy. They have cute, affordable jewelry for every taste- check it out!

2.

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Taylor Swift’s new song/video Shake It Off. I’m not even sorry about this one.

3.

kate spade purse

 

I finally got a big-girl purse! I bought this Kate Spade Raina bag during last week’s surprise sale and it came in on Tuesday! I love my Longchamp, but I’ve had it since before I went to college- it was time.

4. Being at home- my senior year (no.) starts in a little over a week, and I’m excited, but not super ready to get back into school mode. I’m glad I have a chance to relax and see my family before things get crazy!

5.

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Saving the best for last, this ecard is exactly how I feel about life. I can kind of handle myself, but also not really. Who’s with me?

I’m linking up with Amy & Karli today for Oh Hey Friday!

 

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Trends I’m Loving- Home State Shapes

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It’s Tuesday, and even though I’m not sure what I’m going watch tonight now that RHONY is done, it’s going to be a great day. I should be getting my package from the Kate Spade surprise sale today, and I’m beyond excited- yay!

One of my favorite trends lately is jewelry and clothing featuring the shape of your home state. I love Texas, being from Texas, and being a Texas Aggie, and I love that there are new ways for me to share that with everyone!

Here are a few of my favorite Lone Star State pieces:

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My all-time-favorite Texas bauble is definitely a gold necklace with a heart, like this one from Etsy. I would put the heart over Aggieland, because it’s home, and I’ve had some of the best times here.

texas tank

 

Next, I’m loving this monogrammed Texas tank from Marley Lilly (minus the burnt orange. #bye). This would be so cute for a lake or pool day, or to wear to class or the gym in the August heat.

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I also love these Texas studs from Charming Charlie. They would be a great addition to a gameday outfit, or any casual ensemble.

What’s your favorite way to wear your home state? Let me know!

Today, I’m linking up with Zelle from A Southern Style, Kristina from Medicine & Manicures, Katie from Champagne & Suitcases, and Amanda from As the Wine Cork Turns for #TrendingTuesday- head over and see what’s trendy this Tuesday!

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Monday’s Musings

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Monday, Monday, Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend- I did literally absolutely nothing besides lay on my couch and watch movies, and it was fantastic. I’ve had somewhere to go or someone coming to visit nearly every weekend this summer, so it was so nice to just chill at home for a few days.

This week, I chose a fun quote that I’ve been loving lately.

kate spade quote

 

I’ve always loved clothes and getting dressed up for any occasion- when I was in elementary school and junior high, I would plan my outfits for the first week or so of school about three weeks in advance. I still do that for work, but it’s usually on Sunday nights and now revolves around my laundry situation more than anything else. That being said, getting dressed is one of my favorite things to do. As a matter of fact, I recently shared this gem with my roommate: “He asked me what kind of music I listen to. I hate that question, ask me about something I actually want to talk about…ask me about my clothes, I could talk about that all day.” (Also file under: why I’m 22 and single).

But I digress.

I love seeing how an idea comes together in real life. I believe that style is a great form of self-expression, and it’s definitely one of my favorite ways to be creative. As I get older and understand how I want to come across to others (and have more money to invest in my closet), I’m beginning to understand exactly what my style is, and the best way to incorporate it into my existing wardrobe and lifestyle. For me, dressing up has always been a favorite pastime, and has gotten more fun as I’ve grown up. After all, now I get to wear my creations out in public!

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