It's official! We are going to Europe in September!!!!! We are going to:
We are so excited about our trip, but there is so much to decide! We fly into London and spend 3 nights there, then take a train to Paris where we spend 4 nights, then fly to Rome where we spend 3 nights. We have been wanting to go to Europe for years and now I can't hardly believe it's actually happening. I only wish we had more time over there to be able to see everything!
So for all you travelers out there, what are your absolute must-do's for London, Paris, or Rome? We are considering doing a day trip from London into Stratford Upon Avon and Warwick Castle. We're also considering doing a day trip from Rome into Chianti, Umbria, and Montepulciano. I really want to do the day trip from Rome because it's a wine tour, which I think would be amazing, plus Montepulciano is where they filmed Twilight - New Moon!!! Haha. But it would be like $300 so I'm not sure.
I don't think we'll book any tours for when we're in Paris. I mostly just want to soak up the atmosphere while we're there.
Another thing I'm having trouble deciding on is our flight from Paris to Rome. Have any of you ever flown with Easyjet, Vueling Airlines, or Iberia? You can fly from Paris to Rome for only like $65 on these small jets... but it kind of scares me! But the major airlines are like hundreds more.... so I can't decide. I just don't want to get over there and have our flight cancelled or something crazy!
Anyway I am SOOOOOOO excited I can't hardly stand it! We've never been to Europe and we are counting down the days! Have you ever been? What were your favorite things to see?
(Here's a short little article I wrote about being a vegetarian):
Let's face it, life as a vegetarian can be an every day struggle. It takes knowledge, planning, and conviction. Even more so when you are the sole vegetarian in the family! After all, what do you cook for dinner when one loves tofu and the other loves chicken? It's true that it may be easier to just eat out, or to have a "fend for yourself" attitude about meal times, but we all know how important it is to eat dinner together as a family. So what can you do to bridge the gap between the herbivores and carnivores?
For starters, have a frank conversation with your family and explain why you have decided to become a vegetarian. If they understand your reasons, they will be more likely to support you in your decision. Along with that, try to resist the urge to criticize your family members for eating meat. You may feel very strongly about your vegetarian diet, but if you expect them to support your decision, than you must be prepared to support theirs. If it's something you are passionate about, by all means speak up, but be calm and respectful in the way that you do it, and do so away from the dinner table. No one likes to hear about animal cruelty while they are eating their dinner!
Lastly, when preparing meals, look for recipes that allow for meat to be left out or added in. Casseroles, Stir-Fry, and soups are all great examples of meals that you can make half vegetarian and half with meat. Spend time together preparing the meal and have fun eating it afterwards.
It may take some effort, but rest assure, you can be successful as the sole vegetarian in your family!
Saw the movie "Salt" tonight. It was much better than I expected. I think there are much better movies out right now (Eclipse, Inception....), but it's definitely entertaining. Check it out!
In other news, I started my new job last week doing sales for my family's company. I'm still active with Arbonne of course, but now I'm only bartending on saturday nights. It's gone pretty well so far. I got a laptop yesterday that the company bought me, woohoo! Now I can blog from starbucks and all sorts of fun places!
Anyway, this isn't a very exciting blog post, just wanted to give my little movie review! Jake made me a really cool concrete countertop for our bathroom, so tomorrow I'm going to go pick out a bathroom sink, one of the bowl type ones. I'll post pics wants it's all installed!
Sometimes I find myself waiting for my life to start. Like some magical day I'm going to wake up and everything will be as it should be, as I thought it would be.
When I was a little girl, I dreamt about how perfect life would be someday. And though in my dreams I never could quite see the details, the story always ended the same: Happily Ever After.
Sometimes I still feel like that little girl, still dreaming about what life will be like when I grow up. And here I sit, getting older every day, and I find myself wondering when I'm going to start living? I spend so much time waiting.... for that happily ever after. But the truth is, life is not a fairy tale. Don't get me wrong, life is beautiful, my life is beautiful. But life is a journey, a long and winding journey, with ups and downs. I just have to keep reminding myself to open my eyes along the way, because there are beautiful things happening all around.
I need to learn how to let go.
Of people I've loved, and lost.
Of ideas I had about who I should be
Of mistakes that I've made.
Of what might have been.
I need to stop waiting
And just let it be
stop dwelling on the past.
Stand up and walk out of your history.
-- Phil McGraw
and remember that things change.
I need to start living.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.
-- Joseph Campbell
Did you know only 20% of the ingredients found in most personal care products have been tested for their toxicity levels? Would you fly with an airline that only tested 20% of it's airplanes?
No one is regulating what you put in and on your body, or your kiddo's bodies. Make the smart choice and become a label reader. Educate yourself and make sure your making safe choices for you and your family. Most people think I sell lipstick, but really, I educate people on how to live healthier lives. Every choice matters!
Last week Jake and I had our pictures made by a friend of ours, Chelsea Lewis with Chelsea Lewis Photography. I am sooooo not photogenic, and I hate having a camera pointed at me, but I warned her before we started that I was going to be awkward!! Haha. Thankfully Jake is a big ham and after a while they got me to relax a little. Here are a few of my favorite shots. Let me know what you think!
P.S. I saw "Eclipse" today for the FOURTH time. Obsessed much? I think so.
A blast from the past, a page from one of my many diaries. I think everyone should keep a diary, especially when you're young. It's so fun to look back on. I'm not entirely sure which guy I wrote this about, haha.... but whoever it was sure had pissed me off!!!! Too funny.
"...you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit." -Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning)
So tonight on "The Bachelorette," Ali said that her decision had nothing to do with the families...but come on.... would you really want to be married to a guy who's dad has a basement full of dead animals!? Creepy!!!!!!
Anyway.... as Ali was tearfully saying goodbye to Kirk tonight, for some odd reason I started to think about how weird tears are. I mean, don't you think it's strange how our emotions can elicit a physical response like that? I do. I googled it tonight and was surprised to find that no one really knows why we cry. They know why it happens when our eye is poked, or we are in physical pain, but they still haven't figured out the connection between our emotions and our tears. Strange, isn't it? I did read one article that said how our tears that are produced from an emotional response, are different from those produced by physical pain. The emotional tears have more of a certain hormone in them that is a natural pain killer! Interesting, isn't it? I guess that's why some believe that crying is therapeutic, though that has never been proven scientifically really.
"Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water." ~Antoine Rivarol
Onearticle said that in a recent study, it was found that women on average cry 64 times a year, and men only 17. It is also stated how difficult it is to figure out the cause of crying, because it involves so many questions as to whether tears are involuntary or not. For instance, in recent times, more and more men are learning that crying can be seen as a positive thing, that it shows that they have a sensitive side, that they can be vulnerable. And just the opposite, more and more women are fighting back the tears in order to show that they are not too sensitive or too vulnerable.
"I often want to cry. That is the only advantage women have over men - at least they can cry." ~Jean Rhys
Just another thing that is influenced by the world around us. Politicians seem to be able to cry on cue these days, and most of the great schools for acting have courses on how to cry on demand! It's just another thing for us to judge people by I suppose, because even tears can seem so insincere sometimes!
I've found that the older I get, the more and more I cry. I'm not really sure why that is, but I think a lot of it is having the confidence to know that it's okay to cry. I used to see it as a weakness, but I don't anymore. I think it's okay to cry sometimes, and even good for you. It's a strange thing, that's for sure!
"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts."
That can only mean one thing: Forecastle!! Tonight we went to the Forecastle festival, and it was a lot of fun. One of my customers is a sponsor so he hooked us up with free tickets...score!
I mainly wanted to go today to see "She and Him," which is Zooey Deschanel's band. I love her, I think she's adorable. My husband thinks so too, in a very different way!! Haha.
We had a lot of fun, despite all of the nasty smoke!
Oh the sights you see at Forecastle!! These ladies were very entertaining, haha.
I made him do this, haha.
"She and Him"
Zooey and the band sang "I put a spell on you" as an Encore. I loved it!
Though I really wish she would have sang this:
OH, and I have a bloody lip from my husband. That's right, he punched me in my mouth and bloodied my lip!!! Okay, it was an accident. He was trying to get his wristband off his wrist after the concert and his hand flew back and hit me in my mouth. But I'm totally going to tell people he hit me!!!!! ; )
Anyone read it before? I'm looking forward to the movie with Julia Roberts that's coming out soon, and it really got me interested in reading the book, especially when I found out it's a true story! I hope it's good!
Besides the Twilight books, (which I read constantly over and over again), here are some other books I've read lately that I would really recommend:
This book is sooooo good! It's about two people who grew up together, finding one another again after years apart. I know it sounds completely generic, but it's not at all! I was hesitant to read it at first, but I'm so glad that I did. It's definitely a book you should go pick up! I think it's actually one of my favorite books I've read.
I actually bought this book on accident, but I'm glad I did! I was disappointed at first when I got home and realized that I had the title wrong and it wasn't the book I was expecting. But, I kept reading and was instantly drawn in. It's fabulous, and I can't wait to read the sequel.