Delightful Moments – My Vacation Recap!

Hey, hey, hey, it’s Saturday!

How was your week? I hope great! My week has been great but I’m really starting to get some major anxiety about moving in a week. We’re only moving to a different apartment complex, so it’s not nearly as stressful as moving to a different state, which we did two years ago this month! But man, I keep looking around my apartment at everything I have to pack and everything I want to get rid of and I’m just like OMGGGGGGG get me out of here, let me go live in a fancy hotel for the week, and tell me when the packing and the moving is all over with. HA! I wish. I’m too much of a control freak to not pack up my own apartment.

Does anyone have any useful packing tips? I feel like I’m a pretty good packer because I have moved a lot since being out of high school, but anything helps!

On another note, I’ve been missing my family and dogs in Minnesota so I thought I’d recap my little vacation I took back in June to Minnesota!

Every year, my family rents a cabin in Alexandria, MN for one week. The week is filled with a lot of relaxing, waking up whenever I want every morning, eating some really great food, falling asleep on the boat while everyone else fishes (hahaha), receiving endless amounts of love from my pups, being out in the sunshine, jumping into the lake with the dogs, a whole lot of laughing & swearing too much (my family is BIG on swearing), and grocery shopping because my mom is a grocery store-oholic.

Every year my mom and I usually take a day to go shopping in downtown Alexandria. The little shops are super unique and they always have great things!

This year we finally decided to stop at a restaurant to grab lunch at this restaurant called Bello Cucina, and the place was so charming! We got the BEST wine I’ve ever had and a nice little flatbread. The cool thing about this place was that it’s supposedly haunted. My mom and I love things like that. It was once a brothel and then a morgue, so you can imagine some pretty raunchy things probably went on up in there!

Alexandria is cute town that I find to be very peaceful. You feel safe there. & it’s nice that it isn’t very populated, which is quite the change from living in Denver. I always enjoy my week long vacation there with my family so much.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I’m seeing Pretty Lights tonight at Red Rocks, which is going to be absolutely amazing because Pretty Lights ALWAYS kills it & Red Rocks never disappoints!

xx, Aubrianna

Delightful Moments – 4th of July fun, & I need an Ice Cream Intervention

Happy, happy Thursday!

So here’s the thing, I’m happy it’s the end of July because that means my summer class is days away from being done. But this also means that my fall semester starts in less than a month. Like WHAT!? How does this happen? Where does the time go!? Why does time go by so much faster when you get older? Someone please explain this to me because I don’t get it.

Anyways, I’m sure you’re wondering what is up with my caption, LOL.

My guilty pleasures are desserts. I love desserts- chocolate, Nutella, ice cream, cookies, you name it. I love them all. I would eat ice cream every single day if I had it in my home constantly.

I really do eat healthy almost daily until nighttime comes around, then my cravings kick in. If anyone else finds this to be an issue with them as well, let me give you a little tip- keep dark chocolate in your house. Dark chocolate isn’t nearly as bad for and you don’t need a lot of it to make you feel satisfied! They have a great dark chocolate at Trader Joe’s.

Another tip- keep frozen bananas stocked in your freezer. You can make ice cream out of frozen bananas if you add in cacao powder, an all natural peanut butter, and almond milk! You can buy cacao powder on Amazon or at Target. You can also buy an all natural peanut butter from really any grocery store. I like this one from Target. All natural means that there’s two ingredients or less in the peanut butter, so no extra sugar, palm oil, etc. The ingredients should say only “peanuts” or “roasted peanuts.”

If you would like a post going over this banana ice cream recipe, let me know please!!

I’ve been meaning to recap what I did for the 4th of July for basically this whole month, but hadn’t gotten around to it!

I had to work for part of the day but the other part of the day I spent with my boy toy! We had a nice dinner at one of our regular spots- the Yard House, and then went to a lacrosse game that was at the Broncos Stadium in Denver! After the lacrosse game, they had a fireworks show, and it was the best fireworks show I’ve ever experienced! The fireworks were insane. They had them going off all around the stadium, they had music videos and videos of other things like the lacrosse players going while also playing a variety of music, and to start off the fireworks show, they had sky divers in the sky who were letting off fireworks and then they flew over all of us and landed right on the field.

I wore a super comfortable outfit that was still cute! Those are the best kinds of outfits, I swear. I threw it together in like three minutes because what I was going to originally wear just wasn’t working for me.

I hope everyone has a great rest of their week! And you can expect a new YouTube video going up on my channel by the end of the weekend (FINALLY)!

xx, Aubrianna

 

Delightful Moments – Renaissance Festivities

So I did something really fun on Sunday..

I went to the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, CO!

You guys, I live for things like this. Like seriously, it’s a fairytale land for me. If you watched my first YouTube video then you’d know that I love¬†the medieval time/middle ages. I’m obsessed with Norse Gods, Vikings (the tv show on the History channel), Game of Thrones, you name it.

So you can imagine that I really enjoy going to Renaissance Festivals! The food, the shops, the jewelry, the costumes, how they refer to guys as “Lords”, and the uniqueness of everything is just something I throughly enjoy being around. Plus, it’s a different world than ours, which is intriguing to me. That’s also why I enjoy music festivals so much, they are so different from your everyday life. Everything from the clothes you wear, what you eat, where you sleep, the energy you’re surrounded by, the people you encounter, and the atmosphere you’re in. It’s new, it’s exciting, and when you experience it once, you crave it again and again!

When you’re at any type of festival, it’s like everyone is judgment free because everyone is in their own little world enjoying their surroundings and not worrying about anyone else.

My mom was sending me videos today of a 14 year old girl who was speaking at Mayo. She was blind and she was incredibly inspirational.

During her speech she said a few things that really resonated with me:

“Accepting yourself is a big step in accepting others.”

Accept people for who they really are and accept their differences.”

“Be happy with yourself and where you are in life.”

Each of those phrases all hold a different meaning, but are still so powerful on their own.

When you try to truly think about what it means to accept others, a lot of things come into your head. Like accepting that person who just honked at you on the road. You’re accepting that maybe they’re just having a bad day and they don’t know how to express their frustration. Accepting someone who has different political or religious views than you. Accepting someone who has a disability. Accepting a significant other for having an attitude every now and then because they’re frustrated about something that has nothing to do with you (guilty, sorry babe). Accepting someone who looks different than you. And the list could go on.

When you accept someone, you aren’t judging them, you aren’t talking bad about them, you aren’t making fun of them, you aren’t giving them a hard time, and you aren’t questioning their decisions in a negative way.

Accepting yourself helps you to accept others. That hits home for me. I am no way saying that I haven’t judged someone or that I haven’t talked bad about someone. And when I heard the girl say “accepting yourself is a big step in accepting others” I was like that’s me. I will 100% be the one to admit that I struggle really hard with accepting where I am in life. I struggle with the way I look, who I am, and where I’m trying to go. It’s like if I can figure out a way to accept myself on top of learning to love myself and my life, I’ll be able to do the same towards others- accept them, love them, and appreciate them. Am I making sense because it’s making sense to me in my head?

Anyways, I just wanted share those inspiring words from her because if they resonated with me, I’m guessing they’ll resonate with someone else, too.

Kindness is everything nowadays. 

Show kindness to the people you love. Show kindness to animals. Show kindness to this place we call home. Show kindness to complete strangers.

xx, Aubrianna

Here are some old pictures from the Renaissance Festival in MN!