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Summer 2016 Long Island Bucket List

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Hey party people happy Wednesday and happy Summer! Okay, if we’re being technical Summer isn’t officially here until June 20th BUT I have been home from college for a couple of weeks now so…. happy Summer!

 

I plan on spending my Summer days by working a TON, spending time at the beach, hanging out with my friends, and going on some exciting adventures. I hope to end the Summer with a nice tan, a motivated mind set, and some great memories with people that I love.

 

I have never really been one to create bucket lists, but lately, I have been reading some of my fellow bloggers “Summer bucket list” posts and I got inspired. I have a ton of things that I want to accomplish in  my lifetime but have never really taken the time to write them all down. Whenever I think of something that I would like to do, I usually just tuck it in the back of my mind and hope that I will someday remember to do it (I usually forget). I finally decided that I should change my ways and actually keep a running of list of all of the amazing things I want to accomplish and have already accomplished in my life time.

 

I figured a good start would be to set a list of goals and things that I want to do during the Summer. Thus, here is my Summer 2016 bucket list.

1. Hike The Greenbelt Trail:

The Greenbelt Trail is one of Long Island’s major hiking trails. It actually spans across about thirty-two miles. No worries, by no means will I hike thirty-two miles… even five would be pushing it for me. Anyways, the Greenbelt Trail starts in the Sunken Meadow State Park and eventually ends up in Hecksher State Park, located in the Great South Bay. As if this hike wasn’t enough, the Greenbelt is also subdivided into a ton of smaller, lower mileage hiking paths (this is more my style).  I would love to hike the Seashore Trail this Summer, which goes through New York’s only Federal Wilderness Area near Smith’s Point. I have gone on a few different hikes up by my college and they were all a ton of fun, hiking really is a great way to exercise while checking out the world’s hidden beauty.

2. Visit Some Botanical Gardens:

If you read my last post, you would have seen what Rob and I did on our crazy adventure last week. Maybe it wasn’t thaaaaat crazy, but we did go to an arboretum which isn’t what we usually do. The arboretum we visited was beautiful but I would love to take a break from the #treelife and check out some botanical gardens this Summer. Botanical gardens are awesome becuase who doesn’t love beautiful flowers AND they serve as great spots for photoshoots 😉 . I reeeeeally want to check out the New York Botanical Garden becuase it seems to be one of the biggest ones that is close to my home town. I would also love to check out the Old Westbury Gardens, the Clark Botanical Garden in Albertston and the Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton.

3. Go Brunchin’:

I am a HUuUuUuUGE brunch fan, like feed me pancakes for the rest of my life and I’ll be the happiest girl around… probably really fat, but definitely really happy. Some of my favorite places are unique coffee shops or cutesy lil’ brunch restaurants. I love some good eggs, pancakes (duh), homefries, frenchtoast, or anything related to the whole brunch thing. I bet you’re hungry now…so am I. Some of the brunch spots I want to check out this Summer are Jam, Toast in Patchogue (I have already been to the Port Jefferson location), The Witches Brew coffee shop, and a new place called Locals, which is right near my house.

4. Check Out Coney Island:

Coney Island is located in Brooklyn, New York. From what I have heard, it is an amusement park along a board walk with some sort of beach as well???? I guess I won’t know until I actually check it out. I have seen a ton of fun pictures from Coney Island and would love to see what it has to offer!

5. Go To Six Flags:

Similar to Coney Island, Six Flags is an amusement park with fun rides, games, and food. My friend Alessia and I are going to try and head over to Six Flags before all of the public school districts end their school year, this way there won’t be as many kids running around the park with us. Fun fact, the last time I went to Six Flags I was with Rob and we actually had to take a bus there becuase we both didn’t have cars or licenses yet… I am looking forward to going back to Six Flags this Summer via a car rather than a bus, haha!

6. Go To A Red Socks Game:

I am not crazy into baseball but I do think that going to major league baseball games are a ton of fun. I have only really been to Mets games and would love to switch it up and see a different team, at a differernt stadium. I would abolutley love to check out a Boston Red Socks game. Boston is one of my favorite places and I think it would be so awesome to check out the team and spend some time in the beautiful city.

7. Eat A Rainbow Bagel:

You have probably seen rainbow bagels all over your Facebook timeline… they are new and seem to be what all of the foodies are loving lately. For the longest time I thought that the only bagel store that made these crazy rainbow bagels was in New York City buuuuuuut I just got word that a bagel store right in my home town makes these beautiful bagels as well! This should be an easy thing to cross off my list!

8. Sign Up For A Marathon:

I am by no means one of those people who can run like five miles on any given day. In fact, I have a REALLY tough time running like one mile at the gym every day. This Summer I really want to train myself to be able to run a 5K. I don’t want to sign up for a marathon this Summer because I know I won’t be ready for it but I would love to prepare for it this Summer and be able to actually complete one sometime next year in September or October. Which by the way, does any one know any fun marathons in Upstate New York?! Let me know in the comments!

9. Work On My Cooking Skills:

Next year at school I will still be living in a dorm but I will be cooking and preparing my own food. Hallelujah for no more dining hall food! I have (obviously) been pinning a ton of different recipes and food ideas that I hope to make next year at school, but I would love to actually try and make them at home before I go up to school. I really want to learn how to cook things other than just chicken and broccoli, haha.

10. Head To Fire Island And Montauk:

I went to both of these spots last Summer and had a blast. I love love love the beach so these places are perfect. My ideal day would be to lounge on the beach and then walk around the town and get some dinner. Last year I went to Montauk with Rob and Fire Island with my friends Haley and Alessia. Both spots are cute little beach towns and were a ton of fun.

 

What are your plans this Summer? Have you made a Summer bucket list- if so what did you write down on it?

 

Last Week’s Adventures // May 18 & 19

Posting on a Saturday….. whaaaaaat?! I had a few technical difficulties with my little corner of the internet yesterday but I really wanted to get yesterday’s post up as soon as possible. Thus, here I am blogging on a Saturday.

 

I recently took on another job at a local bagel place that opened up near my house. I now know how to make egg sandwiches, make heroes, and butter/cream cheese bagels. All of which are great things to add to the set of skills that I already have 😉 .  My usual summer job is at an ice cream shop in a town over from mine. I have been working there for a while and basically am a professional ice cream scooper. But life is expensive and I’m saving up to study abroad so I figured that a second job wouldn’t be the end of the world.  Juggling two jobs, a blog, and a crazy bunny sounds a bit hectic but so far it has worked out in my favor. I even managed to get two days off last week, which were both very well spent.

 

On one of my days off last week, Wednesday, I hung out with Rob. We went for a delicious lunch with my Grandma at a cute lil’ breakfast cafe and then we headed to an arboretum. Which by the way, who knew that an arboretum was just a bunch of trees… not this girl. The arboretum was located on the same property as a massive mansion that used to be owned by some dude a very long time ago.  The arboretum itself was lined with pathways and benches, it was beautiful.

 

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Thursday was my second day off last week. My best friend Alessia and I decided to spend the day in NYC to celebrate her birthday. This day was absolutely awesome, we learned how to use the subway system (except for one mix up when we got lost in Brooklyn), waited two hours for some milkshakes, and went boating in Central Park. We even managed to make our way over to Times Sqaure at the end of the day.

 

These milkshakes are from BlackTap, a small restaurant in the Meat Packing Industry. Believe it or not, we waited 2 hours for these! The restaurant was actually very small, and we had to stand to drink them because there were not enough seats. The shakes were good but I definitely think that the place itself is a bit overrated.

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15 pounds later, we decided to head over to Central Park. This is where we accidentally took the wrong train and somehow ended up in Brooklyn. We eventually made it to our destination and had so much fun! Rowing a boat is a LOT harder than it looks,  this was definitely my workout for the day.

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Did you do anything fun last week? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

The Skinny On PB

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Hey peeps, happy Wednesday.
Let’s talk peanut butter…

 

Good old peanut butter, this stuff has the key to my heart and never fails to put a smile on my face. I seriously can’t even think of one thing that peanut butter would taste bad on (okay maybe there are a few things). Peanut butter fits so well with so many different foods. A few of my faves would have to be peanut butter toast, peanut butter oatmeal, peanut butter and celery, peanut butter milkshakes, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter granola bars, and of course the infamous Reeses peanut butter candies. You probably get the idea, peanut butter rocks and literally tastes good with anything.

 

Contrary to my feelings, a lot of people view peanut butter as a bad food. That it is a “fat” thus it will make them “fat” if they consume it. This usually stems from the high calories that come along with this stick to your mouth, amazing, buttery spread. I however, am going to prove that wrong in this blog post.

 

Landing at about 200 calories for just two tablespoons, peanut butter definitely is on the higher end of the calorie spectrum. BUT peanut butter is a healthy fat, and your body needs that! Think about all those cookies you have eaten, they’re probably around the same amount of calories as peanut butter but they proooooobably aren’t considered healthy fats…. unless you have found some magical cookies that aren’t loaded with sugar and are somehow good for you (if you have please let me know).

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Another complaint that many people have about peanut butter is the amount of saturated fat that it contains. While this is true, peanut butter also has a lot of healthy fats, which are great for you. The healthy fats that peanut butter has help to reduce heart disease, decrease blood pressure, and lower cholesterol!

 

AND according to the National Peanut Board (who even knew this was a thing?), “the truth is that saturated fat is not the root of all evil. In fact, it’s actually beneficial to the production of crucial hormones and vitamins such as testosterone and vitamin D”.

 

Peanut butter is also filled with selenium and vitamin B-3. Both of which play a major role in affecting your body positively. Selenium is an antioxidant, which basically means that it stops cell damage in your body. Vitamin B-3 is the backbone to where a lot of your  energy comes from. Both are great benefits that peanut butter contains.

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In the world of different kinds of peanut butter, there are SO many different types to choose from. The other day I was in the supermarket and saw cinnamon raisin peanut butter, sunflower seed peanut butter, and even dark chocolate peanut butter. There are so many different types of peanut butter on the shelves of your supermarket, in fact, it can probably get pretty overwhelming when you’re trying to purchase the healthiest one.

 

That’s where Eat This Not That comes along…Eat This Not That, is a major organization that shares the differences in the same food products made by different companies. This company has a huge book with a ton of different foods broken down by ingredients. It is actually pretty interesting when you take a deeper look at what ingredients are in some of your beloved eats. This organization also has a website, where they post articles similar to what is inside their book.

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According to the EatThis website, the number one peanut butter on the shelves of your supermarket is Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter. The reasoning as to why it is ranked the best? The peanuts it is made with contain 1% less salt than all other brands. This type of peanut butter is made with no hydrogenated oils. Here are the ingredients broken down→

2 Tbsp serving:

200 calories,

16 g fat (2.5 g saturated),

90 mg sodium,

6 g carbs,

2 g fiber,

1 g sugar,

8 g protein

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Boom and there you have it, the number one mainstream peanut butter to buy. But wait, how rude would it be of me if I left you wondering what the worst peanut butter was? The worst mainstream peanut butter that you can possibly buy is Peanut Butter & Co- Smooth Operator Crunch Time. The reasoning why it’s the worst? This product contains palm fruit oil and dried cane syrup. Palm fruit oil helps with oil separation and dried cane syrup is basically just another word for sugar. Here is a breakdown of the ingredients →

2 Tbsp serving:

180 calories,

15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat),

100 mg sodium,

8 g carbs,

2 g fiber,

3 g sugars,

7 g protein

This product contains more carbs, more sugars, and less protein than the Smucker’s natural peanut butter that took the crown as #1.

I guess to wrap this blog post up, don’t knock peanut butter just because it is high in calories. The stuff is actually really good for you if eaten in correct moderation! The combination of fiber and protein that peanut butter has helps to keep you full for longer and research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.

What is your favorite peanut butter snack?

 

Sophomore Year Wrap Up

sophomore year wrap up- sincerelykenzGeez, it has been a WHILE since I have taken some time to blog. Unfortunately, it has actually been about a month since I last blogged. I seriously need to start working on writing out posts ahead of time before they are scheduled to go up; that is one of my goals this summer.

 

Since my sophomore year of college just came to an end, I wanted to take some time to do a recap! I really can’t believe that another year has passed, it’s crazy to think about! I’m officially halfway done with my college career, which is kind of a little bit scary.

 

Feel free to grab a quick snack and a glass of water, because this is going to be a long one!

 

This year I lived in a quad styled dorm, it seriously was so much fun. I attend college at SUNY Oneonta and they have a bunch of different room styles that you can live in, one of which being a quad (duh, I lived in one).  If you are not sure what I mean by “quad style” it’s basically two double rooms connected with a common room. I LOVED how my room was set up this year. I went for a much more relaxed look, getting rid of all the bright colors and cluttered walls that I had during my freshman year. The post I wrote on my room STILL generates the most traffic to my blog. I got to live in this quad styled room with a group of  my fabulous friends and am so thankful for all of the memories that we made.

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As far as classes go, I finally started to take some of my major classes! The way that my college is set up is kind of strange. Students have to take a TON of general education classes before they can actually start taking classes that are required for their major. In my opinion, the general education classes are boring and redundant, I really don’t understand why we are required to take them but I guess there isn’t much I can do about it. However, this semester I took a few different education classes that I really loved (I’m majoring in adolescent education for those of you that don’t know). I had a professor for one of my classes who I found to be absolutely amazing. Definitely, my favorite professor at my college so far and I am so excited to take another class with her next semester!

 

Speaking of next semester, my friends and I were finally able to get a suite styled dorm. This is similar to the set up that I had this year, except there will be a bathroom in our room and three double rooms connected with a common room instead of just two. I am so excited to live with a bunch of great people again and to have our own bathroom.

 

My sophomore year was also awesome career wise, I guess you could say. I was able to get a small side job that had to do with something I love…. Instagram! I managed an Instagram account for the student-run newspaper at my college. This was a great experience because I was able to get paid while doing something that I love. Sidenote: if you don’t follow me on Instagram already, you totally should!

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I was also lucky enough to get a job for next semester when I go back up to school. What is the job, you ask? A barista at a small cafe in my college’s library! I am so excited about this and can’t wait to learn how to make some groovy drinks for people. I’m super thankful for another job opportunity that I might be receiving next semester which would be  teaching the minimum of web design to middle schoolers!  I am so excited for this possibility because it will give me some hands-on work in the field that I am majoring in. Crossing my fingers that this opportunity works out.

 

Enough of academics and jobs, let’s get into the fun stuff. I was lucky enough to do some pretty cool things this year while I was up at school. My boyfriend and I decided to invest in season passes at a local ski mountain by our college. This was probably one of the best ideas we have had in a while because we definitely got our moneys worth. This gave us something to do on the weekends and definitely improved my snowboarding skills. We did eventually take a break from the cold weather and took a few more adventures when the weather got nicer.  We spent a day in Saratoga Springs, Boston, and let’s not forget Albany when we went to see Bruce Springsteen live!

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This year was also when my family’s adopted dog turned one years old , and when I adopted a bunny! Both are absolutely crazy but are super adorable. Cisco is a dopple dachshund and Elliot is a mini flop eared bunny!

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My friends and I took some weekend excursions as well. I went to this amazing hiking spot with my friends and had a spontaneous mall trip with another group of friends. Being on campus every day can get a little bit boring at times so taking weekend adventures is always a ton of fun.

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The Her Campus team that I run at my college made some amazing strides this year as well. We put on a lot more events, held some amazing giveaways and generated SO much traffic to our site. I am so lucky to have a group of girls who really love to write and work hard to make our Her Campus chapter amazing.

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Overall, my sophomore year was incredible! I’m going to be lame and throw in a quick cliche here, but time really does “fly” when you are having fun. I can’t believe how fast the year went by. I did great in my classes and made some unbelievable memories with some great people. I can’t wait to see what my junior year of college has to offer for me!

 

WTF Is In Whole Wheat Bread?

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PICTURE THIS: you’re at the diner and your waiter asks you what type of toast you would like with your gourmet breakfast. Obviously, you’re going to respond by saying “whole wheat”.  You’re super healthy so whole wheat is naturally the right way to go…

 

News flash people:  whole wheat bread sucks. 

 

If not 100% whole wheat, (which most aren’t) the bread is actually worse for you than better.  According to Forbes magazine, If it isn’t labeled as 100% whole wheat, bread can contain enriched flour. Enriched flour has just about as much nutritional value as that oreo you ate last night. Enriched flour is known to give people sugar spikes annnnnnnd crashes. Basically, enriched flour means nutrients are stripped from the bread.

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When thinking about which bread is healthiest, the key is to look at the ingredients. The first ingredient listed on the ingredient label tells the story. If it’s “wheat flour” or “enriched bleached flour” (or similar), it means that whole wheat flour was not used. Generally, if the ingredients list wheat/enriched flour, white flour was used to make the bread.

 

Did ya know that whole wheat bread can actually increase your blood sugar? Whole wheat bread is basically like eating a sugary soda or a candy bar. According to Life Extension magazine, this is primarily because of the amount of sucrose that is in whole wheat bread.

 

Sucrose is noooooot the best for you. Sucrose is a combination of fructose and glucose, both forms of sugar. Glucose is accompanied by insulin, the hormone that allows entry of glucose into the cells of the body, converting the glucose to fat. The process is pretty simple: the more glocuse you consume, the higher insulin admitted into your body, the fatter you get.

 

I know there are a ton of crazy diets going on right now focusing on cutting out all carbs. How is that even possible? I am a bagel feen and need my fix of carbs at least once a day (or twice…).  My intentions of this blog post are by no means trying to get you to stay away from bread, or carbs in general.  Alllll I’m saying is that for now on I may take a little bit of extra time to check out the ingredients of loaves of bread and maybe stray away from whole wheat bread altogether.

 

I’m thinking that whole grain bread may be the way to go,  whole grains are naturally low in fat and cholesterol free. These types of bread contain 10 to 15 percent protein and have a ton of fiber…. What is your take on whole wheat bread?

 

 

6 Blogging Facebook Groups You NEED To Join

6 Blogging Facebook Groups You NEED To JoinBelieve it or not, Facebook isn’t just for old people to share stories about dogs/ thirty-second recipe videos (do those recipes even work?!). Although Facebook can be considered “old school” it is actually one of the biggest tools for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers. I have learned so much about blogging just by networking and interacting through Facebook. If you are unaware of what a Facebook group is, you have certainly come to the right place. I wanted to take some time on da’ blog today to share my favorite Facebook groups that I am currently a member of.

 

Facebook groups are basically groups (who would have thought?) of people who all share similar interests. There are a TON of Facebook groups out there. Whether you are looking for design help, business tips, blogging motivation, or freelancing opportunities, these groups are the place for you. The best part is that these groups are one hundred percent free!  Meeting and networking with fellow bloggers is probably one of the greatest decisions I have ever made in my journey through the blogging world. It is unbelievable how friendly and helpful everyone is in these groups. If you aren’t currently in any Facebook groups you really are missing out on a lot!

 

Here are my favorite Facebook groups :

1. Blog Beautiful:

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This Facebook group is primarily for bloggers and “soloprenuers” who are working their way to the top! This group essentially is for people who want to beautify their blogs. D.I.Y graphic and design talk take place in this group a lot. The group also focuses on giving and receiving feedback and advice on blog design and of course, blogging itself.

2.  Blog & Bizz BFFs:

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9,700+ MEMBERS

This group was started by the amazing Melyssa Griffin, who is absolutley fantastic in everything she does. The group has a HUGE number of members so there is always someone asking for help or vise versa. Blog & Bizz BFFs is a place for bloggers and online entrepreneurs to lend support, give feedback, and share advice. 

3. Blogging College:

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130+ MEMBERS

This group was created by another blogging superstar, Kayla Rivoli. I personally love this group because it is on the smaller spectrum, so the connections are usually between familiar faces. This group is a place for college-aged bloggers to receive and give feedback, advice, ideas, and motivation from fellow college bloggers.

4. Premier InfluenceHer Collective:

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The InfluenceHer Collective Facebook group is a network full of blogs written by women ranging in age 13-30+. This group focuses on an array of different blogs in categories such as  fashion, beauty, cooking, fitness, design, lifestyle, and more. This group provides a community for bloggers to share ideas and inspiration with one another, plus receive sponsorship opportunities from Her Campus.

5. The Blog Loft:

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Like most other blogging Facebook groups, The Blog Loft is yet another place to share and recieve feedback on anything blogging. The Blog Loft is known as the “inner circle of bloggers” and their motto is to “pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee (or wine) and get ready for blogging success!”.

6.  Blogging Boost:

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This is probably one of the biggest blogging groups I am a part of on Facebook. Blogging Boost allows bloggers to connect with other bloggers, share and read posts, and learn the ins and outs of working online! The group is open to anyone. This group has promo threads on Monday which are awesome!

 

Take some time to go through these groups and join the ones you think would benefit you! If you’re feeling spontaneous you may as well just join them all. Wishing you all an amazing weekend filled with fun and sunshine 🙂

 

 

 

April Playlist

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Hello ladies and gents! I am here to wish you fabulous, beautiful, human beings of the internet a very very happy Wednesday! Wednesday is hands down one of the best days of the week because it’s right in between the best day (Friday) and the worst day (Monday) of the week.

 

Fingers crossed that my Wednesday goes smoothly as I have a seven-page research paper and a project due tomorrow. I’m planning on spending my day at the library and drowning myself in coffee.

 

I wanted to share my April playlist with all of you! If you don’t follow me on Spotify yet, you totally should! I like to think of myself as an awesome “playlist creator” and really do enjoy checking out different people’s tastes in music, I’ll be sure to follow you back.

 

 

Springsteen Cancels Show Because Of Anti LGBT Law

720x405-GettyImages-181507753Friday afternoon Bruce Springsteen (I met him remember guys?! We’re like best friends) spoke out about the bathroom law that has recently been passed in North Carolina. The Boss decided to cancel his upcoming show (it was last night) in Greensboro, North Carolina because of this. The show was part of Bruce and the E street band’s new River tour.

 

“It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”, Springsteen said.

 

This new law is titled the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. It was passed about a month ago and is causing a lot of uproar from business owners, major celebrities, and people from all over the map. Governor Pat McCrory believed that the implementation of this law would help better and strengthen people’s privacy when using restroom facilities….. as you can see, not everyone agrees with him on this one.

 

The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match the gender they were depicted as when they were born. Horrible, right?! As if that weren’t bad enough, the act also conflicts with the civil rights protections that gay and transgender people have.

 

Bruce’s cancellation can cost the coliseum he was scheduled to perform at up to 100,000 dollars…that’s a lot of money people! The cancellation announcement was posted on http://brucespringsteen.net by the man himself:

 

 “As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.” 

Fan’s reactions to Bruce’s action are very mixed. Some feel that the cancellation is commendable and noteworthy while others feel that Bruce is being a “coward” for announcing this to his fans with such short notice. Many of the band members claimed that they were “proud to be part of the E Street Band” on their social media outlets.

 

Bandmembers, Stevie Van Zandt, and Nils Lofgren fought back to fan’s angry comments on their Twitter pages:

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The lawmakers in North Carolina are calling Bruce a “bully” and disagree with his actions. All of the tickets bought for the Greensboro show will be refunded at the point of purchase. What are your thoughts on this new law?

 

 

 

 

Spring What? & Friday Faves

sincerelykenz- spring has sprung ?

This past week has been crazy, weather-wise. It is almost like the weather got really really drunk, and is still really really drunk… and confused.  I don’t know if it’s only me, but for some reason, I thought Spring weather was supposed to be breezy and warm. I have been trying to work with this new Spring weather…. I really have. But, I am just having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around what is currently going on with it.  All I’m asking for is some warmer temperatures…I could even handle a few rain showers if necessary.

 

Aside from the strange weather, this week has been fairly “ok” for me. I had a ton of homework to catch up on but finally kinda sorta got myself on track with it. I am loving my classes this semester but honestly, can’t wait for it to be over. Let’s just say that I am longing for summer more than I thought I would be.

 

As far as this weeks favorites go, they’re kind of all over the place. Drumroll******

 

1 . 7 Beautiful Lessons Travel Has Taught Me

  • I loved this article when I stumbled upon it on Thought Catalog. I love the author’s strong mindset about what can happen if you push yourself to achieve your dreams.

2. Lauryn Evart’s Skinny Confidential Book

  • If you have never heard of Lauryn.. are you living under a rock?! Lauryn is seriously awesome, and so is her book. I grabbed this when I was home for Easter and absolutely love it. It’s basically a guide to Lauryn’s healthy eating habits, her workouts, and her life.

3. HeleneInBetween’s #7in7challange

  • Another awesome blogger! Helene is currently holding an Instagram challenge. It is spanning over the next seven days and each day you have to post a photo that coincides with Helene’s topic of the day. Each day has a new winner! Crossing my fingers I win something, at least, one of these days.

4.  Goal Digger: 6 Notebooks That Will Keep You Motivated

  • If you know me, you would be well aware that I am a HUGE advocate for little notebooks. The stationary section of Marshall’s is my absolute favorite place to be, and I have waaaay more notebooks than even close to necessary. This article has my heart because it feeds my lil’ notebook obsession.

5. This ReminderIMG_7866-900x900

  • I love this friendly reminder. I think that it is important to not compare yourself to others and to keep in mind that your body can only do so much. Sometimes a good nights sleep and a little bit of time for yourself can work wonders.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this not so “Spring-y” weather. What were your favorite things that you stumbled upon this week?!

INTRODUCING BALLET BEAUTIFUL

introducing ballet beautiful- sincerelykenz

The last time I did ballet was probably about 14 years ago. I remember hating ballet. The tight stockings would give me the worst wedgie and my hair would always be slicked back into a tight bun on the top of my head- I hated when people so much as touched my hair (I still do), so you can probably visualize how this went over every day when it came time to go to ballet. I didn’t like ballet when I was 5 and I still don’t really like ballet now. In fact, this blog post isn’t even really about ballet…

 

Before I get into things, let me give you a little rundown on my workout schedule:

I try my best to head to the gym at least 5 times a week. I usually keep my workouts simple. I like using some free weights, going for long runs on the treadmill, or trying my best to complete a Kayla Itsines workout. I get bored easily and love to switch up my workout routine whenever I can.

 

After searching the internet world for a fun, new, workout I stumbled upon something called Ballet Beautiful. I tried to summarize what Ballet Beautiful is like ten different times, but my words just aren’t doing it justice. Here’s how the website explains it:

 

“Created by the professional ballerina and celebrity fitness guru Mary Helen Bowers, the Ballet Beautiful workout mixes the athleticism and grace of classical ballet with targeted exercises and stretches that sculpt a dancer’s toned, lean physique. Mary Helen personally trained Natalie Portman for her Academy Award-winning role in Black Swan. Sought after by A-list celebrities, supermodels, Victoria’s Secret Angels and thousands of other women around the world, Ballet Beautiful is the chosen workout of today’s modern woman.

 

My favorite types of workouts are the ones that leave me sore. If I am not sore, or absolutely sweating while doing a workout (TMI, I know) I don’t feel like I pushed myself hard enough. Lucky for me, these workouts keep the sweat comin’ and leave me as sore as ever the next day.

 

You can buy the Ballet Beautiful workout plan, and it will probably be worth all of your money. These workouts are hard! To be completely honest, when I heard the word ballet and workout in the same sentence, I kind of figured it would be a light workout.

 

I was SO wrong about this. These workouts are awesome. You’ll still feel these workouts lingering throughout your muscles the next day, trust me.

 

This is not at all sponsored by Ballet Beautiful- heck, they probably don’t even know who I am. I have fallen in love with these workouts and just haaaaaaaaadddddd to tell the world about them.

 

Here are some links to free Ballet Beautiful workouts:

1- http://bit.ly/1LxKAIR
2- http://bit.ly/1otjOw5
3- http://bit.ly/1Q6umMc
4- http://bit.ly/1otjWeW