17 Signs You’ve Coached Gymnastics

1. You can’t count the number of times you’ve said “point your toes” or “straighten your legs.”

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2. If you’ve made it through a day without getting kicked in the head, you know it’s a good day.

3. You’ve made up countless names for stretches and skills solely so that five-year-olds can understand.

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4. You know that sometimes small victories need the most congratulations.

5. Nobody ever taught you how to wrap an ankle, but you figured it out pretty quickly.

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6. If you’re working with a little kid and they get hurt, you give them an ice pack. If you’re working with anyone over the age of 7 and they get hurt, you tell them they’re fine and to keep working.

7. You have a love/hate relationship with all your past coaches and simultaneously try to emulate them and be nothing like them.

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8. When you finish work, you never know if the sweat on you is your own or someone else’s. Oh well.

9. You know that the right soundtrack can change the entire success of the day.

10. Your co-coaches are the only people who truly understand what your job entails.

11. You’re great at playing doctor and bandaging up small wounds.

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12. When you’re having a bad day, you know your little gymnast munchkins can make it all better.

13. You know that when your kids are being brats, you can always just give them more conditioning.

14. It embarrasses you to stretch with your kids because they keep getting more and more flexible and you… don’t.

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15. Even though you don’t compete anymore, you’re so glad the gym is still your home.

16. If you don’t leave work with chalk or blood on your clothes, you’ve done something wrong.

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17. You know the saying “those who can’t do, coach” and even though it’s true, you wouldn’t trade coaching for the world.

Holiday-Style Apple Pie Sangria

The holiday season is upon us! With Thanksgiving coming up and Christmas commercials out the wazoo, I decided to spice up some wine (literally) with my own holiday sangria recipe! Apple pie is one of my favorite holiday treats, which is why it is the inspiration for this cocktail.

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Holiday-Style Apple Pie Sangria
(makes 2 servings)

INGREDIENTS
2 cups of your favorite white wine
2 shots of vodka
1 cup apple cider
1/2 Fuji apple, cut into slices
1/2 soft pear, cut into slices
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Ginger ale

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine wine, vodka, apple cider apple and pear slices, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a container.
2. Let wine mixture sit for 24 hours.
3. Stir wine mixture, pour into a glass, add ginger ale (to taste), and enjoy!

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I hope you like this recipe! Be warned, you can’t taste the alcohol at all, so don’t go too crazy with it. Let me know if there are other recipes I should try!

Simple Homemade Red Wine Sangria

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Sangria is my new favorite drink and activity – I’ve been on a sangria-making kick recently. I’m not a huge red wine fan, but my housemate is, so the other day when I made white wine sangria for myself (see recipe here), I made her a few glasses of red wine sangria! Check out the recipe below:

Simple Berry Red Wine Sangria
(makes two servings)

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The oranges pick up the amazing color from the wine and end up as a beautiful and delicious garnish.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups of your favorite red wine
Your favorite frozen berries (I used a strawberry/blueberry/blackberry medley) – microwave until thawed
Half an orange, cut into slices
2 shots of blueberry-pomegranate vodka
2 tbsp. sugar
Ginger ale (however much you want)

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine wine, vodka, orange, berries, and sugar in a container.
2. Let wine mixture sit in fridge for at least an hour.
3. Pour wine mixture into a glass and add ginger ale.
4. Garnish and enjoy!

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The final product!

Let me know what you think of this red wine sangria recipe! Have any great sangria recipes my housemates and I should try? Send them my way!

p.s. I have a Holiday-Style Apple Pie Sangria sitting in the fridge right now – stay tuned for the recipe, coming soon!

Homemade Sangria (With Simple Dining Hall Ingredients)

Sangria is often thought of as a fancy summer drink, but I figured, why not make it a casual drink in the middle of winter? Check out this simple sangria recipe, which I made using only ingredients from the dining hall (aside from the alcohol).

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Tropical White Wine Sangria
(makes two servings)

INGREDIENTS:
Two cups of your favorite white wine
One mini bottle of orange vodka (1.7 oz)
One tbsp. sugar
Fresh strawberries, halved
Fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
Fresh orange, cut into slices
Ginger ale

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine the wine, vodka, sugar, and fruit in a large container. Mix and refrigerate for at least an hour.
2. Add ginger ale (to taste) to the wine mixture.
3. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy!

Let me know what you think and stay posted for an easy red wine sangria recipe coming soon!

How to Wear a Pea Coat All Week

Are you sick of the winter, even though it only just started? Winter is the worst time to try to dress in cute outfits – you get stuck wearing the same things day after day and have no style motivation. Why wear something cute if you’re just going to cover it in the same oversized winter jacket every day? Here’s how! You can’t get out of wearing winter coats, so try to spice it up and make every pea coat outfit adorable.

Liebster Blog Award

Today I was nominated by another blogger for the Liebster Blog Award! I’m pretty sure I was nominated last year too but it was about a month into my blogging experience and I had no idea what I was doing, so I didn’t think anything of it. This year, though, I decided to actually respond. So, to my nominator, Natalie of http://notyouraveragecollegegirlblog.wordpress.com/, thank you! Check out the award, information, and my nominees below!

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*The Official Rules of the Liebster Blog Award (From the Wording Well website):

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have fewer than 1000 followers.
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.)
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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Here are the questions Natalie asked me:

1. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Snoring. It makes me so irrationally angry and I don’t know why. Also misplaced apostrophes. “Salad’s” should never be written anywhere. Ever.

2. Who’s your celebrity crush?

Probably Matthew Bomer. I know he’s gay, but he’s beautiful. He also has the cutest husband and kids.

3. What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Dirty Dancing. I could watch it every day, but I don’t understand why “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” has become the most famous line, because there are plenty of other more amazing lines in that movie.

4. Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Well, this is a great question given one of my most recent posts about guilty pleasures. Check it out here: https://sometimesiweartiaras.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/guilty-pleasures/.

5. What’s the craziest dream you’ve ever had?

It’s gotta be the one where I stepped on a dead person’s head… There was no body attached. I was 10 and I don’t think I slept for a week after that.

6. Cats or dogs?

Dogs, but I really like both.

7. What kind of music do you listen to the most?

Right now, Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989.

8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Flying. I would love to be able to fly anywhere in the world – it would be great for travel and it would be such a cool sensation.

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11 Random Facts:

  1. When my boyfriend and I aren’t together, I cuddle my teddy bear while I sleep.
  2. I was a highly competitive gymnast until I got a stress fracture in my back when I was 16.
  3. I’ve lived in Italy twice – for five months when I was 5 and for two and a half months when I was 10.
  4. I have 20/20 eyesight.
  5. I have two pillowpets and they both travel with me (because they’re the best airplane companions).
  6. I have never had a pet (other than fish and salamanders).
  7. Walking through those mini house setups in IKEA is one of my favorite activities.
  8. The first time I ever got tipsy, I was 19. I have never smoked anything ever.
  9. My favorite color is pink.
  10. I hate when people spell my name wrong on Facebook or in emails.
  11. There are currently four tiaras in my room.

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Nominations: 

Believe it or not, I actually don’t follow very many blogs. I have a hard time finding ones that are exactly what I want to read, and I often like posts and forget to follow. In any case, these are three of my favorites:

1. This is one of the first blogs I ever followed and I love their posts: http://isthiswhyimstillsingle.wordpress.com/

2. A fellow Eugenian (aka from Eugene, Oregon) who is now traveling the world on her bike: http://awanderingphoto.com/

3. And another excellent blog with a fantastic title: http://glitterismyfavouritecolour.com/

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Questions for Nominees to Answer:

  1. If you could be any famous person (past or present), who would you be?
  2. What color best describes you?
  3. If tomorrow were your last day to live, what would you eat for your final meal?
  4. Who do you ask for advice?
  5. What is your favorite place?
  6. Weather-wise: hot or cold?
  7. If you could have any animal as a pet, what animal would you choose?
  8. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
  9. What is your favorite Disney movie?
  10. Mac or PC?
  11. What is your favorite holiday?

Bringing sexy back, one morning at a time…

“Sexy is about being brave. And then being proud of yourself when you are. And recognising that sexy is an outlook, not a fashion look. It’s about that sparkle in your eye when you feel good about yourself. It’s the confidence to hold a gaze and walk with purpose.

It’s being nice to people because you have nothing to prove – that’s plain sexy right there.”

Glitter Is My Favourite Colour

Sometimes, when we’re not paying attention, sexy goes AWOL.  It sneaks away so quietly in the everyday rush of life, and it can take a random prompt to go looking for it again.

It’s something that I was recently reminded of in an interesting conversation with a very inspirational friend.  This illuminating discussion started with a bold statement.

 “Right, I’ve decided.  I’m bringing sexy back.”

I immediately knew what she meant.  And I could not agree more.

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Why I Love Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space”

I love Taylor Swift. In ninth grade, my friend and I sat in the back of her minivan watching videos on her portable DVD player. She popped in TSwift’s “Our Song” music video and thus began my following of Queen Tay. In 2008, I listened to the wonderful songs of Fearless on my walk to school, imagining scenes of kissing in the rain and the amazing music video that is “You Belong With Me.” Last week my boyfriend bought me 1989, adding to my collection, for a total of 52 Taylor Swift songs. It seems only fair that with the release of this newest album, I dedicate a blog post to the lovely Taylor.

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So let’s talk about the most popular of the songs on 1989, “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” and their music videos. The “Shake It Off” music video may be my favorite TSwizzle music video, which is saying a lot considering the “You Belong With Me” and “22” videos. Agh, actually that’s a really big claim to make. I don’t know which one is my favorite. I love all three of them. Anyways, not the point. The “Shake It Off” video is amazing; if you haven’t seen it, you need to watch it now. It features Taylor Swift accepting and loving the fact that she can’t dance for her life. The video shows a ton of amazing dancers doing their thing, and Taylor looking like a giant goofball in the best way possible.

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The best thing about this video is that we’ve all been there – in a place where we totally don’t belong, where it’s clear that we don’t fit in, and where we just aren’t as good at something as our peers. But Taylor doesn’t care. She rocks it. The whole point of the song is that she doesn’t care what her haters may think or say about her; she’s going to keep being herself and just shake it off. TSwift encourages weirdness and silliness and I love that about her. Check out this music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWlot6h_JM

Okay, now onto “Blank Space.” This video was only released today and already has over 4 million views. While this video is evidence of Taylor Swift’s sub-par acting skills, it also highlights some AMAZING fashion. I could barely pay attention to the story of the wealthy cheating lover and Taylor’s seeming insanity because I was so caught up with Taylor’s amazing clothing. Below are some screen grabs of the video featuring the styles Taylor puts on. (And check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-ORhEE9VVg.)

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Hold on, let’s get a close-up on this.

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Next we see Taylor in this beautiful ensemble:

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Woah there, let’s zoom in on this.

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Then there’s this gorgeous outfit:

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And then even on a horse she’s stylin’.

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Even without a good look at this one, we know it’s amazing:

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Then she rocks this high-waisted shorts outfit:

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And finally, she kills it with this leopard-print masterpiece:

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And let’s not forget about her incredible makeup throughout the video (and always):

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Guilty Pleasures

Sometimes I like to do these classic “blog” type posts, even though they’re kind of obnoxious and self-centered. But whatever. So here is a list of my guilty pleasures (that I don’t actually feel guilty about):

1. Ice cream.

2. Law and Order: SVU marathons.

3. 19 Kids and Counting (and the Duggar family in general).

4. Snuggling with my teddy bear.

5. Nutella-filled chocolate chip cookies (my roommate has gotten into making these and they are literally heaven).

6. Reruns of shitty chick flicks (27 Dresses, anyone?)

7. The Biggest Loser.

8. Mozzarella sticks.

Life Updates

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For anyone out there who wants to know what is going on in my life (hi, Mom), I figured I’d update everyone on my life (specifically journalism-related). A few months ago, I emailed people at The Saratogian (Saratoga’s local newspaper) to inquire about an internship. Two weeks later I met with the city editor who offered me a position as an intern for the spring. So, starting in January I will be a newspaper intern at The Saratogian!

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In case that wasn’t enough on top of my 12 credits and on-campus job (as well as the three blogs I write for regularly), the current editor in chief of Her Campus Skidmore is graduating early, so I am taking over for her as EIC! I was just officially accepted for the position by Her Campus nationals, so I will also be taking on that role in January.

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And finally, a few weeks ago I was in a restaurant with my best friend, complaining to him about how Saratoga Springs is a difficult place to be looking for magazine internships, when a woman interrupted us and told me she worked at Saratoga Living Magazine and that they often hire interns for pay. I met with her last week to discuss the possibility of interning there and began today. On that note, my first day was great! I was only there for two hours, but I was able to go on a run to a local business to have them proof an article about their products and then I wrote photo captions and did edits for an article that is going into the holiday issue of the magazine. I’ll be working there once a week until next semester, when I’ll start picking up more hours.

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I will also hopefully be meeting with editors from the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast in the near(ish) future to get advice on the industry and how to break in.

Well, there you have it! My journalism life in a nutshell. Stay posted for more updates!

My First Kiss Went A Little Like This…

 First kisses are some of the best, weirdest, most awkward moments of our lives – and they happen at all different points during the process of growing up. Think you had a ridiculous first kiss? Check out this collection of first kiss stories: 

“My first kiss was with an awkward high school boyfriend when I was 15. We had just taken a “romantic” walk together in the woods, and were standing under a canopy of trees by a very busy road. I remember closing my eyes and puckering, hoping that I would find his mouth without being able to see. The kiss was perfect. It was the grossest, wettest, slimiest, loudest experience I had ever had. I remember letting his saliva dry on my face (gross… I know) because it made me feel adult (which doesn’t make any sense… I blame hormones). I called my best friend immediately afterwards to celebrate.”

"It was the grossest, wettest, slimiest, loudest experience I had ever had."

“It was the grossest, wettest, slimiest, loudest experience I had ever had.”

“My first boyfriend and I started going out in 7th grade. We didn’t go to the same school, and we only really ever saw each other at bar/bat mitzvahs since we were too shy to ever really go out on dates. It has been at least a few months and we had never kissed since there was no way I was going to make the first move, and he was just too shy. So, during one of the bar mitzvahs we were both at, we were dancing when my best friend who was also great friends with my boyfriend came up to us and rammed our faces together. It was super funny, and we turned bright red. I was surprised our braces didn’t link together….. It was the epitome of middle school puppy romance, and I laugh every time someone asks me about it!”

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“It was the epitome of middle school puppy romance…”

“Ugh, it was gross. Wet and drunk and I didn’t even know his name first. I was 19.”

“Miami beach boardwalk. 1996. I was 12, so was she. Long walk, sit down on wood bench overlooking beach and ocean. She looks into my eyes, smiles, and I lean in. Our lips meet… and stay there. “No tongue that’s gross” she tells me. So it’s this weird, kinda prolonged no-tongue-face-sucking awkward French kiss. I’m reminded of that Jim Carrey Dumb and Dumber fantasy scene where he’s practically sucking Lauren Holly’s face off and I start laughing. She pulls her head back and tells me I “have no etiquette.” Gets up off of me and we continue our walk. She’s a lesbian now. True story.”

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“She pulls her head back and tells me I ‘have no etiquette.'”

“He walked me home. We stood outside the door to my floor. I didn’t like him, but I felt like we should probably kiss. So I kissed him.” (Age: 18)

“I’m 19 now. My first kiss was when I was 15. It was in high school, on school grounds, after dismissal. I had just started going out with a guy that day or the previous day, and when we said bye he leaned in for a kiss. I kind of missed his mouth and it was a half cheek-half mouth kind of kiss; a short one too. I had been so worried leading up to that moment that I freaked out when it happened and awkwardly walked away immediately after. It took some practice for me to get the hang of kissing. Needless to say, terrible first kiss and definitely not the environment I expected it to be in!”

“So I was 14 and my house is only a few blocks from my high school and my boyfriend and I decided to go my place during lunch. We were hanging out on my bed with my dog, I was lying perpendicular to him with my head on his chest and then all of a sudden it just happened. Our lips touched. I don’t remember all that much besides that there was a lot of unnecessary tongue action. They were just flailing about because we knew tongues were supposed to be involved in the equation just didn’t really know how at that particular inexperienced moment. And then my dog started scratching me for attention and that was it. My first kiss.”

"I don't remember all that much besides that there was a lot of unnecessary tongue action."

“I don’t remember all that much besides that there was a lot of unnecessary tongue action.”

“My first kiss was with my long distance girlfriend during the summer after my junior year of high school. I was sixteen. I had told all of my friends that I had kissed exactly one girl before that, but that wasn’t true. I felt the incredible need to lie to all of those friends, as a part of me wasn’t exactly sure I’d actually ever kiss someone. But I digress. It was a hot July day in Manhattan, and I asked to leave work early so I could meet my then girlfriend before we went to dinner. I hadn’t seen her in a few months, and we decided to start dating while we were apart (a decision I don’t necessarily regret, but one I see as inherently stupid), so the excitement had been building up inside of me for a few weeks and all of the waiting was finally going to come to an end. We met up on the lower east side and took a walk so awkward that could have only come from our collective inability to communicate with one another about anything of any real importance. At some point, our aimless walk landed us in one of Manhattan’s many parks. We sat down on a bench, in plain view for the world to see, and quickly silenced ourselves. I then looked at her and said: “Can you kiss me?” I didn’t think I’d have had enough courage to initiate the actual movement myself, so I guess words were the next best thing. She nodded and leaned in close. Thus began a relatively aggressive high school make out session in the middle of the afternoon in a fairly crowded Manhattan park on the lower east side. Am I proud of it? To be honest, a little. I didn’t have to lie anymore, at least not in the same way. And I’ll always have that park bench, and I’ll always remember my short-lived relationship with the first girl I kissed.”

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“At some point, our aimless walk landed us in one of Manhattan’s many parks.”

“His name was Josh. We were in eighth grade. He invited me to go to the fireworks with him and his family. We spent a majority of the night lying on a blanket in the grass on our backs, hands entwined, staring up at the stars and fireworks. His parents and brother were on the blanket next to us, but I failed to notice. Once the fireworks were over, we walked back to the car, hand-in-hand, and climbed in. He was on the left side, I was in the middle, and his younger brother was on the right. He leaned in, but would not kiss me. I called him a chicken, smiling at him in the dark. I gathered up the courage, leaned in, and planted one on his lips. It would have been perfect if I hadn’t gone “mwahhh” as I did it…”

“It was February of my sophomore year of high school, and my self confidence was at an all-time low. I had just been rejected by a freshman that I asked to go on a date with me. At the time, I was in the band for a musical we were putting on, and my friend told me that one of the girls in the dance crew had a crush on me. So I asked her to go see a movie with me. I couldn’t tell y0u what movie it was, I was so nervous from just holding her hand. I was so conscious of how sweaty my hands were, and I wasn’t sure if she really liked me, so I just held her hand the whole movie. Afterward, I walked her to the train, and finally got up the nerve to kiss her right before she headed down into the station. It was clumsy, but uplifting. That night, she texted me and said that she thought I didn’t like her, because I didn’t kiss her the whole time. I confessed my nerves, which she thought was adorable. And then she became my girlfriend for the next two years.”

"I walked her to the train, and finally got up the nerve to kiss her right before she headed down into the station. It was clumsy, but uplifting."

“I walked her to the train, and finally got up the nerve to kiss her right before she headed down into the station. It was clumsy, but uplifting.”