Bonnaroo- The Happiest Place on Earth

Happy Hi-Five Friday to all my fellow Roovians! I dont know about ya’ll but I sure am missing the farm right about now.

This was my first time at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. and it was magical, hot and surprisingly had really good food! Whoever said Disney was the happiest place on Earth clearly has never been to Bonnaroo.

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The Experience

The whole Bonnaroo experience is hard to sum into words. It’s more of a feeling than anything else. A feeling of acceptance, a feeling of community. I talked to total strangers and made an effort to get outside my comfort zone and be more friendly and open to everyone. And that’s just the beginning of what your experience on The Farm.

But I feel the best way to really understand what it’s like at Bonnaroo is to see a part of it for yourself. Enjoy.

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To The King of the Castle

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL THE DAD’S OUT THERE!!!

I want to take a second and brag on how absolutely amazing my Daddy is! The first thing you should know about him is that he is one of the funniest people you will ever meet. He is just like a big kid that loves to have a good time and make people laugh.

The second thing you should know about my dad is that he bleeds orange and white. That’s right, because of him our entire family are HUGE Tennessee Volunteers fans. Additionally, because of this my sister and myself have had sports ingrained in us from a very young age and I love that! We have an annual tradition to take a trip up to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville to cheer on our Vols. This has become on of my favorite memories that we share.

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Lazy Rainy Mornings

Happy almost end of the semester to all my fellow students! We’re almost done! Hooray!!

This semester has been an exhausting one for me, I’ve had a full-time class schedule, an internship with a local sports radio station, I work part-time as an after-school family, AND I tried to maintain some form of social life; although some Friday nights all I wanted to do was have a glass of wine, take a bubble bath and go to bed by midnight.

In the midst of my stress, one thing always relieves my tension; and that is baking!

I think it’s important to have a stress relief coping skill because sometimes life just gets hard and you need an escape, even if it’s only for a little bit. Whether its writing, fishing, painting, baking or any other form healthy relief, find what makes you happy and use that when life gets overwhelming. Stress can make you feel as though you have to get everything done right now, but faith reassures you that everything will happen in God’s timing. Β And while you’re waiting for His timing, do what you love!

For instance, this past week I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed and stressed with all the final projects, exams, and assignments I have as finals week is rapidly approaching. So, this Monday was a rainy one (and also my mornings off) and I decided to take a step back, trust God and pray that He will get me through this stressful time. And I decided to make homemade scones and enjoy a little R&R with my boyfriend, Bradley.

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Spring BAKE

So like many American’s recently, I have become OBSESSED with The Great British Bake Off. If you don’t know what that is you are seriously missing out! But don’t worry, 3 seasons of it are on Netflix and I highly suggest you go binge watch it right now.

Because I have this strange obsession with British people and baking I have been inspired to channel my best Mary Berry impression and bake during my spring break. The first baked good I decided to conquer, that the bakers on the show made look super easy, is doughnuts.

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These are lemon poppy seed doughnuts with a lemon vanilla glaze. I chose to do these doughnuts because my boyfriend Bradley, who also loves the GBBO even if he won’t admit it, LOVES lemon poppy seed.

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