Words To Live By To Celebrate My 28th Birthday

Happy Birthday to Me!

28 Pieces of Advice

I decided to write this post in honor of my 28th birthday today! Last year at this time, I was celebrating my birthday at the Miss Ohio USA orientation. It was a wonderful day celebrating with all the contestants but what I didn’t know is that it was also the beginning to a year filled with change and life lessons. I wanted to share what I have learned from those experiences. So … Read More

Having Child Like Faith


Having Child-Like Faith

I wrote this piece for myself a year ago and it is one of the first realizations I had to begin blogging.  It is a more personal post that came straight from my heart at 3am one morning after teaching Vacation Bible School. In honor of the VBS kickoff this week, I decided to muster up some courage and share this message in hopes that it resonates with some of you. Its a bit lengthy and I … Read More

Cooking with Hello Fresh

The Not-So Pioneer Woman Cooks

Last week, I conducted a little kitchen experiment using Hello Fresh. Hello Fresh is a meal kit delivery service that sends healthy portioned meals to your door with detailed cooking instructions. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not very skilled in the kitchen to say the least. (Earlier this year, I had the “Great Egg Explosion of 2017” in my kitchen after the simple task of boiling eggs went south!) Despite my past … Read More

Advice to My Younger Self

We all have heard the question…

“What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?”

But have you ever truly stopped to think about what your answer would be? There are so many things that we “live and learn” while growing up. I partly wish I could go back and tell myself to let my bangs grow out and to stop wearing blue eyeliner. Yet, if you had one chance to send a little message in … Read More

Workout and Diet Q&A

Hello Everyone!

In my last blog post, I asked you to submit your diet and exercise questions for me to answer. Here is my Q&A on what I did to get ready for swimsuit competition!

 

Due to your experience in pageants, you’ve prepared for a LOT of swimsuit competitions. What did you learn during your prep for Miss USA SS that radically changed your usual SS prep habits?

I went about training for the Miss USA swimsuit competition way … Read More

5 Books that Changed My Life

” I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

– J.K. Rowling

Have you ever had a book change your life?…

I adore reading, and not the fancy “reading on your tablet” kind of reading either. I love buying new books. I love the feel of the pages and the smell of ink. I love going to the library and usually check-out way more than I can handle reading at one time. You can … Read More