Bowls > Plates. 9 out of 10 times I’m reaching for a bowl for my #couchdinner. I thought maybe I was being kinda lazy…until I saw that Buddha bowls (Bliss bowls?) are super trendy and popular. So good news, guys: I’m not lazy, I’m hip. I’m with it. If anything, a visionary.
I’ve been eating variations on the Buddha bowl theme lately because it’s just been too hot to spend much time in my un-airconditioned kitchen. So Sundays, my designated meal prep day, have been working double-time to make big batch eats so I can mix ‘n match my lunches and dinners for the week. My Buddha bowls start off with a base of romaine lettuce, quinoa and roasted chickpeas. I got really into roasted chickpeas after the Buffalo Roasted Chickpea Wraps and I haven’t looked back since. So I’ll make one batch of roasted chickpeas with one seasoning and another batch with a different seasoning. Plenty of protein with plenty of flavor. My go-to roasted chickpea flavorings lately: Taco seasoning and this Mediterranean spice blend to create the Greek Buddha Bowl. The Greek Buddha Bowl is a virtual explosion of flavors and texture:
Crispy roasted chickpeas
Quick-pickled red onion
If we’re friends on Snapchat (Lauren_Anne2989), you got a peek at this Greek Buddha Bowl when I brought it for my desk lunch the other week. And I’ve brought this for my desk lunch virtually every day since. Now settle this burning question: If this is a Greek Buddha Bowl, should we call it an Aristotle Bowl? Or maybe a Socrates Bowl?
It's college application season! I was so nervous about filling in my apps so I did a ton of research and talked to a bunch of girls about what did and didn't work for them. To make sure you have all the information you need to have a successful college application process, I came up with all of my tips for completing and submitting your apps. Compared to a lot of other people, I had a pretty easy process so I thought sharing what worked for me could help all of the incoming high school seniors out there!
Start Early My first piece of advice is to get as much of the application process done as soon as possible. I had all of my stuff sent in before October and I can't even tell you how much better I felt knowing it was all done. I remember staying in one Friday night and cranking out everything so I could send my essays to my college counselor to read over Monday. Put in the time in the beginning of the year when you don't have as much going on - you'll thank yourself later!
Meet with your college counselor I was fortunate to go to a small high school where we all got very familiar with our college counselors, but if you don't have an assigned advisor of some sort, I would suggest looking into meeting with one. I had a ton of questions about rolling admission versus early admission, etc and it was so nice having someone to meet with or email for a quick question.
Have someone read over your essays I read over my essays several times (aka printed them out and went through with a red pen) and then had my dad and a few teachers read them as well. Going off my last point, have your college counselor read over your essays too! They're such a great resource and have tons of knowledge about what schools are looking for in an applicant.
Have a variety of schools I applied to about 5 schools which was perfect for me because I was already pretty set on two (Indiana University and Miami University in Ohio). Even though I knew I wanted one of those two schools, I still applied to 3 more because hey, you only go through the college app process once! I know people who applied to 11 and people who applied to 2 - you really just have to find what's right for you. Also, make sure you have a few different schools in terms of difficulty of getting in. Have one or two reach schools, one or two safeties and then some more mid range ones. That's what my advisor suggested as well as what I found to work best.
Make a resume Some schools ask for resumes as an additional part of the application and I definitely recommend uploading yours. From what I can tell, they seem to really help strengthen your application and are a great way to talk about other activities you do if they don't fit into another part of the application (ie. a unique club you're in, a business you run, etc.).
Get letters of recommendation Pick two teachers or "mentor" sort of people you have good relationships with and ask them to write letters for you. Make sure they know you well and can talk about your strengths and areas of interest. I had one written by my physics teacher because science wasn't my greatest strength, but he knew how hard I tried in the class and how often I came in for study sessions, extra help, etc. The other one was written by my history teacher whose club I was also super involved in (he also knew about my blog and my interest in business so that was beneficial too!).
Meet with someone at a few schools you're serious about Near the end of the decision process, I met with someone at Indiana and Miami to get more details about the programs I was interested in. It helped get my name out there as well as provide me with more information about the classes and opportunities each school had to offer.
If you ever have any other specific questions about the process, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I'd be happy to help you because I know how overwhelming it can all seem!
It’s so hard to believe this is the last full week of August! I cannot believe September and cooler weather is on the horizon. In today’s currently loving roundup I have curated some of my favorite neutral pieces that can be worn now and into the cooler months. Almost all of these pieces are under $100 and some are even well under $50…. score! Click through to read details on each pick.
STRIPED PEPLUM TOP | You can’t go wrong with a striped top, no matter what season it is. I love that this one has a peplum hem- it adds a little flair to an otherwise ordinary top!
GREY STATEMENT EARRINGS | I love how different these statement earrings are! They’re lightweight and can be worn with everything from a t-shirt to a fancy dress, depending on where the night is taking you! Not into grey, they come in two other gorgeous colors.
NUDE LIPSTICK AND LIPGLOSS | The bareminerals Gen Nude collection is perfection in a tube. They have over 60 shades of nude and let me just say…. I want them all. I’m not much of a lipstick person, mainly because I don’t like the bright shades, but this collection changed the game for me!
CAGED HEELS | Are these not the most perfect transitional heels? This color is great and pairs well with almost anything! The caging detail on this particular pair is so unique! These heels also come in two other colors.