Tailgating w/ Chobani Mezé Dips

As y'all know very well, it is football season! I am so excited for the rest of the season at Alabama, and I absolutely cannot wait for SEC play to start. With the start of football season comes the start of tailgating. Tailgating is so much fun because you get to feel the atmosphere of the game even if you don't actually get to the game. 

However, tailgating can be incredibly unhealthy. Fried everything from chicken to oreos, which are amazing if you've never had them, and if I eat super heavy food in the heat, I get really sick. Here's where Chobani comes in. They've released some amazing dips that would be the perfect addition to any watch party or tailgate. So obviously the dips are healthy, but you can be even healthier by eating them with something other than chips. 

Here's what I would eat with each of the four new dips:

Roasted Red Pepper | Since there are peppers in this dip, I think eating something a little plainer for would be perfect. I absolutely love red pepper hummus, so naturally I think pita chips would be so good with this dip. Also, I don't about y'all but I love cauliflower, and it's basically the perfect substitute for everything. 

Three Pepper Salsa | The first reaction for this dip would be to grab a bag of chips, but to make it healthier, grab a bag of multigrain chips. Much healthier. I think pretzel chips would also be a great side for you dip. 

Chili Lime | I think this dip is right up my sister's alley, and because of that, I think cucumbers would be a nice pairing for this dip. Light and fresh with a kick of chili and lime flavor. Sounds perfect for a Saturday afternoon. 

Smoked Onion and Parmesan | Finally, probably my favorite of the four dips. I love cheese a lot, y'all, so I saved my favorite food for my favorite dip: carrots! Honestly carrots are perfect for any and all dips and are the world's greatest vegetable. #sorrynotsorry

You can mix and match the dips and the sides anyway you want, but that's just personally what I would do. All these sides would be perfect for any dip. Carrots, pretzels, cucumbers, cauliflower, and whole grain chips are great alternatives to your typical potato chip or regular tortilla chips.

xx, jKm


First Month of College

College is weird. The entire concept is strange if you think about it. You get a bunch of 18 year olds who don't know each other and think they're adults and put them in a dorm. You expect them to go to class and make good grades while also living on their own for the first time. I thought I would easily survive on my own, but the first time I had to handle something on my own I cried at least five times. It's a concept that does not make sense at all to me, but it appears to work. 

I've been taking classes for almost a month, but I have been living at Alabama for a little over a month. The first day of classes I called my mom crying because I felt like I couldn't do it. I didn't have friends except for my roommates. I didn't feel quite at home at Theta yet. I thought I had made the wrong decision, and it wasn't just about going to Alabama but going to college in general. I was not ready for it, but who really is? Who is ready for college as soon as they get there? There's always going to be fear and doubt because you haven't been to college before. It's one of those things that you just have to dive right into or else it won't work.

Here's what I learned in the first month of college. 

The feeling of fear of missing out is real but so is the feeling of not wanting to go out. | I don't like going out. That's plain and simple. I would rather have people over in my dorm than go to a frat party, so I don't go a lot. I go to my sorority's swaps, and that's pretty much the one time a week I will go out. Yeah, sometimes I feel like I am missing out on something when my roommates and friends go out, but I like staying in and watching movies. All of this is mostly to say that you don't have to go out. If you want to, obviously do it, but do what you want to do and not what you think your friends want you to do.

Joining a sorority was probably the best thing I could have done. | If you didn't know, I am obsessed with my sorority. I love going to the house every day, and even if I am just sitting there studying, I feel so happy because I am surrounded by my sisters. Maybe I am a little extra sappy because it is Big/Little week, but joining Theta has been the best decision I have made in college so far. Instantly getting 450 new sisters was so overwhelming, but once I started meeting people and making friends, I did not regret one moment of going through recruitment. I could on for days about how much I love Theta, but I will save the for another post another day. ;)

Sometimes all you really need is a call from home. | I miss my family a lot. They are my best friends, and we are rarely without each other. This is the first time I have been away from my family for longer than a week, so obviously you can sense that this has been hard for me. However, a call from my mom or sister or a text from my dad in our family group chat makes everything better. Also any time I get a picture of my sister's dog, I feel so much better.

You need two things to survive college: Nike shorts and a smart phone wallet. | Never carry a lanyard. Never. You look like a freshman, says every upperclassman ever. I have a Vera Bradley one that is in the Alabama print, but I don't carry it around campus too often. I mainly use it if I am going out somewhere and I need to carry more stuff with me. So where do I put all my stuff you ask?? My license, debit card, and student ID all go in the silicon wallet thing that I stuck on the back off my phone. I got mine during recruitment, and I know a ton of clubs give them out during welcome week, or you could get one at the bookstore. Then my room keys go in the pocket on the inside of my Nike shorts. Everything is easily accessible for when I need to get into my building and room.

Math will never get easier. | I really only say this because I am finishing this post at 1 in the morning after trying so hard to finish math homework. I gave up after 2 hours.

You will find your people but you will also find not your people. | Obviously, I love all 400+ of my sisters, but there are some that I feel like we were meant to be friends. And it's nice to narrow down a group of 400 to a couple of girls that I am becoming really close with. Plus, I love my roommates so much, and I am so glad the universe brought us together to be weird and have fun.

xx, jKm


Weird Weeks

I had a really fun weekend. I watched football all weekend with my roommates, and we made new friends. Despite almost dying of heat stroke, I loved watching Alabama win, and then I got to see the Cowboys lose and the Eagles win. I went to bed on Sunday night completely content, but on Monday,  I woke up on the complete wrong side of the bed. I woke up and thought, "Awesome. I only have a few days until I get to experience the weekend again." Nope. Nope. Nope. It was Monday, and I had five very full days ahead of me. I did not want to do anything. I blame the fact that mercury is in retrograde right now and literally everyone is sick . . . again. Not fun. 

I did get up and go to class, but the entire day something felt off. Then I got mad at myself for being in a bad mood because I really should not have been in a bad mood. That entire cycle went on yesterday too. Nothing seemed to being going right despite the fact that everything was actually going pretty okay. Yet I could not focus on anything for more than five minutes. 

Today, however, is the start of a new day. I could go into the day with a terrible attitude and hate everything, but I am not going to do that. I am going to do my best to catch up on my work and organize my life. I am going to look at today as a fresh start in the week and spend the next three days trying to make a bad week a better one. I have a lot to look forward to at the end of this week. My sister is coming to visit, and Big/Little reveal is on Sunday. I need to focus on all of that rather than the super weird moments that have been happening this week. 

I hope y'all have been having a better week than I have been.
xx, jKm


WKU v. Alabama | 9/10

Football season is here, y'all! Alabama didn't have their first game at home because it was in Dallas, so I had to wait a whole extra week to actually experience game day. It was definitely worth it though because gameday in Tuscaloosa is amazing. I woke up super early to get ready and go walk around the Quad with my roommates. I went to the house to get snacks and take pictures in front of our super cute sign. 

I got to the stadium pretty early because I wanted good seats, and I sat with one of my sisters and her friend. The entire atmosphere was crazy even though the game wasn't a huge in-conference rivalry. I will go ahead and apologize to Nick Saban. I left before the fourth quarter. It was so hot, and I thought I was going to pass out from heat exhaustion. Hopefully I will be able to stay through the rest of the games when it gets a little bit colder. 

The rest of my weekend was so great. My roommates and I watched football in our dorm's common area with some guys from our dorm. It was so much fun because we hadn't really made guy friends. Plus the Eagles won, so that's always an upside. 

xx, jKm


Enlances con SDS

I am so happy it's Friday, y'all. Tomorrow is game day!!! I was so luck to get a lower bowl ticket from the lottery system, and I can't wait to go. I am so excited to tailgate with Theta and go the game with my friends. I don't know what I am going to wear yet, but I have a ton of dresses to pick from. I just know that I don't want to die from heat exhaustion... 

I know everyone and their best friend is obsessed with "Closer," but it gets lit at parties when they play this song. I have so much fun screaming this at the top of my lungs with my friends.

Garbage Time is back, which means one thing: Football is back, too! I am really excited not only for college football season but professional. I know what I will be doing all Sunday. 

The Nebraska kicker died in a car accident over the summer, and the team honored him in such an amazing way last weekend. I started crying so hard when I watched the video. 

I absolutely love fall dresses, and this shift dress from Old Navy is perfect. I will take it in every single pattern, please. 

Grace hit all my favorite trends for fall in her post. Give me all the bell sleeves and western vibes.

This Kappa Alpha Theta print would be so perfect in my dorm, and this shop offers a ton of sorority prints.

xx, jKm


Agenda Organization | Freshman Year of College

If y’all have been here for a while, you would know that I absolutely love agendas. I have been in love with Lilly Pulitzer agendas since I was a freshman in high school, and here we are four years later. For me, they are absolutely perfect. I love the bright colors and patters, and they honestly make planning a little bit more fun even though I already adore writing in my agenda. You can see all my other posts about agendas here. If you want to see how I use online calendars, check out this post

Today I am sharing how I have been organizing my agenda for college. It’s not too different from how I did everything in high school, but there are a few changes, and I honestly just like sharing my agenda with y'all. 

The monthly view is where I write all my important dates. For most of August, it had to do with recruitment week and Week of Welcome activities. I don't write down my homework there because that would get way too hectic. Instead, I just write down all my tests, which helps me a lot when I have to plan things in the month. I feel like I have a ton of room still on my month calendar, so either I am not writing everything down, or I can start utilizing the space in a different way. 

My weekly calendar is where is gets crazy. I have so much to write between homework, clubs, and Theta stuff. My days can be so full that I will write down that I need to do laundry and shower... Whenever I finish something, I highlight it because I hate scratching things out since it looks messy. When I highlight something, I can still see it, but I know it is done.

I also use a color code system that I have been using since I was a sophomore. Red is anything that is personal/clubs/school. Pink is anything that has to do with Theta/sorority stuff. Then all my classes have a color. English; purple. Mass Comm; light blue. Spanish; orange. Math; black. Media Writing; green. Microeconomics; dark blue. I use the same color code system on my weekly calendar and my monthly calendar, which is not something I used to do, but I really like it. 

Sticky notes are my best friend when it comes to my agenda (beside my colored pens). I have miles upon miles of to-do lists some days, and for some reason, I love writing down my list on a sticky note and putting in my agenda. In high school, I wrote mostly weekly to-do lists. Now I am writing a lot more daily to-do lists to get everything done. I will also write reminders on sticky notes when I have something huge coming up. 

xx, jKm

P.S. Sorry for the strange lighting. I took these photos at night, and I just realized how terrible the lighting in my dorm is.


Let My People Go Surfing

Patagonia is one of my favorite companies, and as a Public Relations major, I absolutely love branding and marketing. Patagonia kills it in every way. They have amazing advertising, and their business model is brilliant. This is part of their mission statement:
For us at Patagonia, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. We donate our time, services and at least 1% of our sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide.
They told people not to buy their jackets but instead repair the ones people already have.

It is a huge company that wants to make a difference rather than sit back in "corporate greed," which I think is amazing because huge companies like this could easily not worry about stuff like that. Patagonia, however, changes their products' materials to make them more environmentally safe.

This is mostly to say that Patagonia is releasing a 10 year edition of a book that is basically their business manual but also so much more than that. As soon as I saw this, I knew it had to be added to my reading list because I love how Patagonia does business so much. I am so excited to read this at some point. I actually just sent Will a link as a (huge) hint for a Christmas present.

xx, jKm


Five Tips to Stay Organized

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! Mine was pretty chill because the Alabama game was actually in Dallas, so barely anyone was on campus. My parents did come on Saturday to give me my fixed phone, and we got lunch which was fun. I think Emma is coming in two weeks, so I am definitely looking forward to that. 

This weekend, however, made me realize how easy it is for me to get unorganized if I don't keep with my routines. I spent all of yesterday (minus having lunch with Holley) getting my life back together because I definitely spent all of Sunday watching movies with my friends. Today I am sharing with y'all the five things I do every day to keep myself organized.  

1. Make your bed every day. This is not something I did in high school. I only ever made my bed if I was hanging out with friends. Now that I am living in a room about half the size of my room at home, I need to make my bed because it makes my room look so much cleaner if my bed is made. The feeling of coming home to a made bed is probably one of the best feelings, and I finally understand why people actually make their bed every day. 

2. Utilize a calendar. I love using my Google Calendar and my Lilly agenda. I swear by calendars, y'all. I would be totally lost without both my calendars. I already have a post about how I use Google Calendar, and later this week I will do an updated Lilly Pulitzer agenda post. If you are not using a calendar in any form, you need to be because it will change your life. 

3. Set aside a day for cleaning. My roommates and I all decided that Sunday was going to be our day for cleaning. Even though I make my bed every day, I use Sunday to clean my bathroom, the rest of my room, and our living area. This week I start out the week with a clean living space and a fresh mind. However, I don't do laundry on Sundays because that's when everyone does their laundry. I usually do my laundry on an off day like Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. 

4. Create a consistent schedule. So I know I haven't done this yet... But it is something I want to do, and hopefully, I will do in the upcoming weeks. This includes waking up at the same time, going to sleep at the same time, and doing all my homework on time. Right now my schedule is a little all over the place still, but I think I can finally start to get into the groove of things soon. This also means that my blog schedule will finally get back on track. *fingers crossed* 

5. Sit down on Sunday nights and plan out your week. Another Sunday to-do. I find that Sundays are always my days to get my life on track for the week ahead. Spend 15-30 minutes looking at your planner and plan out what you have to do. For my sorority, there are some weeks where I have a lot more to do than others, and that obviously affects my homework and social life schedule. Like I already know Homecoming week is going to be crazy busy, so I know I need to sit down and have a solid plan for that week to make sure I complete all my Theta responsibilities and my school responsibilities.

xx, jKm


Enlances con SDS

Happy Friday!!! And happy Labor Day Weekend! I am so excited for this weekend because my parents and sister are coming to visit me. I have not been too homesick minus the first of day of classes, but I've missed having my family around me. Like I don't miss my physical home or hometown, but I miss being around my family constantly if that makes sense. So instead of homesick I am "family-sick"? I am most definitely excited to see them.

How cute is this sweatshirt from J.Crew? The bow detail is so cute, and it dresses up a simple sweatshirt. I think this is a must-have for fall. 

Y'all watch this video of Paul Finebaum reading "The Night Before SEC Football." I am so excited for the season. Alabama football is back tomorrow!! Roll Tide.

This article about building a personal brand is so interesting. I have been loving my mass communication class because this is all we've been talking.

Since the concert last week, all I have been doing is listening to Ben Rector. I am now in love.

As y'all saw in yesterday's post, all I want to do is go to San Francisco. If anyone from the Giants is reading this, please give me an internship.

Or... Boston would work too.

Emma's blog is one of my favorites, and I love this Lilly dress on her! Seriously, if you aren't following Emma, you need to be.

xx, jKm


City Inspiration: San Francisco

San Francisco is defintely #1 on my travel list for the United States. I feel like I would love the city so much. It's by the water and so beautiful. I think I am more of a Northern California person rather than SoCal. Plus, the Giants are my number two team in the National League. I am not sure how I feel about all the hills, but hopefully if I visit, I can get past that. I've done two other posts like this before. There is Santorini and Paris and now San Francisco!

To me, laidback and simple seems like the perfect aesthetic for San Francisco. Pairing Birkenstocks with ripped boyfriend jeans and a loose t-shirt is just right. I know it can get cold on the Bay when it is night, so you could definitely add one of those opened sweaters to keep you warm or even an oversized flannel, which is more hipster. 

xx, jKm