may in indiana*

I grew up 2.5 miles west of Lucas Oil Raceway and 10 miles west of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, famous for the Indy 500! I was never interested in watching cars race in circles, even on the TV. Living so close to the tracks, you knew summer had started when you can hear the race cars practicing. It was a good sound, it reminded you school was almost over and the best weather was approaching. Living in California I lived right next to Highway 5 and the noise was a comfort to me. As I drove downtown today to take my finals I was reminded how much I love Indiana. Speedway was in full bloom with spectators camping out. The weather was sunny and just the right warm in the higher 70s.

Indiana has been in the news regarding the Anti LBT Religious Freedom Act, but my friends and all of our friends are very accepting to respecting others for their choices. Our generation is full of acceptance and enjoying life! Indiana has so much to offer! My friends and I have done the Handlebar Indy a few times to get some exercise and to enjoy this great city!

Where else in the world can you find a theme park based off the major holidays in a town called Santa Claus? Indiana of course! Holiday World has my favorite water park in Indiana. Please put visiting Indiana on your bucket list. As a person who has many to a few places and lived away for 3 years. I have came back and plan on staying. Indiana is full of wholesome people and a relaxed way of living. It’s a great place to put down roots

Holiday World Theme Park

Indianapolis Skyline

*adopting Paddington

On Saturday my husband and I went to see the new Paddington Bear movie. I don’t recall reading the books when I was little, but I knew who Paddington was. He is definitely iconic.

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I wanted to see the movie because it looked very cute, as well as relive our London adventure!

The movie had a lot of deeper meanings, but my favorite was how adopting a pet can bring your family together! The mother in the story wasn’t afraid to walk up to Paddington and ask him where he was staying. She of course had to convince the husband to let them take him home for the night. A bear, or any animal of course is a curious creature, like any of our pets, Paddington made a huge mess shortly after entering their home. Of course he didn’t do it on purpose, but it made the father angry. The next morning the mother was supposed to take him to the authorities, but of course couldn’t because she interested in Paddington’s history. Paddington quickly turns into a hero, even for their teenage daughter. The mother could see the family was starting to change, and the father was starting to enjoy the adventure. After a bad guy gets Paddington into trouble, with the father extremely angry, Paddington runs away! The family then has to join together to find the one who could keep them together!

This story of course reminded my husband and I about adopting Bruce Wayne (our dog). He was such a hassle the first few days, he cried at night and explored into places he shouldn’t have. Over the years he still is a trouble maker, getting himself hurt, eating chocolate, chewing on clothes. But again, it is just his nature. Bruce Wayne has made so many of our friends and family smile and laugh. When you get home from a hard day at work and see his excitement, you can’t help but smile. The love of a pet brings families together. That’s what Paddington did for his adopted family! Please give your family the joy of having a pet! They can make your life so much more rewarding!

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“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ~ Karen Davison

*natural products i love

So it’s hard to completely go all natural in the 2015. I have found a few products that I love and trust, that make life a little less complicated!

When a news report came out saying the “sparkle” in tooth paste was really plastic, I got rid of my Crest toothpaste! Since then I have been using Tom’s of Maine, toothpaste. I love the way my teeth feel after brushing, almost as good as getting my teeth cleaned by the dentist!

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I also love the Yes To products! I have face wipes, shampoos, cleansers, scrub, shower gel, and chapstick (with SPF). I started with their face wipes, tried the shower gel, and most recently the shampoo and conditioner!

I would love to found a good company that sells natural makeup. So if you have any recommendations, that won’t break the bank, please share!

“YES TO makes you smile (read our packaging!) We want to inspire people to take ordinary life moments and make them extraordinary by doing two things:
a) smiling more (let’s see it!)
b) saying YES at least once a day!”- Mission Statement of Yes To

*rules of life

Rules are apart of life. With rules there is order.

I’m a big fan of CBS’s NCIS show. I started watching the show through reruns on USA Network. I can’t exactly remember when I started watching it live. I know I saw Legend Part 1 & 2, where they introduce NCIS LA, on its original air date. But since Cote De Pablo left in Fall of 2012, I haven’t kept up with the new seasons. The only episode I have watched from this season was last night’s episode, House Rules. In this episode Tim (played by Sean Murray) writes a letter to his dad about how he understands why his father and Gibbs had tough rules. So this is what made me think of the rules of life.

(Pictured below is a NCIS hat Daniel gave me for Christmas 2010)

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Gibbs Rules

I like Gibbs’ rule number 1: “Never screw over your partner.” Obviously I’m not a police officer or a special agent. But we all have partners in life- spouses, parents, children, siblings, and best friends. Don’t screw them over, they don’t have to forgive you, and life is lonely when you don’t have people who care about you!

Rule 3: “Don’t believe what you’re told. Double Check.” & “Never be unreachable.” I definitely need to do more research when it comes to things that people tell me. It doesn’t sound very adult when you tell a superior that “so and so told me.” Know what you are talking about!

I hate it when my husband doesn’t pick up his phone in the times I need him. I always carry my phone on me, I feel naked without it. But at night I put it on sleep mode so my phone will only make a noise if its my alarm or someone from my favorite list calls me! Sleep is important to me!

Rule 5: “You don’t waste good.” I wish I would have done better in school. I now try to do the best I can. I hate it when people are disappointed in me.

Rule 6: “Never say you’re sorry. It’s a sign of weakness.” I do not agree with this! Don’t say your sorry like an upset child would, actually sound like you mean it! And always say thank you!

Rule 7: “Always be specific when you lie.”

Rule 8: “Never take anything for granted.” I’m working on this. I think I haven’t gotten a lot better to remember the good things when it seems like life is at its end.

Rule 12: “Never date a co-worker.” Because of this rule we didn’t get to see Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and Tony (Michael Weatherly) have a real relationship! Which a lot of fans wanted to see, definitely prior to her farewell! My advice, don’t have a one night fling with someone you work with, that could get awkward!

Rule 14: “Bend the line, don’t break it.” I do not think rules are meant to be broken, they are there to keep us in line. But you can definitely bend them depending on the circumstances.

Rule 24: “Clean up the mess that you make.” This is huge! Whether it is cleaning up around the house or taking responsibility for something you caused!

Rule 51: “Sometimes you’re wrong.” Thats how we learn from our mistakes!

Unspoken: “You do what you have to do for family.” Family isn’t always blood related, they are the people who love you in good times and bad.

My Rules

~Never be late.

~Be over prepared.

~Do what you can for family & friends.

~Always be polite

~Do things for others even if you don’t see the reward (I’m working on this, some people have started making me not want to try)

~No TV on at dinner time- My husband and I have got a lot better at eating at the table and actually turning off the TV to hear how each others day went.

~Keep the house clean- I pay a lot of money to live in, so it should show that I have pride in it.

~Always try your hardest, you never know where it can lead

~No coffee after 8pm (more of a rule for my hubby)

Rules I Should Have

-Get 30 minutes of exercise daily

-Only watch 1 hour of tv a day

-Stand up for what I believe in (be better at it)

– it’s a list in progress…

I had rules when I was a kid and I plan on having rules for my future children. You want them to be who they are, but structure is good. When I didn’t follow the rules I got punished. I unfortunately don’t see that in the kids of today.

“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” ~Michelle Obama