August 5th, 2014

this little girl’s boyfriend (my father) is currently in brazil.

while he’s away, she spends her free time (that typically following him around the house) soaking up all the vitamin d she can find.

such an ornery girl.

August 5th, 2014

The Indiana State Fair officially opened on Friday, August 1st, which means my workouts have picked up as have my cravings for grilled cheese & milkshakes.

Until August 17th, my time will be split between the office & the fairgrounds.

I can’t complain.

After touring the fair grounds with the girls on Friday, I’m pretty sure there’s enough people watching, calorie consuming & animal admiring that I could easily stay for all 17 days.

However, there’s something about the August heat mixed with the scent of fried food that will probably lead me to an escape by the 10th.

Stay tuned…

August 5th, 2014

for years, we’ve listened to Bob & Tom.

based in Indianapolis, this dynamic duo has ruled the airwaves (locally & nationally) in the name of talk radio.

(side note: about a year ago, our beloved Colts player Pat McAfee joined their crew, too!)

i remember being a little kiddo, riding in the back of my family’s mini van & looking forward to spotting the Bob & Tom billboard on the side of 465. it clearly didn’t take much to keep me entertained, but the point is, their signature look stuck with me.

who would’ve thought that years later, i’d be showing up at their studio promoting the State Fair’s Dairy Bar with milkshakes & grilled cheese (a “Big Cheese McGee" at that!)?

alongside my boss Jenni, i spent a few hours of my day marveling at the set-up & listening to their humor.

it was such a great experience and judging by the number of employees stopping by the green room, i think they all enjoyed their dairy goods!

(milkshake pic courtesy of Jeff Kuhn)

August 5th, 2014

if there’s one thing i’ll never take for granted, it’s the fact that i live in this city.

(picture taken last week while handing out milk to those donating can goods for Elanco’s hunger campaign)

August 2nd, 2014
“Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.” ― Emma Watson

Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.” ― Emma Watson

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August 1st, 2014

a couple days ago, there was a box waiting to be opened on my front porch.

the box read “Bouqs” & i knew immediately what i’d find inside: a beautiful bouquet.

in short, Bouqs didn’t disappoint.

i split the packaged flowers into 3 different vases, fed them their flower food & immediately transformed my house into a bright & happy environment with each vase i placed.

there are currently 28 pink roses displayed in my living room & i couldn’t be more happy about it.

a month ago, I had never heard of Bouqs, and now, I can’t stop raving about them.

these flowers are so pretty & so fresh, i really can’t get enough!

if you’re interested in order a bouquet from Bouqs, click here & use the code: BOUQLOVE for 10% off your first order!

enjoy the beauty! you deserve it!

(disclaimer: Bouqs sent me flowers in exchange for a review—though i did have to pay shipping & handling which seemed a little odd. However, opinions of their overall amazingness are my own!)

July 31st, 2014

life gets a little crazy from time to time and no one knows that better than the four of us.

between the starting of relationships, the maintaining of relationships and the ending of others, up until last night, it had been months since the four of us were just that.

one year ago, we were four late twenty-somethings with one collective goal in mind, enjoy each other’s company.

considering we had all lived outside of the city at one point or another, it seemed odd that we were all back in indianapolis, finally able to reconnect and see each other whenever the hell we wanted.

of course, 12 months later, we’re realizing that may not always be the case.

as one of us (spoiler alert: not me!) starts planning a move to a country far far away, i’m extremely grateful we had a memorable evening together last night.

i missed it. i missed us.

sometimes my most meaningful relationships are those i never could have predicted, and while i would like to think that back when i was 16 i would’ve known they’d be in my life forever, i never knew how deep of an impact they’d have on my life as i get closer to my thirties.

the point is, after all these years, i’m even more thankful for our crew and know, with 100% of my being, that a move across the world isn’t going to end our bond—

that would be absolutely impossible.

July 31st, 2014

on Tuesday, I attended my first “Indiana Dairy Princess Scholarship Contest.”

for someone who never attended nor competed in pageants/contests of any kind, i had no idea what the day would entail. i was happily surprised to find out that the Dairy Princess contest is more about intelligence than beauty—in my opinion, that’s really the best kind.

instead of a bathing suit component, there was a question & answer portion.

& instead of a talent component, there were individual presentations on an industry-related topic.

no big hair, no heavy make-up…simple & classy— quite refreshing, really.

overall, it was a fun way to spend a work day & we ended up with one heck of a talent who’ll represent our industry for the 2014-15 year!

July 30th, 2014

lately in baking adventures…

two cookouts & two excuses to fill my kitchen with the scent of sugar.

Tollhouse Break & Bake Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies // bake for 10 minutes & they stay oh, so soft!

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Magnolia Bakery “Hello Dolly Bars" // mix everything together (graham crackers, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, butter, pecans) & throw it into a pan to bake. they’re so simple yet so amazingly delicious.

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July 29th, 2014
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Hi! I'm Brooke. Indianapolis is my home & I welcome you to my little nook. I'm a twenty-something girl who was born in the land of corn (Okl.), attended undergrad in the true Sea of Red (Neb.), & eventually found her way back home again after picking up a couple letters behind her name (Kan.) while clinging to an adorable Maltipoo named Bentley. Thank you for stopping by & please feel free to leave a comment (or ask a question) under the "Be Kind" tab at the top... xo, B
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