Real World: 33, Me: 1

As any recent college grad can tell you finding a job is not an easy feat. Heck! I know people two, three years out who have yet to find full time work. Granted in this economy all of us are lucky to be placed at all!! But hard work, persistency, and a little good timing can really pay off. In my head, as I am maneuvering my way through senior year at Longwood, I am thinking finish this thesis, graduate, spend all summer working at the pool, saving money, and applying for real jobs, then by the end of the summer I will have a wonderful job and be able to move out of my parents house and live happily ever after in my new adult life.

That is not exactly how it worked out.  It is still in the works but a little more extended and a little more part time. LUCKILY for me after only 34 applications/resumes sent etc. I got a bite for a part-time Event Coordinator, had two interviews, was offered the position! It really is the perfect position for me and I am so excited to see what opportunities it brings! Although it is only part time it will hopefully develop into a full time position by the new year 🙂 I had my first weekend this past weekend, I am the day of coordinator where I oversee the event and just make sure all is running smoothly.  So after all my hard work it paid off and it will hopefully keep paying off!

This weekend also was well timed with all the back to school deals and commercials and status’. It makes a post grad girl a little sad, especially one who loves school supplies so very much! So as everyone back is headed back to class I am headed to work to in the real world; which still doesn’t seem real!

More later about something not boring promise!

xoxo GFP 🙂

{Things that make me happy: BIG gluten free sections}

SO these past few days have been the Annual Lilly Pulitzer sale and normally I go out all, however I am running low on funds and so the approximately $50 that I had budgeted for this fabulous sale went towards a rendezvous at Wegmans! And this was only due to this unfortunate event… Don’t worry Lilly P. my funds will come you way at some point… just not this week…

Since I have been gluten free for roughly a year and a half now due to being diagnosed with Celiac’s disease, I have to shop at selective places because some grocery stores have not started to carry GF products. So basically Wegmans is one of my favorite because of the large selection of gluten free goodies that they carry. Some of the gems I picked up the other day have all been delicious so far!

I picked up some Gluten Free English Muffins by Foods by George which were not exactly full of nooks and cranny’s like I was thinking of traditional English muffins but they are definitely good. I prepped mine with some butter and peach jam! 🙂  These could also be perfect for little breakfast or lunch sandwiches.  Another venture is these would be the perfect accent to Gluten Free sausage gravy yum!! (adventure with that in future posts). 

I also got some Wegman’s brand fruit flats, some more gluten free cake mix, and the favorite that I have tried so far is a gluten free instant oatmeal! Instant oatmeal was one of my favorite fall breakfasts growing up and I was not sure if I would be able to eat traditional instant oatmeal. So finding this delicious gluten free Ec0-Planet instant oatmeal, apple cinnamon flavor of course.

I always love trying new gluten free things, there were more purchases than just those but they are escaping me at the moment. #glutenfreelove

Another thing that I have been doing to help me heal after my recent break up, it may be corny but it is a pinspired idea I found and thought it was perfect. It is the ‘positive thing a day’ jar 🙂 everyday you write something down that was happy, even something as small as playing with bubbles at work to getting a new kind of gf treat 🙂

 

well more to come later about my new job, and more gluten free ideas!

xoxo Gluten free prep 😉

Summer reading, optional not assigned.

Since the summer of 2004 I have had a summer assignment looming over my head for an AP class, or a summer course from hell each summer in college. As a recent graduate I have taken advantage of my lack of assignments and complied an entire list of books to read. Summer reading at it’s finest. Don’t get me wrong, I have read books for pleasure over the past 8 years but school work always took precedent.

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So thus far this summer I have read Looking for Alaska by John Green, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks, Baby Proof and Love the One You are With by Emily Giffin. I’m working on another Emily Giffin novel, Heart of the Matter. Then I will be onto the Chelsea Handler books which are always a laugh.

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First book of the summer, I read Looking for Alaska after one of my best friends told me I NEEDED to read it, that it was so great; she was right. Basically its about a boy who leaves a home where he has no friends for a boarding school in Alabama where he has the best and worst times of his life; all while searching for the ‘great perhaps.’  There he meets Alaska. This isn’t your typical high school love story or tragedy but it was a page turner. And I would definitely recommend it.

Next, I read Baby Proof by Emily Giffin, the third of her books that I read; following Something Borrowed and Something Blue, which I LOVED! So I figured I should continue on a good path. Baby Proof was really cute, although a little past my age in terms of what the people are going through having children, but probably not far enough for my liking. Friends around me seem to be getting pregnant and married left and right. Baby Proof is a tale of two meant to be, almost completely ruined because of the stress of having, or not having, a baby. Again cute, and one I recommend along with the rest of Giffin’s novels.

Followed by, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (keep in mind I am currently working as a pool manager, I have plenty of time to read). Safe Haven was a thrilling novel about a Katie, who was actually Erin, who ran away from a bad marriage to North Carolina and falls unexpectedly in love with a man who makes her completely happy. It is really good and also very dramatic, I couldn’t put it down during the last few chapters. And if you love Sparks as I do, you will probably love this summer read as well.

Next I delved into another Griffin novel, Love the One You Are With which was exceptional. This twisted love story kind of put a lot of things into perspective for me, and it had very interesting timing as I was finishing it right around the time in which my boyfriend and I broke up. In this novel main character Ellen has to figure out a complicated love triangle/ what she really wants and needs in life and in her relationship. It is an easy read and is one that gives the reader something to think about deeper than the plot line.

And currently I am working on Giffin’s Heart of the Matter, once I am finished I will updated the masses… if there are any.

Keep reading for some fun ideas to keeping life a little more positive and some yummy gluten free ideas in future posts!

xox TTFN GFP 🙂

Weekends are for blogging, running, and interview think tank sessions

As I mentioned in my last post the upcoming day was all about a shopping spree, and big surprise I am a day late and a dollar short with that blog post. I did however score some really cute items that can cross the lines of professional but also cute enough to wear to other events.  One of these outfits I wore Friday to an interview, hopefully it gave me bonus points here is the:

belated#OOTD

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Although I have forever been in awe of people who are capable of running as an exercise and loving it and have always been convinced that I could never be one of those people, I am out to prove myself wrong.  I signed up for Mapmyrun.com today and plan on using it! This morning I got up, had my morning coffee, and ran/walked 1.8 miles! So I have yet to come up with a goal but I am researching 5k in the fall so maybe something along those lines. 🙂 in the mean time I have been doing research on running shoes best for flat footed women and I think I am going to invest in these Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12’s?

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But that will def have to wait for either a present holiday or a bigger paycheck 😉 For now I will keep on attempting to run so I can look cute in all these cute preppy work clothes I just got !

xox ttfn

glutenfreeprep 

 

Back on the Blogging Bandwagon!

I always do this, it is a good thing I do not have any followers, that I know of, and none of which are avid in any sense of the word lol. ANYWAYS. I love the idea of blogging, and thinking of post ideas it just never happens. This needs to change.

May, June, and July have come and gone and August is now upon us.  Summer has been full of job searching, lifeguard and pool drama, and all sorts of different food and exercise endeavors.  I have began swimming at least twice a week, if not three times a week and have reached my goal of swimming a mile! woop whoop! although that is nothing to someone like Michael Phelps, whom we have seen during these summer Olympics in London, is was quite the accomplishment for me.

I am continuing to swim but I need to add more variation to the exercise I am doing. I have began to run, but I have never been a good runner so we will see how long this last.  But I have also been doing Yoga at least 3 or 4 times a week and I have just been loving that.

#EOTD (exercise of the day)

  • Ran/power walked 1.2 miles
  • 40 mins of Yoga
  • Swam 1,000M (20 laps)

#FOTD (Food of the day)

  • Coffee with milk and sugar
  • Apple Cinnamon GF Chex
  • GF PB & Raspberry jelly sandwich
  • Salad with olive oil&balsamic vingerette dressing, crasins, and mandarin oranges
  • a few french fries 😉
  • Asparagus/ Tomato Stir fry (see picture)
  •  Raspberries with a scoop of vanilla and honey drizzle

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This recipe is delicious, quick, fresh, and gluten free*! (watch your soy sauce!)*

As far as my love for everything prep that will just have to wait until after my shopping extravaganza tomorrow!

#TTFN xoxo

Gluten Free Prep 🙂