1. Summer 2013 To Do List

    So I began a summer to do list last year on tumblr and it really helped me keep track of the things I wanted to enjoy in the summertime and is fun to look back on. This being said I’m doing it again! I really encourage everyone to do this and document it along the way! Feel free to nab some ideas off mine. 

    1. Complete my Summer Reading List 
    2. Learn to cook 5 new meals 
    3. Work out 3 weeks IN A ROW *at least 3 days/week*
    4. Know where I’m driving in Houston
    5. Go on 3 adventures with Nick
    6. Enjoy a party cove day
    7. Attend a summer concert 
    8. Land a great job
  2. Summer Reading List 2013

    More Books & Reviews to Come! 

    1. The Summer We Read Gatsby - Danielle Ganek
    2. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
    3. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseni
    4. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
  3. Enjoy my fellow finals takers!

  4. Valentines Day Gift Ideas:

    Needing some inspiration on a gift for that special someone? Or just tired of asking for the same old boring flowers and chocolates? 

    Here is what’s on my wish list for Valentine’s Day: 

    1. Kate Spade Estate Garden Studs - $58

    http://www.katespade.com/estate-garden-studs/WBRU5839,default,pd.html?dwvar_WBRU5839_color=653&start=8&cgid=jewelry-earrings

    2. Kate Spade Small Square Stud (tons of different colors!) $38

    http://www.katespade.com/kate-spade-small-square-studs/WBRU5048A,default,pd.html?dwvar_WBRU5048A_color=411&start=39&cgid=jewelry-earrings

    3. Seaport Pearl Studs $48

    http://www.katespade.com/designer-jewelry/designer-earrings/seaport-pearl-studs/WBRU3029,default,pd.html?dwvar_WBRU3029_color=737&start=58&cgid=jewelry-earrings

    4. Tory Burch Robinson Tiny Jewlery Case $85 (to hold some earrings in possibly?)

    http://www.toryburch.com/Robinson-Tiny-Jewelry-Case/41129059,default,pd.html?dwvar_41129059_color=004&start=78&cgid=accessories-small-accessories

    5. Tory Burch Robinson Slim Card Case $85

    http://www.toryburch.com/Robinson-Slim-Card-Case/41129014,default,pd.html?dwvar_41129014_color=653&start=27&cgid=accessories-small-accessories

    6. Anthropoligie Candle - Voluspa Cut Glass Jar $26 (they make great vases when you are done with the candle) 

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-candle/23921851.jsp

  5. Casual Vacancy
Before I begin this I would like to say that I am a HUGE J.K Rowling fan. I had seen mixed reviews for her newest book Casual Vacancy, but seeing how amazing of an author she is I figured what is there not to love? 
…..Well I was wrong. 
In her defense I will say that I believe she was trying to get to some deep insightful inner meaning of political positions and upcoming generations, but I just didn’t see it and frankly, maybe she couldn’t do it in one book. But overall the book was rough, so rough in fact that about 3/4 of the way through I texted 2 of my avid book reader & JKR fans asking for any promise of the book getting better. Their response? “I couldn’t tell you I GAVE UP READING IT”. These are not people who give up reading books and have read the whole Harry Potter series at least 5 times through. 
Well my friends I did finish reading this book and I can tell you that the ending entails multiple deaths and leaves you with kind of an ehh feeling. I try to see the good in books, but this one just didn’t do it for me. Better luck next time JKRo I have faith in your brilliant imagination and hope to see it in a new book series that can make a little more sense. 

    Casual Vacancy

    Before I begin this I would like to say that I am a HUGE J.K Rowling fan. I had seen mixed reviews for her newest book Casual Vacancy, but seeing how amazing of an author she is I figured what is there not to love? 

    …..Well I was wrong. 

    In her defense I will say that I believe she was trying to get to some deep insightful inner meaning of political positions and upcoming generations, but I just didn’t see it and frankly, maybe she couldn’t do it in one book. But overall the book was rough, so rough in fact that about 3/4 of the way through I texted 2 of my avid book reader & JKR fans asking for any promise of the book getting better. Their response? “I couldn’t tell you I GAVE UP READING IT”. These are not people who give up reading books and have read the whole Harry Potter series at least 5 times through. 

    Well my friends I did finish reading this book and I can tell you that the ending entails multiple deaths and leaves you with kind of an ehh feeling. I try to see the good in books, but this one just didn’t do it for me. Better luck next time JKRo I have faith in your brilliant imagination and hope to see it in a new book series that can make a little more sense. 

  6. After 21 days, 12 flights, and countless memories I am back from my dream vacation. I am glad to be back but missing my daily adventures. Here is a photo dump of some of the highlights of my trip and a quick description.

    Countries Traveled (specific cities in parenthesis):

    Tahiti (Papeete, Morea)

    New Zealand (Auckland, Queenstown)

    Australia (Sydney, Cairns, Port Douglas) 

    Highlights: 

    Swimming with stingrays & sharks in Morea, Tahiti

    Ziplining & louging in Queenstown, New Zealand

    NYE Fireworks show in Sydney, Australia

    Petting Wallabies, Kangaroos, & Koalas at Featherdale Zoo Sydney, Australia

    Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Port Douglas, Australia

    I hope everyone had a great holiday break!

  7. This holiday season my family & I are taking the plunge and going on a dream vacation we’ve discussed doing since I can remember. Here’s to marking some things off my bucket list! 

  8. Christmas Craft


    I have been seeing a lot of these ornament wreaths on pintrest and was lucky enough to finally come across a DIY for it. Since it was so easy and turned out great I decided to share and make my own DIY! 

    What you’ll need:


    • Ornaments - All colors/sizes (I got small medium and large from the dollar tree) IMPORTANT: You will need 100+ no joke sounds crazy but true, I got 1 tube of each color in each size which totaled around 105 ornaments
    • Styrofoam circle from Hobby Lobby - (sidenote: my wreath was bright white and I wished I had spray painted mine green or something less noticeable under the ornaments) 
    • Hot glue gun & Sticks 

    Directions

    • Step 1: Hot glue the large balls around the inside and outer edges of the wreath 
    • Step 2: Hot glue the medium balls wherever you please 
    • Step 3: Hot glue the small balls wherever you see a hole, I began to start gluing some on top of others where there were holes
    • Step 4: You’re done! Pull off glue webs and hang wherever you want! 
  9. A New Take on Pumpkin Pie:


    My mom found this recipe about 5 years ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Because Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I decided to share it in case anyone was looking to bring something different to the table. This pumpkin pie is so easy you can probably make it in 15 minutes and just throw it in the fridge to set! I also love it because it’s a little lighter and less rich than the traditional pumpkin pie. 

    What You’ll Need: 

    • 1 8oz tub of Cool Whip (thawed)
    • 1 Tbs (& 1 cup) of milk
    • 1 Tbs of sugar
    • 4oz brick of original cream cheese (I get the 8oz and use half)
    • 1 can (15oz) of pumpkin
    • 2 pkg (4 serving size each) of vanilla jello INSTANT pudding & pie filling 
    • 1 (6oz) graham cracker pie crust 
    • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
    • 1/4 tsp of ground cloves

    How to: 

    1. Mix 4 oz cream cheese (softened), 1 Tbs milk, & 1Tbs in small bowl. 
    2. Gently stir in half (4oz) of the cool whip into this mixture
    3. Spread cream cheese mixture into the crust
    4. Mix 1 cup of milk, can of pumpkin, 2 INSTANT dry pudding packs, and spices in a medium/large bowl 
    5. Spread mixture over the cream cheese layer 
    6. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set
    7. (Optional) Top with remaining cool whip
  10. Gold - Chris Cleave 


    I read Gold at the end of summer after loving his book Little Bee, and this book might have surpassed that. Gold is about two best friends competing to race in the 2012 Olympics. The book takes you through their scandalous past and challenging future, and not just because of Olympic gold being at stake. Highly recommended!

About me

My name is Amy Urban, currently a college Senior at Texas A&M. I originally thought this tumblr account was going to be all about my photos that I take, but I realized the beauty of these accounts is that you can literally do anything with them. I am not set in stone on what all mine will entail, but I know what I like: photos, writing, food, music, traveling, family, and friends so be expecting some of that and then some!!