Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I ♥ Boobies

"Erin, what does your bracelet say?!"
"Hey Erin, where did you get that bracelet?"
"Well that's an interesting bracelet."

These are all comments that I have gotten whenever I wear my pink I heart boobies bracelet around town. Some people think it is cute, and others shake their heads at the term 'boobies'. However, I wear my bracelet with pride because it means a whole lot more than you would think.

My friend D.J. Shipp was the first person I ever saw wearing one of these bracelets. I giggled when I saw it on his arm, thinking that it was just a silly bracelet that he found somewhere. Then I began noticing other people around me sporting them, and I decided that I might need to get one for myself.

During a random shopping trip to Concord Mills with Brandon Coble and Stuart Thomson, we finally found the bracelets at a skateboarding store called Zumiez. Brandon, being the always generous person that he is, purchased a bracelet for each of us. He said that these bracelets could be our friendship bracelets and that he was never going to take his off. I was very excited that I finally had my own boobies bracelet.

These bracelets are super cute and stylish, everything a girly girl would want...AND who would have thought that they were a way to help stop breast cancer. When you purchase a bracelet, the proceeds will go to The Keep a Breast Foundation. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support." The idea is to increase breast cancer awareness in young people so they will choose better lifestyles in order to stay healthy and hopefully keep a breast...hence the name.You can learn more about the cause and donate money to the foundation at http://www.keep-a-breast.org. You can also shop for all types of I heart boobies apparel.

The bracelets come in many different colors, so you can pick one that matches your own unique style. You can also purchase other types of items like shoes and lanyards. After I visited the website today, I have my eye on this pretty bracelet. I also would not mind being the owner of this super cute zip up sweatshirt.

I believe that all girly girls and manly men should help out with the cause and rock a I heart boobies bracelet. We all know that the world would be a much sadder place without them.

Ps- last time I asked, Brandon was still going strong and had not removed his bracelet.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hair Dying: Randolph County Style

Dark roots plague every girly girl that highlights her hair. When the roots begin to show, it is always a sign that it is time to hand out the big bucks to get your hair highlighted again.

Last year, when those darn dark roots began to show, my cousin Katelyn Kidd suggested that I let her dye my hair instead of paying to have it highlighted.

Being the broke college student that I was, I decided that the experiment was worth it. We headed off to Target and bought the color, and after the second try (the first time we didn't like the color), we had successfully gotten rid of those roots.

When I arrived home this summer, my roots were bothering me again. Katelyn, being the hair stylist that she is, said that it was time for another dye job. So I headed over to Kerr Drug to pick out just the right blonde for me. I ended up choosing a very light blonde from L'Oreal. I would highly recommend using this brand. Although it is a little bit more pricey than other hair dyes, it definitely got the job done.

When I showed up at Katelyn's house to get to work, she informed me that instead of the tub, we were going to do the hair dying in the yard. Being the trusting cousin that I am, I headed outside and Katelyn got to work.

You can call me a redneck if you want
About halfway through the first bottle of dye, Katelyn decided that because my hair was so long, we were going to need another bottle. So what did we do?

We grabbed my aunt Lisa, who could not stop laughing, and headed back to Kerr Drug for another box. I need to add that  the dye from the first box was still in my hair. I was too embarrassed to go inside the store, so Lisa went in for us and picked up the color. Then we headed back to the house to complete the transformation. The moral of this part of the story is, when dying long hair always purchase 2 bottles of dye, you will need them.

Upon arrival back at the house, we applied the other bottle of dye, left it in my hair for the appropriate 40 minutes, and then promptly rinsed out my hair with the garden hose. After this, Katelyn sent me inside to condition and dry my hair.

Now I know what you are thinking, this redneck dye job could not have possibly turned out well right? Wrong! I love the way the color turned out, and I have been getting compliments on it from people all over the community. However, all the credit should really go to Katelyn. I believe she should start charging for her hair dying services. Check out my root-free hair!

AND that is how you dye your hair, Randolph County style :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's Friday

Since I have been home, it has come to my attention that some people in my county have never heard "Friday" by Rebecca Black. I am not sure how they missed this 'amazing' phenomenon. Of course, it could be because they do not spend countless hours on Youtube like most college students.

However, the official video has been removed from Youtube. Black's family felt that their daughter was being exploited and that her image was being damaged. This is a very sad day in history, no longer can you enjoy the musical talent and sing a long to the catchy tune. This is a great loss and it will be mourned by college students everywhere.

Luckily, I managed to find the video, and I want to share it with all of you today. According to Zandi Watts, this is the best thing that has happened this year. She has the song on her itunes list, and we would occasionally jam out to it when getting ready for events. I feel that every girly girl needs to know about this song. It is a neccessity.

So, here it is. In honor of today, since it is Friday. I present to you the song that has charmed America, being called "the most annoying song of the year" and the song that tries to convince us that 13-year olds can drive. It could also be a new way for children to learn their days of the week. Anyway, enough rambling. Here it is, for your listening pleasure, "Friday" by Rebecca Black.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Adventures in Pasta Making

Girly Girls need to know how to cook.

Now don't get me wrong. I am not saying that the women should be doing all the cooking in the household, in fact I am a firm believer in equally splitting all of the household chores. However cooking is an essential part of growing up and taking care of yourself. Let's face it, without food girly girls everywhere would be too tired to go shopping.

In an attempt to grow up and learn more girly things, I have decided that I want to learn to cook a little this summer. Hence, the adventure in pasta making began.

My brother, Andrew Kidd, is a junior at Elon University. We love visiting Andrew at school because we love him and miss him....or maybe it is just because the school has amazing food!  Anyway, on one of these missions to enjoy the Elon cafeteria my momma and I enjoyed some wonderful pasta. Ever since, we have wanted to cook up this pasta ourselves. We tried it over Christmas and it came out wonderfully, but my momma did most of the work. This time, Andrew and I decided to do all the cooking.

I was in charge of chopping up the peppers and onions to mix in the Ragu sauce that we bought to pour on top of our pasta.
I think they look pretty good if I don't say so myself.
 I became a fan of Ragu on my spring break trip to Destin, Florida when Jenn Layton cooked us some scrumptious spaghetti using the sauce. Ragu is some very yummy stuff.

Andrew was in charge of boiling the noodles. He decided that he needed a little extra protection in order to complete his job, so he broke out his chemistry goggles.

Never a dull moment when he is around.
After chopping and boiling, we threw the peppers and onions into the pan to soften them up a bit.

look at that chopping job
When they were ready, we added the Ragu, sprinkled some Parmesan cheese on top and then BAM! we had everything we needed to make some super yummy pasta. And I now introduce to you the final product of our adventure in pasta cooking...

looks pretty good huh?
The pasta turned out very nicely, and we had enough left over to eat on for a few days. This was especially helpful when we got home from the tobacco field and needed something to eat.

Now, that we have conquered the pasta making, we have been contemplating other types of food that we could learn to make. We have been thinking about quesadillas, but there is no guarantee. You girly girls will have to stay tuned to find out.

Oh and besides making pasta, I did learn one other valuable lesson from this adventure: The worst part of cooking, is cleaning up afterward.