23 Aug

“She had them apple bottom JEANS, boots with the fur…”

Hello my beautiful bloggie friends, ooooo how I’ve missed you all! I was having serious computer/internet/BLOGing withdrawls on our little road trip and we’ve been non-stop busy since the start of our roadtrip.

A quick little recap of our drive from Dirty Jerz to FL:

After starting out on a bad note (thanks to a little PMS and a nervous soon-to-be junior aka ME) my Mom and I were already at our wits end by the start of our first morning of driving. To make matters worse our Tom-Tom took us through downtown DC and an EXTREMLY round about way to I-95 and that only heightend the stress of the drive because my Mom and I do not do well in new areas like that. Add an extremly full bladder, an empty belly and a massive caffiene headache and by 12:30pm we were DUNZO.

tall non-fat chai tea latte extra pump of chai, no water-extra hot. (sooo demanding, i know πŸ˜‰ )

Β But after we had this-and hit up the bathroom we were much better and MUCH happier πŸ™‚

North carolinaaa

After the Virgina traffic it was smooooth sailing. We also had these:

A super sugarry smoothie!!

SO yum. I already miss you Wawa !!


Peppers/cashews/multigrain chips & hummus

My aunt had these snacks waiting for us when we arrived Saturday.

Berries and Bubbles drink-TOO cool!!!!


Not the healthiest but delcious chicken mexi-wrap and FRIES (such a weakness-sooo worth the damage!)

Lois Papa's grilled veggie pita platter SO good!

Ive had sooo many delicious eats at new restuarants while visitng my family in FL. I’m moving into my room tomorrow and to be honest-i’m SO worried about it. Ive been having a lot of issues with my living situation right now andΒ have definitly been letting some people get me down. I hate that I agonize over certain situations and things people say and do but it’s definitly making me get down about moving in. I’m letting one person ruin my excitement about being back. I need to learn to stand up for myself and be stronger-but its so much easier said then done. 😦

Oh and for those of you who were asking- I go to the University of Tampa (yes where sexy ROBERTO from The Bachlorette played baseball ow owww)

Ques: How do you guys deal with negative people? Kill them with kindness-or say what you feel?

I’m such a nervous wreck when it comes to confronting people.

HOPE youre all having an AMAZING week!! Cannot wait to catch up on your beautiful lives πŸ™‚




19 Responses to “FLO-RIDAAA”

  1. Kat August 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    I try and kill them with kindness but sometimes my mouth has a mind of it’s own lol I say you should speak up if it is really bothering you you are entitled to your happiness and should be at piece with you living situation!

  2. Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com August 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    I’m just like you – I HATE confrontation and I constantly worry about how things I want to do affect others or what people will think of me, which is really dumb. I say don’t let it get you down – I don’t know what the situation is exactly, but I do know that you should either let it go if you don’t want to confront the person about it (DON’T LET IT STEW! I made the mistake of holding my aggravation in about a situation all last year and it was miserable) or go ahead and get it out in the open. Either way, once school starts you’ll be much busier w/ less time to worry about other stuff πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  3. Natalie August 24, 2010 at 2:14 am #

    hey claire! i just found your blog and i’m really enjoying all your pictures and thoughts! in terms of negative people.. that can be really hard. i try not to be negative back to them because i just don’t want to stoop to their level. usually i just try to bite my tongue and breathe.. but if the negativity is in excess, i might confront them, but in a (hopefully) nice way. haha

    • thebeautifulbalance August 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

      Hi beautiful! Thanks so much for checking out my blog. Thats exactly how I deal too-NOT stooping to their level and trying for kindness but its hard not to feel like youre getting walked all over. UGH girl drama 😦 such a toughy!! XOXO

  4. Erica @ Fashion meets Food August 24, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    That smoothie looks so good as does that bubbly!


  5. erinsloves August 24, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    Yay glad you made it girl!
    I am bad at not speaking up and letting people walk all over me- if there is a way to avoid confrontation, then I will find it. I seriously cannot even return clothes, or send back food if they bring me the wrong thing, I panic that bad!

    • Christine August 24, 2010 at 10:16 am #

      I have the same problem–but at least you can ask for a demanding sbux drink! Baby steps!

      • Christine August 24, 2010 at 10:18 am #

        I totally messed up my pronouns here.

    • thebeautifulbalance August 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

      you are soooo sweet! Im JUST like that-I always feel so bad if my food comes out wrong, I just try and suck it up. loveee you-im emailing you now πŸ™‚

  6. missymiller August 24, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    …wit da ferrrr….?(0:

    Welcome back to FL! (I’m in Ft Laud)

    How I deal with the negative people has changed immensely lately….I have learned (and try and practice) that really, OPP (Other people’s problems…sh*t…etc) is THEIR own. We can’t change them, maybe someday they will learn but until then just focus on keeping your stuff together.

    Don’t feed into the negativity! When they say womething wonky, you might respons with a friendly “Hmmm.” or “Huh.” Or “really?”

    Hope that helps

    • thebeautifulbalance August 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

      AH! We need to meet up sometime girl!!
      Thanks for all the pointers…OPP forrealll-I’m just gonna try and mind my own business and keep things calm…oy vey! XOXO

  7. spoonfulofsugarfree August 24, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Hey! I just visited the Tampa campus about a month ago. It was a rainy day, and we were taking a drive and stopped by. It has to be one of the prettiest buildings in Florida! We took a tour inside, and nobody was around, but the building was wide open! Gorgeous!

    And I just ignore negative people-it’s their problem, and I don’t care to be around someone who brings me down.

  8. eatspinlive August 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    Smoothies seem to always make things a little better πŸ™‚

  9. Jennifer August 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Oh my goodness we have to get together sometime! I live 2 1/2 hours away from you!! So what do you think? bloggers meetup? πŸ˜€

    • thebeautifulbalance August 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

      I literally just got SOOOO excited. A FL bloggers meetup is in order. Maybe you could give me a lesson on your blonde hair too πŸ˜‰ heheh I’m gonna email you and we’ll talk!! yayyy!

  10. Molly August 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    ha I love road trips, because it just makes me want to snack all day long. I love days like that.
    and that veggie pita platter? YUM!

  11. lindsay August 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    kill them with kindness, its throws them WAY off guard. I would have been so irritable myself in the car with my mom on a full bladder/empty stomach. Thats just dangerous, haha.

    • thebeautifulbalance August 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

      Amen girl, so glad that drive is over! At every rest stop we were tempted to pick up a beer bc we were SO done with the day haha XOXO

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