Technology has the power to be the greatest thing on earth. It also has the power to create “a mindless life” – only if we let it though! I recently watched the Ted Talk above and it reinforced my concerns with technology. If you don’t know I’m studying Computer Science to become a software engineer so i have a deep admiration for the beautiful wonders technology has brought our world. Whether it’s saving lives in hospitals, researching cures for heart… Read more »

Big Ben at Night Image

After an eight hour flight to London Heathrow Airport, we hopped onto a tram (with Oyster Cards in hand) and spent around 45 minutes traveling to Leicester Square. This is where we picked up our London Passes, grabbed a much needed cup of coffee and took in our first few sights of the city. One, I very much remember, was a vending machine with Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Although it may be a “thing” in the States, I have… Read more »

Ridiculous Word Cloud

The word ridiculous frequently comes out of my mouth. So upon reading this post prompt for today, I was quite excited. To explain what I think “ridiculous” means, I am going to use a word cloud (thank you Wordle)! If you don’t know, a word cloud is made based on the consistency of a word in a set of text (aka the bigger words have greater significance). So – to me, to be ridiculous means to be…


As it is a holiday, I’ve decided to amend the blog post prompt for today and simply wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m blessed enough to be spending the day with my family. I’m hopeful that each of you are spending this Thanksgiving day with people you love. Remind yourself to say thanks for the little things, on not only today – but every day! Wishing for each of you: safe travel, peace in your heart, hope in your mind and… Read more »


“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo… Read more »

Olivia and Ashlee Young

Between the dark and the daylight, When the night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day’s occupations, That is known as the Children’s Hour. I hear in the chamber above me The patter of little feet, The sound of a door that is opened, And voices soft and sweet. From my study I see in the lamplight, Descending the broad hall stair, Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra, And Edith with golden hair. A whisper, and then a… Read more »

Snippets of My Dedication Graphic

If I had to write a 6 word memoir, I would cheat and use a diagram. 6 words seems too few to be able to describe my life experiences. So, if the diagram above isn’t very clear, my life has been composed of dedication to my faith, learning, optimism responsibility and my clan. I realize that “clan” may not be as descriptive as necessary, so I will explain. My clan consists of my loved ones – those I go to… Read more »

Sunshine Clipart

As part of this November blog challenge, my task for today is to write about (or simply share), my favorite inspirational quote. Now when I initially saw this prompt – I was excited! “Ooo my favorite quote!” This excitement faded slightly when I realized… I have favorite quotes spilling out of my ears. You must understand, that from late middle school on, I’ve kept quotes tucked away for use during the perfect occasion. I write them down randomly, if I find… Read more »

Clock Clip Art

Life has a funny way of teaching us lessons while we are here on Earth. And these lessons are not like a birthday… They come along unexpectedly and with (typically) no warning. In addition, these lessons are not the same for everyone and they are often not fun to learn. So what exactly has been the biggest life lesson for me? Time should not be taken for granted; especially around those we love. We each only have x amount of… Read more »


Welcome – and Happy Halloween to you! Just for visiting on this spooky day, you will receive two “treats” of sorts: sunshine in a bottle to use in your daily snippets and a bag of extra marbles in case you misplace (or are spooked out of) yours! First off, you should know that Halloween has never been a giant deal for me. Between growing up in the country (away from trick or treating towns) and being quite shy, Halloween was… Read more »

Ashlee at Disney Land

If you were not aware – Disney is one of my favorite things. The Disney classics, Walt Disney World, Disney Land, the music and let’s not forget our dear friend, Mickey Mouse! All of these things were a large part of my childhood, and I’m not ashamed to say, a large part of my life today. All things Disney started with one dream: Walt Disney’s dream of a mouse. Although Walt had this dream, he had to face all sorts… Read more »

To Do List Clip Art

This is not meant to be a pessimistic post. Simply an optimistic outlook on planning versus goal setting and the dangers of what I would like to call obsessive planning. For example, I find myself quite often making to-do lists that include when I will take care of all the things I’m tasked with…sometimes the act of planning out what I will do and when I will do it takes more time than actually completing the tasks. Scary, right? There was… Read more »