All in a Name

All in a Name

Melissa

Have you ever thought about your name and wondered about what the meaning is behind it? Since October is my birthday month, I decided to do a little bit of research and see what I could find out about my name. Honestly, a lot of it is very true if you know me. A few things not true, said I love the color pink and I am confident. I’m not a huge pink person, but you will see me sporting it from time to time.  The confidence part, that depends on the topic and the given day…  I researched on both Google and Pinterest.

Description

A majority of the sites said the same things. My name “Melissa” means, honey bee. Like the bee, the name says that I’m a tireless worker, who gathers information from many sources, until I know that I have all the information that I need. One fact that I can agree with, is that I will not be satisfied and will not give up until I know what I need to figure out what I’m looking to know. It says that I store everything in my heart, not just in my head. (So true!) I also read that those who need a “Melissa” in their life, know what I mean to them.  That I have a special place and meaning in their heart, but many times it is impossible for them to admit it or say it out loud.

History and Origin

In ancient times mythology, “Melissa” was known as the “Queen Bee Goddess.” That being said, she looked over all of the other women. The name originated as a Greek name.

Qualities

  • Very beautiful person inside and out

  • Makes you laugh and gives hugs

  • Can be blunt

  • Is truthful

  • Sweet

  • Easy to talk to

  • Loves her family more than anything else

  • Loves the color pink

  • Strong, confident

  • Great leadership skills

  • Creates the strongest bonds with a select few worth her time

  • Believes time is precious

  • Stunning beauty

  • True friend

  • Passionate lover

  • Loyal to the end

  • Once you date a “Melissa,” all other women seem dull and lifeless

  • Ambitious

  • Romantic

  • Nurturing

  • Also refers to the plant known as, lemon balm

  • Innocent

  • Speaks from the heart

  • Shy girl until she is comfortable

  • She will feel lucky to know you, but you are the lucky one

Popularity and Pop Culture

The name started to become popular in the 1950’s. It was one of the top ten names from 1967-1984. (I was born in 1980.)  On the pop culture end, The Allman Brothers Band came out with the song, “Melissa.”

Here are a few of the sites that I went to:

http://www.grandmahelenshouse.com/m/Melissa.html (Pinterest)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/musiclover6495/the-meaning-of-your-name-as-told-by-urban-dictiona-na3d?sub=3348612_3190047&utm_term=.xtaW00W24n#.qwV4OO4wyk(Pinterest)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/musiclover6495/the-meaning-of-your-name-as-told-by-urban-dictiona-na3d?sub=3348612_3190047&utm_term=.xtaW00W24n#.qwV4OO4wyk(Pinterest)

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ac/c3/8e/acc38ecaffb5c9177e440d8c8848e68a.jpg (Pinterest)

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/64/f1/d6/64f1d6bbea202ec8563ee12f7b338c9f.jpg (Pinterest)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melissa (Google)

https://themeaningofthename.com/melissa/ (Google)

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Melissa (Google)

*I will say that Urban Dictionary has descriptions of what people post about the name. I read 8 of them. There are plenty more and they were fun to read. Some even made me laugh.

If you know me personally, do you think my name fits me? What does your name say about you? Do you agree or disagree with the information? I’d love to hear your comments!

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Tailgating Checklist

Tailgating Checklist

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go back to Happy Valley and rehash the old memories and relive the good times from when I was a student up there. I couldn’t pass up the chance to tailgate, visit with my awesome cousins, and go to a PSU Football Game! (A huge thank you goes out to my aunt and uncle for the invite!!!)

Rise and Shine! Brew my pumpkin spice coffee, shower, get dressed, fill the cooler with ice and fall beverages! Load up the car and off the five of us went! The brisk morning woke us up as we traveled to Penn State. The day remained cloudy and chilly as we layered and bundled up throughout the day, before we went into the game. We enjoyed ribs, buffalo chicken dip, wings, pulled pork, pasta salad, and pineapple! It was so much fun to play corn hole and watch everyone play giant jenga. As we started walking toward the stadium, the sun finally came out! The first quarter was awesome as we scored four touchdowns! It was nice to leave at the end of the game with a win! We Are…PENN STATE!!!

It’s hard to explain the feeling when we arrived…there was a warmness in my heart, excitement and anticipation for the game, and delicious food to be shared with great people. As you drive up to your spot to set up, there’s a rush that goes through you! People from all over, set up for a day of fun! Blue and White everywhere!!! RV’s, PSU pop up tents, games, food, drinks, laughter…There’s a vibe of warmth and welcoming, like everyone around is one big family!

In today’s world, we continuously hear about the bad, and are forced to be focused on all the negativity around us…The news for example, is always so sad anymore. All we are told about is the violence, the deaths, terrorism, natural disasters, hatred towards each other…How often do you hear about positivity in the world?

Something as simple as going to a tailgate party and a football game, was like a breath of fresh air! The environment around us was positive! We shared smiles, laughter, fun, and unity with strangers all around us! It was such a nice change from the normal daily or weekend routine.

On my journey as a college student, I started out as a shy, small town girl. I feared many things such as being scared of being away from home, not being able to achieve my goals, how would I make friends, how would I find my way around that huge campus?…Overall, I achieved and excelled! I made the Dean’s List numerous semesters. I conquered my fears and I grew into a confident, fun-loving, smart woman during my days of living and learning in this beautiful city, State College. It was my home away from home. A place where I had achieved more than I ever thought I could or would. A place where I met wonderful friends, created memories that will last a lifetime, and it always was a place where I felt safe. It’s honestly one of the most beautiful campuses that I have ever been to! I graduated with pride! Pride in myself and for my future! I am so lucky and grateful to have not let my fears of leaving and worrying hold me back, and I’m so happy that I challenged myself with bigger and better things! It is always a pleasure returning to Happy Valley! It’s a reminder of a time when I was unstoppable and I believed in myself!

Check out my list for a fun tailgating experience!  I’ve also posted some pictures of us tailgating and enjoying the game!

Tailgating Checklist

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Still making memories…Here are some pictures from this weekend!

Off We Go…

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Bundled Up

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                                PSU Beauties                      Courtney and I

                      Corn hole        Buffalo Chicken Dip         Jenga

Beaver Stadium

                We Are…PENN STATE!!! Alumni (My brother Mike, and I)

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October Bucket List

October Bucket List

I absolutely love fall! It’s my favorite season, and October is one of my top 3 favorite months of the year! I always plan way too much for this month, but I’m excited to see how much of my bucket list I can complete this year! I’m hoping that this month is filled with fun, happiness, and great memories!

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Here is what I’d love to do this month!

Wear FlannelsGo to a Pumpkin PatchCarve a PumpkinBake Pumpkin SeedsGo Horseback RidingEat Pumpkin Spice WafflesBurn Fall CandlesWear BootsWrap Up in a Blanket ScarfPlant a Fall Window Bo

I’m anxious to see how much I will be able to cross off my list for October! What are a few things on your list?

Mother Earth News Fair Review (Seven Springs, PA 2017)

Mother Earth News Fair Review

(Seven Springs, PA)

2017

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I can’t believe it was already a week ago (last weekend) that I worked in a vendor booth at the Mother Earth News Fair for the 2nd year. This has become one of my favorite events to work! The first year at the event, I met some wonderful people including the women from Pittsburgh’s “Farm to Table of Western, PA.” Last year, I was amazed at how many vendors participate in this fair.

On a side a note, I’ll explain why I loved this event even more this year!  We all know that life isn’t always pleasant and peachy by any means, it also doesn’t always go as imagined or planned. (This has been especially true for me probably for about the past two years.) Sometimes we get to a point, before we hit a breaking point where we finally have to figure out what brings us any type of happiness… I was outside thinking one day when I thought, what is simple that makes me smile that makes me proud of myself?  Gardening…it’s such a small part of my life, but it was something that I knew that I enjoyed and wanted to learn more about. It all started with me planting small things from time to time, year to year. Nothing crazy, just mosty container gardening. Last year, I started to add a few perennials around the yard. This year, I decided early this summer that I wanted to take a basic gardening class. I was interested in creating a good soil. (Money is always tight, and always seems to be an issue and holds me back from many things. I researched and found a reasonably priced class and decided to register for it.) It was probably one of the best decisions and investments that I have made in a long time! I was so excited to attend! (I was the student that got there early and sat in the front row! A little nerdy, I know, but that’s okay in my book, haha!) This class was wonderful and I looked forward to attending it each week! Sure, you can read, watch YouTube videos, and learn online, but it felt really great and did me a world of good to take an hour for myself a week, with no interruptions, and educate myself in a roomful of individuals with the same interest as me. 

This experience gave me the confidence to expand and fill my backyard with new and old favorites of plant, flower, and vegetable varieties.  I felt that it wasn’t a waste of money because I at least had a little bit more confidence and knowledge now that I could take of care of these plants.  It’s the best feeling waking up, looking out your window and admiring the shapes, colors, and beauty these creations of nature provides us.  Also, there is fun in picking and cooking with your own herbs and vegetables!  It’s a hobby that I love and continue to learn more about!

Now, back to the Mother Earth News Fair Review! (Sorry for the long explanation and venting!) So knowing what I did from attending the event last year, I was kinda in (nerd mode) again and researched the fair weeks in advance. I looked at their website, printed out maps, calendars, and schedules for workshops. I also researched some of the speakers and got my highlighter ready for what I was interested in!

Unfortunately, I did not have time to participate in any of the workshops while working, but the research still paid off because as I took a break on Sunday, I was able to make a beeline and gather information from the booths that I knew I wanted to visit. One thing that I appreciated that Mother Earth Fair did was keep vendors in a similar set up from the year before. That way if you do have limited time, you can make sure that you hit up your favorite booths if you remembered where they were set up from the year before.

Seven Springs was a great location! It was gorgeous up there! The weather cooperated and we had chilly mornings and beautiful days! I would take that drive in the morning any day.  Such a burst of refreshing air, with leaves starting to change colors…Beautiful!!!  The venue was packed with people who varied from locals to visitors from various states. The pictures from the workshops were also filled. If you love gardening and sustainable living, this is one event that I highly suggest you go visit!

There are Mother Earth News Fairs held in Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, and PA. Some of my favorite booths that I visited this year were: Funky Fresh Family Farms, Farm to Table Western, PA, The Gardener’s Workshop, Sow True Seed, Mockingbird Meadows Farm, Metalledwith, The Bookstore, Fruition Seeds, Mother Earth’s Natural Organic Root Cider, (I’m not sure if it was this or the Fire Cider that I had from the Herb Angel, but I noticed a huge improvement in my sinuses over the next few days without having to take anything for them.) I’m anxious to plant my Marshmallow seeds that I purchased from Herb Angel. Sacred Plant Traditions was another booth that I enjoyed. The lady working the Harris Seeds booth was so friendly and she hooked me up with free purple carrot seeds! I’m also looking forward to learn more about the PA Women’s Agricultural Network and see what they have to offer and how I can educate myself in the future through their workshops.

The 2017 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs was a success for the booth that I worked for, as well as a whole for the entire fair. I could’ve definitely spent 3 days learning new and different things each day, as well as attending workshops or taking it day by day to spend time at vendor booths and have time to talk to them and generate connections and network. Thanks, Mother Earth News for a great fair at Seven Springs! I’m already looking forward to attending next year!

Here are some pictures of me before arriving to the fair and our vendor booth at the fair.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Growing up, this was just another holiday to me. I always knew that it was a holiday to remember the people that died that had served in our country’s armed forces. Although to me, it was a sign that school was almost out and that summer was right around the corner. Red, White, and Blue, family gatherings, grilling, and picnics. That was how I used to think of Memorial Day as a child.

As I became older, it started to mean a whole lot more. Both of my grandfathers fought in the war and made it back home safely. Have you ever stopped to think what it would be like to fight in a war? I can’t even imagine it really. I do think that those who fight are the most brave individuals. I’m sure they have life changing and unforgettable memories. Some chose to speak about it, some do not. I never really heard any graphic or detailed stories from either of my grandfathers, but I know both had faith and were grateful that they returned home. Not all that fight are that lucky to make it back home.

Many people will walk through cemeteries and attend memorial day services over Memorial Day weekend. I plan on attending one myself.  There will be American flags placed on the graves of our veterans. When I was younger, I would attend one of these ceremonies near my house, then for many years I stopped going. The last few years it became a tradition that I would go again to these ceremonies with my dad and grandpap. My grandpap is no longer with us, but as I was older, I was truly honored to be sitting next to a veteran. Every Memorial Day now, I look back at photos and a video of the last year when I spent the holiday with my grandpap by my side. I get tears in my eyes. One for being blessed that both of my grandfathers made it home, and how I was lucky enough to know them and have them in my life for so many years. Another reason, is watching the tribute and hearing the veterans play songs and shoot the guns in honor of those gone, hearing the shells hit the ground gives me chills every time. Also, I think back to seeing both of the flags that my grandfathers had, and I remember seeing them when they both passed away. That is when I think it hit me the hardest. These two men were beyond wonderful and great in my eyes. I don’t have enough words to explain how much they both meant to me and how they both added such special meaning to my life. Looking at those flags, brings their greatness to a whole other level.

We need to remember those that fought for our freedom.  Many leave to fight and protect us and many don’t return home.  It’s a true sacrifice on their end.  In today’s world, we have a lot of problems. It is important to always keep in mind that people risked and sacrificed their lives for us, so we could have freedom. Make sure when you are celebrating this weekend, have fun, be thankful for our freedom, and remember the real meaning of the holiday.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day weekend is almost here! The older I get, the more I appreciate my mom each day. She is my best friend, and is always there for me. We don’t always see things the same way, but she is always there when I need someone to talk to or need a shoulder to cry on. Life changes, and there are many challenges. My mother has always been there to try and help glue the broken pieces together.

I can’t even find the right words right now to explain what I want to say about my mom. She has made holidays, birthdays, and special occasions memorable for our family. She keeps traditions alive as best as she can. She is continuously trying to always make things right and perfect, to keep everyone happy. She has a heart of gold and loves unconditionally. I hope one day that I will be fortunate enough to have children and be a mother. I can only hope that I will come close to being a wonderful mother, like the one I have!

I know many women who have been blessed for awhile now, and many recently, that have found out that they are pregnant. I wish you the best! As years pass by, I’ve seen how motherhood is not always delightful. One day, I want to be able have the feeling that everyone says, that they never knew they could love someone so much before meeting them. To those of you that are lucky enough to have the gift of being a mother, make sure to cherish it!

Here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas:

  • Going Out to Dinner

  • Having Brunch

  • Flowers

  • A New Outfit

  • Jewelry

  • Spa Day

  • New Set of Pajamas

I saw some of these items and thought that they would be cute personal touches as well! What are some of your Mother’s Day ideas, and what are your plans for Mother’s Day?

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                   (My mom and I)     (The “Best” Mothers and “hopefully” Mothers in the Future)

Happy April! Easter is on its Way…

Happy April!  Easter is on its Way…

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying Spring and the beautiful weather that we have had this weekend! The warmth and sunshine motivates me to begin looking at gardening and patio essentials! I’m already on the lookout for beautiful flowers and plants!  This weekend I went into the shed and pulled out at two chairs and a mini table, because I couldn’t wait to sit outside and soak up some sun and read. 

I can’t believe that Easter will be here this weekend already! I’m getting excited to dress up for the holiday! Also, warmer weather means less bulky apparel. Dresses, skirts, sandals, tees…a lighter and brighter wardrobe ahead!

This week I plan on baking Easter sugar cookies and making a dessert or two. One tradition that I am looking forward to is eating ham pie! This tradition has been in my family for years.  An old tradition that I miss, that was always a must as a child growing up, was dying eggs and having our Easter morning Easter egg hunt. I’m looking forward to going to Sunday mass with my family and spending time with them. Life has been so busy, no one seems to have time to enjoy a few hours together at the same time.  What are some of your Easter traditions?

I am going to share a few Easter items that I thought were really cute for the holiday. There have been multiple recipes for Spring/Easter that I have found as well. If I have some time this week to try them out, I will share them with you as well! Enjoy the beautiful weather and have fun getting ready for Easter this week!

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