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Sunday Six/Five 5/19/19

So it's been a week. This was supposed to be a Friday Five but in light of my getting in a car accident on Friday afternoon, it got pushed back to today. Thankfully I am 100% okay and my car only has cosmetic damage (the other driver was also fine and her car had no damage). So now I get to fit an autobody shop visit into my week so yay.

On a brighter note, I got a few grades back this week and I got an A in my favorite class from the semester! It also pushed my GPA way up and my husband had flowers delivered to our house to congratulate me. He is the SWEETEST <3

Otherwise, the rest of my week was pretty much nothing but bar prep. Enjoy these snaps of me doing the same thing day in, day out.



Friday night my sister and her family came over to visit. My nephew and my dog Gracie were born within two weeks of each other and they have been besties for life.

Saturday morning my friend brought her golden over for a playdate and it was so much fun.

Then, I drank Starbucks while my husband did yard work #marriagegoals.

Gluten Free Cooking Made Easy with Keystone Meats

Do you ever have those nights where you have absolutely no idea what to make for dinner, you don't feel like going back out to the store and you're starving?? You end up just staring into the cabinet searching endlessly for something easy and quick before your stomach gurgles again and your husband considers mutiny. Those days are the worst. It's even harder to come up with a meal on the fly when you have dietary restrictions. My husband has to eat a gluten-free diet and it seriously complicates what I can and can't cook. I have a serious beef with those moments- the last thing you want at the end of a busy day is to waste a bunch of time cooking, deciding what to cook or running out to pick up something take-out that isn't healthy and isn't in your budget.

These are the nights when I just need something easy, wholesome and gluten free that will be the basis of a good meal for my husband and I. Enter Keystone Meats to solve this problem for me!!

Keystone Meats has a line of canned beef with only two ingredients: beef and sea salt. This means that it is not only gluten-free but also free of any unnatural agents. It is good, recipe-ready, all-natural beef. I love keeping a few cans in the cabinet just for those nights where I am out of other ideas for dinner.

Check out those totally natural ingredients!

I can't explain how amazing it is to have something in the cabinet that is quick, easy, good tasting and good for you. Especially as someone who has to cook gluten-free, finding easy options like this is an absolute lifesaver.

There are lots of easy recipes that you can use this beef in and I am sharing one of my favorites, for barbeque beef sandwiches, below. Some other easy meals would be using Keystone beef as the beef in an instant pot stroganoff or in an easy beef and noodles recipe.

Keystone Meats is out to help solve this conundrum of what to make for a quick easy dinner with their natural, yummy canned beef. Throughout May, in celebration of National Beef Month, join my friends at Keystone Meats as they invite fans from all over the U.S. to vote daily on their biggest kitchen problem. Keystone is ready and willing to solve it with recipe-ready, all-natural beef. When you vote, you will be entered to win a year’s supply of Keystone Meats!

If you’ve got a beef in the kitchen, tell us about it! After years of headaches, vote on your biggest kitchen beef and you could win! https://keystonemeats.com/whats-your-beef-in-the-kitchen/

And now for my super easy and SO yummy Barbeque Beef Sandwich recipe!

This recipe feeds 2 easily with leftovers for a lunch
  • I can of all natural Keystone Beef
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 3 shakes salt
  • 3 shakes pepper
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce 
  • Optional for heat: 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Buns

  1. Open can of Keystone Beef and add to a saucepan 
  2. Heat saucepan at medium heat
  3. Add BBQ sauce, spices, Worcestershire Sauce, salt, and pepper to the saucepan and stir well.
  4. Heat at medium heat and stir until the ingredients are well mixed, heated through and the beef is starting to shred. 
  5. Serve in a bowl (the gluten-free option) or on buns. 
Kettle cooked chips make the perfect side for this quick, easy and healthy meal!

My Schedule for Bar Exam Prep

Hump day!!! All I can think about is the camel commercial whenever I say or hear hump day.

Back to actual blogging though, today I am sharing my schedule for bar exam prep. Now that I have graduated from law school, my next hurdle is the dreaded bar exam. For those who don't know, the bar exam is a state-specific test that must be passed in order to be licensed to practice law in that particular state. It tests you on relevant law in that state as well as a combined group of legal subjects that you likely took in law school. So basically it is a 2-3 day test on everything you learned in law school plus some more. Shoot me now...

To prepare for the bar exam, a majority of people utilize a bar prep course. These are commercial resources which layout what you need to learn, how you need to learn it and everything else you need to know to have the best shot at passing the bar exam.

Personally, I am taking the Ohio bar exam at the end of July. I am prepping for the bar exam with the Themis Bar Review Course. For the next 2.5 months, I am basically studying all day every day.

In order to form a routine and to try to keep some normality in my life, I have formulated a study schedule for my bar prep time.

As you can see, most of my time is allotted to bar exam prep and studying. Additionally, I have allotted time for study group with friends also studying for the bar. I thrive in study group situations so I know this is something I need to do to be successful.

Further, I have allotted a lot of time to running and yoga- sitting in a chair all day drives me crazy and I need to be active. Running in the morning helps me to be more still throughout the day and doing yoga helps ease my tight muscles and stress. It is always good to be active for both physical and mental health.

I also left time for blogging and relaxing because it is important to take time to yourself and to do things you enjoy. Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. If I go to hard in the beginning, I will burn out before the exam. Slow, steady and diligent will win this race.

Some other things I am keeping in mind during bar prep is eating well, sleeping well and staying positive. I am stocking the house with only healthy snacks (ok and a little chocolate because that is a requirement) and keeping a water bottle next to me at all times! My husband has been cooking a lot of healthy dinners and making enough so I can have leftovers for lunch the next day. I have been going to bed at a reasonable time (ok, most of the time) and trying to get up relatively early so I have a normal schedule.

I am a week and a half into bar prep and so far it isn't horrible. BUT, if anyone has ANY tips for bar prep, I am happy to get them all! Thank you!

Friday Five 5/10/19

Happy Friday!!!

This was my first full week of bar prep and so far it has been okay. I would not call it fun, but it is not the worse thing I have ever done.

My bar prep summer uniform... all about comfy and easy!

In between bar prep, I spent lots of quality time with the hubby and pups and caught up on some projects around the house and lots of TV. Overall, it was a pretty uneventful week.

A Reflection on Completing Law School

The fact that I am now a law school graduate is absolutely surreal. Even though the Dean hooded me, I was handed a diploma and I got to switch my tassel, I simply do not feel like I am a Juris Doctor now.

I have been dreaming of this since I as in about 4th grade. I spend most of my life to this point working singlemindedly toward this goal. Do well in High School so you get into college, do well in college so you have a good GPA, get involved so you have a solid resume for law school applications, crush the LSAT, pick a law school, excel in law school, complete internships... graduate and become a Lawyer. After all that, I am finally here and it feels just a little bit hollow.

I know that sounds crazy; I just achieved my dream, how could I be anything but ecstatic?? Well, there is something about finishing law school that leaves me without a clear direction for the first time in my life. My whole life has been planned down to the details so that I would make it to law school. Now, my life is full of unknowns. I don't know if I will pass the bar exam or not. I do not know if I will find my dream job right away. I don't know if my husband and I will stay in Toledo or if we will move. I don't know when we should have kids. I don't know a lot of things right now... and that's okay.

As much as I struggle to not have a plan, I know that everything will eventually work out. I will pass the bar, I will find a job, I will end up with the life I have dreamed of. For those of us who are type A, planners, and mildly OCD, it is hard to go through life with unknowns. My plan for right now is to wake up every day and remind myself that I conquered my goals already and I can conquer future goals as well. I just need to take it one day at a time.

The other reason I am feeling a little hollow is that law school is over for me. As hard as it was, I loved law school. Throughout law school, I was challenged academically for the first time in my life and as hard as that was to get used to, I learned to thrive on it. I love learning new things every day and using my brain to its full capacity. Throughout law school, I made amazing friends and connections. Like any stage in life, some friends fade away and some become those you can't live without and I got a little of both during law school. But, it taught me more about myself and what to look for in friendship and I am walking away with some friends for a lifetime and that is a precious thing. Throughout law school, I was able to put the law into action through internships and clinics. This taught me that the practice of law is a noble, albeit flawed, profession that I can't wait to be a part of. Throughout law school, I found strengths within myself that I was unaware of. I realized I have a gift for public speaking and oral argument that I had never previously explored. I realized that I enjoy other subjects beyond criminal law. Throughout law school, I learned how to fail for the first time in my life and it was the most humbling and also worthwhile lesson.

I was absolutely blessed to attend a law school that felt like a family. The University of Toledo College of Law was my home for three years and I truly loved my time there. It is a place where professors start class with AC/DC, wear a helmet while teaching to show a reasonably prudent person, and dance to helps us learn contracts. It is a place where staff will update the facebook group with outcoming grades to help ease student stress. It is a place where the Dean knows everyone's names and will let you pie him in the face to raise money for charity. It is a place where the student body shuns the idea of "cut-throat" law school and instead embraces the idea that we are one big family and law school is way more fun if we get along. It is a place full of free pizza, the never empty library candy bowl and a Lexis table every week with free coffee and tea.

When I remember that I do not get to return to UT Law this fall, it just makes me sad. I will truly miss my law school, my professors, my friends and my favorite chair in the Moot Court lounge. But, to quote a famous and fitting phrase, "How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard"- Winnie the Pooh.

I could not be prouder to be an Alum of the University of Toledo College of Law and I am so thankful that I got to spend 3 amazing, challenging, empowering, difficult and enjoyable years there.