babyGap does Paddington Bear... And it's too adorable to miss.


Okay, so no, I am not a mom, but I really have to post about this new babyGap collection based on Paddington Bear, the cutest little bear in the most adorable little slicker and rain boots. I need a child to dress right now! If I had a youngin', they'd probably be wearing at least half of this collection. I love the classic literary flair each of the pieces have, while still being very versatile pieces. I am so obsessed with this little collection that I want to buy some pieces for my future child. That is just how cute everything is. I grew up with the book Paddington Bear, so this collection is just a blast from my awesome childhood literary past.

Gap Paddington Bear For Babygap Rainboots - rain slicker yellow

These rain boots are perfect. Every baby needs a pair of yellow rain boots. I mean, if I lived somewhere where it rained more than twice a year, I'd own a pair too.

Gap Paddington Bear For Babygap Rain Parka - electric blue
How about this adorable Paddington Bear inspired rain parka? The toggles are simply adorable. Again, I need this in adult sizes, stat!


There's even a little trench coat! Who can resist a child sized trench with a cute lining pattern?
Gap Flower Knit Waist Skinny Jeans - ivory frost
... And knit pants to match that adorable lining? I'm sold.
Paddington Bear™ for babyGap days-of-the-week bodysuit (7-pack) | Gap
And for those who are still in onesies, how about these days of the week bodysuits? Way too cute.

I really hope you fantastic mommies and mommies to be enjoy this post! Even if you aren't a mommy, kids clothing is just too cute to ignore. You can check out the rest of the collection here. I just went to gap.com and searched "Paddington Bear."

This post was not sponsored by Gap; I just got an email about the collection and got inspired.

transitions.

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Some transitions in life are nuts. This semester I made the switch from community college to a large university with nearly 70,000 students in attendance. Yes, the change has been crazy, with moving out, a new place, being on my own... But it has been amazing, too. It's hard to have so much change at one time, but it can be good for a person, too. Arizona State is such a cool school though! Especially Cronkite, the school I'm attending for journalism. 
After I realized I would be walking a couple miles a day, I ended up purchasing a Razor scooter (an A5 Lux) and love it so far! I don't have the guts to long board yet, or even bike, so this is as good as it's going to get now! I can tell you, it's pretty fun to zip around; much more fun than walking!

I liked my outfit today so I had to share it with you! It is so comfy and easy to move around in. I was surprised the dress was under $15! It's a perfect piece to accessorize. 

And I don't know if you noticed or not, but I'm playing with a new layout and design! More changes will be coming in the upcoming month, but for now I'm trying to work on base ideas for the blog!

Anyways, happy Tuesday! I'll be checking in again soon!

gluten free restaurant list!

So eating gluten free is crazy hard! Especially for this college girl on the go. Taco Bell? Out of the question... Unless you're in the mood for a vegetarian cantina bowl (which still has a crazy possibility of cross contamination). Anywhere in the food court on my 30 minute lunch break? Forget it! Eating at home is usually the easiest option, but it can be nice to have the option to go out sometimes, too. I'd like to share with you some of my favorite restaurants and grocery store items! Whether you're confined to gluten-free options, or are just here based on curiosity, I think you'll find this post pretty  interesting!

Eating Out
Red Robin
I was so excited to find out that Red Robin has gluten free buns! Not only that, but they fry the fries of gluten intolerant people in a different fryer than the normal fries to avoid cross-contamination.

ChopShop Company
ChopShop is the bomb.com. Not only do they have wonderful gluten free oatmeal cookies, but they can make any sandwich or even salads a gluten free wrap! How cool is that? Even if you're not gluten free you have to check this place out if you live in AZ and haven't checked it out already. My favorite juice is the slim squeeze.

Applebee's
Applebee's at least has a gluten free menu. There may be cross-contamination, but if you're not super sensitive you should be fine! My favorite dish is the fiesta lime chicken!

Jason's Deli
Jason's Deli has gluten free bread that actually tastes like real bread! They warn you that there may be cross contamination, but I haven't had any problems so far! Their food is yummy and cost effective, so it's definitely worth checking out.

Gluten Free Creations Bakery
GFC is a mecca of gluten free goodness. They have a cafe that you can eat in and an entire wall of freezers with absolutely delicious gluten free goods! The cinnamon roll I had there about a month ago was drool-worthy... I can't wait to try their donuts!

Liberty Market
Liberty Market is great for accomodating GF peeps. The GF bread is awesome and they have other options as well! The ambiance is awesome and the food is too! You've definitely got to check out this Downtown Gilbert favorite. 

Chompie's
I had some pretty good bread at Chompie's the other day... And great bread is something I will always  be on the lookout for. They also sell the bread/bagels at their bakery so you can take some home!

Costa Vida
Everything at Costa Vida is gluten free, sans the flour tortillas. It's way awesome. I love the small sweet pork nachos... They are to die for!

Chipotle
Chipotle is pretty safe, fast food wise, if you're looking for something yummy! Their tortillas aren't gluten free, but I usually get a bowl anyways!

Sauce
Sauce has some of the greatest gluten free pizza I've had. 

Rigatony's
Rigatony's has gluten free pasta that doesn't taste like cardboard! They have a lunch special where you can get salad and a pasta bowl with any sauce and a mix in (spinach, sausage, chicken etc) for a great price. I had the chicken with marinara last time. We got a side of sautéed spinach that was amazing though, so I'm definitely going to have to try a lighter sauce with spinach the next time I eat there. Spinach plus olive oil and yummy pasta sounds amazing right now.

Picazzo's
I'm iffy about Picazzo's. The food is okay, but for the prices I'd expect a little more. It prides itself on being gluten free/organic, but the quality just isn't there yet! It's worth a look, especially during happy hour because how can you turn down half priced gluten free garlic bread?! And once again, I'm a sucker for their spinach.

True Foods Kitchen
They have quite a few gluten free options! I love their veggie bowl. I could eat it and only it for days and be content. It's full of unique and exotic vegetables along with standards like carrots and cucumber! Seriously so refreshing.

PF Chang's
PF Chang's has a pretty comprehensive gluten free menu! Their gluten free fried rice is awesome. They even have separate gluten free sauce.

Kabuki
One of the few places I've seen that has gluten free soy sauce! Otherwise, if I'm craving sushi, I carry around packets of gluten free soy sauce that I got from Whole Foods! Contamination-wise, I kind of cut it close at that point, but if I'm careful, I usually don't have any problems.

In-n-Out
They are my go-to for gluten free on the go! I know I can trust these huge safety pin-wearing peeps with my food! Just order your burger protein style and tell them you're gluten free and they'll help you out!

That's all that I've got for now, but I'll definitely be adding more as time goes on! Keep a look out for the gluten free grocery item installation next!

Back in the theoretical saddle.

In case you didn't notice, I took a step away from the blog. I think I really needed the time to re-focus and work on things to make me more successful both on my blog and in my off-line life. I was finding it hard to choose between my writing and living off the page. I chose to live off the page for a while.
I must admit, it was nice, not having to commit to anything daily, but after  a while, I missed it. Once I got back to school, I realized how much I missed it... How much I really needed this blog. It's such a great release for me, creatively and emotionally, so I'm sticking with it.
I could really use some advice of what you like to see in a blog and would love to see some comments to get me going!

Blogger is one of my identifiers and I plan to keep it that way, so onward we go!