Make it fit: Bra Measurment

This week I have been thinking about buying a new bra, so I went online and have been looking for one that would fit me the best. But the first thing I had to do was measure and see if I am the same size I was when I bought my last bra, and this is when it came to me. I bet there are some women out there that don’t know how to properly measure themselves for a bra. So I thought I’d share.

This headless manikin has been so wonderful as to pose as a model for me (sorry for the white on white).

Alright let’s get started. the first thing you want to do is measure just under your bust (marked by the yellow line), make sure you write it down so you don’t have to measure over and over. mine is 38″. this will be the band size.

Next you will measure at the widest point of your bust (over the nipples, marked by the orange line), Again make sure you write it down. mine is 44″

also it helps if you have someone who can help or even in front of a mirror to make sure that the measuring tape is in the right spot or else you’ll end up with the wrong measurements.

Next you will take the band measurement (under the bust) and subtract it from the bust measurement. (44″-38″=6) for every two inches of difference it is another cup size up for example 2″ difference is A, 4″difference is B, 6″ difference is C, and so on.

I hope this helps someone out there.

Thanks

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The Friday Journal

I’m not an avid traveler, and I’ve never been outside of the United States, but I am a dreamer. Today I thought I’d share a few places I’ve been .

I’ve been to Utah, of course, because I’ve lived here my entire life. so this is where I’ll start.

Personally I favor the old slogan (Still The Right Place) because this one makes it sound like everyone is high.

As for my travels. when I was about ten-years-old my aunt in California got married. So the whole family (plus my grandparents went to california. not my favorite state but I’d never been anywhere else so it was exciting.

I still don’t think much about california, but I did get to visit the beach the second time we went down there, so that was nice.

but onto the real travels.

In 2010 right before my 17th birthday Doc’s family invited me to go to their family reunion in Florida. (Remember we live in Utah, that’s clear on the other side of the country) I was so super psyched!

On the way there we went to

As soon as we crossed the border there were tons of places to buy fireworks…. and we did. Doc bought like $75 dollars worth of fireworks (many of wich we still own and are now legal in Utah)

After Wyoming we visited Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma (I can only spell this one if I sing it in my head) on the way to Doc’s Grandparents in Texas.

I enjoyed texas, although it was really hot and humid, but I got used to it, plus I was taking a lot of Dramamine (I get car sick really easy. My mother didn’t call me throw-up-baby for nothing) so I hardly notices. We stayed on night with Grandma and Grandpa before getting back on the road again. Grandma made biscuits and Cocoa Gravy for breakfast. It is so delicious! After leaving Grandma and Grandpa we stopped at a gas station and Doc’s mom and dad got a few scratch off lottery tickets just for fun. They gave one to me and I won like $7. It’s dangerous for me to gamble or play the lottery because I always win.

After we left Texas we headed through Louisiana.

(I tried Google translate but it wouldn’t translate the words underneath)

I am not a fan of Louisiana. It was dirty and it smelled funny and I felt all uncomfortable while I was there.

After Louisiana we went through Mississippi and Alabama before we finally made it to florida.

The first thing we did when we got there was, buy some real Florida Oranges! they were so good! After the oranges we found a hotel in Gainsville (This is where Doc was born and where his parents lived before they moved to Utah)

these are the only two substansial trips I have ever been on but I have also been to Navada and Idaho. I cant wait to travel some more. One thing I wish I’d done is take more pictures. I feel like I should have had some pictures with the people I met and the things I did and of other family members. So from now on I’m going to try to take pictures of everything, (as long as I can remember to charge my cameras more often.

Well I hoped you enjoyed taking this little stroll down memory lane with me.

 

Gourmet In a Can

This is what Doc and I had for dinner last night and as I put it on the plate I thought about how fancy it looked. A lot of it had to do with the new plates my brother and sister-in-law gave us the other day. And I started thinking about making meals that are cheap and easy but look nice. So I thought I’d share my recipe.

First are the ingredients (This recipe is for two so you may need to increase the serving sizes)

2 Chicken Breast

2 Cups uncooked rice

1 Can Cream-of-Chicken soup

1 Can Green Beans (the French Cut beans look fancier)

1 Green Onion, Chopped

Directions;

Cook chicken breast on medium high heat. Meanwhile add 2 Cups uncooked rice with 4 cups water. Once boiling cover with lid and turn to medium heat and continue cooking for 15 minutes. In a sauce pan empty the can of Cream-Of-Chicken soup, then fill the can half way with water and add to the soup, whisk together and heat on medium. Empty can of green beans in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave until warm. sprinkle chopped Green Onion on the top.

This is probably one of my favorite meals because it is fast and easy and it still looks nice and it is fairly healthy its only 308 calories for the whole meal and it is really filling with the rice and the chicken on the same plate.

Thanks for reading,

Jane

Married with Roommates

So this past week my husband learned that his best friend was being kicked out of his current living quarters to make room for another tenant. So of course being the ever-loving and wonderfully charitable man that he is. He told this friend that he could move into our spare bedroom (you know the one that I put all of our random possessions in, affectionately call ‘the island of misfit toys’). So my initial thought was “Heck NO!” I mean we just moved away from his parents house so we could have our privacy and now he wants to bring another GUY to live in our house INDEFINITELY But, he kept telling me “it’s the right thing to do” so of course I caved and he is moving in as soon as we get approval from our landlord.

And I had to break down and tell my mother (bracing myself for the storm of disapproval) not that I was necessarily scared…. I mean my mom was always the cool mom that let us do whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t illegal or immoral. But she does have a way of letting us know of her ever-so-humble-opinion (which I guess is where I get my voice from) and lets just say I am all nervous again. I know K is a good guy, he’s clean, friendly, he has the same values as Doc and I so we know he wont have strange girls sleeping over, and he really has had a hard time lately. So in the end I think this will be a good thing. after all he’ll pay a third of the rent and utilities and possibly let me borrow his car (Doc and I are still sharing hence the awesome chance to save up for a car) every once in a while so we actually have food around to eat. So I’ve decided to be okay with this and just roll with the punches, not excited by any means but okay.

On a side note, the manager at our apartment complex asked me to apply for the assistant manager position. Which means I don’t have to go job hunting after the school year is over (which is in 21 days…. but who’s counting).

Thanks for reading,

Jane

Holi, Color Festival

Next week my hubby and I are planning on attending the Holi/Color Festival in Spanish Fork Ut.

My brother went last year and had a lot of fun, plus we have been seeing a lot of pictures from last year on facebook. So I decided we should go. And like everything else I did my research on everything that goes on and the history and traditions behind the celebration. So here is a little bit of what I found in case anyone out there is thinking about joining in the fun.

Holi is a religiouse holiday celebrated by Hindus (and appearantly Harry Kerishnas, because the festival is actually at the karishna temple.)

The main day, Holi, is celebrated by people throwing scented powder and perfume at each other.  They light Bonfires the day before the festival, this is known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). After the burning, holika dahan prayers are said and praise is offered.

Holi is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March), (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. This year it’s March, 24th.

In most areas, Holi lasts about two days. One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together. Also, Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. No one expects polite behavior, as a result the festival is loud and rambunctious and from what I hear there are a lot of body surfers.

Every year, thousands of Hindus (and non-Hindus, such as myself) participate in the festival Holi. The festival is celebrated for many reasons. First, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating many events in Hindu mythology. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating.

So now that I knew a little bit about why is was celebrated, I looked around for some cool pictures and I kept seeing pictures of fires and wondered why in the world that had to do with sprind and color.

and I was wondering what in the world this had to do with the color festival.

Hindu legends say, tell about a brutal King named Hiranyakashyapa. This demon king Hiranyakashyapa was very cruel and thus forcefully suppressed all this subjects and make them his devotees. He tried to eliminate the existence of God from the earth and establish his own supremacy everywhere. All the citizens of his kingdom were forced to pray to Hiranyakashyapa and not to Vishnu. However his own son, Prahalad, never abided by his Kingdoms rule. He tried every way to stop Prahalad from worshipping Vishnu but the little devotee never stopped praying his almighty.

Out of frustration and anger, the demon king then decided to kill his son. Despite all his efforts, Prahalad remained safe by the blessings of Lord Vishnu. Finally, Hiranyakashyapa decided to take help of his cruel demon sister Holika. Holika was blessed with a drape which protected her from burning into fire. The demon princess Holika sat with young Prahalad in a huge bowl of fire wearing the drape over her body. But this time, due to heavy wind the drape came over young Prahalada, saving him from burning and as a result Holika was burnt in fire and thus died on the spot.

I have always been interested in learning about different religions and thier traditions and holidays.

I am so escited to attend the festival!

I would love to know more, if anyone out there knows more about these traditions please comment.

Thanks for reading.

Baby Binder continued

I am absolutely dying at home without any internet and I miss interacting with everyone! so to pass the time I have been working on my “Baby Binder” or “TTC Binder.” now that the outside of the binder is finished I thought I would share it with you.

I started with this t-shirt that I love but will never wear again because it has a ton of lipstick stains all over it (there was a tube of lip gloss in the dryer when this shirt was put in to dry). So now I finally have something to use it for. the shirt is a pale pink with “Made With Love” written on the front in white letters (I thought that was fitting).

So I laid the binder on top of the shirt over the letters and traced with a pencil. I left about 3/4in around the edges so I could fold them in.

I simply used tacky glue but you can use whatever adhesive you’d like.

I wanted to keep the window on the front of the binder so I used the hem on the bottom of the shirt to finish the edges. this way I didn’t have to finish any of the edges myself.

next I covered the inside of the binder. I added a little bit of ribbon on the left hand side because there were a few raw edges that needed to be covered.

To finish, I added a little sentiment to the pages using small letter stamps and dark blue ink.

And this is the finished product. I “laminated” it with some clear contact paper so it doesn’t get dirty.

I haven’t finished the inside yet, I am still thinking about what to put in it. so far I have a dry erase paper to write down all the baby names we like, and the first page when you open the binder says “remember! Prenatal Vitamin.”

I know I am a little crazy but I like to keep all my thoughts in well-organized binders. Now I am thinking a home binder with insurance info and appliance user manuals and shopping lists is next. I’ll let you know when I get there.

Thanks for reading.

Jane

Life in emoticons

Today has been pretty sucky and my emotions have been up and down. So I though to best illistrate my feelings I should use my facvorite emoticons.

4:30 am = o_O (only half awake and too tired to take a shower)

5:00 am = 😦 (time to wake up and in seriouse back pain)

6:00 am = :-/ (at school not to bad way tired)

8:23 am = >:-( (unhappy, someone stole the topic I was going to use for my paper so my professor made me change it.)

10:00 am = :’-( (I got another ‘D’ on homework and just about cired)

10:30 am = 😀 (super happy becaus I got a ‘B’ for the first time in this class)

10:51 am = >:-( + :’-( (I asked my professor for some help getting my grade up, his response was to try harder.)

11:00 am = :-/ (skip my public speaking course to run to the library)

11:15 am = :-! (I forgot my wallet so I don’t have my drivers license or student ID card)

12:00 am = 😛 (Totally fried and it’s only noon)

This has been an incredibly long day. and I still have papers to write one class to attend.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Jane