Why I Decided to Give Up Pizza for a Year

As many who know me I am obsessed with pizza. It is always my top choice for meals whether it is Pizza Hut’s deep dish, Papa John’s pizza delivered with the tasty garlic sauce, or even the Giordano’s in Chicago famous for the deep dish pizza that melts in your mouth.  This delicious meal is always an A+ and satisfying.

Although this yummy piece of cheese, tomato sauce “but it’s a vegetable”, and bread is quite hefty on the calories. Ranging with two slices of Peperoni pizza, because who can have just one?, the 625 calories that will haunt you. That is 159 minutes of climbing stairs to burn off those TWO slices of pizza. That is like the longest, and worst workout.

So, after all that I decided that giving up pizza would be a good idea for a YEAR. I thought of how many calories I won’t be eating. Giving up pizza will help a balanced diet and help with weight loss. My goal for 2016 is to lose 15 pounds, and getting rid of pizza is the first step.

This is one of the hardest decisions I have made, but in order to fulfill your dreams you have to give up things to make those dreams become a reality. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Love Always,

~Katelynne

…And a Happy New Year to all

Competing for Miss Indiana State University

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This past weekend I competed for Miss Indiana State University.  It was an amazing experience to meet 21 other girls just as driven and committed to service as I am.  This was my first pageant in the Miss America system and I can’t wait to participate in more.  I am proud to announce I was awarded the Miracle Maker Award (Raising the most money for CMN) and the People’s Choice Award.  While I did not take home the crown, I do wish Madisson Brower all the best as she serves her year as Miss ISU.

I would like to thank my friends, family, ZTA sisters, and my coach Nicole Pollard for all the support along the way!

~Thank you Katelynne

5 Reasons I Love Indiana State University

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It’s no secret Indiana State University is my favorite school, because I am a proud sycamore. I love attending events that ISU hosts and presents. I would love to share with everyone and especially high school seniors looking for an awesome University to attend.  The campus has so much to offer and I have really enjoyed the family-like environment you feel as you walk around.  I see instructors and fellow students and not only am I greeted with a smile, but many know me and know my name.  You wouldn’t get this same feeling on a larger campus.

  1. ISU offers over 87 majors for bachelor’s degrees. I am lucky to be a part of the Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising major program. My program has some of the most supportive teachers that I have seen. They truly want to see you succeed in the program.  I love being a part of a program where my peers and professors are as excited as I am.
  2. ISU is #1 in the Nation for Community Service. I have participated in community service since I was a little girl scout helping out with the nursing home. Every Wednesday ISU has stop n` serves where anyone can stop, swipe their ID, and get an hour of community service by helping out a local organization right on campus.  In addition to those events, there are many other days that are dedicated to community service both on campus and throughout greek life.
  3. The beauty on ISU campus is something I love about ISU. I love walking through campus and seeing the trees and various sights.  The campus always makes sure it is cleaned and ready for their students. The campus is always making new additions and renovations to make it the best for the ISU students. The opening of Normal Hall was amazing- as seen through many pictures. It is so exciting to be lucky enough to live on a great campus where we have great buildings and a beautiful campus.
  4. ISU sports don’t charge students a fee for games. Making it more affordable to attend games and get the college experience with attending anything from football to softball to basketball to volleyball games. I love being a sycamore and showing off my blue and white!
  5. ISU has a 4-year guaranteed plan for students to graduate in 4 short years. It helps students save money and graduate on time with graduation class. I am proud that our advisors and professors work hard to make sure we graduate in time and have information to succeed in life. Every day is a blessing being able to go to a great school like ISU.

I love representing and advocating for ISU, because it has opened so many doors for me within the community and I am proud of the person I have become since I’ve been at ISU.  I can’t wait for my years to come and hope that I get to represent the school in the best way I can.

Help Me Make Miracles Happen! Donate today…

905266_647682861945675_76372485_oAs you already know, I’m very involved with the Miss America Organization but you probably didn’t know that one of the exciting opportunities this organization offers is the chance to raise funds for local children’s hospitals through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money I raise will help save children’s lives, and a portion will also go to support the Miss America Scholarship Fund.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals makes sure that donated funds stay local which means that your donation helps kids and families right here in our community. I invite you to join me in touching the lives of sick and injured children today, by clicking the “Donate Now” button to make a secure donation. You can also see the impact of your donation by clicking here to view some of the incredible miracle stories from kids we’ve helped. These are just a few stories out of millions of kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals each year.

Thank you so much for your support and for helping me make miracles happen!

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To think in terms of all mankind and our service in the world…

This past weekend I participated in the Crucial Catch Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars for a philanthropy event with my sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. The event task was to hand out pink ribbons to fans to support breast cancer awareness … Continue reading

Ways to Find Great Deals

Here's my $6 Goodwill Score...

Here’s my $6 Goodwill Score…

Who doesn’t love a great deal? Most people make a living or part-time job on finding deals. I have some tips on how to get a great deal and how to save money.

First, check your local Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and consignment shops. Look around and see if there is anything you are looking for. If you cannot find what you are looking for just look around and check your sizes first. It doesn’t hurt to check around because bargains always come up when you least expect it.

If at Goodwill, I check everywhere because you never know what you can find. I have found a $100 dress for $6, found a wooden basket and used as a pencil holder for my desk, I have made old jeans into shorts, and I have found very cheap things and made into neat new things. If you check any Pinterest account there is tons of DIY with Goodwill finds.

If it is a clothing store like Plato`s or a consignment store, then you have to take the time and look through things to find deals. I usually look through my sizes and if it isn’t under $10 I don’t consider it. Sometimes I will walk around the store with things in my hand and end up buying completely different items because I found better deals.

Great deals come and go and its good to always be on top of sales of stores. I like to always buy something on sale but if it is something I have to have then I buy it of course. Bargain shopping is become a popular trend that stores will do anything to make you stop by. Make sure you are watching the sale going on. Check the original price and compare to the sale price. A considered “good” sale is 40% or more off of the original price. Always do your research when dealing with bargain shopping; especially when you have a device right in front of you that can tell you a lot about the value of the product.

Hope these tips help you score awesome bargains. Always remember to do your research, look at items that you originally didn’t come in for, and keep an open mind while bargain shopping.

~Katelynne

10 Things to do while home for the Summer from college

6a00e54f8145b888340176168c62ef970cVisit with family

It is important to always spend time with family because no matter what you have going on in life they will always been there for you, mentally and physically.

Organize

Putting away stuff from your college room can be hard because you have twice as much room and stuff now. Start early in the summer, and each day do a little more to help with the load.

Spend time with old friends

You’ve spent all year away from each other, and it is nice to catch up with some old friends.

Casual Reading

It helps keep your brain cells moving so when you return to school you are ready to learn.

Practice writing your name

I have always done every summer because sometimes it is hard to do the easiest task because you have not done any writing or reading.

Get a job

Summer can seem long and boring, but getting a job will help the summer go by faster. There are tons of jobs to apply for such as; retail store, grocery store, movie theatre, babysitting, nanny, or fast food.

Go outside

It’s nice outside be sure to go out and get some fresh air.

Take pictures to remember the memories

Have fun and take pictures to remember the fun!

Plan and Prepare for school

Whether it is school supplies, clothes, or dorm furniture to get for the school year.

Relax and enjoy

It is break so remember to relax and get rested up for the school year

~Katelynne