Oklahoma, Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plains...

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the great state of Oklahoma and my Grandma Roni! The trip was a blast and it was also my first time riding an airplane. While in Oklahoma City, we watched the Nutcracker Ballet, Oliver The Musical, went ice skating, shopping, and had some great food (French, Italian, and Cheesecake Factory!) I had so much fun getting to know my Grandma Roni better and meeting my cousin/aunt Caitlin (it's a long story, haha.)

Here are a few pictures from the trip!

Grandma Roni, Caitlin, and I before the Nutcracker

Caitlin and I with our mini nutcrackers

Caitlin, Santa, and I before Oliver The Musical

Grandma Roni and I

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

With Love,


Miss America 2011 Judges!

From the Field of Interview – Joy Behar (host of The View)

From the Field of Community Service/Instrumental Talent - Miss America 1990 Dr. Debbye Turner Bell (former Miss America!)

From the Field of Star Power – Marc Cherry (Executive Producer of ABC's Desperate Housewives)

From the Field of Fitness/Dance – Tony Dovolani (Dancing with the Stars)

From the Field of Health and Beauty - Marilu Henner (actress, author, fitness/nutrition guru)

From the Field of Fashion – Taryn Rose (shoe designer)

From the Field of Vocal Talent – Mark Wills (country music star)


Miss Mansfield & Miss North Central

This past weekend I competed at the Miss Mansfield pageant! I had a blast getting to know all the girls competing! They are all beautiful, intelligent, and talented young women. Congrats to Courtney and Ashley on their new titles and I wish them the best of luck at Miss Ohio is June! Here are some beautiful photos from the pageant thanks to Ross Clark!!

Courtney Crain, Morgan Kindred, and Ashley Worholic

Opening Number
On Stage Question with Miss Ohio 2006, Melanie Murphy

Black and Gold - Sam Sparro
Not a huge fan of this costume, but it worked
Evening Gown
Thank you to my dear friend Erin for letting me borrow her prom dress :]

With Love,


The Benefits of Volunteering

Many people chose to volunteer because they want to give back to their communities. What they don't know is that they aren't just benefiting their communities and those that they help. Through volunteering, people also benefit for themselves.

The benefits one might reap through volunteering include, but are not limited to:

  • developing a new skill
  • building confidence through accomplishing something worthwhile
  • boosting one's career options and resume (73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteer experience over one without!)
  • expanding interpersonal skills (motivating others, understanding people better, dealing with difficult situations, etc)
  • enhancing communication skills
  • building teamwork skills
  • fostering goals
  • and so much more!
In a world where it's all about oneself, by telling others how they can benefit through volunteering, the world's volunteer base can expand greatly!

One person truly can make a difference in the world. When others see one volunteer, the volunteer inspires others to volunteer, also!

So get out there and volunteer!

With Love,