Monday Madness 3.30.15

Mar 30, 2015
I've been eating Swiss rolls and chocolate milk for days. Someone save me from myself.


Last Monday Madness Link Up for March! I'm really excited for April. It makes me more hopeful for Spring weather. It snowed here on Thursday and yesterday and I'm not ruling out more snow. That's just how we roll in Michigan until like July.

I took the entire weekend off from work in order to study for finals. I've never been more excited for a finals week! It officially marks the half way point. After this week I have a week off, eight more weeks of classroom instruction, and then I move on to my four week externship. During my externship I'll take my certification test and be ready to work at the beginning of July! The end is in sight!

With finals week and spring break coming up, I made a trip to the library. I haven't been to the library in months and months! With school, there's not much time for reaing for pleasure. I really miss reading for fun and plan to do some over the break. I picked up Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown, and The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards.

Hope everyone has a super week!

Women's History Month: Women in the Workplace

Mar 25, 2015

1903 - The National Women's Union League (WTUL) is established to advocate for improved wages and working conditions for women.

1920 - The Women's Bureau of Department and Labor is formed to collect information about women in the workforce and safeguard good work conditions for women.

1961 - President John Kennedy establishes the President's Commission of the Status of Women and appointed Eleanor Roosevelt as chairwoman. The report issued by the Commission in the 1963 documents substantial discrimination against women in the workplace and makes specific recommendations for improvement, including fair hiring practices, paid maternity leave, and affordable child care.

1963 - Betty Friedan publishes her highly influential book The Feminine Mystique, which describes the dissatisfaction felt by middle class American housewives with the narrow role imposed on them by society. The book becomes a best seller and galvanizes the modern women's right movement.

June 10 - Congress passes the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal for employers to pay a woman less than what a man would receive for the same job.

1964 - Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination in employment on the basis of race and sex. At the same time it establishes the Equal Employment Commission (EEOC) to investigate complaints and impose penalties.

1966 - The National Organization for Women (NOW) is founded by a group of feminists including Betty Friedan. The largest women's right group in the U.S., NOW seeks to end sexual discrimination, especially in the workplace, by means of legislative lobbying, litigation, and public demonstrations.

1967 - Executive Order 11375 expands President Lyndon Johnson's affirmative action policy of 1965 to cover discrimination based on gender. As a result, federal agencies and contractors must take active measures to ensure women as well as minorities enjoy the same education and employment opportunities as white males.

1968 - The EEOC rules that sex segregated help wants ads in newspapers are illegal. This ruling is upheld in 1973 by the Supreme Court, opening the way for women to apply to higher paying jobs that had only been available to men.

1970 - In Schultz v. Wheaton Class Co., a U.S. Court of Appeals rules that jobs held by men and women need to be "substantially equal," but not "identical" to fall under the protection of the Equal Pay Act. An employer cannot, for example, change the job titles of women workers in order to pay them less than men.

1974 - In Corning Glass Works v. Bennan, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that employers cannot justify paying women lower wages because that is what they traditionally received under the "going market rate." A wage differential occurring "simply because men would not work at low rates paid women" is unacceptable.

1978 - The Pregnancy Discrimination Act bans employment discrimination against pregnant women. Under the Act, a woman cannot be fired or denied a job or a promotion because she is or may become pregnant, nor can she be forced to take a pregnancy leave if she is willing and able to work.

1986 - Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson: The Supreme Court finds that sexual harassment is a form of illegal job discrimination.

1999 - The Supreme Court rules in Kolstad v. American Dental Association that a woman can sue for punitive damages for sex discrimination if the anti-discrimination law was violated with malice or indifference to the law, even if that conduct was not especially severe.

2003 - In Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs, the Supreme Court rules that states can be sued in federal court for violations of the Family Leave Medical Act.

2005 - In Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education, the Supreme Court rules that Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex. also inherently prohibits disciplining someone for complaining about sex based discrimination. It further holds that is the case even when the person complaining is not among those being discriminate against.

2009 - President Barack Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which allows victim of discrimination to file a complaint with the government again their employers within 180 days of their last paycheck. Previously, victims (most often women) were only allowed 180 days from the date of the first unfair paycheck. This Act is named after a former employee of Goodyear who alleged that she was paid 15 to 40% less than her male counterparts, which was later found to be accurate.



Monday Madness 3.23.13

Mar 23, 2015
Another Monday and another weekend spent at work. That means I don't have a weekend update, but let's talk about a few other things instead...

A Cute Angle is on Pinterest, finally! I'm always looking for new people to follow so some follow me and I'll be sure to add you back! Here's my link:

Has anyone The Royals on E!? It's a gem of a new show.

Here's the scoop: Drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London, who inhabit a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny.

I've only seen the first episode so far and it's already really juicy! The mysterious death of Prince Robert makes Prince Liam the next in line for the throne, The King wants to disband the monarchy, Prince Liam starts dating American Ophelia who happens to be the daughter of the family's head of security, Train Wreck Princess Eleanor is being blackmailed by a member of her security detail (and - shock- he turns out to be American, not British!), the creepy brother of the king takes advantage of young women of the staff, and Queen Helena is quite the peach.  All of this in the first episode! I have the 2nd on my DVR waiting for me. You can also watch full episodes at

As for school - this is my last week of Phase I before finals week. I'm off work this weekend in order to have enough time to study for finals. I have the week off after finals (April 6 - April 10). Can't wait and can't believe my program is half over!

Nick and I were able to go out for dinner after I was done working on Saturday. Since starting school and with working I've had to be more deliberate about sending time with my husband. Otherwise, I feel like we don't get enough quality time.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week! Don't forget to link up below.

Beauty A-Z: K - Kate Middleton

Mar 19, 2015
I couldn't do Beauty A-Z without a mention of my personal style and beauty icon, Kate Middleton. Today's "K" post is dedicated to the duchess!

Check out some of my favorite Kate tutorials:



Check out this article:


Dress Like Kate

Kate's Look

A Cute's Look

Total Cost: $141 

Don't forget this is all part of Lindsay's Beauty A-Z series! Surf on over to Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos to see what she has on deck!

Women's History Month: Women's Health Issues in the US

Mar 17, 2015
These are the facts as they have happened. I am neither advocating nor criticizing the following policies.

The modern day women's health debate really begins in the 1960s and 70s, during the Women's Liberation Movement. During these decades the advent of birth control, the fight over the Equal Rights Amendment and Title XI, and the legalization of abortion gave women empowerment that they had never known before.

1916 – Margaret Sanger opens the first U.S. birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. Although the clinic is shut down ten days later and Sanger is arrested, she eventually wins support through the courts and opens another clinic in New York City in 1923.
1921 – Margaret Sanger founds the America Birth Control League, which evolves in the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.

1936 – The federal law prohibiting the dissemination of contraceptive information through the mail is modified and birth control information is no longer classified as obscene. Throughout the 1940s and 50s, birth control advocates are engaged in numerous legal suits.

1960 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves birth control pills.

1965 – In Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court strikes down the one remaining state law prohibiting the use of contraceptives by married couples.

1972 – In Eisenstadt v. Baird the Supreme Court rules that the right to privacy includes an unmarried person’s right to use contraceptives.

1973 – As a result of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court establishes a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion, overriding the anti-abortion laws of many states.

1992 – In Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court reaffirms the validity of woman’s right to abortion under Roe v. Wade. The case successfully challenges Pennsylvania’s 1989 Abortion Control Act, which sought to reinstate the restrictions previously ruled unconstitutional.

2000 - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commision ruled that companies that provided insurance for prescription drugs to their employees but excluded birth control were violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
2006 – The Supreme Court up hold the ban on the “partial birth” abortion procedure. The ruling, 5-4, which upholds the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, a federal law passed in 2003, is the first to ban a specific type of abortion procedure. Writing the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “The act expresses respect for the dignity of human life.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who dissents, called the decision “alarming” and said it was “so at odds with our jurisprudence” that it “should not have staying power.” 

2010 - President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23. As of August 1, 2011, contraception was added to a list of preventive services covered by the ACA that would be provided without a patient co-payment. The federal mandate applies to new health insurance plans in all state from August 1, 2012. The Gutmaccher Institute noted that even before the federal mandate was implemented, 28 states has their own mandates the required health insurance to cover the prescription contraceptives, but the federal mandate innovated by forbidding insurance companies from charging part of the cost to the patient.



Monday Madness 3.16.15

Mar 16, 2015
Another Monday. Yay (!) (?) I always get excited for Mondays. I enjoy being in school more than working. Not that I don't enjoy my part time job at David's Bridal, but it gets exhausting work 8-9 hour shifts on Saturdays and Sundays.

Friday, my only day off, started by heading to the doctor to get my annual physical. I headed home and made myself an awesome breakfast, started some laundry, and climbed back into bed with my little guy! I've also been trying to catch up on Scandal!



Nick and I headed to Lansing on Friday night to catch the Michigan State v. Michigan hockey game. I had gotten Nick these tickets for Christmas. We were rooting for MSU (of course), but they lost 3-5. Bummer, but still a fun night out filled with hot dogs, popcorn, and delicious coated pecans!

As far as school goes, I have a test on ENT and Neuro today and then we move on to the gastrointestinal system. I have three more weeks until Phase I is done! I'm really excited to see the end of this phase, have a week off, and come back and jump in to more hands on skills! My sister gave me a gift card for a massage and I will be making my appointment and taking advantage of that during my week off! Can't wait!

 Someone clearly wanted my attention...


So Chris picked Whitney! They make a very cute couple and I hope it lasts. Now on to what everyone is really talking about...

Two bachelorettes?! This is actually not a new concept for The Bachelor franchise. They did this eons ago with two bachelors - Byron Velvick and another guy named Jay. So, I'm really not into either of these girls. We all know I was #TeamCarly. Kaitlyn is a fun girl and may be fun to watch, but I gotta be honest about Britt. I don't like the B. I think she's phony baloney. I don't think I can stand to watch her for an entire season. She's in for the fame. So, here's hoping that the guys choose Kaitlyn on night one.... ?

Still love her and hope she finds love out in the real world!

So, I'm thinking about going blonde again. When I'm blonde I always want to be darker, but then when I do it, I always want to be blonde. What do you guys think?

I was actually able to finish Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain this weekend! Such a good book! I highly recommend it!

Don't forget to link up below! Have a great week!

Women's History Month: Women's Suffrage

Mar 10, 2015

Women's Suffrage in the United States of America

1848 – The first women’s rights convention is held in Seneca Falls, New York.  After two days of discussion and debate, 68 women and 32 men sign a Declaration of Sentiments, which outlines grievances and sets the agenda for the women’s rights movement. A set of 12 resolutions is adopted, calling for equal treatment of women and men under the law and voting rights for women.
1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention takes place in Worcester, Massachusetts, attracting more than 1,000 participants. National conventions are held yearly (expect 1857) through 1860.

1865 -   May: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association. The primary goal of the organization is to achieve voting rights for women by means of a congressional amendment to the constitution.

November: Lucy Stone, Henry Blackwell, and others form the American Woman Suffrage Association. This group focuses exclusively on gaining voting rights for women through amendments to individual state constitutions.

December 10: The territory of Wyoming passes the first women’s suffrage law. The following year, women begin serving on juries in the territory.

1890 – The National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Women Suffrage Association merge to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA). As the movement’s mainstream organization, NAWSA wages state by state campaigns to obtain voting rights for women.
1893 – Colorado is the first state to adopt the amendment granting women the right to vote. Utah and Idaho follow suit in 1896; Washington state is 1910, California in 1911, Oregon, Kansas, and Arizona in 1912; Alaska and Illinois in 1913, Montana and Nevada in 1914, New York in 1917; Michigan, South Dakota, and Oklahoma in 1918.

1913 – Alice Paul and Lucy Burns form the Congressional Union work toward the passage of a federal amendment to give women the vote. The group is later renamed the National Women’s Party. Members picket the White House and practice other forms of civil disobedience.

1919 – The Federal Woman Suffrage Amendment, originally written by Susan B. Anthony and introduced in Congress in 1878, is passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. It is then sent to the states for ratification.

August 26, 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote, is signed into law  by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby.

 Women's Suffrage Around the World
Azerbaijan - In 1918 Azerbaijan was the first ever Muslim country to enfranchise women.

Bahrain - Women were given the right to vote in 2002.

Brunei - The country of Brunei granted women the right to vote in 1959, but only in local elections. That stands today.

Lebanon - Women were granted the voting right in 1952. However, proof of an elementary education is required for women, but not for men. Voting for men in this country is compulsory where it is optional for women.
Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone became a country in 1961 and women were immediately granted the vote. In the 1790s, while it was still a colony, women voted in elections.

Kuwait - Women's suffrage was granted in 1985, but later removed. It was reinstated in 2005.

South Africa - Only white women were given the vote in 1930. Women of other colors had to wait until 1994 for their rights.
Israel - Suffrage was granted to women with Israel's declaration of independence in 1948.

Saudi Arabia - Saudi women still do not have the right to vote. Women were denied the right to vote or run for elections in 2005. Suffrage was slated to possibly be granted in 2009 and then was set for 2011. Suffrage was not granted either time. In late September 2011, King Abdul bin Abdulaziz al-Saud declared that women would be able to vote and run for office starting in 2015.


Monday Madness 3.9.15

Mar 9, 2015
Uh, another Monday.

I'm stressed. I just wish I had one more than one day off a week. And it's not even a day off. I have school work and chores. Just feeling a little down about that.

Last Thursday I went out with some friends from my program! One of the girls works at Bonefish so three of us sat in her section and had such a great time. It was a great way to relieve stress!
My classmate and new friend Hannah!
An awesome drawing done by the four us during class before we went out.

I wish I had some great weekend updates, but I don't because I work every weekend. Here are some random thoughts instead.

I may be a little late on this, but I'm totally obsessed with this Ed Sheeran song.

As a former dancer I love the video too! Dance can express so many emotions that words can't and I thought the choice of a dance for this video was very fitting for the song.

I love this Carrie Underwood video for the same reason.

You'd think I'm pregnant by how obsessed with Subway I am right now. I could eat a Spicy Italian on wheat with provolone cheese, lettuces, pickles, and light mayo every day. By the way, I'm not (pregnant). Maybe stress cravings? LOL!

Bachelor finale tonight! Will it be Whitney or Becca?! FYI - they were in my top four girls I liked for Chris before the season even started. Who called it? ;)

 I love After the Final Rose. Can't wait! Who are you rooting for as the next Bachelorette? I'm #TeamCarly all the way! Britt is a total phony who came to The Woman Tell All to make Carly look like a terrible person. I think Carly only said what everyone else was thinking this entire season and that's why I love her! 
 I hope everyone has an awesome week! Don't forget to link up! 

Beauty A-Z: I - Inspirational Icons

Mar 5, 2015

Today we are celebrating classic style icons for A-Z Beauty with Lindsay. We can learn a lot from the ladies who came before us!

Who are your beauty icons?


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