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Tori in Thousand Oaks

Hello everyone,

I am going to keep this short and simple! I am now hosting my own Domain which means I am no longer going to be posting on this site. I just wanted everyone for all your support and invite you to join me over at my new site. I would HIGHLY suggest subscribing to my mailing list so you can get updates every time I post something.

I can not wait to begin this new journey and I would LOVE for you all to still be there with me. Hopefully I will see you all soon!

Incase anyone missed it, you can now find me at: http://www.toriinthousandoaks.com

Tori

Camp Counselor Confession

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In the midst of my hectic summer camp session, I received a care package. I opened it up, and it was a small thank you gift from my school.  My school found out that I was planning to spend my summer working at a camp through one of the programs I attend during the school year.  To congratulate me for my service to youth they generously sent me a small gift.

In the picture above is everything from the package, while I love everything I received my favorite part would be the letters. I am going to be honest, I am beyond stressed. My job duties include preparing crafts, badge work, cooking in the kitchen and mentoring the volunteer’s for nine straight weeks. It is not easy, but totally worth it.  But in the thick of the camp craziness, I lost sight of what truly matters at camp: taking my passion and sharing it with my campers.

After reading  the letters, all the weight of stress was lifted off my shoulders. Before I talk about it let me read you part of the letter…

We know that you are working HARD this summer.

We know that every day is packed with challenges and activities that call upon every ounce of maturity, dedication, and perseverance you possess.

We know that you are not being rewarded with financial gain or fame.

We hope that you are being richly awarded with new friendships, transforming experiences and the knowledge that you are making the difference in the lives of young people.

So here is my confession:

I got so worried about being the best and caught up in the drama and the behind the scenes of camp that I forgot the most important part of my job… To be an inspiration and mentor to the campers.  Everything that was said in the letter was true and it helped me understand why I was feeling the way I was and formulate my thinking into words. So tomorrow is a brand new day and with this I am going to set 5 goals for my self to follow for the rest of the summer.

  1. Take a step away from the planning the upcoming days and go out and sing songs or join in the games with the campers. Have fun with your job, you deserve it.
  2. When you walk on to camp, leave all the gossip and nonsense behind. Heck, try to avoid it at all costs.
  3. Never loose sight of what the purpose of camp is: to build courage, confidence and character in the campers.
  4. This is your 5th year at this camp. So many of your summer memories originated from this place, be sure to share the magic with in the camp. Your heart belongs here and you have a connection, thats why you always come back.
  5. If you are ever stressed out again, read the letters you were sent. I promise you, it will remind you of what your purpose is for.

Quote of the Week: #1

il_340x270.630255316_mabmHave you ever heard of Kid President? If not, you are missing out. At my college freshman orientation, they showed us this video. I highly suggest watching it. He is adorable isn’t he? Any ways, one of the quotes that Kid President has said is, “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.” Now I am sure there are many ways that one could use this in their life. For, me my summer camp sessions are just around the corner and I think this quote perfect to keep in mind.

Every day I will be surrounded my dozens of children who all want attention, a friend, someone to talk to. It is my goal to get to know their names, actually talk to them and hear their stories. Ask them about what is going on in their life. I want to inspire the campers. I would love to make an impact on as many children’s lives as possible.

I want all the campers to feel special, to feel important. Now I know this is going to be very hard to do, but this is what I want to accomplish this summer. I want to be able to go back next summer and have the campers run up and share about their life and what had happened while we were apart.

How can you use this quote in your life this summer? I would love to know!

My Freshman Year of College = Complete ✓

My first year of college is officially done and now its time to unpack and prepare for summer. This past year was one of the best years of my life. Choosing to go to Cal Lutheran was not only an amazing experience, but also, the best decision I have ever made. My year involved its ups and its down but I took everything that happened and turned it into a learning experience. As I was packing, my roommates asked me if I was sad to go, and honestly my answer was no. I say this because, everything must come to a close at some point and while this year was great, what I have ahead of me is even more wonderful. Next year I have so many more opportunities such as being a Peer Advisor (which you will hear about more in the future.) And over the summer I got offered the position of my dreams at the summer camp that I work at.

Now even though I sound so eager about my future, I can not forget about my freshman year. I met so many people who challenged my worth ethic, became my mentor, inspired me, but most importantly became my friend. I made this video as a tribute to my Freshman year. Let me know what you think about it in the comments!

I would like to thank everyone who supported me through out this journey, everyone’s works of encouragement and love really mean the world to me.

This may be the last time you hear from me for a while because I am going to be busy over the summer, but this blog is called, “Tori in Thousand Oaks”… so once I am back in TO, you will hear from me again. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer and I found this quote inspirational, so I hope you do too.

TTFN, Victoria ❤

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The Rainbow Wall Must Come Down

Untitled designBefore coming to college, I was on Pinterest looking up dorm decoration ideas. I came across a post that involved using paint swatches to create a rainbow design on a blank wall. I had always seen things like that and thought it this was a perfect chance to do it. If you want to see the process of how my roommates and I did it, I wrote a post about it earlier in the year, so you can click right here and you can read all about it.

The semester is coming to a close and I will be the first one moving out. I really wanted to have a goodbye with just my roommates because there is hardly ever a time where it is just us anymore. I thought since we all put the wall up together, it would be a great idea to take the wall down together too, so we decided to dedicated a day before finals just to roommates.

This was a special moment for us as it put a close to the end of our freshman year and we wanted to share it with everyone. We videotaped us taking down the wall. Thanks to iMovie, what was originally a 30 minute video (thats how long it took us to take the wall down) was shortened down to two minutes thanks to special effects. [hint – you can watch the video on HD on YouTube, you just have to change the settings – it decreases the blurriness.]

Thank you so much for watching. 🙂

Stay tuned for another post at the end of the week!

-Victoria ❤

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Influenster: Campus VoxBox

FOR ALL YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL NEEDSAt the beginning of the school year I learned about this website called Influenster. It is this website that you get the opportunity to test products for free.  I have always wanted to do something like this because who doesn’t love free stuff. All I had to do was connect my social media and take a few surveys every so often.

FullSizeRender-1IMG_7714Finally I received an email saying I was going to be participating in the Campus Voxbox. Once receiving this email, I was  beyond happy. I finally got the chance do see what this website was all about. I constantly check my mail box day after day until i finally got a package that looked like this (Picture to the right.) I raced back to my room and the only thing I wanted to do was open up this box, it was like Christmas morning all over again because I had no idea what to expect.

Once opening it, this is what I found and I was beyond excited to start testing all the objects because they all looked so cool and fun to use. So just for clarification, upon receiving these items, it is my job to test them and review them. So that is exactly what I am going to do. In this box I got multiple things such as: trial shampoo, face wash, suntan lotion, chapstick and sour candy. With that being said lets begin reviewing.


tape edgesSo I am going to begin with the Sour Punch Rainbow Straws. Well for starters, my favorite type of candy is anything sour so I was extremely happy to try these. It just so happens, my boyfriend Josh, is also a sour candy lover. Since he was with me when we tried it, I thought I would let him review it. This is what he said, “The Rainbow straws would get a 4/5.” The idea is cool. There are multiple colors in one container (Strawberry, Green Apple, Blue Raspberry and Lemon.) What makes these straws different is that they are thicker compared to the normal Sour Punch Straws. Out of all the flavors, the lemon is the worst. Overall, It is worth buying.”


sour punch punchiesFollowing with the sour candy theme is the Sour Punch Punchies. In my opinion they were not as sour and more sweet. This is what Josh said, “I would give them a 3/5. They are worth trying but the flavor is not the most satisfying to my sour tastebuds.” The best things about these is that they do not leave a mess. They are also very soft and chewy which makes it simple to enjoy.  If you are given the opportunity to try it, I would give it a shot, but if you are a sour candy enthusiast like ourselves, it might not be worth your time or effort.


soft lipsOne of my favorite things out of this VoxBox would be the SoftLips Cube.  I am a strong believer that you can never have enough chapstick. Especially because it started to get super windy and now my lips are chapped. At least it gave me a chance to really test it out. The best way I can describe this chapstick is by comparing it to gum. You know when you are done chewing minty gum and you spit it out but your mouth sill feels minty? Well if you know what I am talking about than this is exactly what the SoftLips Cube feels like. It does great with making me feel like my lips are moisturized. The shape is also unique because it is a cube instead of a stick. The only downside I can think about this is that it seems like I am going to finish it soon. Maybe it is because I am constantly using it. I say this is something that is worth trying and giving a shot.


tape edges (1)Also in the box I got, St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I am a big fan of scrubs because it feels like it making a difference on my face. I haven’t been using it long enough to see if it actually controls acne but it leaves my face feeling clean. Also, it has a very nice smell so that is always an added bonus. For me, some face washes seem to leave my face feeling dried out, but this one makes it feel fresh and soft. I have heard good things about this product so I am very glad that I have been able to try to give it a shot because finding a good face wash has always been a struggle for me.


tape edges (1)I have always been the type of person who believes in getting a tan the natural way, by the sun. I know some people go to tanning booths, or get a spray tan, but thats just not for me because I want it to look natural, and what is more natural than a tan from the sun? Nothing. But, I do have to say this bronzer does work very well if you are into those types of things.  It is instant and dries very quickly. I also had a pre conceived idea that it was not going to smell good but it was actually very nice. I did not use it a lot, but I tested it out on the underside of my arm and it blended in very well and it did not leave my fingers orange like I expected it too. It also came off in the shower which is good incase you do not like how it works with your skin.


tape edges (4)Last but not least is the Trial sized L’oreal Smooth Intense 3-in-1. Step one is the Shampoo. Step two is the pre conditioner and Step three is the conditioner. I put my trust in this product as I used it the day I had to take a professional picture for my job and it did not disappoint me. I did blow dry my hair after using these products so I feel like that also helped. Of course, In order for this product to fully work, I think you would need to use it more than once. It is a product that I will be looking into buying because since my hair has an awkward wave it will be interesting to see it it is fixed by it. I do think this is a great concept because it will not burn hair like a straightener does and it also saves time.


So this post is a lot different than what I am used to doing and I hope I will get to experience this again. I really enjoy being a part of Influenster and I love the opportunity that I have been given.

-Victoria ❤

FOR SURFERS

My Cure to Homesickness

The transition into college can always be a rough one, but thanks to my loving family and family friends, it was not hard.  In fact I never got home sick, because of many factors but one including the amount of love I received from everywhere and everyone.  On my weekly visits to my mailbox, I would always be surprised by several postcards. Funny enough my friends would check and find bills and boring grown-up stuff as I call it from their mailbox and I would be getting fun postcards. As soon as I got back to my room, I would read them and put them on the wall of my room or the cork board on my desk.  I ended up getting so many that I ordered postcard pocket sleeves and they are all in a binder.  Instead of having a trading card collection, I have aquired a post card collection.

I would like to thank my Grandpa and Grandma, my Granddad, my dad, my mom, my Aunt Jackie, my Uncle Steve, JoAnn,Vickie, Kevin and Brenda Hunt, Sandy, Sherri, Pat Mama Rutledge, and Cindy Andrews plus her family. The amount of love I received from you all really made a difference in my attitude and transition.  It made me feel happy that I was being thought of and that you are all supporting me.  When ever I feel down or stressed, I just take a look at the cards and read the messages, and it helps me calm down and smile.

Below is a collection of all the post cards that I have received since I started school. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.

These post cards are from all over and represent all the people who are important to me. Thank you again to everyone who took time out of their day to send me a post card.  I appreciate it immensely.

Talk to everyone soon,

Tori ❤

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