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Allegra Vieux


January 22, 2014

A day in the life

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So a lot of my followers have asked, “Allegra, what does your typical day look like?”

So by popular demand, here you go.

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Wake up.

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Go to class.

See friends at lunch.


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Back to class.

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Leadership Society.

Leadership Society.

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More Friends!!

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…. &Repeat.

Joey Alligier


January 22, 2014

Don’t Panic in the Pool

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Welcome to Life.

Here we provide ups, downs, loops, and a few corkscrews.
I know what you’re all wondering; where’s the map to get around this giant?
Wellllll, let me tell you.

There isn’t one.
(per say: let’s be real, the Bible gives answers in example and truth)

Day to day life can be full of surprises, letdowns, build-ups, and utterly devastating moments.

As cliche as it sounds, how you react is key.
Let’s say you’re driving without insurance, accidentally, and you kind of bump into another person’s bumper.
Keep calm and be an adult.

My mom has always had some of the best advice; from communication to swimming.
She always said, “Don’t panic in the pool, you’ll drowned.”

This life is a pool.
Like, a really big pool.

Keep in mind, every obstacle or gift is an opportunity for the Lord to use you.
The struggle gives hope to others and the blessings give hope to others.
We can be a light in the good and the bad.
We can be a light when life happens.

Welcome to life.

Here we provide opportunity for growth and development.
Here is where you determine your future DESPITE ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Here, is where you need to start. 

Keep on and keep God,

Allegra Vieux


January 19, 2014

Make it Like Your Birthday Everyday

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I’d like to start this blog off wishing myself a happy birthday, as it was on Tuesday.And then I’ll wish my birthday twin Will a happy birthday, too.

…And then the same for my bestie Konner whose birthday is today!!

And next but no less important than those above, I’d like to wish my roommate Ashley a happy birthday, because anytime any of her friends have a birthday, she claims it for herself and accepts gifts.

…aaaaaaaaand Finally, I’d like to thank Katy Perry for writing the song “Birthday” which trumps 22 by T-Swift. (go listen)Picture 3

So I turned 22 this week, and it happened to be the first day back to school. This is the first year I’ve been in school for my birthday, to which most would think, that’s a bummer. I’d venture to say quite the opposite. Sure classes started, but the work load isn’t too heavy the first week of school. Everyone is around and hanging out. It has been a week-long party!

This is how it’s gone.

Tuesday morning, I woke up to this sign with a box of donuts and a birthday cup from my roommate Kassidy. She’s so clever! Also, she is officially a high school English teacher in the Independence school district! I’m so proud of her- she got the job and she’s barely started student teaching! When you see her on campus, congratulate her! Also know that she is Miss January in the Athletes of MNU calendar. LOVE HER. IMG_0238












Then I went to classes and was pleasantly greeted by my friends and professors wishing me a happy birthday! Then after my last first day of class, Konner and I got our nails done at Lovely Nails in Olathe! They are seriously the nicest ever and do such a great job! Highly recommended. Then, we spent the afternoon together until we went to Korma Sutra, which is my favorite restaurant EVER! Also HIGHLY recommended- Thanks to my roommate amazing roommate Rachel for organizing it!


Then me and 389 of my closest friends went to a bowling/laser tag/put put place where I successfully scored a 43 in bowling with my bestfriend Emily- yes. that score is between the two of us. yayyy

This ended around Midnight when we all came back to the dorms and ate ice cream cake from Kon-Kon! She got it Dora and Diego for a double birthday party!

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Since then I’ve gone out to lunch with my friend Lauren at Spin Pizza, had Indian food twice more with my sister and parents, and pretty much have been living the birthday diva dream!

I do have to say, the best gift I’ve gotten has to be my new roommate! Kara transferred from Point Loma and was randomly placed in our room. Is it too soon to say that it’s love? Maybe. Does it feel like she’s been here since the beginning? Definitely. This is a picture which I’m sure she appreciates…taken as Konner and I hazed her and her boyfriend Bugs (also transferred- he’s a QB on the football team.)

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Then last night began the celebration of Konner’s 21st Birthday! We started at Holy Land Cafe for a ladies night dinner, then came back to my pad to her presents and candy!

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IMG_8642 IMG_0426This morning we went to an amazing church service at Mission this morning, out to lunch at Salty Iguana, and tonight… who knows?! Sky is the limit with these amazing friends.

Over and Out!

Haley Raydo


January 19, 2014

New Dorm Room Update

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Hello friends!

Ok just an extra quick post to show you guys my new room!  I am rooming with my good friend Mckenna this semester and we are both very excited!  We pretty much redecorated everything, so I thought I would share!

Here is an overview from the door! We have Christmas lights all the way around our room for some extra light.





This is my bed!  Above it are bulletin boards with my favorite pictures of my friends and family!  And the one in the middle is of Venice, Italy which is my dream place to go… so that is why I have a big framed picture… yup.


This is my desk!  We keep the TV across from the couch!  And yes… I am definitely watching that KU game!  Rock Chalk!


This is Mckenna’s bed and our couch underneath! The flower lights is probably my favorite thing about our room! (they are from Target!)


Ya soo that is about it!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Haley Raydo


January 18, 2014

Advice Session 3 | Dealing With College Stress

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Hello friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break!  Right now life is all about getting back into the swing of things… New classes, new transfer friends, and for me a new roommate!

Now for me when life starts to get kind of crazy (going to classes, working, trying to get homework done, keeping a semi-clean dorm room, and attempting to maintain a social life) I get a bit overwhelmed.  But there are a few things I can always rely on!

1. Spend time with the Lord!  This is by far the most important and helpful thing you can do! Just taking a break from life for 15 minutes to read God’s word and to cast worries onto Him is a big relief!

2. Listen to some music!  You can really listen to any kind of music (I am in love with Frank Sinatra and a lot of classical music lately) but anything works! Especially some good worship music! (I love All Sons and Daughters) Listen to it while you are cleaning, doing homework, or whatever!

3.  Try to keep your room clean throughout the week!  Instead of waiting until it gets unbearable… make sure each day you clean up a little so you don’t get overwhelmed with stuff!  Now it may not bother you as much as it bothers me, but if you are like me it helps!  I can’t sit and do homework in a room that just looks like a mess!

4.  Take a nap, or commit to going to bed early every once and awhile!  Making time for sleep is important so make it a priority to take a little nap or go to bed an hour earlier than normal for a night! A good nights sleep can make a big difference in your day!

5.  Give yourself a break and hangout with some good friends!  Studying and working is important… But don’t work yourself too hard! Hangout with some good friends!  At MNU we have tons of movie nights, play ping pong, and go to Applebee’s for half-priced apps! No matter what you do… make sure you give yourself a break to have fun!

We also went bowling for an ASG event!

We also went bowling for an ASG event!

My friend Dan Wright playing pingpong with his one of a kind paddle.

My friend Dan Wright playing pingpong with his one of a kind paddle.

Start the semester off right! Don’t overwork yourself too early on!  There is no need for stress!  You need to work hard, but don’t do it to the point of wearing yourself out and then not be able to finish!

Hope this helps all you students!  Even if you’re in high school!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Joey Alligier


January 16, 2014


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This break was full of adventures!

Texas, a pretty girl, and an intense Jesus filled retreat; just to name the highlights.
One of the most consistent adventures I embarked on was to a local coffee shop that warms my soul.
Mead’s Corner.
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This place is the epitome of serenity.
It offers a peace that just has the Holy Spirit as the composition of the atmosphere.
Alongside the fair trade coffee they have gelato, beautiful art/photography, an amazing staged area used for artists, and a quality view into the city.This place is my inspiration, my hangout, and *spoiler, my number one date spot.
To me, it’s more than a place with fulfilling aromas, it’s passion.
I want to open a coffee shop.
It will be called Grounded: It’s more than just beans

It’s a place to feel grounded when the world feels like it keeps knocking you down.
It’s a place where your faith can be explored no matter the record you hold.
It’s a place where the heart is addressed by the compassion it is built on.
It’s a place we all need at times.


I have had this idea for about two years.
In high school I actually developed a detailed, preliminary plan that would kick start the process.
Other facets that have been added are a meeting space for businesses, a restaurant portion, and a fair trade, human trafficking, addressing shop.


I want this.
Not for me, for others, for opportunity.
Dreams come and dreams can go. Or they can give you purpose and passion
I take this time to say, don’t give up on your dreams or aspirations.
Don’t give up.
If it’s to come to MidAmerica, make it happen
If it’s to walk on the moon, take the leaps necessary
If it’s to open a coffee shop, call me


Keep on and keep God,

Haley Raydo


January 10, 2014

Welcome 2014! {Word of the Year}

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Hello friends!

I can’t believe Christmas break is coming to a close… and I absolutely can’t even comprehend we are living in 2014!  Where has the time gone?!

So for this weeks blog, in honor of the new year, I think it is only fitting to share with you something that my church has done for the last couple of years in the new year.  Our pastor challenged us last year to choose a word of the year.  This “word” would be a theme of the year for your walk with the Lord.  At first I thought it was kind of a weird thing, but I prayed about it just to see.  I felt like my word of 2013 was trust.  And man, did I have a year of trust in 2013!

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It was so cool at the end of the year to look back and see where the Lord was faithful.  Trust is not an easy thing for me or most anyone, but I loved seeing God prove himself over and over this year just by me deciding to let go.  So often I want to control everything, but by letting go and trusting the Lord, I have seen Him at work a lot more clearly.

2013 had a lot of challenges and a lot of change (something I am not exactly fond of).  It seemed like there were few ups and a lot of downs.  And it’s those times that are the hardest to trust.  It has been a definite learning process, and I don’t have it all down (not sure if I ever will completely) but it helps me grow in my walk more than I ever imagined.

This year my word of the year is love.  And although that sounds a lot more exciting than the word trust, the Scripture this word is aligned with is Revelation 2:4 {Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first}  This year my walk with the Lord is going to be challenging me to rediscover why I do everything.  I serve Him because He is my first love.  He paid it all, and I owe Him everything yet He only asks that I follow.  And rediscovering that will be my journey.  My journey to step out of complacency and a stagnant faith.  

So if you’re up for it… give it a try!  It is so amazing looking backwards in December and seeing what God did!  Just ask the Lord to give you a word, or maybe you could just ask for a Scripture!

I hope you all had a great Christmas break and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Also checkout Cross Points Church if you are looking for one in the area!

Haley Raydo


December 28, 2013

The Reason For the Season Reflection

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Hello friends!  Just throwin a quick blog post at you over some reflections I have had this Christmas break!

I have lately been thinking a lot about grace.  I know it’s weird to think about forgiveness and grace around Christmas, usually that’s an Easter topic.  But I have realized this over the last week, Jesus was born and he lived and died to extend grace and love to all of us.  WOW!  His grace is something to reflect on not just around his death and resurrection but in His birth and all the times in between these celebrations.

I often forget about the grace the Lord has extended in my life.  But what a great season to remember why He was born in the first place.  I have fallen time after time again, and it’s so easy for me to get frustrated.  But the fact that the Lord is always there offering grace with His hand extended to lift me back up is incredible!

I feel like as Christians today, we so often have the “do it yourself” mentality.  But in fact the Lord didn’t call us to do it ourselves because that would defeat the purpose of why He died.  The Lord has called us to live out in His unfailing grace and love, and to strive to be like Him.  We will fail, but when we look up to catch the hand extended from the Lord, we will find grace and love to continue in our walk.

Reflect on his grace this Christmas break, and don’t forget to walk in it!

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Allegra Vieux


December 23, 2013

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

December 23, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Hey blog world.

By now, you’ve probably figured out that it’s officially Christmas Break, almost 2 weeks in counting! I’ve successfully completed 2 TV series from Investigation Discovery on Netflix, along with a season of Desperate Housewives and 6 movies.

Aka, I’m bored out of my MIND.

At home I have my parents, my two little brothers, and my 2 dogs: Patch and Bailey. My dad has been out of town for work and his flight was delayed. My mom works all day. My brother, Alex, works 2 jobs when he’s not in classes. My baby brother, Asher, is a senior in high school, therefore his break just officially started…

and then there’s me & the dogs. I think I knew I was going crazy when I caught myself talking to them for extended periods of time. No need to be alarmed: They are intuitive, intelligent, and involved so the conversations were not lost on them. I only wish they could do more than bark and howl back at me. (pictured below: Bailey on the left and Patch on the right.)

Picture 10How I’ve kept myself occupied: Netflix, Pinterest, baking, and cleaning. Usually, I shop. But given that it’s Christmas I’ve decided to cut back on spending. Also an ice storm hit Oklahoma so that may have influenced my penny pinching decision.

I’m probably like a good 107% extrovert so it’s only killing me a little to be on break. The good news is my sister and nephew come home tomorrow (Tuesday,) my dad’s flight gets in around 9am, my mom took the week off, and Asher starts being around so I’m sure I’ll be sick of them in no time.

In the spirit of Christmas, I have a couple of gifts for my faithful 3 readers out there.

1. Free Music!

tymayfieldchristmassamplerI hope you’re enjoying the music playing above! It is a new Christmas song covered by my friend, Ty Mayfield. This year, he is giving away his Christmas Sampler on Noisetrade! It’s an upbeat, fun, bluesy/jazzy mix with some of his original songs (including a Christmas orig,) and the cover you’re listening to! You will LOVE it- Money back guarantee. Download it for FREE HERE !!!

2. My favorite Pinterest Recipe!

I’ve found the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie recipe on Pinterest…and I’m not normally one for actually doing what I pin! It’s amazing, therefore I will share it with you.

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2 3/4 c  all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 c unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 c Crisco

1 c light brown sugar
1 c minus 2 T white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

The key with these cookies is to follow directions closely! I’m not one for this either- every time a recipe tells me to do something oddly specific, I say to myself, “why??” and do it the easy way. I’ve tried to add comments for the picture-directions to help you identify the “why” behind the matter.

Picture 4Mixing the flour allows the final dough to have an even distribution of ingredients without over-mixing it.

Beating the butter and shortening gives the dough a better rise in the oven, making the cookies lighter. Butter is good for taste and shortening is good to make the cookie softer.

Picture 5Adding the chocolate chips before adding the flour evenly distributes them without over-mixing the final dough.  Do not over-mix or it will discolor the dough.

The flour to be just incorporated, is the point when you no longer see white spots of flour.  Do not overmix! Over-mixing will ruin the cookies.  They will bake flatter and look greasy.

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When shaping the cookies, you will know if you have the fat/flour ratio right: too little flour– it will stick to your hands, forms a messy looking ball, just right– won’t stick to your hands, but just barely, forms a smooth ball, too much flour– dough has to be forced into a ball, crumbly dough, rough looking ball

The same problems occur when over-handling the dough as over-mixing it.  They will bake flat and look greasy.  Handle the dough as little as possible while still shaping them properly.

To freeze, place the dough balls on a plate side by side, cover and freeze at least an hour.  You can then bag them and they won’t be stuck together when you take them out.

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 It takes most ovens much longer to preheat than when it beeps to tell you it’s ready.  An oven thermometer is very helpful.  When most ovens beep, they are usually 50-100 degrees too low.  It will ruin the cookies to bake them at the incorrect temperature.  Let the oven heat longer than it allows for “preheating.”

Determining when they are done:

underdone– the are tall, shiny in the middle, pale in color, fall apart when transfered, fall through on the cooling rack

perfect– domed, puffy, show a few signs of browning, look a bit underdone but are not shiny on the top, hold together during transfer It is important to wait 2 minutes before transferring them.  They continue to bake from the heat of the sheet without being over-baked in the oven.  Also, they will hold together better and be less likely to fall in the middle if you wait.

…And if they don’t look like the cookies above, here are the possibilities to what went wrong:

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I hope you enjoy!

Have a holly jolly Christmas, and let me know how you feel about the music and the cookies!

Over and Out!

Joey Alligier


December 17, 2013

Tis’ the Season

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Christmas break:
No school
Family time
Friends galore
Getting swole’
Coffee shop visits on coffee shop visits

I guess this time of year isn’t that bad.
Despite the wretched cold…. 

From a Christian perspective, it is the time of waiting, preparation, and anticipation. It’s the season of Advent. Now, I am nowhere near an expert on this idea and what it fully looks like, yet, I know how the initial idea affects me. In my mind there is a consistent fight of the concept of Christmas by the mass media. I see all these wants and a ton of receiving. What I desire to see are needs and unfathomable amounts of giving. Correlating advent, we are all given hope that redemption, in its fullest form, is on its way: Christ.

We are filled with this hope and to be filled is an opportunity to pour out. 

I have read/ am reading a few books lately that are challenging me beyond myself. Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton, Wrecked by Jeff Goins, and Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown. The concepts found range from enabling versus empowering, how to invest in life in a fulfilling way, and what it means to be satisfied in a world of “not enough”. What I am seeing consistently throughout all readings is that life is not about me. My life is purposed beyond myself and my capabilities. As it is the holiday season, it hits home that my mind shouldn’t be focused selfishly. It can be hard with so many cool things that attract my attention. There are people in need all around us, in every concept, from physiologically to spiritually. Yet, in Wrecked I am seeing that true compassion doesn’t always make us feel good; (DUH) it’s not for us. Often we make people objects and just do things for them which ultimately hurts them, but it makes us feel good. Don’t focus on how you feel afterward, it’s not about us. We see people who need more than we can give and they open our eyes to revelations that we cannot unsee and may, and hopefully will, change the course of our lives and thought processes.
(That is a condensed-probably-confusing version of what my mind has been trying to grasp lately)

“You don’t have behave complexly to show love, extravagant love can be seen in the simplest of forms.”

Here are a few ways to make a lasting impact on someone during this season:

1) Food, food, food. 
People don’t always have family, money, or whatever else to have an extravagant holiday dinner. Bring people together for fun and fellowship. Even if they do have the means necessary, come together in a way beyond your own little bubble.

2) Get out of your comfort zone.
This can look like a variety of things. In the end it’s about having perspective amidst the surrounding world. Have a conversation with the guy ringing the bell for the salvation army or talk to the person sitting next to you alone in a coffee shop. It doesn’t have to be big, keep it simple and love immensely.

Partake in a pay-it-forward type venture. Whether this is at a restaurant or, you guessed it, a coffee shop, give without expectation. This can also look like buying food (or whatever need) for the person holding the cardboard sign, make a personal investment instead of throwing money at them. This can create conversation that allows them to leave with more than a few less dollars and a sense of good-doing.

4) Give more than you get. 
It’s easy to get caught up in the fascination with new things during this time of year, but those things will become “old” soon enough. Invest your time in money in worthy causes and organizations. This can look like asking for less with another idea in mind of where the money can go or maybe it is going to a shelter and making community with people on Christmas.

In short, go beyond yourself this season. I’m not saying give everything up and focus solely on others; it’s okay to get gifts and new stuff and have fun. I am saying however, be willing to give in time and investment whatever that looks like. After all, we are to be hopeful as we await the coming of Christ. Take that hope and spread it; with your family, friends, people at the gym, and people at your frequently visited coffee shop.

*Perspective should be had all year long. In the simplest acts, like helping carry groceries, love extravagantly. Don’t assume someone else will make the potential difference you’ve been presented with; you are that SOMEONE.
Be available

Any questions, feel free to ask!

Keep on and keep God friends,