Monday, March 2, 2015

TWTW - it's March, bitches.

Another scintillating Friday night, friends: Sam's, gym, Target, pizza. I listened to the Call Your Girlfriend podcast at the gym, which I heard about through Lauren. It made time go quickly, which is good at the gym. For me, at least.
I said I was getting it, and I got it - a Bodum 8-cup French Press - Chambord from Target. It was on sale for $32, plus an additional 10% off with Cartwheel, and another 5% off with my Redcard. Boom. The coffee comes out smooth and just really lovely, rich, and deep. You need to use a coarser ground coffee, so you have to get it done at the store or grind it yourself. I love grinding beans and the scent associated with that. Using the french press couldn't be easier. I'm pleased with my new weekend ritual.
Dogs were walked, couches were washed, errands were run, pedicures were gotten. To expand: the dog walk was frigid (ear covering by the fabulous Kathy B), everyone and their blessed mother was out running errands (even the lady in front of me was all WTF!), and the last time I had a pedicure was the beginning of December. Sweet Jesus, I've missed them. Even better? Thursday night while cleaning out my bedside table, I found a year old gift certificate so it was free. Free is for me.
I apologize for the lack of a before photo. I reorganized the medicine cabinet using acrylic organizers. MFD even said, "This works so much better." He usually doesn't give a shit about you can see by the second pic. Guess which side is his?
I also moved my makeup brushes, so that when not in use they sit on top of my beloved Mujis. The squat jars with white beads are where the brushes used to be. Overall a cleaner appearance on the dresser top since I ditched those two and the big jar of lip stuff Thursday when I purged my makeup and made sure it all fit in the Mujis.
Show you a place where I like disorder, you say? No problem. I like disorder in my mug cabinet. I like rooting through and pulling out different mugs to use. I cleared the way to make room for even more this weekend, transferring my boxed pasta to solid storage that was empty.
Saturday night dinner - ham, asparagus, mashed sweet potatoes. Weekly food prep: sausage/green onion/jalapeno pepper cheese egg muffins, energy bites (recipe coming as soon as I get my shit together), chicken tortilla soup, jalapeno cauliflower muffins, orange kielbasa (recipe coming tomorrow).
Sunday after the food was all prepped I laid out my clothes, admired this week's $4 flowers, and hit the gym for my 12th day of 40 minutes or more of exercise in a row. That has happened never in my life. I'm proud of myself. And happy I got it in before the weather turned to crap.
What kind of host would I be if I let you leave without taking a tour of This Weekend in Dog Town? My friend Karen sent me this very thoughtful and totally unexpected gift, very appropriate in this house. It's warm and comfortable and I loved kicking around in it on Saturday. Thank you Karen!
And these pictures suck, but I must show you how Mae is literally in my face constantly.
Well, that was an overly verbose TWTW. Apologies. Sunday night can be summed up with the following: House of Cards.
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Did you enter my birthday month giveaway yesterday?

Happy Read Across America day. If you have a kid in your life, make sure to read to them today! Follow #readacrossamerica on Twitter & Facebook.

Remember the Choose Your Own Adventure Linkup this Thursday to share how you did on your February: Create goals (spoiler alert: I sucked at mine) and to post your March: Relationship Goals.
Now you tell me about your weekend, pretty please.
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Linking up with Biana at B Loved Boston for Weekending

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's here! My birthday month has arrived.

Happy Sunday and happy March! The month of daylight savings, the month of spring and green and the month of my birthday on the Ides of March and the month-long celebration of it.

I love to celebrate with you, so I'm giving away some of my favorite things. And I'm pointing you towards some blogs you might not be reading.

- Mariah at Food, Booze, and Baggage. I mean, for the name alone, but also because she runs a bi-monthly beer linkup called Into the Pint Glass, blogs openly about choosing to be child-free, shares recipes and culinary adventures both in her new home of San Diego and in places she's traveled.

- Nicole at Nicole Marica Blog, so you can learn how Marica is pronounced, but also because she has a winding and interesting About Page, she has her email right out in front of your face (why do some bloggers hide their email addresses?), she runs a teen bookclub and is active on Goodreads, and because she's challenging herself to expand her cooking horizons this year and that's cool to watch. Plus, she's close to Philadelphia. So that's automatically cool.

- Jenn at Hello Rigby, so you can learn who the heck Rigby is, be a little more fashionable, follow along on her reading challenge monthly, and talk blogging. She lives in Seattle and her blog post photos are a zillion times better than mine.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Five: Post-Spending Freeze Planned Purchases

Tomorrow my February spending freeze will be over. Just in time for birthday month treat yo self.

I did well on my personal spending - I bought a Wawa Coffee on February 7 when my Keurig broke and a donut on Fat Tuesday not using my Dunkin Donuts gift card. We did have some household expenses this month - new Keurig, TV antenna - that were unplanned but still covered within the pre-set household budget. We also went out to dinner with friends on February 13 but MFD picked that tab up because I am his personal chef the rest of the time. I rarely pick up dinners out.

Since we didn't do much otherwise, I put all of my extra money towards my car payment, knocking a month and a half off the end date. Boom. On a high from that achievement, I treated yesterday like fuck this shit o'clock concerning the freeze. I suspended it two days before it was to end anyway and ordered the following from Amazon:

Sunday, my birthday month begins. I've been perusing Loft, Gap, and Old Navy for spring attire but nothing is lighting the world on fire. Pick it up, stores. I have some holes in my spring wardrobe and you're boring me. These are some of my planned purchases:

1. Rimmel Provacalips in Make Your Move
2. Anastasia Liquid Lips in Lovely or Pure Hollywood
3. Spring/summer quilt for our bed - Nothing in mind for this, I prefer to hunt in Marshalls, HomeGoods, & TJMaxx. Also more of a household purchase than a personal purchase, but one I'll enjoy making nonetheless.

4. Earthies Bindi flat in Biscuit. I'm strategically replacing some of my shoes with some that will provide support for my effed up feet. Hashtag old lady hashtag podiatrist told me to. Turns out not-ugly supportive shoes cost eleventy billion dollars (seriously, not on sale these are $150, I simply don't typically spend that on any shoe, let alone freaking flats), which is why the replacement is strategic.
5. A french press. Coffee coffee coffee.
And you? What do you have your eye on?

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Thoughts - Last in February

1. Today is the last Thursday of February. This is typically the hardest winter month for me to get through so I'm not sorry to see it go. I yearn for spring. And yes, of course, my birthday month. It starts Sunday. Let's do this! A giveaway is coming Sunday too, so check back.

2. Can we talk about The Bachelor? I don't watch, but after I finished Downton on Monday, it happened to be on the TV. The entire premise of this show is fucking preposterous. Will you accept this rose? No, Captain Ass Pirate, you're falling in love with everyone and screwing at least two other people. Bye. Also, this bachelor is a heavy breather.
3. Can we also talk about Downton? Leave Mr. & Mrs. Bates alone, for crap's sake. Pick on someone else.
4. Have you guys seen this video where you cook spaghetti in a skillet in cold water? I tried it on Sunday and it worked. I salted the water as I normally would. It was quick, easy, and delicious. Now if the pasta was only fat ass white pasta but alas, it was whole wheat. Regardless, it happens a whole lot quicker than putting water on to boil, etc.
5. Like a dumbass I set out in 9 degree windchill Monday towards the library. I was skating on the sidewalks around Swann Fountain on the way there and all the way up 20th Street on the way back(Tavern on Arch, where is your salt? Solid ice, sirs.), but I did see this awesome sculpture as I was walking by trying not to fall.
6. I got a shit ton of books in at the library. Which means I had to stop in the middle of a book I was reading because I own it. I hate when that happens, but the library is an evil mistress who demands her books back in a timely manner.
Two of the five that came in all at once. 
7. Mae hates the cold. She will do whatever she needs to do to burrow into people, blankets, and other dogs for warmth. She likes to be inside of my cardigans. I don't like it so much as she's like a squirmy, trash breath papoose.
8. Philly-area friends, check out Mummers Mardis Gras this weekend in Manayunk. The parade kicks off at 10, other events follow. Click here for more information.
9. Looking for a new DIY shaving cream? Click here to out three coconut oil versions from Mariah at Food, Booze, & Baggage.
10.E-card of the week.

Happy birthday to my mother-in-law today!

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Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff & Things

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Recommendations

Skimmers, recommendations are in bold. Anything that's colored text is a clickable link. Aside from me, this month you get recs from Nicole at Nicole Marica. She's another Philly-area blogger and I do so hope you check her out.

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The Truth makes movies for your ears. Each podcast is about 15 minutes long and it's a little short story acted out. I have loved each and every episode I've listened to so far.

2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost

I'm really picky about mositurizers. I prefer gel ones to the cream ones because I feel like the cream ones make me breakout badly. The problem with most gel moisturizers is that they contain alcohol so they're drying my skin out at the same time as moisturizing it. Hydro Boost has been really good to my skin this winter, which has been dryer than usual.
3. Teavana Youthberry Brewed Tea
I normally prefer black tea but I decided to try a different flavored tea when I stopped by a Starbucks one day. This tea was delicious, a nice fruity flavor that wasn't overpowering, it's definitely worth a try!

4. Kar's Nut n' Yogurt Trail Mix

I grab a bag of this before I go to school on weeknights, it's one of my favorite snacks!


1. A 6 ft iPhone charger: Apple is a total asshole for putting out 3 ft cord chargers. I love this 6 ft one, and at $13.99 it's cheaper than the Apple regular length charger. It's Apple certified and it works. Boom.
2. Larabars: I like the cherry pie and apple pie. If it has to be pre-packaged, and let's face it, sometimes it does - Larabars are a good choice. They're all natural and made from 100% whole foods. If you're concerned, they're also gluten-dairy-soy free, kosher, vegan, and non-GMO.

3.  642 Things to Write About Journal. If you want to write more and often find yourself stuck at the start, this is a great journal to exercise your brain.

4.  Spiral veggie slicer by Native Spring. There are a lot of spiralizers out there. I saw this one on B Loved Boston and got it right after Christmas. It's easy to use, easy to clean, and most importantly for me, it stores in a drawer. I can't deal with another kitchen item that takes up room in my cabinets. It didn't hurt that it was only $13.

5. Cathay Home Microfiber Peach Skin Sheet Set. I put these on my Amazon wish list when I saw them on Another Clean Slate way back in June. Lori got them for me for Christmas and I wish I had more so they could always be on my bed even when a set was in the wash. They're super soft and feel like a hug, which you'd never think you'd get for $30, but you do. You do indeed.
What are you recommending this month?

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 Linking up with Shanna for Random Wednesday
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