Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Five: Pioneer Version

Today's Friday Five is brought to you by Jana, a friend of mine from college. Jana blogs at Jana Says and The Townhouse Pioneer, which is a blog dedicated to helping you become more self-sufficient no matter where you live and where she shares the adventures of her pioneer project. I am intensely interested in this and think you will be too, so you should follow along with her on The Townhouse Pioneer, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram
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As I get deeper into my pioneer project, the more I realize just how important it is to have a set of practical items for daily use. In order to ensure their survival, the pioneers had items like buckets, cows, firewood, and guns. My homeowner’s association forbids livestock and I’m terrified of guns and I love my indoor plumbing so I can’t say that I use any of those. Which is probably a good thing because I’d be decidedly less productive if I had to fetch my own water or milk my own cows. I’d also be extremely thirsty.
But that’s beside the point.

I’ve become much more conscious of what I use every day that keeps me running and functioning. Some of those are what you’d expect—food, my car, a nap, Pinterest. There are other items, though, that are just as important yet maybe not as common. Here are the top 5:
My gym shoes. I go to the gym 5 days a week, most weeks. Part of it is for health and losing weight purposes but exercising also helps keep my depression at bay. I had a horrible episode 2 years ago and a reoccurrence late last year, and as I no longer take medication, exercising is how I replace it (note: this is not for everyone. If you need meds, by all means, take them). It’s also a fun social outlet and pretty much the only non-Internet conversations I have all day.
Body Shop chocolate lip balm. This is, by far, my favorite lip balm ever. And I am a connoisseur of that particular product. The only one that comes even close to this is Baby Lips. Baby Lips is much longer lasting but this is chocolate. For your lips. That won’t make you gain weight. You can’t beat that.

My stove. I cook every weekday and almost every meal on the weekends. Like the gym, it’s a losing weight and health thing, but it’s also a saving money thing. I’m a good cook and can make most foods we’d get in a restaurant at home for less money, less hassle, and I know exactly what’s going into my food. All of that, plus the fact that my husband does the dishes, makes it way more appealing to eat at home.

Tervis tumblers. I am obsessed with these cups. I want all of them and I think everyone else should want them, too. They’re reusable, portable, for hot and cold beverages, and are easy to clean (except the straw but they make replacements or you can just use disposable ones). I use mine every single day for my tea (I don’t drink coffee) but you can use them for pretty much any drink. Oh, and the cups don’t sweat. Extra bonus points for that.

Pocket. I do an extraordinary amount of reading blog posts, websites, news articles, and anything else you can think of on the internet. However, there are lots of times I just can’t get to something. Instead of leaving 897290 tabs open on my iPad, I save it to this app and can read them all when I have time. It’s like making your own personal magazine.

How about you? What do you use daily that makes your life so much easier?
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22 comments:

  1. arrrggghhh!!! blogger ate my comment AGAIN. WTF

    exercise definitely helps keep my depression at bay. i know when i don't workout regularly, i feel my mood slipping so i workout hard to keep that shit in check!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  2. I never heard of pocket!!! Thanks for sharing! I'm with you on the tervis tumblrs. I want them all! I originally got one back when I had chronic kidney infections to try and jump start the whole drinking water thing--now it's all I drink--and mostly out of tervises!! I use our stove/oven an obscene amount too. I'd like to say it's a health thing (which it by default is) but it's mostly a saving money thing in this house! I'm thankful for the means to even cook our meals as we need to! And wait. WHAT THE WHAT!? Chocolate lip balm? YES PLEASE!

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    1. I'm pretty good about drinking water but with the tumblers, I definitely drink a whole lot more. Plus, it's great for flavored water so you can drink without the pieces of fruit attacking your face.

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  3. You had me at Chocolate Lip Balm.

    I guarantee Kathy is getting all kinds of fitness bones in the comment above me. I think it's amazing you have found a non medicinal way to get a hold of depression. (again, stating if you need meds, take them!!) In the wise words of Elle Woods, "exercise causes endorphins, endorphins makes you happy..." That girl was a wise one.
    Is that Beaker on your Tumbler??? I think I'm in love....
    Happy Weekend <3

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  4. Fitness BONERS. Stupid atutocorrect

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  5. i love her 5, especially the pocket- i need to check that out. and id like to think i work out 5 days a week. i really need to get on that!

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  6. I need to check into this Pocket thing. Since i have so many iDevices, I add things to my reading list but my work computer is a PC so that's a chuck of my day that I spend with a million tabs open!

    Okay things making my life easy - the Pandora app (not loving radio songs these days), kcups, and plain old Blistex. The cold air is no joke, even here!

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    1. The best part of Pocket is that I have it on my iPad, and thanks to the ability to open tabs from my iPhone on my iPad, I can save ALL THE TABS!!!

      Pandora is one of my favorite apps, too. It's just a little too hit or miss. I prefer Spotify because you can customize it a little more.

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  7. I just blog stalked the Townhouse Pioneer and I am intrigued, I followed on Bloglovin'!

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  8. Exercise is so great for fighting the blues. Need to check out that pocket app, i am forever having a million tabs open.

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  9. I have never heard of pocket and now I am totally interested!!! I too love Tervis! They have a whole Tervis store in Gatlinburg and when we go every year it makes my heart totally happy! I have not heard of this chocolate lip balm. I need to look into that too! Loving this list!

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  10. Nice! Love those tumblers. Exercise, eating right, and sleep. No drugs needed. That's what the drug companies do not
    want us to do. Holistic, natural remedies.
    Have a lovely weekend, everyone.
    Love, Steph's Momma

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  11. I am alllll about lip products... they're my weakness. Thanks for bringing my attention to another one that I obviously NEED! ;)

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  12. I need to check out that Pocket app. I have 83433 tabs open at all times and it stresses me out.

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  13. Following you now, excellent guest blog! I'm all about the Pocket app. It will save me from the 4,937 bookmarks on my laptop right now.

    Kudos to you for utilizing exercise to help combat your depression. It's inspiring. Yes, always take meds if you need them, I have before and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

    You reminded me I need lip balm. And something that makes my life easier? I put several unused garbage bags in the bottom of all my garbage cans at home. They are right there when I empty a full one. Voila'!

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  14. Soooo the Tervis Tumbler factory is like 3 minutes away from my parents house....and they have a lifetime guarantee....so if anything happens to them....you know I'll totally get you a new one ;-)

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    1. I would be broke if I lived that close. Seriously.

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  15. Chocolate lip balm?! What!! I need to get some asap. Can't believe I didn't know about this sooner. As for the Tervis cups. I don't own one. I love them. But I can't get myself to spend $25 on one, knowing I have a whole cabinet full of water bottles and tumblers and such! But they are super cute!

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    1. They are a little pricey but I've found them to be totally worth it. They also make great gifts. For you and others :)

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  16. I buy a new pair of sneakers every year like clockwork…they're a GOOD investment. Even though mine never usually cost more than $60 and I know many who spend $100+. I don't have a Tervis, but my reusable cups with straws are used every single day.

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