Dream Big & Buy The Shoes: June 2014

June 30, 2014

Marvelous In My Monday: Zoo Animals & A Healthy Challenge


Another Monday is upon us. I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. It was a HOT one here, but I actually enjoyed being out there and letting the rays beat down on me. I may have sweat a little, but it's good for the soul every once in a while...even if you are in a maxi dress! 

I'm linking up with Katie from Healthy Diva Life for #MIMM: Marvelous In My Monday to share some fun happenings.

The zoo is one place I can never get sick of. No matter how many times we visit in the spring and summer months it's always so much fun!
This Sunday we hadn't planned to visit and were literally sitting at the stoplight outside the zoo when Ethan asked, "Can we PLEASE go visit the animals?" I have the softest spot in my heart for Ethan's love of animals. So instead of going straight we immediately made a left turn in to the Erie Zoo.

Ethan must have known that we are trying to stick to a better budget these days, because it was FREE to get in. I forgot that the Zoo has no admission fees for the last few hours on Sundays. I was prepared to be overwhelmed by all the craziness, but the previous thunderstorms from earlier in the day must have scared everyone away.

Giraffe
Oh hey dude, how's the weather up there?




We took our time walking around and Ethan was sure to get a TON of pictures. He usually takes about five regular shots, and then zooms in to take about fifteen more. My camera roll needs a good spring cleaning by the time he's done. Every time we go to the zoo he acts like it is his first time there; his excitement is awesome.

Erie Zoo
Just two handsome beasts posing for a picture

Ethan is quite the character and so many of the pictures I capture make me laugh harder than I probably should. I'll let you be the judge of the silly scale of pictures though.
Zoo Animals
Walking with his ducky friend, having a chat with the Rhino & digging for fossils

Orangutan
A Staring Contest and a game of Peek-A-Boo with the Orangutan Family


Ethan's musical skills are also on point. If he doesn't grow up to be a Vet or a ZooKeeper I'm guessing he will be a musician.



It was a good day to say the least. As far as Monday's come I'm hoping to get this one off on a good foot. I'm participating in Skinny Meg's 12 Week Challenge. There's no denying I could aim to lose a few pounds. With the wedding coming, and the fact that I'm not getting any younger it is time to get ahold of my health again.
 For me it's not all about being thin. I want to FEEL good again and have the energy to get up and be happy every day. Writing in this public place will help keep me accountable and I'm pretty excited about sharing my progress with all of you.

That's all I have today...I hope everyone has a wonderful start to the week. I'm ready to bust out my red, white and blue and Celebrate some America this weekend!

Anyone else working on new fitness or health goals?
What do we think about this new font?

Leave me some love below! 


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June 27, 2014

Children In Need: HOPE For Tomorrow

I come to this space today hoping to help at least one person out there. We have all lost someone. People die every day. It's not pretty, it's not easy, and it's definitely not okay. Often times when people lose someone they try to paint a picture to others of all the above though. They go about their day calm as ever, and telling everyone "I'll be okay" all the while with a forced smile. I can guarantee you a few things...they are not okay and they need help.
Losing someone at any age is devastating. I believe that being a child and losing someone is much different. This reason alone: Children are the future of our world. If we don't get them the help they need when they are shaping their beliefs and making important milestones, what will happen in the later years?

I am a volunteer at the Highmark Caring Place in Erie, Pa. Some of you may not know what the Highmark Caring Place is and what it's about. It is a facility for grieving families that first opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that now has three other locations in addition to the original building. To keep it short and simple in explanation; Families come together to the Caring Place and we begin by eating a meal together (pizza one week, subs the next, with the occasional chicken with macaroni and cheese thrown in), and there is time to play board games, color or challenge each other in air hockey during this time too. Next, families are then separated in to different rooms based on age for some group discussions and different activities run by volunteers to assist them in the grieving process. We then end the night together saying a pledge before we see each other again the next week. This continues for ten weeks. One of the most beautiful parts is the pledge is said at the beginning and end of each night, "I am here for you. You are here for me. We are here for each other."  Some short words put together for such a powerful meaning.
Caring Place
Image c/o popcitymedia.com


I volunteer at the Caring Place because I know what these children are feeling. My mom died when I was 17 years old. I was not five, or ten, but I still did not understand. She had cancer, but don't tell me that I had time to prepare. No one has time to prepare losing their mother. I am thankful enough to say that I was given an amazing support system when my world was rocked my senior year of high school. I had moved to Erie with my mom and brother from Pittsburgh the summer before my senior year. Brand new school senior year...talk about terrified. I had my family, but my friends from my childhood and my new friends from Erie were what truly helped me. Friends relate to one another. You know what I didn't have though? A friend who's mom died their senior year of high school. I didn't have anyone that REALLY KNEW what that felt like. I wish I would have had the Caring Place.

Families come to the Caring Place to grieve. They come because they are sad, they are experiencing things they thought they may never have to, they feel regret...but they come because there are people that know exactly how they are feeling every second of the day. These families have a support system.

I heard about the Caring Place about six years ago and looked around on the website, but thought it would take too much time to volunteer. Fast forward a few years later when I called for some information and went for a tour of the facility. The minute I walked in there and looked around at the quilts honoring deceased loved ones hanging on the wall I felt the need to be there. It was something I was called to do. It was one of the best decisions I have made in my adult life. 

Being someone who lost their mother at 17 years old I thought that death and all the things that came with it would get easier as time went on. Boy was I wrong. I feel hurt at times I least expect it. One of the first things I thought of when I got engaged.."My mom won't be at my wedding. My own mother will not see me in a dress. She won't fix my veil. She won't dance with me. My mom won't be there for me." I know this is no way to think about things because I am a very lucky woman in a lot of areas in life, but this shit happens. People hurt and sometimes it doesn't stop.


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I chose to volunteer because I wanted to simply BE THERE for someone. I wanted children to feel less hurt. I look forward to seeing the families on a weekly basis. I enjoy watching them evolve. I think it's pretty awesome when a child runs to me and greets me with a hug because they missed me from last Tuesday.
This is my fourth year volunteering and I learn something new each year. I learn a new story. I get to meet people I never would have met. I am an ear for a sad child or a crying mom. As a volunteer we focus on the families present, not our stories. In my heart when I sit with these grieving families I FEEL their pain, I cry inside, and I have THE strongest desire to help them. They don't know my story, but I feel privileged to know theirs.

HOPE is a big word at the Caring Place. We HOPE that the families feel a little better by coming to a place and sharing their stories. We HOPE that the grieving process is a bit easier because of the Caring Place. HOPE. It's a strong word. Hope carries a lot of potential. Hope is our future. These children are HOPE.
There are other  facilities across the nation that offer assistance similar to the Highmark Caring Place. You can find some resources here. I encourage you to give someone a glimmer of hope at some point in your life. There are too many people out there that aren't aware of the support systems they could have. 
My hope in sharing this with you is that you reach out to a child or a family member you may someday come in to contact with and lead them in the right direction so they can find their own hope. You may never want children. You may not understand children. These children are our future and if we don't help them now , the pain they will bottle up for years may someday affect them in a negative way.

Please. Pass on HOPE. This year Children's Grief Awareness Day is November 20, 2014. My personal mission is to make at least one person aware and share this message. The Highmark Caring Place staff works diligently to create activities for awareness of this day. Last year valiant efforts were made for Ellen DeGeneres to speak about #CGAD on her show. My dream is for that wish to come true. Please help spread the word...I'll be reminding you in November.

For more information and resources you can visit the Highmark Caring Place Website.



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June 26, 2014

Pinterest Project : DIY WorkOut Tank

I think everything in life must somehow relate back to Pinterest. Did you know guys use Pinterest too? Maybe they are a step ahead of the game. Imagine the "Honey Do List" already being done because he is scoping out his lady's "pins". 
Well if a new WorkOut Tank was on your list, I have officially saved your day. I have a bunch of shirts that I sometimes wear to sleep in, but a lot of times just don't because they are too big and just not very comfortable. On the other hand, I could always use a new tank to wear when workin on my fitness. 



Today I am your personal Pinterest girl for another quick & easy project. Notice that quick & easy is a theme around these parts.
Let's begin today's craft kids!

Supplies:
Old T-Shirt 
Pen or Sharpie
Scissors
A WorkOut Tank you already like the size of

Pinterest Tank

Step 1: Turn both the tank and the t-shirt inside out. This will allow you to not mark up either in spots you care about if you are clumsy, like me. 

Step 2: Put the t-shirt inside of the tank so that you can create a pattern.

Step 3: Trace the neckline and arm areas of the tank on to the t-shirt.

Step 4: Remove the tank from the t-shirt.

Step 5: Cut the neck and arm area that you had traced to create a tank.

Step 6: Rock that new tank with homemade pride!

What should have been Step 1: Consult your man before cutting up an old t-shirt (even though he gave it to you because he doesn't wear it anymore). Sorry Chuck...Wrigley Field will still be represented on my new awesome WorkOut Tank!

Fitness Tank

 If you want to pin this to one of your boards or share it with your friends you can use the Social Media Links below this post (click the icon and share)!

Have you tried any Pinterest DIY lately?

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June 25, 2014

Perks of Being Engaged : Winning At Life Right Now

If you're not engaged, that's perfectly okay. It took me a long time to get here. There were the boyfriends from college that were usually too drunk to function as a good man, the ones after college who didn't know what the hell they wanted to do with their lives, and some that were just okay. 
I found my match when I least expected it. We dated for six years until he recently made the big move and put a ring on it. Chuck is lucky he got wise before our cruise to the Bahamas or else he may have gone overboard. 

If you're already married, that's awesome too. I someday will be in your position...just not right now, and not this year. We are aiming for a date in the fall of 2015 and are in the process of choosing a venue before we set an exact date.

My personal perks &why I think being engaged is great:
- I will never have to hear again, "Is he going to propose soon or what?!"
-No one is asking "So, when are you going to start having babies?"
- I get a valid reason to search Pinterest for endless hours
-My mission has become acquiring a pair of Louboutin's for the Big Day (anyone have a few extra dollars?)
-I have a really good focus on getting fit and lean again
-I get to plan this really big awesome party (I LOVE parties)
-I own a new piece of jewelry that I didn't pay for
-Manicures at all times are a must. That means time at the salon or buying new nail polish colors
- I get to wear shirts that say "FEYONCE" --That's cool.
-I am able leave the house looking a hot mess and feel okay about it. I have a ring on my finger. Someone out there loves me.
-I can ask my best girls to stand by me on my special day and celebrate this new life changing event
-I don't have to cook anymore  Well I don't have to worry that he's judging my domestic skills at this point

and my favorite perk...



I haven't even reached the best part,
the one where I get to spend the rest of my life married to my best friend.

Engaged


Thank you Chuck for taking me off the market so I can experience all these awesome benefits. You're my number one on this list, even if you are a little crazy.






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June 24, 2014

Quick & Easy Eats

Hi Everyone! Today I wanted to share a quick, cheap and easy recipe that I have recently been loving for lunch. Sometimes....well most times I get sick of leftovers from the night before at lunch time. I recently saw a few things on Pinterest that inspired me to try something of my own.
In no way is this some fancy professional recipe, but it is tasty, simple to make and pretty inexpensive.

You will need:
Ground Turkey
Tomatoes
Mushrooms
Olive Oil
Onion Powder
McCormick Garlic Pepper
Minced Garlic


I start by warming up a little bit of olive oil in two separate pans and adding some spices (garlic pepper and onion powder) as mentioned above. I put less spices in the pan that I will add the vegetables to.
In one pan I add the ground turkey and cook until brown. 
While cooking the ground turkey I clean the tomatoes (I use porterhouse) and mushrooms (I use baby bella) with Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash. 
I then cut the tomatoes into small pieces; the mushrooms are already small enough that I don't chop them.
While leaving the turkey to cook on a low heat I add the mushrooms and tomatoes to the other pan. I throw in dash of minced garlic and cook for about 2- 2 1/2 minutes on medium heat. 


I combine a portion of the ground turkey and the mushroom/tomato mix in a bowl and viola! Lunch is served! 
You could probably add a variety of vegetables. I tried adding some leftover red peppers that I had chopped up and wasn't a fan. Zucchini or green peppers may be yummy to try though.



I purchased the tomatoes, turkey, minced garlic and mushrooms at Target for under $7. The Fit, olive oil and spices I had in my pantry since they are some of my every-day cooking items. This batch will last about 3-4 days for one person depending on portion size. The whole preparation and cook time takes less than 10 minutes, which is perfect if you like to meal prep for the week to save time or need to whip up something quick.

I hope you enjoy & share with me if you decide to make it yourself. Have a great day!

What's your favorite quick and easy recipe? Let me know in the comments!



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June 23, 2014

Marvelous In My Monday: Summer Kick-Off


Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend kicking off summer...I know I enjoyed the sunshine and had some fun.
Today I am linking up with Katie from  Healthy Diva Life to share the "Marvelous In My Monday" with you about my Summer Kick-Off weekend.
Friday night we had our first Rita's of the year after playing a game of PIG at the basketball courts. There's something about italian ice (especially after basketball) that just screams SUMMER! I tried a new combination and mixed some strawberry italian ice with chocolate custard to make a Gelati. My experiment worked well...it was like Valentine's Day in the summer. 
Saturday the sun was shining and everyone was posting fun pictures on Facebook & Instagram about the first day of summer. I love Social Media for times like these...it's fun to see everyone enjoying Mother Nature instead of complaining about her. She can be a Debbie Downer sometimes! 
Ethan and I spontaneously went to Waldameer Park for some fun in the sun. We weren't planning on staying the whole day. We were going to ride a few coasters and play some games...I told Ethan only one or two games. 
We immediately went to the Comet and sat in the front seat which was a blast. I feel like a kid again screaming my head off on rides and coasters. Ethan rode with his hands in the air, sometimes fist pumping and screaming "OH YEA!"...it was awesome. After the first ride he ventured towards his first game. After he won an adorable stuffed puppy which he named Bugsy, Brownie, Boxer it was hard to say no to more than one more game. I mean--look at that face.
Who am I to stop his fun?!...he's just too adorable.

We rode a few other things, walked through the Pirate's Cove scared to death and shared some delicious french fries...obviously! It was a perfect day outside and the Park wasn't too crowded which was great.

Sunday was spent catching up around the house (sigh) but I did have some time outside also. I rearranged our deck and have now decided I want a large seated bench for where our chairs and table used to be. Add that to the Pinterest project list at  #428! 
Later  that evening I was craving a big salad so Chuck and I headed out for an impromptu date night. We wanted to be somewhere with outdoor seating to we went to Joe Roots Grill and enjoyed the weather for a nice seafood dinner (and some filet for Chuck). A band was playing right across the street at Schickalay's On The Bay so we got to listen in on some free music too. 
I went for a glass of Riesling and a Shrimp Ceasar Salad...SO good! If you ever come to Erie, Pa...do it in the summer. Erie summers never ever disappoint and there is so much to do and see. 


I hope everyone has a great week. Enjoy every moment!

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June 20, 2014

A Peek In My Purse

No, I'm not Lauren Conrad in the latest issue of US Weekly, but I am convinced that we as a society are curious. That's probably a nice way of putting it actually. When I see a beautiful handbag my mind immediately goes to "what kind of lip gloss is inside?" and "does the wallet match?". Today you will get to see what's inside my suitcase bag.


We will start with the bag itself. I know a lot of people are "so over Michael Kors". I for one, will probably never be over him and his beautiful creations, and will die with this bag. I had my eye on this gorgeous pink bag when it was featured in Cosmopolitan showcasing a new line from MK. I immediately took a picture of it and sent it to my boyfriend stating, "When I get this job and my first paycheck there, I am buying this bag for myself. FYI." At the time I was looking for a new job and had been interviewing, which all took place in October a few years ago. I ended up getting the job, but wasn't starting until January. (WooHoo!)  Fast forward to December and Christmas Eve...Chuck insisted I open one of my gifts. As I was opening it I noticed he was ready with the camera and I was pretty curious as to why. Next thing you know--the holy grail of my bag wish-list was sitting before me. I cried tears of joy. We all know Christmas isn't about the things, but I have a damn good man.
He insists the picture I sent was a hint, but actually it was just a warning to our non-existent date nights that were going to take place when I intended to buy that bag.


We will break down the goodies inside the bag and where you can get everything interested. I don't travel lightly (HA!). Most days I throw a bunch of the small bags inside my purse in to another Michael Kors tote that I keep in my car for any situation. The key to being a flawless woman is to always be prepared.

I have a few ipsy cosmetic bags that I stuff little extras in. I use the older Coach clutch to hold extra rewards cards and a few debit cards that I don't need in my wallet at all times.


Inside my "main biatch" cosmetic case for my purse I carry some of these beauty items. The "Sprinkles" cosmetic case kept selling out, but I finally snagged it during one of the Kate Spade Surprise Sales (which are bad for your bank account). I can't find one to link that isn't sold out, but keep your eye on those surprise sales-- you never know.
The Lucrative Lip Gloss in Luxe is from Younique Cosmetics. It is so soft and not sticky, honestly, the best gloss I have ever worn. This color is "Loveable" which is the PERFECT girly pink shade.
Endless Weekend perfume is my newest favorite scent from Bath and Body Works. It reminds me of something more expensive that I can't remember, but anyway, who doesn't love the weekend?!
I am a cupcake freak. Give me Chap Stick in Cake Batter for Easter, Christmas, and my Birthday and we will be best friends forever. It's an essential at all times.
Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips was a Target checkout last minute purchase and I am liking the nice shiny hue for summer.
The Stila lipstick I HAD to have, even if it wasn't spelled correctly. Amelia is a great name, and the color is pretty also.


I am a LASH girl and a MASCARA SNOB...I admit it. Mascara has always been my absolute favorite beauty product since I started wearing it. A few months ago I came across a post on Instagram about Younique and the 3-D FiberLash Mascara and bought some. I have tried almost every designer and store brand mascara under the sun and nothing tops this stuff. I loved it so much I became a presenter for Younique and host online parties sharing all the beauty goodies. I carry my mascara everywhere because you never know when someone will ask about your lashes and you can share the love!
The cute mascara bag is from Etsy. There are so many pouches with cute sayings for inside your bags. I love having a bunch of them on hand to organize inside my big purse!



I am a huge Kate Spade fan. Not only is every thing I own of her's well made and cute...her marketing is top notch. I have an eye for a good splash of color and consistency, and she nails it. 
The Kate Spade iPhone 5 case is old, but still available here. 
I found the wallet not long after Christmas to match a gold bag I had purchased. The wallet is the perfect size for what I need to carry. I am a fan of a bigger wallet.
The pink sunnies are probably my most favorite pair this summer. I have received a ton of compliments on them and adore the color.


Last but not least, the nitty gritty. As I mentioned before, these ipsy bags are perfect for storing little items such as the ones above. I carry my floss, some tampons (yup--I just featured some tampons up in here) and my Dr. Scholl's Rub Relief.  The Dr. Scholl's is amazing, especially with a newer pair of shoes...it works wonders.

That's " A Peek In My Purse" Edition 1. Now please don't rob me for my tampons or Chap Stick. 

What's the strangest or best thing inside your purse? Let me know in the comments!
 Have a great sunshiny weekend everyone!

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June 19, 2014

What's In A Name

Did you know that naming your blog can be almost as hard but probably harder than naming a child? I had been thinking about starting a blog for a really long time. The first blog I ever read was Healthy Diva Life. If you have never taken a moment to read, you are really missing out. Katie is inspiring, positive, real, and a lot of fun. I was sucked in by all of this and have been hooked on blogs ever since.

I have loved to write all my life. When I was younger I had five subject notebooks filled with stories about anything and everything, but mostly animals. I find this part very strange because growing up we had the oddball pets that didn't last very long. A hermit crab that I fried in my window because I wanted him to get a sun tan, a rabbit named Sarah (which was going to be my brother's name if he was a girl...he LOVED that), and some hamsters from time to time. I am allergic to cats and was..still am, scared of dogs...the typical animals. I won a few awards for my writing in elementary school which was pretty cool and I also won a spelling bee. I never made it to the big leagues on ESPN for the Scripps National Spelling Bee but I have always felt very comfortable writing.

I had some posts up my sleeve (do people even say that anymore)...actually in my notes on my phone months ago and finally took the plunge. Coming up with content seems to be the easy part (for now). Naming this space was the hardest thing I have done in the past six months. No lie. I talked with my best friends about it, probably bored my fiancee to death, and doodled pages full of contenders.

To say I'm obsessed with french fries is an understatement. I could eat them any time, anywhere. HOLD THE KETCHUP though! It just wasn't working for me in terms of a blog name though.


My personal motto has always been: Dream Big. I believe you are never too young or too old to dream...it's something that no one can take away from you. I wanted to incorporate Dreamin' Big in to my name.

One other thing I have learned throughout the years is YOLO  living in the moment. Life is way too short to not go after what you want or make it happen here and now. I have had one too many let downs online shopping where I contemplated buying something and then went back to find it sold out. Do it now...LIVE LIFE TODAY! 
Also, I am a shoe fanatic. This spot in my household may have been taken over by my fiancee who spends his Saturday mornings on a hunt to get the latest Nike's and has a collection taking over the house. (I'm not mad at all). So, the "Buy the Shoes" part of my blog name has a dual meaning , which is one of my favorite parts about it.

Here's a sample of the birth process aka naming labor:
Dream Big & Eat the French Fries
Dream Big Emelia
Bella Dreams Big
Dreaming In French Fries
Eat Now, Dream Later
Dream Big & Buy the Shoes


I think it suits this space perfectly... I'm glad I didn't go with Emelia in the title or else I would continue to be known as Amilia, Emily, Amelia Earhart, Amelia Bedelia or something else that just isn't my name. At least this name they can't mess up on my Starbucks cup!





If you want to learn a little more about me and what my mission in this creative space is all about-- check it out here.

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June 18, 2014

#9to5TotalSocial

Today I am participating in my first link-up with hosts Helene In Between & Venus Trapped in Mars to talk all about the 9 to 5. They threw out the idea of talking about a dream job which I thought was perfect. Who doesn't like to dream? We all know I do (hint hint: blog name). I've done a lot of dreaming in my days, probably too much during the hours of 9 to 5, but without further adieu...let's talk about my dream job.

Helene in Between

It all started in pre-school at my little graduation when we had to stand in front of our class and all the families gathered what we wanted to be when we grew up. I proudly walked up to the front and stated "When I grow up I want to be a police officer, just like my daddy." Pretty lofty dreams for a four year old. I think I just liked the cop car he was driving at the time. Who doesn't like bright lights and sirens in pre-school?

Things changed as I got older. The sirens aren't as appealing when you're fifteen and they take on a whole new meaning. "Police officer" is not the dream occupation for a sassy teenager.
I began to dream that I would be a writer living in New York City. I wrote about it in five subject notebooks and how I would achieve my dreams even if I was going to eat ramen noodle soup each night. I pictured myself living in the Big City and running down the streets in hot pink heels to catch a taxi and book it to some giant 100 story building and settling in to write an article that millions of people would be amazed by.

As I grew even older the dreams changed, but just a little. I realized I may not make it to be a fabulous journalist writing amazing pieces for the world to read. I settled for working in the Big City. I dreamed that I would be an assistant to a powerful CEO. I dreamed he was a man, but now I wish I would have dreamed it was a woman, because we need more of us leading big business! I thought maybe he would spill his Starbucks that I got for him during the rush in to work and that he would send me shopping at Saks to get a new one to wear for the day. I dreamed he would give me big bonus checks and I would go buy some red bottom heels.

Fast forward to the present. Reality hits a little harder, but that doesn't mean you can't still dream. My dream job would be to simply BE HAPPY. I want to go about my day smiling and feeling as if I am helping someone else. I want to still get that Starbucks and put on those pink heels and come home after a day of work smiling to kick up my feet and sip a good glass of wine knowing I had a fabulous day.
Life is too short to be anything but happy!




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June 17, 2014

Pinterest Do's & Dont's


Social Media these days is an amazing thing....but honestly, it can be hard to keep up. While we are all busy pinning away during a lunch break or while falling asleep in bed, who actually remembers to do any of these things we pin?

I made a conscious effort a few months ago to actually put my Pinterest board to use. I find somethings useful, while others a complete waste of this time, that no one actually has.



Let's get to it.

DO: cover your bananas with aluminum foil at the stem.
Those delicious fruits seemed to last a few days longer and be a little fresher. It takes about .02 cents and 2 seconds of your time. I highly recommend this one.

DO: make a concoction of baking soda and vinegar to clean your dishwasher. Hit up your local dollar store for some vinegar and baking soda. This one will cost you in the range of $4-$7 but the goods will last you a while. For a sparkly and clean dishwasher this is also a must that won't take much time. Check it out here.

DO: make these delicious Philly Cheese-Steak Peppers. While I can't promise it won't take too long...the labor is well worth it. Heck, while you cook up the meat you can even find even more awesome recipes to make or never make because you forgot about 'em on Pinterest. The recipe is low carb if you're in to all that. Personally, it makes me feel better about myself making these once a month.
These will not disappoint.




...now for the other half....

DON'T: whiten your teeth with peroxide. I tried it once...not long enough to see results, but come on, the thought of me possibly swallowing that stuff is way too scary. You use peroxide to clean cuts and scrapes and it bubbles up. To think of my mouth bubbling up like a volcano is enough to get me to run out and buy some Crest White Strips for $50. You know I'm right.

DON'T: hide money in your Chap Stick. This one seems pretty simple. Tell me the last month that you didn't lose three different tubes of the stuff. It disappears in purses and cars like magic. Magic Tubes full of glossy coating for your lips and money floating around?! If you're going to throw away dollar bills just pass those along to me! Also, if you buy the "Cake Batter" Chapstick you can toss one my way...especially if you're going to end up losing it after all.


DON'T: make your own laundry detergent. Apparently it can save you a lot of money throughout the year, especially if you're like me and have to buy detergent with some sort of Febreze scent in it (hello $22 laundry detergent)! I can't focus past the list of ingredients to even ATTEMPT to make that stuff. I feel very 1970 and inspired like a pioneer woman to go ahead and give it my all, and then once again, I READ the list & run off to Target to swipe my card for $22 detergent that will last a few months.

Lastly...one other thing I don't have the time for is creating text or ring tones for your iPhone via Pinterest. As if you couldn't already tell that I'm lacking on time from the context of this post.
But if I had to recommend one huge "DO" in my book, it would be to definitely buy the "As If" text tone from Clueless from the App Store. WINNING!



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June 16, 2014

Life's Biggest Wonders


Life's Biggest Wonders

Making an entrance to the blog world is exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. I feel like I'm on a roller coaster. So instead of waiting to see if I throw up at the end...let's just dive in!

Today I want to talk about life's biggest wonders; especially for us women. GIRLPOWER! Seriously though, if someone could find out the answers to any of these questions you will be my #1 foreva-eva.

1. Why the heck did Dairy Queen every stop making treatzza pizzas? Two of the greatest things in life combined in to one masterpiece on a plate! The last time I had one was at a birthday party sleepover my mom threw for my friends & I in 9th grade and I still remember it to this day. In 2014, as a grown woman with serious PMS cravings a treatzza pizza would be a life-saver. Tell me you wouldn't kiss a man's feet for walking in the door with one of those babies for dinner. You would.




2. Why do I always miss one patch of my leg when I'm shaving? I could be in the bathtub for twenty minutes or the shower with 500 lights blaring on my leg and no matter what...there is that one patch of hair. I feel like I'm 13 years old all over again. Is there someone that makes some type of fool proof machine that detects this hair? Picture the episode of Screech from Saved by the Bell with the metal detector on the beach...I want one of those for my legs.



3. Why is it that just when the mail carrier seems to get on a regular schedule they switch it up? My mail will be at my house at 11 AM for three weeks straight and then BOOM--no mail until 3 PM. I don't think these mail carriers understand that I have online packages that I am waiting on. My Instagram feed is dependent upon these packages I have coming!

4. Why is it that even though every day (okay maybe every other day) we wash, brush, blow-dry and straighten or curl our hair and lose about 3 handfuls of hair does it look like the same amount is still on our heads? Coming from a woman with a thick curly head of hair, I wouldn't mind if some of those handfuls just stayed away. It's like they come floating out of the shower drain or garbage can back to our heads.

5. Lastly, speaking of hair. Why hasn't someone created something sexier than the capes we wear at hair salons? The salon poncho is so unflattering when trying to take the obligatory "I'm getting my hair done right now" selfie.

Like I said before--anyone with the answers feel free to contact me so we can become BFF's. If you don't have any genius ideas take a minute and browse around so we can get to know each other anyway.
Until next time...also known as-tomorrow- (in blog world)...Have an awesome day!




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