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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hump Day Quickie: Candles are Ah-Maze-Innggg!


Let me just take a moment to tell you where all my extra funds are going these days... candles! That is right; I have been hitting up every scented aisle in the stores to get my variety of smells from my favorite burning sensation. Some of my favorite combinations lately have included sea salt and sage, black orchid and pomelo and sandalwood myrrh.

The reason I am so obsessed these days is much like the use of essential oils. When I turn on the candle the smells give me new life and help me relax. I also find that I am more productive and able to stay on track with the flicker going and subtle smells circulating in the air. I wish that I was able to burn them during work hours because I know it would be magnificent for me! If you are having a bad day, are a little stressed out or having a hard time getting creative, I recommend you light a candle and just let the magic happen for you!

Target and Marshall's have some great ones, but I would not recommend going for the cheap knock-offs elsewhere because the burn is a bit strange and you won't enjoy the smells very much. Just trust me on that one, okay! I had purchased some of those before and I wish I could feel comfortable tossing them if it weren't for the fact that I spent my hard-earned cash on them.

If you know of any other great places to buy some delectable scented goodies I would love to hear about them in the comments below. Take care and let those candles take you on a scent-filled vacation at home!

XOXO

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hump Day Quickie: I do not Like Driving


Hello everyone! I am sorry I have been on a short hiatus again, but I am back with another Hump Day Quickie for your reading pleasure. What has been on my mind most is the frustration of driving. Maybe this is a fallacy, but it seems to me that people are driving more and more crazy each day. We have the swifty, switchy lane switchy mcswitchersons, the road raging tootin' scootin' right behind your bootin' jerky tailgaters and the lost in a daze nerve wracking, "I need a blanket I am so uncomfortable driving" slowpokes.

Sometimes I really fear for my life when I am on the road with the multitude of craziness out there. I really don't understand what the big deal is to get one car ahead of someone or swerve all around traffic just to end up at the same red light STOPPED just like the rest of us. Where is the logic, people? Pull it out of your pocket and start using it. If you are no sure how to drive with etiquette here are some ideas for you:

  1. Leave a few minutes early so you don't need to count every precious second of your late arrival by swerving in and out of traffic.
  2. Please look around before you just decide to switch lanes without signalling. It is the least you can do while you are being inconsiderate is just to make sure no one is there. 
  3. Maintain a little bit of healthy space. I know this will be hard for the stage 5 clingers, but it is okay to give some buffer room so when we all come to a screeching halt we are also not going boom boom crash, too. 
  4. Have some humanity and let people out of parking lots who have been waiting forever to get a little space between the heavy flow of traffic. I am sure the universe will provide you a credit for your kindness!
  5. Most importantly, if you want to put your life in danger and live on the edge that is fine, but please don't put the rest of our lives in danger with your recklessness. Save it for donuts in the parking lot when you are all alone.
So that is it, everyone just take a chill pill and stop with the jerk brain syndrome while you are behind the wheel. What are your biggest frustrations while driving? Tell me below so we can vent together! Happy and safe driving out there in the jungle friends.  

XOXO
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hump Day Quickie: Chocolate is My Favorite Food Group


Hey- Wednesday, how did you get here so fast? Also, March, how did you get here so fast? I really feel like sometimes I blink and the day, week, month or year has gone before I know it! Well, anyway enough of that momentary adult crisis, it is time for our next edition of this week's Hump Day Quickie! I know you have just been on pins and needles up until this very moment.

So I was recently watching Step Brothers and I started thinking of my favorite Will Farrell movie, Elf. One of my favorite parts is the line, "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup." This lead me to start thinking about what is my favorite food group? The answer did not take long to formulate in my brain. It is chocolate obviously!!!

When I really sit down to think this out fully, I don't think I can name a day I didn't have any type of chocolate. Even on a healthier gym day I am reaching for a chocolate protein shake- I gotta trick my brain somehow people! In all seriousness, how delicious is chocolate though? I would say too good for my own good. Unless when you eat it you get a six pack. Then it would make sense the amount I am consuming. Please send help.

In honor of my favorite food group in the world, here is a quick list of my favorite chocolate things:

  • Chocolate covered salted caramels
  • Cadbury Milk Chocolate 
  • Chocolate covered truffles
  • Chocolate mint anything
  • Chocolate peanut butter anything
  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Chocolate drizzled popcorn
  • Chocolate infused wine
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate covered potato chips
  • (you get the idea...)
Have a great rest of the week everyone and if you love chocolate as much as I do, tell me what your favorite thing is below so I can try it! 

XOXO

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hump Day Quickie: My Face is Numb!

So, I have been thinking about starting this "Hump Day Quickie" weekly/bi-weekly mini-series for a long time and I figured what better time then now? You are right, there is no better time! I am thinking when I have random thoughts on throughout the week, I will give you a quick and delicious post here and there on Wednesdays. BUM, BUM, BUMMMM, and Hump Day Quickies have been born!


Today, my quick note is about my trip to the dentist today. I needed to get a filling fixed (darn chocolate is always hurting me in various ways), so I went into the tooth hospital for the afternoon to get repaired. As I type this, I am still drooling out of my numb half of my face as we "speak." I think it is pretty funny as I have glimpsed in the mirror at myself to see I can only smile half-way and barely make out a kiss motion. There will be no selfie duck face for me today!

What I am wondering is why does this stuff last so long? I got done about an hour ago and I just want to be able to talk normal and swallow water, is that too much to ask? I am also getting up my courage for a trip to the store. I know they are going to ask me a question like "How is your day going?" or "Did you find everything okay?" and I am going to have to muster up every bit of alternate operating facial muscles to talk like I have some sense. Don't you just hate that?!

Here are a few things you should do before you head into your next appointment with the tooth warden:

  1. Take your selfie for the day if you need to.
  2. Make all the calls you need to or simply stick with texting.
  3. Run all your errands that require human interaction; especially those in your neighborhood where you see the people often enough to know you! 
  4. Have an easy meal handy like soup ready and a straw for your drinks. *Make sure it is a cute one so you feel better!*
  5. Listen to them when they say you need to floss like a maniac so you don't have to deal with this misery. Just do it. 
I hope you have had a great week so far and I look forward to catching up with you for these weekly, random and delicious thoughts floating through my head! Tell me what you hate about the dentist below and until next time...

XOXO
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Celebrate Galentine's Day with a My-Gal-Rita!

So, who here is a fan of Parks and Recreation? (Insert redheaded-girl-with-hand-up emoji here). Could you be the Leslie Knope to my Ann Perkins? Or maybe you are more of the bacon to my Ron Swanson type; either way I think we could be really breaking the ice here! And thinking back, one of the best lessons that Leslie taught me is that February 13th is the best day of the year. 

That’s right; I am talking about Galentine’s Day my friends. The one day of the year reserved for the ladies to celebrate ladies in your favorite way. Leslie and her gal-pals loved to enjoy brunch and presents and I cannot think of a better way to share the love with your besties then delicious waffles to eat and drinks to clink.  Whoo hoo ovaries before brovaries (sorry boys)!!

To celebrate this wonderful holiday and show the ladies you love them in true Leslie fashion, I will be sharing my My-Gal-Rita (Margarita) recipe with you. So break out your most unique and fun margarita glasses to fill up and cheers to all the amazing things you will do together over this next year to give all the other people out there squad goals to look up to! This fruity, fun and refreshing drink will not only pair well with your favorite brunch foods it will also fill you with homemade love and happiness.

If you are like me, events like these where you can gather with all the ladies who have helped keep you sane and supported really means the world and can exponentially refresh your motivation to tackle the world. When you have friendships like Leslie and Ann do, you feel empowered to do anything you set your mind to. So, look out, Galentine’s Day is here and we shall be fierce and fueled by My-Gal-Ritas!


Galentine's Day My-Gal-Rita


Serves two!


Ingredients:

  • 4 oz of tequila
  • 5 sweet strawberries, leaves trimmed off and cut in half
  • 4 oz sweetened lime juice mix
  • Juice from one fresh squeezed lime
  • 1 lime, cut in 4 to use for garnish
  • 3 cups of ice
  • A splash Chambord Liqueur for topping
  • Rim salt, mixed lightly with pink food coloring


Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine pink or red food coloring with rim salt and stir until combined, then set aside.
  2. Cut strawberries in half after taking the leaves on top off. 
  3. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, press firmly into two of the halves of strawberries to make a heart shape to use for the garnish. Place the rest of the halves and leftovers into a blender.
  4. Cut one of the limes into fourths for the garnish. Cut the other lime in half and squeeze the juice into the blender.
  5. Add the tequila, sweetened lime juice mix and ice to the blender. 
  6. Turn the blender on the blending setting until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Take your margarita glasses and use one of the lime wedges to run around the rim of both cups to lightly dampen it. Take the glasses and place them upside-down in the salt to create the salted rim.
  8. Pour the blended margaritas into your prepared glasses.
  9. Top the margaritas with a splash of Chambord Liqueur.
  10. Create a garnish for the glass by sticking a toothpick through the heart-shaped strawberry and adding a lime wedge underneath it. Place it in the margarita to finish it off.
  11. Enjoy with your favorite Galentine!
I hope you have an absolutely fabulous Galentine's Day with all of your best gal pals. If you have another drink that you enjoy with friends, be sure to comment below so I can test it out. Cheers!


XOXO
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