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Friday, September 28, 2012

The Warm Beverage Hierarchy

One of my absolute favorite parts of fall outside of scarves and knit hats is warm beverages. There are just certain drinks that if I haven't had one yet, it just isn't officially fall. In order of least greatness to super greatness:

German hot chocolate - This is at the bottom of the list because I can pretty much only have it once a year. It is so thick and rich, not something I could consume often, but it is so good. Imagine eating a melted chocolate bar, that is German hot chocolate.

Hot apple cider - I love apple cider cold or not, but a warm mug of apple cider is the perfect "I want something warm but not caffeinated or chocolate" drink.

Mexican hot chocolate or latte - They always say adding a bit of spice to chocolate brings out the flavor and this is a prime example of that. If you've never had it, it's tastes how it sounds, a spicy (in a good way!) chocolate flavor.

White chocolate hot chocolate - sweet, creamy, awesomeness.

 Pumpkin Spice Latte - this is my official "this is fall" drink. I'll get it from Wawa, Starbucks, 7-11, the neighborhood coffee shop, pretty much anywhere. I also purchased some pumpkin spice coffee k-cups for my Keurig brewer so I don't always have to spend money to have my pumpkin spice fix.

What are your favorite warm beverages of the season?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

How Nicki Minaj Ruined Halloween

I like Halloween. I haven't dressed up in a few years, and I didn't even give out candy last year because I had a rehearsal on Halloween night. This year, the mid-day, mid-week dance party at my job for the month of October happens to fall on Halloween. (Yes, I have mid-day, mid-week dance parties at my job, if you're in Philly ask me for details lol). So I MUST have an awesome costume. I thought about being Black Widow: 

But, if I wore a cat suit and a red wig, even with various guns strapped to me, people would think I was Nicki Minaj. 

Then I thought, being Effie Trinket would be really cool: 

But, if I wore a blonde wig and make-up like this, people would think I was Nicki Minaj: 

So, since Nicki Minaj has ruined any costume that requires a wig for me, I'm not going to be a woman at all for Halloween. I'm going to be one of my favorite male TV characters. 10 points to anyone who guesses who I'll be :-D


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Kmart Big Layaway Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

We are in mid September. The temperatures are starting to drop and soon the leaves will be turning colors and falling off the trees. Do you know what that means? We are entering my favorite series of holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, My Birthday, Valentine's Day. Woot!

I'm already starting to think about saving for holiday gifts and holiday travel. To ease the hit on consumer's pockets in this season Kmart is hosting a big layaway giveaway series. Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway will choose one winner per store, per week, every week until 11/17/12 for great prizes. To enter all you have to do is put something in Kmart's free layaway - all fees waived. With no fee, Kmart is a good place to put those gifts you know you'll want in the current months away, guarenteed, and with no penalty. The same can't be said for other stores as you can see in the Kmart layaway grid. 

Kmart Free Layaway Grid 09_12.jpg

People who've been reading my blog for a while, or know me, know I love a good camp out on Black Friday for deals, but I can't knock the convenience of a layaway program either. I try to top myself in the presents I get for my niece every year, and this year, I think I have my eye on some sort of Barbie or Disney Princess jeep. :-)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"In Time," the 99%, and the Myth of the American Dream

This past weekend I watched "In Time." I'm a big fan of dystopian sci-fi so this movie was right up my alley. Not only did I really enjoy the movie, but I also found it to be a great social commentary on the distribution of wealth in the U.S.

The basic premise of the film was a future world in which people stopped aging at 25, and are only given one year  past that to live. Time, and not money, is the currency. Work, steal, and borrow to add time to your clock, or die. While you need time to live you also have to pay for everything in your time.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

The lovely BeULuv granted me the Liebster award!
Award rules: It's an award given to bloggers with awesome blogs who are still building an audience (followers under 200).  You tell 11 things about your self and answer the 11 question from the blogger giving you the award and then give 11 questions for the new recipients.  You then pass the award onto 5 others. And don't for get to mention and link to the blogger giving the award.

11 Things About Me: 
1. I started dancing when I was three years old
2. In highschool a began my transition from a dancer to an actor
3. I have a lovely husband named Tim
4. October will make 3 years of marriage for me and Tim
5. I have an awesome dog named Sunny
6. I prefer PCs for my computing needs and Apple products for my phone needs
7. My favorite artist of all time is Michael Jackson
8. I'm actually finding it difficult to come up with 11 things about myself lol
9. I work in the non-profit arts
10. I'm also a site editor for Autisable.com
11. I spend hours on Pinterest

Questions from BeULuv: 

Favorite place to shop? Ross
Favorite thing to make? Grilled chicken, because it's fast and easy
One word that describes your life? Awesome
Book or magazine? Book
Neat freak or clutter? Neat freak
Favorite flower? Carnations 
Favorite item of clothing? Maxi dresses
Favorite TV show new or old? Leverage
Last time you cried? I can't remember, I guess that's good!
You get three wishes, what do you wish for? My grandmother to be completely healed, a free interior designer for the rest of my life and all my student loans payed off
Is it a bad hair day or good hair day? Medium hair day lol

I have selected the following bloggers to receive the award: 
The Saxophone Player's Wife

My questions for you lovely ladies are: 
1. What is your favorite past time?
2. What is your dream job?
3. How often do you swim?
4. Which season is your favorite?
5. Coffee or Tea?
6. What's your favorite food to eat?
7. What kind of cell phone do you have?
8. What's your favorite blog to read?
9. What is the most impressive technological advancement in your lifetime?
10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
11. When is the last time you colored? 



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Being Assumptive, or Trying to Help Out?

Within the past couple months two situations of similarity have happened to/around me. 

The first: Friends and I were at a pretty swanky restaurant/lounge inside a Ritz Carlton hotel. A friend of a friend ordered some shots and the waitress made sure to tell him how much the shots were. It was something absurd like $20 per shot. (I had also payed $5 for ONE cheeseburger slider...but I digress lol). The friend of the friend was offended that the waitress felt the need to tell him the price of the shots, as if she was trying to imply that he couldn't afford the shots. I personally felt that she probably just wanted to let him know that they had hiked up prices, around double of the price of a non-Ritz Carlton hotel lounge type of place. 

The second: This weekend at the grocery store. I walked up to the seafood freezer (I know, I shouldn't be buying frozen shrimp I should be buying fresh. I haven't gotten there yet lol) and the fishmonger said  "hey, you're looking for the shrimp over here, the shrimp on sale is over here." I thought, why does she think I'm looking for the sale shrimp? I'm no fool, I checked out the sale shrimp, but they weren't pealed, and I hate taking the tails off the shrimp, forget about pealing. So I went back to the other freezer and grabbed my full-priced shrimp. In my mind I questioned, is she assuming I can't afford the full price shrimp, or is she just trying to help me out?

Both cases are sticky situations, because there really is no way to truly understand someone's intentions. Are they trying to save you money, or are they assuming you don't have any?

What do you think?

Friday, September 7, 2012

My Hair Holy Grail

note: not my hair, just a photo from google lol

I have had bouts of product junkie-ism, I'll be the first to admit that. My bathroom cabinet still shows signs of  this, as it's packed with hair products lol. It's with equal parts happiness and sadness that I think I've found the end of my hair product junkie ways. Sad because I really have no excuse to keep buying and trying products, happy because I think I have FINALLY found the perfect combinations of products to give my hair great shine, softness and moisture. I have found my wash day holy grail!

I pre-poo (or pre-shampoo) with coconut oil. During this time I also lightly finger detangle my hair, spraying a section of hair with water, applying coconut oil, and finger combing to remove shed hair. 

I then (still outside the shower), apply Terressentials Mud Wash to my scalp, and run it along my hair shaft. At this point I hop in the shower, rinse the Terressentials Mud Wash and then co-wash (or conditioner wash) with Tresseme Naturals. I also more thoroughly finger comb/finger detangle while the Tresseme Naturals isi n my hair. I rinse this out with cold water. 

Once I'm out the shower I dry my hair in a t-shirt for about 10-15 minutes and apply either coconut or Vatika oil to my damp hair and style it however I'm going to style. 

I get THE MOST moisture from this process. I'm talking 3 or 4 days without having to put ANY more product on my hair. Still soft and shiny with no product application? Surely you jest!

What are your holy grail products for perfect hair?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thankful Thursday - 9/6/12

Joining Cami at First Day of My Life for Thankful Thursday: 

Today I am thankful for: 

Having had a summer FULL of travel. Hubs and I went to Virginia Beach, San Diego, North Carolina, and I just ended the summer with an awesome trip to New York with my girls. 

Fall being just around the corner. We are about to enter a series of holidays I love - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday, Valentine's Day... that is non-stop festiveness. *thumbs up*

My dog. I don't know if she's getting cuter by the day, but I can't get enough of my Sunny Buckets. 

My husband. He's just awesome. :-)

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Aftermath of Reckless Eating

I went away this weekend for the Labor Day holiday and had 4 days of reckless eating. I don't regret any of it: hamburgers, fried chicken and waffles, white rice, Sweedish fish, alcohol, mozzarella sticks, beef patties, a bazillion mimosas, french fries. It was all SO delicious, but I’m feeling the repercussions. I can definitely feel the change in my digestion, and I’m having crazy food cravings.

Prior to this I’d been eating pretty clean so I’d weaned my body off of the feeling of NEEDING chocolate or fried food or else I’d go crazy. Not just wanting, but actually feeling like I NEEDED sugars and fried things. Well my friends, I’m back there. The weekend opened up the floodgates and I literally feel like if I don’t have some chocolate cake with chocolate icing, white cheddar popcorn or a starch of some kind I may strangle someone.

What will I do? Suck it up. If I cave in to my cravings I’m just going to keep caving in. It took me a long time to get to the point where I no longer craved “bad” stuff, so I just need to get over the hump again.

I’m pretty proud that I’ve gotten to a point where I can actually feel the difference good foods and bad foods have on my system.

So I’ll just sit here and salivate over pictures of this weekend’s meals. ;-)

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