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Monday, December 23, 2013

Top Three Blog Posts of 2013

Happy Holidays everyone! I'm about an hour away from heading to the train station so I can ride in to visit my family in Connecticut for Christmas. As soon as Christmas is over New Years will be the next thing on everyone's mind. 2013 is quickly coming to an end. 

I want to thank all of you, new and old, readers who have read and commented and shared my blog this year. Based on page views, here are the posts you liked the most this year: 

1. Sweater Search Fall 2013



I would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Blessed New Year!

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

YouTube Tuesday: Xmas Jammies

Bad Blogger. I haven't done a YouTube Tuesday since the summer! That's ok, because just in time for the holiday season I present to you #Xmas Jammies... the cutest and funniest family virtual Christmas card I've ever seen lol. 

What are your Christmas/Holiday plans?
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Doesn't this just max out your cuteness meter?

There are certain things that just max out my cuteness meter. Certain things almost always engage my "Awwwww" factor:
Animals in Human Clothes

Pitbull Puppies (and all puppies)


Babies with Animals 


Close-up shots of animals


Children in costumes


I guess you can say my cuteness preferences can be boiled down to children and animals lol.

What gets your cuteness meter maxed out?



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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Stop Being Derailed by E-mail and Get Productive

E-mail is an every day party of life. I don't know many people who go a day without checking their e-mail, and most people check it at least once an hour, even on the go with their smartphones. In most cases, people feel like checking their e-mail when they begin work in the morning is a part of productivity, but it can also completely derail you from your tasks. One click leads to another, and you're working on a project that you meant to work on after a more pressing project, or you've found your way onto social media, shopping websites, or just have gotten completely distracted. 

Yes, there are things in our inbox that need attending to, but I feel like we need to break away from the inbox to actually get more work done. I've decided to STOP checking my e-mail first thing when I get to the office. Instead, I take an index card, write down things that MUST be completed in that day, work on those first, then check e-mail, which will undoubtedly add more items to my to-do list. This way, I know I'm getting things done that I need to get done, before working on whatever needs have sprung up over night. 


I got this index card idea from Rosetta at Happy Black Woman who suggested this technique for being productive every day. Combining the index card list, with not checking e-mail right off, is helping me get more done and stay focused. 

How often do you check your e-mail?
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Complete 30 Before 30 List

Alright, I've done it! I have completed the MAKING of my 30 Before 30 List! Now, full speed ahead to crossing things off: 

1. Pick fruit at an orchard  Completed Fall 2016 (if you consider pumpkin a fruit lol)
2. Elaborately decorate a pumpkin for my porch
3. Zip line
4. Horse-back ride
5. Visit my best friend from high school in Massachusetts
6. Grow something edible in my garden
7. Spend 30 days developing a good habit
8. Wear a crop top, in public
9. Host a dress up dinner party
10. Take a graphic design class
11. Meet a blogger I haven't met yet - COMPLETE 11/8/13! I met the lovely Lorelei of Suggestivetongue
12. Get my license COMPLETE 2/25/16
13. Visit a restaurant from Diners Drive-ins and Dives
14. Play a home game of Chopped
15. Make a really decorative cake or cupcakes
16. Go shopping and recreate a whole outfit I found on Pinterest
17. Become a paper towel-less household
18. Play a video game until sunrise then go to sleep
19. Complete a juice cleanse
20. Have a pottery party
21. Make a vision board Completed 1/1/14
22. Have a professional photoshoot with friends
23. Dress my dog up for Halloween
24. Have a Halloween costume with extensive makeup.
25. Journal every day for a month
26. Go to a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York
27. Go to Philly's Thanksgiving Parade
28. Volunteer somewhere
29. Have blowup Christmas decorations in my yard
30. Try a manicure with pointy nails Completed 12/30/13
*Bonus*
31. Blog every day for 30 days


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Hello December, Thanksgiving Recap

Doesn't it seem like November just started? It feels like Halloween was just a couple weeks ago. December is HERE. Christmas is just around the corner!

Thanksgiving went extremely well. I don't think I could have asked for a better day. I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade while making breakfast. Once the parade was over my mom and I got to cooking. Everything came out GREAT and around the same time thanks to my spreadsheet

Table: 


Food: 


Now it's full speed ahead to Christmas, which is very exciting. I'm doing pretty well with my Christmas shopping and looking forward to more food, fun and festivities with the people I love. 

My Tree (thanks Pinterest): 



How was your Thanksgiving?
Are you ready for the Christmas season?

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