Thursday, January 29, 2015

Week #2: Answers!

It's our second week of asking and answering questions.  Incase you missed it, you can read Teresa's answers to her questions this week here.  And below, are my answers to the same questions!

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Reading Teresa's answers to her own questions this week made me laugh, and realize, this is probably in part why we are such good friends! Her answer for the first question could have been written by me!  Energy and musical talent are always my response to this question. Unless, it can include magical powers in which case I would choose the ability to travel in time.

But to add my own original answer, I'd say that I wish I didn't care as much what people think about me. I hate it when ANYONE is even slightly unhappy with me in any way. When someone has a even a small criticism of my work, I have the hardest time not taking it personally. Basically, I need a thicker skin.

What do you value most in a friendship?

Again, I totally agree with Teresa's answer on loyalty! So important.

But for me, in the last few years I've really come to value low maintenance relationships. As my life has been more and more unpredictable, I value the friends who I can go for months without seeing when I'm out of town, yet when we get together again, were able to pick right back up where we left off.

We'd love to hear your answers to the questions in the comments! OR let us know if you have a questions for us to ask next week.

Photo above, Teresa and I a few years back with some of our former college roommates and lifelong friends.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Staying Warm at Winter Weddings

If you're planning a winter wedding, I'd suggest having a wrap on hand and there are SO many different options for what would work, depending on your style. I made a board of a variety of styles here...everything from fur to quilts! 

More photos from Jessi & Logan's wedding here. 

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Mary Kate and Ashley's Photo Secret

So apparently Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen have a little photo secret that is called "The Prune." Yes, you read that right, THE PRUNE. Before they go into a photo shoot or a place where their photo will be taken they turn to each other and say the word "Prune." This relaxes their facial muscles and give them that little pouty face that you always see them making.  I'm really terrible at non-smiling pictures so I'm going to have to give this a try. I tried to "Smize" when that was a thing but it was pretty much a fail. Are you good at taking pictures without teeth-smiling??


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Seven Airplane Essentials

Never fail, these seven things are always in my carry on for long trips.

1. Face wipes Not only are they great to wash your face, but in a pinch, you can use them on the rest of your body too. I wish I had them that time I got onto a plane covered in salt water. I've found that Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes work best for my sensitive skin.

2. Headphones that are comfortable... I used to just use earbuds, but they would hurt after too long. So I finally broke down and bought nicer headphones and I only wish I had gotten them sooner! The ones I have aren't super bulky so they are lighter and are soft enough that I can wear them and fall asleep comfortably with them on, it's almost like a ear pillow. 

3. Giant Scarf This is a great multipurpose item. While running through the airport, wear it as a scarf so it doesn't even take space in your carryon. Then on the plane, you can bundle it up as a pillow, use it as a blanket, or cover your head with it to hide from talkative seat mates. This one from Aritzia would do the trick. I have a great one (which is actually meant to be a towel!) from Ethiopia that I take most places.

Here's me and my trusty scarf boarding a way to early in the morning flight...

4. Socks Especially in traveling to warmer climates, I'll find myself wearing sandals or shoes without socks, so I alway makes sure to have a warm pair of socks for the plane, because even if the cabin is warm, the floor is usually freezing, especially if your by the window.

5. Solid Perfume Yes, this is a little frivolous, but after hours or days of travel, it's just not possible to look amazing on arrival, but at least you can smell nice. Perfume solids are great for travel because they can't spill and don't have to come out of your bag to get through TSA.  I love Lush's Karma, it's a great pick me up, and I recently got Tea Olive from Hove Perfumeur in New Orleans. Next, I want to try to make my own! (To respect those stuck in an enclosed space with you, stick with something that's made with essential oils and isn't too strong)

6. Books/Movies/Music/Podcasts* I've learned to never rely on inflight entertainment. It's always a fun surprise when there's multiple movies I want to see, but backup options are necessary. Seasons of The Office and Modern Family have kept me entertained for countless hours this past year. I also like to have an audio book or podcasts and and a couple of books on my phone as well. A friend introduced me to this app, which has white noise and calming music and sounds, it's perfect for trying to fall asleep when you have noisy people around you.

This would be my "oh goody I get to sit by talkative strangers so I've shoved chocolate in my mouth so I don't have to respond to them" face...

7. Snacks I try and always have something that'll make me happy to pull out of my bag in the middle of the flight. Whether it's a chocolate bar or some almonds. Just a little something to crunch on. Especially helpful if the meal on your flight is some sort of octopus and anchovy concoction...which has been the case a few times on Asian airlines, not terrible, but not my top choice for airplane food.

*Don't forget to bring your charger in your carryon! I pretty much always travel with a laptop as well, but I rarely use it on flights. I have learned to always have it charged and use it to recharge my iPhone battery when I'm on a flight that doesn't have any sort of outlets.

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Week 2: Questions!

Time for the second round of our questions! Here are last weeks questions from Jenny and my answers if you are interested. I'm borrowing mine this week from that awesome Modern Love column I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. (ps. did you see the hilarious follow up in the New Yorker?)

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

I wish I had more energy. I’ve always been a fairly low-energy person who needs tons of sleep and gets sick easily if I get overly busy. I wish I was one of those people who actually gain energy by doing more and more. I have a lot of ideas and aspirations but just getting through my daily routine is an accomplishment.

Also, I’d love to be musical in some way, I can’t sing or play any instruments.

What do you value most in a friendship?

Confidentiality. I want to know that when I tell somebody something they aren’t going to go blab it all over the place. Despite the fact that my main hobby is blogging, I’m actually a fairly private person and it takes a lot for me to open up to someone. A friend that can keep a secret is priceless and rare.

These days I also value someone that actually finds what I say interesting. My life is currently a series of mundane details about child rearing, a desk/office job, and watching a lot of TV. It’s fun to find a friend who has some of these things in common and actually finds it INTERESTING to listen to these details of my life (which would not make a good book or TV show!). 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Motivation

This rings very true to me today. We have a lot going on this year and it all keeps spinning around in my head. Sometimes it's best to just take a deep breath and see where the wind takes you. 

Easier said than done though. 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! I caught that miserable cold that is going around so I'm hunkered down with my box of Kleenex letting Mylo watch TV feeling like the best mom ever. Hope your weekend is off to a better start than mine -- if you have any good Netflix recommendations let me know!

Apparently pineapples help with a sore throat.

Made me laugh, issues with Goodnight Moon.

If you're sick like me, Amazon is streaming their hit new show Transparent for FREE all day tomorrow. It's worth binge-watching, one of my new favorites.

8 questions to ask yourself to declutter.

Funfetti buttermilk birthday cake. Need I say more?

This movie that comes out on Valentine's Day looks pretty good.

The new fast food.

Incredible Austin boat dock.

Beautiful tattooed brides.

What babies can teach us.

This made me chuckle, travel tips from celebrities.


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