Monthly Archives: November 2012

It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

“Tell a child, a husband or an employee that he is stupid or dumb at a certain thing, that he has no gift for it, and that he is doing it all wrong and you have destroyed almost every incentive to try to improve. But use the opposite technique, be liberal with encouragement; make the thing seem easy to do, let the other person know that you have faith in his ability to do it, that he has an undeveloped flair for it — and he will practice until the dawn comes in at the window in order to excel.” ~Dale Carnegie

Climbing the Ladder:

Entrepreneurship lessons from the battlefield.

Techie Love:

Privacy on the interweb. How to keep Facebook from selling your information.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

 I usually don’t like sugar cookies (real deserts include chocolate) but these look delish!

Luscious Locks:

For those days when you just don’t feel like doing your hair.

Health and Wellness:

Workout while you watch TV!

DIY:

Absolutely gorgeous and super easy hand painted scarf.

Inspirational:

Watch this if you EVER feel like giving up.

Giggles and Such:

Bless her heart.

Have a great weekend!

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Afraid For My Life

So I finally joined the 21st century and traded in my trusty old Crackberry Torch for a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S III.

Isn’t she pretty?! 🙂

I can’t lie though, the last week and a half has had a serious learning curve.

In case you were wondering, there’s absolutely nothing that prevents drunk texting/dialing better than not knowing how to use you phone!

I’ve managed to get a handle on it though and I think I might be in love.

But, now I’m terrified!

My whole life can be organized and cataloged on this one sleek piece of technology.

BUT WHAT IF I LOSE IT??!!??

I’ve talked before on A-n-A about my beloved planner.

I’m sorry girl. It’s not you. It’s me.

I never thought we’d part ways, but it’s time to retire the old girl 😦

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time transferring over all the comings and goings of my life from old school to new school.

So far it’s working out pretty well.

The calendar that came on my phone is pretty robust, although I do wish there was a better way to view my full day at a glance.

Supposedly I can sync to the calendar on my gmail, which is awesome! If only I could figure out how to do that…

I’ve also found a couple apps to help me keep track of my never-ending to-do list.

Astrid is an amazing app that reminds you to do EVERYTHING! If I miss a call this little cutie-patootie even reminds me to return,  saying, “Don’t you like getting a callback?”.

How cute is this little nugget?!

Evernote might be the coolest memo pad I’ve ever seen. I can make notes on anything via text, picture, or voice command. It’s pretty fricking cool! And it syncs to a cloud app on my lap top so I’ll never lose my notes if I happen to lose my phone!

An elephant never forgets!

So kids, how do you back-up your device?
Do you have a favorite organizer app?
Any suggestions for a better calendar app?

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

DIY:

Get that super soft t-shirt feel without waiting through years of washing and drying!

Inspirational:

Health and Wellness:

So I’m a little late to the party, but I’m on Day 3 and I feel fabulous!

Round the World:

Having a mid-life crisis? Don’t buy the tired old cliched sports car. Go here!

Climbing the Ladder:

Looking to boost your performance? Try these 10 simple postures.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

The perfect breakfast for a chilly morning. You can even make it ahead of time!

Giggles and Such:

Nobody’s perfect.

Every single morning!

Since next week is Thanksgiving AND my big 3-0, Adventures in Adulthood will be on vacation. Don’t worry, we’ll be back November 28th 🙂

Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving!!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

DIY:

Have a favorite article of clothing you wish you had another of?? Make your own patterns from the favorites you already own!

Inspirational:

Can’t we all just get along??

Health and Wellness:

Confused about what supplements or vitamins you should be taking? Check out Dr. Oz’s 3 key supplements.

Round the World:

You don’t have to have a furry friend to enjoy these 8 historical walks in New England.

Climbing the Ladder:

8 habits of remarkably successful people.

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems:

Planning on giving that special someone a big gift this holiday season? Save yourself some money and don’t buy these 12 things until after the holiday rush.

Luscious Locks:

How to get the perfect bun.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Make your own Texas Roadhouse butter!!

Sexual Healing:

Did you know kissing is great way to reduce wrinkles?!?

Giggles and Such:

Don’t mess with this baby. He’ll fuck you up!

Things I don’t understand about girls.

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Thirty Life Lessons

There’s this great list from Glamour I kept on my fridge for years.

When I cut it out I don’t think I really understood it, but I figured they were things I could work towards (I was sixteen at the time).

There’s now an equally amazing book that came from said list, full of wonderful life lessons from awe inspiring women (my personal fave is from Maya Angelou).

I’m not 30. I’m 29.95 plus tax

As I approach my big 3-0 I’ve been thinking about all the life lessons I’ve personally learned along the way.

I’ve forgotten some of them from time to time.

A couple that I’m definitely old enough to know better!

So I figured I’d write down the top 30 lessons I’ve learned thus far and see if I could save someone else a little trouble 🙂

1.) Family is the most important thing. And it’s not just the family you’re born with.

2.) Stop making up stories explaining the events in your life and just except them. The more time your spend analyzing you life the less time you spend living it.

3.) If it seems too good to be true – it is.

4.) Always trust your gut. That niggling feeling that something isn’t quite right, is always right.

5.) Music is the miracle of life. It has the power to validate your feelings, make a bad day better, celebrate good times, nurse a broken heart, and help you keep on keepin’ on.

6.) Be honest. It’s hard. I know. If you don’t have the balls to be honest with others, at least be honest with yourself.

7.) No one is going to take care of you. Save your pennies and always have some “fuck you” money stashed away.

8.) Everyone has their own narrative and they are rarely EVER the same.

9.) Always be yourself. The most authentic version of yourself you can manage. Never EVER water down your personality for anyone. It’s the best part about you girl 😉

10.) My parents are truly amazing people.

Seriously! They rock!

11.) Talk is cheap. No matter what people SAY it’s what they DO that actually matters. So pay attention.

12.) You can fool yourself better than you can fool anyone else.

13.) Perception really is reality. There’s nothing you can do to change that, so stop wasting your time worrying about what other people think.

14.) Opportunity is usually disguised as hard work.

15.) Dogs are better than most people.

He might eat your shoes, but he’ll never do you wrong.

16.) This too shall pass is a true story. Good or bad, life changes on a dime. Always appreciate what you have.

17.) Stop trying to fast forward your life. Slow the fuck down and just take it all in. It really is all about the journey. Don’t get me wrong, goals are good, but it’s how you get there that really matters.

18.) Be BOLD. Ain’t nobody got time for that pansy ass shit. Figure out what you want and go for it.

19.) Credit cards are a slippery slope. Pay off your balance at the end of each month. You’ll save thousands in interest rates and countless headaches.

20.) Have an excellent tailor and hairdresser. They’ll make you look like a million bucks even when you can’t afford a cup of coffee. (For those of you in the area: Amber LaBorde at Visual Changes in Longmeadow, MA is beyond amazing and A Perfect Fit in Agawam, MA is the only tailor I’ve ever met who continually tries to save me money and does wonderful work with an unheard of turnaround.)

21.) Mind your manners. Especially if you’re sometimes socially challenged. Remembering what your Mama taught you will get you successfully through most interactions and keep you out of hot water.

22.) Read more. Books have lessons we’re all familiar with but hearing someone else’s troubles helps us actually learn them.

23.) A bra that fits right will change your life. Seriously go get fitted for one. I know, it’s awkward and weird but it’s worth it.

24.) Jealousy really is a monster. Keep an eye out for that bitch. She’ll sneak up on you if you’re not careful.

25.) Climbing a mountain will clear your head of all your worries. Even a small mountain 🙂

26.) Learn how to LET GO. (I have to admit I’m still working on this one. It’s super hard sometimes.)

27.) Expectations can be a dangerous thing to have. Manage yours well.

28.) Sex does NOT equal intimacy.

29.) Learn how to confront people effectively. Keeping emotions bottled up inside isn’t healthy, but neither is flying off the handle when you can’t take it anymore. Address your issues upfront and you’ll feel much better in the long run.

30.) A new pair of shoes can change your life.

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

”We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available.  We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living.  We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on.  But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.  Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. ”  Thich Nhat Hanh

DIY:

Just in time for the chilly fall weather! Turn that pair of flannel pajama pants you never wear into a cozy infinity scarf.

Inspirational:

25 stories to make you smile and cry 🙂

Health and Wellness:

Having trouble sleeping? These 7 habits might be ruining your chance of a good night’s sleep.

Climbing the Ladder:

There’s nothing worse than a limp handshake. Check out these 3 steps to the perfect handshake.

Luscious Locks:

Not your average pony

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Never worry about getting popcorn lung and save yourself some serious money! How to make your own microwave popcorn.

Giggles and Such:

Storm of S’mores

It’s okay to suck at stuff.

Have a great weekend!

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