Monthly Archives: April 2013

It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

brave goodbye

Climbing the Ladder:

Is networking as awkward for you as it is for me??

Round the World:

Traveling around the world is my ultimate dream but would you do it solo?

Feed Your Mind:

Improve your vocabulary.

How Does Your Garden Grow:

Why you’re killing your houseplants.

Best plants for low-light apartments.

Body Lovin’:

Jump start your morning with this energizing yoga routine.

Giggles and Such:

You can’t un-hear these song lyrics.

Sweet angel mouse you’re awesome.

don't tell me to calm downno monsterHave a great weekend!

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Home Training for Harmonious Living

By the time most of us are “adults” we’ve had the experience of leaving the warm (rent-free) bosom of Mom and Dad’s and living with roommates.

Sometimes these roommates are random students your college thought you’d mesh well with, friends, family, or even strangers you found on Craigslist.

However, just because most of us have lived with others doesn’t mean we know how to do it well.

So, I’ve pulled together some home training tips to help you be a better roomie:

1.) If you can’t remember the last time you held a broom/mop/Swiffer in your hands, it’s probably time for you to clean something. Seriously! Right now!! Stop reading this and go vacuum. Better yet, dust first.

2.) If you break something that doesn’t belong to you, own up to it, and replace it – immediately if not sooner.

3.) If you didn’t buy it, don’t eat it.

4.) If you or your guests use the last of any shared item (food stuffs, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) replace it! There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night and having to drip dry.

5.) Expect waking up in the middle of the night because your roommate invited over the loudest.guest.EVER! Your guests are a reflection of you, if they’re rude, loud, and messy – so are you. Don’t be that dude.

6.) I could write an entire blog post on dishes. I don’t understand, am I the only person who thinks if you have a dishwasher, you should simply empty it when the dishes are clean, put dirty dishes directly in until full, then repeat?!?

For those of you who don’t understand my flawless logic, a few pointers:

Rinse your dishes before you put them in the sink! I don’t care how gnarly your dishwasher is, crusted-on week-old food does not come clean without a serious scrubbing. And it’s super gross for the person who eventually does load the dishwasher. (Because we all know, it’s not going to be you.)

When the sink looks like this:

do your dishes


7.) Do not borrow anything without asking.

8.) If you can’t remember the last time you and your significant other stayed at their place, it’s definitely time for you to switch it up. No matter how well your roommates get along with your main squeeze no one wants a permanent house guest and nothing is more annoying than having to witness couple time all the time. We get it, you’re in love and want to spend all your time together, just please understand, not everyone feels the same.

9.) There should always be a heads up for overnight guests and gatherings. It’s the polite (adult) thing to do. The two most awkward shared living situations are coming home to a party you didn’t know about and sharing your morning coffee with the stranger(s) you found on the couch.

10.) Pick your shit up. Growing up if we didn’t put our stuff away my father was libel to throw it in the trash. A girlfriend of mine trained her roommates to clean up by putting anything (including dirty dishes) they left strewn about in their pillowcase. Not sure I could pull that one off with a clear conscience, but it’s definitely effective!

Those are just my top 10.

What are your rules for a harmonious house??

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It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of)

I had the most amazing experience this past weekend at The Rock N Roll Resort: v3 Tiny Rager!

I highly recommend anyone who loves art and music to go next year.

Needless to say, it’s been a rough start to the week. So we’ll be skipping straight to Friday, while I give my brain some much needed downtime.

I promise once I decompress and remember how to string intelligent sentences together, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming 🙂

Quote of the Day:

breathe move on jimmy buffett quote

Climbing the Ladder:

In-box out of control?? How to keep email from taking over your life.

On the job hunt? How to stand out from the crowd.

Body Lovin’:

Tummy troubles got you down?? Try these yoga poses for improved digestion.


Why wait years for Mother Nature to produce sea glass?? Just make your own!

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Hawaiian, Gluten-free, AND Paleo. Pretty sure they’re delicious too 🙂

Healthy pancakes??


Trying to decorate on a budget? Get thrifty AND creative!

Peace of Mind:

Master your fears and get happy.

Round the World:

I’m almost six monthes passed the 30 milestone but I managed to cross most of these off in time. And I can definitely fit numbers 30, 13, 6, and 2 into one epic trip 🙂


In the wake of Monday’s tragedy it’s easy to lose faith in mankind. Here are 10 acts of kindness to remind you the world really is a beautiful place even if some of the people who inhabit it are not.

Giggles and Such:

dustpanlife is like a box of chocolates

milk i am your father

Have a great week(end)!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

be the heroine not the victim nora ephron quote

Climbing the Ladder:

On the job hunt? Explain your non-traditional career path and ace your interview.

Dollars and Sense:

Apparently it’s Financial Literacy month – I didn’t even know that was a thing! Check out Warren Buffet’s money advice.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Healthy chips?!? Be still my beeting heart 🙂

How Does Your Garden Grow:

For those of you a little short on space – make your own lettuce basket.

Giggles and Such:

Early twenties vs. late twenties

drink with moderation

are you a smart assheadacheHave a great weekend!

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Judgey Wudgey Was a Bear

woman's mind

And at least 1,347 of those tabs are open to something we said or did, we’re currently obsessing over not having gotten quite right.

You can meet the smartest, most successful woman on earth, but I bet you $1000 there are at least 3 things she thinks she’s done wrong in the last week, that she can’t seem to let go of.

The judgement of others can be harsh, but there’s nothing compared to the judgement we pass on ourselves.

I for one, am tired of the constant loop of let-downs I review in the wee hours of the night.

finish each day emerson quote

Why is it five years later I can remember in detail an off-handed criticism from someone I don’t even like, but the last compliment I received is a little fuzzy??

I would never speak to someone I love in the harsh, judgmental voice I reserve for myself late at night.

If one of my friends came to me obsessing over some slight or slip-up, I would help them look at the big picture.

Illustrate that while they may have messed up this time it does not define them as a failure.

you have a glass

So why can’t I be that rational, supportive friend to myself??

Sometimes it feels as though there are two different women who live in my head.

One’s a smart, kind, cleverly talented, rational woman.

The other is Judgey Wudgey the Bear.

And I’m not talking about some cute little bear:

cute bear

Judgey Wudgey is a mean ol’ bitch:

angry bear

And she’s always cranky!

I’ve been trying to find new ways to silence the snarky bitch.

Since coming out of hibernation, she’s been overly articulate and quite nosy.

Digging up the past like she’s foraging for food.

I haven’t really had much success in getting her to STFU!


Even as I write this I can hear her mocking me, “boo hoo, poor little girl got her feelings hurt”.

So I’m going to start writing her bullshit down.

Much like I list the things I’m grateful for each day.

In order to maintain an objective frame of mind, I will now also include the day’s top five judgements.

Maybe if I have to acknowledge them on paper, I can forgive myself my transgressions and move on.

Or maybe I’ll see how truly ridiculous and mean-spirited Judgey Wudgey is and learn to ignore her.

let it go

Wish me luck!

How do you let go of your inner critic?

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

kindness and mischief mary oliver quote

Health and Wellness:

When’s the last time you scheduled a little “me” time?

Wednesday was National Walking Day. Did you miss it?? 5 reasons you should go for a walk today!

Climbing the Ladder:

10 things to do every workday.

Round the World:

What’s better than vacationing in a tropical local?? Vacationing in a treetop hotel in a tropical local!!

Nurture Nature:

How to spot Saturn in the sky.

Looking for Love:

I don’t need a man to bring my sexy back.

Wine me, Dine me:

Delish for breakfast, better for dinner.


Practice kindness, acceptance and joy.


Summer is coming. Make your own maxi skirts.

Giggles and Such:

If these pooches don’t make you giggle you might be dead inside.

sit on a beach all daymelon collieruin your day

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Where does your food come from??

There’s been a lot of talk about GMO’s lately.

For those of you who don’t understand the importance of GMO labeling, I’ve pulled together some quick hits for you.

Part of being an adult is feeding yourself.

Make sure you aren’t feeding yourself poison.

GMO Fact sheet_small

For those of you who are unfamiliar check out everything you’d ever want to know about GMO’s here.

10 reasons why GMO food is bad for you.

Some truly scary facts on the Monsanto Protection Act signed into law last week.

GMO’s are also responsible for the dying off of the honeybee.

Now that you’ve read all that. Here’s some good news:

Monsanto-free seed companies. Pretty important considering Monsanto owns 40% of conventional seed companies in the U.S. and 20% worldwide.

grocery labels

non GMO companies 2non GMO companies

And last but not least, one more tidbit to blow your mind. 19 brands you didn’t know were owned by giant corporations.

The moral of the story kids is you should know where your food comes from.

Buy local.

Buy organic.

For those of you in the area some local farmer’s markets:

Forest Park


Billings Forge

Western Mass


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