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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

impossible

Dollars and Sense:

Single with no kids?? 5 ways to plan for your financial future.

Techie Love:

Facebook rolled out their new Graph Search this week. Learn how to lock down your privacy settings.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the “Bing It On Challenge”. Well, it might be time to take it. Only 13% of Google search results are real 😦

Wine Me, Dine Me:

400 companies that DO NOT use GMOs in their products.

Fashion Forward:

The most ingenious accessory EVER!!

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

Who you gonna call?? Ghostbusters! Playing at 7pm in Pope Park in Hartford.

For my Connecticut peeps, The Juicy Grapes will be at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford with Rythmic Circus. Sure to be a funky good time! Show starts at 10pm. Put on your dancing shoes at get your boogie on girl!

For you kids east of the river, The John Cantalini Band will be rocking out at the Skybox in Southwick. Show starts at 9:30pm. Just a reminder, John Cantalini is that guitar genius you love from The Kings. A guaranteed good time!

For you westside kiddos, The Truckstop Troubadours will be playing all your favorite country classics out at The Wales Irish Pub. If you haven’t seen these guys, you’re in for a real treat! Front man Brian Chicoine channels The Man in Black better than Johnny Cash himself!!

Saturday Shenanigans:

Camp Bisco is this weekend. For those of you who are too broke or too busy to rock out for all three days, Saturday passes are available. Saturday’s lineup includes The Disco Biscuits and Passion Pit.

Another one for you Connecticut peeps, Stanley Maxwell will be at The Main Pub in Manchester. This funky jazz quartet has a soulful sound and they love to jam. They were the Hartford Advocate Jazz Band of the year for 2010, 2009, and 2007. Show starts at 8pm. All ages.

Sunday Funday:

Couldn’t make it out to Wales to get your country on Friday night?? Then head over to Geraldine’s in West Springfield for a special local acoustic country showcase. The one and only Brian Chicoine will be hosting with Southern Rain Acoustic, Northern Lights (featuring one of my favorites Richie Lexington Hernandez), and The Honky-Tonk Saints. Show starts early (4pm – 8pm) so you can get plenty of sleep before work Monday morning!

Giggles and Such:

30 signs you’re almost 30

I hate cats, but this might be the funniest cat video I’ve ever seen!!

prison orange is not your color

we accept walkens

the dark side of the moon

Have a great weekend!

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I Got It From My Momma

In honor of my mother’s upcoming birthday, (June 24th for those of you who know her and want to wish her well) I put together a list of things she taught me over the years. Obviously it’s not an exhaustive list – that would be impossible.

Some of the lessons were appreciated at the time.

Some I didn’t fully understand until years later.

But they all remind me how lucky I am to have such an amazing Mom.

Me and my Momma

Me and my Momma

THINGS I GOT FROM MY MOMMA:

(besides some pretty amazing bone structure)

  1. Never show up to a gathering empty handed and always ask the host/hostess if you can help upon arrival.
  2. Dance whenever possible. (Some of my fondest memories are family dance parties in the living room.)

    dance party with mom

    Madonna dance parties are the best dance parties 🙂

  3. Pay off your credit cards EVERY MONTH and always have a little mad money set aside.
  4. Reading is AWESOME and will take you places you never dreamed of.
  5. Homemade food tastes the best. Extra points for growing your own.
  6. You can learn how to do anything you set your mind to. It won’t always be easy but it IS possible.

    Channeling her inner Amelia Earhart.

    Channeling her inner Amelia Earhart. That’s right my bad-ass Momma flew that plane!

  7. Your skin is your largest organ. Wash your face EVERY night, moisturize, and always use sunscreen.
  8. Ain’t isn’t a word. Use proper grammar.
  9. If you can’t carry it – don’t pack it. Chivalry is kinda, sorta dead. Be prepared to carry your own luggage ladies.
  10. Go outside. Better yet – go camping.
  11. Mind your manners. They’re called “magic words” for a reason.
  12. Barefaced is beautiful. Growing up I rarely saw my Mom wear much make-up and I wasn’t allowed to paint my face until high school. (It’s easy if you have great skin – see #7)

    Making it look easy somewhere in Korea.

    Making it look easy somewhere in Korea.

  13. You can’t say you don’t like something if you’ve never tried it. Try everything at least once. Twice to make sure.
  14. Tequila is the nectar of the Gods. But don’t be a dumbass – call a cab or have a designated driver.
  15. Stick up for yourself. No one if going to fight your battles for you.

Bonus:

Driving fast is a necessity in life when you’re ALWAYS 10 minutes late for EVERYTHING. It’s also a helluva lot of fun 🙂

Happy Birthday Mom!! ILY

Happy Birthday Mom!! ILY

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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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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

beginning of something else mr rogers quote

Beautify Me:

6 green beauty recipes straight from your kitchen.

Inspirational:

Live life like a love letter. A manifesto for living positively.

Dollars and Sense:

Do you tweet? Here are 10 personal finance experts to follow.

Follow Your Dreams:

Who says you have to let your dreams die to become a “grown-up”??

Body Lovin’:

Everyone who has ever felt bad about her looks should take a gander at this.

Out on the Town:

Have you ever heard of PostSecret? It’s pretty amazing and they’re coming to Connecticut!

Giggles and Such:

32 of the world’s coolest and happiest facts 🙂

Once you find a poutine you really like, you put a ring on it.

let's see what happens

science is funny

don't trust joggersHave a great weekend!!

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I have a dream…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

What does your happily ever after look like?

The older I get the less attractive the traditional white picket fence scenario looks.

white-picket-fence-home

It’s a beautiful house, but I don’t want to be the one responsible for its upkeep and occupants.

Maybe it’s because I know the sacrifices that come with raising a family.

Or maybe I just have a deep, abiding love for alone time.

alone time

But the thought of getting married, making a home, and popping out 2.5 kids doesn’t make my heart race. (sorry Mom)

Falling in love and making a commitment to someone makes my heart race – but that could just be palpitations from a panic attack.

The thought of seeing the world; immersing myself in new and different cultures, traipsing through third world countries and having adventures with my partner in crime – now that definitely gets me going.

not all those who wander are lost

I’ve realized, I’m okay, not having the corner office, driving the shiny new car, buying stuff and things.

I’d rather fill my life with experiences than possessions.

adventure is the best way to learn

And I’m actually pretty good at being poor – guess it helps to be frugal – thanks Mom 🙂

I think it’s time we all start giving ourselves permission, to openly and honestly, want what we truly want.

do your own thing

Say it out loud and start making it happen!

I want to quit my job(s), find work as a freelance writer, and travel.

quit your job

Anyone out there have any helpful hints on making that dream come true??

What would you do if money was not a factor?

Do you even know??

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Hey ladies, don’t ignore these!!

LOVE this party idea!

Don’t just rock the vote – make it your bitch!

10 things you didn’t know mint could do.

Secret savings.

Don’t call me pretty.

Decorating? Check out the coolest app ever!

Getting married? Make sure to get these shots!

And last but not least a couple giggles:

Kid tested and super corny!

The happiest dj EVER.

Don’t you wish this was your office??

Sometimes you just wanna break shit

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Have a great weekend!

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