Happy Hump Day! I apologize for my absence the past week or so. My life is going through some massive changes (which I promise to share on here soon!) so I haven’t been able to post. Fear not, I’ll be back with gusto, soon! In the mean time, here are a few things I want to make sure I mention!
The HQ App
I am absolutely hooked on this app, and I feel like I’m the last person on earth to know about it. Every day at 3 pm and 9 pm you will get a push notification that the game is about to begin. If you log in, you begin a 15 question trivia game. It is single elimination, and the longer you last in the game the harder the questions become. The prize? $2,500. It. Is. So. Addictive.
Garnier Naturals Soothing Face Mist – Rose Water
I saw this on Instagram a few days ago and naturally I had to go find it! Face mist? I don’t have a fact mist! Do I need a face mist? Turns out, I do! This mist is simply a moisturizing spray. I use it on days when I have to go straight from the gym to work, or feel like my face needs a little bit of a pick me up. It smells just delightful, and gives your skin a dewy sensation. A perfect primer! You can buy it at Target, Ulta, and Walmart!
Talbot’s Sperry Tennis Shoes
I have long been a fan of boat shoes, and when Sperry started making darling feminine tennies a few years ago, they rapidly became my favorite run around shoes. I am absolutely dying over these blush ones. Let’s see how long I hold out before have to buy them.
I have long felt that presentation is half the taste. Did Martha Stewart say that? Or was it my mom? Anyway, with presentation being half the taste, I needed to up the presentation of my green smoothie. There are few things in this world grosser than trying to clean a reusable cup that has dried on spinach after it has sat in your car for your entire work day. Enter: these plastic cups. Not the most environmentally friendly, but they make my smoothie look so appetizing and like it came from an expensive smoothie shop instead of my kitchen and so I just love them! You can’t beat the price either!
Daffodils at Trader Joes
Trader Joes has daffodils. Repeat: Trader Joes has daffodils. Daffodils are always my sign that spring will indeed come. Since you buy them before they bloom, they are a lovely metaphor for me that all flowers will bloom again if we are just patient. My mom used to put them in blue Ball jars all over the house, and now every time I see them I am reminded that sunshine is just around the corner! Winter shall end!
I have had quite a few friends get engaged recently. It is just wonderful, and with it comes the excitement of all of the various wedding activities. One of these, of course, is registering for gifts! James and I were overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends and family during our engagement season, and I am so grateful for all of the gifts we received. Since many of my friends are registering and have asked what were the most practical and useful things we registered for, I thought it might be fun to do a whole post on it! Continue reading “Wedding Registry Must Haves”
I remember, vaguely, a time in which my wonderful old college friends and I were relaxing on a Sunday, sitting around the couch and talking about our friendship. We started going around in a circle, trying to find one word to describe each of us. While this activity was totally Seventh Heaven of us, it was actually very fun, and one of my dearest memories (despite the fact that I can’t remember when this was or why we started!) One of the words that came up to describe me was “festive.” I laughed, but boy, did they hit the nail on the head. I am incredibly festive. If I am completely honest with myself, my favorite holiday is whatever one is currently being represented by the dollar section of Target.
Historical fiction is easily my favorite genre. Below are three novels that will transport you to days past, to characters so extraordinary, you will wish they were real! Continue reading “Three Historical Fiction Novels”
A few weeks ago I got a text from my husband asking if I was interested in going to a wine festival at Mount Vernon. Confused, I immediately called him. A wine festival at a historical landmark? He must have meant something else. But sure enough, there is an annual wine festival out on George Washington’s lawn. With a group of coworkers interested in making a night of it, and shockingly affordable tickets, we decided to attend. Continue reading “Vino at Vernon”
I cannot even believe the amount of times I have moved. If you count all the moves in and out of the sorority house, it has literally been over a dozen moves. While moving is never fun, there is something exciting about new beginnings. I dread the packing, but the redecorating and reorganizing? Sign me up!
Over the years I have gathered a few tricks that have made it easier. I share them below in hopes that it might make your next move simpler!
1.Buy the Uhaul moving supplies.
It wasn’t until about three years ago that I learned that when you book a Uhaul truck, they actually have a popup that asks you if you need moving supplies. You can even enter how big of a space you have (one bedroom apartment, two bedroom house, etc.) and they will provide a list of recommended amounts of supplies. While I don’t take all of their advice, there are a few things that I buy without fail. I always take their recommendation on amount of boxes, because they are not only quality, durable boxes I know won’t break on me, but they buy back any unused ones!
Second, they have a dish saver box that brings me so much comfort. It has built in dividers and foam pouches designed for the shape of the dishes that protect them very well. Why bother wrapping in newspaper when you could wrap them in something created just to help them not break? Lastly, let’s be honest: Uhaul trucks are gross. I always buy the mattress bag for both my mattress and my box spring. I am so grateful that Uhaul does this and I’m all about paying for this convenience. They ship the supplies for free, and it has never cost me more than $50.
2. Wrap breakables in paper towels.
This might sound super silly, but I hate wrapping stuff in newspaper. I much prefer wrapping in paper towels. This purpose is two-fold. First, I end up doing a lot of cleaning when moving. The cabinets all need a wipe down, the counters usually have dust, the bathroom hasn’t been cleaned to my level of sanitation, and the list just goes on. If you use paper towels to wrap your fragile belongings, you have a stock ready to help you with cleaning already ready! Second, whenever I wrap dishes, coffee mugs, platters, whatever, in newspaper, I feel like they get dirty! I can’t stand it in movies when you see people unwrap cups and then promptly put them in the cabinet for use! Paper towels, on the other hand, are clean as a whistle and you don’t have to rewash anything!
3. Skip the pizza and beer. Go for the crock pot.
The old cliche is that you can get your friends to help you move if you offer pizza and beer. It wasn’t until my last move that I discovered something better: the crock pot. Rather than order food, the morning of the move, throw the crock pot on. This way every time a friend is carrying in a heavy couch and wishing they hadn’t offered to help they will be greeted with the delightful smell of their lunch cooking, and they will be reaffirmed in their purpose. We moved right before lunch last time, so I threw together my grandmother’s super simple BBQ Pulled Pork recipe. Throw two pounds of pork tenderloin, one bottle of KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce, a can of coca cola, and salt and pepper into the crock pot for 6 hours on low. Shred with two forks when ready, and then put back in the pot to absorb all of the sauce. Serve on soft, stick-to-your teeth buns with coleslaw. So. Easy. Every time the door opened the smell of BBQ wafted through the air and I honestly think it made the whole thing go faster. Is there any greater motivator than food?
4. Don’t take it with you, replace it.
Moving is the perfect opportunity to replace things. Frankly, I am actually guilty of putting off replacing things because I know I am moving soon. There are just certain things that you don’t want to pack! What are they? Your toilet brush, your shower curtain liner, and your kitchen sponge. You can literally replace all three for $10. And who wants to pack a used toilet brush anyway?
5. Start early and unpack ASAP.
Every time I move I am so mad at myself when my alarm goes off early. However, when everything is unpacked by dinner time, I am glad I did it. James and I have established a well calibrated system whereby about halfway through the move I stop helping carry stuff in and start putting stuff away. For example, last time one of the first few items that we brought in were the headboard, foot-board, and bed frame. I stayed back and put the bed together while he went down for another load or two. By the time he got back with the mattress, I had the bed frame all read to go to set the mattress right on.
6. Pack your hanging clothes in grocery bags, and your books in suitcases.
These are my two favorite tips the internet has taught me. When it comes to hanging clothes, tall grocery bags are the best trick out there. Open the bag wide, and, while your clothes are still hanging, fill the grocery bag with about 20 items worth of clothing. Wrap the handles around the hangers and tie tight to keep them together. These can easily be laid in the backseat of a car, and then when you get to the new place, hang back up in the new closet and just cut the bags off. For books, why bother testing the limits of your back? Always pack these in rolling suitcases, and you can fill them with as many as necessary without worrying about weight.
What other tips did I miss?