Monthly Archives: January 2015

Winter Fashion is a Myth

Two pairs of socks on. Leggings under slacks. Multiple shirts layers on top of each other, covered by a thick coat, scarf, and hat.

This is a New Jersey winter.

At least for those of us that want to stay warm.

When I was younger, I cared more about looking ‘cool’ than feeling warm. I would walk to the school bus stop on fridged January mornings with a light jacket, no gloves, no hat, no scarf, and wait for the bus.

I was freezing my ass, but at least I looked effortlessly cool. Because when you look cool, you don’t really feel the biting wind and chilling temperatures of a New Jersey winter, right?

Right! You don’t feel it because your body has gone numb.

Winter fashion has got to be a myth because there is no way women can get away with wearing this gorgeous outfits without freezing to death.

You're trying to keep warm with ripped jeans and exposed feet?! Not in these parts!

You’re trying to keep warm with ripped jeans and exposed feet?! Not in these parts!

Okay, at least this one's got gloves and boots, but the wind is totally gonna blow that sweater off you!

Okay, at least this one’s got gloves and boots, but the wind is totally gonna blow that sweater off you!

Smiling, but your fingers are crying!

Smiling, but your fingers are crying!

It’s not possible to be chic every day during the torturous winter.

This picture pretty much sums it up:

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5 Awesome DIY Pinterest Projects To Do On My Day Off

Like every other girl in the world, I love Pinterest.

As I pin cool projects I’d like to try, I get a thrill from imagining how great they will look after I make them.

That is, if I have time to make them.

Pinterest is sort of like my bucket list–things I hope to do before I die, but don’t really make time for.

Here are 5 DIY projects I hope to do before I die, or at least on my next day off!

Cork Planters

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I like to save my wine corks for a rainy day DIY project,and this might be it! Plants really brighten up a room, and I love the idea of sticking my corks onto the fridge for all to see, inside of squeezing them into the mason jar I keep them in now.

Chapstick

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Ever since I was in high school, I’ve been a chapstick addict. If my lips aren’t lathered in that stuff, I just don’t feel normal. This DIY chapstick project is exactly what need to make sure I have AT LEAST 10 chapsticks on my person at all times.

Crochet Leaves

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Learning how to crochet anything other than a scarf is high on my long list of new year’s resolutions. I’m up for this crafty challenge!

Watercolor Mugs

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Next to chapstick, mugs are my obsession, so I would never want to mess one up. But seeing as all you need for this project is a white ceramic mug, old container, and nail polish, I don’t see myself failing too hard!

Distressed Wooden Sign

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Rustic looks have always caught my eye; I just never understood why people would spend so much money on rustic-looking signs when they looked so easy to make. This project is provides easy-to-follow steps, which is good for a DIY beginner like me.

My greatest talent and biggest fear

In elementary school, we were told that everyone has a talent–whether it’s in sports, music, or art.

I never agreed, though, because I was never good at anything. I suck at sports, I can’t play an instrument, and I draw as well a first grader.

But I think I might have discovered a new backwards talent: I am good at sucking a food shopping. No, not because I want to buy everything or I don’t know when to stop taking free samples.

I suck at food shopping because grocery stores scare me.

Let’s put it this way, I’d rather do all of my major food shopping in a 711 than step into a grocery store. Food shopping is something I need to think very long and hard about and then mentally prepare myself for. Everything about it–from the beginning to the end–makes me nervous.

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Sweet potatoes: My current food obsession

You’ll probably laugh at me, but I have only recently tried sweet potato for the first time.

Now that I have, I can’t picture my life without it!

I want it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! Luckily, I found some pretty awesome recipes that let me embrace my obsession.

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I’m not ready for winter–luckily, these sweet potato waffles that call for pumpkin pie spice taste just like fall.

I don’t wake up early for just any breakfast, but I’d happily wake up for these beauties! Get the recipe.

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Sweet meets spicy with these sweet potato enchiladas. With all of the ingredients for a kick-ass Mexican meal, your taste buds will be in for a fiesta! Check out the recipe.

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They don’t call them sweet potatoes for nothing! Sweet potatoes are such a versatile food, making delicious desserts. Shake up the sweetness of these muffins by drizzling some glaze on top.  Here’s the recipe!

10 Things Commuters Should Always Have In Their Cars

When you’re on the road, you never know what is going to come your way, whether it’s crippling hunger or a flat tire.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure you have all of commuter essentials when doing a lot of driving.

Here are the 10 things every commuter needs to have in his or her car at all times.

1. Extra snacks

Why is it only when I’m sitting in bumper to bumper traffic that my stomach decides to wake up and demand food? If you’re a commuter, you probably know what I mean.

That’s why I always try to have granola bars or crackers hidden in my car, for when hunger (not boredom) strikes.

2. Spare change

You never know when you’re going to pay a surprise toll, or need a quick chocolate bar or taco from Taco Bell. It’s always good to be prepared.

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Crock Pot: A commuter’s dream

When I was in college, I didn’t care about time.

Time was on my side, because, let’s face it, as a senior in college, you pay zero attention to time; You wake up at noon, start homework at 11 p.m., eat pizza at 2 a.m., and fall asleep at 4 a.m. What is time?

In the real world, I’m learning, time controls you. But sometimes you just don’t have enough time to finish everything you need to get done, especially important things like making food.

I got a Crock Pot for Christmas and I was so excited to put it to use for today’s dinner of fiesta chicken with white rice, mmm!

The Crock Pot is superrr convenient if you’re on the go and don’t have time to make a home-made meal right when you get home.

You throw all of the ingredients you need into the Crock Pot, let it slowly cook while you’re at work, and 8 hours later you come home to a delicious meal.

McCormick makes great slow cooker seasoning mixes, so I used the fiesta chicken one.

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You can find the recipe right here!