These past 12 months have been some of the busiest of my life! We moved twice, got married, traveled, got a dog and so much more in between. It should come as no surprise that, because of all that excitement, there’s been little time to sit and relax.
The dust has definitely started to settle over the last month, so it was perfect timing when Tryazon asked if I’d like to try out some pampering products by Rituals. Uh…don’t have to ask me twice!
Who knew curtains could cause so much anxiety? I swear my friends are about to abandon me because of my constant questions (What about this color? It is too this? Too that? Are you about to murder me if I ask anything else?).
There’s just something so permanent about them…despite them being easily removed. Even though I’m a bargain hunter, it’s still an investment when you’ve got as many windows as we do in our new place. And it will definitely impact what color rugs/furniture/decor I use.
But Amy, you ask, why start with curtains? Wouldn’t it make more sense to start with big pieces, like a couch? Um. YES. But of course I’m not going the easy route. Because I found this image on Pinterest a few months back:
Thanks to Tryazon, I was yet again able to host some lovely ladies for a fun afternoon of trying products and generally just hanging out. Any reason to chat and snack is a good in my book!
We tried out the flatbread and puff pastry dough. My goal was to use them in a practical, appetizer-y (not a word) way. We settled on everything crackers and raspberry/hazelnut palmiers. Sounds terrible, right? 😉
We usually have some sort of meat with dinner, and my favorite is chicken. It’s one of the healthier meat options, and I love how versatile it is.
Many of my favorite recipes, including my enchiladas, call for shredded chicken. Ugh. Typically I’d shred with two forks, but aside from taking so much time, I absolutely abhor the sound of utensils scraping on each other *shivers*.
Traveling — even short, close work trips — will always been one of my favorite things. This past week, I found myself in Memphis for a fun work retreat — and you bet I tried my best to seek out some cute thangs. And the cutest I found? Broad Street, on the recommendation of a colleague.
It was nice to take a break last weekend from chores and errands to have some girl friends over for an afternoon of crafts and drinks. We caught up over glasses of apple cider sangria (a specialty from my friend, Emily — recipe below) and made a slew of pom poms:
I have a secret weapon when it comes to finding deals: my friend Chris. He’s basically a deals ninja. I’ve decided that it’s selfish to keep these updates to myself, so I’m sharing with you!
Today’s deal (originally found on Kinja) allows you to save $7.50 on the purchase of a $25 gift card from a whole list of stores. It’s a promotion being offered by Swych, a new app that allows you to consolidate and organize your gift cards.
It’s a part of every woman I know. We learn it from a young age and it follows us until the end.
How many times do you say it everyday? Have you ever stopped to count? I tried once and quit when I got to a dozen before 10 a.m. A co-worker recently shared that her sweet 18-month-old (whose vocabulary is obviously limited) has started saying it — not because she’s done something wrong, but because she’s picked it up as a way to fill silence.
We all know there’s a better way, but habits are hard to break. So here’s a start: 37 things to say instead, broken up into different scenarios (with a section for littles, too!). Why 37? Because 38 seemed like too many. I’m not sorry.