Good Online Reads of Late

About time to share some of my favorite articles of late

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“20 Resolutions for 20-Somethings” (Sometimes Always Never Blogsome of my favorites below

* Get out of bad relationships & pursue relationships that fill you up – Supposedly when you find your future spouse, you just know.  Well, finding those good friends can feel somewhat the same.  They accept your best (and maybe your not so great) qualities and embrace your quirks.

* Stop hating your body  ~ Just like life, you only have one body so treat it well.  Lots of veggies, protein, and sweet treat every now and then will do the body and soul well.

* Explore your city

* Break free of social media and be present – Facebook, email, and Instagram will be there in a couple hours.  There’s no need to have your nose buried in your phone for all hours of the day.  You may very well ruin relationships by doing this, so beware.

* Keeping Perspective with life – Check out Katie Kempner’s blog — fittingly called Perspectives with Katie — which highlights women’s path to finding balance in life.

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“What Deleting  A Person From Social Media Really Means” (Elite Daily) – Just another way of breaking free from bad relationships and living in the moment.  There will be people who come in and out of your lives but that doesn’t mean you have to let them define who you are or who you want to be.

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“Work Life Balance is Going to Be Dead” (LinkedIn)

Are you working to live or living to work?  Is there a happy medium?  Oh isn’t that the golden questions my friends.  How much of our lives are based upon what we want to do rather than what we think we should do or what we think others want us to do?

This article discusses the idea of creating a work life balance or rather work life integration.  Like many others, I would love to merge my passions in life with the work I do on a daily basis.  The problem is, how long do I have to wait to do this?  Sure, it may not be my first job out of college, or even my second.  But those jobs have helped me learn key skills and helped expose me to other jobs and opportunities.

There are days where I stay for 9 to 10 hours to finish my work.  There are days where I leave right at 5:30 in order to have dinner with my friends.  I make sure that I have enough social time to keep me motivated and happy, but enough focus at work to make a good impression and gain the respect of my peers and bosses.  If you aren’t happy with your life, don’t complain because you have just as much ability to change it as you do to sit and complain.  Remember, you have just this one life, make it count.

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By Golly A Green Holiday

Goodness, am I already late to the St. Patty’s day fun?  I may not celebrate the “holiday” as everyone else does, but I sure do love some themed fun.  I mean, how much better can it get than some Lucky Charms, and green food?  Yeah, my sister and mom didn’t buy into that one either.

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Pasta with pesto, green dye pancakes, and maybe even some green bagels.  Although, maybe if I’m loading up on some green sweet treats, I’ll start the meal all-natural with some goodies like these.

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When we were little it was all about the leprechauns creating havoc in our rooms, throwing all the Beanie Babies across the floor, and then turning our milk a shady color green, and plopping a box of Lucky Charms on the counter.  The one time a year we got sugary cereal and all I would do was pick out the marshmallows.

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Let’s be real, I can’t escape the fun filled recipes overwhelmed by cereal and fun colored dyes.  I love every minute of it.  As I’m sure you’ve all found, it’s quite easy to dream up plans and shenanigans through the help of Pinterest.  But, seeing as I’m not hosting any fun outings and St. Patty’s day is on a Monday, I doubt I’ll put most of them to the test.  It’s pretty much nursing an unhealthy addiction to crafting and perfectionism but who cares, right?

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Supposedly there is a large St. Patrick’s day festival that occurs every year, although I’m not sure what happened if it’s on a week day.  Do they have the parade during the weekend? Well, knowing New York, they probably still have it on the actual day, because why not find a reason to drink and be merry?

“For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way –
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.”
~Author Unknown

Rabbit Rabbit…IT’S THE HOLIDAYS!

Something my mom taught us when we were young, was the tradition of saying “Rabbit Rabbit” on the first of every month.  I’m not sure if she meant to ingrain it in our brains or not, but it seemed like a fun habit, one which I continue to this day.  Sometimes I say it to myself and others I text to my sister with a funny bunny emoji.  Sometimes she responds with another emoji (simply because emojis make the day better) and sometimes she just lets me continue my twitter feed through our message chain.

Well, one day I stumbled upon a blog also featuring a title “Rabbit Rabbit”.  Through the glories of blog-hopping, I found these two bloggers (Corley May and Peace and Pizza) doing the same thing!

The great thing about the first of the month is that it’s like a clean slate.  I try to pick out a few goals for each month because you don’t have to wait around until January to make resolutions.  This can be along the lines of being more creative in terms of my meals, not snacking as much, or keeping a better sleep schedule.  However, there are a few other goals I want to set for this month because IT’S THE START OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON 🙂

Kate Spade created a fabulous list of things to do during the month of December, many of which I will be trying out. This will be my first season of living in SNOW, so of course a snowman is necessary, testing out various marshmallow recipes, ice-skating, and so on.

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1. trim the tree. add tinsel.
2. put a twinkle in someone’s eye.
3. treat yourself to a new shade of lipstick.
4. sit by a roaring fireplace surrounded by s’mores-in-progress.
5. go ice skating.
6. drink a hot chocolate. (well, more than one.)
7. make your january 1st resolutions. now break them while you have the chance.
8. decide what your favorite champagne cocktail is.
9. spend a rainy or snowy day writing your holiday cards.
10. organize dinner with old friends.
11. fall in love with a party dress.
12. fill your apartment with fresh flowers.
13. get a glitter french manicure—try rose gold glitter polish with black glitter tips.
14. then, get a glitter pedicure.
15. leave a little sparkle wherever you go.
16. make a new playlist of re-mixed holiday tunes.
17. master your mom’s mashed potato recipe.
18. host an arm party: stack on the sparkly bangles for a night out.
19. sneak a kiss under the mistletoe.
20. see the lighting of the christmas tree at the metropolitan museum. (it’s in the medieval wing.)
21. pick this year’s wrapping paper: black and white stripe paper with metallic bows…shades of pink…shade of metallic…
mixed metallics…matte paper with glitter ribbon…
22. try something new. glitter tennis shoes?
23. host a cocktail party and don’t even think about cleaning up till the next day.
24. make time for a little dancing during your pre-party prep.
25. take a stroll (or drive) through your favorite neighborhood after dark and enjoy the twinkling lights.
26. dazzle everyone at the office holiday party.
27. go somewhere you can wear a fabulous masquerade ball mask.
28. take the long way home from a party, just to wear your dress a little bit longer.
29. make a snow angel.
30. open one present early. (it’s totally ok.)
31. dance till dawn.
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Many more fun Pinterest ideas to come.  🙂 Thank goodness for Pinterest and all it’s holiday and crafting glory.  How did we used to function? 😉

February Things I Love

Since we are on a mini-break from this week’s festivities (recap: Grammy’s/Chinese New Year, Mardis Gras/Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Valentines Day, three day weekend!), let’s check out this adorable survey from Abby at Abby Eats Almonds. Continue reading

Tough Tuesdays

So, at the moment, my brain is recovering from Monday’s work and I am processing Tuesday’s homework and life decisions.  I’m also lacking in terms of meaningful content to share with you?  Life? Love? Crime? (For those of you knowledgable in Pink Panther quotes, that was from Inspector Clouseau) 🙂 Continue reading

WIAW #20 – Junk in ‘Da Trunk

I hope everyone had a FABULOUS Christmas and are recovering from the food overload 😉 Ok, a few last splurges before we bring out those New Year’s Resolutions lists.  What Meghan and I are most proud of the fact that we have crossed off about 5 food items on our to-do lists.  Additionally, we have accomplished four Pinterest recipes in the last two days.  Nice, right? I mean, those pins shouldn’t have to sit there forever.

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