Friday, November 23, 2018

Gift Guide for the Dainty AF Murderino Who is Always Sexy and Never Gets MuRdEreD

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A hand-stitched detachable collar to warn people to keep their distance.


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A set of hand-stamped spoons as a reminder to SSDGM while eating ice cream.


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11oz of sass with this lovely coffee mug.


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These art prints offer a voice of reason.


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A much needed sentiment after a day full of BS.


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This pillow is a celebration of anxiety and heroism.


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A trio of gorgeous stickers of our favorite podcasters.


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Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered - Words to live by!


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The rules are clear with this beautiful sketch book.


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Remember all the Sweet Baby Angels with this sweet pin.


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This coffee mug has some pretty sound advice.


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A print for the ultimate hangout spot in the house.


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SSDGM on the road with this vinyl decal sticker for the car.


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This embroidery hoop will bring anyone back to reality if they've accidentally joined a cult and need some help.


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The perfect makeup bag for the feminist Murderino.


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This incredible art print reinforces that it's okay to not always be polite.


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This MFM keychain is the best accessory for a Murderino on the go. SSDGM!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gift Guide for the Friend Who's Motto is "Treat Yo Self"

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Press for champagne (and yes, it really rings)!


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Enjoy choosing the most decadent donut with this gorgeous display.


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Guiltlessly indulge in whichever dessert you want with this hand-stamped spoon.


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A personalized floral mug to make that morning coffee all the more enjoyable.


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Herkimer diamond earrings are a girl's best friend.


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A box of handcrafted marzipan and baklava chocolate truffles.


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Wind down in a bath with a scented sugar scrub.


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Show off a perfect manicure with these pressed flower nail decals.


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A faux leather purse to treat the environment along with yourself.


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Be a queen for the day with a boho botanical crown.


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Nothing says "Treat Yo Self" like a fancy fur coat!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Magicians

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Young adults. Magic. So much sex. Cocktails. Bleeped out curse words.

The Magicians!


I discovered the most amazing new show, deemed "Hogwarts for adults", on the SyFy network this year and I seriously can't get enough! It's one part Harry Potter, one part Cruel Intentions, one (small) part The Mortal Instruments, one part Secret Garden. I have a weekly tradition of binge-eating candied ginger and swigging Fosters beer every time they say something Magicians specific such as "Fillory", "The Beast" or "Brakebills". It's pretty much my favorite drinking game in the history of ever.

And as an added bonus, I've found several characters from beloved past shows on The Magicians which gives me all the warm fuzzies:


Every Monday night now has an hour set aside for this escape from reality. I just needed you to know that ... in case you needed an escape, too!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Music Monday


Perhaps it's the bike action since I've gotten into my own spin bike recently, or maybe it's the Sally Draper meets The Bloggess vibe I'm getting from this girl. It could even be this verse:

"And I'm sad to the core, core, core
Every day is a chore, chore, chore"

... which is basically how I've been feeling lately.

All I know is that Primadonna by Marina and The Diamonds has been on repeat for most of March and I've yet to tire of it!

Mondays, Mantras and Meditation

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Life has felt entirely out of control this year. Illnesses in the family, questions (from myself and others) about my plans for the future, my own health (my heart has been giving me a bit of trouble again). The stress has been heavy.

A few days ago my boyfriend had a guy's night for a friend's birthday which meant spending the night at the friend's house (because drinking and driving is never an option). I was looking forward to a night to myself. I prepped by grabbing a bottle of wine, my favorite decadent soup and chocolate rugala for dessert. The plan was simple: eat, drink and binge-watch some sort of guilty pleasure TV show.

But I was restless.

The soup was fine, but I didn't enjoy it the way I normally would. The same went for the wine. I drank half a glass and was over it. And TV was a fail. I've slowly but surely been watching The Mentalist for years and I was just about to learn who Red John was! The reveal came and I felt nothing. I was obviously in a funk.

I was so disturbed by my lack of enthusiasm over all of these favorite things that I turned to Alex Beadon for some inspiration. I didn't know what I'd find exactly, but I trusted her to lead me to something helpful.

She did. Meditation.

I know a couple of people who meditate regularly and can't imagine life without it. I never believed I could do it, though. How could I turn off my thoughts when they ping-pong in rapid fire fashion in my head every waking moment?

Alex turned me onto an app called Headspace which lets you try out a 10 day guided meditation program for free. Seeing as how I was at my wit's end that night, I tried the first session in hopes that I'd at least understand meditation a little better.

Not only did I grasp it, I leaned into it HARD. I drank the Kool-Aid. I emerged from that simple 10 minute session feeling ... clear. All of the stressors were still present in my life but that feeling of pent-up-ness had lessened.

Here it is in the wee hours of Monday and I still need to sleep, but when I wake I'm going to snag Alex's "Monday Mantra" and start my day with the next Headspace meditation session. I've never looked forward to a Monday more!

Here's to good health and wellness ...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Books: In Celebration of International Women's Day #IWD

In celebration of International Women's Day, I took note of some of my favorite books written by women I respect. Some are autobiographical, others completely fictional. Here are a few that topped the list!

1. Bossypants by Tina Fey

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2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

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4. My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan by Nancy Reagan

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5. The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

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6. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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7. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Gone Girl in Review

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It took me an almost shamefully long time to grab a copy of Gone Girl, but I finally tackled it and am so glad that I did! Human psychology is something that's constantly on my mind. Why do we do what we do, how would our actions differ if we had been raised by people other than our parents, what needs are we filling by behaving in certain ways? Human behavior is such a delicious puzzle.

While not getting into specifics (because I personally loathe spoilers and wouldn't want to ruin anything for you if you haven't read the book), I do want to say that I loved the format of this novel and the writing style of Gillian Flynn. Every sentence was rich and powerful, and it made me feel such a range of emotions that I felt ... alive - more so than usual, as I read it.

The last page came and I wasn't ready to be done with Gone Girl so I eagerly set up a movie night a few days later. And it was AWFUL!

My biggest complaint about the movie was the music score and sound editing. They took this incredible story and made it feel like a cheesy noir, and to make it worse the background music rivaled the actors' voices in volume. It was a total disappointment. I will say this, though: the best part was how true the script stayed to not just the story, but the writing. Those lines were Gillian Flynn's words, and for that I was extremely thankful.

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