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.

Monday, September 28, 2015

JORD Wood Watch Review

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I'm in awe of my boyfriend. He works a full-time job as an IT manager for a major movie studio, and then when he comes home he composes music for TV and movies. He lives such a complex left brain/right brain lifestyle and somehow excels at it all.

So what do you get for the man who can do it all? A JORD wood watch, of course! The timing was absolutely serendipitous when this incredible watch company reached out to me and asked if I'd like to do a review. I'd been wanting to do something special for Joe, something out of the blue to put a smile on his face. I easily could have chosen one of their beautiful, delicate maple or sandalwood timepieces for myself but one look at the 94A Series and I knew Joe had to have the dark sandalwood on his wrist. 

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It wasn't long before the watch was delivered and I was able to surprise Joe with one of the most handsome men's watches that I'd ever seen. I waited with bated breath as he unboxed his gift. He was stunned at first glance but quickly began raving about how cool and unique his new accessory was. Then I told him the most impressive part: his watch was handcrafted out of East African sandalwood. This tidbit meant the world to him because he handcrafts tobacco pipes in his spare time and can appreciate the hard work and detail that goes into handcrafting wooden objects. 

This JORD watch has quickly become one of his prized possessions and is worn every single day, be it to work or just a lazy day at home. Speaking of work, everyone in his office has commented on the watch and most recently one of the guys boasted that he was buying one for a friend's birthday! His dad loved it, my brothers each want one and even random strangers take note. 

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There's something romantic about giving someone you care for the gift of time. This gorgeous band of wood and ticking hands says so much more than the hour and minute of any given moment; it says that each second is full of meaning and promise and hope.

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P.S. Fans of JORD wooden watches are posting the most beautiful photos with styling ideas. Take a look on the company's Facebook and Instagram!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Stamped Spoon Set Giveaway

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I recently made this sweet set of besties stamped spoons for me and my friend. It's such a fun spin on the "best friends forever" style necklaces that we used to buy at the mall when we were teens! Now that we're in our thirties and can't seem to survive without our morning cup of coffee, a matching set of teaspoons to stir in our sugar and creamer seemed like the perfect way to celebrate our friendship!

I'm excited to give a set of these stamped spoons away to one awesome reader. For a chance to win a set for you and your bestie, please visit Bon Vivant Design House and leave a comment below letting us know which other spoon you love (mandatory). 

For extra entries (leave separate links of proof for each entry): 

  • Purchase a stamped spoon, stamped fork, stamped butter spreader or stamped necklace from Bon Vivant Design House for 5 additional entries!

  • Post about this giveaway on Facebook (leave a link of proof - once daily) 
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  • Blog about this giveaway (leave a link of proof - once) 

Giveaway ends 8/17 at 11:59 PM

*Congratulations to our lucky winner, Sarah!

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