Friday, May 30, 2014

Lovely Links 5.30.14

Lovely Links 05.30.14 |

Great video tutorial for making almond milk (

Disney announced the writer and director for the first standalone Star Wars movie set to be released on 12/16/16! (

Another great video tutorial, this one for making ice cream. (

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Birchbox Review: May 2014

Chances are if you read any beauty blogs, you've heard of Birchbox, but just in case you haven't, here's a quick description: it's an online beauty retailer that also offers a monthly subscription service. Every month Birchbox mails subscribers a small box of about five samples to try. You can earn points by reviewing the items you receive and then use those points toward purchasing full-size products. For more detailed information, check out the FAQ section on their website.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Classic Egg Salad

Classic Egg Salad |

I know there are lots of ways to dress up egg salad (eg, Deviled Egg Salad, Curried Egg Salad, Cheddar Bacon Egg Salad, Avocado Egg Salad, Egg Salad with Pickled Celery and Dijon) and I can't wait to try them all. But there's something so comforting and homey about the classic version.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lovely Links 5.23.14

Lovely Links 5.23.14

A video with a great tip to prevent those tiny holes from showing up on the front of your t-shirts (

Ergonomic Guide to Shoes - hilarious infographic. And so true! (

Almond Torte Mascarpone Ice Cream with a Brown Butter Almond Crunch: ice cream with cake inside of it. Seriously. (

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DIY Glitter Word Art

DIY Glitter Art |

Is there anything more fun than playing with glitter? I'm not the handiest diy-er, but this is such an easy, simple project that even I managed it. And the possibilities for designs are endless. I decided to go for an extremely simple single word for my first try, but I think it would be fun to do a longer word or phrase or play around with different shapes. It might be fun to tape some hearts in different sizes on the canvas and glitter around them, for example.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lovely Links 5.16.14

Lovely Links 5.16.14

This Russian Sherlock dance mob in honor of the BBC tv show is something to see. (

This post and video about the effect our thinking about food has on our metabolism is fascinating. (

This tutorial about keeping your bangs from going flat is just in time for summer (I especially love the last tip--I've already tried it and it definitely helps!) (

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nail Polishes for Spring

I feel a little silly writing this post because the truth is, I very seldom actually wear nail polish on my fingernails. I have a hard time finding the patience to sit and paint my nails and wait for them to dry. And even when I do, the polish usually ends up a chipped mess after the following day at work. I do, however, almost always have my toenails polished, even in the winter. I like change things up color-wise with the seasons, so here are my picks for the next few week leading up to summer:

Nail Polishes for Spring 2014 |
Revlon "Enchanting" | Revlon "Flirt" | Sally Hansen "Buttercup"
Essie "Pink Glove Service" | L'Oreal "Tangerine Crush"

Monday, May 12, 2014

White-Cheddar Potato & Corn Chowder

White-Cheddar Potato & Corn Chowder |

I recently decided to cut waaay back on my meat consumption. I haven't gone completely vegetarian, but I'm probably only eating meat at most 2-3 times per week instead of 2-3 times per day. That means I've been looking for lots of hearty meatless recipes that I can make for dinner that will please both myself and my husband, who's been a good sport about the sudden change.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Banana Protein Oatmeal

Banana Protein Oatmeal |

This is my favorite everyday breakfast. I don't remember where I first came across the idea of adding egg whites to oatmeal (I think maybe it was this recipe), but I've been hooked ever since. It's super easy and quick to make, packed with fiber and protein, and really versatile. You can add pretty much any flavorings and/or toppings you'd like to it. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

You have to start somewhere...

...and I guess for this blog, that's right here and now.

I've been wanting to start a blog for awhile, but lots of things have held me back. Mainly worrying about whether I'll have the time, whether my ideas and writing and photographs are good enough, and whether anyone will actually ever read this (I'm not sure if I'm more worried that they won't or that they will.)

But the time for all that worrying has come to an end. I'm going to just start and see where it takes me. Awhile ago, I came across a quote on another blog that I loved: 

"If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done." ~Thomas Jefferson 

So. If you are reading this, I welcome you and thank you for being here and hope you stick around to read more!


p.s. Happy Star Wars Day!!!
 Star Wars Day