July 30, 2013

Tuesday's Tunes!

I count George Takei's Facebook page as inspiration for today's Tuesday's Tunes song.  He posted this photo a few days ago and now, of course, I can't get it out of my head!


Yep, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.  It's not my favorite Beatles song; honestly, it might not even be in the top ten (there are so many great ones, after all) but there's something undeniably enchanting about the melody.  I know there's many rumors about what it actually means but I like the story about John Lennon's son Julian, as a child, drawing a picture and calling it 'Lucy - in the sky with diamonds' - named after a girl in his class. 

The video I found on YouTube doesn't exactly fit with that story, as it's a cartoon and a pretty trippy one at that.  So maybe Paul's story on the origin of the name was closer to the truth?



I'm linked up over at Leslyn's Lovely Life for Tuesday's Tunes!  Pick a song and come join us!


July 28, 2013

The Sunday Currently

 
 
currently dreaming (& a little freaking out) about:
The job I've had for 5 years will be ending most likely in the next six months or so.  I'm freaking out because, honestly, I hate change.  I love my job and would've stayed forever.  Plus...job hunting is a scary process!  Financial instability is scarier, though.
currently wishing for:
Peace of mind, health, happiness....miracles...
currently loving to wear:

My pj's!  Totally waited way too late to do the Currently this week:/
currently listening to:
Don't laugh, but I have the Disney Channel on in the background...it's strangely calming.  I know, I'm weird.
currently watching:
I just caught up with Supernatural & True Blood so I need some new shows to watch.  Any suggestions?
currently reading:
My lists upon lists of things to do, blogs to read, reviews to write & pitches to make.
currently spotted:
In front of the computer.  A lot.
currently concerned about:
Please refer to the first currently question.
currently loving:

My kitties curled up on my bed, waiting for me to come lay down so they can cuddle.  I love those two so so much. 
currently planning:

Workouts & menu planning.  I started a boot camp to get fit but you have to make changes at home as well if you want to see results!

I'm linked up at Sidda Thornton for The Sunday Currently.  




July 26, 2013

{Friday's Fancies}


Red & Navy

Shirt, $47//Pants (similar), $44.50//Earrings, $38//Sunglasses (similar), $14//Purse, $33.47
Shoes (similar), $29//Ring, $45//Stacked Rings, $26//Bracelet (similar), $29.99

Every piece in my Friday's Fancies board is, and will always be, under $50.  My goal is to share affordable & fun fashion choices with you lovely readers!  Pin this outfit if you like it!  Scroll over the photo and a red "P" will appear.  
Click that & you're all set!  


I'm linked up at Long Distance Loving for Friday's Fancies!

July 25, 2013

That Friday Blog Hop!

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July 24, 2013

Influenster Summer Block Party Sweepstakes!



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July 23, 2013

Tuesday's Tunes

I just had to play this one.  It's been stuck in my head for days and days.  Do you know how hard it was to find a video of this song on YouTube that didn't have boobies in it?  Yep, that's right.  I'm talkin' bout these Blurred Lineeeees.



I think the video is very tongue-in-cheek, but funny.  I especially love Pharrell & T.I.'s "dance moves".  That's the best part, I think!

I'm linked up at Leslyn's Lovely Life for Tuesday's Tunes!  Come join us!


July 21, 2013

The Sunday Currently

 
 
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .
R E A D I N G nothing, actually.  I am totally up for some recommendations, though!
W R I T I N G this blog post.  Oh yeah...
L I S T E N I N G to my boyfriend watching golf on t.v.  The Boy loves him some golf.
T H I N K I N G that my to-do list is not getting any smaller...
S M E L L I N G my "Bitches Brew" Zombee Candle.  It's lovely.
W I S H I N G for happiness, success & stability.
H O P I N G for the same.
W E A R I N G a pair of boxers I stole from The Boy and a tank top because, y'all, it's HOT!
L O V I N G the double feature movie day that The Boy and I had yesterday.  We saw Pacific Rim (not bad, but not my kind of movie) and Despicable Me 2, which was, in all seriousness, the funniest movie I have seen in a LONG time.
W A N T I N G a beach vacation.  I used to love going to Orange Beach but I haven't been there since I was in my early teens.  I have this guilt, though, of wishing for a vacation when I know how lucky I am to have the job that I do.  I don't think I could ask for a vacation without feeling like I'm ungrateful. 
N E E D I N G motivation to do at least a small workout every day.
F E E L I N G tired but not sleepy.  Does that make sense?
C L I C K I N G around on the webs trying to find an easy chair upholstery tutorial.  So far, no luck.  Help, anyone?  I found this chair yesterday at an estate sale and it called to me.  The Boy says it's the ugliest chair he's ever seen in his known life.  He seriously hates this chair.  I think it's such a unique shape.  It's in immaculate condition.  The tag on the bottom says it was manufactured in 1964.  That's just so cool to me! 

 You guys see the potential it has, right?  Right?

July 19, 2013

Friday's Fancies

Happy Friday everyone!  Friday's Fancies is such an awesome idea & I'm going to try and participate every week.  I get to play around on Polyvore and make a blog post?  Done & done.

 Peach Perfect
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Don't forget to link up your outfit posts for Friday's Fancies at Long Distance Loving!

July 18, 2013

That Friday Blog Hop!

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July 17, 2013

I ♥ SodaStream!

Let's talk about soda, shall we?  Most everyone loves it.  Most everyone drinks it.  I bet no one likes the high sugar/calorie content, though.  The innovative people at SodaStream sent me a Jet Home Soda Machine to review, along with a carbonator and a whole array of flavors to try.  Did you know that SodaSteam mixes contain a fraction of the calories & sugar as store bought sodas?  More on that later... 

I truly enjoy this machine.  Not only is it incredibly easy to make your own soda, but you're doing it at a fraction of the cost!  Interestingly enough, you're doing it without all that added sugar & calories, too.

The SodaStream Jet Soda Maker comes in a black/silver, white & red, assuring that they're sure to fit into most any kitchen decor.  The Jet features an automatic access gas release mechanism.  It also fits the extra large carbonators, takes up minimal space and is a complete breeze to clean.

SodaStream currently carries nine different machines that you can buy.  In addition, there are over 200 flavors (including Crystal Light, caffeine free, diet, regular flavors, teas, Country Time Lemonades, energy drinks, sparkling waters, & Kool-Aid flavors) to create your own delightful drinks!   Each bottle of soda mix makes about 12 liters of soda (about 33 cans!) for around 25 cents per 12-ounce can.

There are many different sizes & styles of carbonators and bottles for you to choose from.  The bottles are high pressure-resistant bottles which are also BPA-free & recyclable.   Each SodaStream bottle comes with a fizz-preserving cap that helps to keep drinks fizzy & flavorful longer than store-bought bottles.

SodaStream is also 'green' in that it takes back the used carbonator cylinders to be cleaned, inspected, refilled & reused.  The carbonators can be exchanged at SodaStream authorized retailers or online.


As I mentioned previously, SodaStream is very environmentally friendly. 

"SodaStream is an "Active Green" product, meaning that consumers  are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda  or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. (This differs from "Passive Green" products, which use green-friendly production processes, but their products are not inherently helping the consumers save on their daily footprint.)  Because SodaStream uses water straight from the tap, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste is created, and fewer bottled beverages must be transported from manufacturers to distributors to stores to homes.
 



Remember when I said that there were less calories & sugar in SodaStream drinks?  Take a look at this chart to see for yourself!


  Calories Carbs Sugar Sodium Caffeine

Pepsi® 100 27g 27g 25mg 25mg
Coca-Cola® 100 27g 27g 35mg 23mg
SodaStream Cola 35 8g 8g 10mg 23mg
           
7-UP® 100 26g 26g 50mg 0mg
Sprite® 100 26g 26g 45mg 0mg
SodaStream Lemon Lime 35 9g 9g 25mg 0mg





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July 16, 2013

Tuesday's Tunes!

My pick for today's Tuesday Tunes is a Queens Of The Stone Age song called No One Knows.  I like this song for multiple reasons.  I think the way lead singer Josh Homme sings it is slightly haunting.  It has an infectious beat that gets stuck in your head.  The video is crazy but fun.  Oh, and Dave Grohl is the drummer in the video.  Ya'll know I loves me some Dave Grohl. 



I'm linked up at Tuesday's Tunes over at Leslyn's Lovely Life.  Come share a song with us!


July 15, 2013

Laundry Day.

As fun as the mind-numbing task of doing MANY loads of laundry & cleaning the entire house is....I need a break for a second.


I absolutely hate doing laundry.  It's such a tedious chore.  Never ending as well.  Someone needs to invent a contraption that folds & hangs up the laundry for you.  Gah, I sound like a lazy ass.  Alas, the comment stays.  Someone invent that for me, quick!


I've been dreaming up some new recipes to share with you plus I have a few reviews and box reveals as well!  Shabby Apple wants to host a giveaway on the blog & that's freaking awesome.  Good things are happening around here! 

July 14, 2013

The Sunday Currently

R E A D I N G... Dead Ever After aka the last Sookie Stackhouse novel.  I keep picking it up and putting it down again.  It hasn't exactly held my attention thus far.
W R I T I N G blog posts when I can find the time.  It seems like inspiration has been just out of my reach all Summer:/
L I S T E N I N G to the Harry Potter theme in the background.  I'm about to watch Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
T H I N K I N G I need to get in gear with this weight loss/boot camp thing I've got going on.  I need to push myself so I can see real results.
S M E L L I N G Fresh Bamboo (Bath & Body Works)
W I S H I N G for peace.  (I agree with Sidda Thornton on this one.)
H O P I N G that my friend Josh has an amazing time in New Orleans!
W E A R I N G one of those 'turby towel' things on my head because I just washed my hair.
L O V I N G that I'm sleeping better.  For the longest time I was having a lot of trouble getting a good night's sleep.
W A N T I N G to figure out where my new Printed Palette shirt ran off to.  I remember opening the package but after that....who knows?
N E E D I N G motivation.  Badly.
F E E L I N G sleepy, even though it's not even 9 p.m. yet.
C L I C K I N G through the Harry Potter Wikia.  This site has such an in depth profile on...well...everything Harry Potter.  It's incredible. (I'm such a nerd.)

July 11, 2013

That Friday Blog Hop

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July 9, 2013

Tuesday's Tunes

You wouldn't think picking a song for Tuesday's Tunes would be hard.  It is.  All day long, I've got songs running through my head.  Then it comes time to pick one and I'm stumped.  What's up with that?

In all fairness, the song I ended up picking is completely random.  I went to Google & typed in 'top songs of 2005'....don't ask me why.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  #1 was a Mariah Carey song.  Pass.  #2, however, was my girl Gwen.  I'm always down for a Gwen Stefani/No Doubt song. 

Hollaback Girl.  It's hard to believe it's been 8 years since you debuted.  What's even crazier is that Gwen still looks exactly the same.  Whatever Fountain Of Youth secret she's got going on, I want in! 

I love this video.  It's simple & fun.  Gwen would have made a good cheerleader, don't you think?



I'm linked up for Tuesday's Tunes over at Leslyn's Lovely Life.  Come join us!