Archive for the ‘Things I Love’ Category

This week has been very exhausting for me. I’ve lost two employees in the past two weeks, so I’ve been adjusting to that. (There are only 4 of us total so now I’m at half a staff.) I’ve hired some temporary help, but it’s still kind of exhausting to be doing basically everything. The jobs posted this week, so hopefully if all goes well, I can hire people by the middle of October, first of November by the latest.

So I’m happy that so far, today’s been a lazy day. We stayed up late last night after going to dinner with some friends and then going to the football game. So of course I ended up sleeping late too this morning. 

Crappiness at work means some crappiness in the home, so last week, I asked Taylor if we could each plan a date for this weekend. I planned Friday night after work…Hooters and go cart racing. This morning after I got up and got dressed, Taylor made us a picnic lunch and we went out to the riverfront and ate sandwiches and fed the (nasty) blackbirds the leftovers of our chips. It has been a great weekend, and I’ve still got the rest of the afternoon to enjoy alone, since Sunday’s are football days and Taylor goes to watch with his family.

So I’ll spend the rest of the afternoon catching up on some blogging for you…more Italy photos anyone? But in the mean time, I’ve thought of a few things I have really liked lately and wanted to share with you.

First. Buy this wine.


99% of the time I’m a cheap wine drinker, going for bottles in the $4-7 range. But I bought this one at my local Wally World and it ended up being really great. It’s a Petite Sirah (in case you can’t squint enough to make out the words on my shitty iPod photo) and I paid about $11. So, while I consider it in the pricier range, it definitely doesn’t break the bank. And it tastes really good. I brought it to a girls night and everyone kept asking where I got it and was really impressed. They also have Merlot and Chardonnay, but I haven’t tried those yet.

Second. Buy this album.

I first heard Grouplove about a year ago when they opened for Two Door Cinema Club at a concert I went to. (I love TDCC too, but this isn’t about them.)The songs Grouplove sang were just so energizing and fun. And then while Two Door Cinema Club was performing, the female singer, Hannah come out into the audience and was standing right next to me. She smiled and didn’t run away immediately when I shouted over the music that I liked their songs. After that, I immediately downloaded their EP album (just named Grouplove) and listened to the 5 songs over and over. Then when I heard their album was coming out, I marked the date on my calendar and downloaded it right away. So enough rambling, so I’ll try to wrap it up.

I think their songs are really good. Some are fun and upbeat but some really draw you into the song with emotional connection.  And one of the EP album songs is on a Chevrolet commercial (Don’t Say Oh Well). Colours and Naked Kids are both great songs and are on both the EP and the new album. Although I was happy they included some songs from the EP, I’m also glad it’s not the same old stuff with just a few other new songs. 

So anyway, that’s what’s up in my life right now. What’s going on with you? Any music, wine or other recommendations you’ve got for me?

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Two years ago, Taylor and I tied the knot.

I could wax poetic about how much I love him and how happy we are, but I’ll spare you. For the most part. 

I will tell you we are so very happy. And we enjoy being married. We enjoy each other’s company and laugh together… a lot.

Two years has passed in the blink of an eye. And we are looking forward to many more years to come.

Photo by Michelle Loconto

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You should get one. It will cost a little more than a regular manicure but it is totally worth it. I got mine done on Tuesday and it looks almost exactly the same on Saturday, just a little grown out. No chips in the polish and still super shiny. Normally I paint my nails and the paint is chipped so bad I remove it all by the 2nd or 3rd day. Here is how it looked on the first day


And here is how it looks today.


I realize the pics are blurry but I promise you my nails still look awesome.

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The kind of friends who give you fresh arugula, lettuce, mint, red onion and cherry tomatoes (not pictured) from their garden.


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I’m a few days late posting because I had a hard time making myself finish up this wrap up. I kept thinking of more things I wanted to add. This past year was great, and I can’t really complain. I’m sure I’ll miss something with this year in review, but I’ll do my best.

This year Taylor and I :

Paid off my car and his student loan (if only we could pay off mine!)
Waited (not so patiently) to find out if I would still have a job (yes I would!)
Celebrated our first wedding anniversary

And I:

Ran a 5k
Completed the Warrior Dash


  • New Year’s Day in New York City
  • My 29th birthday

Cooked – Plenty of tasty recipes including Pioneer Woman Mac & Cheese; Pico de Gallo; Tequila Shrimp; Goat Cheese and Carmelized Onion Pizza. There are even more that I somehow didn’t get around to posting about.


  • Los Angeles and Long Beach (February)
  • Austin (February and November)
  • San Francisco for the 2nd time (April)
  • Chicago for the 4th (5th?) time (May)
  • Washington, DC/Arlington, VA (July)
  • Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM (November)

Read – Don’t judge. Even though I’m like 10 years behind the times on some of these, they were all very good, and easy reads.

The Twilight Series

  • Twilight
  • Eclipse
  • New Moon
  • Breaking Dawn

The Sookie Stackhouse Series

  • Dead Until Dark
  • Living Dead in Dallas
  • Club Dead
  • Dead to the World
  • Dead as a Doornail
  • Definitely Dead
  • All Together Dad
  • From Dead to Worse
  • Dead and Gone

Harry Potter Series

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


  • True Blood (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • The Tudors (Seasons 1 & 2)
  • Lie to Me (Season 1 and part of season 2)
  • Dexter (Seasons 1-4)
  • And plenty of miscellaneous episodes of Family Guy, South Park and Top Gear on streaming Netflix

Listened to/Discovered MusicA few of these albums aren’t new, but I loved them this year anyway. Also saw Two Door Cinema Club and GroupLove live at the Warehouse Live in Houston in October.

  • Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
  • We are Scientists – Brain Thrust Mastery; Barbara
  • Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
  • GroupLove – GroupLove EP
  • The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  • MGMT – Oracular Spectacular; Congratulations
  • Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
  • The Black Keys – Brothers
  • Arcade Fire – Neon Bible; The Suburbs
  • Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  • Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga; Transference

What were some of the highlights from your 2010 year?

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cheap skincare

I have had some issues with my skin over the years.

pimples + oiliness + dryness + redness = nothing you can buy at the store that covers all those things.

One thing I have found that surprisingly works is a homemade scrub. You can watch the video here, or just follow the recipe. (Also, Michelle Phan, the girl who made the video, has TONS of other fun makeup and skin care videos, including make your own nose strips!)

Olive Oil Honey Scrub
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp honey

Mix it all together in a small container. It’ll keep for several weeks.

I use it after I wash my makeup off, a couple nights a week (when I remember) and it really seems to help more than any other store-bought scrubs. You just gently massage it on your face for about 1 minute. I use a little warm water to thin it out so it’s not too rough. Then rinse it off with warm water. I don’t  usually use moisturizer afterward, because there is still just enough olive oil left on my skin. And since I use it at night, I’m not trying to put makeup over it or anything.

Apparently, honey has properties that kill bacteria which is good for pimples! The olive oil is moisturizing but doesn’t clog pores. And the sugar of course, good for scrubbing.

The best part is it’s cheap, and you probably have everything in your pantry at home.

Try it out and see what you think.

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