Category — Things I’m Loving

{adventures in gingerbread} The French Quarter, New Orleans – in Gingerbread

Behold: New Orleans’ French Quarter, made entirely of gingerbread and candy!
New Orleans Gingerbread House

For the past several years I’ve gotten together with a group of friends to make a crazy gingerbread project. (See bottom of the post for links to all of the previous projects!) This is actually last year’s project, which I thought I’d share now in hopes I can get it together in time this year to share our upcoming project. The project is always related to the theme of our Christmas party, which was “Christmas in the French Quarter.”

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December 14, 2016   No Comments

{life hacks} 10 Simple Ways To Be Happier Every Day

Are you happy? Would you like to be happier? I have been reading a lot of articles on the internet about the habits of happy people, and boy are they stupid. So I would like to add a few of my own. Of course I have no medical or psychology training and just made these up, but I think you will find that if you just do these simple things, you will be happier every day!


10 Simple Ways To Be Happier Every Day

1. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Or, something else that will refresh and hydrate you. Like 5 or 6 vodka tonics. Yeah, that will do it.

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October 20, 2016   No Comments

{life} This Is 40: Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far

My friend Whitney wrote a beautiful post when she turned 40 a few years back, and it has stuck with me. It inspired me to write this, on the day of my own 40th birthday.

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Articles like this always have contemplative pictures of sunsets. So here you go.

I am not afraid to turn 40, but I am a little afraid for the world that I am now what passes for a responsible adult! Once you’re 40, there is no more pretending you’re not really a real adult. I grew up thinking that adults–like people who are 40–have all the answers. I guess I’m still a little stunned that I do not have all (or even very many) of the answers.

But I have definitely learned some things here and there, so I wanted to share them on this special day.

15 Things I Know Now That I Am 40 

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I know, that is a cliche, but hear me out. Every time you allow yourself to feel rage at a person who cuts you off on the freeway, you are wasting rage that could be better directed towards something really important, like inequality, injustice, running out of sauvignon blanc, etc. [Read more →]

May 7, 2016   3 Comments

{diy} Five Nihilist Pinterest Projects You Can Start Right Now

Do you ever look at Pinterest and think, “I could make that, if life had any purpose?” Here are five ideas for nihilist Pinterest projects you can start right now. 

 

1) THE HEALTHIEST GUMMY BEARS YOU WILL EVER EAT

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Go to the store to purchase ingredients. Blow off work to spend 6 hours looking for tiny bear-shaped cookie cutter. Settle for large-ish poodle shaped cutter. Follow recipe. While waiting for them to cool, spend 20 minutes trying to decide whether they are spelled “gummy bears” or “gummi bears.” Taste gummy/gummi bears and recoil because they are disgusting, and far too large. Remember that you hate gummy bears, and your life. Eat gummy bears anyway.

2) DIY MISSING SOCKS SIGN [Read more →]

April 22, 2016   No Comments

{travelogue} 12 Things I Love On Hawaii’s Big Island

I just got back from a week on the Big Island of Hawaii and wanted to share some of my favorite places and things. I am not going to say that these are the twelve BEST things to do, because I am by no means an expert on the place. But here are some things that I thought were spectacular! I’d love to hear any recommendations for next time, too.

Big Island of Hawaii

BEACHES & ACTIVITIES

Place of Refuge (Pu’uhonua o Honaunau) – Honaunau
A super special place by the sea, this national historic park is worth a visit. Learn about Hawaiian history with cool wooden carvings and replica houses on a palm-shaded seaside. It has a 500-year-old, 17-foot-thick lava rock wall and some neat tidepools, too. [Read more →]

April 7, 2016   1 Comment

{disco christmas} Saturday Night Fever, in Gingerbread

Every year a group of friends comes over and we make a crazy gingerbread “house” – usually more of a scene – to go along with the theme of our Christmas party. Last year I was too lazy to share photos and a description, so this year you get a twofer! We are making this year’s house tonight, so I thought I’d better share last year’s ASAP.

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December 17, 2015   No Comments

{favorites list} Things I’m Loving Right Now

These are some of the things I’m currently enamored with. 

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Reminiscing about my summer trip to London, Bruges, Greece, and Turkey

Bacon waffles at the Naked Pig in Santa Rosa

Buying these magnetic closure onesies and sending them to my friends’ new babies – it’s become my go-to baby gift (tip: check the clearance page first so you can afford to send two!)

Bookmarking crazy, over-the-top swimming pools on Pinterest as I make plans to re-do my own pool and backyard

Traveling with my new(ish) Sony RX100 III camera – the photos are about 95% of the quality of my DSLR, but it weighs soooo much less and fits in my pocket

Figuring out a trick to get a walk-in table at State Bird Provisions (the bottom line: go on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday around 8 and you should only have to wait 30 minutes or so)

This Mondrian-inspired water tower in New York

Getting my calcium from these tasty dark chocolates every day

Finding ways to use the best of the summer produce we’re getting in California right now – like blueberries and heirloom tomatoes

These photos of El Seed’s “caligraffiti” street art

The popovers you get when you sit down for dinner at Wayfare Tavern – and the coconut cream cake they serve for dessert

These super-safe swim vests for little kids – they work wonders

L’oreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes mascara – cheap, waterproof, and looks so terrific all day long

Anticipating my upcoming visit to Peter Luger – my favorite restaurant in the whole world!

What are you loving lately? 

August 25, 2015   No Comments

{itineraries} 3 Days in London – Off the Beaten Path (With or Without Kids!)

Having been to London quite a few times, on a recent trip I decided to try some activities and itineraries that are decidedly off the beaten path. It was so much fun to avoid the crowds of Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace and get into some spaces and places that were less clogged by tourists yet even more enjoyable.

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August 14, 2015   No Comments

{10 Second Vacation} Quito, Ecuador (Plus a Few Side Trips)

We hit up Quito, the charming capital of Ecuador, last summer before heading to Machu Picchu. It totally exceeded expectations. Everywhere you look, there’s a beautiful view. It’s a lively small city with a lovely colonial center. The people are friendly and there is lots to do. Not only that, it’s a really cheap town – we rented a lovely 2 bedroom apartment for around 70 bucks. A far cry from paying $200 a night for a decent hotel room as you do in many places. Plus, Quito can be a jumping-off point for so many other adventures, like a visit to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, or the beach.

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June 25, 2015   No Comments

{hacks} 10 MORE of the Most Amazing Food and Life Hacks You Need to Know Right Now

I know what you’re thinking: after my last 13 Amazing Food and Life Hacks, how could I POSSIBLY have any more incredibly useful and fabulous life hacks for you? Well it has taken me awhile but here are some more. Read on for TEN MORE of the most life-changing, wonderful, great food and life hacks.

1. Does your room have an unpleasant smell? Tape a dryer sheet directly over your face.

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2. If you have been saving old Pringles cans so you can clean them out and store spaghetti in them, just throw them away instead. 

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June 16, 2015   4 Comments