The best things about being a grown up

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So yesterday, I got a text from the hub’s saying to make sure I picked up the package that was delivered today.  When I got home, picked up the package and opened it up, I found, not one, not two, but THREE boxes of Rice Krispies Treats cereal.  I haven’t had this stuff since being a kid.  So naturally, the two of us ate GIANT bowls of cereal for dinner last night.   Becoming a grown up is quite possibly the best thing that every happened to my inner kid.  As much as we complain about money, responsibility, and grown up problems,  I want to remind you guys to think about how awesome your kid self thinks your life is right now. Here is a list of things that I love about being a grown up.

1.) I can eat really sugary delicious cereal for dinner for an entire week if I want to

2.) I can go to bed whenever I feel like it and I STILL don’t have to get up as early as I did when I was a kid

3.) I understand grown up jokes (I had a really hard time with this as a kid, I always laughed at jokes when I knew I should but I wasn’t old enough to understand them usually so I just felt dumb)

4.) Building a tent in the living room is allowed….

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5.)  I can go to R rated movies

6.) I can get a puppy if I want to

7.) I can make a joke that involves a well-timed curse word and I no longer get interrupted by my mom to “watch my language”

8.) I can eat chocolate, pizza, waffles, candy, mac and cheese all day with no punishment (other than getting fat, but I’m trying to look at the bright side here!)

9.)I can drink wine beer and alcohol and actually enjoy the taste of it

10.) I can wear costumes in public if I feel like it. This is why sororities always have theme parties.  It is in DIRECT defiance of their parents refusal to allow them to wear their princess dresses

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So now, when life gets hard and complicated, you can try to think about the stuff that your 9-year-old self would think is awesome.  If that doesn’t work, you can take a chill pill, literally, because you are old enough to have a prescription for them.

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Pasta? Nope.

In my quest to quit pasta, I have been experimenting with substitutes.  Spaghetti squash is no exception. I couldn’t believe it but it really does look like spaghetti, and kinda tastes like it too.  It’s a little crunchier, because it is in fact a vegetable but you can use it as a substitute for noodles.  I found this recipe at Real Simple and added some of my own ingredients.
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Ingredients

  • 1  3-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1  15-ounce container ricotta
  • 1  large egg
  • 4  cups  kale, chopped
  • 1  garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 2  cups  grated mozzarella (1/2 pound)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Place the squash on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle the cut sides with the oil, place cut-side down, and roast until tender, 40 to 50 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, kale, garlic, nutmeg, spices, parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper.
  3. With a fork, gently scrape out the strands of flesh from the spaghetti squash and add to the ricotta mixture. Mix gently to combine.
  4. Transfer the mixture to an 8-inch square baking dish, sprinkle with the mozzarella, and bake until browned and bubbling, 18 to 22 minutes.

Everywhere you go, there you are

I have always had a traveler’s heart.  I just never really travelled.  Like REALLY travelled.  I had been places, I had seen things, I lived in New york for a hot minute, I moved to Chicago after school but I really hadn’t been anywhere in Europe or out of the country. During our honeymoon in Italy.  I got bit by the travel bug.  Once you have a taste of it you can’t stop! I even learned how to pack for two weeks in Italy with one carry-on suitcase.  IMG_2108

For the next few years, I really want to get all of the travel out of me.  There are places in America that I really want to visit and then there are places around the world that I really want to go. So here is the master list of where I want to go in the next 3 to 4 years:

1.) San Francisco and Napa:

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I am going to go with my mom at the end of this month and I can’t wait because I have always wanted to go there.  I hear that San Francisco is a little like Chicago.  It’s a big city on the water, it’s definitely my kind of town.  We are going to go see the Redwoods in Muir woods and take a day trip to Napa.  I cannot wait!

2.) Paris: 

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I want to stay in St. Germain, and eat pastries and drink coffee.  I want to walk along the Seine and see the Moulin Rouge and try all of the different French wines.  The Winged Victory in the Louvre has always been something I really wanted to see. But mainly, I just want to walk around Paris and find things to love about it.  I seriously can’t wait to see the Eiffel Tower, I want to take a photo of it and hang it up in our place.  It has been one of the things I have always wanted to photograph.

3.) Hawaii:Hawaii

Hawaii looks like one of the most beautiful and romantic places on Earth. My Grandparents honeymooned there in the 60’s, my parents renewed their vows there, my husband went for a few weeks to visit a friend, essentially everyone has been there but me.  Luckily, we have friends who live there or who have a home there so the possibility of us being able to go is pretty high.  I definitely want to try surfing, and if there is anywhere that I would do outdoorsy things it would be Hawaii.  I would totally go on a hike there!

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My sister-in-law lives in Munich and I have always wanted to see Germany.  I love places with a lot of history and Germany obviously has an abundance of it.  I have also always wanted to see the Christmas Market there and have German hot chocolate. I am crossing my fingers that we get to go in the winter time on year!

5.) Istanbul:

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Turkish delight, the Haija Sophia,the Blue Mosque,  the Grand Bazaar, I love the exotic feeling of a place like this.  Good friends of ours went their for their honeymoon and ever since they have come back, I have been fascinated with the place.  It just seems like such an adventure.

More places I would LOVE to see:

  • Ireland
  • Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • India
  • Africa
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • Denver
  • Peru
  • Boston
  • French Countryside/Riviera

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

“I’ll be there in 5 minutes” and other lies

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This website I found is quite possibly the funniest thing I have seen in a while.  It is called Daily Dishonesty.  A graphic designer has been putting together these cute little prints that call us all out on the little white lies we tell our selves and others everyday.  Things like “I’m not that hungry” or “I just got your text” or “6 am yoga”.  Much to my husband’s dismay, I am going to buy one for my bathroom, because in the winter months, I find myself thinking this a lot:

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Most prints are only 17.95 which ain’t bad if you ask me.  Her shop is at Society 6 and there is a ton to look through.  So if you want your daily dose of dishonesty and to learn more about this cool girl check out this sweet little site from Lauren Nicole Hom : Hom Sweet Hom.  It says she is currently seeking full-time job opportunities starting in June 2013,
yummy freelance projects, and the best brunch in NYC.  Somebody out there ought to be able to help a girl out right?  This stuff is good!

Let me google that for you…. and other awesome websites

I love browsing the internet however, the internet is a huge place. I found this huge list of useful websites and I picked out my favorites for you.

1.)  Have you ever had a friend text you and be like….”What year did the Wonder Years end?” or “How many cups are in a quart?” I mean, we all do it but honestly, sometimes I feel like my friends or clients think I am like this all the time:

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Instead of having to research and get back to them, try texting this site.  Translation “Let Me Google That For You”:

lmgtfy.com

2.) What about that time when you really just wanted to know “What is quinoa” or “Who is “Abraham Lincoln” and not get a mumbled jumbled mess of a million websites with info. Next time, try:

http://www.wolframalpha.com/

It is a mathematical site that only provides the most useful data, for more info on a topic….lmgtfy.com.

3.) If you are remodeling or moving to a new place and want to see what everything would look like before you lift a finger to move furniture… Try this instead of exhausting yourself for no reason:

http://www.homestyler.com/

It lets you do a 3D model of your home or apartment

4.) I don’t know about you but when I open a new email address and then see 20 spam emails in a row, I feel like this:

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Don’t let that happen anymore! Just go to this site and get a shortened and safer link to use instead of your email address that you can share on Twitter, forums, Craigslist, etc.

http://scr.im/

5.) So, for this next one I need you to stay with me.  It is complicated and kinda tech-nerdy but there are a ZILLION uses for it. There is a website that will organize all of your online data but only in ways that you tell it to.  For example, you can set it up so that every time you take a photo in Instagram it will automatically send it to your Dropbox account.  Or every time you “star” an email in Gmail, it will copy it to Evernote.  The point is that it only does what you tell it to do so unless you want to be like Karen from mean girls….

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Just go to If This Than That’s site and set it up so that you can get a text every time the weatherman says it is going to rain.

https://ifttt.com/wtf

6.) How many times have we thought “I would give AT LEAST $5 for someone to…”

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Well now you can put your money where your mouth is.  There is a site called Fiverr where you can find anything from a hand carved coconut monkey to getting a guy to send you a post card from wherever he is in the world  What would you pay $5 for?

http://fiverr.com/

7.) I have had a few people ask me about how I make my collages.  I am currently having a love affair with a certain website (don’t tell my husband)…

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I fell in love with Picmonkey several months ago.  It is the only site that you can make collages, write on your images, and do editing without getting all cozy with Photoshop.  Don’t get me wrong I love Photoshop, but there are times where I want to just throw it together and call it a day.  You can use it for free or you can upgrade your package for $33 a year. This is awesome for blogging, scrapbooking, Facebooking, or just putting stuff together.  Find it here:

http://www.picmonkey.com/

8.)  I thought this next one was pretty interesting, especially if you like to entertain.  There is a site that is basically Pandora for youtube.  Not only can you make a playlist of songs, its a video playlist.   If you have apple tv or can connect your computer to your TV this would be AWESOME for parties.

http://www.youtube.com/disco

9.) So this next one is helpful if you want to make a pie chart or report that doesn’t look like the most boring person in your office made it…

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They let you add and customize how your data is presented…for free!  Go to

http://infogr.am/

10.  Last but not least, ever wanted to be James Bond?

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Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could send self destructing messages online? Well, now you can.  This site will creat a message and when you send the link, it will self destruct after the message has been read….

https://privnote.com/

If you need EVEN MORE that this list that I gave you, go here.  There are 101 useful websites that are pretty interesting to browse