The Five Products I Can’t Live Without

Hello, hello!  How was your weekend?  Mine was full of various errands and a little soccer (literally a little, because my team in a tournament at work lost our first two games in a double-elimination setup.  But I at least “forgot” to put sunscreen on my face, so I got some color).

Today, since I mostly review newer beauty/skincare/hair products on the blog, I thought it would be fun to share the ones I’ve used for years and keep returning to even as others come and go.  Also, I have spent a lot of time hunched over my monitor at work like a gremlin as of late, and nothing particularly unique came to mind for this post.

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A Week of Easy Meals

Well, good morning.  Let’s continue on with my recent confessions, shall we?

1. I spilled a little chunk of brownie and ice cream from a Dairy Queen Blizzard on the center console of my car last week and haven’t cleaned it up yet.

2. Until this weekend, I hadn’t grocery shopped properly for at least a month.  Just didn’t feel like it.  Nothing sounded good except ice cream.  When I had other things to pick up at Target, I would throw some random food items along with coffee grounds and 25-calorie hot chocolate packets (the essentials) into my cart and eat those.

I finally snapped out of it on Saturday and decided to make a meal plan for this week, which I’m sharing today.  The shopping list and portion sizes are for one, with the exception of the yellow cake baked oatmeal which serves 10.  You can eat this “oatmeal” at any time of day and pretend it’s healthy, so it’s nice to have on hand.

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Tips for Wearing Red Lipstick

So, you guys.  I have a confession.  Actually, two confessions.

The first is that on Tuesday night I slept from 8:15 pm to 7:15 a.m. and then on Wednesday I ate a box of macaroni and cheese and a giant bowl of ice cream AFTER I had already stopped at Panera for dinner on the way home, so I couldn’t finish more than two posts this week.  I just had to lay down.  Three straight weekends out of town have taken their toll, or at least that’s the excuse I’m claiming.

The other confession is that I didn’t teach myself how to wear lipstick until like a month ago.  My office is as casual as it gets, and so is the Columbus bar scene (not that I really get out), so I never had a reason to take the plunge.  However, I had a wedding to attend a few weeks ago and really wanted to do a red lip for some reason, so I scoured the web for instructions while at work and did some practice at home.  Here are five tips that will help you get started, too…

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Friday Favorites #4

Good morning!  Are you doing anything fun over the long weekend?  Adam and I are going to Michigan, where our parents are meeting for the first time over lunch on Monday…figured it was about time since we’ve been together almost three years.  Here’s hoping for minimal awkwardness!  Hope you have a great one, and please read on for this week’s Friday Favorites…

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Five Interesting Podcasts

Over the past few months, I’ve started turning to podcasts instead of music for entertainment on my drive to work (when I’m not listening to one of the Harry Potter audiobooks, of course).  Most of the songs I’ve downloaded to my phone are for working out, making them a little too upbeat and fast for my mornings pre-coffee.  I realize I could just join the rest of the 21st century on Spotify and search for new, quieter playlists, but in the meantime, here’s a roundup of podcasts that actually hold my attention span.  You can subscribe to them on the Podcasts app for iPhone or listen online.

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