Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An iPhone for all seasons...

Not my actual stash I swear!!
Today my brain is like bllllaaaaaahhhhh and my body is like meeeehhhhhhh and I'm like "what the heck should I write a blog post about, I just told these people I was going to start writing blog posts more regularly again." Uhhhh... How about this!? A confession! Here goes: I am addicted to buying iPhone cases. 

It's true. I own nearly a dozen cases, some of which are seasonally appropriate (thank you Buddy (ps, I swear I didn't pay $28 for that!)) some of which have more actual functional purpose (the Rifle Paper Co.'s "inlay" cases make your phone noticeably heavier/bulkier, but they also really protect it). The way I see it, our cell phones are our most used and viewable accessory so I think it's perfectly reasonable to dress it up or down depending on where you're headed and the time of year! Some favorite shops for iphone cases include Society 6, Rifle Paper Co., C Wonder, J Crew, Kate Spade (sale bin for all 3 of those!!) and Etsy. Shutterfly also has a wonderful collection of customizable cases which would make the perfect gift for a loving parent or grandparent come the holidays.

So next time you think about dressing up your phone in some drab old case, consider showing a little love to your most useful accessory. (ps- there's always THIS!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

What I'm watching...

The end of September is here which means we can all stop watching re-runs and Netflix and the bottom of the barrel shows left on our DVR and focus on the new and returning shows about to re-stake their claim on primetime. HOORAY! Being the tv junkie that I am, I thought I'd give you a little Fall 2014 TV lineup. What are you watching!?

New shows that have caught my eye:
As we all know, August and September means seeing an influx of marketing for all the network's new shows. Some will be awesome, most will be cancelled. Here's a list of the shows that have caught my eye
* How to Get Away with Murder - ABC Thursday @ 10pm
Another drama from hit-maker Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy and Scandal), this show about a criminal law professor and her students has definitely grabbed my attention. The first episode (last Thurs. was good, but I'm not totally sold yet).
* A to Z - NBC Thursday @ 9:30pm
I'm always on the lookout for a decent 30 minute comedy (I miss you Office and 30 Rock!) so this uniquely structured romantic comedy about an entire relationship is definitely going to get a chance. 
* Manhattan Love Story - ABC Tuesday @ 8:30pm
This show gets a look purely because they've been filming it all over my neighborhood. The premise seems cute enough though, a budding romance in NYC with voiceovers sharing what's actually going on inside each characters mind. Let's see...
* Marry Me - ABC Tuesday @ 9pm
I love Ken Marion (since his Wet Hot American Summer Days) so this comedy featuring him and the show's writer's real life wife (Casey Wilson of Happy Endings, a show that never did much for me) is worth a shot. A couple in love but vexed with silly complications!? Maybe.

And coming back for another season...
* Parks and Recreation - Left us with a big jump forward in time at the end of last season. Excited to see what this season has in store.
* Parenthood - This is one of the better shows on tv that not nearly enough people are watching. Coming in for it's final season, this complex family drama is totally worth getting caught up on.
* Scandal - Though I worry that this show's schtick may be getting a bit tired, I'm not nearly ready to give up on Olivia and her band of gladiators.
* Nashville - A prime time soap opera with live country music, the mom from Friday Night Lights (love you Connie Britton) and a surprisingly impressive Hayden Panettiere... highly entertaining and a good filler for my otherwise available Wednesday night!
* New Girl - This show wavers for me, but when it's funny, it's really funny. The show is at its best when the ensemble feeds off one another, but especially scene stealing Nick and Schmidt. Watch for a laugh.
* Homeland - Enough said.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wellness Week Day 4

Now that we have cleaned up and caught up and scheduled those outstanding "to do's" I think it's time to take a step back from the digital devices (ironic for a blogger to be saying to the person reading this on a device I know, but stay with me...)

Wellness Week Day 4 - Disconnect.
Today is one of the holiest Jewish holidays of the year (L'Shana Tova!) which means a few hours in synagogue with family and a lively and delicious festive meal. It also means several hours in no-phone zones and for that I am extremely thankful. Sometimes being literally unable to check email, send texts or peruse social media is just what you need to realize how out of control being plugged in 24-7 had become. So today, go for a walk and leave your phone at home. Shut the laptop, walk away from the tablet. Get outside, soak in the tub, pick up an old fashioned book... However you do it, spend at least 1 hour in a totally device-less state and just enjoy the peace and quiet. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hump Day Distractions

awww hey lil buddy!
Because even a productive Wellness Week requires a little distraction, here are some goodies to get you through to the other side. Enjoy!

* Gosh I love this gal...
* Not sure how I feel about THESE. I think I love them, but, hmmm.
* These banners would definitely add some sass to your next party!
* The person who came up with this tasty idea is clearly a genius.
* A powerful ad from Budweiser.
* Classy and pretty easy to prepare. My favorite dinner party combination.
* Waterslide tester!?! I didn't even know to dream about being this!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wellness Week Day 2

Welcome Autumn!
How are we feeling today my merry friends? Are you with me on the road to a clearer mind (and full heart... can't lose!) Yesterday's mission of making an appointment is one and done on my end, and hopefully you too. Are you ready for our next Wellness Week task?

Wellness Week Day 2 Clean up & Catch up
Two of the things that really make me feel out of sorts are when things get messy and when I feel out of touch with my loved ones. Thankfully accomplishing both of these things at the same time is totally doable and who doesn't love a lil multitasking!? So today, plug your cell into headphones (two hands free for maximum productivity!) and tidy up your closet while you call your mom... go to the grocery store and catch up with your girlfriend. Chatting with a loved one while doing these slightly less than glamorous tasks makes the chore go faster and your heart gets a friendly dose of lovin too.

Monday, September 22, 2014

There is such thing, as too much of a good thing…

In the past 6 weeks I have travelled to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Louisville, Kentucky, Charleston, South Carolina, Portland, Maine and New Orleans, Louisiana. I have eaten some of the tastiest meals and drank plenty to wash them down. I’ve done a lot of dancing. (And in my spare time I left the company I worked at for over 5 years and started my own business…)

I have eaten (quite) well and travelled (very) often, potentially maxing out my own life’s motto of “une view a plein bord” and now it’s time to reset. I need to get back to some sort routine, or figure out a new routine as the case may be (perhaps each work-from-home-day should still start with brushing my teeth!?). I need to start taking better care of myself including making time for eating right and exercise (because I’ve blown through my entire supply of elastic waist-band pants). And because taking on any daunting task is better with a buddy… I’m bringing y’all with me. Welcome to Wellness Week my friends, where each day we are going to commit to do 1 thing we’ve been meaning to do that’s good for us.

Wellness Week Day 1 - Schedule those Appointments
We’ve all got the health appointment we’ve just been “too busy” to schedule. The dentist or dermo or orthopedist to check out a nagging pain... well the delaying stops now. Today, commit to making that call and scheduling your overdue checkup. Make it a priority. I promise, your body will thank you!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

And the beat goes on...

Me right now...

Sometimes the only way to get through another day of an insanely hectic week is to look at some adorable animal pictures and gifs. There, I said it. I have no shame. Get more of this cuteness explosion HERE.