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28 January, 2015

Weekly Poll | Cooking the books... or not

Happy Wednesday, everybody! I hope those of you who live in the Snowmageddon zone didn't get hit too hard by yesterday's blizzard.

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This week's question has nothing to do with weather, and was inspired by one of my favorite activities... eating! Well, and cooking. Usually goes with the territory.

Where do you get inspiration for new recipes or things to cook or eat? Cookbooks, magazines, blogs, Pinterest, something else? Do you have any all-time favorite sources?

I'm kind of old-school in that I like to flip through cookbooks for inspiration. I don't always follow recipes to a T, so having a book with an index where I can be like "I have a block of tofu, what recipes in this book have tofu in them?" works well as a method of idea-gathering. Sometimes blogs are useful too though, as there seem to be a number out there focused on budget-friendly meals, which isn't always the case with cookbooks—I remember reading some "recipe" recently that was basically just a pound of non-dairy cream cheese (not cheap!) with some stuff mixed in it. Umm what?

As for favorites, I really like Isa Chandra Moskowitz's cookbooks because I have yet to make a recipe of hers that utterly failed. Trying someone else's recipe with a certain degree of confidence is good. Because spending a lot of time making something and having it come out gross is very, very sad.

26 January, 2015

Unboxing | Vegan Cuts Snack Box January 2015

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Surprise snacks might just be the best thing ever. I somehow managed to forget that Stan gifted me a subscription to the Vegan Cuts Snack Box over the holidays, so I did an actual happy dance when it showed up in the mail a few days ago. Cha cha CHA!

Vegan Cuts Snack Box January 2015

23 January, 2015

Intel Pocket Avatars app: A ridiculously fun way to stay in touch

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I don't know about you, but multimedia texts are a staple of keeping in touch for me these days. With many of my friends and all of my family living in other states, you've got to find easy ways to share your everyday experiences, you know? I also text/chat with Stan (my boyfriend) sometimes while he's at work. Sharing the little things just makes your day feel brighter. Today I'll be showing you how to use a free app that takes multimedia messaging to the next level: Intel Pocket Avatars! It allows you to record short video messages as a funny character and share them with your family and friends. Stan and I had a lot of fun messaging each other back and forth with it, so I really recommend giving it a try!

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21 January, 2015

Review & How-To | VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron

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As someone with fine hair, I always find it challenging to achieve super-voluminous styles. Heat tools are definitely necessary, but even with your standard hairdryers and curling irons the process can be a bit tedious and annoying. Today I'll be sharing my thoughts on a device that makes creating volume-tastic hairstyles super-quick and easy: The VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron!


Weekly Poll | Meet me in Marsala

Happy Wednesday, everybody!


This week's poll question will be brief and topical. I'm sure most of you have heard by now that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala—if you've somehow managed to escape hearing about this, you can read all about it here. My question:

What do you think of Marsala? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Like looking at it but would never wear it? Going to name your baby Marsala?

This may be an unpopular opinion, but I'm not sure if I like it. I'm not at all surprised that a wine-ish shade was chosen, but Marsala is so... brown. Maybe they wanted something totally different than last year's pinkish-purplish shade (Radiant Orchid).

What do you think? All Marsala all the way or no Marsala for you?
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