It’s a Tie

Being a former dancer, I always like to have the option of pulling my hair off my face. This means that if my hair isn’t up, I have a hair tie around my wrist. Some people see these small black elastics as a terrible eyesore that detracts from an outfit. Not a big deal from me for everyday in the office (heck, sometimes it’s hard for me to get out the door with matching socks), but I agree that if one’s dressing up for a night out on the town, these small black bands do detract from the overall look.

Not so anymore. Goody has developed ribbon elastics. Being an impulse buy at Target, I wasn’t expecting that these puppies would hold my thin hair in place.

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Wrong. I wore one during Zumba yesterday (I owe you a post on that) and man, was I impressed. Not only did the band hold my hair, but when I took my hair down, I found less hairs tangled in the band that with my regular hair ties.

The one issue I have is the knot. I just don’t know where to put it! Since I work at a computer for the majority of the day, I’m very picky when it comes to wrist wear. If it bothers me while I’m typing, chances are that it doesn’t stay on more than the morning. Sad state of affairs, since there are some really cute bracelets out there. For now, the knot tends to lay to one side.

In short: Effective and cuter than your average hair tie. Two thumbs up!

This post is part of my Try It Tuesday series. I updated the page this weekend, so it should be a comprehensive list of products I’ve tried and recommend. Check it out!

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Princess Consuela

Oh, Friends. How I love you.

I did it. I changed my name. I started with Social Security, waited for my card, then made my way to the DMV and my bank. There are still a lot of other places that need tending to, but the biggies are handled.

It feels weird, but good. I decided to forgo making my maiden name my middle name and go whole hog. It’s something that I thought long and hard about, considering that there’s a likelihood of my brother never getting married and carrying on the family name. While I’m sad to see it go (legally) I know that it will always be a part of who I am. And who knows? It could reappear somewhere in our family down the line.

Update: As soon as I published this post, I found this one about how the internet has affected the choice to alter one’s name. LOVED it, as it touched on some of my thoughts regarding my name, the blog, and social media. Give it a read!

Married ladies, did you incorporate your maiden name once you got married? Single/engaged ladies, what factors are you considering when thinking about changing your name after marriage?

Good Eats

Truth? I am that person who can eat the same thing for lunch every day. (And do. Turkey, mustard, spinach, cheese on either actual bread or sandwich thins with a side of carrots.) I’ve fallen in the same rut with breakfast – cereal or a toasted english muffin with PB and banana. It’s sad.

So when I had some time on my hands yesterday, I mixed it up. I was craving banana, peanut butter and chocolate and incorporated them into my breakfast. Blew my mind.

pb choc banana oatmeal

Add 1/2 cup oats and 1/2 cup almond milk into a bowl/mug of choice.
Microwave until the oats have somewhat soaked up the milk.
Add in one sliced banana, one tbsp. peanut butter and a small (or big, if you’re feeling naughty) handful of chocolate chips.
Devour.

Speaking of Good Eats, I saw a post on Caitlin’s blog about an initiative from another blogger I follow, Katie Levans of Sweet Tater Blog.

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I think Katie wrote it best, and so I’m going to quote her regarding what Plate Share is and how you can help.

I call my idea Plate Share, a social food photo-sharing smart phone application that empowers each and every one of us to make charitable giving second nature. To put it in perspective, I see it as Foodgawker for philanthropic restaurant-goers.

Here’s how it works:
Plate Share takes something we already do and turns it into an automatic charitable donation with an online social slant guaranteed to make it go viral.

What if every time you dined out or bought groceries you could use an app on your phone to round your bill up to the nearest dollar with your extra change going to feed the hungry?

It’s simple: Give change. Make change.

And what if every time you did this you snapped a picture of your plate and shared it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram (#plateshare) and encouraged them to do the same? And they did the same and told their friends? Who then did the same and told their friends?

I tracked my food spending for the months of November and December to see how much money I would’ve donated to Plate Share had it existed. On average, my change added up to $12 a month. Doesn’t seem like much, I realize; it’s negligible in the grand scheme of my budget. But what if you did it, too? And what if all 1,600 of my Facebook friends did, too? And all of yours? And all 3,000 Twitter followers? And all of yours? And so on and so on and so on.

What I love about the Plate Share concept is that it makes charitable giving accessible to anyone. I’m not a wealthy person, but if I can afford to eat out, I can afford to give change to make change. At most you will donate $0.99, at the least $0.01 depending on how much your bill is. There’s not an option to give more than that because part of what makes Plate Share powerful is that it takes all of us to make it happen.

If we all work together, a little bit goes a long way.

Katie is right. I generally round up when including tip, so why not have do that prior to tipping and having that extra couple of cents go to a good cause? Her idea is only in the initial stages, but she’s presenting at Startup Weekend Charlotte today with the hope of getting like-minded people on board and making Plate Share a reality.

Here’s how we can help her:

Twitter

  • Follow @plateshare on Twitter
  • When you dine out, take a picture of your plate and tweet: “Hey @startupwkndCLT, this plate could help #endhunger. Support @sweettaterblog & the @plateshare project so I can donate $x.xx!” [Fill in the x’s with the amount of change it would take to round your bill to the nearest dollar.]
  • When you buy groceries, take a picture of your receipt and tweet: “Hey @startupwkndCLT, my groceries could help #endhunger. Support @sweettaterblog & the @plateshare project so I can donate $x.xx!” [Fill in the x’s with the amount of change it would take to round your bill to the nearest dollar.]
  • Tweet: “I believe in the @plateshare project. Support @sweettaterblog at @startupwkndCLT to help #endhunger”
  • Tweet: “Give change, make change. Support @sweettaterblog and the @plateshare project at @startupwkndCLT to help #endhunger”

Instagram

  • Share the “Give Change, Make Change” photo below on Instagram
  • When you dine out, take a picture of your plate and add the caption: “Hey #startupwkndCLT, this plate could help #endhunger. Support @sweettaterblog & the @plateshare project so I can donate $x.xx! #plateshare” [Fill in the x’s with the amount of change it would take to round your bill to the nearest dollar.]

Facebook

  • Share the “Give Change, Make Change” photo below on Facebook
  • Like Plate Share on Facebook HERE
  • Share a link to this post and/or www.plateshare.org
  • Share your #plateshare Instagrams and TwitPics to your timeline
  • Post the “Give Change, Make Change” picture below to your timeline

Bloggers

  • Link to Katie’s post from your blog and encourage others to do the same
  • Tweet the living hell out of all of this
  • Post this to your blog’s Facebook page
  • Follow @plateshare on Twitter

Let’s do this, people. Every little bit helps 🙂

Of the Moment

This morning, our 2 hour delay weather alert didn’t come out until I had already gotten out of bed and picked out my outfit of the day. Unfortunately, my mind isn’t quite as warmed up as my now-abandoned sleep spot. So here’s a list of things in my life at the moment:

Book (next up? This one for Book Club):

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Preferred footwear:

so fuzzy and warm

so fuzzy and warm

Lotion (Thanks for the suggestions, btw, but I ended up picking something for which I had a coupon and it seems to be working well.):

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Weather:

i love snow!

i love snow!

What’s going on with you at the moment? Anything you’re happy or excited about? Do tell!

The Beast

This weekend was AWESOME for us Baltimoreans. But before the fun could begin, we had a task to tackle.

financial folders

Yup, those are three folders containing our recent financial history – including a 20-page document that gets into the nitty-gritty of our spending habits, debt, and future plans. We’re heading over to revisit a financial planner tonight and are hoping to get some advice. While we’re not struggling by any means, we are ready to begin setting ourselves up for some big changes within the next few years [House first, Ma. Grandkids aren’t on the docket just yet :)]

Switching to another beast, this guy went to the vet AND had a bath on Monday. He did a great job and was such a trooper, but then revolted with a bit when put in his room after a few days out. Chewy still reigns supreme, but we’re learning how to divert his energy…

this bone no longer looks as pristine as it does here

this bone no longer looks as pristine as it does here

Food for Thought

I recently signed up to be a part of BzzAgent, and spread the word about some products that they deem would fit my lifestyle. The first product I was asked to try was Kellogg’s Crunchy Oat cereal in the Roasted Nut & Honey flavor. On first try, it was a bit too sugary for me as a breakfast food. I haven’t eaten cereal in the morning for a few months now, and it was quite a shock the first time I dove back in.

In order to give it a fair shot, I used it as I do most of my cereal – as a ‘garnish’ in my yogurt. This was perfection. The cereal gave the tartness of the greek yogurt a sweet side and the texture gave it a nice crunch (which I like).

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But don’t just take my word for it. The JA tried it Sunday morning before we rushed out of the house and remarked, “This is pretty good. I like it!” That one small comment means a lot since he normally skips breakfast or has a shake instead.

To recap: I’ll probably purchase this cereal again, but still prefer a flake-based cereal over this more sweet counterpart for my morning routine.

Note: I received this product for free as part of a BzzAgent campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

TGIT

Thank goodness it’s Thursday. My brain is going in a million and ten places right now, but here’s a peek of what’s knockin’ around in there.

I got a gel manicure for our honeymoon, but haven’t been back to get them removed properly. So I’ve started picking at them. Then they look like this and I think to myself, “Didn’t you get these to help PROTECT your nails?”

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I’ve been doing really well with MyFitnessPal, and am hovering around my goal weight. (I didn’t have much to lose.) Still plan on using it for calorie counting and exercise purposes. It intrigues me.

Tomorrow’s a busy day. I’m hoping to get my name changed by at least one government agency, but we’ll see. You never know how those things go. I’m setting myself up with a low goal (one not two), but who knows? (Heads up – there probably won’t be a morning post.)

I know I’m super late to the game, but Spotify is totally helping me get my groove on during these rainy, dreary days.

After coming home to another, um, mishap, we’ve moved Watson to the laundry room. No carpet in the entire room. We should have wisened up earlier, but what can I say? Who doesn’t want to trust this face?

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I need new lotion for my legs. They’re looking uber scaley right now. (No, I’m not posting a picture. I’m too ashamed that they’ve gotten to this point. It’s BAD.) Suggestions welcome.

WHEW. What a brain dump. Thanks for listening, have a great day, and I’ll talk to you soon 🙂