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Playlist | May ’16

 

Playlist | May '16

1.
LÉON
Tired of Talking

2.
Vacationer
Paradise Waiting

3.
The Strumbella
Spirits

4.
The 1975
Love Me

5.
Fine Times
Rule No.7 (The Half-life)

6.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
High Dive

7.
Julia Nunes
Make Out

8.
Hembree
Can’t Run Forever

9.
Mates of State
Staring Contest

10.
Slaptop
Away

11.
Zedd, Kesha
True Colors

12.
Florence + The Machine, Maccabees
I Love You All the Time (Play It Forward Campaign)

13.
Ingrid Michaelson
Hell No

14.
Young the Giant
Something To Believe In

15.
R3hab, Felix Snow, Madi
Care

16.
Meghan Trainor, Kelli Trainor
Mom

17.
Atmosphere, Grieves
Fireflies

18.
Twin Peaks
Holding Roses

 

Remember when I was so excited about spring? Yeah, it’s been pretty cold here. Well, actually we did have that one week where it was in the 80s.

My first semester is over. It has been a really positive experience but I think that mostly attributes to having such a caring professor who is really involved with his students and want them to succeed. I’m taking some classes for summer which means they will be condensed.

I’ve been MIA, again. I’ve been busy playing video games and networking. S and I have been working on building up a presence on Twitch but it’s still very new. There’s a lot of things I’m trying to take on and still trying to work out a balance. Oh and this month, this is the month I start to get healthy. Like..I’m not very far from 200 lbs. I mean, maybe I’m exaggerating but it’s still pretty close.

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Playlist

Playlist | April ’16

 

Playlist | April '16

1.
Gentlemen Hall
Sail Into The Sun

2.
Imaginary Future
Love Is Beginning

3.
Dylan Gardner
Let’s Get Started

4.
CRUISER
Throw Shade

5.
Grace Mitchell
NoLo

6.
Brick + Mortar
Train

7.
CHVRCHES
Clearest Blue

8.
St. Lucia
Dancinc On Glass

9.
Purity Ring
bodyache

10.
The 1975
The Sound

11.
The Neighbourhood
Cry Baby

12.
Passion Pit
Lifted Up (1985)

13.
Ra Ra Riot
Absolutely

14.
Miniature Tigers
Swimming Pool Blues

15.
Penguin Prison
Show Me the Way

16.
Charlie Puth
One Call Away

17.
Coasts
Oceans

18.
Future Elevators
Machine Maker

19.
Fitz and The Tantrums
HandClap

20.
Lukas Graham
7 Years

21.
The Knocks feat. Walk The Moon
Best For Last

Happy April Fool’s Day! Don’t worry, I don’t have any trickery for you..or do I?

It’s officially Cherry Blossom season! Do you have any plans to head into the city to view them? It’s been pretty windy so I’m not sure what the chances are that they’re still intact but it’s definitely worth a try! I haven’t been out yet myself, I’ve been attacked by allergies and have isolated myself to our apartment. Are there any big updates for us, well I can’t say there are many. I’ve registered for my summer courses and I’m happily trekking along in my art class.

I’ve finally bit the bullet and went out with my brother and got some more clothes and by more clothes I mean clothes that can fit my current body. As you can imagine, I’ve outgrown more than half of my wardrobe and have been bumming it around but I’ve grown tired of that. I shouldn’t have to sacrifice style and professionalism just for comfort. Ok, not that it was a sacrifice it was more of me being lazy and refusing to buy bigger clothes. I’ve learned that I really like Cynthia Rowley dresses and can snag some great ones from the likes of TJ Maxx and Marshals. Also, I still really like Target for simple things like blazers and dresses as well.

So as you know, I pretty much went vegetarian bordering vegan for 4o days and 40 nights. Even though I finally had a steak on Easter, I may extend it through April or at least post about things I’ve found that have been useful if you’re considering making the transition. I’m not fully vegan myself and have been on the fence but have slowly been finding things to consider a lifestyle change.

Here’s to spring finally being here!

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Creative

Getting Artsy with Alexander Calder

We’ve just gotten done with midterms and my professor, who is a creative individual that loves to give back the community, wanted us to write about art installments. I don’t know many artists or even knew where to begin to look for an installment piece let alone an artist. Luckily for me, my answer fell onto my lap; figuratively speaking of course. I had used Artsy on previous occasions within this past year when I had to write papers about artists or works of art and their site catalogs the information and makes it easily accessible.

After reading more in depth about Alexander Calder and connecting with one of his pieces, I was on my way to writing my paper. Who wouldn’t relate to a piece such as Jerusalem Stabile which was intended to serve as a symbol of modernity and hope in Israel?

Alexander Calder also happens to be the inventor of the mobile, so in part, you sort of have him to thank for keeping your baby occupied in their crib.

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Tech

8 Things To Know This AM App

8 Things To Know App

My morning routine consists of waking up to get myself ready in about 20 minutes, take Tyler outside and head to work. I’ll have my morning coffee or tea and play a little catch up with what’s going on in the world. Before I started receiving TheSkimm in my inbox, I used to go to Refinery29 and read the 8 Things To Know This AM. They’ve had the series on their site for a while now but I’ve been pretty terrible at following along until they came out with a beautifully designed app. It’s simple and pleasing to the eye. From the 8 subjects, you’ll see a sentence summarizing the event and it will link you to a full article. The app is mostly used in conjunction with their site because it links to articles posted on there but at least you’ll be in the know and can hold a conversation with your colleagues at the next water cooler break!

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Playlist

Playlist | March ’16

Playlist | March '16

1.
Broods
Bridges

2.
The Olms
Wanna Feel It

3.
Elohim
She Talks Too Much

4.
Magic Bronson
Clouds

5.
Great Good Fine Ok
By My Side

6.
Dawes
Things Happen

7.
Panama
Jungle

8.
Islandis
Home

9.
the bird and the bee
Undone

10.
ZAYN
PILLOWTALK

11.
Miike Snow
The Heart Of Me

12.
Ra Ra Riot, Rostam
Water

13.
Alexander Cardinale
Made For You

14.
Jack Garratt
Surprise Yourself

15.
The 1975
Somebody Else

16.
Tigertown
Lonely Cities

17.
Who Is Fancy
Goodbye

18.
Cheat Codes
Follow You

19.
Birdy
Keeping Your Head Up

20.
HONNE
Gone Are The Days

21.
BØRNS
Electric Love

I can’t believe it’s already March. Where has the time gone? I’ve been so busy with school and work and my downtown has been playing video games..sorry blog. I have been playing this new game on PS4 though! More on that later.

Since Lent started, I’ve been on a matcha latte kick and trying out a limited “vegan” lifestyle. I’ve found some pretty amazing meat alternatives though I’m not a huge fan of vegan cakes. I’ll fill you guys in on how that’s going but I did just recently have a date and walnut “cake” which was pretty delicious. I also finally pampered myself. I haven’t really taken a photo of myself or been in photos in what feels like forever because frankly, I’ve let myself go. I’ve had family members asking if I was pregnant and I haven’t had a haircut in over a year. Right now, my eyebrows are nicely shaped, hair is shorter and appears healthier and my nails, my nails are ‘5 Apples Tall’, OPI’s Hello Kitty line. Yup! New things happening!

So now I’ll leave you with a little playlist. Happy March! Please don’t let there be anymore snow. Thanks!

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Recipes

Easy Energy Ball Bites

Easy Energy Ball Bites

I was looking for something quick and easy that I could make and carry with me to class and be budget-friendly. I still haven’t fully given up lattes so I need to make a cut someplace and I figure instead of buying granola bars and the like, I could make my own. Then I stumbled upon these bite-sized goodies.

Easy Energy Ball Bites

Easy Energy Ball Bites

as adapted by gimme some oven

INGREDIENTS
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
⅔ cup toasted coconut flakes
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
⅓ cup honey or agave nectar
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS
Mix everything together and refrigerate for about half an hour
Take the mixture out from the fridge and roll into balls
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and enjoy!

Easy Energy Ball Bites

Easy Energy Ball Bites

Easy to take on-the-go for a healthy and quick snack.

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Curated

Valentine Gifts for Him ’16

Valentine Gifts for Him '16

PURPOSEFUL EDC KIT 2.0 by Huckleberry ($64.98) – A durable kit to carry around that has everything you could possibly need on a convenient keychain: Nite Ize DoohicKey, Inchworm, Peanut Lighter, Runt Clip, & Nite Ize S-Biner.

SNACK Sugarfina Single Malt Scotch Cordials ($20) – The gentleman’s cordial. A rich dark chocolate shell holds a mini dram of Scotland’s finest. They’re chocolates with a tasteful kick.

GROOMING Billy Jealousy Beard Envy ($25) – Some guys like to be clean shaven while others like to grow out facial hair. For those special guys in your life, give them something nice to tame their unruly beards.

WEARABLE Topman Socks ($6) – Is his sock game strong? If not, help him out with a pair to match his mood.

MOOD p.f. candle co. teakwood and tobacco soy candle ($17.95) – Candles are always great any time because of the  ambiance and mood it can set.

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Playlist

Playlist | February ’16

Playlist | February '16

1.
Howard
Money Can’t Buy

2.
Washed Out
Feel It All Around

3.
Feed Me, Crystal Fighters
Love Is All I Got

4.
Seoul
Stay With Us

5.
Lenachka
I Want to Love You

6.
Sam Smith
Stay With Me

7.
Chris Malinchak
So Good to Me

8.
Riley & the Roxies
Palos Verdes

9.
Purity Ring
Begin Again

10.
Elvin Bishop
Fooled Around And Fell In Love

11.
The Temper Trap
Sweet Disposition

12.
As Tall As Lions
Milk and Honey

13.
Fences
Feel It All Around

14.
The xx
Islands

15.
Marc Scibilia
How Bad We Need Each Other

16.
Yeasayer
Ambling Alp

17.
Ray LaMontagne
Hold You in My Arms

18.
Tegan and Sara
Closer

I wanted to curate a playlist that was chill and not overly mushy despite February being a lovey month. I didn’t want to leave anyone out so it’s very neutral whether you’re single, in a relationship or just don’t care. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Curated

Valentine Gifts for Her ’16

Friday Five: Valentine Gifts for Her

This year I’m just in a pink mood so needless to say, this gift guide has a color theme!

PURPOSEFUL bkr Glass Water Bottle ($28) – She started a New Year’s Resolution and you’d like to help her stay on track? Why not give her a stylish and useful water bottle. It’s glass and has a silicone sleeve.

SNACK Sugarfina You’re My Sweetheart 8pc Bento Box ($65) – Tastefully organized sweets for the girl that prefers gummy sweets over chocolate chalked full of flirty messages to make her day.

KEEPSAKE Fringe Studio ‘Love You To The Moon’ Glass Trinket Tray ($16) – What better way than to have a reminder for everyday they she’s loved? It’s a perfect and safe place to unload daily jewelry and necessities like keys.

BEVERAGE Limited Edition Chandon Rosé Carol Lim ($24) – A ladies’ night or romantic night isn’t complete without a little bubbly.

MOOD diptyque ‘Rosaviola’ Scented Candle (Limited Edition) ($67) – Candles are always great any time because of the  ambiance and mood it can set.

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Recipes

Snowzilla One Pot Pasta

Snowzilla One Pot Pasta

The great East Coast Blizzard known as Jonas stopped by over the weekend and caused a panic where everyone went to their local grocery stores and wiped them out of bread and milk. It seems that during inclement weather, bread and milk could be the new currency. Because of my busy schedule, I didn’t have time to stop by the grocery store. S went and came home with potato bread and vodka. Seriously, that’s it. My brother (who is temporarily residing with us) brought eggs and other various items.

On the day of the storm I tried to get groceries delivered and boy was I lucky. Instacart was able to deliver groceries to me within hours before the storm hit. I opted to order from Whole Foods since it was the option that was able to deliver to me with in hours compared to waiting next week for other selections like Safeway and Harris Teeter. I accidentally ordered a lot of potatoes thinking they were the tiny ones that just happened to be sold separately so I’ve got potatoes for days. I should probably try some new recipes for them. Before S came home he stopped by a wholesale club and got us bulk orders of spicy Italian sausage and ground beef (well, patties for burgers). We could fit some things in the freezer but not all so I’ve had to improvise so our food wouldn’t go bad. Here I combined my love of pasta and trying to clear the fridge for SNOWZILLA ONE POT PASTA! You have to say it like you’re announcing Godzilla. Anyway, here it is.

Snowzilla One Pot Pasta

SNOWZILLA ONE POT PASTA

INGREDIENTS
1 package of pasta (I used linguine)
1 cup of milk
2 cups of chicken broth
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup of parmesan cheese
1 package of spicy Italian sausage, sliced
2 cups of spinach
1 can of diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning (optional)
2 cups of halved grape tomatoes (optional)
Salt and pepper to season

INSTRUCTIONS
PREPERATION
Turn the stove to medium-high heat
Chop the onions and the garlic
Slice the sausage (optional to remove the casing)

COOK
Add olive oil to the pot and stir in the onion, garlic and sausage
Cook until onion is clear and sausage is cooked
Pour in the milk and chicken broth and stir until boiled
Add the pasta and let it cook a bit (under half the time for al dente)
Add the diced tomatoes and spinach and cover
Add the parmesan cheese and continue to let it cook until the sauce thickens

 

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