Lifestyle

Tyler Has a Mighty Bark(Box)

March 4, 2015

Aside from magazines, I haven’t ventured too far into subscription services. After receiving a coupon for BarkBox, I decided to get a trial box for Tyler to try. We received his box in mid-February and of course he was excited–then again he gets excited anytime we go into the kitchen, get mail or packages because the selfish boy thinks everything is for him. He definitely knows how to use his cute face to his advantage though.

We haven’t gotten around to opening it until recently since we were out of town and we’ve been busy at the Sunday Scene household. The box had sat on our floor for some time and all Tyler could do was walk around and sniff the box.

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Style

In Lush We Trust

February 25, 2015
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I first fell in love with Lush back in 2006–or something like that. I learned about it after reading or seeing somewhere that they had solid shampoo and once I read the words, solid shampoo, I was sold. This was an amazing discovery for the lazy girl in me. A great thing about this company is that everything is handmade and with each product you get, you’ll see a sticker introducing you to who made your product, when they made it and when it expires. How personal is that?

I want to say that the Lush store in Tyson’s Corner was the first store I ever went to, or maybe my first order was online? Anyway, the store there was very tiny–it was barely a hallway and when that place is packed, you just have to wait for someone else to leave in order to get in but you can still smell all the sweet-smelling fragrance wafting into the open halls of the mall. The employees are extremely helpful and they’re very hands-on and are more than willing to show you how things work and let you try testers in the store.

My first purchase and obsession was the Karma Komba shampoo bar. I never knew what patchouli was until I met Lush. The smell was so intoxicating to me and just in case you didn’t know I’m not into overly fragrance things so I stayed away from Bath & Body Works. My then boyfriend called me a hippie or rather that I smelled like one..or that I was one. I can’t exactly remember, that was an awfully long time ago. I started using anything karma-related from Lush and found that I didn’t like their soap. It had an excellent smell, obviously, but I wasn’t a fan of the texture and the way it made my skin feel like a squeegee. So many years later, I went back and I’ve finally discovered some soaps that I am absolutely in love with.

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Culture

In the Mix: Forever Valentine

February 13, 2015
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“In the Mix,” is a mix tape feature showcasing a hand-picked playlist for your listening pleasure. Please note that these are just our opinions, feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Hello and Happy (early) Valentine’s Day! Upon is us yet another Hallmark commercialized holiday that entices us to go out and help our economy by buying frivolous gifts for loved ones or folding up your sleeves to craft a DIY gift. Either way you may have some mixed feelings about this. If you’re in a relationship, it’s an excuse to be romantic and do something for someone you care about and if you’re single you may even cringe at the sight of lovebirds. As for me, I’m a really cheesy person so I’m all over this! I even got my team candy. Who wouldn’t want heart-shaped Reese’s peanut butter cups?

This mix is dedicated to my one and only, Sal. I can’t even comprehend how he puts up with me. He is the only one willing to compromise with a stubborn perfectionist. He truly loves and accepts me for who I am. For me, he is perfect and the only man I can truly be my corny self with, my forever valentine.

 

This is the second Valentine’s Day that Sal and I are spending together. This year, we’ve opted for simplicity. We’re going to hang around Virginia so we’ll be checking out the new Regal theater with big comfy reclining seats at Springfield Town Center, grabbing lunch at &pizza, and then home to cuddles with our dog, Tyler.

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Culture

On the Queue: Snowboarding, Sex & Assassination

January 21, 2015
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“On the Queue,” is a monthly feature of a few selected movies and/or TV shows both old and new from the week. We watch the movies and with our opinion, share with you whether they are praiseworthy or cringeworthy. We’ll even grade it for family-friendly worthiness or if it’s more of a date movie. Please note that these are just our opinions, feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

This week we picked a controversial film, “The Interview”, “Chalet Girl” & “Jeune et Jolie”. There’s a little bit of something for everyone. Sorry, no horror films this week though you know I love horror films! Sal and I watched “The Interview” together while I watched the others on my own.

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Lifestyle

Epiphany – Galette Des Rois

January 5, 2015
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Now that we’re done with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve parties and hangovers, it’s time to get the ball rolling on creating a successful year.

Epiphany (in French, Épiphanie) is tomorrow which celebrates the arrival of the Magi to baby Jesus–the Three Wise Men were guided by the Star of Bethlehem, bearing gifts for Jesus.

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12

I never really felt the need to celebrate it other than silent reflection and Mass prior to the 6th of January until my step-family introduced me to a French tradition. For every French person, the Épiphanie is synonymous with the famous galette des rois which is a frangipane-filled cake (tart). Since the 14th century, the 6th of January is the occasion in France to tirer les rois (draw the kings), which is to decide who will be king for the day. The cake is baked with a hidden fêve inside, usually a small porcelain figurine or trinket. Whoever finds the fêve is the king (or queen) for the day. The cake itself is baked in a round shape to symbolize the sun. This is the typical northern style, however, the south of France will have a torus-shaped brioche with candied fruits and sugar (gâteau des rois) which resembles something more familiar, the Mardi Gras-style King Cake.

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Lifestyle

Hello 2015, Time to Sparkle

January 2, 2015
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Happy New Year everyone! I’m so happy you’re with us! It has been quite a year. Sunday Scene underwent some changes and relaunched in Spring of 2014 though it has been around since 2011. I am very happy with the new direction the blog is going. It’s taken me a while to find myself and to be able to create an online presence that I am comfortable with. I want to be able to share my life and experiences but still maintain some sense of privacy.

I am looking forward to this upcoming new year and all the possibilities that life has to offer. As far as resolutions go, I decided to evaluate my current lifestyle and make small tweaks instead of setting myself up for failure. Here are a few guidelines I am following to create a successful and happy year.

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Daily Dose

Tuesday Ten: 30, Flirty and Thriving

December 9, 2014
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Tuesday Ten,” is a Tuesday feature of lists. We love lists here at Sunday Scene and what better way to share information than through lists? If you have any suggestions for a “Tuesday Ten” feature, please let us know!

The day I had been dreading all year had come and gone. To be honest, I didn’t think much about leaving my teenage years and entering my 20s but my 30s? That was something I feared. It was mostly because I hadn’t accomplished things I thought I would have when I came of age. At this age, I thought I would be married with kids and making mortgage payments. I have neither of these things and I’m mostly okay with it. With my 30s coming on in full speed, it made me realize how fast life goes by and how much more there is to accomplish. I decided that I need to look at the positives and acknowledge how far I’ve come.

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Daily Dose

Tuesday Ten: Office Kitchen Etiquette

December 2, 2014
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Tuesday Ten,” is a Tuesday feature of lists. We love lists here at Sunday Scene and what better way to share information than through lists? If you have any suggestions for a “Tuesday Ten” feature, please let us know!

You’ve decided to save money by bringing your own lunches instead of going out for lunch. It’s an adventure in its own right trying to store your lunch in the fridge every morning because you’ll never know what obstacle awaits you. You tiptoe past spilled sugar and hop over spilled coffee. You can’t remember if the cake sitting on the counter is new or had been left out overnight. You open the fridge and pray that you won’t get attacked by a big whiff of moldy expired food. You sigh with relief when your nose is safe and your arm is attached.

The office kitchen can be a battlefield and half the time, it looks like there was a zombie apocalypse and everyone forgot their manners and common sense and left fleeing the kitchen for their lives.

I’ve put together a little guideline for this week’s Tuesday Ten to save you..from yourself.

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Lifestyle

The Non-traditional Thanksgiving Meal

December 1, 2014
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For our Thanksgiving meal, my family decided not to have the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Half of my family is French, after all. When we thought there wasn’t anymore food, more just kept coming. Sal and I ended up with a food coma and skipped dinner because we were still so full from lunch. It was a nice meal with good company. My mom really knows how to host, I hope one day to be able to bring that to my own gatherings. She gets these ideas to make everyone get involved like her œuf surprise. It’s like a deviled egg but not really. The yolk is still whole but underneath, there is either caviar or anchovies and you won’t really know which you’ll get until you take a bite. Sal and I opted to cut the egg in half on our plates before trying while my sister’s boyfriend popped the whole thing in his mouth. Needless to say, that was his first time ever trying anchovies.

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Lifestyle

Gratitude – Full Circle

November 27, 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving my dearies! I hope you’re able to spend some quality time with loved ones and still maintain some time for yourself. This holiday is about togetherness and giving. While you’re nice and toasty in your home sharing a cup of hot spiced cider, remember those that aren’t quite as fortune.

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