Friday, August 30, 2013

Weekly Obsession: Planners

This week, since it's back to school madness EVERYWHERE I decided to go with one of my favorite back to school traditions.


I am very old/new school when it comes to planners. I do use my calendar on my iPhone, however, there's something to be said for the old fashioned textile feeling of having a paper planner.

I've used everything from a Franklin Covey daily planner, to a Moleskine, to a MomAgenda, even a Walgreen's photo one. And I have to say I've found I am somewhat particular when it comes to planners. My latest planner is from Target. Just a green fabric covered one from I doctored the cover by adding my sorority letters on the front. A decal I got from Convention. Woohoo!!!!

Anyway, this is what I've found over the years.

I like:
  • a monthly view. This just helps to keep everything in perspective.
  • a weekly format. Here is where I get into the specifics for everything. Daily planners have too much paper!
  • a note section. Never know when you're going to need to jot something down.
  • monthly tabs. I have inserted my own when necessary.
  • current week tab. Again, DIY when needed.
  • Wire ring. This seems to hold up the best. And more importantly, it lays flat!!!!
  • Hardcover. Again, seems to hold up better than softcover.
  • Elastic closure. Nice to have, but not always necessary.
  • Front and back cover slip pockets. I DIY this yet again when it isn't there. 
  • No larger than a 5x8. The larger ones have just too much room, and are too much to lug around all year. 
Additional things I like to do...

  • Different color ink for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. 
  • Small event notes, sometimes just a time and a code on the monthly to get the big picture. 
  • Sticky notes. Things are always changing, it's nice to have things on post-its to change around or remind me of something.
What do you like? Are you strictly a google calendar type of person, just a planner, what? 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mid-Week Pick Me Up: Hey Baby by No Doubt

Recently, I was listening to some No Doubt in the car and Angel Baby hear this song. She has now become obsessed with it and wants me to play it for her ALL THE TIME!!!

It is a great song though.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Weekly Obsession: Cross Stitch

I have been on a cross stitch kick lately. Just something about sitting and crafting has really taken hold of me lately.

Some of you may remember that cross stitch project I posted about a little over a year and a half ago.
Well, I was picking at it and realized that while I'm further along, as you can see below.

However, with 30 some odd different colors and only needing a stitch here, or two there, it can be a bit tedious. So I've branched out and started a few other projects. Both of which are gifts, so I can't post them now. ;) 

How about you? Are you a cross stitcher? What are you working on? Do you do any other crafts? 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mid-Week Pick Me Up: Around the World by Daft Punk

I know Daft Punk has released new music and that their song "Get Lucky" is in the running for the "Song of the Summer". But here's an oldie but goodie of theirs.

I give you......

Around the World by Daft Punk

And yes, it is very odd and slightly creepy. Isn't it great?!?!?!

Lyrics are:
Around the world, around the world     (Repeat 71 more times)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Weekly Obsession: Shaving Oil and Razor Blades

Here I go again with something most people are like? WTF? Really, you're obsessing over razors and shaving?

Yes. Yes, I am!

The Hubs found out about these awesome razors from a friend of his. Granted his friend recommended the razors for guys. But I found the women's 6 blade razor on there. Now, to be fair, I was kinda suspicious.

How are they so cheap? This has 8 blade cartridges and the "holder thingy" (I have no idea what it's really called.) for almost $16?!?!?!?!

Well, we tried them and I don't know about the Hubs, but I LOVE mine!!!

Now, I don't feel bad about getting a replacement cartridge as soon as it starts to get dull just because I don't want to waste the money.

And the best part............

Are you ready for it?!?!?!?

Is that the blades cartridge bends in the middle. WTF!?!?! Why has no one thought of this before now?

Yes, it's essentially 2 three blade razors fused together, but still bendable. A bit confusing to explain, but just look at this picture and you can kinda tell.

Makes it easier to go around knees, ankles, etc. GENIUS!!!!!!

Now what blog post about shaving would be complete without a mention of the shaving cream? Well, this one, since I'm going to talk about shaving oil instead of cream.

Oil you say?!?!?

Yes, oil.

Somersets Shaving Oil has apparently been making shaving oil for quite some time. I ordered a bottle of this for me a little over a year ago, and it's still not even a fifth used.

Yes, exactly.

Now, you don't need a whole lot. I use about 10 drops or so.

NOTE:  it works better if you have already dampened your skin with warm water. It helps the oil spread easier rather than soaking into your skin.

Also, just to let you know, it does have a strong smell, the essential oils are a bit pungent first thing in the morning. Luckily, I don't mind it.

And they now have an extra delicate version for women as well for the bikini line since the oil may be a bit too much for those delicate areas.

Another great thing is that the oil, not only lubricates the leg, but it lubricates the oil making the blade cut closer and last longer!!!!! Double win for the razors!!!

The Hubs really likes the after shave lotion. But he doesn't use the shaving oil so when mine runs out, I'll just use his.

And get looks like Walgreens sells Somerset's now too.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mid-Week Pick Me Up: Cups by Anna Kendrick

Ok, so here's another simple idea to keep my blog posting regular and to help me make it through Wednesday. Ugh, something about the middle of the week that just gets to me.......

I am unveiling my "Mid-Week Pick Me Up"

Huzzah.....and the crowd goes wild!!!!

I give you Cups by Anna Kendrick! I just LOVE this song!!!! She is such a great singer.

Side note: Did anyone realize that she's the creepy girl in CAMP?!?!?! I didn't until recently. Holy crap!

And if you haven't seen CAMP, it's a cute coming of age story about drama/musical camp for kids. 

I got my ticket for the long way round
Two bottles of whiskey for the way
And I sure would like some sweet company
And I'm leaving tomorrow, what do you say

When I'm gone
When I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me by my hair
You're gonna miss me everywhere, oh
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

When I'm gone
When I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me by my walk
You're gonna miss me talk, oh
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

I got my ticket for the long way round
The one with the prettiest of views
It's got mountains
It's got rivers
It's got sights to give you shivers
But it sure would be prettier with you

When I'm gone
When I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me by my walk
You're gonna miss me by my talk, oh
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

When I'm gone
When I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me by my hair
You're gonna miss me by my everywhere, oh
Oh you're sure gonna miss me when I'm gone

When I'm gone
When I'm gone
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone
You're gonna miss me by my walk
You're gonna miss me by my talk, oh
You're gonna miss me when I'm gone

Friday, August 9, 2013

Weekly Obsession: Fringe

The Hubs and I have recently discovered this awesome gem of a tv show on netflix. We have been watching about 8 - 10 episodes a week. I just love Walter and his comments.

Peter: Are you okay? Did you take something?
Walter: Psychedelics? No, not since Thursday, no. 

Peter: I tried to expense a couple of Celtic tickets on the FBI--she caught me. 
Walter: Oh, I see. I hope she doesn't notice the $2,000 for the baboon seminal fluid I ordered. I hope I can recall why I ordered it.

Astrid: So this thing has the claws of a lion and the fangs of a snake?
Walter: It reminds me of a woman I once knew in Cleveland.
Peter: Walter, these punctures are over four inches apart. And that would make this snake eight-feet long.
Walter: Her name was Harriet something.
Olivia: How is everything?
Peter: Well, apparently you're looking for a lion-snake named Harriet.

 And the great thing is we don't have to wait for the next episode. Plus, I tend to get bored with tv shows easily. But so far, this show is amazing!!!!

Have you watched it? Who's your favorite character? Any favorite plot lines? Keep in mind that I'm mid way through season two. So no spoilers please.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Weekly Obsession: My Kids

Yes, I know this sounds really cheesy and sappy. But I really am in love with them, moreso than usual this week.

For those of you with kids, do you have a day or a string of days, where you just can't. stop. kissing. your kids?

I don't know what it is, but I just can't get enough snuggles and hugs and kisses this week. Though to be honest, look at how cute they are!

 Both of those were taken at our local zoo. I'm so glad we renewed our family pass again. Here's to more cute zoo pics!

And behold the best pic of all!!!
This way, I can prove to them in 10 years when they "hate" each other, that they really do love each other!