Friday, April 24, 2015

Fun Findings Friday

TGIF! And a payday one at that! As usual, I'm welcoming the weekend with open arms. There are some exciting things on my agenda including a haircut, a wine tasting, possibly tracking down weekend filming spots for The Infiltrator (currently filming in the area), and a new episode of Orphan Black! Also, I'm working on some exciting blog stuff! I have a few giveaways coming up in the next few weeks (starting next week), so stay tuned!

The Girl on the Train
I've been in a bit of a reading rut lately, but decided to give it another go with The Girl on the Train. I had heard SO much about this book online and IRL, so I curled up with it last weekend. And let me tell you, this book definitely pulled me out of my rut! I basically read it in a day and a half. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll probably dig this one too! Now I just have to figure out what my next read will be. Any suggestions?

Aqua Notes
A lot of times, I do my best thinking in the shower. So my discovery of Aqua Notes ($7) is pretty exciting! The waterproof notepad + pencil sticks to your shower wall and based on the solid reviews, I'm thinking I'll need to order one of these stat so I don't forget any fab ideas (or forget to add something to my grocery shopping list).

Photo credit: Amazon
Best Dance Scenes Compilation
Some brilliant person put together this compilation of a bunch of the greatest dance scenes in movie history to the tune of WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance," which I've been jamming to quite a bit. This video makes me want to do two things - have a movie marathon to re-watch all of these great films, and also/mainly, get up and dance! Happy weekend, ya'll!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mornings Always Start with Coffee

I'm definitely a night person, but since mornings are inevitable, they ALWAYS have to start with coffee. So when Wayfair asked me to join in on their #CoffeeMyWay campaign, I was more than happy to oblige. Because really, no day is complete without coffee!

Weekday mornings are rough. I'm not typically one to hit the snooze button, but I will lay there in disbelief that morning has already arrived for a few minutes! Fortunately I don't live too far from my office though, so I'm able to sleep in more than many people. Nonetheless, the first thing I do when I roll out of bed, is drag myself to the kitchen and wake my Keurig up.

Then it's choosing a mug (here's a glimpse at some of my mugs in the more mugs than I need collection) and a K-Cup. Can you guess which combination is my favorite?

My London mug and the Donut Shop K-Cup win just about every time! I always add some vanilla creamer to my cup, along with some ice (I prefer iced coffee 100%). No added sugar for me with this blend.

While the coffee brews, I replenish Sheba's food and water bowls, and turn The Today Show, my favorite way to catch the highlights of what's going on in the world.

During the first commercial, I read through a few emails and scroll through a few social feeds before finally making my way to the bathroom to start making myself look presentable (i.e. hair and makeup). Then for the next 20 minutes or so while I get ready, I poke my head out to make sure I'm not missing any juicy or interesting news stories!

Once I'm dressed for the day and have finished getting ready, my cup is usually empty. At this point, I take Sheba out for a quick walk, and then it's off to work! If it's a particularly rough morning, I'll even make one more cup of coffee for the road!

How do you spend your mornings?


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Our Encounter with A Gator

Last night, Sheba and I were taking our evening walk and a semi-traumatizing thing happened.

We were walking about an hour later than usual, since I got wrapped up watching Sunday's episode of Mad Men. My bad! My bad, indeed.

There's quite a bit of wildlife in my neck of the woods so I'm used to seeing birds, deer, raccoons, and the occasional (WORST EVER), snake. But this time, there was a new encounter that I definitely wasn't prepared for.

As we rounded the corner, we passed an area with some weeds and trees, I heard a bit of rustling despite having my headphones in, and Sheba did too.

Little Miss Adventure (aka Sheba) started to jolt forward to check out the situation but my momma instinct made me quickly pull her back. I had a bad feeling. And I was right.

As we scurried away, I peeked through the weeds and I saw a big scaly tail. Then I saw the eyes staring me down. And then the teeth. A FREAKING ALLIGATOR LURKING BY THE WALKING PATH!

It wasn't huge, but it also wasn't small. I came to the conclusion that it was a teenage alligator. But still, an alligator that Sheba almost got into a scuffle with!!

Of course as soon as I got home (after I calmed myself down and processed what happened), I started googling alligators and what to do in these kind of situations. I had always heard to run zig-zag, but found other sites saying to run straight. I think my plan would be to just pick Sheba up and get to a high up point and/or scream and run like a maniac if one actually pursued us.

Have you ever come close to a gator? What would you do?


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It's Rum Time! Raise A Glass to History

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rums of Puerto Rico . All opinions are 100% mine.

It’s Rum Time! I love history, and I love rum, so I'm pretty excited about the new web series, "Rum Times," by Rums of Puerto Rico and! 

The series explores some of the biggest achievements in history, such as the invention of the lightbulb and the camera, and the great parties that followed! Really though, can you imagine how epic those parties must've been? The first time EVER being able to use a lightbulb or take a picture?!

Puerto Rico has been making rum for over 450 years, and because of it, is considered the Rum Capital of the World. Since Puerto Rico's rum has been around so long, chances are, there was quite a bit of rum flowing at these historical achievement parties as well. Although our parties today are quite different from those that happened centuries ago, it's pretty cool to think that despite all this time, we're still drinking the same delicious Puerto Rican rum. 

Another cool piece of the Rum Times site, is that cocktail recipes specific to each achievement are posted, along with a playlist of related jams that you could spin at a current party to celebrate the achievement, which would be pretty fun! 

Each week a new clip on a historical moment will be posted, so be sure to head back to check it out! Based on all of the cocktail recipes posted, it looks like there's some pretty exciting ones coming up!

Watch the first installment of Rum Times below!

What's your favorite cocktail to make with rum?

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