5 Random Thoughts II

This was a fun conversation-starter post back in December so I’ve decided to do another round of Five Random Thoughts. If you guys like the weirdness, maybe I’ll make this a monthly occurrence on the blog?

How does Kylie Jenner live a fully functional life with those fingernails?!

I recently let my nails get super long. At first it was a byproduct of laziness but then I had a big event right around the corner so I figured I’d just keep them long so I could rock a next-level manicure at Boston Winter Ball. IT WAS DEBILITATING.

Typing? Forget about it. You can’t hit a key without also hitting every other motherfucking key around it. My backspace button literally has a hole in it now from overuse. The only option for getting around this handicap is to type with the tip of the fingernails. To do this, you have to meerkat your hand position (yes, I’m using meerkat as a verb, and yes I’ve provided a picture for visual reference) and then locate your nearest pair of earplugs because it will sound like said meerkat is noisily tap dancing on your keyboard. Everyone around you will hate you. 

And don’t even get me started on the safety hazard of putting in my contacts each morning. I felt like Edward Scissorhands trying to coax the lenses out of the case with the fleshy part of the side of my pinky finger so as not to slice them in half and then fourteen hours later when I actually got the damn thing on my finger I’d say the Lord’s prayer as I brought it to my eyeball precariously balanced next to my Wolverine claws.

Yet Kylie Jenner’s acrylic nails are never less than four inches long. How. Does. She. Live.

I have never spelled “amateur” correctly on my first try.

Sometimes I butcher it so badly that spellcheck doesn’t even have a suggestion for me. It’s just like “sorry, girl, you’re hopeless.” Granted I’m a fairly poor speller in general, but “amateur” is just particularly impossible. My nephews (well, technically Joe’s nephews but whatever I like to pretend because I’m creepy like that) are 8 and 9 years old and they said that spelling isn’t really even taught or emphasized in school anymore because of computers, which I actually love. (Says the girl who can’t spell to save her life.) Amateur, amature, amachure, amateure–instead of correcting me how about congratulating me on my highly developed level of creativity?!

I think I like editing outtakes better than my actual videos.

Every couple months, I go through my computer deleting pictures/videos I don’t need and transferring the rest to an external hard drive to free up space. While sorting through all the raw video footage I’ve amassed since venturing into the world of YouTube, I decided to put together a quick outtake/blooper reel for the channel.

Waaaay more fun than editing the actual workout videos haha. This one is more cutesy than funny, but if my YouTube subscribers seem to like it then maybe I’ll do another with all the meltdowns and f-bombs. 😉

VH1 peaked in 2008.

Am I aging myself with this one? I think as far as reality tv goes, Bravo is really having a moment, but humor me and reminisce (<–another word I never spell correctly) on VH1’s programming from like 2006-2009. Straight fire. You had Rock of Love–and what’s not to love about Brett Michaels mispronouncing “diabetes” 700 times an episode?! Then there was Flavor of Love which birthed I Love New York, and God bless Tiffany “New York” Pollard for showing us all that clear bra straps are not, in fact, invisible.  

For the record, New York is one of my top five reality tv starts of all time and I will fight you on that if you disagree. She’s a national treasure, dammit.

And then as if those three shows weren’t glorious enough, they combined the best of the best from them into Charm School and I Love Money. I mean the spinoffs were endless and my college years were better for it.

I think I’m finally ready to embrace Instagram stories.

When IG stories first came out, I was annoyed and adamantly Team Snapchat. How dare you, Insta! I think we can all agree that while imitation may be the most sincerest form of flattery, it’s also the most annoying. And who has time for two Snapchats? I can barely remember to update one. I’ve been refusing to use Insta stories for months but the numbers don’t lie. Snap views are way down, Insta views are way up, and from a business standpoint, I really should focus on IG stories. NoooOOOoooOOoOo. I remember when emojis first came out, I thought they were the dumbest things ever. Now I feel like I can’t fully express myself without them. So hopefully IG stories is the same way and a month from now I’ll be obsessed. TBD.

Wow did we all just get a little bit dumber reading this blog post? Perhaps.

IG Stories vs SnapChat–which team are you?

Favorite VH1 reality tv star from the glory days?

Long fingernails: yay or hell to the nay?

What word/s can you not spell to save your life?

An Ode to My Favorite Bar: LÄRABAR Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by LÄRABAR. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible.

I eat a LÄRABAR almost every single day. If you were to open up our kitchen cabinet doors at any given time, you’d be sure to find Blueberry Muffin (my favorite) and Coconut Cream Pie (Joe’s) Larabars in there. On mornings I teach, I wait to have my real breakfast until after I’m done with classes, so to fuel me through instructing I grab a LÄRABAR on my way out the door. Yes, this is a sponsored post, but for realz yo, these are hands down my favorite snack bars and have been for a couple years now.

The first LÄRABAR I ever tried was the cashew cookie and I remember looking at the ingredients and not even believing what I read. That’s it?! Yup. Just cashews and dates, simple as that. All the core bars have just 2-9 ingredients in them.

And that’s why I love LÄRABAR: simple, real food ingredients. It’s food made from … wait for it, wait for it … food. Personally, I don’t count calories or macros or any sort of numbers. What I do pay close attention to is ingredients. What am I eating? If I were to whip up a batch of snack bites at home, I’d opt for pretty much exactly the same ingredients that are found in Larabars. In that way, they’re like a homemade snack without having to clean my food processor. Holler!

As much as the bars themselves, I love the company’s mission. LÄRABAR was established on the idea that real food should be accessible for all. They combined a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices in a convenient, on-the-go package. And I like that I don’t have to trek to Whole Foods or a health food store to get them–most the time I just pop into CVS.

Anyone else think of that old TV show Weeds when you listened to the song in the above video?? I was obsessed with the first few seasons of it in college. Anyway …

Reader Giveaway

One reader will win a LÄRABAR Real Food Prize Pack including:

  • 12 original Larabar flavors
  • S’well water bottle
  • Real Food tank top
  • Fruit push pins
  • Floral cloth bag

TO ENTER

Leave a comment on this blog post with the ingredients of your favorite LÄRABAR. Don’t know the ingredients? Visit Larabar.com to find out (website will open in a new tab so you can easily come back here to comment!). I’ll pick a winner randomly Wednesday night. My favorite is Blueberry Muffin: dates, cashews, blueberries, blueberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate and vanilla extract.

Good luck everyone! 🙂

4 Products I’m Loving for a Healthier Home

This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions–as always!–are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible.

When Joe and I moved into our current apartment this summer, we were pretty much starting from scratch with furniture and decor. Our previous place had been a sublet, so we found ourselves a bit overwhelmed by all the purchases we’d need to make. Rather than rush to fill the apartment, I’ve been taking my time to slowly only add items that I truly love and make the space a happier, healthier home.  So when Bed Bath & Beyond reached out about their new healthy home section, you can image how excited I was.

Well Beyond is a curated shop by Bed Bath & Beyond focused on health, fitness and general well-being in the home. The selection is huge and the product range offers solutions for better nutrition, better sleep, more effective exercise, deeper relaxation and making your home a cleaner, healthier environment in general. I was able to select a few products from the shop that I absolutely love and want to share them with you all today. My picks are all under $100 (some well below that) so these are reasonable purchases that can make your home that much more comfortable.

4 Products I’m Loving for a Healthier Home

Brookstone 4-in-1 Bed Wedge Pillow

I’m so happy to have a reading wedge pillow back in my life! Joe keeps joking that it’s my new boyfriend because of how weirdly sentimental I am about this thing. Growing up we had one (“The Wedge” as we called it) and I used it almost everyday to binge read Boxcar Children books. Having one in our apartment makes my heart feel so full (it’s the little things in life??).

This 4-1 Bed Pillow from Brookstone has a layer of memory foam and is covered is the softest, coziest outer material. I use it for reading in bed and like it on the couch for doing work on my laptop. Wedge pillows can be super helpful for sleeping during cold and flu season as well–laying on a slight incline helps decrease sinus pressure.

Himalayan Glow Salt Crystal Lamp

Himalayan salt lamps are super trendy right now and promise an impressive list of health benefits. As with any newer trend, the jury is still out as to the actual extent of these super powers, but if nothing else, the soft glow of this lamp is so pretty and relaxing–I love it! So why all the hype? Himalayan salt lamps are said to generate negative ions which are associated with a sense of calm and mental clarity. Negative ions occur most abundantly in nature, especially around running water like the beach or waterfalls. Positive ions, which are produced by electronic devices, can have an opposite affect. So by keeping a salt lamp by electronic devices, they can supposedly neutralize those positive ions, thus purifying the air. This article has some great info on them if you’re interested in more.

Miracle workers or not, I’ll take a cup of warm tea, good music, some adult coloring and the relaxing glow of my himalayan sea salt lamp any day. Bonus: it makes for a great nightlight! This particular model I have has a convenient dimmer so you can control the brightness.

HoMedics Deep Sleep Sound Machine

I live in the Downtown Crossing/Chinatown area of Boston on a busy street and the noise on the weekends is no joke. I’m used to the general background noise that comes with living in any city–and actually quite like it!–but we also have loud upstairs neighbors so it can really be a double whammy at night. This Deep Sleep Sound Machine is awesome! There are a ton of different sounds to choose from (varying white noises, ocean sounds, rain, thunderstorms, forest sounds, etc.) and then within the modes you can adjust tone and volume. I’m obsessed with the rain setting.

HoMedics Ellia Soothe Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

I’m a huge fan of diffusing essential oils, and in the winter months you get the extra bonus of adding a bit of moisture to the air when you do. I don’t know if it’s my apartment building or what but this winter has been brutal for me with the dry air. My lips are constantly cracked, I have to apply lotion and oils to my skin multiple times a day, and my throat and nasal passage get so dry while I sleep that it’ll actually wake me up in the middle of the night. Joe and I both got a humidifier/diffuser to place on our bedside tables and it’s made a HUGE difference. Scents like lavender are great for promoting a good night’s sleep, but sometimes I’ll even just diffuse water without adding any oils.

This HoMedics diffuser is the perfect size for my one-bedroom apartment, and I love the simple white design. There’s a color-changing light option and even though it’s compact, it’ll last over six hours when running continuously. It also comes with a few oil blend samples to add to your collection. 

As I hit publish on this post I’m actually diffusing some lemongrass oil and enjoying the glow of my salt lamp. Perfect start to the work day! 🙂

What are some of your favorite healthy home products? Do you have any of these four?

bra I’m wearing is Aurum Activewear and you can shop for other blue sports bras on Amazon