A Few of My Favorite Things

I’ve been in hardcore consumption mode lately, and my creativity is currently lacking. So for tonight I’m going to talk about some of my current favorite things.

Van’s Say Cheese Gluten Free Crackers

I have never liked Cheez-Its or Cheese Nips. They have always tasted sort or burnt or bitter to me. I also don’t have any sort of aversion to gluten. But I DO have an affinity for good deals, so when I saw a $1.50 off coupon for Van’s shelf stable products I figured I’d give them a try. I had a choice between the Say Cheese! crackers or fire roasted veggie crackers that looked a bit like Wheat Thins. Now I’m on my THIRD box of these crunchy, cheesy crackers and I have to keep them at work so I don’t eat them all right before bed. Yes, these gluten free crackers are binge-worthy!

Yogurt Masks

I was a very bad girl when I spent Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, NJ. I did not apply sunscreen and my skin is paying for it. My already parched skin began peeling and flaking in the most unattractive manner! A quick Google search revealed that the lactic acid in Greek yogurt is a moisturizing and naturally exfoliating skin treatment, and I always have Greek yogurt! I used full fat yogurt. It feels so cool and refreshing on your skin and leaves your skin moist and soft without irritating. It’s really helped my skin smooth out and slough off the dead skin.


Riverdale is a Netflix Original Series based (loosely) on the characters from the Archie Comics, but it watches like a Miss Marple novel: centered around a murder mystery. Dark and sultry without gratuitous sex or violence, the show keeps you guessing on just who is responsible for Jason’s violent murder by throwing curveballs towards characters you thought you’d figured out. It’s basically a soap opera with a much bigger budget, vastly better acting, and you feel like you’re actually getting somewhere in the story. Also, there’s no bad language, so it’s appropriate for teens without being so squeaky clean that they’d lose interest. The best/worst part? Everyone is so dang attractive. Seriously, everyone.

Gold Eyeshadow

I love me some shimmer. And gold is a neutral color, ladies! And it makes the green in my hazel eyes really pop. It’s flashy enough for evenings, but chill enough for most work environments. It will always match other gold accessories, and you can dab a little on your lipstick to change from matte to shimmer. 😉

My Amazing Friends

Every woman deserves friends as wonderful as mine: friends who have your back when you’re struggling and lift you up instead of putting you down. Friends who don’t ever judge you because they know that while your journey may be different than theirs, it’s just a hard, and you have each other to help along the way. Strong women who are beautiful inside and out, and who are as authentic as you are. I love you, girls! ❤

Photo Challenge: It’s Not This Time of Year Without…

20161126_174456…Gobbler Sandwiches.

In the Mid-Atlantic we have a very large convenience store/gas station chain called WaWa. Every year around Thanksgiving people rush to WaWa to buy a 6-inch hoagie roll filled with stuffing, moist turkey, gravy the temperature of molten steel and tart cranberry sauce. It’s become a tradition in my household for us to make our own Gobblers: with Stovetop Stuffing, roasted turkey breast, homemade gravy and homemade whole berry cranberry sauce on a soft kaiser roll.

Is it healthy? No, but it’s comfort food at it’s ultimate: warm, juicy, and full of delicious carbs. Sometimes it’s okay to enjoy something this darn good, and since it’s only once a year, it’s worth every calorie.

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My 5 Favorite Instagram Accounts

It’s not hard to me to say that Instagram is my current favorite social media platform. I am that person who posts my dinner every night and then a lot of pictures of my dog. I also follow a bunch of people. Instagram is great because you can scroll quickly through photos and you only really need to stop and read if the photo compels you. Much more fun than the wall of text that is Twitter or Facebook. Here are my absolute favorite accounts:


This Japanese account features lots of timed-released photos of the night sky and daytime photos of an adorable little boy in an elf-like hat. Stunning, artsy photography of everyday things.


Duh. For serious. If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m sort of a Fitness Blender fangirl. Workouts, before and after pics of real people, food, dogs and fun.


A professional photographer with a focus on beautiful women and exotic animals, jenniferilene manages to capture an ethereal, fantasy quality that evokes beauty and power without any of the trappings of sex. Pure magic!



Maker of awesome kettlebell wrist guards and home of the Ice Chamber Kettlebell Girls, Kettleguard has a ton of great videos and photos of strong women and men. A fountain of positivity for those who love to swing.


If I could set Bingley up with a Boston Terrier girlfriend, it would be Minnie. How can you resist this face?!

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The hump day struggle is real for the babushka. 🐪

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Do you use Instagram? If you’re new to the app you can always follow yours truly!

What are your favorite Instagram accounts? Let me know in the comments!