* This made me laugh so hard.
* This had such a powerful effect on me. Loved it.
* This take down of Dr. Oz (with help from George R.R. Martin!) was perfect.
♥ Links Loved ♥
* This twitter rant was awesome.
It's officially summer, and for me that means I'm either attempting to spend as much time outdoors on patios, bicycles, in the farmers market, or floating in some sort of water. I recently read Jes’s Summer Adventure list and it was full of so many wonderful fun in the sun activities, it got me completely excited for all of the summertime activities that are awaiting us over the next few months. Here are just a few of the things I’m hoping to do this summer:
Spend a rainy summer day at the movie theater: While I can generally found outdoors in my spare time, we also have our share of full day summer thunderstorms here in Missouri. These days tend to be muggy as all get out, so it's always best to find yourself somewhere cool indoors to while away the hours. I've always wanted to spend an entire day bouncing through different movies at the theater, and this summer's movie list seems quite adequate to keep me busy.
Go to a drive in movie: Who hasn't wanted to pull up to a drive in movie and catch a flick with the top down?
Slide the rocks at Johnsons Shut Ins: I've never been to the natural rock slides located a little north of us, but they always look so fun.
Go Sphering: Sphering, (when you get inside a giant inflatable hamster wheel with a bucket of water and ride down a hill) seems far too ridiculous and fun NOT to do.
Do yoga on paddleboards: My family recently bought a couple of paddleboards for the lake and while I've pretty much gotten the hang of actual gliding, I'm really interested in the yoga classes they're teaching.
Plan float trips: Floating is a time honored Missouri pastime, but I haven't been able to make any of the float trips planned by friends for a couple of years. This year I'm going to get a group of people together, grab a tube and some paddles and float away.
Bike to work at least once a week (but try for more!): I'm so close to work now that it's a quick little ride to and from work, so I'm excited to work it into my routine more often this summer.
Pizza Night at the Farm: My pals over at Millsap Farms (a local organic farm) put on a pizza night each Wednesday with farm fresh ingredients in a huge outdoor pizza oven. I'm so excited to go!
Stay up all night with friends under the stars: Completed! I recently had a totally random all night chat with a couple of pals on top of the roof watching the meteor showers and catching up on life. It was an unforgettable evening.
Spend as much time in the water as possible: Duh.
Sit on patios: There is nothing better than a rooftop patio on a warm night with a frosty beverage in hand.
Learn new summer recipes (especially using a grill): Last year I had my hand at grilling fruit (and making some yummy infused booze with them) but this year I want to expand my recipes to some new summer meals.
Try my hand at skeet shooting: My family are all big hunters, and while I've been a few times, It's been a while since I've done any type of target shooting. Skeet shooting just seems so fun!
Friday, June 20, 2014
* Richard Dunn made an awesomely cheesy Celine Dion cover in the Las Vegas airport.
All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.
* Vulture put together some Game of Thrones season 4 pie charts...
* This rocks.
* In the same vein, The Beyoncelogues is perhaps the greatest thing I've ever seen. So great I'm putting them all on here. I die.
* Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield perfectly dealing with the paparazzi. They win at life.
♥ Links Loved ♥
* Truer words were never spoken.
* 8 ridiculously delicious things you can cook in a campfire.
* This piece is lovely. My Sister Esther inspired The Fault In Our Stars. The movie is her sequel.
* 14 Brilliant pieces of literature you can read in the time it takes to eat lunch.
* 34 Facts you probably didn't know about The Lord of The Rings trilogy.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By now you’ve likely been forwarded Lauren’s request that you ladies stop wagging YOUR ladies in her husbands face. See what you don’t know when you are busy posting your beach vacation, waterskiing at the lake, and lounging by the pool photos is that you’re ruining her marriage with your attractiveness.
Because I don’t want you to suffer the near fate that I did (my brain melting over and leaking out of my ears) I’ve pulled out some of the key points of the article below to give you the gist. (You can read the article in it’s entirety here.)
“I am writing to share the perspective of a woman who is fighting for her marriage. And for that reason, I want to tell you that I don’t need my husband to see your boobs…I don’t blame you for being confident enough to let the world see how good you look in front of the waves with your coozie and ballcap and barely anything else. But I want to tell you that it’s a stumbling block in our marriage.”
“When your bare shoulders and stretchmark-less bellies and tanned legs pop up, I not only worry if my husband will linger over your picture. I worry how he will compare me to you. As I wrap myself into his arms at night I wonder if he is seeing you there instead of my mess of a body left over from the pregnancy…I wonder if he wishes I looked more like you than who I really am. And then the insecurity monster comes back to bite at our relationship again…me, begging for affirmation, and him tiring from saying the same thing over and over.”
But she’s not judging you.
The first time I was forwarded this message I was angry. As a woman who can have cleavage in a turtleneck, I’m not immune from the glaring wives and wandering eyes. And that’s not. my. fault. I might have worded a quick response of perhaps we should all result to footie pajama pictures and burkahs on the beach, so that we can shield your husband’s eyes from things like cleavage and thighs. I was venting. (And apparently turning into quite the rhyming machine.)
But once I looked beyond my own righteous indignation, I saw the sad, shallow, crux of the issue. This woman, her body insecurities, (despite her husband’s apparent countless attempts at affirmations) and her projections on you, the hapless bystander in a string bikini. And to a point, I get it. I’ve compared myself to the barely there bikini wearers as I rock a belly covering and booby hoisting one piece. I’ve pondered the effect the hotdogs and cold beers might have on my lake physique. (And I’ve chosen the hotdog nearly every time.) We’ve all been there girl.
But here’s the thing…
You’re a beautiful woman Lauren. Just the way you are.
But by telling others to cover up, chastising women for being proud of the bodies they’re in no matter what they look like, and by placing the oneness on others for your own insecurities doesn’t solve your problem. Because the problem isn’t within the other women. It isn’t within your husband. The problem, honey, is inside that sweet little noggin of yours.
Of course, women can be tough on one another, but the truth is that we tend to be the harshest critics on ourselves. When I look at your photos, Lauren, I don’t see a “mess of a body.” I see a beautiful, healthy woman. A woman whose body shows the marking of being strong, a body that’s brought another life into the world. And that’s awesome. And beautiful. And something to be proud of.
So instead of seeking out the affirmations of others, worry about loving yourself, and loving the body that you have. Because then it won’t matter if you see another woman in a bathing suit, or if your husband is a human male and catches a glimpse of Instagram cleavage. Because your husband married you. Clearly he thinks you’re pretty awesome. It’s just time to see that in yourself.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
* This game is the greatest time waster.Get Tyrion Drunk
*This poster needs to get on my walls
*This sneak peek of the new Jurassic World movie...and this photo of Chris Pratt looking sexy in it.
* This Mean Girls 8 bit game should exist.
* These pop culture themed candles from Frostbeard Studio are the best scents...
* This made me laugh so hard. (If you watched the GOT episode with Prince Oberyn fighting the mountain, you know exactly what I mean. If you didn't.... then you probably don't understand half of the references I make here anyways.)
* The felted curiosities from Once Again Sam are to die for. I want this cactus garden soooo badly.
♥ Links Loved ♥
* If you're not reading the Vulture recaps of the Real Housewives of NYC then you are not living. They make me laugh so hard I might pee a little.
* 57 things you never knew about Disney princesses
I've been putting together my little house little by little, trying to find or create the perfect pieces for each room, with my living room evolving into a very earthy, travel and camp themed room, (and a perfect place to display my growing thermos collection.) In some of my room research, I read that instead of depending on your harsh overhead lighting for rooms, you should instead depend on dispersing lighting throughout the room with lamps and such, with at least three sources in each room. Let me tell you something y'all... lamps are expensive! Being a total tight-ass, and not entirely satisfied with the limited lamp selection in my area, I started pondering the steps it would take to create my own lamp out of something I loved and would compliment the room, when it hit me... thermos!
I ordered an inexpensive lamp kit off of amazon, borrowed my dad and his drill for a bit, and whipped out the cutest little lamp for my sofa table.
thermos (or vase, lunchbox, action figure...the possibilities are limitless!)
$15 (mostly for the lamp kit)
Step One: Drill a hole through both the lid of the thermos and the screw on top so that they're aligned (this is where the socket will be attached,) and another hole on the side of the thermos near the very bottom (where the plug side of the cord will come through.)
Step 2: If you're using an older glass lined thermos, you'll obviously hear that odious tinkling of broken glass. My thermos was double lined with glass and plastic, so I had to just shake out as much of the glass liner as possible. There's a little big left in the bottom of my thermos, but unless you're wanting to use your lamp as a maraca, I wouldn't worry too much about it. The lid will prevent you from having any shards that are dangerous.
Step 3: Thread the cord through the base of the thermos and up through the lid holes. (Before threading you might want to tape the ends of the cord together to make it easier to pull through the holes.) Then thread the cord through the base of the socket (this will go on the inside of the thermos, flush with the bottom of the screw on lid.)
Step 4: If you're wanting a lamp whose shade will require a harp and finial, then screw on the harp bottom, if you'd like a traditional lamp shade, you'll attach the socket cap instead.
Step 5: Following the directions within the kit (hey y'all, I'm not an electrician,) you'll then attach the hot wire and neutral wires to the push through socket.
Step 6: Pop on that lampshade, screw in your CFL (eco-friendly baby!) and plug that sucker in y'all.
I know...it's almost embarrassingly easy to create, and I'm so excited to see what other items I can create in the future. I'm obsessed!