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{infatuation friday}


  1. dishesSpring Cleaning. It’s almost that time of year. And, well, my apartment complex has decided that spring cleaning should happen in February (we actually have annual cleanliness inspections–lolwut). So I’ve created a temporary board for ideas on getting my home to look sparkly and new. (Since I already have these pins mixed in with other random tips and tricks, I’ll probably delete this board at the beginning of summer.)
  2. Vine. I’ve been thinking about possibly getting into the Vine app, but I’ve heard complaints that there is a major problem with porn in the app. Basically, the app allows users to upload 6-second videos to Vine, which can then be shared on Twitter and/or Facebook. Much like on Twitter or Instagram, you can explore trending topics and hashtags (which, I’m guessing, is where people are happening upon explicit material). Since Vine has received a lot of complaints about children finding pornographic clips, Vine has changed its age restriction to 17+. (I may still get try it because it seems I may need to know how to use it as a journalist.) Available in iTunes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. FREE.
  3. We The People. The White House’s We the People site currently has  a petition for President Obama to start using more inclusive language in his speeches. Specifically, the petition asks that the president “Stop using the ‘wives, mothers, & daughters’ rhetorical frame that defines women by their relationships to other people.” The petition still needs about 97,000 signatures before March 15. Sign it today and spread the word!
  4. Tamagotchi. Nineties kids, rejoice. Tamagotchi is back (and probably needier than ever). Sure, you won’t get to carry your digital pet around on a cool key chain, but who cares? You get your favorite little guy back (and no pesky teacher can ban you from having it)! And this time, your mom won’t have to feed it every ten minutes. Just whip out your phone and feed your pet, then get back to work–just don’t let your boss know that’s not really an important email you were checking. Available in Google Play for Android. (iTunes version is in the works.) FREE.
  5. moviesPitch Perfect. Thanks to Redbox’s Valentine’s Day code from Redbox, I rented Pitch Perfect for free last night. We’re going to watch it tonight as part of our Valentine date. (There were supposed to be two Valentine codes–I was going to rent three movies in all–but one didn’t work; that was disappointing because I wanted to rent the latest Bourne movie for Josh to watch today while I’m not home.)
  6. The Watch. Another freebie from Redbox. Yesterday, Redbox posted a code on Facebook to celebrate reaching 5,000 fans. We’ll also be watching the Watch tonight. (We’re both stoked about this movie.)
  7. Gumbo. On Fat Tuesday, my sister shared this Chicken and Sausage Gumbo recipe on my Facebook wall and told me to make it for her. I haven’t made it yet, but, although it’s no longer Mardi Gras, I still really want to try it. Obviously there will be photos if I make it.
  8. Spiders. Have you seen this video of the bajillion spiders raining down in Brazil? Creeeeppppyyyy! According to the Washington Post article, this isn’t uncommon. Sometimes the wind picks up these spiders (they make big webs in the sky) and when it releases them, they look like they’re just falling from the sky. So… I think I won’t be going to Brazil, like, ever.
  9. beautyDove. Have you  seen this commercial from Dove? It was kind of surprising considering Dove’s Real Beauty campaign. This commercial (and the comments posted below it) presents a good discussion about a happiness tied to beauty products. I’d love to read your thoughts about this in the comments!
  10. Post-Valentine’s Day. Today is one of my favorite holidays: the day after Valentine’s Day. It’s a magical day when all the Valentine crafts and candies go on sale (like, 50-plus percent). It’s beautiful, really. I hope I don’t get to the store too late to rack up on some adorable Valentine sprinkles. And lots of chocolate. Because it offers lots of health benefits, and even if that list isn’t super long, it’s good enough for me.

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{infatuation friday}


  1. RascalExtermi-nator Cats. Fun fact about cats: they kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion small mammals yearly, according to the Christian Science Monitor. However, house cats don’t seem to be the big exterminators. Instead, feral and un-owned cats are doing most of the killing. CSM reports that 30 million to 80 million street-roaming cats live in the U.S. , each killing between 23 and 46 birds a year and between 129 and 338 small mammals. I wish my cat (pictured) would have had that kind of courage! He once caught a mouse, but didn’t seem to know what to do with it; he just let it dangle from his mouth–weirdo. (Big thanks to my friend Mike for sharing this article with me earlier this week!)
  2. Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVII: (noun) An excuse to watch hour-upon-hour of commercials and consume enough hot wings, jalapeno poppers and light beer to put last year’s hot dog-eating champ to shame. There may also be some football-watching involved. Occurs in January February. (See also: HarBowl 2013)
  3. Super Bowl Monday. Speaking of the Super Bowl, did you know there’s an official petition on the White House We the People page to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday. Obviously, I vote yes. As of right now (“right now” being the moment I click “publish”), the petition still needs 86,924 signatures before February 23 for an official response from the administration. (Don’t mind me; I’m just daydreaming about sleeping in during future Super Bowl Mondays.)
  4. Word Jigsaw. This game is my newest obsession. (Not even kidding… I played it for a solid hour earlier this week.) To play the game, you use the letter tiles you are given (each tile contains multiple letters) and try to piece them together on the board to create words. It’s kind of a mash-up of jigsaw puzzles and word finds. The game is free, offering three free levels (tiny, small and medium). Three additional levels (big, bigger and giant) are available through in-game purchase. Available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad. FREE
  5. UFC 156. Is it weird that I’m posting so much sports stuff? And that none of it is college-related? Anyway, Josh is really into the UFC, so Saturday night, we’re going out to watch the fight. That’s really all there is to that story because I don’t know much about Aldo or Edgar. (Feel free to educate me in the comments.) Okay, I’m done with the sports stuff.
  6. muffin knightMuffin Knight. Ignore (or laugh at) the strange intro video and move on to the frustratingly fun game: Muffin Knight. I honestly haven’t gotten past level one (it’s a little harder to play on the iPad than it would be on an iPhone or iPod touch), but I’ve had lots of fun with it anyway. The point of the game is for you, the knight, to collect the fairy’s magical muffins, which appear as you collect the others. You control left-to-right movements with your left thumb, while using your right thumb to make the knight jump (which is necessary to get muffins on cliffs or across streams. You can play in single-player mode or in co-op mode. Available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad, Google Play for Android, Mac App Store for Macs and Chrome Web Store for Google Chrome. Prices range from $0.99 to $4.99, depending on device. $0.99-$4.99
  7. Mr. & Mrs What’s-Her-Name. I learned something new this week: only nine states allow a man to change his name for marriage (in the way a woman traditionally would). Florida is not one of those states. Now, a Florida man is suffering for taking on his new wife’s name; the Florida DMV has suspended his license after deciding the name change on his drivers license was fraudulent. (His Social Security card, bank accounts and passport all reflect his new last name.) Read the full story from Yahoo! News.
  8. Bout. I have to be honest: I haven’t had the chance to download this game, but I had to include it because it seems interesting. You play this College Humor game with your friends; one person chooses a topic (like “What you’re doing right now”) and everyone posts photos, trying to be the funniest. However, according to All Things D, a major problem could be one similar to many Facebook-based games: you can only play if your friends join. So there is no inviting random guests to play (which means you either bug your friends to join or just don’t play). The game is free, though there may be in-app purchases available. Available in iTunes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. FREE
  9. Midland City. Probably the biggest story I’ve been keeping an eye on this week has been the hostage situation in Midland City. It occurred not too far from where I grew up, and my mom texted me about it within an hour or two after the bus driver was shot. The short story: Wednesday afternoon, a man by the name of Jimmy Lee Dykes jumped on a Dale County bus and demanded the driver hand over a child or two. The driver–a man named Charles Albert Poland Jr.–refused, and Dykes shot him four times before adbucting a 5-year-old autistic child and heading to an underground bunker near his home. Poland passed away on Wednesday. As of this afternoon, the man is still holding the child hostage. (Read more here, here and here.)
  10. breakfastBrunch. Let’s end the week on a lighter note, shall we? Good news: I think I may be over my breakfast obsession. Except… Josh and I are having crepes Saturday for brunch. And I kind of really want to make these adorable scones. And I still need to make that breakfast cornbread. Okay, so maybe I’m not over it. What can I say? I love breakfast.

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Tech Tuesday: Roku 2 XS

This review is for the Roku 2 XS. Roku offers other device options, which are available with different features. Visit shop.roku.com to find the device that best suits your needs.

Roku Screen 1

Until Christmas, I had never heard of a Roku. That was when I got a tour of my dad’s Roku (which kind of confused me–I got that he was excited about his sort-of-new toy, but he was really going in depth to be just showing it off). Later that weekend, when I opened the box to my very own Roku 2 XS, I totally got why he showed me all those features.

Now, thanks to my dad and stepmom, I no longer have to use this…

Computer 1

And this…

Comp Cord 1

And this…


To stream video on this:

Roku Screen 3

(Seriously, though, don’t all those cords look beastly? And don’t get me started on how long my computer takes to boot up.)

Roku Device 3Roku stays put. No more plugging and unpluging the VGA cord from my computer and TV. No more sound cord to deal with. Just a little black box. Simple.

Roku comes standard with a video cord, but Josh and I plugged it into the TV using an HDMI cable instead. With the standard video cord, we had problems buffering some shows on Netflix, and the HDMI cable solved that.

Roku also comes with a little remote. I like it (I find it comfortable and easy to use), but not everyone is a fan. When you download the Roku app (available in iTunes or Google Play), you can program a remote to sync with your device, allowing you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote for your Roku (though I imagine the phone is much less awkward than the tablet remote).

Roku Remote 3There’s even a USB port on the side, where you can plug in and watch digital copies of movies you own, listen to music or view your photos.

My initial excitement over my new Roku came from a want to easily stream Netflix, but Roku can do so much more. If you prefer Amazon, you can stream Amazon Instant Video movies and shows to your TV too. Or you can stream from Hulu Plus. Or Crackle, Vudu, Vevo, HBO GO, Epix… the list goes on.

Roku App 1Some websites have jumped on board too. You can watch cooking videos from allrecipes.com—convenient if you have a TV located close to your kitchen. And some fitness subscription sites like Gaiam and YogaVibes give users unlimited access to workout videos via Roku.

Though Roku is built for streaming video, it can bring other forms of entertainment to your TV as well. In fact, one of my favorite ways to use my Roku is for streaming music from Pandora—perfect for when I’m cleaning up around the apartment or chilling with friends (kidding—no one shares my taste in music).

Roku also acts as a sort of gaming device. Much like Wii, Roku allows the player to interact with the screen by using the remote, which also acts as a mouse at times. However, I haven’t had much experience playing games on my Roku (I spent maybe five minutes testing out the Angry Birds game that came  preloaded on it). Honestly, my fascination comes from streaming shows and movies.

Roku Device 1So far, I’m completely loving my Roku. Since adding the HDMI cable, I’ve had no complaints. (Josh’s only complaint has been that the TV repeatedly switches to the video setting for Roku whenever he turns on the TV, which is frustrating when he wants to play his Playstation instead. But I’m pretty sure that’s an issue with my TV, not Roku.)

Now the only problem is I only have one! (Gosh, I’d love to have a Roku in the bedroom too. One day.)

I was not reimbursed or rewarded in any way for this review. These thoughts and comments are my own and have no reflection on Roku, its employees or its affiliates.