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Weekend Reads & Recipes: 9.14.2013



26, Unmarried, and Childless by Converge

You Don’t Want Grad School. You Want Your Childhood Autumn Back. by Working Self

How Chris McCandless Died by The New Yorker

The Wolf In The Cereal Bowl: How Special K And Other Companies Co-Opt Body Acceptance To Sell Body Shame by The Frisky

The Sneakiest Enemy to Success in Your 20s by All Groan Up

7 Ways Women Still Aren’t Equal in the Workplace by HelloGiggles

The Great Fear of the Twenties: Wasting Our Potential by Working Self

25 Things To Do Before You Turn 25 by Thought Catalog

Lego Finally Releases a Female-Scientist Minifig by CNET

Jennette McCurdy on Internet Romance–and Andre Drummond by The Wall Street Journal

Twerking Bears, Very Blurred Lines and Moonman Revenge: Have I Outgrown The VMAs? by HelloGiggles

‘I’d Tap That’ And Other NSA Pickup Lines Are All The Rage by NPR


Raspberry Fig Prosecco Punch from Heather Christo

Polenta Pesto Lasagna from The Finessista

No-Bake Polenta Trail Mix Bars from Edible Perspective

Raspberry Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches from The Krazy Coupon Lady

Lavender Iced Coffee from A Beautiful Mess

Smoked Salmon Potato Tartin from Blogging Over Thyme

Fruit and Seed Bars from With Style & Grace

Poppy Seed Bread from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime from Gluten-Free Goddess


{infatuation friday}


  1. Christmas. So, um, I’m that girl this year. You know–the one who decorates for Christmas before Thanksgiving has even begun. Honestly , I usually wait until Thanksgiving day or Black Friday to decorate, but we got started a little earlier this year; I knew Josh could help me Wednesday, and he may not have another chance until after December 1. I need a solid month of enjoying my decorations. I love Christmas too much to celebrate any less.
  2. Secession. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ve probably hear that the majority (actually, all at this point) of the states in the U.S. petitioned for secession from the United States over the past week. I doubt it would actually happen (financially, many states can’t afford it; also, there’s talk of secession being illegal since the end of the Civil War–I’m still looking into that), though I am concerned that enough people signed in seven states to elicit an administrative response. On a lighter note, since I live in Alabama, I’ll share with you a list I found of 10 reasons why Alabama should secede. Hee-larious.
  3. Thanksgiving. It’s less than a week away, and I’m getting more excited/nervous. I’m still pinning things to my Thanksgiving board. It’s gone beyond recipes; it now includes tips and tricks for planning and keeping things less-than-hectic. Go check it out!
  4. Couples pages. Facebook has created couples pages. According to CNN, plenty of people are “irked” by this change because, much like friendship pages, couples aren’t allowed to decided whether they want one–it’s automatically created for them. I think it’s pointless, but I don’t care either way. Mine still looks like the old Facebook, but I hear they’re changing all of these to timeline. (I’ve also heard they’ve been around for a while; I don’t know and don’t care.) If you’re in a relationship and want to see your couples page, visit facebook.com/us.
  5. Grownup Things. I feel like I talk about this a lot. I’m sort of an in-betweener when it comes to grownup things. I have to be grown up in some areas like paying bills, balancing my checkbook, going to work and being a generally responsible human being. But there are other areas (marriage, children) in which I’m not quite there yet. It’s all very confusing and awkward, and it becomes more confusing and awkward when I see friends who are there. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way.) I found this article this week, and it kind of sums up my life right now and has some good advice like “When you run on the treadmill and the person next to you is going faster, don’t turn your machine up! They may not be planning to go as long or wanting to accomplish the same things as you.”
  6. Twinkies. I found out today that Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, is going out of business. When I first saw the headline, my first thought was how incredibly similar this is to Zombieland (I’m imagining some big dude searching the entire continental U.S. for the last remaining Twinkie). Then I read more, and the 18,500 layoffs to come in the next week or so made it a lot less funny.
  7. Black Friday. I momentarily discussed Black Friday last week and linked you to a few places to find good deals. This week, I’m linking to some buying advice: 10 things not to buy on Black Friday.
  8. Quidditch Pong. Guys, this actually exists! Rules here.
  9. 90s Kids. I very frequently get nostalgic about my childhood. In fact, just the other day Hilary and I were reminiscing about the good ol’ days (AKA 6th grade) when we’d watch the boys in our class attempt to snort crushed Sweet Tarts and shoot spitballs and bits of those weird sticky hand things at the classroom ceiling. (Interactive version of sticky hand here) Yesterday, I found a list of 10 things that brought me back to my childhood: 10 Ways 90s Kids Made It Through Elementary School. YES.
  10. Holiday Movies. I’ve decided that in order to watch all the Christmas movies we want need to watch, Josh and I should probably watch two movies a day, starting today. There are so many! Sidenote: this will be the first year in three years or so that I haven’t had cable at Christmas time. So no 25 Days of Christmas for me. (Or maybe I can create my own?)

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{infatuation friday}


  1. Smoothies. I’ve been drinking smoothies for breakfast every day this week. I’ve been trying different varieties, and (mostly) loving them. More on that next week.
  2. Being Human. Josh and I have been watching season one on Netflix, and we’re both kind of addicted. I seriously wanted to stay up all night last night to finish out the season. (In case you don’t know, Being Human is a show on Syfy about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost who are roommates.)
  3. All Groan Up. Remember how I was pinning and generally obsessing about 20-something things a few weeks ago? Well, I still am. But before most of my reading was from Thought Catalog. While I still enjoy Thought Catalog, I’ve also begun reading All Groan Up. I feel like I learn more from this site than from the latter because it touches on several things that I’m going through (like post-grad job-hunting and self-worth tied to a career) as well as values that are important to me (like faith, friends and family). My favorite so far has been 21 Secrets for Your 20s (it’s also available as a free ebook).
  4. Black Bean Burgers. I used this recipe to make these Wednesday night. They were a success! So simple and so yummy. Plus I got to geek out over using my food processor. (It’s just so darn awesome!)
  5. Dogshaming. I actually found this about a month ago, but I keep forgetting to share it. If you are a dog owner or know a dog owner, you’ll probably like this a lot. I laughed until I cried when I looked at it the first time.
  6. Stuff Mom Never Told You. I’ve been a Mom Stuff fan for nearly a year, but I’m mentioning it now because of its new Tumblr page. Cristen and Caroline, the hosts of the podcast and writers for the blog, share fun facts about women (and some about men) they find via Tumblr. Occasionally they’ll add their own commentary (like Caroline does in this post about woman-shaming).
  7. Scribblenauts Remix. This was the Starbucks Pick of the Week last week. I picked up the card with the code, but didn’t download it until last night. I’m still learning how to play (I have to use very precise language to get the objects I need), but I’m having a lot of fun with it. I love that it really makes me think. If you download it ($0.99), I suggest taking the tutorial. It doesn’t take long, and you’ll definitely need it to understand the game.
  8. Philly Swirl. Hilary and I tried the Swirl Cups with Candy Spoonz earlier this week. You can try different candy/cup combos to make a variety of flavors. I tried Rainbow ice with what appeared to be a rainbow spoon (it wasn’t; it was bubblegum flavored… ew!). I liked the italian ice and hope to try another (hopefully better) flavor combo later.
  9. This review of Bieber’s new single. I think this person was listening when I was ranting a few weeks ago about Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.” Seriously. Every point is one I made to Hilary and Josh. The thing that irritates me the most is that the Biebs is singing about how he could be poor and starving and it wouldn’t matter; that’s something he’ll never have to experience. Actually, it’s a toss-up between that and Big Sean calling some chick his hallelujah. *facepalm*
  10. The iPhone 5. Of course, I can’t go without mentioning the release of the new iPhone. Yes, I want one. No, I won’t buy one. At least not immediately. I’m broke and would rather see some reviews on it first. Plus, there’s a chance the 4s is (now available for $99) is a much better deal.

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