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Read this instead

I read a lot of blogs. Like, A LOT. Like, step-away-from-the-computer-and- go-outside, a lot.

I read food blogs, fashion blogs, relationship blogs, educational blogs, friend’s blogs, famous people’s blogs, etc.

How do I find the time? Well, I’m just cool like that.

Lies. Replace “cool” with “unemployed”.

Still love my to-do lists!


Anywho, I’m starting a new thing here called Read this instead. A collection of links that I found interesting during the week. Some will be recipes, some will be motivational, some will be funny and some will (hopefully) inspire you to do something. The idea is that you’ll come here first, but I want you to read something other than my random ramblings.

Just that day though! I fully expect you to return, okay?

I’ll post every Friday because, well because today is Friday and I want to do it right now.

Whatever, I don’t have to explain myself to you.

Let’s go!

Tyler from 344pounds wrote about motivation when it comes to losing weight. And frankly, I need all the motivation I can get these days.

Kailey over at SnackFace, wrote a guest post on A Foodie Stays Fit which I adored.

Sonia from Master of Her Romaine made Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies. I die.

Jessica from Shrinking Foodie wrote a really wonderful post about Lent, and the process of figuring out what to give up. I adored the honesty in this post because I feel like some people go through lent for superficial reasons, forgetting there is a reason behind it. She uses lent as a vehicle for self-discovery and I think that’s awesome.

Jessica from What I Wore posted this adorable outfit. I need those boots, like yesterday.

Katie from Learning to be a Rebel took pictures of the most interesting tree stockings! Sadly, I live in the same city as her and had no idea they existed. I have got to start leaving my house more often.

Kasey from Style Me Kasey makes me want to wear stripes. And I don’t do stripes. Well done, Kasey.

And lastly, Jessica from How Sweet Eats made these amazing cupcakes that I’ve seriously been dreaming about. I can’t make them because I’m allergic and I would die (although part of me feels like they might be worth it. Kidding!) so I’m going to need one of you to make them and tell me how they are. Send pictures if you can too.

That’s it! Hope you guys enjoy the sun this weekend like this guy:

My dog is a class act.

Did you come across anything cool this week? Sharing is caring!


Virtual Book Club: Book picks!

From here on out, Virtual Book Club will be referred to as VBC. This is because my fingers are as lazy as the rest of my body, and typing it all out would just be too much.

Anywho, I’m here today to present to you our first book!

*insert excited screams here*

I thought about this long and hard, and came to the conclusion that I don’t like making this decision. So next time, one of you are picking. Got that? Good.

I actually have two to present today. Which mean you guys will be picking what we read anyway. Ha!

So since we’re all girls here (for now!) I picked girly books. I figured for the first read, we wouldn’t want anything too heavy or ridiculous. Plus, I know a couple of you are deep into school right now (grad school to be specific) and you probably don’t want anything that’s going to make you want to shove your head in a wall.

Or was that just me in school?

You’ve got two memoirs to choose from. I love memoirs because I love reading about real people who turned their life into a story. It amazes me.

So first up is the book I told y’all in the last post. I actually wasn’t thinking of using it, but then Jess mentioned we should so I figured I’d give you guys the option.

Like I said before, it’s a sweet story about how the author (Elizabeth Bard) fell in love with a french man, moved to France and eventually married him. It’s super girly and a lot of it is based around food. Every chapter ends with a few recipes that have made an impact on her life and relationships.

My only issue with the book is that so far it hasn’t had that “can’t put it down” aspect to it that I crave from books. It is a wonderful story and well-written, but sometimes I feel like I’m reading it just to finish it. Make sense? However, I think some of you might like it, so it should be a possibility for sure.

The next one is by Jen Lancaster-aka my literary hero. I don’t know what that says about me, but I adore her.

I’ve read a couple of her other books, and I loved them. She’s insanely funny and has one of those “she said it, but everybody was thinking it” personalities. My Fair Lazy is about how she tries to become more cultural after realizing she’s a reality-show addict. Hi, pretty sure we can all relate to that a little bit. If you want to check out her writing style, read her blog http://www.jennsylvania.com. Seriously, I love her.

So there you go, leave a comment here (or on Facebook) and let me know what you want to read. Also, let me know how you think we should do the “get-together” part of this. I put up a few suggestions in my original VBC post, but if you have any ideas I want to hear them!

I want to give everybody about a month to read the book, so I’m thinking our first “meeting” should be around April 10. Again, let me know what y’all think.

I hope you guys are as excited as I am about this 🙂

P.S. If you’re just tuning in and want to join, please do! The more the merrier.

P.P.S. Tell your friends!



I know I’m about a million years too late, but I have a list of my favorite love songs for y’all. I meant to do this on Valentine’s Day, but I’m dumb and totally forgot.

Also, for being single I still managed to have a pretty kick ass Valentine’s Day. I am currently elbow deep in chocolate (thanks mom and Crystal!) and have a beautiful full bottle of vodka (thanks Dad!). I can’t wait to see what I get when I actually have a boyfriend!

I kid. I kid.

Oh and before I get to that list, can we just all agree to stop referring to Feb. 14 as Single Awareness Day? I mean, really. How ridiculous. If we’re being perfectly honest, wouldn’t every day be ‘single awareness day’? It’s not like I don’t know I’m single on March 7. Valentine’s Day does not bring the singleness out in us. Being single does.

Sigh. Moving on. I adore love songs. They’re just too sweet. So, grab a glass of wine, perhaps some chocolate (if you need some, I have about 10 pounds of it) and enjoy.

I had heard this song before, but I fell in love with it when Katy performed it at the Grammys. I’m a sucker for wedding footage.

Ugh, this song. I just love it. Plus I saw them sing this live back when I was an emo kid for a hot second. So that was cool.

Michael Buble. That is all.

I would not be against someone singing this song to me. Just saying.

You didn’t think I was going to NOT put an NSYNC song on here, did you? Silly. Also, how sexy is JC Chasez? Yummy.

Celine. Yes please.

I mean, duh. You guys should hear me try and sing this song. Ridiculous.

These aren’t in any particular order, but if I had to choose this song is probably my second favorite love song of all time. It never fails to make me happy.

So, what’s my number one you ask? Well seeing as how this list is full of mainstream acts (it’s a wonder Bieber didn’t make it in) you’ve probably guessed that my favorite love song is from….

Frank Sinatra? Yup, you guys I LOVE this song. Like, if someone held a gun to my head and made me pick the song that I want to dance to at my wedding, it would be this one.

Not that someone would have to put a gun to my head to make me decide. It’s obviously already done.

Gosh, I hope Mr. Mansee doesn’t mind.

What’s your favorite love song?

Here I go again with the ranting

Last year I wrote a case study for my PR Case Studies class about bringing back the popularity of newspapers. I’m not going to lie, it was one of the few assignments I put an insane amount of work into. I’m kind of an awesome “paper bullshitter” (not that I’m proud of that or anything…) but not this time. You guys, I actually spent Saturdays at the library for this one.


I printed out all 20-whatever pages of it, presented it and then went home for Thanksgiving all proud of myself. I immediately told my brother about it because I require his approval of everything I do and you know what he said? Silly.

Well that’s a lie, because I don’t think he would ever use the word “silly”, but he basically disagreed with everything I wrote about and managed to counterpoint every argument I made within 30 seconds. His main point was that everything was going to be online, so get use to it. Except a little more eloquently than that. As a budding public relations professional (ha) I know I’m suppose to love all this new technology and our ability to get news so fast, but a part of me wishes it was still “cool” to spend time each morning reading a newspaper and drinking coffee.

I was thinking about that yesterday when I read the article Marie Claire posted on their website titled “Should fatties get a room (even on TV)?”

No matter my size, that “article” is quite offensive. And on top of that, it’s poorly written and edited which is equally offensive to me as I edit my own text messages. I, being the naive person I am, refused to believe that anybody would 1. actually feel this way and 2. actually admit to feeling this way. It had to be a joke! So time that should have been spent reading for class was spent reading every.single.comment on this “story”.

Oh man, this girl who wrote it (who happens to be a blogger) got a verbal beat down. More so today, after the news of the “article” got around and is being talked about everywhere (obviously!). There are now over 1200 comments, most of which are against the “article” and think the writer should be fired. In her defense, she did write an apology (the piece was recently updated to include the apology) which, in my opinion, seems genuine. I don’t think she is a bad person, but she does need to learn how to write her opinions without coming across as downright mean.

I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.”

That’s mean.

And THIS is exactly why I don’t ever want to see newspapers or magazines go away. An article like that would never have been published in actual print and so it shouldn’t be put on the website of a “respectable” magazine. I love blogs (um, duh) but I don’t ever think they should be printed in article form. Blogs are for opinions and should always be that way. But the minute you put that blog on the website of an actual publication, it becomes an article. And, in my opinion, articles need facts, whether it be news, features, arts, sports, etc. I love that more and more people are being given the chance to write, and I firmly believe that everyone should be entitled to their own opinion, but I also believe that publications have a duty to think about who their audience is and how what they write can be construed. I do love journalism, and I don’t want to see journalists go down the drain because of “articles” like this.

By the way, I totally brought all of this up in my paper a year ago. Just sayin…

Oh and since I know you’re just dying to know, I did get an A on that paper. But that was probably because my professor really liked me. I could have written about puppies and rainbows and I still would have done well. He use to come to me before class started and sing songs from old hindi movies to me. It was borderline inappropriate.

What I've learned from the whole LeBron debacle

Guess modeling isn't really his thing. (Source)

At first I wasn’t really into this whole story. Personally, I like LeBron James. I don’t care what others say, he’s a talented guy and he’s fun to watch. The fact that he’s from Ohio (where I was born and lived for half my life) just makes it all that much better. I’m a psuedo Cavs fan because both my brothers are, and I like to support their team when I can (meaning as long as they’re not playing the Spurs, I’m all about the Cavs). But here’s the thing: I have spent all day wanting to punch people in the face for being so ridiculous about the whole situation. Read on for a few of my views on all the crazy.

1. People need to cut back on the haterade. Cavs fans hate him because he left. Heat fans will hate him if they don’t get a championship soon. And the rest of the world hates him for having a Primetime special focused on “The Decision”. They probably hate him because of those quotation marks too.

2. It’s easy to forget that his career his to play basketball and win, not to be our hero. I’m pretty sure when he was growing up he dreams consisted of winning championships. He probably didn’t aspire to be the “guy with a ton of talent who stays with one team because he’s loyal and didn’t want to disappoint anybody.”We all aspire to be the best at what we do. I can guarantee you that I will not stay with the first company that hires me out of college if I am given an opportunity to further myself and my career. I realize comparing my little future public relations career to his multi-millionaire basketball one is ridiculous. But if you take it down to the basics, it’s the same. We all want the credit we deserve, and most of all, we want to be recognized for it. In my case, I’ll take a raise and an important title. For James, a championship ring will do.

3. Everybody needs to take a crash course in the meaning of the word “selfish”. Fine, LeBron is selfish for leaving Cleveland because he wanted to be on a team that he thought cold help him get a championship ring. But at least acknowledge that, as fans, it’s being selfish to want him to stay even though deep, deep down everybody knows that if seven years wasn’t enough to get that ring, it probably wasn’t going to happen. He’s actually realized that he’s not so great he can win on his own. He needs other talents like him to make it to the top. He’s taking less money and, inevitably, less fame now to get there. Right, totally selfish.

4. It’s probably the way he revealed his decision that has caused the most anger. But can we all agree that the one hour primetime special probably wasn’t his idea? I highly highly doubt he went up to his agent and said “Listen, I’ll tell the country my decision but it has to be on primetime TV.” Obviously, he went along with it, but that’s a whole other story. The reason why they do these over-the-top shows is because we watch them. And then we update our Facebook statuses about it. Then we move onto Twitter. Eventually we blog about it. And then, lastly, we spend a week reading articles and other blogs about it. They feed it to us because we’re hungry for it.

5. Being bitter isn’t going to do any good. Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, unleashed his anger and hurt through a letter on the Cavs’ website. I get that he’s angry. He spent years spoiling James, giving him everything he wanted, all in hopes that James would deliver and bring that victory home. The problem was that James needed more than money to win. He needed a good, solid team to back him up. Nobody can say he didn’t try, but if your team is relying on ONE person to do everything for them then you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment. At one point in the letter he promises Cavs fans that his team will win a championship before James does. You know what? I hope they do. But they should win because they deserve it, NOT to get back at the “King.”

6. Being a sports fan is heartbreaking. You spend countless hours watching games, with a 50% chance of disappointment. Your money goes into season tickets, jerseys, etc. When your team loses, you want to crawl into bed and die. But when they win? It’s an amazing feeling, and it’s what keeps us coming back. Cavs fans will move on. If they’re true fans, that means they were there before Lebron James was signed, and they should be there after.