Category Archives: Life

March 3, 2015

Electronic Detox: Instagram

Every now and I again, I need to take a step back from my RSS/Instagram/Twitter/etc and clean it out. If I’m no longer picking up what someone’s putting down, I hit “unfollow.” Life’s too short to compare yourselves to strangers on the internet. There are some major powerhouse bloggers that I don’t follow any more, because I just don’t identify with them anymore.

Below are some people who I do follow, who have positive and/or thoughtful outlooks and I find to be breaths of fresh air.

Here are three of my favorite Instagrammers:

@jengotch: The founder and creative director at Ban.do. This lady is kind of crazy, and I dig it. Her images are super bright and cheerful. Her captions are a combo of sassy and humorous, and she’s quick to make fun of herself. I appreciate someone who doesn’t take themselves for dang serious.

@jengotch

@jengotch

@tunameltsmyheart: A chiweenie with an insane overbite. If his little face doesn’t make you smile, you may have a heart of stone. I mean, seriously. Look at that face!

@tunameltsmyheart

@tunameltsmyheart

@darlingmagazine: Darling Magazine’s mission is all about expressing the art of being a woman, in a very authentic and positive light. They post the most gorgeous images. They’re all about real beauty – in a landscape, in a table top, in a crumpled bedsheet. In an overly photoshopped world, this account reminds me that real life is amazing.

@darlingmagazine

@darlingmagazine

Who are your favorite Instagrammers? Later on, I’ll share some of my favorite blogs as well as some local Boston bloggers that I think you should know about.

(Of course, you can always follow me on Instagram @champagne_thursday. Warning: I post a lot of pictures of my dogs.)

February 19, 2015

Lots of Fun in the Wintertime

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Stores are starting to display spring clothes, but those of us in the Northeast are anywhere but close to shedding our warm layers. Winter can get a little overwhelming by now, but with a little shift in attitude, we’ll sail right through this.

Here are a few things that I’ll be doing to shake off my winter blues:

  • Get a cup of hot chocolate. No, I’m not talking about a packet of Swiss Miss. I’m talking about a decadent, rich cup of hot chocolate, I love ducking into Burdick’s for a little pick-me-up. Their “drinking chocolate” is so rich, and you can select from their signature blends or single source varieties. Tres fancy.
  • Go outside! Some winters, we don’t have enough snow to enjoy outdoor winter activities, but not this year! Take advantage of it! Go skiing, snowshoeing, or tubing. (I love going to Nashoba Valley for tubing!)
  • Hit up a museum. Getting snowed in is fun…at first. Put on some pants and head out to the museum or exhibit that you’ve been meaning to see.
  • Make something. A card, a bracelet, a new recipe.
  • Learn something. This kind of ties in with “making something” but I really love hand lettering, and am going to take an e-course on it! I’m also learning how to play the guitar (coming soon to a campfire near you). Canvas Network has a huge catalog of MOOCs (massive open online courses). I took one last fall called “Society, Science, and Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead”- basically all about the spread of infectious diseases. #nerdgasm
  • Get outta here: Book a weekend getaway and take advantage of off-season rates.
  • Check out a new restaurant: Small businesses are hurting from all the days they’ve been forced to be closed (and now with the crazy traffic patterns and lack of parking). Hit up one or five places that you’ve been wanting to try.
  • Do something nice for someone else. If you’re feeling down, chances are that someone else is too. Send a care package to your grandparents, bring flowers to a friend’s house, grab your coworker a coffee. It’s crazy how making someone else happy makes you happy too, but like the Grinch, your heart will grow three sizes.
  • Shake it off. Literally. Make a playlist of songs that you can’t help but dance to. Bring out you inner Left Shark.

February 26, 2014

The Annual

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Today kicks off The Annual. The Annual is, in short, an eight day anniversary celebration that Doug and I made up when we first started dating. It culminates on our wedding anniversary. It used to wrap up on our dating anniversary, but since that date is only two calendar days away from our wedding anniversary, The Annual now encompasses both.

This year, we won’t be spending a lot of time together during The Annual because Doug is going to Texas for a photography workshop. I’ve tucked a few treats in his suitcase, one for every day that he’ll be away. It has been so much fun planning these surprises for him! (And by the time he reads this, he’ll already be in Texas and likely discovered his presents. If not, surprise!)

The ladies and I are planning some fun stuff while he’s away. Catching up on movies before the Oscars this Sunday, a facial, and some wine for me; a full day at Fenway Bark for the ladies.

Sure, it’s not the best timing but a little time apart every now and then is good. That, and I have a ton of Downton to catch up on. Downton and wine.

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At the steps of La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre in Paris. Thanks to my brother for snapping this!

February 20, 2014

Four More Weeks

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There are exactly four weeks until the first official day of spring. A lot of people are waving the white flag at winter, hoping that it accepts surrender and retreats. After the unexpectedly high snowfall on Tuesday (and a few additional inches yesterday), I was really surprised at how much I welcomed it. It was just so beautiful! Spring will be here before we know it, so let’s enjoy the benefits of winter while it’s still here.

1 and 2. House of Cards, Season 2 was posted to Netflix on February 14th. If you haven’t already binge-watched it, I recommend checking it out! Pick up a new throw in bright colors (a hint of summer) from Lulu & Georgia, and snuggle in on the couch. (I feel guilty watching hours of TV during the summer!)

3. Winter is a great time for weekend getaways. Lots of places- especially in summer destination towns- have great off-season discounts. Throw some weekend essentials in this Baggu tote and hit the road.

4. There’s tons of snow, but temperatures aren’t too brutal. It’s great combination for doing outdoor activities. I find snowshoeing particularly romantic (who knows) and I love the look of this traditional style shoe from Faber & Co.

5 and 6. Use this time to start working on your summer accessories! Nothing says summer more than a stack of friendship bracelets. SwellMayde and Honestly WTF are two incredible blogs that have a crazy amount of DIYs to check out.

Spring is right around the corner, and until then, don’t just survive. Thrive!