So I finally go to watch the season premiere of Sons of Anarchy last night and thanks to some blabbing on Facebook (Side note: don’t be that guy who puts spoilers all over the internet without warning when an episode ends. You make more enemies than friends.) I already had a gist of what was going to happen. Stop reading now if you have not watched the season six premiere of SOA.
I’ll admit it. I had no idea who Ree Drummond was until I was channel surfing one Saturday morning and saw a show on The Food Network called The Pioneer Woman. I was hooked pretty quickly. She was so real and was making food that people without a Masters in Iron Chef could easy do in the kitchen. After the show I went online and looked up her site and I was hooked ever since.
Since she has been blogging for a few years now, her site has grown into quite a large place now but she still writes like she did in the beginning. Her husband, Marlboro Man, also pops on and talks about life on the ranch and how to care for the animals.
(photo courtesy of foodnetwork.com)
Ree has done what most bloggers dream about, becoming successful by being herself!
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Are you a fan of Zooey Deschanel? I know I am. New Girl is one of my favorite shows on TV and one of the few that I watch live and not on my DVR later. Well, Zooey has a fantastically fun website called Hello Giggles!
While technically this isn’t really a blog, it still gets major points. This website has a little bit of everything; thought provoking articles, funny videos, beauty tips. I highly recommend the article “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from The Simpsons“. There is a lot of Simpson love on this site, which may make me a bit bias. There will be a blog post in the near future about how much that show has influenced my life, friendships and sense of humor, but I digress.
Go to this website when you have time to waste because you will sucked in and it will be hard to pull yourself away from the awesomeness that is Zooey Deschanel on the internet!
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Let me start by saying that I have always liked True Blood. The beginning of the show was edgy, sexy, funny and I really enjoyed it. It’s a great summertime show especially now that Game of Thrones is on, we really need something to help wash away the gore and tragedy that the show sometimes brings. [Read more…]
There have been times that I have found pictures from my awkward years (which was about 9-13) and felt my cheeks burning up in embarrassment. I had very wavy hair with a bad haircut, huge glasses, braces and had horrible social awkwardness. The fact that my family would make jokes and laugh about my pictures did not help matters and just made me hate the pictures more. I hated how I felt during those years but now looking back I am happy I lived them. They were full of bullies and things were said that I still carry but I think I am who I am today because of those experiences. I think I can read a person better, I am not as naively trusting that I used to be.
I think my most embarrassing moment was 6th grade when I had to go write on the blackboard (yes with chalk, this was 1996) and I went to put my notebook at the end of my teacher’s desk on top of piles of other paperwork and proceeding to topple the whole pile all over the floor. The whole class laughed and even my teacher sighed like “Can you be more awkward? Please?” There was also the time I had a bottle of Gatorade dumped on me on the school bus in 9th grade because a girl thought that I was stealing her boyfriend because he told me that I “look nice today.” I lived in a secluded neighborhood so the bus dropped me off about a 1/2 mile from my house and I had to walk home soaking wet while the other kids laughed at me. It destroyed me then, I literally cried for a good half hour when I walked into my house. Now, while I’ll be honest and say I’m not going to be best friends with that girl, I’m also not going to bring up at our next reunion. I think once we become adults we can look back and appreciate what those years were better.
The Awkward Years is a new site on Tumblr where people chronicle those years with picture proof and talk about how those years have made them who they are today. It’s amazingly brave. I admit that I want to submit my picture but I’m a little terrified about it. The picture of you in your “ugly duckling” phase is like a bleeding wound that you are not sure you want to share or not. I will be going through my old photos to see which captures those years of “Boy Meets World” and Lisa Frank binders, but I hope I can work up the courage to submit it to the project. I encourage you to check out this site and maybe look back at the years when we couldn’t wait to grow up.
As a blogger there are a few favorites that I like to visit to get inspired or learn something new. One of the first blogs that I started following on a regular basis is Cupcakes and Cashmere. This site by Emily Schuman is a fabulous resource for fashion, decor and style ideas. She has an amazing eye for style and her photography brings it out better than words sometimes. Emily’s work on the site has evolved into a book she released last year.
If you need to be inspired or just want to visit a blog that makes you happy, check this out. There is so much great material to read that time flies because the writing style is so down to earth and relatable.
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I will admit that I am a huge fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The story lines, the action, it sucks me in. My hubby is also a huge fan, it’s one of the few things he watches regularly besides SportsCenter or the NFL network. Whenever I read a story recapping or discussing the last episode some poster always decides to throw out “Read the books so you can find out what happens.”
So I had the chance to watch This is 40 over the weekend and going in I was expecting good things. I was a fan of Knocked Up when it first came out and I liked a lot watching it again when I was pregnant.
When I was growing up, the Disney Princesses of the early ’90’s were in full force. Ariel, Belle and Jasmine were everywhere and I loved them. They wanted to explore the world and read books and choose her own husband. Getting older I starting watching “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and felt all sorts of ‘I am woman, hear me roar’. This recent controversy with Disney and their beautification of Merida from “Brave” made me think about the role models that are out there for young girls. For every Merida or Buffy, there is a Kardashian or a Bella Swan. Either you are a vain airhead or you are so dependent on a man that you make yourself sick and are willing to kill yourself when he breaks up with you. The Twilight obsession really bothered me when I saw how girls would swoon over this Edward/Bella love affair and I’m sitting there internally screaming “He’s abusing her emotionally!” [Read more…]