Thursday, October 23, 2014

5 Things To Like This Week

Photo from Jezebel Charms.  Order HERE.
1.  I now have an Etsy online platform for Serendipi-tea Chic.  Because of this I browse a lot of Etsy stores.  I came across Jezebel Charms recently.  At Jezebel Charms you can purchase "charming literary inspired charms and jewelry".  They also feature some cool ancient Egyptian jewelry with writings from the Rosetta Stone and the Book of the Dead.  The shop also features jewelry with the periodic table of elements, anatomy inspired images, and maps.  This jewelry is rad and right up my alley!  (It is created in England, so international shipping will apply if you order from the US.)

Learnin' is awesome.
2.  I love Ted Talks!  And I love listening to them while I am at work.  It helps me focus and I am learning something cool at the same time.  The most recent talk I listened to was about how to spot a liar.  I know that seems a little dark, but it was really interesting.  I listened to another one about achieving goals and another about how to speak so that people will listen.  Good stuff.

I'm lovin' it.  (You knew that was comin', right?)
3.  McDonald's coffee.  Want some jet fuel to start your day?  Try this stuff.  Now I know it's not some double frappe skinny frappe fancy pants coffee drink, but it gets the job done.  I just like mine black--high octane.  Plus, it's only, like, $1, they serve it all day, and they have a drive thu.  You don't even have to get out of your car.  

The blueberries taste like blueberries.
4.  Nature Valley Soft Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Squares.  Um.  Yum.  I am always craving something sweet in the morning.  I try to be healthy, but sometimes a banana just doesn't cut it.  I found these at the store and they are delicious.  They have a good amount of fiber and the fat is low, but the sugar is a little high.  I figure, since I drink my coffee black, I can balance that out.  Also, I just found a recipe to make these bars and I think that I am going to try it.  It has less sugar and is sweetened with honey.
You can find the recipe here: 

So comfy, but still professional.
5.  Yoga pants for work--kinda.  I've found the most comfortable work pants ever!  Actually, my little sister told me about them.  They are made out of stretch dress pant material (I'm assuming rayon and spandex instead of the cotton and spandex of real yoga pants) and they don't have a zipper or button.  You just pull them on.  I have to hem mine because I am so darn short, but other than that, they are my favorite pants.  My mom and I were shopping when I found them and I liked them so much she treated me and bought me two pairs!  What a nice gal, huh?  I've seen several online advertised for $80.  Trust me, mine were not $80 bucks.  Anyway, I found mine at JC Penney, but my sister found hers at Maurices.

xoxo,
Nik

Thursday, October 16, 2014

5 Things to Like This Week

Carbs carbs carbs.  Pumpkin.
Thomas Pumpkin Spice Bagels.  NOT pumpkin spice lattes . . . I don't see what's so wrong with those either, but I guess they are the new running joke now.  Anyway, these pumpkin spice bagels were an impulse buy at the grocery store because the minute I picked them up and got them an arms length away from my nose, they smelled like heaven.  They tasted that way too.  I don't own a toaster (why, when the broiler works better?) so I popped one in the oven until it was nice and crispy.  I paired it with a homemade cinnamon and honey cream cheese and a steaming cup of coffee.  Happy Fall y'all!

Man, those blue socks are sexy.
New running shoes.  I ordered a pair of Asics Gel-Contend 2 running shoes from Zappos.  I love them!  My legs were killing me running in my old shoes because they really didn't have any support.  I like the colors too.  Plus, they were right in my budget of $50 and that included shipping because the shipping is free at Zappos.  The shoes arrived quickly too.  I would highly recommend this site for shoes.  I did do some browsing at their clothing and other items, which were way outside my price range, even with free shipping.  But the next time I need running shoes, I will look there first.

I'm a baby!
It's Fall.  This is my favorite time of year!  I love crunching leaves, wearing scarves, deer outside my door, and smelling wood burning stoves.  I love Fall.  That is all I wanted to say!

That is ground chicken and wet food.  These cats lose their minds over this stuff.

Sheba cat food + ground turkey.  My kittens are spoiled.  I've been doing some reading and research on what to feed kitties for optimum heath.  First of all, I learned that cats are carnivores.  They need tons of protein.  I never even knew that when I had Sophia (sometimes I feel bad about that).  Anyway, the high end dry food is really expensive and I don't have the time or the financial resources to to a raw food diet.  So, I've improvised by feeding the girls wet pate cat food mixed with cooked ground turkey, cooked chicken breast chunks, or cooked ground turkey.  I buy the Sheba brand canned cat food when I can't make it to the pet specialty shop.  The trick is reading the label and making sure that chicken, turkey, rabbit, etc. is the first ingredient--not chicken broth or meat by-product.  Also, I rarely feed the girls fish.  Fish, even for human consumption, is filled with mercury, phosphorus and magnesium, so imagine what is in cat food.  It has also been linked to hyperthyroidism in older cats (that's what Sophia had).  It's actually pretty easy and inexpensive to use the ground/cubed meat because the meat doesn't have to be lean, just free of bones.  Bella and Stella freakin love this!  And I figure I'm supplementing their regular food with more protein.  Plus, it doesn't take that long to brown up some ground chicken and turkey or bake a couple chicken breasts.  Yes.  Yes.  I know.  I'm a cat lady.

Put it on your kid or your neck, not on a tree.
"I Scarf 2"  This is seriously the most adorable online shop I've seen in a long time!  When you read the "About Us" you discover that the online store is run by two girls aged 9 and 12!  When I was that age all I had was a lemonade stand!

xoxo,
Nik

Friday, October 3, 2014

You Get What You Give: September


I wish that I had time to do regular volunteer work.  Since I don't have a lot of time to volunteer, I try to donate to a different charity each month.

That's why I've decided to get the word out with a monthly entry to highlight each charity that I support.  I don't have a huge salary, but I can spare a little.  Even a $5 donation will help these organizations.


In September I donated to:
sponsored by 

Their Mission:  "The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide."


If you, or someone you know, are in crisis please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  

1-800-273-TALK(8255) 


Love,
Nik